* Posts by Youngone

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Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched

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Browser Stats

I did a quick Google and it turns out Edge has about 1% of browser market share.

Now I'm not sure if I'm impressed it's that high or not.

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Telstra proclaims free data day to make up for epic TITSUP

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Re: Network crash simulator?

This will be the cause of the slightly frantic email my Australian colleague sent out yesterday which pointed out the problem was with Telstra, not us, so stop asking me to fix it.

Knowing our users it probably made no difference.

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Imation: Data storage? No, come to us for, er, investment advice

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Can anyone spell credibility?

Does anyone believe this is any more than a shareholder using it's position to get a pay day?

Is this even legal? I thought all shareholders were supposed to be treated equally.

I can smell law suits.

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Labels to artists: You'll get a penny, so go away

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Payment?

I'm not sure what the answer is here.

On the one hand the artists should get paid, even a total freetard like me doesn't argue about that, but on the other hand the music industry has become so consolidated over the last decade or so that the majors seem to have no interest in up and coming artists when they can control the whole career of some X-Factor type and heavily promote them into stardom.

It occurred to me as I watched the Super Bowl half time show that my father hated the music of my youth because it was loud and nasty and angry, but I hate the music of my kids' youth because it's so bland and corporate.

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Sorry, Toshiba, speak up ... What was that? A $6bn loss amid an accounting scandal?

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Culture

I'm lead to believe that corporate cultures that dissuade staff from calling out execs on their crappy decisions is a Japanese thing, but the company I work for is not Japanese and it is pretty career limiting to point out mistakes to our PHB's, so I'm not sure what's going on there.

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Girls! Girls! Girls! Intel brags about diversity push, Silicon Valley tells itself it's doing great

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@AC

In my (admittedly limited) experience you're right. Women (gross generalization time) are not that keen on the technical, but learn a little bit so that they can get into the management side.

I've had a couple of female managers, one was great, one was a totally out of her depth and compensated by being a psycho.

About the same hit rate that I've had with male managers now I think about it.

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SAP pays $3.9m to settle Panama government bribery case

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For any company with ties to the US, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act can be enforced.

I work for a US owned company and have to do an ethics course every year as I am involved in purchasing.

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Kentucky to build 3,400-mile state-owned broadband network – and a fight is brewing

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Money

The Cable companies have a lot of money for campaign contributions.

Make of that what you will

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Microsoft legal eagle explains why the Irish Warrant Fight covers your back

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Re: I've Said it Before and I'll Say it Again

If you think the Irish are sycophantic lackeys, you should see the New Zealand Prime Minister.

He owns a holiday place in Hawaii, so gets a round of golf with Barak every now and then.

This earns the US whatever they want. Key's not only a whore, he's a cheap one.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11180860

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Samsung sued over 'lackadaisical' Android security updates

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What I learned.

The bit I got out of the Samsung press release is:

"We have made a number of commitments in recent months to better inform consumers about the status of security issues, and the measures we are taking to address those issues."

Which I read to mean:

"We'll tell you that we're no longer supporting your year old phone.

After you've paid for it of course."

Bastards.

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Which tech stocks are suffering and – crucially – why?

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Re: Zynga

That's a bit harsh, a Ponzi scheme is when someone....

Oh, yes, I see what you mean.

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Zynga

Zynga always looked like a shonky investment to me. They need to keep people signing up to the next pay to win blockbuster game, and as their users become immune to the general pointlessness of the next new title, they need another and another.

I imagine they'll bumble along as a shadow of their former self, sort of Yahoo! for mobile phones.

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Someone please rid me of this turbulent Windows 10 Store

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Re: Search

I guess search is not a Microsoft thing, and they've obviously made a hash of this which seems really odd to me.

Microsoft's real strength used to be developers, and the support they gave them. This has given rise to the huge number of really good Windows programmes over the years, easy install and easy to use. (with the obvious caveats regarding DLL hell and awful DotNet versions etc).

If Microsoft are not giving developers the support they did, then I wonder what they're for now?

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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Re: Planet?

I was wondering how you'd go about proving it had cleared it's orbit too, but at only 10 times the mass of Earth I'm going to guess it's rocky (with an icy crust) like a really big Pluto.

At 200 AU or so, can any boffins guess how long to get there?

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UK can finally 'legalise home taping' without bringing in daft new tax

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Still Waiting

I'm yet to hear a coherent argument as to why a rights holder should be compensated if I make a copy of the music I legally bought.

I understand there are legal arguments, and different mechanisms for it happening, but I'm unable to understand why.

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Afraid of getting your iThing pwned? Get yourself iOS 9.2.1

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Apple Updates

This must be the third update I've read about on El Reg, and applied to my iPhone before the phone has even checked for the new version.

Maybe I should start playing a support fee.

I wonder if they take beer?

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Bigger than Safe Harbor: Microsoft prez vows to take down US gov in data protection lawsuit

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Winners?

