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Why ever leave home? Amazon wants to turn your kitchen into a shop

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Black Helicopters

Good for elders and invalids, though.

It could free up the carers' time to do more actual CARE instead of schlepping for groceries (while those who use grocery shopping as a bonding/ social event can still do so). The downside is that people working as carers could see their hours cut if grocery shopping is taken off their to-do lists.

Choppering in a pallet of fortified nutri-drink ....

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Devil

Good on the kid for figuring this out, but

since Xbox will be used by KIDS, shouldn't Microsoft have rented a kindergarten class for a day, given them a dozen machines and instructions to "have fun", and taken notes on what the sprogs discovered? As was noted above, kids are pretty darned creative (before it gets beaten out of them) which makes them both a joy and a nuisance (da widdle debbils). :)

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Can you tell a man's intelligence simply by looking at him? Yes

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Interesting to see how other (i.e., non-Czech) people rate the photos.

My supposition being there might be some subconscious bias for "people who look more like me", with those looking more stereotypically Czech/ Slavic rating more highly among presumably Czech scorers. Would there be similar results if these photos were shown to students in Beijing or Mexico City?

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Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

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Coat

"I see you're trying to bomb a wedding party ..."

Oh, wait, that'd be Boeing + Microsoft, nevvamind.

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Pint

Can this double as a built-in tinfoil hat?

Lame joke attempt aside, this was quite an impressive bit of work!

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Zuck: Web drones, not balloons (cough, cough Google) are way forward

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cancer cells ...

... and publicly held companies.

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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At least the plaintiff is relatively young.

How many similarly situated elders have jumped the mortal coil before justice was rendered?

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Stop fondling that slab and shag, says lover rubber-glover

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Coat

Re: Nokia

Only if it's set to vibrate.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: A few simple tests of usefulness

Right -- how am I supposed to smite my playground adversary with a measly tablet? Nothing says "no, fuck YOU" like a backpack with a handful of science textbooks swung over said adversary's head.

In other news, are these tablets being made with easily recycled/ repurposed parts? As was noted earlier, kids + technology = broken equipment and it'd be a shame if these ended up in yet another landfill causing potential groundwater contamination ... unless there is pent-up demand for small snack- and- drink trays.

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The Reg's guide to cursing in Mongolian

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Pint

Cumdumpster -- great metaphor/image, but cockwaffle?

Amazing what gets done with/to the English language by non-English speakers, innit.

Not sure what to make of "huh" being added to the list, there goes half my outgoing correspondence.

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BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

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Vdara, not Vrader [[Re: Like the Vrader Hotel "death ray" in Las Vegas? [The irony]]

Death ray, death star; Vdara, Vader, easy mistake to make.

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Flame

Like the Vrader Hotel "death ray" in Las Vegas? [Re: The irony]

http://www.reuters.com/assets/print?aid=USTRE6904AR20101001 -- another wasted opportunity. (Fire icon for obvious reasons.)

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Facepalm

"Faggots"? Was that really necessary?

The mixture of cool technical information and conspiracy theory was humming along so nicely before that bit of homophobia snuck in. *sigh*

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Irish plod biro outrage invites Limerick Limerick challenge

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Optional

A perp was brought into the jail,

with intent to be held without bail.

But the cops had no pens

to write down the offense.

Cried the judge in disgust, "Utter fail!".

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

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disclosure to spouse, yes or no?

While "don't tell ANYONE" is pretty cut- and- dried, in many instances spouses are exceptions to that rule and/ or get special treatment legally. I'm thinking specifically about tax returns: if Mr and Mrs Almost-Plaintiff file as "married filing jointly", surely there is a likelihood that the other spouse is going to double-check the math and say "Uh, hon? Whatsis $80K under 'miscellaneous income'?" How would one honor the "don't tell" settlement terms while keeping on the correct side of the 'Murkin IRS? (Besides just quietly socking the money away into an investment account and paying someone else to do the taxes, that is.)

