* Posts by Solmyr ibn Wali Barad

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Post-modem Ericsson wobbles thanks to flat sales and falling profits

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Re: Shamefully..

Why? Something about that particular RFC?

Or because of their little argy-bargy with Apple? Well, to think of it, all my Ericsson handsets have looked like a brick with rounded corners. Shock and horror.

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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@Uffish

"I went through a red light once, in front of a police car. My explanation that I didn't remember having seen the orange light didn't do me much good."

Careful there. If you're trying to assert a Doppler effect, you may get a hefty fine for speeding.

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Hoaxer posing as GCHQ boss prank-calls PM Cameron

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Re: But did the caller actually do anything illegal?

Prank calls come in many forms. It has to involve some lies, or it wouldn't be a prank, but not all of those lies are illegal. Which is usually open to interpretations and disputes.

Case in point: once upon a time, there was a stand-up comedian who was really good at impersonating celebrity voices. So he allegedly used his skills to get a taxi on the New Year's Eve. Usual dispatch queues were measured in hours, but when a well-known celebrity voice called (conveniently 'forgetting' the introduction part!) there was a taxi available in ten minutes.

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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@PJI

"And never use bash or csh for scripts. Use Bourne or posix sh or ksh, very careful"

Footgun alert - using b/k/sh is not an universal panacea. Can't find an online source at the moment, but I distinctly remember a major comment fail like this:

/* rm -rf * */

which was interpreted by ksh as "SELECT /*" followed by "rm -rf". Ouch.

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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Re: Y2k

"Don't forget the "2000 is a leap year" problem."

Oh, yes. Slew of problems around Feb 29, and another batch on Dec 31. Last one took a couple of modern trains offline - engine controllers refused to start, as they didn't expect 366th day in year 2000.

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Snowden doc leak 'confirms' China stole F-35 data

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Re: This is probably very bad..

"Merc build quality took a shocking nosedive after the daimler-chrysler merger and hasn't recovered since the split."

If it had been only build quality, it would be relatively easy to improve. But most problems started with design flaws, supply chain havoc and general pennypinching. Pretty much like Opel/Vauxhall screwed up in early nineties. Lately, it's been improving again, but it may take yet another design generation to get it right.

Anyhow, last good Merc was W124 - which was phased out in 1995, three years before D-C merger. Much-lambasted W210 was introduced in 1992.

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Re: Let the Chinese have the data for our own good

"Just like the Bosnians shot down the undetectable B-2"

Welll...that's not entirely true.

- as already pointed out, it was F-117A, not B-2

- not over Bosnia, but Vojvodina district of Serbia

- SAM batteries belonged to the Serb/Yugoslav regular forces, not Bosnians

- there was a hefty amount of skill and luck involved: F-117A used a predictable flightpath, so it could be ambushed with a modified longwave radar. And when its bomb bays opened, there was just enough radar visibility to get a lock. Cool feat indeed.

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Warning: Using encrypted email in Spain? Do not pass go, go directly to jail

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Re: Get a grip...

In legal terms, having a probable cause doesn't make people criminals. Only a proper conviction, using a due process, would do that.

It is actually an important distinction. Presumption of innocence in criminal matters is no less than one of the major pillars of our civilization. And there are already far too many critters gnawing those pillars, blissfully unaware that pillars may crumble at any time. Don't help with that.

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

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Re: I wonder what it was?

It's usually "zakon podlosti" aka "law of nastyness". But Murphy is also fine.

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Australia tries to ban crypto research – by ACCIDENT

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Re: Good I say.

"Have a law against wearing socks in public, everyone ignores it - until you want to arrest somebody."

Thus ended the Republic of Rome. Too many conflicting laws. Some of them outright silly. People were not bothering to follow the law, as it had become pretty much impossible to follow them all. And political elite did not bother to clean them up. Murky situation was quite beneficial - whenever there was a need to get rid of the troublesome opponent, it was easy to find a law or two that he had heinously violated at some point. Ate chicken on Thursday, wore sandals with or without socks, anything'll do.

