* Posts by 2Nick3

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Cops: Autonomous Uber driver may have been streaming The Voice before death crash

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"Just how much was she being paid?"

Enough for her to accept the job.

"What degree of training did she have on the capabilities (or otherwise) of the "automated driving" system?"

That's a good question, While she took the job we don't know what training was involved or what expectations were set, but watching a TV show on your phone while on the clock is probably not in the 'acceptable' column. The title is "Safety Driver," not "Safety Passenger."

If you walk into McDonalds and the person there to take your order is playing Angry Birds and is very slow to respond to you being there, how do you react? In a retail store, you come to the cashier and they are engrossed in texting and don't notice you, what goes through your mind?

I doubt you're thinking "They're doing a great job."

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"If you give an unmotivated person a lengthy crushingly boring job requiring constant attention, don't be surprised at the result."

Getting a paycheck should be motivation enough to do your job. Should be, but obviously wasn't.

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BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical

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"Yes, so much changed after the industrial revolution," the PFY adds drily.

That cost me a few screen cleaning wipes - lovely!

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Microsoft CEO wades into ICE outcry: Cool it, we only do legacy mail

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It's not a new law

It's not a law, folks. Snopes does a great write-up of it. There is a law on the books that is being enforced, but it's been on the books for a long time. The legislators who are all upset about it could always just do their job and, you know, legislate a new law.

Jail the parents, who have done something illegal (set aside the debate over if it should be illegal or not, the fact is they broke the current law by crossing the border), but what do you do with their children? Jail them, too? Really? Because until the laws change if you don't believe in jailing the children of illegal immigrants then your only other option to separating them from their jailed parents. I don't think there's a 3rd option here.

Maybe instead of wanting to break contracts with ICE, Microsoft (and the other companies) should stop doing business with Congress until they start looking at fixing the legislation that's in place.

"No solitaire for you, Senator (and nice score, by the way...), until you fix the Immigration policies!"

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Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

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Re: I'm sick to the back teeth of the pack of morons...

"Blame M$."

You can't control how others behave, but you can control how you react to it.

So yeah, the forum being flooded by posts that distill down to "I hate MS" can be laid at the feet of those making the posts. No one at MS forced them to do it, it was their own free will, let them be responsible for it.

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Apple hauled into US Supreme Court over, no, not ebooks, patents, staff wages, keyboards... but its App Store

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Re: That's not how apple store works...

"If you can ONLY get it at Walmart it's essentially just another Walmart store brand..."

There are frequently special editions of music and movies only distributed through certain stores. And PC's/laptops, for that matter.

However that is crossing into physical goods - I can't put my hand on an iPhone app, where I can touch a CD/DVD/computer. Apple holds no inventory of the app, and they can't run out.

Personally I wouldn't use an alternate Store for my i-Devices. I like the fact the apps are vetted by Apple, and I have a single location to go for updates. I know that's not for everyone, but it works for me.

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BOFH: Got that syncing feeling, hm? I've looked at your computer and the Outlook isn't great

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Re: Cheers, Simon!

I have added this to my "unique adages" list.

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Re: Training the trainer

"I was eventually allowed (I suspect encouraged) to do the final test early, take my certificate, and have the rest of the day off. Those were the days...."

Except when the test is looking for the wrong answer taught in the course. Bits and bytes are not interchangeable terms...

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... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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I have a guess!

"A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman declined to comment on what the Watchkeeper was doing when it crashed."

I'm going to say "Flying". Until it wasn't, of course.

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This HTC U12+ review page is left intentionally blank

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Main question

If the firmware update HTC promised is going to change the functionality significantly then the device you have to review isn't going to be indicative of what customers will finally get, so a review of the product at this point is premature - don't publish it.

However, if the firmware update HTC promised is just going to tweak the functionality of the device, so the device sent for review is indicative of what customers will get, then publish the review.

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Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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Re: Undecimate?

Since "decimate" now seems to mean "totally destroyed" to most people, I'm going to use "undecimate" (which Chrome wants to correct to 'decimate'...) to both be more accurate and confuse people.

Win-win!

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So net neutrality has officially expired. Now what do we do?

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Re: You could always hope

"...since republicans have managed to get their voters to restrict their choices voluntarily!"

I'd say both sides of the aisle have managed do to that.

