* Posts by TimeMaster T

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Password 'XXXXairocon' pops Wi-Fi routers from ASUS, ZTE and others

TimeMaster T

Re: That is a strong password

If the attacker was brute forcing you would be right.

But there are ways to get the MAC address of a remote computer with only the IP address.

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High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

TimeMaster T

Re: Given the size of a small mobile

'May you live in interesting times.'

I've never been sure if that was meant as a blessing or a curse

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Cheers, Bill Gates. Who wouldn't want drinking water made from POO?

TimeMaster T
Unhappy

Please!!!!

Could we STOP making such a fuss over this technology?

OK, I can understand the childish desire to talk about "poo" and "drinking pee" But come on people! Only 2% of the world's water is "fresh", and a major portion of that still needs to be treated in some way, be it filtration, chlorination or just plain boiling, to make it safe to drink. And it is a simple fact that the discharge from any modern waste water treatment facility that is holding to any kind of decent standards is way cleaner than what is going INTO the municipal reservoirs in the first place. Adding a few extra filtration/treatment steps and closing the loop make a great deal of sense both financially and environmentally.

Considering that the West Coast of the USA is facing a "Mega Drought" that is projected to last decades, and much of the rest of the world is also dealing with shortages , falling water levels in the aquifers and sea water infiltration into many coastal aquifers rendering the water unusable for even agriculture we need to start looking into every possible method of supplying drinkable water to everyone.

I know what its like to not have any water to drink. After a couple days without any water you wouldn't care where that glass of clean water in front of your came from, you would think it was the best thing you had ever tasted..

By hyping the "gross factor" you prime people to be resistant to this kind of tech. Which doesn't help anyone.

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

TimeMaster T

Re: Film @ 11

Depends on what OS your using.

Win 10, Tragedy

Vista to 7, its a lite drama.

Mac and Linux, its a comedy.

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'White hats don't want to work for us' moans understaffed FBI

TimeMaster T
Boffin

I have to challenge your 50% under 100 claim.

There can be many more people under 100 than you think.

Consider that you can have eight people with an IQ of 90 and two people at 140 and still have the average be 100.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

TimeMaster T

Re: Cars

"Maybe someone can explain why one of the Linux versions changed the "close window" button from top right to top left?"

Maybe whoever was in charge of the GUI thought it would be better?

Or perhaps they wanted to give people more options?

Of the many things I like about Linux is if you don't like a particular GUI you can change it. Either reconfigure the one your using or switch out the manager entirely.

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TimeMaster T
FAIL

Re: No Control of Updating

"... admins still have full control of this - assuming you are using the enterprise edition of Windows 10 "

Many small business (<100 users) don't use the Enterprise edition since they only buy new computers on an "as needed" basis when a new employee gets hired or an older computer cant be repaired. In my experience they are using a mix of Pro and Home depending on if its the receptionist's or developers computer.

I can see Microsoft's forced updates causing more than a few heart attacks among the lone sysadmins who have to manage these offices.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

TimeMaster T
Flame

This is the sig I use on most sites i post too.

Beware those who would deny you Knowledge. For in their hearts they dream themselves your Master.

It is paraphrased from a faction bio of Sid Myer's Alpha Centauri

"As the Americans learned so painfully in Earth's final century, free flow of information is the only safeguard against tyranny. The once-chained people whose leaders at last lose their grip on information flow will soon burst with freedom and vitality, but the free nation gradually constricting its grip on public discourse has begun its rapid slide into despotism. Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master."

I am sad to say I voted for DF when she first ran for office. After her support of extending the Patriot act and other actions that undermine the Constitution in recent years I will now vote for whomever has the best chance of getting that Bitch out of office the next time she is up for election.

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Windows 10 heralds the MINECRAFT-isation of Microsoft

TimeMaster T

Uh, yeah ....

"Games are one area where Microsoft consistently innovates"

Stopped reading at this point. Couldn't take the article seriously after that.

I've never seen a game MS actually made themselves that was "innovative". Every good game I've seen on a MS OS has always been from a third party, or purchased from a third party (factoid: MS bought Bungie just to get HALO after seeing it demoed at a conference).

There might be exceptions but I've never heard of them or played them.

