* Posts by Eddy Ito

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'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

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Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic, right?

And – again – with your permission and all of that, you're interacting with the things going on in the room, a highly personalised, highly interactive and very interesting world emerges because of the disappearance of the internet.

Eric, we've had this for years. It's called the local pub, library, market, school, temple/church, etc. Life is about more than having rooms with RFID tracker enabled PIR light switches and 360 degree displays. Perhaps if you come out of your Matrix like world and join the rest of us you'll see your concept of IoT doesn't hold much value for us.

Let me say it in a way you might understand Eric, IoT doesn't have a "killer app" and isn't itself a "killer app", it's a novelty like the bearded lady at the circus and nothing more. For the vast majority of people light switches, programmable thermostats and plain old dumb sunglasses are just fine and even if you offer to upgrade us all to IoT crap for free I'm not sure it would be worth the hassle, never mind the intrusion, for most of us to take you up on it.

Now Eric, go outside and play.

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Re: This is why Microsoft and Apple matter

Did you miss the bit about him being with Microsoft figurehead Nadella?

If Apple wasn't there then I can only assume they aren't interested in sharing the IoT pie with others. Let's face it, supply and demand says if everyone has the data the demand vanishes faster than the internet.

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? Well ... not so fast

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Re: is it because they're ARM?

@Terry Barnes, it would as Lumias all run ARM (Qualcomm specifically, someone will correct me if I'm wrong). In thinking about it a bit more it could be a simple matter of MS being MS and some of these phones only have 8GB flash and 512 MB ram.

My work Lumia 620, which has WP 8.1 and Here+ maps, only has 500 MB remaining in flash with as much as possible pushed to the SD card. Granted it's 2.5 GB for the system and 3.9 GB in maps plus a few other things I couldn't move. I'm thinking it doesn't leave much room for upgrading the system without some extra fancy footwork shuffling all that data back and forth with the cloud. Either way, whether it's limited by flash or ram I figure 8.1 is the end of the line for the two year old 620.

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Re: is it because they're ARM?

I doubt they forgot it ran on ARM but it's possible. IIRC, most (all?) Lumias run on Qualcomm processors. Perhaps there are a few models that run Qualcomm's older Scorpion architecture instead of Krait and won't make the grade? I seem to recall that when one update rolled out some phones were going to get FM radio support and some weren't so maybe that indicates an internal difference of chips which makes the cut or maybe it's Qi related. Then again, being MS it's also possible they just decided to say screw that, let folks with phone xyz buy a new one if they want Win 10.

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Verizon posts WANTED poster for copper rustlers

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Re: California, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia

Probably not.

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Oz father and son team plan suborbital spaceplane

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Re: "Once upon a time...

The name of his spaceship? Vulture.

Coincidence? Yes, that's what a coincidence is.

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SCREW you, GLASSholes! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

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Looks nice. First app - digital "beer goggles". Second app - digital anti-"beer goggles".

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

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Ok, it's a quad core ARM, just like my phone. If only my phone could connect to a monitor with say MHL or SlimPort, Bluetooth for a keyboard and could connect to the network - oh wait.

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FDA draws line between wearable health gizmos and proper medical gear

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Of course, if you claim your wrist-puter or in-shoe gadget can cure cancer, or something like that, you'll need an FDA-approved classification reserved for medical devices, which need extensive testing and are much harder to obtain thanks to stricter regulations (as you'd expect.)

There is also the possibility the buyer would also require a prescription depending on the devices actual functionality. Granted that's typically reserved only for items the FDA feels can be abused or when they feel safety is an issue if used improperly.

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Video nasty: Two big bugs in VLC media player's core library

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Re: Responsible security research, he's heard of it

He does list the status of the bugs as "fixed" so perhaps he heard 2.2.0 wasn't vulnerable and felt it safe to disclose.

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Latest menace to internet economy: Gators EATING all the PUSSIES

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Re: "alligator had been living illegally in the home since the 1970s"

Sadly it is entirely possible. The US has routinely brought legal actions against sums of money so I don't see any reason why they couldn't press charges against an alligator or the cat carcasses for that matter. Of course, they want the money but probably not the alligator unless someone in Justice has a hankering for new luggage perhaps with matching shoes.

