* Posts by Gene Cash

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LG and Huawei unwrap their 'Galaxy-killers'

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LG has done away with all the buttons except the volume keys, and retains the power up / fingerprint sensor on the rear

So what does this mean? No power button at all? So you HAVE to use the fingerprint sensor?

The sensor on my 6P sucks. Also, this leaves you open in the US to having the cops demand you unlock your phone. That's another reason to not use it.

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Facebook scoffed at $500m damages. Now Oculus faces nerd goggles injunction

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Re: Why VR is doomed to be nothing more than a Niche within a Niche

makes the user look silly

I don't care when I'm sitting in my living room by myself, or playing some really fun video games with friends similarly attired.

When you're wearing VR, that goes away because you see your VR world, not yourself wearing the goggles.

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We want Waymo money from you! Uber sued for 'stealing self-driving car' blueprints from Alphabet

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So if all these secrets are so bad-ass, why doesn't Google have anything to show in the self-driving vehicle department? Why does Otto have a fully autonomous semi already and Google doesn't?

All I've ever seen from Google are stock PR photos of that one vaguely VW Beetle shaped thing sitting in a parking lot.

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MIT goes down to the wire: Brain cable pipes electricity, chemicals, light straight into minds

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Re: There's some cruel buggers out there

Thanks to animal experimentation, these protesters can protest for an average of 10-15 years more. Why is it that the people that didn't finish high-school biology think they know any better than anybody else?

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

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I'm paying

Several sites I use are now using Patreon for funding (e.g. spaceflight101.com)

I have no problem with this, and yes, I do feel guilty using ad blockers on such high quality sites as El Reg and Spaceflight 101. However, the ad malware issue and fact that the sites have little to no control over the ads is the biggest problem.

Several of the webcomics sites that I read frequently have had major problems with pro-Trump ads showing on decidedly anti-Trump sites. The site owners have had little luck getting this stopped, and this shows the lack of control. I'm sure if you're a much bigger ad customer you get more control, but still...

I've also recently started downloading YouTube videos since they've finally started sneaking ads past AdBlock. On the good side, this avoids the flaky HTML5 player, but on the bad side it means they get no hit for the video, and they live and die by the hit counts.

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HP Ink says ink sales are down but PC sales are up, up, up!

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Re: Harass your users... and they'll go elsewhere.

FYI, Epson do a bit where they count the number of cartridges used, then when it hits a limit they stop printing until "serviced"

I had this happen on 2 Epson printers until I discovered this fact.

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The last time El Reg covered IBM Domino we used a chisel

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Re: Loved Notes

It's sad when modern software is such complete and utter shite that Lotus Notes can be held up as a far better design (which is was)

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LOST IN SPAAAAAACE! SpaceX aborts Space Station podule berthing

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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This has been a policy since at least 2008

For once, Trump isn't at fault, as much of a dickhead as he is. It stems from the Ninth Circuit US v. Arnold decision: https://www.eff.org/cases/us-v-arnold in 2008

It's good that it's finally getting pushback even though it's REALLY FUCKING LATE.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/05/protecting-yourself-suspicionless-searches-while-t

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$350m! shaved! off! sale! price! as! Verizon! swallows! Yahoo!

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Re: Can we finally get rid of the bangs. Please

Yahoo is a joke that wore out over a decade ago...

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Beeps, roots and leaves: Car-controlling Android apps create theft risk

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Re: Yet again the issue is CHOICE

you do have the option to choose not to buy it

This means you've got to not only decide to buy a particular car, but then you've got to install the app and evaluate it, all under the usual stressful shitty conditions of buying a car. I don't see anyone who's not an IT expert succeeding in that.

Then you have to hope the manufacturer doesn't update the app so it becomes a useless floating turd. I've seen that happen too.

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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Old joke

https://twitter.com/pacohope/status/498786103441514496

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Dirty data, flogged cores: YES, Microsoft SQL Server R Services has its positives

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Yes, it'd use a lot less memory if you didn't have to say "matey" at the end of every line of code...

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Reg tours submarine cable survey ship
'Geo Resolution'

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Dammit. Now I'm going to "hear" every El Reg article in Simon's rather distinctive accent. (not that that's a bad thing, he's got a good speaking voice. Far better than my horrible mouse squeak.)

