* Posts by gkroog

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Joke

It could be a weapon...

...even if it just falls out of orbit in the right place...

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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FAIL

And since its online, its running across that same nasty internet. She seems not able to even.

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Batman in the frame to take on Steve Jobs

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Joke

Well maybe this is a sequel...

...to American Psycho...

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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Big Brother

Re: Apple just keeps things quiet

Indeed, Apple will have been silenced by the national security letter they were shown from disclosing what malware the NSA is pushing into their systems to spy on everyone with.

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Tim Cook has confused which of Apple's competition to focus on.

I have a Google Nexus 4. I get the latest version of Android not long after it becomes available. I'm on KitKat right now. Manufacturers like Samsung will take longer as they want to test and develop it to their liking first. And they'll only push it out to some handsets and not others.

Of course, Mr. Cook doesn't care about that kind of specificity. He wants to say that Android is rubbish, use iOS on a shiny new iDevice. I have nothing untoward in my Android experience to pay much attention though. And if I changed, it wouldn't be to Apple. I've used one. I don't like it.

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Re: Not so smart; desperate housewife is desperate.

But that's the problem. Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs. I'm not a fan of the late Mr. Jobs, but he was a visionary and had great insight into what Apple's products needed to be and do. Tim Cook can't do that. He does seem to have the arrogance of Mr. Jobs, though, but without the talent, that may spell trouble for Apple.

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Re: A what????

Tim Cook must have confused iLife with the real thing.

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Re: Adam & Eve left their garden

But if that fruit has rounded corners, Apple will claim the thought of it first and sue.

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Trollface

Re: Really?

Yeah, after eating an...Apple...

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Mushroom

Re: Of course it dominates the malware market

And with more people using Android by far, its more worthwhile to find ways into Android than iOS. Its the old "PCs have viruses, Macs don't" nonsense. Its not because it can't be done to an Apple, but because not enough people care to do so.

If the majority of people had an iOS device, then the malware for those would come tumbling out of the woodwork.

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Post-PC era? Post-MAC era! OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

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Joke

"there IS only one Steve Jobs"?!

He's back from BEYOND THE GRAAAVE?! At least he'll only go after shiny braaaiiinsss...

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

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"hack-a-whacks"?!

Must be another childish name fanbois have invented (don't forget to patent!) to appear cool...if only in their own minds.

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Linux

Not a PC?

sure, its not a Personal Computer...its very IMpersonal actually...now there's less reason than ever to buy an Apple

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

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Memories, guys...

We can reflect on who and why Nokia has gone, but a few here remember that they once made good stuff. Stuff that's remembered today, even though we have five inch 1080p screens and four or eight cores (!) in the latest phones.

At the news that Nokia's phone division now belongs properly to Microsoft, I pulled a couple of my old phones "out of mothballs," and had thought back on how good they were, or wanted to be.

My 6085 was a surprisingly good phone. I remember viewing Facebook and even work mail in its browser on its tiny screen five years ago, and it still works.

The 9300 I have wasn't great. Some may even think of it with scorn, but back then it wasn't bad, and it still works now. The E90 I had after was only better by virtue of more features.

My 5800 is still in use by my mother. It's 3.2 inch touchscreen was remarkably good, and it seemed to always achieve full download speed as a 3G modem. I liked its packaging and all the little things it came with. When I look at all the shenanigans that go on with the phone industry today, it reminds me of when a cell phone was just a phone and not an appendage.

I also had a 5210, and a 3510 (not the colour screen one. But it had polyphonic ringtones!), and a tough 5110. They were all good phones, at least for me, even if they didn't survive to today.

We won't see phones like them again. They wouldn't try to replace out PCs, and they wouldn't need to. It really is a tragedy that Nokia let something as pathetic as politics and corporate foolishness destroy good what could have been. But thanks for the phones.