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NSA: We're in YOUR BOTNET

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Re: NSA says hacking other countries' computers is A-OK

Just because they say "bots found in the US would be referred to the FBI for cleansing" doesn't mean they define 'cleansing' the same way you and I would. I suspect cleansing means the entire contents was downloaded, the computer 'cleansed' and a remote back door installed, just in case. You can trust me when I say if I knew the FBI cleansed my computer, I'd instantly archive everything I could in the hopes it may provide some evidence of my innocence and get a new computer, router, ISP, etc.

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THREE vans and FIVE people: that's what Telstra needs to fix one fault

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"Surprise: lightning and copper don't mix"

I disagree. Lightning and copper mix wonderfully, if only for very brief periods of time.

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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Optical stylus

So they mean rework an optical mouse into the shape of a pen. Got it.

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

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Re: Curious timing

I don't think this about convincing Joe Public; I think it's more about convincing corporate that to open the kimono and let Uncle Sam in and that "sharing" information is the safest route.

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REGARD our TINY but POWERFUL LASER, suitable for very SMALL sharks

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Re: Here you go...

current != power. The maser could use the same amount of power if the voltage is a billion times higher than said hair dryer. Likewise it could use more or much less than one billionth the power.

In short it's about as useful as comparing the muzzle energy of a bullet to the thermal energy of a steaming hot mug of coffee. Sure, shooting a hot coffee might sound like fun, especially if filmed with one of those super high speed cameras, but it's one less bullet you'll have for the zombie invasion and you'll probably wish you had that coffee when it's your turn to keep watch.

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German iron meets Monaco's highlands: Audi A1 review

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Re: Sums?

You can have a well balanced Triple Engine without balance shafts. Just make the crank a 120deg one.

Balance shafts aren't typically for primary vibration, which the 120 degrees gets you, but for secondary vibration. Secondary vibration is caused by the motion of the pistons and the angle of the connecting rod which means the top half of the stroke is completed faster than the lower half. Here's why: as the crank rotates from top dead center (TDC), with the connecting rod inline with the crank throw, toward 90 degrees the connecting rod makes an angle with the bore axis so when it reaches 90 degrees the connecting rod is effectively shorter and the piston is actually beyond half of its stroke. Let's work some numbers to illustrate: we have a stroke of 75.4 mm so the crank throw is half that, 37.7 mm, and if we assume the rod to be about 150 mm in length this means the piston wrist pin is 150 + 37.7 = 187.7 mm above the crank at TDC and 150 - 37.7 = 112.3 mm. Now at 90 degrees the connecting rod is at an angle of atan(37.7/150) = 14.1 degrees so the piston wrist pin is now at a height of 150*cos(14.1) = 145.5 mm which is 4.5 mm below the middle of the stroke. This means the piston travels further between crank angles 270 - 0 - 90 than it does when the crank turns from 90 - 180 - 270.

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Explorers, we asked you to be pioneers, and you took what we started and went further than we ever could have dreamed: from the large hadron collider at CERN, to the hospital operating table;

I suppose it works if it was exploratory surgery.

But it does beg the question as to who was wearing them.

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PROOF the undead STALK Verizon users: Admen caught using 'perma-cookie'

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So if I add several headers that look just like Verizon's UIDH, will they scrape it off when they add their own or will it just be extra? I'm just curious to know if it's possible to send a HTTP request out with a dozen different UIDH headers and up the noise to signal ratio. I suppose it's possible to configure a device to use a proxy or vpn that scrapes the header. Hmm, anybody think folks would pay for a header scraping service?

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: joystick instead of wheels

Ok, I had to look. I couldn't find any regs at NHTSA about a physical connection other than crash safety related things. I was able to find an article over at dual lever steering, of course that's just a concept.

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Re: I must be old

Ah the good old days when you could install AutoCAD from floppies - it' really wasn't a big deal as there were only four of them.

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Re: 711

But look at how your phones changed in the past forty years... of course what didn't change depends on the relative position of your ears and mouth...

Phones changed because the functionality changed. With the introduction of automated switching gear you no longer had to bounce the lever a few times and say "Hi Mildred, can you connect me with 8394 Chicago?... Thanks Mildred" as you could dial the number directly. Function changed slightly with the DTMF making buttons more efficient. Trust me when I say I shouldn't get started on "smart" phones where the phone part is more an added-on afterthought than principle function but even the ears and mouth relation no longer has a bearing on the phone design if you're using an ear bud and mic which could easily be in finger cots on your thumb and little finger.

