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Patents should just be made with a set of interpretable expressions, that way no one will have to read it except a computer.

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And then, as I get over my annoyance, I realize that, by overstating their abilities, the student has probably gotten the best letter out of me they could have gotten.

What's wrong with a good recommendation, as long as it comes off believable? I feel the whole point of a recommendation letter is so that the person you are recommending achieves the goal she/he set out to achieve. Don't agree to the recommendation at all if you think they are not qualified. Afterall, it's called a recommendation, not an evaluation.

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technically, it is. but practically, the one who reads it expects some veiled insights, some evaluation.

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Except to pay for one of these, you still pay via credit card, paypal, etc. that links to real identifiable info. I was wondering why, if one of the attackers instances were discovered by google, they didn't just hand it over to the authorities and have them get a subpoena for the account info? or maybe they did

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If you can stage an attack like this, you can steal credit card numbers or phish your way to a Paypal account

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Not that it matters (I'm sure if they're actually paying for VM's they're using stolen cards), but you can trade cash for anonymous credit card numbers in a number of places. Simplest example: Google "Vanilla VISA".

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I think this is the best thing that ever happened to Bing, not Baidu. Google users in China will not switch to Baidu, they will switch to Bing; they use google because they feel it has more unbiased results coming from a non-govt backed entity. To a chinese google user, Baidu is an ad search engine and a govt lapdog. I wouldn't be surprised if google's market share got snapped up by Bing if they do leave.

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I think what he meant was a text editor is useless for frame-based animation. Flash programmers are "visual programmers." I don't think there's any good way (at least not now) to program animations without a visual ide -- and I don't mean simple transitions in a javascript webapp.

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You would be surprised by the wonders you can do with a text editor and SVG

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Didn't Windows Home Server do this a long time ago? They also had easy file sharing and gave you your own subdomain with a web interface to get at your content. Although Unite is a lot easier to configure/start and you don't need a dedicated device, I still don't think the core audience is the average user.

It's a little awkward if you need to leave your laptop on 24/7 for your friends to access...For the average user, an internet service is more than enough.

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Show of hands for those that want to be spared of M.Arrington's ever-lasting songs of praise for all things Google.

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As the article concluded, the difference was small (to me they're pretty much insignificant). It doesn't really matter to me if the target is the first link, as long as it's on the first page.

I think better comparisons would be who has the better infrastructure, who can deliver results faster, serve more queries, use less energy, and crawl faster? I think google is hard to beat here, and i think it's where the others have to think harder about.

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sure. what do people use on a non-touchscreen phone?

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Browsing the web on a non-touchscreen phone that doesn't also have (e.g.) a trackball is not a fun experience.

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Is it just me? I find all the ovi services cluttered and hard to navigate. It just does not attract me as a user to spend time there learning their services or shop for apps. It looks and feels like any other corporate website. As much as nokia wants to concentrate on internet services, i just don't see it happening from the user's perspective.

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Have you tried it on a device, or are you just going by the screenshots?

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