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Re: They totally missed the boat

So, M_W, Apple's phone...is a bad phone? But its good as something other than what it was named for? ;P

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We've cracked riddle of ANTIGRAVITY mountains on Saturn's Titan - boffins

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Joke

Less gravity than expected?

Heavy, man...

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Nissan promises to sell self-driving cars by 2020

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That's great...

...now certain governments will not only track your movements, but control them too...

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

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Trollface

Re: brought to you by the same people who want a "porn filter"

"But its all just tubes, isn't it?"

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Manning's lawyer plans presidential pardon campaign, says client will appeal

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Black Helicopters

If you spot your government doing something wrong/illegal...

...don't tell the people they're responsible to...that's illegal.

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Snowden journo's partner wins partial injunction on seized data

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Theeere we go!

"Home Secretary Theresa May believed it was necessary to examine all the data 'without delay in the interests of national security'."

I could SMELL that coming from reading the subtitle. Miranda isn't even suspected of terrorism, but he was arrested under antiterrorism legislation. Now the authoritaaahs have some intel, no way will they give it up. I suspect they'll sift through every last byte. The "partial injunction" is just a formality.

The Bolivian prime minister gets forced out of the sky based on no real evidence. Now a Brazilian citizen has been falsely arrested in England. If Obummer had been made to land in Bolivia, there would have been war. If a British citizen had been wrongly arrested and robbed in Brazil, the police would have been sent to taser an old man. The opinion of the USA and England regarding South Americans seems rather poor.

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NSA admits slurping thousands of domestic emails with no terror connection

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"The court found that this data gathering violated the Fourth Amendment of the constitution"

"the FISC application was not authorized, this will prove of little reassurance, as the verdict concludes that the government had not been truthful with the secret court."

The above, in plain English: the US government has been violating the US constitution, spying on US citizens, and lying to the court established to protect the people from being spied on. When we consider this, and "Free Speech Zones," certain of those in government there don't seem to like the constitution. I would imagine that's because "We the People" could cast them out of power. Considering news like this, US citizens should indeed exercise their rights before those rights are no more.

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BlackBerry pie sliced up: Nuke-plant OS, BBM chat app, etc sale mulled

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Its sad, really.

BlackBerry should have brought their new phones and OS out years ago. By not doing so they let their hold on the market slip, and with rising stars like Android and iOS its a herculean feat to pull that back. This new OS and hardware push was their last chance (I don't see where another one will come from), and it hasn't worked.

Like Nokia's aborted successor to Symbian, it didn't fail because it was a bad product, but because it was badly managed. Hopefully this will serve as a warning to other businesses.

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Apple returns to courtroom once again to contest ebook shafting

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Re: Prediction

Wow, nice of you to insinuate that if someone doesn't like Apple, then they must be unreasonable and irrational.

Let's not forget Apple see themselves as more worthy of being a monopsonist than anyone else. They'll start a nuclear war over it...

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Obama proposes four-point plan to investigate US data spooks

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Re: Four point plan

Thank you, Tom 7. I seldom laugh so spontaneously, or heartily.

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Good ol' politicians. "We were going to fix things anyway...honest guys! this mean man just prompted us to hurry a little is all!"

"We just wouldn't be having this debate without Snowden; it's disingenuous to suggest otherwise," well sure, Snowden has already suggested that Obama and his administration are less than honest. Obama said he wouldn't expend any effort to get a twenty-nine year old hacker, but then the vice president interfered with his search for asylum. They want him back to shut him up, but he's far too much in the world's eye at the moment.

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

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Big Brother

Re: Logic error detected.

The American people are indeed the greatest threat to them. But they'll soon subdue them. They're already herding protesters at presidential appearances into out of the way "Free Speech Zones," which effectively violate the freedoms of speech and assembly that US citizens are supposed to enjoy under their constitution. Now their right to privacy is being undermined.

The American people had better do something soon...

