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Hacker unshackles Kinect from Xbox

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Knockoffs

From the creators of the Sports VII..

Here comes...

The Ki-NEXT!

I just know it's going to be out there; I've already seen stuff like the Sports VII in a large department store.

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iPhone glitch gets US fanbois up on wrong side of bed

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I'm guessing...

that the "rude awakening" consists on said iPhone user waking up, looking at the clock and screaming "OH $H!T! I'M LATE!"

I've had this happen to me on one occasion that I had an early meeting and forgot to change the alarm settings. Nasty situation, indeed!

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Laptops heat up your balls

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Nut roasting!

Laptops are already hot enough for me *not* to consider putting them on my lap. Fortunately, most of the time I've required using a laptop, I have some kind of table to put the laptop on. On airplanes, this used to mean using the dinner tray for the laptop, or the next seat if it was free. Oh, I haven't flown with a laptop on-board since July 2001, don't know what kind of restrictions apply for laptops these days...

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US smartphones – Once you’ve had Android there’s no going back

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Really surprised?

A good part of the iPhone's success is similar to the iPod's success ... a nice touchscreen phone that's actually easy to use and looks nice. However, it is expensive.

For those only searching for a phone with a lot of features and a nice interface, Android does seem to be a cheaper alternative that fulfills most of their expectations. Hell, even the Nokia Xpressmusic running Symbian fulfills some of these users' expectations! It is no real surprise that Android handsets are now robbing the iPhone from its target market.

The Blackberry marketshare has been mostly static in the US, though here in Mexico I have seen the 'berries gain ground among first-time smartphone users. I think that BB Messenger and heavy marketing on behalf of both RIM and carriers (as BIS contracts mean more $$$ to them) are the main drive behind BB adoption.

The greatest loser in the smartphone wars is actually WinMo; HTC users are switching to the Android-powered HTC's, while other smartphone users are simply jumping to Android because they fulfill what they wanted and have no need for RDP/Exchange stuff.

Finally, Symbian might still march on, if only because some of the Nokia handsets carry it and so some users not specifically searching for a smartphone will have a Symbian handset without knowing it.

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BOFH: You just can't go around killing people

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Return of the BOFH Killer Robot

So the BOFH *did* pull it out from the basement after all!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/11/21/the_killer_bofh_bot/

This is the bot Simon's using to hunt the other, Terminator gone DieHard bot. Woohoo!!!

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Disguised impostor clears international flight

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Real-Life Total Recall?

Looks like something out of Total Recall to me.

- How long are you going to stay in Canada?

- TWO WEEEEEKS

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Ex-Red Hatters eye Larry's MySQL wobblers

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We the Postgres People

There are a lot of us that consider PostgreSQL as a main DBMS. I have done so since 1998. While I did initially jump to the MySQL craze, MySQL's disregard on transactions put me off, especially when the 3.x documentation insisted on telling me that transactions were not needed.

MySQL did get the spotlight for most of the Noughties, but thanks to Oracle, Postgres may finally come back and replace MySQL as the preferred open-source DBMS.

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Android wins devs' hearts and minds

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Different horses...

I also looked at that graph with suspicion... but there is a point with separating iPhone and iPad. the iPhone is, well, a phone, so there are some iPhone apps that wouldn't make sense on an iPad. Similarly, big-screen iPad apps wouldn't make sense on the iPhone/iTouch.

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HTC forgets Norwegian alphabet

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ae

It's still pretty much there in UK's spelling of words like paedophile, encyclopaedia, etc.

The Spanish language has used to have a couple of weird non-letter letters like "ch", "ll" which are really sounds, not letters. Thanks to technology these non-letters have been excised from the Spanish alphabet.

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SMS Fail

I've noticed that a lot of recent phones and smartphones alike lack the acute tilde for SMS messages. áéíóú don't appear, except for é ... but the reverse tildes àèìòù do appear. I blame this lack of support for all that bad typing the Spanish-speaking-and-writing yoof have these days! Also, no ü character... lazy SMS people!

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Apple coughs to time zone problems

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So...

This is going to be something akin to the Sony's PSN "fix" then. Their "fix" with "Feb 29, 2010" was to sit their asses all day and claim it was "fixed" when Mar. 2, 2010 00:00 GMT came by.

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Shut up, Spock! – how Battlestar Galactica beat Trek babble

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Don't forget Starship Troopers

I remember distinctly that for all the high tech shown everywhere else (including the nuclear RPGs), the future troops still used regular ammunition. The only appropiate weaponry is shown at the end of the movie, where we see rifles causing explosions in the last "Federal Network" broadcast.

