* Posts by nematoad

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Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

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Re: sacked

"You will rue the day that your employer lost business because some "user" was prevented from doing her job by your deliberate action."

You might rue it a damn sight more if some numpty introduces something onto the system which then causes an security breach.

In such as case as has been discussed the person doing unauthorised modifications to the company property has most likely broken terms of either their employment or the acceptable use policy. So any IT person defending the integrity of the company's data and systems is doing their job, the user is not by monkeying around with things that do not concern them, are not in their job specs or have the knowledge to do without great risk.

Personally I got no satisfaction from keeping the users in line but did from knowing that I may have stopped some disaster happening.

OK, maybe I did enjoy cracking the whip a little, but only if the user was really stroppy and determined that their way was best and damn company policy.

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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Re: Linux

If you don't like the UI, there is as always in Linux, an alternative.

Try Linux Mint, all the Ubuntu goodness without the frustrations of Unity.

Check out Distrowatch to see how popular Mint is.

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

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Re: Cars

"... my car alwas has the steering wheel and peddles in the same place each time..."

Oh, what's it selling in the same place?

It couldn't be a dictionary.

I think you meant to say "pedals".

From dictionary.com:

verb (used with object), peddled, peddling.

1. to carry (small articles, goods, wares, etc.) from place to place for sale at retail; hawk.

2. to deal out, distribute, or dispense, especially in small quantities:

to peddle radical ideas.

3. to sell (drugs) illicitly.

verb (used without object), peddled, peddling.

4. to go from place to place with goods, wares, etc., for sale at retail.

5. to occupy oneself with trifles; trifle.

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Flippin' heck, meet the Internet of Things wallpaper

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WTF?

Does not compute

"Many engineers work under classic assumption that future is going to be white and shiny and invisible."

OK, white and shiny I can imagine. But white shiny and invisible?

Surely if it was invisible you wouldn't be able to tell if it was either white or shiny, could you?

Maybe it's just marketeer speak but I reckon he should stick to the day job and let "creatives" do the marketing spiel for him.

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Ofcom wants to ease the pain of switching mobile networks. Good luck

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Of course.

“Consumers should be able to switch their mobile providers with minimum hassle to take advantage of the best deals on the market," said Sharon White

All fine and dandy, if you have a choice of coverage. Here we don't, it's EE or nothing. Now I have to say that EE have not let us down, so far, but if they were to screw up in some spectacular way and we wanted to move, we couldn't. We're stuck. So no matter how easy the transfer was, without competition it would be a meaningless gesture.

Maybe Ofcom should think about making transfers possible before they think about making them easy?

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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?

OK off-topic I know, but surely the animal pictured in the heading is a prairie-dog not a mole.

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Ubuntu defibrillates 14.10 for one LAST patch

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Re: Why on earth?

"Wut? Wikipedia, the fount of all knowledge, says a cricket is an insect and an insect in any book I know is a bug, so WTF?"

Pedant alert.

All bugs are insects but not all insects are bugs.

From knowyourinsects.org:

Many true bugs, such as stink bugs, have spear-like mouthparts that pierce into a plant so that the insect can suck up the plant juices.

So there you have it.

Isn't it telling that this thread shows more interest in the taxonomy of insects than the fact that Canonical have issued a patch covering a serious fault in their distro?

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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... you need something like a computer to stabilize the car and improve its fuel efficiency"

Stabilise the car? Hold on, this isn't a fly-by-wire fighter jet you know. Those are deliberately made unstable so as to increase their manouverability and cannot, in most cases, be flown without a computer intermediary.

But a car? That should be stable, have all wheels firmly connected to the ground and be able to go around corners in safety. Unless of course it's a Reliant Robin.

As to fuel efficiency, I don't know, that must surely depend on the driving style of the driver and road conditions. Maybe an engine ECU will help but fuel efficiency must be seen as a moving target.

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Glad to be in the slow lane.

I adore my 1998 Mini Cooper S and having seen all this about "connected cars" and "infotainment" (ugh) as vectors for hacking has made me love it even more.

The thing I enjoy most about it is the fact that it's all about the driving. Fast responsive steering, excellent performance ( I still don't know how fast it goes as the speedo only goes up to 110 mph) and the sheer joy of the handling. So to see worries that the brakes, accelerator, airbag etc. could be tampered with in more modern cars does mean that I am grateful that I have a simple, uncomplicated little car instead of one of these "travelling computers" that seem to be in vogue at the moment.

