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Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground

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One wonders if the story would have garnered as much interest if the BMW owner had simply been engrossed in a book when his car caught fire.

Come now, you know the answer to that one. Books don't require batteries, so therefore don't run on Devil Juice. Computer games on the other hand, are powered by lost souls and Satan. How else do you think they get the little people on the screen? Poor buggers, condemned to an eternity of war so that you can play CoD.

Repent!

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Cheap 3D printer works with steel

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Now this is more like it.

It's not so much the immediate price tag, it's the ability to refill the thing by chucking a 99p cutlery set or a pile of empty drinks cans at it.

The headless chickens going on about guns can fuck off and go wibble at something else. You can make a gun out of a pipe and a few other bits and pieces, so let's shut down B&Q for selling deadly weapons without a license, eh?

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.2: Tablet PC, CRT screen and more

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Typing this in front of an AOC 5glr monitor. 19" CRT, runs at 1600x1200 nicely and you can push it to 2048x1536 if you don't mind interlaced flicker-o-vision. It's TCO '99 compliant, to give you an idea of vintage.

I have a G3 Power Mac sat on the floor with a bust PSU. Useless but at least it looks pretty. Right next to it is an Amstrad PPC640, which while in perfect working order, is only marginally more useful. Got two of those. One was bought from a Flea market, the other rescued out of a skip. Hefty buggers. Not so much "laptop" as "luggable", and two 720KB floppy drives on each one. Hard drive? Only if you've got an external to plug into the parallel port.

One working Megadrive and Mega CD (second edition), waiting for me to be bored enough to pull them out again. I always liked the original ones more, though.

Oh and a "domestic electrical test meter" that someone gave me, that seems to have come from the early days of the Roman empire. Just modern enough for modern UK plugs, but really not much more modern. I have no idea who it's made by. Neither the device nore the manual give any clue to that, just that it's called "The Mighty Meter", has a removable socket tester, and a socket built into its case for testing appliances, amongst other functions.

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FTC torches Android flashlight app for spying on users

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Post Install Permission Denial

Cyanogenmod has it, Google. Why don't you?

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Three offers free US roaming, confirms stealth 4G rollout

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5GB for £26/month

How fucking generous. And you can now exceed that even faster with new Superfast Broadband from EE?

Glad I'm on Three. One Plan for the win. What limit?

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Asus Transformer Book T100: Xbox One? PS4? Nah, get a cute convertible for Christmas

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Re: License Violation

2013 and still pretending MS Ofiice is the big bruiser you have to pay before doing anything.

Yes actually, if you use it, then it is. If you're running a whole business on Student edition, you'll find that out next time Microsoft's lawyers start trawling for cash again. A bit like various small computer builders who were getting nastygrams for daring to replace a broken motherboard without charging the customer for a new OEM Windows install.

They'll wait until there's enough of a pool of license violators out there to bother with, then batch-threaten them for maximum return per hour of lawyer fees. If you think that won't happen, please feel free to carry on using MS Office: Grab 'Em While They Are Young Edition.

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

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Still waiting...

...for a certain alleged Java developer (who totally isn't a Microsoft troll) to be hopping on here and telling us how it's all the Gnuliban's fault.

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Digital GIANTS in BLOODY battle to put your EYEBALLS in a JAR

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Re: @ Pete 2 Wither telly?

If you can call taking advantage of an enforced license on a TV like it's some kind of Weapon of Mass Dissemination that needs to be regulated, then yes, the BBC is free.

Back in the real world, the BBC sits on top of a forcibly-extracted pile of cash that most broadcasters would sacrifice their first-born children to get.

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Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support

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Re: Unusual Case.

Linux is older than XP and no one would call it prehistoric.

That's because unless you're running Kernel v2.2 or something, it isn't.

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Apple patents facial recognition tech for mobile log-in

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Right, time to sue the Android phone manufacturers.

After all, Google must have got a time machine, travelled into the future and stolen Apple's idea, in order to go back again and put Face Unlock into 4.x as a default feature.

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Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

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Re: Not DRONES just Radio Controlled Pests...

(please don't mention an on board engine driving a generator)

Why not? You can get surprising amounts of power out of a model engine with a purpose-built generator where the prop would be. Enough to run four brushless motors.

Direct drive is also very possible, otherwise helicopters wouldn't work. It's called "variable pitch", and it's been around for a long, long while. Some model helis have completely reversible pitch so you can fly 'em upside down. Look for "3D aerobatic" 'copters. You'll see what I mean. To say that you couldn't have an IC engine (or four of them) in a quadcopter is to ignore tried and trusted (and ancient) technology.

