* Posts by Manolo

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Ducks ding dongs in face of stiff competition

Manolo
Joke

It probably looks like that bulge you might see under the waterline at the bow of a large ship.

https://www.google.nl/search?q=ship+bow+bulge&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjjiPSXlrbWAhWIaVAKHZNlChgQ_AUICigB&biw=1920&bih=935

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Linus Torvalds passed a kidney stone and then squeezed out Linux 4.13

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Re: More painful than childbirth...

You forgot the joke alert icon, because sure as hell this can't be meant to be serious.

For starters look at the skull to pelvis ratio between hamsters and humans.

That being said: the oft cited "fact" that women tolerate pain better then men (and the implied "fact" that men therefore must be whingers) is only true during childbirth, due to hormonal changes. Under normal circumstances, men have a higher pain threshold and a higher pain tolerance.

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Boffins prove oil and water CAN mix – if you do it in a gas giant

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Joke

How convoluted

If I want to mix oil and water (or, say a watery substance like vinegar or lemon juice) I don't fiddle with diamonds and hydraulic presses, I just use an emulsifier, like egg yolk.

And like others already pointed out: salts have ionic bonds and dissolving sugars does not involve breaking covalent bonds.

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It's 2017, and UPnP is helping black-hats run banking malware

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Stop

Re: So why US only?

Because American banks have not yet implemented 2FA on a big scale yet, whereas European banks mostly have?

I was in Canada last summer and our host was puzzled when our 2FA thingamajigs came out when banking. All that's needed to clean out his bank account is username and password.

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It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists

Manolo
Headmaster

Re: Also the ISS is still protected by Earth's magnetosphere.

A Faraday cage shields you from electromagnetic radiation, but not from ionizing cosmic radiation.

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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Pint

Did you use that "surely" on purpose, to facilitate movie themed jokes? If so, have a pint!

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Unpaid tech contractor: 'I have to support my family. I have no money for medicines'

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WTF?

Re: Now, now ...

"There is no moral duty to have savings, "

Of course there is a moral duty to have savings. It follows from the moral obligation to be able to provide for your family.

Even though my job is pretty secure I maintain a minimum of three net monthly wages as an absolute minimum of readlily available savings (i.e. not tied up in stocks or bonds).

And I am not saying you can build up such a reserve overnight, it takes some time and mainly financial discipline.

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PC survived lightning strike thanks to a good kicking

Manolo

Re: I so dislike those switching power supplies.

I am not an electronics engineer, but I don't think that is what "switching power supply" means :-)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switched-mode_power_supply

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Google mass logout riddle deepens: OAuth token fumble blamed

Manolo
Linux

KDE calendar sync?

Could that also be why my KDE calendar sync stopped working?

Have been trying to get that to work again, but no luck so far.

It could of course also be one of the many regressions a penguinista has to live with.

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Penguins force-fed root: Cruel security flaw found in systemd v228

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Joke

Re: Re: Surprise

Systemd is a good "principle" ,,,, coupled with a bad design ,,,,, tied with god-damn atrocious execution

So it's like the European Union?

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Laser surgery ignites internal methane, burns patient down there

Manolo

Either the one you asked was taking the piss, or not knowledgeable.

Earthing is used for electrocautery.

If static electricity could lighgt farts synthetic pants would be banned by now.

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Sysadmin 'fixed' PC by hiding it on a bookshelf for a few weeks

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Thumb Up

Re: Aaron is NOT a twat

The Chinese have a term for this: wei wu wei. Doing something by doing nothing. It's a very valuable skill to have in your bag of tricks, but even more valuable is knowing when to apply it. Looks to me Aaron nailed it. Have a downvote from me.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Trollface

Wearing crocs is like getting a blowjob from a dude: it feels good until you look down and you realise you are gay.

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Trollface

Plastic isn't vegan either, as it is made from oil, which is fossilised zooplankton and what not.

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Nest Cam: A compelling piece of hardware-software

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Devil

Re: What would be really nice...

"Even if you did get the photo and the person hadn't hidden their face my experience is that the police wouldn't be interested anyway........ All they want to do is give you a leaflet on how to be a victim and issue you with a crime number for the insurance."

Ah, you must be living in the Netherlands.

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EU's one-time antitrust hammer Steelie Neelie had 'offshore interests'

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Stop

Re: The former competition commissioner now holds advisory roles for Uber and the Bank of America.

Yes, and remember that she proudly declared that after her term she would not take up any job in Big Business? And when she was confronted about this earlier promise by a journalist, she turned very snooty.

And let's talk about the pensions for Eurocrats: she served a ten year term, that earns her a pension of €15.000 a month. I once again congratulate you Brits on leaving the EU.

