* Posts by King Jack

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That's the way the cookies crumble: Consent banners up 16% since GDPR

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Dilbert

Just get them to email you the comic or go to a comics web site and read it peace.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch: A tough and classy activity tracker

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Re: God that’s ugly!

'40mm - 42mm is the norm now'. If Arnie wore a watch, what size would it be? Real men wear big watches. This size thing is running parallel to phone sizes. What was once laughed at is normal now.

I'm waiting for one that doubles as a satellite dish.

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Re: Just what I need

Androids do breathe but not for the reasons you think. Commander Data breathes to control temperature. And he has many internal chronometers so I doubt he would find any watch useful for anything.

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Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Twice as good

Double the spyware.

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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Monkey Dust

Reminds me of a sketch on Monkey Dust, where two men are trying to sell plutonium door to door. Bits of their bodies are falling off.

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We might be skimming the Surface, but it looks like Microsoft's readying a wallet-friendly device

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Nothing new

How long before the usual happens and they abandon it?

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RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89

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Soup Dragon

I loved the Clangers but nobody was able to answer the question of where the soup came from.

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Why the 'feudal' tech monopolies run rings around competition watchdogs

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Re: sky had a monopoly on premiership football

The real solution was not to split the rights but to make it illegal for one company to have 'exclusive' rights. That way BT, Virgin, etc would all show all the games and they would complete on quality of service and price. Which is what it should be like in the first place. Buying up rights then exhorting money should not be allowed.

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Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum

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Acolytes

No matter what Apple remove, the faithful will always make a case as to why it is the best thing to happen and Apple is right in doing it. The strange thing is these people don't realize is the main thing Apple is removing is their hard earned cash. Leaving them with less. One day they'll wake up and smell the coffee.

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Don't panic, but your baby monitor can be hacked into a spycam

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The only reason I would use a baby monitor is if my child was really ill. I mean with wires monitoring heart rate or on a drip for medicine. Or if I lived in a mansion with 40 rooms where the nursery was in the upper west wing. As none of the above applies then letting a child that needs attention call out (cry) is good. It develops the lungs and teaches Jr patience as the parent dosn't appear every time it farts. I used to love technology but now i'm an old fart I fail to the reason for most of its existence unless the aim is to give your privacy away for free.

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Priceless: The cost to BT for bothering you with spam? 1.5 UK pence per email

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% of income

Big Corps should be fined a percentage of their income. They are not a person so they should be treated like the faceless companies they are. After a few rounds all abusing corps will fall into line. If I were BT I'd be lining up the next mail shot and laughing all the way to the bank.

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Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

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Re: I'm sick to the back teeth of the pack of morons...

Blame M$. If they had not behaved like criminals with Windows 10 and not adopted techniques of spyware then I'm sure they would not get the amount of flak whenever their name appears. They seem not to care about anybody and do whatever suits them whenever they want. They may well come up with the best chip design but because they are M$ they will use it to shaft as many people as they can. Sony with their rootkits, feature removal and propitiatory crap get the same hatred as they too will never change until bankruptcy looms. If M$ just wrote an OS and softwares that didn't try to own you then these comments would fade away.

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Computer says "No"

Only M$ approved programs allowed any where near your computer. Expect this chip to phone home every time you take a shit. Reminds of an ad M$ was running 2+ years ago about how they would stamp out computer crime, by spying on everything you do.

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Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

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Re: What do people want in a smartwatch?

All I want is a watch that tells the time accurate to the second. Battery life measured in decades. Other complications would include date, day. stopwatch, etc. Waterproof and shock proof.

It already exists. My watch is all the above and solar powered. The only thing I need do is look at it. Everything is automatic. I give you the old Edifice waveceptor range by Casio. Ruined now by the inclusion of bluetooth and phone pairing.

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Indiegogo lawyer asks ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Where's the cash?

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What do they expect?

