* Posts by Cameron Colley

2126 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

Sacrebleu! Googleplex insists Bush is still le président américain

Cameron Colley

Sadly my favourite Google mistranslation is gone now.

A famous Dutch Christmas-time character was translated as Hilary Duff.

I'm not sure who'd the most creepy.

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SurfTheChannel Brit movie pirate gets 4 YEARS' PORRIDGE

Cameron Colley

I don't understand where fraud comes into it?

Surely the people using the site know it's not legitimate, so how is it fraud?

I have no sympathy for the guy, by the way, other than thinking the sentence a little odd. I just don't understand how these cases are prosecuted as fraud when nobody is being defrauded.

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Flash Player to vanish from Android store on Wednesday

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Re: Yay

Yup, Silverlight:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/12/01/lovefilm_dumps_flash/

Seems the "cure" is of the medieval variety.

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@Ivan 4

Was Steam announced for OS/2 a couple of weeks ago too? ;-)

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Cameron Colley

Slight correction.

"Instead, Adobe says it plans to concentrate its Flash efforts on desktop machines..."

I think you'll find that's Windows desktop machines and Google Chrome. The desktop Linux version of Flash is end of life also.

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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 64GB Android tablet review

Cameron Colley

Yeah, nice screen.

Now wake me up when you can see more than one [native, not RDP] app on it at a time.

Seriously, why the hell can't tablets multi-task properly yet?

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Windows 8: Download it, then speak YOUR brains

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Re: trying it now

Running fine under VirtualBox on Linux here and will go fullscreen on either monitor with no slowness noticed. Seems to use less CPU time than Ubuntu as it happens.

Don't get me wrong, it's horrid, but since it may be forced upon me I am playing.

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Saudi royals seek ban on .virgin, .sex, .catholic, .wtf and 159 MORE

Cameron Colley

Re: Morality took a hit a long time ago

"Anything goes today." -- very true. Feel like raping somebody, just go right ahead! Make sure your friends are the only ones to see it and that's fine. as a bonus, if the victim moans you can throw rocks (of a very specific size) at her until she's dead. Great fun :-D

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.aisha?

.twelveyearoldsexslave?

.stonedforbeingraped?

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Lone config file in Mac OS X SIGNALS DEATH OF THE DVD

Cameron Colley

Just use an external one.

I recently built a new PC and decided not to go for an internal optical drive. This was because it would take up an ESATA connection I may well want for a hard drive and because, in my experience, optical drives seem to become hit-and-miss after a few years anyway and require replacement. So, I bought an external DVD drive for watching DVD video* and I use USB drives for everything else I would have used an optical drive for.

The only time I could see myself wanting a laptop with an optical drive would be on holiday to use as a DVD player but in that case I'd be carrying DVDs anyhow so a small external drive is no hardship.

I am certainly no fan of Apple but I think this is a smart move. Not necessarily because I think optical media are going to disappear in the next couple of years but because I think they are used less often, and you can usually plan for it, and external optical drives are two a penny. It allows Apple to make a sleeker machine (or put more in) and the user to replace their optical drive easier when it fails (since it'll have to be external).

*(In fact, if the movie and TV studios would get their collective Ass's into gear I wouldn't need an optical drive at all)

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Greens wage war on clean low-carbon renewable energy

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@PeterC

But people in India don't have power due largely to economic factors -- that has no bearing on whether there is some ceiling to how much power a person can or cannot use. When India's economy grows so will its power generation and supply infrastructure.

You say it's not evil "... if you can pay for it ..." the point is that we in the West can and do -- people still drive SUVs in some states and people still use a plethora of electronic devices. Many of us fly abroad for holidays or business. All of this being taxed for "environmental reasons" yet we can and do still afford it.

How is preventing someone in the US or Europe using huge amounts of energy helping that Indian without power? You're making the power equivalent of the "There are starving kids in Ethiopia..." argument parents used to try to make their kids finish their tea.

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Microsoft: It's not Metro, it's Windows 8

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@RICHTO

Who said I installed anything on the server, who said they were Server 2012 [I'm not a time traveller]?

