* Posts by Just Enough

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Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: Strangely in the last week or so....

"She was told she couldn't get a deal - - - she got one."

In what way is getting a deal difficult? Getting a deal is easy. Getting a *good* deal.. somewhat harder.

I shall have no need of a "satellite" once we have taken back control. When lost, I shall just lift my blue passport aloft and her Majesty will guide my way across all parts of the great new British Empire. Let's have no more talk about these ridiculous fancies about crafts flying in space. We read Dickens, not Verne.

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HMRC: 30 months to prep Northern Ireland backstop systems, 24 for customs

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Re: Muhahahaha...

"I am sure the hard brexiters are saying this will be the easiest computer program ever written."

There will be a program, and the EU will pay for it!

Anything is possible when you're living in rainbows and unicorns Brexitland.

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Morrisons supermarket: We're taking payroll leak liability fight to UK Supreme Court

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valid use

And what if using USB drives are an active and valid part of business operations?

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Which? That smart home camera? The one with the vulns? Really?

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common place

Sadly, this is common place with Which. I don't think I've seen them once take security into consideration with any of their evaluations or reviews of tech gear.

I don't want them to go full tinfoil hat, but it would be nice if they at least mentioned the downside to their members plugging their private life into a tech company's ecosystem. But each new potential data slurp and info leak gets an uncritical thumbs up.

It leaves me wondering what I'm missing in the other consumer goods they cover, but where I lack any expertise.

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

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Re: Of course...

"What I would be interested in finding out is how much Google's search results for "Anthony Levandowski" have changed since (say) a month before this whole thing kicked off to how they appear now. "

Well totally different, of course. Before he was relatively nobody, and now he's getting news articles written about him. But let's not that stand in the way of a good conspiracy theory, shall we?

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Some credential-stuffing botnets don't care about being noticed any more

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Re: Maybe just

Forcing password changes just ensures that people use weak passwords. And doubles the support calls to your help desk.

Just tell users not to re-use passwords. For pity sake, do not re-use passwords!!

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30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

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Happy Birthday Verity Stob!

Thanks for sharing 30 years of what always appeared to be a more interesting, varied and funny programming career than mine.

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Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

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Meanwhile, in America..

Equifax has been fined a massive $0.00. Zero, nil, not a sausage. They've been told they are naughty and not to do it again.

Because profits > people.

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Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS

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Too many scripts from too many places

Running uBlock, or similar, seems like good idea. The problem is that many eCommerce sites have scripts running from so many locations, you can't tell which ones are irrelevant crap, and which are necessary for the purchase to proceed. So you end up inching through the purchase, playing guess the script, enabling each one in turn. All the time hoping that your purchase doesn't disappear with the next page reload, or end up debiting your credit card twice.

Online retail sites need to get it through to their thick heads that I have never, ever, found the need to relay news of my online purchases to some social media account. And I am not interested in being tracked by anyone while I am on a page entering my credit card details. For any reason.

At the point of purchase that is all I want to do; purchase. The only people involved in that exchange should be me, the website I'm on, and the relevant bank. That is all.

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Solid password practice on Capital One's site? Don't bank on it

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Re: The NCSC agrees

You don't understand. If passwords should be hard to crack they need to be hard to enter, and their use should be as difficult and laborious as possible for the user. This sounds like obvious logic, doesn't it?

And users never look for the easiest way of doing something, thereby nullifying efforts to make things hard for them and making the security useless.

This is why my websites insist the password is entered by ASCII code, in binary, obscured so that you can never see what you've typed. Twice. Take that hackers!

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Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday

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Re: Women-give-better-directions-than-men

"carry on until you get to the A454, turn left, 500 yards, your're there"

Which road will I be on to get to the A454?

Will it say A454 on the sign, or will it be the name of the road, or the name of the town it leads to?

How far do I go until I reach the A454? 1 mile? 50? 100? How will I know if I've missed it if I've no idea how far to go?

Do I turn left on the A454? Or turn left onto the A454? Or is the left turn simply at the same place as the A454 ?

Your succinct directions suck.