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Aircraft bombs may mean end to in-flight Wi-Fi, mobile

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Collateral Damage

That movie was made *before* 9/11, yet it already featured a Nextel-detonated bomb. Twice. I somehow believe that the cellphone-triggered bombs were already a well-thought idea before the Madrid bombings!

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No wonder CompSci grads are unemployed

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Re: Geeks?? Where??

Same thing over here. When I mentioned that I had bought a used Cisco Catalyst 2950 switch, a lot of former college friends asked me why would I want something like that. I responded that it was so I could separate my home network into 3 VLANs. It brought another ton of "why?" questions.

It really, really seems that "because I want to tinker with this stuff" is no longer accepted even withing CompSci grads. :(

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Most smartphone users breach employers’ security, says survey

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Um, which circumvention?

If the company's network is locked down, what use is it to get your smartphone on the corporate network? No internet access with your PC, the same will apply to your gadget. The smartphone will do a better job of doing internetty stuff all by itself... in fact, I originally bought my first BlackBerry back in 2008 because of my then employer blocking all internet access. Technically, you aren't putting your company at risk for using your BB to surf/chat/whatever.

However, if you actually use the smartphone to poke a hole to the public Internet, there I can see a big problem.

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LimeWire (finally) dies under judge's gavel

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Identity theft

"If it was a file containing your person details that was downloaded, you'd be first in line to call it theft."

That particular crime is "Identity theft" or "False Impersonation" depending on your jurisdiction; the data can't be "stolen" by itself, it is the use of said information for fraudulent activities the one that is punished by law.

And as everyone has mentioned before, "copyright infringement != theft". It's been proven every single frickin' time that copied stuff does not translate to lost sales. It isn't harmless either, but it is definitely *not* threat.

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Notorious Koobface worm ported to Mac OS X

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Looks like both

IIRC, it acts more like a "social worm" as it sends itself, or tricks its victims to send the worm via wall post, and then infects the target OS.

There was one actual virus for OSX though; the Leap/Oompa-Loompa virus would spread over a local network using the Bonjour protocol. That was back in 2006, not sure if that one would work these days.

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PARIS launch tomorrow come hell or high water

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Buitre 1

¡Buena suerte!

Good luck! I would've loved to get pictures from the excised onboard camera, though...

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Sony soars, sinks, soars on Apple buyout rumor

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Hm...

It would be white and shiny, renamed as the iPlaystation or the iPippin, would lock out third-party accessories like the Xbox (PS3 currently accepts third-party stuff), the USB ports would go, and it would no longer support 1080p or Blu-Rays. Games would be censored at levels not seen since the NES/SNES heydays, and would be banned just because Jobs didn't like it.

It would then proceed to crash and burn, like the original Pippin.

But that isn't everything that Apple would damage ... Blu-Ray would probably disappear overnight. Um... I think I'll pass on this.

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Facebook comes down hard on Faceporn

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Going after Apple next?

After all, they have FaceTime.

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Seagate-Steve trash for Apple-Steve flash pash

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SSD vs. spinning

SSD won't replace spinning disks ... the limited number of writes is a no-no, especially after one of my pendrives failed after 2 years because of this limitation. However, it does make sense on laptops or netbooks that are used in bumpy environments ... you can shake, bump and hit an SSD drive without crashing the disk. They're also impervious to magnetic fields as well, so these environments are ideal for SSD.

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Apple threatens Java with death on the Mac

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Not just Photoshop.

Adobe Type Manager, and they purchased another company that made killer apps for the Mac: Aldus. PageMaker and FreeHand were the main selling point for us; most of my stuff (including CV) is on PageMaker 6.5 and will remain in that format for years to come. PDF was also born in the Mac.

Steve's getting senile. Now he's even more of a control-freak than before!

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Remake Apple's 1984

But now it is Jobs himself in the Big Brother screen. I'm not sure who the runner would represent... because most of the remaining IT companies are shitty as well.

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iTroll?

You haven't used Java on Mac, then. Most of the complaints of the UI looking fugly don't apply to Apple's implementation, and most of the "slow-ass Java" reputation is from really old versions.

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Somali rebels threaten mobile banking group

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Not really

al-Shabaab is more like the religious fanatics that took over the real government of the country, and the "bribes" are more akin to mob tax that government tax.

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Java surpasses Adobe kit as most attacked software

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UAC is at fault

On newer systems, this is annoying because it requires UAC privilege escalation. But that one's a MS blooper, not Sun/Oracle's.

I find it curious that MS is bringing out the "alarm" ... they are directly competing with Java with their .NET thingy, which isn't that much safer. I'd like to see a report like this being put out by a proper security researcher, one that isn't biased on the MS or Java side.

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RIM boss joins queue to kick Jobs

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bloated?

If you're talking about Roxio Media Manager, I agree; though RIM dumped that POS in their latest Desktop Software update. The sync software itself isn't bloated at all; it is pretty lightweight even compared with Palm, and much more lightweight than iTunes.

