* Posts by badger31

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

badger31

Re: That's quite a pro-vaping article.

I agree that citations would help the cause, but it doesn't take anything other than common sense to see that being able to feed an addiction to nicotine without burning tobacco is definitely a step in the right direction.

I agree that vapour products should be regulated, just like other nicotine products (patches, gum, etc.), but those products are allowed to be advertised and no-one is trying to get them banned. I'm struggling to see any significant difference between nicotine gum and nicotine vapour, other than vaping _looks_ like smoking.

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Compression tool 7-Zip pwned, pain flows to top security, software tools

badger31

Yes, of course. The changelog should detail all exploits fixed, so that baddies that weren't aware of the problem can exploit exactly the right versions. Good idea.

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

badger31

Re: Windows 10₂

I made this exact comment in the preview feedback. I was hoping not to be alone in this.

Incidentally, the fscking GWT nagware has recently reappeared on my Win7 machine, despite having done all the removals/disables/regedit shit. Take the fucking hint, Microsoft. I don't want your shit - not even for free.

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FBI ends second iPhone fight after someone, um, 'remembers' the PIN

badger31

Re: Some thoughts

Not to mention the US 'justice' system. Innocent people pleading guilty because they are shit scared of the ridiculous sentences they could face if they don't. Just look what happened to Ross Ulbrecht when he didn't do a plea deal. Definitely not somewhere I'd like to live.

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Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

badger31

Re: Question

@Richard Jones

"if I could prove my innocence"

Innocence need not be proven. It is guilt that must be proven. Please, let's keep it that way.

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X-ray scanners, CCTV cams, hefty machinery ... let's play: VNC Roulette!

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Re: Or a simpler (than SSH) solution

I used the trick on one of my servers. It was constantly being hit with login attempts over ssh. None ever succeed, but I didn't like it. I changed ssh port away from 22 and problem solved.

I tried denyhosts, but occasionally locked myself out trying to remember the right password. Not an insurmountable problem, but it's not (or wasn't, maybe) trivial to unblock an ip address.

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Net neut naught: Netflix throttles its own video

badger31

My tuppence worth

I'm an unlimited data plan with Three, 4GB tethered. It used to be unlimited tethered, too, before 4G came along as a 'free' upgrade. I'm guessing the reason is that people could use it instead of home broadband, as it's probable a lot faster for some. This must have hammered Three's network, so they would have to choose between upgrading their 4G infrastructure, or limit tethered data. Guess which one they did (#makeitright my arse).

As a netflix customer, I'm happy to get lower quality on my mobile. It fits with my data plan an usage well. I'm not so happy that it isn't an optional thing.

As a Three customer, I'm not happy that the poor infrastructure means it has to be this way. Personally, I was much happier with a truly unlimited 3G plan and would choose that now if it was an option.

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Why should you care about Google's AI winning a board game?

badger31

Re: @Dave Bollocks

@Ian Michael Gumby

"Take the top 100 potential moves"

Even if the rest of your argument was valid, how does your algorithm choose the top 100 potential moves?

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Docker may be the dumbest thing you do today

badger31

Never before have I agreed with an article this much

Docker is the new VM. VMs are now pretty much ubiquitous, but this change took a while. VMs are so clumsy a solution for many use cases, so bring in the containers. As for enterprise inertia ... only force can overcome inertia.

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Cisco recalls switches that could short power to the case. And hurt you

badger31

Scared? You shouldn't be.

Where did the kick-bait headline get 'And kill you' from? The field notice linked in the article states that the symptoms are 'The switch fails to power on.' Also, the label shows 24v or 48v DC input. Still not seeing any risk of death here, even if no fuses were blown. There are models that can take 240v, but there's very little danger there either ... unless you are running one of these off a power circuit without ELCBs, in which case all bets are off.

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

badger31

Whew!

I thought for a moment this would be something to care about.

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Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!

badger31

Late to the party, but ...

