* Posts by druck

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: A cow is actually quite dangerous

Charles Manning wrote:

But still, 20 cops to kill a cow? C'mon one shot with a rifle or shotgun will do it.

Rifle yes, but a shotgun isn't going fell a cow.

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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

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Re: This is what the Human Rights Act is for

Colonel Panic wrote:

The much maligned Article 8 (the one that the Daily Mail hates so much) as well as protecting your right to family life, protects your home and your privacy.

There may well be a strong argument that the exemption introduced is incompatible with Article 8.

You might want to actually read it, and take note of the comprehensive list of exceptions to the rights.

Right to respect for private and family life

1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

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Election? Pah. Here's the REAL question: Who’s the SEXIEST MP?

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Oedipus complex

h4rm0ny wrote:

One study showed that men are more attracted to women who remind them of their mothers

Well my 19 month old is completely endeavoured with this picture of a little girl on the wall of the dining room - which happens to be mother at the same age, but he refuses to believe it.

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Elon Musk: I'm neither a samurai nor a bastard

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Tricks of the trade

JustNiz wrote:

You wouldn't phone a plumber then once he's in the door demand he work for nothing, so why do employers think they can do it?

More likely you'll be paying him for a good chunk of nothing. If a trades person they say they haven't got the replacement part on the van, and they have to nip to the shop to get one, pretty likely they'll actually be off to another job. You'll still being paying for their time until they get back though.

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CherylWillBounceBack wrote:

Anyone who thinks their 'special bundle of joy' is more important then contributing to a business - especially ones the like of which Musk runs - is delusional.

Spoken by someone with no children, and thankfully, never likely to have.

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WikiLeaks, er, leaks the Bundestag Inquiry into NSA naughtiness

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EADS & Airbus

Targets included members of the French government and European industry, including the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) and Eurocopter. Airbus, another target of alleged spying, has launched a lawsuit.

Airbus was part of EADS, which is now known as the Airbus Group.

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

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Re: More reasons to go to PaleMoon or other alternatives

You can put as much DRM in the browser as you like, but unless there is a trust path implemented all the way from the application to the graphics card (and even the monitor), it isn't secure. It's going to be a lot easier to intercept the unencrypted video stream in an open source OS, as opposed to Windows.

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Hypervisor indecisive? Today's contenders from yesterday's Hipsters

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Re: Ludicrous stupid beard fashion

I'm just hoping they wont become compulsory.

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Amazon, eBay and Oracle in dirty power SHAME

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Apple; 100% renewable, but 0% recyclable

The data centres may be ok, but their products will end up in a landfill.

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EEeeeeek, complaints! Ofcom roasts BT-wannabe-spouse

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PlusNet haven't gone on the list because they are bad, but because they are big enough now to be counted.

They are very much the black sheep of the BT family, not being completely crap and all. The big advantage of being part of BT is that when something goes wrong, they get a BT engineer out fast, and none of this crap of threatening £99 call out fees if the problem is at the ISP end.

However I do agree that EE & BT are match made in heaven, (or is that hell), for poor customer service.

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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

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Subtitles

Lets hope the speech recognition software the NSA and GCHQ are using is better than that used for the live subtitling on BBC News, or there could be some really unfortunate misunderstandings.

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Got a Samsung Galaxy S5? Crooks can steal your fingerprint – claim

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Re: Hacking in is better than hacking off

I don't think you appreciate how cheap life is in most of the world.

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Hacking in is better than hacking off

Quite frankly I'd rather there was a known vulnerability in the implementation, rather than miscreants thinking the only way to get in to your phone, was to lop a digit off.

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Apple BIGGER than the U.S. ECONOMY? Or Australia? Or ... Luxembourg?

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Double suck

What is the economic effect of Apple's massive hoard of non-repatriated profits? It's money sucked out of the economies of countries outside the US, and we assume it has been invested wisely, so will suck even more money out of the economies in the form of investment returns.

It's become like a black hole, sucking in everything and giving back nothing, and if it becomes much bigger, will it's gravitational effects be felt elsewhere?

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Yahoo! sees! profit! and! shares! fall! as! earnings! missed! - save! us! Japan!

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WTF?

Yahoo! ... the once great tech company

That would have been when exactly?

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Tesco broadband goes TITSUP, world keeps turning on wobbly-wheeled trolley

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The outage should come as a timely reminder to users migrate to a reputable ISP, before they get sucked in to the plague pit it that is Talk Talk.

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'Leaked' EU digi wish list: Junkets for Eurocrats, sops to copyright and telcos

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Where are the details on harmonising VAT mentioned in the article?

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Microsoft set to penetrate Cyanogen, promises app-y ending

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Re: As long as I can remove it,

silent_count wrote:

"Here's the new house you paid for. We've stuffed every room, floor to ceiling, full of garbage. Now instead of enjoying your purchase, you get to spend your time and energy doing unpaid cleaning work."

