* Posts by King Jack

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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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UK watchdog Ofcom tells broadband firms: '30 days to sort your speeds'

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Re: it will make no difference

"Upto" should be banned from advertising as it is too vague and includes anything. A shampoo that removes upto 100% of dandruff could be tap water or it might contain some active ingredient. Nobody knows. If they stated 80% or better then that would tell the buyer that the thing is expected to work.

But no. These adverts air on a daily basis. So much for watchdogs and regulations. Complaining about stuff gets you upto 100% results.

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Boffins baffled as AI training leaks secrets to canny thieves

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Re: Stands to reason

Occasionally we hear of a dog or other animal being killed because it knows too much and would reveal something to an enemy.

Never heard of that. How would a dog reveal a secret to someone else? Unless the dog was Scooby-Doo.

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Euro Commission gives tech firms an hour to take down terror content

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Ministry of Truth

Been scanning the interwebs for an opening as a clerk in the Ministry of Truth. I hear its a job for life.

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Vaping on the NHS? Don't hold your breath

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Re: "does this read more like an ad-icle"

You can ingest pure coffee in large amounts with no risk of death. Pure nicotine will kill you pretty fast.

They are two completely different things. Why do defenders of smoking always twist things to defend a needless filthy habit?

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Star Paws: Attack of the clones

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We've been eating cloned meat for decades. Cloning occurs in nature all the time. Bacteria are a cloned organism. Where is the out cry about that? They is an outbreak of asexual Crayfish in Europe, technically all clones.

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RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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> 4 - Massively marked up cables and connectors

Too true. Went in for a USB cable. Balked at the price, went into PC World bought the cable and got a free scanner for less. Who knew that scenario was possible? Glad to see them go.

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Comcast offers £22bn to snatch Sky from Rupert Murdoch

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No idea what to do when F1 goes to Sky full time next year

Don't subscribe, don't feed the beast. If enough people grow a spine and resist F1 will be back in a few years.

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Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls

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Re: I will not hear a word said against Fender

You forget about the flimsy USB connector. Why they didn't use the heavy duty B connector used on professional gear is unknown. I guess that they wanted to make shit that will break easily, steering you to buy a real amp. (by another manufacturer).

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Sony Xperia XZ2: High-res audio but no headphone jack

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Re: High-res audio but no headphone jack

The finest snake oil. To sell HD video they misrepresent digital recording by showing graphs with 'stair steps' and missing data. The only thing a high bit-depth gives you is increased dynamic range. Unless you listen to music where the loudest sound is a rocket taking off (which could damage or kill you) and the quietest thing on the same recording is a cricket farting then 24bits is waste of space. There are many videos on YouTube showing the folly of 24 bits for consumer use. High sample rates give you sounds above and bellow 'every' human's hearing range. Including the deluded who think their ears rival animals like elephants, bats and dogs. Unless you work in a recording studio and mix music you don't and never will need it. Another side effect is huge file sizes compared to 16 bit and the bragging rights of being duped into buying something that has zero benefit to you.

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Symantec ends cheap Norton offer to NRA members

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Re: I can see the argument for some teachers being armed...

@codejunky

What makes you think a Teacher will have the stones to face an armed attacker when it is not part of their daily routine? Imagine you are 'trained' educator and you hear screams and gunfire in the corridor. As a Trumpman you go into protect mode. Magically get your gun out of the secure location, punching in a code or fumbling with keys. (Or maybe you use a holster for quick action). You open the door, peak out, get your head blown off. A child then picks up your gun and starts firing at anything that moves, killing and wounding innocents in the process. The real 'gunman' has long moved on but the kill rate raises as more 'Trumpmen' leap into action this time mistakenly killing fleeing children and teachers as they aren't and never will be marksmen no matter what Trump University they go to to get trained.

In the aftermath It turns out their was no gunman, just some fireworks let off as a prank. The shooter (your killer) was another trained Trumpman and most of the deaths / woundings were caused by kids shooting each other in blind panic. But hey, infinite universe and all that... Maybe in a galaxy far far away people won't think arming teachers and guns in school are a good thing.

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Re: I can see the argument for some teachers being armed...

@codejunky

So in your world training with firearms will work on teachers but that same training fails on the police who are expected to face danger daily. Where will the teacher store the gun when in the classroom? Will the gun be worn at all times or be in a lock box? What if a student gets the gun? What will the teacher do then? Oh, I know they'll use the 'backup piece, just like in the cop shows.

And there was me thinking that Trump was uniquely stupid.

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Huawei guns for Apple with Mac-alike Matebook X

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Re: Looks good

Make sure you trim your nose hairs. That camera though neat is at the ideal angle to look straight up your nose. That angle will also make it look like you are looking down on anybody at the other end.

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Vatican sets up dedicated exorcism training course

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3 Steps to Heaven

First you make up a god but because god is 100% good you make up more 'evil' spirits.

Secondly you make the evil sprit responsible for all ills inflicted on mankind.

Then you make up bullshit rituals to fight these made up evil spirits...

Profit.

If ghosts and spirits existed they would be a form of intelligent life. The discoverer of such a thing would win a Nobel prize and be front page news globally. It's the 21st century, can we stop the bullshit already?

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Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

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Just Visiting

Just went there to check it out. I got no warnings about adblocking and I'm not showing any extra CPU usage. I'm free the roam and read the site. Could it be that NoScript and UMatrix works too well?

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Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

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Memory

Those of us that can remember more than a week ago will recall M$ track record of abandoned hardware. Retarded 'world releases' that didn't include the world. Remember the Kin? It littered all TV programs as product placement then vanished without a trace. weeks later. M$ enjoys making stuff then shelving it and leaving sheep out of pocket. I predicted M$ phones would die an early death no matter how good they were.

