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Jailbreaking pirates popped in world's largest iCloud raid – 225,000 accounts hit

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Furrying information

I read this line in the article: "..ripping credentials and GUIDs and furrying it off to remote servers.." and immediately a mental image of fur suit-wearing critters brandishing flash drives, floppy disks, and other media sprang to mind.

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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Black holes, nature's dynamic RAM

Information is captured, held, then apparently streamed back... eventually...

So if a rotating black hole of proper characteristics could possibly be a gateway to another universe, from what type of stellar object does the captured material emerge? Are we actually seeing emergence of matter/energy from other universes into ours and just haven't recognized it as such yet?

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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Re: Poor choice of words?

While I think that this is a psychiatric condition, and that EM fields are NOT affecting her, you can't realistically use the argument that "sunlight is EM too", though it certainly is. I can bask in the sunlight and slowly get a tan, or sit under a dedicated UV lamp and get burnt to a crisp. I can listen to my radio all day, even stand somewhat near a 50KW transmitter tower (though arguably maybe not healthy in the long term), or I can defeat the safety interlocks on my microwave oven and cause myself serious harm.

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

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Re: Wrong recipient?

Um... Porn is nice I suppose. But it's not the same as actually having physical contact with another warm, willing human being, regardless of how good your imagination is. I think (and hope) most would agree with me on this. IMHO, sex is certainly not the most important thing in life, but it is part of being human, and having the occasional romp versus never having physical intimacy is kind of like living versus existing. Or eating cold leftovers vs. fresh food. In the immortal words of George Carlin (I think it was), "There are far worse things than giving someone an orgasm."

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

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That is a nice phone!

And precisely what I would happily pay for, especially with those specs, Cyanogen, and especially no crapware installed. I really hope it makes it to the US and/or other makers take a page out of their book.

These are also exactly the reasons I am using Linux and my dual-boot desktop hasn't seen Windows started in over a month.

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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: El Reg on the hydrogen highway

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Maybe worth holding out for this...

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v400/n6745/full/400649a0.html

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NASA dismisses asteroid apocalypse threat

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I'm an American

..and Armageddon is the only movie I've ever walked out on before the ending. During Bruce's character's tearful scene in the shuttle when he gave his cliche-ridden speech and thought he was going to die. That was a truly stupid movie. I think it lost me at the dual simultaneous space shuttle launch.

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Re: I'm not worried...

..Don't forget your towel.

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Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

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Using page zero...

Has been done on the 65xx and 68xx (and beyond) processors since the mid 1970s. It was (and is) a useful way to extend a processor's registers to more than you would ever need. Not a new concept. Exploiting this... apparently not new either.

But not to denigrate Apple or anyone else, when you have millions of lines of code and a rushed development schedule, any company is going to miss flaws, and no company can delay release for a year while they painstakingly test every possible avenue of exploitation. Not and remain relevant. So people can cry "They should have known!" over and over whether it's Apple, Android, MS, or any platform, but this is going to keep happening ad infinitum. It's how quickly and gracefully the vendors and partners react that we should be watching.

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Testing times as NASA rattles Mississippi with mighty motor burn

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Powerful?

Bring back the Saturn rockets!

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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A favorite (from Linux)

"You don't exist. Go away."

Things that sound dirty: "Mind if I use your laptop?"

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Samsung phablet phrenzy brings mobile payments into the age of WIRELESS TAPE

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If you settle...

..for something you don't want and have paid retail for, then you've voted. If you voted, you can't complain about the regime. (though you still should) Unfortunately it seems most of the damage to creativity, free will, and usefulness is done by marketing types and lawyers. Usually the engineers push for features and are shut down.

Forgive me for the depressing comment, but I've just been reading a history of Commodore...

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Re: dirt is the enemy

This device would work with the dirtiest head. (insert your favorite innuendo here)

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Re: No removable battery, no SD-memory ...

