* Posts by Graham Marsden

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National Lottery sleeps through Sunday

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"Punters are grumpy about the outage because...

"... it means they can't check to find out that they've most likely not won a prize or, if they do, they win £10 on a bet that should pay off at 57:1"

FTFY!

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Chipotle insider trading: Disproving the efficient markets hypothesis

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@SoaG: Re: non sequitur

> what if, over a decade, all social programs were phased out, all tax rates were lowered proportional by the amount spent on them, and replaced with mandatory donations to charities of the taxpayer's choosing in the same portion of income.

Some years ago a friend was working at the Neo-Natal unit in a hospital when they were contacted by a group who wanted to do a fund raising event for the Special Care Baby Unit.

Their response? "Please don't!"

Why? Because the rules of charity giving state that the donations can only be used for the specified purpose and cannot be spent on anything else.

The SCBU had money coming out of its ears, they had all the specialist equipment they could use, meanwhile other (not-so-special) departments were desperate for funds, but were screwed because of these rules.

Or another example I've literally just seen on the news: someone set up a facebook page for a pensioner who was mugged and was too scared to go back home and it's raised over £250,000! That's great for him, but what about everyone else?

Now imagine that writ large across the whole sphere of social programmes. Some people may get lucky, some programmes may get massive support, but the ones that aren't newsworthy, that don't get big headlines, that don't tug on the heartstrings of the donors may not get funded at all.

*That* is why we have the system we do, it may not be perfect, but it's better than the alternative.

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Tearful boffins confirm grav wave tsunami NOT caused by Big Bang

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"This pic shows dust emission from the Small Magellanic Cloud"

Really? Looks like a Van Gogh to me...

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Special Delivery??? - Re: And still using DISCS IN THE POST

> Royal Mail Special Delivery is specifically mentioned as a permissible transmission channel for everything up to Top Secret.

Which isn't as Special as you might think.

I sent a delivery of custom-made items to a long-time customer whom I know and trust. A little while later he contacted me saying that he hadn't received the items.

Checking with Royal Mail, they said "well they were signed for and the GPS location was at his address, so as far as we're concerned, he's got them" despite the fact that a) he lives alone and b) it wasn't his signature, nor was anyone else there or authorised to sign for them.

Their response "we asked the Postman and he said he'd delivered them, so that's that, screw you, you're not getting any compensation..."

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'LOOK into my EYES: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... SO worried'

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@Fluffy Bunny - Re: @skelband

Brilliant! You've gone straight from "we should use energy more efficiently" to "you're going to make the poor freeze to death" what a fantastic Straw Man!!

How about, instead, we ensure that all houses are properly insulated, so the heat that the poor (and everyone else) uses is kept *in* the house instead of leaking out through the walls, roofs etc? There are already schemes which will give discounted cavity wall and loft insulation, but they should be free for the least well off. That would let them both stay warm and save money *and* use less energy!

And whilst I'm sympathetic to a lot of the politicies of the Greens, I don't agree with their idea of getting rid of nuclear fission plants, however I *do* think we need to put a lot more money and effort into renewables etc until we achieve the long-term aim of getting fusion to work, but that is still a long way down the line.

> This is a big one. What, exactly, is the problem? Is it global warming?

No, it is, as I said at the start of my post, that we are using more and more energy and that rate of increase cannot keep on going because we will hit a limit at some point which is not sustainable.

So we need to find ways of reducing our consumption which do *NOT* result in people freezing to death, but which will, co-incidentally, result in reduced emissions, ie a win-win situation whatever the case.

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Re: @skelband

Oh dear, here we go back around the Mulberry Bush with the same old same old...

However I prefer to avoid the whole silly, childish, sneering arguments entirely, so please let me explain my position, which I've stated in these Forums before:

I don't know whether we're causing Global Warming or not. What I *DO* know is that we are, as a planetary civilisation, using more and more energy and expanding that usage at a rate which will become unsustainable at some point in the future.

