* Posts by rav

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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HDTV + Monitor review????

I was about to point out that at tis price entry, a better review would be the HDTV / Monitor.

Then I realised that you must pay a license fee for each TV that you own I guess to support BBC.

THen I realised that BBC is produces some damm good content compared to the crap produced in the US.

SO how about an HDTV / Monitor combination review? Largely so I can watch the content prvided on-line!!!

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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Apple iPhone 6 is cheap and bendy

"Review It must sting Samsung that the criticism most often levelled at the manufacturer is that its flagship Galaxy S devices feel cheap and plasticky. And for once the criticism is not just coming from Apple fans."

SO now that Apply 6 is cheap and bendy where is the criticism?

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Samsung = Value

With Apple reporting so much profit this past quarter one has to wonder what is the consumer actually buying with an iPhone?

Clearly he margins are very high on iPhone 6, so high as to make the slab overpriced and completely lacking in value.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Re: Perhaps the FBI should read the law?

Even with a warrant, you are not required to provide passwords. That has been ruled as a violation of your 5th amendment rights to self incrimination.

A warrant provides law enforcement the right to gan entry and search.

But you as the defendant do not have to assist. If you wish to encryt then that is your right.

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Refusal to comply with a warrant....

puts you in contempt of court. If you are ruled in contempt then you are imprisoned until you comply.

The refusal to comply with a warrant has severe penalties by itself.

Basically a cop's view of a civilian is they are guilty of something I just need to find out what.

And fortunately that is not justification to get a warrant.

Cops need to stop watching cops on TV solve crimes in 45 minutes, often by trying to find a way around the law. Cops have become lazy.

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Perhaps the FBI should read the law?

""I am a huge believer in the rule of law, but I am also a believer that no one in this country is above the law," Comey moaned today.

If the FBI wants access to my encrypted personal files then they can get a warrant.

I am sorry to have to inform Mr. Comey but that's what the law says he must do. Afterall who does he think he is? The NSA?

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: Paradigms

Actually neither are proven. They just happen to fit our understanding of physics today.

If they were proven then there would be a Unified Field Theory and there is not.

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Impossible like Cold Fusion?

Just because it seems impossible doesn't mean it is not, you know, like Cold Fusion.

One man's magic is another man's physics.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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INTENTIONAL HARM BY PUBLIC SHAMING

The video did NOT have to be aired. But it was and it was done intentionally to cause harm through public shaming.

Certainly the video was not aired to benefit the woman in question but rather her indiscretion was used to benefit the production.

She should be at least paid for the use of that video.

I don;t know what lible law is in the UK but in the States libel is based on intent to do harm.

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

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WFIF Barbie or How to entrap parents with their kid's chat's to their dollie.

The Real reason Mattel is releasing WIFI Barbie is to entrap parents and others who might be abusing their children, or saying or doing things that their children would not normally reveal. Of course little Janie will tell her Barbie anything.

That's the kicker though, who knows what your kid will say?

While protecting children is a noble undertaking, somehow this whole marketing idea is just plain repugnant.

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Hmmm... How about a gun that alks to it's shooter?

Or how about a WIFI connect beer bottle to talk you out of fallng off the wagon?

These are "conscience" products. Since we have stopped listening to people maybe we'll listen to products.

What happens when the beer bottle becomes a nag?

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Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU

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Is all this necessary?

Why do we have to have an "internet of things"?

Is it improving our lives? NO. We are being spied upon, tracked and stalked.

All of the data that drops out of devices is being collated, scanned and judged. If some algorythm determines that you are livng the life of a criminal or terrorist then your life is over.

Your privacy is already gone.

It is illegal in all 50 United States to monitor and record conversations whose participants expect a reasonable expectation of privacy.

This is a class action lawsuit just waiting to slam dunk Samsung.

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

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An exact definition of Pie?????

Pie is an irrational number and can never be exactly known, just approximated.

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This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files

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Just shoot me!!!

Who wants more unresolved bullshyte? If the aliens are real then get on with it.

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Nexus 9: Google and HTC deliver Android 5.0 'Lollipop' at iPad prices

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What Android or iOS games????

