* Posts by Mooseman

995 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Mar 2011


Elon is the bakery owner swearing in the street about Yelp critics canceling him

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Re: Balneum tempus

"He is running operations that are easily 10000x more complex. Real Rocket Science"

By that logic the head of Ford is personally building cars. Or the head of IBM is designing and building computers. You do know that Musk has actual scientists and engineers who do the work, dont you?

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Re: Whos free speech was campaigned against precisely?

"Media Matters are getting sued for using fraud to defame Twitter. They lied"

Er, Mediamatters don't seem terribly concerned about this -

"Far from the free speech advocate he claims to be, Musk is a bully who threatens meritless lawsuits in an attempt to silence reporting that he even confirmed is accurate. Musk admitted the ads at issue ran alongside the pro-Nazi content we identified. If he does sue us, we will win." (One of the companies who withdrew advertising from X, IBM, did so after the MM reports was published. You would imagine that they would have checked rather than simply believe a report, surely?

You're accusing MM of antisemitism? Hmm, now let me think - oh yes “Jewish communties have been pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them.” said X/twitter user @breakingbaht. Sounds a bit, er, antisemitic doesnt it? How did your hero respond? “You have said the actual truth.”

You might want to take a few minutes to browse the kind of user accounts and content that twitter/x is not only allowing to crawl back out from under their rocks but actively promoting.

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Re: Playing Inside Minefield

"Free Speech is very important and critical to the proper function of ANY democratic republic"

Oh, you mean freedom to say whatever you like, no matter the consequences for others? That's not free speech, neither is it protected under law in any democracy I can think of. What Musk and his fanbois fail to grasp is that free speech also means accepting the consequences of that speech, which is why there were so many unpleasant (usually always right wing) users blocked from Twitter - they broke clearly signposted rules. Now Musk has given them all carte blanche to return and continue spewing hatred and lies, which I assume you support and agree with, given your drivel about vaccines...

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Re: The witch hunt of the leftist mob

"one of the few members of the elite carrying the torch of freedom in the West"

Are you actually serious? I assume from your drivel about Soros and "stalinists" that you consider racist and far right hate speech to be "freedom"? How about antisemitic lies? Because that's what Musky is pushing on X.

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"Maybe he did proof read it and he's just a brummie."


Tesla sues Swedish government after worker rebellion cripples car biz

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"when New Labour came to power they didn't get rid of any 'anti' union legislation"

New Labour = Old Tory. It was a broadly slightly right of centre government, which sadly left the tories nowhere to go but further and further to the right, leading us to where we are now.

Unions of course did not destroy British industry, it managed that all by itself - consider British Leyland, a perfect storm of hugely incompetent management and over zealous unions. Car designs were hamstrung by bean counters, resulting in such abominations as the Allegro, etc etc. Media, government and management exclusively blamed the unions (which to be fair really didn't help).

Japan Airlines fuels up on hydrogen hype with eye on cleaner skies

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Re: Thinking outside the box

"the flammability of the hydrogen containers"

The "dope" that coated the hull was essentially thermite....

Hacktivist attacks erupt in Middle East following Hamas assault on Israel

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Re: All For The Clicks

Just a quick additional point or two - all those saying Israel is committing "genocide" have a couple of problems.

Firstly, while the deaths of a few thousand (largely civilian) people is never something to be supported (and please note that the BBC and others are quite happy to accept Hamas figures as absolute truth, while questioning every Israeli claim of finding tunnels, arms caches etc under hospitals...) it is quite clearly NOT genocide.

Secondly, where was your outrage when hundreds of thousands were killed in Syria, Yemen, etc etc? Where were your cries of "genocide"? Oh, thats right, it wasnt being done by Israel so thats ok, apparently.

And thirdly, Musky has now openly come out in support of an antisemtic post on X. Says all you need to know about those who still support him.

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Re: All For The Clicks

"The EU's sent a letter demanding Twitter censor all the bad things. Musk responded by asking what, exactly they should be banning, and why? Which seems a reasonable request."

Musk knows perfectly well what is breaking EU laws. He's a nasty little closet right wing apologist. The same letter was sent to Meta, who did not respond like a whiny child.

Thierry Breton, the commissioner responsible for the act, wrote to Musk to urge him to ensure “a prompt, accurate, and complete response” to the request to contact Europol, the EU police enforcement agency, and “relevant law enforcement agencies” within the next 24 hours.

Musk responded with "Please list the violations you allude to on X, so that the public can see them."

