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1849 posts • joined 15 Jul 2010

Who has your credit card data? 1 million HOLIDAY-MAKERS' RECORDS exposed

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Ah the Internet of things!

Oh wait, wrong article.

Because the Internet of things won't possibly make stealing my information easier, now could it?

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Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN

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One word

tracert

Did he run it?

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Days since IBM last reported revenue growth: About 810

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Re: Think

"Your comment shows poor thinking."

It has nothing to with "thinking" and everything to do with direct experience.

Your comment shows incredible naivete.

Fortune 500 companies provide no value to the average person. In fact, most US companies offer none.

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They, like all of the American big companies who got used to no real competition through most of the last century, are dinosaurs at best, but mostly parasites day to day.

Name one American Fortune 500 company that actually offers anything of value to the average person besides a job. Usually a not a very secure one at that.

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Re: and the PHB suite

When? Not soon enough.

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Elon Musk GIVES UP ON SEX: He'll make do with a 'cheap' Tesla III instead

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Wait! T3?

Oh clever. Very clever.

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'Big Internet' wades into 'net neutrality' battle with the FCC

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Re: damn near obsolete!

You've created a straw man.

It means nothing of the sort. I have a VERY intimate knowledge of the phone system of the US. The backbone and foundation are held together by gum and bailing wire.

Literally.

What's being rolled out for the "last mile" was proposed 20 years ago. Any back-haul upgrades are the same. Overdue and old technology.

The gee whiz shiny bits are just for show. Token gestures, as it were.

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The technology is still young?

Say what?!

THOUSANDS of miles of fiber optic were deployed in the mid 1990's

That's almost 2 DECADES ago!

In computer years, that means it's not only NOT young, but damn near obsolete!

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Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup

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Woe is me

When ANY large corporation starts claiming persecution, hardship and blameless, you can take it to the bank that they are lying.

In fact, you should.

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Re: Security

"And yet... All of the banks haven't been mysteriously stripped of all assets. Somehow, all of the banks' clients still have all their deposits and investments. Miraculous!"

Sez who?

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Chinese biz bloke builds his OWN 3,500-mile Tesla charger network

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Re: So...

You did read that these are just "starter" station and that he will build faster stations?

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Re: Scary stuff...

No prints exactly, but still plenty of references that any engineer worth his slide rule could easily reverse engineer from.

Google "Saturn 5 engines"

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Space geeks' resurrected NASA Sun probe ISEE-3 now on collision course with THE MOON

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Upvoted!

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Sincere good luck to them

Sincere good luck to you guys.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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The age of gimmick eletronics

I once had a home sound system that was dirt simple.

2 Panasonic 3 way speakers. (honest to god tweeter, mid range and bass in each cabinet)

1 100 watt amp/receiver

1 Technics strobe turntable

1 jukebox DVD player

Stereo input on the amp for TV

All connected by RCA jacks or straight bare wire into clips. (yes, RCA jacks and bare wire clips)

I have never heard sound so clean outside of a studio nor could I EVER turn the volume up past halfway.

EVER. You could hear the song clear as a bell 4 houses down just at halfway. And by clear I mean, CLEAR.

The speakers were vintage 1980. The turntable was somewhere of that era as well. The amp was a newer department store special made by one of the Japanese brands (forgot who. the old amp/recv had finally lost one channel). The DVD was a Phillips.

NONE of it fancy or special. And it sounded better than most of today's bars, theaters and car systems.

Have you ever heard sound so clear you could talk AND be heard while it was still playing very loud? Yeah, like that.

Screw the gimmick crap.

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Forget the mobile patent wars – these web giants have patented your DATA CENTER

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As I've said before, the biggest patent trolls are...

...the large corporations.

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

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LOSER

I am simply gobsmacked that some commentards here are trying to justify his actions.

He was cheating on his wife and using heroin.

For those of you who do not see a problem with this, seek help.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: Elderly neighbour asked me...

Dear god! I had a client exactly like that once!

No joke.

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I have to stop reading this series

It hurts. It just hurts too much to read these all too familiar stories.