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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Devil

"Never walk away from a fool and his money"

Although given the centuries' worth of money women have spent (and continue to spend) on similarly stupid "enhancements" (facial this, tummy that, boob other things, the whole cosmetics industry) at least there is comfort that foolishness seems to be an equal opportunity employer. Can't blame the hair-planters for getting an oar into that cash-flow, sounds like tedious but otherwise fairly easy money.

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Ghostwriter: Assange™ is NARCISSISTIC and UNTRUTHFUL

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Re: Gee, I'm surprised

Bear shits in woods, film at eleven.

After going through all he's been through (yes, much of it his own doing), though, most folks would pro'ly be a little twitchy.

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Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

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I didn't see any topless heifers shaking their udders

or Isaac Hayes* on the boombox -- no wonder our bovine friend's ... contribution ... was less than robust.

* Isaac Hayes, voice of South Park's Chef, he who once asked "Did they give you a ANAL PROBE"?

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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Re: Will DBs have to follow suit?

So? It's only Fecebook, and full of porkies anyway.

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Re: And even more ridiculous...

Perhaps because 'intersex' is the preferred term?

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race: [x] human

Ditto about gender: if you ain't my doctor or bedroom activities partner it is not your concern. Period. However, having said that selecting 'male' for web- based stuff generally gets one shown somewhat less- insipid adverts (big dumb trucks and military recruiting -v- weight loss products and cosmetics). Curious to see what adverts come up with the different options, I see much facepalm in future.

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Here they come: Dot-word warehouse Donuts to launch new top-level domains this week

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This is just a mess ...

.biz and .info didn't do so well, why does anyone think all this other crap will? Oh, wait, I assume anyone's interested in functionality and not the next nest- feathering, sorry.

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Judge orders Yelp.com to unmask anonymous critics who tore into biz

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opinions filter

From Judge Petty's opinion: "Moreover, Yelp employs a proprietary algorithm to filter potentially less reliable reviews. These reviews are moved to a separate page that a user can access by clicking on a filtered reviews link at the bottom of a business listing."

So, from the comments above one could deduce that "potentially less reliable" refers to some value of "positive" or "negative" depending on whether the subject business has tithed to Yelp, then?

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Woman whipped gun from vagina in SPACE ALIEN spat, reports Officer Zook

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"McCarthy was arrested, booked on [] Aggravated Assault on a Household Member"

What, she got his bits too?

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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Coat

just add Hets and you get BLIGHT

[* ducks *] [* runs *]

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'F*** off, Google!' Protest blockades Google staff bus AGAIN – and Apple's

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bad side effect of a generally good thing

With people complaining -- correctly -- about so many formerly- decent- paying manufacturing and other jobs going overseas, we should be glad that some good-paying jobs in "clean" industry (let's leave the environmental costs of manufacturing computers and providing the leccy for ginormous server farms for another discussion, 'K?) are staying right here in America. If Google paid its employees well but more modestly than currently (i.e., not enough to spur a "mansion shortage" or gentrify entire neighborhoods out of reach for most residents), they'd get bashed for not sharing the wealth with the employees who made it possible. Perhaps San Francisco (and/or other municipality) could enact optional zoning overlays by which certain incentives are given to developers (expedited review, mitigation of certain requirements) if for every X "luxury" units they create for les nouveaux riches, they also build "Y" affordable (however this is defined) ones for everyone else. We've been down this road before, so I'm surprised cities that host big league tech companies haven't gotten this sorted out (or at least shown us what possible "solutions" do NOT work).

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Apple iWatch due in October 2014, to wirelessly charge from one metre away – report

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Devil

Did anyone else think "shackles" upon seeing the piccie?

Great design, I like it and would not be unhappy if Santa dropped one down my stocking, but shackles seem sadly appropriate when describing one's relationship to one's mobile device.

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Massive! Yahoo! Mail! outage! going! on! FOURTH! straight! day!

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Yahoogroups is still effed up to unuse-ability,

so yet another snafu with yahoomail is no surprise. Forced migration to "new" formats that don't work, removal of stuff that does, et cetera should have been a red warning flag. As I repeatedly asked the CSR with whom I corresponded /at length/ over the aforementioned fubar'ed yahoogroups, "you clearly have some talented programmers on staff, why are they not being allowed to fix what is broken?"

