* Posts by ShelLuser

1867 posts • joined 19 Dec 2010

Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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Oppression

To me it seems that there are a lot of beancounters active (the school board or council?) who are completely unaware of how things work in the real world and are only concerned about their companies so called good reputation. And every risk of getting a somewhat negative comment about the things they do needs to be suppressed or silenced best as possible.

They may not like what Zaloom wrote, and I agee that one could argue that Zaloom could have used different wording, but that's really not what this is all about. In fact, the so called reasoning behind it is laughable:

"Szemalikowski told the Camden New Journal he decided to try to destroy Zaloom's chances of attending a good university because he was worried the potty-mouth blogger "could be developing into an anarchist”."

Sure. But if he's so afraid of a possible threat then wouldn't it be much safer if you could keep an eye out on the things Zaloom says or does instead of forcing him to go "underground"? Cutting his ties with the society or community that he was familiar with could risk exactly that. Sorry, but I only see a cheap excuse here to get rid of a source of negative commentary. Nothing more, nothing less.

Schools aren't run by a headmaster or some form of "school democracy" any longer. There are powers at work (the school council for example) who approach the whole environment strictly from a business point of view. And they have absolutely no interest what so ever in the human side of things.

Heck; have we already forgotten how a school council (with an all too willing headmaster in my opinion) were having no problems with expelling a 9 year old girl and only because she liked taking pictures of the school food and blog about them? Not even in a negative manner perse, merely giving her opinion on the food she got that day.

Who knows; maybe she'll become a new top chef some day. But no; the school council didn't care, all they cared about is silencing people who might talk negative about their organization, even if it's merely constructive criticism.

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Reports: NSA has compromised most internet encryption

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@AC

You do realize that a project, enabled by default in the kernel, is called SE Linux and it originates from the NSA itself.

You were saying?

FreeBSD suddenly became so much more appealing...

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I wonder

How many people realize that SE Linux (secured Linux) is in fact: NSA SE Linux?

For good or bad; I don't know. But it sure got a very weird ring to it as of late.

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Microsoft - do you really think you can take on Google with Nokia?

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@JDX

I most certainly hope not, but I guess Microsoft are crazy enough to do just that. It would most certainly do them a lot more bad that good in my opinion.

Personally I actually like the Windows Phone (I own a WP7.5 device) but I never liked the weird looks of the Nokia devices. So I ended up with my favourite brand when it comes to cellphones: Samsung.

But if they would stop allowing others to make Windows Phones too then I'll most certainly won't be buying one anymore.

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Techie Crotty will put £1m in Bletchley museum's kitty ... if you do the same

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Cheapskate

I think that's a very cheap way to make a donation. Because let's not forget that this guy doesn't promise them 1 million perse, he only promised to go as far as 1 million when doubling whatever funds they can get their hands on.

So how likely is it that TNMOC can lay their hands on a million? This seems like damage control to me.

If that guy really wants to do something for this museum then he should simply donate an amount of money which they can then spend instead of using tricks like these.

Still, maybe that's the plan all along; getting geeks a bit worked up so that they'll donate too in order to make sure that he'll have to go all the way with his one million pound.

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Microsoft cans three 'pinnacle' certifications, sparking user fury

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Do I spot a tendency here?

From the article: "As technology changes so do Microsoft certifications and as such, we are continuing to evolve the Microsoft certification program."

When they slashed TechNet: "As IT trends and business dynamics have evolved, so has Microsoft's set of offerings for IT professionals who are looking to learn, evaluate and deploy Microsoft technologies and services."

"evolved, changed..." it's never their doing it seems; always something else which is to blame. Yet the funny thing is that the people who are actually deeply involved with the subject at hand which allegedly "evolved" or "changed" apparently didn't got the message; most of them didn't see it coming at all, and aren't too happy about it either.

So what's next? Well, I have an idea..

