* Posts by CrazyOldCatMan

2390 posts • joined 6 Oct 2015

US cable giant tries to wriggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead

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Re: Recruited Sam Knows or Games Sam Knows

Charter gamed the Sam Knows system by identifying Sam Knows white boxes/testers and giving preferential service to those users

This. Sounds amazingly like what the car industry (and the computer games industry) did - detect when performance is being tested and slant the results.

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Re: Is Eric gunning for Congress or aiming higher?

Is Eric gunning for Congress or aiming higher?

Or, the answer could be more simple - he's trying to actually do his job.

Occams Razor and all that..

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fraud charges brought against management

Not going to happen - after all, it was the hoi polloi that werre affected, not the 1%..

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Re: Nice idea, but...

... and stop chilling the stuff... oh, it's lager.

...where chilling the tongue yields positive benefits..

(Life is too short to drink lager when there are many, many more enjoyable drinks. Cider by preference!)

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: Political correctness

carefully argued statistical paper

Lies, damned lies and statistics..

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Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

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adverts in general, that is how we learn about new sites/products

Not me..

(Yes, I'm aware that I'm probably a very-much edge case..)

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How do you expect reporters to feed and house themselves

In a word - subscriptions. Why should I open up my (or works) PC to the toxic sewer[1] that is the ad industry? Prove to me that adverts are relevant, non-intrusive and not pushing malware, scams or stuff that I don't want to pollute my brain with and I might relent and start whitelisting sites.

[1] And not just in the malware sense.

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Re: "Unwritten agreement"

There isn't any agreement, just an attempt to impose advertising

Indeed. Which is why the various lawsuits by advertisers against companies supplying ad-blockers over the years have all failed.

users pay for their use of the internet by viewing ads

No - I pay for my use of the Internet by paying my ISP. *Some* websites might fund their expenses by using adverts but those websites do not constitute the whole of the Internet.

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Re: Trouble shooting guides.....

Incredible thing, the brain.

Indeed. I'm firmly convinced everyone should be issued with a working one.

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Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

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Re: Suckers...

They are going to stop selling the iPhone X this fall

And you have evidence of this how? Apple doesn't reveal *anything* about their future plans.

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Re: Suckers...

This tells me a lot about Apple and how it manipulates customers.

Actually, all this "iPhone X is going away!!!!!" nonsense came out of clickbait sites like BGR completely misunderstanding the Apple manufacturing policy and assuming that the temporary downturn in production rates (something Apple do regularly when they have enough inventory - and as it sells out, the rate goes back up again) means that Apple are ditching the X.

Apple, as usual, has said exactly nothing about it.

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If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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They are both just a status symbol and mutually exclusive

Rubbish. I have dual screens and a laptop (sometimes I work from home). When I'm working from home, I connect my laptop to my monitor at home to make sure I don't get eyestrain.

In short, in my use-case, laptop and dual-screen is both usable and needed. And I'm very, very glad I don't work where you might have control over my equipment.

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Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

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Re: Sounds like Windows

Ubuntu have just shot themselves in the foot by sounding like MS

And that's just their latest foot-shotgun incident. I was using Ubuntu (from about the time that Mandrake/Mandriva started to fail as a distro) but stopped once they started to decide that the way that they would operate would move closer to the usual closed-source model. Implementing systemd didn't help..

So now, my default is FreeBSD or Devuan.

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Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

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Re: I suppose ...

there are animals that can detect radiation

Like us you mean? After all, visible light is just friendly[1] radiation..

[1] Unless ginger or suffering a migraine

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Re: Chameleons ?

I've heard that there's a chamelephant in the room

Well - you know how to detect it - just put out some butter and wait for the footprints to appear.

Or introduce some mice. I'd offer you some but they appear to be mostly disassembled.

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Re: "...The QuasiMoron's performance" @Voland

playing a cathedral organ was within his skillset

He has a skillset?

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Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

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Re: Why can't Elop take credit for his achievement?

And didn't have any apps.

They did, but not from Nokia. I can't remember the details, but there were sites that published and maintained lists of open-source (and some closed-source) apps for them. Hence I managed to get a good ebook reader for my units (fbreader - pretty good for those days and is still OK on Android).

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Re: Why can't Elop take credit for his achievement?

(and the earlier models, such as the N800, which I used as an ebook reader for years)

I still have (somewhere) both the N770 and N800 units that I bought and used as an ebook reader and sometimes browser[1] for years (and I still sometimes use fbreader on my Android devices).

