* Posts by Teiwaz

2554 posts • joined 19 Oct 2011

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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Re: Back in the day..

Bill Oddie was always a Flump

There was Goodie episode in which he shaved the beard off.

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Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help

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Re: What difference did Russia allegedly make?

The silent majority demanded change and Trump was the only [other] candidate. With the vision to shake up the establishment? Don't hold your breath.

FTFY

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What difference did Russia allegedly make?

Politicians are intent on putting spin, lying, putting out fake news, borderline slander and generally egging on the worst instincts of society in order to win.

When there is no interest in the truth or sensible cooperative discussion to sort out issues and they rely on bribes and promises they don't intend to keep to get into office.

Russia are no saints, but they've done this because the western political systems are so corrupt and broken now. Their own population is led around by fake news and slanted reports.

Or is only okay to carry on when it's the native government deceiving the people and not when a foreign power sticks it's oar in.

Basically, I think it wouldn't have happened, couldn't have happened had the politicians of the country in question had not sunk to the lowest in their desperate morally bankrupt race to get in at all costs.

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AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs

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Re: Should have been pretty obvious

But back to the Magic Leap, how come it's using a processor that's almost 2 years old?

I would suggest because Magic Leap is all bullshit.

When you can smell it, and be fairly sure your are looking at, you should really just accept it

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UK.gov is ready to talk data safeguards with the EU – but still wants it all

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Re: No one will agree on anything

Yes I can see it now.

Funnily enough, that close of that little drama-ettte, skit or sketch also often plays out the same if said Customs Official think you may have an extra ounce of baccy or bottle of cheap Calais plonk you weren't entitled to - and that was while within the EU Free movement of goods.

Ohh, the ruination of society...

You could probably carry through several cannisters of rabies and be waved through, but god help have more tobacco on you than they think you should have - It has such a short shelf life after all.

I often think this wole rigmarole is just line the rest of the government on the same mentality as HMCE.

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Re: Conflicted

I'd suggest soylent green but you'd need a lot of ketchup...

By the time they are finished making a dogs dinner of the Uk, you'll wolf down every crumb and be glad of it and also sleep soundly in the knowledge the next white paper they'd come into contact with is bogroll.

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The uK is a serious data fetishist and needs therapy.

It was all we'd like a soft exit, but if a hard exit is what it takes, so be it.

Until they were told they'd be out of Galileo and the Interpol *'sharing'.

* 'data Sharing' to the Uk is much like two year olds attitude to sweets, mine, mine, mine, mine Wahhh!

Supposedly might not officially have to accede to ECJ rulings, but the current UK administration aren't good at playing the game by any rules than their own. Even if this all goes through, I give it a year before the first suspension from the game for being out of bounds.

What do people think? Will Scotland decide to leave before N.I collapses?

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Azure Dev Spaces has hit public preview, so El Reg took it for a spin

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works on 80% of contexts but just doesn’t support the odd 20%.

My concern the last time I had to use ISPF.

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Re: ..."typing in BASIC listings from computer magazines in the '80s and debugging"...

..."typing in BASIC listings from computer magazines in the '80s and debugging"...

Now that there is a dying breed in IT. Ho hum

I'd be impressed if your could type in BASIC listings from Computer magazines in the '80's, today

Is that your Delorean parked outside?

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UK.gov agrees to narrow 'serious crime' definition for slurping comms data

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And it does seem that there's been a recent rise in the percentage

That's optimistic, I think it's just a temporary lowering of the percentage of brainless cretins on the Cabinet who think it's still the 1800's.

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Keeping UK law in line with Europe in order to keep doing business...?

Going by this almost underhanded and measly rejig, it'll fall foul of European standards again.

Don't know why the current UK gov is bothering to negotiate with Europe for security and other cooperation on the back of equivalent legislation if they intend to botch it up by becoming the offshore extremist banana kingdom

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Up in arms! Arm kills off its anti-RISC-V smear site after own staff revolt

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Re: It bears repeating: Building a CPU that runs C fast considered harmful.

Real Programmers Don't Use PASCAL

A lot of real programmers were taught on PASCAL though.

or Modula-2, or Ada.

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Re: It bears repeating: Building a CPU that runs C fast considered harmful.

Some real engineers* still use FORTRAN too. I have to use a "FORTRAN-like" language for some thermal modelling every now and then, but I'd far rather be using Python.

Congrats, A/C on replying to dismiss assertion of Real programmers with Real Work to do use FORTRAN - really wasn't necessary, it's an old joke.