"Since we're running out of excuses we're now simply telling you that you can no longer be part of our Partner network (required to be eligible to (re)sell Microsoft products) without paying us an annual fee of $ 750,- / year. Times are changing, and so is our partner network.".

And before anyone comments: Yes, at this time I honestly consider Microsoft stupid enough to demand that resellers start paying them a fee before they can sell their products. (At this time you can apply for a membership with their Partner network when you represent a registered company.)

Suicide you say? In my opinion they already started that process when they decided to slash TechNet.

And for the record; I'm not happy with these developments at all.

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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

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@codejunky

I'm going to get slack for this, I'm sure, but when reading the other comments I can't help myself..

"All in all a self made situation is not a real situation. Real sexism is bad. This is complaining because you want to".

I'd agree with you at first impression too. But if there's one thing which dating and spending quality time with my gf has taught me is that women, in general (yes, I am generalizing), often tend to be.. how do I put this; influenced by their emotions. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, I'm also not trying to stereotype here.

But I also can't help mentioning that this is exactly what went through my mind. I've seen this before. And if you don't believe me; read up my own previous comment where I also clearly mentioned "you're writing this from your own perspective" (or something close enough).

The author isn't bitchy IMO, she's simply writing it up from her point of view. And although I don't agree perse I can understand that when looking back (in perspective of her current situation) she might not agree with the whole ordeal.That's what you're reading here I think.

Thing is; you're talking sexism but when reading her story that never popped into my mind to be honest. Could be because of a general feminine conspiracy and they already managed to get to me with their, well, let's keep it civil ;) (also because I have a hunch someone I know could be reading this).

But I also think that sex difference is at the bottom here. Which is why I went for "have you ever spoken to those guys again" in my comment up there.

Ok: you're an unmarried manager. You have a female employee in your team and she's just about the first woman you came across in your field of work. AND you noticed she stands out from the crowd.

How exactly would YOU tell her to dress differently (while you also honestly mean the stuff you say; you could also have asked her to come around in a bikini which would really score high (in the wrong way) but you really meant for her to succeed)?

I can well imagine that the manager had in mind that 'casual' could be different for men and women. So to make sure to get his point across he started mentioning that which he knew best; men's wear. Yet I have to agree that I also have a hard time believing that the stuff would go as far as her hair style.

Alas; my 2 cents on the matter.

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But what does a woman dress like?

"We talked about keeping my hair pulled back and wearing more neutral attire like the rest of the guys on the team. I took his advice: I traded my heels and Ann Taylor outfits for Gap khakis, button-down shirts and comfy Clarks."

And this basically tells us (us men anyway) absolutely nothing. It makes me wonder if the way you dressed was the problem factor and not so much the fact you wore womens clothing.

The reason I'm wondering is because when I look up 'Ann Taylor' or 'Ann Taylor outfits' I see a lot of outfits which I would describe as evening or party outfits and not so much outfits which are suited to wear when visiting clients who got regular IT problems. And with that I'm not focussing on the mini skirts and cleavages perse (but its something I do take into consideration), but simply the appearance itself.

I'm tempted to compare this with working at a department where everyone is casually dressed while I continuously show up wearing suits or similar which simply make me stand out from the rest. If you visit a client like that you'll get the same reactions, especially since they expected a regular IT guy to come over and fix their problems. Not some IT-manager-would-be, that might even give some people the impression that you're dressed like that in order to hide other things.

Which brings me to another issue; I don't know what kind of problems you and your team solved (you simply mention "regular problems") which is another issue. In more than one cases I had to crawl into places where the cleaners obviously never heard of in order to reach someone's computer, especially when the issues appeared to be hardware related.

I don't see people easily do that while wearing a suit, but I can also see women getting a huge problem with that when wearing something like a mini skirt.

Now, I'm not trying to argue that what happened to you isn't true or anything. The main problem with your story is that you wrote it with your own situation fully in mind. Resulting in several descriptions which tell the readers who weren't there absolutely nothing. When you say you wore "Ann Taylor outfits" then that doesn't tell me anything, and worse, perhaps my Google/Bing 'ing even gave me the wrong impression (as I mostly see women with mini skirts and often cleavages there).

