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What makes you think that architects aren't treated like that?

Actually, I have twice the misfortune of being neighbour to an architect remodeling his home. You would think that, being architects, they would have the knowledge and the experience to plan everyting in advance.

You would be wrong, it was more like coming one day to tell the workers what to do and coming back the following day to tell to tear it down and do something else.

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Microsoft patches Windows to cool off Intel's Meltdown – wait, antivirus? Slow your roll

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Re: Huge Baby Huge

why would they recompile all of user space to make the kernel use a separate virtual address space?

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UK, US govt and pals on WannaCry culprit: It woz the Norks wot done it

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Re: So,

"It's a bit like ..."

What you are doing is a lot like blaming a mugging victim for not knowing karate.

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5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

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"Why not teach children from an early age what they can and cannot do? "

Do you want to guess how I learned it is a bad idea to put your fingers in an electrical socket or that using the clothes to climb up a closet gets you to the floor real fast or that it is better not to drink from the bottles your mother uses to clean the house?

Thing is I survived childhood by pure luck, despite having caring parents, it's no wonder houses get child proofed nowadays.

And there is still many an ocassion to say 'no' to children if the parents want to educate them.

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The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

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Re: Essentially a Java phone!

Considering how much The Register uses Linus' outburst as click bait they should go and ask him about porting the Linux Kernel to Java.

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Apple embraces El Reg! iOS 11 is now biting the hand that types IT

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Re: What do you expect?

"If you want to be disdainful about Apple users"

Me? Why would I want to do that? After all I have a MacBook Air.

Actually, I have barely used it in years and I should probably put it up for sale at eBay but why would I be disdainful about myself?

By the way, have you read what you wrote? I doesn't look like it, but if you do you will notice that in the first one you said that Apple users don't lord it, that it was all our imagination, but in the following ones you openly admit it.

And yet, despite your 180 degree turn around you still go around lording it over us.

And that's the attitude that makes you laughable, if every Apple owner was like me nobody would bother.

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Re: What do you expect?

Werdsmith, you defenitely need to get out more.

For example, I have a friend, who I love dearly as she is one of the most charming people you could ever hope to meet, but when someone metions a problem with their computers she automatically says in an annoying tone: "that doesn't happen with my mac"

But really, don't take my word for it, check this comment by Lotaresco, in which he says that the only reason people don't buy mac kit is because they can't afford it.

And he doesn't think twice about posting it in a tech forum where, more often than not, people earn good salaries. It was so stupid I couldn't avoid remembering it.

So, you had never noticed? That's what happens when you live within the reality distorsion field.

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Re: What do you expect?

"I don’t understand"

It is actually very simple, there is a big subset of Apple owners who like to lord it over those who don't have and don't want any Apple kit.

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Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price

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Re: Electricity vs Petrol/Diesel prices

"EU and national governments are united in the belief that their primary purpose is the crusade against climate change"

No, not really, but they have certainly been united into importing a little oil as possible.

In case you haven't noticed those imports are expensive, sure they may just seem like a billion here a billion there, but pretty soon they begin to add up to real money.

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Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

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Google Maps Timeline

It's great that Oracle has done this, after all receiving a mail from Google with the data of where you were last month is too subtle for most people.

Although I have to admit, that the first time I got it I was kind of disappointed that it didn't really tracked me that well.

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As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

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Congratulations!!!

"For example, it's used by criminal sites for ad fraud, generating fake clicks without the user being aware of it. This hits Google's bottom line."

Making a crack down on ad fraud sound nefarious must have taken real effort.

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Sean Parker: I helped destroy humanity with Facebook

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Not really, why do you think The Register allows up/down voting comments?

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Don't worry about those 40 Linux USB security holes. That's not a typo

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Re: Wasn't that the primadonna maintainer project

"He did call security researchers 'masturbating monkeys'."

And then you add a link in which he doesn't call security researchers 'marturbating monkeys'.

Actually, the link itself show who he is calling that but, of course, reading that much is too much effort.

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IBM: We're now a, what's not losing money? Ah, a cognitive cloud champ!

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Somehow I think you are not using the same definition of 'revenue' as the rest of the world.