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Re: Very interesting - slight "but"

Blocking jwpcdn.com gets you a link you can simply click.Their javascript or whatever made my browser crash 50% of the time I clicked it.

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

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Too many features dropped

It's not speed. I have a full-SSD 8-core 32GB watercooled beast machine that pops up Firefox in an instant.

It's the fact the Firefox "developers" can't be bothered to worry about the user experience and do what they please.

I dealt with being forced to use tabs, I dealt with being forced to use javascript. I dealt with Australis. I dealt with the activity indicator disappearing, I dealt with random hangs and crashes. I dealt with a whole bunch of stuff.

Then in v44 they removed individual cookie control, the little dialog where you could say accept/block for a new cookie. That was the breaking point for me.

Others may have different breaking points, but I've reached mine. I now consider Firefox to be the disabled great-grandfather with Alzheimer's that can't even breathe on his own any more. I've pulled the plug and gone to Pale Moon.

I do use Mobile Firefox because it's the least evil browser for Android. That's not a very high bar. I wouldn't miss it if it disappeared as well.

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Inside Confide, the chat app 'secretly used by Trump aides': OpenPGP, OpenSSL, and more

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Can ya vague that up a little for me?

Kenn White, a security researcher and OpenSSL auditor, simply described the software as: "Awful."

Well, he's a complete waste of oxygen then, isn't he? He can't give any worse criticism than that?

Wait, what's your auditor's opinion of OpenSSL? "It sucks!" Thank you for the constructive remarks!

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No crypto backdoors, more immigration ... says Republican head of House Committee on Homeland Security

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Re: Knock, Knock. American here.

Nope. *I* voted for Trump.

I watched Congress fight Obama every step of the way for 8 years. He'd say "the sky is blue" and they'd jump up and down and scream "NO! IT'S GREEN!"

He was willing compromise and deal, and hit nothing but a brick wall. Nobody was willing to work together for the good of the nation. Literally the only action Congress took was to block the President.

I figured "Hey, you want to gum up government? You want to waste time and money? You want to see the country go down the drain? You want to see political bullshit and infighting? Sure! I'll vote for TRUMP. F*CK you all!"

I saw Hillary as another 4-8 years of wasted time trying to deal with these idiots. She'd try the same avenue of compromise and dealing to no avail.

I figured Trump was the best way to sow chaos and pain and sorrow, and hey, I was right!

Now Congress is in just as much pain as the rest of the nation.

I'm just sitting back and eating the popcorn.

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Vinyl, filofaxes – why not us too, pleads Nokia

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Re: Another Nokia mis-step

I'd buy one, just for the pleasure of taking it thru US customs. Let's see the TSA idiots try to squeeze information out of that. Or even figure out how to operate it...

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Explain! yourself! US! senators! yell! at! Yahoo!

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Re: Block the takeover....

Nah, if you block the takeover, Yahoo! gets to avoid responsibility. They get to say "poor us! The Man beat us down" instead of having to face the consequences of their "security" by either getting a lower price or having Verizon walk away.

I do want to see them take a beating. It encourages the others.

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Linus Torvalds decides world doesn't need a new Linux today

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Re: Thanks, so-called Linus

Apparently this is a Denial-of-Linux attack. Where's the nuc-uu-lar cyber warfare button?

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Samsung's Chromebook Pro: Overpriced vanilla PC with a stylus. 'Wow'

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Nope

I'm still waiting for the laptop with 3 screens...

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Google has a canary problem: One clocked off and crocked its cloud

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Ahhhh, seeing the good 'ol "This can't happen!" assertion. Fun times.

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Last Concorde completes last journey, at maybe Mach 0.02

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Remember when the Moon program involved thousands of companies, who were proud enough of their products and work to place newspaper & magazine ads saying nothing more than "we're part of the space program"?

Remember when supersonic transport was a chance to show how smart we were, that we could make a large plane go that fast for that long and that far?

Remember how both programs spawned lots of side benefits, including the integrated circuit, and programming as an actual discipline?

Remember when people gave a shit?

On the other hand, G-BOAF apparently flew for just short of 25 years. That's a bit longer than I thought.

