* Posts by Danny 5

402 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009


Steve Wozniak at 70: Here's to the bloke behind Apple who wasn't a complete... turtleneck

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Jobs is a big reason I despise apple to this day, Wozniak is the reason I used to respect them.

Jobs got all the credits, but Wozniak was the real brains behind the operation, Jobs was just a marketing guy (and an all round asshole).

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

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Big Brother

Please explain

What is the appeal of these devices? I have been in tech for over 25 years, but I try to stay away from all the "smart" IOT devices. My fridge was, is and always will be dumb. So will my dishwasher, or any other such device. My TV is the dumbest of smart TVs you can get, it's connected to the internet, but no camera and no microphone. Maybe I'm just paranoid, but I've always been highly suspicious of anything that's always connected, I don't like the idea of having deviccs that are on 24/7 and potentially listening/looking in my private space.

Is it just me?

Go on, hit Reply All. We dare you. We double dare you. Because Office 365 will defeat your server-slamming ways

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That sucks!

I'm a long time Exchange admin and obviously work with Exchange online too. Collecting reply-to-all storms was a fun little thing I liked to do, people being stupid can be quite amusing. I do NOT like Microsoft putting the kybosh on that!

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told

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Dutch government

Is doing something similar, there's no way in hell I'm joining that program. Governments, IT and personal information, you just know it's going to be a massive pig's breakfast and I'm not having it.

These people don't know the first thing about privacy and they don't give a shit about patients, they just want to be the ones to get paid for finding out stuff.

Corporate VPN huffing and puffing while everyone works from home over COVID-19? You're not alone, admins

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I already work from home a lot, perhaps I should consider going to the office more. It's going to be nigh on deserted anyway, I run as much risk to get infected there as I do here at home. That's besides the fact that I think the widespread panic is bollocks, but that's another discussion.

Have a short meeting planned for tomorrow, wonder if there'll be anyone else working there. Friday is already a notoriously quiet day in the office, wouldn't be surprised if it's just the receptionists and me.

Oh and the cleaning staff of course, they're not going to be allowed to skip even a single day.

You'll get your money – when this bank has upgraded Windows 7... or bought extended support

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Still on win7!

I'm a little embarrassed, but my company laptop is still on windows 7! I work for a large IT company (Not going to name and shame, but my IP will probably give me away to el Reg) and they thought it would be a great idea to let people do their own migration in the interest of cutting cost. So loads of people still haven't migrated, including me. I have everything ready, I made my backups, I have the install files, just can't be arsed to do it. My manager even suggested doing it during the weekend, but I'm not going to migrate myself in my free time, no bloody way.

So now they've given me a deadline to migrate today. On standby, so I can't be offline for an extended period of time, but I guess that doesn't matter.

Electro-smog, govt snooping be damned. Two thirds of folks polled worldwide would trade in their mobes for 5G kit

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Why? I'm mostly on WiFi, but 4G is more than good enough for the vast majority of online activities. I have no intention of switching anytime soon, I just don't see the need. 2/3rd, really? I honestly find that hard to believe. for just a little speed gain, a gain the majority of users will not even notice, 2/3rd is willing to switch asap?


Going Dutch: The Bakker Elkhuizen UltraBoard 950 Wireless... because looks aren't everything

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Re: "as your mum once told me"

It's quite typical for their stuff. It's all pretty good and functional, but definitely on the pricey side. I have one of their aluminium laptop stands and I believe they're over 100 quid as well. That's just a stand, no connectors or anything, just a foldable flip stand. Sure, they're pretty stylish, they look very sleek and work well, but 100 quid for a laptop stand? Seems a bit excessive to me.

My boss paid for mine, mind you!

Good news: Neural network says 11 asteroids thought to be harmless may hit Earth. Bad news: They are not due to arrive for hundreds of years

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I had a little chuckle about the name they chose, Hoi means "hi" in Dutch.

