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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

tekHedd

Sounds normal to me

I have Comcast (ultimate everything) and this seems pretty normal to me.

My contract ends July 30. I've had a countdown running for 6 months.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

tekHedd

And this is controversial?

I can't believe this is remotely interesting. My only reaction is "Duh."

Everybody should learn to play a musical instrument, but not everybody should be expected to become good at it. :)

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Strategy Boutique ultimate 'tech'-gasm: 3D printer drone GoPro vid stream QR code

tekHedd

Penultimate

The "ultimate tech-gasm" is a 3d printer design that allows you to 3d-print more 3d-printers.

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Redmond slow to fix IE 8 zero day, says 'harden up' while U wait

tekHedd

Re: @ Kristian Walsh (was: Harden your browser)

"Enjoy your cats and porn."

Hmm, last I checked, cats and porn *were* the reason "we" built "this thing". Oh, I'm sure somewhere an academic is crying because his beautiful data compression algorithm is being used in impure ways, but that's beside the point.

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tekHedd

Oh thank goodness.

IE8 is a pox and it needs to die. Just standards-compliant enough to fool you into thinking that it will work, and then you start getting bug reports. The sooner they abandon it the better.

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What a twit: Obama aide FIRED for anonymous gov-bashing tweets

tekHedd

Parody

Technically, calling Sarah Palin "white trash" is not parody*.

* parody: "a bad or unfair example of something" --Merriam-Webster

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

tekHedd

NSA on the job?

I don't understand;aren't they on furlough? Or is spying on citizens considered "essential"?

I'd post anonymously, but what's the point?

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TWELFTH-CENTURY TARDIS turns up in Ethiopia

tekHedd

HOW much?

What's the point? At the prices they charge, it's not like I can afford to watch 100 episodes, in any condition.

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Snowden: US and Israel did create Stuxnet attack code

tekHedd

Re: Err

Yes, it's kind of sad that someone pointing out things that his fellow citizens really ought to know about ends up seeking asylum with the "bad guys" out of fear of, say, ending up on so-called "suicide watch" for 5 years. Democracy starts with transparency. What does it end with?

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tekHedd

Just One Thing

Those who say Snowden is a "traitor" or "hurting the USA," I ask this question: can you name *one* piece of information that Snowden has released that US citizens should not know about.

Not what he might know, or what he could know. I'm talking about what he has released. What information should we, as US citizens not know about. Name it. One thing that makes him a traitor instead of a patriot. I'm waiting.

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NSA PRISM deepthroat VANISHES as pole-dance lover cries into keyboard

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Meh

Disappearance

I think "disappearance" is a much better word or phrase than"solitary confinement" or "suicide watch," don't you? How about "waterboarding"? Disappearing is basic common sense under the circumstances, if you're even remotely aware of what happens to whistleblowers in the US.

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US chief spook: Look, we only want to spy on 6.66 BEELLLION of you

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Pint

One good thing about Obama

The best thing about having Obama in office is that this makes it acceptable among so-called conservatives to actually get upset over domestic spying, torture, and other things that were vigorously defended during the previous administration. So it's not a dead loss. But it's close, when an administration that speaks openly against these things but does little or nothing to stop them is considered the best of the only two options.

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tekHedd
Meh

Credibility

Loss of credibility is something our administration really can not afford, especially if they have more secret spying campaigns that we haven't yet been told about.

Now that I think about it, make that ADDITIONAL loss of credibility.

Oversight without transparency--can you really call that oversight?

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NetApp: We laid off 100s, profits dived - and it's all YOUR fault

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Meh

Dove

I just came in here to upvote whoever said "profits dove," but nobody did. But I forget I'm at a uk site here... Merriam-Webster online says that use of "dove" as past tense is rare in British English and "equally common" with "dived" in American English, not that I've ever heard an American use it, then gives only two past-tense examples "She dove into the swimming pool." and "The whale dove into deeper water." If it's so common, what about an example? Alternatively, if M-W, an Encyclopaedia Britannica company, is so USA-focused as to only provide US English examples, what's all this talk about the "north Midland areas?" I've never heard of the "Midland." Is this some new politically correct way of talking about Indiana?

