* Posts by PunkTiger

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What the world really needs right now is more Comcast: US cable giant mulls wireless service

PunkTiger
Meh

I wish we had some DECENT competition

I dumped "Bombast" back in 2011 because of ever-increasing prices for basic service. My current Internet service has been Verizon DSL since it was known as Bell Atlantic DSL in 1999. (Yes, my cable TV and Internet services were separate... long story, but it boiled down to billing responsibilities at the time.)

The REAL amusing part is when Verizon started rolling out their FiOS service, Bombast successfully blocked them from taking it statewide, so only a small handful of towns ended up getting the FiOS service. So, no broadband Internet service for me because I am NOT signing my soul over to Bombast.

So yeah, fark Bombast with a rusty razor-wire dildo and lemon juice. Not that Verizon has been the most gleaming Pillar of Excellence, but at least the DSL service has been pretty stable for as long as I've had it.

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Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

PunkTiger
Linux

I'll plug one in...

...as long as I take the proper measures to do so.

1. Use an old "junk" laptop with only a working optical drive (no spinning rust or SSD connected).

2. Boot up a live Linux distro off a CD/DVD.

3. Plug in mysterious USB drive.

4. Unless it's some sort of virus that directly screws around with the BIOS, or booby-trapped device that damages your USB ports, freely look at whatever is on the USB drive.

4a. If it DOES mess about with the BIOS, or cause your laptop to go pop and release the Magic Blue Smoke, then console yourself that the laptop was just a kickaround spare that you weren't using anyway, and go get another one for a few bucks/quid at the local computer recycling center/centre.

5. Laugh at the lame-o attempt to write a virus/trojan to a read-only filesystem (if necessary), see if there's any juicy info stored on it, then decide what to do with the drive afterwards (reformatting it, destroying it, etc.)

There! You've just dealt with a mysterious USB device in a relatively safe manner. Go pat yourself on the back and have a cookie/biscuit.

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Your unpatchable, insecure Android mobe will feel right at home in the Internet of Stuff era

PunkTiger

Re: Android only?

My confusion lie in the sentence "If you've got a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip in your Android phone and tablet, make sure you grab its latest security updates – if you can."

"Its" in that sentence could refer to either the Snapdragon chip or the Android OS. It sounded like it was the Snapdragon chip that had a newly-discovered vulnerability that a patch would treat, and that patch was only available on Android systems; leaving other systems out in the cold. Apparently, I had the wrong end of the stick.

Mea Culpa if I seemed naive or ignorant.

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PunkTiger

Android only?

Are other Operating Systems also affected by this, or is it just Android? For example, my Nokia Lumia 635 uses a Snapdragon 400, but it runs Windows Phone 8.1 (Denim). I would presume since the issue is kernel-based with this processor, my device would also be vulnerable. But, since WP holds such a minuscule share of the phone market, would hackers actively find a way to exploit it?

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AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade

PunkTiger

Well, looks like I'll just keep updating my HOSTS file and have AdBlock Latitude as the secondary defense. Moan at ABP all you want, ad mongers, but my personal HOSTS file is none of your business. Literally.

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Squeeze the banana to log into this office Wi-Fi

PunkTiger
Boffin

Re: Fruit?

Botanically speaking, the banana is a berry.

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KFC takes legal axe to eight-legged mutant chicken claims

PunkTiger
Joke

Re: KFC in China ?

Well, they could bring the argument to the whole stereotypical conclusion and say they're serving cat. That joins in nicely with why they changed their name from "Kentucky Fried Chicken" to "KFC."

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ALIEN HUNT: Water similar to life-bearing Earth lakes FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

PunkTiger
Boffin

Life on Enceladus?

One word: Extremophiles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extremophile

If Earth has them, who's to say Enceladus doesn't?

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Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

PunkTiger

I like my Ouya... he says, sheepishly.

Yes, you still need a credit card or a prepaid Ouya card to complete the setup, much like you need a credit card or a prepaid Google Play card when you want to get things on your Android device from the Play store. Ouya cards are sold at Target stores in the US (I don't know about countries outside the US, so I'm sorry if that doesn't apply to you). That said, you could get a prepaid MasterCard or Visa at your local convenience store and use that to set it up if you feel uncomfortable with using your personal card.

