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Dropbox outage was caused by 'buggy' upgrade: DDoS us? You hardly know us...

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All hail the new bunch of slef-important jackasses who will "entertain" us for the next few months by being uselessly disruptive and proving nothing, then either fade into obscurity or put the final FBI nail into their rickety coffin.

I look forward to forgetting you before the end of the year.

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No, it's a stark reminder of how much you rely on cloud-based services.

Sane people don't rely on it, they use it when it's convenient and as a stopgap, temporary measure.

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

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Re: "the constant lowering of standards of content on Wikipedia"

Wikipedia has content standards ?

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Target's database raided, 70 MILLION US shoppers at risk of ID theft

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Sony was "brutally" honest ? Really ?

Oh sure, I remember Sony as a paragon of virtue, always fully disclosing its issues and never trying to stab its customers in the back. Oh wait . . . no it hasn't ever been that.

Sony is a powerhouse of paranoid executives who consider every customer as a potential thief and will respect no limit in nailing customers to a post to bleed them dry. HDMI is entirely geared to do just that, as there is nothing HDMI can do that a CAT-6 Ethernet cable can't - except limit user rights, of course.

If Sony was a bit more forthcoming about its infamous PS Network outage, it's because you can't really punt in a corner the fact that you are shutting down the whole thing because your security was abysmally stupid. No "only affects a few customers" this time.

The timeline is clear. The intrusion happened starting April 17th, but it was only on April 20th that Sony said anything about it. At that time, the solution was supposed to be a day or two away. Of course, Sony had shut down the network, so it had to state some facts, distasteful as that may be.

You probably don't remember, but there was a veritable hurricane of outrage hitting Sony's Twitter account at the time. Sony was being ridiculed left and right, and PlayStation owners were incandescant with rage.

So yeah, Sony might have been rather honest on that one, but with over 20 million angry customers and a downed network, what choice did it have ?

It's not like the rootkit issue, where Sony blithly denied everything until a class action was instigated, or the DRM backpedalling on the PS4, where Sony tried to pass the notion that there wouldn't be any but an alert Joe Public soon found out that there was.

That is Sony's usual behavior : sneak the bad stuff under the radar and deny it until millions of angry people are knocking down the doors.

On that subject, Sony is certainly not the only company to adopt that attitude.

Nevertheless, the only thing brutal with Sony is its total disregard for consumer rights and privacy.

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Never mind bungled Universal Credit rollout, Maude wants UK to be 'most digital' gov by 2015

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The UK with the most digital gov by 2015

In light of past projects, I think we can all agree that the UK will certainly have the most expensive digital government by 2015 - if that isn't already the case.

Also, if 500M is the best economy they can do, it'll take near 40 years to recover the more than 18bn already splurged on non-working, unfit for purpose government projects.

At least, those are the figures I read here and there, IIRC.

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New FCC headman brandishes net neutrality carrot and stick

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Re: There is no reason we can't have

I think there are plenty of reasons. Historical limitations, no magic wand, and it's not because Ferrari exists that everyone has one.

Yes, it all boils down to money, namely who foots the bill.

No reason not to have 1Gbps ? How about changing all copper to fiber ? That's a heavy cost right there. Then there's changing all the switches everywhere with ones that can handle the new load. I think that won't be a small cost either - we're not talking about a new 4-port home box, we're talking about heavy-duty industrial switches. Not the same cost. The company that goes and pays for all that needs to pay for other things as well, and needs to be sure to recoup the costs as quick as possible or go down because of the strain. Municipalities aren't rushing to pay for it either, they have other problems to deal with.

Last, but far from least, if all the above was done, you only have a thousand-fold increase in the amount of traffic, not to mention everyone and his dog piling in for access rights. That's another pretty nightmare to manage effectively.

Gigabit Internet for consumers will happen - in its own sweet time.

As for the telecomms industry, their model was based on one copper line for analogue phone connections, which they implemented across the country. That was already a pretty impressive task, and they've been milking it for years. Then, all of a sudden came this Internet thing, requiring much higher quality connections, and throwing their entire backend into one godawful mess.

I have no intention of defending the telecomms industry with rabid support, but accusing them of having imposed artificial scarcity just for the fun of it seems a bit much. They have an entire network that was created to do one thing, and is now tasked with doing something entirely different. There will be adaptation problems, that is inevitable.

Now I do feel that they could adapt a bit quicker, no problem there. But asking them to change everything overnight is not realistic either.

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Well done for flicking always-on crypto switch, Yahoo! Now here's what you SHOULD have done

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Very sorry for your misfortune.