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US taxmen told to hush up shadowy drug squad unit laundering NSA intel

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Facepalm

Re: Amendment IV of the US Bill of Rights

I appreciate the clarity of your logic, and I would hope the citizens of the United States would too.

But its not hard for secret laws and secret courts to get around the Bill of Rights when its so blatantly disregarded by the US government...

Does a citizen of the United States want to employ their right to free speech and to freely assemble at a presidential appearance to make their support for one of the president's political opponents known? The government will want to herd them into "Free Speech Zones" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_speech_zone). They're obviously hoping that the people won't figure out that having their free speech limited to a zone means that its not really free. The logic is simple: if a US citizen is only allowed to freely assemble and speak in a certain zone, then 1.) they're not really free, and 2.) that means that any other zone is not a free speech zone. No freedom of assembly and speech there, your government has spoke, peasant!

"Congress shall make no law... abridging... the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." If the people assemble peaceably, what is the use of "Free Speech Zones"? And if the government will listen to their grievances and seek to resolve them, then the people should surely stay peaceable. And if anyone becomes violent, then arrest them. Thus "Free Speech Zones" (which are probably situated conveniently out of the way) obviously serve an agenda...

And now its the right to privacy is being taken away too...

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Trollface

Re: Sure

Or some good ol' 'Murican snake oil?

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Re: It's how much they twist the law!

A comprehensive privacy law? What good will a law do when the constitution of the United States is blatantly disregarded by the government of the United States? THAT's the method that the IRS and the courts are being told to keep confidential...

"DEA officials have since defended the practice as lawful and said it was designed to safeguard sources and methods, and not to withhold evidence from defendants and their lawyers." So defendants and their lawyers were told that their constitutional rights had been used as toilet paper? Nope! The "sources" being safeguarded are the NSA and the "methods" being safeguarded are the violation of the rights of US citizens.

This was done to prevent the defendants and their lawyers appealing for the evidence to be thrown out on the grounds that its unconstitutional. And since it was an "open secret in government," can we believe that no judge ever heard of it? Can we believe that those judges didn't understand it could happen in their courtroom and probe the evidence appearing accordingly?

Maybe that is true, but that doesn't make things any better. It just means that law enforcement agencies have, with government authority, been lying to the courts for almost a decade now. That means that whatever their good intentions, they have been undermining the foundation of America and covering that with lies. And that isn't just going to go away. Its going to get worse. The American people need to remind their government that they elected them, and they can put them out of office if they see fit. They need to do it before the government tries to take that from them too.

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Here we go again: Apple gets second bite in ITC Moto patent spat

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Re: And if they in turn merged...

Apple would fudge their pants over the "i"...how about eyeDroid?

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Windows Phones BLAB passwords to hackers, thanks to weak crypto

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Re: Microsoft

Just what I was thinking, asdf. They're protected by the same reason Apple remained largely virus/attack free for so long: lack of malicious interest...

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FAIL

Re: Microsoft

Who needs to crack the Windows Phone OS when they have such holes in their networking protocols?!

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Happy 20th birthday, Windows NT 3.1: Microsoft's server outrider

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New Technology?

I thought it stood for something a bit more technical and IT specific like "Network Technology."

As for the chance that Windows 8, like Windows NT 3.1, will be remembered with fondness in 20 years time: no chance: the masses already hate it now...

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Indian military pondered attack on Venus and Jupiter

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Nations have been close to launching at each other a few times...

...over much smaller things than Venus and Jupiter...

Cuban missile crisis, satellite launches that seemed suspiciously like missile launches, it seems some nations don't need no stinking planets to go into mob mode on other countries...

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Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

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Re: Deserves it

"Just ask those parents whose children have died at the hands of idiots like this"

The people who shoot up schools don't post their intentions on social media beforehand. In fact, terrorists as an obvious rule don't do that. Kinda limits their chances of success. So is that really what he was doing?

