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CANNIBAL! Apple's 7.85in iPad will EAT 9.7in iPad sales

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Just Apple PR keeping the name in the Press

I guess they can't make it a 7 incher otherwise it would prove Jobs was wrong.

The question is whether even iPhans would get sucked into paying the premium for a product that is similar to a $200 pad from the rest.

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'Unbreakable' Samsung Galaxy Note II to take on iPhone 5

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Question: Will Jelly Bean handle Quad Core hardware?

At a recent release of an Android smartphone, tech writers questioned the absence of a Quad processor.

Therefore, the question. Will Jelly Bean be up to it?

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Google settles with DoJ over flight data buy

Tempest
WTF?

The airlines had problems with reservation system veracity

One thing you forgot to highlight was the fact that airlines trusted the reservation accounting systems: that is until they found out that they were being charged too much.

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The reservation systems earn their money when a seat is sold - but they charged/debited the airlines when an inquiry was submitted and held pending customer acceptance. What is supposed to happen was when a 'held' booking was cancelled as a result of a no-sale or confirmation period time-out.

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The airlines then installed software and all hell broke loose as they had the proof the reservation systems were overcharging them, which is more properly called fraud. Smaller airlines opted for the weakest link in the deal - the travel agent - billing them for charge-backs rather than going after the thieves in the mess.

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Then travel agents got suspicious of res systems and found they were not being credited with all the seats they sold. Travel agents get bonus payments for large bookings with a reservation system. In fact there was a court case, brought by Galileo against a travel agent in Toronto, Canada, which was withdrawn after the reservation system realised they would be vulnerable to questions around their accounting accuracy. (There is no record of this action as it was heard in secret)

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I agree with you that the presence of Google will improve things for the travelling public who, at this time, are being nickle and dimed to death by airlines imposing their usurious fees (started by American) which has now led to ridiculous baggage limits which offer the carriers to collect yet more fees for bags they once carried free.

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BA jihadist relied on Jesus-era encryption

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What concerns me most about this matter is BA's hiring practices? Don't they do background checks?

BA, like all major entities, owe it to their customers to do through background checks on employees that can exploit vulnerabilities in corporate entities.

Abother reason to avoid flying BA>

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Steve Jobs must face the music in court

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Jobs extensive corporate knowledge could be risky

You made a good point.

Questioning people at the top of the structure means they have so many things to be wary of ranging from corporate duties, shareholder interest, etc.

Questioning a person lower down the corporate ladder allows companies wriggle room if malfeasance is exposed.

No doubt Apple lawyers will be filing objections by the ton so they can respond in writing, after careful deliberation.

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US gov opposes Microsoft in i4i patent spat

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WTF?

It's none too often the U.S. Government tries to assist non-U.S. companies.

I checked my Lexis-Nexis and you are right.

There are extremely few legal matters where the U.S. has worked against it's own in this type of civil matter. The only other area in which they do this with any frequency is the airline pricing conspiracy cases.

Since there is to be new patent legislation I would have thought the government objections could have been covered by new rules.

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More cocaine found at Kennedy Space Center

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You mentioned Christa McAuliffe - such a loss to her children and the school

Christa McAuliffe was selected as the primary candidate for the NASA Teacher in Space Project assigned as a 'liaison' for school children, and killed on 1986 January 28 on board the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

A tragic loss especially for her two children, Scott and Caroline, who were nine and six when Christa died.

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Iran to attend Olympics, despite 'racist' logo

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Reject Lego pieces or Ikea furniture?

Whatever it is supposed to represent, it sure isn't warm and cuddly with all those square corners.

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Google wires up for wireless payments

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Different countries different rules.

Here in Cambodia there's a monthly fee, VietNam and Canada too.

Different classes of users have different fees - travel agents get theirs free through the reservation systems.

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Mole points to April iOS 5.0 outing

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I'm clipping this post ...

there are so many countries without daylight saving o it, far more than I realised.

China is really screwed up. Too bright in the morning in ShangHai whilst those poor stiffs living in Yunnan out West have to stagger around in the dark for a couple of hours just so they can all get to use BeiJing time.

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iPad 2: Apple forced to make carrier concessions

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WTF?

SIMS are too high priced

In Cambodia I only pay about a USD$1 for a SIM, the very same type as you pay CAD$50 for.

There should be a law ....

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iPhone lead in ad revenue generation slipping away

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Both these OS are ...

or nearly are EXTINCT, as in dead!

