* Posts by Youngone

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IT fraudster facing four years' bird time for $10k blackmail

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Rhyming Slang

Is it just me or should it be "Bird Lime"?

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Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

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It takes too long

Phhhh... backups? Why bother, what could possibly go wrong?

Oh....

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What do you call an all-in-one PC that isn't? 'Upgradeable', says HP

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My boss will hate it

I have purchased a tiny Dell desktop for one of my users that fits on the back of a monitor nicely, uses standard connectors and costs about half what that does.

Price is the main concern where I work, and we won't pay extra for things to look good, although I accept others might.

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VMworld schwag heist CCTV didn't work and casino wouldn't share it

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Other Explanations

I'm not sure I would believe any of Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino's explanations here, also:

“is proprietary to Mandalay Bay” and cannot be viewed by third parties...

If any of the injured parties cared to I imagine they could ask a judge to give his or her views about that statement.

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Scientists produce a map marking water hotspots on the Moon

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Re: Hot and wet

Oh, great, thanks Big John, now I have to redesign my Aardvark detector.

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What is the cyber equivalent of 'use of force'? When do we send in the tanks?

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Re: "The United States needs to define a new set of international rules"

The part that caught my eye was: "The United States is more vulnerable than any other country in the world to a cyberattack, warns Haines, because so much of it is dependent on the internet".

Really? I thought, not like those Germans living in their caves, and those Koreans who barely have the use of fire (I could go on, but I think I've made my point).

No we Americans rely on the Internet so much more than them, but goodness we're so frightened.

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US government sued by 11 pissed-off travellers over computer searches

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Geheime Staatspolizei

Whenever I se the phrase "Homeland Security" I get a picture in my head of men in smart uniforms getting onto trains and calling out "papers please"!

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Apple's adoption of Qi signals the end of the wireless charging wars

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I don't think standards are Apple's thing.

Ever tried to Bluetooth a photo from your Android phone to your Mum's iPhone?

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Re: Just imagine the next case ...

It looks like he is appealing, so I suppose his lawyer has a holiday home to pay off, or expensive private school tuition to pay.

I think that's what is happening, but to be honest I dozed off reading the last sentence where the lawyer explained about false something and constitution something and whatever.

The guy deserves what he gets.

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

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No one cares

Advertising has always struck me as something of a con.

In a previous life I dealt with one of the huge multi national advertising agencies, and the vast amounts of money they raked in never really seemed to have any bearing on the results they produced.

None of their customers seemed to care, as the long lunches were legendary.

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Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors

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Flogging a Dead Horse?

Or just a throwaway speech tailored to his audience?

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SanDisk's little microSD card sucks up 400GB

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It's how big?

I'm pretty sure my phone won't see a 400GB disk.

I could be wrong though, or would I need to create a bunch of 64GB* partitions to use the whole card?

* That's the largest my phone can use, as far as I know.

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Criticize Google, get fired: Spotlight spins on ad giant's use of soft money

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Surprise

It's not like Google is the only one doing this in various forms.

We've all seen the anti-global warming stuff written by "researchers" paid by the Koch brothers.

There is also the odd movement of senior staff between the Treasury Department (and various other US Government departments) and Goldman Sachs.

I'm sure commentards are capable of finding all sorts of links between the ruling class of the US and the governing class of corporate America.

The bloke who wrote the book on how this whole system is put together ran Italy in the 1920's and '30's.

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China claims to have turbine-powered drone carrying 200kg payload

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Re: People should be free to decide for themselves what is propaganda

@ A/C

While your point is valid, in the Democracy that I live in the Government controls the media not by jailing journalists, but by refusing them access if their questions become uncomfortable.

They have also allowed the consolidation of media ownership to the point where there are two media owners in the country. They own all of the newspapers (bar two regional titles), all of the commercial radio stations, and all of the TV channels. (The exception being a really poorly run state owned channel).

Ironically the only independent news organisation is a state owned radio network, which has had it's funding frozen for the last 10 years, as they continue to ask uncomfortable questions.

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NYPD head of IT doubles down on Windows smartphone idiocy

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She is the daughter and grand-daughter of wealth, so can't be expected to start at the bottom, like normal people, but in her defence she has at least got a job.

Many trust fund babies never bother.

Of course, I'm really glad I don't work for one of these inherited wealth pillocks (any more).

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Australians still buy 100,000 feature phones a quarter

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Re: Smaller is better

I have a friend who has a dumb phone of some description. He has no interest in any of the things a smart phone could do for him, and likes the fact he only needs to charge it once a week.

Go luck to him I say, it takes all sorts and he knows what he wants.

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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Re: Why does she still have that job??

@ Herby

I'm sure the civil servant part is true, but it looks like this is an old fashioned case of jobs for the boys (or girls in this case).

