* Posts by thomas k.

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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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Unhappy

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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HTC One M9 hands on: Like a smart M8 in a sharp suit

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M7 still good enough

Just bought a 2nd M7 to have a spare one when they were on sale at BB. Just have to be a little choosier when loading up your music due to the 32 GB limit.

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TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

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we take our customers' security very seriously

Well, after we discover that security has been compromised, that is.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Windows XP was released with IE6 back in 2002

And ... the worldwide corporation I work for (which shall remain nameless) is *still* on XP/IE6. New PCs (every two years) are still imaged with it.

Most sites work ok with IE6 but I've had to switch to Firefox for my personal surfing for a couple otf sites that bring IE6 to its knees - I'm looking at you, androidcentral and phandroid.

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Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

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um ... thanks, Verizon?

Still, not much will change for me, personally, unless my city decides to build it's own fiber network to compete with Verizon DSL and TWC.

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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Disco ball, obviously

We're just a little too far away to hear the thump of the bass.

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Nokia blasts Ericsson out of water, demos 600Mbps data speeds

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1 gig per day per person

You'll go through the cap on your family plan pretty quick at that rate.

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Leaky battery attack reveals the paths you walk in life

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Aside from "victims need only install an attacker's app"

I'm guessing this only works if (a) the phone has a SIM card in it and (b) the phone is turned on?

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Alien

Re: says:

Because the fewer people that stumble upon evidence of alien visitation, the easier it is to cover it up.

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Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

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Superfish comes with Lenovo consumer products only

Because, of course, we wouldn't jeopardize our lucrative SMB and Enterprise business by pulling this shit on them.

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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"Math is hard!"

<sigh> ... Would you like fries with that?

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Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

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What's the problem?

If supporting the NSA helps prevent those pesky, uncomfortable questions about his family's close ties with the Saudi royal family from being asked, what's the problem?

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Red shirts

Wouldn't it be somewhat more practical to dress them in bright blue or lime green shirts - you know, something that would stand out against the background rather than blend in with it - in case they collapse when outside it will be easier to spot them.

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Oi, Kanye. BEYONCE deserves that gTLD more than you do

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Happy

Wow!

Thanks, Reg, that really made my day.

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Kanye West: Yo, DNS... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time

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I think ...

Beyonce deserves that gTLD more than he does.

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BEHOLD the magnificent lunar backside in our MOON VIDEO

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No alien and/or secret Nazi bases?

Were they airbrushed out?

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Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

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520 as iPod killer?

This is the mp3 player Zune should have been. I can listen to my tunes, watch videos and surf the web. Oh, and it makes phones calls, too!

Satisfied 520 user here.

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The Interview? Kim Jong-Un, you really shouldn’t have bothered

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it was ok

Showed up on Netflix so got to watch it for free, basically.

Not all that good but not as awful as I was expecting, either - typical Rogen/Franco fare, with Franco coming off best, as usual, and certainly better than Pineapple Express.

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Exit Interview: Sony Pics co-chair Amy Pascal flees 'Nork' hack studio

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... the latest reboot of the Spider-Man franchise

Oh, god, not another one?! Well, third time's the charm, hopefully.

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You gotta keep a smart watch on the Swiss, Apple: Enter SWATCH

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Swatch?

I thought they made cars.

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Death becomes it: Grim Fandango Remastered

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Hmm ...

Grim Fandango was the only Lucas Arts game I ever played, must have come in towards their end. I played a ton of Sierra adventures though.

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Attackers sling recent Flash 0day through 1800 domains

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But ... but ...

Hulu requires Flash! You want me to miss my shows?!

Tired of all these exploit stories, I went ahead and uninstalled Flash, only to discover Hulu needed it. So I downloaded and installed it again, through IE, and Hulu worked again *in IE*. But it didn't work on Firefox (and neither of the 2 Flash Player add-ons worked, either) so I had to download and install it again, through Firefox, to get it to work on that, too. Very strange.

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Google boffins PROVE security warnings don't ... LOOK! A funny cat!

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Hey!

You said there was a funny cat picture but there wasn't. Bastards!

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FCC sexes up, er, sextuples 'broadband' speed to 25Mbps in US

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I'd like some more, please

Well, people can ask. Doesn't mean they'll get it.

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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more neutral terms?

Brokeback buddy, perhaps? Weak sister? Gunsel? Catamite? Do tell.

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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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