* Posts by The Nazz

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Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

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Evidence of racism?

I'd be interested to see the evidence put forward to support the claim of racism. There's precious little sign of it in the article.

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Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

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Well, if it is pure discrimination

as you imply, then it can only be the fault of Obama.

Fancy that.

Fact of life: everyone discriminates.

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'We should have done better' – the feeble words of a CEO caught using real hospital IT in infosec product demos

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Still not convinced.

If no patient data was used, only "internal IT info", then why the comments and regret that it could have been anonymised better than it was?

No patient data at all is pretty anonymous to start with.

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Game authors demand missing ZX Spectrum reboot royalties

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I'm more confused than normal.

Easily done i know but ...

The article reads as though no physical product yet exists.

The article reads as though the Indiegogo people are "backers".

So, at which point does a "sale" of a product and the incidence of royalties being due take place?

Notwithstanding that the entirety of the operation to date appears to be an appalling way to operate.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber drivers are stocious (allegedly!)

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Re: ...a net loss of $2.8bn

At surge pricing rates too it would appear.

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How's that for a remote login? NASA puts New Horizons probe to sleep 3.5 billion miles away

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Talk Talk

Should have been sent by Talk Talk, that way we'd know for sure that aliens exist when they simply tune in and grab all the key data.

Ooooh, anyone else getting a CSNY Deja Vu moment?

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Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

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Well, it worked for Trolley buses.

Couldn't they just hook a cable to the nearest high voltage power transmission cable/network and run the juice from that? Some of these are c400,000 volts*

Should allow a wide range of routes, (though obviously not so much overseas)**

*I am obviously not an electrical engineer, or indeed any other sort of engineer.

** For Europe, a longer cable for crossing the Channel could be used.

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Huawei faces UK sales ban if it doesn't cough up 4G patent tithes

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Is Extortion still a thing?

Given that the Judge's award is so much nearer to Huawei's offer than UP's demand (some 34 to 45 times that awarded), shouldn't the latter be investigated for Extortion?

UP being subsequently banned from "trading" in the UK, ie they have to give away the IP, would be a fair and reasonable outcome.

That's the trouble with UK courts, UP gambled on greed and lost, yet they didn't lose.

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Canadian court refuses to let Feds snoop on Megaupload servers

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Am i too simple to understand .....

If, as alleged,the $175m is the profit from criminal activities and most likely the bulk of that will end up in the hands of the lawyers,

are the lawyers thus not living on the proceeds of crime?

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Oculus Drift: VR gaming boss out at Facebook

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Meanwhile ...

we are led to believe by the experts (yeah!) that hundreds of thousands of teenagers,(upto 20-25% of em), are developing mental illnesses as they struggle to cope with the virtual/virtuous reality that is otherwise called daily life.

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Apple Store in Pennsylvania hit with discrimination complaint

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Time or generational limit?

Something i ponder every time i read a story like this.

Is there not a time limit or number of generations passing before one stops being an AFRICAN-American?

I dare say most have never been there and some may not even know where it is.

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Bloke is paid to scour hashtags for threats, spots civil rights boss's tweets, gets fired, sues

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Oh what a tangled web we weave ...

Say the lawyers when drafting these copious amounts of namby pamby legislation.

And what a fortune is earned by the self same lawyers spending years arguing over frivolous lawsuits.

Old fashioned remedy :

Bang their heads together and tell 'em to get on with it in a friendly and peaceful manner.

And stick their own self righteous egos up their arse.

I'm with Samuel Jackson on the root cause of this.

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

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Really Miele

Why, just why?

As an aside i have a dishwasher that occasionally connects to the 'Net and yet suffers few if any bugs at all.

In fact, 'm so healthy i could die tomorrow.

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Bloke, 48, accused of whaling two US tech leviathans out of $100m

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What surprises me is how long such scams can run and go unnoticed*

Admittedly, not on the same scale or finesse, nowhere near, but this one ran for 6 or 7 years :

http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/thieving-school-secretary-told-repay-35k/story-19578327-detail/story.html

Apparently, an example of the scam was that upto 50 pupils (their parents) paid £15 for a "day trip" , the secretary kept the cash and school funds paid out the coach firm. And nobody noticed, nor asked questions about the payments, relatively large at a smallish school.

