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Woke Linus Torvalds rolls his first 4.20, mulls Linux 5.0 effort for 2019

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Linus Torvalds, Master Signwriter

I was reading his comments and kept hoping at the end he would add "PS. FUCKING POX-RIDDEN COCKWOMBLE" or somesuch. In fact if he did I'd probably subscribe to the LKMS, just for the bantz.

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Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian

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Spare a thought for the translator

Here's a copy of his pre-wikileaks site: https://cryptome.org/iq-org/IQ.ORG.htm.

Turning that into english is hard enough, let alone spanish. Amanfrommars may have found his antipodean... well, his antipodes.

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Budget 2018: UK goes it alone on digital sales tax for tech giants

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Re: Brexit coin

Try the new Brexit coin! Accepted in 52% of shops everywhere! OK, not in London, but everywhere else.

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'We broke a few things and will continue to do so... in a careful way' – Oracle's Reinhold on Java renovation work

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Re: The high levels of change seen in other languages is exactly what kept devs at Java ...

Could not have put this better myself. I've just had to post an article for our customers explaining that now applets AND Java Web Start are both dead, we have no means of "light" deployment for them. They now have to handle deployment themselves by distributing an application.

Applets I get but JWS I do not - it feels like it was killed because Oracle couldn't be arsed to maintain it anymore as it was no longer shiny. Over the horizon we have JavaFX slated to lose support in 2022, Swing in 2026. It's a wholesale abandonment of the Desktop, on a relatively short timescale.

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Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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Norman Mailer

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SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Re: Christian values from the source

Nice versus what? Nasty? Don't leave us hanging!

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F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: Americans Don't Know...

The Profanasaurus is amateur hour. This is how it's done properly.

https://greensdictofslang.com

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Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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Re: I'm new to Ubuntu

Actually after 15 years on macOS I am considering jumping back to Linux. Back, because I ran it when I had to roll (and patch) my own kernels to do so.

Why? It feels like the quality has gone. Stuff used to "just work", and work brilliantly - Snow Leopard stands out in my memory as a high point. But now... time machine fails so often my trust has gone. I'm unconvinced I could restore from backup to a new machine when required. iTunes breaks virtually every rule of user interface design that has ever been written. Login for various online systems seems to work, or not work, depending on whether the cloud is having a good day. I can't delete or move certain things around in / unless I reboot to some sort of safe mode, even as root. If I upgrade my Macbook I have to lose USB-A. And, most significantly, despite half a lifetime in UNIX I can't diagnose and fix anything because I haven't got any f*ing documentation, logs or source code to help me through.

So I've ordered a comparable laptop and will be testing Linux on the Desktop. I'm going to give Ubuntu and Mint a spin I think and see how it plays out.

Design and money are not a factor. This is an engineering decision - I suspect I will spend less time trying to get Linux working properly than macOS.

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Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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Re: @SVV Please, someone set up a GoFundMe

Hi, it's the Internet here. I think you'll find it's spelt cat GIF, not cat CIF.

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Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

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Re: Why go public?

The intelligence services have been playing "we own you" for as long as they've existed. I imagine demonstrating this publicly is quite satisfying.

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UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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Re: RE: Mooseman

She has an impossible hand. She is literally trying to ensure free movement of people and goods across the Irish border while, at the same time, restricting the movement of people and goods across the border.

I would almost feel sorry for her if she wasn't the one continuing to maintain that there's a solution.

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I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Re: The best solution seems to be Starbucks

How can there be a best solution that ends with you having to drink Starbucks coffee?

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Man cuffed for testing fruit with bum cheek pre-purchase

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That's a different American, and I believe it's a mushroom not a turnip

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Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job

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Re: Musk the weed smoker

Thanks for your personal insights on hiding, anonymous coward.

It has occurred to me that Musks's recent history of being a bit of a bell-end would be an excellent way to depress the stock price prior to a buy back. Although the more likely explanation is that he is, in fact, just a bell-end.

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'World's favorite airline' favorite among hackers: British Airways site, app hacked for two weeks

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Re: Missing from the press release -- CVV status

380,000 cards in 3 weeks? Seems like a lot. Apparently they fly 145,000 passengers/day, so if nothing else it's likely the attack was across the whole company not one region.

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Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world

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I'm going to sit it out a few years then move my business to Scotland when it leaves.

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Re: See the bigger picture people

You say "Europe red tape" - what do you think all those famous EU subcomittees are for? All that standardisation of regulations, that categorisation of bananas - it's all to allow free movement of goods, services and people.

These regulations require our governments to standardise rules for importers into the EU, and remove the red tape for the half a billion people living within it.

In our brave new world the red tape will reappear as forms, declarations, customs duty, border queues, restrictions on UK-EU trade and movement. And we'll get all this without losing any of the existing red tape that currently applies when we move goods, services and people between UK and the non-EU world. Brexit is going to be a boon for red-tape lovers.

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Re: Can anyone

"Except doctors etc come under skills we accept worldwide" - well that's jolly good, because we're going to need a lot more

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Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!

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Re: 'I guess you don't travel enough and the paranoia is showing'

Mr Gumby, we concede, you're correct. The USA has a similar approach to policing as the UAE. Finally something we can all agree on.

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Apple tipped to revive forgotten Macbook Air and Mac mini – report

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Re: I don't believe anything Apple does is worth looking at anymore

Er, would this be the "Apple supporting gay rights" issue? Most people don't think of this as a political issue you know: they think of it as fucking obvious, and I think we can safely presume this includes the resoundingly gay Mr Tim Cook.

