* Posts by Hubert Thrunge Jr.

160 posts • joined 19 Apr 2011


Pics or it didn't happen: First images from China's Mars rover suggest nothing has gone Zhurong just yet

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Ak Ak! Ak ak AK!!

Outsourced techie gets 2-year sentence after trashing system of former client: 1,200 Office 365 accounts zapped

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Meanwhile in the UK....

Crapita could have done a better job at deleting many more accounts and actually get paid for it by Government.

Wonder if the miscreant has sent them his CV, sounds like he'll be a good catch when he's finished doing bird.

Copper broadband phaseout will leave UK customers with higher bills and less choice, says comparison site

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£5Bn from Government

With the small profits that BT/Openwretch group makes, why is the government throwing cash at them.

As someone who lives in the sticks, the government subsidy (Gigabit Voucher) for BT bringing me FTTP-OD is a waste of time because BT are not interested in connecting me unless there are six in the "group buy", considering my nearest neighbour is another half a mile away, and so-on, and I'm a SME so *should* qualify for £5K of govt cash.

Not according to BT, it's their Rural Voucher scheme for me... £750 max, eh, it says up to £3K, no says BT, not how they do it, It's pay £13K or not have it. As there are no alternative "pipe" providers out here, I'm royally stuffed.

BT don't give a shit about customers, only that HMG is daft enough to keep spunking billions of £££ into their open mouth, all to give to their shareholders.

Man arrested after UK school finds wiped hard drives on devices connected to network

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Reminds me of my HNC Computer Studies Year 5 course work back in the early 80's, We had to write some code to do some simple I/O on the college's BBC Model B's, all the work was stored on the shared drive, and a new lecturer managed to wipe the whole drive a few weeks before grading. The entire year group were awarded "merits" for it, except me. Being a smug git, I was working in 6809 based hardware and had my own Dev kit, so produced hardware, working code, and write-up to head of electronics and bagged a distinction.

Wayward lecturer got away with a slap on the wrist. I remembered him as a maths teacher at my previous upper school, he got the sack from there for being useless.

Elon Musk says he tried to sell Tesla to Apple, which didn’t bite and wouldn't even meet

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Battery life

Apple's reputation for long battery life isn't going to help them much....

Start the journey with a 300 mile range and 20 miles in it says you have 30 miles left, then suddenly dies on you...

You plug it in, but it takes four hours to get to 1%.....

Just let this sink in: Capita wins 12-year £1bn contract to provide training services to the Royal Navy and Marines

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How does this incompetent bunch of fools keep winning contracts.

Oh, I forgot. OJEU rules do not let you take an organisations past performance into consideration as it may disadvantage new bidders trying to win contracts. As they have no track record, you have to discount the track record of every other bidder and treat them all as new.

Normal human beings learn from their mistakes, to really f**k it up requires things like OJEU procurement rules.

Perhaps after Brexit is sorted, the leadership of Crapita might have unfortunate accidents.

What does my neighbour's Tesla have in common with a stairlift?

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I be in East Anglear.

My main client has a fleet of six Nissan electric vans that sit at their central workshop pretty much un-used because they can't do a round trip (loaded at sensible road speed) from Mildenhall to Norwich and back. Two trips to Cambridge (about 28 miles each way) and they're flat - when used to ferry people so are empty of kit.

Hydrogen is the answer - stop looking at "blue" hydrogen, it's "green" hydrogen you should be looking at, using solar and wind power to provide the electricity to split water molecules.

As for bio-fuels, using algae requires no land. And biomass fermentation can be done using waste, not prime food crops or land.

Porsche are looking at synthetic fuels too. The infernal consumption engine should not be written off so quickly.

I feel this whole mad race to electric cars by 2030 is a folly. The UK does not have enough generating capacity to cope with it, even if only half of the daily road users convert to leccy cars, unless you only want to work 3 days a week, and have power cuts from 8pm so there's enough to charge Mr Smug's Tesla down the road. People keep comparing us with Norway when it comes to electric car take-up. They have over five times the generating capacity we do in terms of KWh / punter.

As for Monsuier Tesla..... Merde, it 'appens!

And when we've got rid of all of this carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, what will the plants "eat"?

King Kanute politics gone mad.

Firefighters to UK Home Office: Yeah, maybe don't turn off emergency comms network before replacement is ready

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Whichever way you look at it, it's a shambles.

