* Posts by Zimmer

176 posts • joined 3 Feb 2009

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

Zimmer
Big Brother

..on that note.

Tom Paxton fans will be remembering this offering:

www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/tompaxton/thethoughtstayedfree.html

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Frustrated Britons struggle to locate their packages: Royal Mail tracker smacked

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FAIL

Re: Reasons

It's an update to the system so that the PDA's are now tracking where the postmen are in the hope that eventually the Royal Mail can offer estimated delivery time for customers.

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Mattel's Internet-of-kiddies'-Things Aristotle canned before release

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Happy

Re: Teddy Bears

Ahh, thank you.

My favourite Harrison was 'In our hands, the Stars' (also known as 'The Daleth Effect'...)

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Zimmer

Teddy Bears

I seem to recall an old* SF story regarding AI teddy bear companions that were used to provide kids with moral guidance....... that did not end well, either...

* old = I read it in the 1960's

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

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Unhappy

How to..

..make tax-free donations...?

Call me cynical, it's my middle name...

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To truly stay anonymous online, make sure your writing is as dull as the dullest conference call you can imagine

Zimmer
Coat

Re: I see a market here

E.g: "if you shoot T. Hancock of 23 Railway Cuttings East Cheam I will deposit 3 BTC in your wallet".

....they will get the wrong man... Mr A. Hancock lives there...

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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Devil

Upvoted..

...and what about the sneaky, pre watershed Heineken adverts disguised as Drink Driving awareness? Clever brand placement and awareness if ever I saw it..

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The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn

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Stop

Re: "when you're shook up and struggling to recall things"

'Engaging' Cruise Control on the automatics I have driven sets your speed to the 'current' speed of the vehicle. 'Resuming' Cruise control would result in a slight delay (about a second) before the system attempts to adjust the car to the previously set speed.

Whilst in Cruise mode pressing the accelerator will 'override' the set speed and propel you faster until you release the accelerator and the vehicle will begin to drop back to the previously set speed.

If you press the brake at any time in Cruise mode the Mode will be cancelled and the vehicle will decelerate unless the accelerator is depressed (speed now under driver's control) or unless the 'Resume' button is then pressed (to allow the vehicle to automatically Resume at previous set speed).

....quote 'On the other hand, that tells me that Tesla's autopilot disengages when you touch any pedal, which is not what other brand autopilots generally do - they disengage when you touch the brakes./unquote.

It doesn't tell you anything about Tesla's 'Autopilot'. It's just the driver looking for alternative answers when he cannot believe that somehow he was at fault , because he can't remember what he did.

One way or another the guy went too quick and lost control..

Good News... everyone walked away...

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Kerberos bypass, login theft bug slain by Microsoft, Linux slingers

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Coat

Re: Open Source is necessary, but not sufficient

........Maybe we need more funded (government funded?) bounty programmes?....

...they're already employed by GCHQ and the NSA.....

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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

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Coat

A Plea ..

Can they DRM the advertising please, so I don't have to download and play it....

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Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

Zimmer
Pint

Past!

Fail !

I'm sorry, you used the words 'pub' and 'go past' in the same sentence.....

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Human-free robo-cars on Washington streets after governor said the software is 'foolproof'

Zimmer

Who really wants robo-cars??

.....people who can't drive...

(and companies who want a monopoly)..

feel free to add to the list..

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More UPNP woes: Crashable library bites routers and software

Zimmer

Are you sure?..

I am pretty sure I have played Elite Dangerous with UPnP disabled on a variety of routers..(as it is my practice to disable UPnP when installing a new one). Are you suggesting the game mysteriously switches it back on without me knowing? Or does it bypass the router settings somehow ??

Enquiring old gits would like to know, Nick .

Or is it just your excuse for having left UPnP enabled on your router..?

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RBS is to lay off 92 UK techies and outsource jobs to India – reports

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Unhappy

Re: Ah, the joys of Indian coding...

As a customer (since the days it was the National Provincial Bank) an enquiring mind would like to know which British banking institutions do NOT outsource ... in order to make an informed choice for 2018...

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China successfully launches its first robot space truck

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Coat

Re: "fast-dock tech that will reduce coupling time to just six hours."

Alternatively, request docking permission and match rotation to the station entrance or switch on the Auto-docking and listen to the 'Blue Danube'......

....it's the flying suit with the name tag ' Jameson'...

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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Happy

Re: Two words - Linux Mint

You can't play WoW on a console, ......

But you CAN play DotA on MINT (using STEAM, of course)...

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Verizon is gonna axe its 'unlimited' data hogs

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Facepalm

Unlimited advertising data....

Yes, that's what they mean, surely....

