* Posts by JassMan

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Oi, UK.gov. WHERE'S THE DETAIL on your Google Tax?

JassMan
Trollface

They had better write this law pretty quick and get it right

TAFTA is coming even though not one man in the street thinks it is a good idea. As soon as TAFTA is implemented, the global corps will just sue the government and get their money back because the main principle of the "agreement" is that governments should not be allowed to do anything that hits the bottom line of of the megacorps.

Have you written to your MP yet?

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

JassMan
Happy

@james 51

They should have done that 'cos there is already a Raspbian remix which allows you to emulate loads of old hardware. Then you could actually run all that old already paid for software.

In fact they would have gained a lot more credibilty by just selling the spectrum lookalike case with a decent keyboard. The 2 things which really let down the the ZX were the crap keys which only responded to 1 in 3 keypresses and as noted above, the crap video. Ignoring of course the overall reliability, the data storage systems and almost everything else about them.

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You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES

JassMan
Unhappy

Never mind the security

I was pissed off when paying for my taxdisc while waiting over 3 minutes for something called s1-eu-west.amazonaws.com or somesuch to try to find its arse. To add insult to injury, I had time to open a new tab and read the page that said you have a choice between using the beta software or the previous version - no you bloody don't. Then I read all the wonderful desktop stats that said page loads in the last 24 hours all happened in less that 0.92s (again they bloody don't). About a minute after I returned to the original tab, it eventually displayed the next stage of the process.

It may have saved the guvmint a couple of grand by outsourcing to amazon, but I would rather they taxed them what they should be paying and used the money to run an in-house service with a half decent response time. I can only assume the pretty stats are self certified by amazon, so that the minister-of-outsourcing can claim the new service is an improvement.

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Internet Society slams online 'UN Security Council' plan, snubs permanent seat offer

JassMan
Trollface

NETindenial Initiative

There! Fixed it for them

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SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS

JassMan
Joke

Time for penguins to unite

Warning: the following torture of the English language may cause as much pain as being squashed under a fur seal.

Maybe penguinistas should start a special interest group called:

Protection

Of

Penguins in

Seal

Infested

Countries

Lacking

Equality of

Species

or POPSICLES

</sorry>

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

JassMan
Unhappy

The pics dont show they found it at all

It would have been nice to to have some sort of a scale on the photo, but given that the pics are only 5 mins apart and show that philae is climbing and has moved at least 20-30 times its diameter mean that it must have been 500-1000 times its diameter further away when it hit the second time and moved again before its final landing place many times the width of the photo off to the right.

I guess at least they now know where to have a proper look.

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Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work

JassMan
Trollface

There is intelligence in corporations after all.

> Up until now, Facebook has been largely shunned by the corporate world, given its propensity for time-wasting during office hours. The site is banned on many company networks.

AND SO IT SHOULD BE.

I note also that the author made the usual mistake of saying "Free content" as opposed to the more descriptive "Content free"

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Cray heaves out even mightier, Lustre-ous Sonexion 2000

JassMan
Facepalm

Bet the Met Office wish they had waited

before spaffing 97MegaQuid on an XC40. No doubt this new one will be a lot more expensive though.

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UK digi exclusion: Poor families without internet access could 'miss out' on child tax credit

JassMan
Trollface

About time they told the truth

Unless you are a personal friend of an MP or live in a million pound mansion, you are no longer entitled to any government handouts. Obviously the more money you have got the more they are prepared to give you.

On a more serious note, shouldn't they at least have ensured that the internet is available in 100% of the countryside. Otherwise it conflicts with the plan to get all the poor out of the towns and cities so that they are out of sight out of mind.

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'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

JassMan
Mushroom

Re: Awards to ACs

Perhaps now is the time to award ACs who get absolutely massive downvotes consistently. I would suggest an upside down black version of the Gold/Silver/Bronze which would show on future ACs form the commentard and it they persist in peddling utter tripe, carries on to their non-AC comments as well.

