* Posts by Jeffrey Nonken

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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Re: Aiding and Abetting

The government would have to arrest themselves. After all, they're the ones maintaining the roads used for the getaway.

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

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Re: Trackball can be worse....

And if you don't have both balls and sockets you may have hip dysplasia.

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Re: Trackball can be worse....

I hate meeces to pieces!

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AI built to track you through walls because, er, Parkinsons?

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Re: What do they use for reception?

Have an upvote for the Kiera Cameron reference.

Bingeing through my second watching even as we speak. :)

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Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: Autocomplete on a name

I have to type almost my complete name before I see myself. Once I have my surname complete, mostly I see myself and pianist Marilyn Nonken.

AFAICT my name is unique.

Apparently my wife's name is also unique, both maiden and married names.

And my daughters... well. My surname is VERY unusual.

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

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Some of us have seen The Secret Life of Machines and managed to figure out what a lift was from context.

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You blithering Ajit! Huawei burns Pai for FCC sh*tlist proposal

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Re: unverified and unsupportable factual allegations

It's lawyer-speak. Don't try to use logic on it.

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Uber 'does not exist any more' says Turkish president

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Re: NYC medallions

It's the crab bucket.

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Platinum partner had 'affair' with my wife – then Oracle screwed me, ex-sales boss claims

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Re: That's life

Trolling for downvotes?

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Game over: Atari cofounder Ted Dabney dies aged 81

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Re: "Syzygy"

It's an astronomy term about alignment. Also used in other disciplines. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygy

A bit obscure, but the odds aren't really that low. Even comic book writers have heard of it. (TBH that's where I first encountered it, in Dreadstar, where it was used as a character name.)

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Sysadmin's PC-scrub script gave machines a virus, not a wash

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Re: Blame my ex!

Yep, but that Trojan often used your contacts. I once opened one from my father.

... Immediately realized that it was out of character* and took steps to disinfect. But yeah, I've been caught by the I Love You Trojan, if only for Long enough for a cleanup.

* We're not a demonstrative lot. It wouldn't have been beyond the realm of possibility, but unlikely.

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I'd rather have a 3.5 inch hard one than a 5.25 inch floppy one.

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Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DohRa9lsx0Q

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US Senator Ron Wyden to Pentagon: Encrypt your websites

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Re: Here's an Idea

I don't know whether to be offended by this or declare it Actually Pretty Funny.

I think I'll punt, and be offended instead by your use of an apostrophe in a plural. You cad!

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Re: Trust me, I'm a network engineer.

I play Sombra in Overwatch and I agree with this statement.

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HTC U12+: Like a Pixel without the pratfalls, or eye-watering price tag

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Re: HTC Sense

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.droid27.senseflipclockweather

That one?

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'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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Re: Pages rule (again)

At least you CAN disable the feeds, unlike that stupid search bar.

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Re: Pages rule (again)

"I'm a long time Nexus and Pixel owner, so I guess I've had a sheltered and uninfected life."

... Other than all the Google crud. And it's got all kinds of "keep you informed" alerts enabled. If you don't want your phone constantly telling you which celebrity is dating whom and who won various sports events, you need to go through a painful process of individually shutting down a crap ton of feeds.

Fortunately neither Facebook nor WhatsApp seems to be installed here. Pixel XL here, with a Nexus 7 2nd gen and a now-broken Nexus 5x, all running stock. ... Well, except the broken phone, which doesn't run anything.

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"our reader, who wished to remain anonymous..."

Too late.

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Router admin? Bored? Let's play Battleships using BGP!

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Jebus. It's 2018 and professional computer geeks STILL haven't figured out how to spell "integer".

No spell checker on the white board, I suppose.

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Good news: It's still legal for Apple to keep its MacBook, iPhone batteries from melting

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Your explanation is incomplete. It's not just job satisfaction, it's actively rewarded.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171228/17052738897/shocked-shocked-to-learn-patent-office-is-structurally-designed-to-approve-shit-patents.shtml

I hope that makes it through whatever filters El reg has in place. It is a legit link.

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

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Re: Pocketalypse

Being old(-ish), I rather like my Pixel XL which, at 5.5", is right on the cusp of being a phablet.

I'm sure I don't use its full potential but I do play a couple games (I find that Ingress helps get me out of the house occasionally), stream on it when nothing larger is available, and... oh that's right, sometimes I make phone calls.

Heh. Seriously, I do use it to pay for things, eBay, reading IT hack sites, some social networking, and even (rarely) remote control one of my desktops. And for some 2FA.

Actually, I use it for a lot of little stuff. It's almost like it's not just a phone, but also a handy pocket-sized computer that does video!

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Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

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Re: "Why the massive emergency services response?"

"You forgot to credit Arlo Guthrie...."

He didn't have to. Sixty three of us have done it for him.

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Re: "Why the massive emergency services response?"

I have only the "teen in the 70s" part going for me, but yeah. Also at one employer we would play the record every Thanksgiving.

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The harbingers of Doomwatch: Quist is quite the quasi-Quatermass

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That episode was based on a book called "Mutant 39: The Plastic Eaters" by Kit Pedler. Actually, from the description, I suspect the plot was lifted wholesale and only edited for length and technical limitations. (I don't remember the misogyny. Could be selective memory. Could be they felt it was a delightful addition.)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2368220.Mutant_59

It's been years since I last read it and I have never seen the show, but I suspect the book holds up better.

I myself have fond memories which are associated with dating my high school sweetheart, who was working at the local public library at the time, and recommended the book. (She's now happily married and the proud grandmother of a small clan. We keep in touch via Facebook. -ish.)

