* Posts by Chris G

2534 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Flexible

I don't think the total dish should be written in stone as appetites vary from day to day as do cultural differences across the nation.

However, there are one or two essentials without which, it is not a British breakfast. Bacon is the first and prime ingredient, it can be streaky, back,or any other part of a cured pig as long as it real .eat and not that reconstituted crap they serve up in left pondian establishments that has a closer relationship with chipboard than bacon, my preference is the huge rasher that you get in old fashion ed transport cafes, salty with acouple of little bones.

Fried eggs are a must, if you wan t scrambled by all means add a slice of toast and top it with scrambled eggs but they must have been cooked with butter not margerine. A couple of regionally appropriate bangers, beans, fried tom's, fried mushrooms, fried bread, hash browns seem to be common now but are not really British. Not last or least, black pudding is a must for me, I love the stuff.

If in Glasgow you can add anything dipped in batter that can fit in the deep fryer.

I can't continue...... must,,,,,,get,,,,, to,,,,,,, cafe,,,,now!

PS I almost forgot bubble and squeak a truly British breakfasty thing

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UK.gov: You can't have our drone test results because... er, security

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Re: Like every government policy,

Regardless of the Party that may be allegedly running the country, ministries have a time honoured method for picking experts in a particular field.

Whether it's ag, aviation or the ministry of silly walks they find a siily old sod who may have been quite bright in his day but now has a knighthood and a nurse to remind him to unzip before peeing.

The ministry tell him the results they require and he tells the people who compile the report, accurate research or testing is not required because the attitude is " But we're the bloody government, they can't question us."

So, the drone report is a resounding success because it says the things they wanted it to.

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You need to assemble a crack AI team: Where do you even start?

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A crack AI team? That's a team of artificially intelligent cracks then?

That was a long article that was not about artificial intelligence, mentioning ML and neural networks a hundred times each still doesn't make it AI.

They may be steps on the way to true artificial intelligence or it may turn out there is something else we are so far missing but I have pigeons outside my window every morning that are smarter than anything currently called AI that I know of.

Of course if somebody wants to offer me 150K a year plus, Oh! That's AI yes indeedy!

To all you folks out there buying into 'AI' just have a look at the stupidest, dumbest person you know, then consider how your AI compares to them in truly functional terms.

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US spies hacked our phones over the air, claim pipeline protesters

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Re: Treaties?

"“These lands were supposed to be protected by treaties,” ... “They weren’t"

The reason why? Manifest Destiny

There are a lot of people who still believe in it.

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An 'AI' that can diagnose schizophrenia from a brain scan – here's how it works (or doesn't)

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Schizophrenia; "The voices told me to do it."

Paranoia: "It's the fault of all the others."

"But they are all blaming me."

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Confessions of an ebook eater

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Foyles

I can confirm the Russian payment system still exists in some places. I bought and paid for a small joint of meat and a salami for a meal at my mother in law's house, I think the payment took longer than it did to eat the meat and salami. This was in Djukovsky a few years ago in the local super market, the system means you have to pay before you get anywhere near your purchase.

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Currys PC World rapped after Knowhow Cloud ad ruled to be 'misleading'

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Military Grade

Perhaps they mean the data centres have been designed by BAE, they are several years late, unfit for purpose and the final (much higher) cost is yet to be determined.

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Got some pom-poms handy? UK.gov seeks a geography cheerleader

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Re: UK Gov learns about hills and valleys

' The country?' ' Isn't that where the Minister goes weekends to kill things?'

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Valuable lesson

Our geography master at my school was very easy going so his lessons were often a it rowdy. We had a craze, making little blow darts from dressmaking pins and cotton thread, we would fire them at ea h other through biro tubes.

One of my mates fired one at me that stuck in the shoulder of my blazer, I returned fire at Lenny, the sod ducked and the dart stuck in the geography master's earlobe.

That day he was ot so easy going I got a weeks worth of detentions , enough homework to keep me busy for a month and a visit to the Headmaster who failed to believe one word about the darts being part of a science project on ballistics.

The lesson? Don't fire when a teacher is in the line of fire and in range.

