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Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids

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Re: Boring selection

The form factor is basically dictated by the screen. Basically if you think about it a smartphone is a screen with as little plastic/material around the edge and as little material on the back as possible.

They don't all look alike because they are copying iPhones. They all look alike because that's the nature of a mobile touchscreen device.

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Languages don't breed bugs, PEOPLE breed bugs, say boffins

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Re: ...the differences in code quality between languages are pretty small...

I've certainly seen plenty of garbage code written in both.

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

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Re: Apple Watch Sport Edition

@Scott Earle

The swimming pools in Cupertino are all filled with dollar bills instead of water anyway, so I guess it just never occurred to them.

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Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

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It seems I am under-qualified

A degree and thirty years of programming experience means nothing, clearly I should be posting about my lunch on FaceTwatter and uploading amusing photos of my cat on instagram if I want to be a true "IT Authority".

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Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it

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Re: How much did they blow on Fire phone?

Amazon also have a business outside of 'cloud services', several in fact.

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'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail

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"Self Proclaimed Leader"

"I am the Pope". There you go, I am the self-proclaimed leader of the catholic church and it's billions of believers across the world.

Kid could easily just be a random skiddy from 4chan with delusions of grandeur, whose big mouth got him in trouble.

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Poverty? Pah. That doesn't REALLY exist any more

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Re: But is a fluid definition a bad thing?

"Which, actually, it seems to be. The solution to absolute poverty is free markets, trade and capitalism. so let's have those until absolute poverty is gone and then we can think again about relative poverty."

Well you've just written a long article saying that absolute poverty is indeed gone. So in fact what you are saying is it's now time to address relative poverty?

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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Re: Square watches

"A round watch is round for one reason, it uses hands. If you watch doesn't have an analog face then it doesn't need to be round."

All quite accurate from the perspective of pure logic. But anyone who thinks that the value of a watch is determined by function alone clearly knows nothing about watches.

Round watches look nicer. And you would expect Apple of all companies to know this, after all, they practically exist in their modern form as a result of having rounding the corners off computers and gadgets!

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Re: Square watches

That actually surprised me, I'm not an apple fan but didn't expect them to come out with something so.. pedestrian. The moto watch looks loads better, costs less, and I still wouldn't want one.

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Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS

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Pretty much that. Freedom, or security: pick one. Kidding yourself that Android is more secure is just delusional. And that's speaking as someone who'd choose android over the apple alternatives any day of the week.

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Re: How about a watch that has the correct time?

Yes but if we're viewing it as a pure chronology device, I'd prefer a watch which never needs recharging but occasionally needs to be set, to one which has to get juiced up every 24 hours but never needs setting.

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Re: Google Google Google

No idea where you got that idea from. The mobile phone part of motorola was spun off and sold to google, and the remainder, which is basically telecoms infrastructure went it's own way. It's definitely they 'googly' bit of motorola which is knocking out this watchphonething.

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

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Re: TheRegister Vs. Wikipedia

You need to look at the authors really, El Reg has a number of different voices under one banner (which is a good thing) and some of them have a bit of an agenda - if you read everything you'll find pro and anti apple articles, some 'environmental sceptic' pieces leavened by the occasional bit of reportage of actual climate science, articles which are favourable to open source next to others which rave incoherently about "freetards", and yes, a peculiar neurotic dislike of Wikipedia.

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Yes, the 'since Gutenberg' stuff is hyperbole, and I agree with the points that sometimes an idea is just waiting to be spawned from the zeitgeist : to some extent it's almost pot luck as to who gets credited as the 'inventor' in the end, often it's just someone who was in the right place at the right time.

Mostly I was just pointing out that, whether from altruistic motives or not, and whatever his personal qualities, he's probably had more positive impact on humanity than most, so to me, snide comments about him such as those found in the article just come across as petty jealousy.

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"or the UK media, which treats “the Man from the Internet” as a great humanitarian. (For example, like Andrew Marr, here.)"

I realise a lot of people seem to have it in for the guy - the schadenfreude in this article, for example, is a little nauseating.

The thing is, much as you may dislike the guy, much as he may be an @rsehole (I have no idea, personally), he probably HAS done more for advancing access to information and self education than anyone else in history since Gutenberg. So by my understanding of what a humanitarian is - someone who has done a lot for humanity - he probably is one. Unless someone can point out why this is not the case?

I'm not a wikipedia contributor but I use it frequently, it's damn useful. Do you take what is written as gospel? Of course not. Although it's probably at least as accurate as the Enc. Brit. ever was (the only reason you didn't read a lot of crying about errors there was because unlike wikipedia, barely anyone had access to it). That doesn't make it not useful as an excellent starting point for fact finding on almost any subject, however.

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Sex is great in books, lousy in apps, says Apple

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Apple don't like sex

Because it's something which even they would find hard to claim to have invented.

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YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

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Re: why?

Because money is a thing? All that good looking design you see? It cost a LOT of money, I assure you. Apple spend a LOT of time and money on aethetics, probably more than any other company on the earth, so it would be a catastrophic failure if they didn't have nice looking products.

