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Life … moves … in … slow … motion … for … little … critters … like … flies

Daniel B.
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Re: Which explains why it's so darned hard to swat a fly @Ledswinger

I use the cockroach variants of insecticide. Point it at fly, send a small spray. Fly will go down in seconds! And no need to make the entire room biohazard :)

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Hiroshi Yamauchi, bizlord who gave the world Donkey Kong, dead at 85

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RIP

Mr. Yamauchi, your princess is in another castle!

Someone has overlaid the Tacuba Station icon with tubes so that the station's logo looks like three SMB chomper plants. I now have the world 1-2 theme playing in my head every time I ride the subway! *dara dara dara*

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Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'

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@mike_ui

It amazes me how people love bashing MS all the time. Those who say they'd rather install Linux then just install it and stop complaining

I have on most of my desktop stuff at home. The WinXP install broke sometime around 2010. Still haven't reinstalled it or upgraded. Though you're spot on with the commercial software for some cases, which brings me to your other troll point:

As for IOS, don't make me laugh. I've yet to meet an I.T professional who'd rather use that than Windows. IOS is for posers who like to sit there and look 'hip'. I like to actually *do* stuff with my PC other than watch YouTube or a few video's.

Apart from the awful grammar/spelling mistakes that would make a Grammar Nazi explode (and mistaking OSX for IOS), yes you can do most of the stuff you do on Windows in OSX. And you can also do UNIXy stuff as well, which on Windows means either installing Services For Unix or a Linux VM. And a lot of IT professionals will choose OSX as their main OS, or even Linux above Windows. You're just hanging around with the actual posers.

Hell, Windows 8 sucks so much I actually bit the bullet and switched (back) to Mac/OSX last year. And this is despite me hating the iZombie Fanboy effect, Apple's attitude under the last Jobs years and their patent trolling on round corners, iOS walled garden and such. But Microsoft's lame attempts at forcing themselves into their users is far more insulting than the Apple way. Far, far worse. Sure I could have simply bought a new laptop, wipe out W8 and install Linux but I would have been giving MS money for Win8, which I don't want to. Buying a Mac means I don't pay the MS tax.

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Radioaficionados españoles: Echadnos una mano

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Re: Una cerveza, por favor

Oh man. You just reminded me of an incident that some friends had when they went to Barcelona a couple of years ago. They arrive at a hotel at 3am and they're looking if they have rooms available. So they decide to ask if the hotel is "in Service". The dialog went like this:

Friend: Hay servicio?

Hotel Attendant: Si, en el último piso

(all of them start going upstairs)

H: ¡Oigan! ¡Pero sólo de uno en uno!

(cue puzzled look)

This is when they all found out that "servicio" in Spain usually means "bathroom", so the attendant didn't understand "are you in service" but "do you have bathrooms?"

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> Shouldn't that be "Echarnos una mano"?

No. As someone else has pointed out, "echad" is the correct form for the 2nd person plural imperative of "echar", which is the infinitive.

Technically, it would be "Échenos una mano!" as yes "Echarnos una mano" sounds weird due to the infinitive. But in Spaniard Spanish, they still use the formal 2nd person (think of the Spanish version of "thee") so it is correct for El Reg to use "Echadnos una mano". :)

¡Qué buen español escriben en El Reg!

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Dog bites man: Apple's Macs trounce all Windows PCs in customer love

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Probably

... because even with the overpriced hardware it does seem to fare quite better than some of the worst PC-side manufacturers (I'm looking at you, Acer!) and it's possible some of the user dissatisfaction has to do with Windows 8.

That said, Macs do have some issues, like my Poltergeist trackpad that every now and then gets possessed and starts jumping the pointer everywhere. A couple of hours of using an external mouse seems to bring it back to normal, though.

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Stylus counsel: The rise and fall of the Apple Newton MessagePad

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Re: Bah!

Indeed. Speed-writing on a Graffiti made me "type" faster than on a keyboard and write faster than on paper! However I do remember that the Graffiti used on the original PalmPilot and that on subsequent devices was different, IIRC because of a patent troll? Anyway, it was damn good, and much faster than actual handwriting!

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It's Grand Theft Auto 5 day: Any of you kids remember GTA the First?

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Re: No PC Version...

You are living in the past. The Great PC Gaming Era is over. Get a PS3.

As much as I'd like to upvote you for promoting the PS3, I just can't because I still consider the PC a better gaming experience. Probably because of my golden gaming era being during the rise of the modding community with Quake1/2, I just can't consider the PC gaming era dead. Even less now that the new consoles are just going to be overpriced PCs (though I'm still probably going to get a PS4).

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Re: Life imitates art

Wasn't there a stabbing incident as well during GTA4 release day? Seems that London has a knack on having real life imitating art...

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Re: Same old same old

Indeed. GTA was a blast when it came out. The newer ones added new features ... but sometime after GTA3 it just seems like they're rehashing the same stuff over and over and over again. Which is probably why I'm now bored by the latest games.

