* Posts by wolfetone

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London Internet Exchange members vote no to constitution tweak

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"The majority of LINX members did not cast votes, The Reg has learned. Of those that did vote, 37 per cent rejected the plan and 63 per cent supported it. "

63% supported it? Are they Turkey's and are they not planning a holiday for Christmas?

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Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

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"I presume it's a Very early sandwich?"

A Very Early Morning Jam Sandwich.

"My nine year old has a mnemonic which works for him and which does not include Pluto. More importantly he totally gets why Pluto does not qualify."

Well he has time to work out why Pluto should also qualify as a planet.

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We are stealing the fun away from children by not teaching them the rhyme:

My Early Morning Jam Sandwich Usually Nausiates People

For the sake of our children, and our childrens children - Pluto must be a recognised rightly as a planet!

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Smart Hosting offers up service credit in bid to hang on to clients

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Or it could be like one of those vouchers that say the real world monetary value is 0.0001p.

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"We're sorry we didn't respond to your emails regarding the issues you were having with our hosting, which impacted on your business for a week or two.

To show how sorry we are, and to show you how much your business means to us, here's £10. Don't spend it all at once."

Thats how much you mean to them. £10.

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Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

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Re: "... shafted by the likes of Dell"

"And yet you probably didn't mind when Dell moved its assembly line from Bracknell to Dublin, huh?"

It's a bigger hit to the economy of an Island of ~3 million when a company like Dell leaves compared to the economy of a country with ~60 million.

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Re: @ wolfetone

"Just get over it although it's a bigger currency than the Sterling, and by the way I cannot have too many of them."

You can't say that, no matter how true it is. Because Brexiters don't deal in truths.

£350 million per day for the NHS anyone? No? What do you mean that was a lie? It was on the side of a bus!

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It proper annoys me that the Irish Government don't want the money. That €13 billion could be pumped in to training skilled workers to improve the economy, instead of the reliance on semi-skilled workers who can get shafted by the likes of Dell when they want to move their manufacturing facilities to other parts of the EU.

But nooooooo. That's far too good of an idea for it to make any financial sense to the friends and buddies of those sat in the Dail.

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'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

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Re: My condolences.

Justice isn't blind to honesty, it just gets a helping hand from whoever has the biggest wallet.

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Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches

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"I am still aggrieved they made murder, rape and kiddie fiddling illegal. Now they come to take away my illegal downloads."

You joke, but we're in a country now that allows the Food Standards Agency to ask my ISP what I Googled on February 14th 2017, and for them to then be told that I went on to a pornography website.

Anything and everything is possible now. It's not the fact they're delisting or changing the positions of these illegal websites which is the problem, is the fact that they could now do this for anything.

What if a small news website had a post about how the Tory government is failing the NHS? "Slanderous websites are now to be pushed down the search results so more 'reliable' sources are put on the first page instead, as these websites are obvious 'fake news'".

This could all happen now.

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It's a slippery slope in to censorshp, isn't it?

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Jun-OH-NO! NASA's Jupiter probe in busted helium-valve drama

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When will NASA build a robotic attachment to these probes that, in the event of a valve sticking, a robotic arm will just pound it with a lump hammer until it started working again?

We had it on the Jetsons, why can't we have it in space NASA?!

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

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Re: This is not an Opinion piece

"Then lets agree to not don't disagree and harmony is restored..."

No.

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Re: This is not an Opinion piece

@Geoffrey W

Well, if I agreed with you we'd both be wrong.

I did, however, vote you up on that.

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Re: This is not an Opinion piece

1) If Firefox is efficient with what it uses then it's going to be less of a drain on the system, and faster to use.

2) But that doesn't help right now. Are we meant to recommend Firefox to people who use Chrome based on something that'll come out in a few months?

3) Well something is wrong somewhere, they aren't default on my system. But whats more, it should update without screaming about it.

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Re: This is not an Opinion piece

1) Chrome doesn't get a free pass with this. I swap between the browsers due to how the machine reacts. Right now I'm in Chrome, and it runs a lot better and quicker on my machine than Firefox.

2) Why should it be something I have to enable? Should be good out of the box.

3) Why should it be something I have to set myself?

Do you think the great unwashed are going to know about the last two?

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This is not an Opinion piece

This is a factual piece.

Mozilla have been twiddling their thumbs, thinking Firefox is so popular it didn't need improvement. Then comes along Chrome, blows it out of the water, and now Firefox is in decline. All the while Mozilla have been fannying and farting about with other projects no one really cares about.

