* Posts by ma1010

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Microsoft scoops Search UI out from the gaping black maw of Cortana

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All too bloody true!

"By the time your feedback has been processed through SatNad's amazing Cognitive Engines, it'll do the opposite."

Yes, any sensible suggestion relating to UI or any idea with even a hint of common sense gets inverted by MS these days so they do the opposite.

Hmmm, perhaps if everyone bombarded MS with odes praising their fugly flat UI and said they absolutely adored the data slurping and could MS please do more of it, just perhaps they would go back to a sensible UI and stop slurping?

Paris because MS is mostly operating on that level these days.

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Robocall crackdown, choked Lifelines, and pole-climbing: Your new FCC rules roundup

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Re: Wait, what?

And, as noted above, those rules are pretty much ignored. The other way the marketing droids got around that was to jack the prices of everything in every store and then offer a "loyalty card" where you have to tell them your phone number and other details in order to get a "discount" by using the card. I don't use them. The T&Cs of all of these allow the company to contact you anytime they want, as well as to sell your details to anyone they like who can also contact you all the time. Unfortunately, my wife filled in a couple of those, and we pretty much lost the use of our land line since 99% of the calls on it are crap. They also CONSTANTLY spoof numbers. I just turned off the ringer and told her if she tells anybody my cell number, what happens won't be pretty.

In other words, there are no practical limits on robocalls in the USA. The only right we folks have left in the "Land of the Free" is to be spied on and screwed over by the corporations and government to their heart's content. Bend over, here comes the red hot spike!

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The Reg parts ways with imagineer and thought pathfinder Steve Bong

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Actually sorry to see Bong go

If, indeed this isn't more taking the piss.

Excellent satire, IMHO. Always enjoyed those Bong articles.

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

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Seriously?

When I read about this, I thought "Really? Who'd be such a git as to put this on their home?"

Let's poll other El Reg readers. How many of you would trust this (or just about any other IOT gadget) to protect your home and family? Show of hands. Nope, didn't think so.

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Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church... oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

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Sounds fine to me

"... we don't archive Facebook very well."

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US govt's 'foreign' spy program that can snoop on Americans at home. Sure, let's reauth that...

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Doubleplus Good!

We must eliminate crimethink.

(Yes, I'm being sarcastic.)

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Crouching cyber Hidden Cobra: US warns Nork hackers are at it again with new software nasty

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Pull the Plug!

The rest of the world should get together and just pull the plug on North Korea's Internet access. Only government actors pretty much have Internet access there, and they don't use it for anything good. So boot them off the Internet until they get a reasonable government and learn to play nice with others.

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US trade cops agree to investigate Apple's 'embrace and extend'

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When you swim with sharks...

...expect to get bit (or laser beamed). Apple and MS both have done this kind of thing. When it comes to making profits, giant corporations generally have all the scruples of Hitler and are restrained -- sometimes -- only by fear of legal consequences.

But even then, in some cases they decide "damn the torpedoes" and go ahead with something like this, putting their "partners" on terms much like France's position with Germany in WW II. It is true that sometimes the giants lose and have to pay out (Stac Electronics case with MS, for example), but often they get away with their crimes due to their vast legal resources in comparison to some small fry startup. After all, in civil court, Murphy's Golden Rule ("He who has the gold makes the rules.") tends to apply.

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Ads watchdog tells Plusnet: There's no way unlimited business broadband costs £4.50

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Wish we had someone who would do that over here

On the west side of the Pond, we could use someone to at least try to keep ads honest and which actually did something, unlike the fed here. You rarely see an ad over here without lots of fine print and additional little footnotes in 1 point font where even there they don't tell you the actual price of anything.

As evidence, I submit an ad I got from AT&T that told me I could have fiber broadband for only $50/month. But I noticed the fine print and footnotes that mentioned "introductory price" and added that some vague "other required services" were not included. So even in the fine print/footnotes you couldn't know the actual price of this service. I didn't feel like being "serviced" by AT&T, so I binned it, of course.

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Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

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A few comments...

First of all, to the buggers coming up with this lovely technology and making it available to pernicious outfits like ad networks and governments, a heartfelt plea: FUCK OFF AND DIE! May you die screaming, and may it happen soon. (No, I won't do anything to you, but if someone else does and I were on their jury, I'd suggest a vote of thanks.) Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean it's a good idea.

Secondly, who's up for writing an app that captures all your keystrokes and randomly anonymizes them before sending them to a target app?

