* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: It may have competition

It has competition, but not from brilliantlightpower and their ilks who do not know their QM.

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

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Re: Snopes: Hot Down Here

Two soccerfans ask themselves whether soccer is played in heaven. They make the promise that whoever goes first tries to phone home. One of them dies and his friends phone rings: "I have good news and bad news. Yes they play soccer in heaven. You are in the team playing next Friday".

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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No PC involved

There is an interesting story about an old US prison where the inmates protested against their appalling conditions by flushing all toilets in the multistory building topdown on cue of the chimes of a local church which they all could hear. The resulting damage to the sewage system forced the authorities to move all prisoners to a better location.

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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I have no experience

as a sniper or otherwise. But I took the trouble to buy and read Einführung in de Lehre vom Schuss by Dr. Karl Gey and Dr. Horst Teichmann, Leipzig & Berlin, 1941. Printed in Germany.

Other publications from the same publisher Physikalische Denkaufgaben aus der Welt des Soldaten. Any takers?

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Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

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Coat

To add insult to injury, observations have shown that the winds also slacken during a solar eclipse.

Mine is the one with an UPS in the left and right pocket.

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

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Re: Hmmmn.. pizza!

First send a lot of stale pizza to Mars, then a bunch of German cockroaches. At least they are radiation hardened, less that 1m high and they don't mind if their food is stale.

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Oops! Facebook outed its antiterror cops whilst they banned admins

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Re: That's the automatic warning system...

In the USSR of the Stalinist era the bereaved widow would automatically get a bill for the bullet with which her husband was executed. No advertisement involved.

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Facebook tried teaching bots art of negotiation – so the AI learned to lie

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AI take this:

For centuries the Dutch and German law of inheritance used the rule of Divide or Choose where one party whould divide an estate in "equal" parts and let the other party choose one of the parts. So knowledge of preferences gathered over decennia was essential, rather than negotiations during bargaining.

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It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists

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Hm

"The process of regeneration is normally 100 per cent accurate - they never make two-headed worms in the wild,"

Two-headed Dugesia japonica can be bred with Praziquantel, a common deworming medication for cats and dogs.

What's even more surprising is that even after the ends of the flatworm were chopped off, it always regrew with two heads.

It would be interesting to see what happens if two-headed flatworms are regrown in a centrifuge. Russians grew crystals in microgravitity and in centrifuges with suprising results.

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From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

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Re: Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli said of the secretaries of princes, Il Principe (Florence, 1513), Cap. XXI.

E perché sono di tre generazione cervelli, l'uno intende da sé, l'altro discerne quello che altri intende, el terzo non intende né sé né altri, quel primo è eccellentissimo, el secondo eccellente, el terzo inutile.

There are three different kinds of brains, the one understands things unassisted, the other understands things when shown by others, the third understands neither alone nor with the explanations of others. The first kind is most excellent , the second is also excellent, but the third is useless.

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Ex-MI5 boss: People ask, why didn't you follow all these people ... on your radar?

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@Aladdin Sane

Franklin's quote on Liberty and Safety was taken from a letter he wrote about a tax dispute between the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the family of the Penns, the proprietary family of the Pennsylvania colony who ruled it from afar. And the legislature was trying to tax the Penn family lands to pay for frontier defense during the French and Indian War. And the Penn family kept instructing the governor to veto. Franklin felt that this was a great affront to the ability of the legislature to govern. And so he actually meant purchase a little temporary safety very literally. The Penn family was trying to give a lump sum of money in exchange for the General Assembly's acknowledging that it did not have the authority to tax it. http://www.npr.org/2015/03/02/390245038/ben-franklins-famous-liberty-safety-quote-lost-its-context-in-21st-century

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Two hot Jupiters around two similar stars orbiting at similar distances look similar, right? WRONG

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Science is a bloke

"with tiny splashes of chicken soup lost in a straggly beard, and a distant, pensive look in his eyes"

That will be a fifteen century Moskovite pope then.

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Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

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Re: Hardware nostalgia

It is now 2017 and I am typing this on an Silicon Graphics keyboard! Well, yes, running Slackware, not Irix.

I have once and only once seen a Silicon Graphics hardware failure. One day I returned to my office after lunch and noticed a strange smell. One of the two board of the IRIS workstation that I used at the time had to be replaced because of an electrical shortcut.

Another incident was when a SGI server that was used for MPEG encoding regularly failed because a RAM-module was ripped out of the machine while it was running, apparently without further damage. We got the cleaners who did this on camera.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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18+ years old

Many years ago I got involved in negotiations about purchasing an aging DEC PDP-11. The female computer engineer how was in charge of the beast was almost up in tears. And if we 'd asked her if she had wanted to marry it, she probably would have said Yes.

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Boffins spot 'faceless fish' in strange alien environment

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Headmaster

6,699 metres below the waves

6700m below the wave-tops.

Solved that for you.

