* Posts by PassiveSmoking

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Argentina finds messenger to shoot after e-vote vuln allegations

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You committed the worst crime possible

You showed up your government. Expect no mercy.

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Supreme Court ignores Google's whinging in Java copyright suit

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Re: Andrew Orlowski article dissing freetards, praising copyrights on APIs soon

Nope, MS Java was a deliberate attempt to destroy Sun Java with Microsoft's "Embrace, Extend, Exterminate" technique. Microsoft subverted the "Write Once, Run Anywhere" philosophy of Java by deliberately changing the way the language worked in some circumstances and by providing features in their version that weren't in the specifications so that people would develop applications under MS Java with the intent that they wouldn't run in any other version. This was found to be an abuse of a monopoly and in violation of antitrust laws.

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So if I list a book's table of contents/chapters I'm a filthy piece of copyright-infringing pirate scum who should be dragged before the courts and sued back to the stone age?

That's what an API/Java interface basically amounts to.

There's a chapter in LotR called "A shortcut to mushrooms". If I write a book about growing narcotic fungus and call one of my chapters that should I get the crap sued out of me?

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Github's 'Atom' text editor hits version 1.0

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All well and good

But does it run on an Acorn Atom?

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Hackers exploit fresh PC hijack bug in Adobe Flash Player, the internet's screen door

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Re: Whilst ever

Youtube went HTML5 by default a few months back and only uses Flash as a fallback for browsers that don't support HTML5 video.

If you're still getting Flash on Youtube and your browser isn't from the paleozoic era then maybe you need to toggle your settings.

https://www.youtube.com/html5

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DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

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Had she attacked him with eggs, milk and flour, would she be on a charge for battery?

Sorry.

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ITU: we'll have 5G standards ready by 2020

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Of course by the time the standard actually comes out people in the marketing department will be calling it 42G.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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Home taping is killing music!

Home humping is killing porno!

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Version 0.1 super-stars built the universe – and they lived all the way over there, boffins point

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Re: Question

According to Wikipedia the population numbering is a result in which the various populations were discovered or hypothesised. Our sun and local stars were known about first so they're population 1. Metal poor stars were discovered later so they're population 2. The discovery of population 2 stars led people to theorise about stars with no metal at all and those were dubbed population 3.

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Ready to go again, soldier? Final Fantasy VII remake revealed

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All together now

This guy are sick!

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Adobe to hire security auditor to prevent repeat of password SNAFU

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The first thing that should go in the audit...

... is the fact that Adobe took 2 years from a major breach to perform an audit.

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Tech giants gang up on Obama over encryption key demands

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The Daily Mail crowd

Unfortunately, it seems there's an awful lot of people in the "Nothing to hide, nothing to fear" camp, at least if the comments section of papers like the Daily Mail are any indication. They don't realise that there are plenty of things you want to hide (Your credit card details, home address, medical history, etc), or that the same infrastructure that's used for encryption is also used for authentication and that without strong encryption trust on the internet would basically become impossible.

If those people can't be convinced otherwise there won't be enough pressure brought to bear to prevent politicians undermining encryption and ruining our security, in the name of security.

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Google: Our self-driving cars would be tip-top if you meatheads didn’t crash into them

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Re: Defensive driving

Wow, just... wow.

How did you find time out of your busy schedule smashing up spinning Jennys to write this?

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FBI: Apple and Google are helping ISIS by offering strong crypto

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How can an intelligence guy be such a moron? Has he never heard of PGP?

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Compromised SSH keys used to access Spotify, UK Govt GitHub repos

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So basically a weakened encryption key put UK government data at risk.

You paying attention Dave? Got a dictionary handy? Could you do us a favour and look Irony up?

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IT-savvy US congressmen to Feds: End your crypto-backdoor crusade

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Re: There's a simple way to explain it to them...

That won't work.

The only thing that will is "If you try to push this through, I won't vote for you again".

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BRAIN STORM: Nine mislaid cerebra found near railway line in New York

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It must have been zombie squirrels.

