* Posts by PhilipN

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Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs

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Senior European Politician

Who's that, then?

Thought it was an article about Clegg.

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Crucial P1 minicard flash drive? Not if you grabbed Intel's 660p

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Re: I'll never buy another

Same here.

That is to say I have forsworn getting another Crucial NVMe thingy.

Not because the one I got was crap (although eventually that was proven to be the case) but because I was too late (thinking the problem may be with my machinery - which is quite picky when it comes to NVMe - and then trying different formulations) to get help from Amazon, and when (per Amazon suggestion) I emailed Crucial to recover the ridiculous amount I paid they did not even reply.*

Once bitten .....

FWIW one of the things I tried was a PCIe adapter which takes NVMe SSD's. The Crucial one did not register. Threw it in the bin. Bought another - non-Crucial - and it is fine.

*P.S. I do not live in the USA so getting redress is sometimes too much of a PITA.

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That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

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Will die - no

Judging by the number of punters at the Surface counter at the local digi-shop compared with those at other counters, it is already dead*

*Save for corporations finagled into buying them in bulk

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Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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Re: Reminder for macos users

"the NeoOffice engineers have continually added improvements to NeoOffice that you will not find in OpenOffice or LibreOffice such as:

Native Dark Mode

NeoOffice > Open at Launch menu to open Calc or Impress instead of Writer at launch

File > Browse All Versions menu to restore previous versions of your documents

Native file locking to safely edit files in iCloud Drive, Dropbox, or network drives

Native Mac grammar checking

Native Mac text highlighting

Support for Mac Services

Native floating tool windows"

And :

WordPerfect support

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Reminder for macos users

https://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php

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Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'

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Would you Adam and Eve it

“Unintended” and “embarrassing” sounds like a two-word summary of the story of the Lady and the Apple

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Microsoft gets ready to kill Skype Classic once again: 'This time we mean it'

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Mossad branch office?

"Viber is ..... operated by Japanese multinational company Rakuten. .......The software was originally developed by Israel-based Viber Media, which was bought by Rakuten in 2014. Since 2017 its corporate name has been Rakuten Viber. It is currently based in Luxembourg."

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Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Re: Yesterday someone asked Alexa...

UV for any mention of ACC.

Now, across the globe, Alexas are going out, one by one.

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I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Mind wandered ...

While thinking about this remembered getting DV’ed the last time I called out the guy who holds up a long queue of the caffeine-desperate at rush hour by using a card - the kind requiring a VOUCHER to be PRINTED and then he has to find a space on a busy counter to sign the thing. Bastard! All for a 2 or 3 dollar/quid cup of coffee. Was he claiming it on Expenses?

Point of the comment is time was - the time of pen and paper - you could ask the restaurant to write a receipt for a lot more than the actual bill. Now that is how to charge expenses. Course none of us ever did that?

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Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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a comedy-act bully, racist, sexist, and bigot

You mean he's just a regular bloke, like me. [ducks for cover]

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Brit armed forces still don't have enough techies, thunder MPs

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Who decides?

With acknowledgement to (a recent issue of) the FT, the C-in-C British Cavalry responded to the threat of WWII by ordering more fodder and second horses for officers, while the Wehrmacht busily developed the Panzer.

Easy to say he was a dumkopf but where did he have the authority to commission the design, construction and delivery of new battle-worthy tanks - and the formation of regiments to deploy them. And all else besides - a MAJOR and costly undertaking.

It wasn’t until it was almost two years too late that the politicians got organised.

So why don’t the MP’s put themselves under the spotlight?

After all, the soldier only does as he is told, yes?

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Dust off that old Pentium, Linux fans: It's Elive

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Luxury!

Just this past weekend as chance would have it a live CD with the previous iteration of Elive on it was the first fossil I found in the drawer when I had to try and re-boot an old Mac Pro which had the flu. Booted, ran, GUI, the lot. Love it! Definitely will give this new-fangled version a twirl (knowing I can wind it back 5 years if the need arises and I shall be happy as a sandboy).

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Pluto is more alive than Mars, huff physicists who are still not over dwarf planet's demotion

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Affronted lawyer here

I do not get paid for an opinion. I get paid for my expertise in formulating an opinion which suits the party paying. And as those statements prove I can lie for free.

And allow me to introduce my assistant, Miss Nomer. Her opinion is that Earth is not a “planet” because it does not wander. The term derives, I think, from the Ancient Greeks, feet planted firmly on Plane... oops Ecosphere Earth from which vantage point all other components of the Solar System wandered across the sky and ergo were planets.

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Microsoft takes a pruning axe to Skype's forest of features

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Re: 'overcomplicated some of our core scenarios'

Above-quoted phrase and "asswipary"** - Great! I shall have many and varied uses for both from now on.

Less subtle than the Department of Defense [sic] "implementing a pause" in deliveries of the F-35 as opposed to "told the manufacturers to fix these issues or stick their contract up their corporate ass [sic]".