There isn't an Android or iOS game yet that can tax Tegra K1. Which does not mean that there will not be. It will be interesting to see how AMD's 4 core Amur with Radeon on die, their ARM 20nm APU will compare against nVidia.

On the other hand, Windows tablets running AMD Mullins A10-6700T with Radeon cores on board will likely be able to run games like Civilization: Beyond Earth. Of course no Intel mobile processor with Intel HD graphics can run it. But expect Photon 2 Windows Tablet with AMD Mullins to be a Game changer.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Does wanking count?

Has anyone studied the impact so to speak of a good wanking engine? Color, size, quantity or quality of feathers etc.

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AMD, Oracle sweep their glasses off the table, ARM wrestle Hadoop for the data center

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Linux market penetration

Linux Server market penetration is less than 2%. About what AMD's server market share is.

To get ARM accepted in the data center, Linux needs to be accepted just a tad more broadly than it is.

That is why Microsoft said NO Windows for ARM.

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So long, Rory: AMD board names Lisa Su president and CEO

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Read falls on his sword....

what did AMD screw up now? Feldman left 4 months ago. ARM Opteron must be a mess.

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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

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Re: is that what ElReg sarcasm looks like

Anti-reflective or AR coatings are very common. The problem with them is that they are very soft and easily scratched. Using them on plastic corrective lenses make a lot of sense as that reduces glare at night while increasing the trasmission curve of the glass. Using them on high index Alumina or Saphhire makes no sense in an environment that a phone will be used in.

The coating material for AR coating on crown glass is a single 1/4 wave of MgF2 and it is very soft. Sometimes a very thin Si coating on top can toughen it but the transmission characteristics become slightly degraded. Infact that is what the anti-scratch coating is on your plastic lense.

Finding a suitable coating material for a higher index glass would require mulitple interference layers of alternating hi-low index materials and that would make the expense outrageous.

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No Micro SD?????

The Phone is a loser without a Micro SD slot. Spend your money on a Note 4.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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What the Marriot was doing was jamming your WiFi hotspot on your Mobile or Tablet. You could not tether your laptop or other equipment through your own WiFi to your Cell phone or your own hotspot.

In fact the Marriot rolled over and agreed to pay up very quickly if your read the report on the FCC website.

Marriot is evidentlly guilty of this in many other locations across the US and they just wanted to control the bleeding.

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Here's a link to the FCC Enforcement Buruea.

http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/Welcome.html

Here is a link to FCC Enforcement actions over the years.

http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/

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Re: Harvey's law

The Hotel does not have the authority to JAM or otherwise interferre with a licensed radio service in the United States. WiFi, Bluetooth, Mobile phone service, GPS, commercial radio and broadcast radio and even your garage door opener are all LICENSED radio services in the United States. This includes schools, restaurants, movie theatres and your private residence.

WiFi is a licensed service. It is also illegal to interfere with Cell phone emissions and your mobile WiFi.

It is illegal to manufacture, import, sell and possess this equipment.

There are NO EXCEPTIONS for ANY reason at all. The FCC will fine you and confiscate your equipment.

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Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

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Taxi APPS SHOULD BE OUTLAWED.

Taxi Apps have a negatively impacted the availability of taxis.

This happens in areas such as Malls that have a Taxi Queing area. Folks are cheating the que by using their Taxi App and cabs are picking up in the drop-off areas. This is resulting in very long lines where just a few months ago there were NONE.

Also some cab drivers now do not drive around for a fare but rather pull over and wait for the call to appear. This lowers the availability of cabs for random services for pedestrians.

While Taxi Apps certainly benefit the App creator and they earn a few dollars more for the cab driver, they are having a hugely negative impact on the consumer.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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The best brew: Melitta Coffee Maker, Single Cup Pour-Over Brewer with Travel Mug,

With this kit you get 2 travel cups and 2 #2 filters! $15. BRILLIANT!!!

I had the Aerobie. DUMPED IT!! It was a pain in the arse. And t brewed a small cuppa joe. The brew was good just not worth the effort. Can't use it with paper or styrofoam cups either.

Why buy a Cona or Bodum which is too light and dangerously top heavy> I know mine tipped over on the 3rd pot and shattered!

