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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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"The future might be laptop + phone..."

No, although I know most of you refuse to believe it, the fact is that the future is phone, period.

There is currently no technical reason why a phone cannot be connected to a larger screen, a keyboard, a mouse, etc. The barriers to this scenario are all artifices, built primarily to protect media interests. Eliminate those barriers and you have a platform that could handle the productivity needs of at least 80% of today's market (those that do email, internet and an office suite). As the power of the processors grows (as it is at an astounding rate), the platform will cover the needs of more and more of the market until the idea even of lugging an ultrabook around (and having to deal with what files or documents are on what device) will seem absurd.

At the moment, phones and tablets are considered toys. Phones get less of that moniker because they are useful as communications devices, but neither is considered a viable platform to get "real" work done. Looking back in history, the exact same argument was made about the PC (though in that case, it was the lack of power, not the interface that drove that point of view). Yet today, the PC is king, ruling over both the home and the workplace. Phones and tablets are powerful enough and can eliminate the need for an additional computing device and that's all that's required to start a revolution.

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ICANN can't hand over Iran's internet, bomb victims told

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Re: A fine idea

"I don't think the USA wants to dip its toe into who 'owns' TLDs."

Actually, I doubt the USA much cares about that fight. ".us" is very much a second-class citizen on the internet. The bulk of US domains use the generic TLDs (.com, .net, etc). Even the government uses .gov and the military .mil.

That being said, this suit is pointless and shows a profound ignorance of how the internet works. Domain names are just pointers to IP numbers. The IP number is the actual address, it's just hard for people to remember.

So, even if these people managed to win their case, the net result would most likely be that Iran would "balkanize" their network using their own naming convention. I doubt they'd even hesitate since it would serve their censorship goals quite well. Thus the floodgates would open to geographic partitioning of the Internet.

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OKCupid: OK, STUPID, YES we set you up with BAD DATES. On purpose

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from the dept of redundancy dept...

"Yes, it seems we really are that shallow, it seems."

Pedantry served...

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Vote now for LOHAN's stirring mission patch motto

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Re: Ða Heofenas Beacnian

But I thought the SPB was in Spain...

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Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all

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@ P. Lee Re: One OS

"Different form factors and screen sizes mandate completely different ways of interacting with an app. In short, even if you did make one OS/kernel/architecture to rule them all, people wouldn't want to run a desktop app on a phone."

Completely different? No. Different, yes but, for most apps, you are still trying to present the same data and gather the same responses, regardless of the form factor. The difference is the how. If you look at the MVC development model, the Model and it's interface to the View and Controller can and should be consistent across all platforms, only the user facing elements of the View and Controller need to change. There will be cases where the platform will dictate variances in the functionality of the app, but that should not require a completely different OS framework. Any API not involved in UI should be the same regardless of platform.

"The upshot is, you still need different app development skills for different form factors, even if the OS were the same."

You should not need different skills, just a different philosophy for the various platforms.

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Re: One OS

What you're talking about is chrome. Not Google's browser, but decorations.

Yes, there should be different interfaces for different platforms; touch doesn't work well in desktop environments and a mouse would be funny on a phone. But that doesn't mean the underlying libraries which drive the data to those interfaces can't use a unified API across platforms which would reduce development time for all of them.

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Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup

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Re: More ports is still the wrong answer

"The only real solution is to decouple cables from service, as we do here in the UK"

I think that's the real long term solution. Haven't we reached the point in our modern technological society where internet networks should be treated like the roads we drive on? Despite the recent trend towards privatization of a small portion of the US's highways, if the entire highway infrastructure were handed to corporations, the pitchforks would come out en masse!

Yet, here we are, being slowly bled by private entities in order to get access to the internet, all because, as pointed out above, the cables are monopolized.

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WiGag war: Tiny low-power chip promises mobes 4.6Gbps Wi-Fi

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Austin, huh?

Well, I guess they're well positioned to sue the pant off everyone!

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ALIEN BODY FOUND ON MARS: Curiosity rover snaps extraterrestrial

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That's not a rock...

it's just an old tarp someone left lying around in the Wyoming desert.

...'cause we've never been to the Moon.

...and we've never been to Mars.

(Hey! where'd the black helicopter go!?)

