* Posts by Def

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Ashley Madison: ‘Our site is full of women, and members are growing’

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"members are growing"

I see what you did there.

But are they?

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Wow, Barcelona really has a problem with tech disruptors. Watch out Airbnb

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uncontrolled tourism

Yes, I can see how that would potentially be a huge problem for a country with such a booming economy right now.

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First pics of flagship Lumias for 18 months released … or maybe not

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Re: Why would anyone want an Android phone?

Everything Google does is geared for spying, if these run Android won't they just do the same thing? ;)

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Facebook profiles? They're not 'personal data' Mr Putin

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Re: Hmm...

I store some personal data entered by customers who purchase my software through my company's website.

Am I going to set up a server in Russia just for those small pieces of data? Am I going to try and prevent potential customers in Russia from purchasing my software products?

The fuck I am.

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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

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Re: pushing a free upgrade

I have it on a VM and on a spare box, the joys of having to support everything under the Oracle...

FTFY.

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Swiss watch: Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

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Re: Ban the sale of Windows 10 in Switzerland?

Given that Windows 10 appears to have been modelled after a colander when it comes to the protection of personal data...

That's a little unfair. Is there any evidence that personal data collected by Microsoft is being published for anyone to access?

(I'm not defending Microsoft's decision to collect anything at all, but come on, they're not Google or Facebook.)

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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Wait, what? That's not a guy spanking a monkey.

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Collective noun search for security vulns moves into beta testing

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Re: Premature posting

As the prostitute said to the bishop.

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China's Tianhe-1 supercomputer back online after Tianjin blast

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That cover photo

Could you not have found a worse quality version?

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Donald Trump dumps on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

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Re: "...details a plan to build a wall between the United States and Mexico."

There was a comedian who once posited that the best thing America could do, would be to build a thousand mile long Walmart along the Mexican border. Americans would have a nice place to buy their cheap tat, and Mexicans would have steady employment *and* get to go home every evening.

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Re: Those of us who haven't "upgraded"

@Mark,

That's why I upgraded my laptop first - a machine I don't really use too much at the moment. I will be checking out the network traffic from it for the next few weeks, and will apply firewall rules accordingly (actually blocking everything and selectively unblocking things that I need to work). And not from the Windows firewall (although I will disable everything there too).

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Re: Those of us who haven't "upgraded"

...that's right: I actually like 8.1...

I had no issues with 8.1 either. I suspect most people who complained about it either didn't try it, or simply wanted to hate it for hate's sake.

I forcibly upgraded my 8.1 laptop to 10 over the weekend. (I wanted to try it out before I start getting nagged constantly to upgrade my main machines.) I haven't played around too much yet, but from what I see so far, it actually looks pretty nice. Obviously I disabled all the sending stuff to Microsoft crap while installing, and there are a few applications I need to re-register because the OS signature changed (I realised that's a test scenario I need to try out for my software), but other than that, so far I'm happy.

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Australian court slaps down Hollywood's speculative invoices

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Re: Loophole

I'm sure that wouldn't stop them. But I missed that point in my early morning reading. :)

So if they stick to what they're allowed to ask for, they can ask for the cost of the movie, and their costs involved in recovering the details of the infringer. If they passed those latter costs on to *every* infringer, it might still be worth it for them.

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Loophole

Surely the cost incurred obtaining the details of each infringer (point four) would just include the bond payment itself.

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Stardock’s Start10 brings the familiarity of 7 to Windows 10

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Re: Side bar too

The last square (cuboid, really) monitor I owned had a resolution of 1600x1200. The first widescreen monitor I bought to replace it had a resolution of 1920*1200. Exactly how did I lose a couple dozen pixels?

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

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Re: a ha ha ha ha ha :(

And Windows has previously supported Alpha, MIPS, Itanium and PowerPC...

Xbox360 was PowerPC based, so a cut down Windows kernel was running there more recently than some of the other architectures mentioned.

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Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers

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...citizens murdered... and the police can't do anything about it...

I think the police have done quite enough in that respect.

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Illinois man steals vibrator, strips naked, attacks Obama

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WTF?

Charged with... Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Are you fucking kidding me?

Better charge him with Thinking About Drugs too.

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Citrix warns that Windows 10's Edge browser borks Receiver

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Re: Fuck Citrix

Worldwide we have about 115,000 employees.

If I had a piece of work sanctioned kit at home, I wouldn't need Receiver. *Then* I would be allowed pure VPN access. Receiver is the bullshit work around for ridiculous IT policies.

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Fuck Citrix

Back in the day I came to associate the name Citrix with garbage, and I was recently shown that that association still stands.

My current employer insists on using Receiver as a means to remote to my office PC (actually to a server that I can then remote desktop from to my real office computer) from home. So I installed Receiver.

Or tried to.

On my main desktop PC (Windows 7 Ultimate) the installer completely and utterly failed to install with nothing but a cryptic error message that lead me on a merry goose chase through the Citrix forums culminating in a big fat nothing.

