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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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One Windows? How does that work
Probably like HTML and @media-based style-sheets.

You write the content, and the system libraries have various presentation methods dependent on "mode". It's not rocket science.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: I concur

You get the reminder about a week to 10 days in to the month.
I think it was earlier than that when you needed to have physical tax disc posted to you.
And there's very little incentive to pay the gov any earlier than you need to, particularly if the whole amount is going on a card.
If it's going on a card, and you pay the card off each month, then you might as well pay it the first day of "next month's" bill, rather than wait.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: So...

"We will carry forward all that is good in Windows,"

Interesting to put that alongside "we’re not building an incremental product".

So there was nothing good to incrementally build on?

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Re: cynical remark

Should've just gone all the way to 11.

Since it's only ever the odd-numbered releases that are any good?

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Bash bug: Shellshocked yet? You will be ... when this goes WORM

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Re: Stupidest bug ever

For example, under what circumstances does Perl's system() function invoke a shell?
When it is passed a string containing active shell characters.

Which is why you should always invoke it with an array, as that will always fork()+exec() and, of course, read documentation, which is where this is mentioned.

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Re: Oh $!#t.

Running bash scripts to process requests on a web server is 1980-era software design
Given that the ability didn't start until the early 90's it will be 1990-era software design.

Some of us can still remember when CGI handling was first added to the NCSA httpd code (and also when the entire source code first passed 1000 lines!).

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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Re: This is the other way round

However any mail scanner worth anything is going to actually scan the file to find out what the content is rather than relying on the extension.

Probably, but I remember an attempt to send a file called "example.com", which contained a textual dump of a DNS zone and was sent with a MIME type in the header of application/text, being bounced by Outlook as it was an executable (because of the .com extension).

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Headmaster

"spɹɐʍʞɔɐB" isn't backwards. It's rotated through 180°.

Which is why you can read it standing on your head.

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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It's competent yet cheap IT staff we're short of, I'll bet.

Bet we're not short of incompetent yet expensive tech managers, though.

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DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore

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Re: What essentially saved TCP/IP?

Was that it worked and it was good enough for what people wanted it for, whereas OSI gave infinite interoperability problems.

Indeed. OSI was still developing theory - and being developed by committee....

Also I'm bloody glad I've not needed to wage war against X.400 in the last 16+ years.

Ah, yes. I once had to dissemble an X.400 message by hand to determine that HP would not let you pass a message between two MTAs in one organization unless they claimed to be from different organizations. HP themselves didn't seem to know they'd set it up this way.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

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Guessing here...

So, could there be an iPhone6 and an iPhone6C?

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Community chest: Storage firms need to pay open-source debts

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Re: Real coding!

We can't have something like that because Microsoft won't build it into their clients :-(.

Even when they do have support for file-systems, they may not have support for it in the way you want to use it.

I wanted a file-system that would be recognized on MSWindows and Linux. With full-write support etc. udffs looked a good idea, as I knew MSWindows supported it (since it's what DVDs use). However - it only supports it if it is on an optical disk! If it's on a hard-drive then it doesn't want to know about it.

This was a few years back, so it may be different on Windows8, but I can't be bothered to check...

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

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Re: Not surprising

Every time you hear about a buffer overflow error in software, realize that it's due to a fundamental design flaw in the C language that leads to the same error repeated over and over.

I disagree. I reckon it's down to a lack of fundamental design by the implementer, who should be using a library function or macro to check sizes and/or use proper typedefs to ensure that things remain the same size.

The problem is that too many coders reckon that the language is going to avoid problems, rather than assuming any responsibility for it themselves.

A bit like saying that when a joy-rider rolls a car by driving too fast that he's not to blame at all as it's the car's fault for not preventing him from speeding.

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iPhone owners EARN MORE THAN YOU, says mobile report

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Re: Writer paid per word?

Thanks for using eleven words when one would have done.

Or perhaps he was practising for "Just a time it takes for my second hand to complete one revolution"?

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Red Hat: ARM servers will come when people crank out chips like AMD's 64-bit Seattle

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Walk before you run.

No talk about development platforms?

Are they thinking about an ARM64 desktop, or laptop?

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Re: Standard Windows timings

Wait, you've done one Windows install (two if you count the repeat), so you feel qualified to generalize how it installs on any hardware?
No. I was only comparing my times to those quoted for this low-powered device and noting that they were similar.

And, to others, my timings didn't include running the updates. That came later, and at least I could walk away while they ran knowing that the only reboot would be at the end.

Installing the OS required reboots at apparently arbitrary times during the actual installation so I had to hang around and wait...

But, to be fair, this was Vista.

And the AHCI was not the default motherboard setting, and it was only the next day when talking about it at work that a friend suggested I check it...hence the re-install. Followed the next day by the same friend having dug up some info on how it could be changed without a reboot (via some undocumented changes).

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Standard Windows timings

Putting Windows on the Galileo microSD card can take between 30 minutes and two hours. Booting Windows once loaded will take up to two minutes.

So a bit like any other hardware.

