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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

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Re: Lumia 1020 don't understand the fuss.

Yeah, you can.... but not at the same compact size. Heck, you can get a proper DSLR plus kit lens for £300, but people still buy compact cameras because, well, they are compact. If you haven't got your camera with you at the time, you can't prove that the Loch Ness Monster when you catch it making love to your car.

(The nice thing is that manufacturers are picking up on this, and the range of high quality yet pocketable cameras has swelled in the last couple of years, to suit many definitions of 'pocket' ... RX100, LX-7, X-10, S-110)

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Re: I *really* want one of the Nokia imaging units in my next phone...

>I *really* want one of the Nokia imaging units in my next phone... ... but there's no way I'm moving to Windows Phone

Sony has your corner. Basically they've stuck the important internals (lens, sensor, processor) from the very-highly rated RX100 M2 compact camera into a smallish unit that uses your phone's screen.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/06/sony-qx10-qx100-preview_n_3878299.html

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Hands on: Panasonic bakes a 20-INCH tablet for big biz to swallow

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Re: One problem...

Some do make that requirement, but most allow consumer hardware, or can be tricked into thinking your GeForce is a Quadro. Anyway, in the article:

However, the Performance model won’t be seen until 2014 and benefits from a Core i7 chip (TBA), 8GB of RAM (16GB max) with an Nvidia Quadro GPU.

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Re: It's CAD, Jim...

There are some applications that work better with a touch-screen (a virtual mixing desk, for example), just as there are many that are better used with mouse and keyboard, or indeed a stylus.

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Smartwatch craze is all just ONE OFF THE WRIST

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Re: Orly?

But what happens if someone uses an EMP weapon?!!!

(I'm joking : D )

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Re: nothing wrong with digital watches

Er, most analogue watches are as accurate as 'digital' watches... the quartz timekeeping mechanism is the same in both types. Most mechanical watches are analogue, but not all analogue watches are mechanical.

I wear a quartz analogue watch, and find the rotating bezel a far quicker and easier way of noting a set time (ie when my parking ticket expires, or when I put a pie in the oven) than fiddling with my phone's countdown time. The benefit of wearing the watch (always having quick access to time) might be low, but the cost of wearing the watch is also low (it's small, tough, isn't shabby-looking and only requires attention every few years) is even lower.

Functions, that used to be on my digital watches (chiefly alarms, perpetual calender) I use my phone for, becuase it does them better .

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Re: The big thing about digital watches

>the ritual of listening for the BBC radio time pips to set their watches.

And that's ANOTHER thing that is wrong with DAB! It's a few seconds out!

/end shout

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Re: I remember watches ( Charles 9)

>What piece of shit phone do you own that won't work at all unless it has a signal?

I can't answer that. However, I don't like the fact that most Android phones can't wake themselves up for the alarm clock (so if you are low on batteries and have to wake up at certain hour the next morning you have to use Airplane mode and cross your fingers), something all my previous dumb- and feature-phones could do.

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Wrist SLAP: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch hands-on

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Re: Meh

Cheers Wize, your suggestion of a cheap camera pen from Alibaba seems much less hassle than having my eyeballs swapped out for some Nikons, and far safer than plumbing up some wormholes.

Alas, your handy tips won't be of much us to me, cos I never had those blackmail and voyeurism neuro-cartridges implanted in my brain (back when they were on a buy-one-get-one-free special offer)

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Re: Why?

>I don't need a heart monitor.

You probably don't, at least not now and for many more years to come I hope! However, some people would benefit from one- and their GP might appreciate a week's data log when a patient presents with some chest symptoms. Many people, usually the more elderly, have emergency call pendants. 'Wearable tech' is already here for some limited cases, and may move in towards the mainstream.

Some people wear what looks like a piece if jewellery but marked with information, to alert medics to drug allergies and the like. Obviously a pendant or bracelet is less obtrusive than a current-generation smart-watch, but electronic kit tends to get smaller over time.

