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Verizon set to pay $64 MEEELLION for overbilling customers

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Re: Not a problem...

" They will just raise current rates to pay for it."

Exactly.

Which is why increasing corporate taxes is also ineffective, the tax increase is passed on to the consumer. Coporate taxes serve the purpose of an additional tax mechanism to drain the consumer, much like state lotteries are a tax for people who don't understand math very well...

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Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

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Re: Another reason it might be pointless

" And moving everybody away from Microsoft spyware to linux"

Systemd, aka Lindows, will soon make that option moot for most. Slackware/*bsd/minix are the rebel base now, but I fear the PoetteringBorg will assimilate all soon enough...

I hear the Linux registry is moving along nicely...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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Re: 2014 and

Haku:

Exactly. You are expected to voice a negative so you can be properly labled a "hater" or express your approval to demonstrate you are "enlightened."

Reminds me of when Ellsworth Toohey confronts Howard Roark and says, "Mr. Roark, we're alone here. Why don't you tell me what you think of me?" To which Roark replies, "But I don’t think of you" This type of response confounds them no end...

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Re: Welcome to the 1950's

Homophobic? I don't think the majority of the world is afraid of gays, it is possible they don't like 'em tho...

Dislike/hate != fear

Me? I couldn't give a Siberian Snake Shit about his sexuality, make good kit and I'll buy it.

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More Microsoft staffers shown the door in Round 3 of job cuts

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Re: No R&D?

So? The OP said they had "No" R&D.

6 billion dollars may be less than MS, but hardly chump change...

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No R&D?

"OK, Apple have never had an R&D department, true."

Really? 6 billion in R&D is not real R&D?

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Re: Does it follow

" Yeah... But it makes you blind..."

Just do it 'till you need glasses...

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IT JOB OUTSOURCING: Will it ever END?

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Re: After last week...

John Sanders:

Undefined parameter, does not parse...

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After last week...

...wherein attacks and attempts to pigeonhole your politics played out in the " About that self-professed rational liberalism" thread, you deftly pivoted this week with a " plutocratic bloodsucking capitalist bastards" reference or two...

Well played Mr. Worstall, well played...

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Yes, Virginia, there IS a W3C HTML5 standard – as of now, that is

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Re: After 10 years of waiting

Another 10 years before Flash is dead?

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FBI impersonated newspaper to finger school bomb threat suspect

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Maybe now...

...the Seattle Times, and all media outlets, will start really hammering government abuse of power and stop soft balling it when an administration they agree with is in power. Secret Courts, privacy abuses, hell all government abuse of power hurts real people regardless of whatever ideaology they advance.

Go after ALL of them!

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Canonical rolls out home-grown Ubuntu OpenStack distro

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Re: I want to hear it straight from the (dead) horse's mouth.

This is the core reason for systemd: One Linux to rule them all and make the Year of the Linux Desktop a reality. Make RH the defacto standard, with little shit coders like Poettring acting the false prophet.

Linux will never rule the desktop, it will be for us geeks, never for Joe Sixpack. The dominance in embedded sytems, servers and the like may crash with the introduction of this Lindows that systemd is migrating to. Why have a Windows wannabe when you can have real Windows? Systemd *is* Embrace, Extend, Extinguish whether Red Hat/Debian see it or not.

FFS, now Gimp will depend on systemd... I predict a Linux registry to manage all the binary globs in a year or so...

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Can we get this Without...

...systemd?

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Re: Correlation does not prove causation.

I just did an admittedly quick read on "Optimal Linear Estimation" and came away with the faint odor of Snake Oil. Phrases such as "equivalence and duality concepts for the solution of several related problems in adaptive filtering, estimation, and control." and "These features are generally absent in most prior treatments, ostensibly on the grounds that they are too abstract and complicated. It is the authors' hope that these misconceptions will be dispell..."

Another thing I find a tad amazing is that there are, apparently, at least 10,000 guesses as to Megladon's extinction.

