* Posts by Khaptain

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Forget the internet: Americans still glued to TV sets in 2012

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Subservient

How to keep a nation subservient, on a very large scale............

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Bendy screens are the future, screams maker of bendy screens

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Multi Bendy Page Animations

If someone glued several of these bendy pages into some kind of Hardback/softback binder we could flip the pages over and make some clever little animations......

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Sculpted 66-pound jubs survive lightning blast, 26ft drop

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Forget the mammaries

Why is there a "big" lizard at the statue base ?

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Google turns off Chinese censorship alert service

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Baidu for the expats

Since Google is heavily restricted what do the expats use when in China? I tried Baidu this morning but it does not appear to have any non Chinese languages available.

Can the Chinese use proxies to bypass the Great Firewall?

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USB 3.0 speed to DOUBLE in 2013

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Firmware

I presume that this means that all existing Firmwares will require updating.

At least with a cable it is a simple matter or replacing the cable, with Firmware there's always a lot of "crossed fingers" involved..

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Dad hires online assassins to slay game-obsessed son

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Lucky it was only war games

I can't imagine what would have happened if he had been addicted to porn ................ He might not have been able to sit down for weeks.

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Minicam movie pirate gets record-breaking five years in prison

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And what about the bankers

The current financial crisis has ensured that thousands of people have lost their homes, their jobs have been taken any hope that they had of living a reasonably comfortable life has been completely destroyed. In this day and age it is almost the equivalant of having your death warrant signed.

Those that created and profited from this situation have lined their pockets, bankers, wall street traders, insurance companies etc and strangely enough none of them go to jail. Ok one or two puppet figures got slapped.

And yet for some strange reason the powers that be decide to put someone into jail for 5 years for a crime for which no one will ever suffer. Although it might actually mean that one of the film studios bosses next yacht might only be 28m instead of 30m long.

Justice seems to have lost all meaning.

Society is pushing itself towards the edge of a very nasty situation. I just hope that I can avoid getting caught up in the backlash...

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Victory on mobile belongs to Google in 2013

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Re: Doesn't the winner in business makes the most money?

That all depends on the duration. Lots of money one week, nothing the next, does not a winner make.

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Browser makers rush to block fake Google.com security cert

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How to verify the trustworthy.

Mistakenly issued ?

How does a Cert Issuer "mistakenly" issue wrong certificates ? The process is usually a pain and it would be surprising that they managed to make this kind of mistake unless it was intentional ( thinking extra dollars here)... Not what we can consider as being a very "trustworthy" organization.

But then again how do we know that Verisign ( cough Symantec) et al haven't made the same "mistakes" too.

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Traffic app Waze 'turned down Apple's $400m, wants $750m' - report

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TomTom

Wouldn't it make more sense for Apple just to buy TomTom ? I am sure that the patents cover a lot more than just the IP.

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Google WON'T ink consent decree with FTC on search - reports

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Badboy question

Is it technically possible to prohibit "Google + Services" from the Interwebs ? and I don't just mean at the local Firewall level.

Google have an emormous monopoly, the money to do as they please and far too much power.... Are any of the goverments really capable of "banning" them in order to punish them for their Badboy attitudes ?

It's actually becoming difficult to imagine the web without Google.

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Tiny Brit island stranded after £10m undersea fibre plea sunk

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Re: That .sh domain should be good for something

Wow, is that an anagram of Rib.Shit

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Aw grandad, I asked for an iPad and you got me an iPod

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This christmas I got sweet f*** all

Guess what I survived ¨¨¨¨

I didn't give or receive presents, instead I went on holiday. Best Christmas I have ever had.

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Tibetan monks lose their TVs as China's censors raid monasteries

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Re: My karma just ran over my dogma

<quote>What is your problem, have you been forced to believe in every word in the (will not use that word) Bible by some bully. If so, welcome into the world of those who are cured and not deeply injured.</quote>

Lol, quite the opposite actually, I have been fortunate enough to having lived and worked in several different countries with several different religious groups.

I have no religious beliefs other than that of beleiving in oneself.( not a religion more of a survival thing really - could be a little akin to Budhism though). In each of the countries in which I lived I was the "outsider", and as such I have no more sympathy for those of the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Orthodox or Mormon faiths. ( I havent had the opportunity to visit India, China or Japan yet so I cant comment on Hindus,Taoist or Maoist) .

I discovered quite quickly the patterns and arguements that each of these faiths shared and hold and realised that none of them held any more truth, reason or validity than any of the others. It always felt as though the people were simply regurgitating someone elses words, there was always a common element though, they did believe in the need to believe that God exists.