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OM NOM MON NOM, address et D.O.B: Twitter lets admen chomp users' cookies

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"The end result is a highly relevant and useful message for the user."

Yes there is, isn't there. Caveat emptor, twaddlers.

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Think unpatched Win XP hole's not a big deal? Hope you trust your local users

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Pint

M'kew! [Re: Well, Well, Well]

Thank you MOST kindly for the suggestion, I now have a snappier reader installed that allows much more customization. :D

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New exploding whale vid once again shows true porpoise of internet

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Remember this well, my child, The Day it Rained Meat.

Maybe it'll next rain potatoes to go with it.

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Denver robocops fit Nasal Ranger to perceive potent pot puffing pollution

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only applies to MJ?

"the odor of wacky baccy must be greater than a 7-to-1 dilution rate to be deemed a nuisance" As others have pointed out above, if a line is going to drawn in the sand for marijuana certainly there are other less-benign aromas that should be regulated (cheaper- by- the- gallon "cologne" being one) ... although this could lead to harassment in ethnic neighborhoods where cuisine is pungent and flavorful.

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Bloke named 'human' demands 'COPSLIE' licence plate

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GR8GOVT + NH's motto "Live Free or Die" across the top of the plates

*snrk*

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Ding-dong! Bye bye Sunday lie-in, your Amazon package is HERE

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Curious to see how this works in PHX

A bunch of USPS processing centers in Arizona were closed as a consolidation/ "cost-cutting" measure, with those centers' processing work being schlepped via truck to PHX, then schlepped thence onward to its destination. So a postcard leaving my mailbox has to go across the state to PHX and then come back to ultimately land four miles north of me. We protested that with population and other trends, PHX would eventually become overwhelmed, so why not just leave local processing local and avoid disruptions. USPS consolidated anyway. Fast forward a couple of years and now PHX will be a location for Amazon Sunday delivery and, presumably, a chunk of Amazon's other shipping business. If this proves to be such a bonanza in shipping business that now- closed processing centers must be reopened because PHX is overworked, yay for Amazon. (Probably overly optimistic, but leave me my delusions. :))

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Astroboffins solve birth of the Man in the Moon face

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Angel

So, where's the cheese then?

Isn't the moon supposed to be made of green cheese?

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Anonymous and pals gather in support of girl at centre of rape case

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Meh

"The kind of place where down-home values still reigned"

So in hindsight this was a warning and not a sales pitch? Noted.

Someday, after the perps have been given another pass out of yet another dodgy situation, they are going to try their schtick on a woman who has the means and ability to make them pay horribly for their mistake and I wouldn't mind hearing how that turns out.

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Rorschach test suggested as CAPTCHA replacement

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Meh

"registered / logged in users are never supposed to see Captchas"? [was: Interesting...but...]

That'd be lovely, plz to tell this to the cretins at yahoomail who seem to think that 25 addresses is "too many". Which wouldn't really be a problem if the darned thing actually worked, you know, let me send after typing the characters multiple times.

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Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

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FAIL

Re: And then there's Yahoo!Groups

Um, yeah. I've been going round and round since 30-AUG-2013 (yes, seven weeks and change) about how the "neo" version of yahoogroups does not work on either of my browsers (Opera, Firefox) and they simply don't seem to give a flying fart. Instrux to clear cookies, clear cache, check javascript enabled, check java enabled, send another screenshot (showing that yep, it's STILL broken, page layout still looks like a dog's breakfast), and other rubbish, but no attempts to make the code work (honestly, how hard can it be? It's HTML, not neuroscience), no "rollback" to the last known good version, nothing. Pages are bloated with useless cruft to boot (I'm guessing the creators of this mess have T1 or other fat pipe access and hell, it works just fine for us in the "lab" talking to our servers, so what's the problem?). And these people get paychecks when people who actually have the brains God gave toast are unemployed. Amazing.

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Japanese pussies slurp 'meow meow' sex wine

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'Nyan Nyan' pronounced vaguely like 'Nyah Nyah'?

