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TDK calls it quits on tape media thanks to 'difficult environment'

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Backup

So what are the alternatives to tape these days? IIRC tape is still the cost-effective media these days...

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'WTF! MORONS!' Yahoo! Groups! redesign! traumatises! users!

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Re: That's odd

It is wrong. I just checked it as well and it seems that Yahoo Groups now looks like a clone of the Modern UI look you get on Hotmail/Outlook ... except on the groups page instead of an actual email client site. It rips out the whole idea of "groups" and now looks like Mickeysoft's vision of USENET. Ugly.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Oh, great!

So now we know why Elop was infiltrated into Nokia. He made the whole thing crash and burn, made it MS dependant, and now it is ripe for plucking by MSFT.

If this deal goes through, it will be a very sad time for Nokia, Finland and thw mobile sector as a whole. :(

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Redmond's certification chief explains death of MCM and MCA

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Re: How can you be a "master"?

Ever wonder why Linux DOESN'T need certifications?

MSFT doesn't need certifications either. But if you're referring to the availability of such, err... RedHat has a couple of those.

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Shill season!

Oh dear. Oh very dear.

As someone who had to deal with the fallout of a boneheaded corporate-level decision of implementing the full MS stack, I call the bluff.

No, Hyper-V is bad, and it even manages to b0rk the virtual network interfaces, even if the guest OS is another Windows Server instance. Our Failover cluster would er... fail to switch over to the failover instance when we actually needed to do that. The SQL Server cluster also had its hiccups and it seems that it eventually got broken up into two separate servers as the failover cluster wouldn't work as advertised. AD would barf with few users (3000?) and the schema is horribly pedant on what you can/can't do vs. a regular LDAPv3 server.

No dude, the company that did that boneheaded decision is now migrating away from the MS stack because everything the MSFT dudes told them was a load of bull.

VMware is still king on the virtualization stuff. UNIX (and Linux/BSD variants) is still the best choice for "cloudy" stuff. Hell, most banks don't do Windows except on desktop systems and ATMs. (They do use WinServer for AD and managing the desktop PCs though.)

Please, few people will ever dare to say MS has the best solution ... not if they've seen the alternatives faring much better. Which they do!

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US gov preps sale of TOP SECRET disease research island

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Oh my

What kind of sanitation did they do on the island? Given the stuff that has allegedly been researched on said island, any unturned stone might end up giving away very nasty diseases.

Even more intriguing is that Plum Island was chosen because it's a fricking island and it's hard for people/animals to get out given that it's an island. Moving all that stuff to KSU sounds like the prologue for the next Resident Evil game...

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'World's worst director' plans Snowden-inspired movie comedy

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Re: I have heard of the film "Blood Rayne."

Interestingly, it is probably the least offensive of his movies, even with the given that the movie has no relation at all to the game. It mostly plays as a standard vampire hunter flick, probably even better than the contemporary dreck in the vampire genre (Van Helsing of all things!)

Among the Vampire flick buffs, it fares far better than Dracula 2000, Van Helsing and the entireity of the sparkly gay vampire flicks. Okay, those are pretty low bars to jump...

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Boffins follow TOR breadcrumbs to identify users

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Re: Force all users to act as relays?

The problem with that is you're assuming everyone running/using TOR is doing so under the same conditions you get in the "free" world. Actually, a lot of users will end up being

- Behind CG-NAT, which some cheapskate ISPs have implemented in some countries (all CableCos in Mexico!) which makes the relay unreachable

- Behind an oppressive regime that has probably made TOR illegal. Running in relay mode might land said user in jail. Or behind a firing squad.

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Microsoft cans three 'pinnacle' certifications, sparking user fury

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Re: What the Frack!

Um... I have a B.Sc. Computer Systems Engineering degree. That would make me an Engineer. Granted that the Mickeysoft "Engineer" titles are just dross, but surely you aren't dissing all CompSci Engineers, are you? ;)

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Apple to accept iPhone trade-ins at US Retail Stores

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Huh?

