* Posts by fajensen

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: Dodgy Product

I was going to mock that, but, I see that Steam is available for Mac OS.

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Meh

Re: and the reality is......

"After Hours Trading" is crooked. Everybody knows that the traders set positions to fuck over the idiits who still believe in setting stop-losses and people who are still holding options this close to expiry.

"Analysts Expectations" - haha, these are always set so that the actuals will exceed whatever the guess it, eventually of course the trend turns and then the stock "miss analysts expectations"; It's noise and made-up bullshit but at least one can trade it, "analysts" usually under-shoot 5-6 quarters then miss.

I agree that the preview version of Win10 looks really solid, fast and good. I could even be a great product - IF - it is allowed. Preview Vista looked really great too. I don't know *what* they did to it, but, it sure turned into shit on the release.

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Re: Trick one...

I think Steam-OS should worry Microsoft a lot more than any "Desktop Linux", realistically - few will use it, the mass market will use whatever tools comes with the device.

The Mac's have adequate "office" tools already installed and the people who watch cat-videos, do budgeting and facebook a lot, they all use tablets now.

Steam-OS directly attacks X-box, which is already in trouble, and it cuts the potential revenue from home PC's upgrades - realistically, most home users will buy windows *only* because Games run on it (in the golden days, hard-core gamers even bought server versions of Windows for the performance and shunning of Vista).

There is not a lot of space left for Microsoft to expand into. They already got "business".

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Re: Be patient, it's coming!

Windows Vista was Great in the preview too. They added the suck to the release version so this time we shall see how it looks like when it's done.

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Re: Everything that's new is crap

True, but: Microsoft can afford to lose billions every year for the next decade so the odds are that *some* truly epic product will slip through the corporate kill-filter and revitalise the business.

Microsoft do have a lot of really smart developers - on the management side, ... not so much.

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Licence to chill: Ex-CIA spyboss Petraeus gets probation for leaking US secrets to his mistress

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Re: SMH.... His sentence was expected.

We always clean the stairs one step below the top, how it's always been done.

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Transparency thrust sees Met police buying up to 30,000 bodycams

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Terminator

More Crimes, Just what "we" need!

... the use of the technology will dramatically cut costs by speeding up the time it takes to compile evidence and bring a case to trial. "It's about taking an holistic view of the criminal justice system," he said ...

So, every time we see PC Plod one has to be aware that everything registered by his/her sensor package will go off to the cloud where:

a) Multiple MI-systems are going through the data for possible offences that must be prosecuted to the letter, since now they are on the record,

b) Stored forever - in the case new offences are created,

Fucking Brilliant! How can this possibly be un-good?

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DRONE ALONE: US Navy secretary gives up on manned fighters

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Re: Awful acronym

"Cartel" - This will be the perfect tool to deliver recreational pharmaceuticals to discerning customers.

Most people will pay a premium to not deal with drug dealers directly, and, most people probably also prefer to know that whatever they are about to sniff, ingest or eat was delivered by air rather than by digestive system.

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Why not organic kitty litter?

So? Round these parts, they cover the landfill with a membrane, then one can suck out the methane from the landfill and mix it up with the natural gas - or burn it in a generator if there is a long-ish distance to the gas network.

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Re: Why not organic kitty litter?

Organic kitty litter will rot and become soil again eventually so one can dump the contents of the cat-tray in the compost or bury it; The in-organic stuff is basically clay which is dried and "popped" like pop-corn.

This stuff just sits there, one cannot dump it, it has to go into the bin.

There is I.O.W. no requirement for cat-shit to last forever - we want it to be GONE, hence the organic cat-litter is the better product.

If one is covering cat litter with radioactive waste, then, probably, the ecological aspects are less relevant.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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Mushroom

Re: So what will be enough power?

Will the police stand up in public and tell us, clearly and specifically, AT WHAT POINT WILL THEY STOP?

They will never stop until the crowds storm "The Bastille" and make them.

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Big Brother

Re: What did they do before the internet?

They had to Work. Work kind of suck, which is why we must pay someone to do it.

Nowadays, these flunkies do not want to work, no, they just want to get paid - while automated processes are watching everyone's pr0n collection and coming up with anything good.

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Google plans ROBOTS to SLICE YOU OPEN AND CUT YOU UP

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Re: Not SkyNet, but...

Everybody knows that scarcity determines value - so - whenever a company have a product or service they want to appear really valuable, they put something in the branding that they / the product completely lack (which, therefore, appears very valuable to the sales-side).

