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WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

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Re: Times ... changing

Down in the Park, with a friend called Five....

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China is now 99.8% sure you're you, thanks to world's-best facial recognition wares

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Re: One question

Last time I renewed my license, I purposely scowled. My pic looks like I murdered someone.

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Beer in SPAAAACE: Photographic PROOF

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I thought you were talking about this. "A 500-page-plus transcript of the declassified mission log records tons of routine conversations among the mission's three astronauts: commander Tom Stafford, lunar module pilot Gene Cernan and command module pilot John Young. But six days into the eight-day mission, around page 414, an emergency pops up:

"Give me a napkin, quick," Stafford says. "There's a turd floating through the air."

"I didn't do it," Young says. "It ain't one of mine."

"I don't think it's one of mine," Cernan says.

"Mine was a little more sticky than that," Stafford replies. "Throw that away."

The astronauts discuss the finer points of waste disposal in space, and then move on to other business. But minutes later, it's "Houston, we have a problem" all over again.

"Here's another goddam turd," Cernan says. "What's the matter with you guys?""

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Re: I'm a slob...

The hospital I worked at basically had a carpet Zamboni. http://www.windsorind.com/ViewCategories.aspx?Pid=1291

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Vote NOW for LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm acronym

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Where are the trees?

Looks like at the new location, no trees. Just short scrubby bushes. That being said, be sure to visit Alamogordo and go to www.nmspacemuseum.org and white sands. Both things I enjoyed when I was stationed in New Mexico.

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Vulture 2 spaceplane brain surgery begins with remote incision

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flight test

Am I missing something, or hasn't the airframe had a flight test yet? Seems like a good idea to at least test a half scale foam and balsa under RC, just to see how it flies.

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

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Re: DARPA: The Better To Murder You With, My Dear

Are you enjoying the DARPA developed internet?

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Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut

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been on facebook 2 weeks

I got laid off at work after 11 years at the same job. I figured I needed to establish a "social presence", so I created a facebook and linkedin account the same day I lost my job. I don't think I have seen any ads anywhere since being on those sites. I have been blocking for years though.

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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He was not an employee.

At the time he put that on his blog, he was not a Facebook employee. Page was posted May 24th 2012. He started with them in July. Since he mentioned in the blog that he was starting Facebook then, I am guessing he had nothing untoward on the blog at the time he was hired. Obviously he is an idiot for posting using he real name, just like Facebook wants you to do.

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US sheddies knock up flying plastic toolbox

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Re: I have to ask...

"It seems that man is drawn to the challenge of making weird objects airborne"

Flying piano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pigqs1UGneI

A friend of mine made and flew this back in the 70s.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showatt.php?attachmentid=3928453

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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Every time I watch one of these videos, I feel ancient. However, I love the fact that I grew up through those times. I remember going over to a neighbor kid's house and playing with the apple they had. Ended up a mainframe operator in the military, and bought a black and white sinclair for my first computer.

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Boffins search for dark matter in abandoned Australian mine

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Re: Boulby, UK

The wife and I visited the Soudan mine in Minnesota last year. Very cool. All the equipment had to be taken down the same mine elevator you use to get to the bottom. http://www.soudan.umn.edu/

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El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse back on the bacon

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Re: "Neil Barnes and missus Anita"

Don't forget the little monster that would wish people away on Twilight Zone.

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Security guru: You can't blame EDWARD SNOWDEN for making US clouds LOOK leaky

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Supposedly Snowden's revelations are a major reason why Brazil went with Saab on their jet $4.5b contract, and not Boeing.

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Twitter investors squawk as user growth, income disappoint again

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Le Twittre

I just logged into it for the first time last weekend. Still haven't figured out quite what to use it for. It seems to me if there is anything relevant that I need to know, I can find it with a search engine. If it's newsworthy, it will show up in news. If I want to let someone know something, I send them an email.

I suppose it's useful for publicly shaming companies, so if I have some issue that needs attention, that may be one avenue to pursue.

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Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?

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From what I understand, Mr Haines is living in rural Spain. With the economy the way it is in Spain right now, I would bet local farmers are the way to go.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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That's cool

Keep people upgrading and I will buy their "old" TVs for pennies. My first big screen was a SD 60" rear projector (3 tubes) that I got for free. The one I have now is a 52" 1080i DLP I paid $100 for.

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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

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What a Wookie!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-8RjPW4jsU

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Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday will plug Word RTF vuln

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UPGRAYEDDED

Upgraydded my dads old Compaq laptop with Xubuntu from XP. He is 78, and he loves it.

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Google hands over $1.4m for unmarked Street View cars in Italy

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I don't really get this. How many cars drive around with a gigantic camera array on the roof? Unless it specifically has to say Google on it, as Microsoft has their own cars now.

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

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Upgrayedd

A gentleman who goes by the name Upgrayedd. Which he spells thusly, with two D's, as he says, "for a double dose of this pimping". You see, a pimp's love is very different from that of a square.

