* Posts by Michael Habel

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Comcast accused of torpedoing Hulu sale to rivals with weapon of mass transactions

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Re: Greasy

I don't think it works that way... At least not on my Side of the Pond anyhow. When you get pretty much anything, Electricity, Mobile, Landline + VDSL, or Cable (Triple Play), you generally get stuck in a Two Year Contract with 'em. Though having just changed my Electrical Provider again. I think its only a One Year Contract. So although its in your right to tell 'em over the Phone that you wish to cancel your Contract with 'em... Over here we have to draw up a Letter that basically states I wish to cancel my Contract, at the end of the Current Term. Then sending that via registered Mail to their Billing Department. Then you should get something back in writing about when your Termination Date is due.

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TV networks peck at sun-bleached skeleton of Aereo, come away with $950,000

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Re: Anyone else here ever heard of USTV Now?!

@ Caustic, NP: I thought it might have explained the discrepancy of SD to 720p is all.. Anyway I use this mostly to watch NCIS (New Orleans), and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. along with such other favorites as The Price is Right, and Jeopardy. Along with the occasional Ravens NFL Game. As a free Service its not bad... Even if I don't have recording functions.

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Re: Anyone else here ever heard of USTV Now?!

How do you watch it then? I use XBMC / Kodi, and 720p @ 1024kbps rtmp is the default, and where it is SD like on PBS. The difference is very noticeable. As opposed to the normal Broadcast Channels which are in 720p. On XBMC / Kodi at least.

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Re: Anyone else here ever heard of USTV Now?!

Well if your paying for it... They do suggest you take the Chicago region, which has more Channels, then the standard Harrisburg One. But, being from Baltimore, just to the South from there, I'm plesed as punch come Football Season! CAWWW!!

But, as to why? I guess I'd just assumed that was where they were located, or somehow cut, a deal with some other Operator. Comcast?! I really don't know either.

As for Low-res... I thought 720p was standard Broadcast theses days? Yeah I know is it really a 720p Stream though... At least this is what XBMC/Kodi is reporting it to be... And for the most part I don't find it to be an Eyesore. If you ever had the misfortune to ever use an AFN Decoder though.... That's an eyebleedingly bad eyesore... Poor color, sh-- resolutions that would have made SD look like freaking 4k! So perhaps I'ma tad biased.

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Anyone else here ever heard of USTV Now?!

I'm not sure exactly WHAT the difference is... But, it streams live OTA/FTA Channels (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC PBS & The CW - Outta Harrisburg PA), in real time. Generally at no cost. You can pay then a modest Monthly Fee.. IIIRC the jacked to $29.00(USD) a Month now, and receive other Channels such as A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, Bravo, Cartoon Net., CNBC (US), CNN (US), Comedy Central, Discovery, Fox News, FX, History, Nat. Geo., Nick, Spike, Syfy, TBS, TNT & USA. For $10.00(USD), more you get the same channels, but also unlimited recording of said Channels.

Surly this is not so unlike Aereo then or?

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Oh how very magnanimous of them then...

OtOH they'll let everyone with WindowsXP sh-- up everyone else's internet for a whole Year, but deny everyone else with an older TV / Blueray / (Cr)Apple TV the ability to use YouTube...

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Re: Roll Your Own

Some of the highest end Samsungs do have a unit like that.

Are you sure its not the Common Interface± Slot?

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Re: Roll Your Own

with half a dozen plugs, half a dozen things to turn on and off, and half a dozen remotes.

I found that a good Logitech Harmony Remote (When properly setup, which IS a bit trickier then they make it out to be!), is generally MORE THAN capable of taking on that lot. It was also the only part of my HTPC Build, besides my Dumb Display, and Audio Amp. that has survived everything else that came before it.

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Re: Roll Your Own

Raspi is about as attractive, as compiling your own Linux Kernel (Which to be fair is Sexy as Hell!), but its not something the Masses are ready for. When you can hit up Fleebay and, already buy a ready built Machine that's fit for purpose. Such as the WeTek Play (Android XBMC / Kodi Box w/ swapable DVB S2 / C2 / T2 inputs. Much MUCH nicer to run then a 450w+ HTPC with Linux, or shudders Windows Media Center.

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A TV tax for the Internet age? Sounds a lot like it.

ORLY? Well if the TVLA actually gave away a bit of Plastic & Silicon from time to time I might feel only slightly less ripped off... The fact that these Boxes as a general rule are also XBMC / Kodi capable, also makes them of great value. Plus the fact that they run Android means that Apps like YouTube, aren't going away anytime soon either.

