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Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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yes but...

"he'd be a free man by now"

he'd also be a forgotten footnote in the history of twats.

And he'd never be happy with that.

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The new Huawei is going upmarket, but the old Huawei still threatens

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Re: The real challenge for Huawei

Innovation is not now and never has been a strength of the Chinese.

They are however excellent at taking an existing product, making incremental tweaks to it and producing it at a prices considerably cheaper than the inspiration.

Chinese companies play to these strengths superbly.

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Huawei's Watch GT snubs Google for homegrown OS

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Hmmmm....

I really liked my Huawei watch... it did all I wanted it to do plus a bunch of stuff I had no interest in.. (making a phone call from it, play music with it) but in the time I had it (2 months) wearOS updates broke it twice. The last time permanently nothing I could do would repair the phone integration. The Huawei stuff like fitness tracking all worked brilliantly and the companion app was superb as well.

I've got a Garmin Vivoactive 3 and have found it to be flakey as fuck in comparison. I might take a look at one of these.

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Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition

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Re: Painting lasers on Samsung

"Has the P20 been getting monthly Google security updates"

My P20 Pro has been

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Oh dear...

I bet it's rubbish"

There speaks a bloke who knows literally nothing about photography despite knowing the word Bokeh.

If you think all mobile phones produce rubbish images you're not using it right, still if you ever learn to get out of auto mode you may begin to understand.

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Sprouts Are little green globes of gorgeousness!

They also make excellent substitutes for Ferraro Roche chocolates when wrapped in the carefully removed wrappers from actual Ferraro Roche choccies and given out on Halloween :)

I find the parents think it's hilarious, the kids not so much but there's nothing in the rules that says my "treats" can't also be "tricks"

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: "Credible Threat"

"How exactly do you shoot down a drone, with a pistol?"

Hollywood shoots down all kinds of shit with a pistol

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Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday

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Re: Dosh Recovery

@Ac

The problem is that there are fewer actual banks to go into, those that do have very limited amounts of cash to hand and in a lot of cases the staff don't actually have access to the cash

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I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Re: In view of the site preferences

@Daedalus

down voted for the use of "no problemo"

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Re: Try travelling with First Bus and their (cr)app

"I just dredged up enough change for the return ticket I wanted."

I had to get off a bus I'd hailed recently because there was no way for it to give me change. :/ It would be fair to say I got several dirty looks as the bus drove away

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Re: Try travelling with First Bus and their (cr)app

The fact that you have to pay a higher price and that it continually fails at their (presumably) busiest time leads me to believe that behaviour is by design.

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Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Remember folks - You can and should form an opinion from facts

Well, the *fact* is I read headlines about mass shootings taking place in the US considerably more often than I do of mass shootings in other countries.

why do you think it is?

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Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

"The US has a problem with violence and mental illness"

Just stop right there.... the vast majority of people that have mental health issues do NOT and are not violent.

I don't have a gun, I don't know anyone with a gun, none of my neighbours have guns.... none of their friends have guns... how many gun deaths do you think there were in my neighbourhood?

It really doesn't matter how you try and justify it the US has a problem with violence and a ready availability of guns. full stop.

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Man cuffed for testing fruit with bum cheek pre-purchase

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It's a bum rap, copper!

"A loss prevention employee"

FFS...

They probably can't spell "security guard"

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Amazon probes alleged bribery of staffers for data on e-tail platform

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Amazon...

perhaps they could consider paying their staff a proper wage and treating them as actual people adn then this problem would mostly go away.

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NHS smacks down hundreds of staffers for dodgy use of social media, messaging apps

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Re: Policing private life?

I got the impression that these were groups setup specifically for use as a communications tool for work rather than Nurse Gladys' private facebook page

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Re: deeper than that

"I can't see how that passes the confidentiality test"

don't really see how that's an issue unless they're posting things like "Look at this picture of Valeyard with a wotsit up his bum!" lolz

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Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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well....