Look on Ebay for the Sylex Vacuum Pot. Sylex has been making Vacuum Pots since the 1930's, they are heavy duty restaurant quality and the have a nice retro look as after all they are vintage.

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Snowden defends mega spy blab: 'Public affairs have to be known by the public'

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Everybody is guilty of something....

Everybody at one time or other is guilty of something, an indiscretion a subversive word or thought. So it's good that the government records everything that folks do and say. So when the time comes to arrest folks they will have the recorded evidence.

Rules for living in a surveillance state:

1. Say nothing, ever.

2. Do nothing, ever.

3. Wear a disguise for the CCTV; hats, sunglasses, false mustaches. etc.

4. Get rid of your cell phone or use burners and change them weekly.

5. Do not carry credits cards with rfid chips or put ALL ID in lead lined case.

6. Wear tin foil under your hat 24/7.

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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Yeah so.......

you are just finding this out now? No wonder you're nerds.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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NO WIFI, LTE OR 4G: Not enough Battery!!!!! RTFLOL

After reading on several websites about Surface I've come to the realisation that in order to connect to the internet you need to plug in an ethernet cable. And an ethernet port is provided!!!

THERE IS NO WIFI, LTE OR 4G!!!!!!!!!

SERIOUSLY?

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FTC: State laws blocking Tesla's direct sales are 'protectionist'

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Dealers are necessary!!

Without dealers how do you get warranty service? Recall service? Consistent mechanic training? If the mechanic screws up your car you have no recourse legally as automotive law is written based on dealerships.

What if you buy a "lemon". The Lemon Law does not protect you if there are no dealers.

All Consumer Protection laws fore Automobiles are written with the dealer being the responsible party; NOT the manufacturer.

How do you trade in your Tesla if you learn to hate it and no dealers will take it in trade?

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Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU

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Say what?

Unless it has 200gig of storage, Bluetooth and play for 5 hours, I don't want it.

The iPod classic is the best.

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AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

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Gaming.... ?? Nahhh

Litecoin mining!!!!

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Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

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Re: Wasting taxpayer's money again

Actually your government SAVED you money by not wasting it on upgrades to Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.

By waiting this long they actually might get a decent product for a change.

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Amazon forms THE VIRTY DOZEN to assassinate rival flash cloud servers

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Re: 30GB of RAM, 320GB of SSD, and 16vCPUs for $1.20 ..

"Let me enlighten you, why not consider a server with 2x 10 Core Xeon CPU's, 192Gb RAM and SSD for about the same money.."

Yes you can buy it.....but who is going to maintain and operate it? At $864 per month you are all in and all done and presumably it is never down. The concept is an outsourced IT department not just data.

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Bloke accused of using cop's innocent Facebook snaps in child sex chat

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Facebook could block pic printing and saving if it wanted to.

Another good reason to avoid Facebook.

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AIR TIME! Our expert cosies up with the new top-end iPad

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An upgrade?????? You're joking right?

No removable storage. Hmmmm....it can stay in the box.

I don't care how good it feels or how good it looks; if it has no removable storage then it's pretty much useless.

And as long as the print media continues to ignore that then Apple will never add it.

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Microsoft fears XP could cause Indian BANKOCALYPSE

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XP 2.0?

Seems to me Microsoft should seriously consider XP 2.0. Why not fix it? Folks sure don't want Win 8. I know that I don't want win 8. So much in fact that when my 2009 vintage Lenovo T500 laptop died I found 2 more online exactly like it to bung in the XP hard drive.

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The future of PCIe: Get small, speed up, think outside the box

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Re: Intel is dropping PCIe by 2016.

What I found interesting was the FTC found it necessary to ORDER Intel to maintain support for PCIe. It would seem that predicts some writing appearing on the wall.

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Intel is dropping PCIe by 2016.

That's right, Intel is already shipping Oak Trail sans PCIe however the Federal Trade Commission has ORDERED Intel to continue PCIe support to at least 2016. You can read this in the Intel vs AMD settlement agreement.

Intel reasoned to FTC that mobile devices have no need for high speed interconnects. FTC "allowed" Oak Trail to be released but future silicon must support PCIe.