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Weev gets 41 months in prison for exposing iPad strokers' privates

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Re: @ AC (18:56) - Re :

" For future reference, a "criminal" is someone who commits a crime"

True, but not relevant. People are clearly using the term "criminal" here to mean "someone who deserves to be convicted" instead of "someone who *was* convicted." While not strictly correct, the rest of the pedants (and I include myself in this group) seem to be coping just fine. I find that beer helps.

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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

tekHedd

Example of how to maintain core values

Honesty: We understand that we really have no right to this trademark,

Courage: but we're boldly CLAIMING it anyway, even though we know everyone will hate us.

Humility: We never claimed that we somehow deserve it.

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tekHedd

Re: Nuke the site from orbit!

Oh come on, even I can work out that it's possible to be Honest, Courageous, and Humble and still be a total Asshat.

Of course, being a "good person" is actually very complicated, can be quite hard work at times, and is not something you can easily summarize. Which I suppose is why so many people settle for "denial," which feels just as good but isn't really the same thing.

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The Register: Our all-new app now available for Android

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Pint

I'm not saying that apps can't be nice but..

Am I alone in thinking that (maybe) a week of playing with the @media selector and a handful of tablets and phones for testing (or simply resizing the browser window) and the app would be made entirely unnecessary? I mean, yes, on some sites the layout is hopeless, but this is the reg, the basic page design is a natural for simple CSS restyling.

Or I suppose you could make an app. Hey it's not my money. It's certainly more *fun* to make an app. Although in that case I'd be inclined to include some fun third-party frameworks with flashy transitions etc.

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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

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Alert

Re: Dammit

Do we know the *brand* of the television in question?

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Google's JavaScript assassin: Web languages are harder than VMs

tekHedd
Meh

Hold me back.

I believe I speak for the majority of professional programmers on the planet when I say, with sarcasm, "oh goody, another programming language."

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Instagram starts filtering out hipster pics on Twitter

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Meh

Link to Facebook image..how?

I spent (nearly) 10 minutes trying to figure out *how* to link to an image that is on Facebook today. Could only figure out how to share it within FB. Sure I didn't try very hard--why would I?

I try to avoid FB anyway, just I have a few friends who seem as hopelessly trapped by the Facebook's garden walls as my parents used to be by AOL. Which is sad.

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Snake-fondling blonde nude punts Polish coffins

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Pint

Degrading!!!

This objectifies snakes, and I find that offensive. They should all be put in jail.

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Sony promotes Vita with QUAD-JUBBED WOMAN

tekHedd
Meh

"Oh it's so sexist shame on you Sony etc etc!"

It's not so much "sexist" as it is "objectifying of women" but that's harder to say. Yes, it's basically unfair to gay men, straight women, and, you know, anyone who doesn't particularly want to touch boobies, but I'm not sure that counts as sexist, precisely. I

'm not sure it would come across the same in the "four man boobs" version.

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Sacked British RIM staffers to get minimum legal payout

tekHedd

There's worse than "minimum"

I worked at a company that declared bankruptcy on payday so they could avoid paying severance *and* our last two weeks of pay. Some people are scum.

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10 million iPad minis to 'outshine' their big brother this quarter

tekHedd

Oh boy!

Hooray, now we'll be able to get those patented "rounded corners" in a new fun size!

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Neil Gaiman’s saucy pop wife agrees to pay her musicians in money

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Pint

Well, you see, times are bad so we don't have much of a budget...

She managed to juggle the finances and, by making huge sacrifices in other areas, come up with a little cash to pay the musicians. (Where have I heard this line before.)

"I wish I could pay more, but we barely cover expenses, see? And you get to get paid to do something you love, that you would do for free anyway, right? Oh. Well that's a pretty poor attitude you have there, isn't it. You're lucky I let you play here, that's all I'm saying. But anyway, this is all we can pay, take it or leave it."

