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Flippin' tosser: Sun's magnetic field poised to SWIVEL on it - NASA

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Re: Wake up - it's here!

[Citation Needed]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth%27s_magnetic_field#Future

At present, the overall geomagnetic field is becoming weaker; the present strong deterioration corresponds to a 10–15% decline over the last 150 years and has accelerated in the past several years; geomagnetic intensity has declined almost continuously from a maximum 35% above the modern value achieved approximately 2,000 years ago. The rate of decrease and the current strength are within the normal range of variation, as shown by the record of past magnetic fields recorded in rocks (figure on right).

The nature of Earth's magnetic field is one of heteroscedastic fluctuation. An instantaneous measurement of it, or several measurements of it across the span of decades or centuries, are not sufficient to extrapolate an overall trend in the field strength. It has gone up and down in the past for no apparent reason. Also, noting the local intensity of the dipole field (or its fluctuation) is insufficient to characterize Earth's magnetic field as a whole, as it is not strictly a dipole field. The dipole component of Earth's field can diminish even while the total magnetic field remains the same or increases.

The Earth's magnetic north pole is drifting from northern Canada towards Siberia with a presently accelerating rate—10 km per year at the beginning of the 20th century, up to 40 km per year in 2003,[33] and since then has only accelerated.[34]

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Queensland bans IBM from future work

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"Not being considered for public sector work in Queensand is bad news for Big Blue, as the State grows quickly thanks to an attractive climate, enviable lifestyle and low taxes."

No, no, no.

1) It's "Queensland"

2) It's "the state", not "the State". The latter designates that entitiy that is just the current mobster outfit nominally in charge. You know, the guys who are "here to help you".

3) "low taxes". Soon to be less low, especially if the kraken sub 2) continues to grow.

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CSC enslaves Infochimps to create army of big data monkeymen

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Life imitates art!

When CSC begins to insert the Infochimps DNA into its global staff of 90,000 employees ... powerful things are bound to happen

Someone clearly is channeling Cave Johnson.

Those of you helping us test the repulsion gel today, just follow the blue line on the floor. Those of you who volunteered to be injected with praying mantis DNA, I've got some good news and some bad news: bad news is we're postponing those tests indefinitely. Good news is we've got a much better test for you: fighting an army of mantis men. Pick up a rifle and follow the yellow line. You'll know when the test starts.

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Xerox copier flaw changes numbers in scanned docs

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Re: @ Jolyon Smith - 'this is simply unacceptable'

> I call this pebkac

It isn't. It is bad design.

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Re: They are held in memory

Additionally, there is black magic to interdict the copying of banknotes. And possible child porn and back issues of "Insipre".

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That sound...

Lawyers powering up!

OMG! We are doomed. And all for the price of a gigabyte RAM.

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Re: 'this is simply unacceptable'

If a reliable analogue (or simple digital) photocopier fouled up due to small typeface and poor resolution, it would be reasonably obvious on the copy.

This Xerox product seems more like a scanner, OCR, random editor, and printer.

THIS.

Anyone who doesn't get that point?

It's like the government giving you the "unvarnished truth". But then you look closer, underneath the retouched crisp type and....

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Super-SVELTE BLUSH-PINK planet goes too far with star

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Re: Hah something Science can't explain

Because it's a Commie!

Where is gasplanetbag Rush Limbaugh?

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Stop! Yammer time: Microsoft blats biz babble account hijacking bug

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Katzenyammer

WHY!

..or rather... HOW could this pass security requirements checks?

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IBM committed 'ethical transgressions' to win botched project

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Re: Johnnie Thicko I smell "covert reward" systems at work.

Another amusing point to make about those insisting all government projects are doomed to failure and overruns is that, if that were true, nothing would work, hospitals would simply close, roads would never get built, and taxes never collected. A bit like Greece, I suppose.

Which rather proves the point, I suppose.

The advantage of govnmt projects is that, if they need more money, they get more money instead of the ministry being wound up and its assets being distributed among the shareholders (in this case, the taxpayers). Economic calculation goes from impossible to irrelevant.

Which means ~ 200% GDP debt craters and crumbling bridges. Oh and a 3 trillion dollar bill for a landwar in asia in the mail.

