* Posts by nematoad

1061 posts • joined 17 Sep 2009

NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

nematoad
Facepalm

Re: since when is 1.2 million people 1% of the UK population?

"...unless of course about 43 million people have entered the UK in the last few months..."

Shh, don't tell the Brexiteers. They might have a breakdown and do something silly.

Wait, what am I saying?

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GitLab to dump cloud for its own bare metal Ceph boxen

nematoad

Because.

"...would you clouds chase every use case..."

Apart from my difficulty in parsing the statement quoted, my answer would be: Probably. Because when all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail. Once again it's horses for courses and one size does not fit everyone.

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Silicon Valley VCs: We're gonna make California great again – on its own

nematoad

Re: @Don The Elder, re California splitting.

"And what about all those Federally Matching Funds the State gets for all those pork barrel projects the electorate likes to start?"

Well the same situation doesn't seem to have stopped the Brexiteers from convincing the UK to cut its nose off to spite its face with the EU funding its now going to lose.

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Microsoft: Don't worry about the CRM cloud price hike... think of the features

nematoad
Windows

No thanks!

Now is probably a good time to start seeing what the FLOSS offerings are.

Having had a small business working to a very tight budget I would be alarmed at the increased costs. Just because MS is offering a package with all the bells and whistles would not lessen the threat to my bottom line. Especially if I had no need for the aforesaid bells and whistles.

No, just another try on by MS to see if they can squeeze a bit more out of their customers/victims.

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

nematoad
Unhappy

It's come true.

Ever hear the old saying "The lunatics have taken over the asylum"?

Now they have on both sides of the Pond.

Think I might need something a little more sturdy than my tin-foil hat.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

nematoad
Stop

Re: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

"The EU we never had a choice over."

Sorry to butt in again but I must correct this erroneous statement.

You may not have had a choice over whether we are in the EU due to your age, either not yet born or too young to vote in the referendum called by Harold Wilson in 1975. 67% voted in favour of staying in the EEC and 33% voted against. So we did have a choice. Obviously not one that you or the "leavers" have accepted hence all the "Sturm und drang" to quote the nations favourite Brexiteer that is now happening as a result of a much closer referendum result.

What about accepting the result of the referendum and getting on with things?. It hasn't worked after 40 years so why the surprise that something that people feel really strongly about refuses to go away this time?

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nematoad

Re: Media and entertainment

"It's clear that government gets to negotiate treaties, and so negotiating our leaving deal is down to royal perogative. Parliament can advise, and be kept informed, but get no say until there's a final deal done, to put into UK law."

Not quite. The government can use the Royal Prerogative to negotiate treaties but this case isn't about a treaty it's about the law. Parliament is sovereign. The government needs to work with parliament when it comes to making and repealing primary legislation which is what the European Communities Act 1972 is. It was that which set up our entry into the European Economic Community as it was then, now the European Union. What the High Court said was as this is a matter of primary legislation it is a matter of law that the government does not have the discretion to unilaterally trigger article 50 but must pass an act through Parliament to undo the ECA as well as giving the go ahead for the UK's withdrawal.

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nematoad
Unhappy

Re: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Isn't it wonderful, the Leave campaign was all in favour of Parliament's supremacy when it suited them. Else what did "Take back control." mean?

Now, when it looks like parliament might actually have the opportunity to influence the way the UK exits the EU, the leavers are all shouting about "Defying the will of the people." What about the 16 million who voted to remain? Or are they now just "Unpersons" whose opinions can be ignored and who are fair game for all the vitriol and bile directed at them by the likes of the Mail and Express?

What about a bit of magnanimity? Or are the leavers so concerned that their "victory" will somehow be stolen from them so that they need to keep attacking those who disagree and who are, after all, still their fellow citizens who will be just as badly affected if things turn sour due to the result of the referendum.

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Grab your code ASAP: Nitrous cloud IDE evaporates in two weeks

nematoad
Unhappy

Agreed.

"Commonly voiced objections include lack of responsiveness, lack of control, dependency on a network connection, and uncertainty about provider longevity."

