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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

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Re: An arms-race that will never end

Ahem... We, the consumers, *are* the collateral damage...

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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

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Total ThermoWristial War!

In a little noted personnel move, Microsoft has hired Dick Tracy...

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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Possible end result?

Poettering's Pulse Audio? Something good coders will spend years fixing?

Because, systemd...

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'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail

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5 Eyes, PRISM nab...

...Script Kiddie social engineer defacing website?

I know many will sleep sounder tonight knowing this menace has been brought to justice.

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EU Competition chief: So what if I didn't tame Google? You're all 'irrational' anyway

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New take on an old saw...

Privacy invasions doth never prosper: what's the cause? Why if they prosper, none dare call them bad laws.

Apologies to Harrington...

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Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future

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+1 for badges

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Re: Democracy? Republic? Where?

What? You're kidding, right?

In the US, for now, the police need a warrant to come inside a dwelling they are not invited into.

Safety inspections of gun owners? No way, with so many private gun transactions they don't even know who we all are.

I had no idea life was so repressive in England...

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'George Orwell was an OPTIMIST. Show me a search history, I'll show you a perv or a crook'

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Re: Why does Microsoft want people to stop talking about Windows?

Desperation born of frustration I think.

After the market reaction to Windows 8, the Emperor no longer wishes his new clothes discussed...

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Weekend reads: Neil Young and Brian Cox ponder cars and universe (in that order)

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One out of three ain't bad...

The Human Universe sounds like a must read book to me, and I shall.

Neil Young? Love his music, don't care to read his take on life or cars.

Frey? If this had been a true original idea, maybe, but given his past willfull lying, no thanks.

Excellent reviews by Strongman and Diston!

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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

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Re: Definitions needed

" So, I repeat again, who or what defines terrorism?"

Are you challenging the Almighty State comrade?

Maybe some time in Re-Education Camp?

What? Withdrawing your question are you? Good comrade, very good...

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Re: Who defines terrorist ?

And we all recall French War Victories

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Careless Whisper? Anonymous messaging app accused of stalking users, blabbing to Feds

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I think the code snippet tells the tale: If they're lying about the 500 meters, which seems apparent, then any other denials they make are more than a bit suspect.

Another benefit of Mr. Snowden's revelations - everything is being examined, no one is trusted...

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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Comey:

Doubtless you're getting an executive summary of this and other internet discussions of your bullshit.

You *are* scare mongering in your quest for a totalitarian state. Phone taps solved ONE kidnapping?

Now there's justification for massive data slurping...

And by the way, how did those Boston Bombers slip right past you, even with advance warning? What? They didn't discuss their plans on the phone?

You sir are either an idiot or a New World Order thug...

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Disaster roster: OMG, are YOU SAFE? I dunno. Check Facebook

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Ads?

" whether it had considered selling targeted advertising to people known to be stuck in disaster zones"

Replacing ads with emergency phone numbers for services, insurance agents, and general tips for the type of calamity would be better.

Nah....

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: 10 years

In the year 2525

if Lockheed can survive...

In the year 3535

If Fusion does arrive...

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Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

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Hmmmm....

" the Docker client tools will decide whether it needs to be a Linux virtual machine or it needs to be a Windows virtual machine'

Anyone wish to hazard a guess which VM will be chosen? Fox/Henhouse..

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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Re: continuing the trend

Vaguely reminded of HyperCard, but not nearly as cool. Maybe Danny Goodman could consult on this and improve it...

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Why else would we speak of...

...mounting, hard disks, fdsk, inserting media, etc...

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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Re: Many of us are forced to use MS Software

This article and comments thread reminds me why I need to stop reading Mr. Potts:

The rape analogy would get many people fired, most commentards on hand moderation and is plain ridiculous. The asshole remark surely would...

Potts seems to be the only author that feels the need to write very long articles, followed by multiple incursions into the comments to use gratutitous language to defend every single point he makes in nit pick style.

Shame too, sometimes he makes good points...

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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A splinter group...

...of the deep cache clearers is the High Order of Snake Oil and Registry Cleaner Zealots.

Do not, under any circumstance, make eye contact with these people.

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'MYSTERIOUS PYRAMID STRUCTURE' found on COMET beyond Mars: Landing planned

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Re: Pyramid like?

Thus Spoke Zarathustra...

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Prez Obama backs net neutrality – but can't do anything about it. Thanks, Obama

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Re: Let the White House Shoggoth stroke its Nobel Peace Prize in peace!

