* Posts by Ian Michael Gumby

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White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

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No Borking here...

Don't cry doom if Oracle wins.

I guess someone at Google forgot to sign the check or guarantee Obama monies after he leave's office.

Democrats are only your friends until your source money runs out.

Just ask Bill and Hillary. ;-)

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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@Dave Dave Dave ... Re: France...

Assange is afraid of the US.

During Manning's hearing and trial, Assange hired a lawyer to shadow the case. In the Article 32 hearing there was an allegation that Assange assisted Manning during the theft. This never came up during the actual trial.

Now the US hasn't done anything towards charging or extraditing Assange, and can wait...

Assange can't. Had he stayed in Sweden rather than fleeing... this would have all been over back in 2012.

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Subaru Outback Lineartronic: The thinking person’s 4x4

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Re: Questions

Silly Brits,

You can go for a Jeep if you want something that does well off road and doesn't spend more time in the repair shop than your garage.

When we had to go off road, the Jeep, along with the addition of the off road package worked well in the fields and we did haul calfs and dogs in the back. Heck we had to flea bomb the car more times than I could remember in one year.

Bottom line. Get a real 4x4 if you need to go off road, or you drive like my wife who routinely hops curbs when she's rounding a corner.

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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@tempemeaty Re: How much?!

I run Linux OS on one (an earlier i5 version) and it works very well as my DNS, Mail and even small web server. Sits on the shelf, no noise. Runs like a charm with no hiccups. (small ssd and 8GB RAM)

I still use it, but have upgraded my core server to an i7 in a totally fanless chassis w 2 SSDs running Raid 1 (mirroring)

I highly recommend them. Especially if you want to build a transportable linux cluster.

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Apple wants to patent iBeacon stalking

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Meh.

Shouldn't be patentable.

Nothing new and common sense if you want to design such a thing.

Prior art should exist if one digs deep enough.

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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Re: Monty....

While it may be overkill, as an engineer, I like the idea of capturing the reproducing the highest quality that can done.

Its like owning a mechanical watch. Sure I have a phone that syncs to a time source so its accurate enough, but to think about what it takes to design and build a watch with 500 moving parts and fits on your wrist? Now that's a combination of art and function that I can appreciate.

Is there something wrong in striving to do the best you can do or have we become a society of where 'good enough' is the best we can do?

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Facebook is VIOLATING your SEXUAL privacy, warn Belgian data cops

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Now replace Facebook with Google...

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Assange™ celebrates third year in Ecuadorian embassy broom closet

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@Silly Raven Re: What prison sentence would he be looking at if found guilty?

US involvement in what Assange did in Sweden doesn't sound plausible at all.

Did you listen to Assange's interviews with the press after he left Sweden? He basically admitted to being a 'ladies man' and to the allegations of sleeping with them. Had he faced the charges, many expected he would have gotten a sentence much less than the max, and been forced to leave the country.

But making this an US conspiracy made for good press so Assange could raise funds from the tin foil hat crowd.

And no, Assange would not have been rendered. In fact to this day... there hasn't been an arrest warrant even issued.

So lets get back to reality.

Assange was in Sweden looking for citizenship so that he could set up shop because Sweden would have offered him the most legal protection for him and Wikileaks. But he screwed that up.

The US can be patient....

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Truer words were never spoken.

"President says he's welcome to stay 'for the rest of his life'"

In Ecuador, based on their human rights record, that could be a very short time.

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Re: faulty memory

Did you see the real unedited video?

It was investigated and under the ROE they acted appropriately.

Learn the law, watch the video and understand that the film crew didn't notify that they were there and the Cameraman did a 'poop and scoot' around the corner.

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Re: What prison sentence would he be looking at if found guilty?

Its been so long...

Had he not fled in the first place, the max he could have faced would have been 4 years.

Most likely... he wouldn't have gotten that stiff a sentence.

Instead he fled.

Launched an appeal (2+ years) and then jumped bail hiding out for 3 years.

So when he gets ready to surrender. He'll go to trial. If found guilty, he'll probably face 4 yrs since he's such a prat. Then back to the UK for jumping bail. Not to mention he will not get any bail in Sweden or the UK in the future.

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OK, forget DNS for a sec. Why not shift IP addresses and protocols away from Uncle Sam?

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Re: Let me set up a competitor ( And anyone else)

Sure. Go ahead and set up your own root servers and make sure that they are route-able addresses because you're using a shared resource to connect your networks.

No biggie there.

But you're not competing with ICANN because you're still routing over their controlled network.

