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2768 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Cheapo telcos fined for their cheapo security: Financial records on 305,000 people spilled

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Now we know

The value of your financial information and potentially your financial security and identity is deemed by the government to be $32.79. Is it any wonder why recent data breaches have been met with a shrug? In case you're wondering, according to ITRC (PDF) we're up to 621 breaches this year.

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This Changes Everything? OH Naomi Klein, NO

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Re: About that self-professed rational liberalism

So, on a zero-sum basis, it's simply a transfer of wealth from the former US worker making $25/hour with benefits to the corporation exporting the job. The Chinese worker did not get all the wages of the US worker. The difference was pocketed by the corporation.

You're assuming that it is a zero-sum basis, it's not. For the same money, $25/hr, the company can hire several Chinese workers at $3.25/hr ($6500/year) and even if they aren't as productive seven of them will likely exceed the output of the single US worker with little difficulty. It also keeps the company competitive in their industry which they may not have been and the change could easily mean they don't have to shut the doors which would still put the US worker out of a job as well as the seven Chinese workers. Yes, I know that some jobs will likely open up at their competitors in order to make up for the reduced supply if the first company does go out of business but that's another story.

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LG taps TSMC to bake its first-ever mobile chip

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somewhat like how Americans pronounce "nuclear"

We pronounce it roughly 'new-clee-er'. How do you folks on the continent pronounce it? Should I presume it's the Bush version that's 'nuke-you-lare' in the same vein that Señor Dan's potato is spelled potatoe?

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

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Re: "So, kids, keep on learning those verb conjugations "

Not exactly, while he, she and it sound the same, the characters are different; 他 她 牠(它)

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Re: Is Old English The Only Real English?

cap'n is absolutely right, pinyin is only useful to initially learn pronunciation and for typing. If you rely on pinyin you can't tell the difference between nán 男(male) and nán 難 (difficult).

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Re: "So, kids, keep on learning those verb conjugations "

That's one of the best features of Chinese. Another is not having to worry about getting the gender of inanimate objects correct.

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DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

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Re: is it just me?

Well to put it in perspective, globally there are nearly 21,000 Starbucks locations, of which over half are in the US. By another measure, there are over 100,000 filling/petrol stations in the US.

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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the Brit auction house thought the tech antique would fetch as much as $500,000.... the 1970s-era circuit board fetched an eye-watering $905,000

Damn if $500,000 isn't eye-watering, how about we trade paychecks for a few weeks?

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Nokia France leak: Windows Phone DUMPED in Microsoft Lumia revamp

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Not to be impolite but, you're just noticing now?

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

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So it's a facebook ad feed mixed with a few emails. I'll pass.

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Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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Re: Aimed at the Merkin market then

Yes but LA is special. It's the only place while walking out of a store I've been stalked by someone looking for a parking space only to have them turn around when it was clear I was parked further than they wanted. I kind of knew it was coming since there were several open spaces next to me at the end of the lot.

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Apple, GT in SECRET SAPPHIRE peaceable parting PACT

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The hatchet is buried alright, up to the handle and squarely between GTATs shoulder blades from the look of it.

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Apple grapple: Congress kills FBI's Cupertino crypto kybosh plan

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Re: Odd

More like a case of bad timing on the part of the FBI. Surely they must know there's an election in two weeks and all 435 Representatives and 33 Senators are trying to keep their jobs. It's best to hold the applause for the congresscritters and see what happens on this score in the next few months.

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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

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Re: Share repurchase

The repurchasing is debt-funded because bringing the cash currently held by 'foreign' business units into the US means it would be taxed which would likely mean instead of this mornings ~$102 per share it would effectively cost them about $157 per share. The interest rate on the debt would have to be startlingly high to make it more expensive over the repayment period.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: @Eddy Ito

That may be true but it's still possible on my not quite antique daily driver. Still, a wheel should spin quite freely. Perhaps it's the seals on the newer bearing as I've seen several on capital equipment that were quite heavy initially but the friction usually drops considerably after a bit of running.

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Re: you can barely turn the undriven wheels by hand

I'm sorry but you've obviously tightened the nut a bit too tight. I've built, and rebuilt, many vehicles starting with a '51 Willy's 4-73 pickup and at no time have I ever had an undriven wheel not spin freely for many revolutions after repacking the bearings and reinstalling the wheel.

