* Posts by JP19

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Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other

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How often

do you want to give someone cash?

When you do want to give someone cash how often do you want a computerised record of the transaction?

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Adam Smith was right about that invisible hand, you know

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Re: "home country bias"

"No exactly the opposite."

If your local currency inflates more than where you invested you win, if it inflates less you loose.

If you invest in your local currency it is a wash which is why I said it reduces risk.

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"home country bias"

Isn't a home currency bias somewhat sensible in that it tends to reduce the risks of inflation of the currency you eventually want to sell your investments for?

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Ford recalls 433,000 cars: Software bug breaks engine off-switch

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Re: Bah!

"I don't ever recall ever having to replace one, nor did I ever have one stick "on"

I do - in a Ford as well.

Leaking telescopic radio antenna trickled water down the wiring onto a starter motor interlock relay mounted to the side of the passenger footwell. A rusty sludge built up in the relay housing eventually shorting the contacts and powering the starter solenoid.

The starter solenoid circuit back fed to the ignition so the locked car sitting on my drive just started itself one rainy afternoon. I thought someone was stealing it. The only way I could stop the engine and starter motor was to disconnect the battery.

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Chair legs it from UK govt smart meter installation programme

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"I thank Baroness McDonagh for"

driving the train so far but as we approach the wreck we need to find someone dumb enough to stand on the footplate....

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Re: "Offensive"?

"but people feel the need to be offended"

People don't feel the need to *be* offended - they feel the need to ^claim^ to be offended on someone else's behalf and so demonstrate they are more noble than anyone who claims to be offended less. This of course makes them dishonest slimeballs - that or just too stupid to understand what they are doing.

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With Hobbit and LoTR in the can, Trolls no longer welcome in New Zealand

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"new offence of incitement to suicide (three years' jail)"

Wow,

So I guess telling a New Zealander to fuck off and die is now a bad idea despite there being at least 116 of them that ought to.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Google

already have half the WiFi passwords in the world, why shouldn't Microsoft try to catch up?

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Google

already has half the WiFi passwords in the world - why shouldn't Microsoft try to catch up?

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Google

already has half the WiFi passwords in the world, why shouldn't Microsoft try to catch up?

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Identity protection outfit LifeLock picked, popped

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Lol

Never heard of them so looked at the site - some people actually pay 10 bucks a month for that crap?

I can get a similar identity theft alert service for free with one of my credit cards. I didn't think it was worth the bother of going through the registration process never mind 10 bucks a month.

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Cisco gobbles OpenDNS, sorts out cloud security portfolio

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"of nearly 50 billion devices by 2020"

People are still sprouting that 50 billion bollocks?

7 devices for each soul on the planet.

This tech savvy and wealthy western household has 6 devices between 2 of us and they have all been connected for years.

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US police to throw big balls in criminals' faces

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Limited application?

What if the crim in the video had shut the door? Looks like a fire door so it should have been shut anyway.

Can't help thinking a camera on the end of a stick would do as good a job in most real world situations. Or a mirror if you want to be really cheap.

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Layoff-happy Capita charges staff to use cutlery in canteens

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Sounds like

a fork cup, not very knife, bet they plate it and will spoon be looking for new jobs.

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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"frequencies like 10Khz the amount of phase error introduced by sampling"

At 10kHz moving your head 34mm gives you 360 degrees of phase error.

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Microsoft's new mission statement: It's all about doing MAGICAL THINGS

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Reading that...

a) I want to barf.

b) he doesn't seem to have a clue what Microsoft should be doing beyond trying to get everyone to run Windows 10.

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Beyond the Grave: US Navy pays peanuts for Windows XP support

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Re: "in the context of"

"It's a bit unreasonable for somebody a hundred years"

No it isn't. If a myriad exploits are discovered it is because the software had a myriad defects to be discovered. I have a customer running software I wrote which is older than Win95. If they found a bug today I would feel obliged to fix it free of charge. If what I sold them is faulty I will fix it, that they didn't notice it was faulty for 20 years is irrelevant.

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"in the context of"

Or maybe consider it in the context of $91 per year per copy of windows which is probably more than it cost in the first place.

I have said before I just can't understand how anyone considers it acceptable to have to pay a supplier to fix defects in the product they sold you because the defects were not discovered within some time limit the supplier set.

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Google's new free music service is classic Google: Take someone's idea and slap ads on it

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Re: All streaming services are for music fashion victims

"people who listen to Katy Perry ad nauseum"

Spotify is supposed to have 20 million tracks. A library which would cost you $14 million at iTunes rates.

