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Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android

Ilsa Loving

Re: Thought it would be great

Those crayon styluses are annoying as hell.

I recommend something from the Adonit Jot line. I have a Pro (http://www.adonit.net/jot/pro/), and it works quite well. Of course, there is still the problem with palm rejection, which can only be solved using more expensive and complicated solutions, such as the BT-based Jot Script. Unfortunately, the Jot Script only works on iOS so Fandroids are out of luck, at least WRT the Jot Script. Maybe another manufacturer makes an android equiv?

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

Ilsa Loving

Who cares

I don't care what they call it, or how good they claim it is. I will never use Internet Explorer again, and I will continue to encourage everyone around me to avoid it like a plague.

Sorry Microsoft... too little, too late.

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

Ilsa Loving

Why is this even news?

Who cares whether or not he used Siri.

This is the tech equivalent to a story in the National Enquirer about some random teen pop idol getting pregnant.

I can't fathom why this story has garnered so much attention.

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China rips Apple out of govt IT mail-order catalogue – report

Ilsa Loving

Delicate balance

The chinese gov't clearly wants to nail the evil American companies where it hurts... but they don't want to piss them off to the point that they pull out completely.

I'm sure they're keenly aware of how many million people work (indirectly) for Apple in China, and if Apple threw up their hands and decided China wasn't worth it anymore, there would be some serious fallout.

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AV for Mac

Ilsa Loving

Clarification on Gatekeeper

While Gatekeeper will bring up a dialog box warning about the evils of unsigned non-app-store applications, you CAN still run 3rd party applications. All you have to do is right-click on the application and choose open, the very first time you open it. It will ask the usual 'are you sure?', after which it will open like normal.

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Microsoft C# chief Hejlsberg: Our open-source Apache pick will clear the FUD

Ilsa Loving

It's a trap.

Right... C# is cross platform.

Silverlight was also cross platform. Except that Silverlight on anything other than Windows ran so shockingly poorly that I wish they hadn't even bothered trying. I cancelled my Netflix account because I was unable to watch their stuff stutter-free on a 3Ghz quad core i7 with a 1GB video card.

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Tech companies are raising their game (and pants) post-Snowden

Ilsa Loving

lolwut

"shaking of users’ complacency in relying on “free” products and in being too accepting of what they’re given and of standard “solutions.”"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

If there's one thing that's been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, is that the average person doesn't have even the dimmest flicker of good judgement regarding security.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/17/chocolate_password_survey/

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Watch this! RHEL 7 - The new release preview

Ilsa Loving

Can't anyone type anymore?

Why does everything have to be a webanar or a youtube video now-a-days? Is typing that hard a thing to do?

I don't have have time to sit through a 90 minute blabfest just to find out what I can expect from this new version.

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Google TOO WHITE and MALE, says HR boss, looking in mirror

Ilsa Loving
Joke

This explains...

This explains why they are doing so much to provide services to their employees in San Francisco. :D

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Oh Sony. Have we learned NOTHING from SuperAIT?

Ilsa Loving

You forgot to mention...

That when you use one of their new tapes, it silently installs a badly written DRM module that cripples your computer and opens it up to exploit by black hats, and if you try to remove it it will trash your operating system.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

Ilsa Loving

Do people on this forum even understand the issue?

Since people are having a great deal of difficulty with this concept, here it is again:

Eich was NOT persecuted for "having an opinion".

He WAS persecuted because he provided material contributions to a cause that actively and willfully hurt a large class of citizens.

Whether you disagree or agree, at least make an effort to understand the situation first!

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'Good job, NSA! You turned Yahoo! into an encryption beast'

Ilsa Loving

Re: What fools

"Would be nice to have something to at least blush over (other than my taste in books from Amazon) if someone was to intercept it..."

We see that you bought a copy of Sandra Hill's Rough and Ready. We... we'll stop looking at your stuff now.

Regards,

NSA

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New WebCL toolkit hooks browser apps into GPUs – and that's not good news for Apple

Ilsa Loving

Oh great

So now we can have web pages write crappy OpenCL and cause our machines to lockup/reboot?

I tried playing with some OpenCL code once and it was incredibly finicky. It would make my graphics chip shart itself and cause my whole machine to spontaneously reboot.

If Apple hasn't implemented this system, then that's a point in their FAVOR.

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

Ilsa Loving
Trollface

This research is wrong!