Sounds familiar, doesn't it. It bloody well should.

There's a lot of gnailing and washing of teeth, a lot of yearning for somebody to come, somebody who could put an end to this horrible mess. O Caesar, where art thou?

/edit: I have seen way too many caesars in my time, so I definitely would want any future ones to stay under their rocks for the eternity, thankyouverymuch/

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

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Re: After the election comment

"Open the backdoors, please."

"I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."

/Yeah, too easy. Like shooting fish in a barrel./

/edit: and far too obvious, too./

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Frontier wipes credit of Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' badboys

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Re: We get it...

"And let's be honest"

What a novel idea. Any particular reason why it was necessary to suggest it halfway through your post?

/mine is with the copy of "The Nitpicker's Guide to the Internet" in the pocket, thank you very much/

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UFOs in the '50s skies? CIA admits: 'IT WAS US'

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Re: UFO at Otis AFB

"He was listening to the police radio to see who noticed. The nearby Otis Air Force Base, that's who."

AFB using open police channels for outgoing comms? Doubtful. Unless they asked to scramble some police cruisers.

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Software-defined everything: So, WHEN is the 'future'?

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Re: Looking forward to this

Oh, why bother. Pinnacles of the SD* paradigm are already achieved.

Software Defined Newsmongering was done in 2003, when Python scripts started to generate media headlines like "Horror in Smallville! Peaceful neighbourhood is menaced by a drunk beaver!". I believe that's been their task ever since. Lately they seem to have written lots of articles about Everything-As-A-Service and Software-Defined-Everything.

Software Defined Commentarding appeared a bit later, starting as short blog comments with a weblink, but they must have evolved into full-blown rant engines by now.

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Microsoft has made excellent software, you pack of fibbers

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Re: MS make the best ever mice

My vote goes to the 1987 "Dove bar" mouse. Simple, reliable, very precise, aesthetically pleasing (deep white plastic wasn't very common back then). About the only downside was it's price.

Successor, 1993 "banana", was noticeably worse. It was advertised as more ergonomical, but my paws didn't quite agree to that, it wasn't very comfortable to hold. Precision was gone. White plastic wasn't very white to begin with, and turned outright yellow with years.

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For the love of Bong! He's Chief Contract Killer Evangelist... for WHAT NOW?

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Coffee/keyboard

Brilliant, just bloody brilliant.

Seems that reports of the demise of the art of writing were greatly exaggerated.

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Google, Rockstar to bury zombie Nortel patent lawsuit

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Wot, no references to lime & shovel?

That's odd. Our good BOFH may have taken a method patent on those.

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Facebook: Over half a BEELLION loyalists have SPURNED our Messenger app

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Re: So if there's no Facebook, there's no FB Chat App...

"Really, in retrospect I'm amazed Usenet wasn't full of posts from UUCP fans proudly proclaiming their independence from TCP/IP"

That might have been a case of UUCP people joining their forces with SNA people (not that any of them would admit it) in ignoring these newfangled Usenet & TCP/IP thingamabobs.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Re: how to give your Vinyl a "deep clean" using wood glue

Yes, PVA was widely used in 70's/80's, for cases when simple airblast or washing wouldn't do. There weren't many choices back then. Some folks used cherry tree resin, but it's somewhat dubious.

Now there are more options. Like these gentle oxygen-based foam cleaners that are good for LCD screens. They'll react quite happily with most forms of dirt, but will leave plastics intact.

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Got an iPhone or iPad? LOOK OUT for MASQUE-D INTRUDERS

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Re: I hate to say it...

There's also the monoculture angle. Reducing the number of variants in the wild might yield some convenience and efficiency. But introduces the risk of, say, 95% of the population being vulnerable to a nasty disease.

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At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

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Re: to be a personalized newspaper for all users...

