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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

TimeMaster T
Coat

I want to know

How do I type in idkfa and iddqd?

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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

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Time to update and backup

I'm going to update Minecraft tonight, download all the latest servers and mods I use and then back up the directories to an external drive/DVD-R so I'll be able to keep playing even after MS screws it up.

I don't begrudge Notch for selling to MS even after everything he has said about how he doesn't want to deal with megacorps like MS. His priorities may have shifted for reasons we don't know about. I can imagine a lot of scenarios when I would sell my company to MS even though I hate them, and none of them involve just being greedy.

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

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Re: Daleks

Dude, you really need to catch up on Dr.Who.

The whole Medusa Cascade thing and the Delek/Cyberman conflict pretty much cleared up the points you brought up. I mean the Daleks almost took out <spoiler removed>, just for that they should have been at #1

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

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Pint

I can remember some of the other villains /henchpersons from the all the Bond films I've watched over the years but Jaws is the only one I can name and who always comes to mind first when someone mentions Bond adversaries.

Favorite scene in Spy who loved me was when Jaws was fighting a shark, and winning. Come to think of it what else happened in that movie? something about submarines, or was that Never say Never Again?

Anyway.

Condolences to his family, and a raised pint to his memory.

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: @ Khaptain (was: Personally ...)

I am amazed at the number of down votes to such a simple comment. I know some people have issues with vi but I never imagined them to get this incised about it.

vi is a great editor, it can handle files of arbitrary size, has no formatting info to worry about, and the resulting file can be imported into any full featured editing suite without issues.

Personally I wouldn't use it for a novel but hey, to each their own. It what makes vi so great, if you want a clean text editor it just works.

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Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai

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Correction?

don't you mean Dubai's slave labor force to build worlds biggest iStore?

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/the-dark-side-of-dubai-1664368.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/22/abu-dhabi-migrant-workers-conditions-shame-west

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KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

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Happy

I'll stick with the KDE 3.5 codebase, Thanks anyway

The Trinity Desktop Environment took the KDE 3.5 code base and has kept it updated, for the most part, to work with newer applications while also keeping the look and design of the original KDE 3.5.

I've been using it since KDE went to 4.+ and have yet to come across and compatibility issues with it.

Yes, I'm a dinosaur but at least I'm a happy one knowing I will likely get to keep my current desktop for a long time to come.

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Childcatcher

Child porn

Considering all the selfies that underage girls and boys seem to be sending to each other these days it sounds like the NSA would be a good place for pedophiles to work.

And they wouldn't have to worry about being caught since the high ups will protect them so the public doesn't find out, which might really cause the fecal material to hit the impeller unit.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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More slave labor

Anyone who thinks Dubai is some a great place needs to read this

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/the-dark-side-of-dubai-1664368.html

Dubai representative of course claimed it wasn't accurate, then later they said the situation had improved and the original article was no longer true.

I'm looking forward to watching Dubai collapse. They don't have their own oil reserves and are dependent on tourism and have been unable to pay back the loan from Abu Dhabi

http://www.thenational.ae/business/industry-insights/finance/abu-dhabi-to-refinance-20-billion-dubai-loans-at-lower-rate

I think the only reason Abu Dhabi is helping is that they don't want a revolution next door, seeing as how revolution tend to leak across boarders.

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LIFE on Titan: If there's one thing aliens HATE, it's a SALTY BALL

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Re: Not Quite Dead Sea

except that the microbes are only found near fresh water vents in the floor, the rest of the area is dead.

I won't believe there isn't life on Titan (and Mars, Europa, Venus, etc.) until someone looks in EVERY possible habitat. including deep crust or somewhere in the Ice sheets that cover the moon.

(For Venus it might be in the upper atmosphere. There are those weird UV absorption patterns in the clouds no one has explained yet.)

But if there is one thing that I have learned over the years , its that if there is a niche that can support life, it will.

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SUPER EARTH possibly home to life FOUND in our 'solar backyard'

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Boffin

Missing from article

the star is Gliese 832 and is 16 light years from Earth, which really is in our back yard Cosmically speaking. Hells, on a Cosmic scale its just at the other end of the couch next to the TV remote.

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

TimeMaster T
Pint

Re: What is needed is some sort of robot....

I think I saw that movie.

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China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out

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Boffin

Re: IT 0, LP 1 (but don't worry, it's not about climate change)

"So technically, no "nuclear power", no "reactor", just natural radioactive decay..."

Technically it is still "nuclear power" as it uses atoms falling apart, the "radioactive decay" you mention, to produce energy.

