* Posts by nematoad

1031 posts • joined 17 Sep 2009

Watchdog slaps NHS for failure to tackle correspondence backlog

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Bah!

"...is still discussing with NHS SBS how these costs will be split -"

They should be jointly and severably liable. SBS and Sopra Steria cocked this up. Just send them the bill and leave it to them to sort out who pays what.

Why waste money on trying to apportion blame? Let them do that at their own expense.

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Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

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Re: Apple vs Google vs Microsoft

"It makes money by connecting all of the various bits of your data and metadata and then selling it to the highest."

Gasp! Do you mean that Google has a contract with God?

Probably should have added "bidder" just to make things clearer.

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Re: Whatever the reason given - it's bollocks

"What better would you recommend to test something major like this across every possible combinations of things?"

How about asking the owners permission first for a start?

Or is part of the cult the fact that you never actually own the ithing but are just using it with Apple's gracious permission?

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Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

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Re: Seems so long ago

"Today was a great exercise in our whole team coming together to solve a singular problem..."

Presumably said problem being how to kick off those few die-hards still using Windows mobile.

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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Re: Please keep it simple

If by real one you mean only a '60s Mini then I must disagree. My Cooper S is a limited edition of 50 produced in 1998 and purchased from John Cooper himself.

It's got all the classic Mini attributes. small size. an A series engine and lots of rust so I would contend that it is a "real" Mini produced at Longbridge on the original production line and by many of the original workers.

My point was that my car works well and is fuel efficient due to the modern technology. Imposed in part by the EU to reduce pollution but it is still a real Mini at heart with all of its, benefits and flaws. What I have no need for is for things to go any further.

Finally I would class you as a"purist" not a pedant.

Why BMW chose to call the new jumbo a "Mini" is a mystery to me.

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Re: Please keep it simple

OK, my Mini Cooper S, a real one that is, has an ECU and fuel injection and it works fine, but that is as far as I want to go down the "connected" route. I cannot for the life of me see why all these other computing systems are deemed so necessary. Now this may be because I am a grumpy old sod who has not moved with times but as far as I'm concerned it's horses for courses. Linux on my desktop and me in my car. I neither need or want to be "infotained" when I'm driving. I want to left alone so I can concentrate and avoid all the pot-holes, lunatics and other hazards present on the roads.

Of course it could be that there are reasons for the rush to computerise everything in the car but as far as I can see the the dangers outweigh the benefits: See also IoT.

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Lexmark patent racket busted by Supremes

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Re: Or just MAYBE some company will get a bit smarter

"The whole ink cartridge thing is a perfect example of that."

Ah, but you seem to missing the point. The case was about toner cartridges not ink-jet ones.

The whole ink-jet scam is well known but it seems as if manufacturers are also seeing a threat to their profits by the re-manufacturers like Impression Products. Now however, the Supreme Court has nipped that little scheme in the bud, for the time being, which can only be a good thing for customers.

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: Outsourced with Delta?

What's the betting on BA stonewalling request for compensation on the grounds of "exceptional circumstances"?

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Re: Operational Failover is incredibly complex

"...not during peak processing time!"

Ah, yes! The happy memories of faffing about switching things on and off at 2 o'clock in the morning to make sure that the DR was properly set up.

Unsociable but richly rewarding!

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Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land

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"...I thought all you Linux enthusiasts were able to fix anything."

We are , it's just that from time to time some of us like to discuss in a rational and measured way some of the challenges involved.

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Some bits missing.

This article appears to be a partial look at the range of distros available. Yes, Linux Mint and Ubuntu are popular but what about some of the other branches?

Mandrake pioneered a lot of the user-friendly things now found in Linux distros and to my mind diskdrake still takes some beating when it comes to partitioning. After the regrettable demise of Mandriva/Mandrake there have appeared a number of derivatives such as Mageia, PCLinuxOS and Rosa. They have all inherited the Mandrake tools to make life easy for new users and are in the top rankings of Distrowatch so they must be doing something right.

My choice is PCLinuxOS.

