* Posts by thomas k.

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FCC Commissioner argues for delaying February net neutrality ruling

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no evidence of a market failure

Well, highest prices, slowest speeds and worst service in the industrialized world would certainly qualify as an unqualified success from the telco's point of view.

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Re: like for like?

And can I go from 32-bit to 64?

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It's 2015 and default creds can brick SOHO routers

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remote admin

Doesn't the danger usually involve having Remote Administration enabled?

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

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Re: Lie after lie ...

So, UFOs *are* real, one did crash at Roswell in '47 where we recovered alien bodies and captured a live one? Woot!

(Sorry, been trapped in the strange neighborhood at youtube for a few days.)

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Verizon sprints to crush FiOS account exposure hole

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Re: 5 million, hmm

@ Doug S

Possible misunderstanding on my part, then, as the article seemed to indicate the FIOS application as the culprit. I was going on the assumption that all subscribers had the app installed but, thinking back to when I first got DSL, they tried to get me to install some desktop app that, as it wasn't required for the connection to work, I quickly uninstalled. I guess it's the same with FIOS.

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5 million, hmm

Good thing they stopped the FIOS roll-out years ago or a lot more people would've been affected.

But, wait, does that mean there are *only* 5 million people connected to FIOS (out of ~115 million households)? If that's what Verizon means by claiming they "compete" against cable, I don't think cable has much to worry over.

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Nibiru!

I guess all those wackos were right, after all.

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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resting? you're sure about that?

So, aliens didn't quickly decommission it before it could start transmitting, thus providing evidence of their existence?

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CIA exonerates CIA of all wrongdoing in Senate hacking probe

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Who has more crediblity?

Senator Feinstein or the CIA?

Wow, that's a tough one.

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If cities want to run their own broadband, let 'em do it, Prez Obama tells FCC

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pouring billions into US broadband infrastructure ...

And succeeding in giving us the slowest speeds at the highest prices with the worst service in the industrialized world.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: invisible ink

But don't you think, when they steam open the envelope and find only a blank piece of paper inside, they'll get suspicious?

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Facebook hackers work blue on Crayola coloring page

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Good taste?

O less (eye) filling?

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Lube company merger receiving second 'in-depth' probe

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was immediately reminded of this

plenty of compettion unless sanctions prohibit it:

http://allin1dot.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/kim-jong-un-visited-a-lube-factory-and-of-course-it-became-a-meme.jpg

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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Re: dumb and incompetent

In this instance, I would say that is probably not the case, as that would imply they believe this story they're putting out. Based on the information available, however, that story would appear to be an outright and deliberate fabrication. Since we can't prove they're lying, they're free to insist it's the gospel truth.

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You like that E Ink book, huh? How about an E Ink HOUSE

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... controlled by a laptop

Better be careful, then, when using that same laptop to view pr0n.

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Enemy – Eerie double trouble from indie doppelganger chiller

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Frankly ...

I could never see what he saw in Heath Ledger.

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UFOs in the '50s skies? CIA admits: 'IT WAS US'

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Re: "It was us."

They also said they weren't spying on us willy-nilly and they didn't torture anyone.

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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absence of disaster recoevery

Good thing the hackers posted everything online, then. Sony can just download it all from the TOR sites. Might take a while to get it all sorted and re-structured, though.

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Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year

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2% of activations?

The Z3 Compact snagged 2% of the Xmas activations?! Sony must be pissing themselves with joy.

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NORKS? Pffft. Infosec bods BLAME disgruntled insiders for savage Sony hack

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Re: ... embarrassing U-turn in the near future

Given their experience since the Snowden leaks began, they should be quite used to that by now.

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Here's Johnny! Top Ten fantasy Blu-ray boxsets and special editions

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... have a field day with a ring-fenced Emerald Archer.

Well, *had* a field day with a ring-fenced Archer, until sharing a universe this season with the inferior Flash dragged it down, down, down.

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

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Amen to that, brother/comrade

Like all deluded ubermenchen drunk with power, the oligarchs/corporatists running America have convinced themselves (like those deluded old Nazis did) that their 1000 year reign will, indeed, last 1000 years, totally ignoring the lesson history gives us over and over again - that as empires come, empires eventually go, and other empires will rise up to replace them. Ignorance is bliss, I guess.

The question is not 'if' but 'when' and whether it will come with a whimper or a bang, a slow descent into irrelevance or dragged kicking and screaming from the stage.

And why would they care, even if they've taken that into account? The millstone of history, though it grinds inexorably, generally grinds slowly, so they'll all be long gone when that day of reckoning rolls around.

A shame that they're so short-sighted, so obsessed with getting their own (and fuck the common folk), such dicks about it, in other words, when with a modicum of effort they could manage the transition with grace. That would, however, require they harbor some tiny shred of decency or altruism, qualities they have repeatedly shown themselves to be completely lacking.

One is tempted to say, "Line them all up and shoot them" but that would be wrong, right?

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TRAGEDY STRIKES Vulture News Central but details remain scrambled

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Sorry ...

Doesn't make up for the awful redesign. Nice try, though.

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Staples comes clean: 1+ million bank cards at risk after hack

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Whew!

Good thing they closed the Staples that was conveniently close to me a couple of years ago.

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Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere

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Re: better movies

Redbox rental. Would've felt even more ripped off if I'd spent $8.50 to see it in a theatre.

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Re: better movies

When I say "make better movies", I'm including prole trash in that, not just make more artsy-fartsy stuff.

I like prole trash just as much as the next person - not everything can be Citizen Kane, nor does it need to be in order to entertain.

I was thinking, in this particular, of Aaron Eckhardt's Frankenstein movie - total waste of $1.50 and 2 hours I'll never get back.