The drone doesn't have to just lob your parcel from 50 feet up. People who want the service (and I'm thinking business to business here), can pay rent on a landing pad that can sit on the roof of the office or wherever has sufficient access for drones and the humans collecting the packages. That or, as other people have suggested, use a drone to send the package to a point, and then use a van for the last mile.

There's problems to overcome, sure. However saying that a cheap, reusable, low-maintenance delivery method is impossible using lightweight cargo drones is shortsighted at best.

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Re: Bears with Arms

I'm sure all of those pilots taking off from metropolitan airports every day live in fear of some fuckwit taking pot shots at the evil flying metal demons.

Or not.

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Re: How long?

Which is the first thing that will happen to UPS as soon as someone uses it to deliver a parcel load of semtex with a timed detonation mechanism, of course.

Or of course, that could be complete crap.

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Re: Can't see these

I would say in sparsely populated areas, they'd be more viable than sending a 20 or 40 foot wagon with a single 5kg parcel in it. More viable than the old Transit Van method as well, I would say.

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Re: Not DRONES just Radio Controlled Pests...

Can you imagine the combined noise of all those 2 stroke engines buzzing overhead morning, noon and night?

For a start, there's no need for them to be two-stroke. Or methanol-fuelled. You can get some surprisingly quiet model aircraft engines in two or four-stroke with more than enough poke to drive a generator to generate electricity for the main brushless motors.

Quieter than the whacking great four-stroke diesels and reverse bleepers that announce Morning deliveries any other day, anyway. Or the screaming thousands-of-horsepower things that fly overhead every day around here, usually emblazoned with livery such as "Easyjet" or "Ryanair".

Or the copper chopper, which usually picks 4AM as its time to do nightly patrols.

You might need more ammo for that air rifle.

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Saturn's moon Titan had swamps, say astroboffins

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Re: Polypropylene?

After enduring more than ten years of a rubbish tip nearby and precious little to stop airborne rubbish from blowing over, I can tell you that Tesco and Sainsburys bags get everywhere.

So finding them on Saturn's moons is probably not infeasible.

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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Re: "extremist"

Can Lancashire join you? The people in power think London is a separate country.

In my experience, the people in Lancashire think that London is a separate country, and extends North as far as Birmingham.

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Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching

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Re: PC games?

Steam wouldn't exist without Steamworks, and even the KSP devs say that they are selling through Steam because for whatever reason, there's people who will ONLY buy games through Steam (despite the game being available more cheaply direct from their own website). They've stated the game will remain available through their website for the forseeable future, and as far as I'm aware, in a pitifully rare exception for games in general, they're not using Steamworks or any other DRM. Therefore, KSP will actually work without Steam running. Hell, you can just copy the game from your Steamapps folder, put it where you like and it will still run.

However, Steam would not exist without Steamworks, and you can "offline mode" me as much as you like. "Offline" mode isn't, and you know it. Unless of course I can install and run a Steamworks-hobbled game with no Internet connection whatsoever and without logging into Steam, and with a guarantee that nothing is going to phone home to anybody in order to decide if I get to continue having the use of a toy.

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so all you're left with is a full screen start menu.

So all you're left with is the thing everyone's complaining about.

Sensible.

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PC games?

You mean those wonderful games that demand an Internet connection for single player? The ones with built in crapware that checks up on you but does approximately fuck all to actually stop unauthorised copies flooding into torrentville? The ones with half the game stuck behind a single-use download coupon or being tied to an account because apparently being able to sell your own stuff second hand is evil and needs to be stamped out?

I'll stick with games like Kerbal Space Program precisely because (a) they don't do that, and (b) they're awesome. 99.99% of the rest of the PC gaming market can fuck off. Especially the "AAA" titles, and anything that demands a Steam, Origin or Ubisoft account.

And it still costs less for me to go out and buy a 200mph model aircraft that will probably last longer than a games console and doesn't spy on me. And I can sell it, or its parts, after extensive use. Hell, I could splash it all over a tree and the surviving bits are still worth a nice heap of cash toward buying a new one.

Plenty of other toys out there that don't come with spyware.

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Vintage WINE laid down in SIXTEEN HUNDRED BC was 'psychotropic'

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Re: "The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found"

But I fail to see what 20th century fascists have to do with Jaques Cousteau...

Just pointing out that even the biggest cock-ends may have done some things that might be considered useful. It doesn't stop them from being cock-ends. Or genocidal maniacs.

In other news, Isaac Newton was also interested in the Occult, and Alchemy. Yes, the whole lead-into-gold thing. So crazy batshit insane in many ways, which doesn't detract from his quite useful (if superceded in more recent decades) theories on motion and gravity.

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Re: "The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found"

And Hitler made the trains run on time. Oh, and is responsible for the roads that many Germans enjoy the use of to this day. Also Volkswagen. He was still a momumental penis. Or should I say "a festering sore on the anus of humanity"?

