* Posts by Steve Davies 3

4862 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

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Re: .Net

Has become just a set of patches on top of patches on top of patches.

Once upon a time it was pretty lean. Bloat has made it unwieldy and slow.

I developed on app on .Net V1. Runs slower on V4 despite a hefty CPU bump.

Stopped writing code for .Net after that. Gave it up as a bad job. There were always better solutions.

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iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

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Re: Samsung margins

This -> http://www.alphr.com/samsung/1008532/samsung-galaxy-s9-lose-half-value

'predicts'... that a few months time the S9 would be worth peanuts.

That will his the Samsung mobile division hard. At the moment, Samsungs profits are largely coming from its semiconductor business and not the phone division.

I'm sure it will all come out in the wash but be careful shorting APPL. It might backfire on you.

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Don't Apple do this every year?

at about this time?

Perhaps (begin conspiracy theory) Samsung are getting a tad twitchy as LG has been rumoured to replace them for next years iPhones. There are also rumours that their new Galaxy S9 won't sell in the numbers that previous models have done.

(end conspiracy theory)

I'll get the popcorn in.

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Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

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Re: it is not something you do deliberately!

Back in the day and when I were a lad, one of my mates (Hi Tony M) could fart at will and for extended periods. Eleven seconds was his record fart. (Boys will be boys and take delight in measuring things like that)

When we had a new teacher which was often a trainee he'd fart the whole lesson. He could fart for both sound and smell with a little notice.

Hi sons could do the same.

Sort of 'runs in the family'.

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Microsoft reveals 'limitations of apps and experiences on Arm' – then deletes from view

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Just adding Razor Wire

to the top of their ARM Walled Garden.

Move along there, nothing of significance to see (or so they hope by doing this over a holiday)

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Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre

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The 2nd Ammendment was probably right for its time

i.e. the time of Muzzle Loaders and single shot pistols and no organised police

Now the USA has automatic weapons and has at least three layers of Law Enforcement.

Is there a need to still have the 2nd Ammendment?

I know that the gun lobby will be out in force but personally, I don't think it is needed.

Let the downvoting begin.

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A computer file system shouldn't lose data, right? Tell that to Apple

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re: inexhaustable file system

Nah, they didn't copy it from you but the Chinese fakers who sell USB sticks claiming 32Gb when in fact the real size is 512Mb.

Hands up now, how many of us have seen them in real life. Yep, that's a lot.

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Interesting.

In the Blog post 'Mike B' says

"This week we reported to Apple a serious flaw in macOS that can lead to data loss when using an APFS-formatted disk image. Until Apple issues a macOS update that resolves this problem, we're dropping support for APFS-formatted disk images."

Then he goes on to say that it only affects 'Sparse' Images.

Then at the bottom he says (who reads down that far these days eh?)

"Until Apple resolves this disk images bug, we strongly recommend that people avoid using APFS-formatted sparse disk images for any purpose with any application."

He's got all the clicks and promotion of his product by the first paragraph.

He could have said "we're dropping support for APFS-formatted Sparse disk images." (my ephasis) but the headline writers may well have passed over it and therefore he'd not get the Interest in (a.k.a. clicks) his product.

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Hands up who HASN'T sued Intel over Spectre, Meltdown chip flaws

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re: popcorn

That popcorn will be a putrified mess before this gets settled.

Just think about SCO vs IBM. 15 years and counting.

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Re: I'll be waiting

don't forget to declare that huge windfall on your tax return... (sic)

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Simple solutions to the HomePod thing

1) Don't buy it. Get a Sonos instead... Oh wait.. It leaves rings as well. Just don't bother with this POS and technology dead end.

2) Got a paper hanky? Put that under it and problem solved. Fanbois won't do that though. They'll spend thousands on new 'ring proof' furniture instead.

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Robot cars will kill London jobs – but only from 2030, say politicans

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Re: A lot of 'hot air'

There ARE 100% Electric Busses running in London at the moment.

From memory, they are built by BYD (Build Your Dream) and are used on route 135 from Finsbury Park to Morgate.

TfL seem to be concentrating in getting the single decker fleet to be all EV before the Double Deckers.

