* Posts by Alistair

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Are you a TREE-HUGGER? Your WOODEN HAREM is much BIGGER than thought

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I'm contributing:

We've removed 8 dead/dying cedars from our yard, and are planting 4 red oaks, 3 linden and 5 or 6 (not sure if I'm getting the plum or not) fruit trees. The damn cedars were a haven for mosquitoes and gnats that made the backyard dangerous. It DID however encourage the local dragonfly and bat population to hang about ... which made for interesting evenings. (Yes, its a big yard)

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West's only rare earth mine closes. Yet Chinese monopoly fears are baseless

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Re: Other issues

@ IAS - you, you HEATHEN. Overcooking your earths.

I imagine you're deathstar is set to HIGH at all times too you ... you .. you

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Earth wobbles on axis as Google rebrands

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Re: To be fair though...

..... that wobble is far more noticeable when one is lugging 40 kilo packs of roofing tiles up an aluminum ladder to the third floor roof......

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The future of IT is – to deliver automation. Discuss

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Automation

-Its everything that makes the $ move faster (yes I said that), but in our (Systems folks) daily lives it takes away the dull and boring. I've been trying to automate my boss for years but sadly the VP's see through it every time. I'll get there eventually

<and - thanks for the 2k of upvotes folks I just noticed I've gone silver>

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US trade watchdog deep-sixes patent infringement claim against Microsoft

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Re: Interesting comment..

..... An interesting game, the only way to win is not to play.....

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Wow, Barcelona really has a problem with tech disruptors. Watch out Airbnb

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oh dear god.

AirBNB is in precisely the same space as Uber.

a) for the "OMG get dah gov outta my transaction" crew - Uber uses roads, fuel and emergency services (yes dammit they do so have accidents) - which are typically provisioned or managed by gov. Just deciding not to pay for those services by using an internet service makes the rest of the citizens foot that bill. Pay up or don't play. -- on the same front, living in your apt is one thing, if you're going to host out of town "guests" you're adding to the load on water/electrical/traffic level - again, typically, consuming government services, if you're making money off these things, contribute to the goddamned pot so I'm not making your business profitable.

b) In MANY jurisdictions one needs specialized insurance to cover liability in *both* cases - and from much of my reading there is no "requirement" that one prove that said coverages are in place when offering one's services on either. At least here in the North of 52 states, we've got 3 separate cases where Uber's supposed "$1 million liability coverage" has failed to be available - and all three are now lawsuits.

c) "we only offer the connection, its not our fault" type of apps have no business being rated in the Billions - this is purely the fault of wallstreet types dreaming their pockets full. That bul***t needs to stop since the result is the TBTF bailout crap that we (taxpayers) have to engage in when the banks fall over after the poop hits the fan.

(sorry, the screaming cynic in me got to the coffee first this morning)

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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.... so many new fones!

Considering my position, and the fact that my SIIx is now hitting close to 5 years of working life...

I'm in the market in general - but - I want it rootable and want to put CM on it directly -- I *know* I can do this with a note3/note4 - anyone have any hint if I can do that with this?

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NCA arrests six Lizard Squad users after gaming firms, retailers targeted

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wait.

These people signed up with real info on a site for lizard stresser?

Don't need the cops. These folks need to either be removed from the gene pool or be beaten with a clue by four.

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BOFH: An architect and his own entirely avoidable downfall

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why, why how WONDERFUL

Thank you Simon for a nod to one of my favourite movies......

Now, where is that damned owl.

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Vote now: Who can solve a problem like Ashley Madison?

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Ashleigh Madison Systems Analyst application

Hi:

I just finished Grade 9 basic computer operations course and got a 65. I can work for u nao.

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Facebook profiles? They're not 'personal data' Mr Putin

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Zuk's answer

"They agree to make it my data"

Putin's response,

"That would be theft. Its MY data dammit"

And we all know what happens to billionaires who steal from Putin.