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Re: What a cluster

For those of us who've been on the 'net going back to the 80's , The government hasn't done a bad job. (At least up until now... )

All these new domains mean more places for spammers to hide and to hit us.

(.ninja for example...)

I don't know why the AC was down voted for speaking the truth.

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'No evidence' Snowden was working for foreign power says ex-NSA boss

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Re: Refreshingly candid

Meh.

His statements are self serving.

You really need to think about it a bit and hopefully then you'll understand why he's saying what he's saying.

There is no 'openness' in his statements.

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Facebook tosses creepy Place Tips beacons at stateside retailers

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Re: Monthly check

We know that they are not. That's google.

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Re: Bluetooth

Depends... how often do you drive and do you forget to turn it off?

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Re: FUCK OFF!!!

I have to ask...

"Only people who have enabled location services on their phone and have Bluetooth turned on will receive Place Tips from the beacon at your business."

It that only for FB users, or are they snarfing everyone's phone data?

And is that only for those with 'active' FB accounts? Meaning if someone created an account years ago and 'deleted it' (like they can delete it...) does FB still collect information?

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MONSTER GALAXY spotted hiding behind IMMENSE BLACK HOLE

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ok....

"... so I guess anything that is 6 inches can be described as being a galactic size ..."

if that's what you have to tell yourself .... and your girlfriend ...

sorry, couldn't resist.

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Re: Minor correction

uhm... how long do galaxies last?

And if its like anything else... like our waist lines as we age, it too is expanding.

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Google spins up 'FREE, unlimited' cloud photo storage 4 years before ad giant nixes it

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I pay nothing too.

@$10 a TB a month, I can recover the cost of my raid NAS sitting on my home network within a year.

If I want to be paranoid, I can set up a network of boxes at friends and relatives....

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That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood

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@Natallie

Clearly you have a limited view on software development and how things work.

Your messages have to be routed to go from you to your friends' iPhones and what not.

So of course they have a way to this.

If you looked at Apple's ecosystem iStore, iCloud, etc ... all features revolve around Apple and they have a lot of potential to snoop if they so desired. It makes a lot of sense from a design perspective, and nothing to get your panties in a twist over.

Now if you wanted to talk about Google... that's a different story.

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Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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Re: This is USA

Yes, the old DLP projection TVs or rear screen projectors.

Yet another reason to own a flat panel TV. Only Kate Moss could fit in to one of those...

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Facebook sued: Data center designs 'nicked' for Open Compute

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@Mark Re: This one's not about patents though is it?

No, you talk w Facebook, before you step in the door, Facebook has you sign an NDA.

The trouble is that someone sees the work product in a meeting and then forgets that its not FB's IP and implements it.

I agree that there's a bit more to the story but with respect to an NDA... its a moot point. There was most likely one in place if there were meetings.

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Uber and car makers jockey for Nokia's 'HERE' maps – report

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@Dan Re: Article Error: Missing Context

I don't know if you've ever met my friend Murphy...

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Building the world's biggest telescope array - with machines that don't yet exist

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Don't worry. Be Happy!

By the time this comes online... RRAM products will be hitting the streets.

So you're looking at 8+ TB per small 2.5" SSD Card as a start, if not a net new design in terms of a memory bus.

This should help to drive down the costs of SSDs and other tech. Also with RRAM, there's less heat and power.

I would imagine the computer will look quite different in the next 5 years due to changes in disruptive technology.

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Pi based kid-nerdifier Kano buried under freak cash avalanche

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Kinda cool.

Sure you can buy a Pi and all of the bits and save some money.

But the reason why this will be a success is that its all packaged together with less hassles so that the kid can play with it knowing that he's got all of the correct pieces in front of him.

BTW, its still cheaper than a Heathkit H8 and that's straight dollars with no adjustment for inflation. And yes, I'm showing my age. ;-)

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SHA-1 crypto hash retirement fraught with problems

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@John re: Collisions?

Sorry, but has anyone seen a collision on a SHA-1 hash?

Yes, its theoretically possible, but I haven't seen one yet.

And SHA-1 is still viable when working with big data because it still offers security, yet is a repeatable hash to get the same results.

So while it may be dead for some purposes... there's still a lot of life left in it.

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REVEALED: The 19 firms whose complaints form EU's antitrust case against Google

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@cyke1

Are you saying that both the EU and The US were wrong in going after Microsoft?

Now its Google;s turn and thankfully they couldn't buy the EU like they could buy Obama.