Golf.

In his time in office he has spent 800+ hours on the golf course, and in a world of perils, only 600 odd hours in his security briefings.

The man knows how to pay back those who shovel money to him and his party: in this case he appoints Comcast to lead the FCC...

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Re: Why does Obama consistently appoint industry shills to positions of power?

"why are you blaming Obama for this?"

In addition to appointing Comcast to guard the henhouse, he is being disingenous abot not being able to do anything.

If he can circumvent the U.S. Congress with his Executive Orders, which he openly brags about, what impediment is an agency that reports to him?

Whenever something goes wrong, and you can check this, Obama swears he knew nothing until the press covered it and he swears "I'll get to the bottom of this, this is unacceptable." This routine rings hollow, except with the 39% who approve of him.

His statement is a wink, wink, nod, nod to Big Telco: Don't worry fellas, you'll get what you want. Like he told Putin, "Just wait 'till after the elections."

Downvote away folks, but come January Obama and Big Telco get what they want...

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

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so, what's your favorite text editor?

emacs or vi?

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

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"how likely is it that Comcast would pursue anything if he didn't say something first?"

And how likely is it that PWC made the statement they made without hearing the tape wherein the beancounter said something to the effect of:

"Do you know who I am? I work at PWC, I'm important and I can reign down hell on Comcast if you don't kiss my ring and resolve this to *my* satisfaction."

No love for Comcast here, but this may a case of a jerk getting what he deserved...

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Pen-testers outline golden rules to make hacks more €xpen$ive

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Just a thought...

...but in addition to no admin rights for users, how about no browser unless the needs of the business specificaly require them? Use the hosts file to control where they go on top of that.

The university I last worked at (2000+ staff users) had such a policy. Need software outside the image provided set? Request it. A WUS, delayed to allow testing, pushed updates/patches.

The overwhelming majority of users had no need of a browser to get their work done. So why put a malware vector on the machine to start with?

And when the crying starts, remind them they are there to work, not play, and the browser is used for far more play than work in most settings...

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NSA spying will shatter the internet, Silicon Valley bosses warn

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Re: all your base belong us

The NSA provides the Russians/Chinese/Iranians/Whomever with legitimacy.

Goose - Gander...

Brilliant way to lose any semblance of "Moral High Ground." Just fucking brilliant...

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I take heart in the old saying...

...the internet routes around damage

Now that we know what the NSA and the 5 eyes are up to, people are working on solutions.

We know they intercept kit and modify it, so people examine said kit.

The use of Tails Live CDs at wifi hotspots can be effective.

Apple and Google are making good moves.

More people today know what a "warrant canary" is...

We can win this fight. If we fight...

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

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Re: Adobe, it's not me, it's you

Ubiquitous HTML5 can't get here fast enough...

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Nokia's ENORMO factory in India axed after Microsoft-shaped hole appears in order book

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Here's a plan...

HTC makes India a nice offer on the taxes, say 40%, money they are unlikely to see as things stand.

India gets to keep manufacturing jobs as a bonus...

HTC then buys the works at discount.

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Monster banking Trojan botnet claims 500,000 victims

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Kevin Toppins' take on systemd:

Toppins on systemd

systemd does appear to be a cancer on *nix, I will not install a distro that uses it...

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Yahoo servers? SHELLSHOCKED? by Bash?

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Hiss-hiss! GIGANTIC SOLAR FILAMENT snakes around Sun

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Showing yet again...

...how little we know about ginormus balls of fusing Hydrogen/Helium...

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'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'

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But...

There may be pedos and terrorists going free if we restrict the police to "legal-only" methods.

Think of the children...

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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My reality is that a combination of keyboard shortcuts *and* mouse use is best.

I grab a chunk of text with the mouse, CTRL C/CTRL V from the keyboard for example. Some apps support selecting and moving text with the mouse, which can be done at least as fast as using the keyboard.

This Mouse vs. CLI thing is more emacs vs. vi fanboi nonsense, people work with the tools they like and are comfortable with, a few seconds saved here and there is bean counter false economy...

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I recall the 8088 machine I learned on...

I was shown how to change directories and the dir command to list the contents thereof.

It was one of the great moments when I hit upon dir /w to make the output more readable on the green on black screen...

I make an analogy to driving cars in my mind, the "old guy" who taught me to drive made the point that steering an automatic transmission car wasn't real driving, one needed to change the gears manually for best control on different surfaces and angles of grade.

