* Posts by Kubla Cant

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Microsoft kills its Euro pane in the a**: The 'would you prefer Chrome?' window

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The headline for this item is missing an asterisk in 'a**' of course.

I thought it was about donkeys.

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Boggling bum babe Kim fails to 'break the internet' – Robin Williams instead tops Google charts

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Conchita Wurst

I've eaten bratwurst, weisswurst, leberwurst, and even, in an unwise lapse, currywurst. But I've never seen Conchitawurst. It sounds like a sort of German chorizo.

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You were lucky. I thought they were talking about Kim Jong Il.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: "Sellafield is going to cost way more than the current £70 Billion alloted "

I should think Sellafield is a poor example for the decommissioning cost of generating plants, anyway. It's significantly older than most nuclear power stations, and in its early days it was called Windscale Plutonium Factory (!) before they decided to sanitise the name.

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European Commish asks for rivals' moans about Booking.com

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Re: Am I alone

Am I alone in that I make a practice of checking several booking sites when I'm looking for a hotel? I'm slightly surprised to learn that booking.com is dominant, because I've rarely found their offer the most attractive.

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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Vince Cable

Vince Cable yesterday accused NATS of "skimping on large scale investment" and running "ancient computer systems, which then crash."

Does Vince Cable ever do anything except whinge? His public persona seems to have been modeled on the Old Gits.

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FATTIES: Boffins say their miracle sunshine skin cream 'prevents obesity'

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Re: Miracle!

a bodybuilding article I once read

Bodybuilders can read?

(please check the icon before coming round to beat me up)

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Did rock-hard aliens turn young Earth MOIST? New probe data emerges

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Re: Water on Earth is ELEMENTAL, my dear Watson !

I only looked at the landing page of your site, but it was enough to suggest that you've discovered the HTML equivalent of green ink.

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Boffins: We have found a way to unlock the MYSTERIES OF SHEEP from old parchments

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Re: And for an encore

+1 for the joke, but I think historic ink was more likely made from iron and oak galls than squid.

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Zzzz...

A great idea.

But am I the only one to feel that reading the family histories of sheep would have a similar effect to counting the sheep? Even the short paragraph about Swaledales and Scottish Blackface is venturing into the "more than you ever wanted to know about sheep" zone.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Presumably a +1 channel is cheap, as there's no additional editorial cost. The programs on BBC3 may look like they cost nothing, but it's still the more expensive option.

I don't watch commercial channels much because I find it annoying when programmes are interrupted for ads. I was horrified to discover that BBC3 interrupts films with non-ad breaks in which some witless totty recites "news" about "celebrities". The sooner they close it the better.

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Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

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One interesting side-effect of the ETA shown on the satnav is that you can see exactly what difference your speed makes. On long motorway journeys the time taken is a fairly direct function of speed, but elsewhere it seems that driving as fast as I dare makes so little difference that it's not worthwhile.

There seem to be more and more average-speed cameras, and these seem ro be much more effective than the old fixed cameras. Sometimes I wonder, when I'm sitting in a tailback on the A14, whether I'd be entitled, or even obligated, to complete my journey at 150 mph in order to achieve the required average.

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Re: Hazard

in the UK, disguising the things was made illegal over a decade ago

It didn't really work. I think the law says they have to be yellow, but fails to specify what kind of yellow. The small, presumably digital, cameras that are replacing the big square boxes all seem to be painted a dull buff colour.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Viewing ads is the price you pay

So here are a few techniques to pay your way:

1. Install an ad-blocker that saves all the ads, instead of displaying them, so you can view them later when you have lots of free time. The trouble with this is that it may fill your disk before you get round to viewing.

2. Set up a service where people with lots of free time and not much money get paid for looking at other people's ads. The ad-blocker can re-route all your ads to this service. Not very PC, and it costs.

3. Adopt the same solution as for other mindless repetitive tasks: get a computer to do it for you. This is my favourite. If the advertisers complain that I'm not viewing their ads, I can honestly assure them that my computer has examined every byte in far more detail than I would be able to manage.

