* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

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Re: Does that include...

Frankly, yes. It's what Israel does all the time.

Always carry a few passports if you travel a lot.

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Pure Silicon Valley: Medium asks $5 a month for absolutely nothing

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Hmmm..

And there is the subscription model, like The New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, et al. These are big respected names [about as respected as pancreatic cancer with yeast infection on top, amirite] with huge resources that have hit on a specific model: offer a few free articles a month and then prompt for subscription. It has finally started working after a decade of hard times.

In part thanks to the election of Donald Trump [citation needed] , these news organizations have seen their subscriber levels jump.

I would like to see the numbers. At least in clicks, they are apparently faking it..

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Re: Beware..

That's why it's such a shame there is one last hold out to allowing un-moderated comments amongst the ranks

Oh yeah? Try to say something not in line of this week's ever-changing mainstream correctthink (mainly about That Guy (you know who)), and see the "un-moderation" kick in.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: . . . from Rosyth, where she was assembled . . .

Well, Nelson fancied "up close and personal" strategy for naval frank exchange of views, so he would have been rolling around for quite some time really, seeing how standoffish everything has become.

Or he might have engaged with the Russian submarine forces, I hear they like the "knifefight" style of submarine warfare, whatever that is.

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Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

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Drones on YouTube becoming Shia terrorist, attacking civlians!

For some reason, Philip K. Dick's "Return Match" about a sentient deadly pinball machine comes to mind.

"The outspacers don't have a very high regard for human life," Tinbane reflected. He was thinking of the carnage created by the ship taking off. And that, for them, was routine. But in view of that wholesale destruction of human life, this seemed unnecessary. What more did this accomplish?

Pondering, he said, "This is selective. This would eliminate only the gameplayer."

The technician said, "This would eliminate every gameplayer. One after another."

"But who would play the thing," Tinbane said, "after the first fatality?"

"People go there knowing that if there's a raid the outspacers will burn up everyone and everything," the technician pointed out. "The urge to gamble is an addictive compulsion; a certain type of person gambles no matter what the risk is. You ever hear of Russian Roulette?"

Tinbane released the second steel ball, watched it bounce and wander toward the replica village. This one managed to pass through the rough terrain; it approached the first house comprising the village proper. Maybe I'll get it, he thought savagely. Before it gets me. A strange, novel excitement filled him as he watched the ball thud against the tiny house, flatten the structure and roll on. The ball, although small to him, towered over every building, every structure, that made up the village.

-- Every structure except the central catapult. He watched avidly as the ball moved dangerously close to the catapult, then, deflected by a major public building, rolled on and disappeared into the take-up slot. Immediately he sent the third ball hurtling up its channel.

"The stakes," the technician said softly, "are high, aren't they? Your life against its. Must be exceptionally appealing to someone with the right kind of temperament."

"I think," Tinbane said, "I can get the catapult before it's in action."

"Maybe. Maybe not."

"I'm getting the ball closer to it each time."

The technician said, "For the catapult to work, it requires one of the steel balls; that's its load. You're making it increasingly likely that it'll acquire use of one of the balls. You're actually helping it." He added somberly, "In fact it can't function without you; the gameplayer is not only the enemy, he's also essential. Better quit, Tinbane. The thing is using you."

"I'll quit," Tinbane said, "when I've gotten the catapult."

"You're damn right you will. You'll be dead." He eyed Tinbane narrowly. "Possibly this is why the outspacers built it. To get back at us for our raids. This very likely is what it's for."

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Re: I have a fix

i'm okay with that but at least some of the channels should show "the Sands of Mars" and some should play loud opera music.

Also, I sense an unusual amount of fear in this article for a simple trade dispute.

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As ad boycott picks up pace, Google knows it doesn't have to worry

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Re: They've taken the 'no' out of 'do no evil'

It is the difference between trying to prosecute me sending $100 to a "Feed the starving orphans of Syria" charity has money ending up with ISIS without my knowledge, and trying to prosecute the charity when they have already been told some of their money sent to X ends up with ISIS and continuing to send money to X.

Unless ISIS is advertising, I don't see this.

Also, You can go to jail even if you don't know where your money ends up. And you get a medal of freedom if you ship weapons to ISIS.

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Re: Excellent

But who has been "defrauded"???

Don't ISIS watchers buy products too (maybe they even subscribe to the Guardian, in addition to "Inspire" Magazine?)

