* Posts by Jeffrey Nonken

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Facebook's turbo-charged Instant Articles: Another brick in the wall

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Re: Bah!

I stopped using the El Reg app as soon as I saw the mobile site gave me more of what I wanted. Haven't looked back.

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Mars satellites show remains of massive tsunamis that ravaged Red Planet

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Re: Isn't it time to start thinking in terms of Human Mission Support?

...Who says there aren't sharks on Mars?

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Great, IBM has had a PCM breakthrough. Who exactly is going to manufacture?

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Re: Best article I've read here in a while!

Agreed. Last article I read was unabashed marketing fluff. At least this one had some meat I could chew on.

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Three UK: Our MMS prices are up. Get around us with WhatsApp or Skype

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AFAICT, MMS is also used for group messaging. Though iPhones with iMessage group-messaging only other iPhones with iMessage will apparently revert to iMessage only.

To clarify -- there seems to be some confusion on the matter -- here in the Colonies our MMS are simply lumped in with data charges, at standard data rates. Yes, we still pay for them, but not at outrageous per-message rates. Waving your hand and saying "either way they still cost you" is a bit disingenuous.

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Re: Can I disable MMS?

"And the Bell Telephone Company discovered video calls...were a technology no one wanted in 1955."

Indeed. It's not like anybody actually USES Skype.

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Modular phone Ara to finally launch

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Re: So much pessimism?

"...the Android Phones of the 1.x and 2.x era were everyone's laughing stock."

They were? Huh. I LIKED my G1. Still miss having that physical keyboard.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise hiring temps to cover for redundancies - sources

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Re: SharePoint

"...but aren't aware of the phrase 'Once bitten, Twice shy.'"

They are, they just keep hoping you aren't.

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5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

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As a 'Murrican I find I prefer a generic female British voice, and went out of my way to download one for my Garmin. I did try Pam, the Aussie who apparently is a favorite, but for myself I like the English lady better. Also had one in my Magellan years ago.

It is mildly amusing when they use different terms for things than we do in the US. "On ramp" or "off ramp" becomes "slip road". "Legal" U-turn becomes "authorized". "Highway" or "freeway" becomes "motorway". Kinda cool, really. Like a tiny glimpse into a different culture.

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Help! We're being crushed, cry billionaire cable giants

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"We increasingly are saddled with heavy rules without any compelling evidence of harm to consumers or competitors."

By "without compelling evidence" he means "LALALALALA I CAN'T HEAR YOU!"

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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...Because repressive governments are so passé.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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"Gotta feel sorry for the yanks sometimes."

Most of us prefer coffee anyway.

...though the quality varies. My daughter, for example, drinks the instant stuff. Can't stand it, myself. Still, it uses hot water, so would benefit from your faster kettles.

Me, I drink tea, so I'm left standing and waiting. Guess I need to move to England so I can get a faster cuppa. During commercial breaks that I don't get because I don't watch TV. ...And that's where it all falls apart. :)

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Compression tool 7-Zip pwned, pain flows to top security, software tools

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Security by obscurity always works! Because nobody is as smart as you are.

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Burger-slinger Wendy’s admits: Cash-till data breach hit 1 in 20 outlets

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Re: They (and others) have a bit of a cheek

I agree with you in principle, but legally and by definition they are a restaurant.

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Boffins flip the unflippable: Meet the latest storage extender contender

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Re: "it'll take years"

Wow, somebody who remembers bubble memory. ... Well, somebody else, I mean. I gathered at the time that the real reason it never took flight was they never really got it working reliably. But it's quite possible it was due to, as you say, other technologies overtaking it.

But... bubble memory? No, think core memory! Stored as individual magnetic cells, programmed via magnetic pulse, read back by magnetic pulse, persistent without power applied... at least they've apparently managed not to have the read function be destructive. Took longer to read than write core memory due to needing to write back what it read.

I wonder if it uses a sense wire?

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Banning computers makes students do better on exams – MIT

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Re: Not Surprised

Yes, but why? Real books more familiar? Newer generations will be more comfortable with electronics. Easier to scribble in the margins or otherwise take notes? Always on, no problem with charging, specific to the task, frees up the computer for looking up references on the side, easy to add (and see) sticky bookmarks? Doesn't react to stay touches when you're reading in an odd position and shift positions? Or for that matter, if you set it down and pick it back up. Also, the screen doesn't go dark to save power.

There are lots of possible contributing factors, and some may merely be problems to solve. Others may be inherent. I'd be curious to know why, not just what.

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Re: Not that new....

