* Posts by Gordon Pryra

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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

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" leaving consumers baffled"

Which is the point, no?

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IBM's contractor crackdown continues: Survivors refusing pay cut have hours reduced

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The cuts are impacting morale

Well, no offense, but you have a choice.

As a contractor myself, I constantly get annoyed by listening to other contractors complain about pay/working conditions etc

In this case it seems that the IBM contractors see themselves as IBM staff, just on more cash than the full timers, tough go full time or deal with it.

We are NOT talking about the poor sods on zero hours contracts that are forced to become "self employed" but the upper levels where they don't seem to want to take the negatives along with the cash

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Google coughs up $5.5m to make recruiters 'screwed out of overtime pay' go away

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Ignoring the legalities

I find it amusing that its the recruitment agencies who didn't get paid overtime rather than the poor contractors they put in to do the actual work for once

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Uber sued after digging up medical records of woman raped by driver

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Re: Odd

"Why isn't he being extradited to India?"

That only works in reverse

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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No need for any of this

In fact these sorts of models are BAD ideas for the Human race.

All we will gain (once we understand what dark matter is) is the knowledge that WE are just a simulation.

At which point they will shut us down........

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Ta-ta, security: Bungling Tata devs leaked banks' code on public GitHub repo, says IT bloke

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The names of the affected clients have been withheld, for now

El Reg thinking of a making a little money here?

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Feeling old? Well, we're older than that: Newly found Homo sapiens jaw dates back 350k years

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If God had meant us to understand the universe

Well that depends on WHICH god you are talking about.

And then which VERSION of that God.

Once you have that part sorted, you can look at the various text revisions of their religious books

Then again, once it comes down to it, the only two gods who matter are the ones that the "piss eyed tango monster" worships and the alternative option given by ISIS.

You tend to find the Gods with the biggest standing army are the ones who get the billing as "the one true god"

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Re: Must be fake news

And well deserved at that!!

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Must be fake news

How can they be true?

After all, how can a human have a differently shaped head?

I have seen pictures of Adam and he looks normal!! (if a tad white)

Wont someone think of the sky fairy's?

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Obama's intel chief says Russia totally tried to swing it for Trump

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Re: Shit-for-brains

I agree with @smudge earlier, no matter my own views, this guy is about as trustworthy as the English Nigel Farage, who is also linked to the Russians?..

Obviously my own views are anti-trump and anti-brexit, so I am biased, but it seems like the Russians did a good job here, they have managed (or helped) to get a dangerous idiot into the White House who is hell bent on destroying American power across the globe and they have helped get the UK out of the EU weakening that body and strengthening Russia in the process.

Golf Claps all round I think

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The open source community is nasty and that's just the docs

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Re: If you can't stand the heat

"is that people who are dickheads online tend also to be dickheads in real life"

oh God yeah!!

BUT

Dickheads in real life tend not to get a soapbox they can stand on and shout their views.

For example, In real life I am a total dick head, but no-one would listen to my idiotic views on storage quotas, yet on a forum, I can shout and post loud enough and often enough that some sheep will believe I "might" know what I am talking about or even worse, take me seriously.

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Re: If you can't stand the heat

"People do indeed say all kinds of things online that they would not say in person."

Exactly.

The combinations of the following make any forum a cesspit

1) Anonymity

2) Pressing "post" before reading out loud what has been typed

3) Emotional link with the subject matter

4) General lack of social skills

5) lack of inhibitions that are present in a face to face interaction

6) Badly worded and written posts which reduces people understanding of points raised. This coupled with the use of English as the primary language but with non-English speaking people as the protagonists

Its normal to see two people fighting each other on a forum but sadly, they are both arguing for the same thing.

I am sure the "Hello Kitty" forums has the same levels of vitriol and bile as any Open Source forum

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personally experienced a negative interaction with another user in open source

This is entirely because "interaction with another user in open source" is almost 100% on a forum style medium.

The exact same results would be found with any online group, except you could maybe increase the h8 on a technical forum because techies generally don't get into these subjects because of their social skills.

