* Posts by lglethal

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Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

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California?

I would have thought Washington was the more afflicted part of the US. I cant think of a better explanation for everything that comes out of there then "Demons did it!"

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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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Re: Not confined to F35

I have to agree, you would think this would be standard operating procedure by now, but apparently not.

However, at least the aerospace industry is pretty good at avoiding repeated incidents. Right now, there will be a circular going round to update the starting procedure so that in the event of a cancelled start (and subsequent fuel build up), future start must be conducted into the wind.

Frankly, that should have been in the operating procedure from the start, but I guarantee it will be in there now.

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Google rushes in where Akamai fears to tread, shields Krebs after world's-worst DDoS

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The Only Way...

The only way we are going to see the end of DDOS attacks is to start holding the companies that produce or control the unprotected services responsible.

I hate the American way, but until the various IoT developers start getting sued for the costs of protecting against, or the downtime caused by, DDOS attacks, they aren't going to start spending the time and money to implement the sort of security which can make sure their devices cant be used this way.

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

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Re: challenge / response

Hmmm is there a reason why the first nonsense answer that came to your mind when referring to your "first teacher" was "pork sausages"?

Perhaps there's something you'd like to discuss with the class? ;)

*cough* Freudian Slip *cough*

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Re: Please keep your biometric nettles away from my arse

But then the banks would have to actually keep branches open rather then shutting them down and pocketing the profit of outsourcing everything. We cant allow that sort of thinking to happen!

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Re: Meh, don't use your real info

As my answer to those questions tend to revolve around some variant of "f$ck off!", "get nicked" or "pi$$ off". People probably think I really didn't like getting given a dog as a kid...

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

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Re: Whats Overtime?

Sorry to say it but you need to either a) find another job where it's not specified in your contract that you have to do whatever management says no matter what it actually says in your contract; b) inform your boss that any work outside of that specified in your contract is going to require a renegotiate of your contract to include overtime or TOIL; or c) just say No.

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Google GPS grab felt like a feature, was actually a bug

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Fosters - Australia's joke on the world...

Us drink it? Not on your life...

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There was a time when nobody knew Australia even existed!!!

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Netguard is your friend

Having found that for the last 2 months, Play Store was chewing through my data in the background (without me doing anything, having all updates turned off, etc. it was still chewing between 10-100Mb per day!) I installed Netguard, had it block all attempts of Play Store and all the other Google apps to access the internet, my data usage has dropped massively. My phone is faster and all is happy with the world again... :P

I wished I'd known about programs like Netguard months ago, could have saved myself so many problems... And sorry if this sounds like an advertisement, its not! I'm not associated with Netguard in any way shape or form, just happy that it saved me so much and know blocks any attempt from Google to get access to my data! :)

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French hackers selling hidden .22 calibre pen guns on secret forums

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Re: "bagging between €5 million to €10 million a month"

I thin Pascal read it (as I did first time around) that we were talking 40000 people pulling in 5 million EACH every month. THAT you would think would be easy to trace. 5 million divided by 40000 people not so much.

Also doesn't seem really worth it for that sort of money. Your taking a hell of a risk to make €200 a month. So I wonder how accurate those figures really are...

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So the pen IS mightier than the Sword

at least in France....

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Map to the stars: Gaia's first data dump a piece of 3D Milky Way puzzle

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Maybe it was adjusted after your comment, but it does specifically say 7 micro arc seconds in the article...

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

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Re: I would not be so sure

@ Voland.

10 years ago I would have agreed with you. But in the current anti-Western, scarily nationalistic climate Putin has going on over there at the moment, I definitely cannot see it happening.

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I hate to say it but I can never see an American firm creating a "New Gagarin". They'd be hounded as un-American and probably lose all government funding. The same goes for Russians creating a "New Armstrong" or whatever. It's just not going to happen.

Only ESA would be willing to do something like that. Hell in Germany we have Yuri's night every year (at least in cities where there is a bit of the space industry, like Bremen). I cant imagine a Yuri's night existing in the US or a "Neil's night" existing in Russia.

Pity. Maybe I'll be proved wrong one day, but I doubt it...

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Tesla to stop killing drivers: Software update beamed to leccy cars

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@ Grunchy

Let me correct you there:

"If some d*ckhead who cant spot an 18 wheeler drives into you, then you can get some lawyers and go for his jugular." Who gives a flying f%&k what car he's driving!

