* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

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And once again...

... the Security Services' answer to finding a needle in a haystack is to make the haystack bigger...

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French BIONIC EYE sits IN your peeper, feeds infrared light into nerves

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> How long before we see misbehavior with television remote controls being flashed at people with the implants to overload them, or cause a DOS attack?

You mean, unlike those idiots who think it's clever to flash laser pointers at cars and aircraft...?

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Cylon is golden: Backstabbing bank holiday board games

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Re: Totally boring?

Sorry, x 7 I'm just going to have to trit-trot along.

Enjoy your "victory".

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Re: Totally boring?

x 7, I can't decide if you're just a sad troll or whether you're really that stupidly ignorant.

Modern board games are part of a tradition that dates back over three and a half thousand years. Some concepts in games may be new, but many (if not most) others are based on ancient types of games and if you'd actually bother to try looking at them instead of indulging in pathetic sneering, you would realise this.

FYI there are generally six types: Race games, War Games, Games of Position, Mancala Games, Calculation Games and Dice Games. If I wanted to waste my time in trying to educate you, I could find both ancient and modern examples of all those games, all of which you could play "with real history at your shoulder", but I'm sure you'd just find a way of trying to dodge the issue or weasel your way out of it.

As I've discovered in gaming, sometimes it's just not worth bothering to play with certain people, so please feel free to declare victory and go on enjoying your narrow little range of games whilst I, and everyone else, enjoy the vast universe of games which are out there.

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Re: Totally boring?

> real games such as chess or crib. Or shove ha'ppeny.

"According to John Aubrey, cribbage was created by the English poet Sir John Suckling in the early 17th century, as a derivation of the game "noddy""

"Shove ha'penny (or shove halfpenny), also known in ancestral form as shoffe-grote ['shove-groat' in Modern English]"

And "Chess is believed to have originated in Eastern India, c. 280 – 550 CE in the Gupta Empire,"

- All from Wikipedia

And you think *board games* are "so 19th Century"?

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Re: Totally boring?

So what board games *have* you tried? Amazingly enough there are more games than Monopoly, Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit out there these days.

Find out if there's a local board games club and go along and try a few, you might find they're a lot more entertaining than you think.

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Totally boring?

Yes, because sitting on your own in front of a computer talking to others via a headset is *so* much more sociable than meeting up with a few mates and enjoying a game *with* other people...

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The problem with Panic Station is the ridiculous mechanic where you have two characters which can be in different locations, but which are clearly Quantum Entangled because they *both* end up getting affected by the same event!

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Re: Fuck me:

You obviously have no idea about board game design these days.

Games like these will often be several *years* in the making as they are designed, revised, play tested, revised again, re-play tested, modified to improve the balance, blind play tested, revised again to clarify the rules or fix problems that experienced players didn't encounter but newbies did because it wasn't obvious that you could do X or you couldn't do Y...

Then there's the cost of artwork, printing, rulebooks etc etc.

And once you've actually *produced* the game, there's no guarantee it will sell, so for every Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne or Splendor, there are ten others which didn't make the grade, but you have still forked out all that money to make them...

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@Tomislav

The problem with Shadows over Camelot is that you really have to have each player doing just one quest for most of the game to have a chance of winning and, frankly, that gets a bit tedious after a while.

Not only that, but you need to "game" the system such that, eg on the quests for the Grail and Excalibur, you don't actually complete them, just ensure that they don't fail because otherwise you end up with them just chucking up loads of catapaults which will inevitably wipe out Camelot.

As such, it's often very difficult to succeed as the Traitor because if you don't play this way, it rapidly becomes obvious who you are.

It's a shame, because apart from this it's a quite a good game.

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NASA on track to triple Discover super's grunt

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Re: Off-topic

Unfortunately it's probably just an error or an oversight and we'll soon be back to having to scroll down past a ridiculous and often irrelevant "Hero Image" on an article before we actually get to the details...

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Apple in rinky-dink ink stink wristjob admission: Watch IS affected by TATTOOS

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Re: Dark skin?

> Why the joke alert?

Seriously??

Paging Constable Savage...

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Re: Dark skin?

They can't afford to buy it and any of them seen wearing one must obviously have stolen it and is therefore a fair target...

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'Just follow the damn Constitution!' FBI, DoJ skewered over demands for crypto backdoors

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It's good to see...

... that at least *some* politicians aren't suckered by the Paedos and Terrorists and Criminals, oh my! nonsense.

It's just a shame that so many of the others are trotting out the same tired old rhetoric and are willing to bend over backwards (and make everyone else bend over forward) on the altar of "security".

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Strange alien-like life zones found beneath Antarctic glacier

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What's that noise?

Sounds like Tekeli-li!