I work with the mixed, evolving environment I'm given, as do most sysadmins who don't work for small businesses.

Doesn't alter my problem though does it? Pulling up the menu in Metro blocks the screen and hitting start through RDP is harder, concrete examples that post I was responding to asked for.

Anyone want to tell me what the benefit of hiding the Start Menu button is? How about the benefit of forcing Metro instead of the Start Menu (and, no, "I like the widgets" does not count as a benefit of _forcing it on people_)?

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Re: Have you even tried it?

OK, I'm reading an email in the preview pane of Outlook regarding something on the exchange server so I want to open Powershell. Instead of continuing to read the email whilst I bring up Powershell from either the menu or run dialogue I have to stop reading, open Powershell, then find my place and resume.

Then there's RDPing into customer machines or servers and wanting to bring up Metro. instead of having a very clear point to aim at and click you have instead to select the remote screen by clicking in the middle somewhere, being careful not to make anything happen to any applications, then hover over the corner and wait, then you can finally get a menu.

That's off the top of my head (since I don't live with Metro day to day) but they're annoyances I can live without for an interface which gives me nothing in return.

I'm sure there will be far more once I'm forced to use it, though hopefully that will be in a few years time (if Windows 9 isn't out by then) and the kinks will have been worked out.

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Re: So "Metro" is taken...

Nah, they should call it U-Bahn, they could have a nice symbol for it that goes with the new blue tiles one -- perhaps a 'U' in a blue square. Oh, wait...

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Doctor Who to unwrap new sidekick in Christmas TV special

Cameron Colley

Re: real sci-fi

Arthur C Clarke*, Isaak Asimov**. William Gibson***, Neil Stephenson****.

Yes, real Sci-Fi does exist and it is entertaining and the premises are real rather than fantasy.

*Geostationary satellites.

**No need to mention.

***The internet being a very important medium where people can be screwed (and more).

****Not a prediction but many MMORPGs based upon his work. Also, data havens and law are much discussed.

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Re: Dr. Who is a lot of shite, and everyone knows it

Had to upvote the OP.

I have watched most of the new Dr Who episodes as a "Passing a Sunday afternoon (The long, dark teatime of the soul)" kind of thing and they do offer some amusement. Sadly the amusement is working out how weak the plot devices will be -- well that and the assistant can be easy on the eye. Oh, and let's not forget Alex Kingston.

As proper Sci-Fi Red Dwarf is superior -- it's also superior as entertainment.

The Sci-Fi aspects of Dr Who are more like children's fantasy like Harry Potter with rules made up arbitrarily to shunt the plot along rather than real self-consistent Sci-Fi.

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US Army's cloud-friendly iPad-ready intel kit DOESN'T even work

Cameron Colley

Still, at least it was tend-aware.

Shame it wasn't purse-friendly.

(now I have to go puke and shower, I feel dirty)

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FaceTime in the dock

Cameron Colley

Please, please don't license it to Apple.

I would love to see Apple have to drop Facetime in China due to this. They deserve to lose out for once, with their deliberate stifling of innovation wherever they can.

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Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

Cameron Colley

Re: it's irrelevant

I "grasped it" fine - it's just shit. It's an absolutely pointless and pathetic thing to put on a desktop PC.

As a simple example of its pathetic nature they've taken off the start menu button to replace it with a blank space. So they've saved zero space and now you have piss around hovering over the corner (very annoying in VMs and RDP) instead for _no reason_. Similar goes for the stupid fills-the-screen start menu -- you gain absolutely nothing at the expense of covering your entire desktop when you want to look for an application.

There are absolutely no gains in usability on the desktop and there is no need for metro to be on the desktop apart from MS's mistaken belief that doing so will help sell their tablets.

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How about using some letters from Metro?

The could skip some letters and call it Windows ME. It's not like that's been used to brand anything of significance before and a nice touch is it's also the name of a debilitating illness.

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Microsoft RTMs final Windows 8 and Server 2012 code

Cameron Colley

Re: So, what next after windows 9 ?

