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It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

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Re: Indeed

You sound bitter.

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

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Re: "Did they buy the moulds from the Blackberry Z10 production line?"

Did you watch the video on it? Personally whoever comissioned and sanctioned that background music should be fired. WIth predjuduce. Or be forced to use the Fire phone for the next 3 years.

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5.5in iPhone 6, iWatch hypegasm: What will Apple reveal - BE the rumour

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Re: I want to care...

You should have left it at "I want to care..."

It would have conveyed volumes.

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Apple Fanbois (and girls) already lining up for NEW iPHONE

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Re: 3 minute orgasm

Think of the chafing...

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Re: And meanwhile in the real world

That is a fair point.

But....

actually we need some real figures here.

Say the total who mug (and extort the PIN in the Met's recent drive) and steal a phone are X.

The breakdown of X will contain those who are in your list, but the question is, how many?

Whereas you are right that the murder rate is not zero in the US in spite of the Death Penalty, (which personally I am against - I am NOT mandating for people who steal phones, NOR am I mandating 100 years no PAROLE - that was just an absurd example to get an idea across). However, what would the murder rate be, in the US, if the sentence was 10 years. Would it be more or less? What about 5 years?

I am mortified to even be considered a Daily Mailite, my point being that if I was to go out and delibrately take a phone from somebodies open handbag, and I was subsequently caught and convicted, what would my sentence be if

A. No convictions previously

B. known but no convictions.

C. 100th time.

If the sentence at A was the same as C, would the occurence of C reduce considerably?

Stealing is considered by society is set out as morally wrong. If we had NO sanctions, then we would expect the rate to go up. If you had life imprisonment for petty theft, it would go down, though as previously mentioned it is unlikely to go to zero. SO - are the current sentencing for stealing a phone optimum for the middle ground, ie putting chance theft off? Is it the same as stealing a car? The same as stealing a Million quid? (Taking the manner aside for now, ie Armed robbery) If not, there must be a list, either written or unwritten, that states that if your item stolen is less than 10K, then we will not put the same resources in if it was a Million quid, when all other factors are equal. If this is the case, then WHY is it the case?

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Re: And meanwhile in the real world

"It only works if the risk of getting caught is high. Police are so swamped they don't have the time to follow up every phone, bicycle or laptop theft."

Chicken and egg.

If the chance of getting caught was the same, but the sentence was, say, 100 years no parole (EXAMPLE FFS), then the weighing up of immediate gain vs the worst outcome would surely have an effect?

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and by sentences I don't mean:

"Oi You! NO!"

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How about sentences that deter this kind of theft, instead?

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Good luck with Project Wing, Google. This drone moonshot is NEVER going to happen

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Re: Why?

Plus the subversion of any such system by the state/military.

Imagine the term "Google target with extreme prejudice" being common in future.

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Facebook, WhatsApp wait on cold steel table as Euro Commish ponders painful probe

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I am awaiting the day for a uk.gov portal to insist on signing in with a social media account. Oh the wrath and fury will be fantastic to behold.

And rightly so.

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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Re: All together now...

That made me chuckle cof more than a few seconds. Have an upvote!

Actually, I wonder - what is generally considered the *most* fun programming language to mess around in? I know this is personal pref but there must be one that starts to shine amonst you lot.

Basic was fun in the 80s. Maybe not on the C64, though it did show you how to access features that were not wrapped in dedicated commands.

thoughts?

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"... prepares for all of the downvotes from the "I know nothing about coding but we must teach kids CODING! WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!!?!?!?" crew."

This is El Reg, not BBC HYS.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Sounds like your coffee delivery method of choice failed that morning, then. ☺

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UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones

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OR even:

"Excuse me Sir, can you please pass me your phone and tell me your pin code and before you ask, Sir, yes! I am a thieving barsteward who thinks nothing of a bit of violence before breakfast. Thank you for complying. Cheerio!"

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really?

A pin code?

Most people I know have a pin on their phone these days. When a phone is stolen it is usually an opportunistic theft, so they aren't considering if they have a pin or not. In most cases, they can be gotten around in some way, so the most important factor is encryption of a device so the data, at least, is safe. I know there is an argument that if it is harder to re-use a stolen phone then it will, over time, reduce theft, but it won't really stop opportunistic theft, whether it is a wallet, laptop, watch etc etc.

