* Posts by Amorous Cowherder

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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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Microsoft plays Windows 10 whack-a-mole – still fixing bugs with TWO days to go

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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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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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