* Posts by Sandtitz

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Billionaire Bill Gates: There's ONE THING I can't do – and I feel so STUPID

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Re: French - Anything but easy.

"Bill, a word of advice, from experience. it is easier to learn modern Hebrew that it is to learn French."

Sorry to ruin your rant but Bill didn't say that French is easy - he only thinks it's easier than Chinese or Arabic:

"...I wish I knew French or Arabic or Chinese. I keep hoping to get time to study one of these - probably French because it is the easiest."

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Official: Whiteboxer Super Micro is a $2bn server company

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Re: a mere 20 years...

I CAN'T HEAR YOU, THE HP'S ON. WHAT?

Surely you meant "I'm sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of how awesome I am"

re: Warranty

Seems to depend on the product. I was looking at servers, Twins and blade systems. Seems their "parts only" stuff, like mobos only get the one year warranty. Gotta admit, I haven't bought "just parts" in some time.

Supermicro warranty page:

SuperServer and SuperBlade products**: Supermicro provides a three-year warranty for labor and one-year warranty for parts. This limited warranty includes advance part replacement service covering a period of 1 year from Supermicro invoice date.

"Where did you get this nugget of information?"

From their product managers.

Oh dear.

Ask yourself why Supermicro doesn't publicly claim their thermal design superiority if that was true.

The difference I've found is that you can consistently push Supermicro's gear far past the advertised temperatures for rather long periods of time.

I think you're using weasel words, mate.

Have you run other brands on the same condition and seen them shut down or fail otherwise?

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Re: a mere 20 years...

"quarter as loud as those "I CAN'T HEAR YOU, I HAVE THE HP ON! WHAT? I SAID I HAVE THE HP ON! NO, I...LISTEN, LET ME CALL YOU BACK, I HAVE TO MOVE TO ANOTHER ROOM!"

That's just rubbish.

"Supermicro offers a standard 3 years parts and labour warantee on everything (on year cross shipment)"

Supermicro website:

"Motherboard, Chassis, Power supplies and Super Barebone products: Supermicro provides a three-year warranty for labor and one-year warranty for parts.

"Supermicro is one of the only manufacturers I know of which sells at least some models with 5 year warranties."

So it's no different from IBM, Dell or HP then?

"Supermicro servers are generally designed to be able to run hot - hotter than those provided by other manufacturers"

Where did you get this nugget of information?

They are, however, also designed to operate in higher temperature environments than other manufacturers

SOME SM servers are designed like that. And in specific configurations (couldn't find the specifics on SM website though)

Most Supermicro rack servers seem to be operating at max 35°C like the competition.

Dell, HP and IBM (Lenovo?) all have some server configurations for 45 C operation and SM has a couple models with designation for 47 C inlet temp.

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Why Microsoft's 3D HoloLens goggles aren't for Google Glassholes

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Re: True Holography??

"Does this product actually have anything at all to do with Holographs??"

Very unlikely but please explain how you came up with this conjecture since I haven't seen any mention of holographs nor even holograms. Most likely the product doesn't feature anything related to Holocene period or The Holocaust either.

"Sound a lot like market hype to me. I guess if they called them 3D glasses it would not make a splash."

Google Glass likely doesn't have actual glass, NetHack isn't used for hacking nor does it have network features, Ford Escort didn't actually provide an escort service, and Oracle is anything but.

Take a chill pill, bro.

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Adobe finds, patches ANOTHER exploited Flash 0day

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"Flash seems like the most bug-ridden and damaged piece of software still in use today."

Worst.Program.Ever?

Chrome 40 - 62 security fixes, released two days ago.

Chrome 39 - 42 security fixes, released Nov 2014

Chrome 38 - 158 security fixes, released Oct 2014

There was 5 more releases last year alone and I can't be bothered to check the rest of the release notes.

But hey, maybe Google now really did smite the last remaining bugs!

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

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Re: They ain't THAT bad.

"If I am going to be on call for my company than not only are they paying for the phone service but I am going to get whatever phone I want."

