* Posts by Joe User

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

Joe User
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Well, it looked like a good idea on paper....

And that's where it should have stayed.

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

Joe User

Re: Islands

DrXym: "I should think all those uninhabited islands would be perfect places to develop solar and wind farms."

Yes, but how would you get the electricity off those island farms to someplace that can use it (and pay for it)?

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

Joe User
Pint

Interspecies breeding

Proof that beer was invented a l-o-n-g time ago....

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Elon Musk's $4.9 BEELLLION taxpayer windfall revealed

Joe User

Re: Seems legit

Justin S., I'm looking at it from this angle: the effect of taxes on lower-income people has a much bigger impact on their finances than it does on higher-income people. If someone made $10 million dollars last year and paid $2 million in taxes, that leaves $8 million dollars in his pocket. However, if someone made $50,000 last year and paid $10,000 in taxes, he has $40,000 left for things like mortgage/rent, food, utilities, etc. In my opinion, the person with $8 million in the bank does not need a handout from the government (who took that money from other taxpayers).

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Joe User
Meh

Re: Seems legit

Yes, but the question is this: should the Government be taking money from us relatively poor people (i.e., common taxpayers) and giving it to rich people to prop up their ventures, especially when the recipients have plenty of money to pay for their own playthings?

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Couple sues estate agent who sold them her mum's snake-infested house

Joe User
Trollface

Odd, I'd normally say it's the real estate agents themselves that are the snakes.

Now, is that a nice thing to compare snakes to?

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Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

Joe User
Holmes

What an idiot....

Rule #1 when driving: Pay attention to the road and the vehicles around you. All other considerations are a far-distant second.

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

Joe User
Alien

Bright spots on Ceres

You can't go camping anywhere without some damned space paparazzi coming 'round with his camera....

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How do you sell fewer hard drives but make more profit? Let's ask ... Western Digital

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Flame

Why are Seagate's profits down?

Probably from having to replace all their SHITTY hard drives that have been dropping like flies at my office over the past 4 months....

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The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons

Joe User

Dealing with the waste heat

It would be nice if the waste heat from the servers could be piped into the office space during the winter. You've already paid for the electricity to run the computers, and all that free heat would put a significant dent in the office's heating bill.

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Astronomers battle plague of BLADE-WIELDING ROBOTS

Joe User
Mushroom

The simple solution

Tell the lazy bums to get off their fat butts and mow their yards the old-fashioned way.

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The storage is alive? Flash lives longer than expected – report

Joe User
Holmes

"most drives fail hard when they finally do fail, leaving your data inaccessible"

In other words, don't forget to make regular backups.

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VMware wants amicable end to 'meritless' Linux-lifting lawsuit

Joe User
Trollface

Re: The amicable end has already been tried, VMware

Later at the pub, VMware's talking head was heard to mutter "Licences? We don't need no stinkin' licences!"

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

Joe User

@Someone Else - Re: Hindsight is 20/20

Links, or it didn't happen.

Google search: state department fired use of private email

Former ambassador under fire for private email use "Very surprised" to learn that Clinton was doing same thing

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/06/politics/hillary-clinton-emails-state-department-ambassador/

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Microsoft: You'll get the next Windows 10 build when we're GOOD AND READY

Joe User

Re: Scary to say...

Agreed. I'd rather wait and have it done right (well, as "right" as Microsoft ever gets it...) than rush it out the door and deal with bugs, flaws, and shortcomings.

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White House taxes Silicon Valley to skill-up American workers

Joe User

Reality check for the President

"A lot of these jobs don't require a four-year degree in computer science," the President said. "They don't require you be an engineer. Folks can get the skills they need for these jobs in newer, streamlined, faster training programs. What's more, these tech jobs pay 50 percent more than the average private sector wage - which means they're a ticket into the middle class."

