* Posts by Tikimon

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Sprint: Our 'unlimited' mobe plan has one tiny limit: High-quality video

Tikimon
FAIL

History repeating again...

I started my online adventure with AOL's walled portal and $3.00 per minute dial-up rate. I jumped ship to Earthlink for an unlimited plan. The only way to compete was to offer a flat monthly cost for unlimited access, so everyone climbed aboard.

The ISPs were victims of their own success, and could not deliver to all the subscribers they had signed up. Having promised too much they wanted to claw some of it back even then.

Twenty years later, same old thing. The telcos oversell something they can't deliver, then try to screw us out of what we have paid for. Tip: Don't offer a product you CANNOT DELIVER.

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

Tikimon
Unhappy

The display of ignorance and bigotry is astounding

Yanno, I like reading the Register, and generally enjoy the comments. It's nice to hear the reasoned opinions of geeks and techies, presumably people with brains.

Generally. But bring in Politics, Firearms, America vs Britain, North vs. South, any race issue or sometimes even Apple vs. Anybody and it all goes directly to Hell.

At least half of you folks really need to take a look at yourselves. You call people nasty things out of your smug self-assurance about things you know nothing about. People you've never met, places you've never been. It's depressing, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE SMART ONES.

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Apple wants to patent iBeacon stalking

Tikimon
Devil

Resistance may be futile, but I'm resisting anyway

Never ever ever will I submit to being tracked like that. If I can't root my phone and bypass it, I'll go back to a feature phone for calls and pull the battery of my smartassphone when not doing data lookups. Whatever it takes.

I'm glad a backlash is growing against the "track and spy everywhere" attitude tech companies assume is the future and push on us against our will. I only hope the tools to fight back catch up with the spying, we're a little behind at the moment.

Does anyone remember when companies made good products for us to buy, to enrich our lives in some way? Now they make things designed to violate our privacy for their benefit. Instead of Customers to be courted, we're considered Things to be captured and "monetized".

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

Tikimon
Joke

FURY ROAD!!!

I'm looking ahead to Mad Max VI, where gangs of self-driving automobiles roam across the American wilderness, fighting over the last electric power stations. Max Rockatansky is cloned from a fingerbone fragment, digitized and uploaded into one faction's cars as a secret weapon.

I'd better shut up lest some Hollywood hack decide it's a good idea...

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The wonderful madness of metrics: Different things to different folk

Tikimon
Devil

And on a totally irrelevant note...

The crazed looking "data scientist" in the billboard image looked familiar to me. Took me a minute to think of why and where I'd seen that image. The glasses and crazed expression look very much like Gepetto from "Steamnocchio" [direct image link below]

http://www.3dtotal.com/admin/new_cropper/tutorial_content_images/294_tid_fig21.jpg

Since of course, data scientists are crazed maniacs. Wot???

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

Tikimon
Devil

Assumed guilty and fined for it? OK, I'm a pirate!

Levies! What an insulting idea! It's a prior assumption of guilt and culpability with no recourse or appeal.

Well, OK then. If I'm paying a fine for piracy, then I'm going to be a pirate and get my money's worth. The media outfits wanted it, so they must consider it a fair trade, right? No? Well, too bad! YARR.

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PRATCHETT chats to Oz from 31,000m above Planet Earth

Tikimon
Meh

Still no plans to flight test?

If this were a full-sized aircraft, the design process would look really strange. The avionics and pilot have been separately tested, but not the actual airframe, engine, or maneuver-control. Yet the design team is having beers all around and declaring the system ready to fly.

It's a long step from a passive paper glider to a rocket-powered, self-steering craft (of original design, I might add). It would be really nice to know if it can fly straight and stable, the control surfaces not jam under load or simply tear off, the autopilot can actually fly the plane in a stable profile, minor details like that.

I've eagerly followed the SPB's mayhem for years, and wish the project well. I'm concerned by this heavy focus on monitoring when you have no idea if the aircraft actually flies.

