* Posts by N13L5

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Never mind Samsung, GOOGLE will EAVESDROP as you browse on Chrome

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Re: I'm sure it's fine

yeah, definitely... since the dissolution of Imperial intelligence services and only a single active spy left, we're totally safe.

Either way, I have one of those Samsung Smart TVs and I simply didn't agree to their terms. Since I didn't agree, all "smart" functions are disabled, but the Set works perfectly fine as a computer monitor.

The LG I had first, I actually had to send back to Amazon, because it didn't take "NO" for an answer and kept nagging me every hour!

As for Android,, just root your phone and remove Chrome. Problem solved until Google comes up with the next step in trying to control MY device for their benefit.

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Audio playground: How does an Oculus Rift with surround sound sound?

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There are so many gullible people that are Bose fans... But Bose's business is built on using the cheapest of drivers and then electronically fixing their crappy frequency curves.

I wouldn't touch Deezer or any other proprietary nonsense with a 10 foot pole, given that there's DTS' Play-Fi with loss less 3D audio and even Bluetooth can now stream loss less music in stereo.

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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So, how do I get DirectX 12 without fouling up my computer by inviting total Microsoft control over MY machine with Windows 10?

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XPoint memory ruminations: Expert says it's not PCM

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I hope Intel will use this to make products to rival / outperform Nvidia's parallel computing products and GPUs. We need that stuff to get vastly better than it is now.

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What can't sell Galaxy S6s and keeps going down on you? Samsung and its profits

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Re: "slightly better phone"

How was it even "slightly better"...?

I thought it was significantly worse:

- metal case - worse in a fall than the polycarbonate that your metal-obsessed pundits kept calling "plastiky" It was a switch for the stupid: loose a bunch of useful features for slivers of needless, cheap aluminum.

- no Micro SD card - a total no-go for me - and certainly worse than last year's phone

- no swappable battery - worse than last year's phone

- no water / dust proofing - worse than last year's phone

Does anybody really care if the processor got unnoticably faster? S5 ran absolutely smooth, S6 runs absolutely smooth. Can anybody tell the difference between FHD and QHD or whatever they call the new resolution? I don't look at my phone screen with a magnifying glass.

Did the camera get marginally better? possible. I wouldn't know, cause the first 4 bullet points got the phone off my shopping list instantly.

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Lastly, Samsung has that evil plan to collude with Crapple to eliminate SIM cards from phones. That alone makes me not to want to give my money to Samsung ever again.

Every time you want to change SIM cards, you'll have to beg your miserable greedy bastard telco for it? Good luck with that.

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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Re: Linux

Is there any Linux UI that looks and works like Rainmeter...?

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Re: Pay us...

That sounds like SWTOR's virtual item and unlock retail circus...

But I don't think that has much of a chance to stick with Microsoft.

The threshold for consumers to switch to less convenient alternatives hasn't been met yet, but whenever MS goes too far with things that are acceptable to companies but not to individuals, they will go.

I recently was asked by a technically challenged business owner who is familiar enough with Windows to do his work fluidly to replace it with Linux... I recommended against it, but he insisted and even suffers the horrible state of skype for linux and the Thunderbird email client with terrible default settings for business use, just to be off Microsoft and their constant arbitrary changes.

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If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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Knowing more about touch screen functionality sure would help...

The whole review is nothing but an opinion piece with few relevant stats.

Can the touch screen be used with a stylus?

Are there pressure sensitivity levels? how many?

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

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Re: Hold on a second

Of course not, they have to swear an oath never to tell the truth, before they start working there...

The eye in the pyramid on the dollar bill starts to make sense. The corporate surveillance state of the west with its five-eyes network. Just looking at the NSA / USA alone means falling for another error.

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Intel 80386 queen Renée James quits as chipmaker's president

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Re: An intel spokesperson commented "McAfee has now been assimilated.

I was surprised how Intel kept the McAfee brand around, even though they were widely known as slime bags.

Would have made more sense to just quietly buy the technology and kill the name ASAP.

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80386 certainly fixed the serious flaw in the 80286... that really was the transformation.

I bet there was a whole team working on that one-liner at the end of the article attributed to Intel's CEO.. and what drivel it turned into... almost like Nadella.

And that mobile division.. they better improve something... my Asus tablet with intel chip runs Android worse than any other device I ever had. It crashes apps more and requires frequent restarts. Almost like early versions of Windows... :p

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China reveals home-grown supercomputer chips after Intel x86 ban

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I find it funny, but I welcome the results.

