* Posts by ITS Retired

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Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email

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Holmes

The US 'own' the air space over its country.

That air in that space, moves from West to East, over the Atlantic, across Europe and on across to Russia and China. Therefore the US owns the air over Europe, Russia and China and can charge them for its use.

Makes as much sense as this BS. Whatever happened to countries sovereignty? When is the rest of the world going to tell the US to take a hike?

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HPE coughed up source code for Pentagon's IT defenses to ... Russia

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We cooperate with Russia because we need them to ferry

our astronauts back and forth from the ISS. Why? Because we would rather add another 70 billion dollars to an already bloated military budget, than spend what is necessary to do the transport ourselves.

But Russia is otherwise our enemy? Really? Why does our government need enemies to fight, except for profit? Don't get me started on the Middle East.

China makes too much of our stuff, so we don't want to upset them too much.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: Typical Gates thinking...

Well, Bill Gates was rumored to be using his own OS.

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AI slurps, learns millions of passwords to work out which ones you may use next

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Happy

I used to use street names and town on Oahu. But then I used a spreet sheet to keep track on my passwords.

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Pennsylvania cops deploy electronics sniffer dog to catch child abusers

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Re: Probable cause

"I usually try to put the dirty laundry right on top."

Doesn't matter. They don't care, as they wear gloves. Probably the same gloves all day, or until they get a hole in them. How many hash marked skivvies, smelly socks and recently used toys have those gloves come in contact with, before they handle your clean stuff.

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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Re: In my experience ...

Not enough people think this way. Too often, if the end user is having problems, the blame is on the end user, instead of the programmer or tester, where it actually belongs.

I've stood behind users with a clip board, during program development, watching where the user was having trouble. Fix the program once up front, during development, so you don't have to fix each new user to the program. Cuts training time significantly.

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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Megaphone

What is the frequency response of this Baby Pod?

And how loud can you turn it up to? Does it come with Blue Tooth for the on the go women? That wire might lead to some embarrassing questions.

Is it safe to use while driving? Do you have to be pregnant to use this thing? Is it a IoT device? So many unanswered questions.

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Re: Serve and Protect

Entrapment laws? In this day and age? Surly you jest. We still need to keep the 'For Profit Prisons' full, to extract the proper revenue to keep the owners happy.

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

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Holmes

Re: This isn't a leak

That blatant display of cynicism probably means one has a clue to what's actually going on.

So cynic away.

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'Independent' gov law reviewer wants users preemptively identified before they're 'allowed' to use encryption

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"Why do they never suggest banning people on watchlists from using encryption?"

Simple, because they assume everyone should be on the watch list. Why differentiate, that requires thinking.

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So what's in the new Windows Insider build? Bug fixes, an AR goof-around, and a font

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Bug fixes?

Wouldn't that require a massive rewrite?

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Verizon kicks out hot new Unlimited* plans

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Re: It's always busy on the roads I travel

"Mostly as despite my paying a seeming fortune in road fund licences, the infrastructure is not maintained beyond a poor level, and as for the construction of additional capacity, one can but dream."

Wat? Upgrading and maintaining the equipment and use money earmarked for the CEO's salary and bonuses, to say nothing about the stock holders? Doing that ignores what is important here.

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Q: How many drones are we bombing ISIS with? A: That's secret, mmkay

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Re: Interesting stuff

"Who wants an endless cycle of escalating revenge?"

Why do you think we have a terrorist problem now? We are over there interfering in their countries, killing their people. The more "terrorists" we kill, the more terrorists we make. Somebodies must want this endless cycle of escalating revenge, because it si sure happening.

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Judge yanks plug out of AT&T's latest attack on Google Fiber

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Google in Kansas City MO

When Google Fiber came here, the cable companies and AT&T up graded their outside plant, increased speeds and lowered prices. Never mind they had many, many excuses as to why it was not practical before Google arrived.

Before Google, competition and regulation... wat dat? Collusion ruled. Google's 1 gig internet at $75 a month sure beat $100+ at 50 meg or less.

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Batteries that don't burn at the drop of a Galaxy Note 7? We're listening

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Re: Lithium batteries are last century's technology

"They want slim batteries they can use all day."

