* Posts by Eddy Ito

3067 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Silicon Valley powers: Let mass spying die in May 2015 – it's bad for privacy (and business)

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Ah... we're almost back to the J. Edgar Hoover era again when it comes to manipulating politicians.

Almost? I'd swear we crossed that bridge with Stellar Wind quite a while ago.

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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in fact, even Windows 8 will not run them unless users take advantage of a free upgrade to Windows 10.

How's that again? Isn't that kind of like saying XP won't run them unless folks pay for an upgrade to Windows 10? I mean the old OS isn't actually running them the new OS is, no?

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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Re: Animal made from ancient degraded DNA released into the wild

Nah, it'll be OK. They've made them lysine deficient. Nature won't find a way round that.

Lysine?! Oh shit, I spliced in cat DNA because I thought you said to make them taurine deficient.

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Re: Actually I think el-reg have the point entirely.

I don't see it as terrorism. It's just a threat. Moreover it's a threat against a group of folks who are quite likely highly trained and skilled in the use of firearms and this threat will almost assuredly guarantee those folks a concealed carry permit if they so choose even in restrictive places like California or New Jersey. Threats don't generally terrorize people and in fact do just the opposite, more threats is just like crying wolf in a post "threat level orange" world.

Terrorism is what John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were doing a bit over a decade ago. Of course no self respecting jihadist would take that path because the publicity isn't right. What good does it do if you actually kill random folks but remain anonymous? If you don't do your best to remain anonymous then you don't last very long and as the Boston Marathon bombers proved, trying to stay hidden doesn't always work either and in six months the rest of the nation is respectfully back to 'meh'.

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Google Glass DIED from TOO MUCH ATTENTION, Captain Moonshot admits

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Re: He missed the main problem...

"... because people could easily recognize it as a camera pointed towards them. Give it 5 years..."

Hiding cameras isn't a problem. A quick look on the web shows several that are either designed as concealed or could be so quite simply. Camera glasses, pens, key fob, watch, hat, shirt button, etc. all for about $25. No, the camera wasn't likely the problem it was more likely to be the glasshole operator.

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Dread Pirate Roberts' first mate Peter Nash faces life behind bars

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Re: ".. faces life behind bars.. "

It's the magic theory of drug war crime in the US where once you reach a paltry amount of contraband you might as well go whole hog and fill the entire shipping container. Even murder has differing rates depending on the circumstances but drug warriors know no tolerance to degree. Of course it's all getting a bit ridiculous when making like a bear in the Californian woods can make you a sex offender for life no different in the eye of the state than a garden variety pedophile or rapist.

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Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror

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There is something to be said for consistency. In this case it seems to be "FFS, not again?!?!?"

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

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Re: God help us now...

Rotary dial telephones still work for "compatibility". One might think this is a good thing. Of course VoIP people don't do this (I just tried!).

It largely depends on the VOIP adapter. Some of them will take the pulse dial and convert it while others won't. Fortunately it's a fairly trivial circuit to make something that converts the pulses to DTMF to dial out. I built one with a pic, because I had one, but you can use just about anything and I recall seeing a fairly complete example using an avr somewhere - ah, here it is.

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Re: First part was better.

Oddly, I had the same song going in my head. Product, slave, bought, sold, there's certainly a distinction let's hope the difference doesn't disappear altogether if it hasn't already.

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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Re: Strange assumption

We can rule the 60s right out as among other things JFK had the Bay of Pigs and carried the lit torch for LBJ to stoke the fires of Vietnam. Likewise I'm sure the same can be done turning back every decade and President. The nice thing about FOIA is that it can be used to pull historical records as long as they haven't been sealed for "national security" reasons and there is likely plenty of dirt on all of them if anyone can be bothered to look but as they're all dead there isn't much point and slinging mud now just looks petty. Besides, a lot of the bigger cockups were hard if not impossible to conceal.

