* Posts by 2Nick3

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FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

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Re: The clearest example

@AdamWill: "um. This is quite clearly utter and total bullshit. Do you have the slightest shred of factual evidence that this actually happened?"

Here's one:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-immigration-california/california-allows-college-aid-to-illegal-immigrants-idUSTRE7971SK20111008

What the heck, here's another, because that's California, after all:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/24/cash-strapped-undocumented-immigrants-chicago-flock-free-community-college/794428001/

So yeah, free college for illegal (or "undocumented" as you may prefer" immigrants. Both sources considered very Center bias.

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Re: @2Nick3 -- Black arm bands for everyone

"Not too long ago, in the last Republican administration, a group of history-rewriting zealots wanted to put Ronald McDonald Reagan's sorry puss on the dime, replacing FDR's puss. I decided that I would reject any dime given in change that had the visage of America's First Acting President on it.

So, guilty as charged, then?"

No, that's just making things inconvenient for yourself - two nickels are the same as a dime, just not quite as convenient. Even 10 pennies isn't a big difference. But avoiding the most efficient route (wasting time and money), or risking life and limb, falls under the "cutting off your nose to spite your face" category of thinking.

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Re: Black arm bands for everyone

"Imagine if in the plain old telephone days that AT&T owned a share of Pizza Hut. They easily could have blocked all phone calls going to Dominos or even rerouted them to Pizza Hut. The public would have gone berserk and likely burned AT&T to the ground. This is the type of thing that Pai's decision today will allow with regards to the Internet."

That's a great example - I believe that the people will go berserk if the ISPs start messing with access to sites or services. And I have no doubt that people will be watching very closely for it to happen, too. And the outcry will be much more powerful of a deterrent than any slap on the wrist the government would issue.

I'm much more concerned over HOW the decision was made, and how partisan the whole process was. And how partisan everything is becoming these days. It doesn't seem like we aren't too far away from where a Republican suffering a heart attack would reject care from a EMT who is a Democrat, or a Democrat would refuse to drive on a road named for a Republican.

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Re: Black arm bands for everyone

"In the years before? No-onBUFFERINGe remembBUFFERINGers tha"

Sure I do. Sharing 10Mbps with the whole neighborhood stank, especially with someone pulling everything they could off of Usenet/Napster/BearShare/BitTorrent. Or using that 512Kbps DSL line - 9x faster than 56K dialup, but at least it was dedicated to just you!

Were you seeing a lot of BUFFERING 2 years ago? Nope. Did you see a lot last year? Nope. Do I think ending government mandated net neutrality is going to break the internet? Nope.

I am disgusted by how everything is now so partisan that any ideas are going to be judged based on who had them and not on their merits.

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Re: The clearest example

The last Administration was perfectly happy trying to give everything possible to people who didn't do anything for it (example: free college educations to illegal immigrants, but doing nothing to try to control the cost of higher education for those who pay for it themselves). And now we skirt toward the other extreme.

The problem is those who are caught in the middle - the 'ordinary people' you reference. The lesson that's being taught is that if you work hard what you get will be taken away and given away - either to those who have more than they need or to those who aren't working for it. When people start deciding to move down that ladder (because you can't move up) is when things are going to get bad.

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Re: Black arm bands for everyone

But what about during the years before the Obama administration? Online services expanded significantly during that period (2001-2009) - it's when most people started getting broadband access, NetFlix started streaming services, Amazon moved past being just books, BitTorrent got started, the list goes on. With no laws in place, and in a lot of cases no options for consumers.

I'm not trying to say that what happened today is good (it's not), but I also don't think it's the end of the internet. The US political system is rocking back and forth harder and harder (the whole "if they like it I'm against it" paradigm), and this is just one more example of it. The good news is that people are seeing it, and are getting tired of it, and hopefully won't keep tolerating it. So I hope there will be some changes in how both parties behave in the next cycle.

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Critical US mass spying program scrutiny lost amid partisan nonsense

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Re: I'm so sick...

I think the point, or at least what I got from it, was that people cry out about their privacy then proceed to publicly post an incredible amount of personal data about themselves.

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No 2017 bonus for you, HPE tells employees

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Re: Typical large company

"Then they buy the small companies where the talent went so the talent can leave again. Thus the circle completes."

If the talented employees negotiated well and are getting paid what they are worth at the small company, and the small company leadership does their job during the acquisition, the talented will be way above pay scale in the big company, but will be paid what they are worth. Then they get targeted early for any redundancy programs, and can now show going through (yet another) acquisition on their CV, which increases their value to the next small company looking to make it big that they work for.

