* Posts by jgarbo

141 posts • joined 3 Jun 2013

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At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements

jgarbo

Re: Happened exactly as I predicted on a thread here a couple of months back...

Upgradeability? You mean Don't buy a new one, just upgrade your old one? That's not a business model unless you're selling spare parts.

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jgarbo

Oddly, you've relieved my pain a little. I'm on my 3rd Acer Aspire keyboard, which is again having "mood swings", waking up forgetting short cuts (Linux Mint) and language switches. Is it so hard to make a decent keyboard? My old Thinkpads took a pounding (old journo here) and begged for more, even after the characters wore off. Might follow your lead on the X240.

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Norwegian tourist board says it can't a-fjord the bad publicity from 'Land of Chlamydia' posters

jgarbo

Re: "Norwegians are not good at using condoms."

When it's hard it's easy.

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

jgarbo

Re: Trackball can be worse....

No-one heard of the optical mouse? $10 anywhere.

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

jgarbo

Re: Yeah - but if I am a "common criminal" I'll definitely find another non-indiegogo to pawn

The attack dogs eat PETA people, too.

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Chinese tech giant ZTE is back in business – plus or minus $1.4bn and its entire board

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It's a no brainer, Trump's forte. Ivanka's trademarks or US jobs? Come on...

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

jgarbo

Be kind...

The Phantom F4 was the child of unmarried parents. The result of a one night stand. Have pity.

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jgarbo
Black Helicopters

Re: More than a 'White Elephant'

Give it time. Latest audit found only 996 flaws. Oh don't eject if the single (?) engine fails. The helmet will break your neck. Have a nice flight!

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MacBook Pro petition begs Apple for total recall of krap keyboards

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Trollface

Re: Apple fix it or people will move

And here's silly old me, behind the times, running Linux on an ancient T40 Thinkpad, all keys perfect, 15 years on. I thought Apple was for kids' games. Grown ups actually use that trash for writing?!

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Gemini: Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin'

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: What I loved about my Psion5 was that it fitted in my breast pocket

Am I missing something? After five broken 5MXs, a friendly Psion Netbook, I bought a Samsung Note. Fits in any pocket. Runs MS Word, which I can write into with the S-pen, turn scribble into usable text (auto spell), edit, send anywhere. Oh, and the phone, cameras and everything else work perfectly. I save Linux for my desktops & laptops, but the Note's perfect for story ideas, notes, lists, drawing maps, etc, ad hoc or on the move (Old style journo). OK, it's only Android, but the Gemini has the same problems of my five MXs - lousy keyboard and poor QC, broken spring hinges and screen ribbons.

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Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

jgarbo

Re: As long as...

Oh? A Sikh was murdered shortly after 9/11 - mistaken for a Muslim! Americans are greatly ignorant.

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F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

jgarbo
Devil

Re: Hearts & minds propaganda, courtesy of MoD

The US has no "allies", only servants, of which the UK is one.

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SuperFish cram scandal: Lenovo must now ask nicely before stuffing new PCs with crapware

jgarbo
Linux

Re: 'I'm on my second Lenovo laptop at present and see no reason for using anything else'

I've installed Linux on four of my machines and those of friends, without problems. Frankly, Linux is easier to install these days than Windows. Never had a problem with drivers - they're either included or downloadable from a repo. HTH

BTW Love the Red button!

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The plucky local Mom 'n’ Pop phone maker faces death

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German engineering

My Audi A4, beautiful to drive, suffered the Jaguar-syndrome - you need a spare for when the other one's at the garage. Wife drives a Nissan, never needs more petrol.

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iPhone X Face ID fooled again by 'evil twin' mask

jgarbo
Facepalm

How about a complex geometric pattern (my Samsung Note) or a longish passphrase, eg about yRcH1ldhdh0m3, minus a few vowels? Important thing, you can change it anytime, not like face or fingerprint. Another Apple gadget that fails in use.

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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

jgarbo

Re: Fools and their money...

