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Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Re: Verbal subjects

Don't expect me to agree. You've just demonstrated once again your lack of comprehension regarding the nuances of English, thinking your tortured example is in some way shedding light on the matter. Go find a primary school teacher willing to spend an hour or two to explain it to you.

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Oh wow, a shouty diehard fan of the Bush Doctrine. Do you belt people in the street for looking at you funny?

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Senior Americans have called for Assange to be killed

Senior Americans have called for entire nations to be killed. Phrases like 'bomb them back to the stone age' and 'turn their deserts to glass' have upon occasion been bandied around. But perhaps none of that actually matters, since for the most part you can see those selfsame senior Americans in church on a Sunday praising the Prince of Peace and turning the other cheek just as their pastor reminds them to do. Well, except for those pastors who don't.

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Re: Verbal subjects

@Gerry 3:

> Queue isn't a verb

I queued for a bus: that makes 'queue' a verb in my book.

Can you explain why you truncated your quote of what I said after just four words? Could it be that if you'd quoted all of my statement your dismally limited attempt at a point wouldn't stand?

> Us sheeple will just bugger off...

Nope, should be 'We sheeple...'.

There's this thing called colloquial usage. Sometimes even respected authors have been known to use it. Now I'm not a respected author in the class of John Steinbeck or even Irvine Welsh, but I am at least aware of their existence. And if the concept of rhetorical devices has passed you by, I am so sorry.

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Re: Assange is not a "professional secrets dealer"

How does he support himself when not an embassy guest?

On sunlight and love of his fellow man.

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Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

I actually did mean queue, as in a line of people waiting for something

Queue isn't a verb which can be used like that. You can only have come to that usage by mistaking it for cue, which can be used in that form and which you've no doubt heard spoken many times. Hope that helps.

Bloody hell, why am I bothering with a minor grammatical error? Well, probably because I know that dismantling your Trumpian-level nitwittery will have absolutely no effect upon you. Never mind. Us sheeple will just bugger off and leave you to it.

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Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner

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Re: And what about

Sideways

Everyone's got their own technique for fisting a turkey.

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Re: Sprouts

And who will leave the house before you curse ever getting double-glazing.

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it was opposite the now defunct Cinema, near the rail crossing.

I don't remember the cinema or the toy shop, but there was indeed a chippy right by the train station. It was the standard place to stop off after a hectic day in Lincoln, halfway home to Boston. Maybe it closed due to lack of business after the bypass opened.

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Re: festive fried food

Exactly how long does it take to deep fry a 300lb hog wrapped in a duvet? Does anyone actually have a fryer that large?

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Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Blast from the past

I can hear my mum yelling "Just because Simon put his hand in the fire doesn't mean you should!"

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Re: Proof

Give her a day or two and it'll suddenly strike her that Brexit is an excellent idea because it'll remove the need for the shiny new ID system to support UTF.

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Re: another iteration

I don't think she's an idiot. She just didn't have the good sense to go talk to the people who know all the right hash tags.

Once she does that she'll be just fine.

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College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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What is this PRIMOS you speak of?

Don't you mean PR1MOS?

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Brit bomb hoax teen who fantasised about being a notorious hacker cops 3 years in jail

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Re: teen who fantasised . . .

In October 2017 the college's website experienced a so-called 'denial of service' attack for which you were identified as the perpetrator. Whilst still on that course on 31st January 2018, the college received a bomb threat

So his career as a master criminal got off to a good start by him demonstrating that he doesn't understand the phrase "don't shit where you eat". Genius.

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Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

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Interesting idea

I thought the hot rock idea was already in use, and at considerably less cost per kWh. But maybe the advantage here is in storage capacity per unit volume, especially given the phase change required.

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Galileo's magnifico measurement: 1976 redshift test updated

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Re: Cumulative change

local mass distorting spacetime

That should have been 'mass distorting local spacetime'. Sorry.

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Re: Cumulative change

This is a measurement of redshift due to a local mass distorting spacetime, not redshift due to the expansion of the universe.

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No, you haven't gone deaf – the Large Hadron Collider has been wound down for more upgrades

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Re: When then HL-LHC gets turned on in 2026

You nicked that one off Frankie Boyle!

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Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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Re: Arrested for being drunk

My Grandad once lost his sergeant's stripes for being "drunk in charge of a bicycle".

One of my mates got fined for speeding on his bicycle. The cops were so impressed that he'd managed 36mph on a winding country lane that they didn't notice he'd inadvertently admitted he was cycling home from the pub.

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Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: Spexit!

