* Posts by raving angry loony

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Australia to capture biometrics at the border under new law

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drop bear stun...

He tucks and rolls at the last second perhaps?

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ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps

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new slant?

Interesting slant on the advertorial. You'll have to report how many click-throughs you generated for the company, for the curious.

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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32 years

I fought Microsoft for 32 years. 32 two painful years of watching more and more people move to Microsoft's crap. 32 years of watching entire departments switch from supportable, working systems to Microsoft's well marketed but unsupportable crap. I tried to convince too many clients that the Microsoft rep was outright lying to them. I also said "I told you so" to too many clients to count as they whined about how expensive their new "cheaper" Microsoft was compared to their other systems (the ones I used to support for them), as I told them to call someone else with their problems since they refused to listen to me in the first place.

I quit the industry a few years ago. I now serve good food to appreciative people, and the only computer I deal with professionally is a poorly designed cash register. The only Microsoft system I deal with at home is my gaming system, since that's what plays the games I want to play. Microsoft was and is and continues to be a foul, harmful blight on an entire industry. I see they haven't changed. The only thing I find continuously surprising is that people keep being surprised by Microsoft's failures. I told you so. I fucking told you so.

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Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

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So because someone else kills other peoples pets it's OK for a someone do it to yours?

Sorry, excuse doesn't fly. Just because some other corporation does something unethical doesn't mean that Microsoft gets a free pass when IT does something unethical.

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Microsoft's nature won't be denied.

Odd, I would have thought that changing customer defaults without ADEQUATE warning (I'm sure there's a line in the multi-page disclaimer somewhere. Sorry, not acceptable.) would be against Microsoft's probation. Or is that particular legal fiction over now, and they get to revert to their usual anti-competitive, "we own you" nature?

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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

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Snakes armless?

Snakes have never been 'armless! One of them 'armed my aunt not a few months ago!

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

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It's only a "laudable aim" if driver updates were known to be 100% correct every time. Since they aren't, and have in fact caused some rather catastrophic issues, some of us prefer to let the so called "bleeding edge early adopters" do the bleeding when drivers are broken. Forced updates? No bloody way! Looks like i won't be "upgrading" to Windows 10 for a long, long time.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Incompetent management always wins

Last time this was tried I started submitting expenses for dry-cleaning the uniform they insisted I wear. Because as a tech, I often needed to crawl around not-so-clean areas as part of my job. They refused to pay. I refused to comply with their dress code. I worked there for several more years before finally leaving over some other petty bullshit by incompetent managers, having learned that the more incompetent they are, the more spineless they are when dealing with the kind of people who actually got jobs done. I'm guessing they're still congratulating themselves on finally getting rid of that pain-in-the-arse tech who refused to obey idiotic orders. Well, those that managed to find jobs again when the company went bankrupt about a couple of years after I left (no, I had absolutely nothing to do with that, but I wasn't surprised).

Haven't won all my battles. Hell, I've probably lost more than I've won overall. But I very much enjoyed winning that one.

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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If I pay for the whole book, then I expect authors to get a whole book worth of royalties. If I only pay Amazon "per page", then OK, pay the authors per page as well.

To me, this just looks like another money grab by Amazon on the backs of the authors. As usual, really.

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

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Wonderful. Another walled garden with puerile censorship policies. Watch me not jump on that bandwagon.

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FLYING SAUCER crashes into Pacific off Hawaii - NASA

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Failed?

The test was only a failure if they didn't manage to gather enough data to determine what went wrong. Otherwise, the test was a success. The patient might have died, but it was successful.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Other than a crowbar, there's no better way to separate the men from the goats than a command line when it comes to computing. GUI stop you from doing things correctly, and only allow you to do things pre-determined by the people who programmed them. People who don't know or understand what you or your business actually need.

Then again, if you're using Microsoft at the deep infrastructure level you're probably using the wrong set of tools, and the GUI won't harm you any more than anything else. So yeah, they should keep the GUI. It'll keep the rabble in their place I guess.

Why yes, I did used to have a beard and deal with Unix. Why do you ask?

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Bethesda all out for 'Fallout 4', fallout for global productivity foretold in countdown

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Of course, depending on the management they might have changed the engine. We don't know. We probably won't know for a long time. It's still a countdown to an announcement about a game to which there will then be a countdown. I consider this level of meta-hype to be detrimental to the industry really. Although probably great for marketing departments, those hives of scum and villainy.

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Not content with announcing and hyping games that have barely even started being developed and won't be available for years, are they now so desperate that they're taking to announcing and hyping announcements that haven't been written yet? Madness.

Fallout 3 was "announced" in 2004 and released in 2008. With Fallout 4, get back to me when the damn game is actually available. Assuming I'm still alive.

