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Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters

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Re: Call the Regulator

> "We don't act unless we get a complaint..."

Even when they get a complaint they don't act.

Bought a TV from a UK company.

Ticked the box that says "do not send me marketing". - They sent me marketing.

Responded with an unsubscribe - They sent me marketing.

Contacted their customer services with a cease and desist request and threatened them with ICO. For six months no marketing then they sent me marketing.

Raised formal complaint with ICO. ICO responded that they have requested the company not send me marketing and to make another complaint if they do. So far it has been 3 months without any marketing.

What is the point of the ICO? The company in question ignored my requests at every point. They blatantly ignored the regulations and all the ICO did was ask them to not send me emails.

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

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Re: Thats the problem

> If we made companies liable for bugs instead of users, we'd have much better quality software out there.

If you did that then there would be more lawyers than software developers. There would be very little software out there and what there was would be prohibitively expensive.

Oh, and users are not liable for bugs.

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Re: Thats the problem

Do you mean all of the people, most of the people, some of the people, a few of the people or just a couple of individuals?

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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Re: Interesting Point I Suppose

All it means is that slide to unlock is obvious. Patents are not supposed to be granted for the obvious.

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

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Re: "Google's Android 4.1.1 is vulnerable"

> TLS-enabled SMTP server such as Gmail,

Alternatively you could just browse the internet with your phone.

Whether you like it or not, Android 4.1.1 is vulnerable.

It doesn't matter how probable it is that somebody will use the vulnerability to extract 64k from your phone, it is still vulnerable. For you it might only expose the cat videos you are watching, but others have more sensitive information.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Re: What is heartbeat used for?

> don't just set SO_KEEPALIVE

The SO_KEEPALIVE can be effectively disabled at the kernel level by setting a high interval time. The application can not do anything about this.

The KEEPALIVE keeps the socket active but does not test the application listening to that socket is active. I've had many a hung process were to all intents and purposes the socket is still connected but the process is off somewhere else and will never service that socket.

Re: VeganVegan

The SYN-ACK packet is only ever sent when the socket is first established.

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Re: OpenSSL is open source, most financial institutions don't use open source encryption.

> Verisign is a certificate authority. All it does is provide signed certificates

It might even use OpenSSL to generate those certificates although I have no knowledge either way.

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European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

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Re: @Condiment At Last !

> We signed up in 1972 not in 1993

We signed up to the Economic European Community (EEC) in 1972.

We signed up to the European Union in 1993 with the Maastricht Treaty.

Perhaps I didn't go back far enough for you.

The Equal Pay Act 1970 has as the title of Section 1 "Requirement of equal treatment for men and women in same employment".

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Re: Hurrah

In both scenarios you have a joint loan. If either your wife or your business partner get themselves seriously into debt it will affect their ability to pay their share of the joint loan. This will in turn have an impact on you since you will either have to cover their share out of your earnings or partially/fully default.

It is only the association that is in your credit report. You do not get to see other loans or agreements your wife or business partner have entered into. If one of the Credit Reference Agencies has passed on this information to you then they have breached the Data Protection Act and you should report it to the Information Commissioners Office and/or the Financial Ombudsman Service.

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Re: Hurrah

"Once a financial association has been added to your credit report it will remain there indefinitely and can only be removed if the two parties are no longer financially associated in any way or by the individual lender who has added the association to your report if you believe you never made the joint application or opened the joint account which created the association entry."

Note the phrase "financially associated". As long as you are financially associated they can keep the record. Once you are no longer financially associated they only keep it for six years. This means that if you took a mortgage out 20 years ago and are still repaying it or arguing about it then you are still financially associated.

If you have a joint mortgage then you do have a financial association with your wife. This association will end 6 years after the joint mortgage ends.

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Re: At Last !

> Outlawed sex discrimination in employment terms and conditions including pay and pensions.

The Sex Discrimination Act 1975

The Equal Pay (Amendment) Regulations 1983

The Sex Discrimination Act 1986

The Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay (Offshore Employment) Order 1987

All pre-dated the EU (Maastricht Treaty 1993)

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Re: Hurrah

The Crowther Report on Consumer Credit (1971) expressed the view that a statutory time limit of six years be used. The Younger Committee on Privacy (1972) decided that as this was already the industry practise there was no immediate need for a new or amended law. The Data Protection Act 1984 determined that data only be processed for legitimate interests. This has all resulted in the ICO determining that Credit reference Agencies may use your current credit commitments plus the previous six years credit history.

