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Gwyneth Paltrow flubs $29 food stamp dare, swallows pride instead

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Re: The problem

Hi, A.C.: While the people you describe certainly do exist, there is often more going on.

A lot of people are "nutritionally clueless", but since many folks (for better or worse) get their "education" from teevee, I'm not sure how they'd know better. So agree that we need more and better education on nutritional bang for the buck. To this end, at least around here, some schools are incorporating "community gardens" into class curricula so the sprogs can learn nutrition, math(s), nature/science, and so on, and the kids generally love to eat the veggies that they grew themselves. Food for both brain and belly. I think the kids also take home any "surplus", but that likely varies by school.

Another problem is that poor neighborhoods often have few options for useful or real food. C-stores and "dollar stores" with overly processed packaged "food" dominate poor neighborhoods since the brightly-wrapped stodge tends to be cheap(-ish) and with enough preservatives to be shelf-stable. Real food, by contrast, tends to cost more and be perishable.

I'm not an expert, but my guess is that a lot of poor people are fat because the food to which they do have access is so nutritionally bereft that they need more calories' worth to get a decent supply of vitamins and other nutes. Just a guess on my part, there are likely other reasons.

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Hungry Apple fanbois can now buy a lunch date with Tim Cook

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Better pray no L.A. School District board members win.

See -- http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/16/la_schools_want_multimillion_refund_after_apple_delivered_rotten_fruit/

Else that could make for an interesting lunch discussion.

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Re: Technology for technology's sake

Hi, A.C.:

re: "All of the kids who managed to jailbreak their iPads should be rounded up and placed in magnet schools, congratulations, you've weeded out the smart and curious kids"

If it was in fact the actual students who did the hacking, I agree (and the teachers should ask them to explain how they did it, not to be punitive but as an example for the other kids of how to approach a problem). I'm guessing, though, based on my long-ago high school experience, that only a handful of smarties actually did the work and the rest of the kids either copied the smarties' work or paid the smarties to do their work for them. Lessons all 'round.

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$2000/kid?

KPCC article claims total program cost of $1.3 billion for 650,000 laptops, $2000 per unit. I don't work for schools or districts, but this sounds higher than it should be. (I got my refurb'ed iPad for $300 or so, which is my only basis of comparison.) Don't school districts get volume discounts? Or is this the usual and going rate for school stuff? I suppose compared to five or six textbooks per kid this could be comparable, but it still sounds expensive.

Am now waiting for Microsoft or Google to swoop in with their tablets as a free "we want to help" gift to the L.A. school district.

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'Arkansas cops tried to hack me with malware-ridden hard drive'

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Possible, but shouldn't cops know better?

Hi, Mourner: Sure, it's possible that one of the machines between the files' creation(s) and the final hand-off was infected and the joy simply got passed along. However -- and maybe this is expecting too much -- shouldn't law enforcement types be MORE vigilant about malware than the average jimmy-joe-bob and thus less likely to pass the clap to someone else?

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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Paris Hilton

I'd have called it teal, monitor must be flaky.

The "joined t's means partnership" back-splanation seems more than a bit forced, but I've heard worse drivel and seen worse results come from many more dollars' and hours' work (I will assume few of either were invested here). Is she still considering a run for U.S. President? Maybe this can be part of her branding ("I'm not a square; I've got wide-view thinking so I must be a rectangle").

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SPB brews up fetching beer + bacon t-shirt design

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Do Aladdin and Bellamy have a C-named sibling?

Family news update respectfully requested. At your convenience, of course.

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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maths [was: Erm...]

Isn't there maths and physics and other advanced larnin' involved with calculating ballistics, trajectories, and all that good gun stuff?

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

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Re: Electric field?

Hi, RikC: Nice article, I trust you also read this one -- http://www.inmr.com/finding-solutions-make-overhead-lines-accepted-public -- linked therefrom? Not all the designs do it for me, but at least someone is flexing some creativity.

