* Posts by Geoffrey W

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Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

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Almost completely off topic but...I have somehow overlooked/failed/avoided reading any Iain (with or without M) Banks' books but feel I really do need to read at least one and see where that leads; Where to start?

Are his M. books SF, while his !M. books are other?

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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RE: "Firefox has that count-down-to-install for installing plugins/extentions"

I think that's a security thing rather than a helpful thing, otherwise they wouldn't bother doing it. It's so that anything with less cognitive ability than a human is less likely to install something behind the users back. A definition which fits several acquaintances.

"I can't install this!"

"What's happening?"

"............Oh....Its working now."

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Linux-using mates gone AWOL? Netflix just added Linux support

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Re: re: I have no interest in streaming or renting TV shows and movies

@ MartinB105

Isn't the option you're looking for called "The DVD/Blu-Ray"? It seems to fit all your criteria. Buy once, watch whenever? Yep. So buy the DVD, rip it to your disk, and sell on the DVD, or give it to your granny. She'll love you forever.

Otherwise just stay as you are and come to terms with the fact that you and the world don't match or mesh in any significant way. That's what I did. If only big companies catered more to the edges of the bell curve instead of concentrating on the lucrative centre.

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Re: Interesting

Sorry? I'm afraid I just don't understand your hip jive talk. What is this Slurp of which you speak? Bloat? I think I will never be able to get down with the kids...innit...alas...where are one's slippers...?

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Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down

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If your autoexec.bat and config.sys files are mangled, just run MemMaker to help you straighten them out. I wouldn't be without it. You'll have loads of high and extended memory in no time. Perhaps as much as 1 MB even.

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My msn email accounts don't work on my windows machines, either in client program or web mail, but they do work in my android tablet. Go figure. If you're having email trouble and have a tablet, try that.

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Google Spanner in the NewSQL works?

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Re: SQLITE3

It may be awesome, and I use it often, but an embedded local database engine is not really the same level of technology as a distributed database server. The Jet4 database engine is pretty good too, despite its age, and better at multi user use than SQLite, or was last time I looked, but they are minnows compared to Spanner.

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

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Re: First question

Maybe not generate a reg style headline but I bet it can chat undetected in the comments and forums of many a publication, including this one. The commentards days are numbered.

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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Re: The GCHQ in this picture

I know...but this is the Trump administration making the claim...Kernel Panic...

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

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Re: Why am I getting SJW messages from El Reg now?

I think its natures way of balancing all the RWM* messages we get in the comments.

* Reactionary White Male

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Why would you want to kill yourself because of a lot of silly reactionary comments and logical fallacies? Try a glass of your favourite tipple instead of bleach.

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President Trump-themed escort services may soon open in China

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Re: More income that he won't pay Tax on???

@big john "Buffet is a lefty, didn't you know that? He certainly does not represent conservatism in the slightest. So whatever charges HE levels against the right are just partisan bullshite."

I can do syllogisms too. Big John is a Righty. He absolutely does not represent the Left in any way whatsoever. Therefore what ever charges he levels against the Left, or against Buffet, are just partisan bullshit.

You can see the fallacy in your argument, can't you?

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Re: More income that he won't pay Tax on???

RE: "I believe the left is really starting to scare people with their extreme overreaction."

I know, all those scary leftist snowflakes, melting into a limpid puddle at a moments notice, making all right thinking folk lift their frocks in horror of wetness and kitty hats floating off in the water.

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Re: For once, I am hoping this is fake news... it's quite silly, actually.

RE: "because Russia- and China-based banks basically own his soul."

Based on Trumps rhetoric I'd guess mostly Russian based banks own his soul. Perhaps China banks own one of his tiny hands.

But, much as I enjoy trashing the way he looks, a part of me cringes that I'm indulging in using a persons appearance to maul him, when what he does and who he chooses to help him do it are much better targets and, what he does has much worse effects on real people than his appearance does.

The Republican moves to wind back health care to where it was before Obama tried his best to improve it are much more deadly than his hair style and language.

To return to appearance for a moment though: Trumps Brain, Bannon, looks like a drunk, and a mean, bitter, far right drunk who has failed in so many things is a dangerous man to have so close to the levers of power and influence. The far right must be wetting themselves to have one of their own in such a position. I feel the danger lies in Bannon hiding behind Trumps distractions and idiocies, plotting who the hell knows what is far more dangerous than Trumps Twitter wars. I suspect Bannon has no more respect for Trump than do the rest of us here laughing at Trumps hair style, but is using the Twitterous one for his own ends.

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Re: More income that he won't pay Tax on???

RE: "Will you perform the same service for baseless rightest claptrap?"

I can help with that one.

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Re: Of course, if the most controversy-friendly president of the millennium

RE "Four? Who's the fourth? Dubya, Barrack, The Donald, ?"

