* Posts by thomas k

267 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Jun 2015


Fiorina: I rushed out HP servers to power NSA snooping. Mwahahaha!

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Endorses torture, too!

She announced the use of water-boarding is fine and dandy by her.

WATER SURPRISE: Liquid found on Mars, says NASA

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I would have gone with "Strong evidence pointing to the presence of liquid water" myself but, yes, came to make to same point only to see I'd been ninja'd by Alister. Good job, sir.

Herbie Goes Under Investigation: German prosecutors probe ex-VW CEO Winterkorn

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" whether it may constitute fraud"?!!!

Well, considering lawyers would have written the laws defining fraud in the first place, what would constitute fraud to people of normal intelligence may not actually be quite so clear cut.

Hilton hotels in credit-card-stealing malware infection scare

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Re: Guess someone didn't get the memo ...

Unfortunately, not always built-in, hence the memo; someone could lean across the counter and fiddle with the backs of a couple at our property. Ditto the pictures on the memo showing what a dongle looks like, for the less computer literate. Of course, in keeping with the large corporate mind-set of being suspicious of employees, the concern was probably as much with insiders doing mischief as with outsiders.

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Guess someone didn't get the memo ...

that Hilton sent out maybe a year ago, to always check the backs of your computers to make sure no little dongles had been inserted between the USB cable from the c/c reader and the PC.

Though, if this was from the restaurants and/or gift shops, that might be a different situation, for reasons I won't go into.

US, China manage to keep a straight face while promising to not hack each other's corps

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"What, never?"

"No, never!"

"What, never?"

"Hardly ever!"

*with thanks to G&S

FOUR STUNNING NEW FEATURES Cook should put in the iPHONE 7

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bad company?

Given the way the Graun has been un-distinguishing itself recently, I'd be loathe for their proximity to tarnish the reputation of El Reg.

Chinese ad firm pwns Android users, creates hijackable global botnet

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So, if no data plan ...

then it would only work when you're connected to a wifi hotspot (or on home network)?

Oh, IT'S ON. IT. IS. ON: Google, Netflix et al square up to telcos in net neutrality showdown

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My ISP gave me an email address

Email is a "communication" service, just like a telephone.


'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

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the WaPo has an on-line site?

I did not know that.

Look! Up in the sky! It's letters on a plane read with a 250MP camera

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“specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools”

Funny how they conflate those two, as if the one somehow justifies the other.

Wileyfox Swift: Brit startup budget 'droid is the mutt's nuts

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Re: ... cards up to 32GB

Indeed, that's barely 21 Ring cycles.

Sony's 4King with us now: Xperia Z5 mobe has UltraHD screen, cam

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Re: We listen with our brains, not with our ears

Have an upvote.

I would include our hearts with our brains, though. Wonderful case in point, the Furtwangler La Scala Ring cycle. There is a fair amount of audience noise but I actually found it enhances the listening experience as it suggests you are there in the audience yourself, especially as you can hear Furtwangler turning the pages of the score.

This recording, to me, carries a lot of extra-musical connotations which makes it an even more moving experience - it's 1950, the horrendous war which ravaged the Continent is only 5 years past and these people are gathered here witnessing both the greatest conductor who ever lived and the greatest Wagnerian soprano of the past 20 years in the twilights of their respective careers, performing the pinnacle of the Western cannon. And every time you hear Furtwangler turn the page or hear Kirsten avoid a high note, you are reminded of this.

Prepare to be Thunderstruck: What if 'deuszu' ISN'T the Ashley Madison hacker?

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Zu may be a dog on the internet

So, good-looking and well-endowed as well?

Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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while enabling ... the Windows Store

People are sick to death of being marketing fodder, especially when the effort to fleece them is so transparent. And now the Windows 10 'taste' is 'free', that's pretty transparent, too. I've always been a big MS fan but I'm starting to think Linux may be the way forward for me..

Leaked images claim to show BlackBerry's first Android phone

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no longer synonomous with security then?

Unless they're planning to fix all the vulnerabilities in Android themselves, I'm not sure how this benefits them unless they're just going with "Secure? Not our job, ask Google."

HTC shedding 15 per cent of workforce in 'strategic realignment'

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It's always the workers

Yeah, it's always the workers who get the shove, instead of the management who got the company into the pickle because, well, who better to turn things around than the ones who fucked it up.

Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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missed opportunity to identify him?

Since it had to be sent by someone within Bluetooth range, she could have jumped up waving the phone around and called out, "Who just Airdropped me this dick pic?" The man with a startled expression who dropped his iPhone would most likely have been the miscreant.

CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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We just got our triennial hardware upgrades at work and, instead of Lenovos like last refresh, we got HPs.