You are however dead on that is is NOT a nuclear reactor, just a bunch of thermocouples arranged around a hot chunk of Pu-238.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioisotope_thermoelectric_generator

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Astroboffins spot HOT, YOUNG GIANT where she doesn't belong

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Happy

Cool!!

I forget who it was but someone once said:

The most exciting thing you will ever hear a scientist say is not "Eureka!!,

but "Hmmm, that's funny."

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Expert chat: The end of Windows XP and IE6

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Small correction

The license fees for Windows XP Embedded are usually based the number of devices and volume purchase agreements come into play. For just one or two your going to pay a mint, but for 1000's it drops significantly.

For something like an ATM or Mall Kiosk the hardware is just a normal PC and so is the desktop XP OS installed on it.

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Re: Re : Ignore the doom-sayers! Windows 8 is great!

Why should they?

They have you by the important bits already. All they have to do is wait till your hardware dies or your business gets taken out by some worm/virus and you HAVE to upgrade to Windows 8, at their price.

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TimeMaster T
Boffin

Re: XP eveywhere

I worked in the embedded industry so I can tell you that, based on my knowledge gained from talking to people in my classes and at industry events, that ATMs are usually just a desktop OS running some cool peripherals, dito with the advertising displays.

XP Embedded licenses costs more than a desktop license, most manufacturers will not use it unless they have to. For big stationary devices desktop XP is fine, you only need the micro (LOL) kernel of XP Embedded for things like meter readers, car infotainment and other equipment where the hardware has to be small, durable and portable.

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TimeMaster T

Re: IE 6

Windows update doesn't work with IE6, you need to update it to IE8 manually, then Windows updates will work normally. Hit this same thing during a reinstall on a laptop last month.

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TimeMaster T
Mushroom

Re: Time to investigate the alternatives

"Just LOL. Windows sucks on the desktop - especially for small organisations where the required expert knowledge does not exist."

FTFY

Once you have Linux configured it "just works", exactly like MS Windows. "Small organizations" usually don't have anyone who can do basic Windows configuration, never mind a full blown reinstall. Hells, at work I've had to do remotes and onsites at small businesses just to install printer drivers and plug the USB cable into the printer because no one there had a F'ng clue how to do it.

Based on my experience, 20+ years with MS and another 15+ with UNIX/Linux, the biggest problem the common SB user faces is getting the system plugged in and the printers/network/ect. installed and configured. Once that is done they don't give a rat's arse what OS they are using as long as it does what they need it to do.

The two biggest things holding Linux back is the lack of specialized apps like financial management packages/etc., and the misconception, perpetuated by comments like yours, that you have to be some kind of "Uber Geek" to even use Linux.

And as an aside; Linux is easier to install than Windows and has better driver support for hardware during the setup and best of all; no "activation" BS.

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Robot WildCat slips its leash and bounds around parking lot

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Re: OK

I though t the same thing.

Maybe someone forgot to put a "+" on some of the integers in the source code.

One thing is for sure, this thing could run down a human in a chase. Add some cannons and a cool paint job/body and you could have a Zaber Fang.

http://zoids.wikia.com/wiki/Zaber_Fang

Once they get it running in the right direction of course.

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

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Linux

Re: Software is not magic!!

WINE runs ONLY the software binaries of your application.

XP, and Windows in general, have a ton of non user application crap running in the background, shading on the mouse pointer, animated pull down menus, etc., that slow the OS down.

If you have a clean no frills base install of Linux (I use Debian) then WINE and your application get more CPU time and runs faster than it would otherwise..

Don't believe me? Go into "system settings" on ANY Windows system, find the "Performance" options and turn everything OFF. You will be amazed at how much faster your system has suddenly become, and if you turn off all the "helper apps" like the quicklaunchers it gets even better.

I once ran a boot time comparison once between my Athlon x2, 2.0Ghz, 2GB RAM laptop running 64bit Debian and my boss's Athlon x4, 3.5Ghz, 8GB RAM desktop running 64bit Win XP Pro,.

The result,

my laptop: power on the desktop, including login, 55 seconds.

Boss's system: power on to desktop, including login, 2 minutes 45 seconds.

When I first set up my Boss's system I booted it to a Debian based Linux live CD (Knoppix) for a hardware test. It was so freaking fast I couldn't believe it was the same system when I rebooted to Windows.

Just goes to show what the hardware can do if it is not wasting time getting the bells and whistles running.

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Facebook allows full personal data ransack with Graph Search

TimeMaster T
Linux

Re: Facebook's world-class algorithms.

