* Posts by wolfetone

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VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign

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Re: Hide My Ass

"Surely if it is only hiding my ass the rest of me is some sort of leaking security risk."

Or your ass is a biohazard where the rest of you isn't?

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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As the current owner of a PC XT, I can confirm that this is indeed the case.

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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'ow rood

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20 years ago this week, Microsoft just about killed Australian PC manufacturing

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Re: Hmm.

"Aha! That's Gordon Brown economics that is, borrowing money from the good times in the future to generate sales / public goodwill now."

Yeah, much worse than the George Osborne* theory of economics. Borrow more money than the previous incumbents did at a time when the economy hasn't fully recovered to the levels seen by their incumbents.

Anyway, I've one word for Microsoft: Bastards.

*see what I did there?

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Paris Hilton

I'm not totally clear on what side of the fence the writer is on?

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DuckDuckGrow: Privacy search soars 600% after Snowden dumps

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You must really hate people who type www.google.com in to Bing then...

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90% of my searches are done through DuckDuckGo, which has grown since 2008 as DDG have improved the system.

I can also say that it returns better search results for porn. A friend told me, obviously.

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Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

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Ban Hammer

Debian, really, should remove Chrome completely. Not for the fact the binary was/is included after the installation of Chrome, but because Google have obviously ignored the rules Debian have regarding that operating system, and probably did it in such a way as to conceal it from the maintainers.

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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Re: Popcorn time!

Well, don't I look like an eejit.

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Re: Popcorn time!

I'd like to think some rouge employee's did something similar to what happened in Office Space...

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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@Mine's A Guinness

I don't really care to be honest.

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Good point, because if religion didn't exist we could use their nationalities instead.

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Android is rubbish says BBC.

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Google are brilliant at bringing things to market, less so at sustaining them and improving it.

In fairness to Apple it is simple. There are only really two phones per class. iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus etc.

I released an app for Android for a client and Google Play does a good job of telling you how many devices the app is compatible for - ~700 out of 1500 (from memory). I mean really? 1,500 devices?! And add to this the app looked crap on a Huawei Ascend Y thing (Android 4.1) compared to a Sony Xperia M2 (Android 4.4), compared to the clients Samsung S5. Different screen sizes, different resolutions, it's incredible really that proper software houses get software to work across all these phones because I sure as hell couldn't get it perfect.

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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Re: YubiKey's Anyone

"Where do you plug that into an iPhone?"

There's a version that gives NFC capabilities, so you can tap it against your iPhone.

If your iPhone doesn't support that, which is surprising as it's a £500+ phone, then I feel bad for you son. I got 99 problems but a phone with no NFC isn't one.

Hit me.

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If someone wants your passwords bad enough, they will get them. No matter how smart the guys at LastPass are, no matter how much "security through obscurity" you use, your passwords are gold and they will be targeted.

YubiKey's anyone?

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Testing Windows 10 on Surface 3: Perfect combo or buggy embuggerance?

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"Graphics and gaming is the weak point. Surface 3 can manage about 20 FPS with 20 fish in Microsoft’s FishGL demo, whereas Surface Pro 1 does 43 FPS. Nevertheless, Surface 3 is a long way ahead of the Surface 2 (ARM Tegra 4), which it replaces: 2360 on Octane 2.0 and nearer 17 FPS on FishGL even with fewer effects enabled."

Does this mean it won't run Crysis?

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Life in plastic, it's fantastic: Playmobil supremo dies at 81

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Will Playmonaught be given special leave to attend the funeral?

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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I went on, just now for the first time, and it worked first time.

However, it's confusing. To get your code it says "Share your License information". Well how do I know that is what it'd be for this code? Plus, getting on to the site, if I didn't put the www. before the URL it wouldn't load. That's poor.

On the plus side, the document you get is nicely laid out and straight forward.

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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Re: And how is this surprising

"The surprise for many is that they were (and no doubt still are) carrying out commercial espionage against their own allies."

Countries are only Allies when it suits.

World War 2, it suited Italy to be Allies with Germany to begin with, but then it suited them to be Allies with the UK etc near the end because that suited them better. Likewise, France were Allies to the US until the Afghanistan "war" when it didn't suit France.

So yeah, if it's outside the theatre of war it's fair game.

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Windows 8.1 market share grows, Windows 7 slips, Windows 10 lurks

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Re: Perhaps people have realised...

