* Posts by whoseyourdaddy

177 posts • joined 6 Jan 2014


Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?


Re: The anti-vaping lobby

(made by cuddly, loveable GlaxoSmithKline) Yeah, I agree. But, they aren't the worst of the bunch.

I discovered my genetics takes all the fun out of getting fat. Nighttime GERD and all sorts of stomach problems. A gastrologist introduced me to this then-prescription wonder drug called Prilosec, an Acid-pump inhibitor the FDA approved here in the states to help heal ulcers faster. Typical drug regimen for FDA approval was for six months maximum, not years and years as people tend to keep their weight and just fix that symptom..

Astra-Zeneca, One Swiss, the other UK, lords of Prilosec, fiercely protected their cash cow with patent litigation tactics that would impress any Apple Lawyer. They took an off-patent drug and found a candy coating that made it time-release. After that went off patent, "Hey, here's something better: Prevacid!"

Didn't work. I had to switch back as I started having bloody stools (wrong dosage? who knows....)

The worlds largest buyer of pharma is... the US Medicare system.

Before the patents expired, Prilosec was, for me, a $12 a day prescription.


But, the long-term smoking of others does affect me..

"this doesn't affect me, I don't care what you do." Umm... No.

I have spent years trapped in a cubicle farm surrounded by people with chronic wet coughs from decades of smoking. You get a pass with me if you have asthma. Only way I could escape those ADHD triggers was to get downsized.

Problem solved, thank you for the severance payout.

I'm old enough to remember the 80's when you could still smoke at your desk, as long as you didn't set your trashcan contents on fire...again.

Now you, too, can snoop on mobe users from 3G to 5G with a Raspberry Pi and €1,100 of gizmos



More encryption means your call consumes more battery power and thus your phone radiates more heat.

Be careful what you ask for.

This just in: What? No, I can't believe it. The 2018 MacBook Air still a huge pain to have repaired


"No one buys such devices... where do you get that?"

Easy. A 2013 Macbook pro weighs more than my iPad Pro, Ipad Air2, and a Macbook Air stacked on top of each other.


"engineer devices to be easily serviceable with easy to replace parts ?"

My Macbook Pro 2012 is an example of user serviceability.

Problem is no one buys such devices today. You can't have thin and lightweight without glue.

And, you all are cheap enough to buy the bare minimum, then stick in all the cheap-and-pathetic upgrades and replacement parts, then blame Apple when it no longer works.

Grab yer popcorn...fools. Doesn't take an Apple employee to understand what you're forcing them to do.


"not engineer devices to be easily serviceable with easy to replace parts ?"

Because there would be mass gun violence around the world to take it away from you for the parts?



If you open devices sold today without training or proper tools, anything with that level of engineering plummets in value once you tried to repair it. Whine about it all you want.

If you don't take even basic ESD damage prevention steps, you ARE the reason we can't have nice skinny light-weight things with 12 hour batteries.

Get over yourself. Stop breaking shit.

Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt


Re: Resale value

It only retains value if I have confidence you didn't do anything to it that would cause it to burst into flames.

Ever walk through a house in a recently constructed neighborhood and realize someone watched too many DIY shows, spent too many weekends at WalMart, and now the house looks visibly unsafe?

Apple leases handsets. New one every year. What could possibly go wrong?


Re: I get it, but isn't it better to vote with your wallet !

"For me would never buy Apple, never have never will mainly cos they will screw you over and you only pay for the name and not the hardware."

ITYM Samsung?

My experience with Apple Hardware is it makes a great gift.

For my friends who don't want to walk around with a $500 watch, my old Series 1 earned me an abundance of gratitude.

"need to borrow my truck this weekend?"

I want the 4. Now I know who to give my series 3 to.

I do want a new Macbook Pro someday. The 2012's are heavy...


This will kill resale values.

I.e. Don't expect your phone to be worth $500 after you opened it and think you put all the screws back in correctly.

Motorola: Oops, phone busted? Grab a spudger and go get 'em, champ


"You have a used Moto handset for sale?"

"Yep. Here it is. Perfect screen."

"So, did you replace the screen or did Motorola?"


"Did you make sure you put all the screws back in?"