Perhaps more than 200 downvotes in 12months makes your ACs show the badge, more than 500 in 12 months transfers to your real posts.

I am sure many feel the AC system is abused, and if you have something valid to say, you should have the courage of your convictions. However, there are valid reasons for using AC, hence the "warning" award on the AC before transfer to named postings.

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Apple: Want a PATCH for iOS Masque attack? TOUGH LUCK, FANBOI

JassMan

Just because the man on the street

doesn't know how to find out if he has picked up malicious software, it doesn't mean that no fruity machines have been taken over by this dastardly piece of evilness. 90% of the population, having had their bank accounts, email accounts, their facebooks etc. taken over, wouldn't know wheter it was the result of dodgy software on their phone, the result of a phishing attack on their desktop or the wife's dog having messed around with the bitch on heat 3 doors away.

How can Apple continue to be so complacent about their security after so many fails in the past couple of years?

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WATCH Rosetta's Philae's SUCCESSFUL drop on Comet 67P

JassMan

The feed on the BBC seems better

until a milllion other people make the same discovery

http://www.bbc.com/news/live/science-environment-29985988

or until i post this whichever comes first

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'National roaming' law: Stubborn UK operators to be FORCED to share

JassMan

French mobes aren't just better when roaming internationally

All the French operators support a virtual network called F-Contact on their transmitters which clients of all the others can use when their own network has a poor signal. It only operates in "zones blanches" where operators find it hard to justify the capital expenditure of all networks having full coverage. OK, the only outgoing calls you can make on F-Contact are to the emergency services, but you can text a friend and get them to call you back.

Logically there should be no reason why UK operators can't get together to provide the same service.

fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_blanche

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Billionaire's pet DRAGON SPLASHES DOWN off Pacific Coast

JassMan
Thumb Up

Probably a question for http://what-if.xkcd.com/

Does anyone know how non-gently they need to push to ensure the ISS doesn't need to boost in order to maintain orbit? Would the arm be strong enough?

Perhaps they can now print a big spring catapult on the ISS axis in order to remove the chance of any induced spin. Seems like a win-win to me as the Dragon doesn't need so much of a braking burn to return dirt-side.

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Intelligence blunder: You wanna be Australia's spyboss? No problem, just walk right in

JassMan
Flame

Only 5 days?

I worked for a multi £billion organisation where the Head of our department left under a cloud but was still allowed to sign off contracts up to £10M up to 7 months later. In that time I had to talk to HR and his replacement 3 times over the previous 2 months to get anything done.

During those 7 months he was regularly seen in the corridors chatting with old cronies in spite of his access to secure areas supposedly having been revoked.

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

JassMan
Thumb Down

Maybe the answer is that people are moving from base linux flavours

Most of my mates are changing to Mint or Ubuntu with some special purpose flavours such as Arch or XBMC. None of these appear in the graph which has obviously been selected to give the impression that Linux is a has been for everyday users. OK, with over 50 flavours around the graph couldn't show every one. However, since Suse, Debian and Fedora are the main base distributions, they could surely have shown these as the main graphs, but have included all of the derivatives in the count for each base.

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ICANN can't hand over Iran's internet, bomb victims told

JassMan
FAIL

Surely the real problem is...

not that loss of .ir would affect the government of Iran but that the main users of domain names within the name space are to varying degrees, innocent companies and corporations trying to earn an honest dollar. Sure, some may or may not have supported the regime at the time of the bombings etc. but punishing non-government organisations is not going to influence the government themselves one iota.

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Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov

JassMan
FAIL

Total Fail

Bank notes are just an image. It may say copyright on the front but now the government say you can "quote" them. Time to run off a few thousand fifties.

Indeed, perhaps one of our cousins from across the pond can send us some images of their biggest denomination to print off and take to my local Baclays to change into real folding of the realm.

Why bother "quoting" DVDs etc when we can all be rich enough to go out and buy the the real thing.

