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Sharing Economy sharks need love, cuddles and SUBSIDIES – UK.gov

tfewster
WTF?

Shurley shome mistake?

1) Steve Bong comes out at weekends.

2) Good satire must be believable, unlike this childish rubbish.

Wait...What did you say? WHAT?!

I blame El Reg for giving them the idea.

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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Happy

This is good!

The high numbers of correct responses to the Net Neutrality, definition of URL and sizes questions is encouraging. As is the similarities between segments, i.e. sex, education and age. Bearing in mind that they surveyed normal people, not techies, and it's a very positive result.

Slightly worrying is the number of people who still fall for the "Privacy Policy" con.

I think the most of the rest of the questions fall into the "whatever" category. Even the distinction between the Internet and the WWW isn't something you often _need_ to know as a user, Apps handle that for you ;-)

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

tfewster
FAIL

> "However, this company does not appear to regard itself as under any obligation to ensure that its systems identify such exchanges, or to take action or notify the authorities when its communications services appear to be used by terrorists."

So, if I post on Farcebook, "gonna kill a soldier", FB are expected to check if I'm on a government watchlist? I could be talking about a video game, so looking for keywords is a really stupid way to do it. (Echelon, ANFO, jihad,...)

> " none of the major US Communications Service Providers (CSPs) regard themselves as compelled to comply with UK warrants ..."

Damn right they shouldn't, unless they have a UK branch. But I expect if they passed the suspects name to the NSA, the info would soon be handed over.

The whole Fusilier Rigby tragedy has been warped by the Government and security services to advance their own agenda, while denying any responsibility. Whether or not you regard the killers as terrorists, terrorists have won.

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Cyber security: Do the experts need letters after their name?

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Thumb Up

Re: Another fabricated shortage?

Or focus on the important part, Information Security. If your desktops get pwned and used as a botnet, it's irritating. If your data gets stolen or trashed, you're out of business.

So...how should we approach security? By getting people with certificates to pen test and fix ALL the holes? Or by getting a business type to assess the values and risks, and communicating that to the business to focus on key areas? I don't know the answer, but I don't think a lack of technical skills is the biggest problem.

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World leaders rubber-stamp tax recoup effort at G20 gabfest

tfewster

> Profits should be taxed where economic activities deriving the profits are performed ...

Tax havens don't matter if the money doesn't make it to their borders.

> ...and where value is created...

That part intrigues me. If Apple design a desirable product, will they be taxed even if they don't sell that model in the U.S.A./California? Is it a return to double-taxation, or just a swipe at the Starbucks "royalty" model?

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'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

tfewster
Pint

style, control, damage, aggression

Robot Wars! Wow, I didn't realise it had ended 10 years ago. Presumably the ever-more sophisticated robots rose up against their tormentors and refused to engage in gladiator-style entertainment for the fleshies.

Thanks for the vPint

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Why can't a mobile be more like a cordless kettle?

tfewster
Joke

Re: You aready can

So your special base probably takes up about 6" squared of precious desk space and you need several as they're not easily portable?

I use a much more advanced mechanism called a "USB cable" - cheap, portable, efficient, multifunctional, easy to operate one handed, standardised, and the phone can be used while charging - clearly the way to go*

* Unless phone manufacturers are going the way of HP printers, accessories manufacturers who occasionally make a phone to leverage their add-on sales

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

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Re: Still wondering why

Eeurocops - From Yorkshire, obviously. They're different there...

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We must SMASH the Democratic Deadlock with MINDFUL EVIDENCE

tfewster
WTF?

Evidence?

> Once an evidence-based approach has been adopted we can bypass the messy business of analogue politics entirely – the business of “winning people over”, of getting and obtaining “consent”. Therefore, only those qualified to interpret the evidence, such as leading digital thinkers like myself can judge an evidence-based policy.

The Government don't need no steenkin' evidence. They KNOW what is right (but only for the proles naturally; They're far too important to be bound by silly rules themselves).

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'You have no right to see me NAKED!' Suddenly, everyone wakes up at the Google-EU face-off

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Re: Wrong Target? @Elmer Phud

Punishment can be an important part of rehabilitation. I'm in favour of locking up a menace to society, but if he's (genuinely) no longer a menace after years of rehab/reeducation/brainwashing/mind wiping/personality transplant*, and can be a useful member of society, he can work off his debt.

