* Posts by Michael Habel

1742 posts • joined 21 Aug 2007

Xiaomi takes aim at Apple, Qualcomm

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Re: Using standard ARM cores

Kinda makes you wonder if they'll be the first Chinese Chipmaker that'll actually give it's end-users proper sources to build beyound the Stock ROMs their Devices ship, and die with?

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Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips

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I never quite got why anyone would have wanted an Atom (x86), powered Samsung Device over say a Exnos, or Qualcomm (Both ARM), versions. When everyone, and their dogs were probably developing against ARM,and not x86.

Then again all is not totally lost, assuming Google really do mean to converge Android into its Chrome OS. Perhaps then it'll work. As for small ultra low power Workstations with perhaps just enough grunt to run some less demanding games? I'd be all for that in a second.

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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Re: Proprietary code hardwired to use proprietary APIs to do stuff shock!

Why the hell do people demand Microsoft's code run on magic and rainbows when none of their competitors are required to do so?

Have an upvote! While I'm not MicroSoft's biggest fan these days, it does not excuse the above fact. Which also applies to the recent space of attacks against the big G, and Android, this past week.

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Getty on Google: It’s all about traffic, duh

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Re I don't get it?

It seems to me that it's a case of Company "A" repudiatedly taking away Ad facing Traffic from Company "B", and complaining that someone else made off with their virtual Dime.the ballache seems to me that for Company "B" needs Company "A" to exist, to be even seen. But don't over care much about the fact that nobody that matters even care that Company "A" even exists.

If Company "A" feels hard done by Company "B" generic and broad as the universe is wide Image Search. Then the answer to me seems to be obvious. Create a new competing web image search site, and give users a more compelling reason to use it over, it's arguably inferior competitors.

Then you'll have the kind of traffic that these clowns are balling about.

But fork that noise! Blame Google instead.

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Why don't they just make an Android App that takes the user directly to their Site? Barring that, some cleverly named Website, that will give them the traffic they so desperately want, so badly? I can see how the Google hate patrol would be the ones to find fault here. But, before Advertising came along. This was Google's raison d'etre, to make searching for this kinda stuff on-line much simpler, and faster?

So by that proxy, does Getty have any care about other 'Providers' (Bing. Yahoo (Well whats left of it) etc..?), or is it singularly Google that they just hate? But, decrying over how the Web has worked in essence since day one isn't going to change their favors I think. What they needed to do, and must do is to take a more proactive stance on their properties.

After all the Author did claim that their "Search" was better then Google's... Personally I wouldn't really know. Why, cause While I may have heard about Getty Images... The fact that even have such an engine to search their warez was lost on me... The further fact that its probably also closed to the further public. (Why buy what you can just look at / use from whatever Google turns up), is probably also why nobody but, them even care.

Google might be a bit naughty... Hell even downright evil is some books. But, they never pretended to be someone else's charity. If Getty can't fix their own problems by whatever means (e.g. Robots.txt), then its their own lookout.

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Watch it Apple: time has come for cheaper rivals' strap-ons

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So its the second Option... Well if I needed that there are plenty of 20$ Chinese watches on Fleebay that could do the same.

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Samsung's making an iWatch? Or just another Bluetooth generic Wearable, that'll be somewhat compatible with iFruit thingies? Or are we about to see the first Samsung iOS powered Device?

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: Do what I've done

while if you install Gnome Classic desktop, you won't see TIKFAM forced on you next restart after update

I can only assume your referring to Ubuntu, and it Unity GUI, then. As Mint can only be guilty of having a slight Windows 7 Aero tinge about it.

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Not OK, Google! FTC urged to thrust antitrust probe into Android

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Re: Consumer Watchdog...

First of all Cyanogen can not install GAPPs do to such copyrights that currently exist. Any fool that has the most basic grasp of what CyanogenMod is would already know that. As to becoming a ~failed~ OEM wanting to flog MediaTek Devices via the backdoor to add other el-cheapo Chinaphones into the mix. Just never seemed to pan out for 'em. Would have had to also agree to such contract terms with Google as say any other OEM (e.g. Samsung, HTC, Motorola etc...)

