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Google's 'instant' search springs keyboard controls

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Google has ads?

Since when? AdBlock, CustomizeGoogle and NoScript are your friends.

What I really need to do is write a GreaseMonkey script (or something) to remove the crap results (like "ExpertsExchange", I am not a member, I will probably never be a member, I do not want those results).

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Man vindicated for videotaping his own traffic stop

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Undertaking...

...is not an offence in the UK either. Dangerous driving is and an office *may* decide that undertaking is dangerous.

Anyway...

The biker was a moron and deserves to lose their license (I say this as a fellow biker; although no doubt the usual suspects [e.g MCN] will use this as more "anti-motorcyclist" fodder). We need retards like that on the road like we need DVD-truckers.

The cop was totally unprofessional and deserves serious censure for his attitude and subsequent treatment of the biker. Good to see the judge sorting things out.

If any other bikers are reading this - wheelies are cool. So are stoppies/endos, standing on the seat etc. Really cool. I like a good stunt show, me. On a closed track. With barrier. And medical crew.

Save if for the appropriate place.

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Microsoft sends in the tanks against Motorola, Android

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Seems to me...

...to be just one more reason to tear up most (all?) software patents. The only people who will suffer anything from this are the consumers. Either by being locked in to a single vendor, or having to pay higher prices to cover the legal bills.

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Trucker pulled with DVD and laptop on dashboard

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Exactly

"The best way to avoid being involved in a collision, or being caught by my officers"

Well, as "his officers" are going to do sod all when they do catch someone, why should anyone care? Grow a pair and take these morons to task! This driver should have been prevented from continuing, charged and his employer contacted to deal with the truck.

[Lack of] Enforcement of the rules in this manner is exactly why there are so many idiots on our roads.

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Penguin in the picture: top video editors for Linux fans

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Worst?

If by "worst" you mean "works pretty much OOTB and does not require much CLI, although the user is somewhat abstracted from the guts and there are a few proprietary bits" then you are 100% correct. Or perhaps you expect everyone to use custom Arch builds?

You may not like Ubuntu (and there are things that annoy me about it too) but, for now, it's my penguin of choice and it still (IMnsHO) years ahead of Win7. And at least you are free to choose any distro you choose and they will quite happily play together to a very large degree (unlike certain other OSs I can think of, that refuse to play ball with anyone and can only deal with two file-systems).

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EU sues UK.gov over Phorm trials

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I fixed it for you

"If the government loses the case, it faces fines of millions of pounds per day until it brings UK law in line with European law."

Should read:

"If the government loses the case, the UK taxpayer faces fines of millions of pounds per day until it brings UK law in line with European law."

Obviously the bribes and back-hander BT handed out to the unelected and secretive EU-wonks wasn't enough. UK MPs must be much, much cheaper to buy. Hmm....haven't there been news stories about that fairly recerntly?

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Car wrecks rise after texting bans imposed

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@Steve 13

Was that directed at me?

Idiot I may be, but the theory of risk compensation (or risk homeostasis is you prefer) isn't.

It's where people try to keep the perceived risk at a level they are comfortable (excitement/arousal offset against fear). If you make things too safe, people try to up the risk factor. If you make them dangerous (or at least, seem dangerous) then people do what they can to lower the risk factor.

So, spikes on steering wheels? Yup, if they were on all cars then people would take more care.

The studies have been done, the evidence is there. Two launch points for you:

http://www.damninteresting.com/the-balance-of-risk

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risk_compensation

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One factor less...

...is one factor less. In that vein, perhaps we should have metal spikes put on steering wheels. You can get people would pay attention then!

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Text-tards

Just how bloody hard is it to NOT text and drive? How the hell did these morons ever get a licence? If they think they can use a mobile and drive at the same time, they are not fit to be on the roads. It is that bloody simple. Do not use a mobile and drive, dip-wads.

The bigger problem, of course, is enforcing the laws. If cars had black boxes it might be possible to check logs: "2010-09-30T10:08:30Z, Impact, 70mph" correlated with phone records "2010-09-30T10:08:20Z, Text sent, recipient 'Snuggles'" would be cast iron proof that the driver was texting (assuming they were only occupant). Life ban, jail time and a massive fine would seem to be in order.

I would not object to such a "black-box" type thing so long as it did not have some kind of up-link/continuous monitoring. Not only would it allow text-tards to be nailed to the wall (something I propose as a new national sport), it could also greatly reduce the hassle with insurance claims.

