* Posts by Tromos

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Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

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WTF?

Good luck with collecting that fine.

How is it that fines that stand no earthly chance of being paid are handed out to individuals like this, yet when a massive corporate misbehaves it usually results in something that can come out of petty cash?

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BT problems impact Department for Work and Pensions services

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Child Maintenance Service

Have you tried switching it off then on again?

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Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

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The old sayings are the best...

Roam wasn't billed in a day.

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BT's Ryan Reynolds helicopter Wi-Fi ads 'misleading', thunders ad watchdog

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Directional?

Personally, I prefer a Wi\Fi setup that propagates signal outwards rather than upwards.

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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Wouldn't it be neat if...

...dark energy = dark matter times the speed of dark squared?

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Event horizons around black holes do exist, say astroboffins

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Promotion?

General Relativity has performed so well that I recommend promotion to Field Marshal Relativity.

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Bitcoin exchange Coinbase crashes after Asian buying frenzy

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"Legal tender"?

There's quite a difference between legal tender and simply legal. Somehow I don't see the local corner shop being compelled to accept Bitcoin for a packet of crisps for some time to come (if ever).

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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"Honor mini-site for full specs"

If those are indeed the full specs, I'm not impressed. No Wi-Fi or GPS? I assume it actually must have both of these but I went to the site to check if 5GHz Wi-Fi is supported and which GPS constellations are handled plus details of other sensors and found zilch. Can't even download a PDF manual for the device in case there is more information there. It does, however, offer a manual in Estonian for an earlier model. If the website is indicative of the support being offered, I'd look elsewhere.

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Beeb hands £560m IT deal to Atos. Again

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I concur

"The placement of the contract with Atos presents us with a series of opportunities and challenges which I am certain we can jointly deliver and overcome."

I see no problems with this. I'm sure they will overcome all opportunities and deliver a multitude of challenges.

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Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

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Re: the HMS Callipygean

But the popular vote will go with 'Arsy McBumface'.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Feeding children properly

I agree. But what to?

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Apple nabs permit to experiment with self-driving iCars in Cali

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Am I too late for a design patent for a car with rounded corners?

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Bankers to get 1Gbps free Wi-Fi in City of London deal

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"ran out of coke and hookers"

Typical spoilt banker. Anyone else would settle for Pepsi and a prop forward.

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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Re: BBC stupid Breaking news.

Block 'polling.bbc.co.uk'.

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US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling

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Re: But

I only have antisocial media accounts. This one being a prime example.

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Brexploitation? Adobe gets creative with price hikes

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Vote for Bugxit

Expunge every last trace of Adobe Software and rejoice in vastly improved system security.

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Openreach appoints former TUC head to independent board

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TUC?

They must be crackers.

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Northumbria Uni fined £400K after boffin's bad math gives students a near-killer caffeine high

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300 cups of coffee

Wow! A weeks worth all in one go!

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Verizon waves its IoT credentials, boasts of adopting US-centric one

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NHS wearables.

I'm not sure the smart truss will really achieve success.

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One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

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If Apple were to get the billion...

...would they be passing the money on to their customers? I suspect it would just add to their already bloated margins.

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Wi-Fi for audiophiles: Alliance preps TimeSync certification program

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Opens up a new market for gold plated oxygen-free Wi-Fi routers.

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Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover

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Re: At least they're trying!

Extremely trying.

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Not OK Google: Tree-loving family turns down Page and pals' $7m

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Worth a lot more than $7m...

...as soon as the advertising hoardings for Bing go up all round the border.

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Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

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GPS?

Most reviews (especially Reg ones) totally skip the GPS, which to me is more important than the camera. How good is it at acquiring (and holding onto) a fix? How many and which of the satellite constellations are supported? Does it even have a GPS? Given the number of apps that use location, it can't be only me that wants to know.

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Surprise, surprise. BT the only Universal Service Obligation provider in town

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Re: Nationalise openreach

That's all we need.

"National cable apologises for the cancellation of your broadband service. This is due to leaves on the cabinet."

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Adobe fined a whole million dollars for 2013 mega-breach

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Damage limitation

At least there won't be any damage to Adobe's reputation for security. They don't have one.

