* Posts by GitMeMyShootinIrons

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

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Other witticisms...

How about:

LifeontheEdge.com

TheEdgeofdarkness.com

fallingovertheEdge.com

And - How does U2's guitarist feel about having a Microsoft browser named after him?

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

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Sun orbiting the earth? Impossible.

I'm on Earth (at least physically) and the sun shines out of my ass, so how can the sun possibly orbit the Earth? I mean, I'm not fast enough to achieve orbit for one thing....

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DRONE ALONE: US Navy secretary gives up on manned fighters

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Re: All will be well then...

Those carriers will make pretty big drone factory/motherships. Hangar deck fitted out with 3d printers etc. In fact, lets automate the carriers too - drone carriers, automated 3d printers fabricating automated drones. I can't see anything going wrong with that....

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Wanna run Windows 10 Preview on your Lumia? Of course you do. Now 33 mobes supported

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Re: New OS v Supporting old Nokia Lumias

"Windows Phone 8/8.1 is all but another stepping stone OS, with built-in face saving"

I can agree about version 7 - Microsoft said as much. To accuse 8/8.1 as a stepping stone is essentially saying that all OS are stepping stone to the next release. 8.x has been around since 2012 - that's a hell of a big stepping stone. Not to mention quite substantial upgrade releases in between. The most I can agree with is 8.1 being a stepping stone from 8.0 to 10.

Or, to put it another way iOS 6 was released around the same time - are 6, 7 and 8 all stepping stone OS to whatever is next? Or how about Android 4.1-4.4 as stepping stones to 5? Nah, I don't think so.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Re: They're not bottom of the [boring] food chain by a long way

http://www.telegraphpoleappreciationsociety.org

But I imagine their parties are great, complete with Pole Dancers....

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Bone-tastic boffins' breakthrough BRINGS BACK BRONTOSAURUS

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Re: Not what I expected...from the headline.

"Is that even possible?"

Yes - when you've seen the Flintstones movies. Not John Goodman's career highlight.

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Hmmmm....

If we assume for a moment that you aren't being a bit of a tinfoil hat wearer, this would be an issue regardless of service if its dependent on cloud storage.

Not really a relevant point to the article.

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Midlife crisis, suck ingenuity? Microsoft turns 40; does the dad dance

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Re: what a lot of people..

@boltar. OS/2 was only at 1.3 when Windows 3 came out and it was still a joint IBM/Microsoft gig. The relationship broke up later. As for whether Windows 3 was a knock off, you'll find that pre 1.3, the interface and some of the code (for compatibility) in OS/2 was lifted from Windows.

What lost it for IBM was expense and lack of hardware support compared to Windows. As for MacOS, it was a well packaged amalgam of existing ideas, as most Apple products are (not actually a crticism). MacOS was too wedded to expensive, proprietary Apple hardware (similarly, so were Commodore Amiga and Atari ST, though less expensive - they just didn't evolve either), hence the proliferation of Windows - hardly Microsoft's fault that the competition were inept.

As for servers, well you need to blame the Traditional Unix vendors and Novell. The likes of SCO were too busy looking at the monster solution market and overly complex systems. Novell scuppered themselves with licensing and a lack of application support. Microsoft's NT effort had merit in concept in that it was an easy to use platform that could do authentication and networking, but also could still provide a flexible application platform and scale sufficient for SMEs. NT's issues were in execution, not concept. Again, competitors were inept in reading the market and again, not Microsoft's fault.

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Google takes ARC Welder to Android, grafts on Windows, OS X

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Re: Yet another framework to install !

I agree that MS and Apple won't approve, as such. However, Microsoft are loosening the Windows only stance - look at Office. It's available on Android, iOS and Windows. You could argue Linux too if you run the browser version (yuk). I do think that's as far MS will go though.

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

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Re: Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

And I, for one, welcome our conservatory vending overlords.... with the mighty relativistic baseball of (30 megaton) power!

Boom! And yooouuurrr out!

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Microsoft's Windows 10 build list snowballs for Lumia mobes

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OK with me.

Beneath the garish, uncomfortable frock, Windows 8.1 is actually pretty solid. Even if Windows 10 really is only a fresh lick of paint, then I don't have a problem with that.

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Surface Pro 3 update has so much new stuff for sysadmins, we can't fit it all in one headline

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Re: All under-the-hood improvements too numerous to mention

Microsoft playing catchup with <insert_vendor> then. Now where did I put my tin foil hat....

Beer, because it's Friday.

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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Oh no!

I was planning on a game that had you driving around the galaxy in a small, souped up 1980's hatchback. I was going to call it "Universal Modern Metro".

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Universal Credit could take 10 YEARS to finish, says Labour MP

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And that's after the excessively employed civil servant drones have made a complete hash of it in the first place, which is why a senior servant or politician thinks a consultancy will fix the problem.

