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Iron Man 3.

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They do it deliberately.

The tradition goes all the way back to The Net, where the third octet for the Praetorian's IP was wrong. Interestingly, a lot of what Angela Benett does is actual UNIX stuff, only shown more graphically (you can see output from whois, ps and other commands there.) They just added drama to what amounts to a traceroute+who+whois search. Given how much they actually researched on IT stuff, it is obvious it was deliberately made to not match a real IP.

One movie that did use a valid IP address but that can't be truly mapped in the public internet was Matrix Reloaded, with an IP in the 10/8 "private class A" block. But then that movie actually used a real exploit for that particular scene!

Other examples using obviously broken IPs would be Criminal Minds, CSI:NY among others...

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'Priyanka' yanks your WhatsApp contact chain on Android mobes

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Re: Old skool

Or doing the WinNuke thingy. All those Win9x boxes that would BSOD upon receiving a MSG_OOB packet, which made a good case for us to use Linux when telnetting or IRCing to hostile territories.

The interesting thing about WinNuke is that on LAN PCs it would only kill "the internet" (the interface would no longer have IP capabilities until reboot) but on dialup-connected PCs, the OOB packet would cause it to infinitely loop on BSODs and require a reboot. Had this happen to me a few times, before I blocked port 139, installed a patch and then for good measure added a port listener on the thing. Ironically, it was the only way to read the messages the 'h4><><0125' sent with said attack...

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Sina's self-censorship scheme swamped with spam, not rumours

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Re: "Rumours...

You take the brown line. It crashes. You die.

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Microsoft splurges on single sign ons with Active Directory update

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Re: The world turns @SecurityPedant

Oracle killed OID. It was one of those weird cases where Oracle actually checked out user feedback and installed base; they found out that OID was rarely used at all, while DSEE had the lion's share of the market. That's why they instead retooled OpenDS into Oracle Unified Directory. Source? Actual Oracle employees; in fact many former Sun and Oracle employees are in the IT Security market these days.

On DSEE, yes, I know Ludovic Poitou & friends are no longer at Oracle, but then there's OpenDJ which is OpenDS's fork, maintained by him. Personally I'd prefer OpenDJ, but the corporate world doesn't work like that.

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Re: The world turns

eDirectory was a fantastic product, but it had its flaws, as does Microsoft's AD. But if eDirectory was the vast superior solution, how come its use is in massive decline?

The one LDAP solution that I've seen installed more than AD, and used by the financial sector is Sun's DSEE. And yes, it actually outperforms AD everywhere, and it's used in the financial and telecoms sector. In fact, it is one of the Sun products that actually survived the Oracle acquisition because of this, and its offspring OpenDS was morphed into the Oracle Unified Directory.

IBM also has its own LDAP, and it basically has a shared market with DSEE, especially in places where IBM iron is running. While eDirectory has declined in usage, at least IBM's Tivoli Directory Server, ODSEE/OUD, 389 Directory Server and others have taken its place and are still used a lot. AD is actually the ugly duckling.

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Re: AD?

If you think AD crumbles in real world deployments you must be an intern that has yet to work in the "real world".

6 years experience, financial sector, worked for a certain bank that has a large presence in America (the continent). One particular system has 10+ million users, supports about 2000 concurrent users in peak hours and is managed by *two* LDAP servers. Real LDAP servers.

In comparison, a 700 user deployment requires no less than 11 AD Domain Controllers just to work, for another not-so-large organization. The same product that copes with the 2000 concurrent users in the other place, shits itself because of AD's weird behavior.

I'd like to note that most, if not all of the big financial institutions actively avoid the MS ecosystem. AD is used only for the in-company PCs, but the business stuff is using either LDAP, some Identity/Access Managment stack or RACF. AD is a joke among the application security market and is usually limited to only the MS stack and/or the Windows boxes in the company.

There are a LOT of admins out there with AD skills and CxO's are comfortable with the technology.

