* Posts by Tom 38

3573 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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BBC Bs + Econet - you could change the network id of a network connection on the fly, and if you changed it to the same id as one that a user is already logged in as and they aren't actively using it, you also inherit their session.

This lead to complex The Sting style schemes to get the lab technician to log in to his admin account in his office, and then distract him with conversation whilst accomplices switched to his id and gave disk quota upgrades to us all.

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BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

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Re: more, more, more!

aka the Ponder Stibbons principle

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Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

I meant queue, I typed queue, if I had intended to type cue I would have typed cue, if I had intended to type que, I also would have typed que. Which part of this do you not understand?

So you're just a moron then? "Cue" - a signal for something to start. "Queue" - an ordering of items. You clearly used the former meaning and the latter spelling, why are you still arguing about how clever you are?

[Edit - go on then, which of those comes first in your "queue"?

Queue the tabloid and Fauxnews muppets virtue signalling and regurgitating their echo chambers]

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Marriott's Starwood hotels mega-hack: Half a BILLION guests' deets exposed over 4 years

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Re: Homewrecker

Is it weird I'd rather go to Minnesota?

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US told to quit sharing data with human rights-violating surveillance regime. Which one, you ask? That'd be the UK

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Re: Pot, kettle? So what!

ECHR is not part of EU

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Oz lad 'fell in love with' baby meerkat, nicked it from zoo, took it out for a romantic Big Mac

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Re: The real question

2 for 1 with a meerkat, everyone knows that.

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Stairway to edam: Swiss bloke blasts roquefort his cheese, thinks Led Zep might make it tastier

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"Personal Cheeses" (by Johnny Cash or Depeche Mode - take your pick)

Richard Cheese does a cover off that.

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Supreme Court raises eyebrows at Google's cozy $8.5m legal deal

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Re: @ST The Bret thing

Not to get partisan about it, but Kavanaugh said he never drank heavily, but several of his former college classmates distinctly remember him drinking excessively, and was "belligerent and aggressive" when drunk.

That is obviously "He said"/"she said" stuff - there is never going to be "proof" of a lie, so everything has to be on balance of probabilities.

There is nothing wrong with drinking when a student, and working out how to handle your drink, but on the balance of probabilities, he fibbed about his student alcohol consumption. Personally, I'm not convinced about the sexual assault allegations, I'm absolutely convinced that as a student he got wasted regularly, and then lied about it because that would paint the assault allegations in a different light.

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Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Re: Some white ones visible on the pictures

Nobody is going to fly tip IBM model M's. Firstly, the resale value is so high that only an idiot would do it.

I got my model-m from keyboardco.com ~10 years ago for £24. If you want one now (I spilt sugary milky tea over mine, and it never properly cleaned, even after going through the dishwasher, hard to use it without R,D,F or G), you're looking for easily £100 - more if its a proper one made in the 80s (the late 90s one are _definitely_ not as good).

Bought a daskeyboard 4 to replace it, also cost ~£100, nowhere near as good (keys keep repeating).

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Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

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A kubelet is the smallest component of a kubernetes cluster.

Some of them I do actually write in C++, more in Go, most in some sort of scripting language, because writing all the things in C/C++ is a waste of fucking time.

Still not CPU constrained.

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The point of the 13" MBP (2018) is more cores + hyperthreading and processor grunt. (ie for developers).

You wouldnt want to run anything more than a basic VM on an Air.

What the actual fuck? Who runs VMs when developing, is this 2012?

I don't need much CPU whilst developing - you only work in one small area of your code at a time - but the thing which makes my laptop stop being useful for development is when it runs out of RAM, and can't keep all those different kubelets in memory.

CPU? I haven't felt constrained CPU wise for ~10 years. RAM is the only thing I run out of when developing locally (and, I suppose, battery...)

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Micron's Chinese DRAM antagonist hit with US export boycott

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They obviously don't remember Slater the Traitor.

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Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November

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Re: If we're talking about search

Type something, delete it, type it again. You often get a different set of results. How the hell is that considered shippable?

