* Posts by oiseau

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Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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Re: Bizarre

Hello:

3) Sync copies of that data to a "real computer" (desktop, laptop) with nothing more expensive or tethered than an occasional serial connection.

All great and much missed but it's this last virtue where Palm really excelled.

All the POS phones I have ever had (Sony, Samsung are you reading this?) failed miserably in that department with the sole exception of the neat Motorola StarTac, albeit with a software/serial connector combo you paid through your nose for.

The Blackberry 7.x series do not count as, incredibly enough, it actually did not come with address-book software for the desktop and left you to depend on MS-Outlook. 8^/

It's been eons since I purchased my first Palm and still use one (IIIxe) with the J-Pilot software under Linux and the Palm Desktop software in my netbook.

At one time I even used it to send short/basic e-mail (dial-up days) with my StarTac till the carrier decided it was game over and had to pay data fees.

A.

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Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: An untested fix to an untested feature

Remind me why this continuous release using Windows 10 was a good idea?

There you go ...

Makes more sense now.

Cheers,

O.

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Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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I may be just a crazy old man, but I want one.

Maybe ...

But then I'm also crazy (varied friends' opinions), for the moment refuse to consider myself old and would also want one, albeit not for 350.

It's just a f*ck*ng phone FGS.

Just without all the assorted/innecessary crap that cell phones come with these days, which should really make it much cheaper.

That said, I get along just fine with an old BB9320 (when the keyboard is not acting up) or a Samsung E220 as a trusty spare.

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Intel's commitment to making its stuff secure is called into question

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Re: Speed

Why not an ACTUAL jumper(s) on motherboards to enable diagnostic modes, management engines, BIOS/EFI updates etc? You should need physical access, more than USB or other socket on outside and NEVER default access by software without a HW jumper enabling it.

+1

+10

+100 ---> have a pint or two.

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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End of mystery...

So ...

Incompetence and absolute disregard for code quality and the end user has nothing to do with it?

Whew ...

I was starting to worry ...

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Fake News

... but Microsoft would never have unleashed the upgrade knowing that there were issues, right?

Whaaaaat?

An upgrade with issues?

From Microsoft?

Nah!

Fake news!!! :^ |

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You dirty DRAC: IT bods uncover Dell server firmware security slip

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... malware can survive operating system reinstallation, hard disk wiping and replacement, and motherboard BIOS rewrites. It can be virtually undetectable, and can snoop on and tamper with whatever happens on the compromised machine.

My Sun workstation has something that matches that very same description: the Intel 82X38/X48 Express Management Engine Interface Controller.

And it's even better as you don't need physical access to the rig and it won't be disabled by disabling it in BIOS.

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MIMEsweeper maker loses UK High Court patent fight over 15-year-old bulletin board post

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Re: What the patent describes...

... those bringing the case failed to pay any expert witnesses to state the obvious to the (clearly non-technical) judge.

Indeed.

I've seen this type of thing happen in my profession.

But it's not always the fault of the expert witness or the lawyer on the case.

I've seen more than one case where a judge would simply not understand any of it, no matter how simple or detailed the explanation put forth was.

O.

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100,000 home routers recruited to spread Brazilian hacking scam

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Re: MokroTik

... should be MikroTik?

Probably, there's a MikroTik company in Latvia that makes routers and wireless ISP systems.

In American countries where Telefonica/Movistar operates and sells broadband service, they use ADSL/VDSL modems made by Wu-Xi Mitrastar Technology Corp. under the MitraStar brand, probably also rebranded and sold under other names.

Indeed, the telco retains access to do things like ...

Well, to do things which you have no knowledge about or control over.

You can secure access to the unit through a strong PW but you cannot change the name of the admin: field so there goes the imaginary security you thought you could have had and there does not seem to be a source of firmware files to upgrade yourself.

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Resident evil: Inside a UEFI rootkit used to spy on govts, made by you-know-who (hi, Russia)

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Re: How do I

My machine is not UEFI based (Sun Ultra24).

Well built and quite reliable HW albeit ridden with a really shitty BIOS and the Intel Management Engine Spyware.

Can't have it all ...

Mine's the one with the 3.25 FDs in the pocket.

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Re: Call me cynical

Cynical would be to think that is was not designed for this sort of crap.

... blindingly obvious that it would be used as such.

