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3505 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Woz: Google Glass will be SO COOL... just like BLUETOOTH

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Except I have a stereo headset that has all the functions of an earpiece, but doesn't look like a twat-dongle. I guess it's public perception as well as looks.

Didn't people cast doubts on the original Sony Walkman because nobody would want to walk around with headphones on?

(Admittedly, I probably won't be buying Glass myself, but a related device... maybe.)

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Martian MOM LAYS another EGG in SPACE - but it's not big enough

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Nononono. Struts are for when it moves when it's not supposed to. If it doesn't move when it IS supposed to, the correct response is "moar boosters".

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

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Re: A single sign-on which *requires* you to provide your full name

Back in the good old days, telling someone your name was considered rather normal.

On the Internet? Really?

What strange parallel universe do you come from?

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Re: yea google F*ck you

Yes, but now that they're under your real name, maybe everyone will think twice before leaving imbecile YouTube comments. Less Internet pocket lint.

I really hope you're being sarcastic. That or you haven't been looking at any of the comments since the Google+ bullshit started. Really, the crap that the apologists are coming out with is totally disjointed from reality. Apparently forcing Google+ onto people to comment on a youtube video will somehow, magically remove the trolls and kooks?

Just had a quick look and I'm getting "comment fatlos", "reply1", "reply2", "no wone [sic] cares", "first post"... all from comments in the last day or two, on random videos. There are worse, and they are very, very easy to find, especially the ones that declare "FROM GOOGLE+". Oh, and Google+ names such as "Nigger_Gangrape", amongst other less pleasant monikers. Oh and hashtags. Fucking hashtags everywhere, now. If this is your idea of change for the better, you can keep it.

Incidentally, it only takes about a gigabyte or so to make a 24 hour long, 360kbps, 640x360@30fps video displaying the text "FUCK GOOGLE PLUS", along with a 64kbit audio stream of whatever the hell you want (let's say a trololololol loop). Easy enough to upload to your Youtube channel before buggering the fuck off to any other video site on the Web, alongside changing your channel name to "Fuck Google Plus". Think I'll be doing just that.

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FLIGHTMARE! Inflight cell calling debuts, dealing heavy blow to quality of life

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Meh?

So... the problem with someone making a phone call on a plane is what? That you don't get to hear the other side of the conversation?

I could understand if this was some bell-end throwing out random techno like they've never heard of headphones, but are you expecting people to just sit in their seat and not say a word for 6, 9, 18 hours or however long they are sat there for?

Ah yes, hating mobile phone use is fashionable. Even as most of the commentards here (and possibly even Iain Thompson) likely have something more powerful than a 5 year old PC sat in their pocket and connected to the nearest phone tower.

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Watch out spooks: STANDARDS GROUPS are COMING AFTER YOU

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Re: CALEA

I think the idea is that various agencies can tap as much megabit-key-encrypted info as they like. It'll do them no use without a few billion years of supercomputing time.

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GIMP flees SourceForge over dodgy ads and installer

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About time too.

Also, .torrent files might be nice.

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Alleged Peeping Tom claims First Amendment right to upskirt

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I'm sure there is a difference between taking pictures of a slipped boob at the Superbowl, and sticking an upward-pointing spycam in your boots or hiding cameras in changing rooms.

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Brit spymasters: Cheers, Snowden. Terrorists are overhauling their comms

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Am I high?

Because that Martian post nearly made sense.

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Economical Indian MOM whips up her eggs en route to Mars

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Oberth Effect

Or the faster you're going (at least up until relativity kicks in), the more efficient your rockets become. So, that egg shaped orbit means the craft can keep repeating some nicely efficient burns while in a very low, and very fast, part of its highly elliptical.. erm.. eggy, orbit. Using the Earth's momentum as a slingshot and escaping at the right angle also helps.

Yes, I play Kerbal Space Program too.

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Does F-Secure's antivirus turn a blind eye to spook spyware? CEO hits back

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So...