The reasons for needing a God ( or religion) always appear to be for the wrong reasons, I have yet to hear a valid argument other than the usual "apologies". I speak/read several languages, English, French, Hebrew and a few words or Arabic, and can therefore eliminate interpretation as a problem in my understanding.

If I appear, to you, to have a problem then I will put that down as a lack of understanding on your behalf.

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Re: My karma just ran over my dogma

@AC 19:41

What pisses me of are the lies and deceipt that are employed in order that those in power can remain in power.

Any man that truly needs to believe in something will find no less truth in a single grain of sand than he will in a Bible, he just hasn't been taught to think that way.

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Re: My karma just ran over my dogma

Transitioning from Religion to Communism would be extraneous as they share some common points

* It requires faith to beleive that either holds any true advantage.

* Both require the adherence to dogma which have been predesignated by others.

* Personal thought or critiscm is usually punishable.

* You give up your rights for those that are "required" in order that the regime succeed....

* Only the governing bodies can determine the path forward.

I woud rather advocate "critical thinking" where each man is taught how to think for himself rather than be spoonfed the "common ideas".

Ayn Rand was probably closer to the ideal than Lenin or Mao.

To quote one of the worlds grand masters Mr Frank zappa

"Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff"

And another I like about religion ( George Bernard Shaw)

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.

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Re: My karma just ran over my dogma

<quote>Faith does not have to be taught nor does it need to be indoctrinated.</quote>

If such were the case, the the Bible ( Catholic and protestant), Torah, Mormon book thing and other religious writing would never need to have existed. Churches and church leaders would also have no point in existing.

I do agree with the comment "hijacked, raped and pillaged by individuals and organisations " but I also believe that it was they who created religion in the first place. They are, afterall, the same indivuduals that operate using any means of control.

Modern day religions only date back a few thousand years. ( were the older religions wrong) Before them there were other religions and beliefs and no doubt tommorrow new ones will come to light. Religion is progressive in it's nature because controlling "La Peuple" required constat effort and new ideas upon which they can be "gathered" up and herded.

Can "Faith" exist without indoctrination ( I don't think so - )

Oxford Dictionary - Faith:

1 : Complete trust or confidence in someone or something: this restores one’s faith in politicians

2 : strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof:

Oxford Dictionary - Dogma:

1 : A principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true:

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Re: My karma just ran over my dogma

@ac 12:15

No, not create another religion but simply to educate people to think for themselves.. We will never completely remove "ignorance" but we can reduce it.

Religion requires people to have "faith". Faith could easilly be considerd as being the opposite of knowledge, it is the blind belief in what the holy "men" teach - "The concept of God " requires that man remains ignorant.

Men that are educated do not need "faith" because they have something much more powerfull, they have knowledge.

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Re: My karma just ran over my dogma

The problem with eliminating religion:

What do you replace it with ? Religion is inherently all about mind and behavior "control".

Because of "fear" of the unknown man will accept to believe in anything that "promises" to eliminate this fear, hence the rise of religion. BUT religion was what put most of that fear there in the first place.........Thou shall go to hell etc.....

Catch 22 all round , man in general refuses rational thought and prefers the premashed religious offering... pathetic really

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Craptastic analysis turns 2.8 zettabytes of Big Data into 2.8 ZB of FAIL

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Re: Madra

A little bit of Google would have saved a bit of embarrasement.

The Delta between what you think you know and what you actually know is probably much larger than what you might care to believe .

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Chill out, biz barons... your new IT system might not look like the old one

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IT is not the solution.

Unless we are are talking about digital business I cant for the life of me see how IT will ever bring solutions. Business itself has to bring the solution to the table, IT should only be one of the technical parts of the solution.

Too many business believe that IT is the silver bullet when in fact it is nothing more than one part of a very large puzzle.

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It must be the end of the world... El Reg man thanks commentards

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Re: @x

Je suis toujours decu par les gens intelligents qui ne reconaisse plus leur propre ignorance.

Khaptain signing off.

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Re: Khaptain

I am not too sure if I understand the question correctly.

But yes I agree tech writers should write about what they know, usually Trevor does exactlly that but it the style in which it is done that I cannot agree with. As an example

Example 1:

I do not offer my clients the same standard white paper solutions that the other consultants offer. My solutions are tailored to the clients needs, I talk to my clients, this is how my company works. I show the clients that my solution is what they need.

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One possible solution could entail discussing with the client their particular budget requirements and or conditions that might require the usage of non standard solutions. Where this is necassary solutions exist which although non standard would actually meet the clients needs without overburdening their budget. One such case would bas follows....

