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Microsoft Azure goes TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

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Re: Anybody know if the SLAs for Azure include chargebacks for loss of business?

"That is a downtime of 365.25*24*0.001 = 8 hours 46 minutes per annum."

This reminds us of two important factors:

1/ Nothing is infallible.

2/ Everything is more fallible than the marketing garb makes you might think it is.

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Ad regulator pulls down Branson-backed magic undies

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No problem, re-purpose the pants as a hat (with ventelation) and you have yourself a brand new product!

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: Hook the meters up to the mains?

"Hook the meters up to the mains? Probably cheaper in the long run."

This is something that makes perfect sense, but is actually a complex issue. And by "complex" I mean it comes down to money.

Some time back, I was dealing with someone from a government department (won't say who - you know who you are!), who was testing some equipment before perhaps rolling it out. He mentioned that the solar/diesel generators out there at the time were expensive and troublesome, as there are cost, council placement rights, noise issues etc to deal with.

I mentioned the same thing you did. Once he decides on the right (permanent) location, you can get grid power into it, and the solar/generator issue will no longer be a problem.

Here he rolls his eyes and cites even greater cost and administrative issues with dealing with the troublesome power companies. So I casually mentioned no-one seemed to be having any trouble rolling out speed cameras everywhere, and they're on the grid...

He responded with a non-descript Humm and Hawg, but I got the gist of how it works: When you have a device that is documented and guaranteed to generate MILLIONS of dollars a year FOR EACH CAMERA, as long as everyone gets their cut, all and any problems magically disappear.

Likewise, we have many parking meters here on mains, and you can be whole heartedly assured, that everyone involved has their pockets suitably lined with a part of that booty.

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Re: They may indeed have used alkalines

"My experience for toys and other high-drain devices is that you need your head examined if you don't use rechargeables."

While I agree with your comment, there are conditions where convenience overrides pure economics. For hand held equipment that is used onsite, I look for devices that use regular batteries, because I can keep a stock of a couple of loads for some dollars, rather than the alternative of purchasing a Li-Ion at $50-100.

Not only that, "regular" flavours come in not only NiMh, but they're available off the shelf as Lithium Iron Disulfides, which would be better suited to low temperatures than the other chemistries.

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Re: sell by?

"Why is it that the big name brands put a "Sell by" date of ten years into the future? I don't know the internal resistance of these batteries but that does seem a bit optimistic. Any battery boffins out there?"

The "shelf life", is part of a cells' (or battery's) specification that defines the length of time that will need to pass, at the nominated temperature, that the cell (or battery) will lose 10% of its capacity.

Typically, with good name brands, you're currently looking at 2 years for carbons, 8 years for alkalines, and about 15 years with lithiums. From memory, going back in time, Carbons were 6 months, and alkalines were about 5 years - so their battery chemistry fine tuning is certainly getting better.

Of course, for this "Shelf Life figure" to be useful, you need the date of manufacture - and this is where some FUD comes in. Sometimes I've seen cells with the month and year of manufacture stamped on the side, sometimes there is only a "Best By" date into the future. This means very little, partly because we don't know if it actually is the shelf target date, and party because if it's a fudged date, it's meaningless. Personally, in long term applications (blackout lighting, remotes etc) I use a labeler to mark the purchase date of said battery, and gamble it it wasn't very long between manufacture and sale. Usually, it's reasonably short.

The "sell by" date is a little more complex, and ironcially, much more arbitrary. This is a date set by a committee group, that juggles how long they can hold onto a product, and it still be in "salable quality", as defined by either some law or (in the case of batteries) how long you can get away with without the customer finding out. In real life, a battery sell-by date of 10 years will never *actually* be met, because it's simply not the type of product that would hang around that long.

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Re: But it said, "Heavy Duty"

"i have never seen a battery that dosent say "Heavy Duty" on it"

Here in Australia, the only batteries that are marked "Heavy Duty" are carbons. Presumably so it'll entice people who think lottery tickets are a good idea to buy them. No-one would be "Regular Duty", or "Light Duty" after all.

Then again, if you need additional proof that people will buy anything just by looking at the cover, when Energizer E2 Titanium batteries were first introduced here (some time back) we looked at the promises first, and the datasheets second. Double the price for a marginal improvent in capacity.

