* Posts by a_yank_lurker

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You like HTTPS. We like HTTPS. Except when a quirk of TLS can smash someone's web privacy

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@Wolfclaw - To me security is relative and never perfect as there has to be some compromises in any useful system. The key is be careful enough to be significantly harder to attack than most. Being difficult to attack and not being major target means you are not worth the effort. That is where I want to be. It also means situational awareness, like not doing online banking on a phone or other very portable device. Using wired connections for online shopping and banking. It is harder to attack a wired connection than a wireless one, not impossible, just a lot harder.

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Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Basis??

Other than an 'analyst' who has decent track record what is the basis for the switch from Intel to ARM? I can see advantages and disadvantages for both staying and ditching. And other than Intel's bungling (which helps AMD and ARM) is there an excellent reason to switch, I am doubtful. The previous switches (from 68000 to PowerPC then to Intel) where made because of serious problems with the chips, availability of competitive designs, and designs. It sounds as if the switch might be from Intel to AMD rather than ARM.

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Android creator Andy Rubin's firm might think its phone is Essential, but 30% of staff are not

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@Olaf - The phone market is relatively mature market, as you noted. Not much room for a major innovation that is obsoletes all phones upon release. New 'features' will be added but they are mostly yawns.

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Get your popcorn ready: IBM's Q3 financial scoreboard is out tonight

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Re: PopCorn ?

Itsy Bitsy Morons are slowly becoming a minor niche player in various markets with a couple niches (mainframes e.g.) where they are still the big kahuna. Growth, not really but a slide into obscurity.

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The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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Adapt or die

To many retailers and resellers do not want to adapt to changing markets and blame their failure on who have the current heavy is. A while back over here everyone blamed Wally World aka Walmart for the problems many retailers were having. Now they blame Amazon. But in both cases the fundamental problems were internal not external. Idiots in manager are always a disaster, changing public buying habits have to be addressed by changes in how you do business. What worked 30 or 40 years ago will often not work today. Combine this with a badly overbuilt retail sector over here it is not surprising that many companies are in trouble.

The resellers have a fundamental problem which is much of what they sell have become semi-commodity products as the market matures. They will have to find a way to justify their prices to the customer or the customer will walk. Most have a strong sense of value versus price. If your price represents a good value for your product you have a good chance of making the sale. If your price is out of line to the underlying value eventually sales will dry up. This has nothing to do with Amazon or Wally World or next year's heavy; it is a basic fact of retail/reselling.

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Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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Updating

In general keeping the OS and applications updated is a 'good idea/. But the devil is in the details as to the precise installation timing. Some have to vet hardware or software to be sure something mission critical will work afterwards. Others need to wait to when they have some free time so the update does not interrupt work. Also, if there is no active exploit updates or serious security risk updates can be delayed to more convenient time. The idea that one must always update toot suit just because they are available is unrealistic and possibility catastrophic for the user. But must advice is not tempered with any clue about the real world but is only applicable to some academic dream world.

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I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract

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So...

A couple of washed up has beens are complaining they are losing. The only thing I would trust those two losers to do is to try to pad the contract with bogus charges. Also, India Business Machines will have a problem with getting security clearances for their staff in New Delhi.

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Ex-Cisco chief John Chambers: Tech biz bods are 'too arrogant'

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@AC - One of the problems I see with Silly Valley and Vulture Capitalists is both are often more interested in a quick buck and not a useful product that people will use. Successful businesses with true long term survival are about meeting needs and expectations not getting rich quick. Meet customer needs and expectations consistently and you are likely to survive for many years. Fail to do that and eventually the market will punish you and you might go belly up.

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AI trained to sniff out fake news online may itself be fake news: Bot has mixed results in classifying legit titles

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Re: Fake news ??????

If they define fake news precisely they might find that almost all sources of general news vomit copious amounts of genuine fake news. Mostly this is done for ratings and to have 'an edge'. Also, how much nominally factual news like the latest murder in Southwest Atlanta (a notoriously crime ridden area for decades) is over-hyped as major crime wave when it was 2 drunks having an arguemnet with knives or guns.

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IBM won't grow, says analyst firm while eyeing flatlining share price

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Not Surprised

Itsy Bitsy Morons has been run by PHBs who have no idea what strategy means or is. They are good at mouthing platitudes and placing follow the pack not the leader. Late to major markets, unwilling to cannibalize their own legacy divisions, and general cluelessness have their traits for awhile now. At best they will become a smaller also-ran that ekes out profits in a few legacy niches and is a trivial player in the major markets.

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

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The gift...

Bloat10 is the gift that keeps on abusing. I wonder way any upgrade would touch the known user files. If there is not enough space, do not upgrade. It sounds like the downgrade is not checking for available space correctly and thus deleting files to create enough space to install without advising the user. A rather criminal move by Slurp.