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Mr President, is this a war on hackers – or a war on people stopping hackers?

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Re: Why am I not surprised

But without a SSN what else can they use to track every single microscopic detail and dollar in your life? It doesn't do them any real harm if your identity is stolen, credit trashed and you're tossed in debtors' prison since you're just a little fish in a big ocean. I mean sure if you've got enough money you can do a pretty good job of hiding things but why should the government bother itself with the big fish when it's much easier to keep the rest of us schooled in a bait ball for easy pickings.

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NSA: SO SORRY we backed that borked crypto even after you spotted the backdoor

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Hmm, here I was thinking the message was more like - while backing the flawed algorithm was regrettable, they don't particularly regret backing it. In the vein of "please forgive us even if we aren't sorry". Meh, six vs half dozen, I suppose.

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Computers know you better than your friends

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Sniff

Oh how could they! It's like they don't know me at all. :(

Wait, what?

They use Facebook likes? I don't understand; Facebook likes what?

Huh, a like is what I like on Facebook. But I don't do Facebook so it should be clear that I don't like anything Facebooky.

Oh, now I see. I guess they really do understand me after all, bless their little hearts.

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IBM: Hey, Intel and pals. Look on our massive patent pile and despair

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Nice

So what they're really saying is "back off, mess with us and you get to read through this stack of mostly crap but you still have to read it carefully and by the time you do, the stack will be twice as high".

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DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm

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Re: Sorry, but Google were uttely wrong.

Probably impossible to get the fix out by October. November may have been possible for a stupendous flaw with a desperate need for a fix (Heartbleed level stuff).

Well Google notified MS on 13 Oct. the Monday before Patch Tuesday so they had a day tops which is a non-starter, toss October. That effectively gave MS 29 days until Patch Tuesday in November (the 11th) and 57 days until Patch Tuesday in December (the 9th). Conveniently, since both October and December have 31 days, it put January's Patch Tuesday at 92 days from notification giving Google an opportunity to do their little dookie dance.

Now a cynical old fart, such as yours truly, might say that the GOOG held this little exploit close to their chest and carefully chose the timing to notify MS hoping MS wouldn't have enough time to cover it or would release another unstable patch. Either way MS gets a black eye. Notice that quarterly Patch Tuesdays are always 13 weeks apart and 13*7=91 so it isn't hard for the GOOG to piss in Microsoft's corn flakes or those of anyone else who sets a fixed update schedule for that matter. You see, what their dookie dance is really about is "our flexible release system is bigger better than your rigid one". Perhaps the children over at Google should lay off the sugar and caffeine for a bit.

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Google crashes supposedly secure Aviator browser

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Re: All are a 'real estate grab' minefield

DuckDuckGo is a browser??

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Re: Land Value Tax

The important word in LVT is "land". It's a tax on the value of the plot of land, not what is built upon it. 100 m2 of Mayfair pay the same tax whether there's 50 flats on it or one mansion.

Tim, you make an important distinction that I missed. In the US it is largely property tax as it has one assessment for the land, an LVT, and another for "improvements" which consist of buildings and such. That keeps tax on forested lots low, farm land slightly higher and higher still on fully developed land.

@ DavCrav

The only time an assessor makes a visit is when you make further "improvements" like adding a second floor or a garage, you did pull a permit I hope. They don't visit every year or consider maintenance to be improvements even if you spend a considerable sum upgrading from single pane windows to triple pane argon filled low-e windows as to them it's a window. At worst in a few places I've lived there was a ten year walk around to see if you've added something to the back yard that isn't visible from the street such as a pool or a shed but that's about all. It isn't like they inspect what size your TV or refrigerator is or whether you have gold bars stacked in the basement.

One downside to assessing the "improvements" is that the real estate industry is keen to have valuations go up as it means greater commissions for them and many owners like to see their "investment" appreciate in value, especially the ones who treat it like a cash cow and refinance ever greater sums to bolster their income or "consolidate their debt" (which is code for making more room on the credit card for additional purchases). This naturally leads to things like real estate bubbles which are rather nasty things when the correction comes to the market and it isn't helped by certain lending practices of course.

