* Posts by druck

1571 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

Intel's 32nm Atom roadmapped

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32nm

Intel may get power consumption down a notch with 32nm, but they'll only have a few months head start before ARM licences are using the same process, then the x86 chips will compare just as badly as against today's highly integrated ARM SoCs.

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Google OS gOS - if at first you don't succeed...

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Arsetard

Ted is talking out of his arse again, most of the people I know with netbooks, and myself included, spend the entire time in the web browser. Open the lid, there's Firefox, shut the lid and it turns off. I don't even want to know what OS it is using, but I think you can guess it isn't Windows.

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Networked multipack cruise missiles in successful test

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@Matt Bryant

"The operator of a PAM system will be just as vulnerable to the same counter-tactics as the Sagger operators were in 1973 - even more vulnerable as it sounds like the flight time will be even longer, giving more time for the targeted tank to find and eliminate the guider."

But as it's GPS guided in flight, you only have to paint the dot at the last possible moment, rather than the entire flight time of a slower moving in field PAM.

My main concern would be the network, the Israeli's managed to punch a hole in Syria's networked air defence system on their recent excursion.

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American 'football' goes 3D

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Where's the technology

Come on forget the difference between handball and kicking it around with your feet, where is the technology?

Is it using red and blue glasses blur-o-vision, alternate frame switching glasses flicker-o-vision, or side by side picture cross-eyed-squint-o-vision?

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HP claims market-topping 2.5-inch storage

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No sense at all

"HP's new 300GB SFF drive will have, it says, 75 per cent power savings over comparable 3.5 inch 300GB capacity drives ... The 75 per cent power saving becomes a 50 per cent power saving when compared to a 3.5-inch 15K drive."

Shouldn't that be; uses 75% of the power of comparable 3.5 inch 300GB (10K) capacity drives, and 50% of the power when compared to a 3.5-inch 15K drive? Otherwise it makes no sense at all.

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Apple more closed than Microsoft

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Openly shite

Who cares about open? Macs are something you choose to buy, Windows PCs are something you are forced to use. At least from what I've seen as I'am not a MAC user, Apple tries to make their closed ecosystem something different and better, where as Microsoft are quite open about screwing over any competition and delivering third rate product following on from second rate product.

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AMD tweaks 2009 chipset roadmap

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WGA?

How many of those 30720 AMD cores are running licensed copies of Windows though? :)

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Berlusconi plans to use G8 presidency to 'regulate the internet'

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They all want to be dictators

"You can not say that it is not a disturbing proclamation, given that the only countries in the world where there are filters or restrictions against internet are countries ruled by dictatorial regimes: those between China, Iran, Cuba, Saudi Arabia."

What is disturbing is how all the western so called democracies are so eager to become more like those dictatorial regimes, implementing mass surveillance, extending detention without trail, and now wanting all encompassing censorship of the internet.

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DARPA seeks Hitchhikers Deep Thought program

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Pork based fairy tails

The fact that this is even being considered shows that the intelligence services are buried under the torrent of crap resulting from unwarranted mass surveillance, and completely incapable of making any use of it. So instead of going back to the only affective method of feet on the ground hum-int, they are instead looking to hand out yet more pork funding for a fairy tail generator.

I can just see how it works now; some IT vendor tweaks a data warehouse application designed to spot the relationship between purchases of washing power and chocolate biscuits, to look the NIR all the other intrusive databases. It adds 2 and 2 to make 5127 and spits out a list of foreign sounding names. The next day mass dawn raids by anti-terror police are all over the news, and handily leaked briefings indicate an imminent terror plot and dozens of arrests of highly dangerous individuals. 42 days later a couple of detainees are charged for immigration offences, and possession of extreme porn, while the rest are quickly booted out the back door of the police station at 3am in the morning.

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Tesla exec quits as rival clocks up major deals

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Nice arse, shame about the face

I notice you've only shown it from the rear this time. The boat race aint no Paris.

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Apple tells Mac users: Get anti-virus

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Machine crippling parasites

Mac users certainly want to steer clear of the machine crippling parasites that are McAfee, Symantec etc, I must loose 15 minutes of work a day on to these blood suckers when using a Windows box (not out of choice I hasten to add).

