* Posts by Steve Knox

1775 posts • joined 16 Jul 2011

FCC greenlights small cell free-for-all in the US

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Re: Reasonable

The problem is that it has to be defined by case law. For those playing along, case law is law that has been tried in front of a judge. Hence the expensive lawsuits we both want to avoid.

The best way to do that is to define "reasonable" in this context before a judge ever has to listen to any arguments. That's all I'm asking for.

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Re: Reasonable

Thanks, Richard, for twigging off of my joke rather than answering my legitimate concern.

In doing so, you've extended use of the very term which needs definition. How do you define a reasonable amount of time or reasonable grounds? Without a fairly comprehensive definition, this proposed rule would only have the effect of wasting local governments' time and resources with those expensive lawsuits you hate so much any time they don't give telcos whatever they want.

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Reasonable

It all hinges on the definition of "a reasonable period of time" -- should that be measured in weeks, days, or minutes?

If I were a city administrator, I'd be tempted to create a specific e-mail address required to be used for notification, with an auto-responder that simply stated "application denied." This is why it's probably good that I'm not in politics.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

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Re: EFF Lawyers are EFF'n Stupid

2. C'mon people -- stop kidding yourselves. If you had the knowledge, ability and resources to obtain and assert patents and make money from doing so, you would do the same. Instead, you throw insults at a company that is legally enforcing a property right it owns.

No, hrearden, we would not. Many of us have a uniquely unpatentable invention called a moral compass. You should look into getting one sometime.

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Malware 'disguised as Siemens software drills into 10 industrial plants'

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Siemens? Trojans?

There's a joke in there somewhere...

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US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck

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Easy to Destroy

Just shove a torpedo potato down that thermal exhaust port muffler...

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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Wow.

I never thought I'd say this, but Donald Trump is an honest, intelligent, compassionate individual -- compared to Google's spokesthings.

They clearly do not give a shit about reality at all. All they had to say was "Yep -- we took the marketing thing a bit too far -- backing off already." But instead, they're still trying to spin an obvious ad as not an ad. That shows such incredible contempt for their own customers -- it puts them square in the class of cable companies.

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Linus Torvalds explains how to Pull without jerking his chain

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Linus being ... too nice?

“If you cannot explain a reason for a merge or be bothered to try to write a commit message, you shouldn't be doing that merge. It really is that simple.”

That seems uncharacteristically polite. I'd say it more like “If you cannot explain a reason for a merge or be bothered to try to write a commit message, you shouldn't be touching anything in source control at all."

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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Re: Easy fix

*gropes own genitals*

Check.

He didn't say "don't have a twat."

Or are you equating the ego with the equipment, and hence admitting that you're a dick?

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Privacy concerns over gaps in eBay crypto

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Understands?

Complaints have raised alleging that eBay fails to meet current data protection regulations. El Reg understands these complaints are still under consideration and should therefore be treated as unconfirmed.

El Reg is losing its edge. Since when has it been understanding w/r/t companies like eBay?

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Gulp! Drones dodge spray from California's gaping moist glory hole

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Re: Overflow

Yes, but you don't film it with a drone or invite people to come see your "glory hole" -- do you?

On second thought, don't answer that question. Please.

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How Google Spanner's easing our distributed SQL database woes

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So...

Is Spanner PA or PC? EL or EC? Why did you bring up the relevant theorem if not to apply it to the subject of the article?

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Paper factory fired its sysadmin. He returned via VPN and caused $1m in damage. Now jailed

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Re: Procedures matter

Anyone with half a brain would do this ...

Anyone with a functioning brain wouldn't do this.

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HPE blames solid state drive failure for outages at Australian Tax Office

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"a set of circumstances that have never previously been encountered.”

Clearly they didn't realize that SSDs spin the opposite direction Down Under.

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Rasputin whips out large intimidating tool, penetrates uni, city, govt databases – new claim

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Re: Stored Procedures

Can you allow only functions/stored procedures the only access for the web application account to prevent this or is it much more complicated than this?

Depending on the database engine, yes, you can limit access to functions/stored procedures.

But if those functions/stored procedures simply repeat the mistake of concatenating user input into commands without sanitizing, then you still have the same injection vulnerability.