I still use Firefox, but only for development. I'm jumping beds between Chrome, Vivaldi and Midori. I'd use Firefox full time if:

- it was frugal with system resources

- rendered pages quickly

- didn't bitch about wanting to update

The last one I just don't understand why it's an issue. Chrome updates in the background, the user never sees it. Why can't Firefox be like that? WHY?!

</rant>

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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Re: I bet...

That's what she said.

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Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus – and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto

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A girl I knew once dated a guy who, quite proudly, pulled his pants down to reveal a tattoo on his arse, which read "100% C**t".

That man, was Mark Zuckerberg.

*starred out C**t because it's not 9am yet, the tattoo wasn't starred out.

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FAKE BREWS: America rocked by 'craft beer' scandal allegations

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Re: "India Pale Ale went *to* India"

"India Pale Ale was a beer that was designed/brewed specifically for the Indian market "the high hop content preserving the beer for the long journey from England to India"."

It annoys me that people come out with great explanations like this but choose to remain anonymous.

It makes it difficult to know who exactly I pass this beer on to for a job well done. Oh well, I guess I'll keep it for myself.

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Talk of tech innovation is bullsh*t. Shut up and get the work done – says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Edison and Torvalds

"Bur we all can't be Teslas."

You mean we can't all be bumped off and have our ideas and papers stolen?

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If Mark 85 and Linus can share this pint then that'd be great.

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GitLab invokes the startup defence to explain data loss woes

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@ShelLuser

Hold the phone.

"Did you ignore that part which said "stopped answering e-mails"?"

There are more websites out there than El Reg. There are other people they need to speak to. We have no idea how many times the journo emailed GitLab, whether even the emails went to spam. This happens. Furthermore there is no mention to a time period. So those emails could've all been sent on Tuesday without response until Wednesday evening.

Like you I read The Reg for the same reason. But recently various articles have been sensationalist. And there is a difference between demanding answers and publically belittling them. We, again, don't know how the story was put together, time frames involved, or the tone of the emails. Put yourself in either persons place, if you get a dickish email you won't respond to it. At the same time, if you send an email and you're impatiently waiting for an answer you'll send a few more in the hope of annoying them enough to respond. We've all done that.

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Re: Lucky!!

"But... did you get hired?"

Oh yeah, I got the gig.

And no, I don't work and never have worked at GitLab.

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Re: Lucky!!

"Anon as well, I like to get new jobs..."

I've had two jobs since the story I initially said, both times I got asked the question "What was your biggest mistake and how did you fix it" or "What was your biggest challenge". Both times I tell them that, one job asked why I'd even say that in an interview, and I told them that I'm honest.

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Re: Lucky!!

Well when you have a folder that's full because of some bullshine mass email system the guy you replaced hacked together, and it's brought down the whole server because of no disk space, what do you do?

What do you do?

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Jesus, I could literally picture the hack typing this article out with one hand and rubbing his nipple with the other. The sanctimoniousness of the article has just broken the sanctimonious chart.

I was affected by the outage, but the fact that GitLab were open about it impressed me. They could have done the typical start up bullshit of pumping out a load of buzzwords as to why the service was down. No, they said "yeah our admin deleted something".

Not at all ideal, but at the same time I wasn't a dickhead about it. Because I have been in the position before where I was in the wrong directory and hit the rm -rf command. A server that served 2,000 people went down for 36 hours while I worked with Rackspace to get the backups in place. And I had to deal with the fall out of specific bits of data not being part of the back up (they were added after the backup was made).

I would wager also that those, and I'm including you in this Mr.Nipple-rubber, have been in similar situations. They have deleted stuff by mistake, they've realised after they didn't have a back up of the file or files. Yet they're probably the ones commenting on this saying "Tut tut tut this simply will not do. MUST DO BETTER! SEE ME AFTER CLASS". Not at all helpful, and not at all needed.

I'd also bet that if a poll were to be conducted asking how many of us have backups in place, "Yes" would be fairly high. Add a secondary poll asking the question: "Have you actually tested that the replication procedures work", the vote would be split fairly evenly. Because we work in an industry where we have time pressures, budgets, expectations, all set by people who don't know a thing about IT and yet demand the world.

As with life when the shit hits the fan it's only then changes are made. In business, you don't make a change to fix something that could happen. You fix it when it needs to be fixed. I don't like that, many people won't like that, but secretly everyone knows thats the score. You only need to look at airplane safety to see that in action.

But, while all this is going on, if you put your code on here to be kept safe then what does that say about you? They offer an offline version you can run on your own server, where you can be in charge of the backups etc. You can't put all your eggs in the someone elses basket then start crying when they drop it.

