* Posts by BillG

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LeEco Le Pro 3: Low-cost, high-spec Droid takes on the big boys with a big fat batt

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Re: Inch perfect

I must admit that I am one of those people that do not trust any phone designed and developed in China.

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Russia accuses hostile foreign powers of plot to undermine its banks

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Re: Hoisted on their own petard

Let's get ready to rouble

+1 for the subtitle.

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Trump's FCC will soak net neutrality in gas and toss in a lit match

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Re: Where does it say otherwise?

But the implication in the article is that it is the Republicans that are holding up her re-appointment. Isn't "for political reasons" deliberately vague?

Meanwhile there is nothing vague about the violent title of the article. It makes very clear where the author's bias lies.

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Dems vs. Dems

The first issue is what happens to two existing FCC Commissioners. One, Jessica Rosenworcel, has been held in limbo for nearly a year by Congress, which has refused to confirm her reappointment for political reasons.

Actually, it's the Democrats that are holding up her re-appointment. Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). To them, Rosenworcel seems to lean too far to the right.

Markey "wants an FCC commissioner who is unequivocally committed to pro-consumer, pro-competition policies," said Markey. "Recent actions from Commissioner Rosenworcel have called that commitment into question."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/11/17/senate-democrats-are-targeting-their-own-at-the-fcc/

She seems to sit on the fence a lot. While she's spoken out in favor of net neutrality, she hasn't voted to defend it.

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Woman rescues red pepper Donald Trump from vegetarian chilli

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Re: Headline correction please

Looks more like Hillary, doesn't it?

"I WANTED TO BE PRESIDENT! I WANTED TO BE PRESIDENT! WAAAHHHH!!"

Joke icon, because some Hillary supporters can't take a joke.

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: Dad

@Voland's right hand, it has to be done the way the Dems are doing it in the States right now. Get only maybe a hundred protesters, but bus them to different locations and claim it's spontaneously different demonstrations by different people.

Paris Hilton icon, for insincere sincerity.

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Pre-Trump FCC – get a grip on mobe data caps, racist Stingray spying, urge Dem senators

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It's very annoying when people are hypocrites but, like the fat doctor who tells you to exercise more, it doesn't invalidate their position.

Actually, it does because the Dems can't claim any moral high ground. Opinion polls show that independents see the hypocrisy first.

FYI Bill Clinton tried to do the same thing when he was leaving office.

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Leading Democrat senators are pushing the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address a number of hot topics, including zero rating and the [racist] use of the Stingray cellphone-tracking technology, before the Trump Administration takes over in January.

Because these things are only O.K. when Democrats do it.

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Office Depot halts PC Health Checks amid bogus infection claims

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Re: Shocked I tell you!

Thus the real issue was that I weren't able to make the buggered HP driver for that particular model...

HP printer drivers. You will never find a more retched hive of scum and villanry.

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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

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Some people would rather visit a dentist without anaesthetic, than be seen to be agree on a point made by somebody that they would usually disagree with.

Excellent point.

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

Love the title, Alistair. Here, have a pint on me.

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And with one stroke, Trump killed the Era of Slacktivism

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Re: We do not know what Trump will do or will not do

If you mean that, like Teddy Roosevelt, Trump might split the Republican Party, I think you may well have a point.

Well Hillary has already split the Democratic party. Remember the infighting between her and Obama when she was Sec. of State?

Pelosi is fighting to be House minority leader. Leading Dems have all admitted this election was a surprise because they misjudged the American people. The election results have painted the Dems as the party of the status-quo, especially when their outgoing President ran on the slogan of "Change" and just delivered more of the same.

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The Electoral College System

Trump/Pence got 60,800,000 ish votes in 2016 in a disposition that got enough states to win.

You can't look at popular vote numbers in an Electoral College vote because you get different voting patterns in a popular vote. Had the election been a popular vote election you would have seen different numbers.

It's important to realize why the U.S., France, Ireland, and so many other countries use an electoral college vote and why it is superior to a popular vote:

1. A popular vote system is inherently VULNERABLE TO FRAUD! An electoral college vote limits fraud to one state so it does not overwhem the nation.

2. An electoral college vote insures that anyone who wins an overwhelming majority of the votes will win the election.

3. if #2 does not apply, an electoral college system insures that the winner will be whomever has the most GEOGRAPHICALLY DIVERSE support will win.

If you look at the electoral map for Trump/Clinton, you will see that #3 is in play here. Clinton won only the left and right coasts. Trump won the nation.

