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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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I just use Linux...

I can't get the camera on my laptop to work, and neither can the NSA...

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Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy

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Re: The best thing about Ubuntu is...

I've put Pin-Priority: -1000 for systemd in my preferences file several months ago. If it doesn't install/update w/o systemd, I don't need it.

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Lollipop unwrapped: Chromium WebView will update via Google Play

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Anything KitKat uses Chrome as it *is* the "Android Browser" now. I had to disable Chrome as it kept ignoring my preference to use Dolphin or Firefox instead.

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In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

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Re: a thought

It's because christmas is now an annoying "commercial holiday" where you mostly just spend lots of money. The only people that really enjoy it are probably the young children. It's pushed and pushed AND PUSHED. People are now very irritated that christmas crap is showing up in the stores before Halloween is even here. I know quite a few folks that have said "screw it" and abandoned christmas almost entirely. No gifts, no tree, maybe dinner with a couple people if that.

On the other hand, Thanksgiving is a time to get with your favorite friends and family, have a good time, and eat lots of really good food. It's got the "happiness quotient" that Christmas used to have.

Edit: actually everybody I know has abandoned christmas. We buy some small gifts for the kids because we enjoyed that as kids, but that's it. There's no cards or anything else.

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Re: Re. Bullcrap

Not really. I remember when the IBM PC was introduced. It was a piece of shit, people admitted it was a piece of shit, but it had the magic IBM logo on it. As far as the non-computer folk were concerned, no other computer existed... the Apple, Commodore, Atari, BBC etc were "toys" and "you couldn't run a serious business on 'em"

Really retarded, but there ya go. The only think that saved Apple was that Visicalc had already embedded Apples in a bunch of businesses by the time the PC launched.

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Re: What this world needs...

I'm a wuss, I skipped Z-80 and went to 6502. IIRC the entire opcode list fit on the back cover of my "Atari Assembler" manual. I went back to Z-80 later. Gah.

You kids and your ARM architectures!

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DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

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Re: Not Apple's fault

No kidding. I'm an Android fanboi and even I hate BoA worse than Apple...

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Disney and chums halt Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV weddings

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I think this is too big to die down. I think the FCC wants to stop the merger for various reasons of its own, but doesn't really have a good reason that'll survive Congressional politics, so it's smart enough to do things like this. They're putting enough pressure on the right nerves that they might have Comcast back off and change its mind.

Just a gut feeling. Wheeler knows where the bodies are buried, and he may be sending a signal that he'll dig 'em up if necessary. He's going "ok, just how much of a good deal do you have from the studios that you don't want the networks to know about?"

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Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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WTF?

Er wait. Tesla and a lot of other folks already have this. What the hell is the new art here?

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

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"wearable computing systems"

They'll still be Glassholes to me... I guess I'm sentimental that way.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Re: Tried it - Hate it.

No, it's NOT back to normal. They break udevd,dbus, cups, and other things to live with systemd. For example, you can no longer run fsck if you need to on automounted volumes from udevd because it now uses process groups to detect children and kills anything running over 20 seconds.

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Re: Go for it

> Poettering would do to learn from the teachings of experience

Poettering doesn't learn. And he doesn't listen to anybody. That's the problem.

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YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results

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Re: Note to self

Or look at Bing. It's what I've started doing, as there seem to be more and more Google searches where the results are not at all related to what I searched for.

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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

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> I wear a watch. I find it quite useful to tell me the time.

I was given a rather nice watch as a reward for not getting fired for 15 years. Since I'm a sentimental sot, I started wearing it daily, which is the first time I've ever done so.

However I quickly discovered I could not tell the time from an analog clock face any more! It's taken about 3 months for me to finally be able to glance at it and go "oh it's almost 4:30" without 10 seconds of "ok the big hand...." It is the only analog faced timepiece in my house.

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COOL!!

I can get one and put it next to my Kin and my Zune! M$FT for evuh!

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Re: "The idea of Dronecode is for a common, Linux-based software platform"

Because the true RTOS are too expensive and come with NDAs? They end up not being a viable option for the average bloke.

