* Posts by Shemmie

63 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: even if he did...

So the argument is, that it's better to have something written down, and ignored, than it is to have nothing written down at all?

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Love Home Streaming

Running a Dell Studio 17 laptop (basic AMD gfx, 4GB), wired to a 24 inch monitor, as a rig in one room. In the lounge is an i5 Shuttle with a GTX660.

Streaming Tomb Raider (new), Saints Row 4, Stick of Destiny and Bioshock Infinite from the Shuttle works faultlessly on my laptop. And work faultlessly in Big Picture mode from my sofa.

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Gov.uk's broadband boast: Superfast fibre piped to 1 million Brits

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We're apparently getting it...

Well, we've been pushed back to September. And a presentation said that, in my village, about 160 properties from 700 won't be upgraded at all. .

The one thing I love is that we've not taken this chance, and money, to leapfrog ahead. Oh no. We'll come up in line with FttC, so that BT can play this game again in 5 years time, when FttC looks like 56k in comparison to most of mainland Europe. Incremental change, so that BT can milk the process for every penny.

I will admit we didn't really do all that we could, as a village, to argue the toss. A 'senior' lady was arguing 'for' the parish to buy up the bowling green, as a community service, but questioned the tax-payer contribution towards fibre.

"I don't even use it, why do we need it? Now, the bowling green..."

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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Mushroom

Tony Blair's home?

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

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Well...

Yep, I'm a .NET dev with a background focussed on MS.

With that said:

The NHS would be fucking insane not to consider Linux in appropriate and possible locations. Things like secretarial machines could surely be migrated? What's the "NHS Patient Database" client front-end look like? Desktop app or 'intranet-based'? If it's a desktop app, pay someone to do a intranet 'web-front-end' for it, and THEN move secretaries over to Linux. Nice and slow - no rush, we've been paying a fortune in licenses thus far - but at least moving in that direction will 'eventually' lead to massive long-term savings for the NHS.

As more machines went over to Linux, the NHS would be in a better position to require / demand / pay for specialist medical software to be written for Linux. This would help move the 'one-off, specialist' PC's from Windows to Linux.

This kind of slow, incremental program would surely save a fortune in the long run?

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Bitcoin value plunges as Mt.Gox halts withdrawals and Russia says 'nyet'

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Re: Interesting

Don't be so silly - messages can't be deemed illegal, any more than a number could be deemed illegal.

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Happy

Just switched my Note 2 for a Note 3

Superb bit of kit. My old Note 2 served me well (and would've continued to do so if I'd kept it), but the Note 3 makes the 2 look slow. Having a problem getting a 64GB card that works well with it, I'm hoping it's a card issue and not a hardware issue. And in the ideal world, I would have a Galaxy Note 3 Google Edition, with apps for note-taking, but this is as good as it gets in the mean time.

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Living in the middle of a big city? Your broadband may still be crap

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At this point

I'd love to see Virgin offered money to add to its network. Expand for the first time in years, and really give BT a reason to pick up its game.

What motivation does BT have for improving services?

For what it's worth, 8 meg, about 100 yards from the exchange. Small village in Shropshire, so I expect to see speed improvements by 2020 if I'm lucky.

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Review: Britain's 4G smartphones

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<3 my Note II

Note II for £40 on a 2 year contract from T-Mobile (including Employee Friends & Family Discount), and the 3GB £46 package with 40% off when I moved over to EE.

Without a discount, I wouldn't have touched the contract with a barge pole - and agree that the 3GB package is basically the 'minimum' package.

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Google's Drive + Gmail: A 10GB Dropbox killer

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Go

Re: Google Drive & Dropbox

Insync - https://www.insynchq.com is a Google Drive client. It beats Google Drive hands down. It has clients for Windows, Android, Linux, Mac and iOS - I use their Android, Windows and Linux clients.

Superb tool.

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Ten Xbox 360 games you may have missed

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Pathetic

Expect far better from The Reg than a bunch of affiliate links to massive brand games that no one's likely to have missed. Seriously, I'm trying to avoid Hitman, which has only been out a week or so and is still doing TV ads.

Very poor show.

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Design guru: Windows 8 is 'a monster' and 'a tortured soul'

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Re: He is right.

Seconded.

Yes, Jakob Nielsen can be a little too academic at times, but in general UI/UX terms he usually hits the nail on the head.

And with the summery I've read so far (going to have a peak into the full report) he has got it spot on. Windows 8 is two UI's thrown together and served up as one. I know, we've all said the same, but it's worth reading a review that articulates the issues better than the many "WINDOWS 8 IS DA SUX!1!!"

