* Posts by John Tserkezis

2063 posts • joined 16 Jun 2007

Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Re: Windoze XP

"Later netbooks came with 7"

I upgraded mine from XP to 7 straight out of the box, and while 7 natively supported the 1024x600 display, some programs spawned taller dialogue boxes, so you lose the buttons at the bottom.

One minor registry change, and you can easly choose 1024x768, or, 1152x864. It won't look pretty, but it'll work.

So, since it's working just bloody fine right now thank you very much, why the pain of upgrading?

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Cisco recalls switches that could short power to the case. And hurt you

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Re: Bah!

"Why yes I do. I wonder why no-one ever earthed the frames?"

Because it would have cost 10 cents to do it.

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Drone-busting eagles to darken Blighty's skies?

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It's like the cops are so insanely bored, they couldn't think of a single thing to keep themselves occupied.

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AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade

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Re: Is someone under the impression...

"I use AdBlock Plus because of Element Helper"

Another thumbs up for EL, it gets used quite heavily here.

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Trane thermostat is a hot spot for viruses on home networks

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"almost no one is updating their operating systems"

Are you kidding? Have you not kept up with what Microsoft is doing? Trying to navigate the labarynth of upgrades WITHOUT going to 10 is a complete reason NOT to upgrade...

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Three: We won't hike prices if you say yes to £10.5bn O2 merger

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Re: What about dropping prices?

"So if they freeze the price then no dropping prices?"

Seriously, what are the odds that carriers are going to drop their prices out of the goodness of their own hearts?

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When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

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A thousand years ago, we were approached by a client who insisted on writing some software in MS BASIC (yep, I did say a thousand years ago), but wanted us only to debug it.

Since I was the only one writing software at the time, I said either WE'LL write it, or nothing. I made it quite clear I wasn't going to do anyone else's debugging.

Sure you lose a job, but that one? I think we did well in dodging that bullet.

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

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Re: Time to Move?

"Perhaps I should move into public housing?"

Product reviews, even when they're crap, ALWAYS fair better when they're free. It's a great way to bolster results "legally".

Betcha that's part of what they're doing.

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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Re: Printers are evil.

I would say the printers themselves are not-so-evil, rather, the bastards who designed them, and dare I say it, even more so, the bastards who use them.

In a past-past-past life, I used to work on printers, and found they were entirely designed around being machine assembled, and screw the service guy if you wanted to fix anything.

As it turns out, we COULD fix them, but the downside was a clear hour to dismantle, more for repair, then another clear hour to re-assemle.

That WOULD be fine, but at just right in the middle, a fucking user demands we re-asemble it so they can print one page, entirely missing the thousand individual parts sitting on the adjacent desk which would have been a bloody clue as to why their demand wasn't an option.

Now THAT pisses me off.

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

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Re: HA!!

"I received a call from a shouty man"

Sometimes the shouty ones, are not.

Had a guy turn up at the office where our receptionist and job assigner guy both said he was quite cross and shouty. I was assigned the job. Of course. As I usually am.

I was out the front in the foyer and spent 20 minutes discussing his questions/needs/wants etc. Once I was done, he left, and I returned to the tech room.

Most of the techs that were still there, were eager to ask why the guy was so shouty and cross. Bewildered, I asked "What are you talking about?".

After reminding me, it dawned on me. "Ah, no, he wasn't shouting, that's just the way he talks."

"I'm greek remember, if it sounds like we're shouting, it just means were talking loudly over the other guy that's talking.

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Re: Old IT joke

"I find it isn't generally the bog-standard desk pilots who forget to turn the sockets on. It's us lot, the techies that really do think we know better, and have sat there for 30 minutes convincing ourselves there is something seriously messed up deep within the innards, before making the decision to expose some live terminals and taking the next step of unplugging the.... oh... *headdesk*"

I have an interesting one from years back. A client who has their heads on reasonably straight reports a PC is dead. I turn up and go straight for the power supply and verify it's dead. I order one, it comes, I fit it, and just at turn-on, there is faint "pfft" and then continued deadness.