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EU net neutrality could kneecap the Tories' opt-out pr0n filter plans

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@Ragarath

You think filters will stop kids from getting at anything unwanted? They can't. By necessity they've got to be a blacklist because you don't want to block everything by default and only whitelist things. There'd be hell to pay if that was the case, nobody with a new website could get through to any audience regardless of what the site's content is. Because the list is a blacklist, and because any blacklist is always going to be incomplete the filtering isn't going to block everything, and as the porn sites make money from hits they'll just try to find ever more inventive ways of circumventing the blacklist.

Filtering also can and does have chilling effects on free speech. Look up the "Scunthorpe problem" for one example, and the stories about breast-cancer support forums getting nuked/blocked by overzealous porn filters.

You'll have to apply this thing called "parenting" instead. In this case it's fairly simple though, just remove any internet-connected devices the dears have in their room and have the only internet-enabled PC they have access to in your house be in the living room. It would take a fairly brazen kid to go looking at porno in front of you while you're watching X-factor.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Ken Ham doesn't exist.

I wasn't there to witness his birth and I've never personally seen him in action. I can only assume video footage of him is actually a sophisticated animatronic.

In fact as I've never witnessed evidence of any of you personally, none of you exist either. The human population is in fact a couple of hundred people who I have witnessed personally. Nothing else could possibly exist.

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Celebrating 20 years of juicy Java. Just don’t mention Android

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Java started making a big comeback when Google chose to use it as the programming language of choice for Android apps. The best move Oracle ever made was to sue the guys who had rescued their* language from the doldrums </sarcasm>

* Sun's really, but eh, buying something is the same as making it yourself, right? No, I'm not an Oracle fan, why do you ask?

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US plans to apply export controls to 0-days put out for comment

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What, do they think that if you can't report on a vulnerability that it will magically cease to exist and that all will be well? That nobody will try to exploit it? That nobody outside the US is capable of finding 0-day vulns?

What new idiocy is this? I haven't got a facepalm big enough to express it.

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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Re: Darwin's Law is still in effect.

Except these idiots can take innocent bystanders whose only crime was being in the wrong place in the wrong time with them.

You want to die in a moronic way? Fine, do it by trying to test if your gun's barrel is blocked by putting it to your head and repeatedly pulling the trigger. Don't do it in a way that can take out an innocent third party.

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Get another loan, fanbois, the new MacBook Pro and iMac are here

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... but you can't keep the rest of them from bitching about products they're not going to buy anyway.

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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Bush?

Oh God, not another one.

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

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DRM in open source couldn't work?

Correct me if I'm wrong here, but the Adobe DRM module is essentially a black box that takes encrypted data in one end and spits out an unencrypted video stream from the other, and the reason it's a black box is so that it can't be reverse-engineered, right?

Okay, what about the bit of the system that takes the unencrypted stream and displays it? Isn't that part of the system open source? What's to prevent an enterprising coder writing a module that intercepts the video stream after decryption and spooling it to disc instead of displaying it?

Have I missed something here? Because to me it seems that aside from all the other arguments against DRM that it would simply be useless in this context.

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ISS 'naut: How we collect our POO and DROP it FLAMING on hapless Earthlings

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Dear astronauts,

Please aim your next dump of dumps at the houses of Cameron, Miliband, Clegg and especially Farage.

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Rand Paul is trying to murder net neutrality. Is there a US presidential election, or something?

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That's assuming people who work in tech have a view as simple-minded as "regulation bad, deregulation good". Most of us know there's more to it than that. There are times where regulation is a bureaucratic road-block, and there are times where it is necessary to keep corporations from riding roughshod over consumer rights. For example the EU regulations on E-Commerce are making it harder to do business in Europe, but consumer protection regulations give consumers a vital legal recourse if a company, for example, refuses to refund or replace a product that was clearly faulty at the time of purchase.