Ouya's current selection has grown to well over 1000 games and apps in their store, some even being made by well-known developers (JackBox, Farsight, Square Enix, etc.). The OS has been updated numerous times since you last turned on your system, so there are improvements overall. If your system is just "collecting dust," I suggest you find someone else to give/sell it to who will at least find some enjoyment from it instead of it being a source of irritation.

All that being said, I really like my Ouya a great deal. It just fits my style as a casual gamer who doesn't need the latest and greatest. For that matter, a friend of mine got one of his own after playing around with mine, so there's that.

Wait... someone who actually LIKES the Ouya?? He must be a troll! Let the downvoting commence!

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FCC puts AT&T and Comcast gobbles back on the table

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Facepalm

This entire thing smacks of a classic way to push through unpopular legislation. A hot-button item is put up for action, there's a groundswell of reaction against the move, then it's put aside for "further review." Once things cool down, they bring it back onto the table for action. If there's another groundswell of reaction against it, they'll take it back off the table again for "further review." When things cool down again, they very quietly put it back on the table, find the negative reaction is not as strong as before, and because this supposed lack of complaining seems to resemble public acceptance (in their own minds), the legislation will pass, leaving the rest of us to deal with the consequences.

I know I sound cynical, but I've seen this happen before. I just really, really hope I'm proven wrong this time.

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

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Re: Netflix UK has a fraction of the selection of Netflix US

I think the lack of content on Netflix UK is more along the lines of why BBC America can't broadcast British shows like Would I Lie To You?, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, and the crown jewel of panel shows, QI, in the US. Clearing the rights to broadcast specific sounds, music, video, and still pictures in another country can get prohibitively expensive.

I could very well be wrong, but I'm sure that might be some part of it.

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OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR

PunkTiger

Meh. I'm still using a 10-year-old Motorola V600 that suits my needs just fine, thank you. Will you be using your current smartphone in 10 years? Will your phone even last 10 years?

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PunkTiger

I dunno. Priced at over $430, I can't really call it an "inexpensive" phone.

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Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS

PunkTiger
Flame

Oh, for Glob's sake...

Just axe this ridiculous deal and get it over with. Tell them, in big bold letters, "MERGER: NOT YOURS!", then kick them both in the yarbles by making broadband a utility.

Please, FCC, this time, side with the consumers and not the bloated corporations.

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You can thank Brit funnyman John Oliver for fixing US broadband policy, beams Netflix

PunkTiger

Re: Poacher turned gamekeeper

Tiger something something stripes... leopard something something spots... There's a reference in there somewhere.

I won't doubt that a poacher could become a gamekeeper (it has been done before), but to put an awful lot of trust and faith into someone who has been responsible for getting Big Cable's way in legislation at the cost of the consumer is really very difficult. Time and time again, consumers in the US have been getting the short end of the stick when it comes to these matters. I think we were rightfully wary about his appointment at first. Proving us wrong will be a welcome change to the norm.

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PANDA chomps through Spotify's DRM

PunkTiger
Trollface

Re: Use spotify myself

At NO point in the English Language (this also applies to you, rest of the world) does "of" ever follow "would" or "wouldn't".

Would "of" be a necessary word to use when writing recipe ingredients; for instance: "1 kg. of beef"?

Hmmm... It seemed to work there in that perfectly cromulent question.

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EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

PunkTiger
Black Helicopters

Y'know, the more I read about things like this, the longer I'll hang on to my venerable Motorola V600.

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Klingon and Maori roar into 'mutt's nuts' dictionary

PunkTiger
Pint

Horrorshow!

I think I'm going to using the term "shansharray" from now on. That sounds pretty damn choodessny!

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WTF is NET NEUTRALITY, anyway? And how can we make everything better?

PunkTiger
Facepalm

Mutually Assured (Consumer) Destruction

Back in 2010/2011, Verizon was building out its FiOS network in suburban Boston. Comcast, who has a stranglehold of cable TV/Internet service in Massachusetts, didn't like that one bit. (Competition? Not on MY watch!) A deal was then hammered out between Comcast, Verizon (and other cable providers in MA) to halt the rollout of FiOS. Voila! No more competition, and the consumers get the short end of the stick again. Those handful of communities in the Boston suburbs are the ONLY people in MA that has FiOS.