I agree about the camera - it adds bulk and can make people feel awkward. However, I suspect Samsung's intended market for this Mark I product are those that want every conceivable feature whether they need it or not (ie Galaxy S4 owners... friendly joke : ))

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Re: "...should work with any Android handset."

Samsung's decision to limit this watch to some specific handsets makes more sense if you see the Gear as dipping a toe in the pool. It's a Mark I product.

Not many people will buy a smart watch right now - even those interested in the concept will choose to wait until (if) such things mature a little bit. So that leaves the determined first adopters as the target market, many of whom are the sort to have bought a Galaxy S4 or Note already because they are amongst the highest spec'ed handsets around.

Samsung probably don't expect to sell millions of this model, haven't tooled up for it- so if supply of the Gear is limited they might as well limit the list of compatible handsets to those that show the Gear off to its best (or at least the phones with the right hardware and that Samsung have control over).

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Re: Meh

In a Iain M. Banks story, the Culture visit Earth and remark incredulously upon a No Photography notice in a museum:

"They want to own the light?"

William Gibson is a bit more inclined towards prosthetic-eyeballs, so that glamour films can be captured from the starlet's point of view. If prosthetic eyeballs are ever introduced for medical reasons, there will likely be some call for DRM so that images transmitted to the brain can't be backed up for future replay.

Arthur C Clarke employed wormholes to explore the issues of a zero-privacy world.

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Re: Oh dear

>http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/30/4677066/google-acquires-android-smartwatch-manufacturer-wimm-labs

Apparently Google snaffled up smart-watch makers WIMM a little while back. I'm ignorantly assuming that some of the work done on Google Glass is transferable to a smart-watch, and vice versa ( similar constraints, such as power efficiency, battery placement, unorthodox UIs, as examples).

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>I know they want to try and build a brand but it's built on Android so should work with any Android handset.

Good point. I'll wait and see what turns up on XDA-forums down the line.

To be fair though, most current Android phones don't have the right Bluetooth hardware- though I'm sure that will be different in a years time.

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The first iPhone wasn't 3G (because it would have made the battery life a standing joke) and it didn't allow copy/paste (presumably to make the UI simpler). A case can be made for those omissions.

Samsung don't like omitting anything it seems (to delight of my inner geek), putting in more features than are needed, and producing something that is too pricey and too bulky for many.

Where smart-watches might come into their own is amongst the more frail amongst us- the Galaxy Gear watch already features an emergency help feature (pressing the power button three times repeatedly sends text messages and location information to pre-selected contacts) and a heart-rate monitor.

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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

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Re: strange idea

People who have a Rolex can usually afford to have several watches, a cheap Casio for the swimming pool, a heart-rate monitor for the gym, some old military-issue on a NATA strap for more casual events.

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Re: Modify a previous design

Apple could have easily bunged some Bluetooth chippery in their old Nano and sold it as a connected companion to the iPhone... it would probably have been alight, and occasionally useful (a remote control for media playback), but it wouldn't have been without some obvious flaws.

The Reg did report recently on an Apple patent for a micro-perforated aluminium touch screen- it's looks like a sheet of normal aluminium, but tiny holes allow for pixels to be seen through it, and touches can be sensed through distortion of the sheet. The patent application mentioned keyboards (the current Apple Wireless keyboard has a power-indicator LED that is nearly invisible when off) but the technique has some obvious potential for a smart-watch.

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Re: Bastards!

The HTC One might do it:

http://www.androidcentral.com/htc-one-android-43-gets-bluetooth-40-certification

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>Only Casio’s Bluetooth G-Shock smartwatch comes close to the look of a "real" watch.

Er...?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Citizen-Proximity-Bluetooth-Chronograph-AT7030-05E/dp/B009LDL7UO

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Re: Getting your imitation in first?

There have been watches with cameras on for... well decades. I'm sure I remember reading about a Cold War-era spy camera mounted in a watch, but all my search terms return are links to that GP who used a modern digital camera watch to film his abuse of patients.

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Re: Bastards!

Samsung isn't really shooting themselves in the foot - they are just ahead of the Android pack and waiting for them to catch up. They have put Bletooth LE hardware in their kit before support for the standard was rolled out in the last major Android update.

