* Posts by pacman7de

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

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Microsoft distributing Android ..

@MrMur: "Microsoft finally distributing the Linux Kernel, and obliged to abide by all that GPL goodness. That's got to hurt"

Now that Microsoft is distributing Android, it would be a good time for Google to sue them for violating the Android terms of service, as in Microsoft is extorting revenue out of the other Android phone makers, under threats of litigation ..

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Microsoft's 'evil open source' man on life as HP's top cloud-wrangler

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Linux

Bill Hilf compares Linux and Windows ..

Dec 2004: "Open Discussion on Windows and Linux"

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So far, so SOPA: Web campaigners to protest world's biggest ever free trade deal

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Liberalising trade between stakeholders ..

TPP isn't about trade and it isn't an agreement. What it is, is a mechanism for pushing onerous and one-sided copyright, patent, and trademark provisions onto developing economies, the main beneficiaries being the major US corporations. It's the self same corporations who helped write the legislation, the rest of us won't see it until it is signed.

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Systems meltdown plunges US immigration courts into pen-and-paper stone age

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I don't believe it !

"Five separate servers have died, the source said, triggering a catastrophic system failure that has thrown the immigration courts back to the bad old days of paper, pens, and tape recorders."

I figure it was a borked software upgrade ..

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EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

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What's wrong with high-frequency trading ..

"An Adaptation From ‘Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt’ by Michael Lewis"

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Microsoft signs Motorola to Android patent pact – no, not THAT Motorola

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Re: Microsoft's Android patents ..

"Microsoft doesn’t own Android" ..

Nicely put, the internet is the place where in order to get the correct answer you first state the wrong one ..

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Microsoft's Android patents ..

So it's a fait accompli then, Microsoft owns Android, does Google have any say in the matter?

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It's a done deal! Microsoft-Nokia merger to close on Friday

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Nokia's Elop had $25 M personal stake in Microsoft deal ..

.. "Nokia has said that it will pay a compensation package of $25 million dollars to CEO Stephen Elop .. in the wake of Microsoft's plans to buy Nokia's phone business for 7.2 billion dollars, including a portfolio of patents and services" ..

"When Elop came in as Nokia CEO, Nokia was Number 1 in smartphones sales .. It had the MeeGo OS .. This was the device Elop abandoned and threw out!"

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Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!

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Windows didn't need patching?

@Lusty: "As I recall, Windows didn't need patching every week back then either .. This has literally nothing to do with code quality ..

That a novel explanation for the virus/malware contagion currently infesting the Internet. If a Windows server is alone in the forest and throws an error, does that mean it doesn't have any bugs in the code.

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Re: What story?

@Primus Secundus Tertius: "As I recall it, that story was about a DEC VAX/VMS machine."

"Server 54, Where Are You?"

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Reddit users discover iOS malware threat

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Facepalm

Malware infection targeting iOS users ..

How actually is this "infection" supposed to infect the devices without user action?

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US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code

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Facepalm

Mobile anti-theft software?

"US mobile companies have finally agreed to install free anti-theft software on their products"

And how soon will an employee of such companies sell the unblock code to the criminal community ..

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Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers

pacman7de
Big Brother

Feds demanding the encryption keys?

`After Snowden went public with his identity, the Feds came knocking on Levison's door, demanding the encryption keys to his servers under US "pen register" and "trap and trace" statutes'.

The solution being to keep the keys on the client computers. Something like Hushmail used to do, but inexplicably took back in-house, else how could they have handed over cleartext copies of private emails? If the email provider can read your emails, then it ain't private ...

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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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List of Nuclear Accidents ..

@Matt 21: "Well nuclear powered subs exist, as do nuclear powered air craft carriers".......

"List of sunken nuclear submarines"

"List of military nuclear accidents"

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Arts and crafts store Michaels says 3 million credit cards exposed in breach

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Analyzing and detecting Kaptoxa POS malware ..

"A few days ago, I was tasked to look at the Kaptoxa/BlackPOS malware, a malware which is believed to be used in the massive Target data breach" ref

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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

pacman7de
Linux

Ubuntu on the desktop ..

@PushF12: "Trusty is the first Ubuntu LTS release where Canonical gave up on the desktop and the home user. For example"...

