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What a card: Brit boffin Alan Turing stars in Monopoly tribute set

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Re: Other board games are available...!

I'm not sure if you're trying to be funny, but anyway...

Carcassonne is a tile and meeple (small figurines) placement game where you're trying to build walled cities (as the original city) and roads and then place your people to control them. There is a range of expansions, but you don't need any of these to play the basic game which is family friendly (it's from ages 8 upwards, but it's not a "kids game" by any means).

You can pick up a new copy for around £15 and it's well worth a look as a good "gateway game" to get people into the idea that there's more to gaming than "roll the dice and move a counter"!

See http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/822/carcassonne for some more details.

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Other board games are available...!

Unfortunately if you say "Board Games" to most people they'll think of Monopoly, Cluedo and... well, that's pretty much it.

Try Carcassonne, The Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Alhambra or Stone Age to mention but a few and you'll find that family board games can actually be enjoyable instead of being tedious and/ or ending in an argument! :-)

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Want to avoid another cookie law mess? Talk to EU bods next time

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Bravo!

The cookie law is another example of well meaning but completely ignorant Eurocrats trying to pass a law to control something which they don't really have a clue about and then the British Government trying to gold-plate it and tell everyone "this is what you must do because we have to show the rest of the EU how it's done!"

Meanwhile, of course, much of the rest of the EU is looking at it and thinking "Sod that for a game of soldiers, ignore it if you like", so we end up wasting money whilst they just get on with business as usual.

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Health minister warns ISPs: Block suicide websites or face regulation

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@Mike Hock - Re: It seems you can't apply common sense to Suicide decisions...

"little would be better than nothing"

Except that's often not the case because that's the argument used by politicians et al for the "Precautionary Principle", ie "well we don't *know* that this will do any good, but let's introduce this measure *anyway* just to be on the safe side".

The fact that said measure will probably infringe on the liberties and rights of many others never seems to concern them so much :-(

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@Greg J Preece - Re: Bit of a pity...

The point is that the "opt in" should be "please censor me".

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UK.gov's web filth block plan: Last chance to speak your brains

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Re: And again...

The mods might object, but seek and ye shall find... :-)

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@Penguin:

"Easy #FF7D40"

So no David Dickinson porn then? Phew!! http://www.colorhexa.com/ff7d40

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Re: The interesting part

"Given the tendency of automated filtering software to be overzealous in what it denies access to,"

What are the lyrics to the Theme Song from M*A*S*H "Suicide is Painless"?

BUZZZ!! That content is not available to you!!

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And again...

... from a personal point of view, I have to comment that my perfectly legitimate and legal business selling affordable leather products to consenting adults who wish to engage in BDSM is liable to be caught up in this nonsense because potential customers are likely to find that they have to opt-in to access my UK based website which is already signed up to NetNanny, Cybersitter and has Adults Only warnings on the front page etc.

Meanwhile there are plenty of other such businesses who haven't bothered with such things and are thereby likely to slip past the filters...

Of course I'm not a parent, so I'm not supposed to respond to the consultation because I don't have a valid viewpoint!

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Re: Filtering kids?

I'm glad you're giving your child an excellent opportunity to improve his IT skills!

(In my day it was cracking protection on games for infinite lives :-) )

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Re: A straw poll to those who DON'T watch porn

You don't seem to have many people up/ down voting on this option ;-)

Paris, because...

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@auburnman - Re: Green Cross Code

"has anyone ever challenged the Government to defend WHY images of boobies and willies are such a menace to society that I will have to be added to a list if I want to keep seeing them on the smut-pipe?"

Because we're all such weak-willed and morally bankrupt individuals that if we see this stuff we will immediately be mentally scarred for life and want to go out and commit all sorts of horrible crimes based on anecdotal post-hoc justificatinons such as "well person X looked at porn Y and then did Z, so *obviously* it was the porn what caused it..."

Clearly words like "conscience" and "consent" and "respect" do not feature in our vocabularies at all.

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NASA's spy sat snaps Curiosity rover burning tracks on Mars

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Re: NASA - missing a trick here !

" draw you a pair of boobs on the Moon"

Nah, someone decided to see if the Lunar Rover could do doughnuts...

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Hackers claim to have Mitt Romney's tax records

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Re: "PWC has said that as far as it is aware nothing is missing "

But, but... don't you know that copying like this is THEFT! So something *must* be missing...!!!

(Sorry, I seem to have been chanelling the MAFIAA there for a moment)

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Google snags patent on price discrimination

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Prior art...

So how does this ultimately differ from all those sofa shops and double glazing salesmen who offer you phony "discounts" (translation: just cutting their profit margins a bit) if you're wavering and they want to nail the sale??

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ENCODE’s ‘junk DNA’ claims spark biological bunfight

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As one DNA strand...

