* Posts by Yet Another Hierachial Anonynmous Coward

180 posts • joined 17 Oct 2011


FCC Commissioner demands review of Starlink rural broadband subsidies

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Quite Impressive

I set up a Starlink terminal for client on a remote site in the UK a month or so back.

Took it out of the box, sat it on a patio using the included stand, plugged it all in, connected my computer, then sat to think about how to get it working (ie. use 4G to connect to find some instructions as there were none included in the box - I should point out the unit had previously been used elsewhere by the same client).

Before I had a chance to think too much, the thing started moving and tilting itself much to my surprise. I had only just got the 4G connected and had not downloaded any instructions, so I connected to the Starlinks wi-fi instead to see if I could find it's own web status page or something, and as I fired up the browser, it promptly loaded all my previous pages. I double checked the 4G was disconnected (it was) so did a bit of surfing and fired up a speed test page. It confirmed I had a Starlink Ip address, and indicated I had around 120mb/s down and 10mb/s up. Amazing. Less than 5 minutes from opening the box.

You get a local/CGNAT (10.x.y.z) network address rather than a proper address, so it's a bit like a 4G connection in that respect. However I plugged a Draytek router into the ethernet port of the Starlink and the Draytek happily established it's VPN connection back to main office and all devices on the remote site were then as visible from HQ as we expected.

It ran quite happily and without a glitch for 2 -3 weeks until we finally got the gigabit fibre installed.

9.5 out of 10. I never thought I could say anything like that about a Musk product.

Microsoft to stop accepting checks from partners

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Re: Err because MS...

Caix? Do you mean cakes? Yes, I accept cakes as part payment on account. Bottles of beer also.

USB-C to hit 80Gbps under updated USB4 v. 2.0 spec

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Re: 240 volts?

I don't have a Hoover.

I have a Vax.

Still trying to figure out how to boot it to VMS.

NASA's Lunar Orbiter spots comfortably warm 'pits' all over the Moon

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Actually very useful.

On the beach, on a nice sunny day and the tide is coming in and the beach quickly disappearing....

NASA's Psyche mission: 2022 launch is off after software arrives late

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Beta Launch

Can they not launch with a Beta version, and just do a few updates and patches en-route to fix the bugs that become apparent?

Seems to be the norm for almost all software projects these days.

Newport Wafer Fab could be sold to US consortium – report

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Ye gods I hope not. The thought of a caramel wafer or snowball filled with Cadburys slime is disgusting.

Original killer PC spreadsheet Lotus 1-2-3 now runs on Linux natively

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Re: WordPerfect

Windows 10 still creaks......

Dell's rugged Latitude 5430 laptop is quick and pretty – but also bulky and heavy

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Re: I used to have a 6.6 lb laptop

Presumably a CRT monitor, up and down the fire escape?

Youngsters today.....

OpenVMS on x86-64 reaches production status with v9.2

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Re: I wonder how many people still remember how to use it?

The one thing I remember is that it had plenty of comprehensive manuals. By the shelffull, or even the roomful. Documentation galore. There must have been a impressive team churning out and updating all that documentation.

Mozilla browser Firefox hits the big 100

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Re: Firefox 100 also detects if your OS is set to a different language

I think the "bitter sarcasm" tag was unrecognised by your browser too.

Worried about being replaced by a robot? Become a physicist

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Re: Politician?

Tractors? pah!

I think robot politicians need some real hard core stuff like Steam Traction Engines. Fred Dibnah style.

Makes my universal joint tremble, just thinking about it.

Could a leaky capacitor be at fault on ESA's Sentinel-1B?

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squirty can

A can of squirty freezer spray and a soldering iron tip in close proximity will quickly locate the failed part. Oh hang on, that might not be so easy.

Japan's earthquake disrupts already fragile tech sector

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Re: Wednesday's 7.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Fukushima

The next earthquake arrives just after the last one is forgotten.




A bit like labour governments.

The right to repairable broadband befits a supposedly critical utility

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If your life is so critically important to be online at all times, then maybe you need to be responsible for yourself and have some backup. Just a 4G connection would get you up and running in 99% of circumstances that causes a fixed line to fail.

Mains electricity fails from time to time. That's why we all have a battery powered torch at home, Or some candles, maybe four of them. I have no sympathy for someone who does not have the forethought to think ahead for blindingly obvious scenarios...