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Grooveshark closes, blames 'serious mistake' of not paying for music

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@AC - Re: Unless they're Google

You beat me to it. Grooveshark just weren't big enough to be able to get away with that argument.

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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Re: From the Notebook of Lazarus Long

Yeah, but he also says how much they look like orchids...

... that's a funny looking orchid!!

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You can't keep a Secret and nor can anyone else: the app is closing

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[Insert obligatory Straw Man argument claiming that you must therefore think that druggiepaedoterrorists should not be burned at the stake]

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Rand Paul is trying to murder net neutrality. Is there a US presidential election, or something?

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"if you provide a service to people, with equipment and resources that you pay for, then why shouldn't you be able to control your own equipment?"

And again we go back to the analogy of a motor manufacturer eg Ford, buying control of the Motorway (Interstates) and designating a "Ford Only" lane which is only usable by their cars and these cars are allowed to drive at 100mph. Meanwhile all the other cars are stuck with a speed limit of 50mph in the other lanes which are highly congested.

Of course you could always get your vehicle in that Fast Lane if you were willing to pay Ford or whoever a "small consideration"...

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France wants to make les citoyens' health data available to world+dog

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Well...

... at least the French people have a *chance* of possibly stopping their data simply being flogged off to the rich mates of their Government.

Of course whether it *stays* that way...

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PICTURE-TASTIC: Microsoft woos devs to HoloLens virtuo-goggs

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"If he said "follow me" out loud...

"...he could walk around the room and the TV would float along with him at the same distance."

And then he tripped over the coffee table.

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Re: @Tim Worstall - "The things that actually seem to work in making the poor richer."

> 6.88, -6.82.

RIght (pun not intended!), so whilst I am to the left of you, I'm certainly not a "Leftie".

> trade doesn't change the number of jobs in a country

I really don't see how that follows.

If there is trade, beyond that of basic barter, there is a need for money, so bankers and accountants. There's shops to sell the goods, so retail staff. There's tax on the money and wages, so tax collectors...The employees have more money, so they can buy more etc etc etc...

Therefore the more trade, the more demand, so the consequential higher need for these other jobs. Conversely, if trade diminishes (for instance if a supply starts becoming exhausted) the production costs will go up, the price will go up, the demand will remain the same (or fall as people look for alternatives) but the number of people selling the product will diminish, hence fewer associated jobs.

If the jobs move elsewhere in the world, because it's cheaper to employ people there, there will be fewer jobs in the original location, fewer people employed there, so less money to spend in that local economy, so they will be less well off even allowing for the (presumably) cheaper goods because the amount they save on the cheaper products is unlikely to equate to the amount of income they've lost.

Someone, somewhere else, might be better off, but that's pretty cold comfort for the newly unemployed.

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@Tom 13 - Re: @Graham Marsden

> You need to find a new philosophy

Even ignoring the massive Godwin, I think you need to first understand what Communism is because if you think I'm advocating it, you *really* haven't understood what I'm saying.

Try having a look at the Political Compass site and look at where Communism is and then see how far removed from its ideas I am...

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@Tim Worstall - Re: "The things that actually seem to work in making the poor richer."

> And the answer to that is simple, stop bloody taxing poor people.

On that, at least, Tim, we can certainly agree.

But that does, of course, still depend on people actually *having* jobs which a) haven't been "globalised" to some other part of the world and b) pay at least the minimum wage not only per hour, but also for a enough hours a week for it to make a difference, instead of Zero Hours where you work (or not) at the whim of the business owners.

> Pretty good, eh? Especially for a neoliberal running dog lackey of the capitalist plutocrats like me, eh?

Just one thing: those are *your* words, not mine.

FYI on the Political Compass chart I come in at -0.3 on the Left/ Right scale and -7.75 on the Authoritarian/ Libertarian scale. Which means that whilst I might be "more left-wing than some", I'm certainly not "left wing" according to the usual definitions.

I'd be interested to know where you come out on those scales...

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@DavCrav - Re: "The things that actually seem to work in making the poor richer."

> Globalisation and international trade has done just that, vastly improving the lives of the billions of genuinely poor, at the expense of a few dozen million in the West who have a bit less good of a life. Surely that's a win?

Right! "Be happy that *you're* being fucked over, because at least that's helping out someone else!"

(But whatever you do, don't ask how many millions or billions the people on the top actually need to live on, just ignore the man behind the curtain...)

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@Doctor Syntax - Re: "The things that actually seem to work in making the poor richer."

> Unless you're without these benefits then instead of saying "the ones who can afford to buy shares" or the like, say "me". When you do that, does it sound any different?

I'm sure it does "sound different", if you ignore the people who *don't* have a company or private pension or life insurance, after all, obviously they're not worth bothering about.