And the circle continues.

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We go live to the Uber-Waymo court battle... You are not going to believe this. The judge certainly doesn't

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Re: Uber...

They're cheating their asses off yet lost ~$1.5B in a QUARTER??? That's a $6B/year burn rate on cash - how is this going to become a sustainable business model?

But who knows, maybe outside of the bribes, payoffs and penalties they are breaking even.

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Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

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Why no iPad/full tablet with cell phone capabilities?

What I can't understand is why Apple doesn't make iPads with the normal cell phone functionality in them - it would do everything an iPhone can do but with a much larger screen. I would think that would be a big hit with business travelers. If you want me to replace my computer with an iPad, make it the only thing I need to carry with me. Sure, I won't hold it up to my face (although I'm sure some people will), but most people use ear buds or a Bluetooth headset, so there's really no change there.

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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

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Some wonderful quotes there.

“I had the same question, so I immediately asked for a thorough investigation of what happened and how we handled it.”

Or mis-handled it, if you want to be more precise.

“While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes.”

So there is lots of learning going on at Uber, I guess.

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How do you like them Apples? Farewell sensible sized phones, forever

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Bonus to the bigger screen - more battery!

The iPhone 8+ has 50% more battery life on screen-off use than the 8, and ~10% better with screen-on use. Since it is a phone having longer standby and talk times are valuable to a lot of users.

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: German Efficiency

If someone finds a way to apply their own software updates this could get ugly very quickly...

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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Re: Just no - just look at Shannara

Post-apocalyptic setting, with no electricity, yet they manage to have a rave, complete with a DJ and lighting effects. I think they had explained that away with a generator - because after hundreds of years it would still run and the fuel would be available...

But then the show was on MTV - I can't imagine what they'll do with it now on Spike!

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Just no - just look at Shannara

Look at what they've done with the Shannara storyline and shudder in fear. And that's with the author still alive!

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Re: Why hasn't anyone done a Thomas Covenant series/film?

There are 10 books to the series. If Hollywood split each one into 3 films, at 3 hours each...

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Soon after Desolation came out I found a copy of the old Rankin-Bass version on DVD - maybe 80 minutes long (it was a TV movie, so 2 hours with commercials, back in the 70's), and it stayed very true to the book. Not nearly as "exciting" as the new movies, but then it didn't need to be because it wasn't stretched out.

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You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

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Re: " Secondly being committed to a military nut house does not bar you from owning guns."

Back in the 20's and 30's there were a number of US Presidents (Commander in Chiefs) who did not have military experience. There have been a few others along the way as well, but not in groups like that, until recently. 3 of the last 4 Presidents have lacked military experience (and there are those that claim GW Bush's service wouldn't count - that's a different topic).

So the two worst downturns in the US economy were during strings of non-military CiCs. Yeah, correlation isn't causation, but digging deeper there would be interesting.

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OpenSSL patches, Apple bug fixes, Hilton's $700k hack bill, Kim Dotcom raid settlement, Signal desktop app, and more

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Re: LOCK HER UP! LOCK HER UP!

"Is drumpf going to utter those idioticimmortal words this time round? Or, like with so much else, is that only for his enemies?"

Because apples and oranges are the same thing - the word "Confidential" is really key here.

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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Re: "Suppression of free speech!!!!"

My point is that if this happened to someone else, that having their account disabled like this and it just disappearing would have people screaming about it being to suppress the right to free speech. Substitute Al Sharpton for Donald Trump (trying for someone toward the opposite end of the political spectrum) and the same people responding about how 'great' it is this happened would have a completely different reaction.

Not everyone agrees with what Al Sharpton says either, but that's not the group chiming in about how 'cool' it is that this happened to Trump.

Even though, as you say, having a Twitter account is not an inalienable right.

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"Suppression of free speech!!!!"

That's what everyone would be saying if they agreed with what was posted on the account. Be honest with yourself - if you change the account here to someone you like does your response to this change?

That's the problem with universal freedoms - they apply to everyone.

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Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support

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Re: Some people.

I had a coworker who's Thinkpad had the WiFi switch glued in the On position by the site IT guys. He never noticed it, but was happy that his "internet stuff" didn't quit on him any more.

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FBI: Student wrestler grappled grades after choking passwords from PCs using a key logger

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Re: @johnfbw FBI make federal case out of school keylogger

" and remedial steps taken to update the Uni security is approx $67,900. "

Who knows what all remedial steps were taken update the Uni security. Just bringing in a consultant could run more than the $68k!