OK, a Mini is not for everyone but I do think that the marketeers at the car makers have got too strong a hold on things and are pushing "shiny" at the expense of safety. Too many features, not enough thinking things through.

It may be a bad thing when a PC or laptop gets hacked but at least in most cases it won't be travelling down the motorway at 70mph when it does.

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NHS England backs down over another data extraction scheme

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WTF?

Gah!

"We are now looking to work with GP surgeries directly to support them in collecting the information needed about appointments."

What possible interest is there to anyone in that other than me and the doctor's surgery? I mean it's an arrangement between me and them.

It could be as others have said to gather data on how many appointments have been missed, but surely they could just ask the surgery "How many patients didn't turn up?" No need to ferret around with my data, identifiable or not .

Oh, and lastly: "De-identfied".

Using that sort of portmanteau word should be made an offence. Use "anonymise" if you must, though even that is a bloody ugly sin against the English language.

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Microsoft has RECORD quarter, in a BAD way - Sad Nad slashes phone biz

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Re: Can't blame Sad Nad for this...

"Maybe Nad is just there to cop the flack."

If you are going to use a colloquialism please get it right.

It should be:

"Maybe Nad is just there to cop the flak."

A war-time expression used to describe Axis anti-aircraft fire. From the German word "Fliegerabwehrkanone"

From Wiktionary:

Noun

Fliegerabwehrkanone

anti-aircraft gun (literally "Aeroplane Defence Cannon"); abbreviated as flak...

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

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Re: Scotland?

Not just Scotland. Anywhere outside of what appears to be the tunnel vision of these researchers.

"Our cities will be much better to live in, our suburbs will be much better to live in."

And it's not just graffiti covering road signs, trees and bushes do as well, I don't suppose that has occurred to them. Then there's the concealed entrances to farms and the like, usually full of a whopping great tractor and trailer just pulling out into the main road.

So, all right for townies, maybe not for the rest of us.

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Re: Yes

" In contrast the second one seems to be responsible for many projects which try to solve a rather trivial problem in such a complex way, it's hard to maintain the code."

Ah, much like systemd then?

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

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Re: A bit of a windfall for Slipstream

'That there is what we call "slander".'

No, that what we call "libel"

Slander is defamation by spoken word.

Libel is defamation by Written word.

They may have spoken it originally but this is printed.

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Evil NSA runs on saintly Linux, Apache, MySQL

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Re: No need for that

To borrow a classification from a site I've forgotten the name of.

"Insightful"

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Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

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Re: Peelian principles

Don't worry, there still is "policing by consent".

The only trouble is the only consent now needed is that of the Home Secretary, and what a beacon of openness and light she is.

See also:

Snoopers Charter

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BZZZT! NHS e-Referral system flatlines again

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"The entire trust now has Chrome installed for anything that requires a modern browser.

Are you telling me that despite all my efforts to avoid feeding the Google machine with any of my personal data these idiots are spaffing my most sensitive data to the beast of Mountain View?

OK , I might not be in the area concerned but given the level of competence locally I am not reassured that the same thing is not happening here.

This lot need a swift kick up the arse if they can't do better than this. Apalling.

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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Re: Subway devs employ security by design

"Security is fine where appropriate, and banks should definitely do this stuff, but ordering a sandwich just doesn't justify this."

Oh and what happens if a person uses the same password on a lot of site, trivial or not. You lose one, you lose the lot.

"The weakest link" and all that.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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" I mean there's 2 North American States,"

No, there are three. United States of America, Canada and Mexico. St. Pierre et Miquelon could be considered to qualify but as they are self-governing parts of France probably do not.

Just because Mexico is Spanish speaking does not make it a Middle or South American state.

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Re: Catch 222

"According to these cretins, you automatically accept the ToCs by visiting the site..."

What's a Table of Contents got to do with anything on this thread?

Could you possibly mean T&C (Terms and Conditions) or ToS (Terms of Service) ?

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Re: "...mockery..."

"Pfft. I can drive for two days from my home town in Queensland and I'm still in Queensland. Bigger place."

I could drive for two days in the UK.

It's not how big a place you live in that counts, it's how fast you drive

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Re: Mate is yur mate.

" Although I do have a couple of original EEEPC 701s under the sofa, which I always intended to put another distro on, just might get around to it now."

Yes do.

Crunchbang works well on a 701. I did upgrade to 1GB as I found 512MB made it a bit slow but otherwise it does all I ask of it. Which isn't a lot given the 7" screen but it's handy to take away on holiday.

