* Posts by Jimbo in Thailand

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Kaspersky cracks CryptXXX, throws lifeline to ransomware victims

Jimbo in Thailand
Black Helicopters

Hmmm... a little ironic!

Just thinkin' out loud... Don't most ransomware attacks come from Russia and isn't Kaspersky Lab from Russia? Could there be a connection?

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FBI spies on how many?

Jimbo in Thailand

Re: Perhaps they should have asked...

Yep, could probably count the number of US citizens not being spied on using Clapper's fingers and toes. Of course, to get a more accurate answer Clapper would have to be waterboarded. While I'm 1,000,000% against waterboarding, aka torture, in this case I'll make an exception.

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Clinton's $1m troll fight

Jimbo in Thailand
Mushroom

Why is Billary not in jail yet?

We can thank Mr. Obama for this as he certainly won't allow, or will delay as long as possible, legitimate Federal indictments to be served concerning her use of an illegal private server while she was Sec. of State. Sadly, to date, the purely evil Billary has managed to always be above the law, along with her disgusting husband. FFS, what a dynasty those two have created with their notoriety and especially their unimaginably dangerous $2 billion Clinton Foundation vote-buying 'charity'... yeah right... charity!

Not only is it unfathomable that HC isn't already in jail but that she's still in the Presidential race. And after trouncing Bernie Sanders in the NY primary she will most likely face Trump or ??? in November. If the incredibly stupid Clinton supporters would just open their fucking eyes they would see that Hillary flipflops on every position she's ever taken... as long as it furthers her agenda. Of course she always attacks anyone and everyone who calls her on those lies. There's also an incredible list of 'suicidal' dead people who have been associated with the Clintons once Slick Willy first infested the Oval Office way back in Jan. 1993.

One thing is written in stone, and that is if Billary is elected POTUS you can be sure that the pro-Adolf-Netanyahu worshiper will declare war on Iran ASAP and the shit will hit the fan. I can't even envision a worse choice for US commander in chief than HC. She's even more dangerous than loose-cannon Donald Trump, who at least has some proven talents. OTOH Billary has zero to offer except nuclear winter.

My choice for president is Bernie Sanders with... are you ready for this?... Donald Trump as Vice President. Using the strengths of both of these successful unique individuals could indeed make America great again. Think about it... Bernie would bring diplomacy back to the White House and Trump would dig us out of this mountain of debt, which is almost at the inflection point of no return.

My fellow Americans... PLEASE WAKE THE FUCK UP before it's too late!

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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

Jimbo in Thailand

Re: Of course the movie studios/theatre chains ignore the obvious fixes...

"But to some degree that is just Thailand.... in my experience everything in Thailand is too loud."

LOL, that's certainly true but the last time I was in the US I went to see a couple of movies with my brother and the volume levels were also up a bit. Of course my other moviegoer complaints also apply, except that in US theaters, ticket and concessions prices are even more unbelievably outrageous.

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Jimbo in Thailand
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Of course the movie studios/theatre chains ignore the obvious fixes...

1. LOWER THE FREAKIN' EXORBITANT TICKET PRICES!

2. LOWER THE FREAKIN' EXORBITANT POPCORN, DRINKS, & CONCESSIONS PRICES!

3. BUILD THEATRES WITH LARGE SCREENS AGAIN!

4. TURN DOWN THE FREAKIN' VOLUME LEVEL!

5. MAKE IT AN ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE FOR THE MOVIEGOER!

Just went to see Batman vs Superman in 3D the day it opened here in Thailand at a new cineplex at a mall that opened about a year ago. I only bring this up so you know it's not an old theatre. Disregarding the fact that B vs S was complete sh1te, the whole experience was disappointing because:

1. For the very 1st time we had to buy the damn 3D glasses!

2. The popcorn was typically ripoff priced... but this time it was half the size to make up for it.

3. The screen size was so small it was like watching the movie on TV at home.

4. The 3D effect was minimal even sitting only about 8 rows back from the screen.

5. The audio was SOOOOO LOUD I had to stuff tissue in my ears. This is nothing new, but each year they seem to increase the volume level. It's now cranked up to 11!

i had a similar experience watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens a few months ago and also Gods of Egypt in Bangkok not long ago.

And these jackasses wonder why people, more and more, choose to stay home and watch pirated versions.

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Oculus, why do you need to record our every move? Al Franken asks

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Oculus Rift... the new Google Glass?

Seems like Facebook's Mark Zuckerborg™ might be making the same mistake Google did when it included a spy camera in it's Google Glass, which we, the great unwashed masses, vociferously rejected. Had Go_ogle not included the spy camera I think Google Glass was a great idea and would have been a great seller. It will be interesting to see how well-received the Oculus Rift will be knowing that it will be tracking the user's every bob, wiggle, and gyration... and monitoring exactly what he/she is watching/playing/doing while gyrating.

Vote with your wallets brothers and sisters, just like I do.

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Nvidia's Tesla P100 has 15 billion transistors, 21TFLOPS

Jimbo in Thailand
Happy

16nm... Happy Days!

