* Posts by Dodgy Geezer

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

Dodgy Geezer

Don't Worry!

As soon as the US Film Industry and Walt Disney get to hear that their DVD encryption might be weakened, the US Intelligence sector will back down.

Because no one annoys The Mouse.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O03M6Tm7sWI

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Dodgy Geezer

Re: Awesome article

New Godwin's Law. Let's call it 'Charles' law'?

Anyone requiring cites from 'Reputable' (ie, ones that I agree with) 'Peer-Reviewed' (in other words, old chum's networks) journals from 'multiple countries' (so that I can claim that you haven't cited enough) is:

1 - wrong

2 - unable to admit this

3 - frantically trying to force the original poster to do his own checking work for him

4 - never going to agree with any cite that's given, making the whole exercise pointless...

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Dodgy Geezer

I can't see the problem...

The Bill requires "appropriate technical assistance" to be given.

Great.

Send a mathematician around to explain why the encryption is believed to be unbreakable. That's 'technical assistance"...

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'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

Dodgy Geezer

Where is the illegality?

...Given the vagaries of defamation law, every outlet reporting on the breach including The Register is constrained to note that there are legitimate reasons for using such entities, including estate planning and inheritance rules, so it's unsound to assume that all Mossack Fonseca customers were breaking the law....

Actually, it's unsound to assume that ANY Mossack Fonseca customers were breaking the law. The vast majority are presumably running offshore accounts, and these are frequently set up by people who are able to claim that the money they earn is not tied to a specific country, and should not therefore be taxed by that country.

This is often viewed as 'unfair' by people who are tied into a specific countries tax regime, but it's not generally illegal. It MAY be supporting an illegal transaction, depending on the specific details of the case,but simply having an offshore account is not something you can be charged with.

The interesting stories will no doubt turn up when accountants go through these papers and unearth specific wrongdoings. But I can't see why people are jumping up and down about the mere existence of an offshore account....?

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Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

Dodgy Geezer

Re: You know ...

..the only people who could shop in Manchester had to live in Manchester....

I wonder how Britons ever managed to go abroad before the EU was invented...?

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Re: The main reason I'm voting 'In'...

...without Europe, all of our basic human rights will be in the sole control of Theresa May for the foreseeable future...

That sound as if you're voting IN because you want to travel to Paris in August without needing a passport...

Couldn't you take a bit more long-term view? Perhaps one based on fundamental principles? Of is the most important driver for the future of the country the fact that you can buy paint 15p cheaper in Calais hypermarket because they have a sale on...?

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Dodgy Geezer

Why do we get such misinformation?

...The reason? The end to freedom of movement that being a member state of the EU has provided...

Why do these lies gain such credence? The 'Remain' crown seem to assume that, if we leave the EU, then ALL EU Legislation will automatically be immediately reversed! So, for instance, I have heard otherwise intelligent people arguing that, if a substance is deemed to be dangerous to eat and an EU directive has banned it, when we leave the EU we will have to start eating it again...!

What planet do these people inhabit? When we leave the EU we will be in charge of our own laws. If a substance is dangerous, it will be our decision to ban it. If we want to let the French or Germans work here freely, we can easily let them. The point is that it will be OUR decision, made by considering what is BEST for US. At the moment, if something is seen as good by Brussels, but is obviously bad for us, we are forced to accept it.

As an example, what happened to our fishing fleet...?

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New HTTP error code 451 to signal censorship

Dodgy Geezer

Re: IETF were not persuaded is was a good use of a limited number of status codes

...But what would the browser do?

Start to recite Moby Dick....

"...Call me FireFox..."

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

Dodgy Geezer

The last time it was this hot..

...was 2010. And then before it was 1997. Both of these years were MUCH hotter than 2015. According to NOAA's own figures at the time.

This article is a set of lies.

Though I concede that hippos were living in Britain the last time it was as hot (in 1997 and 2010. In Whipsnade...

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The surprising thing...

...about this 'record'...