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China's going to make a mobile OS and everyone will love it, predict ball-gazing analysts

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Re: "Government approved" OSs ?

China can force locals to use the approved OS. But the OS probably would not fair well in other countries where the locals might actually block its use.

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Microsoft: OK, we have no phones, but look how much we love Android

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Point?

Other than some business users, phone users are not going to rush out an add an app from Slurp because it is from Slurp. Users add apps either for entertainment (games, etc.) or because they need an app for some information (local mass transit system, etc.). So this will largely be ignored by the market as it will not be terribly useful or significantly better than what they already have installed.

Many do not have a corporate supplied phone and thus will limit the amount company stuff on their phone. Certainly they (or the IT department) will limit the integration of the phone with the corporate assets.

Another Slurp half-baked marketing idea. They should be concentrating on fixing Bloat and making it a worthwhile OS to use for the masses. Instead we getting idiocies such as this or the BaaS (Bloat-as-a-Service).

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Google is still chasing the self-driving engineer that jumped ship to Uber

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Re: What utter hypocrites Google are.

There is no company on the planet with any kind of semi-competent or even mostly incompetent mismanagement that would not come after one who stole company documents and gave them to a competitor. I am somewhat surprised there has not been criminal charges, but I do not know California law on that point. The theft of documents is very different from one's experience. Experience is learning and application of knowledge to problems. Someone with experience will have more tools to understand and solve a problem without using an ex-employer's internal documents.

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Windows 10 passes 700 million, Office Mobile in a coma and Intune, er, cracks time travel

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Re: Win 10 win by attrition

@Charlie Clark - For most, even in business, you can work very well with older kit. So if the ye-olde box is now occasionally used why replace it. Computers have become in many cases like an appliance; if it still works it does not need replacing. This is will stretch out the refresh cycle. Plus competition from others will be nibbling at the Bloat's market and usage.

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Sun billionaire Khosla discovers life's a beach after US Supreme Court refuses to hear him out

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Easements

Actually easements for access to private or public property are quite common in Feraldom. There is a principle that people must be able to have reasonable access to their property if it is does not have direct access. The only difference here is the easement is to a public beach that is state property. He was going to lose because he was blocking reasonable access to the public.

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Volkswagen links arms with Microsoft for data-slurping cloud on Azure

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Match made in ...

The marriage of 2 sleazy organizations can only result in a massive fiasco for customers.

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Oracle cloud supremo Thomas Kurian extends temp leave to the heat death of the universe

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Re: Cloud is crucial to Oracle? I doubt that is really the case.

Another problem for the Minions of Larry is RDMS systems are a mature technology with many solid options available including FOSS. While migrating from one to another is not a trivial matter it is still eminently doable. So if the Minions antagonize a victim badly enough the victim might find an option that does include the Minions.

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Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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Re: And because of the walled garden and interface lock down

I would also say that for many of us with phones we are often like the punters; just want a device that works.

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@Lee D - "Android won because iPhones are stupidly expensive." The primary reason I buy mid range Android phones is cost as they are much cheaper than an iPhone.

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Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases

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Subscriptions

Slurps love of subscriptions sounds good on paper. But all the products are mature products with competitive mature products. Other than some aggravation of learning a new package there really is nothing keeping someone from moving to another product. Some will be better suited for specific markets. Many do not want to be nickeled and dimed every month for a subscription they might use irregularly.

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Still holding out on Windows 10? Microsoft tempts upgrade with virtual desktop to Azure

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Re: What don't they get

The concept Slurp fails to grasp is the owner of the hardware will always have the final say. If the owner does not want their crap the owner will not have it. Something else will be used if necessary. Some will acquiesce, others will go elsewhere. Also, angering customers is not good for customer retention. Angry customers talk about their experiences very noisily. Another point Slurp fails to grasp.

As far as subscriptions, I will decide what will be a subscription. Hint, very little will be a subscription and only if the rates are reasonable to me.

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Brexit campaigner AggregateIQ challenges UK's first GDPR notice

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@YAAC - The EU would need to have an treaty signed with Canada to allow them to ask for extradition to the EU for the violations or they sue the EU subsidiary if one exists. However winning against the EU subsidiary may get an uneforceable judgment as the money would have to come from the Canadian parent and that would require the Canadian courts to meddle in the case. The same problem with the US, the EU will spend a ton of time and money arguing in the feral courts just to get the parent to pay up with dicey chances. But devil is the details of the various treaties as to how difficult getting money out of non-EU parent would be.

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Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale

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Re: Until such a time as

@AC - The other alternative is make the potential fines sufficient massive that they could make a significant impact on the p/l statement. GDPR does this as up to 4% of a companies gross world wide revenue would get noticed as it could either wipe an annual profit or significantly lower it. Both would get investors attention who just might add to the misery by suing for 'failure of fiduciary trust'.