An electoral college voting system also amplifies the power of minorities. In a popular vote system minorities can be easily ignored.

The ultimate symbol of a popular vote system is a lynch mob.

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Re: So true

Andrew, thanks for a terrific, well-balanced article.

If you REALLY want to change the way the country is going, you need to engage in a dialog with others and not just talk to the like-minded and down to those who don't already agree with you.

Well said, @ma1010.

My own take: we won't really know what a President Trump will do, or undo, until he takes office.

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US Director of National Intelligence legs it

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Re: Oblig Goon Show Quote

Senator Wyden's statement is hilarious in the article. It boils down to "Yeah, we crapped all over the American's people's privacy, and all others all over the world, but it's O.K. because the next President might do it too".

What a hypocrite.

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Microsoft sweet-talks EC antitrust bods over LinkedIn buy

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Re: Please let them

Murphy's Rule of Personal Data: "Once they have your personal information, they will ignore laws and EULAs and exploit it at will".

Also a Ferengi Rule of Acquisition.

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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

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Save This Post

In modern times, this always happens with a new President:

China complains about trade and makes financial threats, looking for trade concessions.

North Korea makes noises about nuclear weapons, looking for $billions under-the-table.

Iran shouts about their nuclear program, looking for economic concessions.

Russia makes military threats towards some nearby former-Soviet territory, just for fun.

In all cases these four nations are using PR as a weapon against the new administration.

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Shhh! Shazam is always listening – even when it's been switched 'off'

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Takes Pivacy

"Shazam takes user privacy very seriously"

Whenever I read this classic Google boilerplate statement, I read it as:

"Shazam TAKES user privacy! Very seriously!"

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Drubbed Grubhub bub scrubs anti-Donald-dubbed snub sub-hubbub

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Re: The Right to Vote

There are still exceptions even here; to fulfil Godwin's law, HItler was elected and it was a shame more people did not protest against that.

I don't want to search for this while I'm at work, but I believe Adolf was elected in a government that was a full Democracy. A Republican form of government is more resistant to corruption and so probably would not have elected him.

A Democracy grants and rejects rights. A Republic protects rights.

Remember that the ultimate symbol of a pure Democracy is a lunch mob.

I hope Trump fulfils his promise to be a president for all the people. He has an uphill struggle against him.

Agreed.

But he seems to have some trouble adjusting. He recently stated that he still wants to live most of the time in Trump Tower in downtown Manhattan. "Bruce Wayne" doesn't understand these things need Secret Service approval and they are likely to firmly say "no". You can't secure the airspace of a skyscraper in a crowded city surrounded by four busy airports.

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Re: The Right to Vote

I don't understand this logic. The idea that, after a vote, if I loose, I should just accept that I was wrong all along and the people who voted in the opposite way were right?

That's not what I'm saying at all. No one is saying that, just because your candidate lost, that those you voted your way are wrong. Elections are not about right or wrong.

Your right to vote for your candidate are the same as those who voted against your candidate. You may disagree, certainly. You may protest, fine. but you may not attack - hit, punch, kick, break store windows, shoot police officers - because your candidate lost. It is wrong. Also the court of public opinion always goes against those that do this.

In any way that you DISAGREE with those that did not vote your way, you must be able to accept that if your candidate won, you would allow those not voting your way TO USE THE SAME TACTICS to disagree. That is the difference between a representative republic, and anarchy.

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The Right to Vote

The right to vote is precious. Just ask the Russians. Let me put it this way:

In countries that have it, you have the right to vote for whomever you want.

You do NOT have the right to demand that everyone MUST vote for whomever you want.

And if you attack those that did not vote for whomever you voted for, then you attack, insult and demean the right to vote.

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FCC wants a word with AT&T about that zero-rated DirecTV streaming

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The head of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, is a former lobbyist for the cable industry. No surprise he overlooked the things his pals at AT&T wanted him to overlook.

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Re: O'Bama

With mop-haired politico octopus Donald Trump...

In all seriousness, it's biased comments like this that keep El Reg out of Apple launch parties.

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China passes new Cybersecurity Law – you have seven months to comply if you wanna do biz in Middle Kingdom

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Re: Told you so... Rich western investors will be screwed.

Next: China announces they are changing their name to Apple.

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McDonald's sues Italian city for $20m after being burger-blocked

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Re: The real reason

No, many Italian cities have laws preserving the traditional cultural look and feel of the region.

Think about it - do you really want to see a Florence city street that is filled with flashing signs and golden arches? Is that why tourists visit it every year?

