* Posts by Kev99

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There's no 'My' in Office, Microsoft insists with new productivity hub

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It's a crippled version of the desktop software.

Splunk does a bunk from Russia: No software and services for you, Putin!

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$57 million loss on $480 Million revenues? That's either one helluva shittily run company or those numbers fictitious cpa accounting. How it could be an ongoing concern with numbers like that is beyond me. They probably made millions if one used real world, cash accounting.

First they came for Equifax and we did nothing because America. Now they are coming for back-end systems and we're...

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Idiot companies that use the internet to store proprietary and confidential. The bean counters seem to think the net is free and there are no other costs. And they won't admit a net is just a bunch of holes held together with string. They deserve whatever pain the courts hit them with.

Cisco sues lawyers on its own side – for bigger slice of capacitor price-fixing settlement pie

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Never have understood why people who get into lawsuits don't require the opposing party to pay all attorney fess and costs instead of agreeing to giving up a slice of the pie.

Grumble Pai: FCC boss told by House Dems to try the novel concept of putting US folks first, big biz second

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We can only hope Pallone & Doyle are successful. Maybe they can start an action against Pai for nonfeasance and failure to comply with his oath of office.

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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In the States, the SS still exists as the president's personal body guards. What a coincidence considering who we're stuck with as president. But as was said during The War, "You voted for him" (present writer excluded).

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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I'd love to see the ad-blockers be able to get around the stupid "You appear to be using an ad-blocker" messages. Duh! I know I am, fools. Your memory wasting / hogging, speed killing ads are why I have one.

Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong

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Neat. Now, how much is your cut from the scammers for alerting them to this reverse scam?

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Are they sure Neanderthals are extinct? They should spend time looking at crowds in major cities.

Tens to be disappointed as Windows 10 Mobile death date set: Doomed phone OS won't see 2020

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That many?

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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Not surprising. Where I used to work we had one lady who insisted on opening the tape drive while it was running. Made such a noise. At another place one worker had such a case of fumble fingers he was discovering key combinations even tech support had no idea existed.

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

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FCC will update its maps? The regulatory agency owned by the comm companies? Man, where'd you get those mushrooms? The regulatory agency that makes you pay $250 to file a formal complaint against telecomms? The agency that believes Frontier Telecomm's false and misleading advertising that 2.75Mbps is high speed broadband? You gotta be kidding.

Microsoft sends a raft of Windows 10 patches out into the Windows Update ocean

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Access EOL

"However, as we discovered ourselves while researching another story, a distressing number of organisations still rely on databases using the technology." There's a saying ion the real world. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you

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This ranks right down there with continually getting the Windows not official message after moving the boot drive from one machine to another. Even claiming the license key is a forgery.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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World's largest purveyor of bloatware

Remember when Windows came on a handful of 3" floppies? Maybe if they designed the installer better so all the bloatware that's automatically installed becomes user selectable. Make the third party software companies provide their own DLLs instead of installing 50,000 files that no one will ever use unless they install a Printronix printer.

Jeep hacking lawsuit shifts into gear for trial after US Supremes refuse to hit the brakes

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Bogus Bovine Excrement

"The Jeep owners claim that they would never have bought the cars in the first place if they had known about the security risks, ..." And are these same people going to quit using the internet, cloud, cell phones, etc because of all the security holes in them? What a bogus claim. The net / cloud is just a bunch of holes held together with string ./ vapor. And Jeep recalled the vehicles and patched the software. Hmm...I wonder if these owners patch their copies of Windows, Acrobat, etc. And where's the proof the value of the vehicles has dropped? Did every vehicle owner have an independent appraisal performed or did some Philadelphi lawyer just claim the values dropped? Chrysler hasn't exactly been a paragon of quality the past few years.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Except for #13, I agree completely with your list. If you bothered to take care of your records they wouldn't skip, crack, or crackle. I have records from 1968 that still sound clean and a far sight better than and CD, MP3, OGG or any other digital file.

'Year-long' delay to UK 5G if we spike Huawei deals, say telcos

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Pinfeathers.

O little town of Bethlehem, Georgia. How still we see your internet lie... US govt throws another $600m at rural broadband

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This largesse won't do Frontier subscribers any bloody good. Frontier has said in writing it will not apply for or accept any federal monies to expand, upgrade, or improve its rural "broadband" service. Unless one lives in a major metropolitan area you're stuck with tin-can grade DSL that craps out several times a week. And none of the state or federal law enforcement / regulatory agencies will do a thing about Frontier's false and misleading advertising.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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And NEVER log into your Microsoft account without afterwards hitting CTRL-SHIFT-DEL.