Most people are not smart enough to use something like Adblock, or even Flashblock, or NoScript. Clicking on an "Allow scripts from" listing to run the stuff you need from the server your connected to is just too hard for them.

I haven't seen an ad in ages, and Web pages load really fast, even with a slow connection on my own systems. When I look at the same pages on my work computer I am amazed at the amount of junk/useless animations on them. Glade I'm not the one paying for the bandwidth needed for that Flash animation trying to sell me some cloud service. Haven't had to deal with any virus infections in years as well.

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Hardbitten NYC cops: Sir, I'm gonna need you to, er, upgrade to iOS 7

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Big Brother

Anybody else notice

The "Register your device with the NYPD's ..." line at the bottome of the leflet?

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

TimeMaster T

Re: "I had to resort to googling to find out how to turn off Windows 8"

Just curious; how does one hit "ctrl+alt+del" on a tablet?

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Mars, bringer of WAR: Quatermass and the Pit

TimeMaster T
Coffee/keyboard

Re: "rather phallic Martian pod"

You almost owed me 3 monitors and repaint of a wall as well.

Brilliant!

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Pacemaker hack legend Barnaby Jack dies just before Black Hat revelations

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Black Helicopters

Re: I wouldn't be surprised...

Nor would I.

I can think of several other people who tried to reveal information about risks/vulnerabilities involving very big companies/interests who either had "accidents" or just flat out vanished shortly before they were going to hand over the information they had to the public.

Anyone else remember Karen Silkwood?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Silkwood

If Jack's research is missing or "unavailable" I will be less likely to believe his death was from natural causes.

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Five bods wrongly cuffed thanks to bungled comms snooping in UK

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Boffin

Re: Oh dear...

"No, they'll say 5 wrong arrests are a tiny price to pay for fighting terrorism, thinking of the children, etc."

Indeed they will

I forget who said it exactly, I think it was one of the USA's "Founding Fathers";

Better 100 guilty men go free than 1 innocent person unjustly deprived of their Liberty.

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Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares

TimeMaster T
Pint

Re: A text editor would be more attractive than Microsoft Office

As one of my teachers once said

"vi, love it or hate it. It is part of every *nix distro and you WILL learn it"

unlike edlin and emacs.

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Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

TimeMaster T
Trollface

Re: This is Texas

"Remember the Alamo"

Yeah, Texas LOST.

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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

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Re: Linux is everywhere

"the Sheik Zayed Al Nayan mosque runs on VXWorks,"

What the Hell does a mosque do that requires a Real Time OS (RTOS)?

I used to work for WindRiver, vxWorks is a great OS for embedded systems like the Mars rovers but I would think it was overkill for anything not requiring a deterministic hard RTOS, like a building.

I'm going to have to Google that place and find out whats up, thanks for calling to to my attention.

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TimeMaster T
Meh

Re: Start Icon != Start Menu. This the problem.

"Try the Windows key on the keyboard you morons

Would be my response"

Ever notice how easy it is to tell when someone has never tried the OS they are trying to defend?

For those of you who have so far managed to avoid the Horror that is Windows 8;

Pressing the "Windows key" on a Win 8 system does NOT bring up a menu of applications/settings, it take you to the Metro screen. "Windows key" + "r" will open a run dialog. Goddess help you if you don't know the name of the actual executable exe file for your application.

and wasn't the whole point of Windows to make it so you didn't need a keyboard to start your applications.

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Congress: It's not the Glass that's scary - It's the GOOGLE

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Coat

"You can prevent this, there are lots of ways to do so."

Please, by all mean share the "lots of ways..." that you claim to know.

Or do you expect us to just Google it?

Mines the one with the high intensity IR emitters all over it and the matching cap.

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Student falsely IDed by Reddit as Boston bomber found dead

TimeMaster T

Re: sigh

I recall it being;

"The road to Hell is paved with Good intentions"

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US House of Representatives passes CISPA by 288-127

TimeMaster T
Megaphone

Re: All men have the right to Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness (this is not it!)

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.-" Declaration of Independence

Please note that it says "among these" when referring to the unalienable Rights. "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" are just the examples of some of those rights. Many others, like the Right to speak your mind in public and to be secure in your papers against unreasonable searches are mentioned in the Constitution.

People seem to forget that the "Founding Fathers" wanted to get the point across that people have more Rights as individuals than just the ones they mentioned.

If we let them, the governments and big corporations will strip us of ALL those Rights if we let them.

Sooner or later the People will make a line in the sand and say "this is as far as it goes".

I just hope it will not be too late when it happens.

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New York cops testing Big Brother crime-data Android app

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FAIL

Re: I am not saying "if you have nothing to hide"....