Can I have a Godwin award now?

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Half-blind Glassholes rejoice! 'Prescription' Google goggles a-comin'

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I think they are slightly uncooler than bluetooth earpieces. Both cause me to want to take them off the wearer and stomp on them. Both of those devices rank up there with people on the phone in the bathroom; I make sure I flush the toilet repeatedly.

Well you sound like a fucking shitload of fun to be with.

Also what are you doing, sneaking into people's bathrooms to flush the bog while they are in there? Bit of a wierd fetish going on?

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Stewardess first to book $250k Virgin Galactic 'space trip' with BITCOINS

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and like fiat currencies, they can create more.

I still want to see how the deflation that is going to happen, or rather is happening with BTC is any better than (moderate) inflation. Don't forget that debts rise in real terms as well as the value of the currency, in a deflationary situation.

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Moto's DIY smartphone Ara to be 3D PRINTED in exclusive new deal

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See when I saw this in September, I thought that Motorola had bought up the Phonebloks project and turned it into this.

So it turns out the truth is more like "hey, that open source project might actually make some money, let's close it off with something similar but incompatible."

Did wonder why the parts look a little different, and somewhat less customisable. How can you rearrange and put various different bits on when those spiney bits restrict what sizes of block you use, and when the connectors are all in specific places?

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UK defamation law reforms take effect from start of 2014

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Re: Usenet anyone?

Not much point in issuing take down notices for Usenet posts.

If only that were because of the decentralised nature of NNTP, and not because USENET died on its arse under a flood of spam a decade ago.

Mention USENET to most Internet users these days, they'll probably give you a blank stare and say something like "so it's a bit like Google Groups, then?"

Sigh.

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Re: It may cut both ways.

Okay.

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Lead ONTO your pencil: Bill Gates pours cash into graphene condoms

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Re: Err, what?

Planning on making love atop a substation transformer?

Strapping electrodes to your bollocks?

A lightning rod to your gonads?

Is your other half into some kind of TENS fetish?

I'm wondering how conductive spermicidal lubricant is now, come to think of it.

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Re: A much cheaper method

Well that'll stop STDs, I'm sure.

(Edit: Dammit. Ninja'd.)

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Re: To paraphrase

If you can let loose 640ml in one go, I believe there may be certain film producers interested in what you have to offer.

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PANIC OVER DROOPING house prices hits MEMBER-shaped estate

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Why Worry over Wirral Willy?

Dunno why they're that worried. Played right, the only way that's adjusting house prices is up.

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Wintel must welcome Androitel and Chromtel into cosy menage – Intel

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Re: Hey EU, are you listening?

I already have one. It's called Grub.

Doesn't make any of the software work outside of Windows though.

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Who wants a Xeon-powered, 12-core, RAID 10 … LAPTOP?

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Well, so long as you don't mind Amazon peeking at everything you do and potentially stealing your idea.

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The return of the luggable?

Seems like my Amstrad PPC640's great great great great great great great grandson. And about as hefty.

iWantOne.

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Macy's: Now with Apple's Minority Report ads system that TRACKS your iPHONE

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Can't be right.

Only Google would do something like this.

Or was I right when I said there's too much money in it and everyone's doing it?

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Google WILL wriggle away from Euro probe... but THEN what?

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Re: Flabbergasted

No, just a lot of people that can see through transparent bullshit being peddled by the likes of Fairsearch.

Google are not some innocent flower, but you are not forced in the slightest way to use their search engine. Neither is anybody else. Don't you remember a few years ago, when people were cheering over Google downgrading listings from the very same "vertical search" companies that are now trying to force Google to put them back in the top ten?

You want their search engine to go back to the way it was 5, 6 years ago, where far too many search results pointed at search engines, which pointed to more search engines, which pointed to more search engines?

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Re: Monopoly

MS had no browser lock-in.

Not for want of trying. I'm sure ActiveX and DirectX filters are perfectly cross-platform though. The Halloween documents were just a collective bad dream, no?

Having to make two versions of every website.. one for IE, one for everyone else, I'm sure that was just an accident, too. Of course it wasn't an attempt to own the entire World Wide Web, even though Microsoft have effectively admitted that it was.

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...and yet you can still avoid it all by firewalling the Google IP ranges from your network. Asides maybe the gmail thing, admittedly, but don't be naive and pretend that Apple and Microsoft aren't tracking you to within an inch of your life. Try reading Apple's privacy policy some time. They can use your data for basically any reason they like.

Oh and I still have no Plus account. I just don't comment on Youtube, nor rate or review Android apps any more. If Plus starts being even more "integrated", I'll be moving to Amazon's app store rather quickly. Or anybody else's app store come to think of it. Got that option with iThings? Ahh... no.