But, in any case, you are being incredibly naiive if you think that pension funds and life insurance companies are running their operations simply for the benefit of people who pay into them, because what they are really doing is thinking "ok, what's the bare minimum we can get away with giving out that will keep people paying in to these schemes whilst maximising our profits and bonuses?"

If I buy or sell shares *myself* then, apart from a brokerage fee and any taxes that may be liable, the rest of the money is *mine*. If I pay it into a pension or life insurance fund, that's certainly not the case and that needs to be repeated to people like you until it sinks in.

More importantly, as I already said, it also depends on me or anyone else having enough money to actually afford to take the risk of getting into the share markets *and* being willing to put it away as part of a long-term investment and there are a lot of people for whom this is simply not the case and *these* are the people who are not "getting richer".

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Re: "The things that actually seem to work in making the poor richer."

> the people who have been getting rich out of globalisation have been the shit poor out there who now get three squares a day and the like.

Oh right! Great! So all the people in the UK who are now out of work and on benefits (let alone being forced to rely on food banks as they get sanctioned by a hypocritical government enforced scheme to somehow force them into jobs that have been "globalised") should be *happy* that there are people elsewhere in the world who now have *their* jobs and are churning out goods so much more cheaply that, if they had any money, they could buy... erm...

Meanwhile I note that you manage to completely ignore and avoid answering my suggestion about paying workers a reasonable living wage which they will then go out and spend which will increase the circulation of money.

Want to have another go and actually address that point, Tim?

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"The things that actually seem to work in making the poor richer."

You mean the things that give us jobs being shunted to whatever part of the world gives the cheapest employees at the time (and screw the poor buggers who had that work previously)? The things that give us the Minimum Wage instead of a Living Wage? The things that give use Zero Hours contracts? Etc etc etc

Oh, sure, you can say "but look how cheap you're getting your goods, so that makes you better off!" but that rather relies on people enough money to spend on those goods, but, in the mean time, reduces much purchasing to the least expensive option because that's all many people can afford.

Of course *some* people are getting richer, however they're the ones who can afford to buy shares and the ones further up the ladder, but many of them are just saying "I'm alright Jack, keep your hands of off my stack".

So how about this, Tim: Don't tax profits more, just make companies pay their lower level workers a better wage than the bare minimum if there's sufficient profit to allow it. At the same time, stop rewarding those at the top with huge bonuses that will mostly not get spent, so there's the same amount of money, but it's going to those who will actually use it as liquid assets ensuring it goes back into the economy.

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Smile! Brit transport plods turn bodycams on travelling public

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Taser Axon body-worn cameras.

A combined Taser and camera?

What could possibly go wrong?!

"Watch the birdie..." Kzzzert!!!

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MAYHEM in ORBIT: Russian cargo pod spins OUT OF CONTROL

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"The Progress capsule is still in a low orbit, and doesn't pose a direct threat to the ISS"

Good job, this is too early for a remake even for Hollywood...

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David Cameron 'guarantees' action on mobe not-spots. Honest

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"You may be driving along an A-road and suddenly you lose your signal"

I hope, David, you mean "You may be in a car with someone else driving and suddenly lose your signal".

If not, PUT THE FUCKING PHONE DOWN AND CONCENTRATE ON THE ROAD!!!

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EXTREME COUPONING zeros checkout carts in eBay's Magento

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I blame...

... those pesky X-Men!

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Hawking hologram comforts One Direction fans with Zayny parallel universe claim

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@AC - Re: And on the flip side

> Justin Who?

The fact that you corrected the typo of "Justine" unfortunately proves that you *have* (regrettably) heard of him!

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'Use 1 capital' password prompts make them too predictable – study

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JUNK in your TRUNK is Amazon Germany's new delivery plan

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Re: @Chris W - Idiotic

More balderdash and a fine selection of Straw Man arguments there too.

I said nothing about profiling or FGM and conflating the two just makes your arguments look even more ridiculous. How exactly would profiling help you investigate FGM? Round up the usual suspects and examine them?? [Facepalm]

> if I'm going to look for criminals, terrorists, serial killers or whoever I'm going to look first at those more inclined to do such things

And end up persecuting people because of their skin colour or religion or any other bias and prejudice that you like. Bravo, Constable Savage!

Furthermore to your furthermore, *WHY* did the Police and other authorities turn a blind eye to those Civil Servants and MPs and the like "in spite of overwhelming evidence"? Was it due to the colour of their skin? No, so please stop being silly and throwing around ridiculous assertions and "Won't Someone Think of the Children!" arguments.

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Re: @Chris W - Idiotic

Balderdash.

It's as bad and as misguided as the media's constant references to "Pakistani child abuse gangs" in the recent past.

