* Posts by Mephistro

1823 posts • joined 8 Oct 2007

We're 'heartbroken' we got caught selling your email records to Uber, says Unroll.me boss

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Re: It's an outrage, I tell ya

"...I suspect the next step will be for the EU to set and enforce standard Ts&Cs for EULAs."

YES! YES! PLEASE!

And about fucking time!

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Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

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Re: Just curious

"...or make large quantities of poison gas from common groceries."

I claim prior art! (It's called cabbage.)

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Wait – we can explain, says Moby, er, Docker amid rebrand meltdown

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Re: Moby

These guys like to go extreme ways!

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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Yeah, but...

... different shades of grey, as in US=99%black and EU=30%black.

Wouldn't you agree that choosing the lesser evil is the better course of action when there's no better alternative?

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Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

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A compulsive liar...

... and an utter noob.

The next four years* are going to be interesting, indeed.

* A second term seems out of the question, either because anyone who voted for him and has an IQ greater than eighty will never vote for him again, or because Global Armageddon. Place your bets! ;^)

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Re: Prisoners

Hmmm... two members of the infamous X86 gang. It seems that X64 is winning this gang war!

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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Ajit Pai: "Even a broken watch..."

And the solution to most of the issues pointed out by fellow commentards would be to ban talking to any passenger's electronic device, be it phone calls, VOIP, Siri and relatives, and even fecking voice recorders.

Enforcement would be easy: any passenger caught breaking the rules would be warned just once, and if they don't comply immediately, they should be reported to the destination airport by radio, and find at their arrival a law enforcement official waiting for them with a humongous fine, to be paid immediately.

Alternatively, they could be thrown out of the plane. 8^)

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Half a million 'de-identified' patients records to be shared in Bradford

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You're Turanga Leela...

... and I claim my five %currency_units%!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEONsXhg4fU

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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Re: There is a positive side to this...

" the IOC is not well known for taking a strong stand on moral issues in the host country"

I don't think that's the point. The point is that organizing Olympic Games in the USA under the current status quo will cause said Games to flop spectacularly, economically speaking. Fewer foreigner visitors, fewer sponsors and even fewer countries participating. It's the exact opposite of a win/win for everyone involved.

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Re: Things will have to change a lot ...(@ AC)

"Must be a real pain deciding if you like the leader of a country before traveling to, or even through. the country."

Nice straw dog, AC, but FYI, the problem here is the way USA customs treat visitors. They have been doing it for more than a decade, and I and others have complained about it in these same forums often. What has changed? The Donald has raised the bar several notches, moving it from 'slightly risky' to 'very dangerous verging suicidal'. If you disagree with this, prove your point by giving all your electronic devices, financial data, social media and passwords to those monkeys and tell us the results afterwards, so we can have a good laugh.

Have a nice day.

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Things will have to change a lot ...

... before I even consider laying a foot in the USA, and I've heard similar sentiments expressed often lately.

Perhaps the issue will vanish by itself when the Obertwitterführer finally notices that these policies will hurt his own business.

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First EU-US Privacy Shield annual review to take place in September

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"...check that everything is in place and working well."

Short answer: NO, IT ISN'T!

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Trump sets sights on net neutrality

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@ John Deeb

"As if they would not have any consumer choice to select the company that would fit their sense of balance or fairness"

You'd be totally right, where it not for the fact that most of the US population is under a monopoly/oligopoly regime of broadband providers. If NN dies, consumers will only be able to choose between shit with garlic and shit with onion.

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BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

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Re: Bah!

"...the numbers who have heard of Gor..."

Count me among those. I read one of them when I was ~17. It was one of the worst books I've ever have the disgrace to read. By sheer force of will, I finished it, and I regretted every page. After reading that bookthing, I got the distinct impression that the author was an utter moron.

Having said that, I don't think that - as long as,,, yadda yadda... consenting adults- nobody should be able to use his sex life and fantasies against Mr. Garfield.

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Bloke is paid to scour hashtags for threats, spots civil rights boss's tweets, gets fired, sues

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Re: eh ?

'What on earth is an "open source Twitter profile" ?'