How is buying the phone outright cheaper? I've opted for taking 12 or 18 month contracts but keeping them for far longer than the mandatory period: my last "18mo" contract lasted 3 years! It ends up being cheaper as by the time I renew, I have amassed so many carrier points that the next handset will end up costing me something like $100.

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

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Re: Deception

Especially in the US where (I gather) cellphone users can end up paying for calls received !!

In the US cellphone users are ALWAYS charged for incoming calls. Some of 'em are also charged for incoming SMS as well!

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Re: Never give Facebook your real name @M Gale

Hahaha I have a 7-digit ICQ number!

Point taken, though the thing is that most people are using FB for "personal communications" even if they shouldn't do so!

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Done something like that

I got an XBoxOne Fans page shown as "sponsored". I hate that damn thing, and usually I'd ignore such a group. But by having them slam it on my face... now I've taken into my duty to troll the page and bring in more trolls. And for what I've seen, it seems I'm not the only one with that idea. So it is backfiring already!

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Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s

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Re: Did you check the system clocks on the computers etc?

Heh. Sure, NTP won't work if the boxes are months out ... but ntpdate will always work. Thus, on our PowerBook that gets its date reset every now and then, this will do the job:

$ sudo ntpdate 0.pool.ntp.org

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Re: UPS

Heh, I used to have my DSL modem, switch and AP hooked up to a UPS. Unfortunately, the UPS is dead so I have reverted to the "internet dies during blackouts". Then again, I can always tether using my smartphone these days...

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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

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Re: Boys club

Agreed on the ties ... they're HORRIBLE. But then I hate the whole suit & tie requirement and will only use it when actually asked for at a workplace.

I'm probably not in the average population concerning women's dress codes; I do not complain about what a woman wants to wear to work. Except for high heels in an IT job, mostly because oh dear, it's going to be quite a challenge if you have to work on the IT gear...

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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Dolby!

I remember seeing how the Dolby B NR system worked in secondary school. Interesting take to reduce tape noise, and if your boombox, Walkman or whatever didn't support Dolby NR but had a bass/treble knob, you could still listen 'em by cranking down on the Treble.

I have fond memories of those cassettes, even if I did use both good and crap quality stuff, and had more than a couple of cassettes break or get eaten by the reproducing device. Weeeee!!!!

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Look out ARM, Intel, here comes MIPS – again

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Re: New lamps for old

Ice Age? More like the end of the Dark Ages. That the x86 crap architecture has lived on as much as it has is surprising; if the car industry had gone the same way the microprocessor industry has gone, we would still be using horse-powered vehicles and just now "horseless carriages" would be making a comeback.

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Microsoft Xbox One to be powered by ginormous system-on-chip

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@AC

Um... the whole DRM thingy scared away a lot of people, and a good chunk of 'em might never return even if MS did a 180 on that. The price point is also another downside, especially if you take into account that Kinect is mostly a gimmick me-too Wii. They did get Dead Rising 3 to be an X-bone exclusive ... too bad for DR3. It's probably the only one I was actually interested in playing.

The XBone might not crash and burn so spectacularly as we expected while they kept their DRM stance, but it will probably be a dud. And it should be, because MS attitude during E3 was basically "screw the consumer, we're going to abuse you even if you don't like it".

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@asdf

Nah, there's the German dude and the other one who insists on comparing current market shares with the monopoly era. Though it could be that they're just trolling vs. being actual shills ;)

On the claim of the other AC saying that MS does the most secure hardware: the 360 has cracked years before the PS3 was. And even then, it was because of someone doing a boo-boo and sticking a constant in a place where an RNG was required. So it wasn't even the hardware they cracked on the PS3, it was the crypto key itself...

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Nintendo is FLATLY UNHINGED: New 2DS is a handful of game

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Ugly and huge

This thing is too big to be portable. I can pocket a DS, I can probably pocket a Vita but this thing? No way!

And I'm not about to carry one of this things in the subway; it's either going to be crushed or stolen. No thanks.

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Thought the PC market couldn't get any worse? HAH! Think again

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Re: Want to boost sales?

