* Posts by PhilipN

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Chinese investors gobble up owner of PCWorld, Macworld etc

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Welcome to the world of zero transparency

Of course such outward "investments" from the PRC cannot possibly be anything to do with recent restrictions on expatriation of capital which would prevent just sending the cash out, can it?

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Uber, Apple, Amazon and Sully Sullenberger walk into a bar – er, self-driving car committee

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25 people?

Forget it. No group that big can ever achieve anything.

Unless it's really just 2 or 3 and the rest are there just as a sop to whomsoever, keep their collective mouths shut and nod at the right time.

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

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Re: Mature market shake out

Agreed. Well said.

It would be interesting to know amongst people coming here, although it might be a skewed sample, how many have multiple working but unused computers mainly laptops going back years. I dread to think how many I have floating around home and (my own) office, some of which even those running W7 quite adequately have not been fired up for months and months, others of which have been sitting in cupboards and forgotten about.

Reminds me I still have an IBM PC 110 Palmtop somewhere geared up to run W95. I think I'll dig it out this weekend just for fun. A different point but the best keyboard I ever used.

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CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers

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...on the wrist or wherever....

You mean like this one :

https://happic.co

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Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover

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Re: You're not a hipster unless you're still mourning OS/2.

eCS works fine in a VM on macOS. Even the audio.

What would have been nice is if Sun's Project Looking Glass desktop had been ported to OS/2. PLG was 10 years ahead of its time. Soon it will be 20 years ahead of its time.

Blimey - it's been open-sourced :

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

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Prez Obama expels 35 Russian spies over election meddling

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35??

When Russia must have 3500 or even 35000 operatives in the USA?

What a joke.

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Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

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Re: M$ Long History

OMG so much Stalinesque re-writing of history here.

Suggest those interested find Eric Raymond's comment about Win95 being "shockingly inferior" to another OS and take it from there

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Itchy-fingered OnePlus presses refresh, out pops value champ 3T

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... talking to the person in the passenger seat ..

When I worked near Buck Place I saw some old biddie driving along The Mall busy chatting to her passenger just as if they were neighbours gossiping over the fence while hanging out washing. She sailed straight past the cop on point duty despite his raised hand - and despite also, when he saw what she was (not) doing, a loud whistle and a "STOP!". She was blissfully ignorant of the entire episode.

The cop turned his head around just long enough to clock her number.

I doubt whether Gladys was taking Vera on joyrides through London for much longer after that.

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Jimbo Welshes on pledge to stop fundraising

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Re: "you'd know that The Register is a satirical rag"

Informative and knowledgeable articles dressed up in an entertaining skin - yes

Occasional lewdness and NSFW warnings - yes

Carefully selected eye-catching photos (originally) unconnected with the article - yes

Running gags and themes such as Playmobil, Paris etc - yes

Slightly skewed phraseology with more-often-than-necessary innuendos - yes

Persistent attacks on pomposity - with an edge of self-righteous pomposity - yes

Acidic commentary softened with artifical tongue-in-cheek barbs supposed to sound self-deprecating - yes

I could go on but KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Hang on - Free??? Oh, fuck. Then how do I cancel my subscription??!!

Scrub all the above.

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Don't panic, friends, but the Chinese navy just nicked one of America's underwater drones

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How stupid can you get?

Allowing a foreign vessel, which has been shadowing you, close enough and with time enough to grab YOUR drone from the water?

In the Royal Navy that would have been a court martial offence.

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Facebook hires Hillary Clinton to lead assault on fake news*

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End of the Internet as we know it? No

Does this mean from now on the Net will start to become accurate but boring?

No thanks.

Everyone loves to read scurrilous rumours and of course we consciously suspend discrimination, the same as we do when watching Tom and Jerry.

Or when reading about a gay liaison between Hillary and Yoko Ono (yup there was such a report)

Or watching Smith & Jones sniggering about Rowan Atkinson smearing himself with peanut butter before riding in his sports car (sorry, can't find the link on Youtube).

Same with the gutter press.