A bad case of diarrhoea?

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Norfolk County Council sent filing cabinet filled with kids' info to a second-hand shop

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That would be "cruel and unusual punishment"! 8^)

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I beg to disagree

Neither the people moving the furniture nor the charity have a duty of guard regarding the data.

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Face down in a Shoreditch gutter: Attack of the kickstarting hipster

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Thank you Alistair

For the side-splitting article AND for the Emerson, Lake & Palmer video.

Gosh, I had totally forgot these guys, and they were good!

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NASA swerves serious cash cuts – but Earth climate probes, asteroid snatcher face axe

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Re: NASA back to space (@ SundogUK)

"This."

This who?

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Re: It's not a cut, its streamlining

I can't agree with you there, as Trump has stated before that AGW is false. To me, this looks just like a convenient way to hide the evidence.

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"...the space agency will have to pull out of the climate-studying DSCOVR satellite system, and has cancelled other satellites due to study the Earth's ecosystem."

"This budget cut sponsored by the Koch brothers."

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Vista,...

... die already!

We'll miss you. Not.

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Russian! spies! 'brains! behind!' Yahoo! mega-hack! – four! charged!

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Hmmm...

"Dokuchaev was arrested in December last year, and charged with high treason. He allegedly leaked files to the CIA"

So it's either that:

- Duchaev was really a CIA's mole and the DoJ's indictment is just a way to help him.

- Duchaev wasn't a mole, but an "independent agent" who compromised Russian government members' accounts, and the Russians accused him of working for the CIA because the truth -that said members of the government where using Yahoo accounts, probably for not totally kosher business (wink, wink)- which would put said members of the Russian govt. in a bad light.

- Or the "default option", i.e. that the DoJ has no effing idea of who was responsible for the hacking, but blames the Russians because they need some scapegoat.

I'm not making any bets this time. ;-)

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Facebook, Google slammed for 'commercial prostitution'

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Re: Prostitution?

"There may be a case to answer, but not one of sex acts for money."

Well, They're screwing lots of people for money, so...

;-)

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Tech titan pals back up Google after 'foreign server data' FBI warrant ruling

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"extraterritoriality"

It would make perfect sense for European judges to issue arrest orders against this American judge for violating European laws, in exactly the same way they'd do against an "Islamic judge" for issuing fatwas against European citizens or residents.

And Privacy Shield: HA! HA! HA!

Uncle Sam, please sod off.

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

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Re: Don't use the words Donald Trump

Just to clarify, are the following examples valid?

Appearances: Cheeto, The Rug...

Policies: Herr Trumpf, Overtwatterführer...

Moral compass: mmmhhh.. The Shitfan?

Am I getting it right?

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Smart sex toys firm coughs up $3.75m in privacy lawsuit

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The makers can take all those IoT toys...

... and put them where the sun doesn't shine!

Hmm... wait!...

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MAC randomization: A massive failure that leaves iPhones, Android mobes open to tracking

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Re: Surely the 4G/Simm provides good tracking anyway?

"So why all the fuss about wireless"

Because of the granularity provided by the Wi-Fi signals. Stores and shops can set up their Wi-Fi networks in such a way that the phone's position is known within a few square meters, e.g. which particular departments a customer is visiting at a given instant.

On the other hand, mobile broadband's granularity is in the range of several hundreds of square meters. Which makes it a less than ideal tool for blackmailingcommercial tracking.

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The good times are over, Peter Thiel tells Silicon Valley's oligarchs

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"Reg: Stick to technology"

What's the matter with so many commentards called John-something-or-another telling ElReg to "stick to technology" whenever ElReg dares to publish anything that goes against the Beloved President and his chums?

Some hints for you, John-Whatever. Thiel was...

- Forecasting a fragmented Internet.

- Forecasting a stop in technological advancements.

- Forecasting the end of Globalization.

Can't you see it yet?

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Trump, Brexit, and Cambridge Analytica – not quite the dystopia you're looking for

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Re: Everything counts, in large amounts (@ Loyal Commenter)

This!^^^

Critical thinking is the main foundation for a working democracy. All this political shebang with fake news, lies, false promises, populismm -and also snake oil scams, faux science, IoT (;-) and the like- wouldn't be possible if people's education included a good amount of critical thinking.

