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'Maybe I'll go to Hell, but I think it's a good thing' says plastic Liberator gunsmith Cody Wilson

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“More guns in the hands of more people leads to a lower crime rate."

What a pity Cody, up until that remark you were making quite a bit of sense!

I guess he has been indoctrinated by the USA government and gun lobby more than he realises.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/06/us/chicago-gun-ban/

In Chicago, virtually all sales of firearms are illegal. So what is the result? According to the article, "The stark reality facing the City [Chicago] each year is thousands of shooting victims and hundreds of murders committed with a gun."

Compare to the Dallas/Fort Worth area where the 2nd Amendment is respected. The gun murder rate per capita is only 4.2, compared to 11.6 for Chicago.

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"More guns in the hands of more people leads to a lower crime rate."

Actually, statistically that is true. In the USA, the crime rate in a region goes up when you ban guns there. In the U.K., they use knives instead.

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Whoever you vote for, Google gets in

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Re: So evil after all..

Other beneficiaries of Google cash include

Funny, I read this as:

"Other beneficiaries of Google Cash™ include.."

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T-Mobile US cuts overage charges, dares rivals to follow suit

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Re: Good or Bad?

I've been with T-Mobile USA for over ten years. I have unlimited voice, text, and messages for $50/month. No throttling and I know that for certain.

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A scanner, darkly: Master data-miner Google tweaks terms of service

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Re: Fine

Nowadays I am not aware of a hosting provider that doesn't use Microsoft or Google services for email.

There are plenty of them. For example, look for a hosting provider that uses SmarterMail.

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FTC: OK Facebook, swallow WhatsApp – but NO selling people's data without permission

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Re: Subscription model

The FTC made it clear that if Facebook wants to make any changes to how it uses data collected from WhatsApp, it will have to inform users and get their consent and the companies both need to ensure they don't misrepresent the extent of the privacy and security of user data...

"...or Facebook will be fined $12Million, or approximately 1/2 a day of revenue."

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HP: Lenovo's buy of IBM x86 biz is bad, bad, bad...

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Re: HP - What's it for?

Despite the fact that I'm grateful to HP for overpaying for my Autonomy shares, I will still not forgive them for selling me an inkjet printer in which the total capacity of all five reservoirs is less than that of the...

I can't forgive HP for their 24MB printer drivers, 3MB of which is the driver and 21MB is HP bloatware that hooks into your system like a virus, installing many run-on-start programs, and checks for updates every half hour.

Good luck trying to uninstall these programs as they leave residue that haunts you with problems for years.

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Re: ROTFL

in snaffling Big Blue's x86 division it [Lenovo] will leap into second spot in the global sales stakes

The problem is many governments, and their contractors, are forbidden from buying Lenovo (read: Chinese) products. Both the U.S. and U.K. military have Lenovo on the "Do not buy" list.

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Snowden lawyer PGP email 'crack' flap: What REALLY happened?

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Re: what to expect....

Rumor has it, the government has people who know how to write malware not noticed by the AV vendors.

If that were true, then others would have discovered it too.

Or intentionally ignore?

That could apply to U.S. antivirus companies, but what about non-U.S. antivirus companies? Would they intentionally ignore U.S. gov malware if asked?

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Insight CEO: Everything that's cloudy is GOLD

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Everything that's cloudy is GOLD

A nice play om the poem "Nature's first green is Gold".

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Office, IE, Flash fixes accompany Windows XP's final Patch Tuesday

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Re: Open Letter to Adobe

Enough with the fucking tool bar installations!

Avira installs toolbars also, plus installs advertising popup windows on PAID versions of their antivirus.

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: coding

and the first-person pronoun has been capitalized since about the 15th century

People who do not capitalize the first person pronoun have self-confidence issues.

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Chin up, tech world. Gartner says it'll be OK

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Has Gartner Ever Been Right?

Has Gartner ever predicted something and gotten it right? Have they?

Look, I understand that they sell market reports, and the more $$$ they predict the more attractive the report.

But have they ever gotten a prediction right?

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Re: XP will only be insecure if connected

I have an XP machine that hasn't had a windows update in too many years to count. It uses Outpost firewall and Avira antivirus and has never had a security problem, ever.

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New Sammy patent trial: Apple seeks $40 PER 'infringing' handset

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Re: Oh come on.

There are hundreds of thousands of patents at work in mobile devices

So don't even think about inventing your own mobile device.

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Mozilla DENIES reported claims of board rift over new chief Eich

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denies report

Love the headline. (target) denies report of (subject). You can make anything look true. As in,

"The Reg denies report that space aliens have invaded London."

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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Re: Shakes Head

People aren't allowed to be prejudiced against one group of people but then expect to be able to claim prejudice when that group takes action against them.

No, you are wrong.

As the wise Dr. Martin Luthor King once said, "The means by which we strive must be consistent with the ends we seek".

This means that you can't preach tolerance, while practicing intolerance against those that oppose you.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Re: An e-mail client?

Another +1 for Notepad++ for free text editors. But if you want the best, shell out a few dollars and get UltraEdit.

