* Posts by lglethal

1787 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

NASA whistles up electron noise from the Van Allen belt

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OK two things:

Firstly, that first recording is clearly the Earth breathing. I guess Mother Nature really is a Thing! :P

Second, how frigging awesome is it, that all of those sci-fi shows from our youth, somehow managed to produce sound effects which ACTUALLY sound exactly like these recordings. Art imitating Life? Huh! more like Life imitating Art!

Nice work to all those boffins and Sound Effects Folks. Enjoy one of These ->

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SAP rips and replaces South African bosses amid corruption probe

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Re: *shakes head sadly*

Wow guys just wow.

Do you know how exactly like Trump supporters you sound right now? "Mexicans - get them dirty raping foreigners out of America!". Or maybe the right wing European parties? "Get those thieving Africans and Syrians out of Europe and back to their own countries. All they come here for is to make crime and rape our women. Rah rah rah...".

The Guptas might have Zuma in their pockets. And Zuma might be stopping the police doing their job. But you know what the answer to that is - you vote for the other parties which will let the police do their job! If you keep voting in the same corrupt buggers everytime, dont complain when they do corrupt things.

Anyway, I guess its good to know that racists exist everywhere. Seems to be a common trait of the human race. But I sincerely hope that the next time you're out of Saffa, and you suffer from some form of racial discrimination, you think of this conversation...

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*shakes head sadly*

And to think you were doing so well, right up until the point where you started being a racist dick.

"go back to where you lot came from."

Funnily enough, thats the same sort of senitment the Klu Klux Klan and various Neo Nazi groups use as well. Doesnt it make you feel proud to be sharing a similar sentiment to those fine upstanding citizens...

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

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Dont worry, he's not the messiah, he's a very lucky boy!

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

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How very Radiohead...

That's put a smile on my face on this Monday morning...

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Burglary in mind? Easy, just pwn the home alarm

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Re: This is California. In July.

Lee, Lee, Lee... You'll never get rich selling something cheap to people.

You have to give it the glam and the glitz - the always online functionality, the name created by a toddler, and the look of something that fell out of Apple's rejects folder.

Cheap, simple and effective? No chance!

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IETF moves meeting from USA to Canada to dodge Trump travel ban

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Re: stupid politics - DrM

"You miss the whole point of the article -- Trump bashing. The role of modern journalists these days."

I dont know, I would have thought the news that a major international electrical conference was moving the locations of its meetings out of America was kind of relevant news for an IT News Website.

But then again if you dont want to hear any news about IT and IT related events happening in the world, maybe you shouldnt be reading an IT News Website!

Muppet.

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Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

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*shakes head* I never thought I'd see the day...

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Someone's phishing US nuke power stations. So far, no kaboom

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watering hole attacks?

Ok I have to ask what is a watering hole attack? I thought I was familiar with most of the terminology to do with malware but thats a new one for me...

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It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

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Re: Will she do the housework?

"Now I can't shake the notion of banging a Roomba..."

It's the next step up from banging the vacuum cleaner, I guess...

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Civil rights warriors file US lawsuit: Let us see Five Eyes agreement

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Nothing to see here...

"Privacy International has been waging a campaign to get its hands on a more up-to-date version of this document..."

Alright, alright. Fine! Here is the Agreement from 1956. Satisfied?

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Boffins with frickin' laser beams chase universe's mysterious trihydrogen

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Re: Re why the interest in making H3 from hydrocarbons ?

You mean you wouldnt?!?!?

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Get the Canuck out: Vancouver vows Airbnb, Expedia crackdown

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Having a similar problem where I live at the moment...

Where I am living at the moment, renting is not such a huge problem. However, buying a house or flat is almost impossible. The main reason seems to be Investment companies buying up all the property, devloping it, and then renting it out and never selling it on. Why would they? It's a continual source of income.

Personally, I would like to see residential property not being able to be held for more than 5 years by a Company. Force them to sell it on. Everyone beneifts then. And in the Long term, higher home owning rates lead to lower retirement costs for the government. Still I'm not holding my breath.

It would also have an effect on foreign Investors buying everything up. Most of them do so through off-shore shell companies, in order to hide who actually owns the property (and avoid being seen moving their money off-shore). Force them to show who actually owns the property and large amounts of the more dubious end of the spectrum would disappear pretty quickly...

