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2573 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Re: Doomed from the start

I think that's key, we're talking about just the DC/AC converter. Given the constraints it makes sense that it is the only thing being considered, wire in @ 2kVA - DC/AC converter - wire out @ 2kVA * .95+, that's it. They aren't interested in loads, breakers, switches etc. and it's likely they want to put it in something to make a complete package which may explain why liquid cooling is out. At least that's the way I read it since we're talking about a 1" thick box that's 6 5/16" square.

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Re: No they don't

Let's not forget we're only talking 2kVA so it's not a whole lot of amps at either 450 VDC or 230 VAC. I don't know how easy it will be getting it all to fit in a box that's 40 cu. in. which is about half the size of a Mac Mini.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: Red X

My that's a mighty big sense of entitlement you've got there. I see lots of similar people here in SoCal, their desire to be first is so great they dash through any opening that looks wide enough for their car so they can advance one more spot in the queue. I'm sure that had the rest of us known you were so important we would have gotten out of your way.

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Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil

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The former is practically the current stop and Apple, Amazon, et al. are betting rather heavily on it.

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

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If the pic on uswitch is to be believed I have to ask, what's with the white twisted thong they but on both ends?

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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

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Re: It's all about mitigation

D'oh, that's right. The firewall would have to filter 8.8.8.8 requests.

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Re: It's all about mitigation

Isn't this exactly what containers are supposed to be for? Give each service its own little sandbox to prevent corruption of the rest of the machine.

The thing I don't understand is that if they hard coded 8.8.8.8 as the DNS for finding humans.txt couldn't you just set the hosts file to redirect it as a temporary workaround?

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US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

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Re: What's the problem?

The problem with the typical "raid" warrant is that it is usually issued based on the word of a 'confidential informant' who may or may not have been high on meth at the time and may or may not be willing to give up anybody to make their day just a tad easier. As a result things often go wrong when police act on bad intelligence.

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Want to legally unlock your phone from its network? The US Senate says that's A-OK

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Re: [Obama] promptly passed the buck and said it was up to Congress to get it done.

Hey Mac, in case you were wondering Georgie boy is retired so the unemployed monkey is far less dangerous at this point than the current monkey in charge. You see, I dislike both the red and blue teams but it's plainly evident that you're rabid blue and any challenge to your hero can't go undefended. You seem to think I could give a shit about which elitist corporate sock puppet was in charge, Bloomberg-Huffington-KOS news flash (not a Fox news flash because you wouldn't pay attention) - I don't.

Nice try changing the broad term "executive action" to the more restricted "signing statement" in order to confuse the issue though. Why don't you ask your hero why he is so merciless? For the red and blue teams keeping score Obama 61, GWB 200, Clinton 459, Reagan 406. Even the CICs who didn't do a full two terms managed better GWHB 77, Carter 566, Ford 409 and Nixon 926. I guess that Dukakis commercial way back in the day really got to your boy Barack. LOL.

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Eddy Ito
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Re: [Obama] promptly passed the buck and said it was up to Congress to get it done.

Yes but considering Obama's predilection for executive actions in so many other instances where he probably shouldn't, passing the buck in this instance does seem a bit pusillanimous.

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Interesting problem. The infiltrators wouldn't actually need to do much with the malware and could easily just pilfer a very small fraction of a cent off every share traded to turn a rather impressive profit. Even a single hundredth of a cent for a month would be a few million dollars and if you skim a penny you're talking real money rather quickly.

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Elon Musk GIVES UP ON SEX: He'll make do with a 'cheap' Tesla III instead

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Re: SF (San Jose) to LA (Pasadena) nonstop??

Nope, no laws against having a Double-double animal style in Cali that I know of.

Then again you could catch a flight from San Francisco to Long Beach for under a hundred bucks some days of the week and be there in a bit over an hour.

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What it is about Ford and the letters E and F? It seems to have started with the E-series vans and the F-series pickups now I'd wager most of their model names start with either an E or an F.

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Re: Negativity?

Let me help you out with the interesting bits. They announced iOS(next), OS X(next), SDK for (next), yet another new programming language, i flavored X10 and the next magical and revolutionary is in the works. Did I miss anything?

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

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Re: The real world versus fiction

FYI, "our security services being all powerful" and "all powerful bad guys" is a distinction without a difference given that power corrupts and all that.

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Female! ex-Yahoo! coder! says! female! boss! fired! her! for! refusing! sex!

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Re: Digital Sex

Clearly it means that fingers were involved.

Cunnifingus?

