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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: So basically, MS says ...

Having a gnarly password makes it harder to remember and relying on a gnarly password is nearly as dumb as... well... jake.

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Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT

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Re: I love

Russ Abbott? Showing your age...

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Oh crap.

My lad's 17 months old and a bugger for experimenting with things. He experimented with dribbling down the headphone jack on my phone, now that doesn't work. He experimented with sticking chewed toast into the charging port on 'erself's macbook Air - thank you, home contents insurance.

Now they're going to encourage him to rain happy enthusiastic destruction on daddy's workstation?

That does it. Nina and her chatty Neurons are banned in our house as of right bloody now.

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Redmond resists order to hand over overseas email

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And let's not shit on them for doing what is, after all, the decent thing.

MS are pretty serious about privacy. It's their major differentiator from Google's "you have no privacy, suck it" stance and as such, yes, it is worth money. But it's worth money because (and I know this may horrify you) some people like the idea of privacy and dislike the idea of somebody selling them to advertisers.

Normally I might ask whether somebody posting this kind of comment was being genuinely cynical or was only cynical "because Microsoft" but in this case, your posting history makes it all very, very clear.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Re: Assailant?

garybuseyclapping.gif

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Re: There is no market

Or we could just go with Occam's Razor and remember that over 25% of MPs are landlords.

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Vulture News anchor Regina Eggbert is (sort of) LIVE from London

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Re: Dear Regina

That would be "ichi", not "haitch".

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Too slow with that iPhone refresh, Apple: Android is GOBBLING up US mobile market

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Re: Italy?

Salesdroids don't care enough to criticize it? Italians like cheap phones? It's (possibly) regarded as stylish? MS's Italian marketing agency break the usual mould by not being massively useless fucktards?

Could be any number of reasons.

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

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Morris Dancers.

Terrifying. A world saved by Morris Dancers would probably be worse than one colonized by aliens.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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DISCLAIMER - I've only used Cortana. But -

>You're somewhere noisy

Type your question.

>You're somewhere you have to be quiet

Type your question

>You don't want to look like an idiot by talking to your phone

Type your question

>Also, whilst getting better, the mobile PAs aren't 100% accurate. Would you accept a keyboard which got what you typed wrong 5% of the time? Or even 1%.

Type your question.

I don't know if you can do that with Siri and Google Now, but given that you can with Cortana I suspect it's coming if not already here.

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Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch

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Re: Win32k Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability?

Managed code has indeed eliminated buffer overflows. However, if you're referencing win32k.sys from a managed assembly, it's important to remember that it is unmanaged code and needs manual disposal.

Of course, the actual Windows operating system is still written in unmanaged C++ and as such is irrelevant to your ignorant newb accusations anyway.

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>smugly

>MacBook

redundancy detected.

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

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Re: Not surprising

> The biggest mistake is by programmers who choose to use C without understanding its design goals - not the language itself.

I beg to differ on the details here - programmers very, very rarely get to choose the tools they are asked to use in corporate environments. That happy task falls to "design authorities" who are usually ex-programmers promoted to their level of incompetence and too damn dangerous to be allowed near live code anymore. Sometimes those are project managers or technical leads or even the Reg's beloved CTOs (a less competent bunch would hard to imagine) but the odds against it being an actual programmer who writes code are astronomical.

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Re: Not surprising

> Copying code has its drawbacks of course, but it is generally considered better to re-use code than rely on individuals recreating the same things time and time again.

We re-use through encapsulation, not copying.

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Re: Why do coders fail to code for input validation

First rule (in classic banking Waterfall styleee) is actually "write what the business analyst tells you to write or they'll just make you rewrite anyway".

You carry on and blame the programmers though.

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Re: Not surprising

Hold on a moment.

Java and C# are both C derivatives. Neither are susceptible to buffer overflows. Both are (now) efficiently garbage-collected.

Really, your issue appears to be the Design Authority specifying unnecessary close-to-the-metal performance languages where they're not required.

Also, if you have a problem with TDD techniques, I suggest you're either some sort of project manager who knows dick about dick or one of those legion of Reg-reading first line support wonks who only knows what his script says. But not to worry, you can always turn it off and on again, right?

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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Nevertheless, you could be forgiven for calling the telephone an American invention. It was born there.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Re: Oh I love my K70

I want something with a discreet backlight, otherwise I'd use the same Das Keyboard (Cherry Red switches) I favour at work.

