* Posts by Glen 1

681 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009


Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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Re: What a surpirse. It's muppetry.

"allowing new cars to still have analog receivers fitted"

Allowing? As in not banning? Even ignoring the chicken and egg problem, that's a dumb thing to say.

Given the crappy reception of DAB in many parts of the country, the cars would effectively no longer have a radio.

Which would just create an after market demand such as with phone docks. Or even making older cars more desirable.

Big Tech on the hook for billions in back taxes after US Supreme Court rejects Altera stock options case hearing

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As for the racist delusion. "Most African countries enjoy duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market" (pdf)

It isn't remainers baying about uncontrolled immigration. The Vox pops about needing to leave the EU because of the muslims. But, hey don't let facts intrude on your delusions, amirite?

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You have already been given several reasons by other commenters, you just ignore them or dismiss them without actually refuting them, Thus my comment about "La-la-la-not-listening". Its like talking to flat earther. Whats the point in engaging with someone who cant form a cogent counter argument?

At least CodeJunky actually makes points. You just sound like General Melchet, eager to send the boys over the top. Ignorant to any thoughts that don't already agree with your mindset.

From the exodus of manufacturing, to half our exports suddenly being less competitive thanks to tariffs imposed by our biggest export market Our fishing industry, so beloved of people whining about sovereignty, currently sell most of their catch into the EU... which , as it looks like we are heading to no-deal, will be subject to tariffs and customs checks. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

So when the head man himself says that Nissan Sunderland is "unsustainable" in the event of No deal. Well... what? Do think he never said that? Thats its somehow lefty propaganda? Do you think hes lying? Just trying to get a handout? Do you think hes an EU plant? or do you just not care?

The latter, I think. Thats what makes you immune to evidence. I belive its called wilful ignorance. With a large side helping of conformation bias.

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Re: YOU are paying those taxes

I don't think Bob would ever advocate people/companies paying more tax. Tax is SOCIALISM after all

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Paris Hilton

"Private medical care is much cheaper than the NHS"

The amount spent in the US would suggest that isnt true. The US *Tax payer* pays more per head than we do for the whole NHS, and they still need private insurance *on top* of that. Link

Any local difference in price for private care is going to be down to UK insurers/providers needing to compete with the "free at point of use" NHS.

" paying for people to live broken lives on welfare"

"If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."

I mean, we could go through your delusions one by one, and your "La-la-la-me-no-listening have a logical fallacy with no sources" replies when presented with counterpoints, but I will just deal with the biggest one.

The delusion that rEU is the UKs equal. Germany *ON ITS OWN* has a big enough economy that we would be the junior partner in any trade deal. That you hold onto the delusion that the UK can go to-to-toe with the EU - an economy that is the second largest in the world and a GDP over 4.5 times the UK.... your grip on reality is tentative at best. Link including GDP table

Everything else is you just saying "here are some idiots who agree with me" without siting any sources - as if that is some kind of appeal to authority.

We're not going to convince you. Trying to bring facts and reality to the table just causes you to dismiss it as remainer propaganda, or a lefty conspiracy theory. Fortunately reality doesn't give a shit about your delusions. Unfortunately voters are easily duped.

How much cognitive dissonance must the U.S. right-wing have to go through to still be convinced Trump is the right guy?

Just out of interest, what would it take to convince you you were wrong?

There are DDoS attacks, then there's this 809 million packet-per-second tsunami Akamai says it just caught

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Re: And the next step...

"we are talking about valid source addresses that are not the senders actual source address."

The first hop to the ISP is where it is *easiest* to detect this.

Dems take a crack at banning Feds from using facial-recog tech. Congress will put it on todo list after 'learn Klingon'

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Kinda makes you wonder if reverse psychology would work...

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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Re: stupidity out of ignorance or avarice

Indeed, a bit like how people during Shakespeare's time didn't need middle English translated.

If you need me, Ill be off keeping my unit tests on fleek.

When one open-source package riddled with vulns pulls in dozens of others, what's a dev to do?

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Re: In the real world

Sooooo you trust the operating system? the CPU manufacturer?

While its not *quite* turtles all the way down, there are more layers than most people will see in their entire careers.

