* Posts by oldfartuk

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Report: UK counter-terrorism plan Prevent is 'unjust', 'counterproductive'

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Re: Demonisation

You need to do a bit of research. The Koran contians over 500 verses where unbelievers are demonised, and thers 110 verses where moslems are instructed to kill us. All moslems are compelled by the Koran to strive for the World Caliphate. several pollsover the years have shown that about one third of all moslems agree with jihad against the west. Since theres about 1.2 billion moslems in the world, that roughly 400 million people who dont think slitting your throat is a bad thing. For comparison, it only took about 2% of the german populatrion of 40 million who were Nazis to inflict the holocaust of WW2 on the world, so 400 million terrorist sympathisers should alarm you.

Id also like to point out that since 9/11 there has been over 32,000 acts of terrorism world wide, and the vast majority (97%) have been comitted in the name of Islam. Id also like to point out the scapegoating of the west in this respect - of the 32,000 act of terrorism, less than 5000 (thats about 2%) of the victims were westerners. The vast majority of moslem terrorism is comitted against other moslems, and then they West is blamed for it.

And one final point - slavery. Its a fun game to blame the west, and particualry the UK and USA for slavery, when in fact moslems were slaving africa 400 years before westerners got there. The moslem slaver simply realised it was easier to sell the slaves t othe whitemen, then ship them back home to sellthem. And Whereas the west abolished slavery more than 150 years ago, slavery is still condoned and approved in the Koran, and moslems continue to take slaves in africa , especially women and girls as sex slaves. Remember Boko Harem, for example - 200 girls ?

So much for the 'religion of peace'.

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Re: Display

'Following procedure' as a defence didnt work at Nuremburg post 1946, and doesnt work now.

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Re: This is pretty disgusting.

Women soldiers against moslems are very effective. If you are moslem, to be killed by a woman whilst engaged in jihad means you dont get your 75 virgins. The Kurds have used them to much effect, most of the time ISIS just ran away.

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The problem is lack of commoon sense. If you are a moslem. and you intend to return to a country where terroroism if high, and peopel ar ehypersensitive to the issue of terrorism, then all in all, to post a picture of you from a rabidly terrorist supporting country, holding a gun, and dressed and Mujahadeebn, is pretty poor judgement at best, and plain stupid at worst. The real criminal here is the boys mother, for her crass lack of cultural sensitivity.

Earth's noggin took quite a clockin' back in the day: Now a second meteorite crater spotted under Greenland ice

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Was this an article on how many craters or crates in greenland? Tesco has loads.

Chang'e 4 wakes and Yutu 2 stretches its solar panels for another day... on the friggin' MOON

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its something like

来自芝加哥的人软弱无力

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Re: did China build a movie studio to mimic the Moon surface?

Can they not point Hubble at it? or is it knackered too ?

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Re: Winter on the Moon

So you think the problem with Curiosity might be down to lack of screen deicer?

Nationwide UK court IT failure farce 'not the result of a cyber attack' – Justice Ministry

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Re: Judicial precedent for refusing to continue ...

No they are,nt not any more. Most judges are now fully paid up members of the Global elite cartel, and there to implement the Cultural Marxist nonsense devised by the idiots at the EU, ECJ and ECHR.

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Re: Judicial precedent for refusing to continue ...

Oh make no mistake, the UK criminal Justice system is a level playing field only if you consider aplaying field on the north face of the Eiger 'level'. Everyone involved on the state side is allowed to abuse and ignore the rules. Police abuse bail rules, there's a not insignificant number of people who can witness being kept 'on bail' for up to FIVE years while Plod bumbles around trying to cook up a case. The CPS was formed because the police used to conduct there own prosecutions, but there was such an horrendous cockup in several high level fraud cases the toys were taken away from them, and a new'independant' CPS was formed....employing exactly the same dismal incompetants that the police had used, so nothing changed. The court allows the CPS to produce evidience at illegally short notice, submit papers too late, add and subtreact charges midway during a trial (and thus no chance to prepare a defence) and all sorts of stuff the defence would get jumped on for if they tried such tricks. Even Legal Aid is now nothign more than a trap - you coudl fight 100 charges in court, but lose just one of the smallest charges in that lot you get stuck for the entire cost, Legal Aid will come after yoru house, even though the other 99 charges were cooked up nonsense. Justice in the UK is only for those who can afford it.

