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BlackBerry will pay you $$$s to be its friend and dump that iPhone

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Uhh, it encourages iPhone thieves in exactly the same way as Apple's trade-in program has in the past year and change. Their recycling program must also encourage iPod, iPad, Macbook and iMac thieves as well.

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Save Thanksgiving! Get your turkey to text you when it's done

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Wow, did you really make it through that with a straight face? If you did, that's impressive control and you deserve one of these.-->

Oh, does iDevice have something to text you when your glass is empty? I thought I remember seeing something of that nature hereabouts.

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

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Re: He must be several tera-furlongs out of his skull

How can you say they aren't scientific? They enter the symptoms into their iPad and it tells them what the problem is, how to treat it and write you a prescription for the most expensive appropriate pharmacological remedy just like the nice sales rep told them to do. If that doesn't work they move to the second problem shown on the iPad and give you a piece of paper for a different medication. They proceed likewise until either you are either cured or dead but they test every single possible problem the iPad app came up with all scienterrorific like.

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

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Re: Wow, I'm way out of touch...

I'd imagine Office 365 uses a bit of Silverlight. I know when I log in to my work email from home the browser is always looking for the Silverlight plugin. Seems to work well enough without it so I don't bother.

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Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs

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Re: Sir!

Not exactly a tarted up oil rig. More like a barge with a few outdrives hung off the sides. The only relation is that oil rigs use similar station keeping equipment.

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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Re: Why Are Apple DOOM Analysts Worth Quoting?

Did you read the article? Better yet, did you read the linked article? Let me save you the time of hitting the back button and sum it up for you. 'Holiday season sales not likely to be sustainable after the holidays'. That's it. Alternately you could read it as 'Holiday season sales set to surge before Xmas then normalize after the holidays'.

I'll play analyst and make a prediction: US whole turkey sales set to plummet after the holidays as cranberry sales surge as holidays draw near.

See how that works? Go ahead, give it a try. You can pick almost anything from fruit cake to ugly sweaters. It's fun.

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Re: Looking at those Prices...

My guess is those prices are exactly why the company changed hands. Those things are rather expensive and the folks who had to have one already do by now and the market quickly saturated.

If I could mount these on a cnc table and cut, well anything - cloth, neoprene or even paper then I'd likely find it useful as might many others and the market would be bigger. If I want to make a bright spot on the wall, pop a balloon and light a match I can do it for under $5 with a $3 laser pointer, a pin and, well, a match.

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Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK

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That's exactly it. Minivans are classed as light trucks so they don't impact the fleet CAFE as much as a station wagon based on a car would. That gave the manufacturers an incentive to swap station wagons for minivans and the marketing machine convinced consumers that minivans were the next great thing.

The current shift to SUV type vehicles is also marketing pushing the more profitable SUV on the back of bigger = safer even in the light of the increased rollover risk. Remember it was a bunch of SUV rollovers several years ago that let to making tire pressure monitoring a standard feature in modern cars.

We still get a few imported station wagons precisely because they aren't classed as light trucks since light trucks carry a rather impressive import duty. That duty of course is the result of lobbying by the US "big 3" to maintain a nice margin on that market segment and is one reason why companies like Honda and Toyota make most of their US market SUVs and trucks in the US.

(edit) I need to check the current crop of CUVs to see if they are also light truck class as that would go a long way to explaining why every company seems to be pushing them harder than the local crack/meth dealer.

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Part of the reason the barges have passed on is for the same reason the long station wagons of yesteryear went away, CAFE standards. Currently mpg (in US gallons) is a simple linear form based on 'footprint' (wheelbase x track) between simple min and max values which for 2015 are 41 sq. ft. (29 mpg sticker) and 55 sq. ft. (23 mpg sticker) respectively. To put those footprints into perspective a MB S550 has a 54.5 sq. ft. footprint and the car reviewed here, the B-Max has a footprint of 39.8 sq. ft. which is about half a square foot less than a Honda Fit for those in the US. Note the S550 just makes it under the gas guzzler tax.