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Acer cranks Chromebooks with Core i3 models

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If it's anything like the a C720 with the Celeron 2955U then it shouldn't be too difficult. It seems the Ubuntu flavors are well covered as is Arch. Minor tweaking to the patches that get the touchpad and sleep/resume may be necessary for other distributions. Also, there is a custom spin of Bodhi that has all the needed patches already applied and there is a beta of Elementary Freya (formerly Isis) spun for the C720 as well that I've seen. Unfortunately I don't have the links to hand but it's pretty easy to find with DDG or most other search engines of your choice. On the one I picked up I dropped a 64GB SSD in it and installed Elementary Luna and I understand it's been well received as a replacement for my aunt's Eee netbook which she thought was a delight.

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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Re: Rollable touchscreen

The problem will be the rest of the device unless it all fits in the 'sticks' at the edge of the scroll.

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Tech industry IGNORES customers: 'It's a supplier-driven world'

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Isn't it like this in nearly every industry? It wasn't too long ago I was in getting some travel vaccinations and while waiting in the exam room I could hear the snake-oil/pharma reps talking to the doc in the hallway as the nurse had left the door ajar. They were pushing some new prescription drug that could work miracles and here are some samples and literature for the lobby. It was rather clear that the female rep was the hunter and the male was the farmer for this stop and I couldn't help but wonder if that was their natural bent or if they changed up the script.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: Boring

@Pedigree-Pete

I expect a new release next year as MS seems to be keeping with the 3 year major cycle. Vista went live late '06 followed by 7 in mid '09 and most recently W8 in October 2012. It seems reasonable to expect that sometime in the second half of next year that W9 will be splashing across desktabs everywhere well before X-mas '15. Either way there's probably time to get knocked-up and calve before we start seeing a preview edition if there are any. Will it be better than W8.x? As always the answer will be, yes and no. Many rumors to follow, undoubtedly.

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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Re: Isn't it great...

what is the plural of Linux?

There isn't. Like 'fish' it is both singular and plural. Similarly, Linuxes, like fishes, can also be correct and I suspect that Linuxen would also pass in most circles. I'm against the latinized plural form, Linuces, simply because too many non-Latin words are hashed by people wishing to appear to be "learned folk".

Anyway getting back to the article, isn't this news along the lines of the Pope is a Catholic who would shit bare - or something like that?

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'Green' Apple: We've smudged a bit off our carbon footprint

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It depends on what you mean by income. Apple, for FY 2013, had an operating income of $49B which gave them a net income of $37B. Those numbers actually bracket the GDP of Nepal which is roughly $47B. Of course since Nepal gets most of its energy from renewable sources like wood, agricultural waste and dung and is poised to tap vast hydro-power reserves it actually puts Apple to shame.

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Tesla trademark spat threatens Musk's China dream

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Re: Typical China... stolen names and cheap knockoff's

If someone else somewhere is using it first, registering a copycat trademark is an attempt at fraud, which is a criminal offence.

Because it really is a regional issue. You run into a serious problem if it turns out one guy living someplace like Tuvalu has been knocking out Tesla electric golf carts since the late '80s. Who should lose the brand or should they both be allowed to use it with some basic geographic restrictions? What happens when our Tuvaluan Tesla decides he has improved to the point where he can make electric cars and wants to go international? Since our scenario has the Tuvaluan with the trademark first, albeit unbeknownst to most outside of Tuvalu, is Musk's company guilty of fraud? Does that change if Musk had actually been to Tuvalu and been for a ride in one of the Tesla electric golf carts and why?

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Re: Typical China... stolen names and cheap knockoff's

I suppose people like Musk could have thought ahead and gotten the Chinese trademark when he started the company in 2003 and avoided the problem. Is the cost of a Chinese trademark so high that they couldn't afford it? Someone managed to grab it and sit on if for a long time.

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DATA-SWAP SHOCK: A YES to bill that lets big biz, govt share user info

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Big Brother

Translation

“Cyber attacks present the greatest threat to our national and economic security today, and the magnitude of the threat is growing... the government and private sector need to share information about attacks they are facing and how best to defend against them.”

Danger!! You're not safe anywhere! The terrorists of Eastasia and Eurasia are going to collapse your nations economy if we don't do something now! But do not worry, as a member of the Inner Party it's my duty to see that Big Brother is here to protect all of you here in Oceania.

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Re: An excellent system

All it needs is an atom and/or twitter feed along with a web server so we can be notified of the new videos. I mean this is way more entertaining than anything on tv.

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How to make $7,000 a month and benefits: Be a teen tech INTERN

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Re: Syntax error

So they are spending 12 to 15 grand for an intern to code his but off for the summer and he gets to hand any potential IP over to Z8g. It isn't like they are going to pay a patent attorney less if the kid happens to strike gold. Besides, the poor kid is only getting tuition for the next semester plus maybe some beer money depending on where he goes to school.