Plenty of things you can criticise Google for. I don't like the increasing false need for Google Facebook either. But, don't pretend that they are unique or that Apple and Microsoft aren't bastards that want to own you, and charge you heftily for the "privilege". Especially Microsoft, lobbying hard for the EU to spank Google over a search "monopoly" that's there because they are good at it, as opposed to the clearly abusive Microsoft monopoly that's only there because you have little choice in the matter if you want to be employable in IT, or want to run any kind of PC software that isn't niche. No, Apple is not the answer to that. Apple are the fire to Microsoft's frying pan.

So yes, please go ahead and criticise Google. I'll even agree with you on some things, but make sure those accusations get thrown straight at Microsoft and Apple too, because they are every bit as bad.

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At least Apple and MS just want to sell you stuff. Google want to own you.

You really sure that's just Google?

Just firewall Google out of your network if you hate them that much. You'll be able to use the rest of the Internet just fine. Now, erm, try that with Microsoft Windows. Try running all the software that you need Windows to run (which is.. erm.. just about everything of note in the commercial market, and absolutely heaps of legacy software that isn't going to be changed any time soon). Bear in mind that Apple dearly want to be where Microsoft is (and Microsoft dearly want to be as cool in the public eye as Apple).

They all want to "own you", to use your own terminology. Google are just the ones that you have the biggest ability to avoid entirely.

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You THINK you're watching your LG smart TV - but IT's WATCHING YOU, baby

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*gasp* The surprise!

But surely only Google does that kind of stuff?

Nope. Everyone does. Too much money in it not to. Some perhaps to an extent that makes "right up to the creepy line" Schmidt look quite wholesome. Hate to say "I told you so" but...

...actually, no I don't. Told you so.

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Nanowire laser is a GaAs, GaAs, GaAs (with a bit of arsenic)

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I said fricken' sharks.

Not fricken' goldfish.

Hey, I guess a laser-toting neon tetra could be pretty cool though.

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TOXIC DOLPHIN SANDWICH on the menu, say hacktivists

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it just looks like outsiders who know nothing about what is considered their local culture enforcing standards upon them

And what would giving people dolphin meat disguised as tuna sound like to you?

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Boffins warn LIMPWARE takes the pleasure out of cloud

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NIC card?

Is that like a PIN number?

Redundancy department of redundancy?

Ok, ok, I'm going.

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

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Follow the money.

Isn't that what Bitcoin is designed to prevent?

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Dr Wolfram touts coding language to revolutionise mankind ... just like Wolfram Alpha did

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So long as it's better and cheaper than Matlab...

...then maybe it'll find a niche. That's the obvious use for something coming from a place like Wolfram, and I've seen enough people complaining about Matlab.

After having to learn the basics of it for my degree, and after looking up licensing costs, I agree; Matlab is way overdue an alternative.

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Publishers reject Google's revised offer to fix search biz in Europe

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Re: All suspects are guilty. Otherwise they wouldn't be suspects.

Alternatives are there yes but your comparison to OSs is dis-ingenious seeing as there have always been alternative OSs too.

As I pointed out, I would like to see you running all that lovely commercial software in something not Windows. Enjoy your pain. I'll be around later to sweep the hair up that you've torn out after enough battling with WINE to get a few percent of it sort-of half working.

Now, firewall Google's entire IP range out of your system. Observe that the rest of the Internet still works. Flawlessly.

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Re: All suspects are guilty. Otherwise they wouldn't be suspects.

since it was demonstrable.

Open your web browser.

Type in "www.yahoo.com" (Or maybe bing.com, duckduckgo.com, ask.com or comparethemeerkat.com).

Now do the same thing, only with Google's entire IP range firewalled out of your network. Observe that the sites still work.

QED.

Now, try running most commercial PC software without the operating system made by one of the corporations that comprise the Fairsearch lobby. Yes, Microsoft are one of the entities trying to say that Google have an abusive monopoly, which to me is best described as "fucking rich".

Observe how the software will neither install nor run.

And now you know the difference between an abusive monopoly, and people choosing in large numbers to use a particular product or service.

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

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Re: search on this

Matey, I'd use a tablet to take photographs just to piss that guy off.

Maddox is funny when he's pissed off. Doesn't make him always right.

Quite right when comparing his phone to the original iPhone 1 when it came out, though.

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Re: Because you can use an Android without a Google account?

Not Google and Apple. Just Apple.

Granted, you won't get the Play Store without a Google account. You can however, dump whatever APK you like on the device, including things like the Amazon app store (or anybody else's app store).

It's amusing in a way. Apple wish they were Microsoft, and Microsoft wish they were Apple.

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