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/article/2013/05/28/boston-fiber-optic-internet-network/2/

The first paragraph on that page says it all.

That being said, I have a (Sophie's) choice of Internet service. I could either have Satan's... err, I mean, Comcast's overpriced 30Mbps internet service (that goes up in price every year), or I can have what I currently have, DSL from Verizon (they claim I'm getting "up to 3Mbps," but with a top download speed of 580kbps, I doubt I'm getting anywhere near that... being only 1.5 miles from the DSL signal's origin).

Even my fast lane is a back road.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

PunkTiger
Flame

They can't leave well enough alone

I refuse to use Chrome/Chromium because I just don't trust it. Any browser that "suggests" you "log in" on their opening screen "for a better user experience" is a browser I immediately close and delete from my hard drive.

And besides, Google is in the business of wanting to know your browsing habits so they can sell that information to other "interested" spamme... advertiz... err... parties. So, why in blazes should I use a browser Google created for that very purpose?

Firefox isn't much better (anymore), and this whole Australis interface on their latest version made me see red. (Where did those IE back/forward buttons come from? Why is the bookmark star joined at the hip with the Bookmark editor, and out of the URL bar?? Why is the refresh page icon at the end of the URL bar, and not next to the Back/Forward buttons?? I'm in Customize, but why can't I move those buttons around?! WTF IS THIS $#!+??? "Easily customizable" my left nut! This is all broken!) Thank goodness I found out about that Classic Theme Restorer, I was ready to switch back to Opera (which makes me wonder if Opera fixed that Speed Dial bug that was in every version after 10).

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Comcast to dump 3.9 MEEELLION subscribers to quell Time Warner merger antitrust fears

PunkTiger

Re: Not be a monopoly?

The problem with that is, in Massachusetts, Comcast strong-armed Verizon to stop rolling out FiOS to the rest of the state. Only a handful of municipalities have FiOS in MA, and Boston isn't even one of those. But that doesn't stop Verizon from advertising FiOS on the sides of their trucks in the area.

Since I don't want to sell my soul to Satan (Comcast), I'm stuck with Verizon's DSL service.

Oh... And Google's fiber internet service? It might get to this area in another 20 years or so, so I'm not holding my breath for that.

Comcast isn't a monopoly, my arse.

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

PunkTiger
Alert

Form and Function

When Windows 95 came out, I was still using my Amiga 4000/040... and Windows was still trying to play catch-up to it... and failing.

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

PunkTiger

Black Marks and Credit Ratings

Honest question: In the US, if you keep your credit record clean for 7 years after you've had a credit issue, that bad mark ages off making your record clean again. Does it work the same way in the UK, or are there different aspects that come into play?

I ask because his fight has gone on for 15 years, more than double what would be necessary in the US to right his credit rating by just letting the black mark age off.

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Comcast Corp to merge with Time Warner Cable in MONSTER $45bn deal

PunkTiger
Terminator

Where's Teddy Roosevelt when we need him?

"[A] leading technology and innovation company, differentiated by its ability to deliver ground-breaking products on a superior network while leveraging a national platform to create operating efficiencies and economies of scale."

Good Lord! I don't even know where to begin with that steaming pile! It's not even WRONG!! It's such a freakin' delusional statement. Time-Warner's customer service is a joke (putting it VERY kindly), while Comcast is Satan Incarnate. I really can't see anything good coming from this unholy union.

/ex-Comcast customer

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One good thing from the Flappy Birds crapp flap: It's a handy 'tech' media rating system

PunkTiger

I'd never even heard of the game before all this brouhaha started. *shrug*

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Yahoo! Mail users see crying baby who says firm is 'over capacity'

PunkTiger

I must be one of the lucky ones, then. I have yet to experience any problems or anomalies in using Yahoo! Mail. I've had the account since the late 1990s, and I still use it every day. Go, as they say, fig.