...what about keygens and no-CD patches?

Oh I'm sure you'll get the occasional retard replying to me with "well them evil pirates deserve it". Yeah, I'm sure everyone else hit by the botnet made up of Dem Evul Pie Rats deserve it too.

I have a fully functioning paid copy of BI Studios' Carrier Command that mentioned nothing of bullshit online DRM malware on the box, but most certainly demands a guilty-until-proven-innocent online check once installed. So, I found the crack and patched it. Fuck you, BI. You used to be good.

That crack will probably be detected as a virus of type "keygen" by umpteen different virus scanners, whether it's actually malware or not. What about F-Secure?

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REJOICE! Windows 7 users can get IE11 ... soon they'll have NO choice

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Apparently the EULA with the blocker has the following thing that I may not do:

disclose the results of any benchmark tests of the software to any third party without Microsoft’s prior written approval;

Well, the script completed incredibly quickly. However, it was far more obtuse than it needed to be in order to use. It's not "click and go", it's "click and extract to folder, then run cmd as administrator, then run IE11_Blocker.cmd /B". After that, as a rough benchmark, it runs about as fast as any other 2KB script (oh my, I'm benchmarking some more am I?).

Oh dear, oh dear. Microshaft, fuck you and the horse you rode in on. I'll disclose benchmark results if I want to.

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Google's secret search offer to EU antitrust chief LEAKED by rivals

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Re: Gumby physics fail

And those wires don't run as the crow flies, and your packets don't travel through routers instantaneously.

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Re: I still have no idea...

fragmented joke of an operating system that has about 1% market share?

I hear Linux powers more than half the servers providing the porn that you use to wank yourself to sleep, sweetie.

Not to mention the router you're most likely using. You know I hear Microsoft have been having a little problem in the mobile market. Something about some green robot or other. I mean really it's a virtual machine, but the VM is running on the ol' Toy Unix kernel, and I'm led to believe it's rather popular.

Now wipe your mouth dearie, you're dribbling, and it looks most uncouth. Yes, total war. Whether it's successful or not, well. I see the penguin is still alive and kicking. I know, I know, it's so frustrating for your paymasters to not be able to steamroller over the mobile phone industry like they have done with PCs.

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Re: I still have no idea...

Love it, the conspiracy theorist delusions of a freetard summarised in five words.

Love it. The clueless shilling of a fucktard summarised in a single sentence.

Or are you saying that MSFT haven't been engaged in total war with anything possibly involving open-source software for years? Are you saying that Microsoft have not been trying to lock Linux up behind a patent tax because they simply cannot destroy it no matter how hard they try? It's the antithesis of their entire business strategy, and news sites and articles are littered with examples of MSFT's arseholery.

But apparently I'm a conspiracy theorist, despite the evidence being in plain fucking sight. And apparently a freetard too, despite the money I've spent on software over the years.

Yep, totally delusional.

And what the fuck has this got to do with Google having an abusive monopoly or not, asides Microsoft being one of the ones just desperate to stick the knife in, despite being the worst offender of all?

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I still have no idea...

...how the fuck Google is supposed to have a monopoly. Like I can't type in "yahoo.com" as easily as any other web address? If Google have a monopoly, it's because people want to use them. Because, you know, they're actually good at what they do. Unlike Microsoft, who are at best mediocre, and only continue in business because of the Windows monopoly. Don't forget that this whole complaints procedure has only been brought about because a bunch of "specialised" search operators - you know, those annoying bastards that think that the result you're looking for is Yet Another Search Engine - got pissed off that Google was ranking them down (well surprise fucking surprise). Oh and Microsoft, because Linux.

Seriously, Google have plenty of things you can criticise them about (fuck off, no I don't and will never want Plus), but pulling a Microsoft is certainly not one of them.

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The CURSE of WHO: WHY has there never been a decent videogame with the Doctor?

