* Posts by Fatman

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Tech billionaire Khosla loses battle over public beach again – and still grants no access

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Re: @Notas Badoff Over my dead body!

<quote>How did the previous owner screw up?</quote>

By not making that access a matter of public record. They granted it verbally, and allowed access while they owned the property; but their decision isn't binding upon successive owners unless it is in the public records.

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Re: Over my dead body!

<quote>I suspect he's following the usual approach of 'what's the point of being rich if you still have to obey the little people's laws?'...</quote>

He must have taken a clue from Leona Helmsley.

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Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

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Re: IoT - where the S really is for Security

<qoute>Where would this button be placed and how would it work?</quote>

It could be incorporated into the key lock mechanism actuated by the use of a 'special key' which is longer and reaches deeper into the lock cylinder to activate the switch. A 'standard key' being shorter, does not trip the switch.

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US prosecutors demand data to unmask every visitor to anti-Trump protest website

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Re: Of course Trump's government will also ask...

<quote>That's the beauty of an reasonably independent bought and paid for law enforcement community.</quote>

There!

FTFY!

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Oh, boy! Uber investors behind CEO sueball say Travis Kalanick won't let the company grow up

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RE: I laughed so hard that I had to stop and clean spittle off of my phone.

Check under your chair for a yellow puddle.

</snark>

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Re: Most promising company

<quote>Or perhaps a VC is what a rich person becomes when they start to lose their judgement and marbles in general.</quote>

I have always thought that a VC is a gambler using other people's money, who really does not give a shit if there are losses, only the potential for a big payday.

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

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Re: I could go postal!

Well said marketing droid!

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'Adversarial DNA' breeds buffer overflow bugs in PCs

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RE: Is that you Bobby?

Is one very bad boy.

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Hackers could exploit solar power equipment flaws to cripple green grids, claims researcher

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Re: "basically seeing a "copy, paste, and minimally edit" style of so-called programming."

<quote></quote>

Those code monkeys that Microsoft have sent packing have to work somewhere!!!!!!

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Programmer's < fumble jeopardizes thousands of medical reports

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Re: " and have formed an incident management team to decide the next steps to take."

Which will consist of one director, two vice presidents, a C-suite executive, 15 managers, and one low paid code monkey.

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Linux kernel hardeners Grsecurity sue open source's Bruce Perens

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RE: "attitude"

<quote>...completely destroyed by his attitude, lack of co-operation, "I'm always right" attitude, and now suing people who disagree.</quote>

One could throw the systemd backers into that pool. Check this out:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/07/05/linux_systemd_grants_root_to_invalid_user_accounts/

The money part:

<quote>The issue was raised through a GitHub Issues submission a week ago, but Lennart Poettering, one of the lead maintainers of systemd, insisted the software is working as intended and declined to implement changes.

"I don't think there's anything to fix in systemd here," he wrote. "I understand this is annoying, but still: The username is clearly not valid."

Yet with forty down-votes on his response, it's evident that not everyone in the Linux community agrees there's nothing to be done.</quote>

(emphasis mine)

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It’s 2017 and Hayes AT modem commands can hack luxury cars

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Re: The car companies are criminal

<quote>so if you wanted your car to be where you left it, you fitted a Krooklok or Stoplock...</quote>

Or NoJack, a rocket propelled grenade launcher hidden in the steering column.

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Uber drivers game Uber's system like Uber games the entire planet

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RE: Re: I see what you did there

<quote>Are we still talking about the drivers' behaviour or about Uber's general approach in adhering to legislation?</quote>

Both!

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'SambaCry' malware scum return with a Windows encore

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Re: "Qt..so the creators.." (etc - there is a length limit?!?)

<quote>That is if most of us didn't wish you would just slowly die in screaming excruciating agony for all the chaos you cause.

FIFY</quote>

No, I really FTFY!

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Meg Whitman OUT at HP ...Inc

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Re: The real problem here

<quote>The thin air at high management levels is clearly leading to chronic hypoxia and drain bamage in corporate execs.</quote>

That is indeed the problem. The atmosphere is so dammed thin at an altitude of 50 miles. (aka "Head In The Clouds" syndrome.)

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This is why old Windows Phones won't run PC apps

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Re: "What Win10 on ARM is, is a desktop-type experience,"

<quote>If you did, you'd have to make a single OS with two very different presentation layers for the two different usage cases: mobile/touch and desktop/keyboard. </quote>

Someone who 'gets it'.

