* Posts by DropBear

3211 posts • joined 4 Mar 2013

Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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Well yes the biggest problem with concept of "average" is that there are so many different ones (like the mentioned "median"). Yes of course I do realize all of these are actually different things and have perfectly good and rigorously defined mathematical meanings, as long as you admit that laypeople (very much including me in this case) have no clue which one is which, which one they're talking about, which one they would want to be talking about, or even that they're different things at all. Most of us just think of it as "that value in the middle" never bothering to rigorously define either "middle" or "middle of what exactly"...

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Re: Just to clarify

I noticed for a while now that I can immediately tell an article is by Mr. McCarthy after the first few words (much like with Mr. Orlowski), and definitely NOT because it's so eloquent and impartial. Nowadays I just save myself the trouble of reading it at all.

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Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

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"Which is why my front door is a manual number lock"

Depending on how mortified you are or are not in the mood to become, do or never do check out a few Youtube videos demonstrating how easily and quickly a typical* "number lock" gets pwned by anyone who also watched the same videos, using nothing but a thin "feeler" pick showed in next to the dials...

*there are things that can be done to prevent a lot of this, but it just doesn't seem to be present in the vast majority of these locks - "we don't give a shit" is not exclusive to IoT...

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OpenAI bot bursts into the ring, humiliates top Dota 2 pro gamer in 'scary' one-on-one bout

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Except in today's "chemistry sets are evil incarnate and the work of the Devil himself" EVERYTHING is a "danger to the public", Elon. I appreciate the achievement, but remain seriously unconvinced your machine "thinks" in any sense at any level, regardless of which definition of the word we use. I do like your rocketry work, but I don't want to live in a world where box cutters need to be registered.

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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Re: Gotta be honest here...

Patreon (or some other equivalent if you don't like it and can find one) is the only way to go. A low three-figure sum should not be particularly hard to reach; if you can't even do that much then maybe what you do is of not that much interest after all, and you're doing the online equivalent of vanity book publishing, in which case you're quite welcome to support the entire cost yourself. If it does work, you're also welcome to note up-front that you won't be expanding even if you end up netting five-figures a month (as if...) - most people will understand, and these things tend to somewhat self-regulate anyway - I'm much less likely to join supporting a creator already making five figures a month than another one struggling with two or three. If some people still complain after that, blame your thin skin not them - there will always be people complaining, welcome to the internet and the 21st century. Sane people don't publish Youtube videos then complain that "people are mean" in the comments any more than try shouting at the tide...

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Schoolboy bags $10,000 reward from Google with easy HTTP Host bypass

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"For a schoolboy in Uruguay that's a serious amount of cash – it's five times the average monthly salary"

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.... ahem. Apparently an easy way to literally multiply my salary several times would be to move from EU to Uruguay. Well, there's one I didn't see coming...

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We'll deliver 'in a few weeks' says troubled ZX Spectrum reboot firm

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Re: Crowdfunding

"funding a company doing R&D of a new project is a risk"

No, not really. Crowdfunding campaigns are not supposed to hinge on any kind of "R&D" (except any final product-for-manufacture details) seeing as how (at least on Kickstarter, which is, oh, only the biggest name in this game) you're supposed to have a complete and demonstrably functional prototype before you even launch a campaign. How that works out in practice is a different matter entirely which I'm not prepared to discuss without swearing profusely, but as a general rule of thumb, you're not supposed to get money for developing something that is a mere "idea".

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...unless your concern is that without supporting the campaign the $thing_of_interest might not come into existence at all. It's a bit far fetched of course to imply that your single, individual decision would have even one iota of impact on that, but hey - for some strange reason I swear I'll never understand nobody seems to have a problem with the same assumption when voting is involved...

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Re: Still hopeful

Same here - around here we actually had not one but several clones of it, mine was the CIP03 (which turned out to be remarkably more useful than the original in one specific way - the first 16K of BASIC could be altered freely)...

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Alien 'lava lamp' with dying magnetic field orbited Earth a billion years ago – science

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Well duh, of course the Moon has no magnetic field. Cheese is not magnetic...

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Re: When is the last time you used yours?

Not to put too fine a point on it, but I just got a IoT* wall plug just so I can control it whenever I like without having to dig for its inline cord-switch (it's in a quite visible but hard-to-reach spot)...

* Now, now, we're all adults here, no need for that pitchfork - it just functions like a wireless switch within a larger existing system, there's no remote access at all to any of it...

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Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

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Re: Possible or easy?

