* Posts by m0rt

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Timestamps

I can take the changes, will certainly take some getting used to, but one aspect which I really would *love* to see reverted is Article timestamps, as opposed to '19mins ago, 12 hours ago' etc....

Am I the only one? You could display in the browser TZ as opposed to just BST unless you are already doing that...

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Microsoft says January Windows 10 build will excite sysadmins

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Sysdamins

"Windows 10 build will excite sysadmins"

If they build in the ability to electric shock the user at the sysadmin's will I reckon that would have them taking it up in droves.

"Sorry, you say your 'computer won't work' when you mean you have forgotton your password? *Bzzzzt* Remember it yet? Yes? Shame."

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Will tech titans SWALLOW upstart where Apple guru Steve Wozniak works?

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I miss days when increasing storage...

...meant buying a c90 as opposed to a c60.

Bah, humbug.

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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@ Ribblethrop Re: Talking of plain English

Re: 4x4 spare wheel crown.

I feel that you should be introduced to the Oris Big Crown Commander. Originally developed to allow easy adjustment whilst wearing flying gloves.

Flying gloves, iWatch, sounds like a match made in Hipster Heaven. Or Portland/Shoreditch*

*depending on your POO.**

**Ha Poo! I meant to abr. Point of Origin.

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Re: Talking of plain English

Weird, init? People say 'I don't need a watch because my phone tells the time...' but few say, I don't need a mobile phone because I have a watch, it is lighter, has better battery life and is more convenient* AND it means I don't have to worry about anyone contacting me, shit news, facebook updates and dropping it.

*I appreciate certain skin irritations aside - my wife also suffers and has to change watches on a regular basis, phone is out because of job.

Oh yeah - shout outs to J...

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Re: Crown is correct

"...but Ive's reference to it is the first I have seen for many years."

Why would you if don't use watches or attend Horology meetings?

I was telling my cousin about the announced fork of Debian the other day and why systemd vs system V. He is a plumber. I used lots of terms that, for him, are not common parlance. He wasn't interested but I bored him with it anyway*. Personally, I thought of it as paying him back for laughing at my terms for various things he has contact with day to day, including my use of the term 'butterfly valve' every time I man a 3-way valve.

True story.

*Just like I am boring you, now...

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Crown is correct

As much as I disagree a lot with Ive, his use of the term 'digital crown' is correct. A crown is the winder or adjuster on a watch and is in common parlance. So, because it is an input device for the electronics, I don't see why digital crown was deemed cringeworthy.

Won't stop me mercilessly mocking anyone who gets one, though.

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: Nerd carriage?

Yeah, but they should be forced to answer in Klingon.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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@JulieM Re: Cygwin

...and what happened?

Your computer's cpu utlisation disappeared into a recursive black hole?

Enquiring minds, and all that...

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Re: Cygwin

This is true. And Vmware is also used. But I use Cygwin mainly to manipulate things on windows because I know bash better than powershell, cmd etc.

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Re: Cygwin

+ 1 for Cygwin. I use Cygwin, but on that list Classic shell, VLC are definite. I usually recommened Malwarebytes to those friends and family who use Windows based stuff.

On my Win8.1 laptop, obviously.

However, I use Clementine for Music, because it is the same interface on my *nix based stuff as well as the Latop, then.

However, I bet a fair proportion of Reg readers use the Putty toolset! That and VLC are probably the most commonly first installed things I have placed on a windows machine in the last 12 years.

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Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

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Re: The first rule of software development...

If you extrapolate that theory:

The first rule of war is to have a more power than your enemy.

The first rule of football is to have moer power than your opponents.

The first rule of racing is to have a more powerful car than your competitors.

Yeah, seems to work. :)

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: Army of Darkness

s'on Netflix, too, I am fairly certain.

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Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!

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Re: Ecuadoran Embassy

I reckon you could get crowd funding to start producing that....

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Or at least a comic strip in the vein of "Everyone Loves Eric Raymond"...

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Five-eyes partners dilute UN resolution criticising metadata collection

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Re: How ironic.....

Careful.

Use of 'Irony' could end up with you on a 'watch list' these days.

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Snowden doc leak lists submarine'd cables tapped by spooks

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HA! More fool them!