Windows 0xFOAD

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If Hotmail was a person it could have kids now. But it would be a crime

Cameron Colley

Re: "Well, it's 15 years old, so Hotmail could totally procreate."

Anywhere. Most 15 year olds are quite capable of procreation (heck, I was a late developer but pretty sure I was). How the law views such matters is mentioned in the article, if you bothered to read it?

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Virgin Media nukes downloads after SuperHub 'upgrade'

Cameron Colley

Re: Why oh why

To add another reply:

Because it's either a consistent 10Mb/s (or 20 or 50 or 100 when I get around to upgrading) from Virgin or 2.5Mb/s through the 2mm wires from BT (probably billed as 10Mb/s).

Until somebody replaces the piss-poor 50+ year old cabling then Virgin will be the only choice for some areas. I'm not talking rural here either, but in the busy suburbs of a large city.

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Olympic athletes compete in RAYGUN SHOOTING for the first time

Cameron Colley

Re: Why bother. " ...a precious poster ..."

Yes, amusing typo.

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Cameron Colley

Why bother.

As a precious poster mentioned there is more to shooting than simply aiming and pressing a button. Why not just drop the sport since it has been decided that guns are evil and nobody who isn't under the employ of the government must be allowed to touch one?

They should drop the bow and arrows too in case they're stolen to order by criminals wanting to hold up the local Tesco.

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Cloudy emails up in smoke for FIVE days after fire knackers Giacom

Cameron Colley

More proof that "cloud" is meaningless marketing bollocks.

Since "cloud" can mean in one, badly provisioned data centre or dozens or redundant data centres spread around the world then it's a pretty pointless term to use.

It's sad that IT has been taken over by marketroids and adopted a term based on a manager's interpretation of a Visio diagram.

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UK's thirst for energy falls, yet prices rise: Now why is that?

Cameron Colley

We were told this in a story on El Reg.

It was too long ago for me to recall when but there was an article stating that energy companies needed more money from customers for less power "due to an ailing infrastructure". It was pretty much stated that household bills will rise, and significantly, whilst household consumption must go down. So the energy companies did tell us they were going to fuck us over.

Then there are smart meters whose objective is to make the consumer use less energy so that prices per unit can be put up.

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@UnSteveDorkland Twitter satirist faces 4 charges in US court

Cameron Colley

Thanks Daily Fail.

You have shown yourselves up, yet again, as the hypocritical scum you are. I only hope that a few of your brighter readers decide to take another paper.

I am also grateful to you for letting me know that Steve Auckland is a pathetic arsehole with less right to exist than dog shit on the sole of one's shoe.

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Twitter airport bomb joke conviction binned in common-sense WIN

Cameron Colley

Re: common sense at last

Rather than suggesting that people be blamed for just doing their jobs in a professional manner you should, perhaps, take note of the chain of events. The person who first reported the tweet did so because he would likely have lost his job if he did not and because it was part of his terms of employment to pass anything like this, no matter how frivolous, "up the chain".

Some reading comprehension would tell anyone that the only people who made stupid decisions were South Yorkshire Police and the CPS.

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Cameron Colley

From my reading the CPS are to blame.

The airport personnel did their job and passed it down the line -- nothing wrong with that as it may have a bearing on a future case (he may have turned up and kicked off, for example).

The airport police seemed to do similar: logged it and passed on the infornation.

South Yorks Police did similar in passing it to the CPS, though one wonders why it wasn't treated as "intellegence"..

Then the CPS decided to prosecute and the judge made an error of judgement -- these things happen, perhaps it is a sign of a need to retire?

To me that decision to prosecute is the crux of it -- how was the public good served by prosecutiong him?

Remember, this is the same CPS who were, a few years ago admitedly, suggesting cautions for burglary.

CPS seems to stand for convictions are all that matters.

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Daily Mail group boss spoof tweeter fights to protect anonymity

Cameron Colley

So the Mail Group gets to dictate the rule of law in California?

Why the hell should any company have any right at all to find out the personal details of an individual poster on a social networking, or any other, site? If the broke the law the police should investigate, otherwise the Mail Group should be told to fuck off.

