* Posts by Gray

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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Re: I'm not sure which is worse

Cops & Spooks & Gov't Agents are all human, and that said they'll never hesitate to use whatever 'better' tool may be at hand. Restraint is only an obstacle to achieving whatever end is sought. As for the "Stingray" restrictions and prohibitions, I'm reminded of a raunchy old joke:

A young lady and her beau were engaged in heavy petting downstairs. Her mother was upstairs, supposedly asleep . The 'making out' (Brit-speak: snogging) got quite intense; she began resisting, he began pleading. "Just let me put the head in," he begged. From upstairs came the sharp, scolding voice of her mother: "Remember, Agnes! A _prick's_ got no shoulders!"

That's the state of law enforcement oversight in the US. 'Mother' is upstairs, asleep. The pervasive intrusion of US police powers long ago lost any hint of having shoulders.

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Twitter loses FISA fight

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Anti-Government Attitudes

A letter has been issued concerning your anti-government attitude but the contents are classified. Further actionable findings are classified. The arrival and purpose of the visit of two federal security agents with your employer and their instructions concerning employment of persons of suspect loyalties are classified. The reasons and determinations of your discharge and the denial of unemployment benefits remain under seal. Your arraignment in federal court is pending, but the hearing will be closed and the transcript sealed. Sentencing guidelines are classified. The length of imprisonment is indeterminate. Parole hearings are denied for undisclosed reasons.

The government imposes no restriction on your exercise of Constitutionally-assured First Amendment freedom of expression. Please understand, however, that with Freedom comes Accountability. Authoritative studies of persons making anti-government statements, apparently harboring seditious attitudes, establish probable potential for domestic terrorism. Proofs are conclusive, but remain classified. Preemptive intervention is authorized, but triggering parameters for suppression and incarceration remain classified for reasons of national security. All such instances remain ineligible for appeal or review. No record of such instances occurring may be released. It never happened. It cannot be appealed.

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US data suggests Windows 10 adoption in business is slowing

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Re: Same old, same old

"... fail to drawn on ... "

Fail to frown upon? to prawn beyond? to draw in one? to drone on? I ken your words but kinna grok your meaning.

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Re: It's a disgrace!

@JJ Carter: I turned on my Win7 machine this morning to see a figure appear on the screen that shouted at me: "You vill submit! Vindows 10 vill rule!" It dissolved in a blue Screen of Death. Shaken, I resolved that I far prefer the Marxist-Leninist OS to the Jack-Booted Fascist of Vindows Domination!

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Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

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Re: It's all Microsoft's fault!

They're even solely responsible for my atheletes foot, the dingleberries on my dog, & the fact that the squirrels are insane.

I hear that Microsoft has promised a Tuesday patch for that (contingent upon a voluntary Windows 10 upgrade).

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Re: Bing goes the Microsoft!

Watching MS these last couple of years is like watching a whale that washed ashore, rotting and sloughing away to sink into the sand. It's getting so rank that even the seagulls are refusing to touch it...

(Having a drink, waiting for a big storm to come along and wash the carcass back out to sea.)

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Surprise?

– but this is ridiculous

No, this is the new Microsoft.

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12,000 chopped: Intel finds its inner paranoid

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Re: Citation needed

Descending the "Grapevine," a steep, downhill series of switchback curves north of Los Angeles on Interstate Highway 5, driving an 80,000-lb gross weight load behind a "Century" class Freightliner tractor, the engine compression braking system cutting in and out due to an intermittent fault in the computer-control circuitry. That's thrill enough for a lifetime, and my near-religious re-dedication to the principle of KISS* and mechanical/analog control systems where safety of life is concerned.

*KISS=>Keep It Simple, Stupid!

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Hacking Team hole still unpatched, exploit pop doc claims

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Re: Hole for foot

Extend foot, aim pistol, pull trigger=> foot hole!

Politician=>loose cannon=>same effect.

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NZ hotel bans cyclists' Lycra-clad loins

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Impediment?

