* Posts by Big_Boomer

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Sky Broadband is not the UK's cheapest, growls ad watchdog

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Free Bullshittium

Adverts seem to be heading into the gutter more and more. My pet hates are the cosmetic adverts that are so full of pseudo-scientific bullshit that years ago I started shouting "with extra Bullshittium" at the TV whenever one came on. Now that Bullshittium seems to be spreading to most other forms of advertising and more and more are pushing the boundaries of what they can get away with. A few are getting caught out, but most just get away with it.

I mostly treat all adverts as outright lies and instead do my research before I buy something. About the best an advert can do is bring to my attention that something exists. As soon as it tries to convince me that it will make me happier/prettier/healthier/etc. I mostly ignore that product and often the entire brand.

There's a black hole lurking within 1,000 light years of Earth – and you can see stars circling it with the naked eye

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Re: Dark Matter

No, this doesn't account for Dark Energy.

Perhaps I should have said "EVEN travelling at C", not that anything substantial can travel at C in our universe.

We only ever see objects by their effects. Some emit radiation, some reflect radiation, some distort space-time, some occlude radiation emitters/reflectors, etc.

The idea that Singularities have been "ruled out" as a contributory factor is against ALL scientific principles. A real scientist rules out nothing, just observes and theorises. When the observed data changes, so does the theory.

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Re: Maths up the Khyber

I think you need to go do some more studying on orbital mechanics. To be precise they will all be orbiting a common point in space, but since the larger masses are farther away, then the common point will probably end up in or near the Singularity, which we then define as the object being orbited. In this case the common point will be moving around considerably but should be in or near the Singularity most of the time.

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Dark Matter

Well, I guess we are now starting to understand where all the so called "Dark Matter" is then, since Singularities seem to be more common than previously thought. And don't worry about them "zipping around space". Anything with that mass is going to get noticed if it gets anywhere near us. 1000ly is a LONG way away!! Travelling at C it would still take it 1000 years to get here!

The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke

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Re: The higher the frequency, the greater the energy

Kirk, why don't you go and read up on NON-IONIZING radiation vs IONIZING radiation? The entire Microwave band from 1Ghz to 1000Ghz is all NON-IONIZING, ie. it does not cause any cellular damage based on quanta effects. Why? Because each photon is such low energy that it can't cause any damage. Such damage does not start until you are into the UltraViolet range and beyond when photon energies exceed 1eV.

The primary effect NON-IONIZING has on nearby objects is heating them up, and to do that requires lots of POWER. The reason why Microwave ovens work at 2.45Ghz is that nobody uses that frequency for communications. The heating effect comes from the radio waves causing the water molecules in the food to vibrate like a tuning fork, which is the same effect you get from direct heating. Even then it requires hundreds of Watts at very close range to significantly heat something up.

So, to sum up, your research is wrong, your theories are wrong, quite simply put, you are wrong. Now please go do some real research. stay away from the conspiracy theory websites and see if you can actually discover the facts of the matter. Oh, and anyone who tells you something is "The Truth" is full of sh!t and should be avoided at all costs.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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Tribal Monkeys

As long as some people remain tribal, they will continue to use certain terms as pejoratives for people who are not in their tribe. The terms will change on a regular basis as after every change the tribal monkeys just come up with new words that they can fling like monkey crap at anything not to their liking. Allow and Deny Lists seem perfectly acceptable to me as they describe their functions. The "White Cliffs of Dover" is also descriptive as is "the brown guy who lives next door", "the black hole" or even "my pink ribbons". However, once you start using any of these or any other terms to discriminate or to spread hatred, THAT is when you prove yourself to be a Tribal Monkey!

The Adobe Flash Farewell Tour 2020: LibreOffice to axe export support for .SWF in version 7

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The only way to be sure,...

IS TO NUKE THE DAMNED THING FROM ORBIT! <LOL>

Realme's X50m is a decently specced 5G phone – for the price of a 1995 Nissan Micra

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If it comes to the UK at under £400, I could be tempted. Currently running a 22 month old Honor 9 and so far can't think of a single reason for replacing it. 5G is not a motivator for me as I'm not a big data user. I would imagine your average social media junkies will love it though.