I suppose it doesn't matter to a lot of customers. But it matters to me and is why I decided to forgo another Motorola phone and move to Samsung so I could have an SD card slot. Besides the ease of expanding the onboard memory, the nicety of putting in a card and having all your music, photos, etc. from your old phone, if you destroy your phone or it quits working, pull out the card and there's your data. Yes, you can do cloud and other kinds of backups, but there are just so many benefits to having that little card slot.

I would argue that most consumers that are not in any technical field buy a phone because of the marketing, not even understanding what they're missing when they 'settle' for a less capable device.

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NASA primed for 9-minute live test of mighty rocket motor

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Bring back the Saturn engines

These are powerful? Meh.

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BOFH: Why, I LOVE work courses. Please tell me more, o wise one!

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Thank you!

...for brightening a Friday that felt more like a Monday. Cheers!

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SEC: Ukrainian hackers' investment fraud ring raked in millions in 'unprecedented' hack

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Should have followed the old adage...

Not to minimize the crimes committed, but if they were going to do something like this they should have got in, made money, and got out. Would be interesting to know what tipped off investigators too...

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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Re: Linux v Windows

So not true... my old HP inkjet's duplex printing feature would sometimes be available, sometimes not in Windows, worked flawlessly in Linux. (the printer has since been trashed)

My current color laser works very well in Linux and without the pain of waiting for Windows Update to fail to find a driver for it and then having to download the driver anyway.

To sum up, both printers I've owned in the last 5 years have worked better in Linux.

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For Shame.

They should have known better than this. How could they think they could do something like this and not be lambasted? Or that it somehow wouldn't be discovered? Delusional management I guess.

It will take a long time for their reputation to recover from this.

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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"i7 Laptop with Nvidia / intel graphics"

--Disable the Intel graphics in the BIOS and you'll be a lot happier and have a more usable machine with less quirks.

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Words to live by...

"Never buy a car in its first model year, and never buy a MS operating system until the first service pack is released."

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Dear Bill,

You were wise to get out when you did. You may want to sell some of that stock before it loses too much value. Sorry that the company you founded seems to be disappearing up its own asshole these days...

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Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

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Waiting for background apps to close...

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Celeron?

What I don't understand is why anyone would put a Celeron in anything for any reason. Ok, yeah, they're cheap. And maybe if you were just using it in a kiosk or similar to run the same presentation over and over. I guess those are reasons.

Some people buy the cheapest toilet paper they can find, so I guess there's a market for that too. With an i5 and a 256GB mSATA drive, I think this would be a very nice little desktop. I've always liked ASUS.

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Wow, people get worked up over this...

Now listen carefully: It's been proven that accepters of Global Warming use Apple devices, while "Deniers" all use Android... Let the debate begin :)

Oh, btw, regardless of what we are doing to our planet, and I have to admit I'm a bit of a skeptic and no matter how sunspots are being counted, stellar output MUST have a lot to do with our climate. While I certainly believe that we are harming our world and need to stop, denying old Sol's involvement is like blaming the chef because the soup is too cold or hot and he's been seen stirring the pot, while not noticing someone is also turning the stove burner up and down.

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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Another method?

How about encasing the drives in an inductive heating coil, similar to what is used to harden drill bits, gears, and other metallica? When you say the special code word "Shitstorm", high current is passed through the coils, reducing the drives to slag very quickly, with minimal damage to adjacent servers...

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Degaussing isn't as instantly effective as you might think..

Some years ago a colleague was wiping some tapes with an AC-powered (mains) bulk tape eraser. I thought I'd see how effective it would be at wiping out the data on an (already failing) laptop drive. I positioned the degausser above the drive and pulled the trigger. The resultant effect was the drive leaping to the sole plate of the tape eraser and vibrating violently at the power line frequency. I did this at least a half dozen times, amusing myself with how high I could get the drive to leap from the table. Amazingly when I hooked it back up I could still read most of the data with no problem (even in Windows with no recovery tools), and a disk check found only a few more errors than it did on this already failing drive. True, I didn't remove the platters from the aluminum casing, but still, I expected a rather more dramatic effect. I hope it at least worked better on tapes.