You have to either sanitize the inputs completely (which can be quite hard) or completely isolate them from the code, never concatenating them into a string with the actual code. You can do that in any acceptable application stack, yet SQL Injection remains incredibly common. It's almost as if web app developers are incentivized to develop code quickly and security is the last thing on anyone's mind...

But never fear. I hear those web app developers have moved on to IoT....

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Oracle refuses to let Java copyright battle die – another appeal filed in war against Google

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Re: Sco away Oracle

Oracle can't become the new SCO until SCO/TSG dies which will be never.

Wait -- that's it! We need to get SCO to sue Oracle!

A lawsuit between these two should create an attractive force for IP lawyers so strong that they can't resist -- a legal black hole of sorts. Then they can sink into their own singularity, spending all of their time and resources on lawsuits and counter-suits.

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Vapists rejoice! E-cigs lower cancer risk (if you stop smoking, duh)

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"a chemical cocktail with unknown long term health concerns."

You do realize that that phrase includes every consumable not yet regularly consumed by a significant proportion of the populace, right?

Here is a short list of things which at one point were "a chemical cocktail with unknown long term health concerns."

Apples

Oranges

Milk

Cheese

Beer

Cider

Steaks

Chicken Vindaloo

People

The real irony, of course, is your posting this knee-jerk reaction to an article about a study intended to identify potential health concerns of these "chemical cocktails."

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Did you know? The FBI investigated Gamergate. Now you can read the agents' thrilling dossier

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Re: Lies

So your "evidence" is a link to an openly misogynist website. Well done.

At least you had the honesty to label your post with the title, there.

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Kylie withdraws from Kylie trademark fight, leaving Kylie to profit from… existing?

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Re: Kardashians?

No, those are the Cardassians.

You can tell the difference because the one group look and act somewhat like human beings, whereas the other is a group of evil megalomaniacs living in the USA.

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Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke

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But I know some electric cars don't have a neutral, because they have to be towed on a flatbed.

How can an electrical device function without a neutral?

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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

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Likely

(Although we are trying to figure out why the 13.1 million followers on @POTUS yesterday are now only showing 5.3 million – did millions of people unfollow in just a few hours? Seems unlikely.)

I think you're vastly underestimating Trump's hateability.

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The rise, fall, and rise (again) of Microsoft's killer People feature

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WTF?

So how is this going to actually work this time?

Developers who take advantage of the People API in Windows 10 get the opportunity of a huge promotional boost, as Microsoft will promote People-compatible Store apps in the contact cards themselves.

Which is only a benefit to developers who haven't got a huge customer base to begin with. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, et al. won't care about this "promotional boost" because they don't need it. In fact, So why should they invest in using People API?

And without the big guys on board, people won't find People useful enough to use it.

It's the same issue that killed People last time, and Microsoft doesn't appear to have solved it.

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Uncle Sam sues Oracle for 'screwing over Asian, black and women staff'

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Estimated? What about time served?

Estimated prior work experience -- not everyone's past work history is readily available.

Let's says I have two employee's and one consistently works late, does extra work and goes above and beyond what is asked or I have one that is technically more proficient at the task at hand. Does anyone think they would stay on the same pay for long even though they have technically the same job?

Are you suggesting that white male workers consistently go above and beyond what minorities and women do? That's implicit in your "hypothetical" scenario here. Assuming that is racist and sexist, and proving that is incredibly difficult.

Who does this benefit? Would an employer not look at this and think I'll just employ less minorities because then I am less likely to be sued?

Why would an employer look at this and think anything other than "if my hiring and salary determination processes are based on anything other than a deterministic equation based on measurable factors directly related to the employee's effectiveness at the job, then I'm in danger of being sued."

Because that's all this means. And ironically, that's the best way of running a business anyway.

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UK's lords want more details on adult website check plans

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'something the "Russian or Chinese governments" would impose.'

or those of North Carolina and North Dakota.

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Mega UK hospitals trust Barts says IT borkage was due to trojan – not ransomware

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"Trojan malware, not ransomware"

So according to their own admission, they were infected not because their software was vulnerable, but because their staff was negligent. Or do they not know what the vector for Trojan malware is?

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Thanks, Obama: NSA to stream raw intelligence into FBI, DEA and pals

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DoE and Intelligence

The E in DoE includes nuclear energy. Additionally, the power grid will be one of the primary targets of any significant attack on a developed nation.

