* Posts by Jeffrey Nonken

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Tokyo man arrested for selling jailbroken iPhones

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I'm just not sure this is actually a trademark violation. Seems like Intellectual Property law is being bent to fit behaviour somebody doesn't like, but can't find a relevant law for.

Then again I don't know what trademark law is like in Tokyo. But it just doesn't seem to fit the intent of a trademark.

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Re: Fact check?

I'm Jeff from Southeastern Pennsylvania*, but I currently live in Sacramento. Same idea, but I can see how it might be confusing, the way it was phrased.

*It's OK, I'm from just outside Philadelphia.

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Ladies in tech, have you considered not letting us know you're female?

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I have to wonder who wrote the apology for him.

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Four US states demand restraining order to stop internet power handover to ICANN

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Re: Message to Merkins

Sorry. My brother in law is married to my sister, and my IQ is not in double digits.

No, he's not otherwise related, and it's triple digits.

I'd throw some English stereotypes back at you, but I don't care enough to be bothered.

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US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?

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Re: If companies had not given out IP's like candy.....

Oh yes. Quite a few.

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If we can't fix this printer tonight, the bank's core app will stop working

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Re: Some time ago...

We had a chain printer on the IBM 360 at university. It would let you know it was out of paper, or of other issues, by raising the lid on the acoustic enclosure. VERY effective at getting attention.

P.S. I know what punched cards are and what Hollerith is. Also the difference between an 026, 029 and 129 keypunch. "Bite my EBCDIC." :)

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‘Penultimate’ BlackBerry seen on 'do not publish' page as fire sale begins

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Re: Wrong

"A qwerty phone? really? Who uses this stuff?"

Ahhh. Real keyboards. I miss my old SKII. *sigh*

Using Swype these days, but nothing is perfect.

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

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Re: That's what happen when you have a Kirk...

Oh, come on. Shore leave episode, and Kirk will seduce or be seduced by some gorgeous alien woman who will turn out to be an enemy spy but will do a last-minute heel-face turn because she's fallen in love.

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Re: Not really comparable

Probability of damaging the chip will go down precipitously with practice and a proper reflow station, but will never reach zero.

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Re: Fragile evidence...

"OK, I'll bite: IANALBIPOOTI?

I got as far as I Am Not A Lawyer But I .."

...stayed at a Holiday Inn last night?

...Damn. No, but close!

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Fanbois iVaporate: Smallest Apple iPhone queues ever

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Re: <Shrug>

Wow. Opinionated, arrogant AND judgemental. Nicely done.

BTW, while I happen to like iPhones, I'm neither fool nor idiot enough to think they're perfect.

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Re: maybe its a 'Trek' thing?

...a myth that's been THOROUGHLY debunked, BTW. But let's not bring logic into this.

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Google GPS grab felt like a feature, was actually a bug

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Re: Utter rubbish!

Nah, that's just the Foster's you're drinking.

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Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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Re: Danger!

Obviously they were laughing so hard, they hit the wrong button.

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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Any idea of how recent a version? I use Cyanogenmod with opengapps, and can just keep using older versions of the latter, at least for now.

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End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

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I see many threads conflating two things:

- The speed of access to an arbitrary destination site.

- The connection speed to the provider.

The former is under nobody's control (or many bodies' control, which is the same thing), but it's what the customer PERCEIVES as his internet speed. The latter is very much under the provisioner's control, or at very least his responsibility.

Maintain a distinction between the two and a lot of these arguments will just vanish, because they don't make sense. It's the provisioning speed we care about in this context, and nothing else.

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Elon Musk says SpaceX Falcon 9 fireball investigation is 'biggest challenge yet'

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Re: Bringing Internent..

https://www.techdirt.com/blog/netneutrality/articles/20150921/12385832320/facebook-hopes-renaming-internetorg-app-will-shut-net-neutrality-critics-up.shtml

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"...igniting the oxygen..."

Sorry to interrupt, but oxygen isn't inflammable.

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Re: Unusual dog

That was... an inane sort of tangent. Not going to call you an insensitive clod, I'm not really insulted that easily. An ignorant buffoon, maybe.

My daughter is autistic, needs more-or-less constant supervision. Doesn't actually need such a dog herself, but I can see it in some cases.

But she's never going to hack your computer or anybody else's.

On the spectrum myself, self-diagnosed. High-functioning enough that I generally pass as neurotypical. Not interested in hacking into anything.

Not going to downvote you. Not worth it.

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Self-stocking internet fridge faces a delivery come down

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My practical side told my eco-friendly side to bugger itself and be satisfied with a proper recycle.

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Re: Burglar Alarm Fix

Yeah, problem-solvers... Not always fun at parties (YMMV) but can make jaws drop when we fix a problem in seconds that has everybody else banging heads against walls. Always fun to see the looks on their faces.