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Smartmobe made 'intermittent bright flashes and a hissing noise' in Biz class seat

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Re: My phone gets switched off before boarding

"Good thing they don't have internal batteries. Ah......."

And, yet, the Kindle has not acquired a reputation for living up to it's name.

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Whinge on: T-Mobile US docked $48m for limiting 'unlimited' data plans

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Wrong!

"When broadband providers are accurate, honest and upfront in their ads and disclosures, consumers aren't surprised..."

Not so. I for one will be bloody amazed if the day ever comes when broadband providers are accurate, honest and upfront in their ads and disclosures.

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Coming soon to smart home devices? Best Before labels – with patch cut-off dates

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Re: C-Bus

I disagree. Internet fridges are a great idea. Just one question. How do I upload and download my food?

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Re: It's insidious

Presumably because the IoT controlled alley lighting has been pwned.

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Juno probe has tech trouble, cancels orbital re-adjustment

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Still using valves?

I would have thought it would all be at least transistors by now.

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Queen Lizzie awarded good behaviour medal

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The Queen HAS got a criminal record

Des O'Connors greatest hits

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Like it or not, here are ALL your October Microsoft patches

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Like it or not

That would be 'not' then.

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When Pornhub meets the Internet of Fridges

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Pornhub fridge

Where else would you take the hot chicks to chill out?

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Super Cali: Be realistic, 'autopilot' is bogus – even though the sound of it is something quite precocious

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In the UK...

...these would be advertised as "up to autonomous".

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I want to launch thousands of drones, says Facebook's flying Wi-Fi router chief

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Flying botnet

It will be hacked within days

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

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Whoever came up with this idea...

...needs a right good talking to.

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Pokemon NO! Hospital demands ban on virtual creatures after addicts invade private wards

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Enterprising pub

Seen on my travels - sign outside a pub proclaiming "Rare Pokémon in beer garden"

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USB-C is now wired for sound, just like Sir Cliff Richard

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I'm holding out for USB-D

Includes power generation, processing and memory, and display technology. All you need is the cable - no need to plug it into anything!

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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

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I'm hoping...

...there's a tiny hole in the side where inserting a straightened paperclip resets the billing to zero.

(Using insulated gloves just in case)

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

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Smart TV no more

Over the past couple of years I've observed my Samsung smart TV losing feature after feature as Samsung shut down services and fail to provide updated apps. Looks like iPlayer is going that way too as I can't see Samsung suddenly releasing an updated version that handles a login for older models of TV. The TV is otherwise fine and is a good (IMHO) 46 inch LED panel that I have no plans to replace for the next few years. The computer is out of the question as Adobe software is blocked at every possible level. Do I get compensated by the BBC for loss of services?

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It's Pablo Pic-arsehole: Turner Prize wannabe hits rock bottom

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Re: Next year

"£40,000 will come in handy...."

You'll need a couple of trucks. More than half the prize money will be in 1p coins.

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British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'

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Not an auction, but the highest bid gets the goods.

If fond guilty, he shouldn't be jailed, just imprisoned for a few months.

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R2D2 delivery robots to scurry through the streets of San Francisco

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Passing resemblance to R2D2

Basically a dustbin on wheels then.

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Man accused of $180k ass-based gold smuggling scam awaits verdict

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Usually the other way around.

The hole with the mint in it.

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Nork server blunder leaks Kim Jong Un's entire DNS – all, er, 28 .kp domains

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Everyone knows you only need two, pron and cats

Ah yes, entertainment and the food channel.

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

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Another Apple tax avoidance scheme

They'll stop at nothing to avoid paying the government's plastic bag tax.

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Legend of Zelda cracked with 6502 assembly language glitch

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Re: Things have moved on.

"These days, we use advanced, high level languages like C to do exactly the same thing..."

And we need to spend less than half as much for the memory to run it. Mind you, that is 8 gigabytes now as opposed to 8 kilobytes then.

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MoD confirms award of giant frikkin' laser cannon contract

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When...

...is the contract for the giant shark being put up for tender?

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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

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Mr. Junkyard has just announced plans for all public spaces in Europe to be equipped with free wi-fi. That's going to work really well in conjunction with this ruling.

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