* Posts by Voland's right hand

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Google 'Solitaire' ... Just do it

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Not fair

The biggest time-waster was, is and shall remain minesweeper.

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The Internet of Cows is moo-ving fast … no bull!

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What mating management

A prize bull can consider himself lucky to mate even once in his life.The poor sod is milked same as cows (slightly different equipment and stimulation methods) and his juice injected in the selected "offspring carriers".

Anyone who has delusions of "mating management" in cows needs to see how a modern farm operates. There is some of it left in other parts of the industry (sheep, goats, etc), but not a lot. Cows - it is all mechanical.

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French submarine builder DCNS springs leak: India investigates

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Re: Something fishy

This is not new. It is old as the world.

It is more effective today though as the Internet allows leaked material to be circulated for a considerable amount of time even in places where censorship is the order of the day.

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English Uber alles in London taxis? No way, TfL – taxi app titan

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Re: Do I really need my driver to speak English?

You have never had the experience of trying to get somewhere in a foreign country with a driver that neither knows the country, nor the language. I have had that and have observed that first hand multiple times in different countries. Ensuring that it cannot happen is fair as far as regulatory requirements go.

Applause to the TFL - provided that it is _NOT_ discriminatory. All must sit the test (even British passport holders).

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Nokia taps former Rovio man Rantala to market relaunch

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Re: Party like its 2010

Actually, I think they are onto something.

In a world where everyone has at least one smartphone in his hand and at least a couple of spare old ones in his drawer you need to use some elastic rubber and a sling to get rid of the surplus supply. Otherwise you are not selling anything.

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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It's as if the commander of the Provisional IRA were living in Virginia

You are obviously too young to remember when it was not just the case, but when IRA ran fundraisers and young aspiring billioners (nowdays presidential candidates) with severe hair organization deficiencies were guests of honour - introduced by Gerry Adams himself.

Not particularly different from Chechen terrorists who had direct involvement with the Rostov-na-Don hijackings, Nord-Ost theatre incident and the Moscow metro bombings walking freely the streets of London by the way.

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Re: I'm sure Mr Putin

turkey becomes russias

Why becomes?

Breakdown:

6Bn Tourist trade

Several Bn Energy dependency. While Turkey can get oil and gas from elsewhere (there were some interesting satellite photos of their southern border published this year), its only cheap and guaranteed supply is GasProm.

6Bn+ Trade and transport dependency - Turkey primary trading partners are Eu and Central Asian nations. No permits for trucks to traverse Russia to get there and back, no trade.

Various odds and sods - construction, etc.

Why do you think Erdogan went to Moscow. He could put on a brave face only for a limited amount of times. Vlad has always had him by the balls, it was only a matter of time for his mind and soul to follow.

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Bees bring down US stealth fighter

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that they didn't "bring it down"

Depends on interpretation - the fighter was taken out of operations until the stray swarm was collected and taken care of. So while it was already down, it also remained down.

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'Alien megastructure' Tabby's Star: Light is definitely dimming

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Pandora's star

Erecting the shield to contain the Prime civilization around Dyson Alpha is taking longer then usual. Probably unionized contractors at work.

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BlackBerry: Forget phones, Lawsuits In Motion is back – and it's firing off patent claims

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The lyrics for the picture

Using the Sunset Boulevard pic was the right analogy, just the wrong version. The Andrew Lloyd Weber one with Glen Close would have been more apt. Not for any other reason, but because of the fitting lyrics:

Fill someone's glass

Kiss someone's wife

Kiss someone's ass

We do whatever pays the wages

RIM is doing whatever pays the wages and it is all governed by the attitude of: "You are Norma Desmond, aren't you. You were big" - "I am big, it is the pictures which got smaller".

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Nigerian cops cuff cybercrime suspect, reveal you don't need 419 to make $60m

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Re: Both are currently on bail?

It is not bail, it is the "freedom to operate fee" which he forgot to pay.

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What's long, hard and full of seamen? The USS Harvey Milk

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Re: Funny thing

Those would be the only destroyers ever built using no armour plate whatsoever,

Not the case. They did have armour, but not enough to be noticed by a 300mm+ shell.

The problem of battleship and heavy cruiser main armament being overly optimized for battleship-to-battleship engagement and cruising through lesser ships without exploding is as old as the battleships themselves. It was observed in the Russian-Japanese war, it was a regular feature in WW1 with nearly all hits scored by the German Bayern class heavy cruisers on the Russian destroyer squadron at Moonzund being a "in-and-out" with the exemption of the hit on Grom where it did not explode, but hit the main boiler. It was a regular feature in WW2 engagements too.