Congratulations on coming back from that (what I infer from the tone of your post).

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No more syncing feeling with file portability service Younity

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Oh great

Yet another security hazard that uses social stuff to hook people.

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Haters of lurid supershow CES: The consumer tech market is still SHRINKING

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Re: "by their rules; otherwise, you go home"

On my way already.

I have no use for 4K. I have no intention of replacing my entire set of living room appliances (that work just fine) just to pander to some corporate paranoia, and I will NOT submit my personal viewing habits to the Overview of people who I deem have no right to put their noses in my living room.

They want to lock down their system ? They're welcome to, and they're welcome to rot with it as well.

The future is open. Those who lock down will die of suffocation.

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No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

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SteamOS means Win7 is my last Windows ever

I'm not all that chuffed by the SteamBox, now that I know that it's just a PC.

But SteamOS ? Hell yeah !

As soon as that puppy is released I am installing it on a free partition and, from then on, I will only use Windows when I have to - i.e. for working from home.

For my gaming needs, most of the games I play are already in my Steam library, so there will come a time (soon) when I'll be booting into Steam more often than into Windows.

And for a lot of Steam gamers I suspect that it will be the same. Dual-booting to get rid of Windows cruft in order to play on a lean OS is not a chore, it is a godsend.

This will most probably also give a kick in the rear to nVidia and co to get their driver departments into gear and making their Linux driver versions better more often. nVidia in particular has a rather weak history concerning Linux drivers, the SteamOS has the potential to change that.

But the SteamBox ? I wish it to be successful, but somehow I don't really see it happening.

Doesn't matter. A+ for the effort, whatever happens. The SteamOS will rock the gaming world anyway.

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Prez Bush email hacker Guccifer is BACK: A-list celebs' inboxes 'raided'

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Random attacks on celebrity personal life, and for what, exactly ?

Proving that he can do it, proving that their security is insufficient, or what ?

We know that email is not secure thank you very much you can stop flogging that horse now it's long dead.

Another pathetic individual with an overblown sense of self. He's not proving anything, he's not doing anything useful, he's just a nuisance.

Pah.

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Google tickled with TINY fine from French privacy watchdog

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Penalty laws in France are ridiculous for multinationals

It's like oil barges - the penalty for degassing in the high seas is less than the cost of doing so in the proper fashion. No points for guessing where all the oil slicks come from.

It really is high time that France and some other countries stop treating multinationals like movie stars and get gritty when it is required.

The issue is law, of course, but it is also the idea that, if you're actually going to levy a heavy fine, the company could up roots and go somewhere less costly, thus "taking away" their business. Well the facts are that they'll do that anyway whenever it suits them, so fine the buggers with a heavy hand and at least get something out of them.

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

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No more 'just good enough' products

Start with no more DRM at all, then we can start talking.

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Block The Pirate Bay? Arrr, me hearties, new P2P client could sink that plan

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And the sooner the NSA will be able to insert the seeds of future backdoors into it.

For "the people", of course.

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Re: digital anything upscales very well

Oh really ? Here's something to try : go take a picture of anything, put it in an image editor and enlarge it by a factor of 4.

Then I dare you to come back and say that again.

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I love seeing Internet forum commenters tell other people that they don't have a life.

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China finally lifts 13 YEAR gaming ban

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Seems like console players disagree with you.

For me, there is no better combination than Microsoft Strategic Commander and mouse, preferably loaded with buttons as well.

There are never enough buttons....

<turns away muttering to himself>

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Gorilla Glass fights dirty, dirty germs with antimicrobial coating

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Not to be flippant or anything, but if you think "your" germs are the only things that are around you then you are sadly mistaken.

Personally, I am happy to remain ignorant, but if we knew just how many hostile microbial organisms are hovering in our breathing zone, we'd probably live 24/7 with a filter mask on. Not to mention gloves.

And all that would be mostly useless, because we already have one of the best microbial barriers : our skin.

Not perfect, of course, but if you compare the number of times you fall ill to the number of different micro-organismes that are just begging for a chance to make you sick, you'll see how good your skin is at protecting you.

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Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

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The ultimate catastrophe flick

Asteroid is approaching Earth. Size is estimated to be small enough to not destroy more than one continent. General panick subsides after location is determined - evacuation of continent taking place. Amid many social issues caused by the most massive migration ever, the asteroid hits Earth and buries itself in a supervolcano - triggering its eruption.

Question : which actor will be the plucky scientist realizing what will happen and finding a way to use duct tape to build an Unobtanium protection sphere, thereby saving humanity ?

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Italian woman stunned by exploding artichoke

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"a chemical reaction provoked by fertilisers "

Sounds more like food poisoning to me.