Remember to ask for Vertu or at least one of those Lamborghini mobiles.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Most hated version of Windows

"I never had the misfortune of experiencing ME, but 3 and 3.1 were very bad."

There were technically much better operating systems in terms of multitasking or stability or otherwise; Windows 3.x was bad but as a whole package it was miles ahead of competition on PC platform back then, and most importantly it had lots of software available.

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Snowden doc leak 'confirms' China stole F-35 data

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Re: This is probably very bad.. @P.Lee

>>Which Chinese knock-offs have been superior to the originals?

>I hear Lenovo make some ok PCs.

I hear that too, but they aren't 'knock-offs' I was after.

The counterfeit Lenovo batteries and Lenovo mobile phones are very likely inferior to the genuine Lenovo parts. Do you disagree?

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Re: This is probably very bad..

"I'm presuming they'll take the good and discard the bad and end up with a superior A/C."

Which Chinese knock-offs have been superior to the originals?

I can for certain tell you that those outrageously blatant copied cars have no superior features, except of course, much reduced price.

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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"NCIS had in intriguing one last week."

What a terrible show NCIS is - but it's the only show where two people can use the same keyboard simultaneously.

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Adults-only Chrome add-on grabs you by the Googlies

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@patrick

"and i bet no admin rights are needed to install just like all the other google downloads [...] and before people mention blocking"

I'm still going to mention the blocking. ;-)

Create a Software Restriction GPO to allow running software only from places where the end user doesn't have write access. That will deny installation of Chrome or running eg. a portable USB version.

If Chrome is desired in your organization, install the ADM extensions and deny Chrome extensions via a group policy.

I highly recommend the software restriction policies in all organizations by default anyway since it prevents running any dodgy downloads such as browser hijackers or worse. Even user space programs can generate DoS traffic, transfer all data you have access (incl. servers) to China, encrypt everything you have write access to, or exploit a privileges escalation bug.

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

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Re: Too late - it already exists!

"I'm surprised that Buffalo agree to rebadge their SSDs, host the manual, and have anything to do with this at all."

Not surprising. Melco is a holding company that owns the Buffalo brand.

It's still a ludicrous product, up there with the Audioquest silliness.

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Buffer overflow reported in UEFI EDK1

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Re: Of course! @Ivan 4

We have just replaced some motherboards on some industrial equipment and the biggest headache we had was finding replacement boards that would allow us to disable all the UEFI secure boot crap that interfered with not only the OS but some of the programs.

Ivan,

please name those motherboards you tried and failed with.

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Re: Of course! @Stuart

Microsoft's Windows Hardware Certification Requirements says that "Disabling Secure Boot must not be possible on ARM systems" if the manufacturer wants to offer Windows on it.

That is true, but those Windows RT devices (never seen one) and WPhone products are not commodity hardware (as in generic x86 PC) and are no different from the bootlocked iPhones or Androids.

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Re: Of course! @Stuart again

"Thankfully on x86, the requirement is that the user must be able to add their own keys. This is not a trivial process however and differs between UEFI implementations. So immediately, anyone who has a desire or need to run an OS other than one of the select few, has a few more hurdles to jump over."

You are correct. Then again, security is not easy and if you desire to use any type of trusted boot you'll be installing certificates or TPM-like hardware. If you want to boot into an OS that isn't covered by the preloaded keys you'll just have to disable the Secure Boot thingy. No OS that I know of requires Secure Boot and probably never will on x86.

"Ever tried getting into the UEFI setup on a modern x86 machine? You need lightning quick reflexes, and an educated guess as to what button to hit! Been there, done that on a few machines."

The "educated guess on the correct button" for entering setup is just as problematic with or without UEFI. Cold boots help if you're too slow to react. ;-)

"Others have pointed out that there is a lot of code in the UEFI kernel."

I'm not disagreeing with that.

The whole debacle with UEFI reminds me a lot of the introduction of ACPI back in the 90s. Linus et al. were cursing it since it was much more complex code and thus prone for bad implementations (which was true) but it brought noticeably better power savings than APM from the get-go and my problems with ACPI have been with the computers before WinXP era.

