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NEW, LOVELY, UNTOUCHED - a second EARTH waiting across the stars

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Coat

I've observed this...

'Little is known about "population Y", other than that the remnants of the group were unearthed in the Amazon'

Definitely something wrong with The Amazon's search engine. Being a Prime member, finding certain parts that can be shipped free can be difficult, even if you have the exact part number/manufacturer. Not surprised.

-> who took my coat?

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Aww hell <kicks dirt>

We'all folks up here in Tennessee think them folks in Geeorgia are a mite tetched in the head anyways... dumb crackers... Like my uncle always said, 'Oncet ya cross that there Tennessee line, y'all out of the country'.*

*The 'T' word is such a wonderful tool, especially in light of Mr. Malamud's name, to evoke an emotional response to any given situation. Given the expense in treasure and time to defend against malicious attacks, as I have experienced recently over a land contract, you don't stand a chance in hell against these fuckers without serious cash. You get put in a position where you have to make a business decision, rather than stand on principle. Damn bloodsucking lawyers... they always win.

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Childcatcher

I reckon the only real question is:

Did Fiat have the contract for Russia's new remote control medium tanks with the Playstation driving controls?

I could see where a drone tank could be useful around the house, varmints and such.*

*On a more serious note, just finished converting over to disc brakes on my 58 GMC stepside truck - those drum brakes.... well, the discs cut about 50'-75' off stopping distance off from 60mph to 0 panic brake. Helpful ;) I simply do not agree with the antilock brakes on my 08 GMC Canyon. I know and can predict responses to certain variables with regular old school brakes, antilocks not so much. There is a six inch strip of metal on the end of a bridge, right at the stop sign of a T intersection, if that fscker is wet, under normal braking pressure, they feel that wet metal strip, slide a bit, and activate. Most times you can get it stopped at the sign, sometimes you're in the intersection. Takes a different driving technique and I personally like to have control of my vehicle, not HAL.

No electronics to speak of on that 58, unless you count the capacitor on the distributor, my thought was a nice headless sound system to dock my smartphone into. Why duplicate functionality if you carry the damnably useful thing around anyway?

Sigh... Ya'll have a great day, I'm off to ghost a couple of backup primary IDE drives on an ancient KOMO router w/Windows 2000 and a sketchy WD 40GB IDE drive. Can't wait :|

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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'I do keep threatening to wear a kilt'

^^this^^

Wore one for my wedding, most comfortable item of clothing I've *ever* worn. Warm? Fluff out. Cold? Cover up. Nice hardware design right there.

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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Childcatcher

The Free No-Guilt card is played there - lottery 'profits' is supposed to go to the schools...

No, I don't gamble. Learned in the 3rd grade matching coins that both Probability and Math are dicks.

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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New Normal War driving

Driving the streets of LA/London/personal favorite town actively scanning/collecting comm freqs, searching for IP's, scripting open door attacks, recording everything, in a hardened distributor and points 60's vehicle. Kinda like Google Streetview cars, but more honest about it.

Racers, sitting at the line, computers doing bruteforce attacks on other drivers' cars, while your systems are defending from the other guys, while the tree counts down.

Fleets of police cars simultaneously accellerating to 120MPH and making a sudden, gps-guided, left turn into a building/bridge/river/etc of your choice.

Pretty morose this evening... it's a Brave New World... smh

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Brit teen who unleashed 'biggest ever distributed denial-of-service blast' walks free from court

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Re: Serious.

Never mind having him degaussed by Stephen Hawking himself, right?

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IBM GATE-CRASHES chip world, boldly exclaims: 'We've cracked the 7nm barrier'

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Sister site?

Not http://www.therockalltimes.co.uk?

hmmm - what happened?

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Ford's 400,000-car recall could be the tip of an auto security iceberg

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Not like this is a new thing

My 2008 GMC Canyon still receives ECM & BCM updates every year or so. Updated fuel tables, power curves, etc. Always have to do a GM Update before using a tuner like HPtuner to get things right. Truck is fly_by_wire but no OnStar, electric locks/windows etc. 2.9l 4 banger only averaged 20.3mpg we purchased new, I've de-GMmed to the point of 27.6mpg average city/highway now with 173k miles on her - she's faster than factory.

The above is also why I'm restoring a 1958 GMC Stepside pickup with three on the tree, it will run under circumstances unfriendly to electronics AND your average American car thief won't know how to row a stick.

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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Meh

More proof I'm getting old... remember when the benchmark was Doom?

harrumph*...

