* Posts by Gene Cash

1644 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007

End of days: Mastercard to verify purchases using SELFIES

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Re: What idiot thought this one up?

I don't know about Apple, but at least the stock Android camera app has "turn off geolocation" and I've looked at the EXIF headers and it's off.

But no. Taking a picture of my face would crack the lens.

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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

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Re: Tell that to Amazon

And thus there's a reason I buy from Apple instead of Amazon. The good news for this story is that Netflix is actually officially supporting Linux with Chrome now. I might actually buy a subscription now.

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Hold my vodka, comrade – I got this: Russians to blast supplies to the ISS

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Note that this is not using the newer Soyuz 2-1A launcher, which proved a little incompatible with Progress. This is using an older version of the booster.

I'm kind of concerned at the Russian's handwavy "nothing to see here, comrade!" supposed fix to the 2-1A problem. There is something fishy with the "absolutely no details" story. I guess if it's good 'nuf for NASA, though..

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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> Would it be just as messed up if it tagged a fat, white, moustachioed, speedo-wielding guy as a walrus?

Don't pick on Jamie Hyneman like that...

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'This ruling does nothing to change the facts' thunders Apple in latest price-fix appeal blow

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WTF?

Alice in Wonderland - the Millennium Fulcrum edition?

Is that the one that did the tassel run in 9 leap-years?

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Cisco gobbles OpenDNS, sorts out cloud security portfolio

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

> To be fair to Cisco, those companies were consumer oriented and Cisco should never have tried to enter that market.

That's absolute crap. Cisco had a golden opportunity to throw its much vaunted network engineering expertise in, and make Linksys a decent brand. Savvy folk would have discovered it was the go-to brand and it would have trickled down to all the people the savvy folk help - "buy Linksys, it's got a nice UI and no few security holes"

Instead the opposite happened and it's still "don't buy that crap" after all this time.

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Hide the HUD, say boffins, they're bad for driver safety

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These are not boffins

These are trick-cyclist's drinking buddies. Feed 'em to the lions.

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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Re: Stirring stuff

I still shudder to think if that'd happened on the pad for some reason, with flames going up to a live launch escape system on top.

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Android's sun sets on Eclipse

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They both suck

Android Studio sucks galaxies through a millipore filter, but it sucks less than Eclipse.

My major problem with Android Studio is it really wants an always-on Internet connection, and as my company firewall doesn't let it through, it'll throw hissy fits. Yes, it's got a "work w/o internet" checkbox in the preferences, but it still craps out looking for things on the internet a lot.

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Space station cabbage: To boldly grow where no veg has grown before

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Re: Dumb Question

It wouldn't knock the station out of orbit but it would puncture the hell out of things like it did for Mir. They had to seal off and abandon an entire module. Beat the crap out of a solar array too.

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Re: Hell =

Yup. Read "Packing for Mars" - probably the most balanced description of life in space I've ever read.

"It's kinda like backpacking... there's mosquitoes, a lot of walking, you have to sleep on the ground, it's either freezing cold or roasting hot, there are bears and snakes... but most people think the view and the experience are priceless" - Mary Roach interviewed by Adam Savage

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Google helps Brit crims polish their image – but what about the innocent

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IMHO, related to "corrections" being totally buried

This is kind of related to the fact that lurid stories are always front-page above-the-fold, but any subsequent corrections or retractions are usually buried on the bottom of page 12A under the supermarket weekly ads.

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Google takes latest self-driving buggies to the streets

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Re: Perfect prison vehicles..

> if you roll onto the roof

Adam Savage says testing the escape from the upside-down underwater car was pretty much the most frightening experience he's had at MythBusters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-eK_cpTsOw

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GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

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Oh and FYI, I didn't get the electric motorcycle for the "save the planet" hippie crap... I got it because it HAULS ASS and handles really well. That little paint-can size motor has more torque than a Suzuki Hayabusa across the entire power band, the low C-of-G with the battery placement makes it handle, and it's got so much torque it doesn't even use a transmission.

