* Posts by sjsmoto

101 posts • joined 9 May 2012

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Bah, it's nothing like the book.

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

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I use ScriptSafe, which kills most things, then the rest goes through AdBlock.

I never click on ads, you never know which one has crap behind it.

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

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Gimp

Moeron, Larryium, Curlygen, and Shempton.

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FAA introduces unworkable drone registration rules in time for Christmas

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Bet you read this with FAA's voice of faux authority in your head.

"Based on SCIIII-en-TIFIC CAAAL-cu-LAAAA-tions"

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Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

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But what about that https patent troll?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/01/cryptopeak_sues_/

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Prison telco recorded inmates' lawyer-client calls, hack reveals

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They should at least be forced to change their name to Insecurus.

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At Microsoft 'unlimited cloud storage' really means one terabyte

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Joke

Eventually they'll say 640K is enough for anyone.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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What happened after WebMD was hacked with new entry "How to cure Asshat".

(I live in the US, no free drives for me.)

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Amazon Echo: We put Jeff Bezos' always-on microphone-speaker in a Reg family home

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Some improvements that would nudge it into my purchase vision:

Ability to have it contact 911. If something happens and you can't reach the phone, just being able to say "911" to have it get help would be great.

Ability to have it listen while you're away for "odd" sounds. Like if you're at work and it hears the door opening and you know no one's at home, it would let you know there's something you might want to check at home.

In a related feature, have the ability to turn on the mic and listen when you're not at home.

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US Navy grabs old-fashioned sextants amid hacker attack fears

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Having read Ernest Shackleton's lifeboat journey from Elephant Island to a 720-nautical-mile-distant South Georgia, I'm mightily impressed with what the "old ways" of navigation can do for you.

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Adblock farms out acceptable ad policy to independent reviewer

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I use AdBlock in Chrome, plus ScriptSafe. With ScriptSafe you can whitelist domains and/or subdomains, so it cuts out whatever AdBlock might let through that you don't want.

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Angry devs hit out at JetBrains over shift to subscription pricing

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Why does it always have to be a total change up? Can't software companies market a canned, independent product with updates for a year, AND offer ongoing buffet subscriptions for people who want those? Then after a couple of years check the stats to see where the money comes from?

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United Nations pledges to get everyone online… by 2030

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You have reached the United Nations. Your internet service is important to us. To reach a help desk representative, press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish, 3 for French... (two hours later...) or 7299 for Esperanto.

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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Heh. "Darwin" is trending.

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I've flung better things than this.

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Russian billionaire: GET me the ALIENS ON THE PHONE. Do it NOW

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We'll respond to the million-year-old greeting from the Qqq's and by the time it gets back to them they'll say "Stupid! We are the Zzz's, how dare you compare us to cavemen!"

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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I'm sure this makes sense in Microsoftland where everyone has fiber optic to their homes. Sorry, but I only have DSL and I like to coordinate when something is hogging bandwidth so everything doesn't slow to a crawl.

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New Horizons mission to Pluto prepares for terrifying silence on Tuesday AM

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Will a mere "congrats" do? I mean, it's like a quarterback throwing a ball for a receiver to catch 9 years later, and still waiting a few more hours to hear back "I've got it!" Incredible.

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KFC takes legal axe to eight-legged mutant chicken claims

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So: Mutant chicken bad, reanimating dead Colonel Sanders good.

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Sprint and Verizon to pay $158 MILLION over bogus 'cramming' fees

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Great, can't wait for my refund check for $1 after the lawyers get their full share.

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Best Buy bites down hard on Apple Pay fruity bonking deal

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I have no interest in electronic pay gizmos. But I would show an interest if, on checkout, one would let me know there was a two-for-one on an item I'm buying so go get another one, or presto here's a coupon for this other thing so it's now 10% cheaper.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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This all reminds me of the $1,000 "I Am Rich" iPhone app.

http://most-expensive.com/iphone-app

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Can't pay $349 for an Apple Watch? Get a Chinese knockoff for less than $50

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I bet if you ask it about the June 4 Massacre it'll have no answer.

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Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

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Do I smell bbq?

So the Kinect spots a phone on a table and begins to send light rays in its direction. You pick up the phone and the Kinect follows it. You turn around and the Kinect detects sub-par reception. It then increases transmission so the waves can make it through the obstruction - which happens to be your head.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Except for the large and often unnecessary image at the top of articles, I have no complaints for your free site that I get tons out of for free.

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'We're having panic attacks' ... Sony staff and families now threatened in emails

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Re: having panic attacks

Sony is a member of RIAA [1] and makes up 22% of their board of directors [2]. I can't imagine them NOT having a say in that behavior.

