* Posts by m0rt

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

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Re: As usual

That is a good point. What we can postulate is that the readership of El Reg is more technically orientated unless there are more masochists or lost carrion bird fanciers than we could assume would visit. This means that we expect a skew compared to the internet as a whole.

This means we have a smaller pool which targets specialists. So a reasonable assumption is that a smaller pool for one website will not be reflective of the netmarketshare pool, unless they are only operable on The Register.

Now, it would be possible to check the benchline of OS breakdown for the Reg and it normally wouldn't be unusual to see if there is a corrosponding drop in stats for 8.1 and rise for XP, but at the same time, XP is more likely *not* to be used amongst IT professionals apart from those locations where they are forced to in an enterprise situation and theregister isn't blocked.

So we have three assumptions here:

1. Netmarketshare is more generalised than The Register visitors.

2. The Register visitors are more likely to be in IT service businesses/departments

3. Netmarketshare doesn't just show results from the The Register.

Reasonable taken separately, but combined that then starts to increase liklihood of error.

Not remarkable a conclusion, maybe, though I thank you for making such a claim on my behalf - I don't often get such praise. But it certainly is a reasonable set of assumptions to make that any corroboration The Register visitors make is only ever going to be meaningless considering the size of the dip/rise in question, it would just be too small a comparison even if there were a similar spike/dip.

Then there is the possibility of a DOS attack from a botnet of compromised XP pcs on one particular site - that could produce an alteration in stats of that magnitude, theoretically.

Welcome to statistics.

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Re: As usual

Oh dear. So a company publish results that are to do with the IT world in general. El Reg publishes what the company said, and also states quite clearly:

"even when one takes into account the less-than-stunningly-accurate method both market watchers use of observing traffic as it hits web servers."

Plus, no spelling errors that I noticed, so a solid win I thought.

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Re: As usual

Thing is, El Reg is a tech site so any stats are going to be skewed to the readership base so you wont corroborate with general stats.

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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Re: @lusty and all the others who missed the preceding sentence. OH RLY?

We have to disagree and leave it there. You are linking successful business with doing 'the right thing' whereas TC was deliberately setting those apart in his statement .You think Uber are doing the right thing? If profit is an example of it, then you must hold Google in similar regard.

Apple nearly went bust was nothing to do with moral compass, just bad business sense and leadership under Gil Amelio (Could be a faulty memory to who was in charge back then and I cant be bothered to google it on my phone)

I cant comment in what Samsung did or didn't do. I can comment on that Apple responded to extensive coverage on the plight of workers in Foxconn.

As for making devices more green, this has been called for for a long time. Apple doing this, if you think they have a corporate conscience then good. I envy your optimistic viewpoint and happier position and you should pity me wallowing in my cynicism.

Personally, I will wait until there is evidence of Apple having a core value of 'not just being about money' and 'doing the right thing'. So far, I don't see your comments as evidence of TC's assertions. Let's just say I'm too thick.

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Re: @lusty and all the others who missed the preceding sentence. OH RLY?

But the inference was, in TC's statement, that it isn't just about making money. Trying to uphold Apple as an example to us all is a little sickening I feel. An example of a well run company that makes money, superb. There are few, if any, that excel.

But you mention two things.

"Another example of Apple doing the right thing is their employment policy. There have been many stories on the Reg recently about Apple changing working policy for the better, both in the west and in their factories. They didn't have to do most of the things they have done, but they did them anyway."

That employment policy - which came first, and i really would like to know because credit be given where due, the complaints and mainstream media coverage before they clamped down on some of the disgusting events that were purported to come out of Foxconn? Or were they pretty solid before?

Also, are they any better than what employees would receive in western nations? By bringing them to the same level, you could argue that this is what you should have expected from Apple in the first place.

"ANOTHER example of doing the right thing, is making devices almost entirely recyclable. Using materials such as aluminium and glass, and glueing rather than screwing means their shiny gizmos won't end up in landfill. Their policy of return to store for recycling backs this up, they even give you money to return old gadgets!"

