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Netflix speed index shows further decline in Verizon quality

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I see something here that it would appear many have missed. What is the subscription speed of the viewers? I work for one of the DSL providers listed here, as a tech support monkey, and one of the most common issues I see are people with 512K and 76K connections trying to stream HD videos and complaining about the buffering. When you point out the "minimum recommended" speeds, they then get all huffy. Mind you, these are people for whom 8 and 10M connections are available, they just don't want to pay.

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Run for the tills! Malware infected Target registers, slurped 40m bank cards

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Re: PoS says it all really.

The difference is that in the US, if there's a contested charge, the card/chargee has to prove it's legit. From what I understand with chip/pin, the fact that the purchaser had the pin proves that they were authorized and stolen/unauthorized claims are much harder to "prove"

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Proposed California law demands anti-theft 'kill switch' in all smartphones

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Re: Another stupid Calfornia Idea

The phones aren't necessarily stolen to resell... they're stolen to keep the victim from calling the cops too fast. A kill switch will just result in a bunch of electronic waste.

Of course, telling a California Lawmaker anything is like talking to a brick wall.

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You gotta fight for your copyright ... Beastie Boys sue toymaker over TV ad

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Intent

What I find amazing here is the idea that the creators of a work have no say in how it's used.

If this were simply a matter of copyright, then yes, you could claim parody. However, in 2012 when Adam Yauch passed away his will specifically mentioned "in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes." At the time, Forbes Magazine had an article on if this was even legal, which I'm guessing was the source of the brilliant idea to push it.

At the same time, GoldieBlox did not significantly change the tune, merely moving it up the scale. Given the response, I think it's fair to say that none of the band members gave permission for it's use. And the companies own actions show that they thought that what they were doing might be illegal, hence the "sure them before they sue us" mentality.

This breaks down to the copyright law in it's most base for. Does the creator of a work control it's distribution and destiny. If you listen to the freetards and their idea that "data can't be stolen, only copied", then the logical conclusion is that no, the creator has no say in how a work is distributed or used after they create it.

OTOH, it's not that the creator in this case refused GoldieBlox the ability to use it. They have consistently refused ANY request. Since they have refused all requests, and have a published history of doing so, then it would be reasonable to assume that they would also refuse "GB". At that point, using it anyway, is a gross violation of the creator's rights, as spelled out in the law.

Suing someone because you wish to violate their rights is just a kick in the nuts.

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

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RE:"If anyone can say this 10 times quickly, they get a prize," she said.

OK, so where do I send a video and what's the prize?

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Accused Glasshole driver says specs weren't even turned on for traffic stop

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Re: What will CA and the courts do when prescription Glass arrives?

Actually, I could see an endorsement test (Similar to a motorcycle, air brake, large vehicle, or commercial passenger endorsement) to allow one the legal right to drive with a cranial mounted HUD.

Personally, I see great promise in these devices. GPS overlay data, light amplification, vehicle information. The trick is to using it is TRAINING. And I'll bet that if you use a similar scheme to something like the "Halo" HUD, with this info in the peripheral view, many people will be able to integrate it safely and effectively.

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Re: Re: "nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass"... yet.

"Nah, that's because their cars are shit."

No, more like overloaded with safety and entertainment gadgets. And moronic regulations that emphasize less efficient fuels.

Ignore the fact many 'Mericans are addicted to big engines, high accelerations, and vehicles that are solid enough to run roadblocks.

"Proud to be a 'Merican, where at least I think I'm free"

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Final preview of IE11 for Windows 7 uncanned

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Compatibility MOde

It will be interesting to see if my employer's customer facing webmail will still have to be viewed in Compatibility Mode, as well as several of our CPE Firmwares that have been in place for 5 years. Works fine on IE9. Works fine on FF. Works fine son Chrome. Works fine on Safari. It would be nice is MS could quit trying to redefine the web and just deliver what works with current standards.