Obviously I have exagerated the first example but it is typical of Trevors style, it is all about Trevor and Trevors company and Trevors solution and why Trevor is so much more clever than the other consultants. The second example, again exagerated, would provide the same information but from a neutral view point.

If you run through Trevors longer articles you will understand what I mean. He obviously has a lot of knowledge and experience in his field but always presents it in a very self orientated manner. There is far too much usage of "I", "mine", "me" ..

Good technical writing, in my personal opinion, should not include so much me, me, me. A little is OK but it should never go overboard.

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Re: I just cant agree

I do not doubt your capacity nor your competence, I honestly believe that you do find solutions for your clients.

What I do not adhere to though is your style of presentation, it is the opposite of modest.

Each of us can blow our own trumpets about solutions that we have implemented that stray a little from the standard but we are simply doing our job.

I really don't understand your arguements about whitepaper solutions, quite often they are all that the client wants or needs.

By offering your client more "exotic" solutions you are actually putting the into a difficult situation because you then become the SPOF. If you are not available then the client would have difficulty in finding someone else that knows, understands and masters the solution. This in itself presents a large risk most notably for small companies.

When I read your articles they sound as much as a sales pitch as anything else, as I have mentioned they do not sound objective. Try going back and reading some of your longer articles you will understand what I mean. This is objective critiscm not personal insult.

Obviously you will only see what you want to see in your own words but try giving a copy of your articles, name removed, and listen to the feedback.

By critising your own work you can only improve. No one cares how good Trevor is but everyone does enjoy reading interesting articles. If you remove the self glory from your writing it would come across much more professionally and would be become much more palatable.

These are my personal thoughts and critisicms, if you prefer not to be critisized just say the word and I will remove all and any of my posts.

Cheer up Trevor, its only El Reg.

Sorry for the spelling, I only have my Galaxy Note today and navigation on longer articles is a pain.

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I just cant agree

Trevor is one of those El Reg writers with whom I personally can seldom concur. As a consultant he is seldomly objective and usually full of himself.

But I still continue to read his articles, go figure.

Merry Christmas to all commentards and also to Trevor ... ...... ......

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Dead Steve Jobs' mega yacht seized by testy Philippe Starck

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Dead Steve Jobs

Is there also an "Alive" Steve Jobs.

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Do users have enough power?

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What users dont realise

Giving users more power is like Mercedes or BMW supplying you with a spanner, no user guide and telling you to service the car yourself.

Most users wouldn't even be able to get the engine covers open. For those that did they would then say, shit this not quite as easy as it looks. Those that did bravely use the spanner would quickly destroy the engine.

Those same users would then turn round and complain that Mercedes, BMW produce shit cars.

I wonder if those same users also want to manage the accounting themselves, or the security, or to go out and get new contracts whilst explaining to the client that the IT department is in tatters since they are now managing it for themselves.

Users wanting more power is nothing but ignorance on their own behalf. Many users appear to be in the belief that running an IT department/servcie is the equivalant of installing their own home computer. How f****ing wrong they are..

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Take a number, says new social network

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What's most surprising

Where do these users pop up from.. Is there really an endless number of park benches under which hide these people until such times as "another" social media website opens up ?

Why is there such a large percentage of people with this same requirement. What the fuck went wrong with society....????

Is this the beginning of new Religion ? It's even scarier than the old ones.......

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10,000 Indian government and military emails hacked

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10,000 Indian government and military emails hacked .

10,000 Indian government and military emails were not HACKED. This is just shitty journalism.

There was probably ONE server hacked and that server contains "maybe" the possibilty to change the passwords or read email accounts.

Hacking ONE server really is not the same thing as hacking 10000 email accounts.

Ans no this is not a question of symantics.......

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End of days: Possessed POWERPOINT predicts Mayan Apocalypse

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Big Bang

The world in fact did end and we went through the equivalant of a Big Bang this morning at 07:00 ( GMT +1).

It was a rather non exciting event and the Univeral Counsel has advised us to continue as normal. Apparently he also sent out a PPT which list intructions on how to behave during the next Big Bang.

The Phrase "The End of the World is Nigh" was actually a misconception. What the origianl auther really meant to say was "The End of the World is a NightClub in Thornsbury" but apparetly he had had one too many Mai Tais and didn't actually manage to finish his phrase.

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Boffins cook raw numbers, hope to bake PERFECT kilogram

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Existential question

Is anything every truly constant ?

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Little spider makes big-spider-puppet CLONE of itself out of dirt

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Nature has an infinite number of these spectaular creations that never fail to amaze.