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Dodgy dealer on Amazon lures marks towards phishing site

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Re: Worrying

"Amazon are almost entirely faultless in this, AFAICS"

No. Aside from the issues brought up by others, Amazon is allowing a seller to list in their marketplace but then redirect buyers to a purchase page outside of their marketplace.

That is just plain stupid, if not actually malicious.

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How the NYE leap second clocked Cloudflare – and how a single character fixed it

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Re: "but we have external input making them unpredictable"

In my days as an application programmer about 80% of the code was involved in checking inputs (even when those inputs were output from other programs that did their own input checking...).

These days input checking for me is limited to handling when the data in files to import do not match the specification created by the same exact people who create the data files. It's still well over half of what I have to do.

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Prez Obama expels 35 Russian spies over election meddling

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Re: Evidence it was the Russians what dunnit

Correction. That is the report of what has so far been made public.

Intelligence is rarely made available wholesale to the general public as it tends to reveal how much we know and how we know it.

The President has been and Congress will be hearing a great deal more than anything you'll find on the interwebs.

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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Correction

The funds will be used by the South Carolina Attorney General's office's human trafficking task force to try to rescue victims of the trade.

s/b

The funds will be "earmarked" for the South Carolina Attorney General's office's human trafficking task force but will actually be piddled away by politicians and bureaucrats on pet projects which ultimately help nobody.

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Re: Out of State

The memo reads something like "Stop fucking us over, and passing shite laws like an incontinent anus, stop dipping your filthy grasping paws in the till, and just do the basic job to a minimum standard of competence".

If that's the way it's supposed to be read, why is it always written as a vote for the most boneheadedly stupid option available?

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Linus Torvalds releases 'biggest ever' Linux 4.9, then saves Christmas

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Re: What's wrong with a CLI?

Back in the early 80s when I was an academic computer scientist the head of department's secretary could debug Algol 68 programs.

Just her head? What was the rest of her doing?

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'I found a bug that let anyone read anyone's Yahoo! Mail and all I got was this $10k check'

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$10,000?

That's, like $1,000 per Yahoo! mail user!

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RIP HPE's The Machine product, 2014-2016: We hardly knew ye

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Re: Welcome to 'The Machine'

Come in, HP, boy, have a cigar...

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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

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Re: Interesting

This is a cut down SQL Server version for development environments and limited use cases.

No, it's not. This is full Enterprise SQL Server. At SQL Pass, they were even showcasing Availability Groups and clustering (using a Linux clustering engine), and talking about their work on Full-Text Search. The only reason these and other features aren't yet available in the preview is that they haven't gotten the SQLPAL and SQLOS layers for them stable enough to showcase.

This is Microsoft's Data Group recognizing 3 things:

1. A lot of Oracle runs on Linux and if they want to cut into that market further, they need to support the OS their potential customers are used to.

2. A lot of development is moving towards containers, so they need a database engine which works well with those containers, including Linux ones.

3. Only about half of developers develop on Windows; the other half are split between MacOS and Linux. If they want those developers writing for SQL Server, they need to make it accessible to them.

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CompSci Prof raises ballot hacking fears over strange pro-Trump voting patterns

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And its amaaaaaazing that every single piece of video I have seen about wonky machines were a vor Trump being recorded as a vote the Hildebeastand machines were started up with votes already recorded for the Dems.

No, it's not amazing. You're selecting evidence which matches your preconceived notions. That's human nature, and the nature of the internet actually enforces that behavior.

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Re: Vote Fraud? Are you CRAAAZY?

"Some academic" who just happens to be a Democrat.

Do you have a source for that? None of the articles I've seen on this identify Halderman's political affiliation.

Re-read the article, particularly where it says:

"I believe the most likely explanation is that the polls were systematically wrong, rather than that the election was hacked. But I don’t believe that either one of these seemingly unlikely explanations is overwhelmingly more likely than the other," Halderman writes.

In short, this isn't a partisan academic claiming that vote fraud happened, or that it's even likely. He's simply saying it's one possible explanation for the swing in those close states -- and if it happened anywhere, those states would be the places to look for it.

The rest is just El Reg being true to form, and oversensationalizing a story with little sensation in it.