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Oracle waves fist, claims even new Android devices infringe its Java copyrights

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For some reason...

...I'm reminded of a line from a Heinlein book called "The Number of the Beast", in which a day in an alternate Earth history is referred to as "The day they killed the lawyers."

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Surprise! Evil-eyed cats MORE LIKELY to be SNEAKY PREDATORS – boffins

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Actually I like cats quite a bit..

But hey, obligatory comic: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cats_actually_kill

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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Re: Wuh!!

Inflicting iTunes upon enemy combatants is just Apple doing their part to help war efforts.

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Just... wow...

I wonder how it would go over if Sophos cited some obscure research that said that (insert your favorite minority here) is more likely to commit a crime and banned everyone of that ethnicity from downloading. In the USA at least, there would be people lined up with pitchforks and torches. As soon as the sensationalist media got involved, you wouldn't be able to even mention the company's name in public without getting a dirty look.

What makes this even more absurd is that in the IT community, there is a large proportion of Muslim developers and general IT workers compared to other general professions, probably second only to the medical sphere.

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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Re: The problem with experts

" The problem with experts..

Is having a piece of paper that is allegedly a qualification does not necessarily make one an expert."

I wish most corporations realized that before hiring people with the ink still wet on their MBAs.

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Lenovo topples Apple from PC summit by declining less slowly

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What do you expect?

Except for maybe hard core gamers and the delusional rich, people just aren't buying a new PC every couple of years any more. And why would they? The market is glutted. Nearly everyone has at least a laptop, a tablet of some kind and a mobe. And the tablets and phones are approaching the capabilities of laptops, at least for what most people use a PC for, which is email, social media, casual web surfing, YouTube, and other entertainments, with light office work and bill paying thrown in. Even businesses are deploying less desktops and laptops for more tablets and other devices and keeping them in users' hands longer.

Maybe with Windows 10 we'll see a surge of touch screen devices that Win 8 didn't bring. And the refresh cycle may be shorter as tablets just don't last as long as more traditional devices and there is still some innovation there. But it may just make the situation worse as it's been confirmed that Win 10 seems to run faster on existing hardware. With "free" upgrades, why buy a new PC? And if Linux ever gets a bigger foothold, more of the same, as Linux effectively resurrects older PCs from the recycle bin. Either way, I can't think of anything that will bring the desktop back as the primary PC for most people.

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John McAfee cuffed by Tennessee cops, faces drug-driving, gun rap

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Cheerful crazy

You have to respect a little cheerful craziness like his. He hasn't hurt anyone. (at least not yet) In a world full of scheming, dour politicians and other public figures who if they gave you the time of day, you'd be best advised to check your watch to make sure they weren't lying, at least John speaks his mind and lets things roll off his back.

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Assessing the power of Intel’s SSD 750 … but check your motherboard before buying

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Hmm...

Bring the price to where it approaches that of SATA SSDs and I'll be rushing to the store for one... er. clicking to buy one from Amazon or Newegg.

For the average user, even an avid gamer though, the performance of a SATA SSD is still plenty good though. Maybe my boot time would go from 10-12 seconds to 6 seconds. I suppose in time Windows will require an SSD of some sort just as it requires minimum processor specs to offset some of the bloat. I think most people that just surf, get on "The Facebook", etc. will barely note the transition from their standard SSD or MSATA drive to one of these.

Re. floppy drives, my Commodore PET in 1980 would reliably store 1MB using both sides of a floppy and an intelligent (for the time) 8050 floppy drive, a feat it took a long time for IBM and others to match.

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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You can have my Windows 7...

...when you pry it from my cold, dead CPU. It's next to the 2nd drive running Mint Linux, which is what I run 90% of the time at home anyway and probably will for the foreseeable future.

