* Posts by Boo Radley

32 posts • joined 14 Jan 2011

Woz: World-changers to Apple Watches, why pay for an overpriced band?

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Re: @AC "17 hrs" (whatever that means El Reg)

Only cats are allowed

FTFY

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Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore, and why?

I have a job where knowing the precise time is important. I have a nice, mid priced Tag Heuer which was given to me years ago. Seven years on one battery, I can see the time day or night, keeps perfect time, waterproof to any depth I'm likely to reach while alive, looks reasonably snazzy. If I bought a watch myself, it'd be a $20 Casio, but the Tag is quite nice. I hope it lasts another fifteen or more years.

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Dead Steve Jobs owed $174 by San Francisco parking ticket wardens

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Re: What's a "parking day"?

At Ohio State University, we had Football Days, when, if it was a home game, they would simply tow your car. The signs simply stated No Parking on Football Days. Any other time, there was no charge to park, and no other restrictions. My roommate used to lose his car at least once a month - who pays attention to if its a home or away game (cars only towed on home game days.)

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Move over, Google. Here’s Wikipedia's search engine – full of on-demand smut

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"I'm a bit surprised a post stating that fact"

I read that as prostate ing the fact :-\

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Mall owner lays blame at Apple's door for dragging down sales

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Re: Mall landlords DO know tenant stores' sales

And perhaps Apple stores are cooking the books - showing lower sales as a way to pay less rent?

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Google to pump free gigabit Fiber into homes of hard-up families

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Time to Move?

Perhaps I should move into public housing?

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Group rattles tin in bid to snatch TfL licence from Uber's paw

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Here in the states Uber doesn't check that the driver has commercial insurance, I wonder how many drivers actually have it.

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

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Re: Exactly what an operating system should be (IMO)

After my new Win 7 install had issues with my video driver I said WTF, let's try Mint. I was very happy with windows up thru XP, but Microsoft's habit of changing shit just for fun with each new version, combined with all their new spyware and lieing, made me determined to dump them.

Two weeks later, I'm very happy with Mint and the tiny learning curve. I just does everything I need, right from the get go. I will never go back to Windows and will encourage friends to switch too.

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Ex-Apple bods suing Apple for bag searches get class-action upgrade

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Re: PC World

I believe in the states they have no right to search a customer or even to demand to see the receipt. At Frys they always accosted me at the door asking to see the receipt and look in the bag - I politely tell them good day, and walk right by without complying. Nothing untoward has ever happened to me.

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US Marines kill noisy BigDog robo-mule for blowing their cover

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Government Surplus?

"He said that both programs have now been shelved and the robots have been put into storage."

I wonder if we'll someday see these for sale as military surplus. How cool would that be to have one?

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California cops pull over Google car for driving too SLOWLY

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Where I live in Texas, the cars that are travelling well under the speed limit are usually either carrying large quantities of illegal substances, or illegal aliens. Sometimes both - so cops love to stop slow moving vehicles.

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You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

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Re: Ummmm...

The existence of a search warrant does not mean that there's a good reason for the courts to look at what's on the device, it only means that someone convinced a judge that there is something incriminating on said device.

Based on a search warrant which was later proven to be invalid, my home was once searched, late at night, with me held at gunpoint. Nothing was found, apparently the police found something incriminating in a rubbish bin in front of my home - one of several identical bins lined up in a row, and this was the basis for said warrant.

Btw, no one ever said oops, sorry, wrong house. Hey but I have nothing to hide, right. Damn I've gone OT again.

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Rogue Silk Road Fed starts 6.5-year stretch for nicking Bitcoins

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Re: A Fed thrown in prison for stealing from criminals

Not protected custody, the feds have entire facilities just for people like this. One housed perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche, former Syracuse mayor Lee Alexander, convicted FBI agent Richard Miller, televangelist Jim Bakker, and an wide variety of former cops, judges and other former high ranking people - all of the above being there during the same period of time. Plus the occasional Mafia Don and other shitbags.