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Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

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Slap me silly...

But, wouldn't the Secret here be to bang the Rocks together, to turn on Airplane Mode, and vise-verse turn the Radio's off?!

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Apple about to make Apple TV WAY LESS SUCKY - report

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First off I suspect the price of the G2 (CR)Apple TV to fall, now that its support in the hacking community has officially ended, I guess going on near a Year now? Even at ~99€ when it was new, why would anyone still want that when you can get an Android Box that does the same thig(s), and more for less? And have the ability of running XBMC / Kodi without having to worry about rooting it first? Sure the 2G ATV was cool. But, (Cr)Apple has since kinda took'a huge Dump on the ATV Brand. So huge that its not worth poking a Stick at IMHO. MINIX have since eaten that Devices reason d'etre and made it its own. That is unless you really love being tied down to iTunes. Which personally I dont!

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Apple Watch shipments: Pick a number, double it. Hey, it worked for them

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Is it even possible

To double a Zero? As in Zero interest in ever owning an Apple iWatch ever?

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Yay, we're all European (Irish) now on Twitter (except Americans)

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But!!!

Will it put them in a position of being protected from the GCHQ?! Implaying that its just the NSA we have to worry about?, and not the other Four, of the Five-Eyes...

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Verizon FLICKS FINGER at Netflix with skinny à la carte-style TV package for fibre munchers

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Is it not possible

Is it not possible to just pickup a "decent ISP" with Land-line(s), ~51.4Mbps Down 10Mbps Up for less the $40.00(USD), per Month? I mean I could throw whatever sticks to the Wall, and find no less then a Hand-full of Options here... Including Cable. I don't know why I should have to be tied into payint OTT for things I wouldn't need. When a such Services as Amazon, or Netflix exist, I guess the better question might be can the Cable Co's get the sh-- enough together to in order to take the fight back to them... This Article (As I read it...), seems to fail at this task. In as far as we still don't know the entire T&C's about how many People can access this "Service" at One time.

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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Re: Interesting design layout.

Yes I meant Square Miles, but the general idea still holds... We only have a best guess where the Plane could have possibly gone down in. Even though its only a guess its not like anyone knows for sure. And in the span of things the Plane is quite twitchy in comparison.

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Re: Interesting design layout.

I hear that the Indian Ocean is as wide as it is deep... Ok its wider by several thousands of Miles 28.4 Million Miles to be exact. How big is a Boeing 777 again? about ~200 Feet (or 20 Meters). Needle meet Haystack...

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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

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It's not unknown to have to crank up the volume to be able to make out what people are saying and then feel like the plaster is coming off the walls when something loud happens a second later.

Isn't this why you can set each Chanel Volume independently of each other? Hell my ancient (and very crappy while new) Creative DDTS-100 Decoder (7.1 DD & DTS) Decoder was able to do that much. Oddly enough after 11 odd Years... its still working just fine. No it can't do DD True HD or DTS-MA, but I also still don't have a Blueray Player either... Refusing to count the PS3 in the Corner, that is.

Besides I'm already p!55ing the Neighbors off enough already when I watch Star Wars Flicks with this System up and, running, as it is :D

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Finally, Mozilla looks at moving away from 'insecure' HTTP. Maybe

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Re: If I'm not sending private details..

* Protection from interception - should your ISP really be able to see which articles you've been reading? If you still don't care, how about if your ISP sold statistics on which health-related Wikipedia pages you had been reading to your health insurance provider?

Again this seems to be more of a mere Roadblock, then an actual Solution to me. If I ever caught wind of my ISP ever doing the things you say... (And I'd bet the Big Euro-Players do this too!) Then I'd say it was time for a new ISP... But, if everybody's doing it?! and, its otherwise anonymized. I can't really see a problem with it. Though I grant I probably should... But again >implying this isn't how Google works...

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Re: I don't understand the "false security" argument ...

But the attack surface has grown to the point that ANY public web page can be an attack vector. That's how Drive-By Attacks work. It's like animal fighters picking any house with the door unlocked to hold their fights. It's just not safe to leave the door unlocked anymore because it can become a big problem at any time. IOW, it's reached the point that a certain level of security is ALWAYS necessary.

PS. To the guy who's worried about their family pictures being picked off the wire, how about your website being co-opted into a botnet or DDoS node instead?