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UK prison reform report wants hard-coded no-fly zones in drones to keep them out of jail

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Re: Well,

"How about jamming all mobile phone signals in the prison except for some guard areas?" asks Captain Obvious.

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Rhode Island sues HPE for making its DMV even more miserable

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Bugs and Envelopes

Having lived in New England USA, I can tell you that except for Connecticut, government systems there are antiquated and buggy. Also, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are notorious for cronyism and politicians that expect regular [cough cough] "consulting fees".

So, pick one - RI's DMV was even worse off than HP contracted for, or some RI officials have not received their envelopes in a long time.

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Alleged 2010 flash crash trader loses latest appeal against extradition to US

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Assange™

If he wants to evade extradition I hear there are couches available in the Ecuador embassy.

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Leaks password, check. Leaks Wi-Fi password, check. Can be spoofed, check. Ding! We have an Internet of S**t winner

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Bitdefender

Bitdefender is keeping quiet on the manufacturer's name until the issue is patched

I'm very familiar with Bitdefender and this is very unlike them. Probably there is some sort of quid-pro-quo here.

We all deserve to know who this sloppy manufacturer is.

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Lenovo hires tech 'big brains' to turn around crappy sales

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Some good advice would be don't get yourselves a bad reputation for shipping spyware in your PCs. But I suppose it's a bit late for that.

Exactly. They lost a lot of government PC sales when that whole spyware mess hit. Lots of distrust buying kit from China.

Meanwhile, Dell seems to be doing okay in PC sales.

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Facebook chokes off car insurance slurp because – get this – it has privacy concerns

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Re: Precious

"Protecting the privacy of the people on Facebook is of utmost importance to us," said a spokesperson with a straight face

Love that line, Kieren - here, have a pint.

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FBI reopens Hillary spillery

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Why Trump is Dangerous in DC

Look the real reason why Washington DC dislikes Trump is this: Trump knows where all the politicians in DC have their money invested!!!.

With that information he can get bills passed, or defeated, based on if a side effect of that bill makes money (or not) for Congressional leaders. Because let's face it, politicians are basically selfish and vote mainly for their own self-interests. Inside-trader-Pelosi will follow him like a lapdog.

This is the dirty secret of what gave Trump control of so many state-level politicians - "approve my building and I will make you money". For good or bad, this would give Trump control of DC.

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Reminds me of the saying, "You can vote for a Republican and hope they do not do as they promised, or you can vote for a Democrat and know they will not do as they promised".

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WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

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Those backing WebAssembly claim the technology runs ~20x faster than JavaScript

Really? My grandmother is ~20x faster than JavaScript!

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America has one month to stop the FBI getting its global license to hack

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Re: BillG

@diodesign no, I'm not OK with that and it is not fine with me.

Truth is I'm more pessimistic than you. Regardless of the law, our data on both sides of the Atlantic is going to be slurped and bugged by our respective spook agencies because if they can get at it, they will.

There was en El Reg article some time back about an Android app that left the microphone on all the time. Google's response to that was hey, if you're gonna do that, get the user's consent. My comment was no, it's wiretapping and they should go to jail.

If commercial companies can get away with wiretapping by putting it in the EULA, what will governments get away with?

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Read It!

Let's not over-react here. From justice.gov:

Rule 41 Changes Ensure a Judge May Consider Warrants for Certain Remote Searches

"The amendments would apply in two narrow circumstances:"

"First, where a suspect has hidden the location of his or her computer using technological means, the changes to Rule 41 would ensure that federal agents know which judge to go to in order to apply for a warrant..."

"And second, where the crime involves criminals hacking computers located in five or more different judicial districts, the changes to Rule 41 would ensure that federal agents may identify one judge to review an application for a search warrant rather than be required to submit separate warrant applications in each district..."

"This change would not permit indiscriminate surveillance of thousands of victim computers—that is against the law now and it would continue to be prohibited if the amendment goes into effect."

Sometimes reality is markedly different from what the press is repeating.

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Uber drivers entitled to UK minimum wage, London tribunal rules

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Re: I think contracts can override the law

Don Dumb wrote: Contracts cannot absolve companies from their statutory obligations and cannot oblige an illegal act. It's amazing how many people thing otherwise.

To put it another way:

A contract cannot make something that is illegal, legal.

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Adobe emits emergency patch for Flash hole malware is exploiting right this minute

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Re: Unbelievable, lets just correct this

log in to my online banking fiirst message window/bar that comes up please enable flash, it doesn't actually have anything to do with the log in process

Actually Flash sets its own persistent cookies that are independent of your browser's cookies. Unfortunately you can clear browser cookies and the Flash cookies are still there.