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Is Windows 10 slurping too much data? No, says Microsoft. Nuh-uh. Nope

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So it done for some other reason?

Unlike some other platforms, no matter what privacy options you choose, neither Windows 10 nor any other Microsoft software scans the content of your email or other communications, or your files, in order to deliver targeted advertising to you," Myerson claimed.

So, they're doing it for reasons other than advertising, he's not denying that they do it, is he?

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

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Does this mean it will prevent me from downloading torrents (of educational videos, of course), or will it just report me to the proper authorities?

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Forget The Tits

I want to look at c*ck!

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Police robot duo storm Colorado house, end four-day siege

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What we HAD to do?

Destroy an innocent person's home? Is this covered by homeowners insurance?

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

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Re: "Mr. Anderson... you disappoint me..."

I agree, especially if you are actually guilty. Something like 95% of trials in US District Court (federal crimes) end up with guilty verdicts - and don't tell me that %5 not guilty are the only ones truly not guilty. But lawyers love trials, they can charge you out the ass for 'representation' and they always try to convince the defendant that they can win. After alk, it's not the lawyer risking HIS freedom.

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Call girl gets six years for Googler's drug death

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Re: Six years? Anonymous Coward

If guns are illegal, and I'm a criminal, will I care that I'm breaking the law by having one? Not likely. If they're illegal then I can be pretty sure YOU won't have one!

And how would we get all the guns out of everyone's possession if they were made illegal? See my point above.

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Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out

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In the US a doctor or hospital can also be fined $1,000 per breach of confidentiality. I would assume this would apply here, 32,000 records times $1,000 each would bankrupt many smaller businesses.

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Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

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Locked into Win 8 on New PC

I don't know if this is on topic or not. Everyone here says that Enterprise users won't go to Windows 8, for various reasons, but I recently purchased and installed an inexpensive Win8 PC for a doctor friend of mine. Several of his expensive programs would not work with 8, so I said "Ok, I'll reformat and install 7." Huge mistake, which took me a day to resolve. The onboard Ethernet controller was designed for 8, nowhere could I find drivers for 7. "Ok, I thought, I'll simply stick in an Ethernet card." WRONG! This HP branded PC had a tiny motherboard with NO slots of any kind for any type of expansion.

In the end, I returned this piece of crap to Best Buy, dug out a broken machine he hadn't thrown away, and built him a better PC with a few new parts from NewEgg. And it'll run any OS he wants, at less cost than the HP Win 8 machine.

So, Micro$oft and at least some PC makers have effectively removed the option of "downgrading" an inexpensive machine's OS by using parts for which there are ONLY Win 8 drivers. If you are using custom applications that won't work with 8, you cannot use these new PCs, so why buy them?

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

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Re: Pulse dialling?

I was amazed to read, back about 15 years ago, that some Ten Million US homes still had a Rotary phone in their home - and a surprising percentage of those people were still LEASING them from their local phone monopoly, at well over a dollar per month. I know that my mother paid over $1,000 to lease her 1963 rotary phone just between 1987 and 1997. This phone was installed when we built the house in '63, but we'd thrown that phone away sometime in the early 80s - and failed to notify the phone co, since Mom didn't KNOW that she was paying for it!

Gotta love that fine print on the bill! [Don't bash my poor mother, she was in her eighties when I discovered this outright theft by Ohio Bell]

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Police 'stumped' by car thefts using electronic skeleton key

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Re: Valuables in your parked car?

The first thing I did upon buying a used Jeep Wrangler was to take the radio out of the dashboard and place it in plain sight on the passenger seat, with both doors unlocked. I had heard of people slashing the soft top to break into Jeeps like mine, and wanted to nip that in the bud. Would you believe it took nearly four months before someone finally took that damned radio?!

Later, in the dead of a Milwaukee winter, someone helped themselves to the old coat that I'd leave in the Jeep when I went bar hopping. I'll assume that he needed that coat more than I did, as it looked like sh*t!

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

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Re: Why Buy ANY Office Product?

