* Posts by ITS Retired

49 posts • joined 16 Dec 2010

Net neutrality victory: DC court backs full rules

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Unhappy

Hillary is a big money, business friendly corporatist.

She will more than likely put in place a business friendly replacement, so net neutrality will probably be short lived..

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Microsoft shifts Windows 7 and 8.1 fixes to 'rollup' bundles

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Holmes

Re: Will the rollup silently include KB3035583 and (unwanted) telemetry?

That is my thought exactly. Microsoft has been proven to never have been trustworthy - Time and time again.

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

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Re: Faulty nagware

I think it only give you three (3) days, at most.

No way are they going to let you opt out. Open W I D E , while we shove this sweet nectar down your throat, whether you want it of not.

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US chap sharpens paradigm-busting scissors

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Re: wow.

"And it has a pair of leather shears with the same feature."

But how well do they cut?

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Happy

Re: You can even cut COLORED things with it!

Now if only someone would invent some digital scissors.

Hey, don't laugh. I have table top camera tripod that is digital ready. These scissors could be used to say... crop pictures.

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

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Happy

Have you thought of reusing those old passwords?

Some anyway still might work.

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Competition? No way! AT&T says it will sue to keep Google Fiber out of Louisville, Kentucky

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Happy

Re: I'm more surprised they still use poles...

When Google strung their fiber through my neighborhood, there was literately no way they could have buried their fiber in the right of way. You can't even walk through back there. Between lack of room between fences, garages, sheds and other outbuildings, there was no way to get any kind of trencher through there. Hand digging is out of the question as too expensive and too hands on.

So they strung it on the excising power poles, that already hat AT&T and cable hung on them. They were here and gone from the neighborhood in a couple of days, instead of several weeks.

Except for one burn-in equipment failure in the beginning, the Internet service has been up 100% for a couple of years now.

Oh, and the excising competition has up their speeds and lowered there prices. So every on is happy except for AT&T and the cable companies.

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Louisville says yes to Google Fiber. Funny story: AT&T, TWC didn't want that to happen

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Holmes

When Google Fiber came to Kansas City,

AT&T started offering higher speeds and lower prices, as did the other Internet providers around here. The same goes for the TV offerings too. Amazing what actual competition can do for the customer.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Holmes

Re: Shock Horror new CPUs won't support 7 year old OS

And the same people praising Microsoft for their over extended microcontrol, control that interferes with what people want to do with their own computers, and in private, would be up in arms if the government tried to do the exact same thing.

Why is that? Corporations good, government regulation bad? To most people the world is a little more complicated than that. Not enough regulations are at fault here.

What is happening here, is that Microsoft wants to be the ONLY operating system allowed to run on new hardware, regardless of purpose. Regardless of the sensitivity of the data on said computer.

Want to run Linux? Bribe someone in China for a proper CPU and chip set. Not rich enough? Too bad, you will comply.

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Windows 10 makes big gains at home, lags at work

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Re: Same of rubbish people talk when a new OS comes out.

What was Microsoft thinking to even allow a download of Win10 over the Internet, without two or more absolute confirmations from the computer owner and what the download would entail? There should have been nothing automatic about it.

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IT manager jailed for 5 years for attempting dark web gun buy

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Devil

Re: Don't the bizzies have any real terrorists to arrest?

"(and after 10 years in jail, he made all sorts of criminal connections and embarked on a real crime career - well done !)"

If you have to do the time, might as well do the crime.

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How NSA continued to spy on American citizens' email traffic – from overseas

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Big Brother

The meta data is the outside packet, the one routers use to know where to sent that bit of information... And where it came from. Information needed at the receive end.

Meta data is quick and easy to read on the fly. To read the content takes a bit more time, plus part of the message might go a different route, making it even harder to read a complete message because you have to be monitoring that route as well and combine the various parts. That takes time and to do it for a lot of messages, would slow the Internet to a crawl.

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California cops pull over Google car for driving too SLOWLY

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Facepalm

Re: What's funny...

And genuine intelligence is in short supply also, even with many thousands of years of development.

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Colorado unshackles cities, lifts ban on govt-owned muni broadband

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Holmes

Re: Good news everyone?

