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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

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Re: Opens the email and displays the first line...

Or URL.

Spammer's delight.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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Back to vendor lock in

"Microsoft wants to safeguard the data they are using, and so is adding containerisation technology for each file, ensuring it is sandboxed and encrypted."

Add cloud and your data isn't altogether yours any more.

Back in the days when our data was locked up on a mainframe at least we could get our management to do a bit of screaming on our behalf.

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Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

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"British values"

"My staff are the embodiment of British values, not a threat to them," the spy chief was due to conclude.

Whether one can interpret that as positive or not depends on his meaning of "British values".

Pass the port please Carruthers.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Re: They are competing with Google via..

And I'm losing count of the newly upgraded apps, not just the Apple ones, which want access to Contacts.

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Re: Relevant results?

"IE11 for Windows 8.1 is the most relevant result for 'weather' on a Mac? Apple must really hate Google."

No, that's Parallels in action. My brief test trial of Parallels showed that it sets things up to prefer Windows apps over native OS X ones.

Think about that one carefully and you might conclude that they really want you to remain dependent on Windows rather then transitioning to OS X so that you carry on using Parallels (not to mention seemingly without end future upgrades).

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'George Orwell was an OPTIMIST. Show me a search history, I'll show you a perv or a crook'

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Show me your search history and within five minutes I'll find something embarrassing or incriminating. Guaranteed."

Embarrassing or incriminating for who?

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It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

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Re: Why would you PARSE FONTS in the kernel?

> Anyway the reason is the video drivers are on the kernel too.

But it'll give excellent response times for your favourite games.

I'm sure all those corporate buyers will be pleased about that.

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FACEPALM! HP cert used to sign malware

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Re: Scale of negligence

"Sorry, someone else's day job interferred with my post."

That's quite some day job isn't it?

I wonder how much that monologue costs HP.

Two and a half minutes long in its latest rendition.

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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Re: If in doubt, right-click.

"In a certain operating system that grew up with the knowledge of three mouse buttons, you will find the context menus hanging off the middle mouse button"

Chuckle.

Shall we tell them that not all systems have a BIOS?

Oops just did.

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

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Re: 6GB download?

" Either that or he just can't be bothered to sit through an interminable 6GB download for the sake of a teeny-tiny change to his phone."

It's a little over a gig if and only if you can free up the required amount of space on the iPhone or iPad for an in situ upgrade.

If freeing up that space is too much of a pain you are faced with the whopping download to go the iTunes route.

When will Apple, Microsoft et al realise that not all of us have super fast uncapped broadband?

It's the pain of the downloads, and for those with low bandwidth caps cost too.

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

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Re: Never quite got...

It's easy to say "I don't want that job back" but if the pay was good enough it might be hard to get that amount elsewhere.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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Re: Stop. Just Stop.

"ermmmmmm the biggest culprits for bundled crap is Firefox and Chrome they'll try and install all kinds of shite by defaut"

Are you getting Firefox from the Mozilla website or from some other source which adds crap into the standard installation package?

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Re: My Fave Changes...

"a stultefying meaningless EULA."

When OS X Mavericks was released shortly after Windows 8.1 I got the chance to compare their presentation of the EULAs.

Apple won by a mile by allowing me to save them to disk for later perusal, and they weren't peppered with forgettable URLs which you had to write down to stand a chance of remembering.

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Apple tries to kill iWorm: Zombie botnet feasting on Mac brains

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Re: category of "stop being an idiot"

"Oh, wait a minute, someone I've never heard of has just sent me a link to a new porn site. Must be genuine!"

Various ladies from the Ukraine want to fall in love with me.

Apparently.

They claim they are good looking too.

What could possibly go wrong?

A beer because it's that time of day,

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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Re: Anyone Running it in Virtualbox?

"I'm trying to run this on Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit, so that's VB 4.3.10."

VBox 4.3.16 is current.

4-5 years ago when I started using VBox useful new features were arriving with each release so I stopped using the versions provided by the software distribution streams from Ubuntu / RedHat / openSUSE and went with the downloads straight from the VBox site.

Yes there were difficulties recompiling bits of kernel with some releases at first but I haven't had to do that for ages.

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Re: 2015 will be the year of Linux on the desktop.