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Re: Money speaks, as usual

Anyone know of a competing Ad Blocker?

Try Privoxy. An ad-blocking proxy server is a bit more fiddly to install than ABP, but it blocks ads everywhere, including Chrome, IE, email etc. You can also set up a single proxy server for your entire network, so ads don't even get across the threshold.

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NASA prods sleeping New Horizons spacecraft: Wakey, wakey, Pluto's calling

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A stunningly impressive mission.

But am I alone in finding the name "New Horizon" slightly naff? Also inappropriate, as the one thing you don't see much of in deep space is the horizon.

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SCIENCE LAB TERROR: MYSTERY of the MISSING BRAINS

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Re: Don't loose your head

Bentham may have lost his head, but even without it I expect he knew the difference between "lose" and "loose".

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Dumb meter

Not long ago I had to have a new electricity supply and meter installed*, and I feared that they might install a smart meter. They didn't, but they did position the tiny new meter up by the ceiling because that's where the big old electromechanical one was. When the meter reader next called I had to fetch him a ladder so he could read it.

* The old supply consisted of a cable that branched off my neighbour's supply, went over the roof of his house, then connected to a pair of lethal bare copper cables on brackets along my side wall (evidently too hard to remove when they originally decommissioned the overhead supply in the village).

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: One way?

@Gazareth

I have to rise to this because I "studied" at Oxford and live near Cambridge. Both score equal points for their historic centres. Oxford has nice Victorian suburbs that are mostly lacking in Cambridge, but it also has Cowley, Blackbird Leys, etc. The countryside around Cambridge is something of an acquired taste; the Oxfordshire environment is mostly picturesque, but it's a bit Chipping Norton.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Welcome back, King Canute*

So, the UK government is banning hard porn on the Internet, the EU is going to dismember Google and Amazon. And I hear that my local Council has plans to reduce gravity.

* Apparently the tide stunt was actually staged by Canute to show that he wasn't omnipotent. It's a pity today's rulers are less wise.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: LibreOffice

I use LibreOffice a lot and it hasn't messed up any docx files

I recently used LibreOffice to edit a .docx created in Word, and sent the result back to the originator, who couldn't open the file in Word because of malformed XML. Fortunately, saving it from LibreOffice as .rtf and .doc produced readable files.

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: Ah, New Zealand...

You normally find Paydaynpawn Place at the end of Bettingshop Boulevard.

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By the Rivers of Babylon, where the Antikythera Mechanism laid down

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Re: Been in the museum where they have this object

to quote Sir Isaac Newton "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants"

It's thought that by "giants" he may have meant "people taller than Hooke", who quarrelled with Newton and seems to have been short. It's a gratuitous personal slur rather than a lofty philosopical reflection.

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Pay with your credit card at station kiosk? 'Dare Devil' is targeting YOU

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"As this POS malware market is evolving, new security measures are needed to combat the seemingly continuous strains being developed by the underground," the researchers said.

I suppose the underground is trying to win business from the overground.

The self-service tills in B&Q (the ones voiced by Annoying Naggy Woman) appear to run a Linux distro, to judge from the lengthy scrolling log that appears when they're rebooted.

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Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks

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Re: I'd quite like the Dual autochanger

I notice that it offers speeds of 78, 45 and 33⅓, but not 16⅔. I wonder if 16⅔ records ever existed - I've certainly never seen any.

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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the name R.U.R. has an excellent pedigree

R.U.R. is the pedigree!

It's the play by Karel Čapek where the word "robot" first appeared (in 1920). The name stands for "Rossum's Universal Robots". Čapek seems to have imagined organic androids, rather than mechanical robots, though that may have been mainly to simplify stage presentation.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Skipper

Why is Barbie's sister called Skipper? Does she wear a beard and a greasy sou'wester? Does she look like a tinned pilchard? A penguin?

With all the names in the world to choose from, it seems an odd selection.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: Skinny vs Fat

have you ever seen a fat terrorist, or a drunken one?

