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Zuck: Yo, Mexico! My $19bn WhatsApp could connect THREE BEEELLION people

Bruce Ordway

Get them while they are young?

As a 50 something of course I also don't use Facebook, Twitter, MySpace etc...

But... I vaguely remember what I was like at age 13.

And I'm not so sure I'd have had the sense to avoid the use of those services at that age.

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Wall Street's internet darlings require an endless supply of idiots

Bruce Ordway

>> Getting an "internet economy" that benefits the people who do the work, take the risk,

>> or provide the resources

Who's the dreamer now?

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

Bruce Ordway

Project Cybersyn

Even though there I have read the good arguments against planned economies I still wish for one to succeed. How can I resist the attraction of a project cybersyn?

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Microsoft's naughty Cortana NOT ALLOWED NEAR CHILDREN

Bruce Ordway

Data collection

I'm sure most kids will be just fine in spite of all the new technology but...

I never had kids so I do wonder how they are coping with so many distractions.

When I was 13, TV was the only "tech" I had access to.

My parents maintained a schedule for viewing, there were only 5 channels with very mild content.

I ended up reading for entertainment.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

Bruce Ordway

Message for Mozilla users acessing OkCupid?

From the BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26868536

Mozilla users acessing OkCupid....

"Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience.

"Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid."

If this is true...?

What do you think of Brendan now?

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iFrame attack injects code via PNGs

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NoScript

>>It's another example of why JavaScript was always such a stupid idea.

>>disable javascript in your browser!

Why not by default? I rely on NoScript.

It is good for thwarting attacks like this and even better... it gives me some control over the annoying video and audio files found in many web pages.

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

Bruce Ordway

The focus of attention.

Religious beliefs, political affiliations and disputes will always draw someones attention.

It is disturbing to hear of the ease with which an interested party can collect, use or expose my details

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John McAfee punted from Portland party pad

Bruce Ordway

McAfee in Canada?

Ontario? Hanging with Rob Ford?

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John Kerry bombshell: 'Yes, the NSA... reached TOO FAR, inappropriately'

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What other possible outcome

Is anybody really surprised?

I doubt it, I think we all know what to expect when we're using modern conveniences like cell phones and the internet.

Such easy targets and people will always abuse access in the quest to know what other are "up to".

Today I'm not too worried about what they're collecting about me on a day to day basis for "security".

I'm not planning anything that needs to be kept secret.

But... I am terrified by the idea of massive data collection and retention over long periods.

I expect multiple cases of misuse to be exposed in our future.

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

Bruce Ordway

Children with gadgets

At university gadgets are universally frowned upon.

I don't know why meetings should be different.

Although I know that people like to bluff and play act in meetings a lot.

Isn't it fun to say "Excuse me, I must take this call..."?

I suppose it adds a temporary boost to one's sense of self and importance.

Kind of like this post too... uhhh

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

Bruce Ordway

personal and portable

I belong to that generation who considered a cassette collection essential.

Much of my teenage activity revolved around portable music systems.

It was the first technology to provide access to "my" music at any time or location.

Sometimes I am still a little overwhelmed by the idea of converting events into objects.

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Microsoft waves goodbye to Small Business Server

Bruce Ordway

Won't miss SBS

I'd be interested in using Linux to fill in.

Anyone know of a Linux mail server that can play well with Outlook?

One small company I know of migrated from SBS to a domain server and Office 365.

I'm not a big fan of Office 365 but it is working for the most part.

And I won't miss SBS.

It seemed like there were continual problems.

To be fair, I didn't have to any faith in the person who originally installed and maintained SBS.

Once he moved on, it seemed to stabilize a bit.

As for Sharepoint, it is one of those things that sounds great but seems like it is hardly ever utilized.

Users I know seem to prefer a simple directory structure they can remember and browse using Windows Explorer

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Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?

Bruce Ordway

"If you aren't doing anything wrong.....now"

What about people who can be connected with questionable activities. Or they become the target of an investigation...... someday in the future?

Heaven help us then. The government has mountains of historical data on file right now.

I'm pretty sure I don't have anything to hide but.... I wouldn't want someone rummaging around in my history.

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Prince of Persia: Baggy trousers and curvy swords

Bruce Ordway

I'd rather have the original version of The Legend of Zelda in 2D

I'd still rather have the original version of The Legend of Zelda - in 2D

I have lost interest in most recent games, especially those from the big production houses.

I've really only enjoyed some of the recent indie games.

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Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button

Bruce Ordway

Where is the new Windows for business desktops?

Where is a new Windows for business?

I don't have any use for a smartphone interface.

Instead of "touch", "tiles" and "social media", I want access to more real estate, multiple screens, RDP and VMs.

The current state of Windows keeps me de-motivated.

I've been ready to upgrade all my old hardware for well over a year but...

I want to know I'll have the same systems that client businesses will be using.

Which is XP, Win7, Windows and Linux servers.

Nobody I know wants to be on the bleeding edge of this one.

