* Posts by adnim

1932 posts • joined 11 Apr 2007

US drug cops snared crooks with pre-cracked BlackBerry mobes – and that's just the start

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Re: Symptoms of misguided policies

"MCDA modelling showed that heroin, crack cocaine, and metamfetamine were the most harmful drugs to individuals (part scores 34, 37, and 32, respectively), whereas alcohol, heroin, and crack cocaine were the most harmful to others (46, 21, and 17, respectively). Overall, alcohol was the most harmful drug (overall harm score 72), with heroin (55) and crack cocaine (54) in second and third places."

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(10)61462-6/abstract

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US military manuals hawked on dark web after files left rattling in insecure FTP server

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Joke

Re: Unencrypted?

I have my password on the login banner. They even less likely to be read.

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Things that make you go hmmm: Do crypto key servers violate GDPR?

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Re: I'm not sure it's quite that easy...

Exactly.

And whilst I am no crypto expert it should not be difficult to enforce expiry and deletion for publicly available keys across all key servers. Yes keys can be revoked, are they deleted from all key servers? (seriously I dunno) I could revoke one to find out or google, I will after I post.

Once an expiry date is reached one chooses to renew or revoke/delete public key.

Just a thought.. Always up for an education though :-)

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We might be skimming the Surface, but it looks like Microsoft's readying a wallet-friendly device

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Joke

I don't think it will fit in my wallet.

And wallet friendly to me means increasing the number of plastic legal tender tokens it contains.

On a serious note, I have a phone it does all I need almost, it is rooted it is mine. But...If it just ran Linux and had a real keyboard that slid from behind.

I need to ssh to a secure environment in an emergency. I use my laptop because I trust the install. Even though my phone is rooted and runs Cyanogen, my Android-fu is such that I don't trust it.

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Have I been paid, Sage? Cloudy wage service locks out users

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Micross

on Netware worked quite well. Support was pretty good too. They updated the software remotely via a dedicated modem/tel number. They would warn us of impending updates, should we wish to back up.

Backups were daily anyway, but they didn't just change the system without warning. Nothing ever broke after updates, so I guess they tested things. It wasn't perfect though. not every entry was validated properly, users could break things.

Only had to call a few times in 5 years and support was good, Once the help desk got to know me they never bothered with the script I was just told "a dev will mail you soon".

btw Micross was modular. As well as payroll it handled stock control, BOM's and lots of other shit.

But I digress I was just overwhelmed with nostalgia at the headline. What is the topic? Sage? What does that do again? Ah OK... Carry on ;-)

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Google Chrome update to label HTTP-only sites insecure within WEEKS

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FFS Google

Get off ya fuckin' high horse.

Let webmasters decide if the content is worthy/requiring of SSL.

HTTP is only insecure when sensitive information is being exchanged.

Perhaps everything including the obvious should be encrypted?

I hope no MITM replaces my kitty pics for pussy pics when my website is browsed.

Joking aside and in all sincerity: Adapt to the Internet Google, don't try to control it....

Pretty please?

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Oracle, for one, says we'll welcome our new robot overlords: '90%' of you will obey an AI bot

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I hate stress.

And making any kind of decision that determines my future (providing I am given permission by the state to act out that decision) causes stress.

Ergo, I welcome being expunged of all responsibility for my own actions.

</sarcasm>

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UK.gov's long-awaited, lightweight biometrics strategy fails to impress

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"... fails to impress"

Add it to the list.

Wait for proven technology before giving contracts to your buddies, sycophants and contributors to the party's kitty.

Apparently, Angry of Tunbridge Wells once wrote somewhere, it could have been across the pages of Public Eye, the span of a motorway bridge or perhaps some cards were simply left in a telephone box.

Whatever the case, he wrote... "FFS... Ya should be working for us not yourselves. We pay your wages you contriving, conniving shits". Citation needed.

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Wasn't too hard, was it? UK has made 'significant progress' in spy control

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Joke

"Wasn't too hard, was it? UK has made 'significant progress' in spy control"

They shut down GCHQ?

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The cybercriminal's cash cow and the marketer's machine: Inside the mad sad bad web ad world

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Re: Targetted ads are rubbish

My approach... contextual and unobtrusive ads (out of the way, right column? Not in the main flow of the copy) text only ads with a link. Served from the root domain with url that identifies the partner/affiliate to the advertiser.

