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Company in shambles, marriages ruined. My work here is done, says Ashley Madison CEO

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Re: Another conspiracy theory

Another NSA website perhaps ... like Facebook? Why bother trying to collect information about people when they are willing to give it to you for free?

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Re: Sign of the times maybe

Exactly - in many ways AM are a poster child for so much of what passes for the new web economy.

1. Have a brilliant idea (OK, a mediocre idea but we'll call it brilliant in the media releases).

2. Build a web site and seed it with ghost users.

3. Raise enough capital to advertise.

4. Investors throw money at you.

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FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

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Re: Free country?

"Dubya's reign was even worse and its legacy lives on in the NSA."

Oh please, read your history books - the NSA has been in the surveillance business for years before Dubya ascended to power. And the UK has been an enthusiastic partner while all the time wringing its hands about the whole business.

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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Re: On occasion

"...they never needed to spend money."

And they saved a lot of money too - probably enough for someones glf club subscription ... now that they have to pay a real sysadmin, well - those folks lower down the pay-scale are going to have to take a cut.

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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Re: anon obviously

Card details don't mean anything - I don't know about the UK but in the US you have pre-paid cards - like gift cards - that are effectively credit cards for a month or until you spend them.

I would expect that anyone looking for anonymity would pay for the service via a store bought card to eliminate the paper trail - if they didn't before, I'd bet they will next time.

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Act of God damaged data on Google cloud disks

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Surprised?

That's not bad actually - try that at home and you'd have lost a lot more data. Disks die, backups fail, and life goes on mostly.

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Conference Wi-Fi biz fined $750k for jamming personal hotspots

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$80 a day?

That's cheap - I've seen contracts from Wi-Fi vendors at conferences asking for $800 a day for vendors.

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Android faces SECOND patching crisis, on the same scale as Stagefright

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The sky has fallen

'nuff said ... realistically nothing has changed - it's just that the word is out that the Internet of All Things is, and always has been, comprised and Joe Public is starting to panic. Well, just a little bit - it will all be forgotten in a few weeks after Donald Trump makes another dumber statement.

Move on, there's nothing to see here.

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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Windows EOL?

Windows 10 looks a lot like Windows Vista with a new shell and a warm, fuzzy, Mark Zuckerberg sugar coating. We're evaluating it at work but it's not looking good at this point.

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US OPM boss quits after hackers stole chapter and verse on 21.5m Americans' lives

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Nice pension

She's retiring - can't say I blame her, I'd do the same thing if I could afford it.

But what boggles the mind is - just what in heavens name was this stuff doing connected to the Internet in the first place? Chances are it was some automated program at the NSA that took the stuff anyway.

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Bernie Sanders wants FCC to probe broadband prices (but wait, is there an election coming?)

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What a Troll!

Overcharged? What rubbish! We're only paying $250 a month for 3Mbs/500kbs in Louisiana - OK, so we're a business and we don't stream video or music all day long - I guess that's why our service is a little more expensive than the home rate.

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Macroviruses are BACK and are the future of malware, says Microsoft

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Zombies live

I'm constantly amazed and the number of shipping confirmations, purchase orders and requests for quotes that we receive in .XLS format - that mail server that I admin has a simple policy to deal with these - it strips them all.

If anyone is bothered by this then they can come to me with a USB stick and I'll put the offending attachment onto the USB stick and open it on a stand-alone machine. If it's a virus then I destroy their USB stick (it's the only safe thing to do) and reimage the PC.

I don't get a lot of requests for my services.

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Netflix wipes blood of Comcast/TWC from its blade, charges toward AT&T/DirecTV

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AT&T broadband

I have AT&T broadband - high-speed DSL service at 6Mbs at $50/month... wow it's so fast ... they keep offering to upgrade me to U-verse .... only that's also 6Mbs DSL because everything else is "not available in your area"

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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Re: Backup verification matters

Perhaps their PFY had set the backup device to dev/null to speed up the backup process?

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

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To date I'm seeing a massive uptick in spam from .work and .science domains - I'm planning on blacklisting all the new TLDs at the mail-server on the Albigensian theory of "Kill them all, God knows his own"

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Symantec to cough up $17m after bloody dust-up with patent troll

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Forget Shakespeare

Did you read the patents? Shakespeare is so old hat - a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for about twelve hours will punch out the complete works of United States Patent Office.