Without PCIe nVidia discrete GPU's do not find their way on Intel motherboards. Intel wants to go it alone without nVidia discrete cards. The believe that by 2016 on-die cpu/gpu soc will make the discrete gpu obsolete for all but the most demanding rendering. And I'm sure that Intel graphics MIGHT be up to speed by then.

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Cold-blooded, INHUMAN visitor hitches ride on NASA moon rocket

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Where was R2D2?

Seems R2 is in every movie these days.

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Intel reveals 14nm PC, declares Moore's Law 'alive and well'

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Moore's Guidline or Observation is not a Law...

...so stop perpetuating that myth. Repeating bullshyte doesn't make anything else but boring repetitive bullshyte.

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'World's worst director' plans Snowden-inspired movie comedy

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Never whether it should be made we need a naming contest.

How about;

No Orchids for Mr. Snowden. You'll Brits wil get that.

My favorite is "Springtime for Snowden!"

or "Snowden: the Revenge!"

"Battlefield: Snowden" even get John Travolta to play the part.

How about "Snowden Dearest"

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Intel flogging Atoms for belated push into mobile market

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It's not a belated push.....

The ARM ecosystem 5 years ago was not what it is today. HD Graphics, HD cameras, interent connectivity 5 years ago all were the goal, the dream. What ARM was back then was cheap, and used very little power. Today ARM is still cheap, uses quite a bit more power the penalty for a much higher performance envelope.

Lets switch to x86 from both Intel and AMD. 5 years ago x86 was power hungry and high performing. Low power was the goal, the dream and it took 5 years for x86 to evolve itself downwards to the point where is just now competitive with ARM who has evoved itself upwards.

ARM has always faced this performance ceiling and the consequences of it, when does x86 become a better solution than ARM? With all power consumption and performance curves being equal I would prefer a smart phone or tablet or notebook that runs compatible software. Notice that I said software not apps. An app is something that you eat before your main meal (for us colonials). You limeys call them starters.

So Intel and AMD have not entered the phone and tablet space belatedly, it has been a steady evolution downwards.

Intel has been so busy competing with AMD on the bleeding edge that it took a sea change in corporate design philosophy to entertain the concept of low perfomance being "good enough". That is what AMD has been saying for years. So we now have a knew race downwards. You can't have low power and bleeding edge performance, at least not with today's understanding of physics. Yes there are fabrication techniques which help such as FinFET, but power equals performance.

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CIA spooks picked Amazon's 'superior' cloud over IBM

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WTF?

Amazon managing CIA secretes!!

Does that mean secrets are for sale with Amazon Prime?

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Top guns doomed as US Navy demos first carrier-launched drone

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WTF?

sprained fingers from hitting the fire button.

what happens when you run out of quarters?

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WTF?

Hmmm

But can it dog fight? What happens when the control is jammed or destroyed? The best tactical response to a drone is the destruction of it's satellite control. Gee, China is up to it's butt in ground to space anti-satellite missiles.

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Who is Samsung trying to kid? There will NEVER be a 5G network

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WTF?

There will never......

be a 5g network.

a man walking on the moon.

be a sun setting on the British Empire.

Other infamous truths...

The check is in the mail.

You are the biggest.

You are the first.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

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s4 duo

Evidentlly there is a dual sim version of S4 in the works and a "ruggedised" version that is waterproof and dustproof, though that may be limited to a Korean release.

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MISSING LINK between HUMANS and MONKEYS FOUND

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Pint

Hmm...Pub Banter!

But can monkeys throw darts!

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GoPro accused of using DMCA to take down product review

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Authorised reseller????

The United States Supreme Court rejects the argument that reselling books and movies is a violation of Copyright. Once a product has been sold to an end user that user has the right to resell.

So what if DigitalRev is not "authorised". They have an opinion regarding the product and a right to be heard.

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Build a BONKERS gaming PC

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WTF?

Sandy Bridge for top end gaming. Are you nuts????? eom

Intel graphics are the worst. They are sveral generations behind AMD and nVidia. In fact they have 3d graphics only because they are buying the tech from nVidia.

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