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Why Wi-Fi won't solve mobile telcos' data dilemma

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It's doable

We did this in the late 90's/early 2000's with Tsunami 2.4Ghz gear in Tucson, Arizona. Could pump data 5 miles line of sight, each tower had it's own frame relay or better to the internet - worked well for that time and place.

ISP did end up going under - owner had more money than sense and was always looking at the latest shiney. Pretty good concept at the time though.

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Think you’re hard? Check out the frozen Panasonic CF-54 Toughbook

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Scared to death...

... since I recently 'upgraded' from a HP Elitebook 8440p to a Dell Inspiron i5447-6250sLV. Nice laptop, touchscreen, usb 3.0, yada yada* - jury is still out as far as durability in the different environments I work in, it's built decent but I won't be standing on it any time soon.

That being said, had I $2k, I'd buy the full-boat Panasonic Toughbook in a heartbeat. I *still* might figure out something ;)

*Deal I couldn't refuse: Price-matched Staple's $749 in-stock Dell with Amazon's $499 in-stock Dell and saved $250. Staple's ad this week is offering the same Dell for $599 right now lol.

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Great Firewall of China blasts DDoS attacks at random IP addresses

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Re: Simple Solution

heh - did that once for spam control, made life much easier since it cut back about 85%. Management made me unblock though, out of 9000 users, 1 needed to email China. Mind you, this was back in the late 90's at a small ISP.

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: Two lessons from this

+1

As a fan of Robert Heinlein,/Isaac Asimov - I use 'Tell Me Three Times'... 3 backups, different locations, two with air gaps that require humans to plug/unplug at least once a week minimum.

Does that make me anal or just burned too many times by bad single backups? (remember tape in the 90's? argh). I also sandbox wife's FB laptop lol...

#paranoid

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PlayStation outage: Sony asks 'have you tried turning it off and on again?'

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Re: DDoS? Really?

Perhaps different server systems for the different versions? All through the Xbox One drama on Christmas day, my kid's new Xbox 360 (our 3rd) had zero issues - even downloaded a 10GB game at the time.

Not enough data, too many conflicting stories.

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El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

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Just seems tacky...

... but then again, I met my 2nd wife on a divorce support board - all we talked about was 'never gonna get married again, no long-distance relationships', etc. Year later she flies out to meet me, three years later, we're happily married.

Odd, eh?

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Sony Pictures hit by 'fightback on filesharers' DDoS claims – report

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Re: Not what I have read..

Trevor,

I find your lack of faith disturbing... if you haven't noticed, we're doing Rule of Man, not Rule of Law right now.

The Federal rollercoaster the US citizen is dealing with... should worry everybody. We ain't exactly stable right now.

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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

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Wonder why Sony doesn't* learn?

After the hit Sony took on it's SOE division in 2011, you'd think there would have been some decent security in place, right?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/03/sony_hack_exposes_more_customers/

https://www.soe.com/securityupdate/pressrelease.vm

Sony just has all the luck & evidently all the salaried placeholders they could ever want in critical systems. So Sony didn't learn a thing while I learned to have a separate protected account for my entertainment purchases after the SOE Everquest debacle...

In LawyerSpeak, that email don't mean doodoo. Sony has had ample precedence & break-ins prior to this egregious example & did not perform their due diligence. How much should the check be, your Honor?

*OT but.... 1st time in my 50 years on earth, I realized the word 'doesn't', only saves a single space. mind=blown. Have a great day.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

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Re: Unknown source of kernel lock-ups?

@grifter

That *was* pretty easy, wasn't it? Unknown OS - did they use binary code? Probably not... yet connected to the alien mothership* quicker than a external serial USR 14.4 modem connecting to AOL...

*unbelievable... had to add 'mothership' to dictionary... another proof Microsoft & Google don't have a soul**

** Argument for another day, pardon me.

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Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

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Nope.

Everything needs to shake out over the next two years that's been done so far imo. None of these fsckers stand by what they have said thus far. None of them.

Lock the budget down, no changes unless WWIII or something - go play CandyCrush or fuck off, whatever you like.

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18 million iPHONE USERS HAVE NEVER BONKED to ApplePay

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All good & fine until...

Sunday night, after the sidewalks have rolled up for the evening in small towns, the Dollar General is still open but not accepting *any* type of transactions other than cash because their systems are down...

...AND THERE'S NO TOILET PAPER AT THE HOUSE....YOUR KIDS HAVE TAKEN ALL THE LOOSE COIN FROM YOUR CAR CONSOLE.... WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW?

o.0

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MP caught playing Candy Crush at committee meeting: I'll ‘try’ not to do it again

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Re: Look at it this way...