"With the rush to get things to market, you can bet your bottom dollar that manufacturers won't be testing their code to ensure it's safe from malware (the intended target for Secure Boot), but you can guarantee the blackhats will!

How do you propose they could ensure safety from malware? No-one does that and I still haven't found a vendor that didn't have bugs in their security software.

"I therefore believe that while there were some noble ideas in Secure Boot, it in all probably will not achieve what it ultimately set out to achieve"

So far I haven't seen reports of bypassing it. I'm sure there are bad implementations though.

"and will instead cause grief with all the additional things that can go wrong."

Look, there's all sorts of stuff that will cause grief to some parties, be it any new technology or the lack of it. OpenSSL has fucked up royally and caused lot of grief yet I'm still using their tech.

So far the Secure Boot problems i've seen and heard of have fallen into one category: how do I turn it off?

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Re: Of course! @Stuart

"But as time goes on people who need/want to use Linux, or don't want to buy new hardware when upgrading their operating system will be increasingly screwed"

Several Linux distros work with Secure Boot.

Secure Boot can be disabled in BIOS in case you can't or won't use it.

Interesting (well, not really) how many downvotes I get for pointing out facts or just asking for clarification...

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Re: Of course! @Stuart

Please explain how Secure Boot is destined to become more of a headache than the problem it tries to solve.

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Re: Of course!

"doesn't lead to any useful features."

Secure Boot and faster POST.

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Here's Johnny! Top Ten fantasy Blu-ray boxsets and special editions

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Re: Pedantic attack! @Duffy

First page, just before the Twin Peaks part.

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Pedantic attack!

The Twin Peaks set is missing the companion novel "Secret Diary of Laura Palmer"

The Hayao Miyazaki Complete Collection misses almost all short films but includes a bonus disc with a 90 minute conference piece where Miyazaki announces his retirement? Happily there's On Your Mark, probably the best animated music video most of you've never seen. (available on several video sharing websites of course)

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Microsoft has made excellent software, you pack of fibbers

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Re: Win7...

"Including Win 8 and 8.1, which, being 64-bit, point blank refuses to run anything 32-bit, even in compatibility mode."

Are you trolling or stupid?

Your tactic works, seeing how many upvotes you already got.

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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Re: Sick and tired of microsoft @Dan 55

"four out of the last five Patch Tuesdays have needed a rollback of somekind."

None of those patch tuesday problems have been a problem with any of my clients.

There have been plenty of MS updates that have caused havoc with some users. Usually the problems have arised on a very small subset of users due to special hardware/software circumstances and most people never have to uninstall any updates. (and most users wouldn't even know how to uninstall anything anyway)

Same goes with other operating systems, there's always some people whining how the latest Android/IOS/OSX update broke something.

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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Re: Great Googly Moogly @P.Lee

"He compromised himself by taking the money" and

"Don't take bribes. Don't take things which could be construed as bribes."

He did compromise himself as you write. Then again if he didn't take the money from any sources he wouldn't be the state AG and the guy who did take the money would be. Does taking money from any organization invalidate the AG's capacity to handle cases concerning the donating parties? And if it's an umbrella organization is the AG powerless against all companies/individuals under it?

I'm not a US citizen so please educate if I have failed to understand the situation.

As I understand this, the quoted figure of $2,500 is a puny amount when his latest AG campaign in 2011 received $1.7M in donations, and the biggest donations clearly came from law firms/organizations. Then again that's $2.5k is 2% of his annual salary so it isn't "chickenfeed" either.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: "irrational factors such as the shell’s colour"

"pink was perfect. No chance of missing it while digging around to find the damned thing."

My workplace coffee mug was selected with that criteria also!

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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Re: Are Canonical still waiting for Intel to make x86 Phablets a "Thing"?

>> What tablet computers have they been building for about fifteen years?

> Old assed Laptops that had reversible Twist 'round Displays, and generally were shipped with XP.

Oh - those.

All those computers (and that early 90's Windows 3 model) were built by OEMs. They were not built nor sold by MS. The only MS tablets I know of are the Surface tablets.