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Hands-free kits make drivers even more dangerous

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Brain capacity?

Do people really have such little brain capacity that when using hands free kit which allows them to keep both hands on the steering wheel and look straight ahead, they can't talk and drive at the same time?

It really surprises me that this is claimed to be worse than having a conversation with someone in the car, where it is a natural human reaction to keep turning to look at the person, to see their facial expressions while talking, thus not paying full attention to the road.

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Top transport plod to probe Tory leaker's arrest

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Transport rather than Traffic

I read that there as traffic police for a second, my experience of whom was "I know you weren't going any faster than other cars in lane 3, but we've got targets, here's your fine". But then again, I'm expect a similar reasoned and fair result to an enquiry of the police by other police, of whatever flavour.

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IAEA calls for mutated supercrops to feed world's hungry

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Monkeys at typewriters

It strikes me to be similar to the infinite number of monkeys at typewriters trying to randomly create the works of Shakespeare. Will zapping them with some gamma rays speed up the process?

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IBM, HP annoy server buyers less than Dell, Sun

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Misleading graphs

Why are the bars in the graphs in reverse chronological order? It makes all the trends look in the opposite direction and is very misleading.

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FCC eyes free puritanical wireless vote

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Whitespace, faith and puritanism

As the FCC have just approved the use of whitespace with religious zeal, relying on faith rather than any working physical proof of concept, it should come as no surprise they are backing a puritanical service which also wont work in the way they are expecting and cause considerable difficulties to legitimate users.

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Biz travelers howl over US gov RFIDs

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The new wall

When the Berlin wall came down we thought that democracy and freedom would spread eastwards, and indeed in most parts it has done. What we weren't expecting was the wall would be put back up in the west, with a virtual cloning of the invasive security and mass surveillance culture of the freedom hating former regimes of the east.

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Lord Lamont joins Phorm board

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Phail

I had previously regarded Norman Lamont as an incompetent fool, but now he really has gone down in my estimation.

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HP cancels Christmas in the UK and Éire

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No bonus turkey

So HP are cutting back and passing on the downturn to the hospitality industry, to add to the Christmas cheer. How about that £35 per head is taken out of the executive bonus funds instead?

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Judge throws out case against journo bugged by police

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Repression without conviction

Even if there wasn't a strong possibility of a conviction in this case, it still achieved the desired repression of a journalist, trying to do her duty of bringing abuses of the state to the attention of the public. Her life has been ruined, spending 18 months fearing conviction, and is seriously considering giving up Journalism according to the BBC. Of course if she does, the enhanced CRB check will ensure she is barred from ever holding a responsible job again.

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UK.gov says extreme porn isn't illegal if you delete it...

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Bad advice and no defence.

So the advice still comes down to whether it would be offensive to a bitter old woman who's judgement is so poor she sees nothing wrong with roughing up opposition MPs with anti-terror police, and an angry grieving mother who clings to the belief that murderous tendencies must be the fault of pornography rather than sick individuals.

Oh, clause 21 means my defence is void, as I'm the author of a disc repair tool, which has the limited ability to recover to deleted data. So if I ever get any extreme porn spam, I have to wipe my hard disc. I better go an add a safe delete feature.

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Snipers - Cowardly assassins, or surgical soldiers?

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Fly eye

You don't need a conventional spherical lens in the nose a bullet to track a laser, think of the compound lenses in a fly's eye.

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Government finally names the day for porn ban

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@Graham Marsden

"The Government have (oh so kindly) offered a "defence" that if you were a "direct participant" in the images then you are allowed to possess them."

So you can have as much extreme porn as you like, as long as you've convincingly photo chopped your own face on to one of the participants? Now that really is sick.

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A reasonable person

AC wrote: "Do you honestly think that the NSFW image that you linked to qualifies for "a reasonable person would consider the action depicted to be real"? I would like to consider myself reasonable, and to me it is obviously staged."

You can never put your faith in a law which can only be judged on the criteria of a reasonable person's views. People have hung on differing interpretations of reasonable, take Derek Bentley and the meaning of "Let him have it" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_Him_Have_It

Re: Sooty, you are right in that this legislation is primarily a catch all. If you should cross any branch of authority you can expect to be investigated on some trumped up charge, which will come to nothing. But rummaging around on your computer is bound to find something chargeable, even if you have gone to great lengths to ensure that no one in any picture could be considered to be under 18, the extreme porn law makes anything else fair game for a prosecution.

