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3496 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Re: Personally

"Christianity" is really a whole bunch of religions that all share a common root. You only need to go to certain bits of Ireland to see just how similar two particular sects of Christianity think they are to each other.

Go to the Westboro Baptist Church, and they'll soon tell you what they think of the evil tools of Satan.

On the other hand, the local C of E vicar around here is quite the effeminate chap, and so's his boyfriend.

Doesn't stop me from calling religion in general a bunch of hocus pocus, but I'm a lot less likely to want to stove the local vicar's face in than any of the WBC lot. Hey, the vicarage is all wifi'd up because of me. Bloody thick walls in that place. Utter nightmare without a repeater plugged into the network.

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Re: No win.

And if somebody next would like to marry his or her cat, dog or horse? Why not?

Come on, really? Do you know how recently it was that certain US states actually banned bestiality?

A clue: Not all of them have.

Seriously, stop channeling Santorum. It makes you look silly, as amusing as it is to watch.

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Re: Freedom of speech goes both ways here

But let's remove the finger, all this fuss about marriage is really about *money*.

And the various other benefits afforded to people who are willing to inform the state that they are officially fucking each other.

I see no reason to deny this to any particular pair, or perhaps even group, of consenting adults. That or get rid of all the benefits for everyone, straight or gay. If the religionists want to claim that marriage is their exclusive property, then marriage must be removed from the state as an institution and contained solely within the church (temple, mosque, coven, whatever).

Anything else is theocracy.

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Re: Freedom of speech goes both ways here

In the rest of the world

Just like some Americans need to learn that the world does not begin and end between Point Udall and West Quoddy Head, I think some others need to learn that "rest of the world" is not solely contained within a small archipelago of islands off the North of France with dismally shit weather.

Unfortunately there is more than one country where the official view is somewhere between Medieval and Victorian as far as attitudes towards sex and intimate relationships go.

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I guess there were so many clicks from this article that you just had to milk it some more?

I guess I don't blame you guys. The comments here should be as funny as the last article too. Is Santorum going to show up again?

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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

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Re: I'm not entirely opposed...

Well, I already know someone who's putting together a devastatingly simple and deliciously geeky thing. It involves an Arduino, a keypad, a chopped up USB cable, and enough code to say "oh hello computer, I am a keyboard."

Tap a PIN on the keypad. The Arduino fires a password over the USB cable. Magic password storing box. Tada.

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NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android

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7658MB RAM

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.

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Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

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nmap -O

It's lovely. Not perfect, but lovely all the same.

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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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Re: anybody remember the $999 Ruby app on the iPhone?

Shush, you. Only Android has crapware. Oh, and viruses that can magically break out of the app sandbox on non-rooted devices. Somehow. I think. Maybe. Or not.

Apple is perfect. The iPhone is heavenly. Praise St Jobs. Amen.

Sent from my iPhone.

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Re: Nerdy tweaks etc... Mostly have a place

My favorite App you might look down on is "Fix Broken Power Button" which allows you to turn off your phone with a button on the screen if your power button is broken, which has happened to me.

Perhaps a silly question but, how do you then turn the phone back on?

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Re: Is this the same Android AV scanner...

I root all mine/family phones as soon as the battery is charged

So what you're saying is that you break all of your, and your family's phones to the point where they need an AV, so that you can install an AV.

Makes sense.

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In Australia, protesting against Brendan Eich will be a CRIME

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Re: Since you played the "repulsive" card

The correct terminology is "sodomy" not "marriage"

And the correct position is missionary, and solely for the purpose of procreation, amirite?

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Re: Background

My word, it's like Rick Santorum has just joined the forums. Hi, Rick.

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Re: Background

"Family" does not necessarily mean "children", just so you know.

Also there's enough straight but sterile couples out there who've taken kids in from care homes. I guess they aren't a family, then.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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and they have been scared off by the stupid clown/teletubbie appearance of Win 8.

So... Windows 7, then?

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Anecdotally, many of those users may not have exactly paid for their operating system or reside in nations where the word about XP's demise has spread widely.

I always like the whole "pirated Windows" thing. Really, if you bought a PC, you bought the license to run Windows with it. Just because the manufacturer is a shit who doesn't give Windows disks and pretends that a hidden partition is a "backup", therefore demanding a hasty trip to the 'bay when the HDD goes tits up, doesn't mean you aren't legally running that hastily-acquired copy of Windows.