I suppose that also answers the question of why we don't see B-Max like vehicles in the US. There isn't a great incentive to get better than 29 mpg other than selling to skinflints like me and getting the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) up.

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I don't understand it, why do you folks get all the interesting cars? Obviously you've now figured that I'm of the "a car goes from A to B, that's its job" variety so what more can a guy like me ask for? Well for starters there is the available 1.6 l diesel. I do wish more car manufacturers would bring small diesels like this to the US but I suppose it would be only a niche product in this society where '250 HP isn't bad for a base model'.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Re: Chocolate company?

Yes but the article does say "The Chocolate company’s mobile OS" not "Chocolate Factory's". I suppose given their naming scheme it's possible there is a higher incidence of chocolate chairs, cocoa computers and such in the joint.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Not far off

Gee, why does Frank Gehry immediately come to mind?

Wasn't he the illustrator of the Dr. Seuss books?

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Boffins train robots to pull apart LCD screens – without breaking them

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Re: not so hazardous IMHO

It comes down to using the technology you've got. For all I know the kids are using mercury to salvage the metallic traces and are finding out the hard way that mercury and aluminum really don't like each other or are becoming as mad as hatters. The robot has all the tech advantages and a consistent supply of electricity that the kids likely do not. The robot is also immune to the minute particles of lead, cadmium, etc. that come flying off with the little buzz saw. We do know that children in Guiyu have a higher level of lead in their blood. Then there is also Agbogbloshie which is one of the larger dumps for electronic waste and has several stories about the problems.

I don't know that burning dung is all that hazardous however there is one study that seems to indicate the greatest danger from it is the airborne particulates and that it is either on par with or exceeds that of diesel or gasoline which puts it in the same realm of wood, straw or other typically available biomass. Since a good deal of the burning is done indoors in an open stove for cooking it compounds the issue presented for respiratory ailments including cancer. I would posit that proper ventilation and well designed stoves would reduce that problem greatly but again we're limited by the technology and affordability of the solution as compared to a fire pit dug in the middle of the room. Still, people have been burning wood and dung for several millennia with little ill effect but burning plastics, foam and rubber we know releases toxins like dioxin, furans and other carcinogens that have profound health risks.

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Re: not so hazardous IMHO

I think it's because the typical image of people doing this job is children in developing countries where sanitation is a non-priority and any chemicals used are likely left on the hands and ingested with the next meal or drink or inhaled while boards are burned or dissolved to salvage the metal traces. Fortunately these robots will put these kids out of a job and they will know a deeper level of poverty, not that I've got a solution to either problem much less both.

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Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP

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Re: People really run windows as a *server*?

Why are you so worried about fixed problems like Heartbleed and Bash? If you're a Windows guy you should be more worried about MS14-067, 66, 64, 58, 57, 43, 38, 36, 22, 19, 17, 13, 11, 08 and 07? I think those are all of the remote code execution vulnerabilities marked 'Critical' by Microsoft this year including their problems similar with SSL/TLS and drive by webpage exploits. That's more than one per month and three just this month and we've still got December to get through before we start on the MS15-series. NoteOf course I didn't include those like MS14-069 which is just an 'Important' remote code execution vulnerability or any of the privilege escalation or security bypass holes.

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Re: Boohoo @ Ragarath

Let's not forget that Yelp itself isn't known to be overly kind to businesses. There is a reason some businessestry turning the tables especially given we now know Yelp's practices aren't illegal.

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

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Re: Don't think you meant that...

Actually, according to folks who should know the sign is over 77 feet tall and nearly 330 feet wide, which I assume includes the wrap around the corners.

The sign that's 820 x 39 is installed near the King Khaled International Airport in Saudi Arabia but it's nice to know I'm not the only one who misses a few details every now and again.

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What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant

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Let's see Apple got a $10 million grant Apple got for the construction of the plant, a new power station so the factory can use 100% renewable energy and let's not forget the area around the plant is designated a foreign trade zone cutting taxes over 70%. Why give that up? Apple is committed to making greater profit, regardless of what that Ive guy says.

