* Posts by BillG

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Gartner's Great Vanishing: Some of 2017's emerging techs just disappeared

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Re: What happened to "serverless"?

Remember "Thin Clients"? It was all the rage with college grads who bragged it would be the best thing since sliced bread.

Unfortunately us old farts had to remind them that it was another name for "mainframe".

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Re: I wish Gartner would Vanish!

Edge Computing is alive and well.

Anyone remember Dataquest Dataguess? They reached peak entertainment value in the mid-90's when a map of the USA in one of their reports put Detroit squarely in Tennessee.

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Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy

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Re: Caesars have proven themselves incompetent

Minimum wage security people.

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What happens to your online accounts when you die?

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What About The Pron On Your Computer?

Clip from The Man Show - cleaning up after you die for the single guy:

The Rest Assured service - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_QA7M2vQBw

"Your family will remember you by what you've left behind... when you're gone, it's too late to hide any evidence of your hedonistic lifestyle (get that goat off the bed!)"

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

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Prime Complaints

Yes, Amazon will renege on their promise to you to deliver next day. They will also renege on their promise to deliver guaranteed two-day delivery in two days.

Each time Amazon breaks that promise YOU MUST CALL customer support and complain (don't chat, call them). You must call immediately after you notice a problem, as in the online delivery date disagrees with the delivery date in your confirmation email.

Don't let them B.S. you with "it's next day after factory processing". Be stubborn. Repeat after me, "I expect delivery two days after I place my order." Repeat it over and over. BE NICE! Be nice to the customer service rep, trust me, they can do a lot for you if they like you, like free next-day shipping, extending your Prime by a month (maximum three months), $20 credit for the inconvenience, and much more. Many of us have done telephone support, you know what that's like.

After the third time you complain your delivery problems will mysteriously disappear.

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US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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Security by Design?

What does it take to put all external I/O ports under a secure, locked cover tied to an alarm? What does it take to make sure SSL certificates are up-to-date?

How do you allow voting machines with such easy security flaws to exist, unless they were meant to have these security flaws?

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Star Fleet

Actually, the problem being addressed here is that the USA already has a "space force" of sorts. The problem is that it is distributed over several armed services and government agencies with no central coordination. Anyone who's worked for a large company with different divisions doing the same thing knows how horribly inefficient and toxic that is.

All this Space Force does is provide one organization providing this central task. It's gonna create tech jobs and you gotta like that.

Russia and China already have (or are working on) systems that can destroy U.S. and U.K. satellites, including explosive-laden satellites already in orbit shadowing their satellite targets. With a single command they move towards their target much like a magnetic mine, and BOOM - no more HBO!

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Re: It's to be hoped that the conference organizers vote with their dollars...

While somewhat off-colour, anyone with an ounce of security knowledge could see that this was a joke about how hackers attack the dumbest and easiest low-hanging fruit.

But unfortunately there are people out there without an ounce of brains that won't see that this is was a joke, and think the tweet is a call to action. They'll interpret the word "attack" in an unfortunate way, with results ranging from inconvenient to lethal.

In today's hostile online culture there are people tweeting calls for attacks, and the mentally-challenged are reading those tweets and taking them seriously.

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Revealed: El Reg blew lid off Meltdown CPU bug before Intel told US govt – and how bitter tech rivals teamed up

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Re: and?

The less PR departments are told the less that can issue canned bs statements.

And that's what's killing LinkedIn - canned BS statements from PR.

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Funnily enough, no, infosec bods aren't mad keen on W. Virginia's vote-by-phone-app plan

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Re: Could I vote?

I'm reading this article and I'm shaking my head.

When Iraq first had free elections in 2005, voters had to overcome terrorists threats, suicide bombers, and gun violence, and they bravely went to the polls anyway.

Here in the USA we have lazy asses that will vote only if they don't have to put down their bag of potato chips and get off the couch. I'll bet these lazy asses will vote for whichever candidate pays them to stay on that couch.

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New age discrim row: Accenture, Facebook sued by sales boss for favoring 'new blood'

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LinkedIn FAIL

If you want an example, look at LinkedIn. Since their Microsoft overlords took charge they've hired 20-something marketing managers to decide the features of the new impending website. Their solution is to make it act like Facebook. So far it's been a total technical and PR disaster.

