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* Posts by Brandon 2

48 posts • joined 25 Jun 2011

DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

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Mushroom

a near miss

If something nearly misses, isn't that a hit?

/pedant

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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probability...

"It's highly improbable in the limitless vastness of the universe that we humans stand alone,"

Show me the maths. Just because you want to believe something, doesn't mean it's probably true. Don't you need at least 15 or 16 samples to make a statistically significant statement? So far, we have 1. It's been a long time since college stats class, so I could be wrong.

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What's your game, Google? Giant collared by UK civil lib minister on 'right to be forgotten'

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"[Google] is effectively republishing the same information over and over again."

This is a fundamental misrepresentation of what Google is. If you don't want people finding your dirty laundry, don't soil yourself. It's pretty simple.

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ANGRY ALIENS hit by BEBO SPAMGASM probably don't exist

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Re: This seperates the "science" from the real science...

Real science has little to do with "facts". Science is simply experimenting in an attempt to prove your theory wrong.

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China blocks Flickr and OneDrive

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Re: Let them eat cake

The cake is a lie

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

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Re: Past of future history

I could not agree more. I know it's comic book cannon, but the name is still awful.

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

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someone tell the NSA...

Someone tell the NSA about the unlimited snooping potential of everything being connected to the internet, and we (the USA) will mandate IPv6 adoption in 2 years. Then there's no rush for our brothers across the pond, as that should free up quite a few IPv4 addresses for the taking...

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So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

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i'm so lazy...

If only they could use this technology to allow me to remotely change channels on my TV... er... wait.. I don't have a TV.

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Bank of America: Bitcoin could become THE currency of e-commerce

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Re: I think Bitcoin will die a death very soon

"Gold and silver are -in my opinion- a shitty way of guaranteeing currency. They have no practical uses except for jewellery and (in small amounts) for making some electronic components."

Gold, for thousands of years, has had value. Bitcoin has had value for what... the last 2? ... and really had value in the last year of its existence. Gold is useful in its own right. And if the whole world economy collapses, aliens invade, or zombie apolypse... etc., gold will have value. If the proverbial shit hits the fan, no one will care about bit coin. You may dismiss the value of gold, now, in our civilized society, but it's its resilience in trying times that makes gold such a good hedge. I don't own any, but I would buy gold long before I invest in bitcoin, even though amazon doesn't take gold... the guy down the street that sells honda gas generators would, if the world was coming to an end....

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'Weird' OBJECT, PROPELLED by its OWN JETS, spotted beyond Mars orbit by Hubble

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looks like a comet to me... must be ALIENS.

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Alien planet is just like EARTH - except for ONE tiny detail

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Re: There's science and then there's wild guesswork

"We have this data, but don't really know what it means," is not really a very good story. And boring stores don't get you research grants. Truth be told, the margin of error for distance, mass, brightness and other measures is massive, in comparison to terrestrial measurements. This research is an amalgam of theoretical physics and bit of statistical "looking the other way" on the part of scientists. Don't take my word for it. Just do a bit of research on how we calculate the distance to relatively close stars, betelgeuse, for example, paying close attention to the margin of error. Then apply that same procedure to a galaxy or star cluster that is 100 million times farther away. The statistical error grows massively. But, that's a bit boring.

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F-16 fighter converted to drone

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situational awareness

The bottom line is, fighter jocks don't want to lose their jobs. Also, where are we gonna get airline pilots if we don't man jets in the military anymore? Oh wait, we don't need pilots in those either.

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'NSA PRISM spies' shake down victims with bogus child-abuse vids claims

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the other day

A friend of mine came to work the other day saying his fiance was freaking out about having to pay $300 to avoid being prosecuted for downloading child pornography. Granted, she is hardly the most computer savvy person on the planet. My friend reassured her she won't have to pay anything, but in the process, she grilled her son, who vehemently denied watching anything "he shouldn't" on the web... but after an hour of tears and yelling, finally admitted to frequenting a couple of sites for which the internet was invented. Poor kid. Two days later, our IT guy came back from holiday and rid them of their locked computer.