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Re: In the real world

Yes, but how many levels of abstraction below the one we work on do any of us really understand?

There has to be trust *somewhere*, else we would all be (bad) chip designers. Or possibly (bad) kernel developers.

There comes a point where you call a function and "magic" happens.

Here's a headline we'll run this century, mark our words: Alien invaders' AI found on Mars searching for signs of life

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Would it not make sense to have a separate craft to sort/store transmit the data?

If a stationary lander (or orbiter) can act as a server with occasional uplink, that would free up the rover to do more rovery things.

You could even use some of the current orbiters as comms satellites for when the rover is over the horizon.

I think given the number of probes and craft we will be sending to Mars over the next 10-20 years, it would be worth the investment in setting up a high bandwidth satellite comms/storage network. With the last hop to Earth being a "Big Dish" or possibly even a laser. Want more transmit power? Put more solar on it.

NASA mulls going all steam-punk with a fleet of jumping robots to explore Saturn and Jupiter's mysterious moons

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Re: Control?

If they plant the base in the impound lot, you could get a free* ride back to base.

*free apart from the fines and fees etc

You'd think lockdown would be heaven for us layabouts – but half the UK has actually started 'exercising more'

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Re: Snowflakes....

So many things wrong with your post. Talk about out of touch with reality. Ill just deal with the main points.

"far too fragile for life, "

Or rather - they're not about to put up with your bullshit, and have enough of a backbone to act accordingly, rather than be so cowed that they never speak up.

see also: feminism, civil rights, gay rights, rewinding...Sufragette movement, abolition of slavery, rewinding... no taxation without representation, rewinding... The magna carta existed because a bunch of lords were no longer going to put up with the King's bullshit.

In a more modern context: Unwanted sexual touching is sexual assault. Slapping someone on the ass is a) often unwanted b) usually sexual in nature. Therefore anyone who does that where it was not consented to, has committed sexual assault. Spelling it out like this often annoys certain people, their thought pattern seems to go like this:

People who do sexual assault are obviously Bad People, and *they* are not Bad People, therefore, what they do *cannot* be sexual assault. If the victims make a fuss, they are accused of being "too sensitive" or "fragile". Its like the folk who think they are good drivers because they keep taking risks and haven't been in accident (having caused plenty).

"demanded salaries way in excess of their actual abilities"

its called market forces. The managers didn't have to say yes to those demands, but they did. Why? If the managers don't see your worth relative to the yunguns in the same way as you do, some of that blame lies with you. You can be secure in the knowledge that you are right as you apply for a dwindling number of higher level jobs. Hope you kept those skills up-to-date.

"By their own choice"

Gentrification is what happens *after* these young folk who *go on* to become professionals move in. Until then, its the cheapest place to live, crime rates are high as no-one has anything. Think Brixton or Queens from 10-20 years ago. The trendy coffee/wine bars spring up because its where their market *is*, not the other way round. Leafy suburbs are for rich people.

"So they have their own little community already then."

Spoken as someone who has obviously never lived in a house share.

"...hospitality do have a lot of young staff and are down the swanny, but that's a small proportion of the young."

No. it really isnt.


Young folk are more likely to be in hospitality or retail than any other industry.

"you can't be furloughed from not having a job"

A few that might have been true during the age of "The young ones" ~40 years ago. Show me a student that doesn't have a job today, and I'll show you someone who is being bankrolled by their parents. Maybe that's more common in the US, but over here, part of the leaving-home-for-uni right of passage includes financial independence. Unless, of course, your parents are absolutely loaded, but most folks just aren't that rich.

In conclusion, your worldview seems to be of someone who doesn't think the world has changed in the last 30 years. It has. With Millennials now pushing 40, it's not just "young people" with these newfangled viewpoints. Society is always changing. Keep up or get left behind.

Huawei wins approval to plonk £1bn optical comms R&D facility in UK's leafy Cambridgeshire

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D.C. is not a state. Deliberately so no state could claim to have the capital.

Also, didn't one of the territories recently hold a referendum to become a state? It would be a shame if they were being taxed without representation... (not that I have any knowledge of the territories' current arrangements)

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Re: Why is this allowed?

"...derelict car factory in Birmingham..."

fewer than you might think.

