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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

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Who's responsible?

"Hackers have days ago breached a Liechtenstein bank". Is the sub-editor on holiday?

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Toilet dreams

You should all consider eating less cheese before bed. Much, much less cheese.

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Donald Trump confirms TPP to be dumped, visa program probed

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Re: oh yea..

A friend moved from the UK to the US and was astonished that you could be fired, immediately, with no notice and for no reason. This was nothing to do with H1-B, it seemed to be just the way it worked in the US. As a consequence her entire office spent half the time working and half the time covering their own ass. I imagine if you wanted to shake up the law to provide more security for US workers, that would be as good a place to start as any...

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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Re: They lost me at "no touch screen"

Anyone that puts their grubby fingers near my screen has them removed. I can't speak for your five-year old, but my two-year old knows not to prod.

More to the point, even with out a five year old or the need for a clean screen, it's an incredibly slow way to input data. Move hand from keyboard to screen, jab, move back. I can't think of a single pro in any field that would prefer that over a keyboard shortcut.

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Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands

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Typical Daily mail, blaming foreigners again.

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Re: These idiots woke me up TWICE !

I don't know why the downvotes. Nothing fucks me off more than a bulk SMS, and sending two or three in the wee hours of the morning for something which could have undeniably waited a few hours would have me ringing CEOs doorbells too. The original poster pointed out that he received several in a short space of time, which would have got through the do-not-disturb feature you describe.

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

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Could it finally be The Year Of The Linux desktop?

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Run a JSON file through multiple parsers and you'll get different results every time

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If you read his article you'll notice he refers to RFC7159, which states "JSON text SHALL be encoded in UTF-8, UTF-16, or UTF-32.".

No, this isn't in the original "spec", so if you were working from that it wouldn't be a hard fail. But it is in one of the specs that claim to define JSON so is a reasonable thing to test.

Snowballed into this bullshit? I'll be generous and assume you are unfamiliar with the process of "testing your code", but working from a collection of edge-cases is pretty much the definition of testing when you come to implement a specification. I have worked from plenty of specifications without them and they are all, without exception, bad specifications. Words are always ambiguous, a test case that passes or fails is not.

"most Java shops use Jackson", oh I don't think so. We were so dissatisified with that, and the various other half-baked or over-baked options that we wrote our own, which is now passing all but a few outliers thanks to the efforts of Mr. Seriot, to whom I am much obliged for his efforts.

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Samsung are amateurs – NASA shows how you really do a battery fire

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I expect they're configurable because you can use the same design to manage LiPo, LiFePo4 and the various other lithium chemistries. Each has a different "safe" voltage range - LiFePo4, for example you don't really want to push beyond about 3.6V if you're aiming to maximum the number of charge cycles. I think LiPo is about 4V.

Presumably that's the issue - someone selected the wrong chemistry. Although I agree this sort of thing should be locked down unless it's under development.

Topical: I've just ordered the 9th iteration of my LiFePo4 BMS circuit board today. So it's either not a trivial problem, or I'm a bit shit at it. Or, perhaps, both.

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Web devs want to make the Internet of S**t worse. Much worse

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A different point of view

I've developed a small piece of hardware with serial comms (via bluetooth, but not directly using the bluetooth API) and built a UI for it as a Chrome App. It's a great approach - I've done plenty of Swing but wanted something that's easier to distribute (check), quick to prototype (check), leverages a technology I'm familiar with (HTML/CSS/JS, check), portable across platforms (check). Frankly it's a great solution.

Except Google have announced they're dropping Chrome Apps, and there's no replacement. They're trying to push this Bluetooth API as a replacement, and if it came off it could have been a partial solution, although it's too far off for me to make use of it. The point is it's a very useful thing to have in the toolbox.

Yes, there are obvious security concerns, just as there are with DOM extensions for microphone access and videocamera access (WebRTC, already a part of many browsers), geolocation (same), and the various other things that need to do more than display a flat page, tasks which are currently confined to Flash or Applets.

