* Posts by lotus49

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Rhode Island sues HPE for making its DMV even more miserable

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Re: Curious

Most of the time I've seen IT projects go spectacularly wrong (and I've seen a few in my time as a Big 4 consultant), they were big ones. I am no project manager but it appears to me that project difficulty grows exponentially with project size.

Government projects are usually big and have the additional drawback of being overseen by the Government.

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Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones

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Re: Hmm the reality distortion field is strong with this one

I had one of those too and I liked it.

No-one else really did though so you cannot possibly compare something like that, which was a niche gadget for pointy heads like us, not a game changer like the iPhone.

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MacBook headphone hell

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I loved my last MBP. It was probably the best all round computer I have ever had. It's now dying but the cost of replacing it, particularly after the most recent price hike, is utterly ridiculous. I'd be embarrassed to spend that much and be taken for a sucker.

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Re: There is zero need for a 3.5mm to Lightning converter

I recently bought a replacement original cable for a very good pair of Sennheiser headphones that were more than 15 years old.

The cable was grossly overpriced but nothing like as bad as spending another £300.

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Re: Some women fantasise about being raped

It sounds like you are.

Sex is not about who dominates. Not in the mind of a reasonable man at least.

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Re: Welcome to the post-feminist-era new normal

Boo bloody hoo. Cry me a river.

Baby.

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Re: Judges doing the best they can

Did you actually read anything about him? He isn't "kinky" he is dangerous. He has admitted enough that I'd be happy to see him incarcerated for what he has said.

This man will do something terrible sooner or later. I don't care about his freedom. People here are sticking up for him like he's some sort of Edward Snowden character. He isn't.

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Re: "He was found not guilty, therefore he is innocent"

"People like who?"

How about people who admit that they are only sexually aroused when their partner (victim?) is scared, that's who. He has effectively admitted to being a dangerous and deviant individual so bollocks to his freedom. I don't know how many of the commentards here have a daughter (very few I'd guess) but I'd be interested to know whether those of you who do would be happy for her to be exposed to a man like this. Those of you who don't and are men are expressing a view on something that will never affect you.

A court of law is not the only way to establish whether someone is a danger to society.

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Emacs and Vim both release first new updates in years

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Re: An interesting game of catch-up?

Everything has been in Emacs for a quarter of a century. That's the problem with it.

I don't want everything. I just want a text editor so it's vi all the way.

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Shock: Apple patents the phone book

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What's the point?

Why would anyone want several data plans?

My phone (and presumably just about every recent Apple or Android phone) works very well as a wireless hotspot. Out of curiosity, I just got my phone out of my pocket and turned on the hotspot. It took me the grand total of 4 seconds. Why would I want dedicated hardware in my laptop?

I just returned from a family holiday in the UK where everyone used my phone for data while we were staying in the cottage and driving about. We got through > 20GB without a word of complaint from anyone and believe me, my children complain within approximately 1.5 seconds if there is any wifilessness.

This looks like a solution to a problem that we no longer have.

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Encyclopedia Dramatica user hit with £10k damages after calling ex-councillor a 'paedo'

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Re: Smith

I'll tell you what, why don't you publish your real name and invite the sage users of ED to do the same to you and show us how you can just laugh it off.

I'm sick of pathetic lowlifes thinking they can be as obnoxious as they like simply because it's the internet. The more of these arseholes that get locked up or face large fines, the better.

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Chrome OS is not dead, insists Google veep in charge of Chrome OS

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Chrome OS would be missed (at least by me)

My employer (FTSE 100 for which I am the CISO) is likely to roll out Google Desktop (particularly email, calendar, Drive) in the near future so I have been evaluating Chrome OS as part of the future road map.

It takes a bit of getting used to but Chrome OS has some real advantages in terms of OS verification at boot and simple management. I would be very disappointed if it were to be killed off.

Chrome OS use has ramped up slowly but it fits neatly with Google's cloudy strategy. Being able to run Android programs would be useful but killing it off entirely would be a shame.

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New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

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Re: These are not the droids I'm looking for...

This works but it has a very big drawback compared to an SD card in that you have a large cable sticking out of the bottom of your phone which, if knocked hard, may completely break your phone.

I bought a Nexus 6 despite the lack of an SD card slot. It's less of a shag than I expected but it's still a shag. 64GB isn't that much these days and I too have a very large music collection (a lot more than 64GB). I miss the SD card slot on my previous Galaxy S4.

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Ubuntu 15.10: More kitten than beast – but beware the claws

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Ubuntu scroll bars are terrible

I am considerably older than GUIs and I'm struggling to think of a UI feature that I have detested as much as the disappearing scroll bars. Who, in God's name, thought that it was a good idea hiding important GUI elements such that careful hovering in exactly the right place was required to reveal them.