But nothing beats Ballmer's "We built too many Surface tablets" when writing off another billion dollars instead of acknowledging that "nobody wanted to buy this dog" and "our market research and projections were crap".

**Hope I am not being pedantary but shouldn't this be hyphenated?

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Apple leaks rekindle some hope for iPhone 'supercycle' this year

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Not forgetting ...

Vocal chords and .... hey just put the SoC inside my head - plenty of space there. In fact I volunteer to be the first bionic cellphone.

[Whisper : I’m only half joking]

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Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

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"good thing"

..................^................

Oh alright ...... "letters"

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GitHub goes off the Rails as Microsoft closes in

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'The 1968 Combined Edition'

Helping out any bemused punters here : think back to when they were called "locomotives"

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Connectors!

Cupboards-full and more all the time - all the way from serial, parallel, printer, scsi, FireWire 400 and 800, usb 1 through XX, Ethernet, and not forgetting vga, DVI-whatever, HDMI, power cables galore, audio cables with 1, 2, 3 or more jacks, optical, RCA, DIN, and now Thunderblah-blah 1, 2, 3 ....

But why is it -

1. The last critical connector cable is always two inches short.

2. That immensely valuable gender-changer at the bottom of the drawer turns out to be female-female instead of male-male.

Better stop here I’m getting angry

Too late : Ever tried counting the contacts on a scsi plug to see which frigging one it was? Sh**t!!

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Patch Tuesday heats up with pair of exploited zero-days squashed – plus 58 other vulns fixed

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Ghostbusters

Second reference in 24 hours :

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2018/08/13/windows_is_coming_to_chromebooks_with_googles_blessing/

(Just counting the first such reference on the above page)

Who else you gonna call?

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Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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OS/2

"A better DOS than DOS and a better Windows than Windows"

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Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Wasp heaven

Cut the (bruised) top off an apple once and a fully-grown wasp staggered out from the core. He must have crawled in as a wee wasplet and couldn’t back out. Or was having a doze to sleep it off. Had no choice - after all wasps look and sound so ANGRY and the way they fly at you is so THREATENING - but to squash the b*****d.

Just imagine getting stuck inside a reasonably full barrel of cider and not even being able to drink your way out.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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60’s technology

Thanks for reminding me of the expression “Winchester drive”. Somebody did the exact right thing back then.

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Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections

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How to save humanity's self-respect

Brilliant idea - FB should freeze every single account - all of 'em - and require punters to re-register.

I'd be surprised if they have more than a few hundred million actual users. This whole chunk of the planet supposed to be on FB is bollocks.

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“push divisive messages to the US public“

Huh? I thought that was normal electioneering?

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Re: Commonly known as "the triumph of marketing over technology"

Slight correction. IBM’s desktop salesman understood the market very well. They were desperate to sell boxen, which meant Windows, and no incentive to push OS/2.

AND MS would wield their monopolistic power by threatening to withhold information about the latest version of Windows (so it could actually run properly) unless IBM turned its back on OS/2. Ergo market opportunities for Compaq et al and the rest is history.

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Re: The hatred runs deep

And originates from long before XP, and even before 95. ‘Cos, for example, the favoured word processor early on became WordPerfect and whilst it’s series of owners tried to stay ahead of and then match Word feature for feature MS built undocumented API’s into each iteration of Windows to make WordPerfect explode.*

By comparison OS/2 had an excellent basic set of workhorse programs (Faxworks for example had a built in graphics subsystem so you could amend and annotate faxes, add signatures etc on the screen 20 years ago or more) then the developer’s website would suddenly and “inexplicably” disappear, the supposition being that the developer, understandably, succumbed to the Microsoft shilling.

*Remember there was an OS/2 version (5.2 if memory serves) of WordPerfect but at a time when cross-platform compatibility was essential (that is, until MS succeeded in making compatibility unnecessary) it was ill-formed. Basically a pig’s ear.

But then there was a Linux version too, which did not justify the name WordPerfect. Not just the ear - the whole pig!

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Microsoft: The Kremlin's hackers are already sniffing, probing around America's 2018 elections

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"seized in as little as 24 to 48 hours"

Not clever.

Surely better to let them run and track what they are doing.

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Oldest swinger in town, Slackware, notches up a quarter of a century

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Hats off to Slackware

My Linux baptism was with Ygdrassil but blowed if I can remember whether I tried installing it from 5 inch floppies or those new-fangled 3 inch ones.

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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Dirty bomb

Newsworthy because of the chance to use the above epithet.

From which it follows all (hopefully) bombs in the world are "clean".

Phew! That's a relief. Had me worried there for a minute.

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Notes/Domino is alive! Second beta of version 10 is imminent

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I got it!

To keep down the layoffs IBM put whole departments into suspended animation. They just woke up Notes.

Very clever.

Who’s next? The OS/2 team?

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Chirp unveils free tier of shouting-at-IoT devices audio net tech

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Spies

Believe it began in WWII?

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Brilliant

Gave this a go when a simple prototype was available to shoot small files from one iOS device to another. Blindingly simple in concept. Love it.