Yes, that's summed up my feelings about the "cloud". I just wonder why so many people are betting their businesses on such a foundation.

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Arch Linux: In a world of polish, DIY never felt so good

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Thumb Up

Your choice

It's horses for courses. That's the beauty of Linux. You pays your money and takes your choice. With Linux of course you don't have to pay anything if you don't want to.

I too use a rolling release distro PCLinuxOS. It's stable and because I have been using Mandrake derived distros since 1999 I'm used to its ways and peculiarities so it's the one for me but probably not for you.

The article does seem to involve a bit of "willy waving". That's fine but as an old hand at trying out distros I've made the decision that life is too short to have to get down to bare metal with distros like Gentoo and Arch. That's not to say that I haven't tried them, I have. I enjoyed the experience but decided that for me Linux would be more of a means to an end rather than the end itself.

I see recompiling the kernel and installing the likes of Arch and Gentoo as a rite of passage. You learn a lot from doing so but in the end the main thing is what you want to get out of using Linux. For me as I said it's a tool. For others a hobby, a way of educating oneself into how Linux works at the lower levels and so on. At least with Linux we have all the tools available to fit our Linux to our needs.

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Web devs want to make the Internet of S**t worse. Much worse

nematoad

Re: Internet of Shit

Methinks you do protest too much.

People have differing views on trading their personal data for convenience.

That's up to them but a lot of shall we call them "IT savvy folk"? are worried about such things. After all if there's a way to make money out of abusing such systems you can bet your life that someone will abuse them. Calling them names does not make the problems they perceive go away but just antagonises them.

Don't confuse popular with good. Just because Chrome offers such a facility does not make it safe or secure. Lots of people lack the knowledge to know when they are being exposed to risks in this way and accept the feature without thinking about the possible side effects. That's not to condemn them they just don't know of the risks.

Finally the manufacturers are adding to the bad name the IoT is getting. By throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks does raise questions as to what they were smoking. Internet connected kettles, light bulbs and so on do raise more than a few eyebrows and given the threat from IoT sourced DDoS botnets the reputation of the IoT will only get worse.

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

nematoad

No change then

This is just another example of the "Pentagon Wars" Only this time the things being argued about have wings not turrets.

Here

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Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

nematoad

True

"Blaming someone never solved a problem. (Awaits exception to the rule.) :D"

Having to live through the possible adverse consequences of what many Remain voters still see as a wanton and self-destructive act does give rise to a certain amount of anger and hopelessness. So you can't blame them for feeling let-down, marginalised and angry which probably explains the bitter feeling the two side have for each other.

The leavers should be magnanimous in victory, after all they did win, but show all the signs of insecurity as shown by the vitriolic abuse heaped on Remainers by the likes of the Mail and Express.

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nematoad
FAIL

Phew

"It was going to happen because of all the quantitative easing applied by Gordon I have gold going cheap Brown..."

By gum you must tell me where you got those 20/20 hindsight glasses from. In case you have been unconscious for the last six years or so here's an update. First there was a coalition government between the Lib Dems and the Tories then the Tories won in 2015. I'll agree that Brown got a lot wrong but to try and blame him for events happening after he's been out of office for six years is stretching it a bit.

Oh, a final point. Most experts agree that the Bank of England supported by Brown actually took a lot of the sting out of the effects of the meltdown in 2008 with their QE and other matters such as a reduced base rate.

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UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

nematoad
WTF?

Why not?

I hope we don’t have to relocate some of our technology hub to Ireland."

I did and I wish to God that I had been able to stay there. There's a lot of very experienced and skilled people there; you don't have the likes of Dell and Apple about without picking up a few points on the IT business.

Other than a few minor differences like road speeds in KM/H it's much like living in the UK. The people make a difference though. Warm, friendly and generally laid-back. The Guinness tastes better too somehow.

I miss the place.

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Google's crash canaries' muted chirping led to load balancer brownout

nematoad
Unhappy

I see.

"“In this case, the change was pushed too quickly for accurate detection..."