Shortly after Google moved into Kansas City MO, the existing Internet providers lowered their prices and up their speeds. The delay in ISP's upgrading was because they had to upgrade their existing mid 1990's equipment for the increased speed. I can imagine that cut into their gravy train profits a bit.

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Food, water, batteries, medical supplies, ammo … and Windows 7 PCs

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Re: If you have the Win7 install disks

But you cannot get the service pacs from Microsoft, making XP useless.

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Microsoft offers to PAY YOU to trade in your old computer for a Windows 10 device

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Devil

This^^^

It is MY COMPUTER, set up the way I want it. Micro@@#%& has no right to override what I want and my settings.

Three time so far they have done just that by trying to get me to to install Win10. If I could get the service packs, I rather go back to XP first.

How long till the first Class Action law suit?

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

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Re: Finally hired someone who knows good software

I can't see Microsoft's version of Linux being any better than their own desktop software.

What I can see are patient and copyright lawsuits by MS against the established Linux world.

The DoJ needs to revisit the breakup of Microsoft into Office software and operating system software.

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Win8 inventory glut? Yep, it's all Microsoft's fault, says HP

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Big Brother

Obligatory Linux post.

Why not reload the excess computers with some flavor or other of Linux? The sellers and re-sellers might come out ahead a buck or two by being able to sell them in a timely manner.

There'd be less chance of big brother spying on you, if nothing else.

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Re: Why not?

Classic Shell is a fix for a real problem, a work around for another MS misstep. I was thinking of a complete separate GUI to replace the MS version. That way people can chose a 3rd market GUI that will have the look and feel, better suited for what they want and do.

Why do people spend hours trying to make the GUI usable from the MS default with every new OP? The XP version of the desktop, seems to have become a standard people want, whether it is a Linux mint desktop, or Win 7, or Win 8/8.1 or the new Windows 10. What's with MS trying to make a desktop look and feel like a phone or a fondle slab? With a touch screen yet? Desktops have mice and are used for serous work in one place, even for home users. If people want to be mobile, the still can, but why should that desktop that is 18X17X6.5 inchs, with a 24 to 30 something screen (or two) and a mouse, have the same look and feel as their mobile device? Why make the Desktop conform to a mobile standard?

Most people are smart enough to use their different computer devices effectively, even though the look and feel of each is different.

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FAIL

Why not?

When is Microsoft going to be forced to separate its GUI from the operation system?

Most of every complaint in every "up-grade" are the increasingly frustrating features bugs in the GUI. Desktops are not laptops and laptops are not slabs. Business machines are not home game machines. Stop already with trying to make them all the same.

Let 3rd parties in on the GUI.

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Boffin

We don't even understand all of what we need to know

as to how life was allowed to evolve here. For instance our magnetic field.

We know we would have lost a good portion of our atmosphere without it and it helps to protect living things on the ground, but what other effects does it have on the air we have, to allow us to live in the first place? Without that magnetic field, what would out atmosphere look like? Another Venus?

All this talk about finding another Earth is BS. The list needed to make another planet, an inhabitable earth, is long and we do not understand how long that list has to be.

So stop already trying to tell us we found another earth. No, we haven't. We found another rocky planet, in the Goldilocks zone. Normally it's within 50% larger that the size of our own planet. A real another Earth would have to be with in a few percent of everything of our own planet. Sunlight, gravity, magnetic field, water, minerals/metals required for life, etc.

And even if we did find one, there is no guarantee of any kind that there is any life more intelligent than say, goldfish there. No matter the age of that planet. "Intelligent life" may be a fluke of this planet alone. At least until Mother Earth finishes correcting her mistake.

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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Holmes

Re: "If there's a shiny new Jeep Cherokee sitting in your driveway..."

"If the air-con pump seizes there is no way to re-route the drive belt to bypass it."

Turn the A/C OFF! There is a magnetic clutch involved. Cut the wire to it, if necessary. Finger nail clippers? Knife? Yank the wire out. Just getter done and be back on your way, before you die of thirst because you probably did not bring any water with you.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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FAIL

Re: If only

Just like the lack of biodiversity in nature, a single OS for everything is vulnerable to one glitch, or one virus, or one flaw, bringing everything down.

