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1960 posts • joined 4 May 2008

SCOTUS asked to overturn patent-troll's charter

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And all of this is funded by whom, the taxpayer or the Patent Holder ?

It appears that Judicial systems are become so complicated that they are themselves removing the justification for their own existance. It's apperars to be getting to the stage whereby it will be cheaper and quicker just to pay a hitman rather than go through the courts and the legal fees..

Thumbs up for your reply, very detailed and quite interesting.

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Can we therefore infer that it is easier to corrupt a Federal Circuit judge than a Supreme court judge ?

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Microsoft hints at smaller Surface

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Re: Product name suggestions

"MS STS" : Surfaced Then Sank

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Creating your GOLDEN statue of NICOLAS CAGE FINALLY possible

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Re: cheesiest, least credible (or is that edible), cheesy actors

I digress , I liked "Lords of War" but it required a cheesy arms dealer, so Nicolas was perfect for the part.

Agreed - The statue should be made of cheese rather than gold... Seen the price of good cheese lately, it's definately gaining ground towards the ounce of proverbial Gold. ( Cheese is kind of golden in colour , almost.)

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Re: Cell

Can't we just have the huge statue which we could then use as a urinal, spit bowl, punch bag <insert favorite punishment, torture method here>.

Nicolas Cage is probably a great guy in real life but he is one of the cheesiest, least credible (or is that edible), cheesy actors that Hollywood ( the Copolla familly) has ever spawned...

Unless of course the reference to a budgie cage relates to the fact that he will spend his day being shit upon.

Did I forget to mention just how cheesy this guy is?

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What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

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Re: El Reg has either deliberately or inadvertently got their description wrong

Steve, Why then does that allow itself to be patented ?

Isn't that a bit like saying, I have a cardbaord box and I like to fill up in the following manner........, therefore I will now "patent" my method and thereby disallow all others form filling up their boxes in the same way.

What is actually being patented ? Isn't there a notion of "invention" involved in a patent.

I am not arguing that what you are saying is wrong, it's just that I do not understand how this is justifiable.

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Brit IT workers are so stressed that 'TWO-THIRDS' want to quit

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Biased from the start

The actual title of the survey is the IT Admin Stress Survey", wouldn't that on its own set the footing for negative responses?

If the title had been "IT Admin - Satisfaction within the role" even though the questions were exactly the same I am sure the results would have been different.

In the key finding they only list the negative responses even though there were some quite happy IT admins.

This appears more to be some poor attempt at preparing the scene for hiring their "unstressed staff" or to encourage employers to come to GFI for support rather than "further stress" in-house staff.

Smells like the cat's supper.

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Selfies are so 2013. Get ready for DRONIES – the next hipster-cam-gasm

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Re: Optional backpack required

The analogy is nothing more than the fact that hairdryers are not really "a la rigeur" on fishing boats. ie : they are very scarce and very unlikely to become very popular.

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FAIL

Optional backpack required

Walking about with a drone and required equipment will likely become as popular as a hairdryer on a fishing boat.

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Data retention: encryption won't protect you much

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Dark Net

Isn't this one of the major reasons that TOR became as popular as it did ? Although not perfect it certainely appears to be one branch further up the tree of obfuscation.

The question remains though, what level of access do the various government agencies really have within the TOR, how many entry/exit points are "pwned" by them ?

At the end of the day though the rules are simple; do not use anything public when you want to keep something private. ( much easier said than done though).

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Really? Sigh. Really? Apple's lawsuit against Google is REVIVED

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Consultation fees

A lawyer's dog, running around town unleashed, heads for a butcher shop and steals a roast. The butcher goes to the lawyer's office and asks, "if a dog running unleashed steals a piece of meat from my store, do I have a right to demand payment for the meat from the dog's owner?" The lawyer answers, "Absolutely."

"Then you owe me $8.50. Your dog was loose and stole a roast from me today."

The lawyer, without a word, writes the butcher a check for $8.50. The butcher, having a feeling of satisfaction, leaves.

Three days later, the butcher finds a bill from the lawyer: $100 due for a consultation.

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The above basically sums up the majority of all these multi-beeelllion dollar cases. The lawyers always win regardless of the outcome.

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Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'

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Re: iphone?