If they were really bothered, they wouldn't waste resources lobbying on a daft change to default on a pin, they would insist that the mobile operators can block imei codes. But then the operators would insist that phones are not easily firmware overwritten, which will help their bottom line, probably.

So the knock on effect will be probably be a law making alteration of a phones firmware illegal, which means the criminals will just carry on being criminals and not caring, and plenty of people being criminalised with no real criminal intent.

All because, and why this kind of lobbying takes place, the Police are saying that the rise in this crime isn't that they are not doing enough, just that it is the public's fault for not setting security on their phone.

The fact that there are some thieving barstewards with no respect for anything or anyone isn't really focused on.

Or this could be just me. Grumpiness increases with age. Or maybe tolerance decreases with age. No idea. In a few years I will be at the same IT level as a 6 year old, apparently. Maybe that is it. Understanding just decreases with age so I should leave Government policy with people who *know* better and just let the Government govern, the Police police - after all they know what they are doing, right?

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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Re: Haha, amusing yes..

We should issue a PR from the 'General Public' saying on how useful and reassuring having the ability for anyone to issue a FOI request.

This can be followed by a FOI request that asks how many FOI requests where considered 'japes' vs how many were genuine.

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

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Re: New browser names:

Thinking of ease of use for phone support*:

"The Big E"

*otherwise known as any call involving a relative not using a mac.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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"Mostly what I want to drink is coffee. Get some light/medium roasted beans, grind and place in hot water. Drink black. Savour flavour."

Your problem here is a case of definition, I suspect.

Coffee - or rather, a coffee beverage is dependent on Ohhhh so many factors and so many ways of being made, there is no real bog standard.

An espresso is considered by many to be the ultimate way to imbibe coffee, and when it is right it is SOOO right. Unfortunately, it isn't in most cases because of the lack of understanding by those making it. Just go to a starbucks in most places and ask for an espresso. Nasty isn't it? If you have a watery espresso, then that is NOT an espresso. It should almost have a slightly syrupy texture and taste, depending on the type of roast used, very smooth. Acidity and/or bitterness should be just the merest hints of suggestions

I tend to drink Cappuccinos, espressos or a Long black/Americano. Technically Americano is water added to an espresso, whereas a long black is the espresso added to water - btw - cappuccinos are a third espresso, a third hot milk and a third Microfoamed milk Microfoam <> frothy btw. There is argument regarding a Latte and a flat white which is apparently from Australia, but could be considered a stronger latte, but a latte is simply an espresso with steamed milk added and a light layer of microfoamed milk on top where latte art is usually performed. A Cafe au lait is more your UK defined version of a coffee which is brewed in a percolator with milk added.

If your Americano is weak, then you want to specify another shot. But the flavour this will produce is not the same as other methods of brewing coffee.

I suspect that you would prefer, inferred from your post, a french press style of coffee. Using a coarser grind and same beans, you should get a slightly more rounded body, slightly less acidic or thin, than you would get with an Americano. You could certainly end up with a stronger brew that could be quite easy to drink, but the caffeine hit could be considerably higher than a double espresso content because you can easily have more coffee in there.

Little experiment for those who regularly drink cappuccinos from the usual chains. Instead of ordering a medium or large, order the smallest one they do. If you normally have a double shot, then make sure they still do that double shot. I am fairly confident that the result will be far better than your usual. The problem also seems to be too much emphasis on quantity of water/milk in relation to the espresso base, in the case of chains.

Coffee, like wine, is incredibly dependent on so many factors and the process of making it is a chemical explosion. Get it right and I promise you will never forget that experience. But it will tar you because you will require more out of any purchased drinks.

If thos of you reading this don't see what the fuss is about please don't mock those of us who do enjoy searching for the best possible method to extract all the flavours possible of this amazing bean.

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Re: Move to the US

Or abundant free WI-FI because of the ridiculously priced home broadband connections that require your firstborn to be held as hostage should you wish to leave.

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Get a decent grinder, a Rancilio pump machine and a regular posted coffee bean order from Dave coffee* and then lean how to extract a decent espresso and on demand caffeine shakes can be yours.

