* Posts by Mike Echo

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

Mike Echo

Re: Privacy and Clouds are big buzzwords these days.

Yep, I reckon the name will definitely be something cloudy, but, seeing as marketing will be creating it the name will end up really lame. It will end up with the kind of name only suits would think was "cool".

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Facebook debunks Princeton's STUDY OF DOOM in epic comeback

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Or an all time favourite - "bigged up". Ewwww.

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THIS is the kind of clout a British Prime Minister has: Facebook pulls ONE beheading vid

Mike Echo
Joke

Cynicism

"continues to insist that it is not the publisher. It would prefer to be seen as a soapbox for commentards the world over to run free. If that generates more ad revenue - all the better. ®"

Oh, you cynic, you.

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How long will the next NBN Co board last?

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I think this will eventually come back to bite Malcolm on the bum.

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ENTIRE NBN BOARD offers to walk the plank: report

Mike Echo

"The weekend Fin Review detailed well the stuff ups in managing contractors & labour force."

Is that the same Fin Review that is the bastion of unbiased journalism regarding all things NBN?

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

Mike Echo

Re: Landfill devices

Kogan grey import, remember:

"This Product is offered and supplied by Kogan HK Limited pursuant to the Terms and Conditions.

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Google: 'Austin is our next Fiber city.' AT&T: 'Us, too – maybe'

Mike Echo

Prices

Look at those prices and inclusions. It brings a tear to my eye.

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Yahoo! webmail! hijacks! are! back!...

Mike Echo

Bye bye Yahoo

I was getting heaps of these dodgy emails and while I didn't click on the link, I visited the website (top level, then second level) by entering the url manually. I just got curious is all, but it was definitely a momentary lapse of reason, as my yahoo address then sent out some of the same stuff. That will learn me for being cocky and thinking I was too clever to fall for this shi*t.

Anyway, I have since removed my Yahoo account and also deleted *anything* that required a Yahoo login (eg flickr, Yahoo Answers, etc). I should have done this ages ago, Yahoo is just problematic and not worth the aggravation.

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Australia backs down from Internet filter plan

Mike Echo

"Conroy now says that effort has been such a success that a full filter is not needed."

But he would say that, wouldn't he?

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Skype accused of ratting out user to private security without warrant

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Wouldn't any information gained from the Skype records be inadmissable because of the dodgy acquisition method used?

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Google promises autonomous cars for all within five years

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Joke

A google car, using google maps, automatically drives you to a google advertised business where you can spend money from your google wallet. Sounds perfectly fine to me.

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Zuckerberg loses $8bn in Facebook IPO fiasco

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Philanthropy

It's nice to see that Bill Gates has given a decent amount to charity, especially through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. There are a few other well-to-dos who could follow that lead.

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Chinese man blows off hands, builds new pair

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WTF?

"love normally"?

“I control them with movements from my elbows and I can work, love normally and feed myself just like anyone else," he explained.

Am I the only one wondering what this involves? Pics please!

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Visa and MasterCard warn of credit card data breach

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Chip not affected?

I assume this problem is only for those cards solely containing a magnetic strip, as opposed to having an embedded microchip as well.

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CEO takes leave of Sensis

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No comment, I just wanted to see who wrote the great title. :-)

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Facebook post-IPO: Free not fee will make Zuck a buck

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I, like man + dog, use Facebook, but could easily live without it. It contains nothing that is a "must have" (ie "would pay for") for me.

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Parallel import argument turns toxic in Oz

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Truth hurts

I am looking at buying a Nikon DSLR via grey market very shortly. I like to support Oz business, but not when they treat you with contempt. We have been dicked for far too long as far as prices go.

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Windows 7 overtakes XP - finally

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WinPho

No WinPho figure in mobile OSes yet? Too early?

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How to lose 375k customers the Vodafone Hutchinson way

Mike Echo
FAIL

Too risky

I thought about going to Voda but after learning of all the performance and customer service problems, I think I had better stick with my current provider. Voda have some great deals, but what is the point of having a great deal on a phone when you can''t do the basics properly? The CEO says they have "turned the corner", but then he would say that, wouldn't he?

