* Posts by Dick Emery

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The roots go deep: Kill Adobe Flash, kill it everywhere, bod says

Dick Emery

Flash Bang Wallop What a Picture!

I really don't understand why Flash cannot be run in a sandbox from now on. There are TONS of creative things made from Flash (animations and interactive games etc). For them to be wiped out overnight because they want to ban Flash means the loss of a large chunk of our online creative culture and heritage. If it's such a security risk just sandbox that sucker!

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The insidious danger of the lone wolf control freak sysadmin

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Re: Lone Wolf..

It matters not if the co-workers are less competent. What matters most is that the 'competent' new employee works within the team as a team player. That means that if they feel the others are not pulling their weight they let them know and give valid reasons. This may lead to some friction but it has to be put across to the team that it's for the benefit of all. It's not a selfish thing to want to do well. But being a lone wolf is harmful to all and a selfish act.

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Re: Sounds like...

Le troll.

I have nothing against people trying to get ahead within a company. I have everything against people who do it at the expense of everybody else. Including the well being of said company.

Hard workers are a boon. But they are - usually - only working so hard for one person. Themselves.

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I worked for a company whereby much of their data entry was made on software designed by someone who had retired years ago. They had a consultant working for them as their IT guy but he was not permanent staff. He only knew bits and pieces about the systems. I got the job as permanent IT admin through him and he showed me the ropes. It became quite clear that I was in over my head. Although I struggled through I ended up leaving after a year due to health reasons (the stress was crazy). They had a backup system that was untested (I tested it and found it did not work after a RAID drive died and I spent an entire evening trying to fix it with no overtime. More fool me!). The entire company was balanced on a knife edge and just before I left I sat in with their head honchos and rather generously told all of this. After that they were left to their own devices. I did a few years later look up the company to see if they were still in business. They were not (at least not under their previous name).

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Disk is dead, screeches Violin – and here's how it might happen

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This will kill X blah blah blah!

The times we have seen people screaming the death knell of HDD as a storage medium. It's almost become a meme.

The truth is spinning media has a long history. It's a 'known' medium despite changes to the manufacturing processes to increase density,reliability and speed.

Flash on the other hand has only been with us a short while in comparison. When you look ahead as a company and look at what it will cost to create new fabs for what is still a relatively expensive medium, with a possibly short period to capitalize on it before something else comes along and wipes it out, I can understand some CEO's hesitance.

In order for a product to be successful it's not just about all the things we as consumers (including data centers et al) look for in a storage medium. It's about how much return on their initial investment over time they need to make to maximize profits.

If they plow billions into new Flash and only a couple of years down the line some competitor (notice I did not use 'someone' because as we all know inventors and start ups don't always come to fruition) invents some cheaper alternative that does the same or better. Then they are stuffed (or will at least make a loss).

For myself I am hopeful of technologies like Memristor. My biggest concerns are:-

1. Ability to recover data after the drive dies or write cycles have expired (Tests have shown that few if any SSD's allow you to easily recover the data. They should theoretically go into read only mode. But an endurance test done on several brands shows that they pretty much just die and not allow you to access the partitions at all!).

2. The ability of the device to erase data beyond recovery. Privacy concerns seem to indicate that although it is more difficult to recover data from Flash devices (especially after it has died). The data is actually harder to destroy completely than a simple 'erase' cycle over a hard disk byte value due to over provisioning/garbage collections etc.

Yes endurance, longevity, speed, reliability and cost are important but without the above two I find myself distrusting the technology for anything other than the operating system and applications. Especially with recent problems like those experienced on the Samsung EVO range (I have a Pro 256GB SDD so it's not so much of a problem although I do notice a speed decrease the more I fill it which I did not realize would be an issue on flash memory).

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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Why do people still have access...

Why do companies still allow access to the main server network anyhow? Surely user access should be in VM's with limited access to run exe's outside on live server data (maybe sandbox the users from the data)? I think this is another case of Microsoft methodology of running the OS on every system (I use Windows exclusively BTW before you accuse me of being a *nix know it all). Companies with important data and especially government and law enforcement really need to rethink how they allow their users to access data and work on their backup strategies. Educating users on protective measures just isn't enough. People will continue to make mistakes.

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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How do you know if a politician is lying?

Their lips are moving.

