* Posts by psychonaut

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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i stopped being surprised at this when...

i read "serco"

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A nation of CODERS? Yes, says UK.gov, and have some cash to do it

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is it not easier

to just pay a decent wage for teaching? starting salary of 23k for a maths graduate? and you have to put up with children? whats not to like....

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Sink your teeth into OCZ's ARC 100 SSD sizzler with tasty home-grown chips

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their vertex drives were shite...massive failure rate. never bothered to use any of their others and probably ever will - cost me a lot of time!

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Re: Dear father christmas !!

make sure you leave enough room in your stockings so that he can empty the rest of his sack into them

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

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Re: So who pays for the servers?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes

yeah! and who pays the people who pay for the servers.

and who pays them?

and who pays them???

aaaRRRGGH! my frickin' brains going to explode! it feels like friday and its only monday. AAARGH!

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NORKS: We didn't hack Sony. Whoever did was RIGHTEOUS, though

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Re: a 'righteous deed'

haha! thats EXACTLY what i thought of too! have an upvote.

love the bueller

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Legendary Brit physicist Stephen Hawking gets full Intel comms refresh

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next word predictive text

i find this useful on my phone, but ive wondered how much it makes me express myself in a much more defined and narrow manner than i otherwise would. it sort of distills your language. im waiting for the day when it just writes my texts for me as soon as i open it.

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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Re: I don't trust any device

rooting a screwdriver will probably result in a hospital visit.

"huh? what this? i have no idea what that gerbil is doing with a screwdriver shoved through it. what was the gerbil doing in my anus in the first place? uh, well officer..."

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Re: Dumb TV please

couldnt agree more. 100hz was fab.

tv manufactureres:

Dear bastards,

right, stop bringing out half baked smart bollox curvey shit which doesnt work and make a better screen that is capable of displaying the content thats on it.

just STOP IT and make the thing work properly in the first fucking place from the ground up.

thankyou. nothing more to see here.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: calendar check....

if it is a clone - wouldnt the shipping date be may the 4th?

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Cryptocurrency cruncher cranks prime number constellation

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Re: seti @ home

not if every cpu has actually been compromised - maybe theres a bit of grunt reserved only for five eyes tasks on every machine on the planet.

oh god how deep does the rabbit hole go?

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seti @ home

can you imagine??!!

an fbi screensaver (seti@home flavoured) that actively tries to crack other peoples (or possibly your own) encrypted files?

i wonder what you would get as a reward...maybe some get out of jail free cards or a plea bargain for every block decoded.

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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Re: the good thing about science

"Sooo... the humanist scientific angle is "We haven't a clue how it could have happened, we can't do an experiment to repeat the process , we just know it wasn't a god" because you can't do an experiment to test a god. Not only that, but because it happened on earth without a god, it must be easy. If it's easy then it must be happening all over the place!"

you haven't actually addressed the question, simply restated it - i dont know how it happened so god must have done it. proves my point really. the humanist scientific angle is simply "we will try and find out"

"What? The work of Damadian was essential to the invention of MRI. Damadian was a creationist!"

so what? he could be a satanist for all i care. how did he discover what he did? by using divining rods or by using scientific method?

"The first man on the moon was a deist!"

so what? how did he get there? by reading the bible or by scientific process?

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"its morals are also massively questionable in lots of it" Mate, God's morals are a theological issue, not a scientific one.

I know it all seems clear to you, but you also appear biased."

yes i am biased towards scientific explainations, because your book (one of many which claim to reveal the truth), which is supposedly the incontrovertible truth, is so full of holes, falsehoods and terrible morals that i wouldnt believe any of what it says.

