* Posts by David Kelly 2

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GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

David Kelly 2

Oh and FYI, I didn't get the electric motorcycle for the "save the planet" hippie crap... I got it because it HAULS ASS and handles really well.

Thats why I bought a Tesla Model S 85. After a test drive it was clearly the vehicle I wanted to drive every day. Initial purchase price was much greater than a new Prius plus lifetime supply of gasoline, but so what? I like it.

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David Kelly 2

Re: Don't believe it

your argument makes sense except for one seriously critical oversight:

massive government subsidies.

with cash infusion to the companies at hand, even the crappiest electric car with no available infrastructure becomes "viable" for as long as the subsidies continue. Which in the case of Tesla has been a decade of State and Fed, with State still a cash cow providing free "EV Credits" to sell as well as other "alternative vehicle" programs that fill the trough.

Not true at all. Government provides no "EV Credits" at all. There are control-freak states such as Kalifornia who mandate quotas for production of low- and so called zero-emission vehicles. Some manufacturers have surplus and are allowed to sell this credit on the open market to manufacturers who do not. For instance Tesla has no need of these emission credits so by selling to other manufacturers Tesla is enabling the continued supply of supposedly evil petroleum burners. So without Tesla there would be FEWER hydrocarbon burners on the roads in these states.

As for the $7500 Federal Tax Credit, this does nothing for the actual promotion of EVs and everything for politicians buying votes from those who would be voting for them anyway.

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Re: Don't believe it

Unlike an ICE you do not want to routinely fully cycle an EV battery. The battery wear is greatest at the extremes, discharged and charged. Tesla recommends no more than 90% of their full range charge for daily use, and no less than 50%.

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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"Stimulus" Does Not Work

So-called "stimulus" does not work because government is stupid. Keynes doesn't count value, only expenditures. Government is not smart enough to buy value, while individuals spending their own money shop hard for value.

If one didn't need value from one's CPU cycles then the greatest program in the world is "10 goto 10". This is what "stimulus" does. If government would leave money in the pockets of those who earned it then it will get spent as soon as something of value appears. If government spends they don't wait for something of value, they take the first pork project a favored politician asks for.

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Tech giants gang up on Obama over encryption key demands

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Next Week Obama Sues God

Be sure to tune in next week when the Obama administration sues God for designing the human brain with encryption beyond the administration's access with a court order.

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Elon Musk's $4.9 BEELLLION taxpayer windfall revealed

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Re: Red-in-Tooth-and-Claw?

Furthermore, Musk did not go begging for these breaks. Fool government tries to tilt economic balance by placing a heavy thumb on the scale, shouldn't fret about someone actually making use of it.

The big problem The Left has with Musk is that he is successful. Apparently thats not how things are supposed to work, see Solyndra for an example.

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Siri, please save my iPhone from the messages of death

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Apple or NSA?

This smells of the kind of thing the NSA would insist upon as a back door. Then again Apple is on record claiming no back doors so perhaps an employee acted alone.

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FCC to crack down on robocall spammers' beloved loophole

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Support NSA Call Logging

If only the NSA's database were used to prosecute those who do not honor the Do Not Call List, there would be widespread support for the NSA.

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Robocalling Americans? That'll cost you $1.7 MEEELLION

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Took far too long

Have been receiving "Card Services" robocalls for at least 5 years. For a while was getting 2 or 3 per day. And it only just starting bugging the FTC in 2012?

$1.7M? Thats like $0.10 per call. They got off cheap.

If the NSA wanted public support for logging all phone calls all they had to do was rat out the robocallers and let President Drone drone them.

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Oz battery bossmen: Fingers will be burned in the Tesla goldrush

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Cost Per kWh

Ignoring the ancillary costs (installation, inverter, etc) a $3,000 7kWh Powerwall cycled 80% (5.6 kWh) per day for 10 years costs $0.1468/kWr in wear and tear (assuming no interest, no degradation until total failure on the day after warranty expires). My daily driver is a Tesla Model S 85 which is a heck of a lot of fun but also not a good economic proposition. I don't see any fun in having a Powerwall through which power costs half again more than I get from the grid.

