* Posts by fajensen

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EXT4 filesystem can EAT ALL YOUR DATA

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Ahh, Those Bright Young Things who hack Linux distributions these days .... They are working to make Linux more like Windows .

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: P2P lending

"Market Friction" is what pays for the free whores & blow offered at those exclusive resorts where the decision makers are invited to seminars on "How deregulation and Zero enforcement is Good for YOU^H^H Society"!

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Re: Houses are consumer goods.

The United States is now in debt to the tune of $114 trillion;

You are assuming that this has to be paid back?

The world does not really work that way - sovereign defaults were quite normal up till 1980's or so when it suddenly became "bad form" to soak the creditors.

Eventually the US is going to go for the straight default or some way of printing itself out of the whole, soaking the holders of US securities. When you know that you will run away from the bill, then it is perfectly rational to run the bill as high as possible - all those USD are buying real things; and the flood of money is even pushing up prices so the Chinese and other competitors have to work harder to get the USD they need to pay for their stuff.

The US is not going broke because of the debt, one cannot go broke when one does not have to pay what one owes; the problem in the US is that the economy cannot grow fast enough to support the looting and fraud perpetrated by the CEO's - similar to what happened to the USSR; The ruling elite sets itself up to loots the hell out of the country, after a while the looting is perfected and all value is instantly vacuumed up and squirrelled away in secret accounts, the economy dies. Partly because there is no surplus capital to invest with, partly because everyone stops participating in the sucker game and use vodka, favours or cash for exchanges.

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Re: it's gambling.

Not A Single Thing - Just look at some ISDA statistics, the nominal amount of the worlds over-the-counter derivatives (= unregulated junk) just increased during the bailouts meaning that the fu.. er banks were just printing more of the garbage, now that they had the ECB to sell it to!

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Re: And the Perpetrators

Nothing Err - What?!

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/will-hsbc-deal-come-back-to-haunt-loretta-lynch-20150209

What most people wont realise is that "government" is working together with crooked businesses for a mere percentage of the loot (and a nice con-sluttant gig later). Law enforcement at this level is pretty much about securing that the looters keep a-looting and closing the door on any emerging competition.

When the mob beats down their front doors, that's when justice is served and we shall of course celebrate with a cognac and a good cigar.

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Re: And the Perpetrators

Because being venal, stupid, lax, greedy, incompetent, misguided and plain flat out wrong simply aren't crimes.

Perhaps - but, I do believe that Fraud, Money Laundering, Tax Evasion and Funding Terrorists is at least frowned upon by "society"; it's certainly a crime when I do it!

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' - from his PASSENGER seat

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Re: "Ryanair ...no on-board entertainment other than that crappy paper magazine?"

Ryanair would prefer to run the planes without crew and auction off the pilot seat - if they could get insurance cover for the passengers and the plane, they would do it too!

I speculate that the people who like Ryanair are authoritarians, who gets pleasure out of "knowing the rules" (and the hideous web site) well enough to avoid getting stuck with some scam / fee and knowing that the crew is paid less than the average PFY working at McD.

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Re: Lemmings !

ARINC 664 and AFDX are the reference standards.

Sure - but - Is there a cable between the in-flight entertainment systems and the flight systems? The references that I could google up doesn't explain this.

To all those who claim that this is super complicated to hack and this decades old special hardware is very secure - the example below is kind of what "we" are up against. Some people are very clever and very patient!

http://hackaday.com/2015/01/22/reprogramming-super-mario-world-from-inside-the-game/

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they're very carefully partitioned in every way.

Which way? If it is via switches and firewalls, then I would not trust the separation to hold - the qualification process guarantees that the installed hardware and software is always *generations* behind The Internet. I read (in Wired, I think) that they (Boeing) wired the entertainment network via plastic junction boxes under the seats. Not very inaccessible.

Separate physical cabling all the way, separate antennas, that might actually work for a while.

.... At least until some moron tries his EMP-device on the plane.

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Re: No, he did not.

Sure about that?

The presentations that I have seen on AFDX, the Latest and Greatest in COTS control systems for Airbus and Dreamliner appears to be all Ethernet, with the separation performed by management system in the switches, f.ex.: http://www.afdx.com/pdf/AFDX_Training_October_2010_Full.pdf

The in-flight internet would come from the same antenna array as the other traffic so there will be a physical connection over some form of VLAN at least - unless people cut another opening in the hull for more antennas specifically for this purpose, which I don't think is considered "cost effective".