In summary...

When you are driving, nothing is more important than driving safely. Nothing. Not that text, not your fag, not your cola. So put the phone the hell down and *IF* it 'bings' and you think it might be urgent, bloody well pull-over and deal with it safely. Whatever little thing has just happened is not worth my (or anyone else's) life.

A few of questions...

1) Does anyone know if carbon reinforced motorcycle gloves can penetrate car window glass in a single blow?

2) If so, and one does punch through said glass to remonstrate with the text-tard; can one use the defence of committing a minor crime in order to prevent a greater one?

3) Do I need to go back on the dried frog pills?

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But it said so in the manual

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Urf

The "lag of fragmentation"? I meant "lack of fragmentation".

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No metrics...

...but my understanding is that Linux does not fragment files as much as NTFS, so even if other limits are similar then the lag of fragmentation is a bonus surely?

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Tech firms promise EU they might cut electricity use

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I was having a mad thought at lunch...

...how much would be saved if we stopped using HTML for e-mail? No pictures, colours etc; just good ol' plain text and meaningful content. If pictures etc were important, they could simply be attached.

This might not only be green, but it would save me wanting to commit physical violence against the marketing-turd that sends out a hee-ooj mail, with masses of images/links that says...err...sweet f. a. when you get down to it.

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Nigerian perv scanners lay Lagos ladies bare

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We are not...

...surprised in the least. And you can be sure it happens elsewhere too.

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Jailbreak hole found in Apple TV firmware

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As I said above

Initial purchase price. Why buy a FlibbertyGibbit for $500, when AppleTV is "only" $99? The fact that the FlibbertyGibbit has no subsequent costs (or very low costs) won't enter people's heads.

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Subsidy

With lock-in you can give an artificially low purchase price and claw the loss back through other subsequent (e.g. mobile, printers...). The low initial price suckers people in and then they keep giving you money.

With more open solutions, the purchaser would have to pay a realistic price up-front for a device. This is why (say) a Droid phone is "free" on a contract but £400-ish to buy outright.

Companies like lock-in for the recurring revenue, and most users are too stupid to do the maths and figure out which option is better for them.

The big thing that pisses me off about lock-in is when a simple feature is missing and you can't add it (e.g. streaming movies from a PC to a Wii or old-xBox) without hacking into it.

I guess I would settle for lock-in that at least co-operated with open standards.

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Star Wars set for 3D rehash

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3D...

...makes some forms of piracy harder. But other than that, it's headache-inducing shit.

As they say "If you can't make a good movie, make it 3D".

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Miliband retains Labour line on DNA and CCTV

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Civil liberties?

Haven't people worked out that under Labour you are guilty until you prove yourself innocent (and even when you do that, you can't claim back the costs [and no, this is not a fiction])?

Labour also ensured our armed forces had inadequate kit and started a plethora of PFI/PPP schemes that will see the pretty decent training they get now, ruined by firms whose primary goal is money and not ensuring the safety of this nation (think what you like about military forces, but it's a crap job and the very least you can do is provide adequate kit [helicopters, ballistics vests etc] when you send people off to do a potentially lethal job. 'Elf 'n Safety, innit?)

Whilst the ConDems having ownership of "the British tradition of liberty" is worrying, Labour having ownership of it gives me the screaming heebie-jeebies.

No one did more to reduce our civil liberties and enact some of the most stringent interpretation of EU law than Labour. Even the Germans are willing to tell people where to get off over EU Arrest Warrants. But with our Labourised "British tradition of liberty" we allow people to be dragged off to countries with extremely dubious legal practices.

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[note: I am not a Toffee-nosed nor a Fence-Sitter supporter]

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Palin webmail hacker conviction upheld

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And when will Palin...

...face the beak for use of Yahoo for Federal business?

No one should be above the law.

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ACS:Law's mocking of 4chan could cost it £500k

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Info Comm to issue £500k fine?

Ha ha ha ha! Funniest thing ever. Just like the FSO, the ICO is all mouth and no trousers. These guys will get a small tap on the wrist and it'll be "lessons learned" all round.

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OpenOffice files Oracle divorce papers

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"MS-Office is not going to be a cash-cow for much longer"

Dream on. I know I do....gawds do I despise MS Office. At least 2010 seems to e slightly less bad than 2007, but it is still worse than 2003.

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Battle of the US super-soldier robot suits hots up with XOS 2.0

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I for one...

