* Posts by Notas Badoff

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out... should you do it?

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No, just don't

"They will be missing out on seven years of Microsoft's efforts to improve security and performance, but the extra risk is hard to quantify."

I was reminded just yesterday how much I loathe the MS attitude.

"We have to update with fixes, choose a convenient time." Mmm, kay, I'm real busy so how about 2 days from now. "We tried to install fixes, but the update didn't work. Reschedule?" ?!?!, kay, but I'm still real busy, so how about... WHY are the date and time controls grayed out? I can't pick when? You're going to reboot in an hour no matter what the owner of the PC wants?

It's the attitude, people. Microsoft has _earned_ the undying hatred of millions. And they just don't understand why. Think about that last part. They have lost that there is a relationship between customer and vendor. I didn't leave them, they left me.

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Los Desaparecidos di Disruption: The Final Days of Conservative 2.0

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Promoted?

Promethean!

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How to scam $750,000 out of Microsoft Office: Two-factor auth calls to premium-rate numbers

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Re: Totally irresponsible disclosure

According to his notes, he started submitting the vulnerabilities to vendors in September 2015. Others in February this year. He also pinged them repeatedly until they *really* understood how much moola was extractable even after their original sets of responses. He waited until all these had been addressed before publishing his notes.

He was totally being responsible. 10 months of notification time, multiple communications. And you won't even take the time to read about it to understand that much?

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15-year-old security hole HTTPoxy returns to menace websites – it has a name, logo too

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Perl? Perl!

So this is at least the second vulnerability in the last year or so, spread across multiple libraries, that could have been avoided if there was such as a thing as "institutional memory". But no, Perl is sooo passé, we don't need to remember what the Internet's first language experienced when exposed to the real world and malefactors. All those fixes ignored...

Santayana: "... and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. ..."

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McCain: Come to my encryption hearing. Tim Cook: No, I'm good. McCain: I hate you, I hate you, I hate you

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Off script?

"By refusing to talk with them Cook is literally inviting the politicians to reach their own conclusions."

In theatres they do these things called plays. Those have scripts. And most everybody knows that the actors are _not_ ad-libbing. The script for this particular play was written long ago to agree with the 'conclusions' decided long ago.

Tim declined to show up for the role of Bottom. And that frustrates McPuck? Applause all around!

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Next month's Firefox 48 is looking Rusty – and that's a very good thing

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How fast can you rewrite?

Having just yesterday come across a bug report 15 years old, I have to ask: how far do their intentions go? Security... or relevancy?

The defining comment (Hixie(!) from 2002) in that bug was that, umm, paraphrasing, "all this was designed with the relevant C++ code so deep as to make the needed flexibility impossible." In other words, we can't fix the problem (can't respond to changes in CSS) "because C++".

So how far do their ambitions go? Will they use their new sparkly language facility to rewrite all the rotten guts that have caused bugs to be stuck on "this sucks, but we can't do anything about it" for years?

As it is, desertions proceed as people keep coming up against "can't fix", "won't fix", and "who gives a shit?" situations. Firefox has become the "sick man of browsers".

But... if they would use their new Rust as a catalyst, a spark to initiate change and rework/replace the underlying grunge, they could actually get people interested in helping them, new people! After all, everyone likes pyrotechnics, and with Rust they're halfway to some serious fireworks!

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IBM scraps loyal staffer gifts in favour of... a congratulatory social page

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Re: "consumer grade IBMer experiences"

I'm surprised nobody mentioned that until now. "consumer grade" At that very point in the first sentence I registered 'oh fuck', and the rest of the message was only confirmation.

The H in HR is a clue. It's a "forked tongue" both coming and going.

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In mourning for Nano, chap crafts 1k-loc text editor

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Libre liver bile

"No, you're not Libre enough!"

"No, *you're* not Libre enough!"

"No, _you're_ not !Libré! enough!!1!"

