* Posts by Daniel B.

3084 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

Microsoft Windows 7 Pro: Halloween Horror for PC makers next year

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Hm...

It isn't at all like updating completely different branches. It would be understandable if it were XP or the Win9x branches, which were actually too different to the current Windows releases.

Even Apple manages to release security updates to older releases, IIRC Mountain Lion (from 2012) is still getting updates. Oh scratch that, the latest security update is only for Mavericks and later. But still, Apple is perfectly OK with supporting at least two versions backwards ... which in the MS world, would be Win7 & 8.x, so there's that.

And I'm guessing that businesses are going to avoid Windows 10 thanks to the "mandatory updates" feature. It's just a matter of time before an update bricks the OS, and no sane businesses want to suffer that.

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Spanish town trumpets 'Clitoris Festival' thanks to Google snafu

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Re: Spanish in Spain

That would be Castellano.

It always amuses me that the Spanish language is known as Spanish everywhere but the actual country where the language was born.

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At Microsoft 'unlimited cloud storage' really means one terabyte

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Re: @dan1980 "It's not just that they should have expected this to happen;..................

I'm also amused at that. Ed Bott is an outright MS shill, down to being one of the few ones who actually defended Windows 8's GUI. If he's mad at MSFT, it's quite telling.

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Well...

Good riddance. Yet another reason not to trust Microsoft on any of their offerings. Sure, offering "unlimited" data storage is a stupid, unsustainable thing, but scaling it back to 5GB when Google offers 15GB seems to be Microsoft yet again missing the boat. Hotmail remained at 2MB while Yahoo went 250MB, then Gmail offering 1GB and such ... by the time MS started offering measly 200MB accounts, most of its userbase had already jumped ship.

Maybe this time MS just doesn't care, as pretty much nobody uses OneDrive anymore. I did use it, but mostly back when MS was still trying to compete in the social media stuff with MSN Spaces. It is precisely because of MSN Spaces' death that I haven't considered MSFT's "cloud" stuff at all. MS has a bad habit of killing off stuff at random, or rolling back benefits.

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Iranian hackers ease off on US after friendly nuke chats, says NSA

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Interesting

So it seems the Iran deal is indeed working. Just don't tell Republicans that. They're too busy bashing Obama.

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Cuffed Texan woman holsters loaded gun IN VAGINA

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Re: Could that really have gone off?

The article says it had a bullet in the chamber, so yes, it seems it was cocked. Probably not the smartest thing to do, but then, she was probably under the influence of the other stuff she was hiding.

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Cash-happy BlackBerry slurps one-time rival Good for $425m

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Interesting move

Good is the solution that ate up Blackberry's market share in previous years. With this move, they just got it back. Not really surprised.

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Oracle laying off its Java evangelists? Er, no comment, says Oracle

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Java is pretty much alive and well

A lot of server-side web stuff is running it. Its just that the client-side isn't that hot anymore. Oracle's gobbling up of Sun and the subsequent asshat lawsuits may have a lot to do with that.

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Popcorn time at Popcorn Time: More vid slurpers hauled into court

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Re: Theft != Copyright Infringement

In much the same way that drink driving != possession of an offensive weapon (to the letter of the law), but both could potentially result in many years in prison if someone dies through your actions. And "big media" call that manslaughter.

Except your analogy breaks down, as both cases have the same effect in the sense that someone's life is endangered by both actions.

Actual theft has a direct and immediate negative effect on the owner who has been deprived of his stolen object. Copyright infringement may or may not have a negative effect on the author, distributor, or brick&mortar store that sells the infringed work.

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Re: Case dismissed?

Looks like the MPAA is having a Goebbels moment where they're now believing their own lies, and forgetting what the law really says.

Is this a revival of the stupid lawsuits from the '00s, where single moms get slammed with six-figure fines? Oh yeah, bring it on. If there's something we really need in this world, is more bad *AA publicity.

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At LAST: RC4 gets the stake through the heart

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Re: Good luck, with some devices embedded management servers...

Being honest, AES was standardized in 2001. It has been FIPS 140-2 validated for at least 10 years, maybe even since 2001 as well. Any device built in this century could and should support AES, or at the very least 3DES (though I'd disable that shit cipher as well server-side).

RC4-only devices would be those from the 20th century.

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Ashley Madison hack miscreants may have earned $6,400 from leak

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Re: What?!?

I'm betting it wasn't even the "Impact Team" the one blackmailing people. Anyone who grabbed the AM dump could have done it. Of course, anyone paying would be simply stupid as the info is already out there and thus, available to everyone. The "epic dump" was released on August 16; anyone paying after that date (or asking for blackmail money) is just wasting their time ... or their money.