As a rule of thumb, as much as I hate that term, the bearing only need be tight enough to prevent off-axis motion so I'm thinking go a half a turn, depending on where the castle nut lines up with the hole, beyond where it obviously seats but no more or snug it up and back off a half a turn, either way should get you in a reasonable ballpark.

I'm sure there may be manuals that say tighten to "X" ft-lbs, but that's largely shite if you think about it since there is no way they can know the exact taper of the conical bearing, nominal maybe but exact never. You tell me, what's the derivative of the sine of the bearing angle? Yeah, approximations are ok but certainly not gospel.

On a similar note, I'll add that the author misses what is to me an obvious point. The wheels, given their contribution to the acceleration of the vehicle - a wheel / tire combination that has a larger portion of the mass on the perimeter is harder to accelerate than an equal mass wheel / tire combination where the mass in concentrated in the center.

More often than not the latest fad is to have a large diameter, low mass rim paired with a large diameter tire and it doesn't optimize the acceleration since a smaller wheel with a larger sidewall may, actually more often than not, provide a better moment of inertia and therefore less work to accelerate to a given velocity.

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Re: Democracy? Republic? Where?

These types of civil asset forfeiture laws need to be challenged in the federal courts all the way to the Supreme Court inasmuch as they are nothing more than an end run around the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. Unfortunately few people are sufficiently knowledgeable or financially able to mount such a challenge especially after their assets have been taken. I've got a dollar that says that the police are very well trained to pick folks who either won't or can't fight back.

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Re: Hmm

Delay to put everything away - well that's a bit suspicions isn't it?

So what you're saying the best method is to say you were mid extrusion in the bog. We all know you can't flush when the plod are at the door lest they think you're disposing of evidence so to keep it believable you'll need to keep a log or two in a zip top bag for ready deployment into the bowl as evidence. Just don't forget to wipe your fingers before you answer the door as that would be a bit rude.

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It's not always about you: Why the Apple Watch is all about China

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Re: Please explain

It's not that bad, IIRC there are only about 6,500 simplified and about twice as many traditional characters in typical computer systems. I also believe there are only about 50k unique characters in total but I've heard some claim it is closer to 80k. Even in China I think literacy is defined as knowing about 2,000 characters even though it would probably require knowing 3-4,000 characters to read a typical newspaper. I think to get into the tens of thousands of characters you'd need to find someone who is quite well educated.

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Re: Please explain

@John Savard

Yes but in that sense it's no different from any other cursive writing. In English the cursive stroke order is called spelling. Also the Chinese cursive is much more difficult to read somewhat like the cursive stylings of most medical doctors.

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Re: Please explain

The reason a few strokes can identify a character is because many homophones look quite distinct from one another and a few strokes will clearly identify the difference. For instance the character for male is 男 which is pronounced nán and difficult, 難 (traditional, 难 simplified), is pronounced and intonated exactly the same way and may not necessarily be distinguishable from context. In comparison horse 馬 (马) and mom 媽 (妈) have the same pronunciation but differ in tone.

Stroke order, generally top left to bottom right, is so you don't smudge the ink and your characters are clear. In calligraphy the customary brushes also produce a distinctive look to the stroke such as making it taper in a certain way and there is substantial value placed on the look of the characters.

As for inputting text into computers and phones there are a myriad of methods including stroke input and handwriting recognition. I would think that merely observing someone wouldn't really tell you which method they were using. For a while I was using a handwriting recognition package that had a mode which accepted zhuyin.

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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Re: Once upon a time...

What does a cone made iridium plated panda hymens look and sound like?

Pure. Especially when they are assembled by the loving, tender hands of stunningly beautiful island virgins just before being sacrificed to the volcano.

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Damage control (noun): When Microsoft's CEO kickstarts diversity plan after women pay gaffe

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Oh yeah

A "leaked" memo. That's PR management code for "try to make it subtle, eh boys. Oh and you too grrrll."

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US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports

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Re: Two thoughts

I don't see why they couldn't create a graphical interpretation of the software and claim it's art that is exportable under freedom of expression. That way you only need some sort of quasi compiler that a bitmap into software which isn't a "weapon". I know, it's just a spin on Phil Zimmermann's printing the PGP source code as a book but twisted for the QR code generation.

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Batman in the frame to take on Steve Jobs

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Re: Yeah that's what we need

Personally I'm waiting for 'Titanic 2: Nowhere To Go But Up'.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: Physics 101

The walls have to be thick if they are going to absorb the ~14.1 MeV of kinetic energy from the neutons as that indicates they are stepping out rather vigorously. Also consider that, assuming they capture the full 17.6 MeV of each reaction, the 10 second run is going to use a little less than 3 mg of fuel which means that if it could run continuously it would use less than a gram per hour while putting out 100 MW. If it works, and I really hope it does, the phrase "this changes everything" won't be that much of an overstatement.

