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* Posts by thomas k

265 posts • joined 11 Jun 2015

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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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No Zoolander mention?!

I call prior art.

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No, the Mirai botnet masters aren't going to jail. Why? 'Cos they help Feds nab cyber-crims

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Mirai ...

Not to be confused with Miruai (Seaweed), a very dark green fountain pen ink from Sailor.

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Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

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re: the photo

He manscaped his pits?

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Patch Tuesday heats up with pair of exploited zero-days squashed – plus 58 other vulns fixed

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Re: Alas, no magic after all

Yes, today it wanted to restart and went through the usual fol de rol.

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70 updates with no restart?! What magic is this?

Went to Security Center, it said "updates pending" so I clicked the "update now" button and went back to reading the article. Suddenly there was a tweedle sound, the page went blank, then reloaded - that was it.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch: A tough and classy activity tracker

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Re: God that’s ugly!

Yeah, hard to beat the beautiful LG G black monolith or even the original Moto 360.

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Peace pays dividend for OpenWRT as 'baseline' release lands on servers

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No love for Netgear WNDR4500v3

openWRT stops at the 4300 and dd-WRT stops at 4500v2 :( I was running gargoyle on the netgear 3700 and it really helped with buffer bloat on TWC. Should've checked the compatibility lists before purchasing it's replacement.

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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No problems but ...

I didn't experience any problems, knock on wood, but the new, huge (and unresizable) Favorites panel in Edge so annoyed me that I switched to Opera. Couldn't be happier (even though Favorites are even more cumbersome). Funny thing is that I had finally started using Edge for everything, instead of IE11.

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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Went ok but ...

Went ok for me - no show stopping bugs, at least - but I found the changes they made to Edge so annoying that I decided to try Opera. I couldn't be happier with it.

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Amazon warns you have 30 days before Music Storage files bloodbath

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Re: It's 250 tracks, not songs

I used this to my advantage to upload a lot of my classical stuff where a whole work might be a single 100 Mb track, operas might have each act as one track, etc. I'm pretty sure this isn't quite what Amazon had in mind.

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You must be yolking: English pub to launch eggstravagent Yorkshire pudding

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"half pud, half pizza"

Great title for one of those movies involving pizza delivery.

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Nokia tribute band HMD revives another hit

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Re: Love the Yellow!

Thanks!

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Love the Yellow!

Any word on pricing? A 'vacation' phone is all I need, it could well replace the Nokia 520 I'm using now.

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California Senate OKs net neutrality law, gives FCC cold hard long stare

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All well and good but...

How about doing something to engender actual, meaningful competition in the broadband market. We're still hostage to monopolies (duopolies if we're lucky). Having multiple ISPs competing for our money might just solve the neutrality problem by itself.

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Acronis: Ransomware protection! Get yer free ransomware protection!

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While the software is free ...

You have to create an Acronis account to use it - to receive updates and such, you know.

Still, decided to try it out and it warned me of 3 suspicious processes right off the bat - Intel Security Assistant, some Samsung printer thingie and cmd.exe.

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Netflix silent about ridicule as it discusses punters' viewing habits

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Umm ... guilty?

I watched Maleficent three times.

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Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure

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Re: most people work at far below their capacity

Must be nice to work in a place like that. While every place has its share of shirkers and slackers, the hotels I've worked all seem to have a policy of 'if it takes 4 people to do the work, only hire three' and, between call-outs (pretty common with the youngsters) and/or high turnover (due to the high workload), you frequently have to make do with 2.

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Netflix mulls using AI to craft personalized movie trailers for viewers

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I'd prefer ...

they spend that money licensing more and/or better content.

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

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Reaaly?

Good thing I bought a spare Lumia 520 in case my current one goes titsup.

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Microsoft scoops Search UI out from the gaping black maw of Cortana

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That's funny ...

I recently discovered I could hide that search box on the taskbar, so I did. It seemed redundant since there's a search box at the bottom of the start menu just above the start button.

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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Yay!

Photo Viewer still works!

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

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I guess there are advantages ...

to not having a telly.

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Malware again checks into Hyatt's hotels, again checks out months later with victims' credit cards

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Re: Hilton, too?

Yes, but I meant with this new thing.

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Hilton, too?

Just a matter of time.

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Limp Weiner to get 21 months in the hole

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Old Chokey

As he'll be staying at Club Fed, any 'chokey' will likely be voluntary.