The BlackBerry in your junk drawer is now a collectors' item: TCL says no more new keyboard-clad phones

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I've never been a huge fan of the BlackBerry, although they were very popular at my place of work when they got introduced, but I do feel a sense of sadness to hear we've seen the last of the keyboard clad smart devices. In the early days of mobile connectivity to the workplace, they were absolute trailblazers imho and it's an odd feeling to know their end has finally come. As an Exchange admin I had to deal with BES servers plenty of times, never caused any issues on my end though.

Goodbye Blackberry, we never really got to know each other, but I'll miss you nonetheless.

It's been one day since Blighty OK'd Huawei for parts of 5G – and US politicians haven't overreacted at all. Wait, what? Surveillance state commies?

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If there hadn't been so many either false, or unsubstantiated claims coming from the US, European countries would still have believed them on their word. They did this to themselves, so if they want to blame someone, they should take a long, hard look in the mirror.

Wasn't the last big spying scandal that the US was spying on its allies? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. I applaud the UK for having the balls to do what other countries in Europe should also be doing, reducing their dependence on the US. they have proven to be an untrustworthy partner on too many occasions and it's only going to get worse as long as the orange baby is in charge.

Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened

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Re: WTF?

First thing that came to mind!

I'm an Exchange engineer, I manage a couple on prem environments. My availability targets range from 95% (cheap customer that didn't want full redundancy) and 99.9% (fully redundant, split datacenter, multiple lines per datacenter, full DAG, multiple databases copies, you name it), 77% is utterly ridiculous for a system like that.

Brave, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla gather together to talk web privacy... and why we all shouldn't get too much of it

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The problem isn't the ads, the problem is the "targeted". First TV and radio ads weren't targeted, later on they were connected to the program they were aired on, but that was as far as it went when it came to ads.

Can someone explain to me why we really can't have that online? Why it's absolutely necessary to slurp everyone's data, so they can receive ads that are specifically targeted to individuals? As if a lot of people click on ads in the first place, all that tracking is done for a handful of people actually dumb enough to click on ads, but we all have to suffer for it.

Use our stuff for free and sell your application? That's Qt. Time to give something back

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I can understand that a company wants to profit from parties making money off the back of their products, I don't think that's all that unfair. They have to be careful not to upset their free users though, as they probably make up a substantial part of the community and are vital for the platform's survival. It's like with pay2win games, they can generally only survive if there's a solid base of free users to create a big enough community. Your freeware needs to be good enough that people still want it and your commercial licenses should be enticing enough to persuade parties making money off of it to be willing to shell out the dosh.

It's a tricky balance indeed.

Virtual reality is a bonkers fad that no one takes seriously but anyway, here's someone to tell us to worry about hackers

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Re: A fad?

Oh come on, that's clearly a sign of impending mainstream adoption, the only reason it's "only" 4 million is because a lot of people can't afford it, not because they don't want it. As the prices drop and more games come out, adoption will rise. Have you actually played any VR games? I've demoed it to a lot of my friends, many can't waiit to get their hands on it themselves.

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A fad?

really? I bet you aren't a gamer in that case, because in gaming it's becoming mainstream fast. I've been playing all my games on the PS4 with the VR headset, the huge screen it simulates is far better than my tv (my eyes aren't great). It's not mad expensive to buy, the quality is good, the number of games is growing steadily (and there's already plenty of good games) and the headset is comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. This isn't a fad, this is what gaming is turning in to.

Security is not going to be an issue in my case. Yeah, PS4 security, the headset works only with the console, but that should already be a priority for Sony.

You're always a day Huawei: UK to decide whether to ban Chinese firm's kit from 5G networks tomorrow

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Re: Who wins here?

Nokia is a north American company? Really?

Last time I checked they were Finnish (|since 1865), but hey, what do I know.

Clunk, whirr, buzz, whine. Shared office space can be a riot and sounds like one too

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You would not survive for long in my home. I have central heating that has a dodgy fan, causing it to produce a low hummmmmmmmm. I have a PS4 that's getting a little older, causing the (I assume) CPU fan to work quite a bit harder, making quite a bit of sound and there's plenty of other tidbits that will be generation some form of auduler disruption

There's noise pollution everywhere nowadays, I've managed to largely tune it out.

