* Posts by fishman

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Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde: Less fun than it should be

fishman

Re: US Alfa?

If that's true, the Alfa Giulietta sedan must be a POS.

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Yelp can protect critics in rough reviews row: Virginia yanks rug from under furious carpet biz

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Re: Just a Stupid Idea

"Professional reviewers, whether SW or Movies or Restaurants or Carpet Cleaners, are the only ones I ever pay any attention to."

Professional reviewers have been known for getting under table deals, or are afraid of offending companies that advertise on their newspaper/magazine/website.

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EU says dominant Google ILLEGALLY FIDDLES search results

fishman

Re: "Convince us you ain't"

"What was said was: We believe this is the way things are. We will investigate, and should it turn out, that we are right - we will take action."

Sounds like George Bush and the weapons of mass destruction. And we all know how that turned out.

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Comcast: Google, we'll see your 1Gbps fiber and DOUBLE IT

fishman

Half truths, etc

1) You will have to deal with Comcast customer support

2) Netflix will still only be a 2 to 2.5 Mbs feed, and will still stall

3) You will get the rated speed only at 3am.

4) Caps.

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Prez Obama cares about STEM so much he just threw $240m of other people's money at it

fishman

It's all BS

All this talk about STEM, the STEM shortage, etc. is a bunch of BS used to justify increases in the H1B program so companies can hire cheaper foreign labor and treat them like near slaves.

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

fishman

Re: Not a problem solved

@Nigel Brown:

"Self drive is a solution looking for a problem."

So you don't consider the number of people killed in car accidents a problem?

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Google's chief finance officer quits to go backpacking

fishman

Re: Glum

"Retiring while I can still carry a backpack for long distances would be sweet. So many mountains, and so little time."

I saw too many people who retired due to health reasons, and then died shortly after. Or died while still working. So I retired at 58.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

fishman

Re: Just like the MacBook Air

The first version of the MacBook Air had one USB port and a separate power adapter.

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

fishman

Just another point of failure

IoT means that there is yet another part of the appliance to break.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

fishman

Re: He's right.

"Who the fuck drinks only ONE cup of coffee anyway?"

I'll brew multiple cups if I know that I'm going to drink one cup after another (I'm the only coffee drinker). I make as much coffee as I will be drinking over the next hour or so.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

fishman

Re: are you sure ?

"I must admit to being very happy with a 42 inch plasma. LCD is 'OK' but all the LCD sets have artefacts or other limits that the plasma does not appear to have."

It's the dark blacks that the plasmas do so well. And that's why shows like Game of Thrones on BD look so amazing on plasma tvs.

Hopefully, when my Panasonic plasma tv dies there will be something out there that will be as good.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

fishman

Re: Maybe visit Vulcan?

I went to the town of Vulcan homepage - it has a Starfleet insignia at the bottom of the page.

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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Re: Opelika spent $7 million over 5 years for 30,000

@Craigness:

"And it will be run by an elected official for political purposes rather then someone who knows what they're doing."

As opposed to being run by executives who only care about maximizing their salaries and "shareholder value".

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Elementary, my dear penguin: It's the second beta of Freya

fishman

Don't forget SUSE.

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

fishman

Re: I've often wondered

Just remember - GWB's grades at Yale were about the same as Gore & Kerry - his opponents in 2000 and 2004.

Scary, isn't it?

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Death knell for Windows with Bing, licences carved up

fishman

I try Bing every one in a while, and I find that for what I search for it still isn't as good as Google.

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Kanye West: Yo, DNS... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time

fishman

Troll

It's pretty obvious that with a name like "Donkey Molestor X" it's just a troll.

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Never mind, Samsung, GOOGLE will EAVESDROP as you browse on Chrome

fishman

Windows 10

With Cortana.

Heck, any laptop with a camera and mike is a security threat.

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Linux 3.19 released for your computing pleasure

fishman

Re: Good enough - ship it

If you waited to get all the obscure bugs out, it would never get released.

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Samsung snub sends Qualcomm into a spin over Snapdragon 810

fishman

Re: Think of it another way...

