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New Cable Designed To Deter Copper Thieves

bball99 big problem (668 comments)

'round these parts - thieves are stealing HVAC units from the roofs of closed businesses, schools, etc.

the problem is that the recyclers are paying in cash, and unless get wary when presented with a hundred or so bronze flower vases from a cemetery, just do a quick nod and a wink on the payout

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Developer Made the Most Changes To Linux 3.0 Code

bball99 i thought (348 comments)

something smelled in the latest kernel

inviting MSFT to a software conference is like inviting a pedophile to a day-care center...

more than 3 years ago
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Understanding the Payoffs From Investing In Space Flight

bball99 the Space Coast thanks... (264 comments)

Obama for eliminating thousands of jobs

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Bans Google+ Ads

bball99 i don't... (548 comments)

think so...

more than 3 years ago
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NCAA to Tighten Twitter Rules

bball99 really... (116 comments)

WGAFF?

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia Windows Phone Revealed

bball99 Re:The Elop Conspiracy (211 comments)

gotta agree... and thanks for the N9 info - i was kinda wondering about the underlayment, and there was no way of knowing by reading the glossy info on the unit (i guess 'Linux' is not something the suits in Marketing think is good for brochures)... i will take a closer look at the N9 (still want an N900, but darn, my N800 just won't die and still suits me just fine)...

more than 2 years ago
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Tennessee Makes it Illegal To Share Your Netflix Password

bball99 who pays ... (495 comments)

for Netflix anyway?

more than 3 years ago
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Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment

bball99 what the ... (1229 comments)

so the activists were protesting gm crops, but resorted to using pesticide? i didn't know the potato was a pest...

not very 'green' of them, was it?

more than 3 years ago
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Including webcams, phones, etc, I own X cameras:

bball99 i don't count .... (248 comments)

my film-based cameras as cameras - they're buggy whips nowadays

more than 3 years ago
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Groklaw Declares Victory, No More Articles

bball99 gosh... at least we could... (265 comments)

have a bit of cake and cookies!

i'll raise a toast to Groklaw and the demise of SCO...

where are the prime ruffians nowadays, anyway?

more than 3 years ago
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Bashing MS 'Like Kicking a Puppy,' Says Jim Zemlin

bball99 kick that puppy! (648 comments)

oh wait, my indexed retirement mutual funds contain MSFT...

is that like kicking myself in the nutz?

more than 3 years ago
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Former Truck Driver Reconstructs A-bomb

bball99 whoa! (332 comments)

I predict a trip to Gitmo!

more than 3 years ago
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100% Libre, Trisquel 4.5 STS 'Slaine' Released

bball99 Ok (207 comments)

i've been dealing w/this free software crap since '93, and this 'l33t sp33k' is getting ridiculous - you twits!

more than 3 years ago
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US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax

bball99 keep on... (1306 comments)

dreaming... ain't gonna happen

more than 3 years ago
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Google Won't Pull Checkpoint Evasion App

bball99 one thing better than... (343 comments)

not drinking and driving is not driving at all

more than 2 years ago
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My phone is ...

bball99 my phone now costs... (274 comments)

less than $6 a month! my throwaway terrorist 'burn' phone (Samsung 105) is saving me a lot of money

at $75 a month for the old plan, and calculating 3% annual interest, in 20 years that's $24,908.84

more than 3 years ago
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Internet-Spreading American Gets 15-Year Sentence In Cuba

bball99 Re:Manning and Crowley criticised the US governmen (386 comments)

the difference between Manning and Crowley is that one is an enlisted traitor and the other is a passed-over mouthpiece who stepped on his you-know-what

Manning will be in jail for a long, long, long, long time

Crowley will find somewhere to land inside the Belchway with others of his ilk

more than 3 years ago
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Game Maker Says 40% of iTunes In-App Buys Are Fraud

bball99 Re:It even happens to the savy (114 comments)

and therein lies the problem...

i had a series of small, fraudulent charges on a MasterCard account a year ago (during Xmas season); a couple clicks on-line and the charges were refunded by my bank

but having to through iTunes (read similar to 'Paypal') means being at the mercy of a middle party

i will NEVER use this type of purchase mechanism

more than 3 years ago
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Game Maker Says 40% of iTunes In-App Buys Are Fraud

bball99 Re:This ... (114 comments)

"I just think the whole concept of letting a game have a shortcut to my VISA is a stupid idea."

and there you have the problem in a nutshell!

mod up +10 points!

more than 3 years ago
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Game Maker Says 40% of iTunes In-App Buys Are Fraud

bball99 Re:If this were a systemic Problem, (114 comments)

that's it! blame the Mexicans! blame the NRA! blame everyone and anyone *except* oneself!

no such thing as personal responsibility nowadays...

and anyway, overpriced phones and insipid apps are for idiots

now all you geeks get off my Internet front lawn!

more than 3 years ago

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MSFT to buy Skype?

bball99 bball99 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bball99 (232214) writes "Looks like Microsoft may be ready to pop for Skype. One has to wonder if it will get cold feet at the last minute like with the scotched Yahoo deal (which turned to be prudent in hindsight). I guess we need to archive our Skype Linux betas and focus on open alternatives?"
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