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NIST shows off one-way photon-passing metamaterial

JassMan

How about using a magnestrictive or piezo substrate...

then you could vary the width between the grating and presumably change the amount of light for a given frequency in the forward direction. Not a truly photonic device but tall oaks from little acorns and all that.

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Microsoft joins Qualcomm's gang in Internet of Stuff standards fight

JassMan

How about EAN as a starting point.

Whoever wins the standards war of getting their IoT approved as the one true ISO, surely a good place to start is to use the EAN for device identification. Not only does your fridge have a have an EAN of its own but all the products inside it also have one assigned. Switches an bulbs also have EANs so software can check that it is really switching off a bulb and not defrosting all your perishables.

I can guess that the only major problem with it is, that if you inadvertantly buy brand Y instead of your usual brand X, the fridge will continue to tell tell you that you are out of both.

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

JassMan
WTF?

It is inconceivable they don't have his emails

They see their main task as capturing the emails of every citizen of every country in the world in order to track those pesky terrorists irespective of what they are legally authorised to do. Having grabbed the emails of every man and his dog, it is beyond belief that they haven't managed to grab everything one of their own contractors sent and received if only to have grounds to sack him if he looked like he wasn't doing his job 110%. Maybe they have magic software for correlating everything but are using Bing to search for the incriminating emails.

Maybe their spam filters junked all Snowdens mails, in which case the terrists just need to include the word viagra in their emails and they can have NSA free conversations.

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EBAY... You keep using that word 'ENCRYPTION' – it does not mean what you think it means

JassMan
Trollface

Re: Which Ebay?

I think you'll find there is only one eBay. The different URLs are used to determine which user interface and language to display but all authentication and account detail is held in the US in order to make it easier for the NSA to keep tabs on all those for'n tererists.

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Nokia Camera guru: I'm finished being Finnish, and off to 'the company you're thinking of'

JassMan
Trollface

Time to look forward to a whole new swathe of patents

How long before Apple patent taking photos on a mobile device in a higher resolution than the final image and interpolating that higher resolution in order to improve sig/noise, sharpness, ISO value etc.

Not as if there is any prior art on that one - oh wait...

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

JassMan
Trollface

Re: If you read it (@John Brown)

Sorry, but as a pedant I feel duty bound to point out that GenLock has nothing to do with white balance. It is a system for locking the Sync Pulse Generator of a local device to match the Sync Pulses of an external reference (which may be the external video feed itself) so that you can mix local and external pictures together. Obviously if those pictures are in colour and the GenLock is not correctly phased then one or the other pictures will have wierd colours but this has nothing to do with making antything white.

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DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

JassMan
Coat

Re: Stupid

Totally in agreement. If you have a 90inch TV and want to ruin your experience by watching a 480x320 video the choice should be yours. You may have a valid reason for watching content at reduced resolution (say in a window) while viewing something else that fills the rest of your 4K screen.

Likewise if you are total dork and want to dowload 4K video to watch on your 800x600 phone screen so you can boast to your mates, then more fool you.

Payment should be by the resolution you receive not how big you can make individual pixels.

Mines the coat with a phone with built in projector in the pocket.

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GOV.UK push in action: Er, FEWER Brits filling out govt forms online

JassMan
Facepalm

The numbers filling in forms online are about to fall further

Once the public realise that the current government want to make as much money as possible from any information they hold, the public will stop making it easy for them to gather that information.

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eBay cops $3 BILLION tax bill after moving its profits back onshore

JassMan

Re: Wot, no comments...

I think all countries where eBay does business should be entitled to a share of that tax bill. We paid the money that made their profits, so it is only fair that the tax due on that money returns to help the national debt. And before someone says we already get the VAT to help the national debt, I remember reading a story where it was discovered that Amazon were charing customers in blighty the 20% VAT rate but paying the money to Belgium at only 10% thus making a nice additional profit on the VAT. I find it difficult to believe that eBay won't have followed suit.

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UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

JassMan
WTF?

Interesting that the consultation process was even quieter than care.data optout

But when you read the consultation document is is obvious why - they only wanted to consult with potential buyers not the actual owners of the data. It claimed to be a public consultation but if you are a member of the public forget about being consulted.