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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2kW Clothes Iron?

“The model puts out just 2 kilowatts of continuous power, which could be pretty much maxed out by a single vacuum cleaner, hair drier, microwave oven or a clothes iron.”

Such is the sorry state of science & mathematics in journalism these days that the above fool sentence was published. At least in the USA none of the above is used on larger than a 120V 15A circuit which is rated for 12A continuos duty (1440 Watts). Admit one can not run much more but to imply "maxed out" one is suggesting one is at or over the limits, not 72%.

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

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Simple Economics

A 10 kWh unit at $3500 cycled 8 kWh/day for 10 years with no degradation and then assume total failure the day after warranty expires costs 12¢ per kWh just for the act of storage, not including the cost of the power stored.

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ESPN sues Verizon: People picking their own TV channels? NOOoo!

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Drop ESPN

ESPN's terms stipulate the cable company will pay for ESPN for all customers or none. Ever since ESPN decided *poker* was a *sport* I realized I had totally lost interest in ESPN programming. Is not in my Dish favorites list at all. Have not watched since they last aired a Formula 1 race.

By contract law Verizon is in the wrong. Morally, I have no respect for ESPN.

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Apple will cut down 36,000 acres of forest in 'conservation scheme'

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Re: How Green is my Apple

If recycled materials are more expensive than virgin new, then there is MORE consumption in using recycled.

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

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Re: XOR != "Exclusive Operator" ?

Am disappointed in The Register for the quality of this article, "Exclusive Operator" is but one example. Expect one to be more fluent in digital technology.

Counter Mode for converting a block cipher such as AES into a streaming cipher encrypts a known text such as a counter (or disk sector number) then XOR's that with the data to protect. One beauty of this technique is that encrypting is exactly the same process as decrypting, run it right back through the exact same routines. Its good enough for the NSA.

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AUTOPILOT: Musk promises Tesla owners a HANDS-OFF hands-on

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Navigation Needs Update

My Model S was built December 2013 and as with every factory navigation system it is lacking. While it has live Google Traffic, it lacks a means of recording a waypoint. Can not "remember where I am" unless you can spell it out for search. Can't record a track log of where you have been, which even a 2007 Prius could do. Can not handle multi-waypoint routes. Can not compose a route on computer and upload to car. For important navigation tasks I carry an old Garmin Nuvi 1490 for which I paid about $130 (including rudimentary traffic and lifetime map updates) years ago.

My car is about a year too old to have the cameras and hardware for active cruise control or lane guidance the media is fixated upon.

The nearest Supercharger is 130 miles away. Routing advice as to whether I need to "pop in for a charge" isn't going to be very useful.

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Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'

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Re: Easy to do

I have owned a Model S 85 for 15 months and believe it does just that. It knows all Superchargers and if one sets a destination where charge will be 8% or less it tells you just how close it thinks you are cutting things.

The only thing Tesla could do to reduce my "range anxiety" would be to build the Superchargers which were promised "by the end of 2014." Had to drive the diesel 1100 miles this week for lack of those Superchargers.

The Model S's "fuel gauge" is pretty darn accurate, I guess. Have never driven until it stops. But when it says 200 miles is available then 100 miles later its pretty close to displaying the expected 100 miles remaining.

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Trouble comes in threes: Yet ANOTHER Flash 0-day vuln patch looming

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Death to FLASH!

Can't come too soon.

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Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT

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Consumption Is Consumption No Matter What You Are Consuming

If you’ve read our review of the Tesla S, you might get the impression that all electric cars can make sensible petrol car replacements.

Replacement, yes.

Sensible, no.

$100,000 of consumption is $100,000 of consumption no matter if its building batteries or refining oil.

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David Kelly 2

Re: Good idea, wrong price

It would be better if it weighed 2500 pounds? :-)

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

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Re: I'm afraid I agree of the potential danger to law enforcement

If the National Sheriff's Association is correct then lets take this to the logical extremes. Clearly mere citizens are all at risk having unique license plate numbers on our vehicles. At risk having a phonebook published with our name, number, and address.