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Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

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Re: Target audience?

A lot of Oracle runs on Linux.

Microsoft has an application to convert an Oracle database to a SQL Server database.

They don't have an application to convert a Linux admin to a Windows admin.

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Former Autonomy CFO indicted in USA for misleading investors

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Extradition Won't Happen

It'll take more than two months. With a Name Like Hussain, there's no way our President after that will let him into this country.

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Zuckerberg says just one per cent of news on Facebook is fake

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Re: This is hilarious...

That's because people are generally upset by things that aren't true.

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Can't Be Zuckerberg Saying This.

He's dead -- Facebook told me so.

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

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Re: Well, this is silly..

Nice one. Of course, El Reg would never actually ████████████████ your post like that...

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Retiring IETF veteran warns: Stop adding so many damn protocols

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Yeah but no but yeah but

Ok, I agree with him in principle, but this:

"You can take an Internet Protocol (IP) packet and encapsulate it in an IP header. There are four options just for that: IPv4 in IPv4, IPv4 in IPv6, IPv6 in IPv4, and IPv6 in IPv6. Given all those options, it's hard to get one of them implemented and deployed everywhere."

is wrong on several counts.

First off, IPv4 and IPv6 are not different standards; they are different versions (editions if you will) of the IP standard.

Second, these four options are just the Cartesian product of the two versions. Want to make any list exponentially larger? Throw in a Cartesian product.

Third, each of these four options have clear uses, as defined by the capabilities of the host network and the desired capabilities of the virtual network.

There are a lot of unnecessary duplicate or overlapping standards out there. But the options for encapsulation of IP traffic over different versions of the standard don't deserve to be lumped in with them.

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Google makes it to third base with Home digital assistant

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Re: Music?

How bad is your music if it sounds good on a pint-sized monaural coaxial speaker?

How bad is your music if it requires a large complex multichannel sound system in order to sound good?

Good music sounds good on all but the very shittiest of sound systems. Yes, it can sound better on better systems But only truly horrible music requires anything more than an OK speaker.

Great music can even sound good on one of these:

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Re: Same wake word for all devices, really?

Prikazyvat Kendy.

Recognized but couldn't place it*. Had to resort to searching. First result started with the following excerpt:

"The crew were not supposed to be aware that the ship's computer and its recorded personality could eavesdrop on them."

Your comment was result #4.

Have you been manipulating Google search results again?

* ( to be fair, I haven't read The Integral Trees in over 20 years...)

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Re: These devices are game changers

Make no mistake - these things are the PC / phone / tablet replacement for the non-geek person.

That's what they said about the Mac -- then the PDA -- then the netbook -- then the smartphone -- then the tablet.

The truth is that people are much more complex than "geek" and "non-geek". This is why all of these devices (yes, even the humble PDA) still exist and are still in use.

In fact any time you find yourself thinking of people in two categories, just fuck right off.

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Look out, SpaceX et al – China's Long March-5 rocket blasts off

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Re: Ambitious China is Ambitious!

...but there (are) bound to be a few failures glorious fully intentional tests of emergency response procedures.

FTFY.

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Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Re: It's Time To Fire FBI Director Comey

@Big John,

Are you complaining about the imagined violence or the lack of real violence?

PS This is not limited to progressives. Even conservative candidates are indulging in this. If you think DerekCurrie has a mental disorder, you must believe Trump is batshit insane, given the frequency with which he expresses the desire for violence against Hillary, other women, men, etc. ad nauseam.

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Re: Governmental emails had already been provided

"3) How are the accusations against Bill Clinton around sexual misbhaviour relevant to email retention?"

it's the COVERUP part that's important. Mrs. Clinton has a history of coverups. It seems to extend throughout her entire career.

Oh, of course. If there's not enough evidence, there must be a cover-up (that's how you write it, by the way.) It can't be that the evidence simply doesn't exist because your batshit insane conspiracy theory isn't true...

"4) You should really provide a link to this supposed 'lost evidence' "

http://www.hannity.com...

Really? You link to Sean Hannity's website as your source for truth? I rest my case.

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Build your Type 26 warships next year? Sure, MoD – now, about that contract...

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All You Need To Know About The Type 31

's 5 better than the Type 26, innit?

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