Actually we are being told that is what we want. The protective case on my smart phone more than doubles the thickness of the phone and I like it that way, because it is much easier to hold on to.

If they would increase the thickness of the phone a bit, then the need for a protective case would be lessened because the phone would also be more fold resistant. Also the protection could be built in, instead of added on at extra cost.

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It took DEF CON hackers minutes to pwn these US voting machines

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Re: There's a fix for this

The problem with electronic voting machines is that the "paper trail" doesn't have to agree with the real vote either. They are computers, after all. We need to go back to hand counted, pencil and paper ballots.

Who care if we don't know the winner until the next day? Other counties can do this for millions of votes, why can't we?

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Happy

I use an old IBM PC keyboard. It could double as a boat anchor and the keys, make their own click. I don't need the computer to make a click sound with each key press. All the legends look like they are still new.

The only thing missing are the windows key, and who uses those, except fanboys anyway? Until I found this keyboard in a dumpster with an 286/386, I had worn the legends off of several keyboards. With my four finger typing, I need to be able to see the key legends.

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An AI can replace what a world leader said in his video-taped speech. This will end well. Not

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I can hardly wait till their is an app for that

$1.99 with one year of free updates. You know it is coming.

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America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

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How about if we stop making more terrorists in the first place?

"Kelly said. "Instead, we must put in place new measures across the board to keep the traveling public safe and make it harder for terrorists to succeed.""

It might take a generation or two, but if the United States gets out of all the counties we should not even be in in the first place, world peace might break out.

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Kaspersky files antitrust suit against Microsoft

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Re: Boo Hoo

You seem to be assuming the MS is competent in coding. If they can't get their OS secure, how can anyone assume their AV and security software is any better?

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7 NSA hack tool wielding follow-up worm oozes onto scene: Hello, no need for any phish!

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Facepalm

What's worse?

WannaCrypt/EternalRocks style malware? Or taking a chance on Microsoft not killing all their operating systems, except Windows 10, with their beta security updates?

I do not trust MS to do anything not in their own interests. They do think they own our computers and can tell us how they want us to be using them.

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It's 2017 – and your Mac, iPad, iPhone can all be pwned by an e-book

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I do.

I don't really like clouds for storing my stuff.

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Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

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You hit on the problem

Politicians don't use computers. That is what their staff is for.

As far as most politicians are concerned computers are devils tool because leaks of their malfeasance are leaked and spread by computers.

Never mind the many business uses in flight. Or just keeping. The owner with games and movies sane during long flights.

If it boot up in the TSA line, it should be good to go. There isn't a whole lot of spare room inside a laptop for anything else.

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Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

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Re: And this what to do with Linux, again?

It's not MS Windows, so it must be be some scary operating system that actually works as advertised.

To say nothing about being able to use it without the OS tattling on you to the mother ship. Who, but never-do-wells would ever use such a system?

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Apache OpenOffice: Not dead yet, you'll just have to wait until mid-May for mystery security fixes

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I prefer OpenOffice

over LibreOffice. Why? Because it seems smother, easier to use than LibreOffice.

I have both on my computers and only use LibreOffice, when I need to, on certain, newer MS Word/Excel documents I receive from others.

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A very Canadian approach: How net neutrality rules reflect a country's true nature

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Re: Temperature?

It is the higher temperatures, the farther south you go that fries the brain. Even North Dakotan and Minnesotans are affected by the extra heat.

I find Canadians more laid back and friendlier all round than us USAns... And better educated on current events too.

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

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Re: But the real issue is

"As a previous poster kindly pointed out, it is formally classed as "cheese" and only just escapes being labelled as "tile grout" on grounds of colour."

That is because of the gritty feeling of this "chocolate" in your mouth. Good chocolate is smooth, no grit at all. And it melts in your mouth and still tastes good, with a pleasant after taste.

I agree, most of the cheap stuff sold/labeled as chocolate isn't really.

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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This should help Apple and Linux

How can Microsoft do this legally? Or does anyone care anymore.

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Machine vs. machine battle has begun to de-fraud the internet of lies

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Facepalm

Re: Consider the source(s) of your beliefs about Syria and Assad

"Might" no longer be toxic??? Why take the chance?

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Microsoft IE11 update foxes Telerik dialogue boxes

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Childcatcher

Re: Yet more proof MS fails.

