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Comcast bosses: THAT pushy sales rep was only obeying orders

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Re: It was easy for me to drop comcast

What if you didn't tell him your new address? They have no right to ask for it.

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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Re: A Better Question

"CxO don't have to have tech backgrounds to run a tech company"

Are you sure? Some of the most spectacular failures of some tech companies can be directly traced into thinking that selling potatoes and creating high-end tech products is after all the same, and thereby you can put in leadership positions anybody who manged something in his or her life.

If you look a the most successul tech companies, they are are run by people who understand the market, customers, and environment their company lives in, and often, made a good part of their career inside the company.

And if you look at the graphs, in the "non-tech area" numbers are 50%-50%, it's when it comes to tech roles that the percentage chages to 90%-10%. And I guess in some other roles you'll see much more women than men.

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Re: Terminology?

It's true IT people don't understand women... tell any woman she looks young, younger, like a girl, and you'll make her happy...

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Can someone explain me why a basked team hires only tall people? Where's the diversity? <G>

So tall people are just a small percentage of the population... maybe because tall people play basketball better - and many of them are attracted by basketball? That's also true for IT - most men, white and asians are attracted by IT. Most blacks and Latinos are still deeply grown in subcultures that keep them away from IT. Sure, there's also the issue that they may be poorer on average, but the real issue is the cultural one - if you don't see IT as an appealing profession because your model are different, you won't ever become a good IT professional?

So what should IT company hire? Those who spent their time learning IT, or those who didn't? And if the former are mostly white, asian and male, what IT company should do? Hire less talented people justr because of diversity? If so, please ask the NBA to force team to hire short people (and pay them millions of dollars anyway), NFL ones to hire slow, small people - and some short-sighted quarterbacks, why not? and MLB some people without arms....

Some people talking about diversity should read Swift's Gulliver again, but not the travel to Lilliput, but the one to the Laputa Island, where, just to be "diverse" they decided to force people to build watermills on hills top, not at the bottom where the water flaws fast...

If you really want Black and Latinos in IT, tell them - and convince them - they should stop in believing in their silly subcultures made to ensure they will only be Black and Latinos forever. That sciences won't make them less "masculine". That "nerds", outside schools and the few lucky professional athleters, earn much more than anybody living on its muscle only. Stop the silly broadcasting in Spanish - IT language is mostly English, and if you live outside it you will never go far.

And stop asking IT companies to hire people who don't deserve it just because of "diversity". Or apply it to any area - including sport, cinema (why only beautiful people? where's diversity), music (if my voice is not good, why shouldn't I sing professionally?), etc. etc. Or there are situations where the lack of "diversity" is welcome?

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Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS

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Re: Stale bread and butter...

VUPEN makes money selling zero-day exploit. While you get rewarded once for a disclosed vulnerability, you can sell it more than once to different LE agencies (and other kind of governmnet agencies...)

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HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert

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Re: And Apple get the green light whereever sold

You believe they are there because the government, I believe they are there mostly to exfiltrate data for business purposes. I believe the marketing department at Apple has more to say about it than the NSA or whatever else.

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Re: Thats it

As long as she doesn't ban you on running your idevice on her...

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Re: No, they're not sekret spying tools

Nor it is installed by default on any Unix-alike platform - and not as a daemon. These are the tools that can break a lot of laws even in your home network if used improperly.

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STILL no move by Brit data cops over Google's 2012 privacy slurp

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" how it allows us to create simpler, more effective services"

Maybe, but that's not what privacy protection laws are about. They are about protecting citizens privacy and personal data, not about allowing Google to creat simpler, more effective services to slurp them.

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So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he is keeping it well hidden

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Surface "luxury consumer hardware"?

"sold at luxury consumer prices"? I see it as a luxury business hardware sold at business prices, as all the high-end laptops I saw and see around my enterprise. Sure, it's not the device you buy in bunches for your sales force, but it's in that price range of devices upper management and executives usually want and get bought for them. Sure, I can only get a Dell Latitude, while people above me get XPS(which are aimed both at the high-end consumer *and* business user) or high-end Sony Vaios

Luxury consumer devices could be iPads and high-end Android tablets, designed for the comsumer user and with some enterprise features bolted on later to try to make them appealing to sysadmin. Surfaces Pro come with the same Windows you will install on any other Windows PC or laptop, integrates perfectly with any Windows based IT system - unlike non-Windows devices - and with enough connectivity features (keyboard, mouse, USB, docking station) to work flawlessy in any business environment and running the same business software you need.

Sure, if you look at any tablet as a "consumer device" only then yes, the Surface Pro is a luxury item. If you look at it as one of the first real "business" tablet, it's not so pricey, especially it's a real workhorse able to run even demanding professional software.