...is that it wouldn't have been a record last year. Because it depends, not on the temperature rising, but on the 'adjustments' which are being made to past data. NOAA maths is (intentionally?) difficult to understand, but everyone can remember the huge rise around 1997, when there was a big El Nino?

Looking at the 2016 NOAA figures, 2015 appears to be 1.6 Fdeg above 1997. BUT, looking at the 1997 figures, 1997 appears to be 4 Fdeg ABOVE the currently reported figure for 2015.

This is due to NOAA 'adjustments'. They are adjusting earlier figures downwards, so as to achieve a continual series of 'records'. It is instructive to note that, if you look at the raw data from the US Climate Reference Network (which a sub-set of stations all well placed so that they do not need corrections of any kind) then 2015 is the THIRD hottest year...

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Cyber-terror: How real is the threat? Squirrels are more of a danger

Dodgy Geezer

....So, in summary, hackers have never been credited with taking down a power grid...

Why should they worry, when the UK Department of Energy (now driven by climate change activists) is pretty close to taking down the UK power Grid all by itself...?

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BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU

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On the contrary...

...An issue with the device's power supply is the reason for the delay. Which is fair enough as it's all very well to teach kids to hack, but not if they learn what it's like to cop a jolt from the device's batteries along the way....

'Copping a jolt' is an essential part of every electrical engineer's learning experience... and used to be part of every kid's learning experience in the days when science labs still had van de Graff generators...

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BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

Dodgy Geezer

Re: Foot, meet high kinetic energy lead dispensing device

...Many people make their living from messing around with this stuff....

...and consequently it's not going to change any time soon.

And in those few words lies the secret to why much of human endeavour happens as it does. Wars, for example, happen because a very large number of well-paid and connected people make a very good living from them...

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Stop climate change by drinking Coca-Cola says Oz government

Dodgy Geezer

Re: But...

...He wanted to reduce atmospheric co2...

He's a nutter. If you do that you will kill all life on Earth.

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...Australia has worked closely with other countries which rely heavily on fossil fuels to investigate opportunities to utilise CO2 in products such as carbonated drinks...

Perhaps this will make more sense if we add a bit of emphasis:

"Australia has worked closely with other countries which rely heavily on fossil fuels TO INVESTIGATE OPPORTUNITIES to utilise CO2 in products such as carbonated drinks..."

You see, this is nothing to do with saving the world, or even science. This is to do with giving environmentalists large lashings of taxpayer money. The environmentalists lobby for huge handouts of our money, and promise the politicians that they won't attack them on social media in return - a bit like a protection racket.

When the money is given, someone has to make up some kind of story to justify it. But because no civil servant understands engineering, and the environmentalists don't care, you end up with this kind of tripe.

In a decent world this would be called out. But people are nowadays too scared to do anything about it...

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Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright

Dodgy Geezer

Re: So to condense that

...The issue is money. Quel surprise....

Copyright is ONLY about money. The OP got it wrong when it said that no one can make a Batmobile - anyone can. They just can't PROFIT from it by selling it commercially. Copyright is about protecting the original creator's right to make money from his creation.

If you think about it, the original statement would suddenly make all model makers into criminals...

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

Dodgy Geezer

Re: in 300 years

...He may be remembered as the designer of a new type of vacuum cleaner....

Oh, dear - moron alert...

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Dodgy Geezer

...Just because somebody is a world expert in [thing A] doesn't mean they're any more of an expert in [thing B] than a random passerby....

Actually, he's the world No. 1 scientist. And so when he says that climate science is not science, he KNOWS what he's talking about...

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...How about altering spacetime in front of the ship?...

I think I see a problem here.

If you're going to alter spacetime in this dimension, how do you know where the front of the ship is?

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Global warming stopped in 1998? No it didn't. If you say that, you're going to PRISON

Dodgy Geezer

Re: Oh no not again...

...Meanwhile the icecaps, glaciers and permafrosts are pretty obviously melting. ...