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Nokia: ALL our Windows Phone 8 Lumias will get a cool 8.1 boost

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The sold a lot of 520s because you could buy one without contract for around $70 (less than 45£)

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re: Someone must be blind to think thats a Window 7 Start Menu

I am on 8 and have the 8 gadget pack installed. Security risk with gadgets probably is an issue, as I picked up an old, crusty, easily removable virus from one of the gadgets. I never get virii, so it was a surprise. I uninstalled all the gadgets, but once I figured out the offending gadget, I reinstalled them as I find them way more useful than live tiles.

8 has been just fine for me with Classic Shell installed. I only run it on desktop machines, so I don't know anything about wireless settings issues. My wife has been on linux (Kubuntu) for years, and when her old machine died, the new one came with Windows 7. I set her up dual boot, but she doesn't care for Windows. My father just had me replace XP on his own laptop with Xubuntu. He likes it a lot as his machine feels much faster now.

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Facebook taps up NASA boffins to launch drone fleet, laser comms lab

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Re: Longevity

Second Life will be what Facebook ends up with after they have fully assimilated Oculus Rift.

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

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Re: It depends on the distro...

I just switched my Dad's old laptop to Xubuntu. Pretty much all he did in XP was pictures, email, and web. He used Firefox, so it was trivial to move his profile over. The only issue he had was figuring out where to enter his wireless password. He loves that it boots faster, and that the machine "feels" faster than it did under XP.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: Trade not aid Hmm... aren't we missing the point here?

Hate to butt in, but I think the point of this article is pretty much getting lost and is....the following:

Give a (hu)man a fish and (s)he will eat for a day.

Teach a (hu)man how to fish and (s)he will eat for the rest of their lives.

A sentiment I whole-heartedly agree with.

Reminds me of Pratchett. "Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Re: Yet another Linux bore

Similar situation with my Dad's 10 year old laptop. He brought it up to me to install linux. I backed up all his data and settings to my NAS, and then wiped it and installed Xubuntu. It took me a bit longer than I thought due to problems getting broadcom drivers running. Once that was sorted, it went great. Mailed it back down to him. Took him an hour to figure out how to enter his wireless password, but once he did that, he liked it a lot. Runs smoother and faster than under XP, and since he was using Firefox before, all his browser stuff was just as it was before.

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Airbnb might get $10bn price tag ... despite its legal woes

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I used Air BnB

I used it a couple of years ago for a relatively cheap stay in Marin County for a week. I had a work related class in San Francisco, and I got them to wait on the return flight for a week, which I used for a vacation. Most hotels were north of $100 a night, and that might get you something with bedbugs. I stayed in Fairfax, California in a detached room with private bath at someone's house for $60 a night. They even supplied breakfast. I was able to spend a week hiking in the redwoods and on the beach a Pt Reyes.

I think the real problem is that people are using it to sublet apartments. For me though, it worked great.

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=879EDBEEB27AD837!401&authkey=!AHoeuO6G9zP6LjI&v=3&ithint=photo%2c.JPG

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=879EDBEEB27AD837!403&authkey=!AKKw0KfYk9hrEPM&v=3&ithint=photo%2c.JPG

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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Re: Why replace what works?

I have a 52" 1080i Mitsubishi that I bought for next to nothing used. Been using it two and a half years now and still haven't had to replace the bulb. If I ever decide to replace it, it will be with another cheap used one.

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Earth's night-side gets different kinds of neutrinos from day-side

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Re: Depending on how many data points they have...

I think that's the point. Not enough data points for enough confidence. Since Super-Kario only detects electron neutrinos, the speculation is that interaction with the earth is transmogrifying a few the other types as they go through. With enough data, I would guess there would be a bell curve. I guess that's why they want to make a Hyper-Kario.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: Yes, fear the wrath of Al Gore! Idiots

Sort of.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Performance_Computing_and_Communication_Act_of_1991

ARPANET was the real birth of IP communication, which preceded the internet. When I was in the military back around 1986, we had a node in our computer room. Periodically someone from BBN http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBN_Technologies would call me to input some commands into the teletype. Later, when I was going to get out, the guy that I talked to wanted me to submit a resume and apply for a job. I didn't, and in retrospect, I wish I had.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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terminator

The Atari Portfolio is what young John Connor used in Terminator to hack the ATM.

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Microsoft to push out penultimate XP patch on March Patch Tuesday

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Linux

I wonder how many will be switching to Linux? My dad has an older laptop and he only uses it for email and web. He is sending it to me to back up his data and convert the machine to linux. Probably Kubuntu or some other Ubuntu variant since it is what I am familiar with. Should work fine for his needs, and he won't need to spend a penny.