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

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Just point a perps face at a mobe, and hey look, it unlocked.

I can see a potential use for hacking the code whereby it also recognizes a particular expression. If they try to force you to unlock it the appropriate expression would automatically scramble everything inside to ensure it was unrecoverable. The hard parts are of course training it and picking an expression that you won't accidentally make when goatse'd.

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

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Re: Your Fridge has shut down unexpectantly, please reboot ...

Most modern refrigerators have other controls besides thermostats. One of the more significant is a pressure sensor that signals the compressor to hold off on restarting until the pressure has bled down a bit to reduce the inrush current when it does start so as not to blow a circuit breaker. Historically refrigerators are on their own circuit for this very reason since if the fridge tried to start while another appliance was running, such as a simple coffee maker, it could easily trip the breaker/fuse and you could return from work to a rather unpleasant circumstance.

This is where I see smart appliances actually being useful since a fridge or freezer can hold off starting so they don't cause a spike that takes the circuit down. That way if a fridge and coffee maker are on the same 1800 watt circuit and the fridge only needs 500 watts to run but 1500 watts to start it could tell the 900 watt coffee maker to pause while it started and resume once it dropped below the threshold.

As for the "we need X" IoT fridge, I'm married and get/send these texts already depending on who is out. The only time I come home and find I've not picked up something we need is when we're all out together.

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Re: Moving the goals?

offer the public a simpler and infallible test of fatness

How about height divided by max girth about the belly. I'd think if that ratio is less than 1 it may indicate an excess of adipocytes, a ratio near 2 might be close to normal and 3 would be stick figure territory. Maybe the denominator should be an average of hips, gut and chest to account for where different people may carry weight.

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Re: Moving the goals?

@Dr. Ellen

It's worse, the theory that "normal" BMI is healthy could be wrong and it certainly seem improper for schools to say children are overwieght based on BMI. If we look at some illconceived correlations we can find that age has a bearing on body fat and BMI as shown in both the "children" and "adult" equations at the bottom of this page yet the initial BMI equation doesn't make any such distinction. I know when I'm being walked through a field of cow patties yet I'm stunned by how many people can't see they are standing on shit.

A quote for the ages from the NYPost article linked above "why should I believe the New York Department of Education?” - perfect.

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Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown

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Re: Closed is out of flavour these days.

Only if the vulnerability is publically known. See above.

You'll need to define "publicly known" since a small group of thieves could discover and exploit the vulnerability for quite some time before the general public finds out, perhaps by noticing that their savings balance is suddenly zero or their credit card is maxed out.

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Rebellion sees Chromium reverse plans to dump EXT filesystem

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"You can take the hardware and install Debian just fine, with ext. or you can simply buy a non-Chromebook laptop."

If one currently owns a Chromebook and use it with ext(n) formatted media, why should that person be forced to change the operating system because Google wants to drop support in a future automatic update? It really is saying "thanks for the cash, now go pound sand".

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

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Re: funeral peelers

I suppose that's one way to put the fun back in funeral.

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

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Re: Apologies, typo here

Can we even accurately measure it given the signal is mixed with every other electrical device in the home? Sure, we can put meters on individual appliances and work it out but is there any simple way to say "X" is lighting. Does it get more complicated given the ambient light cast off by the myriad devices in our lives like computer and TV screens and the dozens of other devices with luminous displays even if it's just a green led on the router, a red one on the switch and a blue one on the modem? At some point we're just picking, err, nits.

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Re: "reduction in waste heat"

Not that long ago in some more northern climes where incandescent traffic signals were replaced with LEDs one problem was that there wasn't enough "waste heat" in winter to remove the snow from in front of the light making them near impossible to see in the day time.

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Flies WANT beer booze and now we know why - yeast

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So do what the rest of us do and use half a lime or lemon wedge and rest it on the top of the bottle. In general the citrus will keep most flies at bay. I'm baffled by the young'uns who insist on expressing it into the beer and pushing the rest through the neck of the bottle as if it were a condiment - well, that is unless they're drinking Bud here in the US in which case most anything would improve the taste, even the flies.

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

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Re: USA is not that great in science really...