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'It’s irrelevant whether Elon Musk is a dick or not. At least he’s trying to make things'

Tikimon
Happy

Revisionism makes real people look inadequate

Let's face it. For every piece of history that we weren't around to actually live through, we hear about the sanitized, sound byte version. Everyone forgets how the Famous Visionary was mocked and criticized, their many failures and mis-steps. Historical figures are whitewashed down to Accepted Talking Points and the less-flattering bits forgotten.

Real people in Real Time are not the sanitized figureheads you might expect. Musk is a real human and not perfect, does not need to be. He's got the guts and determination to risk it all for his beliefs and vision. I respect and admire that, whatever he's like personally.

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Jurassic World: All the meaty ingredients for a summer blockbuster

Tikimon
Devil

Jurassic Clone, the Search for More Money

While we're warming over the Same Old Story again, why not rehash one they haven't rehashed in this series yet? The old J-Park facilities are raided for dinos to turn into bio-weapons. Which of course escape and start killing people, you know how it goes. You might get more cheers if congresspeople were being menaced instead of kids.

I loved dinos back when they were uncool and misunderstood. Now that we know what amazing animals they were, it's a shame to see them jammed into the same mold as every other movie villain. They act in human ways, with human goals and motivations, always focused on KILLING THE HUMANS. Yawn...

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

Tikimon
Devil

Suffering unspeakable horror

"Tesla can continue to fill cars with the skins of sentient beings that suffer unspeakable horror while adding massive amounts of greenhouse gas into the air.

That's the best description of a rush-hour commuter I ever saw.

Vegans demonstrate daily the ill effects of their dietary restrictions when they spout ideological BS like this. Don't let it happen to you.

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Wearable fitness tech: Exercising your self-motivation skills

Tikimon
Meh

Another failing Magic Fitness Pill?

Most people - for diverse reasons - simply don't want to do any work to be fit. They don't want to change their diet, exercise, any of that tedious stuff. Most diets and other fads are driven by people looking for something easy they can do and magically lose weight (notice, NOT "be fit"). Many of the people actually doing exercise are putting in the minimum effort to say they're done it, not working hard for real change.

I suspect fitness trackers are the current Magic Pill Prospect. But like other fitness plans, folks eventually find out that Work Is Involved if you want real results. The band doesn't make one magically slim without effort, so it goes in the drawer. The devices are victims of unreasonable expectations.

At least an unused Fitbit takes up less space than the millions of dust-covered rowing machines, treadmills, bikes, ab-rollers and other once-hopeful Magic Fitness gadgets cluttering garages.

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

Tikimon

Weak forever or strong tomorrow?

I bike to work year-round (I'm 52) and climb a monster hill that ends at the office. When I first started last year, I felt like dying after climbing at 4 MPH in granny gear. Today I cranked up at 7 MPH in third gear and felt great doing it.

The way to get strong is not to make a hard task easy, but to do the task until it's not hard anymore. Quit whining about steep hills or long rides and CONQUER THEM!

For folks that genuinely can't make it, E-bikes are a good thing and extend their limited capabilities. For 99% of us, they're a wussification device to avoid exercise. Passing people using a motor is no reason to feel smug.

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Sally Beauty Supply breached AGAIN

Tikimon
Thumb Down

Re: Customers should learn

Okay, please tell me which scenario will work in the Real World.

1. At the checkout counter, ask the sales person about their company IT security. They will not know.

2. Before shopping, go online and investigate the company's IT security. Hint: current and detailed security info is not posted on their web site, nor available through customer service number.

3. Shop with companies not yet known to have been breached. This is all we can really do...

Your advice is similar to "don't visit unsafe web sites." You don't know who's safe or not until you find out they've been hacked.

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Belgian minister set to legalise Uber

Tikimon
Devil

Private transactions between individuals - none of the government's business!

Bear with me as I oversimplify (I'm really busy, sorry)

A man stands beside a road with his thumb out. A motorist stops and offers him a ride, for some gas and lunch money. They motor along for a while, passenger gets out, pays the driver some cash.

Is this illegal? Uber only facilitates the driver and rider finding each other. Rideshare finder services are not illegal. Why does it become so when money is exchanged? Because a politically connected union uses their government allies to stop competition.