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Re: Ah

@Sarah - Besides your patently flawed arguments, it's this that amused me most:

"Stop believing the effluence that's exuding from the Beeb's back orifice. Presumably you're a Tory voter. Have down-vote."

Amusing given that Auntie is more left wing than even Red Ed's Labour party.

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Chappie: The AI tale that’s about heart, not intelligence

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Re: Nice review...

I rather like Elysium. While not a great film, it's superior to much of the dross out there. Elysium starts with a great premise and a pretty coherent start and somewhat runs off the rails about midway. Even so, it's a watch-able film. And the effects of the space station and ships were nicely done.

If Elysium is Neill Blomkamp on a bad day, I'd be pretty content with 'bad days' like that.

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FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

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Re: A different Freak?

"Internet Explorer in the Windows 10 Preview and Windows 8.1 was/is flagged up as vulnerable on freakattack.com. It is the same problem."

Any mention of the new Spartan browser being vulnerable?

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Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

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Might be a nice Thin Client.

Keyboard and mouse, plus (insert Terminal Solution of the day) client. And it'll play games too.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Is this Y2K all over again?

Hope so. That's my pension pot sorted.

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Wi-Fi beam-steering tech could KILL OFF fixed home networks

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Re: 3 TV's

@Lost all faith

"That's right because everyone in the world has Cat5e / 6 installed into every room in their house."

In general, I agree. Ask most UK house builders about networking a new build house and, at best, you'll get a "no" and often you'll get a blank expression and "duuuhhh".

However, its not uncommon to find TV/Satellite antenna coming in at the same place as phone/(internet), so a router to TV cable connection is both easy and convenient. In a different context (and there are split opinions on this), homeplug solutions offer another easy alternative.

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Want a MEEELLION-year data storage? Use DNA of course

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Re: Back in the 80s

Brings a whole new meaning to corrupt humans.

I was obviously written using NT backup as I'm useless at remembering anything of value.

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Re: We are all getting screwed by public sector

"In the end either the beast will be tamed or the country will go broke leaving the people with a huge bill and nobody accountable for it. I despair that some people actively support continuing down the road we are going assuming a magic money tree or happy to accept the selling of our future generations."

Case in point - Greece. Low taxation, high public spending on a large public sector. Ends up living on Euro subsidies and loans until the bubble bursts. And then they still can't take living within their means and try and demand yet more handouts.

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Tax and government...

Now, forgive me for perhaps being a bit over simplistic, but...

People and companies pay tax to the estate to fund state activities carried out by government departments and their employees. To some degree, this makes sense. Why does a government department pay tax at all as it will only end up back in their coffers, less the cost of administering the tax calculation at both the department and HMRC? A lossy system if there ever was one.

Similarly, why are government staff subject to income tax on government salaries? Surely an equivalent value to net should be paid and so you eliminate the need to calculate tax and all the staffing needed to handle it.

Of course, keeping departments and staff subject to tax ensures more union members on one side and management on the other, so it's highly unlikely that such an inefficient system will change. Keep the gravy train rolling....

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Big Blue drops a billion dollars to refresh its pig herd's lipstick

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Spectrum instruction manual.

To start your Spectrum, switch on and enter the following command:

Load ""

Then press the play button on the cassette deck....

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Re: The BBC science coverage is useless ...

But Jesus DID ride dinosaurs. Look, there are pictures, so it must be true!

http://www.viraljesus.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/jesus_riding_dinosaur1.jpg

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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I am one of those victims...

I spend more time resetting the underpowered, overworked Sky box than I do watching it. I've knocked movies on the head and gone elsewhere.

Glad to hear they're finally listening and hopefully doing something. I, for one, am bowing down to the Australian Overlord in prayer to make it so...

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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Re: But can you change a headlight bulb?

If you want that level of practicality, perhaps you need the latter half of Jaguar Land Rover. They do a big old monster called the Defender...

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I rather think you're on the wrong site. Try:

Www.dailymail.co.uk

Otherwise, nice to see automotive xenophobia isn't dead.

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Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

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Re: Oh dear...

Don't forget corners. It's gotta have corners!

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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Re: Well, since the 930 isn't affected...

I have a 1020. The odd crash, but it is Windows, so its a tradition. More stable than any of the nasty Samsung Chavdroids I attempt to keep running for the kids and faster than my work iPhone.

Fantastic camera too.

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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Re: Orwell

They miss the next bit of the conversation...

Number 2: Of course you're a 'free man', sir. And I'm a 'Samsung Customer Support Representative', but my screen still says you're number 6.

Number 6: Oh....

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Jupiter Ascending – a literally laughable train wreck of a film

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So, erm...

I take it that you weren't keen?

Thanks for the warning. Perhaps I should see Taken 3 instead...