Let's be fair, that is not at all necessarily the case. There could well be a full-featured 3D CAD - potentially fully documented - in systemd, and you might just not know...

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Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

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A cynically pragmatic one, and not incorrect IMHO. Along the lines of "don't try to criticise or attempt to change the system unless you're willing to accept that nothing will change in a significant enough way to affect favourably anyone you know except perhaps your grandchildren - if you're stupidly lucky, otherwise it will just be even worse for them. So if that sounds like fun go right ahead but please don't delude yourself into thinking anything you could possibly do could be of any assistance to you in any immediate practical matter regardless of how long you're willing to wait. If that's what you're after, your only remedy is to try staying out of of the system completely".

Well, he might be meaning something completely different but that's how I read it...

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Re: "98 per cent of people charged in America take a plea deal."

"There is a painting in the Prado"

Interesting, I had a different painting in mind thinking about US in general today, but apparently from the same painter - specifically, the one called "the sleep of reason produces monsters"...

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No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

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Re: Damn fine coffee...

Dunno, I always thought 'WTF" is all Twin Peaks ever had printed on its card... it's been a while though.

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I don't know how to put this delicately, but for me, accustomed to need to think about the energy requirements of my wristwatch no more than twice in a decade with exactly zero willingness to change that, having to charge it every single fucking day IS kind of a bit of a big deal...

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Re: Who cares about calls?

" If only everyone were as cool as the Hoff!"

Well, the Mythbusters came somewhat close - they managed to reproduce the "park into a moving truck" thing and that was undeniably cool...

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"Me too, but I live in the UK so time often disappears."

Oh, you need the UK model that comes with a built-in backup hourglass - just just need to pay a bit of attention to wearing it the right side up at all times...

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US border cops must get warrants to search phones, devices – EFF

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Re: FedEx routing "errors" are common

"Of course, there's no way to know where a package actually went - only what the courier admits to."

...unless the package happens to contain... a phone. Which could power up each hour or so, attempt to get a GPS fix, log it, and power back down for another hour (with the right app). Might still miss all the clear(ish)-sky fix opportunities though...

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We all deserve a break. Pack your bags. Four Earth-like worlds found around nearby Tau Ceti

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Re: Lifeability

That's only relevant for natural evolution - if you're willing to become a proper, mine-dwelling gem-seeking (and my axe!) Professional Dwarf you're free to move in with or without magnets...

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Please virtualize my reality before asking me to goggle at a fake one

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Re: DIY!

And that's why I don't like to stay beholden to free crumbs form the tables of the mighty. While not quite meant for specifically this, "Sweet Home 3D" may or may not do what you want for _proper_ free - although don't expect to rebuild La Sagrada Familia with it. Of course, if do you need to stay compatible with someone else's sketchup plans, it's all a bit moot...

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Can the last person watching desktop video please turn out the light?

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Same here - I fail to see a difference between interrupting the thing I'm actually trying to watch every ten to fifteen minutes with "oh look tat I don't care to buy " (either an energy drink, a new car or a can of "washable" paint - neither of which I have any use for) and "oh look retards I don't care to watch" (as it invariably turns out to be ads for eleven different reality shows or sitcoms - which is almost the same thing: retards goofing off in an attempt at a dull slice-of-life reenactment. Yes, I'm great fun at parties too!).

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Re: Not surprised. No. Not even slightly.

Speak for yourself - I find the lack of arm- and particularly lower back-support of a typical couch (as well as the distinctly sub-par means to occasionally interact with the thing I'm viewing if it isn't a feature length thing) severely inferior to a decent office chair* and a desktop monitor (which by the way is almost guaranteed to have a larger apparent field of view from the distance I'm watching it than any TV I could possibly ever afford).

*It's not nice to beat someone who's already down, but get this: mine has a head rest. And it reclines...

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FBI's spyware-laden video claims another scalp: Alleged sextortionist charged

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Re: Gawd bless Media Player

So let me get this straight - he was only caught because he failed to realize that his Tor-specific browser connects out through Tor but anything else like a media player might not...? Heaven have mercy on us then if any baddy with half a clue ever comes along...

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If we're in a simulation, someone hit it with a hammer, please: Milky Way spews up to 100 MEELLLION black holes

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Never again will I feel ashamed for a division by zero mistake. It's obviously a perfectly natural thing to do that happens all the time...

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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"Very well done"

You can set out to commit genocide and still have _some_ people tell you "very well done". Was that the opinion of the majority of said 70% or the isolated gushing village idiot...?

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Re: I did it another way...