Nice units, but not really usable by non-techies. And the lack of 2G/3G/GSM was a killer - who wanted a device that they couldn't make phone calls on? Sure, you could (sort of) use the internet via a tethered phone but that involved carrying two devices and chargers and wasn't worth the hassle.

[1] Neither had much in the way of networking, but they did have bluetooth. So I stuck a bluetooth USB stick in the back of one of my linux boxes at home and set the Nokia units up to use them as bluetooth gateways. I was unfeasably proud of that..

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Magic Leap's staggering VR goggle technology just got even better!

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Re: re: nothing to show

This seems to follow a standard model

These days I think it's called the "Theranos Model".

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Re: It's, like, snake oil.

Magic Leap invests in Israel. Anyone who supports human rights causes would avoid them just for that reason

Much like they should avoid investing in other countries with bad records in human rights? Places like Thailand, Russia, the US, the UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Myanmar, South Africa etc etc etc

You are, of course, free to adopt any cause you feel like but, unless you show consistency in your selection, we are equally free to have contempt for your choices and suspect your motives for doing so.

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Roses are red, are you single, we wonder? 'Cos this moth-brain AI can read your phone number

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"rewarding it when it recognized the numbers correctly"

How? It's not like the NN is going to enjoy a good drink of nectar..

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Roses are red, revenge is so sweet. Microsoft extracts a few quid from Corel Office Suite

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Or perhaps they think they invented CUA

I think IBM had the first stab (as in, let's stab programmers in the back) with that one. MS got it for free as part of the OS/2 consortium.

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South China waters are red, Brit warships are blue, HMS Sutherland's sailing there

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and cup of tea treatment

At least it's less likely to be as fatal as a Russian tea party..

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From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work

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Re: Click here for one weird trick to train your brain!

The thing about adverts is the more annoying they are, the more people remember them

I can still remember the strapline[1] for some ads we saw in the US when we went there in mid/late 1990's.. Can't remember anything else about the ad though.

[1] PizzaPizza..

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Re: Click here for one weird trick to train your brain!

I kept telling him to scroll down so I could read the story.

I'm the complete opposite. I'd *always* prefer to read the text than watch a video. But then, when I was growing up, we didn't have a TV untill I was about 15 (around 1980 or so) and, even then, it was really only so that Mum could watch the snooker..

And, since it was in the lounge, what we could watch was monitored.

So I grew up reading, rather than passively absorbing stuff via the TV. Which is why, even now, I still read between 5 and 15 books a week (of all types but mostly scifi & fantasy - preprogrammed by reading LOTR at age 10 Silmarillion at 12..)

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It's an attempt to place ads without having to bother about any real content

One universal truth is self-evident - if there is a way to make money, someone, somewhere will abuse it to maximise their revenue at the cost of morals and ethics.

In this case, it's a whole lot of someones.

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it's my time they're using up and they don't ask me if they can

Ding! Give the honourable gentleman a ceegar! (Other rewards are available).

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Re: Genie....bottle

Are you the customer, or are you the product?

The two are not mutually exclusive.

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but trackers are evil. But trackers are how Google makes its money so they get a pass

I suspect that Google is going to start getting very annoyed at Apple then (given that cross-site tracking is going to get blocked by default soon).

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Certainly their banhammer looks to be a bit of a blunt instrument.

Although - it is well to keep in mind that the advert business in general is happy with what Google proposes so it's can't have that much impact on their profits. Which means it's going to be pretty ineffectual.

However, the ad business are *most* unhappy that Apple is starting to block cross-site tracking by default.

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Re: Not half-way good enough.

I don't even have a Google Analytics

That site (and all it's little tentacles) is blocked permanently in every firefox add-in that does blocking in my setup.

It's way beyond creepy and well into the stalkery territory.

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Re: Not half-way good enough.

I run noscript, even for El Reg.

El Reg is one of the sites that I allow scripts to run on. However, I also run Privacy Badger and Ghostery so I don't see any ads at all.

As I've said before - if El Reg offered a subscription service I'd happily pay (assuming that it's a reasonable fee!)

Mind you, the only time I see adverts on TV is during the times I watch the NFL on Sky Sports (and even then, I tend to start watching about 30 minutes after the programme has started recording so that I can fast-forward through the adverts). Just because the advertiser as paid for the adverts doesn't mean that I should be forced to watch them.. especially when the same adverts seem to be on ditto-repeato all through the programme).