The writing was all over the wall but is was ignored.

And now what?

Cheers,

O.

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WLinux brings a custom Windows Subsystem for Linux experience to the Microsoft Store

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WTF?

Re: The Other Way Round

But run Linux under a Win host? What on earth for?

Really cannot imagine what purpose this could serve ...

"You cannot be serious!"

Same thing I thought.

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WTF?

Re: The Other Way Round

But experimentation is good.

With MS stuff?

Sure. :^ /

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Linux kernel's 'seat warmer' drops 4.19-rc5 with – wow – little drama

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Re: Who are these people

'You can and will be judged solely on your code quality' .

Exactly ...

+1

Have a beer ... --->

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Ubuntu flings 14.04 LTS users a security lifeline, chats some more about Hyper-V

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Big Brother

Microsoft? Kind?

Something's wrong here.

---

First step: Embrace.

The writing has been on the wall for the longest time now.

Flee from systemd, one day it will be too late.

Have a good week-end.

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The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt

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Perhaps they were politicians

Indeed ...

The ancestors to the present Tories/Republicans perhaps?

Cheers,

O.

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: Linux has become too big

... you don't want to many any unqualified people in there.

I think it reads much better now.

Yes?

Cheers.

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Re: "a gentle word will probably achieve more than the f-bomb"

I think Torvalds is luckier and works with far better developers, but sometimes you encounter people who makes you steam, and you need to let the steam go out for your health's sake.

+1

Exactly ...

Sometimes DHs will be and behave like the only thing they know how or want to be: DHs.

And the more responsibility you have on you as theiir supervisor, the less you can afford to tolerate them as it will all eventually reflect on you.

Cheers,

O.

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Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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Re: It is an early test version -- only an idiot would install it and not expect problems

Hmmm ...

But still, after all this time who would not expect an early test version a General Availability release to have serious problems?

There, fixed it for you.

You seem to forget that it is MS we're talking about.

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The eyes don't have it! AI's 'deep-fake' vids surge ahead in realism

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Comedians?

.

The researchers use the comedians Stephen Colbert and John Oliver ...

Comedians?

Co-me-di-ans?

Really now.

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Take a pinch of autofill, mix in HTTP, and bake on a Wi-Fi admin page: Quirky way to swipe a victim's router password

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WTF?

Maybe?

Maybe?

Maybe the takeaway is "Autofill is not a good idea for login details anything" ?

There you go, fixed it.

Cheers,

O.

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Winner, Winner, prison dinner: Five years in the clink for NSA leaker

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Assholes

Hello:

... greatly assisted by a decision by The Intercept to send scans of the leaked document to intelligence officials to seek confirmation it was real.

Despicable and utterly irresponsible assholes.

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You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows

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Re: £££££££££££

Hello:

"I don't know why governments are even entertaining the move over to subscription services like O365"

No?

It's quite simple: it's because there is usually an absolutely unbelievable amount of public money involved in it, which means that there's also an equally unbelievable amount of pork to go around.

Cheers,

O.

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Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

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Re: Stable for servers

Hello:

I'll be migrating my home servers to Devuan - it's the future. :-)

+1

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The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?

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Re: Lipstick on a pig

Hello:

... don't object to a limited number of static ads but animations are a no-no for me.

+1

+1

+1

And a round of beers for you.

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I feel a plead... a plead for speed: FastMail naps amid network blunder

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Re: I like Fastmail

I held a Flashmail account for almost 12 years but what was at first an excellent free service eventually became a paid service after they were taken over by a large regional ISP and then gradually become a rather expensive and not very good/reliable service, at least for the type of account I had.

After looking around for options, I left them and signed up with FastMail.

I've been a paying customer with them for the last five years and aside from this morning's partial outage (I could access my account via webmail, just not with my POP3/SMTP client) I cannot recall having had any significant issues.

They have an excellent customer service with very prompt replies to question/issues.

O.

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How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

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WTF?

How much?

Hello:

Seeing how well he did as a PM, I'd say that if they're actually paying him anything at all, it will be much more than he's worth.

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Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don't hold your breath

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Say what!?

Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your ...

No ...

At this stage of the IT game (2018?, 21st century? Hello?) and after all we've seen, I'm not hoping/wishing/expecting/needing for anyhing from MS.

Why in heaven's name would I do such a stupid thing?

Really now ...