"information is good."

But too much info is not. Can you say "Information overload".

Even if the cop is a speed reader it will take extra time to assimilate the info beyond "has out standing warrant". After a short time any benefits this app may have will be lost. The only thing the cops want to to know is "can I arrest/ticket this person", all the extra comments about how there are children present in the house or a 72 year old grandmother will get ignored.

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Movie review: Oblivion

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Thumb Down

Re: Nothing puts me off a film more

Ditto.

When I saw the previews I was like "Ooooo, looks cool", then I saw Freeman and thought "I want to see this movie".

Then I saw Cruise.

No.

Oh well, there will be some other CGI extravaganza hitting the theaters this summer that will get some of my money.

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NASA chief: Earth is DOOMED if we spot a big asteroid at short notice

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Thumb Up

Re: We are born, we live for a while, we die.

Looks like the mice have succeeded in averting suspicion.

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Bottomless, unsatisfied Xbox widow cuffed after boyf flees nookie

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Pint

Re: sad @ dogged...

Thanks for taking the hit and saving the rest of us.

I was pondering following the link when I read your comment.

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

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Linux

Re: Does

Maybe he has you, but not me.

I said goodbye to MS crapware years ago. I have one old laptop with XP breading dust bunnies in the back of the closet just in case I ever need it but my primary laptop and desktops are FOSS all the way.

OK, not all of my software is FOSS. World of Goo and Minecraft may be closed source but they are both available on Linux, and companies that support Linux get my support..

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Anonymous turns private eye in Ohio rape case

TimeMaster T

Re: I'd shoot them if they did that to me.

It would be better to invoke Nullification. Nullification says that the Jury could not in "good conscious" find the defendant guilty and are invoking their Constitutionally granted authority to nullify the law, ignore the evidence and Judges instructions.

US Judges and Prosecutors HATE this clause and don't tell the Jury about it anymore. It used to be part of the instructions given to the Jury before deliberations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jury_nullification

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Microsofties to get Windows 8 Surface tabs

TimeMaster T
Meh

Re: bit late

"it really isn't a big deal."

It is to those who use it on a frequent basis.

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There is life after the death of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Start button

TimeMaster T
Linux

Re: the issue disappears as you learn new ways of working

Not all of us will "carry on buying Microsoft". Only the sheep without the wit to do more than follow the herd.

Some of us will choose other options.

Debian + Trinity Desktop Environment is my choice.

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China could penetrate US with new huge missile

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Boffin

Confused

I think the OP has the SR-71 confused with the YF-12. Easy to do since the have almost identical airframes, the SR-71 was a little longer and seated two. The biggest difference is that the YF-12 was made to be equipped with weapons to serve as an interceptor as well as straight recon.

Only three are confirmed to have been built.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_YF-12

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Lawyers: We'll pillory porn pirates who don't pay up

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Boffin

I would also point out that the supposed excess of firearms in the USA has done nothing to stop the likes of the MPAA and RIAA from engaging in similar tactics.

Also, Canada has more guns per person than the USA, yet a far lower rate of gun related violence. The firearms aren't the issue, its the culture.

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Curiosity's laser turns Mars rocks to 'glowing plasma'

TimeMaster T
Coat

Re: Yep, NASA's getting sexy, alright.

and had a lovely glow afterwards.

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Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

TimeMaster T
Meh

Re: Well you are overlooking something

"I think you will find that most people DO want a laptop that works out of the box"

FTFY

People don't care what OS their hardware comes with, They just want it to work the way they expect it to.

Any installed OS that is correctly installed and configured will meet over 85% of the general populations needs.

The rest buy the hardware to meet a need, graphic design, games, engineering, server, etc., etc., and will of course want an OS that will let them do that.

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London cops order Julian Assange to turn himself in

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Unhappy

Re: ....

I have noticed that lately the legal system of most countries have less to do with "Justice" and are more about enforcing some political agenda.

Just look at whats happened to Dotcom, McKinnon and Alfred-Adekeye;

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/7188234/Dotcom-search-warrants-ruled-illegal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_McKinnon

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/03/cisco_charged_with_duplicity/

And I might be wrong but I seem to remember that the whole idea of extradition was to get people CHARGED with a crime back to where they can face trial. Using it to "ask a few questions" seems a little like using a RPG to swat a fly.

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Pilots asking not to fly F-22 after oxygen problems

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Joke

Re: Established processes?

It the Military.

they have a process on the books for how to take a piss.

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TimeMaster T
Coat

I know ...

One thing Americans can do right every time on the first try.

Fuck things up.

Mines the one with the US passport in the pocket.

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