I dunno why I feel I need to say this... contextual... pertaining to page content. Why track someone around the Internet to advertise them what they may have already bought? Why not place contextual ads? If someone visits a page on the web regardless of what it is about, they are interested in the content of that page. So place ads relevant to content.

Yes, there is the potential for click fraud. But that happens now. My concern is with privacy, data collection and tracking of the user, not with an advertisers budget. And I am not particularly sorry if those that track "anonymous" ids around to present ads are offended by this. Just down vote me and we can perhaps get a count of El Reg readers who have a career in marketing and advertising and believe the current "track it" strategy works ;-)

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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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Got

See title :-)

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Microsoft has another crack at fixing Chrome problems in Windows 10

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Re: I was surprised

Update:

I am in garden watching sunset.... I wrote the above on this machine in Firefox on Mint 18.

After booting into Win 10: the static IP connection to a hidden AP didn't work. I had to connect to the visible AP and get DHCP from my 'unsafe' subnet. And why does El Reg take 5+ times longer to open in Firefox on Win 10 than it does under Mint? If I was consumer people would it matter, would I notice?

Time to reboot ;-)

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I was surprised

The April June update worked fine for me, it took about an hour to update after download.

Everything seems to work as I would expect so far, even Chrome which I use with LAN access for the development tools. No SMB1 use and wtf is media center content? Am I a poor web dev for trying to be as cross platform as possible and never using smb1 or not knowing how to integrate media center content with chrome?

The update did reset some of my privacy settings and deleted my firewall program (Private Firewall 7) due to "not compatible" or some such twaddle. I kind of expected this, yet I was surprised to find that my start menu was not altered.

I had to uninstall private firewall properly (the update didn't... it left most of the files and just deleted and disabled the loading of the NDIS driver) before I could install the very same version again despite the incompatibility".

I can only presume Microsoft does not like user installed tools that interfere with their data collection activities.

I have so little respect for Microsoft that I would have had a good time bitching about how bad the update was and how it fsckd up my machine. But alas, other than just deleting code it did not like and giving applications access to things I had previously blocked (camera, microphone, contacts etc. etc the update was flawless.

I am not sure if I am being sarcastic. Usually there are so many work continuity breaking issues that a few less major issues are acceptable. I have obviously been conditioned by Microsoft into accepting a few niggles with a sigh of relief.

YMMV

I reboot into Win 10 now and see if anything has changed

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Uncle Sam is shocked, SHOCKED to find dark-web bazaars trading drugs, weapons, etc

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So wrong

"Criminals who think that they are safe on the Darknet are wrong,”

Although this is a nice blanket statement to discourage potential law breakers. Has Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had any experience (other than the obvious opportunities of office) of being a criminal and using the Internet to commit crime?

Fools, the greedy, the impatient, the ignorant and the less cautious criminals tend to think they are safe on the darknet and drop breadcrumbs.

Those with the real smarts (I prolly die before I put myself in that group) aren't even noticed.

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Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

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Implied causality

Implied causality kind of justifies the research and lends an appearance of usefulness to the results.

Otherwise the research just confirms what most people would consider obvious.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits biz after fling with coworker rumbled

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For a Chief exec:

"..the board has accepted Mr. Krzanich’s resignation."

For a shop floor worker:

"..the human resources department has dismissed Joe Blogs.

How come management get to resign yet non-management staff are fired?

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WD's Purple reign continues: 12TB helium disks for vid spy tech

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Shame that

they only made them for vid spy tech.

"Eight platters serving up 1.5TB each for data-belching surveillance cameras"

Can they not be used for kitten pictures?

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Private sector needs a little sumthin' sumthin' to get it sharing threat intel – US security chap

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who do ya share with?

Those that in the short term fulfil requirements.

Or those whom you have looked in the eye and felt the sincerity when they pulled ya from the shit?

Leaders change, psychopaths sharing with psychopaths does nothing to convince me that the world is becoming a better place.

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'90s hacker collective man turned infosec VIP: Internet security hasn't improved in 20 years

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Well

Just as a software application has it's exploitable bugs removed and is made secure, more features are added, which are buggy and exploitable. And by the time these newly introduced flaws are fixed, new features are added...

Humans can be manipulated into breaking secure software or passing on login credentials to strangers just has they always have been.

Ergo, I am not surprised Internet security has not improved.

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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You right Andy...

It takes a grifter to grift a grifter. I takes an advertisement to grift the public.

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Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

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"Draft document explains where Redmond thinks its responsibility ends"

Seems to me Redmond thinks its responsibility ends at the EULA.