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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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W98 and USB support

Hello:

USB support came as standard.

I seem to recall that USB support came as standard with W98SE.

That there was (?) some crap going on or USB needed something extra in plain W98.

Cheers,

O.

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Linus Torvalds tells kernel devs to fix their regressive fixing

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Re: A thin line

Hello:

Hmm ...

If you add something that was not there before, it is quite clearly not a fix, it is an addition.

That said, the question of whether something is a "fix" or "new" depends on what you consider the project leader considers to be the baseline functionality.

After all, he invented (thanks LT!) the damned thing.

There you go.

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Microsoft open-sources UI Recorder tool for Windows 10 developers

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Re: The GitHub repo includes a zipped executable of UI Recorder

Hello:

It’s a risk worth taking when dealing with a reputable developer who consistently produces good code.

Hmm ...

We are refering to an executable produced by Microsoft.

So what's all this talk about a reputable developer?

I tell you, the gods will eventually give up on us all.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Re: Today's story...

Am I too superstitious to suggest a coincidence?

It's not a question of being supersticious.

I just don't think it is a coincidence.

Coincidence:

A remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection.

Do you really find it remarkable that a MS install script seems to behave like systemd?

O.

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Re: Microsoft can't even get this right...

And we're supposed to trust it for the auto-delivered Windows updates.

Well ...

Only if you have MS inside your boxes.

I don't trust MS so I don't run MS software.

Think about it.

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Re: So it's true after all?

So it's true after all?

Of course it's true.

And it's been on the wall forever, from the very start.

Just WTF were you thinking?

O.

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Re: EEE play

Hello:

Linux, Linux Foundation, R, Git, Atom/Electron, MariaDB, Python, Mozilla, RedHat, Debian, Gnome, KDE, ... are all being "disrupted" by M$.

Indeed!!!

Thank you ...

Finally some clarity and common sense.

I cannot grasp why people in IT don't get it and insist with MS and all the crap it spews.

I do not let anything MS in near my Linux rigs.

O.

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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Better indeed

Hello:

“We want to wait for the dust to settle and better understand what Microsoft’s plans are for GitHub."

I see ...

To better understand what Microsoft’s plans are.

Really now ...

Is it possible that at this stage of the IT game (2018) you actually need to wait for anything to better understand Microshaft's plans?

I believe this phrase applies, improve by using "ignore" in lieu of "don't know" :

"Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it."

Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Have a good week-end.

O.

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GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

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Re: How about

Hello:

I'm now gone from GitHub. They probably have all my code but for my peace of mind, I've voted with my feet. Several of my developer friends did this as soon as the rumours surfaced. We will not have anything to do with MS.

+1

That's the way to do it.

... there is a real feeling of hurt that GitHub has betrayed FOSS people big time.

Ahh ....

The all embracing power of a few billions.

Kudos to you and those who follow your example, sir. (and a round of beers ...)

O.

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Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

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Re: Phone on contract...

Hello:

The interest cost usual corporate greed is always hidden in there somewhere.

There you go ...

O.

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FAIL

Re: Soon?

Hello:

I don't think I know anyone who has actually bought a phone in a physical store for several years

I think this is something that is not exclusive to the mobile phone market, it is (and will be a greater part of the economy as time goes by) affecting the whole retail industry, from mobile phones to clothes to white box goods, etc.

A couple of years ago I needed to purchase a washing machine and the only way to get a decent price was to purchase it on-line (something that I do not like to do). There was absolutely no way I could get the same store to give me the same deal if I went there in person and paid cash up front. Uncanny ...

Same thing happened the other day when I needed to buy some paint remover: went to the paint store and would cost me over 40% more than buying it on-line, which was actually suggested by the salesman when I complained about what I knew was an expensive price.

I do not think that it's just a costs issue for the retailers, I think that there's also a tax evasion possibility that's probably part of the incentive for this retail system.

In any case, it will eventually all boil down to less jobs and more unemployment.

O.

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'Moore's Revenge' is upon us and will make the world weird

oiseau

Hello:

One thing I notice these days is that people walking in the street generally do not think look ahead.

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Help, I'm being held prisoner in a security camera testing factory. So please read this...

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FAIL

Really?

Hello:

... because of its cloud-based storage system. Not only does it record everything but also analyses it in real time.

Hmmm, yes ...