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Finally, San Francisco cleans up the crap from its streets – yes, all those fscking scooters

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Re: Surely the solution is simple

All true, but fighting something you agreed to in the T&Cs can be an uphill battle.

Once you assume these companies aren't acting in the best interest of their customers what they can try to pull off is scary.

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Re: Surely the solution is simple

Which is probably why the one company is checking credit ratings - I'd suspect if you were the last rider of a missing scooter the company might be coming after you for the replacement cost.

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Microsoft sinks another data centre with Natick 2

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Why wind turbines? Wouldn't you look using tidal/current flows for power generation? Making these units self-sufficient would make a lot of sense, and only needing a data connection simplifies deployments significantly.

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Re: 20 years??

From the article: "...Microsoft hopes that it will tick over for five years without intervention. The target lifespan of a Natick data centre is hoped to eventually hit 20 years."

The "without intervention" is key here - no maintenance on the HW side of things. I think the 5 year lifespan would be pretty good.

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Clock blocker: Woman sues bosses over fingerprint clock-in tech

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Re: Stupidity

"This is a really stupid use for biometrics. What's wrong with a badge?"

If it's just a timeclock I don't see how a fingerprint is useful. But for facility access it's hard to get to work and realize you don't have your finger when you get to the door.

At a medical facility the staff may be changing clothes at the start and end of their shifts. The dirty scrubs hamper often has more than a few badges in it at the end of the day.

(Mine's the one with the Deluxe Edition BluRay of Blazing Saddles in the pocket)

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Double trouble at tape survivor Quantum as CEO and CFO quit firm

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The likely last man standing in the tape drive/library world will be IBM. They're going to be able to tolerate margins that no one else can, and they're so entrenched at customers using tape that getting someone to switch away from them would be a near-impossible battle.

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

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Re: One evening about ten year ago...

"I dunno, I wouldn't put it past some prats to think it's okay to box in a fire engine if those cones aren't out."

Living in North Carolina I'd have to say you're on to something there - I've seen someone park blocking the doors to an ambulance, get out of their truck(1), and tell the cop who told him to move "It's a free country." (2) and proceed into the store.

1: Yes, the truck had a big confederate flag sticker on it

2. The tow truck was there promptly, and they weren't very gentile.

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Uber robo-ride's deadly crash: Self-driving car had emergency braking switched off by design

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"A normal human driven car would still have run over the cyclist/pedestrian/lemming so I don't see how they could have caused the death."

A normal Volvo would have engaged the emergency braking feature, which was disabled by Uber. They turned off the feature that was designed to help in this exact scenario - distracted driver, low visibility, object/person moving into the path of the car.

I'm not a big supporter of all of these "take responsibility off of the driver" technologies, as they aren't common across all cars, and drivers don't adjust well when they don't have them. I've been in a rental car with a driver who, because there wasn't a light on the side mirror telling them there was someone in his blind spot, changed lanes without looking. The other driver's reaction saved us. He was used to the feature in his own car, and the rental didn't have it. Having that "don't change lanes" light created a new behavior in him, so when the light wasn't there he didn't react properly.

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As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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Re: inane perpetual ramblings about both Trump and Brexit

"When sensible people see stupidity it's their duty to point it out."

But in an article about how Win10 won't update if you have a certain model of Intel or Toshiba SSD in the machine? It's not relevant to the topic, adds nothing to the information being conveyed by the piece, and can be alienating to ~50% of the population (in this case US votes for Trump and UK votes for Brexit). And if you alienate people often enough they leave, which does impact your add revenues.

I think there needs to be a corollary to Godwin's Law (as commonly understood, at least) that bringing Trump or Brexit unnecessarily into a discussion means it is over and your position is void.

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Hold on. Here's an idea. Let's force AI bots to identify themselves as automatons, says Cali

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I might like this to be blocked

Won't this disallow ME to have a bot answering my phone?

The only calls I get any more on my land line are the "cheap bot" calls - "This is Audrey from account services...". Having a bot on my side to tie up their bot could be fun.

Their bot: Hi, this is Audrey from account services. I have some great information to tell you about how you can save money on your interest rate right now.

My bot: Did you want to leave a message?

Their bot: Great, let me tell you all about...

If a real person answers "Yes" they can leave a message.

Dang - I need to patent this fast!

