* Posts by raving angry loony

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Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

raving angry loony

Fuck Chrome

Between their deliberate breaking of privacy-enhancing tools, and this, and a bunch of other things, anyone running a browser created by and for a major advertiser is just asking for spam, privacy issues, and other crap.

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Redmond's on fire, your 365 is terrified: Microsoft email outage en masse

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Re: Told you so

"so are all of them wrong?"

Quantity doesn't mean they're right. Anyone who complains that an online service is down (in this case I presume it means they can't read archived emails) means they're using the wrong tool and should have been using an "offline" email reader in the first place. So every single one of those people who complained is wrong, yes. Those who didn't complain (or didn't notice) were probably using the right tool for what THEY need. In which case no, those people were not wrong.

Email, however, is a special case since it is by definition "online" - as in you can't GET email if you're not "online" (pedantic exceptions left as an exercise to the pedants...). So sending/receiving emails wasn't covered by my statement, as I note in the disclaimer "and that software has a local, offline, equivalent,". Trying to read previously received emails? I stand by my statement. I don't care if the service is "free" - there's ALWAYS a cost involved.

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Told you so

Any time someone tells me that they want to put some software "online" because it's "better", and that software has a local, offline, equivalent, I tell them to go fuck themselves and find an alternative that isn't so idiotic.

Because if I can't access tools that I use every day, I want it to be MY fault and something I can fix, not the fault of any of dozens of possible culprits who will all shout that it wasn't their fault while my business can't do any work.

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Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans

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In saner countries...

Meanwhile, in more sane countries (ie: Canada) use of genetic testing for discrimination has just become illegal. A result the insurance companies are attempting to call "unconstitutional", of course, but hey, they lost this time. For once. No thanks to the leadership of the current party in power, mind you, who was willing to let the country bend over and take it up the arse. But thanks to the backbenchers, those people without power, who almost all voted against their own party because sometimes sanity wins.

Then again, the US "healthcare" system is terminally broken. Their next revolution can't come too soon, I'm tired of their sick and twisted shit getting exported to other countries, or at least trying to be.

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Get orf the air over moi land Irish farmer roars at drones

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Re: Aircraft?

and why aren't they filing flight plans like every other fucking AIRCRAFT pilot has to do?

No they don't. Not for VFR flights in uncontrolled airspaces for GA recreational flying.

Well fuck, so much for that argument.

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Aircraft?

If they're aircraft, then where the fuck are the pilot licenses of the drone operators, and why aren't they filing flight plans like every other fucking AIRCRAFT pilot has to do?

If they aren't aircraft, then they're pests, and should be allowed to be shot down whenever and where-ever they trespass.

Needs a good anti-drone system. Bird-trapping system, net thrower, something "legal". If nothing else, he can pay for the system by selling used drones. "Slightly bruised".

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Zut alors! Uber wrecked my marriage, fumes French businessman

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So much money?

If the fine doesn't hurt, it's not a deterrent. At all.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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Right wing hypocrisy.

Two issues:

1) amazing how a group so focussed on "law and order" is so willing to bash and denigrate the very laws they claim to support. Total and utter hypocrisy.

2) if they wanted to protect the USA, perhaps they should have banned travellers from countries whose citizens have actually attacked the USA in the last couple of decades. Namely Saudi Arabia. More hypocrisy from the right wing Trumpites.

The really scary thing is they're considering sending Sarah Palin as ambassador to Canada. Can we build a wall around the embassy? Please?

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Oculus gift: VR biz to cough up half a billion dollars for ripping off software copyright

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Re: "Oculus products are built with Oculus technology"

I think you mean: Oculus wouldn't be where it is today if they hadn't ripped off 9500+ people for over $2 million with the promise of an open VR platform, only to turn around and give a glorious "fuck you" to everyone who chipped in on kickstarter.

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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That's two.

OK, that's twice now that I've found an Orlowski article worth the electrons it was published with. The world is going to end any time now, I know it.

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Canada fines Amazon seven hours of profit for false advertising

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Re: Dear Canada...

Amazon donated plenty. $1 million is a paltry "fine", not even a slap on the wrist, more of a "we know you did wrong, naughty naughty, but we're not going to make it hurt. The "Competition Bureau" in Canada is more concerned with making sure corporations make as much profit as possible rather than anything resembling consumer protection.