Surprisingly, this is how advertising works: spray and pray.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Re: Loved to Death

> Trump loves the poorly educated, they voted for him.

Tone-deafness, clannishness, leftist superiority complex and considers himself the flag-bearer of all things good.

You are the reason Trump won.

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Re: We've been there before .. in 1991

Good old times. That long ago already.

I noticed one apparently can still get the Kein Mitleid für Microsoft jack-booted penguin quick-justice-providing T-shirt (maybe).

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Carnegie-Mellon Uni emits 'don't be stupid' list for C++ developers

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So...

Basically, we need an expert system to tell the developer when he might want to reconsider (best while writing code, otherwise in a post-processing step).

Actually, these more or less exist, I hope people use them. OO-flavored pseudo-assembler is as nice as a glass jar of elephant's foot.

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McDonald's India's delivery app was a golden honeypot

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Re: Honey Pot?

It's a Harry Pot. Pure magic!

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Over 100 gazillion requestburgers served

McDonalds India gave the usual “value your privacy” explanation

It probably tasked like chicken.

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Cisco reports bug disclosed in WikiLeaks' Vault 7 CIA dump

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Color revolutions or Junta takeovers

Formerly coming out of US embassies.

Now also coming out of your router.

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Do the numbers, Einstein: AI is more than maths as some know it

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Conceptually, it's all about graphs.

Nice intro.

Anyone who still remembers that the absolutely marvelous multifunction transformer truck that is Prolog and the related sub-enginery (Answer Set Programming, Constraint Logic Programming and Constraint Handling Rules, all of which I invite the esteemed readership to get acquainted with at least in passim) exist and is used in applications more interesting than getting rounded corners with graded coloring on-screen won't be too surprised.

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Open wide, Node.js! NodeSource will certify you now

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Continuous Wheel Reinventment

When will Node.js finally have multithreading so that we can move on to the next Big Thing?

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Google's Deepmind NHS deal 'inexcusable', says academic paper

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Not for this but the rhetoric doesn't help.

“Networks of information now rule our professional and personal lives. These are principally owned and controlled by a handful of US companies: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, IBM. If these born-digital companies are afforded the opportunity to extend these networks into other domains of life, they will limit competition there too. This is what is at stake with Google DeepMind being given unfettered, unexamined access to population-wide health datasets. It will build, own and control networks of knowledge about disease.”

What does any of this bullshit even mean? What is at stake exactly? That kind of writing would be appropriate for for the usual "issue" talk of some professional victim spokesbod.

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Russian! spies! 'brains! behind!' Yahoo! mega-hack! – four! charged!

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Sounds like everyone is lying

Maybe it's a party game? Find a maximally consistent story that covers most statements. Win a prize. Can Russian Trolls tell us what's going on?

Yahoo! has since said that it called in the government in 2014 when it became aware of the hacking. Around the same time, it hired security guru Alex Stamos as chief security officer, although he jumped ship to Facebook less than two years later after reportedly getting frustrated at the lack of attention Yahoo!'s senior management were giving to security.

So Yuhuu Management becomes holistically aware, calls in the govnm't and hires a guru (doesn't one hire a gure, then become aware?), but at the next moment, Yuhuu Management becomes un-aware again and the guru leaves in frustration, but the govnm't lingers?

"Today we continue to pierce the veil of anonymity surrounding cyber crimes," said Director Comey. "We are shrinking the world to ensure that cyber criminals think twice before targeting US persons and interests."

Such prose from the Autogenerated Ponderous Team America Speech App (APTASA)!

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Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled

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I commend your stuckism but ... welcome to 2017 Internet.

Still not running in VMs?

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Head over to nautil.us mag for a pretty good layman-level overview of dark matter explain-away-ery and explanations of MOND.

http://cosmos.nautil.us/

I like it when observation drives physics. Compare with the sterile multiverse crap, where grants drives physics.

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Re: Does dark matter?

Protons don't decay.

At least not over any reasonable count of universe lifetimes.

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Facebook, Google slammed for 'commercial prostitution'

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Re: This is a bit like the Crap over Googles Tax

it is illegal to show this in the UK and it is being hosted on You Tubes infrastructure.

It is ILLEGAL to show this and there are fines and jail terms for those found guilty of these types of crimes already laid out in our laws.

Yep, because having our best tools for regime change show their characters on-screen is just one of the things that is not done! It beclowns us.