As I say it is simple to administer and does not have the beast known as systemd entwined around it. Added to that PCLOS is a rolling release that seems to have cracked the problem of keeping the distro up to date without breaking anything. Added to which it does not use sudo as the default which gets a thumbs up from me as I consider the way Ubuntu uses sudo to be an accident waiting to happen.

So yes, the distros mentioned are worthy members of the Linux family, but the article only really tells one side of the story.

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Taking a bite out of our profit, Apple? Let's get legal, says Qualcomm

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Re: Someone is getting greedy

"Qualcomm built its business on older, legacy standards but reinforces its dominance through exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties. "

If you change the word royalties to prices, that comment could easily apply to Apple as well.

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Google DeepMind's use of 1.6m Brits' medical records to test app was 'legally inappropriate'

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Ha!

"...and has never been used for commercial purposes or combined with Google products, services or ads – and never will be,"

Ah, that's as convincing as "Don't be evil."

Let's face it, these scumbags are in it for one thing and one thing only, money. They probably think that if a life is saved then that would be a bonus.

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For now, GNU GPL is an enforceable contract, says US federal judge

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Re: Double edge

Saying that the plaintiff has not lost any money from sales as it is under the GPL is missing the point.

There is the cost of having to go to court to enforce the copyright, lawyers do not come cheap, and secondly there is the diversion of resources involved in fighting the claim which might otherwise have been used to more useful purpose.

So yes, the FSF has lost out due to the behaviour of Hancom in not complying with the terms of the GPL.

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Linux homes for Ubuntu Unity orphans: Minty Cinnamon, GNOME or Ubuntu, mate?

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Oh!

And all of them with the added goodness of systemd.

PCLinuxOS may rate a try if you are up for a rolling release distro and the Mate desktop works well for me at least.

Texstar has said the PCLOS will *never* use systemd so it might be an option if you are like me resistant to systemd's Borg-like tendencies.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: "Why are the British government such a bunch of complete arseholes? "

"The proliteriat are dumb and lazy."

And also incapable of spelling "Proletariat" it would seem.

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Microsoft Azure capacity woes hit UK customers. Yes, you read that right

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Windows

Manners.

"This could be a classic case of the Microsoft ivory tower," the source suggested.

How very polite. I bet that's not what the punters are saying.

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Come celebrate World Hypocrisy Day

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It ought to be.

Copyright is a good idea. The trouble is that it is not being used in the way that the original proponents intended.

The creeping extension of copyright: "The Mouse Protection Act" provides a good example.

When first enacted copyright was for a limited period. See the "Statute of Anne 1710". Then copyright was for 14 years, now in a lot of jurisdictions it's more like 70 after the death of the author. What happens when Disney hits the expiry date on Steamboat Willy & Co.? Expect another extension is my prediction.

Copyright with limits is fine, unlimited copyright is nothing but a government approved perpetual monopoly.

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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

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"When I sign in to Chrome, my bookmarks and history follow me."

You know that's the bit that worries me. If it is able to follow you around that means that it must be stored somewhere. In this case with Google, and that is a company that I try to avoid at all costs. My bookmarks, history etc. are mine, not something for someone else to mine, package and sell.

Chrome may do all you say but for me the snooping is a price too high.

I use Palemoon. Firefox without all the cruft.

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Re: Honest inquiry

"Or is it just a party of no?"

In short, no it isn't a party of no just for the sake of it.

A lot of people, including me, dislike and distrust systemd because it does not do what it claims. It is supposed to be an init system but due to creep it has its fingers in a lot of other pies as well. Added to that are the like of a binary logging system which adds complexity and Poeterring's seeming fixation on turning Linux into a Windows clone complete with a Registry. I know that people say that systemd speeds up booting but who needs a quick boot on a server and at what cost? Finally as others here have said systemd turns its back on the Unix mantra "Do one thing and do it well."

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Re: People DO hate adverts

I have to confess that ads don't really bother me much. I seem to have developed an internal filter so that I don't even see them whether online or in real life. They might be there but they never register.

Having said that I do use an ad-blocker because of the ways they slow things down and provide a vector for malware. I've got used to ad-free pages and when I went to one newspapers site without an blocker the mess I was presented with was a real shock, absolutely appalling, and I was paying for it all.