"This time, for sure."

This time next year Rodders.

Fixed that for you.

A viable alternative for those who really need apps only available on Windows is to stick Windows in a virtual machine.

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Re: existing products like Windows InTune (which can already manage PCs)

"No it is InTune as in let me tune your PC so it works better. Muppet."

Never heard of it.

Judging by the downvotes I seem to have hit a nerve.

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existing products like Windows InTune (which can already manage PCs)

Windows InTune?

Surely they had more imagination than to copy the name from iTunes (which can manage iThings).

Puzzled of Tunbridge Wells

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: curious how it works

"Simply imagine that you suffer from "electro-smog" phobia, rip the stuff from the ceiling/walls and claim it was self-defence, as it assaulted you."

Nah, that's the wimp's approach.

Locating the offending piece of equipment and smashing it to pieces with a sledgehammer sounds like much more fun.

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Blighty: Welcome your new, faceless MI6 chief – Alex Younger

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I wonder what Sir Humphrey thinks of him?

As any fan of Yes Minister / Yes Prime Minister will know, he will have his work cut out dealing with the Civil Services mandarins, and the politicians on top of that.

Cold War era trenchcoat seems appropriate ----------------------------------------------->

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Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT

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In which case was it simply too many curious people hitting the main page and not a deliberate attack at all?

Or another bit of subtle marketing?

Beer 'cos I fancy one right now.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Plex or Playon or the server of your choice

"I really dislike the subscription model, after a year and $120 (estimate) you have precisely nothing."

More to the point you get close to retirement age, your job disappears at the whim of someone looking to increase their bonuses and you find that you don't even have any music to while the hours away.

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Re: Streaming

"adding zeros to the bill for gain I cannot hear without moving my home to middle of the desert first is unjustifiable."

If you do move to the middle of the desert you will be glad that you made the investment.

It's kinda hard to get a decent internet connection out there.

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FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

It's the age old question, isn't it?

Who guards the guardians?

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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We are not out of the woods yet

Red Hat has become aware that the patch for CVE-2014-6271 is incomplete.

"Update: 2014-09-25 03:10 UTC

Red Hat has become aware that the patch for CVE-2014-6271 is incomplete. An attacker can provide specially-crafted environment variables containing arbitrary commands that will be executed on vulnerable systems under certain conditions. The new issue has been assigned CVE-2014-7169. Red Hat is working on patches in conjunction with the upstream developers as a critical priority. For details on a workaround, please see the FAQ below."

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Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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Spelling

phase --> faze please

faze |feɪz|

verb [ with obj. ] informal

disturb or disconcert (someone): she was not fazed by his show of anger.

ORIGIN mid 19th cent. (originally US): variant of dialect feeze‘drive or frighten off’, from Old English fēsian, of unknown origin.

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TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab

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Re: And here we go again...

"Well you've obviously got something to hide, or you wouldn't be encrypting it!"

I use encryption every time I use rsync to copy between my Mac and my Linux box.

Should I arrest myself?

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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WTF?

Oxymoron alert!

"Ah, give them a free U2 album, that’ll cheer them up"

"U2 album" and "cheer up" in the same sentence?

Shirley shome mishtake.

P.S. Tim Cook is a cold hearted bastard for foisting that crap on us

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Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us

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"nterestingly if anyone was to make use of this information it would instantly become wrong."

Quantum computing then.

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Blood-crazed Microsoft axes Trustworthy Computing Group

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FAIL

Regrettable but no surprise. Unfortunately.

"Caspar Bowden, said Trustworthy Computing was in any case "one-third engineers, two-thirds PRs".

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Not pro Bono: Apple's audio junk mail made spammers' lives easier

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To disable the download on OS X

1. In Tunes Preferences select Store

2. Uncheck "Show iTunes in the Cloud purchases"

3. Wait until after 13th October when the U2 offer goes away before checking that box again

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It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

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Re: I will put up with the occasional reboot

If you can equate rebooting with getting ill then you have a problem.

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Re: I will put up with the occasional reboot

"Not rebooting for more than 4 months on your home PC isn't lazy, it's obstinate."

A reboot is the occasion you get to test that startup scripts and related gubbins are working correctly. You have more chance of sorting out problems if you are not changing a whole load of stuff at once.

