* Posts by Eddy Ito

3015 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

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Re: @Eddy Ito um ... thanks, Verizon?

Yep, the only thing they missed was this. lol

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Re: um ... thanks, Verizon?

Arsehats that they are, Verizon did come up with an amusing style of response (pdf).

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And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

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Re: Which begs the question

@AC, given they specified that vulnerabilities like ShellShock and HeartBleed were among the vulnerabilities that dinged the Linux kernel we know they are in fact referring to GNU/Linux. We also know that one of the two following things is true, either you are unaware that ShellShock was related to bash and HeartBleed to OpenSSL and not the Linux kernel proper in which case you're too ignorant to comment intelligently or you are aware in which case you are a troll.

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Google deal means game over for mobile payments firm Softcard

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Re: ISIS was a strange name before the jihadis.

Perhaps something they were smoking in their hookah might tell us. It might also go a good way toward explaining why the jihadis picked a female Egyptian god as their moniker.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Re: Gotta love Apple.

@ Alien8n, I've got to agree with you there. I'll even go so far as to say there's probably no lack of shady individuals who would be more than happy to "help" the little guy with his patent while shuffling the key bits of it through a back channel network to folks willing to pay top dollar and who can file it in an hour while the little guy is being "helped" for two months at the low, low price of five or ten grand.

I don't even want to get started on how much corporate IP policy hinders all sorts of creativity between signing over IP rights to anything and everything. My first employer was so bad even the receptionist had to sign the contract which I later thought was ridiculous. The only excuse I had was that I started as an intern and was honored when they asked to sign me on before I had graduated college but I'm glad I didn't make that mistake twice.

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Re: Gotta love Apple.

Gray wasn't able to patent his telephone because he filed a patent caveat which is something that might now be called a provisional patent where Bell filed a full patent application on the same day. Also, there is no evidence that Gray didn't have functional prototypes that worked but there is suspicion that Bell had contacts in the patent office who cheated a bit. In any case you aren't required to have a working model you only need to show that your described implementation can be created and would work.

It's very rare when you actually need a working model since for most things the process of making it is clearly within current technology. You can't patent a flying carpet unless you can show that you can actually build one and that it works how you say since magic isn't a valid technology. Notice that being able to show one can be built is different from having a working model. Now if flying carpets were a new idea and you could feasibly build one then you could likely get a patent on flying carpets. Unfortunately flying carpets aren't a new idea so the best you could do is patent your implementation of a flying carpet and if someone else comes along who can work out a feasible implementation that doesn't use your technology then they are free to patent their own implementation of a flying carpet.

What makes the slide to unlock patent rubbish is locks are known, sliding locks are known and there is nothing unique about the process or the implementation. Go ahead and copyright the code but it's just an "idea" with no novelty in it whatsoever.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Re: @AC

Very true, the proof is that just over a decade ago the words "wardrobe malfunction" entered the national lexicon as a taboo of Bulgarian airbag proportions.

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Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?

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Re: I'm a little confused.

Well there was that whole US government tizzy a while back regarding >40 bit cryptography being considered munitions until some guy named Phil wrote it out and it became free speech. It seems encryption technology falls doubly under the protection of the US Constitution.

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Re: Insult to idiots.

If only it weren't so difficult to differentiate a useful idiot from a corporate quisling. Come to think of it, I'm not sure there's a need to make a distinction.

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SSL-busting adware: US cyber-plod open fire on Comodo's PrivDog

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Other ad blockers block ads. When you go to your bank's website with other ad blockers you're pretty sure you're connected to your bank as the bank's certificate is trusted. This acts as a proxy and uses its trusted certificate to tell you that the bank's certificate is legit. The problem is that it doesn't actually care if the certificate is actually legit. If it's not your bank's website and is actually a clone made by some guy sitting in Lagos with a laptop that you're giving your bank credentials to, well the proxy is ok with that because it didn't check to see if Mr. Lagos' certificate was valid.