But the thing is; I can easily see your story happening to a man as well.

It's not fully related, but when I switched jobs (years ago) from a consultancy firm (where wearing a suit was simply second nature (I always wore suits; in the office, at clients, it was an unwritten company policy)) to a regular service desk where everyone dressed casual I also started wearing suits, but after 2 days immediately realized that it might be a better idea to change my attire. Both the issue of standing out, but also from a team perspective; you don't want to give the first impression either that you feel to be better than the rest.

So I simply can't help wonder if something like that hasn't been going on here as well. Have you ever asked your co-workers or former manager about this? Because then you'd have the complete story, not one which is only based on personal impressions.

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Ex-Sun Micro CTO reveals Greenbytes 'world-beating' dedupe

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In many ways...

Sun was quite ahead of its time. The only sad part is that they didn't seem capable of selling all that, and that's not a healthy situation for a company.

I still recall seeing one of their "black boxes" ("portable" datacentre unit / container) at CeBIT up close a few years back. It was both amazing and impressive. Just get a crane to drop it; hook up electricity, water vents (for cooling) and a network cable and you're ready to go.

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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How's this for analogue...

When 'Return of the Jedi' got released it became clear that it was big. Almost every (Dutch) TV show I watched had to mention this one way or the other, sometimes going even into the regions of the absurd. A show called "Word Vervolgt" ("To be continued") showed at least 5 - 10 minutes of footage (the entire Jabba fight scene and the death star firing at the rebels). For no appearant reason then: "we may also see a lot of comic books appear".

So I ended up doing what any sensible teen would do. Scrape up all my money and eventually got me the super-duper VHS Star Wars collection. All 3 movies in one cool box, how's that for thrills?

Now, for today's standard the image quality is more than hopeless. 4:3 format, not even getting close to be called "standard definition" (vs. "high definition") and it's also a bit awkward to skip scenes.

And yet this is my favourite either way... No Jabba nonsense in Ep3 (we can use our own imagination, thanks), no lame "only shoot in retaliation, even if your life is on the line", no extended Mos Eisley scenes with a so called "funny intermezzo" (Obi Wan says it's a dangerous place and the people act like clowns?) and most of all: no dumb rings while the Death Star(s) explode.

Don't get me wrong: I also enjoy watching the DVDs from time to time, and it's not as if I'm foaming every time I see Han's head move in a rather unnatural way.

Even so; if you want analogue then I think it can't get any better than this :-)

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Happy birthday MIDI 1.0: Slave to the rhythm

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Nice article, but I'll have to admit that just with the first part I got lost somewhere in between. Even so; I think it's a very nice gesture considering that MIDI has got to be one of the most impressive protocols out there.

With that I'm referring to the fact that it's one of those few standards where people and organisations actually comply to and follow said standard, while still trying to come up with improvements. For example; modern MIDI controllers and synthesizers also utilize USB these days. My electronic keyboard (no synth, that's the task for my computer) as well as my MPD24 MIDI drumpad are both connected through USB. Where my MPD24 can even be used as some kind of bridge since it also provides 2 regular MIDI connectors.

So basically a 30 year old protocol which has adapted to modern times, while still making very sure not to 'abuse' the protocol itself. I think that's pretty impressive.

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BILLION-TONNE BELCH emitted from Sun to hit Earth this weekend

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War of the Worlds...

Jeff Wayne already told us, but we wouldn't listen.. "The chances of this coming from Mars are a billion to one they said, but still it comes..."

We know what's up ;-)

Awesome piece of music by the way.

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Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY

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@Andy

Wouldn't it be great if the next brilliant leader decided to allow some of MS's products to interoperate with other systems - like Office for LInux, or Office for Chromebook?

Eventually, yes, but right now I think he has much bigger fish to fry.