The fact it does 99.5% of what I need to do (and my FJR-1300 does the long distance) is icing. I have not bought gas in 64 days now.

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Re: Don't believe it

Go to places like plugshare.com and chargepoint.com to look for charging stations.

I have an electric motorcycle with about 120 miles range, and I have little problem getting places, even in the hick backwater low-tech American South.

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Facebook frees Messenger from its gilded cage

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> when the smart phone ignites

Are they using Dell batteries again??

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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Re: Bah!

No kidding. This is exactly like Congress axes funds for NASA's rocket engine R&D and the Commercial Crew program, then bitches about why we still have to buy Russian engines and Soyuz seats.

My grandfather always used to say "best thing the Russians could do for us would be to lob a nuke right on Capitol Hill!"

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

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Well you have to remember:

1) the South lost, and is angry and bitter about it, so the flag has sort of "wunna these DAYS... we're gonna rise up again and whup some yankee ass" pseudo-rebellious feel to it.

2) People in the South are considered lazy, ignorant, racist bible-thumpers. And speaking as someone born and raised in Florida/Georgia, I have to admit that's not far from the truth.

3) As a result of 1 & 2, the Yankees feel superior and think someone should stop all that foolishness down there.

The flag is just a concise symbol of it all, just like a swastika is now a concise symbol for Nazi Germany.

Don't forget, just as England & the US are divided by a common language, so are the North and the South, and it goes much further than "pop" vs "coke" as a generic term for soft drinks. I was once discussing elections and said "George Bush was a spook" (meaning he had been CIA director - i.e. a spy) and my friends from the North looked funny and said "but George Bush is white!!"

My very racist grandmother used to swear "well, I'll BE JOHN BROWN!" (who was a famous abolitionist - and I didn't understand this swear until I took high school history)

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: solution?

> get it home, wipe it clean and reinstall the OS?

That'd be nice, but on my HP laptop, the reinstall partition didn't work, and it took a week to get my install media. HP thought I was going to pay for it too, until I mentioned the EULA said I could get media just for asking.

> Personally my step would be get it home and wipe it clean and install <choose linux distro here>.

Yup, my desktop is Debian Testing, but there are some things (Suzuki Diagnostic Software) that requires Windows and isn't happy with VM USB implementations (because it's horribly written crapware)

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Triple glitch grounds ALL aircraft in New Zealand

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"six levels of authentication"

Really? Not 7 proxies??

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Google's new free music service is classic Google: Take someone's idea and slap ads on it

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Hopefully this'll be as wildly successful as Google+ !

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US students prevail in rocket-powered egg challenge

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Wow, egg lofting!

I remember doing that back in the '80s with Estes kits. That is a seriously difficult engineering challenge.

I see Russellville is 75 miles from Huntsville, where Werner von Braun and the rest put together the first US satellite.

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Two foreigners, a desert and a jeep full of bank statements

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Saudi Arabia

Ah yes... I remember a friend describing a major issue with a 980MW GE power turbine, which might have had said extremely expensive turbine going explosively TITSUP.

So they called in the designer of said turbine to take a look, that being my friend.

Who was denied access to said turbine, being female.

GE said "sure, she doesn't need access. we also won't need to reimburse you for downtime, nor will we charge warranty parts rates... that'll be full rate for those parts, boys! and no, she will not be wearing a burkha or any other garment that impedes safe access to the turbine..."

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Facebook SSD failure study pinpoints mid-life burnout rate trough

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Re: Something Useful from FB

I think it was mostly CMU researchers, with the FB engineers going "oh really? that's interesting. put my name on it."

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If I get hit by a bus, Linux will go on just fine says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Breaking news!

I was about to say Linus could have REALLY trolled everybody by saying "oh, Lennart Poettering can take over for me just fine!"

Heads would have exploded everywhere.

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'It’s irrelevant whether Elon Musk is a dick or not. At least he’s trying to make things'

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Re: You know who else he reminds me of??? HITLER!!

