* Posts by Jamie Jones

1840 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Intel has ambitions to turn modems into virtual servers and reinvent broadband

Jamie Jones

Firewall...

A device to run an ISP controlled firewall client-side?

Why not save the cost, bandwidth, and hassle by simply having the firewall ISP-side?

I'm not talking about forced ISP filtering/blocking, - and for those that don't just want a safe default setting, full client access to control those rules must be provided.

The further up the chain you firewall the better. Most of us here could easily DOS a home DSL connection from some of the servers we run. Stop the packets before sending them to the client, and everyone wins.

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What is Apple's idiot tax on Watch these days? 'About $265 or 80%'

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Re: Idiot?

Anyone who wants one of these watches, and would get upset by this article needs to check into reality-hotel.

FFS, everyone expects to get wrapped in cotton wool these days.

The Register is one of the last places to avoid this PC crap, and long may it continue.

And so called "comedian" Stewart Lee is clueless on the subject to claim that before 'PC' people were racist, homophobic bigots. That is a totally different issue, and worlds apart from being offended by a blackboard being called as such, or a Register journalist calling people idiots.

I sometimes wish my life was so uncomplicated that I had time to be offended by such trivialities, but then I realise what a boring life you and other Daily Mail readers must lead.

Do I offend you? Believe it or not, I don't intend to, but if I have, it says more about you than me.

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

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it just highlights the TLD bollocks that has been unleashed

(Title)

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WHY can't Silicon Valley create breakable non-breakable encryption, cry US politicians

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Re: Before the internet, no criminals could communicate in private

Fair points, and you are, of course, correct.

I guess my exageration/over-simplification is my reaction to the over-sensualised rhetoric coming from politicians etc. who act as if the sky was falling in.

I'm sure similar arguments were made when privately owned vehicles became mainstream, and when the telephone was invented etc!

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Before the internet, no criminals could communicate in private

Yes, before the internet, all terrorists, pædos, and other assorted bogeymen were unable to plan their dastardly deeds without being collarred by old bill.

It was impossible for said nogooders to have private conversations in their houses, in parks, in their vehicles, on the beach..

No such rascals could send coded messages via any other means, and basic one-time-pad mathematics was only invented (not simply 'discovered') when the hoodlums got broadband.

Yes, before the internet, all this was impossible, and good old plod knew everything everyone (but only if they were a baddie) knew/thought/wrote/spoke, and times were good.

We lived in a time of total Big Brother (but only for miscreants) and now that's all been ruined by the internet, encryption, and that new-fangled 'maths'

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Facepalm

"Windows has dumbed us all down."

Indeed. I'm sure we've all heard:

  • Have you tried switching it off and on again?
  • Yeah that file is corrupt, you need to reinstall the whole operating system
  • Yeah, all computers slow down if you don't reboot them every few days, and rebuild them once a month

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

Jamie Jones
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Re: Same as it ever was.

For as long as I can remember, we have always been fifty years away from practical nuclear fusion, twenty years away from running out of oil, and ten years away from Moore's law hitting its physical limits.

And where's my bloody hoverboard and flying car?!

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

Jamie Jones
Facepalm

It's times like these I feel ashamed to be human!

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Re: To be fair...

He should have known that in these facist times he shouldn't have made that joke... but if you think that is a threat, you must be shitting yourself everytime you leave your cosy bed!!

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Cheer up songwriters, there's shedloads of money rolling in

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Price-tag

Seems like everybody's got a price,

I wonder how they sleep at night

When the sale comes first

And the truth comes second.

"Price Tag" - Jessie J

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Re: Money, Money, Money

Money for nothing and cheques for free.....

I always used to think it was 'chicks'..

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It's official: David Brents are the weakest link in phishing attacks

Jamie Jones

Re: Time for a Register checklist?

Or - call me old fashioned - but how about an email system that doesn't hand over the keys to the kingdom just by opening an email!

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Australia mulls dumping the .com from .com.au – so you can bake URLs like chocolate.gate.au

Jamie Jones

No need to copy

Hey, Oz!

Just because the rest of the world is stupidly flattening the DNS hierarchy for no good reason, doesn't mean you should be as dumb too!

Jamie (old enough to remember *.oz.au)

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Chinese 'Superphone' manufacturer declares war on Apple

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Optional

I have a 7 inch one (no sniggering at the back) and whilst I use it as a tablet, it's referred to as a phablet by the manufacturer, because of the dual sim.

It also arrived with the os type set as android-phone, and all the same touchwiz crap that comes with typical phones. It was basically a giant phone, out of the box, both by software and by physical appearance.