"Linux Desktop Environments"

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Eugene Kaspersky: Ukraine conflict hurts enterprise security

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Online security and political conflict ..

Ukraine is a non-issue regardless of what President O'Reilly would have to say about it. Besides it doesn't take political conflict to distract governments from online security. They can't be bothered or it would be too expensive to implement.

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Got to get something started with Azure VMs? Microsoft's Planky shows you the way

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Linux

The Register is a media partner of Microsoft ..

"The Register is a media partner of Microsoft and" this explains all the free advertising real-estate you keep giving them on the front page ..

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Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots

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Re: How the Heartbleed bug works ..

@Stoneshop: "The exposed memory IS part of the OpenSSL process space" ..

Is it possible to design a MMU so as a pointer can't read/write past a previously assigned buffer, come on .. where's the innovation ?

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How the Heartbleed bug works ..

Make me wonder if these kind of bugs could even be exploited if the MMU could trap such errors. Just how difficult is it to design a MMU that don't allow a process to access memory that don't belong it.

"How the Heartbleed bug works:"

"Attack of the week: OpenSSL Heartbleed"

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Firefox biz Mozilla makes Beard new interim chief executive

pacman7de
IT Angle

Lets organize a boycott ..

Now that it's become the norm for getting people fired for holding opposing views to yerself, how about organising a boycott of the following individuals: Chloe Valerlidi, Chris McAvoy, Christie Koehler, Jessica Klein, Jess Klein, John Bevan, Sydney Moyer (ref) or failing that having them locked in a room and made listen to Alex Jones for ever.

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Banks slap Olympus with £160 MEEELLION lawsuit

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Re: False statements for the purpose of deferring record losses?

"Oddly enough Olympus is the only $Bn Japanese company who has done anything wrong"

That we know about and maybe we don't know because they didn't hire a gaijin ..

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False statements for the purpose of deferring record losses?

'Woodford had raised concerns, rightly as it turned out, about $687m (£450m) paid out in “fees”`

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"Woodford, 51, recounted how he had just returned from Hong Kong, having fled Tokyo after a board meeting in which Olympus Chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa had fired him. The cause for dismissal, according to Woodford: his insistence that Olympus officials come clean about a series of questionable purchases dating to 2006, totaling $1.6 billion, none of which had been adequately reported in the company’s consolidated financial statements. The deals had been approved by Kikukawa and the Olympus board, yet in several cases the parties receiving the sums were not even clearly identified in Olympus’s books. (At least one Japanese magazine had strongly hinted that the Yakuza were beneficiaries of some of these shady deals.)" ..

"On a sweltering day in Hamburg last July, Woodford .. opened his laptop to find a half dozen e-mails forwarding a translated story from an obscure Japanese business magazine, Facta, that detailed questionable fees paid by Olympus in the Gyrus acquisition as well as the almost $800 million paid for three companies, including the mail-order face cream and the microwave cookery businesses. The story pointed out that two of the businesses had combined sales of less than $2 million; within a year of the purchases, their equity had been almost entirely written off as a loss."

"The Gyrus deal was described as equally suspicious. Not only was the $2 billion price exorbitantly high, but there was also an additional $687 million in Gyrus preferred stock purchased by Olympus from an undisclosed third party. That $687 million would later be described as an advisory fee paid to a shadowy Cayman Islands company, making it the largest advisory fee in history." ref

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

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Writing secure code ..

Shouldn't such security code be written and audited to a much higher quality than the rest of the innovative software product. As in once it is written then a second team expends much effort in discovering potential exploits. Only then is it posted as production code.

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Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?

pacman7de
Big Brother

Condoleezza Rice joins Dropbox ..

" “As a country, we are having a great national conversation and debate about exactly how to manage privacy concerns .. I look forward to helping Dropbox navigate it." ref

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Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

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Scrambling to fix OpenSSL bug ..

"All over the world, systems administrators are scrambling to fix the OpenSSL “Heartbleed” bug."

07-Apr-2014: "OpenSSL 1.0.1g is now available, including bug and security fixes"

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Apple sued in Texas troll territory for iMovie patent infringement

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Regarding Patent Harbor ..

"I spoke to a woman on this same floor who says that hardly ever is someone there. She said they rent the office but no one is ever there except on rare occasions. When people do show up it is a big throng of people and has the feel of a Hollywood movie." ref

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Win XP security deadline: Biz bods MUST protect user data – ICO

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Reaching end of life is a regular occurrence?

