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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

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Screw 0871, 09xx is where it's at.

Depending on the profitability of an 09xx number, that might tempt me to sign up myself (under a John Doe name and photograph, of course).

Then leave it on a tape recorded loop of "fuck you, pay me."

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THE HORROR: Bloody SLAB sales slash fest forecast for 2013

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Re: Why...

Just remember that "analysis" is a portmanteau of "anal" and "lysis".

So think of them as exploding arseholes and you'll never be short of a giggle or two.

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Dopey dope-growing dope smoked out by own dope dope-growing vid

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All the filtering in the world doesn't help when the grow op keeps popping the fuse of a local distrribution transformer.

If you're dragging that much juice out of the grid, you're either doing it on an industrial scale, or doing it wrong.

There's people out there running grow tents for their own personal, on less than 150 watts. Why have a 400w or 1000w High Pressure Sodium bulb + ballast combo (and associated heat) when a 100w or 200w cluster of CFL grow-lamps does the job? You can even switch between high-K veg lamps and low-K bud lamps, if you're not just using feminized autos. Even the ventilation fan you'll typically run through an £80-£90 variac at 80-100 volts or so (assuming a 230v supply) to keep the noise level down. All it needs to do is slowly cycle the air out of your tent and through the filter, and you use negative pressure to keep the stink where it belongs.

Google "autoflowering" versus "photoperiod" if you're wondering what I mean by "feminized autos". If you're on this site and don't know what a variac is... oh just google it. Also known as a variable transformer. Think Steampunk Dimmer Switch, only minus the awful hum that dimmers induce in a circuit.

Me? Well, I'm quite legally clean, otherwise I wouldn't dare make comments like these on a web site. I just happen to know a thing or two.

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Re: "manufacturing a controlled drug".

"Probably why they're doing it. Legalize on a trial basis and watch people go mad. Ban it again as dangerous because it was unregulated."

Legalize on a trial basis, watch the plan backfire as people fail to go mad and violent crime drops due to people being far too content to sit on the sofa munching pizza and cookies than go out, get leathered on cheap lager and start a riot.

The awesome thing about weed is it's not like you're going to accidentally brew methanol if you get it wrong. If it does get legalized more widely though, the thing to do is challenge the convention that "getting high on weed" == "smoking weed". The "smoking" part is the only dangerous bit, and it's entirely unnecessary.

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Re: "manufacturing a controlled drug".

High enough temperature? No. High temperatures ruin THC, breaking it down into CBN, CBD and other cannibinoids that may or may not have a medicinal use, but are pretty useless if you just want to get stoned. That's why you very gently heat your butter+bud concoction, rather than frying it.

So I've heard.

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Re: Please stop with the "Growing plants" thing

"If I wanted to produce enough opium for personal consumption i'd need acres and acres of poppies, not four or five plants in a loft/shed/garage."

You would be surprised.

The people growing acres, are the ones in Afghanistan going for industrial production. A patch of poppies in your garden would make enough opium to get you very, very high for quite a while. Or dead. Opium's a bit more dangerous than marijuana's 1:40,000 high-to-dead ratio. Rather more addictive, too.

(Alcohol is something like 1:6 to 1:10 for high-to-alcohol-poisoning depending on your constitution)

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Re: Please stop with the "Growing plants" thing

Opium is an opiate derived from a plant.

A plant that is perfectly legal to grow in the UK, no less.

No, not the red ones. The blue ones. Yes really. Perfectly legal. Maybe the plant doesn't have quite the same amount of industrial uses and wasn't a threat to the US paper industry way back when?

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"You need to filter for rhinos? Damn. Can you get a spray or something if it turns out you've got rhinos?"

I set myself up for that one, didn't I?

Ahem, just in case you don't know, Rhino-brand carbon filters (along with RVK-brand inline ventilation fans and ONA-brand smell-gel air freshening) are, erm, quite highly recommended by people who might wish to remove certain powerful odours from the immediate atmosphere.

