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ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US

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Mushroom

You think this is bad?

You should see what the District Court is doing to Argentina!

"Judge Griesa even ruled that a payment by Argentina to holders of a euro-denominated restructured bond was also illegal, even though that particular bond is denominated under English law, and not under U.S. jurisdiction."

"In 2012, [US company NML Capital] hired mercenaries to detain and try to seize an Argentine ship where it was docked off the coast of Ghana; at another time it even attempted to grab the Argentina Presidential plane from an airport—as “collateral” for its supposed holding of debt."

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2014/07/argentina-debt-case.html for the full story.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Pint

This couldn't be...

...because they got a whiff of the d6xd6 Kickstarter, could it?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lestersmith/d6xd6-core-role-playing-game

I've kicked in a few quid. Anyone joining me?

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Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises

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What could possibly go wrong?

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

SisterClamp
Joke

"Big cheese?"

Surely we should be calling him the "Big Paneer" instead?

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Amazon woos dispute-stung Hachette scribes with 100% ROYALTIES

SisterClamp
Mushroom

Re: Where is the FTC?

Wow, how the lies accumulate. The DoJ suit had nothing to do with Amazon. Amazon did not "pull" any strings. The investigation began when a DoJ employee was reading Jobs' autobiography and came across a passage which detailed a meeting Jobs had with executives from the Big 5 publishers. If Jobs hadn't opened his big mouth, the suit would never have happened. This is all part of the public record, ffs!

(Oh, and speaking of public record, I would like to disclose that I trust Amazon as far as I can spit...which isn't far. But that doesn't mean I blame them for everything bad that happens to publishing.)

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YouTube in shock indie music nuke: We all feel a little less worthy today

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Not exactly

Amazon isn't trying to cut out the middle-person. Amazon is trying to MONETISE the middle-person. It is doing this by (it seems*) pushing to charge for publisher perks, such as pre-orders, personalised recommendations, and for having a dedicated Hatchette representative working at Amazon (a Hatchette Account Manager (HAM), if you will). Reference is here: http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/06/21/new-leak-reveals-amazon-wants-increased-co-op-fees-hachette/

Amazon believes in the long tail and is quite content to leave indie writers alone for as long as it makes sense for it to do so. (Yes, Amazon may well screw over indie writers in the future but, here and now, that's not what's happening.) What YouTube is doing is completely different, going after indies proactively by penalising them while offering better terms to the large recording companies on the same platform.

The only similarity is that Amazon is big and YouTube is big. Other than that, the two are playing completely different games. I agree about finding indie music, though. It's a lot tougher, but ultimately more satisfying, than listening to the dross that currently passes as Top Twenty "music".

* I say "it seems" because, as Nate Hoffelder points out (link above), all the leaks so far have come from Hatchette, and we know that a company will never knowingly "leak" information detrimental to its own position.

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Adobe all smiles as beret bods spaff cash on non-cloud Creative Suite

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Re: Where is the competition

I'm sure there are lots of very good products out there, but I can copy my .xcf files from Gimp Linux to Gimp Windoze and back again. The ultimate in versatility for the way I work. I'm sticking with Gimp.

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Apple settles ebook price-fixing damages lawsuit with US states

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Re: really?

The key point being "outsiders".

If you've been following the case (as I have, as I'm in publishing), it's beyond obvious that several meetings were held between publishers and Apple in order to discuss what "they were going to do" about Amazon. They decided on price-fixing. It was in emails, it was in Jobs' book, it was admitted in court. READ THE TRANSCRIPT!

Of course, if you're an "outsider" who hasn't bothered to read up on the case, then I'd agree that you might not agree with Judge Cote.

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Boris: Look on 'London's digital tentacles', ye mighty, and despair!

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Re: London is a stupid, stupid place to encourage a technology startup boom

We used to look at places in Beverly Hills and think they were affordable!!!

You're right...ish, but Silicon Valley had its own problems; i.e. the people needed to maintain the Real World (teachers, electricians, plumbers, etc.) couldn't afford to live there.

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SisterClamp
Happy

Re: Like it's a good thing?

Personally, I imagine that person to be very Larry Ellison in appearance, wearing infants for shoes, bare legged except for gold boxer shorts, wearing a rhinestone smoking jacket and a platinum captains hat poised jauntily on his head.

And with no eyebrows. Don't forget that bit.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

SisterClamp

Re: Duck & Cover - Generalizations Follow

That's TANSTAFFL not TINSTAFFL. "There Ain't..." not "There Isn't..."