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Elon Musk GIVES UP ON SEX: He'll make do with a 'cheap' Tesla III instead

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Just leave it 3

All the l33t kids will know what s3x means!

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Re: Three

I have six words for idiots like this:

"May I speak to your supervisor."

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

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Re: Translations.

More likely, it means:

"We're on the cusp of throwing out even more of the features you've come to depend on over the years in Windows and Office. We might even make Windows Server completely unrecognizable!"

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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Re: HONESTLY?

Yeah, honestly, I can't believe they're using that as their tag.

So, what, I have to be brave to try Windows?

Oy! pass.

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Snowden leaks latest: NSA, FBI g-men spied on Muslim-American chiefs

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Re: Don Jefe Muslim president

"Obama was exclusively raised by his well educated white mother and his white family. Although he hung out with African American people in his later developmental life, he was essentially a white boy in a coffee coloured skin wigh African American mates.

Even his "roots" differ vastly from African Americans. Obama's black genes are from Kenya whereas the slaves that made up the African American gene pool are from the west coast of Africa - almost entirely different culturally almost no slave history"

Oh, yes, and all of that was at the forefront of the minds of everyone who elected him president. I'm sure everyone's first thought was: "just how black is he?"

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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

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Re: Engineering 101

"Transparent aluminium is an internet meme that's a complete misunderstanding of a research paper..."

Um...or it's a reference to Star Trek IV?

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

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I went searching for more information on Zhizhen ...

...and Google asked if I meant 指针.

I dunno. Did I?

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Xiaomi: Hidden Android dragon is growing fast, despite being unknown in the West

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Re: Strategy makes sense....

"looks like they're not innovating much yet, just churning out me-too phones"

And that's likely the way it will be for quite some time. It's the PC market all over again. Their innovation will be that they can do what the big boys do for 2/3rds or even 1/2 the price.

They'll pout about the derivative accusations all the way to the bank.

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And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

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US next?

Maybe a reprise of the Hollywood Bowl? Please? Pretty Please!?

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Own goal as World Cup Wi-Fi passwords spilled in newspaper snap

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Re: Cameras in a secure environment

I'd say given the nature of the World Cup, and the media attention surrounding it, the real question is:

What idiot in a security firm(!) thought it would be a good idea to make a billboard out of secured wi-fi credentials?

If you don't know there are going to be cameras absolutely everywhere at an international sporting event, you have no business trying to secure the event.

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Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

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Re: correlation vs causation

Yeah, I just have a really hard time believing the specificity of the report as quoted in the article. It sounds like thieves are running around checking phones and saying to themselves "Nope, don't steal that one, it's an iPhone. Yep, grab that one, it's a Samsung." I just have a really hard time believing that scenario. I'm sure there's a little of it going on, but surely not enough to show these levels as causality.

Even if there is some causal relation, might it just be a temporary drop as the underground adjusts to the new reality?

Add to that the recent spate of ransomware attacks against this very iPhone feature and I still think this is a poorly executed knee-jerk reaction to the problem which is going to come back to bite us all in new and unforeseen ways.

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Bloke squeezes Apple's boules, predicts millions of iPhone 6s, iWatches

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Re: I wonder how many he owns?

It's not your Apple shares that will benefit from this analysis. How many shares you got in GT Advanced Technologies?

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Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Parallels bet on virtualization's surprising successor

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Re: Back to the Future

One clarification on my OP. I never meant to credit Microsoft with the rise of hypervisors in the modern datacenter. All of the statements in my little timeline after the opening MS fanfare were meant to come from the mouths of IT managers. I think it's Microsoft's fault we needed them but, as mentioned elsewhere, they were pretty late to the party with an offering.

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@BlueGreen re:"One bad application..."

Oh, I am quite sure of that part. That was very much the experience of most IT departments in the days of NT 3.51 and 4.0. It is why single application servers are the norm these days, which was not Microsoft's original vision for their server OS.

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Back to the Future

This isn't my area of expertise, but this looks more like a modernization of Big Iron implementations from before the rise of the Wintel server than a "burgeoning technology."

I've always blamed Microsoft for this whole virtualization thing. As I remember, it went something like this:

Here, use our new Windows Servers. They can do everything those big machines do for a fraction of the cost!

Whoops! One bad application can bluescreen a server, taking all applications on it down. We better only put one application on a server to protect ourselves.