BYD built all the 2100+ all electric busses for Shenzen in China (their home city).

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UK names Russia as source of NotPetya, USA follows suit

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RE: More Budget needed

For new 'Windows' because the toys that were thrown out of the pram did so much damage that new Windows (10 naturally) were needed throughout Whitehall.

Coat, with a copy of 'Cubes' secure linux in the pocket

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Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

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Re: "And some of us couldn't give a shit."

Still using the Abacus then I see?

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HTC phone supremo leaves months after Google guts firm for best and brightest

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Does this mean...

That Google is going to copy Microsoft and what it did with Nokia?

and people on /. think Google is the most innovative tech company... Sheesh.

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Winter Olympics 5G isn't real 5G, says Qualcomm, that won't land until 2019

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Interesting

And there were plenty of cough-cough comentators in the media slagging off Apple for not having 5G functionality in the ultra expensive iPhone X.

I had reservations about those comments simply because there was nowhere to use 5G and Apple being Apple won't include anything that would make them 1st to implement something.

Now we get Quallcomm (not a great fan of Apple at the moment) telling us that it won't be until 2019 that we can get the chips to support it.

I know that it is cold outside but I have to wonder if hell is actually freezing over?

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Apple's HomePod beams you up into new audio dimensions

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Love the Picture (with the Hacksaw)

Other reports stated that iFix it realised that the mesh would come off quite easily if they'd attacked it from the other end! Doh!

I wouldn't put it past Mr O from wanting to take a hacksaw to every Apple device (once the Batteries had been removed that is). :) :) :)

In my worthless opinion, the only thing going for this is that it will not be used to :-

1) Sell you more useless tat on your Prime account

or

2) Slurp your listening details and conversations to the highest bidder (both Amazon and Google kit)

As for Siri? Please Apple get rid or do something about it. It is an embarrasment (As if the non removable power cord isn't enough of one as it is)

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Samsung needs to eat itself, not copy Apple's X-rated margins

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Huawei?

Oh yes, the Phone that is banned from being used by the US Government and has been dropped by several US carriers... All because of Chinese Government Spyware...

As for the iPhone 6S, why not get a secondhand one and get a £29.00 battery swap from Apple? Does that not make it even better?

It has TouchId which in my mind is superior to FaceID but at least the latter hasn't been fooled by a Photograph like the Samsung version.

It is all a game of cat and mouse between Apple and Samsung. Each one trying to out-do the other.

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Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

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Big Brother

A clear case of...

Illegal use of the retained fingerprint data. Any decent Lawyer (and providing you can afford them) would get it thrown out of court.

But we all know that it won't.

Big Brother obviously.

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The Register Lecture: AI turning on us? Let's talk existential risk

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Whatever happened to...

The Video of the previous Talk?

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Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

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Re: Rosie

"Cider with Rosie"

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Re: Greek coffee

The coffee in the cafanas as well as the stuff in nearly all small hotels is all spiked with shit and practically undrinkable.

That must because it all comes out of a huge tin with a 'Nescafe' label on it.

The same goes for large parts of S. America and Africa. Even in places where they grow Coffee, you seem to get served luke warm dishwater instead of the real thing.

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Tech giants' payouts go to everyone but affected citizens. US Supremes now urged to sort it out

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The ONLY winners in any legal action

Are the effing scumbag shyster lawyers.

People should know that by now.

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Brit regulator pats self on back over nuisance call reduction: It's just 4 billion now!

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FAIL

The ICO is useless

Can't even stop O2 from calling me about switching my phone to them despite the number being on the TPS list. They are just not interested.

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TalkTalk to splash £1.5bn laying full fibre on 3 million doorsteps

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re: Owning cables and the like

No more passing the buck to BT/Openretch when there is a fault. No more saying that if there isn't a fault then you have to pay through the nose... etc etc etc.

I wonder if the TT BOD has thought through the implications of this?