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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

Dick Emery

LG's biggest problem

LG's biggest problem is with their processing. Motion on LG's is just not up to Samsung and Sony's. They lack black frame insertion or 'BFI' (Google it) which means they can look jittery especially on high action material. Their smooth motion algorithms are not quite as good as Sony's either. I read somewhere that BFI is not possible on current OLED tech. Also LG has a bad track record on calibration. Many experts find it very hard to calibrate LG OLED sets. I am hopeful Panasonic will bring their expertise in video processing and calibration to the table in order to fix these issues.

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Re: Life?

LG uses white OLED's with RGB filters over them so they age the same amount. The downside is on 1080p sets you could see the filters close up. However. This should be less of an issue with 4K sets.

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Re: I wonder if they've spent any money on the UI

My brother took his WebOS model back because of slow UI and response to the remote/changing channels etc. He got another older model that is 'decent' at channel changing and menu navigation but without all the bells and whistles of WebOS.

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It's not just about light output

This is not only about brightness but about blown out highlights. Ever taken a photo of a building in shadow and had the cloudy sky turn into a blown out white that you cannot recover in post editing? With HDR you can have your sky the same cloudy colour whilst still being able to see the details in the dark building without introducing noise by trying to lighten the dark areas.

HDR displays have a wider colour gamut and require at least 10bit (some experts say we actually need 16bit upwards to make full use of it). You guys should really watch the Value Eelectronics HDTV shootout that industry experts attend each year.

http://valueelectronics.com/

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The Rise of Islamic State, Touch and I Am Radar

Dick Emery

It makes me wonder

It makes me wonder if all the governments are in cahoots making up all these terrorist 'boogiemen' to keep the populace fearful and under control. Tin foil hat? Nah! Mines the one with the lead lined suit!

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Chappie: The AI tale that’s about heart, not intelligence

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I hope he don't die and come back to life

We've already had that ending multiple times with Short Circuit, Wall-E and a gazillion other movies (With or without robots).

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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

Dick Emery

Down again

No joy here 22:05 GMT

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‘Get off of my Cloud’ Verizon tells users ahead of 48-hour maintenance outage

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Gotta put that black box in between ya see

Definitely not the NSA. Nope! No sirree!

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UK retailers in TABLET PRICE SLASH BONANZA

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No use found

Had an Asus Transformer for a year. Sold it on Ebay, Father got one to pass some time whilst in hospital then gave it to my sister (status unknown but probably unused). Brother got a Asus 7" tablet. Sold it about 6 weeks later.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

Dick Emery

Re: To paraphrase Mandy Rice Davis

You took my reply right out of my fingers.

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

Dick Emery

HTML5 Youtube

about:config

media.mediasource.enabled true

This gave me 1080p60 option in Youtube's HTML5 player. Ignore what the /html5 page says.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Function 'creep'

They need to ban slippery slopes too! Those things can cause serious injury to your 'private' parts!

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What We Do In The Shadows? Laugh ourselves silly, mostly

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I vant to suck your movie!

Looks like a riot. Will defo give this one a try.

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Samsung slams door on OLED TVs, makes QUANTUM dot LEAP

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Re: Random TV question: 'juddering' in fast pans

The problem with frame interpolation currently abused on HDTV's is that it tends to be too agressive and applied to the entire movie. Whereas what would be better would be for it to intelligently sense panning movement and only apply it then.

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Dick Emery

I wish Showscan would get used

Look at some Showscan explanations on Youtube. Basically in order to keep the 'filmic' look slow movement is displayed at 24FPS and fast action sequences at up to 120FPS using variable frame rates.

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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Doctor Who for the ADD crowd

No offense intended to those with the condition but really it seems we must be fed with less than 1 hour episodes with no cliffhangers but 'previews' of the next episode to get us to keep watching. The self contained episodes do not allow the freedom of old Who to introduce more interesting plot devices. Everything must be squeezed into one episode and everything runs at break neck pace with constant dialogue fired at you from all sides and lots of wizz bang effects.

This is not Star Wars and even that had breathing 'space'.

I find it very difficult to follow the dialogue these days too. The sound mix is horrendous with the soundtrack being very intrusive rather than complimentary. Murray Gold needs to pull back his grandiose montages and actually allow 'silence' to work it's magic. Sometimes I feel like I need to turn subtitles on!

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An 'embed' link isn't a new infringement, says EU Court of Justice

Dick Emery

Re: Confused

So what if you just embed a link to a torrent link on another site that points to copyrighted material like a movie perhaps?

