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6549 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

Quicker, easier to fly to MOON than change web standards ... OR IS IT?

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@Scott Wheeler (was: Re: We went from NCP to TCP/IP overnight.)

And the Hosts could address how many users? And how many NCP "256 host" networks could talk to each other? Was a rather large system around 1979/1980 ...

The point is that it's not exactly insurmountable ... given an intelligent userbase. Which we don't have, alas ... The one thing missing is a method of undermining human idiocy.

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We went from NCP to TCP/IP overnight.

Under ten years of research, probably 4 years of fiddling with "live" sub-nets, and about a year of the entire research network just working. Not a hiccup on Flag Day (January 1, 1983). Everything still worked nicely, right from the git-go. Granted, most users of TehIntraWebTubes had clues back then. Today? Maybe not so much.

Maybe the 17 years from the start of CSS to get widespread support for custom fonts is because custom fonts and CSS in general is really not all that important?

99.99% of everything useful on the internet is ASCII text. Most of the rest is crap.

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Wireless charging stretches the friendship by 45mm

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35 or 45mm away?

Just plug the thing in, already. Avoid transmission losses.

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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

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What good does the source do ...

... if you don't own the tool-chain? c.f. http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/ken/trust.html

Politicians (and other management!) have zero clues about code.

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Flamewars in SPAAACE: cooler fires hint at energy efficiency

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Re: GEET Engine?

Is anyone actually still paying attention to these clowns?

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Re: More efficient when colder?

I could have worded that better. Remove "heat of" from mine. Mia culpa.

That's not "liquid fuel", that's the air-fuel ratio (stoichiometric mixture). The closer to a vapo(u)r that the intake system can make the fuel, the better ...

Steam engines burn fuel outside the actual cylinder(s), and are not germane in this particular conversation.

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More efficient when colder?

Considering that heat of chemical reactions expanding gasses is what makes internal combustion engines work, somehow I suspect this concept is a no-go ...

That said, I'm in! Who do I have to suck to get some millions of this waste-of-taxpayers dollars?

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CAPTCHA challenges you to copy pointillist painter Seurat's classic

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"Instead, you'll be offered another pointillismless challenge"

There, fixed that for you. You're quite welcome, no charge.

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Re: Another Tech That Should Die

Concur. And you're not alone.

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Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

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'victims of colossal bad luck'

Welcome to the Universe.

There is no "plan", it's a totally random cluster-fuck.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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During the meanwhile ...

The only TV in this house has had it's remote cob-webbed to the set-top-box probably 46 weeks out of the year for the last ten years.

There is nothing worth watching on "good old telly". Hasn't been for decades.

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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@phil dude (was: Re: @ Peter Simpson 1 Yeah? Just try to leave Israel!)

Look up "Y-DNA Haplogroups" and "human migration". Look at J1 and J2 groups in specific. Now place these concepts in the context of the middle east today.

In theory, you'll understand why Jews & Arabs are blood-brothers, like it or not. The entire cluster-fuck is nothing more than a glorified family feud. Which they all seem to glorify, alas. They really need to get over it, this is the 21st century, not 2,000BCE, the year dot, or 610 CE.

Me? Glad you asked. I'm N1c (Finnic). My mother's brothers are N1b (Ugric).

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@ Peter Simpson 1 Re: Yeah? Just try to leave Israel!

Why would I, a civilized human being, want to go to the terrorist state of Israel[1][2] in the first place? Serious question.

[1] A Rabbi friend of mine has been calling it that since we were at Stanford together, 30 years ago. In his opinion, the entire hell-hole that is the middle-east makes the perpetrators responsible for the US Civil War look like pikers, and has done for thousands of years. In his words "They need to grow up and accept that they are all related, the lot of them".

[2] Or anywhere else in the middle-east, just so I'm not accused of being anti-semitic[3].

[3] Daftest thing about THAT bit o' lingo is that Arabic is a semitic language ...

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@Maty (was: different cultures)

Regarding you first question, that was Samuel Langhorne Clemens writing as Mark Twain.

As for the topic at hand ... I wonder why the Brits always display such rampant xenophobia when it comes to the Yanks. Gut feeling is that it's fear of the unknown ... I'm in my mid-fifties, a Yank, and have spent roughly 20% of my life in Blighty. Quite frankly, other than accent, slang and word spellings, Brits & Yanks are quite similar. Could say the same about the English and the Welsh, BTW.