"Dr Simon Rice .. explained that IT products reaching end of life is a regular occurrence. So the end of days for Win XP is just the same issue played out on a much grander scale."

You would think that after ten years, all the security bugs would have been ironed out by now. As in old software is good software, as it doesn't have any more unexpected behaviour modes, unless the basic Windows security model is defective.

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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

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Encrypted control signals ..

@Alan_Peery: "Encourage all reviews of this sort of tech to severely mark down any device that is lacking encryption"

Any radio controlled device can be jammed regardless of the 'encryption'. It just a matter of pumping out enough RF ..

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Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday will plug Word RTF vuln

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Re: "Windows XP is a thirteen year old operating system .."

You shouldn't be able to access the kernel merely by opening a corrupt text file. You would also think someone would have spotted this thirteen year old bug. Is it possible to design an OS that don't get owned by clicking on a web-link or opening an email attachment?

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pacman7de
Linux

Linux has TOO MANY 'versions'?

@illiad: "Its quite simple... Linux has TOO MANY 'versions', some wildly different!" -

How many different versions can you use at the one time?

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Windows XP lacks security features?

"Windows XP is a thirteen year old operating system that lacks the security features of the latest Windows platforms"

"As of December 2005, the following Microsoft Windows platform products have achieved Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4 + Augmented with ALC_FLR.3 certification: .. Microsoft Windows XP Professional with SP2 .. Microsoft Windows XP Embedded with SP2" ref

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PRIVATE: Expansys prez quits as Dragons' Den-izen Jones takes gizmotailer off market

pacman7de
Devil

Peter Jones investment strategy ..

I've noticed that whenever Peter Jones is interested in investing, he first totally trashes the idea and then persuades the investee that he (Peter Jones) is doing him ( the investee) a favour in investing in the business ..

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Tamil Nadu's XP migration plan: Go Linux like a BOSS

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An obscure state in a third world country?

"An obscure state in a third world country where labour to look after high mantenance software is cheap picks the no money up front high maintenance solution - who would have thought it?! it must be the year of Linux on the desktop"....

'Tamil Nadu possesses the second-largest economy (2011–12) among states in India after Maharashtra.`

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HP workers under shadow of the axe edge towards ballot box

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Rationalise the workforce?

"Europe is the last region to face the axe, with 7,100 layoffs planned for this fiscal .. HP .. would prefer to continue to focus on a mass recruitment campaign which has already seen a large number of university graduates and Modern Apprentices being recruited at sites as as Cobalt"

Why is HP firing 7,100 and having a "mass recruitment campaign" at the same time?

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UK regulators: We will be CHECKING UP on banks' IT systems

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UK regulators conducting a review

"UK regulators are to conduct a review later this year on how banks and building societies are managing the risk of IT outages affecting their business"

Has any of the regulators ever actually worked in IT, on the shop floor, at the coal face, so to speak. Will this review consist of tonnes of paper reports?

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Mozilla DENIES reported claims of board rift over new chief Eich

pacman7de

Political correctness gone mental ..

Let me be the first to interject here and say Eichs views on gay marriage has got nothing what so ever with writing code. And people with strong views on Prop 8 have no business organizing a politically correct witch-hunt.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Facepalm

Homeopathy: no Ingredients, no Testing, no Facts ..

So-called homeopathic remedies may be the only products given a free pass to say they’re intended to treat disease, without any proof at all that they work”. randi.org

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Microsoft's ALREADY telling of bugs in Fondle-Office for iPad

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Facepalm

SharePoint stampede to Office-on-iOS?

There's already been a stampede to Office-on-iOS in the space of twenty-four-hours. How can you tell, what are the download figures, what are the sales figures ..

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Hot, young under-25s: Lonely slab strokers who shun TV

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Stating the obvious ..

I said basically the same thing in a previous post ..

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"TV sales are falling everywhere. It’s kind of official, but people are still prepared to argue about it. The number of LCD screens are being forecast to recover but no one is giving a reason why"

'Because no one under thirty is watching television .. or listening to the electric wireless` ...

