* Posts by Teiwaz

1924 posts • joined 19 Oct 2011

America restarts dodgy spying program – just as classified surveillance abuse memo emerges

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Re: There is literally nothing decent in this story

And then you'll get an idea for how long this has been going on, behind the scenes. Looooooooong before the USA PATRIOT Act.

Not that long before, I was expecting Mr Washington or Mr Lincoln on the bottom for that length of 'Looooooong', that was only a 'Looong's worth.

Someone must have told Mr Clinton it was a signature was required for Executive relief, or a young lady was kneeling under the table giving him an executive and he's have signed anything at that point.

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Have three WINEs this weekend, because WINE 3.0 has landed

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Re: I'm pretty good at things, but...

...for some reason I can never get WINE to work right.

No doubt it's just me, but the lack of good troubleshooting documentations doesn't help.

That's an endemic problem with most s/w...

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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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Re: Car sharing

Ok, heres a problemo for you

Today I drove from Dorking to Crawley, went to B&Q, Sainsburys, picked up my Mother, took her to a place on the other side of Horsham for Lunch, took her home, made her a cup of tea and then returned home.

Left home at 09:30 returned home at 16:10.

Exactly how does car sharing work with that then? Oh, and the car needed to be able to carry her wheelchair.

Car sharing is fine in theory but for most of us real life gets in the way.

And how would you have achieved that if yourself and your mother were living before the invention of the car? Wouldn't have gotten all that done in a day by cart or carriage.

That's not real life, it's life today.

Maybe a lifestyle, long term, humanity can ill afford.

Our thoughtless selfishness of todays lifestyles could well mean our descendants have less.

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France to lend Brexit Britain sore souvenir of Norman yoke – the Bayeux Tapestry

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Re: We've already got one

We've already got one

It's very nice.

A full sized replica made in the 1880s, is on display in Reading museum (free entry).

He say's they've already got one

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Re: re: the mysterious man with an erection

isn't that a not-so-subtle dig at Bishop Odo and the celibacy of the Catholic church.

That would be a ecumenical matter possible. Certainly the prescribed way to lampoon statesmen and the upper echelons of society (most certainly in the Napoleonic/Georgian era when porn and political satire were bedfellows 'fnarr').

But was the Bishop a Shape changer? I faith?

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"Somewhere close to Trafalgar Square or Waterloo Station?"

That'll be the National Gallery.

That's disappointing, the towel roll at Waterloo needs some non-manky towel.

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Re: So this is how Brexit will work

To circumvent any queues of UK nationals going out of the country, or coming in to the country,

Yeah, they seemingly get very 'excited' when you do that. Really got the feeling they thought I was bringing in something I shouldn't, felt quite unwelcome.

I suppose they'd prefer it if people stayed put, paid their taxes and quietly approved of Brexit and didn't point out various policy flaws or laugh at MPs.

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Less willies to adolescent humour...

The tapestry is thought to have been embroidered by nuns. Just saying.

Are you suggesting Nuns were so closeted they thought men ran around outside with a 'branching tree limb' all the time.

'wllling suspension of disbelief' maybe... cue Blackadder Goes forth willy joke in 5,3,21*

*Sorry, numerically dyslexic..

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Re: That's not an erection...THIS is an erection...

Monastery institutions of either sex were likely to be hotbeds of theoretically banned practices.

Sure you don't mean theologically banned practices - 'theory and practice' I get - but supposedly banned would be clearer.

a somewhat embroidered official survey during the reign or Henry VIII, would likely be quite embroidered, and likely to contain not so much theory or practice so much as any fantasy that serves the kings will - No being allowed to go off an hang yourself in the woods if you got this one wrong, chop chop!!

Probably the first 'weapons of mass destruction' report incident.

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Going soft: Kaminario exits the hardware business

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Kamino?

I thought they just did cloning?

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What do Cali, New York, Hawaii, Maine and 18 other US states have in common? Fighting the FCC on net neutrality

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Big John : "I keep reading how this NN thing is about "freedom,"

I keep hearing about this 'freedom' thing too. It's a crock, turns out people have rules about all sorts of things you are not allowed to do while seeking personal advancement.

Or doesn't any of that bother you, up in the mountains with your gun collection and your still?

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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Re: Obligatory Apple reference

Who is this Regina Display?

Sounds like a Victorian Strippers show name...

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Drone crashes after operator failed to spot extra building site crane

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Not particularly autonomous then....

...and certainly not autonomous now.....*

Unless the drone was exercising it's desire to end it's own existence of course.

* Old Mr Don & Mr George joke.

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IBM kills Global Technology and Global Business Services: It's all ‘IBM Services’ now

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or breed unaided.

Sadly not true for Marketing people...

