* Posts by Jeffrey Nonken

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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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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Re: Exercise the SRO

I think you meant "exasperation". For the other, see Shaun of the Dead.

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You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

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I grew up in Downingtown, Pa. Several Burroughs plants there and nearby. My father worked there, as did my best friend's father, the fathers of everybody in the high school computer club... except Alan, whose brother did.

Ah, those were the days. Dad's in a nursing home these days, my best friend is the spitting image of his father back then, and I've pretty much lost track of the rest. Me? I develop firmware for a flight simulator company.

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WikiLeaks uploads 300+ pieces of malware among email dumps

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Re: Peices

I before E except after C and except when it sounds like A as in "neighbor" and "weigh". Nobody ever seems to remember the second part. Hell, I've heard people quote "I before E" and stop there.

There are still exceptions, of course. "Ancient" and "science" come to mind.

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Swedish Pokemon teens terrorised by laser-wielding 'sex pigs'

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Re: Some prick is shining lasers at teenagers playing a computer game?

Who TF downvoted you? Lasers are fscking dangerous.

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Native Skype for Windows Phone walked behind shed, shot heard

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Now they just have to take the rest of the Skype clients to their last veterinary visit and I'll be satisfied.

Skype is too damned invasive and tries to damned hard to be my bestest buddy.

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£1m military drone crashed in Wales after crew disabled anti-crash systems – report

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Re: GPS ASL

But the drone want flaring, it was braking. A flare is actually a nose up.

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Re: Well, it appears to have worked as designed..

Yes, well... The aircraft hasn't landed until you're in the pub having your second beer, so obviously the manufacturer flubbed that one.

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'Surely the "ultimate" landing confirmation sensor and far better than assuming you might be on the ground when possibly still 65' up in the air and nosing down to "make sure".'

No, I gather that the the nose down operation was to provide additional friction to improve braking*, not to "make sure" the drone had landed. It was applied after the drone was assumed to have landed.

*... Or more likely it's using the elevator for air resistance, to apply the equivalent of additional flaps. The article isn't clear on that and I don't actually know much on the subject.

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Hilton hotels' email so much like phishing it fooled its own techies

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"should ask customers to call phone numbers they need to look up on credit cards or websites,"

Instead of providing (possibly false, which it would be if it were a scam) information directly in the email, tell the customer to use contact they would have elsewhere. For example, there are contact numbers on the back of your credit card. They could also log into a known website to get that information.

How's that?

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Judges put FCC back in its box: No, you can't override state laws, not even for city broadband

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"Funnily enough, US regulator can't just do whatever it wants”

... But Comcast and AT&T are allowed to wrote their monopolies into state law, preventing municipalities from providing alternatives even when the former ignore contracts requiring them to provide service.

Funnily enough, the court didn't bother to mention that part.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

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Re: Avast problems?

"I haven't used Avast! since it ate a couple of WinXP 64bit installations... "

Been avoiding it myself. Also avoiding WX except one test machine at work. WX+Avast seems like a marriage made in Hell to me.

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Cyberpunks might not be crooks but they're really very rude

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My sister married a Gaylord. And yes, I'm sure he's heard all the jokes.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Disclaimer: I'm actually a colonist, so my opinions may not count.

I grew up on Lipton tea. Pour boiling water over the bag, steep, add milk and sugar just prior to serving.

Since then I have reduced my sugar intake (multiple times), learned to take tea without; to me it tastes wrong with only milk, so now I take it black.

Meantime I also discovered better teas. I now buy my tea online from Harney and Sons. Their English Breakfast blend is my go-to, but I mix it up a bit sometimes. Bridgette's Blend is one of my favorites. But I digress.

Now that I've re-trained my palate, Lipton tastes abominable to me.

I still make tea the same way, except it's usually loose now, but boiling water brings out the flavors. I only make a cup at a time because it's just me. I use a Chef's Choice electric kettle to boil the water. (I keep one at home and one at work.) Microwaved water is an abomination. I use bottled or filtered water; tap water here in Sacramento is an abomination all on its own.