I've thought that most Brits carry umbrellas when out & about. A frightened gesture by a bumbershoot-packing pedestrian might find the collapsible device 'speared' through the bicyclist's wheel, thus precipitously impeding the velocipede's progress. A chastened peddler is apt to proceed more prudently?

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Drive for Lyft or Uber in SF? Your wallet is about to get lighter

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Not only SF, but virtually every city of any size in America. That garage door opener? Registered & certified with attached compliance sticker. The opener mechanism? Inspected & certified, with safety instructions attached. Electrical source? Installed by certified electrician, installation inspected under city building permit & code certifications. The overall door opening installation, another city building permit, licensed contractor installed, city inspection certificate permanently displayed on wall. Annual variance permit issued for "historical district" waiver to allow electro-mechanical device operation. FCC compliance certificate issued under condition of operational compliance with device operations manual. One-week on-line training course for hand-held radio frequency transmitter. Annual renewal of operator's license upon payment of mandated fee.

Feel free to enjoy your precious liberty & hard-won American freedoms!

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Feds OK to stalk phones

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Re: Note to self...

Note to self: "Turn off phone before robbing bank, lest it ring during that critical moment when the bank teller is reading my "Put the Money in the Bag" note."

PS: "Remember to turn phone on again to call for get-away car."

PPS: "Remember to toss phone while accelerating away from robbery scene in get-away car!"

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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Re: Just a point of clarification...

Since when does any form of reality enter into political and emotional hysteria? The American Congress, standing upon the Patriotic Drumhead of "Protect the Peoples," will forge ahead with this legislation, or not, and will table it and wait to offer it up another day. Understand: nothing has to do with anything factual. Congress functions entirely within its own reality distortion field.*

*Gospel of Jobs.

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El Reg forces NSA to act

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Be thankful

Actually, they (No.Such.Agency) could tell you, but then they'd have to kill you.

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How Remix's Android will eat the world

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Re: Yay!

Asking someone to dump their familiar [presumably] Windows desktop in favour of something new

most non-tecchy folks love their phones, but tend to slightly fear their computers, due to the perceived increased likelihood of "doing something wrong" and breaking it

And right there, Sparky, lies the nub of the argument! From my perspective, as a old-timer user who works with elderly friends (including my spouse!) there really is no longer a familiar ... Windows desktop! Most all the folks I know got well-accustomed to the XP experience; they bought all the "Dummies" books and struggled to learn the Windows "Way" of doing things. Then Microsoft proceeded to throw all of their skills in the shitter by needlessly fecking around with the interface, until finally the users begin to look at their PC with all the love and adoration they'd give a turd in the punchbowl.

And I've been asked to "fix" their PC's because "it broke!" and it's all fecked up and won't do anything anymore, all because they fell into the Venus flytrap of digestive sludge that is the Windows OS that doesn't get tweaked, cleaned, deloused, defragmented, and de-virused on a weekly basis. Arcane Linux? Without exception every Senior whose Windows OS I've replaced with Linux is happy! The OS sits in the background, never intruding, while they do Email (T-Bird), Browse (F-Fox) and write letters to Social Security (L-Office).

A new variant of L'nx on an affordable gadget? Hell yes! Goodbye, MS Win, you can kiss our gnarly ol' asses goodbye whilst we snatch up our walkers and leave yer unholy mess o'confusion behind!

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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Re: America

"America

Is fucking crazy."

No. America is divided. Half of us is totally pissed off at the other half!

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Just how close are Obama and Google? You won’t believe the answer

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Surprised?

Every spring, after flocks of geese overwinter in the city park, newspaper articles appear lamenting all the goose shit on the park walkways. Big surprise!

(Mega-corporations make more noise, overstay their welcome, coerce their minders, and leave huge messes on the public sidewalks. That's no surprise, either!)

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Microsoft lures top Linux exec from Oracle to Redmond

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Wait for the divorce lawyer

Cynical me ... first, there's the seduction: flowers, dinner for two, buckets of wine, footsie under the table; second the marriage and the rice and ribbons and celebration; third the long settling down to business, and finally: bitter disillusionment and divorce lawyers.