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Re: @ Ian Emery (was: Smoke Alarms....)

"It costs under £1 each, and you can't sensibly buy a battery that you would expect to work for any less than that."

I'm sorry, were you expecting "sensible" from the council person who ordered a truckload of carbon batteries for a low temperature, long term useage cycle?

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Re: @ Ian Emery (was: Smoke Alarms....)

"They are also quite a small load, so even the cheaper batteries last ages."

No they don't, but due to shelf life rather than purely capacity. Alkalines in smoke alarms are changed every year, even though if you do the math, they'll last two. This is normal practice for mission-critical equipment. Well, even if the "critical" bit came from some backyard factory in China.

"Cheap" batteries (carbons) are good for about six months before they start whining. But depending on your temperature environment, your milage may vary as the saying goes.

Simlar reasoning goes for remote controls, power draw is very light, so the batteries last their shelf life. Carbons might have the potential to last longer according to total energy capacity, but their self-discharge will kill them before you do.

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Re: Smoke Alarms....

"I'll change to branded batteries the day I find the temperature in my house has fallen below minus twenty Celsius. Fleece lined coat - natch."

It's not that easy. Choosing the right battery chemistry is critical depending on environment. For instance, at 0C (freezing point) Alkaline Maganese will only present 10% of their capacity verses Lithium Maganese. So even though the lithiums are three times the price of the alkalines, in that environment, they make economic sense. It's all in the datasheets.

Don't even consider Carbon, they're only good to someone who thinks lottery tickets are good value.

A fleece coat only works for humans because we make our own heat, electronics doesn't have the luxury of that unless they sacrifice part of their battery charge to self-warm (like satellites).

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Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™

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For all those people who nag at me to install auto-install updates, right now, without delay:

Now you know why I don't.

Or perhaps you don't, considering you're too busy looking at a blue screen...

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

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I sweat so much that I could power a medium sized city while reading this article. I'll be auctioning my power off through the usual means from tuesday - get in soon while the juice lasts..

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Dead Steve Jobs sued by own shareholders in no-poach pact brouhaha

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Re: How does this make sense??

"So you're a shareholder, and you want the company to pay you…"

Is that the idea? You'd be hard-pressed to find a shareholder that DIDN'T go into it hoping they'll get their money back plus interest.

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2,285,295 Aussie logins nabbed in Russian password haul

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Re: Why not name and shame?

"My concern is that it won't do anything to just silently contact the companies"

The most likely outcome is they won't even do that.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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Re: "select markets"

"Normally I'd be livid to be singled out in such a patronising way if I'd been born in one of these countries."

It's not that bad, there's likely to be ebay sellers willing to ship offshore.

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Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM

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They understand plenty enough to keep charging 25c for it.

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Dell The Man shrieks: 'We've got a Bitcoin order, we've got a Bitcoin order'

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Ahh, how I remember the good ole' days:

Today, 85 bitcoins buys you $50K worth of server kit.

I remember long, long ago when it would buy you a bag of sweets and an icecream.

You remember, way back about 5 years ago?

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eBay bans CD sales of metal band Burzum, citing offensive material

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Re: Ebay

"Its policy has always been to only give a shit when someone complains."

The complaint has to be supplied in a very specific manner, otherwise they'll ignore you...

And even then, they only loosely adhere to the giving a shit policy.

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Google's 'right to be forgotten': One rule for celebs, another for plebs

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Fine, since I don't have the Interweb telling me anymore, I'll just make the assumption that all slebs are drug and sex crazed hippies. And anyone who plays "football". And any polititian (hey, they've been known to partake in a bit of this and a bit of that...).

What the hay, I'll just assume that *everyone* is a drug and sex crazed hippie and be done with it.

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

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Why don't they start by cutting off the nads of the 419, dating site other other scammers there?

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Australia's metadata debate is an utter shambles

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"it's becoming increasingly clear that our politicians have no idea what they're proposing."

You mean there was a time when they did know what they were proposing?? News to me.

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Synology and the NAS-ty malware-flingers: What can be learned

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Re: Remember it's not just Synology

"etc..etc.. You could at least slap all of them equally for their incompetence over the years."