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Grandmaster FLUSH: Chess champ booted for allegedly cheating with iPod app in the loo

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The blockbuster movie plot

would have had the Kid Genius character do some high-falutin' programming fu to the found cellphone (maybe, like Will in the _Lost in Space_ movie remake, "bypass the operating system to access the subroutines"?) to make it dispense bad chess advice. The game, the girl, the future -- all gone, fade to black, roll credits.

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Urine for a treat this Monday, ISS 'nauts: SpaceX to launch pee-powered coffee pot

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"Pee powered" as opposed to "pee producing" --

so they're not getting one of those one-at-a-time "K" machines, then? (Sorry, it requires too much jiggery pokery to get a decent cup out of those machines for the much-touted "convenience".)

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Apple Cockring Pro Air [was: Wristjob]

"Slide to Unlock" indeed.

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Blaze it: US drug cops taken to court to ensure all dragnet snooping records are destroyed

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Yet even with these privacy invasions

the War on Drugs(TM) is still a failure. Of course, there is no money available for addressing the root causes of drug abuse (self-medication, social/cultural alienation, unemployment breeding dealers and manufacturers, &c), only lots of money for weapons, criminal enforcement, ineffective "just say no" pabulum, and apparently widespread wiretaps in a never-ending bandaging of symptoms.

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

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Que?

Hi, AC: I don't believe that the decision (bone-headed as some have said, or prudent avoiding-of-no-news later as suggested by others) made by one female big cheese in the technology sector is indicative of how having more women in similar positions would work (or not) any more than the staggeringly bone-headed things said and done by individual men reflect on how men perform (or not) as a class. Same for Blacks, LGBTs, Latinos, et cetera. I think the "problem" is that since women in high-level tech sector jobs are still rare enough to get attention in and of themselves ("Lookie! Another woman tech CEO! Hand me the binoculars and my life list!"), anything they do is News and bad news always outsells good. I am sure that if a highly placed male Apple officer had made the decision, he would also be getting roasted, but perhaps not to the same degree. Things are changing, but despite our hyperbolic information culture some changes are still slow in coming.

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Re: PR move

A downvote? Really? [* scratches head *] People ... are funny.

I salute you, DCFusor, and wish my cash-flow modus operandi were such that I could ditch the electronic leash. Someday.

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US law enforcement rushes to assist bumbling Canuck pirates

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"the vessel's engine shut off"?

Eh wot, the galley slaves all keeled over at once? What proper pirate ship have an engine, matey?

Ditto Doogs about "reached out to us" -- ffs indeed.

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Here we are now, entertain us: Caltech team designs micro, high-res 3D imager

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Scale: 200%

Gentle sigoths will just re-print the "gift" under the guise of wanting a different color whilst keeping the details of any required pre-print photoshoppery to themselves.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Deep-fried cheesy Hungarian

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grilled donuts

In the commercial district near where I went to University there was a diner that'd been there since forever and served a "T.H.B." -- toasted honey bun -- made by slicing a cinnamon sticky bun horizontally and grilling both sides (using "Gold'n Griddle" or similar brand of butter flavored oil) on the griddle. Add a bottomless cup of stand-a-fork-in-it strong coffee and it's yum, yum, gimme some. :^)

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Interesting conundrum for the kitty litter PR firm.

I don't suppose the report mentioned the brand, huh. Missed opportunity, that.

"Unless your cat does this [* cue visual: mushroom cloud *], you can use this [* cue visual: product beauty shot *]"

No such thing as bad publicity.

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Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

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"gentials"? [was: Anyone else see the problem with this picture?]

[* checks calendar *] Body parts not Kosher for Passover?

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Naked he-boobies legal. Naked she-boobies not. Explain.

Someday we will decide that boobs are no more or less exciting than any other body part: when attached to the person to whom one is, um, attached, they can be a source of great joy but when attached to someone else (parents, co-workers, Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day, &c) they are just biology. Alas, today is not the day and tomorrow doesn't look promising either.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

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Re: Just now having a go at opinion polls?