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Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick

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Re: skinny and bulky

If asked to run with 40 pounds of gear the Marines would look at you like "Is that all?" while the marathoners would say "No."

Heck, even if asked to carry the marathoners the 26.2 miles the Marines would just ask what you want them to do with the other half of their day (14 hour duty day, ~4mph march speed, with a couple of water breaks).

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On 20th anniversary of Microsoft antitrust, US Treasury Sec calls for Google monopoly probe

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Re: I wonder

I think a lot of people would have a hard time with what a search engine actually is. They type on what they want, it comes back to them, and anything else isn't really relevant for most uses. Getting into the concept of what more is going on there isn't relevant to them.

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You're toxic, I'm slippin' under: SCL, Cambridge Analytica file for US bankruptcy

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"So long as those of us that don't like fucking up planets can find yet another planet that wont get fucked up."

Just don't set up an Interstellar Internet Interface (the III is to the galaxy as WWW is to the Earth) so FB can't get to you and your data.

Of course the latency involved would probably help - by the time FB learned your preferences they wouldn't be relevant to your distant descendants.

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Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones

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Re: As long as they run a 3G service ...

I draw the line at squirrels with semaphore flags.

Mine's the one with the set of flags in the pocket.

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Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador

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Re: Enemy of the people

Right now Assange carries the label 'accused rapist', and the trial he is actively avoiding would determine if the 'accused' is dropped or the whole label. The fact that his own actions are preventing that determination from being made isn't supposed to affect it. However they do paint a picture of his character that could be quite damaging to his case. If it ever happens.

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Suing would backfire, badly

Wouldn't he be a key witness in this case? How would he show up if summoned? Acquiring another contempt charge isn't going to make his life any easier, although maybe it could give the Ecuadorians a lever to get him out of their embassy.

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Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

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Re: Last time this happened...

"There are machine screws. Not pointy."

The pointy ones are sheet metal screws, and definitely not what you would use to hold the windscreen on a airliner in place.

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Date engraved onto net neutrality tombstone: June 11, 2018

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Why oh why...

... can't the US Congress and Senate just pass legislation on Net Neutrality and end all of this? Take it away from a Committee of 5 people, stop the individual states spending time passing 50 different versions of NN that won't align, and just do their jobs and put this to rest?

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'Alexa, find me a good patent lawyer' – Amazon sued for allegedly lifting tech of home assistant

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Re: Alexa replies : There are only evil patent lawyers

"Reminds me of a recent graduates pull request at work, I had to block the code from being merged as it had a script with a sed call that altered itself, then recursively called itself again."

Or returning the address from a malloc to the count of memory addresses you want to allocate, which always being greater than 1, will recursively continue until you run out of memory you can allocate. Which, when run under your C Professor's superuser account, with no limits on memory allocation, is not good for everyone else using that system. Which was approximately 300 other students at the time.

Not that I know from personal experience or anything...

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FCC sets a record breaking $120m fine for rude robocalls

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"Then fucking stop doing it. Don’t care if it’s currently legal, it should be illegal. There is no legitimate reason to use a false number. If you’re not prepared to identify yourself with a number owned by you then you fall into the scumbag category."

If someone is calling me from a support center I'd rather have the support line show up on the CallerID than their individual extension. Playing phone tag with a support group can be hard enough, but having to do it with a specific individual is nigh on impossible.

So there are definitely cases where I see it being a benefit, but you should have to apply for a permit of some kind to do it.

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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Re: Engage pedant mode.....

"Water vapour, steam is an invisible gas"

Yes, but calling someone a "Water vapouring pile of poop" is not nearly as satisfying.

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Re: Don't wear high vis

"Anyone remember when UK Morrisons used to be Safeway? The employee uniform jacket was a red fleece. I also had a red fleece and got collared sometimes by customers."

Don't wear polo-style shirts in red to Target or blue to WalMart for the exact same reasons. What's really funny (and sad) is that even after telling some people I don't work there, but am just wearing a shirt of that color, they still insist I tell them where a certain item can be found. I even had one older gentleman, after telling him I didn't know a few times, tell me I should be fired for my incompetence. I told him I would quit that day, and that seemed to make him happy. I told the manager about that one on the way out of the store - I didn't want him trying to figure out who the rude employee was if the gentleman complained about me.

