* Posts by boltar

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Larry Ellison's yacht isn't threatened by NoSQL – yet

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Re: SQL is obsolete - Oracle is over

"SQL does not see and cannot produce the above statistics – SQL is obsolete and out of business."

You clearly have next to no idea of what relational databases are used for , probably because you've never worked in any medium to large company. When you've got some experience under your belt and have more than just a few academic examples of simple text anaysis (which has been done for decades btw) to show off, get back to us.

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MongoDB? *laugh*

It does virtually nothing out of the box - its just a glorified key value data store with a javascript engine thrown in for roll-your-own query code. If I want to code imperatively over flat file or JSON style data I don't need an entire DB system to do it. Plus on our test system it managed to crash while idling after having a few weeks uptime! Also it might help if they had half decent documentation for their APIs.

Personally I can't stand Oracle with their half baked subsidiary products, their treating customer issues as an inconvenience that gets in the way of the cheques and their take-the-piss pricing. However what I do like is the SQL language and I'll take that anyday for doing complex data searches over the amateur hour efforts that the noSQL people chuck over the fence.

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Anonymous UK 'leader' fined for revealing ID of rape complainant

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Re: Anon Leader

"Or decides to regret it after she finds out you're a two timing SOaB and that your celebrity status has also enabled you to sleep with other women."

For various definitions of "celebrity". Whether he did it or not, the man comes across as a witless self serving moron and yet people like him seem to think they have some higher moral calling to speak and act for the rest of us? Give me a feckin break. He can't even control his own penis.

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Stench of confiscated dope overwhelms Catalan cop shop

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Re: @dopebashers

"And the millions of people who use this plant medicinally are just trying to get "whacked out"?"

We're not talking medicinally. And plenty of medicines are harmful if taken recreationally which is why they're controlled and not bought from some scabby dealer out of a car window.

"This plant has been around for many more years than you have, and it will be here for many years after you are gone."

So have opium poppies. And?

"Point is, people crave an escape from reality. "

Most people escape as you say via books, films etc. Losers require something stronger such as drugs whether its cannabis, booze or whatever.

At the end of the day the law is what it is, not what you want it to be. Don't like it? Tough, most people are happy with it and believe it or not you're in a minority. If enough people - and I mean everyone , not just students and aging ex-hippies - wanted the law changed it would have been changed by now. So suck it up pal and stop whining like a baby.

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Re: @dopebashers

"What we need is more research into it to better understand this wonder plant."

Wonder plant? You really need to ease off a bit. And how much more research do you want? Its been researched for 40 years

If you want to keep smoking weed to get whacked out thats your choice, but don't turn it into some sort of intellectual position.

As for alcohol being a drug, yes it is. And you might have noticed that plenty of countries ban it. However the genie is firmly out of the bottle in the west so thats not going to happen here, but that doesn't mean it should be carte blanche for all other soft drugs.

And on a minor note, cannabis smoke smells like distilled cabbage. Hardly pleasent.

Go on potheads, mod me down again. Assuming you can get your hazy thought processes together for long enough to find the downvote button through the fug of smoke.

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"They are not brought on by cannabis "

Err yes, some of them are. Perhaps you should learn to use google a bit better.

Let me help:

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders/cannabis.aspx

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"Or they could have left then in the ground and spent time catching real criminals"

"Real criminals" here being of course being people who infringed what your idea of the law is. This might come as a shock to you but not everyone sees cannabis as quite so harmless as you apparently do.

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Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill

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Re: Free account monitoring service for the next year...

"I wouldn't wish that kind of attack on anybody, but, wtf was he doing?"

Probably just another idiot millenial who thinks The Cloud is a magic place in the sky running on fairydust and unicorns tears where nothing bad ever happens, rather than just someone elses computer with all the attendant risks.

Any private code our company has goes nowhere near a public computer of any form. Its on our private servers and is backed up to tape every 48 hours. End.

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Earth wobbles on axis as Google rebrands

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Re: Sans serif

"Graphic designers aren't actually clueless. They do tend to know what works."

Bollocks. They don't have a clue - they just go with the rest of the herd and hope it works. For a company like google thats a virtual monopoly in certain spaces its irrelevant, but for a smaller company a childish logo could be the kiss of death. Unless of course its for a nursery or similar.

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Re: Sans serif

"who the f**k did you think decided new logos were needed?"

People who saw a bunch of loaded suckers a mile off.

"how old fashioned, like this is just about search results."

Currently thats where google gets the vast majority of its income from. So it might be old fashioned, but its also current reality.

"that little multicoloured G for example, in 10 years they'll hope that'll be a small and subtle but recognisable round lozenge on 10 million IOT devices all over the world."

