* Posts by Pascal Monett

6516 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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I'll wait for NoScript to be back

No NoScript ? No update.

NoScript is the single most important protection that Firefox has against all the scum on the Internet. It is a Security Essential (TM).

Until I learn that NoScript works on this latest version, I am using the version that allows for NoScript.

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How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'

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Re: Satcom remote monitoring

"So a full airgap isn't possible."

Sorry but I disagree. The WiFi-accessible entertainment system does not need to run over the same wires as the nav/control systems.

Physically separate the buses for the two and you have an airgap that is a chasm for hackers. There is no reason other than convenience that the two networks run over the same wires, and security says they shouldn't. So put in a separate Ethernet cable for fracks' sake.

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Uncle Sam to strap body sensors to hackers in nuke lab security study

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So they'll find various levels of stress

And then what ?

Some of the contestants will be cool as ice, some will be bouncing off the keyboard, and there's likely no correlation with the efficiency of their hacking skills.

As usual, it's for these useless studies that they put the money in. Over 15 hundred bucks for a wristband ? That's a hell of a piece of kit right there.

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Google aims disrupto-tronic ray at intercoms. Yes, intercoms

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Congratulations, Google

Great idea. What a wonderful family environment we are preparing ! I'm sure the next generation is not at all going to feel bereft of family connections when a speaker tells them to do things. I'm sure that educating your offspring via loudspeaker is not at all going to make them feel like they're in bootcamp and you're the master sergeant (who likes their master sergeant in bootcamp ?).

You have kids. Talk to them. Interact with them. Show them you care.

Otherwise they will leave you one day and never, ever think of calling you.

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Now Oracle stiffs its own sales reps to pocket their overtime, allegedly

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Working overtime now and then is perfectly normal and, in a normal company, it should not be an excuse to get more money. There are days like that and you're part of a team, so pull your weight and everyone will appreciate.

However, if working overtime becomes a regularly repeating occurrence, then it should definitely be paid for at least two reasons : 1) you are in effect working longer weeks regularly so you should be compensated, and 2) the company needs to understand that it might benefit from hiring another person to lessen the load on the others.

My stance on overtime is simple : if you tell me no overtime is paid, then I'm not working overtime. And don't come and blame me for projects that are late, you're management ; you're supposed to be aware of my workload and find solutions to lighten it if necessary.

Reminds me of the time I was in a certain company with the manager always coming to me with new urgent things that had to be done right away. After the fourth addition I looked directly at him and asked whether it was right away before the thing for the Director, or right away after that ? I then shoved the list in front of him and told him that I needed an order of execution. He blustered his way out of that, but I didn't see him for the rest of the day. Thankfully I was not long at that company.

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It's 2017 – and your Windows PC can be forced to run malware-stuffed Excel macros

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You can "remove" yourself from all things technology right where you are ; just shut down your router and phone and you're there.

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Inmarsat aircraft Wi-Fi lift off set to fill coffers

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Seems to go contrary to the fact that over a thousand airliners have it installed. If they went through the effort to get it up and running, somebody must be using it.

I note that Asian arlines have it installed. Seems to indicate that Asian businessmen may be the driving force behind it - or 1st-class passengers in the Northern hemisphere.

Obviously we're not going to see usage in coach. Not until WiFi comes free with the plane ticket, that is, and I won't be holding my breath for that.

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Sean Parker: I helped destroy humanity with Facebook

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Re: "he does not feel badly enough to [..] donate it all"

Because of course that's what you would do.

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Parity's $280m Ethereum wallet freeze was no accident: It was a HACK, claims angry upstart

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Re: "The bankers created this huge worldwide fraud"

Really Joerg ? You're still trying to pass that bullshit ?

You do realize that this is the Internet, and anyone with a brain can easily check that you're wrong ?

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'Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we've ever seen in the history of humanity'

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Re: I'm wondering on how efficient this all is

I think the point here is about the $million cloud customers. They're the ones paying the big bucks that make the cloud seem to be a viable platform for everyone.

Push a button and it drives itself ? Sure, once a hundred IT techs have slaved away at building all the conditions and checks and verifications that allow that button to exist. Big Corp has access to the manpower and the knowledge, small businesses do not. The Cloud can work for small businesses, but it is made for Big Corp.

That is why I have trouble with the sentence : "the open-source community has to provide alternatives". With all the faith I have in the coding abilities of Open Source volunteers, they are working from home and I doubt they have access on a personal level to the amount of hardware required to test an open source solution to AWS. And even if code could feasibly be written, the Cloud is hardware and software both, and Open Source doesn't have the hardware.

I don't see that happening. Not without major investment by Red Hat or something similar in any case.

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Oracle investors told not to let Catz and co get the cream – reports

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WTF?