Linux is nice, but for Microsoft its still somewhat of a niche market, especially when looking at the desktop.

Quite frankly I think the new CEO should start by reversing some of the recent braindead decisions which have really managed to piss people off. Like, for example, ditching TechNet. Or, ironically enough after that "developers" rant, seeing thousands of developers get plain out ignored when they criticized the latest Visual Studio. Not merely bashing; also making it very clear why they wouldn't upgrade as well as sharing what they thought needed to be changed.

For starters they need to start focussing on their customers and what these people really want. Because that's where the money is coming from!

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BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

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Microsoft are fucked and this just proves it.

Well, I partially agree with you.

IMO this just proves that Ballmer lacks any vision what so ever and, as you said, is now bailing ship. But apart from that this doesn't prove anything. Let's also not forget that Ballmer was convinced that Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 would be huge successes for Microsoft; and look where that got us.

So, although I do share some of your criticism, let's also not forget on which "brilliant" ideas his decision to quit is based on.

I am convinced that if they get a CEO who has a good feeling with the tech that is Microsoft, who knows what's living amongst people (end users, hobbyists, fans and professionals alike) regarding their products and who also dares listening to all those people who take time and effort to share their opinion with a company like Microsoft hoping that it might matter...

If they can get someone like that onboard then I honestly think we might see a huge comeback. They do totally crazy stuff, they're not at all competitive right now, but if there's one thing Microsoft does have it's potential.

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Germany warns: You just CAN'T TRUST some Windows 8 PCs

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Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse..

Whether the story is true or not doesn't even matter any longer. One way or the other; it's another nail into the coffin that is Windows 8.

How much more will follow? More importantly: when will Microsoft finally wake up and start working their way out of this mess?

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

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Wrong market?

I always felt that the Electron was aiming at the wrong market. Because although it could be used as a game computer the games and multimedia capabilities which it had were actually hardly impressive. That is; impressive enough, but in comparison to the Commodore 64 not that great.

But one of it's real strengths was absolutely it's language. BBC Basic for example. At that time and age this critter even allowed me to use inline assembly straight within my basic program. Not even my C64 could pull stunts like that off!

So to me the Electron always felt more professional than the C64, even though the C64 appealed more to me because of it's multimedia capabilities. But this one was a classic.

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US highway agency awards Tesla Model S RECORD safety score

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Easily explained..

Obviously a car which doesn't run anymore also won't be able to cause much casualties.

Well, either that or I have been watching Top Gear a little too much ;)

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Microsoft Exchange: To host or not to host

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Should be obvious...

When looking at "cloud" there's little you can do when it comes down (take Google (though not directly comparable), take the recent Amazon or Microsoft outages...). Perhaps apart from looking up their own error reports (if they actually share anything) or social media.

And no matter how hard you scream, threaten (or actually start) with throwing chairs or start crying over vaporated clouds; it won't make the outage magically go away.

Yet when that local server comes down and you have a qualified IT team or department then at least you can start yelling at those guys ;-) It might even help motivate them to fix the issue a bit quicker (depending on the issue(s) at hand obviously).

Keep things in-house and you gain more control. Go into the cloud all you want, but don't be surprised if you find lots of fog along the way.

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Windows NT: Remember Microsoft's almost perfect 20-year-old?

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@Michael

Amen to that; where server and client basically used the same engine. I recall that with adding one bmp file (the server logo) and changing a single registry key you'd immediately get your client to act and fully behave like a server. Including all configuration options which were server specific (not that there were as many as today, but even so...).

Of course the server version was a lot more expensive. It's a server afterall..

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

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Does MS actually know how to make money?

It's usually done by providing that which your customers want.

So if there are still so many XP users out there, why not come up with a subscription plan to keep XP maintained with security updates for a year or so? When you got a lot of people paying for that then you might actually make some money out of it..

Yet it seems MS is very good at completely ignoring the obvious.