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

TimeMaster T

Re: It's shit programming

".. the programmer knew it."

Just because someone can create a script it does not mean they really know what they are doing.

Last place I contracted for the "trained and qualified programers" were doing some really stupid $%#& in the scripts they wrote. Like deleting a directory that was being mounted by /etc/fstab onto another part of the filesystem at startup. When the system booted it would hang due to a missing mount point. Not a big deal, unless it is a headless system in an embedded environment. So about twice a week I would have to spend 40 minutes to pull the device apart to get at the CPUs VGA connector so I could fix it.

I pointed out to the author of the script, described as a "Skilled programmer", exactly what the issue was and how to fix it (I have 15 years working with *NIX OSs and he knew it). He told me he had effectively zero experience with Linux and had just cut and pasted stuff from the Internet to make the script.

He didn't change the script, his excuse was that since they were setting up some new update manager the directory at issue wouldn't get deleted anymore, since it was being deleted by a different script during updates.

Due to that and many other similar issues I didn't renew my contract and moved on.

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

TimeMaster T

Re: Not a problem

I can put an functional OS, Linux or windows, on a 32GB flash drive physically small enough to be overlooked during an inspection, leaving the HD bays free for other cargo.

Booting a laptop, even to a full desktop, proves nothing,

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

TimeMaster T
Coat

Re: Its the BOFH

"He seems to have had a bit of a soft period"

Simon just needed to find the right woman to fix that problem.

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GIANT sunspot returns, bigger and belchier than ever before

TimeMaster T
Mushroom

So,

did anyone else think about "Solar Crisis" when they first heard about this gianormus sunspot?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100649/

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

TimeMaster T

Re: Go for it

"Go for it"

Amen.

I've been with Debian 12 years, at home and work, but if they go to systemd I'll switch to any distro that doesn't have systemd. I've been looking at slackware but a Debian fork would be better. All my scripts would still work.

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Be nice to the public, PC Plod. Especially if you're trying to stop terrorists

TimeMaster T

Re: worth noting

He does have a valid point about taking the time to make sure that all the weapons you are licensed for are actually in your possession. It would suck if some firearm you sold years ago was found at a murder scene and the last recorded owner was yourself. Even if you explain to the police that you sold it 5 years ago they are going to investigate you as a suspect, and that means they will be digging into your personal life more than you might want them to.

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

TimeMaster T
Coat

I want to know

How do I type in idkfa and iddqd?

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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

TimeMaster T

Time to update and backup

I'm going to update Minecraft tonight, download all the latest servers and mods I use and then back up the directories to an external drive/DVD-R so I'll be able to keep playing even after MS screws it up.

I don't begrudge Notch for selling to MS even after everything he has said about how he doesn't want to deal with megacorps like MS. His priorities may have shifted for reasons we don't know about. I can imagine a lot of scenarios when I would sell my company to MS even though I hate them, and none of them involve just being greedy.

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

TimeMaster T

Re: Daleks

Dude, you really need to catch up on Dr.Who.

The whole Medusa Cascade thing and the Delek/Cyberman conflict pretty much cleared up the points you brought up. I mean the Daleks almost took out <spoiler removed>, just for that they should have been at #1

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

TimeMaster T
Pint

I can remember some of the other villains /henchpersons from the all the Bond films I've watched over the years but Jaws is the only one I can name and who always comes to mind first when someone mentions Bond adversaries.

Favorite scene in Spy who loved me was when Jaws was fighting a shark, and winning. Come to think of it what else happened in that movie? something about submarines, or was that Never say Never Again?

Anyway.

Condolences to his family, and a raised pint to his memory.

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

TimeMaster T

Re: @ Khaptain (was: Personally ...)

I am amazed at the number of down votes to such a simple comment. I know some people have issues with vi but I never imagined them to get this incised about it.

vi is a great editor, it can handle files of arbitrary size, has no formatting info to worry about, and the resulting file can be imported into any full featured editing suite without issues.

Personally I wouldn't use it for a novel but hey, to each their own. It what makes vi so great, if you want a clean text editor it just works.

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Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai

TimeMaster T
Thumb Down

Correction?

don't you mean Dubai's slave labor force to build worlds biggest iStore?