Breton replied “Up to you to demonstrate that you walk the talk.”

X came under scrutiny in the past few days after concerns were raised about fake posts and Elon Musk’s recommendation of war coverage from accounts that have made false claims or antisemitic comments.

Musk recommended two accounts on Sunday, writing: “For following the war in real-time, @WarMonitors and @sentdefender are good. It is also worth following direct sources on the ground. Please add interesting options in the replies below.”

So yes, X/twitter is being steered (by Musk) to becoming an organ for hatred and conspiracy theories.

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"Putin weaponised food and is starving the world. Again, that's us. Our dear leaders sanctioned Russian food exports"

Remind me - who was it bombing grain stores and blockading ports to prevent grain shipments from leaving Ukraine? Oh, was that "the west"? Why, no it wasn't! It was your pal Putin. Where are you getting your "facts" from ??

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Re: Unwanted fall out from Israel/Hamas conflict - Preperation for Genocide

"what would Israel do if it saw the establishment of a set of barracks and weapons dumps"

Given that the location of the weapons etc is well-known in any case, I imagine they would be destroyed but without (and this is the point that all the hamas apologists seem to happily ignore) civilian casualties. You want to be an heroic resistance fighter? Great. Stop using your own people as human shields. The comparison to the US is frankly baffling - unless you think the US citizens are armed with rockets and heavy weapons that they use to fire at....who?

Yet again, someone in Gaza/Iran etc has made the chilling calculation that the predictable Israeli response will cause enough damage to both people and property to raise international condemnation. It works when they send out kids with stones and petrol bombs, they thought, lets go large...

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Re: Unwanted fall out from Israel/Hamas conflict - Preperation for Genocide


I notice you keep posting about IDF attacks on refugee camps, with all the usual wilful blindness of the hamas apologists - you never ask why hamas, the "brave" "freedom fighters" keep their rocket launch sites and weapon/ammo stores in civilian areas, do you? You're a puppet dancing to their tune and you don't even realise it.

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Re: All For The Clicks

No, nobody is supporting the annihilation of Paletine here - there is the usual moronic ranting about "genocide" (about a country whose population is increasing - maybe they ought to look up the meaning of the word?) and rabid anti-semitic and pro palestine/russia diatribe. Calls for Israel to be destroyed seem to be acceptable....

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Re: Unwanted fall out from Israel/Hamas conflict

"a war criminal who's presence is structural violence in itself"

Did you use this same tired drivel about the IRA as well?

Hundreds of people have been killed, hundreds more will be as a consequence and all you can do is repeat the usual garbage? How very sad.

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Re: Unwanted fall out from Israel/Hamas conflict - Preperation for Genocide

"1000 people dared exercise their rights and resist their settler-colonial oppressors"

Resisting such oppressors as people at a dance festival, old ladies and children?

Stop repeating the usual apologist nonsense.

4,000 days of Curiosity: Rover still 'strong' despite worn joints, vision issues

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Re: Those wheels

"Where Curiosity is going there are no roads."

A bit like Sussex then?

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Re: ....despite worn joints, vision issues

Centurion: You know the penalty laid down by Roman law for harboring a known [offender]?

Matthias: No.

Centurion: Crucifixion!

Matthias: Oh.

Centurion: Nasty, eh?

Matthias: Could be worse.

Centurion: What you mean "Could be worse"?

Matthias: Well, you could be stabbed.

Centurion: Stabbed? Takes a second. Crucifixion lasts hours. It's a slow, horrible [end].

Matthias: Well, at least it gets you out in the open air.

Centurion: You're weird!


My legs are old and bent, my ears are grizzled,. My nose is knackered.

King Charles III signs off on UK Online Safety Act, with unenforceable spying clause

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Re: Anorexic bloody loony in a loin cloth ..

"One of those films you have fond memories of, but suspect would be a disappointment if you watched it again."

It wasn't great when I first watched it, although I did like the French mercenaries emergency field rations.

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"If only we had a conservative party to rail against this."

You do - you just have a conservative party that's adopting more and more far right populist policies in order to desperately cling to power. In the past they'd have trashed the country then bunged the proles a 1p income tax cut to keep themselves in power but they have finally realised this isn't going to save them this time, so now they are trying to pretend that the readership of the Mail is enough to keep them elected.

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Re: Poor, deprived Americans

"Apparently, in Baltimore and the State of Oregon that statement is law. I've found out recently that those places have taken away basic maths requirements for high school graduation as it's racist and puts "people of color" at a disadvantage."

