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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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Terminology?

the company is supporting an organization named "Girls Who Code" to bring more women into its technical organization along with hosting "Girl Geek Dinners" and its affiliation with a local San Francisco group named "sf.girls."

Stopping referring to adult women as 'girls' might help them get taken more seriously.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Bug?

This doesn't sound like a bug to me, it's a deliberate design decision by the developers, the impact of which either they didn't understand or chose to ignore. As stated earlier though, wtf is a BROWSER doing pissing about with system wide power management features?

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Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink

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Re: Australian Federal Government - The New NORKS

Likewise your issue with immigrants. As in immigrants currently, rather than immigrants from a hundred years ago, who you are obviously ok with.

This is what *really* pisses me off with the whole immigration thing: we're ALL immigrants, or have some descendancy from them, if you look back far enough up your family tree. (And speaking to all those objectors here:) the reason YOU were born here, and not wherever these immigrants are 'flooding' in from? Well that was pure bloody chance! No skill or choice was involved, so how the hell can you think that gives you the right to say you deserve to be somewhere, but others don't?!!

This is especially hypocritical of the 'newer' nations (America, Canada, The US, South America even?) which were formed by European immigrants, but also of the older countries. We all started out originally in Africa!

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Don't put that duffel bag full of cash in the hotel room safe

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Using the safe

I don't always use them when staying in hotels that have them fitted, but when I have I've done so not so much because I feel them particularly secure but because I figure you may be opening yourself up to your insurance provider saying "Sorry you weren't covered" if you had something stolen and hadn't used the safe?

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UK data watchdog broke data law, says UK data watchdog

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Re: Stop press

To be fair, public or private seems to be absolute no barrier to being utterly clueless when it comes to data security.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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Re: Root

You're suggesting you buy something, then have to break in to it in order to make it perform acceptably?

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Maybe crossing a line but...

It occurred to me that if that canoe was much bigger you could fill it with seaman.

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Plucky Rockall adventurer prepares to leave islet

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Re: Brit adventurer?

You of course will be out there on the very next boat to show him how it's done eh??

Keyboard warriors...

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US authorities round up ILLEGAL DINOSAURS for repatriation

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Re: The US hates illegal aliens

"The Roswell crew from 1947 must have had visas"

Why had they been blocked by PayPal?

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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Evidence == so far

The evidence though is that not even the faintest sign of anything even remotely resembling life has been found outside of our planet.

I see, so you're looking for something in the ocean. You've checked a few gallons of sea water, not found what you were looking for, and decided it's not there?

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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"If you want to listen to great-sounding music"

To be honest, if you want to listen to truly great sounding music go and see it live! You get the buzz of seeing it performed right there in front of you, and the quality of modern PA systems is pretty much hi-fi nowadays... but with MUCH better subs than anything you'll get in your living room!

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

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Re: Silly sod

Aspergers' "used to be rare" because the diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders is still something of a 'work in progress', and has only really started to become accepted in the last 20 years or so.

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Doctor Who season eight scripts leak online

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WTF?

Top Gear

also contained scripts for Beeb programmes Top Gear

You're telling me that shit is actually written and not just the ramblings of egotistical morons??!

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: The summer heat brings them out...

No matter what we said she would not drag the floppy to the Trash to eject it as "this would erase it"

To be fair I'd suggest this was as much a fail on the MacOS interface design team (one which has been discussed elsewhere over the years) as to her understanding of how to operate the alien (to her) system.

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When PR backfires: Google 'forgets' BBC TV man's banker blog post

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Pure search results?

All this bleating against the EU Court ruling seems to come from some cloud-cuckoo ideal that Google is being forced to change what would otherwise be angel-pure search results. What all search engines return is based on many factors: local laws, adult and illegal meterial filtering, personal settings preferences, before you even start on all the money-making algorithms, and the consequent rank boosting work by third parties, all of which skew results each and every time.

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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Paris Hilton

"The cover for the game features a woman that could arguably be said to look like Lohan"

Ha! She wishes.

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HDMI, thy end is near: Qualcomm's Wilocity gobble will let mobes, tabs beam 4K vid to TVs

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HDMI dead?

That will be a shame: I only bought my very first flat-screen TV, with lots of HDMI ports on, only last month. I'm still using the Scart socket for the video though!

Where's the 'Luddite' icon..?