Seriously, you could interpret those patents to cover a someone opening your post for you in the morning ... or even the act of sorting your own e-mail and hitting "delete" or stuffing into the Bayes folders.

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Microsoft explains Windows as a SERVICE – but one version remains a distant dream

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Re: Lifetime of the device.

> Meaningless, because they haven't defined it.

It's in the small print - and it says, "If it breaks, you get to keep both pieces"

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New claim: D-Link router exposes unprotected config controls to web – DNS hijackers, ahoy!

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Supported?

This sounds like an easy bug to fix IF it's still supported but that depends on what "supported" means to them. For most vendors "supported" translates to "still listed on the web site" - I would expect that nothing will be done to fix it - just throw it out and buy a new one ... isn't that the way the world works these days?

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Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open

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Sounds like a winner to me

Is seems that the plan is that a Home use version will be free - probably without extensive networking/active directory support/RAID etc, and the full version with all the bells and whistles will cost money. That's quite smart as it should build a user base of folks who are familiar with the operating system and who will then purchase Office365 services etc. And the features that cause the most problems and require the most support will be paid for by the people who use them.

Thus businesses get to hire people who can use computers, Microsoft has a recurring income stream from the cloud and they can retire the copy protection/registration side of the business - that will save a lot of money and problems too. It also neatly solves the problem of all those pirated copies of XP/Vista/Win 7 - this seems that Software as a Service is going to be a winner after all.

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What do China, FBI and UK have in common? All three want backdoors in Western technology

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Re: Well, this resolves another question once and for all

Exactly - all Chinese made gear is now insecure by design. If you are using a Chinese made computer (Lenovo, HP, Apple etc) then it has a backdoor built into it - maybe in the operating system or more likely in the hardware.

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

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Once upon a time

Used to be, the job of management was to run the company profitably with the shareholders (owners) of the company receiving the benefits and a share of the profits.

These days the job of management seem to be to make as much money as possible (obscene salaries, pension and golden handshakes) and bail out before the company goes under.

The stock market seems to think that this is modus operandi for many large publicly traded corporations and the trick is to sail along with them while they pump the stock price up and then get out at the first sign of trouble.

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Secret Service on alert after drone CRASHES into White House

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Re: Time to develop tiny anti-air missiles

While I still think that a shotgun is the quickest solution it does require that the user has some skill - a Micro-Patriot missile system is probably the best solution - and could have other applications too.

I wonder how a Micro-Patriot would work against Pheasants?

Kick-Starter anyone?

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Re: Dropping flour?

Could be a problem for the hare if the pack then jumps the fence ... only to find a check back 20.

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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This is the end, beautiful friend <RANT>

The Internet was once a beautiful landscape to explore, place to meet new people and discover things that we have perhaps only dreamed of ... and then along can AOL, Google, YouTube and all the rest with the desire to monetize the experience. And the cry was, it's only a penny, its only an email address or phone number... and now just an IP address is all they need to ID you and serve you adverts, or vacuum all communications into their maw.

So nowadays we swim in the excrement of spammers, scam artists and businesses demanding your contact details before you can view a page or information about a product that you might have a casual interest in. Posting to anywhere simply alerts the 'droids to your location and presence, anything you post will be stolen and you will be sued, we are just chickens - waiting to be plucked, garrotted, skinned and turned into prepared meals that other members of our family will be forced to purchase. Occasionally we stick out heads up to a gasp to air, putrid from another farting hippo on YouTube only to have another steaming turd from our political masters rammed down our throats ... "for our own protection." </RANT>

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FBI-baiter Barrett Brown gets five years in chokey plus $890,000 fine

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Had he been working for the NSA and been doing all this he'd have received a nice fat bonus.

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Google signs up Sprint and T-Mobile to sell its cellphone plans – report

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It will be interesting to see if Google can get Sprint and T-Mobile on the same page - and release a phone that can seamlessly switch between CDMA and GSM networks. Typically in the US I find that T-Mobile offers good service in cities but no service in the countryside - Sprint has much better coverage than T-Mobile nationwide but only via CDMA.