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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I was hoping for dear leader to be immortalized this way.

http://news.techeye.net/assets/upload/jobsnk.jpg

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WhatsApp no threat to BBM: Blackberry bod says pretender's buyout will HELP ailing firm

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BBM

I have a work provided blackberry, and have had for years. A few years ago, a few of us used BBM. However, a couple of years ago the standard cell at work became the iphone. Once that happened, no one used BBM anymore. I am still on blackberry as the cellular company my phone is through never carried the iphone. They do now, and I would guess when my current phone is replaced they will replace it with an iphone. I know they want to get rid of the BES at some point.

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Linux-friendly Munich: Ja, we'll take open source collab cloud

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Re: Got to admire them ...

Is it safe?

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Microsoft tries to re-invent GPS with cloudy offloads

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I would assume that Microsoft has Wifi location info, just like Google, as they have their own streetview cars. Microsoft's streetview has pretty decent coverage, considering the head start Google has had. Also, if you have a Windows 8 box, check out the maps preview app. Lots of cool high res 3d models in select areas. (It's still a beta)

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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Re: Freetards

As far as I know, https://www.openstreetmap.org doesn't have ads.

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SkyDrive is dead! All hail Microsoft OneDrive! Happy now, Uncle Rupe?

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Re: cannot get rid of it

Can you post a link of an image of what you are seeing? I don't have anything skydrive on my 8.1 system other than a tile for it in metro apps I can't get rid of. I deleted the directory it created under 8 originally, and nothing exists in desktop anywhere now. It's a shame though, because I liked it. I just won't allow Microsoft to control the credentials to my own machine, and with 8.1, the only way you can use it outside of a browser is to log into your machine with a microsoft account.

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

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Duck race

Just in case some of you don't know what this is. These are usually done as a fund raiser for a charity. They take thousands of ducks that have a unique number on them and dump them in the river. Some where downstream there is a net to catch them. The first duck to the net is the winner.

People pay a fee to "sponsor" a duck. If your duck is the winner you win a substantial prize, like a new car. To increase your chances you "sponsor" more ducks.

Example.

Duck Packages

• Lone Duck (1 Duck) $5

• Quack Pack (6 Ducks) $25

• Quacker Dozen (13 Ducks) $50

• V.I.D Very Important Duck

(28 Ducks) $100

2010 Winner's List

Sorry - No Million Dollar Winner

$10,000 Cash Prize -

One-year Carwash Pass ($980 value) from Guppy’s On The Go -

12 x 24 Poster Panel ($850 value) from LAMAR Advertising -

One-year Adult membership ($630 value) from Downtown YMCA -

One-year unlimited Carwash Pass ($595 value) from Sparkling Image Car Wash

Etc.

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Trials of 'Iron Man' military exoskeleton due in June

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Re: The power source IS the problem!

Why do you think the scary Boston Dynamics robots use a noisy, smokey, two stroke engine for power?

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Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles

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Re: Donationware?

Not only that, how about ads for Adblock+, Noscript, Ghostery, etc?

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Break out the scatter cushions: Google rents out NASA blimp hangar

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Google must be part of the Syndicate that's in cahoots with the aliens.

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Mozilla takes a page from Google with sync-friendly Firefox Accounts

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running 28

I'm running version 28 and no problems that I have noticed. I like tabs, and the whole interface still looks pretty much what I always have used. I know I had to get in and mess with things a bit, a year or two ago, to have it display properly. But those settings have stuck through all those updates.

http://i.imgur.com/EM0q8hg.png

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Potty time dilema

Yep, same here. I am usually 2-3 weeks behind. Have a huge stack of them next to the throne that I need to clear out.

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Facebook's dying? HA! Get ready for another DECADE of us – Zuck

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Re: 20 Embassy

Facebookers die younger

Facebooking clogs the arteries and causes heart attacks and strokes

Facebooking causes fatal lung cancer

Facebooking when pregnant harms your baby

Protect children: don't make them breathe your Facebook

Your doctor or your pharmacist can help you stop Facebooking

Facebooking is highly addictive, don't start

Stopping Facebooking reduces the risk of fatal heart and lung diseases

Facebooking can cause a slow and painful death

Get help to stop Facebooking: [telephone]/[postal address]/[internet address]/consult your doctor/pharmacist

Facebooking may reduce the blood flow and cause impotence

Facebooking causes ageing of the skin

Facebooking can damage the sperm and decreases fertility

Facebook contains benzene, nitrosamines, formaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

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As an American

My first computer was a Timex-Sinclair TS1500. Looked like a spectrum, but was gray, and was really a ZX81 with 16k built in. Paid $100 for it. I love the term, dead flesh keyboard. It describes it perfectly!

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HP Chromebook 11 quietly slips back on Google Play shelves... but where's the FIRE?

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Apparently you can't use play credit at the play store for hardware. So people of have gotten credit through promotions or deals are stuck using it on programs.

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

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Just based on income alone (not profit), it would take 26 years to cover the cost of acquiring the company. Obviously the patents and potential data acquisition is worth a lot to google.

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