[1] http://www.riaa.com/aboutus.php?content_selector=aboutus_members&f=s

[2] http://www.riaa.com/aboutus.php?content_selector=who_we_are_board

Oh, and please search for the word Sony on this page:

https://www.eff.org/wp/riaa-v-people-five-years-later

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having panic attacks

Boo hoo. I'm sure the grandmas and preteens sued for thousands of dollars by RIAA were also having panic attacks but the likes of Sony didn't care, so I'm not about to care what happens to them.

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Surveys. I hate ones that force you to choose between two options, neither of which I want. "But what if you *had* to choose one?" is usually the asker's response, to which I say "ok, both then."

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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Ah - a moggy motor!

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

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> Ive also said that bad design was "offensive",

Would he call a Macbook with logic board failures a bad design?

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

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What a totally odd, Sci-Fi looking web site they have. They might as well have put an ad in a comic book, next to the one for x-ray glasses.

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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Radio Shack was the only good electronics place in my town before Best Buy. Maybe Best Buy or similar should buy them and use them as outlets that cater to local demands (like one location might do well with phones, another with tvs).

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OH SNAP: Getty Images sues Microsoft over Bing pics widget

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Re: Bizarre

You might be thinking of Corbis, which Gates owns.

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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If walls could talk...

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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Re: those ... sofas?

No, it looks like that's where the Boston Dynamics Big Dog relieves itself.

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Putin's return route?

Perhaps those below even think he's gone too far and they're calling him home.

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REVEALED: The sites blocked by Great Firewall of Iraq

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I don't think I'd live in Iraq to manage that stuff, I think I'd rather remote in from quite a distance away.

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Kids hack Canadian ATM during LUNCH HOUR

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Re: customer information was not compromised

I wasn't surprised that the pair aren't in jail. I mean, they let kids build nuke reactors in classrooms.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/06/blightys_teen_boffin_builds_nuclear_reactor_in_classroom/

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Watch: Sun BELCHES PLASMA large enough to ENGULF 35 EARTHS

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Rorschach test

Anyone else see a flaming bird head at 1:29?

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UK.gov tweets now NATIONAL TREASURES! – National Archives

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"This was no small task but we rose to the challenge"

Unlike, say, archive.org.

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Apple eyes virtual reality goggle game with patent filing

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Maybe so everyone will get to experience the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field?

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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Browse page back/forth?

What about page back/forth options in the browser? If you go forward a page, then say make a phone call, then return to the browser, you can't back up a page.

As for the new links, can we finally just put a phone number on a tile instead of the whole contact?

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Re: Well-

Politicians should be limited to a waffle or a flip-flop.

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Google settles copyright suit with Viacom over YouTube vids

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Funny Viacom suing for copyright abuse, seeing how The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is comprised almost entirely of Fox News and CNN clips.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Congrats for common sense and a learning opportunity!

Wow, they let him build it in a school after a presentation and training where needed.

While here in the States, you can get suspended from school for chewing a Pop Tart into a shape that resembles a gun [1].

What a world.

[1] http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/boy-suspended-pop-tart-gun-loses-appeal-have-record-expunged

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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The key to Jony Ive's executive washroom?

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Apple seeks patent for mood-sensing technology

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it didn't work too well in the future

Toaster: Howdy doodly do. How's it going? I'm Talkie, Talkie Toaster, your chirpy breakfast companion. Talkie's the name, toasting's the game. Anyone like any toast?

Lister: Look, I don't want any toast, and he doesn't want any toast. In fact, no one around here wants any toast. Not now, not ever. No toast.

Toaster: How 'bout a muffin?

Lister: Or muffins. We don't like muffins around here. We want no muffins, no toast, no teacakes, no buns, baps, baguettes or bagels, no croissants, no crumpets, no pancakes, no potato cakes and no hot-cross buns and definitely no smegging flapjacks.

Toaster: Aah, so you're a waffle man.

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FCC net neutrality blueprint TRASHED by US appeals court

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Joke

Way to go, Verizon! I'm sure you'll play fairly.

Hey... why is my access to fcc.gov suddenly so slow?

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Microsoft: Here, we'll make it easy for you Gmail lot. Meet our Outlook.com movers

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outlook.com has ads?

I've been using a Chrome browser with AdBlock Plus and ScriptSafe plugins since outlook.com came online. I honestly didn't know they even had ads.

Next you'll be telling me The Reg pages have ads, too. :)

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

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Spideroak

I use Spideroak. I use it on Windows 7, iOS, and Ubuntu. I have it syncing certain files to their cloud and between these OSes. I could also sync to an external hard drive, it's just a matter of referencing its drive letter and selecting the folders/files to sync.

I chose Spideroak because they only charge for the amount of storage you want, not by how many computers you install the software on. And as a programmer, it's a bonus to me that individual file versions are saved. Also, your files are encrypted on your computer before they're sent to their cloud - so don't lose your password.

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