You forgot QNAP.

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: "a tool Microsoft uses to hide its source code from being copied"

"Registry tidying tools seem to break a lot more than they fix."

My favorite are the massive speed increases that are claimed.

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Remember Palm's WebOS? LG does – check out its smart TVs

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"Here's what you just did"

After LG's recent past actions (re channel logging), that bothers me a lot.

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Users should PAY for their piracy says Turnbull

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"They've gotta be prepared to sue people, sue mums and dads and students who steal their content."

As you can see... Our polititians haven't yet grasped the concept of political suicide.

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

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It's quite clear now.

Windows 7 rules the roost. XP still doing quite respectably considering it's 13 years old and past its use-by date. And best of all, MacOS has a better share than windows 8.x. I used to make fun of them only having 5% of the market. Microsoft has certainly shown Apply how to bollocks things up.

Now all I have to do is convince a friend that the 8.1 notebook they bought would be better off on 7. It would make my life easier, the updates would work instead of lock up, it would give me a good excuse to bypass all that bloatware, and they'd get a machine that's at least familiar with what they had (XP).

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Apple ebook price-fix row: Stiffed readers inch closer to $450m windfall

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Re: ... in contrast to Amazon's approach

"and she only sued for medical expenses.."

Originally yes, but not later on. Aside from the inflated punitive damages, all of that was tossed out on appeal, and a "non-disclosed" amount (wikipedia claims less than $600K, Snopes claims $480K) was eventually awarded.

This more than covers her damages, as she originally sued for $20K, which would have *just* covered her actual damages.

That said, she deserves the 480K anyway, Mcdonalds had been kicking her arse in every response before she kicked theirs. :-)

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Expect Apple's 30% cut to become 40% to pay for the lawers, and the fines.

No wait, that's what got them into trouble in the first place. Perhaps they'll invent a fee of some type...

Rule number 1, Apple will get paid whether you like it or not.

Rule number 2, for any other conditions, refer to Rule number 1.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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"explaining to your cat why your source code wont compile."

I tried that once. He stared at me blankly, and walked over the keyboard. For a moment there I thought the "random" keypresses would find just the right combination for me to see the problem.

It didn't work. In fact, it made things worse. So I fed him some biscuits and put him out of the house.

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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Re: responsibility

"I do so every friday to the USB3 disk drive that they did not supply using software that they did not supply."

I was tasked with recovering a very important USB drive where everything was deleted, and the off-site end user thoughtfully suggested an "unerase" utility, and how I could go about registering such software. Even though we worked for the same company, he clearly was not aware of the purchasing and capex policy of for software that did such frivolous things as data recovery.

Either way, I'm still not sure why he didn't store it on the company server, which is backed up nightly, of which he had a VPN connection into - I mean, he couldn't have been able to do too much work otherwise...

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REGULAR FISTING is GOOD for your HEALTH, says respected surveyor

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Re: "When Barack Obama and his wife fisted each other"

"Next step: politicians shafting each other."

Dunno, around this part of town, politicians don't seem to do anything other than shaft each other...

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Wireless charging stretches the friendship by 45mm

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About bloody time.

I had to re-build an eBay 'transmitter' into a custom made flat cradle with a cavity that fits my phone to make it work.

The tolerance is that tight, that even several millimetres sideways movement is the difference between charging and nothing.

I have a Seidio case on my phone, so I lose about 3mm distance tolerance, but my charging pad basically has a sliver of plastic before you get to the coil, so it's still reasonable.

35mm tolerance would be a welcome change.

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'Guess what: If you use the internet, you’re the subject of experiments'

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"Surely you’re not messing around with the awesome power of human lurvvve, are you? Hell yes he is."

Turns out, I screwed with datings sites as well (not OKCupid, it was another site) I found some interesting very tightly stereotypical preferences, and I found out more recently through a Freakonomics podcast, that what I observed was *exactly* what I should have found - everybody lies. You could have a fucking raving mad redneck Ku Klux Klan head honcho on your hands, and they would pick "any race" as a preference every time, but they'd filter the incoming messages afterwards. Interestingly enough (as far as the Freakonomics podcast goes), for those who do state "any" race, they overwhelmingly filter, prefer and choose same race as themselves anyway. Everybody lies.

