* Posts by Andy 70

190 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Jun 2009


Finally kicked that Minecraft habit? Story time!

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parents? happy?

apparently i'm to blame for the HOURS spent by my nephews, and friends kids, on minecraft and youtube minecraft tutorials, and learning about video capture to create minecraft videos to upload, and purchases of pocket edition and xbox versions...

so no. the parents are NOT happy if the amount of grief I get is anything to go by. far be it from them to maybe get their own children into something they are interested in and can interact with on their level.

putting together remote control monster trucks does, but then putting said moster trunks in display cases instead of building ramps and things to drive them over, doesn't.

reminds me, I need to get some more scalextric track off ebay.... maybe some more "00" train track too.

however, will be avoiding "story mode" as not a plug in. but thanks MS for getting pocket ed. onto windows phone...

What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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its all made of serial....

how long till we get one high bandwidth connection for everything?

oh no wait, I think there is an xkcd for that...

just waiting for a 4 lane 20Gb/s hook up for a keyboard and mouse ;D

Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79

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Re: did one thing right then

it was a sad day when the CV got revised to cull HP-UX, AIX, SGI IRIX, and I think even Solaris off the list of "stuffs that I does", and RS6000 off the list of "stuff I know where to hit with a hammer".

funny back then when Linux was seen as the yappy little dog snapping and the heels of the established big iron vendors. now it seems to be the sapling growing in the ashes of the fallen giants.

Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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mark your territory

speak in a language they understand. smell.

nail a slab of lager outside, can't be bothered to go upstairs to pee, just go in the corners of the lawn. job done.

just don't be taking vitamin tables at the time as it makes the grass go mental.

no further cat incursions, and my cat much happier now that daddy owns the garden.

just my experience... ymmv, warrenty not included, anecdotal advice, etc.

on a side note, would it not be funnier to wait until said fuzzy git is in mid flow, unable to pinch it off, before unleashing the gates of bathtime?

otherwise, thumbs up, would buy this if in kit form at B&Q :)

Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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scsi stack

ahhh yes, the old electrickery sucking drive stack.. i think i had externaly

0 3.5" MO drive (650meg)

1 5.25" MO drive (2.6GB!)

2 Jaz drive (1gb) got swapped occasionally for a DDS3 Tape drive for sporadic backups

3 external drive (4.3gig full height 3.5" barracuda room heater)

4 Akai Sampler

5 Akai drive (1gb)

6 Plextor CD/RW (still got)

IDE i managed to cludge together a 4x device adapter for my one onboard IDE port:

0 main drive (5.1gig quantum fireball (512kb cache dontchaknow))

1 cheap noname 8x cd drive

2 secondary drive (1.2gig previous system drive)

3 internal zip drive (there it is!)

now i have

240gig pcie ssd. no external media drives

everything else is over the network.

My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

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yeah yeah whinge whinge whinge.

the biggest problem I have found with upgrading is the other software vendors...

"we've not certified our product for windows above NT4/2k/XP" or "office 2007, is that out yet?" or that everyone's frigging macros and addins are built for 2003.

or one of my bugbears at the moment, is applications having hardcoded install directories, instead of "%progdir%" or "%windir%" or whatever. so even that is a problem for some with the installer defaulting to "program files (x86)"...

I guess for all the b1tch1ng I get at work, I am pretty lucky to be in a Xeon powered 64bit win7, SCCM managed domain environment, with virtualized 2012 clustered back ends, and the only place my home kit beats out my work kit, is the GFX card. but then I'll never get sign off for stupidly monstrous cards beyond business certified Matrox drivers and 9188 hardware. £1300 and they're based on the parhellia architecture extracted from a fossilized dinosaur footprint back in the early 00's. bleh!

How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

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the tech equivilent of run for the hills?

maybe it's time to un-mothball the ol' amiga 3000...

an ancient relic of a more civilized age....

The latest stupid yoof craze: Taking selfies - while DRIVING

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humanity having conquered the basics of habitation, and a bite to eat, then sorted a lot of disease and various debilitating ailments, it's nice to see that stupidity is still able to come to the fore to give the gene pool a bit of a scrub.

'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

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search on this

best page in the universe, padhole

sums it up nicely.

