* Posts by M Gale

3526 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

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

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

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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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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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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

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"had its funding removed in 2008...."

You mean "was completed in 2008, but now we'll let you know what we've had flying for years, in case Snowden leaks it anyway, besides, we already have a better model"?

See icon.

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'It's a joke!' ... Bill Gates slams Mark Zuckerberg's web-for-the-poor dream

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Re: "helplessly watching a child die"

As an experiment, go home tonight, eat some raw chicken and prawns...

Anybody with an education, possibly obtained with help from the Internet, would not do something so fucking stupid.

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Lenovo stands up rinky-dinky new Yoga tablet

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Re: Idiot

Because all the cheapy stuff that got threw out to see what sticks over the last 33 years or so has really damaged Microsoft.

Except Amstrad probably did more to put a PC in every home than Microsoft ever could. Whups.

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So many 'cyberspying hackers' about... and most of you are garbage

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Re: There is good news however

Or a medal. Depends on which three letter agency you're hacking for, no?

Personally, I had no idea that turning a couple of old heatsinks and a peltier element into a bottle cooler could land me in prison. I hope the Judge and Jury look kindly on me. I was just being curious!

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HGST pops out 1TB fondleslab disc as thin as a digestive biscuit

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Re: Fondleslab Disc?

You want something portable, deal with less disk space :)

Or just plug the 500GB USB-powered spinning-rust HDD I have, into the USB port on the convertible Droidslab that I also have. Which doesn't have its sensor and screen glass glued together and is just a little bit massively more repairable than the Macbook Air, and rather thin. And also years old.

Oddly enough, it was the Applistas who were saying how using a smaller screen was a stupid idea when Samsung brought out the original Tab. Apparently now, whacking in a bigger screen is a stupid idea. Seems that you can't win unless you have a fucking gigantic glowing fruit on the back of the device.

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Do+ you+ use+ Google+? Seemingly+ you+ DO+

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Just so you know in future:

When you've done creating the Youtube account, and it starts with the "yay, now give us your real name so we can make a Plus profile for you", just close the browser window. You now have a Youtube account, minus the extra added unwanted shit.

No, I don't know why they do it like that either. Force me to make a Plus account though, and my "real name" will be Fuckmeister McFuck, and every post will be a Fuckwall, and every picture will be the most awful porn I can find.

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Google tired of endless AGONY over alleged EU search biz abuse

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Re: All this fuss

Its not as if it is particularly hard for anyone to switch to another search engine or maps provider.

This, and a thousand times this.

You can firewall the entire Google IP range out of your network and continue to use the rest of the Internet largely unimpeded. What happens to all that expensive Windows software if you uninstall Windows? Are there any Windows-compatible alternatives? Can you download Windows for free?

Yeah, didn't think so.

Wasn't the entire Windows API designed specifically to lock any competition out? To make the cost of switching to any alternatives so prohibitively expensive that people would put up with any old shit, so long as their software keeps working?

Thought so.

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

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Re: Wow the scope for finger pointing when it doesn't work..

Quite a lot actually. Microsoft made loads of contributions to Linux for instance.

The most significant contribution I've heard of Microsoft dishing out to the Linux kernel has been something about Hyper V.

This wasn't through choice. This was through Microsoft breaking the terms of the GPL, being found out, and being told that they either cease to distribute their code forthwith, or release it as GPL, as per the terms of the code they half-inched. They then painted this as an exercise in generosity, rather than the truth of being caught with their pants down.

All while continuing to threaten anybody daring to use the toy Unix without paying them a tax over dodgy patents that they still won't disclose, and which still haven't been properly examined (because they haven't been disclosed). This is without getting into the ethics of even allowing software patents in the first place.

I'll ask again: What does Microsoft have to do with Open Source?

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Re: Does Android Need More Fragmentation?

Swap out old CPU block, insert new CPU block, OS gets updated with the CPU? Hell, it might even promote a better chance of getting upgrades for the existing hardware, what with manufacturers not having the incentive to persuade you to buy a whole new device any more.

ALTHOUGH:

Really, after trying to use an older model iPad with a newer revision of iOS, I don't know whether having a bleeding-edge OS revision on older hardware, at least with locked down toys like smartphones and tablets, is a really good idea.

Tap.. tap.. fucking REACT YOU SLOW PIECE OF SHIT.. tap.. tap.. ah, there we are.

Seriously, don't ever listen to some iFan saying anything about Android glitches. An old phrase about stones and glass houses comes to mind.

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Not just phones. Leave the 3G/4G or other radio chipsets out, and you've got a (hopefully cut price) Android powered iPod.

Maybe there could be options for D pads and button modules? Screen in the middle, D pad on left, buttons on right, instant handheld games console. Swap the D pad and buttons around if you're southpaw (or just like it that way).

Bloody big camera lense on back, screen on front, sack everything else off asides an SD card module, and you have yourself a "smart" camera.

This could really be an awesome development.

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Re: Wow the scope for finger pointing when it doesn't work..

Lumia?

What on Earth does Microsoft have to do with open source? And what does that dongle linked to, from 2004, have to do with Phonebloks? Bit of a Chewbacca argument really.

And why are you trying to get wifi in a tunnel under the ground?

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I think the idea is it's priced up to however many modules you want.

I thought this was a damned smart idea when I saw the kickstarter, and I still do. As far as locking mechanisms go, this was solved a long while ago with the ZIF socket, no?

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Samsung is officially the WORLD'S BIGGEST smartphone maker

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World's biggest smartphone maker?

Or maker of the world's biggest smartphones?

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Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

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Re: Edge Snapping == Fail

Dunno why so many downvotes. Edge snapping has only ever annoyed me, and that's since way before the Xbox.

Side by side comparisons? What's wrong with putting the two windows.. err... side by side?