Which is why we know never to trust anything with "trust" in the name, we know that anything "smart" has been dropped on it's head from 10 stories, "simple" is incomprehensible complexity, and that "value" means "cheapened even lower than shit" - while roses can grow on shit, this product sucks life itself away. Et Cetera, Politics is the same BTW.

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I think they are planning to live-auction your organs on eBay: Once you are strapped into the machine and cut open you will get the opportunity to make bids with other customers on all the bits you want to be still there when they stitch you back up.

The surgery itself is "free", though.

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Three quarters of South Korea popped in online gaming raids

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Re: Raises an interesting point

Always use different account details for every website!

Why?

The accounts are thrash anyway, they are entertainment, but, they are not "me" - sure - someone can easily hack all my web accounts and write racist and homophobic rants under my pseudonym. Bleh.

The thing you must always do is:

1) LIE - do not use any real data, data of birth, answer to verification questions or whatever they want. Because any information that refers to me as an individual is a foothold for a hacker to get at things that matter.

2) Minimise the use of services where you can't lie.

PS:

Why do so many dum-dum web-businesses insist on having an account created and storing user information and even credit card numbers? It just creates trouble because now the business have to secure that information, comply with data retention laws and it becomes a big, fat, target for hackers. Better to not store the information at all.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Facepalm

Re: or...

Stealth!? You mean that Super Secret Special Sauce aboard that F-117A that was shot down by an ancient AA-battery in 1999 and then handed over to Russia ... who, on seeing that Stealth isn't working so good (except at gouging taxpayers), probably sold the bits and the analysis report off to someone ... like uhh, i dunno, maybe the French or Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group?

At least we can now buy Stealth on Alibaba.com so we can skip the F-35.

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Ericsson buys Sunrise Technology

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Yes - that happened too. They even had the the very traditional touch of two men and one women in business suits with clipboards on the prowl through the building - before the mass "outplacements".

When one sees people in business suits with temporary ID's .... It is time to get that CV polished up to full brightness and off to the job sites, before the crowds get there!

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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Trollface

Google: "Russian Flying"

It will be great!!

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Angel

Re: I can see the mayhem now...

Or maybe the antique but lovingly restored Flak 34 I keep in my shed just for this occasion?

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‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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Big Brother

Re: At the risk of being controversial...

But, at the end of the day their hearts are in the right place,

But, we won't know that until the end of the day actually arrives, and when it does, we might be fucked!

The Weimar Republic surely had their hearts in the right place when they made it possible for the Jews to administer their own communities with a minimum of interference from the state - this self-determination included Tax Collection; which required records of where the "church-tax" was being paid to.

Hitlers SS and the Gestapo quickly realised a different use for that database!

The lesson is that your data is going to come back as an un-killable zombie and bite you on the ass, eventually. The less data there is, the smaller the wound will be.

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£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns

fajensen

Re: Risk?

They take no responsibility even after they have been informed over and over that it is a scam.

.... Economics 102: As long as "the house" gets their cut, then whatever goes down is *not* a scam!

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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Paris Hilton

Re: Straight answer to stopping a viral infections is to...

Java (ask.com) and Divx (Wajam) is Pirated Software? I didn't know that!

Paris - because she may be the bringer of another strain of extra something also (but we still want it).

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fajensen

Re: Fawlty Software

Microsoft Security Essentials and System Restore.

MSE doesn't really *do* anything (except making the red "anti-virus" warning go away), so it doesn't fail and screw your system over either. The big problem today is malware, addware and crapware - snap.do and wajam for example; these little pieces of shit can only be uninstalled with system restore /fresh start.

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Hahaha - Next version of Panda 2015 will come with snap.do or wajam in the installer - like DivX does!

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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Re: Hindsight is 20/20

And So? This is what the NSA does to us foreigners (and congress also) - so - Hillary & Co can just suck it up, like the rest of us have to!

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Re: Don't you UNDERSTAND?!? It was in her spam!

It could work, after all Radio London (BBC) was sending instructions to saboteurs in Europe in plain English - "Before we begin, please listen to some personal messages.", "Message to John, the hotel is fully booked", et cetera.

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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Trollface

Re: Damn!

Google did the job for them!

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

fajensen

Re: Death by Alien Cockup ...

Extrapolation from our own society means that we are Doomed!

We meet our alien cousins who are exactly like us, but blue and maybe 100 - 200 years more advanced than us (or they wouldn't make the flight) and they, like ourselves, probably don't mind shooting themselves some of those wilds for sport, or putting them in zoos and making lampshades from our hides.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

fajensen

Re: complex documents

The formula processor of 2010 is totally awfull.

