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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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WIndows 8, SP2?

We'll have to wait to see what arrives but the timing suggests that this is the more polished version of Windows 8.1 and not a major re-write.

I'm not a great Win8 fan but watching the kids use it, it's clear that Microsoft got the interface right for the next generation of users. I don't really like the touch interface myself - at least not on a non-touch-PC - but I can make it work and I'll be very interested to see what this new version looks like given that they appear to be listening to their user base. Regardless - there's a huge pent-up demand for a new version of Windows that will work in the business / desktop environment and if they can get this right then they'll have another winner.

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Stupid

The folks who are staggering around in pseudo shock and horror over this have never once sat down and thought about how they would do the job. Stuff like this is going to happen because you can't test every possible combination of software driver and application that might be loaded (or uninstalled badly) in the Windows environment.

It's not surprising that this sort of thing happens - it's very surprising that it doesn't happen much more often.

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Twitter displays our 'Favorites'. That is, like, PRIVATE, huff naive users

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I so love ...

... not using twitter

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Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away

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Old news

I'm pretty sure I read this a couple of years ago and stuffed the cutting into my copy of Stephen Goulds' Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History - but Hallucigenia always makes good copy.

And the book is still an excellent read even if some of the ideas have been shown to be incorrect - that's how science works.

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Something's phishy: More holiday scam spam flung at real hotel customers

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This is common

I booked a series of flights with Emirates last year through Expedia - ever since I've been receiving Arabic spam - my assumption has been that Emirates (or their email service) is the problem, not Expedia because of the language - but had I made the booking withing the US (where I live) it would have been much less obvious where the problem originated.

Let's face it - rather than jumping on our soapboxes about this - the entire email system has been compromised by spammer and other miscreants. Expecting security from a plain text based service is the very definition on insanity but it's not going to be fixed anytime soon.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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The future is coming

I'm convinced that this type of display will be built into all new cars within 5-10 years allowing a complete redesign of the current driving environment.

No more instrument panels, switches or buttons needed with the ability to only display information when it's needed - for example, who needs to know what the engine temperature is if it's normal? A smart heads up display would only show the status of things that were relevant to the driver at the time that they need to be shown - that's much better than the current situation where we have dials, switches, and buttons because they are needed occasionally.

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New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first

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Sprint used to be good - until they bought (and discarded) Nextel who - at the time of purchase - had a dedicated user/fan base in the US. These days Sprint seem to have decent signal levels throughout the US - especially outside the cities - but relatively slower speeds than AT&T/Verizon.

Customer service is non-existent with all of the carriers - they rely on the fact that their phones are generally incompatible with each others networks to keep customers.

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Insert coin to continue: GameOver ZeuS zombie MUTATES, shuffles back to its feet

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The botnet is dead, long live the botnet.

I've noted a significant increase in emails arriving at our mail server with infected attachments over the last few weeks, I used to see three or four deliveries a week on most addresses but recently we've been seeing three or four a day on each address. Our AV scanning rules stops them but the increase indicates that the networks are being re-established.

One curious thing is that we're seeing viral email delivery attempts to email addresses that would make logical sense but have never been used, suggesting that they're getting a lot more creative with their infection attempts and no longer simply harvesting email addresses from the web or using old mailing lists. There's a silver lining to every cloud - this does save me the trouble of seeding the honeypots.

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Seven Apple Store staff cuffed in alleged $500k stolen iPhone scam bust

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Math?

75*600 = 45000 not 500,000 so the 500k refers to the profits of the folks running the scam, right? Implying that they are selling the phones for about $830 each? If they can get this much for a stolen phone then wouldn't it have made more sense to simply buy new phones and resell them?

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Know what Ferguson city needs right now? It's not Anonymous doxing random people

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In Amerika

Over here the police see themselves as The Law - they do not enforce the laws of the land, they are The Law - what they say is right and what you say is wrong. If you are stopped by the police then you must be guilty of something - they are never wrong.

I'm white and law abiding - yet if the police stop me, I get out of my car and I raise my hands because I don't want to get shot - yes, I'm scared of them. Their attitude, even for a simple traffic stop, is confrontational in the southern states.

How have to ask yourself, how does an unarmed kid get shot multiple times by a cop for jaywalking? Oh wait - he was black wasn't he? That's not a racist statement, that's simply the way it is in the USA.