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Pwnd Android conference phone exposes risk of spies in the boardroom

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Taken from El Reg's article Google claims ‘massive’ Stagefright Android bug had 'sod all effect':

"Despite shrill wailings by computer security experts over vulnerabilities in Android, Google claims very, very few of people have ever suffered at the hands of its bugs."

Might want to rethink that line of propaganda Google.

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Roses are red, violets are blue, HMRC confirms Verify can STFU

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Re: HMRC

"That's your problem right there - the job title is "international stud muffin" - note the extra sapce."

"Mr.Jones, there is no point arguing the semantics of the position. It's quite clearly labelled as such on your Facebook and LinkedIn profiles."

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Re: HMRC

"Ah, Mr.Jones. How good of you to file your tax returns. Just so you know, the viagra and leather bondage equipment you purchased on the 13th February 2017 will not be classable as a work related expense."

"No, Mr.Jones. International studmuffin is not a recognised profession."

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UK website data insecurity worries: Users in bits over car break-up emails

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Re: Seriiously WTF

"Yards don't actually mail you back, or mail you back with stupid prices - just going to ebay is cheaper and easier."

Got a quote of £156 for four used shock absorbers for a 18 year old Corolla.

Brand new I could get them for £180.

So why would you even bother with that for £24? It's like they don't want my business.

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Roses are reddish, exam-takers more so: Cisco's test price hike's a smack to the torso

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Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Stop with the Valentines themed headlines

Before I hurt you.

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Co-op Bank up for sale while customers still feel effects of its creaking IT

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Re: Going downhill fast

"From what? Phone banking is open 24/7. Did a funds transfer at 11pm last night, a half hour before the supposed re-opening time after the maintenance. Lassie on the phone told me she was on shift till 2am."

I received a letter telling me the telephone banking hours were being reduced as well.

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Get orf the air over moi land Irish farmer roars at drones

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Re: Quite Right

Picture the scene.

The flat was on the 3rd story of an apartment block, which consisted of 7 floors. Across the road from there is a park.

I go in to speak to my girlfriend who's getting changed, I look at the window and I see that dirty drone hovering outside the window. I say nothing, I go to the other room and look out the window. Mr.Pervert is standing in the park, looking at the drone with the controls.

I go downstairs, across the road, the drone has moved away from our window but only up to the floor above. I ask him if it's his drone, he said yes, I thump him.

You can remove your bullshit alert now.

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Re: Quite Right

"A somewhat more proportionate response than the use of a submachine gun."

A good bit of exercise too.

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Re: A perfect opportunity to get creative

Well he's near Thurles. So it wouldn't be beyond him to play a bit of hurling with the drone.

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Quite Right

I didn't have a shotgun when some pervert had his drone looking in to our apartment flat while my girlfriend was getting changed, but I did have a right hand which went someway to giving his jaw a new alignment.

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UK prof claims to have first practical blueprint of a quantum computer

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QC?

More like a Sinclair QL! Pah!

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Deafening silence as Smart Hosting support tickets keep piling up

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Re: Interesting

"Turning over £500k a month and still using a budget host? Then I'd ask why? "

I prefer to run the site on a VPS like this for a few reasons, cost isn't one of them. When I came in we had one server with Vidahost, and all the sites were hosted on there. I took the sites away from Vidahost as the service was poor. Generally 24 hours to respond to a ticket and we were paying north of £1,000 per month for the privilege.

The performance of the Linux VPS have been really good, exceeding the physical server these VPS's replaced. We have the flexibility to increase what we have when we need it within minutes. We couldn't do this on the stanadlone server I inherited.

The support with Linode is fantastic. During the night when I'm asleep there was an issue with the cron that dealt with backing the site up on Amazon S3. They jumped on it, and it was fixed in minutes. Our server had issues with Vidahost 12 months prior to that, and it was down for 6 hours while I slept. I get in to the office at 7am, and at 9:30am I get an email from Vidahost saying "Yeah we noticed there was a problem". What good is that?

For the 12+ months we've been on Linode site speeds have improved, customers have increased and there have been comments made that the sites have been improved as well. What's more, while Linode do offer the $5 per month tier we are several leagues above that.

Oh, and one more thing: VPS's can be moved fairly easily between physical machines. I couldn't buy a new server, drive to London or Slough, install it in the rack, and be back in the office quicker than what Linode can shift our VPS to another physical machine on their network. That happened just last week actually, took 15/20 minutes to complete the move.

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Interesting

"...it's only affecting 30 or so sites but they are important, high-traffic sites and being offline is damaging to them and us.""

I'd have thought that if you were stung once with a server outage you'd have made plans to keep a mirror of the site for such events?