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Your anonymous code contributions probably aren't: boffins

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Re: Not a new concept

Right - I've been identified walking around the office simply by the sound I make walking down the corridor regardless of which pair of shoes I wear.

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SFO: 'Insufficient evidence' for conviction over HP-Autonomy deal

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There's a history here

HP have a long record of purchasing companies and destroy their value. The real test of a company is in its products and while HP were once a preeminent equipment manufacturing company, that has not been the case for about 20 years. They still ride on their reputation when test equipment, Laserjet printers and RPN calculators were king - that's long gone now.

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Facebook is MORE IMPORTANT to humanity than PORTUGAL

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Facebook and Deloitte ...

and I chose my words carefully ... can suck my richard.

Seriously, who believes anything that accountants say these days? They are just paid whores ... no, I take that back as a slander on the good name of whores who actually deliver a service that people are happy to pay for on a regular basis. Whereas accountants, and Facebook merely generate numbers that stroke the flaccid egos of aging Internet has-beens.

Do you get the idea that I don't have, never have and have never wanted a FB account?

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Google v Oracle: US Supreme Court turns to Obama in Java copyright war

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Is Microsoft watching this case?

If Oracle win then all Microsoft operating systems could be seen as infringing Digital Research and Digital Equipment Corp intellectual property.

And to carry copyright even further past the point of absurdity, I wonder if the Holy Roman Catholic church could then sue the Baptists, Episcopalians, Methodists, Lutherans etc etc? They might even get a whack at the Muslims too - but then Judaism could sue the whole lot of them.

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Trial of alleged Silk Road kingpin set to begin

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This is going to be fun!

So maybe we'll get the details on exactly how they tracked him and the legalities of hacking servers in foreign countries. I wonder who will be testifying for the NSA and ...

Oh wait, there's a knock at the door, I'll be back in a se3245$^FFY%#@ NO CARRIER

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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Let's have some Charlie spam

I'd like to see every Charlie Hebdo cartoon emailed to every email address in the Middle East - repeatedly. OK, I know this will be seen as "bad taste" but it would be a darn site more interesting than the daily spam I get from the middle east ever since I signed up for the Emirates frequent flyer program.

Kickstarter program anyone?

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Whew, US cellcos... Better find a new revenue stream, QUICK

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An eye-opener!

Gosh, and I always thought that the business was all about whether or not you are profitable. But most people here seem to think that it's the mobile company with the most subscribers that wins?

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Verizon wants to sell 'antiquated' copper assets, stick to wireless for voice

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Bean counting

Much of this push is based on accounting - line-lines are seen as a fixed investment that require a maintenance budget, where as cell towers are a service in most cases. The carriers rent them from a third party and account for the costs very differently.

The customers service experience is mostly irrelevant.

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

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Oracle? Sounds familiar

Oracle would be that company that sold the enterprise software that all the really successful companies used in the early 2000's to predict the business environment - Big Successful companies like Enron, MCI/Worldcom, HealthCare South, Clearstream ... good stuff!

So, how's it working out for the UK government then?

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No cellphones in cells, you slag! UK.gov moots prison mobe zap law

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Re: How do you identify the phone?

Easy - just ask GCHQ ... this should be a no-brainer to ID specific phones within a given location two or three days running and turn them off.

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Want to shoot FIREBALLS from your wrists, SPIDER-MAN style?

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Re: 'Flash' cotton/paper

Years ago a guy I worked with had a similar demonstration rigged up in the service electronics lab that I worked in (this was in the 70's) that used an aerosol cleaner to shoot fire across the room. The kit was rigged up using parts from the medical electronics gear that we were supposed to be repairing and was very impressive.

The point of his demonstration was that the aerosol can fueling the thing was marked "non-inflammable" - it was the propellant that ignited.

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

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Same problem at the Cinema

We've seen the same thing at the Cinemas in the US - you got to a kids film and they run trailers for upcoming movies that are not age appropriate. Sure, the ratings agency may think the trailer is "safe" but it can still scare the crap out of a kid.

Case in point - went to see "The Last Mimzy" with my daughter and she had nightmares for a month after the trailer for "Taken" - where a girl her age is kidnapped by human traffickers - was shown. It was several years before she returned to the movie theaters.