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I've repeatedly been left with the impression that FSF and kin are like bleeding-heart misanthropes. Their written pronouncements have everything good in them. Poke'em a bit though and they seem to bleed bile and legalisms, shouting that no one else's terms/ideas/feelings are near good enough for them.

Oh well, we're now educated to route around damage ...

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Farewell to Microsoft's Sun Tzu: Thanks for all the cheese, Kevin Turner

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A sense of lost

Maybe I read too quickly, but I came away with a feeling of "poor sot, just didn't catch on, did he?" What happens when there is a near complete, continual mismatch between one's own perception of 'now' and actual reality? And that seems to describe Microsoft's recent history (last 2 decades?)

Will they confuse "being liked" with the reality of everyone just feeling sorry for them?

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Ad agency swipes 'unnamed bloggers' for calling out its cynically fake 'save a refugee' app

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I Whee

Is there any level or direction in which their actions then or now make any business sense? Will any company/group ever contract with these 'people'? Associate themselves with the lying puling refugee drowning divas of pretense?

Give it up, rename it Grey Goo, and change your CVs to say you were shuttling water bottles (Saint Géron?) across the Turkish border to Syria refugees for the last two years.

What, since 1917? Still claiming you're Helping the Migrant Crisis? F! FFFF!

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The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

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Re: All fMRI studies are not created equal

I'll second the reference to John Ioannidis. Please do read some of the articles about him.

In addition to the publicized (in the popular press) larger review of "the most referenced medical articles" that found serious problems with many of them, I believe it was he that long ago, as an exercise in statistics and medical referencing, had a class look back to the most referenced foundational assertions of modern medical science (thus 1800's thru early 1900's). I don't remember the numbers, but a few fundamental assertions had never been verified/duplicated, others were accidentally contradicted, and others more than subtly modified in experimental results.

In medical practice, you (the patient) hope that treatments are evidence-based and results-checked. In medical research, you (the researcher) hope the studies are and continue to be funded. Too careful adherence to the factually medically beneficial is often not 'rewarding' to the researcher.

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Australia's ABC suspends presenter over 'Wi-Fi is dangerous' claims

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Would that be mammatus or dramatus?

"..., the review could well put the entire Catalyst program under a cloud."

Chemtrails?

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Microsoft: Give us better staff

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Re: Cost of Education versus Return through Employment

Thank you. Yes, it is a public policy problem, the wrong goal.

Cutting taxes to make up for current prosperity problems, and then ensuring worse future prosperity problems by dissuading the young from furthering their education by the crushing debt load they'd incur, well, short-sighted is the politest term for that. My near retirement is not going to be comfortable when the economy is collapsing around me.

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Re: Let the lawsuits begin

"Windows 10 is a virus and needs to be stomped out without delay."

It's more like a fungus. I let my main PC out of sight for a few moments and it came back with a truly grody screen. Now it just bitches all day and keeps requiring me to scratch its privates here there and everywhere. Oh I do wish I'd realized there was a limited time to treat it effectively, as now it has a long-term infection.

Ah well, now I maintain a no touching policy, keep the other PCs a minimum of 6 inches away, and I think I've got the necessary prophylactics applied to the rest of them. Oh I do wish I'd listened to the parents talk of not associating with a bad gene pool.

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Bees with numberplates will soon be buzzing around London. Why?

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Re: Is that 2 bee?

Is this "To bee two bee shoo da" day?

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Ransomware scum build weapon from JavaScript

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Re: How exactly does this execute?

This kind of non-informative CRAP ARTICLE really pisses me off! The two linked articles don't say diddly either as to just how this Javascript code runs.

Is this running via Windows Script Host using the association ".js=JSFile" ??

Could one de-associate .js using "assoc .js=" from the command line to disable the threat?

(Oh, gee, now I get message "Windows Script Host: There is no script engine for file extension ".js"" Done fixed perchance?)

Is this too fucking hard for someone "in the know" to accidentally blab to the rest of us? Security researchers my ass - attention hungry security obfuscaters more like it. Wank it good fellas!