Think I could move to Mesa and score a deal like that? Never mind, it's in the middle of the desert and I imagine the sushi isn't the freshest.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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It's obviously the 2" square brain box for a connected cloud persona. You just leave it in your pocket and it works with all your other toys that change from being expensive devices with their own data plan to simple I/O interfaces that use the common box. Soon everything from your mirrorless system camera, phone earpiece, bonkable pay dongle or 9" web display will be simple and connected to a single point of intercloudy goodness.

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Re: Translation please

So, what pokes through it is a turtle's head?

Just to be clear, we're talking clothes and not a cold shower after a circumcision, right?

The one with the little snapper in the pocket.

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Re: Translation please

No, in en_US it's turtleneck

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Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it

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Re: Not the story it first appears to be...

Uhhh, you got 'em big heap axe grind, kemo slobby. Wear down fast keep talk, hav' mini-hatchet left.

Honest paleface. Ha ha, git it? No such thing, kemo slobby.

The thing is it does open a new bucket-o-chicken because if the court allows it then it will equally have to allow the opposite where someone out on disability is actually off water skiing in Miami. If it's known that they have such a device then it seems perfectly reasonable for someone to get and order for the records and prove one way or another that it is a fraudulent disability claim. Juries may not always be the brightest bulbs on the tree but they often have a good nose to smell when someone is trying to game them. It's the judge who makes the precedent by allowing the data as evidence and it's up to the jury to call bullshit. Something they are likely to do in this case but not in the reverse.

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Pre-digital computer 'cranks out' Fourier Transforms

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Re: be careful about calling it Non- or Pre-Digital

There's always reading the PDF, it's free after all. The conic and cylindrical gear sets keep time for the sampling ratios. The amplitudes are determined by the position of bars placed along a set of rockers that are driven by the cylindrical gears. It's actually quite short and definitely worth the read. It was a rather long download but I don't know which end was the cause for the lack of speed.

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Rare Stegosaurus skeleton moves into plush London pad

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Re: " ... weighed as much as a 4x4 vehicle"

It depends, are we talking WWII era Willys MB or a Zetros 1833?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg

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Re: Armadillo Eggs

I think it's also important that it's a ground/minced sausage rather than a coarse chop like you'd find in andouille and chouriço (which I assume is nearly the same as Spanish style chorizo which is almost impossible to get in the market as most all of it is Mexican style which is ground). Also, it should probably be raw/fresco and not dry/smoked sausage.

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Re: a Texas favorite: Armadillo Eggs

Pork mince would be a good place to start and add the usual suspects; pepper and minced or powdered chilies (cayenne, ancho, chipotle, chilli powder works in a pinch but it often includes salt and other spices). Often breakfast sausage will include sage and sometimes garlic as well.

Shake and Bake is a simply a flavored/spiced flour mix for dusting/dredging it comes in a 5 oz. box. You could simply mix parts by volume: 32 flour, 4 salt, 4 paprika, 2 onion powder, 2 dry mustard, 2 garlic powder & 1 black pepper.

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Microsoft exams? Tough, you say? Pffft. 5-YEAR-OLD KID passes MCP test

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Isn't that the point of standardized testing? Everyone studies for the test, not the actual material but the test. It doesn't matter if you know how to solve any problem as long as you can remembersolve the problems on the test.

In the real world, we get kids straight out of university who would use a 1/2-13 when a 10-32 would do simply because they saw a commercial showing a car company bragging about the bolts they use to hold the bed on their pick-up truck - and here I thought gravity did most of the job holding the bed on the truck. I'd wager Boeing and Airbus are rather embarrassed by that video - not!

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Google Glass: Even the people who stand to MAKE MONEY from it hate the techno-specs

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It was an interesting hackneyed effort at getting others to dump serious dosh in developing a non-starter; a bit like Apple watch. For those not paying attention, the cold war has officially landed in the tech sphere.

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Meh

Walmart's new slogan should be, 'everything you don't want, cheap!'

