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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Re: The Register is becoming a bit of a killjoy

It wasn't half good either....

Last Weeks Galaxy Express 999 Ep. Was actually One of the few good Ep's to have come outta Nu-Who though IMHO...

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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Re: Irreversible encryption

* How long would it take before NSA/GCHQ/etc stop trying to decode it?

>Implying that they can't do it anyway. Further >Implying that Apple, Google et-al, hasn't already given the Alphabet Soup crowd some form of a Master Password anyway. Again >Implying that they can't sell their Warez until they do...

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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Re: The genesis of Genesis

Deriding the work of originators of Genesis (or any other creation myths) who produced the original wording is not.

And, yet its still FICTION! A fiction that billions of People have had to pay for throughout the history of Humankind. Or as George Carlin would say....

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I can't wait till someone busts out with quotes from Tolkien's Silmarillion...

Ahhh the first Book to finally open my Eyes to what utter shite all religion was, and is!

The only "difference", was that Tolkien didn't try to hide the fact that it was, in fact all fiction. Even if I wanted to believe it. If only for a short time.

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What's a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP?

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Are you really required to upload all your Files to Adobe to use Creative Cloud? Somehow to me that sounds like a lot of old tosh to me... Not to mention a huge privacy concern. I thought all you had to do was basically download the SaaS into your Workstation.... Ugh Web Browser, and just basically use that like you would a local install.

If the 50GB's joke was about "Local Storage"... Then you should have known that much from the start to carry at least a 1TB 2.5" External HDD with you. That or a decent sized USB Stick. Cause I'm soooo sure that you be working on every One of those 50GB's of Pictures in Photoshoop AT ONCE! NOT!

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what about the offierings from oh say... MicroSoft....

Surly this thing could also run Office365.... If for some really sick, and demented fool still hasn't ever heard of Open / Libre Office yet?!

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Yahoo! dumps! thing! that! made! it! Yahoo! and! told! to! bed! AOL!

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Re: Um...

It's soooo fucked up, and awful isn't the word. In fact, is there even a word for AOL outside of A O L? It's like those 3 letters are present around the internet, but they represent nothing. Several things come to mind when I hear Yahoo, but when I here AOL........

All I hear is S.O.L.!

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Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

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Absolutely, when we have the ever wonderful 'fondleslab' to use, or often in my case, just the 'pad'

I always preferred the terms Mobe, and Phablet myself...

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That inhumane bastard!

Ignoring the rights of man to play with fruity iThings....

So will he make it verboten to own a Mac in their own homes too?

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Samsung abandons Chromebooks, laptops, PCs in Europe

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Re: More than most of us need...

In all fairness for XBMC / HTPC a very low end nVidia Card w/VDPAU is all you need to get most tasks done. In fact nVidia VDPAU is so good at h.264 decoding that you don't even need that overkill of a CPU even. Besides as any fule no Linux is far superior to the tasks of DVB C, T(2) & S(2) then Windows Mediocre Center will ever hope to be.

I've been running (more or less), for the past Seven Years now.

Gigabyte GA-P43 ES3G

2D @2.13Ghz

2GB -DDR2

1TB Hitachi HDD

nVidia 520

2x Technotrend S-2 3200 (DVB-S2) PCI

1x Technotrend C-1500 (DVB-C) PCI

1x KNC One TV Station (DVB-C) PCI w/Loop-through to the C-1500.

Problem is living in Germany, and the recent shrinkage in coverage of Astra 2, Eurobird (28.2E / 28.5E), has forced me... Or is forcing me to give up on Satellite, and now Cable. And, possibly that power hungry beast. For a small Apple TV-esq Android Box that can run XBMC (a.k.a. Kodi), well enough. Hopefully that won't be as wasteful as say that HTPC had been. But the DVR functions of Linux VDR (or to give those guys a plug EasyVDR.), has been nothing but a pleasure these last Seven Years. Its just after seeing what XBMC is capable of. I'm can truly see why IPTV is the future.

Besides it was kinda nice... If very late at night. Due to the time difference, to be able to watch both the Season starts of both NCIS, (CBS), and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC), this morning. As well as Jeopardy before it. In near real time.

I thought I was happy with only a 6Mb line. But, this has finally got me to shift up to a 50Mb DSL Line. To be installed next month!

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Microsoft staff brace for next round of layoffs – expected Thursday

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Re: Silly thought experiment

@Shannon Jacobs

Now each baby Microsoft competes against the others. One baby might decide to go back to XP, and I might well switch my loyalties to that brand of Microsoft. Two of the others might stick with Windows 7 and 8 for a while, but one might focus on fixing the security problems at a slightly higher market price. Meanwhile, the last two might put their priorities on flavors of Windows 9.

