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

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"producing superior products through innovative technology"

Bose? Shirley, they jest!

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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those ... sofas?

Those wooden, S-shaped sofa thingies, with no backrests? Accidents waiting to happen, I'd wager.

WTF is wrong with people?

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18,000 Apple employees could get bite of profits with class-action lawsuit

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Re: Hey APPLE!

So, boo-yaa for the cellmate!

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Shields up! Nvidia crams Tegra K1 into gaming slab to rival your PS3

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How about a 32 GB *without* LTE for $249?

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UK data watchdog broke data law, says UK data watchdog

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"non-trivial security incident"

Wow, right up there with "least untruthful answer".

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US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe

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WTF?

Curious

Just went to their site (and entering my location), I was shown 4 phones that might meet my needs but when I tried manually selecting the modified Galaxy S2 "Privacy" Phone, I was told they didn't offer coverage in my area.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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and Google doesn't care

how bad these apps are for security because they get their commission on each sale of the app.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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What changes?

A brief description of the changes the new rules bring would have been helpful.

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

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Re: "This call may be recorded for training purposes"

I was going to suggest this exact thing.

When the live person finally answers, simply tell him/her that you, too, will be recording the conversation for quality assurance purposes and if you do not receive the quality of service you expect you can assure them that the tape will be posted to youtube posthaste.

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Remember when Google+ outed everyone by their real names? Now Google's sorry

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the only advantage ..

The only advantage I've noticed to having Google+ is that it allows you to have a little picture next to your name when logged in. Delete your G+ profile and it goes away (though the picture itself remains in your profile).

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Tentacles?

I guess if she'd added some tentacles, it'd have passed muster?

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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It's furners, dammit!

Why do you furners insist on adding that extra syllable?

P.S. - And it's 'merkuns.

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What do we want? CAT VIDEOS! How do we get them? TOR!

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misplaced priorities

"Cat videos are blocked in some places? Now that sounds like the kind of thing the NSA should be fighting!"

Yes, indeed, should be but aren't - clearly a case of misplaced priorities.

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Google's Quickoffice taken behind shed ... 'Oh, what's the gun for?'

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Eventual forced replacement?

Does this mean that for those of us that have QuickOffice now, a future update to KitKat will remove it and replace it with Docs, Sheets and Slides at some point?

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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What took so long?

I'm a little surprised that this particular question never occurred to anyone before now. i.e. since the beginning of the Enlightenment onwards, da Vinvi or someone.

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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

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Joke

a cheaper alternative

Given the direct connection between tornadoes and Southern beauty queens (sooner or later they both end up in trailer parks), just tear down all the trailer parks.

Voila! No more tornadoes!

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Dutch firm passes the world's first e-spliff to the left hand side

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Re: ban Gummy Bears

OMG! It's not 1 review, it's 792, a veritable treasure trove of gut-busting hilarity!

I haven't laughed so hard in ages, so thank you, thank you, thank you. I've been having a rough patch lately and I really could use the laghter.

I've bookmarked the comments so I can wend my way through them at my leisure.

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Super-snoop bid: UK government hits panic button on EU data retention ruling

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Wasn't it Goerring who said that if you just keep repeating a lie over and over, people will eventually come to believe it?

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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not password protected?

So the victim's PC wasn't password protected? Or was the password written on a Post-it stuck on the monitor?

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Google Glass gets 2GB of RAM. Think about this. Two gigs of RAM

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Re: My biggest reservation

"Make it so."

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REVEALED: Google's proposed indie music-killing contract terms

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Re: Must suck to be an musician in these days...

"That is on top of the problem of music where you have to differentiate yourself from all the bland crap out there. I've heard quite a few good bands, but have been overwhelmed by the sheer number of terrible bands."

This problem extends to classical music as well, although it's usually the fault of the conductors rather than the bands (one can easily forgive some performance lapses if the interpretation is alive and vibrant).

Never ceases to amaze me that the same piece of music can be electrifying in the hands of one conductor and totally lifeless in another's (and others can encompass either extreme, depending on their mood - looking at you, Karajan).

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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What puzzles me ...

is why a university would feel the need to display a giant vagina in full public view on its campus in the first place.

Is it a medical university? If so, is the sculpture anatomically correct enough to serve as a teaching tool (which might thus explain it's presence)?

What do female students think of this giant twat? Is there also a giant penis gracing the campus, in the interest of even-handedness (so to speak)?

I'm sure, being 'public art', it cost a pretty penny, too.

Sorry for the rant but - Hey! You, kids! Get that thing off my lawn!

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For one night only – Ibsen classic gets the Dolby Atmos treatment

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overkill for stage plays?

While I can see the benefit Atmos may provide action films, except for perhaps musicals, it seems like overkill for stage productions.

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Operators shackled to GSM, so Huawei ties GSM to LTE

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Hats off to Huawei

Wow, there's some innovation for you. Hats off to Huawei!

Of course, American telcos will probably be prohibited (by law) from using this equipment, unless the NSA admits the backdoors in Huawei's stuff are actually their (the NSA's) backdoors, so it's ok then.

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Ohio man cuffed AGAIN for shagging inflatable pool raft

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Re: Reminds of something I read in the newspaper years ago

Yes, just because the animal might be dressed provocatively doesn't mean they are asking/looking for sex.