Ah, the joys of MLT systems (More Like This). You didn't like the search results it gave you last time obvs, so here are some different ones!

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Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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Re: The most hated people in society.

Seriously, they included criminals in the list? How do they expect the car to identify criminals

Easy, make it a crime to strike a self driving car with your person, call it "Battery of a semi-sentient corporate person". Then, anyone who gets run over, I'm sorry, who viciously assaults this defenceless robot's tyres with their face is already a criminal and we're OK with saving them from a future sojourn at the prison farm.

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jQuery? More like preyQuery: File upload tool can be exploited to hijack at-risk websites

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Bait much?

jQuery |= jQuery File Upload

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Alibaba pulls dust covers off its new London cloud presence

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Re: Just no

You don't do much business in China then? China cloud that integrates with our existing cloud buildout tools makes hosting content for Chinese users a whole lot easier.

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GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear

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Re: The Microsoft Curse?

You should move to gitlab. They never screw up.

Not more than once an hour..

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NASA gently nudges sleeping space 'scopes Chandra, Hubble out of gyro-induced stupor

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Re: The Optimal Number of Gyroscopes

So, three gyroscopes are good, one is ok, but two are not an option?

Pretty sure its down to a combination of:

* you can't do anything with none, so when Hubble is down to its last two gyros, the plan is to only use one of them at a time to preserve their lifetime further.

* the quality of results you get with two gyros is similar to with one gyro, 3 is much better.

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Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN

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Re: Does that mean?

On 60,000 patents. Not on their other 30,000+ patents.

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A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

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Re: Debt = Bad

If it was caused by too much cheap credit - then why was the solution providing even cheaper loans?

It wasn't caused by cheap credit, it was caused by collateralized debt obligations. This is packaging up debt from different sources into "packages" which are then sold on to other people, which in itself is not that much of a problem, but the crisis was caused by clever* people repeatedly packaging up and reselling debt on and on. Eventually it got to the point where the (mainly) banks holding this debt actually had no idea about the quality of this debt - the chance of them getting paid. Due to the repeated re-packaging, the debt was marked as AAA/AA+ (yes, just like ebay..)

Now, a lot of this debt was sub-prime mortgages. Whilst house prices are rising, this isn't a problem, you get a special cheap rate, because there is little risk in default - the bank takes the house, sells it, gets paid. When house prices stagnate or fall, there are no more special cheap rates, because the risk is much higher. Of course, then when the special rates expire, the debt will default.

The problem then was that these banks were all holding hundreds of billions of dollars of supposedly AA+ debt, but really its CCC or below. They get scared shitless, because they have no idea how much bad debt they have or what their exposure is, and then they stop lending to anyone (or rather, their lending rates go sky high). One crazy statistic is that 50% (or $300bn) of AA+ or greater CDOs issued between 2005-2007 were in junk status by 2009 - that's nuts!

Once banks won't lend to each other, banks start failing, government costs go through the roof (as almost every government runs on a deficit, anticipating growth that will negate the debt), and the entire modern world collapses in on itself. At that point, the only thing that can be done is to have governments step in to guarantee the debt (by taking it from the banks in return for equity), and setting ridiculously low central bank rates.

So yeah, cheap credit anticipating house price rises was the cause, but between the end of the world and stuffing the banks full of cheap credit, we choose the latter.

As to who to blame, you can blame the clever boys and girls making the CDOs; I prefer to blame the credit agencies who gave them these CDOs triple A ratings in the first place.

* Not the good clever, the "special" clever...

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That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought

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Re: @ArrZarr - Shrug

I've been a FF user since the age when is was named Phoenix (this is pre-Y2k for young people here)

Didn't know 2003 was pre-Y2k, or perhaps thats one of them Y2k bugs?

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HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder

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Re: "HMRC settled the tribunal case immediately before it was due to start"

Then the damages should have been trebled because of its incompetence - if there is no penalty for incompetence, then they will continue to be incompetent.