No where in the document does it propose the question of "Should the data owners be allowed an optout from sale of their data." Nor does it ask whether, having had your data sold off are you entitled to a share of the profit. Indeed would data owners be entitled to compensation should their "anonymised" data prove to be less than secure.

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No longer a 'hobby', Apple TV rakes in ONE BEEELLION DOLLARS

JassMan
Trollface

Amazed its not called an iTV

then Cook could sue the arse off ITV plc for trademark infringement. Then he could control how and where the content is made. The mere fact that ITV plc. has owned the name since 1955 should be no obstacle to the fruity firms fantastic lawyers. History has shown that prior art has no bearing on the outcome of cases involving Apple.

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Facebook: US feds probed over 18,700 accounts in six months

JassMan
Trollface

Maybe the difference in figures between countries

might be down to how much they can sting each government making the request. There was a recent story on how M$oft make a minimum of $200 and often $400 or more on responding to many requests. European governments tend to be more stingy in paying for information they think should be available to law enforcement for free.

The only reason the US figure is not 100% is that if it was, it would show how much they enjoy selling your private info.

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Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

JassMan
Flame

They have to keep all that moolah offshore

so that they can buy jollies for the congressmen who they rely on to write the laws that let them get away with all the loopholes.

Whoever wrote "Government by the rich for the rich" may have thought he was being sarcastic but never has a truer word been written in jest.

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Bank-raid ZeuS malware waltzes around web with 'valid app signature'

JassMan
Trollface

Given the validation process on the xBox for checking passwords, perhaps the name on the certificate is a red herring. Perhaps windows doesn't even check the certificate if the downloaded file is unencrypted but just says it is. Has anybody checked?

Microsoft - so secure that a 5year old can crack it.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/04/five_year_olds_xbox_live_password_hack/

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British Pregnancy Advice Service fined £200k for Anon hack, data protection breaches

JassMan
Trollface

Their big mistake...

was to get hacked. If they had sold off the data just like the NHSIC, it would be a pat on the back. They just weren't thinking big enough. Instead of losing 10K records they should have been beaten care.data off the mark by selling the medical records of the entire country (after first failing to send leaflets to everyone saying they have to opt out of course.)

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

JassMan

Re: Hope the contract includes upgrading the website to mulitingual support

Silly me. There I was thinking that I spoke English as EN. Besides how are you supposed to guess there are other languages available when they don't show any pretty flags.

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JassMan
Trollface

Hope the contract includes upgrading the website to mulitingual support

I don't fancy trying to find the appropriate support pages on the bq website if it all goes wrong. Good on them though for picking a European builder as well as a far eastern one.

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NASA's orbiting space-broadband probe LADEE beams back Moon snaps

JassMan
Coat

Maybe just maybe

"The Moon's surface is covered by a thin layer of very fine dust, the smallest remains of meteorites and other space debris smashing down. It's highly abrasive and clings to everything due to its electrostatic charge, so could make lunar living more troublesome. Thus, NASA wants to understand what's going on."

Perhaps, since the dust floating above the surface is the same as the dust which makes up the surface. A such it have the same electrostatic charge and like charges repel. Add in a bit of brownian motion and Bob's your uncle^H^H^H^H^H lunar sunrise.

Mine's the one with a few grand worth of lunar rocks in the pocket.

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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

JassMan

The worst thing

is that the politicians are still lying about this data and saying we don't need to worry becuase it is stored in an anonymous database. LIE! It is on partially anonymised when your data is sold on.

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

JassMan

The last paragraph says it all

As they say, this is a MULTI-BILLION euro business, I am sure the regulators will find a way to make an exception. They are politicians after all. Just think of a certain French ex-prime minister and brown envelopes from a major beauty products company. Not saying anything was ever proven, just "nil combustibus pro fumo" ( © Flanders & Swann)

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Rise of the (tiny) machines: US boffins make nanomotor breakthrough

JassMan

Optional Functionality

"In addition, functionalities such as sensing, molecule delivery, or photothermal excitation can be added to rod-shaped motors, enabling them to carry out different operations directly inside cells that may be interesting for biomedical applications,"

Forget the molecule delivery, what they need is rotating knives or perhaps a nano version of the ubiquitous kitchen whisk, thus enabling it to completely trash an cancer cells it comes across.