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Unhappy

Blackmail! (remember Monty Python?)

Over-simplification, I know, but.....

The mass collection of all this data gives whoever has access to it the ability to pressure anyone in public office to 'do their bidding'. Notwithstanding the fact that it should be a trivial exercise for our 'security' services to poison a browser history with all sorts of links etc and that this type of information can now be regarded as 'evidence' (I guess this, since it is now legal to collect the data that it should be acceptable in court).

It's MP's and civil servants who will be top of the watch-list for a potential dictator (or 'ruling party') .. to ensure they toe the line.. not a pretty prospect for the country.

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Natwest online payments go down

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FAIL

An Update gone wrong, perhaps?

I logged on earlier this morning to a message of how they had made wonderful changes to enhance my banking experience (hmmm) fortunately I had no payments to make...

The changes include swapping the order of statement entries and putting more transaction details on the statement.. Soooo, have they mucked the payments system when they installed the upgrade? I bet they missed something.. or installed new progs they shouldn't have...Ho Hum, another chance for Sysadmin overtime (and expenses!!)

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UK nixes Land Registry sale

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Re: Comical

..or to Alcatraz...

or, even further , Uranus, where most of their ideas originate..

..and £4 billion to renovate the Houses of Parliament? Yes, sell that to a foreign buyer instead Don't get me started..... too late...

Charge tourists £20 a head as a 'last chance to see ' opportunity before demolition, then see if they can get planning permission for a new Housing Estate on the site..

I'm sure Nicola Sturgeon wouldn't mind at all if the MPs all relocated North of the border and borrowed her buildings (deemed expensive at a few million!) pro tem...or maybe permanently, now there's a thought..

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Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

Zimmer
Joke

Tut!

At least credit the Wolowitz with your quote ;) He is an Astronaut, after all

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Childcare app bods wipe users' data – then discover backups had been borked for a year

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Joke

Re: Bah!

Don't worry, the USB stick will turn up eventually,

possibly at the London Transport Lost Property Office

** icon ---maybe not..

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£11bn later: Smart meters project delayed again for Crapita tests

Zimmer

Deleted.. duplicate..see above

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Big Brother

Re: I'm glad they're optional.

Refused to have one fitted some time ago....

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

Zimmer

..bulleted blank..

OK, so my age is showing..

..when I last fired bulleted blanks (cadets v regulars!) I distinctly remember the half closed (semi-circle opening) on the muzzle end of the Bren I was using ... it still shredded the bushes I was hiding behind, set them alight and provided a brown trouser moment for the two regulars who had sneaked up on the position in the dark. I did not see them as we were 'turned out' and told to open fire, so I did...

The debriefing went something like...' Who was the bloody idiot with the Bren?'

I do not wish to repeat the experience, lugging the great heavy thing about was a nightmare in the dark for an 8st weakling and his not dissimilar mate (truth is the Padre helped us out and carried it at one point, as we were exhausted and falling behind...bless him.)

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DoJ preps criminal charges for VW over Dieselgate

Zimmer
Flame

Re: double standards? --No, economic warfare

.. amongst the largest companies in the world and dominant market share leader in Europe for over 20 years, over 600,000 employees (and goodness knows how many pensioners) it's a prime target for the US and GM.

Unfortunately for them, most customers couldn't give a ***** (insert your expletive of choice here) about the diesel issue, particularly when following a convoy of Eastern European lorries down the M20 or up the M6.

As another commentator has already pointed out, it has highlighted the issue of diesel pollution , so more are being steered towards a petrol engine model.

Perhaps lorries will have to go electric (I've seen the twin trailer artic's, perhaps trailer 2 could house the batteries! <Joke Icon, here> )

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Investors to be allowed to sue Volkswagen over emission row

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Coat

Re: UK Owners should be banding together and suing VW

Compensation culture....aaarghhhh

So, why would you want it fixed if it was saving you, the owner, x% of your fuel costs, and the engine performance was better than a rival's and you are happy with that performance..? Why, when you are not that concerned about your car's emissions in the grand scheme of things - particularly if you are following an old Peugeot 308 1.9 diesel taxed at 10x the rate of your new 2 litre VW- would you feel you needed it fixed.

Do you not also realise there are people who go to great lengths to get their engine ECU re-mapped for whatever esoteric reason (mainly on high performance cars) ?

What would you need compensating for? There could be one reason only: tax, or lack of it at present. If there is a knock-on effect for these vehicles it could be retrospective re-allocation of the VED band or company vehicle taxation in the UK.

The amounts of which would seem pretty paltry in the eyes of the turbo-chasing lawyers....

Yours sincerely

J Clarks... oops!

ps as I still own a 2007 Turbo-diesel Fabia, can I claim compensation???