Try applying list formatting to formulas - this will brick your document so that you cannot save it, not even as RTF. Only way out is "select all", "paste as text", redo equations.

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Re: I admit, I am Word Processor inept.

There *is* a configuration option of "apply target formatting on paste", of course this is not on by default and "update normal.doc automatically" with whatever digital herpes a document contains" is also "on" ,

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No, the biggest problem by far is that it is possible (and sometimes even necessary) to apply ad-hoc formatting instead of "styles".

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Happy

Re: Content and Style

- but please dont say cvs/git etc

Mercurial does ;-)

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

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.... has to spend his time trying to stop people having their Youtube videos taken down for having his royalty free music in them ... That would indeed be The Law in Denmark - An artist cannot deny CopyDan their god-given right to skim off from the proceeds of an artists creative work just by making it "free".

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Re: Fines

since Google is a legal "person" and needs to take responsibility for it's actions.

Corporations are only "persons" regarding their Rights, when it comes to Responsibilities, they are certainly NOT "persons" - especially not Google (or banks).

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Lenovo to customers: We only just found out about this Superfish vuln – remove it NOW

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Re: Avast anti-virus

... they create an installation specific password and certificate ...

But of course they do ... If they use a cryptographic process to create the certificate, it can become both an unique "Endpoint ID" and a secret Backdoor for the TLA's - OTOH the "Superfish" approach, while crude and carrying collateral damage, does have full deniability built in (but we are talking about people who authorise "signature strikes" and "double taps" so we know "they" don't give a crap about that).

I dumped Avast because I felt it was just a little too slick a package for a product that nobody (except pensioners like my mum) will ever pay for and because it vigorously inserts its slimy tentacles into just about every orifice in the system it is installed on - even NNTP is proxied. It just smelled a bit like NSA was *the* paying customer. So, now we only use "Microsoft Security Essentials" and "restore points"

I think it will be discovered that A/V software is indeed the main gateway for breaking endpoint security, it is just so damn convenient - a root-kit installed and cared for by the users. Who can resists?

The Superfish/Komodia people are just helping the cause of their former colleagues, while making a buck on the side with crapware, probably using methods that were originally developed by the TLA's. When that business dry up, they will go right back to "security", while a new crop of rats with better tools replace them; The HDD hacks will be in due time be "commercialised" and used to create un-killable crapware.

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fajensen

Re: Am I the only one…

Or Chlamydia - which is sort-of what it is.

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Re: Orange Alert!

And MS could make "Applocker" available, scriptable, and Easy To Use on ALL it's products, even the consumer versions. That would help a great deal to prevent the next infection with Snap.Do - and all other dreck signed by "ReSoft Ltd". Of course nuking the ReSoft site would also work.

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: Linux safe?

Ericsson use Linux for a lot of their stuff; SUSE, to be exact - on PC-like hardware. Now, why would someone like the NSA ignore something as juicy as a complete telecommunication network?

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Re: Wait

If major corporations who know they have intellectual property to protect can do that kind of self-evidently stupid stuff, ...

It is very simple:

Eliminating processes that does not produce a visible result to customers or on the bottom line is a Very Important Strategy in <Place-holder for the latest management religion/fad to infest businesses>

It quickly becomes kind-of hard to defend the wasting resources on security when there is never any hacking incidents. So the accountants can always scale back the costs.

However, once security becomes crappy enough, then the dynamics become self-reinforcing: There will never be any incidents because the gutted IT-systems cannot actually detect anything and the remaining staff left in IT, being the dregs of the barrel and living on the cutting edge of outplacement, will always fear that any problem there is was something they did or it will be blamed on them, triggering further pink-slipping (besides, the network monitoring is long since p0wned and lying about everything).

The corporation, now like a larvae infested by a parasitic wasp, is just happily chucking along until the hackers get bored and spill the beans.

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Re: but the '...w.dll'

Anybody involved in this would go out of business very quickly

Builders start a business, get credit with suppliers, max out credit, then go out of business *all the time*, the same builders, using the very same suppliers, that they ripped off two months ago.

Why is this possible? Because of "securitisation", the suppliers just sell the credit on to "investors" for an immediate return. After that it's not their problem what happens to payments so they don't care, as long as there is a market for high yield paper, everyone are golden.

A similar business model must already exist around key signing.

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Re: Use the source, Luke

The chance for that the hardware can be hacked is 1.0:

http://spritesmods.com/?art=hddhack - A hardcoded "/etc/shadow"-file, triggered on logging a special network address, not bad.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

fajensen

Re: Slightly baffled by aurora comments

It is just the cybernetic berserker-core MK IV venting surplus cryogenic fluids from the cooling system for the planet busting laser - The war-god "MARS" will be resuming normal service in few decades.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Pint

Re: Wow..... just look at all the hate.

