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Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

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Re: firefox ESR updated too

As I said, prepare to be constantly disappointed. Also, your melodrama is ridiculous.

Bam. Problem solved. Users have choice. They can shift from old to new at their leisure, or not at all. There's no plugin. There's no cursing at the fucking thing because it gets part of the way towards the old UI but never quite all the way. You are asked if you want the new UI, and if not, you are given the old UI with zero fucking around.

Yeh, problem solved... Apart from it means Mozilla now have to maintain two UI's. Much like you'd have to support two UIs. Why on earth are you offering a choice and doubling your support workload? Presumably you're employed to manage your business's IT efficiently, not offer pointless choice everywhere and ramp up the costs. Unless of course the users you're going on about are your cats and Mittens is so precious he must have his right to choice respected at all times...

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Re: firefox ESR updated too

You're going to be consistently disappointed if you're expecting to be consulted before every major design change. All software companies (besides those making bespoke stuff,) make changes that they think users will like / attract more users, it's always been mostly speculative. If you were that desperate to make your opinion known to Mozilla you could have joined the public beta test and given feedback.

I have no moral obligation to continue supporting any company that refuses to meet my needs.

Nobody suggested otherwise. If the software doesn't meet your needs, go use something else. Just stop over-blowing how difficult it is to revert the UI changes; it'll take ten minutes of your time if you're even semi competent. I'm also at a loss as to how you think distributing one file to a standard location on each user's computer and then forcing a restart of the browser is going to require a mass of scripting.

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Re: firefox ESR updated too

No home button. I only see a back button, not a back and a forward. No "star" button for enabling bookmarks. Buttons for common apps like lastpass, ghostery and refcontrol aren't visible, so I am unsure if you just don't have them installed, or you UI doesn't show them.

There's no home button because I don't use a home page. Adding it to the toolbar is a couple of menu clicks though, as is the bookmarks button and any addon buttons (I don't use the ones you listed). There is a forward button but it only appears when there's a page to actually go forward to.

There doesn't appear to be a bottom status bar, so I'm unsure how integration of things like TrackMeNot works, and it gives the impression that it will be one of those ADD nightmare "appears when it wants to, disappears when it wants to" sort of things. No idea where NoScript shows up in your config.

The status bar appears when it needs to. I prefer it that way since it just takes up screen real-estate otherwise but I can see how some would find it annoying. If I hover over a link it appears to show the url, if something important needs my attention it pops up a message. I don't let NoScript use it though since it's a whitelist. I don't need to know about all the things it's blocking by default. If a page isn't working I use the button on the toolbar to unblock stuff.

Your config may look superficially like a usable browser, but it's missing a lot of the critical elements.

It's incredibly useable for me, but that's because I catered the UI to my own needs. That was my original point really. It's not difficult to hack up a bit of CSS so that you've got a UI exactly as you want it. You could then distribute that userChrome.css to your users.

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Re: firefox ESR updated too

It's not too hard to get Firefox looking like a decent web browser again.

Here's my Firefox UI.

And here's my userChrome.css if you want to use it as a base.

You need to enable the oldschool Menu Bar (File, Edit, etc) by rightclicking on the menu area and selecting that option, it's not part of the CSS (it probably could be but I was too lazy to figure it out). You'll probably also want to change the hex colour codes in the file since they were selected to blend in with my desktop theme.

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: top tip

I sold an 8 year old dual G5 for $450 last year. Try that with ANY pc. I also sold a two year old MacMini for 85% of purchase price. Again, try that with any PC.

If anything, that just shows that Apple users will always pay over the odds for average and/or old tech because it has their favourite logo on it.

Is this supposed to show Apple users in a good light?

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Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

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Re: Profit wouldn't slip if they wrote better games

Complex AI requires a lot of CPU power. PC games could have quite interesting AI but unfortunately most games a hobbled to run on consoles which have relatively weak CPUs. That's not something that's likely to change any time soon since console makers will always favour the GPU over the CPU when costing parts (because better graphics are an easy sell).

Complaining that there's no innovation in the games industry because of tipple As like Halo is rather unfair though. It's like saying that no interesting films are made any more because of Jason Statham. You're just looking in the wrong places.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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I've no doubt that tech firms charge us more (because the market will bear it etc) but if you've ever tried to import something into the UK you'll know that HMRC takes a ridiculous amount of tax.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Re: Could be for the best

They would probably say that 1024 x 768 monitors are obsolete - but that gives a text size I can read easily.

You know the size of text rendered on your screen is not dependant on your resolution, right? You could change the DPI setting in your OS. Alternatively, if you only want to alter web pages you could either set you web browser to render all pages zoomed or you could set it to override default font sizes.

