* Posts by imanidiot

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Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

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Re: Ad walls ...

Then they deserve what is coming to them.

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Re: Ad walls ...

I totally agree with your reason, but just out of curiosity, have you mentioned your problems to the website? If nobody tells them they don't like the "offers", they won't know.

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Cargo capsule goes AWOL, explodes on its way to Space Station

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Not the first, not the last

The russian systems seem to provide much less data downlinked to earth, making diagnosing the problem that much harder. I highly doubt we've seen the last Progress go Boom!

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Hackers waste Xbox One, PS4, MacBook, Pixel, with USB zapper

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Re: Based on related experience...

@AC, I was just going to say: [Citation needed]

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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I bet that experience is just the sort of thing to give you that special kind of splitting headache at the end of the day. I am thoroughly enjoying these On-Call stories.

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Chernobyl cover-up: Giant shield rolled over nuclear reactor remains

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@Alan Brown,

During the event a lot of the blame for just how bad things got also has to be put on the politicians. The depressurisation of the reactors should have happened a lot faster but the plant engineers got told to wait for the prime-minister to give a press conference and the entire area to be confirmed evacuated. People being human beings ofcourse decided that finding loved ones possibly trapped in the debris was more important that evacuating so this took quite some time. Had the blowdown happened sooner the amount of melt-down would possibly have been greatly reduced and for some reactors maybe even prevented.

There are a lot of cockups to go around on the higher level around this accident, a lot of them not on TEPCO's part. They ballsed it up for sure, but the politicians here deserve some of the blame for the outcome!

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Re: Alvin Weinberg

@PhilipN:

Seems like nuclear power carries on the great tradition of monumental political balls-ups which makes me wonder often how the world works at all.

Generally it doesn't really work at all. Generally we've just become adapt at working around the problem.

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Re: I'm disappointed...

I think their headline is better tbh...

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Re: Good luck to building the same for Fukushima.

@streaky, rereading my original post I realise it is worded very incorrectly. I feel I should admit I got it wrong there. My second post is not an attempt to change my words, it's a correction.

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Keep in mind just how much Cesium and Strontium was spread out in the area (Plus some other nasty stuff with longer half-lifes). Even 1/1,000,000th dilutions still leave measurable amounts of radiation. On top of that it seems natural processes tend to concentrate the materials, making some spots safe and others highly dangerous.

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@Destroy All Monsters,

Probably not much difference from what happened now. MOX fuel when new contains up to 7% Pu, but usually around 5%. A used standard fuel bundle contains about 1% Pu. In terms of radioactivity Uranium and Plutonium are comparable. It is true MOX fuel would result in more highly radioactive particles on the Corium, but this activity would drop of very quickly as the half-lives of these isotopes are very short.

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Re: Good luck to building the same for Fukushima.

@AC

"Its good that the ice wall all worked out and nothing is leaking into the ocean...."

The ice wall isn't intended to stop water flowing into the ocean! It's intended to stop groundwater flowing from the mountains to the ocean from entering the basements of the reactor and turbine building and adding to the water levels there. In fact, TEPCO isn't even allowed to close the ice wall completely and has been mandated to keep a section open by the NRA (Japans nuclear safety oversight agency) because the NRA fears closing it completely could cause the water levels in the basements to RISE if the wall is closed completely (Because a majority of the water there is from the leaks in the reactor cooling systems) There is a steel sea-side impermeable wall hammered into the ground all the way into the impermeable layers of bedrock for the purposes of stopping groundwater outflow, as well as a whole host of other mittigation techniques to keep as much ground water as possible from getting contaminated. (See: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/decommision/planaction/seasidewall/index-e.html and http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/decommision/planaction/landwardwall/index-e.html )

@streaky

It is not a direct goal, because no-one has a a clue as to how it could be done. What IS a goal though is to disassemble the current containment structure and clear up as much debris as possible from around the upper bio shield to finally allow a proper assesment of its stability and position. Because right now noone has a clue as to what the actual status of the thing really is. NSC isn't FOR stabilizing the UBS, it IS intented to ALLOW it to happen if needed.

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The decomissioning of this structure has been considered already yes. But it has been designed to last atleast several hundred years. In the meantime the cleanup of the reactor will finally start, so there is a good chance the containment won't be needed anymore when this structure hits end of life.

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Re: Good luck to building the same for Fukushima.