Longbridge (Rover) was flattened and redeveloped years ago.

Large parts of the former inner city factories (which are now cheap-ish offices and lockups) are either being flattened for HS2, or will have their rents raised to match somewhere (just about) commutable from London.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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Re: occasional rabbits

"university full of bright kids right?"

Yes. However, experience is the best teacher.

Off topic sidenote: I always wonder were folks in the IT industry think others got their experience from.

I sometimes see people posting words to the effect of "You don't hire people to do X unless they have already done X for years" or "that's what you get for hiring people who don't know what they're doing"

Its as if they expect university to have taught their new hires years worth of experience in this one particular job near the start of their career. I wonder if these people stopped learning some time ago, and if these are the folks writing the job ads.

See also: Junior developer roles requiring years of experience. If you have that experience, you're not applying for roles with 'Junior' in the title.

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Re: This is why we can't have nice things.

"cute looking, but vicious (and non lethal!)"

Not the bees!

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Re: What did students do to me?

"We had it so good. And then had to make sure the next generation couldn't profit like we did!"

I prefer the phrase "voted not to pay for it". As that puts the responsibility where it lies. With the voters.

When tuition fees were ~£1K per year, its was possible to support yourself from a part time job (with optionally minimal student debt). I know, because I did it.

With fees currently at £9k, even a median income person ( ~£25k ) would be paying more than a third of their income. That's assuming you could fit in around your full time job. Which tells you all you need to know about the types of folk the gov want getting degrees.

Student finance in the UK looks generous at first glance. Loans are large and low interest. You don't have to begin paying them back until after you earn over a reasonably high threshold.

Until you dig deeper into the payback rules on the other side. The way the thresholds work effectively create a new tax bracket where you are paying an *extra* 9% of what you earn over the threshold. (extra to other taxes, because no, its not tax deductible). Given the large sums owed you could be paying that rate into your 50s.

So its hilarious when politicians look like they are committing career suicide by suggesting regular income tax gets tweaked by a percent of so.

If you make education expensive, only the rich get educated. There are those that turn their nose up at everyone and their dog being able to get a Bachelors degree. Somehow, they see the competition as a bad thing.

The thing is, If all these folks were always capable of earning that degree, artificially limiting access for those people serves no purpose other than gate-keeping. (insert prejudice of choice here)

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Re: The Fox obviously has good taste

"litter the streets"

Yeah, but that's the 5-6 foot foxes. Would be the same with any food place.

See also: the aftermath of sunny days on parks, beaches etc. even *with* the pandemic.

Three words you do not want to hear regarding a 'secure browser' called SafePay... Remote. Code. Execution

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Re: Yet again ... yawn ...

"They could be implemented in WebAssembly"

*Any* code that can modify what the viewer sees can be abused.

The biggest problem is *3rd party* code. You can turn it off with noscript etc, but many sites have their assets across multiple domains, That's *before* we start talking about advertisers.

Go to a random site on the internet, without using dev tools, you have no way of knowing where what you are seeing is coming from. Not just remote (3rd party) origins for files, but XSS and Iframes. The domain you type in/click on is just the first link in a chain. IMHO, It shouldn't be.

Most sane mail clients learnt the lesson of not loading remote content from an unvetted source without express permission. The web would be a safer place if web browsers did the same.

Firefox's container tabs are a good start.

The state of OpenPGP key servers: Kristian, can you renew my certificate? A month later: Kristian? Ten days later: Too late, it’s expired

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Your notice period + a week before go-live might be a good/terrible time to re-open negotiations.

good because you will have them over a barrel.

terrible because it will destroy any trust/goodwill you might have.

Then remember that companies don't *have* good will, but people occasionally do. Make your decision accordingly.

Sorry to drone on and on but have you heard of Ingenuity? NASA's camera-copter is ready to head off to Mars

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Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses... but not your H-1B geeks, L-1 staffers nor J-1 students

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Re: L-1

"Unemployed foreigners don't have any money or resources "

I believe the visa requires a job. The shenanigans that take place to keep wages artificially low are what capitalists call "market forces" and are considered good (apparently). Don't want any of that union talk, unless you're going to outright admit you're a commie spy? (sarcasm)

"plain human decency and KEEPING YOUR COUNTRY'S WORD"

Like not murdering citizens when those with power feel like it? How topical.

