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Microsoft to push out penultimate XP patch on March Patch Tuesday

croc

Stock up on popcorn NOW! I plan to have quite a large storage bin of the stuff, come April 8th when all the stores run out I'll quietly make a smallish fortune. a quad Xeon, 16 Black Titan behemoth workstation's worth of a smallish fortune, I hope.

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Q&A: Schneier on trust, NSA spying and the end of US internet hegemony

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Re: Why all the fear?

The NSA has been gathering giggly-bytes of information for the last 13 years and ADMITS that they have not really stopped / prevented / even identified / any terroristic threats / plots with their catch-everything data dragnets. So what are they doing with those giggly-bytes of data? That's what I am worried / fearful of. If you are not, then I'd suggest you are the perfect person for me to sell a bridge to.

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

croc

Re: The ENTIRE point ...

My win 7 PC boots from power off to ready-to-go in under 30 sec. If I wanted it any faster, I'd use 'hibernate', faster still - 'sleep' - instantaneous. Even faster than 'sleep', just shut off the monitor before going to 'sleep' myself. So boot speed is NOT the issue. 'Lean' is also not the issue for most modern PC's. Or most newer laptops, for that matter. So tell me again what Windows 8.x is supposed to do for my desktop PC? It sure doesn't strain my GPU, that's a fact...

(OK, I know that deep down the OS is a wee bit more secure. However, I am not entirely convinced that the Win 8 version of UEFI does not have an NSA backdoor baked in. That concern is enough for me to stay away for the nonce.))

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

croc

Re: Dead Platform

OOooohhhh...I'm SOOOO 'LEET!

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Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

croc

The proper size for a screen on your 'portable device' is based on the eye of the beholder. My eye is pretty bad, so they are ALL too small.

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Lenovo shares in trading halt ahead of 'disclosable transaction'

croc

Re: The server business

"Big Blue is really smart about such things. If they really do offload their server business it doesn't bode well for other server vendors. Remember they were quick to offload their PC biz in the run up to Vista, and making a PC hasn't been very profitable since."

Wasn't aware that Windows Vista was around in 1987...

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

croc

Who in hell is Halley Berry...? (And why should I care?)

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croc

Re: But... it is the USA...

What state doesn't allow gun ownership? (Are you sure that you are a 'merkin'?)

More to the point, what other nation would send around a glorified customs agent to shake down someone for a civil penalty? I mean, what was the guy trying to sneak into the country? Or out of it? I mean, it wasn't a how-to movie on terrorism, now was it?

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Hey, G20. Please knock it off with the whole tax loophole thing - we're good guys, really

croc

Re: Taxation and Business: CEO's Explain

OK, where do I apply for a job in this company? I'll sweep floors, if that's what's needed...

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Obama reveals tiny NSA reforms ... aka reforming your view of the NSA

croc

I think that you might've misinterpreted what 'two hops' means to the big O... As I understand it, that is 'person_of_interest ->you->someone_else, plus everyone that any of those three might have called, ever... Which is still down on the present anyone->anyone->anyone->anyone plus all associated calls made by any anyone to anyone else...

However, as these databases are classified so high that the president is not authorized to see them (well, if I were the prez, I'd surely want to be able to say that I didn't know...), supervised by a secret court, how will we know that they are really doing what they are supposed to be doing? How reliable are the watchers' watchers, when they are also sworn to secrecy-or-death?

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

croc

I'd argue that the priority for Microsoft right now is to get the leadership transition over with before starting to make the cart that the next horse will have to pull...

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Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

croc

Re: *cough*

2126 miles or 3426 km, Hobart to Casey Station... NZ is a bit closer.

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Google poised to become world's first TREEELLION DOLLAR company?

croc

Re: Pha!

All right, SmartAzz (tm)... So just what IS a cubit?

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

croc

September 11 2001 is a day that will go down in infamy.

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Google BLASTS BACK at Apple, Microsoft, Sony in Android patent WAR

croc

Hopefully (soon in the new year) the US senate will get off of its collective duffs and help the US house of reps pass a law with some teeth that says that a troll is a troll, and all trolls need to go to jail without passing go or without collecting $200 per device. Or, most likely, that they will get a slap on the wrist for their promise not to do that again... It would be nice to see companies competing for customers, for a change of pace.

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Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy

croc

Re: video address is already available to watch online for those

You have a serious lack of imagination.

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croc

Re: Protection and Respect

Stating that "Right is right, wrong is wrong." is merely stating the obvious. What is NOT obvious, however, is whether or not you can be trusted to know the difference.

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croc

Is it just me or does that recording look a bit like something done in 3ds Max? Look at the obvious neckline, where white neck meets tanned body... I mean, let's make it glaringly obvious. OK, tin foil hats back on, all.

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United Nations signs off on 'right to privacy in the digital age'

croc

Re: That's a relief then

"Well they used one magic wish to ban smacking of children in Australia....."

Wrong country. You are not from around here, are you.