A structure like this is not needed for Fukushima. The amount of debris and destruction is not even close to comparable between the 2 incidents. Not to mention the reactor construction differences. Fukushima is currently expected to be fully cleaned in about 15 to 20 years. The Chernobyl reactor was destroyed to such a degree (and so radioactive) that the only option was to "bury" it and wait a few dozen years for things to cool off.

What isn't mention in the article is that one of the main purposes of the New Safe Containment structure is not just keeping the dust in place. It will be used to finally stabilise the reactor lid precariously dangling over the remains of the reactor vessel. After that a start can be made to finally begin with the proper cleanup of the reactor.

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Here's the thing: We've pressed pause on my startup

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So uhmm.

In accordance with my fellow commentards I will ask:

What the heck do you even DO? What is the "dictionary description" of your product? Even an article as this could have used a 2 sentence description of exactly what it is you are trying to put into the market.

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The future often starts as a toy, so don't shun toy VR this Christmas

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Re: "Toys frame our capacity to dream about the future"

The Vive already has a the "room scale" addon that tracks the headset in 3D space and allows a limited amount of movement around a room. Tracking jumping, ducking and crouching is already working. MS Hololens is well on its way on fast, nearly instantanious room mapping. Combining the tech could mean actualy moving around becomes possible.

3D treadmills, hamsterballs and all the other solutions only work for some people and are never the same as actually walking because of the difference in accelerations on the inner ear.

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Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h

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Span net --> Profit

Just span a net over the only clear stretch of road in the area frequented by heavy vehicles once this is established in the database --> Instant profit. You could haul them off by the dozen!

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Credit cards ripped from Madison Square Garden venues in year-long op

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Re: American and meg stripe..

Same experience here. I don't understand the american obsession with doing anything by credit card. Shirley, it is the least safe and cost efficient way of paying for your goods??

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FYI: The FBI is being awfully evasive about its fresh cyber-spy powers

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Not sure if serious....

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And just like what happened with the Stasi and to a lesser extend the KGB, eventually people will revolt and tear down these organisations. I doubt it's a matter of if, more of when, given the current directions of the US three-letter-agencies. My only hope is that the US of A citizens can manage to pull it off without bloodshed or starting a new civil war in the process.

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Euro Patent office staff call again for King Battistelli regicide

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Big Brother

He won't leave voluntarily.

Not until he gets offered another cushy function in some other institution he can terrorise for a shockingly large paycheck.

--> Because Battistelli clearly feels he is:

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2016. AI boffins picked a hell of a year to train a neural net by making it watch the news

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Oh sure...

Why not give the machines even more ways of spying on us and learning the best way to kill us?

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MP Kees Verhoeven wants EU to regulate the Internet of S**t

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Almost any Dutchman under the age of 50 speaks decent English, especially those with a university education. So you can probably just shoot him an email in English.

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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

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Lets stop pushing ONE thing on all kids

I'm quite sure that 99% of kids will show a very clear interest in certain fields by the time they get to school. Bring kids into contact with coding, sure. But stop trying to foist it on all of them. Instead encourage those who like it to better themselves while pushing the rest to finds something else.

This "hour of code" is not the solution to getting more kids coding.

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Hyperloop One settles hangman lawsuit

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Re: How do you keep it from bumping into the tube?

They don't have a solution and the Manglement of the project is still assuming it'll be an easy fix. Even though every single engineer that has worked on the project has been telling them over and over it is the main problem to overcome and it'll NOT be an easy one.

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Time for another name change

This BamBam guy should just change his name to Bogan BamBogan. That should give people clear indication of what they are dealing with.

"neither side came out coated in glory". "Wrestle pigs, get covered in shit" is probably more accurate to what happened here.

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Hackers electrocute selves in quest to turn secure doors inside out

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Isn't that a feature?

I thought any good prototype was supposed to go up in smoke when you turned the dial to 11? Ironing out the bugs and putting in irksome limitations on power is something to be done for production models.

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Open sesame: Alibaba to open its first data centre in Europe

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Re: Cloudy Security?

My thoughts exactly. I highly doubt Cloudibaba is going to get a large market share in the western hemisphere due to exactly these concerns.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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Re: In a battery operated world

Any bit of power you can extract from footsteps means extra power the walker has to put out. Not so good if you have a soldier already weighed down with lots and lots of gear that has to cross inhospitable terrain for mile after mile. You want to minimize his energy expenditure as much as possible. Not extract more from him.