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Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

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Re: Wow, RealPlayer.

I have to say I'm amazed they are still a going concern considering how horrible RealPlayer was.

There used to be a Crapware rating website, and RealPlayer was awarded the #1 Crapware title. I remember RP as being horribly bloated, using up CPU, memory, and network bandwidth. When setting up new off-the-shelf computers I went out of my way to uninstall RP, then manually removing all traces of it from files and registry.

There were also serious issues with RP violating user's privacy. This is worth a read, for no other reason than to laugh at how oblivious RealNetwork's executives are:

https://www.grc.com/downloaders.htm

What RealNetworks has probably counting on is a new generation of young users that don't know just how horrible RP was/is.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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IT Angle

Another reason I like to buy a phone outright with no Operator Branding. I'm in control, not them.

Another reason why I refuse to buy any phone I can't root.

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Re: Customer Relationship Management and monetisation technologies

CPP (Carrier Proposition Prostitution Platform)

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Kim Dotcom extradition: Feds can keep evidence against Megaupload mastermind a surprise

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Re: Worn out his welcome in New Zealand, has he?

I wonder how many other countries were 'tricked' or coerced into signing extradition deals which require no evidence to be disclosed before extradition.

To my knowledge, evidence is never required before extradition. All that is required is a valid extradition order.

To release evidence before extradition invites having an evidentiary hearing, then a pre-trial hearing, then a pre-trial in the country of residence before the real trial at the requesting country. This sort of continuous process can can clog up courts, cause never-ending delays, and bankrupt all but the most wealthy people from legal fees. it also introduces a loophole to prevent valid extraditions.

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Gartner gurus: Storage array market GREW at the end of 2013

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Always Wrong

Has Gartner ever been right about anything????

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Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

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It constantly amazes me the dumb things people do using the company's email.

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Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

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Someone or someones needs to get fired.

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Shift up, Ballmer: Microsoft expands board, makes room for activist investor

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Microsoft seem to be edging towards a 100% totally soul-less money grabbing machine

Just like Apple & Google.

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

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Re: Roll those eyes

the "fridge that can order you milk when it notices you are getting low".

This is the old "connected home" crap from the late 1990's that never happened. I was consulting for a semiconductor company back in the day when everyone - Motorola, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle - everyone was screaming about the Rise of the Connected Home. With scenarios like this:

Boss: Bob, what are you doing on your office computer?

Bob: I'm starting my dishwasher at home!

Boss: That's great thinking, I'm going to promote you

Bob: Now I'm flushing the upstairs toilet!

Me, I actually called the appliance manufacturers who were thrilled that someone wanted to know what they were doing. Every one of them told me no, we are not making refrigerators that can talk to the supermarket - if we thought they would sell, we would, but surveys show nobody wants them. They all thought it was funny that the "experts" predicting what connected home appliances would do never actually spoke to the people making home appliances.

I see IoT having success in Business-to-Business (B2B) applications, but outside of maybe personal fitness I don't see it having the gazillion dollars/pounds/yen of impact that pundits pretend it will have.

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20 Freescale staff on vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

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Re: Sad for those who died but...

Some companies also have a limit on upper management that can be on the same plane, usually no more than three.

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A potted history of cloud computing

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Re: What about financial security/

or that Google won't suddenly decide that drive is non-core (I feel that this one is fairly low-risk :~) and will be deprecated next week?

Or that Google will buy your cloud services provider and suddenly your private data isn't private anymore...

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Re: "2020 Cloud Computing will be the dominant IT trend"

Dear Public:

Please keep all your data in the cloud where we can see it.

Regards,

The NSA

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Re: Oh the security....

When Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island, there was no internet even for people that had electricity. Anyone dependent on the cloud was out of business for weeks. But if you kept your data on your laptop you were still somewhat in business.

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Privacy warriors lob sueball at Facebook buyout of WhatsApp

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You Trusting Fools

You are assuming that, with 450M users to exploit Zuck cares at all about TOS. Zuck laughs at privacy statements with the intensity of Mike Meyer's Doctor Evil.

At this point, regardless of anything, if you are using WhatsApp you should consider your privacy already violated.

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Getty offers 35 MILLION images for free – if you jump (em)bed with it

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Mushroom

Re: You don't get nuffin' fer nuffin' dese days...

A 'blackmail notice' that you would consider paying - because why exactly?

The blackmail is that, if you don't pay up, they crap all over your credit rating. They do it by exploiting a loophole in the credit reporting systems in the US and UK in that if you have access to modify credit scores, you don't need to prove a business relationship to damage someone's credit rating!

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Re: You don't get nuffin' fer nuffin' dese days...

From the Terms of Use:

Not all Getty Images Content will be available for embedded use, and availability may change without notice and when it does, we will send you a blackmail notice in the mail demanding cash...

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Getty = Blackmailers

You couldn't pay me to use a Getty image on my websites.

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Delhi police forget passwords to corruption portal, ignore 600 crimes

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Re: Sysadmin motto number # 94

Ignore any problem long enough and it will go away

Actually, you are paraphrasing Snoopy - "No problem is too big that it can't be run away from".