I have seen network activity obliterate basic audio usability before, although in that case it was _any_ network activity. I don't remember the details, only that it wasn't a simple "just make sure drivers are up to date" issue - it's all the more annoying considering those two functions are often both implemented using Realtek chips so one would expect them to get along better. I blame it on the modern "everything is software-only" mantra which makes things that need to happen at the same time totally fail to do so whenever the programming is sub-par (which is just to say "practically always").

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Re: Most people.....

I don't necessarily condemn those who accept this "deal" consciously - but I really doubt most do. Funnily enough, we take it for granted that the warning "you have the right to remain silent, anything you say can be used against you in a court of law" is NOT optional, yet the exact same thing outside the judicial context suddenly becomes a "no need to talk about it" deal...

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For fork's sake! Bitcoin Core braces for another cryptocurrency split

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Re: Strong? Stable?

On the other hand, "we need to stand united" is never a good enough argument against never, ever challenging established orthodoxy.

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Re: Where does the money come from?

What is "actual currency" though (unless you define it as "official money of this state")...? More specifically, what defines what has "intrinsic value" and what does not, if even traditional examples like gold (or cocoa beans) only have "intrinsic value" based on the assumption that many human beings will always want them / find them useful...?

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Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro

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Re: OED definition of bigot: A person who is intolerant towards those holding different opinions.

"If that makes me a bigot, I will wear the label with pride."

Same here - I don't feel the need to personally conduct an endless and laborious debate all over again with every single supporter of a known discredited topic (see anti-vaxxers for an example if you really must have one - my list is much, much longer) before I'm allowed to consider them an idiot. Call me whatever you feel like for it, it won't make me feel ashamed. I might still be up for a debate if I'm in a good mood and you seem courteous and showing signs of critical thinking, but I make no promises...

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Re: Not related to article ...

"You mean like that?"

That is only a "story" in the sense "For sale: baby shoes, never worn" is. You... hipster!

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Re: Obligatory xkcd

"Whether or not it is a good definition is another matter."

Any definition that disagrees with people not having to listen to your speech if they don't want to would be a _bad_ definition though. What the exact practical ramifications should be can always be debated further, but the idea is sound. That said, whether you should be able to fire someone solely based on what he thinks or says in a non-person-to-person manner* is certainly in need if some debate, even if I happen to think hell no you should NOT.

*Let's not go slicing and dicing the details for hate speech and such right now. No, I don't like that either. But one should be very careful in how one defines what exactly that is.

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Re: Well..

@mr. Puddleduck: [Citation needed (BADLY)]

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Re: Well..

"For a start, Google's hiring policy is their business"

You don't say... oh, wait, you do! So if they were to decide to have a "hiring policy" of white males (or African-american females or Thai ladyboys or blonde, blue-eyed Germans) exclusively - that would be "their business" too, and we should let them carry on with it...?

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: asshe but

Bullshit. As soon as companies are allowed to selectively employ only "my kind of people" who think appropriately "positive thoughts", they become exactly the discriminative assholes they are allegedly trying to get rid of. What "white male" people are usually accused of is selectively congregating in certain spaces with the active exclusion of everybody else - this is exactly the same thing, corporately sanctioned, with a different criteria. If his work is poor, if he's discourteous or explicitly hostile to others and you fire him, that's one thing. If you do that because some people didn't like the way he thinks - and that includes the company itself - or because other people have a problem with him instead of the other way around then the asshole is YOU.

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You had ONE job: Italian firefighters suspected of starting blazes for cash

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Re: GNU TERRY PRATCHETT

Lucrative rackets aside, I see a tiny problem with that description - namely, the assumption that the firefighters would have any interest in the protection of the object of their efforts; what they're there to do is hopefully protect the neighbouring buildings while utterly and completely destroying and levelling the one that happens to be on fire.

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I don't exactly see the problem here. Since when is it not the job of the fire brigade to light fires...? You know, with piles of books?!? 'Tis writ thusly in the foundational charter penned by Ray Bradbury himself!

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Hotspot Shield VPN throws your privacy in the fire, injects ads, JS into browsers – claim

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For some uses cases running your own service would completely and utterly defeat the purpose.

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Florida man is world's fastest flasher: Just 53 quintillionths of a sec

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Re: I Love Science!

Nah, mankind's prime directive is still to control and dominate other people (including their own) just as much as it has always been. This is just what happens the few people who never got that memo are left to their own devices for long enough to make a difference...

