* Posts by Nolveys

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In 2018, Facebook is the villain and Microsoft the shining light, according to techies

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What is this on about?

This article is bizarre.

Facebook is the new Microsoft

Where did this come from? Their markets are almost completely disjoint. Almost the entire tech industry can be described as utterly morally bankrupt Orwellian snake pits from hell, but that's hardly equivalency.

the Zuckerberg-front ad machine was once a beacon of all that was great and wonderful about social media

Facebook as been a cynical surveillance nightmare platform since day one. "I don't know why they trust me, dumb fucks" - Mark Zuckerberg. Anyone who thought otherwise should realize by this point that they were duped.

And the shining light? Microsoft; Microsoft; companies fighting backdoors into encryption; Microsoft.

Microsoft is pushing its cloud platform hard and international customers trust the US government even less than US citizens do. Customers not having a modicum of trust that everything they send through the platform won't be perused by Uncle Sam will directly effect the bottom line. They don't now, never have and never will give a shit about doing the right thing.

Facebook isn't in this market or any other market that requires an appearance of trust. Microsoft's actions in the specific cases of mentioned in the article are specific to business income. They have proven through Windows 10 that they are perfectly willing to invade privacy, use people as beta (alpha?) testers and basically take possession of privately owned PCs.

Both Microsoft and Facebook have been giant piles of thieving, parasitic garbage since day one and will continue to be so until they eventually become as irrelevant as IBM* and MySpace. Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later, but I'm not holding my breath in Microsoft's case.

* Irrelevant in most areas. Will probably still be doing big iron and getting paid huge money to support horrible platforms when I pass.

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China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon

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It's a good thing...

...that on the way to the far side of the Moon they didn't try to transfer in Canada.

Best of luck to China in this endeavor. This will be quite an accomplishment if they pull it off.

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Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request

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Re: the Canadian president Justin Trudeau

Shirley you meant Prime Minister.

I don't know who came up with the idea of grading politicians in terms of deliciousness.

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Google: I don't know why you say Allo, I say goodbye

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Google treats it commercial offerings differently.

Yeah, instead of throwing the products under the bus completely they change the interfaces into garbage either slowly or quickly.

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Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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Re: You're born that way, you die that way...

"And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there"

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww!

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Lenovo superdishes not-so-superdosh for Superfish superloss: $40 waiting for you if you bought adware laptop

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As I recall Lenovo put information in the uefi that windows reads on boot. Windows then dutifully installs malware, even if it's a fresh install.

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We all fall together. Azure MFA takes a tumble for the second week running

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At least it's secure

We contacted Microsoft to find out what had become of the service and the lessons learned from last week, but have yet receive a response.

They'll get back to you once they can access their email again.

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Office 365 Exchange enjoys a less than manic Monday. Users? Not so much

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Re: Echoing in Redmond

"Oh for fuck's sake, Bob! I just did the Days Since Last Outage sign"

Reminds me of an episode of Futurama in which Fry updates the "Days Since Last Accident" sign by nailing a piece of paper with a "1" on it to the sign. Immediately after he finishes putting up the "1" he realizes that he put the nail through his thumb.

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Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

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Re: originals will still be enjoyable

They should make a new version of Star Wars Holiday Special - I want to see the funny shenanigans of Jar Jar and his family!

Remember to get the deluxe edition. It comes with a bottle of whisky and a hand gun.

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Microsoft: You looking at me funny? Oh, you just want to sign in

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Nifty!

I've got Edge fired up and my FIDO2 dongle. Let's give this a try...

(Azure Europe overloads)

(Azure Europe goes down)

(Azure Europe fails over to Azure North America)

(Azure North America overloads)

(Azure North America goes down)

(Azure North America fails over to Azure Asia)

(Azure Asia overloads)...

Uh-oh.