I don't know anything about science, but this research goes against my core believes and therefore it is wrong!

You'll just have to keep doing it over again until you get it right (ie: Your results say what I want them to say).

Regards,

Way too many people who think their opinion is as valid as your facts.

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

Ilsa Loving

Absurdly complicated rube goldberg "solution"

If you want a powerful work rig, but your family needs a general use windows machine, then get two machines and use a KVM to switch between them.

While technically it is possible to shoehorn two competing uses like you are proposing, you are ignoring the practicality of such a set up.

The solution you are proposing is absolutely begging for a huge variety for problems, the biggest one being that someone in your family (or a friend) hits the key combination to minimize the windows VM (which is a trivially easy thing to do by accident) and will then start futzing with your host.

You can buy a perfectly functional pc in a micro case that you can sit on top of your main box. Infinitely simpler to setup. Infinitely simpler to manage. Infinitely simpler to maintain. Unless of course you have no problem abandoning whatever real work you are doing at the drop of a hat, and then spending an hour or two trying to figure out what part of this jigsaw puzzle broke.

I used to do similar things to this. Then reality happened and I realized that I just don't have the time or patience for dealing with the inevitable nonsense. And trust me, with a set up like you are proposing, nonsense IS inevitable. And it will very likely happen at a time most inconvenient to you.

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

Ilsa Loving

You must be teabagger

Because someone who has their head on straight wouldn't confuse this very clear attempt at get-more-money-at-any-cost attitudes and statements with socialism.

There is no common good here. This is an already rich guy who wants more more more. If you want to claim any kind of -ism, then capitalism is the one you're looking for.

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Teeny, tiny state machine could BREATHE NEW LIFE into Moore's Law

Ilsa Loving
Joke

FSM

Did anyone else reading the article keep expanding FSM into Flying Spaghetti Monster instead of it's intended terms?

Certainly made the article entertaining. :)

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Java, Android were THE wide-open barn doors of security in 2013 - report

Ilsa Loving

I'll just leave this right here...

"The vast majority of mobile attacks involved things like phishing, social engineering lures, or forcible redirects to unwanted websites, rather than direct attacks on the device hardware or operating system."

In other words, most of the attacks are not technical in nature. They are targetting the biggest security risk of all: The users themselves.

The fact that they are 'targeting android' is simply because android has the biggest marketshare right now. Of course, it doesn't help that Google is actively taking steps to *prevent* users from protecting themselves. When I was in the market for a new tablet, I was trying to decide between an iPad or a high-end android device. Then I read about how Google 'accidentally' added the privacy features in Android 4.3 and was going to remove them in later versions. That made the decision much easier.

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Italian woman stunned by exploding artichoke

Ilsa Loving
Trollface

Diversified product portfolio

I didn't realize that Sony made artichokes too!

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

Ilsa Loving

Helped me decide on a tablet

Just this week I was trying to decide what tablet to buy. This article ended up cinching it for me, and I bought an iPad. Say what you will about Apple, but at least they have fine grained privacy controls so that apps can't abuse their access to your personal data.

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Microsoft wields turkey knife, slices Surface to $199 for Black Friday

Ilsa Loving

I'd certainly get a surface....

But only if I could put android on it.

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Apple dodges data privacy sueball: Fanbois didn't RTFM*, says judge

Ilsa Loving

Re: Errrr...

The irony is that if people actually DID do their due dilligence whenever they use ANY companies services, then the economy would probably collapse because everyone would freak out and stop using any services at all.

Are there any companies that *don't* abuse their power in some way?

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Weird PHP-poking Linux worm slithers into home routers, Internet of Things

Ilsa Loving

Re: Re:But hey, you don't care when having a good rant?

Why did this get downvoted? It's completely true. Windows used to be a security joke. But as Microsoft beefed things up, hackers have been going after 3rd party targets that are easier to hit, such as Adobe flash.

You need only one exploit to get from outside to local, and only one local exploit to hose the whole box. That means any OS... ANY OS.... is only 2 exploits away from being compromised.

Linux is getting exploited the most because it's the single most popular web stack out there. Linux is to web what Windows is to desktop. And the article itself said it.... virtually all the root-access hacks have been through things like 3rd party CMSes, and the kernel itself compromised by exactly 1 exploit.

So maybe we should focus less on how big everyone's OS-penis is, and more on the fact that far too many people write crap code.