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Intel axes 140 IoTers in California, Ireland

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hmmm...

I know Revenue does not equal Profit (far from it in a lot of cases) but

"The IoT division turned in US$721 million in Q1 revenue this year...".

That does not sound like a Division that is losing money hand over fist. I cant really understand the reasoning behind closing it? Unless they think that Revenue is going to dry up in the next year or two, (admittedly they may have a forecast saying exactly that) but I cant see the reasoning behind closing a money making department. Strange...

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Constant work makes the kilo walk the Planck

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Re: Confused

Seriously guys arguing about better or worse in a Units System? It depends what you grew up with, period. If you grew up with Imperial Units like Terry6 then you're going to think Imperial is better, if you grew up with SI Units like i did, then your going to think SI makes a hell of a lot more sense.

Whether you think miles per gallon is a useful measurement or a ludicrous throwback to medieval times comes entirely down to what in your head makes sense. So accept that others will think differently based on their life experiences.

The only place where it makes an actual difference is when you get to Science and perfoming experiments. Anyone who does science expeirments using anything but SI Units should be tarred and feathered and forced to walk the plank (insert other medieval punishment as you see fit)!

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Re: Lego?

"I thought the Planck was just a really large ruler."

It seems smaller when you have to walk it...

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Re: DougS

So what your saying is:

We have "known knowns", that is things we know we know. We have "known unknowns", that is things we know we don't know. And we have "unknown unknowns", that is things we dont know that we dont know...

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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Re: Velocity?

Who said the bullet had to be moving? If the bullet is still sitting in the chamber it's only going as fast as the schlup lugging the gun around...

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"I do wonder why no one asked Mr. Statler the obvious question in response to his answer: "Would you stake your life on that statement?"."

The obvious answer is to paraphrase Homer Simpsons on this:

"I am 100% absolutely certain that this is what will happen. If I'm wrong may we all be horribly crushed from above somehow."

(According to Wiki - Simpsons Season 6, Episode 14, "Bart's comet - ~1995)

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China pollutes ocean with bloody big rocket

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Re: 50% failure rate

It's just a little disingenous (to both sides) to make a comparison between two rockets - one of which has launched twice with one success and one failure, and one which has made 94 launches with 2 failures and 2 partial failures.

Not exactly apples and oranges or statistically significant results....

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Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

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Maybe there was a failure in the delivery method?

Or perhaps, the Blogger died, and no ones's got around to telling the Company to post their Messages yet...

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Re: What About...

With respect to Spike Milligan...

"I told you I was ill!"

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UK.gov leaves data dashboard users' details on publicly accessible site

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Re: “There is no evidence of misuse of anyone’s credentials,"

That is a Government statement, I don't trust it.

There fixed that for you...

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

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Re: Cane toads

"Cane toads are the most obnoxious pest known to man..."

Really? I thought that was Theresa May.

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Logic? It can be difficult for humans as well.

My dad was involved in repairing a small camper van from a pair of stoners once. It turns out that whilst driving down the Highway between Sydney and Melbourne, they thought the best way to account for the boredom was to take some LSD. (For the record I wouldnt recommend this, whilst driving).

Driving along, one of them goes "Woah, dude this sh%t just kicked in! It looks like there's a fridge standing in the middle of the road." The other guy, also staring out the front, said "Dude, I can see it. Wow this is good shit!", and then the pair drove into an actual fridge that had fallen off the back of a previous truck and was standing in the middle of the road.

I imagine attempting to explain why you hit a fridge lying in the middle of the road, to the Police, whilst on LSD, was a difficult conversation.

However, to get back to the topic of logic, the humans in this case certainly had a few failures occur before the accident - 1) Taking LSD whilst driving, 2) seeing something in the road, EVEN if you think it was a hallucination, and not choosing to drive around it... So considering that humans have had millenia to develop logic, should we really expect AI to be able to grasp it perfectly so soon?

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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It's not so much that Google are showing pictures for what you've searched or the link that is the Problem here, but that it is those pictures with associated links are for links which Google has been paid to Show. AND they take up MOST of your Screen real estate. The actual best product and price for what you've searched (and it's associated link) is more then likely two thirds of the way down your Screen (or even off your Screen), and is most likely only a bit of text and so easily missed. If you've removed the paid Advertising, then it would be at number one, as it is the best link.

