* Posts by wolfetone

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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Worried

You know, genuinely, I was worried when I read this. I immediately went to my laptop and checked for updates. I got even more worried when I didn't see any updates for Systemd.

But, when I sat back in the chair thinking "Shit what am I gonna do?!", it suddenly hit me.

I use Devuan.

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Rackspace shoves Splunk in its data trunk

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"Where do you find Punk?"

"In my sheets."

*looks of bewilderment*

"Spunk. *put put*"

Love Kevin & Perry Go Large.

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Looking for an Ubuntu Unity close cousin? Elementary, my dear...

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Re: "An"? I had no idea!

"I pronounce MATE as 'ma-chay' just to annoy everyone or make them worry that they've been saying it wrong."

A certain podcast host pronounces it "ma-tay", and it's the single reason for me not donating anything to him.

Say it properly if you're going to say it at all!

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Re: Worth more than zero...except for me.

"Is the Lenovo yoga issue fixed? the touch pad and wireless?

The wireless is the biggest pain as the yoga has no wired ports."

That's an Ubuntu issue, maybe even a Debian issue.

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Whole heartedly disagree with the findings of this article, although I fully accept everyone is entitled to their opinion.

I've used Elementary OS for the last 18 months, and I can say that in my testing (heavy, heavy testing - actually it's been my daily driver) that Elementary starts off lovely. It's pretty, does work sort of well, but over time it becomes buggy. Crashes all the time. Slingshot dies when it starts up leading to unresponsive toolbar on the desktop. It just slows down to a crawl, and I don't believe the Elementary developers do what the writer suggests by releasing something then ironing out the bugs. If anything, in my experience, an update is released and the performance/experience worsens.

Be in no doubt that Elementary is very much an Ubuntu derived OS, with it's only claim to Debian being that Ubuntu is sort of derived from Debian.

I will also point out that the way the Elementary team went about demanding money for their OS, designing the website in such a way where it looks/feels like you must contribute money, grates on me. How much of the money that is donated to Elementary finds it's way back to the coffers of the developers of Debian for example? Why should I part with hard earned cash for an OS that, quite frankly, isn't as reliable as the grandfather that it's loosely based on?

There are other solutions to Ubuntu and the dismissal of Unity, but Elementary isn't one of them.

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A good time Woz had by all: We peeked our head into Primary Data and this is what we saw

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Exsqueeze me

But Woz has done alot more than just the Apple 2.

He made the original Apple.

He invented the universal remote control (or worked on it, my recollection on that is sketchy).

And he wrote the 2nd best autobiography I've ever read - beaten only by Perry McCarthy's "Flat Out, Flat Broke". For the unwashed, McCarthy was the original Stig in the Top Gear, the Black one that drove off an aircraft carrier.

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

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"When Labour tried to do a deal with the DUP in 2010, was that dangerous too?"

Well yes, that was equally dangerous and stupid. While my time machine is currently in the shop being repaired I'm not able to go back and check this, but I'm pretty sure that deal didn't work and the Tories got to power in 2010. Not Labour. So, I'm not really sure where you're trying to go with that? But like I said, time machine is in the shop so I can't fact-check that.

I mean, that's almost like bringing up the fact Joey tried to propose to Rachel a few years before she got back together with Ross. Irrelvant to any modern discussion.

"How about the SDLP taking the Labour whip?"

Again, Labour not in power. Irrelevant to any sort of discussion. Unless, of course, you're in to this alt-history conjecture type of thing, talking about "what if's" etc. If that's the case Reddit might be a better place for that sort of bullshit.

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Re: This summer

"And don't even start them off about BGP."

Ulster says no?

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Yeah fuck the Good Friday agreement, Northern Ireland's getting £1.5 billion and some of that will give them faster internet.

For what? So they can witness the total destruction of what took 20 years to put together without buffering and in HD?

Total bloody idiots. Be in no doubt about how much respect Theresa May and the Conservatives have not only for Northern Ireland but the UK in general. Even John Major, as up against it as he was, wouldn't do a deal with the DUP to keep him in power because even he knew the mess it would cause. Still, Frau May didn't sign the deal the Tory cheif whip did. So at least to be fair to her, when it does go Pete Tong she won't be in power to deal with the fallout. Some other idiot behind her will.