(had to be said)

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

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Re: Google Translate? It's actually useful/usable if you know what you're doing

Why are you moving from a formal db to Hadoop?

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'Edward Snowden' discovered hiding in Indonesian river by boffins

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Re: Paralells.....

Snowden clawed out some interesting tidbits in his time with the NSA............?

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Hawking, Musk, Woz (and Riley): ROBOTS will KILL US ALL

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Dammit

What is this terminus.skynet.mil.net that keeps trying to hack my server?

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Devs are SHEEP. Which is good when the leader writes secure code

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acknowledging security

I'm certainly not a "coder" in the sense of the article. I know damned well however that I'm a cowboy. I just leave the cowboy aspect parked for those moments when the rotary aerator has met the airborne waste particles. Its about the only time its called for, and usually not even then. I have command and control tools that require that I understand the basics of coding and shell scripting, and I've found scripts from folks that had absolutely no commentary in them. I've found my best "security" in ensuring that I leave a comment on *why* something is there and *what* its supposed to do -- but as I noted, I'm not a coder in the sense of the article. Bounds checking and object validation are *not* beyond me and are done where appropriate, even in bash/korn scripts and python and perl it can be done.

I find it staggering the number of developers out there that think that in an enterprise, they should be running application development code in their user accounts. I keep pushing them to use the app account that is set up for this *(and backed up and audited and secured properly)* and they do nothing but whine at me about the "extra work it adds".

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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@ AC "All too often cancer"

I'm sorry, you've damaged my bullshit detector. I'll have to sue.....

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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"This is so sad, Cecil was such a good friend............"

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Curiosity rolls over onto Martian WET PATCH, takes satisfied selfie

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Mars has layers,

Many layers.

Ogres have layers.

(mines the one with the onions)

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Costa Rican authorities detain drug-smuggling pigeon

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John McAfee's pigeon

---- appears to have gotten a wee bit lost.

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Google flubs patch for Stagefright security bug in 950 million Androids

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FD:

Samsung SIIx T989D, 4+ years old. - 2nd battery which is going to get replaced this month as I'm under the 60% value, yes I'm hard as hell on my phone.

Running Telsa 9.1.x Lollipop -

The /cache rebuild after an update was horrendously slow the first few times (on CM11 with CyMOD recovery) with the standard format, I've found that the f2fs TWRP wipe and reformat of /cache and /system is *much* faster -- however at least on my phone it took 3 full resets, and reinstalls to get TWRP fully functional - I've also modified my pit for the extra system space. Now, given an update of the mod only - it takes about half the time. Updating *any* gapps kit .... forget it, it seems to wander into the forest for a lovely afternoon tea with some Horrible Harry type and they get lost in the book.

That said, YMMV, I don't Odin, I use Heimdahl and have Recovery level backups, Nandroid backups and Titanium backups, so I bare bones things and reinstall from those.

Haven't seen Tesla add this latest patch yet, but I'm sure it will happen.

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SEC: Ukrainian hackers' investment fraud ring raked in millions in 'unprecedented' hack

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And the Banking Industry execs are

Still out there sipping their $7.50/cup latte's and munching on their $8/per pastries in BarStucks.

And are now feeling smug since the SEC caught a bunch of pleb's gaming the systems and put them back where they belong.

<sorry - renegotiating a mortgage this month, my bias is showing, and the grumpy is strong with this one.>

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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moralism and the bubblewrap generation

34 year old.

More likely "I was terrified that the person next to me thought I was looking at porn on the train"

And of *course* there's the mention of "Think of the Children". While I'll agree that the sender needs a good swat upside the head, if our society spent less time making the human form "forbidden fruit" there would be a heck of a lot less of an issue with crap like this, as it would be less likely to cause someone distress, and it would certainly be less of a thrill to the twat doing the deed.