"Pardon me, but why is 120 more pixels SO important on a 1920-wide screen?"

It is on the vertical part, where you don't even get 1000px tall. 16:9 sucks for anything, and MS's Ribbon makes it even worse. Most of the lappies I've seen people buy are 16:10's.

Also, Windows 8 sucks so that also stops sales. Even those who do buy 'em end up wiping it out and reinstalling 7 (or getting someone else to do so).

MS and manufacturers are shooting their own feet, repeatedly.

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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Re: Hehe.

Interesting. I haven't seen the "no apps for the Mac" problem in quite some time; it has Office, it's got a cheaper Project alternative (Merlin) and a lot of the stuff I use has some kind of OSX port or is POSIX compliant.

And in Office's case, it is an improvement over the Windows version. It retains the menus, and the Ribbon is smaller and thus eats less screen space.

Indeed, most of my COTS needs are covered by basic stuff, while the rest are mostly UNIX based so I either gain the ability to do it on my main OS, or I pull out a Linux VM which I would need with Windows anyway.

And I have to really thank Ballmer for this switch. Windows 8's Fabulous Fred interface was the final nail in the coffin, I either had to buy a fugly Win8-hobbled laptop or a Mac last December for my new job ... so I went for the Mac. I haven't looked back since, even if OSX does crash every now and then.

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Hehe.

It seems most analysts agree that Ballmer dodged too many bullets and it was about time he got axed. I do wonder why are there still shills defending him out there? The 8-9% rise on MSFT stocks upon the Ballmer retiring announcement are pretty much damning.

As much as I'd like to see Ballmer keep on running MS to the ground, it does cause untold horrors and unbearable pain to the masses while he does so, especially right now that there's no real alternative to Windows on the desktop. OSX is good but the Apple hardware is expensive; Linux is good but lacks COTS software used by most people. Sad times...

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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Re: Ranking Alien/Aliens/Alien 3/ Alien Comicbook Edition

Alien 3's production was marred by the thought that a noir-esque atmosphere demanded pitch-black scenes of unremitting lack-of-ambient-light in order to hammer home what was bleeding obvious. All that money on sets and makeup lost for want of a couple of troopers.

Nope, I don't think that was the issue. It had much more to do with the expectations set for Aliens 3. Dark Horse had made Aliens: Earth War which was so full of awesome, everyone expected that to be the plot for Aliens 3. Instead, we get two liked characters killed offscreen and all of the Earth War plot thrown away for a sub-par crappier remake of the first movie. Sure, the premise might have been good ... had Aliens not preceded it.

In fact, Alien 3 was so awful that me and my Dad actually like AR better. Sure it looks cartoonish, but it felt less of a meh thing than Alien3.

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Re: How's this for analogue...

Indeed, the only scene I remember "adding" to the originals during the first remasterings was the Jabba one, and even that one had already been factored into the Greedo scene (HAN SHOOTS FIRST!). I had mostly seen episodes 5&6, as A New Hope took longer for us to buy (we had 5&6 taped off cable TV during the 80's).

Another interesting change that I was surprised to be the only one to notice recently was the song change to ROTJ's ending. Instead of the Ewok song, they slapped a lifeless theme that sounds more like the prequel soundtrack than the original SW stuff. I was surprised because most of the ones in this viewing had watched the originals when they came out, yet I was the only one that noticed the soundtrack change!

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You won't find this in your phone: A 4GHz 12-core Power8 for badass boxes

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Nice

Nice to see that at least someone is still upping the non-x86 chip roadmap. I still hope someday we will finally break away from the Intel stranglehold, hopefully.

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Groklaw goes dark

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Really sad

It could have been kept alive by hosting somewhere else (maybe that "made in germany" thingy?) where NSA spook laws don't have effect. But then they might get a request for information they cannot refuse...

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App cr*p

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Um...

There is a mobile-friendly site for El Reg, and has been there for quite some time. If anything, my only complaint there is that I can't add an icon to my comments. But it is pretty friendly for mobiles :)

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Top 10 Steve Ballmer quotes: '%#&@!!' and so much more

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Re: One Smart Thing

There may be appetite for non-MS stuff in tech companies, but move into the wider world of non-tech business and you'll find MS most everywhere.

