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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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Coat

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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Black Helicopters

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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Pirate

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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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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Re: The lesson of the LS120

There was one. Me ;)

When the LS120 was introduced at COMDEX in Vegas in what? 97? I *had* to have one - had several... still have a couple of drives laying around. fyi, the superdisks don't seem to break down like regular 1.44s - they still work, unlike 70-80% of the floppies I still have boxes of.

I need a bigger shed... or at least get rid of the floppies.

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

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Rumor has it...

...that Apple is porting iTunes to Android <waves dead chicken furiously> Ran across mention of it today when I checked Google. Subject came up during a discussion with the wife - I was asked by client staff if going from Apple to Android was a good idea. First impulse is to say 'Ohellya', then reason kicks in and I ask how invested are they in iTunes. If they're a crazy person and have hundreds/thousands in Apple kit/music/whatever, I tell them to stay with Apple, if not, try Android. Wife wondered if they had iTunes for Android. Good Question.

Anyway, the search terms in Google are thus:

'Itunes for Android - don't judge me, this is research'

You'll find a few references - it makes *some* sense if Apple iTunes is losing market share, although I'd never sleep again if I was Tim Cook - Steve would rip my heart out for that one, where ever he may be.

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GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it stumbles on IRC, slaps it in an app

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I miss Dejanews

...and 'The Palace',... if you remember those from what seems like ages ago.

Internet was more interesting back then imo. Commercialized to a fair thee well and not in a good way now*.

oh well.

*yes, we all need to make money, but dayum.

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Consumers start feeling the love as Chromebook sales surge

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Meh

While I can see* the use of having your Chrome settings and apps working across tablets/phones/laptops, doing so over a satellite connection would be a little costly - only for the well-connected**.

*Closet neanderthal - I like my data where I can lay hands on it & Google probably wouldn't let me in to their heaven-like cloud cathedral to tend to my data if need be.

** Recently found in another Reg story (old Jag rebuild) American gas sucks mightily 92 vs Norway's (and everywhere else in the world, seems like) 99 octane premium gas.... self-esteem: ruined.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: Even newer vehicles can benefit

Are you shitting me?

We get 87, 89, and 91-2 octane at (currently $2.84, $3.04, and $3.24/ gal respectively. Diesel? $4/gal. I tuned for availability and median price...

dreams... what I could do with 98 octane.... sigh. Off to twitter to bitch at White House... fuckers... all this time telling us 'it's the world price, not us'.. paying higher prices for shit gas..

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Even newer vehicles can benefit

On my 2008 GMC Canyon extended cab pickup with a 2.9l 4 cylinder/auto transmission - EPA sticker claimed 23-29 MPG, real life was barely 20 MPG (governed to 99MPH) when it was new and totally stock. This is where vehicle fan pages come in, they help with the individual idiosyncrasies of whatever vehicle you might have. Problems, performance, and general upkeep procedures can be found there. With that said, what I did with my truck to increase mpg/performance (in my mind, performance/efficiency equals MPG - better performance, less foot needed, better mileage).

K&N cold air intake

gutted 1st catalytic converter

ported & polished intake/exhaust manifolds

ported/modified throttle body

Flowmaster exhaust w/sierra flexible SS braided expansion joints

NGK iridium sparkplugs

Beryllium copper spark plug->coil pack connectors

Corvette shift servos

All synthetic oils for less friction

Belltech antisway bars

Hypertuned for 89 octane, better shift points, delete traction control, de-GM'ed extra clutter from ECM/BCM

Low rolling resistance Michelins

Now, even with 155000 miles on her, she gets 28.8 MPG average & tops out around 137MPH.

Really only concern I had with the Jag rebuild was the final gear ratio - seems to me it would be a dog to get rolling, but once there would just cruise at max mpg - seems it might cancel out each other as far as benefits of the waaaay-beyond-highway gearing.

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Damp Squid...

Sorry... couldn't help it, thats what brain saw - 'The IT Crowd' is new to me... lmao

Signed,

Peter File

lmfao...

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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Mushroom

Words

They can have real world consequences, direct and indirect.

For instance, the name 'Milky'. Five letters in the alphabet that are slang for an individual who is 'milking' or extending a job or contract for profit. What began as a courtesy call to ensure a workstation was configured properly, became an invoice for $73.30 (.5 hr).

