* Posts by Boo Radley

141 posts • joined 14 Jan 2011


Take Note: Samsung said to be thinking about killing off Galaxy phablet series

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Free Phone!

Just this week I was given a Note 8, by my carrier, as an insurance replacement for my trusty Note 4. The 4 finally died after a software update. I love the 8, and wonder what my carrier will send me if/when the 8 dies. I originally got a 3, because of its screen size, the 3 was replaced with the 4, again as an insurance replacement, when the USB port quit working.

Let’s check in with that 30,000-job $10bn Trump-Foxconn Wisconsin plant. Wow, way worse than we'd imagined

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Re: Tech where you need an engine block heater? Are you kidding me?

When I first moved to Minnesota, I noticed that parking lots at work all had electrical plugs by them. They were for plugging in an engine block heater. It frequently hit 30 below F in the winter.

Apple seeks damages from recycling firm that didn't damage its devices: 100,000 iThings 'resold' rather than broken up as expected

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Sounds Just Like AT&T's Old Argument

Against us being able to bring our own landline phones "Repairs performed by untrained technicians might not follow proper safety and repair procedures and could result in improper function, product quality issues or safety events," Apple said at the time.

AT&T claimed that phones from other vendors might damage the phone network. Bullshit, it's all about lock in.

IT guy whose job was to stop ex-staff running amok on the network is jailed for running amok on the network

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Re: 12 Months And A Day

The extra day, if I recall my federal sentencing guidelines correctly, means he will have to serve the time at an actual federal facility instead if a county jail. It also means he can get good time off his sentence. He'll still have to serve 85% of his sentence even with good time. He'll also be coerced to pay that money both while incarcerated and during his supervised release. They can make getting out early to a halfway house conditional upon paying a certain amount of that restitution too.

'I don’t want to see another computer for the rest of my life'... Brit Dark Overlord cyber-extortionist thrown in an American clink for five years

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Re: Hardy surprising...

You people have a very wierd impression of what goes on in the type of prison he'll be in. Minimum security, though with a fence so he can't wander off, not exactly club fed, but filled with other inmates similar to himself. Very little non consensual sex going on.

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Re: Five years - Not Enough

No, in the federal prison system inmates serve a minimum of 85% of their sentence. And that's with good behaviour, they'll serve more of it if they misbehave.

Oracle hosting TikTok US data. '25,000' moderators hired. Code reviews. Trump getting his cut... It's the season finale

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Re: Key fact missing

This!!! Trump's feelings got hurt, and his ego can't allow that to happen. This entire deal wouldn't be happening if the Tik Tok teens hadn't made him look stupid. I'm certain that any postings critical of Trump will be flagged and deleted immediately.

Salon told to change ad looking for 'happy' stylist because it 'discriminated against unhappy people'

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Re: discriminatory

Indeed, when my depression was at its worst I still appeared to onlookers to be quite happy. I was only miserable internally. Thank dog I discovered medication and therapy, now I'm as happy inside as outside.

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Re: Wouldn't it be nice

I'm a taxi driver, very happy with my life and work. I also know when to just keep my mouth shut, but most of my customers are quite talkative and we have good conversations. Kind of like a good bartender, I'm also a good listener.

Former HP CEO and Republican Meg Whitman – who split HP with mixed success – says Donald Trump can't run a business

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Re: China

Remember, she won the popular vote by 3 million votes. It's the electoral college that Trump won, unfortunately.

Where there's a .mil, there's Huawei: Pentagon allowed to keep using Chinese tech deemed too dangerous for everyone else – report

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Re: "That hasn't however, stopped the US and other nations . . ."

The US government fiscal year ends on September 30, when I worked for the federal government we usually ran out of money for capex around August. Then, come October 1, we had plenty of money to spend. I assume that the military uses the same fiscal year, so they might not have money right this minute.

Uncle Sam says it's perfecting autonomous AI-powered drone, vehicle swarms to 'dominate' battlefields

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Re: A Better Tomorrow

For good, Christian, uses /s, in case it's not obvious

Amazon warehouse workers sue over safety concerns as several contract COVID-19

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Republicans know very well

That they'd never again win an election if everybody were allowed to vote. That's why they're so dead set against mail in ballots.

5G mast set aflame in leafy Liverpool district, half an hour's walk from Penny Lane

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50% are dumber than you

Just think, if you're of average intelligence, and I think most of us here are smarter than average, then at least 50% of people are stupider than you. That's a very scary statistic, that 50% can vote, drive a car, have more stupid children, etc.

Forget James Bond's super-gadgets, this chap spied for China using SD card dead drops. Now he's behind bars

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Re: Money-laundering?

In the US Federal prison system inmates serve 85% of their sentences before being released. If probation was a part of his sentence it would be indicated in the article.

