* Posts by Florida1920

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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I don't understand the problem

You all are complaining because when you ticked the "X" it went ahead and installed the Wonderful Windows 10 anyway. Did you forget that "X" is the Roman numeral for "10?"

Next you'll be telling us you expect your car to stop when you push the brake pedal. Where's the adventure in that?

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Quick note: Brexit consequences for IT

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@ Drefsab_UK

If you were educated in the UK I think the nation has a much bigger problem than "imagrants" sucking up "benifits."

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Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

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Call the baker

We need a dog biscuit that looks like a flash drive. "Oh no! URL's eatin' the ev-ee-dence!"

But what can you expect from the jello-eatin' capital of the WORLD?

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Gravitational waves: A new type of astronomy

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Nothing new here

I personally experience gravity waves whenever I consume too much of what's in the icon accompanying this comment.

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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First we fix the blame

Then we fix the problem.

"This complaint is not about what ISIS's messages say"

IOW, ISIS doesn't kill people. Facebook, Google and Twitter kill people.

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Kill Flash now. Or patch these 36 vulnerabilities. Your choice

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Re: Not just the BEEB

Popular video streaming sites, such as Hulu, insist on Flash.

Pandora, too. A real shame.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Sometimes controversial, but truly will be missed

Hope the Reg can re-run some of his work over the coming months.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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A logical progression stemming from illogical thinking

Published job requirements sometimes snowed me. Having "experience" with some obscure markup language (there were others before HTML) in no way proved you could do anything useful with it. And most of the requirements were subjects a dab hand could pick up in a day or less. But being unable to parse actual ability, corporate drones created arbitrary hurdles to thin the pack. If you cleared them, presumably it was your looks or your tie that got you in, because for many contracts I never was asked to present completed work; it was all blah-blah-blah.

LinkedIn and the other social (?) media hurdles you poor working stiffs have to endure today are simply extensions of The Way We've Always Done It. MS ownership of LinkedIn is a problem, but LinkedIn is only a symptom of a deeper problem within the tech community: Pointy-haired bosses and clueless HR types looking for hiring shortcuts and hoping for the best.

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Silicon Valley granddad and HP boss-killer Tom Perkins dies aged 84

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Re: A character all right

You really have no clue what you are talking about.

Okay, there have been a lot of murderous regimes. Please read my second post. What makes Nazi Germany stand alone is that they're the regime most often used in comparison with whatever the current speaker doesn't like -- but can't adequately define and thus he or she falls back on that comparison.

I certainly meant no disrespect for any other group that suffered under any other brutal regime; accusing me of doing so or not having a clue about human capacity for evil is a pretty weak argument in itself. You could have made your point very well without going ad hominem. Perkins used Nazi pogroms as his example, and that's what I responded to. But thanks for the history lesson.

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Re: A character all right

Pol Pot and Stalin were just as evil; so was Pinochet, though he had a smaller scope to work with. Thing is, Pol Pot, Stalin, Pinochet, Idi Amin and the rest are not held up for comparison. Hitler and the Nazis are, and too frequently. Comparing anything going on in this country today to that lot is an affront to those who suffered under them. Surely no 1-percenter is at risk of anything coming from Occupy that even approaches the Holocaust. We need to be careful to keep history in perspective. Saying Occupy is akin to Nazi pogroms is essentially suggesting the pogroms were nothing more than a few Nazis doing some street theater.

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A character all right

Didn't get along with Fiorina? A+

Comparing "Occupy" to Nazi pogroms? FFFFFF

IMO, Hitler and the Nazis stand alone in their brutality and inhumanity. Any attempt to compare any current group or event with him and them tells me the person doing so has no grasp either of history or whatever it is they're attacking.

Furthermore, amassing great wealth is no sure indicator of moral or intellectual superiority. Ladies and gents, I give you Donald Trump.

Too bad Perkins had to go out that way.

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If The Register made reality music TV, this is what it would look like

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Hand me down my walking cane

Voted for Oldfield because his was the only musician's name I recognized.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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Re: wait....... what?

except Florida where we have 100% stupid

I beg your pardon, Dad.

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Capitalize 'Internet'? AP says no – Vint Cerf says yes

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SOT

Henceforth I shall call the Internet internet "SOT," out of respect for that great statesman and techno-explainer (note obligatory hyphen), the late Ted Stephens, former senator from Alaska. SOT, of course, stands for "System Of Tubes," which is easier to understand than I internet, which sounds like something you'd use to catch fish on a small pond.

The one with the Redneck Dictionary in the pocket.

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BOFH: What's your point, caller?

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Most fun I ever had on the phone

Yes, sad, but it was the time someone called me thinking they were calling Tech Support. Use your imagination.