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A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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computer merry-go-round

A company I worked for never bought us computers to develop on. Instead we were loaned computers bought in specifically for each project, and owned by the client. This meant every time you moved from one project to the other, you had to spend a day building, installing and configuring a computer to work on. This included swapping in and out hardware cards, connecting to the right network/server, attaching second monitor, installing your IDE, compiler from floppies, etc etc.

We got moved between projects a lot, as development cycles scaled up and down the number of bodies needed. And every time it we wasted days running about trying to get a functioning computer. Inevitably it meant that some computers ended up getting used on the wrong projects, simply to save the time and effort. This in turn meant running around swapping, hiding or reclaiming kit when clients visited, expecting to see their kit in use on their project.

The developer time wasted would have easily covered buying proper, permanent development machines.

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NASA 'sextortionist' allegedly tricked women into revealing their password reset answers, stole their nude selfies

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Re: And service providers...

What you choose to tell service providers is your mother's maiden name can be a secret. If you want it to be.

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Nope, the NSA isn't sitting in front of a supercomputer hooked up to a terrorist’s hard drive

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Re: And for the rest of the world?

You honestly think that Russia/China aren't implementing the same?

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Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Re: Phones too

"What you're inferring in your sentence"

* Implying

And he's not implying that at all. He's saying he is not going to cover the risk of damage to company equipment. It's their phone, not his, so they're the ones who should insure it. If they're not prepared to insure their property, why should he cover it for them?

So he's saying he would refuse to accept the phone and the liability for it.

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Google cracks down on dodgy tech support ads

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Re: "Ad experiences"

>ad experiences

I think I just had a nausea experience. It's just ruined my day experience.

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Fourth 'Fappening' celeb nude snap thief treated to 8 months in the clink

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Re: I'm not a particularly draconian 'eye for an eye' person...

"she has nothing to feel embarrassed or humiliated about"

Congratulations. You win the dumbest statement in The Register's Forums for August 2018. A late entry, but one that swept aside all competition for it's breath-taking idiocy, cluelessness and sheer, oblivious missing of the whole point.

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Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs

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Re: Solicitors from London law firm Pinsent Masons

"I was gonna comment on the descriptions of what the complainant was wearing."

I wondered about that. I assume we are supposed to draw some insight from the fact the guy was wearing "mismatched jacket and trousers", but I'm at a loss to what it is. Apart from anything else "mismatched" is a matter of opinion, and I don't read El Reg for the fashion.

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Experimental 'insult bot' gets out of hand during unsupervised weekend

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an anarchic term

"Why Britons are so obsessed with banks to name even holidays after them???"

The basis for the holidays were that all the banks closed for the day. If the banks were shut that meant many businesses couldn't do business. So they took the same days as holidays. This meant other companies couldn't work. So, by the end, everyone effectively got the day off.

It's an anarchic term nowadays, of course. Banks don't all shut (although most branches will) and many companies work right through them, though maybe with a skeleton staff. Employees often get the option; Take the bank holiday, or get another day off in lieu.

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Scotland wide

"Holidays in Scotland are staggered"

Local holidays in Scotland have nothing to do with bank holidays. Scottish bank holidays are Scotland wide.

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Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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All You Can Eat

I went to an "all you can eat" restaurant the other day. You could describe it as "unlimited" food.

Imagine my surprise when after I'd consumed my first starter, (a rather dry bruschetta, to be honest) I was informed that I could indeed eat all I wished, but the kitchen would only be serving one pea an hour from then on.

To be fair, they didn't say I could "eat at any speed". So I have absolutely nothing to complain about.

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Super-mugs: Hackers claim to have snatched 20k customer records from Brit biz Superdrug

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Clueless

"The retailer advised customers to update their Superdrug.com password “now and on an on-going, frequent basis.”"

This is why you don't take your security advice from a shop. This advice is guaranteed to encourage weak passwords and password re-use, exactly what got them into this position.

Why couldn't they have got someone with a clue and advised their customers to "NEVER reuse passwords on different websites. Use a password safe, create a unique, strong password and stick to it."

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Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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Cushy job

It could be a very cushy job. It obviously can't be done in the timeframe available. So you either wait for it to spectacularly fail, and walk away (accurately) blaming the Government, or you quit before it happens saying it can't be done.