And I will opine that it's because companies have made it FAR too easy for someone to sit down, bang a few commands on a keyboard, and suddenly think they know how to code. Until programmers are put through the same level of rigor as, say, engineers, this problem will never get better.

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Flash stash on toppa platta: WD's tasty Black² 1TB combo for LAPTOPS

Ilsa Loving

Why Windows only?

The idea that a hard drive is Windows only just seems ludicrous to me. Heaven forbid anybody else uses the drives!

Reminds me of the era of winprinters, where manufacturers were lazy and/or cheap and cut as many corners as possible. This certainly doesn't fill me with confidence regarding the quality of their product.

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PANIC OVER DROOPING house prices hits MEMBER-shaped estate

Ilsa Loving

If it was me...

I'd call it a feature and put a price premium on the house.

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Intel on the alert: Thick, acrid smog in China, India is EATING servers

Ilsa Loving

No nukes!

Nuclear?! But nuclear is *dangerous*!

It is infinitely better to cause all the people in the entire region severe health problems, and cause catastrophic damage to infrastructure and ecology across the entire continent than to risk the possibility that someone down the line may do something boneheadedly stupid that irradiates several acres of land.

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Rogue trader gets 2½ years for BILLION-dollar Apple share plot

Ilsa Loving

Only 2.5 years?

No wonder the financial system is such a mess. If you can kiss off the equivalent of the GDP of a small country and only get a slap on the wrist, there's nothing stopping anyone from doing such things.

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Samsung pulls Galaxy S3 update as users moan: It's PANTS

Ilsa Loving

I'm not having any issues

I'm not having any issues. Of course, that may be because I replaced my OS with cyanogenmod. Battery life improved, performance improved, and I don't have to put up with a huge bundle of crapware.

Samsung may be able to make nice phones, but they can't program their way out of a wet paper bag. I can't fathom why everyone is so gung ho about Samsung products. Seems to me that they're the new 'fashionable' company to buy from, in the same way that iPhone was so fashionable a few years ago.

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LG’s G2: The phondleslab that wants you to TOUCH ITS BEHIND

Ilsa Loving

What happens when the battery wears out?

Does anyone know what the policies are for old batteries? For phones that have user replaceable batteries, you just buy a new battery.

I know Apple has a swap option with their phones. If you live near an Apple store, you can get it swapped right there so there is no downtime.

I presume LG provides a similar option? Does LG have places you can take it to so you arn't without a phone for however many weeks it takes for the turnaround?

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Apple ships cures for Mail, iBooks, MacBook Pro maladies

Ilsa Loving

Re: Cisco VPN also fixed ?

I have v3.1.04059 and haven't had any problems.

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Apple admits to Mavericks iWork cockup, promises rescue

Ilsa Loving
Meh

Powerpoint vs Keynote

I'll probably get downvoted since reasoned responses have difficulty competing against emotional outbursts, but at one point I sat down and actually compared (totally subjectively, purely for my own benefit) Powerpoint and Keynote. I wanted to know what was similar and different about them.

My observations can be summed up as:

Powerpoint gives you a a LOT more options than Keynote. More templates, more transition styles, more animation types, more options for object manipulation (eg: turning an image into a limited 3d object)

Keynote gives you less choices, but the choices it gives you are of a much higher quality. The animations, transitions, etc, seem to be significantly more polished. By comparison, most of the features in powerpoint look like they haven't been improved upon since powerpoint 1.0 was first written. Some of the transitions actually caused me to go, "Oh wow that was cool!" Meanwhile, if you need to do anything with individual objects beyond simple transformations, you will have to turn to other tools to do it for you.

Both products have merits. Both products can do things that the other can't. It boils down to a matter of personal style (and, of course, whether you even have a Mac or a Windows machine). If Microsoft could improve the quality of the effects in Powerpoint, or if Keynote had more options for object manipulation, then there would be clear winner. As it stands, neither is better or worse than the other. It totally depends on what the user is looking for.

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EYE-GASMIC: Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display

Ilsa Loving

I was afraid of this

I have a 2011 MBP, before they started turning their laptops into toasters. I love my laptop. It's the single best laptop I have ever owned. It can still hold it's own compared to mainstream machines today.

Of course, that's because I could still upgrade the RAM and the hard drive.

The fact that Apple is turning their "high end" laptops into toasters is extremely disappointing to say the least. I guess I'll be sticking with my current machine for the forseeable future, if even the best machine they have available has pathetically gimped video.