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re: Investors

Yeah, but investors bought shares for the dividends, not because they're interested in the company's activity.

and only what happens in the next 90 days. Plans about investments outside the next quarter are seen as negative in their view of the world. This short termism are be the downfall of many a company. I've even seen one with a full order book for the next TWO years go under because they could not get a line of credit extension for more than 90 days. When their products take at least 120 days to make they had no choice but to shut up shop. Madness.

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Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Is it Legit?

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Fun thing about the DMCA: it required Apple to state, under penalty of perjury, that the iBoot source code was legit:

All it needs is for the code to have been written by Apple. The Copyright statements are enough to get it taken down. It does not have to be the real boot code... but probably is.

We may never know. Apple is probably changing the boot code as we comment (or may have done already) and as the majority of Fanbois update their Apple toys I would not expect their to be much of a risk of mass hacking but it is interesting none the less.

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Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators

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Re: Android Updates

My first Android was an HTC. Apart from one carrier update that was it. Then I had a Samsung. 6 months and the updates stopped. Got another Samsung and this time it was around a year and then it was carrier updates only.

I know that this is not totally represntative but that's my experience. Moved to recon'd iPhones. My iPhone 6 is still getting full OS updates and not had any battery issues. (don't speak too soon eh?)

Until Google puts their foot down OS updates on Android will still be hit and miss. They have the stance taken by Apple to work towards and they should. The whole phone market will be a better place if they did get tough. Less for Apple Fanbois to crow about for one thing.

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MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

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Well Duh!

How about these for starters...

- Not giving the contract to the likes of Crapita, Steria, IBM and especially not to TATA and friends.

- Not changing the spec every week/day/hour.

There is no incentive for UK Techices to get involved with projects like this so they run for the hills when asked to do them.

Fix the above and you might, just might get somewhere by 2021.

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The many-faced god of operational excellence, DevOps and now 'site reliability engineering'

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SRE?

ah, you must mean

Shit Recovery Experience

Mines the one with a roll of andrex in the pocket. someone has to clean up the DevOps mess don't they?

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Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Re: 9h with ScumBag Air seat spacing

A380 in Luton or Leeds

Well, Emirates operates A380's out of Gatwick with the same runway length that early 747's had problems with due to lack of oommpphh from the engines. One Pilot that I knew at the time hated it if they had to take off to the NE as it was rare that they could get a bit of speed up before they got onto the runway. In that case they'd rev the engines up really high and hope that the brakes held.

modern Jets don't have that problem.

As for the A321, I've travelled back and forth to Jordan many times on on (Brit Midland and then BA) and found them ok but with BA adding another row to Cattle Class I'm glad that I don't travel much these days and when I do, it is at the front of the plane. I have to use those AirMiles up somehow...

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You can find me in da club, database full of faces… but this ain't privacy watchers' jam

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Re: Bournemouth

Yep, the over 65's who go clubbing along with the thousands of Uni and Foreign Students learning English.

Us wrinklies are very much in the minority.

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Openreach ups investment plans: Will shoot out full fibre to 3 million premises

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Re: FTTP

Yep and Solar Panels and EV Charging points but these are all just pie in the sky so won't happen.

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$14bn tax hit, Surface Pro screens keep dying – but it's not all good news at Microsoft

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But...

Where are all the class action lawsuits from all those disgruntled customers who's screens have gone 'phut'?

We all know that if this was Apple, this would be headline news all over the world.

Perhaps it is a sign that MS is slowly fading into insignificance (in the public eye) now that they have given up on mobile?

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1,900 rotten apps bounced out of Google Play every day in 2017

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Re: Why are they accepted?

Simples really.

Our App Store is bigger than your App Store.

{never mind the quality, feel the width}

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F-35 flight tests are being delayed by onboard software snafus

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Re: Still, one day...

Probably running 'windows for Planes' and can't handle 0mph and still airborne.

Mines the one with a 'Fly Navy Harrier' parch on the sleve. {worked on them in the 1970's}

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

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Re: Virgin

Well Whoopppppeeeeee Do.

How's all that lovely pron then?

The VM users in my street are actually worse off than those on FTTC. Why? Because 90% of the residents are on VM and it is delivered over an old bit of NTL Coax. Speeds at 19:00 on a weekday are around 5Mbits.