I used Windows 8.1 on a laptop that didn't have a touch screen, and it's without doubt the worst experience I've ever had.

I own an ASUS T100 which has Windows 8.1 on it, but has a touch screen. I absolutely love used it.

Moral of the story: an OS that relies on being felt up doesn't work when used with a mouse only.

OP, have a +1 from me.

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Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

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Re: Being picky...

"In most manual gearbox cars the only thing preventing you inadvertently selecting reverse gear is some kind of extra selection device, e.g. a pull-up collar on the gear stick, or a push down mechanism on the stick. If you really really want to select reverse whilst travelling forward at speed, you can."

In some cars you're correct, but for the majority of cars on the road there isn't. I drive a Peugeot 107 and a Peugeot 3008. The 3008 has a 6 speed gearbox and a pull up collar, that goes up to the far left hand corner. The 107 has a 5 speed gearbox and no pull up/push down system, so you throw the car in to reverse like you would if selected any other forward gear.

I had a lapse of concentration, given I've driven the 3008 for 2 years and not been near the 107, thinking my 107 had 6 gears instead of 5. I went to put it in 6th (which is reverse) and the gearbox wouldn't do it at all. Pulled it down twice, nothing, looked, then realised there was no 6th.

So, mechanically, there is something in the gearbox designed to stop that.

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Re: Being picky...

But if an action is severe enough to cause something bad to happen then it should be designed to not do it during that specific scenario.

Put it this way, if you're doing 70mph on the motorway in 5th gear, and then decide you may have a 6th gear so you move the gear stick down but it doesn't engage the gear, it means you have 5 gears and the one you're trying to select is reverse. Imagine if you will, in the fast lane at 70mph, engaging reverse.

That is why you can't do that, the gearbox is designed to stop you putting the car in to reverse no matter what speed and if you're going forward.

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HP haters: Get ready to rage against THE MACHINE 'next year'

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Will it run Fallout 4?

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New Firefox, Chrome SRI script whip to foil man-in-the-middle diddle

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I wouldn't say they're screwed. If bugs are fixed properly then it's done at a local level, then pushed to the development server. In that process an opportunity to hash files will be present.

I think every developer, myself included, have edited at a live level for one reason or another. But security has to be important, and if it means one extra step to the proper work flow and to actually use that work flow to help secure visitors to websites, I'm happy enough to do that.

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Smartwatch biz Pebble says smartwatch biz Apple won't approve its new app – surprise

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Like School In Summer... No Class

Not surprising, but increasingly typical from a firm that prides itself on over inflated products that can be bettered elsewhere.

Surely there is some sort of anti-competition law that Apple are breaking here?

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Bethesda all out for 'Fallout 4', fallout for global productivity foretold in countdown

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Re: Fallout 4 setting confirmed

"Consider the developers and the setting. All the settings so far have been in America. 1 and 2 were on the west coast, 3 in Washington (with DLCs set in Pittsburgh and Maryland), and New Vegas in the Mojave desert around Las Vegas and surrounding. A non-canon spinoff IIRC was set in Texas.

Anyway, consider this will be a prime candidate for an expanded game world compared to 3 and New Vegas. That's why I figured New York would be a prime candidate. Other major cities like Chicago could also work. Boston's another candidate. New York and Boston would make sense canon-wise because of 3's mention of the Commonwealth, which canon notes is centered in New England (meaning around Boston, and New York's close enough to be under its influence)."

They may throw a curve ball and set it in the United Kingdom. That'd be spectacular, plus anyone who's watched THREADS will know the UK would be a complete shambles after a nuclear war.

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I have literally wet myself with excitement.

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Facebook flings PGP-encrypted email at world+dog. Don't lose your private key

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"Do you understand asymmetric crypto at all?"

Do you understand that Facebook are in the pockets of NSA and GCHQ?

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The very company makes a living from selling adverts targeted to what you're in to. Every bit of communication and photography you put up there or consume is monitored for them to give you adverts so they can charge the companies a fee.

Why would an advertising company want to encrypt the messages their users send, when all in all it's just saving the message to a database and notifying the recipient that a message is there for them? The only reason for them to do this is to rebuild a lost trust between itself and it's user base.