Looks like the "testing" stage was more of a box ticking exercise than actual testing. Either that or the testers were busy with other things and not watching what was actually going on.

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May blocked plans to bring in more Indian IT workers – Vince Cable

nematoad
Unhappy

Re: As a British IT worker....

"I would like to thank Theresa May from having cheap labour undercut me in my own country."

+1 to that.

I was the victim of such practices in as much as three Indian workers were moved in to replace two EU workers for half the price. I just wish that such sentiments as May's had been about when I lost my job.

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Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

nematoad
Big Brother

Why bother?

"...we can put new laws in place to make it legal to tap anyone's communication without oversight."

Let's not take up MP's time with this sort of thing.

The government is quite happy to allow this sort of behaviour by their "security" apparatus without all the bother of drafting and passing laws. After all it's all a big secret and nobody knows about it.

Anyway MPs have better things to do with their time like thinking up cunning plans to pad their expenses and the paid jobs and directorships that a lot of them have. They can't manage on a basic £74,962 you know.

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Blighty's Home Office database blunders will deprive hundreds of GB driving licences

nematoad
Unhappy

Re: Total xenophobia !

"I don't know what the CTA is..."

CTA is the Common Travel Area introduced in 1922 after The Republic of Ireland (nee Irish Free State) became independent. It allows free travel between the two islands but is, to my knowledge, not in force at airports. There as far as I can recall you do have to show your passport.

When living in Ireland I frequently came back to the UK for holidays and on a number of occasions I was waved into a side area where I was grilled by anonymous police types concerning where I was going, why I was coming into the UK etc. etc. This happened as far as I can recall three times in a row, which was infuriating as I had other connections to make and a tight time scale to do it in.

So "security" will be capricious and give you the third degree if they feel like it. Because they can.

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Desktop budget wrangles: Whose device is it anyway?

nematoad

Re: In research...

We used to have people with very high academic qualifications working at the refinery where I used to work. Usually their speciality was not IT related but we used to say that if they wanted to use something not in the SLA that was their lookout. Any breakages on stuff they installed was always given the same answer "Sorry, it's not in scope."

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nematoad

Re: Access everything via a web browser.

"Pretty much every device that anybody might want can run a web browser."

I used to work in the financial industry with a lot of stuff running on mainframes.

I've been out of loop for a while now so I don't know if running security dependant transactions would work using just a browser. Office stuff, sure but for other applications like process control, specialised engineering applications, finance and anything dealing with systems larger than the norm I reckon a browser would be underpowered and prone to security lapses.

I may be wrong of course but reckon it's still a case of "Horses for courses."

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

nematoad

Re: Scope creep

“...persons serving the public” (i.e. MPs)

No, if it was MPs they were aiming to protect it would be:

“Greedy, lying bastards serving themselves” (i.e. MPs)

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Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

nematoad

Re: Trust needs to be earned.

Trust if you must but who carries the can when things go wrong, as they will?

You for trusting an external entity, your IT department or MS who, in this scenario, seem to have the majority of control?

Your choice of course. Me, I'll stick to something a bit more controllable

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FT journo roasts channel leaders for spouting bullshit

nematoad

Cult?

"We believe that we need to own and control the primary technologies behind the products we make..."

"And the products themselves and the users and the whole bloody ecosystem. It's just that we don't like to talk about it."

Just ask anyone at El Reg about getting a quote from Apple on anything.

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Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse

nematoad
WTF?

What?

"Will it be more than two channels?"

Only if you have got more than two ears.

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‘You can’t opt out of IoT’: Our future is the Rise of the Sensor Machines

nematoad
Terminator

Don't worry, be happy.

Reading all the comment s above all I have to say is:

Remember who it is that is talking.

I too will be resisting this as much as I can but really do not think it worth worrying about. This is just special pleading by a bunch of characters with a vested interest in seeing that what it is they are going on about comes true, to their benefit.

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UK will buy 138 F-35s

nematoad

Maybe, maybe not.

Just think of the alternative.

Colonisation by those characters with snow on their boots

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Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society... Doesn't sound sinister at all

nematoad
Joke

I see.