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Microsoft's Brad Smith on encryption: Let the politicians decide

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Hungry 'gators

"when it comes to the tricky balance between privacy, security and technology."

Obviously his remarks are intended to pacify government observers. Leaving online privacy issues to the politicians is little more than tossing helpless chickens to voracious alligators. The only hope for global users is that technology continues to stay one step ahead of government interception and surveillance. Politicians and governments will justify control and punishment. It's only the degree to which they do it, or admit to it, that differs.

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Internet users don't understand security or privacy, says survey

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If I were to ask

Do you favor internet secrecy for pedophiles, terrorists, assassins, and drug smugglers?

Do you favor password encryption on mobile devices that protects child porn, terrorist attack plots, assassination schemes, and drug smuggling transactions?

It's brain-dead simple what the answers will be.

Ms. Jenkins: Regarding the account number and password to your bank account... would you be surprised to learn that I already have it? It was protected by encryption, but you voted to allow us to break the encryption that protects it. Thank you. Now, regarding that unexplained deposit your husband made on October 23 of ...

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Love our open API? Talk to our lawyers, says If This Then That

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Seriously?

RE: IFTTT TOS

Just what in hell's name do they (or their deranged lawyers) expect to profitably gain by this? Do they actually intend to assert ownership rights to content touched by their widgets? Seriously? FOAD!*

*Fuck Off And Die!

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East Coast: Verizon on the hook for landline hikes. West Coast: AT&T denies hooking $100m for 10Mbps broadband

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Business as usual ...

AT&T is correct; the money isn't going directly to them. It goes to the agency first, and then gets transferred to them. Sleight of hand provides a layer of deniability; Verizon exercises business right to increase fees. This is needed to cover the costs of abandoning copper-wire phone service & nudging users to "enhanced user experience" service.

There's nothing new here that Microsoft hasn't trail-blazed for US. Freedom of choice in a free-market society means freedom to unplug & do without, without paying a penalty.... errr, let my check my EULA.

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Bloke coughs to leaking US military aircraft blueprints to China

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After only three years?

and we will continue to be relentless in our pursuit of those who seek to undermine our security."

After only three years, they ran the spies to ground? Good work! Now if we could ask the Chinese to "please, pretty please?" give us our secrets back... or cut us one hell of a deal, after they start making the new aircraft, to sell us a few squadrons of the improved models? Maybe we could sweeten the deal by trading them a few F-35 design packages?

(Bad idea: if the Chinese go tittys-up building F-35s, who would we borrow money from?)

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

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Re: Ditch it already @Gray ...... the Explosive Clock is Ticking

S'pose I could say, "Rothschilds... who?" but no, I've seen & shunned all those "they conspire" delusions. Nothin' to do with Jews, either. We leave that to the KKK in their mental boobyhatch confines.

Nope, we've got our very own cabal of the one-tenth of one percent right here in the U.S. After all, when one single institution (JPMorgan Chase) can eat Mexico for lunch and pick its teeth with Puerto Rico and never stop to belch, the Rothschilds begin to look like has-beens. No, America's Defense Industry is one small glittering cog in the great Wheel of Finance that rules the US. We're just waiting for the Next Big Attack to justify Martial Law and an Emergency Ruling Council; properly apportioned into Security Districts. With proper Financial Controls in place to assure Efficient Budget Operations. Example: US Social Security Trust Funds privatized via Wall Street/JP Morgan Chase. Now there is a conspiracy theory, writ large!

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Re: Ditch it already @Gray ...... the Explosive Clock is Ticking

The US debt has an interest payment of nearly half a TRILLION dollars a year. That would buy, oh, a few high schools, clinics, bridges, university scholarships ... but sadly, I digress.