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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Scotland

Luckily, Scotland is exempt from the problem, since the systems can't understand the accent anyway.

ie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGxKhUuZ0Rc

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They're going to have to start every news program with "Alexa, delete yourself". Bet they've got safeguards against THAT though.

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Seriously, VMware? Two bugs in the week before Christmas?

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Re: If you saw how sausage was made ...

"If you saw how sausage was made ... You would never eat it."

Yeah, I never understood that. My suspicions are triggered when I CAN'T see how the sausage is made. I want to see what went into my damn sausage. I want to know the person making it knew what they were doing. I want to know where the ingredients came from. I want to know that those ingredients weren't mixed with some dead cat found on the road. If I can't see how the sausage is being made then I'm not sure I want it. Which is why I prefer to make my own, but I'll also get some from people I trust.

Now, are we talking meat sausage, or software sausage?

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Damn, beat me to the "on the n'th day of christmas" joke. Meh, yours was better anyway.

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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Anonymity

OK, who still thinks that anonymity isn't required any more because hey, if you're done nothing wrong you have nothing to hide? Or do those people consider publicly voicing disapproval to be "doing something wrong that merits being penalized"?

Far as I'm concerned any corporation or government official that lobbies for an end to online anonymity is little more than a jackbooted corporatist or police state enthusiast, who just wants an easier way to crush any and all dissent. And the punters who support that view are just pinheaded idiots without a clue.

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Uber's self-driving cars can't handle bike lanes, forcing drivers to kill autonomous mode

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Why surprised?

Uber's ENTIRE business model is based on ignoring the rules until they can browbeat local legislators into changing the rules. If some local jurisdiction says "your self-driving cars are unsafe", obviously that jurisdiction is just getting in the way of revolutionary change and new paradigms in transport. It's Uber's whole schtick, right from the beginning. Instead of working within the rules they'd rather run them over. Just like cyclists, pedestrians, and anyone else who gets in the way of the "new paradigm in transport".

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Give BAE a kicking and flog off new UK warships, says review

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Canada, again.

Just sell them to Canada. The governments here will buy any kind of crap, so long as it's not "made in Canada". For some reason, if it's "made in Canada", the Canadian governments won't touch it, no matter how good it is.

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

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What if...

...the people they're arresting were drunk driving after a Nickelback concert? Or drunk and disorderly at a Nickelback party? What will they do then, I wonder?

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Blu Vivo 6: Top value trendsetter marred by Chino-English mangle

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Extras?

Does the low price include the Chinese spyware? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/15/android_phoning_home_to_china/

Also curious as to why the article makes zero mention of such issues in Chinese-sourced android phones, if for no other reason than to say "we checked, and it's not there". Who do you REALLY work for, Orlowski?

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Science? What happened to "hypothesis" vs "theory"?

Odd. When I was first introduced to science, and in the many years I worked in various fields, if an idea was proposed but hadn't been tested yet it was called a "hypothesis". Only AFTER it had been tested, and the tests repeated and verified, would it be called a "theory".

Based on this article, they haven't tested this hypothesis yet. Why does the article keep calling it a "theory"? In science, and presumably science articles, "theory" means "scientific theory" which in turn means "a tested and verified hypothesis".

Looking at the abstract (sadly, I've lost access to many research databases since changing careers. Fucking paywalls on publicly funded research, but that's another rant.) they don't seem to claim it's a "theory". They just claim to have developed a predictive model that might now be tested.

So either the scientists themselves are misusing the terminology in various interviews the author has seen and copied, and they're just repeating that. Or perhaps the author of this article is a scientific ignoramus with zero respect for proper terminology. Or perhaps the rules have changed since I learned this, and the anti-science frauds have won when they claim certain scientific theories are "only theories" and therefore equivalent to their completely non-scientific "theory"?

Which is it?

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Stay out of my server room!

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Ah yes, telling a director that no, they can't do whatever they want then blame I.T. if something breaks.

Good fucking luck. I've yet to meet ANY "director" who understands that they have to follow the same rules as everyone else. The only real choices, in a real world, are "suck it up" or "quit". Because the "director" will never, never learn. They don't have to, they're the "director". They're never wrong, and they're never at fault.