...welcome our Mecha-Cyber-Overlords.

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Microsoft adopts invisible mobile pitch

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Glance interface?

Cool! Then again, it doesn't take long to read "A fatal exception has occured..." before switching it off and on again.

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How do you copy 60m files?

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Cool

Shame about the rysnc/cygwin glitch. Might be worth punting a note to Cygnus.

Still, at least you have a solution.

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Get a grip

I asked is "cygwin" had been considered, I did not say "Use cygwin! It's the wins! L0LZ!!11!" The author had looked at various tools and not mentioned "cygwin", so my question seems perfectly reasonable to me (others have asked the same question).

You seem to have taken umbrage at a few "cygwin" related posts, do you have an issue with this tool (I used it for some light-weight ssh and rsync work and really like it). If you do, have you filled bugs, got involved?

Or do you know something about "cygwin" and large jobs? "Oh, you can't use cygwin for that because it's job index will overflow, see bug-1234".

Or are you just some reactionary pillock who can't see through the Windows? "!Microsoft==Bad"

I know which conclusion I am drawing at the moment...

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Or...

...use Cygwin? Gives a lot of the *nix style commands and abilities right within Windows.

If one is going to go to the bother of having a Linux box sitting about just to show the Windows severs how it's done, one has to question why one even has the Windows serves in the first place. :-)

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Second piracy threat lawyers withstand DDoS attack

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Payback?

If you want some "payback" on the MAFIAA:

1) Stop buying and distributing the crap their members spew out.

2) Laugh heartily as Hollywood goes bankrupt.

3) Profit?

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Windows Phone 7 up for grabs from 'excited' 3

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I think...

...I may vomit.

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World's first pedal-powered ornithopter takes flight in Canada

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Huh?

"...covered a distance of 145 metres at an average speed of 25.6 kilometres per hour...weighs just 94lb despite having a 105-foot wingspan..."

Please, pick one measuring system and stick with it (i.e. keep to metric).

Or am I just getting in a flap over nothing? (guffaw)

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IE captain flees Microsoft for Google

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He wants to do good?

OK then - leave the 'net alone!

Prediction: Google begins to use tech that is not part of an open and accepted standard, locking customers (companies and individuals) to their platform. Businesses did not learn from IBM, and did not learn from MS. They are doomed to shaft themselves again.

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Moses' parting of the Red Sea: New sim explains whole thing

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So...

...science proves that the Bible is true?

Next week: Jesus ponies.

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Bill would let feds block pirate websites worldwide

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Hmm...

Extraordinary Rendition.

One-sided extradition treaties (like they got with the UK).

Now this?

USA, "land of the free"? Time for a branding change methinks.

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Thieves jam key-fob lock signals in mystery car thefts

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If you must know...

...I drive a second-hand Polo. The driver's door requires the key to lock it, just like every other car I have ever owned. And needing the key to lock the driver's door has one other advantage - you can't lock yourself out easily.

Sorry to burst your bubble, not all of us can afford/want to buy new top-end cars every few years.

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Huh?

Doesn't the driver's door require the key to be inserted for it to lock? Has on every single car I've ever owned.

Then again, I don't drive cars people would want to steal. I'm more likely to have things placed in the car out of sympathy!

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Steve Jobs in iPhone bitchslap to creationists, Tea Party

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And the creationists would be right

In the strict, pedantic sense. We are not descended from monkeys.

We are descended from some kind of proto-ape from when we go us, and the other ape's 'n monkeys.

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iPhone mules are taking our handsets, damnit!

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Free trade...

...until the EU make it illegal (again). When a company causes a price disparity (either through malice, collusion or ineptitude) a free market will self-correct to a large extent. This story (if tru; it's the Mail FFS) is simply an example of that happening.

It doesn't always happen in reverse though, sometimes the people who are meant to protect free trade and an open market (e.g. the EU) are to kill it off. This is why you can't buy cheap Levi's, CDs, DVDs etc from outside the EU anyone. The government has decided the free market is no longer in your interest.

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Back-to-college 15in Notebooks

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Can I read that as...

...'Windows 7 is an OS for laptops, other choices would be available if there wasn't so much abuse of market position'?

Many think it is harder to find a laptop without Windows even though it isn't and there is an increasing choice (e.g. FrostBite, System76) and even OS-free (e.g. Novatech). So how about the Novatech Xplora for £280? That's at least half the price of the cheapest reviewed here and would save the starving students quite a bit if they can click a few buttons to drop a OS on it.

