* Posts by Peter R. 1

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

Peter R. 1

They're clearly copying Apple.

It must be be about crystal to everyone by now they're trying out Apple's business model marketing 'premium' devices with healthy margins.

They're tyring to associate MS with high-end hardware, and assiciated prices. I wouldn't be at all surprised if a magnesium Win10S Phone surfaces in the near future.

That said, that 15" Surface Book 2 is a cracker, slurpage or not;

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Flipping 'ell, Dell! IT giant preps to go public again, files its homework

Peter R. 1

Re: Here comes the crap again

The quality of their gear may have improved, the quality of their service is dismal.

When I tried to order one of their new XPS 9570 laptops a few weeks back, they changed delivery dates as they went along, made it close to impossible to reach someone about it only to be told 'they didn't know', made it actually impossible to correct a minor clerical error on the order form, and took two weeks to release the 'reservation' they made on my credit card.

If this is any indication of their response once something really goes awry I pass. Which is what I did. I cancelled the order. Which I regret having to do because it looks like a really nice laptop.

And you wouldn' believe the hassle a customer had getting them to come on site to configure their brand new Dell redundant servers

So I can't in good conscience recommend them to anyone, not if they stay private. Not if they go public.

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Get over yourselves: Life in the multiverse could be commonplace

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Re: And I always thought it was Dark 'cos we can't see it

JassMan Stated :

"You never know ... maybe it really is turtles all the way down."

Elephants. It's elephants all the way down. Four of them (well, five, really). Standing on A (= ONE) turtle.

Get your facts straight. How are you supposed to unravel the secrets of the universe if you can't get your facts straight ?

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Commodore 64 owners rejoice: The 1541 is BACK

Peter R. 1

Hawkwind shrugs....

{eol}

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You say Halo and I say goodbye: Microsoft has a word with unauthorised mod devs

Peter R. 1

Let's see how this went

A long long time ago, Microsoft released a game that became very popular. Halo. It was played by many people, and they liked it a lot. It ended with a kind of a cliffhanger.

After a long wait, Microsoft released a sequel. However, they also released a new version of their operating system, called Vista. In order to gather as many unwilling users for their new OS, the majority of which preferred XP, Microsoft twisted their arm and made Halo run on Vista only. If you chose to remain with XP, you got royally shafted.

Then Microsoft released the X-Box. Again, in order for it to gain some traction, they released the final installment -which by then had become a multi billion dollar franchise- on their new games machine only.

So if you'd first invested in the game, then got suckered because you wanted to play the sequel and bought not only another game, but also another OS (and probably new hardware (because Vista turned out to bez a real dog), you were now rewarded by a firm middle finger in your eye : get an x-box or you're not finding out how it ends.

And even if you caved in on the promise of an MP universe, they pulled that finger out of your eye and poked it straight in the other one. NO MP universe.

If you want any kind of customer appreciation, stay away from Microsoft, Electronic Arts and the like. You'll always end up blind.

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France wants you to put lights and beacons on your drone

Peter R. 1

Good good

Will make it a lot easier to blast them to bits if I spot one over my garden.

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Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids

Peter R. 1

Re: Hmmm

I have an S8+, and although it is a technical achievement, I find (after a year of use) it suffers from :

- function following design : the screen is very good, but also very fragile. The 'wraparound' is basically negated by having to keep the phone in a protective xase

- neglect. Oreo was finally installed in february, and my latest security update reads February 1st.

If a manufacturer decides to modify the plain Droid with all manner of embellishment to differentiate from the competition that is upto them, and ultimately the consumer to take their pick.

What that consumer is not told is that the eye candy ultimately leads to slow upgrades (if any) and lame security.

Which I find unacceptable.

Pete

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Facebook want us to believe banning Putin's troll army safeguards Russian democracy

Peter R. 1

Useless actions

I think that when an orgaization - any organization - grows to the size of Facebook (or Google, or whomever) and has such a low threshold to access it becomes impossible to protect or control, especially against single minded individuals or small groups that have but one single purpose : pervert the organization for their own gain.

For the same reason essentially that it is impossible for security forces to protect us from a porson or small group that is willing to do anything whatsoever to cause havoc publicly.

Whatever Zuckerberg says or does, he will always be chasing his own tail. It will never be enough.