I've recently discovered Groovy. OO and Functional. Oh, and scripting. I learned a lot of Haskell at Uni and the beauty of it was staggering. Its type system sublime. Groovy is a great way to add functional (and tonnes of other great) stuff to Java code. I won't harp on about it here, but it's well worth a look.

Great article, BTW.

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Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

badger31

Re: These Days...

@HamsterNet

That's a bit like saying 'try driving your manual-shift car without using the gear stick' when someone says manuals are better to drive than automatics.

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Exam board in 'send all' fail: Hands up who knows what the BCC button is for?

badger31

I can one-up this.

I used to do freelance IT work for an SMB. A manager decided it would be a good idea to to send a charity fund raiser email to their customers (without consulting the boss). The manager did this using the company customer management system. The CMS integrated with Outlook to send the bulk email (1000s of recipients) by putting all the email addresses into the 'to' field. This caused all kinds of trouble.

First of all, the 'to' field was overloaded, so the email was malformed and should have been rejected by 1: The CMS, 2: Outlook, 3: Exchange server, 4: inbound mail servers. The exchange server got stuck in a loop constantly trying to resend a malformed email, with many of the recipients receiving the email multiple times, along with a list of everyone else's email address. Many of the email addresses were out of use or had some kind of automated response, causing a deluge of incoming mail (along side all the customer complaints and malformed email responses). That message was ridiculously hard to exorcise from the Exchange sever - it just would give up.

When the dust settled, there was much groveling to do. This was a data security company, so they lost quite a lot of custom because of this. Needless to say, said manager was out the door shortly after.

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Sennheiser announces €50,000 headphones (we checked, no typos)

badger31

Unless the power indictor is a blindingly bright blue LED

I ain't interested.

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

badger31

there's just an empty space

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Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant

badger31

When you're right, you're right.

But you don't need to be such a dick about it.

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Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed

badger31

Woop! There it is.

The ransom demand has just been issued. Your move TalkTalk, although I don't see what good paying up will do.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

badger31

What study?

@anon

There was no study mentioned in the article. Just putting processed meat on a list of probable carcinogens is fairly meaningless. Oxygen should be on that list, and that's only marginally more important than bacon. To suggest that bacon is equally as bad for you as tobacco smoke or asbestos is disingenuous, to say the least. I'm actually surprised they didn't spout some percentage of a percentage to boost the bullshit. E.g. "Bacon makes you 10x more likely to get bowel cancer (0.0001% to 0.001%)*

* All these figures are made up. I've no idea what the real statistics are, and I'm guessing neither do the Daily Mail.

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Support scammers target Mac fanbois

badger31

Not had a Mac call yet

but the Windows ones are fun.

Them - Hi, I'm from Microsoft, and we have detected a problem with your Windows computer ...

Me - I don't have a Windows computer (lie)

Then - Oh. But we have detected an infection on your computer. If you click on the start menu ...

Me. I don't have a start menu. I don't have a Windows computer.

Them - Oh. But we have received reports of your IP address being used ...

Me - Really? What IP address is that, then?

Them - Erm.

Me - Goodbye.

The Mac ones would be even more fun. What's my name? What's my Apple ID? Which version of OSX am I running? Etc. I guess I'm not their target.

I could just sit here feeling smug, but I know people who have fallen for these scare tactics and it makes me mad.

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No VAT on Bitcoin, rules ECJ, but capital gains still apply

badger31

Spork

This seems to accept bitcoin as a commodity/currency rather than an product/service.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

badger31

Re: Stupid move

I don't usually go in for thew whole FTFY, but, this being the thread of 'fuck', fuck it.

"In the recent Windows update, this option was checked as default; this DID NOT GO UNNOTICED and we are removing the check."

<dream>As a penance, they should be forced to open-source DirectX</dream>

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

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Joke

Re: Bob Forward? Try Larry Niven

@ Mystic Megabyte

Let's worry about that when we get there.

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

badger31

Re: Sad...