We'll see. I won't hold my breath.

"I love this idea of people moaning it's too simple and it could've been done by a child as if that is the defining factor as to whether a brand or logo is good or not."

Generally it is. Its only marketing types who don't realise it.

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"It's so bad. Like someone's kid wrote Google with fridge magnets."

It seems to be the way of things. Skeuomorphism out the window along with anything that took someone with a modicum of talent more than 5 minutes to knock up. Look at the Win8/10 GUI, recent iOS home screens, latest OS/X dock etc.

I'm not really sure what this whole Back To The 90s look is in aid of. Perhaps its just millenial designers being faux-ironic or maybe some misplaced nostalgia for a simpler look. Thats fine, but when the simpler look actually turns out to be a shit look its time to think again.

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Re: Sans serif

"The new logos will work legibly on extremely tiny screens like wearables and IoT (and as a logo on them)"

No offence, but who the f**k cares what a logo looks like on tiny screens? If the screen is that small you're not going to be able to read any search results text anyway.

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NCA targeted by Lizard Squad in apparent DDoS revenge attack

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Re: Hmmmmm - Lets paint a target on our own backs

"But a piece of piss for them to learn a lifetime's worth of criminal behaviours and skills -"

RIght, as if they couldn't learn all this stuff out on the street anyway.

"which they'll need for a life of crime when they do get out given that prospects of making an honest wage are pretty fucked"

Anyone who has a criminal record has their job prospects pretty fucked. Having been in prison will make little difference.

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Re: Hmmmmm - Lets paint a target on our own backs

"If you believe that harsh punishments will deter others you are mistaken."

It will deter some and thats better than none. Obviously there will be sociopaths who don't care and others who are too stupid to understand (you being one of them apparently) but your average functioning adult - even the criminal variety - will think twice if the sentence is harsh. Plus while someone is banged up its a bit difficult for them to re-offend.

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Re: Hmmmmm - Lets paint a target on our own backs

"Never let your ego get ahead of common sense."

Judging by the arrests they're all a bunch of idiot teens. Common sense generally isn't a major part of the package with that particular age group. The only way to stop script kiddies is to hand down some seriously heavy custodial sentances so the morons still out there have to judge whether a few hours Sticking It To The Man is worth a few years of Many Men Sticking It To You in the nick.

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Farewell to Borland C++: Embarcadero releases Delphi and C++ Builder 10

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"It went right into the rubbish heap when it produced an IMUL for a multiplication by a constant 2."

Using left shift for multiplication is fine so long as you know whether your operand is signed or unsigned beforehand.

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Won't compile?

"Our latest non-legacy code won’t compile with the latest C++ CLANG compiler,” said DevExpress CTO Julian Bucknall"

Well Mr Bucknall, either the Clang compiler is broken (which is pretty damn unlikely given its usage), or, your devs need to start learning to code in standard C++ and not some ancient Borland dialect.

Hmm, wonder which it could be...

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NCA arrests six Lizard Squad users after gaming firms, retailers targeted

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Engage with them?

"One of our key priorities is to engage with those on the fringes of cyber criminality, to help them understand the consequences of cyber crime"

They understand the consequences perfectly well you bell-end, otherwise they wouldn't do it. The problem isn't understanding, the problem is they're teenagers and probably borderline sociopaths or autistics.

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Ins0mnia bug means malicious iOS apps WILL NEVER DIE

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"Meanwhile the phone retailers would rather you buy a new device rather than be able to patch your current one"

Didn't you get the memo? Buying ever more crap that we don't need is what keeps the economy running.

Economic growth! Profit!

We'll just ignore the problem of manufacturing pollution and electronic waste in landfill, hopefully it'll go away ... in a few thousand years time.

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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"For a lot of physics "a theory" and a "supposed to" is about as close as you can get."

The problems arise when further theories use these suppositions as facts and build on them. It wouldn't surprise if a large part of modern theoretical physics is a house of cards just waiting for someone to whip out one of the cards/suppositions at the bottom.

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Re: Cite

"aka. the holographic principle."

Thats not the same as saying that information is stored in 2D form in an event horizon of a black hole.

Anyway, the holographic principle is cobblers. If the universe is a 3D "projection" of a 2D space, whats it projecting onto? A giant screen that we're all watching? Plus it hardly squares with string theories suggestion of 11 or more dimensions.

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C For Hell: Data centre meltdown for irate customers as C4L GOES TITSUP

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Re: @AC

"You *do* realise that it is possible they *do* know what they're doing, but not what Juniper's f***ed up in their software? It's not always the messenger who cocks things up, so shooting them is pointless..."

They're not the messenger, they're the army. And any army that has no backup for faulty kit deserves to be defeated.