Clearly being a Rocket (or at least Aerospace) Engineer isn't necessary for some tasks after all, that actually makes me feel better about my job.

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Re: RISK-V sounds good...

It's not the fun boardgame for all the family....

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We shall call him Mini-U – Ubuntu reveals tiny cloudy server

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Re: You can't have your cake and eat it

Like how camping beds are less comfortable than regular beds.

But an air mattress is sometimes more comfortable than a camping bed and is smaller when deflated..

...today I am mostly picking nits.

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Former wig-wearing Twitterphobe replaces Hancock as UK.gov's Secretary of Fun

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Re: Brexiteers jump ship

they're abandoning the good ship Theresa, and readying the torpedoes.

Yes indeed, and twenty years down the line the bounty hunters will be despatched to hunt them down and bring them back for fraud, misleading the public, and generally prancing about the political stage overacting badly.

Recent carrying on is the worst sort of political pantomime and tantrum toy flinging I've ever seen, and I grew up in N.I.

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Re: They're clearly copying Apple.

One of Google's main value propositions

Do Google even have a value proposition (on the hardware front, to a consumer) anymore, now that the pixel line is at 'VIP luxury ringtone' prices?

Not to mention dropping services quicker than party election promises?

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Microsoft re-invents netbook?

Doctor Frankenstein strikes again - not long after intentionally or unintentionally killing the form factor by convincing OEMS to ram windows on netbooks, suddenly a reanimated corpse is unveiled.

£300-£400 used to get you a good netbook, this thing is just a (still expensive) tablet minus the keyboard, and the pen is an extra too I notice.

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Re: The Microsoft Slurpage has to STOP!

Hold it. Did you miss the memo? In the "Surveillance-economy", there is no reservation. That's because you're not the customer, you're the product.

You're right it's not a reservation. it's more a zoo or petri-dish, at best a river with fishing rights to any corp that can manage to cast a tracking line into the water or tempt the fishies with an IOT morsel.

It's well passed time the fish bit back.

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Re: The Microsoft Slurpage has to STOP!

Where was the outrage when Canonical thought it was such a great idea to bundle your File Searches with Amazon results?

I seem to remember quite a bit of outrage. Too much, considering how easy it was to switch off (and stayed off once off, unlike Windows, which I hear tends to get reactivated on updates).

I thought it was potentially an interest feature, but it never returned anything useful (probably because the results were not matched out against your shopping profile and hence totally anonymous result wise), and embedding it in file search was certainly the wrong place - you search for files, you want files, not lipstick offers and other bargain bucket tat from amazon.com.

By the logic of 'genie already out, give it up' - we might as well not try to fix any of societies woes and just retreat to our castles if we have them and let civilisation burn - people have looted raped and pillaged for centuries, why fight it? People have pick-pocketed and corps have ripped off consumers and abused their positions of power - we just let them continue?

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Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?

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Re: If only...

Am I the only one to get the HHGTTG reference?

Spotted it at once - some heretic downvoted the quote though - we need Donald Sutherland to come do his Invasion of the Bodysnatchers bit and identify the dangerous pervert.

Joke icon - 'cause those without a sense of humour are breeding and bound to start the accusations on my language if attempts at humour are not easily labelled as such....

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Re: Lost In Space

Timothy would be spending the next few days at the golf club - it didn't even sound like they paused for breath the whole time!

You want to pick up an imaginary phone and have a long one side Python Pepperpot type conversation 'lotos she'll be much better now she's 'ad 'er leg off' stuff.

See if you can shut them up so they can lisiten in (old dears like to overhear juicy gossip more than passing it on).

Depends whether you can talk for fours hours straight without pausing to rawing breath.....phew

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Re: unqualified, stupid or one of those zen starting points?

Mr Bean Michael Gove (damn, strikethroughs should be the other way round) - 'people are fed up with experts' - is that his expert opinion on the matter then? The thought that some think he should be next prime minister is truly scary.

I think it's idiots who think they have expert opinion but don't claim to be experts are the ones people are fed up with - the most recent government dictates on alcohol consumption for example smell more like the waffle of 1920's american temperance league.

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unqualified, stupid or one of those zen starting points?

The second is that we just don’t know all that much about how humans interact

Is that the collective 'we' of humanity or the ditto scientists who carried out this waste of time.

Open plan desks sounded like a great idea when my first job decided to go open from the higgldy-piggle cubicles in the mid-nineties - halfway into the first day we all knew it was a horrible mistake.

