* Posts by Valerion

462 posts • joined 12 Oct 2009

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Achievement unlocked: Tesla boosts batteries for Irma refugees

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Wasting battery capacity and holding it to ransom like that is a cheap trick. I'm amazed they do this.

I'm amazed anyone has a problem with it and can't see the actual situation.

Customers were after cheaper cars with a smaller range and smaller battery. Rather than develop the smaller battery, tool up to provide it, and then have to worry about 2 production lines, it is much cheaper and more efficient for them to provide the larger battery and not worry about the smaller one at all.

Customer pays for a 60kw car and they get one. Other customers pay for a 75kw car and they get one.

Added bonus (for Tesla) - they don't have to worry about adjusting production for demand.

Added bonus (for the customer) - they can unlock the rest of the range if they decide to pay extra, rather than having to buy an entire new car.

This is in pretty much the same way as how car manufacturers produce identical engines with different power outputs. My wife's car, for example, had 110BHP and 135BHP options (IIRC). The 135 is more expensive by a couple of grand, but the engines are identical - just tuned differently and with the ECU programmed differently.

Tesla are not ripping anyone off.

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We're not the 'world leader' in electric cars, Nissan insists

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Carlsberg

They had a similar issue. Probably.

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Trump-hating Iranian is the new Uber CEO

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$95m

So he got $95m to tie him there until 2020?

And now he's leaving in 2017.

Does he have to give it back?

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Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

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Con artists

Glad to see they are investing all the extra money from the latest inflation-busting price hike into network stability...

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London council 'failed to test' parking ticket app, exposed personal info

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Re: a 20% discount if the punter pays early

Here in NY if you try and use the Official Website to pay off your totally bogus fit-up job red light violation* you get charged a grubbing and usurious surcharge for making it easier for the state government.

I got a parking ticket on Long Island a couple of weeks ago. The only means of payment are via things like "certified check". As a tourist there is no way I could actually pay the thing - there's no go online and pay option*

So I'll have to wait for the fine to be doubled for not paying early, then be passed to the car rental firm, who will then pass it on to me, no doubt with a hefty admin fee added on. My only slim hope rests on the fact the car was a Canadian rental that I had bought over the border.

*Shouldn't be too surprised given even Chip and Pin is a recent phenomenon over there.

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Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

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Re: brexit cost

1. No

2. No

3. No

Any other questions? The answer will still probably be "No".

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Vodafone customers moan about sluggish data abroad

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Canada

I'm on Vodafone, and whilst in Toronto last week, the Rogers network was almost unusable. Whilst around other parts of CA and also the USA on the same trip, I had no issues at all.

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US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

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The found lots of guns

I'm more concerned about how many they didn't find.

Someone I know quite well was part of the security implementation at Heathrow. They would frequently put things through as tests and not all were picked up by operators.

And that wasn't the TSA who by most accounts are really rather incompetent.

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€100 'typewriter' turns out to be €45,000 Enigma machine

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Re: The excuse note I typed on it came out all weird

THYGP XYWLK GHRNI QOPIY COVFE FETRU MPXPI

At least that's one mystery solved.

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McAfee settles McAfee lawsuit over McAfee name

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Re: Moral of the story...

Bill Gates' Software

Reminds me of a thing from many years back when some kid who went by the name of Mike Rowe set up a software company - Mike Rowe Soft.

He got cease-and-desisted pretty quickly IIRC.

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Male escort says he gave up IT to do something more meaningful

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SAAS

Studs As A Service

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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That was entirely normal behaviour for professional British officers. They didn't duck under enemy fire.

As proved by Lieutenant Colonel H. Jones in 1982.

And, indeed, one Corporal Jones, who refused to panic under any circumstance, and insisted - often loudly - that those in his presence also should not panic.

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Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

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Re: Perhaps

They are also often NOT email addresses.

In a sensitive, secured system, the username should bear no relation to the public email address used by the user.

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Perhaps

The cost has come from changing usernames for everyone. If they are a security-conscious organisation <cough> then if the usernames are exposed then that is potentially serious, as that's half of what you need in order to gain access. It's just the password left to crack. So the answer would be to invalidate the usernames to re-secure the system.

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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Sounds to me

Like they're playing a large game of Elite

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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Re: For the phone scammers ...

Same thing for the phony BT or whatever technicians, keep them on phone, while with us, they cannot scan a less suspecting person.

The same technique works for real BT sales people.

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Boffins gently wake the Large Hadron Collider from annual hibernation

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Super Proton Synchrotron

I don't know what that is, but I want one!

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It's paydaygeddon! NatWest account transfers 'disappearing' (not really)

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Doesn't help others

But it seems ok for me. App is a little slow but the transfers I've made today are all showing up correctly.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Recovery

US tech firms hiked prices following the Brexit vote, citing the fall in the value of the pound versus the dollar – a move branded "Brexploitation" following the inevitable recovery, after which suppliers' prices did not fall again.

Sorry, which recovery was this? The £ still seems to be down at about $1.26 compared to $1.50 before the referendum, and between $1.5-$1.7 at many points during the previous few years.

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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Re: Lightswitches...

