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2036 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

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Re: I've ordered a 5C

> Look at the iOS vs Android usage / web figures

It sounds like Android users are actually interested in a PHONE.

A smartphone buyer actually wanting a PHONE. Imagine that?

It must really blow your mind.

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Cloud storage: Is the convenience worth the extra expense?

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Total loss of control.

The moment you put something offsite, you immediately lose control of it. It's like the proverbial bank safety deposit box. The media makes these things out as secure and protected and they're not. A bank will give you up just as readily as an American Internet company.

At least in the US, you still retain privacy rights to your stuff so long as it remains in your possession. The moment you let it leave your control, all of this "you need a warrant" stuff evaporates.

Plus there's the usual trust issues of letting someone else manage your stuff.

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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

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Re: Ubuntu

The only reason Windows ever works "out of the box" is that it's installed that way by some hardware vendor.

Getting any n00b to install ANY OS on their own is going to be a problem.

Although Linux will be dramatically easier despite all of the Lemming protestations to the contrary.

The only easy Windows install is the special single-use one that your hardware vendor gives you with your new PC (if you're lucky).

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Re: I bet a lot more people would switch if...

I have an Linux production box running an NTFS volume.

The idea that Linux doesn't support NTFS is just outdated nonsense.

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Re: Change screen resolution in ubuntu

MythBuntu? Really? A novelty fork intended for a single narrow use case?

I see people whining all the time in general forums about how hard it is to make Windows into an appliance and how this makes the Windows equivalent of MythTV unsuitable for the unwashed masses.

Been in IT for decades and it never occured to you to revert? Really?

Although it sounds like a combination of lame (for MythTV) video card and bad driver version due to Canonical being dipsh*ts. Hard to tell really in the near total absence of any useful information.

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Re: Nice idea, but...(perhaps try Win7 instead of XP??)

> Honestly the number of complaints about difficulty installing XP just make me laugh. Win 7 finds everything you can throw at it,

No it doesn't. Been there done that.

You're just repeating the same old tired propaganda.

"They got it right this time. Really they did."

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Re: Nice idea, but...

A Windows style installer is nothing more than a crude script that spews files everywhere. It does this because there is no sense of process control on Windows due to it's heritage as a single user system. It may have the appearance of being easier because it doesn't really do anything except in the most crude fashion possible.

You just push the shiny button and hope for the best.

Although sometimes even this isn't even good enough as Windows software still has dependencies.

Linux package management automates and centralizes everything. Even if you do stray off the reservation, chances are the package manager will be able to rescue you.

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Re: Nice idea, but... X marks the spot.

The video card issue may very well be a genuine support issue given the age of the hardware. I would not be at all surprised if the proprietary BLOB driver doesn't include support for that card anymore.

Although I would be surprised if the libre driver dropped support.

These people might not be able to run Win7 either for similar reasons.

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Object storage: The blob creeping from niche to mainstream

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Re: Object: It's not just about storing stuff...

Anything that displaces the conventional file system is likely to require that same displaced file system under the covers. It may be invisible, embedded in some highly proprietary storage layer. However, sooner or later something is going to have to address it in conventional terms. That might even be the end user or admin. Less abstract elements of systems don't suddenly go away when a better abstraction is found.

A file name (or something like it) will likely continue to remain the most efficient path to an object regardless.

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Re: "the guesswork of capacity planning is eliminated"

> I can see you missed the point of

Adding more capacity on a whim? From the likes of EMC? For only the cost of a single employee?

Surely you've never actually had any experience with this sort of thing.

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4K-friendly Thunderbolt 2 WILL ship this year, Chipzilla pledges

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Re: Format war

What war? In order for there to be a war, there needs to be 2 armies on the battlefield.

I only see one.

Sure, you hear a lot about the other guys but you never really see them.

I can get USB3 gear without seeking it out. It's just there. It's all around you and even if you don't seek it out, you may find that you've bought it already. TB is something you have to specifically go out of your way to try and find. You can't bolt it onto an old system (like you can with USB3). Even if you try to buy an entirely new system to get this stuff there are still fewer devices and vendors to choose from.

This right here, us in the peanut gallery, we're the only thing resembling a "war" on this matter.

If you think there's an actual format war going on then you're just a stupid fanboy.

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For PITY'S SAKE, DON'T BUY an iPHONE 5S, begs FSF

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Re: Blah blah blah -@AC 14:24

> I've visited the US and they don't have my fingerprints.