@RobertLongshaft

Yes, he's President but doesn't mean he isn't a Racist, sexist misogynist

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World Cup TV sales offset dip in computing demand says Dixons Carphone

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Re: Going forward....

"in the absence of a World Cup"

Or possibly they'll be boosted by European Cup? And there'll be an Olympics in a couple of years too.

I suspect they're all very traditional times for people to upgrade their TVs.

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Software dev-turned-councillor launches rubbish* chatbot

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Re: FFS

"Which neatly brings us back to why councils should stop encouraging the fly tipping in the first place and simply reinstate the services we're all still paying for but no longer receive. Weekly rubbish collections and open access to the tip / recycling centre."

The vast majority of fly tipping is by individuals claiming to be "commercial enterprises" (at least round my way it is and everyone knows exactly who's responsible for the "do as you likey") that offer cheap clearance to ordinary people, the reason it's cheap is because they don't pay commercial rates for disposal at the local tip.

The problem would go away (as with a lot of issues) if people were willing to pay the going rate and were always asking to see the carriers licence but they're not (mostly) and as long as that is the case no amount of "local council doing this or that" will make any kind of difference.

I don't know where you live but there is no restricted access to the tip round my way (beyond normal business hours) and they operate 12 hours a day / 7 days a week. I'm actually spoilt for choice there are 3 state of the art recycling centers with easy reach of me.

I still get weekly bin collections, alternative weeks are for different types of rubbish but there is a weekly collection.

So really your argument really doesn't stand examination and simply saying "local council deal with it!" is a bloody stupid argument in the first place because we all pay for the services supplied by our local council.

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Apple leaks rekindle some hope for iPhone 'supercycle' this year

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Re: I've said this before

"As it is, the flaw - the compromise - of "top up battery during day if near desk or car, else use battery pack" is one that a lot of people find preferable to the alternative compromises."

Is that right?

My Xperia Z1 lasted 1.5 days no problem, in a time when most other phones barely made it a day. I got nearly 2 days out of my Honor 8 and I get 2 days out of my P20 pro. I don't sit at my desk with it on charge, I don't get in my car and immediately plug it in... and I definitely don't plug it in when I'm at home because it's hardly a "mobile phone" if it has to be tethered to a charger at every opportunity.

I do all the things with my phone that others do... web, mail, take pictures, make calls. I don't compromise my usage in anyway. It's entirely possible.

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Unpicking the Pixel puzzle: Why Google is struggling to impress

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Re: (whispers) Google aren't a very good product company ...

it's equally fair to say...

"Apples idea of "marketing" is clearly "This is what we sell. Now buy it.Don't like <feature> ? Tough. That's how we do it.""

So I don't think your point stands. The reality is that people associate Google with "free" (as in beer) and being asked to pay a grand on a phone doesn't make sense to them.

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Re: Conspiracy theory.

@Loud Speakers.. indeed.

It's the same reviewers who cry out in abject horror that device A is 1.2mm thicker than device B and immediately state that device A is shit and unusable as a result but then complain about battery capacity in the same review

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Connected car data handover headache: There's no quick fix... and it's NOT just Land Rovers

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Since Mercedes-Benz is not always aware that the vehicle is sold

I think that's bollocks.

I've said previously, that FIAT always seem to know when I've bought or sold one of their cars (FIATS and Alfas) the FIAT Security register is always updated with the correct details.

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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"The new wiring mandates that a spur must be connected to a trip switch and contain no more than three to eight wall sockets"

Whereas here in the UK a spur can have no more than one socket attached to it unless the spur is itself fused.

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WTF do you people do with your cables?

In all the years I've been using various flavours of USB cables I've *never* had one fail and I've never had a *charging port fail. WTF are you doing to your **cables?

