* Posts by Mystic Megabyte

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Total Control

For the benefit of overseas readers Total Control is an tariff from suppliers that uses off-peak power to heat your home and water.

"You'll get between five and twelve hours a day from your storage heating. We find out the best times to put it on for you by regularly checking the weather forecast. This means that you’ll have heat when you need it most, without having to worry."

https://www.hydro.co.uk/GasAndElectricity/YourMeter/DifferentMeterTypes/

The reality is that they can dump excess power into your house when you don't need it and make you pay for it!

With smart meters the suppliers will be able to cut you off as well. This won't affect me as my tinfoil hat has a woolly lining.

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BT hit by data centre fire: Some ISPs just love watching the net BURN

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Great!

Maybe now those BT Belfast call-centre b*******s will stop calling me every fortnight. The usual conversation goes like this: (Due to my location I can only have line rental with BT)

BT. We notice that you don't make calls with BT, which service do you use?

Me: Feck off!

BT. We also notice that you don't use BT internet, which ISP do you use?

Me. Feck off!

Actually I'm slightly exaggerating, this went on for months and eventually they did feck off.

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EU threesome promises good times for data protection reform

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Like

I'm not particularly politically astute but I keep wondering why certain businessmen want the UK to leave the EU. Is it a divide and conquer plan from the USA? Discuss.

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CIA-funded spy data safe Palantir doubles in value in 18 months

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Headache?

That's explained why each time that I take off my tinfoil hat I get adverts for $pain_killer pills.

In reality this is not a joke but in fact quite scary.

What's the name of the sci-fi film where they have to take the medication that's behind the bathroom mirror?

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Raising a stink in court: Innocent poo banditry warehousers win $2.2m

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Re: Please, El. Reg.

I totally agree. To much info!

Maybe the Reg could use this, it's SVG so easily scaled right down.

https://openclipart.org/detail/127417/turd

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Killer ChAraCter HOSES almost all versions of Reader, Windows

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Ooops!

That is some powerful bug, I'm so glad that I moved away from Windows some years ago. If the BBC would stop using Flash I would not need Adode's products either.

I'm not being smug, Windows stops being productive when you spend more time fixing it than using it.

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Kamikaze Rosetta probe to ram comet it's chased for billions of miles

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Shame

I liked the idea of having Rosetta in a parking orbit. Firstly because of the mental image of it flying off through the solar system. Secondly, it would be interesting to see if it returned intact. It may not be functioning but it would be a memorial to human ingenuity. Being made of metal I wonder if it could be detected by radar from Earth.

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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Iceberg ahead!

This looks like it's going to be a titanic cock-up! Too many versions and too many hands on the wheel.

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FLICK my FLINT and SNIFF my TREE on the streets of Naples

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Pro tip

I know a guy who was pulled over by the police for a breath test. Realising that he had no mints he quickly eat the little tree "air freshener". How he managed that I don't know but even though he'd drunk several pints he passed the test!

In Milan some years ago the police sealed off all the main roads just before the afternoon commute. The whole place was gridlocked. The reason? It was a rehearsal for a summit conference (G8?) the following day.

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Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

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Chrome on Ubuntu 14.04

Each time it starts a box appears asking me to "Authenticate" i.e. type in my password. I just always hit "Cancel". I only use it for Plex so if they can eavesdrop it'll just be burping and farting noises me applauding another fine movie.

A worrying development nevertheless :(

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If I get hit by a bus, Linux will go on just fine says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Shut up and fix the video driver mess

I agree with you but it's not all bad.

On my elderly laptop the "legacy" ATI card worked great up until Ubuntu 10.04 then regressed with 12.04 and now works nicely again with 14.04. It's never going to be good for gaming but I'm not bothered about that.

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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

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Bounce

If there is ever another mission like this maybe deploying multiple landers would be advantageous.

Small cube sat. type devices mounted in spherical cages would be able to bounce around when landing. Hopefully one or more will end up in a good location and then swivel in it's cage for optimal operation.

In the meantime, congratulations to the Philae team.

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

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Patent

Those researchers should patent XARA as "a method for sharing stuff" then sue Apple for using it.

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Hating on 'Like Farms': boffins trawl for Facebook fakes

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WTF?

The bad spelling and grammar, the authors note, “suggests the opportunity to incorporate, in malicious/fake account detection tools, not only activity thresholds, but also other features such as lexical analysis, which is part of our future work”. that most users are stupid.

FTFY

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Belgium privacy commish ambushes Facebook with lawsuit

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'Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!'

I feel like I'm the guy who runs off at the end of "The invasion of the body snatchers" when I tell people that Facebook is evil.

From imdb.com:

"With other pod people in pursuit, Miles ran to the highway. He pleaded with motorists to stop but they considered him crazy. He saw a truck full of pods headed to Los Angeles. Miles wandered the highway, telling people that "They're already here! You're next!""

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Look behind you!

If I were in his shoe, I would leave the country immediately.

