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Blokes disguised as women 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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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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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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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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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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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Re: Ah..

Ask and ye shall receive!

The carbon footprint of the Micro Bit is unacceptably high due to the requirement of a PC, whereas the Raspberry Pi only requires a low-power energy efficient flatpanel.

Free? Tell that to the future generations of children either dying from heat exhaustion or freezing to death from the advancing glaciers... I'm calling Al Gore.

;)

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Raspberry Pi 2 starter kit: $69.99 - includes Pi, wireless dongle, case, PS, HDMI cable, 8GB SD card

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MV6TAJI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Rii Mini Wireless keyboard with mouse touchpad: $17.99

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I5SW8MC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

So for $88+tax, you have a viable computer*.

*My kids have more electronics/desktops/tablets than they need, but the Pi Kits we got them get the majority of their free time. 15yr old son is designing a game with it and my 12 yr daughter is attempting to take over the world, one line of code at a time with hers. Me? I play Minecraft & serve media on mine as I have less free time heh.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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Seiko 5 Kinetic

Paid $124 in 2006 as a present to myself when I started my own business. It was kind of hard to find at that time, I'd been wanting one since my Dad bought his Timex autowinder back in the 70's.

Never liked the Rolex line, I don't like showing my cards publicly, I also understand they don't keep very good time either. Those Pateks? Time travel had better be one of their functions, I could get a nice sized farm for one of those wonders of science*.

The Apple watch? Nope. I don't like *any* of these so-called smart watches - the health tracking software, combined with cloud reporting, plus our lords and protectors of all the data at the NSA - not willing to pay good money for something when criminals get the ankle bracelet kind for free...

* currently more excited over the Raspberry Pi 2 kit UPS just dropped off ;)

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: Anyone care to place a bet?

Third time is the charm.

;)

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Why Wi-Fi won't solve mobile telcos' data dilemma

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It's doable

We did this in the late 90's/early 2000's with Tsunami 2.4Ghz gear in Tucson, Arizona. Could pump data 5 miles line of sight, each tower had it's own frame relay or better to the internet - worked well for that time and place.

ISP did end up going under - owner had more money than sense and was always looking at the latest shiney. Pretty good concept at the time though.

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Think you’re hard? Check out the frozen Panasonic CF-54 Toughbook

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Scared to death...

... since I recently 'upgraded' from a HP Elitebook 8440p to a Dell Inspiron i5447-6250sLV. Nice laptop, touchscreen, usb 3.0, yada yada* - jury is still out as far as durability in the different environments I work in, it's built decent but I won't be standing on it any time soon.

That being said, had I $2k, I'd buy the full-boat Panasonic Toughbook in a heartbeat. I *still* might figure out something ;)

*Deal I couldn't refuse: Price-matched Staple's $749 in-stock Dell with Amazon's $499 in-stock Dell and saved $250. Staple's ad this week is offering the same Dell for $599 right now lol.

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Great Firewall of China blasts DDoS attacks at random IP addresses

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Re: Simple Solution

heh - did that once for spam control, made life much easier since it cut back about 85%. Management made me unblock though, out of 9000 users, 1 needed to email China. Mind you, this was back in the late 90's at a small ISP.

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: Two lessons from this

+1

As a fan of Robert Heinlein,/Isaac Asimov - I use 'Tell Me Three Times'... 3 backups, different locations, two with air gaps that require humans to plug/unplug at least once a week minimum.

Does that make me anal or just burned too many times by bad single backups? (remember tape in the 90's? argh). I also sandbox wife's FB laptop lol...

#paranoid

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PlayStation outage: Sony asks 'have you tried turning it off and on again?'

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Re: DDoS? Really?

Perhaps different server systems for the different versions? All through the Xbox One drama on Christmas day, my kid's new Xbox 360 (our 3rd) had zero issues - even downloaded a 10GB game at the time.

Not enough data, too many conflicting stories.

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El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

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Just seems tacky...

... but then again, I met my 2nd wife on a divorce support board - all we talked about was 'never gonna get married again, no long-distance relationships', etc. Year later she flies out to meet me, three years later, we're happily married.

Odd, eh?

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Sony Pictures hit by 'fightback on filesharers' DDoS claims – report

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Re: Not what I have read..

Trevor,

I find your lack of faith disturbing... if you haven't noticed, we're doing Rule of Man, not Rule of Law right now.

The Federal rollercoaster the US citizen is dealing with... should worry everybody. We ain't exactly stable right now.

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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

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Wonder why Sony doesn't* learn?

After the hit Sony took on it's SOE division in 2011, you'd think there would have been some decent security in place, right?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/03/sony_hack_exposes_more_customers/

https://www.soe.com/securityupdate/pressrelease.vm

Sony just has all the luck & evidently all the salaried placeholders they could ever want in critical systems. So Sony didn't learn a thing while I learned to have a separate protected account for my entertainment purchases after the SOE Everquest debacle...

In LawyerSpeak, that email don't mean doodoo. Sony has had ample precedence & break-ins prior to this egregious example & did not perform their due diligence. How much should the check be, your Honor?

*OT but.... 1st time in my 50 years on earth, I realized the word 'doesn't', only saves a single space. mind=blown. Have a great day.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

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Re: Unknown source of kernel lock-ups?

@grifter

That *was* pretty easy, wasn't it? Unknown OS - did they use binary code? Probably not... yet connected to the alien mothership* quicker than a external serial USR 14.4 modem connecting to AOL...

*unbelievable... had to add 'mothership' to dictionary... another proof Microsoft & Google don't have a soul**

** Argument for another day, pardon me.

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Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

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Nope.

Everything needs to shake out over the next two years that's been done so far imo. None of these fsckers stand by what they have said thus far. None of them.