As for never seeing a linux desktop that isn't gaudy or undesirable - linux desktops are pretty much infinitely varied - the number of different environments - often assumed to be a weakness - can be a strength too. Just do a google image search for 'pretty linux desktop' and you'll find a massive variety - some of which even look almost exactly like OSX.

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Drone captures shots of budding APPLE SPACESHIP HQ

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Although I'm not a fan of Apple on the whole..

It must be admitted that "1 Inifnite Loop" is quite a cool postal address :).

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Re: The kid I saw on the BBC News this morning...

@DropBear

Coding is the act of writing anything which is a code, that's pretty simple, and not really up for debate, just go and read a dictionary.

HTML is a form of code.

Therefore, writing HTML, is coding.

Actually the mistake is mis-using the word 'coding' when what is meant is 'programming'. Coding is writing in code (and therfore coding is in fact an extremely accurate term for writing HTML) whereas I would define programming to be the use of algorithms to complete a task. Unfortunately programmers have taken to describing themselves as 'coders' (I'm sure I've done so myself on occasion) which is where the confusion has arisen.

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Re: The kid I saw on the BBC News this morning...

Look up the definition of the word 'code', please. HTML is a code, as are all programming languages, as is morse code, as is pig latin. So working in it is coding. As a programmer myself, I get tired of snotty programmers sneering at HTML.

Is it a complex code? Actually, it can be, when you throw CSS and the DOM into the mix. Is it 'computer programming' such as the old farts among us understood it 20 years ago? No, not really, but it IS coding.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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"OK. Book the 9pm one and hire a Hertz car at Charles De Gaulle airport for my arrival"

I think you are significantly underestimating the complexities of writing software to do this kind of thing.

It would essentially require some kind of unified global payments API or protocol which currently does not exist. Right now, 'Siri' or whatever, would need to essentially 'spider' the mentioned website and intelligently work out how to enter your personal/card details, navigate the booking pages, deal with problems (no car available) etc. That or have a custom-written plugin handling every possible such request.

So while I think that there is some truth in what you are saying, that obviously Google, Apple, Microsoft are walking a fine line - providing a marketplace for app developers while also being the biggest competitive threat to those same developers - the actual 'phone that does everything for me' scenario you seem to be describing is not currently anywhere on the horizon.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Sex Sells

Basically they need some sex in it nowadays for it to be viable - or at least that's clearly the conclusion they have reached, not entirely sure I agree - and Capaldi is a little old to be flirting with the current intergalactic companion totty, so they felt the need to over emphasise the lesbo-lizard action. A bit heavy handed, but that's modern Who for you I guess.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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Re: So basically...

Sometimes it's right to bite the hand that feeds you, if the body attached to the hand is doing stuff which merits a biting.

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

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This will be great

Assuming you have a floor which is already almost clear of obstacles, of course.

I, on the other hand, have something called a 'child'.

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Re: Whales

Given that aircraft can be downed easily enough by geese, I suspect collision with a whale will result in both the whale and the sub getting 'shredded'.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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That's not a mechanical keyboard. Cherry keycaps or GTFO.

Also no mention of N-Key rollover or similar.

You're right that the prices are silly, however. Still, these keyboards are aimed at people who don't know any better and are impressed by LCDs and the like. Keyboards from companies like Ducky, Filco are better but less flashy and a little less pricey (though still expensive).

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Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

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Re: Good luck with that

Given that by the sounds of it it's mostly Yet Another Gnu/Linux Mashup, porting applications might not be much of a struggle.

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The Therapod diet: From HUMUNGO DINO to TINY BIRD in 50m years

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Obligatory

Someone will inevitably link this, it may as well be me:

http://xkcd.com/1211/

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

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Re: Aiding and Abetting?

The problem with a tip-off for something like that is that for every actual murderer grassed up, there would be a dozen wannabe crime novelists and fifty people with ghoulish imaginations who were simply bored and/or curious.

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XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources

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Re: The only way to watch whatever ya want

Plex is also good. Tried Xbmc and various other alternatives, and having actually paid for plex I don't feel like I wasted my money, it's very nicely presented, and has that 'it just works' thing down nicely.

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We told you jailbreaking your iThing was dangerous

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Re: Ads are good …

Yup, nothing has done more to damage my opinion of oracle than having to uncheck the bloody 'ask toolbar' option every time java needs an update (which seems to be every day ending in a 'y' as far as I can work out). Just makes them look cheap: "You're a multinational seller of enterprise software, and yet you need to make that extra buck by bundling crapware with your installers?"

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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Re: @Dan 55 (was:To say nothing of the addiction factor ...)

Sons and daughters of siblings-in-law are customarily referred to as niece and nephew. If you want to be anal about it you can say step-niece. "Wife's brother's child" isn't "accurate", it's silly.

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Microsoft OneDrive tip-off leads to arrest over child abuse images

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Re: Google copying

What's this "Bing" thing? Never mind, I'll google it.

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What's that? A PHP SPECIFICATION? Surely you're joking, Facebook

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Re: PHP is like democracy

Perhaps you're right, I've never been an OO purist, but it has native support for objects and my previous language of choice was perl which had OO grafted onto it in the most monstrous way imaginable (although I understand that the semi-mythical perl 6 improves on this).

