* Posts by deadlockvictim

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

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Re: If anyone knows of any other solutions, please reply.

How about Mix-'n'-Match?

say, a flavour of Linux as your Internet-facing machine. It would have no other apps other than the browsers, e-mail client etc. and contains no private files.

Win 7 64-bit (without Internet access) for the machine that runs Office 2012 (or whatever version you have),

Win XP (without Internet access) for the really old games, if you don't want them on the Win 7 machine,

Mac OS X (without Internet access) on a Mac Mini / hackintosh for home video-editing and photos (obviously you'd have a beefier Mac if you're doing more intensive or professional graphics work),

all connected by a LAN to a NAS as needs be.

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US, UK cyber cops warn Russians are rooting around in your routers

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If home routers are as buggy as hell, even if they are updated and enterprise-grade routers are expensive and possibly more dangerous if configured by someone who is not an expert in them, what should the lay person do?

Just update the firmware often and hope for the best?

Turn off the router when it's not being used?

Treat it like a car — pay a professional many thousands to recommend a good router and have it serviced once or twice a year?

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How machine-learning code turns a mirror on its sexist, racist masters

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Re: Mathematical modelling of sterotypes?

well, the comments actually, but you are close enough.

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As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots

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let me re-phrase that for you

Obscenely wealthy owner» "the vast majority of the data that Facebook knows is because you chose to share it."

Well, let me re-phrase that: the vast majority of the data that Facebook knows is because you didn't choose not to share it.

In other words, we relied upon and took advantage of the fact that you have no idea how important your privacy is to you and we milked it for all it was worth. I am now worth billions of dollars. It was very decent of you to sacrifice your data in that way.

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Did the FBI engineer its iPhone encryption court showdown with Apple to force a precedent? Yes and no, say DoJ auditors

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Re: No right to conceal information

AC» A suspected criminal has no God given right to conceal information on their cellphone.

So, mere suspicion is enough then, is it?

What happened to getting warrants?

When did the concept of 'innocent until proven guilty' become 'guilty unless proven innocent'?

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Good news: The only thing standing between NASA and $20bn is...

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Saving God's Own Country from the Goddamn Commies

RobertLongshaft, I refuse to believe that you are American!

You MUST show us your birth certificate NOW or it will be plain to all that you are Kenyan.

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Oh bucket! Unpack the suitcases. TRAPPIST-1 planets too wet to support life

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Really!

Esteemed Author» To put that into context, if you were to wring out the Earth, you'd find that less than 0.7 per cent of our world is water.

Really, fancy you forgetting that the Earth is not actually hollow (as is commonly believed) but actually filled up with water so that our Lizard Overlords have somewhere to rule from.

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Addicts of Facebook and pals are easy prey for manipulative scumbags – thanks to tech giants' 'extraordinary reach'

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Re: It's Only Going To Get Worse.....

I use Windows 10 offline. It has no Internet connection. I'm sure Cortana will rise but since her service is deactivated, I'm not too concerned. I've another machine for da Internet and the Internet only.

It is more hassle but it is most doable. there are so many Internet-related services that one can deactivate.

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Re: Regulation is badly needed - Steps: 1-3

Well, to be fair to the Irish government, if the Germans, French and Belgians hadn't buttfucked Ireland financially back in 2010 by insisting that no bank go under (Anglo Irish, being a good example) and insisting that the Irish government cover *all* of the bank-debts (the risk of contagion they wailed), the Irish government wouldn't have had to borrow €400 billion to bail out the banks.

If the market had been allowed to play out its course after 2008, all of the bad banks would have gone bust (not just in Ireland, but across Europe too) and the Irish would've had a considerably smaller debt.

As a consequence, the Irish government would now have more money and would be able to fund her regulators properly. Because of her EU partners, Ireland is beholden to the large U.S. multi-nationals. This problem has been created by the EU and it can be solved by the EU. The Irish are caught between a rock and hard place.

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Windows Server 2019 coming next year and the price is going up

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Re: Buggrit

The first step is admitting that you have a problem. Well done Jon.

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Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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Amish Paradise

'... If I finish all of my chores and you (sic) finish thine,

then tonight we're going to party like it's 1699...'

Wierd Al — Amish Paradise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOfZLb33uCg

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Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory

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Re: ...

The one I want is the Death Star [1] but I can't justify spending €500 on it. I should have enough Lego to build it but most my Lego is last millenium and lots of new types pieces have come out in the meantime.

[1] I'd even compromise and get the Lego Friends Death Star for my girls (if it weren't so much):

https://technabob.com/blog/2015/05/06/lego-friends-death-star/

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Rhode Island proposes $20 porn tax. Er, haven't we heard this before?

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One can only dream...

ST» Next year: $15/month to access Facebook.