Interpol: Strong encryption helps online predators. Build backdoors

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And once again stupidity rears its ugly head in this matter, they just won\t give up, will they? Is there still nobody in that field that has realized that creating backdoors would aid criminals more than anything? How much longer must we suffer these idiotic claims, made by people who has absolutely zero knowledge on the matter?

So how well did you block fake news, Google? Facebook? Web goliaths turn in self-assessment homework to Europe

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Re: Clickbait!

Wait wait wait, you're not supposed to be here!

You're running the risk of exposing us, you fool!

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Can't say much about google, as I do my very best to completely ignore their ads and anything else coming from them, but Facebook is still ridden with clickbait and obviously false "articles". I try to ignore that crap on facebook too, but it's so in your face it's hard to skip them sometimes. As far as I can see, they've done little to nothing to prevent this from happening.

BOFH: Judge us not by the size of our database, but the size of our augmented reality

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Re: Performance a little choppy ...

It had to come back round at some point! hahaha

Microsoft has made an Android phone. Repeat, Microsoft has made an Android phone. A dual-screen foldable mobe not due until late 2020

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No, just no

After the massive kick in the crotch that the Lumia 950 was, I am never getting a Microsoft device again. They destroyed the beautiful Lumia line and have lost my loyalty forever. I'm once again a Nokia user, now sporting a nice Nokia 8 and I'm as happy with it as I was with the real Nokia Lumia devices.

What do they think to achieve here? They're extremely late to a saturated market, the foldable screen isn't going to change that, is it?

Microsoft Bing is 10: That thing you accidentally use to search for Chrome? Still alive and kicking

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Not that bad

Bing isn't that bad, I use it every now and then. Bing does give different results from Google, so when I'm not getting the results I want from Google, I tend to turn to Bing.

BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical

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I have roughly the same three writing styles. Technical for my peers, plain English for generic docs/templates and idiot for any doc that will be read by management and the like.

I tend to make my manuals "idiot proof", which is perfectly valid qualification in our office.

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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So how many times are we going to see such technical decisions that are made by people who have no idea of what those decisions imply? Oh and why do those people think they can fool people who actually do have the required knowledge? You can't spin bullshit if your audience is 100x more knowledgeable than you.

You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Re: They're clearly copying Apple.

Just because Apple doesn't sell your data (yet) doesn't mean they aren't harvesting your info just as much as everyone else.

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

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Ahhhh, memories!

I think I created my account in 1998, still use it to this day (as a spambox, like many others).

I recall having to set your account to US to get something like 100 megs of mail storage, where non US peeps had to settle for something like 25 megs? That tattooed a US stamp on my account that lasted longer than I would've wanted!

Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage

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South Park

From what I learned from South Park, this is the American way of "having your cake and eating it too". They used going to war, while having a substantial number of people protest about it as an example, but this fits quite nicely as well.

In public they shame those in power, but once the microphones are turned off, there's money to be made.

Shareholders rule the world afteral.

Honor bound: Can Huawei's self-cannibalisation save the phone biz?

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Re: Why do people fall for the old "Nokia" brand?

I'm sorry to disappoint your obviously superior intellect.


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Re: Why do people fall for the old "Nokia" brand?


I'm well aware that it's actually an HMD global device, but Nokia fans hold the brand to a certain standard. It doesn't really matter who the company that actually builds the device is, when it has the Nokia tag, we expect a certain design and a certain suite of features. It's only been two days, but so far my new phone has delivered. When Microsoft brought out Lumias that were still branded Nokia they were awesome too, it wasn't until the first Microsoft branded Lumia that it all fell apart.

So go ahead, insult me for being a "lemming", I don't really give a shit. I'm perfectly happy with my device and will gladly go Nokia again in the future.

