* Posts by a_yank_lurker

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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@Barry Rueger - The idea behind building codes and PE licensing is without them it is too easy for an incompetent to design and build a structure that is not capable of withstanding the loads it will see in normal service. With both, there are standards of a sort to verify either it is built correctly or the person signing off on the design has the knowledge and competence to do so. Remember, if building, bridge, or dam collapses often there are many innocent dead.

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Re: Would I be wrong..

@Kiwi - The left coast (CA, OR, WA) voted for Hildafelon not Blowhard.

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Re: Not regulated?

The term 'Professional Engineer' over here means someone who passed a PE exam and is considered qualified to approve designs to a specific disciplines in most states. In many states one of the qualifications to sit for the exam is a technical degree; a BS in Chemistry or Physics qualifies. The entire point of the professional licensing is to insure the practitioners are competent enough to not routinely endanger human life. However, in many places, this has mutated into a guild scheme to limit the number of practitioners to increase the rates for those in the guild. Oregon's PE law seems to have gone to this extreme.

In GA, if you do not have a PE license you can not call yourself a 'Professional Engineer' nor can approve certain designs as suitable for construction. However, you can call yourself an 'engineer' without any issues.

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Re: Bureaucracy

And the US elites can not understand way the us lower life forms despise them. They wil use any means to stifle debate that shows they are incompetent monkeys.

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Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

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Re: Low tech

@P.Lee - Modern military missiles are high tech but the basic technology was worked out by the 60's at the latest. Also, it is relatively well understood by too many so putting together a team to make a guided missile is not hard. The issue is some of the technical problems that dog military designs from the 40s forward are still present and that will take a certain level manufacturing competence to solve. In other words, the engineering knowledge to make a nuclear armed guided missile is readily available. But what stops many it manufacturing needed to make some of the critical pieces and the availability of the raw materials. So in the sense that the knowledge is there, low tech, but some of the infrastructure requires a good bit of money to build if does not exist locally.

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Re: Low tech

@Ogi - Any WWII era or earlier technology is effectively open including nuclear weapons. Too many technically literate people have a reasonable grasp of how these technologies work and how they can be made. In many cases, what stops people is being about to source the materials needed. Guide missiles are easy except for possibly the engines. The engine operating temperature and fuels limit the materials they can be made out of. There are few materials that have right combination of properties to be used in the engine and they tend to be expensive. Ditto for nuclear weapons - getting sufficient pure U or PL is not easy. Chemical and biological weapons are probably easier as the source material is often relatively cheap and fairly common.

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Don't listen to the doomsayers – DRM is headed for the historical dustbin, says Doctorow

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DRM vs Property Rights

DRM has a fundamental problem with property rights which is being highlighted by issues like John Deere tractors. At some point IP rights of the owner must be addressed. In the case of a tractor or car, the owner should have the right to repair it using anyone they want. This would imply that the code required can be updated easily by the owner if necessary with possibility of archival copies being available. The current IP laws ignore the rights of the final owner in order to squeeze a couple more out of the poor the sods.

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Apache OpenOffice: Not dead yet, you'll just have to wait until mid-May for mystery security fixes

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Re: I admire their spunk!

Not wishing OO ceases but the size and nature of the project makes it difficult for a small group to handle. Also, OO lost too much momentum while Leisure Suit's Minions navel gazed. LO and to a lesser extent MariaDB got a solid jump on their parents during the dithering phase. This hurt OO much more than MySQL.

I have not looked into the licensing issues. I am not sure Apache will modify the license on OO so they could port LO improvements into OO.

Personally I would like a healthy OO as another option against Slurp and I like LO. Having a couple of options also means there is some different ideas about the feature set and UI available.

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Re: Updates for OpenOffice

Still warm; barely above room temperature.

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Scratch the Surface: Slabtop sales slump takes the shine off Microsoft's 2017 so far

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Doing better the little blue

So Slurp's hardware sales are in the toilet at best. Not surprising, they never understood hardware. Software and services are doing well but probably will be facing stiff pricing competition in the cloud and online SaaS in the future. One issue Slurp and other IT companies have never faced is a competitor who is used to low margins in their primary business. Amazon is used to retail margins which in many areas are surprising low. It is ingrained in Amazon's DNA to be cost conscious as all successful retailers are. I doubt Slurp, Itsy Bitsy Moron, Leisure Larry are used to the those margins and how to successfully run a business with those types of margins.

