* Posts by Graham Marsden

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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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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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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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Re: @Stevie - That was exactly the point about HAL 9000 that Kubrick and Clarke made

> I get the distinct impression you are coming to the debate over "2001 ending: Brilliant or Crap?" debate from the benefit [...]

Well you'd be wrong.

I first saw 2001 on the big screen when I was 14 in 1979 and whilst I may not have noted all the subtleties that I later learned about, I understood it.

Just because you didn't doesn't mean I have to share your opinion.

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@Stevie - Re: That was exactly the point about HAL 9000 that Kubrick and Clarke made

> it wasn't properly explained until the movie 2010

"No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information" - HAL

"[...] there is something about this mission that we weren't told. Something the rest of the crew know and that you know. We would like to know if that is true." - Frank Poole

"Good day, gentlemen. This is a pre-recorded briefing made prior to your departure and which, for security reasons of the highest importance, has been known on board during the mission only by your H-A-L 9000 computer." - Recording in 2001

"I have come to the conclusion that for so many years films were made for the 12 year old mind that, at last, alas, our critics have emerged with 12 year old minds. " - The Lost Worlds of 2001 - Arthur C Clarke.

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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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@dogged

> We don't know what they'd do but - and this is important - neither do they.

ORLY? A quick google of Green Party Policy on Surveillance comes up with:

"The Green Party of England and Wales believes that illegal mass surveillance must be opposed. The Green Party will campaign against such surveillance and will act to protect whistle blowers such as Snowden who oppose illegal intrusion by the state."

http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/record-of-policy-statements.html

I think perhaps you're thinking of UKIP where their policies are vague and ill-defined soundbites which generally depend on what Nigel F thinks will sound good in the media that particular day (unless he's changed his mind again in the last five minutes).

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Checkmate, GoDaddy – Google starts flogging dot-word domain names

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And what's the betting...

... this suddenly appears right at the top of the "organic" search results...

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: Die Gedanken sind frei…

Oh, but Call me David is quite supportive of Freedom of Thought...

... Provided you're only thinking things that he approves of, that is.

No Thought Crime, No Crime Think? Double-plus good, proles!

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Dot-word domains 'a shakedown, designed to get money out of people'

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It's all a money making scheme?

Damn, how could we not have all realised that and objected before they did it?

Oh, hang on, we did, but they went ahead with it anyway because they don't give a shit what anyone else thinks.

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Frontier wipes credit of Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' badboys

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@WraithCadmus - Re: Mostly Penniless.

Ah yes, I remembered the co-ordinates were (-2, -2) but I couldn't remember the name :-)

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Re: Mostly Penniless.

There was also a system in Amiga Frontier Elite where Gemstones were illegal and people would *pay* you to take them off your hands!

All you needed to do was buy a Viper and install a Class III Military Hyperdrive and you could stock up on Gems, Hyperspace to a system which would pay top dollar for them, rinse and repeat until you were stinkingly rich and could afford any ship or equipment you wanted.

Right on, Commander!

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MI5 boss: We NEED to break securo-tech, get 'assistance' from data-slurp firms

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"first person in the UK to be convicted of terrorist offences...

"... in connection with the Syria conflict had received advice on how to access extremist training and weaponry in Syria through online contact with other extremists based overseas."

Wow, you mean they didn't write letters and send them through the post...???

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NASA closing on fix for Opportunity rover's 'amnesia'

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Re: Reinstalling the OS on a >12 year old machine.

And then wait a *very* long time for all the updates and reboots to install over very narrow bandwidth...

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What an ACE-HOLE! This super-software will whip you at poker, hands down

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@Bunbury - Re: So What?

The Gambler's Fallacy is that dice/ roulette wheels/ coin flips whatever have "memory", ie that if you get a run of Heads the next flip is more likely to be Tails.

Of course (unless you're using loaded dice or double-headed coins etc) this is nonsense since each event is not linked to the previous one, but people still believe it.

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My best bud is a billionaire: Peter Thiel jumps into bed with dope upstarts

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Re: >empowering consumers worldwide

And let people know exactly what they're buying if they're going to use the stuff.

It looks like sanity is slowly breaking out.

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LICK THAT ATM: Diebold and Corning debug displays

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Hmm...

Ford Prefect: ”Golgafrincham Ark Fleet. Ship B. Hold Seven: Telephone Sanitizer, Second Class.” And a serial number!"

Arthur Dent: ”Telephone Sanitizer”? A dead telephone sanitizer?"

Ford Prefect: "Best kind."