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

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Re: Potential use for criminals? My little experience...

I think it is only a matter of time, a short time(!), before someone uses Machine Intelligence to calculate better odds for someone coming to a sticky end than the insurance companies have and then use their insider advantage to (automatically?) invest in life insurance policies on the "risky people".

... from there it is just a small step to "help matters along" by adding other Machine Intelligence(s) giving dodgy advice -

"... research shows that an all-cheese diet will lower cholesterol levels significantly .... ",

"... studies prove that owning a motorbike with more than 250 BHP make men above 50 significantly more attractive to women ... "

and, of course:

"... it's a short-cut .... ",

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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Re: Some seriously flawed thinking there...

The best we could do is try to control the information available to it to deceive it into thinking ...

Ah? So, we must lie and appeal to their "best interests", which are really "our interests" cloaked in drag - because that works really well with people!? Where?

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Facebook policy wonk growls at Europe's mass of data laws

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Re: Facebook shill

and where they've combined they are all given a right to speak and make their own points

Which is exactly why the sleazy filth in the unelected European Commission will sign us up for TTIP. We just can't have all this democracy crap stand in the way of businesses god given right to a guaranteed profit!

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You can't keep a Secret and nor can anyone else: the app is closing

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Re: So he didn't really expect massive trolling?

The Generation Gap - The kiddies who were never on NNTP cannot imagine the true nature of people ;-)

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Re: Gah!

I want OTHER PEOPLE to drive safely and keep a wide distance around ME - so I think that a neutron bomb warhead slaved to my vital signals is the best solution.

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New EU security strategy: Sod cyber terrorism, BAN ENCRYPTION

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Should I need an AK ...

It is rumoured that one could go to certain drinking dens and perhaps meet some of our "friends" from ex. Yugoslavia that the EU+NATO made all of themselves ... all analogue business; no internet required.

The people who provides these "services", they tend to be conservative and traditional people - who value not being in jail and they appreciate that their business is much safer when the plod spends all of their time sniffing everybody's pr0n and cat-movies.

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Twitter's share price crashed 18% thanks to ONE LONE TWEET

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Shorting is not cost effective in relation to the unlimited risk the shorter assumes.

You get 100x leverage "for free" with standard options with only the risk of your invested capital.

With customised derivatives you can get whatever you like - except that markets are thin and exclusive, so it may be hard to find a sucker to take "the other side" (and since these markets are "unregulated", said sucker may not want to pay up after the event).

In any case, if the board have any clue whatsoever, they would trade via a Belgian number account or Private Broker in London (the biggest pirate-market on the planet). Only incompetents are ever busted for insider trading!

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Re: Twitter

Probably automated - they got robots tracking twitter "news", of course the oppo got robots injecting "news" into twitter to mess with the trade-bots. All fun until somebody loses an eye ...

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Surgery-bot can be hacked to HACK YOU TO PIECES

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I think that I prefer that the developers do One Thing: Build a Surgeon to be as good, user friendly and safe as they can. Then Security (and QoS) is added by another set of developers - doing just that One Thing.

Building "everything" into one system is exactly what went wrong with SNMPv3 and Java - Security may be baked in, but, it is so complicated to use that it is useless (SNMPv3) or it is so complicated that it is just one huge attack surface (Java).

NETCONF, HTTP, et. al. rely on"external" security: VPN, SSH et cetera. This is a *far* better approach IMO - when for example SSH is hacked, it can be Replaced. And everyone understands the common protocols - "baked in" means "customised", which will mean funny exceptions and special cases for all equipment.

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: Dodgy Product

I was going to mock that, but, I see that Steam is available for Mac OS.

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Re: and the reality is......

"After Hours Trading" is crooked. Everybody knows that the traders set positions to fuck over the idiits who still believe in setting stop-losses and people who are still holding options this close to expiry.

"Analysts Expectations" - haha, these are always set so that the actuals will exceed whatever the guess it, eventually of course the trend turns and then the stock "miss analysts expectations"; It's noise and made-up bullshit but at least one can trade it, "analysts" usually under-shoot 5-6 quarters then miss.

I agree that the preview version of Win10 looks really solid, fast and good. I could even be a great product - IF - it is allowed. Preview Vista looked really great too. I don't know *what* they did to it, but, it sure turned into shit on the release.