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Night out in London tonight: Beer, Reg and platform wars

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Re: We have been here before ...

"they sent Europe (and eventually and rather later England)"

Yeah, it's amazing how, with the technology of the time, they could get to Oceania, or wherever England happens to be.

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China cools on Apple's high-priced iBling

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Re: What do we want...

"find out what your customers want before trying to sell it"

That's how the Ford Edsel was designed.

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Patch alert! Easy-to-exploit flaw in Linux kernel rated 'high risk'

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Re: Please...

So, you like company in your misery.

Well, if it makes you feel better.

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Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!

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Re: Pricing

"LibreOffice provides maybe 80% of the same features & quality for free"

Sure, and I use it myself exclusively, but for most people the one feature they care about is format compatibilty and LO is not there yet, maybe almost good enough, but not quite.

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Re: am i missing something here?

The perpetual license is going to be so expensive, they want us into 365 after all, that they need to start early with the hype.

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

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Re: Solve this at the source

" I only use my car to drive to the corner shop and pick up the fags and beer"

Have you ever heard of a new invention called 'walking'?

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Jon Hamm of Mad Men to lend his lungs to bounty hunter Boba Fett

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Again?

So they are going to rewrite these:

Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina

Tales from Jabba's Palace

I am soooo excited.

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

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Wow! The abuse you got on those lists must have been something to behold if it makes you post obsessively about it years after.

Could you please post a link to one of those so we can take a look at it?

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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Re: I must be missing something ...

Don't worry, they haven't. If KDE 4 was a couple steps below 3, KDE 5 is like they went to the cellar and started digging.

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Re: I must be missing something ...

A few years ago, with version 4, the KDE developers decided that they way we had been using our desktop was primitive and went on to create something better. A desktop that wouldn't let you have documents or icons in it.

Pretty much nobody liked the idea, so they allowed you to configure the desktop as being a 'folder view' and it would work as expected.

I guess Kubuntu is now using that setting as the default one.

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Linus Torvalds passed a kidney stone and then squeezed out Linux 4.13

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Re: Maladie cher maladie

Except that women also get kidney stones and they say it's more painful than childbirth

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Dell's flagship XPS13 – a 2-in-1 that may fatally frustrate your fingers

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Re: Non-PC company

Sure, because no thread is done until a political nut turns it into political shit.

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VMware-on-AWS is live, and Virtzilla is now a proper SaaS player

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"Just like Microsoft have now overtaken AWS in cloud revenue"

So, it's no longer just Apple fans gloating about being overcharged, MS fans are getting into it too.

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Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life

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I have a the vibrating steering wheel and, no, you don't confuse it.

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NEWSFLASH Now even science* says moneybags footballers are overpaid

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Re: Ten grand a week?

You only think you are joking.

In the US studies have shown that shortly after they retire, nearly four of five NFL players are bankrupt or under financial stress. Joblessness and divorce are the main reasons. It’s marginally better in the National Basketball Association, where after retirement nearly two of three players are broke within five years.

And that includes players who made tens of millions while playing.

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

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I don't buy it

You read this kind of stories and it sound like Google have some kind of almost magican machine that knows all about us.

But then let's look about how it works in real life*. These are real life examples.

So I hear about how they can make real diamonds in labs, I spend some time looking it up just out of curiosity, for a couple of months I get diamonds ads while browsing.

I put up a teleobjective up for sale at Amazon's sellers market, for a couple of months a get Amazon ads for camara lenses.

I put some old stuff up for sale at eBay, while I am writing these I get an eBay ad showing articles up for sale, some of them my own.

Really, it's all so incompetent I can't buy the Google, or Facebook, all knowing stance, the main reason Google don't tell about their technology is because they are conning advertisiers into thinking they have it.

*Yes, yes, I KNOW! those of you with mad 1337 skills use ad blockers and don't know what I am talking about.

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Tapping the Bank of Mum and Dad: Why your Netflix subscription is poised to rise (again)

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Re: Uber

"It's exactly like complaining that China have a monopoly on rare earths"

That happened already a few years ago, there used to be some articles by Tim Worstall right here at ElReg about it.

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Extreme trainspotting on Britain's highest (and windiest) railway

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Re: 1,097m (3,599ft)

"And we don't."