The only way a network can be made remotely safe is for its users to become vigilant. And let's be honest, the majority doesn't give a hoot. Either by choice or incompetence.

Pete

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Six months on, and let's check in on those 'stuttering' Windows 10 PCs. Yep, still stuttering

Peter R. 1

Funnily enough, the problem is worse on Macs with nVidia, where some jolly clever chap has developed a script that enables users that use OS updates D47 and D102 to roll back their nVidia drivers to 106, although 146 and 147 have been available for a while.

Obviously, this is only applicable to 'certain' types of iMacs and iMacPros.

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Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

Peter R. 1

Dear Hawei,

You're NOT Apple. You don't get to charge 1000+ Euro for an Android Phone. Maybe someday, when world+dog associates your name with magical, revolutionary and Huawei Flagship Experience Stores.

But not today. Please check your delusions of grandeur at the door.

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Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

Peter R. 1

Yo should be glad !

At least this way there's a remote chance the person showing up has something resembling answers.

With Zuck all of it just being more BS is a certainty.

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F-35B Block 4 software upgrades will cost Britain £345m

Peter R. 1

They're bringing 617 back ?

Everybody with a dam dust off your flak !

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Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

Peter R. 1

LMFTFY

The entire company is outraged we were CAUGHT.

There...better

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Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

Peter R. 1

Re: Surely.....

Yep, they sure do. Article in the local press about it today.

Pete

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Vietnam bans Bitcoin as payment for anything

Peter R. 1

Please enlighten me.

My imagination is drawing a blank here. I can not imagine a single reason why someone would want to use anonymous fund transfers, bar of course :

- illicit activities (i.e. breaking the law), or

- activities prohibited by a 'repressive regime', which is actually the same as above, with possibly different moral implications.

I'm sure there must be valid arguments, but I'm failing to come uw with any. So please help out.

Pete

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Linus Torvalds' lifestyle tips for hackers: Be like me, work in a bathrobe, no showers before noon

Peter R. 1

He's full of it

I don't know if Torvalds even has a drivers license, but he' s not convincing me that when someone lifts his 100K Benz with state-of-the-art alarm system his reaction would be 'what a clever and interesting person, I would like to meet him/her'.

When someone steams your property, intellectually or otherwise. it sucks. Ad you don't want to hire them, because there are always newer, cleverer and more interesting people trying to nick your stuff.

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Crowdfunding scheme hopes to pay legal fees for Marcus Hutchins

Peter R. 1

Re: Who is benefiting

I think you need to look up 'non sequitur'

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If at first you don't succeed, you're Microsoft trying to fix broken Excel 2016

Peter R. 1

They are of course, joking

There's an expert pro user in my company (not one who does accounts in Excel, but one who writes an accounting package because the doesn't like commercial offerings) who's been inventing new profane language on a regular basis since 2016. It seems there's a lot more wrong than hyperlinks, and they keep introducing new bugs whereby functions al of a sudden don't work.

According to her, 2016 and updates are a shambles.

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Microsoft, Apple cough up millioins after Australian tax audits

Peter R. 1

Yes, no penalties.

Because as of yet no wrongdoing has been established. What they've done now is made an agreement to avoid a protracted procedure through the Australian courts of which the outcome is by no means certain for either party.

As to the Google statement, so what they are basically saying is 'if we have to follow the same rules as everyone our business model is untenable'. Same as Uber, for instance. This is a different matter entirely, and is essentially what the maffia does. They can't exist if they follow the rules either. This is altogether of a different magnitde, as it destroys the fabric of society itself. Which does not seem to bother our politicians.

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Bixby bailout: Samsungers bailing on lame-duck assistant

Peter R. 1

A new trend !

After 'fake news' we're now seeing the emergence of 'wishful reporting'. It's apparent wit all the reporters who now see the signs may is going to lose the election, Trump is going to be impeached and Bixby is going to be the undoing of Samsung and the final victory for Apple.

I can still remember the Scorn Siri attracted when it appeared, the derision of Cortana is still fresh in my memory, and a commercial with the line OK Google sending every android phone or a loop.

I doubt that Samsung users are shunning the 8 because Bixby isn't mature enough yet. Maybe the reporter would like very much this to be the case, but that doesn't make it factual.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

Peter R. 1

Re: Unfortunately, no one will read this...