This does not mean that your credit history cannot be affected for longer than six years. For example, if you were declared bankrupt in 2000 and then refused credit due to this in 2005, your record in 2010 will have the credit refusal, but not the bankruptcy.

The Consumer Credit Act 1974 gives you the right to have incorrect records amended and to add explanatory notes to the records.

It amazing how we ever managed to come up with anything that protected the consumer before joining the EEC (1973) and before the EU (1993 Maastricht Treaty).

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Re: Poor Nigel Farage

Why?

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

The fact that a court somewhere in Europe might a some point in time make a decision that he might agree with doesn't cause a conflict.

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: coding

I'd say that comparing the leader of a software project with the leader of a nation state is more than a little ridiculous.

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Re: coding

(repeated) According to wiki his family belongs to the Swedish-speaking minority of Finland.

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Re: coding

> "Swearing ... in a 'public' forum, why is that inappropriate"

> Are you stupid?

That should be "Are you fucking stupid?". Adding the expletive makes it clear that you are asking a rhetorical question.

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Re: coding

> Despite being of Swedo-Finnish descent, I think Linus speaks Finnish as his first language.

According to wiki his family belongs to the Swedish-speaking minority of Finland.

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Re: coding

Linus Torvalds first language is Swedish.

Kay Sievers first language is German.

Hows your Swedish and German?

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Hyper-V telling fibs about Linux guest VMs

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> It is the Linux manufacturers that lag behind in merging the updates

That depends upon whether MS:

a) Informs RHEL (and others) about changes it is going to make so that when MS releases them everybody can be in sync.

b) Release changes then informs RHEL so that RHEL (and others) are constantly behind.

I suspect b) but am quite happy to admit to not knowing.

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Your files held hostage by CryptoDefense? Don't pay up! The decryption key is on your hard drive

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If they are technically literate and login as admin then there might be argument that they deserve what they get.

However, most users haven't got a clue about admin and user accounts - they simply use the computer as a tool and use whatever is more convenient for them. This does not make them idiots and deserving of being extorted, it makes them victims.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Re: What do we do for those for whom it works?

> I was diagnosed at 13 with an undefined skin disease. From 13 to 21 I was passed from doctor to specialist to doctor.

I was diagnosed at 11 with asthma. From 11 to 18 I had to put up with having a salbutamol inhaler permanently on hand. My Doctors told me it would be with me for life.

Then at 18 I started smoking. By the age 21 I had suffered my last asthma attack. For 30 years I smoked and remained clear of asthma, then 4 years ago I stopped smoking. My asthma is back.

Smoking cures asthma.

/sarc

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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Re: A bit missing from this article that sheds a different light..

> That still leaves 9 years from the initial injury, with a black mark against his credit score the entire time.

The black mark expires after 5 years.

Curiously enough, the credit agreement was taken out in December 1998 and 4 years 10 months later he was unable to put down a 30% deposit on a Spanish property. His line of reasoning for this was as follows:

1. He was unable to borrow at 0% interest on his credit cards.

2. This led to him borrowing more from Northern Rock.

3. That borrowing used up funds that could have been used for the deposit on the Spanish property.

He did not claim that he was refused other loans or that he had to pay extra on his mortgage and loans due to the black mark. He claimed he was unable to take advantage of the credit card merry-go-round.

The court decided that there was no causal link between his inability to buy a Spanish property and his bad credit reference. It was more to do with his general level of expenditure.

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Re: Black Marks and Credit Ratings

A default or judgement on a loan will remain on your credit record for 5 years.

A clearout (you literally clearout from your address, don't tell the the lender and then default) will be on your record for 7 years.

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Re: A bit missing from this article that sheds a different light..

> If you've ever tried this in Real Life, you'll find the most common response is "get nicked".

He didn't mean mean open -> check -> buy, he meant buy -> open -> check -> refund, all within the store. Had he done that the credit agreement would never have been submitted, it would have simply been torn up.

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

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Re: Erm... really?

> If we guess that 30% of voluntary income was gift aided, then we're talking about £30m of gift aid

You are incorrect. They received £53.8 million in "regular giving" which included all the gift aid. About 20% of that would have been the actual gift aid making it about £10 million.