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Microsoft's Jet crash: Zero-day flaw drops after deadline passes

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WTF?

it's a remote-code execution vulnerability, specifically, an out-of-bounds memory write. The good news is that an attacker can only trigger the bug by tricking the victim into opening a specially crafted Jet file

So this "remote code vulnerability" can only be exploited by tricking the victim into opening a local file? How the fuck is that "remote"?

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Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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Re: Fascist

Get with the program, they make replicas of people who disagree with them.

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Dust off that old Pentium, Linux fans: It's Elive

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Pretty sure he meant Pentium 2, because at least then the architecture, clock rate and RAM size all come from the same era at least.

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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No, you get up to six Office subscriptions, all you need is someone to give them too, children, spouses, significant others etc.

Would be nicer if they cut the price to $16.67 per user per year and then let us decide how many licenses we need. How does that conversation go anyway, "Great news Timmy, MS have given us an extra license so you no longer have to feel like we love the other 3 more than you any more (but we do.)"

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Anon man suing Google wants crim conviction to be forgotten

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Re: Yeah, well . . .

It's how most VC works though isn't it, people invest in a VC fund, they get a part-ownership of the venture, and consequently of the things the venture invests in.

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Huawei's Alexa-powered AI Cube wants to squat in your living room too

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Re: A bit disengenuous...

Thanks, now I don't need to write that too :)

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‘Very fine people’ rename New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, Zillow

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Re: "Working to track down the culprit"

I don't look at images, I look at changesets:

https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/61555047

Pretty fucking simple - why are so many otherwise sensible people so quick to dismiss antisemitism.

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Re: "Working to track down the culprit"

...and is currently banned until 2038.

Until the end of time(_t)!

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Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

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The proof is not in the pudding, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

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No do-overs! Appeals court won’t hear $8.8bn Oracle v Google rehash

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Re: This is a perfect example

now go ahead and try to stop them talking to each other, especially if they have children

IMHO, that does stop a lot of the talking to each other.

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Toshiba crams 14TB into another helium drive, this time with SAS boost

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In terms of data rate of a single drive it doesn't, SAS offers many advantages over SATA when dealing with many disks, particularly multipath, better data recovery, talking the same protocol from controller to enclosure to disk and not having to use Serial ATA Tunnelling Protocol.

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Re: Bah!

If you're interested in those attributes, this probably isn't what you're looking for...

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Redis has a license to kill: Open-source database maker takes some code proprietary

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Google gets way more from OSS than they give back. They also don't open source a great deal of their innovations, which has lead to the industry standard version of those innovations being not from google, but clean room re-implementations - prime example Hadoop, derived from descriptions of GFS and MapReduce. Its hypocritical to criticise another company for doing what they want with their code when you do precisely the same thing.

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No, it's not bad behavior, it's a fundamental misunderstanding of open source economic models, and a desire to have your cake and eat it too.

Google open source economic models: Google gets all the cake. Be happy with the crumbs, and if you eat the crumbs, fuck off bitching about our cake.

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Brit Railcard buyers face lengthy, unexplained delays. Sound familiar?

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Re: Britain's ticketing is antiquated

I don't know why the British trains hold on to such old and nasty systems for most of the country.

Virtually everything you said about Swiss trains is true of British trains. When I buy a ticket on my phone, its immediately there as an eticket, scannable at the gates. My travelcard, if I have one, is linked in to that system, so when I purchase the ticket it is the discount fare and the photocard ID is linked to the ticket.

This is about buying the travelcard though, not the tickets. From a quick perusal of SBB's website, looks like I can apply for that online or in-person. Oh shit, the same old and nasty systems as Britain...

Our rolling stock is much shitter however. And their websites work..

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Connected car data handover headache: There's no quick fix... and it's NOT just Land Rovers

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Re: This needs some input from the DVLR

I find the DVLA driver license verification tool* effective and modern, and when I renewed my driving license, it was literally 5 minutes of point n click, with a photo from my smartphone; it couldn't have been simpler.

* When you rent a car; you go on the DVLA website, enter a few details from your license and get a 6 digit code to give to the rental agency to verify your license.

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As it turns out, no, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange

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Re: Why not use a Mexican Bank?