Oh, Google bought a smartwatch start-up a few years ago, but the deal was kept secret until last week when some law firm leaked it. If you wanted to develop a smartwatch in secret, you could do worse than to make a song and dance about some smart-spectacles you are also working on.

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Re: If only...

You'd still be limited to iDevices, newer Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets, and some MS Surface and Nokia gizmos - most Android devices lack Bluetooth LE hardware.

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Re: too big?

The G-Shock is rugged and waterproof, but it sounds like you want a watch with a sapphire crystal - which not likely to be featured on a smartwatch which might only be used for a couple of years before being superseded by a newer model. The faces on G-Shocks do tend to be deeply recessed though, so not as prone to scratches as other non-sapphire watches.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: The mobe for CHUCK NORRIS TYPES

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Re: I like it except for one detail

The Sony Xperia Z has two external studs so it can be charged in a (optional) cradle without having to faff around removing a rubber plug from the microUSB socket... I couldn't see anything like that on the S4 Active judging in the pictures in this article.

That said, just because one co-molded plasticky-rubbery flap breaks off after a few hundred open/close cycles doesn't mean that all of them do.

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Reports: NSA has compromised most internet encryption

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Re: You'd be...

Smiley does not retrieve his Ronson cigarette lighter from the ground, after it is dropped by his nemesis.

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Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

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Re: What I want from a smart watch....

The Casio G-Shock with Bluetooth LE meets some of your requirements... its battery lasts a couple of years, it's around £150, and it is tough and waterproof. However, it doesn't have all the functions you listed - it mainly does notifications.

It is iPhone-only at this stage, but Android has only just adopted Bluetooth LE so that may change.

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Re: Wrist watches - I've heard of them

>So?? That has no more relevance than it mentions the word watch.

So let's give Tim99 the benefit of the doubt and assume that he was raising the idea of longevity; the idea of a item being useful over decades or centuries is pleasing when many of the gizmos around us today might last no more than five years.

Pens, cigarette lighters, watches... it is possible to buy a brand new version of each of these things today and find them almost identical to models made fifty years ago. (Though of course you're more likely to come away with a Biro, a Bic or a Casio. )

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>"Just one question, will the watch work with phones that are cheaper than it is?"

>No - only Samsung stuff. And only Samsung stuff that's on Android 4.3.

The Samsung Note devices have had Bluetooth LE hardware before it was supported by Android.

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iPhone rises, Android slips in US, UK

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>It's not like Nokia means much to the new generation of purchaser anyway, only their parents.

And of those parents, a fair few are yet to buy their first 'smartphone' because their trusty 3330 still works for them.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Re: "Skype, Office, Xbox Live, Bing, Skydrive"

>none are the future i.e. attractive to kids.

XBOX? There might be some potential for kids here, if it's integrated into Winpho phones and tablets. The kid wants something that can stream gampeplay from the XBONE, and mummy and daddy believed him when he said it runs Office 'for my schoolwork'.

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

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Re: @AC: 08:31 (was: Been there, done that. In 1985.)

Exactly. Posts along the line of "I did X way back in Y" are interesting if they contain some details; indeed, it is in hope of finding comments from those more experienced and wiser than myself that I read the Reg comments section in the first place.

However, if a RegReader makes reference to something interesting but provides no further detail, then it can only really frustrate us fellow commentards, in much the same way as reading an intriguing headline but then finding the article locked behind a paywall.

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Dr Dre's Beats plans to drop HTC, hook up with rich mate – report

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Re: seemed kinda innovative

It's all about the question "how do you advertise your laptop as having better sound quality than average?" when it is not an attribute easily expressed by numbers (like a CPU benchmark, screen res or HDD size.)

A common answer is to use somebody else's already-established name, as Apple did with Harmon Kardon on the first iMacs, and as other laptop makers have done with the Bang and Olufsen name - along with their IcePower Class-D amplifiers, Samsung ditto some years ago (even building a B&O-designed phone). To a lesser extent, some end-products advertise their use of a branded component, such as a Burr-Brown DAC for example.