Six months after that: $15/month to access Google. For an extra $10/month, it includes YouTube. Sold separately, it's $15/month for Google and $15/month for YouTube.

Did I forget to mention the Amazon Prime Video fee for $25.99/month?

Or, you can subscribe to our all-in-one comprehensive media package for $199.99/month. On top of your $249.99/month crap ISP subscription.

Later, rinse, repeat.

Make the Internet Great Again. Freedom has been restored.

That would be super!

There could be no better way to kill off Facebook, Google & Amazon than by charging an access fee to their services.

Why do you think that these companies collect all of our data so? It is the way to make most money from us. We will never pay them in cash, so we pay them with our identites instead.

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Swiss see Telly Tax as a Big Plus, vote against scrapping it

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Re: It was a vote against their abolition

4 languages, btw, you've forgotten the Rhaeto-Romansch langauges in Graubunden.

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It was a vote against their abolition

It was a vote against their abolition, not a vote of approval for the Swiss braodcaster .

The Swiss were given a stark choice — either abandon the licence fee (and with it the state broadcaster) or not. There was no middle ground for reform of the broadcaster, reduction of the horrendous licence fee or anything like this.

And the likely alternative had the broadcaster had its funding taken away from it would have been Switzerland's favourite demagogue, who has been using his wealth to buy up newspapers. It would mean that the journalistic landscape would be less critical of the aformentioned demagogue's political party, the cute'n'cuddly SVP. They are, em, a People's party (The 'V' in their name stands for 'Volk'), and we know how fond of criticism People's parties are. They are Switzerland's version of the U.S. Republican Party.

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Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds

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Re: "This is the Face of Evil" at > SGTreports(.)com

Brilliant!

Have you considered a career in writing?

It's all suddenly so clear.

BTW, you should try all caps too, it's great for emphasis, especially whole sentences.

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Ex-Googler sues web giant claiming terrible treatment. This time, sex harassment

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Is this the same in other large corporations?

I don't wish to demean this woman's traumatic experiences but I wonder if this is not uncommon in large corporations. I could well imagine that the HR dept. & senior management are unwilling or unable to change the culture that has long existed in the company.

For example, I wouldn't be surprised if this was not uncommon in workplaces where the testosterone level was quite high (say, investment banking) and that the women in question are afraid of losing their high salaries if they rock the boat.

How does the culture of a large corporation change? How do you get women to go to HR? Is it the problem that HR is seen as a tool for senior management to protect themselves from employees? And even if the abused go, is it worth their while to go? Will anything improve or change for the better once they do go?

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Apple 'wellness' unit launched for staff: The genius will see you now

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Die Schweiz

Well, the Swiss have their 42-hour working week and overtime is paid (at least in my experience).

Personally, I'd be very happy if I had a doctor on premises rather than having to take time out of my working day to go see one.

Likewise, I would have loved an on-premises creche when the childer were much younger. I like the overall trend, as long as overtime is paid.

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We sent a vulture to IBM's new developer conference to find an answer to the burning question: Why Big Blue?

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IBM Droid» "Why IBM?" mused Duimovich. "We are driving a pretty aggressive optimization and ease of use story for cloud Java."

So, he drives stories. Hmmm.

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UK.gov calls on the Big Man – GOD – to boost rural broadband

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Local pamphlets

Google already know what you're thinking, they might as well know you praying as well.

I see the local pamphlets now: Come to Church: we have the best (and very possibly the only) connection in the village.

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Let's get to know each other first: Joe Public won't share their data with just anyone

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Re: NHS most trusted with our info, survey says, social media isn't

Jedidiah» Nobody wants to go to the doctor. They don't want the bad news.

And people are most fond of going to Dr. Google to get potential news that is much, much worse.

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chocolate

So, if I put on a nice suit, get out my most respectable clipboard, go to a typical main street in the U.K. and offer people chocolate for their passwords, I'll have a lot of chocolate at the end of the day?

Or, if I create a social media platform that allows parents think that they are in with da yoof (and, consequently, that they are young again), said members will guard their privacy well.

I'd say Mark Zuckerberg and the phishers are trembling in their boots.

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Data scientist wanted: Must have Python, spontaneity not required

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Statistician

What's the difference between a data scientist and a statistician?

Someone whose primary language is R rather than SSRS, Mathemathica or whatever it is statisticians use these days?

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US broadband is scarce, slow and expensive. 'Great!' says the FCC

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Re: Money

Please correct me if I am wrong here.

The two main political parties are not acting especially out of character.

I suspect that this may be democracy in action.

Those states that voted primarily Democrat have reasonably good (if expensive) Internet provision and want to keep their good services as regulated as possible (i.e. pinko liberals).

Those states that voted primarily Republican don't have this and don't want regulation at all.