That you couldn't uninstall.

Well, boo-hoo. My current Windows installation came with the (uninstallable) snipping tool and it takes a grand total of <500k of space. Big Fecking Deal.

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Re: Are Canonical still waiting for Intel to make x86 Phablets a "Thing"?

"I joke of course, because actually Microsoft have been building tablet computers for about fifteen years, but no one ever buys them."

What tablet computers have they been building for about fifteen years?

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Re: Don't write off the desktop @M.Habel

"Then everyone would have bitched about another useless re-imaging of XP again."

When XP was released people bitched how it was just a prettier version of Win2000.

"Now if you look at what they've done to Office, and essentially made it a Rent-ware by removing, or stopping all support for most Off-Line versions."

That sentence does not compute.

Yes, O365 needs subscription but they still do offer Office 2013 and neither needs online connectivity.

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Microsoft kills its Euro pane in the a**: The 'would you prefer Chrome?' window

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Re: @Col_Panek

"Not in my country. You go to Staples, WalMart or Best Buy and you have no choice."

So you have no choice in Staples, Walmart and BB.

Sigh. You probably can't buy coyote urine in those stores either but that doesn't mean it's not available in your country.

HP's website offers customization. The default for computers is Win8.1 but you can change it to Freedos or SLES 11 and the price goes down $125. Dell offers computers preloaded with Ubuntu as well, and there's plenty of boutiques that sell fully customized computers with a non-Microsoft OS or no OS at all.

Saying that you can't buy a PC without Windows in the US (I based your location on your comment history) means you're either lying or you just don't know what you're talking about. Which one is it?

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Re: @LDS @Flocke

"All of this stuff about IE was for desktop computers, where customers are required to buy Windows whether they want it or not."

But there are desktop computers available without Windows and that was the case back in 2010 when browserchoice.eu was devised. HP and others have provided computers with just FreeDos at least back in 2005 if not earlier. There are/were plenty of shops that built computers and you could order the hw without sw.

Plenty of people would like to have their Macs without OSX, why don't people focus on that also?

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Pirate Bay admins 'couldn't care less' about police raid

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10100100000?

Was 10100111001 already taken?

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We are never getting back to... Samsung's baking Apple's 14nm 'A9' chips?

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Ha-Ha!

I hope Samsung really fleeces Apple on the deal!

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The Grandmaster: Epic, heart-melting, oh and there's lots of kung fu

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Re: Released .... 2013 ...

It's closer to two years since the film premiered 8 Jan 2013. And the US general premiere (not festivals) was 30 Aug 2013, not 2014. Most other parts of the world showed the film in 2013. The DVD/Blu-ray/Netflix release date was March 2014. The .torrents came days later.

And now UK & Ireland.

There's a good chance that UK still beat ISS and the Antarctican science posts!

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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'appy as hell

"Yeah you El Reg app developers"

You speak in plural. Most likely the app was written by a single El Reg Hack.

For all platforms.

At the same time.

And then the intern was let go.

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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Re: What's so great about Blade Runner? @Matthew

"When it appeared it was unique, the first film to present a distopian view of the future since Fritz Lang's Metropolis from the 1930's!"

Incorrect (very). Educate thyself.

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Re: "Always leave them wanting more"

"Bladerunner - the director's cut" is one of the few times where more is more. Leave it alone.

Obviously you haven't found the Final Cut version yet. That's really the ultimate version (so far...)

If there's going to be a sequel I'm not expecting it to be as great as Blade Runner. I cannot see that being possible - it may still be a great film though. For instance I did like the much maligned Prometheus even though many Alien fans were quite upset because it lacked space marines and proper Aliens and didn't have the gritty feeling of the predecessors.

There are, however, plenty of Scifi sequels that are rather excellent and _sometimes_ greatly surpassing the originals: Mad Max 2, Terminator 2, Aliens, Wrath of Khan, Empire Strikes Back.

Of course, all those films had sequels (and prequels) that were very bad.