Nope, this is simply nonsense peddled by right wing "news" outlets (like the Daily Mail) in 2021.

"Oregon state law requires that, in order to obtain a high school diploma, students must obtain at least 24 credits between grades nine and 12, including: at least three credits in math; at least four credits in English; three in science; and three in social science, among other prerequisites. In order to obtain those credits, a student is required to achieve at least a passing grade in each class. SB 744 will not change or remove those requirements.

Although not codified in the same way as a standardized test, passing all those classes and obtaining the 24 credits required to get a high school diploma can quite reasonably be regarded as de facto proof that a student possesses the basic academic competencies at the heart of media coverage of SB 744 in August 2021."

Oregon Senate Bill 744 has three principle effects:

It orders the Department of Education (DOE) to conduct a review of the statutory prerequisites for obtaining a high school diploma in Oregon (including diploma options such as the "modified diploma," "extended diploma" and "alternative certificate"), and to make recommendations by September 2021

It orders the DOE to conduct a review of statewide requirements for demonstrating proficiency in academic areas, with an emphasis on Essential Learning Skills, and to make recommendations by September 2021

It suspends, until the end of the 2023/24 academic year, Essential Learning Skills as a prerequisite for graduation where a student has otherwise met the credit requirements for obtaining a diploma.

This was done after the covid disruption to schools, the "essential learning skills" package was suspended (as explained above) but the existing 24-credit requirement for obtaining a high school diploma remains untouched.

And nowhere is "disadvantage to coloured people" mentioned - this says rather a lot more about you, dont you think?

Nvidia boss tells Israeli staff Mellanox founder's daughter was killed in festival massacre

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Re: The thing people forget is...


3,000,021 (West Bank – 2022 est.)

1,997,328 (Gaza Strip – 2022 est.)

Growth rate

1.69% (West Bank – 2022 est.)

2.02% (Gaza Strip – 2022 est.)

Birth rate

24.42 births/1,000 population (West Bank – 2022 est.)

27.67 births/1,000 population (Gaza Strip – 2022 est.)

Death rate

3.4 deaths/1,000 population (West Bank – 2022 est.)

2.91 deaths/1,000 population (Gaza Strip – 2022 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

total population: 75.4 years

male: 73.4 years

female: 77.6 years (2018 est.)

And for those throwing around words like "genocide" the population of palestinians in 1950 was around 945000. It's now 5133000.....

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Re: The way to defeat terrorism

"once a reasonable degree of freedom is achieved, the terrorists melt away"

Except in the case of the IRA, of course, who now deny anything they do, blaming extreme "fringe" organisations. Oh, and running protection rackets and generally acting like crime lords.

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Re: I fear that by the time that this ends ...

"many more Palestinians will have been killed than Israelis.

The vast majority of those killed will be innocent bystanders/civilians."

Which is precisely the thinking (and I use that word loosely) behind this whole business. Nobody in their right mind thinks that mass murder on the scale we saw last week was a involuntary and understandable response to Israeli actions in Gaza - it's quite clearly designed to generate outrage and fury in Israel and thus the predictable military response, and thus provide an excuse for the hardline states around them to respond in turn.

Web Summit CEO's comments on Israeli conflict 'war crimes' sparks boycott

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"Nagasaki? Hiroshima? Dresden?"

You could argue about the rights and wrongs of nuking Japan all day, although it's not a coincidence that Russia was eyeing up chunks of Japan and needed to be shown who was boss...

Dresden of course is a case of everyone still using the faked figures produced by Goebbels in 1945 - the Germans' own official figures were roughly 25000 killed, which while dreadful were no worse than any one of a dozen similar attacks at that time, but the propaganda multiplied if by a factor of 10, and that's the figure everyone still quotes.

City council Oracle megaproject got a code red – and they went live anyway

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Re: A drop in the ocean

"loudly decrying the "inequality" of lower wages for certain, female-dominated employment sectors when compared to others that tended to be male dominated, regardless of the differences in work requirements and risks"

Thanks for clarifying that you have no idea what wage equality actually means.

Lawsuit claims Google Maps led dad of two over collapsed bridge to his death

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Re: So answer this.

"a guy behind me trying to give me the hurryup beyond 20mph"

I find it amazing that when that happens to me, a feature in my car means that it slows down even more.... :)

This is the issue with rural roads of course - you drive along fairly cautiously as you don't know what's round the next bend (that you can't see round because of the huge hedge) and the local who drives it everyday bets his life that there's nothing coming, right up until he hits a combine harvester coming the other way.