When I were a lad you bought things that existed. Now idiots like to throw cash at vapour then complain when they get vapour. Hey, stop complaining, you got exactly what you paid for. Learn a lesson. Pay for real things when they are in the shops and not before.

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Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

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Re: doing something clearly very very important

How else is M$ supposed to earn a crust? It has to collect all your personal info and package it up to send to the mothership. That task cannot be delayed for any reason. It needs to know where to look for your latest submissions.

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Actual control of Windows 10 updates (with a catch)... and more from Microsoft

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Re: Nice embedded device there...

The definition of blackmail: Paying someone not to do something. Can M$ sink any lower?

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Yahoo! Kills! The! Messenger!

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Yahoo is slowly destroying it's self

Too true. They bought Coolpreviews an addon which previews links in mini pop-in pages. Makes browsing faster and cleaner. It is unique and nobody has written anything similar. The First thing they did was to shut it down. And Yahoo wonders why it's not popular? It part of the mentality of buying cool things then instantly destroying them. Kind of like a bully stamping on your lunch.

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Psst! you don't put a space before an exclamation mark. English 101.

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British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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Re: I don't get it

Just to be clear I don't have a favourite colour. I was just trying to make a point. That the individual should change, not the world. If Vegans get to dictate stuff for everyone, then any foolishness should be allowed. Even changing every picture to please one person because in the 21st century no minority no matter how small is allowed to be upset.

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I don't get it

How can any sane person become upset because and image shows an egg in a salad? You may not like eggs and not eat them but how is an egg salad offensive. I don't like the colour blue. Should I rage at the sky and demand that all pictures in the world change the colour to suit me?

When is this madness of pandering to every one going to stop. In the real world there is always going to be things you like and others don't. God I hate this generation. People should not just grow up but grow a spine too.

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Hmmm, we can already seize your stuff, so why can't we shoot down your drone, officials mull

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Is private property worth more than a human life?

It depends on the colour of your skin.

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Microsoft partners to fling out collabo-visual Ginormonitors this year

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Re: Incidentally, what browser/search engine/phone/social media do you use?

Why do people justify a wrong by pointing to something else that is also wrong? That does not make it right. I just makes you look like a fool. M$ spys and steals data from their users. That's fine because Facebook does the same? Please come up with an adult argument that makes data slurping OK.

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

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Re: Impact on Segal's law?

A man with 2 Edifce waveceptor watches knows that they will always show the same exact time to the second. (not the new crappy blutooth one).

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Re: spring water

Unless you personally go to a spring yourself all bottled 'spring water' is treated to remove the bacteria that is in raw spring water. Spring Water is a marketing term to make people believe that the water is special and not just water and to make them pay more. Mixing real dirty 'spring water' with whiskey might make it safe to drink.

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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"Judge us by our actions"

Is this the same Microsoft that planted spyware on millions of computers? The same Microsoft that back ported spyware to Windows 7? The same shitsack that made clicking on 'X' mean go ahead and install?

The same turd that gave a choice of 'install now' or 'install later' with no option not to?

Yes, Judge them by their actions.

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Linus Torvalds decides world isn’t ready for Linux 5.0

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Re: went away with the advent of the tilt function on single wheels for side scrolling

I had a hell of a time finding a replacement mouse with that feature. Finally I bought a job lot on eBay so i'll be able to tilt for the next 3 decades+. Wouldn't use a mouse without it..

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Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer

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Recap

To save everyone's time I'll sum up how England will pay it's matches.

At kick off for the first 10 minutes they'll actually a play good game. If by chance they score they'll transform into idiot mode. 1-0 All the players at that time think the game is over and they have won. They'll weakly pass the ball back (not forward) to keep their goalkeeper happy. At that point the opposing side will get the ball and slam it in the back of the net. 1-1. This will shock England who will panic and give the ball away and start the theatrics such as claiming the ball is theirs when they kick it out of bounds and diving to claim a free kick or penalty. The other team will score a few more times. 3-1. Half time. More of the same tactic less playing then some young gun will break free and score for England. This results in more time wasting defending rather than attacking. Final whistle. England lose as usual. After match analists (sic) will claim the ref was biased and 'foreign player' cheated. You read it here first.