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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

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What does this mean to me?

Will the time between Monday and Pubday pass 5-9% faster?

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Pas de problème ... Quebec just passed a website blocking law

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Re: Who are these people?

I have no idea if the First Nations casinos have an online gambling presence, not being a gambler myself.

According to http://500nations.com/Quebec_Casinos.asp

There are no First Nation casinos in Quebec, but there are two poker rooms located in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake and licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission: Four Aces Poker and Snakes Poker Club. The Kahnawake Mohawk Territory is a reserve of the Mohawk people located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada across from Montreal.

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Florida man, Chinese biz fined $48k, $35m on mobe signal jam raps

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Humphreys has given the regulator the silent treatment over the past two years.

That jammer of his really works!

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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Superman would agree

Bring back the bloody phone booth.

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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Re: Supply commitments?

For a place like LA County, it's the cooling, and for LA County that's saying something since they have pretty intense cooling needs:

Maybe the smartest move is to move LA? If the planet is heating up for whatever reason, insisting on living in increasingly inhospitable environments makes no sense.

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Google building firebombed

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FAIL

Smile

With any luck, the Street View car wasn't the only camera in the area and the perp will be identified. That person's name will be trending at the local jail. Arson is nasty anywhere, but especially in dehydrated, fire-prone California. Next time, fool, get it off on Twitter.

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Brit twitchers a-tizz at bearded vulture sighting

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That's nothing

We've got a vulture running for president. But if he's elected, migratory birds will be gunned down as they enter U.S. airspace.

The one with Sibley's Guide in the pocket.

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Help! We're being crushed, cry billionaire cable giants

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Help! We're being crushed

Sure they are. And there's a war on Christmas, too.

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Microsoft phone support contractors told to hang up after 15 minutes

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Dell tech support survivor

In 2000 a contractor hired me to do Dell consumer tech support at a big call center. ME had just come out and some customers had 98SE and coupons for a free upgrade. Which often didn't go well. We were supposed to maintain an 18-minute average. If a call went past that, even if you were on the right track, a 'roamer' came creeping around to harass you. The roamers were usually people who couldn't do decent call work, but rather than fire them they turned them into major annoyances. There were a few nights where I thought a rep was going to get medieval with a roamer who wouldn't stay away. Then one day, the calls stopped coming. I had a 65-mile one-way commute -- fortunately I didn't relocate! -- and after showing up several times only to be told to wait to punch in, I gave it up. But I learned a lot about PCs, and built my own the next time I needed one. Dude, I never got a Dell after that!

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Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

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Maybe they could sic the MPAA on it

Assuming NSA is busy elsewhere.

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Motion Picture Ass. of America to guard online henhouse

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MPAA intrusion

Is what happens when you're distracted by fighting off government intrusion.They're coming at us from all sides.

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Meet the man who owns his own piece of the internet

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It would be easier to read

If he'd chosen richard51.

The one with The Pot of Gold in the pocket.

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IE and Graphics head Microsoft's Patch Tuesday critical list

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Re: Don't understand

Wow, they finally showed up. No nasty ones and the Azerbaijan time thing got dropped. Guess I'm not on MS's Priority list for updates. Got asked to update IE11 again. Skipped that one, too.

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Don't understand

My laptop is set for WU notifications but manual-only installation. The OS checks every morning when I take it out of Sleep mode. Every time MS releases a raft of updates, as now, it takes a couple of days before I see them, whether "Important" or not. Yesterday (Tuesday) all I got was an update to Windows Defender's pattern files and the usual update to IE 11. As I've never even started IE on this WIN 7 SP1 machine, it must contain an earlier version of IE. You'd think the updater would see that, unless the security update also contains an IE-version update.

Here's something else I don't understand. The package sizes of the IE 11 updates vary 10-30 MB up and down, week to week. Given I've never installed any, I don't get why the sizes keep changing. Maybe once I unleashed that one it would see all the precedents were missing and tie me up for days getting IE 11 installed and up to date. Never gonna happen.

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

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How do they know?

I'd like to know how they came up with that number. If people aren't seeing ads and aren't clicking on them, how can you know they wouldn't just click to another site in frustration if they had to view the ads?

Some major sites are shooting themselves in the foot, too. Yesterday, someone sent me a link to a Stephen Colbert skit from when he was still on Comedy Central. Despite disabling ScriptBlock and uBlock Origin (current Chrome and FF browser versions), all I could see (in Flash no less!) was the ad that preceded the segment. The segment refused to run. But the Comedy Central site in the UK was able to deliver the piece -- and without an ad. If a friend hadn't suggested the segment (Kim Jong Un inspected a lube machine) I sure wouldn't have bothered. There were a slew of Javascripts running on both sites, surely not for my benefit.