I don't know about the iPhone but the Nintendo Gameboy 3D really does make me feel queasy...

I wish the marketeers would call it what it really is "enhanced 2D" or "altered 2D" but definately not 3D.

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Re: They should stop telling people...

I presume that they pronounce it guh-nome because of guh-nu, gnu is pronounced correctly though whereas guh-nome is a little bit silly.

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Back to the basics, hurrah

I have been running XFCE for the last year or so and honestly couldn't go back to the bloat or overkill of either Gnome or Kde, neither of which make me any more efficient.

It's like adding Home Cinema to your car, sounds like a great idea but at the end of the day it's just way too much.

Gnome went too far, MS are doing the same with Tifkam ( just a shame that Tifkam won't disappear as well).

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Forget the beach 'n' boardwalk, check out the Santa Cruz STEVE JOBS FOUNTAIN

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Gimp

Speechless

Really speechless

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Smartwatch sales off to a very slow start

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Possibly, but for the moment things are not really running like clockwork..

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Uh oh! Here comes the first bug in the Windows 8.1 Update

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Re: lol

>That shows they are good at taking money from suckers like you, for software that doesn't fully work.

MS, Apple, IBM , Canonical, Red Hat etc are business that make money from "suckers"... All of them produce software and their corresponding updates, so by your standards we shouldn't use anything that comes from any one them. They are all in the money making game.

Which company do you use that does not require payment for their services and is also capable of producing business/enterprise class software that has no bugs?

Please add some details to your ranting.

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Re: lol

In 2013 MS had a net income of 21 Billion dollars.

How much did you earn ?

Now who hasn't got a clue ?

Unless of course you know about some another, for the moment unknown OS that doesn't require updates and that works perfectly everytime. Please share the secret with the rest of us.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re: Underlying meanng of the data ...

So what exactly was your point ?

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Re: Underlying meaning of the data ...

And strangely enough so are 85-90% of business: ie the people that actually pay us.

If 85-90% of business used *nix there would probably be 85-90% of El Reg's readers using *nix.

I really don't have a preference whether it is indirectly MS, Apple, Canonical or IBM that helps me pay my bills just as long as my bills get paid and my company can keep doing business.

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Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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Yes, but only the kernel.

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Euro trade commish criticises Chinese telecoms subsidies

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Justification

Can someone give a solid reason as to why the Chinese would consider "playing fair" in the game of world economics ?

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Left swipe! That hot Tinder babe is a malware-flinging ROBOT

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>Hey, how are you doing? I’m still recovering from last night :) Relaxing with a game on my phone, castle clash. Have you heard about it? http://tinderverified.com/castleclash[removed]. Play with me and you may get my phone number.

Judging by the text, the intended victims must be in the 12-14 year old age group. Strange target within a dating site !

Or am I getting too old and don't realise that the 12-14 year olds actually do use dating apps ?

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Re: We have all experienced Schrödinger's USB stick

If only the other device also had something to identify the right way up as well....... or wasn't in the vertical orientation around the back where you have difficulty seeing anything..

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Re: And this dear listeners..

All men begin as atheists, it's only when the Bible Bashers starting spinning their tales to children that anyone ever become religious.

It is forbidden to play with a child's body, why is it not forbidden to play with his mind ?

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Re: In the dark, bare feet

Either that or the edge of a door.

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re: Someone must be blind to think thats a Window 7 Start Menu

>Metro is a corner stone of Microsoft's future strategy

Hopefuly they are now beginning to realise that their "corner stone" is not the correct corner stone for the building that they want to produce.

Different platforms have different needs, a one size fits all OS is nothing more than the epitomous Silver Bullet.

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Re: Still hate the tiles and the window decorations

>I am not sure that the guts of Windows 8 are all that bad.

Definately agreed, if we have the choice to completely switch off all of the Metro stuff it would actually be a very nifty OS.

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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

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10 Downing Street

10 Downing Street would have been a far better choice, it's already filled with Playmobil characters .

( This one seems a little too obvious for 1st April, mmmmmmm, pauses and wonders if it's a red herring kind of thing)

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YouTube follows Twitter onto Turkey's block list

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Re: To think...

And you actually believe that the EU is any less corrupt ? We are just better at hiding it.