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Re: Not half-way good enough.

So you'll be first in line, with a fist full of cash, if this site offered subscription?

I would - assuming that the subscription was a reasonable cost..

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You won't believe this: Nokia soars back into phone-flinger top 3

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Re: LineageOS

It's what took over from Cyanogen.

Speaking of which, I must look up the ROM listings for t'wife's Wileyfox Swift now that Wileyfox are going down the pan..

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a screaming migraine

I've never had a screaming migraine.. groaning migraine, yes. Whimpering migraine, yes.

The last thing you need with a migraine is lots of extra noise[1] - it acts on the ears a bit like bright light on the eyes.

[1] Although, confusingly, music helps. Even some of the more avant-garde prog.. The way my brain is wired[2], I suspect it hears the music and is too busy following it to think about how much it[3] hurts.

[2] Ever seem fabric-covered wiring a-la 1930s? You get the picture.

[3] Yes, yes, I know that the brain has no pain receptors. Trust me on this one - when you have a migraine it *feels* like your brain is hurting. At which point you become very grateful for modern pharmaceuticals..

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Roses are red, Kaspersky is blue: 'That ban's unconstitutional!' Boo hoo hoo

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repetition - sometimes its funnier that way

For at least, oh, two seconds or so.

It's a bit like the pling that they always use repeatedly in headlines regarding Yahoo - you sometimes just have to go with the flow and supress the homicidal thoughts that try to bubble up..

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Seriously, they're even called 'violets', who would think they're blue?

"Lavenders blue, dilly dilly, lavenders green

When I am King, dilly dilly

You will be Queen"..

(Wanders off whistling "Freaks")

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Three in hospital after NSA cops open fire on campus ram-raid SUV

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Re: Why oh ....

... why, can't they just say 'connection'?

Cos it makes them look edditcated an stuff. OK?

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UK Home Sec Amber Rudd unveils extremism blocking tool

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Re: 99.995% is impossible

A minister wouldn't lie would they?

Of course not. Now, this this nice dry land I have to sell in the Doggerlands - I'm happy to sell it to you, sight unseen.

Fine land, was farmed for generations but now lying fallow..

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Re: Peppa Pig dubbed in Arabic

The sad part is that they never get to taste it

Not every Arab is Muslim y'know.

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World+dog ignores Rubin's Wonderdroid

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Re: "PH-1"

Personally, I'd prefer something a little more basic.

Yeah, but lets not get (free) radical about it..

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Re: Fail

Pixel 2 is selling pretty well for a premium device

Where "selling well" == "selling the same in a year as iPhones or the latest Samsung do in a month"?

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Android geeks then you need to provide at least basic geeky functions

I like to think I'm a bit of a geek and I haven't used the headphone jack on my phone for years..

(Even though I despise bluetooth with a passion, I am prepeared to stoop to using it to listen to music on my phone..)

Your basic geeky functions != my basic geeky functions.

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Re: Model number PH-1 suggests 'a wider home automation ecosystem'?

Maybe it's just an acid test

Now that that back, it's a base slur!

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Re: root

Rooting some phones is possible

And, for a lot of phones, pretty easy. Unless you are the sort of person that finds anything vaguely technical difficult..

There is a downside - some stuff (Android Pay, banking apps et. al) are very unhappy running on a rooted phone.

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Not cool, dude: Brit web host Hotchilli Internet freezes itself for good

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Re: My 2p

Xilo.net

How much? They may be good but they are easily at the top end of the cloud hosting cost range..

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Re: RE: And please refrain from using "shutter" as a verb.

As a rule, IT bods are not the best people to critique language

Oh I dunno. I have a pretty good grasp of the English language (1980's-era English teaching notwithstanding).

And I would never have used the phrase "we have always strived" - the past tense of "to strive" is "striven".

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Hyperoptic's overkill 10Gbps fibre trial 'more than a clever PR stunt'

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"standard HD movie file (5GB) in 4 seconds"

..assuming that the provider has the bandwidth to cope..

I've yet to see an article on high-speed home broadband that mentions that in any detail!

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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Re: Incorrect

Assange waited in Sweden at the request of the authorities until it seemed they had lost interest

That's a very strange way of saying "left the country when his laywer illegally told him that an interview and possible arrest were going to happen the next day"..

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separate the man/personality/person from the actions related to WikiLeaks

Why?

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