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Google in talks to nail Virgin as 'partner' in satellite internet plan

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Disaster relief ...hmm

So, targeted ads for disaster victims, I guess - shop vacs for flooding, new furniture, appliances and household goods for wildfires, the opportunities could be endless.

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Restaurant chain uses CARBON PAPER to fight credit card hack

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old school here, too

The hotel I work at still imprints the credit card on the back of the registration card, I guess to prove that the guest actually had physical possession of the card, this despite us also swiping the card through a card reader which serves the very same function.

Even stranger, our software only shows the last 4 numbers on the card for security reasons and we have to enter our username and p/w if we need to reveal the whole number for any reason. Yet these reg cards with the imprinted card number are filed away and stored for a few years before finally being shredded.

Go figure.

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Facebook's new self-destructing pic app SELF-DESTRUCTS

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Will no one think of the kittens?

Kitten photos with penises scrawled on them?! Oh, the horror!

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Whoops! Google's D-Day Doodle honors ... Japan

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This is what happens ...

when your company is staffed by self-absorbed techies so young they may have but the haziest awareness that something called World War II even happened.

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

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Shouldn't be that hard to do

Just look for the sarcasm tag - /s.

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Samsung in a TIZZY: OH PLEASE make apps for our Tizen Z mobe

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Finally!

A nice-looking Samsung phone.

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

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Re: Identity Crisis

It's a breath mint! It's a candy mint!

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For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

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#OMGSarahOwnedLOL

You, sir, owe my employer a new keyboard.

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Alternatively ...

"Just a thought, mate, but don't you think the Diet Coke might be a better choice?"

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Re: Invest in Krylon now!

I suppose, from a 'getting caught vandalizing a vending machine' standpoint, spray paint would be preferable to a hammer.

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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Re: When I were a lad

... and uphill both ways.

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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Interesting difference in appearance

The (white) L3 pictured in the Ars Technica review shows a black bezel on the top of the phone and a white one on the bottom. The result is so hideous, I didn't continue reading past the picture.

The matching black bezels on your sample is much more asthetically pleasing.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/05/hands-on-with-the-lg-g3-we-hope-you-like-pixels/

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ET hunter: We will find SPACE ALIENS in 20 years

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Careful what you wish for

If movies provide any guidance, the vast majority show that in contact between us and extraterrestrials, we humans usually get the short end of the stick.

Truly intelligent life would view us as disgusting vermin, to be completely exterminated before we despoil the rest of the universe.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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a nice touch

The Pentair Pool Cleaner ads gracing the article were a nice touch.

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Boffins run iOS apps on Android hardware

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Flash still possisble after KitKat

Yes, Google disabled Flash from running with the KitKat update but it didn't take clever punters long to produce a hacked Flash.apt that allows it to run again on KitKat, in conjunction with the Dolphin browser (and possibly others, as well, just not Chrome).

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Supposedly secure Dogecoin service Dogevault goes offline

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Such subhead.

Much droll! So Smiling.

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

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Re: Sort out the pricing...

Amen to that!

This is especially egregious with classical music and Amazon is no saint in this area.

Sure there's the occasional bargain (a decent Parsifal conducted by Herbert Kegel for $5, say) but usually it's $30, $40, $50, (even $70 and more) for most operas, not just new stuff but classic recording that are 30, 40, 50, 70 years old!

I stopped buying as many downloads as I did and started buying the CDs instead because, if new, they're almost always cheaper than the downloads, while used CDs are super bargains unless they're super rare items. Then I just rip them myself.

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Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

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Wow, that'd make a great T-shirt!

Death from above*

*now powered by Linux

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EMC: Sync 'n' share not all about size, how you do it matters too

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cue old saw

about the only people who say size doesn't matter ...

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Mozilla asks FCC to unleash the nuclear option on net neutrality

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doubt Mozilla has enough dosh

to buy off the commissioners to make this happen.

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Comcast and EA said to be planning streaming games service

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Marriage made in Hell?

Hmmm ... EA, voted worst company two years running, teaming up with Comcast, also of seriously low repute. I wonder how the offspring of 2 spawns of Satan will turn out?

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Sony on the ropes after revising losses UP to $1.3 BEEELLION

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Pride goeth before a fall

Most of it's wounds have been self-inflicted.

Sony invents Betamax, JVC responds with the technilogically inferior VHS. RCA, biggest seller of TVs in America approaches Sony, wants to sell Betamaxes, Sony says, "No, we don't need you". RCA shrugs, cuts deal with JVC instead. By the time Sony realizes it made a mistake and cuts a deal with Zenith, #2 after RCA, it's already too late to reverse VHS's march to dominance.

Same with Mini-disc; saddles it with proprietary (if superior) format, refuses to support mp3 until it's, again, too late to salvage it.

Then, of course, there's the CD root kit fiasco.

Must have been somewhat sweet to see Blu-ray triumph but I guess that's not going too well these days.

Too bad, really, they've always made nice kit.

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Cash slump a Seagate problem, or a hard disk industry problem?

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that would explain

Why I've been getting a constant stream of special offers from them in my in-box these last couple of months.

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Amazon earnings narrowly beat bean counter expectations

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Guess it must be...

all those CDs I've been ordering lately.

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Shut up, Siri, I'm watching telly! iOS 7.1 code reveals new role for Apple's PA

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"Gary Busey!"

If you're like me you like to talk to things.

"Hello, lamp."

"Hello, pants."

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