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

Jamie Jones

Re: Ha, youngster

Bugs occur during development however they should never reach the final product, that so many "IT Pros" think that complex coding always results in a faulty final product is just them repeating the BS Bill sold to the world.

Yes!

I remember once reading a forum post elsewhere from someone about how his satellite receiver becomes unresponsive after a while.

The resident IT expert replied in a slightly mocking way (and I paraphrase) : "You have to remember that your Satellite receiver is basically a computer, and like all computers, will slow down if not rebooted every few days. This is normal. Just switch it off and on again"

I'm not looking forward to when this crop start programming SCADA etc. Can you imagine if the software for airliners, traffic control, nuclear power stations etc. was so flakey and without proper failsafes?

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@80's_coder

Brilliant post. Agree entirely.

There is a HUGE difference betwen UNIX veterans of the 1970s and 1980s, and today's Linux newbies who just go around 'trying out different distributions', virtually all of which are now dumbed down so much that they have become the Windows 3.1 of their day.

I'm reminded of a quote (but don't remember the author): "BSD is for people that like Unix. Linux is for people that hate Microsoft"

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Re: Last night's episode of Forever

There was an episode of 'Diagnosis Murder' where someone setup a 'smart home' to kill the owner.

Um.. Or so a friend told me *cough*

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Re: @ Ian Michael Gumby (was: I have a smart bed....)

When I was a lad, we were lucky if the floor we slept on was dry....

Seriously, though, Ian MG, your post reminded me of something.. This isn't directed at you, but more generally, someone may buy something with only limited internet capability, but in my mind (and knowing the general lack of security in these things) simply the connection raises a red flag.

If a hacker can get in, they may be able to get the bed to do things that it shouldn't normally be able to. OK, without the hardware/physical connection it can't affect that stuff, but, without properly checking, how do you know your voice controlled bed isn't sending your audio to a potential blackmailer, or trying to spam viagra on the world?

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Jamie Jones
Facepalm

Re: No Codes for You

" . Design an iron equipped with Bluetooth LE, linked to a smartphone, running an app that uses its camera to scan a QR code printed on a fabric care tags.

Or simply remove the heat if iron feels like it's sticking, or starts to smell, or - shock horror - use common sense in the first place?

As Ian Michael Gumby says above, a solution looking for a problem.

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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

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FCC hit with SEVENTH net neutrality lawsuit

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Unhappy

This just feels wrong...

... that companies can gather together and sue the government. Surely the government is meant to be 'for the people' / 'by the people'.

It should be sod all to do with companies (who are NOT people) and exploiting legal loopholes.

By launching these attacks, they aren't even pretending that a corrupt corporation-friendly (at the expense of the population) political system is the status quo.

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I have no idea what problems CL might have with network neutrality rules though, they'd have to turn off the "falsely send DNS not found to a 'search page'" thing -- which I work around with alternate DNS servers -- but I would have thought that's about it, they really don't mess with traffic or ports as far as I know.

...yet?

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

Jamie Jones
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Re: thanks for that link

Thanks for the upvotes and replies, guys and guyesses!

I like to think that I write well thought out comments, touching on issues ranging from the social to the political, to the technological, and the philosophical.

I involve myself in serious debate threads - fully listening to my opponent, and strategically planning my response.

Yet, in all these years, the most upvotes I've received are on a post about bollocks, linking to more bollocks! That's what I love about El Reg! :-)

As for the link, the site I linked to was just an old archive of an ascii-only mailing list, hence the sparseness.

Here are 2 link to similar CGI generated random card creator. Fun for all the office!

http://www.bullshitbingo.net/cards/bullshit/

http://www.bullshitbingo.net/cards/buzzword/

Googling 'buzzword bingo' brings up more!

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Jamie Jones
Facepalm

ARRRRRGH!

Look carefully at the name "Hewlett" in the first line. See how the crossbars on the two lowercase T's are stuck together? According to Whitman, this is the first time in HP history that this has been the case.

Um... Ok.. So?

"That connection is symbolic of the partnership we will forge with our customers, partners, and our employees – what we will do together to help drive your business forward,"

O...M...G... Check your Bingo cards!

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Finally, Mozilla looks at moving away from 'insecure' HTTP. Maybe

Jamie Jones

Re: Thawte et al, hand-rubbing

Interestingly, if you belive the spooks have their paws inside the certificate chain, a self-signed certificate is more secure - assuming you can establish the certificate is valid in the first place.

E.g. if you run your own external server that only a known handful of people use (dept. Webmail etc.)

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

Jamie Jones
Coat

Re: Not the end of the world

"so you're caught between Scylla and Charybdis. "

Syphilis?