<queue the downvotes>

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Sex app Tinder in public meltdown – because a journo dared suggest it was, well, a sex app

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Future IPO

"A few months ago, parent company IAC said Tinder would be spun off as part of a new unit that includes fellow dating app Match.com. The spin-off company is set for an IPO later this year"

Now, add a startup spinoff called kindling to that IPO and we could have a company called the bonfire of the vanities.

(No liability for keyboards)

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What a shower: METEORS will BLAZE a FIERY TRAIL across our skies

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here up north of the 52nd

We have some clear weather slated for tonight - 35 minutes north from here on sideroad there's a trailer with a BBQ and some adult beverages. And bugger all lights.

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Brassiere belays boob-bound bullet, begetting bruised breastbone

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urrm

Gauge of underwire is somewhat dependent on overall size of garment. Given that it stopped a ricochet, and well, healthy cycling female, and umm.... Perhaps measurements are in order to determine which gauge of wire was in play.... *cough*

(and from my experience, its usually *spring* steel, not coat hanger type steel, and that crap is *hard* to break)

(possibly mask is relevant)

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W is for WTF: Google CEO quits, new biz Alphabet takes over

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Re: Up to no good or just some tax shenanigans?

@Mark 85, no thanks, Michael Jackson will be here shortly to steal your popcorn.

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

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Re: a ha ha ha ha ha :(

@Vogon:

Considering the slippery slope MS has decided to start down, and the state of ALPHA MS when it was dropped, I wouldn't expect that MS will get much past putting Windows on more than one or two Arm processors. Far too many proprietary tweaks in those. I'll admit NT/2k on alpha smoked like little else I've seen run under the windows 'brella, but as it was, there was bugger all beyond the OS you could run there other than highly proprietary code (was used in OTA payment transfers app, in house software, one off case). And, yes, MS got windows running on MIPs, sadly in every case I saw, it ran off cliffs with astonishing regularity.

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: blaming slack admins for this one

Please don't blame the Slack admins, Patrick V has bugger all to do with MS's crap.

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BOFH: Knitting bobble hats on the steps of the guillotine

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@Joseph

have a pub visit, you beat me to it.

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Sane people, I BEG you: Stop the software defined moronocalypse

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Re: Might take a while

I've a heard of DEVOPs types. I'm a SA for the hardware. You can thank folks like me for not seeing some of the @#% that we killed before it got to QA.

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Do you speak NFV? Time to go back to school and learn

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This is something I'm looking at

as well -

Too many app teams insist that their code "needs more ram" in every case where there is an issue - the result being that we now have ridiculous expectations on our virtualization environment. Next iteration, same issues, and we'll have to cope with the resulting misguided stack requirements. Surprisingly I've found that the 4 VMs in my laptop can produce unexpectedly correct guidance on performances of server deployed apps. Usually indicating that the JVMs are spending more time in thread recovery after bad code executes.

I've a new firewall/router/vpn "block of plastic" - its not much larger than 4" square and 2" deep. I've yet to put all the bits on the SD card that will be it's boot disk, but it has 1G of ram and should have more than enough cpu to do what we need in the house. (and I have teenagers) - I'm looking from this to the resources I'm using in the work world and really starting to think that corporate IT is going to go through another three or four iterations before they start getting the idea that "spinning up a new box" is *really* freaking overkill for 99.9% of what they are doing.

The problem a lot of corporate environments are going to have with this is that siloing has put the networking team on the other side of a set of walls from the systems admin team and again a set of walls separating the DC operations folks, and to boot, the security teams. These walls are the single biggest barrier to getting some *really* decent automation and virtualization into play these days. As well, one may have to completely pave over old processes, standards, and implemented process controls that will no longer apply, or may not be usable in the automation/virtualization world.

(We need an icon for "in dire need of a professional massage therapist" -- a group of juvenile relatives assisted me in destroying my back this weekend: gotta love the kids)

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What can't sell Galaxy S6s and keeps going down on you? Samsung and its profits

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wow. apparently there are a few pissed off ex sammy owners here

we have --- 5 samsung phones in the house - none are S6. There are 2 SIIx phones still running - in fact mine is running CM12 (PA/TwRP), an S4mini and an S5, as well as 'kid tablet' S3 (no sim, but used for watching netflix and youtube buy the youngest).

