* Posts by ma1010

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$100m sueball smacks Huawei over Facebook HQ infiltration claims

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Security? We've heard of it.

If the info at the F*book conference was all that special, one would think they'd have better vetting of attendees and not just allow someone from "BogusCo, Inc." to attend.

If the allegations are true, what Huawei did was wrong (although I'm not certain it was illegal), but I have to wonder how "secret" was this information they allegedly purloined.

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Google offers to leave robocallers hanging on the telephone

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Whitelist by default

@User McUser

I use Extreme Call Blocker to accomplish this. Callers not in my phone's contacts are allowed to leave a voicemail, but my phone does not ring. Only those in my phone's contacts can call me and have it ring. It takes about 2-3 seconds of listening to a voicemail to identify it as being something you might care about or just crap to be deleted, not to mention you can listen to those voicemails later when you have time. Not being interrupted by crap calls all the time is BLISS. I can't do this with my landline, so I just turned the ringers off and use it for outgoing calls only.

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Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something

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You're Lord Bong, and I claim my 5 quid!

I think we now know where Steve Bong wound up after he left the U.K., now living under the assumed name Phil Chen.

Will the new phones feature "Thinkfluence Design," also?

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Sueball claims Apple broke hacking laws with iOS batt throttling code

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Watch those EULAs

Obligatory Dilbert here.

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Feds charge Man after FCC boss Ajit Pai's kids get death threat over net neutrality axe vote

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From El Reg's mouth to $DEITY's ear

It is just one more sign of a dangerous ramping up of rhetoric on both sides of the political divide, and one that you would hope federal officials would seek to dampen down rather than actively encourage.

Please!

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Bankrupt Aussie Hells Angel scoops £750k lottery jackpot

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Huh?

In 2015 Roberts was ordered to pay the Australian tax office AU$1.5m

Interesting. He must have had a very lucrative income from somewhere, probably not (overtly, anyhow) drug related in order to get a tax bill like that. Pretty good wages for a "bikie."

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The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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Re: Apple are shit nowadays

Johnny Ive - Another of these worthless "gurus" like Steven Sinofsky, who destroyed the Windows UI.

Why do large corporations listen to these shite "gurus" instead of their customers who tell them plainly what they want? Listening to these twats has been a total disaster for both companies.

MS and Apple seem to be totally deaf to anything remotely resembling common sense. MS at least had the sense to kick Sinofsky out, although they still don't listen to their customers any more than Apple.

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Another staffer at mega-hacked Equifax slapped with insider trading rap

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Aaaaaaaand, YES, the big corporations skate again!

This is today's life in these United States: the big corporations can do whatever they like to consumers, and they will pay bugger all penalties for it. The MINIMUM they should have gotten is a very large fine and be required to provide credit protection FOR LIFE to every single person whose details were divulged.

Unfortunately penalties for this sort of thing will never happen because today the U.S. is a Government Of the Corporations, By the Corporations and For the Corporations. The people? They're just consumers to be slurped and ripped off any way the corporations like.

Sorry if I sounded a bit cynical there.

</old git>

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In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks' location data

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Will this actually stop them selling our movements?

In this article, the author said that all the major oligopoly carriers like Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, et al., stopped selling our movement details after the letter from the senator. However, in the article yesterday, I recall only Verizion saying they would stop while T-Mobile seemed to not care.

Will this court decision stop them from selling our private information now? I certainly hope so. Where we go, what web pages we look at, emails and texts we send should be private and never divulged by any carrier to anyone without a warrant, IMHO.

Paris, because I'm curious.

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Why the 'feudal' tech monopolies run rings around competition watchdogs

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Monopolies and Oligopolies

And not only do monopolies buy out small startups, they sometimes also use patent-troll type lawsuits to destroy them if they won't knuckle under to the buyout. The problem is, thanks to mergers, we have fewer and fewer options all the time. When it's not a monopoly, it's an oligopoly. What difference, from the consumer's point of view, is there between AT&T and Comcast? It's like being allowed to choose between getting you throat cut and being beheaded - either way, the outcome won't be good. If you don't like one, switch to the other - ha-ha.