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the good thing about science

is that when some new evidence comes along, we can say - oh, yes, we were wrong - lets change how we think about this, instead of, say, calling that person a heretic and burning them,

science doesnt claim to know everything, science is about making the best models we can of what we can detect around us. as technology improves, more things are revealed to us. we would be stupid to, say, hang onto the idea that the earth is flat today even in the light of the ancient greeks (predating christ by a good few cenuries) knowledge.

and so science is changeable, and the best science happens when someone says "woah - THAT doesnt look right...lets investigate"

the religious angle again is always, at the bottom of the pile of turtles "god did it".

not any use for making anything usefull like an mri scanner, anti virals, landing on the moon etc etc.

you have your book, which is manifestly wrong on many many things. its morals are also massively questionable in lots of it, just go read the evil bible website. if you stand by the "facts" in that book, then you are blind to the truth. thats fine if you want to bury your head in the sand, but thats not what science does.

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Re: If...

pretty sure stephen baxter wrote a short story including exactly that

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Re: They may be rocket scientists...

they obviously took lessons from my missus. she uonce put together a wardrobe using a hammer to bang the screws into it.

i called it "the great leaning wardrobe of woodstock"

how the fuck it stayed (vaguely) vertical is probably proof of the existence of god. which god though, is in question. im thinking norse - IKEA

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both could be / probably are true

panspermia doesnt rule out the possibility that life evolved here anyway without help from panspermia - and vice-versa - life could have been seeded here by panspermia but that doesnt rule out the possibility that life can evolve elsewhere without it.

theres also an intersection of the two, where life wouldnt have evolved somewhere unless helped by panspermia, and the flip side of that too, where the panspemia additions wouldnt have made any difference without the local planets attributes.

they arent mutually exclusive and dont need to be. in fact, they both lend support to each other.

also, life is only "as we know it" - there may be other forms of chemical structrures that can evolve to the level of self-questioning intelligence.

there could also be intelligences out there that were made by precursor intelligences too.

life may have happened once and spread.

life may have happened multiple times, and some of them spread.

life may have only happened once.

maybe theres another kind of life out there that wouldnt recognise us as "life" and believe that they are the only ones.

personally, given that we are not remarkable as a place in space time, and given the time and space available for it to happen, for me the the chances of us being the only ones are close to zero.

the problem with the religious argument is that its pointless. "god did it" is the bottom of the turtle pile for every single question you ever ask. that to me is completely pointless and unsatisfying. its a nice comfort blanket for a lot of people though, so that they dont have to think too hard about stuff.

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Countdown contestant pays homage to IT Crowd's Moss

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private tunnel

no, thats not a porn site. its a personal vpn. super easy to use.

15 quid a year or some tosh, enables you to pop up in quite a few locations in the world, then you can use localized regional content, or for instance, go on kick ass torrents or pirate bay. not that i do, obviously.

i got a bar in turkey to use it during the world cup so we could get English commentary. shame it didnt make the football any better....

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UK.gov dumps another £40m into unpopular SME broadband scheme

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only available in certain areas

ive got a customer in sunningdale who is about to buy a leased line. he could really do with the grant but he is not eligible because of his postcode.

how fucking stupid is that?

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: What?

There should be a pork pie shaped case for rpi's

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Mmmmffll-CHOMP: I won? Reg reader to have CHOC-TASTIC YEAR

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Re: Mmmm chocolate....

Agreed...especially with the speaker cables....still...he's a git anyway!

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Cutting the cord without losing touch with your office

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I think the easiest thing to do for small sme's is hosted exchange and something like team viewer or log me in for remote access. Easy, cheap, pretty secure, gives all the access you need to programs at work, simple to manage and doesnt take much looking after. You also dont have to expose your server to the outside world if they have one. I use a nas box most of the time anyway.

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Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks

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netgear mp101

is still soldering on after, what, 8 years or so? pretty neat piece of kit for its time.

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DNA survives fiery heat of re-entry on test rocket

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Re: I will survive

but we know that in space, no one can hear you scream. even if its gloria.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Spawn of Galaxy Alpha and a Note 3 unveiled

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got mine last week

superb piece of kit. upgraded from a note 2. camera is way better. the stackable apps quick switch is the best new feature - i dont know how i got along without it before. it is very loud which is great for hands free.

great phone.