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Hacking Team: Oh great, good job, guys ... now the TERRORISTS have our zero-day exploits

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Re: "its programmers are "working around the clock" on a fix"

"its programmers are "working around the clock" on a fix"

Should be:

"its PR is "working around the clock" on a fix"

The shit has hit the fan, it's too late for anything other than damage limitation.

Oh, and good luck with that, I reckon it might be quite a job.

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" I want to say they're not that stupid or ignorant but obviously they were."

Why would you not describe them as they are? Not only that they have been acting in ways that are devious, underhand and mercenary. They obviously have no ethical standards at all and are solely concerned with making as much money as possible.

These character are the "enemy within". The scum of the earth and to start whining, about how their incompetence has made the world a more dangerous place defies belief.

So not only stupid or ignorant but hypocrites and liars as well.

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Firefox to speed up dev cycle, go multi-process, rip and replace UI – soon

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Don't worry, be happy.

To all those worried about the mania that seems to be gripping Mozilla I have only one word to say:

Palemoon

It is to Firefox what Linux Mint is to Ubuntu. What the original should still be but isn't and look how it's worked out for Mint.

Top of the Distrowatch polls for years now.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Cor.

Phew, what a mess.

It looks to me as if MS have decided to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. Having said that, habitual users of Windows may find it less confusing than I did just by looking at the screen shots and reading the description. I haven't used Windows since Win98SE.

I find myself in the unusual position of agreeing with Andrew Orlowski on one point. I cannot see how MS can have this all tidied up by the 29th, maybe the upgrade really is "free" because it's a beta release and MS know it.

Good luck and may the force be with you, you might need it.

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150,000 angry Redditors demand Chairman Pao's head on a spike

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Re: that vocal minority

"When does even a major brand get to say all their consumers and staff (even volunteers) are wrong...!"

Apple?

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Re: And the Internet Hate Machine rolls on.

" ...and that every effort had been made to remedy Mrs. Pao's performance issues without terminating her".

A little extreme, don't you think?

Maybe they could have just sacked her.

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US Feds investigating Prenda Law, say Pirate Bay co-founders

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Re: Entrapment?

"The difference being that that lady cop does not actually f*ck the guy before making the arrest..."

Unless that is they were members of the Special Demonstration Squad.

See here

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Re: Cost Benefit Analysis?

"...during the 70% of time when wind power is not available..."

Hah! you've obviously never lived in a coastal area. Let me tell you, it blows an awful lot of the time, sometimes for weeks on end as it has done recently.

If that's where the wind is, put the wind farms there. Though I think a lot already have been.

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Re: Cost Benefit Analysis?

"Your home system recognises its gone cheap cost it can blue-tooth/wifi into it... "

Except it doesn't work like that. In my case the power company decided that they would change my electro-mechanical electricity meter for a "smart" one. Result total failure, as we have no reliable mobile phone signal here, so that option was out of the door. I'm certainly not prepared to share my broadband with them so wi-fi is another non-starter. Outcome, a miserable little thing not much bigger than a matchbox that is almost impossible to read and which gives me no indication of how much power I'm using or if the photo-voltaic panels on the roof are running. At least my old meter did show how much electricity I was using.

So, this scheme has in my case already failed and I cannot see me getting a "smart" meter until they improve the connectivity to us here and that's another, expensive story.

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: I see

"If home Windows is like Arch..."

Not really, I see it more like PCLinuxOS. A rolling release distro with a lot of easy to use tools.

Arch and Gentoo are for the hard-core enthusiasts, they take no prisoners and expect users to know what they are doing. PCLOS on the other hand is a bit more forgiving and Win 10 must be the same or I foresee tears before bedtime.

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I see

" We think of Windows as a Service..."

Well you might, but I would see it more as a rolling release distro.

Although a beta release at best.

See Gnu/Linux can teach others a thing or two.

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Mobe encryption guru Charles Brookson picks up OBE from the Queen

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Re: Congratulations

Yes, well done and thank you.

I do find it a bit strange that Mr Brookson is rightfully honoured for his contributions to ensuring that our privacy is protected by one arm of the government whilst another is bleating about how encryption is going to mean the end of the world and that the sky will fall in.

Again, thank you for doing something for the rest of us.

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Re: Who is the 0.2%?

" 99.8% voted to remain British? Who's the b**tard who voted against?"

AFAIK there were 3 votes against.

No idea why they voted as they did but I bet they kept really quite about it!