Granted, if you're running Windows Datacentre Edition on your PC with a Vista Home Basic license, that's probably not kosher.

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Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive

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Re: subheading

I think an easy one would be to append "...for SINGAPORE!?"

Yeah. When the Singapore govt says something is too intrusive, the govts in the West who are lapping the bullshit up like coprophagic dogs really should sit up and fucking well listen.

To add a little bit of hyperbole, that's like a certain charismatic German leader from the 1930s to 1940s saying that what you're doing to them jews is a bit harsh.

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Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades

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These are beta drivers.

You don't like crashes, glitches, BSODs, fire, explosion, war, famine, pestilence or death?

Then don't install them.

You want the bleeding edge and don't care how buggy it is?

Well, then go right ahead, but be aware that here be dragons. They're hungry, you're crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.

Simples. I've not had a graphics driver related crash in recent years, neither with my old AMD 5750, or the newer Nvidia GTX650. However, I don't install beta graphics drivers.

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The Shield?

You mean it's actually been released now?

Yeah, there's your problem right there. Try marketing the thing.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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Meh.

The only "special" thing about DynDNS is the "dyn" part, and that's hardly special. One cheapo VPS and a few scripts, and you're done for at least a few thousand users.

Client sends an HTTP request to the server with login details. The server responds with "fuck off" or "okay, here's your domain name and public IP details." Rocket surgery this is not.

A small amount a year I'd contemplate, but there may be a reason that nobody was buying at $25. It's about $23 more than I'd want to pay for what it is.

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Vint Cerf wanted to make internet secure from the start, but secrecy prevented it

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Re: It isn't too late.

Use Linux!

It has some weird crypto that only works on Linux!

That'll work.

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

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Oh, and booting almost instantly from cold.

Ahem, pretty much any OS does that when you're booting it up from a RAM drive. Or SSD, as the case may be.

Try Windows 8 on the identical hardware to a few other OSes, and you'll find it's not all that speedy on the "start from zero" metric. Faster than Windows XP, perhaps.

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Re: Persnly...

If they EOL Windows 7 without having a proper desktop UI to replace it, it's curtains for Microsoft.

Microsoft could release the biggest dog's breakfast on the planet. You will buy it, because that's what all the software runs on.

Some might say that's what Microsoft have already done, a number of times.

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Re: Calling planet Linux

Planet Chrome OS

That's not really a proper Linux though, any more than firing up a 3270 emulator makes your PC a System Z mainframe.

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re: Weather

Well I'm sure you'll be able to get a TIFKAM8 third party update for it, so what are you complaining about?

Learn to love this new and exciting futuristic paradigm, or somesuch bullshit.

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Third time's a charm?

Perhaps, maybe, possibly.

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

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Re: Mass market?

OK - so how does the software cope with differing resolutions?

By not using pixels as a measurement unit. Same as any other system with varying resolutions. Ideally, you want -1 to be one edge of the screen, +1 to be the other edge, and the origin (that's 0,0) in the centre. Or you can stick the origin in one corner and have (1,1) be the other corner. Use whatever relevant system call to detect the screen (or canvas, window, whatever) resolution when you start the application up, and create your OpenGL viewport based around that. Aspect ratio is detectable by just doing width/height. Adjust your UI accordingly.

If you're on a platform that allows window resizing, then attach a function to whatever on_resize event the system has, and have it reconfigure the viewport accordingly.

At no point do you ever want to be measuring distances in your 3D scene with pixels.

colour temp?

Same as everything else, again. There are plenty of test screens that will give you a reference while you twiddle with brightness, contrast, gamma, RGB/colour temp.

different CPU/GPU specs?

Same as every other platform. I already have apps on my phone and tablet that have a "Tegra" edition for extra shininess on Nvidia's chips.

differing accelerometer sensitivity?

One-time calibration. "Put your phone face-up on a flat surface. Now put it face down."

memory limits? differing OS builds with jitter effects from different interrupt handlers?

Oh now you're just trying to think of problems, aren't you? These were all solved some 30 years ago. Just use the 30 year old solutions, like various Android devs seem to have been doing already.

Really, I don't get why people are complaining so hard about the Android "ecosystem" being fragmented, when plenty of people have been developing for quite long enough in the far more fragmented Windows environment.

Don't forget that this is basically just a set of fancy goggles that you strap a phone to. So long as your app presents two images side by side, and has the virtual cameras spaced appropriately, it looks pretty much like it will work.

