* Posts by Gordon Pryra

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Fake news ‘as a service’ booming among cybercrooks

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Talking up products o make them seem more attractive

Is not a crime.

Its also called advertising.

Buying and selling to massage markets is being done on a daily basis by the banks, yet none ever gets accused of being a criminal (even when destroying the worlds economy or being court transferring money for Dictators and drug cartels)

Why therefore describe smaller practitioners of this "pump and dump" system as "aspiring criminals" when they are just doing the same as the other shit sucking leeches in our economy....

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Splitting off Google Shopping wouldn't fix the pay-to-play problem

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Still not sure how Google is at fault.

People go to google.com or whatever and receive a list of results from a search.

The website is owned by Google and they provide the indexing services that return the results.

Foundem or whatever are complaining that they are not appearing in the list? Then maybe they should make foundem.com and run their own search engine in order to level the playing field?

Every time i see a company complaining about Google dominance I take a look at that company's website/service and its generally crap.

I CHOOSE to go to Google because their service is good, I don't go to bing etc

Should Google therefore be penalised in order to force me to go to bing? (or whatever shitty search engine is trying to take some of the advertising revenue out there?)

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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Hmmm Galadriel's Breasts

Because you know it will be commissioned by a group of executives who will take what has made loads of cash before and transpose the LoTR storytelling over the top of it.

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'Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we've ever seen in the history of humanity'

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Living in a buble

"in the history of humanity"

This makes it sound like its actually important. What the guy ACTUALLY meant is

"will take a few days work to sort things out if we move"

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Hackers nip into celeb plastic surgery clinic, tuck away 'terabytes'

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terabytes?

So a physical download then, unless their network boys have been asleep for a few days....

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Pssst... wanna participate in a Google DeepMind AI pilot? Be careful

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Anonymisation of data?

That is the same as talking the names of a list of finger print records and then giving them to the company that holds the database for fingerprints

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British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey

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UK ISP are uniformly terrible.

The service they offer their customers is appealing and their MO is "Don't like it, then you know what to do, but you will find the opposition just as shit"

Generally the moment you need to call the service desk, then you may as well look at cancelling your direct debits before they take any more cash.

The best answer when dealing with their customer support on them calling you about lack of payment is "you can answer in Court why you feel this payment is due, because I certainly didn't receive the service"

From Talk Talk selling a 1Mb line to my parents for £60 a month

to BT Charging me for my old house for 6 months (as well as my new house) then cutting off the new connection and trying to charge me to reconnect it

to Virgin selling their "Gamer Package" for £150-200 a month complete with hardware that actually means a gamer would have received a better experience using their phone as a mobile hot spot...

EVERY one of the top ISPs has had their customer service lie to me on the phone regarding the service at some point, from straight out technobabble when they don't want to tell me they have oversubscribed the services in my area to downright lies regarding anything from packet shaping to shit modems

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Google's $8.5m class-action privacy payout goes to: Lawyers' alma maters, web giant's pals

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Pathetic

Both the subject of this story and the fact that a company that effectively sold peoples credit card details to 3rd party's did not actually get anything more than a telling off. (8 million $ to Google?)

Directors are responsible and should get the same jail terms as anyone else caught selling credit card details.

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Disbanding your security team may not be an entirely dumb idea

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Scholtz

Head of the The National Outsourcing Association........

actually hes not but I thought it sounded like he may well be : )

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Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your 'smart' home

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"There are a number of possible defenses"

its a tad late, and if people are now talking about it, it means that the NSA will have a fully working system already running.

Sooooo on past performance, give it a week and they will have given the tools to the enemy and will be blaming North Korea for mapping your movements some time soon

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Facebook won't change React.js license despite Apache developer pain

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we've become a larger target for meritless patent litigation

For a moment I thought this was a quote from Apple, must be boiler plate fluff on the templates given out to multinationals.

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Daily Stormer booted off internet again, this time by Namecheap

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sought a legal perspective...

Which is probably the actual reason. After all, most of the content can easily be argued to be illegal, with few people willing to defend it (few people with a brain or career that is)

These kind of hosting companies really on get away with it on the sufferance of their Governments, go to close to the bone and they may go far enough to force the daily mails of the world to start shouting, which leads to legislation.