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Paypal makes man 1000x as rich as the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE

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Flame

Re: Are you telling me...

We, americans like a boring sport, if you can call it that, where you sit down half the game... but at least they're not lying on the grass faking injuries for half the game... to each their own.

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New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

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Facepalm

Re: Optimism yes, but restrained, restrained...

.... because all salts are the same, corrosive substances that turns your muffler into dust...

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Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was HOTTER THAN NOW, without CO2

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Facepalm

call me a science denier

... or a skeptic, but correlation does not imply causation. I wish I could ram this into the brain of every human alive. They'd be a lot less gullible when politicians or anyone else with an ulterior motive speaks about statistics, safety, security, global warming, etc.

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Study: Megaupload closure boosted Hollywood sales 10%

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statistics 101

Correlation does not imply causation.

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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Coat

If you want to blame anyone, blame the freetards that steal software. They're the only reason EA has done this. Sure it's a terrible implementation of DRM, and I own the game, well sort of, if you count not being able to play it owning it... but the real culprit, which no one wants to talk about are the idiots that think they can get something for free, and the other idiots that don't care, but still show up to vote and complain on forums, amazon, etc.

flame away... mine's the downvote proof coat...

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Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars

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Linux

Re: Wrong...

"but for some reason manned space travel never followed that same path"

I think that has a lot to do with the fact that just getting into space is way, way more dangerous than sea exploration, flight, computing, etc. On average, 1 out of every 67 space shuttles blew up. Would you get on an airplane if 1 in 70 ended in a fireball? Not to mention we find incredibly useful things via terrestrial exploration. Until we haul a million ton, platinum asteroid into orbit, I fail to see any benefit from going into space. Granted, technologies that are developed trying to get there can be valuable.

The penguin will never make it higher than 20m AGL, without a rocket attached to its back, either...

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Ad-titan Google blocks Adblock Plus in Android security tweak

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Pint

no one is asking...

How is adblock plus making its money? Adverts? Surely not... donations? I don't see anything on their site. So what then? Here's to hoping they're not selling my data, lest they be a pot calling the kettle black.

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Obama signs Executive Order on critical cybersecurity

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IT Angle

Re: At least they're doing something

I'd much prefer they do nothing, if they're not sure it's "the right track", as you put it.

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Don't like your cell network? Legal unlocking ends TONIGHT in US

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Pint

crony capitalism

I wonder which politicians had stock in which companies when this legislation was passed... so glad I'm an American, but more often infuriated. I'll drink one to hoping this doesn't spread across the pond!

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Big Blue bigwig: Tiny processor knobs can't shrink forever

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limits are made to be broken...

if man were meant to fly, god would have given him wings... 4 ghz... that'll never happen.... supersonic... that'll never happen. Sure, the transistor as we know it may have a 12 or 7nm limit, but that does not mean computing power is going to hit a giant wall. It will just require a different innovation path... like near-threshold voltage processors...

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Astroboffins to search for mega-massive alien power plants

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Re: We are

how is it a statistical improbability that we are alone? last time I checked, you needed a sample size larger than 1 to determine anything from statistics... we know of 1 planet that has life on it... not 15, not 300, not 10,000... just one. p-value gonna make your master's thesis explode on that one sample size...

furthermore, why is it so hard for people to just say the words, "I don't know." You don't know, and may never know if there is any other life on other planets, and any statement to the contrary, given our current data is simply speculation.

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Cops cuff Google exec over YouTube Brazilian whack vid

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Bravo for google and youtube for standing up for free speech! Why jail the exec, though? Why not the author of the video? He could have taken it down himself.

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Second win for Apple as Galaxy Nexus sales banned in US

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worse than the judge owning an i-thing

Would the judge not have to recuse herself if she owned an i-thing? or worse, i-stock? Forgive me, as an angry american, I think every politician and judge is in some way in bed with the stock market (read "throw them all out").