Note that I'm talking about the PEOPLE, not the vast stupidity that is security theater. Seriously, Brits, on your next vacation, come visit Sonoma & Napa counties (wine country North of San Francisco). Might open your eyes. Not only world-class wines, but the local craft ales are pretty damn good, too. AND they are inexpensive, to your eyes, at ~US$4 for a 22oz bottle.

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METRE-LONG DINOSAUR POO going under the hammer

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Not a dinosaur shit.

Dinosaurs all[1] died out long before 23 million years ago.

As a side-note, looks like diverticulitis is nothing new.

[1] Yes, I know, my fowl are descendants of Dinosaurs. Stop it already.

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Super Cali optimistic cloud is now a focus – even though the sound of it is something quite

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Wonderful.

These are the same idiots that lost 20+ years of my DMV record.

My license was clean, mind (insurance company agrees) ... but it took about three months before I managed to convince the morons that I had actually been legally driving over the road since the early 1970s. They doubted me, even though I had retained all the paperwork (including lapsed drivers licenses!), because "computer says no".

Stuffing it all into a "cloud" is gong to cause paperwork mayhem.

Mark my words ...

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Unbridled BONKING and rampant ROGERING at YOUR office!

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Re: just wondering...

Wrong? No. Just don't frighten the neighbors, horses, dawgs & children.

What you do in the privacy of your personal sex den is your issue, just so long as you don't include the under-aged or the unwilling/unknowing.

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Re: Lara Croft

"Lara Croft" is a figment of your imagination.

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@Alistair (was: Re: nothing but pure fancy)

Kids these days just don't get the overall concept of TehIntraWebTubes.

Keep writing, Mr. Dabbs. You amuse me in the wee hours late-week :-)

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@Milen (was: Re: nothing but pure fancy)

What, pray tell, is the definition of "a code", v.s. "a patch" in this context? Please do compare & contrast.

While you are at it, kindly define both "sickening" and "obscene".

I'm on tenterhooks ...

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Looking for freelancer

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@jaforali

S/he was looking to fill a 4-month position. Some 17 months ago.

Are you hard of reading, skype : minhaz590? I sure as hell wouldn't hire you. For anything. You are obviously unable to understand the basics. HTH, HAND.

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FAIL - the most incompetent IT pros

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@J.G.Harston(was:Re: @Mephistro (was: FAIL - the most incompetent IT pros))

"How can you get into a car while simultaneously filling the fuel tank?"

Have you ever actually fueled a motor vehicle? Start fuel flow, lock the valve open (until it detects too much back-pressure and shuts off automatically, of course), get back into vehicle. It ain't rocket science. Most sane people use the time to clean the windows/lights/mirrors instead of updating farcebook/twatter and/or touching up makeup.

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The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots

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It's the beginning of the next Maunder Minimum.

The climate is about to get a LOT colder.

Have fun, "global warming" alarmists.

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Kill queues for fast data centres: MIT boffins

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There is a reason that competent USENET programmers ...

... are highly valued in data centers.

Kids these days think throwing the kitchen-sink at a problem is more important than actually understanding the guts of the issue. Sad, that.

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Flaw in Google's Dropcam sees it turned into SPYCAM

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Re: Flaw in Google's Dropcam?

BusyBox source code is freely available, from BusyBox. See:

http://www.busybox.net/downloads/

THAT said, if you want to see how a persistent exploit can exist, see:

http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/ken/trust.html

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@AC "in the last few minutes" (whatever that means, ElReg) Was: Re: @Christian Berger

See: United Kingdom – United States of America Agreement

HTH, HAND.

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Dropcam is MARKETED as a spycam.

See the "NBC" ("Nothing But Calculus") television commercial, as an example.

Yet another example of the gootard's fuckwittery ...

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: Eh?

For "posh, sophisticated, cosmopolitan people", read "aged, retired, out of retirement money people".

In retrospect, it was pretty awful. At least the Punk scene kept us kids alive. A gig, two pints & 5 fags for under a quid and a half. Seemed like a good deal at the time.

And we always had John Peel(RIP) to listen to on the transistor when we got home.

Kids these days smearing their fondle-slabs without actually experiencing the reality of life have no idea how bad their lives are.