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How the Facebook money funnel is shaping British elections

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Does the Electoral Commiss know how much the Russians Mercer spent on advertising on Facebook?

"It has emerged that Robert Mercer, a hedge-fund billionaire, who helped to finance the Trump campaign and who was revealed this weekend as one of the owners of the rightwing Breitbart News Network, is a long-time friend of Nigel Farage. He directed his data analytics firm to provide expert advice to the Leave campaign on how to target swing voters via Facebook - a donation of services that was not declared to the electoral commission." https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/us-billionaire-mercer-helped-back-brexit http://www.france24.com/en/20170228-usa-mysterious-billionaire-robert-mercer-played-crucial-role-trump-brexit-victories

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TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.

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Re: Why bother?

It already happened. The Slate mentioned that Donald Trump Jr. said in 2014 talking about the Trump golf courses "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets."

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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@Trigonoceps occipitalis: Re: Underground

And limit number four:

Physical: Do not spend more energy in safety devices (and waste removal) than the reactor will generate in its lifetime.

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Astroboffins spot a new type of galaxy bursting with stars

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arXiv

You can download the full article from https://arxiv.org/abs/1705.08662 ; PDF.

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What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

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The Blue Lion

is not a blue lion at all. It is a normal yellow one viewed through a blue filter. Don't they use PhotoShop anymore?

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

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@AC: Re: Banking

Be careful about what you wish. https://xkcd.com/538/

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Wannacry: Everything you still need to know because there were so many unanswered Qs

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No place to hide

From the Malwarebytes's video is seems that the only places for the criminals to hide are Antarctica and the DPRK.

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What could go wrong? Delta to use facial recog to automate bag drop-off

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RFID

Why not chip all the passengers? They do it with cats. They never complain.

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Have a go with this WW2 German Lorenz cipher machine – in your browser

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Re: 3D Simulation

The virtual Lorenz cipher machine has all screw slots in the northeast-southwest orientation. I am convinced not even the Germans could achieve that.

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FBI boss James Comey was probing Trump's team for Russia links. You're fired, says Donald

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C'est plus qu'un crime, c'est une faute.*

*It's worse than a crime, it's a blunder.

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Need the toilet? Wanna watch a video ad about erectile dysfunction?

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Pissing at at the Carnegie Institution

As late as 1955, when Margaret Burbidge, a superb observer, applied for a position at Mount Wilson , she was told that there were no toilet facilities for women on the mountain. With aplomb, she replied that she would use the bushes. Her husband, a theorist, was hired as a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech, which granted him privileges at Mount Wilson and Palomar. Astronomers looked the other way when she showed up at Mount Wilson to use her husband's allotted time on the one-hundred-inch telescope. He read books in the darkroom while she observed. (R. Florence, The Perfect Machine page 306)

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

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But

what is the displacement of the latest Chinese carrier in average adult giant pandas? According to the World Wildlife Fund, pandas can swim ...

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NASA's Cassini snaps pic inside Saturn's ring – peace among the stars

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Re: A colour photo, please

Cassini's cameras, the Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS), provide far more information than consumer-level digital cameras because they're sensitive to all wavelengths of light between the near-ultraviolet and the near-infrared, a range greater than typical visible-light cameras. Each camera has a variety of colour filters mounted on wheels that select the range of wavelengths, or colour, for the camera to record with each image.

So there is no time to make (false) colour photo's Saturn's surface.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: FFS...

Ketlan, I am not going to downvote you as requested, but ask you to read a book like the Linux Bible or UNIX in a Nutshell.

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Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

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Re: Piss poor service?

Once saw a garbagebag near my home with a label Intel Inside stcking out. Fetched the desktop, erased the letters of application (after reading) and used the HD ever after.

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Can you make a warzone delivery drone? UK.gov wants to give you cash

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Re: make money from developing an EMP system

Nope. Prior art https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9Zvpx9fFsM.

Battelle just shipped hundreds of DroneDefenders to Mosul.

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Google's cloudy image recognition is easily blinded, say boffins

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Inquiring minds want to know

when Google's Cloud Vision API starts to recognize an image with added noise as a snowstorm.

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US military makes first drop of Mother-of-All-Bombs on Daesh-bags

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Bah

Why do I hear in all the videos the explosion simultaneous with the blast when the camera is at least several miles away?

BTW The battle of the Somme started at 1 july 1916 with explosions of two mines (11000 and 13500kg) dug under the German lines. They left a crater 98 ft (30 m) deep and 330 ft (100 m) wide.

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Radio hackers set off Dallas emergency sirens at midnight as a prank

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Re: What if the Russians came by land ?

Any invasion will come at noon on the first monday of the month, when the sirens are tested.

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Re: The siren system is designed to be activated when severe storms approach the city.

In Rotterdam we just close the Maeslantkering. The siren system is designed to be activated when the Russians are coming. See https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luchtalarm (in Dutch).