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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Re: I'm thinking...(ED-209)

I am surprised that it didn't go out in the same fashion as ED-209:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRDl5_-wJ0Y

Then again, we had better hope that it is not armed, like ED-209:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlQwX93rqcA

Just a question, I wonder IF such a robot ever came to exist, (armed police bot), and ended up killing shitloads of people due to a malfunction; who should be held responsible?

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Burglary in mind? Easy, just pwn the home alarm

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Re: iSmart

<quote>It's waaaaay past 11.</quote>

Nope! the fucking pointer is bent 90 degrees out of whack.

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Want to kill your IT security team? Put the top hacker in charge

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Re: Speaking as a manager...

<quote>GET BACK TO WORK NOW!!</quote>

Jim???

Is that you???

Because if it is, then you have been hitting the LDS lately!!!!

(For those of you who don't read CW's Shark Tank before they stopped allowing comments, this seems like Jim The Boss.)

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If at first you don't succeed, you're Microsoft pushing its magical white space broadband

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Re: Brilliant financial plan

<quote>Have the local government front half the cost. Of course !</quote>

It's the Republican mantra - socialize the costs and privatize the profits.

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

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Re: the problem with clueless amateurs...

<quote>WOW, basic input validation seen as medieval era....

Amazing!</quote>

What do you expect from those dumb fucking millennials? Experience??

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Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

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Re: @BillG you may not want to block those numbers.

<quote>The truth is that if the FCC wanted to, and if they made this a priority, there are a couple of things that they could do to help shut these guys down. One of them includes mandatory jail time summary execution for repeat offenders.</quote>

FTFY

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We'll drag Microsoft in front of Supremes over Irish email spat – DoJ

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Re: Doubling up

<quote>The only reasoning I can see here is that someone in the DOJ and or other US agencies don't want to have to go to the time and effort or dealing with foreign governments is a fucking asshole and, now that the shit has hit the fan, can not be seen as backing down.</quote>

FTFY!

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No way to sugarcoat this: I'm afraid Uranus opens and closes to accept particle streams

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Re: It's always fascinating when they probe Uranus.

<quote>but "Uranus’ magnetic field swings open and shut like the aperture of a revolving door."</quote>

I vaguely remember that being a plot device in an old Star Trek episode, now, if I can only remember its title. I remember that Lee Meriwether starred in it.

Found it:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708450/

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Google coughs up $5.5m to make recruiters 'screwed out of overtime pay' go away

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Re: ""Defendants deliberately and uniformly cheated plaintiffs "

<quote>whats the other 1/2 cover?</quote>

Learning how to create dodgy financial statements that hide the gross waste of money by the executive team's indulgences.

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Yahoo! cleanup! will! cost! Verizon! half! a! billion! bucks!

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Re: "operating expense synergies"

Otherwise known as cut the fucking costs NOW strategy.

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Connectivity's value is almost erased by the costs it can impose

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Re: ... and a descent into a kind of stupidity we haven’t seen in many years.

You are wrong on that one.

THAT level of stupidity was most recently observed in the recent USofA election cycle. One only has to notice the outcome.

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Microsoft dumps docs.com cloud file locker, sets December death-date

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Re: The Almighty Cloud

<quote>Tell me again why you should rely on The Cloud as the preferred tool to create or store documents? Why the convenience it might offer outweighs the risk that your provider will wake up one morning and shut you down.</quote>

NOT if it is your cloud! (i.e YOU own it!)

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Move over, Stuxnet: Industroyer malware linked to Kiev blackouts

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RE: Security demanding....

<quote>One would think that by now the company security people would be demanding dedicated secure lines to all substations and all marketing wonks and non techies being kept away from the control units.</quote>

ONLY to be overruled by the cost cutting MBA's (Mainly Brainless Assholes) who are worried about the "hit" to the executive bonus pool.

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You know this net neutrality thing? Well, people really love it

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Re: Net Neutrality is about politics

I strongly suggest that you bone up on the fundamentals of network traffic flows, and really come to understand this concept called "QoS", and how it can affect network traffic.

