* Posts by Florida1920

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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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Joke

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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Black Helicopters

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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Happy

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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Mitsubishi 'fesses up: We lied in fuel tests to make our cars look great

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Good thing Bushido is a thing of the past

Else the CEO would be having a tummy ache.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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Re: Foolishness

Do these people never get laid?

That would explain this legislative, err, misfire.

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Exploit kit writers turn away from Java, go all-in on Adobe Flash

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Holmes

Top 10 Vulnerabilities Are Related To Flash

Better: "Top 10 Reasons To Uninstall Flash."

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Yahoo! sale woes

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It isn't management's fault if they fail

Unfortunately, one key ingredient of many CEOs and board members of big corporations is a strong case of narcissism. Failure is never their fault. If the board members blame the CEO and cut him/her off at the knees, they're admitting that people in their "class" are capable of failure, and that just won't do.

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Daft Punk: Snowden goes electronica

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Oh, Edward

Don't you remember? It was singing that got you into this mess in the first place.

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Linux command line mistake 'nukes web boss'S biz'

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It's Friday

This sounds like a command string the BOFH would induce a clueless HR person to type just as he and the PFY head out to the pub. Can't believe anyone running a hosting service with >1000 clients wouldn't keep offline backups.

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'Bring back xHamster', North Carolina smut watchers grumble

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Re: Detail?

" Ringo Starr has also cancelled a concert in North Carolina in protest against the law"

well....thats hardly something negative from the point of view of a Carolina Redneck.

The venue has a seating capacity of 7000, but Ringo's not a big name with Millenials. Still, it's a loss to the county and state, and it's a start.

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Re: Detail?

What NC want to ban is anyone going into the bathroom/toilet/.loo/crapper that is NOT the gender that they were born with.
There's more to it than that. The law also removes civil rights protection from LGBT persons. Employers, landlords and service providers may knowingly discriminate against them without risk of penalty. BTW, Ringo Starr has also cancelled a concert in North Carolina in protest against the law.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Pastafarianism is satire

"True religions" are simply jokes.

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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This is what progress looks like sometimes

Those of us who have been around a while remember when NTSC color television came along in the U.S. The system was mandated to be compatible with existing monochrome TVs. With only 525 lines, when large CRTs and projection systems became available, the image looked even more terrible. Finally, FCC required a switch to digital transmission, where high-quality images are at last possible. You may not approve of the American HDTV standards, but you have to admit the image quality is a vast improvement over NTSC, with which it is incompatible.

This conflict seems to be at the heart of Mozilla's decision to adopt what they feel is a better browser engine. Yes, the Chrome UI has shortcomings, and now is a good time to lobby for FF to do it better. But I wish them success in this surely difficult decision to not hold onto the past for no other reason than that's the way they always did it.

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Texas Attorney General charged in 32-bit 'eco-friendly server scam'

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God doesn't want me to take your money

Is it true, what some people say, that religious belief kills brain cells?

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Daily! Mail! eyes! up! Yahoo!'s news! arm!

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If all print media go online-only

what will they wrap the chips in? This is an urgent possibility that Vulture Central should tear into.

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British booter bandit walks free after pleading guilty to malware sales

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Pass the Lea & Perrins

Worcestershire man Grant Manser has pleaded guilty to six counts of computer misuse offences after selling booter software on the dark web....

Prosecutors said he turned over £50,000 selling the services. His profits were said to have been spent on upgrades to his home computing rig and on his motorbike.

Must be some saucy scooter.

The one with the Norton key in the pocket.

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Aluminum-wrapped robbers fail to foil bank

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BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

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You'd think at some point that company would run out of users clueless enough to tempt the powers of the BOFH on a friday afternoon (or any other day)

They're like beer or crisps. No matter how fast you consume (electrocute) them, you can't use up the supply.

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Bezos defends Amazon culture in letter to shareholders

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Da

Bezos would have thrived under Stalinism.

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Adobe preps emergency Flash patch for bug hackers are exploiting

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Helpful site?

Still have FF installed but using Chrome all the time now. Fired up the Fox and went to http://flashbuilder.eu/flash-player-version.html. Had to enable a script and activate the Flash plug-in. Then I got this:

YOUR FLASH VERSION IS 21.0.0.197

THE LATEST VERSION AVAILABLE IS 21.0.0.182

The whole Flash ecosystem is whacked!

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