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

ben edwards

Re: Taking you to the cleaners

Those are from the hotel's main safe, hidden securely behind the front desk where nobody would ever see it except when being loaded.

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'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website

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Re: When I was involved....

Netflix has caching servers for ISPs to place inside their network to reduce bandwidth cost. I believe they even pay for it. The big players are choosing to not take advantage of this, as it would likely demonstrate their infrastructure isn't as sound as it should be.

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Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft

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If No-IP had been pro-active instead of re-active, MS wouldn't have had to take them to court in the first place. Those guys aren't innocent in all of this, remember.

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Latest casualties of Iraq fighting: Facebook and Twitter

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Am I the only one wondering how on earth ISIS is capable of running anything? I mean, c'mon, we've all seen Archer.

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Japanese finally produce a ROBOT which isn't DEAD INSIDE

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To quote the great Seth Green,

Can you fark it?

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Apple? More like FAP-PLE: Fanbois are the BIGGEST PERVS, say people who know

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Well, it can also mean that Android users just can't get it up.

"It" being a video that finishes before the battery does.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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The 1-second buffer is almost TOO short in the SF bay area. There's too many intersections where people flaunt their red light at the left turn for up to 5 seconds and roll through regardless.

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Comcast exec says wired broadband customers should pay-as-they-go

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Re: Case matters

There's stuff all difference between 3GB, 3Gb, 3gb, and 3 gibbi bytes when you're talking about users who can swallow the entire amount (at any scale) within a day just by loading any webpage.

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300gb? For real? A long, long time ago, when Australia's Bigpond cable network installed its new plans (from unlimited to quota), the cap was 3gb for the month. That's not a typo. It's been a long time since I moved from Australia to California, so perhaps things have become a bit more reasonable. But I doubt it.

I don't see something like 300gb coming from Comcast unless a healthy portion of users were actually hitting that close enough to make them pay more. Low-capacity users would have to be healthily below that, too. But given that on my phone alone I can pull down 15gb just via Apple, I have huge doubts.

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'I was like, yea!' 5-year-old found his Xbox so easy to use, he hacked it

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I think the xbox kid got screwed out of a bigger bounty. Bypassing age restrictions? Password spoofing? Is COPPA applicable on xbox? Could he have bought stuff? How does it affect ESRB?

Seems like a "professional" security guy would have been given a few grand for this discovery.

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Oscars backer Samsung can't catch a break: Host Ellen snaps stars on iOS

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It seems utterly insane that just giving a check to an organization voluntarily - for advertising - allows a vendor to dictate what happens front and backstage.

Of course, I also think it's bloody stupid that a vendor can buy the naming rights to an arena they had no hand in building. Like the HP's Pavillion in San Jose or Oracle's arena.

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The Sun ERUCTATES huge ball of GAS at 4 MILLION MPH

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Why worry?

If it really can burn us, what is there to really worry about? I'd rather go in the first attack than hang around waiting to be eaten by the "survivors".

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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

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Re: Popcorn

So what you're saying is, sit down and have some popcorn because Chris Hansen is on his way?

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Larry Ellison: Technology has 'negatively impacted' children

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Wow; the lack of cynicism here shows how right he is.

Not. With the rise of helicopter parenting, the coddling of the children's activity and choices, the denounciation of children actually learning anything at school (OMG THEY CAN'T TEACH MY SNOWFLAKE ABOUT TITS!!!), it's no wonder that kids are turning to one of the few approved channels of entertainment.

You know how I know it's approved? The parents provide the kit.

/causation, correlation, et al.

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

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Thirsty!

It could be for a regional campaign, too. Maybe one of the smaller markets where the competitor rules supreme.

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Sweet murmuring Siri opens stalker vulnerability hole in iOS 7

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Re: Siri.....find...Chinese...restaurant....

That's really the best you can do? The original has "are belong to us." If you just changed the casing from "us" to "US", you'd have a much more apt line of text. It could be improved in other areas too, but this is a glaring point.

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

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Calling it a teleporter would be a misnomer. Since they're talking about copying/mapping, it would be a cloning system so there's bugger all impact on the original victim. Teleportation would require the literal deconstruction of the source.

