* Posts by kmedcalf

13 posts • joined 27 Aug 2019

We asked for your Fitbit horror stories and, oh wow, did you deliver: Readers sync their teeth into 'junk' gizmos


Re: Pebble

Ah yes, but for the same total price you can either buy a Garmin or buy a new fitbit every time the battery needs recharging and throw the dead one in the dustbin.

I got a Fenix 3 HR back when they were "new" and it works flawlessly since for years and years. Before that I had a Forerunner something or other that also worked flawlessly for many years.

However, this is about the consumer throw-away garbage being, well, consumer throw-away garbage. You do get what you decide you want to pay for.

How long is a lifetime? If you’re Comcast, it’s until a rival quits a city: ISP 'broke' price promise


Re: Lifetime warranty

3Com used to have a "lifetime" warranty on their 3C509 ethernet cards. If you had one that failed and went to all the bother of returning it to 3Com they would indeed send you another one -- often a whole box of them. Of course, what you paid for shipping usually ended up costing more than if you just went to the local shop and bought a new one -- plus the shop usually had them in stock so you could get the replacement the within the hour -- rather than having to wait several days or a couple of weeks for the shipping and processing.

Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google told: If you could cough up a decade of your internal emails, that'd be great


Re: Ten years?

They probably have them forever stored in the write only storage at Iron Mountain.

HP printer small print says kit phones home data on whatever you print – and then some


Re: What sends this back?

Tell Windows to install the printer driver, and tell it to search the DVD. Or just right click on the INF file and select INSTALL. Not really that hard at all.

Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user's frightful position therein


Re: Stupid UI

I remember some lovely calendar book app thingy (cannot remember what it was) that displayed an actual appointment book for the, er, appointment book. When you deleted an appointment it made a big animated production of ripping the page out of the book, crumpling it into a wee ball, and tossing it in the waste basket, where it promptly burst into flames.

Very entertaining the first time and you definitely got the clue that it had been wiped out of existence.

The rather unfortunate bit was that you could not disable the animation.

I think this was Lotus SmartSuite or some such thing on OS/2 ...

Eco-activists arrested by Brit cops after threatening to close Heathrow with drones


Re: Good work MET Police

The law of conspiracy requires that there be a step taken in furtherance of the conspiracy. For example, driving to the airport with a bunch of drones on the day they said they were going to do their thing *may* constitute an act in furtherance of the conspiracy.

I therefore find it unlikely that they will be found guilty of conspiracy.

Secondly, the article contains a claim that the job of the police is to "prevent crime". This is untrue. The job of the police is to apprehend the perps AFTER a crime has been completed so that they may be brought to trial.

For real this time, get your butt off Python 2: No updates, no nothing after 1 January 2020


Re: But but

Nothing will happen. It is a non-event.


Re: see if it still works

"As for Win 7, you do know that neither Intel not AMD support it on their more recent CPUs"

That is correct. Neither Intel nor AMD "make money from" Windows 7. It runs just fine on even spanking brand new just released CPUs from both companies, however.

"making money from" has nothing whatsoever to do with working. Only with "making money from".


That is the sort of thing that happens when you use Microsoft crap. If you used a real compiler instead of that Microsoft non-standard low-performance shit, then you would not have any problem upgrading from version to version.

You're praying your biz won't be preyed upon? Have you heard of our lord and savior NVMe?


Fastest I/O

The fastest way to do I/O is not to do it. Faster storage devices help those who have not learned that lesson.

Today in tortured tech analogies: Mozilla lets Firefox loose in the hen house, and by hen house, we mean the tracking cookie jar, er...


Re: "builds it into the core product"

I have had third-party cookies disabled since web browsers were invented. I think Firefox had that option.

Biz forked out $115k to tout 'Time AI' crypto at Black Hat. Now it sues organizers because hackers heckled it



The defendant should obviously accept the plea that the sponsorship agreement was a nullity and move for dismissal with costs and without leave to amend on the basis that no claim known to law has been made (that no issue fit to be tried has been disclosed), and that it is frivolous, vexatious, or otherwise an abuse of process of the court.



Clearly a defense should be filed admitting that the agreement is a nullity (as plead by the plaintiff) and that therefore all the other claims made by the plaintiff are improper as they depend on the existance of a contract which the plaintiff has acknowledged does not exist, and therefore seeking that such claims be dismissed without leave to amend. This should be accompanied by a counter-claim for libel and a plea for damages for defamation together with a request for all legal fees and costs of defending the action, and perhaps a claim for bringing such an obviously frivolous and vexatious lawsuit in the first place.

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