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* Posts by John Tserkezis

1712 posts • joined 16 Jun 2007

Samsung vows to stop knackering Windows Update on your laptops

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"Samsung has a commitment to security"

Sure, that's why they disabled Windows Update in the first place.

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Yahoo! displaces Ask in Oracle's Java update crapware parade

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The deal is also a huge loss to Ask.

Cry me a river.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Re: This is brilliant...

"...but when is he going to start on the GPU?"

Soon. If you can't log into facebook with it, the kids lose interest.

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DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

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So vegetables ARE bad for you.

Our parents lied to us.

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

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Re: What about fake products?

"Not forgetting those products with "Genuine Leather"

I remember reading about someone who bought a wallet that was labelled "Genuine Vinyl". Seems some are more honest than others.

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Thing users: you need national narrowband

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Good idea, we need some cheap comms methods for iot things, because currently, for Mere Mortal Humans, you're looking at possibly $50-$100+ (and/or WiFi too) to add internet depending on which way you start, and go to. On a per toaster basis, that's bloody expensive outside of the odd project.

However, since the author mentioned the NBN (and technically didn't have to) I can't help but think, somehow, the goverment is going to get their fingers in that pie and fuck things up.

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Even Apple doesn’t mess with Taylor Swift

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Re: Supermarkets

"That's actually a pretty dumb thing to say, and I mean that in the most loving possible way."

Er, no.

Our (Australian) supermarkets "negotiate" with the farmers for a lower price. That is, "sell it to us at this price, or we'll go elsewhere".

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Nasi goreng pattaya

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Thank you El Reg, thank you...

...for making me hungry again...

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AT&T fined about 3 days of profit ($100m) for limiting 'unlimited' plans

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"push for an Act that demands that ALL ads of any nature tell nothing but the complete, unvarnished truth"

As the saying goes, Good Luck With That.

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Raspberry Pi guys want you to go topless in the heat

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I was never comfortable with hot silicon. So I put heatsinks on the ones that do grunt, and a baby fan in the case. Cool as a cucumber now.

I'm not sure if it actually needs it mind you, it might run happy hot, there's been a lot of discussion on it, but no reports of meltdowns... But like I said it always makes me nervous.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: Nobody is immune...

"My mail server now bounces everything from LinkedIn to [email protected]"

You know they don't actually pay attention to it. Kinda like the non-functional "Close Door" button on some lifts. It's just there to give you a warm and fuzzy feeling. Kinda like they care - but really don't.

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Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims

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I used to have job once.

They never searched us. After reading the article, I thought it was odd, till I remembered my employer didn't have "Apple" in the company name. That must be it.

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Australia gets its site filter at LAST

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I'm glad that child-molesting dentist in queensland(*) they were cornering in the last filter is finally out of their sights.

(*) For those unaware, the first failed attempt at the government's filter that had supposedly only the vilest of the vile child pornograhers on it, also had some innocent queensland dentist on it. Even though the list was hidden, never to be seen, it gets out, and quite rightly, no-one wasted any time in making the goverment look like retarded fuckmoles that they are.

However, it appears it didn't work. So, calling govco retarded fuckmoles doesn't work, because they already know they are. Perhaps time to try something different. I'd take the safe approach and nuke them from orbit.

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Science teacher jammed his school kids' phones, gets week suspension

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Re: What?

"A helpful passer-by should just run home and use their LAND LINE, should they?"

Let me guess. You're in your early 20's and have never had a cellular outage in your life? Or flat batteries. Or expired credits. Nice life you live there. Treasure it, you might not have it forever.

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Re: Whatever happened to 'respect'???

"I respect my customers, but I have to answer the phone."

This is fair, but there are limits too though. The Cardiologyst that was assigned to me after some surgery, in the space of nearly an hour of consultation, spent about half of it on a personal phone call, nothing related to work. Hands free. So he not only appeared to not give a shit about my time, ditto for the time of his assoicate, who's privacy was clearly of upmost importance too.