Do they do this in the non-US citzen line? I just got back from a trip to Europe and I don't recall seeing any mechanism or apparatus where they could/would get your fingerprints.

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Re: Blah blah blah -@AC 14:24

> You missed the bit where Apple said

I have a bridge to sell you.

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Seagate parades spinning skinny model to oust flash from fondleslabs... almost

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Re: Local Storage vs Cloud

You whine about the slowness of WIFI and USB2 and then declare that local storage is silly.

That's such obvious nonsense.

You have just demonstrated the reason why local storage is better. If wired connections are too slow then wireless ones certainly will be. That's not even getting into the problems of reliability and availability. Then add in bandwidth caps and international roaming.

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Re: Like Henry Ford said....

> This drive is a very fast horse in a world of Model T flash storage.

...which reminds me of a Tom Selleck western where some jack*ss in an early auto gets himself stuck in the mud. Tom's horse has no problem with the mud and gallops off triumphantly into the sunset.

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Re: One really has to ask

Most consumers are stupid and need someone to lead them around by the nose. If some well advertised company doesn't offer a product, then it doesn't exist. This is the case with beefy media players. The rubes don't see the potential of a 500G tablet so they don't demand it from Apple. They are content to be force fed whatever the guy living in the castle on the hill wants to give them.

A fat Archos is great because you can load it up once and largely forget about it.

The problem with underequipped media devices is that you always need to futz with them. You have to constantly decide what you do or don't want on them. UIs don't impact this problem.

You sound like someone declaring "but I don't need access to my whole music collection".

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Verizon finally drags FCC into court fisticuffs to end one-speed internet for all

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Re: The arrogance!

That is classic American fundie/neocon rhetoric right there. Their inability to oppress me is somehow violating their fundemental liberties.

It's MY speech that we're talking about here. It's not Verizon's. Verizon wants to interfere with MY speech. That's THEIR idea of "free speech".

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China's corruption crackdown killing off Unix

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Re: Switching from big iron to x86 virtualisation

> But there are no high end SMP Linux servers for sale and has never been,

The largest SMP server was a Linux server sold by SGI.

Also, large workloads may very well do better with some form of clustering which marginalizes the sort of large NUMA box you seem to be fixating on. This applies equally well to commercial Unix as it does Linux.

Also, a big Unix server is more likely to be more akin to a virtualization solution than something required for a "big problem".

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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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Re: Surprise? NOT

> Can Linux do (reliably, no matter what distribution, any kernel 4 years and younger) do:

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> Voice recognition

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> Handwriting recognition

...probably does it better than Microsoft products considering what platform is the mobile market leader.

Although even on the desktop, that's all down to 3rd party products anyways. So you're basically crowing over the fact that Microsoft is the defacto standard. Says squat about the actual OS.

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> Q; Who really uses a custom programmed APP?

This is Microsoft's bread and butter. People don't run Windows because of the stupid word processor. They run Windows because of all of the obscure little apps you've never heard of. Some of these might not even be targeted for the current version of monopolyware.

...and plenty of companies use customized and custom software.

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Re: Show MS how you feel....

> Are they trying to kill Linux by being one of the major contributors to the kernel

They are no such thing.

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Re: The message isn't clear enough yet?

> We do not want linux

The only thing WinDOS has to offer is legacy applications and Microsoft seems bound and determined to kill those off. World+Dog only uses Microsoft's OS because it has been considered the default desktop platform for 30 years and every obscure app that doesn't fit into their new model runs on it.

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Doctors face tribunal over claims of plagiarism in iPhone app

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Re: What does plagiarism have to do with Fitness to Practice?

> Breach of patient trust

Due to lying or cheating someone else? Really.

No. "Breach of patient trust" is something like falling asleep on duty or prescribing something to a patient when they are allergic to it. Nonsense that happens out of the operating theater really doesn't matter.

You know: the "do no harm thing".

Even a pervassive inability to get your bills right doesn't qualify as "breach of patient trust".

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Re: Struck off and die?

> A doctor must behave like the wife of Caesar,

Good luck actually holding up that kind of absurd standard.

The problem of course is that while you are busy creating a standard that no honest man can satisfy, the rest of us will have to suffer for it while all of the competent people that care about their profession are cast out. The only people left will be the really hard core sleazebags that can game this kind of system.

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Nothing to lose a license over...