"...notable for not including Apple"

"...the non-profit organisation"

Any connection?

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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

nematoad
Happy

Re: Supplier savings = jobs lost

Not round here.

The mobile signal is about as poor as you can get and still see any life in your phone. So "smart meters" don't work.

Now unless the government either wants to level the hills casting the radio shadow or prod the networks to actually provide a service I can't see anything changing. So denizens in this neck of the woods are safe, for now, from our machine overlords.

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Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs

nematoad

Re: Anonymous coward

"The article fails to mention that after such update, the majority of PC players was unable to launch the game AT ALL."

Grammar?

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Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

nematoad

Re: Running a Windows Server?

"Yes, Change your desktop OS. That wont cause an almighty sh*t storm from your user population when they have to adjust to a lifetime of conformity..."

Not that MS don't ever change the UI in their offerings, eh?

Have you ever tried the desktops in Linux, or are you one of those rare birds happy with Windows 8.* and up?

Oh, and lastly. Something we can both agree on. Your well chosen handle.

Suits you sir.

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

nematoad
Windows

Well of course.

"...platitudes from the Beast of Redmond about the new platform being the greatest version of Windows ever..."

So it might well be, but you have to realise is that it started from a very low base.

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Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

nematoad

"Or they could go totally North Korea and just shut off all the borders and pretend the rest of the world either doesn't exist or must be vastly inferior."

They are already half-way there. Look up how many US citizens have a passport. See how many US politicians are up to speed with events outside the US and just look at the US baseball "World Series". See any non-US teams there?

It's like a lot of places that are big and have an undue influence on their surrounding areas. *Cough* London *Cough*

You don't have to live on an island to be insular.

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Jakarta be kidding me! Google gets $400m tax bill from Indonesia

nematoad
WTF?

Re: Is this really an option?

"...a rag on a red bull..."

Eh?

Surely you mean "A red rag to a bull"?

Or are you talking about the energy drink or the F1 racing team?

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Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

nematoad
Headmaster

Nearly!

"The proof will be in the pudding."

Oh you mean like the silver threepenny piece that they used to put in Christmas puddings?

The actual quote is "The proof of the pudding is in the eating."

If you use a quote the best policy is to get it right otherwise you lose the impact.

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Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

nematoad

Not so.

"And all that free stuff. You can’t say no."

Oh, want to bet?

As Robert Heinlein wrote "TANSTAFL" there ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

nematoad
Happy

It is to laugh.

"...my supplier will let me upload a photo of the meter as a reading..."

Hmm, I'd love to see my supplier do that. The piddling little box that they fitted when they found out that there was no possibility of fitting a smart meter (piss poor mobile coverage) means that you practically have to use a magnifying glass to see what the damned thing is reading.

I don't miss the "magic box" as I agree that I can see no benefit to me of the thing, just reduced costs for the supplier.

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Fight over internet handover to ICANN goes right down to the wire

nematoad
Unhappy

"ICANN would have a very hard time arguing greater authority than Congress."

That's not the way ICANN sees it.

As the article says just look at recent history to see that.

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

nematoad

Re: "without pre-installed software"

'IMHO, forcing via regulatory means all PCs to be available _ONLY_ with plain Windows and any "preinstalled crapware"to be an optional free add-on'

I think that you are repeating yourself.

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UK will be 'cut off' from 'full intelligence picture' after Brexit – Europol strategy man

nematoad

Re: Yet more Brexit nonsense

"...there is a shortage of infrastructure and services and the indigenous workforce does not always have the training required..."

Bollocks.

As someone who has worked in IT in the Republic of Ireland I know that there are plenty of skilled people and resources to do the job.

Don't forget that Dell, Apple and so on have sites there and the pool of talent is constantly refreshed by the excellent education Ireland provides.

Ireland has close links with the US, just look at the number of Green cards allocated to Ireland. Also with the likes of Shannon and Dublin Airports travel is straightforward.

True the population is a tad small but with the advantage of the English language and the close US ties I see no obstacle to many more US companies moving across the Irish Sea.