Astronomy and deep space research are difficult to grasp or to understand because they are a little "abstract" but here we have something tangible, in your very own back yard if you like,which can be marvelled upon for a lifetime...

The quantity of information held within atoms/molecules/proteins/genes is just unbelievable.

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Japanese firm lifts lid on Android-controlled toilet

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Re: Argh..

That might actually prove to be very popular with the S/M crowd.....

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Carefull

Bring on Candid Camera when they have a secondary controller.

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Worldwide LCD price-fixing conspiracy: Another exec guilty

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Consumer payback

When found guilty of price fixing what does the law provide in order to ensure that the consumer can recover his losses ?

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Rude web trolls should NOT be jailed, warns prosecution chief

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Very thin line

I wouldn't like to be on the receiving end of a court case where the definition of "Satire" or "Sarcasm" was what held the decision between Guilty and Innocent.

What I perceive as Satire or Sarcasm might be perceived as others as a downright attack. We don't all share a common base in respects to abstract ideas.

Ok, the obvious solution is not to write anything Satirical or Sarcastic but then that would remove a lot of the interest. Can you imagine El Reg without either.....

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McDonalds fried for serving spam

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Re: Bad Parenting and Corporate Greed

The coffee is the one element that they don't produce themselves.

In France and in Switzerland, the coffee is usually supplied/provided/sponsored by one the larger brands, Jacques Favres etc....... So it at least should remain "potable".

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Bad Parenting and Corporate Greed

Why is MacDonalds advertising legal in the first place. Cigarettes and Alcohol are already banned why is MacDo not in the same categorie.

Obesity is already high up on the "Die young through heart disease", " Diabetes nightmare", "*Colestoral croaking" list .

The trap : Macdonalds is eaten as a snack but it contains as many, or more , calories than a full meal. It doesn't satisfy the appettite for more than an hour and the quantities of sugar create a buzz / withdrawal

symptom ( addiction).

Bad Parenting - some parents are lazy and employ the MacDo method. It avoids them from having to face the responsability of being a parent. Parenting is as much about "teaching" as it is about anything else.

Corporate Greed - MacDonalds have always geared their corporate strategy towards the easilly manipulated - the children.. ( same principals as religion)

PS : Most fast foods can fit into the same category - although not all.

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Ten... tech stocking stuffers

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I thought it was going to be serious

Ha ha ha ,

Bob Dormon picked 10 completely random tech items, which probably have a decent kickback, threw them onto a webpage and gave the page a title.

A Spyder4 screen calibration tool for photographers........had me rolling about the office floor

A Dlink routeur .................... had the rest of the office rolling about the floor

An Aston Martin mouse ......... we had people coming in from the street to see why everyone had tears in their eyes whilst flailing about wildly on the office floor and they too joined in....

It's wednesday and Bob must have some serious problems coming up with anything original, so we got this............

ha ha ha.

I'm still wiping away the tears as I write

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AFACT wants ushers to confront pirates

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Corporate greed

Why is there no law against "Corporate Greed" which is probably 99% of the real problem.

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Instagram back-pedals in face of user outrage

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Re: can somebody please explain to me what is worth a billion dollars about this

Because someone told the sheep that the grass was sweet in the adjoining field.

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So, you want to get closer to the workers with social media?

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The hidden agenda

Datamining works on employees as much as on anything else.

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New Year's resolution: Don't use Instagram, it'll sell YOUR photos

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Re: Entrusting your photos to Instagram

No it's worse than that.

It's like GIVING the familly jewels to someone you hardly know, that lives somewhere else and considers that the jewels now belong to them.

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Morgan Stanley cops $5m fine over Facebook IPOcalypse

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Impunity - Complete Impunity

We are supposed to live in a democratic and freeworld, well I say bollocks.

These bastards move about their business with almost complete impunity. This is a company that deals in Billions of dollars ( Yes I know that this is not their benefit), $5 Million won't make a ripple in what they are capable of earning.

They manipulate people, figures, business in order to ensure their gains and the money they play with is not theirs to begin with so they can't even lose.

And yet the continue to steal, contrive and cheat whomever they please with complete impunity.. Is this the freeworld that we are supposed to enjoy. No, it's not capitilism either, making money is different from stealing money.

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Shh! Proxima Centauri can hear us!

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Re: @Ledswinger

Shit , I though you were talking about "Woody"....

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Forget about fondling that slab... within 2 years, it'll fondle YOU

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Re: Context please

Here is a quite interesting, in context, article from the NY Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/12/weekinreview/12vinciguerra.html?_r=0

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Re: Leading the way

That all depends on who you have been/are sleeping with.

There is also another thing known as "soap", you would be surprised how efficient it is....

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