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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

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Re: What century are these guys in?

Presumably there are admins out there who want to vet every patch before it is applied to make sure it won't bork their system. I'm not a sys admin but if I was I'd rather have to explain to the boss that the server is down because the distro provider arsed up one of their security patches than have to explain that it is down because I hadn't gotten around to applying the latest security patches.

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ALIEN BODY FOUND ON MARS: Curiosity rover snaps extraterrestrial

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No matter how many of these sort of articles I read, I never cease to be amazed that I'm looking at photos taken on another f-ing planet!

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: What is the solution?

Whilst we should always be locking up people who commit actual assaults, it seems to me that we should be offering psychological help to the rest. If someone is showing paedophilic tendencies (viewing child pornography for example,) it seems better for society as a whole to offer them help with dealing with their problem whilst taking steps to keep them away from temptation such as barring them from certain jobs. Publicly shaming paedophiles when there's been no actual victim just drives them underground, causing them to form social connections with other underground paedophiles leading to the reinforcement of undesirable behaviours.

The above probably isn't going to be a popular opinion any time soon. Look at it this way though; sometimes schizophrenics freak out and kill people but when we identify somebody with the condition who hasn't actually committed a crime we offer them help, we don't drag them through the courts whilst naming and shaming them in the news.

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Re: for some definition of paedophile...

That's the same defense given against the ivory trade. "it's okay to buy it because I am not directly killing the animals". The fact is that if you stop the demand the supply will dry up.

AFAIK most child pornography is produced by paedophiles. Most active paedophiles are related to their victims. As unfortunate as it is, there's always going to be a supply of this material, regardless of any external demand.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Re: Manco

New Reg reader challenge:

Using English as the grammatical framework whilst selecting words from any other language construct a mundane, inoffensive and coherent sentence where each word is also the name of genitalia in an another language.

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I've got 99 problems, but a Facebook boycott ain't one

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Re: to quote Douglas Adams

There are many legitimate problems with Facebook. There is also a sizeable section of the Reg readership that never grew out of that teenage mindset where everything mainstream is bad. Facebook is the punching-bag du jour, eventually it'll be something else.

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In other news...

Crack dealer screws over users. Users get mad but keep buying crack.

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Re: Emails and Announcements

This is really no different to setting up an email address, not checking your email and then getting mad at people who sent you emails. Though I will admit with a situation such as a close family member inviting you to an important event they should have had the sense to phone you when you didn't respond.

Footnote: You can set up Facebook so that it emails you when you receive a message or invite on the service. Send it to its own folder if you don't want it clogging up your regular inbox.

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Will Microsoft devices sit happily on a single platform?

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It's really not that hard to build a UI that adapts to different form factors. See Responsive Web Design for details.

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Down-with-the-kidz Apple stuffs up with wild 'funness' claims

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I didn't think I'd end up feeling old in my twenties but I've never heard anyone use this word and it makes me cringe reading it...

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Manhattan drone pair cuffed for NYPD chopper near miss

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Re: Thought Crime

By the sounds of it though the pilot didn't actually start to feel endangered until he flew his helicopter near the drone in order to observe it.

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Doctor Who season eight scripts leak online

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Re: This forum isn't for kids.

Some of these fucking cunts are reading this god-damn bullshit at work though...

Bollocks.

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Overclocking to 5GHz? We put Intel Devil’s Canyon CPU to the test

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Re: Upgrade time :D

As a long time user of AMD CPUs I think the FX 8350 is incredibly good value but I also think it's completely disingenuous to compare its performance to that of a top-of-the-range i7. The Vishera chips are cheaper, easier to overclock, offer better multi-tasking performance and come with hardware virtualisation support as standard but when it comes to overall performance they're only really equivalent to the faster i5 processors.

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Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users

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So a law allows the US courts to seize domain names en masse based on somewhat spurious evidence. I don't agree with it in its current form but I realise that the courts have to make their judgements on how the law is written rather than how they'd like it to be written.

What I really don't understand is why the custody of the domains is handed over to Microsoft. No other law that I'm aware of works this way. If, for example, I report someone for dealing in criminalized drugs the police won't confiscate them and then hand them over to me for safe keeping.

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

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Re: Sad

In the UK the legal length of the warranty can be up 6 years. As best as I can remember it scales with price, the more you pay for an item the longer you can expect the warranty to be. So you could expect a full 6 years on a car for example but a considerably shorter warranty on the twenty quid dumbphone you bought from Tesco. It also gets a bit complicated because after 6 months the burden of proof switches to the consumer to prove that they didn't cause damage to the product and that it is a manufacturing fault / component failure.

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

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Re: Encouragement?

