* Posts by rmason

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John McAfee is 'liable' for 2012 death of Belize neighbour, rules court

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Re: My take on the whole Belize thing

That's a lovely story, but it's far more likely that the cocaine addled lunatic shot the guy. IMHO naturally.

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Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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Re: Not at all surprising

@LocalzUK it can make geoblocking on firewalls etc a pain too.

We had a very security conscious customer with a sophos X type FW. It offers geoblocking based on a country by country basis.

"everything off apart from countries we do business with" was the cry. The reality was DOZENS of countries needing to be unblocked or you'd get periodical, random failures of MS office Products and an email from the sophos unit saying it was a blocked country.

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Re: "The Dutch authorities are working with the company to fix the situation"

Munich were not doing fine, not even close. It over ran by years and by millions of pounds. At the "end" of the project they had people unable to perform their job roles because software still wasn't working.

It took them a decade to migrate circa 15k end user machines, and related back end, at this point things still had major issues.

From that point it took them 4 years to bite the bullet and move back, mainly citing the MS office alternatives as the issue.

Yes, they had an MS fanboy come in, but that was not the primary driving factor. They recruited them *because* of the issues, and because that after a decade long project they were being told they had to switch to *another* open source office suite and try that for a bit.

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Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Re: The word they're looking for is 'scapegoat'

Last year it was circa 50 UK gun related deaths vs circa 30 thousand deaths in the states.

Yet Americans really think all our "bad guys" still have guns.

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Re: So the police bear no responsibility ?

It's also one sad incident, not one per day or more.

Slightly different. the fact it hasn't happened *since* speak volumes, no?

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OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

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Re: where are the logs?

@Ole Juul

The access control for these routers is as follows:

Do you work for (relevant ISP)?

Do you have the credentials?

That's it. Of course things are logged, but by the hooky ISP(s) in question.

The logs will be where they always are, somewhere google/law enforcement can't look, within a Chinese/Russian/African ISP.

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YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul

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Re: @ msknight

@Pascal Monett

YouTube all but admitted they wouldn't be able to keep the lights on without the pirated stuff. It is *the* primary use for youtube for massive sections of society.

IF 80%+ of all YouTube content disappeared, it follows that so would a large percentage of users, because they are there to consume that content. Teenagers use it for music with no payment required, entire seasons of TV shows are available as well as movies etc.

The advertisers are playing for those eyeballs, those eyeballs are, mostly, only there to view the stuff that would be removed.

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Irony meters explode as WordPress GDPR tool hacked, cell network hack shenanigans, crypto-backdoors, etc...

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Re: The downside to unregulated currency

Not only true of cash. The same is true of the magical electronic GBP in our accounts.

When someone gets scammed or stolen from *that* money isn't recovered, the banks pays you back and has insurance for this sort of thing.

They haven't recovered the fund stolen, they've replaced them. That's different.

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This just in: What? No, I can't believe it. The 2018 MacBook Air still a huge pain to have repaired

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@Dan 55

I suspect it was the suggestion that almost a grand is hardly any difference in price :)

When the reality is that is another reasonable spec'd laptop cost on top. OR a very good mobile phone. i.e not an insignificant number.

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You're an actual grown up human being and you think the reason we aren't all robbed at gunpoint for our devices is because the "scamps" can't remove components for sale?

Setting aside the fact I don't think there's been a gunpoint robbery in my town ever, that I remember (something mirrored by many of us in the UK) you honestly believe we are safer because devices aren't repairable?

You're a clown.

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Xiaomi anarchy in the UK: Chinese tat-flinger wants to slip its cheapo flagships in Brit pockets

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Actually considering the scooter jobby

I've looked at similar before, but they've been a but pricey just to "try" one.

My office is 2 miles away from my house, it's a lovely walk there, but uphill all the way back. Might be a laugh on one of the scooters, looking a clown aside.

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Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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Re: a solution looking for a problem?

They'd sell by the boatload, IMHO of course.

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@James51, they'll get there, give them chance.

They'll want a grand or more for this surely, think what they'd price something that folds out to 24 or 27 for monitors, or 40" for TVs.

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Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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No Bob or our favourite random-conspiracy-related-word-generator, AMFM, are you ok?