To be fair though, this might be a job thing, I've worked with contractors who spend mere seconds taking jobs, and the odd times they do talk to friends, they talk and work at the same time.

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Smartwatch biz Pebble says smartwatch biz Apple won't approve its new app – surprise

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Don't look at me, I'm not supporting the fruity bastards.

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Couple sues estate agent who sold them her mum's snake-infested house

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Odd, I'd normally say it's the real estate agents themselves that are the snakes.

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Tossed all your snaps into the new Google Photos? You read the terms, right? ... RIGHT?

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I don't think it's going to make any difference. I'm STILL fielding calls from so-called "seasoned" facebook and Instragram users who are unaware of their overlord's policy on pinching their photos.

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BT boss to Oz: we're wonderful and so is copper

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"3. It's vital to ignore criticism over the cost or speed of the rollout."

Well, at least it appears the NBN certainly has THAT point down pat.

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Want to be the hottest thing since Melrose Place? Get these Lycos patents

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"Who wouldn't want to own IP from firm that peaked 20 years ago?"

Yes, there is nothing more I want in my life than to become a fucking patent troll.

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Re: Give the Polezei Credit

"At least they didn't shoot it."

Oh, I was going to ask when the BBQ is on.

Come one, I know you were thinking it!

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iiNet claims victory in Dallas Buyers Club case it lost

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Good.

Now I don't feel so bad for pirating that piece of shit movie.

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Traumatised Reg SPB team barely survives movie unwatchablathon

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The story I heard behind Battlefield Earth...

... from what I've read, the plot involves some Alien dude (played by John Travolta) who did the nasty with the General's daughter. Turns out, the General was rather dispeased when he found out, so assigned this guy to a mining planet, occupied by a bunch of slaves, who were also very displeased about having to mine a planet.

Crossing over to real life, the story goes that John Travolta did the nasty with a producer's daughter, and when the producer found out, was rather displeased, so cast Travolta into the head role of a story under the guise that it was written by Hubbard, and he was so enchanged by this, Travolta accepted immediately without actually reading the script. Sadly, he didn't realise his career had ended till after the royalty cheques quickly dwindled to nothing.

That's the truth, I aught to know, I read about it on the interwebs.

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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Re: Evidence

"Down-voted for wanting accidents independently investigated - any down-voters care to say why the DON'T want that?"

Likely because they want to protect the guilty, er, innocent.

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Crap ad app hack hole affects '100 MEELLLION'

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"Look at what apps you install, Welton said. Recognize the apps that are driving risk"

No shit Sherlock. Especially interesting comment when you have no way at all at being abeing able to tell what's crapware or not. No problem I hear you say, just don't use any mobile apps that communicate with the internet when they don't have to.

Congratulation, your smart phone is now dumb.

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Windows 10 MURDERED your Lumia? Microsoft says it may have a fix

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Nice work Microsoft.

Not content with having tiny market, you're actively wrecking phones now.

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Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit, say boffins

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"I agree it's a common error, but think it is the role of doctors to tell the unfit they should be fitter"

Too bad that's not how real life works at all.

If a GP were to actually do that, with many clients, they'll just leave and never come back. Turns out, people just don't want to be told they're unfit.

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Googley TENTACLES reach towards YOUR email

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Re: Opt Out? Oh, but you can.

"Try Blur"

Hiding behind an Anonymous login to promote that piece of shit that Blur is, isn't going to fly.

Read the reviews, it will spam you mercylessly until you dish out your first born - and all your personal details.

Also a nice try in bad mouthing Do Not Track, the predescesor.

So, Anonymous Coward, stop pissing about and tell us who you REALLY work for. Adine right?

Holy crap, what a surprise.

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Seems like an awful lot of trouble you went to to create those equasions.

How about spending a lot less trouble and creating equasions that result in widely and fairly distributed content rather than noosing anyone who doesn't comply with your barbaric demands? Then you don't have to worry about who pirates what.

No? Don't like the sensible approach? Fine, you can continue watching everyone pirate it then.