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Re: When politicians fail

It wasn't that long ago when she claimed to carry two phones so clearly her opinion of easy has changed quite a bit. Now a skeptical person might ask why she uses two phones now as her current employment status is somewhere between unemployed and freelance chin wagger but only one device for what is arguably a much more important job.

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We have no self-control: America's most powerful men explain why they're scared of email

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Re: snail mail

It's just too precious when it turns out a certain other person doesn't use email either. Somehow I don't think you'll ever catch Keiren calling him a Luddite though but it think the bit about lacking self control is widely known.

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Re: Luddites?

it bothers me very much that people who have so much power are so out of touch with the day-to-day realities of the people they represent.

It seems like a rather large leap to say that not using email puts them out of touch with their constituency.

It's very likely that most if not all other federal politicians have staff handle most email. As Senators they represent the entire state so there are potentially millions of emails on any given topic and to think they need to read it all to stay in touch seems a bit naive. Heck a spam filter could be trained to sort emails "for" or "against" the sujet du jour to see which way the political wind is blowing and don't think something similar isn't being used on a large scale. It's what keeps populists popular.

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McCain is 78 and I know lots of people his age who also don't do email. Yet they do things like Skype and Facetime so they can spend a little time with the grandkids or even great grandkids. Does that make them Luddites? I don't think so, it just means they couldn't give a gnat's arse about email but they see value in actually being able to see and talk face to slightly delayed video.

Graham on the other hand doesn't really have an excuse but he is from the south. Oh that's sahy-owth, sah-yowth or even saaahouth depending on where you are.

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Re: Discretion

Be honest, congresscritters don't twitter. They have people for that.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: None

Nah, they'll just need to buy an Apple wireless charger pad to put it on. It will go on sale a month later and will cost half as much as the laptop. Unless you buy the gold one which will be treble the cost of the laptop, will double as a hot plate due to the eddy currents in the gold foil and when you complain that it doesn't charge the laptop Apple will say you put it down wrong.

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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Re: Memories of Microsoft Bob

During my last move I found a copy of Bob still wrapped, seal unbroken. I thought about opening it to stick on a virtual machine but couldn't be arsed so it's sitting somewhere still sealed and it will probably turn up again the next time I move. Maybe someone will find it in a post apocalyptic earth and decide it was the pinnacle of human achievement or the beginning of the end.

Bob's your uncle? I'm sorry, have a beer or six.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Smažený sýr

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I've always been a fan of grated Parmesan cheese set out in little discs on parchment paper then baked with a shake of chile powder to make cookies or crisps depending on how thick you make them.

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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Re: the market doesn't always work

You're aware, of course, that in a land of Ayn Rand worshipers it wouldn't cost a half a billion dollars to get a drug approved by a governmental regulatory agency and new drugs and treatments would be available all the time. The downside is that a few dozen folks might likely die as guinea pigs the way they did a hundred years ago.

The biggest hindrance to drug approval is that everyone in the industry remembers thalidomide which started as a cancer drug and became a panacea for everything from anxiety and insomnia to nausea and morning sickness. Given the lack of testing it may not be surprising that it all didn't work out as planned. Today the unspoken motto of FDA approvers is "be like Kelsey and never be the one who approves tomorrows thalidomide". While that isn't a bad thing it also hinders companies from producing generic equivalents of drugs used for a hundred years. My sister has Hashimoto's thyroiditis which has left her hypothyroid and all the natural varieties (all made with dessicated thyroid glands of livestock, mostly pigs) of generic thyroid replacement have disappeared because the FDA won't approve the drug and switching brands is impossible because none are considered to be an equivalent dosage of the other so when the price of one rises it requires a trip to the doctor for a new prescription of today's cheapest variety.

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The secret of Warren Buffett's success at Berkshire Hathaway

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Actually right about now is a tad late but still a good time to start buying Greek stocks as they've been beaten down pretty well during the recent brouhaha.