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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Re: Unreliable

A lot of people are right, a lot of people are wrong, in regards to the reliability of the Tu-144.

Yes it had 2 crashes. One on a test flight, and one caused by a spotter aircraft flown by the French and subsquently covered up. However, the aircraft experienced several inflight failures of various systems. One such incident resulted in the loss of 22 out of 24 onboard systems. The plane still flew, amazingly, but that's just one incident. The aircraft suffered from several structural "cracks", although this is fairly common to aircraft in general.

However, reliability wasn't really the cause of it being pulled from commercial service. One factor was the God awful noise within the cabin when the engines were on. You could sit side by side to someone and you would have to shout to each other, such was the din in the cabin. It was also restricted to just one route from Moscow to another city (think it was Alma-mata?).

The further problem with the Tu-144 was that the Soviets simply didn't have the technology to make it work. They put in some sort of request with NATO for help with the technology, but the British Government vetoed such requests as they felt that the technology could easily be used in military applications. Think this was down to the Soviets wanting access to Lucas engine controls and the British were like "Nah mate you're not having that".

But while it's easy to scoff at it, I find the air craft fascinating. Probably more so than Concorde. The fact it could fly, and nearly match Concorde (but obviously failing) when the technology was no where near on a par with the Anglo-French aircraft, well it's quite a feat.

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

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Re: Next up -Microsoft...

"Microsoft are constantly trying to force me to use Edge and Bing, just because I use Windows... How is that ANY different?"

Microsoft had their own anti-trust lawsuit from the EU years ago, where they had to give you a choice. However that's since expired, and now you're seeing a company ignoring the lessons it should've learnt the last time it pulled those tricks.

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Braking news: AA password reset email cockup crashes servers

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Big Wheels Keep On Turning

AA's website just sat there burning...

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Why the surprise?

There is no magic money tree, so the NHS can't get the funding it needs to operate.

But, aparently, there is a magic money shrubbery but that's been taken by the DUP now.

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

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I think it was very short sighted of Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker that they didn't build the Forth bridge taller than what they settled for. Could they not see how it would impact on the UK building big huge giant war ships?! Did they not care for the ship builders further up the Forth?!

They should be sacked!

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Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at Grsecurity

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Re: Ego Overload

"lol at you. What are you, his knight in shining armour, coming to the rescue because somebody said something bad about him on the internet?"

I am a man with an opinion and not afraid to express it in any form or any means, and certaintly not afraid to defend my opinion from someone who likes to be on their high horse.

"There's a thing called respect, maybe you've heard of it? When dealing with other members of the human race you'll often find that if you treat people with respect, they return the respect. Swearing at people and insulting them will usually not get the job done as nobody likes a dictator..."

I'm not sure you know the meaning of the word respect after trying to talk down to me in your previous paragraph.

But yes, there is a thing called respect. But respect isn't just the domain of words. Respect is shown via work done, via software that people will use. If you're submitting shit work expecting it to be passed as OK when it's crap and will cause problems for those programmers and those end users, then you should ultimately expect the same level of respect given to you as you're giving out via shit work.

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Re: Ego Overload

"Nobody mentioned Windows. Typical criticism-deflection tactic from the linux camp.

0/10 for effort. Jog on yourself m8y..."

Nah mate. This isn't Theresa May you're speaking to.

It's a typical bullshit from people saying "wah wah wah, Linus is nasty because he swears". He tells it like it is, he's right in what he's said.

Yeah the effort might have been lacking but when you see the same shite every month concerning these types of comments you do tend to get a bit jaded after a while.

This isn't primary school, it isn't kindergarten lets play around with Barney the purple dinosaur. Adults swear, and by golly he's fully entitled to use the full length and bredth of the English lexicon to get his points across.

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Re: Ego Overload

"Torvalds is a joke, he's like a petulant child thriving on a cult of personality."

Ah if only Billy Gates took the same approach with Windows. It might be a half decent secure operating system. Instead it's a bloated P.O.S. with code dating back to the 1980's that their developers have absolutely no clue what it does and won't remove it.

Jog on.

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The good kind of data sharing: Reg empties its storage news warehouse

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Re: It is the Monday after Glasto

"The music was great but J.C. on the pyramid stage? Can't we forget politics for a couple of days...? Please?"

