* Posts by a_yank_lurker

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Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules

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Re: Larry will sooner be shafted on a 50' pike than admit wrongdoing

The only thing keeping Leisure Suit Larry and his minions afloat is the legacy installs. It is not impossible to migrate to another relational database but it is a real PITA with a lot of code having to be rewritten. This is tedious, buggy, and something not to do if you can avoid it.

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Google slaps a suit on beefed up Chrome OS, offers Enterprise version for business

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Re: The devil IS always in the details

I am not convinced that Chrome 'Enterprise' is truly ready for prime time at this point. However there is an opening with Slurp's antics for someone to get in the door. What will determine how well Chrome does is dependent on both Chocolate Factory efforts and whether Slurp realizes that this could poise a real threat to Bloat. Only time will tell.

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Re: Competition

The devil is always in the details with ChromeOS. With Slurp's Bloat 10 antics, the door is opening for someone to step in and give Slurp some competition. Right now, I would take this as the opening salvo at Slurp. Should be an interesting couple years ahead of us.

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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Capabilities

Most of the 'analyses' ignore one key fact; all the technology needed to make an ICBM is 50+ years old. It is well understood and the only issues are engineering and material. Engineering should be fairly straightforward even for the Norks; all it needs to do it go and come down near enough to something juicy with a big bang. The materials needed may be the harder part for the Norks; can they make or buy the necessary materials for some of the specialized parts. Also, they only need an ICBM to hit North America from Korea. Shorter range missiles will be more than adequate to hit ROK, Japan, or Guam.

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The sky is blue, water is wet and UK PC shipments are down

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Crapner at it again again

PC sales are down worldwide so why would Brexit or the UK election have any significant effect on sales. Crapner has not got the message the PC market has changed in the last several years.

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Bitcoin-accepting sites leave cookie trail that crumbles anonymity

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Privacy and Commercial Transactions

At some point during a commercial transaction, one often has to provide details such as where to ship the the goods, a valid email address to receive codes, etc. when shopping online. It does not matter how one pays for it, these details are necessary for the vendor to consummate the transaction. By their very nature commercial transactions require some loss of absolute privacy.

The only type transaction that is might have some guarantee not give away privacy is a cash transaction while picking up the product. Even here, store surveillance cameras will record you at the register and often will provide some details of what was purchased. The only difficulty is whether whether one can be readily identified by the cameras.

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Berkeley boffins build better spear-phishing black-box bruiser

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200x reduction

The reduction cited still left the number of 'hits' as 1850 for may be 20 actual attacks. That seems like way too many to investigate.

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Daily Stormer booted off internet again, this time by Namecheap

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Vileness in public

While Der Sturmer is a vile site run by vile people, I think it is better if their vileness is out in the open for all to see. If they are driven underground they can claim they are be attacked and censored by whatever (fill in the blank time). Whether it is true or not, the perception of martyrdom that counts in eyes of some. Some will believe their problems are external pressure not their inherent vileness making them a revolting outfit people do not want to associate with. But if they are out in the open they can not make these claims without anyone a couple of functioning brain cells concluding they are idiots. If they are obviously idiots, again, a couple of functioning brain cells will ignore them. Ignoring them does them more harm than anything else. Making them 'forbidden fruit' tends to do the opposite.

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

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AC - It ain't happening mostly because those hiding behind the sleaze and their shyster cronies will never want to be 'outed' as the sewer rats (apologies to sewer rats) they really are.

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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Re: The Usual...

@AC - One major flaw is to assume users are familiar with many of the conventions used by a particular OS and that migrating from one to another is always trivial for the user. There will be certain amount of hand-holding required with each user as they learn the quirks of the new system.

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US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that's touched that mast

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@coresstore

Part of the reason for storing the records is financial. Depending on one's plan there might still be roaming charges or other usage charges based on location. So the telcos have to keep detailed records of all phones pinging off their towers for accurate billing and must keep them for a period of time in case of billing disputes. This is mostly legacy but there might be a few older or dirt cheap plans that have roaming charges.