Ever taken the side off the bath in a new house? Or opened up any other voids, such as under the stairs? It will be full of garbage the builders couldn't be arsed taking to the skip, and have just boarded up.

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You’ll be the coolest guy in IT if you ain't got your ID

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Re: What, no biometric access?

Any time you say biometric, just think about that body part being cut off/out of you. It doesn't matter if a dead piece of flesh doesn't actually work, just that someone might think it will. Then be grateful you can hand over keys or cards, and hope they'll do what they have to do, and be on their way.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: Never mind the bars

It depends if the phone is set to desperately cling to a modicum of 4G signal, just so it can have boasting rights it in the status bar, or whether it sensibly drops back to 3G for a better quality signal that you can actually get some data transferred over.

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Re: DAB...

Strikingly, the proposal shows it as a 32kbps stream in mono. Given the efficiency of the AAC audio codec, that's going to sound OK, but mono? Really? As a way to showcase a brand new technology?

It makes about as much sense as launching a 4K TV channel in Black and bloody white.

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POODLE vuln dogs Australian consumer modems

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Bloody well get it fixed

+Comment: It's almost impossible to expect home users en masse to learn even the most basic configuration tasks. There's no way Joe Sixpack is going to run a firmware upgrade and navigate a bunch of menus to find out where the remote management check-box is.

For that reason, it's also unfair to threaten blocking services to users who don't know what's going on.

It's perfectly fair. If the police pull you over for having an mechanically unsafe vehicle on the public highway, you have to get it fixed or it will be impounded. If you can't fix it yourself, you take it to a garage. It should be the same with devices using the public internet.

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Life after Lord Shugs looks good, as Viglen directors' packages swell

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Are they still going? Their reputation wasn't great even back when were selling BBC Micro peripherals in Acorn User magazine.

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

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Re: Storage?

OneDrive? Samsung wants us to rely on the Microsoft cloud on an Andriod phone? Surely some mistake. No Thanks.

(S5 owner)

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Review: McAfee Endpoint Protection for SMB

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Positive?

Not sure why with a list of misfeatures like that, its summarised as a positive review? Utter shite more like. The free version of Avast runs rings around it.

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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Re: "Knowing you only have 36 exposures at a time can impose discipline."

The Fuji X series of cameras has a pretty good Velvia film simulation.

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Microsoft open sources MSBuild, aims for cross-platform dev tools

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Re: Plenty of other...

MonoDevelop has always worked for me when porting C# projects from Windows.

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Filthy – but sadly frothy – five door fun: Ford Focus 1.5 Zetec

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Re: @jason7

Everyone with small children is guilty of packing too much shit these days.

I just managed to get my 17 month old, pram, high chair, travel cot, bedding and a weeks luggage for the wife and the self in to my RX-8 (Fiesta sized interior according to the courtesy car I was given by the insurance company once).

I took the opportunity to take the car for a long trip while the fuel prices are low (the RX-8 does 20mpg on a good day), and that we'll be back in the Mondeo in 7 months due to child no.2 being on the way. You can get plenty of shit in the Mondeo, even if it doesn't handle as well.

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Re: keyless start

We've found a big drawback with key-less start in our Mondeo Titanium X; after having the tyres changed my wife was driving back up the A1 at night when it started raining, the automatic wipers came on, something flew off in to the darkness and the wipers and axillary electrics went off. She stopped on the hard shoulder and turned the engine off to investigate, it then wouldn't turn back on - no key present.

It had been the keys which flew off! The mechanic had left them on the windscreen, which was close enough to start the car, but with recessed wipers, not noticeable from inside. As my wife never normally had to take her keys out from her handbag to start the car, and it started, she didn't realise anything amiss. I'd come in to work by train, so I had to get a lift from a colleague to rescue her with my keys from over an hour spent freezing wet hard shoulder on a winters night.

Although I blame Ford for a stupid design that lets this happen, I made sure that the garage paid for the replacement car and house keys. I also got them to change their policy of leaving the keys on the windscreen, and now explicitly hand them back to the customer.

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What’s new in Office 2016 for Mac (and why it doesn't totally suck)

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Re: There is only one critical feature

Not even Microsoft can promise to get that 0.1% working between their Windows versions, due to abysmal documentation of OOXML that Microsoft forced through the standards process.

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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Re: Hidden TrueCrypt volumes

Given that some twunt posted on Facebook he was about to make an armed raid on Tesco, someone may be that stupid.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-31747012

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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Re: Where to put it?

Chris Miller wrote:

The other requirement is a good deal of unoccupied area to the west of the site.

To the east, so that you get a boost from the rotation of the earth. Unless you want a hazardous retrograde orbit, with things coming at you head on at up to 36,000 miles per hour. Only the Isreali's have had to do that so far due to unfriendly nations to the east, which might construe a launch over their territories as an attack.