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

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Re: I refer to my earlier post!

Ballmer is a titan of industry compared to the current imbeciles running the show. I run Arch Linux derivatives and do not have anywhere near the heartaches Bloat 10 users have. (Distrowatch.com notes that Arch Linux is for the stout of heart as you will learn a good bit about your system out of necessity.) My most common problem is sequencing the keyring update before the main updating. Sometimes I have to do the keyring manually and once done everything else works fine.

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Microsoft cracks open patch mega-bundles for biz admins, will separate security, stability fixes

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Re: Hells bells

Probably more of damage control to keep from sinking. This smells like Slurp is catching hell from enterprise users. Thus an attempt to slow the flooding on the Titanic. I think extremely rapid and short support life of Bloat 10 releases will cause more long term damage than the patching issues. Most businesses need reasonably current technology but not the bleeding edge. In fact stability is more important than the last 'feature'. Whenever USB 4 or something similar rolls out, USB, USB2, and USB3 devices will still work just fine.

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Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

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Re: Well, if it is pure discrimination

HR = House of Representatives. It is where the bill originated. It has procedural importance if the Senate amends the bill.

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Yahoo!'s Marissa! will! eject! with! $186m!.. $185m!.. $184m!..

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Wasn't worth it.

Putrid Palace and Verizon have wasted way too much on her.

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Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

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@kain preacher - Uber is based out of SF and that is where most of the key staff is.

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Re: I'm not surprised

I work for a well established not-IT company as an internal programmer. The basic policy is to allow anyone with 1 year of seniority to telework (max 3 days a week) if your position allows it. Some positions require one to work onsite. The entire group I am in everyone teleworks 3 days a week. Also, there some who are home-based (100% telework). So morale is good, work-life balance is good, and the work gets done with minimal fuss.

Also, I live in ATL and my salary allows for nice place to live in a good area; a salary that would need to considerably higher to live in SF or NY.

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High Court hands Lauri Love permission to appeal extradition to US

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Re: A fool, but our fool

Since he was hacking from the UK, I support the idea he should be tried under UK laws. While the details vary a little most Western countries have laws that make his activities illegal. I am not happy with the DO(In)J antics and pandering to the press in these cases; personally I think more than a few DO(In)J shysters should at a minimum be permanently disbarred. If someone could find a way to charge with 'Crimes against Humanity' that would be nice.

As far as his guilt or innocence, other than proper procedures being followed to protect his rights, I am not that interested. My beef is that US shysters are more interested in making him an example than actually seeking justice. Something the Homer Cummings (US Attorney General under FDR) had problems with, shysters seeking a scalp rather than justice. The movie 'Boomerang' fictionalizes one his most prominent cases from 1924 where he proved the defendant was innocent of murder as the prosecutor and he declined to prosecute an innocent man.

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We're 'heartbroken' we got caught selling your email records to Uber, says Unroll.me boss

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Re: Just don't do it

I assume the email provider can scan emails even if only for a brief period of time. However, giving anyone else any password is below idiotic. The first rule of good security practice is never share any password even if it is 'password'.

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Webroot antivirus goes bananas, starts trashing Windows system files

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Finally the truth

So they finally told the truth about 'Bloat that it is the biggest pile of malware, spyware, etc. known.

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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

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Re: Biggest problem is the name.

@bombastic bob - I agree that the intro language should be one that is generic and useful for many applications and with a relatively easy syntax to learn. Python is a good choice and I would give a nod to Ruby also. If those two are unacceptable I would probably go with Java even though its syntax is convoluted; it is too useful a language and will around awhile. JavaScript (a better name is JackassScript) is not a well designed language outside of web applications a pain to use. With it you are likely to have taught beginners bad habits out of necessity. That necessity reminds me of a comment Dykstra made about Basic (paraphrasing): if a student learned Basic first he was a lost cause as a programmer.

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CompSci boffins find Reddit is ideal source for sarcasm database

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Re: Ok....

From an Imbecile League university, PU believes its own hype about their intelligence - an observation from a townie.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: Several sorts of fail

A couple of other reasons:

11: management incompetence (XEROX Alto).