Me, I use a fairly robust key debounce algorithm. But I make fake airplanes, not alarm systems. Don't know what limitations I'd have to deal with.

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Re: Garmin

Haven't heard that particular one myself, though I've heard her quietly have conniptions if I go off-track and have to make multiple turns to get back on, such as stopping for petrol. But I believe it. (Also not many roundabouts here in the U.S., and we call them "traffic circles".)

I bought a Garmin because, working for a flight simulator company, I've seen the quality of their airplane GPSes and hoped some would rub off on their consumer products. *shrug* it's good, not great, though far better than stories I've heard of TomTom. But I do miss certain features such as the ability to favor freeways, or eschew them; I will probably look into going back to Magellan next time.

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Re: Test for success

1. I think you're talking about one extreme end of the bell curve. Most developers are willing to at least test for a reasonable number of input conditions before shipping.

2. Not always fair to blame the developers, either. I happen to know of a shop where EVERY release of EVERY product is a fire being put out, regardless of how much the devs encourage the boss to schedule reasonable amounts of time. Then when problems come up, the devs are blamed for insufficient testing.

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Re: Sheer brilliance.

Hah hah! No, but I don't handle the phone once the paperwork has begun, if it makes you feel any better, until I wash up.

And how do you know it's not an HTC?

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Me, I use a Garmin GPS in my car. I bought "last year's" model and applied the savings to a lifetime of free map upgrades, and traffic monitoring.

True, it only updates once a year. Fortunately I'm clever enough to check to see if there's a road before I turn onto it... I installed a nice female English voice onto it, which for some reason I find comforting. (That's "English" as in "from England".) I derive endless amusement from her calling the on- or off-ramp a "slip road", and other English phrasings.

I often wonder if some quirks of pronunciation are due to the language package. For instance, she correctly pronounces "Watt Avenue" if we're on the freeway (oh, sorry, I should say "motorway" :), but the second I hit the off-ramp -- I mean, slip road -- she starts saying "Wah Avenue". Off the freeway it's wrong, on the freeway (ANY freeway) it's correct. It's... actually a bit surrealistic.

Anyway, quirks and drawbacks notwithstanding, I'm happy to not be dependent on a data connection, and to be using a product from a specialist. And I can always use Google maps as a backup if the Garmin fails me.

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Re: Sheer brilliance.

Agreed. I would have wet myself laughing had I not been reading this on the loo.

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What's up, Zuck? FTC to probe Facebook for WhatsApp phone number mega-slurp

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Re: I used to use whatsapp a lot.

...And then there's Signal.

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Ten-year-old Windows Media Player hack is the new black, again

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Re: Wait, Windows has a media player?

I use either media player classic (seems lighter weight than VLC, works better on my ageing laptop) or VLC, if mpc won't do the trick.

WMP isn't a complete disaster, but I always replace it on a new installation ASAP.

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Ditch tape and fly into the public cloud with us, beams bullish Actifio

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Re: This release is about cheaper resiliency and faster availability. No one can match it.

I dug through your posts to figure out who you are, because you come across like a shill for the company. CMO, hmm, yeah.

No offense, but I can't trust the opinion of a man whose salary depends on promoting a product.

Your enthusiasm for enthusiastically promoting your product as the be-all to end all, the greatest thing since sliced bread, the only answer that ticks all the boxes, does you credit; it is your job, after all. But marching slogans and market-speak don't tell me if your product is any good.

You might come across as marginally more sincere if you were to mention your relationship with the company in every comment (or at least the first comment you post in every thread), and not let yourself appear to be just another El Reg patron.

Also I have a personal slogan that goes, "Everybody in marketing is a fucking liar." It's not meant personally, it's exaggerated and deliberately provocative, but it makes the point that marketing can't be trusted to be honest about their products.

So what are the flaws and limitations of this wonderful product of yours, I wonder? I bet you a nickel you won't name then in public. If you say anything it'll be the most minor, or things you can hand-wave away.

As an experienced problem-solver and R&D developer, MY job is to find flaws and limitations, pluses and minuses, to consider disaster modes, failure handling and look for edge cases. I see none of that here. ...Actually my job is to find success strategies, but to do that I need the whole picture. Too much spit and polish on your picture. If I can't peel back the pretty chrome panels and see the ugly underside, that picture is worthless to me.

The good news is that I'm not actually in your target market, so my personal cynicism won't affect your bottom line. I'm just a bored R&D developer who was irritated by blatant market-speak by somebody apparently unwilling to be upfront about his company connection. (You didn't actually try to hide it, though, I give you that.)

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Dropbox: Leaked DB of 68 million account passwords is real

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Weird. Why can't I reach haveibeenpwnd with my VPN active?