LG's new flagship Android phone shows some promise for audio - it has the audio hardware (and drivers and APIs) for 192Khz 24bit audio, and they claim they have put a lot of effort into the handset's audio path.. whether this effort has paid-off, I don't know; look out for reviews if this interests you. I've noted that some specific versions of the Samsung Galaxy II and IV are well thought of on audiophile forums, having a Wolfsen DAC.

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iPhone 5S: 64-bit A7, 128GB storage, flashy ƒ/2.0 camera, and...

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More likely to be anodised with something hard and goldie-looking. Titanium Nitride would fit the bill (you'll probably have seen this treatment on some drill bits), except it looks more goldie than gold (and thus trashy). The UK bicycle component company Middleburn used to make chain rings with some tasteful hard-anodised colours, if earthy colours were your thing.

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Attention, addicts: LEGO meth lab pays homage to Breaking Bad

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Re: Wow! Not sure how I feel about Lego making a meth lab playset, but ok

> not sure it should be immortalized in Lego bricks :)

Neither is LEGO the company, which is why these pieces are printed by a third-party company. They also offer LEGO military figures, LEGO bongs (to the scale of LEGO mini-figures, so non-functional obviously), LEGO zombies and tiles that resemble this {>} and other Reg-like cons.

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Re: Grrrrrr!!

A show about criminals...

much like a good number of Shakespeare's works, then - a fair bit of murder and other dodgy things occur in his plays.

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NASA: Earth II may be hiding in unexamined data from injured Kepler

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Re: Now if one of those "Earth II" planets was within a human lifetime at say 0.1c

>Now if one of those "Earth II" planets was within a human lifetime at say 0.1c

Alas, the length of a 'human lifetime' may well be shortened by the journey beyond the protection of the Earth's magnetosphere. I suppose future technology might allow us to shield the occupants of spacecraft with energy fields, or repair their DNA on the fly...

['Songs of Distant Earth' by Arthur C Clarke]

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Re: Calling Roadside Assistance

Well, at least you now have some redundancy should one of your comments cease to function.

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Superstar cluster-Zuck as Facebook tries out celeb-only edition

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Re: A Warning, Please!

Good advice there Mr Roper, unfortunately the Windows 7 Taskbar has a tendency to pop up at the merest provocation ( Such-and-such wants updating, Autoplay when i only plugged my phone in to charge, etc) and obscures the bottom status bar of any application I'm actually using. If anyone can tell me how to prevent 'notifications' from causing the Taskbar to pop-up, I would be grateful!

(To pre-empt one solution: Nothing against Linux, but it isn't suitable for me)

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Starwing: Nintendo, Argonaut's Brit boffinry and the Super FX chip

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Argonaut... didn't they do a game on rails called 'Creature Shock'? I would consult Wikipedia, but I'm drunk and it sems more fun to ask you guys. Certainly the Argonaut name is familiar from the time I used to read PC Zone. And wasn't there some parachute simulation game out around the same time as Starfox? Skywings 3D or somesuch?

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Re: SuperFX and N64 sequel

Yeah, i remember playing Nascar on a 386 and 486 linked by a null modem cable... all but one of the tracks was a boring ellipse, though. yYu could paint your cars different colours, and the car damage was pretty impressive for the time, especially detached wheels bouncing down the track. Setting one's car to 'indestructible' and speeding the wrong way down the track was always a hoot... perhaps we could have an antique code show dedicated to the fun we got from abusing computer games?

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Bradley Manning: 'I'm sorry my actions hurt the United States'

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"In case you haven’t noticed, we are now almost as feared and hated all over the world as the Nazis were.

With good reason.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr, in http://inthesetimes.com/article/903/i_love_you_madame_librarian

He also made the same point in his book Man Without a Country , but didn't use the word 'almost'.

So it goes.

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I was just recalling Sgt. Joseph Derby, who released the photos of abuse by US military staff and contractors at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. He released the photos through the 'proper' channel, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, and was promised anonymity. However, Donald Rumsfeld saw fit to 'thank' Sgt. Derby on television, whilst he was still on base surrounded by those he had implicated. His wife and family were then harassed back in the US by members of the public.