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

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Options....

If he'd defrauded billions from the American public, he wouldn't have even been charged. If he'd killed thousands based on outright lies and misleading an entire government, he wouldn't have even been charged. But he didn't, so he gets life in prison. This from the same "justice" system that sentences someone who steals millions to 60 days, but someone who steal $100 to 20 years.

In other words, the USA doesn't have a "justice" system any more, if it ever did. It has a revenge system where the more you piss of the people in charge (or the darker your skin) the more time you serve. Periods. Has nothing to do with justice. Or even "law".

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The Happiness Industry, Seveneves and Confessions of a Tinderella

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It's simple. Really.

The old adage "ignorance is bliss" is evidentially true. If you don't know, or have chosen to deliberately blank out, that you're being screwed, ripped off, used, abused, and fucked with a rusty chainsaw by those with power in our society then you're going to be a hell of a lot happier than the ones who HAVE figured out that something is very wrong.

Buddhist monks might have the right idea in the long run. Own nothing. Know nothing. Be nothing. Do nothing. Institutionalized Schultz (for those who remember). Perhaps not very satisfying if one looks back, but probably conducive to a happier life much more free from worries.

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If IT isn’t careful, marketing will soon be telling us what to do

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Re: Huh?

<quote>Don't you just love how sales and marketing promise the customer the earth then kindly drop the shit storm on the back office and leave them to pick up the pieces when the customer finds out they were lied to mislead.</quote>

Been there. Done that. Lost a lucrative, desirable posting because I showed up the sales rep as a lying, manipulative cunt. When the only answer to the client is "the product that was sold to you cannot do that, you need the product that is $eek more for that", and you then find out the salesperson categorically, unequivocally lied to the fucking ruler of Dubai (well, his direct representative), it's only fair that the person who provided the accurate version of events gets tossed aside while the lying little fucker keeps his job.

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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Re: Get a life times 4

Why not more popular?

- cost

- life cycle

- total lifetime

- total cost of ownership

Off-grid living and military vehicles (including submarines) have totally different requirement documents.

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Marketing over facts

It's just another example of how good marketing makes up for massive technical faults in a product. We see this everywhere around us. It's not those with the best technical solution that win, it's those with the best marketing lies and press coverage.

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NSA domestic dragnet NOT authorised by Patriot Act, rules US Appeals Court

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Get OUT of jail??

You have to be IN jail for a "get out of jail free" card to work. Nobody at the NSA, nobody in government, not one corporation that collaborates with them will EVER see anything resembling jail time for the ongoing trashing of American rights. So using the term "get out of jail" is a misnomer, at best, and misleading, at worst.

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Fake Cisco box pushers cuffed by Intellectual Property Police

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Real reason?

Is the reason they were arrested that they were selling fake kit, or because by selling it the NSA didn't know to intercept it and install the government-mandated spy firmware, etc. that they've been inserting into "real" Cisco (and other) boxes?

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

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Trollface

Re: .engineer

Yeah. Civil engineers only. The rest are just pretenders. Or did you have something else in mind? ;)

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Suggestion nobody will listen to...

They should have a .med domain instead, to include the medical professions. Then a .hoax domain, for the homeopaths and others.

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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

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Correction...

Shouldn't that be "time to celebrate American Pi"? Seeing as the date convention required for this to work is one that's used by the USA and, I believe, Belize. That's it. It's only seen in Canada because it's so dominated by American corporations, but it's not actually a standard in Canada at all. So yeah, "American Pi". Enjoy.

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Netflix: Look folks, it's net neutrality... HA, fooled you

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Blackmail?

So yet again the people who are bowing to blackmail: Netflix, are being blamed for bowing to the blackmail rather than seeing their business destroyed?

Netflix is told "pay us or your content won't get through". WHAT THE FUCK ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO DO? They can either pay and hope they make enough profit to cover the blackmail, or they can say "no, that's not within the net neutrality guidelines" and see their business get butt-fucked by non-net-neutral ISPs.

Why are so many people blaming what seems to me to be the victim?

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STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

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Wait, what?

I got rid of my wrist-based, easily banged up watch when cell phones came out. If I had to carry something that had the time on it, I didn't need two of the things. Happy times.

So now we have a device that lets me know if my phone is ringing (hey, I can HEAR the damn thing already, OK?), lets me know if my phone is sending out an alarm (ibid.), lets me know if my phone calendar needs attention (ibid.), and generally only tells me that I need to take my phone out to get any detailed info?

I smell... hype. Lots and lots of hype.

That or I've missed something. But looking at it more closely - I don't think I have.

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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

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Skimped on IT?