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Pervy TOILET CAMERA disguised as 'flash drive' sparks BOMB SCARE on Boeing 767

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Haven't you seen Fringe ?

Anything is possible !

But to be honest, I'd have been more worried if it had been taped to a window.

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Bill Gates is once again the richest man on Earth

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I stand corrected, and thank you for the heads-up.

Except that we're both wrong : it's 2000 upvotes for silver ):D

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Sorry to contradict you, but Bronze badges are awarded after 1000 upvotes, not a number of posts in a year.

And to all those saying "Money can't buy happiness", I will reply "but it can sure as heck prevent misery".

Money is not all ? Not when you have enough of it. If you don't have any, it becomes pretty much your biggest problem.

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Planning to rob a Windows ATM? Ditch the sledgehammer and bring a USB STICK

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"Anyone with an understanding of CEN/XFS, or the time to peruse the online manuals"

Time to add another key to the NSA red flag database.

Oh, right. Silly me. The NSA is not interested in dangers to the people, just in dangers to the people in power.

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Malware! tainted! ads! infect! thousands! of! Yahoo! users!

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"technology rarely needed to surf most websites"

Rarely needed that may be, but it's implemented almost everywhere and a fucking nuisance most of the time.

It's come to a point where Java/Javascript is used over HTML in some websites. I guess that some website owners think that killing URL references and destroying easy bookmarking is an acceptable price to pay to prevent . . what? Page scraping ?

I use Firefox with AdBlocker and NoScript. Never been to Yahoo! except when forcefully redirected there.

Now I have another reason not to go there.

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How to kill trolls and influence Apple people: A patent solution

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Re: "Eliminating the patent system completely would aid only mega business"

Find me one thing that mega-business cannot find a way to make its bitch.

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BAN CARS !

Except mine, of course.

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'BILLION-YEAR DISK' to help FUTURE LIFEFORMS study us

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If they ever get here I doubt we'll have much to teach them.

Oh, sorry - I was thinking extraterrestrials.

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China in MASSIVE rare earths industry consolidation

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"The country’s illegal rare earth ore production reached 40,000 tons in 2012"

Interesting. They know exactly how much illegal stuff was produced, despite the fact that illegal should also be unrecorded.

We can find how much illegal meth was sold during a time period, but I doubt we can know how much was produced.

Not without having an inside line on the meth production industry, that is.

So how do they know how much rare earth was produced illegally ? Are they just totalling the bribes and inferring from there ?

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Snowden docs: NSA building encryption-cracking quantum computer

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"It is, on the other hand, quite reassuring if you think that the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary are composed of men and women who, on average, are not greatly different from the population mean in most ways."

Sorry, but I am hardly reassured to think that my privacy and security are being handled by people like that numbskull at the other end of my street.

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HP: A firmware update is just for Christmas, not for EVA

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HP, the nickel-and-diming store of technology

Now that you've got them locked, set grip to strangle.

It's all about maximizing revenue, baby.

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HP: This Xmas, get the SACK... and not the one filled with presents

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"Your leaders are all working very hard ...

to maximise shareholder value by slicing into the very fabric that actually creates value - the workforce. Because next year's bonuses are next year's problem."

There, fixed that for you.

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We don't need no STEENKIN' exploit brokers: Let's FLATTEN all bug bounties

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"companies would most likely rather employ full-time vulnerability researchers"

And I am to understand that that would be a bad thing ?

How would that keep white-hat searchers from finding bugs ?

I think that the more eyes are watching the more secure the product will be (except if those eyes belong to the NSA, obviously).

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Asteroid-hunting beauty AWAKENS, takes cheeky snaps of neighbours

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Re: I don't understand why this is a bad thing

Here's a tip : hardened criminal psychopath escapes prison with nothing to lose and two weeks to kill before everyone dies. What do think his party will be like ?

Do you really think he's going to stop at just going after people who have "wronged" him ?

I understand that a lot of people think that we will not be told. If I were in a position of power, I would most likely take exactly that decision. I also think that we'll find out anyway, because someone who knows will make a mistake and text/tweet/FBpost something that gives away the secret.

Governments are good at keeping secrets. People are terrible at it.

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United Nations signs off on 'right to privacy in the digital age'

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Even if they try, someone will veto it.

And since the UN must pass all of its resolutions without any veto, it will be buried.

And that is why the UN is powerless : it is not the fact that it is the UN, it is the fact that there will always be someone to step up and veto something someone else doesn't want.