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Russian spy aircraft are flying over Britain – and the MoD's cool with it

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Re: majority still use antiquated film cameras

Antiquated film camera? Really?

The stuff Antonov-30 carries is more or less equivalent to a top-of the range Hasselblad with optics covering all vis spectrum and near IR using a corresponding film. I tried to get some of the film for it "falling back off the end of the lorry" in the 80-es and I remember my jaw dropping when reading the specs.

While it is antiqueated as in "non-real-time", it can produce adequate results. End of the day, for aerial photography what really matters is the image stabilization and resolution. The gyro stabilization used on the An-30 camera mounts and the optics + correct film produce both.

In any case, the flights are usually to targets that have already been picked by satellites, humint, etc and have the function of "whoa... what we have here, care explaining it?". The camera is just the evidence to back-up the conversation. For that, old fashioned film is 100 times better than anything digital as it is very difficult to falsify or alter without leaving a forensic trace.

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Re: Drone on

You are missing the point.

They are flying to already pre-recon-ed targets. It is a plausible deniability scenario. Oh, look what we just saw here...

In reality, the info on it has been available from other sources for a while, what the treatie allows is to request a direct overflight, with representatives of the target on-board and the right to ask questions: "WTF are you doing".

For that, you do not want drones. You want manned aircraft capable of carrying your and and opponent's personnel.

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Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

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Re: iRing

You ask, the internet answers:

Knuckle duster will be a better description.

If you are with small fingers like me, it will spin freely on any of them. If you have the physique which comes with "I'll be back" said with an Austrian accent, you are likely to end up in A&E with your finger swollen and the guys there cutting the ring in half to get it off.

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Selfie-proof smartmobes will hit stores for Christmas

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Nice

This should improve the Darwinian selection properties too - as the likelihood of damaging the phone continues to decrease, the likelihood of the moron yielding it to capture that "one last moment" being eliminated out of the gene pool continues to increase.

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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

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Capture? What capture

How about an alternative game where I can shoot the damn things (and competing hunters).

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Coup-Tube: Turkey blocks social networks amid military takeover

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Sweet Justice

The only European head of state (probably an overstatement, only Turkey's arse is in Europe, its head isn't) to systematically block social networks because someone has posted something "anti-turkish" has had to resort to Twitter and Instagram in an hour of need.

The fact that the coup has fizzled so fast is bad news though - it shows that Erdogan's quest to move Turkey to an Persharaf/Bashar/Saddam style pretend-secular Islamic dictatorship is nearly complete.

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Ad blockers responsible for rise in upfront TV ad sales, claims report

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Wrong stats

This reminds me of the imbecilic consluttant which recommended Virgin Wines 10+ yeas ago to drop support for Mozilla and Safari on their website because they were (at the time) less than 10% of the UK web population.

Result - revenue drop 50% as "global 5%" did not correctly reflect the distribution of people who would buy expensive wine online and in that set Safari and Mozilla use was > 50%.

6% audience based on global count means totally nothing on the Internet as it may actually coincide with the 6% of people most likely to buy on the net and having the disposable income to do so.

So far there has been no analysis on how does ad-block usage relate to shopping on-net/off net habits and disposable income. My educated guess is that there is a very strong correlation. So the ad slinging marketing scumbag low life is right to be worried. However, moving that money to TV is of no use as the set who is using ad-blockers is not watching any ad-infested TV either.

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It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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Re: So what you're saying is...

Reminds me of an interview I had about 7 years ago. The CTO of the company smiled and told me: We have an openly discriminatory hiring policy. We discriminate and we are proud of it. We discriminate against STUPID people.

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If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

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Been there, done that

Deja vu all around. Both - the IBM engineer bending a pin and having to sort out cabling in the wee hours of the night.

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Thermostat biz Nest warms to home security, touts cam with cloud storage subscription

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Re: No visor? Birdshit and rain just trickle down over the lens?

You forgot glare from the sun or streetlights at night.

Bare lens in a rounded housing without a visor in an outdoor camera. Yeah, right.

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I get the same using a razzie for 1/3 of the price

Razzie running motion + one of ELP camera modules does the same job. For about 50£ which nowdays is very close to 60$. Writing the python scripts to move pics off to the NAS in a reliable manner took about an hour (covering all possible faults and use cases).

Paying 200 bucks for this and giving the images to Google to monetize? Bugger this with a chainsaw sidewize.