Here is a good place to get started:

http://docwiki.cisco.com/wiki/Quality_of_Service_Networking

a key point being:

<quote>The primary goal of QoS is to provide priority including dedicated bandwidth, controlled jitter and latency (required by some real-time and interactive traffic), and improved loss characteristics. Also important is making sure that providing priority for one or more flows does not make other flows fail. </quote>

Now, think for a second how a malicious greedy ISP can fuck with the traffic that flows through its network? If I am an ISP, and I see traffic destined for (say Netflix) and I have a competing offering, why shouldn't I consider it a priority that MY traffic flows are smooth and jitter free, all the while degrading Netflix's? Why should I give shit if Netflix's flows are lousy, it is my priority after all!

If the customer's captive users don't like it, then they can go to the competition. Oh, wait, in my area there IS NO competition Tough shit customer!

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NSA leaker bust gets weirder: Senator claims hacking is wider than leak revealed

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Re: curiouser and curiouser

<quote>You couldn't make this shit up. I think I need to sit down and have an Aspirin consume copious quantities of an alcoholic beverage.</quote>

There!

FTFY!!

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Do cops need a warrant to stalk you using your cellphone records? US Supremes to mull it over

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Re: What a Mess

<quote>... must not do so at the expense of the innocent being unjustly and arbitrarily regarded as criminals.</quote>

SHIT!! You understand the modus operendi of most USofA police forces. It is 'the Thin Blue Line' against the hordes.

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Pai guy not too privacy shy, says your caller ID can't block IP, so anons go bye

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Re: >If they are simply legalised pirates then I'm not going to cry too much when one of them dies

<quote>But it's wrong if it's because the police chief is grabbing more money for his dept. And doubly wrong if it's because the city council is on the take themselves. </quote>

Here in Flori-dun, we have the Red Traffic Light Scams foisted upon us by bought and paid for city councils and county commissioners.

See below:

http://www.wtsp.com/news/investigations/two-more-cities-turn-off-red-light-cameras/102082599

and

http://www.wtsp.com/news/tampa-votes-to-keep-red-light-cameras/319125206

Mind you, these cameras are usually installed by for profit entities, and the locality gets a cut of the revenue.

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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

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Re: Giving the users what they ask for......

Had a similar situation at a former employer.

The sales weasels went out and bought MacBooks and expected IT to support them.

They were not too happy when it came time to support them.

Our CIO's reply was short, and forceful: "FUCK YOU!!! I told you that we do not support Macs, and if you go out and bring your own, you are on your own." It was even sweeter when they complained to the CEO, who supported our CIO.

Many a sales weasel was pissed off; but they were warned.

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Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

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Re: You are being unkind to Trump

You are on the right track, but for the wrong reason.

Trump has the mental capacity of a five year old who throws a hissy fit when he can not get his way, nothing else.

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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Re: Automotive Grade Linux

No, you have that all wrong.

If it were Windows, the car would refuse to start complaining that it could not connect to the DRM server, and you were running an illegal copy of Windows Automotive. You would then have to fork out some more money to get it fixed.

Nice extortion racket, brick $RANDOM number of cars daily, requiring periodic re-installation of Windows Automotive. That is the sort of shit that would make the slimy ones at Prenda Law very proud.

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Re: Rather Linux than Windows...

You may be on to something.

Here in the USofA, road rage is a serious problem, especially in the cities.

Now, consider a fleet of White Hats that drive the roads, and come across some driver being a jerk. If the O/S was Windows, then simply hack into it, and shut that fucker down.

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RE: "Keyless" entry

<quote>"Keyless entry" is a fine example of a broken solution looking for a non-existent problem marketing hacks 'feature list' that offers little real value to the consumer, but causes vendor lock-in with the associated profits from being the exclusive source of replacement parts.</quote>

There!!! FTFY

Listen up, boys and girls, the only reason why this shit is included is to drive up the sales price of cars, and to make them more expensive to repair. Infotainment module went bad? Oh, that is too bad, an OEM replacement is $$$$$$$, Oh, and good luck trying to find aftermarket parts.

Now, chew on this, as more cars incorporate LIDAR units for collision avoidance in their bumpers, the costs of replacing those damaged units gets added up in your collision insurance premium. And, since most people in the USofA either lease their vehicle or have an auto loan that requires maintaining collision insurance, guess who gets fucked?

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Healthcare dev fined $155 MEEELLION for lying about compliance

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eCW 'troubles'

This bothers me as two of my doctors use it.

