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BlackBerry bottoms out: Vows to wow with new Berries

TheRealRoland

That Blackberry Passport...

This is going to be a love-hate thing, but i like it. Yes, ugly as heck, but exactly what -I- want. A large touchscreen, and a physical blackberry keyboard. Right now i have the Samsung Note 2 - nice big screen, but i do miss that physical keyboard... And just the Blackberry OS in general. Compared to Android, -I- think things have been thought through much better, especially from a business-use point of view.

"Shut up and take my money!".

But, not holding my breath for Verizon to pick it up in the next couple of months :-(

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Feds crack down harder on 'lasing'. Yep, aircraft laser zapping... Really

TheRealRoland

Re: not convinvced

The 14 years was not just based on this one incident. If i remember correctly, this person was out on parole, already had a couple of earlier warnings on his record, then lied about things, and even had his kids (or her kids) also play around with the laser. All that, combined with his latest action, caused the judge to sentence him for 14 years.

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TheRealRoland

Re: not convinvced

@stu 4

It sounds like you already made up your mind ("i didn't get hurt, so why should others", right?).

Still, read this article: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/blinding-light-the-us-crackdown-on-not-so-harmless-laser-strikes/

A bit more background info on what pilots see and feel, and how it will impact their work.

And i'm sure with a little bit of googling, more info will show up.

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TheRealRoland
Happy

Re: Alternatively

> they could advise <insert here>

So I guess i'll be waiting to cross when i have a green light - it's a better solution than cracking down on running-red-lighters, right?

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Jade Rabbit nearly out of hop

TheRealRoland

>stolen the Concord

Still grapes on you, huh?

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So you reckon you're a leet infosec warrior. Now you can prove it, pal

TheRealRoland

Re: Talking of drones and clones/machines and muppets and puppets

That's amanfrommars1 for you. Don't read the message, feel the message!

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Potato in SPAAAAACE: LOHAN chap cooks up stratospud with Heston Blumenthal

TheRealRoland
Happy

Re: In case you missed it elsewhere . . .

Marinara Trench? Sounds like a buffet at a cheap italian restaurant ;-)

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Hey, Samsung: Why so shy about your 960GB flash drive's endurance?

TheRealRoland

A slightly older article, but lots of info.

http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/4178/10/hardwareinfo-tests-lifespan-of-samsung-ssd-840-250gb-tlc-ssd-updated-with-final-conclusion-final-update-20-6-2013

and more generic, a bit off-topic, about the samsung caching:

http://techreport.com/review/25282/a-closer-look-at-rapid-dram-caching-on-the-samsung-840-evo-ssd

I have an 1TB EVO, granted, just in a work laptop. So far no issues, but i'm sure i'm not using it like a data center would.

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap fears for his waistline

TheRealRoland

At least...

I hope those numbers are tasty, when you crunch them...

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Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?

TheRealRoland

Re: Translation

Hey! Who are you calling borderline here?

All kidding aside - glad that the Reg readership is considered 'entire IT readership'. High praise!

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Amazon wires up email-to-Kindle to its gigantic online hard drive

TheRealRoland

And, don't you have to pay for this privilege? If I remember correctly, the Kindle 3G connection was abused by a lot of people, using it as a tethering device? Last time I checked (granted, almost a year ago) there's a file size limit mentioned somewhere in your amazon kindle account. If the file mailed exceeds that, the file will not be sent across the whisper net (or whatever it is called).

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Commonwealth Bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL

TheRealRoland

Re: Foot, meet bullet

That'll get them thinking...

http://www.montypython.net/scripts/irritate-airline.php

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Tesla firms hot bottoms: TITANIUM armor now bolted to Model S e-cars

TheRealRoland

Re: Should

For the car with license plate 'Snaab'? ;-)

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TheRealRoland

Re: Historical

Upvote for that remark. Note to car manufacturers: 6ft6-ers want to drive coupes as well!

Tried the Puma when it first came out. Couldn't even sit down on the seat, couldn't get my head inside the car :-)

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This city's smog is so TERRIBLE, people are told to stay indoors. Beijing? No – PARIS

TheRealRoland

Re: That wasn't smog

smaug?

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Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

TheRealRoland

similar to 'a robbery gone wrong' ?

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Google's mystery barge flounces out of San Fran, heads to Stockton

TheRealRoland

Re: The Barge is...

The Raft?