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Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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I used to use HERE maps, as it worked offline before Google Maps had an official offline system.

I got tired of the cartoon interface and general lack of important detail.

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Re: google maps and streetview are so out of date

> Did you report this to Google to see if they would fix it?

I've tried reporting map inaccuracies 9 times. 5 times it was rejected out of hand, no reason given. 4 times they asked for "proof" - They apparently didn't consider (for example) a picture of the business being bulldozed as proof it was permanently closed. Or a picture of an official "road closed" sign including the name of the road.

So now I've pulled a 180 and give bullshit answers to their stupid "local expert" questions that pop up all the time now.

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Hacker: I made 160,000 printers spew out ASCII art around the world

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"hadn't contacted Xerox"

As the earlier poster mentions, it's not just Xerox. I wonder how many manufacturers are affected?

Considering my prior experiences with Zebra, Xerox, Epson, and Lexmark... if he's *lucky* they'll just tell him to f*ck off.

If they're on their usual behavior, they'll send all of the lawyers over.

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Parents have no idea when kidz txt m8s 'KMS' or '99'

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Or dealt with "September" on USENET...

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Randall never sleeps https://xkcd.com/166/

OTOH, you need to learn what it does mean, so you can figure out the worst misuse...

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Tails Linux farewells 32-bit processors with imminent version 3.0

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Re: Sad to lose old hardware

I upgraded my Debian Testing desktop a while back from 32 to 64, for KSP, and it was amazingly painless. I used http://www.ewan.cc/?q=node/90 for the process. So there is an upgrade path.

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Thought your data was safe outside America after the Microsoft ruling? Think again

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Unhappy

WOW

Never thought I'd see the day where Microsoft fought for user privacy and Google just rolled over and took it. Dang. They're not appealing? At all? Seriously?

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Fears Windows code-signing changes will screw up QA process

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QA?

On a WINDOWS product? When did they start doing that?

Seriously though, put the USB key in the signing machine and be done with it. You know that's what's going to happen.

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Tablets become feebleslabs as sales spiral down

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Complete shit marketing

Have you ever tried finding specs on an Android tablet? Unlike Apple, that put all the specs right there, you're left guessing does it support cell data? What version OS? How big is the battery? How much storage does it have? Does it have removable storage (SD card)? How big is the screen? Does it have more than one USB port by any chance?

And yes, even the basics of how big is the screen/battery/RAM are usually completely omitted to leave room for more pretty pictures.

I've wanted a tablet that has cell so I can use Google Maps/Nav on a decent size screen, but I can't find one.

I don't use a normal GPS because TomTom, Garmin, et al outdated maps and crap UIs can suck my 8 inch non-dairy creamer, plus I have not found a GPS screen significantly larger than my Nexus 6P.

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Oculus gift: VR biz to cough up half a billion dollars for ripping off software copyright

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Re: Bit Steep

everyone interested in the gimmick have bought their toy

Actually no, I haven't bought mine. I'm waiting for the 2nd generation. Plus actually I am broke, and can't afford the headset plus the graphics card it would need.

I'm conflicted. On one hand I love seeing Facebook forking out the money. On the other, I kind of think this verdict is BS, and the award amount is ludicrous.

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Broadband internet in New York is so garbage, the state's suing Charter

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Re: A megacorp lied? GASP!

Nope, in case you didn't actually read the article, this isn't the Feds. This is the state att'y general, and they're usually trying to be upwardly mobile, hungry and willing to grab scalps to show off for political purposes. They actually do get things accomplished.

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Re: PSA: Buy your own modem and avoid their horrible one

No, modem rentals are NOT free, as I just switched to my own modem/router myself 2 months ago, and am saving $10/mo

I have Brighthouse/TimeWarner/Spectrum (or whateverthef*ck they're called this week) in Florida

Going from their crap to an Arris SB6141 modem & Linksys WRT1200AC with openWRT installed was simply eyewatering.

I did have trouble getting the standard package without the stupid pricing, but I kept hammering the salesperson with "now this isn't going to change in 12 months, right?!?" until they stopped going "erm, yes, it will"

I switched from AT&T about 6 months ago.

I'm on the 25mb/sec package and I have no problem with YouTube.