I do question why the local Stasi and their feral counterparts need all the numbers that pinged a tower. It seems as if the doughnut eaters are being lazy and not asking the correct questions. If they have some idea of the phone id/number or the general travel direction they can ask a narrower question that should reduce the amount of data they need to dig through. Even if they do not know the specific phone, if they know the general direction someone fled (e.g. north), check for the records of those phones that moved north at about the right time from tower to tower. It will be far fewer than a general dump.

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FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

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Re: Advertising is often overhyped...

Wannamaker's Dictum is always true. Advertising is a 'damned if you and damned if don't' situation. Consumers and users need to be aware of the existence of a product or brand but there is a point of diminishing returns; the brand is so well established that advertising is a waste of time or money. A couple of US brands come to mind that are minimally advertised: Duncan Hines and Oreo cookies. But a new product needs to attract attention but how one does this is important. Too often the wrong placement is used.

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Virtual assistant backlash imminent so buy them anyway

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Crapner at it again

So they are hyping something that might be marginally useful in most contexts if it is at all useful and very rarely useful as the next thing to spend on money on(TM). I would like to know where a VA is so tremendously useful that I must have it now. Is that crickets I am hearing?

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Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

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Re: Very surprised...

When you make Leisure Larry's minions look truthful and trustworthy you are in deep trouble.

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WannaCry vanquisher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to flogging banking trojan Kronos

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Re: Framed?

I doubt Trump is terribly concerned about this. However, the spookhauses have been embarrassed and they want blood. So, find a friendly DA in Vegas, forward some 'evidence' that was cooked up. Then wait for charges. Also, the spookhauses are not terribly fussy about who gets framed, they just want a scalp.

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Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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Re: Hit nail on head

From my somewhat outsider's perspective on Silly Valley, it appears that institutional problems at Google are mirrored widely in the many organizations there. Plus one other issue I would add about Silly Valley is they focus excessively on the 'latest and shittiest' not on making something work well even if it is few years old. Part of this is their tendency not to hire older employees who would likely bring more maturity and definitely some battle scars with some wisdom they learned over the years. Some of this maturity is the realization that change for the sake of change is stupid. They are more apt to ask more fundamental questions about purpose and want a sounder answer than it is the 'latest and shittiest', Questions like what problems are you try to solve and what is the best way to solve them.

Uncle Bob Martin noted that in the old days all of the original IT staff were professionals who wondered into IT mid-career. They were more settled and mature and had plenty of work experience to bring to problems. These old-timers knew the business problems and understood that part of the solution was using a computer but part of the solution was making sure employees knew what they were supposed to do with or without a computer.

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Been Following

It seems this is more of a case of 'two wrongs do not make it right'. The issue is conflating what the 'average' man or woman is with the actual person. They are distinctly different. One is a semi-imaginary construct based on 'averaging' observed behaviors (e.g. most women like... while most men like...). However, the individual person will exhibit behaviors that are some mix of 'male' and 'female' traits and behaviors.

Why women are underrepresented in Silly Valley tech positions is probably due to factors such as the tendency towards an abysmal work-life balance (all work- no life), pointless hyper-competitiveness, and extreme greed of the vultures. The net effect is to create a hostile work place not just for women but also many men who value an outside life. Other companies that value a work-life balance, do not reward pointless hyper-competitiveness, etc. are less hostile environments and there is a greater tendency to have a more balanced work force both in terms of sex and age. In my group (an internal programming group), the last four hires were men and women who were all over 50 complete with wrinkles and grey hair.

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

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Re: Surface problems are two-fold

Since the hardware is known to Slurp, they should know how to avoid borking their own kit when Bloat is updated.

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Re: Not really a "survey"

CR methodology may be a bit dodgy but they refuse to take any advertising and manufacturer samples. They run tests on products they bought at retail and survey their readers regularly. But a 25% failure rate among 300-400 users is 75-100 users affected. The failures is an unusually large number for that small a sample.

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Hey America! Your internet is going to be so much better this January

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Re: And they wonder...

The ferals are noted for having a working knowledge of the English language. Both actions will administrative fiats which change nothing on the ground. Speeds in the US will be all over the place because of distances and costs to upgrade. Rural areas will be the last on the list to get the current high speeds because of the time, effort, and cost it will take to build out the lines. If the ferals were on the ball, they would trying find a way to bring high speeds to the hinterlands instead of shuffling papers written in shyster.