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Eh?

"Here in London, it's considered a little parochial to tie yourself to just one godforsaken corner of the earth. But in Scotland, it's a badge of pride."

England is one godforsaken corner of the earth. Ask the Romans ... I got me Os & As in Yorkshire (Harrogate Granby Highschool) in the late 1970s/early 1980s. It was a VERY parochial experience. In other words, pot-kettle-etc.

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Get an EYEFUL OF CURRY for the sake of your brain

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@moiety

"Sort your fucking nomenclature out boffins."

Learn to read, idiot. The English Language is precise, when used precisely.

"Last thing people with Alzeimers[1] need" ... is folks like yourself getting all uppity over normal, every-day break-downs in cognitive ability. Brain-cells die. The neural-net loses contacts. It's a fact of life. We don't know all the reasons. Curry is hardly important in this discussion.

[1] That's "alzheimers", for folks not quite as all-knowing as moiety.

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Turmeric's not a root ...

... it's a rhizome. Like ginger & galangal.

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DRONE WARS: Killers, spies? Nah, they're IDEAL for snapping pics of hot models

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This is useful ...

... why, exactly?

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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More probably, Hollywood (etc.) ...

.. is losing money because of an extreme lack of anything new on the menu.

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Blighty's Amazon Cloud Lord: It's a battle of men vs boys, and I ain't no boy

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During the meanwhile ...

My personal "cloud" (a distributed computing system) has been operational for friends & family, non-stop, since Flag Day, January 1, 1983.

Marketards running networks have zero clue. Their (l)users need to get a big hug, and and a pat on the back, and told "There, there, there, it's not your fault. You fucking moron."

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iWatch 'due November'... Y'all know what time it is? Now you do

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Who actually wears a watch anymore?

I can see the time damn near anywhere I look. This has been true since roughly 1985. Not that it makes much sense in the first place ... The Sun is a great clock, if you have clues. When it's dark, SLEEP!

Heading there now ...

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

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So I guess, by this logic ...

The City of London itself [New York, Melbourne, Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, Athens, Rome, Tel Aviv, Beirut, Buenos Aries, whatever, pick a town] is accountable for all crime in that city.

Yeah. That'll fly on the world stage.

Just goes to show how embedded the thinking of the tabloid set is. Poor barstards.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Somewhere ...

Steve Jobs is spinning.

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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@AC 17 Hours Ago[1] Re: Photos of kids

A couple old posts from me:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/search/?q=jake+%2BDaguerreotype

[1] Whatever that means, ElReg.

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@Herby (was: They had a full sized billboard here locally)

There was another in Burlingame, near SFO, and another just south of San Rafael on Strawberry Flat. As of 1982ish, the mechanics of all three wound up at Alan Steel & Supply in Redwood City. Only one of the actual signs, though ... The toddler, bikini & dawg were porcelain on steel, the sign itself was 1-inch marine-grade plywood with nice enamel paint. The 4X8 foot sheets no longer had their supporting framework.

I'm still kicking myself for not purchasing them for the asking price of $1500 for the lot. Probably worth over $150,000 today. It was probably sold as scrap before 1990.

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Storm-battered Rockall adventurer recalls 'worst experience of my life'

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@ BlueGreen (was: Re: So once again ... @BlueGreen @Ledswinger)

This Yank says "innit" regularly.

The statement "'Merkins don't say "innit", innit." is a fucking clueless provincial misuse of the English language.

HTH, HAND.

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So once again ...

... the idiot has wasted boatloads of money on sweet rockall.

One of the definitions of lunacy is continuing to do the same thing, each time expecting a different result ...

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Are electric cars really usefull?

Where does the energy come from?

Who has to deal with the pollution involved in production of both parts & energy?

Can I do a 680 mile round-trip in one day? (Me, today, Sonoma to Solvang & back).

What is the cost of recycling once the various bits are b0rked?

Bottom line: This technology hasn't really been thought out thoroughly.

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NORKS hacker corps reaches 5,900 sworn cyber soldiers - report

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Out of curiosity ...

... Why the fascination with a totally useless backwater cul-de-sac nation?

Honestly, I feel sorry for the people, but stop giving the dictator press.

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Help us out readers: How would you sniff and store network traffic?

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"Are there other requirements we've overlooked?"