We also have lots of impressionable youngsters imported for unsound reasons that could actually be open to said rabble-rousing. However, nobody wants to go near this particular political third rail, better solve a completely irrelevant problem, viz. publishing of "hate on the Internet" (I wonder whether hate comes in little packages with nicely colored bands around it, or is more like a newspaper-wrapped fleshy bit?)

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Re: profitting from hate?

I feel the Daily Mail content is more and more relevant as I try to escape the Goodthink Avalanche / Potemkin Village of the World of Shiny People (except Emmanuel GoldsteinTrump of course, who is not shiny at all and roundly deserves his 6 hours of daily hate) that is delivered through every media orifice. Like forced cargo cultism into the the progessivist wonderland where we will end up if everyone just believes, stops recalling oldthinker ideas and just does! not! click! on fakenews.

Also, an MP telling anyone else to be ashamed of how he is making money.

Orwell must be laughing from the otherside.

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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Why am I getting SJW messages from El Reg now?

It's always something that needs to be fixed and reactionary, anti-progressive dinosaurs need to be told.

No wait, "we" need to tell them. Who is "we"?

Tell you what: The place were women are treated worst are large, dead-enterprise walking outfits. Spot the unionized balding fatty or the flashy sportscar guy with the crazy vision twinkling in his eye. Avoid those places.

Now for the tech news.

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'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

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2nd factor strong!

Google's director of information security and privacy this morning. It's 2017. Passwords are irrelevant. Anything you care about should be protected by a strong 2nd factor.

Typical juvenile Google. One just wants to cross the road on foot and they complain that there is no teleporter with integrated robobutler right next to the kerb to do that.

Most people and most applications on Earth are not ready for "strong 2nd factor". Or a likey to be so before civilization collapses again. Nor do they need it.

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If fast radio bursts really are revving up interstellar sailcraft, here's the maths

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Re: Astrophysicists think

How do you stop?

It's a Trump Run: You don't stop, you just keep going, emitting fast radio bursts

(Until the whole galaxy freaks out. Exactly as planned.)

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MAC randomization: A massive failure that leaves iPhones, Android mobes open to tracking

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Re: "nobody trying to stop privacy invasions"

Do you not see the irony of that article? It's an article telling you that you have secretly been brain washed by the right so you question your beliefs (if that is what you believe of course)

100% This.

If it's the Guardian, there is likely wool being pulled over someone's eyes.

Guardian, The Economist, NYT, WaPo are the biggest reality resurfacing outfits out there. Straight from "How to Goodthink for Dummies" and sundry "officials who cannot be named" (i.e. MiniTruth) to the presses.

The worlds in a right pickle indeed.

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America's Marine Corp steamy selfies scandal, a Senate probe – and El Reg to the rescue

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"The Senate Armed Services Committee wants answers"

What answers do they expect exactly?

Marines: Not a sharing, caring outfit full of multicutural/multigendered good-natured humans past their age of interest in all things sexual.

Compromising videos of female marines have been uploaded to porn websites, and URLs leading perverts to more material posted in comments under the vids.

Will this statement be upheld in a bar full of Marines?

Given these women are willing to risk their lives in the service of their country, it's a pretty poor state of affairs that a few rogue soldiers can cause them such grief and besmirch the reputation of the Corps.

Seriously, El Reg? You have become public spokesperson for the Marine Corps now?

We need the "tired Mario" icon.

Very related and probably illuminating:

NYT: Neuter the Marine Corps

The Love Boat: Deployed US Navy Has A Pregnancy Problem, And It’s Getting Worse

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Royal Navy's newest ship formally named in Glasgow yard

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Re: HMS Forth

> Available to the RN when not cruising off Sevastopol, no doubt.

I do think Weyland-Yutani would berate the minister in charge fiercely if that ever happened.

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Oh my God, 911 is down. Quick, call… aaargh!

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Re: Of course, it's already designed and everything's been thought of....

Maybe the federal support won't be forthcoming?

I like it how the thingamabob is described as routing itself, like little ants being emitted from your phone, heading to precrime central, I mean preaccident central.

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Re: Why is the FCC involved ?

Under Obama the 911 calls would have gone through. The Rainbow-farting Unicorn told me so.

Under Obama, AT&T also had enough manpower and skills to tee the whole Internet traffic from its routers into the NSA datacenter. This seems to no longer be the case, must be Trump's fault!

