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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

Steven Raith
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Re: Am I the only one...

I tend to agree to an extent - there seem to be a far lower amount of dribbling fucktards in some of the community groups.

The Linux user group is particularly good - patient, friendly and fairly open about other OSs.

Is it a Facebook beater? No. Is it useful? Yeah, it can be.

Steven R

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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Re: The downside of using "good" materials

Ah, luxury finishes. Like the BMW Frozen Paint finish, which is a sort of matt finish you may have seen on new 3/4 series.

It's not a matte wrap, it's an actual finishing process on the paint. However, this means that should any damage come to the paint, it is quite explicitly not user repairable; you can't machine polish a scratch out - or even hand polish it out. It has to be taken to a BMW paint specialist, and normally it requires a whole panel match 'n' spray. Machine polishing it will ruin it, end of.

Expect to pick up scrathed E9x 3-series cheap with that paint on it in about five years time when people realise that it's £500 to remove a parking/supermarket trolley ding. This will be valuable when the 335i and other high value models start to trough in value in about six years time, mark my words - scratched ones will be £1000 cheaper than clean ones.

(none of this is hyperbole, by the way - the Drive channels sub-channel, Drive Clean, about detailing and whatnot, covered this in some detail - you cannot DIY the paint finish, period)

Luxury isn't always practical or useful.

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Re: In any case, my old Xperia has survived plenty of similar drops

I find it quite interesting when Apple (and other companies - they really aren't the only one) advertise their OMG SO THIN YOU'LL NOT FEEL IT phones....and also, you'll want this silicon case to stop it from breaking which makes them all fat as fuck.

Me Nexus has survived a few 'oooh fook' drops without a case, thankfully, although it's looking a bit scarred now. Still works fine though, surprisingly!

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Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share

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RSI issues?

Serious questions - I tested photocopiers for Xerox in their WGC operation about ten years ago. The process mostly involved checking for skew and artifacts from platen scans (although lots of document feeder testing was done too, natch) - lifting the platen - which isn't that heavy - dozens of times a day for a year has left me with shooting pains down my right arm, ten years later.

How does a touchscreen compare for that sort of shoulder work?

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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

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Re: Healthkit?

I might downvote myself, is possible, as I've had the theme tune to Heathcliff stuck in my head all day.

It's starting to grate now. (which is apt, as it's very cheesy)

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Re: Healthkit?

Heathkit, Heathkit, no one should

Terrify their neighborhood

But Heathkit just won't be outdone

Playing pranks on everyone...

Sorry, I liked the car on that junkpile.

Nostalgia - Heathkit Heathcliff intro

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Re: re: Really? What?

it is IMHO, if you're ripping the overly flowery prose, language manglement and general style of the original author.

See Troy Queef, a rip of the overly wordy and florid car mag journos.

" What man-made metal monster would presume to peel apart the green garden of Great Britain’s inner Eastern reaches? At the risk of sounding like an ardent Australian, don’t worry; it’s Eco, Sport.

Cleave the comma from the end of that sentiment and you arrive with elegant ease at the handle of the hot baby I am helming for this all-out, balls-out pedal across the feculent flatlands that coddle around Kettering for this morning’s wheelsmith steed is none other than the Blue Oval’s B-seg class buster, the high riding family funster they call EcoSport."

"Firing in spicy to an especially testing switchback I make a laser guided lunge for the bullseye marked ‘apex’ and then slam shut the taps to see what reacts. The answer is a playful tail, slyly stepping sideways to get in on the action. I simply caught it with a dab of oppo and I was away.

The Ford EcoSport 1.5 TDCi Titanium is a bitch. And I spanked it."

Which is a gentle tease of David Vivian, et al.

Props to Richard Porter for that particular fake journo.

Steven R

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WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

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"Just click the watch face and it will steer you in the direction of some other horny person, who will either recoil with horror at your inglorious visage or fall into bed with you."

It's always the former with me. But I'm not beautiful enough to own an Apple Watch anyway.

Steven "OH LORD, PUT IT AWAY*" R

*I should probably ask first, in fairness....

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: And does anyone actually use this in Linux?

Just to add to the list of people rolling their eyes, my Macbook has six virtual desktops, and my home workstation has eight (two rows of four) to segregate jobs, tasks, personal and work related activities.

Makes managing my workflow (and skive time) far, far easier.

Steven R

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

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It was only a matter of time

After all, who hasn't used an inkjet printer and not, at some point, wished for a double barrel shotgun to 'fix' it?