May as well leave it in the recycle bin at the big-box store.

Congratulations. It's now worthless to me.


Here's the way I see it since this is my industry and know what batteries do when they're unhappy.

If you don't agree, you are the reason we can't have nice things.

I buy used phones to have an iphone6+ decoy. Don't even bother charging or activating to keep in my hip pocket when I visit Europe. Because...

Pickpocket suck and they're *everywhere* in Europe.

For the record, I don't remove activation locks. So, enjoy the parts.

If the only way I can avoid owning a "repaired" iThing (that was opened on someone's kitchen table armed with youtube videos) is to buy new, I'm ok with that. I have two A1864s (Verizon 8+), still sealed new in box. Because, except for the pickpocket incident last year, this is the longest I've gone without losing my phone (i7+)

China tells Trump to use a Huawei phone to avoid eavesdroppers


Why bother with bugging the phone?

Easier to tap whatever trunk any base station transceiver uses...

Especially near Trump Golf courses. Guarantee Win!

Dating app for Trump loners commits YUGE blunder: It leaks more than the West Wing


But, do we really carry if the bigots get pwned?

I sure don't...

SAP bug beatdowns, Apple gets nasty with Mac repairs, Struts woe, and more from infosec


Re: Wonder what Louis Rossmann thinks about Apple's dick move

"Imagine the uproar if a major car manufacturer mandated that your shiny new car can only be serviced and maintained by their own dealers and exclusively using their own original parts otherwise it will not work at all."

Well, it sucks to be you.

Car manufacturers have no choice but to do exactly this. You need to be a Volvo dealer to swap entire electrical boxes on models after 1998. Acura found out their customers were paying for high-theft rates when kids realized the souped up Acura engines could be swapped to a regular Honda Civic or Accord.

Theft rates for a particular Camry model year escalate dramatically 8-12 years past their model years because they're enormously popular and expensive to rebuild the tranny.

No car manufacturer wants to lose sales because their customers pay big bucks to the insurance company because of theft rates.

Do you honestly think Tesla wants you rooting around in their cars?

Even worse, try being an American farmer owning million dollar complex computerized crop equipment that can only be DIAGNOSED by a factory tech while your harvest window is closing down on you. YouTube it. Farmers have to load something the size of a house on a truck and haul it to the dealer because it stopped moving.

It's just not up to you just because you bought the device. If the key to market dominance is to make everything sleek and sexy with repair-ability as the only downfall, then it sucks to be you.

I'm sorry ONLY Apple has stores all over the place offering factory service. Claims anyone outside that can do a better repair job, it just doesn't matter.

Sun billionaire Khosla discovers life's a beach after US Supreme Court refuses to hear him out


I was ready to round up the last of the purple boxes for the recycle service then I actually read the article.

Oh, and another thing, Qualcomm tells court: Apple handed Intel our chipping source code


Re: Qualcomm is desperate

Apple still owes billions in royalties and their Android customers have superior modems and are matching pace quite nicely with Cupertino.

How is that desperate?


I think a 2017 article puts this more succinctly...


Kronos crims go retro, Apple builds cop portal, Swiss cheesed over Russian hack bid, etc


or, litigate because they believe $20 in royalties per phone to the company that invented their modems is excessive.

Nonetheless, I look at this as a positive first step as I've discovered when you invent activation locks, ICloud login phishing is the answer for resetting stolen handsets.

DraftKings rides to court, asks to unmask 10 DDoS suspects


Re: SHOULD they be allowed to ?

"That would be a great case name through: Draft Kings vs. A Philips Hue Light Bulb."

Coffee deficit? Hue uses Zigbee through a Hue Bridge, which NAT shares my single Comcast TCP with all devices using my WiFi.

Rimini Street slapped with ban in Oracle copyright dispute


Re: Oracle's reputation??

I'm all for helping someone with process and procedures until...

"Ok, you're in a real pickle without this patch you can only legally get directly from Oracle."

Only works if Oracle customers realize they can't get full service from Rimini.

Samsung Galaxy Watch: A tough and classy activity tracker


Re: God that’s ugly!

Seconded. Its round and garish for the sake of being garish and round.