She would frequently give me the Silent Treatment for unspecified transgressions. Either that, or the Frying Pan to the Head. And despite her awesome Pot Roast, I eventually had to get rid of her.

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Why Buy ANY Office Product?

I can't help but feel that all of you are assuming that the average Office user would either READ or UNDERSTAND the License [and its implications] before purchasing it. And that this would actually influence the buying habits of average Sheeple. People are stupid, they buy what big companies tell them to buy.

My first [and last] Micro$oft purchase was Win95 that came with a new pc that my now-ex girlfriend Silent-Treatmented me into buying. In 1995. And I have never used nor felt the need to use ANY Office product. And I never will.

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Christmas ruined for 2,100 sex offenders booted off online games

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Slippery Slope [Only Slightly Off-Topic]

Here in the States, the laws and times served for killing someone vary greatly by state, and by the type of murder committed. I once saw a statistic [yea, I know, liars lie etc] that said the average time served, in prison, for killing someone was six years.

I DO know that I once had a tenant in Wisconsin who had been in a bar brawl and his opponent died, I don't know what his eventual charge or sentence were, but he served eight years, then upon release a short time on parole, than he was completely free for the rest of his life. He became my tenant when he was in his sixties, and I will say that he was one of the few tenants that I could trust to pay on time and to treat me decently, as I treated all my tenants.

I believe it was in the state of Washington, back in the nineties, that they changed the law for 'sex offenders' so that upon the END of their time served, a committee would meet to decide if this person 'might offend again' and if it was decided to they MIGHT do so, that person could be kept locked up indefinitely - despite his sentence having been served in its entirety.

Of course people said "Great! They shouldn't ever get out!" not thinking that today it may be the horrible 'Sex Offenders' but next year it could become simple petty thieves, and yet later down the road, anyone who has run a red light, or been late paying child support. Its a slippery slope people!

Boo, in the RepubliK of Texas, in Good ol AmeriKa

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Microsoft to announce new Office version on Monday

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Microsoft in Detroit

If Microsoft built automobiles, we could expect the new models to have the steering on the opposite side - improving functionality.

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Ballmer's breaking point: Is Windows 8 already too late?

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Call Me A Luddite

But I'm still using Windows 2000. Even with brand new current hardware, I have yet to find a compelling reason to move to something newer. I use my three PCs for average home uses, P2P sharing, web browsing, email, some video editing, one PC is a video server, I burn CDs & DVDs, watch movies, play music and play a few games.

I tried Windows 7 several times, but even on my newest hardware, it was just plain SLOW! However, unlike many people, I'm nearly immune to advertiser BS as well as being a bit of a conspiracy theorist.

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Dell's faulty PC legal woes worsen (again)

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Your Results May Vary

Three or four years ago, I purchased four Optiplex GX-280 machines from a site that sells "Off Lease" equipment: I paid something like $67 each, including shipping, for three year old machines, each with a P4, 2.6GHz CPU, 80gb or larger HD, 512mb or more RAM, and either a CD or DVD burner.

Every one is still running 24/7, doing Electronic Medical Records, Billing, word processing, web surfing and whatever else the girls can get away with. I use Windows 2K and can't believe how long and trouble free they've been.

Maybe I should try the PowerBall Lottery next?

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Hackers pierce network with jerry-rigged mouse

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Beware the "Free Lunch"

So they sent the doctored mouse to an employee as a "sales promotion."

Oh look at the great free mouse someone sent me! Think I'll take it to the office and try it out!

See, nothing in life is truly "Free" LOL

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US Supremes dump violent video game ban

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Common Sense From Washington? The World MUST Be Ending!

Justice Scalia has never really impressed me, but I enjoyed reading his opinion, particularly the quotes from children's literature.

Perhaps he DOES have both a brain AND a sense of humor! At the very least he seems to possess some degree of common sense, which is way more than we're used to out of Washington.

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$1,000 reward offered for stolen cancer research laptop

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Chief Operating Officer

C'mon y'all, even Boo backs up his important data, mostly "Educational Videos"

Whats wrong with these people??

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