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Online shopping tax slug not worth the effort: National Australia Bank

croc

Could be worse, y'know... Last year I bought the parts for my new PC over in OZ, and paid for my return airfare with the savings over purchasing in NZ. I paid GST (in both countries), spent two nights in OZ (NOT the Hilton, but hey!), took a few Aussie friends to dinner and STILL had money left over. The Kiwi's REALLY know how to overcharge!

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Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS

croc

Re: Why Windows is doomed.

Remove the hibernation file. Remove the index file. Remove the System Protection files. Remove the installation files. That's a start...

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croc

Re: Why Windows is doomed.

Remove the hibernation file and the index... That'll buy you back a LOT of drive. Especially the hiberfile.... It takes as much space as you have installed ram (Duh...)

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'Fatal flaws' in Google's revised search antitrust overhaul, says Foundem

croc

Re: The best outcome for the general public

How do you get google shopping? I get many sites, including images and wikipedia... No google shopping. I feel cheated...

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LG: You can stop hiding from your scary SPY TELLY quite soon now

croc

Don't take it personally, but if you are naive enough to believe that anything that you connect to any public facing communications channel is 'private' then here's a clue... You are wrong. Corporations have no morals. Governments have no morals. Makes me wonder sometimes why I bother to even try to be nice. Or legal, for that matter... Corporations and governments can get away with (literally) murder, why not we plebes? Let anarchy reign on everyone's parade!

NSA, Microsoft, Apple et al... You started it. Make sure that you can finish it, mates....

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Look at how many ways we ruin your life, Redmond boasts

croc

Yes... Smartphones are SOOOOO empowering... to, as previously stated, your boss - NOT you. But at least your company buys your smartphone, right? Pays the telecoms bill, right? Buys the laptop / fondleslab that you need to get from work to home, right? Pays for your ISP so that you can do all that work from home when you are really supposed to be taking your daughter out to the movies... Right? Right? Oh... Wait... Don't tell me that they got you with that BYOD crap as well.... Poor sod...

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MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

croc

Re: Mind control

"This is what used to happend in the dark days of SOviet Union.

Brainwashing and propoganda.

Since when did the USA go that way? What about the free will of the people and Democracy ?"

Ever heard the phrase 'American Exceptionalism'? Do you believe it? They gotcha. I suppose that you also think that you live in 'The Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave.' They gotcha. Again.

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Google patent: THROAT TATTOO with lie-detecting mobe microphone built-in

croc

Re: @Steve Davies 3 - Removal?

Gives a whole new image to the question - "Honey, do I \ does this _____(fill in the blanks...)?"

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KRAKOOM! iPad Air EXPLODES in FIREBALL, terrified fanbois FLEE Apple store

croc

"You do realize that Apple has sold a few hundred million iPads right? They experience very few fires, especially considering the quantities that are out there. You stand a better chance of being strafed by machine gun fire from a Zeppelin on a bombing run than you do of experiencing an iFire."

Actually, as things now stand I have an infinitely greater chance of experiencing an iPad burning. Several Vodafone Australia customers will back me up on my version, how many people can you dig up that have even seen a Zeppelin? On a strafing run? While dropping bombs?

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HP CEO Whitman: We've built the PC that GOD wants

croc

Re: Futility

""Whitman, a former Republican candidate for the governorship of California"...

Well the woman is certainly well versed in futile pursuits. The taliban have as much chance of getting a seat at Westminster as any Republican has of becoming governor of California."

Do you mean 'anymore', or what? It is kind of hard to dismiss the fact that the majority of the time since 1900 California has had Republican governors. Or are you just a Dem fanboi? I hate fanbois.

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Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

croc

Does win 8.1 sideload the NSA buttdoor?

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Apple's Steve Jobs was a SEX-crazed World War II fighter pilot, says ex

croc

Re: Past lives

Wot...????? You got a day OFF????? Who'd you have to ....

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Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

croc

Did Ballmer at one time fall in love with a Shopsmith? Nice idea, but look at the market share...

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Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

croc

"As for graphics, the prototype units will include either Nvidia Titan, GTX780, GTX760, or GTX660 components – and again, we don't know how many of each.

Each configuration will also include ... 3GB of GDDR5 RAM for the GPU..."

Something here does not compute. Methinks that someone sort of mis-read what Valve quoted as specs...

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You put up with CRAPPY iOS 7. You can put up with Obamacare too, says prez

croc

Re: Facinating

A 'free' society is an oxymoron. You, on the other hand don't need the 'oxy' part.

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Snowden's email provider gave crypto keys to FBI – on paper printouts

croc

My company needs a new router. Hello, Huawei?

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Atomic clocks come to your wrist

croc

Soooo... When you leave Hawaii and fly off to Europe how do you then adjust for the east-west drift?

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All rivers flow into the sea: Apple holds TEN PER CENT of corporate America's dosh

croc

Dear Chris McFail...

You said:

"This overlooks the fact that almost $100bn of apple's cash is overseas, and they cant bring it back without paying a huge amount of tax on it.

