* Posts by Long John Brass

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LUNAR-CY! SpaceX announces the Moon trip-for-two it'll inevitably miss the deadline on

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Re: I hope his name is Jebediah

I wonder if Falcon Heavy is Onion staged.

Auto pilot would have to be MechJeb; although MJ can't dock for shit he will get you close :)

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Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done

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Re: It's all Excel's fault

DMZ machines run both stacks. IPv4 and IPv6, these machines are in a DMZ and can talk to world+dog it also has a connection back to the legacy back-end. On these machines you run a protocol proxy EG Varnish, SMTP relay or whatever. This setup is pretty common for IPv4 only networks.

Back-end only talks IPv4

For outbound traffic you pull the same trick EG Squid transparent proxy. Hmmm I wonder if there are IPv4 to IPv6 translators.... May make and interesting project. Shouldn't be that hard .... tcp/udp traffic doesn't know or care about IP/v4/IPv6

The big issue is that most internet providers only offer IPv4 :(

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Re: It's all Excel's fault

> To use IPv6, you gotta grok IPv6

YES

Not the point though.

You set up a *FEW* DMZ machines that do both IPv6/IPv4 to the outside world and IPv4 *only* to the internal network. You don't need to move the whole real-estate across

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Re: It's all Excel's fault

Nope it's simple.

If you are serving traffic to the world+dog you set up a web server/gateway that can do IPv6 and everything behind the firewall stays on the same old IPv4 addresses

Same for outbound NAT

*simples*

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NASA's Curiosity puts cat among the climate pigeons: Lack of CO2 sinks water theory

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Re: "which was supposedly a lot thicker"

About 3) Why does it have to be the sun doing the heating?

at 3.5B years ago; couldn't the heat source be the residual heat from the planets formation?

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Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

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WTF?

Voodoo

Once upon a time ago (1990's), A co-worker & I chopped a whole bunch of chips off some dead motherboards, placed them in a nice little velvet bag that some mouse came in.

The shtick was we would huddle round a misbehaving machine & throw the "Bones". If the letter side on most were up the machine could be saved, if the "chips were down" then the PC was back to base for repair.

What scared us was how many people (users) thought this was an acceptable way to diagnose a computer fault :(

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UK.gov tells freelance techies to slap 20 per cent on fees as IR35 tax hike looms

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Headmaster

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!

@Velv

No silly...

They Get £400 million and spend an extra £400 million; That's £800 million.

*That's* how big corporations and governments do math :)

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Furby Rickroll demo: What fresh hell is this?

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Trollface

missed opportunity

No no no, Get it to teach the kiddies all the bad words.

Mommy: Jimmy where DID you hear that word?

Jimmy: Furby told me

Mommy: Don't tell fib Johnny, tell me where you heard that word

Furby: Tell her <insert victim here> told me

Furby; Teaching kids to swear like sailors since 2017

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Penguins force-fed root: Cruel security flaw found in systemd v228

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You don't get it do you

@ckdizz

IF I could just rip systemd off my machines without it bricking everything along with it I would be happy

BUT I can't, remove systemd packages and there goes your whole fucking desktop

EVERYTHING now has a dependency on system fucking D

I would hate it a lot LESS if I had a choice about using it, but I don't so cue up the hate

Get it now?

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Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers

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Re: As a long-time Vim user (since 2005 or so)

Heathen!

TECO forever!!!!!

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Seven pet h8s: Verity is sorely vexed

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Re: I started laughing at the innocent youngster that wrote this article

I hate make and all its bastard offspring...

Hint if you need an extra tool to write the config for the tool that makes the config for the thing you are building; you are doing it wrong

These days I just use a bloody shell script to call the compiler, works every time and is 'human' readable

cMake, make & M4 can all burn in the pits of Microsoft for all I care

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Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke

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Re: Not surprised the parking brake is so mysterious to Americans

I've had both manual & automatic cars over the years, An auto + v6 is very nice for commuting (Except for mileage/kilometerage?) start stop traffic is a pain in the left leg.

