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1590 posts • joined 6 Oct 2008

Next blockbuster you watch could be rendered on Google: Star Trek fx biz Zync gobbled

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Because takes a lot of time to process the render compared to the time it takes to upload the source files and download the output. The source files may only be a a hundred meg, The output may be a couple of Gig, but it takes (2hr film * 60 min/hr * 60 sec/min * 60 frame/sec=) 432,000 frames. Now if each frame takes 5 minutes to render (it's a fairly simple film) that's 1,500 computer-days. far longer then it takes to download the output.

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Re: Interesting title

And to think, I thought the pins where the male bits.

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PCI Council wants YOU to give it things to DO

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Re: They aren't meant to inforce

There is a vary easy way to ensure compliance. Just have a couple of suits against retailers who lose information and are found to not be in compliance. Make the damages PAINFUL. Explicitly state in the ruling "the only reason I'm setting these damages this high is because of the gross negligance of not following industry best practices (ie PCI DSS)."

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: Not WYSIWYG

Even going so far as changing themes takes you out of the flow of writing. It's a distraction; you might as well be asking for writer's block.

Get the text in when you can. Themes can be delt with once the important part is done. I kind of think this mentality comes from much of the web-driven world, where being pretty is more important then the content.

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Re: Personally ...

not able to write a 250 page SciFi novel without word?

I wonder how Heinlein managed Stranger in a Strange Land?

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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Re: I'm puzzled by this article

You might consider RTFA for Shaun Nichols' fine article, Mr. Orlowski, or read the opinion of the US copyright office (which is where this is likely to be fought).

The US Copyright Office is quite clear that he does not. Your wishes have no bearing on the matter.

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Sony DENIES PlayStation Network WOBBLES despite gamer GRIPES

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Dirty console peasants

Join the PC master race!

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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Re: I don't think the coriolis effect is that hard science

I want to address a couple of comments here, and come to the defense of the reviewer.

1) in the excerpts the reviewer shows, it doesn't say "coriolis effect," it just says "Coriolis." The context clues of many of these sentences do look like they are a name, not a force of nature. Even knowing what I was reading about, I find that kind of jarring.

2) most people aren't that familiar with science. Science fiction is already a small genre (once you exclude fantasy anyway), made smaller still when you limit yourself to hard scifi. I would describe most hard scifi as exclusionary, because it's outside of what the average reader can (or is willing to take the effort to) follow.

(FTR, I think I'll have to pick these up at my local bookseller)

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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I actually clicked the link, and read it. I didn't just go on Sean's article, which makes it quite clear the photograph is uncopyrighable (pronounced "public domain"). http://copyright.gov/comp3/chap300/ch300-copyrightable-authorship.pdf page 8 explicitly lists "A photograph taken by a monkey" as something that cannot be copyrighted.

By definition, anything which cannot be subject to copyright, is public domain.

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Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER

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Re: Quick Reader Poll:

I would say weekly, but they have to cram a Qi charger in it. I'm tired if fiddling with wires.

I still have no idea what I'd use it for though. I don't even wear a real watch much.

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Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group

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Re: ...that word. I do not think it means what you think it means

For those that don't know ALEC, here's a quick rundown. They create legislative templates of bills that are favourable to ALEC members, and which are then handed out to conservative politicians to try and pass in their home districts. Subjects of the bills range from "kill the gays" to "make sure convicted violent felons can still purchase guns" to "mercury in your drinking water is good for you" to "let Wall Street do whatever it wants" to "kill the abortion providers" to "climate change is Obama's mind-control program"... you get my drift. If there is any thinking involved or compassion emoted, it has nothing to do with ALEC.

[citation needed]

(to clarify, I don't disbelieving that they are partisan. I think you are, I'll be kind here, mischaracterizing the extent of the proposals they draft.)

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Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours

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Re: Punishing the wrong people.

Im trying to figure out what exactly you expect to be done about a DDoS (what these miscreants did).