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What Ashley Madison did and did NOT delete if you paid $19 – and why it may cost it $5m+

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Re: Hmmm...

The hackers seemed to pretty much have root/superuser/admin access to the entire AM IT infrastructure, and "the database" mentioned there is a live/running one. So, it's pretty safe to say encrypting the data at rest wouldn't have stopped them gaining access to it, since they could access it via the running application.

If the encryption had been made at the application level (that is, it is decrypted by the application itself, but stored encrypted in the DB), it wouldn't have been in cleartext in those dumps. Because they were made with mysqldump.

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You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt

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Re: Of course it will work...

Please give some examples of any such cases?

Jammie Thomas. It's in the link on my previous comment. Notice that 24 songs are worth $222k USD according to the MPAA/RIAA. So you might download 5 songs, but the Recording Industry Ass of America will find a way to turn them into something worth over 1000 USD anyway.

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Re: 10 years?

And remind me, why is this a reason for treating online copyright infringement any differently than offline (physical) copyright infringement, which is the actual point at issue?

Because online copyright infringement is mostly not done for profit. Copyright infringement, and in fact the whole concept of "copyright" was built upon the idea that you would own the rights to sell copies of stuff you created for a limited time (the "limited time" has been subverted by every single copyright extension where the term is "life + something" as opposed to "a fixed length of time"), and it was made to avoid someone else making a profit off the original creator's work. For a limited time. Once those works fell into the public domain, anyone would be able to copy 'em and make a profit.

Most of what passes as copyright infringement these days has the whole "profit" part cut away, which is why it wasn't even considered before the DMCA and similar laws. Yes, it does hit content creators, but the "1 illegal copy == 1 lost sale" rule gets kinda murky there. Sometimes, that illegal copy causes the "pirating" party to actually buy a legit copy later down the road. Yet the RIAA/MPAA trade bodies still want to slam these kind of infringment cases under the same case as actual copyright infringment cases (i.e. the ones made for profit). Which ends up causing really stupid things, like that single mother getting $222k fines for 24 songs. A far milder option would be to simply ask the person who has the illegal copies to "go legit", that is, actually purchase the stuff at normal prices, not magic inflated prices. Then maybe, MAYBE you'll get some goodwill back from the people you alienated in the first place.

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Re: I'm sorry

Yes. If one person downloads a movie and another sells millions of dollars of pirated software, you don't want the law to allow no differentiation between how you treat both of them.

Yet most "copyright infringement" laws have been modified to have the opposite effect. 20 years ago, sharing music wasn't copyright infringement because nobody was profiting from that. A couple of draconian laws later, single moms get slammed with six-figure fines and tractor owners might face jail time if they try to tinker with their tractors.

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Re: Not silly at all

Suppose someone stole the physical money without assaulting you, would you want someone to be treated less severely because they used a computer to do it?

That's exactly how the law works today. Theft + assault is dealt with more severely than simple theft. Breaking and entering a residence when the owner isn't at home is a lesser crime than breaking and entering when the owner is home.

We spend half our time complaining about how the law and patent system applies a double-standard just because something was "done with a computer". Well now the law is catching up.

Um... we spend half our time complaining that companies are getting patents for stuff that shouldn't even be patentable, like software. The law is just getting worse.

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Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

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This is expected behavior when trying to write to page 0 ... from userspace. The way I understood this vuln, the NULL pointer makes it way down to kernelspace calls, and there is where the writing occurs.

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Spain triumphs! Fascist anthem hails Spanish badminton champ

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I'm still miffed that Spaniards were so stupid as to let the PP win the past general election. That's like Germans re-voting the Nazi Party back in.

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

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Re: No wonder we are running out of IPv4 addresses

Every single device connected to the net should have its own publicly routeable IP address. NAT was a hackjob implemented to alleviate the IPv4 address shortage ... but instead, network engineers saw that as "extra security" and took that at face value.

Of course, NAT "security" is bollocks, and this hack proves it if the devices are connected to a NATted network. The faster we migrate to NATless IPv6, the faster we get all the security theater mentality away from IP addresses.

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Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow

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Re: Where is the real Outlook substitute?

Zimbra don't seem quite there for my needs yet, though looks interesting for those that have an open-minded IT crowd.

Zimbra has ... served us well. The payware version even d0es calendar syncing IIRC.

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Nokia will indeed be back 'making' phones – and it's far from a foolish move

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Um...

Actually, they were far better on "doing a secure smartphone OS" business, even though Symbian was the one that actually did their flagship OS. It was the iToys becoming popular that sent most smartphone OSes off the rails.

Nokia smartphones were able to last more than 24 hours on a single charge. That's an impossible feat with "modern" smartphones...

