* Posts by cortland

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Obi: These ARE the 'droids you're looking for

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WTF?

droid

MIspelling of "droyed". One who has been droyed has been treated like a robot.

[NB: still under review.]

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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Re: Oh don't be silly.

Wood sensitivity! Having been once shot in the buttocks with a wooden arrow , Hrerarry [not a real name] was never comfortable thereafter sitting on a wooden chair.

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Diagnosis

Diagnosis may be accomplished using nothing more than a balsa-wood antenna painted silver to resemble a real one. Point it at the subject to see if she sues...

From the "However!" department: Some of these seemingly crazy psychosomatic reactions can have a real cause. I recall the long ago case of a (Swedish?) auto plant where CRT's said to have caused illnesses due to EMF were actually making workers in one office (but not another) ill, which turned out to be due to paint flecks getting into the HVAC ducting from the plant's painting operation nearby; attracted by the static charge on CRT screen, paint flecks were then being being repelled into the faces of CRT terminal operators, causing rashes, and eye and respiratory problems.

A similar effect may explain problems said to be caused by HT power lines; chemical reactions between air pollutants can be be facilitated in the electric field near cables and across insulators, higher voltages having a stronger field, with the reaction products being inhaled by those living close-by.

http://www.hydroquebec.com/learning/transport/grandes-distances.html

http://www.safespaceprotection.com/electrostress-from-power-lines.aspx

It is apparently too expensive for actual operating concerns to confirm electrosensitivity by running silver-painted rope instead of metal cables. Perhaps someone will apply for a grant.

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Conference Wi-Fi biz fined $750k for jamming personal hotspots

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Re: FCC lines its pockets, but with whose money?

No pockets are lined.

47 U.S. Code § 504 - Forfeitures

(a) Recovery

The forfeitures provided for in this chapter shall be payable into the Treasury of the United States, and shall ...

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/47/504

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Yuh tells 'em an yuh tells 'em

USB tether is the answer.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: No keyboard present, press F1 to continue

or "Press any key to continue"

http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Any_Key

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Binned a Win10 install

It wouldn't open files I could see in preview, or any of my PDF readers/editors; that's how wrong it was acting. Cost me re-downloads of some photo-editing applications, too, some lost email and (of course) "overages"on my monthly bandwidth.

Verizon's top plan for *new* subscribers [not me] is 12 GB per month. That's just four Win10 installs, eh?

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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So no hope

For my AST 10 MHz AT, even WITH a sixpack memory board, eh? The 12 GB HP quad core Phenom, though, that might work.

All files scanned, saved on a backup HDD along with a full disk image -- and a boot DVD prepared. If they force the update, I'm ready.

Onward! Onward! Swords against the Foe

Forward! Forward the lily banners go!

Sons of France around us,

Break the chain that bound us,

And to Hell with Burgundy!

http://www.lyrster.com/come-back/and-bow-down-to-burgundy-lyrics/lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/s/songofthevagabonds.shtml

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What I want to know is

If I buy a new Win 10 equipped computer online for $US 199 haven't I just bought the HARDWARE (new!) for $80? And haven't I got six computers downloading humongous updates already?

My Acer Iconia W3 (Atom) has been thrashing away at a year of accumulated updates for two days... mea culpa!

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Boffins turned off by silicon switch to TILTING MAGNETS

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Turned off

"Boffins turned off ..."

By request of their wives?

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BAD things happen to GOOD robots in America: hitchBot DECAPITATED

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" we wish to remember the good times, and we encourage hitchBOT’s friends and fans to do the same.”"

Lop off heads and remove contents? Hmm.

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VIAGRA found in Chinese 'Kung Fu rice wine'

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Getting a rise

As President Lincoln said of General Grant's drinking, "Find out what he drinks and send some to my other generals."

If we can't get good law from them, maybe some imported "Kung Fu" would get at least a rise out of Congress.

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Sick of politicians robo-calling you? Bin your landline, says the FCC

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Re: I'm thankful I don't live in the US

They should be.... handcuffed to an uncomfortable chair, have headphones placed over their ears, and be made to endure a month's worth of their concerns' robocalls, that's what they should be. However, the US' Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, so being made to watch all the reruns of "I Dream of Genie" - consecutively - will have to do.

