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Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance

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"Who is mr Putin trying to fool?"

His initials are ES.

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Re: The difference is in the face..

See further the first image at http://www.geekarmy.com/funny-pictures/806/putin/

Boy George Bush 'looked into his soul' and liked what he saw. But then he also liked Dick "The French Texan" Cheney and Condi 'Concrete Hairdo' Rice. Could be worse. Boy George may be the stupid Bush brother, but he's the smart Texas governor, if Rick Perry is anything to judge by.

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

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Re: Blame the programming language, not the programmer

Somewhere upstream I suggested using Pascal, ADA, Modula-2 and (jokingly) FORTRAN instead of C. I got downvoted, possibly by some humorless ghit who doesn't like FORTRAN. Me, I have the ability to write an excellent FORTRAN program in any programming language I know. Even C, though that can be a challenge.

Seriously, though, I've often thought that most people would be better served by a computing ecosystem (ugh, I hate that word) based around Modula-2 than around C.

<exit, stage left, manfully resisting the urge to point out that C is Wirthless.>

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Re: The real problem is C

"ADA!

After Mistress has kicked the 10 shades of shit out of you and your miserable poor excuse for some source, she might deign to generate a binary from your code."

Only if you admit that you've been a baaaaad boy.

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Re: The real problem is C

""There is only one answer... ban C"

In favour of...?"

Pascal. Modula-2. ADA. Hell, FORTRAN, if necessary. (Why, yes, I do have extensive experience with Pascal, Modula-2, and FORTRAN, and could probably muddle through with ADA if I had to, why do you ask?)

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re: Underlying meanng of the data ...

"So what exactly was your point ?"

Jake's a troll.

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Re: Lots of last-minuters out there.

"Was I advocating the death sentence for cyclists or something?"

Shooting's too good for them. Rope is cheap (and reusable!) and gravity's free.

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Not your father's spam: Trojan slingers attach badness to attachment WITHIN attachment

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Re: Don't expect software to save you

"It would help to ban zip files as email attachments, they are almost only used by spammers (and people who mistakenly put incompressible files in them.)"

Oh? Really? Some of us (me, for example) get numerous ZIP files on a daily basis. It's just easier to stick all relevant files to a project into a single folder and ZIP the folder rather than attach files individually. Especially when a project might have dozens of relevant files. (I got a ZIP with 29 files included last week. And yes, all 29 had been updated, most by only minor tweaks, but still there were changes and they had to be accounted for.)

And, oh yeah, in many cases the files in the ZIP might include a JPG or a PNG or a PDF or two... not to compress them, but to send them along with the other relevant files.

Any attempt to ban ZIP files will be met with serious resistance.

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Re: help!

http://www.eviloverlord.com/lists/overlord.html

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WD 'restoring connections' after WEEK of MyCloud outages

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I knew that there was a reason

why I stopped using WD products. Support? They've heard of it.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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Re: number of Gmail subscribers ranges between 289 million and 425 million

<looks at Android phone> Errm... I have an Android phone and have never turned email on it on. I use it as... a phone. Don't need email there. I've never downloaded an app on that phone. I've never even turned on the web interface. (Well, not after testing it in the store to see if it worked, just in case I ever needed to use it.) I got that phone (a Gingerbread device with pitiful RAM and storage) precisely because it was the cheapest phone available and I wanted to use it only as a phone. I really wanted a flip phone to replace my previous flip phone, but they didn't have any available. My Android is on the same account as my iPad... and +that+ has Gmail turned on, and has apps, and is used to talk to the Internet.

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Re: No, thanks.

I used a nontweaked address on USENET way back in the mid-90s. I still get spam on that address, though I haven't used it for anything serious for more than 15 years. Almost all of it is spam from Asia: Korea, mostly in Korean, Taiwan, some in Chinese and some in English, China, mostly in Chinese, Singapore, mostly in very good English (and mostly about real estate, apparently Singapore is a lot bigger than I'd thought) and Hong Kong, mostly in very bad English. I also get the usual Russian 'Canadian Viagra/Cialis' and 'genuine fake Rolex' spam. Every ever so often I set my filters to discard non-Latin characterset messages and 90+% of my spam goes away.