Why are we not hearing references to "British" or "Caucasian" or "Rich" or "Civil Service" child abuse gangs at the moment? Perhaps because those titles just aren't as good for generating knee-jerk responses from readers and viewers.

Do you honestly think that no white, caucasian groups would have members trying to do the same thing if they knew valuable parcels were ending up in the boots of unattended cars??

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@Chris W - Re: Idiotic

I would have upvoted you had you not decided to play the Race Card implying only certain "ethnic groups" would do this.

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DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

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Great, but...

... WHEN are they going to sort things out so we can subscribe to the Digital Version of 2000 AD and get it delivered straight to our Inboxes as soon as it's published instead of having to go to their website and buy each copy individually (which is the online version of going down to the shop and buying it in person)?

PS been reading since Prog 1 and got the complete collection up to #1890 when I went digital :-)

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Infosec bods can now sniff out the NSA's Quantum Insert hacks

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I'm sorry...

... but I've just been told that a new law has been rushed through making packet counting illegal...

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Industry infighting means mobile users face long delays on UK trains

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Oh what a shame...

... I SAID: WHAT A SHAME!

NO, NOT TRAIN... SHAME...!!!

HELLO???

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When the Schmidt hits The Man: Look what the NSA made Google do

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"Randomly watching and surveilling what's going over the internet...

"...and invading the privacy of American citizens [and everyone else] is not OK."

... if it's not us doing it...

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Cheer up songwriters, there's shedloads of money rolling in

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Re: Money

... get back

I'm all right, Jack, keep your hands off of my stack.

Money, it's a hit

Don't give me that do goody good bullshit

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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"The moment Google starts screwing over us consumers then we'll bugger off elsewhere"

ORLY? Generalising from your own experiences and behaviour there, TW?

Yes, *some* consumers will "bugger off elsewhere", but a lot more, because they don't know they're being screwed over or find "everything under one roof" to be more convenient or not being willing to accept that they're being screwed over or whatever will not.

In the mean time the verb "to google" has entered the language and the (false) idea that their results are impartial and aimed solely at getting the best results for the consumer gives a powerful drag factor on any change, so they will keep their monopoly for a very long time unless those pesky governments try to ensure that people *really* have a choice.

TW does rather seem to be missing the point, doesn't he?

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White House cyber-general says US must be able to cyber-nuke the worst of the cyber-worst

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'The goal is to create "norms of behavior" for nation states'

In other words: "Do what *we* like, or else!"

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AssangeTM ♥s dictator Kim Jong-un say Sony Pictures' lawyers

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@Simon Sharwood - Re: "Rebuts"

It's gratifying to see that at least one of El Reg's writers knows the difference between Refuting, Rejecting and Rebutting an argument!

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Lawyer: Cops dropped robbery case rather than detail FBI's StingRay phone snoop gizmo

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@LucreLout - Re: @Gordon

> your right to privacy when using the phone you just stole from me is trumped all day long by my right to have you caught for the robbery and my phone retrieved. It just is.

But this case *isn't* about a phone being stolen, it's about the Police very probably using illegal methods to snoop on phones in the same way that GCHQ and NSA want to snoop on what everyone does online in the hope that, in the massive haystack of data they collect, there may be a needle.

Yes, in certain *specified* situations, the Police have been given exemptions from certain laws, but, for instance, they can only speed when it's an emergency situation and they're using lights and sirens, not any time they just feel like it.

These exemptions, however do not "override" the law, nor do they have the right or the power to decide what the law is or isn't just depending on how inconvenient it may be and I, for one, want it to stay that way because I don't want us to live in a Police State.

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Post Office denies IT blunders led to criminal charges against posties

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Refuted?

Or just rejected?

I see no refutatation in this article, just a statement that "there have been exhaustive investigations which have not found any evidence of systemic problems with the Horizon system", but given the allegation that there is evidence the Post Office "has been withholding from Second Sight", this doesn't contradict the assertion that the Horizon system has faults.

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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And this goes to show...

... just how effective the "War on Drugs" is, because people have not and would not switch to other substances to get high and even if they did, we'd just ban them and *that* would make the situation better...

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FCC hit with SEVENTH net neutrality lawsuit

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"we believe it could lead to smaller bonuses and consumers going elsewhere"

FTFY!

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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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@dogged - Re: @ Graham Marsden

Please, hyperbole much? The BNP or anyone other minority party won't be "ruling the country" but to suggest that some people "SHOULD NOT" be represented simply pisses all over the idea of a representative democracy (even more than FPTP does!) and ends up with the situation in certain parts of the world where only "approved" candidates are allowed to stand.

And if you think that the Lib Dems are the only ones who engaged in "nasty, power-grabbing politics and the dirtiest possible election campaigns", you really need to take a better look at electoral campaigns in the past (Hint: New Labour - New Danger for one)

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