Either way you've got half a year's salary out of 100k, with no expectation of delivering anything and no blame allocated your way. Just a pity the entire country gets screwed in the process, but that appears to be standard Brexit policy.

Or, just maybe, we can only hope, sense prevails and the whole thing is cancelled and you've still got your 50k.

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Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

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Which are all good reason why Mars will never be terraformed. At least not in the next thousand years.

Planets are gravity wells that are a pain to climb out of. Expansion in the solar system is going to bypass them.

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"suddenly provided with atmosphere and oceans"

Where from? Terraforming is largely about taking what's already there and rearranging it so it can support life. If the required molecules aren't to be found, you are severely limited in what you can do.

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Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no

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Re: Tee hee. Trump is to Putin as --

I genuinely fear for Putin's health. His sides must be splitting and his face ache from grinning.

And the Russian Federal Assembly will wet themselves laughing when he recounts the tale of his trip to Finland.

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It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

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Re: WTF!!

"The entire enterprise is premised on the idea that water is magic and has a memory of compounds it has been in contact with."

It's more magic than that. It relies on water have a memory of *some* of the compounds it has been in contact with (i.e. the ones that homeopaths are charging for) and no memory at all of all the others.

Otherwise every glass of water on the planet would contain a homeopathic remedy for every ailment known to medicine, at really powerfully diluted concentrations, for free.

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Astroboffins spy the brightest quasar that lit the universe's dark ages

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A long, long time ago

"also shoots out huge jets of plasma"

Shouldn't that be "shot", past tense?

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UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit

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A better Idea

Here's a better idea. Now that the truly enormous clusterf***ck that Brexit is has become obvious to anyone paying attention, and now we know that the Leave campaign lied about the facts, their funding, and their motives, why can't it be put to the vote?

If it's too much to expect the Tories to grow a backbone, risk their political careers, and save the country, then why can't they allow the country to decide for itself?

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El Reg works with Byte Night to put techies out on the streets

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Re: Really?

I think you've lost sight of the purpose of the event.

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Microsoft CEO wades into ICE outcry: Cool it, we only do legacy mail

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Unhappy

Depressing

Wow. So many Anonymous cowards in these comments. So many heartless monsters happy to tread on the most vulnerable for political purposes. And so many lies and distortions.

Can't remember a discussion on The Register ever being so depressing.

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Dinosaurs permitted to mate: But what does AT&T Time merger mean for antitrust – and you?

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Re: What does it mean to me?

And yet here you are. Reading and commenting.

Aside from that, it's very silly to assume that changes in the IT landscape in the US have no effect on the UK. It being the information age where national boundaries have less and less significance.

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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Re: Microsoft 'Shill' (the product)

"Shill" - definition: Anyone who disagrees with me and holds an opinion that doesn't treat all corporate bodies as sons of satan. Since it is impossible for any right-thinking person to disagree with me, they therefore must be in the pay of said corporate body. Stands to reason.

Any online forum that doesn't recognise, and immediately ban, those with these opinions are also obviously in the pay of said corporate body. All online forums should be group-think hives where right thinking developers are safe from evil sons of satan and their obviously paid-for opinions.

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A Reg-reading techie, a high street bank, some iffy production code – and a financial crash

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QA's fault

That's an interesting position to take. Programmer gets leeway to make mistakes, QA doesn't.

I'd suggest they're both at fault.

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One year late, US senators act on fake net neutrality comments that drowned the FCC

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Why bother?

I think most people are mystified as to why anyone is bothering wilth fraud on the comments. It's not as if Ajit Pai had the slightest intention of paying any attention to what they said. It was a flimsy attempt at pretending to consult the public, doomed to be abused and ignored from the start.

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What's up with that ZX Spectrum reboot? Still no console

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"pretty much all UK based IT-types-of-a-certain-age (ie us oldies), have very fond memories of the Speccy."

Indeed. Which is why it's tragic that this bunch of clowns are pissing all over those fond memories.

The Spectrum and its day are long, long gone. It is always a mistake to try to bring these things back. Just let it go.