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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Re: Desktops

@Craigness

Everytime you hit the Windows key that damned full screen TIFKAM interface pops up. Personally I call that invasive and way overboard. What people complained about is not the lack of the desktop but lack of the start menu, and I don't mean the start menu button..

Or are you thinking about those W8 "apps" that no-one cares about....in that case yes I agree with what you are saying but does anyone actually use those programs.

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Re: Desktops

>It is a bit shocking that the minimalist desktops seem to have overtaken the big lads. Linux users generally gravitate towards MATE, XFCE, LXDE and so on. I have gone from KDE to XFCE. Gnome and the other behemoths go on releasing self-indulgent albums but nobody is listening.

I would go as far as saying that that is probably one of the main reasons for Windows 8 failure, the desktop became too apparent. Although I am principally an MS bod, I always have a VM running somewhere and the machine in my garage running Linux; Mint in its various forms for the last year or so.

I have also not used Gnome or KDE for years because of their general bloaty/heavy/over present feeling, I stick to XFCE, I dont care if XFCE doesn't have feature X or feature Y, the fact that it remains "behind the scenes" and out of my face is what makes it nice, light, reactive and very user friendly.

YMMV but I feel that XFCE just hits the right boundary.

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Dear Reg: What is a 'Lag' and a 'Jacksey'?

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Re: It's the Register.

"Twunt" probably wouldn't please them much either.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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All Hail El Reg

Why is there not an El Reg emoticon ? I could be used to symbolise all the madness in the world. A bit like the Guy Fawkes = Anonymous relationship.

El Reg = All of the world's madness rolled into a vulture.

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BT snatches crown: Soars to top of complaints list

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Joke

Re: maybe

>it's just that we've given up complaining about the rest of them as much because fuck all changes whether you do or not.

That's not quite true as far as changes go. There are have been several increases in salaries and bonuses to the top dogs due to reduction in maintenance charges.... Instead of hiring some new technicians/engineers they distributed the cash between them.

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Stop fondling that slab and shag, says lover rubber-glover

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Prurient

That's made my day, I have learned a new word, which will be fun trying to place in a conversation.

It's one of those words that is likely to switch on "Dummy Mode" , depending on the context could be quite interesting.

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Bono bests Bezos in Fortune's 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

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Re: Say Wha?

Try having a talk to your dog and telling him not to go a humping after it has had a whiff of bitch in heat.

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Inspiration

Do any of them inspire me, truthfully -- No..

Angela Merkel probably has the biggest pair of testicles, so she remains up on the list. All the rest I either don't know them or really don't beleive that they should be there..

The Pope has become a media twunts wetdream.

General Joe Dunford - Who dat ?

Alan Mulally - Who dat - a guy that makes Ford Escorts ?

Warren Buffet - Bill Clinton - Cmon now, this list really is not serious.

Aung San Suu Kyi - The Nobel prizses have become a bit of a joke ( although she might have meritted something less mediatic)

Question : Why is BONO on a list of inspiring people...... I won't bother citing what kind of list I really would like to see him - but I believe that hitmen might take some interest...

I kind of wonder if the list wasn't poached from a page 17 daily fail page.

People that inspire me are usually unknown people doing mundane things, to help others without ever receiving or expecting any wealth, medals or public feedback.....

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They want me to install CCTV to see what YOU did in the TOILET

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SLA definition

SLA = Service Level Agreement ( That what the IT Directors like to think will save them when the shit hits the fan, oh how wrong).

SLA = Shit level awareness ( The guy watching the toilet CCTV might be able to avoid the risk of overflow if he is aware of this SLA).

SLA = Silly little acronyms ( We all use them all day long, it's part of our industry- helps keep the dumb dumber).

SLA = So Long Alistair ( When your not hip, you are out on your arse)...

Beer o'clock is in proximity.

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Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

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The hole in the wall became the hole in the ground....

Just for the sheer audacity and the risk I think that they have well earned their 86k. Would be interesting to know how much the operation actually cost, time, labour, electricity or candles, work boots etc.... They might actually have been better of simply getting a job......

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Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

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And in addition to above statement

What sort of idiot uses the companies "own" email system to send out company confidential system from their workplace.....

