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Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

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Dafuq?

You here from Conservapedia, or WorldNetDaily?

You see many pimps flogging alcohol? Exactly.

Also, you seem to be rather acquainted with the practises of such people. Familiar, even.

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Re: Next step:

Like "Sativex"?

That's another mowie-wowie-based medicine that is rather effective for MS, Chrons (so I'm told by people with it) and neuropathic disorders. GW pharma say you can't get high on it. Someone I know who has drunk a whole 100-spray bottle would like to disagree with GW pharma.

I'll also reflect the sentiments by various commentards: Why legalise a plant that people can grow in their own homes for free, when you can charge the NHS £240/month for every prescription?

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Will you strap on a Google KitKat 4.4 smartwatch this month?

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Re: Good efforts

I didn't realise that most people don't need a "real" computer

Most people I know who have computing devices still have a "real" computer, either desktop or some flavour of laptop. It's just that many people now also have a tablet or smartphone for Internet or games on the go without the two hour battery life of a craptop, or the shitness of a netbook with an Atom processor running software designed around quad core i7s.

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Coming soon to Twitter: Inboxes BULGING with DMs from world+dog

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Re: And the problem is?

but currently there is no other way for them to communicate privately.

Email?

Or if you're not in a massive hurry, you could get the old pen and paper out. Envelope. First class stamp. Done.

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Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

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You sound like one of the people I've known who look at me like I'm insulting them after getting in the car and immediately putting the seat belt on.

I'll tell you what I tell them after they accuse me of accusing them of being a bad driver: It's not you. It's every other fucker on the road.

Of course with an attitude like that, it's a bit of the driver as well, but I don't tell them that.

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Other thing is what happens in a dip or remote area where the GPS/cell signal is crap?

Then you have a problem that a better phone or battery-eating GPS tracking is not going to solve.

Wonder if anybody still listens to CB channel 9?

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Re: 999 or 112

Given the situation that many people will be in when they want emergency services, I don't think many people will be thinking too clearly about which number to dial. They might even skip the whole "unlock the phone" palaver and hit the emergency call button instead. Which dials 999.

The question is, why does 999 not use tower triangulation if 112 does?

And personally, I thought the emergency services had access to the phone's location chippery anyway. Meh.

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NHS tears out its Oracle Spine in favour of open source

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Re: Splunk?

I see a few people complaining about silly names in IT, without realising that IT in general is peppered with silliness.

Really, iPad? Am I supposed to wear the thing, stick a parrot on one shoulder and shout "ARRR, JIM LAD" at random people?

Hey, what should we call this phone that's going to be used by a gazillion serious business-types and their workforce? Oh, I know: Blackberry. That's real sensible. Let's give all the workers blackberries. Yep.

Windows? You're going to install windows on my computer? Surely that's the sort of thing that hardcore gamers do to their PCs so they can show off the triple-SLI water cooled GPU rig that cost them two month's wages?

While we're at it, what kind of a name is COBOL? Was someone reading really bad Space Opera when they thought that one up?

Smallest piece of information you can store in a computer? Let's call it a bit. Oh, you want a name for a collection of bits? Well, a byte, obviously. Half a byte? A nybble, of course.

Apple Macintosh? Quark Xpress? Acorn?

Yes, a silly name is quite enough to have an otherwise very useful product, company or service laughed out of the city.

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Oracle says open source has no place in military apps

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Re: There was only *one* "original" ORACLE!

+1 just for mentioning Digitiser. Biffo or Hairs really should be writing for the Reg. I think they'd fit right in perfectly.

Reveal-o-texts, Turner the Worm and moc moc-a-moc. Dammit. Nostalgia.

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Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper

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Re: Gee Plus Only (for now)

This may be true for new accounts...

It's not even true for new accounts. Go through the setup procedure. Once you get to "congratulations, now give us all your private information so we can spaff it to the world in a G+ account", you close the browser. Then reopen and log in with your new account, minus Google Facebook.

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Microsoft: Oh PLEASE, HTC. Who says Windows Phone can't go on an Android mobe? – report

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Re: Not going to happen - look what happened to HTC last time.

http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_os-GB-monthly-201209-201309

Try less than 5%. Blackberry is more fantastically successful in the UK than Windows Phone is, and this is a region where iOS still leads things. As for "fastest growing", by what metric? I'm looking at those charts of actual usage (not phones stuffed into warehouses and shops), and Windows Phone is looking pretty flat to me.

Nobody wants it, even though it's being advertised absolutely everywhere and talked about by all the tech sites and consumer magazines. If Microsoft are lucky, and they waste a few more billion, they might make 4th or 5th over the next 5 or 6 years or so, at current growth rates. That's assuming Google hasn't bought them by then.