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Just when you thought you were alone in the bath: Hi-res mapping satellite ready for launch

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rule of thumb

If the government admits/allows a 30cm resolution then it's a reasonable certainty that the mil-spec equipment can deliver at least four times better resolution.

Oh, and by they way - wearing your swimming trunks while sunbathing will not help - they also scan in the IR band.

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Uber and Lyft sitting in a tree, 'c-a-n-c-e-l-l-i-n-g each other's rides'

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Re: All the strategy the market will allow

Correct - but what's best for Investors is rarely best, or even good, for anyone else, customers, employees, small shareholders etc. These days Investors don't really care what the product is or even whether it's a viable idea for the long term - it's all about get in early, make a few tens of millions and bail before the whole thing crashes.

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CryptoLocker victims offered free key to unlock ransomed files

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Re: It was inevitable.

I understand that the NSA are planning to use cryptolocker on all their top secrete files ...

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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Re: Whoot!

It's going to be a lot harder to catch this leaker - I'm guessing that they printed the list out and put it in the US Mail to a third party in Brasil. Nobody checks the mail these days.

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Snowden latest: NSA targets Gaza, pumps intelligence to Israel

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US duplicity

Actually the US funds both sides, we give money to the Israelis AND we give money to the Palestinians to rebuild after the Israelis blow the crap out of them. So the Israelis are using Yankee technology to blow up stuff built with Yankee money - this actually works out quite well for the US Industrial Military Complex and their shareholders, although the American taxpayers and the Palestinians are both getting shafted.

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

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Re: Are people actually installing Vista

Yes, Vista's quite decent if you give the machine enough whore's power and memory.

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If you actually USE the systems then the answer is obvious

WIn8 is a pretty nice OS for a first shot at a touch-screen interface, They'll probably get it right on the second release (Win 9) and screw it up by the time they get to Win10. However the issue is that you need a touchscreen interface to make Win8 useful - but we're all old farts and still secretly love WIn-XP - probably because it was so much better than WFWG.

Win7 is a nice system too but it's getting old and as they add more and more security fixes then it will start running slower and slower and the cruft accumulates - after all, that's what happened to XP, as the bugs got fixed it got slower and slower because you patch for safety - not speed.

The real issue for Win8 is that business use has to be reconfigured to use touch screens and that means that work spaces need to change. Businesses are even slower at doing that than they are at upgrading computers.

My guess is that most of the voters here for keeping the XP-Vista-Win7 interface have never really used the touchscreen interface. Sure, it's different, but then so was using a mouse originally.

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CIA super-spy so sorry spies spied on Senate's torture scrutiny PCs

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Re: Land of the free (dreams)

America has lost the "War against Terrorism" just as they lost the "War against Poverty" and the "War against Drugs" - of course when I say "lost" I'm referring to the general public, not the corporate profits which have increased with each war.

Now I come to think about it - and now that Corporations are "people" too - I guess America is actually winning the wars in terms of return on corporate investment.

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OKCupid: OK, STUPID, YES we set you up with BAD DATES. On purpose

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Surprised?

This says a whole more about human nature and our willingness to believe what we want to believe that anything else. Most of these website pages are built on the fly so it's not difficult to bias the results one way or the other. Sure, it's easier with modern technology but this type of manipulation has a long history.

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HP settles suit with popstar Chubby Checker over todger tester app

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Foot in the door?

I would imagine that if the store operator is liable for trademark infringement by the apps then we're going to be seeing a few more cases like this.

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Four fake Google haxbots hit YOUR WEBSITE every day

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What's the big deal?

Security isn't a hobby that you only worry about if the search engines are indexing you - there have been fake spiders out there for years.

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Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov

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Re: Time we had a serious rethink about Copyright

The current basis for copyright law is nailed to the mid 20th century where images were physical and printed initially and then made available in passing via TV and the Movie theater. But the Internet is radically different and as much as many people do not like it, that fact is that the world has changed and the old view of copyright is neither practical nor enforceable.

In the new world - that's today folks - we need a different model and a copyright law written 70-80 years ago doesn't work anymore. I'm sorry if you don't like it but it's the plain honest truth and sticking your head in the sand doesn't help.

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Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places

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Meanwhile?