You could count Kerry as the fourth President who never was since Dubya probably didn't actually win. President in an alternative reality, perhaps, just a single molecule aside from this one.

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Re: More income that he won't pay Tax on???

BJ

Oh, I do hope you aren't banned. Banning is such a silly thing to do for anyone less than the real Adolf Hitler, or Ming the Merciless, and even then I'd be reluctant to see it enacted, and all it creates is yet another bubble of like minded folk. and what is a "Must Approve List" anyway? Another background mechanism of El Reg. Have an upvote if it helps any. I'd hate to see the back of our own Yosemite Sam with his blazing rhetoric and his angry eyes.

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Favored Swift hits the charts: Now in top 10 programming languages

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VB is the COBOL for the generation after Generation COBOL. There are planet sized masses of VB code out there, all just working, all doing very important work, all needing maintaining.

If search engines are the tool used to measure popularity then I predict VB/VB.NET will rise in popularity as time passes as there will be fewer people capable of using them efficiently and more people who need to ask "WTF does this do?" or "H(ow)TF do I do this?" as they attempt to maintain or re-program old code.

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Re: methodology?

RE: "or if your language of choice has built in help (eg R) then you won't be hitting search engines as often reducing its popularity."

Oh, come on...most people don't RTFM. You can stick TFM up their nose and they still ignore it and ask someone on a web site how to do X or Y, and hope someone will write some code for them too so they don't have to bother understanding enough to be able to write their own. BAH!

And anyway, TFMs usually border on the useless since they merely regurgitate the same info as given by intellisense systems, which comprise merely of syntax and bare comments without any real explanation of WHY this is like this or HOW this is intended to be used. BAH!++

while (true){BAH!++;}

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Pence v Clinton: Both used private email for work, one hacked, one accused of hypocrisy

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RE: "And there's some merit to his claims. [of Obama's culpability]"

Just no evidence. Unless you call a Breitbart article evidence; an article with a similar lack of evidence beyond suspicion, speculation, and a general disposition to believe the worst of Obama.

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Re: @Version 1.0 ... Friday night in the bar

Firstly: I am fully prepared to accept that the current Pence/phone scandal is NOT the billy club that will bring the bastard down. And no one, I suspect, thinks it is. Rather it is a fly switch which will irritate and distract Pence and all around him and perhaps provoke anger as it is continually flicked in his face. This is good. These are the tactics the Republicans in general and Trump in particular employed with Clinton and it is right and proper that they themselves suffer the same irritation. The Republicans cannot blame the Democrats for doing what they themselves did during the campaign and during Obama's presidency. Well, they can, but they would be blatant hypocrites. Being Blatant is what the Republicans have always been masters of, while the Democrats have struggled. Now it's time the Republicans discover what it feels like to be on the receiving end. They are still masters of the art though while the Democrats are not, so it may not hurt fatally but, baby steps. Until the real weapons are unearthed.

Secondly: There will be no court case against Clinton, because a court case against Clinton cannot proceed if it does not also proceed against all the other politicians doing similar things, including many Republicans. IIRC it was a departing Republican who advised her to set up her own mail servers; Colin Powell.

The article was only poorly written because you disagree with its contents. It no more mirrors the tripe in the MSM (Main Stream Media) than Trumps rhetoric mirrors the tripe of the FRM (Far Right Media); IMHO even more tripier than that of the MSM.

For the best tripe of all see the countless comment boards to be found anywhere on the internet, such as this one.

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@Ian Michael Gumby

You're putting in some hours today, Mr. Gumby. Are Big John and Bombastic Bob having a day off and you're official cover for them? You're doing a sterling job. I called them the Abbot and Costello of the far right; now I see you're the Three Stooges instead.

I'm afraid the Republicans are merely reaping the fruits of what they themselves sowed when Obama came to power. They set themselves up for it when they chose a candidate who presents more targets than a target factory whose roof and walls have blown off, and I am pleased to see the democrats are taking full advantage of the opportunities offered rather than being reasonable as the Republicans keep demanding they be. I hope Al Franken doesn't muzzle himself too much.

I also see that trump is attempting ease from his woes by claiming tapping of his personal phones by Obama; A nice example of diversionary tactic, making a claim without evidence to buoy up his own support.

Any bets on how long Sessions is going to last?

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Passport and binary tree code, please: CompSci quizzes at US border just business as usual

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Re: No issues visiting India

RE: "[India] So much friendlier than the US "

Gosh, yes. If you can't get at least two marriage offers while over there then there's something horribly wrong with you.

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BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

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Re: Thank god get_iplayer still works fine, and is not limited to the "approved" platforms

@GregC "I did myself a basic one in VB.NET "

I did a get_iplayer GUI in C#. I wonder how many variations there are out there. One of us needs to pull his finger out, polish up the code a bit, and open source it properly. If only I had the time. Or the will.