So what we *need* to do is to find better ways of using that energy which, to save the expected straw-man responses, doesn't have to involve everyone wearing thicker sweaters or living in yurts or being forced to walk or cycle everywhere etc etc, but can be done by building more efficient vehicles, putting more insulation into buildings and finding better ways to manufacture goods etc to mention just a few examples.

Once we start doing that, we will, also, incredibly, be producing fewer greenhouse gasses and so on, which means that we win either way.

Now, do you want to keep on with the "Tis!" "Tisn't!" "Tis so!" arguments, or actually do something about the problem?

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@skelband

>> Asking the public their views on climate change is fairly pointless.

> Actually, this is one of the most important aspects of the whole debate.

No, because it's like asking people what to do about benefit fraud when they've been been repeatedly primed with the "scrounger narrative" by millionaire politicians who want to divert attention away from the *billions* of pounds of lost tax revenue that their rich mates have dodged.

Your average Joe and Josephine Public have little idea about the arguments, potential causes and suggested solutions, so asking them is pointless and counter-productive.

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Sky sidles up to O2, whispers: 'Fancy a little FOUR-PLAY?'

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Rising numbers...?

Just had a thought:

We've had 1-2-1, O2 and Three, so if this is Four Play, how much higher will they go?

Yes, thank you for my coat...

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Wham, bam... premium rate scam: Grindr users hit with fun-killing charges

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@Kristian Walsh - Re: £1 per second? I don't think so.

> Note that it says "£1.53 per call and £1.53 per minute". How short can you make a call? Just connecting and hanging up will incur the "per call" charge.

Yes, if you connect and hang up one second later, you will be charged £1.53, but that's not the same as "the number concerned charged £1.53 per second".

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OH HAPPY DAY! Lawyers replaced by AI

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Been in an accident? Want to sue someone?

... There's an App for that!

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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"This behavior is not only illegal but reprehensible,"

"...said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in announcing an out-of-court settlement between the watchdog and Brittain."

But not so illegal that you could actually push for any sort of conviction, so had to go for a weaselly plea-bargain which would allow you to declare victory without actually winning the case.

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Kill Facebook's creepy on-by-default Yelp 'killer' Place Tips – your guide

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"To opt-out...

"... go to the settings page in the app, go to locations and then find the Place Tip switch to turn it off."

Then wait until FB decides to change its T&Cs (which you will have to agree to if you want to keep using it) to say that it has the right to unilaterally switch it back on again in a future update without needing to tell you...

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Does Big Tech hire white boys ahead of more skilled black people and/or women?

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Re: Upvote

Hear hear!

The fact of the matter is that virtually any "idealised" system, be it pure capitalism, communism, free market, democracy, (true) anarchy (as in no government) or any other such thing would work fine and be wonderful if it wasn't for those annoyingly bloody-minded and irrational human being who simply *won't* behave in the right way to make it work!

Obviously the fault is with people, not the system...

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Trans-Pacific trade treaty close to signoff says USA

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Froman?

Why did my mind interpret that as "Front Man"?

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Bill Gates – I WISH I was like Zuck and spoke Chinese. Yep, I drink poo

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Paris Hilton

Dear El Reg...

... those grapes tasting particularly sour today...?

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Man trousers $15,000 domain name for $10.99 amid registry cockup

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WTF?

$15,000 domain name?

Why?

Why isn't the title of this piece "Company that runs all dot-club domains trousers ridiculous amounts of money for domains that cost pennies"?

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Passing asteroid MOONS the HUMAN RACE

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That's no moon...

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Care.data refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites

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In other words...

"How can we flog off the NHS to Private Companies if all these inconsiderate plebs refuse to let us sell off their data so our mates can make big profits?"

"I know, we'll tell them that they won't get proper health cover unless they let us!"

"Excellent!!"

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Re: Easily fixed

The other considerations are the £100k it's going to cost to get that change made...