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Take a leaf out of Sonic CD's book

Multiple representations of "present" and "future".

Put some simple puzzles in that "The Doctor" can solve to change the timeline, put some baddies in that other characters can gratuitiously blast into smithereens, give it a Dead Space 3-style weapon (or screwdriver)-customisation setup, and I think the Beeb could be onto a winner.

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Dodgy Kaspersky update borks THOUSANDS of NHS computers

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Working perfectly.

It detected W32.NSA.Backdoor and removed it!

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Google 'fesses up: Yup, we're KILLING OFF IE9 support for Gmail, Apps

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Coat

Now I know that Google want to turn a browser into an OS for some fucked up cloudy reason, but that's no reason to confuse the two.

...Yeah okay, I'll be going now.

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How Google paved the way for NSA's intercepts - just as The Register predicted 9 YEARS AGO

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Re: Thank you for writing this

https://www.apple.com/privacy/

How we use your personal information

The personal information we collect allows us to keep you posted on Apple’s latest product announcements, software updates, and upcoming events. It also helps us to improve our services, content, and advertising. If you don’t want to be on our mailing list, you can opt out anytime by updating your preferences.

We also use personal information to help us develop, deliver, and improve our products, services, content, and advertising.

Sorry to burst your bubble, bub, but they're all in on it.

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Fury as OS X Mavericks users FORCED to sync contact books with iCloud

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Both have similar unknown quantities when it comes to your personal data.

It's not unknown. It's right there in their privacy policy, bullet-pointed under "How we use your personal information".

To the strange people here who think I'm calling Google some kind of saintly organisation: I'm not. I'm saying Apple are just as nasty and devious. In some ways, moreso.

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At least they haven't blatantly lied to me yet.

Just been rather misleading and very careful about their words, yes.

Your personal information is being used to decide how best to serve adverts up to you, regardless of who you go with. And also most likely being used to decide whether you are a Person Of Interest as far as the NSA is concerned. Google just has the bad press for it, for now.

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Apple made snarky comments about Google using personal information to provide advertisements, while at the same time being deliberately misleading about how they also use your personal information. They use it for the exact same thing that Google do, regardless of whether it is their "main" business or not. Apparently though, it's okay for a bit of data-mining on the side, so long as you make enough money on the hardware too.

To quote https://www.apple.com/privacy/

How we use your personal information

The personal information we collect allows us to keep you posted on Apple’s latest product announcements, software updates, and upcoming events. It also helps us to improve our services, content, and advertising. If you don’t want to be on our mailing list, you can opt out anytime by updating your preferences.

We also use personal information to help us develop, deliver, and improve our products, services, content, and advertising.

Looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck. Chances are, it isn't a chicken.

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Re: Thankfully..

Apparently bidding up to 50p per click to show an advert when someone searches for "lolcats" is the same as selling on your data.

Yeah, I don't know how either.

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So in other words, Google are not selling your data on to anybody.

Just like Apple aren't.

However, if you think both of them are not mining the shit out of every byte they can "to improve our services", and to provide you with "more relevant" ads (or iAds), you're naïve or blind.

And as I mentioned, this flies in the face of their snarky comments not even 48 hours ago.

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And yet they still are collecting and collating masses of information, entirely unnecessarily, which flies in the face of any snarky comments they might make about the world's biggest advertisi^Wsearch company.

Google aren't selling your data to anybody either. They are selling advert space via keyword auction. How is that different to, or rather more "evil", than Apple's own platform, iAds?

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Re: Are there any non-evil computer companies left?

Apple have always, always been Little Microsoft. Their antics with the iThings only confirm this.

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And not two days ago...

Unlike many other companies dealing with requests for customer data from government agencies, Apple's main business is not about collecting information.

REALLY now?

(Hah, linked to in the article, but hey, have the link again anyway.)

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Brazil makes it official: Gov email must be state-run and on-premises

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"NSA's influence waxes"

Wanes, surely?