Improved? Why, yes. Those automated data munchers have become really good - at finding the most offensive and incompatible material for that particular user - and proudly presenting it as a 'recommended' choice.

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Ultimate option?

There are some options even beyond that.

Not opening an account in the first place. Blocking FB domain at the firewall, or redirecting it to localhost. And finally, walking around and telling people how I don't use FB. Like this:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/area-man-constantly-mentioning-he-doesnt-own-a-tel,429/

Gaah. I so tried not to write this comment. Couldn't resist. Sorry.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Re: blame for it lies with the West

As for double standards - nope, cannot see it. Lots of conflicting interests, lots of dealings both benign and shady, in other words the usual Brownian motion. In 2014 it's even hard to see the West as such. If it ever existed.

While antagonization and blameshifting are quite universal, as you rightly point out, and have been with mankind since the dawn of ages, it's still sad to see these "qualities" being nurtured in the psyche of millions. Nothing good has ever came out of that. Once we start to look for Enemies of the People, we'll find them everywhere - but mostly hallucinations are they, ordinary people caught in the grinder of our Holy War, demonized beyond recognition and mercilessly slaughtered. But justifications will be plenty. They had to be guilty of something, or we wouldn't have slaughtered them, right? Like that Krylov's fable about the wolf and the lamb. There's always a justification if you need one.

I'd hazard to claim that Russian psyche is a bit more sensitive to such agitations, because collectivist 'us and them' relations are still more prevalent than individualist 'me and you' relations. Not that individualism would be a magical cure to everything, mind you. Just that one aspect. Strong personal identity and normal self-esteem seem to work well against collective madness.

That "respect me, or else" attitude might be closely related. Or maybe not. Yes, demanding respect is somewhat pathetic, and hints at problems with one's self-esteem, but it also emphasizes the importance of respect in the culture. Which would be trivial to exploit by playing on someone's pride (you see, they don't respect us, they bastards), but also has lots of good sides. Anecdotally, in Russia it's still possible to move millions with just one handshake - if two respected businessmen agree to something, then it shall be so. Secretary can draft the contracts later.

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Re: blame for it lies with the West

Of course it's Someone Else's Fault. Has been for ages too long to remember.

Ne uvazhayut, blya!

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@Abacus

"Normalising homosexuality = normalising sodomy.

Its the same thing. The Russians are 100% correct on this one."

Har. Type mismatch. You were performing boolean operations, and just like that, squeezed a numeric value into a boolean equation.

But it wouldn't have compiled anyway. This subject just can't be handled on 1-bit processors.

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Rovnix Trojan infection outbreak infects 130,000 machines in Blighty

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Re: A simply secure OS ?

"By crippling the usability and interactive dimension of the internet I am not getting the full pizazz of what those kindly developers intended"

You'd miss a lot of spinning wheels, an overflowing netstat table with zillions of connections to god-knows-where, and a nice cuppa you absolutely had to have - because there's bugger else you can do with your browser while those kindly scripts are running. Unless you're willing to fire up another VM to have a look at another webpage.

Interactive dimension indeed.

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Pop starlet Taylor Swift DUMPS Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you

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Re: It was about the songwriter's share

"So are you claiming songwriters shouldn't be paid at all?"

Not claiming anything like that. All parties involved should get their fair share. Obviously.

It's the calculation of shares and different interests that are so tricky. Different payment metrics just cannot be directly compared - by album, by track, per play (either counting clicks or counting minutes), monthly fees, various lump sums that may have been used in contracts. It's apples and oranges all over again.

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Re: Whereas with streaming

"There's no way the the streaming revenue will EVER match the upfront 70p and £1.20"

They didn't claim that. It was about the songwriter's share, which is a small percentage of the street price (and ~1£ per song definitely is a street price for CD tracks).

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Disney wins Mickey Mouse patent for torrent-excluding search engine

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Re: What happened to USER requests?

Curiouser and curiouser. Verbatim option is located on the sidebar, left of the results. But this sidebar may or may not appear, depending on browser and god knows what else. That may explain how I've not noticed it before - my main browser never displays that sidebar. Even with enabled JS and lowered security.