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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An alternative.

One browser that I haven't seem mentioned in the debate is Palemoon. A fork from Firefox it keeps much of the original Firefox look and feel but also keeps up with the times.

Some distros I've tried don't have it in their repos but it does have it's own website, so give it a try if you have run out of choices.

Oh, one more thing, it still supports ALSA.

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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Re: Totally ridiculous.

"As to Neil Armstrong, I would guess he had a few slithers..."

Are you calling Neil Armstrong a snake?

I think the word you are looking for is slivers.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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Hold on!

"Maybe if the tech team had done a good job in the first place"

Oh, are you familiar with the team you mention?

If you are then please let us know what it is that they did wrong. If you do not then you are either just trolling or an accountant at BA trying to justify the inevitable cock-up that has just occurred.

Personally I was subject to this "outsourcing magic" Our team who had built and maintained the systems were ditched for people brought in from India. From what I heard later the whole thing turned into a shambles and the company involved had to take the support in-house again.

See, the thing is you get what you pay for.

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Reversible head transplants coming back to Windows Server 2016

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Windows

What target?

I just wonder who the changes were aimed at.

IT pros used to a command line or the "local experts" raised on a GUI and incapable of using anything else?

It does seem as if MS have gone a bit too far with point and click and have thrown the baby out with the bath water in the quest for "consistency".

There is such a thing as using the right tool for the job.

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Kremlin-linked hacker crew's tactics exposed

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No need.

"May be the meddlers wanted to undermine the credibility of elected President, "

I don't think that he needs any help with that.

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Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

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Re: And they claim to be the land of the free

"Like many things with a trump badge, its really not thought through is it"

Of course it is.

Don't you know the government of the USA is "Of the people, by the politicians, for the corporations"?

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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Joke

Re: Why?

You missepled "frustrating"

And you misspelled misspelled!

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London councils seek assurance over Capita's India offshoring plans

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Who cares?

Look, Capita already knows that its reputation is shit so any comeback about the quality of service provided by off-shore workers will be as water off a duck's back.

"Customer satisfaction? We've heard about that."

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Linux, not Microsoft, the real winner of Windows Server on ARM

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WTF?

Re: "Web native" developer?

"...while its kernel is good, a lot of the stuff built upon it is still truly ugly, developed by teams lacking the proper resources, "

Oh, really?

Last time I looked most contributions are from big companies, including Microsoft.

See here

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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Re: Full Admission by GCHQ!

" I do not use phone lines no more."

I see what you did there, sneaky.

So you do still use a land line?

Aren't double negatives a bitch?

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SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

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Re: ULA not willing to let go of the gravy train?

This situation reminds me of the one with IE. Microsoft had had a near monopoly on browsers for a long time and that got lazy and more or less said "Here's the browser, take it or leave it." That lasted until Mozilla popped up and shook things up much like SpaceX is now doing.

Rest on your laurels for long enough and someone *will* come and knock you off your perch.

Oh, note for ULA, it's supposed to be a "free market" not a benefit scheme.

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Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

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Re: The pi-zero w is less than £10 and I bet it would do all they need and more.

" I'm told that a so called smart meter won't work for me because I have solar panels and the meter isn't smart enough to cope with 'Reverse Energy'."

I have solar panels as well but that didn't stop the numpty sent to remove my electro-mechanical meter, that did let me know how much electricity I was using via the little rotor, with one of those "smart" things. It was only when I pointed out that there was very poor reception where I live that he had to put in a "unsmart" one. Which is a PITA to read and does not show what I am using.

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This ferry is said to weigh 250 cows. We say that is actually 20,600 Lindisfarne Gospels

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Re: Is this to replace the existing chain ferry at Ryde?

No, there is no chain ferry at Ryde, there is nowhere for it to go. You do however, have a choice between a catamaran and AFAIK the only commercial hovercraft service in Europe

You must be thinking of the floating bridge between East and West Cowes.

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Experimental satellite-slinger seeks cargo: What could go wrong?

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Oh dear!

With the large amounts of space junk already threatening satellites any proposal for increasing the ease in which such stuff is launched should be looked at very carefully indeed.