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Re: Point of order

Yes, so was I, back when the first wave of dorky vertigo-inducing headsets came about.

There is a reason nobody went around wearing anything like that.

Doesn't mean I wouldn't want to give this a try. I think it could be quite entertaining, and definitely worth 60 quid to have a virtual gazillion-inch 3D cinema display and gaming device adapter for your phone. I just know I'm going to look hella more of a prat with this outdoors than with, say, Glass.

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Probably about as well as your phone does.

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Re: Mass market?

I can see the variety of devices being a huge issue with getting it adopted.

Not really. So long as they support devices from 4 inches to 6 inches (and maybe an adapter for 7 inchers), that'll probably cover the vast majority of all Android devices out there. Amazing what some sponge, a strap and a bit of Velcro can do.

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I'm not sure whether looking like a dork from the early 90s would be any better.

Inturresting device though. It needs some kind of Splashtop-like software to stream video from your PC and feed gyro/accelerometer data back to it. Oculus but without the price tag or the Facebookiness? Nice.

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New Sammy patent trial: Apple seeks $40 PER 'infringing' handset

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Oh come on.

STFU already. Fucking slide to unlock, again?

People wonder why I detest Apple. I couldn't give a damn whether they imbue each iToy with concentrated joy and unicorn farts. They are Little Microsoft in cool clothing.

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Tokyo to TXT warning of incoming Norks nukes

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The Norks are insane.

...but they ain't stupid.

Pretty sure Kim Jong Tinky Winky Jr knows that if he were to actually drop the bomb on someone, North Korea would get skullfucked in short order. The Chinese might have an excuse to get a bit miffed about people trying to do that right now, and are possibly quite happy to have NK there between them and SK. If Japan or the Southern state is a smouldering crater however, I can't imagine they'd have any excuse left.

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Mt Gox staff tried to warn CEO of Bitcoin loss risks – reports

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Re: $1500 a day?

That's not enough to pay costs for 2 employees

Where do you work? Buckingham Palace? I'd be pretty happy with a quarter of a million a year, even in USD.

Whether they were actually taking in $1500/day though, is another matter.

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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Parliamental

High concept:

Try to maintain your lavish lifestyle (and duck pond (and porn subscription)) using your expenses account, all while trying to avoid public scrutiny and nosy reporters in this virtual Houses of Parliament game.

Game style: Mixed. Some point and click adventure, some driving, some reaction games, some puzzles.

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Use Ace Detective-style sequences in the Commons in order to sway the house into voting for measures that allow you to maintain the income that you so obviously deserve, all while keeping the details of your expenses from those pesky activists.

GTA-style sequences where you attempt to get from point A to point B whilst being pursued by paparazzi. You have a prostitute with her lips in your lap, and the idea is to get to point B whilst keeping your Public Outrage star-count low. If the photographers make it back with compromising pictures, your public outrage meter goes up. If you avoid the photographer or flatten them before they make it back, you get away with it.

You may start as a Lord, MP or Bishop. Each character class has some kind of failing that must be kept from the public at all costs. Either £800/roll wallpaper and a penchant for solid gold bog seats, a dope habit, or perhaps a relationship with one of the other class's preteen daughter depending on which class you choose.

MInigames include a steady-hand game where you have to try to evenly divide an 8-ball of coke into separate lines. Points rewarded for even distribution and number of lines tapped out. There's also a reaction game where you control a dominatrix spanking your character in time to music, DDR or Rock Band style.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Prevent copying and readers get ticked off and won't buy, but allow piracy and publishers don't see the money angle and will rather let their collections rot.

For some years now, you've been able to go out, get the paperback edition, lop the spine off with a guillotine and stack the whole lot atop the document reader on a cheapish flatbed scanner (the HP Officejet all-in-one series for instance). Total process probably an hour or so, and it's pretty much unmanned. You just tell it where to store the jpegs and let it get on with it. So, about as hard as ripping your average DVD or Bluray, and takes about as long. True, you still have a bunch of pages with no spine afterwards, but if you're looking to distribute your copied warez far and wide, you won't care about that, will you?

I just figured I'd let various publishers know that. You know, in case they thought that eBooks are going to kill the industry like videotape and audio cassettes totally fucked up the movie and music industries.

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Re: "in likelihood unconstitutional"

They're what allowed 2Jags Prescott to rubberstamp changes to the building regs that made it illegal for you to do your own electrical work in your own house.