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Neat idea ... I'm coming from Mongolia, too

Like your airport idea!

Always get bothered by touts in Phonm Penh and Siem Reap so I want want a ride to Nowhere, too!

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Republicans believe in 'climate change' but not 'global warming'

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Alert

ICANN doesn't list .GOD

Who is the Registrar for this domain?

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MS smartphone share falls despite WinPho 7

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@Fandom: No Verizon as no phones

Verizon didn't get to peddle the CDMA Version 4 until the subsequent quarter which has yet to be calculated.

Coming soon!

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Tempest
WTF?

Iphone 4 sales say more about the buyer

The iPhone 4/Lemon 4 has been declared by reputable organisations to be defective/less than effective.

It's like saying the Edsel was a great car.

Anyone who buys duds says more about themselves than a defective product.

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BBC accused of coming out for porn opt-in?

Tempest
WTF?

Only the BBC would bring us an idiot like ...

Stephen Fry who knows diddly squat about technology and so many other things.

Who else would hire him?

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Steve Jobs bends iPad price reality

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FAIL

The Apple warranty is bad, too

Whether or not you get warranty service seems to depend on so many unknown variables that it isn't really a warranty.

Better have a good lawyer.

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Apple, Google, RIM in smartphone dead heat

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You'll wait a long time for an answer!

As JaitcH has said that no one who can stand behind an opinion isn't worth answering.

Cowards are what the dictionary says - too weak to put their name to their claim.

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Apple: If you're under 17, you can't use Opera

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Stop

Idiots must use Safari; Anyone with an IQ under 80 should be forced to use Safari.

Just about covers an iPhan.

(Why should other people get more red button hits!)

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ICO evidence raises Freedoms Bill data worries

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Happy

Criminals should get jobs cleaning barber shops ...

then, when they go on their next 'job', scatter the hair clippings around.

This should really keep the Plod busy!

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RIM brushes off HP fondleslab innuendo

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Jobs Horns

Jobs attended several ...

Xerox Parc courses/seminars and copied some of the things he saw.

Apple was previously in use when he pinched that too, as was the name tablet. Jobs only buys or pays for things he can't get free. Thunderbolt is, as someone pointed out, in use by several computer related companies.

Jobs isn't a saint or a god - as he might learn sooner than later. He is simply a clever but crass business man.

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US Supremes trash AT&T's claims to 'personal privacy'

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Happy

Roberts was in good form the day afterwards

cracking some jokes with fellow judges./

Good to see humour in a senior court.

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Asian soup peril menaces bionic shark

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Happy

I tried rock fish in the UK once ...

and I loved it! Such a clean taste, and cheap too.

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Antennagate Redux: Consumer Reports condemns Verizon iPhone 4

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Unhappy

The price differential between ...

GSM or CDMA *ONLY* and the dual function chips is significant. Dual function chips are physically the same size.

Qualcomm needs it's pound of cash. And Jobs is cheap Real cheap.

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Tempest
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I guess Jobs has updated the old adage ...

You can fool some of the people all of the time, but you can fool all of the iPhans all of the time.

Jobs has learned one thing, even he is not infallible - twice over, yet!.

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Jobs stand-in ranks iPhone over sex

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Washing machines, with unbalanced loads, in the ...

spin cycle are reputed to be more satisfying.

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iPhone 'Death Grip' effect is real, plastic cases don't help

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If I recall from my days in the Royal Signals ...

these UHF sets were just for squadron inter-tank chat and had a power level of under one-quarter watt.

I never heard of anyone dying, or even getting burned, by grabbing a quarter-wave dipole.

The desert UHF sets jamming the assembly areas for D Day in the UK were due purely to 'skip'. These days 'skip' signals can't be heard because of the traffic carried on UHF.

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British Airways IT worker found guilty of plotting terror attack

Tempest
WTF?

Guilt by innuendo - must be following FBI entrapment stories

" having links to the to the attempted shoe-bombing of a plane over Detroit on Christmas 2009" then they start talking about "with the people you have is is it possible to get a package or a person with a package on board a flight".

So I wonder what is the link between a guy living in Nigeria, flying to Amsterdam and then trying to blow his underpants up over Detroit AND a package? Commonalities are air, explosives, USA.

I think the Met Plod have been reading too much about the far fetched FBI-sponsored bomb plots starting up all over the USA.

Another point. Presumably BA does background checks when it hires somebody: why did it not detect this dodgy computer guy earlier, or did the Plod use him as bait and, inter alia, putting passengers at risk had the computer guys alleged friends been successful?

