* Posts by fishman

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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"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

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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

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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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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

fishman

Re: Pasties

"soccer, football"

You realize soccer is a British term?

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Air-slurping solar battery will slice energy costs – boffins

fishman

Re: probably too ambitious

<<<Too ambitious? All accomplishments start with a dream... >>>

"The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown." --- Carl Sagan

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Microsoft delays Xbox One launch... Big Trouble in Big China?

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High price

It's funny that the XB1 will cost more in China than in the US, even though it's made in China. You would think they could save something on shipping.

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Ex-basketball star CUFFED on suspicion of stealing Apple gear worth $14k

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Re: Blown Away.

I don't know about the NBA, but supposedly at least half of the NFL players end up going bankrupt within two years of leaving the league. High flying lifestyle + no marketable skills outside of their sport = 0.0

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A spin of roulette in the sporty Ford Fiesta Black

fishman

Re: I certainly wouldn't buy anything American made/designed

... I certainly wouldn't buy anything American made/designed ...

My Mercury Sable wagon has 238K miles on it, and it's been almost troublefree - better than my wifes Toyota Camry with 190K miles. And I tend to beat on my car - jackrabbit starts, running it at 75-80 mph all day (it's made numerous trips of 700 to 1000 miles in a single day), driving it in rush hour traffic on the Washington DC beltway for 10 years.

BMW, Mercedes, VAG? nice cars, but when they go (and they do!), it costs big bucks. Even some of their biggest advocates won't own them outside of the warranty period.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

fishman

Re: Premier League Football?

Oval ball - I hope you don't mean 'Merican Football. Where you get a total of 25 seconds of "action" over a few minutes. followed by 5 minutes of terrible tasting American beer commercials.

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

fishman

Re: An Old Fogey Speaks

Zmodem? WinFax? That's new tech. Just give me a deck of punch cards......

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

fishman

Re: Who takes the picture?

<<<And in this case he didn't lose the camera; he set everything up to enable the macaque to take the shot.>>>

No, the photographer did not set up the shot, and hadn't intended to have the macaque take or trigger the shot. The Macaque unexpectedly grabbed a camera and started playing with it, taking pictures.

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Apple and Samsung UNDER THREAT from local brands – study

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The UK has an adult obesity rate of 25%, highest in Europe, and higher than Canada.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

fishman

Re: Quantity != Quality

I lived in Britain one summer. I learned that the best of the UK television was sent to the US, and the rest was just as bad as in the US.

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PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point

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Re: Lack of USP?

<<It won't be full of snoop ware like an Android>>

Microsoft, Google, Apple. All American companies. All probably loaded with NSA snoopware.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

fishman

X customers

Quite a few of those who bought one of the X phones won't buy another Microsoft/Nokia phone after their phone was killed off so quickly.

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Thought PCs were in the toilet? They're STILL eating Apple's lunch

fishman

XP replacements

<<<Not at all surprising really. The initial rush of mobile devices is fading and people are coming to realize that they have to actually get some work done and a desktop computer is much better for that 90% of the time.>>>

Now that XP is EOLed, a good portion of new PC sales are for replacement of old XP kit.

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Islamic terror peril hits US giants' phone wallets

fishman

Terrorist group

"A joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon – three of the four largest US wireless carriers"

Now that sounds like a terrorist group.

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Microsoft confirms Office 365 price rise

fishman

Re: TCO

<<<Use something free? Well, is it really free? You still have to pay to train users on a different product, probably more so if its not what they use at home or learned in school?>>>

That would be meaningful if Microsoft didn't keep changing the user interface for their products.

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

fishman

Re: Well then-

But it gets high and then crashes.

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

fishman

Updates

One of the reasons why Google can't directly push updates for many Android devices is the crapware that the manufacturers put on them.

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Microsoft, insurance giant hitched to pitch home automation

fishman

Microsoft playing catchup again

So this is Microsofts response to Google buying Nest.

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

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Re: At first I thought...

