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British Gas applies to wind up UK colo outfit Alphadex

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“unsecured WordPress scripts which allowed [hackers] to install a UDP relay service on the customers [sic] virtual server. This UDP relay service then sent traffic between itself and other compromised servers on the network, the traffic proliferated until it hit its capacity.”

I seem to recall this from one of the BOFH's/PFY's excuse sheets.

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NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

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Re: Violence?

Well, there is a tradition for naming girls after virtues, so in the opposite case, logically...

(Terry Pratchett thought of it before I did.)

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Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

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Re: Damn thieves

I would prefer if it was high (as in, a few hundred amps) current.

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Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

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"develop the Mk 2 that will be a lot more ... discrete."

Agreed, it's almost certain that that will happen; I can't imagine myself wearing something like that for long stretches (I know it's probably not that heavy, but it just looks horrendously asymmetric and irritating for the wearer).

Several things would have to happen for me to consider getting one:

- a reduced price; $1500 is a bad joke

- a reduced size; unless it can be squeezed into frames no larger than stereotypical NHS/hipster glasses, it's not going on my head - offload some of the work to a phone or some other wearable computer if necessary

- it's also got to look like glasses so as not to tip off potential muggers, although if the price does come down this would be less of a problem

- a HUD mode; information off to the side of my field of view will be useful in some situations, information overlaying reality makes sense in a lot more. An unglamorous example of a killer app for this would be something that constantly scans my field of view and highlights turds on the pavement with a flashing brown warning symbol. Something more justifiable might be Haynes manuals highlighting engine parts as you look at them. Also, you know someone is eventually going to write a version of adblock for real life,even if it's going to be an inevitable sideload.

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Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Exactly - this is all going to go away once Google Glass looks like a normal pair of glasses (which is probably not that many versions away).

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Re: more lessons

It's a good idea, I learned the benefits of watching my money through (bad) experience.

It's the work of a few minutes to knock together a spreadsheet plotting regular in/out transactions for your account(s), add some estimates for the less regular expenses like food/transport and you can quickly see when/if you're going to end up in the red.

Another useful tip is to make sure you have a no-annual-fee credit card, that doesn't charge interest if you pay off the bills on time. Put as much of your spending as possible on it, and pay just before the due date - online banking makes this easy. Quite a lot of things you might not expect can be paid by credit card actually can be - things like council tax or small (<£1) transactions in larger shops, for example. The basic idea is keep as much balance earning interest in your current account (if it doesn't, change banks) as possible rather than getting spent on debit card or cash transactions.

Also occasionally helpful is buying something on the credit card and returning it, getting the refund on a debit card - I've done this, but only if I was going to be returning something anyway.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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It's not that bad - it's (goon visit) only happened to me once in about 4 years; I just said I didn't need a licence and when he asked if I had a TV, I repeated myself, then shut the window (it didn't seem to be worth a trip to the door).

The letters go in the bin, only opened if I get curious about how shrill and overblown they've become.

(Non-live) iPlayer is perfectly legal without a licence, and I make good use of it. The current situation suits me perfectly.

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Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

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Re: You can fix that bug...

...or what happens when latin script meets cotton in Asia:

http://www.incrediblethings.com/web/t-shirts-lost-in-translation/

http://www.bootstrappin.com/2008/07/engrish-t-shirts-in-japan/

http://www.joshjacobson.net/pics/tshirts.php

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Google, Netflix ready next weapon in net neutrality battle: The fury of millions

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If Google/Netflix don't get their way on this, it could get messy - I assume Google has quite a large number of IP addresses from which it can fling packets, as well as various other ways of obfuscating the content it's sending.

Imagine playing whack-a-mole where the number of holes is equal to the number of ipv6 addresses Google can control - youtube.com just becomes a portal, the actual video data comes from all over the place.

(Yes, I know the ISPs could just block youtube.com altogether, but that's probably a bit too blatant.)

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Our Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. Just as we suspected, mutter boffins

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Re: All that metal!!

I know it's a joke, but it should probably be pointed out that in astronomy "metal" refers to any element which isn't hydrogen or helium.

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Bitcoin blasts past $1,000 AGAIN after Zynga accepts cryptocurrency

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Re: Fluctuations

Maybe this "BitPay" organisation accounts for that - they'll post prices in dollars and keep adjusting the actual amount of bitcoins/dollar more or less constantly.