I do freelance auto repair. I have no license, no ASE certifications, the government hasn't approved my abilities to fix cars. Is this illegal? I'm cutting out a professional repair shop who charges three times what I do. Does the pro shop have cause to demand I be stopped?

Hell no. If my client wants to take a chance on my mechanic abilities for a lower price, it's their right and mine to do so. It's a private transaction between individuals, and it's not the government's business.

Anti-Uber actions are driven by protectionism. Period.

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Scouts' downed Compass database won't be back 'til autumn

Tikimon
Unhappy

Stuck in the past?

I don't know about their upper leadership, but the boots-on-the-ground Scout leaders are often way behind the times. It wouldn't surprise me to find out the top levels are stuck in the 50's as well.

I used to work at an outdoor chain (REI) in camping. Father/son combos came in all the time with "required gear" lists from their scoutmasters that totally ignored decades of improved gear design. Cotton and flannel clothing, external frame packs, pup tents, kitchen-sized pots and pans. As often as possible we would steer them to better, lighter gear and tech fabrics (for a good price, no sales commission involved). We used that old junk when I was a Scout, I know what it's like.

I believe our too-urban populations need something like Scouting, but it seems like the BSA are mired in the past. Just one man's opinion based on limited data...

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Google wants Marvin the Paranoid Android's personality in the cloud

Tikimon
Devil

Am I really the first to say "SEXBOT"???

No way, 25 comments down and none of you dirty-minded lot have suggested sex bots yet? Have another cuppa, you need to wake up.

Whatever else they have in mind, a partnership with RealDoll is obvious. Celebrities indeed!

And on the Unintended Security Flaw front, your personalized bot-behaviors will be hacked, and world+dog will know about your "I Dream of Jeannie" fetish. "Yes, Master!"

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The Internet of Stuff is a gigantic ultra-perv robbery network – study

Tikimon
FAIL

Same Sh** Different Vendor

Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Precedents for ALL tech innovations in the last 20 years. Nobody has learned a thing.

Always a rush to new "features" such as allowing a web page to silently install software, never thinking of how that can possibly be misused. Vendors open gaping holes and spend the rest of the product life ignoring, denying, admitting, and finally trying to close them. It feels like Groundhog Day in that respect, it's always the same.

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Apple Watch is like an invasive weed says Gartner

Tikimon
Devil

Apple adoption in our workplace - Manager Bling Effect, not features

Apple products did not invade my workplace because of their game-changing features. They did so because our non-technical managers saw other companies' managers using shiny Apple tablets and phones. Their desire to have one too was purely visceral, based on bling and shiny, not features.

It backfired for Apple in the long run. Itunes bugs and lock-in drove them all insane, and were a large part of the decision to select Galaxy S4s for company-issue. Having had Apple devices themselves, the managers didn't want to inflict them on our staff. Price was not a factor, our IT shop is well funded.

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Bulgaria nixes 'metadata' law, Paraguay delays

Tikimon
Facepalm

Shameful to be shown up by BULGARIA!!!

We are ALL at the mercy of our governments, over which we have diddly-shite control. That's the fact, and none of us should bash the others about it because our own country is doing it too.

With that said, it still hurts very much to see my own country, ONCE a beacon of freedom, helping lead the charge to an authoritarian police state. Bulgaria just did the right thing, where the US government is racing to destroy the last vestige of privacy and individual rights we have.

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REVEALED: TEN MEEELLION pinched passwords and usernames

Tikimon
Angel

Good passwords CAN be easy!

I train my users to create 12+ character passwords based on easy to recall sentences, often movie quotes. Use first one or two characters of each word, capital at the start, add punctuation at the end. The user does not have to remember the actual password, but types it in as they run through the sentence. It lets low-skilled users reliably use passwords like Tharthedryolofo! Find THAT in a dictionary!

Tharthedryoulofo! comes from THese ARen't THe DRoids YOu're LOoking FOr

or Drandikewe13 - DRunk ANd DIsorderly KEy WEst 13 (for 2013)

Yes, good passwords CAN be easy to create and recall, IF you use a good system. This one's working a charm for our users, but I'm sure there are others. Anyone?