When the article said that the scroll bars had changed, I foolishly hoped that they had gone back to being usable. Canonical, get your act together.

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FATTIES have most SUCCESS with opposite SEX! Have some pies and SCORE

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One sexual relationship in 32 years

I've only had one sexual relationship in the last 32 years (I should point out that it has lasted 32 years - it wasn't a one night stand 32 years ago) and I have to say that I would regard that as a success. I also sit firmly in the middle of the BMI chart despite being tall.

One thing that this research does show is that being plump, while it may or may not result in short relationships, does not result in no relationships. However, in a country where almost everyone is overweight, people don't have much choice other than go thirsty.

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It's alive! Farmer hides neglected, dust-clogged server between walls

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A UK financial institution...

...I did some work for as a consultant had a similar experience. There was a server running OS/2 (this was a few years ago but even then it was old) but no-one knew where it was. It ran a really specialised piece of software that had performed its function perfectly for years so it was left to its own devices.

Eventually we decided to find it for DR purposes and we had to work out which ethernet cable belonged to it and follow it back. This server was also in a wall void although it wasn't very dusty so it wasn't too filthy. We moved it and shortly afterwards, it was replaced. I wish we'd left it where it was and it could have been a sort of computing time capsule.

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Hello? HELLO? Major Skype outage hits folk WORLDWIDE

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Re: Repeat after me

Clearly services that aren't cloud based never go down, which makes them so much better.

If all the services I use were as reliable as Skype has been over the years I've used it, I'd be pretty pleased.

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It's a bloody disgrace

They give me something for nothing that has worked pretty well for years and then gets a bit flaky for a few hours.

It's outrageous. I expect 100% availability for a service if I've paid £0 for it. If they don't buck their ideas up, I'll take my £0 elsewhere.

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The most tragic thing about the Ashley Madison hack? It was really 1% actual women

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Re: Paying money to cheat on your wife

Men signed up and paid money in the hope of cheating on their wives. At least at a knocking shop men actually got what they paid for. Ashley Madison appears to be no more than a fraud perpetrated against men who were too sad and unattractive even to have an a successful relationship with their wives much less another woman.

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OnePlus phone fanbois flock for a shiny phondle

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Not going to jump through hoops

I had been intending to buy a OnePlus One so I joined the forum (and the queue for invitations) and waited. And waited...

Eventually they sent me an invitation but because I didn't see the email for more than 24 hours, it was too late (they were only valid for 24 hours). At that point, I decided that any company that could bollock up something this badly was not to be trusted to provide reliable support so I fell into the arms of Google and I now own a Nexus 6.

The OPO was a well specced phone for the price and I dare say that the OPT will be as well but I don't trust a company that is prepared to piss so many people off.

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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Re: Odd

I haven't worn a watch since I was seven. As a consequence, I am very good at estimating the time. It's unusual for me to be more than 5 minutes out and I can usually guess more accurately than that. I use my phone more often than I need to tell the time so having the time on my wrist is absolutely no use to me.

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Man the HARPOONS: YOU can EASILY SLAY ad-scumware Superfish

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I bought my son a Lenovo laptop about 9 months ago. It took me at least two hours to clean up all the adware/spyware/malware it came with. I blamed Curry's (amazingly it was the cheapest place) for it. It now appears that it was all Lenovo's fault.

Fortunately, I am paranoid so I inspected all the software and certs I could find to see what it was and removed everything I wasn't familiar with (which was pretty much all the 3rd party software)but some of it was very difficult to remove and would probably have been beyond the ability of the average user.

I am not impressed.

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lotus49

Re: Ain't that a kick in the head

Chutzpah is a Yiddish word that means barefaced cheek (a classic example is the man who murdered his parents and then threw himself at the mercy of the court because he was an orphan). You cannot wear a chutzpah.

I suspect you may have mean the skull cap known as the kippah in Hebrew or yarmulke in Yiddish.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Speed of electrons

I used to know someone who really talked like this. He has plenty of money so £10k on a pair of speaker cables wasn't that big a deal to him. I pointed out that measuring equipment was not able to discern any difference between his solid silver interconnects and £50 copper cables. He did indeed resort to the audiophile nonsense of talking about "warmth", which, according to him, couldn't be measured. He genuinely believed that there was a difference so, to him, the £10k was worth it.

Clearly, he was a fuckwit of the first order but he really thought his money was well-spent. Truly, high end (i.e. high price) audio equipment is the alchemy de nos jours.