So I hear, anyway. One moment, there's a police van outside and it looks like they're about to knock on the door. Excuse me!

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Re: My inner libertarian says

"How can you tax it if it's so easy to legally grow your own?"

You know that cider practically makes itself, right?

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Re: My inner libertarian says

"I have no idea why people want stronger and stronger dope"

For the same reason people wanted stronger and stronger moonshine in the US around the turn of the 20th Century. Easier to conceal a truly mind-blowing amount.

Though honestly, I see no more problem with "stronger dope" than I do with say, whisk(e)y versus beer. You don't chug a single malt by the pint unless you're a highly trained Glaswegian.

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Smoking a joint != growing your own plants.

Yes, buying it from who-knows-where is certainly different to taking all of that out of the loop with your own tent and a rhino filter.

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Re: First rule of growing pot

I figured the first rule of Grow Club was the same as the second rule of Grow Club.

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Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

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Re: misreporting?

What about "Apple" ?

Would that be the Apple Corps trademark owned by the Beatles, or Apple Inc (previously Apple Computer), owned by the eponymous fruity device purveyor?

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Didn't Microsoft end up paying a nice dollop of money to make the whole "Lindows" thing go away?

Now calling your product "Microsoft Windows" would probably be asking for it. However, an innovative new social networking mumbo-jumbo-buzzword something-or-other called "Windows on the World" or similar.. that might just work.

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Kiwis (finally) confirm software ban under new patent law

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Re: It won't have much impact

Of course, these are software products, and you can sell software from anywhere.

The prospect of various governments in the "freedom loving" Western countries stuffing a load of kiwi servers behind rather ineffective national firewalls at the behest of Microsoft, Oracle and the rest of the usual suspects is... amusing.

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Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

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Re: 10p per megabyte ?

I do dislike this kind of argument in favour of per-byte charging.

You'd have to pay maintenance regardless of whether the network is being used. Charge to maintain the infrastructure, not for an infinite resource.

There's a difference between profit and profiteering.

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Re: Tethering looks different...

Most of this seems to be correct asides "When a phone is used as a router (wired or WiFi hotspot) the packets don't terminate at the handset."

Most mobile phones (at least around here) act as a NAT router (on top of your carrier's NAT, so yay for double-NATting, in the most sarcastic tone possible). As far as the network is concerned, the phone is the end of the line. It simply doesn't see however many devices you have on the other side of the NAT-wall.

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Tethering will be blocked

Might be why I suddenly got a complete lack of connection through the computer, and a "your connection does not allow tethering" message on any attempt to use the phone browser just now. A hard reset and removal/replacement of SIM seemed to clear that though.

Dunno about saving money, but that procedure just saved an irate call to tech support along the lines of me only being on the One plan because it specifically allows tethering!

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3D printed guns are for wimps. Meet NASA's 3D printed ROCKET ENGINE

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So SLS engines made with SLS? Paint me impressed.

Mind you, it's a cryogenically fuelled rocket engine. You could build it with some guy beating a hammer on some metal and I'd still be impressed.

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Amazon tells mobe devs: Bring your app-strokers to us, we'll look after you

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Re: Alternatively

Was gonna say, surely someone has figured out the Skylander rip-offs and started unlocking the game minus the expensive bit-flip?

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Huawei Ascend P6: Skinny smartphone that's not just bare bones

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Re: Hang on, what?

Tiles look more modern than the icons on other platforms, in my opinion, and seem better suited to touch operation.

I d'no, I already have Launcher 7 Donate edition for Android, and I found myself going back to Nova or the default launcher. "Modern" is in the eye of the beholder, and flat squares remind me more of the 1980s than the 2010s.

What would be nice is if Microsoft remembered that a desktop computer isn't a phone.

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Hang on, what?

"and if you buy one outright for £340 you'll save several hundred knicker"

On what planet is £340 "cheap"? Planet Beckham?

This is mid-range at least. I'd expect it to be good.