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So you're thinking about becoming an illegal hacker – what's your business plan?

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Re: Business model

About b) - Banks and other financial institutions are often required to report various types of transactions to prevent money laundering.

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Salesforce sacks two top security engineers for their DEF CON talk

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Something?

I would assume the talk and slides were approved earlier as a matter of good practice. Also, how much detail did they go into? I doubt they gave everyone the source code.

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Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

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Re: Blind support

Homer Cummings refused to prosecute a confessed murderer in 1924 because the confession was coerced and made in a state of exhaustion. I suspect the feral bureau of incontinence/incompetence will find themselves wishing they had played straight up and above board.

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Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro

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Re: Biology is a thing.

One basic trait of all placental mammals, the females carry the develop young inside them for varying lengths of time (humans happens to be 9 months). The males do not. Also, in most (probably all) placental mammals, the females nurse the new born and are primary care givers until the young are old enough to fend for themselves (both time periods being variable). With some mammals, the males have little or no role in the rearing of the young. Since humans are placental mammals it is rather likely that a good bit of human behavior will have strong parallels to other placental mammals, particularly other primates.

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US trade watchdog puts down the phone to Qualcomm, reaches for probe, sticks it in Apple

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iBan

So the ferals might ban iThingings. They might want to reconsider since the hipsters will not get their newest iToys.

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FBI's spyware-laden video claims another scalp: Alleged sextortionist charged

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One overlooked problem

What was overlooked is it takes a couple of victims to say enough, approach the local flatfeet. Once the flatfeet start poking around they will use tools to track one down. The basic problem is every computer online is connecting from a physical location. If the locations used can be determined which is likely to happen the flatfeet will come a'knockin'. Even the most careful will make a mistake and put a sign that says "I am here".

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Microsoft dumps mobility from its Vision

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My cat

Given the constant churning of Slurp's 'vision' statement you have to wonder if they any focus on anything. My cat cannot program but he does have a focus: food and a nice lap. Slurp could take a lesson from him.

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Re: Come on MS, say it... Windows Mobile is a dead duck.

The problem with moving who departments to India is the disruption it will cause. I doubt Slurp would any of the US workforce to India; the ones with the knowledge. Anyone hired in India will be a rookie with no veterans to tutor them. Fundamentally, this is the basic problem with 'offshoring'; the loss of experience and unwritten knowledge.

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It's official: Outages are only the second-worst thing about Comcast

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Re: The worst thing about Comcast...

Now if I can get rid of Comcrap for someone better... Problem who is actually better.

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No chips for you! Toshiba takes flash off the menu for WDC

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Try a new approach

Maybe how Southwest Airlines and Stevens Aviation settled a dispute might be appropriate - the "Malice in Dallas". The companies agreed to settle the dispute with an arm wrestling match between the CEOs with the loser making a donation to the charity of the winner.

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Cisco loses customer data in Meraki cloud muckup

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Forecast

Cloudy with a 20% chance of TITSUP.

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Mid-flight jumbo font smartphone text shock sparks kid abuse arrests

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Re: Freedom of speech dies a little each day

@scrubber - I am commenting on what Freedom of Speech is not what the various frauds, criminals, and assorted other scum want to do. To many feral politicians and bureaucrats fear free speech because their multitudinous crimes might be uncovered. Thus the attempts to clamp down. This tension will be ongoing as the various pseudo-elites are trying to avoid a vacation in Club Fed for their misdeeds. Control what can be said and many crimes or the well connected will never be prosecuted.

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Re: Freedom of speech dies a little each day

Freedom of Speech does not mean there will never be negative consequences from what one says. It says one has the right to say anything without prior government permission. What is said may be incriminating and lands one's carcass in the pokey. In this case, an idiot was in a semi-public area texting about abusing children and got spotted by a bystander who took action. Not overly impressed with the idiot's brain power.

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

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Re: Have they been reading Kafka?

Franz was wide-eyed optimist. 'The Trial' would be an improvement over the current injustice system we have.

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Re: Proportionality? We've heard of it.