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Men, Women and Children: Shows how crap the internet is via the medium of crap film

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Re: ivanica@ntlworld.com @cambsukguy

Will, if you think Zohan wasn't funny I suppose there is no hope for you. It was flawed, as all his movies are I suppose, but there are very funny moments.

Zohan had funny moments - most comedies have at least one. It still wasn't a good film.

I have much more respect for hie serious films.

"Not every movie can be Interstellar"

Hope so!

"sometimes we just need to watch Waterboy or something."

No. Just...no. Hell no!

Sandler is to me very much like Rupert Pupkin. Except Pupkin wouldn't do fecal jokes.

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Re: "Starring Adam Sandler"

Dang, I was about to post the same thing!

Even Rob Schneider is funnier than Sandler.

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World's best threat detection pwned by HOBBIT

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Re: 3 strikes @chivo

Sigh...

Learn NOT to give admin rights to each user.

Can the perp run and install everything on the iMac just by typing his/her password when prompted?

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A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there

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Re: Not surprising...

"Another problem: once a new product is out, good luck getting the previous one!"

"Open up the sales of Windows server 2008 again, and I think you might be surprised at the results. Same applies to the Office products. I know for a fact that plenty of people would rather buy Office 2010 than getting their hands on the new stuff. And I think the same (to a certain extend) applies to the server range as well."

Windows Servers have traditionally had downgrade rights and Server 2012 R2 is no different. You can use any previous server version with the latest license. I thought that was common knowledge?

My only beef with Office 2013 relates to the mandatory MS Account activation with the OEM versions.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: Eraser + SSD

Most SSD manufacturers have a "toolbox" software available which can do the ATA Secure Erase command. The procedure takes just seconds and doesn't affect the SSD life. Your BIOS may also contain a Secure Erase option.

Microsoft has included the cipher.exe CLI utility since Windows 2000 and it can write zeros to all unused/deleted portions and that's been good enough for me when I'm retiring or re-using drives.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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I'm surprised!

No-one has mentioned the "Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel". Is it really that obscure film?

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And the award for the world's most tech-savvy country goes to …

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@Phil

Fixed lines may be more reliable but they suffer from being fixed. Mobile phones are more handy since you can use them anywhere. A fixed line phone is useless to me and the OP. And many others I believe.

My LTE connection at home is several times faster than what the telephone lines could deliver and much cheaper too.

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SandWorm thrived thanks to botched MSFT patch says HP

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Re: Polish the turd, yo!

Please remind us again - how many patches were needed to kill Shellshock?

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LSI driver bug is breaking VSANs, endangering data

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40 days? Pah!

Even Windows 95 managed 49.7 days before crashing!

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BAD SANTA: Don't get ripped off this Christmas

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Re: Further shopping tips @Nigel

"if you were to put a cheque in the post"

I guess your example is valid in some dinky 3rd world country.

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The Pirate Bay co-founder exits jail, now, er, free to eat vegan food

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Re: @Hugh

"The fact that anyone even thought that they could remake a Tarkovsky film is awful. Enough said, I think."

Let me guess: it starred Clooney so you disrelished the film automatically?

Technically speaking it wasn't a remake of the Tarkovsky film but reimagining the original Lem novel.

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Re: @Alistair

Solaris wasn't awful at all.

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@h4rm0ny

"Does Sweden have much of a home-grown movie and music and games industry?"

Some, I guess. Have you seriously never heard (of) Abba or Minecraft?

"if I were to check the top 100 pirated movies or music by Swedish residents each month, what proportion of that would be content produced in Sweden?"

I don't know. Is there such statistics even available?

I guess you could check the Swedish music charts and see for yourself whether the Swedes listen the Swedish music.

"The reason I ask is because if this person wants to stand politically on a platform of abolishing copyright in his country, I want to know whether he expects the impact to be felt by Sweden or other nations."

What the hell are you talking about?

First of all, the Reg article clearly states that the guy is a MEP candidate 'in his native Finland'.

Second, the Finnish Pirate Party states in their manifesto amongst other things:

"removing excessive copyright restrictions"

That doesn't read to me as abolishing copyrights. Please explain your rationale.

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