* Posts by Amorous Cowherder

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

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"I've never tried Linux but I know I don't like it."

Hmmm must be so nice to be so 100% sure about things in life. I cut my teeth on IBM mainframes, DEC Alphas, IBM AIX mini's, moved on to Solaris, worked as an Ingres, Informix and Oracle DBA and learned countless languages along the way. Now after 25 years in IT I'm learning the nitty gritty of Windows admin and chucking in a bit of learning C# for good measure.

Shoot me through head if I ever get so jaded as to never want to learn something new each day in IT!

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FBI probe physical intrusions into Californian internet cables

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Let's face it, it has to be some little US Government dept testing how people react to loss of internet service, so they are forewarned if a terrorist attack happens and takes it out. Governments are always doing things like this, they need to know how to handle a volatile public should they lose something vital like their ability to post kitten pics on Facebook and Instagram!!

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Some american was explaining...."...but all terrorists are muslims..."

Timothy McVey, American, white Christian terrorist responsible for the Oklahoma bombing on US soil! Some people should really learn abut their own country's history.

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Microsoft rushes out latest Windows 10 build. 300 fixes? Pff, whatever

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So far I thought it was quite a good version of Windows. I use it primarily for Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop and they worked perfectly on the last preview version. Kaspersky 2015 was the only product I use that wouldn't work.

Can't stand this trend towards bland, flat icons on interfaces. We struggled from the naff WIndows 1.0 icons to the superb richly detailed icons of WIndows 7, OSX and Gnome and now we seem to be heading away from a rich GUI experience to these faceless, bland interfaces. I assume this new design aesthetic is all about function over form. Sorry but my graphics card and monitor cost me good money so "make wit da bling" as the kids say!

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Is that a FAT PIPE or are you just pleased to stream me? TERABIT fibre tested

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Re: Yeah

Probably now if you like.....sadly it'll be joined to the local oversubscribed BT wholesale junction box!

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"Jeffrey Gao, president of the Huawei transmission network product line..."

Do they have a corresponding "President of Receiving"?

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Pirate MEP pranks Telegraph with holiday snap scaremongering

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I love France's wacky public/private photography laws!

The one about the Eiffel Tower, it being an illuminated work of art so no nighttime photos without permission, is a superb anachronism in this wired world we live in.

About the only thing I can be truly thankful for to our wonderful Government here in the UK, they didn't sign up to this Euro cack about no pics of private buildings from public spaces, means I can happily snap away all I wish, almost anywhere I please.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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Reminds me of this classic moronic gag.

Ask someone, "How you keep an idiot in suspense?". Then simply walk away.

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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

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"We are closely reviewing and investigating the information disclosed today in order to assess the potential level of risk it may pose to our profits if customers start dropping our products cos they suspect their government spooks might be spying on them through our software."

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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"...MS was managing a "complex topic" as it juggles multiple versions of Windows, while changing the way it builds and deploys the OS..."

Here's a tip that works well for OSX and most Linux desktop distros, release just 1 version! Job done. OK MS, I'll cut you some slack as you do have servers to sort out, just release just 2 versions, desktop and server. Simples!

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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What about plain English?

I'd be more embarrassed by Microsofts abuse of the English language during the installation procedure.

"Getting finished" appears just after the files have been copied and it's about to reboot. Is that even proper English? Surely "Completing installation" would be better?

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"...but it's access is hidden in 8.1 & 10."

I wouldn't go that far, simply refuse to create one at install time and it fails over to offering a local account. I can live without my calendar needing to be sync'd to "the MS cloud" thanks very much. Plenty of FOSS Windows kit out there that will happily fill the void and is actually usable rather than the Fisher Price school of GUI Design that the Metro designers must have attended to come up with an interface so simple that it's impossible to actually use it without re-learning all you ever learned about using GUI applications!

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Re: Guessing games

"I used to be with it, then they changed what 'it' was." Grandpa Simpson

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When you're installing 8.1 it tries to force you get an MSA account by default but you just have to fail that option and then force it to offer you the choice of creating a local account on the machine. Job done. I suspect after 29th July, the first commercial release will have the same option, force it to fail the MSA account creation and make it give you the local account option.

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Facebook and Twitter queen Taylor Swift: Facebook and Twitter are RUBBISH

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Facebook's entire financial model is based on people obsessing over how much each post is liked. Without people constantly posting more and more crap and getting more people to like them and their latest crap, Facebook would collapse overnight if everyone decided to listen what Miss Swift has said. I have to give her some kudos for saying something sane and positive that people should at least consider.