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New era for Japan, familiar problems: Microsoft withdraws crash-tastic patches

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Re: year zero , all over again

Previous Windows versions maintained the system clock in local time, but I thought they'd got that right from W7, if not before?

Since NT they've used 100-nanosecond intervals since January 1, 1601 (UTC).

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Microsoft confirms: We fixed Azure by turning it off and on again. PS: Office 362 is still borked

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Re: Hmmmm

What kind of back-end service needs to connect to the Multi-Factor Authentication Service?

Don't all Microsoft services count as "back-end"?

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Oz lad 'fell in love with' baby meerkat, nicked it from zoo, took it out for a romantic Big Mac

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Re: He got off lightly compared to Tufty.

red squirrels harbor the leprosy bacteria

Red squirrels make for good eatin', you can really taste the leprosy.

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Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...

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Re: Killing a database?

There are two types of people in the world, those who think they are paranoid enough and those who know they are not.

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DXC: Everything is going to plan, too well in fact... we've chopped so many staff, our IT projects are now behind

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As a business strategy, murdering their employees will see diminishing returns.

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IBM struggles to sign up shipping carriers to blockchain supply chain platform – reports

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Re: Shocked

You mean you can't just slap "blockchain" on something and watch the money roll in?

Blockchain is already old hat. Blockchain AI is the way of the future.

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From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

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there is always somebody who is thinner than average

Not true, only 50% of the time.

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Once more with feeling: Windows 10 October 2018 Update inches closer to relaunch

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Re: I'm just wondering

Constant uproar in the IT area of a company will inevitably have consequences on revenue at some point.

I doubt it. MS has been sodomizing their "customers" for decades and the customers just keep coming back for more.

It's like watching an episode of "COPS" (is that still a thing?) where the police go on a domestic. There's some mullet-headed grease ball and a burn-out woman with an eye swollen shut, blood everywhere and teeth missing saying "Bobby-Joe done did this, but he don't mean it! He loves me!" The sane thing for her to do would be to go to a woman's shelter and sort her life out, but you just know that she'll stay with Bobby-Joe and receive regular beatings for ever and ever.

It doesn't matter what happens to them, the people who make the software purchasing decisions will always jump at the opportunity to skip gleefully through the gates of hell. And you know what? I'm fine with it.

I used to hate this state of affairs, but at some point I realized that being paid by the hour to fix a perpetual nuclear cluster-fuck ain't that bad. The trick is to abandon all hope for the future of computing. Just crank the cynicism to 11 and set the "rapetastic hourly rate" toggle switch to the on position.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is worth 154 median minions

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Re: You keep using that word...

Can people please stop using the words "worth" or "earned" to describe how much CEOs and others of their ilk pay themselves and each other?

But SatNad did such a good job on Windows 10.

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Open-source this, open-source that, and the end of the Windows 10 Creators Update

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Re: Too True.....

Does it shite, it worked perfectly in 7, to the point where winkey+type became an unconcious action. In 10 it became winkey+type... wait a bit while 10 stirs itself from a cloudy stupor...

The trick is to adjust your own personal timing to match the timing of the UI. 750ml of vodka will get you there*.

* Until your tolerance builds.

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Re: Too True.....

Far more reliable to do win-r and type the actual name of the executable and ignore the start menu completely...

Doesn't seem to work too well for running things as administrator. I've taken to right-clicking on the desktop and creating a shortcut to cmd.exe and then right-clicking on that and running as administrator.

I'd love if there were a more "win+r"-ish way to do this. Any suggestions?

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Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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Shove It Out The Door

As much as I hate Microsoft (and I do), this seems to be a symptom of some larger problem. Almost everything these days seems to be loaded with high-tech features that are of use to no one, are poorly or not-at-all tested and have bloated, broken and idiotic UIs.

There was a time when vacuum cleaners were made like tanks. There are probably perfectly functioning vacuum cleaners under 50 years of garbage accumulation out in the landfills of western civilization. The companies that made these vacuum cleaners are pretty much all long gone, once people had their tank-vacuums then they didn't ever need any new vacuums and the companies went out of business.