Icecaps, glaciers, etc melt ALL THE TIME. The question is whether they are melting more than they did last year, and if so, whether that's within the region of natural variability or not.

Given that several glaciers have melted back and exposed signs of human habitation underneath them, I suspect that the melting we have seen is not as much as there has been in the past...

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Rocketeers aim for the Moon with first-stage £600k tin-rattle

Dodgy Geezer

I would imagine that the Kenyan authorities require a lot more money for greasing palms...

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Dodgy Geezer

Where do I sign?

(just so that I know where to avoid...)

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Boffins: We know what KILLED the DINOS – and it wasn't just an asteroid

Dodgy Geezer

Re: Naaah

It's a recognition of past glories. Or, alternatively, a lot of drinks bought in the present for the Reg team.

Much like the House of Lords...

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Spirit of Steve Fosset lives on as glider is poised to soar to 90,000ft

Dodgy Geezer

Re: Total non-sequitur

That announcement now counts as one of the 97% of papers supporting the concept of man-made dangerous climate change....

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VW’s case of NOxious emissions: a tale of SMOKE and MIRRORS?

Dodgy Geezer

Re: I give up

Yup - I always use Opera.

/smug

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VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies

Dodgy Geezer

Arrgghhhh..!!!

... deaths from nuclear power accidents in the whole of history are probably less than deaths from alarm clock malfunctions....

We're all going to be killed by alarm clocks! Quick, ban them.....

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Dodgy Geezer

A slight amendment...

...in which the human race is busily poisoning itself in a pretty much pointless quest to cut back on emissions of carbon dioxide...

"...in which the human race is busily poisoning itself in a completely pointless quest to cut back on emissions of carbon dioxide.."

There. Fixed that for you....

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Blighty's Bloodhound 1,000mph rocket car unveiled ahead of record attempt

Dodgy Geezer

Re: "it's unlikely we'll see much return from all this"

In terms of bragging rights and publicity for the UK around the world, it looks very cheap indeed. Other countries run huge space programs or develop fighter aircraft at a MUCH higher cost....

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Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

Dodgy Geezer

...Last I checked, CO2 is toxic to humans at concentrations above 2% and fatal above 10%....

From the wiki:

CO2 is an asphyxiant gas and not classified as toxic or harmful in accordance with Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals standards of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe by using the OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals.

10%+ may well kill you by asphyxiation, but it's not 'toxic' in the same way as, say, CO is. And we currently don't have 1% in the atmosphere. We don't even have 0.1%. We have 0.04%, and I can't see how all the car exhausts in all the world running continuously until such time in the future when we invent nuclear-powered hover-boards are going to get us to 0.05%.

And if we did get to 0.05% we would notice no difference, and the plants would love it, and agriculture would bloom and there would be far less famine/agricultural land on Earth. Which would be a GOOD THING....

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Dodgy Geezer

Re: I'm guessing that...

....and who were working for some of the anti-virus companies in the nineties...

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How did jihadists hack into top UK ministerial emails if no security breach took place?

Dodgy Geezer

...Junaid Hussain – the UK fugitive hacker turned ISIS recruiter killed in a US drone strike in Syria in August – was understood to have been behind the "cyber attack"....

He is a paedophile climate change denier, was also responsible for plotting an attack on the Queen, for ensuring that Britain failed in its bid to host the 2018 World Cup, and is understood to boil little kittens to make gloves - oh, and he runs several UK banks which charge exorbitant amounts of interest....

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Let's NUKE MARS to make it more like home says Elon Musk

Dodgy Geezer

Re: The old terraforming question.

Drop a few asteroids on it.

At 40% Earth gravity Mars could do with fattening up. Get the speed and angle right, and a nickel-iron asteroid would go in molten and start up the core. Follow up with a few water-ice asteroids to kick-start oceans.

That uses current technology and comes a lot faster...

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Dodgy Geezer

Ain't working on Earth...

...and the slow way “is to release greenhouse gases, like we are doing on Earth.”...