If I go near USENET nowadays I use a tweaked address, specifically to avoid spam, with my real address buried in the sig line. I still get spam, but not much. Apparently only the Russians care enough to dig deep enough to find the address in the sig.

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Tesla firms hot bottoms: TITANIUM armor now bolted to Model S e-cars

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"what sort of freeway were the two affected cars traveling on that had obstructions large enough to puncture a battery compartment from underneath the car?"

I take it that you've never been on I-95 south of Halendale Beach in Florida. If you had, you would not be asking that question. I-75 south of the I-595 interchange in Broward County has similar problems. And, week before last Friday, I-95 at the Sawgrass Express exit had (briefly) all the obstructions you could want. There was a five-care pileup, with two of the vehicles leaving behind all the glass in their rear windows, plus their bumpers, plus their rear light assemblies, plus assorted other parts. Four lanes blocked. This did not prevent one bright young lad on a motorcycle from attempting to blow through the mess at roughly 80 MPH. Notice the magic word 'attempt'. Said motorbike became the sixth vehicle. Great fun was had by all. The authorities _did_ have that section of I-95 cleaned up again in a few hours. From Hallendale Beach south is a permanent mess, though.

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Re: Should

Ah. My error. I didn't think that the Dutch would have dumped it quite so fast and didn't check.

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I'm pretty sure I saw someone claiming that the 777 was the safest passenger aircraft flying... until a little under three weeks ago, that is.

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Re: "Safety does not sell"

The incredibly stupid Smart Car 'titanium shell' ad is even worse than the Subaru ad.

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Re: Should

Volvo Cars belonged to Ford between 1999 and 2010. It's Chinese now. SAAB Automotive belonged to GM 2000-2010; it's Dutch now. (It is not a coincidence that Ford and GM dumped their Nordic subsidiaries at the same time.) Audi belongs to VW. Both VW and Audi make many (most?) of their vehicles for the North American market in the US. (With a lot more made in Mexico and Brazil.) Honda makes most of their vehicles for the North American market in the US and Canada. Renault makes a lot of their vehicles for the North American market in the US and Canada.

In other news, Ford used to own both Range Rover and Jaguar. Despite certain extremely obnoxious Jaguar ads, they are both now owned by Tata Motors, in India. Let's hear it for the British Raj. Chrysler is now owned by Fiat. One hopes that Fiat has a few mafiosi on staff so that they can keep Chrysler under control, the Germans at Daimler couldn't.

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British trolls to face 'tougher penalties' over online abuse

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Re: Bah!

I'm a practicing Homo neanderthalensis, Or so I've been told, many times.

And there weren't nearly enough young women at college.

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IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot

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Floppy drives

Ah... as someone who actually used the floppies of the era (on IBM PCs, DEC Rainbows, Apple IIs, and others) I can say that the 360 kB drive was NOT a single-side drive. It was a double-side double density drive. (I have used machines which had single-side drives; Xerox 820s had single-side single-density 8" floppies, 120 glorious kB, for example, and the first Macs had single-side double-density 400 kB 3.5" drives) IIRC the very first IBM PCs had 320 kB DSDD 5.25" drives. Some early Apple IIs had single-side drives; you could use double-side disks in them, you just had to flip 'em over, like a record album...

The 1.2 MB drives were double-side high density 5.25" drives. Later Macs had double-side double density 800 kB 3.5" drives, and then 1.44 MB double-side high density drives. Some IBM-compatible computers had DSDD 720 kB 3.5" drives, followed by 1.44 MB DSHD and, in some cases, 2.88 MB DSED 3.5" drives.

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

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Step 1: Recon

First and foremost, get full and accurate specs on all of the hardware. RAM, hard drive, CPU, etc. This will determine if going to Win 7 is practical. If they've got a bunch of Pentiums or, worse, Celerons, with under 512 MB RAM (entirely possible for a basic XP install) then odds are that they're going to need new hardware before you do anything else.