Betting on AD ended up killing our Production Environment for a couple of days at a former job. The CEO actually listened the "I told you so" crowd and are now switching platforms. They're not pleased with what they ended up getting with MS.

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AD?

So why would I want to choose the worst LDAPv3 implementation out there instead of a true LDAP or SSO implementation? Especially when AD crumbles under real world authentication requirements.

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Google loses Latitude in Maps app shake-up

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Re: B0rked

I'm also miffed at Latitude's dissappearance. It is useful to find people, especially those asking for directions while driving. And as you, I won't ever join + and keep losing Google features every now and then.

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Dead STEVE JOBS was a CROOK - Judge

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Common sense prevails

So the judge accurately told off Apple that "but they did it first!" is not a valid defense to engage in illegal activities. Vigilantism is frowned upon by the law, and even if Apple's argument were to be correct, it would amount to corporate vigilantism.

As the judge noted, if Apple or the publishers thought that Amazon was engaging in anticompetitive practices, they should've sued through the proper channels. Indeed, "Dumping" is frowned upon and there are usually laws against this practice. But that's why you sue, not commit a worse offense by price-fixing, which has an immediate anti-consumer effect, as opposed to the medium to long-term effect that dumping has on consumers.

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Apple surrenders in 'app store' trademark suit against Amazon

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No shit, Sherlock

Apple's Huguet said that Apple chose to drop the case now because its App Store brand had grown strong enough to not require additional legal protections.

Given that the App Store only sells either OSX or iOS apps, and that you can only buy iOS apps on the App Store, I'd guess it never even needed said legal protections. Amazon's (or any other's) Appstore doesn't compete with the App(le) Store.

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France's 'three strikes' anti-piracy law shot down

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Re: @ Daniel B. - Nice.

Ah yes. I have 2, maybe 3 DVDs that come with an unskippable version of the hideous "you wouldn't steal a car" ad. Yeech!

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Nice.

Bad on the tax hike, but at least they're taking out the retarded law to pasture. It's copyright which needs fixing; it was intended as a temporary grant similar to patents, but has been eternally extended thanks to Walt Disney's zealous protection of their stuff. Copyright terms should be scaled back to 56 years, no exceptions, worldwide.

And on battling piracy? How about not being asses to legal purchasers? DRM, stupid regional restrictions ... the more locks they put, the more people that resort to piracy.

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Snowden: US and Israel did create Stuxnet attack code

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Proper date formats

2001-09-11 is the correct format.

ISO 8601 d00d!

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Look, can we just forget about Snowden for sec... US-China cyber talks held

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Re: Just Scum

Both governments are evil. The difference is that China doesn't really hide much of its evilness, and openly targets those groups they dislike, such as Falun Gong.

The US will spy on all your stuff and not do anything ... until you piss off the wrong G-Man. That's when the spooks act...

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Radar gremlins GROUND FLIGHTS across southern Blighty

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Re: I'm going on holidays in two weeks

Didn't a teen just get jailed because he joked about "going to blow up a school full of kids and eat their corpses" ... even though the next lines said "lol, jk" ???

The security services seem to be going dumber every day...

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Apple: Ta for blowing £££s on apps, fanbois. Now we've set them FREE

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Re: Why?

They take potshots at everyone, not just Apple. I quite like El Reg's take on IT, as it is up till now the only IT site that doesn't suck up to any IT vendor. Compare to other "IT News" sites where you can easily spot when Apple, MS, Oracle or similar companies have paid off for articles praising whatever they're peddling out.

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Emergency alert system easily pwnable after epic ZOMBIE attack prank

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Missing the point

The image has a private SSH key on the open that has access to the accounts. It would be like having the official Windows Server release have 'password' as the default Administrator account password on it.

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Re: Public / Private keys @Bluewhelk

Yes, indeed that's the point. Some lazy admins have been known to run the following commands:

# ssh-keygen

(generate passwordless key)

# cat .ssh/id_rsa.pub > .ssh/authorized_keys

then they copy around the .ssh/id_rsa file. Now if this were the case with said firmware, it means that anyone getting their hands on the firmware gets the id_rsa key, and said key has access to the box. With no password.