Sounds good on ePapaer but, that would eventually break the "One OS to rule them all!" credo.... So its never gonna happen.

@ Phil O'Sophical

Build-to-order OEMs like Dell might offer a choice, but most would simply go for whichever charged them the lowest licence fee, and so made the end product cheapest. The resulting race to the bottom wouldn't make shareholders very happy, nor provide income for R&D. Eventually all but 1 or 2 of the Babysofts would go bust, and we'd be back where we started with one company, but a smaller and more financially strapped one.

So why not Linux.... I doubt you can be cheaper then free....

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Windows had this back in the days of XP

It was one of the XP PowerTools. And yes, other OS have had this for decades. I implemented this feature on RISC OS back in 2006 and there were already several pre-existing apps that did similar.

Your One of those same Guys that would tell everyone to buy Startisback too huh?! Forgetting the point that pretty much anyone, and everyone has had this as STOCK for the best part of a Decade now. Or, in some cases even longer. Boy if this is the best MicroSoft can do... Then look out! They really will be lucky to make it out of this Decade alive!

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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Re: Green Prince of Darkness

On the other hand, clouds, generally speaking, are not so reliable.

ICWYDT

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Re: At the risk of being downvoted to hell

don't buy your phone from a carrier. go for SIM Only deals on say a 1 month rolling contract. Then when the carrier pisses you off, you can move to another without the unlocking hassle.

Not to mention that its also WAY cheaper in the long run as well. Sure you have to have the outlay for your Phone first though. But, what an iTard Contract go for these Days? £50, £75 a Month? Try working out what that is after Two Years!

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New Snowden leak: US and Brit spooks 'tap into German telco networks to map end devices'

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Re: Atlas of Cyberspace!

just simply listen.

The Monsters under your Bed, are from the NSA, and not some creepy dream dimension.

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Airbus developing inkjet printer for planes

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Painted?

I thought that they were vinyled on...

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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@Carter

You've been well and truly fanboid!

I'd rather be a Fandroid then a iTard....

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If Smartwatches were the next thing then Samsung would have owned it by now!

Makes me wonder why they don't sue the snot outta Apple for stealing their idea!

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Re: One moment...

Eventually, a watch with GPS built in

All the better for the Eye in the Sky to keep tabs on you!!

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Speaking of Vertu

Does Nokia still have anything to do with 'em?

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Gaming supremo creates maps that turn real world into Sim City

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Fork this fruit only shite!

Video ca. ~1m13s -- For iThingies ONLY....

Gee 2014 and, not knowing that Android has the bigger user base!

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OH SNAP: Getty Images sues Microsoft over Bing pics widget

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Huh I thought Bill Gates just happened to own Getty?

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Nvidia blasts sueballs at Qualcomm, Samsung – wants Galaxy kit banned

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Re: If I had a time machine...

As I seem to recall... The problem with the Voodoo5, was the fact that in the end it was little more then Vaporware. No doubt the Patent War, and insane Power needed to run it kept its overall development way behind schedule. But, I like many other diehard 3dfx fans at the time desperately wanted that card back then.

I'd dare say that 3dfx were way ahead of the Game already then, trying to make do with the sh--y AGP specs. For as soon as 3dfx went... As they say 'round these Parts "Tits up!". Along comes the PCIe Slot, and the now excepted External Power Supply. And no one has managed to blink even once.

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Re: Whither Apple?

Samsung makes the Exynos chip.

Nope the Eyxnos Chip is just a System on (a) Chip. Analogous to say the CPU in your Beige Box! You would still need some type of GPU... In the case of Samsung either a Malli or PowerVR with which to power the Display. Thus One assumes that this then becomes the "focus" of this Sueball.

FYI: Malli = ARM, and PowerVR are PowerVR, and both have nothing to do with Samsung other then Licensing their "Tech" to Samsung who use it to build their Phablets.

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Intel says NO MORE BLOOD PENTIUMS by 2016

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Are Intel still selling Pentiums these Days? I never thought I'd live to see the day that the former Flagship CPU, would actually take a backseat to the Celeron line. Really though. I still think that the Yorkfield was likely their best CPU to date. So good in fact, that I haven't felt the need to update these last Six Years, or so now.

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AMD claims record with latest overclock-happy FX Series chips, again

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Wake me up when they can manage to make a decent Desktop CPU

Along the lines of the AMD A4-5000 (TDP of only 15W). I for One wouldn't run a 185W+ CPU even if they gave it away to me for free!

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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Re: Microsoft? Talk to users? ROFLMAO.

(3) Continue to roll out 'THE' number one office/productivity suite in the world, which remains so to this day, encouraging end users (businesses and Jo Public) and software companies/developers alike to buy into the OS dependency.