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/the-dark-side-of-dubai-1664368.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/22/abu-dhabi-migrant-workers-conditions-shame-west

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KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

TimeMaster T
Happy

I'll stick with the KDE 3.5 codebase, Thanks anyway

The Trinity Desktop Environment took the KDE 3.5 code base and has kept it updated, for the most part, to work with newer applications while also keeping the look and design of the original KDE 3.5.

I've been using it since KDE went to 4.+ and have yet to come across and compatibility issues with it.

Yes, I'm a dinosaur but at least I'm a happy one knowing I will likely get to keep my current desktop for a long time to come.

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

TimeMaster T
Childcatcher

Child porn

Considering all the selfies that underage girls and boys seem to be sending to each other these days it sounds like the NSA would be a good place for pedophiles to work.

And they wouldn't have to worry about being caught since the high ups will protect them so the public doesn't find out, which might really cause the fecal material to hit the impeller unit.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

TimeMaster T

More slave labor

Anyone who thinks Dubai is some a great place needs to read this

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/the-dark-side-of-dubai-1664368.html

Dubai representative of course claimed it wasn't accurate, then later they said the situation had improved and the original article was no longer true.

I'm looking forward to watching Dubai collapse. They don't have their own oil reserves and are dependent on tourism and have been unable to pay back the loan from Abu Dhabi

http://www.thenational.ae/business/industry-insights/finance/abu-dhabi-to-refinance-20-billion-dubai-loans-at-lower-rate

I think the only reason Abu Dhabi is helping is that they don't want a revolution next door, seeing as how revolution tend to leak across boarders.

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LIFE on Titan: If there's one thing aliens HATE, it's a SALTY BALL

TimeMaster T

Re: Not Quite Dead Sea

except that the microbes are only found near fresh water vents in the floor, the rest of the area is dead.

I won't believe there isn't life on Titan (and Mars, Europa, Venus, etc.) until someone looks in EVERY possible habitat. including deep crust or somewhere in the Ice sheets that cover the moon.

(For Venus it might be in the upper atmosphere. There are those weird UV absorption patterns in the clouds no one has explained yet.)

But if there is one thing that I have learned over the years , its that if there is a niche that can support life, it will.

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SUPER EARTH possibly home to life FOUND in our 'solar backyard'

TimeMaster T
Boffin

Missing from article

the star is Gliese 832 and is 16 light years from Earth, which really is in our back yard Cosmically speaking. Hells, on a Cosmic scale its just at the other end of the couch next to the TV remote.

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

TimeMaster T
Pint

Re: What is needed is some sort of robot....

I think I saw that movie.

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China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out

TimeMaster T
Boffin

Re: IT 0, LP 1 (but don't worry, it's not about climate change)

"So technically, no "nuclear power", no "reactor", just natural radioactive decay..."

Technically it is still "nuclear power" as it uses atoms falling apart, the "radioactive decay" you mention, to produce energy.

You are however dead on that is is NOT a nuclear reactor, just a bunch of thermocouples arranged around a hot chunk of Pu-238.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioisotope_thermoelectric_generator

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Astroboffins spot HOT, YOUNG GIANT where she doesn't belong

TimeMaster T
Happy

Cool!!

I forget who it was but someone once said:

The most exciting thing you will ever hear a scientist say is not "Eureka!!,

but "Hmmm, that's funny."

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Expert chat: The end of Windows XP and IE6

TimeMaster T

Small correction

The license fees for Windows XP Embedded are usually based the number of devices and volume purchase agreements come into play. For just one or two your going to pay a mint, but for 1000's it drops significantly.

For something like an ATM or Mall Kiosk the hardware is just a normal PC and so is the desktop XP OS installed on it.

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TimeMaster T

Re: Re : Ignore the doom-sayers! Windows 8 is great!

Why should they?

They have you by the important bits already. All they have to do is wait till your hardware dies or your business gets taken out by some worm/virus and you HAVE to upgrade to Windows 8, at their price.

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TimeMaster T
Boffin

Re: XP eveywhere

I worked in the embedded industry so I can tell you that, based on my knowledge gained from talking to people in my classes and at industry events, that ATMs are usually just a desktop OS running some cool peripherals, dito with the advertising displays.