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Google offers sweet new SDK to let Android devs join 'Lollipop' guild

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Re: Not sure about this

"The last 'minor update' to KitKat made it ask me if I really wanted to use the third-party phone dialler app that I have, every time I try to make a phone call"

Same for the sodding GPS if I don't want to submit to Google sucking down wi-fi locations. Every single time I turn the GPS on I get a dialog box. If you click "don't show again" it disables the "Disagree" button!

I finally wrote a system app to turn GPS on.

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#Help. There's a STRANGER in my Twitter timeline

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"Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus" works a tweet, er, treat for me. I haven't seen promoted tweets or suggestions in a long time.

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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Nope

Shit like Customs being able to take your phone/laptop within 300 miles of the US border w/o any reason whatsoever makes me say "F*ck you, James. With a corn cob"

"We are completely comfortable with court orders and legal process" - We just ignore them.

Ask Mr. Comey about what a stingray is, and their lying to the courts about it, and watch him shut up tighter than a nun's butt.

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Banksy puts down spray can, goes corporate in banksy.com cybersquat brouhaha

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He can't hack it and spraypaint the front page?

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Auntie hires API firm to manage new online BBC Store

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Re: Fact alert!

AH HA! THOSE are the bastards that put ads in my Top Gear and chopped 20min off every episode, until the flames at BBC America got high enough. They still put ads in, mind you, they just made the "run time" 1:20. Assholes.

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Securobods RAGE over $600k Kickstarter Tor box components

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Re: Kickstarter - why?

Er, my Pressy works just fine in my Moto G. It's just a very small "media button" their s/w monitors for actions.

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Adobe CSO offers Oracle security lesson: Go click-to-play

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Re: I make flash run as Click to play

You don't need an add-on in the latest couple versions of Firefox. I have both Flash & Java set.

When you visit a domain you haven't hit before, you get a bar at the top asking if you want to continue blocking this site. What's interesting are the sites that don't have flash visible anywhere, but get this bar. They have tiny 1x1 flash windows. I assume they're trying to end-run adblock and set a persistent cookie.

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'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster

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Data-driven journalism

I take it El Reg isn't starting a Kickstarter for one?

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Apple hit by INSIDER LEAK: New iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 blabbed

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So is Apple going to charge itself a $50K fee for the leak?

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New e-Signature rules: Shouldn't WE be using it? – Steelie Neelie

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paperless?

Won't that put Finland out of business??

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

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Re: Your Fridge has shut down unexpectantly, please reboot ...

I don't EVER want my fridge shutting down, but my water heater and maybe my A/C are OK if someone pays for it. I have a device where my power company can shut off my water heater at times of high demand, and they give me a chunk off my bill.

So yes, it has happened, just not with a fridge.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Recumbents are stupid-expensive. If you thought $2K for this thing was bad, your head would fall off at the $4K+ prices for most recumbents.

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Kmart apologizes to customers after month-long security breach

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The biggest surprise to me

is that Sears & Kmart are still in business. They need to take their "customer is always wrong" and "we sell it but we'll never stock it" business model back to the grave.

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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Re: Another annoyance ...

If this doesn't make comment of the week, I shall cry.

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Jonny Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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I wonder what he thought when the iMac G3 came out and suddenly every single goddamned cheapass computer peripheral was packaged in semitransparent pastel frosted plastic.

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Dairy Queen cuts the waffle, says bank cards creamed in 395 eateries

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Re: PowerSC & encryption

It has nothing to do with cheap tech, it has to do with cheap people.

Target had intrusion alarms logged before the hackers were in a position to steal info, but nobody was paid to look at them. The tech did it's part, the people failed.

All those buzzwords don't mean a thing if the CTO doesn't give a crap about security.

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SHATTERED: Apple's jilted glass supplier to shut down sapphire ops

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Re: Sapphire is unnecessary for the application

I'm glad we've got people like you, innovating and keeping technology moving forward.