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Carriers want 5G to do everything, for anything, anywhere

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Re: Lan replacement

Not just contention, but latency, security and cost. Do you think that second mast comes for free? Do you want to be paying a cell co per GB carried for your LAN?

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Lan replacement

The carriers also reveal that they'd like to replace the office LAN, calling for standards that can deliver “1 Gb/s to be offered simultaneously to tens of workers in the same office floor”.

Stupid, just stupid.

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.hotels. .hoteis ... not a typo but a window into ICANN's baffling world

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The introduction of the dot word idiocy has put so much money on ICANNs pockets, that they can carry on with the lack of accountability regardless, and throw money at lawyers to make any problems go away. Under these conditions, they cannot be allowed to take over the IANA - full scale reform is needed, or disbandment.

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ARM, Geomerics: Don't go to the dark side. Use the Forge, Luke

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Impressive!

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Turn off images

There are also handy features like the ability to turn off images to speed up page load times over slow networks

What? Is it the 1990's again? If the connection is that slow, I just wouldn't bother.

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

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Re: Do we even need Saudi oil anymore?

Valerion wrote:

They could go, what, 10 years without oil revenue on existing cash reserves? Then they'd have nothing. No economy at all. And we could ignore them forever.

You think they'd sit back and wait for that to happen? Or perhaps use the cash reserves to fund fellow wahhabists in their creation of an an Islamic State, taking over all the oil producing countries of the Middle East and north Africa?

Or is that what is already happening?

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SpaceX lofts two all-electric ion-drive comsats to Clarke orbit

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Carrawaystick wrote:

What country is Alaska in?

What country is Alaska a part of?

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Ericsson, Telstra and Qualcomm up the ante with 600Mbps demo

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Re: Nice.

It will still have far greater latency than a land line, and the more people that start using it, the less speed each will see.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Re: Gotta love Apple.

Apple put in some cash, all the smarts in ARM came from Acorn and VLSI.

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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Re: Blank box

Microsoft is more than capable of mandating exactly what is allowed to be shipped on a new PC, look at Windows 8.1 for Bing. If they wanted to stop this, they could, but they don't.

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

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Only what they deserve

The bit I find hard to swallow is Lenovo support denied the malware was installed by them and wanted to charge $120 to remove it. They are truly deserving of this class action.

AC wrote:

I'm probably going to get flamed for this but did Lenovo install this kind of stuff before it went Chinese?

Lenovo have always been Chinese, IBM sold them it's PC business, and they certainly didn't do this sort of thing.

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OLPC spin-off teases modular 'Infinity' computer

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Following in the foot steps of Acorn

The Acorn Risc PC, which was heavily used in education, featured not one but two replaceable CPU cards, back in 1994. The first card was the native processor, which grew from a 33MHz ARM6 to a 287MHz Strong ARM. The second card was an optional x86 processor for hardware PC emulation, and grew from a 486/33 to a 586/133.

But as with anything that has replaceable components, eventually the underlying glue runs out of steam. In the Risc PC's case the motherboard's 16MHz bus between processors, memory and I/O was the bottleneck, and meant faster processors couldn't be fully utilised. The Kinetic upgrade featured a 300MHz StrongARM with its own fast RAM directly accessible, but I/O was still crippled.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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BBC says no to science

Well when the BBC allows one person, Roger Harbin, decide that scientific consensus for man made global warning is so strong, the BBC can be absolved from it's responsibility of balanced reporting, then what hope does any real science have on the channel? We can only look forward to the BBC trust backing to the hilt more sensationalist drivel like the mega tsunami, and disregarding any evidence to the contrary.

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Torvalds turns to Sir Mix-A-Lot for Linux versioning debate

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Abacus

If Linus has run out of fingers and toes for version numbers, get an ABACUS!

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

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How big?

The plan was to create a sail that would weigh just 110 pounds (around 50 kg) and furl to “the size of a dishwasher”. When deployed, the 0.005 mm thick sail...

What the hell is it made of to be so thin, but have such a large mass? Either it includes the sails support structure (massively hefty for such a small thrust), or it unfurls to quite a bit bigger than a dish washer.

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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More l than p!

The only compelling promotion for me at the moment is Tesco fuel save. Taking 8p off the already dropping petrol price, got me fuel for under a pound a litre for the first time in donkeys years. What a novelty seeing the litre counter go up faster than the pence counter on the pump!

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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Re: hmm

CheesyTheClown wrote:

Let's not forget that Windows CE is also a real-time operating system...

Not on anyone else's planet! It's just a port of a very old Windows NT kernel, and about as real time as a brick. All Windows CE based phones had to have a separate processor to run the phone stack.

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UK not-spot deal: When we said '2017’, we meant 1 DAY BEFORE 2018

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A year late and -30db short

By 2017 means to me that it will be complete by 31 December 2016, not a year later, and with that signal strength you might as well get out your tin cans and wet string.

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