Given the tragicomedy going on in DC with the donkeys in the House who apparently used a Pakistani mole for their IT administration and other assorted stupidities by the elephants as well we could use some criminals to run the country. At least they would be fairer to the proles.

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UK IBMers lose crucial battle in pension row

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Re: Further proof if it were needed

And those are their good points.

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WannaCry-slayer Marcus Hutchins 'built Kronos banking trojan' – FBI

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Re: What's that aroma?

yes

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What's that aroma?

Something does not pass the smell test. But I cannot quite get the feel for what it is. Given the feral's propensity for hunting scalps and other slimy antics, I would not be surprised they are not after a pound of flesh from the first convenient target they can find.

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Programmer's < fumble jeopardizes thousands of medical reports

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Re: We had this problem

The way to solve this is by proper entry checking. But, I work a language that functionally has one type - string..

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VCs to Trump: Don't lock out our meal tickets! Save startup visas!

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Re: Need more info

Trump was in real estate, a rather different business than these vultures. One major difference is Trump's business depends on the physical plant being used/rented at decent rates for time periods measured in decades. It is not easy to move a hotel or office building. Most the vultures are not looking to make a viable business but to make a killing on the IPO. After they sold out to the suckers they could careless about the long term viability of the company.

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Linux kernel hardeners Grsecurity sue open source's Bruce Perens

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In the US, defamation requires proof Perens intended to harm GRSecurity. A difference of opinion about the interpretation of a license or contract is not defamation. This suit might run afoul of SLAPP legislation with Perens winning effectively a default judgement. Given Perens' involvement with FOSS licensing and that many agree with his interpretation I doubt this suit will get far.

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Trump-backed RAISE Act decoded: Points-based immigration, green cards slashed

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Re: Never got the Points System

The points system is there to keep the unskilled out. Most countries have problems with keeping their unskilled, low-skilled, and semi-skilled labor in decent paying jobs. So it makes sense to keep out as much these out as it does to get the highly skilled. Also, most skilled labor that will come in will likely be in STEM and closely related fields. Also, the overall simplification of the process will make it harder to game the system (H-1B visas for example).

What I have seen reported indicates this is a good first step to actually getting a realistic immigration reform. But of course, the devil is in the details. As far as getting through America's Native Criminal Class (M. Twain), it depends on whether the elephants can stay together and if any donkeys sign on. The elephants theoretically could pass this as they have a majority in both houses.

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Fox News fabricated faux news with Donald Trump, lawsuit claims

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@Stratman - Given a choice of being with a bunch of politicians or in a sewer I would take the sewer as an improvement based on personal experience at sewage treatment plants.

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Re: The title is no longer required.

It's called the legacy media puts politics and spin over truth and accuracy. The problem is endemic no matter one's political affiliation; they are all liars. Some are little brazen than others.

Pot meet kettle.

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No vulns. No hardwired passwords. Patchable. Congress dreams of IoT: Impossible Online Tech

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Re: Known vulnerabilities

This is the type of stupidity Congresscritters are notorious for. The probable intent and actual language used almost certainly do not line up. Also, vulnerabilities will be discovered throughout the lifetime of the device. If a vulnerability was found and patch is being readied can the government still buy it.

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Sort of glaring flaw

"No, that glaring flaw is: the act only applies to government purchases, so consumers are still screwed for the time being." - Partially true but the fact there is a standard of sorts means the standards (or some derivative) will permeate the industry. It also means consumers can try to buy something meets a (shaky maybe) standard versus none at all.

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Microsoft Surface laptop: Is this your MacBook Air replacement?

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Yawn,

Too expensive (both) and will look for a ~2-3 year old used laptop with decent specs to install Linux on. So not interested.

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Look out Silicon Valley, here comes Brit bruiser Amber Rudd to lay down the (cyber) law

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Re: Not Very Bright...

@Shadmeister - A Congresscritter wannabe posturing without a clue.

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@Simon Ward - we have enough idiots aka Congress, you can have her back.

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Microsoft won't patch SMB flaw that only an idiot would expose

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Re: Enough said

Only an idiot would think the scenario would not happen, guess the prime qualification to work at Slurp is to be an idiot.

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