* Posts by Chairo

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New US spy satellite in orbit

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A lizard sitting on a rocket?

The lizard squad has now its own spy satellite?

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Australian Banks ask permission to form anti-Apple cartel

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Re: Life's hard choices

"were Apple forced to open up access to their chips, it could feasibly be opening a huge can of worms with a label on it that reads "iPhone NFC Payment Exploit Kit""

Huh? Why should they grant chip level access to the NFC hardware? All that is needed is API access, based on NDEF standard, for example. There are valid reasons to not support the banks on this, but technology isn't one of them.

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Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

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Re: Eh? What?

Who knows, perhaps the Rathtars were also not CGI and they needed a steel door to hold them back...

Mine's the simulated one with tentacles...

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Re: Windows8.2=10 is a fraud and a scam!

@Teiwaz,

Pure irony, of course.

In any case - in the past you had similar choices- apply the service pack and risk HW compatibility troubles or live with what you have, including a growing risk and SW incompatibility with newer applications.

Rumour has it, that the "Windows 10 Anniversary Edition", due on August 2nd, has a minimum RAM requirement of 2GB, which will kill off most older netbooks and a lot of the tablets that were dumped in the market recently. Perhaps not a great loss, you might say, but under Windows 7 and 8, these devices might have still soldiered on several years.

I wonder, if Microsoft will provide some solution for these devices. Leave them on current Windows 10 and continue to provide updates? Sounds unlikely. Let's see...

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Re: Windows8.2=10 is a fraud and a scam!

They have never explained the term "supported lifetime of the device".

I think it is less nefarious as most here think.

Simple fact is that with Windows10 the updates keep coming. At some point they will need to update the kernel in a way you will need new drivers. Tough luck, if your hardware is not supported any more.

In that sense it might be better to stay on a older windows version, as they will be more stable. It depends on your hardware manufacturer's performance.

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Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

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Re: PR stunt

it can also be used against drivers put up in front of a Judge on a charge

not only "can". It seems, in May a driver in Germany was convinced for manslaughter and sent to the cooler for 33 months, based on data that BMW provided to the court, according to this story. (sorry, in German).

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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Re: Another Nokia?

It takes a really special kind of management to release an alpha of a new Linux desktop client and a month later put Mac and Linux desktop clients on notice.

Most likely part of Microsoft's management had no clue that Skype native clients for Linux and Mac even exist, until they saw the alpha release announcement. And after they realised...

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Time to leave this wasteland

and go looking for greener pastures...

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Reader needs Aircon help

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Re: The first thing

The second thing is to put a big ventilator or two in the open door and blow out the heat. Perhaps you can survive until the aircon people arrive.

Oh, and better get someone to install it for you. The pipes between the heat exchange unit and the AC are not trivial to install.

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Kepler's K2 mission confirms 104 Earth-like planets

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slightly broken, but still perfectly functional

perhaps I should use this excuse the next time my wife complains about my 'old hardware' drawers. Or myself...

Half of my lifetime we didn't even know if there are planets around other stars an now they find them in the hundreds in goldilocks zones.

Good job NASA! Thank you for expanding not only our knowledge but also our universe!

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What will laws on self-driving cars look like? Think black boxes and 'minimum attention'

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walking in front with a red flag

Yes, and like the red flag it destroys the key advantage of the new system. To give mobility to someone who has no driving license.

The question is, if politicians can understand the difference between fully autonomous driving and autopilot systems as they are implemented in current vehicles.

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IBM caps '20 years' of deep MS love with Surface deal

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Re: Dinosaur mating ritual

"Surfaces aren't tablets"

In our company IT costs went up considerably after they started rolling out "Surfaces". It turns out that many users don't feel comfortable using them as laptop replacements and order a laptop additionally after a few weeks.

The impact might have been less obvious, if our IT would have started rolling them out to "non-management" employees first, as those have no right to order a second machine and the laptops they receive are, well, let's just say "hdd" types with half the RAM of my mobile phone.