And Rockstar seems to be wearing down the formula itself as well, with Red Dead Redemption (Grand Theft Horse!) and Bully (GTA with Bikes!). Still, the original game is still good... :)

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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

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Re: NTFS @eulampios

Indeed, ntfs-3g has the ability to recover data from FUBARd NTFS filesystems. I still don't know how, but some NTFS partitions will not be recognized by both OSX and Windows ... but ntfs-3g will mount it and extract any data w/o problem!

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NTFS

NTFS-3g and similar module support are still kinda iffy if you want to do regular writing on an NTFS filesystem. I remember trashing one of my Windows installs when trying to copy some files into the NTFS partition. Oops.

However, it is good for read-only ops. Apple seems to have kept NTFS support read-only as well, so maybe there's some secret MS sauce that breaks non-MS modules?

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Re: Nice idea, but...

"The idea that rpm and dpkg are anything like as user-friendly as setup.exe is a joke."

Oh but it is, my dear shilltroll! In fact, the setup.exe option is so fucked up MS hasn't used it for years! Ever heard of MSI? Keep up with the times d00d! Any decent OS these days uses some kind of package manager, and that includes commercial OSen like Solaris, OSX *and* MS Windows. Interestingly, the advantage with the Linux ones are that you can download dependencies w/o having to go on a dependency hunt (unless your package is reeeeally odd). No dodgy sites here!

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

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Ok, someone plugged an Xbox360 fanboy brain to the MS shill-o-matic machine.

Nope, most here aren't just "Linux lovers", but are IT people who suffer the most when vendors screw up. Win8 is one of these things!

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Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

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Chav Phone hahahaha

This article had me laughing really loud at the office. The line about the 5S appealing to chavs, rappers & hoes had most of my coworkers laughing as well.

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

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And...

Praising form over factor will usually mark stupidity. I'm currently wearing a 1996 Timex DataLink watch. Back when I had it given to me (it was a gift) everyone would see it and think "meh, el cheapo digital watch." However it was worth something like $80? $100? because it could have your Outlook address book, calendar, To-Do list and reminders all downloaded to the clock, making it a watch-sized PDA. Much like the Casio Calculator/Phonebook watches (remember those?) which I also had previously, but this one was fed by the PC. Far more useful than $1000 bling-bling watches which only serve as mugger magnets.

Interestingly, this effect is also seen in phones, and isn't even something exclusively from the smartphone era. Anyone remember the $600 feature phones circa 2005? Some of them more expensive than even functional smartphones, but they were shiny!

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Re: Meh.

Sorry, but if you actually use windows 8 on touch you'll find the old windows GUI so 1980's!

I found the MS shill! Where do I collect my prize!

Really, while there are few (veeery few!) people who actually like Windows 8's kiddy toy UI, someone saying they're in awe of that interface are surely paid to say that. I still remember when John Connor enters a store in Sarah Connor Chronicles and goes all "oooh awesome systems" when playing with Windows Vista. The consensus was "pleez Microsoft, tone down that product placement!".

Anyway ... Win7 is indeed good enough, but I'm pretty sure that the kiddy toy UI has more to do with lackluster Win8 sales than Win7 being good enough...

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Daniel B.
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Re: Competition

SD cards. It's one of those eternally-bitched-about things.

What is it about them that makes them so critical?

Either getting more storage for less $$$, or having upgreadability during the phone's lifetime. And no, cloud storage isn't going to be "fast enough" especially on smartphones; most of the time we're using 3G and it's either going to be slow or expensive. Or both. Lack of an SD card slot makes it a no-go; though lack of keyboard is also a no-go for me.

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Shareholders tell Mike 'Just Do It': Dell to go PRIVATE for $24.9bn

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Nice!

Seeing a company survive an Icahn takeover brings a huge smile to my face. Even if Dell isn't quite so great, it's good to see it go private.

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Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

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Oh dear

They're talking about not carrying grenades, I'm OK with that. Yes, the TSA checklist does mention "no explosives" and stiff fines if you do try to sneak 'em aboard. (Though there's a good chance you'd be given the Menezes treatment if the grenade's on your carry-on!)

But replicas? Shouldn't those show up as plastic and definitely not carrying explosive material? Really?

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For PITY'S SAKE, DON'T BUY an iPHONE 5S, begs FSF

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Re: Blah blah blah -@AC 14:24

In fact, if you have applied for even a B1/B2 visa, they will have ten-printed you as well. So even if you haven't yet visited the US, it's possible they already have your fingerprints.

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Microsoft's 'We want a Mac look and feel' UK director splits after seven years

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Re: Can I just say @Tapeador

I use the "Windows 95" interface option in Windows 7's settings. As far as I am concerned Apple can fuck off and die.

Yet the Windows 95 interface was mostly a [MacOS] System 7 ripoff. In fact, it is probably what made it friendlier. Sure, there are things for which Apple has earned the hatedom of a lot of people, but the interface isn't one of them.