As for having devices and software that do not work when it cannot phone home? Well that is your own fault. Smart device. Dumb user.

Intel to spend €17bn on chip mega-factory in Germany

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Uk Efforts...

Had to think about it for a while, but eventually I remembered that the UK was once a world leader in electronics, chips and silicon type stuff.....



114 billion transistors, one big meh. Apple's M1 Ultra wake-up call

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Re: "it's too small for your cat to sit on"

I prefer to wall-mount the cats......

Routers should have free run of the house. Anything else is cruel.

UK Home Office dangles £20m for national gun licence database system

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Re: Database?

They need to get Dido in to manage it. Or is this small and lowly project below her status?

The zero-password future can't come soon enough

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Re: Way, way, way too much hassle

And finally - pictures of bicycles or busses? Indistinguishable squished letters and numbers? Sorry, I just walk away.

If I am trying to make a one off purchase from a website, and they do not let me "checkout as guest" but insist I create an account, I just walk away and spend my money elsewhere.

UK internet pioneer Cliff Stanford has died

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My first connection too

I'd had a dial-up modem from around 1993, but apart from a few private bulletin boards and the like had not used it as much as I should, A job and house move in 1994 put hobbies on the back burner for a while, but come 1995 I was ready for the internet and Demon was the place that everybody went to.

A lot to learn in those days of Win 3.11 , trumpet, KA9Q, winsock and all that as others have mentioned. No one has mentioned Turnpike yet? The turnpike dialler even had a clock-set routine which set your PC to the correct time each time you connected. Quite revolutionary back them.

And as for - "Many of those who worked at Demon Internet have gone on to be very senior in telcos, infrastructure, and web giants today". Well,, many of those early-ish customer have also gone on to fairly high places and have had a good career. Hard to believe it is close on 30 years ago now.

Thanks Cliff - you helped launch 10,000 careers.

A tale of two dishwashers: Buy one, buy it again, and again

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Re: Bought a shed

No - once clean, keep the dishes in the dishwasher until you need them. As you use them and they get dirty, just pile them up on the worktop. Once the pile on the worktop is spilling over and taking up all available space, you will notice the dishwasher is now almost empty. That's the correct time to move from the worktop back into the dishwasher to run the washing cycle again.

Prince of Packaging HP Inc snaps up zero-plastic bottle maker

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Cisco packaging

I've always thought Cisco to be one of the big offenders of packing.

20 different sized screws, all in different plastic bags or boxes, within the main box. Only about 3 of which are actually required or fit your device. Surely, they could use one screw size for everything? Mind you they can;t even have standard fit rack ears across the range of boxes. Then all those separate handbooks, safety sheets. addendums, whatever. All individually wrapped. Oh, and a couple of Cat 5's - not that someone installing a cisco would have any of their own cat 5's to hand..... And of course, a selection of UK, EU and US mains cables, just in case. Then some random plastic bits that look like they came from a christmas cracker. No idea what they do.

And if you order 20 or 30 routers, you get 20 or 30 times the fluff and packing - not a bulk box/palletload of just routers and rack ear brackets.

When forgetting to set a password for root is the least of your woes

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Never underestimate the ability of Plod to bend facts/truths/events to make things "easier"....

Hive View security camera customers left in the dark as some gear gives up the ghost

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More tat ?

More shoddy IoT tat with sweet fa real support......

And this is new(ish) kit. Wait till it is 5 or 10 years old and suitable for nothing but landfill because no-one can be arsed or afford to support it.

Ceefax replica goes TITSUP* as folk pine for simpler times

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Pedantic - slightly inaccurate

Slightly inaccurate article, me thinks.

The system and technology was called Teletext. It was pretty much a joint development between BBC R+D and the IBA in the mid 70's.

When the service launched to the public, the BBC called their teletext service CEEFAX. The ITV companies, and later Ch4 when it launched, called theirs ORACLE.

In the early/mid 80's, the ITV/Ch4 ORACLE service was far better than CEEFAX. Far more pages, far more news and information, and loads of local content.

This was pretty much all lost when the ITV network was destroyed by the broadcasting act 1990, and the ITV and Ch4 services just became known as plain old teletext and just about all useful and local content was lost, and it became mostly a way of pushing adverts and commercial services - ie. holidays, bookies, etc.