Intel will have to try harder to keep or exceed Moore's law.

I will be able to buy Chinese chips if I like them.

A Chinese government backdoor won't affect me as much as the 5 Eye backdoor we likely already have with Intel's chips ever since their insecure hardware security implementation.

As for the guy who said China doesn't have a history of invading other countries... gee, get a clue?

Remember Tibet? that WAS a country... The chinese also tried to take Vietnam, but the Vietmanese kicked their collective asses out of there. Just like they did with the French and the Americans. Yes, the Vietnamese had to suffer grievously, and the US having fought a completely unjust war against them even hamstrung them with trade sanctions for many decades afterwards. But since a recent trip to Vietnam, I can say their streets are cleaner and prettier than those of Los Angeles or London. Surprising what effort can do, even in the absence of money. And the garish colors of stupid corporate logos and advertising don't tower over everything either. (yet...)

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Nokia will indeed be back 'making' phones – and it's far from a foolish move

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Re: "vast amounts of goodwill exist"

Uh... no, not with me :p

Nokia has done nothing but take knee-fall after knee-fall to telcos.

I remember in the olden days, they kept promising Skype on the smarter models of their phones... it kept getting delayed and delayed from quarter to quarter.. guess why :p

That's far from the only example...

Then there was the very high signing fee that basically made sure only the big boys would have to compete among themselves for apps. Garage start-ups not welcome. No matter the way better and less buggy and sluggish marvels various programmers came up with, you couldn't install it, cause they could never afford the exorbitant signing fees, so you could either do without or you had to try to hack your phone and loose warranty.

Go die in a fire, Nokia and Microsoft, Apple and Samsung, you too.

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Account at HSBC? BAD LUCK, no iPhone bonk-banking for you

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Re: Ought to be grateful

I'm sure there is no better business for a bank than money laundering - with the exception of instigating wars, financing both sides and after enough wars, having every country in a mountain of debt, soaking up the lion's share of tax revenue, thus pressing out populations around the world like lemons. Capitalism and Communism are nothing but less obvious, less visible systems of slavery. Both were invented by the same people in a wildly successful divide and conquer scheme.

As far as HSBC goes, I like it if they do no bonking and other cashless "convenience" features introduced in order to ween us off cash. I'll have you know that the plan is, to remove all currency that's not electronic. I.e. the type you can stash under your mattress or some such place, where banks can't block you from using it and spooks can't trace your transaction buying coffee at 7/11 if for any reason the next dictatorship doesn't like you anymore.

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

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Re: BAN THIS

With the corrupt from the head governments in UK, US and EU? Good luck getting this banned.

Either way, I already don't buy Crapple phones, they really are the 1984 company.

If Samsung phones come without 1 or 2 sim slots, their sales will drop off a cliff while there's still carriers who don't do Orwell just yet.

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Marshall wants to turn your phone UP TO ELEVEN

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The recordings from that Microphone, can they be saved to FLAC?

Is the Microphone half decent? 1" Diaphragm crammed into the rear where normally the camera is, phantom power and all?

I'd also expect a guitar input and an effects chain.

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British spooks wave through Samsung S6 mobes for UK govt bods

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Re: Since these are completely open to 5 Eyes (and the Ruskis, Israelis, Chinese, ..., ..., ...)

I think spooks just approved it to lure pub sector and crime sector into using it, knowing they bought one of the back doors directly from Samsung.

Now, if you steal one from a Samsung executive, chances are its backdoor free.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: restrict purchaser rights to the maximum extent permitted by law

Well, this may just be going beyond the extent permitted by law in more than a few countries.

Maybe the Corporate States of America will permit Microcruft to force windows upgrades down people's throats over a cellphone connection while roaming at $3 per megabyte.

In Europe, I much doubt that one.

But then there's TTIP that seems to be going through, because banksters and corporate foam whippers already control every western government I know of.

So consumer rights of any kind will be a thing of the past.

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Ex-MIT prof jailed for 'making experimental film' about bank robbery. In a bank. Without saying it was a film

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How tiny the crime of bank robbery is in comparison to the crime of being a bankster, robbing entire countries while sitting at the table with queens and chancellors as "advisers" but in reality, as the real decision makers.

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China's STILL holding up the full WD-HGST integration. Why?