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'Peeping while you're sleeping' NSA parody T-shirt ban BACKFIRES

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Re: Sell through via Europe

"Copyright -is- worldwide, pretty much. There are only a few places where it won't be enforced. I can legitimately forbid you to copy this message, although I'm granting some rights to The Register by posting it after reading their terms and conditions (I'm sure I did that onceI'm sure I checked a box saying I did without actually reading once)."

Fixed it for you :)

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Microsoft DMCA takedown requests targeting OpenOffice

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Go

RE: Martijn Otto

No thanks. I'll keep my Open Office, the same software I've used for 5+ years.

(and no snarks about how it's exactly the same as it was 5 years ago because no one's maintaining it!)

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Robot cop called in after MAD BONGER blown up in LIQUID MARIJUANA EXPLOSION

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Trollface

Re: Not so much stoners but thieves

FYI- the new trolling behavior. Sadly we're seeing it all over MMORPGs, and now it's infected the good Vulture

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Samsung Galaxy S3 explodes, turns young woman into 'burnt pig'

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Re: "Fanny means bum in English"

I never heard the gleuteous maximus being referred to as a "bum" until I started reading stuff from GB. It was always "butt" "or "ass". And, from what I've been told, "fanny" is a slang term for the vulva.

and a "bum rap" usually referred to a trumped up charge to harass someone, such as a charge a LEO would use to run a "bum" (beggar, bindlestiff etc) in, such as the charge in my lovely home that if you do not have $5 in your wallet, or a credit/debit card, you can be arrested as a vagrant

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NASA: Trip to Mars would exceed 'fatal cancer' radiation risk

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Joke

Propulsion

Do you want power to spare to get there? The ability to take a 6 meter thick lead shield, followed by a 24 meter deep water shield with you? It's an old solution. O.R.I.O.N. Go nuke or stay home, baby!

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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Re: OOPS!

Mad Mike, you sir are either a master of sarcasm or a fucktard. an "AK47" in a fully automatic variant would be a Class 3 NFA item and unable to be purchased unless the item was manufactured prior to 1986 without being a a "Special Occupation Taxpayer" - ie a dealer who is selling the device to a credentialed LEO/LEA

A semi-automatic configuration fires one round each time the trigger is pulled. And yes, you can walk into a licensed dealer and buy one. At which time you will be required to fill out a form and submit to a background check to make sure that you are not prohibited from ownership by either a felony conviction or an involuntary commitment to a mental hospital.

As far as the number of firearms in private ownership- yes, we have only to look at Mexico, our peaceful neighbor to the south, to see what a total ban on private ownership does for the crime rate. Or even some cities in the US: Chicago, New York and DC)

This young lady had a chem experiment go wrong. No one was hurt. No damage was done. So let's ruin her life by marking her a felon so some worthless DA can make a name for themselves.

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FAA: 'No, you CAN'T hijack a plane with an Android app'

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Re: This sounds like a job for...

http://bofh.ntk.net/BOFH/1998/bastard98-24.php

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Get lost, drivers: Google Maps is not for you – US judge

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Re: I always use my phone for Google's GPS when I'm in California

The technical term for this is "splitting lanes" and it's permissible because of the traffic jams and heat. Many motorcycles are air cooled and as such you have to maintain an airflow over them to keep them from seizing up and becoming expensive paperweights.

While you may not like it (and as a rider, I don't) it is legal in California. It's not in many other states that are a little more intelligent, but you still catch people from Cali doing it here as well and getting pissy when they get tickets for it

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Now even MORE 'interns' make iPhones - Chinese labour watchdog

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Re: The question nobody asks

Possibly because Apple charges a premium price and have all the way back to the Power PC days (when said premium was justified because of processor costs.

You buy cheap, you expect this stuff, you pay more, you expect more. Plus, in the US, there's an uproar over ther "rich" taking advantage of the "poor"

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Barnes & Noble to sling their Nook - report

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Cyanogenmod

I'm guessing one reason is that these Nook Colors (And the Nook Tablet) are already getting hacked and having CyanogenMod put on them. Hey presto and now you have a cheap color android tablet. I got mine from a pawn shop since the hack voided the warranty for about $75.