If police cruisers were not INTENDED to be identified as police cruisers then they would use plain unmarked vehicles, which they often (mostly) do.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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I Like Mine

Have been "test driving" for 11,000 miles with no end in sight.

Tesla needs an interior designer with mechanics of human knowledge. The measly two cup holders are where my elbow needs to be. While the window switches on the door are Mercedes issue unlike Mercedes Tesla didn't place them where a human wrist readily flexes to reach.

Then with about $10k of solar panels one never has to purchase fuel ever again. Its a lot of capital, but its possible. Not everything free citizens do has to make economic sense. After all I'm using a luxurious 15" laptop to type this little message rather than a 13" which would be "good enough".

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Watch out Seagate: Here comes WD with a hybrid flash/disk drive launch

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Single Volume?

Am guessing SATA Express PCIe doesn't allow multiple volumes on one interface? If not that is sad. I think Apple got it right with their Fusion driver. The operating system knows best about what to cache on SSD vs HD. Hybrid devices such as Seagate and now WD can not take full advantage because they can only guess.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Lets Sue Microsoft And IBM

After all, Windows 8.1 no longer runs in my 640MB PC-XT. Clearly they didn't tell me the OS requires memory!

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Fill 'er up: 'Leccy car firm Tesla brings back PUMP SERVICE

David Kelly 2

Re: Charge up at the supermarket

Tesla already builds Superchargers near restaurants, shopping, etc. Its one of the selling points to the landlord that they will bring a captive affluent clientele to the premises for the duration of a charge. Sometimes Tesla gets the lease for free.

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

David Kelly 2

Tune In Next Year and we hear ...

… tax revenues are down. Employment is down. The "Google Tax" priced UK services out of the market. Tech industries moved elsewhere.

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: Trademark Breach?

I think they are safe with "Banana" but Blueberry, Blackberry, or Apple Pi would have been asking for trouble.

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Bug fixes! Get your APPLE BUG FIXES! iOS and OS X updates right here!

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Still Broken :-(

Mail.app isn't fixed for me. Deleted emails don't stay deleted. Replies quote the "On ... wrote:" line. My MacBook Pro has more trouble with WiFi in 10.10.1 than 10.10.

Am prepping an external drive to revert to Mavericks. Or Mountain Lion.

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

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Is "goof" a Britishism?

… while being in most respects just as goof.

Is goof a Britishism like "kit" and "sorted"? :-)

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Zuck on The Social Network: Nobody wants to watch my REAL life for 2 hrs straight

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Since when has Hollywood got anything right?

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

David Kelly 2

What Good Is The NSA?

In the USA there would be support for the NSA's logging of all phone calls if only they'd use that data to prosecute those who ignore the government's Do Not Call registry.

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Guns don't scare people, hackers do: Americans fear identity theft more than shooting sprees

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I fear...

... gun free zones. Mass shootings only occur in gun-free zones where the shooter knows there will be plenty of victims with no means of defense. Never in a bar where off-duty police officers hang out.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

David Kelly 2

Torvalds reminds me of Obama in most every way.

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Cut-off North Sea island: Oh crap, ferry's been and gone. Need milk. SUMMON THE DRONE

David Kelly 2

It will be a real advance when appliance operators quit trying to invent drone service with off the shelf toys. One needs fixed wing aircraft to efficiently serve this remote island and quite frankly something like a Piper Cub or Cessna 172 with a human pilot would be cheaper and more reliable.

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While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m

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Cowards and Day Traders

The 3.8% drop simply weeded out a few cowards and day traders. Nothing fundamental has changed in spite of the iOS 8.0.1 gaff.

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Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list

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Re: I repeat my comment from the last article on this subject:

I don't see any excuse for processing financial transactions on an OS which requires "antivirus" scanners. Should not be using a general purpose OS for a cash register.

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

David Kelly 2

Re: Retail bankruptcies are never fun

Radio Shack has been virtually irrelevant to Amateur Radio for decades. Their stock of parts is down to a couple of cabinets which may or may not have half the bins filled. In years past they used to have walls of parts that could be viewed when searching for a match or solution rather than dig through the drawers.