Yep. You are missing a cognizant engineer who understands both networking & system security. Until you have that, you are spinning your wheels. There are no substitutes for proper education in any given field (which surely you are aiming for overall?).

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IDC interview: The five stages of business mobility

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"Otherwise, consumers are way ahead of enterprises."

Uh ... no.

Consumers are sheep, with absolutely zero clue about security.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Re: @James Hughes 1 (was: At last)

"Even still you didn't answer anyone's post about why that is better than a class leading car for safety,"

My little runabout is actually a race-car that is street legal. Full roll-cage, fuel-cell, automatic fire suppressant system, 5-point safety harness for all occupants, etc ...

"zero local emissions"

Oh, there's your problem. Typical NIMBY. Whose backyard would you prefer those emissions to be released in?

"is unsafe to others"

How do you figure? Nobody drives her, unless they actually know how to drive.

"has cost a bomb to get nowhere near the levels of a modern car"

I could argue otherwise ... Ergonomically, she's a hell of a lot nicer on street & track than anything new I've test-driven. For me, of course. She passes TODAY'S CARB smog tests easily.

"and has cost you more than a modern car to rebuild."

Excuse me? USD 20,000 for a car with this kind of performance is available to you "off the showroom floor"? What colo(u)r is the sky on your planet? (Yes, there was my labo(u)r involved. But I look at that kind of thing as meditation. The IRS will confirm that my time is valueless.)

"So your initial statement was complete bollocks, as usual for one of your posts."

Rather, your complete post was utter bullshit, as is usual for ElReg's cowardly posters.

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@James Hughes 1 (was: Re: At last)

I'm just using your post as a spring-board to answer various posters in this thread; I'm not picking on you personally:

The 1963 Ford Consul Capri GT that I rebuilt with a Mazda RX4 13B engine & 5-speed cost roughly USD8,000 to get running (I was sad to lose the three-on-the-tree, but that's progress). Roll-over & crash protection, ~500 in materials (full roll cage, front to back, we race her occasionally). Suspension mods (including disk brakes at all four corners, a complete back-halved rear-end, and custom front suspension) about USD3,200. Fit & finish was probably USD1,500 (mostly chrome & materials for the interior). Low-end sound system ... we only listen to baseball when in the car. There are maps in the glove box (free, from AAA). Incidentals cost another USD2,000-ish.

I did all the work but the chrome.

Probably about USD 20,000 total in parts, when all was said & done.

Today? Stable car at ~150MPH. Around 34MPG on the freeway at 70MPH. I don't expect to pay for much more than fuel, oil, and misc. rubber, brake & clutch parts for the next twenty years. Probably (extrapolating) about another USD25,000 (depending how daft fuel costs get, of course).

Total cost of ownership? $45,000 for 20 years of fun. Including the rebuild. Maybe USD50,000 if I can't keep my nieces & nephews from destroying the tires as I teach them to drive ...

Probably won't be able to re-sell her for much in 20 years ... but I saved all the "stock" parts. She can be restored, should someone want a three-on-the-tree, 6Volt generator, positive ground show car with matching numbers.

What will the TCO of anything Tesla be in 20 years? Will any of them be worth anything? Will anyone want to restore one after 50 years? Gut feelings, as a gear-head? Scrap value, minus hazmat. No. Absofuckinglutely no!

On the other hand, I'll bet the first Teslas will be used to restore the matching Lotus within 10 years ... if they haven't been already;-)

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There are cheaper, less environmentally harmful options.

Restoring and driving 1960s cars (with modern technology) comes to mind.

Both options will be driven about the same distance per year, but one won't be using the totally environmentally atrocious Li-Ion technology.

That one also won't have a 17 inch television distracting the most important part[1] of operating a motor vehicle.

These things are an accident waiting to happen ...

[1] That's the nut behind the wheel actually DRIVING, if you are wondering.

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

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One simple trick:

Don't participate in so-called "social" media.

Instead, cook dinner for your loved ones, or go have a beer with your mates.

"Social" media is anything but social ...

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HP in 'serious' settlement talks over Autonomy legal bust-up

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Another Music In A Different Kitchen.

Autonomy. We knew what it was then, and we still do. Some people pervert the concept.

(For you youngsters, research "Buzzcocks" ... you might learn something.)

[Yes, I know, the irony is palpable ...]

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