Wow, our servers are severely underutilized!

Hey, here's an idea: How about we create "virtual machines," so each application thinks it's alone, but it's actually sharing resources. We'll need a new OS to handle all that.

So, we end up with a much more complex datacenter environment than we would have had if Microsoft had paid attention to the big boys (at the time) in the first place.

Oh, and Microsoft gets to sell more server licenses.

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Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

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"The one thing I really want is Google Wallet here in the UK, so that I can attach all my cards to it and then just use my mobile."

What a great idea! Put all your financial data in one place so the hackers get one stop shopping!

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YOU - NASA. Enough with the ROBOTS, get some PEOPLE to MARS

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Do we really need to go now?

“The United States has been a leader in human space exploration for more than five decades, and our efforts in low Earth orbit with our partners are approaching maturity with the completion of the International Space Station."

I'm sorry but three people floating around in a tin can is hardly what I'd call maturity in low Earth orbit. Show me a couple of stations with some centripetal gravity and room for lots of people and I'll start to believe.

This is part of the problem with our space programs. We plop a dozen guys on the nearest rock for a couple of days and, Boom!, we're done. We put a modest presence in orbit and, Wham!, mission accomplished! Next!

I'd love to see a mission to Mars. I was entranced with Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy. But rather than rushing off to the next target, wouldn't it be better to consolidate NEO so we'll have a better platform to move on in space?

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

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Re: Identity Crisis

I'm surprised they're trying this again. They already killed the Trio, the Duet and the p180x series due to pressure from Microsoft and Google. Neither company wants dual-boot systems out there.

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Softbank gobbles T-Mobile ... 1 year after AT&T tried it on – report

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Re: Sprint is actively hostile to Bring-Your-Own-Phone

" the CDMA 3G network that Verizon and Sprint have, they don't handle calls."

And neither do their LTE networks, at least for the moment. These are all data protocols.

The bottom line is: neither Verizon nor Sprint will connect a phone to their network that does not have a CDMA radio and most off-the-shelf unlocked phones do not have one.

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Re: Sprint is actively hostile to Bring-Your-Own-Phone

"I hate to break it to you but CDMA is dead."

I hate to burst your bubble, but in the US, CDMA is far from dead. Verizon, the largest US carrier uses CDMA for their 3G deployment, as does Sprint (AT&T and T-Mobile both have GSM 3G networks). LTE is great but it's not universally available here, which means you need a 3G fallback. Most of that fallback, by marketshare, at least, is CDMA.

Someday, all networks and all coverage will be LTE, but we're not there yet.

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Re: Sprint is actively hostile to Bring-Your-Own-Phone

"Sprint won't even tell you you can get a SIM that works on their towers..."

That's mainly because those phones you get direct from Google are GSM, so you can buy all the SIM cards you want, but they won't work on a CDMA network.

This is going to be an interesting watch because, on the other side, if it's approved, it going to leave only one CDMA carrier or one GSM carrier. Personally, I hope for the former, but based on how the Nextel merger went, it'd be more likely the latter.

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New 'Windows-8.1-with-Bing': How's it different from Windows 8.1?

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Re: Good thing there are comments...

Ok, I guess the title is a question. I guess I just expected an answer.

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Good thing there are comments...

...'cause the article didn't particularly get to the meat of the matter.

Note: If the title sez "What's the difference..." you might want to, somewhere in the guts, mention a difference.

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USA! USA! ... Aw, screw it. Motorola to close Texas smartphone plant

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Correction?

If I remember right, that "Moto Maker" thing wasn't just limited to US customers. It was limited to just AT&T customers.

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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" As those "Spec" should be more then enough to run Key-lime Pie... If and when it ever gets released"

Did you miss the part where Key-lime Pie became Kitkat?

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US DoJ to appeals court: Haha, no, seriously – Apple totally inflated ebook prices

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Re: heh

“If allowed to stand, the ruling will stifle innovation..."

This has become such a cliche part of every corporate legal discussion. First thing I thought when I saw it in the article was: substantiate those claims. Maybe they did. I did a brief bit of searching for the filing itself but couldn't find it, so I can't say (I didn't look very hard).

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Shockwave shocker: Plugin includes un-patched version of Flash

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Classic

Right hand...meet left hand?

