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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

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"The "solution" to this problem, unfortunately, may turn out to be metered pricing (and no, I'm not looking forward to it either.)"

Not sure why you were downvoted so much, and although I don't agree with what you're saying, I come from the "pay per bit" side and it is a big mess.

Our "all you can eat" buffet meals are never that, the fine print has some moving goal post the inflicts limits. There's nothing inherently wrong with that except: the bulk of our software comes from the US were buffet is order of the day. We're stuck with apps that eat data like there's no tomorrow. But there IS a tomorrow, when the bill arrives and we're fucked.

Especially when it comes to media, even here, there is a definite push to internet radio, internet TV, internet everything - all coming from a place where data is free for all. Even if we're willing to pay for this monstrosity, it STILL doesn't fix the pipes. Our beloved NBN is nearly a stillbirth unless you're lucky to be living in the middle of nowhere (great for testing - no-one pays attention to small townfolk when things go wrong), and the pipes in the city areas where they're really needed are in limbo - GovCo has given up and is trying to sell it off.

Bottom line is, we're still fucked, because on one side you're getting one group who's telling us "this" is the way it's supposed to be, on the other side, no bastard wants to pay for it.

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Need a US visa, passport? Prepare for misery: Database crash strands thousands

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Re: How About Rendition

"No, the "renditions" aka kidnappings are illegal anyway, illegal * illegal = legal."

Is this something like "Wrong*2 != Right" but "pow(Wrong,2) = Right" ?

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Google's Canadian 'memory hole' to continue

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"In response to a legal request submitted to Google, we have removed 3 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read more about the request at ChillingEffects.org."

Yeah, like that's going to stop anyone. With some expert handling of the google search parameters (I added "Datalink Technologies", shock, horror, who would have thought of that?!) I found their site, along with an interesting message that they no longer handle some Equustek gear. Clearly both sides are pretty pissed with each other. :-)

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In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone

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Good news.

Let's just hope it doesn't turn into the farce it's become here in Australia.

It's been legal to shoehorn your phone from your old locked provider, but it either costs many times the price of the phone, or, it's "free", but they make you run through so many hoops you give up and buy another anyway.

Yes, yes, I know there are going to be a few "it just took a phone call" responses, but face it, you're one of the lucky ones.

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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

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Re: A Mockery of Justice outs the Law in a Banana Republic as a Fat Assed Fool and Idiots' Tool

"@amanfromMars 1"

Are you a polititian? You have a remarkable gift of stringing lots of words together that have nothing to do with the comment at hand, not answering the question, not making any statement whatsoever, and at the same time, making yourself look like a prime douchbag.

Congratulations.

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Re: This isn't what you think it is.

"I've got to disagree with you John. The point of this exercise isn't to do what we know can be done, as you correctly pointed out, it's to find a different way to do what can already be done."

I respectfully disagree with your disagreement. :-)

In regard to your "different way to do it", the quality of design usually only comes up to the curious few who take the apart the "black box" so see what's inside. So bascially, few people care about that - even though it may have consequenses on performance or service life, or safety...

It is said: "an engineer can do with 50cents, what a backyard hack can do with a dollar". I'm paraphrasing so it may have lost a bit of meaning, but it means that an engineer may cost more as a one-off, up-front development cost, but the per-unit cost will come down. A backyard hack will cost less initially, but their unit cost will be higher.

There's nothing specifically wrong with this philosophy, it's just a question of economics and quality of product (if you care about that).

And in regard to the economics, what I said from the start: Google is taking the cheap way out.

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This isn't what you think it is.

This is a specific device for a specific job. There are are a bunch of people who would be ripe for the picking in designing the project. It is very much attainable with today's tech, it is within the "perceived limits of engineering", even if the the environmental specifications are a bit vague.

But what if you're not willing to pay what it would normally cost to get the project done? You hold a competition of course!

Why aren't any of those existing engineers entering? Because they're not stupid. Why are none of the established design firms (engineers, project managers, admin staff etc) entering? Because, again, they're not stupid. If they were commissioned through regular means to do the job, they'd be earning a whole lot more than whatever the "up to one million" means.

The fact is, Google is hoping to do it on the cheap, and is too cheap to say.

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Australia floats website blocks and ISP liability to stop copyright thieves

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Anyone keeping an eye on overseas VPN subscription statistics? I expect them to go up just a little bit...

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eBay impulse buyers STAY AWAY: Holy Grail Superman comic book to fetch $2m+

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For this item, given the grade, can't the seller find an auction house that is, well, how can I put this, a little more reputable?