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I think a funnier option would be HTC saying something like "tell you what, we'll ignore Windows Phone AND your shitty tax on anything not Windows."

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So it seems that the lethal dose of marijuana has been established.

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FAIL

So it seems that the lethal dose for marijuana has been established.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/10/04/newser-marijuana-death/2922011/

About 1100lbs.

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Apple's new non-feline Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, ready to go

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Decide on the conclusion and jump to it eh?

Explain?

Because those Windows 3.1 apps sure look like compressed memory to me.

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I figured "compressed memory" were what the various ram-pack programs for Windows 3.1 and 9x were doing years, and years ago? They tended to make things run slower, if not as slow as virtual memory.

So long as Apple don't try to claim this as some kind of innovation, then yay.

[quote]Here are just a few of the innovations that will make your Mac work smarter, not harder....[/quote]

Oh. Well then. How unusual.

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A-D'OH!-BE: Adobe hit by 'sophisticated' MEGA HACK RANSACK

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Obviously if you've bought Adobe's products as a disk from a shop and paid cash for them, you won't be affected.

OH, WAIT.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra: The quad-core 2.2GHz MEGA SCREEN PHONDLESLAB

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Re: more than £600 unlocked

Let's see what the price is approximately a fortnight after the next Nexus release, eh?

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Re: Bigger is not necessarily better...

Thing is, up until some cock robbed it, the old first-edition Galaxy Tab 7 incher I had functioned quite nicely as a phone. Yes, it does fit in a pocket. Just not some skinny jeans pocket.

Try it. You might like it.

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Re: Looks like a nice bit of kit..

My Arc S started on 2.x and is now on 4.x? I wouldn't say "never updated".

Though, it might get the Cyanogen treatment at some point.

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Look out, Gartner: Behold the El Reg all-Flash Quadragon™ wonder map-o-graphic

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Manky Quadragon?

I guess it fits in with the cute (but not that cute) little Snapdragon mascot that keeps getting plastered over the site borders lately.

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Microsoft investors push for Bill Gates defenestration: report

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Re: "the company's audacious early goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"

Amiga was never "niche", except later in its life when the PC got the 3DFX card to go with the Soundblaster Pro and 16. If you were as old as me, you'd know that the Amiga was the shit back in its day. Microsoft operating systems were still a whole bunch of 640k limits and creating custom config.sys and autoexec.bat files to make stuff work properly.

What MS got that many people failed to get is having a half-decent office suite, but it would only run on their half-baked OS. MS did nothing, precisely nada to lower the prices of PCs. Amstrad did more than they ever would, with a "pile it high, sell it cheap" mentality that might not have resulted in the best hardware, but resulted in "good enough" to run Microsoft's incredibly expensive office software along with the operating system seemingly designed from the start to lock everyone into it.

You might laugh, but Linux and the Penguinistas have done more to make PCs affordable than Microsoft ever have. Yes, really. Microsoft can't get away with charging more than the cost of the hardware on an office suite any more, when products such as OO.o and LO.o are "good enough", and free. The Microsoftians know this as well, hence their total war against free with proxy companies, groups, and unproven patent allegations.

I will state again that the only role Microsoft has ever played is to demand a toll to cross a bridge made of everybody else's hard work.

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Re: "the company's audacious early goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"

So what you're saying is Dell did more than Microsoft.

As did Compaq, Amstrad, HP, Gateway, even ye olde Time Computers. Before that, Sinclair, Commodore and Atari were blazing the home-computing trail in a way that the PC only managed to follow once companies like 3DFX, Creative Labs, ATI and NVidia managed to make the PC a viable proposition for the home (ie: made it do good graphics and sound).

The only role Microsoft played in any of this was as a troll charging a tax to cross a bridge that everyone else made.

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"the company's audacious early goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"

No thanks to the company in question. I think that happened in spite of Microsoft rather than because of them.

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Dixons preps home 3D printer for plastic-piping punters

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Re: 52 quid for a block of plastic?

Most of the reason why inkjet manufacturers get away with the shit prices on ink, is they are giving the printers away at below-cost.

So, what's Cube's excuse?

And as people above have mentioned, I'm waiting for a version that will take any old ground-up thermoplastic. 52 quid for something that should be costing about 50p? Fuck off.

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52 quid for a block of plastic?

After nearly 1200 quid on the printer?

Yeah. No.

