* Posts by Lord Elpuss

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Protest group says Google has fired more staff over sit-ins opposing work for Israel

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Nah. You got caught out making unfounded assumptions. Admit it and move on.

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”Where did i say you were american ? In my original post i never mentioned anything remotely like that.“

You wrote this ”…and yet you think Oprah, Trump or Pilchai are your friend...have they invited you over for a birthday party ?“

Explain why you think I’d care two hoots about them if you didn’t think I was American. You know it, I know it and anybody else reading this knows it.

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I'm not American. I couldn't care less about Oprah, Trump or anybody else. And my schools, hospitals and emergency services are all paid for by taxes, meaning corporations did in fact largely pay for them.

As I said. You're confused.

FBI takes down BreachForums ransomware website and Telegram channel

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Re: So much...

They used a Telegram channel. Not exactly 'in cahoots'.

Ten years ago Microsoft bought Nokia's phone unit – then killed it as a tax write-off

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Re: Software updates

"I still somehow spent £2k less over the 4 years than I did driving a used car previously and that was doing my own repairs"

Too many unknown variables there to make a comparison; used cars can be horrifically expensive even if (and sometimes because) you repair them yourself. My mate at uni back in the 80s bought an ex-taxi Mercedes S class (450 SEL if I remember correctly); had done a million miles and cost him about 30p to buy. First time it needed servicing it cost 4 grand in parts; he scrapped the car and called it quits.

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Re: Myth of charging Nokias once a week

First contract; I remember it well.

Motorola MR1 on Orange

Talk15 tariff, £35p/m, 15 minutes included

Thereafter 35p per minute, 15p off peak

No charge for SMS, as the MR1 could receive, but not send.

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Re: Myth of charging Nokias once a week

"Did your "as close as possible" include using it at the same distance from the same cell with the same cell technology that was available in the 6310 era?"

As I said, "...as close as possible".

You're just snippy because you missed the point but are too proud to admit it, and now have to backtrack.

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Re: While your entitled to that opinion it may be a bit biased

iPhones could (and did) technically multitask from the very first generation, but the list of apps that had this enabled was very small - and they were all Apple apps. Example: the iPod app continued in the background while you were working in other apps.

'True' multitasking as we know it today, where you can switch between apps and they continued to run without necessarily having focus, was introduced in iOS4.

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Re: Nokia menus

He didn't say he didn't drink it afterwards...

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Re: Nokia menus

To be a little bit fair to Motorola, my first mobile phone was an MR1; the 2-line UI was fine for the six or so functions that it offered.

My second (and last) Motorola was a Timeport L7089; competent if unremarkable UI, but it did have voice recognition and an awesome poison-green backlight.

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Re: While your entitled to that opinion it may be a bit biased

"It was 2G only, when other phones were 3G"

Some were. Many weren't.

"It depended con awful itunes which is still awful to this day."

Only to register it. And for music if you cared, but even then the combo and integration at the time of launch was superior to every other phone of the day. It was only as time moved on and better solutions emerged that iTunes became a millstone around the iPhone's neck.

"And the decision to control app development limited to web apps was quickly proven to be nuts."

Again - compared to other phones of the day it was a fine solution. Judging it by modern standards is like comparing the first automobile to a horse-drawn carriage and criticizing it because 'petrol's a bit hard to find'. It was still light years ahead of the competition at the time of launch.

"Before that, the fancy UI was the only thing going for it."

Really. REALLY. You're saying the only thing the original iPhone had going for it was a 'fancy UI'?

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Re: Myth of charging Nokias once a week

"Battery life with cellular only activity is dependent on being able to reach the cell with transmission, if the connection is weak then the phone uses more power on transmit. Even old Nokia bricks didn’t last long if the signal was weak.

There were loads of people mystified after having left their fully charged phone switched on in metal lockers, they found they had a flat battery after a few short hours."

Well done. Not the point.

The point was to set up a modern smartphone as close as possible to an old Nokia, and see if it compares in terms of battery longevity. It doesn't, even when you strip everything modern off it.

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Re: While your entitled to that opinion it may be a bit biased

"The first gen iPhone was a hot mess in many ways"

In which ways? Comparing it to other phones of the day?

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Re: Myth of charging Nokias once a week

"The cellular connection is pretty energy intensive"

How would you propose using a phone without a cellular connection?

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Re: Software updates

Same with cars. A crazy number of new and second hand cars are sold now on PCP and will never actually be 'owned'; it's cheaper on a monthly basis and you don't have to stump up for an all-out purchase meaning you can drive a far nicer car on a far lower income than you would expect, but ultimately it's dead money.

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Re: Myth of charging Nokias once a week

"My Pixel 5a needs charging less than once a week."