From what LinkedIn is saying, the new website will be a spammer's paradise BECAUSE youngsters with limited experience do not understand "unintended consequences".

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Re: Difficult to stop

Last year, America's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 18,376 age discrimination complaints. That's down from a high of 24,582 in 2008, when a major financial crisis and recession began.

That number was 20,857 in 2016. But these numbers only reflect U.S. Federal complaints, not state or local.

https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/enforcement/charges.cfm

In my experience age discrimination is rampant in tech. But what many companies do before letting someone 45+ go is give them a (false) poor performance report first to justify it. Makes it much more difficult to file a complaint.

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TSMC chip fab tools hit by virus, payment biz BGP hijacked, CCleaner gets weird – and more

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Re: Off means I opt out

Nowadays a software upgrade isn't always a good thing. I've stayed on older versions of software & mobile apps because it's better than the latest version. That's why I'm still using CCleaner v5.27.

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Qualcomm demands blueprints to Intel chips used in Apple iPhones

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Videoconferencing

Qualcomm countered that testimony could be obtained from afar through the miracle of videoconferencing.

Percent of time during a videoconference spent paying attention to subject: 10%

Percent of time during a videoconference spent looking at yourself in the video adjusting your position on your chair, changing your facial expression, re-placing your hands, etc: 90%

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Ecuador's Prez talking to UK about Assange's six-year London Embassy stay – reports

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Re: So much hostility

What would happen if Assange® left the embassy and found that Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S.A. don't want him? Could his ego handle it? Would his head explode? Would he prance around Piccadilly Square with a sign saying "Please Arrest Me, I'm Important"?

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UK's Huawei handler dials back support for Chinese giant's kit in critical infrastructure

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Re: Obviously, all other vendors in our infrastructure are subject to the same scrutiny...

As someone in the industry, I can tell you that all vendors ARE subject to the same scrutiny.

Not only that but to get on the approved vendor list you must demonstrate a secure supply chain, dependable quality control, consistent manufacturing quality, alternate manufacturing facilities, and a whole lot more.The question here is if Huawei is failing all this now, how the hell did they get on the approved vendor list in the first place? (those of you that understand already know the answer to that question).

Repeat after me, @Nezumi: "This is industry standard" whether you are selling switches to the U.K. or voltage regulators to Ford. You don't just waltz into a major account and sell your kit based on charm and a smile, you must first run Purchasing and QC's gauntlet.

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Fukushima reactors lend exotic nuclear finish to California's wines

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As someone once said, "Live in New York once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in SoCal once, but leave before it makes you glow in the dark."

And don't forget to wear sunscreen.

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Call records breach let users feel like Movistars (with everyone watching who they're talking to)

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Nobody is going to do that!

@Zippy, I saw the same thing.

I explained to a former employer how a similar issue could hack the corporate website and even bring it down. I got a very angry response of "Nobody is going to do that!" All traces of my complaint were erased.

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PayPal's pal Venmo spaffs your pals' payments – and yours

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Re: Sharing is Caring

Default privacy settings should always be SHARE NOTHING. It should be a law. It should be in state, federal, confederate, federation, galactic constitutions.

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Re: I guess we can add this to the 100 other reasons why Cashless is a bad idea....

A completely cashless society is the final nail in the coffin of personal privacy.

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Re: You can't fork Android

I only buy Android devices I can root. Once rooted I uninstall the bloatware, and install a strong firewall I like.

If I can't root it, I won't buy it.

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Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

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I'm not a millennial, I'm paranoid

Yeah, I got one of those emails. I'm not a millennial, I'm a paranoidial, so my webcam is disabled in BIOS and has a piece of tape over it. They asked to be paid in Bitcoin. I just took it as a scam email & relegated it to my saved-spam folder for future reference.

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FBI for the Apple guy: Bloke accused of stealing robo-car tech

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Re: Jobs is probably spinning in his grave at this...

Every company I ever worked for that did any kind of engineering/research, etc. had security guards

There's usually one weak security guard, like the guard that abandons his post to go to the can "just for a minute". Some are known for falling asleep.

