* Posts by Amorous Cowherder

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Websites aimed at kids are slurping too much info, finds report

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Stranger Danger!

If some strange bloke approached you in the park when you were a kid and said, "Do you fancy coming back to my house to play some games, just for some fun?", you'd run away screaming and tell your Mum or Dad! Nowadays, we're electronically taking the kids round to the stranger's house!

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Stench of confiscated dope overwhelms Catalan cop shop

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Oh FFS, how stupid are these cops?

So they don't sell plastic bags or sealable plastic containers down the local version of Homebase then? Are they really that stupid...then again they've been breathing in that shite for several days that might explain it I suppose!

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ICO probes NHS clinic's data blunder that exposed HIV+ status of 800 patients

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Cue obvious statement...

Ahem....And the UK gov and its various agencies want ever more of our personal details to, as they put it, "...improve the services offered..."!

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The future of IT is – to deliver automation. Discuss

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Live by the mantra, "A stitch in time, saves nine."!

I cannot stand watching people do those small piddly jobs manually when you know full well that they can be automated. Almost from the day I stepped out into the big wide world of IT as a career, working as a "tape monkey" in mainframe land, I've been an efficient person ( read: lazy bugger! ) who wants to avoid doing anything manual where it's possible to automate it. I want that time I'm saving, for myself so I can spend it learning new things, not waste it doing the same old monotonous rubbish day after day, week after week!

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Riddle solved: Do bears crap in the woods? No – they're stressing out over drones instead

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Well bugger me sideways! Basic scientific principle discovered, that you affect the result by way of the tools you use to measure. Who'd 'ave thunk it, that flying, whirring and buzzing things frighten animals or at the very least, gets them worked up?!

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Stardock’s Start10 brings the familiarity of 7 to Windows 10

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You can't beat the free ClassicShell!

I've started it using it recently and as it's FOSS I sent some spondoolics over to the dev team to say thanks.

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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FFS!

If Windows is dragging this sort of shit out of the firmware, it's going to make Windows more unstable as time goes on. Software on any platform needs patching every so often, this cackware sitting in the bios is never going to get patched and as Windows gets patched and upgraded over time the WPBT will constantly keep dragging out this old cackware and running it every time at startup!

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ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps

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Good luck to them, when there's no more creatures about to abuse, then the prices will rocket and everyone will be happy. Of course everyone else can moan about the fact that we can no longer shoot and cut up other anmals to make mindless, expensive shite for rich twats, but rough with the smooth.

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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It's new and it's knackered...

Our entire industry is built on this happening, it's how we make a good living!

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Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers

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Tough titty, this is the price we have to pay

I appreciate your argument but as governments and law enforcement have proved time and again, they cannot be trusted to only use powers for good. Only the other day more stories about something as simple as CCTV operators abusing their positions again by watching and reporting things they have no right to.

Instead we know full well if we give them a "skeleton key" to unlock average desktop encryption mechanism, they will abuse the privilege and waste time pulling in easy targets like the spotty sod who sells £200 worth of dope or the granny who knocked a few movies off a torrent site, simply because those are easy nicks. They won't bother pulling the real filth who need to be removed from society, as they're harder to catch 'cos they know they're being watched and take extra precautions.

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Microsoft co-founder recovers ship's bell of 'The Mighty Hood'

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"Once it's fit for public consumption..."

I'll bring my knife and fork along!

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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OK...

So if some group of nutters blows up a building in some major city and the nutters are called Smith, Davis or Jones, Sophos are going to ban anyone with the name Smith, Davis or Jones? FFS!

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Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months

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Re: Bracing

Nah, there's distinct lack of chavs who've actually ventured outside Butlins for the afternoon with their screaming, mewling offspring to throw MaccyD wrappers and used bottles of sun cream about!

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Re: The only way to not be ridiculed...

"when wearing them is to don a uniform..."

*snigger*

Reminds me of the H&S posters on the trains where the sentence on the notice says, "Wet items can be...", and lots of witty people filled in the blank!

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Re: Aren't people on Twitter clever and funny?

Lighten up misery! Who gave you a "fun-ectomy" while you were asleep?

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: Wonder how many bankruptcies will result

"I can imagine there are a few people being shouted at in Redmond today..."

And a whole lot of marketing types out on the razz tonight on the huge bonuses they'll be getting for getting the Win10 install numbers through the roof!

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: There are others available

Just tried ClassicShell for the first time ( on Win10) superb stuff!

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W3C's bright idea turned your battery into a SNITCH for websites

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The web needs to be financed 'cos all those "free" services we like need to be paid for and we're all on sale to the highest bidders to pay for them. It's nice to know you're a valuable but ultimately faceless piece of meta-data and nothing else.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

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Everyone does know that this shit is in Windows 8 too right? I can't be the only one who checks every option during a software install to see what interesting options are lurking in the dialogs. I spotted this nasty shit back when Windows 8 first came out, read it carefully and disabled the nastier bits. I deliberately looked for it during the Windows 10 betas and there it was again, this time all switched on.

