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Red Hat to ship RHEL 7 release candidate with a taste of container tech

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Atomic Edition?

Damn those alien bastards are going to pay for shooting up my ride

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

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Re: You need to remember...

"Back then an RS-232 could be 9-9 pin, 24-24 pin, 9-24 pin and then the gender connectors on top of that - 10 combinations before you even get to length. And then on top of that, not all pins had to be connected or even in the same order,"

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Close. Not 24, but 25 pins. DB9F, DB9M, DB25F, DB25M. To add to the joy to increase density of RS-232C/EIA-232 we got varying configurations of 8P8C (RJ45) and DEC's MMJ etc.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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"I'd love to see something like an Intel Nuc sized computer with software included with hardware and software based on open standards that you could just slot into a TV and replace it's brains. That way you could buy a smart TV brain from someone who cared enough to update it and swap it for a new one when chips got faster"

Samsung has kinda done that with the evolution kit for 7 and 8 series.

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Running OpenSSL? Patch now to fix CRITICAL bug

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Re: And this is why you cannot trust open source

So let me get this straight.

You're saying that its better to pay for closed source that may have multiple unpublished vulnerabilities, and where whether published or not, its likely that you have quite a wait for patches?

How exactly is it worse to use open source where at worst a vulnerability is undiscovered/unpublished just like with closed, when at least there is a fairly good chance of an expedient patch. Not to mention should a patch not be forthcoming you have the option (if you have the skill) to fix it yourself if need be.

(Yeah I know.. don't feed the troll...)

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Oracle smacks JD Edwards help site with cease and desist order

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"Yes, because reading schemas might actually diminish the need for their technical support costing £££ and taking forever to return your call."

Return your call?

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Symantec scratches head over balance sheet, calls in JPMorgan

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JPM can't help make irrelevant relevant

Pretty much everything in their portfolio is irrelevant. The functionality that theire products (claims to..) offer is now done just as well if not better by native support (take for example Veritas filesystem) and where not, other third party products offer much better performance and value for money.

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Steelie Neelie secures MEPs' support for 'net neutrality' – in principle

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Abolish roaming charges

I believe that when I see it.

Considering how ludicrous roaming charges are (particularly for data), I find it hard to believe telcos will agree with that. Of course they might not have a choice, in which case are we going to see data plans again become ridiculously expensive.

Of course it would be fantastic if roaming charges were axed without hiking up current pricing structure.

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Tesla cars can now 'do an ET' without hurting anyone's bottom line

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Re: If the cars are chatty ..

do they also make chatty doors? You know, for Elon's spaceship? The ones that you can tell are about to open by the intolerable air of smugness they suddenly generate?

Nah. You get those from Sirius Cybernetics.

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Hobbyist or hardcore? StarTech dual-bay Thunderbolt enclosure

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Design choices

They should've put the door to access the drive bays at the front of the case.

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NSA plans to FREE YOUR DATA with range of cloud services, analytics

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Re: Oh come on...

EDIT: Full marks for the 3 page level of commitment though.

Yes. However it became increasingly obvious April Fool's the longer it went on. First page alone would've been much better. Bit like Andrew's blatantly obvious article which again decided to hammer the point, that it is April Fool's, until it was impossible to think otherwise.

I prefer the old style April Fools articles that are just on the edge where they could almost be plausible. Of course that does require some intelligence on part of the reader, but surely that is not a bad thing?

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Inmarsat: Doppler effect helped 'locate' MH370

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Underwater volcanoes you say?

The Sydney Morning Herald reports the area offering the best prospects to locate wreckage is probably in the vicinity of the Southeastern Indian Ridge, a zone of underwater volcanoes that hasn't been surveyed for more than 20 years.

Nice quiet place for a lair then. Stromberg teams up with Blofeld?

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

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Still constrained by the bandwitdth

"Handling and transmitting bulky voice files acted as a major snag in putting together MYSTIC, at least in its early days. Around a year after MYSTIC went live, a programme officer wrote that the project "has long since reached the point where it was collecting and sending home far more than the bandwidth could handle," the Washington Post reports.

Similar capacity ceilings have cropped up across a range of NSA collection programs, a factor that explains the spy agency's move to cloud-based collection systems and the construction of a massive “mission data repository” at a new facility in Utah, the Washington Post adds."