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Boffins snap first pics of hot white dwarf nova bursting out of its shell

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Re: I'm sure the pictures are very interesting...

Here's how it should work:

1) Scientist gets funding to do Science from NSF or other sources

2) Writes up paper

3) Since the taxpayers have paid for this, it is provided free to the public!

Enough of this publication scam, where ultimately the taxpayer pays again, and then a third time to actually read the work. Surely the NSF can publish results of results themselves or just put it online...

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Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com

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Re: wow

He's lost a lot of weight...

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Re: Just checking

ebola.org, more authoritative sounding, is available tho...

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SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

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Re: Can't believe that I agree with Balmer

AC wrote " But Mr Balmer also thinks that Apple is crap"

He didn't say he agreed with *everything* Balmer sez...

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Whisper. Explain this 'questionable' behavior – senior US senator

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Heyward

You've been caught out in some unethical and likely illegal activity.

This story isn't going away, admit it, change it now while you still have a profit center...

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In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

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Re: And on November 28th....

Showing yor age Marsden

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

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Re: What other ebook reader? Will it read your already purchased e-book?

I read epubs with Firefox's addon, epubreader. Works offline.

There are several options for Windows - Stanza, Calibre come to mind...

I use FBReader on my Linux machines.

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RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

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" I bet it was that "Jack-the-Lad" Neanderthal type, throwing the bone up into the air and humming some proto-Straussian ditty."

Rather a member of Clan Troggs singing "Wild Thing... IThink I Love You..."

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It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future

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Krugman...

...has gone from being a Keynesian fanboi to Nobel Laureate to comedian. Or is that laughing stock?

Krugman is a funnyman now

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NSA approves Samsung Knox for use by TOP SECRET g-men

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Re: Won't somebody think of the children

1. The consumer version will be different.

2. Maybe approval was contingent on a backdoor they can activate. Not only for targets, but their own, who may wish to blow whistles...

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Re: So fork, then

You probably liked Poettering's Pulse Audio as well, correct? How many years did it take good coders to fix that clusterfuck?

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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

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Re: An arms-race that will never end

Ahem... We, the consumers, *are* the collateral damage...

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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

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Total ThermoWristial War!

In a little noted personnel move, Microsoft has hired Dick Tracy...

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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Possible end result?

Poettering's Pulse Audio? Something good coders will spend years fixing?

Because, systemd...

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'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail

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Big Brother

5 Eyes, PRISM nab...

...Script Kiddie social engineer defacing website?

I know many will sleep sounder tonight knowing this menace has been brought to justice.

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EU Competition chief: So what if I didn't tame Google? You're all 'irrational' anyway

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Big Brother

New take on an old saw...

Privacy invasions doth never prosper: what's the cause? Why if they prosper, none dare call them bad laws.

Apologies to Harrington...

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Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future

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+1 for badges

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Re: Democracy? Republic? Where?

What? You're kidding, right?

In the US, for now, the police need a warrant to come inside a dwelling they are not invited into.

Safety inspections of gun owners? No way, with so many private gun transactions they don't even know who we all are.

I had no idea life was so repressive in England...

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'George Orwell was an OPTIMIST. Show me a search history, I'll show you a perv or a crook'

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Re: Why does Microsoft want people to stop talking about Windows?

Desperation born of frustration I think.

After the market reaction to Windows 8, the Emperor no longer wishes his new clothes discussed...

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Weekend reads: Neil Young and Brian Cox ponder cars and universe (in that order)

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One out of three ain't bad...

The Human Universe sounds like a must read book to me, and I shall.

Neil Young? Love his music, don't care to read his take on life or cars.

Frey? If this had been a true original idea, maybe, but given his past willfull lying, no thanks.

Excellent reviews by Strongman and Diston!

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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

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Re: Definitions needed

" So, I repeat again, who or what defines terrorism?"

Are you challenging the Almighty State comrade?

Maybe some time in Re-Education Camp?

What? Withdrawing your question are you? Good comrade, very good...

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Re: Who defines terrorist ?