Well, it turns out the screen breaks when you look at it to hard. Three days in the screen has been replaced, to the tune of 250 or so Euro + VAT

The thing now resides in an Otter case, which will probably protect it, but it also makes the purchase of a high-end phone with a wrap around bezel-less screen completely and utterly useless. There's lighter and thinner protectors, but at the price of a new screen I'm not taking any chances.

Should've bought an Elephone :D

Pete

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Peter R. 1

Unfortunately, no one will read this...

Because the article is probably past its sell-by-date, but I now have on right here.

And I can state categorically :

I think I have average kind of hands (size 9-10 gloves'. The fingerprint sensor poses no problem whatsoever. Left OR right.

I have yet to encounter Bixby. I'm sure it lives on my Phone somewhere, but it hasn't bothered me so far. I don't know if you can do the 'Hello Google' thing.

So the two reasons ElReg cited for ignoring it turn out not to be issues at all.

It may be expensive, but it turns out to be a great phone. So far.

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Peter R. 1

Re: Buyer's remorse

Thanks to ElReg for posting this 'slightly longer term review' and actual user info, especially the AC in 'buyers remorse'.

My Motorola X Style's battery is already dying after 1.5 years, and the Android 7 upgrade still hasn't arrived.

I fear I shal have to get a new Phone in the next few months, and was considering a Samsung.

They are now no longer on my list. Or maybe an S7 for cheap(er).

I'd really prefer a 'stock' droid, but the pixel 2 is several months away. And I don't know if there are many others left.

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Dodge this: Fiat-Chrysler gets diesel-fuelled sueball from DoJ

Peter R. 1

Re: All this just to avoid using ad-blu

I shall tell you why.

It is generally perceived by manufacturers that the extra cost of installing an adblue system on 'cheap' and 'low margin' cars is not feasable, because it would

a. drive up the price of a car. On a 100K luxury boat the extra money for the system is negligable, en a 10K ecobox it's a substantial procentual increase and

b. there's the extra maintenance and running cost, which can not be easily justified if you are competing with manufacturers that sclaim they can do without (but are in fact cheating).

No business case is very clear for the very expensive and very cheap cars, but there is a very large middle ground (Golf, Astra, 1 series, A and B class) that is fiercely competitive and where a buck is a buck.

Buyers DO vote with their wallets, unfortunately.

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Peter R. 1

And they're not alone

Mercedes has announced they're pulling all diesels in US passenger cars for 2017 (they will not even try to certify them) and have warned that there MAY be fallout from the regulators in the future.

That said, I expect all manufacturers have some kind of 'undisclosed' software in their cars, diesels and gas engines, that do funky stuff under certain conditions. For example for those driving 5000 miles a year, of which 3500 are in - say - downtown Las Vegas rush hour traffic who insist on driving diesels.

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Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

Peter R. 1

Re: Won't install properly

As per usual when something doesn't work in Linux, it's the users fault for having the wrong gear or not being able to get it to work properly.

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Peter R. 1

Won't install properly

Still no support for a bunch of Realtek wifi dongles, the manufacturers drivers won't compile correctly and there are issues with the included nVidia drivers that crash the system. Standard open source seems to be more stable, but sloooooooooooooooooow.

I'll try again in a few weeks.

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Trump signs exec order signaling foreign H-1B visa techie crackdown

Peter R. 1

What about non-IT companies ?

Almost every US based engineering, services and even equipment supplier to the chemical, petrochemical and oil industry I know of farms the low end stuff like 3d drawing, acad drawing, and even some lower level engineering out to large outfits in India, and promtly bill the hours to their customers at local rates. It is a great source of income to them. Even if they have to have the work re-done 4 times it's still not half as expensive as having it done locally.

And I can't imagine it being any different in their US operations.

But those are probably outfits run by The Orange man's (c) friends.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

Peter R. 1

Re: Of course they won't listen

Yes, facts do get in the way of a rant. Thatcher was secretary (of education ?) during the 1975 national referendum.

I do admit on being a bit low on knowledge of British political history, but if memory serves, Labour was AGAINST joining, while the tories DID advise the public to vote for it.

I didn't really follow politics back then, but from what I remember what I picked up later Thatcher was one of the driving forces within the Tory establishment to join, although at that time already expressing serious reservations about EU meddling in 'local' politics.