THANKS, GOD EMPEROR!

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Devs bashing out crappy code is making banks insecure – report

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Somewhat related

More horror stories by Robert Charette in this PDF. More by that guy at the dreamy-techno-eyed IEEE Spectrum.

Always good to bring to the daily feel-good meeting.

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Well, your set-intersection logic is faulty. I hope you stay away from anything serious.

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Re: Agile Payoff

Yes, it's called "shift and blame".

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Counter counter take.

It's all too likely due to the prevailing attitude of hiring the Pizza Delivery Guy to do "web stuff".

Preferable in "Node.js" because its "the new thing" and the sub-boss has a spotty-faced teen who likes it.

The low pay is an advantage. Because there is "pent-up demand" (anyone who utters that word construction: shoot on sight with a 12-gauge semi-auto) for low-pay people in high-skill jobs.And we want to work against that demand.

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Shamoon malware spawns even nastier 'StoneDrill'

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Re: Mitigation?

QubesOS for the win!

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Re: StoneDrill malware sits in a victim's browser

Clicking on stuff?

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IBM has cloud access to quantum computer 400 times smaller than D-Wave system

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Re: How does it work

Get a bottle of fine wine, light a fire in the fireplace, let the missus cook a fine dinner and read Scott Aaronson's "Quantum Computing since Democritus" for a fine introduction. Also, look for the comic strip "The Talk" by the same guy.

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I have a bad feeling about this

Why Quantum Computers Cannot Work by Gil Kalai, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Yale University.

Basically the argument seems to be that the "steered quantum evolution" will be subject to noise in just the right way to not reveal Mother Nature's nonclassical cards, no matter what.

We will see.

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Japan's Venus probe power plight panacea: Turn it off and on again ...and again and again...

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Re: "and will try turning them on then off again over time"

It's JAXA, they are not there yet.

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If we must have an IoT bog roll holder, can we at least make it secure?

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Hah!

your kids not getting job they wanted because someone guessed the name of their password and started tweeting racist stuff

Sounds more like a problem with outright PC fascism and company-oriented virtue signaling than anything else.

But I hear Blue Bird Cookoo Cage is being purged with extreme prejudice in any case, wait until the AIs deploy. There won't be racist twattering anymore.

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UK govt's £17.3m AI-boffinry cash injection is just 'a token amount'

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Re: Sex Robots!

It is already very 2017-ish to have a sex robots department. What would Brian Aldiss say? And do you have to watch out for dangerous mechanized organs?

Also, this is probably problematic to various communities due to permanent microaggressions inherent in the permanently visible on-campus signage.

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Has your spouse stayed on after Mobile World Congress? This sex doll brothel might be why

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Nothing for the wimmin?

I came here expecting to hear about male dolls.

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We found a hidden backdoor in Chinese Internet of Things devices – researchers

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Re: FFS since when is a GSM to VOIP gateway...

Contribute the the ever-changing definition of IoT: Define IoT

... 86 pages PDF!

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Re: Are you surprised????

> Nothing bad, nothing good, just the law.

Actually bad.

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Re: Surprised?

That's as likely as going to happen as having fully open sourced PCs, down to the firmware....

"Devices with a network ports" (because I do not like the meaningless IoT designation): Always behind firewalls, with an IDS in the vicinity, walled off, on separate VLANs, in "novelty" roles, or "as open as possible".

Then again, there are "mobiles"....

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Re: I realized there is a self-describing acronym for use of IoT...

Your PC is not connected to the Internet?

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Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

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Re: That doesn't sound ridiculous

Indeed.

It may be just a case of "I am afraid of big numbers" (a usual attitude seen in muh bossman) or it may be a case of overcharging (a usual attitude promoted by muh bossman) or even discombobulated, money-burning project execution . Probably and as usual, it will be something in between these three points on the triangle.

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US-Europe Privacy Shield not worth the paper it's printed on – civil liberties groups

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Nothing to do with Obama, no sir.

> why they believe President Trump's recent executive order on immigration undermines the agreement

Not ex-Presidente Obama's order to "go ahead, sharing is caring" to the TLAs.

Can one really "undermine" an "agreement" that is based on fakery?

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Fireball in Tasmania: Possible CubeSat re-entry sparks alien panic

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Swamp Gas!

So why doesn't this happen every other day?

Or is Hobart rarely visited by aircraft?

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