* Posts by Youngone

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Koh-no! Silicon Lucy blocks Qualcomm from wriggling out of FTC's chip monopoly trial

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Re: SEP = Standard Essential Patent

Rather shamefully I see it as Symantec Endpoint Protection.

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WannaCrypt blamed for speed camera reboot frenzy in Australia

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@ John Smith 19

I can't speak for Australia, because I don't live there, but where I live the courts have ruled several times against the State when people have challenged these sorts of fines.

Basically, if the cameras have been messed about with in a manner not recommended by the manufacturer, then any fines issued become liable to be appealed.

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Guess who's just locked up £1.5bn Australian prison mega-contract? Our very own Serco

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Not only did it not work in the UK, you could have checked with us across the ditch.

Serco had a contract to run the new Mt. Eden prison in Auckland, but made such a hash of it the contract was taken off them.

Guards were running "Fight Clubs" and betting on the outcomes among other nasties.

Total shambles.

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Apple ups the stakes in patent royalties battle with Qualcomm

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Re: Well knock me down with a feather

I had more or less the same thought.

Also, if Qualcomm does the same thing with all the others, then everyone will be lining up with their hands out wanting a refund.

Big stakes.

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Costa Rica complains of US govt harassment over Pirate Bay domain

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Careful Now

Costa Rica need to be careful here. A quick reading of the history of Central America shows that governments often don't survive a disagreement with the US.

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NASA's Kepler space telescope finishes its original mission catalog

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We Know Nothing

Although we've been gazing at the sky for as long as there have been people, we still know almost nothing about the universe we live in.

Kepler is doing a great job of advancing that knowledge, but this is the infancy of the planet-hunting sciences, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if we decide the types of planets are a sort of sliding scale rather than hard and fast rules.

Mini-Neptunes and Super-Earths might sort of merge into each other at some point.

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Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

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Re: Big Banks

The same four Aussie Banks run things here in NZ, and your point about online banking had occurred to me also.

I'm pretty sure it has occurred to the banks, and as you say they have an awful lot of money to use to oppose this idea.

Not that the NZ Govt. has made any noises about this exact issue, I imagine whichever party is running things after our election will do what the US tells them to do.

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It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists

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The article lists a bunch of possible causes including weightlessness and vibration, but not radiation.

Surely that's the most likely cause?

After all, they will have been subjected to increased radiation by virtue of being taken into space.

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Just days after tech community abandons plans to punish internet shutdowns… Egypt goes censorship crazy

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Re: Today Egypt...

@ Fizzle

You jest of course, but that is exactly what the rulers in Egypt are worried about.

The overthrow of Morsi in 2013 has left the whole place unstable, and from what I can gather there is still plenty of opposition to the military dictatorship currently ruling, and they are keen on stamping that out.

May seems to have the same instincts as the thugs in charge in Egypt, although I am not for a minute suggesting she would or could stage the kind of power grab they did.

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Sharp claims Hisense reverse-ferreted its US telly licence deal

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Wow

Blimey Sharp was run by some right feckin' idjuts.

I can't see what Hisense have done wrong here.

If they bought the right to use the Sharp brand in the US, then surely it's up to them how they position themselves in the market.

The allegations of FCC rules breached smells a lot like the sort of over-charging Police sometimes do in a bid to get a plea bargain.

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Ex-NSA bod sues US govt for 'illegally spying' on Americans: We drill into 'explosive' 'lawsuit'

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Re: Got the popcorn!

Oh, yes, get the popcorn.

What happens if there turns out to actually be some sort of case here, and the various insiders are called to give evidence, and the court finds in Mr. Montgomery's favour?

It doesn't seem very likely, but these weirdos might just be doing the American people a favour here.

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Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

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Impeachment?

Does all this point to Mr. Trump slowly being maneuvered into a position where he is impeached, then prosecuted?

I don't know enough to tell whether anything Mr. Comey said means Mr. Trump has actually broken the law?

