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Ten technology FAILS

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Just threw out

- a Palm V.

Audrey is still in a box somewhere (but I got her cheap -- $75 from Tiger Direct IIRC)

So that's two for me

//it's the one with the pockets filled with techno-trash, thanks

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Heroic Register reader battles EXPLODING COMPUTER

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"legitimately CE marked..."

Call me a sceptic, but in my mind, the probablility that a no-name PSU has legitimate CE and/or UL markings is so small as not to be worth mentioning.

//"China Export", my Aunt Sally...

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World's oldest digital computer successfully reboots

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Excellent!

Nice to see old hardware being reborn! Well done, those men.

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BOFH: Hasta la Vista... luser

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A "friend"...

....acquired a corporate WinXP Pro install disk. No more crapware on "his" PC, and "he" can wipe and reinstall any time without any pesky activation requirements. Works under VirtualBox as well.

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I only fix Windows machines once

...and only for very good friends (and family, of course). If they can't afford an upgrade to a Mac, I explain to them that even if I succeed in removing all the malware, it will just eventually grow back. Then I ask them what they use their PC for. It's usually mail, browsing, music and digital camera. If iTunes is involved, I recommend a Mac; if not, I ask them if they'd consider trying Linux, with the caveat that we'll save their Windows drive and they can go back to it any time. So far, all have chosen Linux...and stuck with it!

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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

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Re: Custom

"Banhammer available in case of penis."

OW!

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Apple's 'inaccurate statements and FALSE INNUENDO'

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me.ga

[ring, ring]

Gabon Minister of Telecommunications: "Hello?"

FBI numpty: "We'd like to speak with you about a recent application for a .ga domain name and the future level of your foreign aid from us."

GMoT: "What domain name application? It's already been cancelled."

FBIn: "Thank you. Have a nice day."

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BOFH: Can't you just ... NO, I JUST CAN'T

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Re: Spot on

"have they started selling Tasers to mebers of the public yet???"

No, but you can make one easily from the guts of a disposable flash camera :-)

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Re: Spot on

"I need a cattle prod..."

...and a roll of old carpet in the corner of your office?

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'iPhone 5 is so easily scratched we just can't get them out the door'

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I *will* not buy this iPhone 5...

...it is scratched!

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Torvalds: I want to be nice, and curse less, but it's just not in me

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Linus, Jobs, Ballmer

Linus would be the most fun at a party, and a more interesting neighbor.

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LOHAN's cold heart beats beneath silicon breast

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Re: Is that really???

It does appear to be one of HP's greatest. I still have mine, though nowadays I tend to use its virtual version on my iPhone (i41CX) and my desktop (V41)

RPN forever!

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Re: But the important question is

Shouldn't it go "Ping!"?

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Mobile operators have another go at killing IM and Skype

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Re: Once upon a time they might have been able to kill Skype

" People use Skype because everyone else uses Skype. "

And everyone else uses Skype because it's the only available cross-platform audio/video chat app (that works).

It even works on Linux...

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Felix Baumgartner sadly turns out to be blinkered FOOL

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Re: I wonder how he feels

Made in Worcester, MA, I understand (not 30 miles from my own abode). So, his space suit has actually put money in the pockets of my neighbors, which could be considered saving a small portion of the planet['s population]...

//point stretched to the breaking point, I believe

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Quarter of Eastern cell towers BLOWN down BY SANDY - FCC

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Re: If they didn't have all their electricity cables above ground...

You folks in the UK may not have it, but over here in the colonies (New England, specifically), we have this stuff called 'bedrock". I invite you to try burying cables (or anything else) in it.

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Re: Lost power probably...

"...why arent they fitted with some sort of built in auxiliary power (barrel solar arrays or built in generator)?"

The one down the road from me has three (or four?) providers on it. Each one has a generator and an associated large underground propane tank. Of course, that tank only lasts a certain number of hours...and refueling it when there are downed trees across the road is...problematic. Wind generators, solar panels, etc don't produce enough steady power to run the site, and would require large batter banks.

All of which is why I still have a land line :-)

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Here's what CNET says

"Genachowski said that as of 10 a.m. ET today, 25 percent of the nation's wireless companies' cell sites were not operational..."

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57542642-94/fcc-on-sandy-cell-service-likely-to-get-worse-before-it-gets-better/

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WTF?

Misunderstanding?

25% cell towers *blown down*???