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Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

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Re: Man...

Yep. came here to say that.

I'll bet this months salary that the thing he/it wiped between them was what he called his "backup".

I.E the only copy of the data anywhere but on an external USB thing = BACKUP!

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Dollar for dollar, crafting cryptocurrency sucks up 'more energy' than mining gold, copper, etc

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Re: Ending in 2140?

@I ain't Spartacus

Another reason it was dropped by steam et al was fluctuation in value and time taken,

As you mentioned not only did transactions hit too high a point but along with this (as the blockchain gets longer and more complex if you like, to over simplify) it was taking more and more time for the transactions to go through and be processed.

With a fluctuating value like with BTC etc this meant that by the time the transaction was "complete" and the pretend money was in their possession the value had changed from the time of purchase.

Sometimes this worked in their favour, sometimes they lost out.

Obviously they foresaw the potential of that "one day" when they'd take Xnumber of sales in bitcoin for them to suddenly become worth much closer to zero than when the lucky punters handed them over, and they didn't much fancy that.

Experiment over, call it a success as they now "own" however many of the various currencies they took and can see what happens to them, but not so much than when/if value hits approx 0 it won't hit the company too hard.

They've probably moved them all on already.

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Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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I'm going to have to read the paper.

Need some clarity on a few things. We have these drives in the wild and windows 10, but all devices (laptops) have TPM, and it was my understanding win10+TPM (we pay a premium for 'enterprise' devices that include TPM), explicitly does NOT do this.

It means you have whole ranges of machines you can't even consider, until you hit the most costly in whatever brand you're looking at.

Waste of time and money eh? Brilliant.

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Planet Computers straps proper phone to its next Psion scion, Cosmo

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@Semtex451 - Yep, mirrors my thoughts too.

Was trying to persuade the beancounters to let us have a couple for out of hours support etc.

I can't do that now, not knowing that a better version in en-route, because this one looks like it could actually replace my work issued phone too (something the current iteration can't quite manage).

I know full well that if they can have £several_hundreds worth of iPhone back off me, then the spend on this won't be as bad.

With the current model I need my laptop, a phone *and* the toy, when this lands then I'll only need this+laptop. That saves them circa £500 in i-phone money.

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30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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@Localzuk

Hah! Spot on. My daughter now attends the same junior school I went to, complete with the "temporary" porta-cabins that went up in the late 80s/early 90's.

Still there, still in use as classrooms. They were put up as a temporary measure while I attended, to allow the decoration/refit of another area.

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Re: Can this work?

As shown by this whole magecart thing, and all the issues of the past, the only thing granting any level of relative safety with online shopping is the sheer number of targets,

*You* (we, me etc) have only not been "had" yet because we are hidden in the crowd. Security by obscurity etc.

Someone at work recently had an account drained via lots of small (sub £30 mobile phone top up cards). Queue lots of guffawing and asking what they did online. The truth is probably just being unlucky that day, despite all the assumptions that they must have done something monumentally stupid on t'internet..

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Now Europe wants a four-million-quid AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints

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Good luck!

Good luck to the approx 1 in 4 people that suffer from depression or anxiety, or both, or similar. Those not particularly over the moon about returning home from a holiday, etc etc.

What could go wrong?

other than everyone when they use said 5 million pound algorithm to reduce staffing levels I mean.

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BlackBerry KEY2 LE: The first budget Android QWERTY for years

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Re: Close but no cigar

Apart from the slide/vs sort-of-clamshell approach, it's the planetcom gemini, which they mention in the article, that you appear to want.

It's the only thing close to what you want. It's a thing you can go and buy now. Sorted.

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Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Not my experience

@Dave K

Manage an enterprise environment that includes windows and windows 10.

The 'feature updates' hit our WSUS server around the same time as the plebs get them. Within days normally.

It's up to us to not approve them until the dust settles. Then we have a test group (we limit the laptop models we buy to one brand and 3-4 models for this reason), then we deploy.

The update was there though. This particular feature update was available on the same day as the first articles about user issues appeared. The day before the data deletion thing became widely know.

In fact we have a group of five test laptops *with* this current badgered feature update installed on them! something tells me they will have issues updating when the "fixed" version finally lands.