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Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches

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Re: "Home taping is killing music," I wish it would...

@caps lock

"modern music is all shit"

Modern music has always been shit and no doubt always shall be. You ask anyone saying that what their mums and dads thought of the music they liked way back when. Yep. Shit.

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Probe President Trump and his crappy Samsung Twitter-o-phone, demand angry congressfolk

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Re: "The Deep State"

RE: "Memo to all the I am furious orange people out there"

Is that a "The (Mighty) Fall" reference I see? "I Am Kurious Oranj"? Fabulous! Even if just coincidence.

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Re: The Deep State Strikes Back

@bombastic bob

>"Well, _I_ voted for the guy, I'm happy he's there, and it's fun to watch the media+Demo-Rat MELTDOWN in progress"

Ah, Bombastic Bob and Big John, the Abbot and Costello of the far right. It looks more like its the current administration that's in melt down, rather than the left. Trump would be in better shape if he didn't keep giving his opponents so much ammunition to use against him. Cant wait to see him in jail alongside Hilary because of their use of private email servers and other equipment.

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Re: The Deep State Strikes Back

@ AC "Oh yeah back on topic Darth Cheeto and posse might not want to use insecure comm equipment or his tax returns and tax haven records might actually get released. Probably more scared of that than the Russian dossier."

You're not paying attention. The issue is that they ARE using insecure equipment, and private email servers which were supposed to be a heinous sin, rather than the state issued phones which are likely to have some semblance of security installed, even if their contents are more readily available to the agencies.

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Re: The Deep State Strikes Back

Ah, the deep state conspiracy rises again. Either Big John is a long term conspiracy theorist or he is a frequenter of various extreme right wing outlets where the phrase has had some resurgence over the past couple of weeks. Or both. Perhaps its the Illuminati, those Lords of the deep state active since the time of George Washington whose picture does not, in fact, adorn the dollar bill but Adam Weishaupt's who, as all silver headed folk know is one of the founding fathers of the bavarian illuminati. Or perhaps its the lost empire of Atlantis surging from the depths to swamp the would be president with fake news and innuendo. Whoever the deep state is, its being said, people are saying, I don't know, the secret services are claiming that Trump will die in prison. I don't entirely discount the idea of the deep state but I do doubt the organised nature of such a creation. If there is a deep state then it is the underlying meta mind, the zeitgeist, the unconscious id, of the power structures that underpin the country and as such is a force to be reckoned with even if it doesn't really know what its doing in an overall sense. Bits of it here and there are sparking with malice and intent but it isn't really aimed to any particular goal other than the maintenance of its own animus.

My own bit of the countries meta mind is sparking with fascination at all this theatre of the absurd which I cannot but think will end in grand guignol; a theatre of an entirely different kind. Amazing to think I am present at such a wonderful moment in history.

Just remember the eye in the pyramid is watching you and desist from naughtiness.

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

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Re: This is not an Opinion piece

RE: "Well, if I agreed with you we'd both be wrong."

Then lets agree to not don't disagree and harmony is restored...

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Re: I think developers, and users, define "speed" differently.

@David 132

For reference how does the telegraph perform on the other browsers? I am assuming it's better, but experience tells me its dangerous to assume things.

On my windows 7 machine it never went over 55% peak (or there-a-bouts) with noscript fully on with the page. There was a bit of draggy reaction at the gallery but nothing too bad.

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Re: This is not an Opinion piece

@wolfetone

And now, students of people, behold a classic example of someone on the internet refusing to budge and defending their position no matter what evidence is presented or whatever contrary positions they themselves present in different posts. If the exchange goes on much longer it will surely become hyperbolic and angry, and one hopes to defuse the angry bomb...I'm feeling conciliatory today...

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Re: Oh woe is me

> "Rounded tabs waste space"

I cannot for the life of me figure out how space is being wasted. Only the current tab is rounded and any extra space used comes from those surrounding it, and its a miniscule amount of space anyway, and I cannot see any net loss.

> "Things I use are hidden"

Well, hard to comment since we dont know what those "Things" are, but most everything is still there with a simple key press including the much loved/hated menus. And if space is of such value, ref. rounded tabs, then surely its better to tuck things out of sight?

> "It looks stupid"

Entirely subjective and not worth wasting effort commenting on, beyond this, since I'm entirely neutral on the current UI.

Are those really the worst you can come up with?

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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Re: Shame on you all

RE: "They threw out all the tea, remember?"

That's why you can't get a decent cuppa in the states without importing something from the Pale Empire.

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Re: He's not angry...

Oh, President Bannon. I hadn't thought of that but you're right. Bannon is to Trump what Cheney was to Bush. Bannon is the Presidents brain. The new dark lord, the real power behind the throne.