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Re: @ST

Not much point in going too far with this but if you're comparing the world to a price weighted index like the Dow I don't know how anyone is going to take you seriously and when you exclude dividends from stocks in your calculation it becomes even more silly. What's 100 years worth of dividends reinvested? Why reinvested? Because it's free money that's why and if you don't want to reinvest it becomes income. What's the dividend / income on your 10 year treasury note? Oh that's right, I'm sorry. Thanks for playing.

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Re: It's an interesting analysis

Also don't forget how Buffett got where he is. He looked for companies that had been punished by market for one reason or another and were selling at a discount to their book value. He bought a company at a discount, sold off the capital shortly after and made a profit, all with minimal if not zero risk. Buffett himself compares it to picking up a cigar butt and taking the last puff.

Berkshire Hathaway was a textile company in New Bedford, Massachusetts which was going to be another "one last puff" but Buffett was angered by a buyout offer from Seabury Stanton, who was running the company, which led Buffett to buy the company so he could fire Stanton. While it later became the name of Buffett's money storehouse, Buffett maintains it was a mistake.

If anyone is interested, I found the book Snowball to be quite a good read. I even bought the audiobook for the car but then radio has gotten to the point where I don't mind going over it again.

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A Brit in California moves to the Lone Star State – just swerve the TexMex grub

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Football

Be sure to remember that's US football which manages to pack in 10 to 15 minutes of action1 into every hour of game time (three hours real time).

1. By NFL rules where the clock continues to run while players mill about smartly between snaps. Note the popularity of the "two minute drill / hurry up offense" at the end of each half where you can see nearly a third of the action in the entire game in a few minutes.

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Re: Asking you what church you go to?

Yeah, the bible belt for sure. Besides being asked in Huntsville AL on up into TN I found a similar thing in parts of SoCal where if you aren't wearing religion on your sleeve the Christians will assume you're not religious and try to convert you. If you tell them that you are religious (Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, etc) the "professionals" will try even harder.

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Re: This is just stupid

@TheOtherHobbes

The Internet of Brains won't last long because the Internet of Zombies is already here to eat it.

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Re: All your pizzas are ours

I couldn't agree more. I'd be happy to jump into the Intranet of Things pool which is securely locked down but that the public petri dish that is the Internet of Things, I'll pass even especially if all I have to do is download an app.

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Boffins find Earth's earliest Homo in Ethiopian hilltop

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Re: Why do creationists...

@Fungus Bob

On points 1 & 3, AC clearly stated that "great scientists who fully understood/understand that [science doesn't deal with things outside our universe] and believe/d in God as creator... as a consequence of studying the evidence". This was after his first accusatory paragraph about "limiting your thinking to simple material things... and not accepting that anything else can exist". The thing is evidence is a tactile thing, an actual object. No actual objective evidence of which I am aware points to "God as creator". The only evidence for that is scripture and while the book is an actual object the story is not, it is a recollection at best from a third party - hearsay and anecdote. In any case starting out saying we need to think beyond the tangible world and saying "great scientists" studied, presumably tangible, evidence (for what else is there) and believe in "God as creator" presents sort of a problem for AC's theme.

For point 4, I don't think anyone has ever said science didn't have limits however it would be foolish to say current limits are permanent. Science is all about not limiting one's thinking to simple material things which can be measured or touched. Consider atoms as discrete building blocks of matter. It was a pretty bold idea when born in the 5th century BCE and couldn't be measured until relatively recent times. Sure the original theory wasn't exact and most new theories are largely dismissed because they don't fit with common knowledge but that doesn't stop the inquiry. Science has never been about limits it's always been about pushing beyond the limits we already know.

I would also say that the scientific method works just fine with the subject of history and that history itself is a continuous experiment but we have to rely on evidence that already exists and work backward. Roller derby pads and helmets are just simple physics. After all, we wouldn't want to limit our way thinking.

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Re: Why do creationists...

@Fungus Bob,

1. I'm not the one claiming "studying the evidence" points to "God as creator".

2. Sorry, I didn't see the need to arguing that a statement which begins with "the ONLY logical answer" might not be the best example of "a different way of thinking".