Gigabit Google? We're getting ready for 10 gigabits says Verizon

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Exactly - they'll wire up a couple of neighborhoods, then stop the roll-out but run incessant commercials touting their having the fastest fiber network in America.

I finally made the switch from Verizon to TWC and, maybe I'm one of the lucky ones, I couldn't be more pleased with TWC.

Dead Steve Jobs' life and times are being turned into an OPERA

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Re: Non sequitur much?

Ninja'd by you, was coming to post exactly that same question. Have an up-vote.

Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

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name change in order?


Surprise! Evil-eyed cats MORE LIKELY to be SNEAKY PREDATORS – boffins

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wrong conclusion

Equating 'predatory' to 'evil' only works for humans, elsewhere in the animal kingdom it's merely the Circle of Life.

Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

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Or ...

You could just have a couple of Boosts or Ensures.

Nokia sells HERE maps to Audi, Daimler and BMW for €2.8 billion

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near real-time warnings in real time

Which is it?

BAD things happen to GOOD robots in America: hitchBot DECAPITATED

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The City of Brotherly Love? Not so much.

WTF is wrong with people?

Apple chief Cook cooks up rumours after BMW car talks, factory tour

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BMW was careful not to show off too much

They probably heard about that tour of Xerox Parc Place.

James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim

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What'd James do to piss this Abe guy off so bad, hog all the coke at a party?

Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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Not persuaded

My only regret is that when I bought an extra copy of 7 for eventually building an newer desktop, I didn't get a 64-bit copy.

Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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... discovered gleaming turds

He takes the time to polish them? This is no fly by night amateur.

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy

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mmm, biscuits and gravy

Makes me want to stop by Bit o' Country on my way home from work one day this week to have some.

Second those peeps who say cheese and onions are not normally included, this was the first I'd heard of that.

UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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Re: do people actually still do that?

Some of us do, yes. I'm eagerly awaiting delivery of my 9th and 10th Ring cycles (Goodall and Karajan); only 1 of those 10 was a digital download.

SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

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Harder than it looks, eh?

An EPIC picture of Earth, sunny side up, from one million miles out

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I can see my house from there.

Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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sounds nice

still no reason to upgrade to 10, tho, speaking for myself

Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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"It's not good enough to sell or rent."

Oh, he's pfaffing on about the sound quality.

Google: Maps editing is back – but, please, no more p*ss-taking robots!

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asking users to police themselves

Yeah, what could go wrong with that, eh?


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Re: "... twice the nutritional value of kale".

Mmmm, kale.

Android Wear 5.1: A more enduring wristjob for your pleasure

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Thanks, Alun

On the strength of your review, I'll go ahead and upgrade, I think.

I'm a little curious about the Wi-Fi feature for those of us with watches that don't support it (LG G Watch here). Does the watch, or your phone, keep saying 'can't connect to wi-fi' or does that just get ignored? Or is there and on/off selector for it?

Mathematician: sunspot could mean mini ice age from 2030

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Time to begin stockpiling

some long johns, I suppose.

Google makes new hires ONE pay offer. 'Negotiation'? What's that?

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Re: browsing history

"I see that you've set your default search engine to DuckDuckGo ..."

We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Nice wallpaper

Wow, I really like that desktop wallpaper in the 1st screenshot.

Pirate Bay founders 'cleared of copyright crimes' in Belgium

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Re: "flounders on facts"

That would be "fish on encyclopedias".

Han Solo to get solo prequel flick in 2018, helmed by LEGO men

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Will it star Harrison Ford?

Youth-anized through the magic of CGI, a la Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy?

Security gurus deliver coup de grace to US govt's encryption backdoor demands

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"I really am not a maniac (or at least my family says so)."

That would suggest he's asked them point blank and they all said, "No."

If that's the case, it's possible they lied to avoid the awkward silence which would follow a "Yes".

Pwned Hacking Team tells cops, govts to shut down software

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countries with patchy human rights records

"countries with patchy human rights records... including Egypt, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan." and "Western government agencies including ..."

Sorry, not quite seeing the distinction there.

Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?

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Saw this on The Nightly Show

Larry's advice to potential African American buyers - "No, uh-uh, no!"

David Beckham fakes bewilderment to flog mobiles to Yanks. Fakes?

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Well, yes, but ...

Other than his not asking the price of the Sprint plan, I really don't see what's wrong - the other plans *are* confusing, Dave is cognizant of that and continues shopping until he finds one he likes.

PureVPN calls pure BS on VPN insecurity study

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my VPN wasn't on the list

I'm wondering if that's due to a client upgrade they pushed out a few weeks back or if they were secure before that. (Invisible Browsing VPN, in case you're wondering.)

Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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@ Joe

Bread and circuses, man, get with the program.