Hmm...y'know - that might make an interesting review, choices from left-field or something. Some will probably suck butt, but there might be a nice surprise. Can't be any worse than that Dell... :o)

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OS of choice?

"Windows 7 is the OS of choice for any new laptop."

Is it? Really? How myopically blinkered of you. It might be the only optional easily available at many locations due to monopolistic abuses, I'll grant you that much; but it's not the only choice and certainly not the OS of choice in many cases.

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Morgan Chase blames Oracle for online bank crash

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Yeah, get rid on Oracle...

...use MySQL instead. Wait....what?

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4chan launches DDoS against entertainment industry

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How long before...

...some of these 4channers find themselves before the beak? The MAFIAA bending/breaking the law is "Ok" (they can afford to manipulate the democratic process; e.g. ACTA), but when citizens feel they have to take the law into their own hands due to abject failure of their governments, then that is just wrong and you can be sure that the MAFIAA will be pressing their case for prosecutions.

I do not agree with depriving content creators (i.e. "the talent") of their fair wage, but anyone who thinks that the RIAA, MPAA, BPI etc protect the content creators is a blithering idiot. Many creators get little more than a pittance from the studios who hide behind the MAFIAA, to the point where the content creator has to sue in order to be paid. What does the MAFIAA do about this abuse of the content creators? Sod all. They'd much rather fight an impossible battle against geeks with entirely too much time on their hands.

Screwing the public and shafting the content creator is a dead business model when the content creator can (pretty much) go direct to the consumer. At least it would be on an open and free internet, which is why the MAFIAA et al cannot allow that to happen (hence why ACTA is coming).

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Surprise Automotive X Prize winners announced

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Tons and Tonnes

No, a ton is not 1,000kg (it's 907kg). A tonne is 1,000kg (yes, the spelling *is* important in this case; it's not just pedantry).

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100mpg?

This is a UK site featuring a USA story - so is the MPG in Imperial or in English? Why not quote figures in metric anyway, this is the 21st century you know and it saves the confusion caused by historic measuring systems. I guess they're asking the vehicle to do about 2.35 litres/100km.

Anhyoo - have they not heard of the Honda C90? It's been doing economy of that level for years! Why do people need a car when there is usually only one person in it?

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Project Canvas becomes YouView

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YouView?

Surely "WeRerun" would have been more accurate.

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IE9 strips to win Chrome fans

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Jeez

Have people around here had an irony by-pass or something?

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Disappointed

I got so excited about the new, faster, stripped-down IE9 as a replacement for Chrome that I downloaded it and could hardly contain myself. Imagine my disappointment when it wouldn't install on Ubuntu, Fedora or OS X!

Well it just the beta, so I hopefully MS will make the other platform installs available on release day.

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Microsoft: IE9 will never run on Windows XP

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Oh well...

...one more reason to ditch MS then. Plus ca change.

As for the "great job" they're doing on Windows 7, could they please explain why Windows 7 runs slower for me than XP ever did? Can they also explain why it takes Windows 7 longer to log in than it does for Lucid (on much older hardware) to wake from a cold boot and let me get going?

And is it just me, or does the phrase "It's now like a website running outside of the browser" in reference to Windows give anyone else the screaming heebie-jeebies?

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As an aside...

...I pratted about with w3m yesterday for a few minutes. When IE9 (or any graphical browser) gets close to w3m's rendering speed, I'll be interested. I must also remember to use w3m (or similar) when at location with limited bandwidth/sever usage cap.

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Dell comes clean on open source

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How long before...

...MS demands that Dell drop the 'droid and use Windows Mobile 7 instead?

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Veteran spam suit troll plaintiff calls it quits

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I see that...

...some pro-junk email spamtard has been down-voting posts.

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They may be a troll...

...but they're my kind of troll. I waste more time than enough telling companies again and again that I do not want adverts (any media) for their crap. That's despite telling them at the time of original purchase/contract I don't want any garbage posted/e-mailed.

And the thing that really irks is that every time you contact them they presume that you want to get their crap and have to jump through hoops to (unsuccessfully in many cases) prevent the deluge.

For spammers (and marketeers in general) no punishment is too harsh in my book.

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Mozilla chucks Roc at Microsoft's new hardness

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When...

...IE (any version) can do hardware acceleration on Mac and Linux I'll take an interest. Until then MS can just shut their yap.

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