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Microsoft to push out penultimate XP patch on March Patch Tuesday

TheRealRoland

But...

so, why didn't they do this when MS-Basic no longer was supported?

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Newsweek knocks on door of dad-of-six, tells him he invented Bitcoin

TheRealRoland

Re: A deabte if they have endangerd him?

a bitcoin, you mean?

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Murdoch dumps Microsoft, prepares to Hangout with Google

TheRealRoland

Re: A fool and his money are easily parted...

Re: A fool and his money are easily parted...

why is all this anti-google stuff being down voted? I just had to switch over from Exchange to Google Apps/ mail. in the process my android phone now needs different apps (email client, different calendar app, and a bunch of notifier widgets) to be able to do what I was able to before the switchover.

plus, now my data limit is being raided by email synchronization,rather than just for regular stuff.

of course, part is the android phone and any layers the manufacturers put over it, but sjeez. Android = google , right? I was hoping for a bit more (businesslike) integration of things.

then, on the laptop; chrome now has to be open all the time to receive notifications, etc. yeah, sure, there's offline gmail - but that's apparently all gone when you clear-cache; so now still trying to work with outlook using some Google apps sync tool, so that my calendars are synced up.

stuff like that distracts me from being able to do my actual work.

but, probably for desk jockeys, this is an easy fix to save money on those pesky MS licenses, and frees up one or two people from doing Exchange maintenance. compare that to offloading effort onto each of your employees...

give me back my exchange!

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Apple investors fall for CEO Cook's product-presentation prank

TheRealRoland

to all these multi-multi-paragraph writers

Do you guys have all this stuff ready to be copy-pasted into this small edit window? Or are you really typing this out?

sjeez, complain about stuff in places where it really has an impact.

Or is this just part of some package that the loyal order of global warming deniers society hands out to each registered member?

sjeez, get a job ;-)

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

TheRealRoland
Happy

Re: Bah!

Are you referring to the Memory Effect of homeopathic solutions?

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China's Jade Rabbit moon rover might have DIED in the NIGHT after 'abnormality'

TheRealRoland
Coat

Re: Necessary?

I'm sure it's all that 'Hop'e Chang'e' stuff ;-)

Hop'e -> hoppy? geddit? No?... hm...

The one with the thermal lining in it, please.

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Facebook debunks Princeton's STUDY OF DOOM in epic comeback

TheRealRoland

Re: Domed

'it was a site to behold'....

sigh.

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Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

TheRealRoland

Re: Phablet

just use phlappy instead...

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

TheRealRoland

Re: Going to be a painful future

Not necessary, just drive/fly to Detroit, or drive from Indianapolis to the east for 80 miles or so. a number of Tim Horton's to be found. some are collocated with a Wendy's. I also came across some while driving from Buffalo to Vermont.

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TheRealRoland

Sigh...

Brown shirts.

Yes, invoked godwin's law myself.

Sad...

But not thinking this will be any different in any other country.

Sign of the times.

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Your squirty insecticides make bumblebees SHRINK, warn boffins

TheRealRoland
Happy

i think the flower is a 'texas blue bonnet' (not an expert, but i seem to remember this name somehow). That would narrow down the area in which this bee would live.

Nice (large!) download of bee species in the US: http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/features/posters/EasternBumblebeesPoster_print.pdf

And more about western state bees: http://www.xerces.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/Western_BB_guide.pdf

(apologies for not narrowing it down more - have to work ;-) )

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

TheRealRoland

Re: Shit yourself slim

>hoards of immigrants

I know, isn't it annoying? they keep on collecting stuff. Gotta catch 'em all!

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Boffins invent LUMINOUS PIGS again, glow-in-dark bacon sarnies presumably imminent

TheRealRoland

so many possibilities...

finally, that mash up of Babe and Tron is one step closer to reality...

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Samsung: Men, our Gear smartwatch will make you a hit with the sexy ladies

TheRealRoland

Re: Nothing will ever top

really, a down vote for that? read this...

http://forum.notebookreview.com/samsung/734915-win-8-1-dont-upgrade-until-samsung-has-updated-drivers-4.html

and still it hasn't been successful for most people.

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TheRealRoland

Re: Nothing will ever top

yeah, am holding off (still) upgrading my Samsung book 8 laptop to 8.1... too many issues with video card drivers

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Asteroid-hunting beauty AWAKENS, takes cheeky snaps of neighbours

TheRealRoland

I like the article.