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

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A bigger baby Ive never seen.

... who has previously railed against "Prada inspired" smartphones.

FTFY

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Remember that internet sales tax? Wasn't that a great idea? It's dead

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Re: Sales taxes are too complicated. Damn' straight.

I suspect this is one of those situations where, if the state wanted do, it could audit anyone and nail them with a fine and penalties.

Ding, ding, ding! I think we have a winner!

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Re: Oh noes, sales taxes are too complicated!!1!

"Amazon requires sellers to provide state tax registration numbers..."

You forgot to mention you also have to go to every state (I assume most have online registration) and acquire a tax registration number and hand it to Amazon so they can sell you the service. Does a little trinket maker in Vermont need tax registrations numbers in all 50 states just to sell their wares online?

The reason companies like Vertex exist is because it's too difficult for a small mom and pop shop to do keep up with all the rules. Saying that Rocko and his computer will gladly protect you from the California tax man - for a nominal fee, isn't much help.

Why does the seller have to sweat California's 'sales/use tax' on a nail file purchased by a California resident in Hong Kong? Why does California get a cut of business that was transacted outside of California? Why is the "internet", not the Californet, any different from Hong Kong? Why wasn't California taxing mail order/catalog sales forty years ago and why is the internet different? Well, we know that one since it's seen as a cash cow to cover the state's hyper-zealous spending that mail order never was, granted they will play the protectionist card and say it isn't fair to regular bricks and mortar stores but we know better than to buy what the state is selling.

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Re: Oh noes, sales taxes are too complicated!!1!

That's just it. It's nearly impossible to tell because there is no such service as it would have to get down to areas so small that several fit into a single zip code. For instance zip code 90631 lies in both Orange and LA Counties meaning there are two different county tax rates in addition to the state sales tax and the part of the zip code in Orange also levies a city tax all in less than 14 sq. miles.

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Re: What are they thinking?

Complicated doesn't even begin to describe it. California can barely figure out how, when and if coffee is taxable so what hope does an out of state seller of anything have? I've reproduced the PDF link at the bottom of the article here if you want it straight(?) from the source.

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Re: Not dead yet

Funny thing about Amazon. If you buy something from some sellers and not Amazon proper it's possible to not get charged sales tax since Amazon only acts as bank and bazaar but not the actual merchant. As a result if the merchant doesn't have the all important point of presence in the state thus no tax. I was shocked that the Cali tax didn't show up on one of my wife's purchases and it took me a while to figure out why and sure enough the seller was in Tennessee and the product shipped direct from China.

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Why did men evolve map-reading skills? They were PAID BY BONK - study

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Estimates indicate that 10,000 years ago the human population of the entire world was about 5 million. If you're going on a reasonable length journey away from your own population center there isn't likely anyone to ask for directions until you get where you're going, e.g. the next population center. It might be wise to avoid any hunting parties along the way since they may be hunting long pork which would certainly change your travels for the worse.

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BOING, BOING! Philae BOUNCED TWICE on Comet 67P

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It's understandable, Philae gave the comet a couple of kisses as a little foreplay before getting to the serious screwing.

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

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Re: What is the pull of gravity of that rock?

Those things are that dense because they've been pulled together for quite some time rather nicely by gravity here on Earth. Most of your sedimentary stone can be much less dense without the big squeeze it undergoes here and that is likely the case way out yonder even though it's likely just iron and ice, although confirmation of it's true makeup would be nice.

In all, great stuff. It may seem easy to hit a dinner plate with a pea but not when you're in London and the plate is in Calais.

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BlackBerry chief vows: We'll focus on 'core devices' and on, er, NOT LOSING MONEY

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Re: Blackberry Passport

Very interesting, it just came up as £529 but other times it's 529€. It changed for me when I put it in my cart after checking the France site in case someone wants to see if it's repeatable, who knows which works. Either way, it's currently $599 in the US, which is about £380 if you happen to be on holiday.