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Re: Another day...

"Short of building a completely separate parallel network, with a completely different vendor's kit, bugs are going to surface once in a while."

It you can't guarantee 24/7/365 uptime don't put it in the marketing.

Aside from that vendor bugs don't all surface at exactly the same time in all similar pieces of equipment unless the "bug" is actually a hack but they don't want to admit it.

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More fool the idiots...

.. who think "cloud" based storage is somehow magic and won't ever suffer this sort of thing. If PT Barnum were alive today he'd probably revise his famous saying to swarms of suckers born every minute.

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

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Re: "At least they could go out gracefully and protect the privacy of their customers"

"They will try to beat the horse long after its death and putrefaction."

Why would the horse be dead? Probably a large number of the email address in the data are special one use addresses set up by people for this, so they won't give a damn if they get leaked and will be quite happy to go on using the service. Only idiots would have used their work or home email address and if they're that stupid they'd probably have got caught eventually anyway.

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Windows Server 2016 Preview 3 brings containers at last

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Shielded VMs?

"Shielded VMs," which further isolate VMs from the underlying host."

Right. With all the holes appearing in x86 system management mode good luck with that. The only way for any VM to be truly secure is for the whole thing to be encrypted and be decrypted on the fly and only then if the key in memory can be hidden from an attacker.

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Re: At last Microsoft has invented containers

Hadn't you heard, they invented virtual desktops in Windows 10 too! Its amazing - you can just click and your windows are magically replaced by other windows! Why hadn't anyone thought of this , say , in the 80s??

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Linux boss Torvalds: Don't talk to me about containers and other buzzwords

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Re: This seems a very level-headed and straight forward discussion

"It's nice to have a few good points made without any sensationalism."

Since I haven't seen a video its hard to know for sure, but I suspect the audience also didn't start hooting and clapping like a bunch of deranged seals and have a virtual orgasm every time Linus mentioned some trivial new feature or idea, which is what happens at Apple and MS events, or basically any large corporate event that can hire shills to sit in the audience or dangles the prospect of freebies to people who don't know the meaning of self respect or maturity.

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Mandatory

"and it wouldn't be a surprise to find the technology being made mandatory for use on some of the public road network some decades down the line."

Oh almost certainly, all in the name of "safety" or Think Of The Children (tm) or some other specious bullshit that further infantalises the population and in the same instance controlling them even more (you don't think these devices won't have a killswitch or some sort of remote takeover system the authorities can use do you?).

I suspect however before that happens the manually driven car will slowly be killed off by rising insurance premiums that will eventually reach the point that the average joe simply can't afford them anymore. Job done. Then of course governments will pronounce that since hardly anyone drives cars themselves any more then manually driven cars might as well be banned altogether. All in the name of "safety" naturally.

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Donald Trump dumps on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

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Re: "...details a plan to build a wall between the United States and Mexico."

"I'd love to see that wall built, if only to see how well American economy does without slave cheap/illegal workers."

God, not this tired old argument again. I guess the western world only came out of the stone age when mass 20th century immigration started, right? Before that the supermarkets were empty of staff, no one cleaned the streets or emptied the rubbish or drove the buses etc etc blah fucking blah.

Meanwhile, back in the real world: Immigrants caused a massive drop in low end working wages which a lot of working class people simply can't live on if they have a mortgage to pay and a family to support and DON'T want to live a dozen to a fucking room in some fleapit!

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Re: Agree on the H1-B comment.

Problem is, even though he's spot on about this , because HE said it it can now be easily dismissed by all the usual liberal idiots as just more trump BS.

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Testing times as NASA rattles Mississippi with mighty motor burn

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Re: Evolutionary Dead End

At the rate space junk is piling up it'll all be academic in a few decades since nothing in orbit will be safe for more than a few hours.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted off Angolan coast

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Re: First and last picture

The somewhat fawning line "through the generous help of offshore oil and gas companies" does stick in the throat somewhat. As if these companies are doing for anything other than PR and the hope that they might spot a good drilling location.

Yes I know we all require oil to run modern day society, but there really should be some habitats that are off limits. Unfortunately thats not the case whether its deep sea drilling in the artic or in the forests of nigeria.

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Sex app Tinder in public meltdown – because a journo dared suggest it was, well, a sex app

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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Re: Film @ 11

"Mac and Linux, its a comedy."

Linux - deadly serious on the server side, comical on the desktop.

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"So much for forced updates being a good idea... Idiots"

When I mentioned something similar on another site you'd be amazed how much flak I got from MS fanboys. They seemed to be of the opinion it was an idea birthed of pure genius. You just can't educate pork I suppose.