And https... Is the mythical, magical silver-y bullet needed to save us all again why?

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Re: never knew about the yiff version of the logo

WAT?!

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Michael Habel
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I'm not looking for downvotes here (though likely incomming anyways)

But, how "secure" is https, when even https has been as badly broken as ssh in recent times. I guess https is at least good enough to act as a placebo to tide the unwashed masses though. But, wouldn't it be better to update the spec, and then publish the Spec anywhere other the the N.S of A Land? Yeah this would also exclude the GCHQ-UK as well...

perhaps then I'd might have somewhat more real trust in https then I actually do. Which is to say I really don't.

And, One other thing If https was Once the "Black Tie for fancy Money transactions" (As it should remain so!), what are we going to replace it with, when https becomes the New Black? Its already known that https, and SSLs can't be fully trusted anymore. Sure Patches were published, and some may have even gone outta there way to install these. However its the Ones that haven't that scare the daylights outta me.

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Netflix fail proves copper NBN leaves Australia utterly 4Ked

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Eventually, Australia will disappear from the map of Nations That Matter, as the nation stares at a spinning animation, waiting for a future that never finishes loading. ®

...And nothing of value was lost....

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Microsoft cramming free stuff into Galaxy S6es? Not so fast – US telcos

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Why in forkall would Samsung do this

I mean how exactly does the MicroSD-less Galaxy S6 even come close to stepping on MicroSoft's Patents this time?

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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No life?!

You mean there are People out there with no life, left in them, that they have to winge on about about stupid crap like this?... Perhaps if they were the Ones directly paying 100% of this as opposed to 0.0000000001%. They might have had a point. But alas thankfully they don't!

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: The market has clearly signalled...

What do you want to do with your MicroSD anyway? Google has neutered that Pup, since the beginning of Kitkat? As to what its good for outside of storing Read-Only *.mp3's? Well I'm stymied? Perhaps you could shed some light on this? I for One do not need a 400€ 200GB MicroSD Card when I can now dump what is it? 50,000 Songs on Google Music. In the event that I need to fly somewhere I'm sure my old 40GB iPod has all the Music I might ever need.

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Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016

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You can just see a Longhorn on the horizon.

Is it barring a WinFS?

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Re: Subscription model?

I'll be out the windows and into Linux

Too right!

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Re: Windows-as-a-Service

but getting 5T one drive storage space for a few quid a month was the thing closed the deal for me

The Five Eyes Organization thanks you for cooperation....

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All I want to know is what the ***k ever happened to WFS that was supposed to have laned ca~ Vista, and didn't.

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Volvo V60 Polestar: Speak softly, carry a big stick, dress like a Smurf

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I hear Mr. Carkson is looking for a Job... Perhaps you can get him to do this Article?

SOBS Oh how I miss those Sunday nights without TopGear!

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Re: BD Based games

I still buy them rather than download.

They are mine and cannot be taken off me!

Lol not until they post-harmlessly yank the Game (In Question...), from the PSN Service... (I'm looking at GT5, and some shovelware called Fairytail Fighters... Which despite having been Shovelware... Was actually a quite bit of fun Shovelware.

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Re: I had a similar issue.....

The presumption of guilt was the most annoying thing and I'm of a mind to never purchase anything from EA ever again.

Well at least your starting to catch on....

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Re: ..

One of the reasons I've never (and will never) give MS my credit card for my xbox live account. Pre-paid vouchers all the way. I hope they're available for Sony too?

They are... But, to say that these aren't worth anything is a massive failure on your part... Perhaps what is needed is some new Financial Regulation that any eCommerce Kiosk that handles such sensitive Data such a Credit Cards. Must therefore offer their Customers... The option of enabling Two Factor Authentication. Before any Purchase can be made.

With a Footnote in the T&C's that any Purchase made though 2FA will be non-negotiable. This to me, it seems would cover most of these so-called Bases....

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Remind me again... This isn't the same Story that broke about a Month or so ago now... Where S0NY eventually caved in due to the backlash of Consumer ill-will form the likes of Facebook & Tumbler or?!

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Ethernet Alliance plots 1.6 terabit-per-second future

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Yeah that's why everything is still basically just 10/100TX. 'cause GigE has been 'Round now for what the last Decade now? The only reason why Router Companies are finally upgrading, along with numerous Chinese 'Droid TV Box Makers, is because the Public are finally catching on, and shaming these bastards to move on...