We keep the equipment running properly so you can do *your* job, We are not casually insulted furniture.

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Careless Whisper? Anonymous messaging app accused of stalking users, blabbing to Feds

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1st Rule of Fight Club....

'"He's a guy that we'll track for the rest of his life and he'll have no idea we'll be watching him," the Whisper executive allegedly said.'

IT humans being IT humans... gossip about users - geeks* waving their privates at each other.

;)

*or so I've been told.

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Prez Obama backs net neutrality – but can't do anything about it. Thanks, Obama

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Re: Why does Obama consistently appoint industry shills to positions of power?

Good question, aye? Definitely *not* what it said on the box...

http://change.gov/agenda/ethics_agenda/

"I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists — and won. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president."

-- Barack Obama, Speech in Des Moines, IA - November 10, 2007

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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

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Re: If you aren't human you don't get human rights

Hey, I didn't vote for the Nobel Peace Prize winner.... 6 years of enlightenment thus far... not sure if my brain can handle 2 more... feels squishy atm.

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Wait for it....

... Next Fed lawyers* will claim US air space or sea boundary applies here - packets become US property and subject to US law when being passed through American networks...

/shame

/bullshit

*World would be a happier place without lawyers - get a 2-fer since most politicians are lawyers too. Just saying.

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Mushroom

Better?

Scorched earth seems more appropriate - Feds have lost their fucking minds...

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

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Slightly different scenario, but....

.. when I go laptop shopping, I open a candidate and give the bottom front corners a flex. If it flexes, it's no longer worthy*. Some sales folks look at me oddly at times. Just saying.

*I consciously try not to move/carry open laptops around by their corners - seen too many client laptops with cracked motherboards not to take some caution.

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

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Re: Laboratory Street

<Tinfoil Hat Activation>

Obviously the tests were completed by researchers who use iPhones personally, therefore skewed the results to substantiate their intelligent choice in phone hardware. Misery loves company.

Obviously.

</Tinfoil Hat Activation>

;)

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Pizza stores popped, sandwich stores sacked in PoS plunder

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<thinking>

Best reason to go back to using cash & hope your bank's atms are safe..

CC/POS systems are discussed and targeted constantly - what I would like to know is what about those checks the older generations still use to frustrate everybody behind them in line? Scanned & transmitted, then handed back to the customer.

Since mail theft is a time-honored, old-school method of obtaining & washing checks for fun and profit - would this not also be a concern? Easier than washing and old tech enough to fly under the radar.

Somebody care to shoot my balloon down?

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BlackBerry slowly pulls out of power dive into toilet

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Re: 10 million iPhone 6s sold and counting...

@psychonaut

I love my Note 3 - best compromise between carrying both tablet and phone - clients also appreciate using a stylus for CC payments instead of a finger - one package. Great phone thus far. Clash of Clans plays magnificently ;)

However, my post concerns the BB Storm and Storm2, which were very capable phones that did their jobs *very* well. I owned the Storm2, that 'click' screen was great*, only degraded with wet fingers but still operable. I wanted the BB Torch but Verizon got the substandard version without the qwerty slider kb. Both Storm2s we have still sit on standby.

Seriously, the day Blackberry dies, will be a sad day and I *will* shed a tear if they do not pull it out.

* as with life, it depends on what you're used to. Email would fly off that Storm with blurred thumbs...

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Re: are surprised it bends / cracks - really.

'May Contain Nuts'

+1 for making me look*.

*I learned something today.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: Girth

Giggity....

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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

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That would be Rule 34.

Don't have a dog in the race - just amused by the whole 'celebrity' episode. Security? What's that?

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In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE

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LG HE direct-drive front loaders have bearings in the front of the drum and after 7 years of hard use, finally gave up - over $400 in parts to repair - that's with me doing the work - ended up with a Samsung HE toploader washer just last week. I try to repair first, have a Whirlpool dryer that I've resurrected three times, this LG? Not so much.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Re: Bling

Seiko 5 Automatic, 21 jewels - bought it seven years ago for $150 online and worn on work days or going out. Stainless Steel even. Good watch.