It hurts to know how much we AREN'T being paid to for this. It hurts that manufactures insist on making their products more difficult for the end user that it needs to be. It hurts that people keep doing the same stupid things over and over.

But what hurts even more is that the end user, who knows far else about these things than we do, wants to argue with us about it!

Still, it beats digging ditches or robbing old people of their life savings.

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T-Mobile US boss: Hey, FTC! We didn't make THAT much from 'bogus premium texts'

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Re: Who the fuck has time for this...

You will never, NEVER see a refund from any company that has ripped you off. Today's laws in allied Pax America say the corporation is god.

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Mobe companies are thieves

All the mobe companies in the world have pretty much proven they are thieves and liars time and time again.

Period.

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

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Re: The question is, what can we do about it?

It's worse than that, BigYin, it's a state security issue and so "none of our damn business."

As you say, everyone that matters is happy. The rest of us can piss off.

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Re: It's this bit that worries me the most:

"The MOD, the government, the banks and the contractors are all in on the same scams...

And the taxpayer funds it."

That you got even a single thumb down is unbelievable, let alone 3.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Re: On the verge

"They're doomed."

...as I said in a previous comment to an article about electric cars and was soundly trounced.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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Re: I just don't get it

I have to agree with everything you wrote.

However, speaking of killer apps, the answer is as obvious as sunshine to me. Will I tell in a public forum? Are you kidding? I'd like to have a retirement account one day as well, you know?

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Re: The thing I love about my watch...

Well one of the few anyway.

I have the same complaint about EVERY product these days, but especially when it comes to all things "digital."

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Re: Can I get a wrist strap for my phone?

Velcro cable ties.

Done.

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Bravo!

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You show a picture of Facebook

FAIL right there.

Screen too small - 2nd FAIL.

Must be tethered to phone. - 3rd FAIL and out.

Lack of battery life is just nails in the coffin.

So, uhm, what purpose does it serve?

My last watch was a Timex Ironman that could download from my PC and carry my contact info, schedule, calender, multitude stopwatch, and 2 different time zone, all at once. Now any phone, let alone a smart phone can do all that and more.

Maybe I'm just not "accessory needy" enough?

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

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Re: Access has it's place

"Would people *PLEASE* stop using it as a micro-database, though?"

That's the problem right there, isn't it?

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Re: Spot on

Right?

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Bwahahahahahahah!

You really have seen it all, haven't you?

My sides hurt.

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Tell us about your first time ... on the internet

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1994

I first saw the Internet at work. It was a simple page based on the classic "outline" format. Titles, subtitles, bullet points and subs points with underlined links. Can't remember what the website was nor the browser we used.

I worked for Zyzel at the time. Needless to say, they were wondering how their product fit into this new communication system.

2 years later I had my first ISP account and built my first website. By 1999, I had several website businesses. By 2002, I had lost it all.

Ah, the boom days.

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Mozilla to cram a full web-dev IDE inside Firefox browser

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Re: Circle of time

They CAME from Netscape.

I loved Netscape Composer. It made building websites far faster than hand coding while also teaching me more about the underlying HTML.

It also existed YEARS before Dreamweaver.

If they can pull this off Adobe will lose a LOT of business. I already love the built in targeted code viewer FF has now, Inspect Element. Instead of having to scroll through lines and lines of code via View Source, I just highlight the element/area/segment I want to inspect, right click then select Inspect Element and voila! there it is right at the bottom of the screen with very handy descriptions just to the right.

Suck it Adobe!

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FCC to spend $2 BEEELLION to install Wi-Fi in US schools

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Did hell just freeze over?

""The simple fact of the matter is that the free market has failed to provide basic broadband connectivity to more than 15 million Americans," FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said in a Friday blog post announcing the proposed initiative."

In America, this is just crazy socialist commie talk.

SPLITTER!!

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Just who is getting that money?

Seriously, how much does web hosting cost in her world?

As I've posted before, it costs less than $10 a month where I live. That's for very generous space, bandwidth and very comprehensive tools and additional software.