Steven "BOOM ka-klik" R

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Re: Tyson mode?

Do you type IDDQD to get no paper jams, and IDKFA to get it to keep printing when only one colour cart has run out and you just want a page of black text?

Rip and tear, baby. Rip and tear.

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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Re: Thank gawd

Well quite.

Remember Rareware, maker of some of the very finest games of the 90s?

Bought by Microsoft - released a few remakes and half hearted content, and now...?

Kinect Sports.

MInd you, most of the talent jumped ship as soon as MS got involved....

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

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Re: Only last night ..

In their defence, some of the larger stores do stock Riggwelter by Black Sheep, which is a lovely ale.

But yeah, they have some odd ideas about food - their scotch pies are horrifically bland.

....What was that about a mobile phone supplier?

Steven "knows his scotch pies" R

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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"Most of the mixed/negative reviews have focused on the perceived 'small' size of Destiny. Those reviews could well be premature, given more content (strike missions etc) is due to arrive tomorrow, with more to follow in the coming weeks and months."

Grrrrr!!!

"This new content includes new environments and enemies. This isn't 'paid for' DLC (though there will be some of that down the line) but free to all players of destiny."

Oh, that's alright then I suppose.

Does beg the question as to why it wasn't prepped for release day to quell any questions about size and scope though?

Steven R

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

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Re: Pay twice

Someone clearly disagrees.

This upvote is only 15p.

Invoice is in the post, dude.

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Re: Pay twice

That'll be 25p for that upvote, Hipsterina.

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Steven R

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Stonehenge's HUMAN ABATTOIR was just a prehistoric Burning Man hippyfest site

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Re: Burning man

It's not entirely made up.

Went to school here.

As such, I'm a Wicker, man.

Steven "only smells slightly of burning outsiders" Raith.

PS: Zoom out for scary northern-ness.

PPS: That genuinely is my old high school.

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The week in tech news with cracking coverage from Regina Eggbert

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Re: Please Continue This.

Quick, someone release the anti-crap-pun police.

You might even say they need to....scramble.

Hey Bush_rat, grab my coat on the way past....

Steven R

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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

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Re: Coming soon

"To play Minecraft you must have a Microsoft Live account"

I'm only being a little bit sarcastic, too...

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'There is no downside – unless you count the total bath you take moving your stuff'

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Re: Arrogant much?

AC is just jealous that their lack of interpretation skills means they'll never be at the top of any field that doesn't contain cows or corn.

It was perfectly obvious from the context that the subject of the artcile meant in his chosen specailised corner of IT; the six downvotes only a few hours after the article posted - on a weekend where traffic is lower - sort of prove that point.

Edit: And since I started scrawling this post - it's now gone to eight, and that's before I've downvoted it too. Nuff said.

Steven R

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SHINY NEW GADGETS! No, we're not joking, here's a load of them

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Re: Sony, sort it out

Is GPS height measurement not a bit inaccurate? Might be why it's not there - an electronic barometer might be a better one for gauging height via barometric pressure?

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SanDisk's record-busting 512GB SD CARD will fit perfectly in your empty wallet

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Re: Blimey

For your entertainment, on the computer noted above, I got some OS/2 install disks, and tried to install it before I had removed/unconfigured doublespace (or whatever it was).

Cue one wrecked file table, and being about twelve, skint, and living in a tiny village where I was the only person with any real computer chops, that was the computer dead.

Bah.

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Blimey

'never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon filled with tape'.

Fill a station wagon with these things and I think you'd have a world bandwidth record for a Sneakernet variant...

Progress - I can remember when the idea of a 10gb HDD, never mind a 500gb HDD, seemed like the fever dreams of a madman. That was only fifteen or twenty years ago as I recall (I had a 120mb HDD back then).

Now you can get that sort of capacity in something smaller than your thumbnail - and it has reasonable bandwidth too (OK, SSDs are ten times faster, but when you take access times into account, that likely wouldn't be any slower than a chunk of spinning rust)

Gobsmacking.

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Not pro Bono: Apple's audio junk mail made spammers' lives easier

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Re: "...it's my device..."

You're all no fun.

Although yes, I kind of forgot about rooting, I haven't had to do it for years and does kind of negate my childish frippery. I'm blaming the stomach bug I have (I posted that from a rather uncomfortable toilet trip - enjoy that mental image).

Hugs and kisses

Raith

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"...it's my device..."

It really isn't.