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Re: Economics of Solar in the UK

Just a sidenote but you won't have to wait 5 years for LIPO battery safety issues to be solved. They won't be. Ever. It's a matter of physics of that particular battery chemistry. They are great for lots of power for a low weight in a compact package but not that great for reliability and safety.

Look into LiFePo, the added iron makes thermal runaways much less likely but you still get the same amount of power out of the same compact package. They are a little heavier, but for fixed installation that should not be a problem.

For a fixed installation, if you have the space, deep cycle lead acid batteries are probably still the best option. Relatively cheap, easy to get, no/low maintenance, high recyclability.

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Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

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Not a prototype then

They released some airy-fairy pipedream CGI models not hindered by any form of knowledge of aircraft engineering or design! Unveiling a prototype means being a few weeks off from kicking the tires, lighting the fires and flying the thing. It means having, you know, a product. Instead of pure grade A investor bait that will never materialise anything resembling something tangible.

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Firefox hits version 50

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Re: Statcounter

I think Steve Davies might be on to something there. It is quite likely a lot of the other browsers are under represented because the methods used to agregate the data is blocked in those browsers, but not in the vast majority of IE and Chrome users.

Personally I find it interesting that the decline of Firefox began right at the point they started converting from a sleek, fast, customizable browser to a "look at us looking like chrome and working like chrome and being slow as shit" piece of software that it is today. Maybe they could have something to do with one another?

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Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China

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Re: Sniff sniff

Jup, it's positively rank in here

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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

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Re: Trade War

@oldcoder, Semicon parts like memory chips don't come from the Democratic Peoples Republic of China, they come largely from the Republic of China (aka Taiwan) and other Asian countries. A trade war with China would suit the Taiwanese just fine, at worst they would have to fly the products out through another route to avoid Chinese airspace, like they had to do for the most part of their existence anyway.

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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Re: Widow Maker

@fnj,

as said before a fighter gets much heavier loading and fatigue cracking becomes a problem. The RNLAF F-16s have all received a midlife upgrade that basically involved stripping the entire airframe down and replace the center frame section. This has allowed them to rack up more air time than any other F16 fleet afaik but there is only so much they can do to keep these things flying. Since the midlife upgrade was already performed a refurb now would involve basically building a new F16. On top of that the onboard avionics and weapons systems are starting to get a bit long in the tooth and could do with an upgrade that is not possible in the existing airframe. So replacement quickly becomes the better option. Why they chose the F35 is anyone's guess (but I'd date put a wager on some shenanigans from high level officials being involved coming out into the open a long time after the aircraft have been delivered)

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Re: Look on the bright side

It's possible to add, just spend another 2 billion (per ship). You would also need catapults to get anything off the deck. Plus buying something capable of flying from a carrier. A Eurofighter is never going to be able to land on a carrier (more than once anyway).

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Re: Widow Maker

No, "we" are not using the F104 any more. The Netherlands used to have 186 F-16s, only about a quarter of which remain in operation nowadays and all of which are now fast approaching their airframe time limits.

So the F16 HAS to be replaced, not a matter of IF, but when. Given what is currently available the F35 is probably not the best choice, but it most certainly isn't the worst. (They gruesomely expensive and entirely unsuited to the Dutch use case Eurofighter would be, even though many people less versed in what we do with our jets argue otherwise).

Given the F16 still holds it's own in anything we've thrown at it recently I suspect the best option would have been to ask MD to build us another 200 F16s. I doubt they would have refused and in the end we'd have more jets for a lot cheaper than the 37 F-35s we are probably getting now (maybe a few more if President Muppet manages to drop the dollar some more or the euro miraculously recovers some value). Plus we'd have had all the maintenance and parts stores all ready to go.

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GoPro drone moan brings more bad Karma

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Re: GoPro no longer market leader - Check Out SJCAM

SJCAM have another thing that differentiates them from GoPro. The video quality when compared to the high end cameras is always "a bit shit". Not bad, good enough for many but still a bit shit. I for one have been looking at them and every time thought "nah, the video quality just doesn't work for me".

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Re: over priced stuff.

*Engage fanboi mode*

Because the GoPro really does offer better bang for buck. The SJ cams are not bad cameras for their price, but just do not offer the same video quality (No really, they don't). The new Hero 5 offers some things like in camera lens distortion correction, wind noise cancellation (up to a point), GOOD shake reduction and some other small but noticable improvements that are just not available on competitors. * /Fanboi mode*

The Hero5 also does away with the external housing for waterproofing. A move I think is silly as it leaves the camera very very vulnerable to scratching, shock and damage.