And now that Office is largely to be a Cloudy (SaaS) App, that can, and SHOULD run virtually in any Browser, on any Device EVER!....

Please remind my exactly why I need MicroSofts, latest, and greatest again?

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Apple tells devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers

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No that's Apples racket....

However, they will not be able to "sell an end-user's health information collected through the HealthKit API to advertising platforms, data brokers or information resellers", according to the licensing agreement.

Why let Third-Party Devs steal your all of the Pie when you can keep it for yourself....

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

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So am I the only guy that actaully likes the old homepage?

enough so that I expressly ask for it in about:config "http://www.google.com/firefox?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official" ?!

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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

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Re: Will somebody please think of the Elderly

I guess I'm just unduly concerned by the fact that Pale Moon uses (or is currently using), the same codebase as Firefox ESR24.7 at the moment. One of the saddest things I've learnt here recently is that Firefox ESR24.8 will be the last Update for the 24ESR from Mozilla before getting the Axe on October 14, 2014.

I addressed that concern over on their Forums, it would seem that they'd wish to continue such support as possible after that date. So bye bye Firefox. Hello Pale Moon then...

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At least with the Firefox Tiles you can turn off the ones you don't want, unlike that Pale Moon start page.

Again the secret is to bang the Rocks together guys!

about:config -- (search for) "browser.startup.homepage" and change it back to... "http://www.google.com/firefox?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official"

Same thing with "browser.newtab.url" replace "about:newtab" with "http://www.google.com/firefox?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official"

Now was that soooo difficult?!

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Re: I don't have a problem turning off tiles

I won't mourn the loss of tiles when I turn them off and will welcome a blank "new tab" page in future.

Or in about:config -- search for "browser.newtab.url" and then replace "about:newtab" with "http://www.google.com/firefox?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official"

Same thing with "browser.startup.homepage"

Well thats One problem solved!

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Will somebody please think of the Elderly

and, please fork the Firefox 3 builds into a new safe browser that doesn't get all uppity at you?

I guess I could settle for a continuation of Firefox ESR24... But, even this is now on borrowed time. I'm of the understanding that Pale Moon, may still support that Build for a while longer. Which is I guess partly good news. But, at this point Mozilla is imploding faster then MicroSoft. As far as pushing unwanted, and unasked for Tripe is concerned.

Who knew that Browser Plug-ins would come to define a Browser. It makes me wonder if AdBlock Pro can't eventually filter out this Crap, or if Mozilla will bury it so deep into the Code that ADP can't get to it?

I guess I'd ought to download that Pale Moon Browser and see how far I can tweak it up to look like Firefox. Before I get saddled down with this Australis Crap. That I too had somehow never asked for, or knew I ever needed.

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Alienware injects EVEN MORE ALIEN into redesigned Area-51 gaming PC

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I think I can hear the death knell

Really I know that Alienware was always a "Niche Market", but is there even the slightest justification to even misuse this as a gaming rig? I could understand having one for video editing / encoding. But I'd be hard pressed to want this just to play the latest hyped up Muder-sims. Which will undoubtedly be ported to the PS4 and, the Failbox One.

And then there's the Electricity drain... I don't even want to know what it costs to run it for a mindless Hour.

Plus you just know that this thing is gonna be infected with Windows 8 all over it! YUCK!!

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RIP MSN Messenger, kthxbai. Microsoft finally flicks on KILL SWITCH in China

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Ok I'll bite....

The shock here is that people actually use Skype!

Soooo what should we be using... If not Skype?!

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Rejoice, Windows fans: Stable 64-bit Chromium drops for Win 7 and 8

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Re: In all the possible ways Mozilla are mindlessly following everything Googly...

I don't know about Windows but Firefox has been 64-bit in the Linux distro I use for quite a while

Please note... I was referring to Firefox. And not your favorite Linux Distro. Or other Windows 64 Users. From what I can see Firefox 64 is still a fairly newish thing.

Inb4 But, its been in unsupported Alpha / Beta since forever.... Which I suppose is true enough, but in this instance irreverent.

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In all the possible ways Mozilla are mindlessly following everything Googly...

This is One Page I'd wish they'ed lift up for both Linux, and Windows... 32-bit was so '90s, and needs to get dropped faster then 16-bit was back then. Really we've had x86-64 Architecture since the dawn of XP. (Athlon 64 anyone?)... Ok scratch make it by then by XP SP2 then. And, all the Market has done with it is to just sit on its Thumbs!

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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If the rise in GitHub means....

