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Tech billionaire's beach Babylon battle barrels toward Supreme Court

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Re: Good ole Oracle, eh

Personally I would go for qualification rather than on the job training.

Can't someone just make money by running something like a DUKW ferry service to the beach? Perhaps Microsoft could plaster SQL Server ads all over it and write it down as advertising expense.

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Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

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Re: Two stories:

"DC or AC? Coz from what I understand DC shocks can a lot harder on the system and require a lot less current to kill you."

You understand wrong, and as it's quite important to know what's what here, I will try and clarify.

Without getting too complicated for a post, the relevant thing is SELV - safety (or separate) extra low voltage. This means a circuit which doesn't exceed 60V (though it's allowed up to 120V for no more than one cycle, 20ms), which includes nominal 48V DC supplies. The circuit must be isolated from earth and any other SELV circuits (because if you join more than one SELV circuit the total may exceed the safe dose). Battery tools meet this standard, obviously.

If therefore you want to power a piece of telecoms or other circuit which may accidentally get wet, it should be done through a proper isolating transformer. An earth connection is OK but must not be connected to either polarity conductor. Under these circumstances nobody should ever get killed. If you were to drop a typical microphone in the water nothing will suffer but the microphone, which probably has only a very small voltage across it anyway.

Having said that, the important thing to avoid is cross-body current. If you were to come into contact with a live and neutral mains lead with a finger, you will probably get a burn but you won't die. If you hold the live in one hand and the neutral in the other, you may die because the current will probably reach the heart and induce fibrillation. If you were really, really unlucky and held one lead from a PP9 battery in one wet hand and the other lead in the other wet hand, you might also die. But not because it is AC or DC but because electric current messes with nerve signals and can cause that heart fibrillation. The point here is that you would have to do something exceedingly stupid; normally with low voltage equipment you don't have a significant separation of the different conductors.

Why are electric fences legal, I hear you ask? Same reason cars are legal; they were around before proper safety standards and no government gets elected by upsetting car drivers or farmers. But in a bad case scenario someone could be killed by an electric fence. When I was working in this area of safety, my advice from the guy at H&SE was "There is no safe limit for electric shock."

There is a lot of superstition around electric shock, but few people really want to research the subject, or rather, the ones who do work for secretive government organisations like the CIA, the SAS and the KGB, and tend not to publish the results of their experiments.

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Re: Its powered by magic fairies and gnomes

"they require the regular utterance of various Norse incantations"

That would be Erlang. Easy mistake to make.

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Perusing pr0nz at work? Here's a protip: Save it in a file marked 'private'

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Re: Pr0n at work - Why is it that people have to view pr0n at work?

I guess because, as Thoreau actually said "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation".

Not him, when he lived in his log hut he was smart enough and entitled enough to get Mum to do his washing.

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Any normal person just RDPs into a free trial Amazon VM and views it remotely

For some value of "normal person".

Most people I guess would assume that anything on Amazon labelled "free trial" will start costing you £10 a month very quickly.

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Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove

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Re: @AC

"I know, right? The Kenyan president must be furious at having his country compared to that chav-infested dump."

Unkind, but then Kenya is currently a rapidly developing country seeking closer integration with its neighbours.

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Re: Sigh

"We don't want him back in the Shire. Send him to Mordor on some quest about a ring"

Gove more closely resembles Gollum than Frodo. Or was that your intention?

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This job Win-blows! Microsoft made me pull '75-hour weeks' in a shopping mall kiosk

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Re: Wants to have her cake & eat it?

"one particular minister (with a less than stellar reputation for consistency and integrity) currently declares that there will be no such race to the bottom."

When a politician says that [adverse thing] for [the rest of us] is not going to happen, what that really means is that they have not yet worked out a way to persuade us to vote for it.

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"but nothing was forcing her to accept it."

Except, you know, possibly the need to eat and have somewhere to live?

Vonnegut's Player Piano is instructive here.

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A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

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Re: Print button? Customer asked. This was my life.

"Which leads to the question, why doesn't my fucking software have a line of dancing monkeys!"

Anybody else remember the screen sheep for NT4?

They actually had a use; getting IT-terrified people to use a computer is easier when friendly sheep walk upside down along the top of the desktop.

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Re: Adding a Print Button

"So basically a 5 minute job has turned into a 2 month project with "Digital Transformation""

Have you noticed how a religion starts with a guy coming back from a holiday in the desert and saying "Let's try being nice to people", and a thousand years later this has changed into big expensive buildings full of people in funny but expensive clothes telling their followers to go out and kill the heretics?