With this announcement I'm guessing Nvidia's next-gen graphics cards (to be released June or July?) will also be 16nm. And AMD has also been hinting for months that their next-gen Radeons will be on a smaller die process. This is great news for us. Finally, rebranded/slightly-tweaked long in the tooth 28nm video cards will be relegated to the tar pits!

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

Jimbo in Thailand
Happy

LOVE them LED lights!

Thankfully, it's not just India that's enjoying lower LED bulb prices. Here in Thailand prices have nosedived as well during the past few months. I replaced all the interior light bulbs in my house with warm-white LED bulbs. Obviously, the main benefit is operational cost savings, followed by longevity. The new miserly replacement bulbs consume typically only 20-50% of the wattage of the similar E-27 compact fluorescents, which themselves are fairly economical.

One of the best features of LEDs is, for me, instead of 'operating room' stark grayish-white glare of fluorescents, LEDs give off the warm yellowish-white glow similar to incandescent bulbs. You can opt for cool-white LEDs if you have to do a heart transplant, though. Haha!

I'm still waiting for cheap LED replacements to swap out the long fluorescent tubes in the carport and covered patio but confess that's not a big deal. And my electric bill has been laughably small the past few months! It's all good and you should take the plunge if you haven't done it yet. ;^)

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Snowden 'more helpful than dangerous' says ex-Colin Powell aide

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Re: "Snowden seems to me to be pure as a driven snow," he said.

Steve Knox, are you just an effing idiot? It's you who is truly clueless if you can't see what the man has done for all of us, Americans and non-Americans alike. And he continues to suffer the consequences for standing up for what's right. At least he's brought some positive change from his whistleblowing revelations. And you're goddamned right I canonize Mr. Edward Snowden. To you, he may have only "done one good thing" but that "good thing" represents the finest qualities in an individual that are almost totally missing today. Edward Snowden would indeed make a great US President, certainly better than any of the garbage we've had infesting the Oval office in decades.

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Jimbo in Thailand

One day Mr. Snowden will indeed be known as the hero he is

I have no idea how much time it will take, but I do believe Edward Snowden's good deeds and sacrifices will eventually be rewarded. It's truly sad that Obama completely forgot all of his 2008 campaign promises such as "Transparency in Government!" and instead joined the dark side of the force or he would have praised whistleblower Snowden for his incredible skills as well as praising him for his honesty, integrity, and drive to do whatever it takes to right unconstitutional government wrongs.

EDWARD SNOWDEN FOR PRESIDENT 2016! Why wait for 2020?!

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Lost in the obits: Intel's Andy Grove's great warning to Silicon Valley

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Re: The problem is the natural outgrowth of legislation, at least in the US.

"Our labor - even the most skilled of us - is priced way too high by global standards, and this will sort itself out eventually. It will be a very painful adjustment."

In the past that might have been true but not sure that's accurate today since non-outsourced employee salaries have plummeted post-2008 oil/banking bubble burst. Instead I think the staggering costs of current CEO salaries, perks, and bonuses, including those of the top brass, are bound to severely affect the ability of companies/corporations to compete globally. I believe US CEO pay should be capped at no more than 10:1 CEO/employee median salary ratio, like it was in the distant past instead of the current 50:1 to 600:1. Obviously this will never happen so the plot 'sickens' as my old California buddy used to say.

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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Re: iPhone encryption hacked by Mcafee???

Yep, it's amazing that the FBI didn't take McAfee up on his offer to crack the San Bernardino iPhone FOR FREE way back on Feb 18th. It's also shocking that McAfee's offer didn't go viral in the media, but considering we're in a world of US presstitute news outlets, I guess it's not too surprising.

By ignoring McAfee, and others, we at least now know that the FBI did indeed want to set a legal precedent forcing an American company to comply with an unfair unconstitutional demand. Gotta admit I suddenly have a ton of respect for Tim Cook for standing his ground against Obama's dark forces. There may be some hope yet, if other CEOs will follow Tim Cook's lead.

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FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy

Jimbo in Thailand

Sad that this is even an issue

As a now-inactive real-aircraft pilot (and former aircraft owner) I find it too sad that the FAA is forced to step into the toy-drone fray, which they clearly did not want to do. If drone owners, I won't even use the term 'flyers' or 'pilots', since those skills are not required with these semi-autonomous-self-flying devices, would just use some common sense we wouldn't even be talking about this. RC flyers have enjoyed their hobby for decades flying within sight of their aircraft, which is required... and away from jetports and/or any hazardous-to-others areas. No reason that drone operators can't do the same, I'm a geek and I love technology but saw this drone problem coming a mile away. Gotta admit that the latest drones are indeed fantastic toys, and I plan to snag one with a 4K camera this year, but in the hands of the typical numpty they can indeed be dangerous.

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Fifth time's the charm as SpaceX pops satellite into orbit

Jimbo in Thailand
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Re: Missing the point...

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the results to change on their own."

That would be trying to land a freakin' rocket vertically on a floating barge out in the constantly-moving unpredictable ocean, which is obviously an absolutely insane task. Since SpaceX has the proven capability to accurately and dependably return a rocket directly to, but not on, a floating barge, they should instead opt for a non-drifting not-pitching non-rolling landing pad on terra firma. In fact, it's already been done successfully by rival space outfit Blue Origin, the Jeff Bezos company.