Would, by way of trivial example, Apple please incorporate this into HomeKit so I can be alerted by the teapot when the tea’s brewed, by the saucepan when the egg is soft-boiled and by the toaster when the bread is crisp and brown. Thanks.

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Fitness app Polar even better at revealing secrets than Strava

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Remote > remove

There is a button to press to alert the sub-editors so as to avoid commenting on typos in these forums. This El Reg not Private Eye.

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London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'

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always a long queue, not just individuals

Huh? You mean like some of those scenes in Men in Black?

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'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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Re: happens around 1:10

Almost as shocking** was, earlier in the video, a Marty Wilde poster flashing past on the nearside verge.

**Alright it wasn't, but you know what I mean.

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ZTE remakes board as demanded by USA

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Some new directors have ties to Chinese elite, government

Urrrmmm .... ye-es...

This is China...so what else is new?

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UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 million taxpayers

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Key phrase

Oh I’m disappointed.

Given we are talking about calls to HMRC, I was hoping for an article praising us Brits’ creation of the world’s largest audio profanisaurus.

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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I get thumbs down here?

No Yorkshireman'd say "t'lad" when referring to himself.

Sheesh - Southerners!

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Microsoft CEO wades into ICE outcry: Cool it, we only do legacy mail

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In other news :

Today's Financial Times :

"Facebook, Amazon and Netflix all closed at new highs"

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Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage

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Family unification has been a fundamental tenet of American policy and law since ..

Really? Could our brethren over there explain WTF about the above claim?

No, seriously I'd like to know.

Or has the writer been watching too many Disney movies?

As an aside, IAAFL and a cross-examining counsel would have a field day tearing a witness in the box apart over use of "fundamental", "tenet", "policy" and "law". Course the first question would be : "What was the tenet and policy before the Second World War?"

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US regains supercomputer crown from Chinese, for now

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Re: Only because someone has to say it..

I’d rather it be programmed to design an even faster rig, all by itself ... or maybe that’s asking for trouble

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watchOS 5 hints at new Apple wearables and life beyond the Watch

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Re: "yes, they still make Teasmades"

Guess I’ll stick to the good old Brown Betty then.

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Re: "yes, they still make Teasmades"

I want one but can any kind soul tell me if the tea is any good?

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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Foul company

Agreed, but (or and) in principle MS cannot - simply CANNOT - adopt a benign, paternalistic attitude towards an acquisition such as GitHub, or any acquisition. Line managers may want to. Nardella may even want to but they are all answerable to the Board (who are answerable to shareholders) who will sooner or later ask “What did we pay all this frigging money for? Where is the Return on Investment?”

Oh and by the way, a warm, cuddly feeling that a company is “doing the right thing” does not qualify as RoI.

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UK Foreign Sec BoJo asks tech firms to save endangered species

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Now I understand

Straying this far from his brief of making the World a safer place (stop sniggering at the back!) I realise he thought conservation was something to do with the Conservative Party.

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Apple WWDC: There's no way iOS and macOS will fully merge as one

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Walled Gardens

OK something to be said for keeping two systems functionally separate in principle but if you are the gatekeeper the openings in the fence could be selectively and more intuitively accessible from within each system. They must be there since this third-party app or that will help you to do things - such as sharing screens (e.g. Teamviewer), and seeing the output from a Home (TM) CCTV on a Mac (e.g. various) - which are not native to the system.

The Home potato patch surrounded by barbed wire in the walled garden - which I agree is a potentially very dangerous trouble spot for spreading potato blight - would have greater potential at least for me if I was not forced to handle it on a phone or iPad -

or a frigging Apple TV! Whose brilliant idea was that?

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Facebook finally fully embraces GDPR – Generally Derailing Pages Recklessly

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too lame to have a real page

Couldn't agree more. Even worse is those who have a real page which has an invitation to go to their FB page. Makes no sense. Why would I want to go elsewhere when I am already looking at their own website? Mad.

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Russia to Apple: Kill Telegram crypto-chat – or the App Store gets it

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"profanisaurus"

UV'd because of the connection with that widely-read children's comic.

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Trump’s new ZTE tweet trumps old ZTE tweets that trumped his first ZTE tweet

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"beautiful countryside" and "outstanding golf courses"

With the greatest respect to golfers I would prefer that "beautiful countryside" stay that way.

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Swiss sausage sizzler 4.0 hits 200 bangers per hour

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Pah! Away with your namby-pamby hobbyists

Look - first, young'uns, "chips" are not from potatoes. They* are Britain's finest. Grill a few extra to eat straight from the fridge, slightly shrivelled, the following day. Preferably with a slice of yesterday's toast which has absorbed all the butter. Best snack in the world.

Second, Walls's super size** - black on top and bottom. Sides optional. Wrapped in a slice of decent white bread with lashings of (melting) butter to compensate for the fat lost during the cooking process. Luxury!

* Sigh - kids today - "chipolatas".

** I hear you no longer have to pierce them with a fork?? What the hell is that??

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