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Sprint fined $16m for sticking it to The Man: Telco 'overcharged' Feds for phone wiretaps

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So, not only do they want to know everything about us, they want it at a discount rate?

Only fair I suppose. (cough)

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What a time to be alive ... hard and floppy disk drives play Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit

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I was a bit concerned the voice coil hard drive wouldn't be able to keep up with the racket the floppies were making - but no, it not only kept up its part of the bargain, it did a bloody good job of it.

Well done.

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid: Half-pint composite for the urban jungle

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Re: How times change

"This little city car has almost identical performance figures to a 1970 Mk3 Ford Cortina 2000 GT. Apart from fuel consumption which was in the region of 27mpg if you were careful."

That's nothing, you want scary? You got it.

It compares very closely to my 125cc Scooter. That's performance and fuel economy - almost identical.

By "almost", I mean my Scooter will get to 60mph in about half the time, AND the scooter is less than a tenth of the price.

Being a motorbike, it's also exempt from congestion charges (or a 100% refund as I understand it, I don't live there). Worried about getting killed? Obesity and related diseases are the biggest killers, start counting down from there, and when you get to bikes, let me know. Best of all, you won't ever creat clouds of Smug.

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Sony to PlayStation 4 gamer: 'You got hacked, not our fault. Now give us £50'

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"You're OK, no one else has a 5 1/4 inch drive."

I have an 8" floppy disk. I found it nearly 25 years ago in a junk room of an old job.

It was a novelty even back then.

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Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

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"It amuses me because what about the drug dealers of the town, the murders that have happened in this town, shouldn’t you be focusing on that?"

No, flashing your boobs should result in the firing squad, ditto for speeding - that's just plain wrong.

But when an Australian is caught selling drugs in Indonesia, and the law over there dictates the death penalty, every fucking Australian, and every fucking politician get together to save their lives and bring them back.

I've had enough, I'm going to planet Splong.

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Playing by stealth: Twelve gaming headsets to plonk on your noggin

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Re: Glasses

"Now I'm reduced to using in-ear buds because nothing breaks immersion more than the screams of agony when you realise that your glasses are now embedded into the side of your head and you didn't notice until you went to adjust them"

I'm in the same boat. Short of "try before you buy", read lots, and lots of reviews. You'll likely find someone else who's tried them, and if they're comfortable with glasses, or not.

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

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Re: DNT = AdBlock Plus

"Does anyone know why ads are so crap?"

Firstly, it's still easier, cheaper, faster and more effective to blanket bomb the users with every ad they have, rather than use specific targeted ads. Why? Holy crap, I wonder why? I'll tell you why, they found the holy grail of advertisting, "targeted advertising" is a monumental waste of time after all.

Soooo, that's why it's still easier, cheaper, faster and more effective to blanket bomb the users with every ad they have.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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If this happened in select areas of Australia, where smart meters are forced, users would be jumping for joy.

It just so happens, among the promises that power bills will get smaller, they actually get much larger.

There are even some examples of smart meters blowing up "all by themselves". They are that hated.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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Re: @Tel

"I avoid controversy by refusing to wear clothes made of fibres."

I go one further and refuse to wear clothes of any type. I couldn't possibly offend anyone now.

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Bigotry posted by your Facebook account? Use this, Mister UKIP MP wannabe: 'I was hacked'

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"Please could you add a NSFW tag to this? Thanks"

I'm sorry, are you offended that pigs spend all of their lives nude?

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Teen pleads guilty in Microsoft and Valve hacking case

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Ah, so Microsoft is allowed to steal (excuse me, use underhanded tricks) to get stuff from others then extort unreasonable "licensing" fees from their users, but it's not OK to steal from Microsoft?

No, no, that's allright, I get how it works now, I just wasn't sure how a regular business worked, that's all.

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Google cracks down on browser ad injectors after shocking study

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Not only with Chrome either.

A Firefox Addon called "DoNotTrackMe" was sold out to Abine, and became "Blur" an ad delivery system.

There is no way in anybody's hell I'm going to call it what their promo web page claims, because straight off the bat it delivers ads to your browser's 'desktop'.