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Astroboffins mine data in pursuit of lonely, homeless RUNAWAY GALAXIES

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Niven was right!

The Pierson's Puppeteers are real!

(Ok so you really have to have read all of Larry Niven's stuff to get that joke.)

Maybe I should have gotten a masters in English (Science Fiction) ?

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Looking for laxatives, miss? Shoppers stalked via smartphone Wi-Fi

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There is no opt-out.

You go to the website you're now tying the mac address to an IP address and to you.

Just think... what if a government did this?

You'd be screaming bloody murder.

Some tech should be left alone.

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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Geothermal energy?

I have to ask.. with such a large cap of potential thermal energy, why not try and tap it for electrical power generation?

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Coffee cup-sized MIT machine can SEE actual ELECTRONS, boast boffins

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@Mongo, Re: tell me about it!

If you could see the neutrino, your tin foil hat wasn't on tight enough.

The neutrinos laugh at your petty government. They come and go as they please and like your puny wall, the government is powerless to stop them.

Its only when you have a drunk neutrino that crashes in to an atom that you have a problem.

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So then did Douglas Adams have it wrong?

Is it Espresso not Tea that is at the center of the improbability drive?

A pint because you need to drink a few along with salty peanuts!

And don't forget the towel!

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

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Waste of time? Not..

Look,

Traders are trying to make money from buying and selling contracts over time. How long a time is now down to sub seconds as a way to make a small amount with little risk and then do it enough times that it adds up. That's not illegal.

Placing a trade and then making bids you have no intention of filling just to get the market to move in a certain direction? That is illegal.

The waste of time thinking you could stop the extradition.

He traded in the US and is bound by the US laws, specifically the Dodd-Frank law which outlaws his tactic.

Pretty dumb move on his part.

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@spleen

Clearly you haven't a clue.

If the allegations of his bids are true, he's in serious trouble.

What don't you believe, that the markets can record every bid that's being made?

That they can't record the open volume of contracts at any given moment?

That the guy is incapable of being foolish enough to try this stunt?

Or that the bulk of the HFT algos don't consider edge cases in their strategies?

(Hint: Trying to buy/sell a volume equal to the volume traded in a normal day is a stupid move.)

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Re: Scapegoat?

Spoofing is hard to prove.

Putting bids out and then canceling them if the market moves away from you is legal. Putting bids out as a head fake and misdirection is illegal.

According to the articles on this individual, his program entered bids that represented 1/2 the volume of contracts being traded. This is also why its easy to charge him. He doesn't have enough cash to cover his trades. He's a small fish making outlandish bids. And once you find a guy trying to move the market, you can then go back and review any and all bids he may have made. Now you can establish the pattern of spoofing.

He's going to lose his extradition appeal.

Whether or not he's trader 0 is irrelevant. If he did put out and cancel the bids, that large a number of contracts... it could easily have been the tipping point. I seriously doubt these algos include a PID function.

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@Paul Re: meh

I think you need to learn more about trading.

What he's accused of doing is spoofing. That is he placed orders/bids with no intention of having them filled. It was a head fake.

HFT is not illegal nor the issue.

Putting orders out and not having them filled because the market is moving away happens all the time.

This is why its hard but not impossible to show that the trader was 'spoofing'.

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@Andy Re: Let me get this straight

Sorry won't work.

Kills liquidity in the market.

Its not the HFT, but that the algos being used suck at the edge cases and will add to the problem with a cascading failure.

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Re: meh

HFT isn't the issue.

Spoofing the market is. Then all those 'home grown' algos take the head fake and in the edge case, the other HFTs force the market to keep moving. (gaining its own momentum.)

So it heads down and keeps going in that direction.

Looks like they were able to find trader 0.

Of course spoofing is dumb. They will ultimately get caught. (And yes, there are ways to sort of cover your tracks. )

The other thing is that its possible to correct the market to charge for each bid. Then you get a credit (multiplied) to balance it out. If you do enough spoofing to move the market, you'll end up always paying the exchange. In theory it wipes it out the problem,

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So why exactly does almost ALL tech live in Silicon Valley?

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Its SVS ... Re: On the other hand...

The term you are thinking about is 'Silicon Valley Syndrome' or SVS.

Its a term that got coined in the early 90's when techies from the midwest flocked to San Francisco / Silicon Valley and they felt suddenly superior to the guys back in the Midwest.

That is to say that you believe your code and ability gets better just by the proximity to Silicon Valley.

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Gwyneth Paltrow flubs $29 food stamp dare, swallows pride instead

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Re: eat this

You are right about increasing the amount of rice.

