* Posts by Archivist

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Apple joins one wireless power group, the other one responds with so-happy forced grin

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You can always be sure

That Apple will have chosen the solution/alliance that's best for their bottom line, not necessarily the best technological or practical solution for us.

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Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs

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Emulator

Or you could just emulate a Pi:

Mac/ Linux: https://sourceforge.net/projects/raspberrypiemulator/

Windows: https://sourceforge.net/projects/rpiqemuwindows/

Lot of fun! Have used the Mac one successfully with Jessie.

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'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud

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Tax the profits, not the product

Increasing tax on tobacco and alcohol just makes poor families poorer. The users will keep buying their "fix" to the detriment of their kids diet, whatever the price.

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Hacker dishes advanced phishing kit to hook clever staff in 10 mins

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Re: Discerning?

People are already conditioned to see truncated urls and filenames by the stupidity of OSs and browsers. It's hardly surprising that they'll accept .co in place of .com, or some dots here and there.

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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Re: Solder not Socket...

Data loss strategy..

If everything's got to be immediately in the cloud then just buy a Chromebook.

There - just saved you enough for a family holiday!

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Microsoft's Surface Studio desk-slab, Dial knob, Surface Book: We get our claws on new kit

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At last

A Windows desktop PC with some style. Shame about the price tag.

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Did Apple leak a photo of its new Macbook Pro in an OS update? Our survey says: Yes

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Re: What about VI users!

You and me might use VI but 99.9% of users won't and don't care. Most other industries don't use "home/consumer tools" to do the job - your garage doesn't use the supplied wrench from the boot of your car to change wheels.

What I'm saying is there's noting compelling manufacturers to make products nice for devs. They are only interested in the bottom line, and that comes from "normal" sales.

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Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

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Market specific pricing

I thought these software companies (like drug pushers) charged according to what the market will bear. Eg the price in Somalia is not the same as in the US..

Well they'd better start thinking about the UK market, and what we can afford.

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Watch the world's biggest 'flying bum' go arse over tit in a crash

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Let's party!

You mean like party balloons?

The purity of helium affects it's usefulness, so this helium was probably useless for anything except elevation.

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Touchy iPhone 6, 6 Plus chips prone to breaking down and giving up

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Re: D'Oh

Yes you're quite right, and well said.

Glad I read your comment before I expunged my criticism of this tabloid.

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Ad blockers responsible for rise in upfront TV ad sales, claims report

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Killing the goose

Shhhh! Don't tell them that we're skipping the ads or they'll find a more intrusive way of trying to brainwash us, such as product placement. Imagine being immersed in a good drama when suddenly the leading actor pulls out a tube of haemorroid cream and extols it's virtues.

On a more serious note, I'm surprised the Freeview and Freesat organisations haven't insisted the PVR manufacturers disable ad skipping.

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Re: Easy way to avoid TV ads

@john brown " programmes seem to be made with as-break slots built in ready of overseas sales"

Many of the the programmes you enjoy would be too expensive to make for just one region.

Take it or leave it.

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IRS 'inadvertently' wiped hard drive Microsoft demanded in audit row

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Ha ha ha

They deserve each other!

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re: compatible?

Of course, Samsung also deserves some scorn for atrocious driver support as well...

Hold on. The apps I bought to run under OS A may not run under OS B. Is it up to the app developer to rewrite the app and give it to me free?

I thought not. Samsung may be a crappy company in some respects but they are doing the correct thing for their shareholders. That's capitalism, and if you don't like that, go and live in North Korea or Venezuela.

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Actually

I remember replacing the Airport card on my early iMac to one with a different chip that had Linux driver support, to allow me to dual boot.

But yes it's only nerds who change their hardware to suite software.

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Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff

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Apple throws toys out of pram - Adobe incredulous

Quicktime for Windows has run it's course. HTML5 with H264 is the future of web video delivery, but it was hardly a smooth and timely depreciation.

I support a load of Adobe CC and I feel that incompetence on the part of Apple or Adobe - or both, has exposed us to potential harm unnecessarily.

I wonder if there is more to this. Has Adobe told Apple that they intend to pull CC from Mac platform? It's the ind of knee-jerk reaction that Apple is known for. Remember when they were close to using Sun ZFS and dropped it when Sun let it slip in an interview.

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Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday

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Re: Non-cloudy thinking

"If they wanted to wipe out all reputation, goodwill, trust and destroy their business overnight.

You mean like this:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/168654/kindle_e_book.html

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Apps that 'listen in' to your mobile get slapped by US watchdog

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Re: What Frequency is used?

Indeed, by virtue of the technology, there can be no "ultrasonic" frequencies produced. However there are sonic frequencies that a lot of people can't hear.

A department that I supported QCing TV found that 2 out of the 12 staff (and yes, they were the youngest) complained about some high frequency whistle. It turned out to be 18KHz produced from the new LED studio lighting they were using.

