* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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Alien

Any...

... rectangular Black Monoliths in the vicinity?

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EU's zombie data-grab plan climbs out of coffin

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Oh what a surprise...

... a tragedy happens and TPTB use it as an excuse to get even more powers to monitor what we do and what we say and where we go and who we talk to and tell us that "it's for your own protection".

Je suis Charlie? Je suis Hypocrite more like it.

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Trolls prevail because good men do nothing: boffins

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@RyokuMas - Re: "Good men"...

Stopping Anonymous Coward posts on El Reg won't prevent this sort of thing because some of the worst (well, most tedious) trolls post under what is, presumably, a real name or a pseudonym (remember Eadon?!)

What would be useful is for El Reg to provide a "block user" facility, then you could ignore them completely.

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Re: Stop feeding the politicians

The problem is that the Media (gawdblessem) have jumped on this new word (like they did with "hacking") and have decided it's anything to do with saying nasty things to people online, which it isn't.

Trolling is what, for instance, Clarkson does. He says something inflammatory, then as people say "he shouldn't be allowed to say that" and others go "he's only joking/ got a right to express his opinions" etc, stands back and laughs smugly because he's got people to take his bait.

This is childish and petty, but it's not the sort of bullying/ stalking behaviour that's being referred to.

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Bloody TECH GIANTS... all they do is WASTE investors' MONEY

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Clickbait.

See title for details.

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I wish I'd leaked sooner says Edward Snowden in post-Oscar chinwag

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> Rumor has it he was FSB.

Really? Got any evidence to back that up?

I've heard a rumour that he was FSM (praise his noodly appendages!)

> trouble is that Snowden like Manning don't understand why secrets are kept. In truth they are done to protect you. Yes, you.

Yes, IMG, keep drinking the Kool Aid. Remember the Government and the Security Services should have the right and the ability to snoop on everything you and we do and say and read and think because only then can we be protected from Terrorists and Drug Dealers and Paedophiles (oh my!)

And even better, such snooping should be opaque and hidden behind closed doors and not subject to any scrutiny or oversight by our elected representatives because only then can our rights and liberties be protected!!

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Tweak comms laws or Facebook 'n' Twitter folk will be treated like CRIMINALS

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" it is almost inevitable that...

"...there will be further individuals who are arrested, charged and prosecuted unnecessarily under these laws..."

"Oh goody", said Theresa May, the Police and the Security Services, "more laws we can abuse to give ourselves even greater control over the masses!"

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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"So it is with the football teams. Look at their wage bills"

Yes, Tim, why don't you look at their wage bills.

And I don't mean just the wages paid to a bunch of over-priced prima-donnas poncing around on a pitch once a week, then snorting coke, knocking back booze and shagging girls who may not have consented, but the wages paid to everyone else.

Or do you think, as Richard Scudamore (the chief of the Premier League) seems to think that it isn't the clubs’ responsibility to ensure that their staff are paid living wage despite them getting £5.14 BILLION from Sky and BT and that it should be up to the Government to raise the Minimum Wage instead?

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/feb/11/richard-scudamore-premier-league-responsibility-living-wage

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@Sarah Balfour - Re: However

> Betty gets more than £1m A WEEK,

And the US Presidency costs their country over $1 BILLION a year!

How much would a President Tony or a President Maggie cost the country?

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Seven months of Basil Brush on YouTube: Er, boom boom?

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Wasn't it on Mock the Week that someone commented that Basil Brush was the only 70's childrens TV star that it was still safe to talk about?

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Want a MEEELLION-year data storage? Use DNA of course

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Re: And once it's in a suitable carrier

But what if someone uses it to write a virus...?

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Australian ISPs agree to three-strikes-plus-court-order anti-piracy plan

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"Subscribers can appeal at this point if they feel any of the Notices were sent in error"

Well isn't that nice!

And if you don't appeal, they can presume that you're guilty!

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Global DNS power grab: US senators want a word with ICANN next week

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"we have to protect that internet from evil dictators and authoritarian governments"

I'm sorry, I think another Irony Detector has just melted down...

