* Posts by Jeffrey Nonken

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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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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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How about us 60 year olds?

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

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Re: I fired off a Nasty-Gram to Feinstein

Her. Dianne. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein

Not that I expect everybody in the world to know our politicians. The US citizenry are notorious in our own ignorance of global politics. Or culture. Or language. Or geography. I... May be slightly less parochial than most, but I'm guilty of it as well.

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Re: Unwanted consequences

"I wonder whether these congresspeople ever think their ideas through to the end. If they insist on weakened encryption, this encryption will not only be broken by law enforcement, but by criminals ranging from individual to corporate."

No. They think the keys well be safe in the hands of law enforcement, won't be abused, and won't be cracked independently by hackers or other governments.

After all, they're the good guys, right?

They really are that incredibly stupid and ignorant.

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Actually I don't think it's well-meant, and I also think it's made in ignorance. I think it's an intentional power grab by people who have no effing clue what they're doing. There is no either/or here.

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HTC 10: Flagship goes full Google – but the hardware's top notch

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Doesn't come in rose gold. Tsk. Forget performance, forget battery life, screw pixels, who cares if it makes phone calls? I need rose gold!

I mean, come on. Who doesn't love rose gold?

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Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

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Re: Safe for me

I'll just pull my old PIII system of the shelf and plug it in there. Knoppix and no hard drive.

Ok, worst case: hardware fried. Somebody in the thread threatened to install an inverter to fry my hardware, so maybe I found that one. It's a cute little system but I can live without it. Yeah, I've got all kinds of old crap hardware about. Kind of an elaborate joke, especially if you don't get to see the result.

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Spinning rust fans reckon we'll have 18TB disk drives in two years

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"Such nearline drives, it is thought, will appeal more to hyper-scale data centres and cloud service providers than enterprise data centres."

Nope. I just want one at home for the coolness factor.

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Vivaldi Jon: Mobile – yes. Feeds and an ad blocker… probably not

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Re: Vastly more powerful?

Or they simply meant that cellphones are vastly more powerful than they were 20 years ago.

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FBI, Apple continue cat-and-mouse game over iPhones in New York

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Re: Morton's Fork

Excludes *all* Americans? Seriously? Try reading Techdirt.

For that matter, seems to me that Apple is an American company. Your claim doesn't pass the laugh test.

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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Ron Wyden?

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Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

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Re: not a cat fan

It's their nature because it's instinctive behaviour. They do it for practice, to improve their hunting skills.

Whereas humans do it deliberately, just for the sake of cruelty.

I think you're intent on wiping out the wrong species for exactly opposite the reason you're citing.

I'll not try to claim there's anything wrong with your being disgusted by their actions, but please don't play the moral superiority card.

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I gather they can limit their terminal velocity to the point they can survive the fall. Sorry, won't do what you want.

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Britain is sending a huge nuclear waste shipment to America. Why?

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Toss it into the sun

Of course, if we ever figure out how to recycle it, we won't have it any more. But it'll be someplace that it won't do any harm.

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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Re: America

Totally cool with it. So are my daughters. Because we understand the difference between those labels you're throwing around so blithely.

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Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

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Re: @ bazza

Unlike fuel for direct fuel-burning vehicles, however, electricity is fungible.

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Space archeologist discovers new evidence of Vikings invading America

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Re: HOGWASH!

TFA is talking about first European occupation, not first discovery or occupation.

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How do you build a cheap iPhone? Use a lot of old parts

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Why are so many of you going on about Apple recycling used phone parts? It's the design they're recycling. Why invent a new display when the 5S display will work fine for this phone? They basically took a 5S and updated the processor, and maybe a few bits like the camera. Must've saved tons of time and money on R&D, not to mention that they already manufacture and stock the 5S parts. Inventory reduction is a big cost savings.

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Re: "...used parts..."

Pretty sure they just mean the 6E uses some of the same parts in the design, like adjacent years of some automobile models and/or similar models from different lines (e.g. Plymouth Dart and Valiant) may use some of the same parts. Rather than saying that Apple is digging into junkyards to recycle used parts to make new 6E phones.

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Call the Cable Guy: Wireless just won't cut it

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Re: Wired vs wireless

I rent, so wiring options are limited. But the two main desktops and the entertainment system are wired. Also the printer.

5GHz for those who can use it, 2.4GHz for the older gadgets.

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Re: The bottle neck is further up the chain

Uh... April Fools, right? You have to be joking about where the bottleneck is.

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There was the segment that went down because a guy disconnected his computer and, thinking he was helping, plugged the resulting open plug with a F-F coupler and a terminator. Fortunately he had the sense to fess up when he heard us coming and fortunately I had the sense not to blow him off because we were too busy to talk to him just then. (I didn't know it was relevant until I talked to him, understand.)

Palm over face, I explained that the cabling was not a water pipe and didn't need to be capped off to keep the elections in.

Ignorance rather than stupidity and he came to us so we let him off without a lynching. He had the grace to be deeply chagrined.

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