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Well, that about wraps it up for the NBN

Mike Echo

@ Malcolm Turnbull

" What is interesting is that in a straight contest between 100 mbps and 50 mbps from the same telco with a modest price differential, there has been a decline in the 100 mbps share."

While the drop in 100 mbps user numbers might be "interesting", you cannot really use the drop to draw any conclusions as to why the numbers have dropped. There are probably various dynamics at play and we do not know the entire scenario.

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Apple iCloud: Steve Jobs' own private internet

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Newsworthiness

Here in Oz this story made the prime time television news services. Never mind that the cloud has been around for quite a while now.

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Mozilla puts squeeze on slow Firefox add-ons

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Trade-offs

The reason I stick with Firefox (Pale Moon actually) is that some of the add-ons are almost indispensable. It's just a matter of keeping them at a minimum and being prepared to accept a performance hit as a trade-off for the benefit provided by the particular add-on/s. No doubt some people will grizzle about their start up times even though they have a squillion add-ons installed.

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Telstra stirs NBN pot with 4G/LTE deployment announcement

Mike Echo

Mobile complements

I think mobile broadband might complement fibre rather than cannibalise its userbase. I don't think too many people would voluntarily have wireless (given its record of flakiness here) as their main home connection.

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HP launches webOS products, but no ecosystem

Mike Echo

ecosystem

It's official. I now hate the much overused and abused word "ecosystem".

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Photo loss blogger to Flickr: You're f*cking kidding

Mike Echo

Hindsight

Flickr should have a system whereby they suspend the account, making all content appear "gone", while automagically sending an email to the account owner saying "your account has been suspended and will be deleted in x days unless you contact us", etc.

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China's 'stealth fighter' flies – brown trouser time, or not?

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Planes for sale - cheap.

They are probably going to manufacture them in bulk to flog to nations that cannot afford western tech. The Chinese are great at making and selling cheap stuff (never mind the quality).

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Yahoo! sneak peeks revamped Mail

Mike Echo
FAIL

Yeah, but...

I stand corrected. It's been a long Friday and I haven't checked Yahoo's pop access recently, k? Now, where's me beer?

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Mike Echo

Yeah, but...

As long as gmail, lavabit, etc offer free pop3 and/or imap access, I can't see Yahoo mail becoming a threat any time soon no matter how fancy their interface.

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Dell accused of hiding incriminating evidence in defect case

Mike Echo
FAIL

@Pahhh

"Every large company runs foul of their suppliers. It often has nothing to do with cost cutting. And even a previously reliable supplier can produce unreliable shit. Thats the way it goes."

True, but it is how the large company deals with customers afterwards that is the issue here, I think.

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FAIL

O how the mighty have fallen

Dell were, at one stage, THE company to buy from because they had customer service second to none with extremely high satisfaction rates. Now they just smell like bad fish. I wouldn't buy or recommend a Dell ever again.

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Apple iPhone exec falls on sword

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Who?

"Mr. Papermaster, who was listed as an executive on Apple's Web site earlier Saturday, had vanished from the site later in the day."

Did he really exist at all?

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Microsoft dubs Windows Phone 7 'ad serving machine'

Mike Echo

Thanks, but no thanks.

As if Win mobile didn't have enough of an image problem. Now you can guarantee users avoiding it should the "ad serving" come to fruition. Opt out? Not even an opt in?

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Conroy pledges to stop spams infecting Aussies' portals

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Blush

Sometimes I am embarrassed to admit I'm an Australian. Right now is one of those times.

There is nothing lamer than a politician trying to sound as though he is technologically literate but merely showing his ignorance.

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Oz gov in confusion over net filter plans

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@ Lionel Baden

RC = "Refused Classification". The stuff that is not given a rating.