In any case - Surfaces are tablets. Tablets with keyboard and a full OS, but at the end of the day they are still tablets. That is not a bad thing in itself, as tablets are better suited than pure laptops for a good many tasks, but let's stop pretending they could replace (high quality) laptops adequately.

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

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Re: Space to spare

Otherwise, without a steady income it might look like the whole exercise with these carriers and their aircraft has been a complete fucking waste of money.

Best thing that can happen with military equipment. If you start to really need it, something went seriously wrong, IMHO.

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AMD promises code fix for power-hungry Radeon RX 480 GPU

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assembled a worldwide team

Hey Ranjith,- can you check what's going on there and fix it?

Thanks!

(Where is the subcontinent icon?)

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

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Alpha?

If they need a name starting with "A", why not Arnold? Would somehow be more fitting.

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UK digi strategy on ice post Brexit results - sources

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Re: Early [human] days

It'd be very simple if all that were needed were a reboot...

Hmm, reminds me of some movie I've seen a long time ago.

Complex systems, Dinosaurs breaking out and eating everyone, sounds familiar. Oh, right that sounds like the EU.

If it seems to difficult to fix, just run away. RIght?

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Smartphones stymie sex

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Switch off the smartphone? Yes, sure going to happen.

Humankind is clearly doomed.

On the positive side there will be less toilet clogging by used condoms in the future...

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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Big jets are boring and stable

If you want to experience turbulence I'd recommend a trip in a small one engine craft. Or even better a glider plane flying through a thermal.

I once had a girlfriend getting angry on me when we were flying together in a commercial airliner because she thought I was playing tough during "feeding time". My father was member of an aero club and took me along regularly that time, so I honestly felt nothing notable.

Good training for getting married, though...

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World goes SIM-free, leaving Sony and HTC trailing behind

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Re: SIM free

Two years ago I changed to a data only SIM with only emergency call phone support and a separately bought simlock free smartphone and never looked back.

Oh my, did I write this? I suppose you should never read an article again after posting it.

Two years ago I changed from the usual plan to a SIM only contract and bought separately a simlock free smartphone. This contract gives me a few GB of mobile data, but no telephone support apart from emergency calls. I am quite happy with the deal and never looked back.

Well, I hope this is a bit less headache inducing. Sorry for any pain inflicted!

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SIM free

Two years ago I changed to a data only SIM with only emergency call phone support and a separately bought simlock free smartphone and never looked back.

Usually I use my private mobile only for contacting friends and the wife, and IP telephoning works perfectly well for this.

All in all I saved a lot of money, have a far more flexible contract and have no carrier bloat in my phone. Only problem is the available phones. Here in Japan the market for unlocked smartphones is still very limited. Huawei, ASUS and a few Japanese brands are available with some models, otherwise you have to go for grey imports or the second hand market. I think you can also buy an unlocked IPhone nowadays, but the SIM free crowd is probably not their target market segment... What's notable is that Sony is missing with any unlocked models in their very own home market. Pity, as I rather like their phones, but if they don't want to sell their stuff... someone else made the deal.

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HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

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I wonder how good the training will be anyway. If I had to train my replacement in such a scheme, I would certainly give as few information as somehow possible.

And talk about the quality of work while you are still there... Not a good time to be one of their customers, I guess.

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Spied upon by GCHQ? You'll need proof before a court will hear you...

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Mass surveillance

think it through! The Judge has a valid point here. As they went on and sued the biggest spyhouse in Europe, there is no way they are under mass surveillance any more.

Mine's the one with the black sedan parked in front...

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Germans set to make schnitzel out of controversial Wi-Fi law

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@Charlie Clark,

perhaps the hotels my company contracted are not exactly on the same level as the ones you visited. The last hotels I went to, all had either Telekom hotspots or some other pay for scheme. Those were all midrange hotels specialized on business customers, though.

Anyway, as there are virtuall no public hotspots, my point still stands.