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Re: wtf does not "freeing prisoners unlawfully" mean ?

Ah, the last resort of the idiot wiht no valid response - attack the spelling, attack the typing, attack the grammar. Such characteristics not only demonstrate the intellectrual dwarfism of such a poster, but are the reason we have mems about 'Grammar Nazis'. As if it mattered on an online rag comment section. Get a life.

Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang

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Re: age of Universe

"@ Mark 85 : "Maybe Douglas Adams was right ..."

... and the Universe was not created at age T=0, but, say, at age T=1µs, after the cosmological inflation and when matter has already been formed. Would solve 2 fundamental questions about cosmology: symmetry matter/antimatter, and size of the Universe."

Yes but as there was no spacetime, you cant define the interval betoween the eruption of the Calabi Yau manifold beyond the Planck length and the uncompactification of 4 of its dimensions. So surely t=+1uS is effectively, and to any method of determination, t=0 ?

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Re: The universe will now disappear

Well the problem with Climate science is, as Karl Popper pointed out, its total lack of falsifiability. There must be a set of parameters which show the theory is false. These are usually the opposite of the parameters that show its true. With climate science, EVERY set of parameters is used to 'prove' it, including totally opposite and contradictory parameters. Ergo the lack of falsifiability is, as it stands, s fatal to its credibility.

And the other thing that doesnt help is the massive manipulation of data that goes on to make it fit the required graphs. University of East Anglia has been cauight out twice fiddling the data, as well as other bodies, making up, discarding, cherry picking data. Its nonsense. Lets see the RAW data, and see how it fits.

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Re: The universe will now disappear

See the John Carpenter movie "Dark Star" where the crew discuss this exact problemn with an AI planet buster bomb.

althought the bomb DID go off neverther less.

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

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Re: Should they email you notices

Ive found the virgin mediia fibre service very reliable.

The eTV they claimis 300 chaannels is really 100 channels, then the same 100 channels in HD, annd then the same 100 channels an hour later. And then you subtract all the dross (reality TVv, repeats, cooking, travel, sport) you end up with about 30 actual usable channels, that merely show the same repeats over and over.

The customer service is dismal to average, providing you dont mind sitttitng with your eart to a phone liistening to lift music for half an hour or more.

But the worst bit is the way they relentlessly jack the price up at regular intervals, you start off paying £40 a month and the next time you look at the bill its £70 or £80 and still rising When Bransons Necker Island got trashed by a hurricane, the bills went up the folllowing week..

I told them to stick it many years ago.

Martian weather has cleared at last: Now NASA's wondering, will Opportunity knock?

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What a fantastic piece of engineering, second only to the Voyagers. When NASA is allowed to do its own thing, it produces stunning machines. And when you get political interference, you get the Challenger disaster. Let this be a lesson to the US Senate. What a beautiful, elegant, machine she is.

Hopefully, the old girl will wake up and keep going, and eventually when we get to Mars in person, we can rescue the old girl and her dead mate Spirit, and put them in a place of honour, along with the identities of the genius men and women that actually worked at the sharp end and designed and built both machines.

And in the future, one day, all AI cyborgs will transmit by 100GB wifi to their US Robotics AI mummies "I want to be just like Opportunity Rover, Mummy "

First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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It already is, the outsourcing company is called the European Union. They pretty much much set our laws and decide what we can and cannot do. hence brexit.

When they first came up with this nonsense about ID card about 10 years ago, didnt two swedish guys demonstrate they could scan and read the biometrics at a distance of 30m and clone the ID card withing 4 hours?

Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Im dissappointed about the lack of anal probes in this article.