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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@AC - Re: (disclosure: card-carrying member of the SNP writing here)

"Surely all MPs represent the area which voted for them"

That's a good one! Tell us another...

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A cookie with a 7,984-year lifespan. Blimey, Roy Batty only got 4!

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"it is difficult to justify an expiry date in the year 9,999...

"...for even the most innocent of purposes..."

But it's dead easy if you're a lazy programmer!

(Many years ago a girlfriend worked for a company where people had developed the habit of putting 9999 as the expiry date for a document. As the calendar ticked towards September 1999 there was a massive rush to check whether anything important was going to get automatically wiped!)

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So use something like CS Lite which allows you to permit cookies to exist only for the duration of the session and cleans them afterwards.

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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WTF?

Re: Flares would have to be HUGE to be visualle impressive for Neanderthals

Apparently flares are coming back into fashion...!

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What the...

... smeg?!

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Mega Tsunami?

Or a storm in a teacup?

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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@Tom Wood - Re: "while no one would go to prison for false VAT claims"

And that makes it ok???

The point is that there's a fundamental attitude which seems to be that it's ok for them to do this and get away with it, whilst we would end up in court and possibly prison (or, at least, face huge fines) for doing something like this.

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"while no one would go to prison for false VAT claims"

See icon for details.

One rule for them...

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Fight back against illegal GCHQ spying with PAPERWORK!

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Re: Yawn

And so AC sleep-walks into a total surveillance state...

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Re: How bad will the HC be on that?

It should be ready for you to jack in by 2.0.2.0

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Speak your brains on surveillance, despots. No we don't mean Five Eyes

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Re: But I assume it DOES include

But the USA are on *our* side!

(Of course whethet they think that we are on theirs...)

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Chinese food safety officials drank so much during working lunch that one of them DIED

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Pint

"the tradition of mixing booze and business"

Is it Beer o'Clock in China yet?

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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@Vladimir Plouzhnikov - Re: Retrogression of the "Force".

The quote was in Splinter of the Mind's Eye by Alan Dean Foster: "Leaning back, he regarded the mist silently as his father's ancient weapon sucked power"

Of course Splinter... is an Expanded Universe story and they're not necessarily considered to be part of the Canon...

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Gamers reach for BFG after Nvidia turns back the overclock

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WTF?

"a user risks serious damage to the system"

Erm, excuse me, but isn't that THE USER'S CHOICE?!

Tell them that it's dangerous to over-clock it and, if they do, it voids their warranty, but don't be so bloody arrogant as to say "we're going to stop you from doing this because it's bad for your computer"!

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Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

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Terminator

So...

... how are we going to get the remotely piloted helicopters that Arnie flew in The 6th Day?

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Want to find LOVE online? Make sure your name is high up in the alphabet

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@Stef 4 - Re: Judge Caligula

Unfortunately Mr Aardvark was the first one chucked into the execution chamber by the Kleggs.

Now if he'd kept his name as Eric Plunkett he'd have survived a bit longer...

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It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

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Re: What is a market anyway?

+1

Money isn't everything, despite what TW seems to want to think.

Looking at things from a blinkered Smithian point of view might make you conclude that people doing things for themselves are"poorer" thereby, but him using this as an excuse to jump on his hobby horse and ride it around trumpetting the virtues of the Free Market whilst sneering at Greens with petty and childish comments about knitting yoghurt and organic lentils just doesn't wash.

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Accused Goldman Sachs code pilferer sues FBI for 'wrongful arrest'

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Re: The US - a corrupt police state

Au contraire, you get the Justice you can afford...

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I'm sorry, I'll read that again...

"A former programmer for banking firm Goldman Sachs who has been accused of stealing company secrets has filed suit against the FBI agents who arrested him for allegedly violating his constitutional rights."

He was arrested because he violated his own constitutional rights...?

Punctuation, the difference between "Helping your uncle, Jack, off a horse" and Helping your uncle Jack off a horse"!

