* Posts by Tom 38

2519 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

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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If you just want a replacement for Windows

If you just want a replacement for Windows then all of these are fine choices.

However, if you really want to get to grips with the why and how of things, I'd recommend something with a little less hand-holding. Gentoo is both less and more hand holding simultaneously, which is a little clever, Slackware has less hand holding, but both offer the sort of minimal structure that requires you to work out what it is that you want and then go and do it.

You could do worse than using my favourite OS, FreeBSD. FreeBSD has some nifty features you just can't find on Linux, like ZFS, but it's not designed for someone who just wants to sit back and have everything done for them.

It's also a real OS, which means that that there is a core of software (the 'world') that *is* FreeBSD, it's not a collection of glorified packages that you install that hopefully makes the kernel 'go' - plus you get an awesome Beasty logo!

The benefit of all of these options is that there will be things that go wrong over time, and you (yes you!) can go and fix them. This will (hopefully) teach you why they went wrong and stop you doing the same thing in future, or at least going "aha, I know what this one is...".

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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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FAIL

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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Mushroom

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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Re: RC hobbyists

Perhaps I bolded the wrong section: I don't disagree that the law is an abomination

I railed against the assertion that huge numbers of people were attaching cameras to RC planes, which is patently ridiculous.

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Huge is it? Define huge.

I don't disagree that the law is an abomination, but huge numbers of people are attaching cameras to planes? BS.

Maybe a high proportion of the absolutely fucking tiny number of people who have planes are attaching cameras to planes…

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John Lennon's lesson for public-domain innovation

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Re: No!

I'm completely fed up by people not remotely connected to BSD telling the world what the lesson of BSD is. You've entirely missed the point.

The purpose of BSD is to be re-used, by anyone, however they want to use it. This includes companies that want to take it away and don't share anything back - although, companies like this don't exist. Even the most evil of all evils, Apple, contribute back a huge amount of work they do on FreeBSD and FreeBSD related technologies.

FreeBSD is the base for many closed source OS, typically shipped on appliances like IronPort. Guess what? These guys collaborate amongst each other, contribute fixes upstream, and even suggest architectural improvements based upon their experiences.

Yes, BSD allows rampant copying of source code and relicensing, and anyone can use it for whatever purpose they want. This does indeed conflict with RMS' worldview, but its what we were aiming for in the first place.

If you don't like it, don't use it, but please, for the love of fuck, please stop telling us that we haven't learnt our 'lesson'.

PS: Agree with the article 100%. A technology is never truly free to use if there is not a free to use - for everybody - version of it. All the best, universal, technologies have liberal free licenses, eg libpng, libjpeg, openssl, openssh all have liberal licenses to encourage use of them in all scenarios, and to enhance interoperability between applications. The internet took off easily because most OS started out with a copy of BSD's TCP/IP stack.

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Acer's Wang: Size of PC shipments to shrink month after month

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FAIL

Wang: size will shrink

Missed opportunity

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Any storm in a port

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Re: Flamebait

Which way around does the knobbly bit on an rj45 connector go in a vertical NIC?

Seriously? It goes facing up, which is away from the CPU for an expansion card.

You guys actually get this stuff wrong?

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Re: Flamebait

On the 'top' of almost every connector that goes into a computer is a raised logo or marking.

On a USB cable, it is usually the USB logo.

On a PS/2 cable, it is usually a raised line.

On a SPDIF cable, it is usually a raised line.

On a RJ-45, it is the cable release lever.

On a eSATA, it is the cable release lever.

This goes in facing UP.

Pay attention now, this is where it gets crazy. Plug in the cable so that the bit that is supposed to face UP does in fact face UP.

Mental. I can see how you get it so wrong so frequently.

It does get trickier if you are plugging into an extension card or onto a motherboard attached port in a tower case (or any case where the motherboard is not orientated flat and the right way up). For the motherboard, re-orientate the case (in your mind, put the computer down) so that it is pointing UP and plug the cable in so that it is pointing UP. This is advanced stuff now, so take a break if you haven't got it yet.

For expansion cards, UP is a different direction. Expansion cards have a front and a back. The front is the side that faces away from the CPU. This is UP. Plug the cable in so that UP is UP.

It's almost like someone thought about this…

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Flamebait

I can't believe you lot call yourself IT professionals, and haven't yet mastered the tricky art of plugging cables into computers. Nobbly bit goes up. Nobbly bit always goes up. Work out which way is up on your computer. Insert plug into socket.

I normally like Dabbs' articles, but this one is utter pish. He admits to being flummoxed by VGA D-sub 15 plugs, yet can cope just fine with the identical shape of a mini HDMI.

On the list of things to get annoyed about, "OMG, I had to rotate the plug 180°" does not merit 846 words.

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Re: Also, Ethernet sockets & USB ports...

Firewire is/was more expensive, since the protocol is dumber, the device has to do a little more work.

Having firewire enabled is also a security flaw, since it can easily be exploited in a DMA attack.

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HYPERSONIC METEOR smashes into Russia, injuring hundreds

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Re: Conspiracy Theory

David Caeron and Boris Johnson farting thru their mouths, again.

Sir, you are the epitome of wit and comedy. Do you have a nationwide comedy tour where I can hear more of your gems?

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Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

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Coffee/keyboard

Brewing time

I can't believe no-one has brought up the issue of mashing into brew time. In an ideal world, we would all patiently wait the appropriate amount of time to get the right flavour and colour of tea.

However, this is a corporate world. We have no time to do it properly, only enough time to do it until it is acceptable. Enter The Mash. My work tea is brewed in under a minute by furiously beating the teabag against the side of the mug.

It's a bit bitter, but so am I, so it's a good match.

mashmashmash

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Fashionably slate

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Re: I want dumb TVs

I want dumb TVs and smart controllers.

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$195 BEEELLION asteroid approaching Earth

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Re: estimates are a tad pessimistic

What, like Space2O Water?

Sadly, no longer made. eNOT_ENOUGH_SUCKERS.

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Microsoft Surface Pro launch: It's easy to sell out of sod all stock

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Re: MS did not even cover pre-orders in some cases, so they could say "SOLD OUT"

Hey at least you're on topic Eadon.

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Paper computers: Not mere pulp fiction

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On the other hand

If I could turn all my ebooks into paper books, then I would need two additional London sized flats¹ to keep them in. Keeping all my data in one device, plus backups, is a hell of a lot easier to maintain than a giant library.

When we dealt with my grandfather's library after he died, no-one had room to keep it all, so a lot of it went into storage. Poorly thought out storage. The rats ate a good chunk, the mould got another chunk, and some of the pages just went completely black.

¹ That's 'a typically sized flat in London', not 'a flat the size of the greater metropolitan area of London'.

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Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

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Re: FFS

FFS it's a NUMBER

In most American skyscrapers, there is no floor 13.

In most Chinese skyscrapers, there is no floor 4, 13, 14, 24, 34, 40, 41, 42…

Different strokes for different folks.

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