"...dating sites won’t get any traffic if there are no pictures..."

There are two things that will get instant heavy traffic to your profile: A picture, or, state you make a couple of hundred grand a year. Either will do. They basically do the same thing.

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Turnbull to Big Content: Let your movies RUN FREE ... for a fair price

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“is to make your content available globally, universally and affordably.”

Yeah, good luck with getting that to work. Part of that is available now, except the affordable bit, and he forgot to mention the absolutely crippling DRM bit which prevents any mere mortal human from watching it practially.

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Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage

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"Their findings show that 45 per cent of 18- to 35-year-olds rank mobile as the most important consideration when buying a new property,"

So the fact the new place is an absolute shithole, run by a slumlord who's also the district drug dealer, in the middle of the city's drug district, falls a distant second place to cell coverage?

At least if there's the slim chance the phone coverage doesn't work, their dealer is just upstairs.

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iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple

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Re: Really?

"How many commentards have even *seen* a cheque in, say, the last 10-15 years?"

Not exactly lots, but every so often. Heck, even now, they're only a little less common than they were 10-15 years ago. I'm guessing your mileage (kilometreage?) may vary, because *you* see them less often, and my brother-in-law deals with cheques as a regular part of his job (he's in refrigeration).

Cheques do have some advantage, I had to transfer about $30K to my brother in law some years back, couldn't do it online because of their "safety" systems, and oddly enough there was a $35.00 fee for doing electronically at the bloody bank. For pressing a few fucking buttons. So I made out a bank cheque to him that cost me 5 bucks.

It's the principal of the thing - I flatly refuse to humour an electronic transfer system that costs almost no man hours in the transfer, to cost me more than a five fucking dollar cheque that involes a significant amount of human handling.

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Yes, Australia's government SHOULD store comms metadata

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By the same reasoning, the Government SHOULD handle the NBN also.

No wait, didn't they nearly balls that one up?

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

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Re: ...

"The "solution" to this problem, unfortunately, may turn out to be metered pricing (and no, I'm not looking forward to it either.)"

Not sure why you were downvoted so much, and although I don't agree with what you're saying, I come from the "pay per bit" side and it is a big mess.

Our "all you can eat" buffet meals are never that, the fine print has some moving goal post the inflicts limits. There's nothing inherently wrong with that except: the bulk of our software comes from the US were buffet is order of the day. We're stuck with apps that eat data like there's no tomorrow. But there IS a tomorrow, when the bill arrives and we're fucked.

Especially when it comes to media, even here, there is a definite push to internet radio, internet TV, internet everything - all coming from a place where data is free for all. Even if we're willing to pay for this monstrosity, it STILL doesn't fix the pipes. Our beloved NBN is nearly a stillbirth unless you're lucky to be living in the middle of nowhere (great for testing - no-one pays attention to small townfolk when things go wrong), and the pipes in the city areas where they're really needed are in limbo - GovCo has given up and is trying to sell it off.

Bottom line is, we're still fucked, because on one side you're getting one group who's telling us "this" is the way it's supposed to be, on the other side, no bastard wants to pay for it.

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Need a US visa, passport? Prepare for misery: Database crash strands thousands

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Re: How About Rendition

"No, the "renditions" aka kidnappings are illegal anyway, illegal * illegal = legal."

Is this something like "Wrong*2 != Right" but "pow(Wrong,2) = Right" ?

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Google's Canadian 'memory hole' to continue

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"In response to a legal request submitted to Google, we have removed 3 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read more about the request at ChillingEffects.org."

Yeah, like that's going to stop anyone. With some expert handling of the google search parameters (I added "Datalink Technologies", shock, horror, who would have thought of that?!) I found their site, along with an interesting message that they no longer handle some Equustek gear. Clearly both sides are pretty pissed with each other. :-)

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In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone

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Good news.

Let's just hope it doesn't turn into the farce it's become here in Australia.

It's been legal to shoehorn your phone from your old locked provider, but it either costs many times the price of the phone, or, it's "free", but they make you run through so many hoops you give up and buy another anyway.

Yes, yes, I know there are going to be a few "it just took a phone call" responses, but face it, you're one of the lucky ones.