I rather think of the Great Debacle of 2008 as NOT the "Great Recession" but rather a players gamble that couldn't lose, as the Widows & Orphans Fund of America was collateral behind the scenes. When the gamble tanked, every citizen's home, job, retirement, and investment went in the sewer. At that point, J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, etc. and Corporate America leaped into an age of prosperity unseen in any prior age. Wages=>frozen=>down. Real estate=>down=>foreclosed. Dollars-worth for pennies. Pensions=>frozen=>looted. It was the globe's most massive fire sale for those who had the money to buy=>seize freshly devalued properties. Huge tracts of American farms, ranches, housing developments, small businesses, etc. transferred overnight to those wealthy few who held the cash.

The F-35 Flying Turd? 'tis a small thing, really. It's just part of the on-going corruption practiced massively in America. Anybody wonder why a US politician will spend Tens of Million$ to get a temporary job that pays Hundreds of Thousand$? Think about it.

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Re: Ditch it already

What! Ya'll actually expected to see a combat aircraft? Please realize that this little wonder has already achieved a large part of its design goal. Design, parts-outsourcing, fabrication, assembly, testing, and revisioning have all been distributed throughout virtually every Congressional district in the U.S., thus fulfilling its mandated mission of providing bragging rights, election-year speechifying, and home-town American Legion chest-beating rights upon every said Elected Official. Not to speak of bounteous cost overruns and bodacious profits for each and every Defense Contractor standing loyally behind each man-jack of our Brave and Patriotic Elected Elite.

Nowhere, I repeat NOWHERE in God's Own Green Earth was there ever expectations of economy, efficiency, efficacy, suitability for purpose, or eventual fame as a 22nd Century aerial fighting platform!

That will have to wait for the next round of defense proposals!

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Microsoft files patent for 'PhonePad', hints at future Windows plans

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Re: Linky

Sounds like a clever cross-linked simultaneously synchronized area-wide, all devices, malware distribution and injection system. Perfected and patented by Microsoft. Any mention of the Tuesday monthlies in there?

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Police create mega crime database to rule them all. Is your numberplate in it? Could be

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Re: Peasants! It's all your fault

...members of the public have a responsibility to follow some basic rules to protect ourselves ... using strong passwords.

How about: jUstFEckOffYouDizzyarSEdBitchgeTyoUrNosEoutOfMYliFE!

Or would that be considered "AntiGovernment" and a crime in itself?

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PC World's cloudy backup failed when exposed to ransomware

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Re: Infected industry

@Doctor Syntax

Thank you, Sir, for your understanding comment. I don't mean to condemn the entire group (well, maybe ... a little!) but I got rather cheesed at the Priesthood condemning that poor lady who went for help to get set up properly, lost her data, and got royally dumped upon. I'm 75 ... I spend some of my time helping other Seniors here in the US with their home computers. It's a challenge! Not because of the befuddled, confused state of the users, but because of the insanely arcane, less-than-transparent, poorly-implemented state of the operating system and the software.

Here's a clue: I've wiped Windows off their machines (with their permission) and installed a desk-top friendly version of Linux. They get along with that just fine! I do counsel them about safe browsing, avoiding "click-itis", and backing up their user files. But they do just fine, and I check back frequently to see how they're doing. With one old gentlemen who needed his Windows system, I've had nothing but grief and repeated call-backs. I get paid lunch as a service fee. I've threatened to break his fingers if he doesn't stop clicking "free offers" in every web page he opens ... but hey, we're old and stubborn, and we'll do it our way. He's a Silver Star medal WW-II vet, one of the few still alive, so I can't get too upset with him. But Windows is NOT his friend. It's a malware magnet.

I see another U.S. hospital has just been knocked offline by a ransomware attack. I suppose it's their fault for not having a sufficiently funded IT staff, or for letting the doctors and admin staff have access to the facility's computers.

If MicroSoft would devote as much resources rallying the US government to help clean up the situation as it does ramming Windows 10 down our throats ... if they would immediately stop using their security patch system as a malware delivery system to the point I've turned OFF all MS updates on my Win7 laptop ... if the U.S. government would wake up and begin to track down and prosecute malware hackers instead of acting as hired thugs for entertainment industry DRM enforcement ... and if Intel & AMD & Dell & Lenovo & Amazon & Google & all the others would wake up and begin to think of customer security rather than condoning Adobe-insane privacy invasions ... well, I'm not sure whether to cry, curse, or pull the plug on all this computer crap. You know, the benefits are looking pretty doubtful in view of all the risks!