Not sure if this is the case, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was...

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Samsung Galaxy S3 explodes, turns young woman into 'burnt pig'

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Re: Only a matter of time, and lack of protection.

I prefer to carry my phone on a belt-clip holster. If I hear it pop, I could theoretically just rip the holster off my belt and throw it away, or in the worst case simply unbuckle my belt, drop my pants and run. Ok, that last scenario might be awkward, but rather do that than have myself burnt to a crisp. And I never carry my phone on any pocket!

Also, if I ever feel my phone getting extremely hot, I'm pulling out the battery. If it's starting to do something else (like er... generating smoke) I'll just throw the phone before it blows up!

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US public hate Snowden - but sexpot spy Anna Chapman LOVES him

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Re: Dear Mr Snowden

Actually, most of the Central and South American countries have been directly or indirectly fucked upon by the CIA. Pinochet was indirectly supported by the CIA to take over the democratic government in Chile. The CIA helped a lot of tyrant dictatorships in the region, including the secret network they had to kill dissidents who managed to flee to non-tyrant countries. Then there's Nicaragua, El Salvador ... get the idea? The one country which has managed to avoid CIA-backed bloody dictatorships in the 20th Century has been Mexico... and even then, it wasn't because the US didn't try to. A certain General was called upon by er... US agents after the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre, offering support in pulling off a coup against the government, seizing the opportunity as it had ordered a massacre against the civilian population. Said general declined the offer, as he thought it was worse to do that than to keep with the not-so-evil Mexican Government.

So yes, those governments are offering Snowden asylum as a 'fuck you' to the US ... but in this case, the US earned said disrespect.

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French snooping as deep as PRISM: Le Monde

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Re: And in Egypt...

The "former government" had lost a lot of support from the public, nonetheless because they were silently taking over the entire government. It sounds weird, but the consensus seems to be that the Egyptian Army actually saved the country. Of course, it remains to be seen if the Army will actually hand back the country to the next elected gov't...

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BBC abandons 3D TV, cites 'disappointing' results

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I must be going to the better cinemas here...

I haven't had the chair kicking problems in years. Or chatty people. At most, someone might be checking their phone but seeing that requires me to actually stop watching the movie and look down, as the angle in which seating is set means that the forward row is at your feet instead of being in front of you.

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Germans brew up a right Sh*tstorm

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eeeeeeeee

The French are the ones responsible for the horrible 'ordinateur', which then found its way to the equally English-hating Spaniards who turned it into 'ordenador'. That's why Latin Americans talk about computers, but Spaniards talk about Sorting Machines...

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US states: Google making ad money on illegal YouTube vids

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Re: MacKeeper! Gah! @LaeMing

Ah, so I see I'm not the only one returning to the Mac. Been 7 months since I switched back, but indeed my previous experience with Macs was precisely System 7. Well, 7.5 to be precise. And indeed, MacKeeper is the same kind of PC scam, except it is the one you will find mostly anywhere whenever you browse with a Mac!

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MacKeeper! Gah!

That piece of crap is actually scamware and shouldn't be installed anywhere! Didn't know that Google was peddling that garbage!

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Patriot hacker 'The Jester' attacks nations offering Snowden help

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Meh.

The Jester is a lamer script kiddie. And to top it off, he's on the wrong side of public opinion, yet again. I do wonder why the FBI isn't going after him, as he has done at least much of the stuff that the LulzSec guys have?

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Vulcan? Not on our tiny balls. Pluto moons named Kerberos, Styx

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Kerberos

Great. Now I'm thinking either about the bear thingy from Sakura Card Captors, or an authentication system when I talk about that moon...

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Nominet resurrects second-level namespace plan: 'Before you say no...'

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Re: wot no gb tld?

