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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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Thank You

@ Simon Travaglia,

Thanks. I miss the original BOFH, this is great stuff...

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CIA super-spy so sorry spies spied on Senate's torture scrutiny PCs

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Joke

The data is missing because...

...Lois Lerner's IT staff works on the CIA machines as well...

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Retailers shot up by PoS scraping brute force cannon

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FAIL

Hesitant to upgrade because of costs?

I suppose when increased insurance premiums, bank costs and loss of sales due to deteriorating customer good will exceed upgrade costs they will make the change.

Is management so short sighted they don't see that this is a "pay now or pay later" situation?

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

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Re: Linux

Absolutely agree. A good hosts file, a distro like Mint, and Grandma should be good to go.

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Cipher

For my Windows machines I use MSE, Malwarebytes active, and do weekly passive scans with a few products. I have SpywareBlaster installed for a bit more passive protection.

virustotal.com is good to evaluate websites and software before installing as well...

It is my experience that most users self-inflict the damage they see via P2P/pron/to good to be true offers, there is no substitute for good comon sense...

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Joke

Why no mention of...

...the definitive book on the matter: The Screwtape Letters...

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Android busted for carrying Fake ID: OS doesn't check who really made that 'Adobe' plugin

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Joke

Like the guy who had a problem and decided to solve it using regex.

Then he had 2 problems...

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Senate introduces USA FREEDOM Act to curb NSA spying excesses

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Big Brother

Re: Not to worry.. there's a backdoor...

This exactly what the CIA has done for decades. Their charter prohibits their ops inside the USA, so they worked out a reciprocity deal with the Brits long ago...

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series

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All these comments...

...and not a mention of one of the great alternate history writers, Harry Turtledove.

That said, hard to imagine a better scifi writer than PKD...

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Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN

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Fluffy Rules...

...Usenet.

Meow baby...

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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Joke

Re: Huh?

Hplasm wrote:

" Included in boxes of cereals (serials?) next..."

Didn't AOL already try this? Worked out well for them...

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Google Maps community competition falls foul of Indian regulations

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Re: Secret?

Good point. If the community at large knows the locations of these bases, wouldn't it be safe to assume that any interested party knows them as well. Did the Five Eyes, Russia, China, Pakistan, hell did any major player NOT know these locations before Google asked the locals to put them on the map?

No doubt that there are roads leading up to these bases, where one encounters a gate with armed guards. Big tipoff to anyone with more than a few working brain cells...

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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Joke

So very close...

...but they need to be working with dilithium crystals. Chief Engineer Scott should join this team immediately...

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Google to feed machines with evidence of human physical weaknesses – and that's a good thing

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This line of thinking isn't so new...

http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2009/07/maybe-youre-better-off-not-having.html

Just take the pain pill, oldtimer...

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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Re: Headline wrong?

Ross K asked:

" Oh, you mean it was ok for him to target a coal mine because of his environmental beliefs?"

Excellent question.

His actions were a crime regardless of who he targeted or why.

Would everyone's position on this be the same if the target was a risky green energy company? Or perhaps a firm making life saving medical equipment?

Remember that a precedent may well have been set by this court. Your cause may be next...

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Big Brother

Re: We know, you know.

1. There are no coincidences, to think otherwise is folly.

2. The police rarely ask questions they don't already know the answers to.

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Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all

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Re: They don't call them evangelists for nothing

Ein volk, ein OS, ein Microsoft!

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iOS slurpware brouhaha: It's for diagnostics, honest, says Apple

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Big Brother

Re: @All names Taken

@Ashton Black

Agree.

It will interesting to see if Apple modifies these "Diagnostic Services." If they don't, I would think there are forces directing this effort. Why wouldn't they correct this? Unless they cannot under force of law.

Time will tell...

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: @Cipher - In the 1970s...

Graham Marsden:

Ahem, YES THEY WERE!!

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,944914,00.html

There's more, I'll leave that for you to find...

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In the 1970s...

...boffins were sure that global cooling was signalling a new ice age.