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Cries of spies as audit group finds possible 'backdoor' in Bittorrent Sync

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The writer needs to proof read. It's a painfull read. Shell out for a few commas next time.

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Intel: A tiny video drone? Disguised as a BRACELET? Great! Take half a million dollars!

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Re: This is the winner?

wearable 3d printer.

could be good for retro gags - have it sewn into the arse end of your pants. get it to print reams of paper like substance

"oooh...ive got a fax coming through!"

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

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5 second film ?

fade in (on an apple, obviously, although not the beatles apple, coz that would be copyright infringement probably. well, its apple after all, maybe it wouldnt)

some clouds...aka simpsons...

a man......with a halo drifts into view obscured by a ball of white light with a bite taken out of the side

light gets brigther...fills the whole screen...

then....deep, booming voice "and so the entire world of tech was invented, BEFORE TIME ITSELF, thus allowing us to invent EVERYTHING before anyone else. mwahahahahaha!"

fin

maybe an outtake where bill gates is crushed to death by an apple, or kicked in the balls by jack black "so now this is happening"

fuck knows.

can i have 50 million billion dollars to make it now please?

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Got a spare $600k? Then an ancient Apple-1 could be yours

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U571

ah. i see apple have managed to invent the entire digital world now. funny, it wasnt like that yesterday. im sure of it. maybe my memory is failing but wait...whats that big shimmery thing approaching? its in the shape of ...what is that? oh its a piece of fruit....mememememememmememeeeewwoaoaoaoahahahbep beeptemporaldistortioncompletebeeop.

sorry something odd happened there.

oh yes. wow, this was the first ever digital thing ever. id sure like to own it!

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Pay-by-bonk 'glitch' means cards can go kaching-for-crims

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surprised? anyone?

Bueller?

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Remote code execution flaws fixed in tnftp and wget

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wtf is a boilerplate response?

anyone? bueller?

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Tales of infiltration from Fight Club man Chuck Palahniuk, Peter Carey and Anonymous

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chuck palahniuk

is one of the most twisted, sick and funny writers i have ever read, think bret easton ellis combined with william burrows combined with tom sharpe.

i love him!

read his stuff now!

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Re: Terrorists!

well said.

if you want to proclaim that your god is a homophobic, xenophobic biggoted, capricious asshole, and you think that those kind of statement are going to convert people to your religion, we can simply say that , no thanks, we have already far exceeded the hideous and meager expectations (by some hundreds of years) that you hold your self too.

religion is a dying breed with the advent of knowledge, thank fsm.

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"Those plagued by it need help thru love"

means:

yes we love everyone. unless you are gay of course and then we dont love you. our love is conditional. oh and we ignore the other stuff in leviticus because it doesnt suit us. but gays...oh gays are going to hell

what a bunch of assholes. at least iof you have thast opinion just come out and say "i think its disgusting". to which any right minded persons response is "well, its your right to be a homophobe, but that doesnt mean we have to respect it. now fuck off"

"God hates homsexuality. It's a sin. He loves you and wants you to repent of such evil."

ok, so what the fuck has it got to do with you then? surely that contract is between him and god (if you go for all that bullshit)

and lets not even get started on the muslim guy. there are no gay muslims. ok! i believe that as much as i believe all the other bullshit religious types come out with, i.e. not at all.

im happily hetero and fully atheist, but i hate this kind of hiding behind my religion bollox.

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Hungary PM ditches internet tax plans after mass protests

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or...

just make the big companies (amazon, google, starbicks...etc etc) pay tax - get rid of this "licensing to our base in ireland" bullshit. just do it on gross turnover. if you have to pay a license fee and that license fee makes up x% (say, 40%) or more of your costs and is payed to a compnay that owns you then tough shit.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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oh man i just found this

www.ultimatearcadecabinets.co.uk

dribble....want want

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

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fucking fucking retards

as above. this has been done to death.