But, I'm sure she was asking for it, wearing such a low cut skirt.

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New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first

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so, he recognises

that having a shit network is bad in the cell business?

'bout time someone at sprint recognize that.

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It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

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Re: Hyperbole?

How about because he is wrong? Is that okay to invalidate him on?

Let me list his argements and invalidate them:

1) It's "old"

I don't care. This isn't even really an argument. We've been making booze for thousands of years, but that doesn't make it any less of a find beverage.

2) Keys are hard to read

Well, yes. unfortunately he doesn't offer any kind of fix.

3) Old releases of GnuPG have bugs.

Yes, most software has bugs. Update to fix them. GnuPG can be updated for free (as in gratis). Any proposed fix will be susceptible to this problem.

4) Trusting a central authority would be easier.

Yes, it would. I think we can use the NSA as that central authority. If we trust any US company, they'll be it anyway.

5) WoT is bad.

He manages to take a whole paragraph and say just this and "I'm not backing it up with why." Well, I'm not responding to it, because he didn't bother to say anything to respond to.

6) Lacks forward secrecy

While forward secrecy is great, it requires much more automation on software side. This requires putting much more faith in much more complex software. For something like SSH, much of the complexity is already there because the sessions are real-time, for a non-realtime "session" I'm not as convinced. (although, this is EASILY the strongest point he makes)

7) PGP supports old ciphers and not new ones.

He even says most of these are not exploitable, so this is basically a rehash of 1. Specifically he complains about the lack of support for Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC). Dual_EC_DRBG (atleast) is known weak, and there are weaknesses in the recommended curve. At least one noted analyst recommends not using ECC at all in light of these revelations https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2013/09/the_nsa_is_brea.html#c1675929

8) too easy to send unencrypted

Ideally, it should probably be harder to send an encrypted email in these apps, unfortunately most people are not setup to receive encrypted emails, so sending unencrypted emails are still the norm. This is also likely to be unresolvable with:

9) too easy to send unimportant emails encrypted

If you are going to use encryption, you NEED to be using it for everything. If you don't you are give a treasure-trove of meta-data to an attacker. What you think it unimportant, who you are talking about important things with, and how often.

10) too easy to encrypt the email with the wrong key

I'll give him this.

11) requires passphrase to unlock key, which is required for just signing.

Not locking your key would be a HUGE vulnerability. The key is necessary for signing. Getting done with it and removing it from memory as fast as possible is the most secure thing you can do, but it requires you to reenter the passphrase each time. I guess I'm not sure I understand what he's proposing here, maybe he wants to abandon signatures.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: Do not piss off (pissed) fans

I agree if it starts being a hassle, especially in pubs, people will start to make a big deal over it.

The rights owners already lost quite a bit of the high-ground when they starting sending notices to grannies, but I think most people where still of the "it doesn't affect me" mindset. Corrupt politicians depend on voters not caring (for the most part). Once most of them do, they either do what the voters say, or get tossed out (big business be damned)

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

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Re: @ Destroy All Monsters -- @ the man who feel to earth

As a point of fact, that would better tell you how NOT to hide a body, because, as I recall, the miscrants end up propperly cuffed in Fargo(1996).

"So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There's more to life than a little money, you know. Don'tcha know that? And here ya are, and it's a beautiful day. Well. I just don't understand it."

(I think I love every line Frances McDormand has in that movie)

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Snowden leaks show that terrorists are JUST LIKE US

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re: a spy lies

Hell, both of them are probably lying.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: NAT is a kludge

"IPv6 doesn't need a "fixed" version - just the removal of the objection to NAT on IPv6.

Then NAT can carry on working just as we've been doing on IPv4; it's not a technical limitation, it's a dogmatic one."

THIS.

Honestly, it doesn't even need the objection removed, it just needs everyone to treat this objection with all it deserves (which is to say, ignore it). Noone outside you network will know, noone inside your network will know (unless, ofcourse, you have some protocol which opens a socket to a machine which "calls back" which is completely brain-dead).