During my career I had to support and fix their bug ridden proprietary crap for 20 years and they wanted to be paid to fix broken ffs!.

What is so bad about that? Supposedly someone paid you to "shovel the manure off their front porch" which presumably kept a roof over your head, the heating on and a healthy level of beer in the fridge?

Sometimes, I think that a good part of why Windows still exists is because it creates a thriving eco-system of people and businesses working on palliative cures for it's brokenness.

Systems that are "too good" or even perfect, will also be sterile since these systems are self-sufficient and do not require humans to perform any function. This is what the "rise of the machines" means in practice, the machines evolving faster than the human parasites can adapt to, thereby leaving the majority without any means of making a living by participating in the economy.

IOW: The shitty-ness of Windows is also what is good about it! If it was perfect, it would be useful only to microsoft.

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Tough at the top: IBM CEO Ginni Rometty troughs $10 MEELLION+

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Re: A mockery of performance related pay

There is an old business rule, that I believe was invented in the bar on the Titanic. It goes: "The looting accelerates on the way down".

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

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Re: The ultimate end

No, it is not even that: "They" are now skipping the entire part where "services and products demanded by the customer" is being produced and replacing it with the production of money via "financialisation" of the business.

Everybody does it. You pretend to sell an iPhone 6 at 300 credits per monts, plus say another 299 credits for "the plan" which is fixed for two years. That is 599 credits per month for two years coming into the shop. The cost of the iPhone is 7395 retail, now, the purchase price would be 1/3 of that, 2465 credits.

That means that we have 599 per month coming in for two years from an investment of 2500 + some service fee for running the network which we don't know - probably less than the cheapest mobile plan - 199 credits.

Traditionally, we would say that the cost of the iPhone is paid after 1 year and the next year is profit;

However ... in the financialised model we do something different:

We set up a holding company who services the subscriber contract. This company gets 599 per months for two years duration. This company also finance the iPhones for "the mothership", to do this financing it issues bonds. The iPhones are paid after 1 year, there is money coming in for 2 years and interest rates are really, really low.

So we offer a good deal on the bonds like 10% for two years. We now have 14000 coming in in total and we issue bonds for that amount (we pay the 10% interest from the 599). The 10% interest rate means that those bonds are probably going to sell in the market for at least twice the price of, say, government bonds yielding 2%.

That means that we have 28000 right there per mobile deal, in our little mitts NOW, and the incoming cash flow takes care of the interest, the costs of financing the terminals and the pay-back of the bonds after 2 years.

Of course this is not all: We can charge "the mothership" fees and interests for the financing deal and we can locate our holding company in a beneficial location for tax purposes and maybe set the fees so that the poor "mothership" hardly makes any profit and therefore does not have to pay taxes.

Basically, what we do is that we use a product to create debt, leverage it as hard as "the market" allows, sell it off for an instant profit, then use our insider knowledge keen business acumen to avoid taxation also.

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Re: Once upon a time

the trick is to sail along with them while they pump the stock price up and then get out at the first sign of trouble.

An even better trick is to buy derivatives, for example Credit Default Swaps on the company's debt in the "unregulated financial market", then let the moronic and crooked management run it into default at which point the CDS's trigger and meaningless numbers accumulate in a Swiss number account.

Ex. Tax. Of Course. What part of "Unregulated" did we not understand?

The "Smash & Grab" of the old days has evolved into a viable business model. Isn't de-regulation working just Great?

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Facebook: Oi, Lizard Squad – we can take down our own site, ta

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Re: Stop the front page

The Norks did it! We should bomb someone!! Immediately!!! For the Children!!!!

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

fajensen

Re: Delete the entire dictionary as a solution (except for 16 words)

There is the "PG-version" of Repo Man; of course someone will still be offended by "melon farmer"

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Game over? Sony FINALLY offers compensation to MEELLIONS of PSN hack victims

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Re: Sony Email

If the target "metrics" is "New Customers" then of course the "metrics optimiser" does not care one bit about regular customers and brand loyalty. It's like the mobile phone business: The New Deal is always sweat, but, come renewal, they always try to fuck you over with a much shittier one over the phone - so that you wont read the small print first.

Personally, I would skip the reverse charge thing and grass the "PS Plus" up for credit card fraud directly; since they upped the stakes with threats and all.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: Bad movies? I LOVE BAD MOVIES!

It also has Amanda Donohoe getting in and out of various kinky gear -- which saves the entire movie!

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