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Comment Re: Price isn't everything (Score 1) 110

If Amazon is the seller, you're getting screwed.

Doesn't really matter. Amazon returns procedures are very good. If I buy a product from them that doesn't meet my expectations then I can return it at very little cost to me in terms of time & money. If I buy from another seller and it turns out to be a dud, it can often cost more than it's worth to return it.

Comment Re:IBM you say? (Score 1) 92

So the Australian government opted to host this thing on their own servers

Where did you get that from?

You must be new here. On Slashdot, you don't need to be right, you just have to sound right to get mod points.

I see you went for the other strategy, which is to accuse other people of making stuff up because you are yourself too lazy to even read TFA.

You must be new here. On Slashdot we don't read TFA before posting ;-)

Comment Re:Encryption (Score 1) 110

And this is exactly why the general public needs encryption and why various TLA outfits and buddies like to use the "think of the children" garbage to denounce it.

Rubbish. If you've nothing to hide... you aren't a protestor... you keep your head down... do what the government tells you... aren't unlucky enough to get caught in a wide sweeping dragnet... then you have no need for encryption or privacy!

Comment Re:Another government fuck up, when will we learn. (Score 1) 92

It's okay, it isn't like anyone ever tells the truth on the damn thing.

According to it, this time, I have changed my religion from Jedi to Sith.

I don't know about Australia. In the UK, the whole point of the Jedi thing was to point out that the only part of the census that was optional and didn't need to be truthful was the religion question

Comment Re:Yes, and maybe (Score 1) 225

I don't know when the first emojis were used, but I remember them in the early '90s. Emotion-icons, emoticons, were tags to express emotions over the emotionless text. ;)

What you're describing are emoticons. AFAIK, emoji's originated later from cellphones in Asia; although they're clearly inspired by emoticons.

With regards to the OP and his obsession with bandwidth, emojis use less bytes than a lot of emoticons...


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