Mice are nice, but until you use the command line, play under the hood, you really don't understand what the machine can do or what it *is* doing...

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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What? No Windows Nein?

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Re: Do they really care?

I saw what you did there... :-)

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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Re: The lady doth protest too much methinks.

SolidSquid:

Even if I spoof my MAC address, walk into a cybercafe or local wifi hotspot and fire up my Tails CD?

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Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

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Re: Many posters in this thread seem to think that all MS OS's crash frequently - they do not.

What about the bugs MS never gets around to fixing?

I speak of the one where you must refresh the desktop to see renamed/moved folders. Or the one where you cannot save certain file types to the desktop.

Literally thousands of post webwide on these two, and MS always says "boot to safe mode and check for malware." It happens on new installs not internet connected...

Or the deliberate trashing of features that require 3rd party apps to reinstate - ShellFolderFix is a big one.

This doesn't even touch the borkings that automatic updates cause, there was ablue screen one a few weeks ago.

I have one XP box and one Win 7 box left. When they die I will be finished with MS.

Parting shot: UEFI/Secure Boot. How clever of you to get the OEMs to do your dirty work there...

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Biz coughs up even less for security, despite mega breach losses

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They don't seem to understand that you pay now or you pay later, but pay you will...

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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What laws?

When FBI director Comey says "...above the law.", I'm left wondering exactly what law he is referring to. Maybe Holder could elucidate on his way out...

IANAL, but I would think that the Fifth Amendment regarding self incrimination is in play here. Have they implemented Constitution 2.0 removing that pesky Bill of Rights?

Even sans Apple/Google's new encryption scheme, if a suspected pedo has encrypted pictures on his/her phone, what is the legal basis for forcing them to give up the keys?

If the only evidence of crime lies on a phone, the police aren't doing there jobs. They need to get out and find/stop this stuff in the non-digital world, where the crimes against children originate.

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'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault

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Re: Triassic Park

Giraffic Park

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If the tooth doesn't fit, you must acquit...

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Bloke accused of making phone spyware StealthGenie is cuffed by feds

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Joke

Clearly the FBI is...

...violating the Sherman Anti-Trust Law by taking this entrepeneur out to help the NSA maintain its monopoly position.

Innovation is stifled when competition is stifled like this...

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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just wondering if this true

Not living in the UK...

"the Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country; The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country; The Times is read by people who actually do run the country; the Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country; the Financial Times is read by people who own the country; The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country; and The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is."

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Reg hands portable Sinclair ZX Spectrum to lucky compo winner

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Congrats

Hope you have much funwith it...

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Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'

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Re: Ditch the white cat, please

" However, that same million spread among the middle class buys 2000 fridges, keeping a whole factory of workers and their suppliers working."

Finally someone sez, sorta, what the core issue is here:

Who do we take money from to give to others? How much do we take? Do we set an amount above which no one can keep another unit of money?

Will this apply equally to all? Will the movie stars and sports heroes also be forced to a limit? Special exemptions for the politically connected based on need? Will some people's income caps be more equal than others?

Politicians make these appeals for income equality/redistribution based on the average voter's propensity to vote their self interest, taking from the rich to give them more has appeal and keeps politicians in power.

The question really is "By what moral authority do we take legal earnings from one group to give to another?"

For all the noble bleatings these appeals make, we are talking about "from each according to ability and to each according to need." It won't work today, it will result in a larger gap just as it has in the past. It merely changes who the elites will be. If you think crony capitalim is bad, try living under crony communism. And forget any notion that "This time we'll get it right", we won't...

Let us call these plans and notions what they are, the idea that some have the right to take and give what they didn't produce. Put the altruistic platitudes aside and defend this theft...

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Re: Apologetic.

"That inequality between countries is dropping is nice, but has none of the positive effects on society which reduced inequality within a country does: reduced crime, reduced mortality, reduced child mortality, reduced unrest, increased trust, increased well-being, increased longevity."

Assumes facts not in evidence.

That said:

If the top 20 % of earners, who btw pay north of 80% of all taxes in the US, had every dime confiscated from them and redistributed, it wouldn't make any significant difference in equality.

If the goal is to raise all ships, then hitting the rich isn't gonna get it done. What might get it done is to draw substantially more from a pool of people with enough members to make a difference, the middle class. This would have the effect of lowering most people's boats.

If the goal is to punish the rich, the idea has merit. I don't care for this approach, rich people have always kept me employed at good salary through the years. Me and many others, say the middle class...

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