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Watching smut at work is bad but emailing it is just fine, says Oz court

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It gets worse elsewhere.

My brother in law worked at a company where even *receiving* smut could contribute action to eject you. We both agreed that since it's outside of your control, one would think you'd be in the clear.

Then having noted that any talk of action was very specifically applied to certain persons, even though the smut spread via email was almost a wide-spread practice there, we guessed the smut was used as a means to an end, rather than a general policy. More so when the sole IT guy happened to mention some content of an email of one the persons on the "list". Even worse he made comments to one of the (female) empolyees in regards to the content of one of her personal emails. Like that "other" list, once you're on, you're fucked and there's no way out. Not worth fighting it, as I know two of the people who chose to jump instead of get pushed have done well for themselves since leaving. This is way beyond BOFH gone crazy, it's just creepy.

Australia Post has it (relatively) easy.

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BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

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Huh.

Just yesterday <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/23/telstra_to_kill_2g_network_by_end_of_2016/> Telstra wanted to turn off 2G in a couple of years because of disuse.

I'm thinking with OnePhone, they're trying to repurpose the network to justify the bandwidth use fees.

Much like the carriers in Australia converted to CDMA the moment the old analogue phone system was dismantled. They had already paid for the bandwidth, and CDMA "coincedently" used exactly the same channel slots. Later on, once it was clear GSM use had spread and was going to win over, CDMA became the unwanted bastard child of mobile phones. They never got any special deals, and CDMA<>GSM call deals were notibly absent even though there were carrier to carrier call deals present all over the place. Lots of the advertised deals had a notable asterisk that said "CDMA phones excepted".

Of course, I'm making the assumption 2G and 3G live on separate bands.

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PayPal post-checkout cash slurp a FEATURE not a BUG

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Re: Nigerian Customers

"Only if the are Princes, or former Prime Ministers."

Or dead rich uncles.

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Re: So buried in an email you ignore...

"you don't check the POS display when paying and your card gets billed £30 you let it slide? Right. 'course you would."

You would let it slide if it were a Justin Beiber CD. The shame would probably cost more than the few quid.

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: Isn't Jasper about due for an update?

"'bricked' means that a piece of electronic hardware is 'fucked' (a technical term)"

Around my circles, it was "U/S". Managment claimed it meant "unserviceable", the people in the know said it was "up to shit".

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iOS slurpware brouhaha: It's for diagnostics, honest, says Apple

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Re: "Dead people are rising but Authorities say there is no cause for alarm."

"I find this hard to swallow. Especially as it is Apple."

Dunno about that. If it were a Lemon, I would totally agree.

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Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016

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"By 2016, you'd imagine just about every mobile phone owner will get that message. You'd also imagine that Telstra, of all companies, should be able to find a way to reach its customers to tell them the news."

Really? No, really? Do you really think, going on past experience, that Telstra is going to do any more than merely lift a finger to let their users know?

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Lads from Lagos turn from 419 scams to basic malware slinging

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Going on the number guests that Dr Phil had on this subject, you get a good view of the entire sequence of events from first view of profile right to the last of the $100K+ being transferred - it's quite clear they have much more money than sense. Sure, they're at the extreme money end of the scale, but you read about a LOT of scams like this, and they all end the same way - only the amount of money is different.

You and I, and everyone else here would have spotted the scam from last decade, but we're not the targets.

When they article says they're social engineering experts - they're right, sometimes they do wander into the realm of smart people. They cross their "t's" and dot their "i's", cover their tracks, plant enough evidence that can't be traced back to anywhere to do the job. But they still mostly don't succeed. When you're dealing with the amount of money out of a smarter person you need to make it worth your while, you can't possibly cover ALL your tracks - it's manufactured bullshit after all. Let's just say the rule of averages means there's still a LOT of people on the "easier" end of the IQ curve to deal with.

When you're dealing with corporations as targets - that's a different kettle of fish from the start. You're no longer dealing with a "person", rather than an ecosystem. eMail is a good social engineering inroad, because although that ".EXE" is blatantly obvious to most of us, "corporations" as an ecosystem do not generally put rocket scientists on the email front line. There are techniques that cover the corporation, through tools, filtering, training etc - but not everyone does that.

When emails cost nothing for a million, you're going to get some hits.

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Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch

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Re: Please...

"tell me there is something original and special about the idea or function they are attempting to patent."

For one thing, there is no mention of a camera on the band in the patent. Because that would infringe on Samsung's pre-invented Gear. Which is odd for Apple to not claim prior art for themselves.