If the hardware is adequate then get a list of all, repeat, ALL, software currently installed and any additional software which might be required. From that list you can determine if it's even possible to go the Linux route. Remember that if they have Windows-based software then retraining with Linux-based systems may (that is, WILL) be necessary and that will take time and budget, too. Also, if they depend on anyone else for support, and whoever that is doesn't know Linux-based systems they will have to get new support. This may be difficult out in the middle of nowhere. Check with the actual users and determine exactly what use the various apps are put to; if they need, say, to support MS Office macros, then Libre Office will NOT work. Sorry, it won't. If they need to exchange documents with someone who uses MS Office, then, depending on how complex the documents are, Libre Office _might_ work... or might not. It is fairly easy to generate documents in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint which have severe problems when round-tripping to Libre Office. (It's easy to generate MS Office 2010 documents which have severe problems round-tripping to Office 2003, much less, so you'd better check to see what the people they have to talk to are using...)

Step 2 Logistics

Having determined the extent of the problem, build a disk image with your fav imaging software around the hardware and software required. Depending on the size of the image, haul it in on DVD, a thumb drive, an external USB drive, a computer of some kind with networking support (switch/router/whatever). I'd go with a computer. Set up a network if not already in place (leave the network when you go) and run the image over the network to the systems. With only eight systems to update this shouldn't take long. Leave the computer as the admin system for the network. Note that the computer need not be a Windows system, depending on what imaging software you use. The image should have the latest versions of all software, including AV, and updaters if necessary, so as to not strain the Internet link.

Step 3: Consolidation

The support computer should have the ability to back up the network and should be connected to the (yes, I know) satellite connection so that someone can remotely admin it. If you go with a Linux system instead of Win 7 then this will help with the support problem, but may not be enough, depending on exactly what apps they need and how they need to use them. The support computer should be configured as an update server; all updates come in _once_, to spare the satellite link, and then get sent out over the network. This also could make security better.

A Linux-based system is unlikely to suffice. (Sorry, Tuxers, but we're in a Windows world.) And, besides, the mission brief is to move to Win 7. Unless you can convince the users that Linux would be better for them... and support them thereafter.

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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

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Worst case

is still under 1.2 metres by 2100. I live in Florida, max alt approx 100 m above sea level. However, I don't live near the coast; can't afford waterfront property. A lot of those who can afford to buy on Singer Island and the other barrier islands are going to be crying.

How sad. Too bad. My heart truly bleeds for them.

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

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Re: The Most Bonkers Explanation award goes to...

"Invincible?"

Yes. Also inflexible, indefatigable, indomitable, illustrious and, I'd say, glorious and furious."

And formidable, victorious, courageous, and majestic.

"She's a nut gone flake..."

There's very little doubt of this.

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Re: It's obvious!

"Xenon, the god of car light bulbs?"

That's 'Lucas'.

"I thought Hubbards mythical sky jockey was some volcanic lizard, or was that David Icke?"

There's a difference?

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Re: It's obvious!

Xenu. The nuke-happy volcano-boy's name was Xenu.

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This city's smog is so TERRIBLE, people are told to stay indoors. Beijing? No – PARIS

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Re: Here in Canada

Quebecois = Frenchman driving large American car

French driver = self-propelled death machine

Therefore, Quebecois = large, dangerous self-propelled death machine.

Yes, I just had a close encounter with a Caddy with Quebec plates, driven by a 90-year-old nearsighted twit. At 90 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. 'Tis a pity that my car doesn't have James Bond rocket launchers. Or at least a machine gun or two.

Could Canada please, please, PLEASE keep the damn Quebecois at home, or at least confiscate their lethal weapons at the border? Please?

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Re: Proof

"That there really are too many french people in France."

No there aren't. There are too _few_ French people in France, because there are too many French people outside of France. Throw them all back in, especially any Quebecois you might find, and then sink the place.

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Ethical hacker backer hacked, warns of email ransack

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Err... the operative phrase is "before the EC-Council security team was able to respond to the breach". They might have spotted the breach while it was on-going and moved fast enough to block things before all accounts could be ransacked. Remember, it takes time to download stuff. Depending on how much data was in each account, and how fast the upload speed on the site was/how fast the download speed on the hacker's side was, the hackers may have been interrupted before getting it all.