This is the way of the future, it seems. The only possible remedies I can see would involve legal ones, but since the big corporations pretty much own the government (see Ajit Pai, big telco's sock puppet chairman of the FCC), I don't see much hope there.

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BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical

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I know who you mean!

...not my fault, I voted for Kodos.

<sad old geek mode>

When I read that, the first thing I thought of was the character "Kodos the Executioner" from the original Star Trek series.

</sad old geek mode>

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

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Re: "Placement and styling is important."

What do you mean "'amending' articles"? Are you accusing the Ministry of Truth of using IT to "rectify" previous news stories? Crimethink! Expect a visit from the Ministry of Love.

Oceania is at war with Eastasia. Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia!

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AT&T sends in startup shill to shake up Cali's net neutrality safeguards

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Listening to AT&T and Uber?

As a resident of California, I would prefer my elected officials to be guided by the advice of more wholesome entities, say NAMBLA or the Russian Mob.

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Cisco snags potential customer-sniffing biz for an undisclosed sum

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Damn tracking and trackers!

I'm getting to the point where I keep my phone in airplane mode more and more. Makes it difficult to contact me, but you can't have everything. We've pretty much lost the use of phones, cells or landlines, for their intended purpose unless you submit to endless spamming and/or tracking. I don't.

It would be nice if they would outlaw tracking people via phone unless they're using 911 for an emergency call or there's a law enforcement reason (with a WARRANT granted upon a show of probable cause to a court) for it. But for those like me, living in the USA, there's no hope of anything being done by our useless lawmakers because that would benefit the people at the expense of the big corporations, so it's a non-starter here. Maybe some states might do something, perhaps.

It won't be the marketing department of Sirius Cybernetics first up against the wall when the revolution comes. It will be these bastard trackers and their "targeted ad" people. The sooner, the better, I say.

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AI military upstart attacked by Russian malware, Twitter fires up TensorFlow, and more

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Google Translate apparently works offline now on mobile phones

"My hovercraft is full of eels."

What?

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Open Source Security hit with bill for defamation claim

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Freudian slip?

"Nonetheless, we are confident Open Source Security will ultimately persist."

Persist? No doubt the lawyers will keep the case going to keep charging those fees.

Prevail? I rather doubt it, as their sueball was crap to start with, as the courts have ruled.

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Comcast's mega-outage 'solution'... Have you tried turning your router off and on again?

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Official Statement from Crapcast

We're very sorry for any inconvenience the outage may have caused. Well, actually, no, we're not. Frankly, we don't give a fuck one way or the other.

And, no, before any of you ask, you're not going to get an adjustment on your bills for the time we provided you with no service, nor will we compensate you for any lost revenues. The only thing we care about is that WE don't lose any revenue, so be sure to send us OUR money every month. If you don't like the way we do you business, you can try one of our twin sisters, AKA "the competition." (chuckle) You'll quickly find that they don't give a crap about your little problems, either.

Welcome to the Oligopoly, darlings. It's the way of the future. Remember the bit about a boot stamping on a human face? Well, it's not one boot. We'll ALL be putting the boot in. Suck it up, little "consumer."

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RoboCop-ter: Boffins build drone to pinpoint brutal thugs in crowds

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Reminds me of a Larry Niven story

IIRC, in "Cloak of Anarchy," Larry Niven wrote about a gadget called a "copseye." It floated above crowds and had a camera and a stunner. They patrolled "free parks" in which there was no law except "no violence." If violence broke out, the copseye would stun the participants.

Then a clever guy found out how to short them all out - but his attack also caused the exits to all lock, so things got a bit interesting for a while as folks got to try anarchy for real.

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Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work

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Re: Had a close call

Where I used to work, we had a sales guy who was the infamous "last minute guy," always doing everything at the last minute. He'd be going to meet with a client and need you to work overtime to help him get his presentation crap ready because he was basically incompetent. I got tired of it and put a sign up in my office that said "YOUR LACK OF PLANNING DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN EMERGENCY TO ME." He saw the sign and enthused all over, said he absolutely loved it and was going to make one for his office. Did I mention he was REALLY thick?