Unfortunately, we're not getting hotter...

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

Dodgy Geezer

Re: Apple's design

...Where is my ancient Roman/Greek/Babylonian/Hebrew/Chinese tablet icon?...

It was banned under prior art rules. Here is a Sumerian tablet from over 2000 BC, listing herders and cows in the goddess Inana’s fields....

Sumarian Tablet

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Re: The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) IS THE PROBLEM!

...You used the word "kill" and cited a US government department. You are now on an NSA watchlist (as am I probably)....

Oh Dear!! I have recently been writing quite a lot of technical commentary about US Government abattoir legislation....

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

Dodgy Geezer

Re: You don't need a 150 IQ to have a custom icon as Anonymous Coward

Sounds like a workable policy to me....

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

Dodgy Geezer

Re: a ha ha ha ha ha :(

You CAN have security - at least security against external world attacks. (Seeing that human error produces far more incidents that the most assiduous attackers, that may not be 100%.)

All you need to do is to dig up some sand, then extract some pure silicon from it, then design your fab plant......

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Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them

Dodgy Geezer

Sir George Iacobescu...

...is not a mathematical moron. He studied Civil and Industrial engineering at Bucharest University. After graduating, he worked as a structural engineer in Romania, his first job designing pump stations for a state-run business. This was behind the Iron Curtain where, if you didn't get the maths right, you and your family suffered.

So he knows that it's rubbish. Which is why he's not putting any money in. But you have to ask the 1M$ question - why is he praising it?

And the answer to that is the same reason that scientists are falling over themselves to claim that 'Climate Change' will kill us all, and that politicians are claiming that war in the Middle East is what the West should be encouraging, and that the Saatchi brothers are claiming that Tracy Emin is a great artist. It's because humans have a 'herd mentality' and they follow weird, provably wrong ideas all the time, because social pressure stops people saying that 'the Emperor has no clothes'.

Charles Mackay wrote a book about it. Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds . You can pick up a copy from Amazon for only a few pounds...

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Fake Cisco box pushers cuffed by Intellectual Property Police

Dodgy Geezer

I wonder what 'fake CISCO kit' is?

It might be a box with a Cisco sticker on it, but with completely different cheap low-quality insides.

Or it might be a Cisco unit made by the same factory which makes Cisco kit in China, but one which was made in excess of their order and then sold by the factory without Cisco getting paid a license fee.

Or one of several other combinations...

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

Dodgy Geezer

Re: Anyone for lunch?

...The solution is obvious. Let’s farm pandas. Let’s farm endangered animals - and, to make it sustainable, lets eat them too ....

That's already been proposed, for rhinos. There are some very successful rhino farms.

These are hated by the environmentalists, who are trying to get them closed down. Because every environmentalist knows that the important thing is not the survival of the species, it's the survival of the environmentalists. And environmentalists WANT to have a load of cuddly animals on the verge of extinction - they get lots of grants that way....

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Re: Getting eaten by people is by far the best evolutionary strategy for a species

...The problem with farming them is they don't like f*cking very much....

Exactly the problem that farmers and breeders are set up to solve....

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Dodgy Geezer

What a load of Dodos' eggs...

...There are many animals on the edge of extinction that we should be helping instead.”...

What's so special about animals that are going extinct? In case the scientist in question hasn't read Darwin, let us point out that this is how evolution WORKS. Species develop to fit an niche, then die away as that niche dies. Trying to stop extinction is trying to stop evolution.

Humans change niches. We are already responsible for several species going extinct, but also many new species developing, as we make new environments in which they can live, or breed them for a specific purpose. So questions about mammoths are moot - we have already done everything which has been proposed. Just not with animals that size... yet...

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GCHQ's cyberspooks had Nudge Unit envy – leak

Dodgy Geezer

Re: Sounds like the basis for Evelyn Waugh's other novel...

...Then, the Actual Agency, that do the real high flying stuff. Stuff that you *would* be killed if you found out about....