Yeah....but how many years was it that Apple was castigated for not being environmentally friendly?

http://www.wired.com/2013/09/ifixit-teardown-apples-latest-iphones-not-as-green-as-schiller-claims/

Reacting to bad publicity regarding an approach to life which should be a the forefront of a company that claims to be such is not evidence of TC's statement.

This sounds anti-Apple, it isn't meant to be, although i am not a fan, but I take exception to trying to present oneself as a paragon of virtue and a successful as opposed to 'just' a successful company. That is why i wanted some evidence of that statement because your statements regarding the evidence of that are not really evidence of that. I feel.

Arguably, everything they have done is to make money. that isn't a bad thing - that is what companies do. But to try and make out that they are in some way better than just that is urinating logistically.

However, I think I am alone in this judging by the reaction. :)

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Re: @m0rt

I don't think I did. TC states one of their core values isn't about making money and doing the 'right thing'. I am asking for an example of that core value in action.

I have no issue with Apple making cash in exchange for products that people want to buy. I have no issue with Google offering 'free' stuff in exchange for peoples data (that is up to the people in question). I have issues with companies stating high ideals that are obviously complete tosh. Google's Do No Evil and that last comment by TC are comedy gold. They are big corporations. Nothing more, nothing less and pretending that even a smidge otherwise without some proof of their high ideals that don't have a hidden agenda.

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@lusty and all the others who missed the preceding sentence. Re: OH RLY?

I should have included the two sentences.

" But life isn’t about money, life is about doing the right thing. This has been a core value of our company for a long time."

So, Apple claim a core value is "Life isn't about money, life is about doing the right thing."

I want to see examples of that core value in action. Not 'monetising customers data' isn't an example of that. Google give you stuff in exchange for them making money by you using that free stuff. Apple don't. You give them money in exchange for stuff. This is just their respective business models.

My question to Tim Cook is: Please can you give examples of that core value in action? Because from where I stand, all I can see is a company making a product and selling it for cold, hard, cash.

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OH RLY?

"This has been a core value of our company for a long time."

Since when, and please give examples...

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

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Re: Errr....

Maybe, but think of the drinks you will be taking from the mouths of El Reg staffers...

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How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

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Re: Why?

The fact you read businessinsider is also something you should keep to yourself.

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Sign it.

A professional body is just that. You can have idiots, geniuses, amoral, moral, sadistic, altruistic people in any professional body. Pretty much the same in society as a whole.

So better for the rest of us if those bodies have people who abide by a sense of duty and integrity to counter those that don't.

Plus it will do your career a world of good.

EDIT - btw - I wish I had some professional qualification in IT as a whole. As it stands, I am effectively a IT jack of all master of none and it is a pita, especially as I approach middle age..

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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I admit, I am Word Processor inept.

Back in the 80s, when using whatever it was on BBCs (Wordwise?) I got them. I could work it. Margins, indents, tab positions, everything. Then came WordPerfect and even though it wasn't wysiwyg i could use it because it was all that was around, was quick, made sense and *because* of it not being wysiwig, you had to know it. Papyrus on AmigaOS, then the first versions of Word Perfect for Windows and it still made sense. Over time, however, I did less and less documentation to the stage that now I tend to write everything in a text editor, depending on what platform I am on. Usually Scite.

The reason for this is because I am ignorant on how to do even simple things. I never learned because I was always needing to do something straight away, so just did it the way I could. So now my approach to any Word Processor, even Libreoffice Writer, which is all I ever use if I need one, is severely hampered. It is a little like asking a programmer to do a complex Exel spreadsheet. It just doesn't compute.

This is my fault. There is no one else to blame. I hang my head. I get asked questions about how to do things and I don't know. Fortunately they do not mock me because i am the first person they call when their computer does something they don't understand...but there is no one i can call on when a Word processor question gets asked, because most other people in IT that I know also don't know. Is this just me?

This really hampers me. But I suppose I should learn it correctly. So....are there any recommendations for actually learning the whys and therefores of document creation?

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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@Jedidiah Re: Too late!