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: German Efficiency

I suspect that a software "bug" will be introduced that ensures it only mows down lawyers. The lawsuits will dry up very quickly after that.

Lawyers are definitely a good start, but we need a firmware patch to include account executives, hairdressers, telephone sanitizers and other "middlemen." Consider: It's much cheaper than the "B" Ark but with the same happy outcome. In fact, mod the firmware in cars sold to "middlemen" to seek out hovercraft ramps or cliffs, too.

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IBM's next turnaround tool is ... a new open-source font?

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Look for the patent troll phase next

Declining corporations follow a pattern. IBM is in the massive "restructuring" (downsizing) phase now that all the engineers who made the company great have retired or been fired to make room for (cheaper) "new blood." What's left is mainly the marketing droids that agonize over what font to use, the right color for a wheel and explore the potential market for nasally applied fire. The next phase will likely be patent troll followed by eventual extinction. John Watson is no doubt spinning in his grave.

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Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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Been there, done that

But I don't have what was left of the pan anymore. I threw out the wreckage.

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Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness

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Progress?

It's kind of strange to me that Apple and Google are having the same sort of problem with their phones. My 3 year old HTC M8 works just fine. My wife has one the same age, and she uses the hell out of it every day. No burn in, everything works, battery still holds a charge. And one of these new "problem" phones costs almost twice what we paid for our HTC M8s ($450 or so).

Going back to screen burn is reminiscent, as the author pointed out, of old CRTs in the late 80's and early 90's. I thought we'd moved beyond that. Guess I'll be waiting a while before I "upgrade" my phone.

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Yeah, Autonomy's ex-chief financial officer is still up for wire fraud

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Re: Admission of guilt"

It does. And it's also total BS as the judge pointed out since he did use US-based equipment to send his messages. But it underlines the problem in the world today about communications (including Internet) fraud. Some criticize (and in some cases, probably correctly) the US for "policing the world" when it comes to this kind of thing. So when someone in another country defrauds or robs US citizens using modern communications, often the US will step up and try to bring them to justice, and get criticized for it. But what's the alternative? Do nothing?

Right now, we have a world of sovereign states, analogous to individual persons, in a way. There is no real "world government" to bring such a crime to the attention of. So if there is to be a price to be paid for theft, what we have is a sort of international vigilante justice in which one country will try to prosecute someone from another country in their own courts, either civilly or criminally - and get criticized for it. But what's the alternative?

Perhaps nations should come together and create some sort of world court to settle these kinds of problems created by the advance of communications technology.

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Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech

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So true!

Bloody hell it's hard enough for some people to pay attention when they are driving.

Have an upvote and a virtual pint on me ==================>

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Mozilla devs discuss ditching Dutch CA, because cryptowars

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Thank God we're in the USA...

...where, of course, the CIA/NSA/FBI (and my employer, too) would never do anything tricksy with certificates to try to break that encrypted chain of trust!

Why is everyone out there laughing at me?

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Submarine builder admits dismembering journalist's body

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Re: Not very clever

Remind me not to take a sea voyage with you...

Seconded! I'd just as soon go on a boat ride with Tony Soprano.

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Wow

This guy has more stories than the Arabian Nights.

Paris, because she's the only one who might believe anything this clown says.

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Go on IBMers, tell us what you really think

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In the words of the PFY...

"Is CRAP on the list?"

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UK.gov: Use police body cams to grill suspects at scene of crime

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This strikes me as a bad idea in some cases

This might work fine in less serious cases and could be quite useful. However, for more serious crimes, suspects and reluctant witnesses should be interviewed at the police station partly because they'll probably get a better recording (without, e.g. a big truck/lorry going by).

There are also psychological reasons: criminals and reluctant witnesses are less likely to speak when they are on their "home turf," where they are more comfortable. If the crime is a serious/violent one, being taken to a police station for an interview underlines the seriousness of the matter to the suspect or witness.

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If you say it loud enough, Uber will sound atrocious: Super Cali juristic discrimination process

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Uber did something sexist and illegal?

So, business as usual, then?

Paris, because Uber doesn't seem to have a clue, either.

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Drones thrown a bone: Americans can ask nicely to go where FAA says they can't roam

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Speeding up approvals?

Who knows? Maybe someday they may even approve LOHAN.