I like Windows 8 for its 'Windows UX'. Smooth, fast, not too heavy on resources - like Windows 7 but more 'less is more'. Like Nielsen, I also like Ribbon. But I hate them literally wedging an entirely separate entity into Windows and saying "There we go, it's unified now".

No, it's not. It's a Siamese twin.

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Windows Phone 8: Exceptional tools, but where are the devs?

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WTF?

Genius

XNA seems popular? Scrap it!

XAML is struggling to catch on? Embrace it!

.NET has a huge installed base? Go with C++ and HTML 5!

I can't wait for the internal wars at Microsoft to complete, so we know who the victor was.

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Free Android apps often secretly make calls, use the camera

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The Windows security model and Android security model are very similar

I love Android - and I love Windows as it is. But I understand why many don't. In the same way that a mechanic enjoys tinkering with cars, I enjoy tinkering with PC's and phones.

Android and Windows assume a certain level of 'interest' in what's being done. Many people using PC's and phones don't care how something's being done - they just want to run that casino app, or visit a porn site, or whatever else. If you stick boxes up saying "Are you sure you want to do this?" they'll quickly learn to always hit "Yes" to the box that pops up. If you have a screen during install that says "This app has access to your phone; it can make phone calls. This app has access to your camera, it can take photos whenever it likes" - people train themselves into "always hit Install on the next page". It's as it is with EULA screens.

There is a fundamental problem here. We require that drivers have a license to drive; for their own safety, and for the safety of everyone else. We require they have a certain level of understanding as to how a car works. We require them to understand safety signs that give them warnings - and to understand the implications.

But give them a phone or PC that has access to their bank details, contact details of all their friends and colleagues, potentially access to business networks and business resources - and it falls back to "I want porn now - Yes, Yes, Install, Yes".

I don't know what the solution is, despite my driving license example. The options thus far appear to be "Better education" - but years of Windows and malware suggest that won't work, or walled gardens that restrict everybody's ability to tinker.

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Vaunted Windows 8 RTM updates 'actually featured from Win2000'

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FAIL

Hi Steve,

Can we have Jim back please? Vista is forgiven.

Thanks.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

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Re: 4G ready?

T-Mobile tell me the 4G version is being released on the 15th October - I'm currently holding out for it.

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Gimme gimme gimme. Holding out for the LTE release mid October. I hoped this would rock, it sounds like it rocks.

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'Stuff must be FREE, except when it's MINE! Yarr!' - top German pirate

Shemmie

Re: Oh look

Do you mean Andrew or Julia?

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'Programming on Windows 8 just like playing bingo' - Microsoft VP

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WTF?

As a .Net programmer

I'm reading:

"Er... it looks like we haven't put a lot of thought into this, and that we're making a huge balls up, but that's far from the truth. There's... a plan... to this... of sorts."

Metro's TMed, so all change, after a year or so of chanting Metro.

.Net support thrown in after JS/HTML5 and C++ makes .Net devs have kittens.

XNA kinda supported, ish. Just like Silverlight. Well... less ish... that one's dying.

Clearly the in-fighting at MS between high-level officials, and fear that they were falling behind in key markets (smart phone and tablet) has lead to, what can only politely be referred to, as a gigantic cluster fuck.

Various people have gone to Ballmer saying "I have the silver bullet, this will sort things out", and he's loaded all of them into a gun, and is now wildly firing into the air.

And they're all flying off in random, totally pointless directions. Much like where they seem to be sending us developers.

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Microsoft announces Office 2013, Office 365 pricing

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FAIL

Re: Pricing is superb

I was being sarcastic. ;o)

It sucks. The whole idea sucks.

Step 1: cheap subscription, more expensive stand-alone.

Step 2: more expensive stand-alone goes bye-bye and replaced by 'always up-to-date' Office with sub fee. No more 'old version of Office does the job for 10 years'.

Step 3: crank up subscription - what's better than "all your files are .docx, and your subscription ran out? Tragic!"

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Shemmie

Pricing is superb

Almost like they'd prefer us on a subscription model... weird...

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Microsoft's new retro-flavoured logo channels Channel 4

Shemmie

Re: Yellow.

Maybe I'm being OCD, but that really annoys me. Ok, so - blue Windows, orangey-red Office, green XBox - so what the hell's yellow?

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Everything Everywhere flogs 4G hand-me-downs to Three

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FAIL

Re: Hypocrites and liars

Totally agree with you. We need the EU to get involved - as it stands, we're about 1-2 years behind other First World countries in rolling out 4G. At least if we get the EU involved we can push it to half a decade behind.