I started learning computer programming in the 1970s. FORTRAN, mostly. As programming became my main focus, the result is that I now tend to print in block capitals, slow down for printing lower case, and have real trouble with script writing. Even my signature is an illegible scrawl, though that's mostly laziness.

Keypunch machines with their asymmetric controls contributed to my deteriorating touch typing skills. Actually I do pretty well there still, but my form is terrible. Fortunately speed and accuracy aren't paramount. (Yes, accuracy is, but only needs to be corrected. I'm not typing on paper, so can easily correct after I type. In case anybody misunderstood what I meant.)

Anyway, yes, I represent what is wrong with the world: people losing skills that are less relevant than they used to be.

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

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Serve more most interesting ads. People are more likely to happily view good content.

https.

Stop with the intrusive, annoying crap. Pushing stuff into my face will alienate me, not force me to buy.

Stop. Putting. Malware. In. Your ads.

Stop telling me it's your God-given right to make money from me and that blocking your crap is stealing. It's not my fault if you can't create a sustainable business.

Some websites refuse to serve me content if I'm running an ad blocker. That's OK, I refuse to access their content. Whereas if they merely ask politely, I almost always whitelist their site.

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29 years of data shows no mobile phone brain cancer link

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I blame Marconi. If he hadn't invented radio waves, the government wouldn't be using them for mind control!

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Probably the same people who try to convince me that higher quality digital audio interconnect cables will give better bass response.

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Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs

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Re: Hey Microsoft, keep up the good work!

GWX Control Panel.

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Suck on this: White hats replace Locky malware payload with dummy

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Huh. So THAT'S what's in all those messages I've been ignoring.

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Sat TV biz Dish: I'm not an authorized iPhone repairer ... but $20 is $20

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Not the iPhone SE? I'm disappointed.

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IBM's quantum 'puter news proves Big Blue still doesn't get 'cloud'

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IBM is and always has been a marketing company. It's always so cute when they try to pretend they're a computer company.

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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Iceland. Moving to Iceland.

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Apple: Don't 'overreact'

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Uh... Think about not wearing his watch? Why on Earth would he imagine I would ever spend that much energy on it? The only time I think about his watch is when I encounter mention of it in the news, otherwise I don't think about it at all.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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GWX Control Panel FTW

I'm sure it's been mentioned, but I'm not prepared to read all 156 comments to check. Mind you, GWX Control Panel is mitigation, not a cure. The cure is for Microsoft to pull their collective head out.

For those people who are saying "Windows Enterprise blah blah...", you're suggesting the station should have to spend extra money just to avoid this pervasive nagging? Sounds like a protection racket to me.

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Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby

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Re: hmmm

Guns don't kill people. Butter kills people.

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Seriously, can we not turn this into Yet Another Useless Debate About Gun Control? Next thing you know somebody will Godwin this thread. Thank you.

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I think the point was that it wasn't a rampage or mass murder, and nobody is likely in danger of physical harm who wasn't already harmed.

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Trouble at t'spinning rust mill: Disk drive production is about to head south

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Re: My old...

My ST238 sees your ST225 and raises you 6%.

... My God, what we used to do for a little extra capacity. RLL, what a disaster. Never saw one that was worth the powder to blow it to Hell. I still have an ESDI drive and controller in the garage, but I don't think they work any more. Full height 5 1/4 inch and weighs a ton.

The capacity of every one of those drives I've ever owned added together is barely a footnote, less than the bad sector table of any modern drive.

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Pro who killed Apple's Power Mac found... masquerading as a coffee table

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Re: I have

I used to be really good at making drum cards, and I could touch-type 026 keypresses on an 029 keypunch. Hah, had to add "keypunch" to the local dictionary. Stupid phone. So yeah, camped out on your lawn. I brought the pizza, you bring the beer.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Stacks of cash? I hardly ever use cash any more, and never on the internet. It's all about shoving numbers around.

I don't even use it much for live transactions. I keep some cash for the occasional candy bar, bag of chips ("crisps" if you like), tips and such, but the rest goes on a credit card. (Just for convenience, not a mounting debt.) $100 cash usually lasts me several months.

...Oh sorry, you said "pedants", I thought you were calling me. ;)

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Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

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Well... I'm on Sprint.

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Re: Wi-fi kills Google Maps on Android

Alistair, please tell us about your experience with the satnav in Audi's car of the year.

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Jeffrey Nonken
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Re: Wi-fi kills Google Maps on Android

Garmin GPS FTW. Though I was happy with my old Magellan, too, back in the day.

The point being that I do not rely on having a live internet connection to get turn-by-turn navigation. And yet, I still have it as an option if needed.

And yeah, maps are updated less frequently. Funny how that was always an issue with paper maps, too.