She is the offspring of an extremely wealthy and well-connected family, and friends with the Mayor's daughter. Looks like business as usual to me.

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Logitech's security cams allegedly suck so bad, this US bloke is suing it

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Security Camera Blues

Are there any really good security cameras out there?

I have used various different ones over the years, including Logitech and almost without exception they have been poorly supported rubbish, even the expensive ones.

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Google slaps a suit on beefed up Chrome OS, offers Enterprise version for business

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Re: Competition

Sorry A/C, that's not how any of this works.

Yes, I make IT decisions, and have for long, long time.

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Competition

I'm all for some new players in the corporate IT area, but I'm not sure this is it.

Where does control lie here? When my user's stuff is in the "cloud" I have no idea where it all is and who has access to it.

It is all very well saying AD 'integration" but what does that actually mean it terms of packets moving into and out of my network?

The beancounters will love it however at $50 per year and presumably running on cheaper hardware.

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Intel's diversity numbers are out – and that 'push' has become more of a 'gentle nudge'

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Re: I'm old enough to remember

I might be sounding racist too, but I thought the 90% of white and Asian men that make up the ranks of management would be classed as two groups rather than one.

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Re: " ..call a spade a spade..."

Digging Implement.

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US prosecutors demand data to unmask every visitor to anti-Trump protest website

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Ken White? Well then...

If Ken White of Popehat fame thinks the Gov is up to something bad, then they probably are.

I mean, Ken can be a bit of an arsehole at times, but in my view he's usually correct about these sorts of things.

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US border cops must get warrants to search phones, devices – EFF

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Quite. If you thought of it, and I thought of it, then anyone with something to hide has thought of it too.

This leads me to believe the policy has nothing whatsoever to do with catching criminals or "terrorists".

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RentBoy.com boss faces six months of hard time

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Re: I am not sure about the sentence

If one of the 2100 cities mentioned in that screen shot is the one I live in, he broke no laws at all, as long as both parties were over 18.

Well, no laws where I live anyway.

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Uber drivers game Uber's system like Uber games the entire planet

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Who would turn a fair down? They're great fun.

I particularly like the ferris wheel.

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Sun of a b... Rising solar temp wrecks chances of finding ET in our system

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Re: Gravity and Van Allen Belt

Also, Infernoz, I am lead to believe that the presence of Jupiter in the outer solar system may have soaked up some of the really big impacts earlier on, so protecting developing life.

Obviously it didn't help the Dinosaurs that one time, but it may have saved them many other times, we will never know.

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Not fair.

Europa and Enceladus will have no habitable period. They will transit to a moist or runaway greenhouse state when the Sun becomes a red giant in 6-7 billion years.

That's a shame. I was looking forward to seeing that.

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Amazon admits flouting sanctions by flogging consumer tat to Iran

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Damned if you do...

I feel sorry for Iran.

If they try to develop nukes, they face sanctions, but if they don't they run the same risks Iraq and Libya did.

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New iPhone details leak: Yes, Apple is still chasing Samsung

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Wrong Place

I enjoyed the article, but the problem with The Reg is that there are not enough really proper rabid Apple fansboys here to fill the comments with outrage.

I might whizz over to Slashdot with some popcorn.

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Disgraced Entatech founder Jason Tsai tossed in the clink for contempt of court

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Re: Oh he is dysfunctional alright

When I hear 'cognitive dysfunction' I am translating it in my head as "Stupid".

This bloke might be bad, but I don't think he's stupid. (Well not that stupid).

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Wisconsin badgers Apple to cough up half a BEEELLION dollars for ripping off chip designs

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Re: Apple should countersue

@ chivo 243

There are always two malcontents here in the Apple Bashery

Looks like they've both been at my comment above. LOL.

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Re: Apple should countersue

@ DNTP

Two Apple lawyers downvoting you for stealing their idea.

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HP Inc, HPE both slapped with racism, ageism lawsuit

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Unsure what to think

I wonder if it really is racism here. I mean two of the complainants are in Georgia, so it's entirely possible but if the HP's are anything like the huge multinational I work for, it could just be cost cutting.

These guys are all older, more experienced workers, so presumably cost more to employ.

My PHB's are in another round of getting rid of the older more experienced people (gender and race doesn't come into it) and bugger the customers.

I am quite sure we will lose market share because it but HP has been doing that anyway for years so it won't make much difference to them.

Either way, it's a poor way to treat people.

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Democrats (still a thing, apparently) are super unhappy about AT&T's Time-Warner merger

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Oppostion Opposing

The Democrat's opposition to telco mergers will evaporate when they hold the whip hand, as the "campaign contributions" flow in.

The US Government is up for sale every year, who gets paid and by whom is the only variable.