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Re: Don't content writers usually get a share of the ad revenue?

Isn't this essentially theft of service? A website provides useful content and uses ads to support that content but if a MITM is blocking the ads that pay the website and substituting ads that pay the MITM it seems to be a clear case of theft.

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Wake up! BlackBerry QUIETLY updates BB10

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Re: There are still Blackberry users?

...just surprised people do given it's lack of stand out features.

Other than the wowee features like fingerprint readers than can be easily defeated or 'look away' to pause, what are the stand out features? Granted the S-pen on the wife's Note is nice but my old wacom tablet does just fine for the odd artwork I do and my Passport recognizes the characters I write with my finger just fine when I need to input another language that isn't as convenient on the keyboard.

I guess it comes down to what you think is a stand out feature. I kind of like the keyboard and square screen but I'm going to guess you don't feel these stand out and I'm ok with that. Personally I like to be able to read more than 30 words of text at a time and the fact that it isn't a choice of either 2.5 normal length lines of text or a dozen abbreviated lines with two or three words each.

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Re: There are still Blackberry users?

Yeah, yeah, many many moons ago DOS fit on a single floppy once too. What's your point?

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The finest weird people in the world live here, and we're proud of it

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Just one note, restaurants in California are not allowed to pay below the minimum wage. If you know someone who is waiting tables for less than minimum please refer them to this FAQ.

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Ready to fill out your US taxes? Cool. Got ObamaCare? Not so fast

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We're from the government and we're here to help.

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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Re: Don't get me wrong

I thought one of the points of modular phones was so you wouldn't be locked in and could upgrade the device to faster processors or different radios is you changed regions or carriers. Ive seems to be railing about just customizing but how much of that is because it makes whole phone upgrades superfluous. It's a lot less painful to buy a new radio module for ~$100 and not dropping yet another $600+ on a new phone when LTE next appears.

You should be worried Jony because if cheap modular components gets rolling I predict the current Fat Tuesday world you're living in will start to look a bit more lean.

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Re: Alternatively

@AC You're buying into the mass production mindset. People bought into the "designer's vision" because it was good enough and far cheaper than buying bespoke items whether it was clothes, carriages or homes. It wasn't buy in to the vision of the designer that sold so many Model T Fords it was that they were affordable and readily available. Besides, if so many people are buying into the Ive design then why do so many of them quickly wrap that design they bought into in a more personal case with baubles, sequins and/or "hello kitty" graphics?

In case you hadn't noticed, Apple has tried much the same with the iPhone. They just roll out the experiment over time. Let's see if they want different colors - 5C, how about a standard 16:9 aspect ratio on the screen? - 5 series, bigger? - 6, bigger still? - 6+. The difference is the approach, not the design. Apple makes changes gradually to see what folks want where Samsung threw it all out at once.

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TV Idol star's keyboard upstart idolizes our gear too much – BlackBerry

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Re: How the hell...

Perhaps if you knew anything of patents you'd notice they didn't get a patent for back lighting a keyboard. They have a patent on how they implemented back lighting a keyboard. If you look back in history you'll find a James Pickard who patented a way to convert the linear motion of a piston into rotary motion. You might also find a James Watt who patented a device to work around Mr. Pickard's patent. Notice that while Pickard invented the now ubiquitous crank and flywheel, it's Watt who is remembered for advancing the steam engine.

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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They can't keep going forever, sooner or later the colonists are going to be abandoned.

I'm thinking they'll pretty much be on their own once the radio signal delay becomes critical. Given that's a minimum of 3-4 minutes and a max around 23 minutes, each way of course, they're pretty much on their own when they get there, perhaps before.

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... while offering no detailed plans of its own to explain the science behind its project.

Science? This is TV, we don't need no steenking science!

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Mozilla's Flash-killer 'Shumway' appears in Firefox nightlies

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Re: So which is it?

Well it's certainly alien. Maybe it will be the savior of the universe?