Far be it for me to disagree with NATS claiming they have skimped on IT, but this kind of failure seems to be exactly the kind of thing you'd expect when proper design and testing isn't scheduled or funded. If the description of the problem is even vaguely accurate (which is a big "if", admittedly) then given the severity of the results I'd expect any attempts to set the wrong values should have been caught by a correctly designed and tested system. That it wasn't makes me wonder what other shortcuts they've taken?

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Turing notes found warming Bletchley Park's leaky ceilings

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Problem? What problem?

I fail to see the problem. Top secret leaks in top secret buildings obviously need to be plugged with top secret documents. Nothing else would do!

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Sony hurls Online Entertainment from the mothership

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Investment firm?

They got bought by an investment firm?

They're fucked.

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Ads?

Another person here glad to be using AdBlock Latitude, although I was a little annoyed that PaleMoon unilaterally switched me. At the time. Now I'm not so annoyed. But I'm also using Ghostery, NoScript, Privacy Badger, and a few other tools that block things I don't want.

About ads in general though:

Technically, I have no problem with ads. Some are even useful for informing me of products I might not have known to look for. What I have a problem with are the page of ads that over-write my screen, the flashy jittery ads that give me headaches, the misleading ads that pretend to be the "next page" of an article, ads with autoplay sound, ads that beat the fuck out of my weaksauce Canadian bandwidth, and the shitloads of utter fucking crap served up by those who feel that since I'm on their website, then I should bloody well take what I'm given, even if it's a rusty chainsaw dildo.

No.

So I'll use whatever methods work to get rid of the damn things. I occasionally turn off the blockers for specific sites, because they made what I see as promises that the ads they do run would be properly curated. The second they lie to me, I turn the blocks back on and they can go to hell. Currently, The Register is one such site. So far, they haven't lied as far as I've been able to see. In fact, I'm not seeing any ads? Is something wrong?

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What was Tim Cook worth to Apple in 2014? $9 MILLION, apparently

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Hmm.

Tim Cook manages a company that makes money and wins, gets 9 million.

Gregg Steinhafel of Target Canada oversees one of the biggest retail failures anywhere, leaving behind a bankrupt company that owes $5 billion to creditors, and gets $61 million for his efforts.

Either Tim Cook has some other remuneration that they aren't talking about, or Steinhafel just demonstrated why some directors and shareholders are complete idiots.

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Beam me up, Scotty, And VAPORIZE me in the process

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Re: So what happens...

First thing I thought of as well. I can see destruction after confirmed duplication, but doing it piecemeal before that confirmation is just asking for a lot of trouble.

This isn't "innovation", this is just attempting to enforce unworkable laws with unworkable technology.

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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released code?

There's no fucking excuse for that kind of code. If you're going to do rm -rf, then you'd bloody well better check the arguments. Yes, I've made that kind of mistake. When I was a newbie and not allowed anywhere near production code.

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

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First thing that came to mind...

Phenomenal Cosmic Powers!

Itty Bitty Living Space.

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An e-reader you HAVEN'T heard of: Cybook Ocean 8"

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Re: An idea gone bad

I'm a klutz. If there's a way for me to drop something into the bath, I'll find it. Wrapping my reader in a waterproof cover (a.k.a. freezer bag with seal) is useful. To me.

What I wouldn't mind is a touch-screen that I could turn on and off, so that I could use it only when I wanted to use it. I can think of a few uses, such as making annotations, where a touch-screen might be useful. But so far I've not seen one with a touch-screen that can be turned off.

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An idea gone bad

Worst thing to ever happen to e-readers was the touch-screen. Sounds great, until you try to actually use it, at which point just moving your hand around to a more comfortable position jumps the page on you. Or you put it down (or pick it up) without first having carefully turned it off, and boom, lose your page. Or you want to read in the bath so you put it in a waterproof bag? Oh look, it doesn't bloody work at all. My wife has the Sony touch-screen. Soon as anything passes near the screen boom, lost page. Pile of shite.

I like my bog-basic Kindle (no fucking touch screen. I hope the newer ones don't force the issue) with calibre book software. Buy books from where I like (rarely Amazon actually), read them how I like, and I can treat my e-reader like a book, but lighter and more convenient.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Re: So...does this mean

Don't be silly. By leaving it ticked, they can claim that they got consent. Besides, the websites are probably outside of Canada, and therefore beyond Canadian jurisdiction. Canada isn't the USA, and doesn't claim jurisdiction over the entire world. Yet.

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German minister photo fingerprint 'theft' seemed far too EASY, wail securobods

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Re: James Bond - Diamonds Are Forever

Maybe security journalists, or even those working in security, don't watch frivolous films like James Bond movies? Which is a pity, because there's a lot of great ideas in there that used to be science fiction and are now just potentially silly toys.