That's what happened in the days when you still had designer types, but they didn't have much to design.

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Teensy plastic shields are the big new thing in 2018's laptop crop

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Re: @Lee D

"As you can see from my post, I deploy 8Gb by default to ALL USERS, and I work in a prep school. That means primary-aged children"

Ah, this is the UK definition of prep school, i.e. expensive private school for kids who want to get into even more expensive private schools. Obviously 8Gbytes is a minimum for our future leaders.

Hoi polloi can make do with iPads.

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When Samsung reveals the S9 at MWC, at least try to act surprised

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Re: Everyone wants

"good marketing of luxury items works on the emotional side, creating a desire or even a need for the object"

You're saying that like it is a good thing ("good marketing"). My point was that I don't think it is. Selling people stuff they will never use may make the economy keep going but it leads to absurdities like 18 year olds paying £60 a month for a phone many of whose capabilities they never use, and ensuring that they come out of university with even more debt.

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Re: Arse - Nokia is the Sevco of the mobile world.

Apart from the fact that the subject is Samsung, HMD Global/Nokia appears to be having some success. I don't quite follow the analogy.

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Re: Everyone wants

"Probably no-one gives a shit about slow motion video and Bixby but that's what Samsung's R&D is getting spent on."

And anybody who really wants the 960fps can already get a Sony for a lot less money.

I wonder how many people actually have a use case for a phone that does absolutely everything? Apple and Samsung seem to be trying to make pickup trucks with Ferrari performance that are the size of a Fiesta but, alas, have the longevity of a Fiat 127, to coin a confusing metaphor.

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KFC: Enemy of waistlines, AI, arteries and logistics software

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Human drivers

How many human drivers are distracted by misleading signs?

It seems to me there's a second research project there - to find that out and to ban signs that could cause accidents.

The other thing is that in this country we don't really take vandalism seriously enough. Defacing road signs can be dangerous. What's South Georgia for if not to establish a colony post-Brexit and fill it with our more sociopathic citizens? At least the Bullingdon Club would feel at home among the penguins.

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Facebook's big solution to combating election ad fraud: Snail mail

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Re: 'The identity theft detailed in the indictment'

"They have good teachers. We have been doing it to them for the last 25 years."

Since 1918, actually.

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"Just to be clear - there are plenty of "average Russians" which talk with an accent"

I was at a conference once where a Chinese engineer I knew introduced me to one of his colleagues. "I'm afraid he speaks English with a slight American accent," he said, "he learned it at spy school in Moscow in the 1950s."

Anyone who believes the tosh that the Chinese are inscrutable and have no sense of humour would have been disabused as his colleague turned bright red and muttered something about "all that was before the Cultural Revolution."

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Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre

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"Which at it's most reductionist comes down to... oppression of the working classes by the political elite in maintenance of the status quo."

Interesting argument as most victims of gun crime are, I believe, relatively poor people.

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"The idea that politicians are NRA thralls or even influenced by them is pure libtard bollocks"

Looking at that list of donations by politician, then, the nearly $7 million they gave one of them, and the over $3 million they gave to Rubio, must be seen as complete altruism. The top two together got more money from the NRA than the Russians are accused of spending to get Trump elected. Impressive that the NRA expected and got nothing for it.

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"+1 for 'Manichean' [...]"

One of our lecturers at university actually argued that religious belief does have significance for social outcomes. The US has a very strong Protestant minority who believe that any bad things that happen to you are a punishment from God, so unfortunate people have done something wrong for which they need forgiveness, and if they don't seek it they are damned. No Manichaeanism required.

The US attitude to crime and healthcare on this hypothesis can be explained by Protestant fundamentalism, while the historically rather different British approach is based more on the nominal Catholicity of Anglicanism and the idea that we are all morally defective and shit happens without God as a causative agent. Therefore society as a whole should improve itself by dealing with crime and health as general social problems.

It may be popsci but it makes a kind of sense.

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"I think the UK has one of the highest knife crime ratings per capita of anywhere."

However we have a murder rate per capita one fifth that of the US. Therefore, the mode of murder hardly matters because there is no way that knife crime makes up the difference.

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Re: I know what trump is thinking

Practically, if teachers are armed with handguns and the killer has a rifle capable of long range accuracy, who has the word "target" written on him or her?

All this will do is ensure that any not totally deranged killer will shoot the teacher first, kill a few kids and then hide behind the survivors using them as human shields/hostages.

If I, a grade A wimp who hasn't fired a rifle in over 40 years, can work that out, what of a teenager who plays computer games?