If the IT pro community isn't going to get in the industry's face about these things, who is? My Congressman? Hell, that idiot is the biggest part of the problem... and he stopped listening to people like me a long, long time ago. We don't have enough money to buy a minute in his office. Thanks for listening. </rant>

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Re: Infected industry

I think you totally overshot my point. You're still insisting that that the sheep are expected to defend themselves against the wolves. I'm trying to say that we sheep will go find ourselves another pasture ... one without packs of ravening wolves running unchecked.

Either the lot of you are sheep, yourselves unable to go up against the wolves, or you're a bunch of detached sheepdogs who don't see any point in getting together to deal with their increasing hordes.

Anyway, as long as the INDUSTRY thrives on such practices as opaque and dishonest EULA, software unfit for purpose sold with total "buyer beware" immunity, massive corporate interests enforcing monopoly positions with strong-arm tactics that embarrass Mafia dons, and malware launched as Government tools of surveillance and intrusion ... you are practitioners in an increasingly untrustworthy and rapacious industry.

So continue to defend it, and wallow in it, and blame the victims while denying that the computing environment, both off- and online, is getting more and more corrupted to the core as we watch. Well, maybe GCHQ or the FBI/NSA/CIA have openings for displaced IT workers. Or going totally over to the dark side, there's always MicroSoft, Adobe, or Google.

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Infected industry

I'm not a member of this IT priesthood; just an old geezer who's used computers since the days of CP/M & DOS. I've endured that thru Mac 6.1 thru OS-X, DOS thru Win7 (skipped ME, Vista, & refuse Win10), and I'm posting this with Debian 8.3 "Jessie"... so I'm old but not ignorant.

All this prattling on about blaming the victim for being clueless is much like blaming the mugging victim for getting lost/distracted and wandering into the wrong part of town. I can hear the cops (plods in Blighty) now berating the lady for her foolishness. "Any heads-up person knows better than that, Ma'am ... you NEVER go into that part of town!"

Look at what the non-tech-enlightened user faces: MicroSoft shafting them with non-disclosed intrusions, controls & unwanted upgrades; a Marketing tsunami that overwhelms all attempts to browse, do email, and get work done; so-called retail "professionals" charging premium prices to deliver crap counsel and unsuitable product, and a Government-ignored evil empire swarming through one's online connection to suck bank accounts dry, steal one's identity, and destroy one's computing investment.

So go ahead, be the haughty Priesthood that condemns the supplicant for being unable to chant the liturgy in Latin ... and then wonder why former users and paying customers no longer trust the entire fecked-up shambles that's become of your world, and decides to move on to something safer, more trusted, and less demanding.

It's all well and good to endlessly debate whose fault it is, but when you happen to look up, all your customers will have deserted your cathedral.

Just feck off ... the whole damned lot of ye.

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Top rocket exec quits after telling the truth about SpaceX price war

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Re: We've all seen House of Cards

I expect that you will make a full investigation into these statements and take action wherever appropriate...

Key phrase being take action wherever appropriate: that does not imply "no" action; rather it means, redouble the effort to plug leaks, stifle whisteblowers, and vet all idiot executives before they're allowed to make speeches in public. Refer to Classified Report Addendum to this Committee's Public Report.

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Your 30 second guide to the past three months on Planet Adobe: Talk about sitting on cloud 9

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The 'jumping ship' bonus?

"Every day, more brands, government agencies and educational institutions globally are choosing to base their digital strategies on Adobe's content and data platforms..."

Could that possibly be related to the hordes fleeing Windows 10, taking up Macs, and adopting Adobe CS?

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Plain and simple

Microsoft is too powerful to influence, too rich to regulate, too pervasive to rein in, and too arrogant to listen. Those who require Windows are essentially screwed; enjoy the ride. All others are free to jump off the train. Despite the inconvenience there are alternatives. As for missing apps, where there's a need, enterprise will sooner or later provide.