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Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups

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Mushroom

Re: Duck & Cover - Generalizations Follow

"I have met zero women in a technical role."

My first degree was technical, in Computer Science, back in the 80s and I'll put my knowledge of software (and a bit of hardware) up against anyone. None of this modern Informatics, Business Technology shite, but real bloody PDPs with assembly languages (note the plural), LISP, hands-on electronics, and microprocessor control systems. Imo, you can't even find a knowledgeable MALE in a technical role nowadays, present El Reg reader generation excluded. ;) The young men, particularly those not in OSS development, have got a fine line on the bullshit, but not much else.

As for female entrepreneurs, it's culture. I'm seeing it here in s-e Asia. The weekend papers keep blaring about "encouraging" women to "start businesses", but if you don't give them basic respect and equality to begin with (societal expectations of the way women should dress, learn, talk and behave), then you aren't going to get a lot of females poking their heads above the battlements. Sometimes guys, it's just too damn exhausting merely reading the newspaper.

PS Note the latest book on Ada Lovelace. "A Female Genius". OMFG!

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Zuckerchan toss another $120 MEEELLION to schools in charity push

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Black Helicopters

No no, DO speak ill of philanthropy...

How do you think the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation got started? Now they're supporting "Common Core" ("an educational initiative in the United States that details what K-12 students should know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade" -- teh pedia of Wiki) with MEEEELLIONS of dollars. Interestingly, their own children don't attend schools that use the curriculum that they're pushing, er, promoting. Interesting, eh?

PS C'mon, el Reg, how many times do we have to ask for a tinfoil hat icon before we get one?

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Oi, ebook price fixer. Yes, you, Apple – stop whinging and get your chequebook out

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Angel

WHAT???!!!

Someone ISN'T bowled over by the sheer reality-bending sexiness of Apple??? I think I need a lie-down....

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China to become world's No 1 economy. And we still can't see why

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Re: Old history

Totally agree. The only people who would be surprised by this are those who know no history. Western Europe only began to overtake China as an economic powerhouse at the tail-end of the 19th century (Britain first as that's where the Industrial Revolution got kickstarted). The USA didn't get a look in till after WWII and that's because Europe had been bombed to hell and back.

All we're seeing now is the balance being tipped back to where it had been until, as Arnaut says, fairly recently.

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PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

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Linux

Not so fast

If it's anything like the Surface 2 PRO, you can disable Smart Boot and install Linux on it. I'm waiting to see how much these slabs get discounted by, and when it's nice and low, that'll be what I'll be doing.

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Nokia offers 'voluntary retirement' to 6,000+ Indian employees

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Mushroom

6,000 is a lot from one country...

...but, tbh, I couldn't give a damn. Not after seeing how the industry was decimated, and wages driven down, by Brainless Talking Heads constantly touting the benefits of offshoring all those years ago. So how does it feel, Chennai? (As an aside, IBM India only gave their staff 2 hours notice to vacate the premises.) There's more where that came from. Pass it along while I get my popcorn, pull up a pew and settle in....

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Linux

Re: Wow! That many people moved to KDE or XFCE?

I don't think I'd even want to spend the time trying to marry Canonical with KDE...assuming you're not talking Kubuntu.

If I were you, I'd give Canonical a boot and move to Arch with KDE. The speed, she is fast.

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Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment

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Big Brother

C'mon...

...you only had to peruse the IT news for the past few years to know that Dropbox plays nice with government intelligence. The entry below is from 2011, for chrissakes:

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/igeneration/dropbox-deceived-users-over-security-files-are-open-to-government-searches/9959

Rice joining doesn't do anything for a service I wouldn't trust in the first place.

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

SisterClamp
Pint

Re: Draconian

Don darling, are you trying to woo me? 'Cos you're off to a pretty good start....

PS El Reg, how about a fluttering eyelashes icon? Isn't it time you upgraded to animated GIFs, as antiquated as they now are?

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SisterClamp
Facepalm

Re: Up the creek without paddle...

Chiko roll? How gauche. You'll be talking about nibbling Nobby's Nuts soon. Violet Crumble, dear.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

SisterClamp
Devil

Re: Being of "middle eastern" appearance

Don't care about the colour but beards. Hmmmmm. I like beards.... purrrrrr........

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Big Content wants Aussies blocked from Netflix

SisterClamp
Alien

Re: buy dvd on holiday ...