As for the rest of it, now *that's* the Apple we know.

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Samsung looks to up Tizen market share ... by upgrading Galaxy Gear

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Re: Kies

"Stop right there. Anything involving Kies should not be attempted."

Yeah, I saw "Keis" and cringed. Not going there again.

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WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?

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"The carriers love this idea, because from their point of view:"

"Security"

Chuckle, that's funny.

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

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Re: and Ghostery tells me,

I use the adblock plus element hiding addon, which makes it easy to add particular sections of pages to the block list. Great for removing the sections that say I *MUST* do something with twatter, farcebook instahack and whoever.

Too bad Urban Dictionary only takes submissions from Farcebook or gmail now.

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Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!

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Did they miss the fact I could give any number of email contacts, and phone numbers, and addresses and whatever other contact method to my "third party", who will most likely do it out of the goodness of their own hearts? If they don't hate me that is.

Either way, a good guess would be that I probably won't give a toss to who does what, on account of I'll be a bit dead.

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

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Re: Text over PMR??

"Garmin "Rino" walkie talkies can send txt between each other. They also have built in GPS"

They communicate via FRS, only available (legal) in the US. It tends to clash over other bands in other countries.

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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

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Ahhh!

That's why magic 8 balls have been really hard to get lately...

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Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert

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"The company makes its coin by identifying zero-day flaws in computer systems and selling the knowledge to its client base. Customers include the US Department of Defense and DARPA,"

Sigh.

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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"think nothing of using their radios whilst driving and modern police 'radios' are very similar to mobile phones."

They're exempt from those laws. That magically changes the statistics.

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Re: Danger

"Having said that, even that eventuality is engineered in: that's why you have automatic screen wipers. But fear not, this may soon happen."

I don't see it happening. It doesn't navigate through boom gates with tickets that need a button press, and retreival of your parking ticket. Nor does it deal with rouge shopping trolleys, nor fucktard parents and their errant brants running right behind you as you're reversing (is Audi going to pay the brat's hospital bills?), even worse the the precision robotic arm that needs to plug in your ticet again, or the vending machine that is not web-integrated to pay your parking time, worst of all the manual payment boxes where you have to deal with someone who's first three languages are anything but english, you get the idea.

We have a LONG way to go.

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Re: Danger

"That's a bit harsh. All they really need to do is ban accidents."

Believe it or not, that's not quite as ludicrous as it sounds.

"Banning" something doesn't make anyone stop doing it, it just gives you legal recourse to penalise those who are *caught* doing it. The *intention* is to modify behaviour through the threat of being penalised. Nice in theory, but as many have said before, it only works on those who were honest to start with. The criminals, or the ones using their phones, or the ones running red lights are going to do it anyway.

So just "making" a law will change behaivour, but not in the way you want. In case of phone useage, it does not stop people from using their phones, it only means they better obscure the fact they're doing it.

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Amazon's Spotify-for-books: THE TRUTH

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Stephen King's "Under the dome" and "11/22/63" are absent.

George Orwell's "1984" and "Animal Farm" are also notable missings.

I'd like to say it is ironic that I purchased the CDs from Amazon, but I didn't. So much for being an online supermarket...

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Unbridled BONKING and rampant ROGERING at YOUR office!

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I turned down sex to read this article.

So, ironically, I'm thinking less about sex reading the article, than I otherwise would have.

Thanks.

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Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

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I'm staggered that they're still wondering why piracy is a problem.

The "free" leg is just one small part of it, availability is above and beyond the most useful aspect. You can pretty much get almost anything be it something that didn't rate enough, axed by some shmuck at the network, or some "obselete" program that was long lost in a carboard box in the garage of one of the cleaners who stole old crap tapes the network was throwing out.

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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

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"Maybe after this the penguin lovers will stop looking so bloody smug with their "my OS is virus-proof" arguments."

Oh bugger off and go back to fondling your fruit. Yes, the half-eaten one presumably because it has a worm in it.

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Don't put that duffel bag full of cash in the hotel room safe

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Re: If everyone has their own number ...

"I tried 1066 and the alarm turned off. Given enough people, someone will pick 1066 if they are not allowed to use 1234."

The Battle of Hastings.

As a guide, if your pin code is documented in a history book, it's not good enough...

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Re: Using the safe

"Sorry you weren't covered if you had something stolen and hadn't used the safe?"

Read the fine print again, you usually aren't covered even if you DO use the safe - in room or otherwise...