( Drop the "teenagers" bit Miss Swift, trust me lots of adults of all ages post stuff and lose it if they're not liked enough! )

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Windows Phone is like religion – it gets people when they are down

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Doing lots and lots of Windows coding lately, my mate is a Windows coder and he let me have a play with his Lumia and I was impressed. The only thing that's putting me off is a couple of apps which I would have to live without if I moved off Android, such as the Photographer's Ephemeris. I think the the Winpho took some stick but seems to be picking up nicely, I see few more every few weeks while on the daily commute.

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It's OK – this was an entirely NEW type of cockup, says RBS

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Re: Oh yes it is

What they have is lots and lots of government bailout money, and that money is what you paid in taxes, community charge, VAT, etc!

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'Lemme tell you about my trouble with girls ...' Er, please don't, bro-ffin

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Re: I'll get downvoted but whatever

"Give him a break, boys are boys and that damned point won't leave us alone."

Right so it's OK to be an twat and bother the opposite sex because you're old, desperate and a bloke? This sort of bollocks is why fundamentalist feminists love bloke hating, they accuse us of doing these things and the only defense some of us can come up with is to confirm that we can't help ourselves! FFS! "Sorry darling, it's millions of years of genetically repressed animal instinct. I can't help but leer at your cleavage and make remarks about your arse!".

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Re: casting stones and making things uop

I don't know the man and I'm sure he is actually quite "Noble" but he's actually a Nobel prize winner.

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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Re: Giving the user what he wants...

1) They had invested a GDP sized amount of money into it and couldn't kill it off without justifying that to the shareholders, so they have to pilot this doomed course right into the jagged rocks, having jumped off the boat just before it crashed!

2) They're MS, they can make people do things the MS way...well they used to be able to but in these modern times, people power seems to carry a lot of weight. Companies are learning quickly that with everyone now online and communicating all the time ( as these companies demanded that we do! ) that people power is even stronger when we're united against a common enemy.

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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Re: Just Use Linux

Oh dear Lord!

Look don't get me wrong, I love using Linux, it's my desktop of choice 9 hours a day, 5 days week but Windows has been MS flagship product for almost 30 years, they've invested the same amount of money into it's R&D as that of a small European country, do you honestly think for a single second that MS would consider releasing a Linux distro? I'd put money down that they have one buried somewhere in their R&D labs in the back-of-beyond at the Redmond campus, they'd have to so they can understand how it works but it's going to be full-on "mushroom" ( kept in the dark and fed with shit! ).

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But... I... like... the... PAIN! Our secret addiction to 'free' APIs

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Re: They aren't "APIs", they are free data services.

While I can't see FB going anywhere soon, there's a hell of a lot of website using FB as an authentication mechanism. I'm sure FB reaps in too much personal info from these auth requests to shutter that service but as you say, it's still not a good thing to rely on services like FB for this sort of thing.

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Re: Report of Silverlight's death is an exaggeration

For something reeking of it, they still seem intent in leaving it to fester out in the open, the SDK is still being thrown in as an installable option in the new VS2015.

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Freeparking hit by DDoS, vexed customers scream into abyss

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Re: Freeparking....

Same here, been using them since 2002 and they've always been OK for basic services. However the migration during May was an absolute bloody mess, took nearly week for them to sort out the mail and their various URLs, luckily it was only my family whinging at me constantly, not customers!

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Hi! You've reached TeslaCrypt ransomware customer support. How may we fleece you?

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Re: How

I was with you until your final patronising paragraph. Have you ever descended from your ivory tower to walk among the mortals of this earth?

Normal PC users see a PC as a gadget, like a fridge or a washing machine. The PC is simply a tool that does stuff and much like their car, when it stops doing stuff it's supposed to Joe Public needs help. I've worked in IT for close on 30 years, it's my life career I know how much of a pain in the arse computers are but I also have a good idea where to start looking to sort stuff out. If my plumbing or my car starts playing up I might have an idea but I don't have the skills or the tools to fix complicated problems, it's not my job so I hire a plumber or a mechanic to look at it. I trust someone with the skills in that area, that I don't know. Non techies hire people like us. Yes they make some fucking stupid decisions and abuse the PC but can you honestly tell me you've never done anything stupid with things outside IT? I know I have.

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South Korea mandates spyware installation on teenagers' smartphones

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Why? If they're anything like my pre-teen daughter it'll be spouting mindless bollocks to their mates about "who's going out with whom"(*) , stomping about the house looking moody, occasionally arguing with parents and slamming doors when things don't go their way!

(*) Note the average length of a relationship for a youngster under 14 seems to be about 3.2 seconds from what I gather!

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

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Re: Times sure have changed

Way back in 2001 ( pre towers ), we got pulled by airport security in NY, they claimed we had knives in our bags. We said we had nothing of the sort. Security showed us the X-Ray and sure enough there was something that looked like knives. So we pulled the entire bag apart only to find 2 long handled hairbrushes and some finger nail sand-boards!!