If the UN had existed in 1939, it would have pressed for a motion to condemn Hitler for invading Poland - but Russia would have vetoed it (or Italy, or Japan, or whoever).

It is not the UN that is powerless - it is our own damn incapability to work for higher goals instead of working for personal interests.

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Go on, buy Bitcoin. But DON'T say we didn't WARN YOU

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Re: should do some thorough reading up on it

I'll read up on it the day I have to use Bitcoins to fill my gas tank.

It won't happen in my my lifetime, I'll wager.

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Re: dollars and pounds that the central bankers have been printing $£Trilions of

Yup. Those work in 99.9% of the stores that sell stuff.

The fact that russian gangsters have some as well is just proof that it is good. They are professionals, after all. They won't go after something that has bad returns on investment.

So call me when a russian mobster is hoarding Bitcoins - that's when I'll believe it has value.

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James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

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I like the part where the report states : "This is likely to be pure fiction ..."

No shit, Sherlock ?

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Lovers of Tor can now sprinkle Bitcoins on its developers as thanks

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Did I read that right ? $40,000 per coin ?

Looks like the ones who started bitcoining at the beginning are the ones who will cash in on the whole thing the best.

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Beauty firm Avon sticks spike heel into $125m SAP-based sales project

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Re: our implementation project is going pretty well by all accounts

Reminds me of an old Murphy's Law :

If you think everything is going fine, you don't have the faintest idea of what's going on.

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Re: Avon should be publicly applauded

Absolutely.

We need more companies like Avon to step forward and admit that SAP is not a solution.

Then we'll get a proper idea of just how many "award-winning" cases are actually a success.

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PEBKAC, really ?

So you log on to ElReg, click a link that sends you to the channel and have to log on again, and you find that normal ?

I don't.

And I'm glad to see that there are others in that case.

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Facebook to BLAST the web with AUTO-PLAYING VIDEO ads

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Re: allow a whole load of Google related ads through as exceptions

That depends on what list you use.

I see no Google ads, nor any other ads.

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Zuck you! Facebook introduces 'Dislike' button... in Messenger

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I sympathize with you

Indeed, especially to a small business, FB can be a boon and is a useful platform to get known.

But my private life is mine, and Zuck will never have any data on me by my fault.

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Re: sometimes you don't know what to say

And clicking on an icon instead of making actual contact to just say "I don't know to say" is better ?

I lost my mother to cancer in 2010. I can tell you that I much prefer the people who called and said exactly that to people who would have clicked a fucking button and done nothing else.

But I don't have a Facebook account anyway, so my friends actually do make the effort to phone and talk to me.

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Re: "who we would otherwise lose touch with"

I've heard of this absconse technology - it's something called "e-mail", or somesuch.

It seems that there are actually people able to use it to keep in touch.

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Pirate Bay ties up in Peru

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Re: They've grown up with it and see it as perfectly OK behaviour

Well if a billion people see something as perfectly OK, then I guess it should be.

The media industry has only itself to blame for this situation. It has been dragged screaming, kicking and resisting all the way into the digital age, and since it did absolutely nothing to adapt, the only thing it can do now is rear-guard harassment.

Do you honestly think that I am going to think about copyright when I download a torrent of a film that I have already paid for in order to get a proper digital-friendly copy that I can put on my personal media store ? No, I don't and I won't.

You can throw any legal argument at me that you wish to, the fact remains that I have paid my lifetime license to own a the right to view a film in my house. From that point on, how I view said film is my business and mine only. And if I want to have my video library on a handy personal NAS hooked up to my TV, then nobody has a pipsqueak to say about it.

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So, in your view having copyrighted material in one's possession is proof of piracy ?

I have bought over 1000 books (dead tree prints, not PDFs), and they're all copyrighted.

I have a video library of over 500 DVDs bought in stores - all copyrighted. And most of them impose upon me that wonderful anti-piracy video. I hear that, when you actually pirate a film, you're not bothered with that and you get to see the film directly.

I have a games library also in the two hundreds. Store bought, every one of them.

Damn, I must be a 1st-class pirate with all that copyrighted material lying around.

I wonder when I'll be getting that endorphin rush you mention ? That's going to be one hell of a ride.

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Is Google prepping an ARMY of WALKING ROBOTS?

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Forget about tanks. A swarm of lethal needle-carrying flying drones the size of a dragonfly is all you need to overcome anything that is not already fully armored.

Once you've done away with the unarmored grunts, you can pick off the armored stuff easily with your own army of grunts, who can then hold the territory.

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US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

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Re: Taking out a faster than light weapon

It's not a faster than light weapon, it is a lightspeed weapon.

Other than that, I agree with your post.

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