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'BIGGEST BIRD EVER': 21-foot ripsaw-beaked flying HORROR

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Re: take off

I don't think you'd need cliffs to jump off as a shallow hill or sand dune was probably adequate. If it was an expert glider it wouldn't need much forward velocity to get aloft. Given an onshore breeze as the air over the sand heats and rises it may be a gently sloping beech was enough so the bird could literally stand tall and fall forward onto its wings with a day's soaring ahead of it.

Given its size it probably wouldn't have much competition from its own kind so it may not have had to make long distance voyages over open ocean. It may have be enough to make a living in the littoral zone given it could likely cover the distance between Jacksonville, NC and Jacksonville, FL in a day. The added benefit besides a short swim to a gentle slope would be the increased probability of running into a potential mate and the downside obviously running into an adversary (assuming they were territorial).

All in all, while it might have been the coolest thing since the iced mocha venti carmel caffe macchiato I'm kind of glad they are gone. Not because I'd be worried they'd swoop me away as I'm fairly certain I'd outweigh most if not all of them but I'd never hear the end of it should something happen to Mrs. Ito's kitteh. Besides, if they hadn't vanished a long time ago they would certainly have gone the way of the dodo because humans aren't kind to potentially tasty meals that can't out-breed us.

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Judge says there's no such thing as a 'Patent Troll'

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Re: Ok!

No, it's taking so long to be heard because as a 'not-quite' pensioner my ears, mouth and mind aren't as quick as they once were and my verbal bitch-slaps lose some of the effect when given a few minutes late. To top it all off my coffee is often too cold and my tea not hot enough and the whole thing is a little exasperating! I'll think I'll lay down for a bit now, remind me what we're talking about after teh chamomile/vodka wears off...

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Ok!

Because so many people took issue with a recent post I made I'll get it out of the way - IS LUCY KOH THE ONLY JUDGE IN CALI-FUCKIN'-YA!!!

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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Re: "and anyone else interested in online privacy"

So do you think the NSA has learned of the Streisand effect yet?

Of course one could always post ads like:

To protect yourself from identity crime online - CLICK HERE

Keep your identity safe when going online at net cafes - CLICK HERE

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Future Apple gumble could lock fanbois out of their own devices

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Other settings could potentially be changed, so that perhaps "at home, a user might want the lock-screen image to be a personal photo, but while at work, the user might want a professional photo" - presumably a fully clothed one.

Got it, naked selfies at home only as work pics have to be taken by a fully clothed professional photographer. Do you suppose the photographers that work for the likes of Playboy are clothed during the shoot?

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Trick-cyclists defend Facebook emoto-furtling experiment

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Re: Psych(o) researchers

Researchers have a pretty rich history in the US from the Monster study and Stanford prison experiment to Green Run and Operation midnight climax.

Ethics? We've heard of it.

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Remember the turbo button on PCs? New AWS instance has one for CPU burst

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Re: For those damned yoof amongst us:

Annihilator is right! Turbo Boost Technology has a long and rich heritage and it's still part of the latest i7 processors. How in the world are today's yoof going to use it without a button?

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British and European data cops probe Facebook user-manipulation scandal

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Meh

It's all just another internet too-point-oh pawn-zee scheme. Funny bit is it was all pointless research, television has known this for a long time. Good news makes folks feel good and secure so they go on about their normal lives while bad/scary/dramatic news keeps them firmly planted in front of the squawk box to see how it plays out - "we'll be right back after a word from our sponsors."

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Gid E-Up? Vulture's claw presses pedal to metal on VW's 'leccy motor

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With that much power through the front wheels via a single-speed gearbox I would have expected some torque steer but, perhaps because the wheels are narrow, there wasn’t any.

Generally speaking torque steer is a function of the geometry of the front suspension and drive train. In general torque steer results with unequal length shafts the shorter one is more stiff and hence gives more bite. Typically manufacturers increase the diameter of the longer shaft, make the longer shaft solid and the shorter hollow or tweak the suspension to compensate. In the higher end cars, and becoming increasingly more common in across the board, they just use an intermediate shaft to center the differential so the two sides are equal. With the electric motor perhaps it's easier to match the two sides whereas a traditional engine on one side transmission on the other front drive layout makes it difficult to have equal length axle shafts. The single-speed gearbox likely makes a rather compact unit removing the need for an intermediate shaft to bring the differential back to the center.

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EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

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Re: Warrantless search for $500?

At least there will be an easy way to tell the difference between a manufactured 'anonymous tip' and a real one although it won't do much good. If they actually spend resources doing things like surveillance and gathering evidence then it will be obvious the tip is being faked to cover a spy operation. We all know how real anonymous tips get handled.