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Zimmer
Meh

Legislation?

In an advancing technological situation Legislation doesn't have a clue about the situation, only what it's told by the 'experts' , but it can sure make a dog's breakfast of whatever it legislates on - the law of unintended consequences etc.. But there will still not be the means/money to monitor the results properly, just like the current situation..

But politics is politics and 'Es muss etwas geshehen' (I hope I spelt that correctly..it's been nearly 50 years since A- Level Lit)

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

Zimmer
Unhappy

Thin end of wedge

Got a PC? Smartphone? Tablet ? Pi(e) ? (MMMM..pies...) Then you must get a telly licence...... cos we are now broadcasting/streaming on the Internet.....

If the Beeb want to bleat about how many non-licence holders are streaming their content then the answer is- Do Not put the content here in the first place- it's like leaving your possessions in the street and not expecting them to get stolen... but I'm still fairly convinced that this is a subtle way to start getting PC owners, who have no TV and do not pay the licence fee, to cough up , whether they watch any iPlayer content or not...

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Jeep hackers: How we swerved past Chrysler's car security patches

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Joke

It's a trap!

(tin-foil at the ready...) 'they ' have this dream of controlling every car remotely so that the minute you commit an offence on the road (or just for fun) 'they ' can take over the car and have it drive to the nearest cop-shop...with you still in it......

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Re: XYZZY

GO on, admit it, you're lost....now where's that Plover....

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BMW web portal vulns pose car hack risk – researchers

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Re: VIN Confused

Have an Upvote, I was thinking the same......

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Forget YouTube – meet ChewTube: Strangers watching millennials eat

Zimmer
Coat

Re: End of the world

...and wait to be run over by an UBER.......

There will be a long wait....you need a mobile App for that....

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Fedora 24 is here. Go ahead – dive in

Zimmer
Go

Re: "screenshots are problematic"

Carbon on the Valves?

RedEx, mate, RedEx...

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TalkTalk customers decide to StayStay after £3m in free upgrades

Zimmer

Save me some money...

Do tell..

Who are you with , and what services are you paying for, and ..HOW MUCH??

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Zimmer
Stop

Re: providing free upgrades to customers.

"I'd be *amazed* if anybody who reads the 'reg is a customer of these clowns."

Well, be amazed, then.. Some of us have been taken over many times since 2002..Nildram-Pipex-Tiscali-TalkTalk.

Some of us have had no real problems in 14 years.Some of us have had cheap deals to keep us sweet. Some of us cannot afford (on a pension) to lavish our money on super fast fibre and and bl***y unnecessary TV being piped down the Internet (or cat videos for that matter) .(Some of us managed to play Quake II online on a dial up connection before the advertisers and Big Business got their claws in the Web.)

Some of us realise that, no matter the company, any of our data online is always at risk from someone, somewhere....so manage the risk. Jump to another supplier? How much?? Too much..at the moment.

But let's see what the BT offers will be now Spurs are in the CL this time around..maybe I can squeeze a bit more from the wife's pension....

(Is that sufficient trolling, ED? oh, ok... LINUX! FTW..and for good measure...Arsenal supporters think the Internet is what keeps them from the Away fans...that should do it... back next week when the flames die down...)

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

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FAIL

Re: Doctor Syntax Says

Where have you been? It's 'Can I have a vowel , please, Rachel'.

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Re: Onward march!

Plus one, for The Marching Morons... I'm old enough to remember reading that....not that many years after it was published... I seem to think about that story a lot this century

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Microsoft will rest its jackboot on Windows 7, 8.1's throat on new Intel CPUs in 2018 – not 2017

Zimmer
Holmes

Same old...2% market share..

The MS apologists always trot this amazing statistic.. so why has Linux not gone mainstream desktop?

Because MS subsidise OEMs to have it on their products. Try and sell/advertise a Linux machine as a mainstream OEM and you will not be able to compete on price; and price/spec ratio is what sells.

Yes, there are Linux laptop suppliers about on the Net, but you won't find one in Currys or Tesco; and if you did you would see better value in buying a Windows one that you could wipe and put Linux on than the offerings with Linux pre-installed . More Windows users for the statistics.

The general public do not see Linux in the shops and , even if they did, I'm sure the salesmen would be on more commission to sell MS stuff and warn them that they can't have MS Office or Grand Theft Auto (or whatever, I remember OS/2 machines being sold in Rumbelows years ago).

Then you have the corporate users who must surely outnumber Joe Public in PC sales... the job-holder has no choice what desktop he is given.