* In respect of a largish firm, a commercial organisation, besides the financial employees one would also have to ask questions about the Auditors. Yet again.

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Gift cards or the iPhone gets it: Hackers threaten Apple with millions of remote wipes

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Paris Hilton

Missing a trick here?

TCF : Apple, it's $100k or we wipe.

Apple : We;ll let you know be fore the 7th.

Crowdfunded anti fan-bois : $ here's 110 k, just do it now.

TCF : Ha ha Apple, it's now $120k to wipe.

Crowdfunders etc : not so fast, here's $130k to wipe. Go on, do it.

and so on.

I will not make any facetious comment as to how often a Turk wipes.

Whereas Paris,,,,,hmmm

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Tip for darknet drug lords: Don't wear latex gloves to the post office

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Re: stamps?

Could be worse.

Here in the UK a bulk buyer of physical stamps requires a mini-mortgage.

Ah, isn't progress wonderful.

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Uber president quits, says company's values inconsistent with his own leadership style

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Re: What the heck is a president?

Something that that creep (self censored lol) of a politician Blair aspired to be in Europe but unable to realise.

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Norfolk County Council sent filing cabinet filled with kids' info to a second-hand shop

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Saves further unwarranted expense, i suppose

re Spudley

I disagree. Yeah, there was no written policy for a lowly employee to follow but there sure was a 35 hour a week maximum, loads of time off in lieu, and most Fridays at home, very well paid (and remunerated) "manager" or "executive" whose ROLE it is is to write such a Policy and see that it's adhered to.

Disciplinary procedures against such a person?

Hell NO. At that grade these usually consist of a large PAYMENT to actually leave the job, additional pension payments etc rather than be dismissed. Oh and by the way, here's a similar vacancy two councils down the road.

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Gov.UK pulls plug on its YouTube ads amid extremism concerns

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A much better solution?

Have i read the article correctly? The whole gist of Googles comments are that they will remove, maybe pre-edit, bad adverts etc from appearing besides Objectionable, Hating, nay downright Illegal content.

Surely the point is, remove the vile shit that Google et al publish, and attach the Gov ads to the remaining decent content.

It's long overdue that the "execs" and "managers" of such as Google, Twatter, Facefucked and so on face ( no pun) jail time, serious jail time, for publishing vile content.

On a side note, re comments above, in the UK, has anyone tried reporting important issues to the Police lately? WASTE OF TIME.

Ring the Action Fraud Line and they openly state we are not taking calls and we will cut this call off. And they do.

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Algorithms no excuse for cartel behaviour, says European commish

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Is this any different to the VW "scandal"?

ie the singular use of software to circumvent, breach rules and sometimes legislation?

If the US can fine VW billions then why doesn't it do the same with such cartels?

Oh, is it because the leading culprits are USain themselves.

I see. Trade, Increased revenue and profit. All that seems to matter these days.

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Manchester college swaps out disk for rackful of hybrid flash

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Geography fail?

Since when is Bolton in Manchester?

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Fire brigade called to free man's bits from titanium ring's grip

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Well, that dispels the myth ....

That once you go black you never go back*

Yeah, i'm of the curious nature, i looked. I just cannot contemplate how on earth anyone in their right mind would attach such a thing.

* mind you it may still apply the the Mrs, pronounced with a lisp, rather in my case the now ex Mrs.

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Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours

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Education, Education, Education

Re: Censoring is not the solution...

Only if it's done correctly (and who defines that? the biggest brown envelope recipient?).

In recent times wasn't there some well educated politcal twit (see what i did there) who used that as one of his catchphrases?

Yet still managing to give out the entirely "fake news" that some middle eastern country "had weapons of mass destruction they could ready for use within 45 mins" and then proceeding to bomb the fuck out of them?

Surely, if one is to be prosecuted for hate speech and fake news then we have a prime candidate there.

A fine f*****g example and leader there,not, and anyone wonders why there is so much hatred around the place?

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Net neutrality? Bye bye, says American Pai

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is this the right time and place to say ....

somewhat controversially, that there is a life, a good life, outside the 'Net and always on connectivity?

Top tip : OS Maps, or similar, never run low on batteries. Topographical features rarely change or need updating. 'cept for the occasional change in say SF or Christchurch.