You can get rid of those ads - but you have to register and pony up a heap of your personal information.

Ironincally, this was exactly what DoNotTrackMe was trying to stop anyone from doing in the first place.

Fuck you Abine, fuck you very much.

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POODLE vuln dogs Australian consumer modems

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Re: Typical mindless action from TPG

"Sadly iiNet customers can look forward to this sort of mindless responses, no wonder Michael Malone came out against the takeover."

I agree, but for different reasons. This is the generic alert you're going to get from ANY isp.

We received one from the ISP where I used to work who blocked only the port the garbage was being sent on. Once we knew what was going on, we tracked down the offending user who's machine was compromised (virus scanners are bloody useless), and once we verified he wasn't spewing spam anymore, we got in touch with our ISP and told them to take the block off and see that we weren't leaking anymore. And that was that, all rather painless. We did however, know what we were doing.

Home users on the other hand - good luck with that. It would make sense that TPG block only the port(s) that were doing the spewing, but to take the brutal approach and block the entire account is too much.

It's especially amusing they suggest antivirus software, as in our case, the malware went straight through it like that vindaloo you had for lunch last week.

Like I said, I was going to churn to iiNet, but since TPG is buying them - hell no.

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Bloke faces 25 years in the cooler for upsetting Thai king on Facebook

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"Either the King is senile and doesn't know what "his" ministers are doing, or else he's an idiot"

"All of the above" is still a valid proposition you know.

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Harper review: break up ACCC, free up IP*, let freedom reign

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Going on past experience, especially where the ACCC's teeth were concerned (or more importantly, LACK of teeth), I don't see too much changing. The one's who have the most to gain with the current rulings will ensure the status quo is maintained.

Unless you're the end user - then you're just screwed. Bit ironic really, bet the ACCC doesn't see it though.

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This one weird trick deletes any YouTube flick in just a few clicks

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Might have been useful to finally get rid of all those f**king cat videos.

Though, they'd probably be up again within the week. Seems to be no end to those.

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Firefox hits prime time as version 37 manifests

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Even more phoning home?

I'll just wait till we find out what the config options are to turn that off before I upgrade. It's like we all have unlimited bandwidth here or something.

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

Perhaps they're vetting their customers, ensuring just the rabid fanboys are the ones who get to review it.

It won't work: Clearly they don't understand how the Internet works.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: _THAT_ was the plan?

"Pfft--DARPA has all the aliens working for them at Area 51."

Do the aliens have the same worker rights and minium wage rights as other Americans?

No wonder they want to get on their spacecraft and leave.

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Easy come, easy go: Euro astroboffins blast brace of Galileo sats INTO SPAAACE

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"Excuse my ignorance, when the system is eventually up and running will my current GPS device ( Garmin running watch ) be able to take advantage of the extra satellites or will I need to buy a new device?"

Like GPS (NavStar) and GLONASS, you will need a new reciever. But unlike those two, from the report, I infer that the publically accessible signals will be degraded, or somehow lesser-featured than the primary commercial (paid for) signals.

I can also guess that by the time it's finished and operational, and by the time we mere mortal human (non-EU branded humans that is) can actually pay for it, we won't care anymore because GPS and GLONASS would still be working. Well, GPS anyway, I have no idea what the funding reliability for GLONASS is like (remember when it fell into disrepair?)...

As far as how much Galileo will cost, as per usual, it's anyone's guess at this point.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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I don't subscribe to any of that Political Correctness bullshit. It isn't sexist, insulting, and at least on this edge of the pond, harassment (and only verbal) is just rare. And the eye candy is nice as well.

What IS the problem, is that when a vendor constructs their entire exhibition around dancing girls, mirrorballs and flashing disco lights - we tend to lose respect.

Us dumb smucks don't need to know what products they have now, how they've evolved from the past, and what plans they have for the furture - nope - the vendor doesn't give a flying fuck about all that - they only care about how many units you're going to buy after purving at the girls.

Not mentioning any names: Intel.

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