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Wink if you want to see more of me, say Swiss boffins

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Boffin

A contact lens...

... which requires you to wear glasses?

So why not just put the eyelid tracking etc in the glasses in the first place?

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Cricket's nervous nineties are a THING, say econo-boffins

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See icon for details...

When Commentators et al keep trotting out figures about the number of Centuries someone has made or perfect games pitched or birdies made or whateve other such figures are relevant in a sport, is it any wonder that sportsmen and women start keying in on this and tailoring their play towards it?

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Update - Boffins: COMETS are like FRIED ICE CREAM. Mmm

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But...

... what flavour?

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

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How did I know...

... before I even got down below the massive image that pushes everything else "below the fold" that the byline would say "Lewis Page"...?

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Just wait...

... I can forsee a time in the not too distant future where programme makers include greenscreen hoardings in the background of their productions which can then be used to send tailored, targetted adverts directly to you!

You might see it and get an advert for Product A whilst your neighbour gets an ad for Product B...

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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@Chewi - Re: Bristol? Try taking them to Clifton...

Unless and until *all* cars are either driverless or have such communication systems, it's not going to deal with the sort of situation I described.

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Bristol? Try taking them to Clifton...

... especially Clifton Village where you have narrow streets with cars parked both sides, where you can be faced with a stopped delivery lorry ahead of you and then someone else driving up behind you, *then* someone coming the other way in front of the delivery lorry.

Driverless cars can, I'm sure, deal with everyday situations, but how is your software going to cope with that scenario?

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HISTORIC HOVER-ROCKET takeoff held up by 'SLEDGEHAMMER' winds

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Just Read The Instructions

I hope it doesn't have a Screw Loose

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Worried you got PINK EYE when you shook hands? Doctor Google will see you now

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"Doctor Parkinson declared 'I'm not surprised to see you here...

"...You've got smokers cough from smoking, brewer's droop from drinking beer

'I don't know how you came to get the Betty Davis knees

'But worst of all young man you've got Industrial Disease'"

- Industrial Disease - Dire Straits

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REVEALED: TEN MEEELLION pinched passwords and usernames

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Black Helicopters

"ambiguous Computer Fraud and Abuse Act"

Many a true word spoken by accident...!

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Blighty quietly signs deal to read giant EU border control database

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"terrorists, murderers and paedophiles"

... Oh my!

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BEHOLD the magnificent lunar backside in our MOON VIDEO

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Re: Obviously...

... and the World War II Bomber

Oh, no, hang on, that disappeared again, didn't it?

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Obama's budget packs HUGE tax breaks for poor widdle tech giants

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Re: @codejunky @ Preston Munchensonton - "The argument will be that...

> The 'trash the business owner' approach is an argument to reduce the people employed. Not a good idea.

Balderdash. How many million pounds of bonuses does the owner need? How about they give some of that money back to the little people who are actually doing the work instead of just paying them thte minimum required by law? Who knows, that may even help improve staff morale and reduce turnover! (But, hell, there's enough unemployed people out there that if someone quits, there are plenty more desperate for a job...)

> I know a number of these people who found work too hard so quit then came boasting how easy they had it. I do hope that option has been removed.

Oh gods, someone else who has swallowed the "Scrounger Narrative" hook, line and sinker. Try looking up how much money is lost through that, then how much is lost through big corporations dodging tax. Again, take the log out of your eye first.

> Also self employed is not a swear word. Just so you know.

I know, given I started my own business on a self-employed basis over 20 years ago, however there is a difference between that and people who have been forced to sign contracts where they "work" for businesses on a self-employed basis, meaning that they can be sacked without notice, don't get sick pay or paid holidays or any of those other tedious and expensive annoyances...

> When you take something from someone without permission is it stealing or confiscating?

And I bet you believe Copyright Violation is theft too.

> there are people who would prefer to have a job/income than no jobs.

Great, but how about we actually pay people a *living wage* insted of a pittance? Or is that too left-wing for you?

