* Posts by Peter Simpson 1

1442 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

East Coast: Verizon on the hook for landline hikes. West Coast: AT&T denies hooking $100m for 10Mbps broadband

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Re: E. Coast. . .

While in eastern MA, Verizon has discontinued copper in my suburban town, 27 miles west of Boston. I was transitioned to fiber against my wishes. Since I no longer have the copper advantage of service when the power fails, I have transitioned my landline number to OOMA VOIP, thereby saving $25/mo.

I may consider switching my internet to Verizon, though, now that I have fiber, as their service is 20Mb/s faster than Comcast (50 vs 30), for the same $70/mo.

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Spanish launch heroic bid to seize Brit polar vessel

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Our old enemies, the Spanish?

Time for a RRS George Pocock, KB campaign?

// chart of the Old Bahama Channel in the pocket

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Cunning scam: Mobe app stalks victims then emails booby-trapped bogus speeding tickets

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Re: Ingenius scam.

'twould need to be clever to include an image of my license plate.

I can understand the GPS thing and getting the email address, but how do they get the license plate picture?

Not, of course, that I would ever pay something like that. Ask yourself: how would the police know my email address? Then ask yourself: is this a legal way of delivering a violation notice? (hint: no)

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Ever wondered what the worst TV show in the world would be? Apple just commissioned it

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Re: It could be good, or it could be a barely disguised ad for the App Store..

Oh, except at the end when the engineers go to the product launch and see people they've never heard of take all the credit for their work.

But...that's what happens. It's right here in the "Stages of a Project" list: Rewards for the non-participants.

// I was there...the book is pretty much a true account.

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Re: For your consideration

Forced to work long hours, various staff members have to deal with marital problems (e.g. wife pregnant, but husband not allowed to be by her side due to another deadline/crisis).

There would be no question here. I would not be at work. I would call in sick, they would have to deal with my absence. Not even a contest as to where I would choose to be.

Let's see if they fire me. I'm betting...not.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: Bottom line

What do I *Need* Windows 10 for ?

Exactly. At work, I only recently (~2 yrs) switched over to Win7. I can't say it's any better or worse than XP, which I hung onto as long as I could. I have no desire or need to "upgrade" to Win10.

Transitioning to a new OS is a huge burden for us. All the apps have to work on the new OS, the IT guys need to be comfortable with supporting it, etc. All of which means that forced upgrades are not welcome. They have the potential to interrupt our business, which is a Very Bad Thing, to be avoided if humanly possible. We would like to initiate the transition, if and when it makes business sense for us.

True, the force upgrades to Win10 have not impacted us yet. But just a few weeks ago, Microsoft increased the minimum number of seats necessary to qualify for their Volume Licensing. It's now above our seat count. So, thanks, Microsoft, for nothing.

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Pothole campaigner sprays Surrey street with phallic paintings

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Re: At least it wasn't the GoatSex guy.

goatse.cx...mobile large format inkjet printer...

I think the solution is simpler: a single stencil of a grasping hand, applied to each side of the pothole.

Use only the amount of technology necessary to adequately address the problem, and no more.

// rattling cans and pain splotches, please

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Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours

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She'll have to get past Sarah Palin first...

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Re: Not surprising

"Why don't you just fuck off"

"No, you fuck off!"

HOW should we fuck off, O Lord?

// seasonally appropriate

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Four of the top 10 places in the world for internet are, er, in the US

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Re: Massachusetts?

Nope. Internet only. Told you it was a bit steep. And from what I can tell, that's Comcast's standard monthly rate, +/- $10

I'm 25 miles southwest of Boston, outside 128, just inside 495. So, pretty much prime suburban position, and if there's going to be fast networking, it's going to be here.

FIOS offers 50Mbps for the same cost, but I'd be happy with 25Mbps at $35/mo. Call it a buck a Megabit and I'd be over the moon.

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Massachusetts?

Not all of it, Shirley? There are towns (one of which is probably Shirley) in my fine state which don't have broadband. Mostly in the more rural parts. I would not say Massachusetts is anywhere close to the level of Korea, where my son had 100Mb/s symmetrical, for $10/mo, though.

I pay $70/mo for 30Mb/s down, 15Mb/s up, form Comcast and FIOS, my other option, offers 50 down for the same price. I'm considering switching, mostly because Comcast seems committed to usage fees, while Verizon hasn't mentioned them yet. I have connections for both at my house.

Service from Comcast IS reliable. Have had almost uninterrupted service for almost 25 years at this location. $70/mo, though, I consider a bit steep.

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Comms 'redlining' in Brussels as explosions kill up to 30 people

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GSM ACC

http://gsm-optimization.blogspot.com/2012/04/special-access-control-class.html

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

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Re: What a load of joyless c***s.

I'm rather partial to "Name of Vessel", as it seems to have already been painted (or at least, Photoshopped) onto the bow.

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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Re: It's science!

...does not understand the...Bernoulli Effect

Well, he does, now!