He was actually a very good teacher, a nice bloke and an ex Oxford rugby blue, it could have been worse.

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Amazing new algorithm makes fusion power slightly less incredibly inefficient

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Re: Here are some free ideas

Steam loco's went because of fuel, oil products in combustion engines don't need the medium of steam to produce rotational energy. Reactors produce heat that needs to be converted into rotational energy in order to drive the generators, water has all of the properties required to achieve that and is easily managed, is cheap and even it's downsides like corrosion are well understood and can be dealt with relatively easily and economically

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Want to visit your loved one in jail? How about Skype instead?

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Cruel and unusual punishment

And not only for the inmates, when you consider there is more than 1% of the US population in prison and that the vast majority of them come not only from ethnic minorities but poor underpriviledged at that, the ones who will suffer most are the families and loved ones. They have to take time out, often from work, to go to visit and now they will be charged and extortionate amount to NOT actually visit the inmate but chat on a crappy little screen.

Land of the free*

* Some aspects of freedom may carry a charge, by reading this you agree to our T&Cs.

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ALIS in Blunderland: Lockheed says F-35 Block 3F software to be done by year's end

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F35. Multi-role, multi-task, agile warplane

Air superiority, Ground strike, Air combat, Stand off and exceptional loiter, unique pilot environment (gasp!)

Proven reliability and easy to maintain (if you are in Turkey).

Note: Don't forget to enable automatic updates.

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"Simple answer. US marketing wonks talked to the MoD MBAs who thought it would be jolly good to spend more UK taxpayers money so they could have triples all round."

I sincerely hope they did better than triples all round or indeed, even a villa on the coast.

Given the scale of damage the F35 will do to HMG's bank account this is worth a hollowed out volcanic island, Blofeld must be spinning in his grave with jealousy.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Re: It should be made illegal...

CCleaner have just put Chrome back on their updater, I haven't seen it there for a while.

I wonder, if you accidentally miss it and it self installs, how much it slurps before you can uninstall it?

I have gotten used to FF and run it with a couple of plugins including Bluehell ad blocker one of the simplest I have come across.

I uninstalled Chrome from my wife's laptop, it took three goes before it would actually start the process and finally remove itself kicking and screaming all the way.

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Cassini captures pieces of Saturn’s rings

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Re: precise measurement of the length of the Saturnian day continues to elude us

No no no! 3:40pm is G'nT time whetting the appetite for tea time.

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Bonking a boulder

So lots of little boulders then?

I remember the excitement on The Sky At Night in the '90s before Cassini was launched, it promised so much of interest for science, and to tell us more about the system we live in.

20 years and still producing good science!

Once again, a probe has done so much more than could have been expected of it, beers all round for the team I think.

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The Reg chats to Ordnance Survey's chief data wrangler

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Top o' graphical

At minimum if they are going to go cloudy, they should stay away from any non UK host.

OS have set the standard for maps for literally centuries, by comparison nobody produces maps with such detail that are so clear to read.

When I lived in the States for a while I was surprised at how poor their maps are, Spanish maps are still not accurate and neither are French maps.

The Germans seem to make some decent maps though, perhaps cartography skills are in greater need for countries who like to put large numbers of troops in the right place.

I expect India and most of the more recent former colonies have similar map quality.

I still like to have a good map book in the car even when I have a laptop, tablet and a couple of phones with me and the missus. I can still read a map after it has had wine and food added to the picture, can't do that with a laptop.

I learned my map reading in Junior School atabout the age of 8 in geography classes, do they still teach stuff like that?

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US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

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Re: What REALLY worries me about this...

"What next, voluntary brainwashing parties ?"

My guess is Black & Decker could introduce 'Cordless prefrontal lobotomies' for staff, after all they have the tools for the job.

I bet there would be takers.

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In the Pearl River Delta's electronics souks, AI lets the haggling happen

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Chat

The Chinese Souk websites like DHgate, AliExpress, Gear Best, Mini in the Box etc use similar software for their chat features and to translate reviews when changing language on their sites. I use English and Spanish, when reading the reviews the translation is quite good and surprisingly accurate, even with colloquial terms.

