* Posts by fishman

596 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007

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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

fishman

Re: Can we have some innovation please Apple

"The watch is innovative in that it's never been done before, but what's the point of a watch that's not waterproof and needs recharging daily?"

Huh? Apple was a couple of years late to the watch party.

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Carders cash out hundreds of millions before USA adopts EMV

fishman

"I was actually shocked in March when I managed to pay for something in Target using my chip & pin card for the first time"

I got my C&P card about a year ago, and WalMart was the only retailer to require it at that time.

The cars still have the magnetic strip on them, and are still vulnerable just like the old cards. The chip can't be cloned, so the cloned cards can only be used at stores that don't have the chip readers. And there are lots of them.

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Stop laughing: Azure can analyse your mood in a crowd

fishman

Terrorists and criminals

Smile when you go out in public. There will be cameras scanning people, looking for suspects to be arrested.......

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Qualcomm channels Star Trek's Scotty as it faces a mobe chip wreck

fishman

Dying flagships

As mid range phones become more popular (and flagship phones less popular), the sales of less profitable slower ships will increase, and the sales of more profitable fast chips decrease. And when you get away from the cutting edge chips, there is more competition.

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Larry Ellison's Brit consortium in 'advanced talks' to buy Aston Villa

fishman

Fire sale

Anybody know how much the value of Villa went down by being relegated?

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fishman

Re: Villa Park

Better watch out. The EPL contract with Barclays Bank ends at the end of this season. "Oracle Premier League".

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

fishman

Re: Excellent

Hubbard had said things about starting a religion to make money many times.

"MEMORANDUM OF INTERVIEW — August 30, 1970

Between: Mr. Samuel Moskowitz, 361 Roseville Avenue, Newark, New Jersey (Phone No. 201-HU-5-3295) And: Mr. Charles H. Everline, Hearing Officer, CMB, NYK-21

By prior appointment I visited Mr. Moskowitz at his home to discuss information he reportedly had concerning the early history of Mr. L. Ron Hubbard. Mr. Moskowitz had informed Mr. Bud Loftus that he first heard Mr. Hubbard say at a meeting that the only way to make a million dollars was to form your own religion."

http://tonyortega.org/2016/01/19/when-the-feds-tracked-down-l-ron-hubbards-boast-about-getting-rich-by-creating-a-religion/

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NASA prepares to unpack pump-up space podule

fishman

Re: Nice gear

"Assuming this is its internal volume, that's not very roomy compared to its initial volume..."

This is a test unit, so it might not reflect the sort of volumes they can get with "production" units. There may be minimum sizes dictated by the rigid end where the hatch is and the rack holding the cannisters.

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SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months

fishman

Re: "Merlin engines"?

RR hasn't built Merlin engines since 1950. If you don't use a trademark for a long period, you loose it.

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How Remix's Android will eat the world

fishman

Re: "Remix OS with...

"but it's shockingly ignorant of the IT media to demand Microsoft have an App Store stuffed with as many apps on launch day as Android or iOS do now, when none of their rivals had more than a small number of apps on theirs when they started."

That's what they said when Windows Phone 7 came out.

That's what they said when Windows Phone 8 came out.

That's what they're saying when Windows 10 came out.

I see a pattern........

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'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

fishman

Re: yeah yeah

I wondered how long it would take the Russian Astroturf Squad to show up - they made it by the second post.

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Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

fishman

Re: If they'd made Windows 10...

My daughter had ro reboot her Win 7 enterprise laptop because it was trying to force her to install Windows 10. I assume the installation application (which she hadn't started) wouldn't let her exit.

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Brits rattle tin for 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

fishman

First gen Insight

Looks a little like the first generation Honda Insight.

Now if you replace the fuel cell and related equipment with a 250 cc motorcycle engine you could get similar fuel economy and a much lower price. And actual places to refuel.

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IBM has to give Indiana some pocket change after $1.3bn web fiasco

fishman

It's almost like

It's almost like IBM views the purpose of these projects is to provide them an open billing opportunity, as opposed to actually solving customers problems.

