* Posts by Maryland, USA

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T-Mobile US preps for $43 MEEELLION shower of gold on cram victims

Maryland, USA

Screw postpaid plans

Switch to a prepaid plan; you'll never again be charged for something you didn't ask for.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

Maryland, USA

Re: Hmmm

If it's valuable for Comcast to understand why the customer is leaving, why won't they pay him to tell them why?

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Maybe one of these excuses would work

1. My parents hate Comcast so much that they've put in writing that if I don't cancel my account, they'll cut me out of their will.

2. My wife hates Comcast so much that if I don't cancel our account, she'll divorce me. She doesn't bluff.

3. My child is dying and canceling our Comcast account is her fondest wish.

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Re: Just tell them you've sold your house

Indeed, on another discussion thread, someone said that when he said "We're moving," the Comcast rep insisted he provide the street address so Comcast could confirm whether the new address was served by Comcast.

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Of course there are options

No one needs live pay TV. Gen Z doesn't buy it. And my family has never had it; we do just fine on a diet of NetFlix, Amazon prime, and over-the-air broadcasts. Some of the best shows ran years ago; if it's good, it's worth waiting for.

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Re: VP of product at AOL

Here's how I finally got AOL to cancel my account:

AOL: "Good afternoon, my name is Raj. How may I help you today?"

Me: "By canceling my account without asking me why or trying to change my mind."

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

Maryland, USA

If the Earth has been passing as younger...

...that proves the Earth is female. Mother Earth, indeed.

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Clingy fondleslab owners TORPEDO industry forecasts

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Re: When have 'Industry forecasts' ever been right?

They didnt think owners would store the older tablets in drawers. They thought they'd keet the new tablet in the living room and use the older tablet in the basement.

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

Maryland, USA

It's a choice

Yet another group who have a problem with capitalist acts between consenting adults.

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HTML is a sexually transmitted disease, say many Americans

Maryland, USA

My favorite IT acronym is the scanner interface, TWAIN

Technology Without An Interesting Name

Yep, that's it's real name!

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T-Mobile US: Our dump-your-network drive is doing SO WELL (PS: We lost $20m last quarter)

Maryland, USA

"We lose on every customer…"

…but make it up in volume."

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Hey 4G bods: We need to make 'phonecalls' with our 'voices', too

Maryland, USA

This article was well-written

It was so well-written that when I glanced at the byline I fully expected to see the name Ray-something or something Ray, the chap who usually writes the RF-related articles in which an abstract concept is clearly explained. Simon Rockman, eh? That's another name I'll gladly look for. Paul

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Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

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Brainstorm (Re: Re:Footage is stored for on the cloud for five hours)

Exactly! Watch the 1983 trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNiZP2G-nEM

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Lumia 1520: Our man screams into ENORMO new Nokia phondleslab

Maryland, USA

Still pocketable

If a phablet is no wider than 86mm, It can slip into a man's standard shirtpocket. The 1520 measures 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm, so it's pocketable. In fact, so is Huawei's Ascend Mate, which sports a 6.1-inch screen.

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Huawei Ascend Mate: The phondleslab for the skint

Maryland, USA

And its radio bands include 1700 MHz

T-Mobile users, rejoice.

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China's second woman 'naut blasts off for coupling in HEAVEN

Maryland, USA

They need to practice docking

Is that what they're calling it these days?

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Petshop iPad fanboi charged with filming up young model's skirt

Maryland, USA

Re: Quiet news day? El Reg?

The accused has been charged. Whenever that happens, we can expect to see highlights from the original story.

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Can't beat the Nexus 7? Join it: Nook tablet gets Google Play store

Maryland, USA

Re: Why won't someone sell me..

Not only that: Google ebooks can't be read on the best book reader, Moon Reader Pro. Once I discovered this, that was the end of my Google ebook purchasing.

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Monitor-makers ponder Android-powered touch screens

Maryland, USA

Re: Do it right

I agree. CRT displays hit a wall at about 130 dpi (2048 x 1536 on a 22-inch diagonal display). LCDs surpassed that, with 150 dpi 20-inchers from IBM, Iiyama, and others around 2001. But since then, we've regressed, settling in at about 100 to 120 dpi, with 30-inchers hovering around 100.