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We told you jailbreaking your iThing was dangerous

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Re: Hilarious

On a phone, I don't find so many deceitful, as that x is just bloody hard to click.

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Uber and Lyft sitting in a tree, 'c-a-n-c-e-l-l-i-n-g each other's rides'

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wait, what?

You're telling me, both companies allowed accounts to remain around that had over 100 cancellations? Seriously?

If I where an investor in either company, I think I would be asking some questions about these types of inefficiencies.

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eBay bans CD sales of metal band Burzum, citing offensive material

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Re: Why Stop Now?

since 1990? you're going to have to go a bit farther then that... probably before recorded history.

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Re: Ebay

Umm, no. Linux dropped ReiserFS because without Hans working on it (you know, because he's in jail), it wasn't getting development done on it and it was bitrotting.

While I may disagree with the linux guys on a number of things, code that's not getting maintain should be tossed. It was completely the correct decision.

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New twist in China Apple hardware ban riddle: THE TRUTH at last?

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Re: Please explain

'tis better to be quietly thought the fool then to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

There are any number of pieces of network capture software (for example, wireshark). They record every packet sent over the network. Apple has been caught having one installed on consumer devices. No matter what, it shouldn't have been there, but I do not attribute to malice what is adequately explained by incompetence.

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Researcher snaps a Zeus hacker's photo through his webcam

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Re: Risky

Did he agree to the terms of service when installing the Zeus trojan? no?

I'd say he's dead-to-rights to reverse engineer it. From there, it's not really HIS fault that it was capable of controlling the ner'do'well's camera. Seems to me that's part of the intent of the software, so the person who installed it must have intended for him to use it this way. All's good in my book.

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Amazon 'adware' laden Ubuntu passes ICO's data smell test

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Re: I'm happy it's happy...

I assume you mean Mark Shuttleworth, I was confused about what Microsoft had to do with anything.

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

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Re: Good article.

The tragedy of commons does not apply. It's based on a limited resource, unless you are alleging that there are a limited number of times I can copy the monkey-selfie.

Photos are fundamentally different then mines.

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China rips Apple out of govt IT mail-order catalogue – report

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why mention Lenovo?

They are a Chinese company. I'm surprised they aren't the ONLY ones on the list.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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Re: More anti-US bashing

Because, on the whole, Americans are used to it, and don't give two fucks about it. Overall the commentary on elReg is amusing, and the stereotypes of Americans are laughable.

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Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments

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Re: Aaargh 2.0

Exactly, It's a 1.1, at best.

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ICO: It's up to Google the 'POLLUTER' to tidy up 'right to be forgotten' search links

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Re: The polluter pays...

I think the analogy would be that once the stream has been cleaned up, you would be responsible for updating the index (which is most people's primary decision making tool for choosing a picnic spot) so that the stream is no longer filed under "smells pooey"

Yes, but the stream isn't getting cleaned up. That's the problem. Google keeps checking, and keeps finding the same thing. So the solution being thrown about is: rather then actually cleaning the pollution (that's too hard, it seems the entire community is dumping raw sewage in the stream), blame the people who make an index of polluted places.

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iOS slurpware brouhaha: It's for diagnostics, honest, says Apple

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WTF?

Re: "Dead people are rising but Authorities say there is no cause for alarm."

Umm... by definition Google aren't a 3rd party. While they will use the information you give them for one thing, for something else too, that doesn't make them a 3rd party.

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Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives

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Re: Whenever you hear Oracle whine about Android

They can, but they would have to change how they deliver the binaries, such that the source is always delivered with them.

Even then Oracle could just buy a copy of the binaries.

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Hey Intel – that new Pro 2500 SSD looks awfully familiar

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I hearby revoke your techie creds

The power alone is a significant difference on a laptop.

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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Re: Captains Log

He is an expert on being a celebrity though, and considering this is an app for celebrities he has more then enough authority to weigh in on if it is really useful for them.