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HERE: We're still, er... HERE

fishman

With Audi/BMW/Daimler buying HERE, it's understandable that they would reduce Windows whatever efforts. Microsoft has no equivalent effort to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay so they won't be a player in car infotainment systems.

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Black Monday: Office 365 down and out in Europe

fishman

Any surprise?

You have to hope your provider is up. (MS/Google, etc)

Then you have to hope your ISP is up.

And you have to hope your local network is up.

Shouldn't they be forced to buy you rounds at the pub?

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HP Inc Elite X3: Windows 10 phablet for enterprise-y types

fishman

Looks shiny

But HP's track record in this area is really poor. Has HP given Windows Mobile the kiss of death?

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T-Mobile US triples profit, adds two million customers

fishman

Proof

Further proof that the proposed ATT-T Mobile merger was a bad idea.

If anything it shows that the US need more choice, not less in cellphone companies.

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'Hobbit' heads aren't human says bone boffin

fishman

Re: very strange skull indeed if

Of course ,one of the most important things you can tell from a skull is that the way the backbone attached to the skull - indicates if it walked upright.

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Canonical reckons Android phone-makers will switch to Ubuntu

fishman

Re: The real reason?

But Mint piggybacks on Ubuntu.

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NASA charges up 18-prop electric X-plane

fishman

Merican HP

In the US, the average car would be like the Toyota Camry, with 178 HP. 140 HP is typical for the next size down.

Gas was $1.63 / (US) gallon at the local station yesterday. It's even cheaper in some parts of the country.

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You, FCC. Do something about these overpriced cable boxes, yells Bernie Sanders and pals

fishman

"Data caps are an issue in some areas, but that's slowly improving."

No, Comcast has been rolling out data caps to more areas. It's getting worse.

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

fishman

No big deal.

Eventually, the rates advertisers pay will reflect that half of the ad clicks are frauds.

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Mall owner lays blame at Apple's door for dragging down sales

fishman

Brick and Mortar

Attitudes like Sandeep Mathrani has is why I go to the malls less and less.

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US still lagging on broadband but FCC promises change is coming

fishman

Re: Broadband schmodband

In North Carolina, the Republicans passed laws to keep communities from building their own high speed networks.

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Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

fishman

Re: I wonder

My guess is that current tech won't last as long due to the lead free solder that is used now.

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Fretful Amazon wishes it could get more Android action

fishman

Android Auto

Many new cars are coming with Android Auto/Apple Carplay. In a few years, all new cars will probably have it. For Android Auto, you have to get it from the Google Play store. Which would leave out the Amazon Fire phones (for most users).

Android Auto/Apple Carplay is another nail in the coffin for Windows 10 phone and other small marketshare smartphone OSes.

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Someone please rid me of this turbulent Windows 10 Store

fishman

Re: Search

I figured out the Bing stands for "Bing Is Not Good."

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No, that Linux Keyrings bug isn't in '66 per cent of Android devices'

fishman

Lollipop

Lollipop (Android 5) uses the Linux 3.4 kernel, so it's not vulnerable.

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Google's head in the clouds: Cut, cut as fast as you can. You can't match us, AWS plan

fishman

"Funny thing is, Google actually fell over way more often in 2015 - 71 Azure outages vs 167 for Google. "

The number of outages is important, but how long were they out for? And were they partial (and if partial, how much?), or complete outages?

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

fishman

Re: Cherry Picking Works All Ways

"Ironically, the substance in red wine that is supposed to be beneficial to your health, is also abundant in soy sauce. But most people don't chose to consume soy sauce instead of wine just for the health benefits..."

People don't consume glasses of soy sauce, either.

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Revealed: Mystery 7-year cyberspy campaign in Latin America

fishman

Because the sites have malware. It's one thing to spy on your allies, but to load them up with malware?

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Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL: Clear thoughts of Continuum with a snazzy camera

fishman

"Don't be a bore. Every time iOS/Android is updated to a major version a horde of new bugs are introduced, even though Apple made their first mobile thingy 22 years ago."