Not wanting to give up quite so easily, I tried installing it on the PC (also Windows 7 Ultimate) in the living room. (I could remote desktop to that PC from my home office first - what's another hop among friends?)

Success! It installed. But then failed to connect to the server in the office. Maybe it was a firewall issue, so I disabled them all. Still couldn't connect. I *can* login through IE, but then attempting to actually connect to the remote computer resulted in another big fat nothing.

One last attempt was called for.

I have an iMac running whatever version of OSX is the latest. Installation succeeded. Connection failed. Again.

I opened a support ticket (without much optimism it must be said) with our office IT support. I watched with a bemused smile on my face while one of the muppets clicked the same buttons I had spent the previous days clicking with the same non-results I had seen. (Bizarrely I am free to remote desktop directly from my office PC to my home PC whenever I like.) After an hour or two of this he informed me he would open a support ticket with the in-house Receiver team.

This was several months ago. I doubt I will ever hear anything back from them.

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Gigabit Google? We're getting ready for 10 gigabits says Verizon

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Re: all I want

I just got a letter from my cable provider too. They're upping my speeds from 75/75 to 80/80. ;) Although this being Norway, they're going to charge me extra for the pleasure.

All this is largely redundant though. I still end up waiting the same amount of time for web pages to load as I did with my old ADSL line. Too many web servers are sitting behind totally inadequate networks for today's traffic. The only time I really use my fully available bandwidth is with peer to peer *cough*torrent*cough* applications.

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Put it away: Dwarf's 'supermassive' marvel is actually smallest thing boffins have ever seen

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Re: Really?

It could be worse. In my experience, a lot of native Russian speakers would say 'twice smaller'.

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BlackBerry can't catch a break: Now it's fending off Jeep hacking claims

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Re: something smells bad.

I'm fairly certain if it were running Flash, it wouldn't be up long enough to be hacked.

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Re: Deniers? @heyrick

What I do deny is our (humanity's) involvement. By reducing some emissions and taxing more we can make the problem go away? Yeah, pull the other one, it has bells on it.

So we should just do nothing then?

I don't think anyone is seriously suggesting we can reverse the changes already seen - at least not overnight. But reducing CO2 and/or CH4 emissions might at least slow down the rate of change enough to essentially buy us some time to develop proper solutions - or at least figure out how to relocate several billion people within the next 30 years.

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Playing with graphene? All the cool kids are using TIN – atom-thick sheets of stanene

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Re: Picking Nits: TIN versus Tin

An unstable isotope eventually decays into a stable one.

The decay time could be extremely long, but it's not infinite.

Such materials could be considered effectively stable, for practical purposes, and very nice materials to make children's playgrounds out of - if only it wasn't for all that pesky radiation. ;)

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: Like that pointless ribbon

Yeah, I hate that real-estate hogging ribbon.

http://codinghorror.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a85dcdae970b0120a86d6311970b-pi

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Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope

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The main reasons Teslas are so popular in Norway are as follows:

1) All electric cars can use bus lanes. (This is slowly changing though now that the bus lanes are more clogged on the way into Oslo in the morning. Now during rush hour, you have to have at least one passenger too.)

2) Electric cars are exempt from paying motorway/city tolls.

3) All electric car charge points in town are free.

4) Electric cars are exempt from the 120% "environment" tax other new cars are subject to.

5) Have you seen the competition?

I want a Tesla. But not the model S that makes up over 15% of cars on the road in Norway. Nor the Model X with its ridiculous gull wing doors and seven seats (give me more space in the back).

I get the impression Tesla is like every software developer on the planet: they have all these cool ideas and get very excited about them in the beginning, but then get bored halfway through and start something else without finishing the first thing. Come on, Tesla, produce more models and variety already.

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Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

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Re: This reminds me

http://www.snopes.com/crime/safety/response.asp

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Re: Felix

In Norway (possibly the whole of Scandinavia) Felix cat food is branded Pussi.

(Un)fortunately they kept the slogan As Good as it Looks.

I kid you not.

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The US taxman thinks Microsoft owes billions. Prove it, says Microsoft

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How much Does Apple Owe?

Actually, I'd be quite interested in knowing how much tax Apple, Google, Starbucks, et al have avoided paying in Greece in the last decade or so.

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Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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That's because all anti-trust action as far as web browsers was concerned came from Opera crying about nobody using their web browser. Since they fired most of their developers and switched to Chromium, I think it's fair to say they don't give a shit any more anyway. (Which is fine, because nobody who used to use their browser gives a shit about them either these days.)

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IBM to offer BREAST MILK delivery-as-a-service for staff

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Re: How very civilised of them

Would you care to actually answer my genuine question (if you can) instead of making condescending remarks?

Sorry, I should have taken the time to respond properly.