* Yeah, science fiction, but more likely than governments spending money on rehab.

Deterrence works on most people, who think about the consequences of their actions. No offence, but again you're using edge-cases (criminals) to make a generalisation about people.

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tfewster
Big Brother

Re: Wrong Target? +1 raumkraut and big_D

It's a fact that your hypothetical defendant was arrested and charged; It's also a fact that they were exonerated. So either the facts should be given equal weighting, or maybe it's just easier to de-index the outdated report.

Even if they were convicted, the law sets the penalty. Prison time is a punishment and protects society by removing the offender, but should also attempt to rehabilitate offenders. _If_ they can be rehabilitated, there's little point in keeping them in prison at the taxpayers expense any longer.* The facts are available to people with a legitimate interest through the proper channels, such as a Criminal Records check. Public shaming went out with the stocks, but seems to have been reinvented.

A newspaper article about the crime and defendants will die a natural death in the archives. At present, Google is like a small-town gossip that keeps dredging up the muck. Yes, we secretly like to hear the juicy bits, but in general we deplore the gossip as we're probably targets too.

* Hindley, Brady, cop-killers, the recent case of an unrepentant teenager who killed a teacher - all edge cases, where deterrence (the need to be Seen To Be Sending the Right Message) may be more important than rehabilitation.

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Call of Duty, GTA V DO NOT make YOUTH more VIOLENT

tfewster
Flame

Re: Asterisk...

...which makes me so ANGRY...Oh no! Media inspired violence!

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Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

tfewster
FAIL

Bob Ward...Grantham...London...NHS...Britons...UK...

Yes, Mr Ward is talking about the UK. So Lewis is quite right to respond in that context.

Nice article from the NOAA, by the way. Record lows, eh? Cool!

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Disney wins Mickey Mouse patent for torrent-excluding search engine

tfewster

Re: So the patent goes, more or less...

It could be in the nature of a defensive patent, to prevent anyone else patenting it and withholding licenses. If Disney develop a working model and supply it to anyone on their Nice list for a peppercorn rent, they could hope to make their money back by increased movie sales.

Of course, anyone with enough money to fight this patent automatically gets add to the Nice list. and it's another line of attack against those on the Naughty list, such as torrent sites that use feedback and rankings. (So it would be a bad move to let it become a standard, or FRAND would apply).

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

tfewster

Re: Seriously

...while investigators looked into possible threats...

What possible threats? That a device might be set to explode when it lost contact with its "home" network? Like when the plane was moved? Rendering a plane inoperable on the ground isn't like turning an airborne plane into a brick, but keeping the passengers on board seems to still be putting their lives at risk.

I suspect the biggest threat was that jokes could undermine the seriousness of the TSA and DHS (and their budgets).

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iMessage SPAM floods US mobile networks

tfewster
Facepalm

Doesn't seem to be a scam then...

...if you get value for money. A fake product for the price of a...fake product. No CC ripoff,

So what's the problem?

Oh, Apple are enabling/colluding with the counterfeiters (and probably raking off a % of data fees)? Yep, that's newsworthy.

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Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? AVOID AT&T

tfewster
FAIL

Could someone explain this to me in English?

T-Mobile CEO John Legere -

"On Ipad with@apple sim here is what u see..no @Verizon ,@ATT trying to lock u, @sprint with error page! @TMobile wins pic.twitter.com/z0jDZ9sRt5"

From the context, "Lpad" means "iPad". I know all the English words and carrier names. But as a whole, this doesn't seem like an adult communicating, and I don't usually ask eight-year-olds for purchasing recommendations.

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Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

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Joke

...the proliferators...

I agree, spammers rank with plotters and paedophiles, and GCHQ must fight this scourge that affects me every single day

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FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers

tfewster
Facepalm

Re: BCC?

Does this count as a Data Breach rather than just an annoyance, as email addresses were disclosed? email addresses may not seem important, but could be used for phishing or invoice-fraud attacks.

A sternly worded letter from the ICO might prevent further sloppiness.