* I know this means all my cables will fall apart tonight

** I have no experience with Apple cables

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Ad watchdog: Amazon 'misleading' over Prime next-day delivery ads

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Re: The Prime Directive

to date I've had 5 "prime trials" I see no reason not to make use of the benefits if they're willing to give them to me for free, I stat the trial and immediately cancel it.

In exactly the same way that I see no reason not to make use of "interest free periods" , I have the money right now but "they're" willing to wait 6 months for it *shrug* I decide it's better off in my account than theirs. I set up a calendar reminder and always pay before the due date

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Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Re: / Smug

@ cornz

I've no doubt it *may* happen sometime but so far (touch wood) I have avoided it. My cousin had some kind of reaction to a wasp sting... his forearm and hand swelled up most alarmingly :o

I, of course, made off with his pint.

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Re: How High?

I believe drunken Deer are a real problem in the highlands and the west country. They eat apples which ferment in their bellies thus getting them pissed :D

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I have *never* been stung by a wasp or a bee.

I put it down to my calm nature when they approach... I simply put a had over my beverage and use gentle wafting motions to move them away.

I do so enjoy the comedy moments when people run around, screaming while waving their arms about.

I have also observed that if you kill a wasp in a very few minutes another of the stripey bastards will turn up and unerringly approach it's fallen comrades body before checking out the group to see who it thinks is to blame!

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Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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Re: "NEVER assume the architect knows best!"

"My building inspector told me I had to get an "Architect" to do lots of complicated maths to work out if my garage roof trusses were strong enough."

That is not an Architects job... that is the job of an engineer. I would not step foot in a building that had it's engineering specs drawn up by an architect.

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Re: Which is worse ...

@imanidiot

I agree, I would add that the US marines in particular are a traditional "expeditionary force" rather than say, the UK marines who are more commando / special forces.

Traditionally, marines were stationed aboard ships to protect against boarders and then more recently to "project force" as part of an amphibious assault

A US marine and a Royal Marine are very different beasts.

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Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield

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Re: What about the manufacturers' rights to the data?

"If I buy a secondhand car, how does the manufacturer know the owner of the car has changed"

I've driven a lot of FIAT group cars over the years, only two of which were bought from main dealers, yet somehow, the FIAT security register has always been aware of my ownership so somebody somewhere is connecting the dots as far as car ownership changing is concerned. I've never told them directly.

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Android ain't done until Samsung won't run? 9.0 Pie borks Gear watch app

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WearOS

I was until recently using an Huawei watch that required "WearOS" there were 3 updates in the 9 weeks I used the device and each and every update broke something fundamental. no amount of fiddling / unpairing / re-pairing would make those things work again. Thinking my watch was faulty I had it replaced, twice. nothing, the bog standard, least I expect I expect functionality of a smart watch could not be regained.

a lot of google stuff is excellent at what it does... WearOS is not one of them.

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You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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Re: At disgustedoftunbridgewells, re: fingerprints.

"At least here on this side of the pond the courts have ruled that a merely biometric means of unlocking a device"

As it happens my Huawei requires the pin every so often regardless of whether it's the correct fingerprint or not. It always requires a pin upon restart, both to unlock the sim and another to unlock the actual phone. I'm one of those strange people that never starts his mobey until he's out of the terminal building.... I'm willing to take my chances with uncle Sam's operatives, they do seem to enjoy searching my luggage But then so do the Kiwi's and the Diggers. Weirdly the only place I've never been searched is Hong Kong

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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: Why so traumatic?

TBH I've never really experienced any of the problems that many on here complain about. I think the only real problem I've had was the "Black Screen of Death" that was associated with an Intel video driver update delivered via windows update.

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Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

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Re: Donated

"Corbyn and his deranged followers"

There have been charges of antisemitism against the labour party for far longer than Comrade Corbyn and co have been in charge.

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Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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yes...

except that if your supermarket of choice is anything like mine , they swap things around on a regular basis for that very reason.

I don't use a shopping list always found them more hassle that they're worth.