While watching SpaceX's first barge-landing attempt, I remember thinking, "HOW EFFING STUPID!". When you were a young student ever try to get your pencil to stand up vertically, flat eraser end down, on a flat surface? (I was bored in that class, OK?) FFS, it's extremely difficult because the tall thin pencil is inherently unstable in that orientation. Obviously, a tall thin rocket is similar, even if it has short landing legs to help stabilize it. It makes much more sense to pursue this ocean barge folly by transitioning the returning rocket from a vertical attitude to horizontal prior to touchdown then gently catching it in a huge kevlar or ??? high-temp super-strong, yet flexible, net, suspended above the barge. This technique should improve the odds of a successful non-damaging landing exponentially.

The bottom line is why Elon Musk's team continues to try to defy basic physics is beyond me. Where is the quadruple facepalm icon?

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Google risks everything if it doesn’t grab Android round the throat

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Android: Declining compelling reasons to upgrade?

I think Android has reached an inflection point, much like M$ hit with Windows 7, where the benefits of upgrading are less and less compelling, except maybe for bragging rights. Last year I upgraded my trusty old (rooted) Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from Jellybean to Kitkat . I did this in spite of Samsung's blocking of official updates to rooted phones (more on this in a second). The only reason I upgraded was to get Mirrorcast, screen-mirroring functionality. Other than that single feature, Kitkat, for me, just seems to only add some minor improvements - nothing earth shattering. I've also looked at Lollipop. While it has some cute eye-candy type improvements over Kitkat, again, nothing really compelling, from my perspective. That said, I still would have upgraded to Samsung's official version of Lollipop... except that it doesn't exist for Note 2 - Samsung killed the update at some point. Therein lies the problem.

Because Samsung not only refuses to support older smartphone models that are still viable, from a hardware perspective, but also blocks rooted phones, it's doubtful I will buy another Samsung phone. And like I ranted about last year, Chinese phone manufacturers have definitely upped their game and are now selling equivalent premium models at half the premium prices Samsung demands.

Regarding Android, Google had better get off its ass/arse and come up with some new unique compelling features AND fix/improve some substandard existing 'features'. FFS, typing anything substantial on Android is still frustrating and a pain in the ass. A decent browser would also be appreciated. And Go_ogle should indeed force phone manufacturers to support older models as a condition of licensing. Apple supports its older devices so no reason why Samsung, with it's premium pricing can't copy Apple. The other top Android phone manufacturers should also be forced to follow suit and support their customers.

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Under-fire Apple backs down, crafts new iOS to kill security safeguard

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Flame

Re: i call CLICKBAIT

You beat me to it AC! With a title of "Under-fire Apple backs down, crafts new iOS to kill security safeguard" and considering the timing of the article, just after the 'Apple vs FBI tug of war newsflash, it clearly is clickbait. Shame on you Shaun Nichols and shame on you El Reg for allowing this low-road tactic!

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Crummy Samsung gear no one wants, now no one can get – well done, Apple

Jimbo in Thailand

Re: Can't still buy it new, but still the best

You beat me to it Green Nigel 42. The Note 2 continues to be a great phone. I've just - finally - updated it to Samsung's official KitKat 4.4.2 version to get the screen mirroring functionality. Sadly, 4.4.2, while a bit more speedy than Jelly Bean, is pretty buggy and, also sadly, it's the last official version available for the Note 2. Still, the Note 2 does so many things so well I'm not ready to upgrade to anything yet.

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Boffins baffled by record-smashing supernova that shouldn't exist

Jimbo in Thailand
Holmes

Re: "3.8 billion light years away"

LOL, all stargazing is "old news"!

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Thai women drugged punters 'with Xanax-spiked nipples' – cops

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Re: the T IT angle...

Once you've lived in the Land of Smiles for as many years as I have it's not unusual to hear frustrated expats muttering "T I T" under their breath while rolling their eyes. It simply means This Is Thailand and usually follows some eyebrow-raising totally illogical event or action by a Thai national. Thais aren't stupid and most are friendly and try to help but they are extremely logic challenged. There is no such thing as going from step A to step B, instead, it's A to Z to C to T to L to X to B. Had Mr. Spock visited Thailand for any length of time he would have suffered permanent raised-eyebrow syndrome.

Facepalm 'cuz no raised-eyebrow icon.

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Hubble finds lonely 'void galaxy' floating in cosmic nothingness

Jimbo in Thailand
Angel

Zenu's hometown?

If you squint real hard at that galactic image you will see Zenu looking back at you bent over in uncontrollable laughter guffawing at the fools on this small 3rd rock so far away who actually believe in LRH's 'gift' of the cult of Suckertology. But wait... there's also something else... uh oh... wait a sec... there's definitely a disturbance in the David Miscavige force... someone has just escaped... yes... yes... it's true... why it's Leah Remini... and she's finally free after 30 years... and she's telling everyone what absolute BS it is! OH MY BODY-THETANS! Who will be next?

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Hand-cranked ‘DDoS’ floors Thai government website amid protests

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FAIL

Re: The Land of S̶m̶i̶l̶e̶s̶ Kim Jong-Un Jr.

"It will end when you remove or kill your military dictators."

