* Posts by Powernumpty

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LogMeIn adds emergency break-in feature to LastPass

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Re: why trust a third party?

"What's wrong with using a Libre Office spreadsheet protected (AES encrypted) using a sentence (upper case lower case and symbols) that one memorises? Locally stored and backed up on changes (multiple back ups), and also uploaded to a private FTP server again protected by a strong password?

Perhaps I am missing something? Please enlighten me."

1. All your passwords are visible on screen (depending on the screen size), easy work for a trojan.

2. Copy paste does not clear itself

3. no validation of password complexity

4. no way to securely share info via a central server

5. no version control

6. does windows still index the text of open files I can't remember - could have sworn I found the contents of an encrypted word doc from search some time back.

7. I'm sure there is more but I don't want to spend more than a minute thinking about it and you got upvotes so I'm probably trying to convince the wrong people.

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Internet's root servers take hit in DDoS attack

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When

World war 3 kicks off, the internet will need to be taken down or at least "handled",

They can't have the people on the ground exchanging information and certainly not anything factual or real-time.

There will probably be some level of residual "Internet" service as that will help the planning, if you know what people are concerned about you can tailor events to suit.

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Google says its quantum computer is 100 million times faster than PC

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I realiise

I have been spending too much time watching Vines, D-Wave made me laugh.

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Russian "Pawn Storm" expands, rains hell on NATO, air-gapped PCs

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Air is not a vacuum

Where there is IO there is hope.

That LiFi stuff sounds interesting, I always thought the flashing leds were a good way out, hell with a couple to modulate you could probably map the room and inhabitants.

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Booming Ballmer bellows 'bulls**t' over Microsoft's cloud revenue run rate

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Often

Being outside the vehicle allows you to see where it is headed, if it is on an incline, slope, or even an approachig cliff.

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Amazon's new drones powered by Jeremy Clarkson's sarcasm

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Some say

In the UK you'd have to reroute a footpath to make space for your Amazone deliveries.

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Edgy online shoppers face Dyre Christmas as malware mutates

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Re: Buy Locally, Your Are having a Laugh

"please do not feed the trolls"

Being on the spectrum can be good for IT work but it sure makes for easy trolling.

"No No I think shopping on the internet is a good thing!"

"yes so do we, he was just .. oh never mind"

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

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Re: I've been around here for ages

"2/. Respond with "Here, have an upvote/downvote.""

4/. Correctly label sarcasm as sarcasm, it helps the Americans

5/. Correctly label trolling as trolling, if helps the Americans

6/. Poke fun at the Americans but then explain you are making fun, or explain anything actually, you know why.

I was joking, it's British humour.

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Microsoft quietly slips out patched patch for Outlook – in camouflage

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Dear microsoft

Thank you for f*cking my weekend, if I can ever do the same for you don't hesitate to ask, I'd be only too happy.

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

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Re: But...

"Just resetting the breaker is clearly not enough in today's world."

Racist!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKcWu0tsiZM

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Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

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Believe it's Linux fanboys moaning, if that makes you happy.

Believe it right to the last moment, right to the second MS announce they are dropping legacy "desktop" software support or something similar.

It will happen.

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Pause Patch Tuesday downloads, buggy code can kill Outlook

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Very strange

One Outlook showed the problem, removing the offending updated fixed it for now.

Another machine experienced the no log on issue but I can RDP to it, that update not showing but it did do the 15 updates in the middle of nothing much. I did have to hard reset at one point.

Either that machine was hosed by the update but the update is gone now or not showing or it is another one of the updates done that day.

Either way it seems so bloody random and no Windows install is like the next, at least with Linux you can have two installs at the same level and patch with some confidence.

Gut sick of this vague muddle of a spying OS.

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Flying drug mule crashes in Manchester prison

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Monofilamanent mesh

Doesn't even need to be particularly fine, half meter squares would be a bugger to see and navigate through, especially if they move in the down draught. Couple of layers of that with central motion/displacement detector (AKA the spider) and it would be time consuming to make something to cut and then get through the layers.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

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Cat - I get the reference

Toxoplasma Gondii.

Crazy cat-lady syndrome, nice explanation of the 10 roll out.

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Microsoft's Big Data-driven improvement efforts flounder

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Progress

arse:elbow

1:2

That seems to be usual ratio, what to make of it though....