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

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All your data are belong to us

It's quite simple, if you don't want them to know about it, don't put it online. So far they have not yet managed to develop a mind-probe. Pretty soon your local Neighbourhood Vigilante,... err Watch will also have access and that bossy busybody at #33 will know all about your browsing habits and be using them to blackmail you into conforming and becoming a "good neighbour". There have been so many cases of Police misusing their access to data that the government seems to think that giving everyone access is a good idea. Well, I'm sure that will bite them when the first case of a Ministers "private" data going public happens. Then there will be a mad scramble to limit access again.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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"Gerroff and Milk it"

This is just the latest instance of Apple milking their captive iMuppets and iMorons. Without doubt there will be some out there who right now are storing their "mint in box" iWheels in a neutral (N²) atmosphered vault. Some will be squatting in a corner fondling them whilst cooing "My Precious", whilst others will actually fit them to a desk and use them for their intended purpose all whilst feeling guilty that they are actually wearing them out. All of them, without question, have more money than sense, but then that is the basis of Apple's marketing scheme,... along with "buy American" (made in China).

UK MPs fume after Huawei posts open letter stating: 'Disrupting our involvement in the 5G rollout would do Britain a disservice'

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Corruption

This seems to be the norm these days. The company I work for has to prove that it operates ethically, and yet all these other companies seem to get state sponsorship so that they can get away with bribery, backhanders, political interference and so on. It smacks very much of one rule for me and other rules for everyone else, all for the worship of the almighty dollaryuaneuro.

And before someone starts on about Chinese this and that, our lot and the Yanks are FAR worse and have been doing this protectionist crap for hundreds of years. It's just part of the power struggle as China takes over as the worlds leading economy.

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

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DAB is a pointless waste of money.

With adequate 3G phone coverage DAB becomes irrelevant. Already the networks are selling "unlimited" data contracts and once those become more common, everyone with coverage will be able to listen to ANY internet radio station from anywhere on the planet, rather than being limited to the "popular" dross that currently infests the airwaves, digital or otherwise. At home I listen to purchased music and Internet Radio and given adequate coverage I could also listen to Internet Radio when in the car/train/walking. Many of my friends already listen to Spotify and other streaming services when they have adequate coverage as well as Internet Radio stations. If you are in an area with spotty 3G (or better) coverage then chances are you can't receive DAB either. FM or even AM for you I'm afraid, but if you chose to live way out there, don't come moaning to us about it. Many of us would swap our suburban semis or city flats for your quiet country cottage in a heartbeat.

Academic showdown as boffins biff-baff over when Version 1.0 of Earth's magnetic core was released

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Definitions!!!!

Define when that cluster of mutually orbiting asteroids finally coalesced to become "Earth". THAT is the moment that Earths magnetic was formed, as without an Earth there cannot be an "Earths Magnetic Field". Chances are you can't define that moment since the formation of Earth happened gradually over a looooooong period of time. So these petty children are arguing over who can provide the earliest EVIDENCE of Earths magnetic field. Who cares? Anyone with a microgram of common sense knows that Earth had a magnetic field even before it coalesced into a proto-planet.

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

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A Masters Degree in Advanced DumbFukerie (Madf)

I have recently been having a discussion with a colleague on the subject of conspiracy theories with specific reference to the 5G drivel. He is well educated and well travelled yet he still believes this conspiracy garbage and even when categorically proven wrong still spouts guff like "there's no smoke without fire". If people like him are believing and forwarding this crap on anti-social media then what chance do the toilet-roll hoarders have?

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?

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Hmmm,.... 60s' vs 70s? For fashion 60's, for music 70's, for cars 60's, for TV the 70's. For NASA logos why not hold a competition to design a new one for the 2020s rather than try to decide which of the two very dated old ones is best? FFS, the 1970s is now over 40 years ago!

BOFH: Will the last one out switch off the printer?