Over time durable goods became less and less durable as the time between one sale and the next depends on lack of durability. Now it is almost impossible to purchase anything that isn't garbage.

Of course software is not a durable good, but it seems to to be following the same pattern. Slap something together, make it pretty (for very strange values of "pretty"), load it up with bullshit and shove it out the door. Fitness for purpose isn't an afterthought, it's never thought of at all.

Something has gone very wrong.

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: Inevitable

Is yout civilian aircraft a drone if autopilot engaged?

That depends on who or what the autopilot is getting married to.

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NSA dev in the clink for 5.5 years after letting Kaspersky, allegedly Russia slurp US exploits

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Re: Kaspersky 'Standalone Virus Removal Tool'

AC: Interesting posts. Would upvote if I could easily find verification. Sadly, a quick search of Google through a haze of vodka doesn't yield results.

5 years at 68 has to suck hard, not much paper left on the bog roll at that point. Maybe just stupidity and a love for his work? Maybe supervisors wanting more than he could provide without doing some work on the sly? I'm not smelling a lot of malice, but I'm also not feeling particularly informed.

My advice: only work for the government if you make obscene amounts of money and never ever do any actual work.

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Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

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The Fonz Vs The Sharknado

Back in the early zeros Google could do no wrong. Their services were excellent, sometimes even revolutionary. They generally seemed to act with some measure of morality, or at least not in the despicable way that typified most of the rest of the computing industry.

Then they jumped the shark.

Now we have deteriorating services, increasingly shady practices and slime-ball antics. Just a few short years ago an article like this would come out only once or twice a month. Now it's every day, and the "creepy asshole" factor is through the roof. The rate of decay is accelerating.

If you work in anything web-related then Google is almost completely unavoidable. Many platforms have hard dependencies on Google Maps and Google tracking services. This doesn't seem to be getting better as it becomes more and more blatantly obvious what Google is really about.

Google has already turned into a creepy nightmare from hell. I really don't want to think where we will find ourselves in ten years time.

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Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook

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Re: You can find right wingers saying the same thing

Although I still haven't figured out what the actually definitions of left wing and right wing.

Those are two groups that are pitted against each other in order to distract the public.

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A spot of Python in your Azure automation? Step right this way, sir

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Re: Python 2 support

print as a function still kicks my ass though.

I'm still on 2, but I have finally kicked my parentheses-less print habit.

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Git it girl! Academy tries to tempt women into coding with free course

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Female programmers are badly needed

If only men are employed as programmers then there won't be enough people to outsource.

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Sextortion scum armed with leaked credentials are persistent pests

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Meanwhile, in Scotland...

"Honey, look at the email these fools sent me! They think they can extort money from me by claiming that they have a video of me pleasuring myself to internet porn! How silly is that?"

"Baaaaa!"

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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You'll downvote me for this but Libreoffice is missing the key feature of having everything I need in the same menu location that it is in Office.

That went out the window for me once the ribbon came along.

I miss WordPerfect 5.1.

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No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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Re: The return of front page

Anything which lowers the barriers to non technical people creating content on the web is good.

I like the sentiment, but Front Page was an abomination. It was like a printing press that used plague corpses instead of paper.

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Lawyers sued for impersonating rival firm online to steal clients

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Are they going to act in their own defence?

My understanding is that their strategy is to impersonate the plaintiffs.

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Apache's latest SNAFU – Struts normal, all fscked up: Web app framework needs urgent patching

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Re: Struts?

Apparently never heard of Struts

I'd heard of it, just didn't remember anything about it. I might have taken a look at the Wikipedia page at some point long enough to see "Java" and then close the tab as my brain made an audible flushing noise.

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Struts?

What's this Struts malarkey about?

Java

Oh, that's your problem right there.