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Re: in every thread on this issue there is always at least one Seagate-basher

And at least one WD basher :p

You know internet forums are full of paid shills anyway.

But it doesn't matter if Seagate bashers and WD bashers find an equilibrium in forum threads...

The annoying part is, that both do it without a shred of evidence, or anecdotal evidence at best.

The only people who do meaningful testing in companies that actually use enough drives to have any statistical relevance immediately get picked appart by people paid by whoever had the highest failure rates.

Or its said that drive testing in a corporate environment has no bearing for consumers, since they are not heavy users.

According to any real data I've seen past and present (been in the business since 1987) and the massive differences between actual drive models from the same manufacturer, if I had to make a purchasing choice by brand alone without knowing the history of a particular drive model, I'd go for HGST first, anything still bearing the Samsung brand second, Toshiba third, WD forth and Seagate last.

Now I won't buy drives without knowing something about them, so in reality, choice isn't so much by brand, but still influenced by the brand's customer support and warranty details.

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China's best phone yet: Huawei P8 5.2-inch money-saving Android smartie

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Re: Sadly it doesn't run iOS.

Well, iOS would be even worse for doing things the way you want rather than the way the manufacturer wants.

But Android 4.4 is plenty bad enough.

The author conveniently forgets to mention that in Android 4.4 you can't write anything to the SD card, making things terribly cumbersome in daily use if you're doing anything more than making phone calls and fumbling around on Facecrook.

Stability or not, at least Android 5 fixes that major issue.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: What's wrong with Volvo's?

The reviewer is all about personal bias.

Besides the 4G issue, he has provided no reason to believe he's talking about anything but his personal foibles...

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Re: The market has clearly signalled...

"The market has clearly signalled, at this end of the price range, that many buyers don’t regard the omission of a flash slot as a deal-breaker"

Who paid you to write this nonsense?

Could only be Google really, they probably got Tony Blair to call your editor to insist on the inclusion of this statement or else get people fired...

Without MicroSD card slot, there's especially no reason to buy Samsung.

But Samsung noticed already, hence the S6 PRO is coming with MicroSD card slot and user replaceable battery. Maybe even 4G reception.

So quit applauding this fashion victim of a phone, trying all together too hard to be metallic and thin.

And I've never heard anyone else bitch about Samsung's plastic but media pundits. Users were pretty happy with the high quality, near indestructible polycarbonate Samsung used.

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Frisky patent WAR: Samsung seeks to BLOCK Nvidia graphics chips from US market

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Re: Some really dislike patents

"If you spent hundreds of millions on something, don't you deserve...?"

No.

Hundreds of millions siphoned from employees and customers shouldn't entitle anyone to anything.

Make money lending for interest illegal again and all this bs will die down. And we won't have so much "legalized" criminality, pollution and general uglification of our surroundings.

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Playing by stealth: Twelve gaming headsets to plonk on your noggin

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Rather inconsistent on the reviews but still a decent read...

One Headset gets a positive mention for being a USB (built in sound card) headset, while for another headset, the fact that its also a USB headset isn't mentioned,

A few words about cup size would also be helpful.

I had the Creative for a very short time, it was excellent in sound, but the bluetooth connection was unreliable, and the earpieces are small, don't fit around your ears, but instead press them to you head hard, which gets extremely uncomfortable after less than 30 minutes.

The Razer has 5" drivers, not 4". At least that's what it says on my package. I guess that could have changed between revisions?

On the expensive end of the spectrum, Samsung's Bluetooth headset might be worth looking at too. High build quality and their padding fits nicely around my ears without any pressure and they have both bluetooth and wired options. PHP 12,000 / 240 Euro at the local Samsung store.

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Re: Can we get more love for behind-neck headsets?

No, as there are none that are any good.

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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marketing drones

Its all about forcing the Microshuft app store as sole distribution avenue and the 30% Microcruft tax to be collected on every sale from developers/customers, whichever of the two ends up getting snipped for that money.

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Midnight

Windows used to be there to take care of people's actual needs.

Now its there purely for Microcruft's corporate strategic goals which change every three months.

There is no better way to tank computer sales and send people looking for less precarious platforms to use, even if pickings are slim.

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

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Re: alternate reality??

That would be exactly the reason why Scott Ridley would be interested in doing this.