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Re: New phone

It's a company sponsored device, so I didn't have a choice of reseller ;)

I pay it from my gross salary and I have a phone budget, so in all it's costing me around 200 euros :)

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New phone

I just got my new phone yesterday and as I've been saying for quite some time, it's a Nokia 8.

It "only" has 64GB, but has an SD slot. the display is downright gorgeous and it's speed can only be described as 'blinding". I paid 439 euros for it, which I think is an absolute bargain. I'm pretty sure it can compete with Huawei's honor devices (did I say compete? I'm fairly sure it trounces it in almost every way). Now to plan the long awaited destruction of my Lumia 950......... I just need to be sure I managed to get all my important stuff off it. That's actually one final nightmare of the device, getting your crap off it is extremely hard, because it refuses to stay tethered to my laptop while connected through USB.

No such issues with the Nokia, plug is and go (for everything so far actually).

Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed

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Re: Just one more month

What I really think? I think I've been royally shafted. I started with a Nokia Lumia 700, which I loved. I moved to a 1020, which was a great device as well. When I accidentally destroyed that one, I went for the 950, expecting even bigger and better things than with the 1020, but have been massively disappointed. It's flimsy, plastic, low quality design, it's poor performance, it's unwillingness to do some of the most basic things, I have regularly been infuriated by the device and I'm planning on smashing it to bits, once I get my replacement. I'll have to keep it on for a little while, as I have some game accounts that need to be transferred, but once I'm completely migrated, I am going to take a hammer and smash the living shit out of it. I'm thinking of filming the act and upload it for everyone's viewing pleasure. I have been greatly looking forward to this for quite some time now.

So there's what I really think.

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Just one more month

One more month of suffering with my Lumia 950, the worst piece of crap I ever had the misfortune to have to work with. A Surface device? They're out of their bloody minds if they think they can reclaim any ground with that, I'm pretty sure they've scared off what little supporters they had left.

One more month and I will be unpacking my shiny, new Nokia 8. I will join the Android army and I will never look back. Microsoft can suck my big, hairy balls.

Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister

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As expected

Didn't need a crystal ball to figure out things like this were going to happen soon. I said it before, the EU is hurt by Brexit and hurt quite badly, but the UK is the party taking the biggest blows in this breakup.

I wish the people in power had the presence of mind to say "ok people, the EU sucks, but leaving it sucks even worse, so let's be logical and overturn this idiotic decision."

No, Stephen Hawking's last paper didn't prove the existence of a multiverse

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Re: Awesome

That's why I used the term existence for whatever there is outside the boundaries of our own universe. For lack of a better word ;)

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I always had a major issue with the multi-verse theory. It always felt like the "infinite number of universes" was kinda misguided and filled with human interpretations of what "infinity" actually means.

I've never come to terms with the possibility that there may be a universe out there that's exactly the same as ours, but only my neighbor is missing (or something similarly ludicrous) and I'm glad to see this new theory seems to move away from that nonsense.

Having more than one universe however, makes perfect sense to me. We're always blabbing about how unfathomably huge our universe is, but huge is such a subjective word, as our universe is only big from our perspective. In the grand scheme of existence, our universe may in fact be very, very small and in that context it's no great leap to imagine that if one universe could spawn, why not more?

Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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I've been using edge and there's no denying it is by far the fastest browser out there. With its stripped down nature I can also imagine why it would currently be the most secure, as it lacks some functionality compared to it's competitors. I really don't get this move though and I'm sure they'll get a ton of backlash from it.

I'm annoyed by all the anti-IE and Edge memes I've been seeing, as most of them are complete bullshit, but I'm certainly not in favor of MS shoving their desired product down my throat either.

You won't believe this: Nokia soars back into phone-flinger top 3

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Not surprized

Microsoft clearly had no idea how valuable the Nokia brand was, killing it off was one of the dumbest things I've seen them do in recent years. Now that Nokia is back on Android, it will pull back the Nokia fans, whilst also appealing to new customers with the more than decent bang for your buck.