The objectives of public administration cannot be measured in money terms and cannot be checked by accountancy methods. Take a nation-wide police system like the F.B.I. There is no yardstick available that could establish whether the expenses incurred by one of its regional or local branches were not excessive. The expenditures of a police station are not reimbursed by its successful management and do not vary in proportion to the success attained. If the head of the whole bureau were to leave his subordinate station chiefs a free hand with regard to money expenditure, the result would be a large increase in costs as every one of them would be zealous to improve the service of his branch as much as possible. It would become impossible for the top executive to keep the expenditures within the appropriations allocated by the representatives of the people or within any limits whatever. It is not because of punctiliousness that the administrative regulations fix how much can be spent by each local office for cleaning the premises, for furniture repairs, and for lighting and heating. Within a business concern such things can be left without hesitation to the discretion of the responsible local manager. He will not spend more than necessary because it is, as it were, his money; if he wastes the concern’s money, he jeopardizes the branch’s profit and thereby indirectly hurts his own interests. But it is another matter with the local chief of a government agency. In spending more money he can, very often at least, improve the result of his conduct of affairs. Thrift must be imposed on him by regimentation. (Bureaucracy by Ludwig von Mises, 1944)

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Re: I smell "covert reward" systems at work.

It's all about Itaniums, baby!

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Barbie paints Red Planet pink with NASA-approved Mars Explorer doll

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Psaho

Laureline had a far better outfit back in the 70s....

No Barbie she.

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Upgraded 3D printed rifle shoots 14 times before breaking

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Re: inevitable

Please take your impracticable metalless Ninja fantasies elsewhere.

Speaking of which, why not use poison-tipped ceramic shuriken made from DVD coasters?

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Re: Why go to all this trouble...

Not this metal shit again.

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What iz it that makes you afraid of Ökonomie, sire? Please, the couch is there.

"Because if a bullet cost five thousand dollars, entrepreneurs would enter the market in droves and the price would drop to a few bucks."

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Re: Someone who has *no* failed to maintain his weapon.

> If he'd have used a Remington .223 or the NATO equivalent the 5.56

Yah no.

Next up: Lapua Magnum.

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Re: inevitable

> A cheap gun costs about the same as a cheap 3D printer, which is still quite an investment to many people.

Buy cheap Mosin Nagant for USD 100 or lower.

Use metal saw to transform it into the Obrez configuration.

Fire at enemy to make hole into him and put his clothes on fire at the same time.

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Leaked docs: SOD squad feeds NSA intelligence to drug enforcement plods

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A Scanner Darkly

The Fourth Amendment was Mortally Wounded by the Drug War Long Before National Security Tried to Kill It

Lucy Steigerwald, July 26, 2013

In 1971, Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs and tested the waters with a DC bill that made no-knock raids legal on private homes. Some years later, Ronald Reagan stepped up that war, and unlike Nixon, most of the powers that Reagan claimed — and the Supreme Court frequently confirmed — were not ever taken away. The cop, court, and Constitutional drug war mess needs more detail than there is space here (check out Radley Balko’s Rise of the Warrior Cop, as well as Antiwar’s interview with him for more of that history) but really, once upon a time, when terrorism wasn’t keeping the paranoid up at night, a bunch of people decided that enemy number one was drugs. And no violation was too serious, no quarter was to be given in this fight. Sound familiar?

The effects of that decision to go to “war” can now be seen in the prison-industrial complex, militarized police and their mission creep, and our comatose Fourth Amendment.

Here are just a few figures: in 2012 87 percent of state and federal law enforcement wiretaps were over narcotics, with stats from the past decade showing similar numbers. ”Sneak and peak” warrants — legalized by the PATRIOT Act — between 2009 and 2010 were used for narcotics investigations 76 percent of the time. And what is the NYPD’s contentious “stop and frisk” policy if not a massive violation of the privacy of (mostly black and Hispanic) New Yorkers?

Previously at Antiwar I critiqued libertarian John Stossel’s bizarre refusal to admit that the NSA spying is dangerous. But Stossel did indeed have a point within the madness –the drug war started it. Not only are terror-fighting tools used to investigate drug crimes much of the time, but many privacy protections were already chipped away by the drug war decades before 9/11...

Recently Rand Paul pestered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for clarification about their use of domestic drones. The FBI responded with a few details including that drones have been used for “eight criminal cases and two national security cases” since 2006. The most notable thing mentioned in their report is that the FBI did not see fit to get a search warrant for their drone use, since the targets of their investigations didn’t have an expectation of privacy. This isn’t particularly surprising, more a depressing confirmation of what we would already have suspected...

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Amazon founder Bezos snaps up Washington Post

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Make the Neocon Post readable again!

Frack the beltway consensus and imperial goodthink.