A teletext Tv in the late 70's early 80's was probably the first "digital" device in the home (cf. pocket calculator) , and almost certainly contained the first mircoprocessor "chip" running software in the home. It was also the first gateway into a world of remote servers and online information retrieval.

Teletext services were adopted in many countries around the world, with the exception of the america's which showed little interest. Probably a case of "not invented here"

Who you gonna call? Premium numbers, but a not-so-premium service

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Re: Ahh the old audiotex days

Maybe the line was fitted with a "Dad Detector" or something ?

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Re: One of my earliest hacks ...

The introduction of 0898 numbers caused a lot of issues in the TWeed exchange area (ie. Galashiels, etc) as the existing area code was 0896. Very easy to get the two confused with drunken fingers on a Friday and Saturday night.

Many of the locals were not amused at the quantity and nature of the calls they were starting to receive at late hours and it became a bit of a political issue to get BT to try and solve it. Their initial solution was of course to advise the householders to change their number, at their own cost!

Samsung gets 2-year contract extensions to provide rugged handsets for UK's troubled Emergency Services Network

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Re: A reason why on the railway....

To be fair, GSM-R was intended to replace the various assorted and incompatible cab radio systems that were around, and to enable track side squads to contact signalboxes and train/power control without having to find the nearest signalpost telephone.

It was never expecteded to be a catch-all comms system for the entire rail network and beyond. It was developed when pagers were still the de-facto means of getting someones attention when they were in the cafe with a bacon butty.

Shocking: UK electricity tariffs are among world's most expensive

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Re: Think it is bad now?

Yes, we tried that. But there were not enough lorry drivers to deliver the control once we had taken it back.

If only the government and industry had 4 years notice that there was likely to be shortage of drivers they could have done something to prepare for it. But that may have involved forward thinking and planning.

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Think it is bad now?

Just wait till gas is outlawed because of its emissions and we are all forced to heat our homes from electric at 3-5 times the cost of gas. And charge our electric cars and whatever else. Then all these idiots who have adopted smart meters will enable the electricty companies to charge whatever they like on a minute-by-minute basis depending how much wind is available and how much greed they have that day. Freezing outside? Never mind, electricty for the next 36 hours is only £5 per kw/h, but if you wait for a warm and windy day in the summer, we will supply it to you for only 5 pence. Yes, folks, it's the unregulated free market and competition.

Never mind, the electricty companies will sack all their linesmen and maintenance teams to increase their profits. Why do we need to trim trees and growth alongside power lines - that costs money. why do we need to have local depots stocked with emergency repair materials - we can sell the depot land for housing and make a huge profit. We don't need to have customer service agents around to answer the phone as everyone can do self-service via the online app using their electricty powered computer.

Think I'm joking? Come back in 20 years and ask. Did you ever think you would have to pay for taking your rubbish down the tip? Or that your council would fine you for putting the wrong rubbish in a bin? Or have to put a padlock on your wheelie bin to stop your neighbours using it? Or that you would have to pay per mile for driving a car and insurance ontop of fuel taxes and costs?

Yep, what a fecked up future we have made for ourselves.

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70's electricty

Yep, and once we are addicted to coal, the miners will be on strike for more money (not that I blame them).

At least the wind doesn't go on strike. Well, not today anyway.

A question a few friends and I have discussed is what happens to all this wind energy that is being sucked out of the atmosphere? Assuming every country starts to take 100's of gigawatts of wind movement from the atmosphere, what is the overall global effect on weather systems and climate? When we burned the first coal powered power stations, or drilled the first barrel of dinosaur juice out the ground no-one batted an eyelid or thought about the global consequences or how much there was to go round. If we start extracting all that natural wind and atmospheric movement are we leading ourselves down another path to armagedden?

Utility biz Delta-Montrose Electric Association loses billing capability and two decades of records after cyber attack

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"explaining that current customers won't be penalised"

What about the voltage and wattage customers? Will they be penalised instead?