Why a backlight? So I can type/game/whatever without having the room lights on and disturbing my family if time runs away with me.

Would you recommend the K70 or should I (as planned) go ahead with a Ducky Channel model, again with the Red switches?

(I have a RAT9 at work - totally agree regarding battery life).

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Logitech products last forever

Maybe in your reality. I had a succession of Logitech gaming mice, the right-click died on all of them. Now using a Mad Catz MMO7, even though I don't play MMOs (the extra buttons are still useful) which has lasted much better and is almost big enough for my hand.

None of the others even get close.

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Next moneybags kingpins of tech: Fondleslab game devs

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Touch-based games all suck.

I mean seriously, the input methods are uniformly awkward and clumsy. Why does anyone play this drivel?

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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

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Re: Undead?

> Seems to me, they're among the "original" BOFHs. How are they not called out in the poll?

Answering your own questions there.

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Aliens

Beings of pure Light

"Fuck off, you big lamp!"

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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Re: ISIS

It's a shame I'm no longer allowed to call you what you are, ceayers. But it's also a Bank Holiday weekend here, so

CU Next Tuesday.

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Re: ISIS

so faces with an enemy that belive that you are less than human, and it is acceptable to lie to and generally abuse you, your sugestion is to just let them be....? how did that work out for yo uin school?

can't tell if irony...

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ISIS

Are we not calling them ISIS anymore?

Has Archer been round?

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Claim: Microsoft Alt-F4'd Chilean government open-source install bid

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Re: Re:fanboys. We should strangle them all and improve the species.

> Er, that's you dead then.

Yeah, my Umberto Eco fandom causes endless flamewars on the Reg's forums.

(debian file/media/web server, samsung android tablet, Asus Win8 laptop, Lumia 920 and Motorola V3xx, houseful of herself's iStuff - I am no tech fanboy. I merely object to all the crap you ignorant bigots spout as if it were true).

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> but if MS hadn't exploited their monopolistic position in the first place, this wouldn't be necessary.

trans: If Google had been allowed to just steal[*] work from other people like they do in the fields of literature (Google Books), Photography (everywhere), music, film and TV (youtube) there would have been no problem at all. Curse you Microsoft and your evil objection to Google stealing!

[*]Stealing by other corporate entities is MEAN and WRONG and should be PUNISHED but Google have beanbags so that's okay.

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> Other reasons are the words Microsoft and Windows which are synonymous with the phrase Malware Magnet.

Because there's so much malware on Windows Phone, unlike your perfectly safe Android. Right? RIGHT?!?

fanboys. We should strangle them all and improve the species.

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Creaky PC? SanDisk gives users a NAND with speedy '3-bitter' SSD

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Re: M.2

That's interesting. Where might I find such a beast?

EDIT - wait. Not interested. You only get two DIMM slots in a standard mini-ITX motherboard.

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M.2

Interested in this format instead, please.

That way I can build a mini-ITX rig that has no "drives" at all.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: So if the BBC show an excerpt from it on the News

Upvote for "thin but incredibly dense blue line".

Well done, sir.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: Steam on Mint

> I've been using Windows, professionally, long before these fanbois.

I'm confused by the notion of "Windows fanbois" or "MS fanboys". Nobody's a "fan". I don't believe they exist. I use the products and will admit some of them are good but enthusiasm? That'd be like being a fan of British Gas or your local waste removal contractor. It's just a thing you use.

To be honest, I suspect this is why I get irritated by people who get all fanboy about linux or Google or Apple. You don't start internet flamewars about Powergen versus eon, do you?

Pathetic, really.

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Re: Can't wait for it !

> I have a GB partition all ready for it

That could be an issue.

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Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai

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Re: bad poetry, bureacratic nonsense....

It doesn't rhyme but it does scan and the words work together nicely. It's very archaic, like reading Beowulf.

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Re: Ostentatious, overpriced and available in gold...

When I was there, I thought the Arabs would be the biggest offenders for that kind of thing but oddly, they're not. I think they're losing the "nouveau riche" thing, or maybe it rubs away slowly over time.

The absolute worst examples of terrible taste are usually worn by the "wives" of Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese visiting businessmen.

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Re: Correction?

Who did Johann Hari copy that article from?

