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Larry Ellison, Oracle's humble CTO, demos cloud migration at OpenWorld

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The same thing that's not so strange about him being 70. They're describing the guy standing up on the platform.

Most CTOs a) aren't 70 and b) are too vain to wear glasses

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Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

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Re: Limited audience

"Which is why they don't invite me to these things"

Er, I think you just made his point of the "army of yes-men"

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What's a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP?

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FTFY

"You spent $1,299 on your Chromebook Pixel. You're an idiot."

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Fraud shop OVERSTOCKED with stolen credit cards

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Chase has gotten jumpy

They've denied a couple recent transactions with an instant "did you do this?" email. With my phone, I can click yes and have the store resubmit it, but it's quite the bother.

They need to charge the hacked corporations some really big bucks to encourage better security. As it is, there's no real downside to the retailers from being hacked, other than pissing their customers off, and what US retailer cares what their customers think?

The Home Depot statement to the SEC regarding the impact of the hack on their stock was basically "people will get used to it, there won't be a big impact"

Assholes.

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

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Go and read something about Elon Musk

Well at least you didn't hate it.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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That U2 thing...

No, the U2 issue was mostly "DO NOT FUCK WITH MY MUSIC COLLECTION. IT IS VERY PERSONAL" - even people I know that love U2 were ticked that Apple "messed with my things" - it has nothing to do with streaming.

It's like you give a girl a gift by sneaking the new lingerie into her panties drawer. It's a nice thought, but you'll be sleeping on the couch anyway.

"emerging artists on streaming services get paid bugger all while the big stars enjoy much more favourable deals"

Of course. They're emerging artists and they don't make the streaming service a lot of money with music that's popular. The stars pull more traffic, so they get a bigger chunk of cash. That is why they are stars now. No different from the blokes at work getting paid less (I imagine) than the guy that does 6x times the high quality code.

“You can’t stream your music while moving about!”

So it's like an old pre-Walkman CD player? Don't move or it'll skip... the more things change...

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Indian MOM just LOVES it on Mars, tweets fave holiday snap

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Re: Do you get what you pay for?

The science was not the main point. It was mostly "can we get there? and how?" with only 13kg for instruments. Considering just getting there is a huge accomplishment, I wouldn't care if I just had a cellphone duct-taped to the side for pictures.

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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No bucks, no Buck Rogers

The Russians have had a lot of awesome space-related ideas over the years but they have no money to implement them, and their attempts to sell them (Kliper, etc) have not gone well.

Which is sad, because they could get a lot done.

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AVOID the Apple Watch. Buy a drone or robot instead, techies told

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Re: A lot of CEOs said the iPad wouldn't take off...

> If I forget to wear my (automatic) watch, it will stop within 2 days

Really? My watch charges through a solar cell behind the face. It just needs standard room light. It also sets itself from the WWV signal every night. Plus of course it has a scratchproof sapphire face. The battery's non-removable, but this also means it's very waterproof.

I'd expect nothing less from an Apple watch. You'd think they could at least match the state of the art in a regular watch.

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Heatmiser digital thermostat users: For pity's sake, DON'T SWITCH ON the WI-FI

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None of this crap needs to go through the cloud in the first place

This is the stupidest crap. All the IoT thing apps go to some mfgr cloud, which then sends the command to the device, instead of talking to the device directly.

Since I have a working firewall, none of that works, and I'm certainly not punching holes for it.

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

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Re: Confusingly phrased

Their very first probe made it to Mars to do science. That's pretty damn impressive, considering how hard it is.

As opposed to Beagle 2, which was A) dropped off by ESA, B) never heard from again, and C) Britain's not tried again.

Or Mars 1960A, Mars 1960B, Sputnik 22, Mars 1, Sputnik 24, Zond 2, Mars 1969A, Mars 1969B, Kosmos 419, and Mars 2, which were the first 10 Soviet attempts. Mars 3 was the first successful landing and returned science.

Or Mariner 3, which was the first American attempt. Mariner 4 was a successful flyby and returned science.