I don't really see how Microsoft can win this. Even if the Supreme Court rules in their favour, (and there's no guarantee of that), the US spy agencies will just continue to collect whatever data they want and not tell anyone surely.

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Comet halo theory for flickering 'alien megastructure' star fails

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Re: A theory

Possible? Unlikely? Bueller?

Don't care, awesome theory. I'm going with this even if the evidence proves otherwise.

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It's Wikipedia mythbuster time: 8 of the best on your 15th birthday

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Re: There was always a near monopoly on encyclopedic knowledge

The debate about the quality of information on Wikipedia started once Britannia became irrelevant.

My Grandfather had the 1911 edition and it was packed full of jingoistic British Imperial rubbish.

We always laughed at the description of Maori people as primitive savages, but mighty warriors (paraphrasing here). My brother-in-law, a Maori person thought it was hugely funny.

Wikipedia might have it's problems, but it's still a useful tool.

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IBM introduces fleecing-you-as-a-service for retailers

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Sale! Now on!

As far as I'm aware, everyone assumes that the sale price is just the normal retail price.

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Att: Windows Phone owners: Win 10 Mobile has been spotted and it wants your phone

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Re: Really?

@ J J Carter

While I'm sure you're right about sheep following each other, I wouldn't put Andrew O in that camp, he's more of a contrarian in my view.

Except for economics, then he's a by the numbers liberal.

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Boffins baffled by record-smashing supernova that shouldn't exist

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No H or He?

Hang on, it's 3.8 billion light years away, meaning it's also 3.8 billion years old and there's no helium or hydrogen involved at all?

That would rule out a star as the thing what went bang then surely?

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Investor to AT&T – give us a peek at your NSA data dealings

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State Secrets

I would have thought AT&T would be right wouldn't they?

The US has these Star Chamber type secret courts that issue secret rulings that can't be seen by the likes of you and I so AT&T would be in breach of the law if they did comment publicly.

The secrecy might be in poor taste, but I'm pretty sure it's legal.

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Kentucky spies stricken: Ban on web snaps of horror accidents mulled

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That's not really what's happening

What "Bam" is really doing is "starting a discussion" because he's well aware that idiotic crap like this won't pass muster against the First Amendment as this makes clear.

Although "starting a discussion" by introducing a bill is completely stupid anyway.

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Comcast repeatedly crams modem upgrade demands into browsers

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Easy Fix

This "problem" (if it really is a problem) can easily be fixed by allowing Comcast to purchase all of the competing ISPs.

This will allow Comcast to provide the best possible Internet access for all Americans.

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200 experts line up to tell governments to get stuffed over encryption

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It's not what you know...

The problem here is that Human Rights Watch, EFF and the like don't fund reelection campaigns, and in the US system of government, the only people worth listening to are those who do.

That's where Google et al come in, but they're going to have to increase their payments, with Presidential and Congressional elections this year. That's not cheap, and if you need laws passed in your favour you have to pay.

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Tell us what's wrong with the DMCA, says US Copyright office

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Bought and paid for

As pointed out above, the DMCA is asymmetric, but that is the intent.

When laws are written by industry, and the intention is to benefit industry this is the result.

The US Congress is paid for by industry for their own benefit, it has nothing to do us. Stop complaining.

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Activist investors want tepid Yahoo! to reboot crashed Marissa Mayer

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Yahoo

A Yahoo! spokesperson said the web biz "will Blah Blah Blah, buzzword buzzword buzzword. Now push off and let us get on with ruining this business."

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Outfit throws fit, hits FitBit's hit kit with writ (Apple also involved)

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I'm sure the patents in question are rubbish, but the fact they're not suing in east Texas might mean they're actually good.

Of course North Carolina could just be copying East Texas' business model.

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Dick limps towards inglorious end: Gadget retailer on the brink

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@ Mike Green

I'm sure you're right about the con job, but I can't help wondering who would have been stupid enough to pay that sort of price for DSE.

When it refloated I remember reading an opinion piece in the local paper, (NZ) saying something along the lines of "You'd need to have rocks in your head to pay that much".

I guess it's the old one born every minute thing.

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Discounting?

The discounts offered seemed to be on Dick Smith branded stuff only.

Offspring number one needed a new smartphone for Christmas, DSE were $80 - $120 more expensive than the competition.

A wireless printer seemed like a good idea for the whole family, DSE were $20 - $120 more expensive than the opposition, depending on brand.

Half empty shelves, half hearted displays, (often lacking price labels), unmotivated staff, (although who could blame them), the place stinks of death.

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NSA spying on US and Israeli politicians stirs Congress from Christmas slumbers

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Colour me cynical

Nothing will come out of hearing or investigations, as the Republicans will be hoping that when their man enters the White House they'll be able to use these same tools to spy on whoever they wish.

In the meantime, some theatre to make it look like they're "doing something".

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Microsoft in 2016: Is there any point asking SatNad what's coming?

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Re: The reality...

I work for a huge multi national big enough to have direct contact with Microsoft.

We also are in the process of moving to Win 10, expecting an install image end of Q1 2016.