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Senator blows a fuse as US spies continue lying over spying program

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Re: So-

I'm not convinced the US is actually a rogue state as such, but rather that the system of governance they have is so corrupt and broken that even those acting illegally in it's name know that there will never be any punishment for those acts, so they have largely given up the pretence of acting lawfully.

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State senator sacked by broadband biz Frontier after voting in favor of broadband competition

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The one thing I'm not going to do here as Senate president is advance special interests, (anymore)

I may have fixed that.

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Samsung's Bixby assistant fails English, gets held back a month

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@Deckmunki

I have just purchased a Galaxy S7 because the S8 is still an outrageous price where I live.

I have had a few Samsung phones, and the hardware is pretty good, nice screens and cameras etc, but the Samsung shortcoming is always the software.

The quality varies wildly, from S Notes which in my view works really well, to S Voice which is almost entirely useless.

I'm picking that stuff like Bixby is hard to do well, and Samsung will make a hash of it to start with, but wind up with something more or less usable in a few years.

My advice: Get a Galaxy S10 if you want to use Bixby.

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Senators want FBI to vet FCC's 'cyberattack' claims

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Re: In my humble opinion

Everyone knows what happened, and there seems to be plenty of evidence of people's names being used to submit comments they knew nothing about.

It is entirely possible that the ISP astroturfing campaign has broken the law, but the likelihood of anyone seeing the inside of a criminal court over the affair seems remote.

The FBI should take a look at this, as it is their job but the fact it is a bunch of Democrats calling for it means that with the balance of power against them at the moment, it probably won't happen.

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New 'Beaver' web server has exactly ONE user outside China

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Re: CLIMTON! Has ta bee

his GoOd lady METALLICA.

LOL, I am going to steal this.

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US citizens complain their names were used for FCC robo-comments

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Sue?

If it can be proved that Comcast or one of the other big ISP's stole people's identities surely there's a case to sue?

Or maybe criminal charges?

Hahahaha!

I'm here all week, try the chicken.

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'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

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Not enough data

I once heard astronomy described as "Trying to figure out what the inside of a warehouse looks like while peering through the keyhole".

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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My boss gave me an iPhone 7 for work use, and I gave up on the fingerprint scanner on the first day.

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40,000-plus AT&T staff threaten to strike Friday

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I'm guessing A/C thinks that the shareholders of AT&T have more right to the $40 billion or so profit the company makes than any of the employees.

If that trend continues there won't be any Americans left with the income to purchase products from the companies like AT&T.

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So your client's under-spent on IT for decades and lives in fear of an audit

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Re: Had I but known

I wouldn't have read it either.

I wondered why I couldn't understand any of it, but it became clear when the sponsorship line hove into view.

It's not me, it's you.

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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Re: For the phone scammers ...

I also ask them what their Mother thinks, but some of them rather convincingly argue that they do work in Tech Support and they are just trying to help.

I am not sure if they are good actors or gullible idiots.

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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As I arrived in Melbourne recently, I overheard an American woman ask the Border Control bloke "Do I have to take my shoes off now"?

He looked at her like she was drunk and replied "No, why would you do that"?

Made me wonder why anyone would need to do that upon arrival in the US, but apparently that's what happens.

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FBI boss James Comey was probing Trump's team for Russia links. You're fired, says Donald

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Be careful what you wish for...

I thought there was a sort of unspoken agreement that senior political figures were not to be prosecuted for any crimes they might have committed.*

If Mr. Trump really wants to prosecute Mrs. Clinton for her email nonsense he might find the various New York Grand Juries into various RICO matters begin issuing findings fairly quickly.

It almost feels like a sort of slow motion coup-d'état.

*I don't mean that as any sort of dig at our American friends, we have a long tradition of failing to hold our own leaders to the same standards as the rest where I live.

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Don't panic, Florida Man, but a judge just said you have to give phone passcodes to the cops

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Yes, there is an awful lot going on here.

First of all, there will be appeals for Africa, if the defendants can afford it, as another commentard has pointed out justice is not free in the US (just as it is for the wealthy only where I live).