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Re: Trick one...

I think Steam-OS should worry Microsoft a lot more than any "Desktop Linux", realistically - few will use it, the mass market will use whatever tools comes with the device.

The Mac's have adequate "office" tools already installed and the people who watch cat-videos, do budgeting and facebook a lot, they all use tablets now.

Steam-OS directly attacks X-box, which is already in trouble, and it cuts the potential revenue from home PC's upgrades - realistically, most home users will buy windows *only* because Games run on it (in the golden days, hard-core gamers even bought server versions of Windows for the performance and shunning of Vista).

There is not a lot of space left for Microsoft to expand into. They already got "business".

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Re: Be patient, it's coming!

Windows Vista was Great in the preview too. They added the suck to the release version so this time we shall see how it looks like when it's done.

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Re: Everything that's new is crap

True, but: Microsoft can afford to lose billions every year for the next decade so the odds are that *some* truly epic product will slip through the corporate kill-filter and revitalise the business.

Microsoft do have a lot of really smart developers - on the management side, ... not so much.

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Licence to chill: Ex-CIA spyboss Petraeus gets probation for leaking US secrets to his mistress

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Re: SMH.... His sentence was expected.

We always clean the stairs one step below the top, how it's always been done.

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Transparency thrust sees Met police buying up to 30,000 bodycams

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More Crimes, Just what "we" need!

... the use of the technology will dramatically cut costs by speeding up the time it takes to compile evidence and bring a case to trial. "It's about taking an holistic view of the criminal justice system," he said ...

So, every time we see PC Plod one has to be aware that everything registered by his/her sensor package will go off to the cloud where:

a) Multiple MI-systems are going through the data for possible offences that must be prosecuted to the letter, since now they are on the record,

b) Stored forever - in the case new offences are created,

Fucking Brilliant! How can this possibly be un-good?

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DRONE ALONE: US Navy secretary gives up on manned fighters

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Re: Awful acronym

"Cartel" - This will be the perfect tool to deliver recreational pharmaceuticals to discerning customers.

Most people will pay a premium to not deal with drug dealers directly, and, most people probably also prefer to know that whatever they are about to sniff, ingest or eat was delivered by air rather than by digestive system.

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Why not organic kitty litter?

So? Round these parts, they cover the landfill with a membrane, then one can suck out the methane from the landfill and mix it up with the natural gas - or burn it in a generator if there is a long-ish distance to the gas network.

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Re: Why not organic kitty litter?

Organic kitty litter will rot and become soil again eventually so one can dump the contents of the cat-tray in the compost or bury it; The in-organic stuff is basically clay which is dried and "popped" like pop-corn.

This stuff just sits there, one cannot dump it, it has to go into the bin.

There is I.O.W. no requirement for cat-shit to last forever - we want it to be GONE, hence the organic cat-litter is the better product.

If one is covering cat litter with radioactive waste, then, probably, the ecological aspects are less relevant.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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Re: So what will be enough power?

Will the police stand up in public and tell us, clearly and specifically, AT WHAT POINT WILL THEY STOP?

They will never stop until the crowds storm "The Bastille" and make them.

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Re: What did they do before the internet?

They had to Work. Work kind of suck, which is why we must pay someone to do it.

Nowadays, these flunkies do not want to work, no, they just want to get paid - while automated processes are watching everyone's pr0n collection and coming up with anything good.

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Google plans ROBOTS to SLICE YOU OPEN AND CUT YOU UP

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Re: Not SkyNet, but...

Everybody knows that scarcity determines value - so - whenever a company have a product or service they want to appear really valuable, they put something in the branding that they / the product completely lack (which, therefore, appears very valuable to the sales-side).

Which is why we know never to trust anything with "trust" in the name, we know that anything "smart" has been dropped on it's head from 10 stories, "simple" is incomprehensible complexity, and that "value" means "cheapened even lower than shit" - while roses can grow on shit, this product sucks life itself away. Et Cetera, Politics is the same BTW.

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I think they are planning to live-auction your organs on eBay: Once you are strapped into the machine and cut open you will get the opportunity to make bids with other customers on all the bits you want to be still there when they stitch you back up.

The surgery itself is "free", though.

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Three quarters of South Korea popped in online gaming raids

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Re: Raises an interesting point

Always use different account details for every website!