If Glastonbury is your only means of escapism then I feel bad for you son. I've got 99 problems but the Prime Minister in waiting appearing on the Pyramid stage isn't one.

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Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

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Re: Crap quality

"Misread that somewhat... thought you were asking if the Managers are shot at Intel."

That might be an idea though...

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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Here's the number one top wellness tip that celebrities don't want you to know:

Be a fucking millionaire.

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Erm, did you not get the memo?

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Tory-commissioned call centres 'might have bent data protection laws'

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Re: Hmmm

"I regularly get into discussion with telephone sales / marketing / call centre people. Whenever they say that xyz is for "data protection purposes", I ask them which clause of the Data Protection Act 1998 requires that they ask me for that information. I've never yet had a single person that even understands the question; they are trained to ask their question, but have little to no understanding of the actual purpose of the Act, and what it relates to in terms of their particular job function."

Because they're told it's for Data Protection, as in they need to make sure you are the person their data belongs to.

This falls down on those f**king cold callers who call on "behalf of your insurer". Often I ask them what accident they are referring to, who my insurer is. "I can't tell you because of Data Protection" - at which point I ask "Well tell me how I can be identified by you telling me who my insurer is and when this accident took place?"

They soon hang up, the scum.

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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Re: A big job.

Who cares?

Alls well that ends well.

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Fujitsu loses Dimes amid plans to save dollars

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I wish I could go on gardening leave in my job, but all I ever do is end up getting sacked instead.

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

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Re: "VOTE CONSERVATIVE if you believe in free enterprise and progression"

"BS. Linux serves without any reference to political preference."

It's a reference to a slogan then Conservative MP Peter Griffiths used in 1964 in Smethwick:

"If you want a n****r for a neighbour, vote Liberal or Labour".

In keeping with the IT feel, and the general community driven focus of Linux compared to the Corporate Monolith of Microsoft, I thought his bastardisation of the slogan written by some old bastard from the 60's was quite clever.

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"VOTE CONSERVATIVE if you believe in free enterprise and progression without being taxed out of the game"

In other words:

"VOTE CONSERVATIVE so I can pay you under £10 an hour and so I can pay even less tax while you all use food banks".

Well, I'm sold! When do we get to vote again?

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Ad 'urgently' seeks company to build national e-ID system

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Re: Enrolling children

"Why would a child that is only a few weeks old need a passport?"

In case they're a terrorist?

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Ireland that the hard way, never again!

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Seems some people are Russian to make a joke out of this.

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TalkTalk customers complain of being unable to load Amazon website

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Re: Rule #2

"That is rule #0 - it goes before any other rules."

Are you Richard Stallman in disguise?

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Queen's speech announces laws to protect personal data

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Re: Ex-queen

"People have to wait till they leave a position of authority before they can speak out.

The ex-director of the CIA spoke out against the CIA. Presumably the ex-queen can do similarly."

Actually no. The Queen has the power to dissolve government and give permission for whoever has the backing of the commons to form a government.

Thing is, Queen Liz doesn't like getting political. She's very hands off in that regard, something to do with her uncle and mother being quite fond of Hitler. Charlie, though, is very political. As we've already seen.

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Re: "United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data,"

It's funny, she read that all out like someone who thought before every line "F**king hell, are they serious about this? What a bloody joke".

She didn't sound convinced, didn't sound enthusiastic about it either. But then again Phil's in hospital and the first race at Ascot is at 2:30.

That said, it's interesting to note that this sort of "low key(?)" speech, without her in the full costume, has only happened in 1974 when Edward Heath's government were in power. Happened in a very similar fashion to May's last election. Called a snap election, didn't get a majority, tried to strike a deal with the Liberal's and didn't. Ended up conceeding power to WIlson's Labour Government.

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Conservative manifesto disappears offline – then mysteriously reappears

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@Dan 55

An upvote and pint for you good sir!

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I heard there was a new version of the manifesto that removed the VAT from bowler hats and orange sashes.

But then the DUP got greedy so they didn't strike a deal.

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Tesla's driverless car software chief steps down

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"Karpathy, meanwhile, has a Stanford PhD in "computer vision""

So he's basically got a doctorate in computer monitors?

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Debian 9 feels like home with security upgrades and a flaming vulpine warming your toes

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I thought Debian had ditched MySQL for MariaDB long ago? I'm sure on my Debian 8 laptop it's MariaDB installed and I didn't install it in any special way? Then again, it's been 2 years and I can't remember what I did yesterday let alone 2 years ago.