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Twin brothers. One went into space. The other didn't. NASA reveals how their bodies differ

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And I'm sure they've never switched who shaves just to mess with people... Nope. Not ever.

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Re: Other interesting areas for this are

Also important are vision changes. Astronauts are having pretty bad vision loss that sometimes doesn't recover after landing.

They've sort of found the cerebrospinal fluid amount increases ('cuz zero-g) and presses the eyeball out-of-round. Kinda sorta. It's mostly a "best guess" at the moment. It's a pretty hot topic of course, and they're doing all sorts of tests to confirm/refute/etc but most of the important eye test equipment they want to use is 1000lbs and works only in 1g :-( so they're having to wing it.

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Parliamentary Trump-off? Pro-Donald petition passes 100k signatures

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Let him visit

Can ya keep him?? I'll pay extra!!

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Google's Chrome is about to get rather in-your-face about HTTPS

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Google too much in my face

Google has also made Chrome DRM (Widevine) mandatory, so they can go rot along with Firefox. I endured Mozilla screwing with the UI for years, until they removed the ability in 44 to manage per-site cookie permissions (aka "ask every time")

http://boingboing.net/2017/01/30/google-quietly-makes-optiona.html

Thanks to the other El Reg commenters for sending me to Pale Moon.

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Don't worry, America: Elon Musk says he'll have a word with Trump

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Re: For good or ill...

Thanks for that Scott Adams link. Very interesting read. Made me think a bit.

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Corn-based diet turns French hamsters into baby eating cannibals

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Mythbusters

One of the big questions Adam Savage gets at cons is "are there MB episodes you couldn't air?"

The strangest such episode was "is the cardboard box more nutritious than the cereal inside it?"

So they fed cardboard to mice, and came in one day to find one very fat mouse, and various pieces of ex-mice.

The lawyers and censors obviously put a stop to things.

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> Except in the gas tank

On the good side, on the first of last year, Florida made it legal to sell hippie-free gas again. It's hard to find but at least main chains like RaceTrac and Wawa are selling it.

And yes, that's one of the reasons I voted for Trump. I hope he puts some sort of lid on the EPA.

The EPA recently tried saying race cars & bikes are illegal because of their emissions. Fortunately, Congress put a stop to that.

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NASA honors Apollo 1 crew 50 years after deadly launchpad fire

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We really were hurt by the loss of Gus Grissom. He was Slayton's pick for First Man on the Moon, and he had a much better and more outgoing personality than Armstrong.

So we ended up with a guy that essentially disappeared after his historic event, instead of one that would have talked the program up and possibly helped it continue.

Also, if we'd known about Valentin Bondarenko, perhaps we would have taken more care. Maybe not.

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Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks

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IT Angle

What a arsehole website scotchwhisky.com is... First they hit you with the stupid "WHAT IS YOUR EMAIL?" popup that seems to be the rage now, so you disable JS for them and then none of the images load.

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I've got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the API key

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Just what you need 3-4 ton vehicle with a giant multi-line plow strapped on the back going doolally

Well then, I guess you're one of those city slickers proud of his ignorance of technical things then.

Out in the country, taking a "3-4 ton vehicle" 40 miles to the garage is rather an expensive and time-consuming undertaking.

Some of the what the John Deere copyright crap prevents is as simple as replacing belts. Some of the computers need to be told they have a new belt so they can calibrate variable-width pulleys and such.

But you wouldn't know about such technical things, would you?

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Re: Whats the point of an autonomous tractor?

the real problem which is a human population that is way too large for this planet right now?

I think the "whizz kids" already worked out ICBMs, smart munitions, drones, and battlefield nukes a LONG time ago...

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Linux nasty kicks weak, hacked gadgets when they're already down

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Can we vague that up a little?

It seems the drweb.com link is slashdotted ElReg-ed, so can someone expand on "network devices running Linux"?

Are these desktops? IoT? Raspberry Pis? Routers running OpenWRT?

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AI eggheads: Our cancer-spotting code rivals dermatologists

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Re: Based on images alone

American doctors just tell you that you can't afford the surgery.

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UK ISPs may be handed cock-blocking powers

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I like that you were nice enough to use the pic of Alistair Dabbs as the header image...

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