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Report: Samsung joining virtual reality race with Galaxy headset

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Re: Once again...

From Wikipedia (Augmented reality) : " Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data."

Generally speaking, augmented reality is implemented as an overlay on what you are seeing to provide more information about your environment (think Terminator). Google Glass, on the other hand, is simply a small screen in your peripheral vision which can be used in much the same way you use your phone, ie: retrieving texts or getting the weather. These are two very different things.

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Once again...

Google Glass Is Not Augmented Reality any more than your phone is if you hold it in front of your face.

Speaking of holding your phone in front of your face, why buy this new gadget when, with a little optical hardware like the Durovis Dive, you can turn your phone gadget into a VR headset for probably a lot less money?

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TV body seeks attractive mobile operators for mutual action replays

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The Real Problem

"Today, nobody in either industry believes the public wants to watch linear digital TV on a phone."

...unless I'm on a train...or a bus...or taking a long trip in the car...or even sitting in a waiting room.

There's lots of potential demand for the ability to watch TV while out and about. What there isn't, is lots of desire to pay another cable bill to be able to do it and then find that it only applies to one device, so if you maybe wanted to use that tablet, you get to pay all over again.

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PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

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...it tramples the toes of PC makers busy churning out Windows 8 laptops...

Not at those prices it don't!

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Fanbois Apple-gasm as iPhone giant finally reveals WWDC lineup

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Re: No tablets before 2008?

Yeah, but you didn't fondle those. You poked at them with a stick!

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Creepy Facebook urges users to pester friends about their SEX LIVES

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Re: "Person of Interest"

Naw. This is more Minority Report than POI.

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Re: Elbow? Meet Arse.

They're also really good at trying to sell me things I've already bought.

...for months after I bought them!

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Re: They can do what the fuck they like

"If your 'friends' will sell out your private data like that...

... you have a very loose definition of 'friend'."

You're assuming that those friends know enough about social network business models to realize they're selling anything out...

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

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Re: "Surface ***3***. i.e. this is our 3rd attempt after 2 dismal failures"

Yeah, kinda surprising. MS usually starts getting things right by the third go round, but they sure cratered with this one. I mean, it sounds like a decent device spec-wise but there's too many compromises for them high prices.

Microsoft? Yeah, I remember them. Didn't they do something with IBM once?

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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Re: Oh FFS

"Where the #£%& does the 5 million in damages come from? Has it left her unable to walk? Jesus... If she asked for $500 (and that's a lot for not receiving a text) they'd have probably just paid to shut her up."

And that is exactly why the $5 million (or larger if it gets class action status). This is an issue which Apple could fix but has no motivation to dedicate the resources required. If she had asked for $500 or even $5000, they would have paid her off and no real solution would be forthcoming.

$5 million, on the other hand, is a strong motivator to fix the problem.

I'm sure it's not all altruistic, but if she just wanted to get paid, lesser damages would have accomplished that goal.

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Users folder vanished after OS X 10.9.3 update? Here's a fix

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Would someone PLEASE explain to me...

...this fetish for eliminating the filesystem? Apple and Google both seem quite intent on this in their mobile offerings and I just don't understand. The first thing I have to do when I get a new mobile device is grab a file manager of some sort so I can get to my files.

I know there's search and applications can filter the file types they consume, but IMHO there's just no substitute for a good old fashioned file listing.

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Winklevoss twins eye up NASDAQ: Publicly traded Bitcoin fund... what could go wrong?

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Re: Pair of twits?

Oh noes! They're tech Geniuses. They just knows they are!!!

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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Re: Zero compression

"Sounds like marketing gimmickry to appeal to uneducated customers..."

The whole thing is nothing but marketing gimmickry:

Here - tear off the labels, we've hidden goodies under there...

This track has two different beginnings! And you'll go through hell trying to select the one you like, once the novelty wears thin.

It's got a pretty picture on it! oh...but you already ruined the look trying to get to those hidden tracks.

...Stop screwing around with the playback hardware and play some music already!!!

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King's stocks are candy-crushed as its top toy suffers splurge slump

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Re: Did exactly like Facebook and so many others... Came in too late!

No, their error (and I mean both King and Facebook) is in assuming that they have any kind of lasting business model. They are both fads that we'll all have forgotten in 10 years.

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