I SEEM to remember (but I'm not at al sure of this) Labour getting elected in the subsequent general election on the promice of tryong to reverse the decision to join, and failing miserably.

But if you have factual information to the contarary please let us know. Always eager to learn. Not big on foul language, though.

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Peter R. 1

Of course they won't listen

But here's what us Euro's generally 'feel' about Britain and Europe

Britain never wanted to contribute to the EU. Thatcher only wrangled her way in because she was convinced the easiest way to keep it in check was to get inside and veto anything they didn't like. Britain has been doing this quite succesfully for decades, always extracting some advantage through extortion.

So now they want out. Fine. But remember everyone on this side of the channel wants their pound of flesh.

Incidentally, how may of those billions they'll be saving have found their way into future NHS budgets ?

Oh wait...Buckdich Lafarce (C) never said that, did he ? Or did he ?

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Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way

Peter R. 1

Isn't it inspiring

How internet journos making 5 bucks an hour have advice on how multi billion dollar companies should invest a few billion of their shareholders money build a tv network from scratch and make it profitable.

ElReg, stick to what you know.

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Your Amazon order is confirmed: Eutelsat via Blue Origin. Estimated delivery date: 2022

Peter R. 1

Re: Say barge one more time mofo, I dare you, I double dare you!!!

A tug's a boat, not a ship. And there's barges that are pushed too...bit like a rocket engine stage pushing a...well...rocket barge. Of sorts.

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Peter R. 1

Point of Order !

I would hereby like to propose an international treaty stating that any individual, company, government or other entity that puts a new object in orbit around earth has to remove two obsolete ones.

Let's start cleaning up that scrapheap !

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I'LL BE BATT: Arnie Schwarzenegger snubs gas guzzlers for electric

Peter R. 1

Maybe you should mention...

that in Europe, a fairly standard G350D in its 4 door version is already north of 100.000 USD, and for that you get an slow, narrow extremely heavy 40 year old design (I am sure a 40 year old Schwarzenegger would not be able to fit inside it). You would of course have to add the price of the conversion to that.

It's just a publicity stunt, not a feasible alternative for the environmentally conscious that require an all terrain vehicle.

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Apple, Amazon smash audiobook cabal after European pressure

Peter R. 1

It's all irrellevant now

as The Donald is going to bring all book writing back to the US? and it's going to be yuuuuuuuuuuuge ! There will be so many great words !

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Switzerland says Uber's an employer, sends social security bill

Peter R. 1

Been there

late '70's early '80's Europe was flooded with 'self employed' techs in the chemical and oil industries (and most likely in a lot of other places), a lot of them UK and Irish citizens, who didn't pay taxes in their country because they were 'abroad for longer than 6 months' and didn't pay it elsewhere because they were self employed and registered in another country than the one they were working in. Companies like MF Kent, Badger, John Brown (IIRC) employed them by the hundreds. Somewhere late 80's the taxman and social security woke up and hit them with very large back-tax bills.

They all went under. Many filed for bankruptcy. Some disappeared to less prohibitive climes. The contractors fled, or the ones that had built a life in their guest countries were left carrying the can.

I very much suspect we'll see something along those lines for Uber, AirBNB and all those 'service' companies in the not so far future.

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Routine jobs vanishing and it's all technology's fault? Hold it there, sport

Peter R. 1

It's organized

I think it was a Mr. Greenspan who, in front of a comittee in the US, was questioned about a report where i literally stated the solution for getting out of the bad economy was pushing the 'masses' toward more insecure, lower paying jobs, and destabilizing their ability to organize themselves, as a means of moving money away from the great unwashed masses to the 1%.

I think Noam Chomsky recently did a documentary (or someone did a documentary on Chomsky) on de-democratiziation the people, because democracy is really bad for rich people. I'm sure you can watch it online.

Grains of salt may be in order.

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MacBook killer? New Lenovo offering sexed up with XPoint booster

Peter R. 1

Interesting title

But luring Apple users away from OSX to Windoze on the basis of perceived 'better hardware' ? That won't happen.

That aside, we've got a few dozen recent Lenovo Thinkpads where I'm currently stationed, and they're loaded with so much Lenovo Installed Crapware they're slow as molasses and crash at least twice a day. Factual. Not hearsay.

