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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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IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

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My mother always tells me to be nice to sales representatives, after all one of my grandfathers I never knew used to be one of them.

But, even if he hadn't been, I don't really see the point of being a bully.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: Make something new

"Why have we never seen the The Foundation trilogy turned into a movie?"

Because the trilogy is mostly people in rooms talking.

Works great in a book, my copies are in bad shape after reading them so many times, but it would be hard to pull off in a movie.

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Is! Yahoo! dead?! Why! web! biz! will! rename! to! Altaba! – the! truth!

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Re: Never understand why advertising wasn't their focus

"Google sits there owning the ad market "

It's Google and Facebook.

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CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers

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What makes you think that the pump was designed and developed by "young men"?

You never met a female engineer, designer or product manager?

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That's the way the Cook, he stumbles: Apple CEO pay cut as sales tank

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Re: 5 years down and running on fumes

On the other hand, not releasing a smaller ipad or a bigger iphone would have been dumb.

Very, very dumb.

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Bitcoin breaks US$1,000

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Re: Sudden crash coming again?

How does:

"it is illegal for employees to be paid in tokens other than cash"

turn into:

"So if my European customer sends me EURO I go to jail?"

You wouldn't happen to be a fan of politics, would you?

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

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Re: Not seen R1 yet but...

" replacing David Prowse with Hayden Christensen "

That's extremely unlikely since David Prowse was never in that scene. Originally, Vader was played by Sebastian Shaw in it.

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I have to say I was terribly disappointed watching the film.

For some reason I thought it was going to be great, I went to the theater expecting to love it.

This is the first time a Star Wars movie has bored me, the ewoks, Jar Jar, the wretched Lucas dialogue may have been eye rolling, but not boring.

Yes, there were times where X-Wings made me smile and the like but really by the time the final battle started I was hoping for all the characters to die so they wouldn't be in another movie.

Like in the first scene, the parents talk about the plan they had, I don't even want to think about what they would have done if they had had to improvise.

And really, what was the Asian character about? It looked to me they piled all the Asian character cliches they could find into him, he felt like a parody of a parody. He and his sidekick were worse than the ewoks and I can hardly believe I am writing that.

And usually I root for comic relief characters but, except for the droid, I found most of the jokes eye rolling.

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Re: Not seen R1 yet but...

On the other hand, the brat has been shot in the gut by Chewie, it is pretty amazing he could even walk.

And even then, he was trying to recruit Rey, not defeat her, which gave her a big advantage.

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Europe to launch legal action against countries over diesel emissions cheating

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Re: Why can't the EU...

"the point is they didn't meet the standards as laid down by the EU"

But they did, it was US standards they didn't meet.

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Icelandic Pirate Party sails away from attempt to form government

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Re: Nice

It 'only' took two elections

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Samsung revival hamstrung by 2014 Google deal – analyst

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Again?

"it is once again looking to see if it can also use software and services to eke out some differentiation"

But that trick never works.

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Top tech company's IP was looted by China, so it plans to hack back

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Well, nice, but spying was a thing even before the internet was invented.

So, let's you network is 110% secure but governments know that your research team is top notch.

How long do you think would be before every geek and secretary in the organization is suddenly 'assaulted' by gorgeous people?

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Amazing

It really is.

Flabbergasting really.

Over one hundred comments for something that is completely and utterly irrelevant.

Who would have thought?

Well, Parkinson I guess.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Re: what Vegans think will happen to all those animals we breed for food and dairy

"Finally, if vegans want wild things to live in the wild, they need to be more vocal about the size of the human population"

Don't worry, they are already into it.

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Mac administrators brace for big changes to Apple-powered fleets

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Re: cue...

"I. Do. Not. Want. Another. Smeggin'. Adaper. In. My. Life."

Then, don't.

It is that easy.

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USS Zumwalt gets Panama tug job after yet another breakdown

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Re: Scotty?

On the other hand, the captain should kind of grateful that the engines can't take him.

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178 arrested in pan-European money mule crackdown

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Re: Cops 178, Criminals 0

More like disrupting their supply lines.

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Firefox hits version 50

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Re: "Why the high usage of Google's Chrome?"

Because it is the default browser in Android.

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Re: Chrome

"Do people not care about privacy?"

If they did Facebook wouldn't even exist.

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WileyFox Swift 2: A new champ of the 'for around £150' market

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Re: The Moto G4 Plus does. That's £190 iirc.

I have a third generation Moto G, it downloaded one update when I bought it in July and last month it got another.

It is supposed to get a Nougat update, but I'll believe it when I see it.

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Kotkin: Why Trump won

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Re: You get the politicians you deserve.

Absolutely, after all it's clear that someone that can't even deal his own party would have made a great president.

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Re: How can any decent voter

Yep, the KKK is going to be just delighted when his orthodox jew son-in-law ends up being the real power in this presidency.

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The Reg seeks online community manager

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Nah, that makes you the anti regcommentard.

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World-leading heart hospital 'very, very lucky' to dodge ransomware hit

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Luck?

They had backups, that's competente not luck.

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Curl bashes 11 bugs

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Re: Didn't curl have the problem...

Nope.

Not even close really.

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Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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Re: Non-issue.

So, let's see if I got this straight.

Lots of British people here being amazed about people from other countries obeying traffic laws.

Lots of British people here complaining about bmw drivers disregarding traffic laws.

Everyone in the UK has a bmw?

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I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

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Re: 'simple'solution

That's the easy part

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

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Re: Pint due.

Usually I am one of the most pacific, even passive, people you will ever meet.

But political nuts that insist on turning any thread into political shit make me wish you could legally shoot them on sight.

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SUSE: Question. What do you call second-place in ARM enterprise server linux? Answer: Red Hat

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Re: Whatever happened to peace and love in the free software world?

Think of it as the persians invading Greece with the biggest army ever mustered.

They should have won, easily, but the puny Greeks were so used to fighting among themselves that they won.

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