Ummm... sorry PleebSmash... I personally have no military dictators. And I certainly don't advocate killing anyone, even in jest, especially on a public forum. Have you lost your your freakin' mind?!

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Jimbo in Thailand
Unhappy

The Land of S̶m̶i̶l̶e̶s̶ Kim Jong-Un Jr.

Under 'Fearless Leader' there is already rampant censorship on the tubes since the coup last year. It's compounded exponentially because the phucking moronic idiots who are tasked with monitoring the Internet can't even read and understand basic English. I get the official green 'censored' screen frequently for all manner of non-Thai, non-political, non-judgmental jokes, news, recipes, advertisements, sports, you name it. It boggles the mind how this 21st century zeitgeist of incompetent leadership has become the norm, not only here, but also in the US, Canada, the UK, the EU, Australia, and New Zealand. When will it phucking end?!

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All aboard the Skylake: How Intel stopped worrying and learned to love overclocking

Jimbo in Thailand
FAIL

TOTALLY underwhelming Skylake is a complete FAIL!

I was really excited when Intel finally announced its extremely late to the party 14nm Broadwell chips earlier this year. Shortly afterwords I was thinking WTF... where are they? Broadwell came and went faster than a virgin foreigner in a Thai brothel. Sadly Broadwell, overall, was no better than the excellent Haswell 22nm chips. The long overdue reduction from 22nm to 14nm die process must have been problematic as Intel only released slower versions.

What's even worse are these shite Skylake CPUs since the 4% IPS increase can't make up for their slower than Haswell clock speeds. This is what happens when there's no competition. Sadly, underdog AMD simply hasn't had the financial resources to provide any real competition to Intel for over a decade and Intel is taking advantage of its monopoly position in the ancient X86 arena. To get the full story go check out Anandtech.com at: http://www.anandtech.com/show/9483/intel-skylake-review-6700k-6600k-ddr4-ddr3-ipc-6th-generation. Their conclusion is don't even bother upgrading unless you're still running a Sandy Bridge rig or are dependent on Intel's ramped up built-in graphics capabilities.

AMD... PLEASE WAKE UP before it's too late.

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Samsung phablet phrenzy brings mobile payments into the age of WIRELESS TAPE

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FAIL

Shame on you Samsung!!!!

+1 Nate Amsden! I was hoping Samsung wasn't going to switch to the dark side but... dammit... they apparently have. A welded-in battery and no microSD card slot have always been deal breakers for me. My trusty, but now ancient, SG Note 2 has always sported a 3rd party 6400mAh 'fat' battery that usually only requires recharging about every 3-5 days, depending on usage of course, but never less than 3 days. Of course it's thicker from the waist down but that makes it much easier and MORE COMFORTABLE to hold. It also sports a 64GB mSD card stuffed with tons of scrumptious tunes and videos. Like Nate, I think I'll be on the lookout for a heavily discounted Note 3, the model that can shoot 4K videos.

Gotta admit it's tough, being the hipster geek that I am, entering this new zeitgeist where tech manufacturers no longer give a phuck about their customers. Apparently Samsung, like so many others, has forgotten that many customers don't want to lose these valued features in premium-priced phones.

Like I've ranted about before... vote with your wallet!

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Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

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@amanfrom Mars 1

'wah-dee krup khun amanfrom Mars 1 - I agree with you and the video (thanks for the link, BTW) and the thousands of engineers and architects worldwide who believe that 9/11, like so many others, was indeed a false-flag event. Of course, that specific false flag is proof that the NSA was:

A. either completely incompetent.

B. somehow complicit in the attacks.

C. Both A and B

Then there's Israel. Obviously Israel's Mossad knew of the impending attacks since some Mossad agents were in the vicinity and observed high-fiving each other in glee - in public no less - atop a plain white van when the first jetliner struck the WTC North tower. Of course they were easily tracked down in the monster traffic jams that followed and subsequently arrested for questioning. Since Israel knew and that rogue state shares at least some info with its puppet states, the US and Britain, it follows that GCHQ also must have known. Of course the big question is WHO was really behind the attacks? That's one bit of info I wish Mr. Edward Snowden had run across and informed us all. Sadly we'll probably never know the truth. Meanwhile Echelon is alive and well.

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Jimbo in Thailand
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Excellent article!!! WTF was ECHELON doing on or about 9/11?

I had no idea that illegal spying on all of us - both sides of the Atlantic - has been going on for half a century. The realization that shadow governments in both Britain and the US were already in place and mature so long ago is even more damning. I had naively thought that the 9/11 attacks had triggered most of the national-security-pro-mass-surveillance governmental paranoia/hysteria. Now we learn that this cancer had already been put in place since the1960s... OMFG!!! And what a concept that both the US and Britain's shadow governments have always worked together as butt-phucking anti-citizen's-rights partners - ignoring all laws - to spy on all of us.

Back to the BIG question... WTF was ECHELON doing on or about 9/11? How is it even remotely possible that NSA and GCHQ, along with Adolf Netanyahoo's Unit 8200 surveillance network, were completely impotent in detecting, hence preventing, the World Trade Center attacks? The "inconvenient truth" is it's impossible that they didn't know, just like it's impossible that the creation and early existence of ISIS somehow fell under NSA/GCHQ's radar.