Hi, Notas: Good point, but doesn't her district include San Francisco? Wouldn't a lot of those voters think that censorship is a bad idea? Or has too much of the new high-tech money gone Conservative(TM) now that they've jumped a few tax brackets?

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Just now having an opinion?

More inclined to believe cynical theories about trying to boost sales than that she only recently came across it.

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Chelsea Manning sets up low-tech Twitter account from prison

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Re: health care costs

Hi, BillG: OP used pronoun 'it' referring to Chelsea; in my part of the world that is usually a symptom of transphobia. That said, trans equality has nothing to do with the real issue, which is inadequate funding for veterans' care. I believe I stated that if our social compact with veterans is that they will get the medical care they need in return for their service, we should uphold that bargain. That means ALL our veterans and ALL their care. Sorry if this struck you as anti-American, but nationalism (or the lack of it) is not relevant to believing that bargains made should be bargains kept. Second-guessing recommendations made by doctors about what is and what is not medically necessary diverts attention from the real issue -- inadequate funding -- and takes the pressure off the Congress and officials who need to own the problem and solve it. I am sorry about your neighbor's passing, and for his family's loss. Peace be unto them.

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health care costs

Easy, dmacleo, you'll burst a gasket, and that transphobia ain't doing your mental health any favors. A lot of people get a lot of medical care on the taxpayers' dime -- quintuple bypass heart work, fertility-related, gastric bypass, delivery (multiply by a large variable if the infant is premature), drug detox, et cetera, some of it "elective" (isn't it less risky to exercise more and put down the twinkies than get gastric bypass surgery?) and some of it not (pedestrians hit by cars and needing to be put back together). Some people will have objections to paying for some of these surgeries, but if part of the social compact with our veterans is to give them the medical care they need and if a doctor has determined that a veteran needs X, Y, and Z, then so be it. I'm sorry your local VA is, as I understand your post, understaffed, but blaming the VA's lack of adequate customer service on patients who "cost too much" is not just unfair but is misguided.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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So to speak.

"State Democrats ... decided to let [the Republicans' amendment] go to a straight vote by all state legislatures"

Or maybe a straight-acting vote, eh? Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

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GLOWING TAMPONS hold the key to ending pollution

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Likely not I-90 if it's in Mississippi

The 'alt' text for the photo of lock-and-dam in Mississippi should pro'ly read US-90 and not I-90, as I-90 runs from Massachusetts to Seattle and US-90 runs along the south of the country. Nice photo, though.

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Verizon: FINE OK, you can now rid your life of our stalker supercookies

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I am the Superme Ruler of the Nation of Me

and I want a trackerless government plan.

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Netflix teams with AWS to launch VHS-as-a-service

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Re: Early start...

M0rt: Yeah, that was my thought too: marketing the shite quality lo-fi-for-small-bandwidth as some kind of VHS retro "experience". Since you posted first I guess you get a bigger chunk of the royalties for that idea. ;^)

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: Inconsistent

Hi, Lorisavendu:

re: " How can a corporate entity have a religion?"

I haven't read the ruling, but apparently the U.S. Supreme Court figured it out for Hobby Lobby. Maybe they saw the Catholic Church as long-established precedent?

As I type NPR is reporting that Indiana Governor Pence is asking the State Assembly to amend the law to "clarify" its intent by week's end.

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Re: Barry Goldwater

True. He is alleged to have said about LGBT people in the military "I don't care if they are straight as long as they can shoot straight". However, he his held up as a beacon of Conservatism(TM), and many of his followers oppose LGBT equality, which is why I listed him. Perhaps I should have given that more thought.

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Welcome, Indiana, to the 19th century.

