* Posts by BillG

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Marketing giant Marketo forgets to renew domain name. Hilarity ensues

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Be Paranoid

Every critical website I own and run, I make sure the domain expiration date is at least one year from now. When I renew, I renew for at least two years.

You run the risk (it happened to me once on an unused domain) of a domain expiring and someone getting it immediately using a domain waiting service.

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iRobot just banked a fat profit. And it knows how to make more: By selling maps of your homes

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Re: Thanks iRobot...

iRobot takes privacy and security of its customers very seriously.

iRobot takes privacy and security of its customers! Very seriously!

Fixed it for ya'.

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US spies hacked our phones over the air, claim pipeline protesters

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Re: Backdoors prevail

Why would the government want to spy on these people? WHY?

The whole protest was disgusting. The protesters came unprepared. no porta-potties, no garbage bags. They left the land absolutely filthy with human waste and garbage. You should see the photos.

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Intel loves the maker community so much it just axed its Arduino, Curie hardware. Ouch

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Re: @Dwarf

Once again, Intel proves that they are a slave to their own history.:

Never trust Intel for embedded systems.

They can't even spell "microcontroller".

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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Cuban

Buggy multimedia nightmare won't see President Zuckerberg's inauguration

Mark Cuban is going to run for Pres as a Dem.

You heard it here first.

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Democrats (still a thing, apparently) are super unhappy about AT&T's Time-Warner merger

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Re: End around

@chivo243 wrote: Actually the politicians who have proposed this aren't getting "greased" enough, that is why they are proposing this kind of legislature. They make a good show (read big deal) now, and the lobbyists will be at their door painting their street gold in no time.

It's the old game of "dat's a nice thing you got going there.... would be a shame if something should happen to it..."

Couldn't have said it better myself.

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Re: it would be funny if...

Lost in Clouds of Data wrote: The same MSNBC that just last week took the #1 spot from Fox News?

http://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/category/ratings

This is the best ORIGINAL source for cable ratings. You can play specsmanship games all you want, but Fox News consistently remains #1 in total weekly viewers.

DSTM

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Re: This is why they fail

Other industries the party wants to break up include breweries (they note just five companies make half of the world's beer), eyeglass vendors, and the always-popular airlines racket.

They do this all the time. The Dems have never, ever stopped significant mergers or broken up any industries (AT&T not withstanding). BTW they made a killing in donations from Microsoft by threatening to break them up.

Campaign donations are way down, so this is an attempt to grab money. When the Dems are unsuccessful (and they always are), they'll blame the other party.

This is Campaign Finance 101. Nothing to see here, move along, move along.

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Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested

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Re: No doubt

Reminds me of the old saying, "There is no one more dangerous than an embarrassed bureaucrat".

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Sweden leaked every car owners' details last year, then tried to hush it up

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Re: Read the title, knew it was IBM

@ecofeco wrote: All I had to do was read the title and I knew it was IBM.

It's not IBM's fault:

"[Sweden's] transport agency e-mailed the entire database in clear text messages to marketers that subscribe to it..."

Sweden's transport agency screwed this up! And why is Sweden selling this information to marketeers?

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Fan of FBI cosplay? Enjoy freaking out your neighbors? Have we got the eBay auction for you

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Re: Ironside

Could this be the new El Reg Roving News Van?

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Vendors rush to call everything AI even if it isn't, or doesn't help

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Re: AI exists?

I think the issue with choosing AI systems is that there are no meaningful metrics or benchmarks for comparing different products.

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Google must cough up contact info for 8,000 employees in gender discrimination case

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Re: Human Instrumentation Project

"Together, this should give OFCCP ability to contact – confidentially and without Google's knowledge – all employees whom OFCCP believes are likely to have information relevant to the investigation..."

Is it still without Google's knowledge if the employee's contact info is a gmail address?

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Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit

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...claims Trump's practice of blocking Twitter followers represents an unconstitutional attempt to suppress dissent.

Like I keep telling people - yes, you have the right to voice your opinion. You do NOT have the right to demand others listen to your opinion.1

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1I'm talking to the guy that always sits next to me at the pub and talks about his team to no one.

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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Re: my relocation bundle

Whenever I've relocated, I always make sure I completely understand the relocation allowance and how it can and cannot be used.

I also make sure I know when my first payday is with relation to my start date, sometimes starting on a Friday instead of the following Monday can mean not missing a pay period.

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Trump's CNN tantrum could delay $85bn AT&T-Time Warner merger

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Re: Whose tantrum?

