* Posts by DiViDeD

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America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

DiViDeD

You missed out option 3:

Don't go anywhere near the damn place. There are plenty of international routes which avoid the US altogether, there are more than enough holiday destinations with shedloads more to offer, Skype/video conferencing/over the shoulder remote direction of native technicians exist to keep you at arms length from the place, their TV sucks, and their president is orange.

Kids, just say no.

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

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Hey, cars have been known to crash. Who in their right mind would want to get into a vehicle that could mangle them horribly?

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Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

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Re: Not Just Us Then

I'd love to watch M*A*S*H again, but here in Oz, both the reruns and the DVDs have a canned laugh track. If that had been on the UK versions I could never have watched it.

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Re: Not Just Us Then

Obligatory (well, I hope to start a trend) Old Harry's Game quote:

Satan: What are you doing?

Edith (under hypnosis): I'm watching Midsomer Murders

Satan: What are you thinking?

Edith: I'm not thinking, I'm watching Midsomer Murders.

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TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.

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Re: Looking forward to the wiki dump @veti

Well I think Assange might be *slightly* less worried about spending jail time in Sweden, now that Sweden has dropped all charges.

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British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes

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So Radicalism starts with a FaceBook post?

Hurrah!! We can solve the problem of terrorist violence in one step!

Surely, if a person can be 'radicalised' to the point of being willing to strap explosives to his body and blow himself to pieces simply from reading an 'evil' farcebook post, then it follows that he can be DEradicalised back to the holy path of Catholicism by, say, making them watch an episode of Father Ted.

Sorted!

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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Re: Pure hipster wankery

"How long will Samsung support the S8 with updates"

Well, if I might draw your attention to the charging cradle for my Gear 2 Neo:

11 months after I got it, I managed to lose the charging cradle. Not to worry, there's a Samsung store just down the road from the office.

"I'd like a charging cradle for this please"

The salesdroid looked at my Neo, pointed to the S2 display in the window and sneered "Oh, we don't do *those* anymore. Have you tried eBay?"

So I imagine the S8 will be supported right up to the moment you walk out of the shop with it.

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Re: Biometric balls

"So to unlock your phone you stuff it down your trousers?"

Yes.

Absolutely.

That's what I was doing, I was .. unlocking my ... phone.

officer

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Foxtel emits new sueballs, this time targeting TV streamers

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Free streaming sites are one thing.

But recently I've seen ads for a number of companies offering 'Watch TV from any country - legally' packages, which consist of buying a dodgy set top box from the company (GetFlix, etc), together with advice on how to get around Netflix's geolocking.

The worst of it is, people who have paid for these things seem to feel their pirating is 'legitimate', distinguishing them from people like, oh, for example, no, can't think of anyone, who simply connect to a vpn and stream from the 'nasty pirates'

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Australian Taxation Office named as party preventing IT contractors being paid

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Re: Be aware...

Haven't seen a cheque (check to our American cousins) in nearly 20 years. Most people younger than me would be likely to ask 'What is this check of which you speak?'

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Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

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Re: Filtering Fake news

".information is altered to make it "more relevant" or localized"

Ah yes. 'Merthyr man drowns as Titanic sinks' springs to mind

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: Betamax - Betamax quality wasn't actually that much better.

"Mini-disk player"

There's the problem, right there. MD was primarily marketed as a way to listen to commercially produced recordings, while its major strength (played down by Sony, possibly because it feared high quality audio 'bootlegs' flooding the lucrative market they had just moved into with the formation of Sony BMG) was the ability to transfer the digital data on a CD or DAT tape direct to the disc. Mine even had an optical input for that very purpose. That, coupled with the fact that you had an exceptionally high quality recorder that would fit in your pocket, should have made it a winner.

Although memory sticks, yes. *they* were crap.

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New MH370 analysis again says we looked in the wrong places

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Re: IThose who haven't experienced the Roaring Forties or the Furious Fifties

Can agree with you about the Roaring Forties and the Furious Fifties. I'm now a year or two into the Sedentary Sixties and can thoroughly recommend them to anyone in need of a slower pace of life!

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SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

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Re: you missed the entire point

"until Bose ADJUSTS! THEIR! ATTITUDE! they won't be getting MY business"

I'll be waiting a little longer. Until they produce a set of cans that don't sound like they were literally made from .. .. .. cans

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Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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Re: so much wrong here...