RIP charging bricks: $279 HP Chromebook 11 charges via USB

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yes but....

does it run minecraft?

if not, I can garrentee loss of interest from all the teenagers and below in the family.

Rare gold iPhone 5s goes up against 50 caliber high precision rifle

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more of this sort of thing i say!

i don't give two craps if its iphone, android, windows, or blackberry. it's all good fun.

This guy clearly knows what he is doing, in a controlled safe environment.

not some hillbilly hick loosing off a few rounds out his rust bucket truck's open window as he drives along to plinky plonky music shouting "yeeehaaaa". boss hog bringing up the rear. no wait. daisy dukes rear...

brain+sugar+caffeen=wargle fargle aargle...

anyway two thumbs up from her royal maj's island retreat in the north atlantic...

Google Glass: Would you pay a mere $299 to plop one on your brow?

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heh, it's interesting that we're getting to a point where you can tell the more techincally astute person by the fact that they *don't* have all the latest gadgets and gizmos...

no XBone or PS4 for me thanks, i think i'll dig out my old Nokia 9210 when my lumia dies...

Vodafone flashes bulging package at Brits: New 4G service to rival EE, O2

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vodafone coverage

is garbage. i don't care where you are. the 3G displayed on my phone is a lie.

moved the office off vodafone to another carrier. much better.

ditching them when my personal contract ends.

Happy 20th birthday, Windows NT 3.1: Microsoft's server outrider

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back in the day when Microsoft decided they had enough of pratting about with IBM developing OS/2, Microsoft decided to release their own32bit OS.

so they started casting about for anyone making a 32bit OS with linear memory access, pre-emptive multitasking, lightweight, fast, expandable.

Impressed with Amiga's datatype file handling, library system, and device handling, they approached commodore and asked if they could license AmigaOS v2/3. Microsoft would handle the 68k to x86 rebuild, drivers, tech, marketing, the works, and push it as their entry to the 32bit market.

Commodore management did the normal Commodore thing when someone waved bucket loads of potential cash at them, and told Microsoft to stuff it.

Microsoft then built WindowsNT and took over the world.


Brit fantasy artist sues James Cameron over Avatar world

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shadow of the beast

i thought the loopy rocks and stuff reminded me of a bit of sobt...

bit of wikioole, and bam! it's the same dude that did Sotb art as in the article. i don't know the law ins and outs and copyright. just interesting an idiot like myself seeing the link....

MSX: The Japanese are coming! The Japanese are coming!

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same here, only I flew the flag for amigas. i just remember seeing an A500 demo in dixons probably about 1986/7 and my head exploded. kiddie pester power and one arrived a good while later.

i think my parents skipped a mortgage payment or two for it - AND a monitor. none of this TV modulator rubbish ;)

i used to just look at it and go "wow" with the imagined possibilities.

nothing out there these days gives me that buzz anymore. or am i just a broken down cynical old man now? ;)

Half of youngsters would swap PRIVACY for... cheaper insurance

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I'm looking forward to the tracking collars, and having my life insurance based on where i go.

i get an electric shock if i go into an unsafe zone or something, as a warning that my premiums will go up if i remain in that area.

my commute will be filled with little zaps as my train goes through various pockets of shit to get to london.

can't wait. zaps auto uploaded to facebork as a warning to others.

oh wait. foursquare! what am i thinking. just need that uploading to an underwriters... i just had an idea for a business proposal... back in a bit.

Ready for the car 2.0? Nvidia preps UPGRADABLE car system

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there was an initiative to bolt something on to bluetooth, where your car dumps the sensor information to your phone, and your phone generates the UI on the car's screens sort of like RDP or something.

i take it that's died a death then.

Second International Cat Video Festival coming to Oakland CA

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marking your turf

ever think about marking your own yard? communicate on their level.

Want faster fibre? Get rid of the glass

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pykies will still probably be ripping out the ground...

Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

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Re: Do not want, and in fact this kind of thing is a fucking 'orrible idea.

so... the driver has to operate gadgets and gismos whose sole purpose is to stop the driver being distracted by gadgets and gismos?

right. what idiot thought of that one?

eventually the driving test will consist of. those who can drive a manual, those who can only operate an auto, and the fuckwit test.

passing the fuckwit test and driving a fully autonomous fuckwit car has lowered the legal age at which one can hold a driving license to 8 years old.

good to see audi trying so hard in targeting their current demographic's mentality.

Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

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x86 playstation?

wipe it, install windows, install steam, job done.

media centre machine+gaming in a frontroom friendly unit with no vendor lock-in or tie-downs. nice one.

playstation ecosystem? huh, whatever...

Drone quadracopters throw and catch inverted pendulum

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Gorgon Stare

Sorry, i read that as the Gordon Stare. I imagined Gordon Brown just staring at some MP for questioning his lack of ability. As a result i didn't think it would be much cop at object tracking - didn't he take a pie to the face?

beer. Friday fuel.

BOFH: Climb the corp ladder - and use your boss as a bullet shield

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I'm going to update my corporate brand right now! top buzzwordization! or is that bastardization? either way, happy friday BOFH'ing to all!

Apple refreshes MacBook Pro range

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nice pixel density. if only PC OEMs would follow.

I hope Apple hasn't gobbled up the only supplies of higher density screens.

For my work issued Dell 14" lappy - I had to do a right song and dance to be "spec'ed up" to a 'huge' 1600x900 from the generic miserable 1366x768 or whatever, and it still looks pretty poor. Like it's got a really fine mesh over then screen that just seems to make things fuzzy. My comparitively ancient Asus with its 1680x1050 screen still looks pin sharp in comparison, without that much of a difference in resolution.

I was spec'ing up an Alienware to replace my Asus, but if the 1600x900 on the Alienware is the same screen as my Dell work machine, given the amount of money you can spend on this thing, then it'd be a bit of a let down.

moar piksells pleez!

Ubisoft probes sudden rash of hijack attacks on gamers' accounts

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i most most displease about having to install yet another bloody game client front end account info scraper. had i known i needed some poorly built 'going to be ignored in a few years' custom front end; i wouldn't have bothered with far cry 3

just like i gave masseffect3 a miss and a couple of other EA titles that are "origin exclusives"

the time i'll "log in with my facebook account" is the time that satan will go skating to work.

USB 3.0 speed to DOUBLE in 2013

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can we not just have one standard please? lightpeek seems as good as any with PCIe direct and displayport multiplexed together.

there's the obligitory XKCD for competing standards somewhere...

Quantum axes one in ten workers, insists it was not investor's idea

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"maximizing the potential for shareholders"


strip mine the company, and decimate the workforce. The rest can go to hell.

R.I.P. quantum. your SCSI fireball drives were the byword for speed and your tapes, reliability.

wheel another one to the tech graveyard of my childhood/adolesence

Voyager 1 arrives on ‘magnetic highway for charged particles’

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mankind's tombstone for eternity

at least something of mankind will survive the sun's eventual destruction, even if commities and budget cuts ensure that we don't.

provided it doesn't fall into a star or get eaten by a black hole. but given that [hitchhickers] space is so mind bogglingly big [/hitchhikers] etc. hopefully that won't happen for a while.

Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro gets laptop-level price

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you know what? i'm thinking about getting one of these (and know a few others who are also), and may get one IF(!) they don't just change the dollar sign for a pound sign and keep the numbers the same. like usual.

The Lord of the Rings saga lies hidden deep in your Mac

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all our sunOS and Solaris boxen had hostnames from various comic book heros and villans.

management took a dim view, so the IT director had a new naming convention installed.

names of irish towns. brilliant. names that seemingly can only be spelt and typed correctly when the requesit amount of irish fighting juice has been consumed.

also the root password was the name of whatever brand of watch he'd bought himself.

Barucci was the last one that has been burned indeleably on my cortex, and i've not had to use it in nearly 20 years. while an annoying reminder of someone elses pay packet being larger than ones own, the main problem we had was no longer having the excuse to shout the old root password (transvestite) down the phone at each other.

happy days...

MIDI: 30 years old... almost

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would help if all manufaturers who put MIDI sockets on their machines confirmed to the kind of standard.

had a yamaha something something stand in for a roland something else that had it's drum section on channel 10, instead of the seemingly agreed channel 16 that everything else expected.

made everyone jump when the melody kicked in. i remember their faces ....

good times, happy unbirthday MIDI. i might just dust off the old datel MIDI-X for the A500 later...