I had a Swiss army penknife I stupidly left in my carry on bag, no one even noticed that!

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

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Desperately suspending disbelief at the whole story for a second ( no easy task ) , he wants to get famous for proving he can screw with the avionics of a plane he's riding is. He's risking his and lots of others lives, plus many more on the ground. Hmmm. If this even had a shred of truth to it, how's he going to get famous a researcher, posthumously?!

Do me favour! Best April Fools I've heard in ages!

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It’s Adobe’s Creative Cloud TITSUP birthday. Ease the pain with its RGB-wrangling rivals

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CC, a lot of whinging about nothing.

After the meltdown last year I was wary, so I waited another 2 months for Adobe to get their act together and learn from it, touch wood, Photography CC package has worked flawlessly since I started using it. I even got the new Lightroom CC only 36 hours after they announced the general release. They release regular patches and it's never crashed once. My old CS5 would crash at least 2-3 times a week. I can use CC on my Windows desktop and Macbook simultaneously, something I couldn't do with my standalone copy, I had to keep moving the license back and forth and I couldn't have it on separate platforms. I've been away for 3 week shooting trips and it's worked perfectly on the laptop without any complaining about authorisation as so many said it would. A lot of the complaints people raised that put me off committing for so long, have turned out to be groundless.

No you don't own it but you don't really any software, just a license to use it. Given the pace at which operating systems and software move those standalone copies people are clining desperately to, will soon have to be run inside VMs on old copies of Windows 7 or OSX.

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Bring the Banhammer! Microsoft declares WAR on leaky Gears Xbox users

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"Microsoft enforcement action does not result in a console becoming unusable."

No as that would probably land MS in court however given the nature of the wonderful connected world we find ourselves in these days, something that can't connect to it's main source of data is pretty much crippled.

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

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Re: Am I the only one

Thumbs up for TorrentFreak. I don't knock stuff off anymore but I do still love reading the news about the world of pirate sites!

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Bears/shite/woods

"...closing the site had little effect on copyright breaches. Indeed, it may have spawned a new generation of stronger piracy services."

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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the game presents a “Non-deterministic Polynomial-time” problem “that computer scientists believe are on the boundary between hard and easy.”

No one says you should spend every spare minute trying improve your intellect by reading the latest CERN research paper, there's nothing wrong with wasting a bit of time but people should try daydreaming and using their imaginations to waste time, give your brain a chance to relax for 5 mins. Playing cack like CCS is like not letting your car's revs drop below a certain point, it's not a problem to leave your brain to idle once in a while for a few minutes, it's actually beneficial.

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Californians get first chance to be RUN OVER by a GOOGLE ROBOT

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"Each prototype’s speed will be capped at 25mph...", that sounds just as dangerous as too much speed.

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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When I went to buy my Honda CRV the salesman said there was an option that would allow control of the accelerator where it would gauge the distance to the car in front and control the cars speed appropriately...he said it was a complete waste of time and money! And he was on a commission for selling it and even he didn't want the grief of dealing with it.

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

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Re: The new 'improved' Google Maps

As a photographer I found the picture overlays that people had submitted to be very useful on Google Maps, they promptly pissed that up. The old version supported that great feature for about a year, now it's gone. You have to go to Panoramio to get that feature where a picture of a location is actually overlaid in the location itself!

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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Re: Pap music, meh.

Metal, which is basically 50/60's rock and blues with more speed and a shit load of overdriven guitar. 30 years at the metal mast, don't get me wrong I'm a fan of anything decent like Emperor, Suno))) and Skeletonwitch but I'm under illusion where metal's roots are. I was brought up listening to Cliff and the Shadows, The Ventures, Stones, Floyd and Buddy Holly, I can see almost direct lines running back to those 60's bands.

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Re: I think hip-hop saved the charts

Grunge was basically a fusion of Husker Du/Pixies/Sonic Youth rock oddness, a lot of Neil Young style lyrics and chuck in some Ramones anger occasionally! I name check Screaming Trees, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains to name three.

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Cyber-scum deface Nazi concentration camp memorial website

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Re: Que?

What about the Belgians in Africa? As soon as things started to go a bit pear shaped they just buggered off and left the two warring factions to tear the shit out of each other.

Great Britain did capture and trade slaves from Africa. Sir Francis Drake was a very well known person who's slave trading and privateering is quietly forgotten in favour of his hero image, however that was 500 years ago.

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Snoopers' Charter queen Theresa May returns to Home Office brief

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Re: Ah, Out Run!