Now, exactly how big 'a small number" is, well, that's open to question. Ten? A hundred? A thousand? A 100,000? If you use Obi-wan Kenobi's point of view, a small number could be just about any number you like. Personally, if I had my data on that site (and I don't) I'd want some actual hard numbers on this. But that's me.

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Florida bloke cuffed for pit bull shag outrage

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"If he had fornicated with a sheep"

Here, now, this is Florida, where men are men, women are men too, and everyone who doesn't have a gun is nervous, not Scotland, where men are men, women are men too, and sheep are nervous.

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Re: Isn't this just

"Even Floridians admit that when they see headlines like this, they assume that their State is involved somehow."

Of course. See further the infamous 'Florida Man' column.

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional/cerabino-misadventures-of-florida-man-provides-a-c/nbhNH/

There was a recent letter in the PB Post wherein someone complained about how the news media are always picking on Florida, don't stories like this happen elsewhere? (Answer... apparently not. At least not with _eight_ dogs and illegal guns.)

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: I need to re-think my charging!

"I'm sorry, but if you're installing iTunes on a Windows machine, you should pay a hefty compensation to the victim for such a heinous crime against humanity"

No. After they try to use iTunes on Windows they will never, ever, ask you to install anything on anything of theirs ever again. That's a win-win; get paid for installing bumf, and never get bothered by that person again. Time to do the Happy Dance(tm).

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Chicago cabs embroiled in debit-card breach claim mystery as bank tells folks: Pay by cash

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Re: Under investigation?

It's Bank of America. Nothing is ever their fault. According to them, anyway.

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is good and 1 is evil, BoA is -100. (Yes, they're worse than HSBC, difficult though that may be to imagine.)

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MtGox to customers: Your call is important to us … NOT!

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Re: Hello French polishers?

Yeah. Right. They're not a Ponzi scheme. They're not even a new version of tulip mania. They're _worse_. The tulip bulbs actually existed (well, some tulip bulbs did) and could actually be planted. Ponzi schemes will make money for those who get out early enough. Bitcoin is based on something which does not exist.

But it's not a Ponzi scheme.

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Apple, Symantec, other tech heavies challenge anti-gay legislation

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Re: "Oh yes, it's because we have laws against discrimination."

"Only some sorts of discrimination are illegal."

You need to understand the concept of the protected class.

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Re: Guess I'll be the bad guy

">"because they're Black/Jewish/Muslim/Christian/disabled/gypsy/Native

So by this logic a Jewish restaurant couldn't turn down a Neo-Nazi group's booking for Hitler birthday party?"

Nazis are not members of a protected class. Yes, the Jewish restaurant could turn 'em down, and yes there would be nothing the Nazis could do about it, other than cry. This is one of the problems bigots have. They can't be bigots without violating the law, but others can step all over them just because they are, say, Nazis, and not violate a damn thing.

Note that under the equal protection and freedom of speech parts of the US constitution, even Nazis have a perfect right to march on the public streets. They have a perfect right to be protected by the police, including any blacks or Jews on the police force, while doing that march. They just have no right to step inside a Jewish-owned private business of any kind if the owner says they can't come in. Their rights stop at the front door. Unless and until they become members of a protected class, which ain't gonna happen any time soon.

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If you refuse to serve, and if the person so refused can establish that s/he is a member of a 'protected class' (black, Hispanic, gay, disabled, some others) and if said person can also establish that the reason why you refused to serve is because of his/her membership of the protected class, you're in deep, deep, DEEP trouble and sinking fast. Even if it can't be proven that the reason why you refused is because the person is in the class, you've got a problem. Unless you can establish some clear, precise, and compelling reason which does NOT have anything to do with your problems with the class.

This means that if you are in the business of making wedding cakes and a gay couple orders a cake, you're gonna have to make that cake unless you want to go to court and establish why not. And you'd better be able to establish that you _couldn't_ make the cake for reasons entirely unrelated to the gay couple's gayness, or it's game over. If you have a waiting list three months long and couldn't make a cake for the couple anyway, you're okay. If you have workers standing idle and an unused oven, you're in trouble.