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Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

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Joke

Amazing

15 years without crashing, perhaps Microsoft should have bought NASA instead of github

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Shock: Google advises UK peers against more legislation

adnim

One does not simply 'regulate the internet'

One should not regulate the Internet. It should be open with all data sharing equal status.</my opinion>

One should regulate the companies that (ab)use it.

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Ex-CEO on TalkTalk mega breach: It woz 'old shed' legacy tech wot done it

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Old tech?

I never usually think code when I hear that term. I think hardware. I guess old code is old tech.

A successful sql injection attack is dependent on code though not hardware, even if it is old code. <--- read shouldn't have been there in the first place.

Having said that, I myself have written code I would now be embarrassed to use.

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TSB meltdown latest: Facepalming reaches critical mass as Brits get strangers' bank letters

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sql

I was going to say perhaps a schema has changed and the joins don't reference the right columns any more.

Then I thought, Nah I don't have a clue. A professional team could not make that kind of mistake.

Then I thought have they employed a professional team?

I don't know what my colleagues think of my work practices when I spend most of my time looking out of the window. I call it planning.

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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

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Re: Simple crash dumps...

@ HolySchmoley

"Perhaps you could explain what 'crash dumps' contain that doesn't come from memory?"

The Unicorn I rode into a pink sunset for one.

I guess subtle sarcasm is lost on you, and a few others too :-)

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Re: Simple crash dumps...

You are correct, have an up vote.

I will down vote myself for not being sarcastic enough ;-)

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adnim

Simple crash dumps...

Contain absolutely no memory contents and definitely none of the document contents one was working on when the crash occurred. So you are safe. No personal or private, personally identifiable or not, data is sent to MS.

Me -> rides Unicorn off into a pink sunset.

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Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

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Re: Keep it going

"Strange how one can be nostalgic for old tech.".

Although I never used Eudora... I am familiar with the era. Then was the time that code/applications were written for the convenience and benefit of the end user. Some things should never change.

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Slurp up patient data for algos that will detect cancer early, says UK PM

adnim

Re: Wooed

She would probably smile at the words... "You are beautiful".

Instead of forming a critical thought.

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adnim

Wooed

Most people are wooed when they hear what they want to hear.

It's a shame she is not wooded by privacy advocates and security analysts that say "backdooring crypto breaks it". And other presented evidence from various qualified persons that does not fit in with her agenda.

Perhaps she likes Unicorns, maybe I can sell her one?

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Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb

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"manually adjust thermostats"

I manually adjusted mine several years ago, the heating comes on and off to a pre-set temperature at just the time I want.

I really must get some connectivity to it though...

Pressing a button on it to increase or decrease the temperature is so inconvenient. I have to get off my ass and physically touch the control panel.

I am sure it would it be easier to go find my phone, unlock it, launch an app, select the right screen and change the settings, then touch the apply button</sarcasm>

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BT bets farm on consumers: Announces one network to rule 'em all

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Decisions

are usually always made to benefit the decider.

The statement above covers mergers, take overs, buy outs, restructuring etc. etc.

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T-Mobile owner sends in legal heavies to lean on small Brit biz over use of 'trademarked' magenta

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Would a defence lawyer ever send a response of just one word?

Fuckoff

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Microsoft reckons devs would like an AI Clippy to help them write code

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Would clippy teach one to code to

Microsoft standards?

Yes, it is a leading question .

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Huawei P20: Snappish snaps, but for £200 less than Pro, it’s Notch bad

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Re: Notch too much for me

"Is that asking the for the moon ... ?"

Nope but it is taking away the stick that that the manufacturers beat the customer with, the stick that generates the best financial reward... Continuous upgrade cycle.

Now if you asked for the moon on a stick...

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Oh dear... Netizens think 'private' browsing really means totally private

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I have a huge one.

Hosts file that is

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Translating Facebook's latest 'Hard Questions' PR spin – The Reg edit

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If ya don't do Facebook

This is useful:

https://github.com/jmdugan/blocklists/tree/master/corporations/facebook

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'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

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Re: Re "putting the phone down is almost always the right thing to do."

I have had so many of these kind of calls I just say fuck off and hang up now. I got bored with baiting them and sick of being called when concentrating.

I have had fun with them in the past, 40 minutes is my record for keeping them talking. I have also screen recorded them installing malware on a VM and reported it to the police. The abuse I have received when I have told them I am an IT professional that is taking the piss... Funny.