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Dubai's a weird place. It's a city built by people who don't really have any concept of anything bigger than a fishing village, and it shows. I remember it took me forever to figure out what the road system was about until my boss-at-the-time (a close relative of Sheikh Mo's) had me accompany him by helicopter and I got an aerial view of the place. Then it became clear - it's an F1 track with a city in it. I'd be very surprised indeed if something like the Monaco GP didn't eventually happen there.

As for the rest - immense buildings just because. Soaring wealth and grinding poverty (imported Pakistani workers, for the most part) literally yards apart. Ostentatious water fountains in a place where tapwater is literally more expensive than petrol. Crazy shopping because money is big here but taste hasn't made it that far yet.

It's a place where all the fun things are banned by law so spending ludicrous amounts of money on nothing worthwhile replaces them.

As such, I expect Apple to do very well there. Vertu, Rolex and Hugo Boss do.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

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Re: MS Stock Price

Technically, no.

It closed at 50c up but the announcement came after trading had ceased.

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Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio

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Re: Lore?!?

Not really, The Terminator is incompetent fiction at its best/worst and that's way older.

It's traditional for sword&sorcery RPGs to call their fiction "lore" in-game. Doing so outside the game is just indulging them. Especially when people talk about things like Mass Effect having "lore".

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Lore?!?

Newsflash - this is not Middle Earth and you are not a wizard.

It's not "lore". It's (usually terrible) fiction.

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Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet

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Re: USA nukes have been disabled

I think you may have forgotten this.

(Wow, looks like amanfromMars1 has a competing nutter).

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Re: Read between the lines

> as a Windows developer

Yeah, right. Excel macros, is it?

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Re: Read between the lines

> My impression is that MS cloud is for low bandwidth customers only.

I agree with this. Yes, for high-bandwidth customers, Azure is not ready. However, to state that nothing MS have ever released has ever been ready is just the kind of "I'm so superior" boasting that has become all-too-familiar on these forums.

From a quick review of the comments, one would suspect linux had approximately 70% of all commercial markets, OSX and other *BSDs took 25 and Windows languished, used only by fools, with a market share of less than 5%. This is a) inaccurate and b) in most cases, complete deliberate falsehood. Am I suggesting that we have Windows users on here claiming to use linux just because of peer pressure and ignorance? You better believe I am. I'll go further -I bet most of those use Win8 while claiming that they'd never do so under torture.

All this "I am far too clever to use that shit" is horseshit and jake is especially guilty of it. Stop lying to yourselves.

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Re: From my perspective ...

In that case, neither has anyone else.

Including you.

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Don't think you're SAFE from Windows zombies just 'cos you have an iPhone - research

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Re: @ jcitron

> 1. Defenition of a Computer Virus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_virus

> 2. Defenition of Malware.

> I do have an AV program

Have you considered getting a spellchecker as well?

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EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore

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Rootscore

Sounds like marks out of ten from Sir Les Patterson.

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UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones

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Re: we need the public to become educated in the tools they are using and what can be installed

> Normal? Round here we call them muggles....

I like to think of people who call other people muggles as "wankers".

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> The current generation is probably a lost cause, we need to help the next and that begins in school teaching critical thought and how to use a computer (not just be an idiotic, Windows-based, button pusher).

Because if it uses a command line - or indeed, anything that isn't Windows! - it must be safe. Like Android. Android phones are totally safe. Everyone knows that.

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

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Highly skilled techies in your office, then?

On topic, it must have a development name just as the javascript engine is called "Trident".

Personally, I'm wondering how long it'll last anyway, given the way things seem to be going. I mean, think about it - if Cortana works on Win9 desktops the same way it works on WP then most "applications" end up being an on-demand extension of the assistant. If you wanted to look something up, it'd be more likely to open a wikipedia app for you than en.wikipedia.org in IE. List of search items? They might be _powered_ by Bing but they'll show up in a Cortana return area (or on Windows, presumably sidebar).

It'll probably start eating up functionality that used to be confined to the Start menu, such as last 6 documents/whatever you worked on and THAT in turn means you no longer care about the application that opens your document, just about your document.

I guess what I'm getting at is that for a lot of people, the days of "Computer, do {instruction}" are almost upon us (and typing it in busy offices counts). So much so that it seems to me that individual applications are going to fade into the background. Especially browsers.

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