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Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people

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Re: Normal?

Good point.

In fairness to HIV itself, it isn't too bad, of late (if you ignore the symptoms).

Getting your head chopped off isn't too bad, if you ignore the missing body.

Talk about Stockholm syndrome. Why do fools defend their attackers.

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Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

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Re: Performant is a word now?

performant

adjective

Computing

Functioning well or as expected.

‘a highly performant database which is easy to use’

Origin

Early 19th century (as noun): from perform + -ant; the adjective dates from the 1980s.

From the dictionary. read it some time.

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Re: Absolute tosh!

@ MrChristoph

No scientists have ever made that claim. Science is the quest for knowledge. The more you know the more mysteries you reveal. It is never ending, you never 'know' something with 100% certainty. You need to speak to a real scientist and look up the scientific method. Please name these 'scientists' and give examples of the many times this has happened.

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Take a bow, TalkTalk, Post Office, Vodafone! You win most-whinged-about telcos award

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Engrained stupidity

ISPs/ Telcos could do themselves a big service by not lying and 'stringing customers along'. If something is not working, admit it. Stop the bullshit of turning stuff off for half an hour before you can even log a fault. Why not just log the call, ask the customer to power cycle. If it's not fixed by that, tell the customer it's been passed on to someone who will work on the fault and will call back when fixed. 9/10 this would leave the customer in a better frame of mind and when the fault eventually gets fixed, the impression on the company is positive. The culture of shovelling shit and wasting time is something that need stopping. When a customer leaves it means no possible return for about 2 years or more. You would think retaining happy customers would be the number one priority. But no, the goal is always to get more suckers in then shit on them, rinse and repeat.

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Cortana. Whatever happened to world domination?

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Microsoft make things and then seem to be unsure of what they actually want to do with them

Too true. Take the Kinect, If they had just opened the thing to everyone instead of locking it down, they would be riding high on a new revenue stream. They are more interested in absolute control rather than making things that everyone wants to use because they are good. As it is everything they make is shit and must be avoided at all costs. Spying is the new reason to make anything these days. Ramming stuff down people's throats only works for so long.

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US Congress seizes net neutrality, stuffs it into a bipartisan black hole

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FAIL

They are only bothered now because there is a movement to vote them out. Where was the concern when this shit went down?

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Sky customer dinged for livestreaming pay-per-view boxing to Facebook

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Re: THAT Price for one View?

It commands that price because idiots will pay it. Expect it to increase in the future. If people grew a brain and boycotted being ripped off, prices would fall over night.

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Nvidia: Using cheap GeForce, Titan GPUs in servers? Haha, nope!

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Re: Whats Next?

Well said. I'm just waiting until my toaster tells me that I can't use it to toast teacakes. All this control after sale freakery needs to end.

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Time's up: Grace period for Germany's internet hate speech law ends

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Re: why there are some people determined to induce hate between different people

It is a way of control and recruitment. Get people angry and reason flies out of the window. They pick a side, any side and are willing to do anything for their side to win. As the group grows and gets powerful it becomes appealing to more people, as being on the 'winning' side is good even if the reasons are bad.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

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Re: Alien UFO's are Real - True / False...

'Whenever I see Giorgio Tsoukalos' stupid head on the History Channel...'

Sadly I have a brother who believes all that crap. I asked him why and he told me it was because it was on the History channel and they were talking about things that happened long ago. It also makes him an expert (in his eyes) at something as he is as thick as two short planks.

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Re: Alien UFO's are Real - True / False...

@ Mystic Megabyte

A True story/s

When I was a child I didn't know what made night and day. So to fill the gap in my knowledge, I invented a sun god. Some mighty being that moves the sun across the sky. I felt smart. No gaps, I know everything. Later I looked up at the moon and thought, 'What makes it change shape and vanish at times?'. So I invented a moon god. I felt so clever, no gaps in my knowledge. Years later I wondered how the telly, fridge and radio worked. I noticed they only worked when plugged into the wall socket. I prodded around and felt the force of god. The god of power! I felt so clever, no gaps in my knowledge. I then wondered how the earth/universe began and the answer jumped out at me. Because I didn't know for sure, I invented a god that must have made everything. I am so clever, no gaps in my knowledge. The question is who made god? So I invented another being.... Every time I don't know the answer to something I invent a god. What is wrong with just saying you don't know? Then researching to find out the real reasons. No supernatural beings needed.

Ignorant folk have been doing that nonsense for centuries and still that thinking is practised today.

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Re: Alien UFO's are Real - True / False...

'Sceptics are put in the position of having to dis-prove all claims' No they are not. If I claim a fantastic thing like, I own a yellow invisible unicorn. It is up to me to prove it and show the evidence. Not for everyone else to disprove it. Taking your logic it means that every god, fairy, leprechaun, orc, bigfoot sighting must be given credence. Stop giving fuel to nutters.

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Ghostery, uBlock lead the anti-track pack

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Ghostery is crap

Had to bin it. The 'Ghost crew' spend too much time fucking things up so that sites break. Got fed up of tinkering with it to fix things. It looks nice, but so does a polished turd. The old Ghostery just worked.

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Irony's lost on old Pope Francis: Pontiff decrees fake news a 'serious sin'

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Re: Hah

You forgot closed books and tax free. That is where the money is.

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Murdoch's Fox empire is set to become a literal Mickey Mouse outfit

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Re: We empower these corps

Sadly you cannot explain that to sheep and sheep's gotta be fleeced.

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