And of course daily life whether it is gossiping in the office about a lass (or lad) of low morals or the C of E matrons peering from behind their net curtains at those new neighbours ....

Welcome to Planet Earth.

Seems to me the user needs guidance, not (as much as I hate to say it) FB.

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Remember that brightest supernova ever seen? It wasn't one

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Beefheart - Thanks

Not responding to my own post, which is bad form, but noticing with appreciation the Beefheart reference

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Massive black hole?

Say what? We all know a black hole has enormous mass, i.e. massive but does he mean "extra large"? I'm lost. Thought all black holes were werry lickel.

Time to give up the day job and learn astrophysics. Unless some kind and knowledgeable soul cares to explain.

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Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

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Taiwan - when it was more commonly known as Formosa

The USA shafted Taiwan once before. They WILL do it again.

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Re: billions lost?

Putting American materiel into Israeli hands is the next best thing, for the US, to placing its own airbase in the region. In fact probably better : there is every chance the Israeli IT community will fix at least the software problems before the US. Most likely the hardware too : Israeli air aces are a rare and expensive commodity.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Quietly beautiful picture

Thanks for publishing El Reg

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Earth days are getting longer – by 1.8 milliseconds per century

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Earth days are getting longer by ..

I am glad you told me because to be honest I had not noticed,

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$17k win for man falsely accused of a terrible crime: Downloading an Adam Sandler movie

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55 hours of legal time?

That's almost a week and a half full time. To say "I wasn't there and it wasn't me"? (which was accepted as a fact by the claimant's legal team).

Or did his lawyers leave the clock running while they took a holiday?

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HMS Illustrious sets sail for scrapyard after last-ditch bid fails

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Not that small

We may feel dwarfed by the heavyweights but in terms of population there aren't that many countries which outnumber the UK. And as a group of islands on the edge of a continent whose strategic significance was acknowledged by Napoleon, Hitler - and, yes, Uncle Sam - some kind of fighting force is essential.

It would not be so bad if there were resources in the nature of reserves ready for immediate call-up. Problem is, there is none. I seem to recall the dialogue in advance of the Falklands War as to whether for example cross-channel ferries could be "impressed" as troop carriers. The army's and/or navy's assessment was to the effect "Are you ******g serious? Those tugs are built barely to scrape past civilian build regulations and would not in a million years qualify as naval vessels!" Puts the matter into tragic perspective.

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Team Trump snubs Big Internet oligarchs

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Classic Stalinism

Get all your potential critics and enemies with influence in a single room, under the delusion that that is where they may freely sound off. This limits their impact to a forum of one's own construction. It also re-directs (=maintains the silence of) the silent majority who might find other ways to undermine your authority because they think they have a voice.

A beneficial side effect is that you know who to shoot and have them all lined up waiting for it.

"no representation for organised labour" - Their turn next.

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Chernobyl cover-up: Giant shield rolled over nuclear reactor remains

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Alvin Weinberg

Thanks for the heads-up.

Teensy correction to the name.

Seems like nuclear power carries on the great tradition of monumental political balls-ups which makes me wonder often how the world works at all.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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today tomorrow

Which means tomorrow will never arrive? Or am I/did I/shall I misunderstan(ing) your argument?

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Searching for 'Fatty Kim the Third' banned on Chinese social media

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Re: Valuable ally translation:

More, much more. The PLA fought in Korea alongside the (North) Koreans and are blood brothers. The PLA has huge sway over high level decisions in the PRC. That's why each new guy who pops up in Beijing wants to get himself appointed head honcho of the PLA.

60 years or so is just a blip on the screen when it comes to Chinese history.

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Red squirrels! Adorable, right? Wrong – they're riddled with leprosy

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Re: As I once heard....

Explains why they are long overdue to get seriously "mugged by a gang of fieldmice".

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European F-35 avionics to be overhauled at Sealand, says UK.gov

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Here be dragons

No need to be po-faced. True Brits treat inhabitants of the next village as aliens. Somewhere a couple of miles down a side road which you pass every day for years without going down may as well be another planet. Half the inhabitants have horns and a tail. The other half walk with a stoop with their knuckles dragging on the ground. Or so I was told. I've never been there.