Given that cubesats are by definition small it seems to me that it would be nigh on impossible for the owners to guarantee that they were capable of being disposed of safely. An 800 Km orbit would probably take a long time, if ever, to decay and where would you put the equipment for a controlled re-entry?

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Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information

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Re: Futurism...

What I want to know is: When are our shiny silver jump-suits going to arrive?

It may be that Mark Pesce has got a bit carried away in his dystopian musings but if even some of it comes to pass will we all have to take in each others washing to survive?

Not that I am worried, I'll be pushing up the daisies by then.

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Alert! The dastardly Dutch are sailing a 90-ship fleet at Blighty

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Re: Stern carving.

"Give it back, it's part of our history!"

There's a two word answer to that:

Elgin Marbles.

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BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

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Bah!

"...some people are experiencing problems downloading BBC iPlayer content to computers. "

Yes, me for one.

Not because of any cock-ups with the iPlayer but because the BBC does not recognise Linux as an OS. I have complained repeatedly to the BBC about it and have always been blown off with the reply that "We do not support Linux" Why the hell not? Don't tell me that some IT people in the BBC have never heard of Linux.

If my licence payments are good enough why should the fact that I use Linux disqualify me from something I actually pay for?

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Probe President Trump and his crappy Samsung Twitter-o-phone, demand angry congressfolk

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Re: The Deep State Strikes Back

"Pathetic. Is this as good as it gets for the Loser Party?"

Oh, you mean like the rest of the world?

Unfortunately when the US sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold.

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US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling

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Re: But

"It involves a soundproof room with no windows, padded walls, rubber globes, lube, a wooden stool and pain...."

Balls.

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Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done

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Re: IPv6 is fundamentally broken

"...just cutting your hand off to spite your face,"

Nose

Its "Cutting your nose off to spite your face."

What does a hand care about a face?

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As Microsoft touts Windows Insider for biz, let's take a look at W10's broken 2FA logins

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Neat.

"The Windows Insider Program recognizes IT Professionals as a critical asset to any organization," purrs Microsoft in its pitch to the industry.

The question is: Are you now an asset to your company or to MS?

The way I see it is that Microsoft have a devised a cunning plan to use your company and its staff as alpha and beta testers at no cost to themselves.

Nice for MS if they can pull this off!

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Bloke, 27, arrested, tech gear seized by cops over UK Sports Direct hack

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Grr.

OK then, here's a question.

Who is guiltier, the numpties running this portal or the bloke that hacked it?

The law will come down like a ton of bricks on this poor sod and leave the managers of the company with nothing but a bit of egg on their faces.

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Prepare your popcorn: Wikipedia deems the Daily Mail unreliable

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Re: It might not be the Newspaper of Record...

"We look forward to seeing how the Mail's editor, Paul Dacre, will respond to the snub."

Simple, he'll just label them "Enemies of the people."

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Trump cybersecurity order morphs into 2,200-plus-word extravaganza

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Re: Who'll think of the trees?

You forgot "The best!!!"

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Re: Tech not politics!

"This is clearly a measure meant for people who already arouse suspicion. "

Oh, you mean like Constable Savage See here when he arrested someone for being in possession of curly black hair and thick lips?

Sod transferring Savage to the SPG he's a natural for the TSA

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Chrome 56 quietly added Bluetooth snitch API

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Re: Chrome is done

"Between this and the latest change that cripples your plug-ins, I don't see the point of Chrome any more."

I never did, that's why I use Palemoon.

Chrome comes from Google so what did you expect?

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

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Re: Trumps orders starts to look like fatwas...

"Trump and Bannon are now putting commisars into every agency, forcing them to follow public opinion rather than reality."

I'm not sure that it is public opinion, just look at all the marches and protests to see that. No, to my mind it's more the echo chamber reflecting back the message that they want to hear.

And at the risk of violating Godwin's law it does look like the start of a very slippery slope.

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Trump lieutenants 'use private email' for govt work... but who'd make a big deal out of that?

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Re: Megalomania ?

One thing NPD people dont have, is a sense of humour.

Trump must have, because he has been taking the piss out of hairdressing since the campaign started.

FTFY

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