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US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support

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Devil

Not bad at all for a Fed project per machine, of course there will be cost overruns.

Just replaced the last two XP workstations at a client's this past Thursday, with new Dell Precision LTs w/Windows 7, the 657MB security updates the first run, then moarr, lots moar, A-B-C software for salesperson, then X-Y-Z software for offsite estimator etc, took 4 hours sitting side-by-side (my third HP Elitebook sitting with them)

Looked impressive as hell to the Amish that came in the store...

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IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?

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The wife

Is not happy with the amount of studying/ testing that I do on different projects, mostly because I'm an IT whore-> I'll take on pretty much anything. It's really all the same, just different ways of getting there. I run a consulting/IT bidness, local and small scale, keeps the bills paid. wow, ten years now. huh. Didn't realize that. Copy, run, start baby!

Jack of all trades, master of none. You'll get consistent/varied work in any case.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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Re: Old enough

I stand corrected. I think. Wouldn't the scale of the calculations require sliderules? Or just armies of humans with adding machines?

I do remember my parents wailing away at a desktop adding machine paying bills, taxes in the early 70's.

Thing was as big as a large 4-slice toaster.

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Stop

How old is the author?

'The 1930s and 1940s saw government, academics and businesses start to build their digital computers to crunch large volumes of data more quickly than could be done using the prevailing model of the time: a human being armed with a calculator"

A calculator. A CALCULATOR? Really now.

http://www.math.utah.edu/~pa/sliderules/

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: Mozilla

Oh horseshit. 1st time he rags on a gay linux dev, he's out.

Pretty sure being the Fadda of Linux wouldn't save him.

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White House blasts Samsung for tweeting Obama-Ortiz selfie

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Re: @David W.

1. Considering the voting public is split, and half of those are conservative, I'd say at most, 50% 'of the people' are for Obamacare.

2. ACA was passed in the middle of the night without ONE Republican vote. Not one.

3. Everything is more expensive with health insurance, deductibles higher, premiums higher.

4. EVERY point/promise Obama and his minions made was broken. You can keep your doctor, not. You can keep your insurance, not. It will be cheaper, not.

5. I cannot find a doctor for my wife within 150 miles that will treat her since we lost her doctor to ACA. Costs me $250 + prescriptions at the emergency room every 30 days just to *get* her meds Under the Bronze plan which was all I could afford.

So, without further adieu, Go Fuck Yourself, Sir.

See? Wasn't that nice, you democrat talking points regurgitator? I said 'Sir'.

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El Presidente

Must have His cut.

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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Re: I pity South Korea

well, ya know.... I've been contemplating tearing the house down, surrounding the property in razorwire, and putting up a windchime farm *just* because of the grief I get from my neighbors... best of all? They're family so I feel South Korea's pain lol.

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Chinese company counters pollution by importing fresh air

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Re: China = SpaceBalls?

the combination is... is... 12345....

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WTF: Twitter bug temporarily kills THAT Oscar selfie

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I care... in a way. Still tweaked about the 33% price increase of the Note 3 within 24 hours of that damn pic. DeGeneres uses an iPhone IRL anyway...

<grumble>

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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It's all a bunch of tree-hugging hippy crap anyway...

Wife and I were discussing this the other day - I was tweeting Ellen Degeneres my displeasure of her Oscar 'selfie' which caused the Samsung Note 3 to increase in price by 33%, effectively killing it for me - I digress...

Point is I can color-coordinate better than any woman alive, can decorate the fuck out of any room(think motif), am not gay, yet would be at a disadvantage in bidding a project with competition that *was* gay. Yeah. The world is strange. Just like a really bad movie...

I need to install a new motherboard in a server like right now - catch ya'll later.

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Michelle Obama speaks out against censorship ... in China

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Hero worship...

Can be embarrassing.

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IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot

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Byte Magazine

lol! Remember when Computer Shopper was the size and thickness of a medium-sized city's phone book? Roughly 1.5-2 inches? Those were the days... still have some around here...

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Perspective

Paying $4.99 for Start8 to get an XP-like interface... you pay more for coffee at Starbucks, vs. continually pissing and moaning about the modern UI over how MS 'shoulda done it'.

How much is your time worth? $4.99 is a very small price to pay to just get on with it and do my job(s). Maybe I pick my battles differently, maybe I just get tired of the squishy sound beating my head against a wall. Take your pick.

Good Day!*

;)

*up/down votes-> wasn't me. Too much effort for this subject.

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Re: They're not paying you $100

ok, wouldn't buy any hardware from the Microsoft Store, but ya'll need to stop being ridiculous.

I've been running Windows 8 since first day on an HP EliteBook 8440p, running Start8 since 45 minutes after install and haven't seen Metro or whatever you want to call that way-too-large start menu since. Boots right into desktop.