Many companies post job requirements that include everything but the kitchen sink. And if the applicant doesn't have the required education level, Human Resources won't bother with their resume, no matter how experienced the applicant is. Even if the company did hire this applicant, they wouldn't pay a good enough salary to live in/near Silicon Valley. Sad, but true....

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US watchdog: Anthem snubbed our security audits before and after enormous hack attack

Joe User
Facepalm

Access by "external entities"

According to OIG, Anthem declined to allow auditors to connect to its network, citing a corporate policy against allowing external entities to access its computer systems.

Oh, the irony....

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Microsoft's message for Win Server 2003 users: FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES

Joe User

You obviously haven't seen Linux Mint. If you can use Windows XP, you won't have any problems using Mint. And a lot of the features in LibreOffice are much easier to find and use than those in Office 2010/2013.

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Comcast sued for – you guessed it – allegedly SCREWING OVER CUSTOMERS

Joe User
Mushroom

Re: "The company has the second-lowest customer satisfaction rating...

Comcast X Time_Warner_Cable = Their_Service_Sucks2

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

Joe User
Trollface

Maps app time estimate

The Maps app looks nice but assured me that a bus from Nottingham to London would take 30 minutes (reality is nearer 4 hours).

That code was written by the same guy who does the time estimate for file copies.

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CIA exonerates CIA of all wrongdoing in Senate hacking probe

Joe User
Mushroom

Re: Make that was the chair...

And here I thought the "D" stood for "Dipshit"....

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Terror bomb victims demanding Iran's .ir will appeal US ruling

Joe User

Re: Can we have .com & .gov then please

And while you're at it, the citizens of Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Serbia, Argentina, Ireland, Indonesia, Egypt, India, and many others would like to have a word with U.K. officials....

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

Joe User

A "gun nut"?

In my country, he would be referred to as a "patriot".

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

Joe User

Re: The answer is still no.

Vociferous: "Run a checkdisk and/or replace the HD. A bad sector in the swapfile will make your windows machine crawl for seemingly no reason."

Exponential algorithm making Windows XP miserable could be fixed

A decade of patches makes svchost.exe a very sad boy indeed

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/12/exponential-algorithm-making-windows-xp-miserable-could-be-fixed/

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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

Joe User

Re: TV show "Mighty Ships", look for Tyco Resolute

Here's the video:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xvlowj_tyco-resolute-mighty-ships-discovery_tech

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

Joe User

Re: Fire ring

"Interesting that the nation that discovered Mexico and the Americas where chilies originated are not big fans of hot'n' spicy food"

Perhaps the Spaniards just like to be able to taste what they're eating....

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Sealed with a kiss: Er, 80 MILLION BACTERIA

Joe User

Re: Ok, I'll be the one to ask.

Yes, and it isn't good:

HPV-Linked Throat Cancer May Have Telltale Signs

http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/hpv-genital-warts/news/20140320/hpv-linked-throat-cancer-may-have-telltale-first-symptoms

HPV = human papillomavirus, the cause of genital warts.

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FBI impersonated newspaper to finger school bomb threat suspect

Joe User

Pot, this is kettle

I'd like to know how often the Seattle Times' reporters have impersonated someone else to get more information for a story....

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Pesky POS poison won't Backoff

Joe User
Holmes

Pay cash

Problem solved.

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Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors

Joe User

Re: "restrictions should be slapped on the numbers of births in the park."

By posting "No Shagging Zone" signs.

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Hipster chimps are SLAVES to the latest social trends

Joe User
Trollface

Next up

Chimps camping in front of Apple stores before new product releases.

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Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER

Joe User

Meh

I have co-workers with bigger noses than that....

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Blood-crazed Microsoft axes Trustworthy Computing Group

Joe User

No surprise here

Most knowledgeable people don't consider Microsoft and its products to be particularly trustworthy or secure....

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

Joe User
Joke

Low-tech method

Tie a steak to the soldier's backpack and turn the dogs loose.