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Office 365's free terabyte leaves Amazon's Glacier melting

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If you prefer to share your documents with Google instead of MS why not? Both will share them with the NSA, though.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: H2G2 style

And would we like to talk about an hand without any kind of force (but the Force?) applied to it leaving the gravity of a giant planet, enter the proper transfer trajectory (calculating probabilities is left as exercise to the reader) travel to another one - at what speed, and how far? also hyperspace capabilities? - Also what would happen to biological tissue suddenly exposed to space temperature? If close enough to a star there are interesting differences between the lit surface and the one in shadow.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Re: This is a Windows API problem

The difference is ribbon, tiles, etc. don't break applications. API changes do. And customers may have applications they can't replace based on the old API, and sometimes they could be very important customers. If you read Raymond Chen's 'The old new thing' blog, you could find a lot of horror stories about badly implemented applications (up to reverse engineering code from libraries soon replaced they should have not used, or using unused reserved parameters later really used) - sometimes MS was forced to support those apps because used or developed by customers it cant say 'go to hell'.

When your software costs nothing is much easier to tell it, when your business is built on paying customers not so easy.

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Europe: Apple could NOT care less about kids' in-app cash sprees

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Re: Parents: Do Your Job Please!

Do you understand how many people bought a smartphone for the first time and are not IT experts, and have no clue about "in-app purchase" from "free" games? Do you remember how many parents were unable to programme a VCR and needed to ask their children? Do you believe people who maybe used a GameBoy understand the new "marketing models" devised to get as much money as they can from children playing games? They see a nicer GameBoy only, and are not aware of what lurkes inside - and marketing try to ensure they don't know about. Why Apple settled off-court in the USA? Because otherwise a lot of "bad marketing" would have come from a trial, and let more and more people understand what risks the default settings are designed to expose them.

Many parents are exposed to "technology threats" well beyond their knowledge, and evolving very rapidly. Greed people are ready to take advantage of them, and don't care at all about the way they can extort money, as long as they can.

Sure, I guess there's a simple solution, create a "license" people should get before being able to buy a smartphone, I guess Apple & C. wouldn't like it at all <G>.

And when a trojan will enter your PC or phone, steal your bank account, and encrypt your data, don't blame the OS, blame your parents who didn't teach you to stay away from dangerous web sites and emails...

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Re: huh?

Every time you buy a car you have to remember to turn on airbags and any other security devices? When you extract your card from an ATM do you have to remember to logoff? Should your AV, FW software, or any of that kind, when installed, be with every feature OFF, and unless you turn them on one by one, leave you fully unprotected? Should your camera be configured not to save photos unless you turn such an option on explicitly? Or your software avoid to warn you to save unsaved data before closing, because, hey, you should know you have to save your data before closing it, you're not a child, right?

All those settings should not be turned on manually after every purchase - they should be on by default.

This is the simple old trick to get easy money from naïve users - like unwanted services on by default on many kind of contracts- especially when you know that most of your users are not skilled enough and could be easily deceived, especially now devices come with no manual at all - although naïve users usually skip manuals. There's a boundary between greed and sensible business practices, Apple and others trespassed it more than once. This is like the old premium calls, and ringtones subscriptions, ways to attack through "social engineering" techniques the less protected users. Just now performed on a very large scale by companies most people trust - "hey, it's Apple, it make the greatest phones, I do not believe it will scam me...", and they took full advantage of the situation.

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Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

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Before the IBM PC became available, Apple had a bigger market share of the "Personal Computer" business. Then the "PC" took off, and the market grow bigger and bigger, but Apple market share shrunk.

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What will kill iPad and iPhone sales?

A Notes/Domino app....

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PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point

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"why change things that worked well?"

Just because many clueless users and reviewers complained they didn't work like in iOS or Android. Thereby MS decided to ape iOS and Android killing some very useful features and designs of WP.

Hopefully a lot of users reacted - if you check windowsphone.uservoice.com, "Remove games from the apps list" has already 19000 votes. Unluickily there are users who can't find games under "games" (and them maybe ask for folders to put games in a "games" folder...).

I'm not sure I'll upgrade my Lumia to WP 8.1. VPN and S/MIME are welcome features, the notification center is somewhat useful (but it's mainly for those who didn't understand how to setup tiles...), but there are many changes that cripple the WP user experience and lower it to old, outdated, less functional designs borrowed since PalmOS by other OSes.

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Nokia emits Windows Phone 8.1 'Cyan' upgrade for Lumia gear

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Re: Bluetooth woes?

For your second issue did you try Bluetooth -> Advanced -> Connect in a different way to use speech with Bluetooth in my car?

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It's more than a firmware update - usually Lumia updates may also bring new features built atop the OS specific to Lumia devices.