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Charter halts TWC upgrades

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Improvements? On you??

When their first definitive action after the merger is to 'temporarily' stop improvements for customers while they 'review', they send a very definite signal to those customers. Profits should not be wasted on you.

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Voter registration site collapse proves genius of GDS, says minister

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To err, is human. To really mess things up requires a quantum computer and a government.

FTFY.

They can then claim that the correct answers were already in the computer, it's just that the wrong answers were publicized at first.

As for how the government will best employ the quantum superpositions and entanglement, well that shows they've been ahead of the technology all along, doesn't it?

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Chinese space station 'out of control', will do best firework impression

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Re: Typical problem when you don't have all the data

It's never that clear. Seems the US didn't like a guy cuz of "communist sympathies", so they deported him in the '50s. Look up Qian Xuesen, the father of the Chinese space program. The US _forced_ him to go to the PRC. It takes a really stupid government to do a "foot-rocket" !

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Latest Windows 10 build loves up cloud, banishes 'strange grey bar'

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Re: All well and good, but

Wow, someone(s) went to the trouble of creating several ids just so they could downvote MS-dismissive comments several times? What mindset would consider that a 'good' idea ... oh, yes ... nevermind.

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Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes

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Re: Indian offshoring

Consider first that a large proportion of questions on answers.microsoft.com are from "regular folk". You know, the "Where's the anykey?" crowd.

Now reflect on the situation that in about half of those 'discussions' a response by Microsoft's people has been replied to with the equivalent of "What drugs are you people on?" or "Don't you know your own products?" or "Can't you read/understand/write/grok English?" That is, the 'idiots' are questioning the intelligence of Microsoft's people, and rightly so.

Microsoft has done itself a disservice by moving its customer contact outlet to India. But... that is just another permutation of "anybody could do that job!".

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Wikimedia boss scoops $100,000 payrise – after stepping down

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'We accidentally hit wrong button on Dell buyout – here's $194m for the cockup'

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History revised...

As an aside: I'm confused. I thought I'd understood that Michael Dell had been saying for years that the stock was undervalued, but few enough agreed. So then he and a bunch of his friends said they'd buy out the stock, at that undervalued price, with a bit of a sweetener. Done. Then pop up these people saying whoa, that stock was grabbed at an undervaluation! We want the 'real' valuation - moar monay! Is this why I'm glad I didn't get into economics?

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Latin-quoting Linus Torvalds plays God by not abusing mortals

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Veni, vidi, ...

Anybody up to seeing how close to "Veni, vidi, vici" one can get starting from "It came, I saw, I patched" ?

Bonus if the last is anything like 'giti' ...

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Capitalize 'Internet'? AP says no – Vint Cerf says yes

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Guidelines? m'EH?

As for the BBC establishing guidelines for the rest of us to follow, well, the idea of guidelines seems to be rather loose with them.

Got an invitation to take a survey on satisfaction with the BBC news site, after having already read a couple articles with embedded misspellings and oddities. The first page of the survey used the word 'seperate'.

Nowhere _within_ the survey did they ask questions about quality or other matters. They were mainly concerned with how often I viewed videos. Could there be some correlation there?

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Lenovo cries 'dump our support app' after 'critical' hole found

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Re: Funny how Chinese products keep ending up with backdoors!

" I find it all rather hard to believe that these Chinese software developers are such incompetent developers,..."

Chinese, French, Mauritanian, Indian, c'mon, *all* new eager developers with stars in their eyes and with no supervision crank out holey hell. Consider the recency of the software industry in China and the naiveté is more understandable (not defensible).

Now if you want to rail against the equally young and obviously reckless software/hardware companies there, go for it. All this can so easily be explained - and should've been expected - by the previous reckless history of the software industry in <insert your country>.

Hanlon's razor - it's the comforting (!) explanation when you worry about Baba Yaga stealing your toes.