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Facebook vows to double staff with new cadre of Net Police

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What should we expect?

Really, what should we be expecting from a site/company that was founded to help find the hot chick you met at that killer party last night?

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Verizon whips out Big Johnson to lure FCC into axing US states' net neutrality, privacy rules

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Re: Lisa Simpson said it pretty well

"Taxation without Representation" is the tag-line on the Washington DC license plates (or at least was). No Senator and a non-voting representative in the House make that pretty accurate - they even have an income tax there (not all states do).

But the referenced communities aren't in DC itself, they're in the surrounding areas in Virginia and Maryland.

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They've only gone and made a chemical-threat-detecting ring

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They have: http://hitchhikers.wikia.com/wiki/Joo_Janta_200_Super-Chromatic_Peril_Sensitive_Sunglasses

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Apple's iPhone X won't experience the joy of 6...

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Hardware design direction?

So I think I see where Apple is going with the hardware design. With wireless charging, wireless ear buds, and the changes to iTunes that move app management to the phone (which is really already in place for music and movies - note that DVD/CD drives are being removed from more and more laptop models), you don't need any ports on the phone itself. Speakers and microphones are it, and those can be through membranes or even through the face of the phone. No ports means you can go thinner, or add additional battery capacity, and manufacturing becomes easier as well.

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Ex-Harrods IT man cleared of stealing company issued laptop

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"I've never had a system which was rendered a complete brick by being offline"

AD will let you see where a user is logged in, push a logout to that device, and revoke their ability to login. Add a VPN connection so the machine is on the network, and you just prevented the user from getting back into it (with their AD credentials, at least).

Which means Herrod's has a procedure when an employee separates, and they follow it.

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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Re: Hollywood being moribund

+1 on "Dragon in the Sea". Frank Herbert has a lot of great stories that don't have Dune in the title. I'd also love to see a version of "Destination: Void", "Hellstrom's Hive" or my personal favorite "The White Plague". That book scared me to no end when I first read it, and the premise is even more plausible today. Even so I'd love to see it done in the original setting, but I doubt that would ever happen.

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US yanks staff from Cuban embassy over sonic death ray fears

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Megaphone

Can you hear me now?

EOM

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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Re: Crashing with style?

Ejection "seats" for the batteries?

(and yes, if you can do it for the batteries, why not the passengers?)

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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The unanswered question is how long did it take with this same iPad running on iOS 10? If it went from 9 to 12 seconds, with all of the background activity still going on, I'm not too worried about performance (but I still will wait for a few updates to come out). 2 seconds to 12, yeah, that's an issue. 20 seconds to 12 (doubtful from the context) and the Bootnote is misdirecting.

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Video nasty lets VMware guests run code on hosts

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Re: Guests already do execute code on the host

I agree - Cloud is not all that new. Most of the attributes of Cloud are found in MVS and VM.

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Apache Foundation rebuffs allegation it allowed Equifax attack

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Re: @Sane ...

"It also doesn't protect the way access is gained to this database by other DBs, systems, employees, etc."

I think the purpose is to protect ME when they do have a breach. Because it will happen.

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

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"Obviously it sank because he opened a hatch; that was his biggest mistake."

After all, there is a reason subs don't have sliding glass doors.

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Big Tech fumes over Prez Trump's decision to deport a million kids

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Re: call me cynical

I'm with you. If it's really about "everyone should be equal in everything" then why do these CEOs have the big salaries, big houses, expensive cars, etc, etc, etc.

When they start flying coach and driving a Ford I will start caring what they say. Until then it's a lot of hypocrisy.

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Give a boffin a Xeon and a big GPU, get a new big prime number

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Re: So "known" primes could be invalidated?

So there is a way to prove a prime without checking if every lower prime number is a factor of it. Cool!

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So "known" primes could be invalidated?

This is all well past the math I studied, but if this is the 12th largest prime number, isn't there the possibility that we could find two new "lower ranked" primes that are the prime factors to a "higher ranked" prime?

Say we "know" Prime2 is a prime, but discover Prime12 and Prime7, and they are the two prime factors of Prime2, so that Prime12 x Prime7 = Prime2. We just invalidated Prime2 as a prime number.

We know 11 is a Prime number because we know all of the prime numbers below it. If we assume 221 is a prime but don't know 13 and 17 are primes we are wrong because of incomplete information. If we subsequently discover that 13 is a prime number, we then invalidate 221 as a prime.