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Yahoo! drops! size! limit! on! email! attachments! with aid from Dropbox

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It's not as useful as a direct attachment

Many U.S. government agencies block FTP, DropBox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box, and all other file-sharing and cloud sites. For workers there, there's still no easy way to quickly send or receive a file larger than perhaps 20 MB using their government account or 25 MB using their Gmail or Yahoo account.

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Don't resent the Reg's snark; embrace it

That's what my colleagues did at the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) in 2007. Shortly after DHS published my article about S&T's LED Incapacitator (http://www.dhs.gov/enough-make-you-sick), The Register dubbed the device a Puke Ray. Within 24 hours, the blogosphere lit up. Big-name news outlets interviewed our developer. Our Under Secretary embraced the nickname. And the device went on to win one of Time Magazine's 35 Inventions of the Year for its ability to spare lives.

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Samsung's next smartphone to scroll by watching your eyes

Maryland, USA
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Watch Apple sue Samsung for calling its new phone..

the EyePhone.

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Jerry Yang hired as fly on the wall at Lenovo

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Lenovo "wants to position its ThinkPad range as an Apple-level premium brand"

That's funny; it already is.

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Yahoo! Mail! offers! HTTPS! amid! account! hijack! spree!

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Enough! already! with! the! Yahooesque! exclamation! marks!

It! was! funny! the! first! jillion! times!

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Big screened quad-core Chinese beasts splash down at CES

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Re: Resolution

I like the screen on my Lenovo ThinkPad W500 from 2008:

15.4 inches

16:10

1920x1200

It's not IPS, but the resolution is a thing of joy.

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Prisoner found with phone + charger in anal cavity

Maryland, USA
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Job variety

Well, that must have provided a pleasant diversion for the prison proctologist.

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Google mingles Drive and Gmail for 10GB attachments

Maryland, USA
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great...unless you're firewalled

Great! I'll finally be able to get large video files to collaborators from work. Oh, wait: In the vast organization where I work, all file-sharing sites are blocked.

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Microsoft shoots Windows Live Messenger, brings in Skype IM

Maryland, USA

We'll always have Communicator...or WILL we?

What will become of the company's corporate chat client, Microsoft Office Communicator?

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We don’t talk any more... on the commute

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tapping on a laptop

You're not the only commuter who is annoyed by loud users of portable electronics. Listen to the song "Tapping On a Laptop" in my musical play Tracks the Musical: http://www.tracksthemusical.com/synopsis/ .

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OK - who just bought a biz PC? Oh wait, none of you did

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Re: they came back in my office

laptop + docking station > desktop

My home setup: four 1920x1200 LCDs (2x2) and an external keyboard, all driven by a ThinkPad W500. Hell, I don't even use a dock anymore; three of the monitors are driven through DVI-to-USB adapters connected to USB 3.0 Expresscard.

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Climate sceptic? You're probably a 'Birther', don't vaccinate your kids

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Samples of one tell us nothing

Lewis Page doesn't fit the profile of his fellow believers. Well, neither do I. I'm a rare bird: an animal-rights vegetarian who favors nuclear power. But unlike Page, I don't try to claim, "I don't fit your profile, therefore your profile is invalid."

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Maryland, USA

an inconvenient truth

Check out The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science - and Reality by Chris Mooney (2012). Disbelief in climate change and its manmade causes correlates highly with belief in conspiracies and distrust of government.

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HP throws an extra 2,000 staff onto chopping block

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PR drivel

Dear HP:

Fire the flack who wrote this; S/he has made the public hate you more, not less:

"We are working to improve our execution and financial performance and to align our cost structure with our revenue and margin profile," HP stated."

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First, Google goggles - now the world gets self-censoring specs

Maryland, USA
Happy

Someone came up with Googly modesty glasses in 2009 (video)

For an augmented reality approach to Modesty Glasses, check out this prescient video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDaXhyXwjkU

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Apple, Amazon, close password door after horse bolts

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Recently I had to call my credit union to have my password reset. I was asked the most basic of questions, then told, "OK, it's reset." I replied, "Are you kidding me? I don't WANT it to be that easy!" Every site should include challenge questions whose answers not every your twin would know. Paul

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PayPal parts company with major China partner

Maryland, USA

PayPal works in China, but...