I use one of these for my loose tea: https://www.harney.com/finum-permanent-tea-filter-large.html

Does the coffee pot brew the coffee or merely warm it? If the latter, it seems like it would be too cool for proper tea. But I don't know much about brewing tea in a pot, so maybe it's not that bad. Brewing tea like coffee sounds completely wrong.

Adding milk while it's steeping would cool the water prematurely, that sounds wrong too. But I'm still of the "pour boiling water over dried leaves and steep" camp.

How long to steep is a matter of taste. You Brits seem to like your leaves ground, which goes bitter after a few minutes. I prefer whole leaves, but I'm careless about the timing. Consequently I've gotten accustomed to a touch of bitterness.

My own opinion, for what it's worth, is that making it in a coffee pot with milk already added is an abomination. I would also be annoyed that somebody would decide for me that my tea should have milk, and not give me a choice, quite aside from the issue of proper steeping.

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The return of (drone) robot wars: Beware of low-flying freezers

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Re: I always hoped Amazon was true to its name...

Maybe he just has a fetish for women with one breast removed.

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Coffee/keyboard

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"So Amazon realised it had better run trials in the UK – a country where gun ownership is tightly restricted and its citizens are happy and willing to have every fucking second of their private lives filmed because they already live in a corrupt police state with the Big Brother-like cosh of closed-circuit TV on every street corner."

Whoa! Alistair, be careful. You got serious there for a second. Have a lie-down and it will pass.

"Unfortunately, after the first dozen cats, the rescue centre refused to let me have any more."

OK, that made me snort my tea. Or would have, had I been drinking tea just then and not eating frozen lasagna. (Reheated. Hah, headed that off!) Fortunately I managed to avoid snorting that, it sounds even less fun than the tea. Close call, though.

"Now, of course, with the addition of courier traffic, there is no room left for humans travelling on foot..."

What are you on about? You don't need the sidewalk. Instead of popping down to the local market, you order from the Internet and hang about your house waiting for delivery. Duh. SO much more convenient. You get more exercise anyway, pacing while gesticulating angrily. Though blood pressure could be a problem.

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BEEEELLIONth iPhone sold

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A million million, or a thousand million? "Billion" in the U.S. usually means the latter.

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Re: Sorted

Almost, but not completely, unlike tea.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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"As ever, taking a separate backup first is a good precaution, though there is also an undo option for the first month."

Right. Because you're doing brain surgery on yourself, and if it goes wrong, you're trying to undo it with more brain surgery. What could possibly go wrong?

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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Viber?

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Re: All you conversations

Viber might be a contender.

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Re: Perhaps ....

60? Good god, I thought I was, um, maturing... sounds like you were finishing school around my birthday. Prolly about my dad's age.

I have a slipstick, but it's a cheap plastic one, and I never really learned how to use it. Electronic sliderules were juuuuust getting popular when I started college. Remember the old TIs with lensed LED displays and horrible battery life?

Dad used to have a nice wooden one, but I have no idea where it got to. A shame, I'd love to have it. Maybe my sister got it. It's a name brand I'm sure you'll recognize, hell, could be the same one you have, but damned if I can remember it.

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Google's Android Pay hits Australia

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"Users of rooted handsets and custom ROMs will likely be out of luck attempting to install Android Pay."

Which doesn't suck at all, except for a) all the tons of crap apps mobile operators force on you in the stock ROMs; b) the number of perfectly good phones that are orphaned once said operators lose interest in upgrading them. A year or two into deployment, I expect, or whenever they start pushing the latest new Shiny.

Cyanogenmod makes my phone more configurable and leaner at the same time, as well as being able to run the latest builds of Marshmallow instead of an old version of Lollipop. It's actually more secure than stock ROM, which will never be updated. Google Pay can suck my left nut.

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Much more Moore's Law: Wonder-stuff graphene transistor trickery

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Re: Except...

Son, move over. It's time for your nap.

The earliest commercial Personal Computers ran on 8-bit micros (typically the Z-80 or 6502) and had either 8" or 5 1/4" floppies as a high-priced option; otherwise, your mass storage was audio tape. The 8" floppies had more storage until they invented High Density encoding.