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Hmm. Somewhat misleading perhaps?

Authentication is normally based on 'something you know', and not just 'something you have' such as a fingerprint or any other biometric.

Technically incorrect, unless you add "insecure" to the beginning of that quote. Also, I've always been told fingerprints don't count as "something you have", they're only "something you are", which is lousy security because it can't be changed. Slightly more secure authentication is based on both something you know, AND something you have. Also not just "something you are", such as the horribly insecure fingerprint, which as noted can be duplicated. The duplication can be in any of several ways, either pre (the print itself) or post (the digital "signature" of that print) processing. Just one of the above is, today, not really considered "secure". Or at least, not "secure enough".

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No Santa, no Irish boozers and no regrets: life in Qatar

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Choices

I guess if you're comfortable working in a country whose infrastructure depends on slavery, then it's probably an OK country to work in. So long as you don't fall afoul of the corrupt officials, the medieval "justice" system, and don't get into a disagreement with a national, in which case I hope you have a solid exit plan. A very solid exit plan.

Yes, I've worked in the Middle East (various places). It was very profitable, and I probably could have stayed. But I eventually I found it morally indefensible for someone who didn't want to be a complete hypocrite, and I never could agree that slavery was a good thing, no matter what the Qu'ran (or the Bible for that matter) might have to say about it.

So if money is all you care about, by all means work in the Middle East. So long as you're feeling lucky of course. Get into an argument with the local authorities (or worse, with a well connected national. Watch out for those low-numbered plates in the UAE for instance) and you're going to discover just how inhumane the system becomes. And most often definitely not in your favour.

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Re: Hope they win.

It's probably in the "extended" contract that the 95 page contract you actually agree to is only a part of. In the fine print, paragraph 323, line 3563, section 432. Written in Swahili then translated using some fly-by-night automatic translation software.

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

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Re: What about physical defects?

The self-admitted troll I rented a room to, who spent hours counting score on how many people he'd gotten angry, was a scrawny little shit who was bullied a lot. This was his way of "getting back" without getting physically abused. The fact that many of the people he was targeting where the bullied rather than the bullies escaped him completely.

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Microsoft hikes support charges by NINETY TWO PER CENT

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Re: The value depends on the issue.

quote: "If someone pays for a support ticket from MS, the problem is usually a significant one, and takes a bunch of time to fix."

Which means that before you can even start to pay Microsoft, you have to already have paid someone to determine if the problem "is significant". Probably someone who paid into Microsoft's protection racket with an MCSE or whatever it's called today.

They really do get people coming AND going. I guess it's why they're so profitable - they're the epitome of cashing in on the whole "there's a sucker born every minute", and they sold it a copy of Windows.

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FCC bigwig grills Netflix: If internet fast lanes are so bad, why did YOU build them?

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Maybe it had to in order to survive?

The big ISPs are ALREADY implementing a "pay to play" model. Perhaps Netflix HAD to pay if it wanted to be able to continue in business.

I smell a rat in the FCC revolving door here. They're basically claiming that Netflix bowed to blackmail, therefore it must be guilty of wanting the situation where the blackmail was possible?

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Facebook's plain English data policy: WE'LL SELL YOU LIKE A PIG at a fair

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Optional solution.

My solution is "don't use Facebook". So far that's worked for me. The original solution was "just give them fake info". Which also worked, but I was spending too much time on it, so I went with the new solution.

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Apple: Want a PATCH for iOS Masque attack? TOUGH LUCK, FANBOI

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Apple marketing.

You have to admit, they're consistent:

we went from "you're holding it wrong" when the reception sucked,

to "you're storing it wrong" when it bent while in people's pockets,

and now "your security expectations are wrong" from people who actually expect a minimum of security.

I can only wonder what their next attempt to blame everyone but themselves will be.

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Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

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Sceptical...

Colour me very, very sceptical. Microsoft does not have a history of being honest about anything, from secret APIs to dishonest dealings with "partners". I can only wonder what hidden traps they'll have in their definition of "open source", or their implementation of the "open source" version.

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Why did men evolve map-reading skills? They were PAID BY BONK - study

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for a laugh?

Are you sure he was doing for a laugh, and not because those were the only directions he could remember but he didn't want to admit it?

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Robot deputy blasts possibly explosive Mexican beans with CANNON in 'controlled explosion'

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Too soon.

Personally, I've found beans to be explosive WMD (weapons of mass disgust) only AFTER I've eaten them. Maybe their mileage varies?

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France KICKS UK into THIRD PLACE for public Wi-Fi hotspots

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Links?

Links to original source for such claims are always welcome in my books.

So http://www.maravedis-bwa.com/en/ or http://www.ipass.com/Wi-Fi-growth-map/

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