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

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Re: Rocketmail

I had a Rocketmail account in 1996 - was driving across Africa at the time and the only way I could get correspondence was by telling people to write to me at "Poste Restante, Accra, Ghana" etc. - in one of those letters my flatmate told be about this new fangled webmail thingy and that he'd set me up an address, unfortunately misspelling my name - but it was so useful I stuck with it for years.

Instead of driving to a prearranged post office every three months and showing my passport to collect mail, I could go to an internet cafe (which existed even in west africa in 1996) and message friends and family. It was nothing short of a miracle.

A few years later a friend did the same trip and he just took his mobile - he had coverage across pretty much the whole continent.

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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Ahem

PDF/X, the X was "X-change" I believe.

As for versions - it's even worse than you made out:

* Acrobat 8 was PDF 1.7, aka ISO32000-1:2008

* Acrobat 9 was PDF 1.7 extension level 3 (there is no PDF 1.8)

* Acrobat X was PDF 1.7 extension level 8 (unpublished; extension level 5 was published, but as far as we know there was never an extension level 4, 6 or 7)

* Acrobat XI was... actually I never really figured that one out either. But we got EC sigs, which is nice.

Then you've got Acrobat DC 2015, Acrobat DC 2017, Acrobat DC 2018. Next year it will probably be Acrobat DC 1880 just to keep us guessing, or perhaps Acrobat DC 77πᵉ. With an entirely new user interface of course, with all the buttons rotating in a constant spiral around the center of the screen this time, because change!

Fortunately the file format means PDF is largely backwards compatible so you can largely forget about version numbers.

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Re: French!!!!!!

> This is why people feel it is acceptable to shout about their opinions,

> whether it is considered and knowledgeable, or not.

Object!

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'90s hacker collective man turned infosec VIP: Internet security hasn't improved in 20 years

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Re: 56k bullshit

I was about to refute that but found an old BBS list, and apparently in 1993 I was in fact dialling the Cave in Wellington NZ at 14400. God, the patience I must have had.

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

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Unclassified email

Dear FBI staff

Today the canteen will be serving chicken wings and, for the vegetarians, tabooley; to address complaints from the middle-eastern desk chef tells us this is a traditional navaho word meaning "small nuggets of grain with parsley".

Please also remember when you are parking stay between the lines, we have now had a number of complaints about wheels touching the lines - this is NOT acceptable, the wheels must be BETWEEN the lines, not ON the lines. For clarity wheel that are partly on lines are considered to be ON lines not off them, I know this point has been clarified before but it bears repeating. Where paint has worn from the line, it is important to recognise that, by lines, the overall position of the line is intended, not the visible portion of the line as paint wear is, sadly, inevitable. We would enourage all concerned to reflect on this when parking vehicles and to be considerate of others parking, or engaged in other motor vehicle related conduct.

Jerry from accounts is running the Marathon next week to raise money for leukiemia or somesuch. Please give generously, etc.

We would remind everyone that their timesheets need to be in by 4pm monday the following week otherwise there may be delays to salary payments. Please ensure you submit on revision 12312312/asdqw4124, the earlier revision 123123123125/fasdased is no longer acceptable and will again mean delays in salary payments.

Thank you

FBI.

[distribution: unclassified]

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

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Re: Er, what?

@I ain't spartacus

Yes, very true. If there is one thing history has taught us, it's that if you want to defeat irregulars embedded in a population, the first thing you need is air superiority. Then, we'll send in the navy. Just wait 'til they get a load of our new carriers!

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Re: Gitlab is bad as well, looking for an exit

Sourceforge, cleaned up and modernized, of course.

Your download will begin in 3, 2, 1... meanwhile, here's an advert! All they need is some blink tags and a marquee.

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Intel claims it’s halved laptop display power slurpage

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Re: will need an Intel display adapter

For a virtual doubling of battery life? I kept reading.

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G Suite admins need to RTFM – thousands expose internal emails

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It is confusing

When we moved to Google Apps for email, I'd expected to be managing a mail system like I was familiar with: users, with aliases that apply to a particular user or a set of users. But instead of a "group alias" google has this weird "groups" setting, which seems to try to merge the concepts behind a newsgroup or public mailing list and a simple group alias address.

Personally I find it annoying and yes, confusing the first time we set it up. If google simply offered a normal group email address like you might find in, for example, exim, sendmail or any of the other systems their customers would be migrating from, this wouldn't have been an issue.

Oh and for all the clever-clogs saying RTFM - that might have flown when Google Apps launched, but it is showing all the signs you'd expect after all these years: scope creep, poor mergers of acquisitions with different concepts, abandoned approaches etc. in the documentation. You are in a twisty maze of hyperlinks, all alike.

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TSB meltdown latest: Facepalming reaches critical mass as Brits get strangers' bank letters

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Re: Perhaps

If Lloyds is going to borrow 20bn of the taxpayer, the fact this loan came with conditions like "trim your bloated ass by selling off TSB" shouldn't be a major surprise. The fact they then attempted to hit a migration deadline that was clearly unattainable is no-ones fault but their own.

