* Posts by ecofeco

3771 posts • joined 15 Jul 2010

Unlimited mobile data in America – where's the catch? There's always a catch

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Late to the party

I already have unlimited mobile data on a second tier provider and have for the last 3 years. For $40 per month.

The catch? Throttled after 2GB from 4G to 3G. As I don't watch movies or play bandwidth sucking games or music, I'm usually not throttled until the last few days of the month.

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

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Typical MS

Oh so typical MS. So damn typical.

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Software-defined networking is dangerously sniffable

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Oh joy

So in order to secure against a breech you have to cripple performance?

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Honor 8: Huawei targets millennials with high-spec cheapie. 3 words – Food pic mode

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I've said it before

It what world is $400 "cheap" for a phone? Seriously, WTF?

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Microsoft buys Genee's lamp, tips it into Office 365, smashes lamp

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An A.I. to make Calendar work?

I KNEW it wasn't me!

Most fucked up, non-intuitive interface ever that only works sometimes.

I'll still pass.

em Client works just fine for me.

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

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As always, it's all about belonging to the right club.

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Re: vain, manipulative, grandstanding

Last time I checked that was the text book definition of a politician or corporate exec.

HA! I posted almost exactly the same thing. Have an upvote.

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Re: Forgive me for being a bit out of the loop...

It's just part and parcel of the entire Kafka situation.

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He's a hatter alright, but..

Judge Lower said, “I have found Mr O’Neill to be a vain, manipulative and grandstanding individual who sought to persuade me that black is white and used the valuable time of professionals to describe sexual fantasies he may or may not have,” according to the Guardian.

Know the type well. They make up half the board of directors of the world as well as other minor and major petty fiefdom rulers.

However, being recto-cranially-inverted is not against the law and you can almost count of those types to eventually hang from their own petards.

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Re: Thin

Bad news, you are already on that database. What they really want is to put you on double secret probation.

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$100m settlement snub: Super Cali goes ballistic, says Uber deal atrocious

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Brilliant headline

Best headline ever.

That said, fuck Uber. High turnover rate, poor to middling driver income. As usual, the only ones making money are the well-connected-to-the-media middlemen.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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Re: MS is in decline, but Linux will never replace it

At the very least that consists of sorting out Windows problems for friends and family.

Many of us have been supporting Windows since literally the last century and we are saying it's crap because it is. (I started with DOS 2.0, but didn't get paid for it until Win 95)

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Re: MS is in decline, but Linux will never replace it

I have worked in IT for years, and installing Linux on any platform/brand has always been a crap shoot. It either works, or it wont and there is no fix for it, unless you develop it yourself.

Really? Because I've installed several flavors of Linux on a variety of machines and they have always worked.

Have you tried in the last few years? I haven't had any problems in the last 5 years.

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Re: Just usb webcams you say?....

Windows media handling has always been problematic. Always.

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Re: All fine

Wow. The hoops you have to jump through to run Windows these days...

It's always been that way. Remember XP's 3 service packs before it actually became a good OS? And that was considered progress for Microsoft.

And that's the problem. MS has had 21 years since Win 95 to perfect upgrades and updates and they haven't. Yet I can run a Linux DVD, FROM the DVD player, and it works right the first time and runs just as fast as Win 7, 64 bit. From the DVD player. Never mind after I install it. Windows can't even touch it.

MS has used up all my patience. They are crap.

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This parrot is dead!

No it's not!

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The beginning of the end

We are watching the beginning of the end of Microsoft.

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Microsoft’s Continuum: Game changer or novelty?

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The future of computing will be in your hands

Eventually, your computer WILL be your phone. Monitors and keyboards and mice will be commodity and ubiquitous. Your home and work peripherals will be the custom kit.

The phone will have the power of any modern day average business laptop of today. It will have the core OS and the virtual OS. One will run desktop workstation apps and the other the phone.

This should happen within the next 10 years. Technical hardware wise, it's already all over but the shouting.

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You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

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Re: Replace tape

Back up tapes at one place I worked were somehow not working after I began testing them. One after the other. Ran verification tests and still nothing or only partial, corrupted back ups.

Spent weeks trying to figure it out, then by pure happenstance I notice a very strong magnetic field in the vicinity of where the tapes were stored. (strange buzzing noise from a piece of equipment that should not be making buzzing noise but only when sitting in a very certain spot)

Managed to get a building engineer to come down with a field tester and sure enough, there was an unusually strong magnetic field right in that one spot. Turns out it was close to an outside wall that was receiving very strong bounced radio waves from somewhere outside.

You can surmise the rest. Yeah, no backups.

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Oh, about the same time the Americans do.

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Nobody expects...