:-)

// expensive or painful lessons are best

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* hole in the floor of the train

Love those. Probably discourages folks from walking along the rails, so a safety feature as well.

// don't drop yer mobile

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Re: Further reporting

...is an offence due to the fact that they can cause an obstruction and endanger the safety of the train. -- so sez Inspector Bob Moody

Well, flying drones around trains may well be an offense, but it's going to take a heck of a lot of work to convince me that a train is going to be disturbed in the slightest, never mind obstructed or endangered, by any drone iron pigeon smaller than a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (armed or otherwise).

// proof of my assertion can be found at any level crossing where a motor vehicle has contested a train's right of way.

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The CAA should...[remainder of rant deleted to save space]

Or, considering that nobody was hurt, there was no damage to the train (I assume the drone is now small bits of plastic) and the drone pilot is out close to a thousand pounds, we could chalk the whole thing up to experience and save the taxpayers a lot of money, and let the CAA get on with more important tasks.

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Comcast now touts unlimited gigabit service (that you can't get)

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Re: Hope you enjoy it, Georgia

Suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts here. My monthly $70 to Comcast buys a COMCASTIC "up to" 30Mbps. And that's AFTER purchasing my own modem (thus saving $10/mo)

Of course, they won't cut this price, only, eventually, bit by bit, raise the maximum rate (and probably introduce usage caps, which are "suspended" at the moment).

Broadband in the US is an expensive embarrassment.

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NASA celebrates 50-year anniversary of first spaceship docking in orbit

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Re: Lunar Orbit Rendezvous docking

Now, as long as Buzz doesn't accidentally snap off the circuit breaker for the Ascent Motor...

Funnily enough, I just read that bit...the CB handles were out when open, in when closed. So when the CB with the snapped off handle needed to be closed, they pushed it in with a pen. Getting it out again would have been tough, but you only use your ascent stage once (hopefully)

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Watch six tiny robo-ants weighing 100g in total pull a 1,769-kg family car

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Re: says:

The real breakthrough will be obvious tomorrow morning, when the car is found up on blocks, and the "ants" are missing, along with all four wheels.

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IBM to erase 14,000 people from the payroll – Wall St analyst

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Childcatcher

Maximizing Shareholder Value

...where the only shareholders who count, are the top management and the investors.

You see, they know the company's not long for this world. So, the name of the game is to grab as much as you can, before strapping on that golden chute and bailing...preferably with a sweet, sweet retirement package to boot. The employees? Well, they should have negotiated a better deal when they were hired, shouldn't they?

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Monster motor breathes fire in Mississippi

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Bulgarian airbags

1.13 Olympic swimming pools = 4910480.7455 Bulgarian airbags (C cup)

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I beg you, please don't back up that secret directory full of photos!

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Re: In the olden days

I actually paid for a copy. Good tool.

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German lodges todger in 13 steel rings

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Re: Fire! Burn baby burn!

The other half of the technique is to soak the shaft in ice or liquid nitrogen, so it shrinks.

They should have brought some LN2...

...bet the shrinkage would have started when he saw them come in the door with it :-)

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Points for the image

...and the imagery :-)

"Right. That's two. Henrik, get me another blade, and another five gallons of cooling fluid, will you?"

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IBM pimps Watson out to Hilton robot for concierge duty

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The Robot

dubbed Connie after the Hilton founder...

Better choice than "Paris"...

// the leather flying jacket, please

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Austrian mayor spunks €40k on virgin-eating dragon

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Re: Hopefully the virgin-eating dragon...

Has a bureaucrat-eating cousin.

I think that's what's pictured in the town square.

Ugliest virgin I've ever seen...unless there's been a loss in translation.

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Californian tycoons stole my sharing economy, says Lily Cole

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Re: Not sure about the tomato

Rather like the Braille on drive-up ATM buttons.

But there's no Braille on the screen...

// yes, I do realize you can also WALK up to them

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Yelp-for-people app Peeple is back – so we rated Julia, its cofounder

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Re: The real reason Peeple is back:

We've also learned that they:

1. Don't take "no" for an answer

2. Can't recognize a bad idea, even when it's pointed out to them

// If at first you don't succeed, quit. No sense being a damn fool about it.

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Re: Oh yeah--BRING IT, PEEPLE!!

For an almost insignificant donation, I'll provide objective support of these claims.

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Greybeard monobrow baldies rejoice! Boffins comb out hairy genes

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Re: Ok, so this all is genetic

Lack of use?

:-)

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Yea, call me when they figure out how to keep the hair on my head from moving to my chest and my back.

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Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

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My browser...my choice

I understand that ad revenue helps support websites. However, I choose to decide, using an ad blocker, which ads I will see and which will be blocked. That is my decision to make.

We won't even go into the proportion of ads that aren't relevant to me, those which are scammy or those ad brokers which act as conduits for malware.

My browser, my computer and I will use whatever tools I like to decide what runs on it. If content providers choose not to allow me to view their content when I block some or all of the ads on their site, I'm absolutely fine with that.