Why down voted? Because you criticize something you can't even define. Incoherence demands a down vote.

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Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

jgarbo

Can it also pick up the hand written messages from my S-pen?

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jgarbo

Re: We are born alone

Don't know about you, but my mother was quite close by when I was born, or are they lying?

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

jgarbo

Re: eating our local birds ?

You haven't heard about the recipe for cockatoo soup.

Take one cockatoo, plucked or not. Toss in pot of boiling water, a little salt added. Toss in one house brick. Boil for a few days. When brick is dissolved, chuck out cockatoo and eat the soup.

That's how tough the buggers are.

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

jgarbo
Devil

Re: yes, it's very nice but...

Except Rosie, who does it behind the Crown & Crumpet...

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jgarbo
Linux

Re: "Why do you think Linux users do not spend money?"

You obviously don't understand Linux or its users. The vast majority of servers run Linux, because it's reliable. Geeks run Linux because it's versatile, flexible and extensible. I run Linux because I make it do exactly what I want quickly, reliably. The average desktop user doesn't know or care about the box under the table. OK. Yet more frequently I'm installing Linux for them because Windows doesn't work, help is useless and they're tired of hassles. Linux can be free, if you know how to run it. Or you can pay for it via service, eg Redhat. That's Linux. Options in a closed shop.

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jgarbo

Re: "they've missed the more human advancements and ergonomics"

If you want to win a horse you don't ride a camel. If you want pop out lenses you want a camera, not a phone. Kit for the job.

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jgarbo

Re: Hell froze over

My Note 4 gets very frequent updates. Every 5-6 weeks. About 350MB

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jgarbo

Re: Hell froze over

Why do you keep dropping your phone? Just asking. Do you drop other things or only phones?

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Osama Bin Laden had copy of Resident Evil, smut, in compound

jgarbo
Facepalm

Enough!

This is past ridiculous. Abbottabad was a phony op. God knows who if anyone was killed. OBL's boss, the CIA, has already confirmed he died, probably of renal failure in Tora Bora, in late 2001, a few months after 9/11. Never on an FBI wanted listed and always denied involvement in 9/11.

The 2011 game was so silly, lost helo, shot wrong people, "Muslim" burial at sea, no records. Suddenly the CIA releases docs? Nonsense.

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

jgarbo

Re: Crap planes = more profit for the 1%

Show the rabble shiny toys and they'll pay for the joy.

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jgarbo

Re: Might as well start learning Chinese

Take heart. Chinese easier to speak than Thai.

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jgarbo

Almost. A welfare state only for defence CEOs and shareholders.

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jgarbo

Re: New toys are always more exciting than repaired ones

Manned aircraft are on the way out. The Russians are already "droning" Su27s, no pilot, more fuel, armaments. The F35B is a bad copy of the Yak 141, which the Russians eventually decided wasn't viable. The Yanks of course jumped at it and produced a cement van with wings.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

jgarbo

Re: My wishlist

So, after all the praise of iPhone, which is still catching up with my old Note 4, I guess I'll wait. Free apps, super pix & vid with image stabilization, conferencing, modifying docs & drawings with the S-pen, replaceable battery & cards, two days between charges. Alas, can't scuba while conferencing. Damn.

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Monkey selfie case settles for a quarter of future royalties

jgarbo

Re: Interesting principles behind this

Very nice point of law. Now go for a swim in North Australia and debate law with the next Saltie or Bull Shark you meet.

"I'm also a an animal, so we can share these resources for our mutual benefit. What do you say?"

"Gulp"...

These idiots don't get it. Daniel can't lie down with the lion. Unless the lion has just eaten a zebra. Otherwise Dan's the entree.

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jgarbo

Re: Doctor Syntax

Forget the syntax. The monkey's a thief. He didn't ask permission to use the camera, so he has no rights to the photos. Did he sign a release for that selfie? Cannot be used commercially. Court adjourned.

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

jgarbo

Re: One word springs to mind

Only If she or he agrees.