It is a company that is smart, that knows what to do and does it well. Mark my words, if they got a letter through the door or a tap on the shoulder to show what you are writing to your friend via encrypted means, then they will decrypt that message faster than you could poke good ol' Zuck. It is not in their best interests to reduce the pool of information they monitor to produce targeted adverts to you, in effect reducing their life blood.

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Chlorine gas horror leak at Apple data center puts five in hospital

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Could've been averted if they wore Apple Watches alerting them to their lowering heart rates BEFORE it was reduced to taking a reading every 10 minutes.

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So, EE. Who IS this app on your HTC M9s sneakily texting, hmm?

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THINGS, not this. F**king auto correct.

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Barney should speak to his brother Barry Scott. He's good at making this go away.

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Apple: Relax, fanbois! We never meant to read your heart rate during wild wrist action

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"I's thinking of you, honey!"

It's all I've ever done, baby.

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You know damn well an Apple employee's wife/husband had a quick peek at the heart rate app on their watch and asked them "Jonny, why was your heart rate at 120bpm at 11:30pm when you were downstairs watching TV?"

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Split decision: Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible

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"You implied that MS Office might be more useful than LibreOffice. That's heresy around here, even though it's also true."

It is true in the specific scenario I stated. I use LibreOffice in an office where Office is king. The problem is the spreadsheets I update my overtime on uses macros and formula's etc that LO breaks. Cue lots of angry people in accounting.

The minute LO stops doing that, and other annoying things, Office can go to hell.

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I'd quite like the 3 down voters to at least explain what was wrong with what I said?

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I bought the T100 when I was in Canada last year and it's been fantastic. It's the only machine I have that runs Windows, so it's handy when playing the odd simple game on Steam. Also, to me, it makes Windows 8 sensible and easy to use - but then again any machine with a touchscreen makes Windows 8 good.

However, it only has 32GB of storage although I have put a 32GB Micro SD card in to it for more storage. And it's locked to WIndows, so I can't put Linux on it (and even though some people have, the results have been poor).

Still, comes with Microsoft Word and it's more than handy when editing a spreadsheet that's full of macros and funny crap that LibreOffice tends to break. The T300 may well be the next purchase to replace it!

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Re: Well...

They hold a majority of 12, so if the rest of Parliament vote No, it isn't that far out to think 12 Tory MP's with a conscience could vote no as well.

Who am I kidding. It's hard enough to find 1 Tory MP with a conscience, let alone 12.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: Who actually cares?

"It matters because people with this mentality meddle in everything.

*Should* (hypothetically) he prove this, it would then be used as credentials in other arguments, such as (anti)Immunization, teaching creationism in mainstream education, criminalizing bunking Sunday Service (ok, I'm going a bit tinfoil hat - but you get the point)"

I'm not sure of your examples. I went to a Catholic school, I was taught creationism, but I was taught in Science about evolution and the Big Bang. A funny thing happened there, I was given the choice like the rest of my peers. I, personally, decided to sit on the fence. I'm not old enough to have been around when Jesus was about, nor am I old enough to see the "missing link" that still hasn't been found to prove beyond doubt the theory of evolution. Neither party has solid evidence to stand up and say "I'm right, he/she is wrong".

But all this causes is problems, arguments, people start being dicks to other people. Whether God or a chemical reaction created the Earth shouldn't even be a priority for people - but it continues to be. Wars have been started over this, people have been shunned, made to feel like idiots and driven to unspeakable acts because the mass collective say they are wrong. Columbus was ridiculed when he said the Earth wasn't flat by people who believed that it was, because their truth was more correct than his.

What I'm getting at is the fact we live in a world where we will have a mobile phone for every person on the planet - when a lot of the people will never own a phone. We live in a time where there is a huge drought in California yet Business is allowed to continue to plunder the remaining reserves from the taps of the locals. We live in a world where we are told it's absolutely fine for people to make huge sums of money cheating the tax system but scorn and hate people who have to steal out of the bins of Tesco just to feed their family.

Where or how does Creationism vs Evolution begin to help the above problems? It doesn't. It just gives people more of a reason to be dicks to each other.

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Who actually cares?

What benefit other than satisfying curiosity does this serve? It doesn't matter one iota to anyone whether dinosaurs and humans co-existed or whether God created the world or we're all descended from monkeys.

If it led to a cure for cancer then I'd be more bothered about whatever this clown or Dawkins had to say.

