* Posts by M Gale

3526 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Re: 24 the ultimate answer

Huh.

And there's me thinking that God's computer was, and is, a custom-built IBM mainframe.

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Re: Money

"Has anyone *not* skipped the ads when watching a video on YouTube?"

Well, there are the unskippable ones. Now if there's one way to burn your brand image into my memory as something to avoid, it's making me sit through a full advert whether I'm interested or not. If your product is that brilliant, 5 seconds is more than enough to sell it to me or at least tell me where I can find out more.

Of course it'd be great if a few of the more prominent youtubers decided "text ads only until the unskippable ones fuck off", but the chances of that happening are about the same as the likelihood of Satan ice-skating to work.

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Pirate Bay towed to oldpiratebay.org

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Re: NO.

Compromise?

On DRM?

Yes, I compromise DRM every time I buy a disk, shove it in the machine and a certain... foxy bit of software unlocks it for me. No pointless copyright warnings, no "COMING SOON", no "you wouldn't steal a car", and definitely no "this disk is not playable in this region". Half an hour of crunching and it's on the HDD, the optical media to be shoved in a cupboard and forgotten about until it's needed again.

It's wonderful. Oh, totally legal too, unless you're in one of those funny countries that considers "DRM circumvention" to be illegal. Strangely enough, I have yet to turn into a shady market-stall distributor of unauthorised copies. Funny how that works.

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Docker, Part 2: Whoa! Spontaneous industry standard! How did they do THAT?

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almost nobody says "Android Linux."

And that's because once you add on the Dalvik/ART stack and everything else that goes with it, Android is about as much Linux as Java or Mono/.Net is: It isn't.

Does anybody say "TiVo Linux"?

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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Don't give a damn about the number.

Can I get rid of that crap at the bottom of the screen, unpin all that shite from the taskbar, and does it shove me into happy-clappy-bouncy-animated-icons-your-PC-is-now-a-phone land when I press the start button?

Also can I use it and keep it up to date without a Microsoft account?

If I find the answers favourable, I might get it after various people have made a WGA un-fucker for it. If not, oh well, I'll stay with 7 until end of life, and then the Linux partition becomes the permanent primary.

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Judge: Terror bomb victims CAN'T seize Iran's domain name as compensation

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Re: Bizarre in many ways

The UK should obviously be able to seize all the USA's domain names as compensation for the USA direct support of the IRA.

From what I'm aware though, that wasn't so much US.gov as much as it was a few fucking idiot Americans. "Oh them poor Irish under the thumb of the evil Imperial Bastards" or something.

Never mind that a good portion of people in Northern Ireland actually like things the way they are, thus meaning that even if UK.gov washed its hands of the whole thing and said "there you go, it's yours", there would still be a bunch of pissed off people.

Irish Assembly is about the best solution that could have happened out of that clusterfuck.

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Re: Bizarre in many ways

"But the IRA were never terrorists, they were just criminals (although now completely innocent)

That's why we didn't need to have all our phone calls recorded and which TV shows we watch tracked."

ISWYDT

Well done.

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"In other words, because an internet registry does not exist as its own separate entity, like a car or a house, it cannot be assumed to be an asset that can be seized."

So a bit like various siezed domain names then?

Oh I can understand the diplomatic reasons for not just yanking an entire TLD, but at least be consistent in your reasoning!

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

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Re: Replaceable batteries for all!

Genuinely curious to know. How many people actually replace the battery or carry a spare?

My "spare" takes the form of four different external USB packs. However, I've also replaced totally dead batteries that refuse to charge. It's nice to not require a screwdriver, paperclip, guitar plectrum, soldering iron or blood sacrifice to the god of sharp pointy bits in order to do so. That and it's absurdly satisfying to yank a battery out and make off mean fucking off.

Also nice to be able to make a 16GB device become a 32 or 64GB device without paying the £stupid-per-gigabyte premium. And without buying a whole new device, of course.

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Re: Because someone had to say it...

I'm sure you could if Microsoft would let you. They won't, though.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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£2k burning a hole in your pocket? Let this 'advanced' DRONE relieve you

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Re: One BIG weakness ...

Bluetooth is a bit of an odd choice.

But then DSM2 is patented up to the hilt, and your phone can't exactly speak DSM2. Shame, 'coz dual-channel redundancy is a very very nice idea for stuff that might plummet out of the sky and onto/into someone's face.

Country flyer myself. I'd go "clubbing", but the nearest friendly one is quite a few miles away, and the nearest one is.. erm.. well I think "clique" would be a good term.

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SUPER-JAMMY Philae comet probe got down WITHOUT harpoons

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And if you want to track the state of the link...