XP Embedded licenses costs more than a desktop license, most manufacturers will not use it unless they have to. For big stationary devices desktop XP is fine, you only need the micro (LOL) kernel of XP Embedded for things like meter readers, car infotainment and other equipment where the hardware has to be small, durable and portable.

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TimeMaster T

Re: IE 6

Windows update doesn't work with IE6, you need to update it to IE8 manually, then Windows updates will work normally. Hit this same thing during a reinstall on a laptop last month.

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TimeMaster T
Mushroom

Re: Time to investigate the alternatives

"Just LOL. Windows sucks on the desktop - especially for small organisations where the required expert knowledge does not exist."

FTFY

Once you have Linux configured it "just works", exactly like MS Windows. "Small organizations" usually don't have anyone who can do basic Windows configuration, never mind a full blown reinstall. Hells, at work I've had to do remotes and onsites at small businesses just to install printer drivers and plug the USB cable into the printer because no one there had a F'ng clue how to do it.

Based on my experience, 20+ years with MS and another 15+ with UNIX/Linux, the biggest problem the common SB user faces is getting the system plugged in and the printers/network/ect. installed and configured. Once that is done they don't give a rat's arse what OS they are using as long as it does what they need it to do.

The two biggest things holding Linux back is the lack of specialized apps like financial management packages/etc., and the misconception, perpetuated by comments like yours, that you have to be some kind of "Uber Geek" to even use Linux.

And as an aside; Linux is easier to install than Windows and has better driver support for hardware during the setup and best of all; no "activation" BS.

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Robot WildCat slips its leash and bounds around parking lot

TimeMaster T

Re: OK

I though t the same thing.

Maybe someone forgot to put a "+" on some of the integers in the source code.

One thing is for sure, this thing could run down a human in a chase. Add some cannons and a cool paint job/body and you could have a Zaber Fang.

http://zoids.wikia.com/wiki/Zaber_Fang

Once they get it running in the right direction of course.

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

TimeMaster T
Linux

Re: Software is not magic!!

WINE runs ONLY the software binaries of your application.

XP, and Windows in general, have a ton of non user application crap running in the background, shading on the mouse pointer, animated pull down menus, etc., that slow the OS down.

If you have a clean no frills base install of Linux (I use Debian) then WINE and your application get more CPU time and runs faster than it would otherwise..

Don't believe me? Go into "system settings" on ANY Windows system, find the "Performance" options and turn everything OFF. You will be amazed at how much faster your system has suddenly become, and if you turn off all the "helper apps" like the quicklaunchers it gets even better.

I once ran a boot time comparison once between my Athlon x2, 2.0Ghz, 2GB RAM laptop running 64bit Debian and my boss's Athlon x4, 3.5Ghz, 8GB RAM desktop running 64bit Win XP Pro,.

The result,

my laptop: power on the desktop, including login, 55 seconds.

Boss's system: power on to desktop, including login, 2 minutes 45 seconds.

When I first set up my Boss's system I booted it to a Debian based Linux live CD (Knoppix) for a hardware test. It was so freaking fast I couldn't believe it was the same system when I rebooted to Windows.

Just goes to show what the hardware can do if it is not wasting time getting the bells and whistles running.

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Facebook allows full personal data ransack with Graph Search

TimeMaster T
Linux

Re: Facebook's world-class algorithms.

Most people are not smart enough to use something like Adblock, or even Flashblock, or NoScript. Clicking on an "Allow scripts from" listing to run the stuff you need from the server your connected to is just too hard for them.

I haven't seen an ad in ages, and Web pages load really fast, even with a slow connection on my own systems. When I look at the same pages on my work computer I am amazed at the amount of junk/useless animations on them. Glade I'm not the one paying for the bandwidth needed for that Flash animation trying to sell me some cloud service. Haven't had to deal with any virus infections in years as well.

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Hardbitten NYC cops: Sir, I'm gonna need you to, er, upgrade to iOS 7

TimeMaster T
Big Brother

Anybody else notice

The "Register your device with the NYPD's ..." line at the bottome of the leflet?

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

TimeMaster T

Re: "I had to resort to googling to find out how to turn off Windows 8"

Just curious; how does one hit "ctrl+alt+del" on a tablet?