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Come and get it: Feedly Pro hits general availability

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Sold out?

I guess there's some magical bit-reservoir that they depleted, selling all those copies to people.

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

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Re: Ah...

What gets me is that the ability to play from your device's local gallery is about the only useful thing that the Chromecast does. Or did.

I hereby dub the Chromecast the "Google Lemon".

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Re: Would you buy...

Like pretty much everything these days, it seems. Yes, Sony, Microsoft, I'm looking at you.

Add Chromecast to the "do not buy" list along with Xbox and Playstation, I guess.

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Germany warns: You just CAN'T TRUST some Windows 8 PCs

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Re: Only one way to disable TPM

I have to wonder whether a sub-1mm drill bit and a dremel would remove the ability to run Windows (well, "activated" copies of Windows), or remove the ability to run anything?

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WHo actually thought TPM was about security?

And not an attempt at making it awkward to run anything except Windows? Or at least to run anything without paying a Microsoft tax?

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Silicon Valley slurped millions of NSA cash for PRISM participation

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This is hardly news.

However, it is about time that more than a few minority voices on (ironically) Youtube spoke up against it.

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Amazon spaffs MYSTERY private Wi-Fi waves all over Apple's orchard

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Re: 802.11b/g/n is being replaced

Also capable of being blocked by something not much thicker than tissue paper, unfortunately.

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Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY

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Re: End to vertical lock-in?

On the day when the typical Linux user pays for applications...

I know it's games rather than general applications, but the Humble Bundle guys repeatedly do a "pay what you want" thing. The people downloading Linux copies of the bundle seem to consistently pay more than the others.

Citation

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Kim Kardashian's bosom pal in bling snatch Instagram unpleasantness

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Re: A rich guy with class . . .

Not to mention pesky laws noting self defsnse only comes into play when one's actual self is threatened with injury or death.

If someone is prepared to rip that watch from your wrist, or try to take that iThing out of your hand, how do you know they are not prepared to kick the shit out of you just for the lulz anyway?

And how do you know if they'll stop when you're down?

Any initiation of violence is a quite valid excuse to defend yourself, as dangerously as you can muster. You simply don't know how far the other person will go.

As for the objections to my post being from people pointing out that the watch was overpriced and tacky.. no. Read up. Read such things as "that's what you get" and "evolution in action". I'm no religionist, so I don't think there is such a thing as "sin" in a religious context. However, to say that people here are not envious that someone can afford half a million to blow on a blinged-up watch, is to have not read the entire comments section.

Have to say I'm a little envious myself, but I detest muggers with a vengeance that burns far brighter than any dislike I may or may not have for particular show-offs.

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Seem to be a lot of envious people here.

Bad taste is not a crime fer fuxache (unless you say the wrong things in the UK of course), and it's still some nasty scrote of a thief trying to nick someone else's stuff. Personally I'm disappointed said thief didn't end up with a few broken extremities in the ensuing struggle. It might have taught him a lesson or two.

Or perhaps not, but it's harder to mug someone when you don't have the use of your fingers. Or legs.

Would any of you act differently, if that was your portable tech toy about to get robbed? I'd wager there's a few here who'd probably like to push the thief's teeth out through his arsehole if it happened to them.

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

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Re: Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux

Sheesh, someone's touchy.

Ain't got nuthin' against BSD. It's a research OS that gave the world a working network stack, for instance. However, it certainly falls into the category of "propellorhead OS". Which, according to the logic of the OP, means that OS X and iOS must also be propellorhead OSes.

Now you see?

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Re: Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux

And iOS and OS X have large amounts of BSD amd Mach in them, which obviously means it's a research operating system upon which fuck all actually works unless you're a propellorhead who know how to install drivers courtesy of a dust free environment and a magnetised needle.

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Reg hack battles Margaret Thatcher's ghost to bring broadband to the Highlands

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Given that holding that reset button in for 30 seconds gets rid of the password as well, I'm wondering whether just hot gluing the damned hole shut would work?