As in "Nyah nyah, nyah nyah, I got some last night, did you?"?

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METEORITES, not MEN, are FROM MARS: NASA rover's shock discovery

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Pint

Only women are tough enough to have come from Venus [was: Do women really want to be from Venus]

Acid, heat, and pressure was apparently good preparation for bearing children, having menses (some with mind- numbingly debilitating cramps), and still, in this the 21st century common era, putting up with discrimination, objectification, and other nonsense (IIRC, John Lennon had a thought on this topic). Yet despite this they still laugh, smile, and can bring men to their knees with a well-deployed glance. Tough stuff indeed.

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The DARK HEART of the Twitter IPO: FAKE USERS

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Facepalm

Twaddle has any impact whatsoever on the economy?

This is a bit scary, innit?

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BOFH: Welcome to Helldesk, ma'am, may I take your bags?

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"supervisor's unspoken belief that [] knowledge is in some way linked to cup size"

Sadly, not isolated to the IT industry, although possibly more prevalent here because women are still rare (and thus preciousssss?).

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Google adds Large Hadron Collider tunnel to Street View

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Pint

Wouldn't it be cool to paint the inside of a traffic tunnel to match?

Holland Tunnel in NYC, Callahan Tunnel in BOS, that'd be neat. The exhaust fumes would dingy it up right quick, but it'd be cool while it lasts. :D

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Ghastly! Yahoo! Groups! gripes! grip! grumpy! gremlin! grumblers!

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FAIL

Simple things like links not working, still broken three weeks on.

I've a collection of about a dozen email exchanges with their various customer "care" folks and I think their support "department" is a program that sniffs out keywords in incoming trouble reports, drops them in a hopper, and spins the Big Wheel o' Bull to determine what canned uselessness you get today. The entire email thread contains what I've been told before by other techs, what my responses were, and so on, so having "clear your cache and cookies" suggested AGAIN, for the fifth or sixth time, indicates they are not reading the whole ticket and/or just don't care. I shouldn't be surprised or angry about pandemic incompetence any more, should I. *sigh*

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Former! Android! Open! Source! Boss! Takes! Job! At! Yahoo!

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Meh

I don't suppose this gent will be able to fix Yahoogroups, will he?

Still broken, three weeks later.

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'WTF! MORONS!' Yahoo! Groups! redesign! traumatises! users!

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FAIL

NEO = not entirely operational

A week later, yahoogroups is still broken.

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FAIL

Been "spending the time" with yahoo customer "care" going on four days now ...

... about yahoogroups. Yep, been told there's no rollback option, the last known-good will not be coming back., "it is not possible to use older versions of the Yahoo! Groups". All I'm getting back to my queries is basic ticklist stuff (verify that javascript is enabled, clear cache and cookies) plus a soupcon of snottiness ("Thanks for spending the time to reach out to us again.", "We know it isn't always easy to get used to change"), which I have to charitably assume is a prod to get customers to explode in foul language, thus giving yahoo an excuse to bin the trouble ticket due to customer "hostility" and clear up those bothersome help desk queues. Maddening that the folks behind this incompetence actually draw paychecks.

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Amazon to offer FREE smartphone?

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Pirate

No, it's not an inkjet printer, it's an ink cartridge purchase assurance device.

Clever. And they can claim "good guy points" by supplying free cellphones to folks who can not currently afford them and the service contracts required for them to be of use. I'm assuming the service part is also free because some wireless providers currently offer free phones with a contract, an installment plan (price of the phone spread out over 24 months), and other "free-ish" options, and if Amazon wants to make a real dent they'd need to offer either free or deeply discounted service as well.

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Mother/daughter team jailed for million-dollar internet dating scam

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Re: Meanwhile, on a FOB somewhere in the big sandy dusty ...

Oops, beer went that-a-way ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->

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Pint

Meanwhile, on a FOB somewhere in the big sandy dusty ...

... our friends in camo contemplate the situation: "Wait, there are women stateside who'll send soldiers MONEY? Really?? Just send pics, a sob story, and some sweet talk? Hmmmm ...."

<-- because it's hot in the big sandy dusty

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