I've always used the hand brake when parking the car, never understood people who just leave the damned thing in park; gives me the heebie jeebies. Parking a manual on a hill I always put the car in reverse just in case the handbrake fails or doesn't hold like it should.

Never had problems moving back to a manual after driving an auto, but the other way round is a bloody nightmare, I always end up slamming the brakes when my left foot goes for the clutch pedal & nails the brakes by mistake. very embarrassing :)

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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o_O

No, go on; Tell us how you really feel :)

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

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Re: M.A.S.E.R/L.A.S.E.R pedantry

I thought microwaves were photons; doesn't that make the M.A.S.E.R/L.A.S.E.R argument a little redundant?

Inquiring minds want to know; Not me you understand, but inquiring minds :)

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Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017

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Re: Clacks

Mine too

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Facebook hires Hillary Clinton to lead assault on fake news*

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PIPPA and SOPA redux

My guess is that they will use "Fake News" as a won't someone think of the children type excuse to finally bring the internet under control.

Either way... The Russians did it.

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Elon Musk wants to get into the boring business, literally

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Re: Yeah because its so easy

@Ledswinger

If cities want to solve their hideous mobility challenges, then they need to start off trying to be smaller and more decentralised

Sorry mate; But having lived in both London and a "smaller and more decentralised" city I can tell you first hand that they both suck. In London there is the ever present crush of people on the trains and the underground + the high costs for transport and living; In Auckland there is the ever present crush of people on the roads who should be in charge of anything more complicated than a pencil eraser and even present a chocking hazard for most of them, then there is the costs associated with fuel, parking on road costs etc.

There is no Utopia I'm afraid :(

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Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

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Re: Other Intel Chip

> So have Intel a problem writing drivers right now?

Intel driver have always been crap. If you ever tried to do anything slightly out of the ordinary with the display setup it would shit the bed at semi regular intervals; Assuming it ever worked at all.

Caveat: My experience was with shitsets 810 thru 945 on Linux systems

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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Wouldn't it be funny if...

Toyota INC/CO/LTD ended up on a sex offender registry

I mean companies are people now right?

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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@Grunchy

Plenty of "Starter kits" from various Vape shops

That's how I made the switch from tobacco

The trick I used that seemed to work the best was the following rule

If I wanted a smoke then I would have a couple of puffs from the eCig, if I still wanted a smoke then I would. Within 3 months I had stopped smoking tobacco without really noticing it. No pain, no muss, no fuss.

I think that is one of the reasons why the anti-smoking crowd simply HATE eCigs the migration from tobacco to a cleaner safer alternative doesn't come with enough suffering for the user.

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systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

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A pox on systemd and all things poettering

I delayed judgement until I had more experience with systemd

Some of the core ideas weren't terrible & it might have made things better.

I'm now pulling it off all my machines. It just makes thing to unstable & unpredictable

I don't really give a flying shit if my server boots in 20 seconds or 45 seconds

I'll happily eat the extra boot time for a more stable system overall

Add the scope creep & bloating binaries; Nope, just Nope.

Back to Sys-V scripts for me; My machines are stable now & I'm much happier

What really burns my balls is that they are fixing things that aren't actually broken. I don't get the it's newer so it MUST be better mantra.

Exile Poettering back to MS land or Apple-andia where he belongs.

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Has Canadian justice gone too far? Cops punish drunk drivers with NICKELBACK

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Gimp

Lightweights

A continuous loop of jingle bell rock will make them repent

If that don't work a round or two of crazy frog will sort the buggers out :)

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Confirmation of who constitutes average whisky consumer helps resolve dispute

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Got hooked on Scotch with...

Glenmorangie. Glen Livit passable as are some of the Irish Whiskeys :)

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

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Re: Wow

> B-52's are still flying (*) in anger.

This not the joke you are looking for

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WTF?

Wow

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_B-52's are still a thing?