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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We are gathered here today...

...to mourn the passing of an unloved child. Outlived by an equally unloved, but underappreciated sibling and several elderly relatives.

Leave no flowers.

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The joy of six: VMware ecstatic after finally emitting new vSphere

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well...

1000 vms per host is getting more likely as the specs of servers get higher, particularly for VDI.

Personally, I'd sooner scale out, but, some customers....

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

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Re: Shitnet

Logging on?

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FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

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How about "no", Mr. Chen?

If he wants folk to support his platform, then he needs to make his platform an attractive proposition, either through numbers of devices in the wild, or some attractive business enticement.

To arrogantly demand support in this fashion shows that he has a poor grasp of business (effectively wanting something for nothing) as well as a misunderstanding of what net neutrality is about.

Mr. Chen has made himself look a tad foolish.

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US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

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Re: Rafale?

For a little risk, the SAAB Gripen - BAe helped work on it (so PC), already capable of short take off in adverse conditions, so probably wouldn't take much to navalise.

Of course, with the carriers we have, with no catapults, and nor are they likely to, it needs to be ski-jump capable, which somewhat precludes the Rafale or the F/A-18. Perhaps some mice Russkie numbers might work though...ha ha ha ha...!

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Re: Linux?

"Does anyone over 12 years old use the upvote/downvote buttons?"

Down voted 'cause I is down wid de kidz, innit? LOLZ!!!

(40 year old trying too hard...)

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Re: I wonder - North London commuters

@ Lars "problem in the UK is all the low bridges you run under"

A fine point. The East Midlands line is gradually being electrified and even this requires substantial works on bridges and tunnels to fit train plus overhead lines.

The problem the UK rail network has is that it survived the war largely unscathed - so no need to rebuild as happened across Europe. So we have a network designed for steam engines carrying masses more than it was ever designed to do.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Re: A few good pints

"I think the real problem is the cargo cult approach to any methodology that is taken by many users."

Well said. I once had to tell a project manager in rather blunt terms that PRINCE is not a religion.

Try processes, sure, but drop what isn't working. Don't keep it purely out of stubbornness.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: An ideal car for the French market

"The Captur is made in Spain..."

Many folk don't let the facts get in the way of a good bit of nationalism and the French are more nationalistic than most (even Alex Salmond would tell them to calm down). After all, its a Renault, therefore it is French!

I had similar discussing a (then) recently acquired German car with an elderly gentleman who hadn't cottoned on that the war ended a little while before. I pointed out that my 'German' car was built in Portugal - at which point his rant changed to fits of laughter and derogatory descriptions of Hispanic working practices. Some people are just that way inclined....

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: The love of money is the root of all evil

"Let's not forget, it was beancounters who ultimately did for the UK car industry. It was run by them, whereas the German one was (and still is) run by engineers."

Nationalisation handed it over to the unions and the bureaucrats in Whitehall. The former destroyed the work ethic and drove wages to uncompetitive levels and as a consequence, we built expensive, shoddy cars. The latter lead to poor business management leading to designing cars for non-existent markets, sometimes products that competed amongst themselves (better than they do against imports anyway!) and selling products at a loss because they couldn't 'do the numbers'.

Government intervention in the UK from the 50's onwards was a heavy-handed disaster. The only segments not nationalised are the only ones that remain in any size and made money later - the financial and service industries.

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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Re: I agree that MS needs to be more on-the-ball with this.

Google aren't the police or some government agency (though the ad-peddling data scavengers do see themselves as all powerful). I can go with the 90 day disclosure, but releasing exploit code is dubious to say the least.

Google are treading on dangerous ground - would they like MS (or anyone else?) dropping code for vulnerabilities in Android or ChromeOS 90 days after finding them? A harmful precedent set by Google that could backfire on them.

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

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Putin the kettle on for a cup-a-soup...?

Baaad pun time!

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: "irrational factors such as the shell’s colour"

Couldn't agree more. How many beige PCs do you see in the shops these days?

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Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun

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Re: a board game isn't just for Christmas

Jenga? Nah - Twister. Less a board game, more an act of sado-masochism.

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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Re: Voiced by...

Mr T.

"Where you goin' to, fool?!"

"This ain't no plane, fool!"

"Hey, fool, you've reached where you goin'...fool!"

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Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

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Re: Missing statement from article

"Quick! Supreme reader must reboot the modem!"

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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Re: Vince Cable

All this talk "ancient systems" and "skimping" - all sounds like he wants to push for a nice new system. No doubt the usual "government IT" project suspects are rubbing their hands with glee at mega-££££ quotes in the off'ing. I'd have expected such talk from an old school Tory looking for a directorship, but not so much from a senile LibDem'er looking for the nearest retirement home.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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24? The ultimate answer? Kiefer Sutherland will be pleased.

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