That is the Problem. Google have positioned themselves as the world's search engine. But because of a little thing called competition and antitrust laws, they Need to Play fair, and that means giving equal space and time in results to those that have paid them and those that dont...

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What? What? Which? Former broadband minister Ed Vaizey dismisses report

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How does it feel to be scottish now?

A lot of scottish voters changed from voting for the SNP to the Conservatives. But funnily enough I'm not seeing any extra cash coming your way for doing your part in propping up May's government.

Dont you feel a wee bit daft now?

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Games rights-holders tell ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Pay or we pull titles

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Re: What a complete cockup this Vega thing is!

As everything said in a Marketing spiel is an obvious lie and misrepresentation, I take that to mean from your statement that you WILL deliver absolutely everything you say you wont, and you WONT run off with the money like you say you will.

Ha! I've got you there Mr Lost all faith... Where do i sign up?

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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

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Re: But can the camera recognize approved cats, or not?

And what if it turns out to be a cat burglar?

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Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

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Re: Darkness fell over America in November

Is this the second sign of the coming of the apocalypse?

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In the week Uber blew up, Netflix restates 'No brilliant jerks' policy

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Re: Well they already cut themselves off from a big portion of the "market"

Really? Not an ethical company because they use DRM? Really?

Is the Netflix DRM that bad? Does it make it difficult to watch the shows you donwload from them? Millions of subscribers would tend to say No.

You might have a personal dislike of DRM, and you are free not to give them your money, but they have obviously down the calculations and they think they need the DRM to avoid losing Money to pirating. So long as they keep the DRM unobtrusive, I dont get the hate. This isnt the days of SecurROM anymore, after all.

But claiming this makes them unethical is ridiculous.

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Breach at UK.gov's Cyber Essentials scheme exposes users to phishing attacks

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Re: the Morissette Scale?

Maybe she was being ironic?

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Swiss super pushes USA off podium in new Top500 Supers list

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Australia only 111th?

Well thats no surprise. How much computing power do you need when the weather is always hot and sunny? Every day hot and sunny. Hot and Sunny. Except when its flooding of course, but you know that always comes as a surprise, so you can just stick with the hot and sunny forecast and save some on that processing power...

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Migrating to Microsoft's cloud: What they won't tell you, what you need to know

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The first rule...

The first rule of Migration Consultancy is you do not talk about Migration Problems...

The second rule of Migration Consultancy is you do NOT talk about Migration Problems...

:P Just joking...

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Google plans to scrub 'inflammatory' and terror vids from youTube

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"Why doesn't Google only allow certain users to upload possibly terrorist-flagged Videos"

Well unfortunately, the miscreant uploaders for some reason, dont flag their Videos up as being terrorism-related when they upload them. Those dastardly users not using the correct tags, what ever will we do?

To be less flippant - Youtube exists because anyone can upload a Video from anywhere on to the site. If you started only allowing approved users do the uploads, Youtube would die pretty quickly. So dont expect Google to go down that route anytime soon.

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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Re: Survivors

Ahh yes Civil Engineers, as we say in the mechanical engineering field - the people who build targets...

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That minutes-long power glitch? It's going to cost British Airways £80m, IAG investors told

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Re: 80million?

80 million is the direct losses. The losses to reputation and the following lost business are probably worth the same again (if not more), but since you cant lose what you dont get in the first place, management will always claim they havent lost anything more then that...

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Marissa! Mayer! out! as! Yahoo!-Verizon! closes!

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F$ckin Oath....

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France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

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Just an idea...

How about giving the police forces more money to hire more police to have more presence out there, and you know generate a bit of goodwill in the community so that the police get more tip-offs and have the resources to actually investigate people who are on their watch lists, rather then giving them new powers which they don't have the resources to utilise properly anyway and which brand everyone in the country as a potential criminal from the get go...(decreasing goodwill and all of those potential tip-offs which actually get people on the watch lists in the first place)...

Funny how May got her draconian legislation through parliament whilst she was home secretary but she also cut the police force budget severely at the same time, so I really dont get her game. Give the police the powers to investigate everyone, but not enough resources to actually investigate anyone? That seems to be the direction Britain's going...