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Unwearable tech: Five ways IT garb's gone HORRIBLY WRONG

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Re: Many

"Those are only popular with people who never wore their glasses at school as a child because they wanted to be like all the other little lambs. I.e. were terrified of being labelled a nerd."

Or they're tired of looking at the rest of the world like it's on a giant TV. Or they're tired of feeling like their glasses are putting a glass wall between them and others.

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Rampaging gnu crashes Microsoft Store, hands out literature

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FAIL

@LDS

"But still you can't run OS X in a VM unless you're in Apple hardware"

Really? My 10.6.8 VM running on a Dell Latitude 630 would beg to disagree.

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Kim Dotcom shows off new mega service

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A point has been missed

For all that I've seen discussion of a) the encrypition and b) the sharing of encrypted files i think a point has been missed.

this will include a "mail" type service....

i postulate this, you will click a link to download, have to LOG IN, and the item you are looking for is in your "mailbox". as you download it to your computer, the software decrypts it with a public style decrypt provided by the linker/uploader.

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Re: Security? What Security?

I've been away too long, when did amanfromMars1 start speaking in coherent sentences? or have i finally "slipped the trolley"?

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ROGUE PLANET WITHOUT A SUN spotted in interstellar space

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John Ringo

I'm voting it's a Dreen Brainship.

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WoW cities wiped out by 'exploit'

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Re: Been a while since I last played WoW

"My brother and I used to be avid players for quite a few years there. We canceled our accounts earlier this year when Blizzard decided to take the game from Lord of the Rings-esque epic fantasy to fucking Kung-Fu Panda."

Then I guess you know that Chen Stormstout, whose name appeared in a quest for the Horde in Vanilla was a Pandaren. And I guess you know that the Pandaren were supposed to be introduced in WotLK and was removed due to an issue with our Eastern friends (specifically that they could die, as mentioned previously).

One of the reason for the hemoraging subscriptions has been a content issue, specifically that they can't be bothered to fix problems in Beta.

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Hackers claim to have Mitt Romney's tax records

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Re: Obama's school transcripts

The real reason there is so much suspicion about Barockstar's school transcript is because due to statements made by some of his classmates, he may have been registered as a foreign student. As in, not a citizen of the US. As in not eligible to be president according to the constitution.

Of course, simple questions asked by conservatives are automatic proof of their evilness to progressives.

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You'll be on a list 3 hrs after you start downloading from pirates - study

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Re: Not hard to get around...

I prefer to make the password something epic. "G0FuckYourself" or "Fuck0ffY0uFuck1ngWank3r" - that way when they ask you can give them the answer in such a deadpan way that they'll never actually TRY what you said. So when they take you to court, there is your defense.

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Jaw-jaw no more-more as calls fall down tally of phone tasks

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I seem to recall Danger referring to their as the "HipTop" before TMobile renamed it and that always seemed like a proper name to me, a Hip Top computer.

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Kim Dotcom resists password grab

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Re: Remember kids

personally boris, i prefer "piss off you bloody wanker". yes, i use this as a password and yes i've told the police this. unfortunately it's lost on them as i'm merkin

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Diablo III out on 15 May, pledges Blizzard

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Yeah, uhhhhh

FYI, I signed up for a 12 month commitment to WoW some time ago and got D3, a shiny mount, and a beta key for 4.0 (Mists of Kung-Fu Panda). When I read that the date was firm, I checked my Battlenet account and can download the D3 client at any time. So it's not "Paid in Advance" it's simply "12 Month Commitment". Check your facts.

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Fingerprint scanner can detect drugs in sweat

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Big Brother

metabolites....

My question is is it sensitive enough to tell the difference between the metabolites of heroine, morphine and codeine and the metabolites of poppy seeds? Also, will the programming of the device, as well as it's chemical markers and such be available for an independent expert to study to determine the likelihood of "false positives" in the event that this device is directly responsible for someone losing their jobs or being incarcerated.