Much like Oracle, they turn on various options by default, they get you to run an audit on your kit and then tell you it's your fault for not taking 3 months to read the 1200 page manuals properly when they fired up some hidden process that'll now cost you $25k/cpu!

All software companies are bastards looking to fleece you for money or info.

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Austria joins the long list of Pirate Bay access deniers after court order

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Hmmm, so straight onto Google and sniffing out the proxy servers. I admire their tenacity in trying to stop copyright theft but I think the war on copyright-infringers is much like the so-called war on drugs, a pointless exercise that wastes loads of money and will achieve nothing much in the long run.

When you're standing at the school gate and you overhear typical mums and dads discussing the latest movie/album they've just ripped off a torrent site that afternoon, you know it's a lost fight.

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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

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Best of luck!

You really think Facebook, Twitter and all that lot really want kids removing all that juicy data they've posted? You're dreaming!

With the Internet, as most of us know it, now roughly 25 years old ( yes I know, DARPA, etc, more like 60 but I'm think Joe Public's perception here ) the marketing men are are on the cusp of cradle-to-grave tracking of a person's online life. Most of the young adults the 18-30 crowd have never known a world without some form of online services and they've been steadily dumping their persona all over the net since they could sit upright and push buttons. That cradle-to-grave data is worth megabucks to the ad men and marketers, and especially those who make a killing selling you as the product, the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Googles of this world. They're not going to let go of it without a fight.

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Happy birthday Alf Garnett, you daft, reactionary old git

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Re: "Alf said what most people were thinking"

I believe Warren Mitchell would berate anyone who came up to him and tried to be his mate by saying how much they loved and agreed with Garnet's views. Mitchell would often say, "Garnet is a superb character to play, so full of emotion but he's a nasty, horrible person, you could never possibly want to spend any time with.".

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Facebook pumps up ENTIRELY SELFLESS, altruistic Internet.org

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Every time I see a picture of Zuckerburg I think of Dorian Gray. I'm almost convinced Mr Z has done a deal with some vile netherworld entity ( or Cliff Richard! ) in order to look 19 for the rest of his life.

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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Bears/shite/woods

Same old, same old.

Has here ever been a perfect product release from MS or anyone? Heck people like Larry Ellison are lucky to still be alive given the dire state of Oracle's first early releases back in the late 70's. The trick these days is to hammer down the number of "visible" and most dangerous bugs and get it shipped, fix it on the fly a more users pick up the product and start using it.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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Del Boy!

As I have said many times before Ballmer is Microsoft's answer to Derek "Del Boy" Trotter. Always looking for a deal, a scam, "Gaw on darlin', giz a couple of sovs for it! Luvvly jubbly!". Sadly Ballmer isn't anywhere near as smart or lovable as Del Boy. Where Del Boy is just unlucky, Ballmer is just a prat!

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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STFU John, you're already a laughing stock!

Nutjob, who's already proved he's very paranoid and slightly "off kilter" decides he needs to get his snout in the already stuffed to heaving, publicity trough!

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Google gives away 100 PETABYTES of storage to irritate AWS

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Amazon charge for deletion?

Don't Amazon charge for deletions over a certain amount in a calendar month on Glacier? So even if you do try to "move" aren't you going to get stung when you delete everything from the old Amazon host?

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Skynet but not as we know it

Why does everything have to be wirelessly connected? Why do we constantly have to be "jacked in" 24 hours a day? Skynet won't be T2s coming down and wiping out humanity, we'll simply join every gadget we have to every other gadget on the planet and then slowly wipe each other out with disabled brakes, exploding laptops and all manner of other exploits in various gadgets!

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SCORCHIO! This JUNE was the SIXTY-SIXTH HOTTEST on record

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"The story's little different here in the UK, where the roasting June of 2015 was the sixty-sixth hottest since records began in 1910, meaning - amazingly - that actually most Junes have been hotter. Including June 1910 actually. And 1911, and 1913, 1914 and 1915. But not 1912! June 1912 was cooler than June 1915. And the spring overall was the, um, thirty-fifth hottest. In the upper half of the rankings!"

So basically temperature can rise and fall based on various influences that we're still getting to grips with. Got it!.

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How British spies really spy: Information that didn't come from Snowden

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A bit dull

"This, along with many other sections of Anderson’s report, suggest that many hours in Cheltenham are spent filling out forms."

Yes, well no surprises there!

I used to work with a guy who'd worked for "security services" in a clerical position ( which we took to mean MI5 ro MI6 ). While he was obviously guarded about what he did ( "Official secrets act, you know old boy!" ) he did tell us little snippets of info and I have to say it sounded like the most boring job in the world! Lots of form filling and rubber stamping of requests, writing reports for section heads and cross checking accounts were balanced. All the usual stuff that every business has to do.

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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Oh my

The words "CAR" and "IP ADDRESS" should not appear in the same sentence, at least not when talking about the car on the public highway!

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Ashley Madison invites red-faced cheats to bolt stable door for free

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Re: Odd modus operandi

This isn't a Hollywood movie and most people aren't cosy with Mafia types, so that's all rather a bit far fetched don't you think?

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I try not to make my life any harder than it has to be!