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Kill the blockchain! It'll make you fitter in the long run, honest

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Those blockchains can be dangerous, too!

See obligatory Dilbert

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Re: AI lifts?

Don't you mean "Happy Vertical People Movers?"

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Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster

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You, sir are a true BOFH!

@anthonyhegedus

Your experience with this particular luser reminds me of a bit from the BOFH:

The user who wanted to know why the ’follow-me’ service wasn’t working on her phone was probably the straw that broke the camel’s back. It took a while for the PFY to realise she was carrying her desk phone around the building with her, but as a veteran hand at these things I expected no less.

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Ex-Autonomy CFO and auditors Deloitte bitten by Brit corp watchdog

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The system is broken

A basic problem with corporate audits is that the company needing an audit CHOOSES and has to pay the auditors. If my corporation hired your auditing firm to do my government-required audit, and you give me a bad report, how likely am I to hire you next year? So there's a strong motivation here for auditors to give a glowing report to all their customers.

Shades of Authur Anderson and Enron.

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US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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As many have observed

We have the finest lawmakers money can buy. And that's what it's ALL ABOUT in Washington these days. Nobody cares about culture or the fact that extending copyright indefinitely STEALS from the common people who should be able to inexpensively enjoy works in the public domain (like the Gutenberg Project). It's one thing to protect an author during his/her lifetime and for a reasonable (maybe 20 years) period after death, but our "Corporate Congress" is only interested in benefiting their corporate buddies and themselves.

And they wonder why there are so many copyright violators around. If you make the laws REASONABLE, most people will tend to obey them because they see their benefit to society. The more ridiculous you make the laws to benefit a few megacorporations, the more people will lose respect for the law and the government that makes them.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Re: We need some ...

I work in a court building which is open to the public. I won't even go NEAR the public toilet on the busy first floor. I did once and was amazed. Apparently many people out there don't really understand the appropriate use of all those fixtures. It's sad.

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Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

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Batteries can definitely do strange things

A long time ago, I was working on a car and noticed a strange hissing sound after the engine started. After less than a minute I looked under the car and saw about a quart of oil on the ground, and more coming. Shut engine off and looked for problem. Earlier, I'd been using a screwdriver on the starter relay to "bump" the engine over, and gotten the screwdriver (sitting on the positive terminal on the relay) a little too close to the oil filter and arc welded a hole in it.

Recently, my HTC phone looked strange. It looked like the screen was bulging up in the middle a little. In a matter of days, it bulged up about 5mm in the center, but not at the ends, so the screen was actually bent. Took it in for repair, and it was the battery swelling up that caused all the problems. New battery, and it's all sorted.

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Biometrics: Better than your mother's maiden name. Good luck changing your body if your info is stolen

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Wonder if Estonia's solution would work?

I don't understand much about crypto, so have no real opinions on how to secure ID, but I'm wondering if what Estonia is doing with giving people chipped ID cards and readers as part of the ID process (I assume it also requires a password, too) would work? I've read that people there can vote, pay taxes, etc., using these cards which, apparently, are considered a secure form of ID. That might be one thing to help with the ID problem.

Paris because this is a baffling problem to solve well.

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Bowel down: Laxative brownies brought to colleague's leaving bash

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BOFH Trainee?

Well, the BOFH has used such weapons on occasion, so I wonder if this woman was a BOFH in the making. She got caught, though, so she clearly needs more practice in proper BOFH techniques.

And I'd add that if a despised co-irker leaves your place of employment, instead of sabotaging their "good bye" party, a better solution is you and your mates have a "good riddance" party later on down the pub without them around.

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Kaspersky Lab's move from Russia to Switzerland fails to save it from Dutch oven

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No, no, no, don't buy that nasty, spying Russian antivirus!

Why? 'Cause the Russian government SPIES ON YOU if you do!

