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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

unitron
Boffin

"... We are operating at the limits of physics,"...

One wonders if perhaps Ms. Perdomo is operating at the limit of her understanding of physics.

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Presto! After Supreme Court loss, Aereo says it's a cable company now

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Headmaster

Apparently they honestly thought....

...that they weren't a cable company.

Then the Supreme Court told them they were, as they were handing a favorable ruling to the other party.

So now that they've reconciled themselves to the reality that they're a cable company, the other party, which won because SCOTUS said they're a cable company, wants to argue that they aren't a cable company.

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Revealed: SECRET DNA TEST SCANDAL at UN IP agency

unitron

The scary part is...

"Who, of his own free will, would put Wolfowitz and Cheney back in the news, even the front pages? Who resurrected Ahmed Chalabi?"

...some of that actually makes sense.

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Russian MP fears US Secret Service cuffed his son for Snowden swap

unitron
Headmaster

Re: Hate to spoil the snarky paranoia...

Guam may be part of the US, but the arrest took place in the supposedly independent and sovereign Maldives.

If you were in Mexico, would you want Russia to be able to arrest you and put you on a plane to Cuba with you, and perhaps the government of Mexico, having no say in the matter?

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

unitron
Joke

Re: Unacceptable

"Apple have long hated the 3rd party aftermarket. If there's money in it, it has to go to Apple..."

Who do they think they are, a TiVo-hating cable company or the pre-80s breakup AT&T?

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unitron
Boffin

Re: Unacceptable

"...though I'm willing to bet that the soldering has a lot more to do with lowering the cost of manufacture than some grand plan to force people to upgrade sooner."

Or perhaps with lowering support costs as they won't have to deal with people screwing up adding RAM (Yes, it's not that hard, therefore you really don't want to have to expend support on the kind of folks who would screw it up).

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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

unitron

Is that Neil Young...

...looking ever so jihadi-chic in pre Labor Day white accessorized with khaki suicide vest?

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

unitron
Terminator

At first I thought...

...perhaps it was an offer to reveal to the terminally ill how GoT turns out (at least in the books), and then make sure you don't get to spoil it for anyone else prior to your sudden and assisted demise.

I mean there's got to be people out there who were fairly young and healthy when they started reading the series almost two decades ago who have since taken a turn for the worse and are thinking "Hurry up, George, I'm not going to last forever", not to mention that Martin's no spring chicken himself these days, so I'm stuck hoping that he lasts long enough to churn out books 6 and 7 and that I'm around long enough for the paperback release of both (gotta complete the set).

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SpaceX billionaire claims Air Force official 'likely' made job-for-spy-sat-contract deal

unitron
Boffin

If only someone had thought...

...to couple the axle of that revolving door to a generator shaft--free electricity for all!

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John Chambers sold millions of shares on first day of Cisco Live!

unitron

I wouldn't want to invest long term in a company run by someone stupid enough to keep all of their money tied up long term in just the stock of that company.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

unitron

Re: Overly Harsh

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Re: Overly Harsh

Actually I hope JarJar is in the new movie - being horribly tortured, and then sliced to bits with a light-saber. A touch of the Game of Thrones sensibility would really improve Star Wars."

STAR WARS: Game of Clones

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unitron
Headmaster

Re: "swashing a buckle"

I defer to the recognized authority on the subject--Ogden Nash

" Today, I am a swashbuckler – would anybody like me to buckle any swashes?"

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Comcast exec says wired broadband customers should pay-as-they-go

unitron
Boffin

"You keep using that word"

Last time I checked, bandwidth was an instantaneous measurement, i,e, maximum usable frequency range.

Does the power company talk about limiting customers to 120 or 240 Volts per month?

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Anonymous: Why we're PICKETING Glenn Greenwald's book tour

unitron
Headmaster

How anonymous will they be able to remain...

...walking a picket line?

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

unitron
Boffin

Is there one of those "somebody's law" things...

...or theorem, or postulate, or hypothesis, or whatever, that says that on-screen crap and icon sizes will multiply to offset any increase in affordability of bigger video monitors?

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unitron

Re: still no top left double click to close

Blame Microsoft.

They did a study/poll/whatever and asked people if the X close box should stay on the left or move to the right.

Half the people said leave it where it was, half said they didn't care, so when Windows 95 came out they moved it over where it's easy to hit when you're actually going for the maximize or minimize button.

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unitron

Re: Navigation buttons locked to address bar

"...by clicking the new hamburger menu icon on the far right..."

I thought that was the air intake slits.

The exhaust port is around in the back, right?

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EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

unitron
FAIL

You might be able to buy at £4.26 and sell at £4.24, though.

(but not for long)

Let me guess, you lose £0.02 on each individual trade but you make it up on volume, right?