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Samsung to boot out Shin after Galaxy S5 tanks – report

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Re: It's not just bloatware. Samsung forgot that we have a choice...

That was Google's fault not Samsung's. Google doesn't want users to use an SD card instead of going all cloudy. Google disabled that functionality and it's easy enough to restore if you are rooted.

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lotus49

Re: Good hardware... but

You can root it if you don't mind it tripping the Knox efuse.

I have an S4 that's almost out of contract. It's a great phone and I was able to root it before they rolled out the Knox-enabled firmware but I shan't be buying any more Samsung phone for this very reason.

My next phone in a month's time, will be a Nexus 6.

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Notebook news: Dell does density, but Lenovo's a lot lighter

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Glossy screens

I like them but then I live in Yorkshire where the sun doesn't shine all that brightly, particularly not indoors where I tend to use a laptop.

When I start using a laptop on a Californian beach, I shall start worrying about glare but I suspect that day is a long way off.

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Re: Ummmm .... RAM?

You should stop using Internet Explorer then.

Coincidentally, I checked the amount of free memory on my laptop about five minutes before reading this and I had 3GB free out of the 8GB on my laptop running Ubuntu and Firefox (and Minecraft at the minute).

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Re: Ye Olde Weights and Measures

That is indeed the case.

I'm 52 and I remember decimalisation but I was never taught the imperial units which are one of the most idiotic and inelegant things that I have come across in those 52 years.

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Japanese boffins build rounders-playing ROBOT SCHOOLGIRL

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Re: baseball/base ball vs rounders

Despite American claims that baseball is a uniquely American invention, it isn't.

Cricket, rounders and baseball are very closely related games. One curious fact is that the first international baseball game played between Great Britain (as it was at the time) and the US was won by the British but the first cricket game between the two was won by the US.

I know a lot of people outside the US, particularly in England, like to criticise baseball, but I love baseball and cricket and I think any cricket fan who took the time to understand baseball would enjoy it too.

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Re: Pointless?

You missed one of the two key skills of baseball players. Yes, they need to spit but they also need to scratch their balls.

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Re: @Gazthejourno

"... that has never stopped the criminals from getting them and using them."

This simply isn't true. Gun crime is extremely low in the UK. Far lower than in the US. This is largely because guns are difficult to get hold of and being caught in possession of one means a guaranteed prison stay. It is clearly not impossible to get hold of a gun in the UK ir you are prepared to run a huge risk but the fact is that the firearms-related death rate in the US is about 40 times that in the UK. A coincidence? I think not.

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Re: Half cocked

I don't know where you live but owning a gun has never been normal in the UK.

I grew up in the Yorkshire countryside and there were certainly quite a few people who owned shotguns but they were never anywhere near the majority. It was almost entirely farmers and the landed gentry. In town, only a tiny proportion of people in the UK have ever owned a gun. Long may that be so.

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lotus49

You believe wrongly. Can you justify that fairly outrageous claim?

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Re: Oh, we have a full on, media driven, breakdown in the rule of law

There are no and should be no "gun rights". What sort of a society is it that puts owning deadly weapons on a par with the right to liberty, free speech or a fair trial?

It is also worth pointing out that there is no breakdown of law and order here or in the US and nor will there be in the foreseeable future. Right wingers are paranoid and afraid and think that society is about to collapse any minute. They are wrong, it isn't. There is no need to protect oneself with a gun and the statistical evidence (of which there is a vast amount) shows clearly that people who own guns are more likely to die a gun-related death than those who do not - so much for protection.

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Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

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Re: 16GB

I have > 100GB of music on my MacBook Pro. I'd really like to be able to sync the lot with my phone but I can't because it has 16GB of internal memory and a 64GB SD card. If I added in a few big apps, videos and photographs, it really wouldn't be hard to get to 128GB. 16GB is much much too small.

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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Social skills and techies

What this comes down to is very poor social skills. In my thirty years of dealing with techies, I have found over and over again that technical ability is inversely correlated with social skills. Linus, and many others in the Linux community, behave this way because that is all they know how to do. It's not deliberate, they simply don't have the ability to behave like civilised human beings nor do they appreciate the need to change because they don't understand the impact their poor social skills have on others.

I have worked for two of the Big 4 firms of business advisors and two groups of people stand out in both firms as being poor at interacting with their colleagues. They are the pen testers and the technical tax specialists. Both groups have often been filled with hugely intelligent and knowledgeable people who understood their subject brilliantly and didn't understand their fellow human beings at all.

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Securobods RAGE over $600k Kickstarter Tor box components

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Kickstarter - why?