Please could any of the expected downvoting Remainers, outline just ONE scenario that this actually fulfils a need?

You're asking the wrong people. You need to be asking the UK military why they thought 15 years ago that Galileo was a good idea. It's not as though they even had the example of the Mango Mussolini in the White House at the time.

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Sysadmin’s plan to manage system config changes backfires spectacularly

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Joke

When was the last time your best-laid plans went very awry?

Gallipoli. I really should have made sure the landing craft were loaded into the cargo holds last.

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Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Farmers, of course, never retire and typically die within a stone's throw of their fields

My uncle died of heart failure in his farmhouse, in his favourite armchair, the night before the day he was due to retire. Gone before he knew it.

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The best bit of evolutionary psychology out there.

That's not exactly a high hurdle for XKCD to clear.

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Another Hancock-up? UK health secretary appears in piece about controversial GP app

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Re: All the same

Both sides of the House seem to actively select for members with little ability to think clearly.

There are good and capable people like Sarah Wollaston, Stella Creasey and Andrew Tyrie who do their best regardless of whether or not their party is in government. Of course these are not then the people who are going to be awarded with ministerial posts, but at least we know they are not consequently going to be compromising their principles.

(Just remembered that Tyrie stood down at the last GE. Oh well.)

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Re: Winners use this app!!!

He may as well be waving a pack of fags, a pair of brand trainers and a chicken leg at the camera while mugging furiously during PMs question time.

Bloody hell, don't go giving him ideas!

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UKFast mulls putting IPO on ice due to six little letters: BREXIT

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Re: Not that straightforward...

Your family member was right: it doesn't work that way. The uncertainty regards matters of finance rather than of trade. If Company A can sell more stuff to Compagnie B but can't finance the expansion required to support it (extra manufacturing gear, warehouse space, more lorries, more drivers, etc), then the trading opportunity may as well not exist.

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It's all a matter of time: Super-chill atomic clock could sniff gravitational waves, dark matter

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Re: Nice, but ...

I didn't do a deep dive, but I think their measurement is many orders of magnitude too slow to see gravitational waves.

You'd better send them a postcard and let them know, then.

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US told to quit sharing data with human rights-violating surveillance regime. Which one, you ask? That'd be the UK

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Re: People in glass houses ...

2 wrongs and all that.

Indeed this is a case where 2 wrongs result in the taking away of a right.

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3ve Offline: Countless Windows PCs using 1.7m IP addresses hacked to 'view' up to 12 billion adverts a day

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That'll be about one IP address for every ten sheep in Wales, with each group of ten sheep occupying 0.8% of a square mile.

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Re: "3ve" (pronounced "Eve".)"

a massive ad-fraud operation known as "3ve" (pronounced "Eve".)

I think "thieve" would be more fitting.

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Microsoft suffers the Tuesday shakes as Exchange Online continues to be wobbly for UK users

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Re: Its strange

But... but... outsourcing everything is so much more cost-effective! I should know because a management consultant told my boss so.

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Re: Is Daz in sales ?

the people you were preaching to now know that you have zero idea of the concepts of risk assessment and mitigation

Unless he was preaching to our managers.

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NASA's Mars probe InSight really has Mars in sight: It beams back first pic after touchdown

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Re: Planting the flag

Fortunately it was launched before Trump learned that Mars existed. Which was probably yesterday.

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HMRC: 30 months to prep Northern Ireland backstop systems, 24 for customs

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Re: So this is what Brexiteers meant by "Quick and simple."

Things could have been very different had a Brexiteer been in charge.

David Davis was in charge of the Department for Exiting the European Union. He was so knowledgeable and prepared that he turned up to the very first exit negotiation with four sheets of notes while Barnier turned up with half a truckful of detailed reference material. At the time Davis resigned he had only met Barnier three time in the previous six months, for a grand total of four hours. He never once demonstrated any mastery of the situation or a comprehensive plan for addressing all the problems. He did however spend a fair chunk of time apologising to the Commons Select Committee for claiming that 57 sectoral analysis and impact assessments had been used to form the basis of his approach when in fact they still hadn't been written a year after he first mentioned them.

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Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert

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Re: Trusting advice on the internet...

Anyone that trusts what the internet says blindly is, frankly, asking for trouble.

Some years ago my dad, approaching the end of his life, thought it would be a good idea to write down all he could remember about his side of the family, annotate old photographs, family collections, etc. I helped him draw up a family tree and organised a mostly-sufficient filing system for his notes. One day he read an article about genealogy software, so he called me and I bought a subscription to one of the more widely recommended services, installed the software on my laptop and took it along next time I went to stay with him. We spent a couple of days doing all the research we could, trying to clarify names and dates and places and match them up. All of a sudden it fitted together and we were able to slot in about six generations from the late 18th to early 20th century, about 80 years further back than the oldest surviving photo or letter. We were well chuffed with ourselves.