Back to the book. Like Ms. Stob, any time I hear of a plastic-eating bug, that cautionary tale immediately comes to mind.

Be warned!

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Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones

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Re: 4warned

EVERYTHING gives you cancer.

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Net neutrality is saved in Senate vote! No, not really, it was a giant waste of everyone's time

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"Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet, you can't win." -Lazarus Long

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Agile development exposed as techie superstition

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Re: There were studies ...

I used it in University. Friend of mine named Mark Bjorke. He would just smile and nod while I went over the code until I found the problem. And I was always sure to thank him.

This was back in 1974, in Fortran IV on an IBM 360/50 running OS and HASP (Houston Automatic Spooling Processor). And my beard is silver, dammit, not grey!

:)

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And THIS is how you do it, Apple: Huawei shames Cupertino with under-glass sensor

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Re: A high priced con-venience

"So when the glass screen inevitably cracks, the fingerprint sensor will probably lock you out of your phone."

Even I know better, and I've never used the fingerprint sensor. There's a backup unlock method.

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US prison telco accused of selling your phone's location to the cops

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You mean Wyden? No. You're claiming guilt by association. Don't forget that he is not the only person in the legislature. Please don't blame everything wrong with our system on him.

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Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti

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Re: Not biting the hand that feeds it?

https://youtu.be/gV37N8A7fvM

Maybe the Americans are making this up, too.

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If you're a Fedora fanboi, this latest release might break your heart a little

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FTR and technically off-topic, the hat in the photo is a trilby, not a fedora. Fedora has a wider brim. Think Indiana Jones.

It's a common mistake.

And that has been your dose of hair splitting for today.

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Shocking. Lightning strike knocks out neuro patient's brain implant

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Re: A bit of levity

http://superredundant.com/?comic=745-asylum-woes

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Legal tech startup tries to haul 123-Reg to court over 24-hour backup claims

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Unbiased journalism is a myth, and silly to expect from human beings.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nationalreview.com/2015/05/there-no-such-thing-unbiased-journalism-so-lets-stop-pretending-david-harsanyi/amp/

https://www.americanpressinstitute.org/journalism-essentials/bias-objectivity/lost-meaning-objectivity/

Just sayin'.

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Sprint, T-Mobile US sitting in a tree, M-E-R-G-I-N-G

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Re: It's technically an acquisition, but the headline fit so perfectly we couldn't resist

A poet who came from Japan

Wrote limericks that didn't quite scan.

When they said "But the thing

"Doesn't go with a swing"

He said, "Yes, but I always try to put as many syllables into the last line as I possibly can."

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Re: What a load of crap...

Plenty of modern phones do both. Just get the American edition and not the international edition.

I'm hoping they'll come out with a SIM that'll let us use both networks seamlessly, thus combining their coverage. Project Fi already does this, but only for special phones. *sigh* It'll probably a firmware change too. But I can hope.

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The tech you're reading these words on – you have two Dundee uni boffins to thank for that

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I have a CRT.

...It's sitting on a shelf gathering dust, but it was still working last time I tested it.

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X marks the Notch, where smartmobe supercycles go to die

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Re: In defence ..

No. Once you are disappointed in a product in any way from a company, you should refuse to ever buy anything from that company again. Ever.

...Makes It tough to buy a cell phone after a few iterations. Spend your disappointment equity carefully.

Me, I bought a Pixel after having my second Nexus die on me. Figured it was made by a different manufacturer, maybe it wouldn't have the same problem.

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God help us when people fail to do proper economic research before making sarcastic jokes.

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Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

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Re: countless issues

Came with the OS install.

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Samsung-backed gizmo may soon juice up your smartphone over the air

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Re: "...the strength of the field is inversely proportional to the distance..."

"I still regard any kind of practical remote wireless charging as in the realms of science fiction..."

Funny, I was just thinking the same thing about cell phones and the internet. But I was born before 1960.

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Kaspersky Lab loses the privilege of giving Twitter ad money

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Re: I hope for a symbol in the making...

Did you know the word "gullible" isn't in the dictionary? Go ahead, look it up for yourself!

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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

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Re: Personally

"You're lucky. An awful lot of us (in the US, anyway) don't have more than one ISP to choose from."

If there's only one, it's not a choice.

Hobson's choice, I suppose.

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You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

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Re: Unequal contest

No, I think GP has it right: he downloaded information he shouldn't have had access to. Which is NOT the same as saying his access was unauthorized. Just that the information should not have been so easily accessed.

He shouldn't have been able to use that trick.

Not his fault he had access to it.

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'Uncarrier' T-Mobile US to un-carry $40m for bumpkin blower bunkum

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They claim they're covering the area, so they need to cover the area. Instead of fixing the problem they fake up false data.

It's not the hole in coverage. It's the lies and broken promises.

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New Galaxy un-smartphone can’t go online because Samsung's thought of the children

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Re: Test as anon coward

What? You have a life?

Definitely not working in IT, then.

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Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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Re: As my old boss used to say ...

They say memory is the second thing to go. I forget what the first is.

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Facebook scandal: EU politicians should aim for straight answers, not star witnesses

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Re: Get the engineers in

I don't suffer from autism, I revel in it!

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Cryptocoin investors sue Chase Bank for sky-high credit card charges

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A lot of people here seem to have missed the point: not how much they are charging, but that they changed policies without notice.

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B-Ark passengers to control most IT spend from 2019 onwards

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Re: So close, and yet...

Not to mention that it was inaccurate.

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