(sorry, that was the best I could do on a Saturday morning)

New UK product security law won't be undercut by rogue traders upping and vanishing, government boasts

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Re: Taking a local hostage

If I am not mistaken, the US courts put the US directors of Volkswagon in prison for their part in the consumer fraud that was dieselgate, whilst the european directors got off with a slap on the wrist or less. International global companies and their CEO's should be held to account wherever that tradename is used or represented..

A lightbulb moment comes too late to save a mainframe engineer's blushes

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Re: early compiler days

Semi-colon? I raise you a glass to the humble @

Very much underused and obscure until about 30 years back, and since then it's rise to stardom has been meteoric.

Now, what about that little sinewave thingy ~

Ford taking control of chip supply in Globalfoundries deal

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"that back a software-defined car-as-a-service model"

I read that as, "we'll brick, or make your 10 year old car so dysfunctional that you have to buy a new one.". Or, "pay us £100 per month if you want a working radio, heating, air con and interior lights"

We really are happily waltzing into a frightening world......

Survey shows XP lingers on while Windows 11 makes a 0.21% ripple in the enterprise

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Re: Which OS

Have been using Libre office ( on Windoze 10 for a couple of years with no unruly behaviour whatsoever. Other than the usual 10 crap. Machine is MS Orifice free.

But windows 10 will be my last windows as it is just so unproductive and unituitive. Once the move to 11 is forced, there will be a minty flavour of penguin everywhere around me, rather than just on some pi's and nuc's and the like.

There's something to be said for delayed gratification when Windows 11 is this full of bugs

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Re: Windows Update makes me happy

I think an additional "s" on the end of predecessor is required.

The Ministry of Silly Printing: But I don't want my golf club correspondence to say 'UNCLASSIFIED' at the bottom

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Re: Way Back...

" The middle part of that process seems entirely redundant! "

You obviously never worked for the civil servioce or local government in the day ?

I was with a local council for a couple of years (89/90/91?) and all letters and memo's had to go through the typing pool, and were logged/recorded, given task numbers, etc. You could either dictate a letter through the telephone based "dictaphone" thing, or hand in a scribbled handwritten note. What came back as a draft was usually full of spelling mistakes (especially for technical terms) or just didn't make sense. So it was a 2 or 3 or more step iterative process to get it right (could take 2 or 3 days).

Being in a technical department we had a couple of standlone PC's for technical/analysis work (strictly non admin stuff) along with dot matrix printers (almost certainly FX80's, though memory is a bit hazy now), and somehow we got a hooky copy of Wordstar installed. That was useful for wirting and printing a few notes, but one day a colleague wrote a (external) letter on it, and handed the dot matrix draft to the typing pool for official typing and recording. I can't remember the exact sequence of events after that, but the upshot was that it was NOT for engineers to type and print anything, whether for internal or external dissemination as that was a skill reserved for the typing pool......

I had moved on long before email and general desktop PC's became the norm.

Ofcom announces plan to protect endangered species – the Great British phone box

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Surely, the advertising cards on the box windows should be a subsidy to the cost of keeping the box? 10 pence per week, per card, or something like that?

Seeing as everyone loves cloud subscriptions, get ready for car-as-a-service future

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F*** right off

go and F*** right off, right now and take your subscription software services to make a car go with you.

Design the thing and test it properly in the first place,

Oh, and please use a standard aperture and ISO connector so I can throw you defective 4 year old dysfunctional radio in the bin and replace it with something that works and might last the lifetime of the car.

BT jittery about Cellnex snapping up UK mobile tower assets

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A bit rich for BT....

It's a bit rich for BT to say "that it considers the deal would "materially enlarge the already significant share of the Relevant Market held by Cellnex" and would "remove any realistic scope for Cellnex’s smaller competitors to achieve critical scale in the short-to medium-term" considering that BT normally does everything it can to quash competition at every opportunity.

If it were possible to evade facial-recognition systems using just subtle makeup, it might look something like this

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Re: How much make up needed to

"you would have to walk backwards without any trousers on"

I think that is Standard Operating Procedure for political crawlers and wannabees in the corridors of power.

DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats sue NYC for trying to permanently cap delivery fees

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Re: Those folks will then be less likely to order from restaurants

Internet middlemen.....

A few years ago I wanted some bathroom furniture. Actually wanted to look at and feel it before buying. Gave up using online searches for bathroom salesrooms and found an old copy of a local business directory printed on dead trees. Went through the listing of local companies, then searched directly for their websites. Even searching directly for local businesses the results were often hijacked by middlemen and hangers on.

