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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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The problem is they've got it running on a Hooli Box 3, you know, the one with the penis on it.

They should use that middle-out compression I've been hearing so much about.

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The American dilemma: Competition, or fast broadband? Pick one

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How much does it all cost?

I wonder how much the big Telcos spend on lobbying the politicians who make the rules?

Turns out it's a lot. Quelle surprise.

What happens when cities decide to provide community internet access?

Money happens.

This is just the US political system working as it is supposed to.

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Are you ready for some sueball?! NFL opens wallet, makes vid stream patent spat go away

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Just Awful

I like to have a clear hero and a clear villain in each piece I read on El Reg, but the NFL is an awful bully, and any company with 5,000 multimedia patents is just a troll.

Can I hate them both?

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Microsoft bids adieu to inky fingers with whiteboard app

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Re: About time too

In my career supporting various bits of gear loosely termed "IT" I have thrown away several "smart" whiteboards, due to lack of use.

Everyone seems to think they are a great idea and will make meeting so much more productive. Someone else finds $15,000 or so from the capex budget, and the thing is purchased.

Several years later a third person realises it has been used exactly once and I am called in to take it off the wall and send it to the recyclers.

If you want one, I have one in my store room.

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Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

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Re: Common trick

Mi-Sex? Have an upvote sir.

I might be old.

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California lawmakers: We swear on our avocados we'll pass 'strongest net neutrality protections' in America

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What a stupid way to run a state.

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IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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Re: He was the top salesman in the group

Compared to younger employees, IBM found that Boomers were the least likely to understand IBM’s business strategy,

Just like IBM's customers then.

...and the least likely to understand IBM’s brand.

Or, the least likely to say they understand what that sentence means.

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Foot lose: Idiot perv's shoe-mounted upskirt vid camera explodes

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Re: The real question is: did he want to get arrested?

That's a fair question, and I did wonder the same thing briefly, but as noted in the comments, he must be an absolute moron who has never heard of the Internet.

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Infamous 'Dancing Baby' copyright battle settled just before YouTube tot becomes a teen

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noting that is also wishes to "take a thoughtful approach to enforcement matters."

After 12 years? No you don't.

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White House calls its own China tech cash-inject ban 'fake news'

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Re: Tired of Euphemisms

Thanks veti, you're quite right.

I can remember George II having similar moments, with "Mission Accomplished" and "Truthiness".

I am even old enough to remember that odd Mr. Reagan telling us wealth would "Trickle Down" and we all know how well that worked.

It seems the supporters of the American far-right have no problem with being lied to.

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Telstra reveals radical restructure plan

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@ mathew42

Breaking the dominant, former publically owned incumbant into a network company (Infrastructure) and a retail company is exactly what we did in New Zealand.

I don't think the model is perfect, but it seems to be a hell of a lot better than the mess created in Aus.

We have never had the stupid fibre to the premises or fibre to the whatever debate our Aussie cousins have had to put up with. The infrastructure guys were told to run out fibre and given some money to do it.

End of story.

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A pretty and helpful user interface? Nahhh. Is that really you, Samsung?

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Re: Form over function

My Galaxy S7 updated to Android 8.0.0 the other day, along with "Samsung Experience 9" which seems to be what they are calling Touchwiz these days.

Frankly I really like it, the new lock screen looks great and has some useful options now.

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Internet luminaries urge EU to kill off automated copyright filter proposal

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It was the freetards who broke it for everyone.

I don't agree with that at all.

I blame the copyright owners cartel who have extended the length of their ownership again and again until it has no real end point.

Why, for instance, is Robert Johnson's music still under copyright? He died in 1937 and no-one who had anything to do with his recordings is even alive any more.

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Chinese tech giant ZTE is back in business – plus or minus $1.4bn and its entire board

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The only question is whether this was the price of Ivanka's trademarks and the $500 million loan to an Indonesian Trump development."

I don't have any questions about that. The answer is obvious isn't it?

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

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Re: Cute little communists

Although you jest, that's exactly what is happening in the US.

Everything is for sale, although characterizing the US as a democracy might be a bit steep.

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Stingray phone stalker tech used near White House, SS7 abused to steal US citizens' data – just Friday things

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Someone may have spied on smartphones in or near the White House using a fake cellphone tower

Good.

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Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

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Re: Major Overreach

I am not sure I agree with this sentiment.

Surely it's very important for the machines to have some sort of one-liner as they gun the last of the humans down.

Can't just have them all intoning "I'll be back".

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The ice must flow: Dunes of frozen gas spotted on alien dwarf

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Bring it on!

Are we going to have the usual fight about what Pluto is?

As far as I can tell it's not even a dwarf planet, just a crappy Kuiper belt object and not special at all.

