* Posts by Valerion

451 posts • joined 12 Oct 2009

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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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OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

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2001

The day I can rename my Alexa to "HAL" will make me a very happy person.

Especially if I can get it to open the garage door by saying "Hal. Open the pod bay doors please".

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Mastercard rolls out pay-by-selfie across Europe

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Got it

Step 1 - Steal Simon Cowell's credit card

Step 2 - Go to party shop, buy hilarious cardboard Cowell mask.

Step 3 - Profit!

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London best for 4G - who'd have thunk?

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Canada/USA better

I spent 2 weeks driving around the USA (and Canada) in the summer. Was about 2000 miles in total, and I can remember literally only one time where I didn't get 4G.

Where I live - in the 'burbs of London, I can lose 4G walking to the end of the road. Yet over there often pretty much in the middle of nowhere - with the nearest civilisation about 5000 miles to the East - it was flawless.

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EFF dinks HP Inc finks in rinky-dink ink stink

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They deserve a mega-slap

Imagine if this was, say, Ford, and they somehow pushed out an update that prevented you from filling up your car unless you were at one of their own petrol stations. Which happen to charge 5 times the price for fuel.

The uproar would be debated by the government within days.

Same should apply here.

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WTF is OpenResty? The world's fifth-most-used Web server, that's what!

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Counting

Netcraft says OpenResty was used on about 240,000 domains in August, then jumped to over 400,000 in September as tumblr.com moved to the server

I won't claim to know anything about Tumblr, but wouldn't it have jumped to 240,001?

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

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Travel time

I used to work going out all over the country installing and fixing software. They never counted driving time as actual work. So I could easily have a week of getting up at 5am and getting home at 9pm, but had no right to complain because I only did 2 hours per day of actual "work".

One day after a week of that I got home at 3pm, and promptly got a phone call from my boss who had checked the tracker on my car and wanted to know why I had gone home rather than coming into the office for the rest of the day.

He learnt a new swear word or two that day.

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Life imitates satire: Facebook touts zlib killer just like Silicon Valley's Pied Piper

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Re: But is it middle out?

And will it handle 3D Video?

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BBC vans are coming for you

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Re: Regressive tax

1060 West Addison

(ok, admittedly should be adapted to something more local as opposed to an address across the pond...)

1060 West Addison? That's Wrigley Field!

Kudos for the Blues Brothers reference.

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DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

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Lower tax cars

Also, the more newer cars that are sold, the lower the take because newer ones are generally better than older ones.

Case in point, my wife has gone from paying almost £300 per year to paying £0 after she changed her car. Although we still have to go an register for the tax and go through the whole process, all to be charged nothing which seems a waste of time.

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Ironic

He has to tell the plod of any planned sexual activity, but they are able to fuck him over continuously.

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What's Brexit? How Tech UK tore up its plans after June 23

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Re: Histrionics

I am still shocked and horrified. It feels like being on a plane when 52% of the passengers vote to turn off the engines having been promised it will be okay if they do.

It's not even that. It's more like being on a plane when only 75% of the passengers actually bothered to vote, a great number of the passengers don't have long to live anyway, the 16-18 year olds were excluded from voting, and in the end only 37% of the passengers actually voted to turn off the engines, but we've all gotta die anyway.

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