And the 10% is taking apples TOTAL cash (including overseas) as a fraction of other companies US ONLY cash, so its meaningless, if they were to include US companies overseas holdings, as they do with apple, then apple have between 2 and 3% of the non financial cash reserves.

a totally pointless report, hideously skewed by not comparing like for like"

I think the article says something like the quote below, doesn't it?

"In total, Moody's reckoned that corporate America holds about 61 per cent of its total dosh overseas, amounting to about $900bn.

“In the absence of tax reform, we expect overseas cash to continue to grow,” Moody’s analysts concluded."

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'I don't trust Microsoft' after NSA disclosures says former privacy chief

croc

Re: Australia does

'Thirrrddd verse - Same as the first!'

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Apple CEO Cook: 'We're not in the junk business'

croc
WTF?

Re: You're right Timmy...you don't make junk. Just ask your cat.

"Cat paw prints are as unique as our fingerprints; here they registered a (unique) paw print and used it to unlock an iPhone 5S. There's no security problem at all with that, in fact it's a testament to the quality of the scanner."

Given that there are no uniquely identifiable features on a cat's paw to distinguish it from the next cat, this says two things about Apple's new iphone's security. 1. It works just fine for cats to be able to unlock it, and 2. it is stump dumb when it comes to security.

Oh yes... Your post says just one thing about you. You're a stump dumb apple fanbois of the worst kind.

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

croc

"So presumably a country such as Cuba, for example, will no longer be granted access to Facebook given that the US has maintained an economic embargo against the South American country since 1960."

???

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Botched court doc outs Google as respondent in national security flap

croc

"The Emporer ain't got no clothes on!"

"Hush! Do you want 'im to 'ear ya?"

"Well, why not! We can see that 'e's nakkid, surely he can see as good as us!"

"But as long as we don't talk about it, we won't go to gaol"

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

croc

Re: Wait, hear that?

If I were in your shoes, I'd make an 'air gapped' network for your 'CitectSCADA 6' type of support hardware / personnel and let them 'sneaker net' their way to the internet if they need that. This network would be really cheap to set up... Just a switch or two, some cat 5... No routers involved, no firewalls. OK, the Manuel Labour admin work might be a slight pain, but you DID mention some support for someone called 'defence', yeah?

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Larry Ellison: Google is ABSOLUTELY EVIL, but NSA is ESSENTIAL

croc

Hindsight is, indeed, 20/20, eh. Upon finally leaving the US Presidency, poor Ike must have felt the right fool for giving in to his corporate masters on the overthrow of the elected democracy of Iran. But he did get to put the verbal boot in, for all the good that would prove to be. Just goes to show that a brilliant General may not make an equally brilliant President. Don't get me wrong, he certainly did lead the US well in most respects, but I would bet that he died wishing that he had listened to his predecessor on that one wee thing...

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

croc

Re: Works for me

Mate, you ARE a crim, because we say so. And we have your emails to prove it. What's that? Those are not your emails? Prove it in court, crim.

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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

croc
Devil

RE: "Osamba"

Yeah... I quit that '$' shit 'cause I can't find a lower case $ sign...

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The hammer falls: Feds propose drastic controls on Apple's iTunes Store

croc
Boffin

I WANT that JOB!!!!!!!

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Geneticists resolve human dilemma of Adam's boy-toy status

croc

Archeologically established point???

"Y chromosomes change relatively little over the millennia, and the team was able to used an archeologically established point – humanity reaching the Americas around 15,000 years ago – by comparing the genetic data from the two populations. This was used to establish a "molecular clock" of genetic change in the Y chromosome."

Given that there are many sites in the americas that make this date somewhat controversial, how can this population be used as the basis for any kind of clock? (And what do molecules have to do with gene sequences?)

Maybe they should have used the aboriginal population of Australia as their stable sample. I mean, there at least you have a relatively unchanged set of gene sequences going back some 50k years.

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

croc

Re: Does anyone know

Uh... No thanks. I've seen how that 'special sauce' is made.

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SkyDrive on par with C: Drive in Windows 8.1

croc

These are all very good features... IFF you have very fast, cheap internet and IFF what you are storing is something that you'd not mind your mother seeing.

For all the others, these are TERRIBLE features... I DO have to pay for bandwidth, and quite a bit of what I 'store' is commercial-in-confidence type of stuff. I'd not like it if some bloke at the NSA thought that some 'Merkan company needed my ideas more than I did. So Thanks, Microsoft, but No Thanks from me. I'll use an OS that lets me store my stuff locally, on an encrypted drive...

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Snowden: US and Israel did create Stuxnet attack code

croc

Re: "most trusted services in the world if they actually desire to do so."

Your numbers seem a bit off.... Lightning strike death odds in US, about 500,000 to 700,000 to 1. Odds of terrorism death in US, about 20,000,000 to 1.

Cost to US of POSSIBLY saving all lives if all plots intercepted had succeeded, about $200,000,000 per life saved.

http://reason.com/archives/2011/09/06/how-scared-of-terrorism-should.

Cost of freedoms lost? Priceless....

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