(replace "director" with everything from "senior management position of your choice" to "owner")

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Trump hires very best, greatest net neut haters to head FCC transition

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Re: Factual errors

Looking a little bit deeper, it seems Jamison worked on Sprints lobbyist team, which makes him "a former lobbyist", regardless of how you might want to spin that particular datum. All the copy I've seen for Eisenach says he's "worked for Verizon and others", which seems accurate. He's been paid, and paid well, to support the interests of his clients. Both might not be the legal definition of lobbyist, but it certainly meets the general definition of "getting paid to win favour from politicians". Calling them lobbyists seems fair and balanced.

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The hated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will soon be dead. Yay?

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Was it that bad?

Abso-fucking-lutely YES it was that bad. Yet another international agreement that allows corporations to override local rules set by democratically elected legislators. There are too many of those already, TPP was one of the worst of them.

I hope it dies in a fire. Along with every single fucking traitor to their country who pushed for it, regardless of which country they're from. Because that's what they were, traitors, selling out their countries, their communities, their neighbours, all for the illusion of money.

Don't get me started on what I REALLY think of it and the people who were pushing it.

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Russia to block LinkedIn over data domiciling issues

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"wrong office"

Because of course there's no such thing as inter-office mail or even couriers when an entire country tells you that no, your business won't be allowed to operate in that country unless you follow the rules. I wonder which jobsworth at the "wrong office" decided that no, they could just ignore it because hey, it was sent to the "wrong office".

What a bunch of fucking tossers. LinkedIn, that is. Russia will probably be better off without them.

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Re: Wall Building

Damn, Tim Warren beat me to it. Oh well.

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Re: In late breaking news......

Canada has enough people who sponsored a brick. Now all this site needs to do is collect and build...

http://brickingitforcanada.com/

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Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

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Trump Trifecta

The REAL "trifecta" is that in a few months, Trump and the Republicans who put him in power will control the Executive, Legislative, AND *Judicial* levels of their government. Once they get around to nominating and confirming the most regressive judges possible to their Supreme Court. So it's not just the Presidency and Congress (Senate and House). It's a REAL trifecta.

In other words, there will be very few limits to the crazy that Trump's crowd will be able to inflict, because Trump's crowd will be in control of every level of government.

A very, very scary thought.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Etch-a-sketch?

If they stick a SECOND hockey puck nob on it, it might actually be useful as an etch-a-sketch. Will it clear the screen if you turn it upside down and shake? Or will it just crash?

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DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again

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Re: Inevitable

Or salivating at the profits to be had from marketing "protection" to those who feel vulnerable. The whole thing smells of a protection racket in the making.

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

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Absolutely correct.

Did the stupid idiots who got in the way pay for the car in any way? Of course not! Those who can't pay shouldn't expect to be protected by what they haven't paid for. Why would they think they were safe even on the pavement (sidewalk)? Obviously someone driving a Mercedes is much more important than some peon walking around. Besides, Mercedes wouldn't sell nearly as many cars if they admitted that "by the way, sometimes we're not going to prioritize your safety". Remember people, PROFIT is the only means of determining what is correct.

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Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

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Ditched.

Got rid of AdBlock within days that I heard they were going from an ad blocker to a protection racket.

However, let's restate: the issue is not advertising. It's privacy. Want to show ads on your site, go for it. Most ad blockers won't touch them. What they'll touch is the privacy busting ad-mongers.

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Seagate sued by its own staff for leaking personal info to identity thieves

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Sad

It's really sad that they had to sue rather than Seagate admitting they fucked up and doing the right thing, which is completely protecting and compensating their own employees for the inevitable deluge of identity theft, scams, and other frauds perpetrated using this leaked data.

It's time the directors of these corporations saw the corporate protection veil lifted and started getting close and personal attention for the incompetence they bring to data protection in their domains. Only when people are held personally accountable will anything improve. Any "corporate" level enforcement is useless, failure just becomes part of the cost of doing business. Because it's ALWAYS failure, since actually stopping this invariably costs more than hiring a few lawyers or bribing a minister or six to fast-talk their way out of any meaningful penalties.