I don't know,I may be doing the CEO of this company a disservice, but he doesn't seem to give a rats arse for the content on the other sites that give him money.

Then again, this reads like I am against the service he provides, I am not, and I am fully aware that the West is as highly censored as China in many aspects, its just we don't want to see it.

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Cloudflare: We dumped Daily Stormer not because they're Nazis but because they said we love Nazis

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Re: @Old Englishman

I think you need to reread his post, he is talking about Cloudfare not the american Nazis.

All we see in the UK of the American Constitution is that it allows twats in stupid hats to wave Swastikas around and get away with it.

Hardly "free speech" more like legally allowed fascism, perpetrated by morons who forgot to take the Nazi idea of "bad guys wear the cool uniforms" and replaced it with the dicks in their pointy hats looking like tools.

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As @Adam 52 says, this has probably killed off Cloudflare, or at least seriously harmed their rep with their customers.

I understand why they had to do it, but then again, they always knew what the content was, so to take protection away now is obliviously to save face.

People making money from being "neutral" are often the worst kind of parasite, acting as enablers of the stuff they pretend to not having anything to do with.

The hypocrisy of claiming they protect free speech (for a cost) but then pulling the rug from under the Nazis when things get hot is a bit sad.

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NotPetya ransomware attack cost us $300m – shipping giant Maersk

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He says he learned that there was nothing that could have been done to stop the attack

Who the hell is he listening to in his IT department?

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Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

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Brexit

= jobs for the boys!

Even if the majority of the new jobs in Brexit land will be a pile of absolute steaming shitcake...

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Bank IT fella accused of masterminding multimillion-dollar insider-trading scam

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Got to admit he did a good job though

Least he spread the wealth around a bit :)

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UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents' mugshots

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But think of the children!!

Nothing to hide then nothing to fear!!1

etc etc

Or the reality,

You CANNOT trust any .Gov department or organisation (NHS is a good example) with your data. From staff within the organisations making personal use of the data to it being given out to anyone (people getting databases of gun owners for their own personal use? Handing over medical records to Google?)

How about some more uncomfortable truth, the lack of protection for this data. Contractors walking around with clinical data on USB sticks, laptops not being correctly encrypted (or just not encrypted) to workstations and servers not being patched and running Windows Xp........

On top of that, as was mentioned in the article about mission creep. If the data is there, it WILL be mined and used in ways never thought possible even 5 years ago

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How to build your own DIY makeshift levitation machine at home

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None of this is levitation

What you need is a ton of brown rice, a nice empty cave up a mountain and an old bed sheet.

And 50 odd years practice......

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Waymo fleshes out self-driving car tech with hardware that goes soft at first sign of trouble

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Sorry forget that, stupid patents are the norm in the states...

Which sadly get held up once someone goes to all the trouble of actually solving the problem.

Shit system

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Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

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Howash!!

Companies are starting to not want to pay for documentation or training of service desk staff.

No way they will pay for anything that costs more than the low-skilled wage drones.

And any automated system WILL cost more to buy, implement and support than a few humans

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Nosey ex-NHS staffer slapped with fine for illegally peeking at medical records

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Re: £1,745?

Out of which only 65 quid went to the victim. The other 28 people whose records they think she peeked at were not given anything?

I am assuming that I can make quite a bit more than £1750 from some highly targeted data slurp

Its hardy going to stop people doing it.....

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GoDaddy gives white supremacist site its marching orders after Charlottesville slur

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Looks like the Russian investment is paying off

Good old Trump.

Dunno what his day rate is to Rus.Gov, but hes worth every bit of it.

Hes managed to turn America from a word power with some respect into "Western Korea"

gg

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OpenAI bot bursts into the ring, humiliates top Dota 2 pro gamer in 'scary' one-on-one bout

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Hardly the same as beating a human at chess or Go

Its hardly the same achievement as beating a human at chess or Go

A large component of DOTA is reflexes with the IO. Hand eye coordination and mouse/keyboard control.