Nah, the savior will rightly be called Ming and Flash will truly be dead. Wait, no Ming the Merciless icon?

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Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

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Re: common sense vs profit (1-0)

A failure of a drone is 'slightly' more probable of all oxygen getting out of your room.

A failure of a car is also 'slightly' more probable but that says nothing about the risk. 10 pound drone vs 3000 pound car. How fast is it going when it fails? Laden or unladen? African or European? Where is it when the failure occurs? It's absolutely true that if cars were invented today they would be banned in the US.

Anything navigating blindly outside visual range could be dangerous.

Ok, lots of things are dangerous like walking across the street or driving a car. Flying an 8 ounce drone anywhere probably isn't very dangerous, an 8 pound drone somewhat more so but as it grows so do it's potential capabilities and it's possible the danger can be mitigated. Blindly saying something could be dangerous doesn't say anything. The question is are we free to do anything that doesn't infringe upon the freedom of someone else or do we need a nanny to oversee our every move? Safety isn't something that can be controlled and a right to be safe isn't codified anywhere but the right to pursue happiness is.

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Re: common sense vs profit (1-0)

But more sensors add weight and suck power. Probably that category of drones is larger than actual ones, and would need different rules.

Sure, there are going to be different classes of drones just like everything else from autos to airplanes. There is the tiny palm sized quad where getting out of visual range isn't likely since the battery is so small up to converted full size helicopters or airplanes. The same set of rules aren't going to cover all of them. If they're really tiny they won't do any serious damage when they fall out of the sky and at the other end they are for all intents and purposes regular aircraft with additional restrictions and regulations. The question is the middle ground that bridges the gap and can do actual useful work but isn't a half ton gravity missile when something goes wrong. I would think that something simple like a redundant fail-operative parachute system may be adequate along with airspace restrictions.

It isn't enough to say "what if?" it has to include a probability in order to judge the risk. What if all the oxygen molecules drift to the upper south east corner of the room leaving folks at the north west corner to suffocate? Sure, it sounds silly but it has a non-zero probability and it will happen if the room survives long enough and the sun hasn't blinked out. In the realm of mid-size I think there could be plenty of room and capacity for the needed safety features but we'll never really know what those are if ham-fisted rules make experimentation and discovery too expensive for anyone but the likes of Boeing because then the big players effectively set the rules by saying "we've tested it and a safe drone can't cost less than 20 million dollars because it needs X, Y and Z."

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Re: common sense vs profit (1-0)

I don't know while it seems like common sense I can see scenarios where VLOS would be quite limiting. In a search and rescue situation which may involve a large area of varying terrain where VLOS could be obstructed by numerous things the restriction could severely hamper the search. Likewise in a dangerous situation, such as a fire, where remaining with in visual range could be potentially hazardous and you need to know the extent of the blaze to provide the best response. Does a farmer/rancher with 500 acres really need to be in line of sight when overflying the crops/herd looking things that may need attention be it a broken fence or irrigation line? I tend to agree with the daytime operation but I don't see why a properly outfitted1 drone couldn't fly at night.

I'm aware that the FAA would likely provide an exemption for use in the above situations for municipalities but there also needs to be some framework that allows the average person to experiment and learn without undue restrictions or expenses. Anything else is just a higher barrier to entry for individuals looking to make a business while giving the bigger players more leverage with which to work.

1. What properly outfitted means is up for debate but given the availability of FLIR technology and radio tracking I can see where night flights may come in handy.

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Want to find LOVE online? Make sure your name is high up in the alphabet

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Re: "Incidentally, women find a man more attractive when they see other women smiling at him "

Moral of the story, your wingman should always1 be female.

1. Sorry Neil, but until that government grant comes through for the new study I'm going with these findings.

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M0n0wall comes tumbling down as dev throws in the trowel

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Re: "m0n0wall should be celebrated, not ridiculed"

Great stuff in a small package. It was great for running a virtual firewall on my laptop that had a smaller footprint, more flexibility, more security and lower overhead than some of the commercial products I've tried particularly one I won't name since it could be confused with a motorcycle company.