"Some modern so-called libertarians have very illiberal beliefs such as anti-socialism and stronger property rights. I can't think of anything as antithetical to liberty."

Cheers for the laugh. Also, John Locke would like to have a word.

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Re: Here's what feminists do when men are encouraged to go into female-dominated fields

That article shows everything that is wrong with affirmative action. Creating a new form of discrimination in order to mitigate the effects of a previous discrimination does nothing to help equality. You still end up with a group of people being unfairly discriminated against. All it actually achieves is the illusion of equality.

People need to accept that after millennia of discriminating against people based on their race / sex / religion that our societies are going to take time to rebalance themselves. An average 50/50 gender balance in workplaces would be a nice thing to have, but it's unrealistic to expect in the short term. Constructing policies to force this 50/50 balance to appear more quickly than it otherwise would creates unfair discrimination and is only done so people such as politicians can congratulate each other on having 'fixed the problem'.

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Firefox's unstoppable zombie Google cookie

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I'd forgotten about this thread. Anyway, NoScript does not block the Google PREF cookie, in fact as far as I can see NoScript has no cookie blocking capabilities whatsoever. I did eventually find a solution after hours of searching. To be honest the method seems utterly bizarre but it has actually stopped the cookie from reappearing.

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(1) Open Firefox / Preferences / Content / Languages / Choose to open the list of languages.

(2) Select each language in the list. Remove each language from the list including English/United States [en-us]. Remove them all. Click OK

(3) Open Firefox / Preferences / Security. Uncheck Block reported attack sites. Uncheck Block reported web forgeries.

(4) Open Firefox / Preferences / Privacy / Exceptions to open the Exceptions – Cookies list. Enter google.com and click Block. Close the Exceptions – Cookies window.

(5) Open Firefox / Preferences / Privacy / Show Cookies to open the Cookies list. Remove all google.com cookies including the google PREF cookie. Close the Cookies list window.

(6) No google.com cookies or google PREF cookie will install in your browser again.

(7) You can return to Firefox / Preferences / Content / Languages / Choose / Select a language to add... and add as many languages as you want to add to the language list, but now the google PREF cookie will not install because you previously unchecked the / Security options as in the preceding paragraph (3) and you blocked google.com cookies as in the preceding paragraph (4).

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Waiting gamer slams no-show show: E3 – was that it?

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Re: Action Quake 2

AQ2 was good but AHL was better. Less strafe jumping and more tense gun fights.

It says a lot about the current state of multiplayer FPS games that I'm still choosing to play AHL instead. Now that I think about it I've been shooting at the same people for nigh on 15 years...

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Re: And here I was thinking that complex physics was the problem

The traditional method for getting appropriately animated breasts is to bone them.

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Re: Understandable I guess

"Text to voice is more than good enough for most games"

New keyboard please.

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Urine a goldmine for fuel-cell materials: boffins

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Re: Best sub-heading ever!

"but alternatively I can stay warm those days for about £1500 in cheap vodka."

Drinking or burning?

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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Are these really security holes? It looks to me like Microsoft is simply not including some quality-of-life functions into their Windows 7 libraries. Not having these functions means a programmer has to be more careful but it shouldn't make the library any less secure if said programmer is following best practices.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Re: objects and stuff

"Comparing women to objects is the same as comparing objects to women."

There's nothing inherently sexist about anthropomorphization. However, implying anthropomorphized objects can never be female is definitely sexist.

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Brit lands on Rockall with survival podule, starts record attempt

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Re: You do realise Rockall isn't British?

You seem to have misunderstood what UNCLOS III does. Not being able to enforce an exclusive economic zone in the sea around an uninhabited rock (200 miles in every direction,) does not mean that a country can't claim sovereignty over that rock. In fact because the UK claims sovereignty they can enforce their right to territorial waters around the rock (12 miles in every direction).

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Euro judges: Copyright has NOT changed, you WON'T get sued for browsing the web

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Re: Sorry for repeating myself

Solution: Always assume they can be more stupid.

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Indie record labels to haul YouTube before the European Commission

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Re: Khaptin

Regardless of the merits of French radio stations, it seems a bit contradictory to decry Youtube for "making you discover what they decide you need to discover" but then advocate discovering new music through the playlist of your favourite DJ.

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Queen's Speech: Computer Misuse Act to be amended, tougher sentences planned

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Re: WTF are 'paedophilic manuals'?

"I've no idea. It seems a little silly to me to have a law to cover a specific case of a manual that details how to commit a very specific crime.

Why no legislation on burglary manuals? Or Murder manuals? Armed robbery manuals? (Maybe it's the programmer in me, but why not create an abstract law regarding the dissemination of criminal techniques in manuals and then have a concrete implementation for each crime?)"