' “GERONTIC” (Vodafone) delivered up a huge amount of communications to GCHQ and NSA spooks.'

All that money they wasted when all they had to do was ask and they would get the whole bloody lot, apparently.

For once, and I do mean once, I agree with Jimmy Wales.

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El Reg reanimates Cash'n'Carrion merchandising tentacle

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Re: Excellent beerworthy news

ISTR some issue with exporting them to the states because of their radioactive goods category? Or am I dreaming this?

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Re: Excellent beerworthy news

OMG - I forgot about those. I bought one once. Lost it somewhere in a campsite in Wales, so obviously useful to help find keys in dark.

I still have my Black and Silver Tee I cadged for free in 2005.

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Re: How about that badass bald-guy...

The Machine.... Fantastic sound track.

Oh, and Westworld. Is in there.both survey and article.

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The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes

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Tim. Are you and other El Reg Journos

using tablets to write articles?

I say this because of the tagline: "4TB of home storage is great, until you weak up to a dead device"*.

I have noticed a few errors this week, and this is the second tagline error. I respect the fact that there is an error correction link, and I normally use it. But I feel that El Reg is becoming a bit lax toward simple spelling mistakes, formatting errors, incorrect words.

In some cases, I can understand the odd mistake, especially with auto-correct. But this is becoming the norm.

Or am I just being too picky, in this day an age? I mean my posts leave a lot to be desired with regards to grammar and spelling mistakes. However, I personally hold El Reg in some regard. This hurts that standing and I am a little disappointed.

That aside fully agree with your article and anything purported to be used for backup should have a decent, ahem, backup for failures.

*Or this is a pun, and it is above my head. In which case, this post looks rather silly.

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We're not, er, 'cut-throat' capitalists – VC formerly known as ISIS

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I still think of Archer.

However, I like the term 'Vulture Capitalists'.

Or is that the El Reg team's nickname when Xmas shopping?

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Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years

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Cool

I'm gonna hack me a CTO...

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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HHGTTG

Version 3

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SAVE ME, NASA system builder, from my DEAD WORKSTATION

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You should have replaced it with a tablet.

PCs are dead. Apparently...

:/

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

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Re: Very meh ....

With you.

The second gen moto g, has an SD card slot. I can manage with the non-replaceable battery and I with Vanilla 'droid and a Lollipop upgrade imminent I really don't feel the need for anything else. However, the only thing I would want to change is a superb camera on one. Moto G with a lumia style decent camera, I would pay the extra.

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Google DoubleClick goes TITSUP. ENJOY your AD-FREE WORLD!

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Subscription to the Reg...

Here is a question.

If the Reg had a subscription option for ad free, would you go for it?

I think I would and let them get paid, as opposed to the add blocking I do on some of my machines.

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SUPER-JAMMY Philae comet probe got down WITHOUT harpoons

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Cor.

I remember watching Giotto go through the tail of comet Halley. And that was cool.

This is just absolute zero.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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Re: This article is more interesting for what it tells you about...

Semantics.

The context of the original article was clear. To extend your points, which are valid outside the context of comments on this article, we have those devices that do both. but they are not mainstream beause Android is useful as a touch UI. iOS is useful as a touch UI. they don't translate back well, and vice versa for traditional OSs. Despite what Canonical are trying to do.

I agree that a device that allows use as both a touch style with all the limitations and advantages that allows, AND a more traditional OS with a more multitasking view of the workspace would be useful, and will probably end up replacing the laptop as we know it, but not for a while yet. And when that happens, they are not truly what we currently know as a tablet WITH a tablet OS, they will have a decent OS with a decent switchable user mode. Which Microsoft sort of tried to do, then buggered it up because they let the marketeers in on the tech and attempted to oust more traditional ways of working for no other reason than "WE WANT TOUCH, DAMMIT".

Hey Microsoft, how did that work out? Ooooohhh so then traditional UI functionality isn't dead? Why is that then? Oooooh because people STILL refuse to embrace new technology and just use a tablet?

(Childish I know, but hell, fun to write :) )

There isn't one suitable UI that does touch and mouse replacement well in both scenarios. When that does happen, well we will see. But I can tell you I am more accurate with a pointing device on the screen than with my fingers.