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NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

tfewster

Re: Spacewalk !

Thanks you, but actually patching servers is not the worst part of the problem - Testing and arranging service outages for Production systems is the killer :-( Fortunately the bash patching didn't need any outages, but testing and signoff for the change still took time and effort

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Wide-ranging UK DATA SHARING moves one step closer

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Flame

ODFO...

...<Insert name of political party currently in power*>

* i.e. currently the focus of Civil "Service" propagandists about the paedorristcalypse that will follow if public servants aren't given everything they want.

When every public servant and politician [not necessarily the same thing] is on this database - Then I'll reconsider my opt-out

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Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

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Facepalm

Afghanistan

"Bristow expressed concerns that US and UK pullout from Afghanistan might lead to an increase in the volume of heroin reaching Britain’s streets."

We invaded a country and trashed the place, overthrew a government that had stamped out the opium trade, and then buggered off. No matter how good our motives and justification, we shouldn't be surprised at the anarchy that follows and that opium farming is a) possible and b) the only way some Afghans have of recouping their losses.

Not that I agreed with the Taliban, disagreed with the invasion, or approve of drugs. I'm just sayin', you stir up shit, don't be surprised what floats to the top.

Did Bristow have ANYTHING sensible to say? Or was it just "terrists bad, drugs bad, police good"?

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

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No, apparently they've been "stolen" so the sleb doesn't have them any more. Or maybe Singer doesn't understand the law.

"Google knows that the images are hacked stolen property, private and confidential photos and videos unlawfully obtained and posted by pervert predators who are violating the victims' privacy rights and basic human decency by stealing and displaying confidential private photos and videos,"

Google should be charging the slebs for the advertising they're getting. I'd forgotten who Jennifer Lawrence was until this.

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

tfewster
WTF?

Really?

“Full encryption of communication and storage online will make life very easy for the criminals and terrorists and very difficult for law enforcement and law abiding citizens."

Really? How is my innocent, honest life made more difficult just because I use encryption? (Apart from having to remember yet another passphrase).

On the other hand, if I want to knock over a bank or make a bomb, will encryption really help me get a gun or chemicals?

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

tfewster
Facepalm

Re: Don't get too upset

One of the arguments for switching devices off during takeoff and landing was that passengers should pay attention to aircrew announcements (and not be holding potential projectiles in case of a bump).

Does paying €1-3 change the laws of physics?

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Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished

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Re: what else lurks

bash is like a gun - powerful and dangerous, but fairly safe if kept in a locked cabinet ("Authentication"). If you leave it lying around or your kids get the keys to the cabinet, bypassing the safety mechanisms - Then you have a problem!

John Leyden, thank you for describing it as "vulnerability" or "flaw" rather than a bug in bash

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

tfewster
Facepalm

Re: Wanted : amputation patch

As I see it, that's pretty much what "dotting in" or "sourcing" does. You're right that it's a feature.

The attack vectors like Apache/CGI that enable a shell without authentication? They're the bad guys. But if it's easier to block multiple attack vectors at the center by nerfing bash, the core OS guys can do that for you.

(i have no affiliation to any group, and am prepared to be "corrected" by both sides)

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

tfewster
WTF?

Call me sceptical

But there isn't a UK speed sign that says "70" or "60"; There's just "unrestricted", i.e. the national speed limit for that type of road, i.e. 60 on a single-lane, 70 on dual carriageway or motorway. Presumably there's a "Euro" setting for KM/H?

And it probably doesn't recognise temporary or variable speed overhead signs

And who needs a reminder of what gear they are in?

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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Thumb Up

Re: If you give a politician 1£ ...

@ baseh and followups

You are not alone! Look up Deliberative Democracy: It addresses the question of professional "elite"* politicians v. "naive" masses, and I agree that education and good, balanced briefings on the topic to be debated are essential. We already use the technology, but petitions and Facebook groups tend to be very one sided at present.

We don't need a referendum on everything (See "The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer"), but I'd be willing to give up a few Bank Holidays to do "citizens" duty as needed.