10 thumbs up & 7 thumbs down .. ref

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Microsoft frisks yet another Android gear maker for patent dosh

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Microsoft's influence within a private Dell?

"It's not escaped our attention that, rather than get caught up in messy public courtroom feuds, Microsoft has of late leaned on companies until they sign licensing agreements well away from the courts".

That's an interesting point, the licensing deal has never been tested in a court of law. If a future Google were to win in court, all previous Microsoft Android generated revenue would be transfered to Google. See here regarding Microsoft's investment in Dell.

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Boycott Firefox, gay devs urge as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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People are allowed to be prejudiced!

Paw Bokenfohr: "People aren't allowed to be prejudiced against one group of people but then expect to be able to claim prejudice when that group takes action against them."

I've found IT people to be one of the least prejudiced groups of people to work with, as compared to some other sectors. In a free society, people are precisely allowed to be prejudiced against one-another. Nowhere in the linked to Eich blog entry does he claim special exemption from prejudice for himself. What he does say is he would prefer to keep such discussions away from Mozilla else anyone can have a one-on-one discussion with him on the matter. Personally I have no opinion one way or another. It's got nothing to do with writing code and no one else's business except Brendan Eich.

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Windows 8 BREAKS ITSELF after system restores

pacman7de
IT Angle

This issue occurs because ..

This issue occurs because a driver or firmware dependency is added to Windows 8.1"

Seem a little light on details. I wonder is it anything to do with the installer identifying itself as Windows [NT] 6.3 ?

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'ApplicabilityInfo="Windows 8.1 ..

Applies to="Windows 6.3"

Product Name="Windows 6.3" Support Link`

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Palo Alto Networks splashes $US200 million on Cyvera

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Alien

Remote Attack Prevention System ..

"Palo Alto Networks has announced that it's buying .. TRAPS (Targeted Remote Attack Prevention System), an endpoint protection system for Windows machines"

Technically speaking, how exactly does this remote attack prevention system work? Of course to be really effective, any such attack mitigation techniques need to be build right into the core OS and at the hardware level.

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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TV sales are falling everywhere ..

"TV sales are falling everywhere. It’s kind of official, but people are still prepared to argue about it. The number of LCD screens are being forecast to recover but no one is giving a reason why"

Because no one under thirty is watching television .. or listening to the electric wireless ...

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UK.gov! frets! over! Yahoo! exodus! to! RIPA-free! Dublin!

pacman7de
Big Brother

Police caught bugging Police Ombudsman ..

"The relationship between police in the Republic of Ireland and the body that investigates complaints against officers has rarely been good.

Now a row over possible bugging of the police watchdog has made it positively toxic.

The row began when the Sunday Times reported that a hi-tech surveillance operation had been uncovered last year at the offices of the Garda Síochána (Irish police) Ombudsman Commission.

The three-person commission, it revealed, had called in a British security consultancy to check its offices for bugs." link

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ZOMBIE iPAD PERIL? Cyberbadness slinger touts tool for iOS

pacman7de

Malware ported to Linux ..

How does this Zorenium get onto the devices in the first place? link

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Kim Dotcom extradition: Feds can keep evidence against Megaupload mastermind a surprise

pacman7de
Terminator

New Zealand is not a real country ..

"The top court decided [PDF] that Uncle Sam's prosecutors are not required to disclose the evidence they'll use to attempt to secure Dotcom's extradition from New Zealand to the US at a hearing in July."

It's not as if New Zealand was a real country anyway ..

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Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

pacman7de
Big Brother

Following a tipoff from a source?

'following a tipoff from a source: it's claimed the firm looked through its servers and uncovered evidence that Kibkalo had emailed the blogger's Microsoft-hosted Hotmail account to leak "proprietary and confidential trade secrets."`

That's not what the blogger said, he states that he contacted Microsoft and asked them to confirm the legitimacy of the files, Microsoft then rifled through *his* Hotmail account, surely a violation of privacy.

"If you're wondering how exactly the accused got caught, it's because the blogger contacted Microsoft in September 2012 to verify the Windows 8 code Kibkalo sent." link

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

pacman7de
Linux

What would YOU take to Willowra ..

"What we found was a wonderful facility with enormous potential to help locals, but it was struggling with a slow internet connection and in urgent need of an upgrade from Windows XP."

I would take a Linux distro on a DVD ..

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