Or is that what THEY want us to think?

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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"If you are an existing Android user you'd be happy if Santa dropped one down your chimney."

I'd be quite happy if an iPhone or even Windows Abomination 8 landed in my lap.

"For sale: One iPhone/Lumia/Blackberry, never used, pristine condition, box unopened."

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Re: Slightly better phone?

One with the same CPU, RAM and flash amounts, but an SD card?

Of course, "better" is a value judgement, and different people have different values.

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Re: OS Size

Because Android is only "based on" Linux. It's about as much Linux as OS X is a BSD or Mach: Its not.

On top of that Linux kernel is a gigantihuge Dalvik VM. And then you have all the various userspace stuff thrown in on top. Like all the Google apps.

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Re: @ DijitulSupport

"SD cards use the FAT file system"

No they don't. That most come formatted as FAT32, does not mean you can't have them formatted to ext2 or whatever else you like. One quick driver install for the operating systems that still refuse to play ball with anything other than their own shitty filesystems (ohai thar Windows), and the problem is solved.

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If it comes with G+ or nothing, I'll have nothing, thanks all the same. A bit like how I'll not be making any more app reviews (sorry devs, I'd give you five stars on top of the money, but you can blame Google for requiring a Profile and real name), or lately, Youtube comments (I'm sure that soon enough, the only people left commenting on Youtube will be the trolls and other arseholes that everyone thinks the Plus bullshit will prevent).

"If you're the type of rude git that like to play music on public transport you'll be able to irritate other passengers to your heart's content."

This is why I have a set of speakers of my own, and I have this tune ready for just such an occasion. I've had cause to use it a handful of times. Every single time, the nearby passengers tend to grin, nod and/or outright laugh, while the annoying oik who thinks we all share their taste in Happy Hardcore shuts the fuck up and buries their face in a now-silent phone.

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We've invented the FONBLET, says Samsung

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Re: Yes, Invented. @ M Gale

Oh I dunno. I've had 7" tablets before, and they always seem to fit perfectly in a jacket pocket. Ten inch tablets will always need an extra bag or backpack, unless you have pockets like windsocks. I say this as current owner of a (battered, old but still functional) Asus TF201, which sits nicely in the netbook-size padded compartment of a laptop backpack.

Granted, maybe a seven incher won't fit down the front or back of a tight pair of Levis (insert lewd joke here), but then who with any sense puts anything breakable in the pockets most likely to break them?

Plus a seven incher is still passable as a phone if on the very large side, whereas a ten incher really does start looking Dom Joly-ish. That's assuming it even comes with a phone chipset and dialler app.

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Re: Yes, Invented.

5"-7" tablets are moronic? Ridiculous? And utterly so?

Explain.

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Apple: How we slip YOUR data to govts – but, hey, we're not Google

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Re: "...our business does not depend on collecting personal data..."

And yet they collect that juicy data anyway. Why?

Because money. They are a business if you hadn't noticed.

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EYE-GASMIC: Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display

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then wired ethernet is not the fastest solution around either.

It is, however, vastly speedier than any wifi solution. Also, Gigabit? That's pretty standard these days, to the point that any old budget PC has a 10/100/1000 port. What about 10 or 100 gig? Pricey to be sure, but this is an Apple device.

I'm pretty sure that a 100 gigabit connection would do for now, at least.

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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Re: That's Theresa May for you.

Hah, I think the best one I heard was over the plans to introduce a carrier bag tax. The plonker being interviewed said "Well, you don't have to buy anything."

Really? Does one get one's butler to shop for one? Or is this simply stating that you're right, you don't have to buy anything, including food, as survival is not legally mandatory?

Idiot in either case.

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Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

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Re: Motorcycle Helmets

+1 for the pointers.

Open-face though? You brave bastard. There's a pretty infamous picture around of what happens when you hit concrete face-first wearing one of those things. Be very wary of clicking this link. What is seen cannot be unseen.