(Or top and bottom, or one corner and t'other, or pretty much wherever you like, and not have to be careful not to move the windows a modicum in the wrong direction and OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE...)

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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Pirate

Since when did that prevent the switchover to block-o-vision TV?

Really, DAB can sound better than FM, however it frequently doesn't. As far as one of the advertised benefits of coping with interference goes... utter bollocks.

Still, at least the digital switchover will leave plenty of room on the FM dial for the stations that play decent music. See icon.

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Brit bloke busted over backdoor blagging of US troops' data

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Re: You can already hear the defence

perhaps peter sutcliffe could appeal on the same grounds? <sarc>

Comparing someone who broke into a few boxes, with the Yorkshire fucking Ripper?

Aye, no wonder you posted anonymously.

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Only a merciful BULLET can really save a RHINO, say Texas hunters

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Re: Conclusion

Let the hunter use nowt but an air rifle and he'll be entitled to brag.

Only if limited to the UK's license free requirement of 12 ft/lb or less. Air rifles can be more powerful than firearms.

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

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Re: @Greg J Preece

You are fired. Why? For wasting company time playing with your toy.

That'll be my Mother in the hospital, and a sueball heading your way. Here, catch.

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

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Re: Dells?

a pleasure to see on your desk or lap.

Speak for yourself. I'm not a fan of massive logos, especially ones that glow in the fucking dark.

I'll say the same thing to Apple that I'll say to Nike, Adidas and all the rest: You want me to be a billboard for your products? Pay me.

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Re: @Mr C Hill - Batteries!

Glue uses the same principles.

So do a few strips of rubber sponge.

But I take it, from your still-in-use Amstrad, that you go shopping rather rarely.

Har. Actually I have a more modern example in the shape of an Asus TF201 with cracked sensor glass. Only reason I haven't replaced it yet is that it still works. As and when I do replace it (IF I replace it instead of turning the device into a low power, silent test server thanks to the complete LAMP-like stack you can get for Android), I've done some research. The screen is not glued to the sensor. 50 quid including parts, labour, collection and delivery, which while not exactly pennies, is a damned sight cheaper than the cost of a new device.

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FFS. I realise apple didn't 'go with the flow' PC wise, but there are FA other consumer products which are upgradable

[citation needed]

- why the f&ck do you expect a laptop to be????

Uhm, because every other laptop is?

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Re: Batteries!

You've got it wrong: they are consumables and consumables are replaced, not repaired.

In what insane world are laptops, tablets and phones "consumable"? Do you eat a laptop? Does it slowly disappear with use? My fully functional (not that this means much) Amstrad PPC640 in the corner certainly hasn't been consumed, though the space for 10 C cells hasn't been filled for quite some time.

Batteries are consumable. Limited life. They are consumed as you use them. This is why they usually only come with a six month warranty. Welding the battery into the laptop does not make the laptop a consumable, regardless of how much the bods at Apple would like it to be so.

At the prices they charge for their computers, they really have no excuse not to make something that can last 5, 10 years or more, AND have the battery, hard drive and other components upgraded or replaced.

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Re: re: ac 20:25

particularly those published by Popcap/EA and has the nonsensical 5-activations limit?

I agree that this is complete crap, along with any other kind of online DRM bullshit. It has nothing to do with piracy, and everything to do with dictating what you can do with what you have bought.

However, companies are only pulling this shit, because people keep buying it. Just remember that computer games are toys, and there are some awesome toys out there that you can buy for less than the cost of a "AAA" title from EA, Valve, Ubisoft and whoever else likes to infect their toys with malware.

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Re: Batteries!

Not even a few grammes to the weight. What's wrong with just having soft-case cells with plugs on the end that go straight into the motherboard? Milligrams extra at most, including some neoprene (or similar) sponge attached to the chassis to provide enough pressure and friction to stop 'em moving around.

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It's not a PC, this is for real humans, not hack-a-whacks.

Don't go making excuses for shitty, corner-cutting, penny-pinching design. This is a "premium" product with an associated price tag. I'm sure they could afford some screws.

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Do Not Track W3C murder plot fails by handful of votes

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And that's why you use things like TrackMeNot. If you can't go under the radar, you might as well obliterate it with chaff.

Only problem with TMN is it seems to only hit search engines with random sentences. It needs to start spreading out and spidering the web, really. And presenting itself as multiple user agents. And ignoring robots.txt, however rude that might seem.

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OS X Mavericks mail client spews INFINITE SPAM

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Re: I can help a brother: "our preferred word processor, Lotus/IBM Symphony"

ASCII? Really now?

£££££££££

If you can see the above, you're not reading ASCII. Extended ASCII at best, and even then only if you have the right code-page loaded.

And if you really think either vi or emacs are at all suitable as word processors (as opposed to script editors, a task at which I'm sure they excel, so long as you don't mind learning obsolete or esoteric keyboard shortcuts that no modern editor uses), I may want to give you a percussive introduction to a clue-by-four.

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Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes

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Re: Two problems actually

Mobiwol, for when you really need to tell an app to Fuck Off. Find the entry for Overdrive, hit the mobile data icon to firewall it out, and problem solved.

No root required either, which is nice.

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How I BLEW my co-workers' HEADS OFF ... without going to jail

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Paperclip, rubber band.

Those things are bloody lethal. Don't whatever you do hit the suspended ceiling tiles, unless you want the evidence of your tomfoolery stuck in polystyrene foam, ten feet up.

In less office-like environments, a little pallet wrap can go a long way. Clear across the warehouse in fact, when bunched up into a ball. As for the end-caps from cardboard tubes, those make rather lovely impromptu frisbees.

And oh, the fun you can have with a pump truck, PPT or LLOP, and a wet floor. Dangerous, but fun.

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