@ Lush At The Bar

Spot on. That's the true bullshit right there. Anyone with my (or any) phone number, or one just randomly picked, can post shit and there's fuck all that can be done about it. Can she really not see the possibility for abuse here? The lawyers must be creaming themselves right now. The company and its peeple [geddit?] will hide behind the "we're just the medium" and "we have no control" lines.

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Smuggle mischievous JavaScript into WinRAR archives? Sure, why not

badger31

+1 for 7-zip

It's on my list of windows essential programs (Chrome, Firefox, VLC, Programmers Notepad, etc.).

Plus, on the rare occasions when I have downloaded an executable file, I always ask 7-zip to take a look inside, even if I trust the source, even if I don't think it's an SXF, because just in case, you know.

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iOS 9 security blooper lets you BYPASS PINs, eye up photos, contacts

badger31

Re: Shameful

I have to admit that this is where Apple's model comes in to its own. How many devices can run iOS 9, and therefor need testing, compared to Android? Google can't test them all, so it's down to the manufacturers - they get android for free, after all. The flip side of that is that there's no dodging the blame here by Apple.

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iOS 9 update set to bork 'hundreds of thousands of EU businesses'

badger31

Re: On the cheap or do I mean expensive?

Most definitely cheap. The non-bluetooth device is free, most people will already have a smartphone it can use (not just iphone), and there is no contract, monthly fee or minimum payment. If you don't use it, it costs nothing. They just take at most 2.7% of whatever you put through it (the % goes down for large amounts. I forget the limits as they are irrelevant to me. My wife uses one at craft fairs and the like. It's perfect for that sort of thing. If I was WorldPay, I'd be shitting a brick.

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Three VoLTEs to victory as it jumps into UK 4G voice offering

badger31

Re: Pain point

Be careful with the grandfather plans. Both my wife and I were on 'The One' plans. I got booted off when I didn't continue paying extra for the phone. My wife was on a pay monthly sim-only One plan (paying ~£15pm IIRC) when she received a letter informing her the One plan was no more and she was automatically being moved onto an equivalent plan costing ~£35pm. We weren't happy with that, so now she's paying the same, but getting only 1GB of data per month, which we are obviously not happy about, either. We wanted to quit on principal, but the bastards arestill the best value for our needs.

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badger31

Pain point

“Not being able to use your phone as and when you want, no matter where you are, is one of the biggest pain points for customers,"

As a Three customer I would say that paying more and losing unlimited tethering in return for the 'free' upgrade to 4G has been the biggest pain point for me.

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Promise of ‘higher profits’ sees US targeted by Android PIN-locking ransomware

badger31

Someone who really REALLY wishes they backed up whatever data is worth >$500 to them.

Targets:

1: Keeps valuable data on phone

2: ... not backed up

3: Installs software from dodgy stores

Talk about limiting your market.

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Sign of the telly times: HDR shines, UHD Blu-ray slides at IFA

badger31

Re: UHD Blu-ray is already sunk

It's all about manufacturing. I'm guessing Blu-Ray discs are still pressed, like CDs. Unless SD compatible chips can be manufactured with the video data on them, with DRM, they'd have to load each card up, either individually or in batches, and I just can't see that being viable.

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Wileyfox Swift: Brit startup budget 'droid is the mutt's nuts

badger31

Re: Absolutely brilliant, except the screen size

+1

The Z3 Compact is a great wee phone. It's entirely possible to build a top-spec phone in a pocket-sized form factor.

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Mad Max: High-octane dystopian desert demolition derby

badger31

n00bs?

"never mind those console n00bs, my Overclockers Infinity Vesuvius 4K rig ..."

If you bought your gaming rig, then you are just a more affluent n00b. Building it yourself is the best bit about owning a gaming PC.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

badger31

Re: Why should they ban them?