And they would HAVE to have oleophobic coatings.

There is room for both, and until mind control is suitably implemented, a keyboard and a pointing device will be around for longer than you or I. I would bet my life on that.

Oh, wait....

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Re: This article is more interesting for what it tells you about...

" At the moment, a tablet isn't suitable for you because of the touch-centric nature of its UI and applications. If these were fixed, than a tablet plus keyboard would offer you:"

So you are saying that a tablet would be more suitable if a few more alterations were made to it to make it more inline with a traditional OS? And a keyboard? And again, I would have to have certain things fixed for it to be suitable?

OR I could use a laptop and have a tablet separate and just grab the document, proof read on that. Best of both worlds.

The point is, a tablet isn't a suitable solution for my needs, or a lot of people (who also seem to frequent this site judging by the comments). It is a great device, and it certainly is portable, easy to read off and, sometimes, browse on depending on the website designers butIwontrantonthatrightnowthankyou but the article was all about the death of the PC, (laptop or desktop). And that is just silly.

Silly, silly, silly.

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Re: Businesses don't work like that

Larry, That you?

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Re: This article is more interesting for what it tells you about...

"i am not alone. Multiwindowed use, with decent *readable* screen real estate is a massive factor in what I use. I am not alone."

And you see? I *DIDN'T* proof read my wording, which goes to show a bad worker is a bad worker*, regardless of what he uses....

:/

*because after that post, I can't blame my tools.

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This article is more interesting for what it tells you about...

.. the circle the author moves in.

"A few weeks ago, I gave one of my occasional lectures at the University of Sydney, a class on the history of virtual reality and art."

Mark, I read that and I was interested. Virtual reality and art is something that has been, slightly it has to be admitted, an interest since I first saw an example of VR as a kid in the 80s. Then the next sentence read, "...thanks to Oculus and Google Cardboard."

Erm, if the lectures you are giving are that influenced by the latest fashion in IT, are they really lectures or just a fashionable discourse to tickle the ears of the iPhone weilding crowd and not considered serious?

If that sentence annoys you, then that is exactly how, I would suspect, the majority of the Reg readership felt when they read:

"The desktop has been dead for some years, resurrected to an afterlife of video editing and CAD. Laptops keep getting smaller and more powerful, but we’ve now reached a moment when they’re less useful than our smartphones."

Because my statement was just as inflammatory and based on little investigation into what your lectures consist of as your statement which just seemed to regurgitate whatever tech section of the "quaint" newspaper you read.

Not for any other reason than this is just re-cycling the same, tired rhetoric that gets pumped out. Usually, this is by the people who mainly use iPhones and iPads. However, all there was was a re-adjustment of the laptop being the main used tool by those who *can* use an iPhone or iPad for their work, or play. The Laptop itself replaced desktops for those who *can* use a laptop for their work or play. So the distribution just re-distributes itself.

I *could* use a bluetooth keyboard and a tablet for all my ssh and text writing needs. I probably will if there is an emergency and I have that handy. I won't, because a laptop is so much better for doing that when I am about. I am writing this on a laptop keyboard because I can type, and hopefully proof-read, this so much easier than a tablet. If I could type as well on a tablet, that would be *in-spite* of being on a tablet. Not because it is the best tool for the job.

i am not alone. Multiwindowed use, with decent *readable* screen real estate is a massive factor in what I use. I am not alone. I use, in a day, terminal/command shells, SCiTE, Libreoffice, copious webpages, Google docs, skype, Thunderbird and whereas i *could* do all that on a tablet, i would want to smash it against a wall because it would slow me down.

If I didn't do all that, required only a few pages open at a time, didn't need a few sources to check whilst doing some work on that, I could use a tablet. Or even just my phone.

So, I would actually be interested in seeing a lecture of yours. But I wouldn't hire you for an analyst.

Which is, I suspect, how you would want it too.

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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Re: "No one looked at 4G before there were enough places where there was a signal."

Well Oblivion at Alton Towers is reported to hit 5G. So a fifth less than that.

HTH.

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HOT YOUNG STAR about to GIVE BIRTH, long range images show

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@tony2heads Re: Just me, or does this look like a star test?

Was kind of meant to be a joke...hence the smiley...