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Re: "Tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect!"

Ah, I see. As a fairly regular reader of Reason I took it as less amnesia and more a double shot of rubbing noses in it. Specifically to the red team in the sense of "it wasn't there before and it didn't suddenly get there by magic so what happened to the small government thing" and to the blue team "just because the government spends money doesn't make it a magical cure all". Granted as a response to the NYT it was most likely a direct jab toward the blue team but has the benefit of smacking down any smirking by a member of the red team.

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Re: Land Value Tax

The way property taxes (LVT) work in most of the US is the property value pretty much follows with inflation so if they suddenly raise the rate much beyond inflation there is substantial push back from the citizenry. Also, it is largely a local thing and everyone knows or can easily look up exactly where the money goes with certain fractions set aside for education, infrastructure and services like police and fire.

In D.C. they have an interesting way to solve the rental/occupancy problem and that is to tax an empty building at a higher rate, 5% if actually empty, down to .85% if fully rented thus providing an incentive to acquire and keep tenants. Sure, the tenants wind up actually paying the tax but it provides a bit of leverage to tenants as landlords will actively try to keep their occupancy up and their tax down. Other landlords will also do their best to fill vacancies as well and may offer a rental at a lower rate if it means giving up a little extra rent in exchange for a lot lower tax. The trick of course is to find a rate that fits the locality.

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Re: I wonder - North London commuters

make more people telecommute.

I'd be happy if I was allowed to telecommute, even just a couple of days a week.

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Re: "Tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect!"

Lars, it seems you're not familiar with Reason. They are quite aware how much and who pays for the military and the associated costs of universal militarization.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Question

When I use the word 'fast' it would mean the Ferrari's 180+ mph top speed would make it 'faster' than the Tesla but I would also say the Tesla is 'quicker' than the Ferrari based on the 0-60 time. I'm just curious, is that an English (UK vs US) thing or am I just being an arse bringing it up?

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Sony post-mortem: Obama lobbies for new legal powers to thwart hackers

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"... improving consumer and student privacy"

Hahahahahahahaha hahahahaha hahahaha. Wooo, who knew the man was such a talented comodian. If G.W. had said it, it would be a humorous bit of hypocrisy but coming from the champion of "Change" it's flat out hysterical. I suppose he could believe privacy means holding a copy of everything in a government database but it's probably more likely that he wants us to believe it will be safe in that database.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Hot Spanish tongue action

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"if you have a personal fave"

Since you asked.

Chicken hearts (halved or quartered), ginger, garlic, sliced leeks (into rings not the long way), saki, cayenne or Thai chillies and sesame oil. Mince equal parts ginger and garlic, add to saki and chicken hearts, allow to marinate for an hour or two. Saute leeks, saute hearts with chillies - salt and pepper to taste. Serve hearts on a bed of leeks or stir fry the whole lot in one go. Optionally, chopped streaky bacon makes a nice addition.

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US kills EU watchdog's probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens' data

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"forcing the watchdog to end a probe into America's relationship with the Euro cops."

Perhaps someone should start a probe investigating ending America's relationship with the Euro cops. I know it would rock the world of the super-arrogant pols on my (the US) side of the pond.

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Thunderstrike shocks OS X with firmware bootkit

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Re: Fluff?

They don't infect the connector yet but a peak inside the cable shows that it wouldn't be hard to construct a cable or any adapter with a malware payload built right in and given how easy it is to find counterfeit parts of premium brands it may not be long before it hits the mean streets. If someone figures out how to infect a legit Apple cable without external modification then screwed will take on a whole new meaning. It seems Semtech is holding the GN2033 chip datasheets pretty close to its chest but that only buys a little time and I would be surprised if the various TLA branches of government weren't actively working on it.

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Re: Fluff?

If you believe this isn't a problem then I've got a Thunderbolt cable to sell you, cheap.

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Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

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Re: Push

However, realy astute designers would have thought of this and put all the servers on an N/S line.

Which is fine only if the servers are non-ferrous otherwise they will run into issues with magnetization.

Hmm, I thought had a compass in here somewhere.

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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Re: What kinds of Poo?