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

Tikimon
FAIL

Things labeled "smart" usually are not

I see the word "smart' as a huge red flag for tech devices. It means some combination of:

Spying - unwanted, unacceptable, crappy business model

Predictive behavior - wrong every time, see above on spying

Front door for hackers

Front door for government surveillance

Nothing smart about any of that, unless you're a government, hacker, or advertiser.

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

Tikimon
Facepalm

Voting market stifled for lack of choice

It's the same everywhere. Hollywood can't think of anything new or creative, so they remake the same movies, work the same franchises over and over. It's a safer bet to make money on X-Men VII than try something new, right?

Same with the political parties. Why chance a new candidate when you can roll out a Bush or Clinton again? They try the same old hacks again (John McCain or Kerry) as if nobody better has come along in 20 years.

THIS DOES NOT MEAN WE THE PEOPLE WANT THEM. Please respect that neither side of the pond has ANY real choice in who "governs" our countries. The parties pick them, they make sure of that.

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Tiger Moth: Old school flying without all those pesky flaps, brakes and instruments

Tikimon
Happy

Lost my virginity to a Tiger Moth

Hey, as first times go, it was more fun and less stressful than the other thing. I had someone experienced to handle technique (lol) and I got to simply enjoy the flight!

My first flight was in 1974 in a Tiger Moth at an airshow. Twenty years later I made it back for another go, but that plane had crashed the year before and I didn't get to ride it again. You keep a special place in your heart for your first time, I will never forget that yellow bird!

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

Tikimon
Unhappy

Image date/time or call time compared to crash time?

If anyone was taking pictures to cause the crash, they would find pictures with a file date and time matching the crash time within a minute or so. They specifically talked about shots taken on takeoff, but not on landing, where are the fatal shots of landing? Shots taken hours or days earlier mean NOTHING. They did not say the pilot was on a call at the time of the crash. So how can they blame it on the pilot using a phone?

A month ago the missus and I had up to four devices running at once in a Cessna 170 (hired tour). It didn't interfere with the pilot at all, nor cause him to crash later that night. Hundreds of selfies are taken from private aircraft daily, but it's not raining airplanes.

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GRUNTY CHIMPS 'blend in among locals' after moving to Scotland

Tikimon
Devil

Resistance is futile!

There is a risk, when observing other animals, that we will interpret their behavior through human values. We are right to be cautious about that. However, it has been taken far too far. Researchers resist ANY hint that an animal is doing something comparable to a human behavior.

This is pure hubris, based on the fallacy that we are not animals and are totally different from Them. We are not in fact special or different in any way, only in the degree of expression of certain behaviors.

Of course the chimps can learn to use the local vernacular! They don't simply vocalize at random because they're "aroused", how stupid. They want to communicate, and have learned what is the most effective locally.

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

Tikimon
FAIL

Straight Purchase is still a valid business model!

This is utter BS. For most of my life I have purchased goods and services, which were then mine. The company was paid in cash, the trade was made. Nobody will convince me that "spy on your every move and tell whomever we want about it but don't charge Cash" is a better way to pay for services or goods. That's an asinine business model and frankly insulting to customers.

Claims that we're FINE with the data rape are BS as well. I and many many others refuse to use Facebook at all on privacy and creepiness grounds. I know plenty of Google refuseniks as well. Millions of gullible users do not represent the whole population.

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I'll get my coat – there's a dusty one flying off Comet 67P

Tikimon
Joke

Re: "A gaggle of astroboffins ... "

Well, if they're the usual bunch of old crows, can we say "a murder of astroboffins"?

OK, please nobody report me for making terrorist threats for using the word "murder" in a sentence including humans? I have a ton of patching and updates lined up, and those FBI interrogations really derail a workday.

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Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

Tikimon

World's most expensive club - ouch

"Just why selfie sticks are a menace at the tennis hasn't been explained..."

A smartphone on a stick is an expensive club. I don't think I want people waving them over my head, thanks. Sporting venues have limited possible blunt weapons for a long time, witness the popularity of foam hands and such. Hard to brain someone with foam!