12. A more specific marketing problem, failure to grasp the original target market in not interested but that others will be (color copying and RCA in the 60/70's aimed at the consumer market but found great success in the 80's in the business market).

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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

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Re: Me Too! (?)

Probably never lead, always refurbished, sixth rate garbage as their base.

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AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use

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Delusional

Hurd was an idiot before and still is an idiot.

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'We should have done better' – the feeble words of a CEO caught using real hospital IT in infosec product demos

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FYI – There's a legal storm brewing in Cali that threatens to destroy online free speech

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Re: Yelp me out here

The 'reputation management' frauds fail to understand the Streisand Effect and human behavior. Suing over an honest opinion runs the risk of a Streisand Effect. The other part is anyone with any sense is always wary of the a new store/provider. People tend to use the same places/providers because they are comfortable. Online reviews are one tool to help make decision but not the only tool. Many use experience, advise of others, 'the smell test', as well as online reviews before making a choice.

'Smell test' is when something does not seem right.

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So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

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Irony

Slurp doesn't support its own phone OS with its app.

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IBM. Sigh. Revenues. Sigh. Down. Sigh. For the 20th quarter in a row

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Re: How the mighty have fallen

Itsy Bitsy Morons have had a festering sore since the late 80s. They never really liked the shift away from big iron and related products to PCs, servers, etc. Also, for more than 30 years they have not been real innovators but followers; often third rate followers at best. In one sense they never got over the trauma of the late 80s to early 90s where they first laid off large number of employees.

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IDF now stands for Intel Ditches Frisco: Chipzilla axes annual tech conf

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Re: "Yeah, we called it Frisco."

Wrong coast, Frisco is noted for sourdough bread. Beantown (aka Boston) is noted for clam chowder.

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RIP Bob Taylor: Internet, desktop PC pioneer powers down at 85

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RIP

Took your rest unsung genius, you earned it.

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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Re: Entrapment?

Certainly smells like it. Also, if there was a theft, what is the statute of limitations? The feral goons strike again apparently they fear 70+ grannies. May be the US national anthem should be Offenbach's Gendarme Duet.

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

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Congress Critters

As one Speaker of the House Thomas "Czar" Reed noted most Congress critters have an innate ability to subtract from the 'sum total of human knowledge' every time they open their pie holes for any purpose.

Remember the source is a Congress critter aka a moron.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

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Re: Opinions versus facts

Calling a patent stupid is an opinion, obviously. But one key for any defamation to proceed anywhere is whether there are valid reasons for calling it stupid. In the case of software patents (wish are an oxymoron) they are basically a software implementation of a physical process and as such are both stupid and should not be allowed on the grounds that is implementing prior art.

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Aussie Judges

So Aussie judges are just as shysterly as their feral counterparts. It must be part of the requirements to become a shyster anywhere to have no ethics or concept jurisdiction.

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Leaked NSA point-and-pwn hack tools menace Win2k to Windows 8

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Re: these exploits are worthless

Worthless only if the affected versions are not actively used. Given the popularity of 7 and XP as well the crumbs for 8/8.1 I would say they are valuable. With Slurp (and often true of other OSes) the same zero day is often found in multiple versions as well as other bugs. Thus knowing one worked on these versions means it likely will work on the latest Bloat version.

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Apple nabs permit to experiment with self-driving iCars in Cali

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Not The Only One

From what I have read many companies are fiddling with autonomous vehicles including automakers. Given the potential rewards for solving the computing issues are great it is not surprising that Fruit is interested. For Fruit to make a pile of cash it is not necessary for them to have a car but to have the technology for sale/license to the automakers. A variation of how Slurp really makes money from Android.

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All ready for that Easter holiday? Here's a mild MySQL security bug

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Leisure Larry's Minions

Nothing new, fixing the issue leaves less money for Leisure Larry and his minions for their yachts.

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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Re: A paid Red Hat Edition

The example of Red Hat is valid in that they do not have to support CentOS or Fedora. But they use both for different purposes. CentOS used by those who either want to mess around with Red Hat on the cheap or those who do not have the money for official support. Fedora is their stable but in advance of RHEL version. I emphasis it is a stable distro not some late alpha almost beta release like Bloat 10 CU is.