And who is getting paid to build it? Every client I've ever worked with was a skinflint who made Scrooge look generous. I see nothing special in the build than warrants 100K+ for development.

So really, just WHERE is the money going? Because if it was for any physical development, she got robbed.

Well, some one did, anyway.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: On Street Parking

I find it incredible how many of you are NOT keeping up with developments.

ICE is dead already for both passenger and commercial vehicles. The only things stopping it from being widespread TOMORROW are the lack of battery factories and price of the vehicle, both of which will be resolved within 10 years.

And that's being VERY conservative. The 20 year figure was for the rarity of the everyday ICE car on the road. Only the very poor or enthusiasts will still be driving them.

For those of you NOT keeping score, within the last 5 years we have gone from almost no one but Tesla successfully offering electric cars to almost every manufacturer offering one. Teslas car already has the 300 mile range and so will the next models being built. (yes built, not proposed: built)

Do try and keep up.

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Re: On Street Parking

Unless you want to see parking garages built like most other cities, then no. The answer is going to be to move.

Personally, when the part of town I live in has more residential cars than parking spaces, it IS always time to move. It usually means I can no longer afford the rent, anyway.

That said, electric cars will be the dominant car within the next 20 years. Fast charging, 250+ mile range at ~$30k will spell the end of the ICE almost overnight.

Thank god.

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Angelina Jolie 2.0 NOT an inspiration for Huawei phones, says exec

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Forgot all about that movie

"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow!"

Never did get to see it. Looked like a perfect B movie.

Funny how that's the only thing I got from this article.

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The cute things they say

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Re: Some of my anecdotes

"Me: Did you try following the guide?

MD: No, I deleted that email.

I can't begin to tell you how many times I've heard this from users.

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Re: Another video

Been there, lived that.

Good reminder.

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Re: Dilbert

Everything in Dilbert is true. I've actually seen it with my own eyes.

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Re: Techies - The stupid $H1T they say!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8_Kfjo3VjU

Good reminder.

I though this funny as hell when I first saw it. Then I lived it. That tech could easily have been sitting next me at almost everyplace I've worked and the callers are easily half of the calls on any given day.

It's a shame that most of the stereotypes about tech support are unfortunately true.

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AT&T: 'twas conniving contractors who nicked your info

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Bullcrap

Total lying bullcrap.

It's their fault. Period.

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LEAKED: Redmond not allowed to sell 'Nokia' smartphones after 2015

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Re: Deep integration of Twaddle

Warning: thread drift

Root that POS and delete that crap! I cleaned mine within the first 3 months of buying it and it was the first smart phone I've ever owned!

It's the same reason I run ad/malware/tracking/beacon blockers when surfing. Stop wasting MY bandwidth you fucking thieves and keep your goddamn nose out of MY personal business!

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Tumultuous Twitter torches top talent, topples COO

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Re: the end is nigh...

The next big thing? I'll have to watch some old episodes of Max Headroom and see. That show pretty much nailed it.

Who knew?

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Re: Loss? How that be?!

Wait, wait! Almost forgot!

/sarcasm

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Loss? How that be?!

I mean a company that produces nothing, creates nothing, solves no real problem and has no real income model can't be losing money!

Can it?

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Dell exec: HP's 'Machine OS' is a 'laughable' idea

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Re: all of the above

"Given HPs recent habit of sudden start campaigns followed by catastrophic stops"

Recent? This has been ongoing for the last 10 years. Remember the iPAQs? That phone series was the first to have a camera built INTO the screen for video phone use. (yes, 2 cameras) It was the first to run virtual reality games! It was the first to run Windows Mobile! (ok maybe not something to brag about there) There were so many firsts with that phone series it wasn't even funny. Remember, this phone was the ONLY real competitor with Blackberry in those days.

Gone.

That is just ONE of the MANY products and services HP created and then dropped. You would think they were taking lessons from Microsoft.

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Tech companies are raising their game (and pants) post-Snowden

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Re: Irrational fears lead to conspiracy theories

Thumb down? Was it the lack of facts?

/sarcasm

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