In my opinion the ratings people are owned by the movie companies and their ratings are essentially worthless.

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

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"China will have that TFP growth that Russia hasn't"

Very true - up to a point. It seems to me that the Chinese economy is much better managed than the Russian economy these days (both have had their disasters in the past) but the problem is still the same - both countries are effective dictatorships.

The Western democracies have the advantage, not of being marginally better managed, but simply because a democratic society shuffles the idiots at the top on a regular basis - a feature that is lacking in both the Russian and Chinese political systems.

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Norks blame U.S. for TITSUP internet, unleash racist rant against Obama

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Re: Insults, Insults

It's a common fallacy that in a Democracy you get the Government that you want - that's not actually true, usually you get the Government you deserve.

Quite honestly, head lice are preferable to spending time with most US politicians.

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Car hacker secrets revealed: Clutching up a tank engine in a classic motor

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Way to go El Reg - I love these articles!

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Now Obama seeks China's help to halt alleged Nork HACK ATTACKS

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NK inserts petard in mouth.

I was keeping an open mind about this being a false flag operation but it seems that NK's stupidity has no limits and I'm leaning towards billing them for this one. I'm still very interested in the method that they used to break in AND get the data out without being noticed.

Under normal circumstances I wouldn't been seen anywhere near a theater showing a film that appears to be this stupid but now ... yup, I want to see it.

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Sony Pictures hack is Hollywood's 'Snowden moment' say infosec bods

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"Come to Jesus" moment?

While Snowden was interesting, he was mostly ignored from a security point of view - all the attention was on the information that he released and the external collection methods by NSA et. al. Home Depot and Target were simply retailer attacks and only different in scale to what has been done before and while they were inconvenient for the credit card companies, the overall effects were limited.

I feel that this hack at Sony however is different - unlike the prior attacks this has the potential to destroy the company. Discovering just how this was done will be interesting but it needs to wake us all up to the fact that it can happen to all of us.

Sure, it sounds like Sony's IT security was crap, and I guess we can say the same for Home Depot, Target and the NSA? But that's four very different entry vectors, each of which succeeded to a devastating extent - any admin who's thinking that, "This can't happen to me" needs a good beating with the cluestick,

And here's my stock tip for the new year: Invest in companies with good Penetration Testing reputations.

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Re: Alternative hypothesis

Honeypots work if the attackers are outsiders - they are generally useless if the attacker has administrative access because the administrator can usually see them for what they are.

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Can't stop Home Depot-style card pwning, but suppliers will feel PCI regulation pain

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When you are dealing with academics you'll find that they will happily email you their credit card information if they need something in a hurry - that's right via plain text email.

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NY premiere of The Interview cancelled after hackers' terrorist threats

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Re: Looks like the terrorists are winning again

There's an easy solution - all Sony needs to do is:

A. Cut your losses and release the movie on the Internet at no charge for anyone to watch.

B. Attach copies of the DVD to balloons and float them into the North Korea.

C. Offer a years supply of porn to anyone on 4chan who can hack any website that carries North Korean content and host the movie there.

Always take the fight to the enemy.

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Dr. Dobb's Journal sails into the sunset - yet again

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I'm old ...

... because I remember keying in Tiny Basic from the listing and getting it running ... in hex via the keypad. Dr. Dobbs was a fine magazine in its heyday ... that would be the first couple of years. I dropped my subscription when they started programming all that GUI shite.

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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In other news

I would how the Portuguese news sites will fair if they go ahead with this? I'm thinking that they could see a huge uptick in visitors from Spain.

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Easy fix

The law appears to refer to the display of content from Spanish web sites so all Google - or anyone else - has to do is spider the site according to the robots.txt rules and then when someone searches for a phrase that generates a "hit" - you serve up a link directly to the page in a new window.

Of course - this approach could be abused to serve up just about anything since the user will have no chance to preview the page - but that's not my problem.

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Re: Does anybody outside IT

"This is exactly how the World Wide Web works: the HTML files are the pithy descriptions on paper tape, and your Web browser is Ronald Reagan."

-- N Stephenson, "In the Beginning was the Command Line"

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