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One-in-two JavaScript project audits by NPM tools sniff out at least one vulnerability...

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Last time I looked, JavaScript just sucked in whatever shit was current on some other guy's website and you picked up whatever malware they were distributing that day.

Yup. I love visiting sites that don't work for reasons that don't require javascript, but use it anyway. Then I click on the NoScript button and briefly wonder domain(s) in the pages of schlarf would make the page work. Then I close the tab.

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Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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We are sorry about the limitations of your unlimited plan...

However, in the immortal words of Enron, "Burn, baby, burn".

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What happens to your online accounts when you die?

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Re: Get a Power of Attorney

Wouldn't a PC and phone be considered tools of the receptionist's trade?

Nah, just the handgun.

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Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

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Re: "It's a synthetic digital model of the real world,"

Any car system that gets approved with this simulator is going to have the Approved for Perfect Road Conditions award. Big deal.

Actually, it looks like the simulator will be quite extensive. Some of the mockups that have been provided by government officials look very impressive:

Mockup 1

Mockup 2

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Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

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Re: Devuan +1

Yet another convert to Devuan.

Me too, posting from a machine running Devuan right now. Three boxes down, two to go.

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Hello darkness my old friend, what happened last week in Redmond?

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Re: @big_D

In my experience, there's very little point using on Windows, too...

It's quite useful for downloading other browsers.

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UK taxman told: IR35 still isn't working in the public sector, and you want to take it private?

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Maybe in 20 years when the UK IT industry no longer exists the government might wake up and realise this wasn't such a good idea after all.

That will happen right after cats learn to team up in order to operate motor vehicles.

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Span hits F#, LinkedIn gets mumbly, and UWP (yes, it's still clinging on) furnished with new toys

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Re: Does UWP have a purpose, yet?

Your UWP app could also be run on Android, iOS, MacOS and Tizen if you use Xamarin.

"Bessie, I dun told you that you'd best learn to ride that bicycle else you'd get a whoopin!"

WACK! WACK! WACK! WACK!

(frantic mooing)

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Doctor, doctor, I feel like my IoT-enabled vacuum cleaner is spying on me

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Re: Useless warranties

Unless I were present I literally couldn't.

Couldn't you use the cameras in the vacuum cleaners?

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Re: superuser rights on the vacuum

The chain of reasoning really needs to start before the point of assuming that a floor sweeper is in need of an OS of any kind.

It's hard to have decent AI without an underlying operating system and without decent AI we will never be able to teach vacuum cleaners to drive cars.

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Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

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Perhaps version 2 would replace online images of priests with pictures of naked women

Or at least replace the alter boy with pants.

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Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

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Re: The name that stands out in the BBC version of the article

Deepmind can't slurp Fax machines as easily!

I was just going to say that I've never seen a fax machine hacked, encrypt stuff and then ransom people, etc.

What do you suppose the cost/benefits of ditching the faxes would be?

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Pci compliance failure failure

I used to subcontract to someone who did pci compliance tests. One time a bunch of issues came up and we worked to patch them. As we patched things and modified configs the issues went away one by one until only one remained.

Supposedly the remaining issue should have been covered by a software upgrade we did, but it persisted. My boss had to go do other things and left me to investigate. I downloaded the exploit reference code and ran it against the server...nothing. I mucked around with the code and still nothing.

After hours and hours of trying to get the exploit to work my boss called me. Turned out he hadn't quite scrolled to the end of the pci scan list and was looking at the second last report in the list, the one right before the service in question had been upgraded.

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When Google's robots give your business the death sentence – who you gonna call?

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Re: @Hamish Sadly Not Really New

Surely it would be "Do no evil" to "Do know evil", amirite??

See, hear and speak no evil.

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Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

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Re: I crashed a server once, at client site

although we do get more opportunity to appreciate the "measure twice, cut once" rule

Why is the server down and why are you holding a gas powered angle grinder?

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