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Counter-terror police arrest Tory frontbencher

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Britain no more

It has finally happened, the government using the police to suppress information and political debate. This is no longer Great Britain.

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EU Commission backs Reding on data caps

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Hopefully no more getting back from a weekend away and finding a £108 bill from logging on twice, due to £5/MB data charges.

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Srizbi spam botnet in failed resurrection

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Graphs

Can we have some nice graphs of the spam levels going down and back up with these various events.

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Copyright-bothering web TV outfit rises from the grave

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Catchup?

How is re-broadcasting live streams in any way a catchup?

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Heidemarie 'Toolbag' Piper set for second spacewalk

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Re:Give her a break

Well said.

Its a shame they weren't wearing the orbital manoeuvring packs, as they could have easily jetted off and collected the slow moving bag, to prevent it being an orbital hazard for the next couple of years.

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Asus Eee PC S101 luxury netbook

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Scared themselves

I think Asus scared themselves with the EEE PC, it made people realise that useful computers didn't have to be big and expensive, and although it sold it large numbers it put downward pressure on pricing. Since them they've done everything they can to try to move the price points ever higher and back to full sized laptop territory. However without any sort of sweetener such as a 1280x900 screen, it's just not going to sell.

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Most biometric checks will bypass ID database

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Re:Hitler

I keep misreading that name too, but the difference was that the leader of the 3rd Reich and his henchmen had a very organised plans of how to destroy the liberty of millions of people. This government is rushing headlong in to a fascist nightmare handing out billions to commission systems which they don't have the first clue about. They've got no idea if it will work well enough for the majority of the population, and no idea on what to do about people it definitely wont work for.

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 dual-GPU graphics card

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Spurious results

The two 4870 X2 bars in the charts have the same description, I assume the second is overclocked? However some of the benchmark/timing results for various cards are clearly spurious compared to their overall performance differentials. I suggest you revisit this.

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Geek Wheels touted as the ultimate tech scooter

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Stealth?

What's the point of the two stealth antenna with that fuck off big aerial on the back?

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Three SiPort Inc bosses slain in gun rampage

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@Andy Dodges

"No surprise there with more and more middle class folks losing their incomes while CEO's and other upper management merely forgo their Christmas bonus"

You are joking? Their bonus might be ever so slightly smaller than last year if the company has made a massive loss, but they'll still get it, and it will still be several times the salary of the sacked guy. We can't get guns here, but hammers are freely available.

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Philips Aurea II 42PFL9903H 42in LCD TV

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Just get a larger TV

The ambilighting effect is one thing, love it or hate it, but the screen bezel just about making the screen look slightly bigger. Why not get a TV which has a couple of inches larger screen and a minimal amount of bezel? it will look much better and is probably cheaper than this one too.

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McLaren teams up with chip firm for F1 hybrid tech

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Envirowank

Its just more envirowank for the media bleat on about, while doing nothing to make the sport more competitive and interesting for people to watch.

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DHS robotic airport missile-patrol plan to be shelved

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Free firework display at your local airport

Of course fitting flare dispensers to commercial aircraft means anyone with the right type of laser pointer*, be it terrorist or numpty, can generate a rather impressive fireworks display, and probably set light to the houses of the poor sods living right under the approach path.

* Many automatic flare dispensers have a laser warning receiver to detect laser range finders / designators used by IR seeking MANPADs.

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Police vet live music, DJs for 'terror risk'

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Music today, protest tomorrow, or today near parliament

You have to fill out such a form for music today, but it will be to protest tomorrow, but hold on it's already today if it's anywhere near parliament.

Its just like the form the Chinese had to fill out to protest during the Olympics, automatically denied, and the now spot light is off the country they will be participating in China's much longer version of 42 days.

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Amazon UK pulls Scientology exposé for 'legal reasons'

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The Amazon Cult

'fulfilment centres' 'fulfiment networks'? Amazon sounds just like a cult too.