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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I do like those Discovery's actually, I suppose they'd be a bit more refined than the Defenders.

However, don't those Discovery's suffer from a rotting boot floor? A mechanic who used to come in the pub I used to work at said he was buying them up because a lot of people have them but never realise the floor is rotting away until it's too late. But I suppose if you know what to look for you can sort the issue out in time.

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When I worked as a lecturer for a college in Birmingham, part of the course I was delivering meant we had to go to the Land Rover plant in Solihull where the Defender is made. The process is all manual, people with big machinery welding panels together etc. It is, for all intents and purposes, the same as what you see in those old films of the car industry from the 1950's.

Back then, and this was 2009, the guide said production would cease in 2 years time. Production would then be moved to India as emissions aren't an issue over there. I gather from this that the actual manufacturing of the vehicles could not be made more emission friendly.

It is such a shame though as this is a Land Rover. It's not a mickey mouse Range Rover Evoque (based on the Ford Focus platform), it's not the poncey Range Rover that isn't well made any more. A friend of mine now works for Land Rover on the production line and he said he would never buy or own a Range Rover as he know's how they are built. That comment gives weight to comments I've heard from owners of Range Rovers who say the new ones aren't as good as the old ones in terms of build quality.

I would also think that the cost of second hand Defenders will go up as the new replacement Defender looks absolutely awful. They have had years to come up with a suitable replacement, and they pick that?

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Chap mines Bitcoin with PUNCH CARDS and ancient mainframe

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Inspired, I'm going to get my IBM PC-XT 286 machine and see how long that will take.

I can't wait for it to make me millions :)

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Regardless of how he goes about it, he's right in what he says, and should be shown more respect than this.

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Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

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I look forward to these details being made public so I can email those girls in my area without paying for the service.

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Microsoft's certification exams: So easy, a child of six could pass them. Literally

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Re: Nice

"Its all a bit pointless - if my son's IT lessons are anything to go by he should have been learning powerpoint not word. Seems my Sons IT teacher thinks Powerpoint is at the cutting edge of IT. Apparently putting hyperlinks into your presentation to make them 'interactive' is all the rage.

Powerpoint is used for english homework too rather than say, a word processor, like er... Word.

But fair play to the lad, word is an overcomplicated crock of sh1t these days and anybody who can make that monstrosity do something vaguely useful and keep the intended formatting gets a tip of the hat from me."

When I was doing my GCSE's in 2003/2004 we had to do the exact same thing as you describe above. It's nice to know classics never die.

But this is endemic in education. I went on to deliver a "web design" course at College and the documentation/lesson plan I had to deliver basically started with "All websites on the internet use tables for layout". I went straight to the person who built the course, told her this was wrong, and she said "Well it's on the syllabus".

No it wasn't, it's the fact that she had drawn the document up back in the late 90's/early 00's and only changed little bits here and there when the curriculum changed. As long as the students demonstrated the skill of structuring a website with a table then that was enough to pass the exam. It was, however, complete shit and if they went in to a web design agency boasting that as a skill they'd have been laughed at.

If I had my time again, I wouldn't even bother my head about doing IT at school or college, and do something like this 6 year old has done and do something vendor specific.

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Robots.txt tells hackers the places you don't want them to look

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"Luckily for you there's a solution to this, just organize the site so that the pages you don't want indexed have one or a few common roots and then there's a special file you can put in your root."

Would love to say I hadn't thought of this, but it's not possible with my current employers. So it's easier to just leave the job than do that - which I'm doing.

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"You've clearly never run a website of more than a few pages."

I have, several, and can you imagine how many pages I've had to prevent from being indexed by Google?

For every page that's added to a website, it wouldn't take much to add that page to Google if the process was simple. Copy/paste URL to Google, click submit. Job done.

And yes I know this, but it's not required any more where as before it was a benefit to your website if you did so. Google could take up to two weeks to index any change in your website, so it was better to inform them of a change instead of them waiting to see if one happened.

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I've always thought that Google and the other search engines should require you to submit the pages instead of crawling them. It'd be more secure, and it'd give them a better a way of filtering the spammy "Buy a Cam Girl for one hour and receive 2 Viagra pills free".

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Man sues Uber for a BEEELLION dollars over alleged theft of concept

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You know what, I had the same idea around the same time. I'm not suing though, because Uber did it better than me and it was inevitable a service like Uber would come in to existence.

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