Kinda sucks for them, But, again its a problem simply solved by marching over to Google, and slaming "OpenGapps" into the Search Bar. As the Meerkat say SIMPLES!

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Re: "Freezing out third-party apps"

@Triggerfish

I don't have a problem with Google wanting to have control over its own App Store. Let us not pretend that Google is doing this for our benefit. Of course it's a personal Highway for them to push Ads at us. So it's a perfectly reasonable approach for them to want to block stuff like that.

Of course it's my right to tap the Switch that allows me to sideload AdAway from FSecure's App Store. If that's really atmthe end of the day what this is about. Then where's the outrage for Cupertino then? Surly that lot are far more guiltier of such a practice then the Mountain View Chocolate Factory.

I suspect this has more to do with Amazon though, in that Google blocked their crappy Jump though the hoops App. That you had to download from the PlayStore. To eventually get to the App you wanted in my case that would have been Prime Movies.

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Re: "Freezing out third-party apps"

and 3rd party maps, search, browser, mail, etc.

If a manufacturer takes Android with Google Store (as opposed to AOSP), you need to install the Google apps and you aren't allowed to bundle competing apps with the phone.

So just host them on your very own App Store, like the BIG BOYs do, and put up big fat Ads at the top to cox people to try it. Assuming its any good... Doubtful. Then I'm sure word would get 'round. Besides where exactly are these fabled Third Party Apps anyway? I don't recall ever having so much as ever having seen a YouTube review, or an XDA Article about how to go GAPP-less.

I can only hitherto suspect that there's likely as not a reason for this.

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Re: Consumer Watchdog...

Frankly, I don't care who says it. It needs to be said.

Ok so how do you fix it then? I gather we already have Tizen, MIUI, and Amazon's FireOS as Android Alternatives. Prety much any (and I dare say every), Custom ROM that, you'd care to mention, ships without any GAPPs at all. Almost as pure an ASOP experience as you could get.

Is this about the lack of love for Samsung, and Co's own App Stores? Perhaps if they'd to get on with PayPal, as a payment method that would work out for them more. But, yeah kinda pointless when you already have a Google Account for the PlayStore.

Everybody has a problem, but when pressed to it very little substance of how to address the aforementioned problems.

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1: Bundling of Search... If I wanted to use bing (Zarquon forbid!), I'd have gone off, and gotten myself a Windows Phone. I would add something here to the note of iOS... But, Apple don't do search. And Chome has no less then Four other Providers for your searching pleasure.

Yahoo

Bing

Ask

AOL

All at the reach of a Fingertip from those Three Dots, at the upper right hand corner. Perhaps they should be faulted for not advertising this?

2. GAPPs a.k.a The other White elephant in the room. Why is it so hard to figure out that Android is otherwise Open Source, and YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO USE GAPPs... If you do not wish to? And, in point of fact must be manually installed post installation of any Custom ROM *cough* CyanogenMod *cough*, do to leagle copyright constraints. I dare say it isn't Google's fault that most people want GAPPs on their Devices. As its GAPPs that People want, and not necessarily Android itself.

3. The App Store(s).... Of all the Samsung Devices I've ever had over the years, these largely also came with their own Samsung App Store. In fact infamously so... Go read some of the reviews for Samsung Push Service. Which pretty much lives for its App Store. Ok that maybe one thing, since the OEMs can rest some control (for now), on what actually lands on the Device. (i.e. Bloatware, that can never just be simply uninstalled simply.) But, where the heck does Amazon, and Co. get off balling that Google won't let them flog, their competing 'App Stores' from with-in Google's own Playstore? I don't get this one. Not one bit. I don't walk into a Lidl, and think I'm shopping at Aldi, much less Tesco's. This is pure over reach by a mile.

Have I left anything out?

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: I think the origin of Christianity is rather well-known

You mean 'Cause Christianity has a defacto Emperor with a very large Hat (mind you!), that this somehow must deminish all other (pseudo)religions? Hell there was a time when I prayed to the Valar, (e.g. J.R.R. Tolkien), before 'common sence' smacked me in the face and clued me onto what a sham all religions are. In fact looking back at it, it's just one more reason why I really do believe that he never got the credit he deserved as one of the great English Author's during his lifetime.