:)

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Just me, or does this look like a star test?

An inner focus test from a mirrored 'scope. :)

http://www.telescope-optics.net/images/bhos.PNG

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

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Re: Digital backs

"The rumour of a CCD that fits into an existing SLR has been around since at least the mid-1990s. I can't help feeling that there's a vested interest somewhere ensuring this never comes out!"

ISTR a back for a Minolta 7000/9000 that had one.

Yep, search yields:

http://www.mhohner.de/sony-minolta/onebody/sb-90

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Enjoyed this

article immensely. Some of the best photographic results I ever had was B+W 120 from a Yashicamat.

Taking a photograph, the dynamic has really shifted from doing more than frame/expose with little more thought than that, then do most work post production whilst sitting on a computer playing with settings. The good thing is, it allows you to be lazy when taking the shot. The bad thing is, it allows you to be lazy taking the shot. Even now, with the plethora of images thrown at us, a good, well composed image that catches the eye, can tell a story or, and this is the hardest part especially in landscapes, conveys the feeling of being there still stands out from the rest.

Actually, a question, I still have a couple of 35mm and wanted to know where a semi-decent place is to source and develop b+w film these days, along with a set of prints? Kitchen, alas, really isn't suitable.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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Re: The Speccy version was not that bad

I rememember the Speccy version not being 'crap' too. I quite enjoyed the game play on it. Actually, the best game play I remember on a Speccy was Commando. That was awesome.

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BIGGEST THREAT to Europe’s cybersecurity? Hint: not hackers

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"military personnel in camouflage uniforms"

So in this case, Think-geek/El Reg/Gaming Tee shirts, jeans if linux Laptops, suits and maybe El Reg underwear if Windows Laptops and Barrista uniforms and El Reg tattoos around Apple laptops?

Of course, it would sensible plaid shirts, chinos, a nice sport jacket and beards if Unix was on 'em.*

I love Cliches. I'll just get my M65 field jacket...

*Possibly an El Reg bandanna. Not sure about this one.

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This time it's SO REAL: Overcoming the open-source orgasm myth with TODO

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Re: good luck

Herding cats?

In this house the word "FISHIEEE" gets a pretty rapid response. All about finding the right drug^Wpositive reinforcement...

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Humanity now making about 41 mobes EACH SECOND

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"...say very tired analysts..."

All that writing a report and badgering press offices all over the world to print it must be a strain.

They should relax by taking a busman's holiday at, oh I dunno, Foxconn maybe?

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Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

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Re: Stumblr?

As opposed to a drunk app for dating people called Fumblr.

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Tired

Meh. Typed out a long post about why this bothers me. Looked at my android phone, then realised was pointless.

I did kind of hope firefoxOS would be in more of a privacy is good area... But Mozilla have now shot this down. Their attitude to privacy joins everyone else's. Shame.

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A dream, (for me), device.

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Re: A dream, (for me), device.

No one?

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IT JOB OUTSOURCING: Will it ever END?

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Relative

"**Running a global monopoly is actually less profitable than you might think it would be."

So we talking Alan Sugar rich as opposed to Ellison rich then?

:)

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BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

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Re: Nitrogen more important than oxygen

I would assume that they have a plentiful supply of oxygen up there or ways of scrubbing the air or something.

However, to keep an air like atmosphere you need approx 80% Nitrogen. Too much Oxygen will kill you. both by oxygen poisoning or as a major fire risk. Also, if you need to stop a fire in a section should a fire break out, you need to flood the area with something. Or open it out into space, which has structural implications I assume.

This is complete supposition. I have no idea if I am right.

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Arrrr GOSH! Argos website goes titsup to make it EVEN BETTER

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I understand the BBC doing it - they are nothing more than a Reuters portal/press release site for current affairs these days.

But El Reg, come on...? Where is the pride, the Sneering Superiority (tm), that we, the readership, have come to love?

Seriously, though, please don't resort to a twitter-paste-fest...

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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So Swedish Loch Ness?

Maybe it isn't a submarine they are hunting...

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Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week

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Re: How dare he/she...

I haven't misinterpreted. I didn't take it the way you presented it, I took it as as foreign as in workers who are not resident in the US.

It was the *even* bit, as in even if they are not US residents.

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