Lock the budget down, no changes unless WWIII or something - go play CandyCrush or fuck off, whatever you like.

:\

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18 million iPHONE USERS HAVE NEVER BONKED to ApplePay

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All good & fine until...

Sunday night, after the sidewalks have rolled up for the evening in small towns, the Dollar General is still open but not accepting *any* type of transactions other than cash because their systems are down...

...AND THERE'S NO TOILET PAPER AT THE HOUSE....YOUR KIDS HAVE TAKEN ALL THE LOOSE COIN FROM YOUR CAR CONSOLE.... WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW?

o.0

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MP caught playing Candy Crush at committee meeting: I'll ‘try’ not to do it again

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Re: Look at it this way...

Yes/no - more of a chance some Luddite gets major legislation passed while the others are 'busy'. Might even feel better depending *what* games they're playing... say Clash of Clans... where you might hear statements like, 'Yeah, your TownHall ain't sh*t, you non-defense-designing bastard!, I'm 100%'ing your azz muaaahahahahah'...

;)

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: Windows H8 - never

Sure did spend a lot of cash for Windows 7.... Especially since for $4.99 and an install of Start8 that provides you with a fast Windows 7 experience on Windows 8.1.

FFS, my Windows 8 desktops even look like XP, even down to the XP Start buttons.... sheesh.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

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UPS and FedEx fine print

If you look at both UPS and FedEx T&C's, they do not guarantee Next Day Delivery from Thanksgiving through the 1st of the year. No matter who you purchase your merchandise from, they *always* have the next day option with the much, much, higher delivery prices, and will gladly point at the carrier for not getting your merchandise on time.

I went round and round with Newegg & FedEx a few years ago - you can pay for next day, but it ain't gonna happen, not around Christmas anyway. Maybe that's why Amazon* wants those drones so bad.

*Prime member for several years now - we order so much stuff for aquariums, computers, house, etc - it's more than worth the price, considering delivery costs.

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Re: What is the difference...

Pfft! I wouldn't expect a Corvette to be much competition to the machinery ya'll get over there, unless they get in the way all the time.

I've come to realize we're sucking hindtit over here - detuned vehicles and shit gas. EPA is a monster - don't let them talk to your people, ever.

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What is the difference...

... a BMW and a porcupine?

On the BMW, the prick is on the inside..

;)

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First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you

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Freaking NSA...

I TOLD them the software would conflict with that damn apk!

why do they even pay me? I swear...

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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I thought it was a pound sign?

really.

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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For $100...

...buy a refurbished 16GB Fire HD from Amazon-> Root, Load CyanogenMod's Android 4.4.4 ROM, Google services package, and have a much more capable tablet. Have 4 of them around the house, kids love them (have a family clan in Clash of Clans lol). Probably find them cheaper on Craigslist.

Just saying.

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Net neutrality, Verizon, open internet ... How can we solve this mess?

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Re: Forbeared?

'Mostly dead' - Darwin

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Lindsay Lohan ignores El Reg's tender twitterly advances

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Well... I heard....

...that she wants to be a princess like Middleton and has set her sights on Prince Harry.

Maybe you can do a little pimping... I mean horsetrading... wink wink.

;)

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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Re: Wii Console

Yepyep, tried the Wii with wifi, but the Xbox360 sitting next to it is hardwired to the network and can do 720p.

What I want to do is outfit each tv with a ethernet hardwired bluray player for the full 1080p from the NAS. Even the Walmart specials can do Netflix and whatnot.

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@Thecowking

Amazon Video for Tablets runs fine on vanilla Android 4.4.4 -> FireHD tablet, rooted and running Cyanogenmod 11-20141008-SNAPSHOT-M11-tate (cheap capable tablet for Clash of Clans lol).

We use Prime quite a bit - aquarium supplies, automotive parts, and whatnot. Worth the membership just from shipping in our case, video is just a bonus.

What tablets won't run the app?

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@James 51

Yes, program called PlayLater will copy/convert video streams to Mpeg-4. I've been populating my NAS(s) with tv series (The IT Crowd rocks btw) and movies from Prime and Netflix - finally cut the cord so to speak. Pretty much anything in my house can access content on my home gigabit network. It works quite well.

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Verizon set to pay $64 MEEELLION for overbilling customers

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Meh

I reckon I'll be receiving another $10 class action lawsuit check in the mail shortly. Third one this year.

So what have we learned? Nothing really. Verizon admits nothing, lawyers get paid, original claimants get maybe 1%, and the rest get $10. Sylvania sent $10 to cover a $56 set of halogen lights that burned out prematurely. Michelin $10/ea for a sidewall issue.

Point is, they have already made their money. Customers took the loss and only recover a very small portion of that loss. Settle while wailing protestations of innocence, it's like theatre:

Corp: 'Ah, you caught us!'

Lawyers: 'Why yes, yes we did and we'll do it again!'

Corp: 'No, you won't.'

Lawyers: wink, wink.

Corp: nudge nudge.

Corp: ' Good show on that, see you at the club?''

Lawyers: 'Right!'

It's not Friday afternoon yet.

;(

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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Re: Apple killed the competition then deliberately dumped the market...

+1 for you Adam1. Youngest son (14) uses his S4 as an mp3 player, he can barely make calls, text, or any of the other myriad uses of a handheld messaging computer*. He only pays attention to texts and whatnot from us parental units for fear of losing his music, there are times I want to rip the headphones from his little head, but that's another story.

* (His eleven year old sister? Uses every single Mhz of her S4. Frankly, I'm a little surprised I haven't been visited yet by the authorities - she gets a Raspberry Pi for Christmas)

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Security Avengers team up to take down Chinese hacking group

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Re: And....

As long as they hold off until I have Netflix and Amazon's entire libraries downloaded...

<orders more storage...>

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