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It was the Bosses wife, in the living room, with the Monopoly board!

Thanks for the laughs Simon. :-)

Here's what Europeans are buying amid the COVID-19 lockdown – aside from heaps of pasta and toilet paper

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Re: Lost post

Having briefly worked as a parcel delivery guy I can categorically state that many of the houses that don't have a number are a royal PITA to deliver to. My experience was that many such houses have their name in small letters on their front door (60' from the road) or the sign on the road is obscured by vegetation or dirty. If you have problems getting deliveries then make certain that your house name is CLEARLY visible from the road. If you don't then chances are the driver is just going to blow off your delivery as too much effort. He/she has 140 such drops to do and doesn't have time to play "hunt the house". Yes, I often heard the lame excuse "But the postman knows where we are!" but your postie delivers to you EVERY DAY. The delivery guy covers a much larger area and delivers to you infrequently, so is not going to remember where you are. If your house name/number is not CLEARLY visible from the road, you are going to get failed deliveries, even in housing estates where the number sequence is "obvious". Delivery drivers aren't the highest paid so don't expect them to go out of their way to find your house. Make it easy for them and your stuff will arrive.

Who's going to pay for Britain's Aunty Beeb to carry on? Broadband users, broadcaster suggests to government

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To be honest 10 years ago I would have fought tooth and nail for the BBC to remain as it was, but these days they produce very little of interest to me. I value BBC2s QI and Mock The Week, and series like The Planets, but the dramas leave me cold as does almost the entire content of BBC1, 3, and 4. I haven't listened to a BBC radio station for years (since John Peel died) as they just don't interest me any more. I used to love watching Top Gear but since they got Paddy McGuinness and his constant shouting and repeated "Ged In Thur" I'm now avoiding it as far too cringe-worthy.

I use the BBC News website as it's about as neutral and factual as a news site can get these days, and I judge that neutrality by the equally loud cries of "Bias" from both the Left and Right of the political spectrum. Compared to Fox, Sky, CNN, etc. it's a gem.

I do watch Dave quite a lot as it has Red Dwarf and other original comedy (as well as lots of repeats of BBC shows), but that is the commercial arm of the BBC and not funded by the License Fee.

Are you extracting the urine, ESA? Why, yes it is, from Moon dwellers to build homes out of lunar regolith. Possibly

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Re: Living on the surface of the moon is stupid

Yeah, what Doug said. Underground solves a whole load of issues that the surface has and the only negative relative to surface living is the possibility of moon-quakes causing splits in your containment. For this the containment ideally needs to be self healing or at least leak indicating. Since the regolith is mostly silicon and aluminium I'd recommend using electrolysis to pull the Al from the regolith and use that to line your tunnels as Al flexes and stretches a little. You then use the remaining Si to coat the Al with a glaze that would fracture off the surface in areas where it deforms too much. Either way it's gonna take some serious bootstrapping to get going up there and a whole load of stuff will need to be sent there at great costs before it becomes self sufficient.

Announcing the official Reg-approved measure of social distancing: The Osman

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Spitting distance!

If you could spit on them, they are too close. There is a very good reason for the phrase "within spitting distance" and preventing the spread of diseases is it. If they are downwind then that distance is more than 2 metres. The spitting world record is 9.766 metres, so perhaps we should be keeping 10 metres apart?

Infosys fires employee who Facebooked 'let's hold hands and share coronavirus'

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Idiots are everywhere

And you thought that our hoarders were the only idiots? The idiot in question published a suggestion that would endanger other peoples lives, and the company that employs him decided it didn't want to employ an idiot that liked to endanger other peoples lives, so it fired him. The sooner that the idiots of the world learn that ALL their actions have consequences, the better.

Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92

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Unhappy

Adieu Albert, et merci pour le rire. :-(

In case you want to flee this wretched Earth, 139 minor planets were spotted at the outer reaches of our Solar System. Just an FYI...

