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Fort Worth joins crusade against sagging pants

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Crack kills

I don't really think of the low-slung trousers look as a hipster thing, more of a gangsta(-wannabe) thing. Either way, I support this ban. Unfortunately, it would be unenforceable in my current city of residence, not because I think that the gangsta community is any great threat but because the bus drivers couldn't be arsed (pun intended).

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Nokia: When pigeons fly home to roast

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Facepalm

It. Was. Irony.

No actual body required.

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Dell intros world's thinnest 15in laptop PC

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Bleah

No way to get it without Office 2K10, with a Windows edition other than Home Premium, or without Dell's crapware (McAfee, I'm looking at you). Nice design; shame about the software.

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HP exec: WebOS tablet will trounce iPad

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@Robert

http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=angry+birds

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Extragalactic black hole particle fountain awesomeness

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FAIL

*Sob*

You couldn't just look it up, could you? Noooooo, you had to go and correct some poor sot . . . incorrectly. Chris Miller is correct in his spelling; you are not. The irony police will be around with bats and a chainsaw; if you must leave, please do so by way of the lumbermill.

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Apple, Amazon trademark spat turns surreal

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Headmaster

I'm on tenterhooks . . .

. . . waiting to find out what thing belonging to a shop you have!

See, over *here*, an apostrophe followed by an "s" indicates possession (or a contraction, but I'm going to assume, perhaps foolishly, you weren't trying to say "we have shop is").

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You would be right . . .

. . . except for the many ways in which you're wrong.

"a drugstore is no more a store for generic drugs than the App Store is a store for generic apps"

The point is that a drugstore is a generic *term* for a store where you buy drugs (or at least that's how it started). At this point, if someone tried to trademark the word "drugstore," they would hopefully be laughed out of court.

"the App Store with capitals is Apple's copyrighted Application store"

If you RTFA, you'll see that Apple is explicitly fighting the words "app store" used in conjunction, i.e., they are denying that those two common nouns placed together form a common phrase but rather a proper one which they can trademark.

"Give your lack of English understanding a rest, please, trolls ..."

Back at ya there, skippy.

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Why are Microsoft and Intel slapping and pulling hair?

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FAIL

Legacy?

Unlike, for example, Unix?

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Bing to offer Facebook-slurping 'friend search'

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Big Brother

Search by committee

Because none of us is as dumb as all of us!

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Facebook absolved for exposing user info to advertisers

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In before the Facebook hate

If they had won the suit, it would have been akin to me suing for bodily injury someone who was driving recklessly yet did me no actual harm. Irresponsible? Yes. Harmful? No.

Bring the downvotes! BRING THEM, I SAY!

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Facebook 'smear' shock: Journos aghast!

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Facts?

Their new, two-year-old service that no one uses? That new service?

Since Andrew's story is a little short on facts, here's an alternate perspective:

http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/facebooks-failed-google-smear-stupidity-squared-979

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Google lobbying to make driverless cars legal in Nevada

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Strangely . . .

. . . not everyone has the same usage patterns as you. I have not owned a car in close to five years, and big part of what facilitates that is car sharing and, to a lesser extent, car rental. Don't know what car sharing is? Check out www.zipcar.com or www.citycarshare.com. Renting is not cheaper than owning if you drive every single day, but I take public transport 90% of the time, so the $75/month or so that I spend on driving is less than the price of gas alone probably would be. Let's break it down:

Cost of car: $20,000 + taxes and fees (yes, yes, you can plenty of cars for cheaper; you can also pay more; this is a nice, round figure, so STFU if you don't like it)

Cost of insurance: $1200/year

Cost of gas: $100/month

License fees: $120/year

Maintenance (oil changes, etc.): $40/quarter (probably more, but I'm being generous)

Cost of accident: deductible ($500) plus inconvenience and cost of car rental

Parking: $200/month + tickets

The cost of a new car will pay for a *lot* of car sharing/rental fees, and with car sharing, I know exactly how much I have to pay in advance. Admittedly, that model doesn't work for everyone, but it's great for urbanites who don't want to deal with the hassle and expense of owning a car. There are a lot of us, and our numbers are growing, thanks to car sharing firms. An automated car sharing arrangement would be fantastic, because it would reduce or eliminate one of the biggest issues with car sharing right now, which is that you're compelled to pick the car up, drive it somewhere, most likely leave it parked for several hours, and then drive it back, paying for the idle time in the middle. Automated car sharing could reduce the need for and thus the expense of that idle time, in turn reducing the need for individual car ownership.