As to this IBM rebranding effort - the most that can be said is this had been known to work for Pubs, but only until the Novelty has worn off, then they are back to fixing the actual problem or do another rebranding.

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I keep thinking this must mean something - it's disturbing...

blah blah, best-of-breed, blah blah, disintermediate?

My first thought was 'is this something to do with Crufts?' And disintermediate? Is that that medieval punishment where they remove your organs in small pieces in front of a large audience.

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Re: IBM “has the most skilled, [..] IT and business consulting professionals in the world.”

Sure, right up to the moment they lay them off, or disgust them enough that they leave on their own.

Of course, hence the reason for the buttering up.

IBM nonetheless told its people that “the most telling manifestation of IBM Services is how each of us show up, every day, bringing our professional expertise to clients.”

See, they've told they staff they are world class, just for not succumbing to the despair and not bothering to turn up in the morning.

Well, either that, or they are encouraging their employees to camp out on customers lawns in protest until they buy something....

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Facebook, Twitter supremos ditch Disney as biz steps on their turf

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"Given our evolving business

Corporate 'Jabba the Hutts' like Disney don't evolve, they metastasize.

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UK.gov denies data processing framework is 'sinister' – but admits ICO has concerns

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“I hope that by the end I will be able to convince noble Lords that this is not quite as sinister as has been made out,” Ashton said

But they admit it's sinister, they just disagree the level of sinister, presumably, it's perfectly acceptable to be sinister as long as it's the government.

It's quickly getting to the point that anarchy with no government would be more humane than the future the mentally challenged architects of the new age in the UK would have it, by intent or mismanagement.

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Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum

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Re: @AC:As she is 14 years old

Jay: After all, as you consider them to be adults, doncha now?

So the world is that binary too you?

Well done, you are a fully paid up member of the human race, welcome to the dullard species who can't formulate a social idea unless it's been done for more than a hundred years already.

No concept at all that people might be in different state 14 - 18 that might not fall into either adult or child?

Seriously, this planet......

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Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

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Sold Out?

It's just chicken, [mostly], not possible to sell out, not to even to the hipsters and the insane at those prices.

So it's Kentucky Fraud Chicken after all....

Damn, hungry now, and I've to shop first, probably end up buying those chicken stick pieces, 6 the size of cheetos in a bag for nearly £2.....

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'Mummy, what's felching?' Tot gets smut served by Android app

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Re: santa

surprised and outraged that those evil bastards at Google provide you with an accurate answer

Same question put on TV at christmas by the BBC would almost certainly pander to the magic and mystery in a good family friendly manner, if raise more than a few suspicions by the obvious condescending manner the announcer/reader puts on, which will add to the suspicions of thousands of children because they are not stupid, just lacking in life experience.

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Re: It's just as well children don't remember the birth process...

I mean, there's some pretty gruesome and explicit stuff going on there in glorious, technicolour close up.

When I was a kid, I suspected there was a room in the hospitals with eyeballs sitting in egg carton like containers awaiting construction into people (no idea where this notion, and why it was only eyeballs)

If anybody has any idea, please let me know and I'll share the claim 50/50, clearly I got this horrific idea from something I was exposed to, and compensation is owing.

I can't have possibly pulled this from an already deranged imagination at age 7 or 8 (innocence is fluffy and harmless after all).

/cynic (in case anyone didn't spot it)

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At least it's better than Vuja-De... the feeling that you're about to experience something you have before.

I can recommend a good Dairy Psychiatrist.

Free pot of yogurt with preliminary consultation...

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Re: And still... old movie reference?

"how about a nice game of chess?"

It's tic-tac-toe that's the really safe bet.

Worry, if Global Thermonuclear War suddenly appears as a game option.

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Infamous Silicon Valley 'sex party' exactly as exciting as it sounds

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All night 'slapping' sessions

What are you doing? Playing video games?

One of the best parties I ever been to everyone was sitting around playing Goldeneye for almost 14 hours straight.

Sex parties I've been to one or two too. It was all over within 10 to fifteen minutes.

Pure value for money timewise - the Goldeneye 'slappers only' session was more intense, everyone found that entertaining for a lot longer than the sexy parties stayed sexy before returning to the lesser sins of alcohol and spousal abuse.

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

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Re: What happened?

What happened was that "the good guys"

Nonsense. The 'good guys' won. But the adversaries had slipped in round the back and were sitting on the committees before we all knew it.

Take Microsoft (please, god), all those years calling Linux and OSS a cancer, then, all of a sudden, they turn up joining the Linux Foundation (or whatever) and running Linux in Windows 10 as a subsystem , no armistice, peace treaty or apology.

Reparations, you say - here, have Powershell....

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KDE?

KDE I've always liked, I'm not happy on any other FM but Dolphin. Could do with some of Konquerors features, like more than 1/2 and 1/2 split.