If you ever need a factory reset, the router has screws on it, no? Or just pick the hot glue "plug" back out again.

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Re: Thank you to all concerned

Oh I dunno. £50 a year for 5.5mbits seems pretty good value. Granted it's a lot of faff, but then that's half the fun isn't it?

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Re: Dial-up?

I still remember, only a couple of years ago, when the SurfUnlimited dialup connection, there since Blue Yonder first launched the thing, stopped working. Handshake okay, but no connect. I won't bother explaining why I was still on dialup. I'll just say I wasn't the one paying the bill, so wasn't one to argue.

So I ring what is now Virgin Media up to ask them to fix the problem. Their response is "we don't do an unlimited dialup package!" My response, "Er, yes you do. Look at the bill."

The first line tech takes a look, goes "oh", and I get immediately bumped up to what the last-line tech guy affectionately referred to as "the old fogies department". Apparently, I'd been completely forgotten about somehow, and the ghost account stayed active, being charged every month, and continuing to allow access to their dial-up POPs right up until, I presume, something went pop. Apparently up until that point, I was the only person in the entire company left on that package.

At a month to download a DVD image, compared with the actually-unlimited mobile connection I'm on now, I have to say I don't regret the switch, even if I'm paying for it now. It would be nice to have a real IP address though.

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Need the loo AND need to build a website? There's an app for that

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Re: Templates

I guess this'll do for "I want a website".

If you want to start dragging in Three.js, JQuery plus plugins and a whole bunch of other stuff, I guess handcrafting it will still be the way to go.

(By the way, Three.js is bloody awesome.)

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

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Re: Illegal?

...and no-one has done it since.

Those laws would have, and will do, nothing at all to stop another Dunblane.

Besides, I'm sure people said what you're saying, after the various restrictions on rifles after Michael Ryan decided to turn Hungerford into a war zone. August 1987. I'm old enough to remember it, are you?

They'll say it when the next fuckwit shoots someone up and we're all banned from owning peashooters.

Give me a length of pipe no longer than your arm, and an ammo belt of craftily modified syringes, and I'll blowdart an embolism into you from across the street or further, which is about as accurate as you'll get with a pistol anyway.

Guess we'd better watch out for those plumbers.

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Re: Illegal?

Handguns were made illegal because of their increasing use.

Handguns were restricted beyond all reasonable belief and made incredibly hard to use legally because of a psychopathic fuckwit who shot up a school.

A psychopathic fuckwit who was properly licensed and belonged to a gun club. The new laws would have done approximately fuck all to stop another Dunblane.

But hey, a few politicians managed to wave their wangs all over the telly and take advantage of emotionally damaged mothers and fathers to promote their own agenda, so that's alright then.

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Re: Jammin'

Jamming would be a problem for all the legitimate phone users, like prison staff.

Why do prison staff need their mobile phone while on duty?

No, really. When I was working for UK Census 2001, I was not allowed within a country mile of anything like sensitive information with a mobile phone. Even pens had to be approved in case they contained a recording device. There are some types of employment where extra restrictions do apply, and I think "prison officer" really should be one of them.

That or just ban everyone from having a teeny phone. Yeah, that makes sense.

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Governments can legislate whatever the hell they want. They're the government.

Howinhell else do you think it's illegal to sit in the middle of London with a victoria sponge upon which has been iced the words "PEACE"?

Hopefully this stupid shit won't happen, but it wouldn't be the first time that the government has done some really stupid shit. Remember the ban on broadcasting anything said by Gerry Adams? Because apparently that'll stop the bombs going off.

Oh, no it won't, it'll just persuade the news broadcasters to use voice actors.

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Battery-free e-ink screen grabs screenshots from smartphones

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A screen for pennies?

That's your product right there. Sell that thing and use the money to refine, and find something useful for the passive display tech.