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California takes a shot at mobile 'killswitch' mandate

PunkTiger
Childcatcher

Holy cow! A remote control to UNLOCK YOUR CAR DOORS?? What a horrible idea! It might be "convenient," but that technology is just rife to be abused! Hackers will be unlocking car doors left and right and thefts will skyrocket! What's next? Remotes that will START YOUR ENGINE WITHOUT KEYS?? Just hang a big ol' sign in your windscreen that says "STEAL ME PLEASE!" You'll get the same result!

In other words, any technology can be looked at as being a prime choice for abuse; some more obvious than others. But, just because it could be abused in its current (lack of) standard, doesn't mean it's not worth examining, and to find ways to lessen the chances of it being either accidentally or maliciously activated. In theory, remote bricking sounds like a good idea for what is essentially a computer in your pocket. Now, let's see if it can be done reasonably with proper safeguards.

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First man/machine nerve grafts restore amputee's sense of touch

PunkTiger

Re: Remember

Well, according to the US Inflation Calculator, if it cost $6,000,000 in 1973, it'll cost $31,480,675.68 today.

That'll be a rather unwieldy title for a TV show, though.

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Run for the tills! Malware infected Target registers, slurped 40m bank cards

PunkTiger
Pint

I'm considering myself lucky

During the time in question (late November through December 15th), I didn't visit a Target store or their website to buy anything.

No point to this post, really, just counting my blessings.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

PunkTiger

Re: I want Windows 7 back because I prefer to be slow!!!

I'm really happy for you that Windows 8 was a fantastic experience for you and your acquaintances. That being said, and judging from the responses not only at El Reg, but also on countless other forums, you and yours are the exception.

You could have the fastest OS in the world; lightning quick, open apps before you can tap the application icon, and all that fun stuff. But being quick is worth less than nothing if the interface gets in the way of the user. If the user has to page through screen after screen on a hide-and-seek mission to find the app he/she is looking for; if the interface isn't apparently intuitive to the user, then the experience falls flat and irritations rise. An application that would have taken the user two seconds to launch before on the old interface, now takes the user up to 10 seconds to locate and launch, the speed factor is effectively annulled.

TL;DR, The OS should never get in the way of the user trying to do the task at hand, and for most users, Windows 8 fails in that way.

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You DON'T need a new MacBook! Reg man fiddles with Fusion, pimps out vintage Pro

PunkTiger
Meh

My current MacBook is an iBook G4 running OSX 10.4.11. I don't care how much tweaking and twerking you do on it, I DO need a new MacBook.

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Microsoft releases wonderfully loopy experimental GIF-jiggler

PunkTiger

Re: JIF?

No, silly, it's peanut butter.

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Moto's DIY smartphone Ara to be 3D PRINTED in exclusive new deal

PunkTiger

Modular Phones and Modern Art

I hope all the bits and bobs are going to be available in different colours. I want to build a phone that Piet Mondrian would love.

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

PunkTiger

Re: BOFFINS: BILLIONS OF EARTH-LIKE LIFE-FRIENDLY ALIEN WORLDS IN GALAXY

And I suppose the Proper British spelling for a certain precious metal is "platinium"?

aluminum / aluminium... let's call the whole thing off.

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PunkTiger
Coat

Re: BOFFINS: BILLIONS OF EARTH-LIKE LIFE-FRIENDLY ALIEN WORLDS IN GALAXY

@hplasm - "oddly, neither is Euphonium- the element all 'brass' instruments are made of..."

On that note, I can't seem to find Harmonium on the Periodic table, either.

...nor by the Occasional chair.

/mine's the one with sheet music in the pocket.

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

PunkTiger
Terminator

Still won't upgrade; even for free

I still use a iBook G4 with OSX 10.4.11 (Tiger) that I refuse to upgrade any further, mainly because of ONE solitaire game (that runs in the Classic environment only) that I am wholly, horribly addicted to: Beat The Dragon 2.5. I can't find a version that doesn't suck like a black hole -- I'm looking at you, BTD 3.0 -- on any other platform. And, since OSX took away the Classic environment in 10.5 and above, I'm not budging.

I know it's silly, but damn it, I love that game.