Small Volvo marine diesels are made by Perkins, using a Kubota engine block.

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PEAK WINDOWS 7 may well be behind us

fishman

Re: Or perhaps

I bought a refurbished HP business laptop a few months ago in part due to its running Windows 7 instead of Windows 8.

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

fishman

Re: Cringely has what now??? "that Forbes made up?"

Someone posting as an AC running damage control. Not surprised.

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Spartan on Windows 7? Microsoft is 'watching demand'

fishman

To kill ActiveX

If Microsoft wants to eventually kill ActiveX they need to bring Spartan to Windows 7. I would not be surprised if Microsoft keeps doing updates for Win7 after 2020, and Win7 will still have a good chunk of the market then (just like XP now).

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

fishman

Re: no surprise there

<<<given the amount that MS spent on advertising the Surface over Christmas.>>>

In the US, Microsoft paid the NFL $400M to be their official tablet, and there are "Microsoft Surface" logos throughout the stadiums.

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Microsoft brings SUNSHINE – but it's a CLOUDY DAY

fishman

Re: Isn't it a good thing...

<<<They could then squeeze their corporate customers until their pips squeak, and really rake in the cash>>>

Isn't that what Microsoft is already doing? It seems that every year there is a big price hike.

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

fishman

Re: Microsoft's handling of Windows Phone has been inept

<<<My 1020 is great, but I won't be getting a Win Phone next year if these is no clear replacement.>>>

The 1020 has a feature that no android or iphone had - a great camera. But since they haven't come out with an update after all this time, it would indicate that the sales haven't been very good.

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Will fondleslab's fickle finger of fate help Windows 10?

fishman

Re: The only reason...

<<<For all Balmer's faults Win8 was not one of them. Win8 and the refusal to listen to criticism of the one true way was entirely down to Sinofsky.>>>

And who was Sinofsky's boss?

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Microsoft turns the power of FINE PRINT onto enterprise licensing

fishman

Classic Microsoft

I keep on reading how Microsoft is changing, becoming more open, more competitive. But that is only true in markets that it is not a monopoly. If somehow Microsoft became the monopolist in phones, tablets, game consoles, etc, they would act just as they have in the past.

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Comcast sued for – you guessed it – allegedly SCREWING OVER CUSTOMERS

fishman

Re: cable companies

<<<What goes wrong is that then the smaller communities can't get wired up since this is usually the only way they CAN get wired up, due to the poor return on investment.>>>

Or the big ISPs have lobbied (and bought) the politicians so there is a ban on building a public ISP.

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Microsoft rolls out even cheaper 'Notkia' Lumias

fishman

One of the reasons Microsoft gave for buying Nokia's phone division was that they were only making a gross profit $10 per phone, and by buying Nokia they could up that to $40 per phone. Yet Microsoft probably isn't making even $10 per phone on these models, and could be taking a loss.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

fishman

Re: Terrorist are naughty

<<<<Has it crossed the mind of gov that new laws of restriction and banning are NOT going to be abided by law breakers. Only the law abiding follow laws, only the innocent will suffer.>>>>

Of course, in their minds anyone who uses crypto will then be a terrorist.

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Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid

fishman

Re: Ah, America. Land of the free

<<Ah, America. Land of the free>>

It's the land of the fee.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

fishman

Re: Graham 24 Built to appeal to its market, which is not you

When our kids were little, sometimes I would sit in the back with them (I'm 6' tall) when it was my wife's turn to drive on trips.

Also, we hold onto our cars for a long time - one car is 17 years old, another is 11 years old. We bought cars with enough rear legroom that we didn't have to replace them as our kids grew up.

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El Reg's Giant Mobile Industry Roundup of 2014

fishman

Re: Don't agree on Android 5 problems or AndroidWear battery life.

I've got Lollipop on my Nexus 4 and also have had no problems. And battery life does seem to be better than before.

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

fishman

Long time off

I worked for the US government. If you were off for more than 3 days you were supposed to get a note from a doctor. But sometimes I would be off for a whole week if I was horribly sick and never had a note.