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

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@phil dude - Re: "Breaker one-nine...

Well according to the song, it's Arizona (noon) ;-)

(And according to a quick search, it's near Forrest City AR)

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"Breaker one-nine...

"Breaker one-nine with a Smokey report. We got a bear running east on I-40, his twenty is about mile marker 243. Anybody out there copy, over?"

The Rubber Duck on the Citizens' Band Radio, from Convoy - 1978

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FTC to Internet of Stuff: Security, motherf****r, do you speak it?

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Meh

And what will we actually be offered...?

My money is on the sort of all-or-nothing nonsense of "If you want to use this App, you have to approve its usage of everything on your phone" we get at the moment.

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HMRC fails to plan for £10.4bn contract exit... because it's 'too risky'

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@AC - "All the system owners agrees that there should be only one - theirs!"

Obligatory XKCD

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Humanity can defeat SkyNet with BOOKS, says IT think tank

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I'm sure...

... the Marketing Division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation would have an answer we can all Share and Enjoy!

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SpaceX makes nice with U.S. Air Force, gets shot at black ops launches

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Re: Interesting name,

Well there is a Limiting Factor

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

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@Roo - Re: Wait a minute

I think your Irony Detector isn't working...

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Re: Wait a minute

Well obviously the Security Services just need *MORE* snooping powers...

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Dot-com is dead. Long live dot-com

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Holmes

In Verisign's eyes this made the vast majority of new domains "redundant".

Possibly that's because the vast majority of new domains *are* redundant and are simply the result of defensive registrations by existing businesses such as eg mybusiness.com trying to make sure that nobody starts up eg mybusiness.co.uk or mybusiness.biz or whatever and either stealing their customers or saying "we'll sell you this domain name for £x,000 Squire".

There's also the question of why certain dot-domains cost more than others. Do they cost more to set up? Do they cost more to administer? Or is this just an excuse for the Registrars to screw more money out of people who want a certain dot-domain suffix? I'll give you three guesses...

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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That assertion (nor any other) will probably not do much to change the mind of...

... Lewis Page.

FTFY.

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Google: What this planet needs is INTERNET FROM SPAAACE

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@Montreal Sean - Re: Selfies from Spaaaaace

So you found what you were looking for, then...

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Re: Selfies from Spaaaaace

Are *YOU* looking for Penis Enlargement solutions...?

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SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS

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Re: Wouldn't it be great....

Or, of course...

"To my Darling Candy;

"All characters portrayed within this book are Fictitious, and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental."

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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So...

... the first hit is free, as the Dealers say...

Oh and as for "when you put one device down you can pick up another Windows device that you are signed in on and carry on where you left off", do you mean that you can't use your devices without being connected to WiFi/ Broadband and M$ snooping on everything you do?

"You look like you're browsing p0rn, would you like to buy some tissues...?"

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#CASHTAGS are a thing: you can now bank on Twitter

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Re: publicly visible?

@thegodfather transferred £10,000 to @justbusiness...

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Which of UK's major ISPs will let you have exotic p0rn? NONE OF THEM

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@MikeyD85 - Re: Sweet...

> When piracy is easier than getting free content legitimately, you know there's a problem somewhere!

Obligatory...

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Snowden doc leak 'confirms' China stole F-35 data

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Re: F-35 eh?

> The starwars program even today is largely a pipe dream but sometimes you don't actually have to deliver an effective weapon system to bankrupt your enemy and win

A system that Reagan was convinced to fund by a couple of Sci-Fi writers (Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle) and who probably also (when that turned out to be a total White Elephant) then came up with the ret-con argument that it was all a cunning ploy to con the Russians into trying to match it...

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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"the idea that...

"... Lewis Page is in some way unbiased and objective about all this - is quite plainly rubbish"!

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@Tim Worstall - Re: How excellent

> That's what we want.