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Xbox 180: Microsoft scraps mandatory Kinect policy

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@Trevor

I think it's more likely that they're being forced to do the right thing instead. If they don't comply to the gamers wishes then they can look at yet another major loss in sales, and something tells me that Microsoft is slowly reaching a point where they can't afford losses like that any longer.

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Despite Microsoft Surface RT debacle, second-gen model in the works

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If there's one thing Microsoft is good at...

It's turning something totally bug ridden into a decent or maybe even high-quality product. Just look at some of their software products and their history.

The main problem here, especially in a market where you actually need to compete, is that by the time you actually fixed all the mess it remains to be seen if you also managed to undo yourself of the (negative) legacy opinions which the product has gained so far.

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Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated

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Sure, but uhm...

Internet forums often use reader moderation to determine which comments are the best, but new research suggests that tallying up and down votes for online comments is a poor measure of those comments' actual quality.

Well, all they had to do was read xkcd on the TornadoGuard rating.

This isn't about quality; it's mostly about opinions. And yeah, sometimes people don't agree with yours and sometimes they do. But to link ratings to quality is a bit far fetched to begin with; because wouldn't it take quality to judge quality? So what exactly are the requirements on "personal quality" before one can start voting?

Usually it only takes filling out a registration form.

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@Rippy

Which Internet are they talking about?

Well, I'd like to share the place but then I'm afraid it wouldn't be nice anymore ;)

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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

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@AC

I predict a large scale exodus of companies hosting in the USA.

Well, that remains to be seen. Because in general it will be a lot easier for them to simply change their usage policies and be done with it.

Sure, some will hold their ground based on their moral values, but I can't help wonder how many of the companies which claim to have "moral values" will actually live by them now that its being put to the test?

In general it's easier said than done.

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Acer to downplay Windows in favor of Android, Chrome OS

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And the irony of it all...

Is in my opinion that Microsoft has brought this all upon themselves.

Times have changes; people and companies actually get a choice in the matter.

Still; here's hoping that something good comes out of all this. Maybe Microsoft will, at one point, be (financially) forced into supplying older software (think Windows 7, Office 2010, etc.) besides their current line of (unwanted) software.

I think that could be very good for business too. There's plenty of demand for Office 2010 in my surrounding whereas 2012's simplified looks actually seems to scare some people off.

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End of an era as Firefox bins 'blink' tag

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Not all is lost ;-)

We still have our trusty CSS3 animation ;-)

<style>

@keyframes blink {

from {color: black; }

to {color: white; }

}

</style>

Now all that's left is using animation and referring to this keyframe section:

<p style="animation:blink .5s infinite">This is now blinking!</p>

Takes a little more code than one tag, but looks so much better, sorta ;-)

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Microsoft unveils push-button app generator for Windows Phone

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They're getting desperate it seems...

First you needed to cough up nearly $100,- just to get an option to be able and hack away with your phone, simply because every Windows Phone is "dev locked", so even if you hook it up to Windows then there's no way you'll be able to access the device through .NET calls.

Then they started their refund promo's. Of course; it wasn't really a promo, you still had to cough up the $100,- but Microsoft promised that they would pay you back. Yeah right; that was a very weird deal for people who couldn't pay using their local currency (read: getting extra transaction and exchange costs not once, but two times).

So now, maybe a year or so later, they finally learned. If you check how you can register for Windows phone development you'll see that not only does Microsoft provide a discount, this time it actually is one.

I tried it out and now the annual fee is only E 15,- for me. I can even pay directly in Euro's, how's that?

There is of course a problem.. I've long given up on trying to hack away on the Windows phone, already removed the whole SDK from my computer (even though it really looks impressive) because I really couldn't see the use for it.

But even if I could be swayed there's the issue of me still using Windows Phone 7, and that market is limited due to the current Windows Phone 8. Which only adds up to my approach of "what's the use?".

Quite frankly I'd rather save up those E 15,- and use 'm to pick up my copy of GTA V instead.