For anyone playing Kerbal Space Program, you know the point of the missions are returning science!

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SpaceX breaks ground on first commercial spaceport in Texas

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Aw yeah.

Suck it, Spaceport Florida, KSC, and USAF Cape Canaveral. Now you see what your red tape has chased away. Everyone had the attitude of "There's nowhere else Musk can go" and "he's bluffing" and "we're the ONLY space port!"

I knew it was bad when the head of AsiaSat said *in* *public* how much it sucked to launch from KSC. (see http://spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/012/140906capecanaveral/)

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Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it

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Re: HP disagrees

Wait, what... *HP* says somebody doesn't have the ability to do something technical right?

Now there's the pot calling the kettle black.

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SpaceX blasts a mischief of mice, a 3D printer and a cuddly toy* into SPAAAACE

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Re: Photo

Yes it is! I took pics from Space View park across the river, using settings suggested by the local paper, but they came out horribly underexposed. Oh well. The view (and the SOUND) was great.

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Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone

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Re: Passive resistance

"Here Are Some Tips on How to Avoid "Consensual" Police Encounters"

http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2013/01/03/stop_and_frisk_florida_here_s_how_to_avoid_consensual_police_encounters.html

This is in the US, but it turns out if the cop asks you a question, and you stop and answer it (fearing a beating or an arrest) then that's "consensual" meaning warrantless spur-of-the-moment searches and anything else the cop does is legal because you "consented".

So they suggest you carry around a card declaring your rights and specifically saying you're not consenting, to protect yourself from your own police force.

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Facebook's Oculus unveils 360-degree VR head tracking Crescent Bay prototype

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Re: headphones

The homebrew NASA ones that they use for some of the ISS EVA training have a huge 4lb counterweight on the back of the head. They look seriously uncomfortable.

Actually, if you look at it, it seems "the electronics" is basically a cell-phone on the front. It's rounded like one. It's probably a lot lighter than the NASA gear.

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Re: The Glorious Age of VR Waifus, Begun it Has!

Have you *seen* this game? It's creepy as hell! You're in this young girl's bedroom, and she's constantly covering herself trying to keep you from peeking at her boobs or up her very short skirt.

it was only a 30 second video that I saw, but it completely creeped me out.

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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

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It has lots of issues

I tried used G+ as an alternative to Fecesbook, and it has lots of problems. For example, I have my monitor in portrait, and it often can't understand that my layout is taller than it is wide. I'll have 4 columns, of which I can only see 2-1/2 w/o scrolling horizontally.

Another real irritation is when I click my G+ bookmark and 70% of the time get a "here's lots of people you might want to add to your circles!" dialog which won't go away after repeated clicking. This means I can't actually get to my G+ content when I have a couple minutes to waste during a compile or something.

When you actually write a post, it'll see random links or site names, and decide to add all sorts of hashtags, images, previews, summaries, and other annotations. Half the time if you delete these annotations, it deletes the post.

I finally had to say fuck it, it's too much effort for something I didn't want to use anyway.

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Ex-basketball star CUFFED on suspicion of stealing Apple gear worth $14k

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What part of "repeatedly stealing" do you not understand? Sometimes you have to use the larger size mallets before people understand. I know a couple people like this, that don't understand shoplifting is theft. I'll bet she's been in jail for "plain shoplifting" quite a few times.

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A spin of roulette in the sporty Ford Fiesta Black

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I certainly wouldn't buy anything American made/designed

I'd trust that engine to last about 20 minutes past the warranty period, if I was lucky.

I wouldn't trust the rest of the kit that far, especially that dash. I'd think those buttons would last about 2 months in the Florida heat before they stopped working. The screens usually last about a month and a half before they start warping or going rainbow.

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Oh you crazy Frenchies. Iliad won't take no for an answer from T-Mob US

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They send me a text for the bill reminder, another text saying they submitted the payment request, and yet a third text saying they got the money.