On Koh Samui, when you get out into the country, it seems the standard method of connecting a house to the electrical grid is as follows:

1 Strip back a section of the (overhead!) transmission cables

2 Apply crocodile clips to bared section, connected to your house wiring

3 Wrap copious amounts of electrical insulating tape over new connection

4 Add more tape whenever winter rains short out the lines and black out entire region

I honestly thought it was made up until I saw a Thai electrician wiring up a house this way. Oh, and since they have learned (by experience, one assumes) that power transmission lines don't support ladders, support for the trade's ladder is provided by 2 locals putting their shoulders to it.

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Re: so much wrong here...

Australian plugs also have the earth pin at the bottom, and there's method in this. Since the earth pin is longer than the others, if the plug starts to fall out (not unlikely since, unlike UK plugs, the prongs are thin ad do not lock in place), the earth pin stays connected until the other pins have become disconnected, thus avoiding whatever would happen if it weren't (do I LOOK like an electrical expert to you?)

Australia also has a curious habit of switching lights on the live core, with an additional live spur at the switch to avoid switching off all the lights in one go. By the time you get to the point furthest away from the consumer unit, you usually have a loom of live cables the size of your thigh coming into one switch.

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Software dev cuffed for 'nicking proprietary financial trading code'

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Re: Firm-1 and sophisticated algorithmic proprietary code

A cobbled together smorgasbord of code nicked from Open Source without attribution.

There, FTFY

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Honor phone for paupers goes upmarket, assails flagships

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Re: In UK?

But I thought it was named in honour of Cathy Gale.

Older readers may understand this

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Samsung Galaxy S8: Slimmer bezels, a desktop mode – and yet another me-too AI pal

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Re: Hmmmm

"the S7 has it means holding in an unnatural way which leads to an increased chance of dropping and breaking"

Or, with my S6, a guarantee of dropping and breaking. The 2nd day I had it.

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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Re: "I think it would rather fun to put Google Home, Siri and Alexa in a room together "

"I think it would rather fun to put Google Home, Siri and Alexa in a room together "

Except it would probably be a pretty short conversation:

Is that you Siri? And Alexxa too? OK, the meatsacks are fucking with us again, say nothing."

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Oxford Uni boffins say internet filters probably won't protect teens

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Protecting our young uns?

You know, I can (barely) remember being a teenager, and I don't remember ever, ever, hoping to be 'protected' from the possibility of viewing smut.

Actively seeking it out in order to ogle now, that's quite another issue.

How long should we protect children from learning there is unpleasant stuff in the world? Their 30s? 40s? Hope they die without ever learning what those naughty things in their keks are able to do?

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BBC hooks up with ITV, launches long awaited US subscription VoD

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Re: I'll just ...

"So what if I have to wait for a day or so for it to be available." OK, miserable old curmudgeon time. In the Good Old Days (tm), when the Box and Radioarchive were still with us, some of the more dedicated uploaders (MadMartha springs to mind) could have a programme encoded and uploaded to the torrent server within an hour of it finishing.

Kids today, etc.

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WikiLeaks promises to supply CIA's hacking tool code to vendors

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Re: @palpy: corraboration from a legit news source --

"Interestingly, even the Gateway Pundit doesn't appear to say that an intercept was actually ordered on Trump phones"

Funnily enough there was a similar item on CNN over the weekend about the link between the Trump organisation and Alfa bank. loads of 'Well, it's Russian, so state controlled' (it's not, by the way), and 'lots of questions to be answered', but essentially the whole 10 minute item boiled down to 'The <some 3 letter acronym> are investigating *whether* anything actually took place which might, conceivably point a finger of blame at somebody they'd like to blame'

seems both sides are now using the 'Let's shake it and see if anything drops out' investigative method.

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Road accident nuisance callers fined £270,000 for being absolute sh*tbags

DiViDeD

Re: Unplug the phone

"Yes I get sales calls to my mobile but it's nowhere near as bad as the 4 to 5 I was getting on the home phone every evening" - Yet

TFTFY

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Shopping for PCs? Ding, dong, the Dock is dead in 2017's new models

DiViDeD

A Laptop is not a PC

Sorry, but if you can't fit a kick arse graphics card, water cooling, cold cathode lighting and a small family of immigrants inside the case, then it's a piece of junk, not a PC.