You could do a lot worse than clicking here.

As of the time of posting, it looks like the link has gone kaput. It was downlink-only earlier, at some slow speed. Wonder if they can bounce the signal off other spacecraft in the DSN?

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ISPs are stripping encryption from netizens' email – EFF

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Time to do it all in the client then?

Can't exactly "strip encryption" easily when the only thing the ISP gets is uy&*5r*%76f*^%fIYTFR8I&TFi78%^FI&6r(I&^tf*(^ri7R8765rUI%E7£7%^FikY&^TGFjytgcvKU<yg.....

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BEHOLD Apple's BENEVOLENCE! iMessage txt BLACK HOLE finally fixed

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Re: Hangouts is Googles iMessage

Hangouts is part of G+ though. So thanks but no thanks.

If I wanted a Facebook account, I'd have a Facebook account.

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Farewell Nokia: First ever 'Microsoft Lumia' set for Tuesday reveal

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Re: Why not just Lumia?

slower GPS lock

My old Arc S was one of the first phones released with a dual GPS/GLONASS chipset. That's right. Before Apple. Before Microsoft. It typically acquires a positioning lock of 3-5m accuracy about a minute after turning it on from a cold start. That's if the phone tower or wifi positioning that happens within a couple of seconds isn't good enough for you.

So if the "slower GPS lock" is hopeless bullshit, what about the rest?

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Zuck on The Social Network: Nobody wants to watch my REAL life for 2 hrs straight

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Had they not had the app, the copper-haired, be-hooded one said he might have ended up in the cinema alone.

Uhm.

What's that app running on again?

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Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes

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Re: @M Gale

That line was from the wind-up post with the trollface.

Nobody except pirithous took it seriously.

Never post when low on caffeine. It's not a good plan.

Ho hum.

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Open standard filesystems don't belong on a closed proprietary system.

Just a quickie:

Why not? I mean assuming no GPL-alike "thou must makest the whole product FOSS" stuff (and given that a GPL driver, which an Ext* filesystem would most certainly be enabled through, doesn't have these viral properties to the rest of the OS), why does an open-standard (GPL, LGPL, BSD, MIT, WTFPL, etc, etc, etc...) filesystem "not belong" on a proprietary OS?

My copy of ext2fs seems to be working just fine.

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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Re: Odd reactions

Don't get me wrong, I don't like what FTDI did, but I am surprised that no one has done it before.

Sony BMG.

It didn't work out so well.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: Why is everyone so down on Google Plus these days? @Fink-Nottle

Apparently Google+ will get rid of all those trolls on Youtube. Apparently.

Except now instead of being merely "bad", I would say that the Youtube comments section has slid past "terrible", whistled by "El Reg comments", gone hurtling through "Speak Your Branes" and landed slap bang in the middle of batshit troll 4chan city, and most of it from comments that say "from Google+".

So I guess that worked out real well.

And it seems I still can't moderate the comments on my own damn channel without signing up to Google Minus. Ho hum, not like I've uploaded a single damn thing since the integration. Content is king. Don't like what G+ did to Youtube? Starve the fuckers. Plenty of other video sites out there.

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

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Re: hold on...

You shouldn't learn to program by starting with C or C#.

C# is not C. Nor is it even remotely C++. Microsoft calling it "C"-anything was probably more of a marketing decision than anything based in reality. They could have called it "Microsoft Java" and been far more accurate.

Anyway, last time I saw a class split into two, with one half learning C first and the other half learning VB first, the C-firsters took the switch to VB halfway through the course incredibly well. Duck-to-water well in fact. The people who did their first couple of months with VB and then switched to C basically shat bricks.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: obviously using your logic

Bit too late now. A small minority have ruined it for the rest of us.

Given some arseholes the excuse to ruin it. Get it right.

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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Enforced career changes

See now, fortunately I know how to get up to my elbows in dangerous equipment. On top of previous experience, being on the wrong side of the economic downturn means I've had the lovely opportunity to spend a month doing bonded labour a mandatory work placement for a nearby plastic recycling firm. I already have plenty of that kind of experience anyway, amongst the retail stuff. Even got the little certificate with "Excellent" written across all performance metrics to prove it.

However I have to wonder how some 18 stone, neckbearded, doughnut-munching "admin" would cope with a job where the 25Kg single-man limit is more of a guideline, where 50 hours a week of brutal graveyard shifts dragging crap out of trailers is the norm, where your shins become more bumps, bruises and scrapes than skin, would cope?

I have seen people come into these sorts of jobs and leave the same day. They simply cannot cope with the workload. And people here are are suggesting "just change careers"?