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China crams spyware on phones in Muslim-majority province

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Re: Because: Security

My point AC, is that ploughing a truck through a crowd of pedestrians needs no organising or chat at all. How difficult would it be for a lone loony to bob a delivery truck driver, steal his truck and go to get his 73 virgins?

Lone actors or small groups of people actually TALKING to each other without a tech medium ( I know this is thinking outside the box for some people) in the privacy of their own home/garden/cafe etc, can plan anything without the authorities knowing a thing, so, no disappearing people there then.

Besides it doesn't need a truck in particular, a small car at speed is a lethal enough weapon, ask anyone still alive who has been hit by one.

You can have all of my liberty after I have been hit by a truck, until then Feck Off!

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Re: Because: Security

Safe from what though?

Ploughing a truck through a crowd doesn't really need internet communications does it? Just a chat in the street would be enough.

Like the restrictions on the sale of knives to minors and a ban on certain types of knife hasn't stopped people being stabbed.

We should ban bus stops, walking in the street, build super steel barriers between the road and pavement, discourage people from leaving their houses and watch and listen to every action of the population, then we'll all be safe.

No life or existence but safe.

In the '70s we had the Red Brigade, Bader Meinhoff and the IRA amongst others, I worked at the Daily Express for a while, the alarm used to go off at least a couple of times a week, sometimes for serious threats. We regarded it as a good time to go to the Wig and Pen in Fleet Street for a coffee or a pint, then back to work. I have been in several places where there were bomb threats and was a few minutes ahead of the Old Bailey bomb a couple of years earlier.

Was also one of the 1 in 4 squaddies given real bullets while on exercise in Northern Germany because a white 3 litre BMW with some Red Brigade types had been seen.

Clearly I survived all of that without the PTB eavesdropping on my every word and action, if they had the ability then to do it , it wouldn't have changed a thing because the bad boys would have just found alternatives to communicate with just as they will now.

If this is security theatre I won't be reserving a seat.

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Apollo center fundraiser: That's one small check from man, one giant leap for our peace of mind

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Back Lot

So it's not located in Hollywood?

I bet it will meet the target easily from people who believe in the moon landings but I meet more and more who believe the Made in Hollywood crap.

Mostly millenials.

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Fan of FBI cosplay? Enjoy freaking out your neighbors? Have we got the eBay auction for you

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Fun

You certainly could have some fun with a van like that, on the other hand there are people who could take you very seriously, extract you from the van and introduce you to the sport of extended freediving

With extra heavy flippers.

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The Italian Jobs: Bloke thrown in the cooler for touting Apple knockoffs

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Re: I hope...

€10,000 is the official limit in Europe but 5K will get you some attention if it is frequent and as little as little as 3K might get you on a list. That's why there are a lot of cars in Europe with loose head linings.

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Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

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Re: Chump change...

It may be chump change but it's nearly 5 grand a week per senator that Google has just spent influencing members of government. I still see lobbying as undemocratic as those with the greatest means are more likely to influence a greater number of senators.

The average citizen can't hope to get their needs and opinions across as well.

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Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

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Re: Key ring option?

Don't worry a little hatch pops open,releasing an inflatable homing pigeon, it will carry the wallet back to you so you can find your phone.

Now I'm being ridiculous but you started it by asking a stupid question.

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Re: Never mind the wallet...

I'm guessing 45 minutes is impressive, a hipster with an attention span as long as that is unusual. From what I hear most would be on instagram after 15 minutes max.

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Ironic

The video is desperately trying to portray a,walking hedge as cool, he forgets his wallet, he forgets his phone and his girlfriend feels the needto time him in bed.

Not cool bro, get a memory and read the kama sutra. Oh and learn to breathe through your ears.

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Re: Sublimated Ear and Gaseous Elbow.

I'm certain Gaseous Elbow is a German avant garde band. They record and playback cushion smashing and strangled stag beetles.

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Authorities go hard on coffee maker for stiff Viagra-powered brew

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There seems to be a rising use of unregulated stimulants, somebody needs a stiff talking to.

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'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops

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Hello gun

I'd like to introduce you to my foot!