As for the Dorkland account upsetting his colleagues -- there's an old saying that starts "You lay with dogs...".

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4G? Pah! Boffins charge up the dial to 5G data EXTREME-band kit

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@Morg

If you can reliably detect the radiation from a mobile phone you will be famous.

Find an agent, find an independent lab to back your claims then become very rich and famous. Or are you just bullshitting?

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Ten... PC games you may have missed

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Linux

RE: Running using WINE.

Steam is on its way to Linux and the creators of Dear Esther, for example, have stated they will produce a Linux version.

Perhaps 2012 will be the year mainstream gaming comes to Linux?

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Top plods reconsidering mega deals with Olympo-blunder firm G4S

Cameron Colley

OK, so who's getting a job with G4S soon?

They obviously have somebody in their back pocket if a council was contemplating making a private company in charge of enforcing law and order. Selling the police is surely and act akin to treason?

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Apple iOS 6 beta limits number of apps per device

Cameron Colley

Re: Er, no, iOS has had folders for ages.

Wow, much better than allowing a user to have as many icons as they want on their home screen -- that would just be stupid.

Heaven forbid anyone should feel the need for more than 20 icons on one screen!!!!!!!!!!

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25 screens to scroll through?

Are there really people out there who scroll through 25 screens to get to their desired "app"? Or do they defeat the object of a "touch" interface y having to type into the search every time?

Either way, I don't know how people can cope with having more than 60 apps on the unconfigurable PITA operating system. Or have Apple relented and decided the user may know how they want their desktops to look?

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Yes, you can be sacked for making dodgy Facebook posts

Cameron Colley

If you go into the pub and slag off work.

Don't wear your name badge form work.

Same applies on the internet. If you must complain about idiot customers and bosses, as many of us do, then do so anonymously* and do so with extreme care not to mention any real names. That way, even if the bosses read and know it's you talking about them (though they never should be able to) them they're on much shakier ground trying to suggest defamation, or otherwise bringing your employer to disrepute.

*Anonymously as in your real name not attached without a court order ought to be sufficient for most employers. Idiot "friends" do still have to be guarded against, however.

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Build a bonkers hi-fi

Cameron Colley

I know this is just a HiFi.

But you missed the ultrasound tweeters and the fan subwoofer.

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Re: I honestly COULD NOT TELL

The example that jumped out at me was some Michael Jackson played through some cheap Mission speakers. I'd never heard some of the music in there before and I realised why Quincy Jones was respected -- I am sure anyone would hear the same. Music can just be "BOOM_BOOM_TISH" but it is so much more enjoyable if you hear the nuances, and I think most people feel the same when they hear them.

As for live music, if it's acoustic instruments then yes, if it's amplified instruments you will almost always get a better mix on the CD -- with the possible exception of bands who take their mixing engineer on the road with them and have them test the venue and live mix, but even then you're let down by the venue's acoustics.

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@Lee Dowling

The thing is that a lot of people *do* care about sound quality but they never get the chance to find out. When confronted with a sound system that's been given some consideration, and I don't mean costs thousands, most people will notice an improvement. Even modern day pop crap has detail that many people have never heard thanks to today's obsession with Lo-Fi rubbish.

Of course the system in the article is probably not discernibly better than one costing 1000 time less, but that doesn't mean that decent audio gear can't be appreciated by most people.

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Ex-Nokia staffers team up to revive MeeGo

Cameron Colley

I really want this to succeed as if a product comes I'm in the target market.

However, I can't see the room in the mobile market for a very good very expensive phone from a relative unknown. Perhaps they'll manage a great launch product they can use to showcase and end up succeeding, but I can't see it.

Please, please let them prove me wrong.

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Shuttleworth: Why Windows 8 made us ditch GPL Linux loader

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Re: All I can hear...

Nice trolling. I bet those folks at CERN only use old hardware to run their faffy OS.

Of course, that laptop you bought 5 years ago is still new hardware, isn't it? Hardware never ages, people never update their hardware, ever. People never give away hardware to friends and family to get them on the internet, then install Linux because it's better supported than the four-versions-behind-current Windows version that came on it. Nope, you're right, Linux will only ever be run on hardware made before 08/07/2012 and that hardware will, magically, always be just behind state-of-the-art for the rest of its life.