I have also had a long conversation with a "supervisor". I asked if they were proud to be scamming innocent people. The response was unexpected honesty. He said he knows that it's not right but he has a family to feed. Choices for work in his part of India were limited apparently.

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Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

adnim

"That must be why we're not shipping Windows 98 yet," quipped Gates.

Either quick thinking or a case of anticipated.

Whatever the case good response.

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Size does matter, chaps: Oversized todgers an evolutionary handicap

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@Jason Re: Cock size

Depends, how big are your toes?

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Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS

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Nice article Kieren

It's all about psychology and manipulation.

Did you know that the screens on gambling machines are designed with the input of psychologists?

The problem I have is where I draw the line between shrugging my shoulders and thinking... "I don't really give a fuck, perhaps it's evolution" and "For fuck sake people wake the fuck up".

Please advise :-)

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Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

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knowing and forgetting

"knowing your IP address allows us to send the Like button to your browser..."

Yes for the fraction of a second it takes to deliver the button, then it can be forgotten right? It doesn't have to be recorded, stuffed into a database and be collated/compared with clicks on other sites with a like button in order to track the IP address.

For a like button to function a url will suffice, the button image can be local to the site being viewed, Javascript and the recording of IP address is not needed at all.

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Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip. Repeat, an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip

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Linux in code, not in spirit.

When ever I read about MS providing services that support or are Linux based, I don't see proper Linux. I see MS Linux (not to be confused with Xenix) a strange hybrid that MS controls. It is no longer FOSS, even if given away free. And its only purpose is to provide a route for users of Linux into the maws and the account books of MS.

MS know that most embedded systems (IoT especially) are Linux based. They see a future where IoT is everywhere and not just those useful places like light bulbs, fridges and sofas ;-) They want to make sure that they are not left behind as most innovation in this field involves Linux.

As far as I am aware using anything Linux created or provided by MS involves some kind of payment. (A Windows OS, a cloud account, another MS product/service) This is hardly in the spirit of FOSS.

Linux worked wonderfully in my environment before MS started its embrace of the OS. It still works perfectly without MS anywhere near it.

If one is trapped in an MS environment then I can see where the MS support of Linux is of use. However, I do not believe the MS embrace of Linux is an altruistic move made with concern for the customer.

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An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive

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Re: And that's exactly why...

I don't use these services either.

It's not so much to protect my privacy, lying and never telling the truth on a webform does for me in those situations where I have to share some information.

It's more about not giving a shit what a bunch of strangers say, think or do.

I do not need nor feel the need to tell the world and it's dog what I had for breakfast, where I had breakfast, provide an image of that breakfast and a map to the location of the eatery in which I ate breakfast to prove it either.

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Parents blame brats' slipping school grades on crap internet speeds

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There was no Internet

when I was doing 'O' and 'A' levels. And we were taught the actual subject.

I get the impressions that today's school children are taught how to pass exams.

I used to love the peace and tranquillity of the school and local municipal libraries.

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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Forced to the Edge?

I was forced to the edge of sanity supporting windows over the past 25 or so years. I learned a great deal fixing MS stuff. And fixing Windows brought me a good income.

Now I don't have to support Windows at all, my training wheels have gone ;-) and I admin Linux servers and code websites. It is far less frustrating, much more fun, far more reliable and much more rewarding.

I feel like a passenger using MS products. I feel like a driver using Linux.

MS want me to use Edge? They would have to force me to use Win 10 first!

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NHS Digital heads accused of being 'suppliers', not 'custodians' of UK patient data

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The patients are the suppliers.

Everyone else seems to be distributors or wholesalers

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Air gapping PCs won't stop data sharing thanks to sneaky speakers

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Theory and in practice?

Audiophile speakers and professional studio quality microphones, just may be able to communicate in the 18khz to 24khz range. The roll off on professional kit in this range is, I guess between ±3dB and ±6dB, it's been years since I worked in a studio.

Your average consumer microphone and PC/laptop speakers I believe would need to communicate with each other at a volume and frequency range a human... even an old one like me, could hear.

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Millionaire-backed science fiction church to launch Scientology TV network

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Re: Z-lister club

"Call any vegetable. And the chances are good. That a vegetable will respond to you."

I would pray to the spirit of Frank Zappa if I didn't think such action was only slightly less pointless* than praying to one of the gods we have created.

*Frank actually existed, so I conclude there is more chance of a reply.

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