This pretty much sums it up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgB8z5OOVjQ

That's an interesting video. The CNN commentator, more than once, seems to regret that she has to (forced to?) report on tweets rather than issues.

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Facebook's left hand is fighting for Americans' right to privacy

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The gag orders started before Obama, under Bush. Obama's administration expanded their use...

Remember that while Bush was President, memory was bulky and damned expensive. High capacity Flash memory was just a dream, and the laws were made with those limitations in mind.

While Obama was President we saw unprecedented growth in the technology for bulk memory capacity for both Flash and spinning rust. Obama took those laws and by 2011 expanded them way past what anyone imagined memory technology could do back in 2006.

Advances in memory technology did for government surveillance what advances in drone technology did for peeping-Toms and in both cases offenders took advantage of outdated laws. So don't try blaming this on Bush - whether you are a fanboi if his or not, Obama is solely responsible for the United States Surveillance Republic. There is no denying Obama could have stopped this.

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Did you know? Today is International Asteroid Day! Wouldn't it be amazing if one were to...

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Re: El Reg ?

Oh, 'come on, it's easy to deflect an asteroid! You and Miramani just run into the woods, find the temple obelisk, play the correct tones, then program the ancient computer to deflect the asteroid.

I AM KIR-RAK!!!

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US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

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Re: Well, at least he has good taste in music

The lunatic is on the hack...

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Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

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Neighbor spoofing takes place when the caller falsifies the caller ID to match the area code and first three digits of the recipient's phone number...

That explains the calls I've been getting on my mobile! Always my area code and first three digits. I never answer and I have an app that forever blocks them.

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Tesla's driverless car software chief steps down

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Can it identify a truck driven by a cat?

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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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Re: Nothing new under the sun

Quote from an IT guy that came to service my Windows 10 company laptop two weeks ago: "Windows Defender couldn't find a virus if it was jumping up and down screaming 'HERE I AM! HERE I AM!' "

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Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more

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Re: Where it went wrong?

No, I can tell you where it went wrong. The documentation for these products sucked. Absolutely sucked. Distributors initially were selling the Edison and the Galileo so fast they couldn't keep them on the shelves, then people tried to return them because other than the demo they could not write firmware due to lousy docs. You couldn't even get the SPI to interface to an external EEPROM.

The quality of these devices are/were excellent. While these products weren't the cheapest, you got a ton of power in a small footprint. But Intel also made some stupid mistakes. Like on the Galileo Rev 1, you had to power the board first, then connect the USB connector to your PC. If you did it the other way around, you blew the board.

I had a direct line to Intel last year & I was working on the Intel Quark. The lawyers and the accountants have taken over the company. Getting proper phone or email support absolutely required knowing the design engineer's person's personal email address and conversing privately, and even then you only got part of the story.

IMO, Intel's reputation in Embedded is done. First they discontinued all their embedded microcontrollers in 1993 and screwed over lots of customers, some I knew & went out of business. Then they tried XScale and despite spending $35M in marketing they could not penetrate Embedded because too many people remembered getting screwed in 1993. A few other failures, then the Atom mess, now these very very high profile devices. No word yet on if the Quark will be discontinued.

I don't see how a responsible engineer could trust an Intel sourcing decision.

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Congressman drafts COVFEFE Act to preserve Trump's Twitter tantrums

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Re: Quigley is as bad as Trump

By law the President's communications are logged and archived. Not his personal Twitter account,

Once sworn in, the President basically surrenders a personal life. He wears the "Lojack", there is no debate. The Secret Service makes certain decisions on the Prez's activities that the Prez may not dispute. All emails, phone calls, electronic conversations are monitored regardless of personal or not, because there is no "personal". Even his body waste is collected and destroyed when traveling, because a bad actor could analyze it and determine weaknesses in the Prez's health.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't think I could stand being monitored 24 hours a day for four or eight years like this.

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Re: Quigley is as bad as Trump

A US congressman has written up a bill that calls for the President's social media activity to be archived alongside other official communications.

It's a useless bill. By law, all the President's communications are logged and archived anyway. Even his location, the Pres wears a GPS tracker so his location is logged all the time.

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US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling Republican contractor

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Hillary

Meanwhile, all the data mysteriously ended up on Hillary's email server.

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Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

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Re: Unwise decision?

@Alan Johnson wrote: Logically how can it be involuntary manslaughter? The evidence was that her actions and the outcome were entirely volumtary, preplanned and what she intended.