The Nuremberg court records where Nazi war criminals were sentenced show that all the I.G. Farben executives got their multi-year to life sentences commuted after just one or two years and - wonder of wonders, mostly got flown out to the USA, where many of them hold high positions in large corporations.

Hitler's top lawyer - (who carried out the I.G. Farben's number 1 priority to institute a new patent law in all occupied territories, before any other changes to local laws) - later became the founding Architect of the modern EU, actively shaping it for its first 10 years.

Thanks to the German's pedantic record keeping, you can also find in Nuremberg documents proving, that most concentration camp inmates didn't die in the camps, but were sold in bulk to I.G. Auschwitz (the largest industrial complex of its time) for "scientific tests", involving new medications, poison gas and other new weapons developments.

German Concentration camps also saw the first case of putting fluoride into drinking water - effective at keeping prisoners docile and, at sufficient doses sterilization of inmates.

German Chancellor Kohl was the offspring of an I.G. Farben executive - and the long time patron of current Chancellor Merkel.

On the day after the Nazis burned down and destroyed the German Parliament, the I.G. Farben transferred 500,000 Reichsmark to Hitler.

Nothing changed, except the language used in the news papers.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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Re: Nice

Can't wait till people find out the exposed bent part of the display gets all scratched up in a short time...

Good way to get people to buy new phones more often, I guess

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Chasing pennies, Sony, Microsoft and smartphone biz rivals retreat to mid-range

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re: Do Microsoft, LG or Sony have the loyalty . . .

. . . "to command a €100 premium in a commodity market?"

If Sony fixes their adhesive issues for their glass backs, some of their features could yield them some loyalty - maybe, just barely...

The others? No way. The Chinese can build everything anybody else can - they've been building everybody else's phones for a long time now...

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Paranoid Android Kaymera smartmobe takes on Blackphone

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re: "a few hundred dollars per month, per device"

. . . Do they install and maintain tiny rocket launchers on the phone for that kind of cash?

(all electronically aimed at encrypted targets in Palestine, no doubt)

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Re: "The lowest of the low phones comes with 16GB nowadays, and I only use 10"

Don't draw conclusions about others from your own lack of using the full potential of your tiny, pocket-able computer.

I have 20 GB of music, 32GB of about 7,200 books ranging in subject matter from technical, engineering to medical and also a few novels. Then a few movies, concert videos and downloaded Harvard lectures from Youtube and other tutorials for another 30GB. Beyond that, I take a lot of pictures and video with the phone, which also tends to grab space, so there isn't that much room left on my current 128GB MicroSD.

I can access all this without an internet connection, whenever I need it, as its always in my pocket.

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Re: Built in battery, no SD slot, no waterproofing?

Certainly was never a Samsung "fan", but bought their phones because they offered the features I wanted, which included removable, swappable batteries, a MicroSD card slot (would have preferred two of them), and a high quality plastic that could take a lot of abuse without passing all the pressure on to the glass, like metal does, in case of a drop.

AND, I really can't wait until people find out that the curved part of the phone's display takes on scratches like no tomorrow and looks awful after a few months.

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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Re: Knowing the difference - "SSH != TOR"

Don't you think the NSA owns and runs TOR by now?

- if that wasn't already the case from the start...

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Lawmakers, cops, bankers, terrorists - all one and the same snake's nest.

Given that governments are still just the largest, most powerful organized crime syndicates in any given area, its easy to see from where the wind blows here.

Why don't you spooks and the f**kers behind you just declare martial law and model all our countries after Burma or Paraguay?

Security is an illusion.no matter what you people get to spy on or not. But what can anybody do with negative selection for positions of power built into the system and psychotics running the show?

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Google deal means game over for mobile payments firm Softcard

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Greedle taking the butter off Telco's toast...

...awww

Its like you got captured by Orcs, who are then slain by a Troll, which doesn't change your outlook one bit, because their plans for you are the same - roasting on a spittle till tender.

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Greedle just says they're not making money to justify the next change of rules.

Whenever you want to squeeze a division harder, you have to first publicly complain that you're not making "enough" / "anything". Of course, that's a lie. They just want more, much more...

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re: You're NOT buying the tunes from Apple

+1 for splitting hairs.

+1 for also having your "facts" wrong.

+1 for fitting in really well with any blow-hard beer-garden discussion.

You're BUYING the license, not renting it.

The license is indefinite and not revocable, unless you violate the license.

Add to that worldwide laws that differ from country to country.

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The perpetrator of this distorted article...