But, how you could't read the Silmarillion as anything but, the new Testament (set within Middle Earth), is actually lost on me. Keep in mind that for some both the Old, and New Testament's are to such followed also a record of history. A false history, as anyone with a Radiological Carbondater Device would surly tell you.

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Re: This is the kind of nonsense

Have you been reading too many Scott Adams blogs?

Are you sure it wasn't Emily Brewster - Ask the Editor á Merriam Webster?

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Since when does Religion ever pay Taxes?

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'Bring back xHamster', North Carolina smut watchers grumble

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Re: I expect...

as if xHamster were the only Site. And anyone with braincell in the cranial cavity would be watching it though Kodi anyway.

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Re: Detail?

A few visits to Dr. Snipps should work that out, and hay surly that really progressively piece of legislation a.k.a. Obamacare, should surly help cover those such affected.

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REALLY NOW

So you are all OK with letting Johny..... Who feels more like a Jenny to use the Ladies facility's then? Personally I'd be a bit more accepting of Johny's life decisions after he's had a few appointments by Dr. Snipps. But hay that's just me. perhaps those progressive enough with their own Daughters couldn't give a toss. Sadly however this does not mean that the rest of us have to bend to the tunes that they wish to call.

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How to not get pwned on Windows: Don't run any virtual machines, open any web pages, Office docs, hyperlinks ...

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Re: Still the same after all these years...

So that would be either Android,or iOS now would it? Really the only reason I ever got on Facef[REDACTED]k was 'cause I needed something to do with this SmartThingy. Well that and the fact that such friends, and Family that I do have, are on it. Had this phase never happened , and somehow all was well. i.e better then it is today the PC were still King. I you couldn't have paid me to touch it.

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So...

Which one of these Updates has an additional Get Windows X NOW! Payload hidden with in it, or whatever bit of Malware i.e. additional tracking? The fainbois will howl like Monkey's, and likely downvote this to Hell.

But, if it has gotten as far down the rabbit hole, that someone should even have to ask this of all things, MicroSoft Updates. Then try apologizing first for that one first. As it's really not even a question that should have, had to be asked in the first place.The fact that they've done this, and will likely continue to do so.Should give most People here room for pause.

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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Re: "It's not enough, when someone has a totally different idea they want to explore."

So you do, "Dance with the Devil under the Palemoon light"?

As a matter of fact, I have. We were on a blind date. Unfortunately he never returns my calls. Says I’m too creepy.

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Beat give Palemoon a try all the Firefox goodness. None of the bitter Australis aftertaste.

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Well hell I didn't see this a'coming

So if the future of Firebadger really is Chrome. Then WTH am I doing wasting my time on Firefox for? Oh yeah that's right I'm using Palemoon on the Beige Box, and (of all things), Chrome on the 'Droid. So I'm not panicking yet. But, it does seem like the writing is on the wall for the simple stand alone Web browser that isn't out to be prudy and dumps my active downloads into the history tab.

But, then it was kinda clear that Mozzila lost its way when they switched over to Australis, and those God awful rounded Tabs.

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HTC 10: Flagship goes full Google – but the hardware's top notch

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Re: but...

Does it play Crysis? What about Clash of Kingdoms, or just plain 'ol Angry Bird's?

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Saturn spacecraft immune to mysterious Planet 9's charms

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Re: Personally I'm triggered.

I think the all reside somewhere inside the KDE Galaxy.

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'Fart detector' wins Chinese Physics prize

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I look forward to the day when

I can buy this App from the Playstore...

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Sadly it may still be a while before we're finally rid of this virus, once, and for all. But this is merely just one of the many straw's that have broken that Camels back. But, of I had to cite my single biggest concern it would be down to the question of trust. Not that MicroSoft were ever that big on trust to begin with. These, and their chief clown actually believe that it's ok for the Government to snoop on us....