That doesn't sound right. Those towers are built to survive. What the FCC actually said isn't clear, but other news sites are reporting the 25% number, with the terms "down, knocked out, damaged". It seems more likely that what the FCC meant to say, was that 25% of the cell sites are inoperative.

If you've seen one of those towers up close, they're built to stay standing through worse than Sandy.

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Steve Jobs' Apple-powered yacht makes belated first trip

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Meh

I've seen bigger.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Mirqab_%28yacht%29

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Better luck next time Blofeld! Five Bond plot myths busted

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Re: Am I the only one that

No, you're not.

Though I always see one of these:

http://www.ozcamera.com/photo%2030/3038.JPG

I had one as a teen...worked well

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Re: Helicopters (one) can have eject systems!

"... a explosive charge blows and releases the main rotor blades and then the pilot is ejected..."

Important to get the timing right, then?

//leather flight jacket, thanks

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WHITE WHALE spent 4 years trying to tell us something, then stopped

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Why don't they...

play him some "Yellow Submarine" and see what happens?

//maybe he'll sing along

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Oldest unreadable alphabet yields to 'tablet' computer

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Only a matter of time...

..before I can download my new proto-Elamite.TTF font file, then.

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Save hefty Dr Who and Bond girl 'Flossie', pleads vintage computer man

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BP power consumption

With all these old machines and their power and cooling requirements, BP's electricity consumption will soon be back at wartime levels!

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I just LOVE Server 2012, but count me out on Windows 8 for now

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Re: Microsoft going for the Apple lock-in.

"Once you buy Metro apps, then you will be locked in Microsoft in a way that make Microsoft marketing men jump about in excitement. It no longer matters how shit Windows Phone is, you will buy it, because you bought aload of Metro apps...."

Until, in typical Microsoft style (Zune, Plays for Sure, Kin1 and 2), they go off on another tangent, leaving you and your Metro apps in the dust.

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FTC offers $50,000 bounty for robocall-killing tech

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VOIP gateways

Target the entry points into the phone network. These folks have got to be using a significant call volume. Should be easy for the carriers to spot them and shut them down...IF they wanted to.

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The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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Re: I took the (extreme) cure

Been there, done that, when we moved my M-I-L into a nursing home.

TWO 30 cu yd dumpsters.

//this may be of use to someone, somewhere

//but not me and not now, so it goes in the dumpster

//powerful motivation for me...

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You have inspired me

to fill the trashcan this weekend.

Thank you.

(and my wife thanks you as well)

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Ay caramba, Ubuntu 12.10: Get it right on Amazon!

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Only choice

Randy Rhino

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BBC Watchdog crew sink teeth into dodgy PC repair shops

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Re: What about Apple?

He does have a receipt from Apple for the machine, right?

Go to the store, ask to see the manager, tell him you're not leaving until you get a written notice from him giving the date you can pick up your machine. No written notice, you're not leaving. Tell him he can call whoever he has to.

If no notice received by closing time, write to Tim Cook in Cupertino, giving the details and the manager's name, and mention he'll be going to the press in 3 weeks if he doesn't hear anything. Betcha he'll get a nice shiny new MacBook and an apology within 3 weeks.

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Re: I often fix for free if its less than 5 minutes....

Good on ya! Seriously, if more (competent) places behaved this way, they'd put the dodgy shops out of business.

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Payment protection tops list of SMS spam scams

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Re: carriers being lazy^H^H^H^Hgreedy

And that is exactly what I suspect is happening. The carriers are accepting something under the table, and supplying an internet gateway for SMS spam.

Here in the US, they seem to have moved on to autodialler spam with spoofed caller ID, sent through several layers of obfuscation: an out-of-country autodialler which plays a recorded pitch, then (sometimes -- very unreliably) passes you to a call center located who knows where, which then takes your information and passes it on to some local "franchisee". It's all a scam of course, I don't believe it really is ADT offering me a discount alarm system -- all they want is my credit card number and my address. But there's a lot of money involved -- I get several of these calls a week -- different recorded sales pitches from the same autodialler number. They're running non-stop and it's been many months now.

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Network operators can stop this if they want to

"For the network operators, spam texts present an interesting problem too, as they have a contractual responsibility to deliver messages which have been paid for."

Bollocks.