Methinks there is much more to this than has been released. Or the Plod has presented a fairy story.

Since when have convictions be based on evidence using the word 'may' as in "may have been planning"? He either did or he didn't.

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Apple under siege: Antitrust probes and product delays ...

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FAIL

Forget product delays: Verizon now reporting Grip of Death problems!

Now Verizon (CDMA) users are complaining that the so called Lemon 4 is exhibiting the very same problems that were experienced on AT&T a year ago.

Corporate mouthpiece Natalie Kerris reiterated Apple's mantra: "The (Lemon) 4 has a great antenna that allows it to have an amazingly thin design, great battery life and reception," Kerris said. "We designed the iPhone 4 external antenna to work great on Verizon's CDMA/EVDO network.""..

Unfortunately the trusted Consumer Reports, who ran their usual tests, didn't agree.

Who would a normal person believe?

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Godson: China shuns US silicon with faux x86 superchip

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Happy

Alibaba had listings for ...

customised, small quantity IC's.

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Apple brands Intel 'Light Peak' as Thunderbolt

Tempest

Maybe HTC will do a deal over the name ... how about withdrawing court actions?

With USD$60-billion cash in the bank Apple can afford to buy off the people/companies whose name it is stealing.

HTC is the nearest challenge as they are in manufacturing, too.

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Apple shareholders demand CEO succession plan

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All this speculation depends on whether or not ...

Jobs will even heed the call of the Grim Reaper, given that he is used to people following him.

Americans make death such a fetish: all fancy coffins, urns, etc. Death is natural, so why fear it or treat it as being so 'special'?

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Cornish pasties awarded protected status

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Ploughman's lunch is only REAL with Pan Yan Pickle

Why the manufacturers ever discontinued Pan Yan Pickles is beyond me.

I managed to buy a box of it when they announced it's demise.

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Cellphone exposure linked to changes in brain activity

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We used to heat things up in the ...

microwave feed to the big dish upstairs. We could still see the aircraft, too.

A miracle.

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Top execs fly from Alibaba after supplier frauds

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New listings don't reply, don't add data

Newer listings seem to have just been added as there is little enthusiasm shown by filling all the details. No contacts, no web site, no pictures.

Perhaps Alibaba just added the names to keep their numbers high.

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Unprecedented domain seizure shutters 84,000 sites

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FAIL

Obama makes even George Bush look good

Here we have this lawyer who had a golden opportunity to do good but his Wall Street friends have persuaded him to look after them.

Now this lawyer is deliberately floating the law, again, by seizing property with due process involving both sides.

And Obama wonders why he has 'domestic terrorists'?

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Anonymous security firm hack used every trick in book

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Watch out for the Bittorrent there really are ...

problems with the files in PDF format by way of viruses.

I think anonymous jumped too soon, they should done it during the presentation with someone in the audience to ask a question!

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Apple suppliers: Child labor, bribery, suicides

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Alert

RE: Except he's trying to ensure there's no child labour, bad working conditions etc

This report is what Apple has done AFTER being caught with it's pants down after years of abuse.

At least they've made a partial improvement.

Now they can spend time improving the ecology ....

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Tempest
FAIL

"even attaching large nets to the factory buildings to prevent impulsive suicides"

If any Western company boasted of this 'feature' their customers would shop elsewhere. This such a very sad commentary on the West's 'exploitation' of developing countries - and not by Apple alone.

That it happens in factories owned by Taiwanese Chinese entrepreneurs makes little difference.

All this so Westerners have an upscale electronic toy to play with. I hope people who use these devices manufactured by Foxconn spend a minute thinking about the implications.

I think the use of the word 'impulsive' is wrong as I suspect the urge to end ones life takes time to develop: a more suitable word might be 'opportunistic'.

There is NO excusing 'inadequate safety devices, lack of first-aid supplies, improper handling of hazardous chemicals' as Western countries often make the employer responsible for minimising chemical exposure and 'n-hexane' has long been recognised as having serious side effects - and used just to minimise fingerprints.

I hope Jobs feels appropriately guilty as he counts his filthy lucre.

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Tempest
FAIL

"even attaching large nets to the factory buildings to prevent impulsive suicides"

If any Western company boasted of this 'feature' their customers would shop elsewhere. This such a very sad commentary on the West's 'exploitation' of developing countries - and not by Apple alone.

That it happens in factories owned by Taiwanese Chinese entrepreneurs makes little difference.