@AC - What a bell-end of a comment. Vaporising is one of the most effective ways of getting smokers off cigarettes there has ever been. They remove ~99% of the harmful stuff, leaving only the practically harmless nicotine (less harmful than the related chemical caffeine). I have many friends who were unhealthy smokers who are now much healthier vapers. I've been in confined spaces with them and smelt nothing at all because there's nothing to smell. In a modern free society we should be able to as we choose, so long we aren't harming anyone. People inhaling nicotine vapours are not harming anyone, not even themselves compared to smoking cigarettes. If you are personally offended by then, you can personally piss off.

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Conference Wi-Fi biz fined $750k for jamming personal hotspots

badger31

We have always acted in good faith

What utter bollocks. Just because something is available "out-of-the-box" doesn't automatically make it right to use it.

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Global drug-dealing cyber crime web was centred on ... Aberdovey

badger31

I feel much safer with this crime king pin behind bars.

All these years, and still no sarcasm icon. Seriously?

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White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

badger31

This IS about copyright, not patents. I boils down to the fact that software is covered by copyright, so the question is are APIs software? I've always believed that ideas are not copyrightable, but implementations are. APIs are slap-bang in the middle, straddling both sides. I guess you could say that they define the idea and are the first step towards implementation. We all know that enforcing copyright on APIs is a bad idea, but as someone who has written APIs I understand why they are covered by current copyright laws. It's the law that needs to be brought up to date.

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

badger31
Joke

If the asics have no heat sink ...

Just run 'em for making the toast. It's a win-win!

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

badger31

I agree. MagSafe is a work of genius - why get rid of it? Seems like a backward step to me. I love my 5yo MBP but it's definitely showing it's age, despite the upgraded RAM (8GB) and SSD (512GB). But at least I could upgrade it. I'd love a new MacBook, but every year Apple give me less incentive to buy one. More expensive, less power, non-upgradable and now no MagSafe! Fuck Apple. Now I'll have to find a nice ultra book and stick linux mint on it. Bollocks.

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BT inks deal with Williams F1 for go-faster cloudy goodness

badger31

Broadband Speed

BT should get Valtteri Bottas helping them with their rural broadband scheme.

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

badger31

Re: Keyless Vehicle Theft...

So, read "keyless" as "jamming a screwdriver into the ignition lock"

You don't even need to drive the car to steal it, just drag it on to the back of a lorry. If they are getting broken up for parts, they don't need to run.

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

badger31

Unclear motives

I've heard arguments for similar situations whereby someone has tried to trademark/patent something in order to STOP people cashing in on it - by giving it away for free afterwards. I doubt this applies here, though. I also wonder if the t-shirts were being sold at a profit or not.

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What an ACE-HOLE! This super-software will whip you at poker, hands down

badger31

Re: Yawn

@Killing time

No, my mates moves was a stupid one - he just got a little over excited. He had decided on his approach before the hand was dealt and we all laughed and pointed at him for getting caught out. That part of my comment was just an amusing aside, but it highlighted the fact that a lot of the time, in NL-TH, the actual cards in your hand are irrelevant as nobody gets to see them.

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badger31

Re: Yawn

Agreed. I have worked on poker AI quite a bit over the past seven years, so while I applaud the work that these people have done, I won't be impressed until it can play no-limit against a full table (>6 opponents). I imagine that what they have actually achieved isn't much more than the pure statistical models we already have, especially if it has only trained against itself. Every good (human) poker player knows that what cards you hold is irrelevant unless there is a show down. What is far more important is what your opponents think you have, and what you think your opponents have*. The latter is achieved by player modelling, the former by how you represent your hand (bluffing). I'd be astonished if this new AI could learn all this by playing itself, leave alone all the psychology involved in the game.

And all this talk of eleventy trillion billion training games is also bunk. Unless it comes across a new strategy, all that will be happening is that the learned model will focus in on the local optimal with greater accuracy. I'll wager that the learning curve flat-lined pretty quickly.

* I remember once in a friendly game of NL-TH, one of my friends, who was under the gun, came right in with a big pre-flop raise. This was a bold move, considering we had only had one card dealt.

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Big Blue stuffs data into backup at GIGABYTES/sec

badger31

"A previous PoC used 56Gbit/s InfiniBand to link TSM and GPFS servers and also produced outstanding results:

Peak backup performance using multiple sessions for a single TSM server is 5.4GB/sec.