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Windows 7, Server 2008 'Convenience' update is anything but – it breaks VMware networking

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Re: So is this rollup intended to resolve

They do seem to be quietly working at making Win7 more and more annoying, like you mentioned and I see on mine. Perhaps this is a secondary method - slowly slowly approach - at making people upgrade to "something better"? (Un)fortunately, the single box I'd upgraded to Win10 sits next to a Win7 box. I can have no such illusions that tomorrow will bring a better OS than Win 7. (sigh)

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Rats revive phones-and-cancer scares

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Live longer with cellphones? (or boffin mafia?)

The bit that got my attention was the controls (as a group) dying earlier than the test subjects (as a group). And the female rats not having a problem. And other oddities, like the dosing regimen being so much/long.

Is this a variation on the usual summarization for studies:

"These results are intriguing and introduce many questions which should be studied further in following studies."

Which I always read as a plea for additional funding. But here, with this study, it comes across more as

"Pay us to do the study again correctly, or this stranded result due to poor planning and protocols will haunt you for forever."

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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You need a ...

You need a new drug

One that won't make you sick

One that won't make you crash your slab

Or make you feel three feet thick

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You need a new drug

One that does what it should

One that won't make you feel too bad

One that won't make you feel too good

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One that won't make you nervous

Wondering what to do

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More than half of people on UK counter-terror biometrics databases are innocent

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Bullies and sociopaths need to be weeded out, not promoted.

I kinda have a verbal presentation mapped out where I liken the problem that the police agencies have with that of the petroleum refining industry: workplace safety. For much of my life I lived within rumbling distance of refinery explosions, so the very real increase in observation of safety consciousness at refineries was noticeable over time.

As everywhere, the chief problem was continued employment of (or management by) people who either couldn't understand safe operating or who couldn't give a damn. The realization that one of the main threats to employment was the plant being erased along with a dozen or three of the local membership even got unions interested in working with management on safety, though under the guise of cooperating with EPA/etc. enforcement against the companies. Move a couple hopeless fools out of the plant and everyone else doesn't have 6-month furloughs for rebuilding and memorials.

That guy that can't keep his mouth or fists under control? Say hello to Torrance the Torquer who just couldn't help giving every bolt an extra turn or two, on every inspection. "Eh, those nuts are tough enough for another twist!", he'd always say, having no understanding of hydrogen embrittlement or other non-ideal conditions. A couple more twists and little temperature or pressure change, and boom, though not necessarily on his shift. Afterwards the investigators say, "well of course those nuts cracked! Look at the tension!"

The tension, the disrespect and obstruction, the mounting willingness to disbelieve any blameshifting explanation, hey, even the gunshots in their direction, just might motivate the policing 'industry' to remove the small number of makers of trouble in their ranks. It is their own interest to clean up their 'workplace'. Hell, even the unions should figure it out and stop the hair-trigger-shotgun union spokesmen parroting "it's someone else's fault!" *every* *single* time.

Reviewing accurately and getting rid of the bottom 2-5% will greatly improve the lives of all the other officers. Oh, and "the plebs" too.

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Sweden decides Julian Assange™ 'remains detained in absentia'

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Re: @Mark...

But @Mark did use the absolutely correct icon originally. How you get Ecuador mixed up with Argentina I don't know. BBC has an article today on the need for "global skills". Yes.

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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Re: The end of passwords?

"I wouldn't even mind but it's almost always said by people who massively overestimate their own knowledge and experience. Presumably earned from years supporting users."

@Zilla ! Oh thank you. That is the perfect description of a lot of people. And not necessarily from the tech sphere. After interacting with a few dozen 'normal' people in a day, most everyone comes away with undeservingly inflated egos.

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Hacker rescues Hollywood house from URL scam squatters

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And some say "Meh I?"

Years ago tried to get the local "big city" newspaper to react to someone having a domain that combined "local city name" plus the paper's "locally used shortname". They just didn't care. Buying up likely domain names just ain't their style. So nameking.com is the registrar and someone gets paid for splatting 20 text ads each time somebody experimentally attempts a wrongly guessed name.

