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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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@ h4rm0ny -- Re: Meeeh

I have always been consistent except during the developer preview before I'd gotten used to it.

I am always consistent.

Something about stubborn, and hobgoblins, comes to mind....

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

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Re: Apparently its sacred work

"sacred work"

Puh-fucking-LEEEZ, awready!

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@ Ted Treen -- Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right?

A Godwin violation on the second post of the thread. How quaint.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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@Gary O'Brien -- Re: As an American

No, that would be the high IQ people that resolved California's $50 billion debt, balanced their budget, and continue to make California a magnet for both businesses and individuals from all over the world.

(Disclaimer: I do not live in California...)

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Re: As an American

It would be like the rest of the US seceding from New York and California (something I'm sure conservatives would dearly love) [...]

I don't know about that, but I quite frankly wouldn't really mind it much if Governor-cum-felon Perry actually did get his way, and Tejanoland (a.k.a. Texas) did secede. Then they can set up their dearly beloved red-state tea-bagging, brown skin hating, gun-totin', neo-Christian caliphate they've always wanted, and leave the rest of us with IQs above room temperature alone!

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Re: Irrelevant

And if you continue to resist, your name will be added to the official list of dissenters.

Starting to think that may not be such a bad place to be. I'm also starting to think that I would be in good company on such a list, and also that such a list might get rather long rather quickly.

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So, to sum this up in 25 words or less:

Boondoggle!

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Net neutrality protestors slam the brakes on their OWN websites

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Re: "Just imagine if ISPs had to stand in line..."

"Just imagine if ISPs had to stand in line and fill out forms and wait for permission to increase broadband speeds, add Wi-Fi hotspots or create new TV Everywhere services. What would that look like?" the group wrote, "It would be a net disaster."

Just imagine if the fat-ass cable companies/content providers (they are pretty much the same these days) would stop dumping loads of BS and FUD upon us, and worked to get us sufficient bandwidth so that they could pump their bandwidth-sapping "content" and not completely hork up the net for everybody else, I wrote. It would be ... fucking brilliant!

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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BBC is an acronym for what?

When I was younger, my dad played for me an old LP. (Vinyl...remember them? About 12" in diameter, and you spin it at 33-1/3 RPM...look it up on Wikipedia if you don't understand...). This was a "bloopers" LP of things that weren't supposed to be on the air, but made it out anyway. As this was from the early 60's, Canada still retransmitted BBC content. The text of one particular blooper always stuck with me:

"This is the Vancouver Division of the British Broadcorping Castration...uhh...."

Given what I'm reading here, it seems that that identification is rather accurate nowadays.

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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"BONEHEAD FANBOIS"

Brought to you by the Dept. of Redundancy Dept.

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FCC boss Wheeler: Lack of broadband choice is screwing Americans

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@ John Gamble -- Re: Well, then...

And, of course, the FCC has absolutely no influence on the DoJ where communications interests are concerned. Nope, none at all...

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Re: America Fuck Yeah!

So in the first two quarters of 2014, Comcast has spent almost $8 million on lobbying.

Makes you wonder what they could have done had they put that money into product...

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Well, then...

US Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler has issued his most damning indictment of America's broadband infrastructure to date – claiming more than half of citizens have only one ISP in their area offering 25Mbps or faster connections, and that competition has been crippled by a telecoms duopoly.

Well, then, seems that the best thing you could do, Mr. Wheeler, would be to put a stop to the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger. I'm sure you'll get right on that, now won't you?

What's that I hear...crickets?

Thought so

(We need a Corporatist Bullshit icon...)

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Power station fault cuts electricity, water and internet in Cairo

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Re: UK too this winter

Sounds like a prediction of this winter in the UK - except that the temperatures will be 4°C instead of 40°C.

Pardon me for being indelicate, but...wuss!

We in the Midwest/Great Lakes region would be running around in shorts if the forecasts for the winter were to have temperatures only as low as 4°C!

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Comcast merger-bait spinoff to be known as GreatLand Connections

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Re: ClusterFsck LLC ?

Looks like I will have to get another BINGO card....

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Re: ClusterFsck LLC ?

Will the USA's Federal Government, again, show the world that they do not listen to or serve or represent the people/citizens/taxpayers of the USA anymore?

Short answer: Yes.

Next question?

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Dear DoJ-

Re GreatLands LLC

Don't go for it! It is merely a stalking horse. This paper company already has a putative CEO...who, of course, is on Comcast's payroll. Gee, I wonder what this person's loyalty would be once the paper tiger were to be created. Can you say "Stephan Elop"? I knew you could....