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Up in arms! Arm kills off its anti-RISC-V smear site after own staff revolt

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Re: Something will roll...

Simply speaking, the ARM (Arm?) architecture family is not one-size-fits-all, and there is a lot to like about RISC-V.

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Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

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Re: Outrageous!

the clerk was unable to shut off a pump that dispensed free fuel for 90 minutes

What about putting one of those bright yellow bags that say "Out of Order" over the nozzle?

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They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today

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Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam...

Around ten years ago I signed up for a browser-based Hotmail account just to see if the spam rumors are true. My username was a random 10-character alphanumeric.

No less than ten minutes after I'd finished signing up did I receive my first spam email. After that I received about 20 to 50 spam emails a day even though I never used that Hotmail account. Never sent an email to or from it.

That's Microsoft for you.

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Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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Re: No 'Meaningful change' in user numbers

@JohnFen wrote: Teens are leaving Facebook because they (correctly) perceive that Facebook is for businesses and old farts.

Teens are leaving Facebook because it's harder to be anonymous on FB, and parents are demanding access to their teen's FB page.

So teens use Twitter instead because they like how Twitter is much easier to use while being anonymous. They also like how it's easier to hide a Twitter account from parents.

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Science fiction legend Harlan Ellison ends his short time on Earth

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All Roads Lead To Amber

I enjoyed Harlan Ellison's writings.

But not as much as Roger Zelazny.

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Re: where i work

I wonder if the Austin office has a lot of young employees that aren't aware of protocol when a C-level executive shows up.

Reminds me of the Dilbert where Asok fantasizes: "I can meet the CEO in the rest room and give him my opinions! And he'll be so impressed with me, he'll promote me to Special Assistant To The CEO! That'll show my boss and co-workers how smart I really am!"

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Quantum seems to go through CEOs like a hot knife through butter

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Re: And so...

This reminds me of a situation I'd seen a few years ago:

1. Company Board of Directors hires new CEO

2. Board insists new CEO sign off on moving the Company's proprietary manufacturing process from U.S. to China

3. New CEO points out the Chinese firm they want is notorious for using bribes to steal trade secrets, and deal is structured so that CEO is 100% legally liable

4. Board demands CEO sign off, CEO refuses.

5. CEO resigns/fired

6. Goto 1

This company went through new CEOs every two or three months.

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Reality Winner, liberty loser: NSA leaker faces 63 months in the cooler

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When I read the title I thought Reality Winner meant something else

Being called Reality Winner should itself be an indictable offence.

Blame her mother Billie Winner.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits biz after fling with coworker rumbled

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Re: Similar thing at HP

@fandom is right. These things are always a lot more complicated than the public is told. In huge companies some C-level exec is always screwing around with a subordinate. It's a pretty well-known secret and it's not only consensual, but it's usually initiated by the subordinate.

My guess is there was either a lot more drama than we're being told, or someone wanted Krzanich out.

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AT&T sends in startup shill to shake up Cali's net neutrality safeguards

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Re: s'rsly?

This is California where the tail wags the dog. Of course CA state officials already know the report came from CALinnovates. As a matter of fact, it's more likely the state officials asked CALinnovates to submit the report to justify something they already want to do with AT&T. That's very common in state governments.

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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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Captain's Log

Can someone explain to me ... why in the blue blazes would a supermarket have its own date format? I guess a database expert can explain.

What do you want to bet the date format was stardates? So today's stardate is 1806.18 (or 201806.18).

Fanboi icon chosen because.

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Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

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Re: Lock them all up?

'I did not have an unclassified FBI connection at home that worked'

Ah, so it's tech support's fault?

FYI government laptops have two separate physical hard drives, one for classified and another for unclassified. Copy/paste between the two is supposed to be blocked. But all actions and each keystroke on the laptop for both hard drives is logged, and detailed telemetry sent back to HQ.

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Men are officially the worst… top-level domain

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Re: Throw in others and...

The company I worked for last year blacklisted any email from a TLD that was four letters or longer, except for .info. It was a very popular policy.

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AT&T gets clearance to devour Time Warner for $85 BEEEELION

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Re: Simple answer went right by the judge..

According to Judge Richard Leon: "this vertical merger would result in hundreds of millions of dollars in annual cost savings to AT&T’s customers and notwithstanding the fact that…no competitor will be eliminated by the merger proposed vertical integration."