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Rob Scoble's lawyer told him to STFU about sex pest claims. He didn't

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Some people really are totaly oblivious

This guy's "defense" sort of reminds me of some Nazis after WW II. When Goering turned himself in to the Allies, he actually seemed to think that he was going to be offered some position in a German post-war government. Instead, he was arrested and treated as the criminal he was.

This guy has the same sort of attitude; "I wasn't harassing her; I just wrote down and sent her all my sexual fantasies," etc.

Rarely have I seen anyone in more need of a clue.

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Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

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Look at the bright side

The UK's energy problems are solved! Just go down to St. Paul's and locate Lord Admiral Nelson's tomb and hook up a generator because I'm sure he's spinning quite rapidly. In addition, Churchill and many others are also potential power sources.

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Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

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NO, thank you

That is all.

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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

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Re: Not only for fatalities

I work at a court in California. Generally speaking, citations issued to those not operating a motor vehicle, but walking, bicycling, skating and such are not reportable to the Department of Motor Vehicles and do not put points on one's driver's license. That said, there are non-driving offenses that can suspend one's license, such as a minor (under 21) in possession of alcoholic beverage, not paying court-ordered child support or not paying a judgment resulting from a motor vehicle accident.

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Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

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Re: Technically, Jesus.

Easter comes from "Ishtar," an Assyrian goddess of love and fertility (think Venus), which is why it is associated with fertility symbols like eggs and rabbits.

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Re: You'll be revived on mars, or worse...

Larry Niven wrote a short story called "Rammer" and then turned it into a novel called "A World Out Of Time."

Both worth reading, IMHO. The State had confiscated all the wealth of "corpsicles," and when revived, they were put to work doing jobs that required "expendable assets." He also pointed out that their cells had been destroyed by freezing, so they actually extracted the memory RNA and put it into the body of a criminal who had been mind-wiped. And if the newly (well, "revived" isn't exactly the word - "reincarnated"?) don't pass their tests, they just wipe the mind again and start over with another candidate.

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Lucky Canada. Google chooses Toronto as site of posthuman urban lab

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Oh, more than that!

...and 200 channels of reality TV for entertainment.

The reality TV will be much more than a mere 200 channels and quite easy to supply as it will be live video and audio of all the doings in others' apartments (and they get to see you, of course). And government will certainly endorse it. After all, this is the surveillance state on steroids Google's grand and glorious vision of the future.

Who needs telescreens to keep an eye on the plebs when you have Google's sensors?

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You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

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Re: The Missing Elephant

Have an upvote! Some fellows are lucky enough to avoid this, but many of us ARE victims of ageism, including myself.

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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Re: Credentials

I know what you mean by "driven by marketing wonks and politicians" but what if we take it literally and actually issue the first self-driving cars to those folks?

We could give them special patches to seek out hovercraft ramps or cliffs; probably be cheaper than building and launching "B" Ark, with the same happy outcome.

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What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709

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You're expecting sense?

This is Microsoft, which is warping out for the Twilight Zone, faster and faster all the time.

Please understand that I was a Windows and MS evangelist all through the 90's and early 2000's. Then we all saw the totally insane and schizophrenic MS phone "strategy." Then there was Vista, then the Win 8 and Win X debacles. I switched to Linux, starting from ground zero knowledge of it, but I just had to do that, or give up using computers.

Now it's time for popcorn as I watch the slow-motion train wreck, although it's rather sad. Sometimes I wonder what Bill Gates thinks of MS's current directions.

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NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy

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Mushroom

Contempt of court?

Obvious bullshit!

The judge should tell the police that if they don't produce the documents, the police chief will go to jail until they DO produce the documents. Send in the New York State Police (or National Guard) if necessary to make the arrest.

Even our Congress here is taking bipartisan action to somewhat reign in this runaway asset seizure crap. IMHO no assets should be seized unless a felony arrest is made, and any seized assets should be returned unless there is a conviction related to those assets. Some folks here refer to the Russian or Ukrainian governments as kleptocracies, but until we fix this problem in our own house, that accusation rings a bit hollow.

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Now German companies are beating the drum over poor patent quality

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They want it to be like the US one?

In that case, they can probably get by with one clerk who just stamps "APPROVED" on every application. "Grant all applications. Let 'em fight it out in court" is pretty much the motto of USPTO. I'm expecting them to hire Battistelli at USPTO, unless he takes a job with ICANN.

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OnePlus privacy shock: So, the cool Chinese smartphones slurp an alarming amount of data

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So add another intelligence agency to the list syping on us

Whatever the ROC calls their electronic spies - in addition to the NSA, GCHQ, FSB, DGSE, etc.