If you read the linked blog you'll see the system actually burns the poo producing both water and electricity so presumably as long as the dog turd contains hydrogen at least a fraction of it will wind up combining with oxygen to make water.

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Mock choc shock: 3D candy printer is good news for sweet-toothed swingbellies

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Re: Hershey stands for a unique chocolate flavour..........

A pint of goat urine would be more pleasant to consume.

Bud? Really? You've really got to stop consuming the mass market US food stuffs and stick with the small craft makers products. It doesn't matter if it's chocolate or beer. There is a reason the trots are often referred to as 'the hershey squirts' here in the states.

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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If you want to do something that requires elevated access on *NIX you have to run SUDO - which executes as UID 0 = root.

Actually you can specify the UID by using the -u option on the command line so while the default may be root but it doesn't have to execute as root. There are also a whole host of other options you can set in sudoers including limiting who can run which commands and the GID/UID those commands use to execute. It seems that "you can directly assign just the rights needed and elevate only those without running a root level user process to get there" in *NIX as well.

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Re: Policy Update recommendation

Don't forget that those 90 days also include the great turkey eating challenge, a.k.a. turkey-day or Thanksgiving. That also kills half a week to a week easily as folks tend to travel far and wide at that time. Besides, most folks who aren't burning vacation days and go into the office operate on cruise control between turkey-day and new year.

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I'm sooooo green: The Beginner's Guide to Krautrock

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Re: Looking for an IT angle?

Ok, but what's the cabbage angle?

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Fill 'er up: 'Leccy car firm Tesla brings back PUMP SERVICE

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Re: They still do this in Europe

It must be about jobs because all modern pumps have a safety valve that shuts the flow if a car drives off and pulls the hose out of the pump. Back in the day I lived next to a local station owner and we would chew the fat when I stopped in. He was quite pleased with the then new tech as he had a drive off two weeks after he updated his pumps and was quite impressed by how little gasoline wound up on the ground and that he could clean it up with a single rag instead of a few bags of kitty litter.

Unfortunately it didn't help with the yahoos with the older cars with the filler behind a spring loaded plate. It seems they would try jamming the plate with the gas cap while they walked around doing other things the cap would pop out and the plate would flip back up tossing the nozzle out which would then continue to spew fuel on the ground. I'm kind of glad we don't have the filler behind the plate anymore even if it was a cleaner look and it didn't matter which side of the pump you pulled to.

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Re: They still do this in Europe

If I'm not mistaken New Jersey and Oregon require an attendant to fill your car as self service isn't allowed, for petrol/gasoline. For some reason diesel is another matter.

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QWERTY-tastic BlackBerry Classic actually a classic

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@cambsukguy Re: "Good old days"? Not really

One problem I had with my WP8 Nokia was that the screen, which worked fine with gloves, was too sensitive without gloves. Even with the sensitivity set to the lowest setting I was constantly getting the stupid search to pop up when reaching across to touch a tile on the left side of the screen because it would register the base of my thumb near the search icon. I know, I'm holding it wrong.

BTW voice control is pretty standard even on my new Passport. It's true, I can search the phone or the internet, make calls, play music, write texts, twitter, set reminders, navigate, send emails, etc. all by voice just like everyone else. I imagine dictating a formula filled spreadsheet would get a bit tedious but it's theoretically possible.

As for typing speed, the cheating claim is a bit petty. It's pretty clear from the MS video that the guy competing for the record had practiced quite a bit and I'd wager if you rotate the phone or swapped to a different size phone his speed would change drastically because the muscle memory wouldn't be as accurate. Besides it's a phone, I'm not likely to write something the size of War and Peace on it. Granted, I'm considering making a small dock that uses the Slimport for the monitor and BT for a regular keyboard and mouse to investigate if it's good enough to ditch pass along the aging desktop I've got.

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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Re: So...

@Captain DaFt,

Sounds like a place I worked and eventually it drove the head of IT to seek greener and saner pastures elsewhere. Before he left he changed all the admin/root passwords hoping all the higher ups would clearly understand why he was leaving but most of them thought it was funny. The password was Dilbert.

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Re: There was seemingly no plan B

I'm thinking plan A was just le fromage de tête saying "wing it, we'll play it by ear".

Icon because that seemed to be Sony's attitude.

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