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California enormo-quake prediction: Cracks form between US boffins

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Henry!

It's only 14.9% difference, take down that Schramm and put the mini nuke back in store, nobody is going to give you a hard time if it doesn't happen.

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TalkTalk website STILL down on day TWO

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"Talktalk is like yo mamma".

Not like mine, when I called them they didn't manage to sound disappointed with every life decision I've made so far.

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Linux bids for UAV world domination by enslaving future skybot army

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Already bored

While fiddling with basic quad I thought to myself "can't this thing go get a pint of milk yet?". Won't be long and the idea of "going to get the shopping" will be seen as an archaic pursuit, oh sure there will be virtual malls for VR but actually taking your physical body to a retail location! lols.

We need to work on good machine "spotters" soon, forcing FPV users to enlist someone to watch for people or air traffic is reminiscent of the guy who used to walk in front of the early motor cars carying a red flag.

My basic foam plane has been chased enough times by manically excited dogs when trying to land that I figured dog walking again could be better done by a few drones and some planning. For the record rear engined foam planes do something strange to even mild mannered hounds, I think it is the motor growl, be a bit careful as they really really don't like it at some speeds. I do keep well away from people and animals but a border collie off the lead can cover a surprising amount of field in a short time when possessed by the rc madness, I discovered. I had to use hedgerows to slow the thing down so I could get to the plane before he did.

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Connected kettles boil over, spill Wi-Fi passwords over London

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I have an "Internet" microwave

They were being sold off cheap on Ebuyer and I read the details as follows

Blah Blah, Big Brand, Blah Blah Blah, Stainless Steel, Blah, With built in Grill

£50

All these naysayer can save you money, as they turn their noses up at junk internet features they may actually miss the main hardware on offer. It has worked fine for a few years now, never used any of its "digital" features (unless you count the door handle).

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Shocker: Net anarchist builds sneaky 220v USB stick that fries laptops

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Re: He obviously read my comment on the previous article

I remember reading that comment, he's obviously an agile and proactive supplier of digital death.

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To save me adding another comment I wonder how much protection a USB hub would afford?

I assume it would depend on the design but who checks their layout against -220V?

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Google says Loony broadband balloons are 'nearly perfect'

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Yes

the real clouds you can see are below the balloon, and your signal gets through the clouds to the balloon and on to the cloud, yes.

No you stay one the ground, and your phone too.

Well we don't as much steer the balloon as make it go up and down.

No the wind in your village should not affect reception.

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Furious LastPass fans fear password wrangler's fate amid LogMeIn's gobble

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Re: LastofLastpass

@Roland6 - Interesting, might be related to an old bug, tried it on one machine got the "screen full" but was spooked enough to just delete another account without a fresh export.

The first machine was one I had previously exported to CVS three days defore, might have clicked via a second link process, but both times same browser OS etc, either way glad I'm free of it now, ones less bug to work around.

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Re: Time for MSFT to step-in

Have an upvote for quality trolling.

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LastofLastpass

On a hunch I exported my details a few days ago in a .CSV format that easily imported into something else.

Post announcement I went to export again and the format had changed (php dumped into a screen full of text)

I assume this was to make it harder to jump ship or trigger a network data scrape. Please feel free to use the clipboard, it's not monitored!

Did anybody else get to compare output before and after announcement?, felt phishy to me.

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Dot-gay bid fails again: This time because it is too gay

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So let me get this right

People of sexual orientation N are looking to be accepted as anybody else, for their sexuality to not be the cause of discrimination and bias, to help this cultural embrace they want to avoid the use of general domain names and build a sexuality exclusive part of the "must not be filtered, censored or interfered with internet"?

Is it driven by some goverment? seriously is it trying to "out by web history"?

I'm on the wrong side of the fence and will doubtless break my downvote record but - making something we are told is normal accepted as normal, not even "remarkable" probably doesn't require chopping up the net to "them and us".

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Factory settings FAIL: Data easily recovered from eBayed smartphones, disks

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"There have been reports that it slows the device to a crawl and in the worst case leads to an unrecoverable corrupted filesystem."

Have there, some links please, or is that what they want us to believe?