The BB is secure, the "BS" isn't BS, which is why those gov'ts are trying to beat RIM into submission.

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Microsoft's fear of an OpenOffice

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Quite right

MS shot itself in the foot with the awful Ribbon thingy. Most of us have kept our old Office 2003 versions because of that, and those who got 2007 are usually the ones using the pirated versions, because someone gave them the pirated one.

If piracy were to go away overnight, a lot of MSO installs would probably revert to 2003 ... or simply switch over to OpenOffice. Ditto with the Windows installbase.

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Spanish fascist decries Franco Eurovision slur

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El Grito del 15 de Septiembre

Ever heard about the Mexican "Grito de Independencia"? It is mostly used as "Hail" or something like that.

The idiocy of this guy, however, is to claim that Franco wasn't a murderer. This guy practically made "garrote" a "legal" execution method. Saying that Franco was not a murderer is like saying Hitler wasn't a mass murderer.

And no, Godwin's law doesn't apply to this comment space, as Franco actually had a helping hand from the Third Reich, as those who live (or survive) in Guernica can attest.

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Your Catalan is showing....

The flamer seems to have not read the article (and damn, 2 years to bring out a flame?) otherwise he would know that La La La didn't have the "lalala" lyrics at all. It was a song in Catalan, which at the time was banned ... by Franco. So his "Generalisimo" Fürher actually ruined the song because of his beliefs.

Franco worshippers, Neo-Nazis, Hitler Lovers and Pinochet worshippers are all lumped in the same category by me. I would add Pol Pot sympathists, but I doubt there are any of those left, even in Cambodia.

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Tape backup could be binned soon

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@Michael C

"actually, disk can survive a larger shock than tape. metal enclosure might get dented, but when not spinning disks are good to 300Gs."

Tell that to me, I lost an 80Gb HDD because it fell from 1m height. Not completely unreadable, but the damaged sectors made it impossible for me to recover most of my stuff. The thing is "rated" at 50Gs ... so I'm not particularly impressed with those ratings.

I've had DDS4 tapes fall from the same height, they're still working.

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Former White House advisor wants cybercrime haven crackdown

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Your lack of tech knowledge is showing

"The money spent to develop the next version of the X-box would be better spent on the next protocol for the internet. With respect to Vint Cerf and the engineers who created the internet we ought to think about developing a network that's more secure."

So this guy hasn't heard about IPv6? We already have "the next protocol for the internet". Yet a lot of devices aren't supporting it, even though they should be doing it. The TCP/IP stack wasn't made by Vint Cerf, though ... that was earlier.

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OOo's put the willies up Microsoft

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In fact

it might be the godawful Ribbon the main reason why people are flocking towards OOo!!

I've clinged on Office 2003 because of that reason.

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Robot goes berserk in Balkan lab: 6 boffins given dead arms

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Wot? No ROTM tag?

This article lacks the RoTM tag!

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Tablets? Pah! Netbooks still selling well, says analyst...

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US syndrome?

I've usually seen the biggening of hardware something of a US syndrome ... you know, the guys who love big-ass cars, big-ass SUVs, big-ass homes et al. Laptops used to be getting smaller until sometime around the 2000's where they started getting larger. Why would I ever want a laptop to have a screen as big as my *desktop* PC? One of my friends calls his laptop "the tombstone" because of the sheer size of the thing.

Netbooks were an initial hit because the small form factor was a nice thing to carry around when you don't need the extra horsepower but need a portable computer-thingy. Unfortunately, these have now suffered from the same "biggening" trend that their big-brothers suffer from. We were close to getting (once again) a small-factor portable computer in the form of SmartBooks ... but then Apple came and shat all over that market with the iPad. So now we're stuck with not-so-small netbooks or big-ass laptops. Ugh...

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Margaret Thatcher celebrates 85 years

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My thoughts as well.

I'm pretty sure that most Chileans don't give a flying fudge at Thatcher's birthday. She actively supported Pinochet, especially because of Chile's stance on the Falklands/Malvinas war. Of course, that war was what kept Thatcher in power, so go figure.

But I'm pretty sure that Thatcher isn't quite loved in Chile ... except probably by the Pinochet apologists.

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WWGBD

Actually... he would've done the same thing Thatcher did. She didn't do it "for the UK" ... she did it 'coz that gave her the popular boost she needed to stay in power. Labour was all set to win those elections before Falklands. Gordon Brown would've equally cinched a NuLabour victory as well!

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Almost a quarter of Europeans can't be bothered with the net

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The French thingy

Probably a part of those not bothered by the Internet have access to that French thingy that involved a mini text terminal, can't remember the name of that system though.