- Except for a very few enthusiastic IT geeks I know who have been "experimenting" with W8.

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Microsoft: Worried about web privacy? Tell us everything...

Bruce Ordway

And... I use noscript - so must "temporarily allow" to even take the survey

Another reason I'm a big fan of NoScript for Firefox.

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

Bruce Ordway

Speculation?

All I know from the story is that someone in the UK stole a guys laptop.

The laptop eventually, ends up in use by people in Iran.

Aren't these many comments a bit premature with so little information?

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Parking ticket firm 'exposed private info' - ICO making enquiries

Bruce Ordway

What is the worst that could happen?

Lets assume a third party can identify the location of a persons parked vehicle and then publish it.

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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

Bruce Ordway

So what did we expect?

Education has become a big business in the US and it generates a flood of degrees every spring. The percentage of good jobs will always be low.

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Dear Facebook: I heard the news today, oh boy

Bruce Ordway

Facebook

I have fond memories of Compuserve. The communities were organized and useful. When the internet took over I hated its chaos. Google came along, added some sanity and I've been devoted.

Facebook? I've wondered who really uses it....

http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Social-media-users/The-State-of-Social-Media-Users/Overview.aspx

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Fans of dead data 'liberator' Swartz press Obama to sack prosecutor

Bruce Ordway

Copywrite copyrite

I'm all for giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it....... for a limited time.

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The year GNOMES, Ubuntu sufferers forked off to Mint Linux

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Gnome 3, Wndows 8, Office 2010

What do Gnome 3, Wndows 8 and MS Office 2010 all have in common?

The developers seem to be off on odd paths and losing their established users.

Maybe it's just a long gamble for the ownership of the coming generations.

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There is life after the death of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Start button

Bruce Ordway

Forget the start menu

>in a couple of years we will look back and wonder why there was so

>much fuss

I still haven't gotten over the "ribbon" in Office.

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Techies cook up Minority Report-style video calling

Bruce Ordway

Video calling is simply not something I need

I'm usually reasonably dressed and at work when involved in a conference call.

Still, I'm not interested in being seen or seeing the person(s) involved.

Even when I'm in a room of people speaking, I may not be looking directly at any one person for long.

I wonder what visual information could be used instead of talking heads.

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Watch out, PC disk drive floggers: Cloud will rust up those spinners

Bruce Ordway

Personal cloud

I've been using a Dlink DNS-343 for a few years.

I can access the files from remote locations if necessary but I'm on my local network 99% of the time.

I've thought about cloud storage but... I just hate subscriptions.

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BT missing from Pirate Bay High Court slap-down

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Give us a reasonable alternative

My wife and I pay a small fortune for access to all the cable media.

The money is a factor but, convenience is too.

Companies aren't delivering content "when I want it, where I want it".

If people were provided a reasonable alternative to Pirate Bay it might not be missed.

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Leap-day Visual Studio beta provokes 'passionate' response

Bruce Ordway
Joke

Ribbon?

If only the ribbon would make it's way into Visual Studio.

I think that would generate some real passion.

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Students busted for hacking computers, changing grades

Bruce Ordway

They were very smart

Kids trying to be clever.

If they were that smart....

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America abandoning DSL in favour of faster cable

Bruce Ordway

Cable vs DSL

In 2000, I was one of the first to sign up for DSL in my city.

It was easy to run my own servers.

Unlimited really meant unlimited too.

I switched to cable briefly and regretted it.

No servers (before signing up I had been told they allowed).

It wasn't nearly as fast as advertised.

Then one day I came home and I was disconnected from the internet.

I discovered unlimited didn't really mean unlimited.

I'll never give another dollar to a cable company if there is any alternative.

I quickly switched back to DSL.

I couldn't get the exact same contract by then.

The company has grown up enough that it is starting to resemble the Cable company.

At least unlimited really is unlimited.

I can use all the bandwidth I pay for.

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Peeking up the skirt of Microsoft's hardy ReFS

Bruce Ordway

WinFS

Whatever happened to the file system as database?

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UK cops disciplined, sacked, quit over Facebook misdeeds

Bruce Ordway

OK, but let's not forget abuses commonly occur too.

>>>"Let's not be so fucking quick to condemn a whole public service"

OK, but let's not forget abuses commonly occur too.

Especially in those "bad" parts of town.

As a teenager, I was put in the hospital one by cop.

He cracked my head pretty good with a nightstick.

I witnessed the beating of a handcuffed person in custody by two "officers".

On the elevator ride up to the second floor holding cells.

The guy couldn't walk by the time he got upstairs.

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The moment a computer crash nearly caused my car crash

Bruce Ordway

DARPA

A few years back i read an article about a lecture given by the current head of DARPA.

I don't remember his name but I do remember...

He questioned whether "A" level programmers shouldn't be the ones working on the code for your vehicles ABS? I believe he suggested it was being done by "C" programmers in that period. I wonder who is doing it now?

