* Posts by jgarbo

165 posts • joined 3 Jun 2013

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How do you like them Apples? Tim Cook's iPhones sitting in the tree, feeling unloved by the Chinese

jgarbo

Re: Overpriced

Hang on, no S-Pen? Without the S, any phone is only a phone, no matter how shiny.

Skype goes blurry, Office gets a kick in the privacy, and Microsoft takes us back to 1990

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Linux

Re: If you want a nostalgic file manager ...

MC is the first app I open, just to see what's happening (in Linux, of course). Do people use Windows anymore?

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Boffin

Re: Hospitality sector had it coming

You know, of course, that Time doesn't exist. Everything is only in the Present. But I appreciate the joke.

The dingo... er, Google stole my patent! Biz boss tells how Choc Factory staff tried to rip off idea from interview

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Devil

Hang on!

Aren't the Chinese supposed to be stealing US tech? Must be a Commie smear of the Do No Evil factory.

OK Google, what is African ISP Main One, and how did it manage to route your traffic into China through Russia?

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BGP

Nowhere in the article is BGP defined. Footnote might be handy for non-techies,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_Gateway_Protocol

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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Re: Even when the audio works..

Nothing? Sleeveless or off the shoulder?

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Re: Last time

And not caring about spelling. Go forth, Horatio!

Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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Devil

Re: Yo dawg I herd you like phones

Yeah, but where's the phone that phones my big phone's little phone to talk to my other really small phone? Oh, let's call the whole thing off..

Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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Re: Recent Events.

Yes. But it has diplomatic immunity.

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Sorry, they are living in the real world. It's here and growing. You are the one left behind.

US may have by far the world's biggest military budget but it's not showing in security

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Mushroom

Doesn't the DoD realize that the Russians & Chinese have already found these vulns, even hidden them, in preparation for WW3. When US officers press the Big Button, either nothing will happen or the ICBM will explode in its silo. The enemy will win before a shot is even fired. Americans live in a fantasy - and will die there.

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Always considered Microsoft less a software company, more a protection racket. You buy their stuff, you're stuck with it, you pay up.

Microsoft tells volume customers they can stay on Windows 7... for a bit longer... for a fee

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Linux

Re: Microsoft is giving people some extra time...

Been using Linux since 1995, when it was "difficult" but obviously the way forward. Now it's almost too easy. Install it on small biz operations, no problems, charge (modestly) for maintenance. Why is anyone, except specialists, still using Win? Of course, the Legacy Fear and enforced ignorance of a "free so must be crap" system that in practice is far superior. Sad.

Well, can't get hacked if your PC doesn't work... McAfee yanks BSoDing Endpoint Security patch

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Linux

Do I need McGaffee on Linux? ;-)

Former NSA top hacker names the filthy four of nation-state hacking

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Re: "there are active campaigns to hack the US vote".

Does Mr Joyce know that the $380 million upgraded US voting system was hacked in 10 minutes by an 11 yr old girl? Oh, in America...

https://www.nextbigwhat.com/us-voting-machine-hack-297/

Dropbox plans to drop encrypted Linux filesystems in November

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Hasn't Dropbox already been outed as an NSA honeypot that hands over passwords? I use SpiderOak, which purports not to hold your password. Forget it you lose it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: The one thing I wholeheartedly agree with Jobs on ...

The reason I bought my Note 4 was only for the stylus. No silly thumbing emails, just scribble it out, auto OCR & send. For drawing with auto correction, note taking that can be turned to usable text, pasted into emails or stories (journo here) it's super. Wife uses hers conferencing on the go, presentations, leaves the Thinkpad at home. Oh it also takes pix and makes phone calls. After a Note you giggle at the iPhone.

FireEye hacked off at claim it hacked Chinese military's hackers

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Come on, NYT is an old Mockingbird asset, used by the CIA to plant fake news and nonsense only the rabble would believe. If the Chinese cracked a US system no-one would know. They're good.

Potato, potato. Toma6to, I'm going to kill you... How a typo can turn an AI translator against us

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No problem in Surrey, big problem in Wichita.

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Re: Hmmm

The human brain is a 3,000,000 yr old computer, refined by evolution. The "computer" is a 50 yr old machine refined by humans. The computer's catching up very fast. Soon it'll not only out think us but out talk us. Don't relax on your hubris sofa.

UK Foreign Office offers Assange a doctor if he leaves Ecuador embassy

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Re: Pick your own poison

Oh, I bet your cut the crusts off your sandwiches and read the Bible before bed. There is no Justice. Assange's charges were rigged, his accusers recanted, the Swedes dropped the charges. The Brits will send him to their masters in the US, thence to Gitmo forever. Get it, twerp?

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Re: Many things but not a traitor to the US

Thank Zeus. And we need many more like him.

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Headmaster

Remember the Great Vowel Shift

When er changed to ar and divided England.

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

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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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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.

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

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

When it's hard it's easy.

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

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Re: Trackball can be worse....

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

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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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.

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...

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

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Be kind...

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

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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!

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?!

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.

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

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Re: As long as...

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

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

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Devil

Re: Hearts & minds propaganda, courtesy of MoD

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

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

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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!

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.

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

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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.

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

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Re: Fools and their money...

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

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

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

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?

Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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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.

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

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Devil

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

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

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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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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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Re: Hell froze over

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

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Re: Hell froze over

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

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.

F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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Re: Crap planes = more profit for the 1%

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

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