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German court says 'Nein' on Facebook profile access request

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Re: The family has no rights under the law to look at their daughter's data.

Gordon mate

There is a 10 minute window where you can edit your post so you don't read like that 9 year old you mention.

In fact, on evidence, her written skills are considerably greater than yours.....

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The family has no rights under the law to look at their daughter's data.

As a father of a 9 year old I always assumed from that that the I (the guardian of the child) has more say in that child's privacy than the child did (at least until they reached 16 or 18).

After all its my job to protect that child until they are advanced enough to understand the shit eating fuckers that are out thee preying on them.

Facebook proof that there is a NEED for me to perform this role, but as they are rich and paid the right back hander in a brown paper bag to some German......

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China cyber-security law will keep citizens' data within the Great Firewall

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Pity this doesent apply to the English

All out information is shipped out from Gov.Uk to the Yanks weekly

Anything missed gets sold to the American data gathers like Google by the various UK organisations (NHS etc)

Lucky bloody Chinese!!!

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Elon to dump Trump over climate bump

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Re: Hmm,

na, hes just spent a weekend in Paris, he cant understand what all the fuss is about....

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Trump has a point

The weather in Paris is lovely right now

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht denied bid for new trial

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While we laugh at the arguments he made

It was worth him giving it a go, it is not like he has anything to loose :P

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Spacecraft spots possible signs of frozen water on the Moon

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Frozen water?

Or the mess the yanks left when they went up there?

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IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

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The consequences of refusing the pay cut are unclear.

Really?

And when its time to renew the contact, who gets the roll on? The one who accepted the cut or the one who said "Pfft My Rates are protected by my contract!!"

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EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

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What happens when the UK leaves?

Because, no offense, the quality of TV in Europe is pretty shit even WITH BBC's offerings in there.

I am not saying the American stuff is good, nor that the English make good TV just that the rest is dire.

Have fun with your increased regional offerings that you don't want to watch (which is probably why your viewing a streaming service in the first place....)

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Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal

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Alien

Exactly

And as my Alien Overlord, I both fear you and believe you over the current Uk.Gov

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'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

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Re: It's....

Yup Giant Star Moth +1

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Russian raids sweep up 20 malware scum

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group probably bought its tools on a Trojan-trading site

One thing that script kiddies fail to understand is that its pretty hard to actually stay anonymous the moment money begins to move about.

They should have spent some cash and got one of those special HSBC accounts.......

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Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales

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Re: Quick question

"I run about 20 - 25 miles a week "

I am sure I said "normal people"

You are obviously evil and must be stopped.....

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Quick question

Does anyone ANYWHERE know anyone "normal" who wears any of this crap?

Even out of all my sad friends with the combination of too much money and time on their hands along with a gym membership (that is actually used) I cant think of one who has wasted their time on a fitness-band.

"Smart watch"?

For a few weeks a year or so ago, it was cool, now its just painfully uncool to wear one

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Yahoo! human! rights! fund! called! a! sham!! $13m! of! $17m! wasted!

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Is this not the entire point to charities though?

Not that I am being cynical, but I have worked for multiple "charities" some of the big ones that you would recognize, and they just seem to be a business like any other.

Likewise, any profit making company pretending to have ANY charitable aims is just looking for advertising or (in this case) a way out of a court case. Any actual funds in a trust will OBVIOUSLY be used up in "admin" costs.

We know foundations like Big Gates etc are also a load of old toss, fantastic tax dodges but very little actually gets to the people claimed

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CERN ready to test an EVEN BIGGER gun

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So whats that? 3 or 4 years?

Till we either become a black hole or everything goes really weird and bubbly?

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Crooks can nick Brits' identities just by picking up the phone and lying

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Cifas is pushing education as a means to help call centre staff

Education?

Why not just pay them enough to give a monkeys in the first place.....

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Fake invoice scammers slurp $5bn+ from corp beancounters – FBI

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Re: Yes, it is illegal...

No,

It is not illegal to bill someone.

Even if its not for anything.

I have the same issues with Virgin media, charging me for a land line subscription for the last 4 years, yet not actually having the phone line physically connected into my phone socket at the house.