FWIW I've been using Bank Of Scotland for my business banking for quite a few years now - they too were gobbled by Lloyds, and while it hasn't quite gone to shit as much as it has for TSB, they've since dropped the ball enough times for me to put "move banks" on my to-do list. Whole group is rotten to the core.

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Your F-35s need spare bits? Computer says we'll have you sorted in... a couple of years

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Re: Bizarro world

The outgoing PM in Spain lost a vote of no confidence, with well over half the MPs voting gainer him. He didn't have any mandate either. But I don't see you railing against the massive corruption in politics Rajoy represented, presumably as that's not the axe you are here to grind.

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Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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Frying in batter is strictly for fish, and spam? You have clearly never tried deep-fried icecream - truly a thing of beauty. Assuming it's not cooked in the same oil as the fish of course.

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Headless man found in lava’s embrace

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Medical understatement

That is a very large lesion. I'm not surprised he couldn't run away. I would have had that looked at myself.

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As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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"Occasionally smaller, struggling or unethical publications will try to make reporters conform to the commercial side of their work" – and it has literally never worked out.

Oh I don't know that it's never worked out, The Telegraph is still going. As they're not small and not struggling, I suppose that leaves only box number three? Backstory for those that missed it.

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Agile development exposed as techie superstition

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Re: Agile is b*llocks. Any non-idiot knows this.

I suspect your man was a mapper: for those that haven't seen this, it's worth a read. In my thirty years of coding it's the only idea that's stood up to scrutiny.

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IP freely? What a wind-up! If only Trevor Baylis had patent protections inventors enjoy today

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Re: Get rid of IP totally

There speaks a man who has never built anything of value.

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Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail

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Re: Why not simply fit all aircraft with shielding

Too subtle by half, Mr. Crisp

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Re: Why not simply fit all aircraft with shielding

An excellent idea, with just one downside: by screening out wavelengths used mainly by visible light, the pilots would be unable to see anything. This needs to be weighed up against the fact that there are some lovely curtain fabrics available.

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New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

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Short of cash?

Has John Cleese remarried again?

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Supercycle to su-'meh'-cycle: Apple iPhone warehouses heave with unsold Notches

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iPhone 6 user here

Give me a phone that is less likely to break and less expensive to repair when it does and I will happily upgrade. But give me something worth £1000 that is made entirely of glass, and I probably won't.

Happy to help, analysts, I'm here all day.

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Javid's in, Rudd's out: UK Home Sec quits over immigration targets scandal

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Re: "In the world of technology policy, Rudd will be remembered"

Selective education exists the UK, whether we like it or not. As a consequence the state schools are not as good. If you're expecting her, or anyone else to put their ideals ahead of their children you are going to be disappointed.

Aside: while we're railing against the state of our schools here's a campaign that everyone can get behind

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Re: "In the world of technology policy, Rudd will be remembered"

To be fair to Diane Abbot, she's been the MP for Hackney since 1987. You don't keep that job for 30 years unless the people you're representing think you're doing something right.

Personally I also found the slagging off she got for muffing her figures AFTER admitting she had diabetes and had been struggling to manage it during the election, rather distasteful. Without that admission, fine, she's a fair target.

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Re: So who's Javid? @Jason Bloomberg

Was going to post the same thing. The quickest way to turn a moderate MP into a swivel eyed loon is to give them the home office portfolio

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Apple grounds AirPort once and for all. It has departed. Not gonna fly any more. The baggage is dropped off...

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Re: ubiquiti

I put in a Ubiqiti mesh for my house - it is the first time I have ever had a mesh working as well as I'd expected it to. I'd tried Apple Airports, they didn't hand off well, and the various other routers I'd tried to home-roll this on over the years were even worse. I was so pleased with the kit I bought two of their security cameras based on the brand alone, and they work brilliantly too. Highly recommend it, although to be fair I have't tried the software upgrade you reference...

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Programmers! Close the StackOverflow tabs. This AI robot will write your source code for you

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Fail

Should be InputStreamReader(new FileInputStream(file), "UTF-8"), otherwise you're relying on the default character encoding of the OS, and this code will possibly fail when run on a different machine.

But then of course the AI was probably set to "recent graduate" mode, and it's a simple matter of flicking the switch to "useful member of team" to get that working.

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Newsworthy Brit bank TSB is looking for a head of infrastructure

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Re: From BBC's Business Live feed:

Thousands of customers? Good lord, we really are in the realms of big data here.

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Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

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Actually, this will be the first LTS with ZFS support, which is why I have been waiting for it as I'm running a non-LTS version with ZFS. I think it even supports ZFS boot, not sure. I run it with LXC on top, basically jails. Very nice. Systemd sucks balls of course, no argument there.

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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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Glad you've covered this

I've been in Britain 25 years (with a passport to match, thanks very much) and I can't think of a government action during that time that has disgusted me more than this. And I've had quite a few to choose from too.