Thatcher and Regan deregulated the banks in the eighties. 20 years later, the entire financial system nearly collapsed under the weight of trading that would have been illegal under the regulations they did away with and we're still feeling the fallout of that today. Given that ISPs can get away with selling crap service by including the immortal "up to" weasel words, I think a bit of regulation in this area might be prudent.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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Re: It's called freedom, folks

"Gays require different pizza from other people"

That so should be on a tee shirt!

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Bloke faces 25 years in the cooler for upsetting Thai king on Facebook

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The king of Thailand is an utter nob-end and has sex with farm animals.

Come at me, bro!

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This one weird trick deletes any YouTube flick in just a few clicks

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You can still delete any video you want

Just make a DMCA claim against it.

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Day FOUR of the GitHub web assault: Activists point fingers at 'China's global censorship'

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How about redirecting all internet traffic that originates in China to lemonparty.org for a while?

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Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

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The Steamboat Willy Epoch

That's never going to happen.

In fact, expect the opposite. Copyright will be extended and extended to make sure all works from Steamboat Willy onwards remain in copyright forever. It's happened before after all, multiple times.

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Dino-boffins discover ancient, TOOTHY-CLAWED, four-eyed MONSTER LOBSTER

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It wasn't a rock

It was a rock lobster!

.... sorry.

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Short circuit at Large Hadron Collider slows return to matter-mauling

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It's always the same whenever you get some building work done, the workmen leave junk everywhere. I hope they've checked the ATLAS for builder detritus too, otherwise there may be an embarrassing announcement soon that CERN have discovered that the Higgs Boson is composed of stale ham sandwiches and page three pinups.

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Jailed Brit con phishes prison, gets bail

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Beaten by the best?

Is it just me or is the heaping of back-handed compliments on the perpetrator feel like an attempt to deflect blame away from people who should have been smart enough to notice they were being scammed?

"That Homer feller grifted you good"

"Well son, there's no shame in being beaten by the best."

"But he didn't seem so smar - "

"We were beaten by the best, son."

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

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I prefer spirit-crushing driverless cars to pelvis-crushing cars driven by nobs with mobiles.

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Can't pay $349 for an Apple Watch? Get a Chinese knockoff for less than $50

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Boom

Those things are cheap for a reason. Their batteries probably don't have any protection circuitry, or if they do they have probably implemented it so poorly that it doesn't work. I certainly wouldn't want to pay £50 for the "privilege" of strapping a lump of lithium with probably no safety equipment (because that shit's expensive) to my wrist. It would be like the explosive neck collars in The Running Man, only you'll survive to feel the agony of your hand going up in flames.

Try watching the EEVBlog on fake Chinese chargers if you want evidence of how seriously these knockoff makers take electrical safety concerns.

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The SHOCKING storage truth: Everyone's buying spinning rust

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Reports of my death

I've been seeing articles predicting the death of tape for probably over 20 years now.

I fully expect in 20 years time I'll be seeing articles predicting the death of hard drives.

As long as there's a niche for these technologies to exploit they will never die. They both have the advantage of being bit for bit cheaper than their successors, and in the case of tape of being very stable in storage for very long periods.

Long live spinning rust!

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

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Subject: Fire. "Dear Sir stroke Madam, I am writing to inform you of a fire which has broken out at the premises of..." No, that's too formal. [deletes] "Dear Sir stroke Madam. Fire, exclamation mark. Fire, exclamation mark. Help me, exclamation mark. 123 Carrendon Road. Looking forward to hearing from you. All the best, Maurice Moss."

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You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

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Re: Dare.

In other words if you're in the least bit a notable public figure (and maybe not even then) and you want what's best for your friends and family, you must under no account acknowledge that your friends and family exist on a forum such as Twitter or Facebook?

That sounds reasonable.

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Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts

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Re: ApplePay is very secure

It can also easily be cloned. All that data in the magnetic strip and onboard chip is very poorly protected and duplicating it all onto a blank card is child's play once you've got a copy of the data. The only bit that's not easily copied is the signature, and any competent fraudster should know how to forge a signature too. Not that anyone ever looks at the signature on the card any more, even when it's not a CNP transaction.