Political correctness made the UK get UK instead of GB, though I think it is still out there.

Wales did push for a .cymru thingy, though populating that would make domains that look like .onion addresses or autogenerated botnet C&C domains.

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PC decline whacks 2013 IT spending projections

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Yay Microsoft!

Windows 8 is now responsible of slowing down IT spending as well! Woo!

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Lights, camera, action: Snowden movie hits the web

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Re: Cor...

I think this is the icon you were looking for. --->

Unlike Assange, the crimes imputed to Snowden can be directly linked to his whistleblowing and thus might be considered as political persecution. Think Deepthroat, not Aldrich Ames.

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Dubya: I introduced PRISM and I think it's pretty swell

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Re: Mañana

In Mexico it also means tomorrow or morning; but there's also the "not today" meaning. Like in "not today, maybe tomorrow".

That's how the Spanish joke about the Tomorrow Man came to be: H2's the Tomorrow Man because whenever you ask "when will X be finished?" he will answer "Tomorrow".

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Re: Come on you lot...

Asylum is given to those who have a fear of being persecuted by virtue of race, nationality, religion, political opinions and membership and/or participation in any particular social group or social activities.

Pretty sure that whistleblowing on unethical and potentially illegal snooping is a quite hard political opinion.

And doing a crime doesn't mean you're seen as a criminal everywhere. If this was a universal rule, should the woman who wrote "Not without my daughter" be sent back to Iran with her daughter, for crimes on Iran?

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Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

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This is good, but not for MS

Taking away the freebies means that you'll have less people actually getting the MS stuff for free.

Which means they'll probably learn the LAMP stack first. This is already the case for a lot of students, but now it will be the scenario for SMBs as well. So it is good, because it means there will be a large migration within the SMB space away from Microsoft. Good!

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Zynga zinger: Xbox chief bagged as new CEO

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Re: "Mattrick no longer has to worry about how that reorg will affect him"

I'm trying to see if MS is the Titanic or the Hindenburg. I'd say MS is the Titanic, as they're slowly taking in water after crashing against a DRM-shaped, Metro-laced iceberg that hit Win8 and XBoxOne. They're taking in water but the boat still seems safe. Meanwhile Zynga is already flaming and crashing so its demise is very much a given...

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Firefox OS starts third-place race against Windows Phone

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Re: But... but...

Yup. I'd think that even ailing Blackberry is probably still in that place.

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Jiggy Pennsylvania couple busted by 25 bike cops

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Gah!

Poor cops, why? WHY? Ok, maybe God sent them there to stop it ... but I'm surprised none of the cops barfed right there...

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Prince of Persia: Baggy trousers and curvy swords

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Re: Is it still playable?

I actually have PoP2 somewhere around my backups. I used to have the PoP1 as well, but unfortunately the floppy disk where that lived was also killed by the NATAS virus.

Never could get to finish PoP2 though ... some of the puzzles aren't obvious, you've been warned!

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Oh so I did get it!

So I wasn't the only one thinking about Maddness when I read that subtitle!

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Judge nixes Microsoft SkyDrive name in BSkyB court ruling

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Re: How long ago?

MS killed Spaces back in 2010, but they already used SkyDrive for a while before that. So it has been out there for quite some time...

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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Re: MS shilltime! @Mark 65

The switch I mentioned involved the newfangled "web" platform, which only had about 2 or 3 apps at the time, none of them in .NET, but the push involved deprecating the fugly VB6 apps and building 'em new as web apps. One of the few web apps already in use was done in Java, so it did make sense.

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MS shilltime!

Bing is an ice cream franchise. That's the first thing that pops up in my mind. Ok, maybe the lame attempt MS did to place their not-Google search engine on the Hawaii 5-0 remake. "Bing it!" (and reading the comments "He said Google wrong!" is hilarious!)

I do have a Hotmail account, but that was mostly used for Messenger ... oh, MS killed that.