"employees get unconscious bias training"

How exactly does that work ?

Speakers in every room with subliminal audio messages ?

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Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System

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Re: That's a weird orbit

We only spotted it after it passed the Sun, and the article states that astronomers are only counting on a few weeks to study it - after that it will be too dark.

This thing is not a comet, it's a rock.

To me that means that there are probably many more rocks like that flying around in the most awesome game of billiards ever invented, and we don't have a clue about where or how many.

There's likely all kinds of orbits for those things - but we won't see any of them if they stay beyond Jupiter's orbit.

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DJI Aeroscope won't stop drone-diddlers flying round airports

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"their entire system can be defeated by either covering the drone with aluminium foil"

Um, it seems to me that if you are covering a drone in aluminum foil, you're gonna have just as much trouble piloting it then they will have detecting it.

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Man: Just 18 Bitcoin babies and my home is yours

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"Today, that single bitcoin is valued upwards of $2,200, Fortune noted in March."

That was the value in March.

A house sold for $350,000 or 82.55 Bitcoin means that the Bitcoin is valued $4,542.

It also means that if you wait a few months for a buyer to appear, you might find that a Bitcoin is no longer worth what you calculated initially, meaning you'll be out of pocket.

Personally, if I were to decide to sell a house, I would give a dollar value and indicate that Bitcoins were also accepted. That way, the amount would be calculated on the day of sale.

In any case, in France I don't think that such a move is possible. Selling a house means going to the notary to have it recorded, and they don't accept Bitcoins yet.

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Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

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Re: This results in Renault levels of fragility...

When the merger was a done deal in France, I remember hearing a lot of jokes from colleagues saying that Renault would finally learn what the word 'quality' meant.

Looks like it has worked the other way around, and the shoddy craftsmanship of Renault has tainted and infected Nissan.

That's a shame.

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Dell forgot to renew PC data recovery domain, so a squatter bought it

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That is the whole problem - they don't think.

Management these days is not able to manage, it is just there to give orders and take paychecks.

True management would have a clue about what is going on, what needs to be done and a plan to get it done that is written on something other than a paper napkin.

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So long – and thanks for all the phish

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"lawyers [..] are often used to craft a spear-phishing attack"

I'm supposing they know what they are participating in.

I'm also supposing that, if one is caught, he will hopefully be disbarred.

Then again, I'm also hoping to win the lottery, so . . . I probably have better chances.

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NSA bloke used backdoored MS Office key-gen, exposed secret exploits – Kaspersky

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Re: perhaps I'm just paranoid?

Yes, you are.

Doesn't mean that you're wrong, though.

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Re: He's hosed.

Indeed, I found that little line in the article very interesting as well.

A "security" contractor who 1) takes confidential data out of NSA premises without authorization and 2) uses a malware-infested cracker to unlock an unregistered copy of Office without wondering what might go wrong.

And those are the goons allowed to spy on us. If that's how smart they are, no wonder Russia can pilot US elections.

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IETF mulls adding geoblock info to 'Bradbury's code'

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Re: DVD drives allow up to 5 region changes before locking in

Excuse me if I do not agree to being locked out of content that I have legally paid for, on equipment that is legally mine.

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How is the big switch to the public cloud working out?

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"Neither has delivered a knock-out blow to the other"

And that will never happen, simply because the world is a complicated place and no one solution is good for everyone all the time.

Companies and people will find the Cloud useful for some use cases, on-premise for others. I'm convinced that any given single entity (company or individual) will find that it ends up using both, each kind for specific applications or use cases.

And, in the end, that is what computing should be about : bringing the best solution to a given problem. It is not about bringing one solution and removing all the other possibilities.

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Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps

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WTF?

What ?

"Microsoft is endeavouring to improve manageability and security by making it behave more like a mobile operating system, including Store-delivered applications"

Just how the hell SECURITY is being improved by making a PC more like a bloody mobile phone ?

And as for manageability, don't make me laugh. Just put the UI back to Windows 7 and a PC can be managed just fine.

Finally, keep your stupid Store. I will not have myself locked in on my PC. It's MINE, Microsoft, not yours.

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Oracle users meet behind closed doors: Psst – any licensing tips?

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"the murky world of licensing and software asset management"

It's only murky because the supplier is doing its damndest to make sure that it stays that way.

Licensing should be simple : you have how many people using this software ? It's this much.

End of.

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AI might outsmart ITIL, make MTBF moot, says ServiceNow strategist

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"Artificial Intelligence might..."

When we have AI, there's a ton of things that might happen.

Until that day, we DON'T HAVE A I.

Stop using the notion.

