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Why bluetooth is a complete joke. Still.
Your mouse dies on OSX. You get a replacement. How do you pair? You can't. Pairing requires a mouse. See the entry on "Mouse, Death of".

What would the Genius Bar do? Half the time the answer is "reinstall OSX."

So you go to apple's helpful web site and see this, as of March 2015:

"Use a wired USB keyboard and mouse during setup
During the setup process, use a USB mouse to speed up the setup of your Apple Wireless Mouse or Magic Trackpad. Keep a USB mouse connected to the computer until you've completed setting up the Apple Wireless Mouse. After setup is complete, you can disconnect the USB mouse."

This is so bad I could not have made it up. To set up your spiffy iMac, with its spiffy wireless mouse and keyboard, they want you to go buy a wired mouse and keyboard, since they don't provide one? What head was jammed up what dark place when they came up with this one?
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+William Scullin Because you map all three of them to the Emacs Meta key?
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I wish that in every press release involving the "Right to be Forgotten", people would just call it what it is, e.g.

blah blah Internet Censorship (sometimes called "The Right to be Forgotten") blah blah

Because that's what it is. Why beat around the bush? People want censorship, and the EU has given it to them. 

 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/11036257/Telegraph-stories-affected-by-EU-right-to-be-forgotten.html
EU ruling demands Google removes links to content deemed 'inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant' following complaint from anyone named in it. Here we will maintain an up-to-date list of Telegraph content which has been removed from search results
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Well, doesn't matter. 30 years ago IBM, 20 years ago Microsoft, now Google... most of press and politics don't know anything about computing. It's a matter or money. In US one can sell what he wants with less restrictions (consecuences?), here there a few more, and one must pay to goverments first: even if he doesn't earn any money.
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I'm sure there's a purpose for this thing but all it did was scare me.
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Mounting bracket for a wee-ride style of kids seat?
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The trick with building any java thing from source is figuring which of the tens of thousands of lines of errors you get are 
- normal
- to be ignored
- not normal
- result in nonworking code
- might, maybe, work, some fraction of the time
- require you to uninstall and then reinstall the same jdk you already have
- require you to uninstall and reinstall an older jdk
- all of the above
- none of the above

It's good to see Java maintaining its promise. Whatever that is.
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"Building from source"... Let's build from something else!
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Hmm. France is planning to (pick any 2)
- reduce use of nukes from 75% to 50% of power generation
- reduce GHGs by 40% by 2030
- use pixie dust to create more electricity
- immediately institute remedial math training for politicians

Wow, suddenly I feel like I'm writing "Wait, Wait, ..."
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Yes, as well. Here we don't produce anything, and now goverment wants we pay for our private solar cells...
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It's kind of a good news, bad news thing.
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I soak close to the sycamore I planted recently, since it doesn't have deep enough roots to get down to the water yet.  Our other trees in the back yard seem to have good enough roots they're doing fine.
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Sure it's impossible to read, but it's cool, right?
http://www.nngroup.com/articles/low-contrast/
Low-contrast text may be trendy, but it is also illegible, undiscoverable, and inaccessible. Instead, consider more usable alternatives.
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my absolute hot button issue with 'UI design' at the moment. Yes use low contrast on not so important text (or leave it out if you don't want people to read it), but make important text readable.
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The thing on the left is an SPI part. It can be socketed into a ... socket.

The thing on the right is a healing cap. It screws into a titanium insert that is in turn socketed into your jaw. It's not supposed to pop out while you're eating. Oh well. I recovered it, which is better than swallowing it or breaking one of the few teeth I have left on it :-)
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One helps retain your bytes...
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Well, let's see, we've only been saying this is possible for 16 years now. Nobody cared.
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/08/12/lenovo-used-a-hidden-windows-feature-to-ensure-its-software-could-not-be-deleted/

If you don't need a high end laptop with tons of ram and disk, just go get a chromebook. If you don't like chromeos load +John Lewis firmware and if you really still want windows talk to +CoolStar Organization . But if you buy a UEFI-based laptop, just save a step and assume you're owned by embedded code that can't be erased. Because you probably are.
A recently uncovered feature – which had been swept under the rug – allowed new Lenovo laptops to use new Windows features to install the company's software and tools even if ...
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+CoolStar Organization Yeah, MBR was certainly antiquated. But as others have pointed out, GPT is not really unique to UEFI. In fact we support it in Depthcharge and use it on Chromebooks. It's just a disk partitioning scheme and is not tied to any particular firmware.

We also have eventlog support in coreboot. Only our eventlog is 100% open-source. (Admittedly it's been a while since I've dug around UEFI, but IIRC all implementations are proprietary).

As Patrick points out, mouse support is not difficult to add. There just hasn't been a lot of demand for that in the coreboot world since we're pretty light on features and usually don't bother with a GUI. UEFI modules are also a big problem for security and are used in many persistent rootkits (one recent example: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2948092/security/hacking-teams-malware-uses-uefi-rootkit-to-survive-os-reinstalls.html).
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Amiga forever 
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I had a couple of them (A1000 & A4000) and so wish I would have hung on to them. They were ahead of their time and a ton of fun.
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"Reflash your MinnowBoard MAX back to the default EFI BIOS "

Um, no.Not a set of instructions I ever expect to need.
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Could be, could be - nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say n' more, a nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat ...
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The SpaceX drone ship is called "Just Read the Instructions".

An Ian M. Banks fan at SpaceX perhaps?
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