Chevrolets to get 'Eyes Free' mode for driving with Apple Siri

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looks like a good reason to weld another RSJ to the front of the ol' Jeep. yes officer, its to mount a winch pull the boat out of the water. honest gov'nor.

Super-thin iMacs WILL be here for Xmas, cram warehouses even NOW

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yeah, but....

functionality plays second fiddle to form. and really, when was the last time you used your DVD drive for anything?

anyway, they are just iterating through all the motions (cash generating steps), that will lead us to what will effectivly turn the iMac into; an ipad on a stand.

nice. so in 2020, we'll have what we had in 2010, and be told it's the next big thing. and you will all accept it, love it, and once again - you will all pay for it. isn't marketing great.

Quarter of Brits don't believe that cell towers improve phone reception

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@ Thorne

judging by the pile-up at the ticket barriers as people figure out how to operate them, a good portion of the 25% can be found on the early trains into Liverpool street this morning.

El Reg seeks hoardiest reader for crap-stashtic honour

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never let any one stash for you!

have your own stash. and keep it.

at my cost, i sold at the time under much duress of convincing from family, a very expensive and custom video editing system. but i was good. i did my dutifull backups onto its DDS3 (3 no less!) scsi tape reassured in the knowledge that i would get back on my feet and i would own such a beast again. one restore and i would be golden. parents also had stuff in store, and offered to store my stuff which included generic nicknacks, about 1000 floppy disks, and the golden, precious tapes.

i now have enough of such a system back in operation, i have salvaged a known working DDS3 drive. when i asked about the stuff they had in store, i was told.

"oh we've got it all back, it was costing too much."

"so what about my stuff?"

"you've got it all."

"a vic20, a reflecting telscope, and a stick on garfield?"


"no hundereds of disks or small stack tapes, or anything else?"



in that silence, the realisation that a section of my past life was consigned to history

WoW cities wiped out by 'exploit'

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That's quite funny,

must be a reg key on a server somewhere...


Drinking too much coffee can MAKE YOU BLIND

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so, how much coffee is a "cup"?

is a quad-shot americano (four espressos topped up with water) a cup? certainly fits in one...

used to do 4 -5 of these a day. is that bad?

and man the headache's on the weekend! unreal! only when i cleared my first litre of filtered in the morning that they would go away. - reminds me. need to defrost the bacon for tomorrow morning...


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breakthrough into link up gaming

two amiga 500's one properly wired 25 pin null modem cable, and countless hours lost. getting annoyed when the other player hits the armageddon button before you're ready.

or single player, and big maps being left to run overnight and during school hours - to be picked up when i got home and should have been doing homework. good times. not much homework done though ;)

HP unzips slim Windows 8 notebooks

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so much for the looks

i don't care what they're called. still can't tell the difference between one of these and a super cheap acer from pcworld. (cheap and pcworld in the same sentence! i crack myself up sometimes....)

looks. isn't that what this is supposed to be about?

NASA working on faster-than-light drive capable of WARP TEN

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and what happens if your bubble bursts half way?

oh sorry, erm, your warp space containment field destablizes...

you can't exactly phone the AA to tow you home, and unless you're carrying enough exotic material on the outward trip to build another stargate doughnut the other end, it sounds pretty one way to me. As i guess there isn't a local tesco's in the alpha centari system to visit the meat counter?

also, how do you "arrive" at your destination? calculated bubble bursting?

"nav" computer to take into account destination system's velocity and direction, given that when we look at where it is from earth, the time taken for the light to reach us is where it was eleventy billion years ago, not where it is now?

calculated course will have to be re-evaluated and adjusted continuously over the course duration, getting more accurate as you go (the closer you get the more recent your visual positional data is). or do you just take a massive calculated punt that the block of nothing you're aiming at is where the system is at your arrival time, and not empty space.

over all, if there is a call up for pensioners to do test trips that may or may not get home, sign me up when i'm old enough!


