* Posts by Tom 35

2946 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Did they cripple one of the twins the same way they do software when they want you to buy something else?

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

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Re: Why does he want five-year-old kit back?

Photos of his cat? Who knows, it's his stuff.

But I would not be surprised to find that it's broken and the drives have been "misplaced".

Smaller tech firms just aren't ready for a no-deal Brexit, MPs told

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Re: London has fallen

Better to make Putin happy by shooting yourself in the foot with a no-deal Brexit.

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos

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If you have more then 10 million to tax

You are ALREADY rich. That's more money then the vast majority of people will see in their entire life.

Wa, wa, wa Marxism, bla bla ba.

No one is talking about marxism except the rich and the fools that think they are going to magically become rich and minute now.

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Re: Rich Tax Paradox

The only reason they might not have liked invading iraq was that that was tax cut money to them.

UC Berkeley reacts to 'uni Huawei ban' reports: We unplugged, like, one thing no one cares about

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Re: missing the point

Maybe it lacks the backdoor for the US TLAs.

Steamer closets, flying cars, robot boxers, smart-mock-cock ban hypocrisy – yes, it's the worst of CES this year

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Re: Robot on robot crime is now a thing...

I think the robot was just trying to get out of working CES.

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Re: Flying car? For only 6,000 pounds?

I expect they lost two zeros, or it's a lawn chair and some weather balloons.

It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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My home computer updated last week. Didn't blow up, but did take a couple hours to finish.

Huawei’s elusive Mr Ren: We’re just a 'sesame seed' in a superpower spat

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Re: Luddites = Non Sequitur

China is not communist. You don't have communist billionaires.

You think the US is not hacking every one, and Trumps buddies in Russia are hacking everyone. Don't act like it's only China. You think the US can't hack into cisco stuff?

If I was going to gripe about China it would be their payday loans to developing countries.

But Huawei is not China, it's the natural result of outsourcing to China. Why should they make the stuff for peanuts and let Apple make all the profit? They can make their own stuff and take all the money. So now we have the Huawei P20 and other companies like Oneplus starting to sell their own stuff. It's like Japan and TVs in the 70's

US companies that boosted their profits by outsourcing now fear they are going to be the next RCA.

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach

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Blackmail spam

I've received two blackmail spams (pay or we send your web cam porn to all your contacts) using info on there.

It's the junk email and password I used when a site requires you create an account to download an update. I don't know who leaked it and don't much care, that's why I used a junk email forwarder. As a bonus it was forged to look like it came from that address.

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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Re: The room doll was removed

Go pound sand?

US prosecutors: Hey, you know how we said 'net gambling was OK? LMAO, we were wrong

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I wonder who requested they re-examine

And did it come with a fat brown envelop?

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Re: No, you can't do that!

Religions beg to differ!

Outlook Mobile heads to the White House, passes infosec clearance for federal sector

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Re: Hamburgers

That and cold limp fries / chips.

Commodore 64 owners rejoice: The 1541 is BACK

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I though the floppy drive was an afterthought so they had to do a lot of processing in the drive to make it work with an existing port. I remember people joking at the time that Commodore's most powerful computer was the 1541.

Google Play Store spews malware onto 9 million 'Droids

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Is it malware, or crapware

Didn't work as advertised, showed lots of ads. Where is the mal?

Reg Standards Bureau introduces the Devon fatberg as coastal town menaced by oily blob

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Re: But seriously though...

It might be the "flush-able" wipes they are trying so hard to everyone they need. Turn the blob into fiberglass like mass.

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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So good thing there is no porn anyplace else in the world

So just switch to a host in the EU? Sorry not allowed to ask people for personal info for this dumb idea?

Until now, if Canadian Uber drivers wanted to battle the tech giant, they had to do it in the Netherlands – for real

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Bike food delivery too

They registered them with workers compensation as call center workers, so when they got run over by a taxi they had no coverage. But it was cheaper for Uber.


Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

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Re: Very disrespectful

"Not my country so I don't care, but I don't remember Obama being the subject of playground slurs."

Just google Obama + monkey in google images to refresh your memory.

Or try obama + effigy

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Re: Fake News!

Na na na na na na Scat man!

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Re: Curious precedent on what is allowed

"To be fair I don't think you'd find many people willing to defend the particular leader he was mocking, especially in hindsight."

The key word there is hindsight. If you look at 1940 you would be surprised at the support. Look at some of the stuff coming out of America First at the time for instants. There were a lot of people who thought he was on the right track. The "alt right" of the time was alive and well much like today and that movie pissed off a lot of people.

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Re: Curious precedent on what is allowed

They weren't "socialism or communism". No "real" required. The problem with communism is it's unstable because there is nothing to stop one guy from taking all the cookies at which point it is no longer communist. Libertarians have the same problem, everyone is supposed to be free but it applauds taking all the cookies as a sign of success and you are back to your dystopian wonderland.