And isn't DNA in itself highly compressed like a zipfile?

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VCs take a nasty cold bath on Drobo deal, leave Barrall 'delighted'

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Jailed LulzSec hacker Cleary coughs to child porn images, will be freed soon

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Netflix names Google Fiber the fastest ISP in the US

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Re-read

You guys are misreading sustained service levels across a site for a month, not bursts obtained through speedtest.net. The report is netflix bragging about how much data they can deliver per user, more than how connected the user is to their isp or to netflix's CDNs.

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Accidental discounts land Apple in NZ's Disputes Tribunal

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Huh.

I had always thought that the charge on the credit card was the accepted price and cannot be cancelled easily by either party without triggering all kinds of interesting processes. I doubt it matters if he contacted Apple; the big question is was he already dinged on his credit card or not before the order cancelled. (He obviously was or they wouldn't have shipped.)

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Google loses battle for goggle.com

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"Win?"

That landing page doesn't say "Win." It says "get," which is devious-speak for "you can buy one from us."

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CPU cycles for stars: theSkyNet wants your sandbox

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Seti@home

How will this be truly different than seti@home? A rose by any other name..

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Google+ offers new 'Ignore' feature

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On the wane?

Of course it's on the wane. They have yet again neglected to enable profiles for Google Apps users, just like they did for Wave and Buzz. On top of that, I'm sick of having to opt-out of email chains from enthusiastic beta testers who don't seem to care if I've expressed interest in it or not. This should be opt-in, not opt-out.

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Tilera routs Intel, AMD in Facebook bakeoff

ben edwards

Mettle?

Pretty sure mettle is correct here...

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Cloud iTunes DESTROYS music business FOREVER!

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Same old...

The subscription fee, even divided among Apple and the labels, is still more money than would have been earned if the service didn't exist. We can all see the way Netflix is changing the video market, and now Apple is doing an equivalent (perhaps better?) version for music.

I'm surprised to see that few people realize that it's another step closer to a Star Trek era where everything you want is everywhere there's a signal.

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Apple pilfers rips off student's rejected iPhone app

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Ripped off? More like took an idea already in the pipeline and pre-empted...

He ripped off the wifi+sync logos and trademarked names and threw them together... Shouldn't he have to pay a royalty for that? He certainly has the income for it, with 50,000 sales at an average of $7/pop.

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Apple stuns Wall Street with 95% earnings surge

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Unhappy

Expectations

Just how much profit did they expect to make? $5 on revenue of $20b?

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Documents in Assange rape probe leak onto the net

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Hm

It's not an attack on his WL deals, it's an attack on his masculinity (performance, hygiene). They can't hurt him through his social behavior, but the bedroom behavior is a good way to kneecap anybody.

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Google gins search formula to favor its own services

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If you expected otherwise...

Pimping their own products? Who would have seen THAT coming? I'm surprised Microsoft doesn't do it on the same scale as Yahoo! or Google.

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Facebook: Why our 'next-gen' comms ditched MySQL

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Multiple copies of same message

Am I the only one confused on why they're sending a clone of a message to the recipients? Cloning a 200kb message to 6 people, along with the backend to shard it out, takes way more resources over just letting those 6 people reference the original. If the reader "deletes" it, they'd simply be removing their link to the post, while still letting the 5 other readers get it...

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BOFH: The PFY Chronicles Part The Third

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The end?

Looks suspiciously like the BofH is about to meet his ultimate demise.

End of an awesome series perhaps?

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Apple yanks C64 emulator from App Store

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Oooo, tall poppy syndrome

It's an Apple product, and a luxury at that, If you don't like it...move along. Save the kerfuffles for 'need' items instead of 'want' items.

I'm assuming if BASIC or its brethren are enabled on the iphone, someone will find a new way to jailbreak or cause other problems.

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Xbox 360 'least reliable' console

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Pint

biased results?

I'd be wary about asking 'gamers' about the failure rate of their hardware. Experience suggests that when Tall Poppy Syndrome in effect, reported 'bad things' are much higher than reality suggests.