The only Windows install I've done (on a quad-core system with lots of memory) took over an hour, with ~4 reboots involved. And it wasn't a one-off, as I had to repeat it all the next day having discovered that you couldn't switch the SATA to AHCI mode without doing a fresh install (unlike the Linux install I'd done at the same time, in 15 minutes, which just looked for what setting was there and behaved accordingly).

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Where will this end?

Internet Explorer could be getting a new name as Microsoft tries to escape the browser’s troubled past

So, given the troubled present of 8 (8.1, 8.1U1) and Surface will they be changing the name of Windows as well?

Will the next release be Windows Nein?

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

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Command and Control DOES work. BP, HSBC, Ford etc all perform over decades

However, that doesn't mean they work with any great efficiency (if you think that you've never worked for a large corporation). They are just marginally better than others, and will be slightly better than a large government.

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

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Re: Who takes the picture?

If I get some passing stranger to take a picture of me, using my own camera, who owns the copyright?

I'd expect that to be me. And I suspect that the legal system has already tested this at some point...

[5 mins later..] And indeed. I've just tracked down this!!!

http://www.ipwhiteboard.com.au/who-owns-the-copyright-in-your-family-holiday-photographs-what-about-a-selfie-the-answer-is-not-what-you-would-expect/

(albeit for Australia or New Zealand), which would seem to support Wikipedia and not me.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Re: Using pre-made services doesn't represent a skill

Just like turning on a TV isn't much of a skill.

Although, judging by complaints to the Daily Mail, switching it off is beyond many people.

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Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

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Re: "allow you to leave your touchpad active even when a mouse is connected"

You what? I never even considered that that might be a problem needing an update.

Neither did I, so I've just booted my laptop into Win8.1U1 (not something I do all that often - I mainly do it to ensure it gets the monthly updates...) to see that I already have a checkable option to "disable internal pointing device when external USB pointing device is attached".

I also have the ability to "select whether right-clicks are allowed on the touchpad, and enable dragging by double-tapping." (although since I hate tapping - far to easy to do it accidentally - I turn it off.

So Microsoft is going to give me an update to enable something that is already possible. Don't they actually know what their OS can do?

Or is it that this is currently done by the Synaptics driver, rather than Windows? In which case I predict I'm going to have fun sorting out the resulting dog-fight with conflicting options in different parts of configurations menus (nothing unusual there for Windows).

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Re: No Surprise

..then surely the decades old 'consensus' is out of date, no?

am i missing something obvious here?

Well, yes.

As any experimental (rather than theoretical) scientist will tell you, if you change the input parameters of an experiment then you are quite likely to get a different outcome.

Catastrophe theory (which can also be demonstrated practically) will show that things can appear to be static until they suddenly fall of a cliff - and there is then no easy way back.

And changing the constitution of the atmosphere at a (geologically) fast rate is one hell of a risky experiment.

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Microsoft: IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1 is TOO GOOD. So we'll cripple it like Safari

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Is this actually a problem?

Hmmm...

If changing the User Agent string "fixes" things, then it's not that IE11 is "so perfect", but rather that Web sites haven't got a clue what it is, so send something basic

And, as for the 3 example image shown, am I the only person who actually prefers the left-hand one? It contains more information on the screen! (I don't need "pretty backgrounds" to distract me.)

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Government's 'Google Review' copyright rules become law

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Re: Arrrrr

Or rip my mates CDs?

I don't think so. You can rip your own (but would presumably have to keep the original too).

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4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

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Re: HEVC for SD

But it would mean that nothing currently on the market or in peoples homes would be able to receive even SD broadcasts,

A pity that sets don't have plug-in modules for upgrading hardware-decoders. Well, Samsung does have some sets with the ability to pug in an upgrade box, but you can buy a new TV for less than that costs.

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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Headline wrong?

It didn't cost the mining company much at all, as it wasn't trying to sell itself at the time.

It may have cost some others something though, as is mentioned in the story.

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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...including the Migration and development costs, it has cost them €30 million more than upgrading to a current Microsoft stack...

Microsoft is very good as getting migration costs etc. added in to its "price comparisons". So it's only cheaper because Microsoft have already screwed you over in the past.

Where I worked I saw one (many years ago).about switching to Unix workstations. The cost include running a Windows PC for all such users anyway(!!), so it was not surprising that it cost more. If you had taken out the Windows PCs and licensing costs it would have been cheaper....

...for a whole world of pain.

Are you suggesting that being with Microsoft is not painful?

The problem is caused by MS ensuring that you lock yourself in to the proprietary (and often unnecessary) "features" of their products. If you avoid those then migrations would be relatively cheap and painless.

...hardly anyone has gone down that route since.

As has been noted elsewhere, Toulouse has done so, and the fact has been reported by the European Commission

https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/elibrary/case/toulouse-saves-1-million-euro-libreoffice

Of course, that means the Euro-sceptic Conservatives will do the opposite.

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Pointless "research"?