Steven "same goes for Android and WinPho too, as it happens" R

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

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Re: If

@Gordan - yes. Yes I am.

(he says, wishing he had added that to the original post. DAMN.)

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Re: If

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"Maybe we need a corollary to Godwin covering the use of cars an analogy"

That'd be Goodwood...

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And it'd be a Corolla (preferably of the AE86 variety) rather than a corollary.

(sorry)

Steven R

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Hacker publishes tech support phone scammer slammer

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Re: would breach some form of broad computer crime laws.

Two wrongs don't make a right.

That said, it is - on occasion - hilarious.

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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Re: nearly $1000

"My girlfriends wouldn't be impressed if they were f***ing in a car that cheap :-)"

Then perhaps you should ask them what they like, and what feels good to them...oh, you meant the car, not your lack of sexual technique.

Steven "Relax kids, I'm just teasing" R

PS: I can't f*** anyone in my car, back seats are too small. Or my girlfriends are too big, one or 'tother.

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Oi, you don't work here, MR ANYTHING BUT incisive – get your grubby mitts off our commentards

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Re: Steven Rairh Hmm

"I warn you, it's not pretty, not unless you're into middle-aged sado-masochism"

I've been perusing Encyopaedia Dramatica most of this week. MIddle aged sadomasochism would be a breath of fresh air compared to that.

Then again, the ED cruising might explain why I've been so agressive in the comments of late...

Steven "Don't go there unless you have a strong stomach and good sense of lulzy humour" Raith.

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Hmm

"..not counting the one who keeps trying to link to her blog full of highly explicit naked selfies and writings"

Email to the usual address, please.

Er, I mean, down with that sort of thing. (careful now)

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YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

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Re: You don't see people whining...

Ah, I get you now!

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Re: You don't see people whining...

It's so obvious and clear that one of my fellow engineers ended up unplugging the system from the network and rebooting to skip it (before asking me about it, natch) because they couldn't find the option to create a local account.

I'll admit, if you know what you're looking for and how it should be worded, you can find it (and I was genuinely surprised they didn't), but it's not exactly a clear path.

The fact that it's deliberately coloured to look similar to the background and as 'informational link' or a tip/hint rather than being in white text like everything else doesn't exactly help. It's not hidden, but it's far from obvious to the average user. Or, apparently to some engineers.

I find that more insidious than the canonical search lens, by a country mile.

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Privacy.

"If you've never tried anything but Ubuntu, the first 14.10 beta releases make a good time to test alternate waters - especially if you're concerned about your privacy.

Unlike the Unity desktop, which sends your search data to Canonical for matching with Amazon search returns other flavors of Ubuntu have no such features."

Sigh. Every fucking time....

System preferences, Privacy, untick the 'online search results' option, and it remembers that option between updates - I unticked it the first time it appeared and I've not had to disable it again since. That was several revisions ago now. You don't see people whining that Windows 8 tries to force you into making an entire online account just to log in (the 'local account' options are snuck away into a corner well out of the way so that they get missed by lots of people).

This is pretty tame by comparison.

That wasn't so hard, was it? It's not like they hide it away.

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

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The Morgan Special

Special is indeed the word.

*shudders*

Steven R

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Something smells PHISHY: It's the celeb nudie iCloud PERV trap...

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Re: It's like some kind of...

That's what I get for using Virgin Media as an email host, eh?

*rimshot*

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It's like some kind of...

...circlejerk of manipulation and exploitation of poor security practises.

I've got some pictures of that circlejerk, too - just send your date of birth, postcode, bank account number, sort code and name to DefinitelyNotAScam@StevenRaith.com along with a pic of your wobbly bits and I'll send the whole collection to you as a zip.

Yes, it extracts to an exe - that's fine, it's just the photo viewer app!

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Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

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Re: Dont feel sorry they WANT this.

JustNiz has clearly never been in a relationship where either partner travels a lot or is otherwise further away than is inconvenient for IRL nudeys (IE getting your kit off).

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Re: More involved than article suggests.

Or that said users were syncing their phones with a Mac/PC with iTunes, and that itself was 'backing up' to iCloud - or a similar setup where iCloud was the last step in the line.

IE I set up a system where a user wants to show their pictures off, so they transfer the images to their computer, they work on the images on the computer, and the finished images are sync'd with iCloud so they can show them off on the tablet (as it autosyncs to the camera roll I think - I forget the details, but it worked, that's the main thing).

So they could be taking the pics with a point and shoot camera if they want, but if they end up in the default photos library, and iCloud sync is switched on, then they're vulnerable to iCloud hackery.