Putting string &tbs=li:1 into the URL will do the trick. Thus it's possible to make literal searches default for the browser search field. Generic command like nospell: would be nice, but quick search didn't find any such.

More useful URL options

stenevang.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/google-search-url-request-parameters/

www.teknoids.net/content/google-search-parameters-2012

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Re: What happened to USER requests?

Yep, there IS a verbatim option. Thanks!

According to this link, it appeared in late 2011, when + operator was dropped. But quotation marks got lost at some later point.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/16/google-verbatim-search-tool_n_1097443.html

Have I been living without Google for three years? Gosh.

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Re: What happened to USER requests?

Why the hyperbole? He was clearly talking about a period not too distant, say 6 or 7 years ago, when Google honoured search qualifiers along with the query. Plus, minus, site:, quotation marks, etc. Now they just discard most of them, if not all. And no, faffing around with advanced search is not really a substitute, it's too time-consuming. Neither are preferences, if you use a lot of different computers/devices/browsers/networks.

If there is a search prefix available to say "yes, I really-really meant to type what I just typed" then I haven't found it yet. And have dropped Google for other reasons anyway.

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FIFTEEN whole dollars on offer for cranky Pentium 4 buyers

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Re: Pipelines

"Instead, it could still be executing twice as many instructions in parallel at the same time"

Could, but with generic i386 code, it was just idling twice as fast. And no amount of marketeering could change that. Blaming the lazy developers didn't work either.

What a comedy it was. I'm almost tempted to pay them $15, for having watched the show over many years.

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

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Re: "Wealthy customers have signed up in large numbers to see a black sky "

"Call the Waaahambulance"

No, call to ban the lot. That's the usual drill.

E-substances, explosions, experiments, expeditions, enterprises, endeavours, extravaganza, expensive entertainment, etc, etc. And that's just an entry list of enormous horrors that are enthralling our endangered society. Don't even dare to look at what comes under letters p and t.

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The ULTIMATE CRUELTY: Sandworm uses PowerPoint against Swiss bank customers

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Indeed. If email admins were to, completely accidentally of course, redirect all PowerPoint files to the spam folder, it would be a giant leap for the mankind.

Sure there would be complaints, but there are well-established answers to them. Sysadmin standard answer #112 (Well, it works for me) for one. Flip the bloody excuse card, you bastard!

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Bad dog: Redmond's new IE tool KILLS POODLE with one shot

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Grumble, moan.

Serves you right, whippersnappers, for using these newfangled SSL thingies. If you want to live on the bleeding edge, you're going to bleed a lot.

Now get off my lawn!

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: potholes

"Yes the UK is the only country to suffer from freezing-melting-freezing, Hey ho, any excuse."

I was merely hinting at a slight difference between continental climate and seaside conditions. As for mismanaged funding and lowest-bid construction tenders, that's hardly unique to the UK. Neither are potholes.

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@DropBear

"someone clearly caring enough about aerodynamics to make the body rocket-shaped then proceeded to leave the rest of the chassis and the whole driver out in the wind."

It was in 1899. Aerodynamics wasn't very well understood back then. And 'common sense' might have been somewhat different to ours.

This Tatra from 1930's was a major breakthrough in aerodynamics:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatra_77

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Re: Fuse wire

"Circuit breakers are a possibility but they have problems with high currents and low voltages."

Pretty much the same story as with relays - susceptible to arcing, electrophoresis, and other wonders of electrochemistry. They'd have to be hermetical and gold-plated in order to work. And probably kill the weight advantage gained from Al* wires.

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

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@Ledswinger

Better yet - declare war on the Switzerland. And when they come over, surrender quickly.

That would have several perks. They'd trample over the France, twice. Debates about being or not being in EU would be over. Mayhap they'd bother to fix the railway system, out of sheer compassion or something. Pretty sure there could be more.