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CIA snoops snooped on Senate to spy spy torture report – report

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My 'knowledge' of the CIA is limited to what you see in the movies but I thought they weren't allowed to operate in the USA itself. Won't they get into trouble for that?

No, when Obama reaffirmed the Patriot Act the second time he also approved the CIA operating inside the US, just as the Secret Service can now operate outside the US.

When it comes to civil rights in the past six years, all Americans are frogs, being slowly cooked, slowly cooked...

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US gov claims it spent TOO MUCH on wiretaps – and blames SPRINT

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Re: Don't like the bill?

The Barack Obama administration has filed a civil lawsuit against US wireless operator Sprint, alleging that the carrier intentionally overcharged law enforcement agencies for services related to American government wiretapping programs.

PLEASE El Reg, you *really* need an icon for irony!!!

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Satya Nadella shakes up Microsoft, appoints 'Scroogled' man Mark Penn as strategy chief

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Re: Hmm...

...FUD merchants to the fore it looks like to me. Never let the facts get in the way of PR, hey MS?

As in "At Google, we value your privacy"???

...El Reg, you REALLY need an icon for irony.

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Fanbois sent into FITS of RAGE by fake Steve Jobs statue competition

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Happy

Re: Hmm...

The "Vagina Rod Dancers" would be a great name for a rock group.

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Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

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Re: How was the ticket even upheld once??

This is California, the state that loves to tell people what NOT to do.

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Government-built malware running out of control, F-Secure claims

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Re: Symantec and McAfee (among others) have not responded

Judging by how much they hook into your system and how impossible they are to remove, I always thought Symantec's products ARE malware,..

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Anti Gmail data-mining lawsuit hits possible stumbling block

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Re: Log analysis

Gmail is the NSA's best friend.

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Another climate change myth DEBUNKED by proper climate scientists

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Re: Risk

Isn't the "solution without a problem", as you put it, to not continuously shovel shit into our atmosphere?

CO2 isn't shit. It's needed for plants to survive and is balanced by the world's oceans. And alongside advanced irrigation techniques it's one reason why agriculture is thriving today.

Do you want to take the risk that the planet hasn't adapted to increased CO2 by growing more plants to process it? Do you want to take the risk that dramatically reducing the CO2 in the atmosphere might result in massive crop failures and global famine? Or are you incapable of doing that math?

Or are you Dilbert's pointy-haired boss whose motto is "anything I don't understand must be easy"?

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Re: Risk

I've thought for a long time that the opponents of the global warming proposition are like those people who play Russian Roulette. Sure, there's only a small chance of death, but personally I won't take the risk.

You are taking the "just in case" position. Problem is, what if there really isn't any man-made global warming? Then the "solution without a problem" could be what really causes global planetary damage!

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Apple beats off troll in German patent fracas

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Stop

Stop Patent Trolls

Patent trolls are like fascist dictators - if they are not stopped early they will destroy all progress.

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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Angel

Re: It's the reviews, not the tech, that matters

Reviewers almost never have a critical word to say about products - for fear that tomorrow's mailbag won't contain any more swag

That's not the entire story. Reviewers almost never have a critical word to say about products because if the product actually does become the next wonder hit, they can also brag to all of creation that they predicted it.

What I was told is that it's almost impossible to predict what will be the next big hit, because the people that control the room-fulls of money needed to fund these companies will admit that they themselves don't even know why Facebook and Twitter are so popular.

The basic business model this that, you can get bought out if one of two things are true:

a) Get lots of people to register for your service, or

b) Get lots of journalists or bloggers to say it's cool.

The Underwear Gnomes will be getting funding any day now...

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Energy firms' security so POOR, insurers REFUSE to take their cash

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Re: Typically ignorant management response

"SCADA systems have not been patched in years for various reasons: isolation of SCADA networks making the process of patching awkward; lack of motivation to perform what is sometimes seen as a risky process to a critical plant component; terms of software support contracts".

Or, as a business mentor told me early in my career, "nobody gets promoted for preventing 'screwing-up'. Nobody gets promoted for taking preventative actions"

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Apple, Symantec, other tech heavies challenge anti-gay legislation

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Re: Guess I'll be the bad guy

Change the reason you're refusing service from "because they're LGBT" to "because they're Black/Jewish/Muslim/Christian/disabled/gypsy/Native American/your personal belief group here[*]" and see if still feels right to you.

The law doesn't care how you "feel".

If a private business decides to refuse service to a particular group, just allow the market to let them go out of business. But you can't jump up and down and claim that you don't like a law because it doesn't "feel right". Arguments like that tend to fail in court.

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Re: As I read it.

1) A doctor to refuse aid, based on his/her religious belief, and not get sued/fired

Wrong. By separate law, because a doctor is licensed by the government, a doctor may not refuse life-saving aid to anyone for any reason (other than the doctor's own ability) that is presented to them. Because doctor is licensed by the government. You may also want to read up on the Hippocratic oath.

2) A cop to refuse aid, based on his/her religious belief, and not get sued/fired

Wrong. A cop is not an employee of a private business, they are a civil servant and therefore not subject to this law.

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