* Posts by thomas k.

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Fandroids, take your phone's antivirus and burn it – Android bod

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Re: And therein lies the problem ...

And, after a little eugoogling, I learned that the app downloads in the Play Store info *are* compressed and expand on installation, sometimes as much as 80% from the size shown on the Store description.

Now it all makes sense.

Would certainly be helpful if Google listed both the download and actual installation size in the descriptions

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Re: And therein lies the problem ...

As a new owner of an LG Tribute, I'm certainly tempted to root this thing.

Of the 4GB internal memory, ~1.3GB is available to me. Fair enough, except that just updating all the Google apps drops that to ~750MB, which I can't figure out as the updates themselves - 5MB here, 10 there, 35 here - don't add up to 500+ MB. Even skipping those Google updates, I'm down to 1.15 just from the Virgin Mobile update and installing 7 apps. Grrrr.

Other than that, I like the Tribute.

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Comcast 'flees $45bn monster-merger with Time Warner Cable'

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Well...

Now that they're not going to be spending time and effort trying to get the merger approved, they'll direct those energies into improving their customer service?

Ah, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Yeah, right.

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Apple Watch shipments: Pick a number, double it. Hey, it worked for them

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Looks like even Apple didn't think these things would sell

Otherwise they'd have warehouses full of them and the people who placed those million+ orders wouldn't be waiting 'til June too get them. Probably just made enough to fill all the display cases in all the stores.

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Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters

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pay to play

Nice ads you're serving there, be a shame if no one could see them.

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AssangeTM ♥s dictator Kim Jong-un say Sony Pictures' lawyers

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Re: Remember SCO?

Yes, almost embarrassed that this guy helped to get the ball rolling on marriage equality.

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iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

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iPhone vs Galaxy fight hospitalizes two

Now, *that's* fanboi-ism.

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Re: who won?

We did.

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Verizon FLICKS FINGER at Netflix with skinny à la carte-style TV package for fibre munchers

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How can this be competing with Netflix?

Netflix shows movies, some episodic shows it produces itself, and back seasons of some TV shows, not current TV shows. It would seem Verizon's plan would put them more in competition with Hulu.

And since it's only aimed at FIOS users, it's going to have a very limited market, indeed.

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Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED

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Drat!

Back to rigging elections the old-fashioned way, I guess.

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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thanks for that link

I clicked, I lol'd, I came back to up-vote you

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Selfie sticks BANNED by Apple: No hipster tools' tools allowed at WWDC

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Re: Apple bans IT posers

No, they only banned the narcissis-sticks, not the narcissists.

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Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

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hmmm

What the heck is a "fully reversible" UI?

Looks pretty sweet, otherwise.

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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What?

Too funny.

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You. FTC. Get over here. Google is INVADING our children's MINDS – anti-ad campaigners

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slightly off-topic

Um, know where I can get some of those 'toothache' drops? Just asking for a friend.

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Idiot thieves walk free after stolen iPad uploads pics of them with loot

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Good thing the lock screen wasn't enabled

A lesson to us all, I guess.

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Re: The insurance company deducted the £100 from their payout.

Now, *that's* harsh.

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A MILLION Chrome users' data was sent to ONE dodgy IP address

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suspicious

That the part which sends the data to the company's address doesn't get added till a week after the initial download is suspicious in the extreme. If it's all perfectly innocent, why that delay?

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Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

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If only it had happened ...

during a Mardi Gras parade, she'd have been in the clear.

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Chelsea Manning sets up low-tech Twitter account from prison

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aaaand, back on topic

Good for her. If I used Twitter, I'd follow her just to show support.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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Re: It's called freedom, folks

IANAL but I believe that in all 3 examples the business owner is well within their rights to refuse.

Refusing to accept a particular job is not the same as refusing to provide any service to an entire class of people.

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

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Well, we just spent the last few days at work migrating from XP to 7 (and probably weren't the only property making the change).

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HP blasts $5.1bn sueball at ex-Autonomy execs, Lynch preps return fire

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Shouldn't they be suing Leo, too?

"During his tenure as chief executive at HP, the company lost more than $30 billion in market capitalization after a series of strategic missteps by the company, leading to his resignation."

"HP eventually ... wrote-down almost $9 billion related to the Autonomy acquisition, which it indicated was due to a lack of due diligence during the acquisition process under Apotheker."

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

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the radiation will tell us they're on the way.

Sounds like the premise for a sci-fi movie, except with aliens instead of asteroids. Call Bruce Willis.

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How much did T-Mobile US make from that failed AT&T buyout? How about $7.7bn

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And now we know ...

how they can afford to offer such sweetheart deals to steal customers from the bigger guys. Hopefully they'll use a little of it to improve their network, as well.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: Barry Goldwater

Senator Goldwater was very vocal in both his condemnation of the Religious Right (repeatedly warning against their attempt to take over the Republican Party) and his support for gay rights.

http://bluenc.com/content/barry-goldwater-religious-right-and-gay-rights

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Affirmative wrist action: Pebble Time raises 20 MEELLION BUCKS on Kickstarter

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Double your pleasure, double your fun ...

Two, two, two bezels for the price of one!

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Jailed Brit con phishes prison, gets bail

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work release?