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

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Re: a ha ha ha ha ha :(

"All levels of a computing device, from case to application (and not stopping at the keyboard, for that matter), have bugs and design flaws in them."

Very true. However it doesn't change the fact that System Management Mode was a profoundly stupid idea, probably one of the dumbest Intel ever had. This isn't the first hack involving it and it almost certainly won't be the last.

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"Thanks for this interesting description of an interesting problem!"

Don't you mean "super-interesting" like in the article? I'm not sure if thats the Ring 0 to "very interesting"'s Ring 3 or perhaps its just another silly americanism that grates on the ears. I suppose Ring -1 would be "Awesome interesting".

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Re: A few things

"They come with 2 or 2.5 litre engines, which can be modified to output about 400 BHP, which is enough to match a typical yank tank."

I think you're missing the point of a large unstressed engine - V8 sound and longevity. I know for a fact that EVO engines (don't know about Imprezas) need very frequent maintenance and plus they sound like all 4 pots - ie shit - and the older ones had turbo lag in which you could make a cup of tea in while the engine got its act together.

Any engine can be boosted to stupid bhp, its not hard. The hard bit is making the engine reliable day to day and making it last. There are plenty of decades old V8s still rumbling about. I wonder how many of the current crop of small capacity high power 4 pots will still being going in 30 or 40 years time without having required a complete rebuild including new valves and pistons? Not many I suspect.

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Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months

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Re: Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months @ Boltar

"Why have you added a link to an incredibly expensive, bulky and piss poor immersion to prove him wrong."

Piss poor? You ever use it? I doubt it. Well I did and I can tell you it was pretty good especially given the era and the actual computer hardware had a pretty small footprint. It was the detector loop you had to stand in that took up all the space.

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Re: Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months

"Come on, getting VR right is hard and it just wasn't possible on a prototype-consumer scale up until 3-4 years back."

If it could be done on a souped up Amiga 22 years ago then PCs have been more than ready to handle the demands for at least a decade if not more.

"Getting it production-ready plus write all these software who's going to run on it is free and happens because "reasons", and if it doesn't happen sooner is because the world is evil and that's why I can't have nice toys."

-1 for failed sarcasm. The reason VR isn't big is the same reason 3D film flops each time they release it and the same reason 3D TV, Virtuality arcade machines and Nintendos Virtual Boy sank - no one cares enough and no one wants to wear a headset. The exact same thing will happen to the current crop. Sure, Occulus will be popular for a while as all the techheads buy one, then it'll all go quiet. Don't believe me? I don't give a shit. I'll be proved right in the long run.

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Re: Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months @ Boltar

""VR" solutions up until now were either Too Bloody Expensive, took up an entire dedicated room, had terrible resolition/ immersion, or all of the above, and then some."

Horseshit.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtuality_(gaming)

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Re: Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months

"I've been watching VR revolutionise human interaction for the last 20 years. It is still a toy technology."

I think its the other way around. Its a working technology that no one wants to take seriously. I remember playing the 1st Virtuality game Legend Quest back in Nottingham in the early 90s. Ran on a souped up Amiga I believe. Even then the 3D effect was good and the game was fun. The fact that over 20 years later we still don't have decent virtual reality hardware and applications is down to cynicism and apathy, not the level of tech required to achieve it.

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

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Re: GnuPG

"Snowden approved."

Is that supposed to be a recommendation? Seriously??

Anything Putins Pet says these days can be comprehensively discounted as a reliable source of information.

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Sysadmin jailed for a decade after slurping US military docs

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Re: Probably some bad things in there

"The underbelly of the ISIS-finance hub? I would really like to see these..."

Why? You hoping to get a job with ISIS as their financial advisor?

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UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

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Re: Was the picture necessary?

"pictures of slim pretty white girls with few clothes if we need tittilation"

Would it have been ok if they'd been black or asian then? You seem to have an issue of pictures of women on the seaside (it was a story in Brighton, the only thing associated in most peoples minds with Brighton is the seaside) whereas I think plenty of people would have found it quite pleasent. Sorry if thats political incorrect and not right on. I guess you'll just have to weep into your organic peace beens about the tragedy of it all. Now go knit some yoghurt, it might help slide that rod out of your backside.

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Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

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Re: Update Clash

"Microsoft are right to make updates compulsory,"

Sure. If MS had a record of 100% perfect updates that never need to be backed out. They don't. At some point they're going to screw up literally millions of machines overnight.

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Re: Mage Update Clash

" would say it is more nVidia that has lost the plot."

Or perhaps Nvidia have a better idea of when to update their graphics drivers than Microsoft because there are dependncies to consider. You don't just download a new binary, slap it in and hope it works.

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