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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Re: Negative view on Sat nav

Bullshit. As I'm the sort of guy that gets lost in his own house, I've used a lot of GPS units.

Google Maps is fine as long as you strictly follow the route. The moment you leave it, it's "fuck you, you're on your own" - I had to pull over recently and wait for it to take nearly 4 minutes to recalculate the route. I had full satellite lock and 5 bars of LTE, so it's not like there was a problem other than the software.

Garmin is ok, until you don't want to pay $100 for the 6 month map update. Then you do, and my rather large neighborhood, which has existed since 1988 IS A HUGE BLANK AREA!

TomTom is ok, until you're confronted with "Do You Not Want To Avoid Toll Roads?" Yes! No! Wait, what????? Oh yeah, and for the longest time, it insisted that Interstate 4 and the 417 toll road did not have any interchanges in downtown Orlando. As I-4 has been in Orlando longer than Walt Disney, this is rather a mysterious error.

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Boffins train robots to pull apart LCD screens – without breaking them

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So who has the job of precision mounting the e-waste on the flipper table? Probably some poor Indian kid...

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Uber exec wanted to sic private dicks on critics ... Hey, Emil Michael, COME AT US, bro

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FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

KISS KISS KISS

Seriously though... I want to see someone take on El Reg and its giant economy size can 'o whoop-ass.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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So now....

There's the Fruity Foxconn rebrander, and the Frigid Finnish Foxconn rebrander...

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Gee THANKS: Cryptoscum offer a free decrypt in latest ransomware racket

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There are people that do backups, and there are people that have yet to lose valuable irretrievable data.

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You know those WEIRD glass sheds in New York? They'll be replaced with Gbps WiFi

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Riiiight...

> The group claims the plan will not require any taxpayer funds

Uh huh. And I'm Queen, I am!

> 10,000 of the city's little-used phone booths will be uprooted and replaced

Over how many decades?

Considering the amount of vandalism to hardened public payphones I've seen, I don't think a tablet's going to last more than a week.

And if you connect and hack the State Dept, how do they track that? If you take care to spoof your MAC address, of course.

The FAIL icon has never had a better calling.

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SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS

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So I pulled into a Shell station; they said I'd blown a seal.

I said, "Fix the damn thing and leave my private life out of it, okay, pal?"

(So are they sure it wasn't frat night for the seals? Apparently beer goggles work interspecies now)

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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"double bonk"

That wasn't Apple's problem, that was incompetence (surprise!) at Bank of America.

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Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table

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Made paypal look good

If you have an issue s a seller with Paypal, you can at least get to a human (who'll tell you to sod off, but that's another story)

If you're having a problem with Google Wallet, there was no hope of any tech support. Google does not admit that humans work there.

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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"owners can subtly customise their car"

Over here, people do that by installing doors and hoods of a different color. And once, even a full rear hatch. Flat grey seems to be an extremely popular color, I can't imagine why.

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BAD SANTA: Don't get ripped off this Christmas

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People in the US do not understand a debit card (as opposed to a credit card) has almost zero consumer protection. And they prefer to give their card to a waitress as opposed to swiping it themselves on a secure tablet.

I could also say people in the US are completely clueless regarding money and just leave it at that.

Or maybe just stop at "completely clueless"

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Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY

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Re: Sneaky "Like" ads.

No, anything vaguely useful like "Customer Support pages run by various utilities, mobile phone cos etc." needs to get the hell off facebook, so I can use it, as it'll be a very cold day in hell before I unblock them at my router.

They need to man up, grab a pair, and get real hosting.

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

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Re: <rant>

The big breakage was the loss of the upper thruster. I've never seen the burst valves fail like that before. If that'd worked, they would have had a better power situation and a lot more latitude in what they could do towards getting the ice screws and harpoons working.

All that said, I've got fingers crossed to hear from it as it nears the Sun.

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

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Re: No way am I ever going to carry a financial instrument that uses part of my body as a key.

Most people apparently do.

This morning I wondered if the woman in front of me was attempting to negotiate a hostile takeover of the bank via the ATM. LADY! YOU DON'T NEED TO QUERY YOUR BALANCE THREE TIMES IN A ROW! IT WON'T MAGICALLY HAVE MORE MONEY!

