* Posts by Darryl

1543 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

The problem with Canada? The price of broadband is too damn high

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Re: The price of broadband is too damn high

I'm paying $70/month for 25Mbps with a data cap of 300 GB. Not sure what the upload speed is, but I think it's 4-5Mbps

The reason it's so cheap (HAH!) is because it's bundled with $90 worth of TV and a $17 home phone line.

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Re: a few hugely vertically and horizontally integrated companies

Don't forget Shaw has decided to join the other three in mobility too by buying up Wind Mobile with funds from petty cash...

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Re: O Canada

From what I read, Canada didn't block anything... One of the Canadian assholes ISPs lodged a complaint with YouTube and YouTube voluntarily blocked it for Canadian IPs

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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Re: It's an old story

Don't you mean his "hookers 'n' blow" budget?

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Re: Let the lawsuits begin

Yay! Another unrelated car analogy. Does GM remotely remove the engine from her car and substitute another one that doesn't run properly without her consent or knowledge?

So she should be paying a 'techie' to ensure that MS doesn't foist Win10 on her computer? And how exactly is she supposed to know this? Sounds like her computer was working just fine before

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Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire after engine alarm

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Re: The second video taken from across the airfield

Phone software should have a mode whereby it delivers electric shocks to users who try to film vertically

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I want to learn about gamification but all I see is same-ification

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I thought MTV had given up on music and was concentrating on pregnant teenagers and teenage moms and teenagers trying to get pregnant and pregnant moms who are teenagers and...

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US House to vote on whether poor people need mobile phones

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Instead of "People abuse the system, so we should shut the system down,", which hurts all of the people who legitimately need it, how about "People abuse the system, so we should fix the system to make sure it can't be abused."

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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Re: "he customer definitely does get a nice big fat discount for taking a chance... but "

...only driven by a little old lady to the ISS on Sundays...

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Apple and Android wearables: What iceberg? It’s full steam ahead!

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Re: Complications: borrowed from mechanical watches.

Complications to me evokes "There were complications during the surgery,"

Really not a good name for something that's claimed to make your life easier

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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Re: Understand

I prefer "Cats have staff."

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Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

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Re: "almost two millennia under water..."

Wonder if they spent the extra drachma and got AntikytheraCare on it...

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Austrians are most likely to bare all on beaches

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What's disconcerting about speedos is the fact that approximately 99.7% of men who wear them have bodies that really, really need to be more covered up.

And yes, I'm including myself in that group. But I don't wear speedos - the sounds of people around me retching and gagging disturbs my fun by the water.

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iOS10 bloatware deletion

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Re: I agree some of that is bloatware, but Contacts?

From what I've read, it looks suspiciously like the icon gets hidden, but the app is still sitting there taking up space. So you're right - no different that stuffing them all into my 'Apple Shit' folder hidden away on the 2nd screen

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

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Re: But do you make the vapers stand with the smokers?

No, make AA members DRINK their milk in pubs. And their morning coffee

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After spending some quality time on a commuter train filled with people who wear scents, I have breathing issues for the rest of the day. Yet no-one is calling for perfume wearers to be banished to the far corner of the parking lot.

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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

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If we're taxing things just because they cause people to become a burden on the health care systems, then we should also be taxing sporting goods because concussions, broken limbs, muscle strains, etc.

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"We will finish off our tofu and avocado salad, wash it down with a fruit tea infusion, cry a little inside, and wonder where it all went wrong..."

...and we won't live any longer, but it'll sure feel like forever

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Re: Teching self-help

Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day, but give him a case of dynamite and soon the village will be showered with mud and seaweed and unidentifiable chunks of fish.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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Re: America?

ElectricRook. I'm sure that Mexico will appreciate your geography lesson.

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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

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"we're on track for a single standard hole for most portable devices any year now."

And then Apple will come out with something more proprietary and expensive

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So. Why don't people talk to invisible robots in public?

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"I found three restaurants that serve fermented sea cucumber. Would you like me to display the nearest?"

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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No, his mistake was living somewhere that something like this is even legally allowed to happen.

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Winston Churchill glowers from Blighty's plastic fiver

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Re: It is safe in the washing machine - how about the dryer?

If it's the same material as Canadian dollars, they don't handle the dryer at high heat very well. Gets all crumple-y, but still recognizable.

The two most annoying things are, they're very thin and tend to static together when new, so you have to be very careful you're only handing over one bill, and when they get folded crooked, it's almost impossible to un-crease them and re-fold them straight.

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Standard Life axes IT bods

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"enhance how we deliver technology"

In other words, this was a layoff decision made solely by senior level finance managers.

"Every time I walk by, those IT guys are just sitting around playing with computers. The systems obviously run fine without them, so let's get rid of them and save some money!"

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Kraftwerk versus a cheesy copycat: How did the copycat win?

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What's the difference between a drummer and a drum machine?

You only have to punch the instructions into the drum machine once

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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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