But seriously, that sort of protectionism for jobs does (big) business no favours. So the question becomes... does your government work for the people like a good socialist gov, or for the much fewer folk who hold most of the capital and their subsequent corporate interest?

Machine-learning models trained on pre-COVID data are now completely out of whack, says Gartner

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Re: But...

" just a pattern matcher "

Yes. You sound surprised.

US starts sniffing around UK spaceports – though none capable of vertical launches actually exist right now

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Re: launch from a British spaceport

I can't see KSC and not think Kerbal Space Centre

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Re: Film

I recall a famous documentary following the exploits of a Mr N Wisdom. I believe it was called "A bulldog breed".

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Re: If they'd met the British government

I came here to make a similar comment.

Pointy end up, flamey end down, or you will not go to space today.

(gravity turn for orbit insertion notwithstanding)

Ex-barrister reckons he has a privacy-preserving solution to Britain's smut ban plans

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Re: Mind of a teenager

That's the spirit! They'll go far that one!

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Re: This could actually make $$$

I propose that a rating system be applied. There! Foolproof!

US government tells internet body to hurry the funk up on privacy

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"The past few years "idiots" insist on using personal email addresses for the "abuse" address. Why?"

The same reason you don't put your "system status" tracker on the same systems as the ones you're tracking.

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process

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Re: That’s not the answer that’s going to work for us.

"don't have a Facebook account,"

What has that got to do with hoovering (Dysoning? Electroluxing?) WHOIS data?

If you own a domain, then it *is* about you. Regardless of if you have a FB account.

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim

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Re: 5G also causes missing words syndrome

My main gripe about it has always been that its a mailto: link. There is already a moderation system in place that doesn't use email on the front end.

Having a mailto: seems like moderation with extra steps.

Sidenote: I *have* used the mailto link previously, its not like I refuse, its just extra effort.

Huawei going to predict the future? Nope, say company leaders when asked about Joe Biden winning US election

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Re: Biden hardly gets a mention here in the UK

Monster Raving Loony Party, (or the candidate formerly known as Lord BucketHead) or spoil the ballot.

Not voting means you don't have a voice, but at least spoilt ballots are counted (in the UK, dunno about elsewhere).

Microsoft emits a colourful Windows Terminal preview

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Re: it ain't json

JSON aint perfect, but speaking as someone who has had to deal with XML in a similar context....


If you're despairing at staff sharing admin passwords, look on the bright side. That's CIA-grade security

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Re: Numpties, the lot of 'em.

The word "depreciated" has been deprecated.

Ah lovely, here's something you can do with those Raspberry Pis, NUC PCs in the bottom of the drawer: Run Ubuntu Appliances on them

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Re: What about sheevaplugs ?


Still supported under debian...

The girl with the dragnet tattoo: How a TV news clip, Insta snaps, a glimpse of a tat and a T-shirt sold on Etsy led FBI to alleged cop car arsonist

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Re: Yet another reason

How about a tiny tattoo on the skin between my little toe and adjacent with the text;

"The Game"

Amazon's not saying its warehouse staff are dumb... but it feels they need artificial intelligence to understand what 'six feet' means

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Re: It's almost as if...

"...people are capable of calculating the opportunity cost "

...of not smoking

...of not taking some of the nastier drugs

People have never been good at risk assessment.

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Re: Hoops

six foot wide is only 3 foot radius...

NASA to send Perseverance, a new trundle bot, and Ingenuity, the first interplanetary helicopter, to sniff out life on Mars in July

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10 years? With that time-frame, wouldn't it make sense to have the collection be part of a manned mission?

If we're going anyway, it'd make sense to not double up on the trips.

*If* we're going, that is.

Boffins find that over nine out of ten 'ethical' hackers are being a bit naughty when it comes to cloud services

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Re: It is happening now

fail2ban Sidenote: You might want to adjust the ban times/attempts to be stricter than the default. An attacker could do a dictionary attack in a reasonable time-frame (weeks/months) by rate limiting the attempts to be slightly looser than the default ban triggers. Especially if you set-and-forget.