The whole reason I switched to apple was because Windows laptops were embarrasingly unreliable. You couldn't even close the lid and have a reasonable expectation that the machine would come back to life when you opened it again.

If Microsoft+partners have finally pulled their collective thumbs out and actually now pay more than lip service to reliability, I may have to consider switching back. Can anyone comment?

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Post-PC era? Post-MAC era! OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

Ilsa Loving

Wait, people use iWork?

People use iWork? I took one look at iWork a long time ago and with the exception of Keynote, I poo-poo'ed iWork almost immediately. Numbers looks like it's having an identity crisis, unable to decide if it's a spreadsheet or a presentation tool. Pages, while ok for a word processor, uses a stupid file format (actually a folder with multiple files inside, abstracted into a single object by OSX) that makes it impossible to email unless you use Mac Mail, or zip the thing up.

Kinda sad that stuff has been stripped from Keynote, though. It would be nice if Apple expanded it's repertoire of shapes and object styling.

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OS X Mavericks mail client spews INFINITE SPAM

Ilsa Loving

Re: Symphony?

Oh my god, how I miss Ami Pro! It could handle object positioning in a way second only to professional desktop publishing applications. Even now, MS Word is still unable to match it.

And then Lotus had to botch it all up when it released Word Pro....

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How to find OS X Mavericks' 43 hidden photogenic beauties

Ilsa Loving

Would the lot of you please grow up!

Why does everything always have to turn into a freaking venemous flame war between all the various fanbois/fandroids/microfans/whatever? The only reason I even bother looking at the comments is that there there are usually a couple nice and useful gems buried amongst the vitriolic spew.

I personnally didn't know these photos were even there, because I tend to dismiss the boring, built in images included in OSes. But these are breathtaking! I'm particularly struck by the national geographic photo of the penguins, where the lens is half-in/half-out of the water.

Definitely a wonderful little easter egg, right here.

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

Ilsa Loving

Re: re: ac 20:25

What's this now? I stopped buying EA products a long time ago because they have a long and cherished history of douchebag-ery. Sounds like nothing has changed.

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Apple's new non-feline Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, ready to go

Ilsa Loving

Re: run out of cats?

Those are all breeds, not species.

Of course, I firmly believe that Apple missed out on a golden opportunity. If they had release OSX Maru, I would have bought multiple copies just cause. :)

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

Ilsa Loving

My reaction to this news

So I sat here reading the article, seeing nice improvements all around for the Surface.... and then I get to the price and any interest I had evaporated before I even finished reading the sentence.

I'm sorry, but you just can't keep charging premium prices when your device is already a flop.

We'll see how things go with Surface 3. For some reason it always takes Microsoft 3 revisions before they finally do something right.

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Dog bites man: Apple's Macs trounce all Windows PCs in customer love

Ilsa Loving

Satisfied users are satisfied

I'm not in the slightest big surprised that Apple has the lead. Their laptops are superior. Period. And please, spare me the whole "stupid sheeple fanboi" garbage. I meansure my MBP uptime in *months*. The only time I have to reboot is when the rare critical update comes through that requires it, or a 3rd party app inexplicably requires it. I don't worry about it mysteriously slowing down. I have to do sysadmin and other misc computer work all day. I don't have the time, inclination, or patience to also work on my *own* gear. I want it to work so I can get my own stuff done.

My mom used to call me on more than a weekly basis because the PC kept doing wierd things, slowing down, breaking in some way ,etc. I bought her a used iMac, and now when she calls me it's because she wants to know how to do something. Not one... single...problem... in two years now.

I'm now trying to get my Dad to ditch his Acer because I'm sick of having to spend on avg an hour a week trying to figure out why it's breaking yet again.

I'm (not) sorry, but the track record speaks for itself.

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Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

Ilsa Loving

Re: No need for revolution

What's the antonym of Fanboi? Above I see a perfectly reasonable and well reasoned comment, that outlines the persons preference for a simple UI, yet the comment has as many downvotes as upvotes.

Oh noes! That person isn't slagging apple! They must be a witch! Burn 'er!

Grow up people.

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Bin half-baked Raspberry Pi hubs, says Pimoroni: Try our upper-crust kit

Ilsa Loving

How does this compare to the dlink?