We also had Vista which is before my time, but I am assured was a total nightmare, so I might be shining up my CV come Q2 2016.

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Kiwi judge rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited to USA

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@ GrumpyKiwi

Holy mackerel, 17 downvotes!!

Why? Wrong? No, grumpy? not really, must just be anti-ratite bigotry.

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Riddle of cash-for-malware offer in new Raspberry Pi computers

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White box builders in Chine is probably right, and based on the language, the offer probably came from China also.

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Surface Pro 4: Will you go the F**K to SLEEP?

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What is Windows 10?

I've been trying to figure out what Windows 10 is for months now, and Andrew has nailed it for me:

a tentative peace agreement between warring factions

Awesome.

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Windows 10: What's coming in 2016?

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Re: "Windows 7 diehards"

@ Uffish

Suffering from El Reg's automatic downvote system.

Upvote for the Mint reference.

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Ex-SAP exec sent down for 22 months after bribing govt IT officials

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Bribes? No thanks

What a coincidence, I've just finished doing my mandatory corruption course, as I deal with suppliers.

I'm not even allowed to accept a Christmas bottle of wine from my telecoms account manager, which is a bit of a shame.

I am going to go right ahead and assume that it's only the little guys, like Sr. Garcia and I that these rules apply to.

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DEAD MAN'S SOCKS and other delightful gifts from clients

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Re: Thank you, how nice ...

@ Blofeld's Cat

hahahaha! That's a great story. I have this picture of one of those idiot judges from X Factor (or any of the other appalling "talent" shows).

I'm sure you treasure your gift.

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Hillary Clinton says for crypto 'maybe the back door is the wrong door'

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Re: Deliberately vague

I think @mycho is correct here.

Hilary is on the horns of a dilemma here, she's massively indebted to Wall St, the very corporations who need strong encryption, but the military and Law enforcement agencies are politically powerful and determined to have access, so she'll need to find a way of convincing business that it's in their interests to let Government have access to our stuff.

I'm not sure how she'll manage it, but that will be her aim.

This is just the period of the process when she pretends that ordinary voters have a stake in this.

Once she has her hands on the levers of power, she'll have to decide which side she owes more to.

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Let's shut down the internet: Republicans vacate their mind bowels

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A quick guide to US politics

I could be wrong, but after 30 years or so of watching US presidential elections I think I'm right(ish).

1: Say whatever it takes to get the party hacks to give you the party nomination

2: Say whatever it takes to get 51% of the voters to vote for you. (this is not that many people in the US).

3: Do whatever your wealthy backers tell you to do.

4: Profit!

We're at 1: right now, so lots of weirdness.

George II said it best: "You gotta dance with those what brung ya".

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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Re: I'm waiting until it goes to 11.

+ 1 for the Linux Mint reference.

I can't remember the last time I was this happy with an OS, (maybe Win XP, SP3).

I even sent them some money, it only seemed fair.

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UK police cuff suspect over VTech toy hack

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FAIL

Goodness, That photo!

I thought there might already be a comment about the awful promotional photo at the top of the article.

I'm assuming it's from v-tech and is probably an indication of the quality of their products.

Those poor children look as if they've been drugged.

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Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

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Completely OT

God I don't half fancy Emma Thompson.

OT I know, but I needed to share.

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US government pushing again on encryption bypass

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PGP Anyone?

I seem to remember there was a time when it was illegal to export PGP outside of the US (FFS!).

Didn't stop it happening though.

I can't see laws in the US preventing anyone from using non back doored encryption if they wish.

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Ceres' salty history hints at bright spot origin

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Life? Not as we know it

Even if there's water ice, it will be too cold for any actual wet stuff I'm assuming, so not likely to be anything like life.

I make that comment just because I've decided that anytime one of these amazing probes send back unexpected images from other worlds I do the "Oooh, could be life there" dance.

Then I think about it and get discouraged.

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NSW plods panned for illegal surveillance

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NSW Police

I'm not sure if anything has changed since This

Perhaps a member of Vulture South can enlighten us.

Of course, there's always This which might just be worse.

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14 strikes and you’re out. Or not. Emails reveal how Cox lost Safe Harbor

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Re: Burdens

Can you push a person off the Internet just using weight of accusation alone?

I think that's pretty much what the content owners are gunning for. Also Cox received 65,000 or so complaints over a couple of months.

No wonder they ignored them, I ignore spam too.

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ACCC says Trans-Pacific Partnership's IP bits will hurt competition and consumers

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Wrong again

The ACCC is mistaken if it thinks the purpose of IP is to facilitate competitive IP markets, or competitive anything.

The purpose of all IP is to stifle competition and entrench incumbents.

I'm not really sure why they'd think any different.

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Music publisher BMG vs US cable giant Cox: Here's why it matters

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Points

Rightscorp are noted copyright trolls. Their "parking ticket" type notices are just an attempt to shake people down for money.

Blackmail is such an ugly word. I much prefer extortion. The "X" makes it sound really cool.

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