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Ubisoft: 'Vast majority of PC gamers are PIRATES'

Shemmie

Apparently my Steam account is worth around $2,000 (RRP, much less due to sales purchases).

I tend not to buy Ubisoft games any more, as I don't like what they stand for. Same with Activision. I try and avoid EA, but it's not a hard and fast rule.

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'SEX and the FEMALE BRAIN are CONNECTED' - shock discovery

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Clearly to get past the headache "has a powerful effect in all mammals on all nervous tissues including those of the brain" - you apply it directly to the brain - either as a Vicks Sinus Spray, or into the ear. Both should apparently ease the headache.

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Ten... console games you may have missed

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Thanks

Much appreciated. The main reason I'm not gaming a lot on the PC is down to having a 'far from top-end' rig.

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Pirate

The Witcher 2 - can someone tell me: I've got The Witcher on PC, and The Witcher 2 for the 360. I'm not a huge fan of gaming on the PC at the moment - will I lose a lot by not playing 1 before I take on 2?

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Apple 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Shemmie

Re: I can't stand Apple.

I'll stick to never. If I ever had the money to blow on that, I'd go for a cheaper brand and get more bang-for-the-buck. But it's still a lovely piece of hardware.

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Shemmie

I can't stand Apple.

And would never, ever own any of their hardware.

But that laptop is immense.

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New London Bus API arrived at approximately ... 15.00

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Whereas in Shropshire, we have no need for such fancy tech

As we have a perfectly simple service. Today's bus will either turn up, or it won't.

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Barclays online banking falls over in outage riddle

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...the newly launched Pingit app

Not on a rooted Android phone you can't. Because a rooted phone prevents Pingit working. Annoying as hell.

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HTC struggling as profits drop 70 per cent

Shemmie

As many others have said

My last 5 phones have been HTC, including legends such as a Athena (with 1.8 inch hard disk) and the Universal. Loved them - loved them to bits. Unique and quirky. My current phone, the Desire HD, I can not fault.

Having said that, I'm coming up to my next phone, and I'm honestly thinking of jumping ship - the couple of last roll-outs from HTC have been a number of basically identical phones. Nothing differentiates them, just a bunch of 3inch - 4.7inch phones, with slightly tweaked processors.

The innovation I used to love is now coming from Samsung - and the phone I 'really' like the look of is the Galaxy Note - as my previous phones suggest, I love huge honking great phones, but hell, it's something different - different is good. A load of semi-identical SKU's is not good - for consumers, and surely not for HTC?

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Ice Cream Sandwich gives Android mobes brainfreeze – Sony

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DHD ICS is as smooth as silk

I have been running a custom ROM with 4.0.2 for a few weeks, followed by 4.0.3 and as of the weekend, 4.0.4 on my Desire HD. It is as smooth as silk - Chrome Beta works perfectly, most of my old games are still fine - and this is from a custom ROM without access to all the relevant drivers (Camera's still a bit flakey). Massive praise to the Ice Cold Sandwich crew - and my anecdotal experience would suggest if your ICS is performing poorly, point to the phone manufacturer and not Google.

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The best April 1 gags … or were they?

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Given notch's scrolls problem

I'd of been tempted to announce a new Sim-style game that allows us to simulate social interactions and difficulties in relationships, and called it Fall-Out.

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UK student faces extradition to US after piracy case ruling

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Alert

I wonder

Linking to illegal content is illegal, so they seem to be arguing.

How about if I say "GET ALL YOUR MOVIES AND MUSIC FROM http://thepiratebay.org/"

Then I'd be linking to a site, that houses downloads, that link to illegal content. Is that enough abstraction to make it ok? Being as it's the Internet, and how links work, if you go far enough down that road, I can probably say Disney links to animal porn Not directly, but Disney links to x which links to y which links to z.... which links to animalfarm.xxx

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Samsung Galaxy Note

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This looks like perfection

As many others have said, I too am a big bloke, and I want a big phone. A phone / tablet half-breed. I was excited about the Streak 5 for a long time, until it appeared and seemed like Dell really had no idea who to market it to.

But now, this. I hope it sells like hot cakes, as I'm currently half way through my contract, and don't want this to die an unloved experiment. Kudos to Samsung.

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Boffing boffins create 3D map of orgasmic female brain

Shemmie

Title Was 'Ere

"The scans were then melded into a single video"

In the interest of science, I would need to see video footage of both the scans AND the experiment actually being conducted.