...shows his mean-spirited ignorance by calling Youtube "idiot viewer".

Not even worth reading past that sentence.

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Flash flushed: Google's AdWords to convert ads to HTML5 automatically

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Anything to rid us of ghastly Adobe and its hideous spawn one day...

...with its beyond awful installation routine trying to drop some third-party McAfee malware on your system every time, its ridiculous slow and frail downloader, and the never ending security holes.

I doubt I'll feel any love for Greedle's replacement, but it might just be a few percent points less annoying.

Maybe Firefox will even get along with that, so we can overlook their totally failed attempt at sand-boxing Flash to prevent it from crashing the browser every time you have more than a few Youtube tabs open.

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Get ready for the El Reg Storage Winners-n-Losers super chart

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Re: Graph

Displaying a graph with a pointless 3D effect that totally distorts the impression an observer gets from the chart, you have to wonder if that's just incompetence or malfeasance..

In the words of Grand Moff Kilran: "Lying or incompetent - it makes little difference"

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Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k

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Human DNA = hazardous material

Putting our DNA on the moon is retarded:

If good aliens find it, they will have trouble to no end, given we are the most aggressive and unpleasant species this planet had the misfortune to be infested with. At least they should also put a warning beacon, telling any passers by to stay away from the moon in the name of their own safety.

If bad aliens find it, our DNA will enable them to design very specific weapons to eradicate us while preserving the planet for themselves.

So either way, its the idea of a nutter.

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

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don't know how the review arrives at Apple's and HTC's design being better than this :p

both their mobes have metal framed in plastic, which looks cheap, gimmicky and in the iPhone 6's case downright stupid. Like it was made for the trailer park crowd.

This Samsung's metal bezel excels with simplicity, functionality and a beautifully machined camfer.

Its shape strengthens the corners and prevents the phone from slipping out of your hand. The corners also give your hand an immediate indication where you're holding the phone, so you know if the button is gonna be a little higher or a little lower, depending on how you grabbed it.

People lacking the slightest design background mistaking industrial design for poor personal taste and then writing about it. :p

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Oracle will 'kill MySQL' and steal its users? Ha ha, haha, ha. Seriously, we won't – Oracle exec

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Re: It's still Oracle

What worries people more than any specific theory is the corporate credo:

"Its not enough that we win, we want the other guy to loose"

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

N13L5

I don't need special cables to hear the MP3 warble in pretty much everything.

To hear that nasty MP3 warble, I need not use special cables, no super high end DAC, just a quality pair of 12 year old KRK V8 speakers or a decent midrange pair of earphones.

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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Re: Much ado about nothing

The "cluelessness of the government" isn't cluelessness. They are just following their instructions.

German Politician Seehofer put it plainly on TV: "Those who are elected have no decisions to make, and those who make the decisions haven't been elected."

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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streaming music sounds like crap

Unless you have really crappy ears, you can hear all the compression artifacts, not to mention the hick-ups from imperfect connections. And where's your music if you can't get a connection, or you failed to pay some bill?

A FLAC file recorded from Vinyl or CD is really the only way to go in an age of cheap storage and easy availability of reasonably priced high quality pro-audio gear. And if you really love your music, you need an EMP proof cabinet for your music storage and playback gear.

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Google grand fromage Eric Schmidt: Backing climate denier lobby a 'mistake'

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Blaming Climate change on CO2 is just to justify chemtrails and charge for breathing in the future

Suppose Eric Schmidt came into contact with the real powers and was given a choice.

Human emission of CO2 amounts to what, 2 or 3% of total CO2, which is needed for life to exist.

I think its an excuse for chem-trails for the U.S. military's project to weaponize the atmosphere.

And it'll help corporations start to eventually charge us for the air we breathe.

They already brazenly call water a "product"

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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

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Hah, what I want to know is who paid the millions for this and other studies of this ilk?

Studies in general have been found to surprisingly come out with findings that please those who ordered and paid for them.

To me, this story is just another Big Media plant to convince people of how bad it is to have an internet that is not totally controlled by corporations and spies.

boohoo!

I had an idea once, so me and my clan should be able to live for generations on the never ending proceeds MY intellectual property is a suspect idea to begin with, but worse, the I.P. rights almost always end up with large conglomerates that are generally in the business of making humanity miserable with their sorry single minded goal of maximising monetary profit.

Subservience to money is a degradation of consciousness.

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