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  1. Pretty underwhelming trailer. Refilling a pizza box is not the most exciting application of time travel I can think of.
  2. Great game. The VAR penalty still probably the most nail biting moment. That and seeing Pussy Riot wrestled to the ground. The second two France goals made it a deserved win.
  3. One coq on their chest! Jules Rimet is French! 20 years of moderate success never stopped us wanting more! Allez les bleus! So, England beat all the teams they were objectively better than and lost to the two they weren’t. Seems right. So what was all that fuss ... oh, never mind. Anyway, by that rationale, football is going to France but it would be lovely to see Croatia take it. Modric and Rakitic have been reliable as always and every game others in the team impress as well.
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    Don’t pirate books, just don’t

    I don’t get it. Like if there was 2000 instances of a book in the ledger and yours wasn’t one of those then you must’ve pirated it.
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    Don’t pirate books, just don’t

    Ok cool. Not much of a techie myself but I understood there was some use of blockchain for creative stuff. Well I guess it would be easy to prosecute an illegitimate consumer at least.
  6. David Cameron is the dude that crashed the fucking plane on the island in the first place.
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    Don’t pirate books, just don’t

    So does the Blockchain not solve the piracy issue? Can’t fake authorship, can’t produce multiple copies. Just have to get authors to use it. There’s already some websites where users write on Blockchain, at the moment most of the content is articles about how great cryptocurrencies are.
  8. Sheesh, come on guys, get it together. I live in Luxembourg, I have peoples from all over Europe, including Italian and Turkish, mocking me every day for the state of my country’s politics. Luckily I have partially convinced people that Scotland is a totally separate country looking on with bemusement at Westminster antics. But next thing England will win the WC, that’ll be all I need.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    Yeah, it’s opened up a bit. Some good breaks from England, Columbia playing it forward.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    I don’t think I ever saw a game where the ref really needs to send someone off to sort it out. Columbia behaviour is ridiculous but Stones should’ve had a red a minute ago.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    Yeah, I appreciate it happens a lot but I don’t see why it’s allowed. The keeper is literally narrowing the angle. I’m not sure it would make it appreciably more difficult to score but seems dodgy. They were relaxed. If the defender makes a genuine attempt to win the ball but messes up it’s only a yellow. It looked like a pretty wild effort by Jorgensen to me, but the pundits I was watching were happy with the decision.
  12. That is definitely one thing that’s irritating about streaming live sports. I’ll often hear that there’s been a goal/something major has happened from noise from the street or the neighbours at least 30 seconds before it appears on screen. Also different screens in different parts of the house will have more or less lag.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    It’s kind of heartbreaking for Messi but otherwise just incredible.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    Ha, Mascherano’s face after that goal.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    Hmm ok. Doesn’t seem much use when there’s no goal threat. One shot on target that half and there’s not exactly going to be 25 yard screamers set up very often.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    Yeah he was useless up until that bit of brilliance. Just needed to move inside. mind you, I’ve hardly even heard Pavons name so far.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    Mbappe looks just as good as everyone has been saying. What a gift to have somebody who can make those kind of runs. Argentina having a bit of a resurgence just before the break though.
  18. Johnson’s weird degree of notability seems to give him cause to believe, with some justification, that he can do whatever the fuck he wants. When Gavin Williamson or Liz Truss refuse to toe the line they seem more like sulky children. At this point we might need a Dog Day Afternoon scenario where somebody takes the cabinet hostage and forces them to argue out a Brexit solution to a firm conclusion.
  19. An EU Directive does not a law make either. The individual states have to draft their own laws and I doubt any of them have a pressing desire to prevent their citizens using memes. Although big tech does seem to err on the side of caution, as we saw in the google right to be forgotten case.
  20. Yeah that’s a good one, although I’m not sure it’s quite the same meaning I was trying to convey. But I’m sure we can come up with some more. - When you’re farming with grade A manure everything’s going to taste of shit. - When you’re pitching a shitball the catcher’s bound to get shit on his mitt. - ( and as Bear Grylls proved) A man dying of thirst is going to eventually drink the juice of a shit squeezed through a piece of cloth. Thats the British government guys. Very good for shit metaphors.
  21. Wow, I didn’t read the bit about the apple devices. This is probably a tired old thing to say by now but this government’s efforts to promote its policies are genuinely like something out of a satirical comedy series, I’m sure I’ve seen this exact thing about an app on Twenty Twelve or something. But it’s not the disasters so much as the crowing about the disasters. Seriously guys, it’s literally two days since the “brexit dividend” and now you’re starting on these “three simple questions.” I guess they figure when you’re drowning in bullshit at some point you’re going to start clinging to a turd.
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    The Darkwater Legacy by Chris Wooding

    The Fade is interesting. It’s more thriller like in length and pace, has a deliberately weird narrative construction as well as a different style and tone from his typical stuff. The Braided Path is also very enjoyable. It’s pretty straight forward, fun fantasy but with enough unique world building moments to elevate it. I read the giant book pre kindle era and I definitely remember being annoyed that I couldn’t take it anywhere. I also read the Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, which is nominally YA, although I wouldn’t say it differs much from the Jetty Kay books in terms of tone and type of content. It’s about demons and stuff. His other books are probably a bit young for my tastes but some of them sound pretty cool as well.
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    The Darkwater Legacy by Chris Wooding

    Sounds good. Looking forward to this one. I’ve yet to meet a bad Chris Wooding book. I will say that the Ember Blade is a much better series title than the Darkwater Legacy.
  24. And that’s why Harry Kane shouldn’t ever be taking the corners. Although why they wouldn’t mark him is a mystery. English commentary/punditry is just as annoying as ever.
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