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1612 posts • joined 6 Oct 2008

iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

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Re: HealthKit

atleast it's not just me

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WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

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Re: Your app is intriguing to me and I wish to download it...

I'm wondering if they really thought this through...

I mean, one person triple-taps you and you're gone? Gee, that's got no abuse potential.

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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@terry Barnes

In theory that may be true, but it would first require a world-wide power grid.

I suppose if you where going to try to to a sidewalk sized path of photo-voltaics around the planet at the equator, hooking into grids for the major contents wouldn't be too hard, you still have to contend with Europe and Scandinavia's power is now coming by way of Africa, I suppose the middle-east would be a possibility as well. The US and Canada's power would be coming through Colombia and Mexico. South America wouldn't be do bad, the strip would go through Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela.

I guess you are planning on building a lot of wires over (under?) the ocean to connect to places like Australia.

All in all, I think this would go over about as well as a lead zeppelin.

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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Last I looked farmville and angry birds are still pretty popular. The only reason flappy bird isn't is because the developer had that mental breakdown (which notch now get to avoid)

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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Re: Why does the Moon have gravity?

Im glad you said this, Tom 38, because if you hadn't I'd have had to.

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Freenode IRC users told to change passwords after securo-breach

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Re: Sniffing

"nickserve traffic" is the same as all the other traffic. You really shouldn't depend on it being encrypted.

freenode has a higher user/bot ratio then most IRC servers because of the target audience.

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US! govt! ordered! Yahoo! to! hand! over! user! data! or! pay! $250k! fine! PER! DAY!

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Microsoft's did, just a couple of days ago.

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FTC: We didn't robocall you and thousands of others asking for bank details. IT'S A TRAP!

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Re: "transmitting phony Caller ID information"

There is a legitamite reason for this. MANY companies use it to make outgoing calls from personally assigned number, which displaying a general operator number. While this may not sound like a big deal, it is. If a customer calls me back personally looking for support, I could be on vacation or whatnot. all they'll be able to do is leave a voice mail. By calling the queue, any of my co-workers can help them.

Now, we only send out numbers we actually own, and I really think some improvements need done to limit the numbers any one organization can use, but I'm not sure how that would be implemented.

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

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Re: salaried employees

Respect works both ways.

When your entire staff tell you something is more expensive, more complex, is prone to failure, harms performance, inconveniences clients, has glaring security flaws, and harms morale it's generally advisable to listen. For the record, some of the tasks asked of me where only doable because I kept my own machine here. That WAS the compromise for them to continue to retain my services, and they live with it because we have systems no one else knows (something else I've told them they should do something about).

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Re: salaried employees

Cojones indeed....if I took it upon myself to install software that wasn't sanctioned by my employer, or reinstalled my workstation to my personal specification, I could reasonably expect to be dismissed for gross misconduct.

I didn't do that, I just brought my own machine in. Haven't used this worthless-ass mac since they made me put it there.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Re: Apple Watch ... a solution looking for a problem

Some of us still think so.

Only thing mine ever does is watch online videos. It's only worth the price because it was free.

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NASA clears zero-G 3D printer for mission to SPAAAAACE

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re: cray74

Fairly sure they where talking about the CO2 scrubbers, not that it would have mattered, the thing didn't have power to run the primary nav-computer, let alone a 3D printer.

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Maybe less entertaining, but I'm sure it would have made James Lovell's life easier.

Actually, though, it wouldn't have. One of the highly limited resources on Apollo 13 was power. They'd have had to rip the cover off the manual anyway, because they couldn't afford the power for this.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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Re: I wonder who the curmudgeonly, low-life dipshit was that down voted you?

probably the guy who got the door shut in his face!

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: NFC? . . . .

However, as Android and Apple mobile phones are at the top spot for stolen mobiles

That's because they cover the vast majority of the the smart phones. I mean maybe the thieves REALLY like windows phones, they just can't find them!

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

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Re: Copyright

those samsung bastards and their preemptive copying again!!

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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I'd do it.

If someone want's to sponsor me to stand infront of an apple store for a week, I will happily do so. You do have to provide you own shirt with your logo on it though.

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Internet of Things: Major players agree on goals, but little else

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"Data is an interesting thing," Enescu said. "It's very difficult, very expensive to move around."

After a quick look around here, it seems most of the difficulty and expense of moving it around is Cisco.

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Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

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Re: Two-factor auth for Find My iPhone?

the phone call could be to a real phone. some of us luddites do still have those, you know

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'Sony and Twitch' hacking crew Lizard Squad: 'We quit'

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Re: "hacking"

maybe a frog in the throat?

oh wait...

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I'm not up on the kid's bands.

Who is the lizard squad, and why do I care?

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It's official: Brit parents want their kids to be just like Steve Bong

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incoherent and annoying?

Aren't most kids that already?

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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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