Something the AI does not have to worry about.

I am surprised that players were able to beat the AI in the end. Badly written AI obviously

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Kremlin's hackers 'wield stolen NSA exploit to spy on hotel guests in Europe, Mid East'

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Is it worth a freedom of information request

To discover the ratio of successful hacks resulting from tools created/documented by our law enforcement agencies?

Maybe compare that list with the amount of attacks BLAMED on N Korea/Russia/"Anyone else not us" against government organisations who had not patched servers/workstations

For additional mathematical fun, maybe the % of organisations hit by tools created by our "defenders" with servers/workstations NOT patched but where budget had been provided to patch them in the past.

Final question would be how many servers/workstations that have had MULTIPLE budgets to pay for patching have been hit by viruses written by our own governments because they were not patched.....

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Intel Pumageddon: Broadband chip bug haunts Chipzilla's past, present and future

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Virgin users are screwed

Supplying your own router wont make a difference

The issue is the modem in the superhub

So before the interwebs gets to your router it gets slowed down by the system performing the various tasks using software rather than the hardware controls

Virgin don't give a shit because you can either take it or go to the competition. users who realise they are being shafted are a tiny % of their user-base.

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Manchester firm shut down for pretending to be Google

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The lads from Lagos..

Sadly the average person still has zero idea what is and what isn't "the internet"

The scams are many and followed through relentlessly, even going to the point where people get telephone calls from "bailiffs"

Whats obvious to you is far from obvious to some bricks and mortar company who have their website up to provide confirmation of their location and a little bit of free advertising from the organic listings.

These people are fair game to the sharks.

This company will just be wound up and the directors will walk away with the profits they have already stripped.

They will just start again under a new name

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CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

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Fucking Heresy

That is all I have to say on this.......

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WannaCry-slayer Marcus Hutchins 'built Kronos banking trojan' – FBI

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Re: Apparently he does other thing for a living as well.

" I'll carry on wondering why someone with that high a profile would go anywhere near the US if he actually the author of a banking trojan."

Hes only 20 odd, still immortal...

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Trump-backed RAISE Act decoded: Points-based immigration, green cards slashed

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"Sacred bonds of trust between America and its citizens"

You know they are just taking the piss when they being out this sort of crap.

Did he keep a straight face when he said it?

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Game of Pwns: Hackers invade HBO, 'leak Game of Thrones script'

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The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening

As if this is in any way important.

Was there nothing better these 12 year olds could turn their l33t hAx04 skills towards?

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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

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More than £20m is being funnelled into projects

In an industry with a yearly turnover of £70 odd billion?

Taking it seriously then.....

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Apple removes VPN apps in China as Russia's Putin puts in the boot with VPN banlaw

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Re: What's it like to live in a country wth no free speech?

How is this gem by @Roj Blake not +600?

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Fair amount of satire in @Velves post there I believe..

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Brace yourselves, Virgin Media prices are going up AGAIN, people

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Same as all ISPs

OffCom do nothing, they never really have done their job description. Then again, the entire MO of al ISPs is to scam the customer, so OffCom are in a hard place considering ALL the people they are overseeing are scammers.

Things are Ok while they are Ok, but if you have any problems and your only option is to dump them to go elsewhere.

That is the Telco business model, they really don't care about complaints, they expect 50% customer attrition

But they then expect the numbers to be returned from customers leaving their competitors

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Cassini captures pieces of Saturn’s rings

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

NASA need to take a leaf out of the "English rules of Empire"

A day on Saturn is therefore the same as a day in England

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China crams spyware on phones in Muslim-majority province

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El Reg playing a dangerous game here

After all, the conclusion to Brexit means china will be one of our main trading partners.

Which means rather than being the 51st State we will probably just be classed as a Province.

Be ready for the knock at the door if you ever come to the UK Kierian

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systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

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Re: And this is why Linux will NEVER be a useable desktop OS

@AJ MacLeod

Maybe

But still, 99% of the desktop user-base will scream in fear and run if confronted with actually having to read an error message rather than click next next next (then phone their son to do the final next click for them)

Bring back our hobbyist overlords I say (or at least one who understands what a UI should entail)

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And this is why Linux will NEVER be a useable desktop OS

Yeah there are bugs, but its how easily the user can get a machine that lets him send an email when he runs into a bug.