While I know that many of you are in the UK and other EU countries and as such have no care for US laws and rights, some of our rights were specifically put in place because of the abuses your systems created. Aside from the 5th Amendment mentioned earlier, there is also the 6th Amendment which gives the accused the right to face their accuser in court. Why is this so important? Because in many US jurisdictions it has been argued that the accuser is the DEVICE, not the person using the device. Speeding tickets are often dismissed because of improper documentation on the device used to determine speed-thus negating the ability to face one's accuser in court. (And the ossifer saying "Because I said so" is usually looked down upon by Judges without evidence)

This device has great applications in medicine, but as a law enforcement tool I see many problems. Does it provide "Justified Cause" for a more thorough search? Or will it, on it's own, be enough to convict?. I don't know the UK laws other than BBCinA shows and Simon Pegg's cop spoof, but in the US having the metabolites in your system is not enough to get a possession conviction because the metabolites are not illegal, the base drug is.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX to build 'Grasshopper' hover-rocket

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i thought i was the only one to remember this movie!

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Lady Gaga loses squatting complaint

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Trollface

One of the reasons that the proprietor of ladygaga.org cannot make a profit off of the site that that if s/he/it did, then they would be using a trademarked name (Lady GaGa) to generate revenue without licensing the use of the trademark from it's holder. This is one of the major qualifiers for cybersquatting. If s/he/it attempt to make a money from it, even as much as suggesting a buyout from GaGa (or arguably even from saying that an offer is not enough), then s/he/it is attempting to make a profit formt he cybersquatting and in violation of the regulations.

as for it being a .org address which was supposed to be limited to non-profits, if ICANN was doing that then they'd require submmission of the 501(c)(3) certification or similar for countries outside of the US.

IANAL so don't try to use this in court.

Thank you Peter David for the simple way to refer to hermaphrodites (the subject matter prevented me from using "hirsh)

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Microsoft milks Casio for using Linux

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Stop

US Patent

At the same time, why don't you stop using the results of US companies intellectual property. The patent war is something that will never be resolved (except by freetards who just take what they want). Pfizer spends $US4 billion to develop a drug, but the EU and UK refuse to recognize patents on drugs and reap the benefits of copycats.

One thing that patentards forget is that the licensing fee of a patent is also about the research and the wrong turns that were made to get to the final product. simply copying the end result of someone else's hard work is theft. But good luck getting anyone in the UK or EU to see it that way.

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Amazon staff toiled in 100°F+ warehouse

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Upper Temperature

US OSHA regulations only define an "extreme" upper temperature as being over 40C (104F).... but that's only using a special thermometer to measure which is basically a thermometer in a brass orb that's painted black... This does not include the "heat index" (which takes into account breezes and humidity), but is a straight temperature reading.

I work in a warehouse environment myself in Florida and often this summer have experienced heat indexes over 100. Most warehouses modify their working hours so that you finish work by about 2 or 3 when the temperature is at it's hottest. (of course, i work for one of those places that schedule the HEAVIEST work between 2 and 5pm)

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LightSquared offers low-power olive branch to GPS

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No, I didn't forget

Regardless of the original use, the fact that the receivers are receiving parts of the spectrum they are not licensed to receive is the root of this issue. The receivers are the sticking point. They were built without the necessary filtering because no one was using that portion of the spectrum. So now they're whining because their failure is what is causing this problem.

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Stop

One little thing that is being overlooked here. LightSquared had legally purchased/licensed the allocated bandwidth. The GPS units are NOT designed to use this bandwidth, being licensed to use their own. The US FCC has specifically spelled out the guidelines for this under Part 15:

"This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation."

As the "interference" would be occurring not on the licensed bandwidth for the GPS unit but on the section of the spectrum that LightSquared has licensed, GPS clearly falls under sub-section (2) in that it must accept any interference received. As LightSquared is proposing to function in the segment of the spectrum that they have licensed, their signal is not considered interference. If their signal spills over into the GPS portion of the spectrum, then it would be considered interference. However, the complaint here is not that. It is that the GPS units have been using a portion of the spectrum allocated to another use and they do not want to have to filter out the unwanted interference.