You could accumulate sick leave. I was under the old retirement system, where saved up sick leave could count for your length of service. So I tried to use sick leave as sparingly as possible. When I retired, I had almost 1 1/2 years of sick leave saved up.

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Amazon workers in Germany stage CHRISTMAS STRIKE

fishman

Amazon workers will be replaced

Amazon is starting to replace warehouse workers with drones and robots. At some point in the near future most of the low level workers will be replaced - striking will just speed up the tipping point.

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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

fishman

Re: The US reasonably has two players

It's worse that that. While T Mobile may use weird bands, at least T Mobile and AT&T are GSM. And many phones cover all of their GSM bands. But Verizon and Sprint aren't GSM, so switching carriers can mean buying new phones.

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EU Google-bashing is making us look really bad, say Google bashers

fishman

Be careful what you wish for

If Google is going to be forced to separate, who is next? Microsoft? One can argue that even though the desktop isn't as important as it once was, Microsoft has a far, far stronger grip on it than Google has on search.

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Dutch lawyers seek to overturn data retention

fishman

Odds of dying

The chance that I will die in an auto accident is probably 2 to 3 orders of magnitudes greater than from dying in a terrorist attack that might not be stopped due to restrictions that should be placed on the various government agencies.

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

fishman

Re: Updated my Nexus 4

5.0 works fine on my Nexus 4, too. I had no problems with wifi or mobile, and I didn't wipe anything, reset anything, or rebooted. Battery life is up - before I'd have 50-60% left at the end of the day, and now I have 70-75%.

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AT&T to FTC: I'd like to see YOU install 1Gbps fiber across the US. Which we're still doing

fishman

Re: Brilliant plan: Piss off the Government.

You forgot about the part where AT&T dumps boatloads of cash on the politicians to get the FCC off their back.

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Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK

fishman

Re: Technology site, not motor site

They don't post many car reviews - usually one every few weeks. And you don't have to read articles that you don't care for.

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fishman

Eddy Ito:

"Part of the reason the barges have passed on is for the same reason the long station wagons of yesteryear went away, CAFE standards. "

It's the minivans that killed off the big station wagons. The sedan versions of the big station wagons lived on for another 10 years or so, and the sedans got only slightly better gas mileage than the wagon versions. And the smaller wagons were decimated first by the minivans, and now by the SUV/CUVs.

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fishman

Re: ATS + handling as good in the same sentence? Oh please

Kev99:

The ATS is about the same interior size as the previous generation BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C Class. And for what they charge, you should price a 3 Series or C Class.

BTW, I'm 6' tall, and I can set the ATS drivers seat the way I like it and still fit in the back seat behind the driver. It was tighter for me in the 2014 C class.

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fishman

"In the states barges on wheels seem to be the order of the day".

Much of the barges have passed away in the US. Ford sells the Fiesta, Focus,

Mondeo (Called the Fusion in the US), and is replacing the current Taurus with a stretched version of the Fusion. Cadillac has the ATS and CTS, with handling as good as, if not better than BMWs. Buick sells slightly modified Opels. Chevrolet is starting to get their act together with the redesigned Impala and Corvette, and the next generation Camaro coming out in a year is using the ATS as its underpinnings.

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Yet more NSA officials whisper of an internal revolt over US spying. And yet it still goes on

fishman

Re: "Agency spokespeople said Snowden filed no such objections"

Tom 13:

Snowden a weasel? I've worked for the US government and I know of people who complained in writing through the proper channels, and their careers were essentially over. And Snowden wasn't just going up against a single boss, he was going up against an entire system.

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

fishman

That is *almost* as bad as Comcast.

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FCC: You, AT&T. Get over here and explain this 'no more gigabit fiber' threat

fishman

RE: EinsteinJr

Big business can take your money. Government can seize your assets and put you in jail.

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

fishman

Re: Those "6 months" are your advantage to make money, eejit.

LG Prada.

http://www.lg.com/uk/images/lg-mobile-phones/p940/gallery/medium01.jpg

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Hold onto your hats and follow the BYOD generation

fishman

"All we had were corded phones and we were PROUD to have them!"

We still have a rotary dial phone at our house.

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