There's another state swirling further down the bowl than Arizona? Arizona, you may recall, is the home of Sheriff Joe "Bustin' Illegals" Arpaio, former U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater, State Senators who say, on camera and in seriousness, that the world is only 6000 years old, and other shining intellectual lights, yet the previous governor had the sense to realize that bigotry does. not. pay. and vetoed the bill (granted, this was done after an embarrassing preamble about how every time someone can not refuse service to denizens of LGBT Nation, religious freedom dies). Indiana could not even do this?

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Apple is like HITLER says Chinese billionaire

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Sorry, not getting how the symbolism is supposed to work.

Apple, in the form of a school-crossing-guard-gone-bad, is keeping an ethnicity- and gender- balanced clot of youths from going to windfarm land? Or keeping them from leaving windfarm land? "Hitler" style is standing ahead of the kids, while "king" style is roughly equidistant from the door as the kids. So the kids are behind the tyrant and, what, protected by him? They're smiling and not cowering in fear or acting coerced, so who knows. Being behind the tyrant, the yoofs could slip out the door unchecked, but appear content not to do so. In the larger "king" picture, OK, the doors are in a rounded-corner frame (Apple i-things), so iPhones are separating kids from wind farms? Or forcing them to not leave them? Are the windfarms supposed to be good or bad? They're certainly a good idea, but there are enough instances wherein the good idea crashed into the mountain of reality and the windmills did less good than hoped, so is this a metaphor for pie-in-the-sky disconnection from the real world? Or good clean eco work? The doors themselves are open, but it's not clear where they lead (just a wild blue yonder) which I guess makes a point about the indeterminacy of Apple's future. The "do not cross" tape is not over the doors themselves, but next to them, implying that avoiding the i-doors is bad (a thought I'm sure Apple endorses) unless one avoids them to the left which apparently leads to either clean solutions for the future or grand scale delusion depending on ones opinion of wind farms. The pockmocks in the floor -- landmines? Holes from where the windmills were before they picked up and wandered, Ent-style, into the background? Sorry, amigos, it's late and after a day of yard work in the sun I'm clearly losing this round of Pictionary.

Maybe a beer will fix that problem. :^)

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Dino-boffins discover ancient, TOOTHY-CLAWED, four-eyed MONSTER LOBSTER

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So, not Lobstora?

Oh well.

http://divineofficial.com/post/112836586435/divine-is-raped-by-lobstora-john-waters-multiple

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I see you have the gTLD that goes .ping!

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Surely it's .turd they're polishing?

Now accepting bids ....

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Welcome to my world, Mr. Dabbs.

re: " the moderators staying moderate wouldn't hurt any, either"

Now I /KNOW/ that wasn't any back-handed slander against the still-missed and much-beloved Moderatrix, right son? ;^)

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Street Culture: Reg man's snazzy snaps of punky London go on display

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What comes around goes around

Great photos! I was noting that Pistols Girl and Rockabilly Boy could have been taken yesterday, the way clothing comes and goes out of style.

Except for the phone she's holding -- I had no idea how thoroughly tiny cellphones had invaded our culture until I caught myself thinking "damn, that handset is HUGE!", an artifact from the days when handsets did double duty as truncheons. (That scene in _The Stepfather_ would have played out differently if Terry O'Quinn had tried to subdue Shelley Hack with an iPhone.)

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Google dangles $70m before new CFO to lure her from Wall Street

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No judgement on Ms. Porat's abilities, but ...

hmmm. I'm having a hard time reconciling the idea that in Capitalist markets a thing or service is worth what others will pay for it and the reality that there are only 24 hours in a day, human meat sacks can only do so much work*, and that there are many many people likely equally as bright and talented who are working for a tiny fraction of that amount, if they are fortunate enough to be employed. Yay for Google that they have the vast stockpiles of lucre to poach talent, but still, this doesn't seem right in the big picture. (Although I am hard-pressed to offer an alternative beyond schemes by which the top of the pyramid may only earn some multiple of what is earned by the broom-pushers at the bottom and if the top dogs want a raise everyone else down the food chain has to get a similar increase. And that scheme is not perfect, either, as top dogs connive to get benefits that are exempt and so on.)