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Are dangers lurking on your workers' operating systems?

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"The policy should allow IT to quarantine or wipe devices that pose a threat"

No. IT are morons. I had trouble with them assuming my Debian machine is Windows just because it responds to SAMBA queries. "Oh it's not patched, we'll pull your network plug"

Was in the middle of a demo to an Sr. VP. On the good side, I did get to sic said Sr. VP on IT

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Apple expands mobile device management program beyond USA

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Re: > [Apple] just made its wares more attractive to lots more businesses.

I got rid of my desktop PC and switched to installing VirtualBox on my (water cooled, 32GB, two monitor) desktop Debian machine.

More space (room) on my desk, and VirtualBox is a damn sight faster than the entry-level Dell that IT seem to affict us all with.

Haven't looked back since.

(and the scary part: it's not a joke - it's true. I still have the crap Dell boxed up for IT to take back)

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US carder gets nine years in cooler, must pay back $50 MEELLION

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What I'd really like to see

Is the extra large economy size fines applied to Target, Home Depot, and the rest of the assholes that let the creditcard information out there in the first place.

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America, here's what the FCC's Rosenworcel REALLY thinks about your broadband

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Re: A more pertinent question

I managed to do my high school computer work on a TRS-80 Model I with a cassette drive, and it was the only computer in the entire school, but that's irrelevant.

What's relevant is a lot of teachers want you to email your assignment, or they will email you requirements or forms they want you to use.

Because most teachers are complete technology retards (and are proud of themselves about it) some of these items are megabytes in size, and even if you have some crap old PC, a 2400 baud modem doesn't cut it.

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Tape vendor sueball match over: SpectraLogic and Overland down rackets

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Re: IBM?

The old IBM's lawyers would have beaten them into a smoking hole in the ground for even daring to question the order of things.

Sad days.

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'Net Neut' activists: Are you just POSEURS, or do you want to Get Something Done?

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"Where the choice is just two providers, they should be watched like hawks for evidence of collusion, price fixing and underinvestment"

History has shown no one gives a damn. Verizon rolled out FiOS in New England where it had competitors, and in the Southeast or anywhere it doesn't, it's "so soddy, no fiber 4 j00!"

I have a choice between Comcast and Time Warner, and we know what the merger would do to that.

AT&T's level of customer "service" for U-Verse means it's not a choice. No. Just no. Hell would freeze solid first. They actually make Comcast look good.

As the sudden appearance of everyone and their dog with gigabit fiber in Austin shows, underinvestment is just the name of the game. Nobody gives a shit about building out infrastructure until someone else upsets the apple-cart, and nobody's willing to do that except Google, who can't be the whole country's babysitter.

I'd pay good money for gigabit, but I'm not parting with any more dosh and getting only my shitty 10mbits/sec.

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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"land on comet and return science"

That's a big Kerbal Space Program contract fulfilled!

Seriously though, I'm in awe. This was something really difficult. Personally I figured they had a 25% chance at most and I thought I was being optimistic.

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Net neutrality, Obama, FCC, Title II:Your ESSENTIAL guide to WTF is happening

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I think this is the *only* explanation of what Title II is that I've seen outside of 2600 (who could be considered to be, um, biased). Another beer for the author.

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

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Who the hell is "Consumer Watchdog" anyway? I've never heard of them before. It sounds like they're just trying to get publicity.

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NHS XP patch scratch leaves patient records wide open to HACKERS

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Re: another example of copyright working against the public good

Are you f'ing serious? Do you really propose to support the Win XP codebase all by your lonesome?

Did you not see the fiasco that resulted when Netscape opensourced all its code and it turned out to be a complete mess? Do you think *Windows* would be any better?

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Emoticons blast three security holes in Pidgin :-(

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I use it at work because it's easy to set up a local jabber server, and the client runs on anything, so the mac/linux folk don't feel left out for a change.

It also does AOL and a couple other protocols that friends outside work use. I don't use Facebook either.