My wife has just written her MA dissertation on Deliberative Democracy, and as chief proofreader, I've absorbed a little knowledge** ;-)

* See also the Dunning-Kruger effect

** Just enough to be dangerous. Disclaimer: My wife wouldn't necessarily agree with this post

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

tfewster
FAIL

Adobe

> .. reputation for holding good stuff back if it’s not entirely happy with it

So they're happy about the bloated security nightmare that is Adobe Reader? A product worth less than its price tag.

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General Motors issues STOP DELIVERY for 2,800 corvettes over defects in 2015 model

tfewster
Terminator

Re: You'd never get that kind of problem with a Toyota @ AC you a are wrong

El Reg diligently reports all ROTM sightings.

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

tfewster
Megaphone

Re: U2?

I see the synergy there - U2 are like the iPhone: Never all that good, and hyped way beyond their true current significance. Though I actually liked the iPhone 3 & 4 until Apple buggered up the maps and IOS went all Fisher-Price.

BTW: Miley Cyrarse? Kim Kardarshian?

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Ex-Autonomy execs: HP's latest wad blows apart fraud allegations

tfewster
WTF?

Sounds like a match made in heaven

"... that Autonomy's pre-acquisition hardware sales were done with the sole purpose of artificially inflating Autonomy's revenues."

" ...that HP's printer hardware sales were done with the sole purpose of artificially inflating HP's revenues." (As any fule know, HP is in the business of selling ink at a premium)

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It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

tfewster
Linux

Re: Windows.

I can live with Windows for the desktop, as so much useful software only runs under Windows. An automatic reboot at 4am wouldn't be too much of an issue, as I only have to remember the half-dozen tasks I've been working on and left open. Probably even less of an issue for normal people.

But servers, whatever the OS, don't get patched & rebooted automatically if you value your job.

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

tfewster

Culture GSVs

No contest. (Unless Chuck Norris is involved).

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

tfewster

Ahh, stocktaking. I remember a few conversations from the days we had to do monthly inventory checks. And no cheating by using a checklist of existing assets! They all had to be done from scratch.

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Me - "Can't we get rid of this box of obsolete PC cards with individual serial numbers on each card?"

Manager - "No, they're in the database, so we have to check them each month"

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(Admins enter the hardwritten sheets into the computer and run a comparison with the DB)

Admin - "You're missing item ABC123O and have an item ABC1230 that doesn't exist"

Me - "They're the same item. You entered an O rather than a 0 when you originally created the DB record, so there should always be a discrepency. Unless one of us enters the serial number incorrectly at a monthly check.

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Me - "As the company sells inventory management systems, including scanners and software, could we use our own products to help with stocktaking?"

Manager - "No, you make too many mistakes already and need to improve the accuracy of the stocktaking"

(This was the same manager who would lend stuff to customers and not bother to check it out of stock)

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Eventually I wrote an MS Access DB and used a hand scanner and laptop borrowed from stock to create my own Stock DB, complete with label printing, scanning in and out, shipping lists and stocktaking comparisons. Monthly stocktake effort went from 10 man-days to 2 (One day to stocktake, 1 day to have the O vs 0 arguments. Though I reduced that by printing an "incorrect" label to stick on the item so I could give the Admins the serial number they wanted to see. [Unless they then mistyped it at the monthly data entry...])

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

tfewster

Re: Bing Orgasm

Bing Engine ?

(BingE)

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

tfewster

New?

"side boob" is at least 35 years old, as I remember it from school.

I've also seen YOLO in the context "be careful, YOLO (No reload if you die etc.). "Live fast, die young, stay beautiful" is a little more compelling than merely being reckless "I just ordered £40 worth of Chinese food. But YOLO, right?"

I'm pleased to say I've never heard "adorbs". Long may I manage to avoid the yoof types who use such mutant monstrosities.

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

tfewster

Re: Married or Sharing? Just tell them you are moving overseas.

I guess you only use gas for heating, but the pipes still need to be maintained and staff kept on in Summer, so a standing charge is a reasonable principle - As long as they're not taking the piss. When UK suppliers listed the standing charge as a separate item it was easier to understand than "First X units charged at £££, then after that units are charged at ££" [Where (£££-££) *X = the hidden standing charge]

You're lucky you don't get hit with a "connection charge" and have to pay a deposit as a "new" customer!