Things to lose your license to practice over are things like causing real harm to people through fraud or incompetence. A guy that performs an unnecessary procedure on you and then mutilates you should lose his license. Nonsense like this doesn't even come close.

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

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Copyright on what exactly?

Since when has a simple list ever been protected under copyright?

This has squat to do with "digital technology eroding the rights of artists". There's a very real legal question here that has nothing to do with technology. Can you copyright a list? The answer to that should be NO in any decade. Tech should have nothing to do with it.

Not sure about EU/UK ideas in this regard though...

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HDMI 2.0 spec arrives ... 1.0 years late

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> Can this new HDMI standard daisy chain independent displays?

Who cares!

I don't want my PC or my home theater to be wired up like an Atari ST.

Power over HDMI is something useful though...

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WD outs 'Mini Me' Red label NAS drives

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Re: Bring back 5¼"

I don't think the naysayers have ever touched this stuff.

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Microsoft - do you really think you can take on Google with Nokia?

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Re: One Crucial Thing MS Didn't Get

> You really want a world without MS? Imagine it properly, not with your rose tinted spectacles.

Sure. There has never been a time that I have not viewed the Microsoft alternative of something as inferior and undesirable. It's only their monopoly lock on desktop PCs that ever allowed them to shove their crap down people's throats. As soon as you give people a chance to pick something else they will.

The failure of Windows on phones and tablets and phones is a clear demonstration of this. So is the limited success of Windows in the server room.

Allow people a choice and they will choose something else.

> HATE takes energy

I more pity Microsoft these days. There are less impotent threats to worry about these days.

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Re: Microsoft will never be able to challenge Google.

> But Android is absolute dross

Keep on telling yourself that. Doesn't make it any more true. Won't help you compete in the market.

YOU are the perfect illustration of why Microsoft is in the toilet right now.

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Microsoft's Nokia plan: WHACK APPLE AND GOOGLE

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Re: RIP Nokia

> The only thing that has brand awareness in the *consumer* space. Phones account for less than half of Nokia revenue, ISTR

That says more about how much Nokia has screwed the pooch than anything else. They were once a giant and now people are trying to distract from the fact that they aren't anymore.

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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

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Feminazi nonsense

> women should not have to alter their appearance to be more male to be accepted in the workplace

That's life. Get used to it.

I "dress down" at my current job. I do this because everyone at the job does this. I have some nice tailored pants that fit me better because I am a tall guy. However, I don't wear them because they would stick out.

Everyone that starts out here comes to work on the first day too well dressed.

Everyone remedies that by the next day.

You adapt to the social environment. "Girls" that are supposed to have better social skills should have no problem with that.

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Re: Sexist numpty & Reg titles

You have just defined "normal woman" as "being a pretty thing".

Congratulations Gloria for helping to perpetuate a pathalogical cultural norm.

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Re: Sexist numpty

It's a dog eat dog world out there. If you stop to smell the roses for any reason then you will get grief for it It doesn't matter what your gender is. Women just have the disadvantage of an activity they can't delegate to anyone else.

A jerk hiring manager will give you grief for a 6 month absence regardless of your gender.

Being less dedicated to your day job will put you at a disadvatage compared to others that are.

You make your choices and then you get to live with them.

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Re: Boys club

The idea of wearing bland practical clothing should be nothing new to anyone in an IT job since this also tends to be the case for the relevant University students too.

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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Re: The tape is dead,

Tape was a distinct improvement back in the day. It was not nearly as bad as some people are trying to say it was. It's just that better and newer stuff came along after it. Tech improves and old stuff gets discarded.

It was a victim of the tech cycle just like what it displaced.

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Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all

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Re: Uploading 10TB

10mbit still isn't squat for large file transfers.

It's nothing to brag about or lord over others with.

For something like 10TB, even fully wired local GigE really isn't fast enough.

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Depends on the data...

Your personal papers... perhaps not.

Your media horde? Sure.

The real problem is getting it there.

I have been having that very problem for the last few days. Decided to recently beef up my usage of cloud storage. It's been synching for days now. Dunno when it will all finally make it there and i's a relative pittance compared to 10TB.

Don't even want to think about how long it would take to push my big data into the cloud...

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Thought the PC market couldn't get any worse? HAH! Think again

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Re: the Beast from Redmond and their camp followers

> Take off those rose coloured glasses, the crap wasn't because of windows

Windows was a mess built on a foundation of sand. At any point in it's evolution from DOS, it was worse than anything else out there both in terms of features and security. Apple even had some nice commercials highlighting these details until their new messiah came along.