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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Re: We need more aluminium cars

As long as they remember to do a nice job of isolating the steel bits, like brake lines, because that whole galvanic thing can be a real bitch.

Oh, regarding the monocoque, if I had money to put on it I'd say they are using at least as much epoxy as they are rivets.

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Apple 'hires' the 'A-Team' from car titans, they DO SAY: Let's modify the 'van'!

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Meanwhile, Cupertino staff are jumping ship to Tesla, it's claimed. Reports surfaced last week that Elon Musk's 'leccy car biz had lured away upwards of 150 Apple employees.

I've suspected as much for some time now.

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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Are you listening, Silicon Valley?

Seriously, you need to ask?

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Microsoft launches wobbly Windows 10 phone preview for Lumia daredevils only

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For this first Preview, the only phones that are eligible are the Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730, and 830. Other phones aren't supported – including some newer, more sophisticate devices – because they lack sufficient storage space to complete the upgrade.

The Lumia 630 only has 512 MB ram and 8 GB storage. Is there a Lumia out there with less?

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

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Best pic of Taylor Swift evah!

I gotta say that's simply awesome and catches just the right amount of crazy. Just one thing I want to know, was it a bloody machete or meat cleaver in her hand that was photoshopped out? I assume the song was a catchy jingle like "if I can't have you, nobody will".

The icon because that pic is the kind of thing that could give a kid nightmares.

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Cortana to form CIRCLE OF LIFE in Windows 10

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Up to the top or down to the bottom, Cortana is a quark of a different colour.

The one with baryons in the pocket

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Amazing, cool, wow: Humans naturally use POSITIVE words, and that is GOOD

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A hydrogen ion walks into a bar, goes up to the bartender and says, "My marriage just broke up so give me a double". The bartender says, "I can see you're in an unstable state, are you sure you want a drink?" The ion says, "I'm positive."

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Re: Found a flaw...

It's because they're positive we're going to get screwed and that makes them happy.

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Re: Hmmm.

Excellent point. I can't say I've even heard of any modern stories that can compare to the classic tragedies like Hamlet but then I suppose it does limit the ability to do sequels with the same cast.

I was wondering how people rated some of the more frequently used words like "a", "the", "or", "and", etc. as they would seem to be neutral on their own but in different contexts could provoke a different response, e.g. "love and affection" vs "pain and torture".

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Hacker hijack 'threat': Your car's security is Adobe Flash-grade BAD

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Re: Anyone else get the feeling...

of fond nostalgia?

Oh how they laughed at the old joke about GM's answer to Bill gates asking if folks would really want a car that would crash twice a day. Oddly it's starting to look as if that might not actually be preferred to what the automotive industry has right now.

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Official: Single people need to LOWER their EXPECTATIONS

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Re: Technology

"Technology can only progress if the culture permits it."

The first person to make a spear, arrow, fire, etc. didn't have to worry too much about culture saying no and that's especially true if it meant that person was able to provide more food or food that lasted longer. Any culture that tries to inhibit technology does so because they can wield the current technological weapons whether that is spears, rockets or politicians. Either way the bits of culture that have historically held people back have been the powerful institutions that felt threatened by technology that disagrees with their desires but seldom does that extend to all technological progress.

Let's be honest, religion is about controlling people. The examples you give are exactly that. Contraception reduces the number of potential inductees and therefore revenue. Scientific advancements are seen as "playing god" and we can't have people knowing how "god works". Some of it stems from tribal knowledge that becomes transmuted into faith in a deity's words. Take the dietary restrictions of many religions: poorly cooked pork often led to trichinosis and it was important to keep the "flock" healthy so pork was banned but now we know to cook it properly and that bacon is delicious.