Now, if the persons who want the cake are _not_ members of a protected class, then you can refuse to make the cake all you want. At the current time, gay couples _in Arizona_ are not members of a protected class. This may change. This means that this idiotic law is completely unnecessary; Arizona businesses could, and can, simply post a note that they refuse to serve gay couples, and that's that. There is one gentleman who has posted a large sign in his business that he reserves the right to refuse to serve members of the Arizona legislature. http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/26/opinion/rocco-pizzeria-arizona/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 As members of the legislature are not members of a protected class, he is free to do so. And he has.

This 'law' is nothing more than religious-themed imbecilic grandstanding, and _will_ bite the Arizona legislature on the ass. And it won't last long before it gets challenged and gets to the US Supremes and they rule that it's unconstitutional... and place gays in the 'protected' class. I suspect that this is not something that the religious nuts want.

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err... no.

1 'pursuit of happiness' is from the declaration of independence. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life,_liberty_and_the_pursuit_of_happiness

2 even if it were in the BoR, it just guarantees _pursuing_ happiness, it doesn't say a damn thing about _catching_ it.

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Ghostwriter: Assange™ is NARCISSISTIC and UNTRUTHFUL

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Gee, I'm surprised

Not.

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Spam, a lot of it: Bubble tea is the Seoul of wit

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Re: So it wasn't just me then.

I got a personal email from Louis Freeh, Director of the FBI, using his personal Yahoo account from Hong Kong to let me know that the FBI had $26 million for me if only I would send them my banking details.

Such a pity that Mr Freeh had left office at the FBI several years before I got that note.

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Re: My education is obviously lacking

You can have some of mine. In fact, you can have _all_ of mine. And the Chinese/Taiwanese, Russian, and Hebrew spam, too.

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Re: "In the post – just imagine!"

I just got one of those yesterday, it hasn't made its way into the bin yet.

It's a check, for $1000, redeemable only for 'airfare or alternate travel certificate'. I'm supposed to call a certain number to 'redeem' it. If I call within 48 hours of receiving it (how on Earth would they know?) I would be eligible for an additional $100 gas rebate voucher.

And, oh, this is my final notification, if I don't make contact with them by an unspecified date the $1000 and the $100 will be awarded to 'an alternate'.

Okay, _now_ it's in the trash.

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

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Re: What the hell did they expect?

"If anything, it's more like OSX and I don't remember people rampaging about how that is stupid without a touch-screen."

You're joking, right? I assume that you're talking about Launchpad...

1 there were (and are) legions of people who hate, hate, HATE Launchpad and who delete it from their systems on sight. A quick look into any Mac-centric forum will show this; Apple's own fora have had several threads removed by the mods 'cause the hate was getting knee-deep. And the hate was _precisely_ the 'iOSification' of OS X.

2 Launchpad is an application. It can be ignored. It can be removed. It is not the default. It does not replace the old interface. I have several Macs, running several different versions of OS X, including versions which have Launchpad (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks) and I have never used Launchpad beyond a brief experiment with it when it first came out. I decided that it wasn't for me and I dropped it into the Trash. Problem gone.

3 Anyone who thinks that Launchpad and MetroSexual are even vaguely alike has serious issues.

Now, if you weren't talking about Launchpad, well... what in Christ Jesus' name _were_ you talking about, 'cause there ain't no bloody tiles roaming around in OS X!

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Facebook KICKS OUT ad stalkers for BREACHING data rules

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Re: Have I understood this properly? ....

Advertising companies can't be trusted. Period.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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Re: The ethics of the IT industry

"Hell, even Office 2007 documents can screw up in 2010 and later. Microsoft don't do compatibility very well."

It's only February and already we have a winner for Understatement of the Year.

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Re: ...they can be persuaded to switch to a Mac

"would you be so kind as to be specific? What functionality do you require in a spreadsheet is not present in an FOSS tool (e.g. libreoffice), other than "works with M$ Office"."