I'm waiting to get mine actually. I'm now suffering with a Microsoft Lumia 950 and can't wait to replace it.

I'm probably repeating myself, but the 950's been such a massive disappointment that I really can't wait to get rid of it. I only got it, because I was so happy with my 1020 and was expecting a better (or at least similar) experience with the 950. BOY was I mistaken.

Bring on the New 8!

Pope wants journalism like the Catholic church wants child sex abuse probes: Slow, aimless...

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Although the current pope is seen as very progressive, we're still talking about a religious fundamentalist here, he will usually act accordingly.

Hasn't he already started covering for the people who shoved abuse stories under the carpet?

Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax

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Not surprized

When the tax reform went through I already knew it would generate growth and get companies to invest in the US economy (although I don't really get why Apple is being applauded for finally becoming less immoral, but that's another discussion I guess), my gripe is mostly about those cuts going to the wrong people. the tax bonus seems like a lot of money, but on the total scale it's peanuts and the money Apple gets in is going to make the rich richer, Joe Average isn't going to see any of it.

Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report

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You don't have to be a genius to see what the effects of Brexit are. Just look at how the UK is doing and compare that to the EU. Even Greece is recovering and will be able to arrange their own finances again soon (I still feel sorry for how they were treated, but at least it's getting a little better now). Economic growth in the euro zone is pretty good and unemployment is rapidly dropping. there's an increase on foreign investments and more productivity all round. Things are looking a lot better since the financial crisis started.

Now let's look a the UK. Economic growth is low, unemployment is high and forecasts are not too positive. the Pound has dropped a ton of value and is not showing any sign over recovering soon. foreign investments are already dropping and to top it off, your national healthcare in almost in tatters.

Anyone implying these are good things for the UK is a complete and utter moron, there's just no two ways about it.

Cortana. Whatever happened to world domination?

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It's gotten much, much worse since the new boss started to put his mark on the company though.

The man simply doesn't have a long term vision, he's only out for the quick buck to keep shareholders happy. Under him, Microsoft has gone down the drain.

Meltdown, Spectre bug patch slowdown gets real – and what you can do about it

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Probably for the X86-64, but not the 32 bit stuff. I'd assume anything that's 64 bit will be RISK nowadays, but we're still dealing with that pesky 32 bit legacy crap on X86.

A native X86-64 CPU would likely be RISK (I guess?)

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Re: "What will it take for Amazon et al to create their own, secure CPU?"

That would mean everyone would have to get replacements for any and all legacy apps, which is nigh on impossible for many companies.

ditching X86-32 might be a a good solution, it's not a viable option I'm afraid.

How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

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Ok ok, so dry string didn't work, wet string didn't work, but salted wet string did work. In other words, an ADSL signal carried over salt water and not so much the string.

I may have unbelievable news, but salt water is actually a very good conductor and will happily carry any electrical signal.

Surveillance Capitalism thinks it won, but there's still time to unplug it

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I joined the internet in the time when it was absolutely unheard of to share your personal information with anyone, anonymity was the key to every and all dealings you had online. I'm still awestruck by the ease with which people divulge their personal details. Real names, real addresses and every connection traceable to physical people and locations. I still don't feel comfortable to use my real name anywhere (although it has become quite easy to expose me, due to my connections).

I don't want appliances that listen to me, I don't want appliances that can see me. I have a cover for the camera in my laptop. I consider myself borderline paranoid online, but I'm convinced I'm doing so for a very good reason.

London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

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I've got a feeling

That self driving cars are only going to be here for a transitional period. I'm half expecting the drone to take over in the foreseeable future. What could be better than having a drone fly out to your house to pick you up and fly you right over to your destination?

Weren't there already delivery companies looking at autonomous drones to deliver food?

Apple: Sure, we banned VPN iOS apps in China, but, um, er, art!

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Re: A non story

Wait what? A technical "atheist"?

There's no room for moderate people on el reg, what on earth are you doing here?



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