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Book 'em, Danno*

Robocalls sometimes tie up the line while they are playing, preventing emergency calls (in the US, 911) and a lot of callers can face fines for calling numbers on the national "Do Not Call" registry.

For US residents: https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us/articles/204979530-Rules-and-Resources-for-Dealing-with-Unwanted-Texts-and-Calls

* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii_Five-O

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Oh Jeez, not now! Activist investor threatens Violin Memory

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re bats

Hmm. VAMPIRE?

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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

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Leaving out

Leaving out the certifications and persuasion needed to build the desalination plants;

Leaving out that concentrated brine kills marine species nearby;

Leaving out the pipelines needed (can't tear up the landscape) and the municipal expense incurred (we won't pay higher taxes);

Be it ever so cheap to actually get the salt out; it's neither cheap nor fast to get there from here.

"Don't worry, boy, I know the trick,

And to you I'm gonna show it.

If you want your boomerang to come back,

Well first you've got to... throw it."

http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/m/myboomerangwontcomeback.shtml

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FCC swamped by 2,000+ net neutrality complaints against ISPs

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Well....

"Business-friendly" Congressmen don't LIKE regulators, even if some those regulated want someone to keep rogues in line.

https://nabroadcasters.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/defanging-a-paper-tiger/

The FCC recently proposed closing most of its regional Field Offices across the country and was only grudgingly persuaded by licensed radio services to keep a few more open. See

http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-announces-enforcement-bureau-field-office-reorganization-plans

We have seen the Commission, let us say, "swayed" by people with dollar signs in their eyes who occasionally have been able to slip something by the Commission, but it sometimes looks rather as if Commissioners have been willing to be fooled. BPL (PLC) and the LightSquared fiasco come to mind.

http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-shows-ibec-bpl-systems-are-interfering-violating-fcc-rules

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LightSquared

http://www.insidegnss.com/node/4437and

Some "business friendly" Congressmen and not a few would-be Congresscritters are talking about abolishing the agencies that enforce occupational health, clean air and pure water regulations.

"And was Jerusalem builded here

Among these dark Satanic mills? "

Yes, for sufficient profit.

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US to rethink hacker tool export rules after mass freakout in security land

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EVERYTHING has "dual use"

Psychology, say, or management courses, and and just about any electronics; if arrays of PlayStations® can be turned into supercomputers, NOTHING can be exported.

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Re: The actual truth

AFTER age 15, and that is interesting. See http://www.iqcomparisonsite.com/sexdifferences.aspx

Personal observation; I can't STAND women who use what I'll call the "dumb blonde" tactic to attract men.

Possibly relevant anecdote: Asperger's syndrome didn't help _me_; when a female colleague in an R&D department appeared at my cubicle to ask for help connecting a TV antenna at home, I reminded her she was an engineer, then asked if she was trying to perpetuate a stereotype. My brother, who seemed to attract exotic girlfriends, laughed uncontrollably when I described that later.

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Re: Maths especially sadistics would be very important

THERE'S a Freudian slip!

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It's the teachers

Even boys; a truly dreadful teacher destroyed any early interest I had in in maths and number play, and I never did catch up. I was still smart enough to work around that on my own (NB: still with dismal marks) and had a 30 year career in engineering after I retired from the military, without a degree nor even any engineering coursework; THIS boy read dictionaries and encyclopedias (and a lot of other books, too) for enjoyment -- and played with with electromagnets.

https://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/professional/savant-syndrome/resources/articles/hyperlexia-reading-precociousness-or-savant-skill/

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Twitter will delete jokes after a DMCA takedown – but NOT my photos, fumes angry snapper

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It's been said

It's been said that EVERY joke made since may be found in the long out of copyright _Joe Miller's Joke Book_.

http://www.elfinspell.com/Humor/JoeMiller/JestBook1.html

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Optional

If you get spies wandering around R&D, outbid their sponsors and hire 'em. If they're savvy enough to glean your secrets from just wandering through, they're probably smarter than managers who wander through counting ties and coats.

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A tech once had to wear a tie...

