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Microsoft spells out new rules for exiling .EXEs

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"out-of-context" is an adjective not a noun.

The advertising is out of context.

It is out-of-context advertising.

Jeez, you're getting as bad as the Guardian.

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Your files held hostage by CryptoDefense? Don't pay up! The decryption key is on your hard drive

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Surely you have to be logged on as Admin to let these things take over? In which case, the bloody idiots are getting everything they deserve.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Re: Translation

When at school I practised French by translating Asterix into French. Nobody nicked me for it.

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Re: Does not add up!

I know that "Parliament is Supreme" and can if it so chooses pass a law making it illegal to smoke on the streets of Washington DC, but how the hell do you enforce that law without invading the country in question?

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Re: Does not add up!

If you want people to be able to see your nookie, do you lock it behind a paywall, or do you make it open access? Pure simple unadulterated (oo-er) market forces guarantees that the majority of pron sites will not be behind any sort of wall.

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How the hell do they know???? To gather these sorts of statistics at some point the user is going to be asked how old they are, and so of course they are going to say they are over 18, 'cos if they don't any website that *does* ask how old they are that's the only way they're going to get at the content.

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

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Only one advice needed:

Don't browse the web logged on as Admin, idiots.

Even now, I'm finding people with Win7 and Win8 who use an Admin account as their day-to-day account.

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It's 2014 and you can pwn a PC by opening a .RTF in Word, Outlook

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I've said it before and I'll say it again. WTF does a document format have to have executable capability?

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Metric wood?

Two weeks ago I had to buy 25 feet of 6mm cable to wire up a kiln that is rated at 1kW for every degree Fahrenheit per minute temperature rise it does.

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Re: Get a life...

Accelerating at that rate, it'll soon reach escape velocity.

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Re: US Independence

How do you make "fall" into an adjective? Autumnal. autumnal. autumnal. mmmmm

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When I had an allotment it was 20 feet x 65 feet, so where does that come from? I was surprised it wasn't 60 feet long, 2x3 aspect ration. What's that in perches anyway?

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Re: Too little, too late.

Exactly! I once had a blazing argument with a PC supplier because they were expecting us to throw away our £15,000 printer just because they were too cheap to put a 15p Centronics port on their machines. That lost them the order.

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I'll take a free Windows 8 PC as long as it doesn't have Windows 8 on it. XP please.

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PAF! MPs go postal over postal location data sell-off by Coalition.gov

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Re: Ownership matters

So what? Postcode areas are *not* meant to be anything related to local authority boundaries, they are *POSTAL* areas. The 'S' postcode stretches from halfway across Derbyshire to the outskirts of Doncaster because it is a POSTAL area, **NOT** a local authority area.

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

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Viruses and malware

If you browse the web logged on as Admin you deserve everything you get.

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Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

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A bit late

Surely there were thousands of demobilised soldiers in 1918. And according to AJP Taylor, the 1920s-1930s were bookended by two world wars.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: I remember my email address

And my internet site! ftp:uk.stir.cs/~cs870638/pub or something.

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I remember my email address

...that I used in 1985: cs870638@uk.stir.cs

Yes, the domain *was* the wrong way around. We had a bulletin circulated explaining why we were changing it around.

(I can't remember the email address I used in 1985, it was buried under layers of proxies and redirections.)

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29 October 1969

The internet is the same age as me... god I feel old.

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The browser's resized future in a fragmented www world

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Re: browser restrictions

*How* does iOS stop non-Safari applications accessing the rendering engine. If an application calls render_page("I am Safari, honest guv", *page_to_render) how does the renderer know that this isn't Safari making exactly the same call?

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Golden Computer Centre

God, it would take me *hours* to get out of GCC!

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I end up drifting into Maplin's because I first encountered them in 1980, and I subconsciously think they are still an electronics supply store instead of the consumer electronics retailer they've morphed into.

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Phisherman's friend: Confused hacktivists deface FAKE BANK SITE

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Yorkshire Building Society isn't a banking institution, it's a - duh! - building society.

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Bitcoin ban row latest: 'Unstable, loved by criminals' Yup, that's the US dollar – Colorado rep

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"BitCoin ... is no more dangerous or unstable than its fiat counterparts."

BitCoin *is* a fiat currency. A fiat currency is a currency backed by nothing other than faith in the currency itself.

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Jobless mum claims Spanish councillor told her to 'go on the game'

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Re: Unfortunately, in cities around the world, going 'on the game' ...

But she's got a husband. What's he doing?

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"Yet from where I'm sitting all I can see if them refuting the claims"

They have a recording? Or do you mean denying the claims.

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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You work in IT, why aren't you rich?