This issue aside our fleet of laptops never struggle with updates *apart* from the feature update. they don't exhibit any issues, the update simply gets perma-stuck at "downloading, 0%" and they need manual intervention. this is probably 1 in 5 laptops. Which is a pain.

Basically we catch them as and when we are interacting with that device for any other issue. It has become habit to check windows update status when doing *anything* to a user laptop.

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Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC

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Re: More questions

@AC

No, it was (according to snowden et al) literally a man or three in the back of a delivery truck while the cisco gear were on a part of their journey.

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FYI: Drone maker DJI's 'Get it on Google Play' website button definitely does not get the app from Google Play...

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Re: Think of it this way

@DougS

The point here isn't likelihood of being websites etc compromised, it's likelihood of the company being up to "shenanigans" for their benefit.

As the article states the app on their site *is* different to the one they already have on the playstore.

They *could* be doing it 'correctly' but choose not to. Why? Why mislead people into thinking they are getting playstore content?

As I say, the issue isn't google being hacked vs their site getting hacked, it is that they have, for some reason, made a conscious decision to fib to customers and force them to sideload. Sideloading on android requires a few security related settings being turned off for starters, then there's the fact the content of the APK is different to that on the play store.

It all stinks. This isn't about 3rd parties, hacking or anything else. It's about the trust placed in companies people buy tat from, and why this one is purposefully (apparently) misleading customers.

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F5: Don't panic but folks can slip past vulnerable firewall servers, thanks to libssh's credentials-optional 'security'

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Loads of places

Loads of places use them. At least when we last looked a few years back there wasn't much out there that could do the same level of packet manipulation at a similar cost. They aren't just "simple" load balancers.

So, yes, they'll be all over the place

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Huawei's Watch GT snubs Google for homegrown OS

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Re: price, or it didn't happen...

I don't think the majority will be purchased alone.

I read elsewhere they will be "bundling" it with whatever the upcoming flagship "pro" phone is. I imagine the majority of them shipped will be acquired in this manner. IIRC samsung did the same with the first "gear".

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Pixel 3 XL reveals innards festooned with glue and... Samsung?

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Re: "replete with a hidden ribbon cable"

There's nothing wrong with "replete" in that context, it's entirely correct.

Unlike your heroic attempt at a snarky correction.

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Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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Re: Should they email you notices

@Teiwaz

Cost is a small issue there too. SMS cost money.

I can't see them being keen on paying £X000+ each time they have a fault for text messages. they'd need to do another price rise, and we've all just had this years!

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Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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@tfewster

Came here to say that too.

"I work in IT and decided ONLY having access to my property via an app was a good idea"

What an absolute sponge.

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Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Re: "Facebook doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls,"

@Neil Charles

"rogue engineer"....."deeply sorry"....."committed to blah safety, blah privacy"

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Re: WTF?

It's a common thing here in the comments section to forget *we* are not the target market,

Loads of people will, initially, eat this up. Just like Alexa/google home etc. If it sticks around longer than one iteration is the question.

Just because 'we' think it's mental, doesn't mean the other 8 people in a sample of ten will think it is.

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Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Why even touch user folders?

It's not "updates" as we know and 'love' them.

The feature updates for win10 are effectively OS re-installs. More scope for stuff to go badly wrong.

They tend to be huge, 1.5-3GB. A far cry from the old windows updates most are familiar with.

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: This is affecting the enthusiasts ...

That mirrors our experience. WSUS\test group\rollout.

We haven't had any of the reported issues on the test group, just the issue we always seem to get with "feature updates". Namely it works on around 50-85% of machines, the remainder get stuck at "downloading, 0%". They will do this until you manually intervene, usually requiring the manual update tool.

To us it feels like if the update fails to work the first time, it will not work automatically. Even if you do the whole stopping services and deleting updates routine. IF I update 5 laptops (via WSUS) normally one will fail. This is for feature updates (the biggies like this one) only. It never happens for regular updates.

Hardly a shock though, these "feature updates" are often 2GB plus so almost an OS reinstall rather than a feature change.

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China's going to make a mobile OS and everyone will love it, predict ball-gazing analysts

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What could go wrong?