Sing it loud and sing it proud: It's all about the cloud for Microsoft

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keep in mind that any meteorologist will tell you, a cloud is nothing but a bunch of holes held together by vapor. Kind of like that proverbial screen door on a submarine.

Marriott's Starwood hotels mega-hack: Half a BILLION guests' deets exposed over 4 years

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Okay people. We're going to store our most sensitive information in those paper bags. You know, the ones we got when we bought our groceries. Yup, so what is a net is just a bunch of holes held together by string or a cloud is just a bunch of holes held together by vapor. It's free!!

It's a patch bonanza as Microsoft showers its OS platforms with update love

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I actually get tired of getting updates for countries other than my own. Why I need the Bulgarian language update when I don't know or use a dram of Bulgarian is beyond me. Same with Russian & Moroccan time zones.

Gigabit? More like, you can gigabet the US will fall behind on super-fast broadband access

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If the rest of the US ISPs are anything at all like the pottard Frontier Comm, true high speed internet won't come along for more than the 5 years the report covered. They've said in writing they will NOT apply or accept any federal grants or other monies to boost the speed or access of their internet service. They've also told us they no intention of upgrading or replacing their current <2.75Mbps DSL service, which is subject to rain, snow, ice, and being used.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Wouldn't it have been cheaper, easier, and faster to just contact any utility company across the pond in the states where they've been using this tech for around ten years?

Mobile networks are killing Wi-Fi for speed around the world

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But in the US where the FCC is owned by the telcos, speeds will remain pathetic until the telcos have milked consumers fry.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE: The first budget Android QWERTY for years

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But is it available in US?

US JEDI military cloud network is so high-tech, bidders will have to submit their proposals by hand, on DVD

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Hand delivery of a DVD is a helluva lot more secure than the "cloud', which everyone knows is just a bunch of holes held together with vapor.

HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

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In all likelihood, not a penny will go out. What will go out are coupons good for X cents off the next purchase of HP ink. Since HP charges around $34 a cartridge, and there's a whopping 8 -10 microliters in a cartridge, that comes out to around $2K a gallon. Yup, sixty cents is really going to break them.

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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Some of the little tidbits are leftovers from when MS bought Central Point Software, such as almost all of the disk cleanup buggers.Notepad should be left alone as should calculator. Beyond that, there are probably hundreds of applications and DLLs that could be wiped. If windows had an intelligent installer, most would never see the light of day.

Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

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I know one ISP that openly admits it won't grab any federal money to speed up its network and that's Frontier Communications. Not have they said in writing they will not apply for any federal grants to provide provide true broadband in rural areas, but they's also said they have intention of upgrading their POS ADSL lines. The have claimed they'll be rolling out microwave broadband. You know, the tine transmitters located on utility poles whose signals get wiped out when it rains or snows.

Dell in-houses production, dumps Celestica in Ireland

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I have serious doubts Dell will save any money in the long haul. Unless all they do is assemble drives actually made by Hitachi or AData.

FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

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Well, if you loved the society portrayed by the movies Rollerball and The Running, keep watching Pai & Co. Otherwise...

Danube diss: Cloud spending to outstrip Slovakia's GDP this year

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Using the cloud, an object that's a bunch of holes held together with vapor, for your business? Kiss your proprietary, confidential, necessary, critical files goodbye, along with your reputation. Just ask British Airways.

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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I think the big difference between google and microsoft is google uses an annoying but somewhat discrete small banner and, based on the screenshot, microsoft if using an almost full screen pop-up that blocks what's on the screen. Add to that microsoft's much deserved crappy reputation of spyware, lousy code and refusal to respond to bugs and malware and it's understandable why so many are in an uproar.

Non-profits push back against Big Cable's bumpkin broadband blueprint for America

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Frontier Communications as admitted in writing that it has no intention of upgrading its pathetic 2.5Mbps ADSL service to true broadband and that it will not apply for or accept federal grant money to expand true broadband service to rural areas. And the FCC. FTC. local state public utilities commission nor local state attorney general will do a thing about Frontier's crappy service or blatant false and misleading advertising.

Wannabe Supreme Brett Kavanaugh red-faced after leaked emails contradict spy testimony

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Re: Yet Another America - Fall Of Rome - Moment

Interesting article. From what I gleaned from it, most of Congress and administration would not be allowed out of their houses if that Chinese system existed here.