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Google research bods hope to LICK BATTERY life limits – report

Jamie Jones

Re: Arrrrghh

I don't want to see a closeup of someone's gob when I'm eating - only when I'm snogging them.

Anyway, how exactly does it contribute to the story? I though irrelevant pictures were being dropped. And don't use the tenuous 'lick battery life' title as a relevance. It was obviously only phrased that way to fit the picture!

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Flame

Arrrrghh

Get rid of that awful article pic

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El Reg offers you the chance to become a Master Investor – for free

Jamie Jones
Happy

Re: I would love to attend

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^'amanfrommars1''s long lost American cousin!

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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

Jamie Jones
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Re: Not on PB yet

" Try kickass.to it is better than PB."

Try reading the comments you are replying too, Mr/Miss/Mrs/Ms Coward!

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Facebook preps for class action lawsuit as angry EU mob lawyer up

Jamie Jones

Re: Then expect to pay for Facebook

I don't disagree with any of that, apart from the bit about all services being forced to charge EU residents.

Sure, they may not be able to make as much profit, but advertising worked before the sorts of harvesting we're talking about here, and I'm sure these services will find a way to still turn a profit without charging, which would be a commercially destructive decision.

Still, I agree with your general point, but meh. I think it's still worth it - if people want to explicitly sign away this info for discounts, then let them, but as it stands, I'm sure most people don't realise how much aggregated info on them is out there, and if privacy laws are being violated, then the perpetrators need to be called to task.

From what I understand, consumer protection with regards to buying retail products is stronger here than in America, but the consequence of this is that goods are usually more expensive here as a result. Again, meh, I don't know which I prefer, but I do realise the consequence of these laws.

cheers!

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Jamie Jones

Re: Then expect to pay for Facebook

I don't know enough about this case to comment specifically.

However, as already mentioned by previous commentators, existing law takes priority over EULAs, so we are far more protected by default by European consumer laws than you are in corporate-run America.

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A MILLION Chrome users' data was sent to ONE dodgy IP address

Jamie Jones
Happy

Re: What amazes me...

Roger, ..........seriously?

Glad you left tech support - nothing more infuriating than calling when a server is down, and being told the solution is to reboot my computer, but it sounds like you'd have been at home in that environment!

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Jamie Jones
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Re: What amazes me...

Roger! You've already been advised to stop digging any further, yet full steam ahead, you continue regardless!

Reread the comments you are replying too. They explain it clearly (Hint: off screen)

"Really? At the risk of feeding the trolls, you're dead wrong. On every windoze machine I've used, hitting print screen captures what's on the screen as a bitmap rendering to the clipboard. Using, for example, paint shop pro, in the past I have successfully produced a new image (ctrl+v) showing that very rendering. All I had to do then was crop the resulting bitmap image to my satisfaction, and presto, one screencap. I encourage you to try it for yourself."

This thing grabs the webpage, not the screen. This doesn't just save cropping - it means that if a webpage is so big as to require scrolling, you don't need to take screenshot, scroll down, take next screenshot, scroll down, take next screenshot etc.etc. and then finally crop and merge the whole collection of images.

"Your slice of humble pie is on the shelf by the door."

*cough*

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

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Re: No

"I'd trust any server-side DNT as much as I would a Welshman at a sheepfarm

Says a Mr Jones. Care to share something with us?"

Yep, Welsh born and bred with a passionate hatred of restraining orders! :)

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A company can advertise and receive revenue from impressions and clickthroughs without tracking a user across multiple sites.

DO NOT TRACK != DO NOT ADVERTISE

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Jamie Jones

Re: No

Ouch! A bit(!) harsh on poor Doug who actually made a good point - without legislation, no company is going to honour a DNT setting if it defaults to on. - it's going to be hard enough as it is when it defaults to unset!

I'm all for privacy, hate tracking, and I'm sure Doug does too - that doesn't mean he's incorrect.

As an aside, I'd trust any server-side DNT as much as I would a Welshman at a sheepfarm - legalized or not.. The worst offenders will be those dodgy ones with no care for the law...

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

Jamie Jones

Re: It's called freedom, folks

"Christian family who have the right to their own brand of religious beliefs. Anyone crying about discrimination is being an ass."

No.

Religion is what these dumb morons use as an excuse for their biggoted discrimination.

What if someone said their religion meant they disapproved of anyone without blonde hair and blue eyes? Or what if it meant they disapproved of blacks?

Or when you talk about freedom to hold religious beliefs, I assume we need to add "as long as they are Christian"?