* Except Chuck Norris, of course, in whose presence labor measurement devices tremble.

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Facebook welcomes THINGS to its network with Parse IoT push

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Oh.

So people won't be able to "like" my coffeepot on fecebook? Shame. Or is that in the next iteration?

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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FAIL

"Don't tread on me" applies to ME, not you.

I love how many 'Merkin states get their panties in a wad about "federal interference" yet happily inflict their own brands of interference on their respective municipalities. Pot, kettle.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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visibility -v- illumination [was: My wife's car has automatic headlights.]

re: "If you need to be seen, sidelights.

If you need to see, headlights.

If you "don't notice" for several hundred yards, chances are you don't "need" headlights, as such."

Unless you're on a bicycle, in which case Officer Friendly WILL get on your case if it is dark and you do not have a headlight regardless of how well lit the area is with streetlights. Although in my experience bicyclist can be well in the bike lane and lit up like a bleedin' holiday tree and some driver with a misguided sense of entitlement will still claim "didn't see the bicyclist, shouldn't have been on a road for CARS". If this "see the sign, obey the sign" technology can be tweaked to force drivers to either pass bicyclists with at least 36" clearance, or to slow down behind the cyclist until such passing distance is available, that'd be a step in the right direction. Downvoters from the "I have to be somewhere, I can not be held up behind a bicyclist" camp might consider that not all bicyclists are out spaffing around any more than all drivers are out joyriding. Happy trails, all.

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Can your code survive crappy 2G? This open-source traffic controller will test it

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Back when I was a boy ....

We assumed everyone would be on dialup and built for decent download/ performance at that speed, and those on a fat pipe got our pages screaming fast. Yeah, yeah, the internet's growed up a bit since then but the same principal applies, dunnit? Build lean and mean for the slowest connexion and take the faster-connexion performance as bonus gravy.

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Cops cuff Colorado girl for allegedly poisoning mum after iPhone ban

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Paris Hilton

Her name's not Veruca, is it?

"Don't care how, I want it NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW"

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You – yes, YOU – can now 3D print your very own Paul McCartney

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dashboard tat

I don't care if it rains or freezes, I had me my plastic Jesus

Sitting on the dashboard of my car.

'Til thief broke in and stole him smartly, now I got me Paul McCartney ....

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Watchdog slaps American Apparel's youthful naked arse

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They're just now getting on American Apparel's case?

Rather late to the party, aren't they? AA's "cheeky" adverts have been their trademark since almost Day 1 and their product catalogues similarly push the envelope.

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Bride legs it from wedding after groom proves unable to add up

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Clown was "Pennywise"

If we are going to run this allegory into the dirt, Pennywise would certainly represent the eeevil of short-sighted manglement, er, management ("The Mangler" was another Stephen King story) that insist on going cheap cheap cheap and then wondering why the whole network seems possessed. IIRC only silver (a decent budget) could stop the beast that was Pennywise's alter ego. (Caveat: I read the book many many snows ago, and the made-for-teevee movie was entirely disappointing.)

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Re: Eh?

The joke for awhile about the idea of Mexican "Reconquista" of the south and southwest U.S. was sure, you can have Texas back but you have to take George "Mission Accomplished" Bush too.

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"intellectual destitution" -- bravo!

Is it stealing if I let you know aforehand that this phrase may appear above my name in another time and place later?

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LOHAN chap compiles 'tenner a week' cookbook

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Dumpster diving, yes or no?

Is dumpster diving (free!) or other hunting/ gathering/ scavenging/ active procurement (using the dandelion greens from ones yard, picking fallen fruit from neighbors' trees, game hunting) cheating?

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'Just a kid' Zuck's word is his bond ... but NOT in his backyard, lawsuit claims

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mission accomplished

By now Voskerician is quite well-known to "[Zuckerberg's] connections, his friends, clients of Facebook and others that [he] knew to be influential".

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