Of course, there were Personal Computers before that, but those were pretty much just for dedicated hobbyists. I myself owned a KIM-1 and still own an IMSAI 8080.

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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"Now imagine the person to be an airline pilot."

Not a valid comparison for several reasons.

- I can't say what it's like in the Blighty, but here in the Colonies all that's required to get an automobile or motorcycle license is passing a written test, an eye test, and a brief driving test. Basically you only have to show passing familiarity with some laws and mechanical operation of the vehicle. Whereas to be an airline pilot takes years and lots and lots and lots and lots of training, plus certification, frequent training refreshers and re-certification. Even a private pilot's license takes a metric buttload of training and cert.

- As somebody pointed out in an earlier post, flying a commercial airline requires two pilots, and at least one must be alert and in the cockpit at all times.

- Flying is not driving. Flying is not LIKE driving. Generally once you're in the air... well, I wouldn't say you have fewer things to worry about, but it's a different set of things. Typical road hazards don't exist; most man-made hazards will be close to the ground, and airborne hazards are few and far between. (Though likelier to be deadly.) Weather is a larger concern, pilot error, mechanical breakdowns.

- Keeping the above in mind, the autopilot is very clever at keeping you on a constant heading and altitude, and in combination with a properly programmed GPS can pretty much fly you from one end of the trip to the other with minimal intervention. No trees, deer or wooden posts are likely to be encountered except possibly at the endpoints of the trip, though bird strikes are more likely (but not that common).

- Oh yeah, and no flying home from the local pub. Again, I can't speak for other countries, but pilots have to be alcohol-free for a minimum of 8 hours (varies -- some airlines may increase that). But as long as my blood alcohol is within legal limits, I can jump into my car and drive -- in fact, I can anyway, just not legally. But they have to catch me to enforce it. Airline pilots? Shown the door.

Thing is, the autopilot doesn't have to worry about turns in the road -- it's not following a road. It doesn't have to worry about pedestrians, dogs, cars cutting you off, discovered checks, traffic jams, traffic signals, posted speed limits, the car ahead of you applying emergency braking... or any of thousands of road hazards or conditions. Icing is a concern, but not slippery roads.

Navigation consists of following straight lines from one point to another, (mostly) unrelated to geographical conditions on the ground. Driving a car is ALL ABOUT ground conditions.

I wish people would stop drawing this parallel, because the two are nothing alike.

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Win 10 Anniversary: 'We're beginning to check in final code' says Microsoft

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Re: There is absolutely no way

Windows Classic Shell can take a lot of the sting out of the metro interface. Try it.

I always install it anyway, I'm still stuck in the year 2000. Never saw a reason to change.

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

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For comments on lines of code, I prefer to use the double slash.

For block comments I generally have a slash followed by a line of asterisks, followed by one or more lines of text (no asterisks), followed by a line of asterisks ending in a slash. Separates the block visually, nice symmetry, easy to edit.

I'm sure Linus would find other reasons to hate me, if not that.

We should all remember Nathan Hale's famous line, "I only regret that I have but one asterisk for my nation."

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IoT puts assembly language back on the charts

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Re: You can "learn" assembly?

... Yes, and no.

Yes, assembly is tied directly to the architecture, so varies accordingly. Learning one is NOT learning all.

No, because there is a paradigm, a way of thinking, that is different from higher level languages. Once you learn how to program in machine language, moving to a new machine is mainly just learning the architecture, syntax and op codes. I know, that sounds like all of it, but it's not really... There's that difference in thinking from other languages.

I was lucky enough to have access to a very simple machine when I was young, an IBM 1620, where I was able to teach myself its machine code. In spite of the fact that it was a register-less system, applying the understanding to new CPUs has never been a problem for me. Generally takes me about a week to get comfortable, a month to get proficient.

Then again, I'm one of those weirdos who LIKES programming in assembly. So maybe my experience doesn't count.