3. Perhaps, I can see where you might think "God as creator" could be ambiguous.

4. So directly observable facts are somehow hearsay and anecdote in your book?

I don't see much need to downvote since if I disagree with what you're saying I'll just say so. If you do get downvoted it will probably for being so naive as to think that any of us cares that you're not impressed.

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Re: Why do creationists...

not as some kind of cop-out, but as a consequence of studying the evidence and properly understanding the problem.

You keep mentioning evidence yet don't produce any. The fact is that the evidence of which you speak could equally point to the flying spaghetti monster, Nüwa or a whole host of other deities and the reason is that your evidence isn't evidence it's hearsay and anecdote.

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Re: Why do creationists...

"who created the complex creator?"

I believe it comes down to a transcription error in the book of genesis. It was supposed to read "man created God in his own image" not the other way around.

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Remind me - we evolved relatively recently from "simple" ape like creatures with massively rugged features, which gradually evolved into the more refined and delicate human form?...Each new find makes a mockery of the neat (but almost entirely baseless) tree diagrams found in biology textbooks; they're not just in need of adjustment, they're just plain nonsense.

If you're willing to concede 2 to 3 million years as being relatively recently, sure that's the gist. Perhaps you missed a bit of information on that tree diagram. While it kind of looks like a family tree the difference is that we know with a high degree of accuracy where our individual family trees branch off because we have fairly exact records of when crazy uncle Willy was born. With an evolutionary tree, we have estimates on where the branches start and more data helps to inform us of that branching point.

There is also no magic in features re-evolving as it happens all the time and features that lend an advantage to survival tend to start sticking around after a while in the same way that features which don't often tend to disappear. If you need examples how about color vision as species transition from nocturnal to diurnal or cetaceans vestigial hind limbs. Essentially, it's playing dice and every genetic "deformity" is just another roll, perhaps it confers an advantage, perhaps it doesn't. Given our current genetic code most of us are pretty close to a 7 but in a million years perhaps the most common dice throw will be 9 (which may well imply the dice will have 8 sides) and if we wind up colonizing space all bets are off; 15, 4, -3pi?

Anyone who seriously believes this kind of stupidity in the face of the actual evidence is exercising something much more than faith - it's full on self-delusion. It wouldn't be quite so galling if it wasn't for the arrogant dogmatic bile that is spewed on anyone who dares to apply common sense and question any of it...

So the newly found fossil isn't evidence? I suppose we're only allowed to consider written "evidence" from the last 2000 years or so which "proves" the planet is only 6000 years old. The thing you miss is that we all question it but still accept it as evidence. I admit that some of us are so arrogant that we are unable to question scripture "common sense" and are unable to see this new evidence for what it is.

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What a hang-up: AT&T dumped from Dow index, Apple installed

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The DJIA is a price weighted index, they couldn't very well add AAPL when it was several times higher than any other ticker on the list because it would just be a reflection of AAPL stock with a slight waver accounting for all the others which would make it largely worthless. As it is it's getting silly, consider that Cisco could double or completely disappear and the Dow would change less than if Visa moved 10% yet as a company Visa has a market cap ($169.3B) only about 13% larger than Cisco ($147.6B).

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Tired of IoT hype? Internet of SLUGS and SPIDERS is the reality

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Re: IoT...

I don't know how well that spider meter works. Sure you get spiders but it looks more like a batch process rather than a continuous flow so you'd probably be just as well off having them delivered periodically.

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GSMA: Er, sorry about that MWC brothel ad with our logo

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I suppose if they do "address these issues in the future" the brothel may resort to viral marketing.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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And the Oscar for creativity and subtleness in a euphemism goes to Mad Mike.

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Complicit Kiwis sniffed Pacific comms says Snowden

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Re: Why the domes?

Let's analyze it, a bunch of isolated hard up spooks have a pair of giant orbs and no spire. Seems pretty clear, they have visions of motor-boating grandeur.