Turns out that it wasn't not illegal for them to bill me, the onus was on me to not pay the invoice.

But If you pretend to be someone else when asking for the cash, then I its fraud.

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Everyone who uses Facebook is being emotionally monitored.

Good write up there Simon, thanks for the good read Monday morning.

One point that is rarely raised is that the data that Facebook is using to monitor people is generally false.

People lie constantly on this platform.

For example, looking at my sisters page. It seems she has a blessed life with a lovely family and beautiful kids.

All total crap, a pretty front end to beat her "friends" from school.

I am not sure what use this is to a profiler, I can see the point when trying to fool a company to spam her with adverts for family holidays etc (not that there will be any return on their investment there)

Aside from the ability of Facebook to make money from hosting Torture/Murder/Rape and Extremist videos, I feel we believe them to have a lot more knowledge and control than they really do .

Whats the old adage? Crap in Crap out?

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

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Re: And all the students that get stuck with Windows S!

Yup

"it might be a good idea to use another application to export your PDFs"

Except where Microsoft wont let you install that other application :)

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Jeez, we'll do something about Facebook murder vids, moans Zuckerberg

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I really don't understand how Facebook is not blocked in the EU

The facts are quite clear. Their service is used to display content deemed both offensive and illegal to the public

Images and videos of Murder\Rape\Torture and Terrorism, all are hosted by facebook's servers

If I had a server that had offensive content publicly available , I would be in jail.

On top of this, facebook doesn't pay any tax or even have much in the way of staff headcount to mitigate against that..

Maybe we should not be looking at facebook, but at the bank accounts of those in our governments who are in the position to shut them down

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Unpaid tech contractor: 'I have to support my family. I have no money for medicines'

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Re: I lack sympathy, somewhat.

Lee, you are talking as if the vast majority of people have a real choice.

Ie that there are jobs for them to talk into if they choose not to work as a "contractor"

There are not

Thus there is no choice.

Contracting is fine for people like me, but then there is a world of difference between what I class contracting and what these people are being forced into

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Re: I lack sympathy, somewhat.

"this is your price to pay for that flexibility and freedom"

Flexibility and freedom??? Listen to the person who has no idea about the subject they are talking about.

I work alongside people who are "contractors" because they cant get any decent full time jobs.

They are FORCED to either become self employed or go through a payments company. the alternative is a lackluster job on close to the minimum wage for qualified technical work.

I don't see any flexibility and freedom for them, I don't see them earning enough to be able to handle a week without income let alone a month or 90 days. I do see them doing the shitty jobs and taking crap from managers that a "full time" employee wouldn't dream off.

Even people slightly higher up the tree who contract hate "bank holiday month"

They are the NORM when it comes to contracting (at least in the UK, I cant see if the person i am replying to is from here, to be honest, his wall of text and total lack of any empathy reads like the daily mail,so I guess he is)

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UK outsourcing market hits record levels

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This is where the lack of training and head hunting ethos has got companies.

It is not (just) about the ability of local gov to pass the buck when things go tits up, put simply, many companies do not have the skills or headcount to perform internal projects any more.

Up till now they have not really bothered to invest in their staff, preferring to take on someone already skilled to do a specific piece of work rather than train up a number of people to do the job for themselves.

I have worked in a number of companies on multiple occasions doing what is pretty simple stuff on more than one occasion for the same company.

Had they bothered to treat their own internal IT as less of a cost and more of a resource to be looked after, then they would never had to have gone to the expense of getting in contractors every few months.

Local government however, will never stop outsourcing. Its all about the blame game for them, projects are started with no real belief that they will succeed because the ACT of starting a project shows they are fulfilling their obligations, success is not required

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Last year's ICO fines would be 79 times higher under GDPR

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Pharmacy2U's fine of £130,000 would balloon to £4.4m – a significant proportion of its revenues and potentially enough to put it out of business.

They gave access to users information to some else.

Why should they NOT go out of business?