> Your argument seems to be "how can I make more money without having to work for it"

Erm, excuse me? Isn't that what you're saying that the business owners should be able to do? Because that's sure as hell what they're doing! The little people do the work, the owners trouser the profits...!

> Look at what the financial markets do with the money.

I have, they run it around in a massive hamster wheel that generates lots of money for them, but precious little of it (if any) gets back to the people at the bottom of the pile.

> the simple problem of borrowing so much more is due to the clusterf**k left by the last lot.

Are you naiive or just ignorant? Yes, Labour made a mess, but Osborne has made the problem worse and dumped the costs on us, the tax payers, not on the banks and businesses who caused the issue!

Anyway, as fascinating as this is, I see little point in continuing this discussion because it's clear that your ideology is blinding you to what is *really* happening out there. Money is going *up* the tree, it is *NOT* coming back down. The rich are gettting richer, the poor are getting poorer and until *that* reality slaps you and them in the face and the government keeps colluding with them to maintain the status quo, it will only get worse.

Feel free to have the last word, I have a business to run selling sensibly priced products instead of trying to gouge every last penny of profit because I can see the flaw in that model even if you can't.

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Re: @codejunky @ Preston Munchensonton - "The argument will be that...

> If they had the job and earned the money the cost of the item would be greatly more expensive and they would be poorer.

"Greatly more expensive"? Or just that the businesses profit margins would be smaller? Oh, but of course, the aim for the business owner is simply to get as much money as possible for the least possible expense and they don't care who gets screwed thereby. (Business owners are not allowed to have a consciene, are they?)

> The assumption that they would then be non-workers assumes the gov have screwed up the country so bad that no other job exists but low skilled sweatshops. How many successful countries are in that position?

Hmm: Number of workers on minimum wage has DOUBLED to 1 in 20 and that doesn't include all those on benefits, nor all those who are self-employed who are on low incomes, but aren't included in these figures.

> By not having the earned money confiscated they can afford more workers and more R&D which employs more people who then have more money to spend

"Confiscated"? Oh dear! Yes, they can afford more workers but they will probably only be paid the minimum wage. And what's the betting the R&D will be devoted to "how can I make more money with fewer people and less expenditure so I can make more profit".

> the lawyers and accountants are also consumers who spend and so cause other people in the wider economy to be employed

But there's a *limit* to the amount that people will spend as I've already pointed out, so more of that money will not be passing into general circulation, but squirreled away into investments which will then be used by banks and other institutions to make *themselves* more money in the financial markets...

> If the gov is so easily swayed to spend your money in such bad ways then it surely makes more sense not to suggest they take more.

Oh ye gods, codejunky, you don't get it do you? The argument is for a more *compentent* government, not one with idiots like Osborne at the helm who has borrowed *more* money than anyone else before and *still* failed to clear the deficit *despite* taking lots of money off the little people who can least afford to lose it!

> To try and frame us as uncaring is amusing but if you think about it frames you as the uncaring one

Oh I've thought about it and I've looked at history and I remember the words of George Satayana: "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it", yet that's exactly what is happening now and what you seem happy to continue.

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Dissidents and dealers rejoice! Droid app hides your stash in plain sight

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@Cliff - Re: No matter how many laws they make

> Encryption isn't illegal

Not yet...

But that won't stop idiotic and ignorant politicians trying to "do something" about it to protect us from paedos and terrorists and drug dealers...

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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It sounds like...

... you're having a wank in front of the television. Would you like to access the porn channels?

PS Remind me to change the combination on my luggage...

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Robot vacuum cleaner EATS WOMAN

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It makes a change...

... from those guys who turn up at A&E having "accidentally fallen over whilst vacuuming in the nude"...

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TOTAL DARKNESS lasted 550 MILLION years until the first STARS LIT UP

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@AC - Re: Completely irrelevant Friday physics fact

ITYM "Amazing physics fact: If you could accelerate continuously at 1g, it would only take you a year to get to light speed".

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