So, assuming "mission data repository" is final destination, all data still needs to end up in one place. In that case any cloudiness is not likely to help at all since ultimately all that data (and in case of voice calls unlikely to compress that much) still needs the network bandwidth to the repository.

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Prepare your data centre to face the future

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Article demonstrates complete lack of real world experience

I have to agree with the question by a previous commentard as to whether this is a school essay.

The article shows utter lack of any real world experience (at least of any larger corporate environment).

"Now for servers. At the physical server level, life is reassuringly easy. You are either Intel-based or you are not."

This is probably the most glaring (but by no means the only one) example. Take just about any large corporate environment and they will most likely have multiple architectures in their infrastructure.

All in all rather simplistic, rose-tinted view that doesn't really even start to address anything that happens on the datacentre level.

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Flying Toaster screen savers return on GitHub

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Re: here's a challenge:

"There must be a way to keep CPU and GPU load up during idle periods even in this day and age."

Back in the day (since we're all being nostalgic) that was catered for by 3D Pipes (which iirc was OpenGL) screensaver quite nicely. Not the best thing to have as your screensaver on a server (if you were unfortunate enough to have a windows box as some sort of a server).

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Panasonic slaps Freetime EPG on 2014 smart tellies

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Re: No Ads

Quite. The ad-infested EPG is what put Panasonic firmly on my do-not-buy list. Shame really as they have had some fairly decent kit. With set-top boxes (Sky/VM) its less of a real issue and more a principal. It's not like Panasonic is discounting the TV because they're pocketing the ad revenue.

The new EPG looks pleasingly free of ads. If that trend continues, I might be able to reconsider Panasonic as an option again.

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

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Re: Erm...

"Is it possible for you Brits to be any more provincial? Some folks denote dates in different ways than you do, y'now?"

First of all this site is british (.co.uk should be a giveaway). Sure some folks denotes dates in different way, however most of the world denotes in little-endian (DDMMYYYY), some with alternate big-endian (YYYYMMDD) notation. I think you will find that merkins are pretty much alone with the odd middle-endian notation.

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Curiosity now going BACKWARDS

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Re: Was it made in France?

Reversing up steep (I mean very steep) hills is standard practice for front wheel drive cars as weight shifts onto the front wheels and you have chance to actually move rather than spin the wheels.

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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

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Re: Popcorn

"Hardly. Shitty DRM-encrusted toys are not worth getting worked up over. Like I said, there are far better toys out there."

Why are you getting so worked up about it then?

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Wireless power groups join forces: One spec to rule them all

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One spec to rule them all

Clearly not.

Qi, I believe, has the lead and it is by no means assured that combined PMA/A4WP would be able to gain sufficient market share let alone beat Qi.

Tssk. Rather inaccurate and misleading subheading.

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Tuesday declared 'The Day we Fight Back' against NSA et al

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Re: <sigh>

"Pre-prepare" is as stupid as "ATM machines".

You forgot the PIN number to go with your ATM machine.

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Opera founder von Tetzchner: It's all gone to crap since I quit

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Re: Mail

"Haha, the mail client was the biggest PoS I've seen in a long time - they REFUSED to support HTML mails FOR MANY YEARS, despite countless forum topics."

Good on them. HTML does not belong in email.

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Cisco asks court to bin Rockstar patents

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Rockstar

For a minute I thought this was some bizarre plot from GTA VI.

Perhaps Rockstar Games, Inc. should file a suit...

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Report: IBM to peddle its chip wing

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"All to please Wall Street, one of the most toxic forces in the economy."

Perhaps they'd be better of doing a Dell. At least they could concentrate on their business rather than pleasing WS's demands for eternal growth and ever increasing profits.

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Macbook webcams CAN spy on you - and you simply CAN'T TELL

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Re: weird design decision

"you could have one 'pinhole' with the 2 LEDs behind it so aesthetically it looks like 1 LED"

..or you could just use bi-color (or even rgb) LED and wire one colour across the power and remaining under firmware control.

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

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Re: Namco Ridge Racer

I saw one of those in an arcade in London. If my memory serves the car was very much like MX-5. Was indeed ludicruously expensive which nevertheless didn't stop a queue forming.