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Oxford profs tell Twitter, Facebook to take action against political bots

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Re: Don't worry

Fantastic.

I mean, I only raise the point after they printed a clear photo of the poor guy who's fridge exploded in the Grenfell Tower fire - but then print a blurred out photo of the absolute f**king dickhead who drove his van in to those muslim guys outside a mosque the other day. Not to mention they referred to the incident as (and I quote):

"White van driver injures at least 10 people after plouging in to a crowd outside London's Finsbury Park mosque where hate cleric Abu Hamza one preached as Muslims finish their evening prayers"

No wonder you're an AC, internet persona imitating life eh?

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Didn't know The Daily Fail and The S*n were political bots.

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NASA's Kepler space telescope finishes its original mission catalog

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"(and maybe life, if we’re really, really lucky)"

Or maybe if they are really, really lucky, they'll avoid us.

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'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

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"And while at the moment the software in the F35 is under development and there are new releases and changes, there will come a point where it is done, and only gets changed to add new things in the future."

Isn't the deadline for that approaching 2121 now?

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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Re: Add it to the pile of coal.

"Your point is good, but if you compared a 2010 Corolla to your 2010 Peugeot you'd see they are pretty similar with some of that. The amount of stuff that can be crammed under the bonnet of a car is pretty amazing, seeing as it all has to fit in and still function. But then there is barely room to turn a wrench in there any more."

I wasn't comparing Japanese manufacturing to French "manufacturing", I was pointing out the difference in the age of the cars.

Late 90's cars are the pinnacle really, they come with enough mod cons to be comfortable today yet easy enough to fix yourself if you need to. Every car after that just gets harder and harder to fix on a DIY basis, and increases the cost of labour to the mechanics you hand the car to.

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Re: Add it to the pile of coal.

"Even a 306 removing the battery was PITA."

Thanks for reminding me of bad memories.

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Re: Add it to the pile of coal.

It's happening everywhere.

Take my 2010 Peugeot 3008, and my 1998 Toyota Corolla.

The Peugeot suffered a power steering leak, which was duly fixed with a new seal. Labour costs meant it was about £180 (including a £10 seal). But that cause another problem with the power steering pump's ECU. Cost of replacing (not fixing it) would be £300. You can't repair the ECU as it's embedded etc etc.

Not that I've needed to change the power steering pump on my Corolla, but a brand new pump costs about £80 - £100 (second hand its about £30) and it's a complete DIY job. Why? The pump is belt driven and attached to the engine. So as long as you have a socket set you're sound.

The way the Peugeot is, and it's not even the most technologically advanced car, is that if anything of note goes wrong with it it'll mean the car is a write off due to costs (in terms of both materials and labour). The last version of the Renault Megane requires the wheel, inner wheel arch, a few other bits and pieces to be removed just to change a headlight bulb. Depending where you go, this could costs hundreds of pounds to fix a simple bulb.

But society is fickle. They want the snazzy cars, they want the ultra slim computers. Who cares if it's a pig to fix or expensive to sort out? It's snazzy, and it means you have money if you can afford to buy one.

It's the sore, raw, pimple on the arsehole of society.

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Jaguar Land Rover ropes in Gorillaz to help it lure 5,000 'electronic wizards'

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"Wot you mean, no windows store app??"

No, even worse.

No Cyanogenmod compatible Android applications :(

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"Your device doesn't support this app."

Well, there's a ringing endorsement of the engineering behind the app.

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You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

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+1 for the truth

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Debian devs dedicate new version 9 to the late Ian Murdock

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That's a nice touch. I'm glad he's been remembered this way, but for as long as Debian is around his name will always be spoken of.

Raise a glass to Ian.

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Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

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Er, hello! ET?

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You'll soon be buying bulgur wheat salad* from Amazon, after it swallowed Whole Foods

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"...and they make it fun to eat healthy"

My God, he's right.

I've always wondered why I break out in to a bit of Riverdance and laugh uncontrollably when eating Kale.

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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People who use tabs are efficient, because we're not swinging the lead like our comrades who take the piss and press the spacebar 4 times instead of a tab.

You should all be very ashamed of yourselves!

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