Ten iPhone 5 challengers

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nothing here that excites as much as the hardware specs would lead you to believe.

i think i've officially lost interest in "smart phones". andriod, symbian, windows phone, and after suffering the recent round of hype over the next device apple have released, i just don't care anymore.

nothing inspires, no inovation, no new ideas. just a revamp of the usual spyware and information gathering bugware that the general public have accepted as part of their personal 'information revolution' that everyone vaguely intelligent went trough in the late 80's/90's, before people became the products that kids now accept as the default settings for their lives.

fuck this, where's my nokia 6310? track me now you cunts.

Google claims Chrome is the world's most popular browser

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chrome shmome

yeah, no wonder the install count is creeping up. every freaking install of adobe, or java, or somethingelseineed(tm) comes with "would you like to install google chrome and set it as your default browser?" that and the google/ask toolbar. people just click yes yes yes yes yes ohfuckwhatwasthatlastone? ahscrewit, yes yes yes finished.

and are they counting every android handset out there too?

fruggin grumble grumble IE9's too good for 'em... netscape 3.01s what they want....

LG 47LM670T 47in passive 3D smart TV

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i bought this over the samsung 8000

lovely picture, lovely screen, 3D gimmickery - erm i mean 3D bluerays work fine. not sure how you get cross talk on passive specs? btw, cinema passive specs don't work on passive TV's

here's what sold it to me.

watching a film on this and watching a film on the samsung 8000 side by side.

once i'd spotted the light pooling/banding on the samy's screen, and also leaking in from the edges plus spotlighting from the corners, i was spending my time looking for and finding imperfections. as once you'd seen them, you couldn't "unsee" them, as you knew they were there.

on the LG, i just got sucked into the film and watched it. even when i tried to snap out of it and hunt for jaggies, wobbly motion compensation, odd light gradients or pooling, i just ended up drawn back to just watching the content.

So, put money where mouth is, and bought one. Initially i was worried about smoothness issues replaying SD content. but those went away real quick. I think the review is a little down on what this set can produce, and sure, if you have the cash to burn, go for the higher end models, but it seems you're really getting into the realms of deminishing returns if you do.

so far, I have nothing to complain about, and especially, the missus likes it. surely that's _the_ rubber stamp of approval. Good HD on this thing is like looking out the window.

all in all, kinda agree with the final percentage score given in the review, (maybe i'd give it 5-9% more), its a good solid TV with a decent feature set. spend more get more, spend less get less, it's your money, you takes your chioce. there is no such thing as the perfect TV for everyone, it's always going to be a compromise. But i'm happy enough that i'm not planning to upgrade this screen now till 8KHD takes off.

US gov boffins achieve speeds faster than light

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TechnicalBen, my take on it is that you have a pre-agreed way to read the numbers off of the light beam at both ends, and you just take advantage of the phase shift of the light beam itself and modulate accordingly to get your information there 'a tiny tiny tiny bit faster than light'.

nothing is physically travelling faster than light, just the numbers just ride the phase peaks like a surfer on a wave. like a stopped clock surfs a 12hour time wave to be right twice a day. provided you know when to read the cycle, you'll get the information you need. so each end has to know how to read and transmit the information accordingly.

meh, whatevs. probly wrong init. safe.

US trade commission: Xbox 360 violates Motorola patents

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thanks for reminding me why i don't click on the "view comments" button too much anymore.

'Woz' wants $100,000 for Mac 128K prototype

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i bet someone pays that kings ransom aswell.

100 grand? 100 quid would be more like it! ;) 100 quid well spent though...

Matt Groening reveals location of Simpsons' Springfield

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<title of hated>

<post of hatred> Ricky Gervais <growling and nashing of teeth>


Google shows off Project Glass augmented reality specs

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another childhood dream goes down the swanny. i used to think i really wanted something like this, the idea's for it's uses go on and on.

but in reality the it'll track you, look at what you're looking at, hear what you're hearing, and sell all the info to the highest bidder.

nothing serves _YOU_ anymore. you are the product. not quite how i imagined a technological utopia of my future.

With this ring, I thee frag

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at least he only has to deal with the proposal day anniversery once every 4 years.

on the other hand, he'll be damned if he forgets! ... oh wait. that's just normal.