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Boffin imagines Wi-Fi-defined no-shoot zones for wireless weapons

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Simple answer: people won't buy 'em

The thumbprint safety and other things are out there too. People haven't bought them either.

Also: How about if you're a woman, walking to your car in the shopping center parking lot, and a rapist jumps you? Gun doesn't work because shopping mall wi-fi. Not only would there be a HUGE lawsuit against the shopping mall, being able to come up with simple scenarios like this is why people won't buy guns with this "feature".

This is why I belong to the NRA even though I don't have a single gun nor do I ever plan to buy one. My membership fees go towards lobbying against this crap, and I can even contribute extra.

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Interstellar: An awesome sci-fi spectacle – just cut the hamminess, please

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"Gravity" was accurate and realistic? Really?

Damn, that must be the good crack. Open a window and let the fumes out.

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

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Don't buy a crap watch

I hated watches with a passion until I was given one with a decent band that didn't need a battery or setting. It sets itself through WWV every night, and charges with a solar cell behind the face. The band is one that doesn't get sticky, doesn't get slimy, doesn't slide around, and doesn't rip out arm hair.

You don't buy a cheap shit computer, do you? Same goes for watches.

I'm not one for watches, rings, bracelets, necklaces, ties, or any of that crap. I only started wearing the thing because it was a nice gift, then I discovered it wasn't an annoyance like all my Timex or Casio garbage.

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Home Depot: Someone's WEAK-ASS password SECURITY led to breach

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Nah, the actual problem with Target is that the intrusion alert system yelled for weeks and anyone trained to deal with it had been laid off as "too expensive"

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Re: Has WiRED

They're now pretty much the digital "Popular Science" - the articles are mostly breathlessly described flying cars AND HOW IT WILL CHANGE MODERN LIFE. Any semblance of journalism left the house long, long ago.

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EFF: VPNs will crumble Verizon's creepy supercookie stalkers

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Even simpler

Don't use Verizon or AT&T. They've got the crappiest service and worst contracts anyway. Voting with your wallet is the only thing they understand.

Edit: How is this not already a class-action by some opportunistic lawyers? I don't live in the Land Of The Litigious for nothing, ya know!

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

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Hm. I have a Citizen Eco-drive, because I can't be bothered to replace batteries or set the thing or deal with daylight "saving" time. Technology does march on.

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Antares apocalypse: Orbital points finger at turbopump FAIL

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Ha! Called it!

28-OCT: "Looking at the press site video, I'll bet dinner that a turbopump in a 1st stage engine failed. Either a bearing or it ingested something."

https://twitter.com/GeneCash/status/527290232933453824

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UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely

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Re: We do not need to trust these people and we should not trust them.

> stuck in the tiny IPv4 address

You'd rather have IPv6 where the network ID identifies you explicitly?

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Bona-fide SCIENCE: Which forms of unusual sex are, um, mainstream?

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A kiss makes your day... but anal sex makes your hole weak.

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

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Panoramic cameras/lenses?

I learned some interesting stuff as well. I have an 8 year old Canon SX-10IS an an even older Olympus C-3000ZOOM. I still use them because I've gotten to the point where I know exactly what they'll do and how to make them do it, and the Canon will even do an hour of video on a 16GB card. The Olympus, irregardless of the name, does magnificent macro shots.

Anyway, the most useful camera I ever used was a point'n'shoot cardboard disposable panoramic film camera that I took on a motorcycle trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the early '90s. The resulting pictures were "3 normal pictures wide" and I still "wow" people with them today. They were almost completely distortion free.

Stitched-together images, whether done in-camera or not, are a complete pain in the ass, with the exception of the Photosphere app for the Nexus phones. My Moto G does really crap panorama with KitKat 4.4.4 now.

Does anyone still make anything like that today?

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

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I'll take a Tesla...

In return I absolutely promise to stop driving my gasoline-powered car.

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Pitchforks at dawn! UK gov's Verify ID service FAILS to verify ID

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Re: Security questions...

Ha! Back when I supplied honest answers, I had them ask "place of birth?" and I replied "Ocala"

"Answer must be 8 characters or longer" (YGBSM!)