At this stage, I'm thinking the motherboard is killing the supply, but swapping with an adjacent box proves this wrong - it was indeed the PSU.

So, I order another one, where another one of the guys gets the job to fit it. He does, he gets another faint "pfft" and again, more deadness. So yes, he orders yet another PSU, it come in, he fits it, and this time properly scratching his head, now notices the 110/240 switch in the "wrong" position.

Turns out, this vendor (not mentioning any names: Compaq) distributes ALL their power supplies the same way, with the voltage switch set to 110v regardless of destination country. They forgot to tell us about it, didn't have any warning labels on it, so it took two techs to kill two supplies.

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Research: By 2017, a third of home Wi-Fi routers will power passers-by

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Re: Non-starter, at least here in the US

No, that's not how it works. Your ISP-supplied WiFi router has a factory-baked option, where it opens a secondary WiFi channel for Customers of said ISP, or any third party companies who paid for that.

These customers pay for this "go-anywhere WiFi option", and they have some kind of authentication that handled by the cloud through this secondary channel.

Supposedly, the owner (you) would not be paying for this additional data. However, your bandwidth that's hogged is another story. I'm sure there are some controls on that, but, be that as it may, there's going to be some trouble there one way or another.

Some are claiming an opt-in or opt-out, but I'm also quite sure someone is going to get screwed too.

Since this firmware is baked in and you have no choice on how they control it, your only option is to short out the WiFi antennas, and use the ethernet cables to hook up to your own network, and use your own regular WiFi router, this one being entirely within your control.

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Stop the music! Booby-trapped song carjacked vehicles – security prof

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Re: WMA

"Wow, Microsoft somehow managed to create an audio format that allows embedding executable code? Only they could be that stupid!"

That's only the begining. Within a Windows system, if you create a bullshit codec that doesn't exit, and conveniently add where this mythical codec can be found, Windows will look it up for you, install the codec and carry on.

That leaves malware crafted files to automagically load malware without bothering to ask you first.

Microsoft will never, ever, fucking ever, fix this fault, you'll only see this malware on pirate sites, and MS can't be ever seen as protecting pirates from themselves.

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"I don't want the thing that's managing my engine and brakes to be talking to anything but the hardware it's controlling."

You forget the "modern" vehicles with brakes, accelleration, direction which all need to to talk to their host satnav and cruise control systems, at the very least, for configuration purposes.

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Re: 'Here in my car, it's a safe place to be, i can lock all my doors.....

"he used a Mellatron keyboard"

Some time back, I had the pleasure of seeing one of those things running full steam with the cover off.

It really was a mighty sight to see the engineering of the day doing what would have been otherwise impossble in the day.

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

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This David Boggs character has something really wrong with him.

See, he's suing a guy who, we have proved through a variety of docuements, has a shotgun, isn't afraid to use it, and isn't taking crap from anyone.

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Happy new year, VW: Uncle Sam sues over engine cheatware

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Ah, let me tell you about the EPA.

"The lawsuit covers four complaints made on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)"

The EPA (pick your favorite version) can be just as corrupt as any other agency.

The EPA in Australia was stopping all motorcycles on a popular weekend route to check to see if their tanks had an "Unleaded fuel only" sticker on it. (back when leaded fuel was still sort-of available). Apparently, many took the sticker off for cosmetic reasons.

Great you say, except someone at the EPA forgot to check that the sticker requirement had been repealed TWO YEARS EARLIER.

By far most had paid up and didn't know you could get your money back. The EPA made a killing on that. The crooks.

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Happy 2016, and here's the year's first ransomware story

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ALL YOUR PERSONAL FILES HAS BEEN ENCRYPTED.

Yep, that's just the thing that would make me shudder in my shoes - the sterling use and command of the english language. The least the turds could do is run it though a spell/thesaurs checker. Or are they so poor they need to charge $35 a pop to buy one. They're free you know.