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Viasat: We're going to sue Ofcom over EU-wide airline Wi-Fi network

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Well he does have a point

""If I have to adhere to regulations and another does not, we don't know how to play in that area [..]"

It is rather obvious that if you build something to international standards and the thing you need to talk to doesn't respect them, there will be issues.

Beyond that, this is major industrial infrastructure stuff and negotiations on that level are completely beyond me. For starters, I have a hard time believing that someone would put up the money for a satellite and its launch without ensuring that it would function properly for its intended use. A satellite is not another sales point you set up over a week-end, it's a major investment and I cannot imagine that everything was not planned and vetted from A to Z.

There was a major communication hiccup in all this, and someone is no doubt feeling very uncomfortable right now.

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You may not know it, but you've already arrived at DevOps Land

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Re: "I have pointed this out before"

I'm glad you have. You might want to point it out to the author of the article, because he's apparently not got the message since he writes : "Getting to full adoption, however, is tricky.".

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DevOps, Serverless, ODFO

Allow me to "get off my lawn" on this subject, again.

I cannot stand this almost condescending attitude that consists in saying that DevOps is the only way to go and Cloud is the only future.

Cloud means Internet means bandwidth and availability limitations. Only big companies can budget failover Internet connections from different providers, and I'm not sure they all do that. In addition, SLAs are all very nice, but the Cloud is still regularly kicking the bucket at this point and I'm pretty sure companies are not okay with paying hundreds of employees to twiddle their thumbs until someone else resolves the issues.

As for serverless, for Christ's sake please stop trying to make us believe that our data is secure in the Cloud. At this point in time, it is most certainly not. I will believe in serverless when you have the ability to assign your own keys of whatever length you decide you need, and all data is encrypted from start to finish and nothing is left unencrypted outside your premises.

Show me a cloud vendor that can work with that and we only have availability and backups to discuss. Until then, I simply do not agree with Cloud for anything resembling confidential data.

Of course, small companies will look at their budget and think "Cloud will cost me less", which is likely true right until Cloud wipes their data and can't get it back, but hey, small companies, eh ? What can you do ?

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US energy, nuke and aviation sectors under sustained attack

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"depressingly-familiar tactics"

Yes, it is quite depressing that people still haven't cottoned on to the idea that a complete stranger does not send you confidential documents out of the blue.

I receive invoices and such from people I don't know. After a "yeah, sure" moment, I check the originating address to be sure and, generally, that's when the game is up. Either the domain has nothing to do with the purported origin (eg. a mail from Microsoft that is sent from a Gmail account), or worse, it supposedly came from my own domain (I am one of three users in my domain).

It doesn't take more than two brain cells to figure out that a message from SomeGuy2748 is not a professional source. There is no company on Earth that registers its employees like that, ergo no professional mail can come from such a source.

And yet people still get taken in by such stupid shenanigans.

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Once more, with feeling: Dawn to take a closer look at Ceres

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Hundreds of millions of km away

and yet, the boffins know exactly where Dawn is at any given second, know exactly how much fuel to use to attain a given orbit or orientation, and get the data they're looking for even though it is physically impossible for any available telescope to see the spacecraft and visually check that all is well.

Mind. Blown.

On the other hand, it's very likely they're not using Excel for their orbital calculations...

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Pixel 2 tinkerers force Google's hand: Secret custom silicon found

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Interesting review. I'm using a dumb phone at the moment, but if I ever have the need for a smartphone again in the future, I've learned of a few things to check on (like Playing Now - that needs to be shut off).

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Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire

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Re: "Sorry, but this would only happen to the most stupid of stupid people."

Welcome to the real world !

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IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire

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Re: "How about [..] the hosting company sends you multiple letters"

I have a domain name registered. I pay for it by 10-year blocks. When the time comes to renew, I get a mail from my registrar warning me about it.

I don't need a calendar app, I just need to read my mail.

I fail to see how this can be improved.

On the other hand, I can very well see how a major company can fuck up on this kind of thing. The guy responsible for registering the domain has left, the registration email account has been discontinued after a reorganization, and the swarm of managers in between have never wondered or even thought of checking how the domain names were managed.

Thus, the domains lapsed, the functionality was broken, and the managers scurried around like headless chickens until somebody with a clue phoned the registrar and got things sorted out.

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Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

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@ Robert Sneddon

The A-10 Warthog has an excellent reputation among all people who have either flown it, or been saved by people who flew it.

The adjectives generally used to describe it are "awesome", "deadly" and "badass".

Excuse me if I am not impressed by the F-35's mission ; it has yet to prove that it can indeed fulfill that mission. The Warthog has fulfilled its mission, which was to get in close and rain hell upon the enemy while surviving multiple hits. This page details the fact that in Desert Storm a group of 136 Warthogs flew 8077 sorties and only suffered the loss of 6 aircraft.