Alas, this bit doesn't actually exist. It is made up by the other, far more powerful and secretive section, which you don't even cover in your item.

This is the Budget section, which is tasked with maintaining the existence and budget for the Security and Intelligence services, even though WW2 and the Cold War (which originally provided the justification for their existence) have now long since finished...

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Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

Dodgy Geezer

Pity we aren't allowed to have the money to put up the British equivalent of Space-X - the Skylon....

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NSA slapdown prompts Privacy Int'l to file new lawsuit against GCHQ

Dodgy Geezer

Listen carefully...

... I shall say this only once...

...PI said that GCHQ is starting to see itself as “above the law”....

The security apparatus of this country (which includes GCHQ, Security Service and Secret Intelligence Service) is a hangover from WW2.

At the end of WW2 our military was not completely disbanded, but switched into providing defence during the 'Cold War'. Essentially, much of the military structure was kept going, which was good for those who had a job in it. So Britain ran these services, essentially as in WW2, right up to the middle of the 1990s, which was when the Cold War ended.

Since then, the people working in this area have been frantic to keep their jobs, and have tried to justify them by looking for other things to do - crime, or terrorism.

At this point it is instructive to look at the position that a Secret Service holds in a democracy. Normally, democratic institutions HAVE to be open - you can't run a democracy any other way. But in times of crisis - during a war when there is a danger of invasion, for instance, even democracies need systems to provide immediate executive action with no democratic balances. They may need to lock someone up who has committed no crime, for instance. The bodies set up to do this are by definition 'above the law' - they have no requirement to have democratic oversight or to abide by any legal restrictions. They can't be challenged in the courts. This is where the SS, SIS and GCHQ were born.

It is not true to say that these organisations are "starting to see themselves as above the law”. They were always above the law from their inception. The oddity is that, in the absence of any critical threat to the existence of the nation, these bodies are still trying to justify their existence, and laws are being bent to achieve this.

If you need an illustration of this, look at the court cases which the Security Service has tried to bring. Even with the benefit of draconian legislation and administrative banning orders, they usually fail. The way Security Service works is completely alien to the way, for instance, that the Police work. The Police investigate a case, suspect a person, amass evidence, arrest someone and pass the accused to a court. Security Service suspect someone, imprison them, and then try to extract information from them with no interest in due process.

There is certainly a current terrorist threat - though considerably less than the Irish threat in the 1970s. At that time the Police, suitably staffed and supported, were quite capable of dealing with it. That is what should be put in place today, and the wartime security apparatus closed down. We no longer maintain a Bomb Targeting Committee - in the same way we should no longer maintain an extra-legal state enforcement arm.

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Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now

Dodgy Geezer

Re: All of it is about money

... you are suggesting that instead of a discount for a long term registration, we pay extra?...

Yup. It's a tax on stupidity and not being able to do maths...

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

Dodgy Geezer

Re: M&S

I am reporting you to the police for blatant discrimination against people with size 11 feet...

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Dodgy Geezer

Quite correct. He's far too big to bend easily. Did you see him trying to get into that small car...?

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Guardian: 'Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHING!' (A bit like their stock tips, really)

Dodgy Geezer

Re: You seem to be the one who doesn't know any economics

"Would our environment suffer if we stopped burning fossil fuels? No. Would we enjoy cleaner air and water if the whole world moved completely to renewable energy? Yes"

Would our environment suffer if we stopped burning fossil fuels? Of course it would. CO2 is plant food, silly!

Would we enjoy cleaner air and water if the whole world moved completely to renewable energy? Of course not! The only way that could happen is if the world dropped technologically back to the 1800s. Guess how clean things were then...

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Dodgy Geezer

Re: The 80/20 rule, common sense vice religion

"Might even replace Clarkson as a tv spectator sport."

NOTHING can replace Clarkson as a TV spectator sport.

And at the moment the BBC are indeed trying very hard to ensure that nothing IS going to replace Clarkson...

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