Sad, I used to be impressed by these losers' ability, but today, they're still just losers with an L shape on their foreheads. Sigh.

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Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016

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Re: the TPS is not worth the paper it is written on

"My first words to these calls is 'What do you want to sell me?'"

Doesn't work here in Australia. Their response is "we're not selling anything, we're just telling telling you about this great new opportunity/product blaa/fucking/blaa.

So I default to abusing them, their family, and I spread out from there.

I've had one call me back after I hung up, three times telling me I can't talk to her like that, and EACH TIME SHE CALLED, I gave her some more.

It's not telephone abuse till you can't prevent it. And it's entirely within their ability to prevent this by NOT FUCKING CALLING ME.

We do have a what appears to be equivalent "Do Not Call Register" here, but it appears to operate much like the english TPS, not worth a damned thing. There are exemptions such as government bodies, registered political parties, MPs, political candidates, religious organisations, charities and educational organisations. Notice they've covered their bases with the Political bits? They also forget to mention they don't cover spammers from outside their jurisdiction, that is, everyone outside Australia (the bulk of our spam calls). More so, you have to call and re-register every few years (though, this has been extended to eight years, or forever, depending on who you ask...). If you do wish to register online, you have to supply an email address. They just don't seem to get how this works, do they?

Does it seem like this struck a nerve?

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Patch now! Flash-exploitin' PC-hijackin' attack spotted in the wild by Huawei bods

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Re: Firefox is just as bad

"If a piece of software has had 5+ critical vulnerabilities in a calendar year, then it's time to halt development for a security architecture review."

Perhaps I should direct your attention to some goverment departments? You know, get the important ones taken care of first, then worry about the rest...

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Software bug sets free thousands of US prisoners too early

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Idiocracy pretty much nailed it.

Joe Bauers: Hi, excuse me, um, I'm actually supposed to be getting out of prison, today, sir.

Prison Guard: You're in the wrong line dumbass. Over there.

Joe Bauers: I'm sorry, I ain't mean to be a big dumbass, sorry.

Prison Guard: Ay, aw, let this dumbass through.

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You’re clever? But are you clever enough to give a Reg lecture?

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Re: Not a question of clever...

"Just imagine the audience is naked"

Knowing my luck, it'll be me standing on stage naked myself.

But that's OK, my chat would be short.

I'm sure the audience would appreciate that it's short.

The chat I mean, not, oh never mind.

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

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Re: over sharing

"Get a couple of layers of security, spend some money on Sold Secure Gold rated kit"

No, you would be better off growing a brain and NOT publically sharing your name, address, portable goods, and the fucking convenience of a GPS track leading to your front door.

CCTV was never designed to cover morons.

Back when I used to ride, I was the tight-arse of the group, my bike barely made the AU$4K mark. There were others in the group who topped AU$12K. And we had multiple bikes to boot, and we would never share last names with unknowns, and certainly never addresses.

Obvously $1500 shows a different class of customer. Share everything, complain later. He isn't going to get any sympathy from me.

And no, if you're thinking of going shopping, I sold the bikes years ago since my hips completely wore out. The best I can offer now is a limp.

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Who would win a fight between Cortana and Android?

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I want to see Cortana vs Siri.

Nothing like a good girl fight.

Not that I condone violence, but since they're not real - Bring it on!

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Oracle ordered to admit on its website that it lost the plot on Java security

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What I want to know, is when Adobe is going to be ordered to admit they've lost the plot with Flash.

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Skilled workers, not cost, lured Apple to China says Tim Cook

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Re: Socialism good, Capitalism bad

"If you could educate these engineers," he said at the dinner, "we could move more manufacturing jobs here."'

Allow me to translate that into English:

"If" is a big word, it's not only not our job to educate these engineers, it's not our business to do it either.

We have to wait for school leavers to take it upon themselves to choose that particular field. This way, we don't have to worry about if or when any local engineers will magically appear locally. But that will never happen anyway, because school leavers are smart enough to know, by the time they choose their new vocation, it will be too late, because the lack of 30,000 engineers would have been filled with chinese.