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'Millions of IoT gizmos' wide open to hijackers after devs drop gSOAP

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Re: Of course it won't happen anytime soon

I would be interested to hear from a legal point of view whether or not 'duty of care' could apply to IoT software, where it may affect somebody' s safety or wellbeing. Wellbeing is a fairly open phrase and the hacking or failure of software could lead to injury or ill health.

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Re: EMP

The answer to EMP is Clacks, all ratings should be trained in semaphore, girl guides are, or at least they were when my sister was one.

All they would need is to keep enough wood to build a three story tower in the event of an EMP burst.

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Segway hoverboard hijack hack could make hipsters eat pavement

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I was wondering if there is an easy hack to download that will suddenly jam the brakes on without warning

on segways and hoverboards, traditional skateboards are lowtech and easy, a handful of gravel= almost instant street pizza.

Of course the ultimate irony would be dropping an anvil on one.

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John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

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While he's screwing Google

He may as well go after arsebook as well, at least as iniquitous as Google and possibly less ethical. I already have an MS telemetry blocker so a full set would be nice but it might end up being like having no internet.

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Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

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Re: Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city.

Hmm, I wonder what biotech would effectively eradicate lawyers?

Seems a lot of people have little to no idea what scientists actually do.

I bet they think all scientists wear white coats and thick bottle bottom glasses, speak with a fake German accent and occasionally invent things like flubber.

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UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

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Re: Conjours up the image ...

You are not suggesting an image with thigh length vinyl boots and a cat o nine tails are you?

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Physicists send supersonic shock waves rippling through a lab

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Re: not to be pedantic, but..

"Artist's impression of a shock wave"

I may need to see a psychologist but that impression looks like an enflamed sphincter to me.

What was the artist thinking?

I am still wrestling with sonic boom in space, shirley that means the source of the shock wave is moving faster than the wave front?

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Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

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Re: What if

Spliced and cloned, we could use Hawking's idea of microships to send them out to colonize the galaxy. It would be a very cool, laid back, chainsmoking galaxy that rocks.

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Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio

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I remember the North Sea pirates of the '60s, so much better than anything anyone else has ever put on air in the UK. When the Beeb/gov finally got them closed down and started Radio 1 it was all downhill from there on in. Capital and a couple of other stations were good in the beginning but the last time I listened to Capital radio in London it was 70% ads and pointless yak instead of good music.

Most pirate stations whatever their style and content have to be better than licenced stations in order to get listeners, usually they are operated and run by people who believe and are passionate in what they are doing rather than having a job in radio.

Some of my nephews were running garage stations in the '90s, good music and commentary while just staying ahead of the BoT.

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Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

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Now is the time

To get satellite swarms into the asteroid belt, try to get as many flag bearing micro sats to stick to asteroids. When technology gets to actually being able to mine anything up there,a lot of it will be owned.

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Luxembourg Ministry

Of economy based in Riga Latvia.

Now that's outsourcing.

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Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work

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Wildlife crime

Well oim buggered! Oiv'e never seen a badger do that!

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Truck spills slimy load all over Oregon road – drivers slip in eel slick

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Psychomagnotheric slime flow

Who you gonna call?

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Rules

It is a rule of mine never to eat anything that on first sight my instinct is to tread on it or flush it.

One of those 'foods' that looks as bad or worse going down as coming back up!

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

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Re: These are the people who are in charge

"In related matters"

That's why the IMF et al have us in a negative interest state nowadays.

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Re: Wait for it...

Here is proof that intelligence, education or the ability to construct a genuinely meaningful sentence are not requirements for politicians.

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

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Re: Other than human, non of our genes can be said to be of any pure race

Ac, that was exactly my point, we are all mongrels. A good, thing , the wider the gene pool the more opportunity for good outcomes rather than producing banjo players.

Apologies for my discrimination toward banjo players!

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Contrition

Only applies to people who get caught, Barker's willingness to comply with her sentence is only to avoid more trouble.

If she had not been outed she would still be discriminating against all who don't fit her idea of 'not foreign'.

Other than human, non of our genes can be said to be of any pure race, racism is not only a crime it is crass ignorance.

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