Also, there is such a thing as a SnapChat celebrity? Wow, I should get out more.

Also, the picture at the top of TFA is wrong. As everyone knows Florida's slogan is not "The Sunshine State", it's "America's Penis".

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Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

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I wonder if Mr. Trump has bitten off more than he can chew now that he has the thing he thought he wanted.

He seems like a fairly typical child of inherited money, I am sure he has never been told "no" in his life, and up until now that really hasn't mattered much.

Aside from the difficulty any president has with herding all the various cats together in an attempt to get his programme through all the legislative hoops built into the US system, with cyber security he will also smash his face into the brick wall of reality as there are plenty of things he would like to do that either won't work or be illegal or won't be in the interests of the private companies that own most of the infrastructure.

My guess is that when he finds some aspect of the presidency hard, he will just ignore it.

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We're spying on you for your own protection, says NSA, FBI

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Re: Such ambivalence

The FBI, NSA and the rest do not care if their explanations for breaking the law are not logically consistent.

They know damn well that the oversight committee will ask a few questions, maybe huff and/or puff, then they will be allowed to continue with business as usual.

They are all beyond the control of the agencies that are supposed to control them and they know it.

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Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

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While I do agree with the sentiment of Our Alien Overlord, the problem is that Americans don't travel overseas as much as other Western type people.

The ones who do tend to be of the more liberal, educated variety who are (possibly) less likely to vote for Mr. Trump, so that sort of policy, while being satisfying would probably just confirm their view.

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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

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Re: Blimey, am I really THAT OLD?

I wouldn't be surprised if a Mac Se with a 17" monitor cost 7k of your pounds in 1988, in about 1994 my boss was paying about 15k of my local dollars for a Mac with 19" so seems right.

He also paid 1 meelion dollars for a Crossfield machine for image editing.

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Vague Memories

I spent many happy hours watching a Mac restart after some system error in the early 1990's.

My memories are pretty vague, but I thought we used System Software version 7 at the time, but we had colour monitors, so maybe it was a later version.

We ran Photoshop V2 (I think) but not well, and no-one really enjoyed it.

Even though it was all pretty slow, it was obviously going to get better and the noble trade of Photolithography was on the way out.

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Embarrassing! FreeNAS downgrades latest release to 'tech preview'

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Re: docker part was good

The admitting they made a mistake part was good too.

OK, so their quality control might have been a bit lax, but they coughed to the mistake and have attempted to provide a solution.

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Twitter cofounder to sell chunk of his stock for personal reasons

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Value?

On the one hand I am amazed Twitter shares are worth as much as $14, but on the other somebody tried to convince world+dog that they were worth $69 at some point.

I am going to assume that the "personal reasons" he's selling are that he likes being rich and so is going to carry on doing that.

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Oz regulator hauls Apple to court over iBricks

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We have this too

Where I live, there is the Consumer Guarantees Act, which says something like, the warranty for any device lasts as long as the practical life of the device. (that's not quite right, but the idea is that the manufacturer can't limit warranty terms to artificial terms like one year).

In the real world of course, you have to take a day off work to go to the small claims court to get a default judgment, and who has time for that?

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FCC Commish: Hey, don't look at me – Congress should sort out net neutrality mess

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Pai sounds to me like someone who doesn't really need to justify what he's going to do because he knows he will be able to just go ahead and do it.

The Republicans have majorities in both houses, and it seems like they're going to make use of those majorities to give their donors exactly what they've paid for.

I do not want to get into a Republican V Democrat fist fight here, we're all aware the US gets the best laws money can buy, and if the shoe was on the other foot I'm sure there would be some other industry group getting to soak the American public.

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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Re: Another political 'feel-good' move

The bit that struck me was:

questions could include how they view the treatment of women in society, whether they value the "sanctity of human life," and who they view as a legitimate target in a military operation.

which all sounds a bit existential to me, especially after climbing off a 12 hour flight in cattle class.

I'm a bit unsure what the correct answers would be anyway.