So someone using a Blackberry, syncing the photos to a default photo locale, which is the same place iCloud syncs from, and bosh, it's in iCloud.

Still not seen huge details on how the hack was performed - have I skim read too much? Was it really a bruteforce on the API? Seems too easy...

Steven R

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AMD claims record with latest overclock-happy FX Series chips, again

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Re: Sadly...

AFAIK their turbo stepping is far more aggressive, with superior RaceToIdle characteristics - on a general desktop platform, a Core processor will generally be a bit quicker and use a bit less power (thanks to most desktops running single threaded apps, which also helps).

As I say, I'm glad AMD are around - they fill a certain niche (which is not an unpopular one), and they keep Intel fairly honest. Without AMD, we'd probably still be running Netburst architecture intels on a process shrink...

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Sadly...

An Intel CPU will still be far superior, 'work for watt'.

Mind you, my heavy lifting these days is mostly VMs rather than anything too tight on single threaded performance, so the AMD stuff is still more sensible for me and my workstation.

The A8-3870 is still ticking over nicely in this box, but I think I'll wait till we get past the Bulldozer family architecture before replacing it - the current stuff is getting a bit stale these days, and frankly, I want more than eight cores in my next machine - at least sixteen, and 32gb RAM, for proper multi-VM work at near hardware speeds.

I suspect AMD will allow me that at a substantial saving over what Intel will sell it for, with little real world performance loss.

Steven R

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Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

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This is pretty much my take on it - having no rate limiting on the API seems, frankly, a bit bonkers given what it potentially gives access to.

Is there a technical reason why the API shouldn't be rate limited? Serious question!

Steven R

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

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Re: Crude scrawl?

Breakfast, you have too much time on your hands.

I approve.

Steven R

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Ericssson-LG jumps on South Korean cloud to make 5G rain

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"Of course no one really knows what 5G is yet"

Will it be another extension to existing 3G tech? You know, like most 4G is (or was, if I recall correctly - maybe they've actually started putting the proper, originally proposed 4G stuff out there now)

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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Re: Racial slurs

Chink is still used commonly to describe a small opening, a chink in the armour, etc - it's use is not purely for offensive purposes against the Chinese.

Can't say the same for the others.

Chink still has a legitimate use in language - the others do not (and lets be honest, never really have), other than to offend.

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Re: Presumably

Or perhaps:

FvcKsT1ck5

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Rubbish WPS config sees WiFi router keys popped in seconds

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Re: WPS stands for...

Don't be daft.

It stands for Worthless Piece of Shit.

HTH.

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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Re: PROGRESS!

Without wishing to be that guy, there's a shitload more to an SLR than just having replaceable lenses.

Unless your snapshot camera can take shots ten times a second, correctly evaluated, at 16mp each, and fire them off to a storage device for 50 shots at a time in RAW format, natch (although I believe quite a few compacts can shoot in raw and have pretty wide/open lenses for shooting in darker scenes, too).

SLRs compared to a point n shoot are like a boutique gaming PC compared to a mid-range tablet in terms of power and scope for expansion. You don't have that power and scope for expansion without having more sophisticated internals, and that increases the cost.

Completely agree about inkjets though - most people would probably be better off with a cheap laser and using their local print shop/online service for the 1 in 1000 colour images/photos they need - or the once in every three months they print something only to find the heads have clogged up, and they have to use half a cartridge just to clean the damned thing out.

IME very few people actually need to be able to print off photos in high quality and those that do tend to do it often, and tend to a fairly high end printer for it, and so accept the cost of ink as part of the process.

Steven R

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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Well, there's a contract, involving terminations. But we needn't say more on that, need we, MrXavia?

*impatiently taps spade handle*

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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AC. Read this archived web page.

Web archive image of the promotion to encourage more apps

For the devoid of clickity:

Keep The Cash

Publish apps.

Get up to $2000*

Publish your app(s) in the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store from March 8th to June 30th, 2013.

Enter up to 10 apps per Store and get a $100 virtual Visa card for each that qualifies (up to $2000*).

Enter Now

Now, fill out the form below. You can get a $100 virtual Visa card for every qualified app you enter (up to $2000*). So don't stop with just one app! If you're eligible to receive the offer, we'll notify you by email.

That's the sort of thing that really encourages quality development, and not just Apps that download a link to the VLC installer at the low, low cost of $2.49.

Microsoft - encouraging asshattery at every turn.

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