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Boaty McBoatface sinks in South Atlantic on her maiden deployment

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Re: finding the entrance to hollow earth and atlantis

But they got distracted by deep-sea vents around Antarctica ...

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Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...

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Re: "coffee please"

I always ask for a affogato. It never confuses members of the Guilde suisse des Restaurateurs-Cuisiniers.

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Twitter sues US govt to protect 'Department of Immigration employee' who doesn't like Trump

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Re: Streisand effect

Shortly after the lawsuit became public, @ALT_uscis tweeted a copy of the First Amendment and a picture of part of the lawsuit to its 61,000 followers, an increase of about 28,000 in a few hours. (reuters)

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Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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Re: We'll add it to the list of things not to sleep next to

7. Palestine yellow scorpions

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Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data

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Re: And how exactly will this stop unmonitored random nutters driving cars at people again?

Statistically people will be driven over twenty times by drunk drivers before they are hit by an unmonitored random nutter driving a car at people.

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Murder in space: NASA orders astronauts to KILL cripples – then fire bodies back to Earth

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Confession

Long ago as a teen I 'launched' ants in a plastic capsule to see whether they survived the fall back to Earth. They all did. I hated the little critters but did not take the trouble to break their legs.

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

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So it is OK

to tweet The noble Mr. Donald J. Trump is an honourable man. He always speaks the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Free after Julius Caesar Act 3, Scene 2

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If fast radio bursts really are revving up interstellar sailcraft, here's the maths

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No so fast ...

So far the only fast radio burst of which the source was identified is FRB 121102; a dwarf galaxy at a distance of 43 Mpc to 1.7 Gpc (Nature 5 januari 2017). The flux is 350 µJansky at 1.2 GHz (Brian D. Metzger et al. 2017). Because 1 Jansky is only 10-26 Wm-2Hz-1, this rules FRBs out as powersources for interstellar travel, even if the beam is more intense a couple of lightyears from the source.

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Japan's Venus probe power plight panacea: Turn it off and on again ...and again and again...

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Re: radiation environment

Although Akatsuki was launched during a period of minimal solar activity, it has now endured a complete cycle of maximum solar activity with increased risk of radiation damage. Had it been launched five years earlier, the damage would have been much less.

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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

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Re: be bribed or coerced into handing over the keys

If I am well informed, was the list of people to be arrested (prepared in advance for eventualities as in any NATO country) required for the success of the coup d'etat by the Greek military junta in april 1967 printed by a computer operator stimulated by putting a gun to his head.

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US judge halts mass fingerprint harvesting by cops to unlock iPhones

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Re: Available now: Fake-i-Finger [C]

A genuine Apple i-Finger with rounded corners™.

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Radioactive leak riddle: Now Team America sniffs Europe's skies for iodine isotope source

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Estimate of leaked I-131 mass

1 Bq = 1 nucleus decays per second. So ~500kmx500kmx1000mx 5µBq/m³ and the halftime of 8.0197 days gives the leak as 1.73x1015 atoms = 0.377 microgram. The leak was in the order of micrograms.

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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Re: Overcomplicating it

There's a far simpler method: does your child suddenly own a BMW 4?

For Boris, growing up here, Veles didn't have much to offer. He played soccer but later discovered that he was more proficient at the videogame version of the sport. He joined a Counter-Strike club: nine or 10 teenagers gathered in a room, sitting behind their laptops and shooting each other up. One day a couple of summers ago, Boris was walking to school when he saw a BMW 4 Series parked by the side of the road. "What the fuck?" he thought. "My favorite car is in this town?" He asked around, but no one seemed to know who owned the BMW. Later, in a café, he met a Counter-Strike acquaintance named Aleksandar Velkovski. "Aleksandar, I saw this BMW 4," Boris told him. Velkovski revealed that the car was his. He'd bought it, he said, with the money he made off his website. In Veles, Aleksandar and Borce Velkovski are so renowned for the health food website they started that they're known as the Healthy Brothers. HealthyFoodHouse.com is a jumble of diet and beauty advice, natural remedies, and other nostrums. It gorges on advertising as it counsels readers to put a bar of soap under their bedsheets to relieve nightly leg cramps or to improve their red-blood-cell count with homemade beet syrup. Somehow the website's Facebook page has drawn 2 million followers; more than 10 million unique visitors come to HealthyFoodHouse.com every month.

Ceselkoski turned to coaching in 2011--first with a six-week classroom course in the Macedonian capital of Skopje, where he lives, and now online, in dense three-week modules. For around $425, his students learn how to prepare, populate, and promote their websites. A full third of the syllabus is dedicated to the mastery of Facebook. The Healthy Brothers once took Ceselkoski's course. Ceselkoski was visiting Las Vegas around the time of the election, and Trump's victory stunned him. He thought about the website operators in Veles. "It's possible, maybe, they changed a few percentages."

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Re: Papiere bitte!

Troomp Drumpf

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