But something didn't feel right about two connections in the 1880s and 1890s. It took a while, but we eventually got to the bottom of it. One of my cousins had researched the family a few years before, and it turns out she'd made a mistake with those two connections, linking us to a family who just happened to live in the same area (but one census apart) and have two eldest children with the same comparatively uncommon first name as a great-aunt and great-uncle my dad could remember from his childhood (our surname is reasonably common in that area). The software had found my cousin's work in one of the databases it monitored and from then on effectively presented it as verified.

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Re: Cut the red wire

...and not before you've evacuated the building rather than your bowels.

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Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Re: Home security problem

If someone's gonna break in, it's not gonna be some highly-targeted affair.

That's true. Half of all domestic burglaries are carried out by a local smackhead, desperate for cash, and jewellery or electronics which can be traded for the next fix or three. The cops almost always know who to go and shake, because the average town has a dozen heroin addicts per 100,000 population with two of them usually active thieves at any one time (the rest are either in jail or doing their best to get clean, or both, though with a dismally high failure rate).

I got burgled twice in the late 90s. The cops caught one culprit as the result of an investigation into a more serious crime, and he reportedly asked for 40 other offences (all domestic burglaries) to be taken into consideration.

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Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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Re: He has all kinds of tells

When he says someone gave him a strong and powerful denial, you know that not only was the denial a lie, Trump knows it was a lie but intends to defend it to his death.

No, I think he is honestly convinced by what Putin, Kim and bin Salman have said to him. He sees them as strong leaders and openly admires them, almost fawning in their presence. The same authoritarian streak which makes him believe his position gives him the right to do more than the Constitution actually allows, also leads him to deference in the presence of those who can order actions against their enemies with little restriction. This is why Kelly and the rest of his staff have to explain everything again to him once the summit meetings are over.

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Black Friday? Yes, tech vendors might be feeling a bit glum looking at numbers for the UK

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Brexit Countdown Clock

I thought there might be a market for a Brexit Advent Calendar, with doors for each day of March hiding little chocolate figurines of prominent campaigners representing both sides: David Cameron carrying a pig's head, Boris Johnson wrapped in a UKIP flag, Gina Miller trying on a judge's wig, etc.

The one for the 28th is a figurine of Nigel Farage, appropriately enough laced with cyanide.

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New era for Japan, familiar problems: Microsoft withdraws crash-tastic patches

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Re: year zero , all over again

If it's implemented properly

Ah, the triumph of hope over experience.

Remember that this is the Microsoft who haven't been able to internationalise the date and time format used in SharePoint's Central Admin even after four full version releases over the span of ten years.

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Using a free VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your data to President Xi?

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Given the tat that passes for pop in China, you'd probably be welcomed there like a god.

Tat that passes for pop. That has to be the lowest of the low.

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Britain may not be able to fend off a determined cyber-attack, MPs warn

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Funding

GCHQ may in fact not be able to cope with the scale of the threat if things got truly nasty

I wondered how much GCHQ have been funded to cope, and whether that money might have been cut in line with everyone else's funding over the last eight years. It looks like they have a page describing their funding, but for some reason it throws a 404 error.

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Scumbags cram Make-A-Wish website with coin-mining malware

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Sometimes complex matters do have simple answers

It's not clear what exactly motivated the utter scum to chose to compromise the website of a charity that performs acts of kindness for seriously ill children

Greed.

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Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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Re: Memories ...

I've got spares for Windows 2000 Server and SQL Server 2000 if you want a copy.

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whose name is something you might get growing on the side of a river

A pile of duck turds?

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Oz lad 'fell in love with' baby meerkat, nicked it from zoo, took it out for a romantic Big Mac

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Re: He probably took it to MaccyD's...

I'd definitely want fires with my Big Mac. There's nothing quite like an evening's entertainment in front of the fire, people screaming and running all over the place.

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Re: The real question

That reminds me, I've got to clean the litterbox.

Your cat shits gold foil?

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The other option was throwing him to the lions.

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Re: He got off lightly compared to Tufty.

I absolutely support these Meerkats doing their national duty

What do you mean, 'national duty'? Meerkats aren't British, they're Russian!

(At least I'm sure I saw that in a documentary somewhere. Bloody tons of meerkat documentaries on the telly, every 15 minutes at least.)

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