It was born out of the will to get out of Airwave as fast as possible because the original PFI terms were crippling.

The solution was not ESN, it was hold Airwave to account for the missed performance targets that happened every month, and withhold payment until they sorted themselves out. As Macquarie ran the business with an empty bank account, they would have been forced into administration, and HMG could have bought them for £1 - thus owning the network, and then only having the running costs to pay, not the exorbitant fees that they were being charged. They could then instruct Motorola to upgrade the network to TEDS2 or better, and then go out to tender for a composite device that could do high speed data over LTE leaving critical voice on the now government owned Airwave network.

Nope, can't do that because government seems to be allergic to owning things.

What we must also remember bus that EE won the network deal because everyone else pulled out, and Motorola won the implementation deal because... everyone else pulled out. They could see it was a poison chalice, and would be fraught with issues due to unrealistic timescales with it needing 3GPP standards that still don't all exist yet, and hardware that also didn't exist.

And six months ago they gave Crapita an expensive lifeline to do something that was already easily possible - a bit of VoIP routing. FFS you can do that with a Raspberry Pi and a copy of Asterisk!

Still, it's all keeping me gainfully employed!

I refer the reader to my subtitle.. omnishambles!

Only surprise for OnePlus fans with firm's latest tilt at the mid-market is a sub-€400 price tag

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My old One Plus Two survived three dunks into buckets of water. The last time I didn't even bother with the box of rice in the airing cupboard trick, I just carried on using it.

Capita, Fujitsu and pals tuck into slices of £3bn London NHS framework

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What could go wrong?

Fujitsu, Crapita, Atoms, et Al.. oh wait....

How do I set up the reminder to this post when it all goes titsup in about 12 months?

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election

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Nationalise The Outsource..

Once they've nationalised it, and realised that they can't actually do it themselves, they could outsource it to Crapita. What could be worse?

UK Home Office: We will register thousands of deactivated firearms with no database

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A solution

Set up a Yahoo! Group for it....

Oh wait....

You should really get an Android or iPhone, says Microsoft: No more app updates for Windows Phone 8.x holdouts

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Someone mention Nokia?

Powered up my N9 the other day, still works.... The phone that should have been.....

Hello Moto! UK Home Office shoves comms giant another £82m to stay on Emergency Services Network gig

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Re: going for a record fail.

Better Off With Maps And Nokia to coin a phrase....

And now here's Tom on Jupiter with the weather: Thanks, Karen. Still a bit breezy on the Great Red Spot, but it's easing up

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I blame climate change, on Jupiter caused by those Martian tourists!

Japan on track to start testing Alfa-X, fastest train in the world with top speed of 400kph

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The planned East West Railway here, effectively re-laying the Varsity Line between Cambridge and Oxford is part of HMGs plan for fast transit routes between the two great technology and education centres. Govt want it fast. Yet the local councils are doing what the French coal community did between Paris and Calais. If it goes the way the local councils want it, it'll still be quicker to drive there (especially along the new Oxford-Cambridge Expressway) or catch a train to London, the across to Oxford. Just the reason they closed the line in the late 60s (the crap DMUs didn't help then either).

Hams try to re-carve the amateur radio spectrum in fight over open or encoded transmissions

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Re: "nothing but lose privacy"

Sorry but that's bollocks.

The JARL "own" DStar, Kenwood make radios to support it,

There are bits that are Icom developed in relation to linking, but DPlus, irdddb, etc makes that all irrelevant.

There are more open source DStar nodes and repeaters out there than there are Icom by a very long way.

There have been radio adapters designed and published as open source designs.

Yaesu is with System Fusion is the walled garden.

Here's a race condition we can get behind: Neural net learns to keep up with 'skilled' amateur track driver in robo-ride safety experiment

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Re: Control of a vehicle in varying driving conditions

Definitely worth an upvote for mentioning Phil Hill. The Millennials wouldn't have a clue who he was, thinking you really meant Damon, not Phil.

Perhaps they should add a Gilles Villeneuve mode too... Oh imagine the carnage! But we'd get there much faster 50% of the time, the rest of the time the car would have crashed or broken

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

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Paranoid Android

Just because you're not paranoid, it doesn't mean they're not out to get you....

