* Posts by Darryl

1517 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re: If proof is needed...

This, milord, is my family's axe. We have owned it for almost nine hundred years, see. Of course, sometimes it needed a new blade. And sometimes it has required a new handle, new designs on the metalwork, a little refreshing of the ornamentation . . . but is this not the nine hundred-year-old axe of my family? And because it has changed gently over time, it is still a pretty good axe, y'know. Pretty good.

-The Fifth Elephant

(Sorry, your post just reminded me of this)

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In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!

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Re: Tech support

"Attention passengers. We have a WiFi issue on board. Is there an IT guy on the plane?"

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Re: Preflighting

Marc, Dabbs is right. Editing is done before you get to the paste-up/typesetting stage, and checks the original copy. Originally, preflighting was checking the final product for errors made by the typesetter. It migrated into digital preflight as you describe with DTP

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Re: Good old Chuck Y's Air Combat

That was the only flight sim that I ever enjoyed

And every time I played it, after I got bored, I'd humour myself by seeing how fast I could fly a jet straight down into the ground.

"Left wing ripped off"

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Pas de problème ... Quebec just passed a website blocking law

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Re: Who are these people?

"Also, the federal government has a history of backing down bending over if Quebec pushes hard enough clears their throat in a meaningful way."

There, FTFY

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Pepper robot acts like real teenager, gets job at Pizza Hut

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I doubt that it would get damaged... It probably wouldn't be in the shop long before somebody made off with it

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iPhone 'Error 53' plaintiffs say Apple not giving reimbursements

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Re: Simple action would be ...

"You go somewhere else to have it fixed, now have a problem and somehow magically want the manufacturer to know all of that?"

Thing is, some of these 'muppets' went somewhere else to have their phones fixed long before Apple issued this update, and only when the update was applied did the phones become bricked. By a deliberate act of the manufacturer.

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ISS 'nauts to inflate pump-up space podule

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Misread that as 'meat modules', which still made sense.

Where's my coffee?

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Google building firebombed

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Wow, that Cook guy's not reacting very well to iPhone sales dropping, is he?

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

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I have been told all this by lots of people too, but it's not so much because it looks like smoke, rather because they saw on TV or Facebook that it's worse than smoking and some guy had one blow up on him, don'tchaknow?

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Re: Its about the money

Pretty much every piece of legislation these days is all about the money. Pharmaceutical and tobacco companies are getting hit in the wallets by people switching to vaping, so they in turn hit the wallets of lawmakers, and presto! Problem solved.

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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

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Nigella?

She looks pretty tasty...

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Re: Nanaimo Bar

Christmas??? I had some last weekend

But yes, excellent suggestion

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CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

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Re: @croc, re: Contempt.

The only problem with your plan, Shadow Systems, is which agency is going to do this? Jobs like this are usually performed by the CIA

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What's holding up Canada's internet?

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Thanks for this article, Trevor. The sad thing is, because we're so big and spread out (and the CRTC, as you point out, mostly just rubber-stamping any proposals from the Big 4), there's just no financial incentive for new players to enter the game, whether it's internet, cable, mobility, whatever.

And as for the crappy WiFi modems, Shaw has called me three times and sent me at least as many letters offering to 'upgrade' my plain old wired modem to a WiFi one, and I basically told them to blow it out their ass. I even have a back-up in case this one dies...

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We're calling it: World hits peak Namey McNameface

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"Parsey McParseface can apparently get this stuff right 94 per cent of the time"

That seems to be awfully high compared to most Humany McHumanfaces I know

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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Re: I'm stocking up on super-strength nicotine soon

Oh, so YOU'RE one of those shapes in an armchair over in that hazy corner of the shop...

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They're just trying to reinforce in the public's mind the image of those nasty fake cigarette looking things with the glowing LED tips. Because those are the ones that make teens 'look cool' and supposedly lead to smoking real cigs.

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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So if the cops are left alone to club, tase, and shoot whomever they want, then the murder rate will go down? Makes perfect sense.

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Label your cables: A cautionary tale from the server room

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A few months ago... Bunch of people having a meeting. One wants to plug the meeting room TV into his laptop and I get a call that the supplied VGA cable is wrecked. When I get there, I'm shown how one pin in the laptop end is completely mashed flat. He explained carefully to me that the mashed pin was the reason the colours on the screen were all wrong. Remembering these are important people, I kept my mouth shut and dug up another cable, but it was pretty obvious that he'd wrecked the cable himself, jamming it in and shoving harder because it wouldn't fit.

I think they believe that we're gullible idiots. Obviously if the pin was mashed flat in the cable before he got to it, I probably would've got a call from the last person to use it.

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Siri's maker finally unveils dev-tastic universal AI interface Viv

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Terminator

Software that writes itself

Is it just me, or does that sound ominous?

"Viv, I would like to kill all the humans." And suddenly Skynet is born (Vivnet?)

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Spaniard live streams 195km/h burn-up

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Re: I found...

You claim to be in South Africa, but that sounds a lot like western Canada to me. The only distinction is the Rangers are too small for these guys - they like a big diesel F150/F250 (or a Dodge Ram or a GMC Sierra/Chev Silverado). They still drive the same, though, and I've seen exactly the same scenario on a two lane highway here more than once.

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Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

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Re: The Last of Us

I think you're still assuming too much about the average computer user. To the majority, a computer is an appliance. They buy it, plug it in, and use it. They have no grasp of replacing the OS with something else. That would be akin to removing the control panel from the microwave and installing a different one.