I on the other hand, not being a celebrity, am truly not qualified to review it.

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Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION

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Re: It's more than that

OTOH, if your objective is less homicidal and you just want to steal everything in the car this hack works nicely.

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Re: It's more than that

That's a bloody shame. The app works with the car, it's a valid attack vector.

That's like saying you didn't hack a linux box because you "just" broke SSHd.

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

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I want to register my condemnation

for all of the companies that preemptively copied apple's brilliant and insightful new technology of "visual notifications"

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Re: We have all the TV we need

well, for the BBC they would actually need to still have it around.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiping#BBC

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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

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Re: But what if I choose to..

That's not what aereo did, aereo set up a seperate tv and streamed each one for each person watching.

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Oculus seeks partners in drive to get a billion people into virtual reality

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Re: The same occulus ... and not the same and an Oculus Rift Creating CULTuring Machine World Order

You must be new here. You'll find all amfm posts like that.

There was a drought amfm posts for while, it's good to see them again. It's like when you stop seeing the nutter with the board reading "the end is nigh" for a week, you just start to worry.

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Re: The same occulus

No, it would not be that one.

This would be the one that sold themselves to Facebook. It must have been a different one you are thinking of.

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Got a botnet? Thinking of using it to mine Bitcoin? Don't bother

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Re: Maybe we should encourage them...

"To try the mining operation, so they can LOSE $$$ in the process and give up on the idea after all.

The herders will price themselves out of business. Novel concept. When do they start."

I think you are confused. Botnet operators cannot lose money on any of this, mostly because they do not have costs. They may make less money, but that, unfortunately, is not the same as losing money.

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Mozilla to cram a full web-dev IDE inside Firefox browser

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Re: Circle of time

Yes they did come from netscape.

They went to Firefox because netscape communicator had become a bloated pile of excrement. Now they are doing the same thing netscape did to communicator to FF, and everyone is just accepting google's spying and moving to crome.

Good job Mozilla.

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VMware seeks patent for IM chats between servers and sysadmins

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Novel

I think (what they are claiming) makes this novel, is the user can IM back commands...

That sets off my every "OMGSecurity" bone in my body, but that's the idea.

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Bored yet? Now there's ANOTHER OpenSSL fork – it's from Google

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The problem is, the management of the OpenSSL project have been accused of not properly releasing information for risk assessment to affected parties. This creates a situation where meaningful collaboration cannot continue.

Combine with the facts that both projects remove element that OpenSSL maintains (API compatibility for BoringSSL, and OS support and FIPS140-2 support for LibreSSL). Overall I think these will be likely be more secure due to decreases in complexity that are things the OpenSSL project will not accept.

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20 years on: eWorld, Apple's spectacular online 'portal' failure

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"We Apple-ites have our own version of history."

never a truer word was committed to media.

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Want a cheap iMac? TOO BAD. But you can have a slow one for $1,099

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Re: You're right for the wrong reasons...

Are you seriously comparing an ARM dual core to an Intel Dual core?

He did go on to compare it to a dell (alienware) at the same price-point, which got you twice the CPU, and better GPU for the same price... plus it has a battery.

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Irish court peels off gloves, hands Facebook PROBE request to ECJ

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Re: Looking promising

Not to mention a totally awesome name. He sounds like a James Bond villain... I wish I had a name like that!

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US Supremes UPHOLD troll-busting Alice v CLS Bank decision

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Joke

I haven't heard anything so great from the supremes

since You Can't Hurry Love!

I'll be here all week.

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

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Re: Expansion Packs

Even expansion packs (lets call them DLC, as seems to be the custom) fit into an "it depends" category. If the game you paid for was incomplete, then it's scummy, If it's an additional story after the first completes, it's all good. We've actually had these types of expansions for quite some time as I remember seeing the same thing with the Wing Commander mission packs.

The problem is, there is always some debate over which is which.

(purely cosmetic items are good too)

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