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Sardine fishing in Kerala: Who benefits from mobile phones?

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@Tim Worstal - Re: Ok, so...

And, once again, TW cherry takes one small piece of the argument which he can pick nits from and uses that to try to imply that he's refuted the main argument instead of just ignoring it...

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Ok, so...

... the whole point of this article is for TW to be able to go "Nar nar ne-nar, nar! Told you so!!!"?

Possibly followed with an implication that, because *this* example has worked so well, we shouldn't to *anything* to try to alleviate poverty since the Free Market will do that so well for itself.

Of course there's the small matter that that article was from 2007.

Here's a quote from one written in 2012 Problems plaguing Kerala's once-thriving fishing industry:

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"The state's fish production has fallen by 40,000 tonnes over the past nine years, though the volume of fish caught by mechanised trawlers has doubled to more than 2 lakh tonnes in 20 years, data from the state's Directorate of Fisheries shows. Traditional fishing fell nearly 60% during the period.

"The state has imposed a ban on trawling during the monsoon, but it seldom takes action on illegal trawlers,'' says Peter. "Often, we are out in the deep sea for days on single-engine-driven boats,'' says Arumugam, a fisherman. He says Kerala fishermen sometimes go as far as the Gujarat coast, and even towards the Gulf, looking for a good catch.

Kurup notes, "There has been an 80% decline in cat fish and black fish alone.'' He notes that bottom trawlers throw non-commercial fish and planktons back into the sea. "The seabed over the years will be filled with this garbage," he warns. The tropical Arabian coast is still home to at least 200 species of fish compared with Pacific and Atlantic coasts which have far less diversity.

"We need to device our own marine management systems and support the livelihood of traditional fishermen in the country,'' says Deepak Apte, deputy director of Bombay Natural History Society. Until then, for people like Johnson, casting the net is a game of dice.

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In other words the Free Market has also created conditions whereby those fishermen who had benefitted from what TW describes, now find themselves unable to make a living because big, commercial operators have moved in, over-fished the area and screwed up the eco-system.

Again, I ask: Cui bono?

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US kills EU watchdog's probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens' data

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whether requests from the US are “proportionate and necessary.”

The US should *demonstrate* that their requests are "proportionate and necessary" not simply say "We say they are so Ner! And if you don't like it, we'll pick up our marbles and go home... so double Ner!"

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Really, govt tech profit cash grab is a PRIZE-WINNING idea?

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@Tim Worstal - Re: " I find there's a gaping hole or two in her arguments..."

> I've said absolutely nothing at all about any "trickle down" effect. That being where Steve-o goes and buys a new yacht with his billions and thus provides a living to a few carpenters.

Exactly! Meanwhile his products are being made by the cheapest labour possible, being sold by people who don't get paid much more and the profits go into his bank account and to those who are rich enough to be able to put spare money into shares to get dividends.

In the mean time we get the latest shiny-shiny which will rapidly become obsolete or break down and probably has no servicable parts in it (maybe not even a replaceable battery!) so we're induced (if not forced) to "upgrade" to "benefit" and so it goes on.

Cui bono?

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" I find there's a gaping hole or two in her arguments. I'll concentrate on just one here"

Translation: Let me cherry-pick one argument that I can nit-pick and use that to "disprove" her entire case.

Interestingly, TW doesn't mention this bit:

"Some economists argue that the reward for the state comes through taxation. This, in theory, is right. Innovation-led growth should lead to an increase in tax revenue – but not if the companies that benefit the most from innovations don’t pay much tax compared to the income they generate, not only as a result of loopholes but also because of their continual lobbying for tax incentives and tax cuts that they say they need to foster innovation. It’s not a coincidence that groups such as the National Venture Capital Association helped convince the US government to reduce capital gains tax by 50 per cent in only five years in the late 1970s – an “innovation policy” later copied by Tony Blair’s government. (A policy that even Warren Buffett has admitted has had no effect on investment but lots on inequality.)"

TW says "We're only making the observation that if we allow someone who has increased global growth rates so markedly to keep his pile of cash, then this will encourage the next person with an idea that might boost global growth rates to get on with it. This is not a moral nor justice "deserved rewards" style argument. It's a purely utilitarian one regarding incentives that induce people to try."

What he doesn't say is that, rather than the so-called "Trickle Down" effect that is supposed to make us all better off, what we actually get is a "Trickle Up" effect that concentrates more wealth into the hands of a minority, making it *more* difficult for others who want to try to actually get even one foot on the ladder because those at the top can manipulate the markets to undercut newcomers, not to mention leveraging their wealth into political influence.