In the cloud.

I hear that it is a very secure environment.

Really now ...

You actually want that?

Have a good week-end.

Cheers,

O.

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You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

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Big Brother

Re: And that....

Hello:

Ladies and Genlemen, is why I prefer a dumb home.

Words (in a much more polite and civil manner) right out of my mouth.

Because I cannot upvote you more than once. =-)

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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Re: Opt-in is the only way to go...

Hello:

...but then, I won't be using it anyway becuase, personally, I don't get on with Gnome 3 systemd.

There you go. Fixed it for you.

Cheers,

O.

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Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

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WTF?

Re: Email is fundamental to modern life

Hello:

... don't seem to be any decent email programs out there any more.

Me thinks you are rather misinformed.

There's a truly excellent and free (as in free of charge, no money or strings attached) e-mail client that's been out there since December 1989 when it sent it's first email.

That's almost 30 years ...

Yes 30 years.

Find any other software that's been out there that long and it is still supported by it's author.

See here:

http://www.pmail.com/index.htm

http://www.pmail.com/history.htm

I'm talking about David Harris' Pegasus Mail e-mail client.

I started using it many years ago when running MS software (and after trying out Eudora), very briefly under DOS and then from W3.11 to XP till I decided to leave MS software behind.

I now use it with Wine in Linux.

For a number of reasons explained in his site, it will not be ported to Linux or released as Open Source, but it has never let me down and even though I have looked at many other email clients, this is undoubtedly the one I'll keep using.

Kudos to David Harris.

O.

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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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Re: as a linux user for 22 users

Hello:

... if systemd would just do this one thing and go into dumb mode with init scripts ...

Sure ...

But, has it occurred to you that what you are wishing for is something that whoever (pronoun taken in the broadest sense) is behind this across the table à la blitzkrieg implementation of systemd will never do?

And that they have their own agenda/reasons for not doing it?

Interesting times ...

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Coffee/keyboard

Hello:

I haven't been working with Linux for many years, 4+ ...

I am long past the need to push my chest out and if you must know, my name is Chuck and I these are my thoughts on systemd. 8^P!

I come from many years of MS, back from DOS 5.0 on my 200LX and early IBM office desktops.

Not a coder/programmer or even what you could call an advanced user, just a home and office guy who needs a PC to do things.

I attempted many times to make the jump to Linux and finally made it. It took some effort but not more than what I remember it took me to start with MS DOS in '94 and I was already in my late 20's.

Like I have said before: This systemd issue in Linux brings back memories of my difficult transition from W3.11 to W95, with the end of the familiar *.ini files I understood (and could tweak when things went foul) to the dark and undocumented workings of *the registry*, which took me a few years to get a minimal hold of.

In my opinion, this the same thing but it is now infecting Linux_land.

I see this systemd thing as nothing more than a registry class virus; the moment I understood what it was all about I left Ubuntu and Mint and now use and try out only systemd free distributions, hoping to eventually run only Devuan on my two rigs and netbook.

Cheers.

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Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed

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WTF?

Re: So all of this is just a case of...

Hello:

RTFM ?

Hmmm ...

Me thinks not.

You see, when someone writes a manual and everyone interprets the same text/set of instructions in that manual in the same manner (ie: wrong), the problem quite obviously does not lie in those who interpreted it.

It lies solely in those who wrote it and obviously did it in a manner that could not be interpreted properly.

ie: Intel

Just my $0.02.

Cheers,

O.

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Windrush immigration papers scandal: What it didn't teach UK.gov about data compliance

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Re: Isn't there an obligation for accuracy

Hello:

... similar to me destroying all records of a customer's contract and then when they contacted me for contract fulfilment claiming there was no contract.

Very well put.

Similar is an understatement.

What is undoubtedly similar is the intent: fraud, and with a very clear objective.

Now, who takes responsibility and is actually held accountable for all the damage done?

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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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WTF?

Re: Completely bonkers

... wonder if this is another attempt to push sales of Windows 10 by sending perfectly serviceable but older machines to the scrap pile ...

Wonder?

Attempt?

You are joking, right?

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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WTF?

... feels too much like a solution looking for a problem.

Hmm ...

... feels too much like a solution looking for a problem Nest wanting to make a boatload of money from all the clueless morons out there.

There you go.

Google's Thread IoT protocol indeed.

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