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Curiosity rover likes big buttes but it cannot lie around

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Re: Can we ditch the name Curiosity?

It's official as voted for by the public (i.e. me!), the new name of curiosity shall forever be "The Laser-Wielding, Nuclear-Powered Space Tanky Mc Tankface".

That is all!

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Lasers! Lasers! Nuclear Powered Lasers!!!

Can we ditch the name Curiosity? I propose that from now on we call the robot beast simply "The Laser-Wielding, Nuclear-Powered Space Tank on Mars"! It has a much cooler ring to it! ;)

(Ps - a very nice reference to Sir Mixalot in there Simon! Well Done!)

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Meet DDoSaaS: Distributed Denial of Service-as-a-Service

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What you mean Glaswegians?

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Just not cricket: Microsoft's big data Googly called No Ball

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The third boot note had me laughing

There is no explaining Shane Warne. Even now that he is retired, he still defies explanation. How such a bogan ever dated Elizabeth Hurley defies any rational explanation!

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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Re: So what does this do for Italy?

You can always click No on the EULA, uninstall Windows and install your own OS. No problem there, however, you HAVE bought a PACKAGE knowing it comes with Win 10, so why are you complaining? If you don't want a specific OS, find a seller who will supply you said computer without the OS. Not that hard. There's plenty out there, big name and small.

If you buy a package holiday, you cant really complain and ask for your money back when you decide to stay in another hotel. You bought the package, not the individual components.

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Re: So what does this do for Italy?

Actually the rulings don't really contradict each other. All this ruling says is that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with Bundling software with a computer, and that you don't need to list the individual component prices when selling as a bundle. Seems a pretty obvious thing to me.

What this guy wanted was to buy a bundle but not get one of the things in the bundle. Sony don't do that. That is there prerogative I guess. If he had gone Dell or whatever, where customization is perfectly feasible, then he could have chosen not to have Windows. No problems.

So its your choice, go to a customizer or buy an off the shelf package. Job done...

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Hitsniffer customers hit by outage over former colleagues' ownership spat

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Re: Sounds like there both crims

But you NEVER have the rights to take property from one company and use it in another without the express permission of the board. Doesn't matter if you're an owner or not. If you want to take something from one company to another, then you need EVERYONE's permission. Without everyone's approval its called theft.

That sort of thinking where, just because you're one of the owners you can do whatever you like and to hell with everyone else and the company, is the reason so many small company's get into trouble.

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Sounds like there both crims

Sounds like Laird is dodgy and tried to rip off his partner. Sounds like Kourkah stole a customer database and used it at another firm.

The first seems like it depends entirely on the contract the two signed. The second is out and out theft, no questions asked, go directly to jail, do not pass Go, do not collect $200.

Unfortunately, what this sort of thing does is discourage customers to ever use services from small firms for fear that they'll suddenly lose access when it all goes titsup.

Everyone comes out of this worse off. All because they couldn't act like adults. Shame.

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When you've paid the ransom but you don't get your data back

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Risk of personal webmail accounts?

I've yet to work in a firm (dating back to the early 2000's) where use of personal webmails on company machines is permitted. In my current firm (and my previous 2 if I remember correctly) it would be a sacking offence (assuming you could get past the blacklist) to use personal webmail.

If this is a risk at your firm, then you really need to have a talk with upper management and get that particular door shut VERY firmly!

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EU will force telcos to offer 90 days of 'roam like home' contracts

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To play devils advocate here...

Your statement that the EU should be a single market for services only really works if taxes for services are the same throughout, and we unfortunately don't have that. Taxes on the mobile plans would skew the market to those places with the lowest taxes.

Also, I can foresee that certain firms would abuse the common market to lower prices in order to gain lots of subscribers but then fail to transfer that cash into better networks and services. The lower revenue for the "good" Telco firms (yes I know that's something of an oxymoron), would discourage investment in better networks and infrastructure, so in the end we would all end up being stuck on 2G networks as no-one would spend the cash to upgrade, because they wouldn't see any increased profits.

Admittedly at the moment, there are a lot of dodgy networks who don't seem to do anything to improve their current networks but there are still some good companies out there implementing better and faster services. Yes they generally cost more, but eventually that infrastructure begins to benefit everyone.