A stock Pixel 5a would never be able to get even close to this; so your battery saving measures and reflashed OS will be what makes the difference here.

https://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-Pixel-5a-battery-test-results-monster-in-disguise_id134849

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I actually loved the shark fin. I forget the model number but I had a tiny little SE with a shark fin back in the 00's - had a blue backlight, active keypad flip with (I think?) a button to release it on the side, a magnesium body (still remember it being cold to the touch when I took the battery off) and was supplied with 2 batteries; a wafer-thin LiPo, and a slightly thicker all-day battery.

Adored the phone from a hardware perspective, but always preferred the Nokia UI.

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Re: Software updates

"But, back then, most people bought their phones direct from their mobile network, with the cost of the phone merged into your mobile tariff monthly bill (If you had suggested paying a few hundred £/€/$ up-front to buy your mobile phone back then, we would have all thought you were mad: far easier for a tenner's-worth of your bill to be paying off the phone cost)."

With the exception of my very very first mobile back in the mid-90s (which wasn't available SIM-free), every phone I've ever bought was paid for outright. Rolling the costs into a monthly subscription was, and is, a mug's game; you inevitably ended up paying more that way.

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Re: Software updates

"One thing Nokia never did, or extremely seldom: software updates to existing phones.

"Why give free updates, when users can buy a new phone", Anssi Vanjoki is claimed to have said.

Fortunately, Apple, for example, does not think like that."

I really don't know whether to up- or downvote your post. On the one hand, exhaustively testing a phone before release means you can in theory get away without needing to update it. But in reality that's impractical, there will ALWAYS be factors you weren't able to consider during testing; usually security related. Ergo: never updating a reasonably connected device is going to get you in trouble.

On the other hand, being able to remotely update a product is often abused by manufacturers who see it as a free pass to sell poorly thought out, insecure buggy messes; under the banner of "well we'll fix it in post and push out an update". This is objectively A Bad Thing.

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Re: Myth of charging Nokias once a week

I tried this with my iPhone 11 Pro. Turned off every radio except basic cellular, disabled every 'auto' function like screen activation, logged out of every online service, and used it for a week in the same way I used to use my old Nokia 6310i; a few calls, some SMSs and calendar/reminders/alarm.

It lasted 3 days.

Blue screen of death or Eurovision's Windows95man performance – what's less annoying?

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If you actually have a point, you’re not making it very well.

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Re: "the internationally renowned Straight Pride Festival."

Not fussed.

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Re: "Oh and this - is flat out wrong."

What does it explain, in your view?

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Re: "my fuck-you 20 votes for Israel"

Oh I'm sure. I would have voted not so much for Israel as against the carefully constructed and enormously well-funded pro-Palestine lot trying to silence anything to do with Israel.

The anti-Israel lot are a vile shouty mob out to pitchfork and lynch anybody they don't agree with, and they deserve nothing but contempt.

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Re: "the internationally renowned Straight Pride Festival."

If you want to be all gay rights then fine, but that's not my point, and you'd have seen that if you'd read my post(s) properly instead of seeing an empty saddle on a high horse and lining up to go for a ride.

My point - once again for the hard of thinking - is that most people just want to live their lives and be left in peace without (in this case) having another person's sexuality shoved in their face when they least expect it.

Most people, including me, legitimately could not give a shit if you're straight, gay, bi or any other orientation that tickles your pickle - I do not care. I *do* care if every single time I turn on the TV, read the news or - even open an IT rag - I'm confronted by the latest oppressed minority du jour bragging about their sexual prowess & practices, or mincing around on screen being as revoltingly provocative as possible.

And for the record; the gay people I know tell me that the mincers and showboaters don't speak for them either; they're just as repulsed and disgusted by them as most other people. Most normal gay people wish - like the rest of us - that they'd gyrate themselves off a cliff somewhere, and stop bringing non-straight orientations into disrepute.

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"After all, straight people do it all the time."

Ah yes of course. At the internationally renowned Straight Pride Festival.

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100% this.

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Re: re: Just keep it in your pants. FFS.

"Oh right, so they should just keep their heads down"

Pretty much. Just keep it to yourself, regardless of your orientation. The whole cock-waving profligacy has got out of hand - it's undesirable to the majority, and it's domineering; in the sense of - normal people going about their normal lives end up being confronted by it in situations where they could not reasonably have expected it.

If you walk into a gay bar, you can expect to see blokes kissing.

If you go to a Pride festival, you can expect to be surrounded by flesh and rainbows of all varieties.

If you're watching the BBC before the watershed, you (and your children) shouldn't end up having to watch seedy gay porn.

It's as simple as that.

Oh and this - "The only thing you can control about this is your reaction to it." - is flat out wrong.

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Re: Can anyone offer us a serious explanation

^ This.

I went to place my fuck-you 20 votes for Israel on the website, was told it would cost 9 Euros. I don't care that much about making a political point.