.. .The SPANISH INQUISITION!!

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Shopped in an Eddie Bauer store recently? Your card's probably gone. It's just gone

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Almost up to one major hack a day

In less than a year we have now gone from 1 major hack a week to almost one per day.

Don't you just love progress? Yeah, me too. That reminds me, I need to update my A/V.

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Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

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Re: You dont' know what bad coffee is

Starbucks always was and is shit. Starbucks changed nothing except to convince people to pay too much for shit coffee.

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Re: They want to give you a reward for using it?

Since when? Since, I dunno, the last 100 years?

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Fuck off MS (Marketing Sluts)

I hate, HATE these waste of fucking time marketing gimmicks that nickle and dime us and that actually benefit nobody.

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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This is quite interesting

Very interesting indeed.

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McDonald's launches wearable then pulls it after kid feels the burn

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Incredible amounts of FAIL

This just gets better and better, doesn't it?

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If this headline was a security warning, 90% of you would ignore it

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Re: Leave me alone!

This is still common on almost all large retail websites.

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Re: I just want to get the ****ing job done

This also a large part of the problem. Very bad timing by updates.

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So what else is new

Typical support call:

Me: "what messages are you getting"

User: "I dunno, I just click past them cause they don't make any sense."

Me: "Lets recreate what you are doing so we can see the message"

*recreates event - user closes the windows as soon as it pops up*

Me: "Why did you do that? I need to see message."

User: "It doesn't make any sense to me"

Me: Bangs head on desk for the umpteenth time that day.

My other favorite? When in remote session, user won't stop using the computer and I have to lock them out.

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Two G4S call centre staff sacked over 999 answering scam

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Re: Call centers

And then they wonder why people cheat the system!

And also wonder why they can't keep good techs. Besides the insulting pay, that is.

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Re: All part of gaming the performance statistic

I worked at one call center for internal support and was often asked what the hell was taking so long to resolve the issues? I dunno, maybe because the fix needed 4 fixes to work? With the first fix being a remote connection problem? From literally a 1000 miles away.

Morons.

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#Shadowbrokers hack could be Russia's DNC counter-threat to NSA

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Yep. Here we go again.

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Baltimore cops accused of violating FCC rules with Stingrays

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When will politicians muster the political will to acknowledge that the police - as a body - cannot be trusted to, well, police itself?

They can't. Politicians are literally extorted and threatened by the police the same as the rest of us. So are cops who "snitch" on other cops. The U.S. police are literally the top gang.

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US Dept of Energy lobs out $34m for bright ideas on securing grids

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That's a lot of money

That's a lot of money to basically determine that;

A. The grid should never be connected to the damn Internet in the first place.

B. Use good security policy and enforce it with an iron fist.

and C. Most buildings and devices are going to be self powered in another 30 years or less and the grid will just be a back up system.

But hey, when you belong to the right club...

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A Russian cyber-gang, the Oracle MICROS hack, and five more POS makers in crims' sights

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Re: Don't get your hopes up

All of the above.

I wondered how long it would take for the crims to get right to the source, i.e. the POS themselves. "Right about now" it seems.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Re: Going for the 'DownVoted' World Record!

Trying too hard. No votes.

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Internet of Car...rikey what the hell just happened to my car?

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Re: They're not making the 'same security mistakes' as each other

Well said Simon.

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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

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Re: doughnuts

Damn phone

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Re: doughnuts

Into immortal words of Homer Simpson, "rarlghrarlgrarglhrarg"

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AT&T dinged for $7.75m after letting scammers gouge customers (again)

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Re: Unfortunately this means fek-all...

I also suspect water is wet.

Have an up vote.

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Re: Why am I not surprised?

Ah bill cramming. Those were the days.

Oh wait, they still are.

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The next time Salesforce goes down, you'll get six reasons why

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It's not dead

Yes it is!

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MIT's chip fires frikkin' laser at qubits

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Strange days

Computing is going to be very strange in 30 years.

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'Clock Bomb Kid' family sues

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Civil rights violations are very serious and a consolation prize doesn't cut it.

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Violence, vandals and vomit: London's naughtiest tech Tube stations revealed

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Re: Hot, smelly, urine soaked, rat infested and noisy

Cozy init?

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Big Red alert: Oracle's MICROS payment terminal biz hacked

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Burning Chrome.

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Power cut crashes Delta's worldwide flight update systems

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Re: Cloud based stuff kept going

I see what you did. Have an up vote.

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Re: Single point of failure

That's the way I'd bet, Alain.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Re: @Tom 64 - Isn't the first time

if you are going to upgrade an OS, do it properly, wipe and fresh install, you are just piling up potential problems for the future otherwise.

What is this, still the 20th century?

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