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Retired Philae lander slouches on Comet 67P

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Such a shame

If you look at the image it looks like Philae is only about 2m away from being in Sunlight. Just 2m. 2 tiny metres. After travelling 6,4 billion kilometres. 2 metres is the difference between a mission lasting 60 hours and a mission lasting days, maybe months.

2 metres. Space is a harsh mistress...

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Hacker takes down CEO wire transfer scammers, sends their Win 10 creds to the cops

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Re: Hoist by their own Petards

Why? They'll just blame IT for the Scammers getting through to them in the first place. Then they'll sack a few low level workers to save some money and then collect their bonuses for reducing expenditure.

Cynic, moi?

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Re: Make a phone call

You seem to have a Financial Director who has something between his ears. Call me a cynic but I most certainly don't put him in the majority category.

Most would look at the email they receive, and even if they think to make a phone call, would see a phone number in the email, and dial that number (rather then taking the two seconds to actually look up the phone number in the company directory). Then the CEO's "secretary" would confirm that he really does want the wire transfer but I'm afraid he's in a meeting at the moment. That's more then enough to get most things moving in most of these cases.

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BA check-in system checks out: Staff flung back to cruel '90s world of paper

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Re: How very dare you

Yep it takes time for the computer engineer from India to get to the UK to try switching the system off and on again...

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Sophos Windows users face black screens after false positive snafu

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Re: ''All vendors suffer them from time to time''

The author quite obviously means AV vendors. I don't think RedHat, Mint or Linux are AV Software are they?

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Next Mars landing scheduled for Monday, November 26th, 2018

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Re: Clearing solar panels

Simply put the problem is weight. If you add something to vibrate the panels, that means you have to add the weight of the vibrators, that weight needs to be supported by the structure, which adds more weight, the vibrators also probably need motors of some sort, there's more weight, and they'll need power, which means you need bigger batteries, which means even more weight.

Every kilo you want to add, means you have to add significantly more weight to the rocket, and hence the whole thing has a huge effect on the cost. In the end, it's usually just easier and a site load cheaper, to design it for the base number of years and hope for good conditions to take it beyond that...

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Kaspersky 'terminates' deal with security reseller Quadsys

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Brave idea: Ex Mozilla man punts Bitcoin adblocking browser

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Re: So what's the difference...

You get better service from a protection racket?

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Paint your wagon (with electric circuits) but leave my crotch alone

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Re: holding phone in hand all the time

I cant decide which is worse - looking like a lost tourist or looking like someone who would play Pokemon Go.

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Hey, uh ICANN. US govt here. You know we said we'd give you the keys to the 'net? Yeaahhh...

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Re: If the choice is between the incompetent (Uncle Sam) and the corrupt (ICANN)

Here you go - hows this?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/03/extraordinary_verdict_against_icann/

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Cooky crumbles: Apple mulls yanking profits out of Europe and into US

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Re: People annoyed fancy that

I find it hilarious that the "annoyed" people you describe would turn to Trump over this. If there isn't a better example of someone who has engorged themselves on the very things that have annoyed the people, then I don't know what is...

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Surge pricing? How about surge fines: Pennsylvania orders Uber to cough up $11.4m

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So when people say the United States of America - should it be the United States and Commenwealths of American instead? USCA? USACA?

Hehehe. I think I will keep this fact in mind, for next time I need to trip someone up at a quiz night. How many states in America. 50? Wrong! 46 plus 4 Commenwealths! :P

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That Public Health study? No, it didn't say 'don't do chemo'

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All i can say...

... is that it worked for my Dad. It was definitely hard on him, but if he hadn't had the Chemo then he wouldn't be here today.

Stuff like this I would expect from the Daily Fail and its ilk, but when mainstream media outlets do this, they are just being dangerous. It would be good if the Medical Association sued them to force them to print in the exact same size and headline space "WE LIED!" and "WE DIDNT HAVE A CLUE WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT!". Unfortunately it wont happen though.

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

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Re: Just dumb

Nonsense. Ireland will say its appealing, may even go through the motions, but in the end they will lose and turn around and say "aww im sorry, we tried so hard. Better luck next time. Can we please have the equivalent of 2 years worth of our government budget that the EU says you have to give us? Sorry we really don't want it, but you know what can you do. The EU aren't they bastards, eh? "

It's always the EU's fault. Even when its not.