So, that cleared up you ill-informed diatribe, didn't it?

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Did your iPhone 'just stop working' - or did you drop it in your BEER?

Cameron Colley

Who in the US patent office is taking bribes?

Other companies have been adding water detection to electronics for years.

Other people have made all sorts of multi-window systems using all sorts of concepts.

Playing songs in order in a shuffled playlist -- isn't that just "add to queue".

Even assuming they're doing something slightly novel in these cases I really fail to beleive that there is anything _that different_ to current technologies that it wouldn't be obvious.

So, either the US Patent Office just pass anything without any checks or Apple are paying someone to do that for them.

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Ten... alien invasions

Cameron Colley

What about Chocky?

It was a little frightening to watch as a child and the plot has been pinched by at least one sci-fi TV show.

The book, of course, was even better.

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Can you judge a man by his Twitter followers?

Cameron Colley

Re: Why would following constitute endorsement?

You raise a good point that the author missed: Who is to say you only follow those you like? If I follow Microsoft, for example, I would likely do it to keep up with developments regarding my work -- despite actually being unimpressed by their software and being a Linux advocate. If I spent more time on Twitter I may well follow the EDF or BNP but should anyone suggest I supported either I would sue for libel if able -- I would follow them to see just how ignorant people can become as that kind of knowledge interess me.

As a lesser example, wouldn't a sensible marketing department follow and friend the competitor to see how they do it?

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Cameron Colley

The problem are the idiots who expect you to be on Facebook.

I have no problem with anyone wanting to use any social media or any other website (certain illegalities aside) . However, when they then expect you to have to sign up to, for example, see the pictures they took of their new baby or to organise a party -- then I have a problem.

As somebody who is opinionated and interested in contentious subjects I am as careful as possible never to use my real name or the real name of my employer (or anyone else) on the internet. This is so that if, for example, I post on El Reg something critical of the Pope I'm not then in the slightest bit worried if I happen to apply for a job which involves mowing some church lawns.

It could be said I could sign up to Facebook and only use it to view baby photographs and check event times but what happens when I don't use it for a year and it's hacked, the privacy settings change, or similar? You also have problems off cross-linking with other things if some twunt uses your handle along with your name or some such which are a lot less likely to happen when real names aren't part of the medium at all.

It also seems the height of pointlessness to sign up to something to not use it.

I love online discussion and find it actually helpful knowing the extent of views and opinions -- online debate has both changed and strengthened my views on many subjects. I doubt, however, that some subjects would even have been discussed with real names attached.

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So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

Cameron Colley

Am I missing something?

My impression from the article was this is about determining whether it is likely to be accident or malice?

I realise the two are hard to separate but, as others have alluded to, things like having somebody else check your work mean you're less likely to the the guy who accidentally removed a disk from the RAID5, went to fix it and hot-swapped the wrong drive, rebuilt it, then tried to restore from a tape you accidentally kept appending to for ten years and have been storing next to a speaker.*

If Dominic Connor's job is merely to "find who is to blame" then it is, indeed, a very sad reflection of corporate culture and a chilling reminder that IT staff are not the ones who get golden parachutes. However, if he's called in to give some indication as to whether an individual responsible for a chain of cock-ups is unlucky, an incompetent liar or bent on destruction I'd say there's less to fear and more articles like this are needed.

*yes, I know, data centres aren't like that.

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Brit anti-terror hotline hacker teen pleads guilty

Cameron Colley

Re: Cornish electro-geek

According to a couple of articles he's a submarine captain. I do wonder though if he's just bought a nuclear one so he can use the generator to power his GX1.

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Re: ..said to have prevented legitimate callers..

It's the lizzards coming from the TV you ought to worry about. Well, that and the screaming, skinny effigy of a Cornish electro-geek.

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Google Chrome serves up only emptiness, for many users

Cameron Colley

Re: Re: This wouldn't happen

I prefer netcat to ping for viewing web pages, it formats the content better ;)

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