So, Apple gets to go to china - exactly liked they planned in the first place - and everyone else gets to go to hell. So there.

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Pandora pleased with 15% rate hike for streaming music

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"By the way, years of my work was stolen and presented here: http://www.solarapparel.com/ I'm not going to whine about it."

I think you just did, because knowing where they live won't "fix" anything. Not legally, anyway.

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Hollywood given two months to get real about the price of piracy

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"It's generally not illegal to download (or stream) it."

No, it's illegal to do both. Though, if you're putting a case together, it weighs more for the movie mongouls if you're distributing as well.

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Something smells funny. And by funny, I mean bad.

Have we all forgotten that a couple of years ago, GovCo changed copyright violations from civil issues, to criminal? Yeah, remember that?

And now they're "sticking up for us"? Like I said, something smells funny.

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Drunk? Need a slash? Avoid walls in Hackney

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Re: Sod walls

"Works better than wipers..."

Only if you're moving at a reasonable rate for the wind to blow off the beads. I've done it as an interim for a busted wiper motor. But you need to be brave to go fast enough before it starts working well.

A case of how long you can keep your balls in your throat.

It's better than virgin windshield, but not better than wipers.

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"Wonder how hardwearing it is."

We had seen this at an electronics trade show about last year. One of the vendors was flogging it off for protecting electronics.

They were quite clear to say there was no "home application kit", though it appears they were holding it for themselves.

They did say the the resulting coating was quite thin and would rub off with time. I know the FAQ claims a year, but like any claim, they only apply to best case conditions. If you were to apply this to a phone, it wouldn't last very long, though the innards would (because you're not touching them. Taking the phones apart and insulating the connectors is another matter however.

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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"respectable firm like Microsoft"

Thanks elReg. I need yet another new keyboard.

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Ashley Madison blackmailers try again with snail mail

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"Should it be that one of my email addresses somehow was entered into the database, my answer would still be the same."

I was thinking the same thing. For blackmail to work, they need information on you that's going to cause some embarrasment or harm.

All I can say, is if you think you can do better than I've already done to myself in the past, bring it on.

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Assange inquisition closer after Sweden, Ecuador sign pact

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Oh come on, this is no longer about criminal goings on.

The criminal charges are merely a means to an end.

What they're really worried about is that he made the US look like dicks.

Without realising they were fully capable of doing that themselves...

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

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Re: opps

"BTW: Unless JF had valid statistics on the electrical company doing this exact same job, his 1% odds estimate is bogus"

True, but it raises an interesting question.

How exactly DO you answer a risk-odds question? (Without being able to pass the buck to someone else so the odds become their problem?)

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Google cloaks Android in Red Screen of malware Dearth

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"Network bandwidth and battery are the scarcest resources on a mobile device, so we had to carefully rethink how to best protect mobile users."

Really? Because that's the entire opposite that everyone else is doing. Including Google.

No, wait, sorry, they don't count their ad business. Sorry, as you were.

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Is ATM security threatened by Windows XP support cutoff? Well, yes, but …

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Re: Who the hell...

"Windows should never be used on any corporations machines for THIS reason alone"

Nice, but unfortnately, I'll never happen - Windows programmers are cheaper than any of the alternatives.

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Re: @Ken Hagan

"Yup! Many car manufacturers have got together and created the GENIVI alliance to run a Linux core on CANBUS systems with just the display layer being tweaked by individual manufacturers to give branding."

Yep. That's why you can hack those car with just their IP address.

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Kill Flash Now: 78 bugs patched in latest update

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Re: Really?

"Why does it seem like there have been more holes patched in Flash than in Windows? Was it written by monkeys?"

No. Monkeys would do a far better job.

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Facebook kills Creative Labs, cuts support for mobile apps

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I read "Creative Labs" being owned by CrackBook, and paniced, thinking of the Creative Technologies of the soundblaster fame.