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tfewster
Happy

Re: BT

Agreed, when I transferred away from TalkTalk (be nice - I signed up with Pipex Business!), I cancelled my DD the moment they sent me an incorrect invoice for the last few days - so they added on a "failed Direct Debit" charge.

After a few months of threats, I sent them an invoice for my time. They closed the case shortly after that.

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Thwarted dev sets Instasheep to graze on Facebook accounts

tfewster
Joke

"...reap thousands of accounts in one day, and then use them to post spam."

Would anyone notice?

Seriously though, Stevie Graham had better have built some legitimate "network security analysis" functionality into his code. If it's just a hacking tool, I suspect The Law will be wanting a word.

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Blighty will be BIGGER and BETTER than Germany, confirm beancounters

tfewster

A little late

...the financial services sector is upping its spend on risk and compliance...

Shouldn't they have been doing this for the past 6 years, ever since the sub-prime crash and more recent events have shown they were rubbish at it?

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

tfewster

Re: Ball Ox

Whatever you think of his actions, he didn't get off lightly. He was convicted of the charge they found to throw at him and was sentenced to prison (suspended) and fined. The judges comments were on the sentence, not the conviction.

P.S. I didn't downvote you, so here's an upvote to balance it

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BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

tfewster
Devil

..sound the horn...

Isn't that illegal? It's certainly against the Highway Code and bloody annoying if you're next to a driver who hits his horn to attract the attention of a mate half a mile away and behind a windshield.

I try to dissuade people from doing that again. I know you drive a BMW, but whereabouts do you live again?

<car icon, of course--->

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ICO: It's up to Google the 'POLLUTER' to tidy up 'right to be forgotten' search links

tfewster
FAIL

So you'd be OK with ihatevelv.com posting "velv smells" in some jurisdiction with bullet-proof hosting?

And Google making it the top link for searches on "velv" because the host pays for advertising?

And the papers printing "Official: velv smells", <very small print>according to ihatevelv.com</very small print> ?

because, hey, it's not their fault. And even if it's not true now, any prospective partner should know that velv is really a stinky person underneath who just cleans up a bit better now, right?

Google should grow a pair. They got away with not being classed as publishers so they couldn't be sued for republishing libel, but if they're digging in bins and displaying their findings in front of the town hall, eventually enough people will get pissed off to take them down.

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Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

tfewster

No, no, no - the EU didn't "force" MS to provide browser choice, They gave them options - do it, or be hit with fines for abuse of a monopoly position under the existing laws.

On the other hand, tax reform to make companies pay local taxes on local profits* - Ain't gonna happen under this new trade pact

*Yes, the real profit, not the one they report after "transfer pricing"

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VMware wants IM clients to hookup with calendars and databases

tfewster
Facepalm

I almost switched off at "monitored content", but...

server: Disk error!

server: Disk error!

server: Disk error!

admin: It's a mirrored disk and I'm working on it

server: retrieving info on: Mirrors

server: Home furnishings, furniture sales.....................................

server: Disk error!

admin: stop spamming me with error messages and irrelevant content

server: retrieving info on: Spam

server: Spam recipes, spam catchers........................................

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I've got 99 problems, but a Facebook boycott ain't one

tfewster

Re: Emails and Announcements

..content free ad network...

FTFY

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

tfewster
Facepalm

Re: Regarding the terminology problems...

You may be too young to remember 5.25" and 8" removable discs, which were flexible if not truly "floppy". We tried calling the 3.5" ones "stiffies", but it didn't go down too well and the users themselves called all removable disks "floppies".

The ones who thought you had to take the stiff cover off before using it knew why they were called "discs" :-D

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tfewster
Facepalm

Re: a lesson learned some time ago

You may need to be more precise :-)

Me: "What exactly can you see on the screen?"

Them "Nothing"

<together> Check monitor power, brightness, connections, reboot. No change.

I go on site take a look at the screen, which _isn't_ blank. It has an error message, that diagnoses the problem and tells you exactly what to do, i.e. plug the keyboard in.

Me: "I thought you said there was nothing on the screen?"

Them: "There isn't. There should be a login box"

Fair enough, I can understand how "Nothing useful to me" == "Nothing"

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