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Google gets closer to EU antitrust deal over search dominance 'abuse'

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Re: how utterly predictable

On Google's search page the other day was a link to the new Nexus 7 tablet. If that isn't market abuse I don't know what is.

Please tell me you're just trolling?

Only I just saw several links to Microsoft Windows on that Bing thing. I only wanted to look up some prices on double glazing, too.

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

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Re: @James Hughes 1

The thing about expert systems, is you generally need experts on hand to train them. AI is generally done top-down, not bottom-up. The moment the latter happens to any extent where experts are no longer required, is the moment we start building our own (perhaps slightly perturbed) GSVs and other Minds. Or rather, it's the moment they start building themselves.

Then we're all out of a job!

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The LSD trick cyclist, the 1980s pop-star and video games to REPROGRAM YOUR BRAIN

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Re: Plane or plain

Nope, you got the right one (plane, that is).

It just happens to also be a good excuse for a godawful pun.

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Ubuntu 13.10: Meet the Linux distro with a bizarre Britney Spears fixation

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Sounds to me like you just proved andreas koch's point big style!

Unless I'm completely misreading their post, Koch's point was about the UI. I'm pointing out that there was a lot more disliked about Win95 than the UI. Hell, the Win95 UI wasn't a radical break from Win3.11. You could still use Windows 95 without touching the Start menu, creating folders on the desktop just like you would with the old progman (which was still included in Windows 95, as already mentioned).

Windows 8 (and Unity) on the other hand, seem to be more about turning desktop computers into phones. No ta. I'd rather have something that works, without some OS X-alike unified menu bar, either. And, as mentioned, I'm wondering how well KDE, XFCE and other less phone-like UIs will work with Mir?

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Re: 'if you're stuck using proprietary drivers'

And with the SteamOS announcement, this should become the norm rather than the exception.

So long as it doesn't come with Steam, I'll be happy.

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Re: @ Pete 2 - Reversing Moore's Law

Windows 95 was a big change and a lot of people didn't like it at first, now there's a change away from that paradigm and most people want to stay with it.

I remember the most hate about WIndows 95 was the sheer amount of hard drive space it required, and it breaking compatibility with a crapton of stuff that came before. There were the lies about "your DOS programs now run faster than ever", the price, and the fact that up until Windows 95, at least you could buy alternative operating systems that worked with the vast majority of software (except Microsoft software, natch).

However, at least Windows 95 included progman if you still wanted to use it that way. Does Windows 8 have the start menu? No, it has a shitty phone UI and you will eat it up and say Thankyou Sir.

Speaking of which, will KDE, XFCE and other desktop environments more suited to the desktop environment continue to work in Mir?

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OUCH: Google preps ad goo injection for Android mobile Gmail app

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Re: Google Fleas

Compared to iAds?

Oh god, just one letter-swap out.

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Would you hire a hacker to run your security? 'Yes' say Brit IT bosses

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Re: Certainly not the ones I know who would fail the piss test.

And if the company gives two hoots about what you do in your private time, is it really a company you want to work for?

Q1: Can they do the job?

Q2: Can they do it well?

If the above two questions are answered successfully, all else should not matter. Save the moralising for the Mary Whitehouse Appreciation Society.

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ATOM SMASHER ON A CHIP technology demonstrated

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Ghostbusters backpacks for real?

Just remember to not cross the streams.

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WET SPOT found on MARS: NASA rover says 'high percentage'

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Re: Just heat it up a bit?

The infrastructure for melting the Martian polar ice is already in place

Not unless we're in an old Arnie movie, it isn't.

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French data cops to Google: RIGHT, you had your chance. PUNISHMENT time

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Re: Are they splitting hairs?

A service that didn't sell user's data or advertise at them would have to be funded by subscription fees. Now, when was the last time something like that worked on the Internet?

Ask Blizzard or CCP?

Vimeo seem to have a paid service too, if you fancy an alternative to Youtube.

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If the US can nab UK businessmen for offering online services which are legal in the UK then why can't France grab him if they get the chance?

There's a reason the film isn't called "Team France: World Police."

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Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

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(Side issue is the rather small likelihood of being sent one of the those letters from your ISP)

Return the letter with a photograph of the physical media and a politely-worded "fuck off". Perhaps with some kind of implied legal threat of your own.

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EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

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Re: Yeah right.

Or, the typical Reg commentard believes it is their right to be a complete prick to anyone

Criticising poor service is "being a prick"?

Or would that be the denying of access to anybody who criticises poor service?

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And if I were the airline employee then I might have risked a quip about getting the cattleprod out, depending on the humour of the situation. That or just quietly smirked. Maybe even side with the customer whilst also admitting that there's little that I could do about it. Give them a complaints number perhaps. Really, giving someone the 3rd degree over "moo"?