Facebook does the right thing for once: Joins Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, YouTube to clean out dodgy COVID-19 info

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Re: Alex Jones selling anti coronavirus toothpaste

Convicted scamvangelist Jimmy Bakker sells a silver solution (only $300 for a box of six bottles) that not only cures coronavirus, but also all venereal diseases AND HIV. The state of Missouri is now suing him to stop it, and the New York attorney general has sent a cease and desist order. How many religious nutjobs have been taken by Bakker?

Electro-smog, govt snooping be damned. Two thirds of folks polled worldwide would trade in their mobes for 5G kit

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Not Me

I'm very happy with my old 4G Samsung Note 4. I do wish I still got updates though. I already have my next phone, another Note 4.

London's top cop dismisses 'highly inaccurate or ill informed' facial-recognition critics, possibly ironically

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Re: How do we combat this?

Yeah, and in the US that could well get you shot in the back.

The Wristwatch of the Long Now: When your MTBF is two centuries

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Re: Electrics (especially batteries) are a problem, one of many

Very true, I have an excellent Tag Heuer with a self winding mechanism. They've been using this particular mechanism for 2 decades or more, so they've apparently got it sorted. The only problem is that it gains a minute every couple of weeks, but that's an easy fix.

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign

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Re: Sigh.

Here in Texas most of the highways are 75 mph, with frequent signs warning that the left lane is for passing. This doesn't stop many drivers poking along at 60 in the left lane, interestingly many of those drivers look to be of Hispanic descent. Drivers Ed is also not required here, which definitely contributes to the poor driving habits. Personally I think everyone should have to retake the driving test every ten years or so. BTW, I am a professional driver, and have had quite a bit of extra driver training and know the traffic laws here.

OK, which Dombås stuffed Windows 10 to bursting at Swedish flatpack flinger?

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Re: "Relationship-ending"

Ikea was one of the biggest reasons that my ex is my ex. I'll never again date anyone that even likes shopping there, let alone loves it.

Best buds? Apple must be fuming: Samsung's wireless earphones boast 11 hours of listening on a single charge

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Re: $150 == £159

$162.50 with tax, here in Texas.

If you're running Windows, I feel bad for you, son. Microsoft's got 99 problems, better fix each one

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Re: Perspective is required


Social media notifications of the future: Ranger tagged you in a photo with Tessadora, Wrenlow, Faelina and Graylen

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Re: It's even worse if it's political

Years ago here in Texas there was a man with the last name Hogg. He named his daughter Ima. Poor kid.

Unlocking news: We decrypt those cryptic headlines about Scottish cops bypassing smartphone encryption

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People SUSPECTED of a Crime

Does this include people merely suspected of a crime, or only those actually arrested? It makes a huge difference.

Microsoft engineer caught up in sudden spate of entirely coincidental grilling of Iranian-Americans at US borders

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CBP are Terrible

I'm an American, and coming back from vacation in Brazil in 2005 I was detained for a couple of hours. I wasn't told why I was being detained, but I was grilled on a variety of things. I finally found out that a little, empty, 2ml bottle in my luggage had alerted them that I may be a drug smuggler. It was overall a miserable experience and one that I don't ever want to repeat. They implied that I was guilty and would be going straight to jail if I didn't fess up, but again, I wasn't being told what I was being accused of until it was all over.

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

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I Have a Life

But I leave the tv on 24/7, ostensibly so the cats won't feel lonely. They haven't told me whether it works or not.

Call-center scammer loses $9m appeal in stunning moment of poetic justice

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Re: Except the jury dont award anything, they decide guilt

In federal cases like this, the jury has no say in sentencing. Be that as it may, he pled guilty, so no jury was involved. The judge determines the sentence using the previous sentence report, which uses charts with the dollar amount of the crime, offenders age and other details. The judge usually follows these sentencing recommendations.

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Federal Prison

Any money earned from his job in prison will be seized for that restitution order. Perhaps even money people may send him for his commissary account. He'll really learn what it's like to be penny less. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

European Commission orders mass recall of creepy, leaky child-tracking smartwatch

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Left to my own Devices

By age 5 or 6 my parents pretty much left me to entertain myself and to find things to do. My father worked three jobs, so he wasn't ever around, and my mom was pretty self absorbed. I found great pleasure picking through people's rubbish bins, bringing home any electrical devices that I found. This led to a lifetime of tinkering and a degree in Electronic Engineering but left me a little bit socially retarded. Fortunately I outgrew that awkward phase after college. Hopefully today's kids turn out at least as well as I did without their parents constant involvement in their lives.

Capital One 'hacker' hit with fresh charges: She burgled 30 other AWS-hosted orgs, Feds claim

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I thought that all defendants were entitled to bail, though it may be extremely high. Why is she being held without bail, it's not like she killed a bunch of people.