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Re: Were there no signs indicating that the Bridge was out?

There have been cases where satnavs have directed people down non existent roads, or old roads - the man who drove into a reservoir in Spain because the satnav showed the road as still being there, or the Japanese tourists who drove into the sea.

OSIRIS-REx successfully delivers NASA's first asteroid sample

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Re: Typical delivery courier

"left the package with your neighbour... Alpha Centauri"

Is that in the same place as the planning notifications department?

If anyone finds an $80M F-35 stealth fighter, please call the Pentagon

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Re: I could have understood not mentioning it if it was a Starfighter

"Q: How do you catch a Starfighter?

A: Buy a field and wait."

You are Captain Lockheed and I claim my five pounds.

UK rejoins the EU's €100B Horizon sci-tech funding program

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Re: @JMiles

"So if the UK could do so before leaving the EU why was it in the budget in 2021? The answer is the EU rules didnt allow it"

In the same way that the Eu didnt allow Eire to have 0% VAT.......

I know you think that endlessly repeating the same drivel counts as "facts" for you (while denying actual facts by repeating the same tired nonsense, EU bad Trump innocent Truss best PM ever lefty media blah blah blah) but you arent fooling anyone.

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Re: @JMiles

"The tampon tax could not be removed because of Brussels"

Although it was.

UK committed to removing the tampon tax in the budget in January 2021.

The EU parliament voted in March 2016 to allow member states to decide whether to continue to apply VAT. Although this was never made into EU legislation member states have used this to reduce or remove VAT (eg Eire has 0%, Germany has more than halved the VAT, other countries are moving or have moved to removing the VAT)

Yes, the UK was first - no it wasn't prevented by Brussels.

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Re: Indeed

"(the now exonerated) Liz Truss."

Exonerated by who, exactly? Liz Truss?

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Re: Indeed

"Labour is pro-Brexit."

Enough labour voters were pro brexit to sink the red wall, when promised unicorns. The lack of said beasts and a further slump in their circumstances will stop them voting tory next election.

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Re: Indeed

"Sunak is our prime minister, democratically elected"

Unfortunately this rather sinks the rest of your post. Sunak was not democratically elected, unless you count a majority of conservative party members as representative of the voting population of the country. 60,000 votes out of what, 45 million?

Scientists trace tiny moonquakes to Apollo 17 lander – left over from 1972

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"The only one who has actually put footprints on the Moon."

No, still wrong, sorry. The NASA engineers used SI units for everything, and ran a conversion for the displays as used by the crews. https://ukma.org.uk/why-metric/myths/metric-internationally/the-moon-landings/

Grant Shapps named UK defense supremo in latest 'tech-savvy' Tory tale

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Re: Question

"Two words: Joe Biden."

Two more words - so what?

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Re: Question

"what about Penny?"

Mordant is currently riding high on her amazing ability to hold a sword. That's it.

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Re: Question

"That Diane Abbott?"

Not to be confused with Priti Patel who made an equally silly gaffe talking about police numbers, but that seems to have been OK.

However, Abbott has self-terminated her own political career now, unless saint Jeremy is somehow made leader again.

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Re: Question

"For those of us across the pond, how does someone like this keep getting appointed to high office, if his fuckups are so consistent and obvious?"

Probably for the same reason that Trump is likely to be the GOP candidate for 2024. The tory party is one big frat party, they choose their chums for high office and no matter the cock up (unless they are PM) they simply cycle them round to another post.

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Re: "We will enable the release of government datasets"

"And the electoral registers."

Those are put for sale.

Decades-old Home Office asylum system misses EOL deadline, no new timetable in place

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Re: what a surprise....not!

"They'll narcissist their way out of that too!!"

They will follow the standard (modern) tory policy of obfuscation, blame shifting and demonising others. They can no longer blame the EU (although they will of course try to) so now it's Labour, lefty lawyers, activists (whatever that means) and immigrants themselves. For a party made up heavily (at the top echelons) of the children of migrants it's both comical and depressing, almost as much as the number of people who appear to lap this crud up.

Russia's tiny quantum computer is (probably) nothing to worry about

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Re: The Soviets Experimenting with the Experience Enjoyed Manhattan Project Style?

"Just ask the US who kept Nazi scientists out of jail as long as they developed rockets.."

As did the Russians. Far more unpleasantly the US kept both the "scientists" and data from the Japanese Unit 731.