The really damming revelation is that these heinous unlawful governmental mass-surveillance programs have repeatedly proven to be - totally ineffective at deadly threat detection - were never created to protect us, the lowly citizens. The real questions is: Who do they actually represent and for what purpose?

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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Why is Assange still holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy after all these years?

With his many resources and tons of contacts I'm shocked that he didn't plan and execute a convincing getaway years ago by slipping out in disguise amongst a team of collaborators posing as a group of embassy visitors. Certainly it shouldn't have been that difficult to fool the embassy watchers, especially if planned during a high traffic period. That in itself leads me to believe he's not as bright as he thinks he is.

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Hold my vodka, comrade – I got this: Ruskies blast supplies to the ISS

Jimbo in Thailand
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It just boggles the mind!

Someone please tell me why NASA suddenly retired the Space Shuttle fleet with no proven replacement in sight! Did I mention dependable?

On a lighter note, the current astronauts may still have plenty of food left, but when the toilet paper runs out it's going to get very interesting.

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

Jimbo in Thailand
Happy

Re: James Bond would be proud...

LOL, Adam 1 what are you bitchin' about? There are 2 things to keep in mind here:

1. My post was meant to be a joke.

2. If the VXR8, or any other car, had such a massive mass installed, especially one located so far forward on the chassis (monstrous missile systems included) it ain't gonna wanna turn. Trying to force it into a highspeed turn would cause all kinds of hate and discontent, including causing the front end to 'push', i.e., resist changing direction... aka understeer. That's why all the cool kids drive mid-engined speedsters - without huge missile systems - unless dictated by double-0-prefix job requirements approved by MI6. Hmmm.... is Q out of the picture these days?

Cheers buddy!

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Jimbo in Thailand
Joke

James Bond would be proud...

...to trade in his beloved Aston Martin for this particular bright orange VXR8 with its huge built in launchable missile sticking up out of the bonnet. On second thought, I bet driving around with that massive mechanical erection up front is going to cause some serious handling problems though... understeer, I mean. And forward visibility is bound to be shite.

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Oculus Rift noggin-bucket ... heyyy, errr ... have we all got them on already?

Jimbo in Thailand
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Re: meh.... Oculus Rift Virtual Blinders™... WTF?! Where's the peripheral vision?

"If these are going to cost around $500 after being developed with fairly standard equipment..."

I'm not even sure what you mean by that statement. Curved screen technology is now, pardon the pun, 'old hat' so what's your point? The only real factors that I can think of are both software related. Obviously modding the display software to provide a correct peripheral view is one and possibly tweaking the diopter adjustment is the second. While I don't believe there would be a significant difference in LCD costs between flat vs curved these days I concede that a slightly wider "noggin-bucket" to accommodate the wider curved field might add a little to the cost. Obviously, the Holy Grail for a virtual reality device, from a purely visual standpoint, would be a wide visual field approaching 180° that is typically normal for most humans.

LOL, if these Virtual Blinders™ are priced at a ridiculous $500 then I'll wait for the inevitable much cheaper Chinese and/or S. Korean copies to hit the market. After all, that's where they'll be manufactured anyway.

BTW, if you downvoted me for my original post for such a minor disagreement - someone certainly did - shame on you!

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Jimbo in Thailand
FAIL

meh.... Oculus Rift Virtual Blinders™... WTF?! Where's the peripheral vision?

Virtual reality smerchual reality!!! My initial reaction when I first saw one of these a year or two ago was WTF?! Where are the curved screens offering peripheral vision?! Then I thought, no worries, these are still in the prototype stage so the consumer version will obviously include it. Now we finally see the consumer offering and it's still a huge fugly flat-screen monstrosity that looks straight out of the 1980s or 1990s. Even a built-in head tracker can't overcome the sensation that you're exploring your virtual world with blinders on.

Where's the double quadruple facepalm icon?

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In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

Jimbo in Thailand

RIP Scaramanga

I grew up enjoying Christopher Lee's many wonderfully scary characters. He truly was a great actor. At least he lived a long full life. You are already missed Mr. Lee.

Godspeed sir.

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Spaniard sues eBay over right to sell the Sun

Jimbo in Thailand
Joke

It's just a big misunderstanding...

The poor lady was simply trying to sell her Son! WOW, so much drama over a simple typo!

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Elon Musk's $4.9 BEELLLION taxpayer windfall revealed

Jimbo in Thailand

Re: Consumer subsidy per car

"Governments respond to the feedback from voters..."

OMG that's a cruel joke... on us! Let's face it, the reality, as recently mentioned in a comment here at the Reg and often repeated after Mr. Edward Snowden's shocking revelations back in 2013 is this: "NSA - The only branch of the US government that actually listens to its citizens."

Sadly, there might have been a tiny bit of voter influence on our bought-and-paid-for corporate stooges in DC prior to 2010, but that concept went to the tar pits thanks to the traitorous Supreme Court's heinous Citizens United ruling that same year. And once more... the corrupt black-robed idiots comprising the SUPREME COURT... the HIGHEST court in the former Land of the Free... they're all POLITICAL APPOINTEES. What could possibly go wrong? Oh wait!