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Re: M Gale "It's called free speech"

And then starts publically slagging you & your company off ?

A few years ago, I was a PC World employee.

Try "suck it up and get on with it"? There is a marked difference between criticism and abuse. Actually, I kept my job there for so long despite not having the best sales figures because dammit, I had so few complaints. Customers liked me. Tended to come back more often because of that. Partly because I didn't respond to criticism with "right, fuck off, out of the shop, you." In fact, in many cases I would agree wholeheartedly with some of the stuff that customers came out with. Why act like a pissy jobsworth? Life's too short, and the company certainly isn't going to reward blind loyalty anyway. Yes sir, you are absolutely right, that is a terrible price for a USB 1.1-rated cable. Unfortunately there is little I can do about it, however my figures for today are not too bad. If you're buying a printer and ink, I can probably discount it for you.

Professionalism. Something an Easyjet employee or two might do well to learn about.

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Re: "It's called free speech"

Typical, a lawyer trying to scare people to get what he wants.

Typical, a pissy employee of a substandard airline trying to play God because someone had the temerity to not worship the ground they walk on.

Take a look at what happened here. The guy might be a shark, but he's also incidentally happened to defend your rights as well as his own. Or, do you think that somehow a shit airline should not be criticised?

OH GOD I'LL NEVER BE ABLE TO GET ON AN EASYJET FLIGHT NOW!!!!

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US House Republicans: 'End net neutrality or no debt ceiling deal' – report

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Re: The Republican Dream@ecofeco

you must mean when they ended Slavery

That would be the British, who then used their naval power to lean on other nations, including the US. For less than pure reasons no doubt, but still, there you go.

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Google reveals its Hummingbird: Fly, my little algorithm - FLY!

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site:theregister 2009 + IPv6

Might have something to do with Google getting rid of the "+" operator?

And all for a "social network" that only has such a high user count because they're trying every dirty trick in the book to pretend that all of its youtube, gmail and other users even want the damned thing.

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Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE

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Re: "Oops. Did hitting that mess something up for you?"

A Windows keyboard - smells less than pouring your beer into the fan but not as nice.

Power buttons on the keyboard is something Apple Macs had first. It's just as fucking annoying on them, too. Think different? Yeah, right.

Amusingly, the keyboard I'm using thankfully has no such retardedness on it. Model? Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 800.

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Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES

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Security theatre aside, wouldn't a bit of yellow tape strung across the entrance kinda indicate that this is not an entrance for unauthorised personnel?

Really. Couple of $ worth of yellow gaffer tape to tide them over until the airport can afford a barrier. Emergency vehicles can still plough on through, and you'd have to be exceptionally, undeserving-of-a-driving-license thick in order to not notice it.

There. No need to thank me. Just get it done before some lost driver collapses some undercarriage and makes a few hundred people go splat.

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App Store ratings mess: What do we like? Sigh, we dunno – fanbois

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Sega Vs Nintendo

See above.

Of course, now there's Sonic games on the Nintendo (3)DS. Never thought I'd see that happen.

I'm now waiting for the Marylin Manson & Cliff Richard concert to be announced. Think they'd make a nice duet?

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Google tentacle slips over YouTube comments: Now YOUR MUM is at the top

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Oh lovely

First they insisted on Google+ to rate or comment on an Android app.

Sorry, Android devs, but you'll never get another rating or review out of me, and that's why.

And now they're integrating the shit into Youtube comments? Gee, I wonder what I'll be doing about that then? What I won't be doing, is having anything to do with Google+.

Note to the chocolate factory: If I wanted a Facebook, I'd have a Facebook. I don't, so I don't.

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Fandroids at pranksters' mercy: Android remote password reset now live

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Re: same or similar on Windows Phone

What would anyone do with a Windows 8 license?

Inflict it upon an innocent victim with neither mercy nor remorse.

There's some sick fuckers out there.

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F-16 fighter converted to drone

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Re: By the time kids today are old enough to be pilots

Not just that, but a catastrophic loss of remote control could possibly end up with the aircraft making a dead-reckoning (assuming GPS has been jammed) return to safety, all by itself. It only needs to be so accurate to get back to a friendly area, then either command can be restored, or the aircraft can self destruct upon depletion of fuel. Or, just maybe, the aircraft can crashland somewhere flat and open and at least be partly salvageable.

It's not like a few people with some garden shed engineering can't build a small-scale craft that can return to base under autonomous control. The current SPB project seems to be shaping up in exactly that direction.

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