The scandal of the climate emails, and the destruction of the raw data used to construct the "hockey stick" left a bad taste in many mouths. Real scientists don't destroy raw data, don't urge associates to destroy emails, or to alter data. All of which happened in spades...

A damn shame all that politically driven junk science. Let's start fresh, real science, peer reviewed that can be tested using the Scientific Method, not "What gets me Grant Money."

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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

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As new stars are born, old ones must die...

Analogy from the world of Astro-Physics:

The old star, Microsoft, having spent itself begins to collapse under the weight of of its own gravity. Occasionally flaring up in a desperate attempt to continue shining bright, as it consumes itself and casts off material destined to be the genesis of a replacement. Having prospered by the "cycle", the cycle comes to its inevitable end...

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Joke

Pirates: Stop!

...or we shall mock you again. Now, bring us a shrubbery...

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

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P.T. Barnum validated...

One is born every minute...

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Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink

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Big Brother

Re: Tip of the Iceberg...

We Americans have twice voted for the "Most Transparent Administration in History."

We asked for this, we got it. We the Sheeple...

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EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

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Do I detect...

...a future Samsung/Google merger spelling the end for Microsoft?

Why else would Samsung do what they did, removing any serious threat to Google's plans in this area?

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Microsoft not good enough for you, eh? 'Next Steve Ballmer' drives to Google

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Sometimes...

...Corporate news, particularly corporate personnel news, is better than the Soap Operas on daytime TV.

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'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website

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I'm surprised...

...they haven't used the comments bottleneck to advance the two tier system.

"We could have seen all the comments by now, IF we had the proposed sytem in place"

FCC: The Internet isn't perfect, but is working just fine as is. The very last thing we need is political hacks fiddling with the controls. Back Up and Back Off...

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NIST told to grow a pair and kick NSA to the curb

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Until key length equals...

...message length, no form of encryption is secure. There is one and only one mathematically proven system that is totally secure and unbreakable. Some proper implementation of the One Time Pad, in whole or in part, is the only answer to the ever escalating, ever evolving problem of attacks on crypto systems.

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

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Big Brother

Tell us what you dreamed...

Its OK, we told you what to dream... Welcome my son, welcome to the Machine...

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

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Joke

...in space

...no one can hear an editor's screams...

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Apple: No, China. iPhone is NOT public enemy number 1

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Big Brother

.. whereas Google simply lies to them.

Amen!

And Verizon allows them hardware access, Microsoft gives them backdoors, Facebook, Yahoo, et.al. so many cooperative firms that the NSA needn't rely on breaking encryption, they merely gather it at the source. Almost all the major players do this type thing for their own gain and to please their government masters. Apple is hardly the Lone Ranger here...

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LibreSSL crypto library leaps from OpenBSD to Linux, OS X, more

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Re: Corporations (like Google) need to step up.

Destroy All Monsters wrote:

"Downvotes? What terrorist dislikes the "Art of UNIX Programming"?

Clearly a splinter group of those terrorists reading The Linux Journal...

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Think Google Glass is creepy? Wait until it READS YOUR MIND

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Terminator

GoogleNet will become...

...self-aware at 08:34 AM August 27, 2017.

On August 29 support for all Redundant Human Interfaces will stop...

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Another Samsung supplier fingered in new 'child labor' probe

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China Labor Watch (CLW) has previously published an investigative report detailing the labor violations of three factories of Pegatron Group, a major supplier to Apple.

Now Samsung...

What are Apple and Samsung supposed to do about practices inside China? What would CLW have them do? Refuse parts from them? If they did, wouldn't the abusers continue to sell to whatever business replaced Apple and Samsung?

Shouldn't CLW's focus be on the businesses actually doing wrong? Samsung and Apple cannot control what the manufacturers do. CLW should be blaring the abusers names all over the press first,call for their heads to roll...

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German government orders local CIA station chief to pack his bags

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Why do I get the feeling that...

...despite the histrionics, that this is more a negotiation on ground rules than anything likely to seriously impact the NSA's activities? Germany is still miffed about not being included in the special club.

Citizens of all countries will continue to have their digital AND analog data scooped up, sorted and used whenever the ends of the state require it.