Both have 'encouraged' me to set up an on-line portal; and so far, I have not done so, out of concerns that once an on-line account is created it could be hacked.

But, I do like the idea that the execs get nailed for the fines, as opposed to the company. Now, if you really want to send a message, include a permanent ban on their being employed in the healthcare industry. Along the lines of how the SEC gets rogue traders thrown off Wall Street.

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Spacecraft spots possible signs of frozen water on the Moon

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Re: GOD!

Jim, have you been ODing on LDS lately!??????

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Cisco cuts 250 jobs in San Jose, has 850 more pink slips to hand out

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Going after the farmers

<quote>If they'd gone after those who employ them with heavy penalties for knowingly employing someone not legally authorized to work in the US, there wouldn't be 11 million of them in the US now. But no one wants to go after the farmers, when they are the true cause of the problem!</quote>

BUT!

BUT!!

BUT!!!

If you did that, then you are hurting those job creators with unnecessary government regulation, and driving up costs..

That is not a business friendly way to achieve a reduction in illegal immigration. No doubt many of those farmers will wail: "We did not know that they are illegal immigrants!. as they exploit those immigrants.

Why DO people immigrate?

Often it is to achieve a better (by their home countries' standards) quality of life; sometimes it is to get away from war and strife. You can not blame someone for either of those reasons.

The first reason is often due to the lack of jobs that pay a decent wage in their home country, due to many factors, including the elite that simply think they can get away with exploiting their countrymen. As for the second reason, just take a good look at the Middle East, the answer is there plain and simple.

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TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.

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Re: HOLD IT right THEIR!!!

I thought that ElReg banned Jim The Boss!!!

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What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course

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Re: to be authorised to roll the odd flashbang under a few particular desks..

Now, would any of them happen to belong to manglement???

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Scheming copyright scam lawyer John Steele disbarred in Illinois

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WTF?

Steele disbarred

I have only one question:

WHAT took so fucking LONG!!!!!!

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

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RE: old modem

Back in the '90's my employer would be hounded by assholes trying their copier supplies scam.

I had a dial up modem attached to the pc, and wired in parallel with the 'guts' of a 1A deskset1.

One day this asshole calls up, and tries to pull his shit over on me, and I wasn't having it. I fired up the modem program and had it dial a number. As the modem started to bang out the tones, I screamed out at the top of my lungs: "God dammit Sarah, you stupid c--t! Can't you see that I am using this line!" I then hung up on the SOB.

The boss walked in, and had this puzzled look on his face, a short explanation resulted in a smirk as he walked out of my office.

1 For those who are too young to know, the 1A key systems were electro-mechanical in nature, using a 'fat' telephone cable (25 or 50 pairs), and one or two rows of line selectors ('keys')

If you want further reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1A2_Key_System

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Mi casa es su casa: Ubuntu bug makes 'guests' anything but

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Re: Flaky guest account

<quote>See also https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/eud-security-guidance-ubuntu-1604-lts where they also advise that all usual user accounts should have 'other' access removes (e.g. chmod o-rx /home/*)</quote>

I can think of one reason why you would not want to do that: """shared"""1 files.

I have some 'media files' located on my home partition that I want to make available to a 'guest' user, or others who have accounts on the box.

1 In the sense that I "own" the files, and have set the 'others' permissions to 'r--' (read only). this way, valuable disk space isn't eaten up by duplicates.

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Don't gripe if you hand your PC to Geek Squad and they rat you out to the Feds – judge

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The 'takeaway' lesson is....

1) Have your browser clear the cache on exit every time you close it, (and close it frequently), and

2) Frequently overwrite free disk space to remove any fragments of deleted files.

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Wonky whitelist update blamed for AT&T's nationwide 911 blackout

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Re: Troubleshooting the 911 core universal service platform backbone

<quote>Who then reported the issue to the outsourced Indian intern tech support.</quote>

There, FTFY!!!! ..

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Backup crack-up: Fasthosts locks people out of data storage for days amid WCry panic

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Re: ... a little planned maintenance wouldn't go amiss ...

Planned replacement of aging infrastructure???

We can't afford it! Not enough money for the executive bonus pool.

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What's your worst nightmare? A Comcast, Charter cellphone network? Oh, it's coming

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Re: How could it possibly go wrong?

4. To kiss the ass of Government regulators.

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