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Hmmm...It's a Constitutional violation to use spying and warrantless searches on US citizens but not a violation for the TSA to do the same. I'm confused.

Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth

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Is it possible that Einstein's theory on the speed of light is just that - a theory. People used to believe the speed of sound was impenetrable and that a human could not survice travling faster than sixty miles an hour.

Windows 0-day pops up out of nowhere Twitter

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You'd think that after decades of windows coding the idiots in Redmond would know how to NOT introduce vulnerabilities into their products. Either that, or they just don't give a rat's rear.

Net neutrality haters spam Californians with annoying robocalls

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Robocall prevention?

Telcos need to know who to bill for services, and with whom to interconnect. This requires them to know the originating phone number. So why can't they use that technology to block spoofing and some robocalls?

Linux 4.19 lets you declare your trust in AMD, IBM and Intel

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Pardon my ignorance, but why is there even a random number generator in a cpu's microcode? It would make more sense to me for OS or better yet the security software to have an RNG. This could tend to make it more difficult for unwanteds to gain access to the device.

Just how rigged is America's broadband world? A deep dive into one US city reveals all

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We live just outside of Wilmington Ohio. The FCC claims we have three providers - TimeWarner/Spectrum, Cincinnati Bell, and Frontier. We can only use Frontier which only offers ADSL. To add insult to injury, even though they claim speeds up to 12 Mbps, we're lucky to see 2.75Mbps. Frontier refuses to upgrade their service as well as refuses to apply for FCC grants for upgrades. They claim they'll be installing micro-dishes to beam broadband but those will be subject to weather conditions. And both the FCC, FTC, attorney general, and public utilities commission refuse to do anything about Frontier's false and misleading advertising. It's pretty sad when a company in Tanzania that's 1/10 the size of Frontier can provide far faster service to rural villages than a US company can.

Hackers clock personal deets on 'two million' T-Mobile US subscribers

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Hey, Boss. Let's store our customers' most sensitive information on the cloud. You know, the internet. All it will cost is a decent modem we can buy at WalMart. Best of all, everything else will be free. Yea, the net is safe. What's that? A net is a bunch of holes held together with string? Nah, the cloud is safe. Huh? A cloud is just a bunch a holes held together by vapor? You worry too much. It's safe, Boss.

Somerset boozer prepares to declare its inn-dependence from UK

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It's "an" oligarchy, mates.

Mozilla accuses FCC of abdicating its role, ignoring comments in net neutrality lawsuit

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Aren't nonfeasance and misfeasance grounds for removal from public office? They sure were for the previous 200+ years.

Net neutrality freaks furious over lack of fury at FCC hearing

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I personally have experienced the FCC's refusal to use pressure on ISPs that thumb their noses at providing true broadband in under-served areas. We are stuck with the second worse telecomm in America - Frontier Communications - for phone and internet service. Even they claim we have "up to 6Mbps" ADSL we haven;t even seen 2.8 Mbps yet. Plus, Frontier has said in writing they have no intention of upgrading their service (even tho' there's a dark fiber line about a mile from us) nor of applying for any federal grants to improve or upgrade their service. Complaints filed with the FTC are basically ignored as the FTC accepts whatever bovine excrement Frontier feeds them as gospel. It's pretty sad when Namibia provides better and faster service than a US company whose revenues are more than the that countries GDP.

Google bod wants cookies to crumble and be remade into something more secure

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When Netscape first introduced cookies I sent them a letter informing them I'd file charges of theft against them because the cookies were taking up space on my harddrive without my permission. Interestingly enough, I didn't get cookies for several weeks. I'd love to see cookies banned and some more secure ID method created. One that would disappear once one left the site. Now I have to use the modern three finger salute (CTRL-SHIFT-DEL) multiple times a session.

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

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The US did just fine with paper ballots for over 200 years until the idiots in Florida couldn't figure out how to read a punch card. Now the idiots in Washington have foisted a solution that's worse than the supposed problem. Do a quick survey and see how many other countries use electronic voting machines, especially ones connected to the internet. Very few. Which is one reason why no one will ever hack into Russia or China's voting system. Their smart enough to still use paper.

Say what you will about self-driving cars – the security is looking 'OK'

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Nothing that uses or connects to the net, cloud, VPN, whatever is secure. At least not for long. Second, as Tesla, BMW, Volvo & others recently found out in IIHS real world testing, self-driving cars are closer to being self-wrecking. And why haven't there been any real world testing done during inclement weather? The systems may work just fine in the Sonoran Desert at high noon in August, but what about Buffalo in February or Florida in March?

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