And we all recall French War Victories

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Careless Whisper? Anonymous messaging app accused of stalking users, blabbing to Feds

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Big Brother

I think the code snippet tells the tale: If they're lying about the 500 meters, which seems apparent, then any other denials they make are more than a bit suspect.

Another benefit of Mr. Snowden's revelations - everything is being examined, no one is trusted...

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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Comey:

Doubtless you're getting an executive summary of this and other internet discussions of your bullshit.

You *are* scare mongering in your quest for a totalitarian state. Phone taps solved ONE kidnapping?

Now there's justification for massive data slurping...

And by the way, how did those Boston Bombers slip right past you, even with advance warning? What? They didn't discuss their plans on the phone?

You sir are either an idiot or a New World Order thug...

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Disaster roster: OMG, are YOU SAFE? I dunno. Check Facebook

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Ads?

" whether it had considered selling targeted advertising to people known to be stuck in disaster zones"

Replacing ads with emergency phone numbers for services, insurance agents, and general tips for the type of calamity would be better.

Nah....

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: 10 years

In the year 2525

if Lockheed can survive...

In the year 3535

If Fusion does arrive...

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Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

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Hmmmm....

" the Docker client tools will decide whether it needs to be a Linux virtual machine or it needs to be a Windows virtual machine'

Anyone wish to hazard a guess which VM will be chosen? Fox/Henhouse..

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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Re: continuing the trend

Vaguely reminded of HyperCard, but not nearly as cool. Maybe Danny Goodman could consult on this and improve it...

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Why else would we speak of...

...mounting, hard disks, fdsk, inserting media, etc...

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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Re: Many of us are forced to use MS Software

This article and comments thread reminds me why I need to stop reading Mr. Potts:

The rape analogy would get many people fired, most commentards on hand moderation and is plain ridiculous. The asshole remark surely would...

Potts seems to be the only author that feels the need to write very long articles, followed by multiple incursions into the comments to use gratutitous language to defend every single point he makes in nit pick style.

Shame too, sometimes he makes good points...

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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A splinter group...

...of the deep cache clearers is the High Order of Snake Oil and Registry Cleaner Zealots.

Do not, under any circumstance, make eye contact with these people.

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'MYSTERIOUS PYRAMID STRUCTURE' found on COMET beyond Mars: Landing planned

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Re: Pyramid like?

Thus Spoke Zarathustra...

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Prez Obama backs net neutrality – but can't do anything about it. Thanks, Obama

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Re: Let the White House Shoggoth stroke its Nobel Peace Prize in peace!

Golf.

In his time in office he has spent 800+ hours on the golf course, and in a world of perils, only 600 odd hours in his security briefings.

The man knows how to pay back those who shovel money to him and his party: in this case he appoints Comcast to lead the FCC...

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Re: Why does Obama consistently appoint industry shills to positions of power?

"why are you blaming Obama for this?"

In addition to appointing Comcast to guard the henhouse, he is being disingenous abot not being able to do anything.

If he can circumvent the U.S. Congress with his Executive Orders, which he openly brags about, what impediment is an agency that reports to him?

Whenever something goes wrong, and you can check this, Obama swears he knew nothing until the press covered it and he swears "I'll get to the bottom of this, this is unacceptable." This routine rings hollow, except with the 39% who approve of him.

His statement is a wink, wink, nod, nod to Big Telco: Don't worry fellas, you'll get what you want. Like he told Putin, "Just wait 'till after the elections."

Downvote away folks, but come January Obama and Big Telco get what they want...

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

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so, what's your favorite text editor?

emacs or vi?

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

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"how likely is it that Comcast would pursue anything if he didn't say something first?"

And how likely is it that PWC made the statement they made without hearing the tape wherein the beancounter said something to the effect of:

"Do you know who I am? I work at PWC, I'm important and I can reign down hell on Comcast if you don't kiss my ring and resolve this to *my* satisfaction."

No love for Comcast here, but this may a case of a jerk getting what he deserved...

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