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Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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Re: "the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"

That caught me eye too, but the first question I have is: with KDE* available, why does anyone use Gnome?

I mean it's the default desktop in so many popular distros that there must be a good reason, but I can't for the life of me work out what it is.

* Or Budgie, or Cinnamon, or XFCE etc etc...

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Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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Re: The silver lining

Hey now. Goons? That's a bit harsh.

They're either Henchmen or Minions.

Hench 4 Life!!

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Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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Oh no, Xi didn't! Chinese spymaster cuffed in Belgium, yoinked to US on aerospace snoop rap

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Re: @Youngone - Not to mention about Germans

My comment above was referring to the very early days of flight,when the Wright Bros. patents were still in force.

Most of the early allied aircraft that were of any use were French design for example the various SPAD designs.

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The bit that jumped out at me was:

"Innovation in aviation has been a hallmark of life and industry in the United States since the Wright brothers first designed gliders in Dayton more than a century ago,”

Which, as we know pretty much killed the aero industry in the US until Mr. & Mr. Wright's patents expired.

Luckily, France (and others) ignored those patents and made aeroplanes.

The US got it's start ignoring the UK's patents, and China is doing similar.

Not that I am condoning theft, merely offering an explanation.

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World's largest CCTV maker leaves at least 9 million cameras open to public viewing

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Security? We've heard of it.

It looks like almost every network camera available on aliexpress is made by these muppets.

They seem to set up complete with a default IP address and admin user. I'm not sure why.

The password for the default admin is blank if anyone was wondering.

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US may have by far the world's biggest military budget but it's not showing in security

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I kind of assumed that business as usual is getting a Senator or Congressman re-elected.

Isn't what the US military budget is for?

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It's a cert: Hundreds of big sites still unprepared for starring role in that Chrome 70's show

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Re: De facto 'hack me' list

Thanks PJD. That's about what I was thinking.

If they can't be bothered, they deserve what they get.

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UK should set its own tax on tech giants if international deal isn't reached – Chancellor

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Re: What kind of conservatives want to tax everything?

Jam today and jam tomorrow.

They treat me like yesterday's jam.

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New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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Re: Have fun!

Why don't you just stay away?

I won't have that option, because I live here.

I am intending to take the same attitude, in the unlikely event I am asked to unlock my phone for the customs people.

I will be telling them no, then having my lawyer ask to see their evidence of "prior suspicion" if they decide to fine me.

Five grand is a lot of money, and I'd rather give it to my lawyer.

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Holy smokes! US watchdog sues Elon Musk after he makes hash of $420 Tesla tweet

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Seriously?

I'm just some shmoe on the Internet, with hardly any multi-billion dollar companies to my name, and even I knew those sorts of statements would be trouble.

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No, that Sunspot Solar Observatory didn't see aliens. It's far more grim

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Re: Unconvinced

What really happened was aliens. Read the article again, that's what it says.

I'm pretty sure anyway.

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FCC's 5G masterstroke little more than big biz cash giveaway – expert

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Re: I'm shocked

To be fair to the FCC, it is not the only group in the US government system that spends its time finding new ways to improve corporate profits.

The Pentagon is another one which springs to mind.

For what it's worth, I think AT&T have a point about Verizon's 5g tech also. It has been proved repeatedly that standards are a good thing for everyone. Can anyone remember CDMA?

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Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them

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The Solid South

It's a Southern State, so I assume the flaws are all by design.

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Vodafone, TPG propose 'merger of equals'

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It is noted that this merger makes sense for the businesses, but is there enough competition in the Australian market for this to make sense to consumers?

Will the regulator say no?

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Huawei elbows aside Apple to claim number-two phone maker spot

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Re: Semi-Captive Chinese Market

China is a semi-captive market for Huawei.

I'm not sure about that, but they seem to be really good value for money.

They recently began flooding my country with ads, TV, online, everywhere and they make a compelling case too.

A young lady I work with bought one, it might be the Huawei 3i. It's a nice phone ( for roughly £150) with a good screen, quite fast, and an all right camera (not amazing, but she won't notice).

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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal: Directors quit, new sack effort started

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Re: Its traditional for sinclair...

Not being overly familiar with Sir Clive's personal life I read the Daily Mail piece linked, and couldn't help thinking that the man must be a fool.

Seriously? An IQ of 159 (as if that means something) and marries a former stripper 39 years younger than himself? Makes me wonder how he manages to put his trousers on the right way around.

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Do I hear two million dollars? Apple-1 fossil goes on the block, cassettes included

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Re: Expensive new Apple computers

... the new MacBook Pro 13” for example is excellent value for money...

Thanks Tim!

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Just how rigged is America's broadband world? A deep dive into one US city reveals all

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Re: There's a worse place?

The net in Australia sucks because of politics, not physics.

One of the previous short-lived governments they have in Italy Australia decided the NBN ought to be a cash cow instead of a public good, so the made a pig's ear out of it.

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Prenda lawyer pleads guilty to moneyshot honeypot scheme

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It's a shame

It look like the Prenda saga is winding down.

I for one have enjoyed the entertainment, although if I had been sued I might have taken less pleasure in it.

Just awaiting Mr. Steele's sentencing I suppose.

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Bitcoin backer sues AT&T for $240m over stolen cryptocurrency

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Re: A Fool And His Money...

comicle

Yes.

Yes it is.

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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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