Alas, we seem to be going in the opposite direction. :-(

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Small typo in the article

"...targeted millions of voters' psychological traits."

Should be "...targeted millions of voters' psychiatric traits."

Sorry, ElReg, I couldn't find the corrections button. ;-)

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Quantum board shake-up on the cards as threat of NYSE delisting looms

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Re: Who?

"what Quantum does"

They do "Storage". Actually they are(/were?) one of the big names in hard disk drives.

More details in http://www.quantum.com.

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Euro Patent Office puts itself on Interpol's level, demands access to staff phones and laptops

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Re: Benoit - The new Italian Dictator

Change that to French dictator of Italian ancestry and we can send him to Saint Helena.

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Who will banish spy-cam drones from US skies? The FAA doesn't want to do it. EPIC disagrees

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"...sell them to police departments."

American citizens will be safer if the drones are sold in eBay!

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Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

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Re: Only English?

"The ones that are the same there as here?"

I think he means the ones that say something like:

"17 Km. a Orejilla del Sordete

Obras en la autovía en los próximos 5 Km. - Circule con precaución

Vendo Volkswagen Polo en buen estado"

For these, signs, you don't only need to understand the local language, you also need to be a fast reader!

Regarding your first comment, I'd say that either you were jesting or you are too literally minded. Being the good natured chap I am, I'll go with the first option.:-)

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Health firm gets £200k slap after IVF patients' records leak online

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"The £200,000 monetary penalty..."

And that's precisely the problem. Ridiculously small fines for jeopardizing their patients privacy in order to save some bucks.

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Two million recordings of families imperiled by cloud-connected toys' crappy MongoDB

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Re: Face. Fscking. Palm.

"I haven't caused any kids..."

I thnk the correct word in this context is "perpetrated".

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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

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Any politician that proposes shit like this...

... should have a legal obligation to provide the exact method to accomplish the feat while guaranteeing the bad guys -and that's a very ample category that includes many 'democratic' government officials- can't gain access to the keys or use mathematical methods to decrypt citizens' comms.

Those not able -that is, everyone of them- should be put into a barrel and thrown into some big waterfall. Oh, and the barrel should be filled up to the brim with cacti.

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Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information

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Re: Works for cities (TL;DR)

"...so I'm not clear as to what you don't think will not work in the countryside."

That's question is not addressed to me, but to Mr. Voyna i Mor. Even so I'll try to answer it, being the absolute smart pants I am. :-)

Please consider this:

Company X owns a fleet of autonomous vehicles it uses for delivering goods, either sold by themselves or by third parties. Each vehicle has a set of fixed costs -maintenance, cleaning, cost of purchase, insurance, paperwork...- and variable costs -mileage/energy/fuel...-. It's quite obvious that short range (fast) deliveries -as those inside a city- will be much much more profitable than long range, slow deliveries, as they allow each vehicle to make many trips each day . This implies that rural areas won't be connected to the network in any serious way until the cities market is reaching saturation, which will take probably several decades.

What's more, the % of the population that dwells in the countryside is already small and still dwindling, so company X might well forget entirely about the countryside. Some of the issues involved are similar to those posed by broadband deployment in rural areas.

On a side note (though related to the article):

I think everybody is being excessively optimistic regarding these "self driving vehicles" used for goods delivery. Before this is even doable at big scale, there are lots and lots of issues to fix, namely insurance, legal responsibilities, liability, taxes, infrastructure, IT security*...

And then there's the 'last ten meters problem', that means that in many places the customer will need to wait in the street for his delivery vehicle, which will generate lots of aggro every time a customer is made to wait in the rain for half an hour because some fuck up or accident. Of course the solution for this would be those humanoid robots that are being -slowly- developed, but that will push company X into yet another set of obligations and increased costs. You know the drill: insurances, taxes, liability....

Frankly, I can't imagine this taking off in any serious way in less than two or three decades at least.

Note*: IT security, as to prevent the cars being hacked for nefarious purposes, like theft, stalking, snooping, kidnapping or murder.

