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3137 posts • joined 4 May 2008

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

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Welcome to China

Jdnnazhfnmioelanbucuidjebgazucifje.

(Decrypted version by means of me being a good cop)

All your Kangaroos are us.

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Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

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Just as big_D stated here is the article

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2018/07/20/on_call/

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Australia on the cusp of showing the world how to break encryption

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Re: No ... think bigger!

@Mc Nobby

I presume that that was a reference to the IT Crowd... Brings up some sunshine to this cloudy morning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDbyYGrswtg

and it's follow up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vywf48Dhyns

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Fortunately it's no longer the case.

So maybe, the Ozzies should reconsider if their master plan will really have any impact.

First we had the great barrier reef.

Then we had the great Aussi Firewall.

The we had the amazing Aussi Full Decryption laws.

Then we had a scandal because one of the ministers got caught doing something naughty, one/all of his adversaries could now read the hidden stuff.

Then the great firewall, decryption process was removed as it wasn't in public interest...

What goes around, comes around...

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Need a facial recognition auto-doxxx tool? Social Mapper has you covered

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Re: Go for it

Australian, living in one of Sydney's affluent suburbs.

Worked on IBMs, knows AS400s probably from within a Banking environment, in or around the early 80s, we can quickly surmise that at least 48 years old, although I would hazard a guess are around 62. ( forty odd years in IT).

Learned assembler on Macs in an Australian university.

Likes to make/eat Cheese. Previously owned a BMW 740il

What's the betting that it would not take too long for someone with but a little more information than El Reg posts too fully determine the real name of our probably Scottish or Irish descendancy poster......

So were moving along quickly with this rather un-anonymous Aussi...lol.

[Oengus, don't take it too seriously, I just wanted to see what kind of profile I could quickly develop just reading through El Reg posts] Anyone that thinks that El Reg is not a social media website, think again...

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Brain brainiacs figure out what turns folks into El Reg journos, readers

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Re: A lot of might, may, and possibly...

I hope for your sake that the air is not blown from the rear end of one of the macaques...

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Re: More human

Macaques probably don't request high salaries. Surprising that there is not some American Lawyer prepared to defend the annual macaque salary.

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Hang on a moment

"The researchers believe that activating the caudate nucleus drove the animals to focus more on the negative consequences of the reward, and made them more apathetic about the value of the juice.""

And how do they know that stimulating the caudate nucleus did not make the blast of air more painful, disagreeable, etc...

The cause and effect seems highly debatable here....I think if I had a choice between having my brain "stimulated" with electric probes might actually put me off a lot of things when the other choice is not to have the brain stimulated....

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Hackers can cook you alive using 'microwave oven' sat-comms – claim

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I truly hope so

"It would not be possible for him to hijack the aircraft's core control systems, though, as these are kept strictly separate and locked down. "

Should we therefore "presume" that none of the control systems use SATCOM, not even as a redundant backup for reason a, b or c.....

Scary stuff

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Regardless of the score, it must be one of the most scathing reviews that I have read on El Reg. Even thought the device is crap, the review made me laugh, so at least it will end my otherwise boring day on a good note...

I agree that 4/10 appears to be a little over generous...

Crappy feedback on the buttons : he he.

Overall look : Ha ha ha ha ha.

Painted buttons : Hey guys come over and see this article, its a killer...

Thinking about those who invested in this : Rolls on floor, splutters, coughs, tears roll down cheeks and belly starts to ache...

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For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully

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"I've been told the ADB backup system is not that reliable"

I have recent experience of trying to take/make full backups in order to clone company phones ( 24 of them). I can confirm that after several hours of trying many variations of ADB parameters and switches that none of them successfully managed to make a complete backup. It definitely creates backup files but it never seems to fully restore everything on the new device.

It might depend on specific needs but I certainly couldn't get ADB to make me a backup of what I wanted on an un-rooted phone. We ended up just doing everything manually, a la Production Chain...

Personally I would not trust it without having 100% managed a full backup / restore on different devices ( same model of telephone).. It might work on the exact same device on which the backup was made , but I don't know as that wasn't useful for our needs.

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Swipe up on home butt

Does this require toilet paper or does the bare hand suffice ?

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The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?

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Re: Lipstick on a pig

Exactly the same as Frank Ly, RSS feeds for me.