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The Lazarus Effect: Saved by Linux and Cash Converters

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Personal preference

I know everyone has their personal preference for an OS, and within the LInux world for the specific distro and desktop. (Mint with Cinnamon desktop for me--sounds like an odd dessert to non Linux folks)

I have been using Linux for years. While I am still much more of a Windows "guru" since I deal with it and support it and its aps daily at work, I like to get home and use something that truly "just works" most of the time. (or at least gives me less, and different errors) And I surely don't miss messages like "Do you trust this printer?" --well, I wouldn't leave it alone with sharp objects, but... It's ridiculous how much fewer resources Linux uses than Win 7 on my machine. On Windows, it's also usually click and wait.. and wait.. On Linux, it's more like "Already done that sir, what next?"

Re. Nvidia, I did have a bit of grief getting the drivers to install properly when I went from ATI to Nvidia, but it wasn't that bad and all features incl. hardware acceleration work flawlessly with the NV driver. Mint installed my color laser printer without blinking--was a headache on Win 7, and even streaming Netflix and Amazon content works great after a bit of consulting the web. Better than Windows actually, which requires frequent cleanouts of the Netflix cache.

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Happy 30th anniversary, Tengen! Your anti-DRM NES chip fought the law, and the law won

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Cut the reset pin and wire to a switch?

...Obviously not for the average user, but this should allow unapproved games to run by removing the ability of the CIC chip to reset the CPU?

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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Not unexpected...

But what people fail to realize with the Jeep hack is that they had to rewrite the firmware first to allow this to happen. Still, it is a vulnerability and "infotainment" systems should be firewalled from the rest of the CAN bus (or whatever networking strategy each automaker is using)

Another problem is that with increasing complexity, you're always going to have vulnerabilities that no one could have foreseen. It's up to the automakers to acknowledge faults and patch them, the same as any computer hardware or software purveyor. At least Fiat-Chrysler is working with the white hats that came up with the exploit and a patch has been produced.

I remember on one of my first cars, which had no electronics other than the radio, there was a combination of switches you could turn on that would create an unintended ground path and cause the wipers to stutter across the windshield in time with the turn signals. And this was a pretty simple purely electromechanical system with an unexpected flaw. What do you expect with millions of lines of code to debug on a modern vehicle?

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ZOMBIE Commodore PET lurches out of its 1970s grave – as a FONDLESLAB

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If Jack Tramiel..

..hadn't been a megalomaniac that treated his staff like dirt and alienated everyone he encountered, we'd all be using "Commodore Standard" PCs and not "IBM Standard"

I truly believe that. For quite a while Commodore was well ahead of anything else available and vertical integration with MOS Technology made their prices untouchable... for a while.

I have a nice Asus tablet I like a lot, but would consider buying a "Commodore PET" branded tablet just for the branding. (unlike Apple products that I really have no interest in)

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Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

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simple enough?

-Require drone operators to have a license if they want to operate in congested areas or over property they do not own. Establish regulations for how close a drone can get in an emergency or disaster situation.

-If a drone gets in the way of firefighters, it should be treated like the car that parks in front of a hydrant during a fire.

-Fine the drone operator in accordance with FAA regulations and whatever local statutes apply. Prosecute if injury occurred as a result of the operator's negligence. If the drone was destroyed by first responders, offer the owner a plea bargain depending on the situation--you go away with the pieces of your drone and we'll let you off with a warning instead of fining you or prosecuting you for obstruction of justice, creating a safety hazard, or whatever. If you don't take the pieces of your drone, here's a ticket for littering.

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Vintage Ask toolbar is malware – and we'll kill Jeeves, says Microsoft

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A little off track, but...

When going to Microsoft's "choice" page for search engines, has anyone besides me noticed that people "rated" Google with only 2 stars? Somehow that doesn't seem accurate. Say what you will about Google, but when I have to use Google to find articles on MS Technet because MS's own search engine isn't up to snuff, that says a lot.

Oh yeah, I also kill Ask toolbar and most others on sight. Typically the user is only peripherally aware it was even there and had "no idea how I got it".

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Penn State University network sacked by China malware blitz

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WTF?

VPN

So just now they're going to start requiring two factor authentication for their VPN??