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

Dick Emery

Desirability and ecosystem

iPhones adhere to the golden rule of 'desirability'. Most people are not technically minded. Most people who buy iPhones are 'herders' who see that Posh Pete has one (Keeping up with the Jones's syndrome). iThings are all about the ecosystem and saying something about who you are (be that a prat in a suit, black polo neck and skinny jeans or 'bling' and baseball cap casual wear).

iPhones are not sold on how much geek factor they have. But how much you want to be like your peers.

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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

Dick Emery

Samsung 840 EVO drives suffer speed degredation.

Applies to TLC drives only at present.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1507897/samsung-840-evo-read-speed-drops-on-old-written-data-in-the-drive

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18615995

http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/2g1jfi/seems_that_the_samsung_840_evo_is_notorious_for/t3_2g1jfi

http://www.3dnews.ru/901747

http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/214537-samsung-840-evo-ssd-performance-degradation/

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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

Dick Emery

What?

I don't understand the question.

Now if you mean sexy alien vampire furry cyborg Jedi pirates I can handle that!

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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

Dick Emery

Oh goody!

Another Sci-Fi TV show that will last one season before being cancelled.

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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Copyright aping nature.

It says a lot about copyright in general when a monkey has more rights than the owner of the equipment.

Looks like the simians are alive and well working at the various copyright offices of the world.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

Dick Emery

There is a simple fix for this problem

Most password hacking relies on having a system that allows continuous retries until a password works. ALL password systems should work on the basis of an incorrect entry equaling a wait time for each retry with the wait time increasing exponentially for each incorrect entry. First inccorect entry. 30 seconds. Second 5 minutes. Third 30 minutes and so on.

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

Dick Emery

Proof if ever there was

That those that make overreaching (overbearing?) laws don't understand the future consequences of making said laws. Laws need to be more flexible to change/adjustment when those laws come into conflict with public interests. Unfortunately it is VERY difficult to change laws once they are signed off (at least in the UK).

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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The system acts unfairly

My brother is currently unemployed. He is trying his hardest to find another job. He has a wife and young daughter. He rents a house.

He lost the last job he had which was on a 3 month trial basis due to 'gross' misconduct according to the welfare state and could be sanctioned for this losing his benefit. The misconduct was due to him falling asleep at the wheel of his vending machine delivery vehicle. He was expected to work from 3:30am to 4pm but often got home at 6pm because of traffic and lack of proper training so he took longer to do his rounds. As stated he was hired on a trial basis so it wasn't even a permanent job yet. It takes time to adjust to shift hours and some people are not cut out for it. Forcing people to take shift work jobs can causes serious issues including death (he could have been killed/killed someone).

My argument here and it will be if it has to go to appeal is that it was not 'willful' misconduct. It was one of health and safety. He did not wish to lose his job. He did not do it 'willfully' like punching the manager in the face etc. I see it like firing a road sweeper because he had leg cramp (granted this is not life threatening in any way).

The system is unjust and penalizes those at the very bottom of the chain with no wiggle room to argue the more complex issues surrounding why you are on benefits in the first place. Peoples lives are complex. You cannot tar everyone with the same brush.

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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

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In a politicians office far far away...

In a politicians office far far away the sounds of deep labored breathing can be heard. No it's not Darth Osborne fiddling the tax system. It's Nick Clegg writing up his next UK election exit speech.

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

Dick Emery

It's the wololf! It's the wololf!

The sky is falling!

We may never really know what happened. I think that is the scariest part.

Excuse me there's a knock at the door...

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E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

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Lovely flavours

All those delicious flavors to choose from. The cool looking tech designs. Those big clouds of vapor. The group 'chic' of it when hanging out with friends. Obviously these are desirable by youths. Obviously they are gateway to other nasty stuff.

WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

Oh they already have and of course this will be one way they will use to crack down on it, ban it and/or tax it to death.

It's not about the money oh no...

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

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If only it had been Nolan

What the movies lack is grit, forgetting about the science behind the gadgets, a good sense of humor and characters (actors) that are charismatic and likeable. The last episodes were full of CGI, stiff as board acting/characters, too much pseudo science bullshit and the humor was shoe horned in by way of stupid aliens and robots.

A lot of the gung-ho from the originals was lost. It's not a sci-fi movie. It's a cheesy cowboys and indians movie that just so happens to be set in a sci-fi universe. A universe where we do not need to worry about things like gravity or the vacuum of space (sound). It's more about the storytelling and empathizing with the characters than sweating the small details. These things set the overall tone of a movie and allow us to decide whether it's enjoyable or not.