There I said it. Come at me.

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Samsung loses (again) to Apple in patent battle (again). This time to the tune of a mere $539m

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Can't hurry love, obviously

So the Supreme Court ruled that $400 million was too much, and this stupid jury came back with $539?

Weirdos.

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Oz sports’ pee-samplers outed buying Cellebrite phone-crack kit

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I can't figure it out either, but I would imagine ASADA fancies itself an investigatory agency, so they probably feel they need these sorts of tools.

I can imagine athletes telling them to push off when asked to hand over their phone though.

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Senator Kennedy: Why I cast my Senate-busting vote for net neutrality

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Competition?

It might be a little off to call this system "Trumpian" (although I am sure he is in favour of it).

It seems to me that the whole telecoms industry in the US has been set up to enable regional monopolies to gouge their customers and retain their monopolies.

I can't really see how network neutrality will reduce prices for end users in the system as it stands (although routing packets equally has made the Internet the great thing it is).

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LG chairman Koo Bon-moo dies, aged 73

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I assumed they rebranded to LG because the Goldstar products were so awful they had to distance themselves from them.

I only ever owned one Goldstar product though, so I might be biased, but that alarm clock radio was responsible for me being late for work a few times.

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Off with e's head: E-cig explosion causes first vaping death

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See kids, your parents were right - smoking is bad for you

I don't know about that, a wise man once said "Don't be such a chicken, Kif. Teenagers smoke, and they seem pretty on-the-ball."

I saw it in a documentary.

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Vittorio Colao to say ciao to Vodafone as firm goes back to black

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Re: Maybe...

They're not only the sick man of Europe, but have gone from being a reasonable company to deal with here in New Zealand, to being one of the least effective organisations I deal with.

I understand they were always a bit crap for residential customers, but as a business that spends about $250k per year, we got pretty good service.

That all changed last year and things have been heading downhill ever since.

The good news is our contract ends this year so i will be able to ditch them.

The bad news is that I live in a "market" owned by two big players, so I'm not expecting much better when we do.

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The Sun will blow up into a huge, glowing bubble of gas during its death

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Good

I will look forward to this.

I was getting a bit worried it might never happen.

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FCC shifts its $8bn pot of gold, sparks fears of corporate money grab

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Re: Its always interesting how a pro-free-markets country

A couple sentences in this piece caught my eye:

...money being pulled away from citizens and given to giant corporations...

Is pretty much what the US is set up to do.

Also:

...the FCC Republican leadership is, like many Republicans, opposed to any form of subsidy program...

Is completely untrue. They are opposed to subsidies to corporations who do not kick money back in the form of "campaign contributions". Also it is "programme".

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Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

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Re: Obama

Barack Obama? I thought he was a Communist.

He definitely made my children turn gay.

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Under-fire Silicon Valley to gain new copyright 'safe harbour' in EU, fume critics

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Value Gap

As far as I can see the value gap is between what the music business wants to charge and what consumers want to pay.

I wouldn't expect the major labels or their industry groups to understand what their customers want, they have spent the last 20 years ignoring them.

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Drama brews on high seas as Playmobil ship running out of steam

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Kids of Today

Those boys seem to have a great time.

They now own Warwick Castle, right of conquest from the looks of things.

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Wow, braking news: Overworked, tired ride-sharing drivers declared a public health risk

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Exploitation

These gig economy jobs seem to me to be based on the exploitation of somebody.

If management can't exploit the customers they have to exploit the workers.

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Uber hid database hack from FTC while FTC probed Uber for an earlier database hack

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To be fair, why would they bother to "change the way we did business" when they can just "reach an agreement" with the regulator which always seems to include no admission of guilt.

The penalties always seem to be derisory also.

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Donkey Wrong: Arcade legend Billy Mitchell booted from record books amid MAME row

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Hard

I can't remember ever getting past level 3 of Donkey Kong and I put a lot of money into it.

That probably says something about my game playing ability more than anything though.

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Blackberry snaps, yakkity-yak Snapchat app brats slapped with patent trap rap

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Re: Bollocks

An IP law system designed by lawyers working as it was designed.

By that I mean lawyers are getting rich.

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nbn™ CEO pleads with staff to control costs in ‘seeya later’ letter

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Re: Um... he's leaving...

It sounds like nbn is the worst of all possible worlds really, a monopoly formed by government fiat and with too much expensive debt.

No wonder my Aussie colleagues hate it so much. Try getting a new high speed nbn connection in such out-of-the-way places as Newcastle, or Perth. It can take months.

Also, any "...recent study by well-respected economists.." will be full of wrong, because that's what economists specialise in.

