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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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WTF?

Valve have shown that DRM on games doesn't need to be intrusive like that. Valve's DRM is easily defeated, and yet they don't have issues with mass piracy, they sell games for reasonable amounts in an easy to use store.

EA just continually try to fuck with you. There is no need for a game like Sim City to offload game logic to a client/server architecture, it's sole purpose is to control people using the game.

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Chaos Theory causes password entry pandemonium

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Poor Bieber

Haters be haters.

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SimCity 3000

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Re: Dons cynical hat

This is the 3rd or 4th Sim City story I've read on here in the last month. The Reg is plastered with Sim City adverts. You can see how people could put 2+2 together..

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Europe tickles Microsoft with €561m fine for browser choice gaffe

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Re: @Tom 38

Microsoft do not prevent you from installing other browsers. This is about them "abusing" their position by only having IE installed. A bit like what Apple and Google currently do.

It's not about "installing", its about "bundling". MS abused their monopoly to bundle additional software, destroying the market place for that additional software. Besides which, you continually miss the crucial point that this applies to monopolies. Where is Apple's monopoly? Where is Google's?

My example, as you say, isn't ideal, since MS did not need to wait until someone bought a new 'car' to get the 'MS Satellite Radio', it was simply delivered as an automatic update to all computers. It would be more like MS retro-fitting all cars with the new radio for free, overnight.

This is the point I was trying to make clear to you, but you are being intentionally obtuse/AC shill/who knows.

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Re: The next step..

Apple has yet to be "Fined" for its tactics of mandating that its users MUST HAVE AN ITUNES ACCOUNT

Sorry, I missed the part of your post where you pointed out what Apple's monopoly was, and how mandating itunes accounts abuses that monopoly.

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Re: @Tom 38 No choice popup on Apple, Google or Linux devices devices

Yes, continued fines. The end result of that is either bankruptcy, MS abandoning the EU as a market, settlement, or breakup of the company. All of those options lead to the end of their abuse of monopoly.

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Re: If Microsoft.....

If Microsoft made cars would you chastise them for using their own gearbox rather than a Renault?

If Microsoft made ready meals would there be anger that the smaller farms don't get to sell them their produce?

If Microsoft was cow would we complain that it's didn't produce yoghurt instead of milk?

If Microsoft flew business class would we expect it to upgrade all the customers to first class?

If you weren't a moron, would I still be replying?

Your analogy is utter shite. A better analogy would be:

Microsoft make cars.

The only cars you can buy are Microsoft cars.

Someone invents satellite radio.

Microsoft bundle their own satellite radio in all cars, destroying the satellite radio market.

To understand this case, you really need to understand what "monopolistic abuse" is.

If I was a lawyer I would be trying to level the playing field by having internet explorer installed on chromebooks and on Macs

Are you saying Apple have a monopoly on PCs, or Google on laptops? Are you brain damaged?

MS used to make a version of IE for macs, it was horrifically buggy, incompatible even with the (semi) equivalent windows version. Bringing it back would be akin to a war crime to web developers.

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Re: No choice popup on Apple, Google or Linux devices devices

I'm sure this has been explained before, but some people still (wilfully?) misconstrue this.

MS have a monopoly on operating systems for PCs.

MS abused this monopoly to ensure their browser became dominant on PCs.

MS and the EU negotiated a settlement. They were allowed to keep their monopolistic position in PC operating systems, in exchange for providing a browser choice screen.

MS accidentally or deliberately breached their agreement, and reverted to abusing their monopoly for 18 months.

Neither Apple nor Google have a monopoly on operating systems for phones.

Since there is no monopoly, you have a choice of what browser and OS combo you desire.

The original fine was for abusing a monopoly. This fine is for not following to their agreement.

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'Million-strong' zombie army devours Raspberry Pi's crunchy base

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RM - Research Machines... a long term supplier tofleecer of the educational sector (at least the school part)

FTFY

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Indian atomic boffins draw up plans for 50,000 TONNE magnet

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Re: Good to know all that aid money is not being wasted, eh?

You forget that the aid also encourages commercial and personal links between India and the UK. Being on good terms with one of this century's superpowers seems wise.

Plus, there is a lot of poverty in India. The aid does do good.

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Honk if the car in front is connected

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Re: I see some potential in this...

You've missed the more obvious issue, the rozzers will be talking to your car, not the other way round.