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Re: Warrantless search for $500?

One would think it would invalidate a conviction in some countries. It certainly won't invalidate an assassination, political or otherwise as it would be difficult to remove the kiddie porn that only just appeared on the phone three minutes before the bust. If it can be installed remotely I have to assume it can also be removed remotely.

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Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

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Don't worry, I have no doubt it will be "personalized" and if you click the curtains it will show you the ones you searched on Bing for and purchased last week at Debenhams. It will then recommend other items similar to things you've recently purchased and naturally aren't about to buy again for some time such as a DSLR camera, automobile, dining set, etc. presumably because the profit on toilet paper and razor blades isn't big enough dollar wise. The 'big data' advertising bots obviously don't read their own corporate SEC filings because they clearly believe that "past purchases is a guarantee of future sales".

On the upside someone has a patent on it and with luck everyone else won't bother to license it which means that as long as I avoid the offending products, I'm good with it.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Re: I have some issues with these things

"... the person that you live with."

This doesn't address the "too expensive" complaint, if anything it exacerbates it.

One other point is that it only does 1000 m2. I suppose that's fine if the weather is such that you can leave it to do it's thing on a large yard over the course of however long it takes but for a 1000 m2 I don't see the point since even with a smaller push mower you can be done in a bit over half an hour. I suppose there must be a size niche where this would fit but I'm not seeing it.

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#YO_NO! Messaging app 'Yo' gets hit by hackers

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Re: Something smells rotten here...

"P.S. writing an app to send other people "Yo" and the infrastructure behind that does not require 10 people."

Ok, a voicebox, a bean counter and a bit twiddler. Congratulations, you just bought six months overhead in San Fran. Your point is?

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Re: Something smells rotten here...

I don't know, I was kind of thinking it was only a million dollars. Come on, for a start-up in San Francisco that obviously needs to hire a couple of people, especially a good security goo-roo, a million smacks is going to burn up faster than Skylab deorbiting.

I mean it's only a million dollars. Did anyone even notice when Facebook had a million bucks? Why is everyone paying attention to a little yo-yo? Put it another way, you can pay 10 guys a salary, benefits and taxes for about year but you still haven't paid the rent in San Francisco (a smart start-up lives in Idaho or Colorado where it's cheap) - what million dollars?

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Judge could bin $325m wage-fixing settlement in Silicon Valley

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FFS Yes! Now go away.

Actually no, there are five who work out of San Jose. The others are Davila, Jensen, Freeman and Whyte. Note that Judge Freeman only joined the group this year. Now notice the dates of those stories and the seniority of the Judge in question.

Is there forever going to be some AnonHole asking this question every time a case involving Koh crops up?

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LOHAN in FIGHT to DEATH with brace of cantankerous canards

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Re: Pivot point...

I'd imagine that's why they want to run a few simulations in X-Plane. Measuring twice, cutting once and all that.

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Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

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Re: Re. kill switch

The salvage parts business is high hanging fruit as breaking a phone down is a good amount of work when you're trying to save as many "valuable" parts as you can. There's just no money in selling parts, consider screens are available on amazon for under $40 with free shipping and there are dozens of companies selling them in bulk on sites like alibaba for cheap money.

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T-Mobile boss: 'High and mighty' Verizon and AT&T are 'raping you for every penny you have'

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There are days when I wish they offered residential DSL so I could ditch my crappy Verizon line. What do you say John? How about a nice T-Mob mimo ofdm mofo olsr ospf phased array 802.11ya wifi mesh to the home?

Yeah, I had a few extra buzzwords (buzzacronyms?) that I had to use by the end of the day, and...?

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Re: Repairs

No, it'll be sent somewhere to be "refurbished" by combining it with another that had a bad screen or something and later resold at the discounted price of £879.

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AT&T has Amazon 3D smartphone on lockdown – report

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Re: Can't Wait

I prefer pie myself but as JDX points out an Apple Pi would cost more than a dozen Raspberries.

The one with a bit of cinnamon in the pocket.

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Chap builds rotary dial mobile phone

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Simply wonderful

I can't help but wonder how many teeny boppers would know how to dial this phone. Oddly I was recently looking over the LPC800 spec sheet for a small project of my own but this just has that odd juxtaposition of nostalgia, simplicity and high tech.

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Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

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Simply pathetic

If you look closely at the bottom left corner you can see part of Tim's original copyright mark just below the one added which wrongly attributes the copyright. Even if WhoSay was sent a cropped copy, someone must have noticed the remaining text and wondered where it came from because it's clearly different from a time/date stamp on a digital camera.

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