Oh, a last thought. The 12.5% corporate tax rate helps as well. If you even pay that as Apple has so ably demonstrated.

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nematoad

Re: Bloody hell.

"BTW, when you say "xenophobic" don't you really mean "racist?""

No, I don't. Race or the colour of a person's skin has nothing to do with what is happening in the UK post the Brexit vote. The murder of a Polish man in Harlow is being suggested as a hate crime. The man was white and until he opened his mouth I doubt if you could have told that he "Wasn't one of us."

I used the word advisedly. Here is a definition of xenophobic from the Oxford dictionaries:

adjective

Having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries:

Pretty much like Donald Trump if you want it couched is US terms.

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nematoad
Unhappy

Bloody hell.

This just seems to get worse and worse. First it looks as if we will not be able to take advantage of the Single market. Then the banks are getting twitchy over the possible loss of "passporting" that allows them to move money from country to country. Then it's possible that we will have to rely on WTO rules for trade when we leave. Now we may be cut off from intelligence vital to our security. The list goes on and on.

So I ask, what the hell was the point of voting to leave? We aren't going to get the mythical £350 million to spend on the NHS. If we do get the right to restrict immigration our economy may suffer a big hit, although the points based system promised by Leave has been ruled out by the PM. As rtfazeberdee says above that's really cutting off your nose to spite your face and doing it in grand style.

As I have said many times, stupid, short-sighted, xenophobic and self-destructive.

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EU will force telcos to offer 90 days of 'roam like home' contracts

nematoad
FAIL

Pathetic!

A/C you must either be unsure of your conclusions or a poor troll to come out with a statement like:

"...no matter the wet dreams of Brussels politicos." and then hide under the blanket of anonymous cowardice.

No, don't tell me. You voted Leave, right?

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BT boils over, blows off Steam, accuses Valve of patent infringement

nematoad
Joke

Re: Strange...

"SCO actually owe that one. Look what good it did them!"

Are you sure?

It turns out that SCO didn't own a lot of stuff they claimed as theirs.

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

nematoad
Stop

Re: Sovereignty

"It seems that the EU has asserted it's power to set Ireland's tax code."

They can't. Tax is one of the things that the EU has no power over. If you look up Margrethe Vestager's title she is the European Commissioner for Competition. Not tax. This is not a tax matter. By giving Apple special treatment concerning the tax due it is alleged that the Irish government has given unfair advantaged to Apple to the detriment of their competitors.

There are no fines, Apple is not accused of wrong-doing. It's just that tax that should have been paid has not been and the EU has now instructed the Irish government to collect the sums due .

Ireland will appeal this ruling as they seem to be mortally afraid that Apple will pull out and leave a lot of people without the well paid jobs they have.

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Intel's makeshift Kaby Lake Cores hope to lure punters from tired PCs

nematoad

Oh?

"...to make the studios comfortable with sharing high-quality content to PCs for the first time,"

Presumably he's referring to the picture quality and not the quality of the picture.

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New science: Pathetic humans can't bring themselves to fire lovable klutz-bots

nematoad
Happy

Re: A robot that is aware of it's own mistakes

"But who wants a robot or computer that sulks?"

Where would HGTTG be without Marvin?

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

nematoad
Linux

"Same here, if the games worked I'd move to Linux."

It depends on what you want to run. The likes of Wine, PlayonLinux and Crossover do a pretty good job for a lot of games. Oh, might take a bit of fiddling with but there is a lot of advice and scripts to take care of most cases.

Give it a go, you might like it and the sense of liberation from the MS mothership can be wonderful.

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Shopped in an Eddie Bauer store recently? Your card's probably gone. It's just gone

nematoad
Childcatcher

Let's all think of the TLA's in this.

"...until organizations that accept credit card payments fully deploy end-to-end encryption to protect payment information as soon as it is captured into the system,"

But, but, that will leave the "free world" open to jihadists, communists and other undersirables. You just can't have any old Tom, Dick or Harry protecting their most sensitive data even if that means there will be more of this kind of data breach.

Get your priorities right.. State security first and sod everyone else.</sarcasm>

Bastards.

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