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Technology

It isn't only culture that has evolved. Technological advances have driven much of that cultural change. Of course in also comes down to population. More people mean more ideas and better technology which allows us to do more and specialize. That specialization also improves technology and in turn it all frees up individuals to pursue other endeavors such as medicine giving people longer lives and more free time. It all builds upon itself at some point and allows tremendous advancement in a relatively short period of time.

The smaller the group that the primitive humans lived in, the less likely they were to wait for “The One”.

Given our present technology allows us to travel half way around the planet in the time it may have taken to walk to the next large population center it pretty much means we all live in a rather large group. It seems like what they are saying is, feel free to wait for "The One".

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Start stockpiling tinned beans and ammo: This malware will end civilisation

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And here I envisioned a can of sardines. You can keep the beans.

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Four senators call for federal probes into Verizon 'supercookies'

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Translation: They stumped $450k on Obama and $159k on Romney, why not us?!!!!

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FCC chair refuses to make net neutrality rules public before approval

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Re: Ala carte channels are a wet dream

Why would you need to record it when you get to pick the time to watch? The biggest hurdle is for movies which, given the length, requires the ability to pause, at times for days, and resume where you left off. Other than that, recording is only to watch something again and honestly there isn't much on TV I'd want to see a second time.

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Re: No giving the Cables a heads up?

So you don't think it will wind up in the courts?!? Let's be honest, no matter what the FCC says at least one company is going to sue if they don't like the tint of the glasses so if it isn't rosy all around it's going to be a court action. Now I'll ask which acts faster, congress or the courts? Keep in mind that congress is quite clearly the opposite of progress.

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Intuit halts TurboTax filings after states spot mass tax fraud scheme

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Both H&R and Intuit go through some back end database but it's likely that H&R have the advantage of being on their own network (VPN?) while TT shoots through whomever you've got. The other side of the coin is that most if not all the players have an online tax preparation that is done in your browser. To me the browser seems the most likely attack vector. But then what the hell do I know as I'm far from being a security expert - I don't put on sneakers to outrun the bear.

I'm lucky enough to have a former IRS auditor in the family who is willing to do my taxes for a plane ticket out of the New England winter to spend a couple of weeks in SoCal's sun and a few barbeques. I must remember to ask if the ticket is a deductible expense or if it counts toward my lifetime gift contribution.

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Re: Who are the victims?

Well I suspect most states are the same so the States' loss effectively becomes the individuals loss for the better part of a year. Sure, like all things some are better than others but when you consider that after I filed last February California sent me a letter in March to say they couldn't directly deposit my refunded overpayment, there were no problems with my return and that they would be mailing me a check later. Naturally, I couldn't help but wonder why the check wasn't in the same envelope. In keeping with the bureaucratic tradition of the Great Byzantine Republic of California the check arrived early July and was dated on my niece's birthday, 27th June.

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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Re: So wait

If someone wants to read it, here is the NTSB report, it's pretty brief and there is a link on that page to the full narrative. The report also mentions his logbook did not show he was current for night instrument flight with passengers.

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Still using Adobe Flash? Oh well, get updating: 15 hijack flaws patched

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Unfortunately that doesn't get the software shufflers to learn from habitual epic failures. The only thing that really works is to remove the worst offenders so the shufflers are conditioned, albeit second order, to expect wallet depletion in a Pavlovian manner as it's quite clear that nothing else works.

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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Re: hmm

@Lysenko

My bad, I get your sense now. On my first read it seemed that you were saying there were actually people of the "you can have my CE when you pry it from..." type.

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Toshiba packs NUMERIC KEYPAD onto self-bricking USB drive

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Re: Thanks, but ...

Frankly electromagnets are a pretty weak substitute for rare earths. There's a reason PM motors/gearboxes are becoming more popular and it has everything to do with equivalent surface currents that you can't achieve by pumping amps through copper.

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Forget Norks, Russian hackers are in Sony Pictures' servers – claim

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WTF?

wait, I missed the whole 'she said' portion. WTF is going on??

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