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ROBOT TROUSER SNAKE stiffens to master slippery mounds

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painting reflective spots on rattlesnakes

I'm sure as hell glad I'm not a intern/graduate assistant in *that* research program!

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

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The United States

The only country in history to not only give up the ability to go to the Moon, but to even get people into space.

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Re: Only 2 motors

I might buy a Tesla as a lark if I was rich as Larry Ellison. I am not a car guy though.

However, I *am* seriously considering a Zero SR-1 motorcycle. It's expensive as hell, but it's got good range, and is far more drivable than a stumbling, lurching, over-lean internal combustion engine hobbled by EPA regulations. I have to add Power Commanders to all my bikes to get around the crap fueling caused by the EPA.

I test drove one (and a Brammo Empulse) and expected them to be complete shite, and they surprised me.

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Re: What? No KITT?

> Could we set a donations group to get politicians moving faster?

I thought those were called "lobbyists"?

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Crims zapped mobes, slabs we collared for evidence, wail cops

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Re: It gets better (or worse depending on your perspective)

That's actually mentioned in the linked BBC story. They actually did their journalism homework. Much better than an American paper, where it'd be "Obama responsible for losing data"

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U2? 81 million Apple iThing-strokers know a place where the Beats have no shame

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Re: Where's the "there" here?

Apple is extremely excited about how many people they managed to piss off at once.

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Internet Explorer stars in monster October Patch Tuesday

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Mozilla has been reducing the attack surface by removing features, like the ability to turn off javascript, the ability to not use tabs, the activity indicator, the user profile manager, and on mobile Firefox, the ability to doubletap to zoom.

That's a very advanced security strategy.

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Sh** just got real: Amazon to open actual shop in New York City

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"showcase for Amazon products"

Isn't that Best Buy?

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Google AXES AndroidScript app used by 20,000 STEM coders WITHOUT WARNING

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And the automated process can't do "if 'ANDROID' in title.upper()" or the like and kick it upstairs to a human...?

If they've already fucked up by not failing the app outright and it now has thousands of users, then they need to not be a complete bag of dicks and kill it w/o any warning to the devs.

Android app devs are required to have a working contact email, so it's not the case they couldn't contact them.

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So long, Rory: AMD board names Lisa Su president and CEO

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"bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology"

Dang. She could kick my ass all the way 'round the block. That's a true boffin. I'm surprised she didn't get passed over for being "overqualified"

I wonder how HP would be doing if they had someone qualified to run the company too.

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Google hauls Java-on-Android spat into US Supreme Court

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Ugh.

The SCOTUS justices have no clue how to operate a mobile phone, much less understand the impact of this decision. I can see them taking a third way out that screws us all even more and makes the situation worse.

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

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> holding onto a million and a half in 20s

Sorry... I wouldn't be able to resist. I'd be rolling in that on my living room floor going WHEEE! YIPPEEE!! YAAYYYY!! YAHOOO!

"'scuse me sir, we have a noise compl--- oh wait..."

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Behind the Facebook DRAG QUEEN CRACKDOWN: 'Anonymity soon!'

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Re: I'm facing a problem with Facebook's privacy settings...

No sympathy here either. FB said my last name wasn't real and wanted docs, so went elsewhere. I don't need their shit.

It's like people that make it hard to buy things from them. There are always competitors willing to take my money (or personal information, as the case might be)

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

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Re: Future of space colonization...

They've already tested it free-flying, and there are not that many space stations to attach it to.

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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Re: ...one doubt is about stop and start

So in 3-4 years when the battery's gone a bit limp, how many times are you going to get stuck at a light with a car you can't start?

I notice it's got twin batteries, so that'll be double the price for new ones.

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Re: Uh?

Especially when the car has a smaller engine and less cargo space than any of my motorcycles.

And is a Fiat.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: Marriott's response is amazing.

Yup, but the American media wouldn't know a deauth packet from their asshole. This El Reg story is the first I've seen that even mentions what Marriott was doing in terms more specific than "jamming signals"

So the media's simply been baffled by the bullshit. For the American media, simply fact-checking a story is apparently pretty damned difficult.

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