Beer, because you also get "one free draft beer per set."

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UK electric car funding - another subsidy for the RICH, say MPs

tekHedd

What did you *think* the subsidy is supposed to do?

My immediate reaction was "well, yes, of course." Until electric cars are a commonplace, affordable standard, they will be a luxury item. If you use a subsidy in the hopes of increasing sales volumes and help boostrap the industry, you're not going to be giving that to the poor. Obviously, the idea here is to tempt those who *do* have disposable income to dispose it in the direction of a technology you'd like to see commonplace.

So the real question is one of whether the goal of "electric cars" is worthwhile. Notice how the comments threads immediately discuss its merits, while the classic "oh the government did something, and since you can't do anything for free it is by definition socialism" argument is generally not interesting.

Sure, giving money to the rich/upper-middle may be difficult to defend considering the current economic climate. If the goal was to provide efficient transportation for a broad range of classes, a better program might be to subsidize the purchase of scooters. :)

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Neurotrash creativity 'expert' created Dylan quotes from thin air

tekHedd

Grimecore?

grindcore, yes. GRIMEcore? I guess if you're making up quotes you might as well make up musical genres as well.

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Watch out for the GIGANTIC ALIEN JELLYFISH, warns space boffin

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Pint

So cutting edge!

Silicon based life forms that are completely nonhuman, possibly insectoid? Gosh that will take some imagination! Or you could just get some 60 year old back issues of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine...which is where I first saw this idea put forth. And, I might add, presented entirely from an alien point of view, which was quite awesome.

I say that if a scientist wants to talk about his neat theories for possible forms of alien life, he should learn to write a decent short story.

Beer, even though my work day is sadly far from over.

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TSA screeners spooked by Apple's 'futuristic artifact'

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Thumb Up

Re: Can you charge the battery?

Only with the official Apple charger. The battery can't be replaced when it fails, but that doesn't matter because next year's award will be smaller and lighter.

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W3C: 'Do not track' by default? A thousand times: NO!

tekHedd
Meh

We promise!

We promise to honor "do not track" as long as you promise nobody will use it.

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'Zombie bullets' fly off US shelves after wave of undead attacks

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We're not really sure what stops zombies...

The problem is that you don't really know what exactly will cause the zombie apocalypse. Will you need deep penetration or an expanding round? That's why I'm partial to Doubletap Ammo's 10mm "Equalizer" round.

http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=42

Still, a machete only needs occasional sharpening and doesn't need reloading.

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Minecraft maker plots ultimate videogame for coders

tekHedd
Facepalm

Because online multiplayer makes everything better...

I already play the single-player version of this game every day. Therefore I will *really* have a lot of fun playing it online with a bunch of 13 year olds teabagging me. Right?

This is just taking the "user created content frees the developer from having to spend money on any of the things that make a game fun" maxim to its logical conclusion. I guess.

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Man FLIES with Android-powered homemade bird wings

tekHedd
Facepalm

The music!

Wow, the sappy music really adds that certain special... yuck... to the video. Was the video fake? I sure hope so, because they deserve it for inflicting that on us.

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Boy burned in Nintendo sensor substitution

tekHedd

i know this is terribly wrong but...

Am I the only person here who is thinking "wow, I totally have to try that?"

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HELLISH LOVE INFERNO TO SWEEP LONDON

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Pint

Avoid cooking after drinking alcohol?

Seriously? But then who's going to cook for me? The fire brigade?

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Shuttleworth remixes Ubuntu... for biz users

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Pint

Ubuntu... for business users? Don't we already have that?

What's he calling it? "Debian?"

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Ancient cave girl genome could crack Man's genetic puzzle

tekHedd
Pirate

6000 years -- it does say in the FSM bible...

These "old" fossils are just more proof of the existence of FSM. All this "evidence" that people lived more than 4000 years ago is just His little joke. Practical jokes like this presumably help him to pass the time through the milenia. This is clearly yet another "fossil" planted by him with "DNA" that will keep our scientists entertained for a few decades while he laughs it up and drinks beer.