Even Iraq had a whiff of inevitability about it, but this is just a "find any excuse to throw people out of the country" situation. Born here?. Too fucking bad, your papers are not in order and we're stripping you of your healthcare, job, assets and deporting you. It's not incompetence, it's insanity stemming from a sheer fucking panic that we are somehow being overrun by migrants, like some sort of plague of human locusts. And that is simply not the case.

Anyone with a moral compass should feel very, very ashamed to be involved in this.

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Revenge pornography ban tramples free speech, law tossed out – where else but Texas!

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@israel_hands

well put, sir, well put.

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UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫

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Re: Non-story?

Only if people gave two fucks what was actually said on said SM. Which, presumably, they didn't. Isn't 10,000 facebook followers what you get just for buying your first ad on the platform, to convince you it works?

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Re: Ever-shrinking menu options

You say steak, but it's mostly gristle

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El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot

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Re: Flying saucer

Robot vacuum cleaner? With a regular hoover, a pipe connected to the outlet and reasonable aim, you could get the beer around much quicker.

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Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails

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Re: BoJo sez:

No prizes for guessing what he's got planned post-brexit then. "Keep our people safe" - praytell from whom, Boris?

I have just tweeted him pointing out that as he was himself a US citizen until last year, the US explicitly state that the UK/EU privacy laws are irrelevant and would have claimed access to his global data. Sadly I suspect Boris is output-only and I have just wasted 140 characters.

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Gosh yes, I'll have to stop using telnet and HTTP. Whatever will I replace them with?

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Re: Next step?

> Ex post facto laws are in fact banned

Not if you're HMRC

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Grindr: Yeah, we shared your HIV status info with other companies – but we didn't charge them!

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Re: What the

How's the view from that moral highground?

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Happy 100th birthday to the Royal Air Force

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Well, should should anything kick off then at least we'll be able to rely on our many friends and allies in Europe, and of course our special relationship with the ever reliable United States.

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Apple iOS 11.3 adds health records for battery, people too

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Re: Steve Jobs handling battery issue?

That joke just never gets old does it? Someone else is going to post it again shortly so I can laugh all over again.

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There are 10 types of people in the world, but there is only one Melvyn

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Re: Bragg on language

Better yet, read his book "The Adventure of English". To my surprise it remains one of my favourites on the topic even after many years. Genuinely fascinating.

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Students: Duh, of course we're blowing our loan bucks on crypto coins

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Investing?

Interesting choice of verb. Personally I'll be investing in roulette. On red, in fact.

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Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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I understand the sentiment, but if you can conceive of an app the user would want to have access to the contact or message data - say a contact management app or something to automatically insert lolcats in your message (I'm struggling, but you get the idea) - then the permission has to exist, and therefore an app has to be able to request it.

I agree that most people will just click the "whatever" button but, fond as I am of pointing the finger of blame at google, I'm not sure what more they could do other than a big red "really? Are you sure" button". Which 98% of people would click.

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Corking story: Idiotic smart wine bottle idea falls over, passes out

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Re: "wine still comes in glass bottles after more than 2000 years."

Apparently beer keeps better in tins as it blocks out the light. Although I agree it still doesn't feel quite the same as a bottle.

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It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

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Re: All Pi's need USB3!

I would settle for USB with Multi-TT. I'm using one Pi in a rather unorthodox location and have 17 USB devices connected externally (including the hubs). No-one should have to go through what I did to get that working.

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Re: Dates

Wrong! 8oz is clearly 236.588ml. Or is that 248.828gm - we are talking about troy ounces, right?

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Russian boffins blow up teeny asteroids with tiny laser... to work out how to nuke the real thing

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Re: "Artist's impression" of asteroid destruction

Panel four is sadly missing, but it shows most of the radioactive debris landing on Itsu Sushi in Mayfair.

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Former Google X bloke's startup unveils 'self flying' electric air taxi

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Re: Richard Pearse

Downvoters might want to google "Richard Pearse" for some context first.

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Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!

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Re: Never edit the fstab table on a production system...

I would also highly recommend against (in the days before package management) upgrading system libraries by hand - specifically, upgrading the dynamic loader library. The number of dynamically linked executables on a Linux system is quite high and, unfortunately, includes the "mv" command. Best laid plans and all that.

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Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

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Oh that's just great

The vast majority of coders struggle to get application software working in multiple threads at all, the rest of us make do with abandoning any sort of codepath or timing predictability, and yet these clowns manage to make it so predictable they can use if for a timing attack? Enough. I cannot take any more clever. I have reached my peak, I am tapped out. No more I say.

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Facial recognition software easily IDs white men, but error rates soar for black women

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I love this misconception. Attention Black Women! Do YOU have an issue recognising yourself? Are you struggling with the mirror in the morning, or perpetually forgetting your own name? We have the solution: a Ph.D course in developing facial recognition software. Because no-one else will do it for you.

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T-Mobile US let hackers nick my phone number, drain my crypto-wallets, cries man who lost $20k

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Re: You have to call T-Mobile Customer Care

Have an uptick for original research

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