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Robots (misprint)

No no no.... You'll find its one in four would sleep with a Robert. They mis-heard / mis-read the question and started thinking about Robert Downey Jr, or similar.

Either that or they consider their Ann Summers Rabbit a robot?

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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Makes 5L you say?

Hmmm do they offer discounts for people wishing to buy 14 in one go?

Is there a pod for Abbot Ale?

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Compensation required

I demand compensation.

I was unable to post a picture of my breakfast on instagram/twitter/facebook/etc... this morning.

I also wish to know who to send the overtime bill to, as a shitstorm of emails hit me the moment I walked through the door at home and the WiFi connected.

Thank you for not listening. It's been wonderful.

UK's national Airwave terminal procurement framework awarded to Motorola and Sepura

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government allergy to ownership

When Airwave was bought by Motorola just the other year for £816m (ish) it makes you wonder what planet the Home Office are on.

They should have bought it instead, this saving around £300m which is more than the ESMCP project would save them over the same period.

They just seem to be allergic to owning anything in-house these days.

UK Home Office admits £200m Emergency Services Network savings 'delayed'

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Whichever way you look at it, it's a shambles.

Motorola WHOLLY own Airwave, and paid just over £800M for the network and all of its contracts.

Had the Home Office had some people with a bit of common sense they would have bought Airwave and then they'd have however many years they would have liked for ~£800M not three for £1.1Bn

As for the project, it's what happens when you want the moon on a stick, where the seed for the tree hasn't even been planted yet!

It'll be ready in 2023, maybe. Maybe not.

Britain mulls 'complete shutdown' of 4G net for emergency services

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How much?

The numbers I was given for thr ESN portable device were £1100 for the "phone" and £500/yr for the SIM / Network management.

There is currently no mobile device and the only "gateway" type device that they *need* is around $8000

On Airwave, a portable (in volume) is around £400, the DH are charged £900/yr/terminal.

Vehicle sets last a long time. Most are heading for 15yrs now. Portables, under contract, can be refreshed every 5yrs in the Ambulance contract.

What Motorola should be doing now is upgrading the Airwave network to TEDS2 with its more useable data rate, and having a composite device that can use 4G where high speed data (for video etc) is required.

I do get a feeling that there is great unhappiness in the Home Office that Motorola won it (pretty much by default), and had it been Pye or Burndept, things might be happier for them....

BlackBerry Z10 'share-price pump' lawsuit is back from the dead

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Re: Z10 Became Quite Good

I had a Z10, and until my current device (OnePlus 2) it was the longest amount of time I kept a phone without killing it. In fact, I resurrected it and gave it to my phone-destroying daughter who would normally kill a phone within a month or two. If I put a battery in it, then it'll still work, albeit with a cracked screen and a poorly loudspeaker.

I liked the OS, I loved the messaging hub. But I was sold on the Nokia N9 and meego, so preferred the tap & swipe UI.

Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

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They'll do anything to avoid import taxes....

Will it carry a CE mark?

Or will the package be marked as a "Gift" or "Children's Toy" to avoid any duty when it lands?

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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Kempston Keyboard & Joystick

Who had one of those as an upgrade to their Sinclair?

As a teenage yoof, my friends and I "tested" the prototypes of those as the founder of Kempston Micros was out maths teacher.

He was a very clever guy, but not much of a teacher sadly, or we were just a completely unruly bunch!

He left the school and set up Kemspton Micros and the rest is history. One of my classmates went on to write software for him while he was at university.

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be!

BBC Telly Tax heavies got pat on the head from snoopers' overseers

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Make the letters stop....

Though thinking about it, what will I use to light my fire?

After four phonecalla, six emails to the Crapita team tasked with dealing with it, they refuse to acknowledge that my other house, which was a bit of a building site for a while, is unoccupied, and has no television of any sort.

So, the letters keep coming.

I take them to my new home and use them when I light the fire.

I'd have to buy a newspaper if they stop, and I have difficulty grasping the concept to paying for biassed reporting whatever side.

We don't get free papers out here in the sticks, and with no current Foot & Mouth outbreaks, there are no sheep to burn either.

Deep joy.

Putting the urgency in emergency: UK's delayed emergency services network review... delayed

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Re: New last minute technology to extend Airwave's life

Motorola (who now own Airwave after snapping it up for peanuts) have been deploying IP based TETRA base stations for over ten years, so that's hardly being tested.