So that *legitimate reason goes here*.

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Mass ASP.NET attack causes websites to turn on visitors

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FAIL

Title

Again, to echo what everyone else has said: this article doesn't help in the slightest.

Are there any examples of how this is an ASP.Net exploit? As it stands, it appears a number of web techs, including ASP.Net, have been struck by this issue - and as others have commented, it is likely to be some kind of SQL injection, which a well-coded .Net app should be protected against. So unless there is an issue with .Net's SQL Parameters, or some other part of the .Net db technologies, I fail to see how this is a "MASS ASP.NET ATTACK".

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'Hey, Tories, who knows what a nontrepreneur is?’

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Portal 2

Shemmie

I'm not a big Gervais fan

but Wheatley is superbly done, with Merchant doing some fantastic voice acting. The writing is done by Valve, as far as I'm aware.

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Faces of the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 revealed

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FAIL

Title Was 'Ere

Jesus christ. Is this how far it's gone? That even the possible-maybe faceplate of the new iPhone and iPad makes news?

Enough. Please God, enough! I want to just sleep through the next few months of fevered speculation as to whether the devices do grant God-like powers and can heal cancer.

It's. A. Fucking. Phone. (Or tablet).

Yeah, I'm a geek, I get psyched over geekie stuff. But what's the geek edge here? Fap fap bloody fap.

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Nintendo details 3DS roll-out

Shemmie

Perhaps I'm being picky...

... but having "3D" in so many game titles seems a little redundant on a 3D console.

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Mass Effect 2 for PS3

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Go

Title

It does - yes, indeed it does.

Just playing through as female Shepard on the XBox, and Kelly is a cutie.

And PS3 people - this game is crack on digital media - the hours and hours that can be spent on this work of art... stupendous game.

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HTC Desire HD

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Title

I have it set to auto-sync during the work day, and can easily spend a couple of hours, morning and evening, browsing the web, watching movies, reading and listening to mp3s.

Off the top of my head, after unplugging at 100% at 6am, I'll plug back in at 8am with maybe 50% charge.

Likewise, I'll unplug at 4:20pm and make it home at 6:20pm with maybe 30-40% - but I haven't tried it since 2.2.1, so we'll see.

Seeing as I use the Arriva Android app for my bus ticket, I do have to be careful not to kill the battery - I can think of little worse than "Shit, sorry, my phone ran out, but my ticket's on it".

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Happy

Finally!

Jeez, if this was a Jesus phone would it have taken 2 months to review?

Had mine since launch day, and I can echo all the above - as a commuter, I hit it hard, and it's a twice-a-day charger. 2.2.1 seems to have brought in occasional hard-crashes, as I've heard it reboot when it's been left. Also lost all my texts at one point (2 years worth I'd carefully imported from Win Mobile and connected to my contacts - I wasn't a happy bunny.)

This sounds like an awful review, but it's me being picky. This is easily the greatest piece of technology I have ever held. It's a wonder. A web browser, email client, twitter, facebook, e-reader, video player, mp3 player and more all in one. Immense little beast. I just wish developing for Android felt less like punishment.

The screen is beautiful, the construction feels solid, it's responsive, wireless and WiFi tethering work perfectly, signal's fine, all the basics covered. The only real complaint would be battery life - but I use it like a laptop, so I expect it to take a beating.

Easily a 95% for me.

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Google battles Derby cops over access to Street View data

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FAIL

Title

"... the police can get a court order but what a waste of public money in order to do that."

Superb stuff. We're trying to cut back expenses, so we're looking at things like due process.

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Apple iPhone 4 vs... the rest

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Unhappy

Title

To repeat the above; why has Reg not reviewed the HTC Desire HD yet?

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PARIS concocts commemorative cocktail

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Titley Goodness

Cream-filled Paris

Paris Does Black Russian Missionary

Sweet Sticky Paris Juice

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Google acquires DRM henchmen with Widevine buy

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Title Goes Here

Are you sure it's for Google TV? I thought the big DRM issue was Android, where it was deemed to be in need of a platform-specific DRM system for apps like Netflix?

Something about media files working too well on Android, and it being in need of a way to cripple such benefits.

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Twitter joke martyr loses appeal

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Title Goes Here

No, it wouldn't of made it enough 'less-threatening'. It would have appeared that not only was he going to bomb the airport, but that he would gain some kind of sick pleasure from doing so. Smiling would have appeared even more menacing, and possibly been constituted as a legitimate terrorist threat.

Just in case someone as dense as Judge Davies reads this; yes, I am being sarcastic.

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