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Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 return as Xbox Live exclusive

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There is hope

Martin Campbell directed the 1985 BBC series Edge of Darkness, which was apparently well thought of.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edge_of_Darkness#Broadcast_and_critical_reception

Continuing with the optimism, Battlestar Gallactica was well served by a remake.

I'm not putting money on this new Blake's 7 being great, but thought that I might try and balance some of the negativity here!

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

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>Anyone using the word phablet in my earshot will be getting a punch on the hooter.

Careful, Mr Taylor - you run the risk of hurting your fist on 7" of glass, plastic and metal. Elf and safety etc.

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Rate-my-boink app scores frisky fanbois, fangurlz' SCREAMS, VIBRATIONS

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Re: Monitors data from user’s movement through the accelerometer?

Presumably, v2.0 will support one of those Bluetooth pedometer wristband/dongle thingies like the Nike 'Fuelband'.

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Google lifts skirts, reveals Play All Access to UK market

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Re: Grr

One can imagine these streaming services taking the place of record labels... after all, there is no longer the initial outlay of pressing x thousand compact discs.

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Re: Grr

>without some unique verifiable means of identifying them

I'd have thought that my long-standing Google account, or Android phone would satisfy that requirement. I wouldn't say that I had no intention of signing up, but rather the whole point of a trial is to determine whether I might want to. The selection of artists available is an important differentiator from Spotify or Sony's offering, and I couldn't see any immediate link to that information.

On an off topic but audio-related note: I'm glad to see a new flagship Android phone (hint, not HTC, Samsung, Sony or Motorola) being released week with hardware support for 192Khz 24bit audio playback, and with appropriate APIs to make up for Android's native audio limitations. Existing portable solutions seem to be either unwieldy (iDevice plus camera kit plus external DAC) or expensive (Colorfly).

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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

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>But wouldn't his comments be taken as breeching the gag order? I'm sure the Gestapo FBI is already on it's way to have a chat.

tkioz's comment above pre-dates mine above by more than an hour. (his strike-through formatting doesn't survive copy-paste)

>"In case you haven’t noticed, we are now almost as feared and hated all over the world as the Nazis were."

- Kurt Vonnegut Junior - http://inthesetimes.com/article/903/i_love_you_madame_librarian

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"In case you haven’t noticed, we are now almost as feared and hated all over the world as the Nazis were."

- Kurt Vonnegut Junior - http://inthesetimes.com/article/903/i_love_you_madame_librarian

Remember the shameful blackening of his name Fox News indulged in after his death? We were always taught not to speak ill of the dead.

"She was a widow, and he stripped himself naked while she went to fetch some of her husband's clothes. But before he could put them on, the police were hammering on the front door with their billy clubs. So the fugitive hid on top of a rafter. When the woman let in the police, though, his oversize testicles hung down in full view."

Trout paused again.

"The police asked the woman where the guy was. The woman said she didn't know what guy they were talking about," said Trout. "One of the cops saw the testicles hanging down from a rafter and asked what they were. She said they were Chinese temple bells. He believed her. He said he'd always wanted to hear Chinese temple bells. "He gave them a whack with his billy club, but there was no sound. So he hit them again, a lot harder, a whole lot harder. Do you know what the guy on the rafter shrieked?" Trout asked me. I said I didn't. "He shrieked, 'TING-A-LING, YOU SON OF A BITCH!' " - Timequake, KVJ

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

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Re: darn, i missed that one.

Attributed to Mel Brooks: "f I got a paper cut, that’s a tragedy. If you fell down an open manhole and died, that's comedy."

Or Homer Simpson: "Man fall over. Funny."

We enjoy watching John Cleese as Basil Fawlty in an apoplectic fit. We also enjoy watching bad things happening to bad or stupid people, or to stupid bad people. An example would be the Darwin Awards, or the drunken Swansea idiots who decide to abuse a transvestite - who turns out to be a professional cage fighter dressed up for a stag night; the ensuing natural justice was captured on CCTV and is available on YouTube.

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