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Re: Detection

Do you think your piddly ass little nuclear bomb is going to light up the Oort cloud better than the 2x10³ºKg continuous Fusion Bomb that we call The Sun? <rotflmao>

A nearby Nova or Supernova will help, but if it's near enough we'd all be dead anyways, so nobody to observe the nice reflected light. Cheaper and easier to send some accountants or Quantity Surveyors out there and let then do their thang! <LOL>

The Reg produces exhibit A1: A UK court IT system running Windows XP

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Why unloved?

XP was a good OS in it's day. Compared to Win95/98/Me, WinNT4 Workstation and Windows 2000 Workstation, WinXP was superb. Was it secure? F*** no! Was it stable and reliable? Mostly. Was the GUI usable and easy to navigate? Yes, better than anything MS has released since. Did I love it,... no, but then I'm not the type to get all gushy about an Operating System. It's just a tool I use to do a job. Besides, it's perfectly secure if you never plug it into a network <LOL>. I have a laptop running XP that runs some software that talks to my cars multitude of ECUs. Does the job and the software version I have will not run on Win7 or 10. I suppose could buy the latest version of the software, but at £1500 I think they can take a ***ing **** off of a short pier with concrete shoes on.

Motorola bounds out the G8 with a harder, better, faster smartphone for the thrifty

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The Moto G phones seem to jump in and out of being good value for money. My 3rd Gen Moto G still works fine (Android 6, 1GB RAM) but with the Android updates to the built in apps it will soon run out of internal storage (8GB). I replaced it with a Huawei Honor 9 a couple of years ago as the current Moto G at the time was overpriced w.r.t. the Honor but when this starts to struggle the Moto G's will be in the hunt for my replacement, especially since the recent Huawei witch hunt has prevented them from using Google Play. That said, if the Huawei AppGallery carries on like it currently is, it may soon become a better option than Google Play.

Brexit Britain changes its mind, says non, nein, no to Europe's unified patent court – potentially sealing its fate

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The lawyers will be fine.

Instead of the UPC the UK will probably follow the US Patent methodology where anything can be patented (ideas, designs, art, etc.) with no burden of proof and completely ignoring any prior art or even the slightest inkling of common sense, and all disputes are sorted out in court at great expense. That way the lawyers will be able to afford Ferrari's and 2nd homes in St Tropez and only the rich/corporate will be able to afford to win. Cynical? Me?

RIP Freeman Dyson: The super-boffin who applied his mathematical brain to nuclear magic, quantum physics, space travel, and more

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RIP Freeman

Thanks for a great many insights and ideas and mind melting mathematics. It's a shame that his frail body let down his brilliant mind, but 96 is a good innings. I grew up reading of Dyson Spheres and Dyson Trees and their spin-offs (Niven Rings, Integral Trees, etc.) in SciFi.

Microsoft's Cortana turns its back on consumers as skills are stripped from Windows 10

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Re: Productivity

Just this weekend we had an Office 365 update and all my settings got reset, again. Sick to my back teeth of having to adapt to Microsoft's incessant need to fiddle with menus and layouts. I run Win 10 but thanks to Classic Shell I can at least get rid of that godawful tile based Start Menu.

The Ghost of Windows 10 Past shrinks back as Microsoft's axeman tiptoes ever closer

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Microssoft, PLEASE stop fiddling with .NET

We cannot use 1903 and 1909 with our software as once again MS broke certain functionality when they included .NET 4.8 in 1903/1909. They have a history of doing this since the release of .NET 4.5.0. When are they finally going to get rid of .NET Framework and move to something a bit more stable from version to version? Or perhaps stop changing it with every Win10 version (or every other version)? Either way, pretty soon we may well have to start developing for Linux as MS are making it more and more difficult for us to keep up with their constant incessant fiddling with .NET. Either that or else stop with the stupidly short lifespan for each version on Win10. And NO Microsoft, we are not going to auto-upgrade because every time we do you f**k something else up that we end up having to fix/work around.

Good news, everyone: The US military says it will be ethically minded about how it develops AI

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Welcome to Skynet

Please select 1 for carbon offset for the incineration of your corpse, 2 for termination of all associated lifeforms to avoid discrimination, 3 for an apology for all and any collateral damage, or please hold for The Architect.