Anyway, I agree it's not a language per se, but I feel that knowing a machine language gets you closer than only knowing only high-level languages. (Or 'C'. Which is basically an abstraction layer over machine language. IMHO. Still protects you from the underlying architecture.)

Sorry you don't like it; you are in the majority. Your contempt is noted.

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White hat banned for revealing vulns in news sites used by London councillors

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Shooting the messenger is always the best response.

...said no sentient being ever.

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Scientists want you to know how to have sex with a hyper-long dong

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Not everybody has to be quick in the natural world. Snakes, for instance, can copulate for days. As for penises, they have two, and they switch off. (As in "take turns".) With corresponding anatomy in the female.

And yes, they are themselves predators, but they are not at the top of the food chain.

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Cafe killer remote code execution affects 140 million MIUI Androids

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It has its issues, for certain. But a) I would not want to live in a world without choices and b) be fair, this particular mistake is on a third party port.

Also c) other options are hardly without blemish. Apple has some nice phones, but when is the last time iOS had a problem? Say, bricking iPads? On an upgrade meant to fix a security hole?

And they leave devices behind, too. There's an iPhone 4 in this house that only runs iOS 7, and a clutch of perfectly good 3GS phones that only run iOS 6. My Galaxy S4 only runs 5.0.1 stock, but at least I have the option of installing a third party port that brings it up to date.

I don't entirely disagree. I just think that "pile of poo" might be a bit unfair. Also incomplete. Possibly disingenuous.

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I'm guessing the remark about Cyanogenmod is an aside, just for comparison of usage statistics. I'm wondering if the paragraph was inserted as an afterthought, it is rather confusing. I think Mr. Pauli should move it and add a few more words of context. Or at least add the context, though the following paragraph might want a few more words to properly shift the context back.

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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Anybody remember a book or movie named "Colossus: the Forbin Project"?

In 1975 the author (Dennis Feltham Jones) wrote "The Floating Zombie".

This will all end in tears! ... And a grade school named after a security guard.

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Dying satellite sends boffins one last surprise before disappearing

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People who never make mistakes cannot learn from them, and will never grow.

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AMD promises code fix for power-hungry Radeon RX 480 GPU

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Ahhhh, yes... The voodoo 3. AGP, remember that?

My first one burned out. I fitted my second witha custom cooler, plus I bought a small blower from Radio Shack and fitted it with clothespins (the spring-loaded kind) to clip it to the card. Worked a treat.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Uhhhhhhh... No.

Apparently she's only connected to reality at a few widely scattered points.

Also I don't think it's any damn business of hers who I have sex with.

Lucky for me I'm on the other side of the pond, so this is nothing to do with me. Best luck with this, England.

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You can’t sit there, my IoT desk tells me

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Re: I know that feeling well...

A housemate had one of those kneeling chairs, a good high-quality one. After a period of adjustment, it was surprisingly comfortable, and encouraged better posture than a traditional chair.

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Loose wrists shake chips: Your wrist-job could be a PIN-snitch

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Advanced html my left foot. ...Oh, damn, the stupid phone substituted a smart quote, didn't it? *facepalm* THANK YOU SO MUCH AUTOCORRECT.

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Yeah, well. I wear one of <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/kqJJbfSgakdy5lT-aB8RhM0Sxto7Jx1cdRtbYonShFyClKDfPxV0l-ijqJtAPZtvda6E3jyWbQ=w2160-h3840-rw-no”>these</a>. Good luck hacking it. Also, another dexter with his watch on the sinister.

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Bloke 'lobbed molotov cocktails' at Street View car because Google was 'watching him'

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Re: I lost that bet

No. Because... if I have to explain it, it isn't funny.

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Huge double boxset of Android patches lands after Qualcomm disk encryption blown open

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Galaxy s4 here running cm13, so I'll probably have the patches soonish. Not for the average user, though, for sure. And a damned shame, this is actually a pretty decent phone.

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Attention, small biz using Symantec AV: Smash up your PCs, it's the safest thing to do

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Symantec is garbage anyway

I say we take off and nuke 'em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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