Pay your $4.99, Bada boom, bada bing, Windows 7 desktop with Windows 8 speed.*

*edited to say: I apologize for the pun. It was not intended. Try again with an Italian mobster accent.

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They want me to install CCTV to see what YOU did in the TOILET

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Funny timing

I'm involved with doing this stuff right now. Weird.

Working with a fabricator now for a security shield of some sort - from birds and BB guns - diminishing returns from designing a bullet-proof case that costs more than the camera, ya know?

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Explosives are *always* the answer...

... the applications are always the question. As in when and how.

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GIANT FLESH-EATING DEVIL CHICKENS roamed North Dakota

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Re: the inoffensive, tiny chickens of today

Yep, Lewis is incorrect here. I've got a rooster that has attacked the wife and daughter, little fucker goes for the eyes with his spurs.

fyi: There is such a thing as a chicken tractor, upper level for nesting and laying, lower fenced-in part so they can be 'outside'. You move it every three or four days and it greens up the yard nicely. Negligible smell this way as opposed to a traditional chicken coop. Eggs taste better too.

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

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actually...

...we play 'Clash of Clans' along with the kids, we're better at it than they are*

;)

*it's the clones you have to look out for. You also have the kiddies on their own accounts with no credit card attached. Due Diligence (yes, responsibility is an ancient forgotten concept).

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Google hit by Monday morning blues: Talk, Hangouts, Sheets crash

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Re: and that IBM AT

...is running OS2/Warp. Rebels, those Google folks. Rebels.

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

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Re: Micro-USB is too flimsy

The original Kindle Fires had bad micro USB connectors from the factory (23% by some accounts)-> recently had to send one off to be repaired/remounted. Takes a grounded soldering gun and a magnifying glass. I ain't that good lol.

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Re: Suck it, Apple. @Mike Bell

What makes them shitty?

I just did an informal poll of $house $devices, Samsung S4, Motorola Razr XT912, BlackBerry Storm 2, Samsung Stratosphere, four generations of Kindles (orig, 2012, HD, HDX), Acer A500. Everything except the Acer uses the micro USB, small side up. All 4.6-5 volts, except for the two extra-special-super-duper-$20-actually-nice 9.6 volt Amazon Fire quickchargers. Looking at the micro-usb, the small side 9-10 times has the USB icon (except for my fastboot USB cable, scorpion on that one ;)

It's much better than it used to be, I swear there were no feature phones back in the late 90's/early 00's that didn't have a oddball power connector.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg buttonholes Obama, rages against NSA dragnet spying

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he 'called' Obama, eh?

RABBLE!

I can't even talk to a congresscritter.... too many staff in-between..

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Apple to maintain phone profit lead through years of 'enormous transition' – report

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Re: Small and unscientific survey of high school students

HA! I see what you did there.... 'winners' indeed.

That ain't gonna fly, especially here lol

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All I know is....

Android folks get treated like second-class citizens by Apple people...

Case in point: All the bitching (still) about letting the riff-raff into what was a iTunes-only thing, Clash of Clans, by the iPhone/iPad crowd... hurt my feelings, it did. So much I flashed a couple of Kindle Fires* to vanilla KitKat to play CoC on.

;)

*I'm agnostic with hardware, whatever works best, I say. They fly btw, those Fires make excellent daily-use multipurpose tablets with a proper OS.

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

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Re: Sharpest knives...

s'ok.. Mamma Earth is slowly taking care of the issue-> sinkholes for the worst offenders.

Got a friend in Tampa. trains military/police dogs... the bitey kind lol. Wait, what are we talking about? Got a CSS problem for a website due out today...and mind is jello atm. I need a beer already.

sigh...

Oh yeah ... lawyers suck... pretty much covers subject.

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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The Absolute Best Thing About The Samsung Galaxy S5 is:

<drumroll>

It will drive the price of the Samsung Note 3 down, which is what I'm after to begin with.

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Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

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Re: Well humans where around 8000 years ago

Don't be silly. It's well known that it was George Bush who did it...

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Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on

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Rambling...

Still prefer my laptops for surfing/working-> easier to balance a laptop pretty much anywhere. My Kindles (Original, HD, HDX) run Kitkat and are good for entertainment (Clash of Clans... stupid game yet addicting lol - those Kindles make excellent vanilla Android tablets).

Laptops run Win8pro, desktops on Win7. Really my only bitch is I'd really like my laptops to have touchscreens (note to self, go get a couple of touchscreen laptops)... when running tablets and laptops in tandem, there is a definite WTF moment when I start tapping on the laptop screen and nothing happens... stupid human tricks, eh?