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Congrats on keeping out the hackers. Now, you've taken care of rogue insiders, right? Hello?

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Basic Security

First rule of good information security is to limit access to confidential information on a need to know basis. If you do not need know the information you should never have access rights. Second rule differentiate between those who need access to the information and those who be able to change the information. If you need to use the information you should only have read only rights. Only those who will be actively entering/updating information should have write access.

The rules are simple but often not applied because it requires the local PHBs to actually think and manage.

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No, that Sunspot Solar Observatory didn't see aliens. It's far more grim

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Re: Unconvinced

I am not convinced safety was the real reason with what we know so far. True it is a remote location and the scumbag obviously had access to the wifi system. But downloading child porn does not automatically mean he is a violent felon or even owns a gun. Securing the logs would only require the cooperation of the sys admins and arresting scumbag can be done in way that catches him unawares (as noted by another poster).

I wonder if the child porn charges were an accidental discovery during another cyber investigation and it is now being used as a cover. There are plenty of terrestrial reasons for a possible investigation were they want the facility shut down for a few days.

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National Museum of Computing to hold live Enigma code-breaking demo with a Bombe

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Enigma Flaw

There was an interesting flaw in the Enigma machine that reduced the complexity of the code a little. It would never map a letter to itself. Plaintext "A" would never be mapped to "A" in the cypher. Also, there were numerous 'cribs' developed to help in figuring out the daily solutions that sped up the process. The real genius was the application of math to understand how even try to break the code and thus design and build the bombes and later Colossus.

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A spot of Python in your Azure automation? Step right this way, sir

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Re: Python 2 support

Surprised Slurp did not use Python 1.

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Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them

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Real Issue

The state government of the Peach Pit State is dominated by the dregs of the alleged college in Athens best known as THUGA and many dismal local school districts. They are quite good at subtracting from the sum total of human knowledge by breathing. Asking for competence is a definite stretch. I say this as a long time observer of state politics.

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Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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Problems

For any company with legacy or specialized internal applications this will likely be problematic; too many examples of things going sideways to make the risk worthwhile. Also, the type of customer this would work best with is probably the ones that needed it the least. If you have a relatively vanilla installation with only garden-variety commercial packages this would probably work well. But this is a situation that is the easiest to manage for the an admin.

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Now here's an idea: Break up Amazon to get more shareholder cash

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@James 51 - The whole idea is predicated on avoiding anti-trust litigation supposedly. While Amazon is big it is only dominant in online retailing (about 50%) and significant in a couple of others. As a retailer it might command single digit share of the total retail market; dominant in a niche but not a real threat to a well managed retailer. Most of wailing about failing retailers is about incompetently managed companies and over built retail space. Neither issue is the fault of Amazon at all. At worst Amazon highlights the incompetence. AWS is a tough competitor but there are many others with the cash and (alleged) technical know-how to be fierce competitors. Here its more about getting your act together than AWS being a monopoly. Since Amazon is not a monopoly the 'analysis' is really demand to break up the company as you say "so I can make lots of money".

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No wonder Oracle exec Kurian legged it – sky darkens as cloudy tech does not make it rain

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Legacy Customers

Could the Minions have a problem with not winning much new business and relying on squeezing legacy customers. Customers who may not want to leave because of the perceived real and imagined difficulties of migrating to another database.

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Microsoft: 'So, we can buy GitHub?' EU: 'We'll tell you on 19 October'

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Re: "Dude, we've changed, yeah?"

Yup, the same sad sack outfit that foisted Imbecile Explorer on the world. I think in the case of Linkedin and GitHub Slurp does not really understand either business. Thus the real risk is not immediately but out a few years when they try to more tightly 'integrate'' either with their other products. Right now I have a barely ticking LinkedIn account; haven't been aggravated enough to pull the plug. I do not have any code stored on external repositories such as GitHub and no plans to use GitHub in the future; might look at GitLab if I do decide to use one.

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Microsoft reveals train of mistakes that killed Azure in the South Central US 'incident'

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Re: The American Midwest is famous

Canada and Buffalo, NY for snow removal. Gulf Coast and Florida for hurricanes. Oklahoma for severe tornadoes and thunderstorms. California for earthquakes and fires. Cascade Range for volcanoes. Got all somewhere.

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What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM

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Not Surprised

Itsy Bitsy Morons is run some very dim PHBs. There is a serious, hidden problem when canning older workers: loss of institutional memory. New hires do not the back story of why something was 10 or more years ago. And a lot of tech is really based on 30+ year old designs. Having someone who knows why it was done that way can be great help in understanding. Another issue with trying to be 'hip' is the is very ephemeral as what is 'hip' today is passe tomorrow.

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Equifax IT staff had to rerun hackers' database queries to work out what was nicked – audit

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@AC - Mostly bloviate and show their ignorance.