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Mars, bringer of WAR: Quatermass and the Pit

TimeMaster T
Coffee/keyboard

Re: "rather phallic Martian pod"

You almost owed me 3 monitors and repaint of a wall as well.

Brilliant!

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Pacemaker hack legend Barnaby Jack dies just before Black Hat revelations

TimeMaster T
Black Helicopters

Re: I wouldn't be surprised...

Nor would I.

I can think of several other people who tried to reveal information about risks/vulnerabilities involving very big companies/interests who either had "accidents" or just flat out vanished shortly before they were going to hand over the information they had to the public.

Anyone else remember Karen Silkwood?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Silkwood

If Jack's research is missing or "unavailable" I will be less likely to believe his death was from natural causes.

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Five bods wrongly cuffed thanks to bungled comms snooping in UK

TimeMaster T
Boffin

Re: Oh dear...

"No, they'll say 5 wrong arrests are a tiny price to pay for fighting terrorism, thinking of the children, etc."

Indeed they will

I forget who said it exactly, I think it was one of the USA's "Founding Fathers";

Better 100 guilty men go free than 1 innocent person unjustly deprived of their Liberty.

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Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares

TimeMaster T
Pint

Re: A text editor would be more attractive than Microsoft Office

As one of my teachers once said

"vi, love it or hate it. It is part of every *nix distro and you WILL learn it"

unlike edlin and emacs.

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Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

TimeMaster T
Trollface

Re: This is Texas

"Remember the Alamo"

Yeah, Texas LOST.

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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

TimeMaster T

Re: Linux is everywhere

"the Sheik Zayed Al Nayan mosque runs on VXWorks,"

What the Hell does a mosque do that requires a Real Time OS (RTOS)?

I used to work for WindRiver, vxWorks is a great OS for embedded systems like the Mars rovers but I would think it was overkill for anything not requiring a deterministic hard RTOS, like a building.

I'm going to have to Google that place and find out whats up, thanks for calling to to my attention.

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TimeMaster T
Meh

Re: Start Icon != Start Menu. This the problem.

"Try the Windows key on the keyboard you morons

Would be my response"

Ever notice how easy it is to tell when someone has never tried the OS they are trying to defend?

For those of you who have so far managed to avoid the Horror that is Windows 8;

Pressing the "Windows key" on a Win 8 system does NOT bring up a menu of applications/settings, it take you to the Metro screen. "Windows key" + "r" will open a run dialog. Goddess help you if you don't know the name of the actual executable exe file for your application.

and wasn't the whole point of Windows to make it so you didn't need a keyboard to start your applications.

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Congress: It's not the Glass that's scary - It's the GOOGLE

TimeMaster T
Coat

"You can prevent this, there are lots of ways to do so."

Please, by all mean share the "lots of ways..." that you claim to know.

Or do you expect us to just Google it?

Mines the one with the high intensity IR emitters all over it and the matching cap.

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Student falsely IDed by Reddit as Boston bomber found dead

TimeMaster T

Re: sigh

I recall it being;

"The road to Hell is paved with Good intentions"

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US House of Representatives passes CISPA by 288-127

TimeMaster T
Megaphone

Re: All men have the right to Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness (this is not it!)

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.-" Declaration of Independence

Please note that it says "among these" when referring to the unalienable Rights. "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" are just the examples of some of those rights. Many others, like the Right to speak your mind in public and to be secure in your papers against unreasonable searches are mentioned in the Constitution.

People seem to forget that the "Founding Fathers" wanted to get the point across that people have more Rights as individuals than just the ones they mentioned.

If we let them, the governments and big corporations will strip us of ALL those Rights if we let them.

Sooner or later the People will make a line in the sand and say "this is as far as it goes".

I just hope it will not be too late when it happens.

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New York cops testing Big Brother crime-data Android app

TimeMaster T
FAIL

Re: I am not saying "if you have nothing to hide"....

"information is good."

But too much info is not. Can you say "Information overload".

Even if the cop is a speed reader it will take extra time to assimilate the info beyond "has out standing warrant". After a short time any benefits this app may have will be lost. The only thing the cops want to to know is "can I arrest/ticket this person", all the extra comments about how there are children present in the house or a 72 year old grandmother will get ignored.

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