I'm sure the loss of a few customers still stuck in the bronze age won't trouble the CEO of a trillion dollar company too much.

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Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy

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Re: Caesars have proven themselves incompetent

Thank you phuzz, for pointing out the nine hundred pound pink tapdancing elephant that ZPO is wilfully ignoring.

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Re: Caesars have proven themselves incompetent

Well now that I know everyone can be armed in the hotel and you're allowed to shoot people if you feel threatened, I for one would be able to sleep soundly in my hotel bed. Dreaming of cinder-block walls.

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As it turns out, no, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange

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Re: Why not use a Mexican Bank?

Well what nationality is it then? Assuming a publicly traded entity has such a thing?

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Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

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Re: Not just small companies

One of our customers was Lehman brothers, before they went tits up. We used to offer terms on our software - 30 days I think - but after 6 months Lehmans still hadn't paid. We were in the UK, they were in the US, it was only a few hundred quid so all we could do was email, email, call, email. Eventually they paid up.

As a result we changed our policy to pay up front - it's just a license key we issue, the software runs with a DEMO stamp without it. When the time came for renewal Lehman, very importantly, said they don't do that and always require terms. I had the pleasure of explaining to them that we had changed our policy as a direct result of them not paying their bill for six months.

They paid up front, then went to the wall a few years later.

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GitHub goes off the Rails as Microsoft closes in

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Show me code that connects to the database?

Show me code that makes this stupid &%@£ing program crash repeatedly

Show me code that I can pinch for my own project

Show me code that I don't fully understand and can't really describe properly, which is why I am using a "natural language" search to search for something technical.

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Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

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Re: As usual, incredible claims come from far away

Statistically, most of anything comes from far away: incredible claims, things made of plastic, food, tourists, cobalt, trees, large mammals, icebergs. Shall I go on?

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Former NSA top hacker names the filthy four of nation-state hacking

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Re: Rofl

You insistence on the same evidential standards as you might get in a trial is effectively giving state actors a free pass. Normal standards of evidence can be met because the state has the power to compel people to give it.

But we don't have that leverage over another state. You're never going to get a smoking gun that shows Russia invaded the Ukraine, or they supported/supplied the rebels that shot down MH17, or they used Novichok in the UK, or murdered Litvenenko, or had an organised campaign to sow dissent amongst their enemies by attempting to balkanise their politics

Finally you assert that Russia has no interest in weakening the EU? That's absurd. Russian policy towards Europe for the last 200 years has revolved around 1000 miles of battlefield between Moscow and France/Germany and allies. The EU's expansion east threatens that directly. Ukraine discussing joining first NATO and then the EU were a direct cause of Russias invasion.

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Re: Rofl

There are now literally dozens of journalists that have interviewed former troll factory employees involved in pushing for Brexit. There are articles on this topic from the Mail to the Guardian depending on your persuasion. You should try reading a source other than Russia Today.

Russia is thrilled with Brexit as it weakens their competitor for influence in eastern Europe - you'd be a fool to believe they wouldn't take the opportunity given even half a chance, especially not after their success in the US.

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Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

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Re: "See Apple and Ireland"

Shhh, don't provoke him - he might post again with more words.

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Criminal justice software code could send you to jail and there’s nothing you can do about it

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Re: Trade secrets, pah

What, "do not run across dance floors"?

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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Re: Where's MY AI?

One meellion upvotes.

As a corollary, I would love to see a film where the hero is constantly telling his AI sidekick that no, he doesn't want to go to a restaurant and does not want to order a fucking book from Amazon.

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

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Re: Boot full of IT kit

Au contraire mon anonymous ami, referencing KIT in an article on autonomous cars seems about spot on to me. Good morning Michael!

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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Bypassing the firewall.

For me that's the interesting point. Not only are they scanning the local machine without consent, but they're doing so after getting past my firewall. Someone mentioned "drive by downloads" above, if you view the portscan itself as illegal then this situation isn't that different.

I agree on the grand scheme of things it's not a big deal, but the law is the law, and taking this one to court would be useful to clarify the position of anyone who is charged over a portscan in the future. Lord knows I've run a few over the years.

For that reason alone I've thrown in £50.

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ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: What we need

> vi is better than Emac

Different category: that's not even open for debate.

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DEF CON plans to show US election hacking is so easy kids can do it

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Hmm

"DEFCON ... is expected to pull in tens of thousands of the hackers and infosec researchers on the planet."

Somehow I imagine foreign attendees will be a little thinner on the ground than previous years.

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Drink this potion, Linux kernel, and tomorrow you'll wake up with a WireGuard VPN driver

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Thanks for the heads up

You had me at "not OpenVPN". Had a look at the site, it looks like an excellent product. If it's becoming a mainline module rather than dkms, so much the better.

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Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Re: Last time I checked Spain was in Europe...

I'd heard the same story about Lewis Hamilton, so it's probably apocryphal. Credible though!

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'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist

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Re: What about that Wi-Fi part?

You've heard of TLS? That's precisely the issue that properly implemented TLS is designed to avoid. I have no idea of said device uses TLS of course.

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Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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Re: FTFY...

Actually, There's low

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What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

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Under a mile away so will be there anyway...

Googale - a chocolate stout, of course.

Ethernol - enjoy from the TAP, or direct from the TUN as you prefer.

Open Sauce - for drinkers that really don't like lock-ins.

Duff Porter - a subtle blend of many layers (marketing strapline: it's not just about the destination)

Tactical Nuclear Penguin - a Linux-inspired... no, that's a stupid name for a beer, forget it.

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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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