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Just look here...

http://www.nokia.com/global/support/software-update/wp8-software-update/

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Lumia 620 already had Here Drive+

At least my unlocked 620 came with Drive+ and I already used it in different countries - being able to download maps is a real "plus" when you're roaming.

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Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!

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Happy

Good...

... I was getting tired of Mars!

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July 14, 2015. Tuesday. No more support for Windows Server 2003. Good luck

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If you have 16 bit control apps it's time you run them in a VM with its original OS. At least you're safer, because I guess no actual attacker knows how to compromise a 16 bit systems, nor have a compiler available <G>

Jokes apart, there are situations you may need to really run really outdated software - you have to assess risks and re-design the network, if needed - to put those machines in their own separate LAN whose accesses are highly controlled.

I guess is not a difficult business case to justify such an expenses to protect £30,000+ of hardware plus the whole company....

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Re: Perfect opportunity

With releases who gets desupported even faster? Windows 2003 is being desupported after twelve years. How many Linux releases has been supported for so long?

Also, a lot of Windows applications won't have a direct replacement under Linux. Not all servers are used to run Apache and MySQL only...

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Re: The problem is......

Correct - there's still a lot of software around written as it was still Windows NT - which would start to have issues from Windows 2008 onwards when what previously were only "development guidelines" (i.e. don't write in <program files>) starts to be enforced, or old compatiobility modes now switched off by default (i.e. some NTLM features, etc.)

It's better to assess it now and found reasonable workarounds now, than waiting the last minute... well designed software shuould have no issue, just hope you got the right one.

Anyway many other applications are starting to desupport Windows 2003 after XP was desupported - you may find yourself in the situation where you can't upgrade the OS because of one application, and you can't upgrade an application (because of a security fix, maybe), because of the OS....

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Re: What's the real danger ?

You just need a foothold into your LAN - and it could be whatever, an insider, a compromised client, a rogue device connected to the network - and then all vulnerable machines inside the LAN can be easily compromised as well to extend and strengthen the attack. The more machines become compromised, the more difficult the remediation is.

If you believe your servers can be compromised only if connected to the Internet, your looking in the wrong direction. This sense of false safety is what is helping attackers to easily compromise large networks.

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LibreSSL crypto library leaps from OpenBSD to Linux, OS X, more

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Re: Pity they dropped Windows support

But everything starting with "Libre" is today managed by a bunch of code-extremists whose only aim is to destroy Windows. I've seen already many "cross-platform" project trying not supporting Windows, because now "cross-platform" should just mean "support the n-thousand versions of something derived by Unix".

It's also funny they like the "Libre" moniker so much, everything that used it in the real world turned into a bloody dictatorship..... but that tells a lot about the mindset of those behind that. They don't se code and software as a job or products, for them code *is* politics and a way to shape the world.

I'll stay a way from such fanatics.

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Re: conflicting objectives

It's a bit more complex than that... you have to keep that memory "safe" as long as you have those data in memory. You shouldn't be anle to dump a process' ,memory and read the keys from it....

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"Do we really need OpenSSL (or LibreSSL) supported on platforms that make it harder to support the platforms of today in a secure and software auditable way?"

Do you know where those platforms are still in use, don't you? And no, it's not museums...

"Some are legacy platforms and the developers currently have no access to them,"

It looks OpenSSL developers never used a virtual machine?

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

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Re: Germans

That would mean you should hire a competent syadmin and not your cousin....

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Thought PCs were in the toilet? They're STILL eating Apple's lunch

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Re: Apple market share

Samsung is in all those markets, and even a few more....

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Re: Nothing wrong with Macs

That's only because Mac hw is always on the high-end side and thereby it has a longer life-span, it happens also with Windows (or Linux) machines if buy (or build) high-end ones. The one I built in 2005 happily run up to Windows 7 until last year - when it was turned into a NAS server - replaced by a new built one that easily outperforms any actual Mac and will do for a while.

Of course if you buy hw in the lower-end side because it's cheap cheap and can barely run actual OSes and software, it won't be able to run anything new within three years - the Law of Software Inflation says "software expands to fill the available hardware" - developers often target systems on the higher end side, and while Apple hardware evolve slower (especially because if you want Apple there's no competition), Windows and Linux machines hw evolve much faster - especially because there's a lot of competition and some software, even consumer ones like games, push the envelope.

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Re: Where do self builds come in?

It would be interesting to know how many "boxed" motherboards Asus & C. ships... most of them will be self-built PCs.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Re: Just think...

FIrearms are legal and they still kill. If drugs were legal maybe the news would have been he had killed someone under their influence - you get drugs because they alter your perception of the world, not because they have a good taste.