But I don't see you lot bleating about that do I? What a bunch of whining jessies (last bit because I'm going to get downvoted, so I may as well deserve it)

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Is this the worst Blockchain idea you've ever heard?

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Good lord, he's invented the digital timestamp

Whatever you do, don't mention RFC3161

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Snowden investigator slams leaker-detector background checks

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Re: in plain English

Actual core beliefs, or what an organisation says are it's core beliefs during the interview?

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Majority of underage sexting suspects turn out to be underage too

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I simply can't imagine why no-one wants to swap nudey pics with you, Mr Dogshit.

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Dublin shopkeeper catches forecourt fouler with his pants down

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Poor chap

Sounds like a bad dose of Ian Duncan Smith. At least I think that's what the initials stand for.

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Eric Raymond revisits his biggest mistake, updates 'Pilot' language after 20 years

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Re: Software luminary?

He's also a notorius gun-nut and sent this to Bruce Perens

Damn straight I took it personally. And if you ever again behave like that kind of disruptive asshole in public, insult me, and jeopardize the interests of our entire tribe, I'll take it just as personally -- and I will find a way to make you regret it. Watch your step.

Quite the charmer.

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US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?

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Allow me to answer those questions US.gov

Benefits related to implementing IPv6: given we already have a working IPV4 network, none

Anticipated return on IPv6 investment: none (see above)

Anticipated costs: a full audit of every network connected piece of hardware or software (the full stack, not just the OS) to ensure they function correctly. Failure to do so correctly will likely open our organization up to security breaches which, due to a lack of in-house knowledge of IPV6 will be harder to identify or remedy. Dollar value unknown but makes Y2K look like a pound-shop special offer.

HTH

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Unlucky Luckey: Oculus developers invoke anti-douchebag clause, halt games for VR goggles

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@Updraft Re: Americans, again not realising there's a world outside them

Although I disagree with your conclusion, it's fair to say any conclusion is going to depend on which metric and news sources you choose.

If you're interested in who the victims of gun violence actually are, rather than who you think they are, you won't get much better than piece in the Guardian by Gary Younge.

He picked a random day and wrote about every child in America killed that day by guns. There were ten, by the way. No massaging of statistics, no editorial opinions, no selective quoting. Just a typical day in America. He's a superb writer but it's a tough read.

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

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Re: BBC ??

Ha, quite right - real intelligence, BBC, what a laugh. I get all my content from ITV and Sky news..

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Ever longed to be naked in Paris? City council votes TODAY

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Naked Yoga

That might fly in a London gym, but not where I went. A thousand times no.

(aside: a mate finally left the nudist colony he lived in for three years after following an old man up a ladder on their way to repair a roof. There are some things you just can't unsee)

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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There's nothing preventing you from being director of your own company, and given you've seen how it can be tricky for someone with a previous conviction to get a job, forming their own company and working for themselves might be the only option they have. The restrictions on directorship are to prevent people using their company (in particular, the limited liability bit) to defraud.

There's no "us and them" here at all: owning a small company is nothing special, I'm on my seventh I think, and three of those never did a thing. Half the people posting here will have at least one.

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Re: "He'd better make sure he never drops the soap"

> I'm a vegetarian and like to spend holidays on Scottish islands. Sounds like fun to me!

Home Office would be one step ahead I expect: you'd be incarcerated in Leicester Square McDonalds.

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Oracle confirms Java EE 8 is delayed for 'major enhancements'

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Re: Please just let JAVA die....

I'm not sure you understand the process.

Java 8 wil run almost anything written for earlier versions. The differences (which we look for in minute detail to ensure compatibility for our products) are minimal and usually relate to security issues, which - in practice - means applets or JavaScript.

If you're running an applet you are basically out of luck. The technology is already dead after being starved of love by Sun/Oracle over the last 5 years.

For anything else (like Java EE that this article is about) Java is healthy and useful. And backwards compatibility is excellent compared to every other language I have ever worked in. There are methods deprecated in the late 90's that still work in Java 9.

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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Re: minimum weight

> Does this imply that they are all lard-arses?

Or that no pilots are affected because they're not doing any flying due to a lack of planes.