... said to the other DNA strand:

"Stop copying me!"

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Boffins computerize giant cyborg cockroaches

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May I be the first to welcome...

... erm, on the other hand, no, forget that!!

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Dawn probe slips Vesta's grip, heads for icy dwarf planet

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Nice...

... but not a place you'd want to be marooned off...

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Old men who use computers less likely to get dementia

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Another announcemnent from the Department of the Bleedin' Obvious...

So using computers means you're less likely to get dementia.

As does doing crosswords, playing chess and a whole host of similar activities...

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Broadband minister Hunt LOSES portfolio, takes on national health

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Maria Miller is also now the Minister for Women & Equalities.

WTF?? Maria Miller:

Voted against equal gay adoption rights.

Voted against "hate speech" being criminalised.

Voted against lesbians being able to get fertility treatment.

And quite a few other such issues.

Yep, this is *just* the sort of person we want for "Women and Equalities" Minister!!

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China mutates plants ... IN SPAAAAAACE

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Re: The Reg can do better!

Tsk, with a subject line like that, I was thinking you'd come up with a brilliant idea for the next Special Project!

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Sun daddy: 'Machines will replace 80 per cent of doctors'

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However...

... at least an electronic doctor should be able to provide legible prescriptions!

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Microsoft awards itself Google-esque power over Hotmail, SkyDrive etc

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@The Mole: Re: *Shrug*

Royal Mail can only open letters or parcels in the National Returns Centre in Belfast, they are supposed to make a good effort to either deliver or return the item, but there have been examples of eg a £10,000 painting (sent by AirSure) being flogged off for £20 at auction!

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TripAdvisor didn't defame hotel by putting it on 'top 10 dirtiest' list

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@dotavid - Re: hmm

"Personally haven't seen any obvious astroturfing/shill posts"

Whereas I have, or, at least, it seems so, when one place gets a mix of five star and one star reviews I get the feeling that someone's telling porkies...

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War-Droid: Smartphone app 'that could CALL IN drone strikes'

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"use the same software to protect her family by clocking a speeder"

And call in an air-strike if you forget to switch modes...!!

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UK: 'We're legally bound to arrest Mr Assange'

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Re: @Matthew 25 @Graham Marsden - @Ian Michael Gumby - @Graham Marsden Oh for fecks sake

""The point is that the claims of "rape apology" are nonsense since it hasn't yet been determined..." True,"

Well at least I've got *you* to agree with that, now can you persuade your fellow "blinkered troll" Mr Gumby to accept that?

All the rest of your post (and his) is irrelevant to that point.

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Re: @Graham Marsden @Ian Michael Gumby - @Graham Marsden Oh for fecks sake

"It seems that you don't understand the situation."

It seems you're moving the goalposts. I was referring to the OP's claim of "rape apology". Until he has been *CONVICTED* of rape (even under Sweden's extremely broad laws) there has been no "apology" because there has been no judgement that there even *was* a rape (unless you agree with the "all men are rapists" feminist who seems to have been the instigator of this nonsense).

FFS you can't even comprehend what's being discussed...

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@Matthew 25 Re: @Graham Marsden - @Ian Michael Gumby - @Graham Marsden Oh for fecks sake

The point is that the claims of "rape apology" are nonsense since it hasn't yet been determined, even under the extremely broad Swedish law, that it *was* rape.

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@Ian Michael Gumby - Re: @Graham Marsden Oh for fecks sake

FFS can you not understand that he has *NOT* yet even been charged with rape let alone *CONVICTED* of it?

To say that this is "rape apology" is to totally fail to comprehend the situation.

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Re: Oh for fecks sake

"That's some nice rape apology you've got going on there."

That's some nice pre-judgement you've got going on there...

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Techies cook up Minority Report-style video calling

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"why we persist with voice"

I work from home. If I'm answering the phone I want to deal with whatever the person on the other end wants to talk about, not whether I need a shave or my hair needs combing or I've not bothered getting dressed today and I'm sitting around in a dressing gown.

Video calling is simply not something I need and I'm sure that goes for many other people too.

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Google engineer finds British spyware on PCs and smartphones

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Re: Umm

Ah, well you see it's only *bad* spyware if someone else developed it.

When it's ours, it's ok...

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Pret-a-porter: LG boffins' bendy battery can be worn as PANTS

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Liar! Liar!

Pants on.... aaaaarrrgggghhh!!!

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Number-plate spycams riddled with flaws, top cop admits

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Re: @Psyx - Can I get e-ink

"So, your idea of what a hazard is was hard-wired at 17, and can't be increased to encompass "Things that are going to put points on my license, such as bright yellow boxes"?"

Whoops, nice assumption, just totally *wrong*.