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Forget Wi-Fi, boffins get 150Mbps Li-Fi connection from a lightbulb

PunkTiger

Sounds familiar

So... It's a glorified IR connection, then? That's so last millennium.

Everything old is new again.

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FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

PunkTiger

Obscured upgrade path

Personally, I think one facet of the slow take-up of Win7 is that there's no clean/clear upgrade path from XP to 7 (aside from ponying up the dosh to get Win7 Professional Ultimate; even then, it's not very intuitive).

Create a utility/tool/program to help Joe Punter upgrade his perfectly capable XP machine to Win 7, or at least make it a more simple procedure to upgrade, and more people might be enticed to do it.

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Germany warns: You just CAN'T TRUST some Windows 8 PCs

PunkTiger

Only one way to disable TPM

> ...OEMs have the ability to turn off the TPM in x86 machines; thus, purchasers can purchase machines with TPMs disabled...

The thing is, I don't want the TPM chip to be "disabled," I want it REMOVED from the motherboard altogether. That's the only way I know I'll be able to trust my computer to run the OS and software I WANT it to, and not be beholden to some shadowy organization and/or find the chip possibly re-enabled because of a processor change, or BIOS battery replacement.

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NORKS prepping glorious People's Smartmobe

PunkTiger

The tech reports I've heard mention two interesting "features" about the Arirang: it does not access the Internet /at all/, and it cannot make international calls.

Because, goodness knows, the average North Korean must not communicate beyond the borders of the DPRK. That road leads to madness.

*cues up "One Step Beyond"*

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World's FIRST TALKING SPACE ROBO-CHUM BLASTS OFF to the ISS

PunkTiger
Joke

Re: It would be a better companion

What's japanese for "The Mile-High Club"?

On second thought, maybe we need a new name for orbital boinking.

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Samsung: The cash blizzard continues, but may not last forever

PunkTiger

This might be the only time when being a mug is a good thing.

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Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

PunkTiger
Meh

No Cookies Please, We're British

A bit strong on the rhetoric, there. Blocking third party cookies will lead to an Internet Apocalypse? Small businesses will perish? Who cares if there's a whitelist? Blocking third-party cookies is BAD! DON'T DO IT!

*checks to make sure ABP and Ghostery are up-to-date*

You're wasting my oxygen, Mr. Rothenberg.

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Sharp Aquos LC-46LE821E 46in quad-pixel TV

PunkTiger
Boffin

Light, not pigment

When referring to pigment, red, yellow, and blue are the primary colours.

However, when referring to light, red, green, and blue are the primary colours.

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Sun sat sends stunning solar snap

PunkTiger
Boffin

Solar colours

Well, I guess you'd have to think like an astronomer. Star colour is an indication of its overall temperature. A red star like Antares is cooler in temperature than a yellow star like good ol' Sol, which is cooler than a blue star like Rigel. The further away from red in the visible spectrum, the hotter the star.

I presume that's why the picture has the hot spots in blue and the cooler spots in red.

I've always loved astronomy. :D

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MS withdraws ineffective security update

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Badgers

SHHHH! Not so loud!

"Redmond assured users that the bug is not being actively exploitated by hackers."

...at the moment. I'm sure once word spreads, some hackers will be all over it like white on rice.

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Commodore 64 reincarnated as quad-core Ubuntu box

PunkTiger
Heart

Waxing Nostalgic

Awesome! I still have my Datasette, 1541-II, and Action Replay and SID Symphony cartridges. Look me up on Q-Link!

*sniff* God, how I miss those days.

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Trojan armed with hardware-based anti-piracy control

PunkTiger
Pirate

You know what they say...

No honour among thieves, and all that.

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Today is not New Year's Eve - or the end of the decade

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Megaphone

Decade twaddle

As far as I'm concerned, as soon as the tens digit in the year changes, it becomes a new decade. I don't give a leaping G-d damn about the Year One/Year Zero people.

Happy New DECADE, El Reg!

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Vatican awards self 'unique copyright' on Pope

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Pint

Ceci n'est pas une Pope.

Carole Pope of Rough Trade should have something to say about that.

...not to mention Sinead O'Connor.

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