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As Trump signs away Americans' digital privacy, it's time to bring out the BS detector

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Re: Devils advocate (from the right side of the pond)

@ A/C

While you make a good point, and I'm not going to downvote you, the big ISP's have been paid massive subsidies to lay that cable in the ground, and in at least some cases have failed to provide the services they promised.

They want to be paid multiple times for providing the same service.

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Canadian court refuses to let Feds snoop on Megaupload servers

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The various governments have frozen his funds in an effort to get him out of court and onto a plane, but the courts keep making them give him some money back so he can fund his defense.

Having the former Mrs. Megaupload take half probably didn't help.

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Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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Re: so much wrong here...

And Australians too, we like to get stuck into the yanks as well !

Don't forget us Kiwis, although I believe the technical term is Septics.

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FCC saves Charter from threat of having to compete for customers

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Re: Are they trying to improve service or serve more people?

@ hellwig

It does look like they've all just given up on trying justify themselves anymore, the ISP's know they'll get what they want now, so why bother glossing over the bad bits?

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IBM: Those 2 redundancy schemes? We need to 'improve margins' and right quick

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Employee Consultation Committee - formed to give staff a voice in the proceedings

This was the bit I particularly liked. I laughed and laughed.

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Alabama joins anti-web-smut crusade with mandatory opt-out filters

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I wouldn't worry about that, these sorts of laws are not there to be obeyed, they are to be pointed at come election time so these odious fools can say "Look, we're keeping you safe".

There's no way anyone is going to pay any attention to this.

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As a shock to absolutely no one, Uber is mostly pasty, male at the top

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SOP

I got into trouble when I laughed at the 5 white, middle-aged men Head Office sent to lecture us about diversity.

My colleagues could not see the irony, but then most of them are institutionalised.

I see we have won an award as "The Employer of Choice for Gender Equality" whatever that means, but there is only one woman in a leadership role, and no-one can quite figure out how she dresses herself in the morning.

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Robots are killing jobs after all, apparently: One droid equals 5.6 workers

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I serve as the IT support for a company that would benefit hugely from robots.

The jobs that would be replaced are great jobs for a bunch of guys (they're all guys) with a high school education, reasonably well paid reliable manufacturing jobs. Many of the factory guys have been here for 30 years.

When those jobs are totally automated, where are people like that supposed to find employment? The men I work with have spent their lives in gainful employment, but I wonder what their children and grandchildren will do.

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Activist investor buys Toshiba stock hoping for long-term price rise

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Re: PT Barnum

I'm not entirely sure about that. It looks like the Japanese Government will decide Toshiba is too big to fail, so shareholders might be the big winners.

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Ubuntu 17.04 inches closer to production

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Swings and those other things

One the one hand, not having to deal with CUPS would be nice, but on the other hand, it's not an LTS release, so is probably not for me.

I would also be interested in how many people stick with the default Ubuntu desktop.

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FBI, NSA top brass: We've seen jack squat to back up Trump's claims of Obama wiretaps

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Leaks

In my view leaks are a public service.

They happen everywhere, and are often the only way mere citizens can find out what their Government is up to.

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Face down in a Shoreditch gutter: Attack of the kickstarting hipster

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Seriously A/C, you have to stop directing me to weird IMDB movies reviews because I wind up getting lost and reading reviews of a movie called YOR, HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE.

No, really.

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Japan mulls semi-nationalising Tosh (memory biz) – report

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Ha ha!

I commented in the previous Toshiba story that the Japanese should just pump a bunch of money in, as this seems to be what capitalist governments do when "Too big to fail" businesses get into trouble.

I wonder if the cheaper option might be to bankrupt the whole thing, buy it up for a dollar (or yen in this case) then put in some competent management.

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Ubiquiti network gear can be 'hijacked by an evil URL' – thanks to its 20-year-old PHP build

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Re: Seriously needs an upgrade anyways...

The latest and greatest controller software for the Ubiquiti doesn't run on Windows 10, either.

That must be why it didn't work for me. Works fine on LinuxMint however, so I'm not too bothered.

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