Why?

The accounts are thrash anyway, they are entertainment, but, they are not "me" - sure - someone can easily hack all my web accounts and write racist and homophobic rants under my pseudonym. Bleh.

The thing you must always do is:

1) LIE - do not use any real data, data of birth, answer to verification questions or whatever they want. Because any information that refers to me as an individual is a foothold for a hacker to get at things that matter.

2) Minimise the use of services where you can't lie.

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Why do so many dum-dum web-businesses insist on having an account created and storing user information and even credit card numbers? It just creates trouble because now the business have to secure that information, comply with data retention laws and it becomes a big, fat, target for hackers. Better to not store the information at all.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: or...

Stealth!? You mean that Super Secret Special Sauce aboard that F-117A that was shot down by an ancient AA-battery in 1999 and then handed over to Russia ... who, on seeing that Stealth isn't working so good (except at gouging taxpayers), probably sold the bits and the analysis report off to someone ... like uhh, i dunno, maybe the French or Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group?

At least we can now buy Stealth on Alibaba.com so we can skip the F-35.

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Ericsson buys Sunrise Technology

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Yes - that happened too. They even had the the very traditional touch of two men and one women in business suits with clipboards on the prowl through the building - before the mass "outplacements".

When one sees people in business suits with temporary ID's .... It is time to get that CV polished up to full brightness and off to the job sites, before the crowds get there!

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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Google: "Russian Flying"

It will be great!!

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Re: I can see the mayhem now...

Or maybe the antique but lovingly restored Flak 34 I keep in my shed just for this occasion?

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‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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Re: At the risk of being controversial...

But, at the end of the day their hearts are in the right place,

But, we won't know that until the end of the day actually arrives, and when it does, we might be fucked!

The Weimar Republic surely had their hearts in the right place when they made it possible for the Jews to administer their own communities with a minimum of interference from the state - this self-determination included Tax Collection; which required records of where the "church-tax" was being paid to.

Hitlers SS and the Gestapo quickly realised a different use for that database!

The lesson is that your data is going to come back as an un-killable zombie and bite you on the ass, eventually. The less data there is, the smaller the wound will be.

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£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns

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Re: Risk?

They take no responsibility even after they have been informed over and over that it is a scam.

.... Economics 102: As long as "the house" gets their cut, then whatever goes down is *not* a scam!

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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Re: Straight answer to stopping a viral infections is to...

Java (ask.com) and Divx (Wajam) is Pirated Software? I didn't know that!

Paris - because she may be the bringer of another strain of extra something also (but we still want it).

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Re: Fawlty Software

Microsoft Security Essentials and System Restore.

MSE doesn't really *do* anything (except making the red "anti-virus" warning go away), so it doesn't fail and screw your system over either. The big problem today is malware, addware and crapware - snap.do and wajam for example; these little pieces of shit can only be uninstalled with system restore /fresh start.

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Hahaha - Next version of Panda 2015 will come with snap.do or wajam in the installer - like DivX does!

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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Re: Hindsight is 20/20

And So? This is what the NSA does to us foreigners (and congress also) - so - Hillary & Co can just suck it up, like the rest of us have to!

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Re: Don't you UNDERSTAND?!? It was in her spam!

It could work, after all Radio London (BBC) was sending instructions to saboteurs in Europe in plain English - "Before we begin, please listen to some personal messages.", "Message to John, the hotel is fully booked", et cetera.

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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Re: Damn!

Google did the job for them!

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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Re: Death by Alien Cockup ...

Extrapolation from our own society means that we are Doomed!

We meet our alien cousins who are exactly like us, but blue and maybe 100 - 200 years more advanced than us (or they wouldn't make the flight) and they, like ourselves, probably don't mind shooting themselves some of those wilds for sport, or putting them in zoos and making lampshades from our hides.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: complex documents

The formula processor of 2010 is totally awfull.

Try applying list formatting to formulas - this will brick your document so that you cannot save it, not even as RTF. Only way out is "select all", "paste as text", redo equations.

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Re: I admit, I am Word Processor inept.

There *is* a configuration option of "apply target formatting on paste", of course this is not on by default and "update normal.doc automatically" with whatever digital herpes a document contains" is also "on" ,

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No, the biggest problem by far is that it is possible (and sometimes even necessary) to apply ad-hoc formatting instead of "styles".

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