Surprising that GCHQ hasn't sprung him and given him a job by now - he seems quite talented

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UN inflicts 10,000 flat pack IKEA shelters on Iraq - WITHOUT TOOLS

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USB outlet, too!

from the fastcoexist article:

"Each flat-packed kit will come with a single solar panel that powers a built-in light and a USB outlet."

Given the growing use of cell phones in the developing world, this is a pretty useful feature. Enabling refugees to charge their phones allows them to stay in contact with friends and relatives, as well keeping abreast of events in the outside world (if the camps provide wifi).

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FCC supremo slams big cable in gridiron Robin Hood metaphor mash-up

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Re: I havew to say that

I guess it's been awhile then since you last visited - we already had that discussion months ago.

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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Re: "Don't tread on me" applies to ME, not you.

Not to mention that these same states are always the first in line to suckle at the Federal teat when it comes to grabbing Federal dollars.

And let's not forget that Tennesseans, in particular, would still be dependent on candle-light after the sun went down if it weren't for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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

from the 3rd paragraph down:

"During the 1920s, Americans began to support the idea of public ownership of utilities, particularly hydroelectric power facilities. Many believed privately owned power companies were charging too much for power, did not employ fair operating practices, and were subject to abuse by their owners (utility holding companies), at the expense of consumers."

Sound familiar?

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Snowden dump details Canadian spies running false flag ops online

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Re: making attacks look like someone else is responsible

@ SP

Sorry, hadn't read that linked article (and so not the comments, either). Shows great minds think alike.

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making attacks look like someone else is responsible

So, they could hack a major corporation, um, let's say Sony, and make it look like the attack originated in, say North Korea? Hypothetically speaking, of course.

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Hilton member accounts info, trip dates open to plunder

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Re: Deja vu?

Ah, referenced in a linked article. I scanned the article a couple of times looking for dates and didn't see any and missed that link. Thanks.

Guess that means I'm not psychic, though. :(

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Deja vu?

I remember reading about this several months ago - HHonors hacked, with the miscreants using the pilfered points to purchase gift cards and merchandise from the Hilton store - and thinking it odd, typical, craven (you pick) that no memo was sent out with advice on how to respond to guests' possible questions regarding the situation.

Is this a new attack or just a rehash of that incident? Or am I psychic and was seeing into the future?

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The Voices: A horror-comedy that’s as schizophrenic as its protagonist

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... why the cat is Scottish

Well, it *is* a ginger.

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Cops cuff Colorado girl for allegedly poisoning mum after iPhone ban

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What a relief!

Just a normal, everyday psycho, then; she didn't claim she did it because of the Slender Man.

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Forget Nokia: Finland's promising future is to be server central

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Also home to the Temppeliaukio Church

http://www.travelsignposts.com/Finland/files/2010/01/DSCN03591.jpg

It's like you're standing under the eye of God and he's giving you the once over, up close. A strange and disconcerting sensation.

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Target tosses US$10 million at victims of breach

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... claims to be lodged online

At a (hopefully) secured site hosted by an independent, disinterested third party.

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Internet Explorer LIVES ON, cackle sneaky Microsoft engineers

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Still on XP/IE6 at work

So most of us use Firefox or Chrome on our workstations for actual web browsing.

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Curiosity rover's broken arm heals, exploration-as-normal resumes

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um ... who took the picture?

If it's a 'selfie', one would expect to see the arm holding the camera extending past the edge of the picture. Does it have a camera on a tripod which it can set down and then retrieve? Or did it just flag down a passing Martian, "Oi! Take my picture, mate?"

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Dread Pirate Roberts' first mate Peter Nash faces life behind bars

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20 years to life for trafficking a kilogram of heroin and ten years to life for 5kg of Cocaine

And, yet, no jail time at all for banks that engaged in money laundering for drug cartels or bankers/brokers/financial institutions that caused a global financial meltdown.

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Sleepy eNom bombs websites in HUGE DNS OUTAGE – remains silent despite gripes

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you bastards!

Adding a completely irrelevant cat picture to the article just so I'd click on it.

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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@ Chriss 244`

Thanks, I'll pass that along.

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just curious

Um, any recommendation on Tagamet dosage, 1 200mg pill once a day, twice a day?

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Google creeps up on another sector: Adds car insurance to Compare

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tried this last night

Top (meaning cheapest) three picks would save me from $650 (1 & 2) to $350 (3) over my present coverage. All three, however, receive 1 star ratings on on-line rating sites, their customers uniformly relating one horror story after another in a seeming endless litany.

My current carrier, on the other hand, received an 89.7% overall customer satisfaction rating for 2014. The one time I needed it, in fact, the woman whose car I backed into in a parking lot actually sent me a thank you note, to let me know quickly they had her car repaired and her satisfaction with the result.

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'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson

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Two words

Holster cases.

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Doubly unfortunate ...

to be saddled with that surname in this situation.

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Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab

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Sold out

I'm getting "Sold Out" on mini-ring page, both last week when the story first ran and again tonight.

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WD reveals NASty new boxes for home and small biz use

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anti-stylish?

While I realize many/most of these things will be shoved under desks or stashed in server closets, I don't why the manufacturers couldn't do a little extra design work to make these things a bit more attractive. Style isn't everything and form should follow function but there's no reason these boxes have to be so butt fugly.

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