However, given my $31/mo T-Mobile bill is less than 1/3 of my $98/mo Verizon bill (after corporate discount!) and I have triple the data cap, plus tethering, plus unlimited texting as opposed to NO texting... I'm not complaining too much.

I hope the Huns tell the Frogs to sod off. (Did I get my "Jeremy Clarkson" right?)

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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Re: Sigh! ...Industry issue... not an Apple one...

But on the positive side, the latest model of Moto G has an SD card slot.

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Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time

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"GADGET computes gravitational forces with a hierarchical tree algorithm"

So this is part of Kerbal Space Program 0.25 then...? (I'll get my spacesuit)

And apparently the Wikipedia article is basically a copy&paste of the organization page. Nice. Not surprised.

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Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months

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Re: Haters gonna Hate

It's not cool to criticize Acrobat?? Really? When the hell did that happen?

> Mozilla making this the default handler for the mime-type

Can't be worse than GIMP trying to be the default handler for EVERYTHING including PDFs.

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India's MOM Mars mission makes final course correction

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Nah, the people here in the South are just plain stupid. I've seen them leave a grocery store with a $300 roll of lottery tickets after paying for their groceries with food stamps.

You can't fix stupid.

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Microsoft staff brace for next round of layoffs – expected Thursday

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Re: So why is Microsoft firing so many people?

Dear MalagaBay:

UN-altered REPRODUCTION and DISSEMINATION of this IMPORTANT Information is ENCOURAGED, ESPECIALLY to COMPUTER BULLETIN BOARDS

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Credit card cutting flaw could have killed EVERY AD on Twitter

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How do you think you get the little "verified by twitter" flag?

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Re: Chicken and Egg

I'll be harmed because the cable monopoly will use it as an excuse to drastically raise cable prices. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt, with HD where they did exactly that.

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Re: ...and then you show them

Actually, no. I don't want it. I'm sure it'll be another reason to charge more for cable, just like Time Wanker charged more for HD.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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"should be able to keep their crews alive for 210 days if disaster strikes"

No, this is wrong. The capsules can stay docked 210 days (7 months) to ISS w/o an issue, ready to undock in an emergency. Soyuz can only do 180 days (6 months) at the moment.

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And in case anybody's confused like I was, the Boeing CST-100 capsule is completely different from the Lockeed-Martin Orion capsule that's also been approved for development as part of SLS.

There's no commonality between the two and they're built by completely different companies.

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I have a feeling SpaceX might embarrass Boeing.

They've got a system that has been able to get to ISS and back. They've got to demo pad abort (scheduled for November) - demo altitude abort (January) and have a NASA astronaut command a flight to ISS, and they're certified.

In contrast, Boeing hasn't even reached orbit.

I wonder if Boeing is in the usual cost overrun/schedule slip mindset, and if they are, they're in for a rude awakening.

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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Story?

From what I've heard, there's absolutely no story, no background, and no real reason to run around shooting things other than "for the hell of it" - is this so?

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Let XKCD's Randall Munroe satisfy your curiosity in this excerpt from his book, What If

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Excerpt?

Really? Is it that hard to link to what-if.xkcd.com??

And FYI, for the idiots that bought an electronic edition of a website, the hardback copy has a few interesting design easter eggs. (not that I really care, the money goes to Randall either way, I just hate seeing Amazon or B&N get a large chunk.)

There's one Unicode typo I did notice...

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Bloat-free, unlocked Moto X to be dubbed 'Pure Edition', says report

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If it's like my Moto G, then no, there's still a bit of Motorola crap floating around the OS, like MotoCare, Motorola Device Management, and Motorola Assist Framework. It's more like pissing in the pool instead of Motoblur where the yellow stream goes right in the face.

If I'm careful to keep mobile data off when I'm home on wi-fi, the battery lasts about 2.5 days. Seriously though, why the hell does it keep mobile data powered up when I'm on wi-fi? Grump.

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T-Mobile US goes gaga for Wi-Fi calling, AT&T to launch in 2015

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"Everybody that buys a mobile share value plan gets unlimited talk and text. So we don't have this burning desire for the need of coverage or for other reason to go aggressively after Wi-Fi"

Translation: it doesn't make us any more money so we don't give a shit about developing new features.