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Use of Weapons declared best sci-fi film never made

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Stop

Not so fast

Americans also made Star Trek.

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Sure

They could cut out the tedious unedited twaddle, and it would fit into the length of music video.

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TMS flash array blows Big Blue away

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FAIL

No?

How about the part where it's 95% cheaper, substantially smaller, and has a vastly reduced power draw?

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Cisco taps ex-Sun chip guru for servers

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Happy

Matt Bryant . . .

. . . paging Matt Bryant to the red Sun thread.

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Computers taught to sing using autotuning talent show

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Rei Toei

Good to see that we're still on target for the world fulfilling all of William Gibson's predictions.

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Sony mulls hacker bounty offer

Tom Maddox
Headmaster

Not sure if serious

Assuming one parses your question as written, the question becomes "why would they offer a bounty?" which I think is what the article was written to explain. Something about being massively hacked, if my short-term memory does not deceive me.

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iOS lauded as top moneymaker

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Joke

"And web users are the least profitable on all levels."

I find that hard to believe, as it would imply that Web users assume they can just get premium content and applications without paying for them.

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Assange: Facebook a ‘spying machine’

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Black Helicopters

Oy

The tinfoil hat brigade is out in force today.

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HP to show off next gen EVA on the Vegas Strip

Tom Maddox
Coat

Hmm . . .

And here I was thinking it might be some kind of giant robot piloted by a whiny kid.

Right, I'm going, I'm going . . .

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Oracle tests find NFC lags in execution

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FAIL

Let's see ...

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=nfc&l=1

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Canonical delivers second Natty Ubuntu beta

Tom Maddox
Grenade

Oh hai

Is this the comment thread where we assert our personal superiority based on operating system preference? I still run BeOS, bitches! Suck it!

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Wireless devices to break one-billion barrier in 2011

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Coat

Hot stock tip

Invest in tinfoil-manufacturing companies.

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So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?

Tom Maddox
Alien

Ringworld

Ringworld, by Larry Niven

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Facebook's data center play sidelines Google, Apple

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"OMG, I hate Facebook!"

... seems to be the knee-jerk response. The point here is that Facebook has done an awful lot of work figuring out how to make its datacenters tremendously energy-efficient and has made the fruits of that work public, as opposed to Google, which has not. Presumably, there is now an option for other datacenter customers to ask their providers why a Facebook-style environment cannot be created. The market will not change overnight, but it probably will change, allowing more cost- and energy-efficient datacenters to be created, resulting in non-trivial cost and energy savings for everyone.

Yeah, that's kind of a big deal.

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Microsoft's first Window 8 tablet app spotted

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Supercilious Fanoi Arrogance?

I think I saw those guys at the Warfield. I thought it was going to be pretty rocking, but it turned out to be a bunch of guys in turtlenecks and horn rim glasses talking about their jobs.

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Nokia launches new corporate font

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FAIL

Well, I'm convinced!

There's some decisive action! I wasn't considering buying a Nokia handset, but this new font really has caught my eye!

There's a special pomposity about font designers, probably a result of someone being forced to care much about something so small and irrelevant (insert dick joke here).

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Firefox 4 debuts: The last kitchen sink release

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@The BigYin

And I do what when I'm not at home?

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Tom Maddox
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NoScript

Install the NoScript plugin--it really does make Web browsing faster, and you can easily enable/disable it for specific sites and sessions, plus it gives you added protection from malware-infested sites.

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Converting between backup formats is possible after all

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How long . . .

. . . will it be before these guys are bought by CA/EMC/Tivoli and quietly vanish?

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SpectraLogic adds tape 'validation' to fight silent decay peril

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One small problem

As mentioned in the article, tape is now primarily an *archival* medium, which means that the tapes are usually stored offsite. The only way to validate the tapes therefore is to periodically recall them and run them through the tape library for analysis. Sounds fun!

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Microsoft+IE9: Holier than Apple open web convert?