My Android phone is encrypted simply because data protection, device loss and not wanting to be that bothered about if it happens. I mislaid a Blackberry once (slipped silently under a desk draw set while working on a PC) the feeling of wondering what I might have left on there over the last few months by mistake is unpleasant, what's worse is I have an almost OCD tick to check my phone keys etc. when leaving a building and often entering another so I knew it had "gone from my pocket in the last ten minutes", knowing I had enough time to reset some passwords would have been nice but it was so quick I wasn't even sure it would be locked. Yes I did call it and yes people did hear it go off but because it was "not their phone they didn't bother to do anything about the phone ringing under the desk" (people wonder how BOFH got like that).

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HP boss hopes MS Surface Book will jack up notebook prices

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Re: Not for my age group

The the first AC.

I used the words "I see that surface keyboard" referring to the image above the article (did you spot that?), I wasn't referring to "post massive write-down because they didn't sell" versions.

On the name I use, you see that is something Brits will probably understand, it's sort of self deprecating humour, saying "yes you are!" doesn't really hurt, can you see why?

In turn I'd perhaps respond to your nick but the faceless coward thing makes it difficult, unless of course....no that would be cheap.

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Not for my age group

Back in the seventies (maybe) they started making things from plastics wrapped and heat sealed around junk, I can't for the life of me remember what I first saw but the seaside and sand comes to mind.

Every time I see that surface keyboard I am reminded of the chaff they sold at seaside toy shops, lasted about an hour then the welded seam came apart to show some grey cardboard, air or fluid most recent one was a Jessops negative binder in my loft, green, edge gone, cardboard visible.

I could not bring myself to pay good money for anything that looks like it should split next week.

That's just me, in case anyone wondered, not found a feedback form that asks that yet.

Mines the one with "Everything went to pot after Bakalite" in the pocket.

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Team Microsoft: Device Police... 'Are you pumped? I'm pumped'

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Quiz

On the Bonus Quiz please tell me it's E

I know they have shareholders and they need to run around screaming and back slapping each other or "the market" complains but for f*ck sake MS could do with a character who cares beyond the next few years, maybe Jobs was the answer to Apple because he had a real want for it to exist beyond his own life. I can't help thinking the alleged dog-eat-dog mentality at MS favours those who don't really care about the company just their own backs and how to step on others for the next few years and bonuses. Who in MS would die with the company name on their lips?

Nothing is for the long term, they don't seem to have much aesthetic or humanistic desire to enrich anyone but themselves, give the public something to want as a future and you might be part of it, worry about quarters and be eternally devided.

Surface F*ck Yeah!, great phrase, not sure about the last word though.

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Sysadmins can forget PC management skills, says Microsoft

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Has anyone

been round behind the barn recently? really sticky, smells of death and there is a large mound I don't recognise behind some trees.

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Re: Lift

I think you need to apply Peter level thinking, trim your canards and "pump it to keep it up" (they said).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMfszvXvScA

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Weird garbled Windows 7 update baffles world – now Microsoft reveals the truth

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Am I the only one to not give a shit about the english and be more interested in the content?

Serious stuff guys, maybe this is a "hidden encrypted" update that wasn't.

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FATTIES have most SUCCESS with opposite SEX! Have some pies and SCORE

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Oh thank goodness

Previously I thought it was because I am a horrible, hateful, spiteful, distrusting person who won't play social games, when in reality it's just because I'm BMI <30

Phew.

Hate you BTW.

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Has SeaMeWe-3 been cut again?

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More taps than the hilton

Ping time to our far east offices jumped Sunday about 12:20PM and came back down at 2:10AM today.

During the high latency the timing seemed quite variable (small increments), previous breaks have seen it go up and stay there, maybe they were testing dark networking kit.

This cable always causes some confusion when reporting to managament, "what was the issue?" "SeaMeWe3", "Listen if this is about my time at Oxford I can explain those images but first can we fix the network!"

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PEAK FONDLESLAB: Fewer people will use tablets next year – claim

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Input catch up

The tablet is a decent display wedged under an input method, once the IO gets upgraded to neural and eye tracking they might start selling again.

Another stupid idea(s) many have taken is the no external storage and "OTG or Charge" decision, I want a tablet I can attach one cable (or dock), have it charge, connect to USB hub and possibly a display (picture in picture even). The can't charge while OTG seems one of the stupidest "didn't think about it" engineering choices of the last few years.

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Sino the times, as Microsoft makes Baidu default search engine in China

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Re: Makes me think the following, even if it's not true

Yeah I asked a pile of dog ordure some simple questions about LDAP corruption, NOTHING came up!