I think you'll find that "works with MS Office" _is_ the killer feature required. A substantial subset of the world uses MS Office. You don't have to like this. I don't. However, I must deal with it. FOSS office suites simply have too much trouble with formatting Office files; such files quite often cannot be round-tripped, they become unreadably screwed during the process. (Some are merely unreadable.) And, yes, I'm quite sure that this is deliberate on the part of Microsoft; files from older versions of Office are often hard to round-trip, too. (Go on. Open a heavily formatted Powerpoint file, created in Office 2000 (Windows) or 2001 (Mac) in, say, Office 2013. Notice how elements are all over the place. Fix it, save it as a PPT (and not a PPTX) file so that in theory it can be read by the older version of Office. Watch the user's face when they try to access that file.) No, like it or not, many people not only have to have MS Office, they have to have multiple versions of MS Office so that they can actually get work done. I'm typing this on a Mac mini running OS X 10.9; it has Office 2011 and 2008 installed, and the only reason it doesn't have Office 2004 is 'cause 2004 won't bloody work on OS X 10.9. My laptop, sitting in my laptop bag, runs Win 7. It has Office 2003 (and a right pain it was to get that installed) and 2010 (the version I usually use) and 2013 (the version I have to use to deal with a certain customer's stuff). And, yes, I know, Microsoft discourages that kind of thing.

Yes, I do have LibreOffice on both the Mac and the laptop. No, I don't often use it, because LO usually screws up the formatting if the document was created with anything above the most basic level of formatting. Sorry to rain on your parade, man, but that's been my experience. YMMV.

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Re: ...they can be persuaded to switch to a Mac

"You can't update-and-keep data from early versions of OSX like tiger to 10.9 without buying and installing intermediate OSs first."

Actually... you can. You do a clean install and then import the data (and apps) from your backup. Warning: a lot of the apps may have problems, thanks to Rosetta having been eaten by a Lion. A bunch more got flooded out by the waves of Mavericks. Your data, now, your data's good. And it's easily moved.

Yes, I have machines (two of them...) running Tiger right now. They're due to be retired shortly, as, well, they were never particularly fast (1.25 GHz eMacs) and now they're INCREDIBLY BLOODY SLOW. The data on them will be moved to either Mac minis or iMacs. Pity. I quite liked the eMac design, though apparently I was in a distinct minority.

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Put down that iPad! Snoopware RECORDS your EVERY gesture, TAP on iOS, Android

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nothing to see here

There are three, and only three, ways that this can actually spread in the wild:

1 if someone gets a malware package containing something like this onto a computer (probably a Windows machine, but insufficient data) and the victim attaches an Android device. This fails if you don't have an Android device or if you have adequate security on your computer.

2 if someone gets a malware package containing the package onto an Android device which has been rooted. As 99+% Android phones are not rooted, this is unlikely.

3 if someone gets a malware package containing the item onto an iOS device which has been jailbroken. The vast majority of iOS devices are not jailbroken.

This exploit doesn't seem to be particularly serious.

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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Re: ChromeOS has already got 20 odd percent of the market...

There are five computers in his house and Chrome is on one of them.

This also proves that AT&T System V, VAX/VMS, Yellow Dog Linux, and AmigaDOS have 20% of the market.

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

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Re: Password complexity

"you'd think the US government wouldn't sell their databases to penis enlargement pills outfits"

Errm... large portions of the US Gov _are_ penis enlargement outfits. <exits, humming the :Marine Corps Hymn", especially the part about "If the Army and the Navy ever gaze on heaven's scenes, they'll find the streets are guarded by United States Marines". You can't make this stuff up.>

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China's Jade Rabbit moon rover might have DIED in the NIGHT after 'abnormality'

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Re: Necessary?

"'Battery-powered rabbit creates warm feeling inside Chinese population'"

It's solar powered, not battery powered. If it was battery powered we wouldn't have the problem. We'd have a different problem.

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Re: Space != reliability

"How exactly will beancounter mannage improve a space expedition?"

Ballast. When (not if) things get sticky you can throw him over the side and no-one will care.

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