I seem to get asked that almost weekly, and ask myself as well. It's only the minimum wage that's stopping my pay from dropping any further, and it's only the fact that Being Alive Costs Money that's stopping me refusing to work.

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HP: We're so down wid da kidz! Look at... er, Smithers, what DO yoof look at these days?

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Insert headline here

Subhead in bold.

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'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

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Surely that's the Ice Warriors blowing up the Moonbase?

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

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Re: Bah!

Even in the UK we have three seperate legal juristictions, England'n'Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Brit boffins brew up blight-resistant FRANKENSPUD

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I got to the last of my home-growns a couple of weeks ago (Casablanca). I'm now waiting for the mud to turn back into soil so I can plant the first of this year's crop.

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London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

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Top-level country codes

That's it, then, London's officially a foreign country.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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Re: How to teach maths

Yes, I used to fall asleep in English lessons, because I have no imagination and English lessons were all about making things up - in other words, LYING! However, as soon as got to writing documentation or writing up experiments, I was flying away, because I was actually writing REAL stuff, not making things up. If I'd been able to submit my Technology projects as my English homework (or even my Geography projects) I'd have got something better than my 'C'.

This also affected some of my university work as I did a couple of units Education (when I still naively considered entering teaching) and all my work was littered with things like: If a child is told X, then that child may take that on board, and that may cause them to do Y which may cause Z to happen which may result in....

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Re: superficial at best

"I saw an article recently regarding this which commented that coding was the new Mandarin."

Gakuen de nihongo wa deutsugo atarashi desu. ;)

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Re: We don't have anyone competent to do that

"If writing laws were treated like a proper software project, no law would ever yet have been finalized by Parliament. They'd all still be in perpetual debug mode."

I think not. "Does it power up? Ship it."

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Re: How to teach maths

Perzactly! That's exactly the sort of thing my old school did before the local Labour council killed it off in the name of anti-elitism. Identify the kids who aren't academic, but are vocationally skilled, get them doing things like vehicle maintenance with the maths needed to support it and instead of failing Maths 'O' level they get a Mechanics HND *and* a Maths high scoring 'O' level.

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Re: [B]asic maths and literacy...

Divide 66570 by 10 then multiply by 3. Give your answer to the nearest 1000.

What is 540207 in words?

Read the number off this scale

Count these numbers

Sort these numbers

What is the area of these two rectangles?

WTF? You shouldn't be allowed out of PRIMARY school without the ability to do this.

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I was implementing some floating-point arithmetic over the summer. For that I absolutely utterly needed my 'O' level maths instruction in logarithms and exponents, and how you multiply by adding powers and - shock horror - why the bare bones of long multiplication works. That's not even touched in today's GCSEs. "Push the buttons and get the answers, and stop pestering the teacher."

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Yes, it's disgusting that 100% of school children aren't able to play the violin, and millions of pounds must be splurged on compulsory violin lessons, and anybody who complains is a misogynist and a snob.

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'No representation without taxation!' urges venerable tech VC

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Re: New Barbarian Manifesto

Alan B'Stard proposed it ten years even earlier!

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Plan 9 moves out from Lucent licence space

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Do I remember using Plan9 on a 6809 machine 20-odd years ago?

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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You go to prison *AS* punishment, not *FOR* punishment. The imprisonment *ITSELF* is the punishment.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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"Indeed, and IIRC Richard Russell went on to write the BBC Basic for Clive Sinclair's Z88."

And ported it to the Amstrad Notebooks. I still have an NC100, it got lots of use in meetings for taking notes, and doing some simple data analysis in BASIC.

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The filing systems' nothing to do with the Basic, the filing systems' the filing system.

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"Howard Fisher, now working for Acorn ... wanted a Basic that would run on the Z80"

Odd. At this point Richard Russell had already finished porting Acorn's BBC BASIC to the Z80, and was finishing off the port to Acorn's Z80 second processor system. And was based in Essex just down the road from Ambit.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

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Argh!!!

Coding is like playing the violin. It's something innate, and forcing all kids to do it results in 99% of them being utterly crap and frustrated, and is bordering on the sort of child abuse that that women in Saturday's Guardian revels in inflicting on her children.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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Re: Just spent an hour this weekend doing an XP reinstall

Let me guess - she also ran the computer logged on as Admin all the time as well.

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I've never had any problems with XP. But then, that's could be because I have seperate Admin and normal users, and only ever log on as Admin once in a blue moon to do Admin stuff.

When I bought the PC it came set as Admin-All-Areas, and I had to spend the first few hours with it fixing it to a proper system. Since then, no problems.

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Backing up?

Take out hard drive, change links, plug into new computer. Job's a done'un.

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