I've had to replace one screen (courtesy of the tailgate on my Dodge caravan and my own stupidity) and we've found that the usb connectors can get picky - such that we have charger cords dedicated to phones - but overall - the last 6 years have been fine on the samsung front in this house - I'm looking to a Note 4 as my replacement when I can come up with the cash. I will NOT do term contracts, but only because I've seen the maths from the other side.

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NHS trust's crack IT squad claims its first digital upgrade hits

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" and just look at home many people do not know how to lock their profile and leak info for the whole world to see"

And yea verily such is fit for purpose. Considering Facebook's purpose.

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The bucks stop here: NYSE freezes trading, blames 'technical issue'

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I think

This is a case of the numbers crunching the computers instead of the other way round.

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TPP partners plot milder copyright takedown rules

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well what we have here.

"contains investor-state dispute settlement provisions"

Is legally endorsed, codified bailout structures.

And of course the means by which a foreign national (because companies are people too you know) can force a government to change its laws.

There is *NOTHING* about this treaty that looks, smells, implies or suggests betterment of any but a very exclusive few. And don't get on about shareholders - here we'll be screwing one group of potential shareholders for one other group of potential shareholders, with only the lawyers and the judges making anything out of it.

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

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up here we're pretty much kobo

Amazon.ca

Does not deserve comment.

My SO has gone through all the kobo iterations - she's just addicted to the "new" thing. All of the old kobo's she had continue to live, one with a neice, one with an aunt, one with a good friend of ours. I rather like the latest kobo, since I'm one of those rare readers that finds the 'black flash' refresh seriously disturbing to my reading experience, and one can now put that out to a rather large number of pages. Oddly my favourite reader was a clunky, awkward, LCD screened (with backlight) Asian whitebox "ereader" - there was only one format it would not accept (Amazon's own). Its single largest advantage was being able to read 64Gb SDcards, which I could load with books in the reader on my machine.

In this house (and my mother's) we've possibly enough dead tree books about to be called a small library, Our electronic books consume about 12G on the storage array. (these however include about 800Mb or so of technical manuals and programming manuals). Keeping it all organised is rather much of a challenge, but we can keep trying.

Still would like to see a reprise of my LCD ereader - it sadly died a quiet power off and never wake again death after about 4 years of use.

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Migrating from WS2003 to *nix in a month? It ain't happening, folks

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Yeesh.

Just try, in any large organization, to get the app owners to play inside the sandbox of upgrades.

-> RHEL4 still around because the development folks for a whole raft of applications "Cant get it to work" on RHEL5 or RHEL6 - what is it? apache proxy servers and weblogic.

(and for the record they *were* given sandboxed playgrounds with RHEL6 -- with 99% of the updating done - the WL app code apparently needs about a years worth of work before they can move it)

-> win2k3 32 bit - many many installations around - app teams own licenses for app code that will not *permit* them to move to another OS, or the app support folks just do not have the expertise to do the job.

environment is about 24k systems from 1U 2CPU boxes up and out to 128CPU Itanium systems and a couple of Z boxes (I believe we've just spun up a new box)

One month to move from one OS version to another just is NOT happening, never mind from one OS to a different OS.

In my department, we've got three left to move - one will be shut down and turned off - there's been a 7 month long effort to move to a new application set to cover that one. One will be forklifted over to 2k10 with a new version of the application code - this has been almost a 2 year effort since we had to start by uplifting the back end AIX based application, the database behind the application *and* all the data structures in 7 related databases on other platforms. The last one - we've moved 80% of the components to linux hosts (IIS to apache, msql to PostGreSql, and FTP (gag) to sftp) the rest is being migrated from an in house "document share" to SharePoint. The SharePoint migration is delayed for political reasons at this moment (Outsourcing by the way, sucks rocks in Sooooooooo many ways when it comes to changing course).