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'Hey, Elon? You broke it, you bought it' says owner of SpaceX's satellite cinder

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Re: indented customers

<blink>kill the heretic</blink>

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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Re: Long history of incompetence in programming

Lovely article about names:

https://www.kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/falsehoods-programmers-believe-about-names/

Which is why I'm strongly in favour of any programmer being required to study cultures other than their own, amongst other "non-computing" topics. Too many programmers know too little about the world they are supposed to be programming things to interact with. Too many people making too many false assumptions and screwing everyone else for years on end. Microsoft being one of the biggest perpetrators of the "we know nothing and care less about other cultures", especially in their earlier years.

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Long history of incompetence in programming

Imagine the fucking retard who came up with the "minimum of 3 letters" for a "last name" field. Or a maximum length. Imagine the anger they've generated for people with the surname Ng, or even 'O'. Or the folks with names like "Farquarson-Featherstonehaugh" Yet as recently as last year I STILL found places where surname length limitations are still in place. Hell, it's even still considered normal for surname fields to have a minimum length of "1", and fuck the mononymous folks out there.

That's the kind of bloody minded incompetence that the computing world has nourished and allowed to remain. That's the kind of complete idiocy that we STILL see in systems today.

Why would anyone be surprised that Microsoft is still doing stupid things? It's been their way for over 30 years. Sadly, they have lots of company.

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Ad-blocking ‘plateaus’, claims hopeful ad industry

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Stop fucking lying to me!

This isn't about the adverts. It's about privacy. This is about having sold off the advert placement to ad-mongers who then attempt to destroy any shred of privacy a person might have left, all in the name of selling them shit.

Ad blockers don't, for the most part, block local images. Be silly for them to do so. So local websites are perfectly free to put LOCAL adverts on their sites if they wish. What ad blockers stop are the privacy destroying (possibly even illegally so in many jurisdictions) ad-mongers who aren't just selling adverts, they're selling tracking of individuals.

Want to make money from adverts? Then do so. Just adverts. None of the privacy mangling bullshit that surrounds the adverts pushed by the ad-mongers.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Re: Fuck the advert mongers with a rusty chainsaw

Actually I mainly credit NoScript. Which is why I refuse to use a browser that doesn't have similar functionality. Not the broken version that Chrome perpetrates, for instance. Understandably, seeing as it's created by one of the worst advertising/tracking monsters out there, so why would they make it easier to block their profitable privacy destroying tools?

But the others have their uses, as I've found.

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Fuck the advert mongers with a rusty chainsaw

Here's a hint to the sites that depend on ad revenue. You want people to see ads on your website? Stop using the fucking ad-mongers as your providers. Stop using ad services whose SOLE goal is to track people across multiple sites, and invade people's privacy just to sell them shit.

Just post your ads locally. Manage your own ads. Most ad blockers won't block local images or ads. They mostly only block the centrally managed, downright unethical ad tracking agencies that so many of you seem to be keen to use. Know what? I have nothing against tasteful ads. But the instant you gave up control over what ads show on your sites, and allowed tracking, privacy invading asshats to display any kind of garbage, then you lost any claim to calling us "freeloaders".

You want me to see your ads? Then make sure they're YOUR ads. Not inappropriate garbage created by 3rd parties that have nothing to do with your site, or your audience.

As for Facebook, I haven't seen an ad on their platform so long as I use my blocking quartet of uBlock Origin, Privacy Badger, Ghostery, and NoScript.

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123-Reg goes TITSUP – again

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Re: TITSUP

Or, of course, FUBAR...

That also falls apart when "not working" is something most of their clients recognize and are intimately familiar with.

The only question I've got is why they still have clients? Are people that lazy and/or desperate that 123 is their only option?

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Is there a tea bush growing within 3,000 miles of Yorkshire?

Why would there need to be? Although they claim it was introduced in 1886, wasn't "Yorkshire Tea"'s current blend actually created during the rationing years by sweeping up crud and bagging it? Certainly tastes like it every time I've been forced to ingest some. Politeness can be challenging.

It seems that "Yorkshire Tea" (and several other British "blends") is to tea what tofurkey is to roasted fowl.

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re: Water temperature

The temperature of the water depends on the type of tea being brewed. All tea is not brewed the same way. A very basic introduction can be found here: http://www.teavivre.com/info/three-brewing-keys-water-temperature/

You're quite correct about having to scrape even more crud out of the pot though. I'll bet that work is probably not being done by the person adding the milk in the first place.