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iPhone passcode blocks everything - except phone calls

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More numbers than you'd think

There are more emergency numbers than you think. I was washing my car one day when I heard a faint "hello which emergency service do you require" coming from my pocket. I fished out the phone an quickly cancelled the call. I then looked to see what number I'd accidentally dialled while leaning against the car, expecting to see 999 or 112, but was surprised to find it was 08. I rashly dialled it again to check, and it did put me through to the emergency services. That only happened on one particular Nokia phone, which for some reason had 08 enabled for Bosnia or somewhere.

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Webcast quango: One-third of UK teachers are creationists

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Scepticism classes

RE: should be removed from the curriculum, and replaced with scepticism classes. Children would be taught to think for themselves and question the fallacy of religious beliefs of all flavours. There would then be no need for nonsense such as creationism or ID to come up in science lessons.

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Passport and ID card price hike laundered via private sector

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Footfall

The only footfalls any store stupid enough to take this government's poison ID chalice, will hear will be the ones of No2ID protesters circling the shop with placards.

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Roberts Ecologic 1 portable DAB radio

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Eco/Digital bollocks

Why not just use a perfectly good and far cheap analogue radio, which lasts months from a set of batteries, and most of them offer stereo unlike these nasty digital throwbacks to single speak 70s transistor sets.

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Will 'wi-fi on steroids' give you spots, baldness and liver damage?

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Physics vs Revenue

Is there anyone in spectrum regulation that has the slightest clue about physics, or are they all paper pushing bureaucrats looking to squeeze every penny out of the airwaves, never mind how much chaos it causes?

Sorry, I can't believe I needed to ask that, we already know the answer.

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UK.gov apologises for Tory-bashing child database memo

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Tracked from cradle to grave

"It is much less stigmatising - no judgement is required about who should be included or not."

The risk of stigmatising anyone justifies tracking everyone from cradle to grave? I really don't know how these people's heads are wired, and what on earth have we done letting them get in to positions of power where they can bring about this nightmare?

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Microsoft retires Windows 3.11 on 18th birthday

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Better than anything that came after

In many ways Windows 3.1/3.11 was better than anything that came afterwards from Microsoft.

If copying multiple files with 3.1;s File Manager there was a problem, such the a source or destination files was open, it would warn you about it and allow you to continue copying the rest of the files. Win95 File Manager and all that follow, just abort the entire process with half the files copied, forcing you to find the culprit, exclude it, and copy everything again.

If you had an iconised application window in 3.1 would allow you to drop a file on top it, and the file would be loaded in to that window. In Win95 and later you can't drop files on to the taskbar icons, you get an error box telling to go through the utterly ridiculous palather of hovering over the icon mid drag, waiting an age for the window to deiconise, then dropping the file on to it - why for fucks sake?

Such is progress when it comes to the worlds worst operating system.

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Barack Obama will be president

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Return to democracy?

Hopefully this will mean we can welcome the US back in to the family of democratic nations which don't lock away foreign citizens in off shore legal limbo, and don't fingerprint anyone wishing to visit their country as if they were a common criminal. With any luck that will also discourage the UK from going down that path, and maybe then I'll consider travel to the US for business or pleasure again.

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Smith's airport ID card plans cut back to small pilot scheme

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I can just see the advert now...

In addition to officially announcing the trial, on Thursday Jacqui Smith is expected to announce a "prospectus of market engagement" which the paper says will invite organisations with a high street presence to bid "for contracts in areas such as fingerprinting, application checking and photographing linked to the new biometric passports and ID cards."

Rush down to your nearest Marks and Sparks or Woolies for the latest two for the price of one offer; be fingerprinted like a common criminal, AND hand over all your personal information for the government to lose (again). All that for just £5.4billion, £9.1billion or £25+billion depending on who you believe.

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Is the internet going down down under?

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Re: Why not filter

"The more that the ISPs can do to restrict the delivery of child pornography and other illicit material the better."

And what stunted zealot gets to decide on the definition "other illicit material"?

Stay away from my internet Mr Paul Clarke, stay well away.

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Fisker prevails in Tesla tech theft claim fight

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Re:Holy god

I have to agree about the grill, but the rest of the car, and especially the side profile is quite good. At least it's not a shapeless blob on wheels like the Prius and its ilk.

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