OK, so "Ocala, FL"

"No spaces or punctuation allowed in answer"

Alrighty then, so I won't be a Bank of America customer... OTOH, that has apparently saved me from a world of pain anyway.

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The Imitation Game: Bringing Alan Turing's classified life to light

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FTFY

"Turing’s story is about geniuses and how being an genius can be exactly what’s needed"

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Forget eyeballs and radar! Brits tackle GPS JAMMERS with WWII technology

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Re: Sextant

A lot of WW-II bombers had a special dome on top so the navigator could take sextant sightings. B-17, B24, Lancaster, etc. Sextants do work in aircraft.

And no, I'd guess 85% of just about any ship or aircraft personnel have no clue how to use a sextant today. Maybe some midshipmen fresh out of the academy...

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Popular Science site shrugs off malicious code infection

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Knowing Pop Sci's "grasp" of technology

Someone told 'em they had a trojan and they said "OHHH COOOL!"

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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Re: Depressing

That's because Congress is too incompetent to fund NASA to research and develop a new engine. Orbital would much rather have used new engines IF THEY HAD THEM.

OTOH, they were fingered in the destruction of the N-1 moon rocket, so they're not exactly trustworthy.

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Thanks Twitch...

Given the "physique" (or complete blubbery lack thereof) of the average gamer, I certainly applaud this move. Not to mention I really don't want to see their tiny "thumb in the bush"

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Big Retail: We don't hate Apple, we hate the credit card companies

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"There is no harm in competition. It should happen"

Two-faced lying sacks of shit.

There's no fine, per se, but you're prohibited by MCX contract from supporting another payment method such as Apple Pay or Google Wallet. I'm sure there are monetary penalties in that contract, even if they're not called fines.

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Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home

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I think every day is now pretty much a "holy s--t we can still talk to Voyager" day, so no. There's only a sample set of 2 units anyway. The RTG is pretty robust and all the other components are top-of-the-line so it's anyone's guess as to what might fail when.

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‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

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Re: US chocolate stereotypes are 20 years out of date

Hahaha. No.

Hershey's bars have the smell (and slight taste!) of human vomit because it has butyric acid in it. This is the main component of puke, and it's also given off by cocoa beans when they lose freshness and start to go pong. Hershey bought these old crap beans because he was a cheap bastard and now Americans actually think chocolate is supposed to taste that way.

This was a shock and a major disappointment to a friend of mine who grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

There's also PGPR (polyglycerol polyricinoleate) which is a cocoa butter substitute in American KitKat bars and other things. I bought a couple because I'm an Android fanboi, but then I wondered why it tasted like motor oil. This is why.

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Sporty in all but name: Peugeot 308 e-THP 110

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Car reviews

I understood the first couple car reviews because they had nifty neato keen new electronic gadgets in them, which this bunch would be interested in.

However, it's now like a boring version of 5th gear.

I'm concerned because I realized the end of Creative Computing was near when the founding editor reviewed his son's Bukka-Bukka Bath Toys. Seriously. They folded 3 issues later.

If you're going to keep this up, at least review unusual non-mainstream things like electric motorcycles or something, instead of boring salad bowl turd-on-wheels commuter boxes. I have my Zero paired to my Android phone and I can tune the engine settings through an official app. *That's* the sort of thing I would think would interest folks around here.

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The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay

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Re: Marketing department snorting too much coke again

Actually that's the story with Barnes & Noble around here. I attempted to buy $100+ worth of books and the cashier just seriously would not let the membership card thing go.

I had to call a manager and explain to her why I was leaving my sack of books and going home and buying them from Amazon.

The funny part is I'd be fine to part with my marketing info for the discount from the card, but I'll be damned if I'm paying $25 for the card.

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The biggest surprise of the story

is that Rite-Aid is still in business!

And I agree with James O'Shea, it's no issue to go right across the street to Walgreen's or Publix.

As a matter of fact, my Walgreen's has an electronic arrangement with most of my doctors where they accept prescriptions electronically, and it's ready to pick up by the time I do cross the street. Apparently Walgreen's has actually joined the 21st century, unlike most of their competitors.

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