* Posts by keith_w

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Wearable fitness tech: Exercising your self-motivation skills

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Happy

I've worn my fitbit for 2 years now

And it absolutely motivates me to get off my BFB and walk more. I look at the numbers each evening and then head out to walk to try to achieve the 10,000 step goal. I usually don't quite make it, but if I didn't wear the thing (a fitbit one) I probably wouldn't even try.

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NSA bulk phone records slurp to end when law lapses next month – report

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Re: Unfortunately

Yeah, they could call it the "No Such Agency"

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Microsoft celebrates 25 years' SOLITARY SELF-PLEASURE with GROUP SESSION

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Re: Windows as a service

Based on my first view of Microsoft "Edge" where a "popup" ad appeared in a new tab, that is entirely possible

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CSI GALAXY: Cause of death = STRANGULATION

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Re: @Grikath

According to my Doctor, my blood cells record my level of glucose for 90 days (A1C) which indicates to me that they live about that length of time on average.

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Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

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Re: Seems like a good idea to me.

Apparently you missed this:

"All management is done remotely, via a combination of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and PowerShell – or more accurately, Core PowerShell, a new formulation of Redmond's command line that runs on the Core CLR, rather than the full .Net runtime."

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Google drives a tenth of news traffic? That's bull-doodie, to use the technical term

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Re: How many of these are using Google as their address bar?

I have noticed that a lot of people do that - they actually know the address but have google as their home page, so they type "guardian.com" in the search bar in the middle of the screen and then click on the first search entry displayed.

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Labour policy review tells EU where to stuff its geo-blocking ban

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Re: It's just like DVD region coding...

Why shouldn't they have different prices in different markets? As much as the EU is common market, it actually isn't really. Different areas place different values on different things. Heck, this happens in countries, never mind the EU. If the market you are in values my product highly, then I can charge more for that product, if the area you are in doesn't, but I want to sell my product there, then I would lower the price until I reached a profitable price point at which sufficient product was sold. This is generally how supply and demand is supposed to work. Companies are in business to maximize profits, not to make consumers happy.

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Jawbone Up4 tapcash wristjob: Get BONKING with the latest sweaty hipster toy

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Re: Watching with interest

Probably not, since this will be how they communicate with the health app.

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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Re: Not A Lawyer

At the time he was a lawyer, so yes the description is accurate. It may be more accurate to say that the fight was with a lawyer who has since been disbarred.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: @Martin Summers -- Really?

Our computers got really really slow, so we went out and bought new ones with a new OS on it (for certain definitions of "OS")

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Bell Canada pulls U-turn on super-invasive web-stalking operation

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Re: bell tolls

As far as I can tell, the common carrier, Bell Canada, was the one committing these "internet related crimes".

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Thumb Up

I am pretty sure that unless you licensed to blast, you will be arrested anytime you make ANFO, no matter what colour diesel you use.

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As H-dot Oettinger drafts Europe's new copyright laws – who's he been talking to?

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Re: he's talking to the bad guys instead of creators :(

A cereal is a grass, a member of the monocot family Poaceae,[1] cultivated for the edible components of its grain (botanically, a type of fruit called a caryopsis), composed of the endosperm, germ, and bran. Cereal grains are grown in greater quantities and provide more food energy worldwide than any other type of crop;[citation needed] they are therefore staple crops.

In their natural form (as in whole grain), they are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, oils, and protein. When refined by the removal of the bran and germ, the remaining endosperm is mostly carbohydrate. In some developing nations, grain in the form of rice, wheat, millet, or maize constitutes a majority of daily sustenance. In developed nations, cereal consumption is moderate and varied but still substantial.

The word cereal derives from Ceres, the name of the Roman goddess of harvest and agriculture.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cereal

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FAA speeds up drone flight approvals for firms that don't need them

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WTF?

Visual Line of Sight

What is a Visual line of sight, as compared to non-visual line of sight?

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!

If he is watching BBC product on Netflix, then he has paid for Netflix and Netflix has paid the BBC. Therefore, there is no problem with his not paying the license.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Re: Cue the ClassAction lawsuits in 3... 2... 1...

Actually it is "You are an idiot", which can be abreviated as "You're an idiot" which you are.

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EU parliament bans Outlook app over cloudy security: report

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AWS? Where does the Article say anything about AWS?

A lot of the commenters on here do not seem to have very good reading skills. Beyond no mention of storing passwords in text files in email, there is no mention of AWS (Amazon Web Services) in the article. Considering that this is an article about a Microsoft product, one would expect that the information, if stored in a cloud environment, to be stored on Azure.

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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Economics 101 and morals

Companies hire people to do things. They pay them money. The people and the companies both pay taxes, which in turn, among other things, pays the Attorney-General and his staff. If companies can't make money doing the things they do, then they will not hire people to do them. Therefore, no taxes will get paid, and neither will the Attorney-General and his staff. Nor will all of the other things the taxes pay for. And that is why the Attorney-General acts on behalf of companies and industry groups.