I agree here. Involuntary manslaughter is when someone is killed WITHOUT "malice aforethought", She had the deliberate intention of killing him.

This wasn't an accident, she VOLUNTARILY killed him. IMO she should have been charged with Voluntary Manslaughter because she deliberately caused his death.

OTOH, maybe the prosecution was concerned that it was easier to get a conviction this way.

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Discredit a journo? Easy, that'll be $55k. Fix an election? Oh, I can do that for just $400k

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There's One Born Every Minute

Whether such listings are in themselves an attempt at disinformation is certainly debatable.

During the early days of the internet, the Associated Press wrote about a website that offered revenge services. You gave them detailed information, they interacted with you, then you gave them a few thousand $$$ and you never heard from them or your money again. D'oh!

People that offer services that are, in themselves, illegal, tell you what you need to know about the ethics of the people offering the services.

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DIY self-driving cars are closer than they appear (and we're not talking about in the mirror)

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Re: I support open source

since obviously no insurance company is going to cover a DIY self driving car.

It's entirely possible that in the event of an accident the insurance company might call the policy null and void, leaving the driver/owner with 100% of the liability.

Open-source self-driving HW and SW? Nothing good can come of that.

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

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Re: Dear "The Intercept"

@Rustbucket wrote: And microdots can survive a trip through an office copier, or was some other identification method used?

I've heard there are subtle ways these printed classified documents are modified and so can be identified, such as minuscule modifications to the spacing between words and lines, and the serifs in serif fonts. Copying still reproduces these subtle changes and so identifies who printed it. Retyping a multi-page document can be impractical.

It's also not hard to log what user printed what pages from which document. And I suspect that cell phones and cameras are banned from these highly classified workplaces.

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So despite all the cash ploughed into big data, no one knows how to make it profitable

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Re: Data speculation

Thank you, Matt Asay, for saying what I told my old boss two years ago. Just emailed him this article.

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Obama's intel chief says Russia totally tried to swing it for Trump

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Re: erm

@codejunky wrote: Constantly crying wolf over nothings doesn't help any case against him.

There was an excellent article written by, I think it was in Vanity Fair (a pub very sympathetic to liberals) that stated the DNC has 'cried wolf' so many times that people ignore it. It was very well researched.

The DNC and Hillary (I put them separate since she is attacking the DNC now) do not understand why the Access Hollywood tape, and the accusations of harassment against Trump, had a such a very minimal affect on Trump's poll numbers during the election. That she & the DNC don't get it.

What the Vanity Fair article stated is that today people accept that elections are lying contests. But they want their elected representatives tell the truth while in office.

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Re: Clapper

To be far he did also acknowledge and unusually for people in his position also apologise.

Liars are losers.

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The open source community is nasty and that's just the docs

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Re: Have they surveyed other groups?

The MS newsgroups I read and contributed to had regular, expert, volunteer contributers who politely and correctly answered basic repetitive questions without insulting anyone,

Must agree here. Back when I was in a small startup ~15 years ago, there was a debate as to whether or not to go with a Microsoft product or mySQL. Mostly the debate came down to which has the best support. So we did a test.

On both an MS newsgroup and an OS newsgroup, I asked the same newbie flawed question: "Is the Microsoft Access database compatible with mySQL"?

The MS newsgroup gave me polite answers that no, Access is not a database, it is an interface to the Jet database. I got a nice descriptions of jet, then my question was answered. Many answers were very detailed, and invited me to ask more questions.

You can probably guess the answer I got from the OS newsgroup, which came down to "You idiot, Access isn't a db, it's jet, you're a moron" and etc. The most surprising response was more than one person wrote "You do not desrve to use open sourc". More than one person just linked to the main page for the online documentation for mySQL. Many answers contained correctly spelled words.

Yes, we went with MSSQL.

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IBM: ALL travel must be approved now, and shut up about the copter

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Re: Again

In my experience with many large companies, I have found that austerity measures only work when they apply to both the proles and upper management.

When it becomes obvious that upper management has the same restrictions as the proles, morale improves and there is an enjoyable "we're all in this together" motivational camaraderie that is wonderful to experience!

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Acronis adds automated ransomware protection to latest Backup version

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Re: "The product uses blockchain technology . . "

Wonderful ! It has the latest buzzword-bingo-compliant functionality, it has to be perfect.

No, it's missing the words "cloud", "IoT", and "snowflake".