The problem with Microsoft is that they throw out the old for an entirely different "new". Windows Mobile 6.5 replaced by Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7 replaced by Windows Phone 8, and Windows Phone 8 replaced by Windows Phone 10. All huge changes to the code base. It makes the amount of changes to Android and IOS look like minor updates.

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

fishman

Jeff Bezos

"The @washingtonpost loses money (a deduction) and gives owner @JeffBezos power to screw public on low taxation of @Amazon! Big tax shelter"

Amazon rarely makes a profit, so there isn't any need for a tax shelter. Plus, Bezos owns the WaPo, not Amazon. But facts never stopped Donald Trump.

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

fishman

I went through a couple of cheap routers at home, and finally bought a Linksys WRT54GL. I've had it for over 7 years, and it works perfectly. While slow (b/g), I've only got a DSL connection.

And they still update the firmware.

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Bank fined £1m after outsourcing faults led to improper transfers

fishman

Wonder what the executive bonuses were for outsourcing vs the minimal1M fine.

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Booming Ballmer bellows 'bulls**t' over Microsoft's cloud revenue run rate

fishman

Re: In my opinion those who usually greeted this kind of thing with howls about.........

Even a broken clock is right twice a day - same with Ballmer.

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Your browser history, IP addresses, online purchases etc all up for grabs without a warrant

fishman

"Does anyone really believe the NSA has stopped sleuthing phone records?"

Yes - I believe they have the Brits, Germans, and French do it for them.

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Report: VW execs 'knew' about fuel economy issues last year

fishman

Re: Does anoyone really believes the "rogue engineers" argument?

The "rogue engineers" were probably told that they had to meet some numbers or be fired.

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Research: Microsoft the fastest growing maker of tablet OSs ... by 2019

fishman

Monkeys throwing poo

Monkeys throwing poo tend to be more accurate than these anal-cysts.

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Prudish Indian censors cut James Bond Spectre snogging scenes

fishman

Re: Censorship is weird

"Er ... Game of Thrones?"

GoT is on HBO, and not broadcast TV.

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It's Gartner Magic Graph of Wonder time! And Google won't be happy

fishman

Gartner

Aren't these the guys who predicted Windows Phone would overtake the iPhone by 2015?

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US military readies drone submarine hunter

fishman

Damage control

Big problem for this ship is that without any people on board if anything goes wrong, no one is there to fix it. And if it is far enough offshore it may take a couple of days to get someone out to fix it. Weather permitting.

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fishman

Re: sub hunting

"wunder why its got those pontoons on each side ?"

Stability. The ship is narrow enough and tall enough that without them it would want to roll over too easily.

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Nvidia unveils credit card-sized 'supercomputer' for portable AI

fishman

Old News

Based on Linpack results, my almost 3 year old Nexus 4 is faster than a Cray 1.

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US Congress grants leftpondians the right to own asteroid booty

fishman

Crap

There goes the neighborhood.

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Team MIPS tries to spoil ARM's party with new 64-bit Warrior, 32-bit microcontroller brains

fishman

Re: From my armchar pundits position...

MIPS couldn't come out with processor improvements fast enough to keep far enough ahead of x86 to justify the premium cost of SGIs.

We had a bunch of SGI machines (workstations and servers) back in the late 80's/early 90s and switched over to Linux in the mid 90's.

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Microsoft Band 2 wrist watchers in pay-first-ship-much-later rage

fishman

Re: Kids today...

What a bunch of precious snowflakes.

Why, in my day, I'd have to wait 6 months and have to walk uphill 10 miles in 6 feet of snow to get to the post office to pick it up.

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Alumina in glass could stop smartphones cracking up

fishman

"Get a TPU case for your phone."

I bought TPU cases for our Nexus 4 phones. They were 2-3 bucks w/ shipping. My wife drops her phone a couple of times a week, and it has no visible damage and still runs fine.

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Star Trek to go boldly back onto telly, then beam down in streams

fishman

Re: Also: Subscribing specifically to a series?

<<Currently listing for $5.99/month in the US.>>

So you wait for the series to end, subscribe for a month, and binge watch.

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