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Apple grounds AirPods launch with shipping delay

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Where do those things go, i.e. how are they supposed to fit, remembering that nobody these days wants to hear what anyone else is listening to? Given that the opening to my ear canal is tailored precisely to take, comfortably, a lump of (well used) chewing gum I do not think I am even going to bother trying these new iThingies.

Seems the bigger disaster is the abandonment not of the audio socket but of the soft rubber tips** to ensure a snug fit, and courteous and private enjoyment of loud music.

**of which I have accumulated a whole bloody drawer-full.

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Puny human sailors still needed... until drone machine learning tech catches up

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Happy to oblige

"She was only an Admiral's daughter but her room was full of discharged seamen."

Well, you had to ask.

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Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules

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Heavy regulation

Lock ' em up and throw away the key.

Not because serious hobbyists are doing this but because the way prices and the technology is going every kid is going to have a powerful drone in his Christmas stocking before long. Given the typical schoolboy mentality things will then quickly get out of hand.

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Mark Zuckerberg and the $3bn cash fling: He's not your father's tech kingpin

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Fooey

I could make the same pledge because (a) it is not enforceable (b) it is not verifiable (c) my charitable foundation may allow me to retain and /or manage the assets and (d) it is not going to tell anyone. In the mean time I claim the kudos and the tax benefits and do not make any lifestyle changes at all. I could even get the foundation to pay for my 5-star travel if there is a side trip to some medical institute (when the media are watching, natch).

Yawn.

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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"We believe that .... "

So that's alright then.

By the way I heard many years ago that modern fighter pilots are trained to such a level of intensity over a period of months that if they then stop flying just for a couple of weeks they can never get back to the same level.

Anyone in the know about this?

Sounds akin to forgetting permanently a sequence of choreographed movements which previously was a no-brainier. Jonathan Edwards (Brit triple jumper) once said he forgot how he jumped to break records and never managed it ever again.

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Elon Musk says SpaceX Falcon 9 fireball investigation is 'biggest challenge yet'

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Re: How hard can it be, really?

Off topic but this question reminds me of what Mick Jagger said after Bill Wyman left the band. Asked during an interview who would replace Bill he said (words to the effect) :

" I don't know. I may even play bass myself. I mean, how hard can it be?"

With friends like these ......

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Petulant Facebook claims it can't tell the difference between child abuse and war photography

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Diffident adolescent - "going forward"

Uggh! Another of those feeble-minded modern cliches.

"Going forward" means "not now, my halo always was and still is bright and shiny" and maybe is a misrepresentation that "I am thinking really deeply and seriously about this and I am about to do something which troubles me but which is for the greater good of humanity not because anyone whinged but because I want to".

Balls!

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

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Does any state have the moral high ground?

Please do tell. Cloud Cuckoo Land is one place I do not need to visit since a lot of us live there already. Any others?

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Lindsay Lohan's Grand Theft Auto V cartoon case kicked out of court

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Bad publicity?

No such thing as ....

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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Hydrazine

Wait for it to dissipate?

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

Scroll down to "Hazards".

Urggh!

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Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that

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Got it!

Forget delivery drones. The answer is long distance vacuum tubes - a la "Brazil" (the movie) and Department Stores from long ago.

Click ----- whoosh -----clunk ----- ahhhhh!

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$329 for a MacBook? Well, really a 'HacBook' built on an old HP

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Re: Psystar

It's called "inducing breach of contract".

Or to be really nasty, tortious (economic) interference

For which, by the way, El Reg's article would be supporting evidence, regardless of how much doe-eyed butter-wouldn't-melt naivete the manufacturers exude.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Re: Cant see where he lied

Stuck in a short train at Paddington at rush hour, waiting and waiting, people packing in and packing in, waiting and waiting...and dripping inside one's shirt....6 square inches of standing room per passenger... boiling hot.... A mate of one of my fellow passengers was about to board, opened the door and as soon as his face was inside recoiled in disgust saying "Cor! You want some oxygen in there?!"