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NSA dragnet domestic phone records slurp halted after key spying powers lapse

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Black Helicopters

Well, we all know what's coming next...

That's right boys and girls, it's time for another nasty false flag event to put Sen. Rand Paul and his pro-US-Constitution buddies on the back foot for running the clock down on some provisions of the heinous [anti]Patriot Act. I won't be a bit surprised if another 'terrorist' episode magically rears its ugly head shortly. Obama learned from George Dubya Bush that nothing works better to stomp on those pesky tenets of the US Constitution than to pump up the nation's fear factor. Time will tell.

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Android mobe biz OnePlus goes to the dogs - or maybe cats

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OnePLus what Wicked Games you play!

The novel 'invitation' game may have indeed worked to generate some sales early on since no one really knew anything about the then-new One Plus company or their new phone, but after a while the game became tiresome and I believe they lost many sales as a result of dragging it out far too long. The only real winners seemed to be the many ebayers selling their invitations and 1+1 phones for very inflated prices.

Gotta admit I was still considering purchasing a 1+1 phone last summer when my SG Note 2 finally died a slow death. Later I read that Cyanogen dumped OnePlus so I'm guessing there's zero support for the early adopters unless he/she switches to OnePlus's Chinese version of Android, which is too scary to think about.

As for me, I'll skip their Wicked Games (my apologies to Chris Isaac) as there are many great phones out there these days and no need to deal with OnePLus and their shite marketing philosophy.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

Jimbo in Thailand
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DAMN! The tobacco industry claims another beloved icon

The fact that 'Spock' died from COPD just makes me want to cry. As an ex smoker I am painfully aware how unbelievably addictive nicotine truly is. Whether you've succumbed to nicotine's 'high' or not I'm sure, like me, that you personally know some victims who suffer from or have succumbed to COPD. I'm shocked and saddened that it's still business as usual for the tobacco industry. How is it even possible that the despicable tobacco companies are still allowed to sell their deadly products in this, the 21st century? The answer is it's simply capitalism at its worst. OK, enough about that.

I was in high school when Star Trek debuted and I never missed an episode during its initial 3-year run. Leonard Nimoy's incredibly unique Spock character definitely raised the bar exponentially for that genre and won't soon be forgotten. RIP Mr. Nimoy, you are already missed.

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Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

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Re: Have they enabled look like Firefox yet?

LOL, I tried it and hated it too. I'm back on 27.0 as it sucks less than Australis. I do think Mozilla lost the plot a long time ago. I need to get off my lazy backside (euphemistically speaking) and find a non-M$ non-Go_ogle alternative.

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Amazon's new EC2 compute instances run on SECRET INTEL CHIPS

Jimbo in Thailand
Joke

Yeah... but will it play Crysis?

Sorry, I couldn't resist!

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NSA's Christmas Eve confession: We unlawfully spied on you for 12 years, soz

Jimbo in Thailand
Big Brother

Hmmm... how many members of Congress were/are targets?

There has to be a reason why the majority of our 535 'democratically' elected 'representatives' in Washington, DC are lapdogs for the NSA. Of course, we (the public) will never know the truth since the shining examples of shadow government surveillance abuse are redacted by the guilty to protect the guilty.

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Makers of Snowden movie Citizenfour sued by ex-oil exec

Jimbo in Thailand

Horace Edwards... The best case I know of for Retroactive Birth Control!

It's truly scary there are synapse-misfiring pro-government mental midgets like Horace Edwards who believe Edward Snowden is not a true patriot. Snowden not only risked his life, but gave up a lucrative career and a very comfortable existence to inform us ALL of the US government's out of control spying programs, etc. It follows that THE reason for the movie Citizenfour is to inform us, not profit from it.

There's only one solution for idiots like Horace Edwards... it's called Retroactive Birth Control! FFS, during Horace Edward's birth the doctor should have instead slapped his mother for having such an imbecile for a son.

I certainly hope his frivolous lawsuit is thrown out but the problem is this 21st Century Amerika certainly ain't my father's America, or even the one I was born and raised in, so we will just have to wait and see.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Jimbo in Thailand

Compared to the previous layout it sucks...

Your previous layout was easy on the eyes, very efficiently organized so a pleasure to peruse. This new sophomoric layout is TOO WHITE and hurts my eyes. The new layout is also extremely inefficient and appears disorganized. Did I mention it's really inefficient? Then there are the incredibly annoying mouseover popup images on the top nav bar. It would help if you would add a mouseover event delay so we can actually choose to see what images you have for us, or not. Finally, bring back the top 5 headline news, etc. carousel, but this time make it larger hence easier to navigate... and make it work for Android devices as it never worked on my SG Note 2.

Based on all these negative comments I've just read you've got some fast fixin' to do... and pronto!

Good luck!

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

Jimbo in Thailand
WTF?

What The F...?!

I love HDR photography, but this seems like a totally different kettle of fish so I wish they would give it a different name. HDR photography combines multiple exposures taken with different exposure settings to eliminate overly bright washed out areas and to remove/lessen extremely dark shadows. The idea is to provide more visible detail throughout the image so it actually tends to reduce the extreme light/dark range. One aspect of HDR photography, if not used sparingly, results in very unrealistic, quite surreal images. Hopefully this new video technology will not result in similarly surrealistic results.