I assume it's brought to us by the same ridiculous thought process that created the law banning 'terrorist manuals'.

You can legally own any number of books and scientific papers discussing the manufacture and use of bombs. Unless the police need a reason to give you trouble and you're of middle-eastern / Irish descent, then your books magically transmogrify into 'terrorist manuals'.

Sometimes it's even just a matter of marketing;

C.I.A.'s Improvised Munitions - perfectly fine.

Mujahideen's Handbook - expect to spend the next 10 years behind bars.

(FYI, I own none of the above. I'm not keen on being woken abruptly at 3am by stormtroopers.)

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

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Re: re:It's too difficult for him to learn. Poor baby.

"Considering C is easier to learn than C++"

I'd say C++11 is easier than straight C.

"Wrap that in a smart pointer" is far easier than "malloc and for the love of god remember to free".

Still wouldn't teach it as a first language though.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: Now Trident makes sense.

Well, if it comes to all out nuclear war then the UK actually having nuclear weapons isn't really going to make any difference to the outcome. They're best used as a deterrent. If a foreign country is sure the UK have nuclear weapons, then they are just as effective a deterrent regardless of whether or not they actually exist in our arsenal.

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Here's my guess: none of them.

Maybe the Guardian will mention it in passing. Since it's no longer an 'EXCLUSIVE!!!' I can't see them being too motivated though.

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WORLD HISTORY in SELFIES: So AMAZEBALLS your EYES will EXPLODE

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No, we got it. It was just crap.

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IT'S ALIVE! ISEE-3 responding to commands

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Re: I'll say one thing for NASA

I'm not an engineer so I await the downvotes but...

Wouldn't a swarm of smaller satellites mean more surface area? I presume this would necessitate more radiation shielding, which in turn would mean a higher overall mass compared to one large satellite. More mass would drive up the launch cost.

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Valve says no Steam Machines until 2015, fingers crossed

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Re: Steam Machines, as they are, are DOOMED

"What we want is something like the nVidia Shield (that takes the output of the PC you have an slaps it on another screen)."

You mean like Steam boxes have been advertised as being able to do since they were first announced?

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ICO raps UK Student Loans Co for leaking MEDICAL files and more

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Re: The article keeps changing

"But having left the newsprint world and embraced the web, I cannot fathom why you'd not want to take advantage of instant publishing to make articles as fresh and clean as possible."

Because the article is a record of what The Register reported. If you modify the article after publication without indicating those modifications in some way then any quotations from or references to it gain the appearance of being inaccurate. The only way to prove otherwise is to hope some third-party has archived the article in its original state.

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Microsoft's 'CEO of no' on Xbox: NO SALE

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Re: They can't sell bing off

"The trend will be to use an "online personal assistant" to perform the search."

Did I hear somebody say Bonzi Buddy?

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Bing's the thing in Microsoft's push for cheap Windows devices

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Re: Windows with Bing = Bingow!

Windows + Bing = Wingdings

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Beijing to Washington: Ratted-out routers not welcome here

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Vetting

"Or are we headed for a situation in which great powers simply decide not to trust sensitive products made by their geopolitical rivals?"

I'd be very surprised if this vetting of foreign products didn't happen already (at least behind closed doors,) with bidding processes manipulated to keep out potentially hostile companies. Maybe we will move to a world where governments are more upfront about it, though part of me suspects that even if the rest of the world locks foreign competitors out of their infrastructure projects the UK will still be buying its gear from 'Trustworthy Mr.Cheng - Purveyor of secure equipment and definitely not a spy'.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order ... BLAM-BLAM! That guard did Nazi that coming

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Structure?

Am I the only one who wishes these game reviews were a bit more structured? They often seem to read like the over excited rambling of some kid who breathlessly uses a hell of a lot of words to say absolutely nothing.

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Wacky 'baccy making a hash of FBI infosec recruitment efforts

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Re: Maybe I'm just old-fashioned...

"But surely arriving at a job-interview when drunk/high is not the best idea.

Arriving to a job interview with law enforcement while drunk/high seems particularly nuts"

It's probably hyperbole. I suspect that Mr Comey really just means that these potential whitehats are regular smokers. For example, having a spliff the night before might help someone relax and get a good nights sleep before their interview. That doesn't mean they're going to turn up to the interview intoxicated.

Asking people if they regularly break the law is a bit iffy as well when state and federal law are at odds with each other.

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MacBook Air 13-inch: If you squint hard enough, you'll see a lesser-spotted Apple Price Cut

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Re: But surely the most important question has to be...

Personally, I'd wipe it and install Linux. Still, my brain can't quite get to grips with somebody looking at a Unix machine and asking if they can install 'proper Linux' on it...

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