I have had my kitchen, bathrooms and hallways wired for presence for 12 years now. It works. Saves money (both leccy and bulb runtime). Does not need an I Do IOT 85£ device from Ikea.

Quite a few years back, a place I used to work at had presence detecting lights in the men's toilets . The problem was the timeout was too short. If you were lucky enough to be left alone for a reasonable-sized shit, the lights would all go out. There were windows to the outside, but if it was 5pm on a January evening, you were stuck in the dark. The only options were to wait for someone to come in, or hike up your trousers, fumble about and unlock the door and make a quick dash out the cubicle to get the light on again, before scurrying back into hiding.

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Lloyds to outsource 2,000 staff in IBM deal

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Thanks for the heads up

I'll start the process of moving my savings account away from Lloyds shortly.

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Uber blackballs 'Greyball' tool it used to deny rides to regulators

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Re: Reward the little guy

Are you a paid Uber shill? You sound like one. I use taxis all the time all over North America & a lot of Asia. I've not encountered a cash only taxi in over a dozen years.

Try Dubai. I've yet to get into a taxi there that takes cards (last time I went was about a year ago). That said, I've never used Uber there because the taxis are very cheap anyway, even if the drivers are absolute lunatics. Like the driver who didn't want to sit in the queue of traffic so absolutely floored it down the wrong side of the road, missing by about an inch a car that was pulling out of a side road and not expecting a Toyota Camry to be appear round a bend at about 60mph on the wrong side of the road.

If Uber can create an app that lets you press a button to disable the accelerator of the driver then they'll make a fortune.

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Toxic Uber sued after driver allegedly tried to rape passenger in car

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Re: Not an Uber fan, but

Uber and Ola (an Indian competitor) drivers are currently on strike in India over low "wages", allegedly half that of taxi drivers.

If the wages are half that of a taxi driver, why not just become a taxi driver?

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UnBrex-pected move: Amazon raises UK workforce to 24,000

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Re: Picture is fake

On the other hand it has been left "securely delivered", on the front doorstep, in plain sight.

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Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

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Re: Ironic - isn't

Love that Ed Byrne sketch. Saw him do it live back in the 90s.

My favourite:

"A traffic jam when you're already late"

"No, that's just annoying. It would only be ironic if you were a town planner, on your way to give a lecture on how you'd solved all the traffic problems in the city".

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Parents have no idea when kidz txt m8s 'KMS' or '99'

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My wife's aunt

Is another LOL/Lots of Love person, often used to hilarious affect on Facebook posts.

"Oh no your cat died? Lol"

"A divorce might seem bad but it's probably for the best, lol"

"Sorry to hear she had her appendix out and is in hospital, lol."

And so on.

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Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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What Google could have done

Is just start using Streetmap for their mapping after all. Streetmap's servers would have melted within about 30 minutes of handling their level of traffic, and that's the problem solved.

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Protest against Trump's US travel ban leaves ‪PasswordsCon‬ in limbo

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Norwegians

Welcome anywhere.

Of course one of the worst terrorist atrocities afflicted on western society in recent times was done by a Norwegian (Anders Breivik) a few years ago.

But he was white, so it doesn't count.

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Oracle sues its own star sales rep after she wins back $200k in pay fight

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Re: Oracle Corporation

Yes, I get that sales people are generally paid by commission; the issue is that the sale typically isn't all because of them.

100% this. At a previous job we had a salesman for our product who went to one of our existing customers (note - not HIS existing customer, they were a customer before he joined) for a meeting. They said "hey, it'd be cool if you had a thing that could do xyz". And he said "No problem!" and drew up a large invoice which they agreed to.

Of course, we had no such thing. So it fell to me - several months of single-handed massive effort - to develop the entire solution (hardware and software), with the sole contribution of the salesman to be to send me weekly emails asking why it was taking so damn long. He didn't even come to any of the meetings I ended up having with the customer.

At the end of it, he got a 5-figure commission, and I got a nomination for employee of the month. I didn't win.

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Chinese bloke cycles 500km to get home... in the wrong direction

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Sun

Surely the position of that should've been a clue?

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Is Kubernetes a little too terrifying? Platform9 has a safe space for you

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Not heard of it

Is it this week's new Cool Thing?

Anyone know what next week's is?

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Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers

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The article is right for the most part

But not about deployment tool chains.

These are not just an over-complication because you're too lazy to copy some files over with SCP. They give you the ability to run unit and integration tests to see if a change will break something else or not work as intended. They let you manage the versions available in different environments, letting you see what versions are currently running in Staging, and which in Live. They let you release a version to multiple servers with ease - including any other steps such as removing servers from availability pools and warmups to re-load cached data. And, crucially, let you roll back just as easily. All with a click or two. Managing an orchestrated release to multiple web and application servers, split across multiple data centres is pretty much impossible without them.

For anything above the smallest scale they are a lifeline.

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CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

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You are Prince Phillip and I claim my five pounds.

I think actually he's Nigel Farage

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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

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Never mind that, I'm suing the person that I ran over for leaving a dent in my car!