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

unitron
Headmaster

Re: @ BlueGreen

"...when a big company is crashing secretly and its senior managers are shoring up its share price by lying through their teeth while they get their money the hell out..."

is pretty much the definition of insider trading. The insiders have information unavailable to the general public (the company is in bad shape financially and is lying about it to the public) and they are financially benefiting from that knowledge.

Something that "...would tip off the market and therefore the public and allow ordinary people to lose less money..." would be whistleblowing on that insider trading.

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

unitron

So a TV with an HDMI input is considered ancient now?

Where does the time go?

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

unitron
Windows

UBCD

Can't hurt to have a copy handy.

Windows user icon because, well, Windows.

(as in I've never had an excuse/reason to use it before)

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CIA hacked Senate PCs to delete torture reports. And Senator Feinstein is outraged

unitron
Black Helicopters

So the CIA...

...wants us to believe that their computers got hacked by Congressional staffers?

(because everyone knows Congressional staffers have the 'leet-est haxor skillz)

And they don't expect to be immediately fired for allowing such a breech?

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Mt Gox fielded MASSIVE DDOS attack before collapse

unitron
Holmes

An actual DDOS?

Or just everybody trying to get through to get their bitcoins out?

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TV scraper Aereo pulled off air in six US states after tellyco court injunction victory

unitron
Boffin

Re: For those who don't understand how this works in the US

And for those who want to understand how it really works in the US...

Back when the VCR was still fairly new and you got local analog channels over the air or via the local cable company, the law the National Association of Broadcasters originally tried to get passed was nicknamed "must-carry, must pay".

They wanted cable companies to be forced to carry whatever stations were on the air in that area, whether the customers were interested in them or not, and they wanted the cable companies to be forced to pay the stations for the privilege, which of course meant passing the costs to the cable customers.

The broadcasters, who get a monopoly on a certain frequency in a certain area, have no way to individually charge those who pick up those broadcasts traversing the publicly owned airwaves at and in their own homes on their own equipment, and I suspect they cry themselves to sleep every night because they haven't found a way around that yet.

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Fandroids get their very own PERVY SMUT browser

unitron
Paris Hilton

Re: meaning of the name

Are we sure the name isn't about the quality of video clip playback instead?

Paris, because...well, because Paris.

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Tuesday declared 'The Day we Fight Back' against NSA et al

unitron
Coat

How dare they?

Don't they know that this is Slashcott Week and we don't need any distractions or dilutions of public attention?

Mine's the one with the 4 digit UID label sewn into the collar.

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BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

unitron
Linux

What a pleasant surprise...

...and nice break from watching Dice ignore the user base begging them not to destroy Slashdot.

Tux, because, well, open source or something...

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US Supreme Court to hear media barons versus TV upstart Aereo tout suite

unitron

Re: say wot ?

I'd say it's more like they're attacking Aereo to defend cable companies from cord cutters.

If you get your television over the air in the US, you don't have to pay the broadcast station anything.

The way Aereo has it set up, if you get them to get your television over the air for you, you don't have to pay the broadcast station anything. In effect, you've subcontracted out your antenna-ing.

But, because of the way cable does things, the broadcasters get to call it re-transmitting, and that means the cable companies have to pay them to carry them.

Which is a pretty good deal for the broadcasters--the cable companies bring them extra viewers and pay them to be allowed to do it.

(The broadcasters original idea would have been a law called "must-carry, must pay", where the cable companies had no leverage whatsoever.)

What the broadcasters really want, of course, is for the slice of publicly owned spectrum they're licensed to use to actually belong to them, preferably for free because of squatters' rights or something, and for the public to have to pay them to receive what they broadcast over the public's airwaves--they just haven't been able to come up with the technology to make that work.

Which icon is it you use for despicable rent seekers?

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FCC honcho: Shifting our crusty phone network to IP packets starts now

unitron
Boffin

Re: So is this gonna be Obamacom or what?

"We already had to give monopoly to Ma Bell, and look how that ended."

Yeah, we could have avoided the horror of the invention of the transistor if we'd kept them small.

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WikiLeaks Party meets Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad

unitron

Re: Tin hat time

I can so hear W (or maybe Will Ferrell) saying "...Axis of Evil, like a Hypotenuse of Hatred..."

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

unitron

95 actually an even number. Sort of.

"Microsoft normally get it right on the odd version (NT4 & win 95 being the exceptions)"

95 was the follow up to Windows 3pointwhatever riding on top of DOS, so it was really Windows 4.0 (not to be confused with Windows NT 4.0)

If you screw around with Regedit, you can probably find places where it's called 4.0

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Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

unitron

Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but...

"When is the single best point of time to eat bacon?"

...I'd say after it's been cooked rather than before.

At least for what we in the U.S. call bacon.

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Justin Bieber BEGGED for a $200k RIM JOB – and got REJECTED

unitron
Holmes

If he was that big a fan of them...