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Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

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Re: Technological objections

It doesn't matter what I think, it is a pertinent question. A tunnel which is 100s of miles long will take huge amounts of power to suck out the air. As an experiment try to suck the air out of a plastic bottle (1 litre) it takes effort. Now times it by a 100 million and tell me how many pumps would be needed? If you put a door in the vacuum tunnel air will rush in. How do you get people in the tunnel which is a vacuum? Air lock I hear you say. Great, more pumping of air. How fast can you pump air out? The train which must contain air for the people to arrive alive at the other end must be air tight. What happens if it springs a leak in a vacuum? Explosive decompression. How strong do these trains need to be to withstand all that pressure. I've read and seen videos on Hyperloop and they never go near answering any of the above. The Hyperloop in use would be like going to the edge of space. Are the trains going to be mini space shuttles? It's a non starter until they work out these things and where all the power will come from that will take to make a 100+ mile tube become a vacuum. My opinion means nothing but don't let science spoil the dream. Go on Youtube and watch the progress of Hyperloop. You'll see a tiny rusty tunnel and tiny capsules that would struggle to hold a dog. The tunnels are not in vacuum. There are no pumps anywhere. You would think the testing would include that somewhere. I'd settle on seeing a 100-1 scale model working but no, nothing but a rusty pipe with water in it. Close your eyes and try imagining you going on the Hyperloop. Tell me how you get in the tunnel and out of it at the other end without breaking the vacuum.

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Re: Technological objections

How will they maintain a vacuum in a tube 100s of miles long? How will any of the mid way stations work? What happens if a seal breaks? How do you stop a bullet in a vacuum? What happens if the air pressure in the cabin fails? You are in a vacuum so all the air will be sucked out killing everyone before the train stops. How much power will be needed to suck 1000s of litres of air out? I don't think any of the above have been addressed. It's not a closed loop that you beam people into, people have to get on and off the train via a door. How many hours of wait time while the track ahead is cleared of air? It must work because I saw the beginning of Futurama. There are good reasons to do things. It normally starts with imagining the thing in question actually performing the task. Nobody seems to have given this any thought at all.

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MPs slam UK.gov's 'unacceptable' hoarding of custody images

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One law for them, another for you.

And people wonder why people hate the police. They get to do criminal acts but who prosecutes them?

If this was a private company that failed to comply with the law, heads would roll. If plod does it any excues is reason enough.

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Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick

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Magnetic Trick

I always thought the soles of his shoes or inserts were metallic. Then all you need do is hide an electro-magnetic plate on stage. Dance around all you want then stand on the plate, stage hand flicks the switch and presto. Street magicians probably do it like that too.

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...relative to your body mass

When failing to do ONE pull up I tried using that excuse, but girls still aren't impressed.

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Nvidia quickly kills its AMD-screwing GeForce 'partner program' amid monopoly probe threat

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Re: Blimey

That is of course Jeff Hardy's keyboard....

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Exclusive to all press: Atari launches world's best ever games console

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Re: C=64

20mins loading for non 'turbo' games. As a plus you made sure you enjoyed the game after waiting that long to get started.

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Doom and Super Mario could be a lot tougher now AI is building levels

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I'd not buy

I used to play games (single player) because it was a challenge that you could learn to beat. If it was too easy you chose a harder setting. You knew it was still beatable. That was the challenge. If the game kept adapting to your game play (like some chess games) you would lose all the time and that is not fun. Losing to a real person can be fun (if they are in the room) as you can interact. Losing to a machine would just mean that I'll play once then move on to something more fun. Or just leave the game on the shelf. Save the fancy brain work to making a good campaign and leave AI for piloting airplanes.

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Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week

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Re: Still one version back

Just download and install Waterfox. It's exactly the same as the old Firefox but without any of the bullshit.