There is no reason for not having OS designed for efficiency for each device and having the look and feel tuned for that device also. What works best for a desk top, makes for frustration on a smart phone or fondle slab. OS optimized for touch screens on a phone or slab are hardly workable on a desk top on a desk in a cube farm.

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Thumb Up

That's in in a nut shell

Their is no reason, good or bad, why the GUI needs to be part of the operating system.

MS can do their security updates, upgrades on the OS and not effect the end user.

But by leaving the hooks alone, from one upgrade to the next, they could even graft a Linux GUI if someone wanted to and the GUI could stay the same. Productivity would not suffer by having to learn MS new way of doing things every time.

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Sinister lobby group (AT&T, Verizon among membership) sues FCC to kill net neut

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Holmes

AT&T, Verizon etc

And they want to continue to be able to do so. And willing to spend some lunch money to get their way.

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FCC sexes up, er, sextuples 'broadband' speed to 25Mbps in US

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Re: "...people simply didn't need 25Mbps..."

And 20 meg hard drives are more than enough storage.

! gig Google fiber here. It does make a difference, it really does.

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User flexibility without the risk

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Facepalm

Taking company equipment to use at home is a bad enough security risk

Being able to use your own personable equipment at work, is just asking for system down time.

IT does have control, mostly over company equipment.

But IT doesn't have much control over your personal laptop or fondle slab, when used at work.

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Why 120 people protested outside San Francisco City Hall (Hint: 'Hybrid' net neutrality)

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Flame

Common Carriers

Internet providers need to be declared "Common Carriers". That is what they actually are anyway. They don't have much, if any say in where their Internet customers surf, correct? You give them an outrageous bunch of money every month and they in return let you on the information highway to go wherever.

Unless a person is sitting inside a private business, the Internet is wide open to most anyone that can get on. Me thinks that pretty much meets the definition of common carrier.

The FCC needs to declare them common carries, drop the gavel and go to lunch. They won't though, because the FCC deck is stacked with people beholden to those very same businesses they are supposed to be regulating. No wonder this is taking so long to be settled.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Boffin

When I was working..

I used the names of the towns on Oahu, Hawaii, plus the obligatory number of special characters, tacked on the end, to log on to my computer. Plenty of names longer than 10 characters with the padding.

Of course, I had a printed cheat sheet with all my many passwords in the drawer with the security files I used.

No way, with all the various differing password rules for the different log-ins I needed, could I remember them all.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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Re: Possible option:

I can't write on those credit card thingies at the check out. My own signature sometimes does not look vaguely like my own signature. Then what?

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

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FAIL

Another Fail

They also removed the Refresh button. I do a web page. When I update it, I like to see the results. I already have the mouse in my hand clicking on buttons to upload the changes, bring the browser page to the front and before I could move the mouse a short distance and refresh the page by clicking the Refresh button, to see what I did. No more. Now I have to use the keyboard to press F5. Not a smooth move.

Not everybody just surfs the web and sends/receives E-mails of cute cats and/or forwards the latest PT Barnum style 'common wisdom'. Some of us do actual work on PC's, involving the web browser. Stop making things harder already, by removing needed tools.

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PC market's bleeding slows thanks to XP phase-out

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Holmes

Re: Tablets do not replace PCs

A "Start" button, with a listing of all the installed programs, is very useful.

I still have XP on my computer. On the Right side of the screen is a tool bar, I set up, with short cuts for the programs I use often. I tried to do this on our Win7 laptop and couldn't figure out how to do it, without messing up the tray. Surely there has to be a simple way to do this.

Oh and don't muck up the BIOS so that only Windows 7 or 8.XX can be loaded on that machine. Linux keeps looking better with each "advance" in MS OS

Computers are tools. One shouldn't have to take classes, use Google, or search You Tube, to figure out what was fairly intuitive in XP and even MINT16.

How about a variety of free GUI, so that the style of desktop you want can be loaded from a list on a web site. The operating system can then just be the operating system. MS can upgrade the OS and whatever, as long as they don't mess with the hooks in the GUI. That would make upgrading less painful.

Microsoft has forgotten about the KISS principle for their users. There is too much change for change sake with each upgrade. Why the every changing nomenclature? And stop moving stuff around, on top of the label changes!