Content providers, you need to wise up. If you keep stuffing our bandwidth with crap we don't want to see, you may lose it all. And few will weep.

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Spaniard live streams 195km/h burn-up

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195 km/h - 121 mph

Doesn't sound that fast. He should have shifted into fifth gear and kept going.

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: I'll believe it when I see it...

Wrote a longer reply but some &^%#@! Captcha lost it. WTF Reg? Here's the short version: Set Windows Update to check automatically but let you choose which to install. I find it checks first thing after I wake up my slow HP ProBook in the morning and there's no effect on system performance. I choose the Important ones I need (don't need Malicious S/W Removal or IE updates as not used).

Sure hope this Captcha stuff is an anomaly.

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Finally!

Microsoft is giving me something I actually want!

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Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

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Free beer

If you set up a stand and handed out free beer you'd have a line of people waiting for a pint. You probably could call that a success, too. Try making a go out of opening a pub and actually charging for the stuff. When people have to start paying for Win 10 the only way they'll be able to move it is by forcing OEMs to install it on new kit.

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Have Microsoft-hosted email? Love using Live Mail 2012? Bad news

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Hopeful?

Windows Live Dead?

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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Annapolis police never found the thief

Money well spent, then. The only "security" is for corporations that make expensive toys the cops can't live without.

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UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

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You couldn't make it up.

But the IPO did!

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Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

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People who can do this stuff

are the gods of our times. It's too bad so much of humanity is unable to appreciate what gifts they bring to us.

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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Re: On behalf of the human race

Second, Kasich is still in the race.

Not anymore. It's Drumpf all the way now. Next stop: Doomsville.

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Chrome edges out IE for desktop browser crown

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Re: long story short: Marketing

Google leverages all their other assets to promote Chrome.

Not in my case. As the post above yours says, Mozilla fiddling with the UI did it for me. Had been using their browser since the days when Mozilla replaced Netscape, but just got tired of having to deal with unnecessary UI changes and switched to Chrome last year; the same reason I dropped MS Office for OO and then LO. Life has enough challenges. Chrome is doing fine here with a few add-ons and will likely be the daily driver for some time to come. I keep FF updated and check it out after each update, but so far it hasn't won me back. Internet Explorer? Is that one still around?

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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Deja vu

Reminds me of the time when Internet Explorer got so fully "integrated" into the OS that you couldn't get rid of it in favor of another browser. All this bullying: forcing the use of their browser, force-feeding updates to Win 10 -- all smack of desperation. If you've got something truly good, why do you need to force people to use it?

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Food for Deep Thought: 42 is IBM's answer to Life, the Universe and Everything...

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Re: Sigh...

Zooey Deschanel

Good enough to make me turn off ScriptBlock and uBlock Origin for that page. In the absence of a BoFH it will have to do for FriBeerday.

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UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts

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Scapegoating?

Assuming she couldn't manage the jackboot who pepper-sprayed the students, an official statement denouncing the action and fast termination of the rent-a-cop would have accomplished more than all the SEO in the world, and saved her career. Linda is devious to say the least, or she would have figured that out for herself. She may not be a goat, but closer examination may show she has cloven hoofs.

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Mozilla slings Firefox patches at flaw found by GCHQ's infosec arm

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Have a Brown Ale

The lone high severity bug was found by British security bods Maryam Mehrnezhad, Ehsan Toreini, Siamak F. Shahandashti, and Feng Hao of Newcastle University.

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Another failed merger, Carly? Ted Cruz to bring in ex-HP boss Fiorina as running mate

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To Do list for 30,000 former HP employees laid off by Carly

1. Make campaign contribution to [name of any campaign but Cruz-Fiorina]

2. See #1

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

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Why wouldn't ad blocking be ethical?

Exactly. Ad blocking is the Web version of the Mute button.

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Colander-wearing Irishman denied driver's licence in Pastafarian slapdown

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Re: Clothing optional

I thought it was the Mormons who had the magic underwear?

There's a significant difference?

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Clothing optional

If he'd said he believed that during the time of the dinosaurs, billions of people landed on Teegeeack (that's Earth to you, unbelievers), then got blown up with nukes while standing around volcanoes .... they would have let him pose for his photo in his magic underwear. No human endeavor is more deserving of parody than religion.

The one with my thetan in the pocket.

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Thunderbird is GO: Mozilla prepares to jettison mail client

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Tried Fossa

64-bit Fossa kept crashing at odd moments so I'm back to Tbird. Sure hope it finds a good home. Used to like FF too, but that was then. Mozilla has lost the plot, it seems.

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