* Posts by Tom 35

3040 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

AT&T slapped down for its '5GE' ads: You don’t have a proper 5G network, so stop saying so, says watchdog

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Re: Same old, same old

Bell Canada did, then when they got real 4G called it 4G+

As nice as Pai: FCC chairman comes out in favour of Ligado Networks' 5G proposal, despite criticism from airlines and military

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"has won a powerful friend: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chief Ajit Pai."

Won? He's bought and payed for.

One whole day: That's how long Facebook's COVID-19 content moderation went without a mess

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Alex Stamos of infowars? Who gives a shit what he has to say.

Ex-director accuses iRobot of firing him for pointing out the home-cleaner droids broke safety, govt regulations

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Re: Safety?

The "We can save 0.1 cents per unit" bean counters start cheeping out the product.

White House turns to Big Tech to fix coronavirus blunders while classifying previous conversations

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growing barrage of criticism

I expect Trump wants them to remove the criticism and replace all instances of coronavirus with Joe Biden.

Have you ever seen one of these, son? Ricoh spins off 360° camera boffins to debut neuralyzer-shaped snapper

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Re: slim, pen-sized package

Maybe this is his pen.


Stop us if you've heard this one before: HP Inc rejects Xerox's $36.5bn buyout plan as takeover saga drags on

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They are OK with a good company -or- bags of cash to abandon a sinking company.

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Re: Xerox

Surly they Xeroxed the offer.

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Re: Strategy Option?

No, Icahn just wants them to borrow a ton of cash, give a bunch of it to him, then he will move on to the next company and let HP/Xerox wallow and die. That's how he has made his pile of cash.

More than a billion hopelessly vulnerable Android gizmos in the wild that no longer receive security updates – research

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Random Moto

My G7 went 6 months with no updates, then get 3 updates in one day (they seem to do updates every two months) and received the Nov update in reasonable time. But it's going to be a race to see if I get Android 10 before 11 is released.

After 16 years of hype, graphene finally delivers on its promise – with a cosmetic face mask

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Re: has not said quite how its cosmetic face masks will benefit from graphene

It's a cool word to put on the box.

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

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It has a concrete foundation. So not going anyplace, at least not in one piece.

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Don't laugh

A lot of flatties say there is no gravity (it breaks flat earth at the edge) and the pizza earth and the dome and everything is accelerating. Don't ask them how fast we are going now.

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There are LOTS of people who think the earth is 6,000 years old and the flood was a real thing. People will believe stupid stuff no mater what evidence you have.

I'm kind of surprised he took this long to kill him self.

This is your last chance, HP. There's no turning back. You take blue poison pill, the story ends. You take the red Xerox pill, you stay in Wonderland

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Re: It's called "leveraged buyiut"...

I used to work for a company that was the "HP". It was bought by a much smaller company that had no money, but somehow got someone to loan them many millions to buy the larger company. 2 people walked away with a few million, the company slowly sunk under the debt and many little people lost money. That and short selling should both be banned.

And they said IoT was trash: Sheffield 'smart' bins to start screaming when they haven't been emptied for a fortnight

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Re: Sensors will be fun

A hammer if people think they are going to be used to charge them more money.

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Re: IoT?

No, it has less cats.

Among those pardoned by Trump this week: Software maker ex-CEO who admitted hacking into rivals' systems

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Trump looks at pardon request...

Hay, I've done that too, not a big deal. Pardoned.

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Re: Don't let the swamp dry out

No, they are not all the same. Trump is at least a magnitude worse in every way.

Crypto-upstart subpoenas Glassdoor to unmask ex-staff believed to be behind negative reviews. EFF joins the fray

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Re: Kraken Crypto?

Can't be a John Wyndham reference, they re-titled that "Out of the Deeps" for the US.

Xerox ups bid in hostile takeover of HP Ink to more than $36.5bn

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Xerox will borrow even more money and give it to rich bastards so they can walk away with bags of cash while HP and Xerox sink under the debt. To soon join the likes of RCA.

Android owners – you'll want to get these latest security patches, especially for this nasty Bluetooth hijack flaw

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Re: "you'll want to get these latest security patches"

Guess I should be happy with my Moto G7 at June 1, 2019

Might get android 10 in the next 6 months.

Astroboffins may have raged at Elon's emissions staining the sky, but all those satellites will be more boon than bother

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But there are some very rich people who hope to get a bit richer so It's all OK.

WTF, EFS? Experts warn Windows encryption could spawn nasty new ransomware

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If you are using EFS

Can they change the key to lock you out, or is this only for systems that are not using EFS?

ICANN finally reveals who’s behind purchase of .org: It’s ███████ and ██████ – you don't need to know any more

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Any non-profit or public owned entity is an option for someone to get richer.

.org, hospitals, water systems, mail systems... all to be privatized and make some very rich people even richer.

And we now go live to Apple v Corellium, where the iTitan is still lobbing copyright fireballs at the virtual iPhone upstart

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Re: To me...

Apple first tried to buy them, but failed. This is attempt two to kill them.

They are using the "can't bread a software lock" part of the DMCA just like over priced ink sellers tried to do.

Y2K? It was all just a big bun-fight, according to one Reg reader

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Y2K scams

The IT manager got suckered into buying a $350 Y2K "test kit". It was a 3.5 floppy and a roll of Y2K Ready stickers.