Fire those fracking AIPACing neocon reactionaries pumping out war drivel on the front page and in the commentary sections. In particular Robert Kagan and Charles Krauthammer

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Sergey Brin's 'test-tube burger' cooked, eaten, declared meat-like

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Cats falling down stairs and other Internet imagery, continued.

Are people getting dumber? Yes they are!

But critics of Post's approach say it would be better to convince people to eat less meat

This isn't meat.

"We have a situation where 1.4 billion people in the world are overweight and obese

Signs of progress and fructose.

and at the same time one billion people worldwide go to bed hungry

Signs of bad distribution, government intervention (going from subsidies in rich countries to export orientation in poor ones) and missing capital-intensive infrastructure (rampant collectivism, banditism, statism and other ills).

Professor Tara Garnett of Oxford University's Food Policy Research Network told the BBC

He should know.

That's just weird and unacceptable

Is it?

The solutions don't just lie with producing more food but changing the systems of supply and access and affordability, so not just more food but better food gets to the people who need it.

Being part of the central planning problem, I see.

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Posh potty owners flushed by dodgy Bluetooth password

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MUST ... NOT .... POST ... URL TO THE MANGA ABOUT THE EXPERIMENTAL BIDET FROM HELL....

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Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100

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Re: offer says it expires on August 29th

No. That just means the price is right for the target group.

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Re: Firesale - best to wait

> Windows8 on a touch device is 100X better than any Linux distro on a touch device...

Market says no.

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Re: offer says it expires on August 29th

> Given the Pro is a fully featured x86 PC in a tablet form, it's not ever going to be sold that cheaply unless a newer version replaces it.

It's the customer who sets the price. Not the vendor.

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ProfitBricks budget cloud in SECURITY FAIL

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Cats falling down stairs and other Internet imagery.

White found that the 6.3 CentOS image had apparently been built on a public internet-facing computer.

"The fact that the equivalent of a trusted 'gold master' OS image was originally built on a public-facing box is unfathomable to me," White said via email. "Imagine if you put a naked Windows XP/WIn 7 box on the internet and *then* ran Windows update, over the course of two days. Would you trust that build to hold your sensitive data?"

1) "Building" the CentOS image on a public-facing box is a problem? How much public-facing is it?

2) "Building" the CentOS image is the same as leaving a naked, unpatched Windows XP on the Internet?

3) The fact that a "build" was performed lets one conclude anything about the OS on said public-facing box and its security lockdown or lack thereof?

RETARDED. SECURITY "RESEARCHER" FAIL.

Kenneth White

Who he?

after it revamped its prices to undercut Amazon Web Services

This business plan is made of fail and pain

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Bad timing: New HTML5 trickery lets hackers silently spy on browsers

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Re: Inevitable?

> Just turn off js

This is 2013. Turning off JavaScript is going to make VERY LARGE chunks of meaningful stuff disappear. And it's not going to get better.

Just try, oh I dunno... this

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South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

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Re: Typical American behaviour

Indeed. Also, a French ship cunningly retconned from a US ship for Hollywoodian purposes treacherously attacked Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey's "HMS Surprise" out of the fog in "Master and Commander". Les bâtards!

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Obama did what?

Yeah, micromanagement of trade now, good idea.

Are we out of Iraq yet?

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Lumpy milk and exploding yoghurt? Your fridge could be riddled with MALWARE

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Re: Silly fancy fridges

Yes, these were the times when we discussed Yeltsin, the War on Chechnya, how many Clinton Generals made medals doing liberal intervention in Yugoslavia, the size of the hand of O.J. Simpson, Ramen Worm attacks, what was found on Monica's dress, The Matrix, the Alpha Processor, whether Windows 2000 was worth it, and I don't know what else.

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SAP boss cops jail time plea after Lego barcode bust

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Re: Wake me up

Too big to do time!

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Qualcomm exec on eight-core mobile chips: They're 'dumb'

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Re: "Dumb" until Qualcomm are able to produce an 8 core chip

> Better not tell that to the HYPErvisor people, as they and their followers have built their world around reinventing the timeslicing concept.

LOLNO. You seem to be new to this "Computer" thing.

Virtualization is not about timeslicing. It is about configuration management.

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NASA's cloud strategy panned by NASA auditors

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Re: Translated from management waffle ..

Your translation is not correct at all and it doesn't help to ask the Morlocks if you are moving to Contract Universe at hyperspeed.

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Step into the BREACH: HTTPS encrypted web cracked in 30 seconds

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Re: what is he saying?

The supersymmetry of cryptography!

"Maybe soon, possibly!"

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Re: "post cryptography?"