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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

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Click bait headline

Headline: "Make masses carry mobes"

Content: "He did not personally advocate the compulsory carrying of location-aware technology"

Actual words: "if the legislators were, for example, to require citizens to carry phones at all times"

Are we not supposed to notice the difference between the above three? He's simply speculating, and in a direction that isn't unique and sadly isn't completely impossible.

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UK government's cloud spending hits saturation: Love of Microsoft endures

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Re: Cloud themselves

Yes, it's a stupid idea.

The UK government "running their own cloud" would simply mean them contracting the task out to an IT company, who would then "develop" an inferior copy of their own cloud that is out-of-date by the time it is delivered, at massively inflated prices and ongoing maintenance costs.

Far better to simply use an account with a cloud provider like everyone else.

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GoDaddy exiles altright.com after civil rights group complaint

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Re: re: The solution is to educate people

The website was not banned, and GoDaddy's action was not necessarily intended to make the world a better place.

The idea was to get fascists off their systems, as is entirely their right.

They are entirely free to take their website somewhere else, and GoDaddy is not responsible for educating them otherwise.

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PC recycler gets 15 months in the clink for whipping up 28,000 bootleg Windows 7, XP recovery discs

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Pirate

A little analogy for you

I'm selling dodgy meat from an unlicensed back-street abattoir, and labelling it as Tesco's Finest.

It is not fair that I be prosecuted on the basis that there *may* be botulism on it. They have to prove that there *was* botulism on it. I'm happy for my customers to bear the risks of my dodgy meat, and I should only get prosecuted once there's a few deaths first.

Suggestions that I might kill someone is just playing the botulism card, and pretty low.

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Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

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It's not just ownership that was revealed. It was combined with occupancy. That is not public knowledge.

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Think you've heard this one before?

Well users like this seem to be uncannily common. Here's almost the exact same story from last year;

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/31/on_call/

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BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless

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Not what you meant to say

"BT monthly landline costs are to be trimmed by £7 from this weekend but only for customers who don't buy fixed-line broadband from any provider – in other words, most people."

This says the exact opposite of what was intended. If "customers who don't buy fixed-line broadband from any provider" was phrased in "other words" it would not be "most people", it would be "very few people"

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: "Mangers feature prominently in the Christmas story"

I more puzzled about what context exactly can the word "manger" appear in a letter, and "manager" be substituted in and still make sense?

Are we to assume that this picky customer had no problem with a letter saying "Away in a manager, no crib for a bed", as long as it was spelt correctly?

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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Re: Linux Torvalds

Is that Linus' brother?

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Re: No Cussing Allowed?

Microsoft is not the US Government. Therefore the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution has absolutely no relevance to the matter.

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Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan

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Re: How is it any better than running NoScript

"After the 56 update, though it became a horrible UI mess of complexity"

This. So much this. NoScript was never the easiest of add-ons, but recent updates have been disastrous. A complete and confusing redesign of the UI, with a lack of any documentation on how to use it. End users were expected to just figure it out themselves.

And it keeps breaking or forgetting settings. I got to the point of purging everything (poking through Firefox setting files to achieve this was fun) and attempting to start again. But then it screws up again on the next update.

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Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin

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It's not so much that his ashes are being put in Westminster Abbey, it's that there will be a "Service of Thanksgiving". Thanking who?

Here's a man who spent his life as an atheist, but now he's dead the god-squad muscle in. Giving thanks to a entity he didn't believe in, and co-opting their mythology onto his science work, "together to seek to answer the great questions of the mystery of life and of the universe".

I've no problem with people choosing to have religious services on their death, if that's what they believed and wished. I'm fine if it is all for the benefit of friends of family. But having these performances upon the death of those who specifically refuted them seems extremely disrespectful.

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Cyborg fined for riding train without valid ticket

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Tin foil hat on

"The sensor reads the card it's looking for and ignores the others."

Yeah, I'm sure that's what they tell you it does.

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YouTube plan to use Wikipedia against crackpots hits snag

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Re: Correcting Wikipedia

Did OH cite what they were changing?

OH needs to understand that anyone can say they're an expert on the internet. This is why Wikipedia relies on sources being cited.

And student everywhere should know that Wikipedia can only be a starting point for research. Check the cites! Determine how much trust to place on the sources.

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