Yes, religion is an excuse for biggots. Did you see that flourist interviewed on CNN who said she would not serve gays because of her Christian beliefs? Yet when pressed, she would serve adulterers (even though that is one of the 10 commandments, whilst homophobia isn't) explaining it away as a "different kind of sin"

So.... Biblical scholar able to prove her gods written words are incorrect, or arrogant person who is even more all-knowing than her god, or cherry-picking homophobic closeminded dumb arse?

CNN video link: Why one Georgia florist won't serve gay couples: https://youtu.be/ZJTtENk2dMk

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

Jamie Jones
Headmaster

"So your not bitter? get over it"

His not bitter what?

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Chelsea Manning sets up low-tech Twitter account from prison

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Re: health care costs

"Easy, @skeptical i, you're missing the point, and your anti-Americanism isn't doing your mental health any favors."

Did you even read his/her post? He/she *is* American, and never wrote anything that could be considered anti-American.

Anyway, both of you transphobics are missing the point. How about putting the blame on the endless billions spent on your war machine in the first place? Or the corrupt health system that overcharges for everything, and the corrupt insurance companies, and the practice of companies buying politicians.

There are far more deserved cases to critiscise for reducing your social welfare funds.

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Silicon Valley gets its first 1Gbps home bro– oh, there's a big catch

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WTF?

Cupertino is the real name?

I always thought it was an El-Reg pun

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

Jamie Jones

Re: Topics like these...

" By all means have attractive women AND men at such events (it's sales after all) but I too agree that woman shouldn't have to dress like strippers/sci-fi hookers/Anime peado fantasy schoolgirls, just to sell tech products."

I think it's depressingly sad that 'Booth Babes' can improve the sales of security tech, and despair at the caveman comments you sometimes hear.

But banning? That's not fixing the problem, just burying it under the carpet.

Wouldn't it be nice to see a successful "babeless" stall where they emphasise their product is so good, it doesn't need marketing gimmicks?

And the people who choose to do these jobs are not forced to - it's ironic how many posters here playing the sexism card are assuming these women are brainless bimbos...

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Jamie Jones
Happy

Re: Context, context....

" I've met men who wear shorts all year round (and no, they don't live in sun drenched climates)"

I live on the sun drenched coast of errr. South Wales, and the last time I didn't wear shorts was to a funeral 5 years ago.

Mind you, this is a place where in winter, you see queues outside ice-cream shops rather than coffee shops (Joes Icecream FTW! )

You always get some comments in winter, whilst someone wearing an above-knee skirt doesn't.

As for when it's cold (especially windy) , I can be colder on my chest, wearing t-shirt and jumper than my legs.

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

Jamie Jones

Re: Whats the point of home SIP anyway?

"

"Which is pretty lame on ElReg, I think you will agree.""

No, I wouldn't actually. Do you buy a car from a garage or build one from a kit each time you get one? Right. Same thing. Different people have different interests. Deal."

His point was that ElReg is a techie site. The analogy regarding a car would apply if the comment was written on a kit-car enthusiasts website, thus showing it's actually not as stupid as you make out.

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Jamie Jones
Devil

Re: SBC?

"The fact that article indicated that they were running on a telephone system called FreePBX isin't a giveaway that they wanted to do the job on the cheap?"

Those who have ever used FreeBSD would strongly disagree.

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

Jamie Jones

Re: In the words of Chris Rock from Lethal Weapon 4

Um... He's dead.

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Unhappy

Re: The GOP has started already

"Matt Wood, policy director at advocacy warrior group Free Press told the Washington Post: "These companies have threatened all along to sue over the FCC's decision, even though that decision is supported by millions of people and absolutely essential for our economy. Apparently some of them couldn't wait to make good on that threat."

A statement like that only make sense in a country where the government is for the corporations, and not for the people.

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Apple Safari update BORKED private browsing

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Re: surprised?

I've got off my arse and done something about it.

Updates for those who are interested are here: http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2471257

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Browsers which leak data in incognito mode.

Jamie Jones

Browsers which leak data in incognito mode.

In the comment section of article http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/18/apple_safari_update_borked_private_browsing/, I mentioned that the Android browsers I've checked store all sorts of stuff whilst in "private/incognito browsing mode", but wouldn't name them, as I hadn't reported it (http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2467909)

Being downvoted, presumably for not reporting it, or for suspected bull pooh, has prompted me to get off my arse and do it. I'll post updates in this thread.

In the meantime, hss anyone else noticed anything similar? I never saw private browsing mode as more than a gimmick that doesn't do much more than update your viewable history, but apparently it's taken seriously...

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

Jamie Jones

Re: We at least we had just one MS standard browser

" We at least we had just one MS standard browser"

Hmmmm. MSIE 6, MSIE 8,9, 10 ...

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