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That earth-shattering NSA crypto-cracking: Have spooks smashed RC4?

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Re: Scared Chickens

RC4 has enough attacks against it that it is no longer considered "really secure" by cryptoanalysts. It is probably why FIPS 140-2 doesn't have it within its approved ciphers anymore. The best bet would be to use SSL with AES/GCM but the GCM part isn't quite supported by everyone yet ... still, AES is still a much better bet than RC4 anything or 3DES anything.

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@Ted Treen

By 'suspects' one assumes you are talking about the misty-eyed Sons of Erin - the noble freedom fighters struggling valiantly against the evil forces of foreign imperialist occupation...

I'm guessing he was talking about the Guildford Four. Of course, the kind of conservatives who are blindly thinking everything is a liberal conspiracy are the same kind of people that will have both confirmation bias and selective memory on what really happened back then.

It is noticeable that people that are around your same age are basically saying you're full of shit, which speaks loads of how off the mark you are...

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China's corruption crackdown killing off Unix

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Re: It always starts at the low end.

"What year is this? XiaoMi is already worth almost twice Nokia."

Had you said this in the pre-Elopocalypse world, I would be shocked. Right now, I'm just meh.

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NSA slides reveal: iPhone users are all ZOMBIES

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Re: The bottom line *so* far.

Interesting. So it does seem that my views have been vindicated yet again with holding on to BlackBerry.

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Virgin Galactic spaceship goes supersonic in second test flight

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Awesome!

At least that's something I might actually fly in my lifetime ... assuming I win the lottery.

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

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Re: the first iPhone was laughable by European (ie: Nokia) standards

You must be still affected by Jobs' RDF.

The first iPhone was a joke; it lacked so many standard smartphone features it wouldn't even be considered a smartphone by smartphone users!

No apps and Jobs saying that there would never be an SDK.

No copy/paste

No MMS

It was little more than an iPod that made calls and had PDA features.

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Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks

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Re: The way that Microsoft lost

"Legacy software" is not so legacy, maybe it's just "production software", the one they use to perform actual work and not just to look cats on YouTube or chat with their friends.

Ah yes ... its running on a Java EE 5 Application Server. You mean the production software, don't you? The one we use right now? Yes, there are some really old unsupported monstrosities built on the barftastic VB6, but those are being migrated to the aforementioned Java web platform.

Also when they connect to a remote server there's a good chance they connect to something running some Microsoft software.

It's either AIX or RHEL, though. Really, if you're pushing the MS domination card, server space is the least likely place you'll find MS dominating.

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Re: Left Behind

Actually, you'll notice that Windows 8 stinks so bad even non-techies hate it. While previous releases may have had less noticeability in the changes between versions, Win8 managed to break stuff so bad even the techno-illiterates have noticed it. And the consensus is that it sucks donkey balls!

So yes, people are actually avoiding the Win8 gear, and even the few that are buying 'em are ripping out Win8 and reinstalling Win7. Those who don't know how to do that are asking their tech-savvy friends to do it for them. It probably surpasses even Vista as the most hated MS OS release in all of MS's history!

You'd think that by now, MS would have got the memo and "fixed" win8 (give the people a "disable kiddy toy UI" option) but they don't. It might be that it is only vendor lock-in that prevents people from mass migrating to another OS by now...

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Re: Windows Phone was a fatal mistake

I'm not sure about the Android move. They were probably the only ones that actually had not one but three viable alternatives: Symbian (the Belle update), Meego and Harmattan. They had enough models to throw 'em out and see which one sticked, and I'm pretty sure at least one of 'em would've prevailed. They still were #1 in the market before the Elopocalypse.

But yes, the MS deal only served to kill Nokia worldwide. So sad.

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The only thing holding Dell back is ... er, Mickey D himself

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There's one Quest software worth the money

The Virtual Directory Server thingy they bought from Symlabs. That's an awesome tool that needs a facelift, but it is pretty much unique in what it does. Unfortunately it seems to be put in the back burner since the Quest acquisition, and the Dell acquisition of Quest itself seems to be doubly screwing said product.

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Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring

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Re: Dullville

Interestingly, HyperCard was far better for interactive stuff than PowerPoint ever was. I remember passing a lot of stuff to HyperCard because of this, and the first iteration of e-books I ever saw (Jurassic Park!) in there. Sadly the tech didn't go much further.

Then again, the entire WWW is it's spiritual successor!

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Pre-rendered FMVs

TBH, it wasn't the only game that did this. And games that relied on FMV's weren't necessarily bad, or even simple. Remember the Wing Commander series? The later installments (3 and 4) were a multi-disc thing mostly due to the FMVs (Look! Mark Hamill and the guy who plays Biff!) and that series still came out as an awesome franchise! (Let's forget Prophecy, please.)

So even the ones that were Interactive Movies would be pretty good, as long as they were mostly games and not the movie equivalent of "choose your own adventure".

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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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Daniel B.
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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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