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Apple wants your fingerprints in the cloud

Tikimon
FAIL

Holy Grail for Big Data and government spying

This is the gold standard for data grabs. You can change your name, get a new face, use a fake SSN, it won't matter. Hard to fake your fingerprint and (barring accidents or defacement) it will never change. Big Data has been wanting a unique ID for each of us, and this is the Holy Grail.

And how long until our beloved governments require us to use it? To sign up for phone service? Buy airline tickets? Establish credit? Gotta make sure you're really you, yanno. Just sayin'.

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

Tikimon
Happy

Science, where failure or success aren't so distinct

It's a partial triumph, tempered by a partial failure. They're right to celebrate the parts that worked.

The mission failed, but not totally. That little thing is sitting right where it was supposed to be, mostly intact, and that's an awesome achievement. Many systems and methods were validated knowing that Beagle made it, even if it broke on landing and couldn't do it's ground work. A TOTAL failure would have missed the planet or smashed itself to bits too small to see.

Science lets one learn from mistakes, they're sometimes more informative then when everything went according to plan. Too many of you seem to think that nothing short of total success makes a project worth it. Always better to do an Opportunity, but space is a harsh environment. Given how often our CARS need repair even without the cold and radiation, give the space probes a break!

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UFOs in the '50s skies? CIA admits: 'IT WAS US'

Tikimon
Devil

Attitude is everything about UFO "controversies"

Sensible attitude: "Hey, what's that light in the sky? I don't know what it is. Might be a new aircraft or something." No news coverage? No problem, it was only a light in the sky.

UFO Conspiracy Lover: "Hey, what's that light in the sky? IT MUST BE AN ALIEN SPACESHIP!" No news coverage? Obviously, there's a cover up!

The former need no CIA explanation. The latter will never accept ANY explanation, because they want it to be space aliens and don't care about the boring old truth. A century ago it was fairies, before that succubi and demons. Some folks just don't WANT the truth.

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FCC: A few (680,000) net neutrality comments lost in 'XML gaffe'

Tikimon

Form letters save me time being ignored!

I used to write considered messages for this sort of thing. I "participated in the political process" many times by calling or writing my "representative". I always got the same response: FORM LETTERS that did not address what I said.

So now I send form letters. My comment is reduced to a tick in a database field, why waste my time composing an elegant message nobody important will read?

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

Tikimon
Unhappy

LOSE THE EFFING BILLBOARD PICTURES ALREADY

This is a TECH NEWS site. We are not bleating sheeple flocking to singing dancing websites with BIIIIG PICTURES for the reading-challenged.

Fire your marketing types or whomever decided that:

A. A perfectly good website needed to be mucked about with because change is good even if it SUCKS.

B. Created and approved the changes made. They are horrible, and please only fluffy marketing types who try to justify their jobs by changing that which does not need it. How many weeks of reader spleen do you need to face the bleeding obvious?

Oh, and SINGLE PAGE OPTION!!!

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Edu-apps may be STALKING YOUR KIDS, feds warn

Tikimon
Devil

Why think ONLY of the children?

Hey, can we stop pretending that what's bad for kids is not bad for adults? I don't want to be tracked and sold either, but it seems to be fine if I'm over 18.

How about we stop this BS for EVERYONE?

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Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a VOLVO

Tikimon

Same problems on a motorcycle...

I wear screaming hi-viz yellow and have lights all over my motorcycle, drive like everyone I see is trying to kill me. I've STILL had close calls from cars because the driver was not paying attention. Be serious! Cars and trucks are much larger than bikes or motos yet people slam into them daily. Granted that bikers et. al. should not camouflage themselves in traffic, but visibility is not the answer when drivers are being stupid.

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Vulture 2 design hero describes epic 'hobby' project

Tikimon

Did I miss the flight testing?

Maybe I missed an article somewhere, but has the aircraft had an actual airborne flight test? It's a beauty, but most planes tend to have a few surprises when you first take them up. Granted that a rocket-fired test is improbable, but it could be dropped from altitude for a glide test. Unless it already has, lol...

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Tikimon
Unhappy

Get rid of the pictures! They add NOTHING!