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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@AC

Why are all the links on this page going nowhere? Yours looks like this:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/%3C/p%3E%3Cp%3Ehttps://prod01-cdn01.cdn.firstlook.org/wp-uploads/sites/1/2015/06/sundaytimes.jpg

<gets more tinfoil>

Edit: Also why does the page jump to the bottom when I click on up or down vote?

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Beats loudspeaker silenced by Apple after $3bn buyout, report claims

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Bonk that!

"Beats had also been developing a speaker that would combine Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC tech."

Pay by ghetto blaster?

Pic for da yoof

http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2005/12/16/ghetto_blaster_051216035418598_wideweb__300x375.jpg

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Stratosphere protects WASP's hot body, say boffins

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@x7

Nope, the masking tape would burn off and you would end up with a white windscreen.

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4 new twists that push the hacker attack on millions of US govt workers into WTF land

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Re: Elephant in the room

I wondered why I got flagged up as a Japanese navy admiral when entering the USA :)

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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FB

The police could save themselves time by just arresting anybody that does not have or is not logged into FB.

I would imagine that 98% of attendees will be tagging themselves or updating their status anyway. (Or whatever it is that you do on FB, I've never used it)

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MONSTER GALAXY spotted hiding behind IMMENSE BLACK HOLE

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Re: Pixels? @Chris239

"Look up Inteferometry."

Thanks, that is a word that had not occurred to me.

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Pixels?

I've asked this before but did not get a definitive answer.

ALMA has 66 dishes. Is that image composed of 66 pixels or does each dish scan a tiny piece of sky to increase the resolution?

I find it hard to believe that a dish could be aimed so accurately.

I looked here but it did not enlighten me.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atacama_Large_Millimeter_Array

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

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on error

I know nothing about these kind of systems but even cars have a "get you home" mode when a sensor fails. Surely that would only be a couple of extra lines of code.

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Israeli firm gets legal on Indian techie over ISP ad injection spat

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eh?

If while I'm out some advertising company, without my permission, paints an advert on the front my house.

If I then post a photograph of my house on the internet will I be charged with copyright theft infringement?

I am glad to know that Flash Networks and Bharti Airtel are not in the house painting business.

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Power your temperature sensor with this BONKERS router hack

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It's like the crystal set of the future

They could broadcast a national AM signal and the power harvested would run your DAB radio.

</sarcasm>

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Dre-stic measures: Apple Beats retreat from iTunes brand – report

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The secret formula

Why not go the whole Coca-Cola and rename Apple to MegaDodo or something similar?

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Camgirls, crypto currency and beer: The Register tours the Dark Net

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Re: Very interesting

"Examining the dark web from a sociological point of view seems to suggest that when anonymised i.e. free to express without judgement, our laws as they relate to drugs, privacy and sex may not be aligned with the needs of our society."

That reminded me of something that a victim of the WW2 German Nazis said. That the SS were mostly not ideologues but just evil crooks who were suddenly not restrained by the rule of law. They could act with impunity and extorting money was their main goal. I imagine that in any society there are many like that, both men and women.

For example, that guy in your local pub who for years has wanted to kill someone but is only restrained by the fear of imprisonment and it's consequences.

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WikiLeaks offers $100k for copies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – big biz's secret govt pact

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Betrayal

This must rank as the biggest "land grab" in history. I fear that we will all be enslaved by the mega-rich. The word "Free" will become a trade mark, any use of it will result in severe penalties.

All Linux users will be arrested for circumventing DRM. I'm only being half serious here, most likely just having libdvdcss installed will become a criminal offence.

Why are our politicians doing nothing? Is it because the NSA has enough dirt on them to exert control?

Bad days ahead! I am at a loss to express my sadness.

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GCHQ gros fromage stays schtum on Snowden and snooping

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Ipcress2

"A delegate asked if GCHQ could be considered a threat actor due to its promotion of backdoors in products"

Has the delegate been seen since? They're most likely being re-educated in an "Albanian" prison.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Microsoft’s covert efforts .....

Microsoft is on my list of unethical companies and won't be getting installed here. My advice would be to start looking for alternatives before you get locked in for ever.

See here for their usual tricks:

http://techrights.org/2015/05/29/microsoft-vs-india/

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Re: I'm confused @Michael habel

I bet are happy to believe in the Big Bang theory. A Quantum fluctuation that did not annihilate itself a moment after it popped into existence? The technical term for this would be "a fecking miracle". Maybe the Universe willed itself to exist, stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

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It's not over 'til Saturn's spongy moon sings: Cassini probe set for final Hyperion fly-by

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Re: Altogether now... wasp tip #2

After a friend got stung he filled a wet/dry vacuum cleaner with boiling water and sucked all the wasps to their doom.

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Trial halted as Kartoon defence attorney arrested after warrant discovery

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Kartoon

2D or not 2D?

That is the question

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Apple: Relax, fanbois! We never meant to read your heart rate during wild wrist action

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The Doctor

If only someone could bypass the emotion suppression circuit these people could be restored to rational thinking beings.

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Microsoft to TAKE OUT THE TRASH in the Windows Store

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Re: My first look at the future @Crazy dude

No dude, I pilot a £2.7 million fly-by-wire 2000 HP boat that has a Linux sub-system and a pretty Windows interface.