The moral of the story is that they can embed HF sound in the ads, but they'll piss off some of their audience.

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LG builds a DAB+ digital radio radio into a smartmobe

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Wide market

OK so we have a crap DAB implementation in the UK. For me and my colleagues living in Herts and Beds it's unusable mobile, and sounds bad at home (when there's any reception). What a waste of money.

But it can't be so bad in other countries can it? That at least gives the idea a chance.

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Invent FM?

I thought the inventor of Frequency Modulation was Edwin Howard Armstrong. He was presumably working in the Manhattan branch of BBC R&D;-)

Did El Reg get it's terms mixed up? FM is a type of modulation; Transmission of radio services on the VHF band 2 - 88MHz to 100MHz was "pioneered" by the BBC in the UK some 10 years after services started in the USA. They were the only legal public broadcaster at the time, so who else could have done it?

You'll be saying they invented t'Internet next...

I say this jokingly. The Beeb has done some wonderful development in the past, shame all that talent was squandered and sold off.

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Roll up, roll up to the Malware Museum! Run classic DOS viruses in your web browser

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When the BBC finally stop using Flash

You don't have to wait till then, just tell your browser User Agent to identify as an iPad. The beeb will then serve you sensible media.

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Pay up, Lincolnshire, or your data gets it. Systems still down after ransomware hits

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Maybe because the OS didn't display the file extension? I've never understood this default.

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Cabling horrors unplugged: Reg readers reveal worst nightmares

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Re: BNC connectors

For BNCs the pin diameter difference is an Urban Myth. The 50/75 ohm impedance difference is due to the amount of PTFE dielectric inside the connector. Compare a plug of each type to see the difference.

Of course cable with a given dielectric will have a different ratio of inner to outer diameter between the impedances, but you'll have finding two different cables with exactly the same dielectric construction to compare.

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Software engineer sobers up to deal with 2:00 AM trouble at mill

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Non IT Callout

I was woken by a phone call from the police to say that the company alarm was sounding. Fair enough, I lived closest.

Because I was so close, I got there moments before the police did, and as I placed my security key in the alarm panel, a police hand grabbed me and pulled me back through the front door, which slammed.

I was left with no keys, or ID. They didn't believe any of my protestations.

The person next on the key-holder's list lived 40 minutes away. It was bloody freezing. Try waiting 40 minutes in winter in 1 layer.

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No £160m for you: BT to receive termination notice from Cornwall before Christmas

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Re: I may be old fashioned but...

I disagree that their prime market is shrinking. There has never been so much data transmission required.

These side-businesses are just follies by transitory managers who think they are a way of making a quick buck.

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Tor wars: CMU says FBI came not with cash, but a subpoena

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Smacks of incredulity

Why engage a university - that is bound to be leaky - to do a dirty deed, when they already employ some of the brightest minds who work in secret.

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ProtonMail DDoS wipeout: Day 6. Yes, we're still under attack

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DDOS in general

We've seen the "hardening up" of OSs over the years, and imagined that it would get harder to trojan devices. It seems though, that there are ever increasing numbers to hand. I wonder what proportion are old unpatched, compared with new.

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Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed

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A fish rots from the head

She might like to be called Dido (dildo?) Harding but she is Baroness Harding of Winscombe

Privileged education, privileged contacts, privileged position.

And when asked by the BBC whether compromised customers could leave without penalty she fudged her answer.

I feel blessed to have been born in a position where I can at least reach 1 rung up the ladder, and I work very hard to make sure that each responsibility I'm given, I treat as important as my own being. Some may think I'm mad, but if this person had ethics anywhere close to those, this would never had happened.

I have many failings too!

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The most tragic thing about the Ashley Madison hack? It was really 1% actual women

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Why the percentage shock?

You can't get away from the biological facts that men are programmed to impregnate as many women as possible, while women are programmed to choose a dependable partner who sticks around.

Civilisation has glossed over those drives, but they they are still in our heads and bodies.

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Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right

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Re: Eagle Eyes

In that era I had an appliance rejected for the percentages of green and yellow pigment on the earth cable being just outside the limit - something like 35%/65% rather than 40%/60%.

All joking aside, I was the certification engineer for a Japanese company and we took BEAB/BSI testing seriously. Every model was tested before production, and any changes had to submitted for re-testing before incorporation. I'm not sure how practical that would be today, with so much free movement of goods.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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Ridiculous

In that case all CD players are infringing the law as they copy the retrieved digits into memory for error correction and channel separation to be applied, before spitting out to the D to A.

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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Load balancing

I have a 10MWh battery store near my house:

http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2014/dec/uk-power-networks-battery-storage.cfm

Apparently these batteries use Lithium chemistry but their construction and weight makes them unsuitable for portable applications.

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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Plug that leak

And what happens when the next Snowden leaks the master key?

Oh that could NEVER happen!

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Not A Competing Product, Really

Safari is no longer cross platform.