To those who are proud of long uptimes, especially on servers, consider this:

Your uptime represents the amount of time since you last tested your startup.

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: The numbers don't add up

I know nothing about this system but in my doctor's surgery (not in the UK) the receptionist pulls up the patient record before the appointment to grab details, gets on with other queries and only after the appointment fetches the details again and then applies necessary updates.

I see a minimum of three messages there, and that's before the extra lookups other posters have suggested.

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Even better than the iThing: Apple's Cook is strictly pro Bono

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U2? Well that's dissuaded me from tuning into the big event

I'll put some decent music on instead and read about the announcements tomorrow.

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'Software-defined' IS just a passing fad: HP techie Fink Tank lays down law

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Fink Tank

That was a pun waiting to happen.

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Shareholders throw the book at Apple for ebook price-fix drama

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Talk about short term goals

a) get a small windfall apiece now

b) see a drop in share price so the value of your investment drops

Could be a way of dropping the price so they can buy some more of course.

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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"There is no skills shortage. There's an unwillingness to work for chicken feed. Let the poxy blighters suffer, I say. Pay a man a living wage or get the hell off the job boards!"

Ain't that the truth.

The disturbing development recently is that every time I see an article promising good future earnings if you specialise in security / data science / networking / whatever, there's some sourpuss of an accountant telling us that once everyone's got trained up they'll squeeze the salaries in your chosen specialisation.

And this article with the KPMG laddie's comment is no exception.

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Firefox 32 moves to kill MITM attacks

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Re: Ah but..

"Never figured out how they knew it was my brother and to put his name in there ..."

Let me guess.

You both have the same value in the "Mother's maiden name" field.

:-)

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Cops BUST RING, CUFF BLOKES in Skegness RAID

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FAIL

Does anyone in the real world have a name like this?

'the Federation Against Software Theft's general counsel Julian Heathcote-Hobbins said it is vital that the “genuine software reseller can compete on a level playing field”.'

Please tell me he has a plummy accent and wears a bow tie.

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Oracle's MySQL buy a 'fiasco' says Dovecot man Mikko Linnanmäki

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Re: fair enough

"Seems Dovecot wants Larrys money..."

Reading the article I couldn't get that scene from "Yes Minister" out of my head, the one where he says he has no intention of running for the Prime Minister's job.

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Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather

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Re: Everyone got something to hide

Ask any politician if they would like their total income to be made public.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Can't say I blame them

"And Windows works fairly well as a guest VM on my Linux host. Except it just keeps expanding to overfill the disk it was allocated."

Which is where I moved my Windows guest VM to VMware Fusion on my Mac. Fusion has the ability to reclaim the space Windows keeps gobbling up.

And Windows Activation after that was a good half hour struggle with an automated phone system, NOT something that could be achieved in 10 seconds, as another poster suggested.

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Google's mysterious floating techno barge SOLD FOR SCRAP

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Re: Meanwhile, halfway around the world

"I understand they would have been scrapped earlier, but the GWDNPFH launch was delayed as they were unable to locate a suitable white cat."

Google of all people should be able to find a suitable white cat from the gazillions of cat photos online.

But perhaps the ideal fluffy white cat owners are a secretive bunch.

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Hey, big spender. Are you as secure as a whitebox vendor?

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WTF?

Lost in acronyms

WTF is a BMC?

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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Re: It's not Open Source it's an open standard

"Also: documents will now be readable in 100 years time."

Only if we keep on shifting them to whatever replaces today's disks and file systems.

It doesn't matter how open the file format is if we don't have the kit to read the physical copies.

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Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

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Re: firefox ESR updated too

Here's the Mozilla video Why Tabs are on Top in Firefox 4 (just over 7 minutes long).

Apart from the fact his argument is very weak (was any ergonomic research done?), he faithfully promises that we will have the option to keep "Tabs Not On Tap".

They've broken that promise.

P.S. My updated ESR version arrived during the night.

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Financial wizardess joins Apple board, air of coolness noticeably diminishes

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"Hopefully wizardess is better than witch, here?"

This comment is useless without piccies.

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IDC interview: The five stages of business mobility

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Er, what happened to the fifth stage?

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