Just so Westerners have an upscale electronic toy to play with. I hope people who use these devices manufactured by Foxconn spend a minute thinking about the implications.

I think the use of the word 'impulsive' is wrong as I suspect the urge to end ones life takes time to develop: a more suitable word might be 'opportunistic'.

There is NO excusing 'inadequate safety devices, lack of first-aid supplies, improper handling of hazardous chemicals' as Western countries often make the employer responsible for minimising chemical exposure and 'n-hexane' has long been recognised as having serious side effects - and used just to minimise fingerprints.

I hope Jobs feels appropriately guilty as he counts his filthy lucre.

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Airport face-scanning robots switched off

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Unhappy

"its based on an IRIS scan which I've never had a problem with"

Try looking cross-eyed when they try to register your data - really screws the machines up!

Ain't technology wonderful?

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Clinton demands net freedom for all... 'cept Wikileaks

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Re: US cold shouldered the Vietnamese

The U.S., IMO, cold shouldered the Ha Noi government because it 'lost face' when it was defeated by it's inability to fight the 'enemy'; because the Vietnamese were driven by patriotism; the South Vietnamese government was corrupt, etc. etc.

By the time the U.S. joined battle with Ha Noi the U.S. was firmly of the opinion that France was out of the game having surrendered to Germany and following WW2 trying to re-establish it's colonial presence.

The biggest failing was in the U.S. not knowing it's enemy and extreme lack of communications. The then prime minister of (North) VietNam was a fluent English linguist.

Read the 10,000 Day War by Michael McClear - it's available through Bittorrent download. < Bittorrent magnet:?xt=urn:btih:OWKU5OPFXDSTWQEZ6TLU4575FMZ4A64A >

Both China and Russia regarded VietNam as a client state and HO, Chi-Minh even tried to establish relationships with the U.S. before the American War in VietNam even got underway. Uncle HO was repulsed - Canada was the conduit through which these overtures were made.

Russia's major interest was in gaining a warm weather port in the Pacific region and this it got from the Vietnamese in the form of the Da Nang naval base which was surrendered intact when the U.S. left town.

Then President Clinton did a very smart thing in restoring relationships with VietNam as it has set the Chinese and Russian influences back a long way and the bi-directional trade has been beneficial to both sides. Pity it took so long! (I live in Cambodia!)

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Man pockets $8m running computer fraud ring

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WTF?

Re: In the US you have to pay Federal income tax on all income

Not if you are very rich or have a business.

Taxes, in the U.S., are for poor people and suckers. You can even deduct your mortgages there!

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Census threatens spies' cover

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I have no postal code where I live ....

therefore I am unable to get past the first section.

Incomplete census forms are unacceptable ergo I don't mail mine.

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Apple 'iPhone Nano' back in the game, says mole

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Apple doesn't do budget ...

and in trying to achieve this whilst maintaining margins it has become accustomed to will likely slash away starting with the screen.

The fruit logo will be likely devalued, too.

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I’m not a Trojan horse: Nokia’s Elop hits back at neigh sayers

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FAIL

Elop seems to have forgotten that ...

without happy employees, he has no company.

Elop, born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario - the Pittsburgh-like steel town of Canada, obviously uses different criteria. That's a pity because a company that shafts it's employees will likely have as much loyalty to customers.

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Israel's data protection laws given EU approval

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FAIL

Israel adopted the U.S. model of international diplomacy and behaviour ....

such as lying and cheating against 'friendly' powers, anonymous rendition, breaking undertakings not to copy passports again and again.

And yet the UK gives huge monetary grants to these freeloaders annually whilst denying it's ow citizens essential funding.

Just like the U.S.A.

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EC parades common phone charger

Tempest
WTF?

The Australian configuration has the advantage that a two-prong plug ...

must be like US 2-pin plugs which are also polarised to ensure the line always follows through to the equipment.

China seems to have an eclectic mix of plugs/sockets now, at least in the newer buildings, as they accept US/Euro/Australian connectors. Pity they don't have a world standard.

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Bradley Manning 'is British' – campaigners urge UK.gov to act

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FAIL

"That's part of why we Americans kicked the British out 200+ years ago ..."

Both Canada and the States were part of the same political creation and the States got impatient and broke away whilst Canada patiently waited whilst it matured as a country.

The differences, now, are stark.

On one side of the border you have mayhem, torture, imprisonment without trial, guns everywhere, mass tapping of telephones, etc. and on the other ... comparative peace..

That's what colonialism gave some of the world.

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