I can never forgive Lucas for reducing the force to something detectable in the bloodstream. It's like telling you father Christmas and the tooth fairy don't exist when you are aged 5.

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WTF is NET NEUTRALITY, anyway? And how can we make everything better?

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Flufflepuff!

I just came to post that I only clicked on this article because of Flufflepuff!

But on net neutrality. In the end we all have to pay for something somewhere up the pipeline and if advertising does not cut it then something (someone) else has to give in order to support it. Just because you pay your ISP a fee each month for access does not mean everything else on the net should be provided for free.

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Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU

Dick Emery

iWatch Pron

With the iWatch Pron you no longer need to charge your 'i' device as it works on friction.

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Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

Dick Emery

Shooting blanks?

This is a stick up and it's stuck up here!

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

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Re: Names. Names. NAMES!

I've just had an idea. People keep going on about how complicated IPv6 is when setting up. Mostly for internal networks I may add. I think the answer is that the devices need to have their own DNS translation system inbuilt. Instead of you having to enter a specific IPv6 address you just enter a unique name and let the device translate that into a unique (out of the gazillion possible addresses) IPv6 identifier. So for instance HTCM8.ABC.123. Dealing with all this numbering network nonsense should have been done away with ages ago. We only need a unique identifier for each device and the hardware should automatically translate it to the required address without any collision without even a network guru having to touch it.

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Re: Names. Names. NAMES!

I meant to add that it's not the lack of number address that is the problem. It's the lack of EASY TO REMEMBER names that is at issue here. It's kinda like when you sign up on a big forum or social network and find that the username you want to use has been used by untold other. Tom1234 instead of plain Tom for example.

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Names. Names. NAMES!

I can understand it for devices that wish to auto connect to other stuff whereby you don't need to know what their address is. But say you want to access your home energy system remotely. Entering a series of digits, letters, colons and wotnot does not really inspire much confidence now does it? You want a simple DNS system to connect over IPv6 don't you? Ah! But a helluva lot of names are already taken in the existing DNS system. All the easy to remember ones at any rate. You want to access Toms.Home.Energy? Tough 1,000 others already have variations of that including jumbled digits for letters and capitalizations. The only other way would be to have your own unique domain (tomshome.co.uk) and uses sub domains I guess.

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

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My HTC One sucks

I have a HTC One M7 and sure it was a poor choice of phone when it comes to photos (not bad in low light but terrible at everything else) but then again I carry a Canon S90 around for any photo opportunities. For everything else I use a 70D (Previously a 450D) if I know I going someplace interesting. I have seen very few shots from a smartphone camera that are 'good enough' yet. There are some examples on display on the net of course. But not to be found on most social sites. There is more to photography though than merely pointing a lens at your mates in the pub or your furry friend (pets included). Light, composition, subject matter etc. Everyone can be a photographer but not everyone has an eye for something you want to look at more than once.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

Dick Emery

Oh well.

Luckily my old Dlink router has a free service for one domain. I've just registered and will use that from now on. dyndns was good while it lasted though.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

Dick Emery

Meh!

Call me again when they (the TV and media player) can playback The Hobbit in it's native 48FPS. I look forward to higher dynamic range. Higher frame rates (120FPS support would be nice). Refresh rates above 120Hz. Infinite black levels. No motion judder or blur. No clouding or halos. High contrast. Doesn't lose it's brightness after a year or two's usage or pixels going bad. Doesn't have color uniformity issues. Motion interpolation that doesn't have nasty artefacts. Doesn't have image burn or retention issues. Doesn't have a PSU or caps that buzz or need a fan that makes a noise after a few months use. I am not even interested in all the so called 'Smart' TV crap.

4K without much in the way of content isn't much use either although I agree it does look nice when you get it. Besides 4K isn't even true 4K which is why we get the UHD moniker.

Until then you can stick your curvy TV's up your curvy bottom hole!

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

Dick Emery

A bright idea.

Just don't stand next to bright lights. That was just off the top of my head.

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

Dick Emery

Muh data!

I'd rather trust the NSA with the aquisition.

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

Dick Emery

Where there is a demand..

Like this has ever worked in the past.

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Pop music, tech bubble... what could go wrong? Spotify said to be closer to IPO

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Spotty fy more like

They are somewhat spotty on their international music rights. I still cannot listen to most of what Asia has to offer. World music seems to be a bit lacking. Until I can listen to the latest Yui Horie track they can take a run and jump of a short plank.

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Panasonic slaps Freetime EPG on 2014 smart tellies

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All I want...

...is a 4K OLED

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