No, my idea of what a Hazard is was what I learned when I joined the Solent Advanced Motorcyclists a couple of years ago and based on "Motorcycle Roadcraft: The Police Rider's Handbook to Better Motorcycling" and "How to Be a Better Rider" by the IAM and seems to have been sufficient to allow me to pass my Advanced Motorcycle Test a while back.

And if you bothered to read my post (and especially had you ever taken any Advanced Training yourself) you'd have a) recognised the phraseology I used and b) noticed that I had *SAID* that if the van pulled out etc then it *would* become a hazard that I would have to incorporate into my Riding Plan.

The point I was making (which you also seem to have failed to understand) is that that van was doing *nothing* for "safety" on that piece of road. It was perfectly safe to Make Progress whilst observing other traffic and ensuring I could stop in the distance I could see clear on my side of the road. What was not safe (as I also mentioned) was on the journey back where in heavy rain with spray and standing water, vehicles were travelling at a speed which was *below* the posted limit but *too fast* for the conditions.

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Re: @Psyx - Nevermind the gaps.

So let me sum up your position as far as I can see it from what you've written:

You like the idea of Rights, however you're happy to live in a world where they are fluid, variable things which can be removed from people you don't like when it's inconvenient, but as long as it doesn't affect you, you're not going to make a fuss and you don't think that I should either.

Well, I'm sorry, but despite your patronising "stop worrying your pretty little head about this" arguments, I *AM* going to make a fuss because I do *not* trust the state's ability to do anything fairly since history has so often shown those who have been elected to office (with all the best intentions in the world) start thinking as you do that "it would be helpful/ useful/ convenient if we just infringed this right a *little* bit to deal with the 'pikey wankers' out there" and then someone else moves that "little bit" on a fraction further and then it moves a bit more...

First they came...

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Re: @Psyx - Can I get e-ink

"you won't spot a kid on a bike either, so you shouldn't be speeding and deserve it"

I am looking for Hazards. Hell, the Driving Test now contains the Hazard Perception Test which requires you to spot a *developing* hazard, ie something that is going to cause you to have to change your speed or direction.

A stationary van in a layby on a straight piece of road is *NOT* a Hazard, a kid riding a bike is. I can look at the van, note it, then discount it from my Riding Plan because it's not going to have an effect on me. If it suddenly starts to pull away then I will spot it in my peripheral vision as I scan the road ahead and change my Riding Plan accordingly. A kid on a bike, however, *is* a potential Hazard, so I'll keep them in mind as I plan what I'm going to do and adjust my speed and direction appropriately if needed.

Additionally, had the traffic been of sufficient density that I was unable to stop in the distance I could see clear or it was pi$$ing down with rain (as it was on the return journey on Monday) and thus increasing stopping distances, I would, of course, have slowed down accordingly, unlike some drivers who would have kept (and did keep) going at their previous speed which might have been below the posted limit but *too fast* for the conditions.

Speed cameras, of course, won't notice them, they have no brains and no discretion, they deal in a simple binary choice of "below or above the limit", not "is the speed safe for the conditions"?

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Re: @Psyx - Nevermind the gaps.

You don't really understand the concept of human rights and civil liberties, do you? They are not things that can simply be voted out by the wishes of the majority (or a loud voiced minority) when they are deemed to be inconvenient or undesirable. I will stand up for the rights of *everyone* and that includes alleged "pikey wankers". If they have committed a crime, fine, arrest them and punish them, but don't consider everyone to be a potential criminal and remove *my* liberties because you don't like *them*. To paraphrase Satayana: Learn from history because the consequences of considering some people to be less deserving of rights are too hideous to risk.

"Civil liberties are continuing to move in the RIGHT direction in this country."

WTF? We used to have the Right to demonstrate outside Parliament without Police permission. No more. We used to have the Right to be charged with a crime before being imprisoned. Not now.. We have seen numerous incidences of Police abusing their powers eg Kettling, hassling people for taking photographs of famous landmarks in case they were terrorists. We now have the government saying we need to ask for permission to be allowed to look at pornography. We have a law which states that if, in someone's subjective view, a picture shows something that is "life threatening" or "risks serious injury to someone's breasts, genitals or anus" simply *possessing* that image can get you up to three years in jail! We have seen Councils using powers designed to keep an eye on terrorist suspects being used to spy on families to make sure they're not illicitly trying to get their kid into a particular school...

If this is the "right direction" I hate to think what the WRONG direction is!

You ask "HOW does it affect you" as if I'm not allowed to object if I can't justify that. Well, sorry, but I am allowed (I have the Right!) to object even when it *doesn't* affect me directly, because it affects others. And since you don't like me quoting V for Vendetta, I'll remind you of the quote from Pastor Martin Niemoller instead. Just because I'm not in an affected group doesn't mean that I will say nothing.

"Are you opposed to a national fingerprint database and centralised criminal records, too?"