*wow, spellcheck had 'harrumph'...

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

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Re: Who needs fuses, anyway?

Phuq Witt:

You sir, have a valid point.

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

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Oh Reginald!

https://youtu.be/7R6_Chr2vro

reckon everybody in the West has gotten pretty soft - sucks.

smh

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Ford recalls 433,000 cars: Software bug breaks engine off-switch

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Some, not all, American cars suck. Everybody sells cars that suck. Long ago, in the before time (pre-internet), a friend of mine was paid for a repair job with a 77(?) Lancia with bad tail lights. Cool little exotic for Bumfuck, Arizona. Sexy even. No big deal, right? Incorrect. Damn thing had a unified ground on the engine firewall with a +/- wire to every damn thing. Everything. We spent two days tracing wires and never did get the brake lights working consistently.

Why oh why would someone *not* use a chassis ground for simplicity and weight savings of all_that_extra_wire?

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Reading suggestion

The Foundation series by Issac Asimov.

Specifically the decline of the Empire and the Engineer Priest class.

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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Re: Such amazing security measures worth $82bn...

you mean the bang?

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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Re: When caught, did he say......

'Yippee'....

I *still* want to punch him over that....

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Exactly

Note that no one from El Reg put their name on the story either... I've yet to meet anyone, ever, that thought JarJar was worth a damn.

Pretty sure whomever wrote the article is not and never was a SW fan.

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Intel inside: Six of the best affordable PC laptops

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Dell Inspiron 5000

I have one and while it's a nice concept, the execution of that concept sucks monkey balls. It's 1. very bendy chassis, 2. power cord in a bad place, which makes 3. the touchpad too far left, so when it's say... in your lap, the positioning of said touchpad activates the motherfudging charms bar more than half the flipping time when casually dinking around the net..

I miss my HP 8440p.*

*miss it so much I'm buying another one Friday.

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Black Helicopters

Re: Now it becomes clear.

Why would you do that? One shoe comes up missing, you'll know for SURE they're watching... always watching...

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Germany drops probe into NSA's Merkel phone-hacking

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Somebody/something got paid

Cash and/or services...

Farmers vs. milk cows - we being the cattle.

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Apple recalls Beats speakers: Rap chap's crap batt rapped in zap mishap flap

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Prior to Beats, Dr Dre was a music sampler who was involved in the original lawsuit against Napster.

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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Trollface

The Problem

with taking pictures while driving, is they always come out pretty bad. All blurry and stuff...

;)

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Hi! You've reached TeslaCrypt ransomware customer support. How may we fleece you?

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Boffin

Re: How

Then there are some who do it all.

Except drywall, I can't do drywall.

;)

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Keurig to drop coffee DRM after boss admits 'we were wrong'

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/disagree

We have a Keurig VUE, which doesn't take K-cups, but VUE-style cups (which are hard to find in any case). Ordered two Solo VUE version refillable cups at the same time and haven't purchased *any* pods since we got over the novelty/expense of them.

The best reason for a Keurig? The damn thing will make even the cheapest shite store-brand coffee taste good.

That's a huge plus in my book.

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Ha! Win 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 pops out of the Microsoft oven

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Re: Tipping Point

You, Phil W!

Door-----> that way!

+1

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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New Seiko

Good watches, aren't they?

I've a 10 year old Seiko Kinetic - get it cleaned/maintained every 5 years. Best $135 I've parted with in a long time. Unsure about the Tina Charles bit, but a Steampunk version would appeal to me.

Have a great day!

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Coat

Re: Bah.

Third El Reg article, fourth reference to Minecraft in comment section (different authors)...

So I'm not the only one dealing with it on a seemingly daily basis from the kids. If only there was decent MC PE server software... Mob AI just isn't there yet and the kiddies are getting on my nerves. I see terrain in blocks now... the tinfoil doesn't help anymore...

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: Just because the US still have an outstanding number of wires on poles...

heh - south of you down toward Chattanooga - even my aquarium pumps/filters are on UPS's...

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404

Not into Texas - there are three regional electrical grids in the US -> East US, West US, and Texas. Each can fall over without affecting the other.

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Three points

Point 3: Feds are very big on material data safety sheets - OSHA will fine a private company into oblivion for violations of this type.

That's one huge blind spot/ failure.

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Notebooks drag PC sales out the toilet, fondleslabs still falling

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Re: what market?

Give it a rest already.

Egyptians had their Pharaohs & 'ruled the world' at one time

Greeks

Romans

Attila & his Hun buddies.