Oracle-botherer Rimini Street throws off credit shackles, plans 'aggressive' sales drive


Re: No such thing as bad publicity

"so perhaps they can write off the cost of the suit as marketing expenses."

Freetards will always want cheap access to Oracle software, patches, and app notes?

I have to side with Orrible on that one.

Have to make sure the legal payables always get paid on that one.

Wipro hands $75m to National Grid US after botched SAP upgrade


Two groups of people I no longer have warm feelings towards.

I'm having more fun with this than I deserve.

If you have international customers, I get it. SAP has advantages.

Domestic US energy Utility (kindof important? Ok, really really really important...)

Why SAP?

Doctor, doctor, I feel like my IoT-enabled vacuum cleaner is spying on me



Android is the underlying OS?

You didn't buy a Dyson? That sucks in so many ways...

Cybercrooks slurp nearly $1m from Russian bank after pwning router at regional branch


Oh, that's terrible....

Oh, it's them?

Right on! Carry on then...

Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court


Ok, put it another way...

Who will ensure these standards are kept current if no one will pay for them?

Good luck on that.

(p.s. downvote me all you want, Freetards. You know I'm right.)


Umm... I have a concern...

Your plug-in things have to conform to UL/IEC/CSA safety standards.

I hate that I've read more than a thousand pages.

I would never expect them to protect my safety if no one was expected to pay these private companies for writing, defending, and everything related to maintaining them.

Microsoft: For God's sake, people, cut down on the meetings!


First of all, MS Office products are where company-critical information converts to an email attachment so it can vanish forever.

Double for the codorker IQ test known as Powerpoints ("WTF is this? Couldn't be bothered to send me a PNG file?").

Since I hate meetings, Atlassian Confluence ranks up there with coffee as my best friend.

But, if I had a choice between meetings in a meeting space or my idiot coworkers holding a meeting I wasn't invited to, next to my cubicle....

Meetings for the win... O_o

Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle


"Which means you don't have the conversation you would have because its too much hassle to go to the meeting room with what you need to show the person, so it doesn't get done."

Do you have to be in a conference room? You have no hallways away from cubicles to have a long-ass discussion about stuff most people don't have the necessary background info to process?

I worked for a large company in San Diego who used to put more than 90% of their employees in private offices. It didn't help. People just talked louder.

Arguably, you're impromptu discussions that take longer than 3 minutes or so should be happening on the Wiki where business-critical information and ideas will be harder to lose (unless one of you opted to type up meeting notes after the discussion.)

Still, you're just being lazy and oblivious because *everyone* will use that excuse to talk about the World Cup or the NBA Finals in the middle of a cubicle farm.

No one wants new phones – it's chips that keep Samsung chugging


Don't you 'droid victims have to keep buying newer handsets...

to get your security fixes?

Too soon?

I'll just grab my hat...

Apple fanbois ride to the aid of iGiant in patent spat with Qualcomm


"Apple Fanbois" or ignorant sheep?

Google for a Bloomberg/Businessweek article titled "Apple and Qualcomm's Billion-Dollar War OVER an $18 Part" and get back to us.

"Apple owns a fair chunk of LTE patents". Study the concept of "Standard Essential Patents" and get back to us. Those are the patents that Apple and Qualcomm must cross-license.

Non-SEP patents are exactly what's keeping Apple from a SOC.

But, by all means, go on then.

Apple hauled into US Supreme Court over, no, not ebooks, patents, staff wages, keyboards... but its App Store


Re: Counterexample

I can’t help but think how much personal time I would have saved if every computer ecosystem had a walled garden.

Owning a Google phone, would be too much like my day job.

I just can’t have random happenings on my fondleslab. I own one too many hammers to fix it with.


ugh. Its sooo obvious..

I'm aware of an app or two that Apple won't consider because they are intended to be offered for free.

Since apartments don't rent for free in Cupertino, not sure why anyone can complain about 30% considering what Apple gives developers to start with.

Since my life revolves around an iPhone (with the Qualcomm modem), this is one case I hope they prevail on. We all lose if they don't.

Microsoft reveals details of flagship London store within spitting distance from Apple's


So you can compare crowds between them?