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From what I understand of the issue it's not a battery problem and more of an electronics problem. (battery management or power management)

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America's tragedy: Trans-Pacific Express cable repairs delayed

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Re: Which Country?

A lot of data from the entire asian region comes over that cable normally, so it's not just China that suffers. All other data connections get extra load to handle and margins become slimmer.

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China passes new Cybersecurity Law – you have seven months to comply if you wanna do biz in Middle Kingdom

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What this SHOULD result in

This SHOULD result in most if not all western companies pulling out of China. Probably short term profit will prevail and companies will just bow down and take it like usual.

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Tesla to charge for road trip 'leccy, promises it will cost less than petrol

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Re: Tesla "400 kWh of free 'leccy credits"

The idea behind superchargers is that if you are doing long distance travel you will not be traveling all that distance in a single go, and you take breaks anyway for "personal relief", meals and rest. So if you can do those stops at a supercharger then your vehicle is recharged by the time you finish a break. This ofcourse ignores tagteaming and just switching drivers after a short 10 minute break for necessities.

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Re: Free elec

Suspension components (Bushings, shocks, springs), drivetrain components (bearings, gears, driveshafts, homokinetic couplings, etc), motor controllers (Which can and do break sometimes), aircon units, heater units, head/taillight assemblies (Since LEDs don't last forever but can't be replaced individually these will have to be replaced at some point), onboard computer systems, charge controllers, brake components, and probably a lot of other stuff I'm missing.

Don't assume electric vehicles have no wear components, because they do. Lots of them. Basically anything that is also inside a petrol car, except for the IC engine itself and some piping. And IC engines are not very often the source of problems on used cars. It's mostly all the other stuff that breaks.

Also, given how shodilly the average Tesla I've encountered is put together there is no way in hell I'll ever buy one first hand, let alone second hand. New batterypack or no.

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Chinese chap in the clink for trying to swap US Navy FPGAs with fakes to beat export ban

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Not surprised

The Chinese can be EXTREMELY annoying/persistent about obtaining any sort of information. Even if they are at a trade show and clearly have no clue what they are looking at they will try to take pictures of everything. Going so far as sneaking in just before closing when the stand owners have left and dismantling machines. (A company within the same "group" as the one I work for has at some point arrived at their stand in the morning to find 4 Chinese guys with cameras and a complete tool cart attempting, and failing spectacularly due to complete stupidity, to dismantle their machine and take pictures. Turns out they had bribed a security guard to get in and the rest of the stand holders just assumed they should be there... A different division has locked a particularly annoying group in the cargo hold of the touring car they were showing for 30 minutes before bothering to call over security to remove their camera from them and then them from the premises. )

Why they would bother trying to get state of the art Xilinx devices I don't know as no company will sell them the advanced litho systems (or the support needed to run 2nd hand machines) they'd need to produce them in China.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Typhoon or F-35?

Both way too unwieldy at low speeds. The Red Arrows display is very much based on being able to do a lot of aerobatic feats close to the public, something that wouldn't be possible on the faster jets. They'd have to convert to the "make a lot of passes in various close formations" type of display also flown by for instance the Blue Angels. No doubt they could do it but it's not the same sort of display.

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Re: Alenia Airmacchi M-346

Because it'll be about as reliable as a mid 1980's Alpha-Romeo?

*disclaimer* I'm not actually aware of any reliability issues but I felt I needed to make this joke */disclaimer*

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Re: Plenty of air forces out there...

"It had its arse handed to them on a plate by Indians, French and in Red Flag by the USA aggressor squadrons flying the ancient by today's standard F16s. Their only hope is that they will shoot an opponent down out-of-line-of-sight with missiles at long range.

[Citation needed]

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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Re: Far be it from me to throw the first rock

Most doctors would probably tell you there is nothing wrong with a tasty bacon sarny every now and then (like, once a month). But moderation is key. Stuffing your maw with whatever pork products come in front of you is never a good idea.

(Unfortunately I have developed an intolerance to pork meat and pork products and thus have to lay off entirely...)

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Leaks password, check. Leaks Wi-Fi password, check. Can be spoofed, check. Ding! We have an Internet of S**t winner

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Why do you need a camera in your kids bedroom?

What is wrong with the good old radio based, audio only, baby monitor and using your eyeballs every now and then? Do you really NEED to be able to spy on your own kids from across the world? A trustworthy babysitter might be a better investment...

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