Yes, Microsoft is not always the correct solution, but then again neither is *nix always the correct solution - and in reality - linux is wonderful, its cheap and its far more common in business now, but the number of users for whom it is *easy* to move to linux is *small* relative portion of the population of end users.

I'm very much a linux shill - where its possible to get things on linux I will do so. However - it's not always the right thing to do, and it's not always possible.

the right tool for the job boys and girls, always the right tool for the job at hand.

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Vectone Mobile gone for the week, don't know when it'll be back

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MVNO

The Virtual network you are trying to reach has been mobilised out of this area of operations.

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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

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This isn't that positive, but its one part of the equation

Plankton will live on.

Not so sure about Sponge Bob or Squidward though.

< yes I have a couple kids about >

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Houston Astros 'hack' row: St Louis Cardinals fire their chief scout

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and I'll bet the devs are off doing it all over again

For some other MLB team, using the same userids and same passwords. I have to wonder if *any* of them have been FIRED for this crap yet.

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'I am so TIRED of your bullsh*t...' Sprint boss flips lid at T-Mobile US CEO

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to those of us with far fewer bodies and far more territory to cover

The americans have it cheap. $70/month - but 2g data limit. *sigh*

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UN corruption cops commence probe into domain-name and patent body WIPO

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This fellow seems to have no friends

At least where he works. Its apparent that he has managed to seriously piss off a few in his office.

He is in a position that not only wields power directly, but has lateral affect to numerous countries, legal systems and commercial entities. Considering the current weight of Intellectual Property around the world, and the number of large international entities that stand to gain from his direct action, his position should be so clean it squeaks. Hell, that position should be held by someone with the moral stature of M. Ghandi.

Real life, however is not so accommodating. It is about time (considering the accusations) that OIOS got involved. Either he gets strung up for dodgy stuff or he's clean. At least now we stand a chance of finding out. <it may be a SLIM chance, but we stand a chance>

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Flushed with success: No bog standard Canadian goldfish these

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I suspect that my albertan neighbours are concerned that the local muskie population might be threatened by 27cm raging terrorist goldfish.

[ dammit, where's the <sarcasm></sarcasm> font ??]

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Get your WELLIES to MARS: Red Planet reveals its FROZEN BOTTOM

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Re: Need boots on Mars...

@DAM

However, there *just* might be oil under them there dusty plains. And that means we need pipelines.

<grumpy old cynic icon>

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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solution?

get it home, wipe it clean and reinstall the OS?

I've never liked any "hardware vendor software" - including the damned audio stacks that took off with the ICE chips. Usually the hardware vendors have pages with hardware updates, this suffices for those of us with a technical bent. Have to feel sad for those that get mangled by the vendors. We could of course come up with a law..... </ducks>

Personally my step would be get it home and wipe it clean and install <choose linux distro here>.

<grumpy old troll>

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Tesla says Model 3 is still on schedule, despite being delayed again

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I take it the image implication is that the Reg will be giving one away in full dress when its available?

*grins*

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Whoops, there goes my data! Hold onto your privates in the Dropbox era

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Cloud is bad enough.

Try cleaning up 623 maniac devops underdesk development environments that quietly became prod, just because someone decided that QA took too long or that your infra outsourcing took too long to provide a reasonable replacement.

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EU threesome promises good times for data protection reform

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@asdf

Annoyingly the US keeps knocking on the upstairs door looking for help. Our current "tenant" however helpful he may have been to the US lately, is possibly looking to be replaced in October. (I sure as hell hope so)

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Login creds for US agencies found scrawled on the web's toilet walls

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homeland security

"count of domains without full 2FA"

*sigh*

why does the irony *NOT* surprise me?

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Facebook dunks Instagram in new search filter sheep dip

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Okay - whats happening with the editorial staff?

This sheep thing is starting to go too far. (or at least to many articles)

Someone needs a friend I think.

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