I only wonder about this statement because I host my company's sites on Linode on two VPS's on there. But I have these sites mirrored to Digital Ocean. I do this because Linode were out for a week once and it'd hurt our business massively if that happened again. It does cost a bit of money to do this, but it pays for itself in times of crisis. We joined Linode after this event, and thankfully they haven't had problems since. But I know it could happen again, and if you work on a site that turns over £500,000 of sales per month one day of outage will affect you massively.

It's 2017, the idea of having one server for one website and hoping for the best that it doesn't go down is long long gone. I feel for the customers involved, but Jesus H Christ if your site is so bloody important have a back up plan!!!!!

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New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal

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Re: Fuck Paypal

Full disclosure: I too have had my PayPal account frozen because they want details that I'm not going to give them.

"Sorry, I call bollocks on that. They're not a bank as they make clear time and again when they do what they want and users can't hold them to account like they can with a bank. You can only put money in via a Credit card or a bank account and those methods will have fully vetted your ID before opening your account. You can only get money out via a bank account."

I told them the exact same thing when they pulled this on me. I told them I didn't have to provide photographic evidence of who I was to open my bank account, and that the credit card itself is a form of identification. I got hit with the line "it's for money laundering regulations and we have to deal the same rules as banks", at which point I reminded him PayPal wasn't my bank, they're a proxy to facilitate online payments to vendors. "Yeah but we still have to abide by the rules".

I thought, sod this, so I had some fun. I asked them how do I send the documents to them. "Well you can email us scanned documents and we'll process them within 72 hours". I asked him to clarify the email bit, because it didn't sound safe. "It's totally safe" he said, expanding further that the email goes directly to PayPal. I said he was fucking high and full of bullshit if he thought thats how emails worked, and hung up.

So, about 4 months in to this stalemate, they don't have those three pieces of ID and they never will. The only thing I use PayPal for was eBay - which has since refused to work since this PayPal freeze. But what I found out was that if I created a new account, or used my girlfriends account which isn't linked to PayPal, I can use my debit/credit card through PayPal without an account. Obviously I get the odd email saying "It's so easy to open a PayPal account", which are promptly dispatched to the junk folder.

So yeah, fuck PayPal. I can last alot longer without them than they'd like to admit.

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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Switching to Windows on "cost" grounds?

So does that mean there's a fairly healthy subsidy coming from Microsoft to facilitate the switch?

<cough>bribe</cough>

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Planned Espionage Act could jail journos and whistleblowers as spies

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Re: Nice Idea

"My Tory MP always votes for the party line - except when the Vatican tells him to vote against some liberalising measure that their religious dogma proscribes."

You sure it's the Vatican? I thought that was dyed in the wool Tory policy?

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Nice Idea

But my local MP is Margot James and all she's interested in is making sure landlords don't get taxed more or have to lower their rates.

Why? Oh well she's a landlord herself.

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All for British Values, of upholding justice and the rights to freedom of speach and freedom of the press - until something is done or said that makes those career politicians who never worked an honest day in their lives MP's a wee bit uncomfortable.

What an amazing future we have ahead of us. I won't even ask what's next, because I don't want to ignite a discussion highlighting things the Government could do in case they're reading and they're short of ideas.

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All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report

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You know that episode of South Park, where they're on about the conspiracy's, and George Bush is holding the documents and he yawns and drops them? You know, so that it makes the kids think he's dropped them by accident but actually wanted them to find the documents?

Well maybe, just maybe, this is a ploy using Her Majesty's toilet paper The S*n as a way to trick the Russians in to thinking we don't have any subs. Then when they send a trawler ALL 15 MILLION BRITISH SUBMARINES RISE UP AND TORPEDO IT!

Sorry, too much coffee and Night Nurse for me today.

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Openreach reshuffles top brass, brings in BT bods to make biz more independent of BT

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Re: Screw BT

"This article is about openreach, not the retail division. Very little of your post applies."

So when your home broadband packs up, and your ISP tries all it can, what happens then? "Yeah we'll send an Openreach engineer to the exchange to look at the problem".

Original post is totally relevant.

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Instapaper in 31-hour outage, says it needs a week to restore all data

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Every cloud has a silver lining

You just need to wait a week for Instapaper to find theirs.

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Windows 10: What is it good for? Microsoft pitches to devs ahead of Creators Update

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Re: Liar liar pants on fire!

"I can't imagine how bad the liability must be for any law firm using Windows 10, given the client confidentiality issues."

Costs too much money for them to bother upgrading from Windows 7.

"It's dull and irrelevant. Give it a rest."

What? Like Windows?

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USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade

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Re: Irrational

I'd put £100 on a Harrier being able to take down an F-35 every day of the week.

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