The feeds represent zero publicity and leads me directly to the article that interests me. It's far easier than on the eyes to read some basic text without having all the surrounding HTML fluff..

I almost never go to the Front Page as it doesn't offer me anything more than the feeds already offer.

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: you can put your name on the number plates, that's it.

The car does have the maker's badges. I'd take those off if it was feasible.

BMW do it for a price, and I believe that others do it too. Well at least for the model numbet., Maybe not the actuelle BW hélice.

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Re: A bit late

There aint have been some clevers bastards, lucky bleeders. ( Nostalgia kicks in)

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Re: Advertising from mobile 'phones

My personal hotspot is "Bad Connection" which always make me wonder if others truly believe it is a bad connection.

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: Stop breaking stuff

"1920x1080 is NOT high resolution."

Hence the "cough" in the OP.. 1920*1080 is nothing more than a basic resolution today which just pissed me of because Intel isn't following suite with the updates.

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Stop breaking stuff

It seems as though every updates is perfectly executed to break something.

The OEMs are definately not following at the same rate, todays adventure, the last updates f**k around with cheap intel G45 cards and high resolution ( 1920*1080, cough) no longer appears in the list of available options. Intel does not have native G45 drivers for Windows 10 but up until the latest batch things were working just fine...

Result 2 hours spent doing nothing but desperately trying old drivers until one of them worked.

Do updates and remain safe from security exploits : OK. When it breaks your damned system obviously you are safe because you cant get any work done anyway.... gggggrrrrrrr..

And I see no reason that W7 runs fine on older equipement whereas W10 can be a dog to "keep" running correctly...

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Enterprise Windows 10 users, Microsoft has some 'quality' patches coming your way

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Snake biting it's own tail

The eternal problem of how to test outside of production, just in case everything gets borked whilst needing testing to be done in production, where the real data resides...

* Sandboxing wont help because the data is usally on another device.

* Complete and exact copies of production environments are almost impossible to keep up to date without having the budget of MS behind you.

* Some of these bugs are only for extremely rare cases and would be damned hard to test without spending the entire IT budget on testing.....

And these are only the OS bugs, when we add O365 into the affaire then things really

become fun....not.

Sighs in despair as IT never seems to evolve, it just repeats Ad Infinitum..

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If Brussels wants Android forks, phone makers aren't helping

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Re: And the mess that is Android updating

<Rant coming up>

Parmi nous il y a quelques-uns qui parle plusieurs langues...

When someone tries their best to speak or write English when it is their second or third language then I think that they should be welcomed rather than scorned.

Grammar Nazis are Ok when it is obvious that the person writing is a native English speaker, but it's far less necessary for the others.

A little bit of understanding/forgiving can make us all better people...even on El Reg...

<end rant>

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Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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A must read on Fridays

I always read this column due to it's lighthearted, yet terribly real, content. It's always refreshing to know that the Mad Bosses and Psychos that we encouter on a daily basis are not just within our own offices...

Thanks for all the good work and best of luck for the new adventure...

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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The Attrition Game

This is undoubtedly where the game of attrition starts.. and Google are already very experienced....

Popcorn is necessary in huge buckets, 90 days gives good lawyers a reasonable playing field.

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Shouting lager, lager... Carlsberg's beer AI can now tell pilsners apart

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Re: AI - Artificial Ignorance

True, but they too are human and know that taste, feeling and sentiments can change according to a multitude of factors. They also have memories that can relay information based on feeling, personal preferences and personal desire which AI has no need for.

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Re: The real test

Horse Piss probably has more taste.

Like a lot of American Food and Beverages, the wrapper might look pretty but the contents are severely lacking in taste, unless "synthetic" is considered a taste. ( The Americans don't care though as evolution has left them devoid of taste buds)

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AI - Artificial Ignorance

Beer is like sex, there are days when it is great and days when it is not... A lot depends on the person, environment, what you had to eat the night before, etc etc etc etc

Having "algorithms" test beer is like having a Blow Up Doll" being used to test candidates for porn movies. He might have the meat but not necessarily the talent but the doll wouldn’t know the difference.

Also. robots don’t drink beer and neither do algorithms, they might be able to do a chemical analysis but I doubt that they would appreciate a damned cold beer on a hot day like today and therefore determine if that beer was really exciting to your taste buds or not…

Pseudo Code:

Case ( Beer Origine)

English : Return "poor, lacks taste, almost fizzy water"

German : Return "Not bad, Pilsners can be fine as long as cold"

Belgian : Return "Excellent flavor, great selection and usually very strong".