It isn't that the King has no clothes; it's more that the King is Typhoid Mary in disguise.

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Judge roasts Chipotle for firing guy who grilled bean counters on Twitter

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"At Will" states

The employer screwed up by stating a reason for the termination. In many US states that have "at will" statutes, an employee can be terminated without cause; it's only when a specific cause is stated that the employer can be held accountable. (There are exceptions, but a clever HR manager can slip around them.)

"Goodbye, John. Gather your personal belongings while the guards watch; they'll escort you from the building."

"Why? For God's sake!"

"Because you are no longer employed here. Goodbye."

Case closed.

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UK Snoopers' Charter crashes through critics into the next level

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Two-headed Beast

Was it Dr. Doolittle's "Push-Me-Pull-You" beast that had two heads? Or was it two asses? Whatever. Seems the UK and the US are playing that game, going in for a bit of first one, then t'other with upping their invasive surveillance powers.

It's all well and good for both to assure the hapless public that "safeguards, legal limits, and appropriate restrictions" are written in the bills, but there's nothing on earth strong enough to contain rogue agencies who wish to push, or ignore, those limits.

Snowden showed us. 'Tis a pity his warnings have served only to accelerate the push-me pull-you stampede to increase surveillance powers.

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Get lost, Windows 10 and Phone fans: No maps HERE on Microsoft's OS

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Re: Developer support depends on Microsoft delivering the right eco-system

"We are certainly saddened by the current Microsoft strategy and the apparent ignorance of Microsoft not getting it right. I fear that many more development houses will drop away from this platform.

As a home-based user, blogger, and writer who is increasingly relying on Linux-based apps, that certainly sounds like a coffin lid dropping into place! What good is an OS without a freely-accessible universe of apps?

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

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Re: I've only one thing to say to Microsoft Executives about Windows-10...

"Go and read some of the 1-star reviews on Amazon.com you total fuckwits!"

Holy Rejectulation, Batman! Nearly four hundred reviews for Win10 on Amazon, and it averages three stars out of five? Bat guano gets four! That Win10 score ties with Joker and Scarface for butt-ugly!

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Sneakin' something in

Ayup, so they did. And so did we stop drinking Coke altogether. That sickly-sweet flavor left a gawd-awful aftertaste, and it prompted us to think what a silly price we'd paid for a habit of drinking colored sugar-water!

(But at least they weren't sneakin' in ethylene glycol as an 'upgrade'; that would of been an MS-like move of sneakin' in the telemetry without confessin' the truth of what its all about.)

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notifications from the task bar

Bought a lease-return Lenovo X130e for a knock-about field computer. Came with a fresh install of Win7 64-bit. Delightful purchase! Flashing & blinking icon in the task bar, right there from the get-go! Can't miss it. Then comes the pop-up window! Upgrade! Free! Windows 10!

No thanks. Don't need it, don't want it, doubt that I'll like it. Dug out the list of 17 (!) KB-number "Security Patches" I'd been collecting & saving from Win10 dissenters here on El Reg. Found 6 (!) of them installed in the freshly-installed Win7 installation! Dug 'em out, sprayed 'em, stomped 'em, killed 'em. Downloaded GWX control panel. Set it for Win10 'death watch' mode. And ... also turned off MS Security Update.

Waiting for the day that MS decides to bypass all Update settings and ram Win10 down the pipe anyway. That will be the day for total disk-wipe and Linux install.

Did we notice the "notification" in the task bar, MS Marketing? YES ... now go diddle yerself.

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AdBlock replaced blocked ads with ads for Amnesty International

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Edge

Read about them screwing charging advertisers awhile back; switched over to AdBlock Edge as blocker of choice in Firefox. That's worked just fine ... so far. Seems to be no shortage of choices. So far ... so far so good ... keeping fingers crossed ... just sayin' ... there's a lot of pent-up money out there ... one day maybe comes a tsunami ... sixty-foot wall of ads!