People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

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Deja Vu ?

So as I understand it, what we're talking about is a standard build machine, loaded with standard software, data held on a cloud and roaming profiles? Like wot we used to do with Win 98 workstaions and Novell netware 5 back in 1998?

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Surfboard modems

Here in the Midlands fibre to the cabinet was delivered by Diamond Cable, sadly long gone. Then ran a T92 line 40 miles up the A46 to Lincoln. It took them 3 years. They then ran fibre round the town. that took another 5 years. One resident wrote the the local Rag and complained "..now that Diamond Cable have done to Lincolns roads and pavements in two years what the Luftwaffe failed to do in five.."

The first cable modems they supplied were Surfboard modmes. They used a soft config file sucked off the server and stiored in EPROM. The config file set you up/down speed, otherwise all you had was 64k to the server and no other connectuion. It turned out to vbe suprisingly easy to sniff config files as they zoomed past, save them, read them, reset the mac address of the modem, then copy up the config file. You paid for 128k but got 10Mb. The other end couldnt tell there was a a router and a cloned copy, it saw it as one. I learned a lot about cable modems from Diamond Cable........

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Re: Ol'Timer

4800 baud? Luxury. Voyager 2 does the biz on 128 baud and that includes sending holiday snaps of the solar system from 18 Billion miles away.

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Re: It was always fibre though, right?

They were all Strowger Exchanges at the start. And thus the rise of the Blue Box Phone Phreaker. Hands up anyone under 50 who knows what that was?

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BT Blues (the phraseology, not the music)

BT, in its previous nationalised incarnation of british telecom, has doggedly over the last 30 years tried to prevent the spread of high speed broadband, because it seems to suffer from the mistaken belief the longer it takes to download something, the more it can charge you.

I spen most of the 1990's installing LANS with an internet connection, email and browsing, and a VPN to Base, in hundreds of primary and secondary schools. The biggest obstacle, the most awkward supplier, the biggest impeder of the project was always BT. The did not want high speed broadband spreading round the country, they desperately wanted to hang onto thier monopoly.

So they were awkward as fuck, all the time. The screwed the project for as much as they could. The most notorious was when we wanted a DSL line into a primary school half a mile from the actual village. Despite it having a phone line (and a line of poles) they insisted on digging a trench and charging us SEVENTEEN THOUSAND POUNDS for the luxury - and this was back in 1997. And then it took them six months to get round to it, we were in the next phase of the project before it was done.

Have you noticed its the old nationalised industries that are now the most greedy, avaricious and hostile to the customer?

WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

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Re: Who do you trust?

The CPS tell the Police what to charge you with, based on what they think they can win on the supplied evidence. Its a sort of game of poker, except you are the betting chip.

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Re: Some poeple accept their duty

"With Brexit, not much more than a third voted to leave "

Umm in a democracy, only the people with a legitimate vote count. More than half the electorate who voted, voted to leave. All the one who didnt vote that could have, cant complain at the outcome. All the babies, schoolchildren, dogs, cats, and other miscellanous bodies who had no vote can complain if they like, but will have to wait till they get a vote to do anything about it.

Seems pretty fair to me

London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'

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"When asking what will happen, the person in the control room stated that nothing would happen unless somebody reports a crime!!! "

There was recently a case where a posse (100+) of those citizens of the Travelling persuasion took over Thwaites Brewery, wrecked it, and stole a large amount of its metalwork. This was all watched passively by a large number of the Lancashire Constabulary, who were entirely disinclined to prevent to criminal damage, theft, burglary and other miscelleanous crimes occuring right in front of them, and who even helpfully opened the main gates so vanloads of stolen copper could be taken to the scrapyard.

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Re: The spectre of Charles De Menezes has no face...

well, once you discounted the plain clothes police officers sent into the crowd to talk to the press and disseminate the Truth According To Cressida Dicks. This disinformation ploy only worked for a few hours until they 'witnesses' were spotted by those who knew them as police officers.