Claiming that streaming service is only for those listening to the latest 'hits' over and over again is silly.

I have been pleased and surprised to find on Spotify stuff I last listened to on tape and vinyl decades ago.

Radio stations and the internet equivalent (which is all google is offering for free) are for people happy with a popular, limited, and often repeated selection of music.

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Google account and credit card required?

So is this some piece of shit tacked onto Google Play Music that just isn't charged for?

I couldn't find anything free to listen to. A path which looked like it might lead somewhere stopped when it required a credit card for location verification - hell will freeze over before I give google a credit card number even if it is only associated with one of the throw away google accounts I have to keep creating.

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Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

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"30 OEMs to get them preloaded"

Oh FFS.

If it is a free download why the hell does anyone think it is a good idea to package it with the OS so you need root to get rid of it and free up memory for what you do want?

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Another CEO goes overboard from Jay Z's Tidal music website

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So few comments

Guess no one really cares which is probable what the departed CEO concluded.

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Re: So for the price

"use that stonking great screen in their lounge"

I have a stonking great screen in my lounge driven by an HTPC.

Why would I want to pay a substantial premium for a HTPC because it is 1/3rd the size of the wireless keyboard I use to talk to my current one?

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So for the price

of a low end laptop you get a low end laptop without the screen, keyboard, RAM, storage, optical drive, or battery.

I'm just not seeing application for a low end PC where small justifies a high price.

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Even Apple doesn’t mess with Taylor Swift

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"Apple values the music makers"

You are shitting me right?

Apple values their stupid customers who pay well over the odds for iThings.

They forked out to make the bad publicity go away and keep their stupid customers happy.

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

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Re: Nice business model

"with the same methods some drug dealers use"

The same method used by :-

Netflix

Hulu

Google Play music

Sky Movies

Now TV

Amazon Prime

Youview

in other words just about every subscription based entertainment service there is.

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What a load of crap posted here

The free trial is a loss leader for apple and the artists.

Why should only apple be taking the loss?

If apple did pay them during the free trial it would be treated as an advance or as part of an overall deal taking it into account.

Apple may or may not be ripping off artists, but, expecting them to share the loss in a loss leader exercise is no indication either way.

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Apple to replace DODGY hard drives that go BELLY UP in 27-inch iMac

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If they are the Seagates...

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/3tb-hard-drive-failure/

One post on an interesting blog from guys running over 44k consumer level drives.

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Buy with your head, drive with your heart: Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

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Front number plate

Is there anywhere these cars are not going to have front number plates?

Can't they design the front of the car to take one instead of sticking one on looking like a butt ugly afterthought? A full size one must look even worse than the short one in the review.

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Webmail password reset scam lays groundwork for serious aggro

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So why

did you give google or yahoo your phone number in the first place?

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Re: Ha! - but in the end the pope adds nothing of value to the debate

"all of the actual scientists are on one side of this "debate""

The side that has all the money, careers, and even nobel prizes on it? Why am I not surprised?

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Re: Read the whole thing

"respect the pope"

I will respect the pope when he convinces god to suck say half the CO2 from the atmosphere and turn it back into say natural gas for us. Having made the whole planet reformatting a bit of it isn't much of an ask is it.

On abortion and contraception Catholics don't do it - it helps them breed more Catholics.

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Indie review of UK surveillance laws: As you were, GCHQ

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The four

"the four horsemen of the infopocalypse: drug-dealers, money-launderers, terrorists, and pedophiles."

If people want to use drugs let them - I don't care about drug dealers. You don't get money that needs laundering without some other crime so solve that instead (or are we most likely back to drug dealers anyway?). There are not enough terrorists to worry about and they couldn't protect me from them if there were. There are not enough real harm causing pedophiles to worry about.

The whole basis for the need for mass subservience is made up, made up by politicians trying to fool us into thinking they do something useful and supported by the hundreds of thousands who's jobs depend on it. If we stopped bothering to carry on loosing the war on drugs we could sack half the police force and spend the money on something more useful.

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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

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"carefully considered the protection of customer information"

We asked Google and they told us they have lots and lots of well paid consultancy work for high ranking ex-civil servants. After careful consideration we decided Google should get our business.

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Elon Musk's $4.9 BEELLLION taxpayer windfall revealed

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Re: Bargain

"compared to the fossil fuel industry"

You mean the industry that fuels his rockets?

The industry that subsidises his solar panels by being a huge free (for him, expensive for us) battery that keeps the lights on when the sun don't shine?

The industry that provides the majority of the power his cars run on?

Claimed subsidies of the fossil fuel industry vary wildly because there are so many sets of made up numbers to choose from.