Not that the readers here would ever have dictionary-able passwords. (blah blah ssh keys) It just gets annoying with the added noise in the log files - you do check the logfiles, right?

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Re: wow

"Oh, you mean..." (swastika)

Yes. I know, that's why I mentioned it.

You point out different cultures see things differently, and how meanings can change over time. Neatly demonstrating my point.

Do you consider the non-white people who have been here for generations (and in many parts of the world, before the white folk) to not be a part of the local culture? I mean, in this *has* been de-facto the case due to segregation and other racist practices. However, you don't get to be outraged about "immigrants" in this case.

As for the rest of the colour squealing faux outrage, do I *really* have to point out to (to presumably a grown ass adult), the problem isn't the *mention* of colour, its the connotation that black = bad and white = good.

How fucking stupid do you have to be to not see that?

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Re: wow

"no real connotation"

To you.

A bit like the shortened version of "Pakistani" to my dad's generation. When people use it in an offensive context, it becomes offensive.

Like the St George flag, or Confederate flag. Outside of sporting events, its mostly seen being waved by racists, so it becomes the flag of the racists. Regardless of other peoples non racist intent. Not so different from the swastika.

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Re: wow

"we're getting to a point where everyone is offended by everything"

When societies have spent centuries with a single demographic at the top, even a bit of the formerly-lower-strata having a say demonstrates how blinkered those societies have *always* been. (Wot, you cant even shoot peasants these days! Whatever next!?)

See also: Class mobility (Plebeian etc), Feminism (universal suffrage yet?), Indian caste system and so on... and so on... throughout history, throughout the planet.

I honestly look forward to the day where my currently "Woke" views are considered prejudiced. Think how far we will have come for the views of today's "snowflakes" be de rigueur in the daily mail?

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If there ever was a place reeking of privilege. Its the people getting on here getting butthurt over a mild inconvenience caused by a name change. Its not the first, it won't be the last - remember “0xB16B00B5”?

The thing about virtue signalling anti-racism, is that if you are objecting to the *virtue* being signalled, you come across as anti-anti-racism (how true it is, seems to be proportional to the strength of the objection). A bit like anti-antifa.

To object *so strongly* REEKS of precisely the bullshit BLM folks are protesting against.

The correct response is approximately "meh". Plus or minus "That's mildly inconvenient" to "Yeah, that's probably a good idea"

Or is it that we can take your "master" from your "cold dead hands"?

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo

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Re: useable desktop replacement

Yeah, with the "other OS" crap.

When someone found exploits to escape the VM sandbox (and actually access the hardware you've paid for) they "removed" the feature.

So your options became: Never connect it to the internet, or lose your OS install.

Bloke rolls up to KFC drive-thru riding horse-drawn cart only to be told: Neigh

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Re: with hour-long queues snaking down the road and around the roundabout.

Breakfast menu?

Bacon and Egg McMuffin

Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches

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Re: It's an unknown

"Is there any good reason, "

In addition to the above good reasons:

Network effect.

If the primary means of communication used by your peers or your family is not one you use, you will not be communicated with. If you say you don't have/use X, it will be met with instructions on how to get it, rather than a search for alternatives.

Thus now Facebook is old news, we had the rise of BBM (and subsequent fall), and Snapchat, with TickTock on the horizon.

Slack, discord, and telegram are for tech geeks. IRC? whats that?

Forget biz insider threats for a moment – let's talk about partners turning rogue and installing spyware on phones

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Re: The Humanity

From the Rules page - edited so there is no invalid HTML:

"You can use basic HTML to format your text - once you have had five posts accepted for publication. Currently we allow: b, strong, em, i and s (strike was dropped in HTML5). Badge holders can also use sub, sup, ul, li, blockquote, q, code, and pre."

Code and pre tags use the formatting literally(?) That's for badge holders only though. Otherwise newlines are assumed to be paragraph tags

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

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Re: If the offender is indeed insane -

"Look at Black Lives Matter criminals who destroy property with immunity"

Not getting caught is not the same as immunity. See this

I'll look at the police who murder people with impunity.... who supposed to be the ones protecting the public. Oh wait.



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