The only issue I have is the bloody QPE as I often like to use a simple Window Manager and not the whole Plasma desktop occasionally. Now I have to ensure some variables are set otherwise all the applications look like TWM, no theme, no icons.

Some things I like about Gnome, but mostly it's the little niggles that piss me off. Habit of pressing letters expecting to go to folder starting with letter really breaks workflow in Nautlilus as it kicks off a global search every damn time, switch that to local only, then the search button only does local too (and local isn't any use as it rearranges the viewport contents making you feel like you've been spun about seven times hold a broom and looking at the brush).

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Self-driving cars still do not exist even if we think they do

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Re: parallel parking

or do it so poorly that it looks like they have abandoned their car...

Possibly mostly an aversion from actually being taught it. Town I learnt, all the local Instructors took their pupils to the same estate which was a perfect to place to practice, apart from the twitchy curtains of twitchy residents concern some hamfisted newbie driver was going to damage their pride and joy out front.

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Explicit language

Do the options include some erotic elvish (I could go for a well filled out to slightly chubby Galadriel about now).

This is an opportunity to have our needs met without actually speaking out loud whatsoever, and actually minimising the whole interacting with others as much as possible.

Soon enough we'll just have to go to a local nest of anonymous booths and plug ourselves in, even more more conveniently just fill out an online form at home and insert genitalia in the supplied VR harness and wait.

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What do we want? Consensual fun times. How do we get it? Via an app with blockchain...

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Stop the planet

Seriously, I want to get off.

I'm utterly fed up of this amusement park design by lawyers and run by acountants.

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No wonder Marvin the robot was miserable: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer

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Re: AI

The AIs will be first against the wall come the revolution!

I expect they'll just be clubbed underfoot in order to get to the small % (or at least at the buffet table).

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Re: UBI

"It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it."

Scrubbing Paris Hiltons gussets..?

I don't use her icon much,,,,,,I'll get my coat.....

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Re: Marvin the robot? Shurley Shome Mishtake

ot to mention the drinks dispenser which always produces a cup filled with a liquid which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.

With that sort of dystopia in mind, it better be 'almost, but not quite, entirely unlike whiskey'

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Re: Great Depression?

Of all the causes mooted for the depression agricultural innovation isn't one of them!

If It's an american think tank, there's not a lot of history to work with, and anything outside the US of A is howling ghosts or communism...

They don't know any better.

Joke, cause it might be, or maybe not...

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CPU bug patch saga: Antivirus tools caught with their hands in the Windows cookie jar

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Re: What is difficult about setting a registry key ?

the mid-80s requirement

I think mid-80's is a little late - pretty sure they were all earlier than that - yup, Godzilla was 1978-1980, the droids added to the Westernised Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman). Scrappy Doo was 1979.

By the time we got to the 90's there was a return to form with the 'Steven Speilberg' produced series.

I doubt some brain dead TV exec will commission some dross again, or some 'concerned mothers' pogrom will kick up a fuss again somewhere down the line.

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MPs sceptical of plan for IT to save the day after UK quits customs union

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Re: Leaving EU != leaving Customs Union (or Single Market, for that matter)

Because the EU's opening in negotiations was a bunch of non-negotiables we either agree (aka remain) or we must leave the single market.

Strangely nothing much to do with also leaving ECJ - we were told that wasn't on the agenda either....

What was concerning is the misunderstanding of the 'Irish problem'. The EU wants a hard border, the Irish (both sides) dont.

Well, that's a touchy subject, for the Irish - no one wants a border, partly 'cause one side doesn't believe in partition and memories of the troubles and the hold up of passing through military enplacements complete with observations towers - a lot of these bisected local farmers routes to fields.

Before the enplacements went up, there were a couple of portacabins on each side of the border, hardly an inconvenience of note, but the memory of the military style remains, and judging by the tax paranoia over cigs and french alcohol even when in the EU at English ports, I'd not be surprised of more heavy-handedness over a little contraband than ever was over politics...

Of course leave is blamed - they've rocked the rather fragile status quo - The Good Friday agreement was hammered out by the moderate parties, it'd be few decades or wrangling for the current lot to come to something amicable.

Could be interesting though - cross border nightlife thrived in the 50's & 60's as alcohol was cheap and licencing laws more liberal south of the border (still can see the ruins of dead pubs and nightlife joints at the border), and fuel prices were cheaper south during the 1990's (most tiny towns just inside the republic have more fuel places than seems reasonable).

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That is why we now live in a civilization where what someone says is more important than what someone does.

Wrong!

- Because of (well, many things, most importantly distrust and not taking anyones word) lawyers, and such. Almost anything binding important requires you to sign something (which is doing, and sort of saying, but not your own words).