Which was perhaps one thing, but now they want a look in as well in order to flog some more tat from what used to be Eidos. Then that's the universal sign to GTFO. With, what on the surface would appear to be a two teired approach to Windows Programs (i.e. Games), running in some new, and improved (e.g. a DRM'egd enforced), native mode, or a watterd (i.e. dummmed down) slowed down mode...

Well even if the Mustardrace would gleefully lap it up. It seems that some of the bigger boys (Tim Sweeney), however might hopefully have better ideas. But, MicroSoft shall not be darkening my PC ever again.

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Microsoft cracks open Visual Studio to Linux C++ coders

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Taking the pragmatic approach

Isn't this a bit well late? We go it. Gates, and Ballmer weren't so hot on Linux and wnated to avoid it like the FOSS plague. Now at the end of the Windows age. It's like they've seen the errors of their was? Or is this just as it appears merely the murmerings of some silly old codger yelling 'And another thing!'.

I would Franky ask the base question why now? And why that product? Assuming for the moment my target was some *nice. Would it not be cheaper to just use the standard set of tools there. It's this kind of stigmatism that's keeping Linux, and BSD back As everyone thinks it has to be MicroSoft in oder for it to be relevant.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: I'm a bit confused

This Cat clearly has mad moneyz, the either you or I if he was willing to fork out. What was it FIVE MILLIONS on an Azure farm... So stop being judgemental.

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Re: I'm a bit confused

XPC Windows on a PPC huh... I thought that was more mid-to-late '00's. With Microsoft's other Console the Failbox 360. Since the original XBOX, had a 733Mhz (Pentium III era), Intel Celeron CPU. So not a Power PC Chip then.

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I think Mr. Orlowski may have overlooked the more nutter parts of said mud.

At the risk of calling him an outright shrill, why hasn't Mr. Orlowski not bothered to address some of the larger White Elephant's in the room?

Such as trust? Why should we trust that MicroSoft has 'our' best interests at heart when they're essentially ramming Windows 10 down everyone's throat? What about the fact that it's no open secret that Windows 10 raison d'être is to spy on its users, and report back to Redmond so as to better target ad's at said Group?

Furthermore why has Mr. Orlowski failed to mention that the majority of End-Users will no longer have any kind of control over their 'System(s)' since such Updates that fall, (And indeed HAVE FALLEN!) can and, will brick such Systems. The best part about this is the fact that MicroSoft have since stopped publishing any kind of useful KB Articles (Implying that they were ever useful to start with... But, I digress.); And would now go as far to infect such 'Critical' Updates with even more nefarious Malware behind our backs?

Mr. Olowski has failed to address the question of trust. I mean so what if MicroSoft had to recant a bit on the Windows GUI to replacate those die-hard 2k~W7 users. Sure it's nice to see the conced on such things, now and again. But, the man left a huge gaping hole with which you could drive a lorry through.

And, it's of my opinion, that this is why Windows 10 is and will continue to be such a failure. The bigger question going on from here is how can the big M regain such trust as it has, lost... Is loosing to Windows 10?

If these concerns were only applicable to just Windows 10 only. I'd say that would be one thing. But, everything I have brought up here also effects Windows 7 as well. Perhaps, and to a degree we can still afford to play the game of whack the spyware mole on those systems. But, with the way things are going.

1. Who has time for all that? And.

2. How can we continue trusting a corporation that's actively embedding hidden Malware into as many Updates as it possibly can? Sure it's just the anoying GWX today... But, what of tomorrow?

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Microsoft will rest its jackboot on Windows 7, 8.1's throat on new Intel CPUs in 2018 – not 2017

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Glad i use Linux.

You, and me both!

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Re: Microsoft has lost it's way.

If you think that the Facebook Oculus is somehow gonna save Windows from itself, then your pretty delusional. If they really believe that BS about that one Mac not being able to this the pixels 'round as needed. Then they too are delusional. Either way VR will not save the PC from its ultimate fate.

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Google tries to run from flailing robotics arm

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"Cue development of artificial crop-pickers..."

Won't anyone please think of the Mexicans?

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Re: Good - Of course it's noisy. It has a petrol power plant.