Same with those motivational posters - sounded like a great idea during the planning stage, when all you had to look at was yellowy walls - as soon as they are up it's like being confronted with the worst sort of happy patrol dystopia.

Back to the trees and or oceans lads, we're going to give this evolution thing another bash in a couple of hundred centuries.

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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Re: I've got a better solution...

I was about 9 when I stopped labelling books. Was I a prodigy?

Earlier - not by choice - the school insisted all pupils books have a cover - the really really horrible wallpaper I had to use wouldn't take even a permanent marker and any taped labels slid off within a day leaving a slimey sticky patch.

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AI bots suck at marking written essays, not too shabby at old Atari games, and more...

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Re: sorry, but I have to do this . . . .

"Get a settlin torch"

Perhaps it started in the late 80's - history class -German history 1918-1939 A fellow student spelt it 'sturblatielung' - (sounds like a nasty respiratory problem*) still better than my attempts at french though...

* close enough.

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GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

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Don't like it, no sir, nope

Well I remember using win 3.11 - and I'm impressed someone went to the bother with the theme, but to me the old grey look reminds me of the early 2000's and frequent theme breakdowns.

Last time I had one of those was first time I tried out Snaps and the app was so sandboxed it couldn't pick up the ui theme.

I'm not a fan of flat either. To me the height of ui is some of those old KDE 4 Bespin themes.

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At last – a use for AI! Predicting an England World Cup victory

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Re: "the predicting goat"

Just one question : the people who feed and take care of this Zabiyaka, I take it they worship Zeus ?

Because any other situation, including being atheists, make them blasphemers to their own convictions.

Baphomet

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United States, you have 2 months to sort Privacy Shield ... or data deal is for the bin – Eurocrats

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Re: Newsflash!

I think Trump is trying to fix that, part of why he was elected

Nope, part of why trump was elected will be fixed. Thankfully for the established parties, he's mostly innocuous apart from embarrassing twitter rants.

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Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

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"Just making sure you're still you. Some might call it invasive, but we think it shows we care."

Might want to add a rectal-oscopy (or something, to drunk to google) - Might be wearing a skin-suit.

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I once worked at a company and amongst other things, we repaired camcorders (remember them?).

I think the concept that people actually used to be able to get something repaired is more of a stick poked at a dusty synapse.

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Being on Stage is stressful

Knowing you are being watched all the time is stressful - any cost savings in (let's cut to the nub, this is intimidation - cut the safety etc. excuses, it's surveillance) would surely get eaten up by increased employee stress levels.

As to the customer eagerly tracking the delivery of, say a pet fountain (? shakes head sadly), that's also a stress factor. Sitting watching the progress of the blip as it moves erratically closer, then away, then closer. I did that once on a package delivery, it sat at a parcel warehouse for two days mid week - drove me near to insanity (well, OK, closer, cheep cheep cluck, cluck).

Every time someone implements things like this it shaves another day off the time 'til the fall of civilisation.

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GIMP masks font downloads, adds horizon fix in new build

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Gimp lightning

Pretty sure the font thing has been in for a week or two - Gimp has been loading damn quick the last month for me on Arch (don't think I'm on the GIT version either - might be, but don't think so).

Didn't know why though (I actually think it's faster than Gwenview now).

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California lawmakers: We swear on our avocados we'll pass 'strongest net neutrality protections' in America

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Re: "Oops, we got caught."

After this there is only one answer

Cleansing as they are, such answers are not the answers you want. The US one ended with Civil War eventually, the French and Russian ones didn't have good outcomes short and long-term respectively and the English civil war ended with a period under a tyrant.

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ICANN't get no respect: Europe throws Whois privacy plan in the trash

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Now this is taking control.

The numpties in Westminster would have fallen all over themselves to back down the moment ICANN looked to be about to throw a hissy.

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They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today

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Hotmail?

Honestly forgot all about hotmail, what with the attention on Gmail in the news of late - at first I confused it with Yahoo and wondered if it wasn't already dead.

Then I thought the name was kind of a good name for a porn I'm sorry, dating hook-up service.

Seriously, Hotmail - totally forgot about it. Not thought about it in years, don't know anyone who uses it (oddly enough).

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US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

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Re: Fortunately for us here in the UK

Don't you just love being considered to be a criminal by your .gov, just for having the damn gall to be born British?