Knowing full well that the Republicans will deregulate what they can, those that voted Republican voted for a continuation of poor service because they live in areas where it is not economically feasible to supply them with Internet services.

So the Republican voters got what they voted for. This seems fair to me.

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Here's why online social networks are bad for humanity, the nerds who helped build them tut-tut

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Smoking

I regard social media as smoking up until the 1960s.

It made you cool. It was fun and affordable. And I've been on social media now for years and nothing's happened to me. So it's just those health nuts and spoilsports just trying to spoil it all.

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Ballmer once yelled: Developers, developers! Today it would be: Docs! Support! Certificates!

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Stress & Deadlines

The developers I see suffer often from unrealistic deadlines and the stress these deadlines bring. Most of developers are young men in their 20s. Then they leave and are replaced by more young men in their 20s. Now, it maybe that they are being underpaid (by current market standards) and are finding better paid work once they have some experience notched up, but I am not so sure.

In such an environment, why would anyone want to get into development?

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Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...

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Gender roles are the problem

I constantly see highly qualified women dropping out of the workforce at around 40. As long as women believe that they are ones that mind the house and look after the children, they are the ones that will have to choose between career and family.

If women want both a career and a family, then they will have to start choosing men [1] that are also willing to have both a career and a family. This means that both partners have to work part-time and both will have to do the housework and raise the children. It also means that good childcare facilities and /or willing & able grandparents are nearby. It also means that the men will have to find employers that are willing to have them work part-time.

Furthermore, said employers will have to be understanding when the man has to bring his daughter to the hospital for an 11am appointment. A lot has to change for men and their employers for partners to share in parental and work responsibilities. This invariably means that the pair will earn less but this a part of the price that will have to be paid.

In short, gender [2] roles for men especially have to change on the grounds that gender roles have changed.

[1] well, the heterosexual women will anyway.

[2] personally, I prefer the term 'gender' for how the sexes may conduct themselves. It is very heavily dependent on time and culture. I prefer the term 'sex' for the biological division. 'Male' & 'Female' denote the sex, 'masculine' and 'feminine' denote the gender.

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Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people

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Re: Open source is leading to single source

Doctor Syntax» Maybe an actor paid to dress up in a dinosaur suit.

As in, 'I love it when a plan comes together!'?

(for those too young to remember see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MVonyVSQoM at 31s)

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So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...

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I'll bet that Simon Travaglia is fuming with the Hawaiians for the usage of future plotlines. It read like an BOFH article.

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Julian Assange to UK court: Put an end to my unwarranted Ecuadorean couch-surf

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Re: Oh do fuck off.

True. He did skip bail and that is illegal.

Well, I'm glad that the U.K. government treats breaches of these sort with the appropriate severity.

It is a heinous crime.

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Re: Oh do fuck off.

What law did he break in the U.K.?

He may have broken the law in Sweden, hence the extradition request.

He has dodged an extradition request from Sweden and he may very well be officially wanted by Big Brother, but he hasn't actually broken any U.K. laws, to the best of my knowledge.

I still think that he should stand trial under a Swedish court and that both the Swedish and Ecuadorian governments should come to an agreement about holding a valid Swedish trial inside the Ecuadorian embassy.

The problem actors in this scenario are the Five Eyes. If they didn't want Assange so much, he could've been extradited to Sweden years' ago. It is the Five Eyes that are obstructing justice.

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Kremlin social media trolls aren't actually that influential, study finds

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Well, I learnt that Hillary was crooked, so they can't have been too ineffective.

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'There was no monetary incentive for this' = not what you want to hear about your tattoo

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wow (in surprise and exasperation)

The title says it all really.

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Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax

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Re: Insane Military buildup

SD3» A report a few years ago said that of every 100$ dished out by DC for infrastructure $48 was spent on Lawyers, 30$ spent in the state governments leaving a miserly $32 to be spent on the ground.

... leaving a miserly $22 to be spent on the ground.

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IBM kills Global Technology and Global Business Services: It's all ‘IBM Services’ now

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Weird Al — Mission Statement

This is appropriate here. The video is nice too.

Weird Al — Mission Statement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyV_UG60dD4

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Google sinks cash into more submarine cables, plans more data centres

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Net Neutrality

Does Google own any ISPs?

I wonder if Google will be able to control the speed and volume of the flow to or from certain providers over their cables?

For example, if Google decided that they really, really didn't like Bing, would they be legally allowed to throttle requests to or from Bing over her cables?

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UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production

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Art World

Well, the modern art world looks as if it has beaten the tech world to it. The former has been producing work that is not out of place in a primary/elementary schools for quite a while now.

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Adrift on a sea of data: Architecting for GDPR

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Title: Architecting for GDPR

"Architecting" is such a horrible word. Architects design. This is what they do. Journalists don't journalist, they report, write, investigate. Editors don't editor articles, they edit them and so on. I'm sure that dictionaries may list "architect" as a verb but they are just doing the English language a disservice.