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Re: It's the devil's work

The guy responsible for said axing is no longer CEO at Nokia. I'm guessing this is going to be less of an issue these days; in fact, Nokia might actually embrace Sailfish this time 'round.

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Red Hat bolts the stable with RHEL 6.7

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systemd!

The main reason we're all sticking to RHEL 6.x is systemd. You can say it, El Reg. It's no secret.

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

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>China has a number of ambitions train projects in the pipeline, including a 270mph maglev from Shanghai airport to the city

"In the pipeline"? That Maglev has been up and running for over 10 years!

And it isn't even Chinese tech, it's German tech. Of course, the Chinese in all their pirating glory "invented" some knockoff tech that was suspiciously similar to Transrapid's one. Searching for "Zhui Feng" will spit out "pirated from German tech" as its first hits.

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Re: The Chinese and Russians are going to build it??

"That is just the way of doing business for them in Mexico, for anybody. I would have been surprised if they did not."

Nah, for what I've read, China has far worse corruption problems than Mexico. As bad as some corruption scandals may be, contracts actually have legal binding and deals don't require becoming spunk-brothers with contractors.

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Re: The Chinese and Russians are going to build it??

Yeah, same reason why we're wary of the Chinese HSR project in Mexico. Even more so when it was discovered that the company had bribed the Mexican President's wife.

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Samsung's latest 2TB SSDs have big hats, but where's the cattle?

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Man, I'd love to know what ISP lets you download 2+ TB of data. Comcast limits me to around 250 GB/month before they start to complain.

Any other ISP, I'd think. Especially ISPs outside the US.

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Re: Drip feed?

Well, my current uptime is 6 hours 27 seconds and according to OSX's Activity Monitor, I've already written 8GBs. And that's w/o counting hibernation er.... "safe sleep" which might write up to 16GB every time my Mac "sleeps".

So no TB/day worries, but I might actually hit 1TB/mo at this rate.

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Playing games does not write at all (maybe swap, but that's an indicator of an under-RAM system more than a drive problem).

Only if you're playing shit social games.

Every single game ever saves something to disk. Especially the newer "Call of Halo" genre games that insist in autosaving after every action.

And high HDD/SSD write amounts are credible. My monthly disk write stats may be near the 1TB mark if you were to base 'em on my current uptime (6 hours, 7.51 GB written). I got to agree with Trevor_Pott here, especially as my coworker has already killed an SSD, it lasted him ~14 months.

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SatNad's purple haze could see Lumia 'killed'. Way to go, chief!

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Re: "I expect Microsoft to kill Lumia, possibly as soon as mid-2016"

A fitting end for the thing that killed Nokia's smartphone platform.

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Re: Blackberry?

Merge QNX and its userland with Microsoft's phone OS and its user land?

No please, no. That's kinda like buying a Picasso and then letting our 4 year old paint all over it, then let your cat use it as a kitty litterbox.

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Well...

I hope Nokia shareholders give a vote of thanks to Elop for getting them $$$Bs for something that is now judged to be worthless.

Not quite so much, it is actually thanks to Elop that something is now worthless. Even if Nokia had stayed on Symbian, they would still be better than the "MS phone division" these days. Everyone know WinPhone was dead since it was announced.

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Facebook casts a hex with self-referential IPv6

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SLAAC and fixed IP

Solaris 10 allows you to add a "token" to your IPv6 config, which will be used during SLAAC. So you set up:

ifconfig e1000p0 inet6 token ::b00b:babe:cafe/64

and you'll get that addy even if you are using SLAAC. :)

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Old news

I had already noticed this on Sunday. I found out that www.facebook.com was resolving to:

2a03:2880:f013:13:face:b00c::1823

IPv6 "vanity IPs" are fun. I've seen at least :b00b:babe:cafe, the ever present :dead:beef, :b00b:cafe among other funny spellings.

I'm probably going to set up :b00b:135 in the near future...

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Russia campaigns to stop SUICIDALLY STUPID selfies

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Re: Anytime there's an awesome video of people doing crazy stuff

In America, kids play Call of Duty to fight fictional wars. In Putin Russia, kids go out to street to fight street brawl wars!

In America, kids play GTA to do dangerous driving stunts. In Putin Russia, everyone drives like that in real life!

In America, kids play Assassin's Creed. In Putin Russia, they do parkour themselves while using selfie sticks to record themselves!

Maybe Russians just need more videogames.

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Microsoft SLASHES 7,800 bods, BURNS $7.6bn off books in Nokia adjustment

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Re: Nokia was dead anyway

no-one will like me for saying this but Nokia (phone division) was already dead before MS got involved. It was already a business case of a giant missing the boat and failing badly (aka Kodak).