Having children is a personal choice, you're right. However, so is choosing to work for a particular employer. When you work for a company (any company), it's nice to feel you are appreciated. If you don't, you're more likely to be constantly on the look out for something better instead of focusing your efforts on your current job. Showing appreciation can take many forms, one of which can be providing benefits to employees beyond what is necessary by law. By offering (partially or fully) paid parental leave, a company can indicate that it not only respects its employees desire to have a family, but that it is willing to support them to do so. A happy employee who feels appreciated is likely to be more productive and more likely to say positive things about a company than one who feels their employer doesn't really give a shit about their personal well being or lives.

At the end of the day, offering such compensation is still probably going to be cheaper than the costs involved in replacing an employee if they decide that looking after their family is more important than their job.

As an aside, the company I currently work for has recently allowed several employees to take time off (usually a day here or half a day there) to take flying lessons.

In Norway, where I currently live, by law we can have up to 49 weeks at 100% pay, or 59 weeks at 80% pay. It should be noted too that it's not the company that pays the salary during this time, it's the state. Some companies do offer to pay the additional 20% of the salary for the full 59 weeks.

And for the record, I do not have children, nor do I intend to ever have children. Vodka fuelled accidents notwithstanding. ;)

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Re: How very civilised of them

Why should a company be expected to pay its staff for time they take off for such a personal choice?

If you really don't know the answer to this (and it seems you really don't), please don't ever own your own company.

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Re: How very civilised of them

Maybe the women don't want more maternity leave. And maybe their contribution to the organisation is important enough to give them these options.

What horse shit. What mother (or father) wouldn't want to spend time at home with their new born baby? And nothing any IBM (or almost any other company for that matter) employee does is so important their jobs can't be delegated for a period of time. Or are some IBM employees denied vacation time too?

...more maternity leave...

The United States is only one of two countries in the world that doesn't provide any paid maternity (or paternity) leave by law. The other, by the way, is Papua New Guinea. Greatest country in the world, my arse.

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Comcast: We're twice as fast as Google's 1Gbps Fiber (for x4 the price)

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I was going to post almost exactly the same retort. :)

In the village (population ~4000) I live in in Norway, I got a fibre connection hooked up late last year. The company is continuing to lay fibre around the rest of the village as I type this.

Apparently (I just checked) a 1Gb connection would cost me $184 a month, which isn't too bad considering Norway. To be honest though, the 75Mb connection I have now is more than sufficient for my needs.

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Did a SUPER RARE Sony-Nintendo PlayStation prototype just pop up online? Possibly, maybe

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Re: I call fake

Seems it could be genuine. There's a photo of a similar looking machine halfway down this eight year old forum thread: http://nsider2.com/forums/index.php/topic/512-histroy-of-the-virtual-console/

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Re: Bigotry!

...there are some quite decent Gingers, or so I am told

Ginger biscuits.

Ginger cake.

Ginger Rogers.

Ginger beer (at a push).

Can't think of any others though.

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Tesla says Model 3 is still on schedule, despite being delayed again

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I wouldn't mind a Model X if they can make me one with normal doors and a rear wiper. Wing doors might be all well and good out in the California desert, but I like my seat dry when I sit down, thankyouverymuch.

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The NHS pays up to NINE TIMES over trade price for commodity kit

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Re: Why?

If the alternative is leaving gaping wide holes open on the Internet (which you know is what would happen), then let them use flash drives.

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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

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...lander is getting three hours of sunlight a day.

Are we absolutely certain it didn't land in Norway by mistake?

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Japanese female fish in sperm-producing strangeness

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Re: Confusion in paragraphs 4 and 5

Presumably this is the trigger (or possibly there is more than one) that can cause fully female populations of certain species to produce offspring.

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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WTF?

And?

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Innocent Spaniards roasted by experimental napalm mead

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Re: Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum

I used to drink this a lot.

It's the local favourite in a certain bar on the edge of St. Pauls in Bristol. Although down there it's usually mixed with Redbull.

I managed to persuade a friend to bring a bottle out to Spain when I was living there. It works surprisingly well in Mojitos, as well as shots. That whiled away a more than happy evening in a friend's bar.

Unfortunately, anything over 60% is illegal in Norway. :(

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And then the Google lad says: Of course you can use Android Wear without a smartphone

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This is classic Google though. Quantity over quality.

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Microsoft: Cortana not exclusive to Windows – it loves Android, iOS too

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Re: Just too many dependencies

I usually just switch my phone off at night.

If you need it for the alarm, there's always Flight Mode.

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First production car powered by Android Auto rolls out – and it's a Hyundai

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Re: How can a conversation with a passenger be any more or less distracting than one on the phone?

... the passenger (normally) knows to shut up...

Either that or they start screaming...

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You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash

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Putting a price on love...

A nice dinner out and a couple of bottles of wine usually does the job.

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

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No, because he hasn't actually been charged with anything yet.

He's merely "wanted for questioning".

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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Re: My grocer can't put me in prison.

Shhhhh. Don't give the Republicans ideas.

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