But... if you use Google (or Bing or DDG) you only see results for the newspaper's site, at least for the first 5 pages or so.

So... Isn't this a case where intermediation by the search engines is actually repairing the problem of squatting? (The 'net routes around damage, right?) The linked article does _not_ mention the exploited site's name, so I can't check with searches. But I betcha Google and the rest have the correct site when asked.

So... You may groan and laugh at people thinking Google & kin are "the internet", but that might be the safer way to 'surf'?

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Help! We're being crushed, cry billionaire cable giants

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Provocation

""What has been so distressing is that much of this regulatory ordinance has been launched without provocation,"

Ah, from *their* point-of-view. From my POV, I receive a grating provocation monthly on top of progressively slower network speeds and near weekly interruptions in service. They can't be thinking of the customers when they declare an absence of 'provocation'.

Aside: how many chairs are left in a game of musical chairs before it's obvious there's no competition happening anymore?

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Russia poised to unleash 'Son of Satan' ICBM

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Re: Wonderful

@DAM "Funny how these things always happen during Olympic Games, too."

Check the notes again. Unfolded just *after* the Olympic Games, when Russia no longer needed to 'pretend' it was a modern forward-thinking freedom-loving non-ursine. Can't be shooting down passenger jets before they've arrived at Sochi, right?

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'Charred Weasel' Linux

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Re: Wrong mustelinae

So it should have been "microwaved marten" instead of "warmed weasel"?

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Comcast Com-templates Com-trashing Com-crap Com-pact Com-caps

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Yay Capitalism!

Um, so which of those trial markets have other broadband companies directly competing with Comcast for customers? Thought so. Less is more when the choices are some of any or none at all.

Oooo, ooo, I know, I betcha Google Fiber is competing in those cities! Hmm, no mention of Galax, Virginia, or many others. Louisville is "potential". Huntsville is "upcoming". Oooo, Atlanta and Nashville are "current"!

Direct head-to-head competition in 2 out of 26 markets. Yay Capitalism!

Shall we take it as given that if every mother's child in Atlanta and Nashville suddenly starts enquiring when GFiber will be available in their neighborhood, that Comcast might quietly shelve this whole thing?

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UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts

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"They live again!"

An older friend of mine, a professor elsewhere in CaCa-land at the time, was tear-gassed by the state police on the orders of a certain ex-actor then governor named Reagan. Seemed the students on campus were getting uppity.

Don't tell me PR agencies can't rewrite history so well that an arch-nazi-conservative can't move on to bigger and better accomplishments.

They'll get her on nepotism, agreeing under the table to skip all the other stuff she shouldn't have done and they should've noticed to begin with. Phoo.

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One black hole, three galaxies, four BEELION solar masses – found by accident

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Re: Simple question

Please go back to the phys.org discussions threads.

After being pleased at another nice science news site besides sciencedaily.com, I made the mistake of reading a couple article comments threads. It was as entertaining as loading the LHC with trucks and anti-trucks and seeing what spurts out at meeting points. Oh dear, hard science attracts soft brains!

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US tech CEOs demand Congress programs US kids to be tech workers

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Between the lyings

People will always say they want to improve situations, especially if they don't have to do anything of substance about it. This is just PR positioning, as they want people to not notice how they are currently making the situation worse.

Instead, notice that this 'proposal' has a built-in time lag. Get those kids courses and training so that we could employ them years from now. Notice the word 'could', as in, if there were a million applicants, they could choose what to pay the fraction they deign to use.

In the meantime, keep those H1B workers flowing. Since we don't have the 100K's prospects, we can't be bothered with the 10K's unemployed available now.

Gee I wonder if recently there haven't been articles about how if NHS had 50K applicant doctors per year that things would go so much better for them. NHS that is.

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Onward march!