Read my reply. I was specifically commentarding on:

"I cannot think of a single thing I have which relies on time values and is over ten years old, let alone twenty, but that's just me."

I was being pissy because of the blanket disregarding of any possibility that there was anything he relied on that didn't use time values. I took the comment to mean time values in question, not specifically linux/unix.

I should point out that I have not worked for a bank, but I have worked for a financial loan company and code over 10 years is not uncommon.

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Re: Too late!

"I cannot think of a single thing I have which relies on time values and is over ten years old, let alone twenty, but that's just me."

Your bank's central IT system?

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Re: rant alert

I am really interested in hearing how you come to that conclusion. Please enlighten me.

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Superfish: Lenovo? More like Lolnono – until they get real on privacy

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It doesn't matter to me if it was on all their range or the cheap end or consumer or mil-spec or Spongebob Squarepants signature model. The fact it happened at all by Lenovo is what is so monumentally galling.

It is a little like having those American TSA locks on your luggage, except this is your internet connection. It is like the illusion of security, people who are not internet savvy are always told that "...do not do anything secure if you don't see this sign on your browser etc...but hey. Actually that is bollocks. No - it isn't even a 'hack' as such - it was Lenovo what did it."

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You are right. But I won't buy em. But hey, who cares?

My main problem is that:

Acer - I knew who did the repairs in the UK. That put me off.

Sony - Oh Sony. How i do loathe thee.

Dell - some nice machines but at the same time some crappy decisions. Bought my previous dell because it had a really good 15" screen at full HD. Then having to remove the keyboard to replace the wireless card? sheesh.

Lenovo - So sad.

HP - seriously, what happened to you?

Apple - Hahahhhahahaa....the funny thing is I was an Apple user for years and got all my family on to them because it meant less work for me. Then SJ got all super control freaky and it just all went weird. So I never went back after 2009.

Panasonic - oh lucky you. Could it be?

Asus - I want to like you, I really do and I have some really find memories of netbooks...

Shame it isn't so easy to build your own like you can desktops.

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Thing is, Trevor, whilst I think your article is well written and rational and actually is a breath of fresh air...what Lenovo did was STUPID. As you said, not really out of greed or malice, just plain idiocy.

Thing is, Lenovo have a good past. They bought the Thinkpad name and, because Thinkpads are well used by us in the industry, indeed this is being typed on one write now, we tend to hold Lenovo to a higher standard.

Forget the shiny, we cry out of decent screen resolutions in a sensible format. Keyboards we can actually use! Machines that survive being taken to the ends of the earth and abused. Machines we can strip down and replace stuff easily. Machines that we use as tools, and as decent tools get regarded by those that wield them, we regarded these.

And there are several things which, over time, we have started to get a little annoyed over. Change that didn't seem to make sense to those of us who felt we had an affinity for Thinkpads. We felt a little shortchanged, but we stuck by because we have some loyalty and they are still nice machines, we can use them and recommend them when people ask us what should they get, even if we still need to remove a lot of bloat.

So this, even if it was stupid, was an act of betrayal. I mean, think about it...they actually had fake certs? Trivial to resolve yes. But it goes against everything we, supposedly, stand for. I say we, I mean those of us in IT who work with these things every day.

If this can happen so easily for something as silly as advertising, then just think how easy it would be to compromise firmware, whether any government or criminal body (probably interchangable terms) wanting their own piece of the action.

I too, will not buy another Lenovo (Lenomo ?). Nor Dell, for that matter, but that is because they are a pita to do anything to, and usually they spec some esoteric Dell own hardware that uses some piss poor driver that never gets updated properly.

I don't know where I will go next, and I will be sad not to use Lenovo hardware again, but the only voice I have is my wallet.

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HTTP/2 spec gets green light: Faster web or needless complexity?

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Re: yeah but

Oh please. Everyone knows that Crysis is the benchmark....

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Win! Classic El Reg tees, plus something special for the weekend

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What is this? The Medical Register?

I'm just surprised they have yet to release a pint glass/hip flask with the logo.

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Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows

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Request for a test of the Music player?