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Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

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Re: Why

Pure speculation, but I would imagine it could go something like this:

1. Web browser allows access to something innocuous - I don't know, turn on the stereo.

2. Buffer overflow found in the handler for this action in the webbrowser

3. Buffer overflow exploited to load executable code onto the computer.

4. exploited code sends specially crafted CAN bus message targetting the systems on the same bus as the stereo.

It's not necessarily the case that you can control your brakes with a web browser, but could be that the devices the web browser is controlling are on the same comms bus. I have no knowledge of Tesla's internals, but most modern cars use a bus system and I presume something as electrically complex as a Tesla would do too. Running N individual wires to N devices back to a single control unit simply isn't practical.

That said, I believe aircraft have their entertainment systems on a physically separate wiring harness. Not a bad idea all up.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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Re: More on MS Copy

Not a programmer I take it?

progress = byteswritten / totalbytes

estimatedduration = totalbytes / byteswritten * elapsedtime

For copying one or more files, that's it. The longer it runs the more accurate and stable it becomes. And it will never, ever go backwards. Fucking this one up is bad enough, but leaving it that way for twenty years is what really beggars belief.

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

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Re: @AndyS

I'm not sure if the Tesla uses LiFePo4, but they're likely using a variant which is similarly stable. You can optimise for stability or power density, and car batteries are typically optimised for stability - these are not the explode-in-your-pocket cellphone batteries.

If you need convincing, This video is worth a watch, if only for the bit where the guy unloads a gun into the battery. He doesn't even have a high-vis vest on, try doing that in Europe. It's from Sinopoly, one of the largest manufacturers of LiFePo4 cells.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Re: If one compared companies to countries

The first and probably last time a comment beginning "In Soviet Russia" was actually amusing.

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World eats its 10 millionth Raspberry Pi

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Re: I thought I'd buy one to try when they first came out..

> If you are doing something that intensive on the USB bus (unfortunately that includes the Ethernet port), the Pi is not for you.

I'm going to give this qualified agreement. But it can be done. I have five hubs and fifteen USB device plugged in right now and working - fortunately there's nothing realtime (I had to drop audio due to packet loss), but otherwise it's long term stable.

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US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

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Re: Sad state of affairs

I believe the game plan for the European forces in the event of a Russian attack at the end of the cold war was to keep them as far east as they could until the yanks arrived. Life expectancy for a tank crew was 90 seconds of combat, due to the expected use of tactical nukes. This isn't from reading Tom Clancy, this is from a mate that drove tanks at the time.

Europe doesn't have tactical nukes, which was why the reliance on the US.

And yes, there was talk of the Ukraine joining NATO. I was surprised by this as I'd made the same assertion, but was forced to eat my words. It's here:

"May 2002: President Leonid Kuchma announces Ukraine's goal of eventual NATO membership and at a NUC meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, foreign ministers underline their desire to take the relationship forward to a qualitatively new level."

This has been heavily qualified since 2002, but given that Russia had a long history of wanting a thousand miles of land between them and their aggressors to the west (thanks Napoleon), this was shortsighted in the extreme for anyone to suggest. You might not like the bear, but there's no reason to prod it with a stick.

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Re: "...as the crash record of the Harrier showed..." @not.known@this.address

I read Ledswingers post as making that point exactly. Even with the best planes and the best pilots, we will lose a proportion due to training, pilot error and technical failure. And presumably like normal UK military, half of the rest will be grounded having been cannibalised for parts.

So far so normal. It's only a problem when you start with twelve planes.

I pity the first pilot to bail out of one during training and survive - I imagine the Defence Minister will personally lead the firing squad.

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Microsoft's maps lost Melbourne because it used bad Wikipedia data

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Byline?

Is Andrew on holiday?

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Billion-tonne IceCube: Sterile neutrino does not exist

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Re: Back of the envelope calculation = awesome

Much obliged. That lead me to this: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1002.2442v1.pdf which describes the setup. Very cool, at many levels.