Speaking of Hitler... the person Musk most reminds me of is Werner von Braun. Not just the rocket connection, but the ability to sell even a trip to the Moon, the instinct to take quick advantage of opportunities, and the intense unswerving drive towards a goal.

von Braun wanted to go to the Moon, and he did it over dead concentration camp bodies, WWII, and everything else. I agree with him, I'd set my own mother on fire for a week on the Moon. He took the entire Cold War and funneled it to getting governments to do what he wanted.

Musk doesn't do that, but I still wouldn't stand between him and the launch pad.

It's also interesting seeing the sidelight on Andy Beal who just straight out threw in the towel, like any other 21st century red-blooded man, and Elon Musk, who sued the USAF & the DOD and *WON*.

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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Andy Weir's done pretty well, going from the "Casey'n'Andy" webcomic to a book that's actually being made into a real movie.

I was disappointed there was no auto-oxygen-o-mat and a distinct lack of JURRRZZZZZ!! noises.

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Dre-stic measures: Apple Beats retreat from iTunes brand – report

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Re: @ DJV

At least here on the ignorant side of the pond (America) "#" is referred to as the "pound sign" as in "hit pound-6 to mute" when they mean #6

I haven't seen it written as 150# since my grandparents died though.

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Your servers are underwater? Chill OUT, baby – liquid's cool

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Re: hard drives?

You're probably thinking of the new drives that are filled with helium:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/25/lighterthanair_drives_floating_to_top_of_hgst_heap/

I'll bet those have no problem running in oil, and I wonder if you'll be able to see the bubbles of helium leaks?

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NASA shock: Flying saucer predicted over Hawaii on Wednesday

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WTF?

NASA thinks it has cracked that problem

Wow, I'm gobsmacked at NASA actually completing a job in the face of a problem, instead of throwing its hands in the air and giving up!

Wish that could have happened for X-33, FASTRAC, X-37 (the one the USAF fished out of NASA's trash...) and a bunch of others.

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Google to axe TXT reminders for Calendar events

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Re: SMS messages on Android

Well the iPhone owners probably have not had to deal with Apple foisting a completely different app (from an SMS app to Hangouts) with a completely different UI to manage texts.

This is on top of changing the calendar app enough that it's impossible to tell which month you're scrolling through when you're trying to tell someone "yes, I'm available mid-July"

Then there's the disappearing functionality from Maps, like zoom buttons.

I've used Android since the Droid/Milestone, hate Apple, but I am SERIOUSLY considering an iPhone now.

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FCC boss sketches out bargain broadband for hard-up Americans

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Re: Broadband or running water?

Considering the computers/net connection at the 3 nearest library branches mostly don't work... I'd say that's not a serious option.

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

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The one they NEVER mention

IoT is SLOW AS HELL.

My thermostat and other IoT things are of course very small resource-starved computers. This means when my phone app simply asks it how hot it is, and what's the current setpoint, it takes FOREVER to process the overly complicated protocol (JSON over HTTP) and return an answer.

So just turning the A/C down a degree takes about half a minute at least.

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Aye-aye Eyeo, go safely on your way-o, says German judge

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It's not just ugly annoying ads. It's also:

* the bandwidth they take on my mobile device

* the dozens of ad sites exacerbated by slow DNS on many local ISPs which makes the page take forever to load.

* the pwned adware sites that start serving up malware

Plus I'm just tired of getting screwed by ads. My TV shows are now 20% shorter due to ads. They chop up repeats of older shows and BBC America to shove in more ads. I bought XM Radio, PAYING FOR RADIO on the condition I no longer had to listen to dozens of ads. Guess what? It's now got ads! So in addition to dropping TV and dropping radio, I now use adblock, even on twitter.

For the webcomics artists where I block ads, I've started using Patreon to send them some bucks because there's only so many t-shirts you can buy.

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Airbus warns of software bug in A400M transport planes

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Hm.

I wonder what was different about the 4th engine...

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King's Bounty (1990): Enter the kleptomaniac dragon

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Re: Cough.. cough... cough...

C'mon, any one who's read TV-Tropes knows the smaller the female's armor, the more hitpoints it can take.