The first thing that came to mind was "oh the humanity".

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Mozilla bins 'Tiles' ads plan in Firefox

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"Mozilla will continue to explore ways to bring a better balance to the advertising ecosystem for everyone’s benefit, and to build successful products that respect user privacy and deliver experiences based upon transparency, choice and control."

And not pissing people off would be pretty much near the top of the list too.

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Microsoft encrypts explanation of borked Windows 10 encryption

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"but later reinstating the files after fixing a privacy bug."

Yes, the privacy bug offered too much privacy for the user. So they fixed it.

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

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Re: James is a dick...

"Deliberately not telling them when you're AWARE it's going to go unnoticed until it hits the hundreds of thousands is being just as dick-ish as DELIBERATELY making that happen."

Just to quote an important bit of the article you missed:

"James was escorted from the premises by security and prevented from speaking to his colleagues."

So now you're complaining that he *complied* with his former employer's demands?

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If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

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"What trash are people buying. Computer components don't fail. Every machine I've built over the decades has become obsolete, then the replacement parts have had long enough to become cheap themselves."

You've never owned a teenager have you? Everything they touch eventually turns to crap.

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Rounded corners on Android phones cost Samsung $548m: It will pay up to Apple after all

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My arse has rounded corners. If Apple wants payment on that, they're welcome to it any time - just pull my finger when you're ready.

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And the reasons for buying new IT gear are as follows ...

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Two issues here, and it doesn't have anything to do with "convincing" customers - because you can't.

1. Cost, and, 2. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Between those two, as long as it's still working, it won't get replaced. I've seen 10+ year old Pre-XT machines still being used, along with a decade worth of legal documents tied to virtually-proprietary format floppy disks storing their data. You guess which disks are still good - not even the customer knows, but you can be sure they'll be screaming blue bloody murder when you can't get the data off when the machine finally breaks.

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'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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Re: How about we get them modern electricity grids and cheap reliable energy first?

"That'd be those 2600+ Coal Fired power stations that are planned to be built over the next decade or so, thus ensuring a nightmare 4°C global average temperature rise (if we believe the predictions)."

But you have to recharge those super-efficient and clean electric cars somehow.. They're going to save the earth you know...

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Music publisher BMG vs US cable giant Cox: Here's why it matters

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Re: In the U.S. paid...

"3) She claims that she didn't spill the coffee, but rather the cup fell apart"

It didn't fall apart. She grasped the sides with her inner thighs in an effort to remove the lid with her hand. The lid popped off, squeezing and ejecting coffee all over her crotch. Yes, there was some court discussion on if the lid was designed for that cup or not.

"5) The coffee was, by McDonald's own admission, too hot to be considered fit for consumption"

Yes, but it's industry standard. EVERYBODY COMPLIES WITH THIS. It is standard practice to make the coffee hotter than normal consumption temperature, so by the time you take it away and actually drink it, it has come down to normal consumption temp, not just plain cold. The only coffee that's served DRINKING temperature is stuff that's served to you right there in the shop. In fact, the McDonalds served at the take away counter temperature was slightly LOWER than industry norm for their business model.

The only fair part of this is she initially requested $18,000 (wikipedia) from McDonalds for the injury and following treatments. They offered her $800, and then ignored her. Repeatedly. She took them to court, a jury awarded $2.86 million, but the trial judge brought that down to 640K. They finally settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

There is much in the way of resourses on this on the 'net, but like many other subjects, you have to dig around to get all the details.

McDonalds did wrong here, but it had nothing to do with coffee - only how they handled the payout. Not only that, this case sparked a huge debate, discussion and arguments over tort reforms in the US.

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Apple pays two seconds of quarterly profit for wiping pensioner's pics

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Re: Backup? What's that?

"At some point it is the end users' responsibility to back their data up."

It's the end users' responsibility to back up their data at the FIRST point.

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It's official now.

Courts have made it so that you don't need to backup anymore.

Just sue whoever takes your data away. Simples.

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