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'Jet blast' noise KOs ING bank's spinning rust servers

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FAIL

(No) business as usual

ING's internet banking being off line is not a freak occurrence. In the Netherlands their systems seem to be more down than up.

http://allestoringen.nl/storing/ing/overzicht

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

Manolo

Re: They wanted us involved in their coup?

"If there was a coup in France, for instance, is there anything in NATO treaties or EU laws that say the UK or Germany should get involved to try to prop up the French government against whoever was trying to overthrow them?"

NATO treaty article 5: an attack on one is an attack on all. Support is mandatory.

Not sure though if that includes "internal" attacks like a coup.

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

Manolo
Facepalm

Re: just goes to show how little ...

"I would also like to point out the rise in cancer rate amongst the population of the WHOLE WORLD since the US and USSR started exploding nukes left, right and centre in the 1950's."

Mostly caused by increase in life expactancy.

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Wealthy youngsters more likely to be freetards than anyone else – study

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FAIL

Re: re: You mean the demographic of which a whopping ~36% turned up to vote?

From the article at thecanary:

" 'After correcting for over-reporting [people always say they vote more than they do], we found that the likely turnout of 18- to 24-year olds was 70% – just 2.5% below the national average.'

Bruter and Harrison also suggested that turnout for 25- to 29-year-olds was around 67%.

While the media wasted no time in criticising young people for their perceived lack of voting – some even going so far as to blame them – it seems that actually, they went above and beyond. "

Uhm, no. If they were below national average, I wouldn't really classify that as "going above and beyond".

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A trip to the Twilight Zone with a support guy called Iron Maiden

Manolo

Re: EU what?

The real problem of the democratic deficit in the EU lies in lack of transparency. All the real decisions are made in ad hoc committees of prime ministers or finance ministers (and while I may have indirectly voted for "my" minister, I surely did not for the 27 others). These committees have no legal basis and no minutes are taken of their deliberations. Doesn't democracy come with transparency and accountability?

And just look at all the secrecy surrounding TTIP. Even MEPs are hardly allowed to look at it. And now with CETA the EC is trying to complete that without involvement of national parliaments.

No, despite the uncertainties and temporary economic setbacks, I think you British have done a wise thing (but maybe for some people without realising it). I wish my people would get a chance to vote. After all, we never got to vote about joining the EU in the first place, we didn't get to vote on the Euro, we didn't get to vote on Schengen, we didn't get to vote on ever closer union. (We did get to vote on the European Constitution, voted against it and got it anyway, with a different name and in a different binder)

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

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Re: Really?

"This will not be an "ugly divorce". The elites don't want it to impact their pocketbook."

I hope you are right, but I am not entirely sure about that. The fear is that if the UK gets to good a deal in leaving (in beneficial trade deals for instance) it will encourage other EU countries to seek an exit too. Already a majority of the Dutch wants a referendum on a Nexit, with 48% wanting out, 42% in, the rest undecided.

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Aquaboffins sink lost Greek city theory

Manolo
Black Helicopters

Bimini Road

Reminds me of this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bimini_Road

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

Manolo
Joke

Re: Raised hands at the beginning of the video

All the shouting of "Allahu Akhbar" would have me worried. It is usually the sign an explosion is imminent...

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Being an IT trainer is like performing the bullet-catching trick

Manolo
Joke

Re: "Captain Haddock cosplay contest at a Geography teachers’ convention"

Facial hair is for animals.

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

Manolo
FAIL

Re: UI changes

"If I install a user desktop, after install, all my hardware had better work, or there is something very wrong and indicates to me laziness and not caring"

Better not install Windows then, where after install you still have to hunt around for drivers for most of your hardware (sometimes even the motherboard).

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Thumb Down

Re: Hooray

You really think EU is not owned by business?

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'Fart detector' wins Chinese Physics prize

Manolo
Mushroom

Re: stepping on a duck

I've heard that joke before, featuring Helmut Kohl. "Macht nichts, ich dachte, es war das Pferd".

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Truly crap exhibition dumped on Isle of Wight

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FAIL

Re: Er, what?

As if cats can be trained.

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X-ray scanners, CCTV cams, hefty machinery ... let's play: VNC Roulette!

Manolo
Linux

Re: Well....

Some are off-line, some have a password now. Try checking them on shodan.io first.

Shodan will even have screenshots of VNC sessions initiated by them. One one of them I saw a number of warnings on the desktop of the unsecured system.

This one:

https://www.shodan.io/host/219.218.122.194

Personally I was shocked about the things you find people leave exposed to the INternet as a whole.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby

Manolo
Pint

Re: food hygene people!

Catheters for General Melchett!