As for Moral/Ethical code, Googles', is/was "Do no evil". If you have ever known anyone who uses oxycodone, you would recognize that enabling easy access to purchase the drug over the internet is enabling evil. I don't know about you but personally I think that dealing drugs is pretty evil no matter how it gets done.

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keith_w

Re: It's all Google's fault

The correct answer is that they should not be advertising illegal drugs, They promised not to but they still are.

All the google apologists in here should be ashamed of themselves. Mississippi is a STATE, not a province, not a county, they part of the UNITED States, not subsumed by it.

I dunno why anyone is shocked that google uses rumor, innuendo and threats to get their own way, especially when it comes to politics, everyone else in the US political arena does.

Google's "do no evil" mantra is long gone.

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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Re: Hilton, Marriott et al market themselves to business travellers

But they won't lower the cost of the room to take that into account.

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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Really? I watch stuff from the UK all the time in a not-UK region without noticeable issue.

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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SOD Self Drivng

Thank you for showing a vision of the future Alister. Now is the time to pass laws against self-driving vehicles while we still can, cause once they are on the road, there will be no chance of it passing.

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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Re: Like opening your mail

What? The postal service is going to read the 44 advertisements and 1 bill I received in the mail this week?

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: Muscle, not fat

That is why muscle, for a given volume, weighs more than fat. Pound for pound, muscle and fat weigh the same. And both, pound for pound, weigh the same as gold, lead or feathers.

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'How a censorious and moralistic blogger ruined my evening'

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Cab drivers and cab companies themselves do not have a monopoly on transportation. Cities have a monopoly on who gets to be a cab driver. They set rules for the conditions of vehicles, including age, they set rules for how much can be charged, the set rules for who is allowed to drive, and for insurance coverage. Uber does not want to work within the rules. Uber claims it is not a cab company, just a web site that allows drivers and riders to connect, however, you could say that about any cab dispatch company as well. Uber also tracks peoples rides. It ran an ad in Europe, which suggested that if an attractive women driver picked you up, she was available for other, more personal, rides as well.

"Michael was particularly focused on one journalist, Sarah Lacy, the editor of the Silicon Valley website PandoDaily, a sometimes combative voice inside the industry. Lacy recently accused Uber of “sexism and misogyny.” She wrote that she was deleting her Uber app after BuzzFeed News reported that Uber appeared to be working with a French escort service. “I don’t know how many more signals we need that the company simply doesn’t respect us or prioritize our safety,” she Michael was particularly focused on one journalist, Sarah Lacy, the editor of the Silicon Valley website PandoDaily, a sometimes combative voice inside the industry. Lacy recently accused Uber of “sexism and misogyny.” She wrote that she was deleting her Uber app after BuzzFeed News reported that Uber appeared to be working with a French escort service. “I don’t know how many more signals we need that the company simply doesn’t respect us or prioritize our safety,” she wrote" Ben Smith, Buzzfeed

http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/uber-executive-suggests-digging-up-dirt-on-journalists

Personally, I hope that Uber folds and that everyone who has invested money in it loses every last cent.

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keith_w

Re: cast the first stone

The journalist in question had not been "digging up dirt" on Uber execs private lives, she had been writing stories critical of Uber. The specific exec in question thought that to stop her from writing these stories and felt that a) digging up dirt on her and other journalists was a starting point, and b) starting unattributed rumours about her was an additional way to distract her from those stories, or at least to undermine her writing.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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Re: "Nokia said China would receive it first" @disembodied John Brown

brown ale. lovely, lovely brown ale.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

keith_w

I have a 38 month old ford fusion 2.5l with 95,700kmand get 8l/100km (35.31mi/imp gal)

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Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

keith_w

Re: What's weird is...

you don't need a keyboard. It's worth enough at the place I work that the upper management are replacing their own:

1) IPads

2) MacBook Air's (running W7)

3) W7 Laptops

They enjoy the ability to write on the screen into one note, or type into anything. They run all our standard software and yet are small enough that they are not a distraction while using them in meetings.

The field engineers are using them as mobile devices, using them to take photographs of the projects they are working on and annotating them and the roll plans for the project in the field. they use their phones as hotspots to then email these annotated images to the construction sub-contractors for their use.

Surfaces are very useful for people who get up off their asses and go and do stuff.

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keith_w

Re: ...or what it might look like.

No it's not, other manufacturers do W8 Tablets as well.

I take it you haven't used one then. I use mine everyday.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Meeeh

How much more choice do you want Trevor? If anything W8 gives you more choice than W7, or XP.

My spouse is one of the least computer literate persons I know. We use separate IDs on this desktop machine. I configured it to navigate directly to the desktop when she logs on, I pinned Outlook, Word and Excel to the task bar exactly as I did when we were on W7. Those, along with IE are the only programs she uses.