EndCase

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BGP hijacker booted off the Internet's backbone

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Good news all round

Like everyone on the planet I hate spam(the electronic kind).. So if this results in even a 5% reduction I am more than happy.

What I don't understand though is why it takes so long to get the wheels moving as proof would appear to be relatively simple to obtain.

Anyway cheers to the AntiSpammers of this world..

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US taxman wants AI to do the security checks it seemingly can't do itself

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"The US tax authority – the Internal Revenue Service – is looking at how AI can secure and protect taxpayers’ data held on its servers."

And they are most certainely looking at how they can "protect" the corporates and drug barons that finance things on the darker side whilst ensuring that Joe Schmoe on his pitance has the book thrown at him...

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At last – a use for AI! Predicting an England World Cup victory

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Stats stats stats

Do they add any Black Swans ( N Taleb) into their algorithms ? If not then they need to try again because that gloomy dark forebording cygnus is more than likely to make an appearance at some point in time and take a long deep laugh at the stats......

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Dob in naughty data slurps to top EU court, privacy groups urge

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Potential Terrorism/Mafia/Illegal Activists

Since we are all considered as potential terrorist/mafioso or illegal activists then we can safely presume that the Govts are not going to stop this activity any time soon.....

Alternative solution : Give us access to the politicians/ministers/governing persons private phone calls, whereabouts and all online/offline activity in order that we too may make judgement on activities performed. We pay for the politicians, wouldn't it be the correct thing to allow us some insight into how they execute their well payed tasks, both in and behind the scenes.....

After all they too might actually be involved potential terrorist/mafioso or illegal activiities....

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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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Memories

Autoexec.bat, Config.sys,

SET SOUND=C:\PROGRAM~1\CREATIVE\CTSOUND

SET MIDI=SYNTH:1 MAP:E MODE:0

SETBLASTER=A 220 I5 D1 H5 P330 E620

REM= By HiSpeed CD-ROM Drive Installation Program 8/5/101

REM= device=C\ CD-ROM\CDTECH.SYS /d: mscd001/udma2 /v

DEVICE= C:\HXCD-ROM\CDROM.SYS /D:MSCD001

LAST DRIVE=M

At least some of the Greybeards here, must remember the battles that arose from IRQ confilicts...

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Israel cyberczar drops hints about country's new security initiative

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Rather than restrict, it's far better to simply "know"which the Israelis are already very good at....

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What Israel's crack majority-women Unit 8200 hackers can teach tech about diversity

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Re: Conscription ?

"Like the Europeans they mostly are?"

People from Iran, Iraq, Egypt are far from being just White Europeans.

Having lived in Israel for a few years I can easily tell you that there are two main groups, Ashkenazi and Spheradic. ( There are also others, indigenous or not)

Ashkenazi could be grouped as Caucasian European

Spheradic could be grouped vaguely as "Middle eastern", some of which are very white, some are not.

It's a huge and very diverse mixture of backgrounds, ethnicity and culture..

There is no such thing as a typical Israeli, other than the fact that they all speak Hebrew ( Modern Hebrew)...

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Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

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Re: How about something small

For around 25000 you can get one of these

https://int.piaget.com/watches/rose-gold-ultra-thin-automatic-watch-g0a43120

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Re: What do people want in a smartwatch?

If you can find a watch that "Changes time", now that would be wonderfull.

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A pretty and helpful user interface? Nahhh. Is that really you, Samsung?

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Form over function

Personally, I find the stock Android interfaces pretty well done, outside of aesthetics I don't see the need for another layer..

On top of that it usually slows down the firmware update refresh because the Samsung UX has to be re-done/re-validated by Samsung...

I gave up on Samsung because of bloat, looks like they are continuing down the same path....

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UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties

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Foresight

"By 2035, engineers were waiting for the appropriate part to arrive

Now that's what I call slow delivery : 17 years.

"and by 2252 they were trying to fit it."

And somehow you can see way into the future and know that it be fixed in around 234 years

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Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

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Do as I say not as I do

Typical of many people in a position of responsability. They neither respect nor adhere to the practices or procedures that they expect from others.

It's sad to imagine how much these kind of investigations cost the law abiding tax payer. Why does there also appear to be a severe lack of honest people in these roles....