Yes/no - more of a chance some Luddite gets major legislation passed while the others are 'busy'. Might even feel better depending *what* games they're playing... say Clash of Clans... where you might hear statements like, 'Yeah, your TownHall ain't sh*t, you non-defense-designing bastard!, I'm 100%'ing your azz muaaahahahahah'...

;)

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: Windows H8 - never

Sure did spend a lot of cash for Windows 7.... Especially since for $4.99 and an install of Start8 that provides you with a fast Windows 7 experience on Windows 8.1.

FFS, my Windows 8 desktops even look like XP, even down to the XP Start buttons.... sheesh.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

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UPS and FedEx fine print

If you look at both UPS and FedEx T&C's, they do not guarantee Next Day Delivery from Thanksgiving through the 1st of the year. No matter who you purchase your merchandise from, they *always* have the next day option with the much, much, higher delivery prices, and will gladly point at the carrier for not getting your merchandise on time.

I went round and round with Newegg & FedEx a few years ago - you can pay for next day, but it ain't gonna happen, not around Christmas anyway. Maybe that's why Amazon* wants those drones so bad.

*Prime member for several years now - we order so much stuff for aquariums, computers, house, etc - it's more than worth the price, considering delivery costs.

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Re: What is the difference...

Pfft! I wouldn't expect a Corvette to be much competition to the machinery ya'll get over there, unless they get in the way all the time.

I've come to realize we're sucking hindtit over here - detuned vehicles and shit gas. EPA is a monster - don't let them talk to your people, ever.

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What is the difference...

... a BMW and a porcupine?

On the BMW, the prick is on the inside..

;)

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First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you

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Freaking NSA...

I TOLD them the software would conflict with that damn apk!

why do they even pay me? I swear...

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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I thought it was a pound sign?

really.

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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For $100...

...buy a refurbished 16GB Fire HD from Amazon-> Root, Load CyanogenMod's Android 4.4.4 ROM, Google services package, and have a much more capable tablet. Have 4 of them around the house, kids love them (have a family clan in Clash of Clans lol). Probably find them cheaper on Craigslist.

Just saying.

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Net neutrality, Verizon, open internet ... How can we solve this mess?

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Re: Forbeared?

'Mostly dead' - Darwin

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Lindsay Lohan ignores El Reg's tender twitterly advances

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Pirate

Well... I heard....

...that she wants to be a princess like Middleton and has set her sights on Prince Harry.

Maybe you can do a little pimping... I mean horsetrading... wink wink.

;)

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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Re: Wii Console

Yepyep, tried the Wii with wifi, but the Xbox360 sitting next to it is hardwired to the network and can do 720p.

What I want to do is outfit each tv with a ethernet hardwired bluray player for the full 1080p from the NAS. Even the Walmart specials can do Netflix and whatnot.

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@Thecowking

Amazon Video for Tablets runs fine on vanilla Android 4.4.4 -> FireHD tablet, rooted and running Cyanogenmod 11-20141008-SNAPSHOT-M11-tate (cheap capable tablet for Clash of Clans lol).

We use Prime quite a bit - aquarium supplies, automotive parts, and whatnot. Worth the membership just from shipping in our case, video is just a bonus.

What tablets won't run the app?

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@James 51

Yes, program called PlayLater will copy/convert video streams to Mpeg-4. I've been populating my NAS(s) with tv series (The IT Crowd rocks btw) and movies from Prime and Netflix - finally cut the cord so to speak. Pretty much anything in my house can access content on my home gigabit network. It works quite well.

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Verizon set to pay $64 MEEELLION for overbilling customers

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Meh

I reckon I'll be receiving another $10 class action lawsuit check in the mail shortly. Third one this year.

So what have we learned? Nothing really. Verizon admits nothing, lawyers get paid, original claimants get maybe 1%, and the rest get $10. Sylvania sent $10 to cover a $56 set of halogen lights that burned out prematurely. Michelin $10/ea for a sidewall issue.

Point is, they have already made their money. Customers took the loss and only recover a very small portion of that loss. Settle while wailing protestations of innocence, it's like theatre:

Corp: 'Ah, you caught us!'

Lawyers: 'Why yes, yes we did and we'll do it again!'

Corp: 'No, you won't.'

Lawyers: wink, wink.

Corp: nudge nudge.

Corp: ' Good show on that, see you at the club?''

Lawyers: 'Right!'

It's not Friday afternoon yet.

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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Re: Apple killed the competition then deliberately dumped the market...