I use both the Start screen and the Desktop with those programs pinned to the task bar as well.

Even corporately with W7 people did NOT want to search the start menu, so everything was either pinned to the taskbar, on the desk top or both. People just want to get stuff running as fast as possible and W8 does that much better than W7 did.

People did not like the change from XP to W7, they did not like the change from 9x to XP, they will get used to it and in the end, they will bitch when the change to whatever desktop environment W9 uses.

and at least Harmony wasn't personally insulting as you have been.

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keith_w

Re: Meeeh

I swipe with my mouse alt the time on the non-touch screen I have on my desktop. I swipe with my finger, the pen and the mousepad on the touchscreen device I use.

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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The boss here now uses an Surface Pro 3, he has given up both his MacBook air (running W7) and his IPAD. Actually he gave them up when he switched to a Pro 2. People here are actively requesting them. We are an engineering firm, so people in the field are using them in the field, taking pictures and writing notes on the pictures and on the plans with the stylus's (I smiled when I read that post),

They are not for everyone, but they are definitely have a place in the business environment.

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keith_w

Re: Pen proximity alarm

Unlike the pen for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 the pen for the Surface Pro 3 is powered by a AAAA battery (yes, 4 As).

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keith_w

Re: One inconvenient design flaw...

I fold mine back and use it as a base for stand.

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WinPhone's Halo hottie Cortana to hit desktop in next Windows – report

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Can't you use Nuance's Dragon talk as an interface to any search engine? If so, then there is plenty of Prior art to blow Cupertino's patents out of the water.

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

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Re: Cheap Windows PCs with Bing

Not true. I know one 70+ year old lady who switched to a W8 laptop from XP desktops and loves it.

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keith_w

Re: Cheap Windows PCs with Bing

Because you don't want to tell a company that exists to advertise what you do?

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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

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typos

"IBM researchers developing chips that mimic the brains of human beinfs say they've created a 4,096-core processor that simulates a million neurons"

Do you think it will be able to recognize typos?

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Verizon to FCC: What ya looking at? Everyone throttles internet traffic

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Reading the last few posts, I get the impression that these people are talking about having their home internet access throttled and other issues whereas the article was talking about issues with cellular access.

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BlackBerry boss John Chen: We're FINISHED (with the job cuts)

keith_w

BB have always had rounded corners, therefore prior art, apple can go fly a kite.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

keith_w

Doesn't the UK already have RIPA for that?

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Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs

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Re: I call semi-bollocks

just drop a few around an entrance to the place you want to infect, guaranteed someone will pick one up and plug it in - and if there is bait on it, movies, music, porn, it'll get passed around.

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

keith_w

Re: responsibility

I thought that Scottish implied trenchcoat, grump and sarcastic

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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Re: Environmentalism

This morning I rebuilt a Surface Pro 1 from 8.0 pro to 8.1 with all patches & firmware updates and all our apps in under 3 hours - What's your problem?

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Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers

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Re: Oh Goody, Chinese Knock-offs On Their Way

Using a UNRWA school as a storage and launch site for missiles sounds like a war crime to me, as does using peoples homes as launch sites and so does encouraging "civilians" to stand around on roof tops of buildings for which warning "taps" have been delivered.

I am not happy with what Israel is doing in the Gaza Strip, but Hamas started it and the non-Hamas people who live there and are now suffering because of it are complicit in what Hamas did because they didn't say no, they allowed themselves to be cowed into permitting it. I have no sympathy for them.

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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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Re: Its just a token tinkering of the law.

Or it could simply be the laws of supply and demand, when demand is high (eg, holiday season), prices rise until the demand balances supply, similarly, when demand is low (non-holiday season) prices lower to attract demand.

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Goodwill's goodwill rocked as Feds probe bank card hacking scam

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Re: First we deny the breach... then we privately panic ... then minimize it in our PR.

You are quite welcome. I hate to nitpick, but blaming someone who doesn't deserve it is something I really hate to see even more. Glad you got your erroneous attribution corrected.

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keith_w

Re: First we deny the breach... then we privately panic ... then minimize it in our PR.

I would like to point out that the "Even the Best of us" comment was not made by Goodwill, or anyone linked to Goodwill. It was said by Dr Mike Lloyd, CTO at security biz RedSeal Networks.

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

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one way trips vs suicide missions

It disheartens me to see a one-way trip to Mars referred to as a 'suicide' mission. Unless the colonists are going to disembark and immediately kill themselves, it is no more a suicide mission than those settlers who travelled to the new world, looking to start anew, and possibly even less suicidal than those who crossed the great plains in the face of hostile native peoples in hopes of building a new life somewhere between the Allegheny mountains and the Pacific coast.

It is, probably, a one-way trip, but so is life.

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