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New use for old iPhones: Watch your house get robbed in REAL-TIME

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Protip: The OpenCV libraries are awesome for this sort of thing.

http://opencv.org/

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

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Re: What sort of contract do these people have?

You're also lucky.

Many people are on agency work, which basically means "you do what we tell you, for as long as we tell you to do it, and you'll be dropped like hot shit as soon as we get the excuse to do so." Even less rights than the people in this article, and right here in the UK, too.

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I remember a friend of mine who got something like this.

Completely non-IT-related. He works in a parcel warehouse, where one of the night managers took an immediate dislike to him. It's quite incidental that nobody actually liked this night manager either, and I took an immediate dislike to the arsehole myself when I was working there.

Anyway, this arsehole of a manager decided to give said friend of mine the two hardest journeys in the warehouse. Basically, ALL of the local area plus some more. Oh, and the Isle of Man on top of that. And Dublin. And Belfast. He had possibly three, maybe four times or more the workload of any other person in the warehouse. Problem is... said manager's plan to burn him out backfired. This guy lapped up the extra workload, and regularly finished hours before anybody else in the warehouse. He's also got a sense of humour that wouldn't be out of place on a deep sea crab fishing boat in a reality TV show.

Needless to say, he is now regarded as utterly indispensable by people far more superior than the arse of a night manager, who has now been forced out of the warehouse, mostly due to said friend complaining to said superiors about the manager's arseholish nature. I think I've mentioned before, how he got very drunk at the office party, told every one of the managers AND other workers at the table exactly what he thought of them... and still had his job in the morning. Apparently some of the really big guys were listening and quietly slipping him drinks to make him even louder. I'm told that low-flying pepperoni impacting someone's face was involved, at some point.

Truly a man made of teflon and kevlar. Someone to even challenge the BOFH for his bastardly crown! With an attitude and work ethic like that, it doesn't matter what kind of "boredom room" you're sentenced to. The bosses will tire first!

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Zuckerberg: I want the WHOLE WORLD in my hands

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Maybe some people prefer their social networks to come without an unhealthy slice of spying?

Maybe some people have had too many people give it the "zomg but you must has a facebonk" incredulous stare at them?

Maybe some people don't want to be one of Zuckerberg's suckers?

Maybe some people have had a bad experience with the Boss demanding to know their account name?

Maybe some people remember when online social networks were fully featured and decentralised? You know, like IRC? USENET? Actually making your own web site, that's owned by you?

Maybe some people have plenty of friends already and see no point in broadcasting the minutae of their life?

Maybe some people are genuinely creeped out by Zuckerberg, and detest the idea of giving that person any more than an emphatically raised middle finger?

Many reasons why some people would rather watch paint dry than sign up for a Facebook account. Does not make them a single homogenous entity, and your attempt to ridicule such people is... probably going to be like water off a duck's back. All been heard before, you know?

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You seem to think that Facebook is any different from Google (or Microsoft, despite their bullshit statements to the contrary) as far as mining data for advertisers and the NSA is concerned.

I think the main way Facebook and Google are different, is that Facebook probably has even more information on its "customers" than Google does. Google is a search company, Facebook is a walled garden. Google wants to "organise the world's data", Facebook wants to own it all. Those, I think, are your main differences.

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3D printers stroke LOHAN's shapely midriff

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Suggest a test flight?

Enough bungee cord to get it up a couple of hundred feet at least, with some kind of RC receiver (perhaps in place of the rocket motor, plus ballast for CoG adjustments) so that someone can emergency land the thing if the autopilot has a spasm. That or get another powered RC plane to tow it up, whatever's easiest and most feasible.

Wouldn't be good to only find out that your autopilot has some showstopping bugs at 70,000 feet.

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

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Re: Radiation Superstition

Not trying to join the greentards in the campaign against nukes here, but I have to wonder how people are getting killed by windmills? Short of being underneath the thing when it explodes in a hurricane, I have to wonder just what they were doing? Not enough cliffs in the area to abseil down?

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