I once had a Summer job as a dogsbody at a sports centre. The town was a few miles away and I couldn't be bothered to walk, so apart from living off snacks from the vending machine I also spent every lunchtime for 2 months playing Outrun. I once completed 14 straight runs through it without fail. Meanwhile everyone else would be outside at lunchtimes enjoying the sunshine or taking advantage to use the sports equipment for free. Fairly obvious I was heading for a career in IT, that is stuck indoors in front of a screen, and kept away from direct sunlight!

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Traumatised Reg SPB team barely survives movie unwatchablathon

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That's nothing...

I challenge anyone to watch, "Ground Control" starring Keifer Sutherland.

www.imdb.com/title/tt0137799/

Budget in the hundreds of dollars and, at the time, minor celeb attempts to save a piss poor boring script but instead stretches what should have been a 5 min student film into a 90min lurching, done-on-the-cheap disaster of a movie. The end result is that you want to scratch out your eyes and insert a fork into your earhole and scramble your brain to make it go away!

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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Never saw that coming!

"Drat we got caught, suppose we'd best raise the paperwork to make it official now."

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18-wheeler ROBOT JUGGERNAUT hits Nevada's highways. Cower, fleshies!

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Simpsons surely have prior art?

"Last time I saw Old Red he was in a body bag."

"Yep, that sounds like Old Red!"

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Zuck'ed up: Facebook opens up free internet in India – but bans HTTPS

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" HTTPS via Internet.org is going to 'happen soon.' "

Just as soon as the FB engineers can install the SSL snooper appliances. We must be able to snoop your traffic you naughty freeloaders!

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Certainly better than the usual LEGO mini-figs in space stuff, clone out the strings and that looks pretty damn good!

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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Pornography and minors

I'm curious. If the minimum age for Facebook sign-up is 13 and this image was shown to a 13 year old, could Facebook be sued for showing pornographic material to a minor?

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Gambling with your data: Betfair fixes HUGE account reset email vuln

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I think someone must have accidentally put the alpha development source live from source control, there's no other explanation for this rampant stupidity!

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Facebook policy wonk growls at Europe's mass of data laws

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Re: Facebook shill

Just what I was thinking, a whinging maggot trying to garner sympathy. Sorry but the world is a bigger place than the good ole' US of A and the world has lots of very small countries, and where they've combined they are all given a right to speak and make their own points. So this FB shill should realise that this the very epitomy of a democratic group like Europe, everyone gets a say! Don't like it FB? Then simply shutter up your website and don't allow anyone from a European IP to access it. Oh no, you won't do that as it would mean losing potentially a 1/4 to 1/3 of your "products" who won't be able to access the site. ( rough estimate of 600m in Europe ).

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: Everything that's new is crap

Reality bites!

When Windows95 came out the general public were getting their first taste of the "inta-toobs" and MS hit a spot. Other than the Sony Playstation, most consoles ( Sega, Ninntendo ) were seen as kids toys, serious gamers used PCs. MS managed to convince people that they needed to keep upgrading to retain that "first time" experience and keep playing those state of the art games. Sadly the wheels have long since come off that wagon, the average person has that laptop/PC they bought 3 years ago and it's still good enough for using the "da toobs" to email Granny in Canada and to satisfy little Johnny's need to play Minecraft. Outside that Johnny can play his "Kill a Brown Bad Guy" game on his PS4 as he can have it in his room, he has a mobile phone and probably a tablet for everything else. When most people need to write a formal document, they can simply use Google office apps through a copy of Chrome, no need to buy and install huge office apps suite these days, most people simply want to bang out a formal letter to the GP or the local council and Google through a browser is adequate.

MS needs people to keep upgrading their hardware, that's generally the only time your average Joe P actually upgrades their O/S. I can put money down and show you that most of my rellies are still using XP or Windows 7 and they're happy, change is tough. MS keeps faffing around with the interface and average person doesn't like it. Most people still see a PC like a fridge or washer, just a device to get things done. They don't expect the fridge to change every 9 months!

MS are damned lucky that Apple kit is expensive. I have at least one relative who got absolutely fed up with Windows 8 inability to do simple things like edit a home movie. My wife lent them her Macbook and with just the bog standard OSX apps, her video was edited and output in 30 minutes with no previous experience. They were going to get a new Windows laptop, now they've decided to spend a little more and get a Macbook. Plenty of IT people are setting up Linux desktops as most people simply need a browser. With Google Office apps online, those are good enough for most people.

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Mortgage data splashed all over the net. Thanks HSBC Finance

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"Since HSBC does not appear to be claiming that it suffered a breach by hackers it seems that it may have inadvertently stored the data in a manner that made it accessible on the internet."

A1, first class excuse! "We weren't hacked sir! Honest! We simply put it there by mistake and some other, bigger boys read it sir!"

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