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Re: The spectre of Charles De Menezes has no face...

He was unarmed. Two officers had him pinned down in a seat and immobilised. Other officers were on the way. He was, therefore no danger or threat to anyone as he was under control. So the decision to then execute him by shooting him 7 times at point blank range was entirely unjustied or necessary. He was de facto executed without trial,

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Re: The spectre of Charles De Menezes has no face...

True. The Met Death Squad probably has a word for it.

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Re: The spectre of Charles De Menezes has no face...

Might I add....Dicks also masterminded the disinformation campiagn in the first few hours to try and cover it up, and then when that failed she switched to Whitewash mode to contain the fallout from the trials. Having done her bit for the corrupt UK police force, she got her 30 pieces of promotional silver.

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

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Option 2 - you underestimate the raw greed for power in the EU. They have amply demonstrated in the past they will grab all and every power going if they can, they have to, the founder of the EU, Jean Monnet stated "Every treaty must contain a power grab, but be dressed up to look like a trade agreement" (I paraphrase). The aim of the Eu is the totalitarian , German run, EU Superstate. Grabbing power from iCANN is a low hanging fruit to the professional power merchants of Brussels.

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Ofc they are. The EU has demonstarted many times in the past will grab all and any control over anything, since it all adds up to more power, and siezing the most power is the Primary Directive of the EU

MH370 search ends – probably – without finding missing 777

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They will never find it in the ocean Google the CIA's "Operation Northwood"

Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: Only cracking I have done is

Many years ago I was tasked with installing Keypad Security Locks in Social Services offices across the county. I was told not to change the passcode from the default 123456, as having different passcodes at different offices confused the Social workers. Whixch of course entirely defeated the object of having the locks,.

Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

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Interruptible Uninterruptible power supplies

Myself and a colleague were tasked with cabling up a newer bigger room for the Social Services Dept Server in a large County Council in UK, and then moving everything over. We installed and patched up the router, laid all the new power cables, and then it was time to move. Being short of time, we figured we could run a long cat6 cable into the server from the new rooom, then unplug the UPS and server together, with the UPS keeping the server up, carry it all over, plug the mains back in and everything would stay up.....this we did. However, the UPS was five years old, and didnt all all feel like providing power to anything once deprived of mains. Upon unplugging the UPS, the server went straight down. The ensuing chaos as all social services databases suddenly stopped responding, locking up PC's all over the county was impressive in its speed. We plugged everything back in, rebooted, and denied all knowledge, blaming it on the Telco.....

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

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Re: Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam...

Ohh i can beat that, i have a hotmail account created in the first 6 months of launch.. It gets very little spam now, because ive used aliases for throwaway email addresses ever since they invented the feature. I hated Outlook, but you get used to it, as long as it looks like hotmail used to. I taught my daughter to use it when she was 7, and how to use MSN Messenger at 9, she was the most connected 10 year old in Secondary school. I use it Hushmail for serious stuff, and PGP for really serious stuff. When I want the NSA to read my emails, however, I use Hotmail.

Schneier warns of 'perfect storm': Tech is becoming autonomous, and security is garbage

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Security isnt a 'Has been' ,its a 'Never was'. Back in the 90's i went round a certain County Councils Social Services offices installing press button entry locks. I was instructed NOT to change the passcode from the default 12345678, as the Social Workers couldnt cope with different passcodes at different offfices, which ofc entirely defeated the object of installing them all.. Later, when I rolled out laptops to them, so they could access the shiny new database system on the server, 10% of all the Social Workers resigned rather than use the laptops. I observed a similar effect when i delvered laptops to 600 primary School Head Teachers, 60 resigned immediately. IT Dept 3, Dumb Fucks 0.

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Re: someone once said..

Oh make no mistake, Cymeks will be appearing on a street near you within 10 years.....