Seem to me that if there must be two major cable companies to maintain the illusion of "competition" in the US market, we already have that: Comcast, and Time Warner Cable. Reshuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic for the purposes of making some high-level execs in these two companies, as well as some no-value-added M&A guys, even more insanely rich than they already are -- all to the detriment of the customers and the general public, serves no purpose whatsoever.

GreatLands LLC == Epic Fail!

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

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El Reg got it right

Not surprisingly, Jimbo rejected our view that "If you’ve contributed for years to Wikipedia you must now accept a new political economy: you have permanent lower-caste status, and have simply been working hard for other people to get rich." Opined Wales [(talk) 12:29, 29 August 2014 (UTC)]: "[T]hat's just sheer unmitigated bullshit".

Isn't it interesting, when it is pointed out that the Emperor has no clothes, that said Emperor can only respond by an ad hominem retort. Maybe, Jimmy boy, you might want to look at this from the perspective of someone not sitting directly under the Wikimedia Foundation money spigot.

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Pax Imperia indeed!

The community responded with what one veteran contributor described as an “unprecedented” barrage of hostility.

Ya think?

Dear Jimbo: I think I can sum up this whole dustup by referring you to my favorite license plate (it is in the US, were such things are possible for a small fee). It reads: LB SAND

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Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why

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Re: Blah, Blah Blah

From the article itself:

Cupertino wrote:

Apple and our customers place a high value on simple, refined, creative, well thought-through interfaces. They take more work but are worth it. Apple sets a high bar. If your user interface is complex or less than very good, it may be rejected.

(Emphasis added)

So, I'd say that unless El Reg is in the business of manufacturing quotes from Cupertino from whole cloth (you do know that Apple is headquartered in Cupertino, don't you?), then this would indeed be "what Apple *actually* said".

Reading comprehension. I assume you've heard of it....

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"I bring you these 15...<crash>...10 Commandments!"

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Blah, Blah Blah

If your user interface is complex or less than very good, it may be rejected.

Now, there's a testable requirement, devoid of any subjectivity, ambiguity, or possibility of misinterpretation. Oh, and those of you writing complex applications (sorry, "apps") need not apply.

Now that His Jobsness has shed his mortal coil, I can't imagine who would be making such decisions.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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Re: Coding? Modern?

I suppose that "modern coding" is writing HTML...

(/me ducks and heads for cover...)

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Last year PM David Cameron called for “more emphasis on modern methods of computing like coding”.

If it weren't so sad, it is hysterical when people who haven't the slightest fucking clue what they're talking about try to "talk tech".

Fail on so many levels....

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

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Not just for supercomputers....

If the customer wanted to activate the additional capacity at a later date, the customer would pay the fee and an IBM engineer would turn up and literally remove a screw, or in later hardware, install a software patch and the upgrade was complete. Because it was just a pure profit exercise, those upgrades were referred to as golden screwdriver upgrades. This was common practice amongst supercomputer manufacturers of the day.

That is not just for supercomputers. A certain "midicomputer" manufacturer did the same thing: Pull off a jumper, and you get a set of additional "premium" CISC-style instructions. Pull off another jumper, and a different set of premium instructions were now available.

(The name of this computer manufacturer shall remain unnamed, to protect the guilty. But the name included the name of a midwest pancake house chain, and a brand of white glue.)

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Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group

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ALEC describes itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s red-state legislators, members of the private sector the Koch brothers and their wannabee minions and the general redneck, Fox Noise-sucking public”, meaning it exists to write legislation on behalf of its corporate Corporatist membership.

There. Fixed it for ya.

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China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft

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Re: The nerds who say Ni

Seven months? That's how long Microsoft takes for beta-testing a new version of Windows

I guess if you have a real Mongolian Horde, it's possible...

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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@ LDS -- Re: Sir

I understand that almost everybody here probably download music and movies illegally, [...]

Then your "understanding" of "almost everybody here" is even more brain-dead than your understanding of copyright infringement.

LDS, Abe Lincoln once said: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." Although that horse as clearly left the barn in your case, here's a nice bowl of STFU to help keep you from degenerating from blithering idiot down to fucking moron.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Re: They love blanket criminalising anything done online...

Something Offensive

:-þ

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Re: Ahh, New Mexico!

Don't know about "kokopelli" (It's Hopi, which is an Arizona tribe/nation), but the state flag of New Mexico is a yellow field with a red Zia symbol on it. When I first got there, it didn't take long to realize that the thing was everywhere!. Pet Peeve is right about it being the sacred sun symbol of the Zia Pueblo people, and there certainly is an unwritten law that is must appear everywhere....

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Ahh, New Mexico!

Good choice, gents (and ladies)!

For the uninitiated, it may take some..er...practice, but you really must avail yourselves of the local delicacies; to wit: green chile enchiladas, New Mexican style (which means, served flat, with an egg on top), and sopapillas which make for effective fire extinguishers (ask a local, s/he will tell you how to use them). Practice by getting a green chile cheeseburger!