It's Friday, it's warm outside and the lake front is where I am going for my beer/wine/appero...

Cheers to all the honest people....

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Re: French!!!!!!

I'm English, we have a love-hate relationship with the French "Entire World"

There all fixed .....

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Microsoft tries cutting the Ribbon in Office UI upgrade

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Re: Why do I smell...

"I actually enjoy the Ribbon Interface"

I'm with you here, the most common commands are always available muscle memory makes it very easy...

I never understood why people dont like it.. I undrstand that it might not be the best choice for all applications but for Office it is great.

Horses for courses.

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Computer Misuse Act charge against British judge thrown out

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Shouldn't it have been the responsability of the Guildford Crown Court to ensure that the preciding judge did not know the girls mother and why did she have to read the documents beforehand as obviously she already knew that her daughter was a witness ?

It all seems a bit back to front...

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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Re: MS abandoning Windows??

"especially the work ones with confidential data in them"

Third party encryption is your friend..

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John McAfee plans 2020 presidential tilt

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Lawyers, guns and money, drugs, hookers, and booze...

That kinda sums up the Good Old USA for the last 100 years ( starting at prohibition). Just missing the Fake News Media, a la Fox News, some war mongering Presidents and were almost there.

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From Russia with(out) Zuck: Popular Facebook boss gets another invite to turn down

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Very (un)Popular at the moment

I wonder how El Zuck feels about receiving so much attention lately ? A little under pressure maybe..

Shirley he has nothing to hide....

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Russia to Apple: Kill Telegram crypto-chat – or the App Store gets it

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Re: No App Store... no RU?

It's actually a game to see who can build the best walled garden. It seems as though Russia is hellbent on wanting one with a very high wall, similar to that of their Chinese counterparts.

I wouldnt bet on Apple winning this one, Putin is a stubborn bugger...

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Facebook stuck with IRS bill after court tosses $7 BEEELLION appeal

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Re: Only three things are certain...

Death and taxes and human stupidity ( which never ceases to amaze me)

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Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

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Hero ?

Are pilots actually trained, and forced to constantly keep their training up to date, for exactly these kinds of situations.... One of the reasons that Pilots are well paid is to ensure that they are capable of keeping the head cool and retaining their capacity to handle these situations.

I do like when the media use the word "hero" for someone that is performing his job....

I do not want to discredit pilots or their jobs, I have great admiration for what they do, they should be congratulated for handling these kinds of situations, but to go to the point of calling them heros is just plain wrong and does injustice to those who truly merit that denomination.

In my book a hero is someone that goes was over and above his call of duty often performing tasks that they were not prepared for..

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Heir to SMS finally excites carriers, by making Google grovel

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Just what the world needs

Yet another messaging system.. Haven't we got enough of them already ?

We can't resolve the SPAM problem so why add yet another means of inbox ( albeit SMS inbox) pollution.

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Password re-use is dangerous, right? So what about stopping it with password-sharing?

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Open doors for madness

This would undoubtedly save the hackers some much time. So would no longer need to try to hack different sites, as they would now have a single site against which they could throw endless rainbow attacks from one of their botnets.

Example First off a slew of passwords for Facebook. Even though the password was wrong for facebook, the Password Similitude engine (sic) would allow them to know that it was the good password for another site because it would also be interesting X other sites..

It a theory looking for a buyout..

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The steaks have never been higher: Swiss Lidl is selling local cannabis

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Re: Not just Lidl

"Did you really say that as an argument? If you only want a light high, only smoke a little. Every stoner I know figured that out without much trouble."

I've been about and I am no stranger to much worse than a little bit of weed...I know how to take a hit, lol.

I've smoked quite a bit of pot/hash/weed for test purposes obviously ;-) and I can confirm without a doubt that high THC content knocks me on the floor.

The Swiss stuff, high CBD content definitely does not knock me over.. and yet the high content THC that I tested on my last trip to Amsterdam absolutely blew me away.

"Only smoke a little " : That's like saying it's not worth buying alcohol at any less than 80% ( Stroe Rum comes to mind) and only taking little sips. No thanks...

It's all horses for courses but I like the option of having choice.

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Time to ditch the Facebook login: If customers' data should be protected, why hand it over to Zuckerberg?

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Re: @Wiltshire

Why does El Reg need a Facebook page ?

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