It seems to me that, even in range of AA weapons, heavy machine guns and light rapid fire cannon, that plane did a damn good job.

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How DeepMind's AlphaGo Zero learned all by itself to trash world champ AI AlphaGo

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Re: "Does the program actually 'know' it is playing Go"

Obviously not, otherwise we would have AI now.

Computers and programs know nothing, they just execute instructions and flip bits. It's the programmer that knows what he is to code for, and writes the instructions that will achieve the end result.

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I'm guessing the atoms don't mind all that much.

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Stealth web crypto-cash miner Coin Hive back to the drawing board as blockers move in

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El Reg should install this tool

I block ads because safety, but I would gladly give you processing time.

And since I spend a fair amount of time during the day with one of your pages loaded in a browser, it would be worth it for you.

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What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709

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What I really like

This update scheme is marvelous. Install the update and play Russian Roulette with your infrastructure !

Guess which core functionality is missing this time !

Scramble to re-architect your infrastructure in 60 minutes !

Live on the bleeding edge of DevOps and see if you bleed to death !

As a side note : why are we finding out about this after the update was released ? Shouldn't there have been a warning before release ? Is this a case of nobody paying attention, or did Microsoft actually forget to say something about the new version's functionalities (or lack thereof) ?

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The age of six-monthly Windows Server updates starts … now!

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"while Azure users don't notice OS changes"

I'm sure they will.

Soon.

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Yeah, but it gets broken a hell of a lot less.

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Customers cheesed off after card details nicked in Pizza Hut data breach

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Congratulations ! You have found one !

Come back when you have another thousand and we'll start talking about this little-known other thing called PayPal . . .

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uBlock Origin ad-blocker knocked for blocking hack attack squawking

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WTF?

Hang on a minute

"Helme told El Reg that uBlock Origin’s blanket policy was not only unworkable but ill-conceived. Any information reported back to a website from one of its own webpages should be known to the website anyway: the site generated the page, after all."

So you're saying that anything reported back should be known anyway, then you knock uBlock for not reporting ?

If you know it, you don't need a report. So what's the problem ?

As for me, you're not getting a report anyway, because NoScript. There is yet to be a hack that can pass NoScript.

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Aviation industry hits turbulence as Airbus buys into Bombardier’s new jetplanes

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Sorry to rain on your parade Big John, but I'm French and living in France. That means that I have absolutely no relation to your "left".

Indeed, most of the time I believe you Americans believe we French are Communists.

In any case, you'll have to continue waiting for your dear 'acceptance phase'.

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Capgemini: We love our 'flexible, flowing' spade

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That spade is sharp ?

In what universe ? To me it looks like a fat slob overflowing the couch. The Cheetos are hidden underneath.

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Argh, my loafer just fell down the rope ladder! Yes, I'm in the Microsoft treehouse

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"tree-based meeting spaces"

Right. Because rooms are overrated, I get it.

I imagine this is what will happen :

So, which treehouse should I schedule the meeting in ? Ah, Niagra is taken at that time. Too bad, it has the best view. Well I guess I'll just reserve Yellowstone, then. Ah no, I forgot, you have to be more than 5 to reserve it. Well it'll have to be Grand Canyon then. Damn, it takes 10 minutes to walk there. So, do I set the meeting time 10 minutes before, or will that confuse everyone into thinking they have to start out 20 minutes earlier ?

Screw it, the meeting's only 15 minutes anyway. I'll just set the start time to when it's supposed to start.

I hope Janet won't go to Rushmore again. She always goes to Rushmore because it's closest to her office. The we have to wait for her to realize nobody's coming, then she calls and finds out she has to go somewhere else. And, her office being on the other side of the campus, if she doesn't go straight to Grand Canyon, she'll never have time to get there before the end of the meeting.

I have a bad feeling about this. Maybe I should just reserve Meeting Room A in the central building as usual.

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The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

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With lots and lots of apathy.

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He's been assimilated. He is now lost to Humanity.

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Why does everyone always link to YouTube ? Can't anyone read any more ?

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Big Brother

That is what they want us to think.

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Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

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Re: Has to be within range

I believe that startup incubators have a bunch of companies that are in range of each other without much choice in the matter.

I know one which actually only has one WiFi access point for all the freelancers in the vicinity. No cables available.

Would be like shooting fish in a barrel.

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Here's a timeless headline: Adobe rushes out emergency Flash fix after hacker exploits bug

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"Adobe, [..] proudly trumpeting"

Um, no Adobe. Just no.

You have no right to be proud of anything. Not of the ham-fisted way you bullied your Photoshop customers to the cloud, and certainly not of the historical catastrophe that is Flash.

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