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Beeb flings millions more £s at Capita for telly tax collection

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Re: No means no

I think you need a new calculator

To be fair he didn't say it was cheaper he said it was better value for money. I'd tend to agree - there is a lot more content on Netflix/Amazon than be found on the live BBC Broadcast channels and iPlayer.

And a year's Prime is £79 I believe, so assume a yearly payment and the difference is about a fiver.

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Meat pies in SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

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Re: Follow-up, please

Was there a control pie from the same batch that remained on terra firma?

There was <burp>

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Dixons warns of looming Brexit storm cloud amid bumper results

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The other day I reserved a printer. Went and picked it up no problem. Then half an hour later had a phone call from them apologising and telling me it wasn't in stock and so I couldn't come and collect it. Left hand, meet right hand.

I only went there because nobody else had them in stock. I generally refuse to shop there since they advertised 10% cashback on Quidco for iPads for Black Friday 2015 and then only paid 1%. I'm still fighting that over a year later.

Amazon and John Lewis are the way forward for decent service.

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WINNER! Crush your loved ones at Connect Four this Christmas

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No need for strategy

Every game of Monopoly I have ever played has always ended with either:

a) One or more people getting bored and leaving, with nobody else really caring about who has the most

or

b) A huge tantrum by one or more players resulting in storming out and/or the board being upended.

The WOPR quote above is appropriate.

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Going underground: The Royal Mail's great London train squeeze

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Re: Speed

Yep, they only overestimated the speed by 2 or 3 mph.

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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

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Why Hour of Code?

Why not also Hour of Electrics? Hour of Plumbing? Hour of Cooking?

The world doesn't just need developers.

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Put down the org chart, snowflake: Why largile's for management crybabies

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Agile is like sex

Everyone says they're doing load of it, but nobody really is.

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Dirty code? If it works, leave it says Thoughtworks CTO

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Re: Dirty code?!

In my current place of workship, Dirty Code is "anything written before the current development manager started".

Even today, a request was discussed to add a new field to an existing screen. But because that screen doesn't look great (it's only used internally so nobody cared about making it look good), and is written in older tech, the decree has been to re-write the entire thing into <insert today's new technology>. So the job has become about a week instead of about 3 hours.

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Virgin Media users report ongoing problems delivering legit emails. Again

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Webmail

Haven't noticed any problems with mail delivery, but their webmail has been flaky as hell for weeks. Probably works about 50% of the time, the rest of the time it just gives me blank screens or "technical difficulties" messages.

Bloody annoying!

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Karhoo who? Uber challenger shuts down after burning through $250m

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If all that cash spent on marketing it wasn't spent very well.

Of course it wasn't spent on marketing. It was spent on 4, no doubt lovely, offices. And probably all those start-up perks, like free lunches, free beer, free pizza. Ping-pong and foosball tables aren't free either, you know.

Nor are corporate "team-building" retreats, nor top of the range iMacs and Macbooks for all staff.

I have no idea if any of this is true, but the general modus operandi of oddly-spelt startups these days seems to be to get as much cash as possible, spend it on cool stuff whilst doing as little work as possible (well, they have spent money on those ping-pong tables so would be silly to waste it). Keep the devs happy by letting them use bleeding-edge frameworks and nosql databases (won't matter if it doesn't work in the end as it won't actually get used), and let them do talks at trendy tech meetups ("How React and Cassandra saved our system!"). Then, hope to get bought out before the cash runs out.

If you don't, well "fail fast" is a thing so come up with a new idea that everyone else is doing and rinse/repeat.

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US judge rubber-stamps Volkswagen's 'Dieselgate' settlement

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Re: 'The people who sold their cars are getting screwed'

And no jail time for anybody... Yay!!

That won't be true. There will be some poor sod of an engineer, who was merely doing as instructed by his management, who will go to jail.

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Will AI spell the end of humanity? The tech industry wants you to think so

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The Matrix

I can't buy that "theory" about us potentially being simulations in a real-life Matrix.

It seems obvious to me that, if that were real, that giving us sufficient knowledge to even comprehend the possibility of such a thing, and to allow us to progress towards greater knowledge would be a major design flaw. It would be much safer to limit the rate of human progress and keep us all in the Edwardian era or something.

Unless that's what they want us to think...

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Virgin Media boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment

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Re: Christmas Time is here!

Purrrlease - VM have never needed an excuse to increase prices. They do it approximately twice per year with no reason or justification.

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Brexit? No impact at all, chuckles reseller juggernaut

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Re: Get on with it!

Given it is sadly impossible to can the idea, I am very pleased that they are at least taking some time to actually prepare rather than just invoking it immediately with no thought.

I am pleased this firm is doing well, but of course we haven't left yet. I still hope they do well after that, but it's a little early to declare that all the Brexit warnings were fallacy, when we're still in the darn thing.

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A robot kitchen? Whatever. Are you stupid enough to fall for this?

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Re: £100 a week for a year with Tesco's delivery service comes in at about £26,000 cheaper

Really? So all those eggs I see with the British LionMark on them are figments of my imagination?

I think sarcasm is a figment of your imagination.

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Invasion of the virus-addled lightbulbs (and other banana stories)

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Re: Third time (un)lucky?

You seem upset. How about a nice piece of toast?

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