Or was he just venting some kind of frustration in a way I agree is totally inappropriate, but this is very much about "free speech." Where is the police work that has brought evidence to light that he is what they call a CREDIBLE threat? Does he own or have access to the necessary weapons? Is he involved with people who are considered a threat to school safety?

The police have, after four months, not produced any such evidence. All they have is a few posts on Facebook.

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Win 8 man Sinofsky's 'retirement' deal: $14m shares, oath of silence

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@MysteryGuy

You have made a good point here.

I have yet to speak in person to anyone who likes Windows 8.

Windows 8, besides maybe the Xbox One, is a shining example of how Microsoft just couldn't care less about listening to their users to find out what they want. Then we witness breathtaking back-pedalling by MS while claiming they were listening all along. Yeah, sure.

They got an eyeful of the way mobile is going with smartphones and tables, and decided to just try and drag us all that way with TIKFAM.

Regarding the UI, Apple doesn't make these sweeping changes to their UI, nor have they tried to shove everyone onto a mobile UI. There's Mac OS, and iOS. Separate, but seamless.

MS could have designed Windows 8 and the mobile flavours this way. Build a new OS, make it better "under the hood", but keep the nicer Aero interface and just introduce some real improvements. Doesn't that sound better?

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Re: @sabroni

Heck, KDE on Linux looks better than Windows 8...Windows 8 first struck me as being reminiscent of Vista...

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Trollface

@dogged

We chose Windows 7 over Windows 8 because it crashed a whole lot...we even had to reinstall a few machines after trying to install anti-virus...just sayin'

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$12m?

Heck, I'll do it for $10m...

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France sets antitrust watchdog loose on Apple, raids premises

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Trollface

Le Apple...

...locked in Le Bastille: what a nice thought.

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Oracle cranks up SuperCluster with Sparc T5 engines

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Mushroom

Re: DS8850?

Also, why does the Power 780 need a DS8000 enterprise level storage system and the Oracle system doesn't?

So that they can put the price of the IBM system up to make their comparison impressive?

You have a good point about internal SSDs, and you'd only NEED a DS8870 if you need over two petabytes of storage. Or to provide storage for a few systems, which is one of the functions of the DS8870. And if the Oracle system needed that, you'd be looking at more than one $600k rack. So Oracle's comparison is a bit misleading...

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Ballmer: 'I call it all Windows, all the time'

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Trollface

"All Windows, all the time"? What a stroke of Genius. So what's Windows 7 then? All Windows, less of the time?

The more I see of Ballmer, the more he reminds me of Champ Kind from Anchorman...

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Schwarzenegger says 'I'll be back' for Terminator 5 reboot

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Facepalm

Wow...

So they're really going to make Independence Day 2...and Will Smith is "too expensive"...doesn't inspire confidence about the budget they have to work with...

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Trollface

Re: you people really need to give arnold some credit!

First, there have been four Terminator movies, not just three.

Second, love of the third film seems to indicate a tendency to poor spelling...

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Re: Kudos to the Reg for single-handedly acknowledging the death of Film...

Bwa ha ha ha ha! "Transformers of the Caribbean"

...hearty guffaws at that one...

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Re: Meh

I enjoyed the Judge Dredd and Conan reboots as well, they properly captured the stories on which they're based.

Regarding there not being much more that can be done with a story, the JOB of writers/directors/producers, etc. They should be able to MAKE the story just like they did with the originals. That's why the originals are appreciated the way they are: for what they were, not what they are now.

Terminator 3 was very well made, but it didn't do anything more for the story than Terminator 2. It also feels like the makers knew that it would end up in that bunker so they just went through the motions.

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Terminator

Re: I need a vac-ay-shun

Well, there was potential in T3 and T4. They were well made, and could have been just as good, but they didn't really move the story on.

T3 didn't offer anything significant to move the story along from T2, and T4 was mostly about Marcus Wright, who sacrifices himself for John Connor at the end, so again, nothing significant added to the story.

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