Another classic example of too little, too late. Because if I would have been able to dive in for E 15,- when my attention was more "WP7 minded" (last year) then it would have been a no-brainer for me.

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Child porn hidden in legit hacked websites: 100s redirected to sick images

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Just too bad

That some governments seem more concerned for hiding this stuff than actually fighting it.

But this development is a no brainer; a lot of companies who got their website hacked care only for 1 thing: to have it back up working as soon as possible. Even if this involves risks. So the best thing a hacker can do is simply nothing. And then he'll have a whole box to himself.

In bizarre cases ICT could even be told not to fix any problems because of the risk that the site might become unavailable.

THAT is modern computing for you. Yeah, let's focus on filtering out the results then all is well with the Internet again.

I'd say confiscate the machine and at least hold the person(s) responsible for the web contents accountable too.

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Terror cops swoop on couple who Googled 'backpacks' and 'pressure cooker'

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So don't shop while at work?

Although I completely agree that this is a pretty good example of what can happen, even if you have "nothing to hide", it also shows another issue: be careful with the private stuff you do at work.

Even at my last job, where the boss was even OK with me hanging around on IRC on Friday, I never ever went online shopping while at work. At the very most visiting a news website or something, but that's about it.

Personally I think that's the main problem at hand here; don't treat your working environment as your personal living environment. It's not. You don't go shopping during lunch break, so why would you go do that stuff online?

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Gmail, Outlook.com and e-voting 'pwned' on stage in crypto-dodge hack

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One small flaw...

Man in the middle

It's hardly a surprise that as soon as you get near-physical contact to a victims device then you'll get a lot of options to perform malicious attacks. One of the reasons why you should be careful with using your tablet or phone out in the open while you have no clue what (or if) wifi networks are being used.

Of course the majority doesn't care at all, as long as they can read their e-mails, tweets and do some online banking.

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Google Glassholes can't take long walks off short piers thanks to Merc app

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@wowfood

"In fact, I'm patenting that right now. Nobody can use their voice to inform emergency services that they were in a car crash, injured or give out their location without paying me royalties."

Good for you!

Fortunately for me my company has a patent on the process of "announcing to patent an automated emergency response system in public". We did that to help prevent confusion amongst people interested in using such a device, not for the money of course.

SO I guess we'll now have to sent you a bill :-)

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WikiLeaks: Manning guilty verdict sets 'dangerous precedent'

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And the others?

It would also be interesting to know what will happen to the people who, according to the leaked documents, performed illegal and unethical acts while in the service of the US military.

I get the feeling that we won't hear much of that though.

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Lingering fingerprint fingering fingered in iOS 7 for NEW iPHONE

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Another example where Microsoft missed the boat..

Before my current Windows Phone 7.5 I used to have a PDA / cellphone alike device called the Toshiba Portege G900. Guess what? It came equiped with a fingerprint scanner as well, and it worked quite well too.

Unfortunately, like so many other things, support for this scanner was near to nill. You most certainly couldn't unlock your phone with a swipe or make a successful swipe perform other feats. No, it was a present feature but never used fully. So basically you could unlock your phone with both your pin code and swiping your fingers. Which only made it much harder, so why bother?

So if this takes off then forgive me for laughing at yet another display of Microsoft having a pretty solid feature yet totally unaware what to do with it or build it to its maximum potential.

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Microsoft adds Visual-Studio-like text editor to SkyDrive

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With or without..

Colours?

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Microsoft to Google: Please remove us from internet

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Too early for conclusions...

Because it's not Microsoft which sent the eventual request; it was that LeadID organisation.

So for all we know $someone could also have tricked LeadID into relaying a bogus request; which would tell us more about this organisation than Microsoft.

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Microsoft introduces warning on child abuse image searches

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@Alister

Don't worry; it's only a matter of time. Then our "organisation for more security" (with many thanks to all the law abiding spam firms which donated heavily to our cause) will start our next campaign: force browsers to remove all those distracting pop-up blockers.