Or is there a better proof that someone has come up with?

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Western Digital has cloudified the NAS and shoved it in a trendy box

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Re: Doesn't sound right

Parts of the 180GB of music on my laptop is copied out to 5 devices, so that's easily consuming 600TB of space. I bet that's the number they are using. Or call it 4TB if you use the uncompressed size of the data on the original CDs.

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Need separation for backup data

"What we would really like to see is this product instantiated as a software app integrated with macOS or Windows and making its data part of the host's file:folder system so that apps there can work on the data as locally stored content."

Um, no, not if it is being used for backup. Too easy for ransomware to get to your backup data as well as the primary copy on the host machine. You need some level of separation between primary and backup data for the backup to be safe.

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Telcos waive bills during Houston hurricane recovery

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Holmes

If all of your worldly possessions are submerged, and your first thought is "Cool - I can download a ton of porn without it counting against my data limit!" then something might be messed up with your priorities.

But then I know a few people who would take advantage of the situation to torrent all of GoT...

(What, no icon for "Winter is coming"???)

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US Navy develops underwater wireless battery-charging tech

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Re: Charging station ?

You could have a wave action, tidal or ocean current generator for the charging station. Or a field of them. This technology existed in the 70's, it should be ready for this kind of application by now. Position the charging station in an optimal location for the generation of power, store it in batteries there, then when the UUV comes in it charges up. The charging station would be almost unnoticeable, having a very localized signal to get the UUV from "very close" to "properly aligned". Make it look natural to the area - rock, coral, or for outside a shipping harbor a discarded shipping container.

If you move the data away from the location physically - long cable, another UUV, etc - the charging station would be almost impossible to identify once deployed. If the UUV is detected have it not return to the station and then just deploy another UUV from a safe distance and you're back in operation.

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San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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Re: Fines?

I was thinking the exact same thing - I'm pretty sure it's not legal to leave the emissions from your dog's behind behind in California, and you just announced to world+dog that you will be doing exactly that, with the when and where (linked to your name and pictures of you and your dog, too).

Plus annoying the poop out of a bunch of alt-righters always ends well. Provoking people who are already angry and tend to be prone to violence - good plan.

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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Re: One side is not enough

"You shouldn't be saying anything to a colleague you wouldn't say to a customer, unless it's company secrets."

I agree with that, but sometimes you have to say things that you aren't ready to share with the customer. Of course that implies having a professional conversation to begin with, but the ability to tell your colleague, "As A, B, C and D didn't work I'm out of ideas. Do you have anything to try?" or "Crap -

can you find 'Hail Mary' Harry and see if he has any ideas?" or something along those lines, without having the customer hearing it can be important.

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Fujitsu's Australian cloud suffers storage crash, outage

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Re: The reality of cloud

"Pretty poor show for a bank though."

If it was just test/dev (as the article indicates) that is normally not treated with the same expectations as prod, so running it on Cloud isn't so egregious. If it is running in-house it would be on a secondary array, possibly old Tier1 storage, and they aren't always backed up.

So the customer may have known exactly what they were getting here, and there may be no panic at all.

Just some IT staff having a busier Monday repopulating the test/dev environment from prod.

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10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

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Potential hearing damage from this song

How many people wind up thinking there is something wrong with their iPhone or car stereo system because nothing is playing?

Turn volume up, still nothing. Turn volume up more, still nothing. Realize you're listening to the silent track and hit Next - there go the ear drums!

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President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

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Re: Fascists marching in the streets

"First up, the noise levels need to be turned down - politicians, media, PC brigade, rabble rousers, FOX, anything that acts as a distorting filter."

You missed CNN in that list. They're the mirror image of FOX - exactly the same, just switching right and left...

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

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Re: Intelligence in the reader

The switch and the dimmer do. For a light that isn't plugged into a wall socket (which is over half the lighting in my house) you're working with the physical wiring.

The problem with a smart bulb in those installations is that if someone turns off the switch, no matter how smart the bulb is, it will not turn on from the app.

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Calling it a bit early, El Reg?

"It took far too long to get here but the smart home may have finally become a reality"

I think that may be a little early to make that call - what we have here is the ability to illuminate all of the other IoT gadgets that aren't working.

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Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record

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Re: Long live tape !

DougS already covered it, but you must be doing something very wrong to have that low of a restore success rate.

I've been on the Backup/Recovery side of IT for 20 years and can count on one finger the number of times I had a tape cause a restore failure, and that's for probably tens of thousands of restores (most of them tests).

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