We'll just have to see how this develops but I'm not looking forward to getting blinded by bright sunlight coming from my TV even it it appears more realistic. It seems like they should instead be concentrating on displaying more colors accurately if they want to improve the viewing experience, but that's just my opinion at this early stage.

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eBay planning massive job cuts following PayPal split – report

Jimbo in Thailand

Re: This news is hardly surprising since ebay has gone to shite!

Interesting that you disagree with me AC but sorry to learn of your ebay ills. As primarily a buyer I've been shafted by the same system you complain about as a seller. One example is when a Powerseller shipped me a not only cheaper model Dell/Nvidia video card instead of the model I purchased for my laptop, but it was defective as well. When I installed it, a 2nd-hand part, it displayed tons of graphic anomalies, but I was at least able to verify it was indeed a lower end Nvidia model. I did return the part and after reviewing the seller's feedback found that he had been substituting cheaper parts to others so promptly left negative feedback. He in turn left negative feedback for me, lying about the whole transaction. This was just before ebay changed that policy. Not only did ebay refuse to remove the only negative feedback I've ever received, I checked later and found that they had even removed my negative feedback for that unscrupulous seller. How did he get a way with it? He had massive sales.

I've been ripped off on other transactions. One seller remarked a 2GB SD memory card as a 32GB, back when 32GB cards were the upper end. When I installed it it even reported 32GB. When I attempted to load it with about 20GB of mp3 files when it reached 2GB it completely locked up my computer. After rebooting and checking the card it showed 2GB capacity. During that period he sold a gazillion of them for a much lower price than normal, a red flag that I missed, obviously. Ebay/Paypal refused to refund my money until I returned the item to the seller in China, no less, when the seller was masquerading as a seller out of California. It would have cost me about as much for the return shipping as I paid for it since they required that it be returned with tracking and insurance, etc. so I just had to eat that one instead of throwing good money after bad.

I've had other sellers misrepresent items in their descriptions and I've had to eat those too. And when you look at how nearly impossible it is to contact a seller these days it certainly means to me that buyers are the step-children on ebay. Donahue actually gives sellers the option to refuse questions from buyers. WTF?!

In addition you can no longer report excessive shipping charges. It's also nearly impossible to report misrepresented items. Everything is buried under layers and layers of pointless menus that have almost zero usable options.

I do agree with you about the fees. I was actually a Powerseller for a few months when I was liquidating assets back in the US in preparation for moving to Thailand. Luckily, that was years ago and the fees were still reasonable.

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Jimbo in Thailand

This news is hardly surprising since ebay has gone to shite!

I've been a fairly active ebay buyer and occasional seller for almost 13 years now. Since choosing to become an expat 10+ years ago ebay has been a lifeline for stuff I either can't get here or is simply way too expensive due to Thailand's ultra-corrupt monopoly distribution system. I'll save that rant for another day.

OK, during my decade long expat odyssey I've steadily observed ebay heading for the sewer (nice euphemism, eh?). Of course greed is the reason and current CEO John Donahue has proven himself to be a completely clueless effing greedy moron. He obviously rode the short bus to CEO school. In a nutshell, via his policies, he has proven himself time and time again to be 100% pro seller and 100% anti buyer at all costs. The dumb f*ck doesn't realize that without buyers there ain't gonna be NO ebay.

I confess I never thought much of Meg Whitman when she was CEO of ebay (and think even less of her post-ebay), but compared to John Donahue, she was a freakin' Einstein, and the ebay experience under her watch was actually a lot of fun. And with the low ebay fees back then prices were much better.. Ahhh, those were the good ol' days when you could actually have decent communications between buyers and sellers to make the right buying decision. Of course Donahue has almost completely finished implementing his policy of ZERO communications between buyers and sellers. The stupid pecker-head doesn't realize that good communication is what made ebay what it was. He's also completely forgotten how important a positive 'ebay experience' was/is to ebay's success.

I have many other gripes but will stop here as this is turning into a tome. Suffice it to say that, if it were legal, and I was in the same room with that dumbass extraordinaire, aka John Donahue, I would put my right foot so far up his ass/arse that he could taste my friggin' shoestrings!

/end rant

Sigh... if only there was a decent alternative to ebay.

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

Jimbo in Thailand

Re: Sorry, I can't get excited about NASA's 'new' 1960's Mercury/Gemini/Apollo Space Program v2.0

"Rebuttal: Apollo 4, 5, and 6. Three unmanned flights that included the CM."

LOL...You're completely missing the point JP. NASA has already been there - done that - and has the teeshirt to prove it. Waaay back in the 1960s NASA was just spreading its wings and each new mission was unique and previously never done before.That's certainly not the case here in the 21st century. Yes, Orion space program is indeed regressive and is simply a sham. It was born from previous ultra-wasteful pork barrel projects that were cancelled. It just has a new name, that's all.