The British Empire

US domination. Influence? Americanization? Whatever it is, it's in decline, and everybody knows it.

Next up: Asia - specifically China. Unless something major happens, Middle East being a wild card. Hell, we could be banging rocks together for communication this time next year.

In any case, I'm currently digging Raspberry Pi projects - where do they fit in? I've purchased four kits in the past month for this and that - a very cool *British* concept.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: A minivan...

Depends on era you were raised in...

Body-on-frame construction= truck SUV 4x4 in my mind. Uni-body construction is lightweight and needs bracing to be entirely useful to me. They crack, had a Jeep Cherokee split on the passenger side tunnel between the doors, not something to ramming with. Point is: Why not use a big Dodge 4x4 with a Cummins diesel? Wouldn't get stuck until the building on the *other* side of the NSA*. An Escape is not suitable for purpose.

I know what an Explorer is, bought my wife a 99 XLT for tooling around the mountain ;)

We are talking about the little green trashcan in the middle of the picture, correct?

*I capitalized the 'T" in my head right there. That means something... like in The Boogeyman. hmm. There is a distinct possibility I need to run down to the store for some tin foil. Shit.

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404

A minivan...

A minivan?

Difficult to jump a curb, much less ram a gate... dressing as women does not influence driving style...

smh...

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Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'

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Hang All the Lawyers

Make the world a better place... for humans, not corporations.

:|

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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@ x7

Thanks, I was lost.

+1 'cuz I learned something today.

;)

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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Re: The AT&T of old

Oh I agree - and there was that Brit expat* who let a set of tits from AT&T upsell him and fail to notice the web & email servers running downstairs that required static public IP addresses - AT&T had the client down for a week and there's something about an English accent that changes when they're raging. I learned new words that made no kind of sense to an American-raised IT guy. Not my fault, but I was handy.

*I secretly believe he's not British, but Scottish. That man, God love him, is so cheap he'd squeak when he walked if he had an asshole.

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404

One of your Intrepid El Reg Commentards is on the scene..

... and does business all over east Tennessee. A few observations from under the ground:

There are three competing ISPs in east TN and bid for exclusive areas of operation - AT&T, Comcast, and Charter. Only AT&T can compete with Comcast for residential/business customers in that area, with Charter being a leased/feels good on paper, poor 'competition' of leased lines/unwanted areas. Of the three, AT&T's aging infrastructure prevents good dependable service (although they have begun building a fiber loop to Athens, my base of operations). Comcast is the raging monster in local/state government - gives away connectivity to gov offices and certain employees, essentially owns area contracts in perpetuity. Between AT&T pushing VOIP & killing fax lines and Comcast's fast as hell up/down crap service (which includes VOIP) - I have some interesting days now and again.

Point is, the current situation sucketh mightily - I have been waiting for a port to open up on AT&T's ancient DSLAM at my house for 7 years, not enough ports and it seems those same ports are willed down from family generation to family generation out here. All three commercial players have issues with uptime, performance, and general stupidity.

In Chattanooga, I fought personally with both Comcast and AT&T over a business WAN that connected Athens to Knoxville and Chattanooga, had one hell of a time keeping links up in Chattanooga until EPB ran their fiber loops all over the city. Once we had the client in question up on EPB's network - not one lick of trouble from that link in the past year. Athens and Knoxville? Minimum once a week outage, either VOIP or connectivity, makes me crazy.

The Politics: TN Gov Bill Haslam's family is Oprah rich, they happen to own Flying J truckstops all over the US (recently got nailed by Feds for overcharging truckers fyi) and both Comcast/AT&T have deep pockets - Comcast is a freaking monster and AT&T is busy recreating the mega AT&T of old. Let's just say all of them scratch each others' backs, ok? Small town politics are filled with folks who continue to buy from the same local company their grandpappy bought from, no matter they're being overcharged, cuz 'that's where great great great great grandpa Miles 'JimBob' Standish the .01 bought their first musket'. I shit thee not, look up 'The Battle of Athens', it's still fought here today. However, if you get in with them, life is golden and there will be business/profit.

Trying to explain the ins and outs of this lawsuit is difficult, so many parameters I'd have to sit with a speadsheet for a few months just to makes sense of it, it's very complicated. Definitely not a two-sided issue like what folks are talking about here, too many players, agendas, family ties, and the fine old tradition of the Southern Fsck You*.