I know, because whenever someone is asking me why their computer is so slow (IE filled with crapware, pop-ups, and toolbars) their question is "Should I just buy a new one?", and when I explain how to do a wipe and reinstall, they're astounded by how fast it is afterwards.

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

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Re: Simples.

The dishwasher story reminded me of our bathtub. The previous owners had done a shoddy update on the main bathroom. Every now and then, I'd go into the bathroom in the basement (directly below) to find the counter was all wet. I could never catch it happening. Until months later when I was walking by and heard splashing. Walked in and finally found the problem. When they'd "installed" the new plumbing upstairs, the drain fitting on the bathtub was a little bit smaller than the original pipe and trap, so they'd just shoved it into the pipe and called it good. The drain could handle the shower running full blast, but draining the tub was just a little too much flow, causing it to back up a tiny amount - just enough to squirt out around the "connection" from the new to old.

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Re: not only sentient but sentimental

You may be onto something there. Maybe cats are reincarnated as tech goods after they shuffle off this mortal coil?

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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Re: It's a one man band

That was my thought too. Some guy working out of his home office reselling storage space. He's Accounts, Marketing, Support, Custodial, HR, and Social Committee all rolled into one

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Revealed: HMS Endeavour's ignominious fate

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Isn't it horribly bad luck to rename a ship?

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch

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Re: ...

I agree. This might be the first time since 1995 that Windows 95 actually made something more useful (or should that be less useless?)

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Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

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Re: Football? Don't you mean handegg?

I've said it before and I'll say it again... If you Brits' eggs are the shape of an American football, it may be time to cut back on the chicken inbreeding program...

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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Re: Money money money

Really? You mean real data, or "Data" - in which you Google articles that misrepresent scientific papers in search of shock headlines?

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Interestingly enough, when you remove all the other crap in cigarettes, nicotine itself is being found to have some pretty considerable health benefits:

http://discovermagazine.com/2014/march/13-nicotine-fix

http://themindunleashed.org/2015/09/the-secret-health-benefits-of-nicotine-they-dont-want-you-to-know.html

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I'm so glad you got that off your chest. Do you feel all superior now?

I'm kind of wondering, though, what your post has to do with the article. I can't see anywhere in the article or the comments where it says that nicotine addiction is not an addiction.

Or did you just need to imply what an amazing person you are compared to all the horrible addicts?

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Watch it Apple: time has come for cheaper rivals' strap-ons

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Re: My view on it

Don't forget you're not going to do any of those things if you didn't remember to plug it in last night

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China's Dalek-like robots fear only one terrifying nemesis: Stairs

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Re: "Do you know how to go down staircases?"

Yep, if it encounters a staircase at 18 km/h, it would probably only maybe hit one step on the way down

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Thunderbird is GO: Mozilla prepares to jettison mail client

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Re: Best Thing For Thunderbird

wolfetone:

You get my vote for the Metaphor of the Year award

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Tokyo rebrands 2020 Olympics

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Re: The whalesong is deafening where I work...

The US stations think it's really great to cover the bottom third of the screen (during a programme) with ads for tomorrow night's Survivor or whatever. Usually, they cover up something that's relevant to the story of whatever you're actually watching.

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Re: No giant robots?

Pony tails, rainbow coloured hair, and really really huge.... eyes?

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

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Re: Fine tuning - How IBM support are you?

I don't bother rejecting them... Just add a note that the printer was checked and appears to be functioning properly, then close the ticket.

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Censorship FTW! China bans Paris Hilton, minor Kardashians et al

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Re: yah know...

That may be true, but those two good things are deeply buried in all of the publicity whoring that she and her family do on a daily basis.

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Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing

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I don't know. I think this is the first time I've heard him actually answer a question. He inherited his father's ability to ramble on and on and not really answer anything.

But he takes a mean selfie.

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I am sending pouting selfies to a robot. Its AI is well buff

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Re: What a...

Some of mine made a detour to my ears

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Czech Republic to rebrand

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Re: kidding aside

Some Yanks confuse Mexico and New Mexico

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Re: Where are the instructions?

Your post reminded me of Yello's 'Oh Yeah' (Made popular by Ferris Bueller)

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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Re: Devils advocate.

If he's set this up to check for mis-addressed customer emails, then why is he reading emails sent between two employees? I smell voyeurism

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Bay Area man forced out of his $400 box home

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Re: fire hazard

Actually, given the latest enviro-hipster trend here in NA, it would be considered a Tiny House and there would be documentaries made about how innovative he was.

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Microsoft goes titsup

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Looks like somebody forgot to kill the automatic Win10 upgrade

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How to not get pwned on Windows: Don't run any virtual machines, open any web pages, Office docs, hyperlinks ...

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Re: How not to get pwned on Windows...

Well, it is true. You won't get pwned on Windows.

You'll get pwned on Linux

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Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

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Re: The Register Fails

Proof of concept is the huge amount of current browser popups that claim "Your computer/phone/whatever has a virus. Click here to fix it."

If they didn't work, I don't think you'd see as many. People are gullible.

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Re: that's what the dump is for

I thought it was to fill up the old 60 gig hard drives so that people ran out to buy bigger ones?

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BlackBerry boss mulls mid-range Androids

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Re: Heretic in the corner..

I've asked this before. All you get for replies are downvotes and vague conspiracy theory-like comments about how it's obviously happened but nobody noticed.

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