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American Idol host's keyboard firm smacks back against BlackBerry in patent spat

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@Mr Anonymous (why does that word always look mispelled..... anyway)

AT&T's version of the BB Torch had a slider as well as touch kb's

http://us.blackberry.com/smartphones/blackberry-torch.html#!family=Torch

For some reason, it never translated over to Verizon. Too bad too, it was pretty sexy ;)

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Coat

Have to be careful though, hidden teslas are pretty nasty...

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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From the prison staff point of view

Give the bastard a PS3, long as he STFU, we're good.

Seriously folks, these cream_of_the_crop_assholes have lots of time on their hands, with nothing to lose. There will be downvotes from the 'hard time-fuck-em folks' and there is some validity to their argument, but I'd rather have my officers go home unscathed. Give him the damn PS3 since you won't execute him - former shift sergeant, AZ Dept of Corrections.

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

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Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question

Nope. Only time my family needed them, they failed (2003 Dodge Ram quad cab pickup-> 50' ravine, large trees= ugly) You live in your hamster ball, I'll take my chances with a larger, heavier, real metal 1960's American sedan.

To each his own, I say.

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iPhone maker Foxconn to pump $1bn into new Indonesian factory

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Re: Generalizations

Trolling.

One thing I've learned here is you can say pretty much whatever you want, it's *how* you put it. I knew if I mentioned 'Obama', the downvotes were coming, had I said 'assclown in DC', none would have appeared. Funny how that works, eh?

Call it a social experiment, call it trolling, call it whatever you want, but I'll bet I could get a Fed grant for the study.

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Generalizations

There is manufacturing going on in right-to-work states right now, where the unions have no power. Tennessee has Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen plants producing cars, although the unions are trying by hook and by crook to get in.

Overall, you're correct-> the unions need to be busted but it won't even begin to start until Obama & Friends are gone.

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Want to remotely control a car? $20 in parts, some oily fingers, and you're in command

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Sorry... was side-tracked

TH= My Town Hall lvl 5 in 'Clash of Clans' - an IOS/iTunes game that was recently (last October) ported over to Android and Google Play. Addicting. Rooted & cyanogen modded two Kindle Fires so far just to play the damn game (wife got hooked too).

Curbstomp= British reference (where I picked it up anyway, Daily Mail can be very graphic). noun? Verb? Place unconscious person's mouth on edge of curb, stomp back of head. Yes, very nasty. Best kill me, ya know? Somebody who would do that wouldn't be hard to find if you know what I mean.

In this case, 'Moses' with his lvl 8 TH and all the benefits that implies, used a freaking Barbarian King in his attack. A_Barbarian_King_On_My_TH5. Insulting. You get one chance at revenge and I'm saving it.

;)

on a side note: Supercell is pretty damn smart with their game, free to play, but with in-game microtransactions, we're in $100 already just to hurry things along. Learning patience and discipline though lol. Damn it. lol.

*edited we're the PtewPtew Gotcha clan hehe

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Black Helicopters

well now

A 'Moses' curbstomped my TH 6 hours ago. Then a 'Moses' shows up here...

Coincidence? I think not...... cue up peasants..... A WITCH A WITCH!

;)

p.s. just so happens we're looking for a new family car. Had been considering a real heavy metal 60s-70s non-computer one. This article pretty much nails it down. A nice 72 Chrysler New Yorker perhaps... bang <crinkle crinkle> what was that? Oh. Prius....

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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

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Re: seems an odd thing to do

You might be wrong too. Shouldn't really make assumptions like that either.

More a matter of manufacturers releasing upgraded software for their phones instead of pumping out new models. For instance I have an Acer Iconia A500 that's been through Gingerbread->Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, and now KitKat. Each upgrade has made the tab smoother and a little quicker each time. The same holds for my Motorola Razr, going from ICS to JellyBean was like getting a new phone. It will never see another upgrade, not because of Motorola or Android, but because of Verizon. Can't sell new phones if the older ones as just as good with the same software.

I'm a Windows guy mostly, I know what marketing departments do. I know Windows 7 will happily run on any old XP boxen that has a dual core cpu and 2GB of ram, but that's not what they would have you believe.

I'm in the middle of an epiphany that KitKat is a happy camper on your average 1st generation Kindle Fire, once rooted, and flies like the wind for some 'old throwaway tech'. Great hardware. Becomes a fine fully-functional android tablet with proper software. (odd how wanting to play 'Clash of Clans' leads you into some different tangent).

Where was I? Not sure other than perception can be managed and marketing has been using psychology on us poor masses for a long time now. Must test for yourself before making assumptions like 'probably run like a dog' because that's only what *they* would have you believe lol.

Cheers!