Some 30+ years ago, a manager at [redacted] told a tech to stop showing up in torn blue-jeans and ratty T-shirts. He was told, in fact to wear clean, pressed slacks, and a good shirt and tie . He seems to have acceded, showing up the next day wearing clean pressed jeans and a clean T-shirt -- with a tie silk-screened on it.

I seem to recall a later incident, this involving an instrumented briefcase. Guess which tech got to make things work? Dowels blocking in a clockwork accelerometer were later said to have been painted red, stenciled DYNAMITE, and wrapped in wire. In those days, flying West to Asia, the briefcase would not have been X-rayed until just before boarding in San Francisco.

It might not have helped that the person carrying it had a Russian accent.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Oh joy...

Security updates barred for being to slow to upgrade features? It CAN'T (can it?) have escaped notice that can/will create a permanent reservoir of malware/robots.

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Ex-MIT prof jailed for 'making experimental film' about bank robbery. In a bank. Without saying it was a film

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Understatement of the week

"He's not led a normal life"

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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If

If you are reading this page do not turn off your computer.

Do not leave the premises under penalty of law; police are on the way. Should you do so, you will be charged with evading detention, obstructing just ice [sic] and mopery .

Warning: May contain nuts.

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SatNad's purple haze could see Lumia 'killed'. Way to go, chief!

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If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/alberteins383803.html

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Ditching political Elop makes for a more Nadella Microsoft

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Re: Technocodger

Hmm? Someone say my name? Oh, never mind. They'll call when something goes wrong. When a post-downsizing "center of excellence" run on the cheap, lean six sigma, goalposts, gatekeepers and checklists turns out to be not quite excellent. And not cheap at all.

-- A technocodger

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NASA invents super-SMACK, hallucinates WHOLE STAR SYSTEMS

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Is there a transcript?

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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An ELEPHANT crisper?

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DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

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I once saw a person who had been rendered unconscious and in uncontrollable spasms after being hit on the temple with a jar of mayonnaise. CPR was needed to be sure he could breathe, and (luckily) it was effective.

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WikiLeaks spaffs files showing NSA spied on French presidents

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French WHAT?

Never mind; I thought it said French RESTAURANTS.

These days, gentlemen DO read each others' mail.

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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"If humanity fails to die out on cue this time ... the prof's chances of ever being taken seriously - already pretty poor at this point, to be honest - will plunge to zero."

If we DO die "on cue," no one will be around to congratulate him.

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Apple to replace DODGY hard drives that go BELLY UP in 27-inch iMac

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Re: Not for the first time...

Reminds me of the 10MB drive I got with my used "it's really good deal" es-Radio Shack Point of Sale terminal TRS-2000. It was sometimes necessary to hold the drive enclosure and twist it around its drive axis to get the thing to start turning. Apparently, some had caught fire, and Tandy designers had to insert a current limiting resistor in series with the motor to reduce the power-on surge . Since a stopped motor has no back EMF and needs more current to start ...

I gave the Model 2000 to my mother to replace a TRS-80 Model 4, and its proprietary monitor was broken during a move, but she'd been canny enough to insure everything, and as there WERE no replacements available, she got $400 to replace the monitor -- when the whole setup had cost me $50.

Good old days, etc. When I later worked for Tandy R&D I heard a lot of stories, and one was about R&D staff frantically adding jumpers to get the initial 2000's on the shelves in time.

http://www.cchaven.com/T2000.HTML

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Australia gets its Internet filter after Senate vote

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Uh Oh

Bye Bye Google(tm) Books.

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Stealing secret crypto-keys from PCs using leaked radio emissions

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Those who've worked

Those who've worked in the TEMPEST field, as I did quite a few years ago, may as the phrase goes, "neither confirm nor deny". However... in an amusing aside, I once worked as an Electromagnetic Compatibility engineer at a Fort Worth (Texas) computer maker now in bankruptcy.

One day, the board of directors was touring the lab where I was testing a vendor-supplied CD drive in a new product. Explaining why testing was needed, I let them hear music playing on a computer CD drive by turning on the loudspeaker of a spectrum analyzer outside the shielded chamber. Since we are talking TEMPEST, then, "As they smelt music: so I charm'd their ears"; the signal was from a cord and headset plugged into the drive's front panel jack, and at a level more that the FCC Rules (also see see EN 55022) allowed.