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

Joe User

Re: So basically...

If my job was to carve the flesh off dead people, I'd require loads of ale, too.

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China is now 99.8% sure you're you, thanks to world's-best facial recognition wares

Joe User
Facepalm

Re: "...from 91 angles."

> Or blind.

> Or totally absorbed in their phone conversation.

Or texting, right before they trip over a low wall and fall into a fountain:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeVn6_iwtJQ

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Beer in SPAAAACE: Photographic PROOF

Joe User
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Re: Should have used Budweiser

American Budweiser is labeled "beer", but it is more akin to the liquid output from a horse.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

Joe User

Re: Shit plastic

The cars look like they have a bad case of cataracts.

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Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies

Joe User

Re: ROC

A species confined to Autralasia is responsible for the Arabian stories about Rocs?

More likely sailors' stories about the elephant birds, which were native to Madagascar.

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

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

Joe User
Headmaster

"P52"? I think you mean the P-51 Mustang.

The original P-51 used an Allison V-1710 engine, which worked well below 15,000 feet but lost power at higher altitude. The Allison-engined planes were the P-51A Mustang and the A-36 Apache (ground attack and dive bombing). They performed very well in their designated roles.

The P-51B was fitted with a Merlin engine. The two-stage supercharger on the Merlin is what allowed it to perform well at high altitude. The Allison V-1710 engine also worked fine at high altitude, when fitted with a proper supercharger (as it was in the P-38 Lightning).

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Snowden leaks latest: NSA, FBI g-men spied on Muslim-American chiefs

Joe User
Megaphone

To put it simply . . .

You're all guilty until proven innocent (whatever our definition of "innocent" might be at that time).

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Warrantless snooping on American man was LEGAL in terrorism case, rules US judge

Joe User

Re: Only a lawyer

Trying to blow up innocent people at a tree-lighting ceremony is not my definition of "freedom".

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

Joe User
Holmes

Re: Backups

Let this be a lesson to you, boys and girls: off-line, off-site backups were invented for a very good reason.

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China puts Windows 8 on TV, screams: 'SECURITY, GET IT OUT OF HERE!'

Joe User

A more accurate translation

"Microsoft would no longer open its Windows 8 source code to the Chinese government, however the security scheme of the Windows 8 operating system is designed to provide better access for Microsoft to users' database. For China it's a big challenge for our cybersecurity," said Yang Min, a professor at China's Fudan University, through a translator.

Meaning, "It's more difficult for the Chinese government to hack into Windows 8 systems without looking at the source code."

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US broadband providers holding last-mile traffic ransom, ISP alleges

Joe User

Re: I'm not surprised....

There are a few places where the local city government has installed their own metro-area network that sells TV, Internet, and phone services to its constituents. The cable TV companies are very upset about having direct competition at those locations. But this is by far the exception, not the rule. :-(

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Joe User
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I'm not surprised....

Those greedy bastards are raising their rates while providing as little service as possible (and paying their top execs big bonuses). Many of them have local monopolies in the areas that they service, so they have no incentive to provide improvements ("Don't like our service? Then go with another cable TV company for your Internet. What's that you say: there isn't another cable TV company at your location? Gee, that's too bad. Hahahahaha!!!!").

</rant>

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

Joe User
Happy

Willowra, such a lovely place

What, no mention of Mad Max or Aunty Entity?

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Joe User

Solution for the Java update nags

Disable SunJavaUpdateSched (jusched.exe). No more nagging about updates, but you'll have to remember to do them yourself from time-to-time.

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What did you see, Elder Galaxies? What made you age so quickly?

Joe User
Headmaster

Correction

Make that "there are some things even science can't explain -- yet".

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

Joe User

Re: NCR

"The banks mainly use Windows because of the excellent remote management offered which isn't/or wasn't until recently available for Linux."

I don't know which rock you've been living under, but Linux has had remote management in various forms for a _long_ time.

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