One can't help but imagine all involved in this (and similar projects), on seeing daily rushes early on, saying, "Um, it's not turning out quite like we pictured it but ... well, fuck it, in for a penny, in for a pound." Nobody sets out to make a bad movie except, of course, Uwe Bohl.

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Re: Control your media better.

You mean, like, with a DRM scheme of some sort? That worked really well for the music industry, didn't it?

Not really meaning to be sarcastic here and certainly, in general, no defender of the movie industry and their absurd business practices but I have to admit that this is a kind of Catch 22 for them.

The studios have every right to try and protect their IP, but if they add stringent DRM, legitimate consumers (who *should* have the right to make copies their purchased media so they can play it on any device they own), as well as freetards, will bitch to high heaven, complain that it's pointless as the DRM will eventually be broken, etc, etc.

With the wide availability of stream-capture software, it's hard to see a streaming-only solution being the answer.

Couple of obvious suggestions to ease the losses due to piracy:

> lower prices on the product so people are more willing to buy it, rather than pirate it

> make better movies

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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Re: Grow some balls!

Everyone except Tom Clancy, of course.

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Re: Stinker

Couldn't be any worse than Pineapple Express and they didn't hesitate to release that turkey.

(Only thing that made it watchable was Franco.)

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Soon EVERYONE will be doing it with a strap-on: The Reg's 20 festive wearables

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Re: Microsoft Band

I think they deserve props for making it look like an ankle bracelet.

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Yes, I splurged

I splurged and treated myself to an LG G for Xmas.

Kind of pointless as far as what it can do since my actual cell is a Windows Phone. Google has hinted at porting the Wear app but, again, pointless for me as I only turn the phone on when I want to make a call and immediately turn it off afterwards and, as no one has the number, I've no need for notifications, either. (It's paired with an HTC One, in case you're wondering.)

The fitness features? Meh. I may try the new music control features, though.

I really just bought it for the novelty of changing the watch faces and it works pretty well for that.

I like the square design, it looks pretty sharp but the rubber strap is a flaky skin magnet so I'll have to switch the band out.

All in all, very pleased with it.

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Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

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the lens protrudes slightly

If they just can't avoid making the lens protrude slightly, why not put an ever-so-slightly

raised lip around it to protect it from scratches?

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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Reminds me ...

... of this scene from The Jerk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTHL0y6xvLE

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FCC to smack Sprint with $105m fine over 'cramming' – report

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jail time

Start putting CEOs in jail (instead of just fining the companies) and this sort of thing would stop PDQ, I'd think.

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Vodafone poised to ink chumship pact with T-Mobile and get back into US enterprise

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M2M services?

Sign me up!

Oh, wait, that probably doesn't mean what I think it does.

Guess I'll stick with AT&T.

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French space agency teams with Google for broadband balloons

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unclear on how this works

Common sense tells me this only works if the balloons are stationary, so how would they keep the balloons in place?

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Sony hackers PINCH early version of James Bond Spectre script

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In regard to LotR

Knowing that story in advance only made us more disappointed at what was changed and/or left out

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Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

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Sony Entertainment

Always finding new ways to keep us entertained.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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no more Tolkein movies? really?

Still plenty of material to make more films from. There's the Silmarillion (all the parts he didn't work into the Hobbit trilogy). And he can always go back and add all the stuff that he left out of The Lord of the Rings movies, Tom Bombadil, say, or the battle for the Shire or the pretty obviously implied (in the books) marriage of Legolas and Gimli, left out as to not scotch Legolas' appeal to swooning teenage girls. That was a pretty shocking omission.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Shock of the New?

Hardly.

It's more a case of Shock of the Poorly Thought-out, Badly Designed and Just Plain Butt Ugly.

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Could be worse, I suppose

Not as bad as the recent "argh! give me an icepick so I can poke out my eyes, no, wait, this *is* an icepick poking out my eyes" Graun makeover, so kudos on that, at least.

The stationary menu bar at the top (with the pop-ups as you roll over) is a nice feature, I'll admit; Ars implemented this in their last remodel.

My pet peeve, though, is the inclusion of a "most read" section - why the fuck do I care what other people are reading? It's all about me, remember.

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

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Honestly ...

My Win 7 PC boots up faster than my Playbook.

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GCHQ, police to team up to hunt down child abuse on the darknet

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Big Brother

They're only thinking of the children ...

who will grow up accepting the police/surveillance state as just part of life, while waiting for all us old farts kicking up a ruckus to die off.

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

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"And I thought well, f*ck."

Unfortunately, an all too common reaction to how things work in today's corporate/oligarchic world.

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Norks: We might be aggressive but we didn't hack Sony!

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inquiries to the pirate groups have gone unanswered

"Arr! We be out piratin' on the high seas. Leave yer message after the tone."

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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Russell Brand

Well, with that mangy beard and those tats, I doubt any of the "indigenous farm folk" would mistake *him* for a transvestite (or even being one step away).

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EE's not-spot-busting small cell trial delights Cumbrian villagers

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Nice to see

Nice to see a telco actually trying something to expand coverage to un- or under-served areas. I guess that's what having some semblance of real competition in the marketplace gets you.

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Outage STILL hitting Virgin Media Business broadband customers

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last year ... profits plummeted by 90 per cent

How do companies like this even stay in business?

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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not noticed it myself

on my win7 32-bit machine but I basically only use it to visit 1 pr0n site.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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MalwareBytes & VLC

I got infected with BuyNSave ad(mal)ware just a couple of days back. Using Add/Remove programs to uninstall it only removed it's name from the list off installed programs but MalwareBytes cleaned it right out.

I upgraded VLC just this evening to the latest version and was pleasantly surprised to see that it now does actually remember your settings from the previous version. I only use it for .mp4s and before it was always a minute or two's hassle to uncheck every other file extension..

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