Tablets are a welcome relief to a monopoly-ware product from a totally crass company.

Pretty much everyone else has more pride in their products and it shows. The underlying technical details do matter quite a bit.

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Re: Surely it's becoming apparent

> I don't know what you've been using, but most modern WiFi routers come pre-configured and need no more than a web browser to adjust their settings

That doesn't mean that a tablet will be any good at dealing with that interface. There are still plenty of websites that do poorly with a tablet. This one right here is a good example.

The fact that you are pushing the idea of "special printers" just demonstrates how messed up the tablet market is. That's a solution for a problem that really shouldn't exist to begin with.

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Re: People may dislike Windows 8...

> ...but they'd rather not buy a PC at all rather than install Linux, according to these figures

I have a bunch of Linux boxes spread around doing different appliance type things. I have a beast of a desktop box. I'm probably the PC industry's last best hope for new hardware sales but even I find that I will not likely buy another PC until I need to replace a failing bit of kit. Even then, I will likely replace that failing bit of kit with more of the same rather than opting for an "upgrade" of some sort.

The rise of the tablet is a nice demonstration of how most people don't need to upgrade (PC) computing capacity and much of the previous "growth" of the PC industry was upgrades to computing capacity.

Tablets have reset the cycle to some degree but even that's limited.

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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Re: I'm a MSFT Fan But.....

So called usability experts seem to have a problem with the idea of "the right tool for the job". This is despite the fact that this idea is kind of embedded in the new paradigm. New devices won't necessarily displace the old ones. Microsoft missed the opportunity to create a tablet that works best with it's own "ecosystem" while sabotaging it's own flagship product.

The PC is a form factor and a level of end user control. Each of these independently have their own uses and use cases for which they are the best available option. Trying to ignore that in the rush to embrace the new shiny shiny is just stupid.

Although everyone appears to be making the same mistakes right now.

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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Re: Originals were great?

Ford was doing bit parts before 77 and still getting more work as a carpenter.

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Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?

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Re: US

They may not be on Netflix but they are on PPV streaming services.

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

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Bill is his own punchline.

Bill's putdown only seems effective if you look at the situation in the most superficial way possible.

Gates is an old man that has retired from business and is now trying to salvage his reputation. What was he like when he was actively building his company? Did he care about the poor people in Africa? Did he even care about making cool products or doing right by his customers?

No. He was a crass monopolist.

Retired bill versus current Google twins is not the real comparison to make here.

What was Gates like in his prime and how does THAT compare to Google?

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Google sniffs at MySQL fork MariaDB: Yum. Have an engineer

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Re: MySQL GUI tools?

IBM could put the full weight of the collective behind MariaDB in a highly public way and it would not make a dent in their DB2 sales.

Oracle and DB2 users just aren't the same crowd.

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Dual licensing not uncommon.

If you own the code, then you can license it any way you like. You can license it as GPL to some people and under a more restrictive license to others. QT was originally licensed in this manner.

Thinking that a BSD-timebomb license will buy you anything is just daft.

"Liberating" your project with the BSDL just means that Oracle can gulp up your old work and doesn't even have to buy you out.

Although the most valuable thing about MySQL is probably the trademark.

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KingSpec's 2TB Multicore PCI-E SSD whopper vs the rest

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Re: Hourses for courses?

> Large files served up fast?

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> Lots of scope for the "adult entertainment" market perhaps?

The problem with that is you have to be copying to another copy of the relevant hardware or you are going to bottleneck immediately on whatever that other thing is (network,storage).

It's like getting excited that your new spinny disk can do reads at 160MB/s when everything reading from it will be bottlenecked by GigE and limited to a mere 100MB/s at best.

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

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Re: What I can never understand...

> WHY DO YOU CARE SO MUCH WHAT APPLE DOES??

Raving fanboys were talking as if Apple was going to take over the world and subject everyone to their nonsense regardless of whether or not we actually wanted it.

Geeks deprived of choice tend to lash out. This works for idle threats and being told that we're obsolete and irrelevant.

Pay back's a bitch.

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Re: A twunt of the highest order

> Beer because I swear Bill Cosby is drunk half the time.

The dude is ancient. He's probably not drunk. It's probably just some form of dementia.

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