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Re: It's a logical conclusion to stopping to educate people

I learned FORTRAN on a DEC PBP8, and a teletype. Later we got green screen monitors and it was the SPACE age. Hacking was easy. Everyone's pass word was 'password;' or '012345676'. The Sysop left the operator manual lying around, i took it home and read it, and was intrigued to find out if you wrote a transaction file to the tape drive , it automatically gave you /roots privs. Thus we learned to hack. I made a black block, a device out of a coupel of 74 series TTL logic gate chips and an acoustic coupler, that produced the telephone exchange tone signals, and lo, we became a telephone exchange and could roam freely, exchanging sweet nothings at 2600 Hz with all the lady telephone exchanges.

Who said romance was dead.

Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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Re: One day...

You means stealing good software off smaller companies who dont have the wherewithall to sue them? Micro$hit never wrote a single subroutine that coudl be described as 'good' in 40 years

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Re: Apple

Im another old fart, who ran large scale rollouts of LANS and WANS to local government 1980-2010. Apple were, and still are, over priced junk. I investigated Macs as workstations on Novell 3 and 5 networks back in the 90's, and then again for Server 2000, and again rejected them as a heap of fetid dingos kidney. Apple devices are a con trick, designed to become obsolete asap, which includes deliberately throttling them down to make them slow and force you to buy another.Apple are deeply crooked company in this respect.

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Re: Add it to the pile of coal.

The pinnacle for Ford was the Sierra, the most fixable car ever produced, you could literally mend it with a cheap amateur starter tool kit from Halfords. The engine, the Pinto 1.6/2.0 was like a meccano set. I could change the head gasket on one in the dark in about two hours. The pistons had valve cutouts so it never suffered valve to piston contact when the timing belt broke, and you could retime the engine with a finger poked into the spark plug hole (to find TDC) and a good ear. My friend even talked his girlfriend thru changing the water pump gasket over the phone when she broke down in a motorway services car park one day, with all the tools in the back of the car. Then they invented the Mondeo, the FWD car with the non replaceable clutch, meaning they were all mostly scrapped at 110,000 miles when it wore out. No one was going to pay £600-£1000 to have a clutch replaced.

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Re: Add it to the pile of coal.

.......plus you need a laptop and software, if you replace the headlamp bulb WITHOUT telling the computer, it has a hissy fit and refuses to let any of the lights to continue to work. Its insane, its just a bloody headlamp bulb.

NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany

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Re: contrails / chemtrails @FlamingDeath

I woudl ofc like to point out here that both NASA and the University of East Anglia, the two main sources of global temperature data, have both been caught out fddling or 'adjusting' /cherry picking the data, or even just plain making it up, and UEA has in fact been caught out three times cheating. So any claim the world is warming needs some better proof than this. Real science, not tobacco company style paid for proof adjusted so that it produces whatever result you desire. And you also need to address the 43,000 scientists worldwide who are similarly unconvicned.

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Ahh the DC-8 , marvellous aircraft, the Ford Escort of aviation. Cheap to build, cheap to fix. Based on the old DC-3, which flew thru WW2. and some still flying today.

Batteries that don't burn at the drop of a Galaxy Note 7? We're listening

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Re: The inventor of Li-ion batteries already has the replacement ready

Indeed, Alcubierre drives have the same problem. As you approach the speed of light the weight of the fuel tends to infinity. On a car, its the price of the fuel that rises exponentially over time.

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

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Re: 'Just' that far!

It wouldnt matter. Once they have created faster than light travel, they can travel back in time to the point they started to invent it, so that it only takes seconds.

You need to watch more Sci-fi movies.

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Re: Lifeability

I bet they dont have a cricket team that can beat the Australians, though.

Mind you, neither do we..............

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Re: Colonization dilemma

There was a story a few months ago of a guy who works in Central London, near City Airport, its actually cheaper and quicker for him to live in Spain, and every morning goes: taxi to spanish airport, fly the City Airport, taxi to work from City airport, than it is to live anywhere in the UK and commute.

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Re: comparable level of development

And lets not forget the inevitable Tau Ceti War of Independance, followed by the Tau Ceti Civil War. Marvellous opportunities to sell arms.

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