No need for flashing lights, just the the ping of "MAIN ENGINE SWITCH OFF", and your now parked on the hard shoulder.

Will make police chases slightly less interesting.

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Review: Toshiba Satellite U920T Ultrabook

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Re: How to judge Win 8 popularity

So many people deliberately won't learn how to use the bloody Ribbon so they can complain it's too difficult

No, like me, they have progressed beyond living their life in Office suites. As a result, if you change the interface for no reason other than to spruce it up in order to sell new licences, then you can no longer expect these people to be au fait with your new interface.

Before, even if you don't use Office, it was easy enough to support newbie office users, since the interface is so straightforward. I've not used Word since Word 97, but can still guide someone around adding a graph or a table in Word 2003, but in Word 2007, not a scooby.

From your POV, this is my fault for not wanting to rush out and buy a copy of Windows and Office 2007. Yeah...

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Costs over a grand and has shittier cameras than the original iphone.

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Canonical announces Mir display server to replace X Windows

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Re: Yep. Lennart Poettering put it best...

i·ro·ny:

Noun

The expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. Eg. "The author of PulseAudio bitching about other people reinventing the wheel"

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Banged-up Brit hacker hacks into his OWN PRISON'S 'MAINFRAME'

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Re: Slow learner

Seems like he was smart enough to not get caught this time. We're only hearing about it because the guy they blamed for insists he isn't.

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Seagate takes 7.2k notebook drives out back - and shoots them

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Arresto Momentum

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Health pros: Alcohol is EVIL – raise its price, ban its ads

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Re: @John Smith 19

The problem is that this doesn't happen. If you increase the cost of alcohol so that certain sections of society do not spend 50% of their income on booze, then they will either buy illegal or bootleg alcohol (which already happens), or they will forego other things, like food, clothes for their kids, and so on. They don't start drinking less.

@Tom Welsh:

The additional duty should be applied at point of manufacture or import. This simply makes it more expensive for merchants to sell, the only people seeing anything from an increase should be the government. If anything, merchants would actually be taking smaller margins on alcohol.

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Japanese govt: Use operator-run app stores, not Google Play

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Re: "no skin off my teeth"

I am not surprised that you had to look that one up. What I am surprised at is that you found anything.

He's cutting off his nose to spite his face, but it's no skin off his nose if he gets there by the skin of his teeth?

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Keyboard, you're not my type

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Re: The best kind of keyboard

Beat a man to death, clean it off in a dishwasher and then write his obituary on.

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Re: Best keyboard?

If you have a model-m, the problem of people complaining about the noise of your typing is not actually a problem, you can't hear them over the keys. I've been on conference calls where my boss has told me to mute myself, since my typing of notes is louder than the people on the phone.

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Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

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Just had email from Be linking me to details about the sale:

It was in the news today that Be Un Limited is being sold to Sky.

As you’re likely to have some questions about what this means, we wanted to let you know there’s information available right now here.

There’s also a letter on its way that’ll tell you what’s happening and when.

As your letter will explain, nothing is changing straight away and you don’t need to do a thing.

https://www.bethere.co.uk/broadbandchanges

Results in 404 - lol.

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Hmm. I was mostly all doom and gloom when O2 bought Be in the first place, but that worked out fine - Be was run as a technology testing bed for the mainstream O2 service.

Somehow, I don't think that will happen with Sky. I think we'll all get shuffled on to the standard Sky broadband platform and forced to suffer their service. IIRC you aren't even allowed to use your own router with Sky - and I just got my Be router working perfectly.

It's all very well saying LLU is irrelevant now we have fibre, as not everyone can get it - I can't, and I live in central London. I'm 100% sure I do not want to be on any BT provisioned service.

I'm also fairly sure that Sky do not offer fixed or multiple IP, nor line bonding. Be have quite a few prosumer/business accounts, because of their technical expertise and price, I guess we will need to go to someone like Andrews & Arnold, which means using BT. Aaargh!

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Browser makers open local storage hole in HTML5

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WTF?

HTML 5 local storage must be disabled, think of the children!

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Chinese Army: US hacks us so much, I'm amazed you can read this

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No, smoking is big in China. You couldn't smoke in our office, you had to go into the stairwell, where the ashtray was emptied 3 or 4 times an hour - literally there was often a cleaner there waiting for me to ash.