(To whoever's moderating this comment section: Call it shock therapy, and please don't zap this post.)

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Re: Tesco, stock your shelves

and if they scan a card, I leave without my items and without paying, and don't return.

They are only going to scan a clubcard if you give it to them to scan.

Me, I've never had my Tesco Clubcard scanned, because I don't have a clubcard. The little bar code on the bottom of the receipt gets given to someone who wants the points. Tesco's database gets just that little bit tainted, someone gets 0.00001p off their next purchase. Win/win, really.

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Late with your ransom payment? Never mind, CryptoLocker crooks will, er, give you a break

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And this is why you keep backups.

For the small satisfaction of sending the crooks a 500MB non-compressed bitmap of your middle finger raised high, shortly after nuking the system and reinstalling from scratch.

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Can't stand the heat? Harden up if you want COLD, DELICIOUS BEER

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Re: Nothing to do with

(BTW this is why water-cooled PC systems should be filled with water which has been boiled, then cooled - no dissolved air to bubble out in awkward parts of the loop)

Dunno about yourself, but I use ethylene glycol. Antifreeze, basically. Cheap, widely available, nowhere near as corrosive as water, and tends to already come coloured in a nice shade of blue. You could use food-grade propylene glycol if for some reason you think someone might try to drink the coolant. The term "water cooled" is a misnomer when applied to PC liquid cooling systems. Using water (even the deionized sort) inamongst copper, aluminium and whatever differing metals are in a liquid cooling system is asking for trouble. Or perhaps a practical demonstration of the "sacrificial anode" concept.

See also this link. It may save you a lot of bother and no insignificant amount of money!

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Nuke-whisperers stuff terabytes of flash into heretical 'Catalyst' super

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Re: Flash Memory

I guess on something with the size and budget of that beast, you treat SSDs in the same way as the valves in ENIAC: Replace when blown. Carry on.

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BETHLEHEM-grade SUPERNOVA possible 'within 50 years'

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Re: It'll be cloudy, overcast, and foggy that day

Damn shame, because that one that tore over the UK in March (and another one later in the year, that a friend of mine told me about) was truly apocalyptically awesome to watch.

You just have to be looking in the right place during the right 20 second window.

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IT'S patent WAR: Apple, Microsoft vs Google, Samsung, Huawei

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Re: I hope

I imagine Google has quite the number of Search-related patents that would make operating Bing an entirely more difficult process.

Even more amusing if amongst their various recent patent purchases, they find something that Windows relies on.

I think software and method patents need to die and quickly. Hell, the entire patent system has already been fucked up because of allowing crap like this, and by allowing patents to be a transferrable asset. We just didn't hear the crash over the banshee-like wail of the lawyers.

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Re: Patent trolls

Everyone who has any dealings with anything even remotely related to Linux, such as Android, has probably had a nastygram from Microsoft by now. That psychopathic company whose entire business model revolves around finding ways to tax whole industries, has been running scared of a free OS made by a student since its invention in the 1990s. Admittedly, their usual trick is to use a patsy company like SCO to do their dirty work, or spread a whole bunch of disingenious FUD.

Or, pay people to make trollish comments.

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UK.gov forks out £250k to rescue EROTIC novelists and pals from PIRATES

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Re: As UK courts will not enforce copyright in grossly immoral works...

porn, which by definition is grossly immoral.

I would like to see that assertion defended. It might be interesting to see the logical contortions necessary to reason that recording the act of generation (amongst other acts) is "by definition" immoral, especially grossly so.

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'It seems that the OSes and devices are based on the Devil'

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Re: Built in China per chance?

I'm thinking more "ammonia-based cleaning solution", but.. yeah, stray lolcats is a funnier idea.

I can has potty training?

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Google barge erection hypegasm latest - What's in the box?

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Re: New World Order prediction...

What, you mean you never saw those Milk Tray adverts years ago?

Hey, I think I just found the name for Android's "M" incarnation.

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