Eh?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies

(in the interests of balance - Yes we are all "at it", but most countries don't have near-monopolies on various types of hardware. Lets not add the OS too!)

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'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway

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@Pascal Monett

He/We know that.

What he means is many companies would actually see this as a downside, and go with the "easier to use" competitor.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Re: Oh Dear

@ Rameses etc.

The unit doesn't come with anything. Just the console, in a massive box.

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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Re: Foaming at the mouth, but the foam kind of makes sense

I sort of agree with him.

I think.

All the same, bloody odd hill he's picked to die on, given the general abuses of privacy etc that happen on the internet.

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No big deal... Kremlin hackers 'jumped air-gapped networks' to pwn US power utilities

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Re: What are they waiting for

The US will have their NSA equivalent (or whichever agency it is).

They will know how to properly secure such things. No one will ask them, no one will listen to their answers if they do.

It'll be too expensive to implement. I.E any cost higher than the current one.

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What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

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BeerAsAService

CLOUD I.P.A

when you open it, it's actually belongs to someone else. A random american turns up and drinks it.

6.5%, but only to the guy called "Chad" who snatches it and drinks it all.

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Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants

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Re: Interesting that Apple isn't touting this

@dougS

It's because You, I and reg readers know about this problem.

Joe public hasn't a clue. If my mum, uncle,sister etc etc (all bright but you'll never find them on a tech blog or similar) wanted a new laptop they wouldn't get a sniff of broken keyboards and recalls.

Hence:

New, more quiet, keyboard.

Never:

new more reliable keyboard.

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Irish fella accused of being Silk Road admin 'Libertas' hauled to US

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Re: Extraditing random people?

It's quite simple. It's nothing to do with where things are hosted etc. It was a drug deal.

They ordered drugs from abroad and had them delivered to the US. Sting buys basically.

From that point 'they' are drug dealers and have committed a crime in the US (facilitating the sale of drugs there).

The bloke in question works for that organisation in some way. That's it. No matter where servers or sites are hosted.

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Re: Also if anything touches US banks...

I don't think sysadmin falls anywhere near what the guy did.

Think forum moderator.

Still would be nice to get the moolah clarified. honestly it probably is 50k/year.

I doubt he was fixing VMs, He was settling squabbles about the quality of drugs delivered etc.

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FBI for the Apple guy: Bloke accused of stealing robo-car tech

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Re: Jobs is probably spinning in his grave at this...

I assumed VM.

i.e he walked out with a copy of a server, rather than a physical box.

Could be either though, it's generally true that if you act like you're allowed to be doing something, you'll be left alone.

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Timehop admits to more data leakage, details GDPR danger

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run the numbers

Isn't that going to be quite a sizable fine?

Should be the first time we see if GDPR has teeth,

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A curious tale of the priest, the broker, the hacked newswires, and $100m of insider trades

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Re: A Bit of a Stealthy* Quantum Communications Operation

"It is your Duty and an Inalienable Right to Correct All Such Wrongs if you don't want to be Thought Easily Cuckolded and Taken for Granted and Simply made the Ignorant Fool for Milking and Bilking."

The problem, @amanfrommars1, is we all struggle to tell because of chemtrails and vaccines.

Were it not for those pesky chemtrails, and the autistic knees I have because of vaccines, I'd be able to spot when i'm being takrn advantage of.

I'm almost positive the MMR vaccine gave me ADHD of the hip too. Bastards. Obviously this is what the CIA want.

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RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89

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GNU mate

*sad slide whistle noise*

The clangers live on, the new series (done by his son etc) are very faithful to the original. Everything is still wool and tin foil, just in HD! It's actually beautifully made.

It's the firm favourite of mk2 son, who is almost 2. When those episodes had all been watched, the original series was free on prime too, so on that went. All went down an absolute treat.

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The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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@AC

They've copped to the problem, you can stop trying to pretend it's not a real thing and is being exaggerated etc.

Your unit hasn't broken, well done.

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Re: No elevator pitches?

@Chairman of the Bored,

The BOFH would have to be able to remotely initiate some lift-shaft pushing, from India.

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Re: We expect 100% occupancy during the visit

@Warm Braw

"This giant cost centre, here, on this chart.

SHOW IT TO ME"

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