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Google diversity memo: Web giant repudiates staffer's screed for 'incorrect assumptions about gender'

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Re: Article by a former "Google Distinguished Engineer"

That "response" is only "considered" in the "you're of course an idiot, let me tell you why (first off, you're not senior and I am)" sense. No thanks. That bloke is welcome to take his personal opinion disguised as wisdom and pontificate it somewhere else.

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Si vous comprenez ces mots, vous êtes français ou l'intelligence artificielle de Facebook

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Re: Send three and fourpence

"Watch 'Das Boot', the original version, in German, with the original English subtitles."

Oh, you're totally on! I actually have that I just haven't watched it yet, and I always watch with subtitles and the original audio. I know enough German for demo purposes, so it sounds like I'm in for some fun...

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Re: Mais non,

"Je suis anglais et une vraie personne."

Alors, je suis anglais aussi et pas une vraie personne. ...wait, no - the other way around!

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Hacked Chrome web dev plugin maker: How those phishers tricked me

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Re: The other big lesson

"that will be sure to generate an automated email to the owner which will alert them to the compromise"

I don't know about that - my phone pings me (and it even has a bloody persistent notification status icon all just for this, without me having installed anything FFS!) before I even raised my hands from typing the password logging in from a PC Google thinks it doesn't like; even having entered the correct (long!) password at the first try, even from the same geographic area as usual, with an IP that hasn't changed for literally decades, from which it saw me log in numerous times - my browser just don't have its latest and greatest cookie since I purge them at the end of session on this machine...

Somewhat ludicrously, I also get alerted by email, which I'm (as a suspected fraud) free to delete for a "real owner" never to see assuming "he" doesn't have a push-email receiving device and checks his mail the old fashioned way, periodically. So yeah, I'm not sure what if anything more doing stuff like changing a password would trigger, given I see the whole nuclear spectacle for simply logging in from anywhere but home, from the one browser I allow to keep cookies persistently...

Actually it's rather like Google rubber-stamping me on each login (the way some parties/clubs do once you enter) then slamming me against the wall and yelling "who are you and what did you do with the real DropBear?!?" each time I take a shower...

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Russian admits being Ebury botnet herder, now jailed for 46 months

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Glad to hear that now that the Fearless Men and Women from the FBI's Computer Crimes Division cleaned up both the free and the... rest of the world from terrifying Cyber Criminals I can safely uninstall my antivirus, firewall and all that. We're finally safe! I mean they would never pick up a drop from the ocean and parade it proudly around with much fanfare claiming to have solved drought worldwide...!

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Teen who texted boyfriend to kill himself gets 15 months jail

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Re: 15 months?

What you're missing is punishment not being meant to be proportional with the gravity of the crime these days (as perceived by your Average Joe with some common sense) but with it's mass-appeal and potential to be easily and repeatedly perpetrated. The odd murder? Hardly anyone's going to imitate that, you get a few years or so and that's that. Sexting? Letting people concern themselves with sex openly has the potential to destroy Traditional Values and unravel the Very Fabric of Society Itself if everyone starts doing it! Twenty years for you! Watching a few torrented movies? Oh, now it's personal! You're stealing actual _money_ from the only class of citizens that modern justice cares about - rich people! Fifty consecutive life sentences without parole and a trillion billion million dollars in damages you filthy, filthy scum!

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Re: Did you forget to add a message?

"Sometimes all people need to feel is that someone gives a shit"

I must point out that sitting and listening to someone silently, as useful as it can be in some cases, is hardly conducive to any feelings of someone giving a shit. Rather the opposite actually, based on one's own experience with one's internal mental processes while apparently "listening" to somebody else - and you'll be aware of that even when you're the one doing all the talking. If "getting it off your chest" helped, good for you - otherwise you're just getting a first-hand experience of people wanting to appear to care while they're really just flinging comforting but worthless platitudes at you hoping you'll go away and stop making them miserable too. Too cynical for you? Well, at least I'm being honest...

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Re: Jump! Jump! Jump!

"doesn't mean they are incapable of doing so"

Yeah! And people walking with crutches or sitting in wheelchairs simply haven't been working out hard enough! It's their own damn fault...!

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To truly stay anonymous online, make sure your writing is as dull as the dullest conference call you can imagine

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"I am proud. Though I carry my love with me to the tomb, he shall never, never know it."

Dear Boffins, until you have something that can give you back "I'm too proud too tell him that I love him so I never will", keep working...

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Re: Writing style seems unlikely to personally identify you

"your posts' time stamps"

As a counter-point - more than once have I wondered whether employees of online shops ever doubt the fundamental compatibility of the shipping address I gave with the time the order was made at... I know I certainly would.

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