Can you imagine an actual user in the real world doing this? or even understanding what this is telling him to do? And this is already sanitized for general consumption.

"If you're affected by this DNS problem, rebuild Systemd without libidn2, stop using Systemd as your resolver if possible, apply this temporary patch – or better yet, wait for libidn2 to be fixed to cope with underscores."

Linux is becoming MORE like a hobbyist OS than ever before

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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

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Re: Office of Fair trading?

The key phrase here is "standards agreed by contract"

If BT can sell copper and call it fiber and ALL ISPs were able to sell "up to x MB" while giving you a fraction of the amount. Or the famous "fair use policy"

then I am sure that Virgin can give you any old pile of crap and be covered legally.

OffCom on the other hand are supposed to be covering these sort of rouge organisations with an aim to protecting the consumer from bad customer service which they all seem tomake their business model.

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Re: Can't say I've seen a problem with my SH3

Which shows you have no idea of what the actual issue is.

When the modem is stressed, control switches from hardware to software.

result is massive swings in latency and disconnection.

Ironic considering that this is on the top of the range router sold to gamers as the best they can get.

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Wheres offcom?

Virgin are constantly lying to their customers as a matter of company policy. This is almost beyond doubt.

When their support is spoken to about this issue, and its a BIG issue, we are fobbed off with the normal excuses and attempts to blame the customer.

last week I was told to let them reset my modem and the "PROBLEM WOULD GO AWAY" This was after the "support" remoted onto my machine and looked at my network card settings. Did a visual check of my network adapter which is called "wireless", then told me they had found a problem and fixed it.

No offense, but my actual network card is a wired connection, I renamed the second adapter "Wireless" when I was making a screen shot to explain something else in some documentation. "Wireless" is also a wired NIC

NB : For those without the problem, when the router goes over to software, its not always seamless, and can result in a total disconnect for 30 seconds.

So not only ping rates going through the roof (over 500 in games that bother to count that high) , but total disconnects.

All this from a £150 a month service.

Virgin customer Gordon Pryra totally fucked off with Offcom for allowing Virgin to act in this way

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UK uni warns students of phishers trying to nick their tuition fees

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it's thought the website was spammed out via email to these foreign students

Why is not made of the fact that somehow these people got a list of these foreign students details?

Or have I read this wrong?

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Yeah, WannaCry hit Windows, but what about the WannaCry of apps?

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As the author points out

It doesn't matter how long the support is for if none can be arsed to make use of it.

Easier to say "it was the Koreans" than say "we are managed so badly we sit around the table and laugh about it rather than patch anything"

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Nutanix CEO smacks down VMware exec over claim it's a new Enron

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Re: Fucking children.

I BLAME IT ON THE PARENTS!!

They are only going by the example of their President, how can they be expected to behave when the bar is set so low for Americans?

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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

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Re: A (not so Swiftian) modest proposal.

I was going to say that the Amazon is a geographical location, letting a company own it because they are rich is terrible precedent to make,

BUT

barbara.hudson made a fantastic point about the advertising and the ability to block spam. Not that any company would keep to that law for more than 30 seconds, but we can dream

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

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Is it possible to get a list of the IoT "Shower Heads" out there?

Just for research purposes obviously....

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Disneyland to become wretched hive of scum and villainy

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"Al the bars have one band playing exactly the same tune over and over again"

That would be magaluf then

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Hope Disney is on the same page as me

We ARE talking naked, green alien space babe dancers here aren't we?

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Is this the ONLY benefit to Brexit that Gov.Uk can come up with?

Really?

All these ministers trying to think of a single benefit from Brexit that isn't "no more Wogs!" and this is all they could come up with?

Get behind Brexit and you can Vape at work!!1

Saddens me that this will work, maybe even the kids who voted for Labor and their "free magic unicorns for everyone" will get behind the Gov for this promise!!

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