- Used to be, giving your word meant something (not just for the landed gentry, the knights and such honourable men). Now, the authorities don't believe anything and believe the average citizen is capable of anything unless under contract.

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Good lord, Kodak's stock is up 120 per cent. How? New film? Oh. It launched a crypto-coin

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Koda-who?

One of the earliest and unremarked casualties of the Internet

On of the earliest and surprising casualties of didtal photography was a famour brand name in photography....

Can't quite recall the name,,,oooh, it's on the tip of my tongue.

They totally screwed the pooch anyway, dropped their entire heritage down the toilet due to arrogant short-sightedness and failure to adapt...

Nice reputation to be sitting on to react now...

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WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

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Re: It's not complicated

Apart from that, I dan't know what else they could charge him with, except possibly wasting police time?

Wasting Police time?

They didn't have to hang around en masse on a London Street for five years - blew the community policing budget probably - and we wonder why there are no 'bobbies on the beat' anymore?

They are all hanging around an embassy..

Police wasting their own time - it's not as if he [Julian] isn't recognisable by at least half the country by now - even if most just think he looks vaguely familiar cause he is not on strictly dancing every week....

I don't want much, just the UK to get it's nose out the US butt, brown nosing, grow some principles England used to be famous for, and a backbone. Very good at thumbing it to Europe, but a voice comes on the phone from Washington and they can't get obsequious quick enough...

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Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

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Timeline

Isn't that the name of the feature in Facebook everyone didn't want but was turned on anyway?

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Get a console

Just get a PS4. No pissing about with compatibility, graphics card upgrades, viruses, etc.

I did that in the late 90's, fed up with the rounds of upgrade every new game came out I wanted was over my machines spec.

Stayed away from PC gaming until recently. Consoles are now almost as expensive as a PC, the machines don't require updating as much.

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they are everywhere...

It's text; it's something I see. I had always assumed everyone was like this, except for those people whose lips move while they're reading, for some reason.

There are quite a lot of those running about. Maybe if you looked up from the books you'd see they were everywhere....

I'll leave now before you have your 'close of Body Snatcher' moment - here comes Donald Sutherland and he's pointing at you...

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NO. WRONG. NO, NO, NO! People are *NOT* "moving off of the desktop". People are simply *NOT* *UPGRADING* *THEIR* *DESKTOP* *AND* *NOTEBOOK* *COMPUTERS*

Ick, caps.

Twenty years ago, desktops were what you 'generally' needed to browse the web and use email - If your needs are not much more than that - and many fall into that category. Do they really need a little desk in the corner of the living room or wherever to do that any more if their phone can do it.

Some might still have the desktop or laptop sitting. I'd wager they don't get used as much, if at all. Odds are they won't be mourned if they don't boot up one day.

<u>Not everyone needs a desktop (or even a laptop). They've dropped from necessity to a luxury for the user who is not actually using them for work.

The 'Desktop' isn't dead, but there are other options than it, or even a big laptop now. Some will not feel the need to have anything more than a phone - some might like a laptop, but budget and priorities preclude that.

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Re: So that's what it is!

[Derisive laughter, er, Bruce]

keeping compatibility with a large user base on old versions of Windows restricts its ability to innovate.

<u>a large user base on old versions of Windows restricts its ability to charge by the month</u>

More like....

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FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

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Bottom Inspection

F.B.I - more like O.B.I. 'cause they want to check everyones privates for skid marks.

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Re: fire fighters

Fahrenheit 451

So if Fire Fighters can Fight Fire or Fight <u>with</u> Flame Thrower, are Freedom Fighters fighting Freedom or fighting <u>with</u> Freedom.

<u>with</u> is an ambiguous construct at best, if you see any monkeys, I can probably either yell defiance or tell them where the best fruit is....

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Re: Whose law enforcement?

Or shared only with the Five Eyes countries, assuming that they won't read US data (ha!) - but that still expects other countries to let the US read all their data.

Until it comes to the UK, then it's all 'yes, beggin' your pardon, Sir, I'll bend over more and spread 'im guv'nor. Can I have scraps from the table again, please SIr?'

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1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

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Hmm, I've always thought of Tomorrow People as trippy with mushroom influence, while Manimal & Automan were clearly done under the influence of white powder....

Northstar freaked me right out though, argghhh his pulsating brain is going to blow....

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You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

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Re: How do you know if someone uses Arch Linux?

How do you know if someone uses Arch Linux?

Don't worry, they'll tell you.

9 out of 10 Arch users will tell you to Read the Manual first, though.

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CCTV commish: Bring all surveillance systems under code of practice

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That's why gestalt doesn't apply in my opinion.

That was probably the wrong word to use - suggests a mind more than the sum of it's parts, and humanity generally produces a lower IQ with an en masse consciousness [see: Mobs, apple users*]

* just kidding....

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