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XenData’s storage Jurassic Park: PC tape backup is BAAAAACK

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Market

Since this is being shown at BVE it seems this is aimed at the video/film post production market where there is a definite need for off-line storage.

A good alternative in terms of keeping track of cartridge content is Yoyotta. A UK product, it can be used with any LTFS capable drive as well as several of the smaller libraries. I look after several instances of this at my place of work.

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I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

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I accept the insult

"A low level engineer" (read the article)..

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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Support

If your phone becomes faulty or you drop and smash your iPhone you can go to the Apple shop and get an exchange over the counter - free or for a standard charge. You get a brand new phone. They seem to keep all but the oldest models in stock for exchange purposes. This support model is only possible with a limited range of hardware options.

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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Re: Wht's the point really ?

There are some of us who come out of our dark basements (or IT rooms) and enjoy the light.

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Brit iPad sellers feel the pain of VAT-free imports

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2 sides

I used to work for an equipment distributor in the UK. The policy was that grey imports only got support on a chargeable basis. This pissed off a few customers who thought they'd got a bargain.

Yes the UK price was higher, partly through tax and partly through the cost of support. The overseas sellers had neither of these expenses.

On the other hand I've been happy to buy kit from abroad. I know there is a risk, especially DOA, but as an engineer I chance it.

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Apple's DIRTY SECRET isn't that secret, or that dirty

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Ethical choice

Attacks of this kind may do some short term harm to Apple, but in the long run it incentivises them to do more to ensure ethical supply. A supplier the size of Apple has the clout to change many things. Of course your iThing might become slightly more expensive.

Imagine a situation where you could buy a similar product from an ethical supplier or a less ethical one at a lower price. When the choice is yours, which one will you buy? Isn't that a great incentive for them?

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Microsoft fires legal salvo at phone 'tech support' scammers

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Nice "one"

A score of -1 to you sir!

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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As an Apple user...

I hate the talking down of the Surface because it seems to be a very good piece of kit, and anything that competes with the iPad (and Air) has got to be good for all buyers. However I despair at Microsoft's ineptitude in this particular product placement: If the users are accustomed to using iPads, they'll carry on using them unless there is a compelling reason to change. Also I'd bet that Microsoft offered no assistance integrating the Surfaces to the IT infrastructure, nor was there time. I can just picture a crate of devices arriving, being hurriedly unpacked and PLACED.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: Depends on perspective

She is not "making a living", just raising awareness of the unregulated methods that are allowed in the UK. I have spoken with Sasha and it's clear that she is on a crusade to prevent others suffering as she has. Anyone who is considering laser eye surgery should be given an accurate evaluation of the chances of the procedure failing - which any procedure can. However the companies fudge over these numbers and require you to sign away your rights.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Zits ahoy

And the director will still want tight shooting where the lead actor's face takes up the whole screen. Hand-held of course, we wouldn't want it without the shaking..

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eBay promises to refund seller fees after latest MASSIVE OUTAGE

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Difficult to compensate

On most items I've ever bought or sold on ebay, the price usually doubles in the last few hours. So there will be some bargains had but some sore sellers. How can you compensate for that?

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HP and shareholders to gang up against 'Brit Bill Gates'

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Re: Judge rule

"Autonomy was an above pondered company partly to false expectation caused by faulty information, it can that adulterated, but of the honesty of the sale it will have to decide the judge."

Lawyer-speak or Google translate error?

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

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A human right - or no hope for mankind?

Not being a BT customer my first inkling of the problem was a BBC radio news item. It included an inane interview with a (typical?) BT customer who said he and his wife and a laptop AND a tablet and BOTH wouldn't work. "I mean it could have got me bank details 'n all!"

Taps run, toilets flush, and the internet works. There you are, that's your life sorted....

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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Re: not password protected?

Do you seriously log into your home computer with a username and password each time you use it?

Must be something on it you don't want your mother to see...;-)

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AV for Mac

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ESET

I'll respond even though I think the OP seems a bit provocative. Who knows what bit of malware we are dealing with. No ant-malware software can protect against STUPID, and most attacks do use social engineering nowadays so exploit stupidity or gullibility.

For reference we use the cross-platform ESET (yes even on Linux). Less overhead than most of it's peers and no complaints after 4 years of use.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Greed leads to shot in foot

All producers have a right to recompense for their work, authors and publishers are no exception. However it seems the greed of the publishers has got in the way of common sense. When I buy a conventional book I can lend it to friends, and when it's done the rounds it ends up in the Oxfam shop for it's next life.

Try doing that with an e-book. Instead, they have put DRM of a pathetic level to stop me from lending or borrowing.

The result: It's easier to steal a torrent. The zip file can often contain hundreds of other books.

This is much the same as the DRM applied to other consumer entertainment. It's just there to piss off the punters but too weak to prevent financially motivated piracy. What's the point?

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