About 4 or 5 years ago, there's a shopping center on the north end of Seattle that may have the first Microsoft store, to great fanfare. But, after the live band went away, it's an X-box and Surface store.

I care about neither.

Still had to mail-order that box of MS-SQL developer...

FCC commish gobbles Verizon's phone-locking BS, says it tastes great


Re: Verizon is already an undesirable phone company due to their high rates

VZ investors pay a lot for their spectrum and infastructure.

I have exactly two choices: the best network with the most spectrum coverage or the best in-your-face marketing group with annoying ringtones.

Don't even bother, T-Mobe...


I thought all carriers shared a stolen handset list.

The carrier is shown in the upper left corner of your screen, including your lock screen. Am I the only one who's returned a phone to its owner on that information?

The only company that follows this is Verizon?

F*ck all the other carriers then, I'm sticking with Verizon!

As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming


Too late...

Still just can't shake "landfill android".

I'll be hoarding Qualcomm-inside iPhone7's that don't break if you drop them.

Thanks, Cupertino Assholes who make phones that sometimes don't suck.

Qualcomm tells Broadcom: Pfffft! $103bn? You insult the very core of our cores


"Apple stops using them?"

Unless you start expecting late-generation iPods from them, its called patent infringement.

What do you call an iPhone with Intel Inside?

Cheaper.. Which is why the Apple store carries Qualcomm versions of the phone.

Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft


Have a software vendor who struggles with MSFT CRM on a regular basis.

But this might be tolerable compared to a situation (N-2 employer) where borking your password locks you out. If it's after 2PM, you may as well head to the bars because the IT department is on the other coast and won't arrive until 5AM.


Funnily enough, when Qualcomm's licensees stop sending in their royalty checks, profits start going south


Re: Could be....

Antitrust. Never happen.

Where do you think 'droids would get their chips from?

Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless


So, this is why I keep renting keyless cars

and the rental company gives me *two* keyfobs securely fastened together. Not sure if they want to charge me $500 to replace them, don't want to find two keys if they rent this 4-door to a family, or believe that the bulge in my trousers will reduce the chance I will lose them.

But, but.. it's just me...

Beats the one Nissan experience I had near Palm Springs. That AC works well enough to put a big crack across the windshield.

What just trousered a $4.5bn profit, has glum desktop chip sales, and rhymes with go to hell?


Oh, fsck.

I go out of my way to avoid paying Cupertino prices for Iphones with Intel modems, now I have to worry about cars?


I have to sign with T-Mobile? Ok, thanks for your time... Bye!

Pixel 2 tinkerers force Google's hand: Secret custom silicon found


Google not developing their own mobile chipset?

Whatever helps you sleep at night...

GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?


"It would be really interesting to see Apple release Mac OS to OEMs"

The requirement that Windows OS be open and run on all OEM hardware is exactly why Apple (who doesn't waste time with such things) comes out ahead.

One small number of hardware platforms to deal with.

leads to more time adding sexy features, less time figuring out why it no longer works on *that* hardware.

why share if it actually works against you?

Super Cali goes ballistic, small-cell law is bogus. School IT outsourcing is also... quite atrocious


Re: Translation...

"I have always either worked or lived in a place void of a decent signal."

For the record, I have Verizon. Don't drop calls but have LTE dead zones.

My co-workers have AWE and drop calls if they stand up from their cubicles at work or are on the wrong side of my apartment building.

Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada


Need to come up with an automated way to implement something like this:



Can I include a wood chipper with the order?


Re: How is it different

"And that knowledge helped US Airways flight 1549 exactly how ?"

Don't be an idiot.

If a turbine blade breaks off, which is guaranteed if a solid object enters an engine during operation, you don't want blade chunks puncturing the side of the aircraft at supersonic speeds.


Re: How is it different

We have videos of dead birds being tossed into jet engines to make sure the spectacular failure doesn't take out the entire plane.

They could run the same test with drones, but they don't. Obviously, drones shouldn't be anywhere within a mile of an airport in the first place.

Act of terrorism?


Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell


The batteries failed. This happens when someone cut corners to get product out.

But, they didn't short out and catch on fire.

Not the same thing as Samsung.


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