* Posts by deadlockvictim

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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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Fools and their money...

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

Apple will be very happy to have your 1000 «national-currency».

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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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While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality

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Re: There wouldn't be such a push to kill neutrality...?

What's wrong with socialism?

It seems to work for the benefit of all in the Scandinavian countries.

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Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

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Smartphone rather than the OS

I am not a smartphone user and I am looking at this from the outside.

It does seem to me, though, that smartphone users buy the device rather than the OS. Unlike with Windows, people *wanted* Windows so that they could use Office or play Half Life, the computer just came along with it. The software was the important thing.

Smartphones do more or less the same thing. Does anyone have a killer app that can only be used on one OS?

It seems to me that since the devices themselves are the central element to having a smartphone, the manufacturers could very easily seize control. If Samsung were to develop their own smartphone OS that was good enough, I don't think that many Android users would object to the new OS, as long as enough of necessary apps were ported over and Android would die a slow death.

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Black Horse Down, we repeat... yes, Lloyds Bank, again

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TITSUP

We need community help here. Backronyms are a part of what makes this site great etc, etc.

How about: TSB Initiates Trasaction Snafu Under Pressure?

By no means perfect, I'm afraid.

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Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

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Numenor

Is this still much interest in the fantasy genre? I would have thought that Game of Thrones is being wound down for a reason and it is hardly because the books are (ahem) almost finished.

That being said, there is a lot of potential for setting it in Numenor [1]. There are rough details of many of the kings in Unfinished Tales but nothing too detailed. This leaves a framework that can be filled in.

Sauron's there too and busy with Celebrimbor in Moria a-ring-making, as are Aragorn's descendents.

One can only hope that the script is given the attention it deserves is done well.

[1] Apologies for the lack of accents. I couldn't be arsed looking for them.

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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Re: Uh huh

Obligatory Monty Python Link (and, for good measure, on YouTube too):

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

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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LoTR TV-Show

The image that first came to mind was Celeborn as a TV-presenter interviewing various personalities, like the uruk-hai second-in-command bitching about what a drama-queen Saruman was, the trolls from the gates of Mordor explaining what an art it was to get those doors open and how Sauron was too cheap to pay for oil to lubricate the joints or finally some hobbits on how they were sure that Mad Old Baggins' boy was destined for greater things.

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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I can imagine the conversation

Sir Humphrey: What I want is irrelevant, Bernard, it's up to you - what do you want?

Bernard: I want to have a clear conscience.

Sir Humphrey: A clear conscience?

Bernard: Yes!

Sir Humphrey: I see. And when did you acquire this taste for luxuries?

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Boffins: Sun's red dwarf neighbour is looking a little thick around the middle

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El Reg» Proxima Centauri... more like Pulvereus Centauri, amirite?*

'Pulvereus' means dusty. 'Proxima' is either feminine singular (nominative or ablative) or neuter plural (nominative, vocative or accusative) and I'm going with nominative feminine singular. That would make dusty then 'pulverea'.

However, once named, may a celestial body be renamed?

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My #95Theses of #Digital

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A Bite from the Apple

#60

Those who take a bite from the Apple shall find that the Apple takes more than you reckoned, gives less than you hoped for and leaves them wanting more (for which they will get less and pay more).

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'The Queen' is showing Geneva how to be polite on public transport

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I never realised that HRH was so fond of public transport, but then, I'm rarely on the Tube.

Maybe she's more of a bus person. Do Bentley make buses?

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Lisp

Lisp isn't on the list?!?

When I was in second year in university, one third of Computer Science failed on account of the Lisp exams and there was much vitriol in the air. Now, whether the abstruseness of the language are to blame, the teaching of it or simply the low calibre of my fellow students is to blame, I cannot say.

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NSA bloke used backdoored MS Office key-gen, exposed secret exploits – Kaspersky

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ASCII Porn Stash

Nonsense, my ASCII porn stash fits nicely onto a floppy.

ASCII character 248 *is* sexy.

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Happy New Year! Love, Microsoft: Price rises? Aw, you shouldn't have

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Do we need a reason?

El Reg» The Register has asked Microsoft to explain why price rises are proposed, and will update the story when we hear back.

Because we can! Muahahaha.

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Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang

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Heresy

Article» One of the outstanding questions in physics is why matter and antimatter didn't wipe each other out at the Big Bang?

Maybe anti-matter doesn't behave the way previously postulated and doesn't wipe matter out. This would be in line with the results of the experiment.

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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Re: Win 10 & Internet access

elgarak1» At some point, you HAVE to go online.

Without doubt. I do intend to prolong this as long as possible. I have configured the machine so that it is a single use machine. There is no internal drive, instead, there are drive trays at the front. One drive per use.

Transfer of files from the Win 10 machine to the Internet machine is done via sneakernet, in the event that files must be uploaded or sent be e-mail.

At the moment, we have a Win 7 machine for Internet use. When I must access my work-machine from home, there is the VMWare client. When Win 7 loses support, I may buy a Mac mini as the new internet machine.