"Sorry I can't be with you, but obviously there's no place at the front for an old general with a dicky heart and a wooden bladder"

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Manolo
Boffin

Re: food hygene people!

It might seem counter-intuitive, but wooden boards are actually more hygienic than plastic. Bacteria can form bio-films that cling to plastics very well. (Also a problem with urinary catheters en iv's for prolonged use)

This is not the case with wood. Glass has other disadvantages in kitchen use: not friendly on your knives and prone to breaking.

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

Manolo

Re: Pah!

I also have an EeePC still running: it has Lubuntu on board and is a secondary NAS (with an USB attached 500GB drive) and also doubles as a secondary media server. Does SMB and NFS.

I also have an Acer Aspire One, running some flavour of Linux, I think Xubuntu. Haven't booted it for a while, but I think I'll give it a whirl.

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

Manolo
Mushroom

Re: come on now Mr Dabbs

I also wouldn't recommend visiting crashsafari.com with Chrome. It crashed Chrome on Win7 at work. I'll try it on my Chromebook and Chromebook's Linux chroot next and report back.

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'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

Manolo
Mushroom

Re: Who ever designed..

Brilliant document:

"Mysterious modes, sudden failures,

peculiar regulation characteristics and just plain explosions

are common occurrences during the design of a

switching regulator."

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Dutch cops train anti-drone eagle squadron

Manolo

Re: Useless

No, the rest are operating speed cameras or visiting Twitter users at home to intimidate them if their tweets are deemed to inflammatory.

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Manolo
Flame

Useless

What an effing waste of money. How is this supposed to work out? "Oh look, there is a suspicious looking drone heading towards the Binnenhof (Houses of Parliament), better call in the eagles!".

At the same time, while there are about 10.000 inmates in Dutch jails, about 15.000 convicts are not incarcerated, because they were allowed to wait for the outcome of their court case in freedom. After sentencing, they just don't show up. Finding them is not really a priority of Dutch police. Training eagles apparently is. Guess what would make me feel safer?

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Press Backspace 28 times to own unlucky Grub-by Linux boxes

Manolo
Linux

Re: I amazed..

... or a cat discovered it ;-)

We still need a cat icon. Can be Cat from Red Dwarf.

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Manolo
Linux

Re: Cat already found this?

No, that involved the Gnome lockscreen if I recall correctly.

And we need a cat icon.

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Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees

Manolo

Re: @Manolo - "well meaning people"

"Homophobia is not exclusive to any particular national group or religion!"

I never said that. I mentioned the Bible Belt before. But the inhabitants of the Bible Belt usually express their dislike of homosexuals in words, whereas some other religious groups express it with violence. And I think you' ll also find that the incidence of homophobia varies wildly between national groups and religions.

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Manolo
FAIL

Re: @Manolo - "well meaning people"

OK, so the fact that Americans are bombing Syria, means it is OK for Moroccans in The Netherlands to spit on Dutch gays walking hand in hand in Amsterdam?

I am completely aware of risk perception. I don't fear a terrorist attack, I fear that a once open and liberal society that is eroding further and further. Comedians who say they can't make the jokes any more they used to, columnists self-censoring, politicians needing 24 hour security, gays no longer being able to walk the streets hand in hand, teachers who can't teach the Holocaust in class any more. That is what pisses me off.

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Manolo

Re: @Manolo - "well meaning people"

Wait, I found it:

http://weblogs.nos.nl/binnenlandredactie/2009/01/06/chocolademelk-en-champagne/

https://translate.google.com/#nl/en/http%3A%2F%2Fweblogs.nos.nl%2Fbinnenlandredactie%2F2009%2F01%2F06%2Fchocolademelk-en-champagne%2F

Read it and weep. And it's on the NOS site, the Dutch equivalent of the BBC and just as political correct as the Beeb.

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Manolo

Re: @Manolo - "well meaning people"

"You talk about "believing the media". In the link you give (published in August 2014, I note), it claims "Hundreds of Islamic State supporters", yet in this one, from the BBC it says "a group of some 20 men were captured on video waving the black flag of jihadist groups and voicing support for the militant group Islamic State (IS)" and this one says "The Public Prosecutor's report of the rally said that "there were only 40 to 50 people present…", so whose figure do you accept? Whatever the case, I think you'd agree that they are a tiny minority of the Muslims in the country."

Oh, so, if there were 50 instead of 200 I should be 4 times less worried that these psychopath live a stone's throw away from me? I'll give it a try. But I think the real worry is that there are sufficient of these idiots around, and it is not significant if there are 50 or 200. We've seen in Paris and in San Bernardino how many it takes.