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Facebook's viral activism is really good... for admen

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Usually, charities raise money to do good things... like feed the hungry, provide mosquito nets, help child burn victims, etc.... not kill a man. Is that fish I smell, or diamonds?

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Weeing Frenchman sues Google over Street View photo

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Linux

reasonable expectation?

If you can be seen by a car on the road with a camera on it... then you can most definitely be seen by pedestrians. Is that your definition of reasonable expectation of privacy?

Penguin because they would most definitely utilize the garden in such a way...

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US Navy preps railgun for tests

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Linux

If my vote counted...

I'm pretty surprised this hasn't been touted as a "green gun" or a "zero emission sabot slinger." I'm more curious about which senator invested in which stock(s) prior to the funding of this lead-sled than if it will actually work, which I doubt. Not that it won't ever fire really fast, over-sized pellets, but I seriously doubt it will ever be effectively weaponized. Then again, if man was intended to fly, God would have given him wings. Penguin, because God gave them wings, and they still can't fly.

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Hypersonic missile successfully hits Ronald Reagan

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WW2

Tell that to the previous inhabitants of Nagasaki. The "fat man" was only 21kT.

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Server, disc glitches mar Battlefield 3 launch

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hardly a good comparison

Kind of apples and oranges there. The last time I checked, Activision weren't developing their engine from the ground up. I expect the MW3 launch to go more smoothly than BF3's, but it's not nearly as complex of a game, and the changes are not nearly as drastic.

That said, BF3 has had nary a problem for me. A couple servers have lagged a bit, but it was all taken care of in the first 24 hours, and i proxy-unlocked mine (thank you korean time zone). In other news, the sun will rise again tomorrow... oh and EA made $600,000,000 since Tuesday... <shrug>

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

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just so you know...

below the hard deck doesn't count... you should probably get your butts up to Viper's office...

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High-frequency traders attract regulator’s interest

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Paris Hilton

Let them eat cake...

So, you'd like to charge everyone a flat fee to conduct a transaction, making it even more difficult for companies to generate revenue? And you want to reduce unemployment?

Paris, because she understand that the US Federal Government serves her, not the other way around.

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Billion dollar telescope snaps galactic head-on

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Mushroom

it's pretty but...

... is intelligent life any more likely in "that mess" than anywhere else in the universe? Aside from the United States' Congress, of course?

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Neil Armstrong: US space program 'embarrassing'

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Mushroom

waste of money...

I'm all for science for science's sake, but at some point, the engineers must turn it into something useful and marketable. In the last 10 years, what has resulted from the Shuttle program that the millions of tax paying citizens that fund it use on a daily basis? Hopes and dreams? Thank you, but I'll go read a book. There's your answer to, "why the space program is in decline." It's not this administration (as much as I'd like to blame every bad thing on the planet on it), or that administration (that did not inhale, mind you), etc... it's that the risk-benefit analysis sucks.

Also, 1/70 of the shuttles blows up... you'd have to certifiably insane to get on an airplane if 1/70 of them blew up. There's a fine line between bravery and insanity, and when a program ceases to produce usable results, it leans toward the latter. Was it really worth risking 7 or 8 astronauts' lives to put glasses on a telescope? Or should they have just built another one and measured twice before cutting the mirror?

Not with my tax money, thank you very much... I'm busy funding a ponzi scheme...

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Netflix: How to completely screw up

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so...

Let this be a warning to you... if you want to do something painful to your customers or constituents, boil the frog slowly, not all at once, or they'll jump out of the pot!

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Google's Native Client goes live in Chrome

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Coat

ya..

variety is the spice of life... how ironic...

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Al Gore wants to borrow your Facebook and Twitter accounts

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Alien

I want to believe...

Because thinking, with its logic and statistics and data, is work. Work is pain; pain is to be avoided; ergo, thinking is to be avoided in favor of believing in Al Gore, Ted Haggard, and alien invasions.

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UK, US ink boffinry pact on laser fusion 'star power'

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Pirate

remind me...