Nope. They were actually rebounding upwards, and Symbian Belle was getting rave reviews ... up until the Elopocalypse. MS's strategy for borging Nokia instead killed the only strong non-Apple, non-Android smartphone competitor. Sure, by the time MS bought the phone division it was pretty much dead weight, but that was because of MS's mingling in the first place.

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Furor rages over ICANN and Facebook's bid to publish home addresses of website owners

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The smell of RIAA

... is all over this proposal. They were unable to get SOPA/PIPA/ACTA passed, so of course they're trying to sneak this crap into ICANN.

Any real criminal activity would result in the proxy domain registrar being subpoenaed. This is an obvious attempt to circumvent the law, with the MAFIAA forcing registrars to engage in mass-doxxing. A boon for copyright trolls like the long-gone ACS:Law, but even more for those big-ass internet trolling groups.

The worst thing that might happen if this gets approved would be activists getting "doxxed", and probably killed. This is really, really BAD.

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Linux on the desktop is so hot there's now a fight over it

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Re: It's a damn pity...

...that no one sells/supports a proper desktop Linux distro that is designed for PC users instead of geeks.

Pretty much most of the mainstream distros are actually geared towards PC users, and even pass the grandma test. They have been like this for quite some time, 6 years, maybe longer. Of course, thanks to Gnome 3 there's a Windows 8-ish moment in some graphical interfaces, but the thing is: they're pretty much useable out of the box. Ubuntu even works with WiFi out of the box, as does Fedora.

The only real stopper is the lack of MS Office, and even that is mostly because of MS's stranglehold on the word processing and spreadsheet areas.

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Re: Advantage over rdp session?

Judging by the screen shot the main advantage over running an rdp session into my Windows desktop is the way individual applications can be 'piped' into a graphical session. Am I right?

Terminal Services licenses are extremely expensive. Thus not-RDP stuff will end up being cheaper than RDP.

I did like RDP, but it's not quite there compared to XDMCP or other "remote desktop" stuff. Hell, UNIX had "remote desktop" at least a decade before Windows had RDP!

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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Apollo 12

Switch SCE to AUX!

Also, that hardware survived lightning striking twice. I wish I had hardware survive one lightning bolt!

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They say there are no atheists in a foxhole: I'll bet there are about as many Musk fanboiz on the space station

Well, it is after all the first failed launch ... out of 19. The Russian garbage used by competitors has a higher failure rate, which means that the ISS crew are probably still rooting for SpaceX's engines.

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Re: What a shame

Russia and SpaceX are both unreliable sources to supply ISS.

The ULA is using RD-180 engines for their launches ... that's the stuff used for non-COTS launches. SpaceX has had only 1 launch failure out of 19 ... so I'd actually think SpaceX is actually the one with better odds.

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Apple gets around to fixing those 77 security holes in OS X Yosemite

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EFI Update

There's another very relevant update: they've finally fixed the EFI bug where EFI flash can be overwritten after waking up from sleep, as the areas that should be write-protected are flipped back to read/write when sleeping, but not turned back to read-only upon waking. Whoops!

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

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Re: Whooooops!

Apple currently still has, on its app store, an app expressly stating that it is intended to be used to "bypass your school filter", etc. It's as simple as installing it, and you get full, free, VPN access to the outside world that's almost undetectable.

If your school system can't stop VPNs, you're doing it wrong. Pretty much any corporate network I've had to plug into has blocked pretty much all VPN connection methods. Some proxies are even smart enough to detect "SSL" connections that have been transferring far more data than what a regular HTTPS request would require and cut off those connections.

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Limited edition Iron Man S6 sells for $91,000 thanks to ... serial number

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Yeah, the Chinese have weird superstitions. It does make me wonder why the hell would a language have one of its numbers sound like "death", it just causes stupid stuff like this. Chinese buildings skip pretty much any floor with a 4 in it.

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

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So we skeptics were right

Once FB got on board, they were going to find a way to ruin it.

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Shouty investor Elliot trains guns on Samsung merger

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Icahn smell something strange

Is this a real activist investor, or is it an "activist" of the kinds of Carl Icahn?

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Re: The Lee family should tell them to .....

You are wrong. They are useful way of holding parasitic or egomaniac managers (and controlling families) to account.

Thing is, "activist" investor these days is just the politically correct moniker for what used to be called a "corporate raider". Think Carl Icahn. So we're actually wary about this "investor"...

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Everything Apple touted at WWDC – step inside our no-hype-zone™

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El Capitan?

So they're naming their next OS X release after a DuckTales character that's 400 years old, and obsessed with gold?

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