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You Musk be joking: Tesla's zero to 60MPH in 2.8 SECONDS is literally 'ludicrous'

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Even so...

300 miles for "normal" driving isn't bad at all for an electric car. Some gas powered vehicles don't boast that. Most people only go on long trips infrequently, and topping off the car's batteries at night when home from work will keep it pretty full, I'd expect.

Yes, you will probably cut that range in half or worse if you beat the crap out of it all the time. But you'd do the same with any fossil fuel-powered car too. My V8 vehicle with a little over 300HP gets about 23MPG on the highway but when I "drive it like I stole it", the mileage drops to more like 12MPG. The only difference is the fueling time involved and the availability of fuel everywhere. And even living in the USA where gas is cheaper than Europe, paying to recharge an electric vehicle is a LOT less money than buying gasoline, even if you have an econobox that gets 40+ MPG.

What I've always worried about as electric cars become more prevalent is that many older homes' infrastructure is not up to the challenge of delivering that much power all the time. I'd expect blown fuses and electrical fires as people try to plug electric vehicles into homes with 50+ year-old wiring and devices.

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

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WTF?

Corrolary..

I've also noticed that cars can sense when you're in a bad mood and will pick that time to run like shit, fail to start, make some weird noise you've never heard before, or act up in some other way that can't be reproduced. When you're in a good mood and no hurry the car runs smoother and everything works perfectly.

The universe has a horrible sense of humor.

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Re: Church people

Having worked as a restaurant manager many years ago, I'd have to also say that "church people" are overall the very worst tippers too.

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Re: The Oatmeal about printers

I was going to suggest that link, but you beat me to it. The Oatmeal rant pretty well sums it up.

But I will mention a special kind of masochism that occasionally makes me decide to try printing an envelope on my usually well-behaved color laser. Generally after several tries with the address or return information printing in some bizarro location on the envelope, I manage to get it right... only to find that the printer has had enough and is now misfeeding every subsequent attempt. Several threats and picking destroyed envelopes out of the printer's innards later, I give up and address it by hand.

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Pray for AMD

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I hope...

AMD can survive. All of the rigs I've built in the last 10+ years have been AMD-based. And I know it's subjective, but to me AMD systems just "feel" faster. Maybe they're not in benchmarks, but in real world use, they do just fine. (if you've not gotten the cheapest chip you can find) Perhaps part if it is me optimizing my own systems while 'off the shelf' systems are not tweaked as much.

The main problem right now as I see it is "No one ever got fired for buying Intel." So even if business class desktops and laptops were out there to be had, Enterprise buyers, which now likely account for most of the 'standard' PC sales, would likely shun them---"We have Intel and we've always bought Intel." Things are perhaps a little different in the server market where IT decisions are actually made by IT folks and not management as much.

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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Annoyance with Chrome

..is that even if you're not using it and there are no visible windows, it generally has one or more processes running in the background.

I think they're both good browsers, but I have to disagree with most of the article claiming FF is slower and more bloated. Chrome consistently uses more resources on my machine. And lately FF has also been more compatible overall with sites. And if you believe another recent reg article, it has less unpatched vulnerabilities as well.

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Ford's 400,000-car recall could be the tip of an auto security iceberg

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OTA updates for a car scare the hell out of me!

That's the last thing I need on a vehicle--a formerly running car now not starting because it got a buggy update while parked. Or worse, "Preparing to update your vehicle--please wait." Or even worse, a truly buggy update causing the car to start, drain its battery, or possibly catch fire while parked in my garage. (true, this is unlikely, but certainly not impossible)

One of the good things about having to take your car to a dealer for an update (there aren't many) is that it forces the manufacturer to do a lot more debugging when it takes time to distribute an update. If cars are always connected in some future time, I think the frequency of updates will go up, but the quality will go down. More exposure of a car's core systems to the Internet would also open the doors wider for malicious hackers to exploit them.

If this all comes to pass, perhaps I'll be installing Cynogen on my vehicle when it's out of warranty :)

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