<<<so I'm stuck hoping that he lasts long enough to churn out books 6 and 7 and that I'm around long enough for the paperback release of both (gotta complete the set).>>>

He has to live even longer - Now Martin is talking about a total of 8 books for the series.

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Jellybean dominates Play, still seated atop rising KitKat

fishman

Fragmentation

And in other OS fragmentation news, Windows XP has a larger marketshare than Windows 8 and 8.1.

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New software nasty encrypts Android PHONE files and demands a ransom

fishman

Safety

Since it's an app you have to download, Android users who only download apps from Google Play will be unaffected.

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Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

fishman

Of course, MAC address spoofing is trivial. Problem solved.

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Amazon workers in Germany celebrate strike anniversary with ... ANOTHER STRIKE

fishman

The final solution

Most of the Amazon warehouse jobs will be replaced by robots/drones over the next few years. Striking will just make Amazon work faster towards it.

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Google to plonk tentacles on 'unwired' world with $1bn launch of 180-satellite fleet

fishman

Re: World Domination

<<<Every aspiring James Bond villain knows you haven't arrived until you have a rogue satellite fleet at your disposal - well, that and an underground lair and a private army.>>>

And scantily dressed beautiful young women.

How could you forget the most important detail?

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Ballmer SLAM-DUNKS $2 BEEELLLION bid for LA Clippers

fishman

In the Clippers arena

In the Clippers arena, all of the chairs are bolted to the floor.

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

fishman

Re: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!

Terry6:

You can turn right on a red light in all 50 states, unless specifically marked.

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Ask yourself, AT&T: Do you really want a Latin American adventure?

fishman

BellSouth is ATT

"it had swallowed Bellsouth"

No, BellSouth was a part owner in Cingular. BellSouth bought out its partners in Cingular, and bought AT&T. BellSouth then changed its name to AT&T.

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Google ECJ case: No commish, it means we don't need right-to-be-forgotten rewrite

fishman

Who owns the data?

"Reding argued, following the judgment:

The data belongs to the individual, not to the company. And unless there is a good reason to retain this data, an individual should be empowered by law to request erasure of this data."

So, if a Mr. X does something to me, and I blog about it, I don't own my account of what happened - Mr. X can demand that it be removed from search engines, etc? It sounds like a form of government enforced censorship.

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Netflix FREEZES prices for existing UK users to stop them quitting vid-streaming service

fishman

<<<5.99 GBP = 10.09 USD

They pay $7.99 in the US for Netflix, so we're paying more and due to geolocking, we get less than they do.>>>

Add in the VAT to the US price, and the difference in price is small.

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Microsoft hints at smaller Surface

fishman

Form factor

The problem for Microsoft with the small form factor tablets is that as the size decreases, the more they become primarily a media consumption device. This somewhat negates the main advantage of a W8 tablet - being able to run the productivity software.

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Sony on the ropes after revising losses UP to $1.3 BEEELLION

fishman

Re: It's not my birthday today! @Gene Cash

<<<They also made a wonderful 8mm portable VCR/camera that could play Analogue tapes as well as recording/play Digital. Great "bridge" to put analogue on PC via Firewire via its analogue input.>>>

I have one of those, and I've used it to dump 40+ tapes onto my computer. The downsides is that a 2 hour analog tape ends up taing up 28GB of space - easy now, but back when I bought the camera, 8GB was a good size disk drive.

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap faces starvation diet

fishman

Re: an average man needs 2,500 Calories each day to survive

2,500 calories is too much for the average man, unless he is fairly active. I'm, 6 feet tall, walk 4 miles a day at a good clip, exercise 25 minutes a day, and I burn 2,500 calories.

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

fishman

Great!

As someone in their late fifties, I look forward to self driving cars when I no longer can safely drive.

I also could see sending my car out to pick things up at the store - order on line, the car gets there, a store employee puts it in the car, and sends it back home.

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

fishman

Between a rock and a hard place.

The problem with Surface is that the android and apple tablets are better and/or cheaper than the Surface as media consumption devices, and for "getting real work done", laptops are often much better than a Surface.

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