... again what the downsides to fission reactors are? The US does not re-process spent fission fuel, currently. About 90% of our spent fission fuel can be reprocessed and used in reactors for another 50+ years. Instead, we bury it if lead / concrete containers somewhere in Colorado... which isn't a bad idea, because one day we'll run out of uranium and dig all that spent fuel up, reprocess it and prolong the inevitable for another 100 or so years. Fission is pretty darned safe. How many "chernobyls" have we had in the open ocean? Nimitz class carriers have 2 reactors on them... I'm not saying we shouldn't be pursuing alternative energy sources, but compared to the impact (both environmental and economical) of fossil fuel energy, fission is a far better source of energy. I think the problem lies in the millions of people that think high-fructose corn syrup is going to kill them and that somehow we should feel guilty for heating the planet a degree or two... which is debatable in its own right. (somehow the term climate deniers reminds me of the spainish inquisition, which no one can escape, by the way)

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Satellite gives better picture of solar flares' effects on Earth

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Flame

new religion...

70% more energy seems like a lot to me... oh, my, god! Does that mean that green house gases are also causing 70% more energy to be retained by these solar flares??? We're all gonna bake, unless you give Al Gore money!!!

If you have to believe in global warming, if you have to believe in Al Gore, if you have to believe in science, then it's not science, it's religion, mass hysteria, intellectual dishonesty, politics, whatever you want to call it.

Flames because we're gonna need them to keep warm without as many 70% stronger than realized solar flares keeping us warm at night.

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Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

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Thumb Down

correction...

"I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it," should read, "I believe Apple's anti-competitive and most litigious days are ahead of it."

I love my galaxy S. Simple, cheap, android 2.2. Sorry you guys in EU can't purchase it right now.

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Apple rumor mill predicts 'all new Mac'

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Trollface

Is a...

... troll trolling a troll still a troll?

He wrote, "hyperbole," and used it correctly in a sentence. That has to count for something.

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AMD slips into desktop RAM biz

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uh, ok

"Horse excrement" is a bit harsh. Show me 2 benchmarks where all someone changed was their CAS latency... if you see any improvement, especially on a game benchmark, it'll be almost negligible.

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DIY aerial drone monitors Wi-Fi, GSM networks

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old hat

I'm not sure what the electronic snooping mumbo jumbo all means, but I've built small, R/C UAVs, and it's pretty easy. Aside from the initial launch of the vehicle, there are commercially available, radio controlled auto pilot software + hardware rigs available that can fly the plane until it runs out of power... and these kits are around $1000. Very useful if your plane goes beyond transmitter range, and you've programmed it to return to a set of coordinates to regain control (saving you a bunch of dough and sparing the public from a UAV crashing into them).

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'3-2-1 ... Good Morning Atlantis!'

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Facepalm

Thank you Mr. Spock...

If human life is essentially worthless (see "cheap and over-abundant"), then how is space exploration at all valuable? Because if it's valuable, then it's only valuable to us HUMANS! I seriously doubt any other part of Earth's crust cares at all if some worthless skin job ever sets foot on Mars, deploys another satellite, or snaps some close up pictures of an asteroid.

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Brandon 2
Mushroom

I would never get on one...

If one out of every 70 airplanes exploded, would you ever fly? Astronauts are either crazy as hell or have balls of steel. A risk-benefit analysis has me leaning toward crazy... unless the 200 mile-high club really is worth it...

Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of space flight, manned missions to Mars, and Hubble... but should you really risk the lives of 8 people just to fix it? Or should you just build another one? Which gets me thinking... how much is a person worth?

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Blow to the head makes people feel good about religion

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Angel

that's a tough one...

Tough choices on the road to happiness... on the one hand we have mindless, illogical belief structure... and on the other we have getting clocked over the head with a bar stool... I guess I'll take the latter, if it'll make me happy. Until then, back to my depressingly unsatisfied world sans brain injuries and hocus pocus.

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Kiwi gals swig shots of horse semen

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outstanding reporting!

I needed a good laugh... the comments above are comedic gold, for the most part.

Thank you reg, from across the pond! :)

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