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Crikey

hacked on average from overseas 144,000 times a month

Not just 144,000 hack attempts, but 144,000 successful hacks! Lummy.

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Air-to-ground rocket men flog top-secret mobe-crypto to Brad in accounts

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Re: Dual boot == information leakage

I don't think you've thought through what I wrote.

I'm not saying you can track the secure side. I'm saying that you can track the insecure side - this is the basis of all targeted advertising.

If you can identify an asset whose location you wish to track, and can positively track the insecure side of their phone, then when they switch to the insecure side, you can track their location. This is information leakage about the location of the phone, leaked from the insecure side. It is irrelevant there is a secure side, because the two cannot be in different locations.

If you are able, somehow, to get close enough to Sgt Bloggs to compromise his phone, what's the point in planting "tracking data", you already know where he is and can use the same techniques used to locate him in the first place.

Obviously, with targeted attacks, the first step is identifying your target and infecting them. Dumping lots of 'Free mobile XXX' flyers outside bars in Fort Bragg for instance, soldiers wouldn't do that on the secure side of their phone, they'd switch to the insecure side.

Whammo, a bunch of infected devices. Watch their locations as they pop up..... Fort Bragg, Fort Bragg.... Oh look, Sgt Bloggs wanted some down time in Abbottabad. Bosh, information leakage about the location of personnel from their "secure" phone.

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Re: Dual boot == information leakage

Right. But if, for instance, you suspected that Sgt Bloggs is special forces, you can now potentially determine where they are operating by tracking the personal side of Sgt Bloggs phone, because you previously inserted tracking data there.

You couldn't do anything when they are using the secure side, but once you've tagged them as special forces, and got malware on to the insecure side, you can then track the insecure side whenever they use it. Get one, you'll probably get the whole squad.

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Dual boot == information leakage

So they can only make super secure, un-trackable calls on the secure OS. Fine. They get some down time, so re-boot to look at some cat videos on the unsecure OS. Oopsie. Now they can be tracked..

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Micron whips out new SSD, runs to data centre, yells: I'm GOING IN

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SLC? MLC? SuperCaps?

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Nominet tosses plan for shorter .uk domains in the bin (for now)

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scanning websites every day for malware

Er. What?

I register foo.co.uk. Nominet delegate foo.co.uk to my NS. Precisely what hosts will Nominet be wanting to scan daily, without my permission?

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Strategic SIEGE ROBOTS defeated by 'heavily intoxicated' man, 62

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Re: Alternative solution

You've got to throw a towel over it. If it's a part #223219B (aka 'Colin'), then the next thing you need to do is rewrite it's pleasure circuits, and it will do whatever you want.

To be a frood, you've really got to know where your towel is.

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Larry Ellison buys airline

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Re: You're all missing the point

Er, you do understand how all the islands in Hawaii came in to being, right?

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Razzie voters drive stake through Twilight

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Re: Adam Sandler was robbed

Well Vic, you could have read my post, which should indicate to you that they don't make a loss, they make, as I said, a fuckload of money. At least $150m in the case of "Jack & Jill". Also:

He is one of Hollywood's most bankable stars which allows him to command $20 million per movie along with very impressive percentages of a films GROSS profits. That's gross profits not net profits. FYI that is a gross amount of money when you consider some of those films earned over $150 million at the US box office alone. For the movie Anger Management Sandler earned $25 million plus 25% of the gross which was roughly $150 million.

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So take that into account when checking the budget of a film. "Jack & Jill" had a budget of ~$80m, at least $20m of that was for Sandler himself, who also took 25% of gross - another $15m or so.

You don't keep on making shit film after shit film with you as the lead if they don't make any money. Just ask Eddie MurphyDonkey.

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Re: Adam Sandler was robbed

Adam Sandler films make a fuckload of money though. "Jack and Jill" made $150m at the Box Office (budget of $65m). That's $15m per Razzie.

I expect "That's My Boy" to do similar business once the worldwide figures are in.

It's (sort of) like Tyler Perry, who makes astonishingly successful film projects again and again and again without any real recognition. I say 'sort of', because they make wildly different kinds of films - almost diametric opposites! - but they are both highly targeted at a particular segment of society, and are commercially successful and produced for (reasonably) small budgets.

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Re: Django Unchained ... Original Screenplay Oscar

Imagine how much better Sliding Doors would have been with Nazis.

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Re: Django Unchained ... Original Screenplay Oscar

Django Unchained

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

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Re: All very well.