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Re: Blackberry Passport

It's 529€ including VAT and in stock. XE tells me that's about 415 quid so you've got to decide if it's close enough. I had been waiting for it to be in stock, I say 'had' as mine arrived Friday. It's only been the weekend, but I will say that so far I'm chuffed.

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Has Switzerland cracked the net neutrality riddle?

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how exactly do non-millionaire people change anything at a state level

You could start at the city level. Depending on where you are, it could be either city, county or some other governmental sector that signs the contracts with the cable companies in compliance with 542(f) of the Communications Act which allows the municipality to charge the cable provider a fee which is essentially rent for the space the company uses to lay and service their lines. Most of these contracts have an exclusivity clause that grants the company an effective local monopoly.

You can work with your fellow constituents to get the village, town, parish, whatever to abolish the exclusivity arrangement when the contract is due for renewal. On the state or federal level it seems that a tweak to some legislation that prohibits or nullifies exclusivity clauses could be in order. That way if another cable company wanted to compete in an area, they could. It would certainly improve the situation for most people if they were given alternatives between the jitter that seems to be DSL and the stop motion that is cable when the local school lets out.

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

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Re: Nice

Sure they were. They were doing it everywhere Google rolled out its service which gave legacy providers actual competition.

Everywhere else the cable guys know the phone companies, like Verizon, are letting the lines rot and dumping the area on someone who will file chapter 11 shortly so no real worries about competition there.

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Samsung slams door on OLED TVs, makes QUANTUM dot LEAP

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@Sir Gaz

If they are buying the lad a 55" TV they clearly have more dollars than sense so it's not really surprising the sales drone went for the up-sell.

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Boffin imagines Wi-Fi-defined no-shoot zones for wireless weapons

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Re: Yep, that will work...

Oh, there are only about 300 million firearms in the US that need modification. Shouldn't take long to implement. I assume it won't change the value of my 1907 Winchester 94 saddle ring in .38-55, will it?

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Mystery Google barges TORPEDOED by US govt: Showrooms declared death traps

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Re: huh?

I suppose it depends on where the things were going to be registered. I understand there are some landlocked and lake free nations that have great deals on taxes for large vessels.

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Re: The REAL problem was building it in San Francisco, California

Palin got in the circus because a bunch of analysts thought having a female on the ticket would win enough of the estrogen vote while keeping the Pat Robertsons of the world on board. Like most analysts they really don't understand what the market, which in this case means voting public, is really looking for. As a result we get these hackneyed combinations of candidates that try to pull in the outer fringe of a particular segment while not pissing off the ones they call their 'base'. You've hit the nail squarely on the head in that political life isn't a cabaret, it's definitely a circus with an odd emphasis for the hall of mirrors.

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Re: The REAL problem was building it in San Francisco, California

Funny thing is the San Francisco Belle operates out of San Francisco. Perhaps Google should have looked for the fellows who built that and asked for something similar. I think the juxtaposition of an old style paddlewheeler with high tech interior would have been rather appropriate in San Francisco.

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Murder suspect charged after pics of strangle victim posted on 4chan

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While we may not have the whole tale, short of a very short list of things there is nothing deeply tragic enough for murder to be an acceptable response. The very fact that he seems to be in reasonably good physical health means he wasn't tortured and no mention was made of his children or family, should he have any, so it's unlikely that anything happened to justify strangling her, which is a very up close and personal way to commit murder. No, more likely than not she merely tried to break off the relationship and I'm sorry but even if he has abandonment issues because his mommy left him at the mall one weekend when he was six it isn't a reason for murder much less an excuse. According to the LA Times he has a criminal record which includes assault and domestic violence.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Re: Yes, Lewis, but...

Have a look at wikipedia's improvised firearm page and the pdf Expedient Homemade Firearms. The basics are pretty simple.

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Re: 3D barrel with pretend rifling

What he has made is a tiny smoothbore muzzle loading cannon that has its lock work provided by another piece of equipment. The only difference between what he has made and these little fellas is that he has machined a standard primer pocket into the back end which necessitates a striker and 3D printed a cradle to temporarily hold both the striker and cannon.

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