How many times do we have to tell you? A Tesla isn't a self-driving car, say investigators after Apple man's fatal crash

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Coroners Verdict

Death due to stupidity/gullibility. Bring on the down-votes TeslaTwits! :-)

As for disabling cellphone functions whilst the car is moving, how do they discriminate between the driver and the others in the vehicle? What about disabling the Radio, GPS, heating controls, electric seat controls, not to mention the eternal distraction of The World and all the wonderful things in it. STOP trying to blame an object for the failure of an idiot to behave in a way that ensures their own survival. The only problem is that these idiots often kill others because of their selfish stupidity.

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

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Re: flight in a MiG 29, and actually seen the curvature from the passenger seat.

I would like to invite all Flat-Earthers to take that flight in the MIG to 60,000 feet altitude and then open the canopy and open their helmet visor just to make certain that what they are seeing is not a projection of any kind. There is more than one way to chlorinate the gene pool. :-)

Galileo got it wrong – official: Jupiter actually wet, not super-dry: 'No one would have guessed that water might be so variable across the planet'

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Re: Really?

On Earth the circulation of the atmosphere is driven by evaporation of water from the surface of the oceans, but unless you look at the land, you can't always see the "bands". On Jupiter the circulation of the atmosphere is VISIBLE and so are the bands, even if the actual mechanism (fusion?, fission?, chemical?, geological?) driving it is still being argued about. I wasn't positing a mechanism for the variations in water content. I was stating that taking one set of measurements and assuming that they applied to an entire planet the size of Jupiter is full on 100% stoopid!

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Really?

Earth has alternating dry and wet bands. See the Deserts section on this page.

http://www.earth-site.co.uk/Education/geographical-land-use/

Since the bands on Jupiter are actually visible in it's atmosphere I would expect even greater variations in atmospheric water than here on Earth.

Sounds like someone needs to go back to school and pay attention this time.

Hey, Brits. Your Google data is leaving the EU before you are: Hoard to be shipped from Ireland to US next month

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Ooooohhh Goody,.... MORE SPAM!

Thanks Brexit Voters. We had GDPR blocking the worst excesses of unfettered commercialism and now that is going down the drain. I hope that they plaster your Youtube/Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/etc. accounts with loads of willy-pill and get-rich-quick spam. Sounds like I might have to start closing down some of my accounts.

One man is standing up to Donald Trump's ban on US chip tech going to Huawei. That man... is Donald Trump

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He sounds like a really bad expert system (AI requires INTELLIGENCE and so far no so called AI can demonstrate any of that) is writing all his tweets for him. It constantly tells everyone that he is awesome at everything, that there has never been a better POTUS, that everything he says, does, touches, is GOLD! And yet he can't seem to back any of it up with anything other than more flimflam. The US has voted for a badly managed pyramid scheme to lead it, and we all know how pyramid schemes end up, and who ends up having to clean up the wreckage. As for BoJo and ScoMo, they are just sad second tier pyramid schemers.

Razr sharp foldable: Samsung whips out Galaxy Z Flip – and, oh snap, it's £1,300

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Re: "..a 21.9:9 aspect ratio."

Since ratios are supposed to always be Integers (or at least that's what my A Level Maths teacher taught me), the correct ratio is 219:90.

However, if you are going to use decimal places, then all ratios should be relative to 1 so your 21.9:9 is in fact 2.43:1 (to two decimal places). Cinema screens are 1.85:1 or 2.39:1, and HD TVs are 1.78:1 It's much easier to compare stuff if you stick to ONE standard method. YES, I'm getting my coat already! :-)

What's the German word for stalling technology rollouts over health fears? Cos that plus 5G equals Switzerland

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RADIATION = CHENOBYL = DEATH

Again we can lay this kind of head-up-yer-arse mentality firmly at the altars of "The Media" and "Social" networks. Utter drivel spread by unthinking zombies who believe that their "feelings" have as much or more weight in a debate than actual, repeatable scientifically proven FACT.