Move into the financial business world and you'll find the absence of MS on the core systems everywhere. Most of 'em use either Linux, BSD or the remaining commercial UNIX variants. Mainframes still do most of the core stuff as well.

MS is only the main option for backends for companies with lesser experienced IT departments, or those holding a stake on the MS ecosystem (say, MCSE or .NET devs)

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Need the loo AND need to build a website? There's an app for that

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Re: Time Is Precious

Oh man, now I've been reminded of that one time where Angry Birds could be heard from one of the stalls at a certain corporate building.

Angry Turds, maybe?

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Re: Fine but...

WordPress being the hackalicious CMS that it is, I would shy away from it. Especially as most "sites" done in it look more like blogs than actual sites, which also detracts from the professionalism involved into making said site.

Interestingly, someone I know actually built a Jimdo site, and it looks pretty nice for a cheap site thingy. Definitely more professional than the standard Geocities site.

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Russian spyboss brands Tor a crook's paradise, demands a total ban

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errrr

IIRC the French did that. I think. Remember something related to that at least.

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Re: In soviet russia,

In Soviet Russia, Tor bans YOU!

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Yes, it works

As long as the entity you're avoiding doesn't control most of the nodes, and thus the chances of it having both the guard and exit nodes within its control is slim.

FSB only has Russia, and most nodes are in Western countries. So what works for the NSA, works against the FSB thus their "concerns".

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Germany warns: You just CAN'T TRUST some Windows 8 PCs

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TPM

Heh. The fun thing is that TPM is good when it is actually used by the user vs. being a remote MS borging control. A couple of talks at DEFCON actually showed useful things that can be done with the TPM iron like random keys used for encrypting stuff and having them protected by the TPM ... basically serving as a poor man's HSM.

But noooo ... MS and the other evil entities insist on using the tech for DRM evil. Meh.

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BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

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Leaving the freefalling plane

... after dumping the fuel, blowing up the wings, and pitching it on a 90º descent with the whole tail section gone ...

Yes, I'd also say it's about time to retire. Let the rest fall to their doom!

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@kdh0009

Didn't you get the memo? He's been nuked by the Vulture Masters. While they did leave what seem to be the evil versions of him, they have been clamping down on the most outright troll posts.

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

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Re: @ Itzman

If you're talking about the US, it isn't a Democracy. USA was founded under the idea that Democracy is a horrible thing; thus what you have in the USA is a "Polity".

If you're talking about the UK, it isn't a democracy either; it is a "Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy". It does operate with a limited use of democracy, mostly in that you get proportional representation.

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Re: Re. fracking

I agree on you with both Fracking and space-based Solar.

But I strongly disagree with your stance in Nuclear. There's a reason I stopped funding GreenCheese; they not only have a pathological hatred against Nuclear, they spread outright FUD and lies on that topic. No, fusion isn't fission. No, ITER can't be turned into an atomic bomb, no matter what the last Batman movie said. No, it isn't the same. No, Fukushima wasn't that bad. No, No, No. And they love to mix in actual weapons nuclear testing with "nuclear power". I'm sorry but putting dudes within the danger area of U235 without shielding isn't the same as a power plant. Or blowing a nuke.

We should be building Gen-4 reactors, if only to substitute the Gen1 and Gen2 ones (like Fukushima Daiichi) and start switching over from coal to nuclear. And even those are stopgaps as the final goal is to do fusion. Meanwhile, burn most of the "useless" fuel with the molten salt things so we don't have nuclear waste lying around as well...

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Kim Kardashian's bosom pal in bling snatch Instagram unpleasantness

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Re: Wow, too bad...

...that guy didn't get away with the watch.

So I wasn't the only one thinking that! $500k would clear my debt, pay off my apartment and probably give me a 2 year long vacation period. There's no way in hell I'd buy something as expensive as that; but even more, if I did have one I wouldn't Instagram it! That's just asking to get mugged!