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

Peter R. 1

Re: "shout fire"

This is not the reasoning behind the lockdown. The reasoning is, however, that the folks that cry loudest for the ability to modify their property themselves are the first to call on the courts for damages because the manufacturer failed to protect them from their own stupidity when things go awry.

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Trio charged with $4m insider trading by hacking merger lawyers

Peter R. 1

Re: Naughty, naughty!

I would very much like to know how one can play any casino card game WITHOUT 'counting cards'. Yo see what's in your hand, you see what's on the table, and you estimate the likelyhood of the things you can NOT see by using your brain. How, exactly, is this 'illegal' ?

Equally, lending your money to someone who may not be able to repay you is your business and yours alone. If you want to bundle your outstanding loans and raise more money by selling bits of future earnings on the basis of a share in the debt there is also nothing wrong with it.

It only becomes a problem when you KNOW somethings is wrong and you try to hide it. And even then, it's not really an issue. It DOES become a problem when people that need their fingers to count their toes are blinded by greed and give their money to people they don't know to 'invest' in stuff they don't understand.

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Spotty battery life costs Apple's MacBook Pro its gold-star rating

Peter R. 1

Same issue across the range ?

I have this old iPad2 . The first two years it was fine, then, after consecutive updates, it started to slow down to a crawl, and a few months back it started working OK again. But since the last 'update' it gets very variable battery life, sometimes a few days, sometimes I charge it, put it away and it's dead the next morning.

I'm probably charging it wrong.

Pete

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Sayonara North America: Insurance guy got your back when Office 365 doesn't?

Peter R. 1

Re: Business Decision

Ah... the Donald Trump School of Management...Management By Fear.. Whatever you do or decide, there's never a win, the most you can hope for is not to lose. That day. Next day the musical chairs start all over again.

Hope it works out for ypu.

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Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

Peter R. 1

Funny...

I'm at a customer's right now looking at a machine that was decommissioned back in 2015 because of 'issues'; It runs Win 7, but apparently the GWX rubbish got installed somehow. But the box never survived beyond the actual rollout of 10.

I got it up and running, but it keeps looking for the 'free update' now I'm guessing it's no longer available...

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

Peter R. 1

Re: Like the alleged 'shooter' at the Trump rally

Yeah. And if Trump wins, and not every immigrant has been removed from the US, the wall has not been built, and Hillary is not in jail by the next congressional elections people will vote the democrats in the driving seat out of spite, and the democrats will block every last republican proposition until the end of his term. That is assuming the republicans don't start sabotaging their own president from day one.

Or not. Please put on another record, Gumby. This one is broken.

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Apple grounds AirPods launch with shipping delay

Peter R. 1

The complete quote

'We don't believe in shipping a product before it is ready. We do it regularly, in fact we do it with almost everything, but we usually get away with saying it's user error. But we don't believe in it.'

Pete

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Spain's iPhone killer actually a rebranded Xiaomi – new claim

Peter R. 1

Cute !

I like that acorn with the bit out ofit as their logo. Reminds me of something, but can't quite put my finger on it. The middle one.

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EU turns screws on Android – report

Peter R. 1

EU Coffer filling

As per usual, not a single Eurocent of this fine will go to the alleged 'duped' customer. And also per usual, the real problem with android devices, namely that producers stop supporting and upgrading them the minute they're put in the box (yes, Sony and Samsung, I'm looking at you) is deftly ignored.

If I had a rocket launcher...

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Criticize Donald Trump, get your site smashed offline from Russia

Peter R. 1

Re: Despair

I think that so far the American people have proven to not really care about the alleged brainpower of their candidates. Case in point, The Orange Man (c) does not really strike me as an intelligent person. In the past, elected presidents have often been proven to be the intellectual runt of the litter.

Unfortunately we can safely state that even if you import the top 10 of intelligent, educated, empathic and suitable candidates for the post of president of the US they wouldn't stand a snowballs chance in hell of being elected.

Equally unfortunately, the situation is much the same in the rest of the world.

The problem lies not with inferior candidates. It is inferior voters.

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Revealed: The true horror of being a big CEO

Peter R. 1

Confirms what everyone knows

All they do is shoot the breeze and bullshit the bullshitters all day.

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Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

Peter R. 1

God luck to the VIrgin crew

You're on a steep downhill from here on out. LG bought our regional cable provider a few years back, and since then everything has become a mot more expensive, and a lot lower grade. And that includes the TV offering.

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