What happened when those nice Linux netbooks came to market? MS Saw the danger and insisted on their own, higher spec machine to compete.. those in the know bought those and wiped Windows and installed Linux, those not in the know preferred to buy them because of the higher spec. More Windows Users in the statistics. And how do they count that 2% ??

I heard from a relation this week (he is running Linux at home) and he was privy to a conversation between a so-called 'expert' helping retired folk with computing problems and the elderly owner of a laptop. The upshot, after 30 minutes or so of trying to solve a software problem with Windows , was to tell the guy it was no good, he'd have to buy a new machine !!! When my relation said 'What about putting Linux on it?' the 'expert' said he'd never heard of it!

Lack of Public awareness; no price competitive machine in mainstream retail; that's the barrier to Linux Desktop use.

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Regular Fast Radio Burst detected outside our galaxy

Zimmer
Joke

Microwave radiation..

..so who forgot that you're not to use the microwave for a pot noodle while the radio telescope is running????

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UK taxpayers should foot £2bn or more to adopt Snoopers' Charter, says Inquiry

Zimmer
Big Brother

Re: Rebekah Brooks knows what you wank to

...and, of course, none of these ICRs (whatever they are) could possibly be faked either...

...not only is he watching, he's inventing everything you look at, too...===>

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Most of the world still dependent on cash

Zimmer

agree..totally..

But you missed the darker aspect. As often discussed in, or forming the plots of, sci-fi stories of a dystopian nature, the ability of those in power to cancel your access to your digital credits...

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Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

Zimmer

And the need for access to the database is...?

Sorry, I cannot see the need for them to have any access to this database, unless they are concerned the badge is a FAKE. The badges supplied to my mother contain an expiry date and photo...

The rest of the moans and complaints here (like every forum on this topic) relate to misuse by those WITHOUT a badge , or using a badge without the presence of the badge-holder; instances where the police could easily ascertain the validity of use... (you do not know if it is invalid use until the owner/occupants return to the vehicle).

Thin end of a 'database access' wedge if ever I saw one....

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Blighty's Parliament prescribed tablets to cope with future votes

Zimmer
FAIL

Votes via computer

Votes via computer...what could possibly go wrong.....

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

Zimmer

Re: Not quite there yet...

Funnily enough.. when I bought a new Laptop some many years ago the copy of Vista on it would not talk to my HP printer, not no way...... I solved that only by dual booting the then current version of... Linux Mint.

It's the same story whichever OS you choose. Something will no longer be the same...my particular beef with MS was when XP came out and they wanted me to pay to upgrade my copies of Office 95, which would no longer work on XP.. went OpenOffice then..

For me, the thing about Linux distributions is that I have media to install/re-install from and it usually takes less than an hour to be up and running should a disaster strike, particularly if one uses separate partitions to store one's working data and makes back-ups of those files to external media.

That was not the case with the consumer laptop as far as Win was concerned (only a Win recovery partition, which could have been corrupt and past its sell-by date by the time of failure) . This raises the other issue of 'who can install an OS ?' The man in the street goes to PC World, Tesco etc. buys laptop pre-installed with Windows. If he wants a laptop pre-installed with a flavour of Linux (free) he will have to find a specialist supplier on the internet ... AND pay more for the privilege. ONE big reason Linux will gain little popularity with the masses , it's not 'in your face' in the High Street (lack of AAA games is another...)

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Microsoft’s Revolution Analytics buy pays off, Linux-based R Server launched

Zimmer

.....maybe you have

"Not that I have any better solutions though :-("

Possibly your solution is SAS software, but it is expensive....

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Happy new year, VW: Uncle Sam sues over engine cheatware

Zimmer

Re: It all depends on the outcome

--Someone in VW has been very stupid, but punishing everyone associated with VW, be they worker or owner--- or pensioner---- will serve no one.

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New Horizons makes last burn for Kuiper Belt target

Zimmer
Paris Hilton

'Wrong page, I think?'....

'Wrong page, I think?'....

Go back and 'look' at the article...

Paris?... Well. why not... it's Monday..

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Licence to snoop: Ipso facto, crypto embargo? Draft Investigatory Powers bill lands

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Coat

All the better to control you with....

..and those who could access this wonderful store could find/plant anything they desire and use it for leverage on anyone; MPs (government and opposition), Ministers controlling budgets, you, me...anyone...

Large Tinfoil hats all round, chaps... and my coat's the one with just cash in the pocket...

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The only GOOD DRONE is a DEAD DRONE. Y'hear me, scumbags?!

Zimmer
Happy

Re: Give me that gun!

I've got 'em on the list, I've got 'em on the list...

And there's none of 'em be missed, there's none of them be missed....

Defer to Dabbsy, the 'Lord High Executioner'

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