The death of stupid crap like *.rpm, *.deb, and stupid per Distro crap like apt, and yum, and replaces it with something both simple, and universal. Then I think I can learn to live with this. 'cause at this point you just tend to pick your poison. Be it Debian / Mint / Ubuntu etc... Or Mandrake/Mandriva / Redhat. And, then get on with it. There was a time when I was playing with a lot of Linux, back in '06, '07. Looking for an answer to a HTPC problem that MicroSoft were both unable, and seemingly unwilling to answer to this day... How to use their "Media Center" with a DVB-C Provider.

Thats what eventually drove me away from Windows. At that time I was running (or attempting to run) pretty much everything sans Arch. Redhat-type, Gentoo and Debian-type Linuxes. Of those I found the Debian-types to have been more common, and agreeable. In-so-far as I could continue use the "experience" I had gathered up-to-that time. Instead of hanging 'round on Board, and Wiki sites trying to workout how to unpack that *.rpm File, or how to sudo yum -y.

This fractured nature of Linux has been a major PITFA for too long now. So if Get-Hub can eventually morph into the One-Stop-Shop for everything Linux EVER! I sure as heck wont be bitching about it!

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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Could Micro Bacteria, or Viri survive a trip like that?

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: New name for IE

They should just call it "Chrome/Firefox Downloader" (that's all it's useful for anyway)

That, or your... Friendly Pal, for those Second Tuesday of the Month Blues....

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Re: Don't mind it

TBH I dont mind IE. It's no worse than the creeping corporate death of Chrome.

Or its tied to the hip, fan of groupies over at Mozilla. That seem to be of the belief that Chrome is the Mutz Nutz...

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Re: Name

You can be even lazier and call it "Bowser"

Your ActiveX-ploit in in another Castle...

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That's cause its hard to beat free

First released in 1995, IE famously crushed Marc Andreesen’s Netscape in the browser wars, eventually grabbing 90 per cent market share.

Really I never was on the 'net early enough to have, had even to bother with Netscape, and with MicroSoft just giving IE3? away for free, on Windows 95. It was a bit of a no brainer, to install that then the $40.00(USD), that Netscape basically wanted for the same thing.

Now why is it that Linux can't seem to beat MicroSoft at that Game?!

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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

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Re: Why is FF trying to become Chrome?

Firefox 24ESR will stop getting security updates on October 14th - 31ESR has been released, and there will only be a "2 cycle" overlap, as far as I understand. That's 6 months more support than he'll get for version 28, which "expired" in April, but the there were significant changes to the Firefox UI between release 24 and release 28, so the 24ESR UI might not have features that he's using in 28

Just One more Date to mark on the Calendar.... T_T

Christ where am I gonna go now? Why can't someone just keep pushing out the Updates and, just leave the rest of it the **** alone?!

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Re: Why is FF trying to become Chrome?

Who knew that, that info would be so helpful.... To me since my Windows 7 just tanked. CHKDSK just ate my c:\Windows Directory... And, left me with a Black Screen with just a useless Mouse Courser. Of course Rollback(s) weren't turned on at the time.

Thankfully a Live Linux CD, plus something called Photorec, saved my Bacon... Well as much as it was possible to considering. The RPIFA was the lack of any DVD-Rs or a working USB Stick. Of all the times it had to pack it in... It just had to be then!

Luckily I was able to reinstall off an External HDD, So I'm back again nice and fresh....

Just enjoying the next few Hours on Windows Update(s) right now.... Really is a Rollup Patch for Windows 7, just too much to ask for MicroSoft?!

Penguin.... 'Cause I should have used more sense, and installed Mint...

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Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

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And yet...

Here we are as Android phone Users, getting treated less then Second-class Citizens behind the deluge of Apple iOS only Apps...

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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At least now we know the reasaon why Man U banned tablets.

Cause Phones are easier to control then a 7" or 10" Fondleslab? Someone should probably tell them that those have some decent Cameras too... BTW: Whats the story on Google Glass? Will the FA employ Drones to spot all those malcontented Glassholes?

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Re: Do not piss off fans

Or they will piss off leaving you with no money.a

Like thats really ever gonna happen....

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It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

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Re: The. Only.

Leave it alone as a gold standard and work on something easier using ROT 19 or whatever.

Fheyl gung fubhyq or EBG13

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NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS

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Re: Pass me my towel...

..it looks more like the spine of a long-dead sperm whale that hit head first in the top-left before falling sideways - we need to check for tunnels. The smaller oval impacts are a bowl of petunias, a teacup and saucer, and a digital watch... the scale might be improbable, but there's a penguin here who assures me that anything's possible.

It looks like your confusing Mars with The Legendary Planet of Magrathea. Which as any fule nos is right in the middle of the Horsehead Nebula now ain't it?, circling 'round those Twin Stars of Soulianis and Rahm. Some 1.500ly away from Sol!

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