And of course TW wants us to believe that we can't get that *without* more globalisation (shipping raw materials all around the world to the cheapest place to make goods, then shipping those goods back around the world to people who can afford to buy them, thus increasing their carbon footprint) and capitalism (going for the cheapest way of manufacturing goods, without worrying about the environmental consequences of that cf my previous in brackets)...

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Use your brains, please - Re: Trouble is, the last time round

What on earth are some people thinking? That if they vote for the Greens, suddenly all the nuclear power stations will be turned off? Builders will be told to stop construction on housing projects and start building yurts? Farmers will be forced to grow tofu?

FFS, people, they aren't going to be forming a bloody goverment, but at least we'll get some people in power who think that the Government snooping and spying on everything we do and everywhere we go and everything we look at and everyone we talk to.

Sure, not all their ideas are great, but would you prefer another five years of the Tories or the Red Tories or the even more Right Wing Purple Tories or the Yellow idiots who got shafted by the Tories?

Or, as I've said before, don't vote for a colour or a face, try going to http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/ and seeing who actually has policies which you agree with. You might be surprised...

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Terminator

Is one of them...

... called Mondas?

(Terminator, because there's no Cyberman icon!)

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'It's NOT FAIR!' yell RICH KIDS ... and that's a GOOD THING

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"Punishment"? What punishment?

"Punishment [n] the infliction or imposition of a penalty as retribution for an offence"

How about changing the parameters of the experiment so that, instead of just saying "If person 2 rejects the split neither of you get anything", you say "If person 2 rejects the split, neither of you gets anything and you *BOTH* have the amount of money you would have got taken away from you"?

That *would* be a punishment and, I think, would rather change the results since the split would probably be much closer to 50/50 (If person 2 says "give me more or I reject it", person 1 says "fine, you'll be losing more than me...")

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Sick of these new dot-words? Join the .club – it's the only one challenging .com

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Re: NamesCon?

Yep, Names Con says it all.

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Denmark mulls new EU-defying session-logging law

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UK.gov

Is watching with interest.

(And probably hoping they can use this to retro-actively justify what they may be doing already...)

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PROOF the undead STALK Verizon users: Admen caught using 'perma-cookie'

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Mushroom

How about a new UIDH

That says "FUCK OFF AND STOP TRACKING ME!"

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Try Vote for Policies

Instead of voting for a face or a coloured ribbon, try looking at the policies you support and the ones you disagree with to decide how to vote: http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Wargames got it right...

War dialling via an acoustically coupled modem (look it up, kids!) and then using research to find a back-door password.

Ok, the rest of the computing was pretty much BS and it was over 30 years ago 1983, but WTH!

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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Re: Re:I first saw 2001 on the big screen when I was 14 in 1979

> you saw it ten years (and more) after it was released?

Yes, I wasn't much into sci-fi when I was 4.

And, IIRC, at the time I hadn't seen Star Trek: The Slow Motion Picture, nor had I seen Alien (although I did see that a couple of years later at the school film club, even though I was only 16!) but I'd read a lot of classic sci-fi by Heinlein, Asimov, Niven and, yes, Clarke, but not the book of 2001, which I only read after I'd seen the film.

> you don't have to share my opinion, but you don't have to be rude about it either.

Excuse me, Mr Pott, I have a Mr Kettle-Black on the phone...

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NSA: SO SORRY we backed that borked crypto even after you spotted the backdoor

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What a...

... Hoopy Frood!

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Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

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@dogged - Re: @dogged

So you'd prefert to take the state snooping into everything you do and everything you read and everything you write and everything you look at?

The difference between the Green's policies on this and seemingly everyone else's is that at least they would allow *us* to have some say in what is being done in our name, rather than the Big Brother Nanny State saying "this is for your own good, now stop worrying your pretty little heads about it, we know best."

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Re: @dogged

> So banning nuclear power is fine with you.

So using Straw Man arguments is fine with you?

Okay.

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