In the past 5 years or so the only things I have used Radio Shack was for a CR2032 battery holder and a couple white LEDs that I had to have fairly quickly. The battery holder was something I needed to fondle before purchase because it was going in a tight space where one didn't exist before. I shaved a lot of its back off and re-routed one of terminals.

Edison said, "To invent one needs an active imagination and a pile of junk." Radio Shack was a poor substitute for the real radio stores we once had, but to Radio Shack's credit they stuck around longer.

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Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom

David Kelly 2

Re: "Currently, encryption is forbidden"

AES is a block protocol, not as stream protocol.

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Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say

David Kelly 2

"Tidy" Payday?

Credit card clearing houses skim an average of 2% off every transaction so out of $100 they take $2 off the top (merchant gets $98). Then out of that $2 for facilitating the transaction more securely Apple gets $0.15, and somehow Apple is the greedy bad guy?

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Mexicans! accuse! Yahoo! of! using! corrupt! judge! to! dodge! $2.7bn! payout!

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Corrupt Judges

They are upset Yahoo!'s corrupt judge overturned their corrupt judge.

There hasn't been $2.7B of Yellow Pages in all the history of Mexico.

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Sun's MASSIVE solar storm belch to light up Earth's skies

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Climate Change

Obviously this solar flare must be due to mankind's wonton release of CO2 into our atmosphere!

Doom! Gloom! When Will We Ever Learn?(™)

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Beastiality!

Lesbian, nothing! Its beastiality! New frontiers for television!

Oh, wait. Nothing new here. These are long established characters in the Doctor Who universe.

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: "Best is cheapest"

I agree the "best is the cheapest" but Detroit failed due diligence. Is not cheaper if it doesn't do the job. Is incompetence to buy without testing. To implement without monitoring performance. But then again I'm being redundant as Detroit has demonstrated nothing but incompetence at every level, even down to the purchase of batteries powering devices which only serve to make easy money.

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David Kelly 2

Re: But it said, "Heavy Duty"

The clue is in the "rechargeable battery". The OP wanted to replace them with solar cell plus capacitor.

Not just any capacitor but an ultra capacitor. An ultra capacitor could run the meter for days. Its just a matter of balancing cost of an ultra cap vs rechargeable battery.

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Amazon smacks back at Hachette in e-book pricing battle: We're doing it for the readers

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Re: What is Hachette contributing?

While you are at it what is Amazon contributing?

And why is it permissible for Amazon to behave this way and not Apple? Apple let the publisher set the selling price of which Apple would take 30% but on the condition no one else be given a better deal. Amazon is demanding to set the price and if the publisher balks at Amazon's demands then Amazon does everything short of dropping the publisher. Amazon claims their behavior is simply negotiating tactics but it has every earmark of policing a monopoly in their favor.

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Stephen Hawking biopic: Big on romance, not so much with the science?

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Hollywood Doesn't Understand

Hollywood doesn't understand anything they can't manipulate at the whim of a screenwriter.

Romance, wars, faster than light travel, Klingons, they understand. Science they do not.

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Wireless charging stretches the friendship by 45mm

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What are the losses?

EcoNuts are already screaming bloody murder about vampire drains, of devices plugged in drawing power but doing nothing. Yesterday the cry was over simple transformer wall-warts perpetually plugged in to the wall but intermittently connected to devices.

So now you want to add complexity, cost, and massive transmission losses with wireless charging?

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Tesla and Panasonic to build NOT-SO-SECRET GigaFactory in US

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Where?

They haven't said where the Gigafactory will be built.

If they build in California then I'm dumping my TSLA stock.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Arapaho used Left-hand Screws?

I don't think the photoshop operator knows screws (or photoshop) as the Arapaho image has been mirrored into a left-hand screw.

Seriously, 0.02%? That seems awfully high to me. Several orders of magnitude too high.

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Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over

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Mozilla Lost Me

Tired of perpetual updates (are you listening Adobe FLASH?),

Thunderbird is an ugly mess,

And then intolerance for Eich daring to have his own opinion drove the final nail in their coffin.

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