Instead, get all your antivirus products from vendors here in the USA. After all, the CIA, FBI, and NSA would NEVER, EVER spy on you. We promise! <wink-wink-nudge-nudge>

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T-Mobile owner sends in legal heavies to lean on small Brit biz over use of 'trademarked' magenta

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Re: Pink

IT's not even a question.

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Scrap London cops' 'racially biased' gang database – campaigners

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It's not the color

It's the culture. As long as we have all this "art" that glorifies gang activity and violence, we're going to have a problem with youth being violent. Unfortunately, there is something in this "art" that resonates with urban youth, particularly blacks, although kids of any ethnic group can be influenced by this crap. And young kids tend to be suggestible, so they act out what they are told by these "artists," hence lots of crime and violence.

What the solution is, I'm not sure. I'm not sure anybody has a good solution to this. It would be nice if some of these "artists" would talk about thinking ahead, consequences of actions and the benefit of being a useful part of society, but that doesn't seem to be on.

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Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

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Re: I see no problem here

But people do forget. Years ago in the U.S., there was a big scandal with AIG Corporation which mainly sold insurance. They had recently bought another company, 21st Century Insurance.

When the economic crash hit and Obama was handing out bailout money, they went to Washington and said "Oh, we need money real bad because if we don't get it, we'll fail, and everyone will be out of work, think of the children on the street," etc., etc. After they got, I think, $50 million, they went out and gave their executives bit bonuses and sent them to high-dollar executive retreats (the sort of places the BOFH manages to get sent for "training"). They got caught by reporters who outed them. Congress even voted to tax their bailout at 100%, they were so mad.

AIG changed their name to 21st Century and continue in business today.

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That's no moon... er, that's an asteroid. And it'll be your next and final home, spacefarer

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John Brunner explored this idea

He wrote a novella called "Lungfish." In it a generation ship goes to another star. When it arrives there with just a few "Earthborn" still alive, they discover that their descendants, having been born during the trip and not knowing any other life, have no interest in leaving the ship. So much for the new colony!

It also makes me think of the idea of "Rocks" from The Culture series, asteroids that some people lived in for their permanent homes. Asteroids would make great space habitats, as you can "blow" them up[1] to create space in them, then spin them to provide "gravity." You leave the walls thick enough, and radiation from space isn't a problem. If they can solve the life support and social issues, it might well work. Add some sort of propulsion, and you've definitely got a potential starship.

[1]Larry Niven's idea was to drill a hole through the long axis, then fill it with bags of water and spin it up. You then put mirrors around it to reflect enough sunlight to heat it up to a semi-molten state, and the water converts to steam and expands inside the asteroid, causing it to expand and providing lots of space inside. Or you could just hollow out a bigger asteroid like "The Stone" in Greg Bear's novel Eon.

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PC recycler gets 15 months in the clink for whipping up 28,000 bootleg Windows 7, XP recovery discs

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Sounds like it's mainly the labeling

I wonder, if he had printed his own plain-looking labels with something like "System Restore Disk" on them, would he have been prosecuted, or lost if he were prosecuted? The thing the court seemed to object to was the labeling of the disks, implying they were created by M$, rather than the fact he was giving out what were freely available software images.

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Danish submariner sent down for life for murder of journalist Kim Wall

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His new story?

Perhaps he will say she committed suicide, dismembered herself, and he only disposed of the remains to keep his sub tidy?

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This guy should stay in prison until he dies.

The sort that commits this kind of crime is never rehabilitated. Lock him up and throw the key away.

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'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

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The downside of all this

Essentially, due to the flood of spoofed crap calls, I've completely lost the use of my landline. I just turn off the ringers and use it for outgoing calls only. Nobody can ever call me on it because if I don't do the above, it rings several times a day with crap calls that just waste my time.

I can protect my cell phone better, using an app the blocks any call not in my contacts, although it does allow them to leave a voice message (for those few calls I get from stranger which I actually want).

It's too bad we can't eliminate these sort of pests. Put them all on the B Ark, I say.