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Paint your wagon (with electric circuits) but leave my crotch alone

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Re: A semi-serious question...

I use a holster myself. I've been quite happy with the Naztech Gladiator; tough canvas with a magnetized flap, comes with both a belt loop and a spring clip, either of which it locks to with a 180 degree twist. Very robust.

Disclaimer: nought but a satisfied customer.

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Is it time to unplug frail OpenOffice's life support? Apache Project asked to mull it over

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Staying in denial is NOT the same as preventing a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

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My mother-in-law is from Poland. Her entire family was put into concentration camps. In the book The Yellow Star there's a photo of her mother from just before she was shot and placed in a mass grave. Her first husband, father and brothers also died there, and she herself has been on death marches. She and her sister managed to survive.

I'm sure she'd have some rather sharp words about this historical revisionism. She's 97 and her mind isn't as clear as it used to be, but she hasn't forgotten THAT. I sure as Hell am not about to mention it to her.

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Exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phablets recalled immediately

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Re: Bah!

Hah! Thumbs up for the Fail Safe reference.

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Ice to see you! Windows 10 fix for freezing PCs finally flung at folks

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Re: WTF?

"I would say it was some kind of corner case. I know this because I have the arrangement described and have not seen any issues."

And we should treat a single unsupported assertion as statistically significant because... ?

Anyway, I think he was suggesting that having a separate data drive might not be a corner case, rather than the failure itself.

I, of course, know that it's not a corner case because I have separate boot and data drives.

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Surge pricing? How about surge fines: Pennsylvania orders Uber to cough up $11.4m

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No, we never did get over it.

And yeah, alcohol laws are pathetic in PA. Can't buy the stuff with your groceries. Beer is only available at licensed beverage distributors, and liquor at State Stores.

Which is ironic since it's a commonwealth, not a state. O_o

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AT&T trash talks Google over Fiber fiasco: Leave ISP stuff to the experts

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I was going to part here about at&t being screaming hypocrites, but Techdirt has already written a better article than I ever could.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160831/07082835399/att-poster-child-government-favoritism-mocks-google-fiber-government-favoritism.shtml

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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

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Re: @ D@v3

@tony72: for your end of the deal, I believe you can still buy USB-connected floppy drives. But such a retrofit as you describe might be advantageous for them, especially considering reliability and availability of the media. And considering a harsh environment and open spinning media.

Not saying they'd agree, just thinking in the abstract.

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Re: @ D@v3

But you're building NEW machines. These are intended for retrofit.

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Re: Can't add USB?

...though I'll grant you that is a limited market, true. Still, I could build, oh, I dunno. Three or four of them.

Also a couple CP/M-based machines, with a bit of work. The capacity of one of those CF cards seems heavenly compared to a SSSD 8" floppy disc. And the weight and size... Linear power supply, steel enclosure... Holy crap.

But it does reduce the nostalgia factor. Still, nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

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Re: Can't add USB?

ISA USB cards with DOS drivers are a bit thin on the ground these days.

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WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

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Re: Why bother?

Why are you complaining about people complaining? Selfish and boring. Go read the next article.

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If you haven't changed your Dropbox password for 4 years, do so now

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Re: "passwords ... copied from the original email. Marginally better than post-it, but only just..."

Exactly. Post-its are bad physical security but, unlike password lockers, cannot be hacked remotely.

Though I suppose you could put your password locker on a separate, air-gapped system.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's... er, Graphene bubbles – 200 times stronger than Superman

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Re: Underrr.... PRESSURE!

Not Billy Joel?

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Both HPs allegedly axed people just for being old, California court told

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Re: Wage slaves

It's not just the wages; it's the benefits. People's medical costs increase as they age.

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Stop lights, sunsets, junctions are tough work for Google's robo-cars

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Autonomous-car-friendly infrastructure isn't really out the window, it's just not a short-term solution. But if such cars become popular enough, the technology and infrastructure will start being improved organically.

Not to say it won't take time, though. Google et.al. have to work with what they have for now. Just saying there's a difference between "never" and "indefinitely".

Still won't help with kids running into traffic, of course.

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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Re: English is wonderful

Also my friend Zoë.

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Re: English is wonderful

"...currency symbols other than $..."

Including the cent symbol, which is used in the U.S. but was left out of ASCII.

Which by the way is the American Standard Code for Information Interchange. So, yeah, only suitable for use in America, and only marginally at that. You're welcome, rest-of-the-world.

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If this headline was a security warning, 90% of you would ignore it

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Re: DINGG!! "I'm sure you don't want to not install Windows 10 not later!"

If you want context, follow the link and RTFA.

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Cisco joins Microsoft and flings out Skype-friendly collab app

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I just hate Skype. Too intrusive, keeps trying to be my best buddy, won't shut down on my phone and has to be kicked to death on my PC...

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