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I'm with stupid

Do you just keep that post in a document editor ready to auto-post whenever IE is mentioned? I think most human beings would consider an operating system *without* a browser to be worthless, so it would be profoundly stupid of Microsoft to ship Windows that way. They could include someone else's browser; for example, I hear there's a crappy Firefox knockoff that comes out of Norway (sorry, that was gratuitous, but I just couldn't help myself), but that leads to other issues of bundling and favoritism, and of course, there's the issue of the browser code being outside of Microsoft's control.

It is not illegal to bundle the browser with the OS, otherwise Apple and Ubuntu would also be in dire straits. Commingling the code is not illegal either; the developer of an OS can do whatever they want with the code. What *is* illegal is using that technology combined with monopoly power to squeeze out competition. At this point, there is sufficient competition in the browser space that arguing that Microsoft has a *browser* monopoly would be difficult. In any case, you can 1) remove IE and 2) install any other browser, which was not the case when the original anti-trust case went to trial.

I feel like I should address the "directly harm" bit as well, but I'm struggling to come up with an argument that doesn't involve insulting you. Suffice to say that you have not demonstrated harm in your post.

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NASA aims for space tests of Mars-in-a-month plasma drive

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FAIL

Presumably . . .

You decelerate the way a regular rocket would: turn the ship around and thrust in the opposite direction. You just would have to do it for a longer period. Rocket scientists, being rocket scientists, will hopefully have thought of the whole "needing to stop" issue and planned appropriately.

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EMC blows benchmark away - again

Tom Maddox
Grenade

I spotted the EMC employee!

What do I win?

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Chrome 10: Google whips out its Crankshaft

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FAIL

Because . . .

. . . you didn't provide enough context in your post to diagnose the issue? No, wait, that's what's wrong with your post, not Chrome.

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Rogue AV pimps finally show love for alternative browsers

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Troll

I await . . .

. . . the Opera users who, failing to understand the methodology behind this approach, erroneously attribute Opera's absence from the list to be a sign of its superiority rather than its obscurity.

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Amazon confirms the terms of its declaration of war on Netflix

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Grenade

Pedantry fail!

Even in the US, there are no fewer than 51 capitols--let's see if you can guess what they are!

Hand grenade icon as the modern equivalent of the petard by which you have been hoisted.

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Android phone to replace shop till

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Joke

That's crazy talk

Imagine the logistical challenge of trying to keep track of countless tiny pieces of paper or metal. Why, you'd have to have an entire industry of people devoted to the task, and just imagine the shenanigans *they* could get up to if they decided to manipulate the system!

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Putting it mildly

"There are also significant security considerations, which aren't addressed by the company's demonstration."

Ya think? How can NFC be secured against skimming in, for example, a crowded subway car? They can have my physical wallet when they pull it off my cold, dead--uh, never mind.

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Antennagate Redux: Consumer Reports condemns Verizon iPhone 4

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Jobs Horns

Not entirely

It would also have to be monochromatic and be called an iTurd.

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Doctors warn on patient data

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Juniper flat-packs data centre networking

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WTF?

960MBit/s of switching capacity

Unless I'm missing something, I really hope that's 960 GBit/s, otherwise I'll stick with a Linksys four-port gigabit switch, thank you.

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Chemists create current-bearing plastic

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Joke

Interesting

The picture in the article implies that this technology is already being used in Apple products.

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FOSS maven says $29 'Freedom Box' will kill Facebook

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Joke

Ha

Like I'd trust the French with my data . . .

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AdBlock Plus: Open source for fun (not funds)

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FAIL

I wondered how long

it would take before an Opera fanboy revealed that he *still* doesn't understand AdBlock+.

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Google Chrome extension bars domains from search results

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FAIL

Lighten up, Francis

Or perhaps, gosh, I don't know, it was a joke? Unfortunately, even HTML 5 doesn't provide the <joke> tag, so parsing non-literal semantic content is left to that thing between your ears, which you apparently use for cold storage.

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Google brings 2-factor authentication to Gmail

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Joke

Good point!

However, I hear that you can prevent Google from getting that information if you just wrap your phone in tin foil. Or maybe it's your head. I can never remember, so I guess you better do both!

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'Race against time' to find LOST TREES from the MOON

Tom Maddox
Joke

Easy enough

He just opened the capsule window and stuck his hand out with the seeds in them.

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Superphone system-CRACKING cable of DOOM ... is quite handy

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WTF?

Okay, you win

I've worked with some paranoid security guys, but that's taking it to extremes. OTOH, that's kind of the nature of academia, so it makes sense.

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