No, however I AM opposed to compulsory fingerprinting, national DNA databases and anything else that considers me to be a suspect even *before* I'm suspected of doing anything wrong and that includes cameras that track me wherever I go "just in case" I might do something bad on the way.

That is what Rights are for.

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@Psyx - Re: Can I get e-ink

"you are far more likely to be pulled over by a car than caught by a camera"

No, you're far more likely to get an NIP in the post a couple of weeks later from a "Safety Camera Partnership" who are more interested in raising money than promoting safety.

For example last Friday I was on the A34, on a straight section of road, good conditions, no side turnings, no Speed Camera warning signs, plenty of room to stop in the distance that I could see clear on my side of the road and parked in a layby was an unmarked van with a camera sticking out of the back.

It would serve *NO* safety purpose, there was nothing to make safer, it was simply there to generate revenue. Nobody was being stopped and warned or to "have a bit of a look around the car", no "pikey wankers" being done for driving without tax. Nope, just a bit of easy dosh. Kerching.

I'm sure you'd be perfectly happy with this, though.

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@Ken Hagen - Re: You can't equate...

Ah, stooping to personal insults. Bravo, that gives your points so much more credibility.

Police states don't just happen, they come about because people believe their governments when they are told "we need to temporarily abridge some of your rights, but don't worry, it won't be long and it's for your own protection".

Then "temporary" becomes "permanent" because there's a new threat. Then those in the police forces who think like you go "hey, now we can deal with the bastards that we don't like, but could never touch before!" Then it's "well you can't object to this because if you do you're obviously on the side of people we don't like..."

Then the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller come true once more...

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Re: @Psyx - Nevermind the gaps.

Let me just quote you a line from V from Vendetta:

People should not be afraid of their Governments, Governments should be afraid of their people!

You seem to be quite content to give away *my* civil liberties simply because *you* have a problem with "pikey wankers", well, I'm sorry, but those liberties are NOT yours to give away!

I should not need to choose different routes to avoid Government surveillance of my movements, nor should I have to take the bus to stop the State watching where I go. Anything like that needs a REALLY good reason to be introduced, not simply "well it will make Psyx happier" or "it might make the Police's job easier (and save us a bit of dosh)"

I am not being paranoid, you are being naiive and short sighted, so let me leave you with another quote, this time from George Satayana: "Those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it".

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"a number plate could be modified...

"to reduce the chances of detection by ANPR".

Such as sticking a piece of electrical tape on to a P to make it look like an R, for instance?

Damn these cunning high-tech criminals!!!

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@Psyx - Re: Nevermind the gaps.

"You can't equate a number plate storage system to a police state. Ever."

Balderdash.

That's where it starts. It's very unlikely to be where it finishes.

Remember the last Labour Government wanted to put ANPR cameras at every major intersection and automatically issue speeding tickets if you got from A to B quicker than they thought you should have.

It would also have given them the ability to track everyone, everywhere and that is the sort of thing that the Stasi et al would have loved! It's all very well starting out with good intentions, but remember where that road leads...

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@Ken Hagen - Re: Nevermind the gaps.

"Perhaps because you don't know who the bad apples are?"

Right, so we should *ALL* be treated as potential bad apples, then?! Forget about presumption of innocence, forget about the Right to go about my lawful business without let or hindrence, forget about civil liberties, it's *far* better that The State can track us and monitor us and know everywhere we go.

As for trusting the Police not to abuse this dataset, remember Operation Ore? How many innocent people were accused by those Police, based on no actual evidence, of downloading kiddie porn and then coerced into accepting a Caution so they wouldn't be dragged through the Courts, not realising that that would leave them with a record that would follow them evermore any time they wanted a CRB check? Are these the Police you want to trust?

Remember: Vote Fascist for a Third Glorious Decade of Total Law Enforcement!

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Readers: Choose the proper new name for Everything Everywhere

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I think you'll find...

... that Rampant Rabbit has already been trade marked by Ann Summers Ltd...!

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Robot rover Curiosity sets out on first long Mars trip

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Yeah, but the lag is terrible...!

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Radio arse tags solve modern-day TV musical chairs dilemma

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WTF?

Ah...

... more highbrow TV!

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Harvard boffins build cyborg skin of flesh and nanowires

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Terminator

Erm...!!!

"The 600 series had rubber skin. We spotted them easy, but these are new. They look human - sweat, bad breath, everything. Very hard to spot. I had to wait till he moved on you before I could zero him."

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Republican manifesto calls for internet freedom but no net neutrality

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Self regulation...?

Right, because that has always worked *so* well in the past...!

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Ten movies inspired by video games

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In conclusion...

... Films based on video games are shite.

There, five pages summed up in one sentence!

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Reagan slams webmail providers for liberal bias

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America...

... where you can vote for the Right Wing party or the *Really* Right Wing party!

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