The really amusing thing is that you can tack an 8 way extension with a sealed plug to the wall and stick it into the two-way already on the wall. Unsafe? Possibly. Messy as hell? Definitely. Legal? Absolutely.

Do the exact same thing but you extend the ring into a new set of sockets and ixnay on the plug? Safer, sure. Neater? Definitely. Overheating? Well duh, 13 amp fused socket on a 30, 40 or more amp ring. Funnily enough, 13 is less than 30 and you have a fusebox with your consumer unit in case you end up dragging that much total current out of the ring by accident.

Legal? Yeah, you're nicked, mate.

Honestly, whilst I know that mains electricity is something to be treated with extreme respect, you'd think this was about messing with the gas mains. One will start a fire and electrocute you at worst. The other will detonate your entire house and send flaming fragments of it into properties all around the street. Your roof will probably land a couple of houses away. You'll probably land three, four, and five houses away in separate pieces. Oh and that's more of a normal-case scenario when gas goes wrong.

The two are not the same, and that law desperately needs un-fucking, preferably just a repeal back to the way it was.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Re: Of course

acetaminophen

Paracetamol!

Grumblegrumble bloody Americans grumble.

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Re: Idiots abound. (was: Water music)

Yes, Jake, we know.

I was hoping you'd know what site this is. I mean I was trying to make it a bit obvious.

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I guess they stick it in an autoclave, where it is blasted with superheated medicine under pressure?

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Re: Water music

Remember that a blue whale ejaculates about 50 gallons, of which about 2% finds its way into the female.

So if you ever wondered why seawater is salty, well. No need to thank me. My pleasure.

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Microsoft: Let's be clear, WE won't read your email – but the cops will

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Re: I'm slow to notice things

Those that aren't are 30 to 40 years old.

And the rest.

You could argue that Compuserve, initially set up to lease out the spare computational capacity of a very powerful business machine, was one of, if not the first "cloud provider". Sounds very similar to how AWS started, doesn't it?

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Re: In other words...

I find it mildly amusing that the guy who got spied on and fired should have gone with Google if he wanted privacy.

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In other words...

...they got caught with their hands in the cookie jar but hey, look at Google! Yeah, over there! They.. uhm... drove around with airodump-ng running! They have bots that fling adverts at you based on keywords! The bastards!

Scroogled, indeed.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

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Re: "applications from the Microsoft store did not slow down my computer"

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh986968.aspx

They get "suspended" automatically and may be terminated at any time, which is basically shit outside of a games console and only barely excusable on a smartphone. How a store app can do background processing was not explained either by this document nor by the Microsoft reps that came to tell us students at the time, how chunderfully wonderful this spangling new Metro thing was going to be. How, if you can do background processing, this will not slow the computer down at all, is also similarly not explained anywhere.

ALT+F4-killed apps are also suspended, and then terminated 10 seconds later, hence the delay.

Apparently all those store apps are going to magically save all state reliably in the few seconds that the OS deigns to allow your app to have in order to do so. Honest. Yeah, no problems foreseen there. Nope, none at all.

It's the iPhone and "you don't really need multi tasking or any actual control do you" all over again. Bleurgh.

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First pics: Comet-chaser Rosetta hurtles towards icy prey, camera in hand

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Re: bring the rock into orbit around Terra.

Yep, and as you might have guessed by the Kerbal comment earlier, I've been watching the development of the officially-done-with-NASA-and-everything asteroid recovery mission pack for KSP, where the idea is to try and replicate what NASA are planning with your own crazy rocket construction ideas. Want. Oh do so much want.

And if you've never played or even know about Kerbal Space Program, where the hell have you been? Go. Find it. Play it. Enjoy the rocket surgery. Oh, and the inevitable explosions and rapid unplanned disassembly.

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Re: Moving at 800 m/s

Relative to Kerbin, of course. I think they must have installed the Kerbal Attachment System mod to do the whole harpoon thing.

Wonder how many science points that's worth?

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LOHAN preps Vulture 2 for hot vinyl wrap

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Re: How much does this wrap weigh?

Depending on the vinyl used, it can be thinner than a coat of paint. Usually gives a smoother result too without hours of 600-grit sanding, assuming they don't hand the job over to Bubbles McCreases, the YTS lad.

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New WebCL toolkit hooks browser apps into GPUs – and that's not good news for Apple

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Re: Silly headline

I've never heard of localStorage either.

All 5-10 megs of it?

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