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Toxic Uber sued after driver allegedly tried to rape passenger in car

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Distasteful or what?

is it just me or is it very distasteful (or worse) to use what appears to be a photo of a girl/very young woman in a story with the headline including rape?

If an abstract picture must be use, please choose more carefully.

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Swedish politician wants weekly hour of paid sex. For exercise

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Increased population huh?

Are they hoping for

a) an increased population due to a increased birth rate,

b) an influx of migratory persons looking for an hour of paid nookie, or

c) both.

I foresee a slight conflict between a) and their world leading "equalities" stance.

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Cardiff researchers get £250k to monitor Brexit hate crime on Twitter

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Oh boy, someone is in really big trouble ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38904863

LOL.

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Balancing miners borks blockchains, say boffins

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And in this day and age ...

good luck with finding 50 banks that are entirely trustworthy.

Recent experiences show anything but.

Aside from problems of scalability.

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Yorkshire council hit with prolonged web outage

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Forced to close?

Extremely unlikely. More than likely the cabinet chose to, as with a local sports centre providing excellent services for the community, especially the elderly, which has, sorry, oops HAD one of the few facilities of it's kind in West Yorkshire.

Kirklees, i am told, is one of the most deprived areas of England. The nine strong ( all Labour) cabinet are doing their very best.

OK, IT services may be "down" but how come that stops the physical bin collection with old fashioned men and lorries?

Ha, ha, f*cking, ha.

Now excuse me whilst i go bring the still full bin in.

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Screw EU! Apple to fight back over €13bn tax bill

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To reduce the legal delays and sheningans ....

Firstly, seize all their equipment in Ireland*, then also seize their IP ( as it's Sooooooooooooooo valuable)

Then let them argue the toss.

Losing lawyers don't get paid (provided they're on Apple's side anyway)

Soon put a stop to it.

*isn't that what the coppers would do here, take all your compute stuff first, and maybe give you it all back, in working order, if you're very lucky?

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Ancient water found in Canada is two billion years old – giving hope to Mars colony dreamers

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Re: Mars Colony Dreamers

In all seriousness, wouldn't it be far far cheaper and much simpler to not keep paying fantastic amounts of money/resources to expand the earth's population?

Reduce it in fact, at BOTH ends of the age scale?

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Beeb flings millions more £s at Capita for telly tax collection

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Knocking on our doors?

I doubt it.

Every three months or so (for he past four years plus) i get a series of letters, each one slightly more threatening, ending in big red bold capitals, WE HAVE OPENED AN INVESTIGATION. We may visit you at any time of day and night.

But they never do.

Repeat cycle every three months.

Apart from once, i'm sat by a bay window 5ft from my door maybe. Bloke walks past, doesn't even knock but posts a note through the door, "we visited you today". By the time i got the the "mail", he'd ferked off.

Now, to my simple mind, i'd call their operation a scam. A fraud. Either do the job properly or don't bother. That said, when you've guaranteed, now increased revenue, a cushy number why bother.

Last comment and i appeal to your collective intellect, wisdom, fair play and a good dose of BOFH.

When they do knock, and i let them in, locking the door behind them, How long should they need to stay for , to check that i really never do watch or downlaod TV?

A week? A month? And is £20 a day for board reasonable?

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Hack attack fear scares Canadian exam board away from online tests

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2 parrots sat on a perch

"Can you smell fish?"

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Re: Good idea

"Bring back hanging the chavs"

I say old bean, what an spiffing idea.

I must have missed it the first time around.

"Just heard that four chavs in a chevette drove over a cliff!

"Aw, shame"

"Yeah, chevettes have five seats"

When i say "Just heard" make that 20 years,

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Job cuts, falling sales and now a mega pension deficit at RM

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Is the home roost full yet?

A great big Thank You* to Gordon "I am the financial genius that saved the world" Brown.

*yeah, really, whilst omitting the worst of swear words.

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Icelandic Pirate Party sails away from attempt to form government

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Take a leaf out of Belgium's book

In recent times, didn't Belgium go without a formal government for some 2 and a half years? Without much going wrong?

Mind you, some may say not much went right.

Conclusion, governments are overrated.

Especially those members who sell their soul to the coalition devil.

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

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Re: Units

Ahem, am i correct in guessing/thinking that Lake Superior is a little bit (quite a lot really) deeper, in parts, than Lake Windermere?