It's going back a bit, but Brendan Behan* was an IRA volunteer and pictorial evidence suggests he sank a good few Guinesses with consequent effect on his girth. He may not actually have been a fat, drunken terrorist, but I bet a few of his co-volunteers were.

* Lest I unleash a storm of Hibernian protest, let me say that I intend no sleight on the man's literary output.

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Re: Web site request

@Simon Bacon

A simple solution might be to check the byline before you read the article. But you sound like somebody who never misses an opportunity to be outraged, so I suppose that would spoil your enjoyment.

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Re: Time to start taxing these lard buckets

I'm for the "Logans Run" option

Don't you mean "Logan's Waddle"?

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U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND

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Re: @Lostintranslation

And I live on the left hand side of the country and concur. Improve the M5 and the M6.

What about the right hand side? Have you ever used the travesty that's the A1? Before you even reach Peterborough you'll drive on normal motorway, a joke motorway where the inside lane disappears at every junction, a dual carriageway that runs past people's front doors, and a massive eight-lane superhighway that connects the villages of Alconbury and Stilton. The only "improvements" it ever sees are more speed limits.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Re: There's something to vinyl... Don't know what though

I think Vinyl makes you lisiten more, with digital, you can flick 'next' way to easily at the slightest glint of risng boredom

I think you've made an important point, Teiwaz.

I've noticed something similar when watching films. In the cinema, I watch through to the end unless the film is unspeakably bad (and not just because I've paid). At home, I'll often stick with a broadcast film once I've started to watch. But films streamed from Netflix etc have about five minutes to capture my interest before they're off.

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Re: how to give your Vinyl a "deep clean" using wood glue

I tried this and I now have one very thick LP.

Evo-Stik is a wood glue, isn't it?

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OpenSUSE 13.2: Have your gecko and eat your rolling distro too

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Re: Gecko? Really?

Chameleon, yes.

I wondered if it might be a chameleon standing in front of a gecko, but that's the wrong way round, and geckos don't change to look like their background.

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Watchdog bites hotel booking site: Over 3k card details slurped

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Re: SQL Injection!!!

"validate input" - certainly worth doing, but not a protection against SQL injection.

"quote all strings" - emphatically not. This implies that user-entered values are still being used to cobble together a SQL statement by string concatenation.

The safe way to protect against SQL injection is to use prepared statements and parameters. There is no way that parameter values can be converted into SQL commands, regardless of quotation marks*.

* Unless your database is a Walt Disney production, or you're using some kind of "execute immediate" feature, in which case you deserve whatever you get.

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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

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Re: You tell me it was a damp squid

"damp squid" is such a famous snowclone that it's been used as a book title.

Read the title of the article.

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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Re: Documentation is beyond the capabilities of most FOSS-ers

But sadly most comments state the bleeding obvious while ignoring the obscure - "i++; // increment counter" type of thing. The best advice is to pretend your code is going to be maintained by a homicidal maniac who knows where you live .

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Mobile carriers keep the promised land on an ever-receding horizon

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I should be so lucky

25GB? I have a data allowance of 0.5GB. I mostly use my phone for data. But I still can't use the massive 0.5GB in a month. With the crap data rate I get I couldn't use 25GB in a month of continuous downloads.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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I've ridden a recumbent for about 10 years. It doesn't attract as much attention as it used to - I had to run a gauntlet of jeering teenagers when I first used it.

It definitely isn't an alternative to this electric bike. The author of the article uses the power to help him ride up Archway Road. Most recumbents are fairly heavy, and you don't have the option of standing on the pedals when you're climbing a steep hill. The theory is that you drop down to a low gear and "spin up", but as with any reciprocating engine, your legs waste a lot more energy in low gears.

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Re: Err....a fly in the lycra?

Err, you normally pedal bikes*. It's drugs that you peddle.

* Unless you own a bike shop.

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Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars

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Re: No alternative

I used to drive a Mazda 6 estate. Nice car, but suffered from appalling road noise. It finally met its end when the corner of an articulated trailer scraped across the bonnet while it was (legally) parked. I was rather shocked to see how flimsy it was.