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

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Fingers crossed

I have a personal dislike of buttoned collars with no tie, but hey I can live with that. But please please can we get back to some old-fashioned simple 'bad guys get butts kicked' stories, with a bit less of the brain-aching season-arcing uber-plots??!

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

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Re: Would work for me

In which case I'm surprised you haven't asked already? Assuming your employer is reasonable sensible and not old fashioned they may well see the benefits: the time you put in doing work instead of sat in a car, meaning you'll be a happier bunny and very likely a better and more loyal employee. Wins all round!

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Freeze, Glasshole! Stop spying on me at the ATM

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CCTV

To be honest I've been suspicious of entering my PIN on terminals in any number of dodgy looking corner shops and petrol stations for a while: it wouldn't be difficult for someone to set up a system to skim the card details, and a camera to record finger movements without needing clever software to identify numbers entered.

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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Re: not password protected?

You do work in IT don't you? Basic security and all that...

Actually following up on my comment, I earlier found a colleague of mine logs in to his desktop computer using his admin account 'cos "it's easier to run all the server consoles that way". Basic security and all that... ;-)

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Re: not password protected?

All the time. And I need a separate password for the administrator account whenever something needs to make changes, since all user accounts run as just that. You do work in IT don't you? Basic security and all that...

Another good reason to use separate login accounts is that everyone then gets their own desktops, Favourites, and My Documents areas. And they can leave themselves logged in with stuff open, and a simple Switch User allows someone else to use the machine without disturbing anything.

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Own goal as World Cup Wi-Fi passwords spilled in newspaper snap

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Re: Cameras in a secure environment

To demonstrate how high-tech and secure they are - except in this case it did exactly the opposite.

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

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NIMBYs

Put the phone masts on top of the wind turbines!

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Thirteen hundred quid?

If you can afford that, hire one of the hundreds of gardeners around: a human being will do a far better job in a lot less time, and you're giving someone some employment!

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France frostily foists flat fizz fear on ICANN's .wine plans

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What next?

.burger?

.newcar?

.bogroll?

.whoelsecanwefleeceforafewbucks?

.whoelsecanwefleeceforafewquid?

.whoelsecanwefleeceforafewyuan?

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Re: Never...

she hasn't scripted it, or directed it, or produced it - so it's not her.

That's rather like saying actors aren't themselves as they're only reading someone else's script, and following someone else's direction?

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Re: Nope, Sorry!

How DARE you mention those remade abominations! That's like spitting on the graves of Alistair Sims, George Cole, and Joyce Grenfell!

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

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Trust the cloud?

In effect it looks like they trusted their whole business to a single public-facing login point?!

Fuck me, is this what 'the cloud' has done to layered security?

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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How many people ACTUALLY upgrade ram???

Maybe not so many end users, but plenty of IT techie relatives when asked "why is that computer I bought for a good deal at PC World a couple of years ago running REALLY slowly?"...

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Canada to Google: You can't have your borderless cake and eat it too

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Confused

Firstly, I'm not losing ANY sleep seeing Google getting skewered by courts as I think they're becoming a monster that really needs to be reined in! But I am a little confused about these court rulings against SEARCH PROVIDERS, who at the end of the day only reproduce content published elsewhere? Why aren't all these legal orders being directed at the original publishing websites? Surely instead of asking Google et al to remove links to the offending sites, why not try to remove the offending material at source? Yes I can see how this might not be simple or easy, but to me it should be the correct approach, and not passing the buck to the indexers instead?

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Re: Or....

Back in the 70s, I was arrested for Noggin' the Nog.

Yes I remember it well! Still having therapy thank you :-(

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Re: BBC Radio 4 Extra

Hell no, don't tell me you got linked to the Cliff Richard film?!!

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Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Cut-throat competition in flash land

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Sold!

Bought one of these (the 256GB) for my home server last week, as the power-failure and thermal protection features (which I don't think the Samsungs have?) sounded appealing on top of the competitive price. I've had an M4 128GB in my desktop for some time with no problems, so I'm happy enough with brand.

For general purpose desktop and notebook use I'm not convinced of the need for larger SSDs (500GB+), other than perhaps bragging rights? Surely a majority of the data is going to be static and quite probably rarely read, a task for which any modern HD will be more than sufficient.

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Ohio man cuffed AGAIN for shagging inflatable pool raft

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Re: Didn't stop ?