But then you voted for Brexit, pretty much the same mindset.

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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Re: The May Way

Except it was exhaustion that killed the religion wars, when Felipe II of Spain asked parlament for more money for the wars he was told "If they want to go to hell let them"

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'President Zuck' fundraiser opens for business

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PACs

Despite what you may think, this probably has nothing whatsover to do with Mark Zuckerberg. See the line:

"to convince Mark Zuckerberg to consider a Presidential run in 2020"

PACs get founded all the time by people who claim something like that, their only objective is to get the money into their own pockets.

Real candidates end up sending lots of 'Cease and desist' letters to them to stop using their names, but in the meantime the founders get their money.

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‪WannaCry‬pt ransomware note likely written by Google Translate-using Chinese speakers

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Re: More to the point

Now that you mention it, it wouldn't surprise me if the one doing the translations was logged into his Google account while doing them.

I doubt Google keeps so much logging but they might

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Venezuela increases internet censorship and surveillance in crisis

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Re: Chile 1973

Eduardo Galeno no longer stands by that book, according to him I didn't know enough about politics or the economy when I wrote it

After thinking that Castro removing Batista would be a good a thing, the US didn't hesitate to do anything to prevent it from happening again.

But that was them, when communism looked like a threat, nowadays we know for certain that it is nothing but a bad joke.

So the US doesn't care, not even a bit. You don't see them building a new 'Contra', do you?

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IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

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"On low skilled jobs, people are pretty fungible"

Many people seem to think so, but it's not really true.

In my experience there is a big difference between people are good at something and people who aren't in just about any job.

If you don't believe me think about something as menial as cleaning staff, haven't you noticed there are people who leave things sparkling clean while other just seem to move the mop around to no effect?

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Ford to replace CEO with connected car division boss – reports

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Re: Ford has gone downhill recently

"Built in some new Spanish factory"

Sure, that factory has only been producing cars for 40 years now, so pretty new as theses things go.

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"There was a case recently in the UK where a drunk driver ..."

And yet the technology will be ridiculed with nonsense like : "to protect you from terrorists, natch"

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Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

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Re: Putty ....

"install numbers stopped overnight when the freebie Win10 datamine edition ended"

Haven't you seen the "Your computer in too moderm for windows 7, we are going to stop sending you updates that would save you from things like WannaCry just because we can. Update to Win10 already!"

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The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

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"update their OS despite it running on an enormous variety of hardware."

I guess that "PC compatible" now qualifies as a given value of 'variety'

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WannaCrypt 'may be the work of North Korea' theory floated

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"If it was the work of private enterprise it ...."

You know Yet, there are teams that won't hire you.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Manslaughter? If someode dies it should be first degree.

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Microsoft's .NET-mare for developers: ASP.NET Core 2.0 won't work on Windows-only .NET

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But it is only 8,28% of active servers.

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Re: Tantrum

" email will do the job nicely."

On the other hand, ever since I got my first email address, at college a couple decades ago, I have taken for granted that whoever controlled the mail server could read my mail.

Some people are problably expecting me write about the crypto I use, but really, I simply don't email anything I wouldn't want people to read.

If I had a facebook acount I would do the same.

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In case you don't know The Messina Group did the same thing to get you to vote remain.

Politicians using advertsing! I am shocked, SHOCKED!!!

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

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I am shocked, shocked!

Really guys, this policy has been know for years now, and you are acting all shocked about it?

Really? They kind of people that read the Register didn't know about this? Really?

The same kind of people don't know that apps like Chrome, who do the actual talking to the internet, still get updates after that period?

Dudes, you are funny, hilarious even.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: Computer repairs

Yes, of course, the moment Windows 7 was released ramsonware writers had to find a new job.

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'No deal better than bad deal' approach to Brexit 'unsubstantiated'

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Re: Unforseen consequences of Brexit, number 93

" In short to become pirates and smugglers."

So, business as usual for the british.

Did you know that, on average, everyone in Gilbraltar smokes nine packs a day?

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

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"Buy a 10TB NAS storage unit, rip the DVDs to it, the file the DVDs in the loft."

Why bother? It's not like he will have the time to watch them.

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