One request: The LOHAN vehicle should have a Zia symbol emblazoned on it somewhere.

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US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale

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Re: this will only screw over OTA viewers

Not just OTA viewers.

If you're a church, or a club, or a stadium, or a theater, or a traveling rock/country/R&B/rap/etc. show, or any of a number of other outfits that use wireless microphone technology, you're right knackered, too. So Lady Gaga will have to incorporate wires into her next meat costume. I wonder how the next presentation of Wicked is gonna work that out?

(Bullhorn, because that's just about the one wireless technology that won't be affected.)

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Wall Street woes: Oh noes, tech titans aren't using bankers

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Re: Well there are two words that can get these CEOs in trouble...

[...] the CEO just might find themself in deep doo-doo.

Deep doo-doo == Golden parachute of back pay and stock options, an NDA, and a canned "I'm going to spend more time with my family" departure speech (vetted by the PR dept. to make sure nothing violates that NDA). Oh, and a new job at a similar company (likely with same board members) within a year.

No penalties, no recompense to the investors (well, because they don't really deserve one -- nobody should expect their gambling debts be made whole), and no perp-walks. In other words, Business As Usual.

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

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@ Pen-y-gors -- Re: Manufactured story

You got a downvote?!? Must have been by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command guy assigned to monitor El Reg's forums....

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@ AC -- Re: anyone else creeped out...

Criminalising someone for what they look at does seem stupid, but it's been done before [...]

Sure, the Chinese are masters at it.

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@ Some AC or another -- Re: Collective Delusion.

a.k.a atheism

Fixed it for you.

Actually, you rather knackered it up some more

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"[...] Governments should be afraid of their people!"

They are. Why do you think they are acting this way?

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"Hello? Metro Police?"

"Hi. I have this shark that I want you to jump...."

Every once and a while, living on this side of the pond has its advantages....

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

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Congrats to Kelly!

And condolences on your Lost Weekends. (Hmmm...on second thought....)

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UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones

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Cue the tinfoil hat brigade

It seems that the police on the right side of the pond are right miffed that they might need to "solicit" a password from whomever is in their charge before rooting around in said miscreant's phone. So here's the solution: the thing comes with a predefined password to gain access. Yes, it may be 1234 or 0000 or something infinitely predictable. But more likely, it will be some random-looking number that is a hash of the phone's serial number, or MAC address, or some such. (And if it's not, it will certainly be on a register that a quick phone call to Apple or Samsung will get.)

Given that some 80% or so of users will leave the default value in place, our intrepid plod can say with more-or-less a straight face, " 'onestly guv, I wuz able to discern the passwurd by guessin'! It wuzzn't 'ard, guv...." To which Melohrd replies, also with a more-or-less straight face that hides a wink and a nod, "Well then, it seemz that ahll is in ohrder 'ere, Please proceed."

I loves me some tinfoil!

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Badges for Commentards

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Badges? We need our Steenkin' Badges!

Hello, Drew-

I believe I've qualified for an upgrade to Silver...

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Supervalu supermarket stores stung by sneaky sales system scammers

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@ Winkypop -- Re: Hmmmm

"The safety of our customers' personal information is a top priority for us,"

I believe that the "us" in that statement refers to the PR department exclusively. I don't think the rest of the firm gives fuckall about it.

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Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™

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@dan1980

Testing updates is a time-consuming and potentially expensive task and there is always a trade-off between security, time and stability - a classic 'pick any two'.

Yeah...the trouble here is that Microsoft always seems to pick time...and time.

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Ad regulator pulls down Branson-backed magic undies

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@ Frankee Llonnygog -- Re: I wore a pair

I'll be taking delivery of my new keyboard now....

(Nicely done!)

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Microsoft Azure goes TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

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Oh Dear!

Seems they can't fix anything these days. Or keep stuff that does work running (I'm looking at you Skype PMs!)

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Feeling real confident here...

And now, these same yutzes want (read: are forcing) me to discard a perfectly good version of Skype because they are unilaterally "retiring" it.

Nothing could possibly go wrong with that....

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Re: 20th century

I would say that automated testing (including regression) is not working ok for them...

Automated regression testing works well on a stable platform. When was the last time anyone associated "stable platform" with Microsoft? (ref. TIKFAM)

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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WTF?

Just one question:

Why the flying fuck does anyone pay attention to this twit?

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

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@ John G Imrie -- Re: The search engion is Bing

The browser should be Bong.

No, No, a thousand times NO! Due to a misspent youth, I associate the word "bong" with pleasant things. The last damn thing I want is to have Micros~1 fuck that up, too!

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