12bn quid.

IT WONT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO PEOPLES ENERGY CONSUMPTION! IT WILL ONLY POSSIBLY MAKE THINGS WORSE YOU FUCKING IDIOTS AND ITS GOING TO COST 12 BN POUNDS

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Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

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an excuse to write the word dick (phillip k)

maybe if hp did a scanner darkly we would be getting there

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Xen says its security policies might be buggier than its software

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but surely

their servers have failover? so why cant you patch one, reboot and meanwhile the others pick up the load? the do the next one...etc...etc...etc

unless of course they dont really have redundancy or failover....

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OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR

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how fucking stupid is this

id quite like to buy this phone.

id like to buy it now.

i dont want to piss about.

if they are going to mess people about who are just trying to buy the phone, imagine what the scenario would be if it goes wrong under warranty?

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FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers

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FuckUp

best i can do at this hour of the morning and not enough tea

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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ereaders

the reason people like them over tablets is that trying to read on a phone or tablet is very difficult - the sheer output of the white light from the tablet does your eyes in pretty quick in the dark, also the weight of the device will do your hand in after a short while if you actually hold the thing while you are reading.

i used to be a complete book fanatic, i wouldnt countenance the idea of an electronic device because i like the feel of books and the err, gui experience??? its so simple.....just like that ikea ad for their catalogue - sounds a bit weird but there you go -

but since the very first time i used a kindle i havent bought another paper book.

i had an original kindle - no touch, no keyboard for years. its light, so your hand doesnt get cramped and the reading experience is just like a book. last for months, i have 1000 or more books on it. now my suitcase isn't half full of books when i go away

unfortunately, it is somewhere in Germany now....no idea where.

so ive ordered the new kindle voyage. but its not waterproof which is a bummer (sandwich bags aside). however, the amazon ecosystem is going to prevent me from going elsewhere as there are just so many titles available.

i also dont like the crap attention to proof reading that seems to be endemic in the ebook community, but you can live with it.

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Citrix: Wearables allow conference calls 'while rocking a baby to sleep'

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Watching Arsenal on your wrist during a first date?

Ive never heard it called that before. 'I was up the arsenal with karen the other night"

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Sky's tech bets pay off: Pay TV firm unveils blazing growth for Q1

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support 4k?

its be nice if these providers could supply proper hd, let alone 4k. they will just compress it to fuck like they currently do with their "HD" channels.

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The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event

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"Tim Cook is not Steve Jobs"

will that stop steve from suing tim? prior art possibly? the fact that one of them is no longer on this plane probably wouldnt matter either

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Securobods RAGE over $600k Kickstarter Tor box components

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Re: Never mind the source of this box

"get ready for Tor to become a lot less useful for legitimate purposes"

umm

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Drupal SQL injection nasty leaves sites 'wide open' to attack

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Re: "Interesting"

i think thats interesting spelt "w-h-a-t-a-b-u-n-c-h-o-f-c-u-n-t-s"

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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"There’s no official word from Tesco on the weight of the Hudl 2"

yes its a real mystery. i wonder how you could have worked it out?

edit: jdx just beat me to it!!

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Women in tech: Not asking for raises is your 'superpower' – Nadella. *chirp*...*chirp*

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this proves

that lying down next to naked beautiful women can lead men to religion. although for me its usually a short while later....

im an atheist. not sure what that says about my missus....

actually she's an atheist too. i might have to ask her what the hell she means by not being religious when she lies down next to me!

bitch.

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AndroidScript returns to Google Play Store: Ad giant YIELDS TO THE MIGHT OF EL REG

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Re: Vulture Central

christ you are right. we were geting all sentimental there.

right,

droid script is shit and the bloke who invented it is a twat!

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