Now if only AT&T could do that with my 2Mb DSL line ... it's high speed, I know because it says that on the $50 bill every month.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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Problem solved

My open Wi-Fi AP (I'm in the US) links directly to a VPN terminated in the UK. I think I've got that problem sorted ... and I can watch Dr. Who as a bonus.

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Hi-tech Fagin couple used Apple scam cash to fly pickpockets to UK

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Young Love interrupted?

I guess he'll be pounding his fist for the next few years. What's really stupid about this is that if they were smart enough to organize this and invest the immediate profits back into the enterprise then they had a lot of other legal options for careers with much greater long term (and legal) rewards.

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German NSA probe chief mulls spy-busting typewriters

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Not foolproof

If you can hear a manual typewriter then you can figure out what is being typed with reasonable certainty.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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I'm burning my record covers now

Goodbye Blind Faith, Goodbye Indelibly Stamped and Nevermind - next stop the British Museum and then all those church roofs with naked children laughing at the parishioners down below.

Odd that as the punishments and laws become more draconian, we seem to be getting more and more people committing the crimes? Is the problem them, or is it us?

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Manhattan drone pair cuffed for NYPD chopper near miss

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Re: Struck by "comparatively flimsy"

By this logic I assume that raptors and other decent sized birds will be charged with endangerment in future?

Sure, if I was flying around NYC I would not want to hit a small drone or bird but I'd be willing to bet, Silent Spring not withstanding, that there are a lot more birds in NYC than drones. This is a storm in a teacup, the whole thing smells like the usual American Police mentality of "I am the Law and if I say it's a crime then it's a crime"

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Thought Crime

So the offense is that the pilot of the police chopper thought that they were endangered? I'll have to ask them if that works the other way next time a cop car passes me on the Interstate at 100+ miles an hour - that does feel kinda dangerous to me.

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App permissions? Pah! Rogue Android soft can 'place phone calls at will'

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Runnng 4.4.4 no worries

Well, until next week anyway. The problem here is not Android but the phone companies that insist on modifying everything and then fail to update the OS when a new phone comes out.

Google may be "evil" but at least it's an evil that I know about rather than the friendly phone company that pretends to care but forgets everything once they've got a two year contract.

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Windows users: You get a patch! And you get a patch! And you get a patch! Everybody gets...

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Time to die.

Try installing a virgin copy of XP ... my, doesn't it run fast? It's a joy to use but then apply all the patches and watch it slow down to a crawl.

When you build an operating system you tune everything and optimize for memory use and speed, but when you patch a system you are only concerned with security and XP is now bloated and slow. Yes, once you were a beautiful virgin but now, after so many years in the hands of the boys in the basement, you are tired and it's time to let go ...

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe - attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain - time to die." - Roy Batty

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Multi-layer boards are not that big a deal - if the chips are on the board then the runs have to come out somewhere - it's usually the power runs that are internal, not the signals/data anyway. Custom chips can often be ignored because they drive regular chips so you can just treat them as black boxes. The chances are that the RAM is a mass-produced and documented chip.

I'm just saying that it's possible - being that company it's a marketing decision anyway, not a design decision.

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Interesting - this used to happen quite a bit and the solution was to look at the circuit and piggy back some more RAM on top of the existing RAM chips with a couple of trace cuts and added wires. Done it myself several times with both discrete and SMT components.

But these days most of the users don't have a clue which end of the soldering iron to pick up.

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Auditors blast Blighty cops over binned multi-million pound IT project

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On the plus side

That's 15 million pounds they didn't waste chasing pot smokers.

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We'll PROBE Pluto's MOON CRACKS for mystery ocean – NASA

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damn auto correct!

"after a giant impact through material off"

However, that aside it is a very interesting article - I remember how the movie 2001 seemed to be set so far into the future when I saw it originally and now the movie looks so dated ... Truth is quite definitely stranger - and better - than fiction.

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Ohio man cuffed AGAIN for shagging inflatable pool raft

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Puritan sexual habits

In my state, Louisiana, oral sex between consenting husband and wife is still illegal - however I've never heard of the natives going at it with plastic rafts (that would be kinky). Mostly the locals seem to find dog, cows and horses more attractive.

Not me however, I'd rather stay at home and break the law.

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US Marshals seek buyer for Silk Road's Bitcoin

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Re: Why is it ironic?