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Foxconn warns phones prices will rise

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Buy Blackberry

My BlackBerry has a nice sticker saying "MADE IN MEXICO 1" ... so buying this handset actually helps my country's economy. However, I'm not really sure about accessories...

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Oracle re-commits to ODF after OpenOffice divorce

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Seems like some people fail to remember OO's history.

OpenOffice is actually 'StarOffice' under a new name. Sun bought StarOffice, therefore they owned StarOffice. OpenOffice was the 'free' version of StarOffice, but Sun had the majority stakehold on it because they owned it. The real problem is that Oracle isn't as nice as Sun, and now the open source community is pissed. :(

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BOFH: Lock shock

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But...

I'm pretty sure that the 'security' guards are armed with dubious Eastern European carbon rod-wielding shockers...

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MySQL price hikes reveal depth of Oracle's wallet love

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Already switched

I already did that switch ... back in 2006, that is. I was being increasingly annoyed by MySQL's insistance on saying that transactions and referential integrity was superfluous, and treating the *real* RDBMS engines like InnoDB and BDB as second-class engines. The BACKUP command never worked with anything other than MyISAM, and most of their improvements were made on MyISAM. It also allowed atrocities like '2006-02-31' in its date fields ... so eventually, I switched all my dev stuff to Postgres.

Everyone's up in arms now, but those in arms fail to recognize that the InnoDB and BDB engines have been under Oracle's umbrella for quite some time now. If Oracle had wanted to kill MySQL, they could've just killed those engines.

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Google spits back at Oracle's Android suit

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They do have market, though.

Most of the not-so-dumbphones, Symbian and WinMo handsets can do java in the form of Java ME. And the #3 worldwide, #2 US smartphone vendor happens to use Java ME as well, with an augmented platform: Blackberry. Of course, current tendencies seem to point to Android taking over everyone, and it is using a rip-off version of Java. Of course Oracle wants to pimp out the $$$!

Google didn't act in all good openness faith; if they had wanted to be open, they would've used OpenJDK and *not* Harmony; especially when OpenJDK has actually been able to pass the TCKs. However, Oracle would probably still sue, because Google isn't using Java ME. Oh well....

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Hackers hijack internet voting system in Washington DC

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Bad language choice indeed.

"The voting application was written on the Ruby on Rails framework and ran on top of the Apache web server and the MySQL database."

Bad Language!

Bad DBMS!

I would've chosen Java under the J2EE framework. Why? Because it has so many safeguards in place that pulling something like this would be pretty difficult to do. Ruby on Rails is basically "the new PHP" in the sense that it allows to make really buggy stuff at a really fast rate. Finding out about big errors will usually happen when the thing is in production, and everything blows up!

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Miniskirted Brazilian is appealing...

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Expelled.

The problem is that the baying mob didn't get anything, not even a warning ... while the girl got expelled. It's like having a girl gang raped in front of everyone, and then stick said girl in jail while the gangbangers not even being arrested.

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Kiss frontman gives file-sharers tongue-lashing

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Shit Parenting

Thank God I'm not his kid. I would probably have run away years ago!

I'll grant him one thing: at least he's a jackass to everyone, his kids aren't spared from his jackassery.

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Apple wants halt to $600m patent case

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Easy solution

Repeal software patents. That should act as a thermonuclear detonation wiping out all patent trolls and useless lawsuits. Also, FIX the damn patent system!!!

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RIM: 'We don't need 200 fart apps'

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One slight difference there....

You don't need to use AppWorld to install every single apps. You can sell it on other stores like S4BB, Handango, or even distribute it yourself. Being kept out of AppWorld doesn't doom your app.

OTOH, being banned from the iStore means only jailbreakers will be able to use your app...

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Texas Chain Saw Massacre declared top horror flick

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Liberate tu-tamek EX INFERIS

I didn't catch this one on cinema, but did watch it on a 50" TV screen at the dorm's common area. I know what Graham's talking about, I know what *scene* he's talking about. Probably the only one that I would consider topping the Dallas in the crawlspace scene from Alien. Sheesh, those movies have probably made me fearful of any crawlspace at all...

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Some deserve the spot, some not

TCSM was nauseating. While I have not watched the original Exorcist (whatever sequel I watched, it was corny and stupid), I do remember that the original Omen scared the crap out of me, and I'm not even a religious man! "Ave Satani" still sends a chill down my spine if played in the right environment. So does Tubular Bells, even when I haven't watched the movie, so probably The Exorcist is equally frightening.

About Japanese horror ... those are more of a hit-or-miss with non-Asian audiences. I've watched Ju-On (The Grudge) and I was mostly bored. I'll grant them that some scenes were actually creepy, though ... the girl going down the stairs was definitely creepy as hell!

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