As you showed yourself they're only hindering decent websites from warning their visitors.

Sure I'm jesting; but how long before morons pick up on this as well?

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Kids LIE about age on Facebook, gasps Brit ad watchdog

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@murph

"THEY ARE NOT STOPPING YOU FROM LOOKING AT PORN."

Yet.

Once the infrastructure is in place, which is the first hurdle to take, then it will become a lot easier to add extra contents to the filter without anyone knowing. Or worse: redirects.

You know; how people in Europe get Google results on how to book a vacation whenever they're searching for something Eastern, and the people in the US getting results on Islamitic extremists and the likes. It's not full censorship but also not that kosher either.

Isn't it a bit awkward that there seems to be no transparency as to which sites get blocked? As far as I know you can't request a list of currently blocked contents.

So exactly what's stopping them from expanding without anyone realizing it?

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Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

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@Steve

"Don't forget all those MCSE's out there who think that AD is god's gift to Admins."

But how long is that going to last now that they can soon no longer play with those toys themselves (hinting at Microsoft dropping TechNet support)?

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Missing the bigger picture?

"The truth is that Microsoft can't keep us all happy."

Normally I'd believe that.

However, I think the author is missing or ignoring the bigger picture here. Because one can only acknowledge that it has become "awkward" to say the least that the feeling of dislike is happening all over the place as of late. And if you look at the hard numbers and the way Microsoft has been acting I think there's no denying the issue at hand. This isn't about a few people disliking Microsoft any more.

Lets go non-tech: Gamers. A lot of XBox fans have been in high expectation of the XBox one, and hardly anyone liked it. The dislike spread so deep and wide that Microsoft eventually reversed some of their plans. I highly doubt that they'd go that far if we were talking about "some dislikes" here. But most gamers aren't stupid; they know that unwanted changes can occur after purchase as well, that has now become a big liability for the future of the XBox.

And speaking of Windows 8: surely the extremely disappointing sale numbers say something here?

Sure; let's go modern as well. Cloud you say? When talking "developers, developers" then Microsoft is putting a lot of effort in pushing Visual Studio 2012 forwards. The only problem is that most die-hard Microsoft developers would rather stay on 2010. And instead of acknowledging the whole problem (which, in all fairness, Microsoft has partly done) they're now getting ready for the next Visual Studio version.

Systems engineers? Microsoft whacked TechNet and you can already see some of the impact because of it.

Microsoft has shown a very weird tendency as of late to piss off a lot of their customers, developers and even their fanbase alike. Sure you won't see the effect of those actions the very next day, if you think that Microsoft would be out of business in a few months if those actions were really bad then you're a fool. Changes like that don't go that fast.

But that also doesn't mean that the problem isn't there either.

Surely it's not that hard to realize that if you're losing a monopoly position then the last thing you should do is piss off all the people who actually liked your products?

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Google Chromecast: Here's why it's the most important smart TV tech ever

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I'll stick with my Ryan mediaplayer

"Thus, the UI you use to find and display content on your TV is the exact same UI you use to find and display that content on your Android or iOS device or in your browser. The only difference is that when you press the Cast button, the content comes up on your TV."

That sounds awfully troublesome to me. Because in my place the TV sits in the livingroom, neatly before the couch and all, whereas my computer sits in my 'study' (basically a room separated from the living room).

And well, if I want to watch stuff on my TV which resides on my computer the last thing I'd want is having to walk over to the computer, start the contents (automatically missing the first part) then walking back and so on.

Quite frankly I don't really get the advantage here. When I download something to my computer and I want to watch it on the TV I simply put it into a folder which is shared with the network. My Ryan can access my Windows PC, and then play the contents. Better yet: I'm in full control, using the remote I can stop, pause, fast forward; do anything you'd normally want to do. Without even having to get up from the couch.

Use your computer to collect media, then use a mediaplayer to, well, play it.