A friend of mine chipped in for the Pressy Kickstarter. In case you aren't familiar with it, Pressy is a small hardware button that is inserted into the earphone socket of a phone that is supposed to allow near instant access to functions such as the camera and torch. Sadly for my friend and his $40, the actual product doesn't work so he has "invested" money in something worthless.

I just cannot see why someone would give money to a Kickstarter project when they aren't really investing. If backers got shares or a % of the profit, it might be worth it but AFAICT, it's just a way of pre-ordering something that you cannot test, have no independent reviews for and which may, or may not be delivered months in the future.

If I'm interested in a Kickstarter project, I'll wait until they produce an actual product, read the reviews and, if it's any good, I'll buy one once they are available for sale.

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lotus49

Re: Theft

You don't know that. It entirely depends on the terms of his contracts with his clients. Since you have no idea of who his other clients are and haven't seen any of the contracts, you cannot possibly justify this comment.

It may be true. It may not. Neither of us knows.

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

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Troll meaning - it depends who uses the word

Troll is one of those words that I interpret differently according to who says it, very much like hacker.

If I see it in the mainstream press, I assume they mean someone like that woman who topped herself a few days ago (a course of action more of her kind would be well-advised to follow). If I see it on a net-literate forum, I assume it's someone trying to get a rise out of the forum members using a bit of subtle baiting. The first group, I would quite happily see all chuck themselves off a bridge. The second, I usually ignore unless they are funny. Often, they are.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

lotus49

Re: What about Gartner's results

Speaking as a consultant, what is wrong with that? We give them what they want and they give us what we want (i.e. money).

It all seems to work pretty well from where I'm sitting.

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So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

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Many Notes users still spit

That much is true but sadly, I don't spit at the memory of Lotus Notes, I still have to use it every day. I work for one of the Big 4 firms of business advisers. We employ a lot of very clever people and, generally we are well catered for on the IT front. I have a decent laptop, an iPhone supported by some genuinely useful apps but still, I have to use Lotus Notes.

It just shows that once some software is well embedded into an organisation, it can be very difficult to remove.

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

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Re: Headline should read "Note 3 Twice as Strong as iPhone 6"

I am far from being an Apple fanboi and I have certainly been spending less with them over the last couple of years but I wholly concur. From a customer service perspective regarding the small number of hardware issues we've had as a family, Apple has been excellent, pretty much replacing things no questions asked.

My experience is that Apple stands behinds its kit.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

lotus49

Out of order

Contemptible as all politicians are and Tories in particular, this is completely out of order.

The conduct of the Mirror journalist (yes, I know he was freelance but that's beside the point, he was paid by the Mirror) was revolting. This idiot's wife and children will have been publicly humiliated as a consequence of this story and his children may end up with divorced parents. There is no public interest defence for this and I am appalled that even a tabloid newpaper would stoop this low.

If he had sent a selfie of his dick (does he have to press the button with his plonker for it to count as a selfie?) with no provocation, I still don't think his wife deserves this but he didn't. It was induced and I hope that both the journalist and the Mirror suffer for it.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Bollocks to them

If they had behaved in such a was as to earn our trust, I might have sympathy with this view. No-one likes terrorists. Sadly, the exact opposite of this has proven to be the case. We clearly cannot trust them even a tiny bit and so we must all take measures to protect ourselves from unwarranted intrusions. Apple and Google are only giving us what we want and deserve.

As it says in the Good Book, whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

lotus49

Re: Why is it called the flappening?

You cannot read.

It's "fappening" not "flappening". You should look up fap on the Urban Dictionary.

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Apple's Cook: We have never allowed g-men access to Apple servers

lotus49

Re: "So only users, not Apple, can grant access to law enforcement agencies."

If you manage to lock yourself out of your phone, you are an idiot and you deserve to have to wipe your data. I don't see how it's Apple's responsibility or business to save people from their own foolishness.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

lotus49

Internet users are suspicious

It's not just heavy VPN users that are suspicious.

All internet users might be committing crimes. In fact, everyone who evens uses a computer or phone is probably a paedophile or copyright infringer and, let's face it, they are as bad as each other.

If you ask me, they should immediately inter anyone who uses any electronic communication device that is not under the direct control of GCHQ/NSA. Its the only language these bastards understand.

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

lotus49

Re: Security questions?

What you do is you write them down and store them in a secure location. They call it "memorable information" but what matters is whether you can recover the information. It doesn't matter whether you can remember it.

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lotus49

Why not? It's an English site and, being English, I understood it perfectly.

I am sure non-English speakers (e.g. those from the US) are very welcome here, but don't complain if you don't get all the jokes.

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