However, I'm pretty sure that what many British call "tea" doesn't care much about the water temperature, since it's not really what anyone else would call "tea" in the first place.

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British "tea" isn't.

Seems to me that many British love what they call "tea". Unfortunately, it bears little to no relation to what anyone else would call "tea". The "tea" they drink must have been developed during the rationing, and seems to consist of some sort of waste swept up from the streets then bagged. This fact is probably the reason so many prefer to hide the horrible taste of their bagged waste with sugar and milk.

Real, good quality tea does not require milk or sugar. However, as elReg is probably a fairly typical British office, they'll be using the cheapest available bag of sweepings. In which case yes, it's proper to put the milk and even the sugar in the pot, since it's not really tea in the first place, and something needs to be done to hide the awful taste.

Anyone who enjoys real tea should probably just bring their own.

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Don't use a VPN in United Arab Emirates – unless you wanna risk jail and a $545,000 fine

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About right...

The terms "technologically illiterate", "UAE", and "guilty until proven guilty" sounds exactly like the UAE I worked in all those years ago. I see they haven't changed much. I see I'll still never be going back. Nothing is worth that kind of bullshit.

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Bought a GTX 970? Congrats, Nvidia owes you thirty bucks

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Too little

Companies that lie and cheat like this should really be fined at least 150% (preferably much more) of the profit from that entire product line. Instead, they get what aren't even slaps on the wrist, and don't even have to admit they're scumbags.

Shooting (not necessarily lethally, just very painfully) every senior exec of every such company is really the only solution at this point. Oh, and their boards of directors. And their majority shareholders. You know, the ones who keep electing boards that select senior execs that keep ripping people off.

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Server vendor has special help desk for lying, incompetent sysadmins

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MCSE hatred

Local employer of "enterprise" class only hires Microsoft "knowledgeable" people who can answer questions such as "what is the delay of a certain command when issued, in microseconds". And other such memorization exercises.

Oddly, this "employer" has seen not just hours but DAYS of downtime in a mission critical (health) environment, regularly has people on site who don't have a clue what they're trying to fix, resulting in even more local downtime, and is pushing a computer based health records system that is quite literally killing people as it changes prescriptions because they don't match what's in their database. It's generally considered to be the most incompetent I.T. group in the region. Which is unfortunate since they run the hospital I.T. systems. Oh, but they're ALL "MCSE", so that's OK.

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

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Re: Boils...

Possibly because you haven't been paying attention to the other stuff being installed for you? That or you have Enterprise or Education versions and a lot of money to spend?

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Microsoft apologists?

Still waiting to hear from the Microsoft apologists out there. The ones who think Microsoft is wonderful because they're popular, and are popular because they're wonderful. The ones who insist that anything Microsoft does is obviously wonderful for everyone, because otherwise why would they do it?

Waiting for your defence of this latest shitty idea.

Still waiting...

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It's official

Buy Microsoft, get fucked over. That's been their unofficial motto for 30 years, but they've just made it completely official.

I'll stay with Win 7 for my games, thanks. I've pretty much managed to move almost everything else to Linux and/or BSD.

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: Rarity

Quite familiar with the arnaqueurs de Paris, thanks. Especially the little shit in the 15eme with the phone store, whose only goal is to rip people off using sleight-of-hand "fixes" where he then returns the broken item to you. But that's Paris for you, the anus of France.

However, there are rules involved, and if you take the time to find the right bureaucrat who can apply those rules, you too can have the satisfaction of watching the little extortionate shits get taken down. It'll take time, it'll mean dealing with the bureaucracy, but here's a hint: the ONLY way to navigate the French bureaucracy is to treat it like a feudal state, and the bureaucrats are the new nobility.

Don't try to do things yourself, they don't deal with peasants, meaning anyone who isn't a bureaucrat or rich enough to buy one. Find your local "knight" or "baron" who is willing to take the case on your behalf. Elected official, don't bother. Their professional bureaucratic assistant, definitely. THEY will be able to deal with the bureaucracy. Admittedly finding that knight can be a challenge, and convincing them that you have worthwhile cause can be difficult, but it can be done.

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