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Ex-despot Noriega sues: How dare Call of Duty make me look like, like...

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"blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain"

Yep, that tiny bit of irony went WAY over his head..

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Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink

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Remember "the seven words you can't say on the internet"? We're due for seven new words. Flood the interwebs with these and they won't know which way up to look. I'll start the first one "Snowden". There, now the world as we know it will come crashing down.

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Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!

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Where's Jerry Springer when you want him?

Seriously, take away the corporate suits and you've got yourself a show!

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

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Re: Three

"May I speak to your supervisor."

Tried it on a numer of occasions, I haven't seen this make any difference other than speaking to a different droid.

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Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

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Re: It's all very wonderful

"What always gets me is the safety briefing with the directions to kiss your ass goodbye...with the seat pitch that is impossible for most people."

I physically can't reach around to kiss my own arse, so, in case of emergency, am I obliged to kiss the arse of the passenger in front of me? Does it cost extra to choose who?

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Space geeks' resurrected NASA Sun probe ISEE-3 now on collision course with THE MOON

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Old Macdonald had a satellite with EIE I/O.

Ok, ok, I'm going...

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Verizon points more fingers at Netflix: It's YOUR pals slowing data

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I think this situation is similar to our mains grid supply situation. We're using more and more power, and most of it during the day. To "fix" this, they have to put in more power stations that only get used during the day, meaning not only is it going to be expensive, the power generation people don't want a bar of it because it'll take eons for them to make their money. Enter "smart" meters that "shape" power usage by outright penalising users who consume power during the day, and rewarding them during the night. Since few normal sane human are going to use their TVs, kettles, ovens, stovetops, washing machines and aircons during off-peak periods (at least here in Australia) that's all bust and the users end up properly screwed.

There is only one certain here, the end user is going to get a lesser service, get screwed in the wallet, and everyone is going to blame everyone else.

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Infected Chinese inventory scanners ships off logistics intel

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Brands and models of kit infected would be nice. Even just pictures, because names can change.

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MonkeyParking FLINGS AWAY San Francisco service

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It's shocking that they let public users rent public space. I mean, it's a nice little racket the councils have going there, and they're not going to let it go any which way...

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Cranial RAM cram plan aims to restore memory

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Where do I put my name down to have a micro-SD slot installed in my head?

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Ham-fisted farmer fear: A peanut-butter-and-iPhone sandwich

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Good for them. In Australia, all we get extra in our final-product jars, is bits of broken glass and toxic chemicals.

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Google's lounge room invasion advances with Chromecast upgrade

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Funny. In the last few years, I've gone out of my way to entirely and completely expunge all ads(*) and their form from my media centre, as well as how things are handled to minimise ad exposure on media that comes from more regular sources (TV and such).

And Google thinks their ads are an acceptable tradeoff for the crappy material?(**) Considering no-one else has managed to get this right, I'm going to remain sceptical to the point of ignoring them.

(*) This is not entirely true, I do in fact have a several saved ads (13 according to my movie database) that are "funnies", and have significant humour, shock or historic value. They're mostly obsolete or fictional, but they're great as "you gotta see this" when we have people over for parties...

(**) Of course not having seen any sample, I don't know the material is crappy, however, as per my statement, since no-one has been able to get the mix right to make it acceptable, I'm remaining sceptical.(***)

(***) Having visited family in Cyprus a couple of years ago, they mostly pack their TV ads between program wholes, not intermix them every ~10 minutes like they do here. As well as, no TV network watermarks and self-promotion ads pasted over program material. I found that significantly less intrusive, and oddly enough (for me) I was at least a little less likely to shun the ads when they were showing.

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

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Re: Irony overload...

"There's a difference between design patents and utility patents that you clearly aren't aware of."

Yes, the Utility Patents have hexagonal corners, not round like Design Patents...

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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Re: Some of those redditors...

"And I wish I was joking. google "holographic moon" and weep for the sheer idiocy on display as people try to prove that the moon blew up in 2009."

I thought it blew up in 1999? I have DVD Video evidence you know.

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10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire

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Re: not round here

Ditto again. The condition of some of the copper I've seen could be best described as "wet piece of string".

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What's that burning tire smell? It's Microsoft screeching away from the No-IP car crash

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Re: Did it ever cross anyone's mind in Redmond...

"Just like when you call a bank and tell them their ATM has a skimmer on it. They laugh and hang up."

Our banks have much more composure than that. Here they say "We'll take that under advisement" - once you get past the multi-stage automated phone menu that is.

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