The internet really has become a lurid toxic swamp of lowlifes.

WEB@30: The Register pokes around historical hardware of the WWW

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Wot, no FX-80 ?

A Star LC-10, but no FX-80 ? Goodness me.

Hopefully it doesn't have an acoustic hood so visitors can bask in the full glory of all those pins hitting the paper. Maybe it might even shake itself off the table.

A place I worked in 1991 had a lovely old daisywheel printer. great for doing text only system documents, though we tended to fill it with paper and set it on its way when we went for lunch.

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

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The guy collects military hardware. So what? Lot's of people collect strange things. He's been made to hand it over to a collector or museum? How come another collector can own it but he cannot?

Surely there has to be something deeper in this? The article says he was not a Nazi sympathiser, nor does it say he was mentally unstable, a nuisance to his neighbours or anything, so why, after 44 years of owning and spending his life restoring this has it now been confiscated?

Seems totally unfair and a horribly cruel thing to do to an elderly gentleman - not just confiscate his lifes work, but the fine too.

Something just does not add up about this.

Kudos to lifes oddballs who don't conform to boring society norms.

Tech support scams subside somewhat, but Millennials and Gen Z think they're bulletproof and suffer

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Re: I only lasted 6 mins

I told them i had a raspberry pi, and it did not have windows. He kept saying "i do not understand raspberry pi". Eventually I said, it's a bit like an apple pie, but with raspberry not apples and no custard. At which point he lit up " ah, you have an apple computer!"

Wish I had recorded the conversation - it was hysterical!

Our Friends Electric: A pair of alternative options for getting around town

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Cycle infrastructure

As far as I can tell, a lot of cycle infrastructure is designed by planners who never travel by any means except driving."

I think you give them rather too much credit for being able to drive.

Near me, there is a steep hill which used to be a main road with a crawler lane. 20 odd years ago, the bypass opened and the road got down graded. The crawler lane got cordoned off and became a cycle lane. Except it only went half way up the hill, then cross sides over a new traffic island/bollard thing in the middle of the road. The "three" lanes of the road, were routed around the island to act as a slalom to slow traffic down, and the new uphill cycle lane thus got split across the two sides of the road.

Don't think I've ever seen a cyclist using it.

Tomorrow's wireless world will be fatter, faster, and creepier

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Re: "as frequency goes up antenna size goes down"

"f the size of the wave is smaller, you'd need a larger antenna"

No, opposite is true. Size of antenna is related to wavelength. So as frequency goes up, size of antenna goes down for same performance. What does happen, is that more efficient antennas, with more gain and directional properties can be made more easily for high frequencies.

Have a look at a TV antenna (c. 600mhz) compared to fm radio antenna (c. 100mhz). The Tv antenna can be much smaller, and then, for an aesthetically acceptable size, can be built with more gain and directivity. The extra gain being useful in overcoming the higher frequency losses, as explained by the article.

I don't buy the bit in the article about using carefully designed antennas or indoor use to mitigate the satellite issue though. As soon as you put these into the hands of unskilled persons (ie, the public, unlicensed bands) you have lost all control. Someone will stick one in a waterproof box and use it outside, or the antenna will point in any random direction. Look how little ordinary folks understand about placing wi-fi routers - where they are buried under cables, behind TV's, metal cabinets and whatever else.

‘Fasten your seat belts, raise your tray table, and disconnect your Bluetooth headsets from the entertainment unit’

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United inflight entertainment

Just make sure you don't let them handle your guitar.....


(true story)

Ofcom gets new CTO as UK regulator welcomes Amazon Alexa Smart Home exec

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Re: This experience – as well as his senior technology roles at AOL and advertising.com

My thoughts entirely. A regulator needs to be someone who can see both side of the picture and is able to protect the consumer from exploitation when required.

Someone who has spent 9 years putting creepy spy microphones into folks homes and slurping their personal data is not that person.

Dominic Cummings: Health secretary's 'stupid' targets delayed building UK test and trace system to combat COVID

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Re: You've got to deal with the fundamental argument that

"the Emperor walked on in his underwear."

The thought of Bozo the clown in his underwear is enough to put me off my food. For life.



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