Divorce and having sex outside marriage *is* legal and still someone needs to hide from the wife he chosed while paying prostitutes and getting drugs.

If he wasn't an hypocrite maybe he would be still alive.

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Re: A shame

Police and wives are not so stupid... unless the latter is more interested in his money than anything else....

Emergency calls are recorded, and of course if she had called it would have been quite clear there was a woman with him.

Nor expect a whore cares much about her "customers" especially if she has a long list to choose from. If she also drank the wine it's pretty clear she didn't care at all but to disappear. And if she was actually paid to kill him, maybe by his wife tired of being married to such kind of man?

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Death by a search engine and ads...

... that's the Google style...

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FireEye patches OS, torpedos Exploit-DB disclosure

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If FireEye uses OpenSSL is not an IT security company

Like many others, it looks FireEye just reaps the benefit of open source code to deliver expensive products - without even assessing them properly - "everybody uses it, so let's use it as well..."

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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What was OK in the '50s may not be ok now...

That ad was ok sixty years ago. Today, it would be regarded inacceptable. As many other ads depicting women as housewives or mothers only, African people as semi-human ones talking only a bad English, homosexual people as - well they were altogether banned. Cigarettes ads were welcome, and people could smoke everywhere.

Years ago a naked children was ok in ads, while naked women weren't. Today naked women are ok and used to sell everything, while naked children are no longer allowed.

Today children faces in news are blurred, at least here in Italy, just a few years ago they weren't. Today if you take photos in a public park, you risk to be identified as a pedophile - some years ago you were just a photographer.

The world changed, sometimes it got better, sometimes it got worse. Just, it's the actual world you live in, not those of sixty years ago.

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Dear Windows Journal, today I got owned: 29 security bugs swatted

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Re: "Memory corruption error."f

I submittet last week a couple of patches for a known open source project related to issue because of attempts of resuing freed memory or trying to free it twice... it looks gcc and valgrind are not so good either at picking them up.

Also - "safe" functions and automated checks are good - but good code from the start is better...

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Be aware Surface firmware updates can be delivered later to your device....

Be aware that:

"When Surface updates are provided via the Windows Update service, they are delivered in stages to Surface customers. As a result, not every Surface will receive the update at the same time"

So keep on checking updates...

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Russian MP fears US Secret Service cuffed his son for Snowden swap

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Re: Hate to spoil the snarky paranoia...

Russia doesn't care to bring you back, polonium tea is enough, faster, and cheaper.

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Re: If only.....

Do you believe votes can't be bought? Especially in some states? How naive....

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Re: don't rendition in Italy

This was farcical, in pure Italian style. What happened is that Italian secrete services collaborate with CIA to get the suspect. CIA did it without much care, probably, because thought it was allowed. But noone told Police - probably because they didn't trust or didn't care - which started to indagate and found a lot of traces leading to CIA and Italian secret services - and brought them to court making everything public...

Then Governement heads, both Prodi and Berlusconi, instead of telling judges "it was an action approved by us, stop here", hid themselves - and only themselves - behind "state secret", probably fearing retaliations if admitting Italian government was involved.

Leaving secret service agents and CIA ones in the cold, and also without any mean to defend themselves in court because they couldn't use information covered by "state secret".

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Now you know how his father bought his seat...

You didn't know your stolen credit card was used for that also, didn't you?

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Help us out readers: How would you sniff and store network traffic?

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Re: Over engineering? Perhaps a low tech solution?

A keylogger can capture very sensitive information and put you in legal troubles. Also a keylogger doesn't tell you what happens at the network level (and an AV can spot it and block it...)

While capturing packets you can decide to capture only part of the packet itself, i.e. just the transport information and not the whole payload.

When you start to capture and inspect traffic you have to be very careful about what you do and how you do it.

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Re: Roof of my convertible

Closing the garage door with the car inside is so difficult for you? UNluckily for you cats will look for warm, comfy places...

What sort of pets wander around? Well, in my garden I have, wandering, beyond several types of birds (and insects, even large ones like the stag beetle):

1) Bats (hosted in their wood boxes, to reduce the mosquitos population...)

2) Hedgehogs

3) Squirells

4) Dormouses

5) The occasional garden mouse (despite two cats around...), being woods not far away.

Why? Because my garden is alive.... and well, if you're scared of every kind of desease live under a glass bell and hope for the best... after all it's strange the more the people are scared of desease and protect themselves from everything, the more they are allergic to everything...

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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Sure a small drone is too small for a primary radar, and having no transponder can't be seen from any secondary one. Flying so close to Class B airspace is foolish, and sometimes even if there is not a specific rule to deny something, common sense should be used. The idea "I'll do it because now I can, even if it looks stupid" is what is turning the actual world in a planet of morons...

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