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IBM to erase 14,000 people from the payroll – Wall St analyst

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Re: "lower labour cost countries"

yes, Arkansas is one, surrounded by a few others. Not competitive with India for hi-tech, however, so no help there, but for Bangladeshi-style grunt-labor it remains very competitive wage-wise. Educational cut-backs in the K-12 area forestalled any hi-tech progress.

Just sayin' ...

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GCHQ: Crypto's great, we're your mate, don't be like that and hate

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Goodwill?

"That is where we will need goodwill on both sides.”

Given the repeated violations of trust and transparency by GCHQ and NSA, how can goodwill possibly exist in a climate of distrust?

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Bruce Schneier: We're sleepwalking towards digital disaster and are too dumb to stop

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Trump: It will be So Great!

Just you wait and see. President Trump will make it So Great! that you won't believe it! Great, simply Great! And those who mess with the internet, they'll be in So Much Trouble! You won't believe how much trouble they'll be in! They'll be in so much trouble, you won't believe it!

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Gartner to FBI: Stop bullying Apple and the tech industry

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What do I think?

I think that law enforcement agencies haven't come all that far from "rubber hoses, confessions, and secret searches" mentality. The fastest way to p|ss off a cop is to say "no"; the red haze of anger prompts retaliation.

A judge recently ruled in favor of Apple; wanna bet the FBI is working full-tilt to find a way around that? Go look for alternate methods? What a laugh ... ! First they've gotta deal with those bad attitudes at Apple!

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Pentagon to Dept of Defense: Give us $580bn for cyberwar and spacewar

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A chain of command

Ash Carter makes his case to Congress; Congress authorizes the Treasury Department to issue another set of bonds; the Treasury Department sweetens the yield and sends a delegation to China; China buys the bonds.

New Chinese islands in South China Sea receive a 'scolding' from US State Department, but proceed unhindered. A simple case of geopolitics.

Overhead: hear the military-industrial complex barons sweetly singing: deep pockets in Sp-a-a-a-a-c-e-!

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Apple fires legal salvo at FBI for using All Writs law in iPhone brouhaha

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Re: Pandora's box

"...appropriate combination of pressure and plea bargaining in quite a few of them,,,"

Sort of on the order that sees some 95% of all felony convictions in the US gotten through plea bargaining? Take the lesser sentence, or face the maximum sentence allowed under law? Or would that possibly expand to include an automatic trigger for failing to reveal the password: presumptive guilt plus fifty years in federal prison for failure to comply.

Not my idea of a brave new world.

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FBI v Apple spat latest: Bill Gates is really upset that you all thought he was on the Feds' side

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We are the government

The big question now is how the FBI is choosing to define the word "narrow."

Narrow = "Whenever we can, wherever we can, because we can"

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Ransomware scum infect Tinseltown hospital, demand $3.6m

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Re: Whare are the NSA / GCHQ whe you need them?

Please to remember, it's only a hospital hack. In the U.S., that ranks as a regrettable incident. Nothing at all like a critical assault on a multi-national corporation and the fortunes of America's One Percent; or an Insurgent and Subversive Attack against national security such as the hack of a Three-Letter Agency which would require Congressional Inquiry, Administrative Executive Action, and Enhanced Investigatory Powers.

'tis only a hospital hack. We've got lots of hospitals and far too many sick people draining the system. So let's keep a sense of proportion here, folks. Move along, nothing to see. It's just another hack. Not like we haven't had lots of 'em. Keep moving along now ...

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Debian 6.0 about to take flying leap off long term support cliff

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Never mind the secret sauce ...

Ver 7 "Wheezy" obsolete, boo hoo, support ends. XP users got over it, you can too. Ver 8 "Jessie" going, going! ... support ends soon. Ver 9 "Obliterate" never happens! Ver 10 "SuckyTux" online for Suppository Upgrade track, with zombie renew Forced Download! feature ... 2.67 Gb and rolling now to a distro center near you ... !

WHOA ... what a wild dream THAT was! Fell asleep in the recliner, MS Win10 Wonderful! Wonderful! commercial running on the TV ... wow, my head!

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