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XBOX ONE and PS4, you'll make us RUN OUT of INTERNET

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Maybe they're just worried that their kit might not keep up with the increased traffic throughput requirements :)

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Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching

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Re: DoA failures

Quite. I forgot to mention the inflexible part in my post. That is something I've noticed with new solders.

Considering some of the "fixes" back in the days of RROD, solder would seem to be the big issue (as with YLOD) since simple reflow usually fixes it. With RROD there was bit more to it, hence the aftermarket "x-clamps" that were popular.

Luckily I still have few rolls of good old leaded solder to fix broken kit with.

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Re: DoA failures

"Now it's more a case of whether further failures will unveil themselves over time, the 360s RROD was a delayed failure in most cases, whether from bad thermal paste or solder failures (or any other cause that's been attributed over the years)."

Electronics in general have started to show shorter lifespans recently, some which is no doubt due to cost cutting but also makes me wonder how much could be attributed to leadless solder which is trickier with temperatures and fluxes.

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Berners-Lee: 'Growing tide of surveillance' is destroying the internet

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Contribution to what?

"World Wide Web Foundation's annual web index report, which analyses the web's "contribution to development and human rights globally".

Sweden comes top, followed by Norway, while the UK is third place and the US in fourth."

Looking at that list looks more like list of contribution to spying and eroding privacy globally.

(Actually not sure if Norway should be there or not, but the rest certainly gobble as much data passing the borders as possible).

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LG: You can stop hiding from your scary SPY TELLY quite soon now

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"The problem with their latest response is they don't even act like it's an issue, let alone a privacy issue. Because they don't take the issue seriously, I'll no longer seriously think about buying their spyware infested products."

Indeed. The worst part of the whole debacle is the general attitude and the fact that LG seriously doesn't seem to think there is anything wrong with what they are doing.

How is viewing information not personal? Isn't it a person doing the viewing? :-)

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Re: Like I said before

"Has anyone checked to see whether Panasonic, Samsung, Vizio and so on are doing the same?"

Panasonic (sadly, as their kit has been rather nice and loved their CRT TVs) made my do-not-buy list when they decided its a good idea to have a GUI that serves you adverts. It's not like they give you the TV for free and recoup it with advertising money. No, they sell it at profit and then want advertising money on top.

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Co-op Bank to splash £500m on system revamp

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smile

Might not be the most aesthetic site, but it just works. And it works with any browser and doesn't require any dodgy^Wfancy plugins either.

So Co-op, whatever you do don't break what is not broken. ie. leave smile well alone.

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Dell goes private: Stock ceases trading, now Big Mike's baby once again

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Showtime!

Finally the deed is done. And given his recent windfall from Netflix, I doubt Carl is too bothered.

Now its time for Mike to deliver. Will be interesting to see how his vision (whatever it might be) will pan out.

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Do Not Track W3C murder plot fails by handful of votes

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The N in DNT is NOT

"The DAA in July tried to introduce wording into the DNT spec that would have let their members continue targeting consumers even if they'd enabled DNT in the browser.

This was rejected by the group. Earlier, the DAA had told the W3C that any attempt to place restrictions on its members collecting users' data would be a "non starter.""

Which bit of DO NOT TRACK don't you ad-monkeys understand?

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I am a recovering Superwoman wannabee

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Re: Down not across @AC 23:37

"I'm beginning to wonder if it wasn't someone trying to be a bit too sarcastic. "

The thought did cross my mind. In the end "thou protest too much" won.

"The problem is we're so deeply ingrained with the "don't-be-sexist" mantra we find it hard to even consider sarcasm on the subject."

You have a valid point there.

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@Trixr

"You don't get any greater rewards or sufficient recognition for working ridiculous hours constantly, other than a bit more cash in your pay-packet, Perhaps. If you never get the time to spend and enjoy it, what's the point?"

And also if one consistently does those kinds of hours, it soon becomes expected.

Works for the company. The overtime is cheaper than hiring a new full time employee.

And anyone who thinks the company wouldn't shaft such a person without batting an eyelid if it suits them is a fool.

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@AC 23:37

"I am currently working 20 hour days rolling out a new voip system. This is the life I chose, I don't compete wit male peers, because I do not feel the need to. I do what is required - put the infrastructure first."

If you have to work 20 hour days, your company is obviously not employing enough staff. Obviously if that is a short term project then it doesn't necessarily make sense to hire more staff.