But can you please stop using those autoplay/autostart ads? The Cricket one has a button to mute the sound, which doesn't work.

And these autoplay videos are stealing my data allowance...

And those videos do not entice me to buy products anyways.

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Calling all Spare Rib veterans: Sisters, don't lose your rights!

TheRealRoland

Re: In other news

it's all fine and dandy that everybody thinks that _everything_ needs to be accessible online. But is that really necessary?

we would still have the world with libraries and access to information.

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Gran Turismo 6: Another glossy, gorgeous Mario Kart on steroids

TheRealRoland

don't get me started about the euro music on all the GTs... one of the better examples is the GT5 intro demo with Castle over the Moon; at least 10x better than with the emo euro crap music behind it...

don't get scared off by the piano segment; fast forward to about 3mins into the movie if it is too much for you ;-)

Japanese opening: https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DRAAdtEN5hNQ&sa=U&ei=ABazUpqWDYm4yQGxyoD4BA&ved=0CAsQtwIwAA&usg=AFQjCNGA-4NRaNs89Y8tSk0VajYoJ2ovMQ

EU/NA opening: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kwZXleNd3bo&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DkwZXleNd3bo

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Is Google prepping an ARMY of WALKING ROBOTS?

TheRealRoland

Re: Invasion! (of privacy?)

just flash the bots with apple's maps? problem solved ;-)

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TheRealRoland

Re: Nope they have to

ed209s! "you have 20 seconds to accept this delivery!"

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'Disruptive, irritating' in-flight cellphone call ban mulled by US Senate

TheRealRoland

Re: Mobile Calling Area

maxwell smart's cone of silence...

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

TheRealRoland

Re: Some creepy apps out there

funny how everything goes through cycles. the Blackberries were/are being vilified for not having enough apps, where the argument was 'but the website offers the same or better functionality'. No, everything had to be apps.

so now that everything is apps, the complaints are that the apps have too much access to what's happening on your phone.

mind you, am not trying to sound snarky. I think it's just funny, in a sad kind of way.

</shakes_his_head>

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

TheRealRoland

Re: Apple QuickTake 150

of course I do, holding it right now :-) it's a Sony FD91... that 14x optical zoom was the killer feature for me. the downside? carrying boxes of floppies with you on trips :-)

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DARPA seeks game players to join bug-hunt

TheRealRoland

<wopr-voice>shall we play a game?</wopr-voice>

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India's Martian MOM leaves the nest

TheRealRoland

Let me put it in a different way - there's no 'first world' overhead applied to the stuff designed, built and bought. Or are people saying that they've cut corners, coming up with something that's held together with the proverbial duct tape instead?

I'm sure the Indian space program used its resources much more economical. No telephone sanitizers and account executives on the payroll. Or numbers were fudged. Or both.

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TheRealRoland

I'm sure that for the Indian economy it was still a large amount of money. after all... it's all relative, right?

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Vodafone Iceland Björked after Turkish hacker pinches passwords

TheRealRoland

nice :-(

humming 'human behavior'...

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Kiss goodbye to quiet skies: Now FCC ready to OK in-flight cellphone use

TheRealRoland

Re: HELLO!

I think Maxwell Smart was on to something with the Cone of Silence...

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Bill Gates orders HITMAN to KILL right-hand man STEVE BALLMER

TheRealRoland

Re: Whale Whores

is that you, big bwuddew? </cow-accent>

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Samsung pulls Galaxy S3 update as users moan: It's PANTS

TheRealRoland
Headmaster

Re: I'm not having any issues

your just waiting fer the grammer nazis to attack yer post, arnt you?

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PlayStation 4 a doddle to fix: Handy if it OVERHEATS, for instance

TheRealRoland
Happy

Re: Sony likes internal PSUs

i had a Philips MSX2 (+) one, managed to order an FM-PAC, and loved to play Salamander and SD Snatcher... Had a guy put in a '+' chip in there as well, so that i could play Metal Gear 2 - Solid Snake as well...

Ooh, and a flashback to demo parties in NL...

Ah... bliss...

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Three Men in a Tardis

TheRealRoland

Re: "sub-unity ordinal numbers"

ah, Pippard. He always loved it, when a plan came together.

oh, no, that was Peppard.

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Google patent: THROAT TATTOO with lie-detecting mobe microphone built-in

TheRealRoland

Re: How good are throat microphones?

mmmm. oh no it's coming straight for us! mmm.

I'll get my coat ;-)

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