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Re: He is not the POTUS

Credit where its due; He does seem to be tempering the "You've Been Tangoed" look, and the flappy hair style - just a little. Someone must be whispering in his ear, then drugging him to give him a quick trim and touch up.

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Re: Right wing hypocrisy.

RE: "perhaps they should have banned travellers from countries whose citizens have actually attacked the USA "

Yes. They should stop US citizens who leave the Fatherland from returning home. That might cut down on some of the bloodshed, in a statistically insignificant way.

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Re: Right wing hypocrisy.

OMG!! I totally missed that! TOTALLY! Sarah Palin, Ambassador. I think they are just sitting round in a back room over drinks and drugs making up shit to see what happens.

Sarah Palin and the Offensive Canadian Stereotype are like matter and anti matter. There will be blood. And big bangs and hovering helicopters. And the return of that awesome Canadian politician who was filmed getting high whose name I totally cannot recall. And, oh, the spectacle. I almost hope it comes to pass...

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Re: It turns out that, in the US of A ...

For now....<PREGNANT_PAUSE>...

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Oh, of course. How mundane.

RE 44 - If he gets evicted from the white house mid term, and there are those who think it possible, then he will be the 44.5 th POTUS and its just a rounding error.

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Re: Such a loser...

RE: "Perhaps you've noticed that the above is written using only little tiny words"

Perhaps you've noticed; Twitter is mostly comprised of such words. His base is yuge and does not appreciate being considered stupid. You're just being elitist. If he IS a loser you can be sure he will be the greatest loser ever, the best. As will we. And it will all be our fault for not letting him win.

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45?

"45 contains reliability, patience, focus on building a foundation for the future, and wit. 45 is worldly and sophisticated"

http://affinitynumerology.com/number-meanings/number-45-meaning.php

I like numbers and am intrigued. Is there another meaning for 45 to which one is not privy?

22 skiddoo to yooo...

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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Re: Where were all these virtue signallers...

@abc "Didn't Trump distance himself from the "alt right" (after the election, of course)?"

He distanced himself from the Alt.Right so much so that he kept on Steve Bannon, the very man who claims to have invented the term Alt.Right as a means to sanitize the white supremacists, and promoted him to the National Security Council.

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Re: Where were all these virtue signallers...

@boltar

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"So you recommend being quiet because demonstrating won't help anyway?"

Yes. It'll achieve the square root of fuck all especially here in the UK. All it does is to make the people doing it feel like they're Doing Something and so assuage their consciences.

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So what exactly do you think you're achieving by making all this noise? Why don't you keep quiet too because you're never going to change our minds in any meaningful way?

We all like to express our feelings when they are strong enough to disturb our sense of rightness or wrongness, or whatever the heck its doing. That's what you're doing, that's what they're doing. Try shutting your gob for a while and see how it makes you feel.

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Re: Where were all these virtue signallers...

@boltar "I'm no fan of Trump..."

This comment is rapidly achieving the same status as other similar comments "I'm not a racist, but...", "I'm not a homophobe, but...". Maybe you aren't a fan of Trump but, you're operating on the side of those who are so, technically, you are, by default.

And using the phrase "Virtue Signallers" is just a weak, no effort involved, way of dismissing a whole group of people whom you dislike for no readily apparent reason. I'm not convinced there were no protests at the time but surely better late than never? Or is it just that this time they are attacking Trump? Except you're no fan of Trump, so surely not.

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@Doctor Syntax "So what sort of head of state would you prefer? The sort of product of the sort of process we've see in the US?"

Removing the royal element does not automatically mean we will be a republic operating the way the USA operates. Other republics exist in the world which in no way resemble that of the USA.

Why can't we have a prime minister, just as we have now, without the Royal barnacles clinging to the hull weighing us down?

In fact why can't we have a prime minister tempered by the proportional representation of the other parties involved? And if stalemate is achieved, so what? It would prevent one side or the other from fiddling with things and trying out their latest crack pot theories - EG Education is in constant flux as each party continuously tries to fix it according to their current ideology. Stalemate might force them to make a bit more effort to achieve consensus and allow society to remain more stable for longer and let it catch its breath before the next wave of ideological tinkering occurs.

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Kylie withdraws from Kylie trademark fight, leaving Kylie to profit from… existing?

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Re: Reality TV

Trouble is, I probably would have to settle for a second class lawyer, if any at all, to defend me because I cannot afford the huge fees the good ones charge.

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Continuous Lifecycle London: Save over 25% with early bird tickets

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Re: Change the date!

If it's left in May's hands, awful.

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Police pull up van man engaged in dual carriageway sex act

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Re: Offensive passenger?

Surely the passenger is the sole miscreant here, since the driver would be unable to release the wheel to stop her since that would be driving not at all. Poor helpless chap.

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Re: Distracted and not in proper control?

Pics, or more likely videos, are probably already up on some site, under the title "BUSTED! LOL!"

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