Bing had at least three links (OK one was for upgrade to 10) it's totally better than sh!t.

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Blighty's Bloodhound 1,000mph rocket car unveiled ahead of record attempt

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Hope

It's got indicators, could be dangerous if someone comes up behind you at 1000mph and doesn't indicate to pull out.

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Chinese ad firm pwns Android users, creates hijackable global botnet

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Re: Bring back phone boxes

I still have a small sony flip phone, might dig that out but it's probably got just enough i'net to be dangerous.

The connected life - a new form of Tuorrette's has arrived where the user starts swearing at night due to a small flashing LED reflecting off the ceiling, (Work phone, allways on, is it really important, will I manage to sleep if I ignore it...)

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Bring back phone boxes

For the love of a simple landline!

I'm sick of being rooted in the back pocket.

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Pope Francis' first act in America: Halt iPhone 6S, 6S Plus deliveries

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Good jobs

Glad there is only two sixes in this story or youtube would be ablaze.

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POLAR DINOSAURS prowled ARCTIC NIGHT, cast doubt on COLD BLOOD theory

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Re: Warm blooded dinos

Getting down with the dinos eh?

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Challenge! German drives from South Africa to Norway in nine days

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That black line

on the aerial photos shows the path they took.

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Shock: Smartphone app to protect kids online does quite the opposite

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Re: Dirty minds

@C.O.G. Brilliant, once after some news story I looked up the common causes of death to young people and was shocked to find the 'fiddlers didn't show in the top number, motorised vehicles and drownings did so it would more accurate to accuse someone of being a "pond owner and risk to children" or horrors of horror car driver!

It quickly occurred top me the people who needed to see reason were the ones who just would not in this lifetime, they would continue to bring their distorted mindset to exchanges regarding childhood risk. Next time someone says think of the children say "I do, I ride a bicycle!".

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

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Re: PERPETUAL CAPSLOCK

I once worked in a hotel and showed a picky American couple every room type in the three buildings, eventually they asked for a "room at the back of the hotel with a sea view" I just walked away.

(Exmoor started climbing at about 45 degrees behind the hotel, I'd have never managed to dig through to the south coast in time).

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

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For life.

Him or his estate will have to pay to dispose of it, layers 278-4060 are reputed to contain lead.

Could you imagine some future race digging this up? Cue geologists WTF!

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Scotsman cools PC with IRN-BRU, dubs it the 'Aye Mac'

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I know the face...

I've never got over the look of disgust I received in a pub on Skye for asking for some side salad with my scampi.

This thing is horrible, sorry there I've said it, (salad sneer).

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Bitcoin is an official commodity, says US gummint

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Owe money?

Massive debt? dollar flaky? QE unsustainable? funds moving elsewhere?

Try new Finger in that pie!™

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Email reply-all cat-nado drenches Cisco inboxes with pics, memes

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All the way out, all the way back.

"Reply all" reminds me of the turkey sheds on a farm I used to walk through, you could make a noise to startle one end of a shed and the alert would travel away until it reached the far end then back till the closest turkey was re-alerted by it's own surprise.

Turkeys, the lot of 'em.

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

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Partners

Requested they get more integrating into the routing side of the internet, "there is a lot of data we don't have direct eyes on so if you could get some experience there it would be greatly appreciated. Open source? LOL, anyway get the framework done and we can slot the blobs in once it is being used".

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Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

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Re: Nerd radar

They do have to work on what is presented to them and often quickly.

Don't want to think about the speedo's but on this -

When faced with supposedly educated adults including science teachers advising you a device is of significant and immediate danger they might be tempted to isolate the "threat" while assessing the situation.

Don't get me wrong I'm not defending specific actions as portrayed by the small media window to which I have access but it's not just the police, if I walked into a room where everyone was pointing at a hologram of a fire saying fire! I'd have to check a few senses before assuming it was not a fire.

Bring the awareness and education of the public up, then, when extracting police from that pool, things might be different. If the teachers didn't get excited and if the authorities calmly assessed the situation (why didn't the teachers themselves evacuate the immediate area if they truly thought it was a bomb? do you really have to wait for big brother?).

Our fears are encouraged if they fit the compliant society ideal, as a result we may have distorted understanding of real world threats.

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