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Mueller bombshell: 13 Russian 'troll factory' staffers charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election

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Re: Calling for an indictment of Steele is a bit thick, laddy.

'You may well want to imply that "Russian Trolls" are posting here...'

This is the new Internet meme for "anyone who disagrees with a Republican or a Brexiter."

What makes it so useful is that it can be claimed any way. Mention unfortunate facts? Trying to stir up disorder. Get something wrong? Dyesinformatsiya. Auto-correct typo? Dmitri your bad English is showing.

It worked well for McCarthy but the people doing it should remember the results of that. The US does best when it's in one of its relatively tolerant and open-minded phases. The current episode of Hooverism and McCarthyism will eventually be a bad memory.

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Re: @unwarranted triumphalism

"That was a nothingburger of a post served with a side of women hating."

Did you notice the nick?

He's either trying to be ironical and not signalling very well, or describing himself.

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Re: I'm Confused Still

"Thankfully, we have Russia to learn from and get more gooder at it."

This is whataboutery. We're talking here about the US political system and what effect Russian astroturfing had on it. We are not talking about the Russian system which has its own problems (going back, though, to approx. the 9th century AD, whereas those of the US only go back to about 1600.)

A retired CIA guy says that US interference in Russian elections is OK because the US are the good guys. To which I reply, let's see you justify that statement.

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Re: I'm Confused Still

"(Surely the POTUS has managed to do enough damage on his own to the Republican party - he has severely damaged the reputation of the USA abroad at least)?"

From my perspective it's that Americans are in denial about the sheer toxicity of their political system, both major political parties are deeply corrupt at a national and state level, corporate money rules even for the Dems, lobbyists pump vast amounts of money into what in a third world country would be called bribery. There are plenty of decent career civil servants but they are hardly heard above the rustle of money. So when the system delivers something as obviously horrible as Trump and the alternative was very little better (better for national policy but probably much worse for the Middle East), someone has to be blamed.

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Re: Wonderful timing! -Everyone else is under 3%. This includes our preferred rival.

You beat me to it by a few minutes. I'm glad somebody took the trouble to make the point. If the answer to Putin is Zhirinovsky, that would be like Farage being the answer to Cameron back in 2010 - UKIP polled about the same.

But I do think Navalny should have been allowed to stand, so that in a year's time rather a lot of Americans could be indicted for interfering with the Russian election.

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"Ukraine means something like "edge" , hence "from the edge""

Actually it's from U (by) + krai (edge) and means by the edge [of the Black Sea], just as Pomerania is from Po (along) + more (sea) and is along the edge of the North Sea.

We don't say "The Pomerania", nor should we say "The Ukraine".

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If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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"I believe these, along with the fact that schools refuse to teach touch-typing, are only hastening the day when our children have to retire from their desk-bound jobs due to avoidable RSI and related complaints."

Actually I had developed quite bad RSI by about 2008 when laptops with low profile keys and decent touchpads emerged.

I do a lot of typing on a Chromebook without a mouse and have no RSI problems these days. As someone who once had to use real keyboards with heavy keys that went clonk, I say hurrah for progress.

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"Not knowing how the Carnot cycle applies to your car's engine is a non-issue unless you're the one designing the damned thing."

Especially as cars tend to run on Otto or Diesel cycles. A car trying to run on the Carnot cycle would be very slow indeed due to the extremely low power to weight ratio of Carnot cycle engines.

What is important is knowing the key interfaces between different areas of technology. If you want to use a laptop you need to know how to use a laptop, the most basic fault finding, and how to use the programs you'll be running. The same with cars. The problem comes with all the people who want to get by without having to learn the essential interfaces, because they don't see why they "should" have to.

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"Doctors are the same way. God forbid you ask the bastard to have to log in. And remember a password. And all that complicated computer stuff."

My GP was the one who agitated for the health trust to use Linux, the one who periodically has to get into the router to disable the parental protection because some numpty in the outsourced IT department keeps trying to set the routers up as for schools. He also trains other GPs.

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Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

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Re: It's about the screen ratio

I think it's both. Now the round home button has gone there has to be brand identification on the front as well as the back. The notch (more a slot) does that.

Even if it was a cobbled together idea when under-screen fingerprint readers didn't work in time, it's now the New Face of Apple. Eliminate the notch and how will people looking at your phone know it isn't a Samsung?

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Re: Trouble shooting guides.....

"Only the brave though read the notes that come with pills - given the list of side-effects a placebo would be preferable"

In fact placebos can have side effects too, especially if the patient reads the possible side effects of what they think they are getting.