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Deep sigh... Servers get teaser trailers now

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re: composable successor

Don't you mean

compostable successor ?

Mines the one with 'Composting (Bob's Basics)' by 'Bob Flowerdew' in the pocket.

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Lenovo's craptastic fingerprint scanner has a hardcoded password

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Re: The apocalypse...

For once, I’m glad I’m NOT running Windows OR using a Lenovo device.

there fixed it for you.

Once upon a time Thinkpads were the gold standard. That was a long long time ago.

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Driverless cars will lead to data-sharing – of the electrical kind

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Local Councils and CP's

What a great idea. Waverly (yes you lot of useless twats) won't do it despite Farnham Town Council wanting to put them in (An Ex Mayor drives a Zoe and wants to promote Green Driving)

Then there are the CP's at Hospitals 'reserved for staff', which in reality means just the Chief Exec in his Tesla Model X. Bah Humbug.

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Re: First create the infrastructure for taxes

WOT! Pay tax on leccy that I use to charge my car that I have generated myself?

Pleae explain how that will work?

Answer, it won't unless I ray myself the tax I pay when using my leccy.

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GitHub shrugs off drone maker DJI's crypto key DMCA takedown effort

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Re: It took 10 minutes to spin up an Azure VM

and it took 30 seconds to shut it down and wipe it because your mega corp forgot to pay the bill.

There are risks in life. I guess that 3 years to secure your companies IP is not very important then? Didn't you talk to the legal dept? or Information Security?

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Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM

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Re: I think the cyclist is at fault#2

Yep. Long term biker here (since '69 ) and rode around 13K miles last year on a big bike.

I was taught defensive riding by an ex Police Instructor in the mid 1970's. In traffic I still ride as he taught me. That skill has saved my life on many an occassion.

Ride as if you expect Tin Cans (driven or driverless) to do stupid things and you will survive.

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H-1B visa hopefuls, green card holders are feeling the wrath of 'America first' Trump

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Big Brother

Re: We don't deport our own citizens

We did once and I'm sure that there are people on the political fringes of both left and right that would do it again at a drop of a hat. Last time, we sent them to Australia where to now? Mars?

an Island of Plastic waste in the middle of the ocean?

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Electric cars to create new peak hour when they all need a charge

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Re: Cost of Electricity

How will the Taxman work out when I'm charging my EV (in the future) or running the washing machine?

Raising the taxation level(i.e. VAT) on Leccy will be a sure fire vote loser. It was tried once and quickly reduced to 5%.

You raise an interesting point. We'll probably all move to a 'pay per mile' model based upon the data all our permanetly connected cars send to HMG/GCHQ. It will also help Big Brother keep tabs on us 24/7.

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Re: The pro-EV set always shouts me down

Perhaps they are right?

All the evidence seems to point that way.

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Elon Musk offered no salary, $55bn bonus to run Tesla for a decade

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re: Monorails and Evil Lair

Aren't you forgetting 'Hyperloop'? That's his monorail and he's got his own tunnelling company 'The Boring Company'.

Nowt revolutionary with that though (the Boring thing).

IMHO, his 'evil lair' will be somewhere in the Nevada Desert. Area 51 perhaps?

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I thought there'd be more Instagram: ICT apprenticeships down 20% in five years

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re: IBM HPE etc

IBM, HPE and the rest are Jettisoning hundreds of highly skilled and experienced personnel every month

There fixed it for you.

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UK competition watchdog: Fox's takeover of Sky 'not in public interest'

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Re: A good decision

But what does the wrinkly one have on the current 'Culture Media and whatever' Minister? Well he have the balls to tell Old Wrinkly to go back to get stuffed?

Somehow I doubt it.

As for heads in a Jar, you have forgotten public enemy no 1 (according to the Trumpster), Hillary with her side kick Obama... They'd love to have them stuffed and used for target practice. {joking}

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President Trump turns out the lights on solar panel imports into US

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WTF?

Re: Side Effects

At least one other site is reporting that this move will probably lead to 23,000 job losses and increase the price of residential PV by around $1000 per house.

I guess that is a good deal for the average voter then....?

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