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Man's MySpace page torpedoes personal injury suit

Mike Echo

What a maroon

Why don't these people get it? Writing online about things (slagging your boss, bragging about that sickie you took because of a hangover, etc,) is just plain stupid. It will always come back to bite you on the arse later. Idjits.

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New road made from pigsh*t in Missouri

Mike Echo

Lewis, O Lewis

Once I saw Lewis' name on the byline I luckily knew what I was in for. Do you El Reg hacks actually fight over who gets to write about a story with such potential as this? I can see the El Reg news room now - "It's my story!". "No it's not, I saw it first!", "Bugger off!", etc.

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Novell (not SCO) owns UNIX, says jury

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Thanks, Darl

Darl McBride, the business legend, started all this crap and the idjits who took the helm after his departure should have learnt from his mistakes. But they didn't. Chickens -> home -> roost.

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77% of domain registrations stuffed with rubbish

Mike Echo

Spam

Maybe entering dodgy contact information for a domain is to try to avoid being spammed to death?

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Aussie net censorship turning Chinese

Mike Echo

Horse trading

As is usual in politics all over the globe, this issue is simply down to political horse trading between the politicians who need the god botherers' support in the senate. It's pretty sad, really.

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Microsoft erases Windows 8 optimism

Mike Echo

surreal?

My vote for the most annoying and misused adjective of late goes to 'surreal', as in "...to come up with a vision for Windows.next is a process that is surreal...".

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Dell ordered back to court in laptop dustup

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What happened to Dell?

It seemed like not that long ago that the word "integrity" and the phrase "customer focus" was synonymous with Dell. This episode shows that Dell, like so many others, now smells like a dead fish. I too have been burned by the gap between their so-called "cusotmer focus" and the sad reality that is now Dell.

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Nexus One poised for iPhone's American 3G

Mike Echo

Interesting

This is going to be very interesting to watch, as I think the Googlephone and it's various Android-running relatives are going to be the only serious contenders for the Jesusphone. Stand by.

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Nokia reckons its Symbian^4 UI will leapfrog the rest

Mike Echo

WinMo

I have never owned a phone with WinMo and would never buy one. The oft-flaky behaviour displayed by my computer does not give me enough confidence to take that leap, regardless of how illogical that may sound. The Nokia 5800 is quite good (and great value for money) but the competition is really hotting up now.

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Watchdog mauls Disney woman's breasts

Mike Echo

Lester, Lester, Lester

When I saw the article's RSS feed title I placed a bet with myself that it would have to be one of Lester's fine efforts. Now I owe myself twenty dollars, damn you Lester.

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Dell tech flashes woman with (her own) jubblies

Mike Echo
Unhappy

Appalling

I find it appalling that Dell can shrug off such unsavoury behaviour with "he's one of our best techs". So Dell condones such perversion? The employee should be unemployed by now.

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French woman marries dead fiancé

Mike Echo
Joke

Not much

If you thought the wedding ceremony wasn't much, wait til you hear about the honeymoon.

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Wallace and Gromit get the Google doodle treatment

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Quite fitting too

It's good to see the anti-pesto lads honoured. I still wear my W&G t-shirts with pride.

"You'll be hunted down like, well... a dog." Love it.

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Gmail users howl over Halloween outage

Mike Echo

Second luckiest person alive

My gmail pop has been sporadically flaky for a while now, complete with timeouts in TB, but (a) it's free and (b) I can usually use the web interface or the blessed PopPeeper to grab my pop mail.

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Facebook awarded $711m in 'Spamford' Wallace case

Mike Echo
Pirate

That's fine and well but...

huge monetary fines mean nothing unless they can actually be collected. Come the revolution, all spammers are the first ones against the wall. I'll volunteer for the chain gun, thanks.

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HTC says no to Android HD2 to aid Windows Mobile

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@AC 16:51

"... and then? I smell a deal has been done."

Yes, something definitely smells a bit off. I think that HTC is trying to have two bob each way but I'm not so sure this is a smart move on their part. The HTC brand is strong, but not strong enough to force people to a Win mobile OS if they basically don't like/want it.

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