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Who had Intel in the 'discrimination lawsuit' pool? Congratulations

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Something tells me the facts in the article might be slightly biased, or perhaps not tell the whole story, because Intel can't possibly be that stupid, (or evil) can they?

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Huawei consumer biz pres: Are we in talks with Trump? Nope

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Re: Quite right

If that photo of Mr. Ji was taken with the new Huawei phone I'm not sure it is much good. The white balance is awful.

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Magic Leap bounds into SF's Games Developer Conference and... disappears

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Weta Workshop

Meanwhile the New Zealand media have been unquestioningly repeating Weta Digital's press releases about their "game-changing" partnership with Magic Leap because I think if they write anything critical of Weta they will be charged with treason.

I am sure it's Magic Leap paying Weta rather than the other way around, because if the guys at Weta Digital know anything, it's how to get paid.

I will never forget the $50 million taxpayers were extorted out of to keep the Hobbit movies here.

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Space, the final blunt-tier: Binary system ejected huge 'spliff' asteroid, boffins reckon

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Re: That's as may be

The next time I'm playing Civilization as Kamehameha I will now need to name my first scout 'Oumuamua won't I?

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Screw luxury fridges, you can now run webOS on your Raspberry Pi

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Re: Doesn't give an obvious reason

I'm not sure I will go to the effort of messing around with my LibreElec box which already makes my dumb TV reasonably smart.

No Netflix is the only fly in the ointment, and I understand that's coming soon.

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Man who gave interviews about his crimes asks court to delete Google results

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In short, it appears the man who gave interviews detailing his crimes, might be a fuckwit.

I am picturing Douglas Reynholm as we speak.

No news on his ex-wife though.

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Russian boffins blow up teeny asteroids with tiny laser... to work out how to nuke the real thing

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Re: Chuck Norris would be able to deal with it too

Wouldn't that be a demarcation dispute?

I could see Mr. Willis calling the brothers out on strike if Mr. Norris is trying to do the work of unionised men.

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Millionaire-backed science fiction church to launch Scientology TV network

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Re: Can't fault their record keeping

True. I'm on the electoral roll also now I think of it.

Still, 34 years is a long time.

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Can't fault their record keeping

Sometime about 1983 or so, I was hanging about downtown with a group of mates when we were approached by a group of attractive, chesty young ladies.

We did what any young man would do and followed them to their office, where the scam was soon revealed. Disappointment ensued, but we had learned a lesson.

Curiously, last year, (34 year later maybe?) an envelope arrived at my house containing a brochure on time keeping and two letters written in Chinese on Scientology letterhead which raised a couple of questions.

First of all, my surname might be construed as Chinese, but isn't. I asked a Chinese colleague if he could tell me what the letters said, but he seemed to think they were either written by a small child or someone who was learning Chinese.

Second question: 34 years later I have moved house lots of times, how did they track me down? Also, why?

Weird.

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16 exoplanets found huddled around 12 lightweight stars

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Re: Tides

I think the list of variables that give rise to complex life might wind up being quite long and include such things as a decent sized gas giant (or two) to catch incoming rocks also.

Although everywhere we look on Earth we find life, so maybe life is really adaptable and can arise in almost any circumstance.

We won't really know until we go and have a look.

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Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!

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Re: Not me, but someone else previously in my team

I did know that, as I had to restore our domain controller one Saturday after my colleague deleted some vital top level OU.

He would have done it himself, except for the whole getting sacked bit.

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Microsoft, IBM settle case over disputed diversity boss

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Re: IBM and Strategy?

I can't think of anyone less important to the future of either company than the chief diversity officer.

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US watchdog just gave up trying to get Google to explain YouTube's huge financial figures

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Lawsuits Ahoy!

I'm sure a shareholder will use this to come up with a reason to sue Google or Alphabet or whatever.

There's no point in not taking advantage is there?

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Chilly willies: Swedish nudie nightclub opens in -11°C to disgust of locals

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Re: Not my cuppa tea.

What's this "sexual purity".

Asking for a friend.

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Why, why, Mr American Pai? FCC boss under increasing pressure in corporate favoritism row

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Re: "He tried to respond in a factual way without engaging in advocacy."

Yes, well, black is really white, and up is down.

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Samsung's Galaxy 9s debut, with not much other than new cameras

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Re: Saturated

+ 1 Insightful

A quick look around the office at work shows me exactly 0 current flagship phones.

Most of my colleagues are pretty happy with last years (or the year before's) mid-ranger or a second hand iPhone. I don't think it's a money thing, as they would mostly be characterised as upper-middle class, but what they have works well enough for them so why would they spend more than they need to?

Myself, I have a Galaxy S7, which I bought when the S8 came out and the price dropped $150 or so.

I will probably replace it with a Galaxy S11 when the S12 comes out.

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