I work in a game-developing environment with dozens of first-gen xbox 360s/ps3s (total would be over 50 for each platform), and although they are specifically test kits the failure rates are nowhere near what the results here are suggesting - we probably have one RROD every 6 months or so, on consoles running 8-24 hours/day. I haven't seen a broken ps3 in 2 years...well, the kind of damage that wasn't caused by gamer-rage anyway :)

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Orange UK exiles Firefox from call centres

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yawn

My company insists on giving the peasant ranks low-end machines - you know, the kind that were low-end even when the OS they were initially installed on was new.

Yep, we're on w2k clunkers that take a good 10+ minutes to boot up, with locked down profiles that (try) to block most decent clickage. Essentially, we're forced to use ie6 - not for security or compatibility, but because of the machines running the software.

Not a single machine is ghostable either, its a hybrid mixture of mobos, drives, cpus and ram amounts. So yay for us.

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Satellite-hacking boffin sees the unseeable

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DeNiro

Ok, maybe it was DeNiro in heat.

Fact is, it was mature enough for hollywood to squeeze into a script headed by dinosaurs, so why the kerfuffle 10 years later?

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Pacino did it

Pacino was shown this in Heat, a decade or so ago.

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Best Buy punts resurrected Jesus Phones

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ATnT

The AT&T deals were meant to end the first week of January, but I never checked back to see

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iPhone 3G unlocker released on schedule

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Joke

re: Friendless wonders

Guess who's position at the 2010 Macworld expo got cancelled due to iphone crackers. :)

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City of Heroes fingered in MMO patent lawsuit

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Alien

CoH?

Guild Wars would fit the html aspect of the patent more than CoH, but even still...what a wank of a lawsuit.

Wonder if they were put up to it by a competitor, or one of the aggressors was a CoH addict and feels screwed by recent pvp changes with issue 13.

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Man threatens lawsuit after negative eBay feedback

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Libel?

It's only libel if the claims are incorrect, and seeing as 580+ feedbacks with 98% positive...this wouldn't be the only complaint the seller has recieved. Grounds for libel? Hardly.

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OpenSocial, OpenID, and Google Gears: Three technologies for history's dustbin

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Mr Garisson

The amount of 'shit' in this article brings us close to a rousing rendition of 'Shitty Shitty Fag Fag' with an even closer chance of angering the Knights defending our honour.

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Malicious gossip could cost you your job

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Hax!

Does the VC dictionary interchange 'hax' for 'has'?

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Google: 'Even in the desert, privacy does not exist'

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Woo!

Although Google does make a valid point with saying satellite tech makes privacy a moot point, the same exact reasoning can be used to argue positively for implied privacy. Namely, it's BECAUSE satellite imagery is so good that privacy should be granted first and revoked second, not automatically revoked just because you can be seen from a million miles away.

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Black hats attack gaping DNS hole

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eek

How do we really know doxpora is legit? We'd be freely giving away the names of our DNS servers, and easily too!

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Google gives GMail always-on encryption

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domains

This seems to be enabled by default for my personal domain. Nice.

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Ubuntu to get open-source Java heart implant

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re Colin Guthrie

I see you need QA due to your proclivity for using it's when its is required :)

Java isn't just a fancy shell tool. Check out coffeemud.org/coffeemud.net

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Salesforce.com pulls plug on Sun's flagship Unix servers

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Thumb Up

I want

Where can I get these retired machines?

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US retailers start pushing $20 Ubuntu

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Giving Linux to cheapies is good for the online community?

Wow, you people are hippies to the single-core.

Giving no-brainers access to something that will let you "rm -Rf /" is NOT a smart move. You complain about the 'stupid' Windows failures you have to take care of already, how will it be when you come into 'Well, I wanted to dualboot and now I have no harddrives' and 'GRUB infected my POSIX and now my sources.list has rpm.sex.com and my pc runs sloooow'.

That's what I'm worried about. The next wave of malware will be infecting source lists and then masking its tracks in ways that Windows users will be snickering at.

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Europe drafts law to disconnect suspected filesharers

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Paris Hilton

Insane!

This is like being refused the sale of a Ford because you crashed a Kia. Couldn't possibly be legal in the realworld, 'legislated' or not.

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