Does this justify a revised calculation?

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Facebook 'fesses up to fudged ad metrics … again

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And still ....

People wonder why the UK voted for Brexit and the US for Trump.

20+ years ago that would be described for what it is : Deception, Fraud. Possibly prosecuted as such.

If i had been an advertiser (unlikely) i'd be demanding 80% fees refunded.

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Twitter rolls out troll controls

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Re: Whaddabout...

Further to that, in my (thankfully) limited reading of twitter accounts and tweets therein, i find that it is the millenial females themselves who are dishing out the abuse.

Somewhat amusing last week to see those who often tweet the mantra "haters are gonna hate" were the ones going overboard over Trump's emphatic victory.

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Redcentric CFO quits after botched accounts discovered

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Hmmmm, previous period Audited Accounts eh?

And just how much will the highly remunerated, professional Auditors be contributing to the loss of vale?

What's that i hear? Nothing.

"Nothing to do with us guv, we just "audited" what you gave us."

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Facebook chokes off car insurance slurp because – get this – it has privacy concerns

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Just read Twitter then ...

One of the accounts i occasionally peruse, a 21 year old woman, quite openly tweets her driving record :

4 crashes to date, drives without her vision correcting spectacles, drives whilst under the influence upto 36 hours after nights out and brags that no one, i repeat no one, will ever beat her in a race home out through the suburbs.

Presumably the police (UK) haven't noticed any of this as they're focussed on reading whether i've upset her in any way, say calling her a "fat bitch", she isn't. Numerous pouting selfies confirm this.

Mind boggling.

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Uber, Lyft drivers shamed for 'racial bias' by uni eggheads

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Think what you will ....

But i'd share a ride with the blonde one any day.

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Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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On the plus side ....

If the car is really well programmed and, in the event of an emergency avoidance manoeuvre, it can spot the excessively obese pedestrians around here ( possible contradiction there maybe) then it wont need to carry it's own built in airbags.

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Commercials will be even more fun.

Gang of said hoodies.

Spotter out ahead : Beer truck approaching, get ready lads.

Oh noes, this ones carrying Bud, let it pass.

Whoopee, bonus time, here comes a truck carrying top notch electronic gear.

Step out in three, two, one .....

On the matter of animals. I once hit a rabbit at 70mph. I wish i hadn't.

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I called it a couple of weeks back.

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2016/10/12/mercedes_autonomous_car_will_run_over_pedestrians/

Also, on the matter of form, are we gonna see just the one make with rounded corners/edges and all the others built like 1970 Lada's?

Cheapest and best option yet : a solid white line 3ft* out from the kerb, stencil a bicycle within every 100 yards* or so and NO PARKING. At all.

Mind you, it would help further if said 3ft lane wasn't filled with pot holes, patchy repairs and the sundry detritus of last evening's leisure, whether that be the result of excess alcohol/junk food or breaking into auto's.

*other measurements are available.

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Iceland's Pirate Party tops polls ahead of national elections

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Re: Who will think of the Children?

I upvoted you, once i had stopped laughing.

The short ones are often the best.

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NHS patients must be taught to share their data, says EU lobby group

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Re: Was

Have you not heard of laxatives? Too much artificial sweetener also has the same effect, i believe.

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Spinal Tap’s bass player sues former French sewer

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It just seems a bit rich to me.

Let me see, a guy who earns a (reported) ridiculous sum of $300k per episode for 25 years launches a lawsuit to sue for "fair artistic compensation, industry-wide."

I look forward to him paying back some $298,000 per episode back into the artists collective pot, so that all such artists can receive a "fair" return.

Modern life i suppose.

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Salesforce rules out Twitter bid

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I'm undecided.

When Twitter does meet it's end, i'm undecided as to whether the nations (UK) health (mental) will improve or decline once the millenials, celebs and wannabe celebs have no outlet for their narcissistic prattle.

Disclaimer : I spend about 5 mins a week perusing some accounts for the perverse pleasure of being able to repeatedly utter WTF.

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

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But on the upside ....

At least the indicators will be used where appropriate/required.

I've though about this dilemma, more in the context of constantly stepping in front of one of these autonomous vehicles such that they slam their brakes on. Good fun to be had.

Best be careful which make/model i choose then.

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