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Back of the envelope calculation = awesome

A billion tonnes of ice is about a billion cubic meters which is about a cubic kilometre. And they have 5160 detectors, which is 193,000m³ per detector. If they're placed in a grid, that's about one every 58m.

Can anyone tell me what sort of detector can spot a flash from a single subatomic particle collision through 29m of solid ice? Presumablhy a CCD of some sort, like on a digital camera - these react to photons. But the photon has to hit the CCD, and at one per 193,000m³ the odds seem a bit thin.

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If you use ‘smart’ Bluetooth locks, you're asking to be burgled

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Re: <sigh> @Rob Crawford

I certainly hope you're a policeman. If not, you should move neighbourhoods.

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: Well?

Oh good, Big John is back with more balanced and not-at-all racist comments.

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Re: Hmm

> 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified

So the police kill 3,500 people a year, and that's justifiable? Sweet Jesus. Roll on Megacity One.

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All roads lead to Rome as Irish seminary gripped by Grindr scandal

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Re: Filth

That quote predates Hitchens by some time. The rest of your comment is a little over the top, and I say that as someone who was raised in the catholic church and detests it. There are some very rotten eggs, but there are many more decent individuals than bad (note I refer to the individuals, not the institution). A statement that applies equally to some of the other major world religions you may have seen in the news recently.

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WikiLeaks fights The Man by, er, publishing ordinary people's personal information

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Delicious Irony

Amusing that you have to give your SS number and passport details, so they can ensure they're scrupulously honest in how they manage the obscene sums required to buy your way into a run for office. I imagine people of all political persuasions agreed with Bernie that campaign funding needed some serious reform.

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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 @BigJohn

"I'm not sorry I'm a racist, I'm only sorry you found out about it."

One of your earlier posts. Guess you're not sorry anymore.

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Philando Castile death-by-cop vid mysteriously vanishes from Facebook

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@Zap

Look up "Police By Consent". I know the UK police are far from perfect, but at least the intention is correct.

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@Long John Baldrick

You cannot possibly be trying to find a way to justify the actions of this officer, can you? He shot a man who was following his instructions, four times, while he was not under threat.

Cops shot black people way more than white people. It's not a statistical aberration, it's not an accident, he wasn't asking for it and the fact some other idiot with a gun shot ten police officers doesn't change any of this one little bit.

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Re: Police are officer or constable ...

You don't have to go through LAX more than a couple of times to realise "Sir" is a four letter word in America.

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

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Re: 2 points

1. Have they tried using one AI against another AI ? Seems likely that using AI v AI would lead to stalemate.

They did, but it turned out the only way to win was not to play.

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Sea of outrage after 'migrant-spotting app' turned out to be bogus

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Re: I don't understand

Ad agency: "we're thinking of building an app that would help people rescue refugees"

MOAS: "that sounds like a good idea"

Press release follows. Easy.

I see you're a yank, if you were in the UK you would see this sort of selective quoting and misrepresentation being currently played out on electoral posters all over Britain whenever the facts are deemed inconvenient.

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP* in South London due to painful piles

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Re: loved the sample tweets

Amen brother (er, sister). Virgin Media are my single biggest correspondent by a long shot, despite not being a customer. I tried sending them back return to sender, I tried calling and asking for removal. Nothing. If they can't manage that, they're never going to land me as a customer.

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Apple quietly launches next-gen encrypted file system

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Re: checklist

I broadly get your point but it's not as simple. Turkish, for instance, has the upper case version of "i" as "İ" - that's "Upper case dotted i", or U+0130.

To be fair this is the only example I can think of off the top of my head, but there might be others. You might roll your eyes at this (thank you, I'm here all week) but if you want case insensitivity in filenames, you have to specify the locale too.

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India launches hypersonic space shuttle precursor

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5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

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It's not European maps you want to worry about

Even better, the Nigel Farage voice pack will always advise you if <a href='http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/dec/07/nigel-farage-blames-immigration-m4-traffic-ukip-reception">immigrants are blocking the M4</a>

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New solar cell breaks efficiency records, turns 34% of light into 'leccy

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@Faux Science Slayer

Back again? I thought you'd been sectioned?

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