What is to be done to extend Airwave to *at least* 2023 is upgrade the entire network to their latest hardware and offer support for TEDS Release 2.

My gut feeling is that Airwave will become part of a hybrid ESN solution where critical voice goes over the TETRA network and data goes over the EE LATE network, with some VoLTE services where they want to use it.

Overall, it's an Omnishambles. Which ever way you look at it, it's a shambles!

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

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N900... N9...

I had a N900, loved it, even though it was feature limited until the indie Devs came up with features like MMS for it. Still got two of them somewhere, one is running Mer now.

I grabbed a N9 as soon as they were released. It became one of the longest used phones I've ever had as I used to kill phones in a year. It lasted almost two years before battery life tailed off to make it unusable for me. I resisted Android, went BB10 with a Z10 - great phone. Replaced that with a Jolla, drowned it within a week, so bought another one! Still got it. That's where the N9 was going.

Had Nokia not had Elop, and pushed the N9 globally from it's proper planned launch date, I honestly think the world would be a different place. The iPhone was still in its infancy, it's features were nothing to write home about and lots of things we took for granted didn't work. The N9 was full multitasking, even android didn't do that at the time. The OS was years ahead, but it was murdered by Elop, aided and abetted by the Symbian developers who thought they had a future...

Nokia would have been no.1 and Meego would be on other devices.

But, that didn't happen, and we have HMD selling Nokia's marque in the market, and they are doing very well.

I bought a Nokia 5 for my lads 13th birthday. Well under £200 and much better than a Shenzhen Special Landfill Android jobby.

Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return

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Signal strength

-110dBA is silence.

-110dBm is a weak RF signal.

Used iPhone Safari in 2011-12? You might qualify for Google bucks

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Where there's a blame, there's a claim.

So, in the unlikely event of this case actually being successful, what are you going to do with your payout Mr Compoclaimant? Buy a bottle of water from the vending machine in the foyer? Nope, you don't have enough...

I can see the queues to sign up for this being.... not long at all.

Total waste of judiciary time, and just another "Lawyers Get Rich Quick" scheme, even if Google were in the wrong. Horse, door, bolted. Or are you still looking for Shergar?

Vanity, thy name is: M1SCO company car reg plates for sale

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Re: Many

Around here, when I was a lad, there was a Porsche 944 with the registration 10 RAL, with the spacing slightly different. She looked like she did too.

Not to mention ol' Stavros Parrish with PEN 15 (which he sold some years back)

Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

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Phil Lord, apologies, a Great Dane vs Chihuahua is possible, they are dogs, they are "cross fertile" because they are no different in many ways than an Caucasian and an Afro-Caribbean. The issue is when you try to use a Great Dane dog vs Chihuahua bitch - and yes, it's been tried by mad people in the 'States. The other way around, a Great Dane bitch and Chihuahua dog would produce something, lord knows what.... I shudder to think, though the muppets that call their mongrels "Cockerpoos" and "Labradoodles" need correcting. It's a mongrel. It's not a new breed. Ask the Kennel Club, well try to....

The product of Horse & Donkey is a genetic dead end because Mules are usually generally sterile as they have 63 Chromosomes compared to the Horse having 64 and Donkey having 62. Not saying that they can't breed, but experience has shown it to be unlikely.

For any new "species" to be propagate, it must breed successfully within it's own "group".

Yes, biology is complicated. Put humans in abject squalor, with a 60" flat screen TV and the latest iPhone and see how well they breed....

Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

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I've still got a Nokia N9. And before that a N900, years ahead of their time, but murdered by that c**t Elop and his chums.

If only Nokia had stopped their infighting with Symbian and released the N900 as a mainstream, and got the N9 out marketed worldwide, the market would probably look different, given Nokia's domination of the market.

Ifs and ands, pots and pans. Didn't happen. Ahh well.

Still, Jolla clings on, SailfishOS still looks good, it's slick, but will never grab any kind of market share.

Openreach boss says he'd take a burning effigy on the chin

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Re: FTTP...

I got a quote for FTTP On Demand up here in Rural Englandshire.

I'm 1.1Km from my nearest street cabinet.

£5750 for "installation" then it's £165/month + VAT for 330Mb down, 30Mb up, PLUS £60/month surcharge because we're in a Annex A area, ie: less than 3 LLU providers! We have to pay a surcharge because there is "noncompetition" WTF?

Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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BT Database stolen?

I thought they still gave the Phone book away?

You know, the one that contains your name, address, and telephone number?

BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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British Standard recovery

All surface data recovery scans are carried out to meet BS3704

It's a Standard I quote when anyone asks me if the work I do meets, or needs to meet, a British Standard. If they want the EN version it's EN 600:1996

You know they'll never go and look it up....

User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Re: Some people need toilet paper bearing instructions in large print...

"Media Studies Degree. Please take one?"

Do you mind! I studied very hard at The University of Andrex for my degree.

You wanna go LARGE with that?

Hubble telescope spies massive 'cannonballs' of fire from dying star

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It's the Arachnids.

Send in the Starship Troopers quickly......

Self-driving Google car T-boned in California crash

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Van Driver?

Was the driver called Reece? Was he screaming about Judgement day, and that Skynet has to be stopped...??

Just sayin'

NASA starts countdown for Cassini probe's Saturn death dive

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Good job!

It's a good job they're doing this, because the last thing we want is for it to disappear in deep space, into a black hole, and come back in the 24th Century as "C-ini" hell bent on finding its creator at the expense of the Carbon Units.

UK's EE scores network reliability clean sweep, rival dwarves fume

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Nothing Squared

Living in rural Cambridgeceistershire, I can honestly say that :

Three have a LOT of not spots. I have to go to one precise part of my property to get a signal from them. If I'm lucky.

Vodafone - just no.

EE - well.. it sort of works, but if I move, oh, and it's gone.

Nothing Squared - I have a lovely fat EDGE signal. If I perform a network scan, I see LTE, if I register on the network (manually), I have LTE for about 15 seconds (about 3 bars on the display), then BANG, gone, and back to EDGE. Same for a 3G signal on o2.

If I go into the village - and indoors - it's pretty much zero signal of any usable sort on any of the networks. Except Vodafone, which gives a GPRS signal that goes nowhere.

So much for "expanding their networks".

SETI Institute damps down 'wow!' signal report from Russia

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An old signal you say?

Mork calling Orson, come in Orson....

Exodor... is that you?

'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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This startshot thing, will it be crewed by a Scouser, a Cat, a Hologram, and a sarcastic Android?

UK South East Coast Ambulance slammed for creaking emergency dispatch IT

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Re: Wrong Photo

I was just going to say that.

And one that's very out of date too.

That's an old East Anglian Ambulance spec ambo, one that was replaced many years ago.

Please get your images up to date and correct.

As for their IT issues at SECAMB, that's what happens when you let the wrong people choose the software. They're probably trying to run it on 10yr old Windows XP based hardware...

They should have gone with M.I.S. as it "just works" and their support is second to none, and included in the price. Other vendors leave support out, so their product is cheaper (what Procurement bods like to see) and then charge the customer for every call to fix the fk ups that they created in the first place.

Juno probe spins up its sonic screwdrivers for Jupiter flyby

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Re: Too long

Are we at the seaside yet Daddy?

I need a wee.....

The cheese and tomato sandwiches will be very soggy by then too....

With my sensible head on, one assumes that the results of the Juno mission may lead to the next probe going in to Jovian atmosphere for a closer look. It'll most likely be a suicide mission as what we already (think) know shows it not to be very hospitable...

NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

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The Sonoma road course race shown here in Blighty last night was excellent, puts our shopping car racing to shame (BTCC). As for technology, NASCAR is partly 1950s agricultural, partly bang up to date bleeding edge. Turning left (for most of the races) is so easy that ex-F1 drivers have dominated the sport... oh wait, they haven't... then again NASCAR drivers haven't done the reverse. Agreed about the fool France, though they seem to have woken up this year and improved the racing by reducing the downforce.

PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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May I draw your attention to that what is known as the "Lemon Test", laid down by SCOTUS which clearly states that "The statute must not result in an "excessive government entanglement" with religious affairs"

If this is not such a law, then fair enough, but it smells like State and Church joined at the hip, which is against the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution, as per the letter from Thomas Jefferson which uses the words "a wall between state and church".

I don't care what's in the legislation, it just smells of religion interfering with state, as opposed to state interfering with religion.

Nuke Icon because that's the way it'll go if left un-checked!



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