We need a British version - quiet, a bit depressive, and apologises every time it bumps into something.

I think someone has to invent the smug self satisfied Door that's always thanking you for using it, first.

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Re: Idea for profit

Make the robots roam the streets, asking people to join Google+. Or else.

"You have 20 seconds to comply".

Why do that when you can just leverage everybody onto your failed Social Network, assuming they had posted such comments to YouTube before, and were like to want to continue doing so. Only to find that they had to sign into a Google+ Account first...

I know it's been what? Three Years now... It's a simple oversight to make.

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Comcast now touts unlimited gigabit service (that you can't get)

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Really kinda put's the Internet decide into sharp relief whe n as a European pay on the magnitude of <50€'s for Internet & Telephone. Yeah it's only a 5MB down 1MB up (for now), but it's plenty fast enough for my needs. But the prices they have to fork out for Cable over there are flabergasting. Kinda makes you wonder who they want to sell their service to, when mosrt 'Merikans either work at the local Bugershack or the Wallmarket.

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'Millions' of Android mobes vulnerable to new Stagefright exploit

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Re: Pretty easy to get people to visit a 'hacker' website

And, suddenly I don't feel a bit bad about having rooted my Device, just to have been able to install AdAway onto it.

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Yahoo! kills! search! APIs!, games! and! Astrology! site!

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I think the last time I was anywhere near Yhoohoo was when they still hosted Broadcast.com, but that was nearly 20 years now... Actually more like 17, but really what's an extra 3 years.

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LG builds a DAB+ digital radio radio into a smartmobe

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About time...

Yeah FM might be arguably better, and possibly cheaper. And it doesn't likely need it's own devoted antenna either. But, all the same I welcome this development, if only 'cause it might actually... Finally get DAB+ into the hands of users. And is that really a bad thing?

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Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

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Re: OMG

>Implying that Liberals are sane to begin with...

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Re: Mr Barack "Hope & Change" Obama

Oh fuck no only Sanders could ever make Hillery look like a sane human being. If that nut actually had a chance in hell of winning (Thankfully he does NOT). Not only would I want to leave the USoA. Like so many a Celbutard al-la a Trump victory. But, also the Earth. Sanders could not lead Picnick Ants to the Park on a warm sunny day much less a Nation like the US. Dreamy new age millennials need to wake the hell up. They arn't ever gonna get to go to Uni, in the US, at the expense of the Taxpayers Dime. No matter how many times he makes that promise.

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Re: I think he's discovered that it doesn't matter what he says

Why would I want to be a member of the secret Democrat Bedsheet Party for? I follow the party of Lincoln. I thought you Brits loved History so much?

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Re: Mr. President, aren't you a constitutional scholar??

Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead... -- Benjamin Franklin (i.e. The Cat on the 100$ Dollar Bill).

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Oh thank Mighty Zarquon this asshat is due for the chop!

I'm just glad that there's still enough resistance in Congress to stop this asshat from forking over America anymore Then he already has. Hopefully his Healthcare Tax will also get the yank sometime next year too. Though I doubt Trump would actually care about that, as much as Cruze, or Rubio would. Since they are not RiNOs unlike Trump who could put even McCain to shame.

But, like the Press says good encryption policies are only for the '1337'5, and not for you pleb class drones out there now give us all your data like a good little drone.

What's that loud whirling noise? OH SH--

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Steve Ballmer: Get the Facts. I 'love' SQL Server on Linux

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Re: Windows on Linux next?

The pro, contra of things of such taste as the GUI, to me seem quite trite, and secondary to the larger problems of personal Privacy, and not being spammed with Tomb Raider Ads.... Perhaps if MicroSoft ever get 'round to conceding a loss here, and return to somethin a bit saner pre Windows 8.X. I might revisit my decision again. For now it's Linux (Cinnamon Mint), full steam ahead!

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Feds tell court: Apple 'deliberately raised technological barriers' to thwart iPhone warrant

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What does the National Recovery Administration have to do with anything?

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German lodges todger in 13 steel rings

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Re: Pedant Alert

I hate these Word Crimes

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