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Don't put the 'd' and second 'i' in IoT: How to secure devices in your biz – belt and braces

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Re: "No MDM no connection... if the user doesn't like it, tough"

My rule is my personal devices are never connected to the company's network for any purpose. If the company requires me to have a particular device or software they provide it on company owned kit. Segregating company from personal is always a sound policy. So no MDM configured per company on my personal kit, no problem.

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Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

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Re: Couldn't have said it better myself

And why Trump was elected over here; same arrogance by our supposed 'elites' alienated many.

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Florence and the Machines: Data centers brace as hurricane smashes into US coast

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Carolina Triangle

The NC Triangle region is inland in the center of the state and is major technology center. Its problems are more with creek and river flooding and with downed power lines than what hit the coast. Florence is a nasty storm because the flooding potential but probably not as bad as Katrina for outright damage. Florence made landfall as strong Cat 1 while Katrina was Cat 4/5; much more powerful winds and surge. So Florence will cause problems but probably not as bad as what could have happened.

In the Southeastern and Gulf Coast regions of the US hurricanes are treated with a great deal of respect. Many of us have seen first hand the damage they can do even a couple of hundred miles inland more than a few times. Fortunately storm track predictions are accurate enough to narrow down the potentially affected regions fairly well. Part of the danger is the very strong winds and wind gusts can blow trees down. If they are strong enough they could destroy structures.

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Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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US 'News' Media

The US 'News' media is notorious for botching or faking stories for a long time (try Spanish-American War era for some real fakery). Many reporters are not smart enough to understand the topics they are covering; it is debatable which major gets the dumbest in a US college - journalism or education. And there is little institutional awareness or concern about their incompetence within the media. Combine this with the well know political and geographical bias and ignorance of the media and you get a large portion of the US population who wonder what lies they are spouting off today. Note the term 'fly-over country' refers to the fixation on NY, Washington, and LA with almost no interest in what happens in South Dakota or how the policies they support affect states like West Virginia. Trump in many ways just echoing the frustration many have with the media.

In 2004, CBS News published a 'story' about Bush II that turned out to be completely fake. It was based on incompetent forgeries (the documents matched the default layout of Word not what would have done on a 1970 office typewriter). Dan Rather famously called them 'fake but accurate'; an idiotic statement. If they are fake they are by definition not accurate. And if they are accurate they are not fake.

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Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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Re: I just got back from a rather large data center.

Probably they start these pointless battles because they are too stupid to code or do anything else useful for society.

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@AC instead of master/slave try SWAMBO and other-half.

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Princely five years in US big house for Nigerian biz email scammer

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Re: I thought the whole idea was they lived in Nigeria

Actually, they may want to be sent to Club Fed as some do not provide as luxurious accommodations for their guests. But that depends on the extradition treaties.

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The Reg takes the US government's insider threat training course

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Nothing Really New

I remember some security training way back in the late Dark Ages. Much of what they said was the biggest problem was insiders who are disgruntled, financially in trouble, or too eager to please not professional moles. Add a couple of more categories to the old list such as hoarders, etc. Each group has to be approached correctly with the disgruntled the most likely to make the initial contact.

One issue that was true then and is still true today, there is a lot of non-classified information that does not seem important. But if it is collected routinely it can give a picture of organizational changes and new priorities. Back in the Dark Ages this was commonly a phone directory.

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Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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Re: 19H1 - virus id?

How contagious is it?

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Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones

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@Doctor Syntax - Brick and mortar locations done right is a competitive advantage. But the old rules of retail siting are partially invalid. Plus you can not directly compete on price or absolute selection with someone like Amazon. So you have a valid reason for one to come to you rather than surf e-commerce sites.

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Stupid as Stupid Does

Chocolate factory is catching flak for their sleazy practices, rightfully so. But the issue is should Slurp sink to that level or lower. For long term customer relations and retention Slurp needs to rethink its entire customer relation policies. Angry customers will be looking for an alternative.and will become ex-customers. And they will not return. They also tend to be more vocal about leaving. This action shows a disdain for the customer. There are good reasons for the average user to have multiple browsers installed. Insulting the user is not a good business practice, ever.

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Re: I don't get it.

It's not the accuracy of the description that is the problem it is supposed connotations of the terms. The complainers do not understand that precise meanings and descriptions are important in communication. So if master-slave correctly describes the relationship between systems then there should be no problem.

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Law firm seeking leak victims to launch £500m suit at British Airways

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GPDR Strikes?

Might we see how much teeth the GPDR really has? Also, can the EU step now? (second question out of ignorance of the legal details)

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Register-Orbi-damned: Netgear account order irks infosec bods

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Fox in the Hen House

Sounds like the marketing failures are running NetGear which makes it a good reason to avoid them.

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