I just looked at an article about Space-X and you have a huge image from the movie "Space Cowboys" wasting space and bandwidth. Wot the hell do Tommy Lee Jones and Clint Eastwood have to do with Space-X?

HORRIBLE DESIGN! Go back to the old one or TRY AGAIN! This feel-good picture-heavy whitespace hell is not what a tech site needs!

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Tikimon
FAIL

SINGLE PAGE VIEW please!

Jeebus, I hate having to load the same article five different times, then click back page by page looking for a particular bit.

PLEASE give me back some way of viewing as a single page! Otherwise, knowing I'll need to click for each paragraph (exaggeration yes) I won't bother with an article at all.

WHAT was wrong with the OLD site? It worked fine for me!

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Singapore startup does an Uber on tech support

Tikimon
Happy

It's a decent model for extra cash

I used to do freelance auto repair, before engines became so computerized. I charged less than the pro shops, so the customer felt like they got a sweet deal. I converted free time to cash, not losing 30% to taxes. All work guaranteed, plenty of repeat business and referrals.

I've done the same with computer service. If I can't charge something reasonable to do it, I tell them so. Some of my clients have paid half the value of a laptop to fix it because they liked it, or simply for the reassurance that Someone Nice Is Taking Care Of It. Others won't, they buy a new one. My customers get a good deal, I get free cash, everyone wins.

I don't have to work for $100 an hour, sign me up!

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

Tikimon
Happy

The danger of Small Sample Sizes!

Come on Lester, you should know better. Never make assertions based on a small sample!

The US of A is a huge and variegated place. There is almost NOTHING you can reliably call "American" as in "to represent America". There are significant local and regional variants of everything - dress, speech, politics, and certainly cuisine. My family alone will serve you several notably different versions of cornbread, as only one example.

Next time you eat out, please establish the proper context, such as "Today I had This Nosh at This Place and it was Like This." Full stop. Don't generalize 350 million diverse people to say "AMERICANS ALL DO THIS CRAZY THING, AMAZING ENNIT?"

And if you drop by Atlanta, come try my cornbread!

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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

Tikimon
Devil

Does it really matter?

Consider the state of an un-hacked phone. Carrier and partner-sponsored spyware on it, Google or Apple watching and selling you out, every cop on the planet slurping your phone and data traffic. Partner agreements swapping and selling your most personal information to all and sundry.

Ok, now you're hacked. What's really different?

Smartphones: hacked from the factory.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

Tikimon

Pizza delivery!

Hi there! Sorry I'm a little late, I lost an engine on takeoff and we had to go for the secondary orbit. That'll be $12,345,678.95 please. Oh, thanks for the tip! Have a good one, we'll see you next week!

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

Tikimon

Possible viral connection?

Let's assume that the conclusion is valid, the difference exists, and that the gender-ratios hold up to scrutiny. The prostate has no idea who or what you're shagging, or if you're alone. If we ignore possible signaling hormones (possible, but no evidence), what could be causing this effect? Extra pounding has been proposed already. If that's the case, a correlation with pegging should be noted (when someone finally asks).

But what about a viral transfer of some kind? Viral activity has been implicated in many cancers. It's not beyond reason that men who tend to play around with men might be more exposed to a certain virus than those only chasing women. I'm NOT implying any connection to HIV! However, the chosen sexual behavior does tend to separate these loose populations of people.

Juts a thought to explore. Gosh, I hope "menage a une" is preventative!

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

Tikimon
Devil

Our users just want to get their work done

They don't want to have to relearn Windows and Office every few years to suit some hare-brained business plan.

"Office 2007 removed the pull-down menus... replaced them with a fat toolbar called a ribbon.. Despite some grumbles, sales had been fine and users adjusted."

WRONG, you moron! Thanks to Office lock-in, users were stuck with an Office they would rather not have had and still hate the Ribbon to this day. Proficiency dropped and stayed down, as once-common functions were obscured and busy users gave up looking.

Would anyone buy a car where the manufacturer could periodically rearrange your controls and dashboard to suit itself? Hell, no you would not. Learn to drive again every three years? Bazmeg!

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