SUSE Linux does something similar in supporting openSUSE as the stable for the community option.

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@Roland6 - Home and SOHO users if they buy new kit will buy one with X preinstalled, whatever X is. For them, a mixed OS situation is probably very manageable even if the OSes are as disparate as Linux, Windows, and MacOS. It depends on the number of actual machines that must be attended to and what software is being used. Large organizations, paradoxically, need to deploy a standard software kit which means they have to be careful what OS is rolled out to the users. Given some critical software still used by businesses runs on XP or earlier large companies will be wary of rolling out another OS because of MS' whims; too much risk.

The only other group who is affected by this negatively will the DIY people who build their own boxes. They will need to make a decision on what to do if they want to use the latest processors. But pushing this group away from Bloat is surprisingly risky. They are not large in number but much larger in influence. If they start ditching Bloat to Linux or BSD they are likely not coming back to Bloat. Also, they are more likely to recommend Linux or BSD to their family and friends as an option to consider as they get more familiar. The longer they stay from Bloat and more they work with Linux/BSD the more they will want to work with Linux/BSD than Bloat.

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Re: Optional

I am not planning to buy a new processor/mobo in the near future or a new laptop. But these arrogant actions make me more resolved to avoid Slurp at all costs. Also, it makes me more likely to recommend ditching Bloat to those who can.

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Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

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Re: Proof?

@Stoneshop - It's not the brand/model of the laptop but the existence of a set of files on the laptop. One other idea is the hard drive could be copied onto other. But there are a couple of problems with this case. Laptops have serial numbers and probably company inventory numbers assigned. Someone should be checking the these numbers immediately when the equipment is turned in. Why wasn't his account cancelled on his last day? The technical skills required are fairly common even if I personally suck at pl/sql and they are not that difficult to learn.

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Deeming Facebook a 'publisher' of users' posts won't tackle paedo or terrorist content

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Round 2ish

The Times and their fellow travelers are still smarting that people would rather peruse Failbook than their not very useful or accurate fishwrap. This is more a case of those who are in glass houses should throw the first stone. Reading the media's hissy fit, it seems they are more upset with the fact they have lost considerable control to shape the message. With the net people are not required forced to get their information from a limited set of locally available sources as was true 20-30 years ago. Plus, the financial model for many papers and magazines has been hammered by the net.

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Back to the Future 2: Gasp! America's trade watchdog discovers the risks of 'free' movies

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Typical Feral Cluelessness

What rock have the ferals crawled from under? One of the issues with downloading content from unknown sources is the non-trivial chance of getting malware. The advice I have seen for 15 years + has been to be careful where download stuff from.

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Linux remote root bug menace: Make sure your servers, PCs, gizmos, Android kit are patched

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Not Worried Now

Using kernel 4.9.20 currently, just checked. Thanks for the warning!

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Embrace our cloud, damn you: Microsoft dangles 40% discount on Azure instances

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Requirements

What happens if you do not have first born male child? Somehow Slurp must be asserting rights to yours in the shyster you have to sign.

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Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

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Re: One of the factors I'd be interested in

First and foremost the environmental issues are different points in the manufacturing and use of the car. Overall, I suspect, if one is honest the net environmental problems are awash between ICE and electric cars. They will have different issues. One issue with EVs is the load they will put on the electric grid and is the grid resilient enough to handle it.

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Verizon's bogus bills tanked my credit score, claims sueball slinger

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@Griffo - I am not sure myself

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Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

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Re: Haters gonna hate

@James Anderson "just because it is MS stealing your data does not make it OK." - the only difference between Slurp's 'Spyware-as-a-Service' and malware is you can get rid of malware. Theft of data is still theft of data.

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Cowardly Microsoft buries critical Hyper-V, WordPad, Office, Outlook, etc security patches in normal fixes

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Re: Microsoft has cutting-edge customer support. . .

The Unfriendly Skies has atrocious customer service but my experience with the Slurp is are always looking to pinch for a couple of pennies on even flimsier excuses than the Unfriendly Skies. Not much worse but worse.

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Gordon Ramsay's in-laws admit plot to hack sweary celeb chef's biz

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Pot meet Kettle

It sounds like Ramsey got the in-laws he deserves </snark>

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