The fear of RSA brokenization has nothing to do with NP. You really just need fast factorization, which is not an NP-complete problem (it can be solved in polynomial time by the magically-well-guessing nondeterministic turing machines, so is in NP). You apparently need a quantum computer though (this being an exercise for the engineer), or a mystery polynomial-time algorithm that does factorization, if it exists (compare PRIMES is in P)

Now if you reduce NP-completeness or even NP-hardness to P, hell, you will be the master of the universe before sunset, and not in a metaphorical way either.

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

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Michael Moore was in the saucer?

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Re: At some Space exploration unit on the homeworld of Alpha Centauri...

The sentence:

Be designated undercover agent for 10'000 rotations in an area called the "UK" where protein uptake is fraught with danger, chemicals and heavy metals, weather patterns are anxiety-inducing and locals are on a level with the standard inhabitance of the cantinas found on common sand planets.

Being in a particularly sadistic mood this rotation, we statuate that you shall man a one-person late-night kebab joint a bit south of something called "Thames".

Thus it has been decided etc. etc. etc.

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Re: If Occam was alive today ...

> behaves like a monkey in heat

> throws random insult

> gets downvoted

"this site is nothing if not predictable"

I hope summer is over soon.

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Re: If Occam was alive today ...

UGWONWOS: An "unidentified ground-wallowing object (not walrus or seal)"

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"One person told authorities it was making a strange noise."

The way things are going this just means the person calling hasn't heard that noise on TV yet. Not in the library of Skywalker Sounds.

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Ken Brill, 'the father of data centers', powers down at 69

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DRINK!

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Highway from HELL: Volcano tears through 35km of crust in WEEKS

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Re: Diamonds ...

WHY NOT?

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Ultimate Radio Deathmatch: US Navy missile-defence radar vs 4G mobile mast

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The radar and its associated weapons are sufficiently powerful that they can reach into space itself.

"Yes Admiral! We now have the weapons to fight WARS IN SPACE! Unfortunately our proud nation has not managed to build any spaceships as of yet, so we decided put the weapons onto a blue water hull instead. Looks nearly as good, but... you know."

"Intolerable! Get me one of those Japs on the phone!"

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Hundreds of UK CSC staff face chop, told to train Indian replacements

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Smoking the Marxist bong!

"Workers who are paying the ultimate price of their jobs" (says someone called Ian Tonks, a Unite national officer)

Just being full of it. The one who pays is CSC. It's called wages.

"WORKERS TRAPPED IN SALARY CONTRACTS! TRAGIC, UNACCEPTABLE!!"

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Did Linux drive supers, and can it drive corporate data centers?

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> Windows Server currently has a 75% market share in the enterprise server market:

Oh, look here, random stats.

Sounds plausible, but...

http://slashdot.org/topic/datacenter/the-enterprise-datacenter-os-war-is-over/

Windows is now deployed on 75 percent of all new servers shipped, according to IDC’s May 2012 forecast. Linux is now deployed on 25 percent of all new servers shipped, and is also stuck there.

So we have those numbers on "servers shipped with OS" ... how many servers are shipped "without OS"? Quite a lot probably. How many of these will be running WIndows? Probably none.

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Hackers induce 'CATASTROPHIC FAILURE' in mock oil well

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Re: Which

> air gap

Dontcha mean a firewall?

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Terror cops swoop on couple who Googled 'backpacks' and 'pressure cooker'

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You will probably find pot or a runaway dad. Than have the guy taken away in a black limousineblue van.

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People are like golden retrievers!

"Six gentleman in casual clothes emerged from the vehicles and spread out as they walked toward the house"

At that moment people should engage with their AR-15s.

Because if these guys happen to be cartel, then shit's gonna hit the fan. You better take down a few ASAP.

Do not forget to call 911. Apparently you can have "help", it's some sort of kool-aid.

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Google SELLS OUT the INTERNET HIPPIES! AGAIN!

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Re: Standard Terms and Conditions

This seems to be becoming standard. The obvious reason is to block spambots pumping the line full of shite. Reasonable.

If need be, tunnel out to your SMTP server at [random reasonably-priced physical or VM hoster].

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Re: Define: Server

"it's acting as an Internet server for which they require you to take out a commercial contract"

Acting as a bog-standard Internet node requires you to "take a commercial contract"?

Yeah right.

You are paying for an "Internet connection" (yeah look it up, where is the RFC describing Internet connections that have no services to the outrside?), not for a weird hose that spews content at you one-way.

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An expensive "Google TV via Fiber Optics", then.

No thanks, keep your cancer, Google.

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