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SHINY NEW GADGETS! No, we're not joking, here's a load of them

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Re: Just wondering

I'd think the less than stellar performance of Sony action cams in anything less than a full sunny day would be more of a worry. Most "action cam" audio is engine or wind noise anyway.

GoPro turns out a decent product with no rolling shutter problems and really good video without having to spend all day dicking with the camera. That's why they're the big name and everyone is playing catch up. A lot of the action cam stuff doesn't handle the action well, or just doesn't put out as good video. They're cheaper but it shows.

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

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URL

I am amused by "the_first_20_years_of_the_smartphone_wrars" though - I guess it's Friday at the pub after all! Cheers!

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Re: And I say there screwed by Symbian

This explains a lot of the WTFs in the N770-N900 tablets. They had a Debian port, but to upgrade the phone, you flashed the entire rom and never used the apt functionality, not even for small bug patches. They basically never really took advantage of Linux, other than it was an OS they could grab for free that worked.

I see Hildon and a lot of the weird code names that got thrown around are apparently from Symbian, so that's where that came from. That also explains the drunkard's-walk "roadmaps" I saw, which made original Apple Maps look like something from National Geographic. It also explains their stance towards open source. They had to deal with it because they'd had no choice but to use Linux, but corporate sure as hell didn't like it. Most of the actual N770 developers loved open source and the philosophy.

Nokia. Awesome hardware. Shit software.

That seems to be a standard in this industry... I can't think of an example where a company gets both hardware & software right, except maybe for IBM in its System 360 golden years. I'd love to hear counterexamples.

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

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Re: Only an apology?

> What is this reflex reaction of some people to go "someone made a mistake - I am entitled to money!"

Because that's about the only way to stop the f*ckers from doing it again. Hit them in the wallet and get some people fired.

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Satellite weather forecast: Cloudy with a chance of p0wnage

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Re: Business as usual

And the CEO of Home Depot goes "eh, they'll get used to it [the hacks]"

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T-Mobile US lobs sueball at Huawei: Claims Chinese giant stole robot tech

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Would be terrible

I wonder if Huawei had small devices with cameras to spy with... oh wait...

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Doubts cast over FBI 'leaky CAPTCHA' Silk Road rapture

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Re: Yes, but do you believe them?

And also the cops use the Harris "stingray" fake cell towers and lie about it.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: humdinger ?

Ahem.

http://partiallyclips.com/2004/09/02/man-in-hat/

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Is there life on Mars? Cloud-gazing Curiosity accused of lacking scientific focus

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Political mistake

There is a natural tension between "we need to get to Mt. Sharp before the rover dies/we run out of funding/because it's our target" and stopping for science. Plus as you'd expect, the rover drivers want to DRIVE.

However what was REALLY bad was that NONE of the chief project scientists bothered to show up to the mission extension committee to argue for the rover, giving the committee the distinct impression they were literally "phoning it in" and they felt they were too big to get canceled.

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Want to buy a Woz-made Apple I? If you need to ask the price, you can't afford it

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"verified to be in working condition"

OTOH, you gotta tip your hat to Woz for that... when your handmade board is still working THIRTY EIGHT years down the road.

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Judge: Google class action 'usual suspects' cash-fling 'smells'

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Re: Hang on, this is a bit spurious

And this is why I have RefControl installed in Firefox, with the default set to "don't send a referer header"

Very few sites use it, other than certain wiki pages to control linking to images, and certain other folk who are stupid enough to use it for security and don't seem to think it can be forged.

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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Re: Hung so much?

Ah! Novell. Home of fsckwit sloppy coders. I worked at a large university, with a couple thousand users per server. Syscon would take forever pulling up the list of users.

We had "superset" - the senior Novell dev group - one day because we were so large, and one of them hit the user list "Please Wait" and exclaimed "Oh no, that user sort is a linear sort!"

Never has the icon been so appropriate.

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