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Turkish president mulls $4.5bn Apple fondleslab school deal

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Re: Numbers and Sense

'Welcome to the World of Tablet Computing! We must be competitive and triumph over <insert non-whomever here> for our <insert cause here>. Your first task shall be to root and flash your new Android Device".

There you go.

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Re: And yet

+1 for truth.

Tabs are media consuming devices, not educational. Even with all the improvements, I still can't use one on the job, still need all the ports, tools, etc on my laptops. I tried too. Would be nice to leave backpack in truck, ya know?

One Use in US: Common Core (whole other subject-> gov indoctrination) is online since no one has textbooks for the Feds' latest educational creation of 'critical thinking'*

*oddest idea ever, no answers are wrong, they want to know *how* you came up with answer. I.E. 2+2 can equal 'Jello' if the kid can say why it means 'jello' to them. Coming Soon: Congress enacts law to regulate pi to '3'....

/despair

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Numbers and Sense

15 million Turkish kids.

Go here http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1001324521 and buy 15 million certified refurbished Kindle Fire 16GB HD's for $108/each delivered (does Turkey have a Prime account? free shipping aye) which equals $1.62 billion obamabucks (worth fancy L .004 per buck ;).

Root, flash to KitKat= $Profit$

Saved Turkish economy hit with a 2.25 Billion in savings (rounded for the 'grease' money to make this happen lol)

Just a thought... pretty stoked about my new(ish) Fire HD for $108-> Amazon didn't know they still had this sale going, had to give up address three times to confirm and yet the page is still up today. Comes in 2nd in a google search 'certified refurbished Kindle Fire HD'. Even have the big ones cheap w/year warranty.

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Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

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Angry Clash of Candy.... should about cover this. Wonder why there isn't a Court/Lawyer game? Like Sims but start as a young fresh-out-of-college intern to judgeship? Intrigue, the stepping on bodies_as_rungs_in_a_ladder.... ambulance chasing, all that fun stuff..

Edit: I'm boring myself. Going to see how my TH fared while I was asleep.

Carry on.

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FCC says US telcos can start moving to IP-based calling, but in baby steps

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BASTARDS!

AT&T rolled a client of mine yesterday over to VOIP-> told them they had to upgrade or lose service. Had no choice. Totally screwed the network configurations and didn't even think about the damn fax machine (which requires a physical line). Took me 4 hours to recover the network connectivity with all the bits & pieces they have..

Already emailed client with this article, there will be one super-pissed off lawyer's office (they were already pissed off, they really should have checked with their IT company, me, before letting anybody touch their network. Hard Lesson) tomorrow. I plan on being there for AT&T's explanation as they return the client to their original service config and monetary amount these lawyers get.

:|

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Amazon reports rare profit and is punished by Wall Street

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Hmm

Even if Prime membership goes up, I'll probably keep it-> the savings on shipping alone cover it. I like Amazon, I get my cases of Yorkshire Gold and PG Tips inexpensively as opposed to anybody who might carry it (although I did see PGTips in Walmart 40ct box recently).

As a side note: Those Kindle Fires make *excellent* Cyanogenmod KitKat Android tablets. The original Fire flies with it.*

*Wife wanted to play Clash of Clans, Amazon's fork cannot load it due to the Google Play requirement for micro-transactions and progress saves-> Root, KitKat, Kindle Books, and Google Play. Clash On! lol Very quick. ;)

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Google's ad-slinging juggernaut gobbles more BEEELLIONS in revenue

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Lenovo

Putting a stop state-level procurement of Lenovo products from my end of the world-> damn things are overloaded with crapware... and who knows what else.

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

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an American...

..who thinks Stephen Fry is a character on 'Futurama' - seems it might as well be the same person to judge by the outrage of El Reg commentards*.

* yeah I'm one too, so deal.

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Android holds steady as iOS and Windows Phone slip in Kantar reports

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FYI Apple stocks

Took a hit yesterday with profit/shipments lower than expectations.

Other than that, I still want the Blackberry Z30...

;)

Ya'll have a great day!

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

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There, social/peer disapproved literature is now covered

Now, how about books that could disappear you? Say like the Anarchist's Cookbook?

I'd say that would guarantee a look/visit from your friendly neighborhood <insert your fav secret squirrel org here>

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

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Re: Want

Understandable-> wait til you see it in person though, hate to see you lose half your stuff in the divorce for a crappy picture quality.

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Re: why?

'Since when has quality mattered when dwarfed by sheer mega-ness, though! :)'

Quality would be why I have a 2014 55" Samsung 'dumb' flat screen and not the 70" Vizio 'smart' version -> Samsung looks like being at a stageplay, so real, while the Vizio looks like, well, you're looking at a big honking analog TV...

YMMV

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