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Re: If you have an old DAB,

But, the sound of Vinyl IS SUPERIOR to CD's... I'd dare say even back when. Then again. It may just had been the "Content" that sounded better.... Todays Music just blows... In fact calling that Tripe Music is somewhat insulting...

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ZTE's stealthy Nubia: China-made Google-free Android mobe

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Re: App wanting access...

With most phones being made in China why is it the ones made for the West come at over twice the price of those sold locally?

How many Sensors does that Phablet of your have? I'm guessing not nearly as many as you'd find in a Galaxy Class Phablet.

What kind of SoC does that Device have in it? A MediaTEK One I'd bet. While on the face of it its quite "adequate", I think you'll find Updates to be quite lacking in the long run. Since MediaTEK DO NOT believe in, or at least comprehend the meaning of the Words "Open Source". You can forget about such ROMs, as CyanogenMod, or OmniRom as well.

So in the long run what looks like a Bargain at, first seldom actually turns out to be.

Which brings me to the question I wanted to post anyway. What is the SoC for the Reviewed Device?

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HTC One M9 Android smartphone: Like a M8 with a squinty eye

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Why is it when I hear the Word "MediaTEK" that I instantly want to head for the Door? The sad part about "Larger Phablet, when it lands..." will be the overly inflated Price that come with the HTC Brand. I'm still left to ponder if they [MediaTEK], even understand the concept of the Words Open Source?

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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Why I don't buy from over seas (When I can avoid it!)

1) The long delays in waiting for my Package to arrive form *cough* China *cough*

2) The possible hidden charges, or levies; To be imposed at the Customs Office. That One might fail to account for when you hit the "Ship It!" Button.

3) Method of Payments, not everybody does PayPal. I gather the new IBAN System that just came into effect this Year should make Intra-European Transfers a bit simpler. I just tend to stick with either PayPal, or Amazon where I can though.

4) Did I mention the extended (As in FOREVER!) shipping?!

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LOOK OUT, Brits – is that a Facebook LASER-GUN drone above us?

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Do starving Sub Saharan give a jot about Zucks Interwibbles

When they're more concerned about where the next Meal is coming from? Or will he start a Pizza takeout delivery on their behalf?

Seems to me more like huge waste of Money, then the way to actually make more. And then there's the Line-of-sight issues (Assuming it really will be some form of IR). And let us not start on the inevitable issues of Privacy 'cause this being Facef**k, I'm sure 'ol Zuck will have this fitted with as many Hi-Res Camera's as possible. If only to find a way to get these things to start paying for themselves.

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WHOMP, there it is: Seagate demos Kinetic disk drive

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Are S.O.L even still a thing?

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Re: SEAGATE- FAILURE IS WHAT WE DO BEST

I could say the same about:

Hitachi

Toshiba, and

Western Digital....

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

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Re: Sounds great..

Our family Westie when I was but a boy could strip peas out of mashed potato and leave them behind with ease. It hated peas.

However ... it WAS stupid enough to assume that if given a smartie then the next smartie sized item would be another smartie. This way dog pills were administered ...

Not, cool feeding a Dog Chocolate, ya know...

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Re: Not much use...

Yeah just beware that the Lights have probably gone, and the Leopard is currently residing in a disused Lavatory...

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Re: Not much use...

Or any of Google's Flagship Nexus range, eiter. Or for those running Kit-Kat, or Lollipop either. That is if you actually need to be able to actually let your Apps write directly to it. Or, you know move your Apps over to the External SD, to make room for some more Apps.... 'Cause thats a BIG NO NO!!

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

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Re: I'm surprised by this...

Yeah about that Satellite thing being predominantly One-way... How do I send my requests for p0rnz. Ughh, Cat Photos to the Satellite Operator then. I gathered that in times past this was done using a 56k Dialup. It would take much convincing that the Cable Co's were so thoroughly evil as that...

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: Apples values.

a very friendly helpful little guide who's only price for his services seems to be full knowledge about myself.

Who Larry Page?!

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Re: ER...

Why? I thought Apple hated the p0rnz, and so sent Adobe Flash on its marry way... After all Jobs was obviously thinking of the Starbucks Kiddies....

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So before you can't hold their Devices properly (For them to work!), and now we're apparently in the Eyes of (Cr)apple to dumb to wipe Fingerprints, Dust off our Screens too....

And, yet I'll probably be downvoted to Hell for saying this....

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