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Re: Shit coding

Here, I'll be happy to lend you an acoustic coupler modem. ... If you have a matching phone that can use it.

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Europe's digi-boss tells YouTube to cough up proper music royalties

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I didn't see any mention of making the legacy labels pay their artists fairly, nor practice transparency with their accounting. Everything wrong in the world is because of Google. Apparently.

And oh, yeah, God, the melodrama. He did everything except rend his clothes and eat worms. What is he, twelve?

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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Re: Age thing

Not a grey hair on my head! Mine's all turning silver. So nyah.

;)

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Beard? Check.

Misogyny? Hmmm. Ask the wife. Here, let me unchain her for you.

...Sorry, couldn't help myself. I'm in the "too lazy to shave" and "sensitive skin" camps. Which is ironic since these days I sport a goatee, which requires constant maintenance.

Then again, you can't draw a curve from one point. Maybe I'm a statistical outlier, like the other dozen or so men in this forum making the same claims.

Or maybe I'm just lying or fooling myself and I really do hate women. I could claim not to be racist either, and which of you would know?

So I haven't proven anything by posting here. Never mind. Back to work for me!

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US congresscritter's iPhone hacked (with, er, the cell networks' help)

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"Or use a WhatsApp call, which now has end-to-end encryption."

Because I would totally trust Facebook with our national security.

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Re: CTIA rep at end of article is LYING

...Or perhaps he meant T-Mobile.

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Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

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Not gonna happen on my phone, nor any browser I use.

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Re: Fails the Smell Test

"Who bothers to store a 4 digit pin?"

Anybody who has to remember too many of them.

Anybody with an account they don't access via PIN regularly.

Anybody who doesn't have a perfect memory.

Anybody who is mortal and might want to leave their account details to whomever might have to take them over. Especially if they become disabled but not dead. Like, you know, growing old.

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Re: Encryption?

Keepass here, long passcode easy for me to remember but hard to guess. 59.

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Re: And pre-Millienials were tech savants?

"(I have memorised my PIN, but I do use a password manager on my phone to remember alarm codes etc.)"

Keepass here, though I don't think I qualify as a millennial, seeing as how I'm actually a 'boomer.

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I am sending pouting selfies to a robot. Its AI is well buff

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Re: modern era’s obsession with misspelt branding

Don't forget Xerox.

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Swedish air controllers debunk cyber attack disruption theory

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Re: Ockham's Razor

So which is the simpler explanation: the sun doing sun stuff, or a group of people spending hundreds of hours focused on the task of finding weaknesses in a foreign computer system thousands of miles away, then using that to cause minor disruption to air travel for an hour and a half?

When you just wave your hands at it, you make it sound simple. Just because there's a simple term for something doesn't mean it's actually simple. "Having a baby" sounds pretty straightforward if you don't think about the processes involved, not to mention all the things that can go wrong.

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Apple pulled 2,204lbs of gold out of old tech gear

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Re: Spelling!

Picking on spelling, grammar and punctuation on the Internet is like shouting at clouds.

Also, maybe it was an autocorrect that he missed. On a phone here, and I had to re-correct two just in that first sentence. Sorry, three; Internet wasn't capitalized. And I forgot to include "capitalization" in the rant list. Oh hey, I just started a sentence with a conjunction. VERY bad form.

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Re: Love 'em or hate 'em...

I recently repaired an iPhone 5 for my neighbor by soaking it acid.*

I did not bother with an iPhone 4 for a friend (just needs a new case, front and back both cracked) only because it's locked to a carrier we don't like, and would need to spend money on an account for 6 months to get a free unlock. Third party unlock costs $90, before anybody suggests it.

I own two working iPhone 3GS units and one broken. All are Frankenphones. Broken one has bad battery, cracked glass, non-working backlight. Not worth fixing, though some parts may be useful (buttons) and the logic board works and in fact is unlocked from AT&T.

...Of course, I'm a geek and a nerd. But phones can be fixed for pay. Only question is value, like my friend's iPhone 4. My point is that "forced" may be a strong word here. There are choices, if unpalatable.

* Actually, I disassembled it and soaked the logic board in white vinegar overnight, rinsed in water, rinsed in alcohol, blew off with compressed air, let dry a few hours, then reassembled and tested. Seeing it boot was a GLORIOUS thing. Months later the neighbor reports it still working flawlessly. Came from a drawer in my boss's desk; after water exposure he deemed it preferable to replace. Obviously it WAS a choice.

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Mac hinge may change

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Re: metal injection

22.86 Centimeter Nails.

Hmm. It lacks a certain... something.

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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

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Not all of them

For the record, my 23yo daughter turns her phone off and watches the damn movie.

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