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MP Kees Verhoeven wants EU to regulate the Internet of S**t

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Re: Useless.

Not that hard; When a device falls out of its support window the platform MUST be opened up for 3rd party firmware. No more lock in.

Maybe force them to open-source the firmware & software payloads too?

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NASA trying to rein in next-generation super-heavy lifter costs

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Re: James Hansen will be furious

> Everyone knows the real reason for every natural and unnatural disaster is not enough virgins to throw into the volcanoes!

Have you tried finding a virgin these days? And do you think throwing IT geeks into volcanoes will appease the gods?

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Re: James Hansen will be furious

OK I'll byte

If you are correct about AGW being a hoax, what happens? Cleaner air, a diversified energy production portfolio more efficient electronics etc...

And if you are wrong? What then?

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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

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Teaching kids to code is easy...

Just tell the little blighters that the school computer has their grades already loaded. If they want an A they can change it themselves.

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Put down the org chart, snowflake: Why largile's for management crybabies

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Re: Today's omnishambles...

> You may take comfort in the fact that it was the same 5, 10, 15, 20 yrs ago. The jargon may change but the end result is always the same.

Preach it brother; Same recycled shit almost the same recycled bucket.

*sigh* I'm too old for this shit, but I have a mortgage & bills so .... back to the coal face :/

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Re: Agile in a safety critical environment...

> Agile looks like a plausible way of generating an "actual requirements spec"

Back when I were a lad we called that an "Engineering Prototype"

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'Post-truth' beats 'chatbot' to Word of the Year Crown

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I want to barf now

Today it was announced that the alt-right working tirelessly with the regressive-left has synergised a new paradigm shift and released the post-truth to market

1+1=potato

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Bong: Let me talk to Trump

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Re: disappointed || appalled

@Duffy Moon

"it's Britain, a place even more left than New York City."

You *do* know that we have a right wing government in the UK?

Yes but right-wing elsewhere in the world == raging commie in the US

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Twitter rolls out troll controls

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Re: Good

@Throatwarbler Mangrove

not being able to communicate in a reasonable, thoughtful, considerate fashion and instead resorting to epithets of hate and abuse

Quite right! But holding differing views does not a hate speech make! And therein lays the problem, people tend to end up living in their own little filter bubbles / echo chambers

As a result they scream blue bloody murder anytime they encounter an idea that runs counter their ideology. Its not always about people calling you a twat.

you twat :)

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Top of the bots: This AI isn't a cold, cruel killing machine – it's a pop music hit machine

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I for one welc.....

Oh hell, no I don't; I think I would vastly prefer the flesh bag hunting variety of killer AI

This is just... just.... *EVIL*

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

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You are ALL wrong

<Disclaimer>

Code should be indented as K&R wrote in the holy book of C.

3 Spaces for an indent, not 2 or 4 and TABS just are right out

For though I walk through the /dev/null I will fear no Windows(tm)

For VI is the editor and lead us not unto EMACS

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The problem is NOT tab vs space or braces on an new line (The right way). The problem is the editors! A good editor should be able to re-flow the source code depending on the preferences of the coder. I believe 4coder is getting this facility shortly.

That just leaves us with the variableNamingWar :)

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Look out, SpaceX et al – China's Long March-5 rocket blasts off

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I wonder what they call thier MechJeb

And if that thing is Onion staged :)

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Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

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Re: It is a sytemic problem

>>> Pre-web, people were forced to interact with whoever was nearby physically.

>> Pre web? Did you never see/use Usenet?

> I consider Usenet part of the web. If it isn't, what is it?

I'm old enough to remember the promise of a "Computer in every home" then it was "The information super highway" will make the world a global village and unicorns will piss rainbows and shit gold

I was running a dialup BBS in the 80's and even in that little community there were trolls; Mind you the trolls at least tried to be funny in those days, then I got a Fido net connection and oh my god ... (It's full of stars arseholes)

The upside of the internet is that anyone with a niche hobby, no matter how obscure can find like minded individuals , if your thing is making scale replicas of historical sites using paper matches then there will be a group out there for you

Downside is that every loony tune, mouth breathing, window licking, paint chip eating retard also has a forum for their particular brand of stupid.