I think it was only today on another topic that someone mentioned "The Marching Morons". Do note the reference to 'lemmings' and the 'solution'.

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Re: Darwin award??

Would this dummy demographic notice any action by politicians, much less remember at voting time?

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Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

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Seen on a business card...

Oh please somebody print a bunch of business cards saying

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Gottfried A. Boodle

Aught but Avarice and Ego

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or name of your persuasion, leave these around at conferences / business meetings / etc. , and we'll see which industry these are copied into. We know what kind of person that'll be - what'll be interesting is in what kind of industry this is considered mere bragging rights. Finance?

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Hand over our code to China? We're no commie patsies, Apple cries

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As a ratio?

Does the report give a background number of how many iDevices there are in said countries?

500 requests in a land having 5M devices sounds a lot more reasonable than 1005 requests if there are only 20K iPhones.

Simple absolute numbers are simplistic... (We saved 20 patients lives last year? Uh, how many did you treat?)

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House passes broadband bill despite promise of White House veto

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A quibble

"The fight represents just the latest in a running battle between net neutrality advocates and the powerful telco lobby, which have predictably fallen along partisan patronage lines."

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

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Ahhh....

the reason for the expression "shits and grins" ?

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Pair programming: The most extreme XP practice?

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Agreeing (but quietly)

The first question I teasingly ask new parents after a couple months is "introvert or extravert?" Often they don't even know what I'm asking. Explaining, it hopefully gets them to think about their treasure as a distinct personality that might differ from their own tendencies.

I sorely miss the opportunities to watch over someone's shoulder as they tackle something they are currently having problems with. Very often, while exploring their difficulty and helping them, I am rewarded with seeing a useful technique or hearing an eye-opening tidbit I've not encountered before. We both get a reward!

But as an introvert I can't mosh with everyone/anyone more than a couple hours a week. I do need the space, the distance, and the quiet, to work. (After hours is when I can relax, yes?) If this becomes labeled antisocial then that will be 'extreme' programming.

Not yet experiencing it full-on, I can still see how useful it might be, in metered measures. After all, command sequence 'xp' is shorthand in Vim for swapping adjacent characters, a very useful trick. Swapping seats working through a conundrum has to help shake out new directions...

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Russian boffins want to nuke asteroids

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Re: One small problem....

Hello, "future threat", yes? That is, we have already seen this asteroid aforehand, it's passed by this time, but its future path has been well-characterised enough that we can tell that N+1 or N+m orbits from now that it and the earth will definitely intersect.

So no use for the new guy on the block introducing themselves with a "mind if I barge in?", but useful for something we've gotten a whiff of and don't want plopping onto our couch.

But for all that, making sure that whatever much smaller pieces still will intersect with earth have been christened with eau-de-Pu doesn't thrill me.

As someone else here suggests, send a thruster up and shove the whole thing into a safe orbit. That is applicable for many more cases, such as asteroids that haven't yet passed by cuz they're gonna hit first time up at bat. Go for the more general case rather than the special case mooted here, okay?

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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Let sounds like another dev group disconnected ...

from their users. Recently the E. coli-rich packets hit the turbulence generators over at Wikipedia when the dev head had to admit they had been developing software for basically no identified benefit to the users. And that that had led to one user revolt after another.

Since the central Moz developers betrayed my (and others) interests years ago by purposefully not enhancing a core bit of functionality in favor of blue-skying a just-as-good that's *still* not available, I have no patience with "but it'll be better thisthat way, whichever way, our way..."

Get with the users, develop a plan first, get buyin, then develop code to the users' satisfaction, okay?

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Bibliotheca Alexandrina buys a Huawei superdupercomputer

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There's form at Alexandria, and the results are the same...

though the 'cause' might change from time to time. Two 'oopsies' during Roman wars, religious intolerance (or was it really politics?), then religious conquest (or was it politics and booty?).

Knowledge needs to be as infectious and as easily spread as a virus. Then maybe we'll eventually become immune to plain stupidity.

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