As far as snow handling goes, despite FWD, the Mazda got stuck on the ramp of an underground car park in the Alps. I had to buy snow chains to get out, and even with those I spun 180 degrees at the first bend in the pass. Mind you, the AWD SUV in front of me was basically skating down.

The Mazda's replacement, a BMW 5 Touring was indeed a little difficult in snow. The worst bit is going uphill, when the weight of the engine causes the front to slide down, while the rear wheels continue up (this at about 10 mph). The car ends up straddling the road, which is embarrassing if there's anyone else there. At this point there's nothing for it but to pray you can complete the U-turn without driving into the ditch, go back down, and find another route.

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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Cache

I know about the cache control meta tags and I know about F5 and Ctrl-F5. But I've still found plenty of occasions when IE has had to be restarted to force it to forget about a CSS or script file that it has sqirrelled away somewhere.

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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Windows Store

I spend an inordinate amount of time commuting by train. On the journey home, suffering from a kind of burn-out, I occasionally like to get out my Win7 laptop and play a few games of Freecell or Hearts.

The other day I tried to find these in Win8.1. The Games tile just directed me to the Windows Store (luckily I wasn't on a train, or that would have been the end of things). I found the games I wanted and installed them.

Bleah! Hideous graphics and intrusive flashing ads. Kill it!

If this is Micosoft's vision of the future, they can crank their Windows version number up to 999 for all I care - I won't be buying. Have they done this with all the applications that used to ship with Windows?

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EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers

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How do they do that?

I've been with EE for a few years, and I've never found a data connection fast enough to enable me to use more than about 60% of my allowance.

Example: I commute into London on the East Coast Main Line, and I try to read the news online. Most of the time my phone screen blanks before the page loads. Frequently I get "No data connection" messages when I can see houses, offices, and mobile phone masts out of the window.

Meanwhile, I see people on the train apparently watching movies on tablets. Are they streaming the data over the net?

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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Re: The feel of a pig in a cage on antibiotics is kept alive by cozy words

Tea Partiers deploying Freya Desktops

In the olden days, when people used to give meaningful names to servers, our first generation of Vaxes were all named after Greek gods such as Zeus, Juno and Ares*.

When the time came to replace these, we decided to use the names of Nordic gods, so we had Odin, Thor and, yes, Freya. Whereupon people started to say the IT department was staffed by Nazis.

* This was in the days of terminal servers, which were called Melpomene, Terpsichore, Calliope, Euterpe... after the Muses.

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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Re: Newbuild

a newbuild 1 year old. why not just install FTTP?

About 5 years ago I bought a flat in a development newly built by Wimpy. You can tell how much foresight went into the building from the fact that every flat has gas that is supplied through 15mm copper tube that runs up the outside of the building*. I'm surprised that's even legal.

Inside the flat there are wall sockets for phone, TV arial and satellite dish. I can only suppose these aren't actually connected to anything. The BT installer drilled through the outside wall and ran cable along the skirting board to a surface-mounted box in the good old way. Nearly every flat has a satellite dish screwed to the outside wall.

* Like the Lloyds building, only less stylish.

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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Psychoanalysed?

The young men, who took part in mandatory military service in Sweden between 1984 and 1997, were psychoanalysed while in the army and subjected to intelligence tests.

Are you sure about that? In Britain the military pioneered the use of intelligence tests, so that part's wholly credible.

But are you really saying that these conscripts were treated to hours of talking about their unresolved complexes and infant traumas with a psychoanalyst? Or do you really mean that they were subject to some kind of personality or cognitive profile test?

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Samsung abandons Chromebooks, laptops, PCs in Europe

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That's what I thought, too. I bought one of the Samsung 9 Series a couple of years ago, and I haven't regretted it.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Pants pockets

keeping a phone in you pants is maybe going a little too far on the security front.

I expect they enjoy the vibration when somebody calls.

Why would you have pockets in your pants?

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Re: Nirvana

The most annoying thing about SATA cables is the power connector, which for some reason is much wider and more complicated than the data connector. It all appears to be show, because you can use an adapter to connect to an old-school Molex connector.

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