One of the other things Oxfam (and others) do is move money around their associated charities which inflates the non-governmental income. As an example a charity might have a government income of say £40 million. If they then donate £20 million to some of their international branches and receive back £20 million from other international branches their income now appears as £60 million - £40 million from government and £20 million from other sources. Additionally, the £20 million appears as charitable spending.

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Re: Erm... really?

> If you went in as the Oxfam CEO for free you have saved them £150,000. But can you get an event together than can raise £3 million for Oxfam?

The CEO doesn't fulfil that function. They employ 146 people in their marketing division to do this.

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Re: Erm... really?

>> So in 2013, guess what proportion of Oxfam income came from government? I'll tell you: 41%, amounting to £159.8m.

> Was there any breakdown as to how much of that was Gift Aid matching?

Oxfam had a total income of £368 million in 2012/13.

A little over £10 million of this was in Gift Aid.

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Re: More from .....

Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and others get around the lobbying issue through slight of hand.

They operate both a charity and a business. The charity gets the donations (and the tax breaks) and pays the business for the use of its office facilities and staff. The business doesn't make a profit (if it did it would just donate it to the charity) so doesn't pay tax and is free to lobby on anything it likes because it isn't a charity.

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Re: Erm... really?

They are supposed to be a "Feed the hungry" charity (it's in the name - Oxford Committee for Famine Relief) not a right social wrongs charity.

People giving money to a "feed the hungry" charity expect it to be spent on feeding the hungry, not espousing political viewpoints (Israel, social injustice etc) that the donor may or may not agree with.

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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exploits poor configuration and security controls, rather than a vulnerability in Linux or OpenSSH

You can't secure against stupidity.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: Why Do Apple Think They're Different?

If it involves property, land or shares then you need to get a "grant of representation". You get this simply by filling in a form and swearing an oath (and sending loads of documentation). The grant costs nothing if the estate is under £5k and £105 if it is more. You may also need this grant of representation if the contents of a bank account or value of an asset are more than about £20k.

Once you have this all banks and other organisation (utilities etc) release the assets to you.

It seems that Apple are saying "prove your mother owned this". That is not their function. If Apple believes that the sons are illegally in possession of the iPad then they should report this to the authorities. Otherwise they should release the assets (username and password) under the authority of the grant of representation.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Re: Good lad!

I see you never bothered to read the article.

The teen said he had been inspired by Taylor Wilson, who became the youngest fusioneer in 2008 when he built a small nuclear reactor in Nevada at the tender age of 14.

Just in case your ignorance extends beyond the ability to read an article, Nevada is in the USA.

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

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Re: Something doesn't add up here...

Here is the confidentiality clause:

13. Confidentiality

. . . [T]he plaintiff shall not either directly or indirectly, disclose, discuss or communicate to any entity or person, except his attorneys or other professional advisors or spouse any information whatsoever regarding the existence or terms of this Agreement. . . A breach . . .will result in disgorgement of the Plaintiffs portion of the settlement Payments.

Here is what the Judge said:

The fact that Snay testified that he knew he needed to tell his daughter something did not excuse this breach. There is no evidence that he made this need known to the school or to his or its attorneys so that the parties might hammer out a mutually acceptable course of action in the agreement. Rather, before the ink was dry on the agreement, and notwithstanding the clear language of section 13 mandating confidentiality, Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do.

One of the reasons that Judge found in favour of the school was because the language of clause 13 was clear and unambiguous. Snay also testified that he knew he could not tell his daughter. If Snay thought that the restriction was unreasonable then he should have negotiated a different deal.

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Re: Something doesn't add up here...

> Of course now that the settlement no longer stands I would have thought he could renew the action.

Nope he couldn't because the settlement is still in force.

The settlement was in 3 parts: 10k back pay, 80k to keep his gob shut and 60k for his lawyers. He got the10k back pay and the lawyers were paid. He never got the 80k because he didn't keep quiet.

He had an opportunity, after his daughter blabbed, to vacate the settlement and renegotiate but he declined. As a result, the agreement to settle stands, even though he is no longer entitled to the 80k.

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Re: Something doesn't add up here...

> For a "contract" to be valid, it must be fair to both sides, offer both sides some approximately equal benefit.

It did. In return for their silence the school offered them $80,000. The former headmaster considered it fair and the school considered it fair. The former headmaster then proceeded to break the terms of the contract.