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IT'S OFFICIAL: AT&T, T-Mobile deal is dead

tekHedd

Relief!

Speaking as a T-Mobile customer and previous AT&T customer: Thank goodness!

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Samsung hauls Apple into court over emoticon patent :-(

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Unhappy

Excuse me, but...

Did you just say "emoticon patent?" Those two words together beautifully illustrate the problems with modern patent law.

I prefer ascii emoticons, and the modern tendency to "automatically ruin" my emoticons is really frustrating! I have a better idea: when the computer detects an emoticon, it should substitute a graphic of the same text, but presented in a proper fixed-width terminal font.

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Next Dr Who game to leave Xboxers in the cold

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Exclusives never last long...

On the one hand, it will probably be out for other platforms after a few months.

On the other hand, and I'm speaking as a PS3 owner and a fan of Doctor Who from, well, before the new First Season: The new Doctor Who s... *Yawn* Sorry about that... I'm just saying that I'm not as excited about the new Doctor Who series... *yawn*... Sorry, sorry again! Look, if it was a game based on the old, non-pop-BS series /and/ if it the first game had been great, I'd be excited. As it is, I'm not sure it's even important enough for me to even comment on. Oh what the heck. It's Friday.

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Apple killer app Siri struggles with Indian regional accents

tekHedd

Rain wet, sun hot, voice dialing frequently chooses the wrong entry...

Nobody who has tried to use voice dialing features will be surprised by this news.

Also, Siri is a "killer app"? Really? Really??

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Eurozone crisis: We're all dooomed! Here's why

tekHedd
Happy

And thank you for saying it

It's such a relief to see someone openly state that there really is nothing we can do about the whole joojooflop situation, that I feel much better.

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Is Apple nobbling iPhones to avoid more patent misery?

tekHedd
Meh

This doesn't prove patents are bad, but...

We quickly accept the possibility that patents could be the reason the feature is unavailable. That in itself is sad. Patents encourage innovation and ensure that more better products are available for us, the end users. Does anybody really believe this?

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Duke Nukem Forever dev slams unfair reviews

tekHedd
Meh

Re: Maybe you should try playing it...

I played it. It was OK. It didn't change my life or cure world hunger, but I don't feel cheated. Better than most of the games out there, although that's not saying much. Certainly better than games that were reviewed much more favorably. I'd think it would rate about a 75 if judged as a new game, but when I consider the high scores of some stinkers I've played, that actually feels stingy.

I played it, and I say that reviewers were particularly cruel to DNF.

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Nude lady recreates Star Wars tauntaun scene in dead horse

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Hey, I didn't notice that...

Wow, that chick sure is hot, but I can't see what all the fuss... Hey check it out, did you guys notice there's also a dead horse in these pictures?

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Google dumps + from Boolean search tool

tekHedd

They announced this?

I figured this out by trial and error weeks and weeks ago. Google continues to find ways to make searches return more and more irrelevant results. I assume because 90% of the people on the internet can't spell.

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Rockstar officially announces Grand Theft Auto V

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Let me guess.

In this one, not only does your cell phone pester you endlessly to do inane tasks with your friends "or else," you will also be required to talk for an hour to your mother every day or so (using a headset with voice recognition) or else guilt will damage your max health and other stats, and the new "pumping gas" minigame is required when you jack a car, only to realize the tank is on Empty. The radio will now feature real advertisements (intended to be ironic but coincidentally providing convenient product placement) and real, new hit music from the co-sponsoring music label (so, just like GTA4). Talk radio will be even less funny, and missions even more linear.

Maybe they should just release GTA3 again with new graphics. At least it was fun.

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Facebook comes out swinging

tekHedd
Meh

So they *don't* create shadow profiles...that doesn't matter.

I only matters that they could. All the data is there. An intern could write the script. Seriously. How stupid do they think we... oh right. Never mind.

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Dubstep ringtone wins Nokia compo

tekHedd

Options...

To be fair, it doesn't look (sound) like they had much to choose from. The runners-up are all crap as well.

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