Two days ago, I bought a smartphone from a Chinese site, using PayPal. I had to pay the 4.5 percent fee. Does Paypal allow Chinese vendors to pass the feel to the buyer? They don't in America.

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Will Samsung's patent court doc leak backfire spectacularly?

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Gene Roddenberry's daughter learned a similar lesson the hard way

In his will, the late Star Trek creator stipulated that anyone who challenged their inheritance was to receive nothing. Roddenberry's daughter was awarded "only" $10 million and no residuals. She felt she deserved more. Acting on what must be the worst legal advice in history, she challenged the will. The judge wasted no time in awarding her nothing.

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Lenovo CEO Yang doles out US$3m bonus to staff

Maryland, USA
Childcatcher

Whitman's samplers? Fast chance

Puh-LEASE, someone, ask Meg Whitman whether she'll be sharing her bonus with HP's Little People, and if not, why not. Oh, and make sure the videocameras are rolling.

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Stonehenge WASN'T built by ALIENS - Boffins' shock claim

Maryland, USA

For the true meaning, look no further than "European Vacation"

Stonehenge is "a thing of glory for a million generations to see":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DewEKz9TzmM

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Social Network scribe to turn hefty Steve Jobs tome to popcorn-fodder

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They picked Sorkin? Really?

Did anyone imagine any other screenwriter would be tapped?

BTW, his teen daughter was the cutest thing at the 2012 Oscars. I'm just sayin...

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Real-time drone videos get GPU-tastic

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Brilliantly written

As a science writer, I strive to write this lucidly and humanly. Unfortunately, I work for the U.S. government, whose public affairs folks delight in turning science stories like yours and mine into dull press releases. In any case, about once a month I forward a science article to my colleagues as an example of the best science writing. Tag, you're it.

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LOHAN's fantastical flying truss menaces kiddies

Maryland, USA
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"Yes, but if you did like cars, what would be your favourite?"

When I was 11, my classmate Jeff came over to play. When he left, my sister, then 7, remarked, "I still don't like boys, but if I did, I'd like Jeff."

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Floods really will bring armageddon in 2012, insist resellers

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Literally well-done

What a pleasure to see "literally" used correctly:

"PC makers forecast shortages nearer to Christmas as the deadly flooding disaster in Thailand literally wrecked the hard disk supply chain.

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Hong Kongers fight for right to stand in line for iPhone 4S

Maryland, USA
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There's a simple way to end queue jumpers

Hand out numbered tickets. When I've found myself in a jumbled queue, I've worked with others in the queue to write numbered tickets on the spot. It worked like a charm.

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Results in on why life, the universe and everything exists

Maryland, USA

"Why is there something rather than nothing?"

The question was answered decades ago in a paper in the American Scientist: There's something rather than nothing because "nothing" is unstable.

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Drug cops log Nigerian star's 24 bowel movements

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Nice pun in the main title

"Drug cops log Nigerian star's 24 bowel movements"--Nice work. I imagine that if the article had been about William Shatner's bowel problems, we might have read, "Captain's log..."

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Man charged in nude celebrity hacking case

Maryland, USA
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in his defense...

Er, where can I contribute to his defense fund?

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Hard-up OpenOffice whips out begging-cap website

Maryland, USA

I'll take none of the above

It's SoftMaker Office 2012 for me. MS, OpenOffice, and LibreOffice should ask themselves how a small team of 20 Germans could quietly create the best office suite in existence.

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Interference-dodging app sidesteps Wi-Fi band-hoggers

Maryland, USA

Nice writing, as always

Great job, Bill Ray. Among the many scribes who aim to clarify the what and why of wireless, "No-o-body does it better."

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The amazing shipping container: How it changed the world

Maryland, USA

Yes, "The Box"

By mistake, I recommended a different book. Yours is the title I was trying to think of. I read about 20 pages of it online. It's riveting.

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