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Brazilians tear strip off NSA in wake of Snowden, mull anti-US-spook law

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Laws on citizen data @Chris W

I've worked for a certain bank that has branches all over Latin America. One of such branches is Venezuela.

That oh-so-unloved president passed a law quite a couple of years ago (2005? 2006?) stating that any bank information or whatever should never, ever be stored outside Venezuela. At all. The bank then initiated a titanic effort to move all the Venezuela branch stuff back into Venezuela, thus complying with the law in a timeframe that was within 12 months.

So yes, it can be done, it just depends on how big the balls of the country's government are. In Venezuela, it was either complying with the law or face expropriation.

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Bank man: System's down, let's have coffee. Oh SNAP, where's all the CASH?

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tokens!

I am really surprised that US banks haven't wised up and implemented two-factor auth already. All of my banks have done so, even if Mexican accounts are probably poorer on that account...

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Space-walker nearly OPENED HELMET to avoid DROWNING

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He did that!

In the first article on this subject, it is mentioned that "drinking the water" was actually one of the things he did, noting that it tasted funny (I think it was iodine in the water?) But it was just too much to drink it all away.

Now that's courage, drinking water you don't know where it came from!

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Windows NT: Remember Microsoft's almost perfect 20-year-old?

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CAD

The CtrlAltDel is still there for all of us who have had to login on a domain-attached Windows computer. I know it was still there in Win7. As others have mentioned, it is a security feature to avoid keyloggers and fake login screens as C/A/D can't be intercepted. Kinda like kill -9 in that sense.

Disabling that feature is a no-no for obvious reasons.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak disses Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs

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Re: trade you a google for a apple

Yup, the Antitrust movie is basically the MS inspired one, they just added murder to the mix to make it more of a thriller. Ironically, it is Linux what we see throughout the movie!

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Court throws out Icahn's demand to stall Dell shareholder vote

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eek

The good thing is that it seems Icahn is going to lose this battle. GOOD. And I wouldn't call Icahn & Co. Vultures because I think it's offensive ... to the poor vultures. :)

Good to see that evil didn't prevail here; either that or the courts and shareholders have finally wisened up that Icahn is only using 'em.

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

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Re: Wait, hear that? @Ben Tasker

Ah, I had mis-read the paragraph mentioning the "permanent 0day". What the dude from MS actually says is that the first everything-but-XP patch would fix vulns and that clever reverse engineering would uncover what the vuln is, and thus a new 0day is "born" for XP. I had read it as "next patch update will open vulns". Must be my brain saying "It's Friday, go out already!".

It does make sense then. At least most companies do seem to be currently on the XP to 7 migration process, so hopefully it won't be much of an issue come April 2014.

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Re: Wait, hear that?

What are they supposed to do, retard? Not patch win7 boxes? Continue to piss away resource on patching XP boxes after twelve fucking years?

Hey, your retard is showing. ;) Of course MS shouldn't be obliged to support what amounts to a really, really ancient OS, especially as Win7 mostly does what is needed. But I also suspect that Win7 is probably going to linger as much as XP thanks to the Fabulous Fred UI saddled on Win8.

It doesn't matter what MS do.

Oh, it does matter. A lot. If MS is in fact deliberately adding vulns to an OS, especially one still supported, they are probably liable under serious computer crime laws. I don't think any EULA can exempt them from say the CFAA; I don't think MS has asked their lawyers about the legality of seeding vulns on their OS. It could be interpreted as malicious intent...

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BlackBerry: It's the end-to-endness, stupid

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Re: Rage.....

There was an article a couple of (months? years?) ago that mentioned BYOD would actually morph into "Buy Your Own Device" and this would be the fault of the iTards wanting to use their iToys instead of the company-issued devices. I even agreed with that view, as my then-current employer had issued us company cellphones ... but they were "dumbphones". We were expected to answer emails on the move, but that would be using our own personal smartphones. Don't have one? Too bad, you have to buy your own.

At least having the company dumbphone meant I didn't need to cave in with privacy issues; only calls from the company cellphone were scrutinized.

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