I applaud Merkel in this, but at its core it is more Security Theatre than anything else...

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Dish Network to FCC: Block that Comcast/Time Warner merger

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Stop

Not looking forward to TW/Comcast meger...

As a TW user, service is mediocre to good, you have to stay ontop of them constantly to get them to provide what they advertise. Comcast, I understand is far worse. I don't see this as improving the lot of the user in any way.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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FAIL

Translation:

Let me see if I can do more damage than Ballmer...

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SUPER EARTH possibly home to life FOUND in our 'solar backyard'

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Re: Moon off a gas giant?

Marmite...

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What's that burning tire smell? It's Microsoft screeching away from the No-IP car crash

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Did it ever cross anyone's mind in Redmond...

...to have a chat with the folks at NO-IP *before* they pulled the trigger?

They may have worked this out and avoided the embarassment...

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Russian MP fears US Secret Service cuffed his son for Snowden swap

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Roger Varley wrote:

"Nice island you've got here. Shame if anything happened to it" while someone whistles the the Grenadan national anthem softly in the background.?

Yes, but the first thing said to them would be something akin to this:

"Who do we see about making a grant to the airport authority to help buy infastructure upgrades?"

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WinPhone iView app flap: Microsoft to pull 'unauthorised' app... coded by STAFFER

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Having a hard time...

... understanding how a 5% market share is due to not being able to watch one TV channel on the MS phone.

Really?

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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Big Brother

How long before...

...we hear: "Just a quick scan of your data and you'll be on your way."

Oh, wait, we won't hear that, they'll just do it.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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Peter Simpson 1

// "When the President does it, that means it is not illegal."

-- Richard M. Nixon, TV interview with David Frost, May 20, 1977

Obama is the president Nixon wanted to be...

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Re: "and anyone else interested in online privacy"

karlp:

Exactly!

A properly implemented OTP defeats the spies utterly. The spies know this, the terrorists know this. Which makes me wonder why terrorism is even mentioned, hell, they couldn't/didn't stop the Boston Marathon bombers even with some advance knowledge...

The answer is ubiquitous encryption. GPG parties, massive use of Tails to browse, etc..

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Amazon snubs FTC: We'll see you in court over kids' in-app cash blowouts

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It is incumbent upon the credit card holder to safeguard the use of the card at the device level.

This is a user (parent) caused problem.

The FTC is making a problem so they can solve it and expand government power...

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Microsoft thumbs nose at NSA, hardens crypto for Outlook, OneDrive

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Big Brother

Re: So as a potential terrorist...

Exactly. A properly implemented OTP defeats the spies utterly. The spies know this, the terrorists know this. Which makes me wonder why terrorism is even mentioned, hell, they couldn't/didn't stop the Boston Marathon bombers even with some advance knowledge.

The NSA et.al. spying has little to do with the stated purpose of said data collection...

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SPACE: The FINAL FRONTIER. These are the TEN-YEAR images of star probe Cassini

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Amazing pictures, so much from some relatively old tech. Kudos NASA!!

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Speed of light slower than we thought? Probably not

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"Einstein was wrong”...

...sells papers. All kinds of papers...

I suspect that neutrIno emission ahead of photon emission is the place to start a critical review of this work.

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Power BI: Office 365 just got more intelligent

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FAIL

Re: Wikipedia? Really?

Easson:

Then why does this sound an awful like it pulls data from WP?

"You can also enter a web URL directly, or even search for data sets online. This seems to scrape data from different places, even Wikipedia tables."

No indication that the data scrapped was user directed in that sentence. A generic query, Microsoft scrapes and presents. They clearly choose to sample WP, even heavily so..

"Most of it seems to come from Wikipedia pages."

Does that sound like a user decision to you?

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WTF?

Wikipedia? Really?

There are good reasons why academics and professionals don't use Wikipedia, http://library.williams.edu/citing/wikipedia.php has a few of them. http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/education/2010/march/The-Top-10-Reasons-Students-Cannot-Cite-or-Rely-on-Wikipedia.html goes into this as well.

Why would Microsoft pull data from that source and feed into this product?

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