And unfortunately, the greater irony here is that some websites use Flash cookies for security!!!

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Re: Ha! Luddites exonerated

It's ironic that when you download the Adobe Flash updater you get the option to install a McAfee virus scanner.

"If you install our Flash, you better use a virus scanner!"

(El Reg needs an icon for irony)

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Intel's new chip targets industrial IoT

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Re: Industrial IoT?

"Industrial IoT" Is that even a category!

it's actually the highest growth IoT category.

It's about automating factories with an intranet of wireless sensors instead of miles of cables. It also shows tremendous value when the factory needs to be reconfigured for another product in that you do not need to route cables everywhere. You also get predictive maintenance and fault prediction. The market presently is in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

BTW by intranet I mean by design it's almost always a private closed-off network with no outside internet access.

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Qualcomm agrees to acquire semiconductor biz NXP for $47bn

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Reasons

NXP Semiconductors is the fifth-largest non-memory semiconductor supplier in the world, and the primary provider of chips for the automotive market, which Qualcomm is considered to be eyeing in expectation of growth in the self-driving car market

Doubtful this is the reason, as despite what you read in the news, we in the semiconductor market do not expect the self-driving car market to ever be mainstream - that's what our automotive customers are telling us.

This is just part of the continuing consolidation of the semiconductor marketplace. With microcontrollers being sold at commodity pricing and so those margins getting thinner, the fastest way to expand while preserving margins is to acquire the competition. It's not about self-driving cars, it's about survival.

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October proves to be the cruellest month for Twitter staff as 350 more laid off

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Re: stop texting me

Twitter has two big revenue streams – ads, which pulled in $545m in the last quarter, and data licensing and other revenue

"data licensing and other" = "selling people's personal information"?

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20 years to get Amiga Workbench 3.1 update, and only a fortnight to get first patch

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Re: No way back for me

Ah, yes, the Amiga...

Superior hardware. Inferior marketing.

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Exit through the Gift Shop? US copyright chief was assigned to shop till, tweeting

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Google is Obama's Halliburton

Google is Obama's Halliburton.

Google it.

Um, on second thought, Bing it for better results.

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Vatican and musicians at odds over appropriate use of crematorium leftovers

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Re: Resurrection of the body

In my opinion, the ashes should be treated according to the wishes of the deceased - spread out at sea, sprinkled over a mosh pit, etc.

So unless the deceased had specifically detailed how they wanted their ashes treated, the ashes should be treated with the respect and dignity the Pope requests.

See appropriate icon.

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Clinton, Trump actually agree on something – blocking AT&T's Time Warner mega-buy

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Re: Can we break them up instead?

Hillary Clinton's vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine said he and Clinton would have concerns about the merger and would need to "get to the bottom" of the proposal...

Translation: "We cannot decide if this merger would be good for the American people until AT&T sends a large donation to The Clinton Foundation..."

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Finally, that tech fad's over: Smartwatch sales tank more than 50%

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Garmin

Fitness is still king, and the only vendor to show serious growth was Garmin, which saw sales of its sporty smartwatches rise 324 per cent over the year

I never thought much of smart watches until I got one, a Garmin Forerunner. They definitely do smart watches right.

Garmin watch faces are programmable and very customizable so you can have almost any watch face you want, even a Breitling or a Rolex. But the main advantage is that I can see who is calling or texting me with the flick of a wrist. Makes in invaluable when driving as I do not need to take my hands from the wheel, and it is also a very "rudeless" way of checking and reading your text messages while talking to someone.

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Judge nailed for trying to bribe Fed with fizzy water (aka Bud Light)

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Re: "Bribing" ?!?

Q: Why is Budweiser beer like screwing in a canoe?

A: They are both f**king too close to water!

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No matter who becomes US president, America's tech giants are going to be quids in

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Re: Cameroon 38%

If Hillary Clinton gets into office and becomes America's first female president, one of her priorities will be changing the tax code to a new permanently lower rate.

Obama made the same promise. So did Bush II. And Mr Clinton...

Joke icon, because that is how I feel about campaign promises.

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Third of Donald Trump's debate deplorables are mindless automatons

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Re: Vote early, vote often...

"Twitter bots make a lot of noise but thankfully can't vote in elections"

No, but once their robot overlords achieve self-awareness, they will do away with elections and politicians in favor of computer rule.

See the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project for more details.

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