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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

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Re: A Mockery of Justice outs the Law in a Banana Republic as a Fat Assed Fool and Idiots' Tool

"@amanfromMars 1"

Are you a polititian? You have a remarkable gift of stringing lots of words together that have nothing to do with the comment at hand, not answering the question, not making any statement whatsoever, and at the same time, making yourself look like a prime douchbag.

Congratulations.

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Re: This isn't what you think it is.

"I've got to disagree with you John. The point of this exercise isn't to do what we know can be done, as you correctly pointed out, it's to find a different way to do what can already be done."

I respectfully disagree with your disagreement. :-)

In regard to your "different way to do it", the quality of design usually only comes up to the curious few who take the apart the "black box" so see what's inside. So bascially, few people care about that - even though it may have consequenses on performance or service life, or safety...

It is said: "an engineer can do with 50cents, what a backyard hack can do with a dollar". I'm paraphrasing so it may have lost a bit of meaning, but it means that an engineer may cost more as a one-off, up-front development cost, but the per-unit cost will come down. A backyard hack will cost less initially, but their unit cost will be higher.

There's nothing specifically wrong with this philosophy, it's just a question of economics and quality of product (if you care about that).

And in regard to the economics, what I said from the start: Google is taking the cheap way out.

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Australia floats website blocks and ISP liability to stop copyright thieves

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Anyone keeping an eye on overseas VPN subscription statistics? I expect them to go up just a little bit...

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eBay impulse buyers STAY AWAY: Holy Grail Superman comic book to fetch $2m+

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For this item, given the grade, can't the seller find an auction house that is, well, how can I put this, a little more reputable?

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Watching smut at work is bad but emailing it is just fine, says Oz court

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It gets worse elsewhere.

My brother in law worked at a company where even *receiving* smut could contribute action to eject you. We both agreed that since it's outside of your control, one would think you'd be in the clear.

Then having noted that any talk of action was very specifically applied to certain persons, even though the smut spread via email was almost a wide-spread practice there, we guessed the smut was used as a means to an end, rather than a general policy. More so when the sole IT guy happened to mention some content of an email of one the persons on the "list". Even worse he made comments to one of the (female) empolyees in regards to the content of one of her personal emails. Like that "other" list, once you're on, you're fucked and there's no way out. Not worth fighting it, as I know two of the people who chose to jump instead of get pushed have done well for themselves since leaving. This is way beyond BOFH gone crazy, it's just creepy.

Australia Post has it (relatively) easy.

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BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

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Huh.

Just yesterday <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/23/telstra_to_kill_2g_network_by_end_of_2016/> Telstra wanted to turn off 2G in a couple of years because of disuse.

I'm thinking with OnePhone, they're trying to repurpose the network to justify the bandwidth use fees.

Much like the carriers in Australia converted to CDMA the moment the old analogue phone system was dismantled. They had already paid for the bandwidth, and CDMA "coincedently" used exactly the same channel slots. Later on, once it was clear GSM use had spread and was going to win over, CDMA became the unwanted bastard child of mobile phones. They never got any special deals, and CDMA<>GSM call deals were notibly absent even though there were carrier to carrier call deals present all over the place. Lots of the advertised deals had a notable asterisk that said "CDMA phones excepted".

Of course, I'm making the assumption 2G and 3G live on separate bands.

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PayPal post-checkout cash slurp a FEATURE not a BUG

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Re: Nigerian Customers

"Only if the are Princes, or former Prime Ministers."

Or dead rich uncles.

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Re: So buried in an email you ignore...

"you don't check the POS display when paying and your card gets billed £30 you let it slide? Right. 'course you would."

You would let it slide if it were a Justin Beiber CD. The shame would probably cost more than the few quid.

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: Isn't Jasper about due for an update?

"'bricked' means that a piece of electronic hardware is 'fucked' (a technical term)"

Around my circles, it was "U/S". Managment claimed it meant "unserviceable", the people in the know said it was "up to shit".

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iOS slurpware brouhaha: It's for diagnostics, honest, says Apple

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Re: "Dead people are rising but Authorities say there is no cause for alarm."

"I find this hard to swallow. Especially as it is Apple."

Dunno about that. If it were a Lemon, I would totally agree.

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