.. as for "I work those 18-35 hour days" ...well on this planet day is @24 hours so 35 is rather unlikely.

"This isnt a boost of self esteem, its a career. Most importantly, I do not whine about it in books or articles. "Oh poor me, I cant keep up with my male peers"."

Isn't it? Why post it if it isn't. Sounds a bit like a whine to me to be fair.

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Re: RE: Matt Bryant

"Perhaps you should try a quick poll of your work colleagues., For those who have young families ask them if they would rather be at home with the kids or at work leaving their partner to look after them. See how the answers compare between men and women in the office and between those who seem to be getting the better assignments/bigger wages etc."

Ok, I bite. Guess what. The result is 100% for people choosing family/kids over work. Sure, many people may work extra remotely over VPN, but even then not unconditionally. Doesn't appear to affect assignments/wages.

Perhaps you work for the wrong company.

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Want to keep the users happy? Don't call them users for a start

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What are you trying to do?

"Often people will ask for something they think is the best solution to their problem, which means more questions need to be asked to find out what they are actually trying to accomplish."

And unfortunately not just users. Standard answer to most question is "What are you trying to do/achieve?"

Number of times that has resulted in completely different solution.

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IBM warns Storwize arrays can DELETE ALL DATA

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Re: Seriously though..

"TCP/IP wasn't exactly designed with security in mind ..."

Which is why at the very least any mangement interfaces should be on their own network. Preferably separate physical network, but at least a separate VLAN.

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Fearless slayer of lawsuit-lovin' patent trolls steps forward from shadows

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Seconday market for patents

""One of the things we want to do is make sure we are educating lawmakers on what [Intellectual Ventures] is and how the secondary market for patents works," Russell Merbeth, its chief policy counsel."

And herein lies the problem. Secondary market for patents. There shouldn't be one. Patents should protect the original inventor only (whether they produce the product or license the invention is not really an issue)..

Patents should be non-transferrable.

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Icahn trousered $700m from Netflix stock sale?! Er, it would appear so

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Apparently Icahn can play nice too

If you invest in a company. Shares rise 457% and you then sell. Well can't argue with that.

Shame he usually has less honorable business practices.

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Not so Saucy after all: Ubuntu reveals Mirless Salamander... and what, no Britney?

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Re: The scopes aren't why I'm upgrading

"specially when their privacy is very likely not even being threatened, and the point of the exercise is to ensure their safety in the first place"

https://www.virtualbox.org/

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Man+iPhone versus artificial intelligence: Anki robot racer slot cars

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Re: I want one @Richard 120

"Just give them the box and tell them to use their imagination.!"

ROFL. Have an upvote.

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OAR-some! 18ft SEA SERPENT discovered off US coast

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Re: what to do with a giant fish?

+1

You did forget cold beverages.

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Will you strap on a Google KitKat 4.4 smartwatch this month?

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Re: Hang on..

"The xbox was a consumer device failure..."

As of May 2013

Xbox 360 sales: 77.24 million

PS3 sales: 77.20

source: http://www.statista.com/statistics/268966/total-number-of-game-consoles-sold-worldwide-by-console-type/

far cry of PS2's 150 million of course. Stll not sure if I'd class that as a failure.

Sales of games seem strong as well trading blows with PS3 sales depending on a game.

So apart from the hardware failure on early consoles not exactly a failure.

...yes I know. Don't feed the AC troll...

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HGST pushes out bulk storage spinner with 5 power-sipping settings

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Will price reflect the reduced lifetime?

So it has ~1/3 lifetime (depending on the metric). Will it cost 1/3 of equivalent decent drive? Somehow I doubt it. Would need to have insane quantities of the drives for the power saving to offset the cost of replacing drives more often.

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D-Link: Oops! We'll slam shut that router backdoor by end of month

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Re: Lets close the door ourselves!

"The D-Link backdoor password "xmlset_roodkcableoj28840ybtide" (edit by 04882 joel backdoor...) has just nicely let us know about this 'feature'"

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It is not a password. It is a user agent header.

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Privacy is still important to us, says upstart Onavo after Facebook gobble

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Bitch!

Time to ditch that application then. As it happens there are plenty of alternatives.

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: Give me WordPro

Ah, the old Ami Pro. Was miles ahead of Microsoft Word ...back in the day. It was much more intuitive and pleasant to use than MS Word.

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