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Nominet seeks royal approval for pisspoor .uk domain name push

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,uk ;uk 'uk

If you think it's bad now, wait until someone with influence over/at ICANN comes to the view that dots are unnecessarily restrictive.

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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Re: @AC 08:32

"...buying them new boxes of sharpies all the time..."

Nicely done sir.

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Re: I genuinely do not understand...

"It's spoilt 14 year olds who've never had to pay for any of their kit and find the misfortune of others funny."

To be fair, finding "the misfortune of others funny" isn't unique to particular ages - briefly browsing the Reg forums on any tangentially political topic will demonstrate that.

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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"a lighting rod for people who are overly preoccupied with their posterior"

This brings to mind someone possessing buttocks so gargantuan that in order to observe the relevant area, they do not just require your normal everyday bathroom lights or torch - no: they require a lighting rod, presumably in conjunction with one of those mirrors on a stick you can check the underside of a chassis for suspicious, potentially explosive items (and also can be used to look for bombs under cars).

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Three offers free US roaming, confirms stealth 4G rollout

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"So remind us, what was the point of Neelie Kroes again?"

If that isn't rhetoric, I don't think Neelie ever said anything about roaming outside the EU -- it's significant that 3 are actually doing this, but the EU's objective here is to get the mobile companies to treat it like the single market it (legally, if not yet actually) is.

We can never know if this is true or not, but I suspect 3 UK customers would still be paying extra for "roaming" onto 3 Österreich's network if she hadn't been making noises about this.

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MINING in SPAAAACE! Asteroid-scoopers? Nah - consumers will be the real winners

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More like:

You want taxes? Hmm, can they be paid as a percentage of the minerals we're extracting?

Cool.

OK, we've put together the payment, it's in tungsten, 1m diameter, 100m length rods, we're not sure where exactly you wanted it, so we've just put it on a trajectory that should be right outside your tax office.

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Confessions of a porn site boss: How I got it up on the 'net

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Re: Sad to see ..

not sure if trolling...

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GCHQ was called in to crack password in Watkins child abuse case

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Re: Does anyone else think that 'paedophile' is not strong enough to describe this guy?

I think the idea that it's possible to change/"cure" someone's sexuality isn't credible, except in the nuttier congregations in places like USA/Uganda.

You're probably looking at trying to help people channel their sexuality into exclusively legal activities, which I expect is bloody difficult when you're dealing with an attraction to children under the age of consent.

Imagine if a law was passed tomorrow criminalising any sort of sexual activity with adults, and possession of drawn/photographed/videoed pornography featuring adults. Also imagine that breaking those laws was regarded as worthy of a lynching by the majority of the population. I do not know what I would do in that situation, but it would probably depend on whether it was easier for me to drive to a very high bridge/cliff or get a shotgun license.

For most people, trying to help paedophiles live non-offending lives, surely falls in the "too difficult to even attempt" category.

Also, no politician is going to touch it with someone else's sterilised 10-foot pole.

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Re: 'cracked the password'

"someone on the political side wanted to give GCHQ a chance to share in the glory and help improve their reputation"

It would be interesting to know when GCHQ were asked for their assistance, in relation to the Snowden stories coming out.

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NSA spied on 'radicalisers' porn surfing so as to discredit them, reveals Snowden

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This reminds me of a while back (in the UK) when the police raided a house and shot someone (non fatally) while under the mistaken belief the occupant(s) were involved in terrorism.

Cue an unsuccessful accusation that the injured man had child pornography in his possession.

It was perhaps a bit too blatant use of the "Well, he might not've been a terrorist, but he was one of them paedophiles, so it's all right." defence.

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This is what I was thinking of: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_June_2006_Forest_Gate_raid

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Supermodel Lily Cole in Impossible partnership with Jimbo Wales, YOU

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WTF?

entire article

What is this I don't even

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Kerching! Nominet preps for cash AVALANCHE from shorter UK domain names

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Re: Greater choice?

I half expect the next wheeze in domain names to be expanding the options available by allowing more forms of punctuation.

For example, it would be possible to register all of the examples below:

companyname,com

companyname;com

companyname:com

companyname'com

companyname"com

etc. etc.