If you think about it, if you can purchase items in bulk over time, you can make it work, not to mention if you can pool your money (stamps), you can get more bang for your buck.

The other thing to consider is that the food stamps are supposed to be a subsidy and not the sole source of income for food.

Could I do it?

Sure if you put a gun to my head, but not that I would want to do it.

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Re: Funny, but the solution is obvious...

Oh I can read.

Its a brain dead author writing a brain dead vision of what he thinks the costs would be ...

And its not the costs of the wifi link, but also the cost of the software, the cost of additional insurance, the cost of further testing the product to get UL certification... do you really want me to add in all of the costs associated with designing and then producing and testing a new model?

Not to mention the costs associated with marketing and then the uplift to make the product more desirable....

And then... the cost associated of going to the clothing industry to get them to use the new tag that you want which is redundant information in the existing tag.

Do you start to see why this idea is DOA?

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Re: I have a smart bed....

No, the bed isn't that smart.

Which is a good thing.

It captures enough information from my bed, along with the account information I set up.

Unless you know the email address for the account I used to set up my profile... you won't know who I am.

It's pretty primitive and interesting. If I'm away and one of my dogs get on the bed, it will record data and assign it to the person who sleeps on that side of the bed.

To be fair, its an interesting gimmick that kinda works, unlike the voice activated command module.

We bought the bed because its fscking comfortable and still affordable.

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I have a smart bed....

Select Comfort sells a bed where it measures your heart rate and breath rates along with your sleep patterns to see how their settings can help improve your sleep. (I kid you not)

You have to attach the bed to the wifi and if you have this feature, there's a smart phone app that lets you control your bed (to a point).

Now this deluxe bed not only has these features, but a voice activated remote, blue tooth remotes and a massage unit, and lighting control. (LED night lights under the bed, and plugs for reading lamps)

It actually does IoT right in that while you can set the amount of air in the mattress, adjust the bed's head or foot settings, that's about it. Much less annoying that having someone change your cable box's DVR settings, or changing the channels while you're watching.

As to why we bought this model?

Because it had the features we wanted and it included the extra gadgets for free. (We couldn't say no to them.)

The point is that if you can see value in the product, you will purchase. If you can't... you won't.

As to why I bought this bed over a competing product that wasn't IoT connected? It made my wife happy and its a damn good bed. ;-)

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Re: Nice pic

They must exist.

Or maybe my wife just can't cook a roast?

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Funny, but the solution is obvious...

This is why the IoT is never going to leave the hype charts.

As a consumer are you going to spend $39.95 for an iron that has 6 temp settings which clearly list the fabric that matches the temp? (If not on the dial, on the surface or on a card attached to the surface.)

So I look at the Iron and I want to iron silk, there's a number. I set the iron to that number and I iron the fabric.

I want to use steam on my cotton dress shirt? I look at the fabric, find the right number and voila done.

Or do you want to spend $390.00 for an iron that has all these features in to read a barcode /q code tag that contains the same information that's on a human readable tag already on the shirt?

Oh and the $39.95 iron, will outlast the lifespan of the $390.00 iron. That's right. The simpler the device the longer it will last. I have a corded drill that my father purchased 50+ years ago. Compare that to the 4th Battery Powered Drill that I have purchased over the last 20 years...

The point is that you're trying to solve a problem that doesn't need to be solved.

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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

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Huh?

"I mean, seriously, even installing a 5.1 system correctly, taking into account the room acoustics is a challenge. The rule of diminishing results certainly applies as you add more channels to a home cinema setup."

Isn't that the point of the DTS system?

You can place your channels anywhere in the room and it will model the room for you?

So if you don't have a proper listening room, you can surround yourself with X speakers and then model the room and then playback the sound?

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Amazon CTO destealths to throw light on AWS data centre design

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Re: Audio on a server

What's the difference between a server motherboard and a high end workstation?

Answer: The location of the box.

So you design one MB to serve both roles.

Cost savings for the hardware vendor. So what's a few watts of power?

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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@DougS Re: US officials haven't accepted anything

The US did in fact sue Microsoft and win.

That's one of the cases that made David Boise famous.

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Googley TENTACLES reach towards YOUR email

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This would probably be illegal...

The question is Google's relationship with the retailers.

Are they 'partners' so that when a site says that they won't sell your information but will share it with their partners, what does that mean.

Suppose you give them an address to complete and track the transaction.

If they pass it on to Google, does that violate their privacy policy?

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