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Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists

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Re: It's the law, isn't it

Slightly more complicated.

It is like you and your wife jointly owning a company and your customer performing due diligence on it before signing a 5 year contract for delivery of services.

I cannot really blame them for having doubts if you have declared in the press that you are about to start divorce proceedings and intend to dissolve the company. They have to be retarded to look at signing a contract with it.

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Re: Boo fucking hoo

Totally irrelevant, as any argument against discrimination has validity only until article 50 is invoked.

After article 50 is invoked, it is no longer discrimination, it is financial prudence and any complaints can, should and shall go into the rounded filing folder.

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Pokemon Go oh no no no, we're not reading your email, says gamemaker

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Re: Pig in a Pokémon

Not only.

In concentration camps too.

I do not know who designed the game to have a PokeStop in every single Holocaust memorial and museum in Eu and USA as well as Aushwitz and Treblinka. However, if the idea to find that person and introduce him first hand to why these places need to be respected is extremely tempting.

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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More Eu funding to be renegotiated

Right, so where does the funding for this come from after article 50?

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Brit space agency test 'shop

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Re: Top news!

Agree - while it lasts. This will be one more (and unfortunately fairly low priority) item to negotiate on the way out after slamming the No 50 door.

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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The Tesla autopilot system doesn't use radar so this is going to happen.

And what makes you think that a radar will see a wooden stake?

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Re: Fermat's Last Theorem

It will be slightly more difficult on two accounts.

One is: "It is significantly harder than envisaged"

Two is:"The Fermat's last theorem commission".

I will skip one and concentrate on two. When my dad used to be on the PhD thesis review commissions, they had a special "Last Fermat Theorem" reviewer set - specifically for any "Last Theorem" submissions. That set consisted of the worst and meanest basterds in the department and destroyed the submitter at short order. It was 30 years ago at a point where the math community considered any attempt to prove the last Theorem to be a joke and took the piss accordingly.

So, coming back to the driverless AI car. It is indeed the last Fermat theorem - in order for it to be officially certified it will be subjected to a set of tests which no human learner driver will pass. Not now not ever. In fact, it will get an examiner which will fail any human driver. Repeatedly - like the 200 morbidly obese monster I got for my first driving test. The instructor after that told me: "Sorry dude, your chances of passing with this one were about zero. She fails all young males out of principle".

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Re: Idiots!

I have a car with adaptive cruise control

Did your car manufacturer advertise the car as "drives itself" and "has an autopilot"? Do not think so.

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Falling PC tide strands Seagate's disk drive boats. Will WDC follow?

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Welcome to a mature market

5 years ago we changed drives because they were full.

Today we change drives because they break.

So any purchases are replacement only and (to make matter worse), replacement after the actual need has been well established so not bought with a lot of capacity to spare. On top of that a lot of the biggest capacity eaters - personal photos, videos, etc go straight to F***Book and do not linger around in 4-5 copies on the user's drives.

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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Re: Enough

Curious why the need to specify race when describing a thug?

Dunno, probably racial stereotyping. Here is an example of a black thug and peaceful, non-aggressive police which are just doing their day to day business in the USA. Not that other countries are different: swedish black thug accosting law abiding non-racist peaceful white demonstrators.

That is what happens when Big Johns post before they forget to take their white hood off.

Yeah, I know - I should have put the sarcasm tags

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Re: Enough

That "shooting victim" was a well-known black thug with a long rap sheet

Citation needed.

who fit the description of a local armed robber to a tee

Citation needed

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EU cybersecurity directive will reach Britain, come what May

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Re: A good thing

Go and tell that to the demented lot who is only interested in staying in power courtesy of racist nana's vote.

They quite happily will burn anything and everything to be elected for next term. That includes digital services (which make nana unhappy as it is used to distribute filthy pictures), financial services (which make nana unhappy as it is used to make money by filthy foreigners), "insert your name here" services (which make nana unhappy just because it is not good old industry like British Leyland).

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

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Re: My mistake

Where is the air valve?

Whatever that is which is on that picture cannot be naturally supported without a lot of air under pressure :)

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Cycling paramedics in epic rush to save patient who ate stale sandwich

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Re: Excellent job folks

They do not - their job is to stabilize the patient until a proper transportation method arrives. Same as those Landy, Ford Mondeo or Honda CRV ambulances NHS started using lately.

While they cannot transport the patient they can get to it much faster that the 4 ton re-purposed sandwich van.

Bicycle (or one of the small cars) can still carry CPR kit, key medications, oxygen, etc. Enough for a good paramedic to keep you alive until the cavalry relieves him.