NASA 'quiet' supersonic jet is nearly ready for flight

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Re: Concorde, so loud

We used to live a few miles from and RAF base that housed a Vulcan squadron. Windows definitely rattled when they took off.

Time running out for crew of missing Titanic tourist submarine

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Re: Hmm

"This reminds me of the comment (need to look it up) of a tradesman (think it was a window cleaner) who pointed out he gets hired by people with money because they can afford to hire him"

Er, this is the same as avoiding taxes how? I suspect most people use a window cleaner.

""I never had you pegged as a communist!"

Its nice how you set the tone for your whole comment. Start with bull on your first line and set my expectation for the rest of your comment."

And of course the concept of humour glides gently over your head. I should have known better.

"First of all I have highlighted where you are arguing with yourself. You are attributing things to me that I dont see anywhere?"

No, you haven't highlighted anything of the sort. And you are a constant apologist for Trump, whether you admit it to yourself or not.

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Re: Hmm

"Because the more you make the more the gov tries to steal."

I never had you pegged as a communist!

Still, since you believe that our betters, sorry, very wealthy people, pay vastly more tax than us plebs and thus are somehow to be credited for paying for all the things that we mere mortals use, consider the case of the Duke of Westminster -

Estimated worth, £10 billion. He owns a substantial chunk of London, among other properties. His inherited wealth is exempt from inheritance tax ("death duties" that the rest of us have to pay if our parents were lucky enough to own a house) as the estate was put into a trust. In turn this is theoretically taxable every 10 years for up to 6% of the value of the trust, but there are exemptions: Part of the Trust owns several farms and other businesses, and employs around 1000 people (which is carefully mentioned at every opportunity on its website) and is thus largely exempt. The £3 billion inheritance tax was neatly avoided, as is most of any further taxation on the estate.

Your beloved victim of what you fondly call fraudulent prosecution has like many very wealthy people carefully avoided a lot of tax - he even boasted about how "smart" that makes him.

There are countless loopholes to avoid paying taxes if you are wealthy - Business owners can qualify for entrepreneurs’ relief, under which they can pay just 10% CGT when they sell all or part of a company. The standard CGT rate is 20%. This compares with the 40% income tax rate on salaries of between £50,001 and £150,000. HMRC data shows 9,000 people paid just £5.1bn in tax on £33.7bn of capital gains income in the latest financial year available. That works out at an average tax rate of 14.8%, lower than than the basic rate income tax of 20% that people pay on salaries of between £12,501 and £50,000.

Keep on telling yourself that the very wealthy pay so much more than the rest of us....

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The BBC (among every other media and news organisation) has traffic correspondents - do they cause traffic? They have finance experts to report on financial matter - do they set interest rates? Yet you still happily cling to the deranged idea that a disinformation expert must be there to provide, er, disinformation. Have you considered that you're rather paranoid?

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So, you pick a quote from the BBC article and highlight a few words that PROVE BEYOND DOUBT (thought I'd use caps as that seems to appeal to idiots) that your ideas are correct. After all, a large corporation setting out to deceive you would obviously publicly announce that, wouldn't they? Did you read the rest of the article? I doubt it very much. Again, you are quoting as "facts" supposition by the BBC (along with every other media outlet in the world) as they are trying to report on what MIGHT be happening rather than solid evidence, as there wasnt any at the time.

You really are quite ridiculous

Hacking a Foosball table scored an own goal for naughty engineers

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Re: Pinball Wizard Master fell asleep

"Gauntlet game"

Green elf shot the food!

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We discovered that various video games at uni (when prices rose to a shocking 50p for 2 games) that you could push a 2p coin up the coin return slot and the game would happily assume you had shoved a 50p coin in. Pool tables were made affordable by the use of wadded up beer towels.

Florida man insists he didn't violate the law by keeping Top Secret docs

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Re: TheRegister is obviously a liberal hack controlled rag

"The weaponization of the FBI and the DOJ by "President" Biden is the real story here. Where is the equivalent to this travesty of a "story": for the 1000+ boxes of the Top Secret and Confidential documents found in Biden's unsecured garage and in a facility owned by a Chinese National?"

You see the basic problem with all the Trump simps is that you simply can't tell the difference between reality and stuff you made up.

Total number of documents found at Biden's house? 20. 9 boxes were removed from his attourney's office and have not been classified.

"president" Biden, eh? So you believe the 2020 vote was fraudulent and rigged (despite there being roughly no evidence at all) ?

And you wonder why nobody takes you even remotely seriously...