I'm a Luddite in some ways, don't use self-serve check outs in walmart either. Don't trust 'em. Yet I set my watch with my Note 3's time lol... just upgraded to a Acer Predator w/i7 found on CL for $600 for dev work (wife reads this sometimes)...

Nothing like a good watch. Not those things though.

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Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

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Re: Interesting

heh... gotta wait for the 5 second delay as the Adobe install doesn't display the autofilled checkmark box immediately.

They're bastards,

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: Why...

Which leads to the Highway to Hell......

*burp*

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Kids hack Canadian ATM during LUNCH HOUR

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Re: customer information was not compromised

I wouldn't be crossing any borders for a day shopping trip if I were them, in any case.

-friendly advice from a 'murican in a place where even the mailmen have SWAT teams...

http://www.infowars.com/u-s-postal-service-announces-giant-ammo-purchase/

;/

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Pint

No.

'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' -> Robert Heinlein

Don't mess with it.

Cheers!

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Re: You have to tell them

That will backfire on you one day.

I had a client years ago ask me if I could teach her Excel on a housecall and since I am not the most patient of teachers, I pulled a number out of my ass: '$250 a hour'. She says' 'Well, if that's what it costs'...

I truly wish I asked for more.

I'm pretty sure I suffered a minor stroke the Day of Excel Class.... oy... better just to say 'No, they have places for that'.

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Disney plans standalone Star Wars movies to go with the main trilogy

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Perhaps...

... if it were delivered in 160 character chunks, you could handle the awesome?

Just wondering...

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Devil

Amongst the worst...

An Ewok Jedi....

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

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Good thread

I'm working on this myself. I already have a 1GB ethernet set up with Netgear WNDR4300 wireless router and a few 1GB switches. TV's are 42" & 55" dumb 1080p flat panels with a Panasonic and a LG blue ray USB/network enabled players attached to them. Blueray layers read directly from a Playlater folder on my dev machine (largest hd lol) or I walk 'The Walking Dead' season around via USB, depending. Oh and the Wii and the Xbox 360 can read/play them too.

The .plan is to get one of those WD My Cloud 3TB NAS boxes to store all my media and to make available to any device in the house. That WD also has a USB port for external HD backups... remote abilities too. Just waiting on the extra cash.

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FCC mulls two-speed internet, axing net neutrality ... unless you convince it otherwise

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Re: What bothers me most about all this

+1

I've been on a waiting list for DSL for 7 years now - AT&T DSLAM is antiquated and essentially somebody has to die to free up a DSL port. Which is why I'm on satellite for $80/month with a 15GB monthly cap... I reckon we're lucky to have POTS lines...

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Comcast exec says wired broadband customers should pay-as-they-go

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Bunch of bastards at Comcast

I was *just* bitching about them a few hours ago while recording video streams on my laptop, well attempting to anyway, from the office. Hulu and Amazon Prime was shiite while Netflix worked flawlessly... then I remembered the BS Comcast was doing...

Anyway while I have the largest pipe (giggity) Comcast has to offer for small business (5mb/up 22mb/dn), streaming video is pretty much crap from anyone except Netflix or Comcast themselves, yet at home with an Exede Satellite 15GB/month data cap, I can stream whatever from whomever.

I don't know where I was going with this. I'm tired, been a long day, and I'm hoping the Dell Precision workstation I was working on this afternoon bursts into flames overnight from stress testing. How about that?

Ya'll have a great evening.

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McAfee accused of McSlurping Open Source Vulnerability Database

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Re: Aaron Swartz

Ding, ding, ding!

I was sitting here trying to remember that guy's name-> seems to me to equate to about the same thing he did.

Well now...

:|

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DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

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Re: So long as...

Eddy Ito gets it +1

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Re: So long as...

Talking about movies or Obama? Everything you said can be attributed to Him too.

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Systems meltdown plunges US immigration courts into pen-and-paper stone age

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Re: Solar flares...?

Dumbass. Tin foil is for amateurs.

Now, a couple dozen coats of lead paint on your house/cave/bench will protect you in a court of law... I mean lasers... aliens.... deathrays AND solar flares. Add some DDT to your lawn and you're set to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Damn kids today...

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CEO Tim Cook sweeps Apple's inconvenient truths under a solar panel

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Re: Outgassing

http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/cowpack2.jpg

Apples with gaspacks....

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