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Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California

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Maybe true

It's almost as if the company is worried that if it was completely honest about what it does with its users information they would leave the service in droves.

If most people bothered to LOOK at the information that's out there - really, we all pretty much know what F*book does with people's data - sell anything they can get or infer about you to anyone at all with bugger all limits. I'm not on F*book myself, but I think anyone who can think critically and hasn't been living in a sealed bunker for the last couple of months is, at a minimum, looking into locking down whatever they can to keep their information private OR realizing that the "free" service F*book offers isn't worth its cost in lost privacy.

However, of the overall population of F*book users, how many think critically in the first place? I don't know, but I somehow doubt that Zuckerberg will be losing all that many suckers, even among those outside Europe's GDPR protection zone who should be afraid - very afraid - of what is happening to their data.

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Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

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Reminds me of a very relevant article from El Reg

About the Ikea in the Spanish town of Arroyo de la Encomienda. The Ikea store there is located on "I've Got a Screw Loose" street. You can read it here.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

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Re: Windows insider Program

@Shadmeister

Once you get a BSOD, does Microsoft ever correct the issue in the next build, or if you are BSOD, you are permanently BSOD'd ???

Of course you aren't permanently BSOD'd! If you're hopelessly stuck using Windows, you take out the thumb drive with Clonezilla (or whatever you use) and and roll the HD back to the last more-or-less working Windows version.

If you're not hopelessly stuck using Windows, you install Linux and quit worrying about BSOD's.

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Uber hid database hack from FTC while FTC probed Uber for an earlier database hack

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Europeans are lucky

You've got GDPR coming. That would bankrupt a lot of our crooked outfits here in the US, so nothing like that will EVER become law here.

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It's April 2018, and we've had to sit on this Windows 10 Spring Creators Update headline for days

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Re: " extensive rounds of testing"

@Ian Emery

Yes, LMAO! El Reg owes us both a new keyboard.

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My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

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Re: Facetimers

@Stevie

YES! I absolutely despised those damn things. "Push to scream" is so very true!

Have an upvote and a virtual brew on me.

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Re: Reminds me of a story I read about

Ham radio people know all about how antennas cause all sorts of non-existent problems. That's why some of us will put one up a new antenna and NOT hook it up to anything for a week or two. That gives all the local idiots time to complain about how your antenna is affecting their cable TV reception or causing messages from UFOs to come in on their fillings or whatever. Then you smile and say "Really? That's interesting because that antenna isn't hooked up to anything at all just now."

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SpaceX has a good day: Successful launch and FCC satellite approval

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So that means...

SpaceX appears to be scaling back its original plan of an open ISP for everyone in order to focus on areas with poor internet access or slow speeds i.e. target less competitive markets.

...they'll start selling broadband access to us here in the U.S.? We could use some competition because $DEITY knows we've got bugger all with the current oligopoly.

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Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan

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Re: How is it any better than running NoScript/uMatrix

You might try Ghostery. It blocks out trackers and other such vermin and seems to work well without doing violence to web sites.

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

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And they WILL get an education

Once the bubble bursts, they will get a hard lesson about investing in things of questionable intrinsic value.

The money was to be spent on getting an education, after all.

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User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

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Re: Feeling Old...

Yes, TSR's. I wrote one, too. A friend of mine who edited video wanted a calculator that would take a time and add/subtract so much time from it. I wrote him a TSR on-screen calculator app that he used along with Multimate (remember that?) on his PC. The video editing at that time was NOT done on computer - not for years, yet.

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City of Atlanta's IT gear thoroughly pwned by ransomware nasty

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@Amos1

It's not just government. Anything controlled by beancounters is vulnerable.

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AI software that can reproduce like a living thing? Yup, boffins have only gone and done it

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Re: not just networks

Absolutely! How many of us were going along fine with work and/or school, then someone falls into our life and we suddenly seem to spend an inordinate amount of time engaged in "reproductive activity," to the detriment of work/school?

Despite any negative effects on other aspects of life, it's still a lot of what makes life worth living in the first place!

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