Problem is that if you try and shut down the latter you also kill off the former leaving only corporate sponsored socially responsible content is its wake; Which it quickly kill off anything vaguely useful

The trolls will always be with us, we just need to grow up & learn to ignore em. otherwise it will be endless rounds of ... Whaaaa someone said something mean in the interwebs ... Whaaaa ban them mommy.

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Thanks, IoT vendors: your slack attitude will get regulators moving

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Now, here's the million dollar question: Whyinhell does a baby monitor, home security camera or fridge need to be on a DMZ? I'll not even go into routers with standardized username/password combinations.

Becuz cloud bruv. Its good innit. Its got wot plantz crave. Cus electrolytes intarwebs

*sigh*

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Yahoo! begs! US! spymaster! Clapper!: Spill! the! beans! on! secret! email! snooping!

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Big Brother

Simple solution

You broke it you bought it. NSA and friends killed Yahoo, so they use some of their massive budget to buy the company.

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

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Terminator

Won't be a problem

on the bright side, once it becomes widely known that stepping out in front of an autonomous car will result in death or serious injury; pedestrians will become a lot more alert when crossing roads.

Although given that this is already the case & many people still wander blindly into traffic, I won't be holding my breath

As long as the car doesn't rev up and actively try to run me down I think it's all good

Autonomous cars should always do the simplest most obvious thing. Complex moral computations are IMHO a bad idea; you want these systems to always make the choice of least surprise; that way everyone has a reasonable chance of being able to predict what the damned thing is going to do next.

I don't want my car to decide that my life is less valuable than someone else, even less I don't want it to decide that as a pedestrian that I'm expendable; Sure hit the brakes and stop as fast a practicable but I don't want to try and dodge a 2 tone Mercedes on the sidewalk

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Zilog reveals very, very distant heir to the Z80 empire

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Just scored some Z80's not so long ago

Are they still being made? or old new stock I wonder

Got some of the new WDC 6502's as well :)

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Turing, Hauser, Sinclair – haunt computing's Cambridge A-team stamping ground

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The Z1 was a mechanical computer designed by Konrad Zuse

A tad before ESDAC no?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z1_(computer)

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Re: Indeed....

Byte? Luxury. We had a bit. And we were lucky.

Bits! BITS! you were lucky all we 'ad were nought(s)

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Security man Krebs' website DDoS was powered by hacked Internet of Things botnet

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Pirate

besides keeping the firmware up to date, ...

derived from its MAC address or serial number (Which it'll stuff into every outgoing packet

MAC addresses are stripped by whatever gateway forwards the traffic

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Zombie Moore's Law shows hardware is eating software

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Re: The software is still there

@Boltar

Any complex modern computer processor requires microcode to operate. Microcode is software.

It kind of is and it kind of isn't

Microcode is a series of bit patterns that enable/disable/connects the various chunks of logic blocks in the CPU "fabric" although fabric is probably not the right word

So while its updateable microcode is not really what you would consider a program or software

Caveat: I'm not a CPU designer but I play one on the internet :)

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Pluto's emitting X-rays, and NASA doesn't quite know how

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Re: There was nothing in my horoscope about this this morning.

And while we're on the subject, I think they made a mistake with 'dwarf planet', midget planet surely!

The Politically Correct backed up with SJW's would tell you it's a "little planet".

Hey!

That's Mr Mass Challenged Oblate Spheroid to you!

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Non-big IT vendors: Trying to understand where startups fit in tech

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Missing the bacronym

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'senior vice president of product inflammation'

How about 'senior vice president of product inflammation systems & software'

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

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HP ain't the only ones

Used to love and trust Epson for their printers

They are now doing exactly the same thing WRT their printers

To the point where the fricking scanner on my all in one style printer won't go unless ink carts are "good"

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