Down with this sort of thing!

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Astroboffins say our Solar System is a dark, violent, cosmic weirdo

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Bad neighbourhood

Great. We live in a bad neighbourhood. Our bigger neighbours have a violent past of wantonly scattering others around the place. Us with our life-infested planet.

Is it a wonder that no-one comes to visit?

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Teach citizens IoT dangers, engineering students cybersecurity, Uncle Sam suggests

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Dangers of 'Always On'

Children need to learn from an early age the disadvantages as well as the advantages of devices that are connected to the Internet.

They need to learn that these devices are being watched, monitored and recorded by organisations [1] known and unknown and that these organisations are operating for their benefit and not for yours.

Further they need to learn the analogy that an Internet connection is akin to leaving a window open in your house. The longer it is open — and especially when it is left permanently open — the greater the likelihood that someone will come in through it.

[1] God damn it, El Reg, 'organisation' is a valid spelling in English. Either fix your spell-checker or turn it off. These red-wavy lines are annoying.

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HBO Game Of Thrones leak: Four 'techies' arrested in India

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Trump & GoT «spoiler alert»

Now that the Wall has fallen, will Jon Snow et al. insist that it built up again, so that The Others on the other side can never get through again.

Of course, all right-thinking people [1] know that it should be rebuild down south and cut Dorne off.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxhaunU2AxY

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Car rental firms told: Tell your customers about in-car data slurps

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R.U.C.

previous commentard» ...RUC Fraud Squad.

Why stop there? I'd go straight to the top and contact the R.I.C. in Dublin Castle. Stout lads.

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Microsoft adds nothing to new Semi-Annual Windows Server preview

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Knowing Microsoft

Knowing Microsoft, this semi-annual preview will produce the most efficient running software they've ever produced.

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Viagra's Irish plant STILL giving local men and dogs stiffies (not really)

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Sexy Sadie

Sadie was surely dead chuffed like when the Beatles sang about her namesake back in 1968.

Sexy Sadie, what have you done?

You made a fool of everyone

You made a fool of everyone

Sexy Sadie, oh, what have you done?

Sexy Sadie, you broke the rules

You laid it down for all to see

You laid it down for all to see

Sexy Sadie, oh, you broke the rules

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IBM figures out it takes longer than a week to re-wire software

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India — You get what you specify

I'm sure that even as I type, the person left behind in IBM is typing in as clear and unambiguous language manageable the specifications for the change necessary. When I was liaising with the Chennai company that had received our outsourcing contract, the mantra was: 'You get what you specify'. The people there were good (while they were there that was) but nothing could be left to be assumed.

Clear, full specs are voluminous and hard because so many things can normally be left out (date format, for example).

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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

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Re: Fools and their money...

Jeffrey Nonken» "I have absolutely no desire to have an iPhone (or any other smartphone, for that matter)."

Uh, good for you. Your point?

No point really, it is primarily a statement.

I am of the opinion, though, that spending $1000 on the new handset is foolish.

But then again, I lavish attention on my Mac IIfx, which many would consider to be foolish. So, who am I to judge what people spend their money on?

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Net neutrality nonsense: Can we, please, just not all lose our minds?

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2 questions

Would someone do me the favour of answering these two questions, if indeed they can be answered?

1. Who will make money out of the loss of net neutrality? I understand it to mean that ISPs can charge different prices for different services. If you want Netflix, it will cost you more.

2. What services will suffer as a consequence of the loss of net neutrality? If a more lucrative end of the Internet will cost more, will the ISP throttle the bandwidth so that the connections become slower? That is, if you want faster Internet connections, you have to pay for it?

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IBM does what IBM does best: Raises the chopper again

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Calls from the Indian Subcontinent

Hello sir,

I'm calling you from IBM in India.

Our monitors tell me that you have something wrong with your server.

...

All that is needed is a list of IBM customers and some knowledge of IBM systems.

That shouldn't be too surprising, what with all of the disgruntled ex-employees out there.

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Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

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Re: Google is the retail arm of the NSA

I wonder about the relationship between the two.

If Google was subservient to the NSA, why would the latter build such massive data centres when Google could do the work for them.

Are they equals? Competitors (same data source but different markets)? Allies? Or simply both 800-pound gorillas with overlapping territories that eye each other cautiously?

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Once more unto the breach: El Reg has a go at crisis management

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Where was Marketing in all of this?

Surely Marketing would be in charge of Crisis Management?

There's nothing worse for a company than bad news getting out. Crises must be managed properly.

You can't let people (and especially journalists — they are just muckrakers) outside the company have the facts.That would be irresponsible. It would just cause confusion and delay.

And the shareholders would be dismayed. This can't be right.

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