Yeah, I know, it is supposed to be a joke :) However, as someone who has been "serviced" by one of these flying stabilization teams on the M25 kerb, when you are on the receiving end you do not quite appreciate the humor.

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Re: Range of use

It is not question of cheap

Try sending an ambulance to downtown London, Cambridge, Oxford or Bristol in mid-summer.

By the time it gets to the casualty said casualty is likely to be merrily kicking the bucket.

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Do you have a life threatening condition?

Now, let's assume for a second that you have allergy to gluten, peanuts, nuts, shellfish or something else of the sort. Let us for sake of argument assume that you have it at a level where if you do not get professional medical treatment you will be dead in 10 minutes. That can happen from allergy to any one of these (even gluten - a few rye crumbs or someone spraying the roast with beer while cooking can make you violently sick, more can kill you).

You eat something, you start feeling iffy. You have _NO_ clue whatsoever if it will be so bad in 10 minutes that you will be in a comatose state. You call 112. By the time they get to you, you realize that it is a false alert.

So, 500£? I would not be so sure. Fining people who deliberately waste emergency services time - yes. This is an offense, can be proved in court, put the evidence in front of a magistrate and nail 'em. Charging a deposit just to deploy an ambulance, police car or a fire engine - that is wrong.

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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Re: We're all second guessing...

If there's open windows,

Car park - all open. So the only way to knock him out without a fight was to simply drive one of those armoured personnel carriers police has bought with Bush and Obama's grants up to him at point blank range and point the 50 cal at his head and ask him nicely to surrender.

Not particularly difficult, kit was available (Dallas police is a recipient and has them), they deliberately decided to execute him instead of putting him in a situation where he had no choice but to surrender.

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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Re: Is it worth it ?

One of the purposes of a crew is to deal with damage control and repairs to keep the ship afloat if need be.

The cost of removing the crew does not justify the added expense of insuring against mishaps and transporting "rescue services" to the middle of the Pacific Ocean to throw a couple of buckets of cement on a leaking pipe.

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You can’t sit there, my IoT desk tells me

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Re: I know that feeling well...

I have bolted 8" extensions on the legs of my current desk. My keyboard is about an inch above my elbows and any sort of carpal tunnel pain has gone.

And this is exactly why I nowdays build my home office desks out of kitchen units. They are built to work while standing which makes them by default 5-7cms taller than a normal desk sans legs, add legs to taste for optimal height.

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New DNA 'hard drive' could keep files intact for millions of years

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Re: Sci Fi becomes reality

Philip K Dick's "The Preserving Machine"

No, not P K Dick, it was some space-opera genre series, just cannot recall who wrote it.

It struck me at the time that the idea is quite smart. While writing and reading may be a bit on the slow side, the information density is ridiculous and all the error-correction and repair mechanics already exist in nature.

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Sci Fi becomes reality

I forgot which SciFi author came up with this idea 20+ years ago. DNA as non-volatile computer memory. It was one of the greats. Not Bova, not Brin. Damn... can't recall it, but the idea is not new.

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EU votes for Privacy Shield

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It will be declared illegal at short order

It will be declared in violation of the ECHR and various Eu regs on short order. Popcorn please.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Re: What a choice

UK out of the EU that a minority

Like it or not, according to the rules of the referendum, they are a majority.

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What a choice

Choice of:

A) Swallowed Stalin without even burping

B) "Interesting CV", half of the positions occupied are in brother in-law companies, positively clueless and with a fundamentalist religious slant.

When the candidates were announced I could not believe it, but I was rooting for Josephina Vissarionovich. Sure, we all know that the next PM (and probably the one after) is a dead man walking as (s)he will be burned by the radioactive fallout of the Eu negotiations, but none the less...

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Ad agency swipes 'unnamed bloggers' for calling out its cynically fake 'save a refugee' app

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Re: Hey, I found something in that image...

The relevant Navy (do the US have a Med fleet?).

They do. 6th fleet. Though as presently it is French who are in command of that NATO fleet group, the USA ships will have to wait its turn until the Rafales have returned to Charles De Gaulle. Pity Iowa is finally retired - it spent a lot of its pre-retirement years as a part of 6th.

That is if Russians and Varyag have not jumped the queue first.

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Dying satellite sends boffins one last surprise before disappearing

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Re: That'll pay for it

what's the point of a £10k saving

You are mistaking savings and punishment.

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Re: More space junk?

Not really, it was not that high orbit so residual atmosphere drag will get them down pretty soon.

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