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Re: Comparing with a 'competitive' project

"Tesla has made massive advances in Electric vehicles"

No he hasn't. He stuck batteries from 2000 laptops and a motor on wheels.

In 2006 Monster Garage converted a Chevy Bel Air to electric with 384 Milwaukee tool 28v lithium-ion electric drill battery packs.

http://www.delsonproducts.com/monster-v28.htm

Tesla engineered (without any significant technological advances) this stupid, expensive, and impractical idea making it stupid, expensive and vaguely practical.

Unfortunately a lot of people are as stupid as the politicians he suckles from and see this engineering of a poor idea as a 'massive advance'.

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Siri, dim the lights and warm us up: First gizmos for Apple HomeKit love-in emerge

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Yay - Smart homes for dumb people

As title.

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Microsoft: Here's what you'll cough up for Windows 10 next year

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"just around the corner for free adopters"

No it will be for everyone.

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OK Google, how much of my life do you observe and disturb?

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Re: Gmail is the only Google service

"Unless you reject all cookies from Google"

You mean you keep some cookies between sessions? How quaint.

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Re: Google hater article?

"Android phones have an option to backup data"

Yep, and that there is not even an option to encrypt this data before giving it to Google says it all.

How hard would it be provide local encryption? What backup/archiving tool on the PC for example doesn't provide an encryption option?

The only reason I can see is that Google wants to be able to trawl through *all* the data on your Android device and so they probably do.

I tried to find some assurance about what they do with this backup data in their privacy policies but it is all just vague drivel. Not that I would believe anything they say anyway.

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Re: Google hater article?

"everybody knows Google uses your private data for ads"

So how do they use my WiFi passwords for ads?

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: You Know Windows 10 Is Going To Be Good...

"It's no different to Apple advertising a big banner on the home page"

Microsoft used windows update to install an advertising spam application on users machines without asking. It a million miles away from a banner advert on a web page.

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Why are Microsoft giving this away?

And not just free but ramming it into your face via windows update.

Their flagship product and cash cow they have been milking for years is suddenly free?

I don't think so. Microsoft see it as a loss leader and they expect to be screwing more than an upgrade price from you somehow.

What that somehow is I am not sure. First step to subscription Windows as a service? They expect to to buy more than an upgrades worth of crap from their app store? They think the pile of poo is going to make you rush out and buy a Win phone or fondleslab?

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Welp, PEAK GIF is upon us! Facebook now supports animated images

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Seems appropriate

http://tinyurl.com/kymadu2

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Long, sticky summer ahead: Win 10 will be with OEMs by 31 August

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Re: system requirements:

"So an MS account is a requirement now?"

Wouldn't surprise me at all. Win 10 like Win 8 is still all about what Microsoft wants not what the customer wants.

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The rare metals debate: Only trace elements of sanity found

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Prophets of doom

People listen to, believe, and fund prophets of doom.

Bringers of glad tidings are generally ignored.

That is why Al Gore gets a Nobel prize and Tim Worstal gets almost no one to read his book.

Also why every prophecy of doom needs to be treated with great scepticism.

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Tossed all your snaps into the new Google Photos? You read the terms, right? ... RIGHT?

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Re: ugggghh

"Apparently we have different opinions, mine allows yours, yours disallows mine, you're not on the high ground here."

Google behave like shits invading the privacy anyone they can at every opertunity and you using their services regardless encourage them to carry on doing so. I avoid using their services as best I can and so encourage them (as best I can) to behave better. When it comes to relative heights I know where I am standing.

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Re: ugggghh

Same old crap,...

Someone is going to be tracking me anyway....

I don't mind giving Google all the WiFi passwords I have because WiFi isn't really secure anyway,..

I don't mind Google backing up and syncing all my contacts and calendar information unencrypted because I don't give a shit about the privacy of my contacts.

London has lots of CCTV cameras and I use an oyster card... FFS....

Google gets away with this shit because people let them, most are ignorant twats - the ones that do it knowingly are just plain twats.

And yes I expect lots of down votes from the other twats who like to feel better about themselves knowing they are not alone.

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Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

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Re: bad shit

"was killed just because he tried to open a bar of candy"

Nope he was killed because he was an idiot - the candy bar was just a symptom.

At least the gene pool is a little improved.

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'The Internet of Things is like the Cloud 8 years ago' ... Boss of Dell's new IoT biz spills beans

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More getting ready for unknown things

"Asked about use cases" He came up with drivel.

Customers are going to let hotels location track them so they can make trivial savings turning off the heating the customer paid for anyway? Not that it has anything to do with an internet of things.

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