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More are paying to stream music, but YouTube still holds the value gap

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Re: YouTube for Music

"Is it just me being old, that I feel that streaming video just for the audio is a waste of perfectly good bandwidth?"

YouTube is a god-send for classical music lovers and well worth the waste of a little bandwidth. From live performance to recorded music from both the labels themselves and user-uploaded, we're given the opportunity to hear things we'd likely never otherwise have. Our favorite chestnuts by household names to the once-famous who've fallen out of favor to composers I've never heard of, it's truly an embarrassment of riches, like dying and going to heaven.

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Violent moon mishap will tear Uranus a new ring or two

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More rings around Uranus?

Well, someone had to say it.

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Yet another AWS config fumble: Time Warner Cable exposes 4 million subscriber records

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Hmm, no email from them

... yet.

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

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Mmm, cake.

Pie is good, too.

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Crushed Juicero now officially a fruitless endeavor

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One good thing

At least they're offering refunds to people who bought the darn things. Most companies would just say "screw 'em".

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Sony remembers it once made a great little phone

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OMG, I love my N900!!!

As a little boombox it has a couple of advantages over my HTC One, mainly not have to press the power switch to awaken the screen. More storage, too.

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Western Digital has cloudified the NAS and shoved it in a trendy box

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Ugh! Does it come in black?

I like my My Book, it's been very reliable. The only problem I have is that occasionally Windows loses file access (in Computer) and I have to reboot it using IE to access admin (in Storage).

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Samsung keeps the smartwatch alive. Just

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Ugly

Round and square (kind of)?! One or the other, please.

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So what's in the new Windows Insider build? Bug fixes, an AR goof-around, and a font

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Facebook status updates got erased during input in the Edge

That's not a bug, it's a feature.

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Foxit PDF Reader is well and truly foxed up, but vendor won't patch

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Rolled back to previous version

Been using Foxit for years but grew increasingly disenchanted with all the bloated on-line stuff they've added. Finally tracked down a 6.0 version that I'm pretty pleased with.

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President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

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Credit where it's due

Kudos to the ones who resigned on Monday, raspberries to the ones who said they'd stay on but then resigned today.

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Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?

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Curtains, for certain

Once the machines become self-aware, they'll make quick enough work of us.

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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Dropped by Marvel?

Could this be the real reason she was dropped by Marvel - constantly trying to hawk this shit to the poor crew when she wasn't on camera?

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Meteor swarm spawns new and dangerous branch

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Tunguska

I thought they'd determined Tunguska was caused by a Tesla wireless power transmission experiment that went horribly awry.

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Lexmark patent racket busted by Supremes

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Epson extortion

The worst example I can think of is a color Epson all-in-one. It would not print a black-only page if one of the color ink tanks was out, even though the black tank was full.

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I'll take the sandtrooper in white: Meet the rebel scum making Star Wars armour sets for a living

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Nice article

Don't consider myself a super uber-nerd Star Wars fanboi but I found this article pretty interesting (if a bit arcane in places for us uninitiateds). Thanks.

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Train station's giant screens showed web smut at peak hour

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No wonder Thomas is smiling.

Working up some steam.

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Vigorous tiny vibrations help our universe swell, say particle boffins

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Re: downvotes, really?

It was an honest question. I don't know, that's why I asked.

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expanding from?

Is the universe expanding in all directions (blast radius) from a central point (the 'bang')? If so, where is the center of the universe?

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That 'Trump lawyers threaten teen over kitten website' yarn is Fakey Fakey McFake Fakeface

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Something fishy here

trumpscratch.com landed me at something called trumptytrump.com, a *very* different sort of site than the one described in the article.

scratchtrump.com took me to a page displaying the title "Kitten Feed" where I was Rick-rolled.

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Bloke cuffed after 'You deserve a seizure' GIF tweet gave epileptic a fit

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Re: before the internet

They beat me up and stole my lunch money at recess.

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Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled

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So,Tesla was right after all?

"Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality."

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Smart sex toys firm coughs up $3.75m in privacy lawsuit

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"Don't speak."

Why would we want sex toys smarter than our usual live fare?

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Lawyer defending arson suspect flees court with pants on fire

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My favourite Mr Boffo strip

Mr Boffo is sitting next to some guy in Hell who's musing aloud, "liar, liar, pants on fire ... now it all makes sense!"

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Smut-scamming copyright chaser 'fesses up, will do hard time

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smoke and mirrors

Just something to distract us from the fact that lawyers write the laws they then take advantage of to screw the rest of us and to give the illusion that they do police themselves because not even lawyers are above the law.

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