Well, they used Grupo Financiero Bital, which after 2004 was bought and rebranded as HSBC Mexico, under the direction of HSBC US, so I'd imagine the reasons were "We know where you live" and "Here's a big bag of money if you just shut up and help".

It still amuses me that people think of the Hong Kong and Shanghai as a British bank - may be HQ'd here, its not a British bank.

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Prenda lawyer pleads guilty to moneyshot honeypot scheme

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Re: The Prisoner of Prenda?

Once I tried to unblock my own toilet instead of paying for a plumber, and I got covered in shit. It doesn't mean there is a toilet-plumber boys club, it just means I don't know what I'm doing.

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GitHub goes off the Rails as Microsoft closes in

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To be fair, they give a lot to OSS in return.

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Rejoice! Thousands more kids flock to computing A-level

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I was thinking similar thoughts

So (helped by the El Reg hacks who linked to it) read some of the syllabus. This is a pretty decent course; it is not "Do shit in Office/Windows", its an intro to software engineering. For instance:

Understand and use the following appropriately:

• integer

• real/float

• Boolean

• character

• string

• date/time

• pointer/reference

Damn, I work with people who don't understand and use pointers properly.

As for the science, this is the difference between school and university. School is about learning how to do things. In A level maths, you learn how to apply techniques like integration/differentiation, statistical methods, vector equations for motion, etc. In university level maths, you learn how to prove those techniques. This computing course is about the techniques of programming; its not supposed to be about the theory of computing.

Computer science is not about programming. One of the most famous computer scientists said "Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes", and barely ever touched a computer.

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Linux 4.18 arrives fashionably late while Zorin OS shines up its Windows

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Re: Zorin OS

Even that's a bit of a tortured analogy, to be honest.

You do yourself a disservice, that's the best damn analogy I've heard! Zorin is to Ubuntu like a 2008 Tesla Roadster is to a Lotus Elise.

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Re: Zorin OS

It's named after the two Zorin brothers' surname (Russian-Ukrainian) who live in the Republic of Ireland

Obvs they aren't allowed anywhere near Silicon Valley

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Ad watchdog: Amazon 'misleading' over Prime next-day delivery ads

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Re: Tax

Lets have it then; in what way are they taxed improperly or not according to the law?

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Julia 0.7 arrives but let's call it 1.0: Data science code language hits milestone on birthday

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Re: Still,

You don't really have an option to change it in Julia, you can simply create custom array types that are zero based, which will be a lot of fun when you aren't sure what kind of array you are being passed, or if one person likes 0-based and another likes 1-based..

PS: All whitespace is meaningful. If the language itself doesn't take any meaning from it, the developers reading the code do.

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Make Facebook, Twitter, Google et al liable for daft garbage netizens post online – US Senator

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Re: C'mon!

I believe you.

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Re: It's the easy way out...

Because lets ask ourselves this simple question: what about the people who committed the 'crime' in the first place? Wouldn't it make more sense to hold them accountable for their own actions?

I would argue there are two sets of people committing a crime; the people who posted the illegal content, and those who host it and profit from it. All the social networks use algorithms to choose what content is displayed to you, it is not straight up UGC as they keep claiming.

If a photographer takes a privacy invading photo*, then they are/maybe committing a crime. If that photo is then chosen to be published by a newspaper, the newspaper is then also liable.

Certainly in EU/UK, the free lunch of claiming "Hey, we have nothing to do with what is there, its just user generated content" is almost over. They choose what gets displayed to you, and they profit from the ads shown alongside it; they will soon be listed as publishers** of that content.

* In jurisdictions where that matters

** perhaps an intermediate stage between "UGC" and "Publisher", but claiming "UGC! Safe Harbor!" is going going gone

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The internet's very own Muslim ban continues: DNS overlord insists it can freeze dot-words

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Re: shia.islam

Imagine if someone wanted to create a .christianity TLD.

Well, they had no problem approving .church, .bible, .catholic, .faith and .kosher ...

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Hmm

NT 4 was great compared to 95/98, but 2000 (NT5) was a pretty decent upgrade to NT 4, like somewhat better driver support.

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