Psychosomatic effects can be just as severe as straightforward diseases.

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Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

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Re: So where do we go from here - Just wake up firstly

I started off replying rationally to this post then I thought - everybody knows it's nonsense but the author, and I suspect he's fact proof.

Please, go away and read a book about computer design.

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Re: Don't panic, "No exploit code has been released."

"Perhaps one outcome of this would be a few man-years of effort in trimming bloat to mitigate the performance loss in mitigating meltdown."

Momentarily I read that as "trimming boats" being reminded of all the contractors who became boat owners as a result of Y2K, including the guy I knew who took 6 months off in the Caribbean.

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You're decorating it wrong: Apple HomePod gives wood ring of death

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Re: Oh great

"Apparently that distorts the bass from the pod and makes it sound bad"

Audiophile shops will shortly be selling special mats with unidirectional fibres, once they've managed to cost reduce them to $100.

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Re: Roses are red.............

If that's a T S Eliot reference I can only say one upvote is not enough.

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Boffin

Wood is not minimalistic.

If you have wood surfaces, you're furnishing it wrong. Wood is vaguely organic, irregular, imperfect. Apple has never countenanced a wood-based product. Any marking is your fault for having purchased a product which is incompatible with Apple's design criteria.

Edit - I don't really believe this.

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Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

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Re: the emotional distress of dealing with Windows 10.

"Fucking snowflakes."

Slightly off topic surely? And no links.

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Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

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Re: It's obvious.

"Alternatively, they can call it Kopi Luwak. The most expensive coffee in the world. Made by letting luwaks (palm civets) eat kopi (coffee) cherries then extracting the beans from their droppings."

Somebody gave me 100g of it once. I have to say it is excellent coffee. But nobody could call J2EE type applications rare or, usually, of superlative quality.

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Re: Jawa Enterprise Edition (Jawa EE) ..

"Jawa is Javanese for Java."

It's also an extinct Czech motorcycle of which it was said that when they were new they looked ten years old, but twenty years later they still looked ten years old. So quite appropriate really.

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No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS

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"But, for a change, @Big John has not been downvoted!"

OT but when they get off their guns and trump hobbyhorses, both Big John and Bombastic Bob can produce some good posts. I used to work with some really nice people in Kentucky, if you disregarded the racism, the creationism and the gun racks. It takes all sorts to make a world, just so long as they don't come over here and vote.

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Re: "preventing this from being resulted"

"Say whut...? That's not even English. No wonder the CPS has problems."

The CPS has deeper problems. Good barristers can earn a lot doing commercial work.

The French system of parallel careers is a good one. Separate training for juges d'examen (if that is still a thing, I'm going on A level French studies.)

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Uber and its 245 million reasons to settle with Google's Waymo

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Re: Why not kill Uber off question

A huge straw in the wind is that both Toyota and Ford are getting involved, and Ford is planning to get into the public transport business with driverless minibuses, while Toyota is working on prototypes. A minibus may be the ideal compromise for city traffic, small enough not to interfere with traffic flow and to be able to manage smaller roads, large enough to be economical when driverless.

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Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

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Re: Live Steam

"How they hell was that install even legal or passed inspections?"

Don't ask me, I didn't install it.

I will just mention in passing that in Berkshire, not at all far from inhabited areas, are tanks of highly radioactive liquids. At the time I was aware of them people did not know what they contained. Some of them had to be cooled by water passing through internal pipes. Some of them might be leaking.

Such is the insanity of nuclear deterrence.

Military secrecy and the needs of national defence cover a multitude of practices that would probably never be allowed outside.

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Re: Live Steam

"Well, to be fair, tritium's a very weak beta emitter. PVC would stop it easily."

I'm glad someone gets it. I left that as an exercise for the reader. I'm not going to say much more because I don't want to doxx myself - except to observe that a lot of places in the developed world used to use tritium, and our own beloved government used to think the best thing to do with the vast amounts of it they created while making bombs was to put it in the North Sea, you can guess where.

But eventually the Irish complained and it was realised that actually 5keV electrons released inside fish were probably quite bad for them, so in a sudden reversal of policy it was decided that the best thing to do with the stuff was to release it into the atmosphere.

Before anybody got worried about it, I visited a plant once where tritium was being used in a manufacturing process. In a corner of a shopfloor there was a lump of vacuum equipment and a small gas bottle of tritium-protium mixture connected to it, along with a fairly basic standard welding type extract.

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Re: fibre or fiber

"Depends which side of the pond you prefer."

South Africa (see nick of GPP) is on the right, English-speaking side so it's fibre.

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