...why didn't he put a big chunk of his income into buying up their stock?

He could have been in a position to tell them to hire him.

No, seriously, there's some logic in there somewhere, I promise.

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FCC delays spectrum auction to 2015

unitron
Flame

Are they serious?

The broadcasters were all given licenses to new frequency allocations.

Why should they get a single cent for the old ones that were only on loan to them in the first place?

It's not their property!!!!

Electromagnetic spectrum in the U.S. belongs to the people of the U.S. as a whole, and none of it should ever have been sold off, only long-term leased, in case a previously unforeseen more important use for a particular chunk of it came along later.

And of course this whole turn TV digital and move it from VHF to UHF was supposed to be for the purpose of freeing up VHF for the first responder.

Haven't heard anything about them getting any of it to use in a long time now.

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XP, Win7, Win8, App V…making Microsoft migration simple

unitron
FAIL

"making Microsoft migration simple"

Yeah, I've heard that one before.

From Microsoft.

Not a drop of truth in it.

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Qatar whips covers off giant footballing vagina

unitron

Any discerning human...

Callie Beusman, down at Jezebel, declared: "Any discerning human will be quick to recognize that the building looks exactly like an enormous vagina."

...needs to have seen one to know what they look like, and in that part of the world they may not have.

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Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

unitron
Flame

I don't care about the corners...

...I care about the daily crashes, and wish they'd come up with an easy way to roll back to whatever version I was running a few months ago before I foolishly gave into the nagging and let them "update" me.

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Delia and the Doctor: How to cook up a tune for a Time Lord

unitron

"Blue Veils and Golden Sand"...

...makes me wonder how much influence she may have had on the sound for the U.S. TV series "The Twilight Zone".

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unitron

Sounds like Delia...

...would have made quite an interesting Companion.

Even had a name that would have worked well for it.

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unitron
Boffin

Excellent article, but...

...the author seems to go to a lot of trouble to keep the word "heterodyne" out of his explanation of how the wobulator works.

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New FCC supremo: Sort out your cell unlocking, mobe giants - OR ELSE

unitron
Holmes

Remember "slamming"? (It was a US thing)

I haven't heard anything about it in quite some time now, but at some point after the governement pried open the (landline) telephone system and competing long distance providers came into being, you could authorize the provider you wanted to be with to take your account away from whoever you were already with, and of course they came up with all sorts of ways to trick people into authorizing them to switch them over.

Why not let people who want to move from cell phone company A to company B at the end of their contract with company A authorize company B to force the unlocking (but not the relocking) of the phone?

A and B will both be big enough to have the political muscle to force each other to co-operate and behave, unlike individuals who have to descend through the eleventeen circles of CS hell just to talk to a human instead of a machine.

Sherlock, because Lucy Liu has given a whole new meaning to the phrase "Watson, come here, I want to see you".

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BOFH: One flew over the PFY's nest

unitron
Coffee/keyboard

Bastard On Friday, Hurrah!

Best line--

"Why? Did he someone show you a Windows Vista pamphlet?"

or

"Yes, but how's his paranoia coming?"

?

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

unitron

So can I use PayPal for the non-iTunes version and get it to automagically turn my US money into UK money?

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Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

unitron

Re: Twilight Under Two Suns

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Twilight Under Two Suns

It could be worse. Just think about teenage vampires on Tatooine."

So basically we're going to be looking at "The Intergalactic Hunger for Blood Games in Sp-a-a-a-c-e (with lensflares)"?

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Apple's Hacker Princess really needs to stay away from Idaho cops

unitron
Headmaster

hacker princess...

...is fairly straightforward, but "princess hacker" raises the question of how someone would go about hacking one.

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unitron
Pint

CEO

Chief Easychair Occupier.

Chips Enjoyment Officer

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

unitron

Re: Judge: "Automatic video recorder?"

Is the icon supposed to suggest a subtle tie-in to "she who must be obeyed"?

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Fast is the new Black: WD gives laptops' spinning rust a new whirl

unitron
Headmaster

The headline says laptop...

...the article talks about desktop.

So W(hich)TF are they talking about here?

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

unitron

Just wait a few years...

...and you'll find yourself awaking regularly at bladder o'clock.

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'Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination'

unitron

"Fun Fact - Some of the Air force(British/American/Japanese/German etc.) actually made it out of WW2 alive!"

Otherwise you wouldn't be reading my comment.

Although to be picky it was, at the time, the Army Air Corps my dad was in.

"And who's to say that reincarnation means you move straight into your next body/form anyway? If you believe in reincarnation surely you can beleive in going into a state of purgatory/heaven aswell?"

Not to mention the possibility that his "soul" stopped off in some kid who was born as a fighter pilot was dying and died as Jobs was being born, and didn't have a life glamorous enough (fighter pilot being a tough act to follow) to have made much of an impression on ol' Steve.

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