Exactly. Aussies don't realise just how bad the "intellectual property right" laws are. Many years ago (VHS tape days), laws were passed that would net you, e.g., a 2-yr jail sentence if the police spotted a TV recording of an Ashes tournament in your video library. As far as I know, that law is still in place. Even Apple(!) told the govt to hold on a sec and not be so gung-ho.

There are already laws in place to put you in an Aussie jail for the most trivial of reasons. They slipped past when most weren't looking, just waiting for the right "Pearl Harbour" event....

PS Can we conspiracy theorists get another icon, instead of just the Alien? How about the All Seeing Eye?

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Facebook: We want a solar sky cruiser comms net that DARPA couldn't build

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Thumb Down

Mega-economy bloc du jour

Africa seems to be the happenin' place at the moment, what with major IT companies eyeing the continent and even suggesting that certain employees might like to relocate there. (Where exactly, I'm not even sure the companies know yet. Africa is bigger than you can even think you can imagine.)

Now Zucks says he's doing it "for the poor"? Yes, of course we believe you, Mark. A lot of idiotic liberal twats are going to fall for it though. "The stupid, like German tourists, are everywhere."

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Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

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Happy

Re: "a televised debate"

My word for the day! Thanks. :)

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Big Beardie's watching: Gaze into the screen... it shall gaze also into you

SisterClamp
Holmes

Re: But does it suggest based on age, sex, and current purchases?

Only on the weekends, Neil? You disappoint me....

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Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

SisterClamp

Who goes to OpenOffice? LibreOffice is the ticket. Calligra is coming along fine. I'm not an Abiword fan but I know there are lots of them around. On Windows, you have Office and...?

"You want to install some software? You just have to recompile the kernel."

Wow, are you using a fresh install of Gentoo every time you want to run a programme? Maybe you should leave Linux to the people who actually know something about computers, sweetheart.

Also, "your" > "you're"; "doggy" > "dodgy"; "role" > "roll" but I noticed you spelt "Microsoft" correctly. Good for you!

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Not even 1.4m users can save 4Chan founder Chris Poole's startup

SisterClamp
Coat

Problem is simple...

It was the name. Fancy calling something "DrawQuest". Lame.

My extensive experience has taught me that successful apps have a few keywords mentioned upfront. Thus, I'm developing an app called SmashBoxFish, Cow-Hacker Edition. I don't know what the app will do, nor do I care. The name itself will be enough to get the money rolling in. Jeez, you think 4chan would have thought of that.

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Hackers just POURING through unpatched Internet Explorer zero-day hole

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Unfortunately, Paypal support....

....is telling people to use IE because of a "technical issue" they're having with other browsers.

(Yes, look, I'd love to use another payment system as well, but this is the one I'm currently stuck with, okay?)

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Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

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Flame

Re: Apple going off?

Just to bring Syria and Apple together, the Australians have proven themselves, over and over, to be a bunch of whores. Don't expect much.....

Obligatory link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/28/us-syria-crisis-australia-idUSBRE97R03O20130828 ("Australia backs action against Syria, with or without U.N. approval") Democracy, eh? Wunnerful stuff.

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RIM wakes up woozy in Australia

SisterClamp

Oh good grief....

....who RUNS the Marketing depts of these companies???? And I thought it was mostly the HR goons (goonesses?) who excelled at obfuscatory incompetence. Oh, and the overpaid, overfed Sales grunts. And, now that I mention it, how about most CEOs? (Where's Leo gone, btw? Anyone know?)

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HP murders webOS tablets, phones

SisterClamp

That's...

..."Tits" to you, thank you! I still have 'em both!

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SisterClamp
Devil

Jemma...

...I think I'm in love with you.

Meanwhile, I've already told hubby to wait, pick up two at bargain basement prices and we'll give them to the kids as Christmas presents. They are good kit, just half-baked at release and now a stupid knee-jerk reaction from incompetent twat managers is sending them to product hell. What can you expect though? Leo flunked programming (it was in his official SAP bio if anyone took time to read it) and is now head of one of the biggest IT companies in the world. WTF much? He probably thinks a pre-test loop is something you do in a cul-de-sac with a car you want to buy.

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Australian bank to run trial with human teller in ATM

SisterClamp

Teller then says...

...[after flicking hopelessly through 3-ring binder] Hold on, I'll get my supervisor

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Piles of unshiftable HP fondle-slabs choke Best Buy

SisterClamp
Megaphone

You know that Archos...

...have just opened up their system? I'm waiting for an Angstrom Linux image to load on mine. Six months, I read somewhere. I've set the alarm.