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Uncle Sam needs you... to debug, improve Dept of Defense open-source software at code.mil

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Re: I'll gladly lend a hand to these nice American chaps!

"was there any SCO proprietary code?"

No, but that didn't prevent them from suing.

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I'll gladly lend a hand to these nice American chaps!

(Uploads one hundred files containing SCO proprietary code to the site, takes a big bucket of popcorn and a beer and sits in the sofa).

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Toxic Uber sued after driver allegedly tried to rape passenger in car

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Re: Distasteful or what?

The trick here is that the picture is an Über ad, and the caption says "safest rides on the road", ffs!.

Perhaps ElReg is not the part that did something distasteful, eh?

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Sterling's post-Brexit dollar woes are forcing up tech kit prices

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Re: Bye British?

ROFLMAO++

And this is why I come back now and then to read ancient discussions.

Thank you, Sir.

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Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears

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Re: Weird.

It'd be interesting to know which versions of Android are affected. My Android 5.0 mobe hasn't had any issues.

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Omg, that is, like, sooo 2007... Retromania set to grip this year's MWC

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(@ GingerOne)

Then the networks seemed to purposefully degrade the 3G network.

I read in some online discussion that this was due to cell saturation, as telcos stopped deploying 3G towers and old users' data consumption was still increasing steadily year over year.

But on the other hand, this could be also described as under-provisioning by the telcos, with the added benefit for said telcos of pushing customers into new, more expensive contracts.

"The mobile phone networks are taking us all for a ride."

Same old, same old... :-)

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An outstanding display of modesty!

"Being a highly intelligent fellow, Ben's predictions lined up remarkably closely with ours."

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Amazon goes to court to stop US murder cops turning Echoes into Big Brother house spies

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It's all about legal precedent.

I don't think the police is really interested in the data gathered in this particular case. This is only a good excuse -OMG! A murder!- for setting a precedent, in a similar way to what the FBI tried in the San Bernardino attack.

Expect many more cases like this, where LEAs and TLAs -and not only in the USA- will try to use the most heinous crimes available to set legal precedents, with the hidden goal of obtaining the right to access any of these Big Brother electronic devices at their whim.

I personally wouldn't touch Siri, Alexa, Echo or Cortana with a bargepole, and most well informed people will be doing the same in a few years, I hope.

EDIT: After posting this comment, I noticed Mark 85 wrote just before a comment along the same lines, probably with a difference of seconds. Damn! :-)

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Pack your bags! NASA spots SEVEN nearby Earth-sized alien worlds

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@ AC

"we can't actually make a cell WITH intelligent design"

FYI We're more than half way there.

"let alone without it"

If you provide an Earth sized laboratory and the funds to run it for a few dozen million years, then you can be pretty sure lots of those cells will be created, and without any Intelligent Design involved.

"Then we have the problem of how error correcting coding in DNA got there by chance"

In exactly the same way other characteristics of living beings got there, that is, through chance and Evolution. Pre-biotic evolution in this case.

"please remember that the only field tests of bacterial evolution show that any animal over 4kg will not produce enough beneficial mutations to explain the rapid speciation in the fossil record."

Citation required, and not a citation from some Creationist hellholeecho room, please. While you are at it, please explain also how the Hell you translate "bacterial evolution over a few decades" into "any animal bigger than 4Kg over millions of years". TY in advance.

I know that educating the wilfully ignorant is impossible, but there is a small chance some young/innocent reader might be misled by your BS, so I'm posting this answer to your comment in order to minimize that risk.

Have a nice day.

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Neuromorphic progress: And we for one welcome our new single artificial synapse overlords

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Re: Miniupdate (was Thinking Machines. (@ Ashton Black))

"The reply button is a form submit button, not a link."

So? Where did I state otherwise?. But even so, the option "open in a new tab" appeared in the contextual menu until this morning, and Ctrl+click worked. Both still work in Chrome.

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Miniupdate (was Re: Thinking Machines. (@ Ashton Black))

Even more weirdness: The "open in new tab" option works perfectly in Chrome, but not in my Mozilla browser.

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