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“The guilt I started to feel about questioning the achievements of Posh Spice or Britney Spears should have tipped me off. The secret of criticism is to know what your real feelings are before you try to express them. My real feelings were crystallised by that delicious comic moment when Paris Hilton emerged from the slammer to pronounce herself grateful for what she called her “learning experience”. At last I realised that I didn’t really disapprove of her at all. She’s too valuable. She’s our example, today, of the person who exists to prove that wealth for its own sake is utterly pointless.” link

“After more than four years of P2P and file-sharing programs consuming the largest percentage of bandwidth on the network traffic in North America, HTTP, general web, traffic has overtaken P2P and continues to grow. Due to the increasing demand for streaming audio and video in Web downloads, HTTP is now responsible for some 46% of all traffic. P2P continues as a strong second place at 37% of total traffic. Newsgroups at 9%, non-HTTP video streaming at 3%, gaming at 2%, and VoIP at 1% round out the list of application bandwidth usage.” link

“Some clever answers: “If I’m not doing anything wrong, then you have no cause to watch me.” “Because the government gets to define what’s wrong, and they keep changing the definition.” “Because you might do something wrong with my information.” My problem with quips like these — as right as they are — is that they accept the premise that privacy is about hiding a wrong. It’s not. Privacy is an inherent human right, and a requirement for maintaining the human condition with dignity and respect.” link

“When early scholars wrote in Latin, they would place the word questio – meaning “question” – at the end of a sentence to indicate a query. To conserve valuable space, writing it was soon shortened to qo, which caused another problem – readers might mistake it for the ending of a word. So they squashed the letters into a symbol: a lowercased q on top of an o. Over time the o shrank to a dot and the q to a squiggle, giving us our current question mark.” link

“UK military spokesman Major Mike Shearer said: “We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area.” link

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