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Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

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Condescending much?

"intellectually very interesting".

Why do i have the mental Image of them patting a child on the head when they say that?

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HPE to staff: 'We are permanently clipping your costs'

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Re: Maybe i missed something...

Why do they have to meet Wall Streets expectations? This is a genuine question. Unless they're planning to release more Shares (and so need a high Share Price to get more bang for their buck) or they're fighting off a hostile Takeover, having a low share Price means bugger all to a firm pulling in $1,7bn a year in Profit. The only people hurt from a falling share Price would be those who own Shares or execs who are paid in bonus Shares.

Is there an actual Business case, where not Meeting Wall Street expectations would hurt them?

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Maybe i missed something...

At the end of the article - Company Operating Profit - $1,76bn.

Ok Profit is down compared to last year, but i fail to see the urgent need to slash $0,3b when you still have a very tidy profit. If they were losing money or coming out with only marginal profits and worried about sliding into loss, then ok, but this just seems ridiculous.

The only reason I can see for this is to do with share prices and exec bonuses... So in other words - scum bags...

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Busted Russian casino hackers had an appetite for drugs and chocolate

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"Sounds like the plot lines for Sin City 4."

I do NOT want to know what they were planning to be doing with the Chocolate then...

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State senator sacked by broadband biz Frontier after voting in favor of broadband competition

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Re: I dont get Americans...

Alright, so I was a bit misled by the article. But I still stand by my inability to understand Americans acceptance of political corruption.

The fact that this guy was able to vote on legislation about Broadband rules, whilst working directly for a Broadband Company, is such a flagrant breach of conflict of interest rules, that in any actual democracy he would either have been forced to recuse himself from being involved in the legislation process entirely, or he would be behind bars for not revealing the conflict of interest (ok in this case, more likely the former, since i doubt he could have hidden having a full time employer!). The fact people are celebrating that he didnt vote for thie big Company, rather then being angry that he even got to vote, says it all about politics in America...

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I dont get Americans...

Most of the Americans I know are pretty smart. And yet, when it comes to politics they are just willing to put up with all sorts of bribery, conflicts of interest and blatant corruption, with a smile and a shrug.

I mean unpaid legislatures went out in the early 1900's in the UK, because it meant you either had to have the super rich in parliament (i.e. Lords) or people who where on the take and representing "Special interests". Hell having paid legislatures was part of the people's charter proposed in 1838. And yet, in America you would prefer to have corrupt politicians with their hand in the trough rather than pay them a set wage and prosecute them for everything else they take...

I really dont get it....

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Nuns chastise Google and Eric names Larry greatest human alive

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weasel words are weasel words...

"pay equally across genders"

"Yeah i mean we pay all the men the same, and then we pay all the women the same. You dont actually expect us to pay both the men AND the women the same, do you?"

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When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

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Re: a Mortal Threat...to augmented reality games

@ moiety - just a small counter argument:

"there is no way of telling how popular your game is going to be when you're making it;"

That is also true of holding a concert or any sort of live event - but either way you still need to get a permit and put up the cash to hold the event, whether your expecting to sell out a 40k person arena, or are just hoping the 200 people you need to break even come through...

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Would you let DJ E-to-the-Musk set the playlist for your roadtrip?

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I think Elon needs a holiday...

Why do I feel like Elon's inspiration levels are running a little low?

Cheap online fanancial shenanigans (Paypal), Cheap reusable rockets (Space X), Electric Cars (Tesla), Crazy experimental maglev in tube trains (Hyperloop), cheap underground tunnel digging (Boring company), a better music playlist... hmmm... not quite on the same level is it?

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Meteor swarm spawns new and dangerous branch

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Dont be silly, we dont need to wipe them out, we're not racist after all. No, no, all we need is to build a wall to keep out those bad hombre Meteors and of course we will make them pay for it....

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Uber bros pull out wallet, $32.5m later the 'Safe Rides' row is over

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Re: Uber, the local neighborhood cunt....

Hey hey hey... Uber does way more checks that the industry average. It just happens that their industry is effectively racketeering, but I assure you, Uber das way more checks than the Mafia... Way more....

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