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My first look at the future

I have just returned from a two week stint at a quiet outpost of a national org.

Apart from the locked down corporate Win 7 desktop there was a brand new Lenovo Win 8 box for general browsing etc.

Being bored one day I tried to play Solitaire, but when I clicked on "Games" I just got a fullscreen Xbox controller icon. WTF is that about?

Then I tried searching and arrived, presumably, at the App Store where I was supposed to buy a game that came free on just about any computer in the last 20 years.

As for the "Desktop", there were tiles showing animated stuff that was of no interest to man nor beast. Sorry Microsoft but I won't be buying an App or even using your rubbish OS.

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Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

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bad shit

A local lad was killed just because he tried to open a bar of candy while driving too fast. A friend of mine was the first at the scene and had to hold the boy's brain in. This is not a good outcome for anyone. We have all had lapses of attention but please don't play with your shiny thing when driving.

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BRAIN STORM: Nine mislaid cerebra found near railway line in New York

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I know the feeling

After a wisdom tooth extraction that went wrong I took the maximum dose of Paracetamol for a week.

The passing railway trains would have been a welcome distraction.

I had to wean myself off the pills with beer*, the withdrawal was seriously bad.

*Old Peculiar, the best pain killer in the world!

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Yay for Tor! It's given us RANSOMWARE-as-a-service

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Ransomware?

I thought this was an article about Windows 10.

it's early, I need more tea.

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This $199 home air-quality gizmo will tell you to VOC right off

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Re: Reckitt Benckiser @I_am_Chris

Nope. It was nothing to do with CO

Nope. It is not called The Await

From the link:

"an unexplained outbreak of serious lung disease similar to pneumonia – particularly prevalent among children and pregnant women – had discovered a “significant association” with the use of humidifier disinfectant that was targeted at parents in a country where winters are dry and cold."

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Reckitt Benckiser

I wonder if it would have saved the lives of these women and children. Somehow i doubt it.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/24/uk-firm-poison-claim

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Bonny Scottish post-pub nosh neckfiller: Rumbledethumps

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My 10 minute recipe for one

I use the Thai Jasmine rice from Lidl, it's jolly good.

Put a nip glass in a saucepan and half fill with rice (If you spill the rice it goes into the pan)

Add three half glass measures of water and a little sea salt.

Wash some Broccoli, put it in the pan, cover with a glass lid, and bring to the boil.

Set your timer for 10 minutes and open a tin of Tuna.

When it boils start your timer and turn the heat down to simmer.

Optional step: Fry half an onion or pour yourself a drink :)

After 10 minutes (check by looking through the glass lid) remove from stove, add the tuna and some chilli sauce. Stir it all around and serve or just eat it from the pan and save yourself some washing up!

Tasty, low fat and has greenstuff!

P.S. I heard this story yesterday in the land of clapshot.

A guy suspected his neighbour of stealing grass seed from his shed so he mixed in a load of neep seed. The neighbour's landscaped and otherwise immaculate lawn suddenly sprouted neeps everywhere!

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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Turtles all the way down

"Device Guard itself runs in its own pocket of memory with its own minimal instance of Windows"

And inside of that is another little Device Guard etc.etc.

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Spotty dwarf Ceres BARES ALL in NASA's SHINY CLOSEUPS

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Flying squid

It's very slack of elReg not to tell us how much a giant squid weighs on Ceres.

And what is a squid's escape velocity?

We need to know this sort of stuff.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/21/manhole_cover_octopus_inferno/

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What's 'appening with WhatsApp? '800 MEEELLION LOSERS* actively use us', says boss

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Re: Re Zuck in an empty room @the islander

He dare not move from on top of that desk. 50% of those balloons contain poison gas and somewhere on the floor is a drawing pin.

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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@h4m0ny

No wait, I've already guessed the response - it's going to be some variation on "they shouldn't have bugs in the first place". Good luck with that! :/

Your guess is incorrect. The reason that people hate xx is because of their strategy of spreading FUD.

Not wishing to be sued I can only give a possible example.

Hang around the Ubuntu forum long enough and you will regularly find this sort of thing. A first-time poster will claim to have been using Ubuntu for several years. During this time the OP had nothing but trouble culminating in his data being lost etc. Now he is reverting to Windows.

From this one can deduce two possibilities.

!) The poster is an idiot who never asked for help on the forum before, but struggled on alone with his "defective" OS.

2) He is being paid to propagate FUD.

I personally do not want to do business with any company that has dishonesty at it's core.

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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

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Re: 2 @cosymart

Presuming that you're not trolling me then get a Quad mono system. Start with the preamp, get the amp and an electrostatic speaker later.

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/acoustical_quad_control_unit_qc_ii.html

http://www.stereophile.com/content/quad-ii-classic-monoblock-power-amplifier-page-2

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/acoustical_esl_electrostatic_loudsp.html

You'll need a large room because the speaker has to be 3ft from a wall to get any bass out of it. Great for classical music.

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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Font

Isn't that the Ubuntu font?

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: What's stopping them...

They are saving the epoxy for the iwatch!

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