The British Empire has been collapsing for nearly a century. Clearly some in government think it's not going quickly enough and have ramped up the program in the last ten years.

Break up of the UK by 2050, probably (although Wales might need poking with a sharp stick).

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That's one of the reasons most of our ancestors bailed out of Europe.

The first waves bailed out as they were religious extremists, persecuted or merely prevented from practising their strange religious leanings*, later waves were fortune seekers, and then finally the destitute and the desperate.

* Quite right too, usually the next step from being allowed to practise as they wish is becoming increasingly vociferous on the opinion that everyone else should practise as they do, by the sword if necessary.

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Re: Emperor Facebook the First

Never mind the fate of businesses, Facebook and its tone-deaf robots now affects the fate of nations...

The fate of nations is already in the hands of 'robots'. Or at least some strange sorts who endlessly apply the same broken solutions without learning.

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Re: The system Works

You mean those dumbasses actually have to rewrite all of history, and not just the bits that they like?

You're funny.

You'd think they'd rewrite the bits they <don't</b> like. Why rewrite what's acceptable.

And yes, I can be...

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most folks on the "less savage" side, as bad as they were, tended to stop short of doing certain things including but not limited to collecting skin off the heads of their vanquished foes

Not unheard of in "less savage side" for soldiers to collect trophies. Likely frowned upon, but once you turn men into serial killers for political gain, it's not a surprise that serial killer behaviour often results.

I'm not also 100% that the 'scalp' thing wasn't overblown as a form of propaganda to justify no quarter - best to make your enemy as inhumane as possible, don't want your troops sympathising, they might make friends in a sticky situation - death or glory and all that.

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Guess Who they learned that from...?

The colonists 'were' french or english - not by nationality, but inherited mindset.

As far as I remember from my history, the English got higher emigration, the French got better native cooperation, but it was the Spanish who got an attach bonus against natives.....

...No, wait, that was Sid Meiers Colonisation.

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The system Works

Well, the Declaration of Independence* was (or is) hate speech.

By modern standards anyway...

* almost spelt independence with an a, that the IT gods for squiggly red underlines, forcing me to go look it up or install Grammerly (yeuch! more spyware, not on your life).

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Re: This could be solved by...

El Reg's world famous comment forums (which, amusingly, are social media

If you actually read the posts, you'll most likely find most of them come under antisocial media though.

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A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years

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Every single comment at least one D/V

It seems I have a nemesis hanging out on the Reg.

.....Poor sad fool with more time on their hands than me...

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Re: @Shadmeister.

What you can't do is mix 32 and 64 bit applications in the same wine prefix.

Not so sure that is accurate (or at least I have had few problems doing it).

I've Hexagon (32bit) on the same prefix as DazStudio (64bit) - a necessarily if I want to use the bridge to send objects from Studio to Hexagon for modelling.

I've not come up against any issues (at least yet).

It's not recommended though, but then mostly Wine support recommended "a clean 32bit prefix" only for best results not long ago.

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Re: Much, much better than it used to be - but still not great

Wine Staging drop

As far as I can recall, something about having too much to do, at which point some others decided to manage it.

Need or want, same thing - I'm on Arch, there seems little difference between Wine and Staging versions for my use case.

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Re: Why do I need Windows?

Interesting how WINE is viewed somehow as necessary on Linux?

By some. To me it's a nice to have (otherwise I'd have to settle for dual-boot or a another machine).

I didn't see any use for Wine for a long time either.

If you do find a program that happens to be windows only, and you can get that program to run in Wine (even with a few flaws) - it's a positive boon - otherwise you might have to go back to dual boot or install Windows. think what a drag that would be.

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Re: Much, much better than it used to be - but still not great

WineHQ is, unfortunately badly maintained (so is Crossovers list, now I come to look into it).

If you are expecting thorough and professional testing, it's filled out when people can be bothered, and mostly by testing amateurs.

Why would you expect Windows 3.1 to be polished til it shines (like a shaft of gold, when all around is dark) - it has been mostly irrelevant (except for a few fringe cases) for at least twenty years.

Wine staging was dropped a while back, but it's too useful for those little (often unstable) patches that gamers need, so it continues (or some such, never did get the whole drama around it straight).

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UK.gov IT projects that are failing: Verify. Border control. 4G for blue-light services. We can go on

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So, any takers on the chances of the the country just collapsing into a heap the moment ties are severed with the EU?

If the current projects started before Brexit are in trouble now, and the urgent Brexit ones are hardly started yet...

It doesn't look good.

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