"Hard to install" is code-word for "leave me alone, I don't want Linux on my computer". They're your friends, they don't want to hurt your feelings.

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Climate scientists link global warming to extreme weather

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Re: A fair analysis - @tom 38

Blargh, so I get the mechanism wrong. It's irrelevant to the point at hand.

One of the two entities in question warms and cools at a different rate to the other. This is because of it's physical properties. It is not because one is inhabited by Man, and the other is not - you get an onshore breeze, even if there is no-one on shore.

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Re: A fair analysis

The article is saying when the world warms due to some cause X, the land warms faster than the ocean. The X can be man.

Don't be a bell-end. The land warms faster - and retains heat longer - than the ocean because it is land and not water.

This is the basis of onshore breezes in the afternoon of hot days. The sea has cooled slightly, whilst the land is still warm. The warmth of the land causes air to rise, reducing air pressure, which induces a cooling onshore breeze.

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Colombian boffins reconstruct flight path of Russian meteor

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Hot off the news wire

Or did I read this yesterday on the BBC? Yep.

Here's a tech story from the Beeb you can re-do the paragraphs on tomorrow:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21603323

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Look out! PEAK WIND is COMING, warns top Harvard physicist

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Re: Why not just build a solar panel that covers half the world....

Once on a holiday to the Cotentin (Normandy), we found this lovely beach, lovely sands, perfect surf, completely deserted, and spent an enjoyable couple of hours body boarding. When we got out, an old local boy, resplendent in his beret, wandered up to us and said Êtes-vous fou? Le site nucléaire est à 5 km là!

I did wonder why the water was so warm.

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Linus Torvalds in NSFW Red Hat rant

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Re: Oh yeah?

Do you have many dual boot Windows 8/Open BSD routers?

You need the secure boot working to boot MS. You don't need it to boot OpenBSD. You do need it to boot both of them.

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Dell takes aim at iPad, uncloaks enterprise-level Win8 tablet

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Headmaster

English as she is spoken

hackers can de-encrypt encrypted data

De-encrypt? De-fucking-encrpyt??

I need a combination of 'nuke exploding' and 'pedant schoolteacher' icons to express my rage in terms of an icon.

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Best Buy takes axe to touchy Windows 8 PCs - lops $100 off price

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WTF?

Big box shifter cuts prices of boxes they bought a little while ago.

Film at 11.

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John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the 'net

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Re: It's the hydrogen bomb part

Nuke the entire site from orbit, Its the only way to be sure

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Survey: Bosses are DESPERATE and GAGGING for Linux skills

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Re: Opportunities for All of whatever Smart Hue

Fuck going to America on a skilled worker visa, most visas don't put you on a path towards citizenship, and without citizenship, you're treated worse than Sri Lankan maids in Dubai.

Friend of mine, working in America for the same company for 5 years, the company and DoHS fuck up his visa renewal, and he gets deported back to the UK in order to renew the visa. Those 5 years, due to his visa type, don't even start him off the road to citizenship. Neither does his baby daughter, legally a US citizen.

Even with citizenship, you're treated like an American, and who wants that?

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Microsoft: You want Office for Mac, fanboi? You'll pay Windows prices

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Re: In other words, $20 isn't going to sway anyone - WRONG

IIRC Apple charge $20 to change major version of OS (eg, 10.6 -> 10.7).

Google docs is more than adequate for most peoples requirements, and completely free.

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Baby-boulder bowling burglar breaks Boulder Apple Store's $100k glass door

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Re: Moron thieves

Back in the 90s, one of my mates was always "bigging up", as we called it in those days, his monstrous CD collection - over 4000 CDs, of which he would carry about 400 around in one of those massive CD folders in his car. Parked it one day in a chavvy part of town, didn't hide the CD folder under the seat, came back to find that £4k+ of CDs had just wandered off, along with his passenger window.

He still bitches about losing his rare ones...

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

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Re: RC hobbyists

They really are not very popular. Very popular would mean that you couldn't walk down the street without seeing 5 people with RC handsets. Tamagotchi were very popular. Burberry was very popular. RC vehicles is a very small specialist hobby.

I'm not saying that because I think that, because it is a small specialist hobby, it should have to put up with stupid laws like this, I'm saying it because of your hyperbole in insisting that this is affecting everyone and his dog, simply because it affects you and your RC mates.

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