His mate (the one already on board) shouted "The 6:10 is just as bad, [name withheld]". The guy took a deep breath and squeezed on.

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This MySpace investor keeps spamming Google with lawsuits – and the ad giant just wants him to stop

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Free advice to US lawyers drafting documents

Fewer adverbs.

You're mightily and gushingly welcome.

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Two-speed Android update risk: Mobes face months-long wait

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Bleeding Obvious Blog

Manufacturers want you to buy a new phone. They do not want to spend dead money upgrading old phones whose income was booked last year.

Must be this "bizniss" thingy.

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iPhone: Apple's Mac battle with Windows rebooted

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Greater market share - why?

Sure they want to sell more phones, but there is a natural limit for 2 good reasons:

Marginal return, which means good hard cash for each phone not a razor thin margin to be able to tout "market share".

Production. Apple are very very good at the process of commissioning, ordering and controlling supply to the point of imposing those razor thin - damagingly thin - margins on their suppliers whilst at the same time getting millions of high quality products to market. Simply NOT POSSIBLE to triple or even double the supply volume except possibly over a period of years and even then there would be major production and logistics issues. Apple probably went past the sweet spot for volume/quality/profit margin/logistics/production control QA/QC a while ago.

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Nobody expects... a surprise haemorrhoid operation

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Re: Chinese restaraunt, good idea, but...

Precisely WTF are you talking about?

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Google Chrome will beat Flash to death with a shovel: Why... won't... you... just... die!

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Re: Confused

But the article says there's no more room at the inn, which we all know was the story of the Son of G....

Oh forget it.

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Violence, vandals and vomit: London's naughtiest tech Tube stations revealed

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Pathetic

Is that the best London's finest can manage? No running battles, firefights, explosions, flimsily clad damsels, daring rescues.... At this rate (with a nod to the above poster's mention of The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 -- (The Taking of Peckham 1-2-3 doesn't quite have the cachet, does it?)) we shall never have a Disaster-on-the-Tube Movie sub-industry. No Schwarzenneger, Willis, Stallone....

Oh wait a sec ..... Thank God for that.

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PC pioneer Gary Kildall's unpublished memoir revealed

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BIOS

Hats off to the guy.

And to Phoenix for having the balls to reverse engineer IBM's BIOS which I believe is an equally significant move in the history of computing.

I do not remember where I read the story long ago but I recall Phoenix had 2 sets of coders incommunicado in separate rooms. The first set looked at each line of code and shouted to an intermediary what it did, who then told the second set. They then wrote new code to perform the same action.

The pros will no doubt correct my phraseology and amplify the tale.

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Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

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Perspective

Now what have we seen in the past 60 years... No prizes for guessing which of these spent time in the Oval Office :

Peanut farmer, B-movie actor, playboy/philanderer (more than one of those), hick hayseed or Good Ol' Boy (take your pick), U.S. equivalent of Upper Class Twit (Poppa and Poppy).... Then of course the characterisations of the second-hand car salesman, the Football player without a helmet...

Three cheers for the Leader of the Free World and Thank God for checks and balances

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Re: No brainer shirley?

And don't forget to line up all the cups on the counter and fill them in a single pour from side to side moving down at the end of each row. Quickest way to serve 20 cups of tea and you only had to wipe down the counter once.*

If you don't remember then you're making it up.

*Obviously the cups were not square. Only heathens drink from anything apart from round cups with sides on a shallow gradient - so the tea cools faster. Taking time over a cuppa is for matrons and old maids entertaining the vicar.

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Larry Ellison's Oracle swallows Larry Ellison's part owned Netsuite for $9.3bn

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Re: As both an Oracle and NetSuite partner...

Thank you. Now fuck off

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Since you love Flash so much, Adobe now has TWO versions for you

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Re: Administrate

Come on - that's language anarchy. The French would never tolerate....... Oh .... Hang on...

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OK changed my mind. You are all right.

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Administrate

Is this a word?

Answers on a postcard to ....

(Here's a clue: No, and persistent incorrect usage does not make it otherwise)

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