Microwave oven = 650-1000Watts. 4G Cellphone maximum = 200mW or 0.2W and they normally operate at much lower power.

The ONLY risk I have ever heard of from cellphones was from very early analogue phones and was due to the power they had to use (right next to your ear) to reach the base stations on the 800Mhz band. My Dad used to insist on having a "luggable" phone rather than one of those Motorola bricks, as that way the 3W/800Mhz wasn't right next to his head.

I'll bet more people are injured/killed because of "Phone Zombie Syndrome" than any amount of ultra-low power radiation, regardless of what radio band it is in. I think we should BAN all use of cellphones whilst walking as well as whilst driving. It could save so many injuries and lives! :-)

If you're running Windows, I feel bad for you, son. Microsoft's got 99 problems, better fix each one

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Jeez, are people still using Flash? Why not run it on Windows XP as well, and disable your AV, and dangle your bits in a vat of Pthirus pubis. DumbF**ks!

Uncle Sam: Secretly spying on networks around the world without telling anyone, Huawei? But that's OUR job

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Methinks the US Government doth protest too much. Guilty conscience? They are right, the Chinese probably ARE doing exactly what the USA are also doing, to both their own people and to other countries, and so is everybody else with very few exceptions I imagine. If you want secret comms, then ENCRYPT. Otherwise they are all welcome to snoop on people watching cat videos and gossiping about who is ****ing who on Loser Island, cos nobody cares. We already live in a Big Brother society and it's gonna get worse before it gets better.

Built to last: Time to dispose of the disposable, unrepairable brick

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My current desktop, bought 2015, has an i7-4790 , 16GB DDR3-1600 , 2TB SSD & 2TB spinning rust, and a GTX960 with 4GB VRam. For gaming it's perfectly adequate. Runs Outer Worlds with everything at max and although there are no doubt games out there it can't run at optimum, I don't play them, so don't care. I'll replace this PC when I feel the need to do so.

In terms of reuse, the PC it replaced some 5 years ago is a 2009 bought Q9550 with 16GB RAM, a 120GB SSD & 1TB spinning rust, and a GTX750 ti. That is in the garage where it plays internet radio, displays service manuals and gives me internet access when working on my motorcycles. It runs Win10 just fine but I'm not sure it would run games very well on Win 10 any more.

In recent years, there has been too much emphasis on replacement rather than repair, re-purpose and recycle but that is now starting to change,.... thank god. Now I just need to persuade the Mrs that she doesn't "need" more shoes or handbags. <LOL>

Flipping heck: Footage leaks of Samsung's upcoming bendy smartphone in action

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Meh

Yet another bling bling for the terminally gullible. NEXT!

Will Asimov fix my doorbell? There should be a law about this

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I feel sorry for the AIs & Robots. Imagine constantly having to deal with inconsistent, incompetent, self-important humans, and still be polite, caring and non-violent. Do any of you think you could do that? I know I'd struggle if I couldn't blow off steam by being rude, uncaring, and occasionally violent (if pushed enough!).

I agree with Asimov's (and Daneel's) eventual conclusion that Robots & AIs actually damage humanity by making us reliant on them potentially to the point of racial

suicide. Those whose careers/incomes are dependant on AI will disagree and try to force their products on us (already happening with Google/Alexa/Siri/etc.). I have no problem with something that helps me to do what I need to do, but I do not need anything making my decisions for me. I already hate software that "tries" to be helpful, starting with "Clippy" and getting worse.

Samsung: You see, what we did was we took the Galaxy Tab S6, right? Then we slapped some 5G on it

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Make what people want, not what marketing wants to sell.

I use a Galaxy Tab S2 every day for personal stuff like emails, Facebook, web browsing, and occasional other tasks. I hate using phones for any of that as even the stupidly huge 7" phablets are still too small to clearly see details on the screen and too big to hold for even my massive hands. I even find my 5½" Honor 9 to be a little too big to hold comfortably for long and I wear 5XL gloves.