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If Jebus can appear on toast, tree rings and driveway oil stains then whey can't Trump show up on a turd?

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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Nexus 6

That Nexus 6 you have is getting close to it's expiry date but it's not going to try and kill you.

Introducing 'Happy Quit', where Chinese smokers are text-spammed into nicotine abstinence

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Re: Smoking is a very significant issue in many poorer countries.


Tobacco: Last Week Tonight

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Re: I can see this...

They are doing a study so one thing at a time. Later you try two things that seem to work to see if the effects are additive. If you just try 6 things at once you don't know what works.

Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?

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There is a radio ad running here in Canada about how you might miss the big hockey goal if you go outside for a smoke, so stay inside and have a nicotine mint. So a product that was first sold as a quit smoking ade is now an addition to smoking.

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Re: Look out

As an American I find that very amusing right about now for some reason. I won't go on about it though. Carry on :)

Because you have actual (and wanabe) Nazis again?

US told to appoint a damn Privacy Shield ombudsperson already or EU will take action

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Trump will make a great choice

Like that guy that complained about his iPhone to google, or one of his kids...

Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril

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Re: Isn't that what the watches with the numbered bezels are for?

No diving computer? I used this + a dive watch, depth gauge, tank pressure gauge. And a log book so someone could figure out how I screwed up if I got bent.


So you had to know your maximum depth before you got wet, and had to be conservative on your bottom time (or crazy).

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Re: Fuck!!!

This is the gauge that hangs off your regulator. It's not a wrist model, it is an all in one unit. So it's not telling you that you have 2,200 PSI in your tank, it tells you that you have 32 minutes at your current depth.

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

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Edge LOL

MS rents a room where I work to run O365 training. Guess what browser they use? Hint: not edge. They use Chrome and specifically ask for it to be installed as default.

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off

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Re: Hang on a minute....

"So what do you think Logitech's legal position would be if it it continued to allow the undocumented API interface to continue in the light of the security concerns it has discovered? They would be royally screwed"

What are you talking about, there are thousands of things like wifi routers and cable modems with known holes you can drive a bus through that don't get a patch because they are a year old and and the new model is out. It's only that they want to keep selling the same one.

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I have a pre-Logitech Harmony remote, almost bought one of the fancy hub based ones to replace it on Black Friday, I guess I'm lucky.

Microsoft flings untested Windows 10 updates to users! (Oh no it doesn't!)

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Re: Firefox

" installing Linux..."

A magic Linux that can run windows software, needs no patches, and cooks toast with Jebus in every slice.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: It stinketh

They just put fiber where I live. It's only $69 a month*

* for the first 6 months of a 2 year contract. And they rip out your copper to make sure you can't go back. It's 50 cents cheaper without TV and phone.

After the 6 months it's more then a car.

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Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

No, Bob is what libertarianism turns into. The idea that everyone is free will not stop some from taking all the cookies. Oh and it's your fault if they take your cookies too.

In 2018, Facebook is the villain and Microsoft the shining light, according to techies

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Re: How quickly they forget

It has tried to turn Cortana back on and switch the default to also search the internet when I'm doing a local search after updates as well. So even if you figure out how to turn off crap you don't want is no guarantee that it will stay that way.

Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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They have 2 guys fixing stuff and 3 guys sticking random bits on. It will never work correctly.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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They just ask "are you Australian?" like porn sites that ask if you are 18.

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So just like...

Web sites that ask you if you are over 18 and just trust your answer...

Will we now have sites that ask "Australian yes/no" No? Cool, have some secure email.

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Re: In other news...

Unless you need to navigate

Or build things.

Windows 10 security question: How do miscreants use these for post-hack persistence?

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Re: It's 2018, And...

""Hard-coded" is bad enough, but I've seen too many really lame security questions"

You don't have to give the real answer. Even the bank has a fake "mother's maiden name" so if anyone digs up the info it's not going to do them any good.

Your pet Could be Bl3gLnert7b

Huawei CFO poutine cuffs by Canadian cops after allegedly busting sanctions on Iran

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Re: Canadians as puppets

Like there is no one hiding in an embassy in England in fear of being sent to the US after Sweden made convenient arrest request. Join the club.

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display

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Mission accomplished

"I know young people like to have fun, but it's deeply offensive and shows a lack of respect.

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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Re: "No it was not. Before IP was protected, noone even considered that ideas should be siloed"

"Musician could not write music down, for fear someone would use it at their own advantage."

LOL sure. Lucky there was no one who could transcribe music by ear way back then.

Then there are all those people who "work for hire" and have no rights, it all belongs to the boss. Even after you are long dead.

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Re: Isn't it bad?

You are going to compare people suffering a slow death from Asbestos to Sony being upset that someone uploaded a video of their kid dancing to some pop song on the radio?

Like maybe what people are calling a loop hole was the intended way it should work even if corporations would like 100% control.

Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit

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Re: Greed or Ignorance?

Genius Bar caught ripping customer off ON CAMERA by CBC News.


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