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Dumb bug of the week: Outlook staples your encrypted emails to, er, plaintext copies when sending messages

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Well, of COURSE!

This is the new Five Eyes-mandated encryption system. Get used to it. You know, 'cause terrorists.

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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There are ways around encryption without magic back doors

Obligatory XKCD here.

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How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

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Re: Microsoft is trying very hard to kill itself.

@Chemical Bob

Well, they could try animal husbandry, I suppose. But, like the BOFH's boss, I doubt they'll get very far beyond the wedding night.

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Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

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It's best to avoid Windows entirely

if you can do that. Unfortunately, many folks are locked into "windows-only" software for some things, including me.

I use Linux when online and keep my Windows stuff offline as much as possible.

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Li-quid hot mag-ma: There's a Martian meteorite in your backyard. How'd it get there?

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Please tell me that

...depleted shergottites...

has nothing to do with shaggoths! If so, early Mars might have been a very scary place.

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Dildon'ts of Bluetooth: Pen test boffins sniff out Berlin's smart butt plugs

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Happy

True story

"Having an adult toy unexpectedly start vibrating could cause a great deal of embarrassment in some situations."

Definitely true as I know one of the cops who was there.

A couple came home and heard thumping noises coming from inside their apartment where nobody should be. Wisely, they called the sheriff's department and reported an apparent burglary in progress. Deputies arrived and checked the apartment out, looking for a possible burglar. They located the source of the sound which was coming from a bedroom drawer containing a large dildo running on full vibrate.

One of the cops pointed out the source of the noise to the residents and told them "We found your burglar. We turned him off."

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US yanks staff from Cuban embassy over sonic death ray fears

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Re: This is what it is

@Mahhn

That's the first time I've read any plausible explanation of this phenomenon. It's horrible. It seems obvious to me that this is something that should be banned internationally, rather than, as the author of the article seems to suggest, used in shopping malls to beam advertisements into people's heads. (I hope the author was just taking the piss on that, but I wouldn't bet on it.)

False flag event? I hope not, but can't rule it out. So much of the time nowadays it seems like the US government is slipping back into the 1950's when they could do just about anything they could imagine and get away with it. Back then it was "'cause Russians" and now it's "'cause terrorism." Hopefully there's something that's going to stop them as happened back in the 1960's and 70's.

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30 strong fingers but still no happy ending for robotic back rub

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Sounds about right

"...untick if you don't not want your map data not to be not unused"

I've seen language similar to this on ballot measures in California. Probably the same lawyer writes those T&Cs.

Carrying this idea out, I get a bad movie plot idea: The secret robotic overlords take over the law profession and remake society in a way that makes all humans want to kill themselves to escape. When you think about it, it's at least a little bit plausible. Reading the news, there are times I suspect they are already at work.

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FCC commish cites infamous porn ruling to slam shady US mobile competition report

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And the beat goes on

"...overly friendly relationship between the federal regulator and the companies it is supposed to oversee and moved it to a new level."

Got the K-Y, Ajit? Oh, wait, it's not Ajit who's getting the shaft -- it's the American consumer. So, business as usual, then. Carry on.

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NBD: Adobe just dumped its private PGP key on the internet

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FAIL

Really nothing new

Change the name to A-d'oh!-be

They wrote Flash years ago, didn't they? I rest my case...

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GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

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Re: We don't need more hardware!

*COUGH*CayanogenMod*COUGH*

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Black screen of death after Win10 update? Microsoft blames HP

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Obscure registry keys

Reminds me of this.

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Signs of ground ice found on ancient protoplanet asteroid Vesta

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I prefer my ice in cubes

and I've heard of crushed ice, but I suppose you could grid it up, too. But I doubt it's for mojitos; surely the ice is for making ginnantonix. Different species, different preferences, I suppose. Make mine a double, please!

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Credit reference agencies faulted for poor patching

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If Experian failed to patch...

...then I hope they get their hind legs sued off. I'm one of the poor buggers whose info is now public domain thanks to them. What kind of security people do these idiots have working for them? I heard that they hired a security firm AFTER they were penetrated. WTF?

You folks in the EU are lucky with the new data protection laws coming over there. If we had those laws here, and they were in effect now, Experian would likely be going bankrupt, as it deserves if it was penetrated due to a known, but unpatched vulnerability.

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