Putting aside high-falutin' arguments about it not being pure OO because it has raw scalars or whatever, it is a language which let's you encapsulate logic using the object oriented paradigm, and so far as I'm concerned discussion beyond that is into the realms of 'how many angels can dance on the head of a pin' navel-gazing.

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PHP is like democracy

In that it's the worst programming language for the web, except for all of the others.

Perl - I love Perl, but if you want to write code which other people can easily grok, this is not the correct language to do it in.

Java - appeals to enterprise scale application writers perhaps, but the overheads are just too high for typical use cases.

C# - I have a lot of respect for C# as a language, and it's solid for web development, the only problem being that it's a gateway drug leading to Microsoft as a wider environment, which most people don't really want on their webservers.

Ruby / Python / Node.js / Insert name of other trendy contenders - Sure, if you like. But at the moment they all a bit far out to ever see the mainstream appeal of PHP.

So people live with PHP because despite it's quirks and inconsistencies it is fundamentally a relatively sane OO language with syntax which is familiar to anyone with a background in a c-like language.

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Dusty pre-Facebook, pre-Twitter laws will do for social media crimes

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Re: What, not how

Yup and do we really want a whole load of money being spent on making up new laws for this? That would probably requires a small flotilla of lawyers, a gaggle of 'social media analysts' on consultancy fees, and a squadron of civil servants to co-ordinate them.

If the existing laws can cover the scenario I'd rather the money was spent on nurses / the police / filling potholes or generally anything more urgent.

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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Re: Irrelevant

At the price the pi comes at, if it works it's a bargain, really.

The funny thing is that Microsoft and journos (not just the Reg, all the other usual suspects went for a similar bollocks headline dragging in the Pi) are piggy-backing on the success of the Pi to get publicity. Not bad really for a computer which started out as the pet project of half a dozen well-placed nerds and costs less than an evening in the pub.

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The END of the FONDLESLAB KINGS? Apple and Samsung have reason to FEAR

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@20legend

That's exactly what he said..

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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Revolutionaries

Odd the way basically everyone other than MS is being characterised as a 'Revolutionary' here. I guess it's just the usual Reg vision of the 'wild eyed, beard-wielding sandal-wearing freetards' who are apparently waiting to smash down the edifice of capitalism and usher in a new anarcho-communist state.

It's just common sense - publicly owned data should be stored in a public data format, otherwise you just handed the keys to the kingdom to a corporate body. The only shock here is that MS failed to grease the right palms so as to ensure that their agenda gets pushed through.

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Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s

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Re: As a Galaxy Note User...

The stylus will be Apple's next invention...

Apple don't copy, they "retroinnovate".

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Guessing he probably didn't snag the Christmas number one that year round.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Re: re. " ... digital vagina analogues ..."

Sounds like a "new media" remake of the "Vagina Monologues".

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Thought PCs were in the toilet? They're STILL eating Apple's lunch

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Trollface

That's because

Macs never really escaped from the desks of graphic designers or others chained to Adobe products, only the media wonks and Nathan Barleys of this world want to pay that much over the odds for what is now basically completely generic X86 PC hardware in a fancy box with a massive premium on the price.

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Apple rats on Google to FTC: You thought WE were in-app-ropriate?

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Re: Amazon is a bit of a jungle

You mean that "it's massive?". Very true.

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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Re: squek squek

It's not that we are spineless, more just that we are massively cynical and have an 'oh not this shit again' attitude which results in a tendency towards political apathy. The fact that all three political parties are in on this gives you some idea why, we pretty much have one political party with three different colour schemes and a 'monster raving racist' party as the only alternative.

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Re: First person on the dangerous persons' list

Yeah, he does seem to be that rarest of oxymorons, the honest politician. Probably means he won't last long in the business, sadly.

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Oh SNAP! Old-school '80s Unix hack to smack OSX, iOS, Red Hat?

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Re: True bug location.

Quite.

Apparently though, if you take a unix trick which has been known about, documented and worked around for thirty years and throw it into a document with the words 'exploit', 'vulnerability' and the names of popular current unix-derived operating systems, you have 'news'.

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Re: directory write access?

Yes. Basically what they are suggesting is that

- if you have the ability to create files (e.g. some webserver that allows you to upload files and stupidly doesn't rename them using an internal, safe, naming scheme)

- and if the operating system happens to also have some scripted shell glue which runs wildcard commands on the contents of that target upload directory

- and if that shell glue didn't use the ./* convention named above which has been widely used since the 80s to avoid this kind of cockup

Then there might be a problem. But this is in no way a 'newly discovered exploit'.

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Re: which is why...

Indeed, this was well known about when I was first exposed to unix in the early 90s.

So basically some 2014 script kiddies just learned about a 80's era issue which has been worked around since forever, and now it's news?

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Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good

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The possibilities are huge

That's a nice citizenship you have there, it would be a shame if someone were to turn up the 'angry' dial on our Regional Mood Control Panel for the UK for a few weeks before the election...

So, about this 'tax on global megacorps' law you were about to pass...?

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