They also killed Hotmail, only leaving the addys themselves. Outlook is an anti-brand like Windows these days.

But really, anyone claiming "Microsoft" and "love" in the same sentence is either an MS shill, or has bet the cards on the MS ecosystem, like those devs who only knew .NET and were afraid of the Java switch one of my former employers was planning...

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Re: restrained, thoughtful and cerebral debate we can expect.....

well, with The MS-Basher Who Shall Not Be Named now properly banished, there is a decent chance we actually WILL see restrained, thoughtful, and cerebral debate. A very, very SLIM chance but a chance nonetheless...

Unfortunately, the MS shills (no, not the ones that he claimed were shills, the real ones) are still here, so it is just time before one of them makes the retarded arguments pushed by MS shills and blowing up the comment section again.

Though it could be that they're basically the evil version of the Eadon troll, as one of them at least has been trolling the space related articles as well...

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Ecuador denies granting asylum, safe passage to Snowden

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Indeed

... and that's why there has been a recent trend in Central and South American countries with USA-unfriendly peeps being voted into power. Venezuela's Chavez, Ecuador's Correa, Bolivia's Evo, even the dude who was in Honduras until a coup overthrowed him.

And most of Latin America still remembers that other September 11 ... the one when a CIA-backed coup murdered Salvador Allende and put Pinochet into power.

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Yahoo! announces last hurrah of ancient AltaVista search

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AltaVista

So the last of Digital's legacy on the internet dies. Babelfish died a couple years ago, during another cull. Sad to see them go, though AltaVista has mostly been a reskinned Yahoo! for a couple of years anyway. And Yahoo! has sucked for searches anyway, especially now that it is itself a reskinned Bing.

Slowly but surely, Yahoo! is dying.

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

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Re: Pulse dialling?

Anyone else remember spending ages trying to dial numbers by just clicking the handset rest?

Hell, I remember having a phone stored on memory and doing the reverse process: hearing the clicks generated by the phone, then substracting 1 from the click batches and voila! I have the phone number!

(Ok, if you heard 11 clicks, that was 0.)

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Trick-cyclist's claim: I have FOUND how to get GIRLS INTO TECH

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Re: What happens when lies meet real world?

Maybe the issue is the media portraying IT people as nerds, think NCIS, IT Crowd, etc.

Oh so very agreed. (Though NCIS's Abby is someone I'd like to see in IT!) In fact, programs like IT Crowd usually get the laughs at the expense of IT stereotypes. No, IT people aren't 30-somethings that still live with mommy. No, IT people aren't nerds or social outcasts. IT people are pretty aware of pop culture, and aren't unaware of Twilight even if we wish that tripe didn't exist (I'm referencing a specific Criminal Minds episode there).

And no, we don't build a VB GUI to trace an IP.

It seems the media is still taking their stereotypes out of Revenge of the Nerds and forgot that a lot of people are now tech-savvy, that videogames are now played by people in their early 40s, and that IT people aren't separated from the rest of the social world anymore.

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Microsoft talks up devices, Windows 8.1 at developer shindig

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Re: "Customers who have Windows 8 on touch systems are much happier than other Windows 8 customers"

I suggest you check your bank account, the MS payment should be around six figures by now.

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Re: INNOVATION

Who makes the Atom? You know the CPU that runs rings around ARM in fair competitions AND still runs 10+ hours in a 10'' tablet PC (Dell, Lenovo)?

... in a competition where the fine tuning and specs used has not been disclosed, and probably has been skewed to Intel's favor?

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Re: I dislike windows 8...

Windows 8 works perfectly well without touch anything, I don't know where this "It needs touch" meme comes from.

Gartner. MS has done the impossible: they proved a Gartner prediction correct.

And no, if MS were to scrap Modern, Win8 would probably start making inroads as expected, instead of sinking the PC market faster.

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Re: Argh, more microsoft lies.

If you do not need Modern - then simply do not use it.

Except running anything requires using the Start Screen, which is Modern.

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