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US Homeland Sec boss has snazzy new laptop bomb scanning tech – but admits he doesn't know what it's called

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They're not even trying anymore

It's bad enough that no-one seems to know what The Gestapo Homeland Security are even for, but the clueless boss can't even be bothered reading his briefing material.

Then, when given the correct answer makes fun of Mr. Pistole.

I am going to go ahead and assume that someone senior working in the Transport Department actually needs to know what they're doing, because the Transport Department has proper work to do.

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'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops

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Re: Florida Man

Watch out, he might rend thee in the gobblewarts with his thundlecruncheon, see if he won't.

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Russia launches non-TERRIFYING satellite that focuses Sun's solar rays onto Earth

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My first thought was that I'd really like to see that, so I should download the Android app.

Oh, it's in Russian (duh)

Wow, that's quite a lot of one star reviews.

Maybe it's not worthwhile after all.

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Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

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Re: Primitive Life?

According to Wikipedia their Temporal range: Cambrian–Recent.

Seriously? They've been around for as long as there's been complex life.

(Almost, anyway).

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Samsung stalls Bixby launch because it am English not so good

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If Samsung are using Korean programmers to develop Bixby they are making a mistake.

I'm sure if they asked around they could find some people whose first language is English.

Of course having a bunch of Californians develop Bixby won't help if they want to sell phones in Newcastle (NSW or Tyneside).

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It's the iPhone's 10th b'day or, as El Reg calls it, 'BILL RAY DAY'

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Re: "apart from the intuitive UI"

Easy to use was exactly why the Senior HR woman at the company I was IT Support at absolutely had to have one.

We supplied Blackberrys to the Executives at the time and she could never wrap her head around using it. (She was from HR).

The other Blackberry users sneered for a while, but pretty soon most of them decided they had to have one too.

I did have one fanatical Windows phone user (some sort of HP device) who would not change despite his phone only working properly about 3 days out of 5.

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Koh-no! Silicon Lucy blocks Qualcomm from wriggling out of FTC's chip monopoly trial

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Re: SEP = Standard Essential Patent

Rather shamefully I see it as Symantec Endpoint Protection.

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WannaCrypt blamed for speed camera reboot frenzy in Australia

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Re: U 1F4A9

@ John Smith 19

I can't speak for Australia, because I don't live there, but where I live the courts have ruled several times against the State when people have challenged these sorts of fines.

Basically, if the cameras have been messed about with in a manner not recommended by the manufacturer, then any fines issued become liable to be appealed.

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Guess who's just locked up £1.5bn Australian prison mega-contract? Our very own Serco

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Not only did it not work in the UK, you could have checked with us across the ditch.

Serco had a contract to run the new Mt. Eden prison in Auckland, but made such a hash of it the contract was taken off them.

Guards were running "Fight Clubs" and betting on the outcomes among other nasties.

Total shambles.

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Apple ups the stakes in patent royalties battle with Qualcomm

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Re: Well knock me down with a feather

I had more or less the same thought.

Also, if Qualcomm does the same thing with all the others, then everyone will be lining up with their hands out wanting a refund.

Big stakes.

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Costa Rica complains of US govt harassment over Pirate Bay domain

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Careful Now

Costa Rica need to be careful here. A quick reading of the history of Central America shows that governments often don't survive a disagreement with the US.

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NASA's Kepler space telescope finishes its original mission catalog

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We Know Nothing

Although we've been gazing at the sky for as long as there have been people, we still know almost nothing about the universe we live in.

Kepler is doing a great job of advancing that knowledge, but this is the infancy of the planet-hunting sciences, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if we decide the types of planets are a sort of sliding scale rather than hard and fast rules.

Mini-Neptunes and Super-Earths might sort of merge into each other at some point.

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Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

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Re: Big Banks

The same four Aussie Banks run things here in NZ, and your point about online banking had occurred to me also.

I'm pretty sure it has occurred to the banks, and as you say they have an awful lot of money to use to oppose this idea.

Not that the NZ Govt. has made any noises about this exact issue, I imagine whichever party is running things after our election will do what the US tells them to do.

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It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists

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The article lists a bunch of possible causes including weightlessness and vibration, but not radiation.

Surely that's the most likely cause?

After all, they will have been subjected to increased radiation by virtue of being taken into space.

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Just days after tech community abandons plans to punish internet shutdowns… Egypt goes censorship crazy

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Re: Today Egypt...

@ Fizzle

You jest of course, but that is exactly what the rulers in Egypt are worried about.

The overthrow of Morsi in 2013 has left the whole place unstable, and from what I can gather there is still plenty of opposition to the military dictatorship currently ruling, and they are keen on stamping that out.

May seems to have the same instincts as the thugs in charge in Egypt, although I am not for a minute suggesting she would or could stage the kind of power grab they did.

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