Or drink tea.

* name has been changed to prevent unauthorised advertising.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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So

"The British children of today...have matched middle-aged folks' tech ability by the age of six"

Which is getting hosts of trojans installed on their PC and being able to watch netflix on their tablet.

Yep, I will certainly agree with that.

In other news, decent sysadmins still have beards.

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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Re: Database

You are now for asking that.

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German NSA probe chief mulls spy-busting typewriters

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Re: Many paper advantages

"Equally likely to be left on a commuter train by a civil servant."

True, however, the nature of the grab would be limited to that particular set of data. Whereas an electronic equivalent (hacked, lost usb stick, stolen computer) could potentially harvest a *lot* more data. Plus, physical data is a lot harder to index. Electronic data is damned easy.

Now, where is my OCR gear....

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Remember when Google+ outed everyone by their real names? Now Google's sorry

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Re: They haven't noticed me

Same here.

However, have you ever tried to 'add' someone to your circles using a gmail address which was provided for the purpose?

Please tell me if this is possible because when I wanted to share a few photographs with other G+ users this was one of the most frustrating experiences I have ever had.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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I concur. Trophy 900 Triple over here.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Re: Double standards

"Have they seen some of the madness that passes for pornography in Japan?"

Jasper - is that you?

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Re: I seriously want one of those canoes

I want to say 'Cunoes' but I feel that may be in bad taste?

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

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Re: FIRST AGAINST THE WALL

Now you are talking.

A revolution based in Apathy.

Relatives' and friends' computers are no longer going to be fixed/wiped of virii. All general upkeep of servers, patches, hardware fixes are now left. 5 get you 7 that gov.uk fails first. Payroll starts to stutter, then fail completely, which drags in other non-IT people that already started to worry when POS terminals started playing up and payment services started to fail.

YES! WE, THE TECHNORATI, PWN YOU. Muhahahah *cough*

Or, maybe not. I have just started the second series of 'Orange is the new Black' and I would like to finish that first. Also GoT season 4. But after. Oh yes. We shall .., sorry, coffee time!

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FIRST AGAINST THE WALL

I think you will find ol' Rupert, a proper 'man of the people' whose legacy of 'News' given to the 'Free Man' is starting to think that the potential of 'News' gleaned from other sources isn't quite right. ie, Not controlled by him, thus no money made. So he attacks the Internet. Think of him like 'Anonymous' only inverted. Imagine that: a sea of Murdocorp employees all wearing Rupert masks...

Tell you what, Rupert, old sport, why not sponser a news agency that isn't full of shite, celebrity gossip, copy-and-pasted Reuters bulletins and press releases from Celebrity's agents, press releases from companies marketing departments in the guise of a 'White Paper'.

Or, buy The Register. Or attempt to. That would be really funny. I am not saying that you couldn't buy it, no offence Reg staff, I know that ultimately there is a price point that you couldn't say no to, but the fallout would be better than any 'Scandal'. I think that might possibly start the long wished for Revolution. Imagine that: Britain's uprising finally started by Sysadmins everywhere. Programmers, too, but they would need to follow the spec for revolution written by the Analysts. Sysadmins are Anarchists anyway. Have you seen their perl scripts? *shudders*

Glossary:

'Man of the people' - term usually assigned to dictators by dictators.

'News' - Official Twitter tweets.

'Tweets' - a term misappropriated for an entry on Twitter. Usually inane drivel. Usually used to keep companies' customer service in check. Birds' tweets are far nicer.

'Free Man' - Not a Mac Nac Feegle.

'White Paper' - Toilet Roll

'Scandal' - today's revelation that someone is human, and/or a celebrity stating how they suffered during their public humiliation. Usually started by a 'tweet'.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Re: Somewhere ...

"Steve Jobs is spinning."

I think you will find he had himself uploaded to SSD...

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Google Ventures opens new fund in London

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Re: Knock Down Ginger.

Sorry, what now?

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

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@Jasper

"...German dogging videos would be shown links to other sorts of similar smut."

Sooooo, past experience then? :)

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Chrome Remote Desktop adds Linux to supported OS list

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Re: Am I missing the point here?