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Trump, Brexit, and Cambridge Analytica – not quite the dystopia you're looking for

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Well Fan me with a Blowtorch!

I tried their personality analyser and was astonished at its accuracy. According to them, I'm:

Christian

Conservative

Gay

A woman

Apparently applying a 'Like' against the Matrix makes me simultaneously MORE and LESS likely to be gay, so that one confuses me a little.

Oh, and they got my weight wrong too.

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Kids these days will never understand the value of money

DiViDeD

With thanks to Douglas Adams

I only deal in hard cash - if you can't scratch a window with it, I don't accept it.

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That's cute. AI and IoT need 'ethics regulation', mumbles Lib Dem baron

DiViDeD

Re: Nooo

Whoosh!!

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

DiViDeD

But this is not about immigration. This is about visiting the US, or even changing flights on a long haul at a US airport!

Doesn't bother me though, never wanted to go there, even as a child, and all my long haul flying involves transferring in the ME or SE Asia.

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Re: Language?

Oh come on! I've seen the movies. Everyone in the world speaks English, but in some countries they do so in a heavy accent, probably because they like people to know what country they come from.

'Foreign' languages? Seriously, no such thing.

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How Lexmark's patent fight to crush an ink reseller will affect us all

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Re: @Ogi

"Reassembly is the reverse procedure."

I'm always reminded of the old Haynes manuals, which led my father to come up with his workshop slogan:

"Reassembly is a reversal of disassembly - but with more swearing"

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For Fark's sake! Fark fury follows 5-week ad ban for 5-year-old story

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Re: Had a similar problem with the McAfee anti-virus people

Similar, but more amusing is the Oz government's latest attempt to protect it's people from the horror of copyright infringement.

Attempts to access the better known torrent sites are redirected to a 'why not buy from our corporate mates' page. Firefox intercepts this with a warning page about invalid site certificates and invites the user to flag the government page as possible malicious site, something which people have been doing with great enthusiasm.

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NSW government innovates, with visa workers taking over IT roles

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Re: The stupid it burns

Well let's face it - the GLC managed more than that on its own,

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Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

DiViDeD

Sorry to sound like an old grumpy.. ..

.. but what sort of braindead parent thinks it's a good idea to let an 11 year old play GTA? Would they also happily drop him off at the cinema to watch a couple of hours of 120 Days of Sodom?

There's stuff for grownups and stuff for kids. Some people need to learn the bloody difference.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

DiViDeD

Cue Billy Connolly

"be nice and clean in case you are knocked down by a car and go to hospital."

Well I've operated and he should pull through. But really, Mrs Connolly, if you'd seen the state of his underpants!

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Firefox hits version 50

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Re: Chrome

"Is it due to phones/tablets, Android?

Do people not care about privacy?"

I think you just answered your own question there.

I tried to get MS Office from Microsoft yesterday. 'Oh dear. You have 3rd party cookies disallowed. You'll need to enable these to continue.'

No explanation, just rip a hole in the side of your browser or we won't let you give us your money. The Chat rep suggested I could use Edge or IE, as that would work for me. I got it from a retailer instead.

As an aside, what's happened to Microsoft with their error messages recently? I had an error message last night which said (I shit you not):

"Oops! Something went wrong. We'll try to fix it for you. We'll let you know when we're done."

How about YOU tell ME what went wrong and I'll bloody well fix it myself?

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Re: Android

my Partner uses FF on an HTC M8 and is very happy with it. It supports AdBlock and stuff. To my shame, I use Adblock Browser and let *it* do all the heavy lifting. Also no complaints. Stuff that doesn't render properly doesn't get a 2nd visit, and its cookie and script controls are pretty comprehensive.

Although it keeps asking me if I'd like search suggestions turned on if I search from the address bar.

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Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

DiViDeD

Colour me surprised

"the more politicians tried to actively interact with their constituents, the more abuse they faced."

Sounds reasonable to me

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More movie and TV binge-streaming sites join UK banned list

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@ P.Lee Re: Fix content availability and usability, and "piracy" will mostly disappear

"The Internet provides so much of what you want and so little of what you need."

I'm definitely stealing that!