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FYI: You can blow Intel-powered broadband modems off the 'net with a 'trivial' packet stream

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Re: I spoke to Virgin

Yes

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I spoke to Virgin

And (as usual) I came away with the belief that if they did not only have BT as their competition, they would go out of business in 2 weeks. In fact, if Sky were no so pricey they could put Virgin out of the game (they wont because they are probably happy with the prices and dont want a price war)

I have asked Virgin about updates for the chipset on their superhub 3 and the "network specialist" told me to put it in modem mode and use my own router.....

Admittedly in the past I have taken the piss a bit, asking semi-trained help desk questions way outside of their levels of competence, but the response from Virgin is pathetic.

To first pretend that there is nothing wrong then to give false advise is hardly great business practice UNLESS you know your customers have no choice.

Sky understand how shit Virgin are, so their prices are ridiculous, BT are just shoddy offering sport for the idiots and "you can use now TV for the rest!!!"

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Re: Does anyone remember ...

That is because in the 80's they had not yet left the world of personal computers and entered the world of "new money for old rope"

Also they had not yet learnt that throwing a bag of cash at a "regulator" means they can do what they want.

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Expedia IT bod gets all-expenses-paid trip to prison after hacking execs' emails for profit

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"as the son of poor immigrants"

And this is relevant how?

El Reg isn't the Daily Mail or Fox News, sort your act out.

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Kremlin-backed DNC hackers going after French presidential hopeful Macron

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Whats the point to this story?

If Russia can annex a country in 2016, helped an Evil man get into a position of power in the States, are complicit in dumping Sarin on civilians in 2017 and get no more than a few "harsh words", what is the point in being bothered about them hacking a few European sites?

Its not like anyone is every going to do anything about it aside from bend over and take it.

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Swamp-draining Trump pushes ex-AT&T lobbyist to oversee AT&T mega-merger

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"Mexico will simply slap tariffs on their exports to us"

Yeah, coke will go up to $120 a gram

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HPC kids battle each other... oh, and tussle with the world's fastest supercomputer

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Mystery App?

It is obviously Crysis.

Which should answer the age old question once and for all!!

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Cloud students, pay attention! Exam plans promise fresh skills

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Pie in the Sky

Cool story bro!

And in the real world, companies don't train staff and when they do, its offset by them paying utter crap.

There will be no people to fill the "skills gap" because companies look for the following points when trying to hire full time staff (in the order shown below)

1) Cheap

2) Already qualified

Until employees pay wages to full time staff that do not amount to taking the piss, those with the skills (or the ability to give themselves the skills) will continue to be contractors and generally pay for their own certifications. No way i am working for peanuts when I cover the cost of my own certification

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30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

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Re: "home defence"

Yeah, but then again he DID shoot the guy in the back as he was running away.

Hardly self defense :P

(not saying he didn't deserve it, he did, just the wrong defense was used in court)

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Wish my brother worked for Government department

Who would advertise my product for free.......

"Who gave marketing agency access to super-sensitive address database?"

Put it this way, EVERY single one of my mates in the force have done searches on their daughters boyfriends.

So that is the general position of the police on using their data for personal use.

Hardly surprising that this Copper was given carte blanche to do whatever he wanted by the guys in IT who had the ability to pull the database for him.

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Quite ironic

A few years ago there were all sorts of screams about our browsing habits being sold off to to the highest bidder. I believe BT did a trial but were busted. Westminster police let them off the hook because "BT did not realize they were breaking any laws"

Fast forward 5 years and people have been told that targeted advertising is a BONUS to them, the installation of various operating systems even ask how they want their Adds targeted.....

As if it is a good thing.

As someone who has spent a fair amount of time playing the SEO game since the beginning, by experience is that the only people to MAKE money from the adverts is Google, the actual websites get very little unless they are the big boys, and the big boys are not looking at their websites to make them their cash.

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

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Re: Grr.

Obviously he wont.

He is worth to much money to the States, enough that a Judge was ordered to pass such a lenient sentence.

Unless you believe a Judge stupid enough to pass such a judgement would be able to get into the position of being a judge by accident.

Cases like this show just how much "justice" is in the courts. (both in the States and the UK, where suspect decisions have been made in the favor of the state rather than the victim)

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