On the bootable floppy was a batch file read some info from the bios then printed a bunch of rubbish on the screen then flashed Y2K Ready on the screen. It didn't test anything, it was a complete scam.

So first I did a charge back on the company credit card, then I stuck the stickers on everything... coffee maker, water cooler, garbage cans, 3 hole punch. Well it was all Y2K ready!

Add that I had already updated what needed to be updated and flagged 3 machines that were going to fail for replacement and told them the photocopier logs were going to say 1990 until the leas was up in 8 months.

IT manager was Pissed about the stickers. But didn't say anything because he didn't want to explain about that $350 scan.

Smart speaker maker Sonos takes heat for deliberately bricking older kit with 'Trade Up' plan

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Re: Remote bricking

If you didn't part with a big wad of cash you are less likely to pretend it's the best thing ever. Bose may be the next to adopt this method to kill the 2nd hand market.

If they give you a 30% discount they must have quite the markup.

IT exec sets up fake biz, uses it to bill his bosses $6m for phantom gear, gets caught by Microsoft Word metadata

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Re: idiot

Could have gone to best buy a bought a laptop and wiped it after each invoice.

Log us out: Private equity snaffles Lastpass owner LogMeIn

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Re: Call me old fashioned

Had a guy in sales that did the sticky note on his monitor, seems someone took his pen and changed a 3 to an 8 and he couldn't log on... He upgraded his security by moving the sticky note to the bottom of his keyboard.

In an homage to Harry Potter's every-flavour jelly beans, Microsoft unveils 'Lucky Dip' Windows 10 testing ring

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And we have all had a booger-flavored one once.

Admins sigh as Microsoft pushes Teams changes – let everyone play!

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"if IT did a better job of servicing business needs then no one would be off buying anything else anyway."

Like that HD TV tuner?

Bad news: KeyWe Smart Lock is easily bypassed and can't be fixed

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Lots of bog-standard locks are easy to bypass.


Apple sues iPhone CPU design ace after he quits to run data-center chip upstart Nuvia

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Re: It would be nice

duty of loyalty...

Of course that's a one way street.

The Windows Phone keeps ringing but no one's home: Microsoft finally lets platform die

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Did anyone send Andrew Orlowski a condolence card?

Since the FCC won't act, Congress finally moves on robocalls by passing half-decent TRACED Act

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I expect they have just been bothered by Duct cleaning calls and your number was drawn and you won a free trip scams like everyone else.

Icahn and I will force a Xerox and HP wedding: Corporate raider urges HP shareholders to tell board to act 'NOW'

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All of Carl Icahn's plans boil down to

Borrow lots of money, give it to me and other opportunistic stock holders.

Nothing about the company continuing to exist after he has buggered off with sacks of cash.

We lose money on repairs, sobs penniless Apple, even though we charge y'all a fortune

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They other way they make a loss

Every time they can't convince someone that it's not worth fixing their iThing and they should buy the new better ithing they lose too.

Oracle and Google will fight in court over Java AGAIN and this time it's going to the Supremes

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copying Oracle’s innovations

LOL, bet they said it with a straight face too.

'Literally a paperweight': Bose users fume at firmware update that 'doesn't fix issues'

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Samsung have updates? I plugged it in and it works. There is no built in wifi connection so no need for an update.

I'm still not that Gary, says US email mixup bloke who hasn't even seen Dartford Crossing

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The first time I had to get a mobile phone for work (a Motorola flip phone) the number they gave be was recycled from a drug dealer with at least 4 upset girlfriends. After a day (and night) of constant calls I had to get a new number and have them reset my small number of "free" minutes.

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Forward: Stupid daily sale flier I didn't sign up for

To: Guy that said he could not do anything

Funny after 3 days they stopped.

Is this paragraph from Trump or an AI bot? You decide, plus buy your own AI for $399

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Using Donald Trump as your sample for an AI test

Is like using Miller Lite as the control in a fake beer contest.

Teachers: Make your pupils' parents buy them an iPad to use at school. Oh and did you pack sunglasses for the Apple-funded jolly?

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They love digital textbooks because you can't buy a used one cheap or resell yours to the next grade. I hope you don't expect it to be cheaper.

When the IT department speaks, users listen. Or face the consequences

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Work from home sales - BYOD

Stored all his docs in folders on his desktop.

Deleted all the files because the drive was full

Ran defrag because it was still slow.

Discovered he NEEDED those files. Came into the office so I could un-delete them LOL. Told him no, maybe the CIA could recover them, but not me. Told the sales manager the same thing. I think he asked everyone in the office, it was his idea to do no control BYOD to save money after all.

Gather round, friends. Listen close. It's time to list the five biggest lies about 5G

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you can watch videos on your upgraded phone much faster.

Do I have to upgrade my eyeballs too?

Tech and mobile companies want to monetise your data ... but are scared of GDPR

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dampened some innovation

Oh Boohoo.

I cannae do it, captain, I'm giving it all she's got, but she just cannae take another dose of bullsh!t

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You can already pay for one that doesn't exist

This is not even the first attempt to sell such a thing, there was one on kickstarter before.


Busted video


That's not long division, Timmy! China school experimented on pupils with mind-reading tech

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Next trial on school kids working at Apple factory then?

Move along, nothing to see here: Auditors say £100k grant to Hacker House was 'appropriate'

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Re: Must be very cramped

Would one of those 4355 other companies happen to be a provider of mailboxes and/or mail forwarding? Just a guess.