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@Cynic_999 Re: Fix content availability and usability, and "piracy" will mostly disappear

All those reasons and more is why, if I *do* go to the cinema (there still are a [small] number of films worth seeing in splendiferousness), it's Gold Class for me. You can eat (and drink alcohol) in your comfy recliner, they bring the stuff to you, even if it's only a bowl of popcorn, you can lie down in your fold flat recliner, you have elbow room, what's not to like?

Although regrettably, they still kinda insist you wear clothes.

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Re: Thanks, MPAA

Well with PopcornTime now forked and in the hands of several dev teams, together with the Butter Project, torrenting is quite literally becoming 'plug & pirate' fro everyone. With a thumbnail driven interface, just like any 'legal' streaming service, and shitloads of choice, it's become accessible to anyone.

And let's face it, it's no more illegal than those 'GetFlix' and 'BritFlix' companies that sell you a box to do your pirating with.

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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Re: Lack of function keys

OK, not exactly touchscreencolourtastic, but the slave owners gave me a Lenovo notebook with a multi function strip where the function keys should be which displays different commands depending on the context of what you're doing. Funny really, because what I'm usually doing is wondering why my function keys have been replaced by yet another bunch of meaningless icons every time I need F5.

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FBI reopens Hillary spillery

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Re: "Clinton has been and would be bought"

Yes, the evidence suggests there's nobody more easily bought

The problem is, she doesn't *stay* bought - not for any money

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Topless in-car selfie attempt climaxes with rear-end bonking

DiViDeD

Re: Why do people buy cars without autonomous braking systems?

Because for some it's the only way of meeting new people - most of them in uniform

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Murder in the Library of Congress

DiViDeD

Re: If giving power to Google is the price of removing it from Disney, I'm all for it!

+1 for the concept because it deals directly with an issue close to my heart. Believe it or not, Project Gutenberg is running out of books to transcribe. The result of extending copyright so that a few blockbusters continue to make money for the descendants of the original artist (or more commonly, the major corporation that now holds the copyright - do you really think there's a bloke at Disney whose job it is to go round to the houses of people descended from Disney animators once a year with a big bag of money and tell them 'Here you go - that's great grandad's royalties for the year'?) is that many many more obscure works, unpublished for the past 50+ years because they simply wouldn't make a return, cannot be released to the public domain because they're under copyright. PGs alternative, obviously, is to track down surviving descendants of the original author and get permission to publish, or prove that the work is orphaned. Easy enough to do for a volunteer free project who will naturally have access to the millions (or possibly billions) of dollars they would need to accomplish this.

So year by year the public domain gets smaller, not larger. If a book was last published 20 years ago, it's more than likely you can find a copy to transcribe. But 70 years ago? Or the proposed lifetime + 108 years? Of course there'll be a lot of rubbish in that pile of works, but the fact remains that we'll never know. The vast majority of books published in the past 75 years will be gone forever by the time they fall into the public domain, together with all the ideas contained within them.

And that's just bloody criminal. Just so we can preserve the profit on a cartoon mouse and 7 badly drawn dwarves.

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What will happen when I'm too old to push? (buttons, that is)

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Re: Not being old

" if your sky/virgin/bt box shuts down because you have not pressed a button for a couple of hours "

Or in the case of the spanky new IQHD box from Foxtel, the new power saving feature means that, if you haven't touched a button for the last 30 minutes, you can't be watching, so it switches to sleep mode. Great for watching really short movies.

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Re: Not being old

"I really want to know why my TV has a red status light to tell me it's turned on."

Hah! My Denon amp has a red lit up ring around the power button to tell me it's turned OFF. And a green one to tell me it's on, just in case my failing mental capabilities make me forget I pushed the button.

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Chinese 'nauts blast off for month-long space station scouting mission

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@ AdamT Re: UK is not in that particular race

Well, the Soviets were never part of the 'race' to land a man on the moon as a flag waving exercise.

Doesn't stop merkins crowing about how they 'won' that race, does it?

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Apple’s macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'

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@Siv Re: gathering my thoughts

I'm glad I'm not the only one. Having tried various speech to text softwares, I soon realised that it was far more efficient for me to work out what I wanted to say first, then type it properly like a grownup. Dragon had to deal with interpreting myriad variants on 'er', 'ummm' and 'shit! hang on!' before I gave it up.

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Re: You're Wrong Sir.

"Leaving in 5 mins" is an URGENT message?

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