The fact that LightSquared is offering to not use a portion of the spectrum they are leasing, and offering to step down their transmission power for what might very well be considered a generation of GPS manufacturing techniques (at greater expense to themselves due to needing many more base stations), shows that they are trying to alleviate the problem. The GPS manufacturers are playing "possession is 9/10 of the law" and refusing to even admit that their equipment is receiving signals on spectrum they are not licensed for.

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Galaxy Tab remains illegal in Germany

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And you guys say that AMERICAN judges are fooked in the head. Well, they are, just not as badly as this German judge.

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Explaining the Chocolate Factory's Patent Panic

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Joke

Starcraft?

would that be like a Zergling Rush?

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Truck nuts swing onto US freedom of speech agenda

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truck nuts

the flesh colored ones are rare, i usually see the chrome or brass colored ones (and occasionally the blue)

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World first: UK boffins print out working 3D aeroplane

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Pint

RE: amanfromMars 1

ok, who the hell spiked my cola? I'm actually starting to understand him!

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Hubble detects new Plutonian moon

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we can't call it a planet...

but it has more moons than any other solid body in the solar system....

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Jobs: Apple succession plans are 'hogwash'

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Sucessor

I still like the Woz for this job.

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NASA eyes Atlas V for 'naut-lifting duties

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amazing

it's amazing how such an earth-friendly chap like Obama can accept going back to a DISPOSABLE vehicle... while paying another country massive ammounts of money borrowed from a third country.

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Airport screener stuffs stolen iPad into (own) trousers

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what do you expect?

when the job was done by security guards, many times it was the least capable assigned to the task. when the TSA was born, these people got first call and now they're "federal officers" with federal unions keeping their worthless backsides employed. the TSA is a collection of the least intelligent workers looking over a list of "suspected" items and trying to look busy so they stretch the meaning to cover anything possible. not one of these people are trained to know what to look for in a suspected person, they just hope to catch someone in a "by gosh and golly" method. They're applying a 80/20 rule. Search everyone for 80% of the suspected items, and search 20% for everything. Ignore the dark looking fellow in his mid 20's with the heels of his shoes pushed down and the wild look in his eye (that would be profiling) but pat down and put through the backscatter machine the hot blonde that is the "sole support of two dependents" (thanks, Robert H!)

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Kindle Store awash with auto-generated crap 'books'

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Give Baen Credit

Due to an experiment at the behest of one of their authors, Baen Books. I recently bought a Hardcopy Honor Harrington novel that had a cd inside of a ton of their sci fi novels. Apparently, one of the authors at Baen dared the publisher to make the e-copy free to boost interest in the hard copy and it worked.

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California set to impose 'Amazon Tax'

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Big Brother

Sales taxes in 'merica

Something folks in other countries may not realize is that there are several levels of "sales tax" involved. In addition to a flat rate charged by the state (for demonstrative purposes we'll say 5%), you then have additional sales taxes imposed at the County Level (for Los Angeles County the total rate is 9.75% including the state tax), and then the City can charge a tax on top of that as well (In LA County for instance, the city of South Gate tacks on an additional 1%).

On top of this, you have various federal laws (and even our constitution) that explicitly prevents one state from taxing activity that occurs in another state. I suspect that the only legal recourse the Kommifornia has is to subpoena sales records from the internet retailers in federal court and then attempt to collect taxes from the receiver. However, with Kommifornia being as socialist as it is, the politicians are loathe to actually go after their own residents for these taxes (else they will not get re-elected).

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Apple seeks patent for keyboard that sucks

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IBM model M

Pop the spacebar off and make sure the guide rods are in their track. It's a common problem and I fix like 10/week

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Steve Wozniak ready for return to Apple

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FAIL

Windows ME

ME was nothing more that a sop to the fools running 98 that "upgraded" to 2000 and couldn't play their games because of the HAL. MS released it with the sole intention of it being able to run an "upgrade" path from 2K back to a 9X type environment.

If your'e going to piss on MS, do it for the right reasons. The IE thing I can't argue, it was stupidity squared.

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It's the oldest working Seagate drive in the UK

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Coat

shoot me, i'm a nerd

There is no Wizard class in WoW. Mages, Warlocks, Priests et cetera, but no Wizard.

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