It's what I would want if my salary was paid by ICANN.

After all, doesn't "comma com" just slip delightfully off the tongue?

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MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

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Especially when the "problem" is only due to the idiot web designer using an email validator written by an idiot developer who clearly did a tl;dr on the relevant RFC (assuming they even knew such things existed).

+ signs are valid in email addresses.

Morons.

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Our MOM's LATEST EGGS: 'Looking GOOD', chuckle Indian space boffins

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Excellent work.

I think I feel inspired to (try to) put together a Duna probe once I get home.

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Firefox's plugin-blocker slams into beta - but don't jump for joy, Flash haters

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Now that Java's been sorted, is there any way to turn off C/C++ in Firefox?

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

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Re: BAD idea

I'd hope/expect there's going to be some sort of locking mechanism in the design, at least several manufacturers have figured out how to stop battery covers popping off.

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This looks like Google taking a run up, with a view to planting a hefty kick in the (other) phone companies' collective testiclesmargins.

After all, it's probably to Google's benefit if its users can save money on phone replacements by having the option to upgrade only certain components (so as to leave more left over to buy apps, movies, music, and whatever Google advertises at them).

I (forlornly?) hope it works, I'd like to be able to build my phones the same way I build my desktops.

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That's a lotta cats: 40% of YouTube vids are streamed to mobes

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Re: What's Mobile?

Also, you'll have a lot of people changing user agent strings to avoid being served the crappy mobile version of certain sites when viewing it in the browser, further screwing up the numbers.

The stupidity of "this content is not available on mobile devices" makes it even more likely. (Which is a shame, because some mobile sites actually work OK.)

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Mark Shuttleworth labels Mir opponents 'the Open Source Tea Party'

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Re: Evolutionary Dead End?

AFAIK, the justification for Mir is that it's more suitable for a greater range of devices compared to, for example, Wayland. From someone who only has a very vague idea of the relationships between things like X, Gnome, XFCE, QT, dms, etc., is this actually true?

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MEGA ASTEROID could 'BLOW UP EARTH' - Russian space boss

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Re: During the meanwhile ...

"Lotteries are a tax on people who can't do math(s)."

There are some important exceptions to that assertion; in some cases (e.g. after several consecutive rolled-over jackpots, it's quite possible for the prize multiplied by the win probability to be greater than the price of a ticket.

It does get complicated when accounting for all the other factors (taxes, multiple winners with the same numbers, lesser prizes for matching less numbers, etc.), but there are situations it actually makes sense.

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Bonking boffins say bacon biters won't breed

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Re: Well at my age

Indeed, it tastes better than condoms as well.

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Hong Kong underground gets pay-by-bonk

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It's a bit more of a faff, but wouldn't getting another (no recurring fee, of course) credit card, and using it only for expenses, work just as well? So, every time the statement comes in, you claim the whole balance, and there wouldn't be anything private you don't want your employer to see?

(Assuming TfL ever get the card option working.)

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Where do you shop?

You say that like it's a bad thing; who wouldn't want to live in Twilight's library/house/laboratory/observatory tree?

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Was it Morrisons? I get the same thing happening when I use theirs.

Other things I've noticed the 1p/2p-disposal machines doing:

Tesco have the amusing-the-first-time-it-happens quirk of the card readers being clamped left and right only, so when putting your card in they tend to slip out the top and clatter to the floor / basket area / behind the machine / any other inconvenient place the cable reaches.

The ones in Sainsburys tend to "just work", apart from the one time it gave me a £5 instead of a £10 note as change (quickly sorted after I told the guy on machine-duty).

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Scottish NHS bosses say soz after 2-day IT ballsup scrubs 700 appointments

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Re: Please speak English (or Scots) [or Latin]...

"It would appear that no data appears to have been lost."

"The servers [are] now reloading, no data has been lost and 50 per cent of users now have access to the system with hopes the remainder would have access by evening."

Despite what the newer style guides might say, treating "data" as a singular noun still causes my brain to soft-reset every time I read/hear it.

Here's to the Friday-beer method of desensitisation.

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Feds smash internet drug bazaar Silk Road, say they'll KEELHAUL 'Dread Pirate Roberts'

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I'd say Dragons' Teeth myself.