Because there hasn't been a trial yet - but I guess the thinking is that we know what the result is going to be so they might as well sell the BTC now.

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Israel develops wireless-malware-injection-by-smartmobe tool

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This is quite credible

I can see a couple of ways of doing this - at least ways to approach the problem of bridging the air-gap. I suspect the real vulnerability here is an EMI attack on peripheral support chips in the PC which would provide an easy access to system memory and resources.

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Intel pleads for €1bn EU fine to be overturned, is DENIED

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Fines don't work

The problem with fines as a method of punishing criminal conduct is that they don't work - the fine simply becomes a cost of business (tax deductible?) and the companies re-arrange the deck chairs and continue on the same path.

We've seen this pattern now in all the big industries, pharmaceutical, banking, chemicals, telecommunications (Worldcom aka Verizon) etc. Until real pain is inflicted for criminal conduct then nothing will change.

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

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WTF

Odd - I've been using WordPerfect for years (like 20 years now I think - I started under DOS and VMS) and I've NEVER had a file become unreadable in all this time.

Am I just lucky, or is MS Office simply the application from hell?

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How I poured a client's emails straight into the spam bin – with one Friday evening change

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Flawed from the start

Well you're using sexchange, what did you expect? Use Spam Assassin in future and you won't have this problem.

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Google's Nexus devices get stealth Android update

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Re: Could be a fix for some nasty zero day

Google have been rolling out a lot of the native app updates recently - if you have a Nexus then you'll get updates for new features and bug fixes regularly. Most likely this is just a minor - but essential - security update.

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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Re: Wait a minute

Hell NO Cthonus!

I'm not trolling this - who set up the photographer to take the pictures? Think about this ... chances are the graduates had no choice in having their pictures taken, the photographer paid the college for the "right" to be the photographer there and excluded all other photographers - that's an economic gamble, a business choice on the assumption that enough graduates will buy the product and you can bet that they would not be taking the pictures if they didn't think that they could make good money out of this.

And those unused photographs that don't sell? They will be indexed by name and chances are that some of those graduates will end up in court and the photographer - who "owns" the picture will then sell the picture to the news agencies and media. The graduate has no say in the matter at all.

If you are going to publish pictures on the Internet like this then you have to expect that this will happen unless you are completely naive - same as if you tie your bike to a lamp-post with a piece of wet string and then come back and wonder where your bike has gone.

By the way, those pictures of your house on Google Street view, who you you think owns those? Because under current law, it's not you.

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Wait a minute

So you graduated college - after paying for your education and probably owe maybe $200k - and the college wants you to pay for your graduation picture? I'm not surprised someone's posted this and let's face it, it's not rocket science. So why all the fake outrage? Do you really think that nobody knew how to do this before he posted the instructions?

I don't care if it pisses you DRMtards off but I'd +1 Jesse for posting this - I don't think it does a bit of harm and I don't think it changes the issues of copyright at all. It's not "theft" because anyone who's going to do this is probably either too cheap or too poor/in debt to buy the photographs anyway.

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LulzSec turncoat Sabu avoids jail time thanks to co-operating with Feds

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Re: Entrapment

The US is primarily a society that values punishment and retribution far more rehabilitation.

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Book deal and Movie rights?

Let's face it - Sabu's story is a lot more interesting than Mark Zuckerberg's.

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GSMA: There are more mobile connections than PEOPLE... but WHO'S HOGGING them all?

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Re: Well how do you deactivate a SIM?

with a hammer?

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Real Programmers

Use regedit - I don't need no stinkin' .REG file.

Patched on a system that we're going to replace anyway and four updates downloading.

But lets face it - everyone builds OS software for speed and ease of use. But it's patched for safety, not speed - have you ever compared the speed of a current patched system to the unpatched virgin install? There's a world of difference.

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AT&T to buy DirecTV in $49bn mega-gobble

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Investment - we've heard of it...

What happened to making money the old fashioned way, by investing in your product?

With these kinds of bucks AT&T could have gone head to head with Google and put a fat pipe into most of their customers living rooms but instead they are going to buy a TV distribution company. I so love my 1Mbs DSL connection via AT&T - in makes my mother in laws 21kbps dial up service look so fat. If you live in rural America then dial-up is where it's at and 21kbps is good, of course it does drop off some when it rains.

But AT&T would rather try and sell a TV package than actually deliver decent service.

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