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

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My method - YMMV

What I would do

1st I would not even consider doing an upgrade.....It wastes more time than it saves and will probably require support later on which you don't want to have to do.. Unless this is a necessity which isn't mentioned in the article.

Backup up all required files, then install fresh W7 copies..

Sysprep is your friend, the best tutorial I have ever found/used is as follows

Sysprep Tutorial

Required material

DVD or an ISO image , You will need a version of the W7 DVD or an ISO image.... a large bootable USB key, I use 2* 16Gb ...

If your are successfull with the Sysprepping + Testing then each install should take no longer than 1hr each, dependant on the software updates that will undoubetdly be triggered. make sure the PC is "fully" updated before doing the sysprep.

Do "ALL" of your prepping/testing BEFORE you head out..... Do, do the testing.......

Use http://ninite.com/ for downloading/updating those little must have prgrams that we all need/use ( Thanks go to Trevor Potts for the introduction to Ninite)

Just in case Sysprep fucks up the hidden admin account ( This is why testing is vital)

Hidden admin solution

Thats my 2cts worth ( I actually use this method)

Don't know the answer relating to the bandwidth issues

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This record-smashing robot solves a Rubik's Cube in 3.253 seconds

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Re: Ah good old school days..

I'm in the same boat as Martin, more than 30 years ago the "algorithms" was learded, some self taught, some shared, were imprinted into my mind. I can still do the cube without really thinking about it, I do need to look at it several times though.. unlike the guy doing the 20 cubes ... whilst blindfolded....

Always the same method.

Top Face - No importance as to whether the corners or middle are inserted first. This is the easist section - very little, if any, thought required.

Middle row

Algorithm reverses dependant on the original orientation of the piece to be inserted ( to the left or to the right ). Only one algorithm required.

Bottom row - -

One algorithm for swapping 3 middle pieces at a time. ( all pieces rotate to the left or right as required)

One algorithm for inverting middle pieces if upside down.

then

One algorithm for swapping 2 corner piece positions until all pieces in correct positions..

Last and final algorithm for inverting all corner pieces to their correct orientation, the positions dont shift .

Finished.

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Unbelievably wonderfull

I learned to do the cube as a teenager many moons ago and never dropped under the 3 minute mark.

Full kudos to this team for their prowess of being capable of solving the cube so quickly, their mastery of lego and their fantastic coding skills....

I really admire these kinds of fun projects., must go out and buy myself some of that mindstorm stuff.

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Winklevoss twins say their Bitcoins will take them to SPAAAAACE

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Re: Interesting...

>Intrigued - in what way is VG a 'fake' space company?

Have they actually ever been to space or are they just selling a pipe dream ?

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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

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Re: Alternative solution -- Tax the porn and the publicity

Calm down guys, eat some weetabix and all will be fine.

What I am really getting at is just how stupid this idea really appears to be . Why bother reducing JPGs when they represent no problem, there are far many more areas that need to be adressed first.

BTW: Google does not provide the connection to my home, my ISP does. So if all of my ISPs' users(my neighbours) are downloading torrents, netflicking, viewing porn or watching XFactor videos then the cabinet at the end of my street gets choked.... It doesn't matter squat diddly whether Google has private networks or not, it is the last mile that counts.... Like the majority I don't live in an area where FTTH is prevalent.

>so your leap from an article about jpegs to video is bordering on gibberish.

No, because I am making an attempt, I admit a poorly humerous attempt, to surface areas which "need" to be covered rather than areas that make no almost impact whatsover. Remind me again how many average jpgs = 1 reasonably sized video.......and you call that gibberish

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Alternative solution -- Tax the porn and the publicity

Why not simply charge a tax "per image/video" to the website host.. Then we would see a dramatic decrease in the number of images used.

Images have their place in the web, that is undoubtable, but unfortunately today the majority of images are either catporn, porn or publicity ( sometimes even publicity for more porn).

As for those responsable for providing bandwidth hogs with suitable material, then without a doubt, Google would be in number one position. Youtube, Youporn and Google generated Advertising......

Ok, the article is about JPGs but JPG usage is tiny in comparison to the bandwith hogging that video generates.

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Chillax, cranky commentards: Anger can KILL YOU

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Re: Everything kills you!

Even more succint, "Life kills you", eventually.....

Mine's a Guiness and don't forget the peanuts.

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