I suggest these people go work in a postal sorting depot, in a recycling firm, in a distribution warehouse, in any number of other crap jobs for a month or two. Let alone 6, 12,18 months or more.

I'm wondering how many of those people would be crying out to be forcibly buggered than deal with it any more? I'm wondering how many of them would just be crying themselves to sleep every night. Or every morning, as the case most likely would be.

I'm pretty sure it would be a non-zero number.

As for me, I'm trying to get out of that crap. I've done my time, thankyou very much. Can I have a job that pays some real money and doesn't have me risking life and limb every single damned shift, please?

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Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

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Re: Once again the drug dealers attempt ...

I've heard talk e-cigs can also deliver the "devil's lettuce"

If that's what I'm thinking it is, then not very well by default. E-cigs are designed for evaporating a mix of propylene glycol, glycerine and some water with nicotine dissolved in there. Basically they are small versions of disco smoke machines.

The thing you're interested in vaping is a fat-soluble oil. That has its own requirements, for which standard e-cigs are not well suited. Standard e-cig batteries on the other hand, might well be able to power a re-engineered Magic Flight Launch Box or similar design.

Not that I'd know.

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Re: Don't forget

"Nicotine is one of the most addictive and lethal narcotics going."

Incorrect. That would be alcohol. Not many narcotics out there that will kill you from the withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol very much can though.

...but I suppose I'd better not mention that around here. Beer o'clock already is it?

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Re: prior art?

Oh, Phud. I guess you're one of the smartybrains behind Arriva and Network Rail's recent banning of e-cigs everywhere including open fucking train platforms.

Seriously?

Take your shit and cram it up your arse. If you're going to ban e-cigs, I want a ban on 70 and 80 year old grannies getting on the bus with enough perfume that it gives me an asthma attack. And I don't even have asthma.

Oh what, that's not the same thing is it? You're right. It's far worse.

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Re: Once again the drug dealers attempt ...

"Vaping is 'cool'?"

With Ice Menthol flavour? Incredibly cool actually.

As for the patent, whut? I can go out right now and buy an e-fag that you can plug into the computer and it'll tell you all kinds of stuff about how much you've used it, what the battery health is, various graphs and figures. I just don't fancy spending that much.

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

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Re: Let there be light!

Uh.

HPS street lamps use significantly more than 35 watts per bulb. Try multiplying that by ten.

As for me, I live where the initial UK trials for LED street lighting were carried out. Going from a HPS section to a LED section is an amazing difference. Yay for white not-piss-yellow street lamps.

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Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink

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Re: Australian Federal Government - The New NORKS

Following someone and sticking a microphone in their face while asking stupid questions is not journalism. Its thuggery.

Doesn't that kind of depend on who the person is and what the questions are?

Like if the person has "MP" in their title and whether the questions are about "expenses"?

Or perhaps "surveillance", "paranoia", or "psychopathic fuckers."

You want to get that kind of a job, telling everyone else what to do, treading on toes and sticking daggers into backs in order to squirm and wriggle your way to the top, you'd better damned well be prepared for some hard questions, at any time, day or night, anywhere you go.

And if you're caught with your pants down and your fingers in the till? Well you're the one trying to tell us we should all be saints. If you do anything other than act spotlessly you will be torn several new arseholes without mercy and that's the way it goes.

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Android to drop Dalvik VM for high-performance ART in next version

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Re: Strange...

Though I always thought the DX4/100 was more of a cheap alternative to the Pentium, and could fit in standard 486 boards with a voltage converter, so never really "best thing ever".

...and apparently the "DX4" instead of "DX3" was as the result of litigation with AMD. At least, so sez the Tome O' Jimbo that anyone can edit.

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Where things do matter Google is using the Play Store components to move the laggards along.

Apparently "Google Play Store" used 31.52GB in the last month. I don't let apps auto-update. I know I have unlimited traffic, Google, but stop taking the fucking piss.

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Adobe all smiles as beret bods spaff cash on non-cloud Creative Suite

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Re: You what!??

Dear Richards,

Deal with it.

Yours sincerely,

Adobe.

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Re: Where is the competition

I have heard good things about Paint Tool SAI. How well it performs next to say, Paint Shop Pro or The GIMP, I am unsure.

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Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

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Re: Re. kill switch

You'd also have to be able to tell the cheap models from the expensive ones quickly by sight.

The size of the big glowing rectangle on the front face is a generally good indicator.

Anyway, even if the thief can only get a tenner out of the parts, that's four bags of smack and maybe worth it to some people. The point about phones being broken down and sold for parts is a very valid one. Cars nearly all have immobilizers these days, and yet, Grand Theft Auto continues to be more than just the name of a computer game.