This is what I think. I have no issues with people carrying on with each other, it's their business. I just don't think I could ever handle an affair, just seems like too much trouble plus I can't lie to save my life! Ha ha! Getting up in the morning, getting to work, paying bills and running around dealing with daily life within in a marriage is hard enough, let alone trying to maintain an illicit affair on the side. No wonder people need a website to organise it!

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Apple Watch is such a flop it's the world's top-selling wearable

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Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore? And why?

Last one I wore was about 15 years ago now. I bought a Swatch at an airport somewhere, wore it for about 6 months. One day I stopped wearing it for some reason and never wore another again. There's always clocks everywhere, clock on the phone, clocks on buildings, on train notice boards and even when I'm out with my camera, there's a clock on that too. I can see that watches are very useful but I've personally not found a reason to wear one in the last few years.

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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What about downloads you get with paid physical products?

A lot of companies, such as Amazon and quite a few indy producers, offer digital download with a paid copy of a product. How does that fit into this? What am I allowed to do ( within reason! ) with the digital copy? Am I allowed to put it on a USB for my car AND my phone AND my laptop, or am I just allowed to play it just off the PC it was downloaded to?

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'I'm COMING for you, DIRTBAG!': Ex-Sony chief Smedley to Kid Lizard hacker

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As someone else said SONY's name is a little bit grubby so sympathy from me is thin on the ground. On the one hand I think this little shit should at least be given some sort of punishment but then the CEO is the CEO of SONY ( remember the rootkits, the DRM, the removal of Linux, etc ) and think bollocks.

I love using SONY mirrorless cameras though but the rest of the corp can go "ruck" themselves for all I care!

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Russia campaigns to stop SUICIDALLY STUPID selfies

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Stating the bleedin' obvious is always a goldmine of hilarity! Superb stuff!

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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I used it for about a week with a Adobe Photoshop CC to edit and maintain my images, using it for about 3-4 hours a day. Out of all the stuff I used ( Thunderbird, Chrome, Firefox, Photoshop, Lightroom, some other utils ) the only thing that didn't work was Kaspersky AV. I hate the icons on Windows 10 but other than that it seemed to work fine for what I needed to do with it.

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Security world chuckles at Hacking Team’s 'virus torrent' squeals

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I take it now the truth is out, that they lied to the UN and traded with countries where they shouldn't ( ie Russia ) that the local Italian equivalent of Inspector Knacker will be having a word with the board of this nefarious little company?

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150,000 angry Redditors demand Chairman Pao's head on a spike

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"Baaa! Baaa! Sign here! Baaa! Baaa"

*tch*

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Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?

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"Glorfied version of a pellet gun..."

I won't go as far as to say, "Anyone stupid enough to buy something like this, deserves to be shot!" but I'm pretty close. The day I saw a video of 6 year old girl drooling over her pink semi-automatic and handguns, was the day I lost any tiny fragment of respect for anyone who says they need to own guns.

"Glorified version of a pellet gun.

Feels so manly, when armed."

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Re: "more adverts"

Piano's now is it? Back in the 1990's when I did used to watch broadcast TV, it was always hipster bloke with an acoustic guitar, " singing a saccharine lyric to a cloying...accompaniment."! I see nothing much has changed! Ha ha!

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I don't have the time these days. No my life is not a hectic whirlwind of activities but I enjoy doing photography and as such I have a creative hobby that often keeps me either out of the house shooting pics or in front of a PC editing or chatting with fellow photographers. I'm not alone, lots of people have other interests that don't involve something so passive as watching TV. We have the internet giving us the ability to take part and communicate with like minded people who enjoy the same hobbies and activities.

When I'm commuting to my dayjob I'll often watch educational things like tutorial videos from places like Pluralsight or Lynda,com on my tablet, the videos are either about IT topics or Photography. In this day and age you need to be a jack-of-all-trades to survive in IT and if you have a knowledge of all sorts of areas, you tend to remain useful to your employer. My precious free time is split between my favourite pasttime and my need to stay informed and educated in order to keep paying the bills and allowing me to enjoy my hobby. When I do sit down and watch TV it's often a half hour comedy here or there that's I've previously bought, usually something I've seen many times before so I can put it on in the background a bit like a radio station.

I'm not alone, we have so many opportunities available that you have many choices how you wish to use your free time. If you work in IT you might have to work at all sorts of odd times, weekends, evenings, etc so you have to make the most of your free time when you get it. TV takes a lot of time and it's hard to justify being in the right place at the right time to watch a live broadcast, it simply doens't make sense in the busy world we all live in these days.

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Another day, ANOTHER Windows 10 build for us Insiders

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Lazy buggers haven't update MSDN, that still shows 10074!

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Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

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Reddit is quite a pivotal site on the internet for a lot of people, it's a great way to channel traffic to your own site as you have access to so many people you can coerce into looking at your site(s).

Having said that, this does seem like a lot of nursery school kids losing their marbles because their favourite teacher has left!

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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German guilt about the ( shhh, you know what! ) .

Is it still true that the NAZI variation of the swastika cannot be used in any video games sold in Germany?

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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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