"> Meanwhile, an elementary school in Amsterdam can no longer toast to the New Year with their pupils with fake alcohol-free bubbly,

Do you have a Dutch version of the Daily Mail? That sounds like one of their sort of stories!"

You are using some very dubious argumentation here. It is only true if published in The Grauniad? Sorry mate, straight from the horse's mouth this one, don't even know if it even made the media.

"> where I draw the line is when they live in our societies and are infringing on our beliefs and freedoms, by by pushing their medieval beliefs on us,

Yet it's OK for us to stomp all over the Middle East and infringe on *their* beliefs and tell *them* how they should live our lives because *WE* know better?! Pots and kettles come to mind."

Do I say that is OK? Or does it give them the right to behave the way they do in the West?

Very dubious argumentation again.

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Manolo
Alert

Re: @Manolo - "well meaning people"

I don't know about the media in your country, but if I believed the media in my country I would be believing that most people showing up now were refugees (most are not, they are economic migrants), most were families (they are not, they are mainly young men without women and children with them, but the media mainly shows the women and children), most are highly educated (they are mostly not) and that they all will be a glorious contribution to a wonderful multicultural society.

Meanwhile, a few hundred meters from where I live, muslims were also demonstrating:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4557201,00.html

Waving ISIS flags and shouting "death to the Jews".

Meanwhile, Moroccans are vastly overrepresented in crime statistics, dependence on social welfare and many of their older generation never bothered to learn the language.

Meanwhile, opinions polls among the Turks here show much sympathy for ISIS and unsavoury attitudes towards Jews.

Meanwhile, an elementary school in Amsterdam can no longer toast to the New Year with their pupils with fake alcohol-free bubbly, because it offended the parents of the muslim pupils.

Meanwhile, neighbourhood shops in the banlieues of Paris face the choice of no longer selling wine and pork or having their windows smashed every night.

I am not denying that there are many, may well meaning muslims. They are my neighbours and colleagues. I have, or had colleagues from Morocco, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Egypt and Pakistan. I have travelled in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, UAE and Oman and have met many friendly, hospitable people who live normal lives and have absolutely nothing with terrorism. But at the same time, If you speak to them, and press a bit further, many of them hold beliefs that are incompatible with our Westerns values and freedoms. Which is still their right to have these beliefs. In the Bible Belt in my country you can find the same attitudes. But where I draw the line is when they live in our societies and are infringing on our beliefs and freedoms, by by pushing their medieval beliefs on us, and assuming the victim role and drawing the racism card when we don't give in.

Just ask those that marched through London last weekend if next weekend they will march for women's rights or against discrimination of homosexuals and see how many show up.

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Manolo
Coat

"well meaning people"

"well-meaning people"

Who in large parts believe that religious law goes above secular law, women are inferior, apostasy should be a capital offence, homosexuals thrown of high buildings, Jews are Satan, Christians are heretics and atheists really not worth living. Who might say about the Charlie Hebdo shootings "well, we don't approve of violence, but when you insult The Prophet (ymmv) you have it coming".

Yes, we still should help them, but I don think we help them by letting them migrate here in large numbers. That is doing neither them nor us a service.

The ones that we have had here for decades have already proven that the majority is not making much of an effort to fit in.

I'll probably be slaughtered for being a racist and a xenophobe, so I'll get me coat.

Mine's the one with the collected works of Voltaire in them.

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Manolo
Alert

Just two points

1) Only about 2% of the population of Syria has an academic degree...

... so why are certain people trying to make us believe that the refugee stream consists mainly of highly educated people who will be an enormous benefit to our economy?

2) University diplomas sell for about fifty euros on the black market in Syria.

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Tablet computer zoom error saw plane fly 13 hours with 46cm hole

Manolo
Devil

Re: Ground Control to Major Tom...

Stop calling me Shirley.

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Drone deals DEATH – to deadly starfish

Manolo

Re: Huh?

There are way too many COTS and way too few Tritons, due to human intervention. No need to worry about Tritons starving, worry about humans harvesting them instead.

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Manolo
Pirate

Re: Evolutionary drivers

"Of course, reducing the nutrient runoff from Queensland agriculture could help, too."

No, that is not what causes the COTS to proliferate. They have only one natural enemy: the Triton: a large shell that is nearly extinct due to human collection: they have beautiful shells.

(But reducing the run-off would still be beneficial to the marine environment, that much is true)

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Let's get to the bottom of in-app purchases that go titsup

Manolo
Headmaster

Sacrebleu

“I think that I shall never view / A French film without Depardieu.”

Yes, I think most anglophones would pronounce Depardieu as if to rhyme with view.

Hint: it does not. It rhymes with a Danish cow: møøø.

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