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Work with Microsoft's stuff for a living? Its reorg will mean NOTHING to you

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You're right, but for the wrong reasons

My (small!) company is heavily relying on Microsoft products. I'm using a Windows 7 Professional desktop together with MS Office 2010 Professional, and we have 2 in-house Windows 2003 servers. Some other people involved are more that often relying on Windows XP.

Next to that we also host some websites on a Windows 2008R2 server, and own a Visual Studio Professional license which, at the time of writing, is mainly used for rather extensive ASP.NET development.

Why I think the reorganisation won't mean anything to me? Because the damage has already been done, big time.

Because in my opinion it can't -by far- outdo the impact of Microsoft's decision to quit with the TechNet subscriptions model. THAT is something which really will leave an impact, not only by Microsoft resellers and consultants such as my company, but all over the place. From the single Microsoft systems engineer who is fascinated with this stuff and decides to work on his own expertise by experimenting at home with a testlab, right down to Enterprise departments where an extra server license is out of the question (this will go out of the departments budget); even if it is partly required for testing purposes. That's where TechNet more than often came in.

And Microsoft threw all of that away.

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Rejoice! Sysadmin day is... TODAY. Now get in here and win free stuff

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Carefull though..

In many regions this day is hardly known and sometimes its considered 'cool' to know about it and to make a good impression as an employer.

I do think its important to be very careful in regions where it is better known. Take the article here; "you can enter a competition", however: "you only need to register here..". And that should really lead up to the question: "So what are you going to do with my data?".

In this case marketing, obviously, but it seems to be to a minor degree: "By clicking this button you submit your information to the webinar organizer, who will use it to communicate with you regarding this event and their other services". Obviously this isn't for me, I don't need more spam, thanks.

So keep that in mind as well. Organisations who may appear to acknowledge "sysadmin day" might not simply do so because they feel good about us sysadmins but because they hope to collect a lot of personal information which can then be used for plain old marketing purposes.

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Hooker in Dudley man's car 'just helping to buy tomatoes'

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@skelband

"Really, there are a lot more important things to worry about in the world than people paying each other for sex."

I think its more devious than that: they pay each other for sex without paying any tax to the government.

Now you're suddenly in a whole heap of trouble because when the government realizes they're missing out on some tax income the gloves go off.

It's required. Because how else will those politicians pay for their own escort services?

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Microsoft pledges Linux boost for Windows Server and Center R2 duo

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@Sisk

Nah, this is Microsoft we're talking about. They follow an Enterprise business plan which is much more sophisticated and therefor much better than yours:

1) Provide Linux support for Hyper-V

2) ???

3) Profit!

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IT Crowd thesp eyes giant hot-air-filled FLYING SCROTUM

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Careful there...

You might want to take extra care not to take this protest into the US. Because if you do chances are high you'll get arrested and thrown in jail for indecent behaviour; and if you happen to have the misfortune that there were also some minors looking an optional: "endangering the welfare of a child", which can easily end you up in jail for a few years.

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How Novell peaked, then threw it all away in a year

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@Magister

4 wasn't bad at all, though I never understood why they needed to force the X environment in there. With some servers X could cause quite some hassle to get it going, which basically resulted in being unable to configure or change your NDS tree.

I'd rather would have seen a DOS based 'NSD Editor', like the many DOS based client and administration programs. I've always liked their colour scheme.

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SAP CEOs are like Highlanders - there can be only one

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Only one?

There can be five!

As far as I know there have been 5 Highlander movies ;)

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100-metre asteroid 2013 NE19 zipped past Earth today

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More distant or... ?

"The rock's passing 11 Lunar Distances from Earth, which is to say it'll be 11 times more distant from Earth than the moon."

So basically it doesn't even come within the moons orbit around us. Yet we've also had meteorites which actually came within this virtual boundary, so how does that make this particular object "unsettlingly close"?

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Troll loses 'we own the Web' patent appeal

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@Captain

"Uhm, wait a minute.. Trolls *are* edible, right?"

You might want to throw a 1d12 to make sure ;-)

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