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A change in the rules could help bring about more Wi-Fi availability in cafes and other public places in Germany.

GIven that there is currently pretty much zero open internet available in Germany, it is difficult to talk about "more" availability.

On the other hand, this has nicely boosted the profits of commercial providers, mainly Telekom, as visitors currently have to pay through their nose for connectivity. In my experience most hotels gave up offering their own hotspots and made contracts with Telekom, that happily installs their "pay through the nose" hotspots.

The lobby is strong in this one...

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Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze

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It is red and round

Clearly the holy space tomato.

It is time the pastafaris get their own celestial body.

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Huge embarrassment over fisting site data breach

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Re: Let me be the first to say it

"Sorry, yes now I'm being a pedantic pain in the arse…"

Yes, poor animal. Probably hemorrhoids.

Anyway, as the first poster stated - a bit of a bummer...

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Let me be the first to say it

What a pain in the ass!

(Sorry, couldn't resist)

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Archaeologists find oldest ever ground-edge stone axe

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That's what I call hightech!

positively neolithic. A bit like a 1GB memory stick...

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Google asks Unicode to look over 13 new emoji showing professional women

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Whatever you do...

don't remove the bento box and the ebifry emojis. Otherwise Japanese salarymen couldn't properly inform their housewives about their wishes for tomorrow's bento.

Mine's the one with the cliches in the pocket...

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: Why July

start listening and you might start selling stuff again

Oh, but that is the whole point. They don't want to sell stuff any more. They want to rent it for a monthly fee. They are a commercial company, so ultimately they don't give away free stuff. Windows 10 will be payed for one way or another.

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Edward Snowden sues Norway to prevent extradition

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Re: Land route?

Also worth keeping in mind Norway's irrational choice of signing up for F-35s. We have been in the US' pockets for a long time.

Doesn't that rather mean that the US is in Norway's pockets?

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Ten years in the clink, file-sharing monsters! (If UK govt gets its way)

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Re: and what are you, plebs, gonna do about it, huh?

Yes, if the fine for uploading stuff is 10 years, what is the fine for overthrowing the government?

What do you say? Vote them out of office? It is perfectly legal? Oh well, I guess we need to change some laws soon...

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Re: Is there anything worth pirating these days?

Given that you can stream pretty much everything from Youtube, including copyrighted stuff, filesharing has become a bit pointless lately. Apart from blockbusters pretty much everything is avalable. And as you say - apart from a few exceptions I also feel they are pointless to watch, at least on the small screen.

Some years ago I used to download anime fansubs of stuff that was not yet (or never would be) licensed in Europe, which used to be a gray area at that time. A few weeks back I checked out some anime, but most sites seem to be dead now. Not sure, if the legal eagles came down on them or the scene just moved on to youtube. Anyway, it's now all there. All in the hands of Google.

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Big Cable threatens to sue FCC: You can't stop us ripping off customers

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Standards?

Oh, come on, who needs standards anyway. It will just cause disruption, like "choice" and "competition".

Better keep the customers in the dark and milk them dry.

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

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Re: Tracking

If folks are spending too long in the toilet it would make more sense to send typhoid Mary who works in the canteen on a food hygiene course.

No, the best would be to cover the toilet walls with tinfoil to make sure the "occupants" can't get a good cell signal inside the loo. That would also help to shorten they stay and additionally help to improve mobile hygiene.

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You Leica? P9 certainly is a Great Leap Forward in imaging... for Huawei

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Re: Chinese manufacturers aren't too bothered about their stuff once it's out the door.

It varies from model to model and market to market. The Huawai G615 I bought roughly two years ago was pretty much abandonware. There were some Chinese Roms with an updated EmoUI, but the base Android version was stuck to Lollipop, so no need to bother installing them. In that case at least Nova launcher worked like a charm.

I hear since the P6 came out they supplied at least a few international updates before dropping it. But again not for all variants and markets.