Peak backup performance using multiple sessions for two TSM servers is 9 GB/sec in total.

Peak restore performance using multiple sessions for a single TSM server is 6.5 GB/sec.

Peak backup performance using a single session for a single TSM server is 2.5 GB/sec."

9 GB/s over a 56Gbit/s (7GB/s) link is very impressive, some might say impossible. Looking at the linked blog post shows that the TSM servers connect to the switch each with a single 56Gbit/s link, but that the GPFS Storage Server is hooked up to the switch with 2 x 56Gbit/s connections per server. So unless I am mistaken, they are sending the data to and from the same storage, albeit through the switch. This sounds more like marketing than a genuine PoC to me.

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BEHOLD Apple's BENEVOLENCE! iMessage txt BLACK HOLE finally fixed

badger31

F#ck me!

They've only just fixed this? They took their sweet time over that one.

A couple of years ago I ditched (well, gave to the missus) my iphone 4 for an android phone. Thankfully I had long ago turned iMessage off, on the grounds that it was shit. Back then, at least, it would spend about an hour trying to send a message as an iMessage before giving up and sending it as a text message. SMS is and should be basically instant. Maybe if you have limited SMSs on your contract/PAYG iMessage would be tempting, but considering how much a contract on an iphone is already, a huge bundle of SMSs is practically nothing on top. I bet it wouldn't be hard, if not already done, to forward any SMSs to your other apple devices as an iMessage, if that's what you want.

And yet despite all this, every now and then, I'm actually tempted by the iPhone 6. I went to look at one in an Apple store and it was very nice. They have finally made it rounded again, so it would no longer cut holes in all my trouser pockets. I can't see Steve Jobs letting them get away with a sticky out camera, though, that's far from perfect. Maybe the iPhone 6s ...

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

badger31

Re: Prius?

<rant>

Because so many people get all wet in the pants about the prius, as if they are saving the fucking planet. They are far worse for the environment to produce than most cars, due to their complexity; they are not well built, causing multiple deaths [http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/01/18/toyota-settles-first-hundreds-wrongful-death-suits-involving-unintended/] and at least one massive recall [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26148711]; and they are not even fuel economical when you get out of a thirty zone.

OK, so battery powered cars are not yet ready for mainstream use, by quite a long way, but if you have an electrically driven car with a relatively small battery (mostly for accelerating and kinetic energy recovery) kept topped up by an efficient internal combustion engine (running at an RPM that is not directly tied to the speed of the car) you have the best of both worlds: maximum torque at 0 RMP, no clutch, regenerative breaking and the power density of petrol/diesel.

The Prius marketing is all about its green credentials, and they are mostly bullshit. Every time I see a Prius, I assume the driver is more concerned about looking like they care about the environment than actually caring about the environment. Or they are an idiot. Or both.

</rant>

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UK.gov mulls what to do about digital currencies

badger31

FFS

You can't regulate all crypto-currencies. If you crippled Bitcoin, Litecoin would take over, then dogecoin ... etc. And as with a lot of new regulation, you're only going to end up criminalising otherwise honest people; said drug dealers and terrorists are already breaking existing laws, so adding 'using unregistered crypto-currency' to the rap sheet isn't going to worry them too much.

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

badger31

The squeaky wheel wants to be greased.

And that's where the real fear in homophobe comes from.

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You! AT&T! The only thing 'unlimited' about you is your CHEEK, growl feds

badger31
WTF?

What I still don't understand

is why any telco can call their data plan 'unlimited' when it has limitations. I ditched O2 because their 'unlimited' data plan didn't allow tethering (that's a limitation, by the way) and they re-compressed images to the point of being unable to tell what the picture used to be. I'm pretty sure they had an (un)fair use policy, as well. All this bullshit can be called 'unlimited', but redbull get sued for jokingly suggesting that their fizzy drink gives you wings.

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