"economics is is all about incentives and perhaps we might expect a professor of the subject to grok that"

And perhaps we can hope that TW will realise that there's a difference between the incentive to try and the incentive of those who have a monopolistic hold on the market (Google, Amazon etc) to ensure that nobody gets to successfully compete with them.

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You like that E Ink book, huh? How about an E Ink HOUSE

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Prior Art:...

"Follow the lighted dots on the floor. Your code is red yellow yellow. Whenever you are assigned a path to follow it will be red yellow yellow, three dots side by side - go where those lights indicate."

- Enders Game

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I was thinking the same thing.

How long before huge dicks start appearing on the walls of office buildings full of, well, huge dicks...?!

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ISS Robonaut gets LEGLESS ... in spaaaace

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Then they found the small print on the box...

... which said *Batteries not included

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Right to be forgotten? That’s not Google’s call – data MEP Albrecht

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WT Everlasting F???

A leading Data Protection MEP has to sign a document threatening him with jail just to find out what TTIP is about?

Something is *seriously* fucked up here!!!

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A Cambridge boffin told me YOU'RE A BIG, FAT LIAR

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"A guilty man can always just freeze, but that will rather give the game away"

And an innocent person would never freeze up under questioning, so they *must* be guilty...

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Boffins spy I in your little eye

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@Chris G

If you're really that desperate to look at another bloke's wedding tackle, there's easier ways of doing it...

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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@Tim Worstal

An article you've written that I can agree with, thank you!

But perhaps you could convince Nigel "I think we are going to have to move to an insurance-based system of healthcare" Farage of this...?

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Zuckerberg asks the public to tell him where to go in 2015

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Take a long walk...

... off a short pier...

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NASA preps lobotomy for Opportunity rover to cure amnesia

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Re: Necessary XKCD Reference

"My mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm afraid."

- HAL - 2001 a Space Odyssey.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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@ Zog_but_not_the_first - Re: Elf and safety

> No to mention the lighter fuel refills in small flexible bottle-shaped containers. Snip off the tip, light match and squeeze. Instant flamethrower!

Ah, we went one better: We'd get the Aerosol type refils which came with various adapters to fit different types of lighters. One of these was a cylinder which had a flange at the base and you could take a short (5 hole) piece of Meccano, put the centre hole over the adapter so it rested on the flange, then, with your fingers safely out of the way, use a lighter to turn it into a controllable flame thrower!

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@Triggerfish - Re: You left out flying models

> Remember those balsa jobs where you had to assemble all the ribs and spars cover it in tissue paper and dope it.

Wow, that brings back memories of going into The Model Airport in Bristol and looking enviously at the massive 6' wingspan remote control gliders they had hanging up!

Alas I never got one of those, but I did have one (a KielKraft Conquest) which was a tow-line glider with a 30" wingspan. We had a golf course behind our house in Long Ashton which was virtually unused during the week, so in the holidays I'd take it up there and launch it down the fairways :-)

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Robox: How good could a sub-£1k 3D printer be?

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I'd say the next market for 3D printers will be the ones where you want short-run or low quantity plastic items which would be too expensive to get injection moulded.

An example would be small Board Games producers who want custom pieces for their games (rather than just coloured wooden blocks/ discs etc) but may only be producing a couple of thousand units.

As always, this may start off as a solution in search of a problem, but almost inevitably people find uses that you would never have thought of.

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European data law: UK.gov TRASHES 'unambiguous consent' plans

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By continuing to read this post...

... you automatically and irrevocably consent to have your personal information sold to the highest bidder so it's far to late to start making a fuss about it now!

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> 51% indicated that they would vote to leave the EU.

So well within the +/- 3% margin that such polls tend to have that the figures are actually the other way around.

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Makers of Snowden movie Citizenfour sued by ex-oil exec

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Re: Marsbarbrain FrankAlphaXII

Matt, as enjoyable as it is, eventually playing Chase the Goalposts with you, after repeated attempts to make you comprehend the difference between Matt Bryant's universe and the Real World, frankly gets rather tedious.

Please feel free, as always, to declare victory.

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NSA's Christmas Eve confession: We unlawfully spied on you for 12 years, soz

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"The organization was only able to file the request...

"...thanks to knowing specifically what to ask for, thanks to internal documents leaked to the world by Edward Snowden"

Damn that Traitor! Giving away information that would be of use to America's The NSA's enemies...

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