There's no substitute for a bit of common sense. Not leaving your phone on the dashboard in the middle of a city centre for instance.

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

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40ft? A van?

That'll be lorry, truck, or if you really insist, "wagon".

And yes, it can make for an interesting night when the algorithms (and some humans in the loop) bugger things up a bit and the sorting warehouse ends up packed to the rafters with crap that's only going out via local deliveries in 6 hours, crap that should have gone out on a trunk 2 hours ago, all mixed in with crap that's supposed to be getting sorted and loaded right now.

Almost as much fun as being in the back of the wagon when the wrong driver is told to pull away and start with the deliveries, but I guess that's a different type of fuck-up.

EDIT: UPS adverts down both sides and all over the page. Har de har.

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YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

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Re: Don't Be Evil

Remember the days when the googlistas and googlefans were falling over themselves to worship google because of that mantra?

And on which planet did this occur? It certainly wasn't Earth.

Though I do remember Google getting much praise over a no-nonsense search engine that works.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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Re: Not renewables...

Well they might not be sane in your opinion, but they are the people who feed and care for others and generally get stuff done.

Because that's the exclusive preserve of hardcore nutters who'd rather we all be living by candle light and see that dangerous elastic trickery stuff as an affront against Mother Nature.

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Re: Not renewables...

any strategic move to more gas, coal or nuclear would be unpopular with the greenies.

And rolling power cuts will be unpopular with the sane.

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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Re: What better way to force people to upgrade..

I'm sorry, but this is just too funny. Is www.notruescotsman.com one of those sites? :D

Considering the majority of IIS's rise in the last year has come from one company, and the majority of the sites hosted by that company are apparently link farms and domain holding pages... I dunno, what do you think?

The "No True Scotsman" fallacy would only apply if those sites weren't basically spam and black-hat SEO. Are you suggesting that sites like that matter in any way except perhaps needing to be added to crudware statistics? Don't take my word for it though. Follow the links, and see for yourself.

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Re: What better way to force people to upgrade..

Many is not most.

In any case, the April edition of the Netcraft stats is even more interesting to read. Not only is most of the IIS gain due to a single company, but the vast majority of sites hosted by that company are link farms.

IIS: The choice of web server for spammers and black-hat SEO specialists. Hardly a wonderful accolade.

Also interesting that amongst the statistics that actually matter (million busiest sites, active sites), IIS is now being beaten by not only Apache, but in a narrow margin by the open-source nginx. Like I said, that's the new kid on the block. Certainly one to watch.

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Re: What better way to force people to upgrade..

For instance IIS server is now only 0.15% away from overtaking Apache in market share!

However, amongst sites that actually matter, the story is significantly different. Nginx is the up and coming new kid there, and Apache still enjoys a very strong lead. In fact amongst the top million busiest sites, and amongst sites that are actually active, IIS share is continuing on its long-term decline.

It could be that lots of people start on IIS because it's like building with lego bricks and about as easy. As soon as the admins want to do anything reasonably complex, IIS becomes a pain in the neck, because it's like building with lego bricks.

Try again in a couple of years and we'll see if that one-year rise in IIS share amongst all sites including crappy Geocities-esque personal blogs continues, or if, like every other rise in IIS share, it's been a blip that drops as soon as the newbies discover that IIS isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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Re: Probably only suitable for a thumbnail anyway

LOL. Nobody buys a license for their Photoshop

Not these days, anyway. Welcome to the "Creative Cloud", where everything is rented and you own the square root of fuck all.

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DARPA gamifies open-source software testing

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Wasn't this already covered?

Like, several months back?

Aha, looks like last time it was for "commercial software". Well I guess that makes all the difference.

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Google to let Chromebookers take video content OFFLINE

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Gasp.

Google have just discovered the hard drive.

Well fucking done.

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Plucky Playmonaut bails out of smoking Vulture 2

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Re: Why are you

He's also immortal, and ready to jump back into the pod even before you've finished scraping his remains out of the smouldering crater left by the last pod. I don't feel that our Playmonaut is quite so psychotically happy about a hypersonic splashdown.

Maybe we should set the Playmonaut's BadS flag to true.

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Re: Luckily the story is supported by evidence

What, you don't like bird jokes?

Well this is hawkward.

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Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

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What you CAN tell is where the packets are coming from and where they are going to. If you couldn't, then the network would be a notwork.

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Re: Is that a portable access point in your pocket, are you ...

The big blinking LED is a bit of a giveaway.

As for phones, I wouldn't say that a top pocket with a hole in is all that great a length to go to. Somewhat less detectable, too.

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