// run Linux

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Bill Gates can’t give it away... Still crazy rich after all these years

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Won't someone think of poor Kanye West?

Who has been forced to start a gofundme campaign to raise $53M to pay his bills.

// mine's the one with the tiny violin in the pocket

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Assuming they vote trump as their next president ...

Many of us are doing our damndest to prevent that from happening.

// we're not all barking mad

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Gartner to FBI: Stop bullying Apple and the tech industry

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Private Data

I heard the FBI director this morning on the radio getting all worked up that "these manufacturers" were unilaterally creating places inaccessible to law enforcement, without first asking "the American people" if that was okay with them.

Mr. Director: NOWHERE in the Constitution does it say that law enforcement has a legal right to read all my data. You are allowed to obtain it under court order, but it's not required to be readable. To lay the blame on the device manufacturers for this is to ignore the fact that they wouldn't be offering the product if there wasn't a market.

I, for one, appreciate that my data (and everyone else's) may be made inaccessible to law enforcement. YOU may not like this, but there's no law against it. And that's a Good Thing.

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Confirmed: IBM slurps up Bruce Schneier with Resilient purchase

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No Such Agency.

// they have a very nice museum...

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Sure hope he will be allowed to continue publishing CryptoGram...

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

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Re: Birds Eye?

Imagine Whirled Peas

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Re: In Italy, you should not take photos of railroads and stations...

AFAIK there's still a 1942 - wartime - law forbidding it.

As Italy LOST that war, why aren't those regulations null and void?

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You're a cybercrime kingpin. You need a new evil lackey. How much do you tell them?

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Re: Pfft.

second requirement: unquestioning obedience (in the face of overwhelming odds, while the Evil Genius runs to his escape pod).

// if they issue you a red shirt, run away!

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Google cloud wobbles as workers patch wrong routers

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Re: Refinements

You'd think...

Google might have automated tools to change router configurations remotely, based on some kind of master network configuration tool.

Apparently, you'd be incorrect. That's probably intentional. Having a "man in the loop" might be a way to prevent automated chaos. Perhaps manual chaos is easier to fix.

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Nearly a million retail jobs will be destroyed by the march of tech, warns trade body

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Re: Hmmmm

I was going to say the death of retail (including "big box" stores) due to the fact that whatever you're looking for is available online.

Annoyed from walking into clothing stores and finding that yes, my size in the color I want is again "out of stock" and no, they don't know when or if they'll be getting any more of them,

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Toaster cooks network and burns 'expert' user's credibility to a crisp

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Re: Sparky's Magic Fusebox

I blame Murphy.

Don't you mean Morphy, as in Richards?

If it's in the UK, I blame Lucas, Prince of Darkness.

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Verizon only cares about fiber, lets copper nets lapse into ruin – gripes

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Verizon sees no future for the copper plant, and, except for the fact that they are legally required to maintain it, wish it would disappear. So, it's not being maintained. Verizon will claim it doesn't have enough money, time or people to keep it in working order, and that it is degrading.

I know, because they played this little game in my suburban town of 15000 people, filed for permission to abandon their copper plant (which was granted by the state Public Utilities Commission) and informed me that my copper line would be disconnected come March. I was advised to schedule an installation date for fiber (which, not coincidentally, can deliver the high profit FIOS multimedia and networking services). So, with no option to keep copper, I now have fiber. Which, needless to say, does not work if the power goes out.

Let me hasten to add, that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the copper plant in Holliston, Massachusetts. Except that it cannot provide broadband services. Since I moved in 35 years ago, we have had zero problems with our copper landline. It has been as reliable as one would expect, given the careful system design from Bell Labs.

It's all about money and competing with Comcast, at least in the high population density areas. The rest of you are "F"'ed.

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My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

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Re: There's no problem, only solutions

Belt holster.

Keeps the RF away from your delicate bits as well.

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Re: As for the RAZR..

The first Nokia I had (circa 1995) was endowed with absolutely brilliant firmware. Its UI was perfectly tuned to the way I wanted to do things. The menus were logically arranged, so that the function I was most likely to want to do was the one on the main button. It was a joy to use.

The second Nokia I bought had menus designed by a chimpanzee. It was not a joy to use, it was crap. Worked well, but the menu system was similar in design to that of a Chinese microwave. Obviously, the chap (or group) who had designed the firmware for the first phone had asked for too much of a salary increase, and had been sacked.

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Barking spider prompts Spanish clan shoot-out

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Sensitive, aren't they? And remarkably quick to anger over insignificant things. Much as certain Americans seem to be overly concerned when others "disrespect" them.

Harden up.

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Lonely bloke in chem suit fuels Mars orbiter

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Have they checked that all the bolts are present and tight?

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/43/NOAA-N'_accident.jpg

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IT boss gets 30 months of porridge for trashing ex-employer's servers

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Re: iPhone

Have you ever tried to crack anything using a phone - it's really tough due to the small screen?

Not like the old Western Electric phones. You could use their handsets to crack walnuts.

// my lawn. off it.

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