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Jimbo in Thailand

Sorry, I can't get excited about NASA's 'new' 1960's Mercury/Gemini/Apollo Space Program v2.0

I'm an old fart who clearly remembers the birth of the space race way back in 1957. The single event that changed our world forever occurred when Russia successfully launched Sputnik 1, the world's very first satellite into orbit. America was completely caught off guard and thus the space race was born. The name Sputnik immediately went viral overnight. Soon, unmanned, then manned, orbital missions followed, again led by Russia. The space race was moving forward at breakneck speeds. JFK's throwing down the gauntlet speech in 1962 proclaiming that America would put a man on the moon in that decade, and did, was a fantastic period of amazing technological achievements by brilliant scientists and engineers and designers using archaic 'slip sticks' (slide rules) and drafting tables. Not only were there no personal computers in those days, there were no electronic handheld calculators. In spite of these challenges NASA did indeed put a man on the moon by 1969. OK, back to the future...

FFS, now I almost feel like Sherman, and we've slipped into Mr. Peabody's WABAC time machine and crash landed back in the early 1960s again. So in this, the 21st century, with ever more powerful super computers and advanced technology we're back to using 1960ish space capsules perched on top of incredibly expensive disposable rockets AND having to fish the soggy space capsules out of the salty brine again. WTF?! It's almost 2015 and we're suddenly back to square 1 again. I just can't believe how absurd this whole mess is.

I always felt like NASA lost the plot decades ago when it promptly abandoned human space exploration way back in 1972 after the (mostly) successful Apollo moon missions and instead concentrated on Earth-orbiting missions resulting in the long running Space Shuttle program. Sure much was learned, but at the cost of not advancing human space exploration.

So now we have the ridiculous Orion program. What an effing joke! We have had the technology to go to Mars decades ago - post Apollo. This can only mean that NASA seems to be employing the same quality of brainless twits, aka, 'scientists', that have infested the medical research 'industry'... you know... the ones who haven't found a cure for anything in the last 50 years. But...hey... they have mastered the art of treating, not curing illnesses, so you and I pay and pay and pay and... OOPS, that's a rant for another day.

OK, here are some interesting tidbits about Orion:

1. From Wikipedia: "Astronauts were deliberately left off the flight to test the heat shield, parachutes, jettisoning components, and on-board computers before committing a crew. As a result, instead of standard seats, cockpit displays, and life-support equipment, the craft was filled with sentimental toys and memorabilia..." OMG, how can anyone respond to this line of thinking? So they didn't think it was important to test the life-support equipment in actual flight conditions. This is effing beyond insane... unless they're not really planning on launching any manned missions!

2. From Wikipedia: "Astronauts may fly on the Orion by 2021." OUCH, so there won't be a manned mission until 2021 at the earliest?! The destination hasn't even been decided yet. [rolls eyes]

3. Here's the biggy... From qz.com:

"The US government has a spacecraft again—but don’t believe the Mars hype"

"The problem is that Orion is neither fish nor fowl: It was originally conceived as part of a program to replace the Space Shuttle as a transportation to low-earth orbit, but that program was cancelled for cost-overruns and replaced with commercial contracts. Orion was revamped as a vehicle for exploration beyond low-earth orbit, but it actually isn’t big enough to allow people to make the three-year trip to Mars—that will require an additional craft, the as-yet-undesigned habitation module. Then there’s the issue of building a lander to get everything down to the surface of the red planet."

"This spacecraft has cost $60 billion to develop so far and likely won’t fly again until 2018."

"And even if Orion is the spacecraft that will take people to Mars, that won’t happen for 20 years. Why then use technology that is decades old, and rockets that are even older?"

"That’s why [former NASA deputy administrator Lori] Garver have been critical of this project, which she says is more about placating contractors and members of Congress than accomplishing scientific goals."

OK, the bottom line for all you younger guys and gals out there who think this Orion program is so wonderful, we older folks, who were around to witness the absolutely extraordinary space programs of the 1960s-1970s, just shake our heads as we know it for what it really is... a gazillion dollar pork barrel project, courtesy of American taxpayers.

[quadruple facepalm]

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

Jimbo in Thailand
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Yotaphone's 2 faces... A very cool concept! Also a GREAT BIG THANKS to those who stay on topic!

I think adding a separate e-ink display is very innovative considering it vastly extends battery life and actually provides true readability outdoors. My SG Note 2's 'super-duper' AMOLED display, in spite of Samsung's outrageous claims, is absolute shite outside, bright sun or not.

Regarding the battery, Imagine if the Yotaphone designers had opted for a 3500-4500mAh battery. That would have been fantastic, even if ...OMG... it meant the phone would be slightly thicker. This obsession of smartphone manufacturers one-upping each other by releasing even thinner more anorexic devices when there is no longer a tangible benefit is... errr... ummm... wearing a bit thin.

Finally, for those of you who get sidetracked so easily by politics, geographical locations, etc., ... PLEASE STAY ON TOPIC!!!! After all, this article was specifically about an innovative new product. Also, The Register is primarily a purveyor of tech related news/opinions, etc. There are plenty of political forums out there in the nether regions of the tubes to vent your pent-up political frustrations.

Thanks!

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

Jimbo in Thailand

Re: It used to be the case...

"Now they [US police officers] s̶e̶e̶m̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶a̶r̶r̶e̶s̶t̶ [choose to SHOOT TO KILL] people [FIRST] and manufacture their case later..."

There, fixed it for ya DG!

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