They know d@mn well who is sending these messages and can nip it in the bud when and if they choose -- simply by looking for one number sending tens of thousands of messages a day -- how many can there be?. And since the carriers write the terms and conditions for service (oops, sorry, your unlimited data plan isn't really unlimited), they can change the rules at any time. Do you really think the "lads" are going to bring suit because their SMS spam is blocked? These SMS spam are all scams anyway. I haven't seen one from what I would call a reputable business yet; they're all [hot dates now, need money fast?, you have already won!] or variations of the same.

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A lesser-known new feature in iOS 6: It's tracking you everywhere

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I find targetted ads...

(...annoying, but also...)

...more useful at identifying what I've already bought, than what I might intend to buy in the future.

I also use the same Amazon account (and credit card) to buy stuff for work and personal use. This must play havoc with my "profile".

Aside: I own a Kindle (a very handy device), and often find that the Amazon price for the Kindle edition of an older book is several times the cost of a used paperback from Alibris or ABEBooks. You can imagine where I end up buying the book...

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Microsoft Surface ad targets preppy, Glee-watching youngsters

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All that's missing

is the Bollywood sound track.

//wonder how long it will last in the market?

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Quite contrary Somerville: Behind the Ada Lovelace legend

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I have heard

Ada was better at maths and programming, than she was at playing the ponies and the roulette wheel.

//perhaps statistics wasn't her thing?

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Metric versus imperial: Reg readers weigh in

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Re: Imperial Units are god's law.

[Bill Cosby]

Riiiiight! What's a cubit?

[/Bill Cosby]

//metric for me, please...is 25/64" bigger or smaller than 3/4"?

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Ballmer aims chair at Apple after Windows package miss

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Re: Re Article.....

You sound bitter...

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USAF declassifies ‘flying saucer’ design

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FAIL

60 years later

And I *still* don't have my flying car. I blame the Jetsons for this.

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Paul Allen: Windows 8 'promising' yet 'puzzling'

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Tiles?

WTF is with the tiles on a workstation? I can understand why they might be useful on a tablet, but you'd expect MS to acknowledge that they are not a good fit on an office desktop. Perhaps they could even detect the type of hardware the OS is running on and intelligently configure the default UI accordingly?

IF I am ever forced to use Windows 8 on my desktop at work, the first thing I will do is disable the tiles and go back to the traditional desktop. I agree with Allen that the bimodal UI is confusing, and the hidden gestures required to move between the modes go against everything I was taught about UI design -- mode switching controls should be visible and obvious.

//evaluating Win8 in a VM right now.

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Microsoft: 'To fill 6,000 jobs, we'll pay $10K per visa'

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Re: Fuck you Microsoft

Having worked for companies that hire H1Bs, I agree with you. All one needs to do is to read the job descriptions (which must by law be posted..though usually in the basement, behind a locked door in a disused closet with a sign saying "beware of leopard"). Requirements like Masters degree with 7 years experience and overly specific expertise...for $40K/yr!

No wonder they can't find any "qualified" citizens willing to take the job.

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Huawei: Inside the lair of the not-so-hidden dragon

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Innovative?

Weren't these the folks who were building clones of the Cisco routers and running copied Cisco code in them? I think I've discovered the reason they are able to grow so quickly...

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Politico's locked room mystery Linux install crime solved

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US Pols

It would be difficult to underestimate the technical ineptitude of the average US politician. When this fact is combined with their predilection to speak first and save the challenge of coherent thought for some future time, we get news reports like this one.

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McFlurry McMisdemeanour costs Welsh lass McJob

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Does anybody ever get sacked for being just plain shit at their jobs these days?

No.

//Evidence is right in front of you, so to speak.

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Hitachi claims glass data storage will last millions of years

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a cover showing Earth's location

Helpful for the Vogons when they plan their newest hyperspace bypass.

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Google acts against prostitution app after complaints from Congress

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Re: Ironic...

This is only about prohibiting *sex* for money. Getting paid for passing legislation is still fine.

//large bills in every pocket

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All you need to know about nano SIMs - before they are EXTERMINATED

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Re: Blue US Robotics Sportster....

Omnitec 701

It didn't have any way to tell if a handset was present, so if you whistled at the correct frequency...it would whisle back (and the attached Teletype would, of course, go nuts).

//matey!

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Reg hack uncovers perfect antidote to internet

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Re: Safer idea?

Even better: high pressure hose and pump the resulting mud out?

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I spy: Drug drops and foxy couples

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Special Projects Bureau

Should buy a pair of these for tracking LOHAN...and other unspecified uses

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