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Re: I'm actually curious

Argentinians

British

Falklanders

Capitalise! They are Proper Nouns.

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"If control of domains starts being influenced by whatever is politically trendy at any given point in time then the whole organisation will be brought into disrepute."

I really think that ICANN have already brought themselves into disrepute with all the shenanigans that have happened lately.

See Netmundial as a text-book example.

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Will a datacentre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

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Re: old cars

"My current car is 13 years old, still looks in good nick inside and out..."

My point exactly.

It's OK for those people who buy a new car every year but they don't make my Mini Cooper S any more and I'm damned if they force me to stop driving it just because everyone else is using auto-drive vehicles.

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Keep your eyes on the road.

"Connected services meant drivers would be able to use all the apps they use outside their car, inside their car, while driving, he claimed."

Maybe not such a good idea as he seems to think. Watching what's going on outside the car is a lot more important than checking your e-mails or Twitter. If it's a risk to use a hands-free mobile when driving think what the distractions with the systems he's advocating could be.

Vorsprung durch techik? More like crunch durch techik.

No, thanks, I'll watch where I'm going and keep an eye out for idiots watching Youtube when behind the wheel.

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Docker and Microsoft unite Windows and Linux in the cloud

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Re: hang on...

M$ HEARTS Linux.

"Who'da thunk it?"

More to the point: "Who believes it"?

"Embrace, extend, extinguish"?

"A long spoon please."

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Singapore netizens slap silks for copyright bullying

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Should keep it to themselves.

It has been said that the USA is not very good at exporting things.

Well, with this case they have managed to export something. The IP scam that has been clogging up the US courts and costing innocent people a lot of money and time. The most outrageous of these schemes being the Prenda Law affair.

With luck the cases in Singapore will not take as long to resolve though as it involves law firms and lawyers who can tell?

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Reg scribe feels disturbance in the force at secret Empire Strikes Back screening

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"Tickets are priced at £75 and are available here."

And at that price that's where they will stay as far as I'm concerned.

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Vicious vandals violate voluminous Versailles vagina

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Stop

Correction.

Should of been ""What a tragedy. How sad. Never mind"

Anyway if this is "art" then what has been done to it could be seen as "criticism"

I wonder how much he was paid to produce this heap of tat.

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

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"In the very infrequent event that compensation is paid to foreign victims it will be paltry...the drone is the most expensive part..."

Spoken like a true accountant.

What you do not seem to see is that these foreign victims are actually real human beings, like you and me. I leave it to you to decide whether the victim's families would rather have the "compensation" however small or their loved one back, alive with them. I know which choice I would make. and it isn't the financial one.

I wonder if one of the stresses reported isn't a sense of guilt.

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

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Re: Whooooops!

Apple stuff is supposed to be idiot-proof and I suppose it it is when used by idiots.

Unfortunately when used by anyone with even half a brain it appears to be wide open to abuse. And not to even respond to the reported threat is a real abdication of any duty of care to its users.

Not a nice prospect for those naive users who trust Apple implicitly.

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Apple no-pay-for-plays streaming risks indie boycott

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Typical behaviour

"Indies confirmed to us that Apple would pay no royalties for the first three months..."

OK Apple who are the pirates now?

This is just another example of Apple's hubris and we all know what comes after that.

Nemesis.

It couldn't happen to a greedier bunch of shysters.

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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Re: You know you've hit them where it hurts

"All we're left with is regurgitated PR, Op Ed, and showbiz fluff, and we deserved better."

I disagree.

If by "we" you mean the British public then "we" have got what we deserve in that "we" keep buying these shit sheets and thus encouraging them to keep printing all this propaganda. There have been a few notable exceptions to the depressing saga of the British press, the Telegraph's series on the MP's claims scandal being one and the Guardian's current series on Edward Snowden's leaks being another.

This current business I put down to where it all comes from. A Murdoch owned rag in cahoots with the Tory government. I would really like to see what the quid pro quo was for this.

The rest of your quote really does represent the majority of what comes from Murdoch's empire.

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OPEN WIDE: Microsoft Live Writer authoring tool going open source

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Re: What licence?

A couple of sayings come to mind with your comment.

"Give a dog a bad name..." and "As ye sow so shall ye reap."

MS has only itself to blame if people regard their offers with suspicion. They have behaved in a predatory, unethical and criminal manner too many times in the past to be taken at their word. We'll see but don't expect great cries of welcome from those who have been victims of MS's past behaviour

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