* Small countries that win one or two Nobel Prizes completely skew the figures

Why should that matter? Are you saying that there is a threshold of bigness that makes small countries ineligible to be counted? Could we not say that countries are arbitrary boundaries set by and for purely political reasons often without regard for the people living there and while politics may help or hinder science it can't really stop it from happening. IIRC there were quite a few powerful political people way back when who were rather upset to find this rock isn't the center of the universe. The funny thing about globalization is that it does a rather nice job of leveling the playing field and makes geography less important.

It's fairly pointless to compare swaths of dirt based on who is chosen for a particular prize regardless of the prize or the swath of dirt. To mangle an Onion article headline: You will suffer humiliation when the scientists from my area win more mobile prizes than the scientists from your area.

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Tesla Motors has revealed its newest model: the 691 HP, all-wheel-drive, twin-engined Model D.

Somehow to me engine always meant some sort of heat engine whether it be steam, Stirling, turbine, etc. The electric, pneumatic and hydraulic varieties of potential to kinetic energy conversion devices have always been motors. Twin engines I associate with boats and planes, twin motors can be in anything.

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Breaking news: Man with Apple shares really wishes they were worth even more

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Hey iCahn, if Apple stock is so cheap just sell off your 66M shares of Chesapeake Energy (CHK) and use the money to buy AAPL. Shit Carl, you just took a $95M bath on Chesapeake today so why not dump the dog and up your Apple to 70+M shares. Hell, you'll even get a better dividend. Go on Carl, put your money where your mouth is. You know if it were anyone else we'd think this was a classic pump and dump scam, don't you?

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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I think they are forced to play mumblety peg with pistols. It's the only reasonable explanation I can come up with.

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NSA spying will shatter the internet, Silicon Valley bosses warn

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Does it strike anyone else as odd that the same guy who just said "The simplest outcome [of NSA spying] is that we end up breaking the internet," at the roundtable had previously said;

"If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place,"

"We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about."

"We need a [verified] name service for people, governments will demand it."

Schmidt's hypocrisy dial must go to eleven.

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Brace yourself for a 12-inch Apple maxiPAD – probably... maybe... ish

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Assuming it's true, that it's a 12.9" screen and a hybrid iOS X, does that mean that Apple are going after the Windows RT market?

The icon just seems to fit.

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Apple and GT: Sapphire glass is cracked, but still not broken

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Re: An early Christmas gift perhaps?

Market cap is about $224M. Price/book indicates it's worth closer to $290M. It could probably be had for around $300M.

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Woman says narco-cops used her PICS to snare drug lords on Facebook

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Re: Perspective people.

By my count the following offenses were committed by the DEA: 1 count of identity theft, multiple counts of reckless endangerment (children in the pictures could also become targets) and multiple counts of copyright theft. Did I miss anything?

Oh for those who think it matters, the results of her case are here but I'll sum up: entered a guilty plea to "Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Cocaine Base" sentenced to time served plus probation.

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Siri ... why is this semi headed RIGHT AT ME? Phone apps distracting as ever – new study

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D'oh! Must have missed that bit while talking to Gortaniri. I still believe some children would be worse than most anything else.

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And how does this compare to having a conversation with a passenger in the car? Almost forgot, also include having children of various ages say 2 - 18 in the car? (Assume the odd aged children are difficult and even years are well behaved for a start)

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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Re: No, really, I read it and I have proof...

That was exactly my first thought, if they want data well by all means send them data until their little spy server keels over and there is absolutely nothing they can do about it. Sure they might say they experienced a DDOS attack but how can they prove you and a billion of your closest friends aren't flipping through every page of every book ever written as fast as you possibly can, simultaneously of course? It kind of gives new meaning to the term 'book club'.

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

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Re: I'm guessing FAT/FAT32

Couldn't it simply be presented as a network drive via ftp, samba or the like? IIRC the file browser in all major operating systems can handle most protocols. The hard part may lie in getting it to plug and prey correctly across the board.

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Re: Separation of handset and OS

There's also a hangup in the architecture. Until there is a standard initialization process on mobile phones it will be complicated to customize the OS to boot on any given hardware. It seems to be getting there but it's painfully slow. In a way PCs were easier because once the bios was reverse engineered and cloned it became fairly trivial to make compatible hardware. In the mobile phone space there aren't many who are in a hurry to reach commodity status.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Re: Unpaid volunteers in a lot of cases

LOLZ. Let the NOOB read a man page. Couldn't even get a simple network connected - at school!

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