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Murky online paedo retreat: The Nether explores the fantasy-reality divide

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First, kiddy porn is a crime because it's got actual victims. The children in those photos are being abused on camera for the gratification of sick fucks.

Second, Glitter was quite clearly abusing kids before he was downloading kiddy porn. He was not "using" photos because he wanted to work out his issues without hurting real children (which he was doing anyway because of point 1), he was using them because he was a sick fuck and they were probably serving as a substitute for not having access to real kids.

Thirdly, arresting people on the basis of what they think or imagine is thought police. If you think depraved things about kids but never actually carry them out should you be arrested for that?

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Nobody's arguing that having photos of child abuse is a crime and you should do time for it.

But what about that guy who went to prison for having a pornographic cartoon of Lisa Simpson?

In the former a real child was made to suffer for somebody's sick gratification. Who was made to suffer in the latter case? Last time I checked, Lisa Simpson doesn't actually exist.

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Actually...

If you ask your wife to sit on your face while you photograph it and she agrees to it then you've both committed a crime that can land you on the sex-offenders' register. Sorry to have to break it to you, but there are some acts between connecting adults that have been criminalised.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Eyesight and subtitles

As someone with a visual disability, I have to say the arrival of the plasma TV was a godsend. They were so expensive back then that I had to resort to renting one, but the 42 inch plasma I rented from Martin Dawes was the first TV I could comfortable watch from about 5 feet away which was as close as I could get my sofa. It was also in the 42 inch plus range that I was first able to read subtitles without having to get up and basically sit right in front of the screen.... until high-def made teeny tiny subtitles fashionable. Now I can't read them any more on my 50 inch plasma.

So now I'm looking to buy an even bigger telly on a budget, and because 4K is a thing now, buying a 1080p set would be a bit silly because it's probably going to be obsolete in a not very long time frame.

Bite me, high def.

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Britain needs more tech immigrants, quango tells UK.gov

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Re: @ PassiveSmoking

Bunk off?

Get the fuck out!

I WORKED for a degree, I invested a lot of money and a huge chunk of my life into getting the little white piece of paper that says I'm qualified to do my job. Then I WORKED for an entry level job where I didn't earn much but gained experience necessary to get a better one. Now I WORK for the salary I EARN now.

You really think a software engineer should be on the same pay scale as a burger flipper? Are you trolling? Or are you a Comrade? Or are you really just that stupid? Maybe instead of venting your tall poppy syndrome attitude you should invest some of your life in some actual self-improvement.

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Re: @ PassiveSmoking

Oh, and FYI I never said I was better than a burger flipper. I said that the skills I've worked to acquire and the work I do with those skills are more demanding than the skills a burger flipper needs. Nice job reading into what I said. Projecting a little, perhaps?

If someone does a job that requires a specialised skill set or that makes more demands of an individual than flipping burgers then they should be compensated in recognition of those skills and demands. A soldier at the entry level, for example, probably isn't going to be highly educated (which you will probably misconstrue as me saying all squaddies are morons based on your track record), but they put their lives in mortal danger for the sake of people they've never met and probably never will. Therefore their job is more demanding and they deserve higher pay. A surgeon has invested years of hard work and money into learning how to cut somebody open without harming them with the intent of helping them survive things that would otherwise kill them. Therefore his job is more skilful and he should be paid a salary that reflects that.

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I didn't invest half my life in getting an education just to work for the minimum wage. If I wanted to do that I'd have quit school at the earliest opportunity and got a McJob.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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What do women in their undies have to do with smartphones?

Selfies, duh.

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Anonymous: Snap on that Guy Fawkes mask, we're marching against child sex abuse

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Re: 'Operation Death Eaters'

I think a better name would be "Operation Paedo Finder General".

Did you not yourself admit to being a "Fiddler on the roof?" A KIDDY-FIDDLER!

By the power vested in me by hysterical tabloid newspaper readers, I decree you GUILTY OF PAEDOPHILIA!

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