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Newest Royal Navy warship weighs as much as 120 London buses

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Re: 2 Years is Impressive

When the design is already done and only needs a few mods, you can start building pretty quickly. When you design from scratch, it takes time...

Just saying...

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Lawyers! win! millions! in! bonkers! Yahoo! email! snooping! case!

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If I knew anyone who actually used Yahoo...

... maybe I would have a talk to the EU Privacy Commission about this.

But then again, the only time I get Emails from Yahoo addresses is when I'm receiving spam, so they get ignored anyway.

Yahoo reading spammers Emails so they can deliver targeted spam to the spammers...

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

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Re: Cue loads of people saying...

Lets just say the word Li-Ion Battery. Not the most stable of things, tend to go boom even when in poor buggers pockets! Put that through an engine and see if the resulting debris strike produces the same sort of forces you would expect from a regular bird ingestion.

But the fact of the matter is that whether a plane can survive flying on one engine or not is irrelevant. We are talking about the landing or taking off of an airliner carrying 200+ people. At that moment, suddenly you lose one engine - if you really dont think that is going to make the pilots day rather shit, then how about we shoot out one of your tires going down the autobahn at 120kmh? Its basically the same thing. Your car can still drive with a blown out tire. It wont handle the same and the forces on the car will act completely different, but you can handle it right? It's not going to completely throw out your handling and risk you running off the road, is it? Well guess what? It will have a much larger effect on an aircraft as suddenly you lose half your thrust, gain a f%&kload of drag (acting in totally unexpected and unforeseeable ways), forces will act in 3D not just 2D as on the road, and your still expected to hit the runway and keep 200+ people safe.

Anyone who thinks the risk is understated, has never seen the raw data of a bird strike test. Believe me Engine's are designed to take a bird strike, NOT more then that, and a Drone is a hell of a lot more then a Bird in terms of damage!

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Our pacemakers are totally secure, says short-sold St Jude

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Two points

1) How on Earth do you pick up a second hand Pacemaker on ebay?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!

2) I hope the SEC Take MedSec and Muddy Waters to the absolute cleaners. this is absolutely disgraceful behavior. Ethics, I'm sure they've heard of them. ("That's that place near Wethics, right?")

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Uber lost $7m a DAY in the first half of this year

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Is there a way i can register as a tech business?

It seems there doesn't need to be any correlation between revenue/profit for investors to spunk billions on a tech business, so how can I declare myself a tech business, and get everyone to start investing in me??

I promise to grow every year (I can provide toenail and hair clippings as proof!), I can produce crap everyday, and I promise that I will burn through no more then €100,000 a day! I'm social (whatever that means), hip, and if you really insist I will move to Shoreditch. Come on VC Investors go the next "cool" step and invest in me!!!

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New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

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If there serious about this

Then I say they should bring in full prohibition!

Starting in the House of Lords and the House of Commons of course. Lock all the politicians and lords in Parliament with nothing to drink but cranberry juice. I give it about 5 minutes until the riot breaks out and the people wanting the prohibition get lynched...

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French submarine builder DCNS springs leak: India investigates

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A big mistakes in this article...

DCNS beat out the Germans and the Japanese for the new Australian Submarine contract (although its a different class of submarine) not on the Indian contract.

But most importantly you some how missed out on making a headline along the lines of French Submarine Develops Leaks! For shame el Reg, for shame!!!

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North Korea unveils its home-grown Netflix rival – Manbang

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Re: Only 50 odd years behind the curve

My apologies! Of course you're right! Mitsubishi not Toyota... Still a wanker of a car though... ;)

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Re: Only 50 odd years behind the curve

Apparently (according to our Chilean cleaner in College) the Toyota "Pajero" means "Wanker" in Spanish.

I always thought it seemed quite appropriate. A Chelsea Tractor indeed...

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Privacy advocates rail against US Homeland Security's Twitter, Facebook snooping

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When i hear things like this...

It kinda makes me hope that trump does win over there, but instead of just building a wall to Mexico, he can build it all the way around the country (hell I'd chuck some money into the pot for that). But not to keep us dirty foreigners out, but to keep all the Americans in!

We could turn it into a sort of large scale Battle Royale show! Hell they've already got the weapons!

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