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'Do not tell Elon': Ex-SpaceX man claims firm cut corners on NASA part tests

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The technician testified that Shotwell’s response to his concerns was “Don’t tell Elon, do not tell Elon. If he finds out about this, we will all get fired.”

I highly doubt that the president of SpaceX (Shotwell) would say something this blatantly actionable. Execs nowadays are very mindful of the fact that a hidden recording device could be a phone, a pen, a button. Assuming this conversation happened, the standard bullshit lying response is "Thanks for bringing this to my attention, I'll look into it".

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Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

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Re: Once you send your data to the cloud

you can kiss it goodbye. OK, raise your hand all those who didn't see it coming! Now those of you who did, go look in the mirror.

Saw it coming. And this is going to be an important court case. Who owns the data, the cloud service provider or the content creator? Who's property is the data?

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Phil Collins and supergroup exposed as cloud investors

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"There's something cloudy in the air tonight. Oh Lord"

+1 for the subtitle. Thanks!

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Just so we're all clear on this: Russia hacked the French elections, US Republicans and Dems

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Re: Yup

From the linked Clinton News Network website:

Flynn served as his National Security Adviser, but resigned after one month amid questions about his links to Russia.

As I recall all Flynn did was not declare a visit to Russia. That's hardly as dark as the deliberately vague statement "links to Russia".

The Clinton Foundation, OTOH, has pretty strong ties to Russia and I'll bet Hillary has some emails on that.

Oh, wait...

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Michael Dell? More like Michael in-Dell-nial: No public cloud, no future

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Grab them by the what?

I saw M. Dell speak at an entrepreneur's conference in Boston about ten years ago. It was in an auditorium at MIT. I'll never forget it - it was an education into hot girls and the rich & powerful.

I got there 30 minutes before the talk and the first few rows were already filled with hot, supermodel-type girls, some who tossed their hair at him the entire time. Some appeared to pull their blouses up to show their "assets". When the talk was over the girls rushed the stage and security had to restrain them. A few threw what looked like panties at him.

"Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac" - Henry Kissenger

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There be dragons? Why net neutrality groups won't go to Congress

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FTC + Net Neutrality = SUCCESS

Thanks, Andrew, for a well-written, unbiased article.

"The FTC has an ANTI-trust hammer which the FCC DOES NOT."... The FTC is far more powerful than the FCC in other ways, too. The FTC spends half its budget policing anti-competitive practices,

And here is where the FCC fell down. Comcast, AT&T, Time-Warner etc openly admit that they set their territories up so as to not compete with each other, allowing them to overcharge. They knew the FCC was powerless to stop them, while the FTC is not.

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NSA pulls plug on some email spying before Congress slaps it down

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The NSA has, in theory, stopped snooping on American citizens' private communications that loosely involve foreigners in some way.

Of course they have! They wouldn't lie to us 100 times in a row, would they?

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Huawei used cheap-as-chips chips in some P10s, now buyers want to boil it in oil

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Re: Color me surprised

The response is a standard bullshit PR crisis template:

1. We care - too much

2. We moved too fast - because we care

3. We are listening (but will take no action)

4. We will use this as a lesson (now shut the f*ck up)

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Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

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Re: He should take the fall

Imagine if someone hacked Trump's phone and got access to the twitter account.

Couldn't happen. Trump's Twitter account is on Twitter's select watch list. Tweets can only be made from specific devices like his phone and laptop. Even if Trump tried to use someone else's computer with his legitimate username and password, Twitter would flag it and suspend his account.

If someone tried to hack Trump's twitter account there would be black helicopters outside their house in no time. Federal prison is no joke.

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Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it

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Licensees

Lest we forget, the British invented the English language. Us Americans are only licensees.

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Uber sued by ex-Lyft driver tormented by app maker's 'Hell' spyware

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The Gospel of the Valley

@AC wrote: The Gospel of the Valley is: "You shall disrupt and Regulations are for losers".

Thanks. That explains a lot.

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Teen charged with 'cyberstalking' in bomb hoax case

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Re: "tumour"

I'm not a brain surgeon, but I don't see how a tumour could impair his ability to understand that what he was doing was wrong...

Unfortunately, for him right or wrong may not factor into it. For someone that is biologically cognitively impaired, this bad behavior might satisfy a hardwired emotional need in his damaged mind. It doesn't excuse his behavior, it just explains it.

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Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

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Re: I see you "I am not a crook".

"I did not have sex with that woman"

Which reminds me of a joke that was timely in the 1990's:

Hillary: "Are you having sex with your boyfriend?"

Chelsea: "Not according to daddy!

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