* Posts by Voland's right hand

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Microsoft's beta language service gets C# dev kit

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Provided you do not ask Luis to book tickets to the MIddle East

Based on MSFT record of lately, it may book you one way tickets to Falluja or Tirkrit if you ask it to buy tickets to Riyadh.

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USBee stings air-gapped PCs: Wirelessly leak secrets with a file write

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Re: Air-gapped...

SCADA - airgapped for security and USB enabled because the moron manufacturer requires a USB license "plug" for the software to work.

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Ireland taxman: Apple got NO favours from us, at all, at all

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Long term, however, it will erode Ireland's attractiveness

Not really. While 12% are not 0.0005%, they are still about half of the corporate rate around Europe (20-25% or thereabouts).

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Re: Local Laws?

If this was really "legal", then the law is an ass,

Legal as per Irish law once upon a time - maybe. Legal as per the regulations under which Ireland signed when joining the Euro and Eu VAT and taxation regulations - most likely not. The question is - how much of these regs are in writing as they supersede local law in Ireland (and all other member states except UK).

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EU verdict: Apple received €13bn in illegal tax benefits from Ireland

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Re: What about

That is happening too - Fiat, a couple of fashion houses, etc. She is not taking prisoners.

Anyone who thought Steely Neelie was an incarnation of a Rider, have not dealt with this one.

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Windows 10 Anniversary on a Raspberry Pi: Another look at IoT Core

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We should use neither

Frankly, the Pi when you start pushing it beyond prototyping proves to be too unreliable, especially if used for more than one application.

USB storage if it is fast enough to saturate USB is nearly guaranteed to kill uvc video and other usb apps. A URB is lost and that is it. USB is still unreliable power-wise. Attach something that does not quite draw as much as it claims (f.e. some of the older Huawei cell modems) and it kills other USB devices and quite often the Pi too) . There are plenty of non-USB issues too - thermals (model 3 can overheat just by looking at it), WiFi does some ops in the broadcom binary firmware which is hideously slow resulting in 300ms+ pings under load, the SD card connectors being extremely vulnerable to environmental factors, etc.

Prototyping - yes. One-off where cost does not matter for a hobbyist - yes. If you, however, want to do something seriously, you might as well admit that the Pi is "Hobbyist Hardware (TM)" and do it properly and use proper sensors attached to microcontrollers like Arduino with a proper "FAT" collector running on a more reliable piece of hardware.

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

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I would not call that a mistake

That is a very accurate translation.

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Europe to order Apple to cough up 'one beeellion Euros in back taxes'

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Hehe

Who told you UK will stop paying?

If UK will want to retain any tariff-free access to the market it will be paying at least more than now.

30% is lower bound - obey all market rules (like Norway), no right to vote. The price for any of the delusional ideas expressed by the leave proponents is unknown. My educated guess is 80% +

This is on top of losing the rebate and losing all of the special treatments negotiated over three decades.

So actually, Leave has shored up the Eu budget - the rest of the Eu should be throwing a party.

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Phoney bling ring pinged by Tolkien's kin

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That depends where and what part

In some countries you are allowed interpretation, sequel and prequel if they have artistic merit of their own. It used to be the case in the UK too. Cristopher Priest, Steven Baxter have very good works expanding the Wells universe. Unfortunately, over time UK courts have started enforcing the rather ridiculous USA point of view where any "universe" works are owned by the original copyright creator. Court cases brought by the Tolkien estate have played a major role in this direction change

As a result UK readers will never get a chance to read "The Last Ringbearer" and any of the "Wizard of the Emerald City"/"Magic Land series".

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Big data busts crypto: 'Sweet32' captures collisions in old ciphers

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a majority of OpenVPN connections

Not so sure about that, mine have been AES ever since via released AES acceleration (and long after moving off via hardware). Most sites I know have gone AES long ago too.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule lands in Pacific carrying 12 moustronauts

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Re: Deja Vu

We did. However, our methods of examining the results where not anywhere near what we have today.

1. I have not looked it up, but I would not be surprised if the mice have an interesting genotype to start off with (we now can pretty much vandalize mouse genome to order - not something available in the 60s).

2. We can analyze the effects to a level which was in the realm of science fiction in the 60-s.

All, in all - this is the reality of live sciences: half of the time you are redoing old experiments with new methods.

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Robot babies fail in role as teenage sex deterrents

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Useless for the intended purpose

One week of standard "feeding regimen sleep deprivation" will provide significantly better results.

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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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