*term wife and I coined - a situation where a southern gentleman/woman will seemingly praise someone and that someone doesn't realize they've been mortally insulted days/months/years later. It's an art, let me tell you.

;)

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Standard General bids to save RadioShack from oblivion

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Re: Radio Shack was useful at one time (And still is)

Canakit Raspberry Pi 2 (quad core ARM, 1GB ram SoC), PS, wireless N dongle, case, heatsink, HDMI cable, 8GB sd card preloaded with NOOBS, Raspbian, Ubuntu, OpenELEC, etc. , etc $69 from Amazon.

Radio Shack as of yesterday (two stores) Arduino Mega 2560 REV3 (equiv to Raspi A board) $51.99 - order only.. OR the China Arduino knockoff version w/built-in wifi ordered in for $74.99. But I can have an iPhone today with a selection of cases

Be honest - there was a time I wanted to live at Radio Shack due to all the 'parts' could make stuff with, didn't matter what, as long as it was useful - now it's just another trinket store.

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Re: Radio Shack was useful at one time (And still is)

I can buy pretty much anything online - these items are not carried in-store, I was there last Thursday.

Have you noted even Staples is offering items in their weekly circular that are available online-only?

<meanwhile, back to configuring a home Pocketmine server on a Raspi2>

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Radio Shack was useful at one time

I'm not sure what they are about any more - had they remained true to their roots, they would be selling Edison, Pi, and Arduino boards like an actual electronics supply store. Seems to be just another phone store with a few electronic bits here and there.

I do miss the old Radio Shack, going the way of TV repair shops of old.

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Summer bust-up expected with new Apple TV and Roku coming onstream

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Re: Alternatively

Linguistic differences abound... Plural in 'Merika is legos.

For instance, in the American South, when they say 'bedroom suite', it's pronounced 'bedroom suit'. When I first moved here, I wondered what they hell they were talking about, you don't say 'peTIT' for petite, right? Oh hell no, they have bedroom suits, living room suits, etc.

I've given up that particular crusade - and they sometimes look at you funny if you pronounce it correctly.

o.O

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404

Alternatively

a Raspberry Pi 2 booting a Kodi/XMBC image works beautifully for $35, an SD card, and a handful of Legos...

Just saying

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Cops cuff Colorado girl for allegedly poisoning mum after iPhone ban

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Re: Wonder what colour..

Why make it racial? The whole situation is fscked up. Period.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: Just one more thing...

Is there a statute of limitations for the folks who made Geocities happen?

Remember that?

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Internet Explorer 3.0 Midnight Madness

I well remember that night - three downloads going because they kept failing, finally got it downloaded and registered by 5am - on a Cyrix 133+ w/16MB ram lol. I might have been 33.6 by then.

Still have the IE 3.0 MM tshirt from Microsoft - one of 10k ;)

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Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari EXPLOITED to OWN Mac, PCs at Pwn2Own 2015

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Coat

Re: Dare I say it...

I always thought it was ' neener neener'..

... the Carhartt with a RasPi in the pocket....

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BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll

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Re: Dad...

Can tell your age right there - everybody knows you pit a beancounter, the meat is too dry and stringy over an open fire.

damn kids these days....

;)

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FCC to Verizon: Blocking 911 calls? That's a $3.4m paddlin'

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Comprehension...

Trying to wrap my mind around $7.8 Beeellion profit in a single quarter, not gross, profit... and I still can't get coverage up at my house...

Seven Point Eight Billion... just wow.

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BBC gives naked computers to kids (hmm, code for something?)

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Re: Wrong

Re: Dominic

My 11 year old daughter has already rebuilt the Bifrost in Minecraft on the Pi 2 we put together on the kitchen table last Saturday night...

I do understand what you're speaking of though, we had a little conversation last night concerning 'too hard'.

<me> 'Did you get your audio sorted yet?'

<mean girl> 'No, it was a bunch of hippy crap and I couldn't read it'

<me> rolls eyes and laughs at her*

<her> 'DaaaaAAAAAD!' stomps off..

hour later...

<her> 'I had to take it off auto and force it to HDMI with raspi-config'...

<me> 'That's my girl!'

;)

*That's one of her buttons, she doesn't like being laughed at or told what she can't do lol.

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'Just a kid' Zuck's word is his bond ... but NOT in his backyard, lawsuit claims

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Re: Markie Sugar town Cannot be Trusted

MY kids (ages 11 & 15) are at this very moment, are writing python scripts on their Raspberry Pi2's...

Parents need to take some responsibility too.

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