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SisterClamp

A friend of a friend...

...who still works for HP (I know, who knew?) said that their Big Honcho had "surprised" everyone with "gifts" of Touchpads about a month ago. "Oh, not selling well at all then," was my comment. Touche, oh smart Sister Clamp.

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Careless tweets cost lives, warns MoD

SisterClamp
Mushroom

Lost on me...

...because I could hardly understand what the two young women are saying! Don't they have elocution lessons in British schools, or are the teachers now literally mind-readers?

As for "It may not just be friends and family reading your status updates", please to remember that that definitely includes members of several government intelligence agencies. Makes you wonder who the real terrorists are.

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HP: Apotheker rolls more heads

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Holmes

Two things...

1) Leo's strategy might make sense...if he was a competent manager in any way.

2) Ann's promotion is proof positive of that Dilbert cartoon that says: "Attendance is 90% of success."

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Germans completely humourless: Official

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Thumb Up

Thanks for the link,

the kids loved it. Combined mechanics and equipment safety tips, German language (they're learning it) plus gore. Better than a zombie movie! Educational too.

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SisterClamp
Devil

Ah yes, "Sex Mission"....

....even just following along as a non-Polish speaker, it was quite humorous. Yes, can't believe the Poles rated so low, although an awful lot of it is/was contextual.

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Gordon Ramsay menaced by enormous TURKEY

SisterClamp

Already have one of those darling...

...and a couple of geeklets too, but always appreciate a hat-tip from a fellow Perry fan. Interestingly, I have a degree in psychology and am an ex-martial artist as well. The rest I'll leave to your imagination. ;)

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SisterClamp
Mushroom

Oh dear

I know, as a woman, I'm supposed to like these movies but (a) the trailer saved me the bother (well noted, Popbitch), and (b) I'd rather see things explode amidst a gory cacophony of bullets, flesh, fire accelerants and rampaging robots. That's why I, like you gentlemen, am a geek. So I hear the latest Mandriva's out.......

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German salesmen rewarded with meticulously organised orgy

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Heart

Aw what sweeties!

The fact that it took soooo long for someone to mention "latex" tells me that, regardless of your ribald, macho comments, the vast majority of you are either in monogamous relationships or banging the ole sausage every night. That's so sweet. Big smooches to each and every one of you darlings.

There really should be a condom icon here, Sarah.

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‘We’ll get to the bottom of this’ – HP boss

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Grenade

Managerial fail

His ideas have some merit but I never thought Leo had the 'nads nor neurons to actually execute on revitalising the barren apocalyptic landscape that Hurd left behind. I can see that he's doing a splendid job with the hunting down of people who dare share the bleeding obvious though. Putz.

And, oh yeah, what AC above said.

A once-proud ex-HPer

A grenade because...well, guess.

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Trujillo embraces his inner amigo

SisterClamp

Don't forget...

to also include people from Sydney (if you live in Melbourne), people from Adelaide (if you live in Sydney), people from Perth (if you live in Brisbane), and so on. I remember well the anonymous phone calls in Melbourne telling us that "we'll run all you migrants out of our country" and the "Asians Get Out" signs in the Gold Coast hinterland. Ah happy times, happy times.

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Acer shows laptop lid look tablet

SisterClamp

I don't mind Acer...

...we have a few Acers around the house but, in terms of features and most bang for your buck, I don't think you can move past Asus. I'll be watching this one for a price (and it does look cool) but I'll be comparing it to any Asus offerings before I make my final decision.

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DEC founder Ken Olsen is dead

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Pint

I cut my teeth...

...on the PDP-11, then progressed to the VAX. I still have fond memories of VAX's assembler language and have the occasional delusion of teaching it to the kids, such is my fond nostalgia.

I was devastated at the news that Compaq bought Digital and now to hear that Olsen has passed...? Will definitely raise a glass in his honour tonight. I have great memories of fantastic engineering, all of which have now, as someone else pointed out, been subsumed by marketing crap and vapourware Powerpoint presentations.

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'al-Qaeda suicide cat' sends US Iraq war robots out of control

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@Random Noise

Dogs are haram (forbidden). So no al-Qaeda bitches. Only pussies.

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Herd of sheep, off tits on drugs, savagely Tased

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@ AC

Altar boys, surely!

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Steve Jobs: 'Pad? That's my word'

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Thumb Up

I thought it was funny....

....reading Fake Steve Jobs' blog (http://bit.ly/aQq41Q), but I see you can't beat the real thing!

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