One last thing - Get rid of the Registry. A properly designed OS doesn't need it.

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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Unhappy

Re: I worry about the squirrels and otters

Linux Mint 16 works great for several weeks.... Until the Network Daemons refuse to start and nothing you do can get networking to work properly again, except a reload - that works for several weeks, until the next time it quits working again...

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WTF?

That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft

Killing their most popular operating system because their latest replacement isn't cash cowy enough.

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FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

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Boffin

Re: Code does not rot

Booting to a log-in screen does not mean the operating system has loaded. On Win8, that happens for several minutes AFTER you log in. And there is not a whole lot you can do till it is loaded. More MS fakery.

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Indian government to bar politicians from using Gmail for official business

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FAIL

Re: Strange goings on

Outlook was bad for that. We had to change the .zip to ,zi1 or whatever. Anything other than .zip. With instructions in the E-mail on what to change it back to. There were a few other extensions that were problems too, like .exe, that were gotten around the same way. What a joke.

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

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Facepalm

They do.

Every other time.

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Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world's net traffic

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Big Brother

The NSA was adding another Splitter room to Google.

Sorry about the down time.

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

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Facepalm

Re: Of course, there is ONE solution...

And let the world know how spaghetti coded or otherwise how badly their old Flagship XP OS really are coded? Someone would go through it and come up with a version of open source XP, half the size, twice as fast, with much better security, all within a few months. That would never do.

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Hemp used to make graphene-like supercapacitors

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FAIL

Re: We are all saved!!

Off peak energy for solar power definition: When the sun don't shine.

For the wind not blowing, it is in the evening when people get home and turn on the A/C and electric cook stove, usually about the time of the setting sun. Also in the early morning, when people are getting up and getting ready for work. The sun low on the horizon on both occasions. neither are really available, when you need them the most.

Hydro? Global warming is turning the water source for that into mud flats.

How's that nuclear looking now, huh?

The last member of the human race, because of our arrogance, is gonna freeze to death, starving and naked in a cave, shortly after s/he burns the last stick of wood in existence.

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10-day stubble: Men's 'socio-sexual attributes' at their best

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Facepalm

10 days?

After 10 days my 5 O'clock shadow is just coming in. It took over 4 months for me to look as if I meant not to shave.

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SHOCK: Poll shows Americans think TSA is highly effective

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Facepalm

Re: Here is my solution: make the poll part of the boarding process

This sound too much like including the passenger in the security loop as a sentient person. Where does this "Keep'em scared" come in, if the targeted sheep can ask embarrassing questions in the survey and otherwise question the so-called security and procedures?

This can never work, 'cause it is a step back and counter productive from the eventual total control by our over Overlords.

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Google taking orders for Kansas City gigabit fiber network

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Thumb Up

The competition is already trying to catch up

But they can't. (Comcast and AT&T) Too many years scratching each others back and over charging the customer and over paying the CEO's and doing the minimum they could get by with on upgrading their systems.

They've had the fiber in the ground a block from where I live, for almost a month now.

Google's free 5meg Internet access is the same speed as I used to pay $65 a month for, from a cable provider.

And Now $70 a month for 1 gigabit. I really hope Google hurts them financially for their greediness all these years.

Signed up and chomping at the bit...

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Social networks can't be forced to filter content, rules top EU court

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Big Brother

Re: Re: Just wait

What brown envelope? It is income. They report the kick-back portion of the "contribution" on their taxes as an expense.

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Mozilla pushes out final Firefox 5 test build

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Holmes

Beat me to it

When are they going to address the memory leak? Anyone have a kludge or anything in the mean time?

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Record Patch Tuesday with 17-bulletin bumper crop

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Alert

Microsoft Trustworthy Computing

That's where the guy said he worked, from in the link at the end of the article.

Anyway, I think I'll be waiting a bit to install this Batch-O-Patches on the 5 XP machines I am responsible for.

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Chinese 'repurpose' Top Gun footage

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Boffin

When viewed from straight above the Earth looks round.

Which would be the case when the Moon is overhead.

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FBI 'planted backdoor' in OpenBSD

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Big Brother

Well, it's so obvious by now that it was, that 'inside job' didn't need to be mentioned.

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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