In short, I am doing my damndest to fight the trend to have the Internet everywhere.

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Win 10 & Internet access

I've disabled Internet access to Windows 10 at home.

I don't often need it when I'm working on making videos, sorting out and storing photos, working on databases and the like. It removes a lot of distractions and software that would ordinarily require to be installed.

I turn it only when I need to activate software and then turn it off & unplug the ethernet cable once the activation is complete. And at work the sysadmins take care of all of the unpleasantness that Win 10 presents.

I do have a Windows machine with Internet access and tough decisions will have to be made in 2020.

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Microsoft Azure ████ secret ██ █████ ██ US govt's ███ ███ centers

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Septic

Esteemed Poster» As a septic...

Sceptic [1] maybe?

[1] or skeptic if you are of the Leftpondian persuasion.

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Microsoft gives all staff a marked-up 'Employee Edition' of Satya Nadella's new book

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Azure. A Cloud for all.

Azure. A remote server that you have to pay monthly for.

Because we all like renting.

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SQL Server 2017: What's new, what's missing on Linux, and what's next?

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Monthly releases

I, for one, am looking forward to monthly releases of SQL Server.

It is moving in that direction.

That's assuming that it doesn't become a subscription model where you monthly first...

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: BREAK

Pre-1999 macs had an on\off button on the ADB-keyboards (upper right usually — it had a triangle pointing left) that I really liked. It was great that you could just hit a key on the keyboard and the machine would power up. Likewise, when you were ready to go, you could just hit the same button, press 'return' to choose the default option (shutdown) and off you went.

I missed that option once Steve Jobs came back, had ADB [1] taken out and had the keyboard replaced with USB keyboards. USB was a poor replacement for ADB and SCSI.

[1] Apple Desktop Bus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Desktop_Bus

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What do you call an all-in-one PC that isn't? 'Upgradeable', says HP

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Mac Mini

I rather like the form factor of Apple's Mac Mini and its PC equivalents. Small enough to not take up too much space on your desk, powerful enough for everyday work and not terribly expensive.

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China orders immediate shuttering of Bitcoin exchanges

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To be fair

To be fair to the various customs' authorities, bringing a suitcase full of money is a red flag, no matter which country you are trying to get out / get into. It screams drug-money (or vice of your choice).

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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On Calvinball

A once noted Calvinball player commented back in the late 1980s-early 1990s that 'verbing weirds language'.

Just because one can do it, doesn't mean that one should.

But then, I find those who use Business English to be comparable with the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation. One can only hope that the Revolution comes soon.

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It depends on what you mean

Not recommended: I dedicate this book to my parents, Ayn Rand and God.

Recommended: I dedicate this book to my parents, Ayn Rand, and God

The first sentence states that the dedicator's parents are Ayn Rand & God and that the book is dedicated to them.

The second sentence states that the book is dedicated to all 4 and the assumption is made that the aforementioned parents are not Ayn Rand and God.

Mean what you say and say what you mean.

As for the date format, I applaud Google's compromise. I use the East-Asian format (YYYY-MM-DD) as a matter of course and it does not go down well in Europe. The U.S. format (mm-dd-yyyy) is confusing for non Leftpondians. 'September 13, 2017', however, is perfectly clear. To be sure, people whose first language is not English will be peeved at the use of English as default.

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Don't forget the human factor in AI and Machine Learning

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That would be you, by the way

I'm not so sure. I'm still studying for the Turing Test. It wouldn't look good if I fail it.

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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Is this the El Reg that we know and love?

An article about G-Suites and not one pun, joke or even reference to g-spots?

There wasn't even any internal rhyming in the headline or subhead for that matter.

Is this the El Reg that we know and love?

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Violent moon mishap will tear Uranus a new ring or two

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Re: Collision

Thanks very much Jake.

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Collision

I have 2 questions for those with some training in astronomy:

1. When the collision happens, will this happen in geological time (over millions of years), in Star Wars' time (a million souls cried out...) or somewhere in between?

2. If this collision were happening now, would we on Earth notice it?

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Fruit flies' brains at work: Decision-making? They use their eyes

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Re: Time flies like an arrow.

Only bananas though. Apples fly remarkably unbananalike fashion.

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Re: Time flies like an arrow.

This is why I like hyphens (m-dashes, too) — «fruit-flies» is unambiguous; «fruit flies» less so.

It took me a few moments before I realised that the «flies» in «fruit flies» can be a noun as well a verb in this context.

On another note, this Mendel fellow has a lot to be thanked for.

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Google, propaganda, and the new New Man

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Googe & Intolerance

It seems to me that Google is intolerant of intolerance.

It won't accept what it finds unacceptable.

Is that so very different to the rest of us, for given values of what is acceptable?

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Oracle staff report big layoffs across Solaris, SPARC teams

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As it once was...

To think that Sun were once touted as likely purchasers of the beleaguered® Apple Computer Corporation. How the mighty have fallen.

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