"You mean there's a law in bonnie Scotland that you have to stop having sex if someone comes in?!"

Not if they're using the rear entrance.

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The cute things they say

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Evesham Micros

I once bought an unusual all-in-one computer which I planned to rebuild for my kids to use. As it was an unusual design I thought some documentation might help me, so I called the manufacturer Evesham Micros hoping for some help. I asked if they could send me a manual; I was prepared to pay (a reasonable amount) to cover postage etc but was hoping they'd take the spirit of customer service and just send it to me. I was told that they didn't deal with anyone who hadn't bought directly from them. I said I only wanted a manual not any support, but the CS operative was firm. So I said thank you for your help, and I'll make sure I and anyone else I know never buy any Evesham product again.

Can't say I was too sad when they went titsup a few years back.

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"and no iLO"

I've worked in TOO MANY companies with remote offices that skimp on the ILOs - those damn things are worth their weight in gold! ;-)

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When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?

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Re: Confused about IPv6 vs. NAT.

What it all really means is that because there are so many IPv6 addresses it's quite feasible for EVERYTHING to have an address from the public address pool, and theoretically be addressable from anywhere. This is unthinkable nowadays in the IPv4 world, hence the almost universal use of private address ranges. However there are private IPv6 address ranges too, and it would be possible for small networks to use these and have a single public address NATed, as per the current IPv4 method. The debate is whether this is necessary or not.

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Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache

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Re: Nick Kew Deja vu again

You're right, but the article is about the most popular PUBLIC web server, and associated bragging rights.

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Re: Nick Kew Deja vu again

Indeed, many IIS servers run on corporate intranets and therefore are not visible on the Web at all, making IIS's real share of the webserver market even larger

Clearly the word WEBserver (shorthand for WORLD WIDE Web) is lost on you if you're counting private Intranet servers.

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IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Pole Tax?

That sounds more like a UKIP idea to me!

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Mobe-orists, beware: Stroking while driving could land you a £4k fine

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Re: GOOD

If you are driving close enough to someone to see them doing that, you're driving FAR too close to them at 70mph...

I've started watching traffic coming the other way when I'm stopped at road junctions, and a depressing number of people seem to be using a phone, either pressed to their ear or gazing down at it. And junctions are the sort of places where you should really be giving most of your attention to what's going on outside of the car!

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

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Re: Isn't a number that is almost infinite, er, infinite?

Upvote just for mentioning the Bolton Legend!

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

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Serving up adverts

Or at least more time for the occupants to spend glued to their bloody screens surfing cat videos and 'top ten' lists!

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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Re: They better stop selling

They don't sell Windows 7. You can buy Windows 8 licences and install 7 under downgrade rights, but you can't buy Windows 7 directly, at least not directly from Microsoft.

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Thanks for nothing, OpenSSL, grumbles stonewalled De Raadt

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Re: Soo...

This only serves as a confirmation that OpenSSL is developed by, pardon my French, dysfunctional bunch of jerks.

Which to my mind makes one of the premises of OSS more and more suspect. If code developed by 'jerks' can so readily be taken and used by hundreds of other developers, to build some VERY big and important systems, then the question that comes to me is how many of those are using OSS "because it's tried and trusted", and how many simple "because it's free"?

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Re: He is giving a talk about mavern

Isn't this assumption "he's a nerd, and probably a virgin" just as bad stereotypically as the (joke?) prejudices displayed by the original presentation?!

Personally I think it was a bit of a lame attempt to present a humorous take on some software, but to avoid this sort of broohaha in future maybe EVERYONE, male female, and anything else you wish to declare yourself as, should try to step away from generalisations and stereotypes a bit more? Tricky to do though since categorisation and attendant assumptions are an inherent part of how we experience and manage the world.

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Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

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Re: voluntarily ???

That reminds me of the Virgin Media trick of requiring your postcode to check whether you can get their cable server, after which you'll be forever spammed with junk mail offering their overpriced bundled crap. They even put them in plain (sometimes official looking brown) paper envelopes so you're more likely to be fooled in to opening them.

When I tried to report them to the ICO I was told they couldn't help because it's all addressed to "The Householder" and not anyone specific. Frickin' useless!

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Please be seated at your FOUR-LEGGED PC

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Noise?

I'd be worried about how soundproofed this was if stocked with a decent rig with plenty of fans!

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