"It doesn't make that much difference. You should be testing the patch, and if it breaks something, you don't apply the "mega-patch" until it's fixed. If you have a real reason to need a separate hotfix for something in the patch, Microsoft PSS can usually assist..."

How is the run of the mill home computer user suppose to do that? Web mail is a stretch for many of them.

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US military drone goes AWOL, ends up crashing into tree 623 miles away

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The drone software was upgraded

to Windows 10. Its computer was rebooting after launching. After the reboot, it forgot where it was suppose to go.

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

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The "Free" Windows 10 wasn;t the problem.

Windows 10 itself is the problem. Maybe if more people could buy computers with Windows 7, or some flavor of Linux, things would not be so bad.

Slurp is not very popular with most people.

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

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That file was a .pst file backup from one of Hillary's e-mail severs. it was not generated on that laptop.

The limit for .pst file size is 2 gig. That is a lot of text.

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'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'

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Re: Easily fixed...port? uh.. oh yeah- left

Usually just at the point of no return and sometime in the wrong lane even.

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Re: Easily fixed...

No I don't. I write with the left.

That is how I remember Port and starboard though.

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US govt straight up accuses Russia of hacking prez election

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Re: I can believe that the Russians are intentionally trying to influence/compromise things.

May I remind you that it was a conservative leaning Supreme Court that install George Walker Bush and we ended up with wars that are still ongoing. To say nothing about invading the wrong country.

A Liberal Supreme Court rightfully would have refuse do hear the case that installed Bush and Al Gore would have won.

Wala! No 9/11. Russia would be much friendlier;er to us, US, and we, the US, would not now be the worlds #1 terrorist nation, supplying both side in many cases.

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Internet handover is go-go-go! ICANN to take IANA from US govt

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Re: @Kurt Meyer Doom I tell you

"The US Government is not representative of anybody but its citizens."

The US Government does not even represent a good share of its own citizens.

The proof is in how and who we "elect" for our leaders

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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"The did tests with dummies..."

Were their families compensated?

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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Re: Deja Vu

Well, the 350 number is probably correct. But the million part may be overstated a bit.

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Smartphone sales stall at ~3.5 million per day

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Devil

Re: Don't forget the give away offers

"You can replace Devil with Trump if you are an American."

Or Hillary, depending on how your are bent.

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Microsoft wins landmark Irish data slurp warrant case against the US

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Flame

Re: It is not only over, it was always over

"The Irish company could just toss the subpoenas in the trash because the US would have no way to enforce them unless they want to stage a military invasion of Ireland."

Don't be giving our government any ideas. We're gearing up to install a female war monger.

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Microsoft: Enterprise Advantage will be 'a step in quite a long journey to modernize our licensing'

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Linux

This whole thing can be avoided by

going to Linux. Leave Microsoft to play with themselves, instead of you.

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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Re: well

"at least we can safely turn updates back on on july 30th........ although no doubt that july 29th refers to Seattle time...... so lets wait until Aug 1st to be sure..."

No, not Seattle time, Hawaii time. Better wait till August 2, just to make sure... With MS, that is still a maybe.

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Net neutrality victory: DC court backs full rules

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Unhappy

Hillary is a big money, business friendly corporatist.

She will more than likely put in place a business friendly replacement, so net neutrality will probably be short lived..

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Microsoft shifts Windows 7 and 8.1 fixes to 'rollup' bundles

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Holmes

Re: Will the rollup silently include KB3035583 and (unwanted) telemetry?

That is my thought exactly. Microsoft has been proven to never have been trustworthy - Time and time again.

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

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Re: Faulty nagware

I think it only give you three (3) days, at most.

No way are they going to let you opt out. Open W I D E , while we shove this sweet nectar down your throat, whether you want it of not.

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US chap sharpens paradigm-busting scissors

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Re: wow.

"And it has a pair of leather shears with the same feature."

But how well do they cut?

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Happy

Re: You can even cut COLORED things with it!

Now if only someone would invent some digital scissors.

Hey, don't laugh. I have table top camera tripod that is digital ready. These scissors could be used to say... crop pictures.

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

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Happy

Have you thought of reusing those old passwords?

Some anyway still might work.

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