See??? AT&T will have reduced costs! And naturally they will want to pass those saving onto customers by lowering prices!! And then they will send their customers free candy and live unicorns!!!

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New York State is trying to ban 'deepfakes' and Hollywood isn't happy

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Re: Fitting justice.

Indeed, the nerve of it, thinking we have the right to our own images!

You can't use the images of certain deceased stars like John Wayne, Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, etc. without the written consent of their families or license holders. Why not give the common person the same rights?

Oh, I forgot, we are common people and do not have the same rights. Appropriate icon chosen. Thank you.

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Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7, 8.1 support forums

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Re: Not sure how big of a loss this is

Hi pip25, thank you today for your question

Nope, no_handle_yet, you don't fool me, you're not from MS. If you were, your post would be repeated, over and over again, after every single non-Microsoft post, over and over again.

If I have answered your question correctly, please mark this reply as the Best Answer because I am an MS Help Professional and my ego is very fragile. Thank you.

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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A Thriving Market of Counterfeits

I don´t really understand why NASA are being so up tight about this though,

Because if it was legal for someone to own lunar material with a thimble-full potentially worth a million dollars, a thriving market of counterfeits would spring up overnight which would quickly spiral out of control. It would include fake moon dust, fake rocks, fake experts, fake labs, fake lab results, and real murders.

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The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people's private posts public

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Re: Yeah yeah yeah yeah, but everything is ok - really...

My mother used to say that saying sorry meant you were saying you wouldn't do it again.

Interesting, my grandfather told me that for most people, "I'm sorry" means "Let me do it again".

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Adobe Flash gets emergency patch for zero-day exploit

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McAfee Antivirus

I think it's funny that when you install Flash from the Adobe website, there's a checkbox to install McAfee Antivirus.

As if Adobe's message is, "If you are going to install our Flash, you better have protection from viruses!!!"

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Finally, San Francisco cleans up the crap from its streets – yes, all those fscking scooters

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Google's First Law of Aquisition

Peskin points out that the companies have all told him that they aren't selling the data...

"Once you have their data, never give it back."

- Google's First Law of Aquisition

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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Exciting Improvments - NOT!

"There is a direct correlation between vague marketing speak and the likelihood that a company is planning to do something you won't like."

Well put, Kieren.

And as far as LinkedIn is concerned - it has become an absolute, buggy mess. Every few months Microsoft removes more features from LinkedIn while refusing to fix bugs, meanwhile insulting members by calling the ongoing downgrades "exciting improvements".

I predict "exciting improvements" for Github in the future.

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Recommend Linux Distro to Learn Linux?

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Re: Recommend Linux Distro to Learn Linux?

Jake, a big Thank You for the recommendation of LFS. I'm looking over their website right now.

Also thanks for recommending Slackware, I've had way too many experiences where software I depend upon becomes abandonware.

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Recommend Linux Distro to Learn Linux?

I'd like to learn Linux from the insides, so I want to install a Linux distro on an unused laptop. I first want to learn how the Linux OS is structured the way I understand how Windows OS is structured - for example I know what C:\windows is for, where programs are installed, what a .DLL is, what the registry does. So I'm looking for a Linux distro that will teach me those basics, the terminology, how Linux drivers work etc.

For all I know any Linux distro will do this and this is a foolish question, but if it is, it further shows my level of newness!

Thanks for any help anyone can offer.

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From Russia with(out) Zuck: Popular Facebook boss gets another invite to turn down

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Politicians worldwide are less concerned about what Zuck may have on the public, and more concerned with what Zuck might have on them.

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Intel teases Optane DIMMS, but you may need a new Xeon first

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Hokey Pokey Marketing

I dunno... Intel introduces and discontinues products so quickly these days, I'd be skeptical committing to any Intel product.

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Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

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Re: Keep it going

Same here. I fondly recall Eudora, with all attachments in a separate directory in their original form. Made searching attachments very easy. Was I on Win98 at the time?

I eventually was forced to move to Outlook, although I can't remember why. I found some software that converted all my Eudora email and folders into an Outlook PST file.

Strange how one can be nostalgic for old tech.

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