Looks like that little lady could successfully take on Cthulu... tentacles or not...

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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Even worse

I've been asked for my city of birth....

"Ocala"

"Response must be 8 letters or longer"

"Ocala, FL"

"Response cannot contain spaces or punctuation"

My next response didn't contain spaces or punctuation, but it certainly contained my opinion of the bank and the coders.

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The yummy mummies' likeable wagon: Nissan Qashqai Tekna

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Sigh...

I guess as topgear.com will be going under soon, I'll be seeing more car reviews on IT sites.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NetworkDecay

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BONKERS apocalyptic WAR WAGONS circle Vulture South

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Re: Deuce coupe

There looks to be a very thin cut following the top of the pipes.

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EEeeeeek, complaints! Ofcom roasts BT-wannabe-spouse

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It could be worse...

Cant be worse than Comcast, Time Warner over here... I don't see any complaints here about being called nasty racist insults...

America! We're #1!!... in shitty customer service...

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

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Nice change of pace

It's nice to see a review of a unique and interesting vehicle instead of the usual useless info about a car I wouldn't be caught dead in.

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Re: Why is so heavy?

Don't forget the motor & hub transmission still is a huge chunk of that weight.

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Re: ... "'so the chain can be replaced with a carbon toothed belt." ...

Note that's a perfectly maintained brand new chain, which IME has a lifespan of about 2 days in the wild before it becomes a rusted rattley unoiled pantleg-trap with kinked links.

The belt is just about maintenance free, as it's rare it becomes loose. I check mine on my electric motorcycle once a month with a tension tester but have never had to adjust it.

I'm shocked though as that's the first time I've seen anyone actually TEST the difference instead of just arguing about it. Isn't that against the internet law?

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With FTC suit looming, AT&T backs off on throttling 'unlimited' data plans

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Re: Yeah, well, to fair....

No. "unlimited" has NO meaning of "well, unlimited until you hit the unstated arbitrary limit"

At least Verizon had the decency to stop the "unlimited" contracts a while ago.

My T-Mobile contract is "effectively unlimited" but they clearly state in bold print that when I hit 5Gb in 3 weeks, then my service goes from 3G to EDGE.

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Apple taxpayers swarm to stone-age iPhone 6+ purely for the bigness

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Re: You ignored the best-in-class camera

The only problem I have with my Moto G is if I want to replace it, I have no choice but that broken POS known as Lollipop. My Moto G on KitKat routinely goes 2-3 days w/o charging. My friend with Lollipop is lucky if he can make it through the day.

I am seriously considering an iPhone for that reason.

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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Re: Back of an envelope calculations

> What kind of house do you live in where 300kg on a wall is a structural integrity issue?

At least here in Florida all the houses are matchstick & tarpaper quality. I wouldn't trust 300kg on any wall including an exterior one. Hell, the outside siding is having trouble hanging on after only 10 years.

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FOUND: NASA's stray balloon located in the middle of nowhere

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Re: At least they are being responsible

> I wonder how much more advanced science would be if the president just flew on a commercial airliner like a normal person...

I wonder how much less of a bag of dicks the TSA would be...

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SpaceX Dragon crew capsule in 'CHUTE ABORT drama – don't panic, no one died

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Slight oops

It looks like one of the thrusters burped, and so the apogee and speed reached was not quite the target. It wasn't too much of an underperformance though.

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Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath – solution or part of the problem?

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Re: Great analysis

"Don't use Google"

Have you looked at how many people hit Google for fonts, some sort of API, or something? From my Adblock+ filter hit-counts list for the past month:

18,052 fonts.googleapis.com

16,101 fonts.gstatic.com

72,047 google-analytics.com

25,981 googleadservices.com

50,836 googlesyndication.com

32,980 googletagservices.com

So quite a few sites will use Google for you.

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Samsung Electronics' sales go OVER A CLIFF

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@Tromos

Did you not read where he explicitly said "we didn't have to faff around trying to assert our rights under the durability of goods regs" ??

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