The drive vendor having refused to accept return as unsuitable, we shipped all of that model with a plastic rivet glued into the drive's headphone connector.

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Re: In other words, "When to act"

“When they have opened a gap in the hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the Church and the wilderness of the world, God hath ever broke down the wall itself, removed the candlestick, and made his garden a wilderness, as at this day. And that there fore if He will eer please to restore His garden and paradise again, it must of necessity be walled in peculiarly unto Himself from the world…”

http://www.inspirationalstories.com/quotes/t/roger-williams-on-christianity/

Also see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Williams

Note that moral considerations should lead anyone who means to do good to err on the side of charity, not profitability, and in the matter of AGW, on the side of caution, not commercial gain.

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Well! THERE'S an interesting slant. It's one we hear a lot on the West side of The Pond.

But I must ask: Isn't taking out the trash conservative? Isn't CONSERVATION conservative? Why aren't conservatives on the side of putting the CO2 back in the ground? Could it be money?

According to a study performed by Guttmacher Institute, long-acting contraceptive methods were having a significant impact in reducing unwanted pregnancies. There were fewer than 17 abortions for every 1,000 women of child-bearing age.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_the_United_States#Number_of_abortions_in_United_States

The abortion debate has not typically dealt with a spontaneous abortion, which is commonly referred to as a miscarriage until several states passed laws in 2013 prohibiting a woman who miscarried from receiving medical treatment for 48 hours after diagnosis and forcing her to undergo an additional ultrasound prior to her procedure.

--See Wiki above

Sources vary, but many estimate that approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage; and some estimates are as high as 1 in 3. If you include loss that occurs before a positive pregnancy test, some estimate that 40% of all conceptions result in loss.

http://www.hopexchange.com/Statistics.htm

Poverty and diet plays a large part in this statistic,and do conservatives care? Aside from the Pope? (He doesn't like birth control -- which has cut abortions by a third in recent years; you can't win them all.)

http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/the_kingston_trio/the_merry_minuet.html

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Testing Windows 10 on Surface 3: Perfect combo or buggy embuggerance?

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Re: Surface 3

Freen screezes! Ah, screen freezes. Power button pressed, pressed again upswipe and back in action. Only annoying.

WHY? I dunno. Getting updates, maybe.

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Re: Duel Boot

Pistils, and we'll see which has the most "stamena."

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Pwned so many times - but saved by the incident response plan

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Re: Applause

IT shares with QC the lethal defect that it can't MAKE money, only SPEND money. Or course, management would call *air* part of the employee compensation package if they could get away with it -- and some day (in orbit) they will.

FWCUMI ( http://www.workplaceinsanity.com/2010/08/floggings-will-continue-until-morale.html)

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How swearing at your coworker via WhatsApp could cost you $68,000

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Re: Freedom of Speech....

Re the UAE being rather behind the times so far as personal rights are concerned...

I think perhaps it regards itself as the FUTURE of human rights, with Sharia and all that, not that we don't have similar controller types in the West. IMO, ours may be more polite. Or not.

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Duqu 2.0‬ malware buried into Windows PCs using 'stolen Foxconn certs'

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Possible

means inevitable.

Pardon me; I need to remove the coffee that just flew suddenly out of its cup and onto the ceiling.

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Raspberry Pi guys want you to go topless in the heat

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Not optional:

http://rfemcdevelopment.eu/index.php/en/emc-emi-standards/en-55022-2010

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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Re: Stop annoying Les Frogs

Sneak them out one MICROHenry at a time.

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US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

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Re: Well, THERE'S your PROBLEM....

Is there currently any other kind of Republican propaganda?

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Re: Well, THERE'S your PROBLEM....

Don't forget Pratchett's memorable "May contain nuts" or, in this case, actually BE "nuts."

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

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Cutting remark

The fault, dear Brutus...

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Your CAR is the 'ultimate mobile device', reckons Apple COO

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Where's Batman?

ElReg already HAS a Robin.

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