Once you move to a tablet, you are unlikely to be holding it anyway, so 10"+ is great. If the tablet manufacturers want to increase sales, then start producing 12", 14", 16" tablets at a decent price point. I know I'd consider replacing my 9.7" S2 if I could get a 16" tablet with a decent capacity battery at around £400-500 as with my ageing eyesight it would make life easier. We don't need 80 core CPUs and 4K graphics and 16GB RAM, just a mid-range tablet with 4GB RAM, 4-core CPU, a bigger screen and adequate cameras.

The young want to do everything on their phone and good luck to them. I wish I still had the eyesight to do that.

Us oldies want a phone to do what is necessary when we are out and about, but when we are sat on our sofa, we want a decent sized tablet to do the stuff that we do at home.

BOFH: When was the last time someone said these exact words to you: You are the sunshine of my life?

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AARRRGGGHHH!!

F***ING SURVEY EMAILS. Every Tom, Dick and Mary wants to know how they did and expects me to supply them with that data. So, what they are telling me is that every time I interact with their company, they then want me to spend some of my valuable time telling them how they did? For FREE? Nah!!

I'll do it for cold hard cash, but that's it. No bogus competition shite or 10% discount on next purchase (so long as it's in the next 60 seconds!) garbage. CASH! Will also accept beer but none of that watery lager crap!

The Foot of Cupid emits final burst of flatulence in honour of fallen Python Terry Jones

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Thanks to Sir Belvedere for explaining how to determine if she's a witch. Obvious really :-)

Looking for a great value broadband deal? War-torn Syria will do you proud

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ByeByeBT

Having recently moved from Sky Fibre (36MB/s) to Virgin (200Mb/s) I can only extol the virtues of FTTP. It's rare that it drops below 200Mb/s and is substantially cheaper than what I paid for the BT OpenReach based Sky broadband for 5 times the bandwidth. Latency is also better at ~10ms (16ms for Sky) so it's all good. Pretty soon just about anyone who can will be switching to FTTP and everyone else will get left behind. Those left behind will soon start screaming and that (along with decreasing income) may finally motivate BT OpenReach to get off their arse and upgrade their network. I know it is happening but too slowly and if BT hadn't dragged their feet for the last 20 years, they could have been market leaders by now. Instead they are now the also-rans and soon will become a footnote in history if they don't get their finger out, PRONTO!!

South American nations open fire on ICANN for 'illegal and unjust' sale of .amazon to zillionaire Jeff Bezos

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Why?

Why is everyone surprised that ICANN are printing themselves more money? It's all they have ever done. You should be able to register any TLD you want since all it requires is a DNS entry and you are good to go. Limit it to something sensible like no more than 16 characters and let the world go mad. That way you can have a TLD (if you get it first) of anything your heart desires. Personally I would like to register .faqu or .ferkewe or even .fokyu but I'm sure lots of other, less puerile ideas will abound. :-)

The whole limitation on TLDs was always a way to restrict supply and therefore push up the price. It has never been anything other than that.

Leaks point to Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with mammoth 108MP camera and ... what? 16GB of RAM

Big_Boomer Silver badge
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Bring on the BLOAT

Sammy phones already have a vast amount of mostly useless bloat on them, so they need more RAM to cope with the increasing amounts of crap that nobody wants but you cannot uninstall. Chances are it will also have a price tag to rival top-end laptops. One for the "must-have-latest-top-end-penis-extension" brigade.

ICANN finally reveals who’s behind purchase of .org: It’s ███████ and ██████ – you don't need to know any more

Big_Boomer Silver badge

CORRUPTION!

Come on down to the 21st Century game of CORRUPTION! Can you swindle your way to riches? Can you rip off good natured, trusting people just to make a buck? Then you are exactly what our corrupt money obsessed society is all about! Take the money and F**K the people! After all the strong are supposed to prey on the weak aren't they? Oh wait, if you are preying on your own species isn't that cannibalism? I'm starting to think that Climate Change is a good thing for this planet. It'll eventually kill off the human viruses, unfortunately taking all the good humans with it. Is your conscience clean?

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