+1 for you Adam1. Youngest son (14) uses his S4 as an mp3 player, he can barely make calls, text, or any of the other myriad uses of a handheld messaging computer*. He only pays attention to texts and whatnot from us parental units for fear of losing his music, there are times I want to rip the headphones from his little head, but that's another story.

* (His eleven year old sister? Uses every single Mhz of her S4. Frankly, I'm a little surprised I haven't been visited yet by the authorities - she gets a Raspberry Pi for Christmas)

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Security Avengers team up to take down Chinese hacking group

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Re: And....

As long as they hold off until I have Netflix and Amazon's entire libraries downloaded...

<orders more storage...>

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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Re: The lesson of the LS120

There was one. Me ;)

When the LS120 was introduced at COMDEX in Vegas in what? 97? I *had* to have one - had several... still have a couple of drives laying around. fyi, the superdisks don't seem to break down like regular 1.44s - they still work, unlike 70-80% of the floppies I still have boxes of.

I need a bigger shed... or at least get rid of the floppies.

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

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Rumor has it...

...that Apple is porting iTunes to Android <waves dead chicken furiously> Ran across mention of it today when I checked Google. Subject came up during a discussion with the wife - I was asked by client staff if going from Apple to Android was a good idea. First impulse is to say 'Ohellya', then reason kicks in and I ask how invested are they in iTunes. If they're a crazy person and have hundreds/thousands in Apple kit/music/whatever, I tell them to stay with Apple, if not, try Android. Wife wondered if they had iTunes for Android. Good Question.

Anyway, the search terms in Google are thus:

'Itunes for Android - don't judge me, this is research'

You'll find a few references - it makes *some* sense if Apple iTunes is losing market share, although I'd never sleep again if I was Tim Cook - Steve would rip my heart out for that one, where ever he may be.

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GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it stumbles on IRC, slaps it in an app

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I miss Dejanews

...and 'The Palace',... if you remember those from what seems like ages ago.

Internet was more interesting back then imo. Commercialized to a fair thee well and not in a good way now*.

oh well.

*yes, we all need to make money, but dayum.

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Consumers start feeling the love as Chromebook sales surge

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Meh

While I can see* the use of having your Chrome settings and apps working across tablets/phones/laptops, doing so over a satellite connection would be a little costly - only for the well-connected**.

*Closet neanderthal - I like my data where I can lay hands on it & Google probably wouldn't let me in to their heaven-like cloud cathedral to tend to my data if need be.

** Recently found in another Reg story (old Jag rebuild) American gas sucks mightily 92 vs Norway's (and everywhere else in the world, seems like) 99 octane premium gas.... self-esteem: ruined.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: Even newer vehicles can benefit

Are you shitting me?

We get 87, 89, and 91-2 octane at (currently $2.84, $3.04, and $3.24/ gal respectively. Diesel? $4/gal. I tuned for availability and median price...

dreams... what I could do with 98 octane.... sigh. Off to twitter to bitch at White House... fuckers... all this time telling us 'it's the world price, not us'.. paying higher prices for shit gas..

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Even newer vehicles can benefit

On my 2008 GMC Canyon extended cab pickup with a 2.9l 4 cylinder/auto transmission - EPA sticker claimed 23-29 MPG, real life was barely 20 MPG (governed to 99MPH) when it was new and totally stock. This is where vehicle fan pages come in, they help with the individual idiosyncrasies of whatever vehicle you might have. Problems, performance, and general upkeep procedures can be found there. With that said, what I did with my truck to increase mpg/performance (in my mind, performance/efficiency equals MPG - better performance, less foot needed, better mileage).

K&N cold air intake

gutted 1st catalytic converter

ported & polished intake/exhaust manifolds

ported/modified throttle body

Flowmaster exhaust w/sierra flexible SS braided expansion joints

NGK iridium sparkplugs

Beryllium copper spark plug->coil pack connectors

Corvette shift servos

All synthetic oils for less friction

Belltech antisway bars

Hypertuned for 89 octane, better shift points, delete traction control, de-GM'ed extra clutter from ECM/BCM

Low rolling resistance Michelins

Now, even with 155000 miles on her, she gets 28.8 MPG average & tops out around 137MPH.

Really only concern I had with the Jag rebuild was the final gear ratio - seems to me it would be a dog to get rolling, but once there would just cruise at max mpg - seems it might cancel out each other as far as benefits of the waaaay-beyond-highway gearing.

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Damp Squid...

Sorry... couldn't help it, thats what brain saw - 'The IT Crowd' is new to me... lmao

Signed,

Peter File

lmfao...

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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Mushroom

Words

They can have real world consequences, direct and indirect.