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Re: Can anyone offer us a serious explanation

"He did. There are at least 2 ways of spelling the word. You are both right!"

In this context, there is only one correct spelling. Retch. Adding a W makes it a different word with a different meaning.

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Re: Can anyone offer us a serious explanation

Nope. It's two different words, with two different meanings. Like trough and rough.

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"I can sure as hell tell you what "cottaging" in the real world looks like..."

What is it about gays and feeling the need to advertise?

Honestly that's where most of the anti-gay sentiment comes from. It's not aimed at the majority who just want to live their lives, it's aimed at the minority who inexplicably feel the need to slap you in the face with their sexuality at every possible turn. Just keep it in your pants. FFS.

UK's Investigatory Powers Bill to become law despite tech world opposition

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"Should your binman decide he wants to look at your tits, he can (no warrant and no oversight) demand access to your internet history, and even any IP cameras you have setup, so he can watch you in your bedroom as you get undressed."

No he can't.

#shitthatneverhappened

BOFH: Smells like Teams spirit

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Another entry on the list of "shit that never happened".

Come on. At least try and make it realistic.

BMC's $1.6B victory over IBM is TKO on appeal

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"Who the hell still uses IBM?

IBM in emails openly referred to its OWN employees as "useless N-words" and fired them as soon as upper management found they weren't white. THOUSANDS of cases.

Never happened.

"They fire anyone they find out is gay or bi. And there's internal emails referring to them by some horrible slurs.

Utter rubbish. In fact if anything, it's likely the other way round.

They've fired pregnant employees for (and I wish I wasn't making this up) "being whores that couldn't keep their legs closed and think of their career"

Plot twist: you *are* making it up.

IBM is facing literally thousands of lawsuits for 10s to 100s of millions of dollars each. The total cost of the fiasco is more than IBM is actually worth.

Show me on the doll where the nasty IBM touched you.

Even IBM management know the company is going to crash and burn and the remnants sold of, which is why they cancelled Watson etc, and instead awarded themselves gigantic "performance bonuses" for 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025. Asset Stripping everything they can before it all goes to hell."

Who knows. Possibly.

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Re: BMC still around?

I think the BOFH would disagree with you about the P76...

Starlink geofence appears to have some gaping holes

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"Maybe that's why so far they are only trying to scare them to into paying a higher rate"

My understanding is it's not about the rate; these users are permanently outside the service area, and Starlink don't want to provide them service at all.

Not a Genius move: Resurrecting war hero Alan Turing as your 'chief AI officer'

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Re: In my experience...

The denseness in this comment has it's own gravitational field.

Apple's 'incredibly private' Safari is not so private in Europe

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Re: Ah Apple

The EU didn't meddle because of privacy concerns. Your comment makes no sense.

Muppet.

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Re: Ah Apple

Ach. He's just blowing off some pent-up frustration. Besides; empty barrels make the most noise ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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I have no interest in visiting 3rd party stores, legit or not; I'm just trying to understand whether if I just carry on with life as I'm doing now, happy with just the Apple App Store, has my security and data privacy been weakened by this?

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Re: Meh

^ This. The majority of people who bought Apple did so knowing exactly what they could expect; and made their buying decisions accordingly. The all-Apple ecosystem was a key benefit for many; including me.

For the EU to step in and retroactively harm or weaken this experience (assuming that is the case; the article doesn’t make it clear) is hubris of the first order and I hope it backfires on them.

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I'm not in the UK, so even if that's true it doesn't help. But thanks.

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Re: Ah Apple

"The problem is the implementation, not the ruling."

The problem is both. Implementation - however shoddy - wouldn't have been necessary had the EU not meddled.

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Re: Ah Apple

Would this have happened if the EU hadn't meddled?

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Re: Ah Apple

"And, as usual, when you're addicted, you don't think straight. Apple is addicted to control, and it has now undermined the security and privacy of its users."

And, as usual, when you're addicted, you don't think straight. The EU is addicted to control, and it has now undermined the security and privacy of its users.

Fixed it for you. This would never have happened if the EU hadn't tried to 'fix' something that wasn't broken.

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I've read it twice but it's still not clear to me. Am I still at risk if I don't actively browse to or engage with 3rd party marketplaces? 3 scenarios that I can envisage:

1. Browses and downloads from 3rd Party marketplaces AT RISK

2. Navigates to a 3rd Party marketplace site, but doesn't download or install ???

3. Browses an unrelated website that contains a link to a 3rd party marketplace e.g. an ad, but doesn't click on it ???

Could I be tracked in scenarios 2 or 3?

Razer made to pay $1.2M over 'N95' face mask that wasn't

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"More than two years ago, Razer proactively notified customers that the Zephyr was not a N95 mask, stopped sales, and refunded customers."

So these customers now get a double refund?