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jgarbo

Re: One word springs to mind

You obviously live alone. Or your zoo mates are tolerant.

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Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack

jgarbo

Re: "will need updating" @Aodhhan

See my post above. My Samsung Note 4 gets very frequent updates. I chose a 4, not a 5, because you can still change the battery. I tend to use phones till they die of old age.

HTH

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jgarbo

Re: "will need updating"

Am I just lucky? My Note 4 gets full updates (300MB+) every month or so. Takes 30-40 min. Maybe this is only for the Note. Anyone else noticed?

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Salesforce sacks two top security engineers for their DEF CON talk

jgarbo

Re: Hold on a second....

Undisclosed NDA bars them from commenting on company business?

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It's August 2017 and your Android gear can be pwned by, oh look, just patch the things

jgarbo
Happy

Re: which will post their own updates in time, hopefully.

Same here. Monthly, bi-monthly at most, security & app upgrades to my Note 4. Does expensive kit get "premium" service?

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jgarbo
Happy

Same here. Monthly, bi-monthly at most, security & app upgrades to my Note 4. Does expensive kit get "premium" service?

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€100 'typewriter' turns out to be €45,000 Enigma machine

jgarbo
Boffin

Re: There is quite a bit of that floating around Eastern Europe

Seems your friend pinched the quote from Hungarian Michael Curtiz, director of Casablanca, on the set of Romance on the High Seas.

...[berating David Niven during an on-set argument] You think you know fuck everything and I know fuck nothing. Well, let me tell you, I know fuck all!!

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Slower US F-35A purchases piles $27bn onto total fighter jet bill

jgarbo

Which explains the Russians equipping their fighters with cannons as well as rockets. What happens when the US jets run out of rockets?

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jgarbo
Black Helicopters

Re: Sea Gripen

You're forgetting Britain's masters. They say buy this overpriced crap and the Brits say how many? End of story.

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No H-1B visas? No problem, we'll offshore says Tech Mahindra

jgarbo

Or do it the way the Thais do for expats. The minimum salary must be higher than an equivalent Thai - and the expat must be taxed on that salary (even if he/she works for less) and the company must pay full payroll tax & insurance. Also, of course, the hiring company must disclose last five years of tax and prove that a Thai cannot do the work, and must employ seven Thais for each foreign worker . Working in Thailand is rather difficult for a foreigner.

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Chipotle: Hackers did to our registers what our burritos did to your colon

jgarbo
Big Brother

Another reason I always pay cash wherever possible. No paper trail, and often a 5% discount for cash. Cards are surveillance bait.

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

jgarbo

Re: With the Samsung Galaxy 8 implementation - yes.

Well, deary, you don't get out much do you?

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jgarbo

Re: Hahahaha!

Yep, the head of MI6 tells me he always uses iris recognition when ordering coffee from Starbucks, just to be safe. The Russkies, you know.

Children, you're not guarding the crown jewels. It's just a communicator.

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jgarbo

Re: Hahahaha!

Right! My Note 4's finger print thingy likes blow dried fingers, so I use the 9 dots puzzle thingy. Takes ~ 2 secs to open. Who's got such precious secrets on a phone? Keep them in safety deposit box at your bank.

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jgarbo
Boffin

Re: Pugh Pugh Barney Mcgrew ...

A poisonous snake or a venomous one? As for Samsung stuff, I'll be sticking to my amazing Note 4 for the foreseeable future. My office away from home.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

jgarbo
Coat

Re: Risk Management

So, are we back to a socially engineered vector? Some fool opened a nasty attachment or porn pic? So, alert, disciplined staff could have stopped this attack? Just asking.

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jgarbo
Linux

Re: "the SMB server bug is the result of a buffer overflow in Microsoft's code. "

Still say more secure OS is costly, after the ransom demands? I'm surprised any "mission critical" [expensive to fix] ops aren't running a *nix OS instead of amateur hour MS.

My kids run Linux just for email & browsing - with only "user" privileges. Oh, and it's free. Where did I go wrong, not buying MS?

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