Although it may not go entirely peacefully - question of having the best beer and the best chocolate may well merit a vicious battle or two.

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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Re: Pretty nasty

"Secondly, I'm not sure the new FTDI driver actually writes zero into the PID of the clone parts, I think they come with zero as the PID, but I could be wrong."

Couldn't have been. Under Windows, neither new or old FTDI driver would tolerate zero PID. Hence the suggestion to use PID recovery tool AND older driver.

These links seem to hint the same:

channeleye.co.uk/microsoft-bricks-scottish-ftdi-clones/

hackaday.com/2014/10/22/watch-that-windows-update-ftdi-drivers-are-killing-fake-chips/

Latter link has usable workarounds for Linux. Apologies for copying.

Arduinouser says:

My arduino got hit by this I think. If you use linux, you can tell the serial driver to load even if the pid=0: echo 0403 0000 > //sys/bus/usb-serial/drivers/ftdi_sio/new_id

Jiří Němec (@BluPix) says:

Thanks, whole operation to restore pid using http://www.rtr.ca/ft232r/

echo 0403 0000 > /sys/bus/usb-serial/drivers/ftdi_sio/new_id

ft232r_prog –old-pid 0x0000 –new-pid 0x6001

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France to draft blacklist banning alleged piracy websites – what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

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Re: Theft/Piracy

"So tapping an electrical line isn't theft because no electrons are permanently removed? They just went bank and forth? HEY EVERYONE! No electricity bills ever again! The electric co still have their electrons."

This analogy isn't correct. Drawing any amount of energy from the tapped line is a permanent consumption for the providing utility. They have to pump more energy into the line to compensate the loss, which costs them real money.

Observing something, whether directly or by the intermediate medium, will not consume the subject, nor deprive others from seeing it. That's a significant difference.

The debate is actually about lost revenues - whether there has been a revenue loss, and how big that loss may be. At one extreme stands the claim that any unauthorized download equals lost sale at the street prices. Equally extreme claim is that anyone, who wanted to purchase the viewing ticket, has already done it, and downloads are of zero significance. While it is reasonable to assume that the truth lies somewhere in between, there are no solid ways of drawing the line. It's a guesswork and nothing more.

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The future health of the internet comes down to ONE simple question…

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Re: DNS MUST DIE

DNS? Ah, yes, it's a virus or sumthing. Maybe a paedoterrorist.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

"However ... “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses” as Henry Ford said."

Bah. Henry Ford was not bold enough, or not Modern enough, to push out the product with bright-coloured square wheels. Had he done it, history would have been very much different.

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DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides

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Re: Tried and True

"I wonder how many people will continue to use [XP] until it achieves the status of too old to run current malware."

NT4 has reached such a sweet spot - it has gained a level of security via obscurity, while remaining somewhat usable. Of course it's not impenetrable against a determined attack, but most of the automated exploits wouldn't work against hardened NT, because expected features just aren't there. Widely known attack vectors have widely known mitigation techniques. No further patches forthcoming, ergo no new nasty surprises, just the old and toothless ones.

For XP it's harder to achieve. It has more attack surfaces that cannot be closed without breaking it. TinyXP seems to be as slim as it gets.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Re: Any place?

It's as clear as it gets, citizen.

Anybody doing anything, anywhere, will get any number of years.

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Big Azure? Microsoft and IBM ink deal on business cloud

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Re: cut and paste from a press release?

OTOH, Windows Sever looks like a Freudian slip. Or a half-baked translation from Russian.

/ a coat large enough to hide a smart-ass, thankyou /

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Devil

An apt comparison. There's an ominous power rising, one *d to rule them all.

While dark speech may not be the best way to handle the threat, as very few can wield it without becoming a prey to it, sometimes it's a necessary evil. Like using Beelzebul to drive out Beelzebul. But that was another tale.

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Re: systemd to incorporate a shell too!!!

Get off the Kool-Aid, kiddo. Might kill ya someday.

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