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Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard

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Re: ffs why so little RAM?

"What do you run that needs more RAM?"

Well, I'm often running lightroom, photoshop and various other tools running and I'll be working on image files that are several gigs in size each... my PC has 32 gig of ram and uses it all sometimes.

I do wish people would consider that *their* use case is not *everyone's* uses case. It's the same with people who scream that people should switch to *nix. That's a no brainer for me the software I use on a daily basis simply isn't available on *nix

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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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I'm not sure why...

The reg has taken a snarky attitude to the Cityfiber bods.

What ISP's get away with in terms of advertising is scandalous in the UK and they mostly amount to "we can say what we damn well please, providing we use a bit of weasle verbiage"

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PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

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Re: I purchased a New PC this year...

"after an update it has several times reset his document and picture folder shortcuts to the default C:/users location when these had specifically been moved to D:/xxxx"

can't say that I've experienced that but as I say I accept that others may have had a different experience to me.

I'm sure you've considered this BUT on my PC the "users" folder presents as "C:\blah" but is physically located on "D:\blah"

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Re: I purchased a New PC this year...

"Thanks for the input Bill and all the best with your foundation work."

what a bizarre response....

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I purchased a New PC this year...

... my first purchase PC since 2012! Having spent the last 6 years upgrading various bits and bobs.

I know I'm in for an avalanche of down votes but I *really* haven't found win 10 to be all that bad.

I've found it to be solid and reliable (exactly how I found win 7 to be before that). I do make use of "Shut up 10" but other than that it's been fine.

I've had no crashes following updates and as someone that keeps their PC up to date anyway, I have no real problem with win 10 updating itself.

Of course, I only really use it for running Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and it does both those with admirable reliability.

While I accept everyone's experience will be different, for me there really isn't a problem with win 10.

BTW.. I don't actually give a fuck about votes up or down so fill yer boots.

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Mastercard goes TITSUP in US, UK: There are some things money can't buy – like uptime

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Re: How's that Cashless-Society looking now Sir?

@CrazyOldCatMan

how very dare you have an opposing POV !

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Re: The Microsoft Slurpage has to STOP!

Lovely shiny hat you've got there....

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Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

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Re: Note to my fellow Yanks ...

"pass it off as Yet Another British Language Eccentricity, and move on"

There's no such language as "British"...The language is called English.

You may wish to add a signifier indicating which dialect you're speaking but otherwise it's English.

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Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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Re: Arresting times past

"There is no offence for taking photo or filming in a publicly accessible place."

Not so... that can be changed by local bylaws.

In theory , you can take a picture of anything you can see from a public space but try standing on a public highway taking pictures of military installations, as an example.

It's also a fact that a lot of what *looks* like public space is in fact private space and private space can also have a prohibition on taking pictures. The courts in MK are just such an example.

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Now NHS Digital is going after data on private healthcare too

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Re: My consultants will be happy

For which said NHS resources are paid.

I have a heart problem that's being monitored privately. The various tests are administered by NHS staff in an NHS hospital, using NHS equipment. .

The tests are done out of normal working hours ie evening or saturday mornings.

The Dr is paid for his time, the nurses are paid for their time, the hospital is paid for the use of the equipment, equipment that would otherwise be sitting around unused.

When I was admitted for an overnight stay, I stayed in a private wing that had it's own staff and equipment

This was explained to me by said NHS Dr and NHS nurse and a hospital administrator when I asked the question.

Literally everyone wins; I win , they win, the NHS wins from me having private medical. Actually my GP doesn't win because he needs to see me to refer me but he's the only one

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Amazon staffers protest giant's 'support of the surveillance state'

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Re: Hmmmmm

"You are not alone! Rational debate on Brexit is thin on the ground."

On all sides of the "debate"

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Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

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Re: You Just Need to Have Faith

"The daily sacrifice of a virgin also helps (getting harder to find these days)"

Is wales running out of sheep then?

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