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BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave

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"IBM somehow manages to be worse... it once took one of their own staff several weeks to find out that the files his customer wanted were hidden on an FTP server somewhere in Boulder, Colorado."

Ah, good old service2.boulder.ibm.com - still up and running today!

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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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Winning HQ2 may not be a win

Won't the residents of the state that gets HQ2 have to start paying state sales tax on their Amazon purchases, as Amazon will have a business presence in that state?

For the state that might be great - lots of extra tax revenue (possibly enough to offset the credits given to land HQ2), but for the residents of the state everything on Amazon gets more expensive.

Shoot, Amazon even makes more money in that situation, as they get to hold the tax revenues between collection and payment to the state.

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Grab your lamp, you've pulled: Brits punt life-saving gravity-powered light

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And I'd be willing to pay 3x for one to send the other two somewhere that they would be needed.

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Bill Gates declined offer to serve as Donald Trump's science advisor

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Missed opportunity?

I have to wonder if Mr. Gates took the opportunity to suggest someone well suited to the role? You would think he could come up with 3-5 names pretty quickly.

"Sorry, Mr. President, but I don't think I would be a good fit, all things told. But why don't you consider asking A or B, maybe C. I think any of them would be well suited to the role."

I would hope Mr. Gates wouldn't have been as dismissive as the comments that are sure to follow.

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Translating Facebook's latest 'Hard Questions' PR spin – The Reg edit

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Re: Targeted ads

"How much better to advertise breast and penis enlargement to punters of the appropriate sex - must be worth paying Facebook a few pennies to classify them, eh?"

Isn't FB big on blurring the gender line? Might not be good for business after all!

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Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed

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Re: MS kills UWP apps, Telephony API appears in Windows

"Microsoft will continue to be around, but it's unlikely that they will be the same level of major player in five to ten years that they are now."

Don't we hear this every 5-10 years about MS?

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Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

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Re: Health Hazard?

Lee D said: "It's the anti-social aspect that matters more. And that carries over from smoking to vaping."

Perfectly stated - My rights end where yours start. Yours end where mine start. Pretty simple, right?

Smokers/vapers don't want to be told they can't continue to do so. Fine and dandy. But that also means they can't force me to smoke/vape. Which by creating a cloud outside of a door is what is happening.

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Go Bulls!!

"... and Lee Woodcock from the University of South Florida led the research team."

Always good to see a fellow Bull getting recognition.

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Supreme Court punts on Microsoft email seizure decision after Cloud Act passes US Congress

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Yep - new warrant issued, MS complied.

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Net neutrality advocates freak out as lobbyists pull rug from California's draft net neutrality law

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Re: I'll make you an offer

"On the topic of Left v. Right name calling, I agree, and wish it would stop - Not just in Comments, but in general (in person, in the "news", in the houses of government, etc.)."

Amen. It's very hard to find common ground with someone who is calling you an idiot.

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

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Put in Road Rash and I'll be pre-ordering for sure!

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Jury to Apple: You owe patent troll VirnetX half a BEEELLION buckaroos

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Re: And yet Apple has a patent on rounded corners

"Love it, I assume that's why El-Reg hasn't dared to round any of the corners on the site"

But then Apple would have to acknowledge El-Reg to accuse them of infringing on the patent. At which point the universe might just implode...

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In a sorry state again: Zuckerberg dusts off apology playbook in mea culpa to Congress

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... and using them for a series "hot or not" votes...

Zuck: "I’m not willing to risk insulting anyone."

Like by labeling them as "not or not"?

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As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots

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Closed-loop logic by Zuck

"People tell us if they are going to see ads they want the ads to be good," Zuck argues.

What was the survey question that generated that tidbit? "If you are being shown an add would you like it to be a good ad or a bad ad?" Once the assumption you're going to see an ad is in place it makes perfect sense. If I'm not in the target group for Product X then being bombarded with ads for Product X is slightly more annoying than being bombarded with ads for any other product.

Just like having all 10 of my fingernails ripped off my fingers is slightly worse than having nine of them ripped off my fingers.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Starbucks is on notice: Expensive milky coffee is something quite cancerous

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The real winner here

The real winner is the sign makers. They now get to turn out another 8400 signs (one at each entrance, so call it 3 per Starbucks, ~2800 in the state).

I suspect a shadow lobby is behind this decision.

(Mine is the one with the sugar packets in the pocket).

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