No doubt a similar poll on "do you believe in evolution" or "do you believe in the Big bang" would show a similar disbelief amongst those who've never bothered (or been able) to actually look at the actual work behind the ideas.

So the result is vaguely interesting, but nothing to do with any reality of the ides behind the question. It really just shows that people will suspect governments of using any excuse to raise taxes.

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

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Re: time for MS to

and Microsoft already support the latest ODF version.

Microsoft is a company. I can't use a company on my computer,

As for their products, I believe their latest offering does provide such support. But most people and businesses will not have their latest version, so such support will only be available if I and they pay yet more money to Microsoft (and the licensing options for the latest version mean we will need to pay them at a higher rate than in the past).

With LibreOffce I can run the latest version all of the time for no additional cost. And so can everyone else.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Re: This is still a thing?

The UK consumer has the tax hidden from them - I wonder why?

Most (all?) of my receipts list VAT as a separate item, so it's only hidden if you choose not to look.

And I can work out 1/6th of something in my head anyway.

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

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Re: Surely the important thing here . . .

...yet again beer provided the answer.

Good job that no-one can patent that business process!

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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Re: This should tell you

...and it does not answer to the people.

You mean it doesn't answer to you. How do you know that the majority of people in the UK don't support this?

The Government is expected to be answerable for security issues, which you are not, so it's not surprising that your views differ.

So, what about saying what you would do, rather than just things which you would not do?

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Oh SNAP! Old-school '80s Unix hack to smack OSX, iOS, Red Hat?

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Typos can also cause problems.

I once intended to type "rm *.o".

But obviously left the shift key on after the "*".

Took me a while to figure out why I now had no files in the directory expect one empty one called "o". Fortunately I kept backups, even then.

An since then I've had an alias for "rm" that runs "rm -i"'

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Re: Very unclear

That is actually really easy to prevent if you write your shell scripts properly.

Precisely. It's what "set -f" is for.

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Google's Quickoffice taken behind shed ... 'Oh, what's the gun for?'

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Re: Not unexpected

eclipse QuickOffice in functionality

No, they don't. They force you to store the document on Google Drive. QuickOffice let you access anything, anywhere on your own device.

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French Senate passes anti-Amazon amendment

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Does Amazon care?

But surely Amazon runs everything via Luxembourg anyway (their accountant thinks so), so why would this worry them....

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You want a medal for writing a script? Sure: here it is!

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Re: anyone who writes Perl ...

Depends how it's been written.

So it's a bit like English in that respect.

Some English is tortuous to read, but Shakespeare's prose can be poetry.

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Hackers steal trade secrets from major US hedge firm

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Personally, I feel all trades should have an minimum delay.

Or perhaps there should be a minimum time before you can sell what you've bought? To encourage trading on business performance, rather than network performance.

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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Re: @Chris Miller

One of mankind's finest inventions was credit, because this enabled society to get richer by using wealth that temporarily was not being used by its owner.

As I understand it, it enables some of society to get richer by using wealth which has not yet been created! And the problems occur when the future arrives at the present and is not what was expected by the past.

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Bring your own device – as long as it's Microsoft

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Re: Um

but many companies will be in a postion to leverage the same interface

Most people where I worked used 24+" screens (often multiple ones). I doubt that any 'phone will provide the same interface as that.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Re: The socks have it

there are no log()'s of negative values

???

log(-1) == exp(iπ)·

It's a way of writing Euler's Identity (look on Wikipedia).

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Snowden's Big Brother isn't as Orwellian as you'd think

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FAIL

and 40 years after the year it is named after

Wow! How the last 10 years have flown by....

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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Re: @Arnaut

The system (democracy) demands that politicians think and act in the short term.

Democracy itself doesn't demand this. Parliamentary Democracy as practised in the UK (and much of The West) does, though.

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

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Re: so every new domain/user generates another server farm, eh?

What? Why would you use a "redirection record"? The closest to that in real parlance is a CNAME

I suspect the reference is to an NS record. Which you will need for a new domain, and will be a sort-of redirect.

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Since each of these "generate new IP numbers"

NO!! They generate a name. No numbers in sight. And it is the (IPv4) addresses (which are a sub-set of the 32-bit integers) which are running out, not any names.

And, given that you can apply sub-domains to those names you could raise your 38^63 to any convenient small integer too. Just don't expect anyone to type it. And it still won't generate any more numbers - only names.

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Remember Control Data? The Living Computer Museum wants YOU

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I still have a printout of a FORTRAN program I ran on Imperial College and ULCC's CDCs in the '70s

60-bit word lengths...not a byte in sight.

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Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

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Re: They will have to switch to 3/4G manually

...apply a dummynet delay of 4 seconds to traffic combined with whatever horrid jitter curve you can think of (Linux still does not have that feature 10 years past it appearing in BSD).

I think you'll find it does, via iptables/iproute. e.g.

http://www.linuxpoweruser.com/?p=41

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Re: My network...

You said it yourself, by not blocking something, you are allowing it.

You are blocking the type of hardware connecting. You aren't blocking the data that gets accessed once connected.

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