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'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson

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Certainly looks like it's in a Spigen Tough Armor case

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Tinder Plus charges oldies MORE to ogle young hotties' pics

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Re: Obvious question

I don't mind if they charge the kids less for it. I can always have a good chuckle when they complain about their auto insurance premiums.

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Hillary Clinton draws flak for using personal email at State Dept

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If it was a slip-up that got corrected in a month, I could be convinced although given the position was Secretary of State even ten days seems like an unforgivably long time. An "emergency" that lasted four years? <cough>Bullshit!</cough>

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US court rubber-stamps dragnet metadata surveillance (again)

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Who are we kidding, FDR put the Judiciary squarely in his back pocket in 1937 and even though his legislative attempt at court packing failed he was still able to pack the court through his extended tenure as CIC. Nothing of substance has changed since then.

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Tulsa woman bludgeons man mercilessly with laptop

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She only used the laptop because he said her logic was fellatious.

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In Barcelona, no one can hear you scream ... HTC, Valve unleash Giger-inspired VR headgear

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All HTC could divulge is that the Vive will stream at 90fps – anything less induces nausea

I always thought VR actually stood for Vomit Realization.

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FORK ME! Uber hauls GitHub into court to find who hacked database of 50,000 drivers

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Re: A step too far?

Let me guess, if you're a "partner" you aren't an employee so it nicely sidesteps that whole hassle of the company doing the usual income tax duties, providing benefits, etc. You know, all that pesky government paperwork that normal companies have to do.

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Re: How is this github's problem?

Knowing Uber that year of free credit monitoring covers the period 13 May 2014 to 12 May 2015.

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Ikea to start making electrified furniture. What could possibly go wrong?

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Pity they didn't go whole hole hog and do it right with a C14 or better a C20 inlet with built in surge suppression. No matter, I've already attached a power strip to the underside of my desk so there are only two wires left running across the floor to trip on. Maybe one day I'll get around to installing an outlet wart on the floor under the desk.

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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Re: A car key I have to recharge every day?

They don't so much as clone the key as program the car to recognize the new key. If you ever have to have any computer work done make sure you ask if they need all the keys or you may find out as I did that the wife's key no longer works. Sure, they fixed it for free and it only takes a few minutes but it was still a pain having to go back and their coffee isn't that good, although it is better than Charbucks.

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MEGA PATENT DUMP! Ericsson, Smartflash blitz Apple: iPhone, iPad menaced by sales block

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Re: Conspiracy theories...

According to the article Ericsson does have offices in Texas. One needs to stable the lawyers somewhere.

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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Excellent point there Gall, you're familiar with Wickard v. Filburn. Sooner or later folks who claim the free market does/doesn't work will realize that we don't have one and we likely never will.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: are you sure ?

A quick search shows the claimed number is between 2.5 and 2.9 depending on source and year but it could easily be over 3. Of course the next question is, what gets counted as a TV? Technically I have two TVs a 42" and a 24". The thing is I have the 24" because when shopping for a new monitor I noticed the TV was on special which made it cheaper than the 24" monitors and since it had the same resolution and equal picture quality I got the "TV". That probably gets counted as a TV even if it isn't used that way. Likewise I'm sure there are also lots of monitors out there that are used as TVs via some HDMI dongle, streaming service or some such are probably aren't counted as TVs. In all counting things used as TVs including various tablets, phones, etc. I'd estimate the average number of TVEs1 per household between sqrt(29) and 2*Pi

1 TVE = television equivalent

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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It's hard for me to say which Leonard Nimoy role I enjoyed more, Spock or as host of the "In Search of..." series. Not that I suppose it matters since I grew up watching him on TV for a good portion of my youth through young adult and no matter the role I always found the show fascinating.

I only hope his loved ones know how many hearts and minds he touched and inspired. If ever the butterfly effect applied to a person, Leonard Nimoy is such a butterfly. Rest in peace.

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