Is that still pants? (actually it is ok, just I get irritated with the 'Latest Bands' thingummy being updated even though I have not signed up for xbox music)

What I would reeeeally like to know is the rumour of finally FLAC native support being available actually true? I would be very grateful if you could test this...

Also the email app - how does it improve? If at all?

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Re: Is IE still cack on it?

Losing State - that is dependent on how much memory you have on the particular device and how much memory has actually been consumed in the meantime.

I think. I remember the 620 losing state but the 735 doesn't seem to so often.

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UK.gov can't get farmers onto its Verify service – even to claim subsidies

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Oh RLY?

"We’re also working with a range of identity providers to ensure we offer choice, control and privacy for users."

Translation: "We spoke to Facebook."

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Watch: FIRE-SPITTING time-lapse images of Sol showcase NASA's sun-gazing highs

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Holst

Seriously, put on your headphones or (decent) speakers, play Mars from the Holst Planet Suite, then click on play on this with the youtube volume down.

It is an incredible experience.

(It would be without any music, but even so...)

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EU parliament bans Outlook app over cloudy security: report

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Re: Where else is this username/password kept anyway

"PGP/GPG isn't a solution either as that does not protect meta data. And we kill people based on meta data (verbatim quote of the former head of NSA and CIA General Michael Hayden)..."

Whereas you are quite right, however, if the United Spooks of America are going to off someone on Meta-data alone, you can be sure that they can get that from anywhere they want, even if you didn't use email. PGP, at least, offers content encryption. If you are that dangerous* to the Free World(tm), I wouldn't expect you to be using the internet to communicate in any direct form.

*Or rather, perceived to be. Due process seems to be treated like a nice to have.

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Re: Where else is this username/password kept anyway

E-mail has never been that safe to use. Ever assuming that you are fine sending that highly confidential missive over it is naive. Or your significant secret other. Like talking on the telephone.

PGP really should be used by standard. At least the content will be safe. *

*For a given value of safe

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Kanye West: Yo, DNS... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time

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I think I will just hold onto my .net s

The hipsters will be clamouring for those domains. You mark my words...

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Worried you got PINK EYE when you shook hands? Doctor Google will see you now

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Kudos for that JKJ ref

One of the funniest pieces of prose ever written. If any of you haven't read that book, well worth reading.

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Start stockpiling tinned beans and ammo: This malware will end civilisation

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*modest cough*

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/09/25/shell_shocked_not_yet/#c_2309628

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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Re: Death by misadventure then.

Media aware? What does that mean, exactly? I would have thought that media aware would also include the ability to know when using 'new media' is a bad idea like when, say, flying.

Personally, I think that the new generation are not so media aware or savvy - blatant take up and posting self pics on every sodding digital canvas isn't being media aware.

More like media idiocy. But that isn't catchy. How about mediots? Mediatedia? Mools?

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Thank you! I was trying to work out what it was, I thought a Camel originally, but then realised the tail was wrong.

Strewth!

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Get off Twitter – and onto Google if you want to find TWITS and tweets

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Meh

Duckduckgo.

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Synths of the father: Making some noise at NAMM 2015

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Re: Tired of the whole analogue thing

Probably right. By that same logic any electric guitar is the same after you have stuck it through an effects processor and so why have all these variations and everyone should just use a Telecaster.

Analogues, for me at least, they are just immense fun to play. The more you play around, the more you discover things that you can then use. It isn't *just* about the sound, it is about the entire creativity for the person doing the creating.

If you don't like it, that is great. I wouldn't knock you for processing everything via a DAW and a few controllers and a library of awesome plugins.

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Re: I love this stuff

Seriously, consider a Monotribe instead. They are so much fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkvpSkzcYWU

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Re: But I'm skint!

True...but then you can do a lot with a Waldorf Rocket/Monotribe (Or Dark Energey if you are flusher) and the new SQ-1 (Or Dark time if you are flusher) which don't take up a lot of space and you just really can't beat twiddly knobs.

For those that don't know, the Monotribe has CV./Gate in with no mods with V2.11 of the OS. WHich you load with a sound file...:D

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Cor!