Generally - if you are not Chinese and expect good customer service and updates, you should probably look somewhere else.

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Galaxy S7 sales slay S6

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Can't talk about others

but for me the missing memory card slot was the main killer. A fixed battery in a non waterproof phone didn't help neither.

Nice to know I am not alone.

Mine's the one with the waterproof phone with SD-card slot in the pocket...

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Inflatable space podule set for orbital trial

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16 square meter?

Wow, in Tokyo that would be enough space for a whole family.

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Contactless payments come to in-flight entertainment units

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Re: Gotcha

in-flight toilets? You mean those paper bags they put in the seat pockets? :P

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Re: Welp...

How about a game of in flight Gotcha? On the other hand the flight attendants do that already when they hand out the drinks, I suppose.

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Not Bitcoin, but close: Red Hat and Microsoft bite into blockchain tech

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Re: Blockchain...

Oh come on, as the electric car industry told us - electricity is clean, pollution free energy that just comes out of the wall socket. (/irony)

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AMD Bristol Ridge finds first home in HP ENVY x360

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the Bristol Ridge processors offer sharper graphics, ...

Do they come with a pair of spectacles?

Mine's the one with the marketingspeach dictionary in the pocket...

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Two things only?

How about lying about the user tracking? It was supposed to happen only in the beta, but made it's way into the production version.

And it cannot be completely deactivated by the user in the non-pro versions.

And no, introducing the "feedback feature" to earlier versions of Windows didn't help repairing the damage.

No one likes to be watched over the shoulder. It is creepy and disturbing. IMHO that's what keeps most people away from Windows 10 Additionally Windows 10 was pushed with malware tactics. Making your new product perceived as malware is probably not such a bright idea, or is it?

In the past Microsoft could react on bad perception of a Windows version by renaming the next service pack and call it with the next version number. This door they closed by themselves by insisting to call all future versions "Windows 10".

I wonder if they already fired the idiot person responsible for this disaster. Probably there is no one higher up to fire him?

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Apple yanks international travel plugs over shock worries

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Re: Translation

In Japanese "siri" means "arse". Usually the honourable prefix "o" is given to soften it a bit, then it could be translated as "butt", but if you are talking about your own body part you can't use a honourable prefix, of course. (Can't up-talk yourself in Japanese, if you are not the emperor himself...)

Some funny images:

I think there was an article in El Reg, as well. Anyway...

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Oh, sugar! Sysadmin accidently deletes production database while fixing a fault

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dd ?

what do you mean - "if" should be the backup volume, not "of" ?

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'Just give me any old date and I'll make it work' ... said the VB script to the coder

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Re: Effing 'Merikans

Japanese also do mm/dd/yyyy.

[Citation needed]

In official documents Japanese dates are stated as EEYY年MM月DD日, with EE being the epoch. Currently we are in "平成 = heisei" Epoch, year 28.

Ups, my driving licence needs to be renewed until 平成28年10月28日. Still a few months to go, but good I checked...

In less official documents the Gregorian calender year might be used, but no self respecting Japanese public officer would voluntary relapse to something so mundane.

Oh, and each epoch starts and ends with the death/inthronation of a new emperor, so some years have two epochs.

Oh, and sometimes you have to enter the numbers as double byte and sometimes as single byte. Filling in a web form in Japanese can be very frustrating, indeed.

Regarding [Citation needed] - you can check it up in Wikipedia. Not that Wikipedia is any good as a reference.

Nothing is ever simple in Japan...

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Alien studs on dwarf's erection baffle boffins

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Re: Space-scat

yes, that was my thought as well. Looks like a cat scratched dirt over something. What could it possibliy be?

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Bill Clinton killed off internet taxes, says Australian politician

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Re: Idiot

He wants what all governments/kings/clan leaders want since the beginning of time - more and more.

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Flying blind: F-35's radar software fails in the air

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Perhaps they can just use Crtl+Alt+Del? Or is there a reset button, apart from the lever marked "eject"?

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