"They are hardly weird selfies after all ;-)"

Are there *really* any other kind?

:)

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German spy agency staffer spied for NSA during gov probe into NSA spying – report

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Erm...

"Curiously, this latest development seems to contradict Germany's assertion in May that it would not pursue charges over the NSA's mass spying. ®"

How so?

Just because they would not be pursuing the NSA doesn't meant to say they wouldn't hold an inquiry into the impact of it, or how to prevent as much of it in the future. Nor does it mean they wouldn't prosecute one of their own for spying for a foreign agency. That would be just silly.

Plus, not prosecuting, or attempting to prosecute anyone in relation to the mass surveillance wouldn't prevent them from going after subsequent, and quite blatant, spying attempts by the good ol' US of A.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Re: Geography! - Hang on a minute....

"part of the greater European Socialist Republic"

European Socialist Republic = ESR

ESR = Eric S Raymond.

I smell conspiracy of enormous magnitude.

All we need know is a Republic of Merry Socialists and the circumstantial evidence would be overwhelming.

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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

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Wonder how many Moto G handsets

Were sold in that same period in the UK? Combine that with the lower end Windows phones...

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El Reg is looking for a new London sub-editor

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Re: Not one mention of.....

"2. girls in inappropriate dress"

You mean like wearing suits of armour to an office job? Why can't blokes do that? How sexist of you...

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Re: Um..

The fact you felt the need to reply Anon is all the evidence you need to make up your own mind.

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Oh sarcasm out. Definitely....

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Deja-vu alert: Russian hackers target US, Euro energy giants

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Little bit of smuggery...

...going on there? :)

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Cambridge Assessment exams CHAOS: Computing students' work may be BINNED

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Bet they are sorry now.

When I read the updated bit then re-checked the sub-heading I nearly wet myself.

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Occupy Google: Protesters attack ad giant as I/O gets underway

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I don't quite get what people expect of Google. They are a company, nothing more, nothing less. Google may try to hide behind "Don't be evil" but ultimately they are there to make money. Which they do very well.

If they really did try have some moral stance, they could have stuck with non-targeting advertising, charging for services that they currently give away for free etc. They would still have made money, just not as much. But somehow it has become the norm that you sell your privacy in exchange for free stuff that enables Google to make even more money and research into stuff that seems to have them look like Lord of the 'Net. (I now have a parody of 'One ring to rule them all and in the darkness bind them' running through my head).

Google are not the internet, despite what a large proportion of the public think. They are just another large company that is driven by profit. Their time is now. At some point, it will do an IBM. When that happens there will be another company ruling the roost. Hopefully by licensing Anti-Grav and flying cars and hover-boards will be around and plentiful.

I would like to think there are companies who make a profit but don't make that the only reason they exist, but I am not silly enough to think Google is one of them.

I may search the web on that using Duckduckgo....

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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Im in.

I'll work for nearly nothing. I do now anyway.

The bank of El Reg. Vulture logo strangely fitting.

"The bank that likes to say, 'Beer time yet?'"

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Samsung peddles tyred Smart Bike concept

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Re: My eyes bleed

"What I'd like is a lightweight bike with electric drive, electric regeneration, and short travel suspension for rough roads."

or - htfu.

:)

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"..a new concept of safety."

I'm sorry?

OED: "The condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury"

I'm intrigued. My concept of safety is in alignment with the definition in the OED. How wrong we all must be. Having your phone turn your lights on for you *must* be a complete paradigm shift. With that same logic, sticking your phone in your car must make driving safer.

Oh, wait...

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Four-pronged ARM-based Mac rumor channels Rasputin

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Doh is a dear

...for sharing that.

"According to Doh (no Simpsons jokes, please – we're adults here...),"

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After the cyberpunks, prepare to fight a new wave of nasties

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Millenium Bug

Actually, don't think it was doomsaying. I worked during that era of 95-1999 on said bugs in a few different companies and it *needed* to be done.

Just wait till 2025...by which time the new crop of system maintainers who won't remember that particular fudge won't be expecting it....

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Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

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Far cry from "Bill Gate's Towel Boy", though...

Apologies to Scott Adams...

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