How nicely surprised was I to see this on El Reg.

Anyhow - you didn't mention the MS-20m kit release, which is pretty ground breaking beacuse it isn't just a clone(well, as much as possible) like the mini or kit, it actually has improvements and extra features.

Or the SQ-1 which I have on pre-order...finally a CV sequencer other that the Doepfer Dark Time (Which is still looks fantastic btw), and it also handles V/HZ as standard. Well, obviously, it is a Korg. But the BEST thing is it is only £89!

The scary thing is, I was only wishing Korg would re-make the SQ-10 the other week...I must have powers.

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Sky sidles up to O2, whispers: 'Fancy a little FOUR-PLAY?'

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Re: Past Form

As a newly returned O2 subscriber because Three didn't really work too well whilst I was at home, I can say that their network doesn't seem to be. Dropped calls, dud calls are a regular occurance around this area. At least with Three it was a poor signal issue but you knew what to expect. Here, O2 is up and down like a yo-yo. Plus, the voice quality on Three is noticably better, even when O2 is on 4G!

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Friends, Canadians, countrymen: Would you buy a GOLD PLATED BlackBerry Passport?

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So, Andrew...

... when are you owning up to it being yours?

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'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

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"The internet will disappear..." already does...

...when the power is turned off.

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Then there were 3: Another UK mobile network borged ...

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OFCOM/Government shouldn't be thinking of the mobile spectrum as a cash cow.

"...bad for the UK government which wants to maximise revenue from selling the spectrum."

Whereas I am always in favour of a deal for the tax payer, didn't really help when we sold the 3g spectrum.

Plus, the providers want to profit. So whatever they pay the government, we therefore end up paying anyway, so there is no real benefit to us. If they don't think down that line then what we are really showing is that they are just screwing us twice. Once by saying "Look what we for for you" before throwing it down the drain in Civil Service costs or whatever, then again when we end up paying more anyway so the providers turn a profit.

If my reasoning is flawed, please can you point it out? I am not an economist by any stretch of anyone's imagination.

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

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Re: So the UK once had the most competitive mobile markets..

TBH - I suspect that price rises are inevitable. From what I can gather, we seem to enjoy some of the cheapest rates out of Europe and the US. Personally I don't mind paying for a reliable, decent service, even it it means more. But I suspect that I will still get the same bitty crap for more money.

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Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim

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Re: partially unfurled

12 YEARS!

Man. Where did my life go? I could swear it was about 6, if not 5.

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Boris?

Goldeneye.

He beat 'Scar-Jo' (really? We doing this?) to the two keyboards at a time on screen.

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'NAUTS FLEE 'gas leak' to Russian module

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Re: Big Three?

Xenomorphs/Tribbles being one of them.

Possibly.

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OS X search tool Spotlight runs roughshod over Mail privacy settings

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Re: A rock and a hard place

New features? Desk top search? Not exactly new, in fact spotlight (or locate) has been around for a long time.

This is a fundamental thing, searching emails but FOLLOWING THE LINKS in the emails? I mean come on! This is just stupid! What you have hear is someone treating desktop search the same way they approach the internet where they feel it is GREAT to show a titbit from that link (Ever used Slack?) It adds sod all to usability, just more of this silly self inflated expectation of interconnectedness.

It is like moving into a brand new home, all the mod cons and shiny shiny and coming with your mailing address already sent out to all the marketing companies 'so you don't have to worry about sending them your change of address!'.*

It is just a complete lack of embedding security and privacy into the mindset of those coming up with ideas. There is no alternative, not now, not ever.

*actually, this isn't quite right, but I quite liked the imagery :)

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

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Wonder what would happen if I legally changed my name to :

Kind regards,

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I'm sooooo green: The Beginner's Guide to Krautrock

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Re: By a strange coincidence...

If space is an issue, get a Monotribe. Best fun you can have with an analogue synth. Awesome piece of kit. Just don't forget to update it to OS2.11.

The filter is meant to be similar to the MS-20.

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

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Re: Weasle Wording?

I did, but I didn't want to spoil your fun.

Selfless: me.

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