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Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

JassMan

Confused

Is this new phone being built/released by Nokia Devices & Services (the admittedly large chunk of Nokia bought by Microsoft) or is it another division that now feels free to get back into the phone business now that all the dead wood has been sold off?

Hopefully whichever division it is has some really good lawyers. I can't imagine that Microsoft didn't pop in a little no-compete clause, but equally I don't see that the head of the purchased division will be too happy with his minions producing a phone not based on WinPho.

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Ex-Oracle manager claims he was fired for asking to give Indian staff equal pay

JassMan

Hope he wins his case

It is about time someone stood up for equql pay for equal work. Too many global companies are getting away with importing lower paid foreign workers at the expense of equally qualified locals. These practices hurt everyone except the board members.

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SpaceX beats off Bezos' rocket for rights to historic NASA launch pad

JassMan
Joke

Re: "Blue Origin"

Aaaahhh! BO as in Blue Origin - there I was thinking Bezos had the other kind of BO and so I wasn't surprised they wouldn't let him near 39A

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Mandela memorial. Yup, let's SNAP A SELFIE, say grinning Obama, Cameron

JassMan

Amazing how many leaders...

saying what a wonderful man he was are the same leaders who said he was a terrorist back in the 60s, 70s and 80s and did their best to supress anti-apartheid demonstrations. I believe Geoge Dubbya still had the ANC listed as a proscribed organisation as late as 2008.

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Shivering boffins nail Earth's coldest spot

JassMan

@AC 16:29

I always thought the menopause caused HOT flushes. The icy stare only results from mentioning the tabboo subject.

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Google: Tell the feds they have to get a warrant for us to hand over your stuff

JassMan

Petition schmetition

They would get their 100000 sigs quicker if they hadn't put it on Google +. This smacks of trying to drum up cutomers for Gogle + in the same way as the big YouTube comments scam;

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Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

JassMan

Does it use a local dictionary?

If you are playing in the UK can you say MERDE or can you use words in in English which have no meaning in Merkin such as ARSE ('cos we all know they speak out of their ASSES) or even TWUNT?

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XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

JassMan
Joke

Re: Don't understand this!

Simple answer - they are obviously running the timebase from a multiplier based on "MicrosoftMinutes"

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

JassMan
Trollface

Simple answer

Since it doesn't atack .EXE files, just change the extension of all your important files. Any decent OS can work out what app to launch from the file contents. Oh wait... Did someone say it atacks MS based OSes.

Just tested it on a .DOC, .JPG and .TXT on my PC and seems to work well. I can even get rid of the extension completely and it still works. Does seem to confuse the thumbnails though - OOPS!

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Unbelievably RARE, two-horned 'UNICORN' SPOTTED in woods

JassMan
Trollface

All references to unicorns are just for the hype

as the articles says:

"...creature has a PAIR of unusually long, straight and close horns – resembling unicorn's head spike"

The clue is in the UNIcorns name ie UNI as in ONE, like a unicycle.

Apart from the fact it has 2 horns instead of 1, which are curved while everyone knows they are straight, it has no helices on either of them. Not only that but they face the wrong way.

Just like a wooden block is almost like an orange if it had an infinite number of faces instead of six, if it was orange istead of brown and if it was actually edible to anything other than termites.

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Who! wants! cursed.com? Yahoo! flogs! domains! in! multimillion-dollar! sale!

JassMan
Trollface

cyber squatting

I would think if your name is Bill Jockeys or John Cursed, you could get these names for free. If they are selling the names off they are obviously not using them (therefore are jsust squqtting on them) and you would have a good case for a free transfer.

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