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Gone in a Flash: Adobe's long march to HTML5

Bruce Ordway

I too thank Steve Jobs...

I too thank Steve Jobs... (and never owned an Apple product)

I remember using Director and how I loved it.

Then one day Flash showed up, supposedly for browsers.

"How awful" I believed Flash to be.

I have since watched in horror as one web site after another was penetrated.

Now in the past year I have hope at least.

That some day I might see Flash wiped from sites and devices.

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Mozilla promises more speed with Firefox 9 beta

Bruce Ordway

I went back to 3.6, probably permanently

>I went back to 3.6, probably permanently

Me too

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Massive study concludes: 'Global warming is real'

Bruce Ordway

what the hell

are going to do about it?

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Japanese take World Solar Challenge

Bruce Ordway

generally male

No doubt there is some bias but...

Now I wonder if bias can be the result of what people "give a toss about"

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Smut oglers told to opt in to keep web filth flowing

Bruce Ordway

Times changed

In the fall of 1965, my friends and I found a box of discarded playboy magazines. A huge windfall for ten year old boys.

How times have changed.

I can't imagine what 10 year old boys can find today.

Or what it is like for a 10 year old girl browsing the internet.

I don't know what effect the internet and porn is having on youth.

I never had kids but I think I still have to ask myself about this.

I might even concede a few points to concerned parents.

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Green energy and jobs will cripple the UK economy

Bruce Ordway

over population

> over population

Address overpopulation?

Maybe it is ignored because it can't be managed.

A lot of people want kids.

Not me, they seem like a nuisance for a lot of other reasons unrelated to "green".

Anyway, I never had any so don't blame me.

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That UK.gov Firefox cookie leakage snafu explained

Bruce Ordway

snafu

I wonder how James Joyce would have used snafu in a sentence....

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SQL survives murder attempt by mutant stepchild

Bruce Ordway

lowering the skills bar

>by relentlessly lowering the skills bar for application developers and IT administrators.

More from the perspective of a user... not as a developer.

I just want something that is easy to understand, modify and find help when I need it.

I started out using the technically superior unix/unidata.

Once I had developed a few skills, I felt superior too.

Since then, I've dealt with a few other languages and systems.

I'm surprised how little progress has been made & how much they all seem the same.

So, now I like to stick with the established, lowest common denominators.

I REALLY have to be motivated to invest in new tech.

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Of Windows patch management

Bruce Ordway

emptiness

This article has a strange style.

It's title leads me to believe it addresses an area I am genuinely interested in,

I read the whole thing with anticipation.

In the end, all I have is an empty feeling.

Obviously it is an ad for "Get a free report and consultation with an Agile expert"

Even when it is just advertising, I expect something of interest.

Why would I read the report after an article like this?

Only to relieve my curiosity.

Can the report be as empty as the article?

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Ex-PM blocked Steve Jobs knighthood

Bruce Ordway

Which is funnier?

Which was funnier,

"Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure",

the title "Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire"

or

considering Steve Jobs as a recipient?

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Hacker charged over siphoning off funds meant for software devs

Bruce Ordway

Digital River

>that firm they've been totally inept

Ditto... why should I care about them?

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How I saved the Macintosh

Bruce Ordway

returned to Art School

> where every student wanted to become a computer artist - except me

HA!

I returned to school in 2006 as a painting major.

I'd guess 80% of art students are studying computer art/animation.

With film and photography digital too.

Lot's of Mac's and not much real media around.

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Rocks, hard places and Congo minerals

Bruce Ordway

Old story

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/12/magazine/the-dirt-in-the-new-machine.html

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Microsoft reshuffles Windows 7 Family Pack

Bruce Ordway

Ashley Brown

>May not be what he meant

I thought Ashley was a she?

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Google's Inventor gets short shrift

Bruce Ordway

"LEGO(tm)"

Turn motor on. Turn Motor off.

Sounds like the state logic used in some PLC's.

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Short passwords 'hopelessly inadequate', say boffins

Bruce Ordway

I'm not sure it's time to sound the alarm yet.... either

Why not spend more time figuring out who needs passwords.

For 90% of what I do I don't want or need a password.

I'd use a common 3 character password if I could, but...

Software and admins increasingly demand longer more complicated passwords AND that I change them regularly.

A big pain in the neck.

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DfT 'unwittingly' bigged-up speed camera benefits

Bruce Ordway

Slow down?

I live 3.7 miles from my place of work and it takes me 10 minutes to drive there.

But taking the bus is an hour, with transfers.

What's this have to do with speed bumps and traffic cameras?

I'm not sure, but something is wrong with this picture.

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Pirate Bay owners fined by Dutch court

Bruce Ordway

America

>The difference surely is that Americans call their country "America".

Or do you mean US citizens call themselves Americans?

United States citizen just has too many syllables when compared to American.

United States-ian?

BTW, what do people call themselves in the UK?

United Kingdom citizens?

Maybe we need better words...

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