I am guessing that when the histories are written, Silk Road will be comparable to Napster.

With all those dealers and customers left hanging, more Tor/Bitcoin drugs marketplaces will be springing up soon (if not already).

They'll probably try to avoid the mistakes of Silk Road; some of them might succeed.

Also, if this makes "street" dealing, with the associated violence, non viable, then we should all celebrate.

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What I'm wondering, is what does the FBI do with them now?

I assume they go into an asset forfeiture process and then get auctioned, which will be slightly amusing to see (and perhaps slightly profitable if you're bidding).

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Atomic clocks come to your wrist

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Re: Mine cost about £100

It's probably one of the better ones that can pick up multiple time signals, I think as long as you're close enough to 48-state USA, England, Germany, China, or Japan you'll get a usable signal.

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Beat this, cloud giants! Musk rocket flings 1TB hard drive into SPAAACE

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Re: Why maths is important

In a few years, it probably won't be a typo.

Expanding the range of punctuation usable in a domain could well be ICANN's next wheeze.

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Sofas with a roof and Star Trek seating: The future of office furniture?

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Re: In the case of the Boss Design Group - compact office furniture

It looks suspiciously like something that would close up before being speedily ejected from a futuristic spacecraft's hull in the event of an important component going boom.

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Google fluffs DEATH DEFEATING startup Calico

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Re: If we all become immortal, must we stop breeding?

Yes, but Google could always buy SpaceX and promote expansion to other planets as a medium term alternative.

Another post I'm not sure should have a joke alert icon or not.

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Agreed. George Bernard Shaw said it best:

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

Unreasonable goal in sight, full speed ahead.

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One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?

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The point about the remnants of Empire is an interesting one, and depends rather on whether Scottish independence is achieved through a secession or a repeal of the Acts of Union (1707 I think).

If the former, the question doesn't arise, Scotland becomes a new country with only a tenuous connection with the pre-1707 Kingdom of Scotland, with none of the shared assets, liabilities, or international memberships.

If it's the latter, you essentially revert to two countries called England (which had already had Wales for ages) and Scotland; everything, every liability, every asset that has been added since Union is up for grabs (e.g. "OK, if you take Northern Ireland, we'll let you keep Faslane until you get Spadeadam back up to scratch..."

I've no idea if Montserrat, Ascension, Bermuda, Pitcairn, etc. had English or British flags planted, before or after 1707, but it's easy to imagine the sovereignty of the sunnier British islands being up for negotiation as well.

(Having said that, it's probably more sensible for them all to vote who they're going with, NI included.)

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Re: It's just a question of price..

Most people in Scotland probably favour remaining the EU, but not at any price. Any signs of Spain getting uppity in that area would probably lead to opinions changing quite quickly.

One can even imagine it being the perfect excuse for investigating alternative options (e.g. in EEA, but not EU, or any of the various other possible permutations of international organisation). This is especially true if Scotland votes for independence from the UK, followed by England/Wales and their (hopefully large) share of NI voting to leave the EU.

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Re: If I were the councils of Carslile or Newcastle

1. - It's "Carlisle".

2. - If independence happens, the SNP will rather quickly lose the ability to be a dominant (if not single) issue party. Left-wing nationalists aren't the only type so realistically, you're probably looking at some sort of break-up in the medium term. (Especially as the pro-independence Labour/Tory supporters revert back to type once independence is "safe".) "Socialist" is a pretty lazy designation for the SNP in any case.

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Re: They don't want independance

It's generally accepted that Scotland raises more taxes than its share of government spending.

You're thinking of Borisstan.

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Chap unrolls 'USB condom' to protect against viruses

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Re: Prior Art

I may be wrong, but I thought the clever part was that this device fakes the negotiation just to grab power.

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Steelie Neelie calls for TOTAL BAN on EU mobe roaming charges

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Re: Now watch all Western European Mobe companies go bust overnight

"when all the UK's mobile providers have gone bust because they can't compete with Estonia or where ever, who'll run the UK mobile phone networks?"

GCHQ wouldn't let that happen.

I can imagine every employee, shareholder, and supplier of the networks getting slapped with a hyper-super-duper injunction forbidding them from letting the networks die, no matter the financial losses, and forbidding them from disclosing this has been done.

I think I'm joking.

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