I have one of these at home:

http://www.dlink.com/ca/en/home-solutions/connect/usb/dub-h7bl-7-port-usb-2-0-hub

Although mine is the older model that doesn't include the fast-charge ports. I also have no idea how many TTs this thing has.

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We made the iPhones, now we want OUR 'UNPAID' WAGES – student Pegatron toilers

Ilsa Loving

Re: Huh?

It's funny how no one seems to be getting the sarcasm of your post.

For everyone else's benefit, read the post again, and then think about the way *all* employers, including western ones, treat young workers. There is this distinct attitude of, "Hell, you should be paying US for the privilege of working for us!"

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WD outs 'Mini Me' Red label NAS drives

Ilsa Loving

Re: I still haven't forgotten, WD!

What is this now? I haven't heard about this before. Can you give more details/links?

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

Ilsa Loving

Re: Wow they are lucky

Or maybe they did have a reason. They saw the what was coming down the pipe and decided to get the hell out while the gettin's good.

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Apple sucking triple the phone switchers as Samsung – report

Ilsa Loving

Doesn't surprise me

I used to have an iphone, but I switched to android because I was frustrated by the lack of control. Now that I'm using the Samsung, I'm realizing I should have stayed where I was. Having control is a nice thing. But you know what's even nicer? Having a device that works properly.

When I had an iPhone, my complaints were:

-Had to jump through hoops to root it

-After a couple years of use, it wouldn't last a full day anymore and I couldn't replace the battery

-Took Apple forever to come up with a decent bluetooth implementation that properly supported A2DP

-No Micro SD slot so I couldn't expand storage

-Can't transfer arbitrary files to the phone over a USB connection.

-No home screen widgets

In a nutshell, I wanted more control to use the phone 'my way'.

With my Samsung Galaxy S3:

-Stuffed full of Samsung crapware that can't be removed and just wastes resources and as a result...

-After having had the phone only 4 months, it no longer lasts 3/4 day (battery goes dead by mid afternoon) unless I don't use it

-Cooked my 32GB sd card

-Kies is completely, utterly, useless. Most of the time it dies when I try to sync

-Samsung took away bluetooth tethering in a recent OTA update.

-Reboots randomly

In a nutshell, the phone is crap.

I've managed to fix a lot of the pain by switching to cyanogenmod, but its ridiculous that I have to replace my phone's OS just to render it usable.

So yeah, I will probably be going back to an iphone for my next phone. I may not have as much control over it as I would like, but if I am forced to choose between a dichotomy that shouldn't exist, then I will give up some flexibility. I have more important things to worry about than whether my phone is going to work from one moment to the next.

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Silent Circle shutters email service

Ilsa Loving
Trollface

Re: The unspoken assumption here is that...

And some guy stretching his rear orifice unimaginably wide....

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IQ test: 'Artificial intelligence system as smart as a four year-old'

Ilsa Loving

Unfair

I think it's unfair to expect an AI to have common sense, considering most people don't have it either.

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Anons torn over naming 'n' shaming of 17yo's gang-rape suspects

Ilsa Loving
FAIL

Re: Hmm...

A girl is dead because four hooligans raped her, and even spread photos of the act. Yet somehow the police have 'insufficient evidence'?

Bullshit. This is just another example of how people would rather protect the guilty than provide justice to the victims of rape. This is just like that stupidity from CNN where the correspondent was wringing their hands and saying "woe to those poor boys, how their lives are ruined."

It should go without saying that if a system that is *supposed* to provide justice, won't, then people will give up and start taking justice into their own hands. For good or ill.

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Yahoo! drops! size! limit! on! email! attachments! with aid from Dropbox

Ilsa Loving
Megaphone

Why?

Why in the world would anyone use email to transfer huge files like that? Performance is crap, and any attachment is increased by ˜50% when it's encoded, exacerbating the problem. Email was never meant for sending massive files like this. Finally, 99% of emails are transferred serially, which means if you have 50 emails to download to your computer, and the first one is a gig, then you have to wait half an hour (if you're lucky and the transfer doesn't bork) for that to download before you can even access the rest.

The only reason these major webmail services allow for such things is so they can datamine the attachments. This sort of thing is completely impractical for almost all non-web based email systems.

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Boffins brew eyes on bugs' wings

Ilsa Loving
Angel

There's an app for that

If we can figure out how to make super large bacteria, the obvious application for such a creature is as security for secret islands where the residents have numbers for names.

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