> Yes, some will say, "tough, you should have read it", but not everyone is an expert and we all know how weasely most T&Cs are

This wasn't a "click here if you agree" type thing. It was a contract negotiated by their lawyers. They would not have been presented with the contract and told to sign here. Their lawyer will have explained exactly what they could and couldn’t do and what the implications were. They did not need to be expert in legalise, just expert in the plain English the lawyer explained the terms to them in.

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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Re: "the currency helps facilitate criminal activity"

There is about 1.25 trillion dollars in currency.

About 8.5 billion notes where printed last year with a face value of $360 billion and about 7.6 billion were shredded.

It costs about 9 cents for each bill so last year the US spent about $760,000,000 printing currency (this years budget is $826.7 million)

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Re: "the currency helps facilitate criminal activity"

> Any deposit (or withdrawal?) of more than $10K in cash

UK: Banks must report any "suspicious" deposits (not just cash) and any cash deposits of more than £6500

> You're required to report transporting more than a certain amount of currency (from any country)

UK: You must declare when entering or leaving from non-EU country any cash of more than 10000 euros.

> The "Patriot Act" requires verified owners of bank accounts,

UK: By law, UK banks must verify the identity of everyone opening a bank account. This has been the case for about 30 years.

Since UK regulations are now dictated mostly by the EU this is probably the same for all EU countries.

> ban the use of cash ... if that happens I'll go elsewhere

The number of countries you can go to is remarkably small (and mostly unstable)

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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I assume then that you have banned everybody else who has your name, address, phone number, email address from ever letting facebook, twitter, whatsapp, linkedin etc from uploading their contacts to put them in touch with people?

Facebook et al probably have enough data about you already to determine where you live and work, what your phone number is and who your acquaintances are.

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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You don’t know if 100 is extremely low or extremely high.

Is it 100 out of everybody who used the product or 100 out of a sample of 200 or 1000 or 10,000?

Without context the 100 figure is useless.

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

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Re: I like Virgin(s)

Did it arrive yesterday or the day before?

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If you have to reboot, it isn't fixed

>occasional problem on Infinity at my previous place, but nothing that a re-boot of the router didn't fix.

You haven't "fixed" the problem by rebooting, all you have done is re-establish the connection. Whether it is a memory leak, poor implementation of the protocol or some other issue that is causing your occasional problems you still have it and the reboot has not fixed it.

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Vulnerability leaves Cisco small biz routers wide open to attack

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Re: Undocumented test interface ? WTF!

Do you really think that the NSA and Cisco are so stupid as to to have a backdoor that you simply telnet to?

A backdoor is supposed to be hidden and protected so that only those in the know can access it. Whilst the NSA might like access to your router they do not want others having the same ability.

This is simply some internal development test code that has been left in the production build by mistake.

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

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Re: Thermal stores would help too

"but how about running hydro-elecrtic turbines in reverse? Pump a shedload of water to somewhere of higher gravitational potential energy, can be turned back to leccy pretty quickly"

It is called Dinorwig Power Station and has been operational since 1984. It can generate 1800MW of electricity for 6 hours before it runs out of water. It takes 75 seconds to go from a complete standstill to full power output.

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Re: Optimistic +1

> but mostly it's been stringiness, slimeyness and bitterness covered in yummy yucky custard...

Fixed it for you

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Vodafone dodges UK corporation tax bill - AGAIN

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Re: Hmmmm

Perhaps you should pay your tax bill.

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Euro judge flings out Cisco beefs against Microsoft-Skype deal

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Re: More lols from

And yet if you want to make equipment that works with Cisco gear you look up the protocols, design and build the equipment and there is no need to pay Cisco.

Perhaps you could point me to were the Skype protocols are defined?

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Re: More lols from

Their hardware might be the backbone but it still uses open standards. Anybody who wishes to can build their own routing equipment and communicate with the backbone. This is not the case with Skype. Skype uses propriety protocols which means you can not easily integrate other systems with it.

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How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job

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Re: Let (s)he who has failproof software cast the first stone.

> (Ok I admit the solitaire game bundled with windows seems rather resilient :-))

If it is so resilient then why is it on version 5.1?

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

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Re: Reinvented cuckoo clock

The "proprietary" word probably refers to a governor which have been around in one form or another for at least 250 years in the west and perhaps even longer in China.

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