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media

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This Shit

Is why I no longer travel, at all, further than 100 miles from home. Even then, I'm within 100 miles of the border, so thus must comply with Border Control cops stopping me to ask where I was born. I would happily move to Canada if they have me. I recall Vancouver being quite nice.

Thunderbolts and lightning very, very frightening as loo shatters, embedding porcelain shards in wall

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Re: So that's why

Upvote for the Carl Hiassen reference. His books were a big part of my decision to move to the Miami/Ft Lauderdale area, from Wisconsin.

F-B-Yikes! FBI bod allegedly hid spy camera under desk to snap coworker's upskirt pics

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Underage Pics

IMO he's going to be in much more trouble if they find "kiddie porn" on his PC. Child pornography carries a much higher sentence.

Trump continues on the warpath: Now US tariffs cover nearly everything arriving from China

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Re: Orange Fool

I'm really hoping that the fools who elected him realize that he's the reason everything they buy is getting much more expensive. And vote his fat fucking ass out. But the his base consists of idiots, so I'm afraid we're stuck with him for five more years :-(

If you could forget the $125 from Equifax and just take the free credit monitoring, that would be great – FTC

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Lied to Again

I submitted my claim last weekend, plus $50 for the two hours it took me to straighten out this shitstorm. Guess I'll watch my mailbox for my $0.21 check.

Watch as 10 cops with guns and military camo storm suspected Capital One hacker's house…

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Re: Darwin Award Contender

American cops shoot and kill plenty of white people too, sometimes the actual criminal.

Summer vacations put an end to rampant desktop crimewave

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Re: Disposable income

The local county hospital had, some years ago, nice high quality toilet paper and paper towels in their bathrooms. I'd regularly go in with my backpack empty and leave with it full of items. Then they switched to those huge kilometer long rolls of tp, and I was forced to shop at a regular store for my toiletries.

Braking bad? Van with £112m worth of crystal meth in back hits cop car at police station

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The Math is WAY off.

My friends pay $60 per eightball (one eighth of an ounce) so the police estimate of value is off by an order of magnitude. And that's calculated at the street value of the smallest purchase size. By the pound, or kilo, the total value would be even less. On Breaking Bad their meth sold for $40k per pound, here locally a pound is now less than $8k.

Crap band sues crap beer maker: Hair-metal rockers have an Axl to grind over Guns N' Rosé

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Re: The brewery should take a tip from Apple

Come on guys, GnR was a decent enough band in their time. Stop picking on them!

Cali Right-to-Repair law dropped, cracks screen, has to be taken to authorized repair shop

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Whenever I see someone with an Iphone,,I automatically think "fool!!"

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An Old Argument

harming not only the product owner but also everyone who shares their network

This is the exact same argument that the phone companies used to use as to why we couldn't buy and connect our own phones and answering machines. It has since been shown to be a big lie.

What a meth: Elderly Melbourne couple sign for 20kg shipment of drugs, say cops

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Good Thing It Didn't Happen In The Us

The cops, upon showing up, would have shot the couple dead, then said they were drug dealing scum. No cop would be charged with their murders, they'd all get commendations.

Apple, Samsung feel the pain as smartphone market slumps to lowest shipments in 5 YEARS

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I'm still using my Note 4, with a 128gb SD card, and I have a spare Note 4 for when this one dies. I could use a new battery though. So I'm set for the next 3 to 4 years easily.

Julian Assange jailed for 50 weeks over Ecuador embassy bail-jumping

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Re: @AC

Depending on what charge he's convicted of, he'll probably be sent to a fairly low security prison. As a non American, he would be ineligible for a so-called prison camp, plus his failure to appear conviction, the feds would be certain that he's in a secure facility. Rape is pretty uncommon in such low security prisons, for those of you that are tempted to make rape jokes.

Ex-Mozilla CTO: US border cops demanded I unlock my phone, laptop at SF airport – and I'm an American citizen

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Re: @taken handle...

All my international travel was post 9/11, and with a name like James Smith, I can't count the number of times I was flagged for closer inspection. Once, they did it five times for one flight. Doesn't help that I bear a close resemblance to the late Timothy McVeigh.

Uber driver drove sleeping woman miles away from home to 'up the fare'. Now he's facing years in the clink for kidnapping, fraud

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Re: Send him down

That's true, my name's Boo.

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Re: Welcome to Uber

Ditto to what you just said. I'm a private hire driver and we keep very high standards and take any complaints very seriously. We won't do anything to risk our licenses.

Samsung Galaxy's flagship leaks ... don't matter much. Here's why

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Re: No jack, Jack.

I use a credit card reader for my work, and it plugs into the headphone jack. No jack, f*ck you, I can't use your phone.

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI

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Re: Proof of ownership?

I read an article recently, can't find it now, that stated up to 30% of fathers were raising a child not their own, and didn't know it.



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