For instance, the name 'Milky'. Five letters in the alphabet that are slang for an individual who is 'milking' or extending a job or contract for profit. What began as a courtesy call to ensure a workstation was configured properly, became an invoice for $73.30 (.5 hr).

We keep the equipment running properly so you can do *your* job, We are not casually insulted furniture.

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Careless Whisper? Anonymous messaging app accused of stalking users, blabbing to Feds

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1st Rule of Fight Club....

'"He's a guy that we'll track for the rest of his life and he'll have no idea we'll be watching him," the Whisper executive allegedly said.'

IT humans being IT humans... gossip about users - geeks* waving their privates at each other.

;)

*or so I've been told.

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Prez Obama backs net neutrality – but can't do anything about it. Thanks, Obama

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Re: Why does Obama consistently appoint industry shills to positions of power?

Good question, aye? Definitely *not* what it said on the box...

http://change.gov/agenda/ethics_agenda/

"I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists — and won. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president."

-- Barack Obama, Speech in Des Moines, IA - November 10, 2007

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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

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Re: If you aren't human you don't get human rights

Hey, I didn't vote for the Nobel Peace Prize winner.... 6 years of enlightenment thus far... not sure if my brain can handle 2 more... feels squishy atm.

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Wait for it....

... Next Fed lawyers* will claim US air space or sea boundary applies here - packets become US property and subject to US law when being passed through American networks...

/shame

/bullshit

*World would be a happier place without lawyers - get a 2-fer since most politicians are lawyers too. Just saying.

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Better?

Scorched earth seems more appropriate - Feds have lost their fucking minds...

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

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Slightly different scenario, but....

.. when I go laptop shopping, I open a candidate and give the bottom front corners a flex. If it flexes, it's no longer worthy*. Some sales folks look at me oddly at times. Just saying.

*I consciously try not to move/carry open laptops around by their corners - seen too many client laptops with cracked motherboards not to take some caution.

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

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Re: Laboratory Street

<Tinfoil Hat Activation>

Obviously the tests were completed by researchers who use iPhones personally, therefore skewed the results to substantiate their intelligent choice in phone hardware. Misery loves company.

Obviously.

</Tinfoil Hat Activation>

;)

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Pizza stores popped, sandwich stores sacked in PoS plunder

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<thinking>

Best reason to go back to using cash & hope your bank's atms are safe..

CC/POS systems are discussed and targeted constantly - what I would like to know is what about those checks the older generations still use to frustrate everybody behind them in line? Scanned & transmitted, then handed back to the customer.

Since mail theft is a time-honored, old-school method of obtaining & washing checks for fun and profit - would this not also be a concern? Easier than washing and old tech enough to fly under the radar.

Somebody care to shoot my balloon down?

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BlackBerry slowly pulls out of power dive into toilet

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Re: 10 million iPhone 6s sold and counting...

@psychonaut

I love my Note 3 - best compromise between carrying both tablet and phone - clients also appreciate using a stylus for CC payments instead of a finger - one package. Great phone thus far. Clash of Clans plays magnificently ;)

However, my post concerns the BB Storm and Storm2, which were very capable phones that did their jobs *very* well. I owned the Storm2, that 'click' screen was great*, only degraded with wet fingers but still operable. I wanted the BB Torch but Verizon got the substandard version without the qwerty slider kb. Both Storm2s we have still sit on standby.

Seriously, the day Blackberry dies, will be a sad day and I *will* shed a tear if they do not pull it out.

* as with life, it depends on what you're used to. Email would fly off that Storm with blurred thumbs...

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Re: are surprised it bends / cracks - really.

'May Contain Nuts'

+1 for making me look*.

*I learned something today.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: Girth

Giggity....

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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

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That would be Rule 34.

Don't have a dog in the race - just amused by the whole 'celebrity' episode. Security? What's that?

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In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE

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LG HE direct-drive front loaders have bearings in the front of the drum and after 7 years of hard use, finally gave up - over $400 in parts to repair - that's with me doing the work - ended up with a Samsung HE toploader washer just last week. I try to repair first, have a Whirlpool dryer that I've resurrected three times, this LG? Not so much.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Re: Bling

Seiko 5 Automatic, 21 jewels - bought it seven years ago for $150 online and worn on work days or going out. Stainless Steel even. Good watch.

I'm a Luddite in some ways, don't use self-serve check outs in walmart either. Don't trust 'em. Yet I set my watch with my Note 3's time lol... just upgraded to a Acer Predator w/i7 found on CL for $600 for dev work (wife reads this sometimes)...

Nothing like a good watch. Not those things though.

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Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

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Re: Interesting

heh... gotta wait for the 5 second delay as the Adobe install doesn't display the autofilled checkmark box immediately.

They're bastards,

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