All your old addons and customisations work. You can only tell it's not Firefox because the logo is blue. It's on version 56.x now. It literally takes 2 minutes.

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Re: blown through $1.5 billion?

I think it's more like suck through $1.5 billion, like through rolled up $100 bills.

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I spy with my little eye ... a quantum drum with TRILLIONS of atoms

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entanglement was maintained for nearly 30 minutes

30 minutes? I've seen entanglement last for decades. You think you are divorced/separated but somehow you still have to shell out to your ex other half.

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BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years

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Re: The EXTacy Delivers Disturbances in the Force...

@ amanfromMars 1

Your use of capital letters makes my head spin. Random words have them. Are you writing in code?

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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Re: Just imagine...

Come on man, you can't leave it there. I want more. The novel / screenplay you are writing is great. When is the next chapter..... Does Sarah live or die? I gotts ta know.

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It's April 2018, and we've had to sit on this Windows 10 Spring Creators Update headline for days

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Re: Antipodean edition?

Duh? As you well know the USA is the whole world. Every other country is just a fantasy made up to make the USA look bad. Their laws are global and Trump is 'The Leader of the Free World'. It's true, just ask any American.

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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... when it becomes public that they are scanning all your private data

Windows 10 already scans everything on your machine. Even local searches are sent to them. It has a keylogger so every password is passed on to them for 'safe keeping'. I agree that this is just a smoke screen to halt the wheel of fortune turning on them when the Farcebook lynching dies down.

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Experiment

Ask somebody who objects to swearwords what it is that they find offensive about the word? Then ask them why they are not offended by other words describing the exact same thing or act. At that point when their brain is engaged they'll admit they they have no good reason to dislike some words and not others. They'll admit they only object because other people do.

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Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

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Re: if you search for my real name online

@ The Dogs Meevonks

I know who you are, you are John Connor. But Skynet will find you in the end.

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El Reg deep dive: Everything you need to know about UK.gov's pr0n block

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Re: Here's a question... does the porn industry WANT to restrict underage access?

Curiosity about sex is engrained in your genes. At puberty hormones change you. You become interested in sex. It is a natural part of growing up. Most organisms on the planet engage in sex, it is what creates the next generation and keeps the species alive. Some people find it distasteful and embarrassing but that is their problem. The day that Politicians or Doctors 'cure' kids form looking at porn, that will be the day the human race dies. The Porn industry need do nothing to promote sex.

Nobody has died looking at other people have sex. No body has be traumatised by looking at porn, no matter what the experts say. Parents should get a clue and educate their kids and expect them to get interested in sex as they age. It has been happening for millions of years.

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Crypt-NO-coins: US city bans mining funbux on its electrical power grid

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Re: Barium

Sounds familiar: My best friend's aunt makes $5000 per month.... you get the picture.

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Millionaire-backed science fiction church to launch Scientology TV network

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Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

If you want an insight on the damage a religion can cause watch this show. It focuses on Scientology but I can tell you from first hand experience that Jehovah's Witnesses are nearly as bad. In fact all cults operate this way.

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Europe is living in the past (by nearly six minutes) thanks to Serbia and Kosovo

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You probably also think we use inches.

We use everything here. Miles for distance, Pints for beer in the pub but in the supermarket its litres or parts there of. Cars still use miles per gallon but you buy fuel by the litre. If the PTB had balls all this could have been sorted 50 years ago. But we seem to be happy sitting between the two systems. Petrol in litres so that the prices can rise steeply. 2p on a litre is much higher than 2p on the gallon. We've been conditioned to accept it without thinking too hard.

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10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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Gateway Drug

I was too poor to afford one but my neighbour had one. I spent many hours typing away at the keyboard playing adventure games. When I got stuck I began reading the code to get the answers which proved more fun than the game itself. I mastered the 'Ram pack Wobble' which on reflection was a good thing. When the machine crashed, you had to re-input everything again. That was good practice and burned the language into your brain. They (thankfully) don't make 'em like that any more.

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