* Posts by Jack of Shadows

2797 posts • joined 11 Jul 2014

Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere

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Re: Use for these

Love the concept, horrible work environment. Back to Dex , I use a similar approach here with my Android 6.01 tablets , one of which has a dead touch sensor. Plug in charger cable, mini HDMI and USB 3.0 hub. (Fusion5 108T and 108 in case anyone is interested.) It just works. I already have all that gear as I've been doing this with the laptop, although it is full HDMI so thinking about KVM box lately. The rhe real fly-in-the-ointment is dealing with NTFS drives of the USB 3.0 sort. I'm not happy with the Paragon apps at all.

For on the road, toss mini HDMI cable, 22,600 mAH battery, Bluetooth keyboard and mouse into my bag and off I go. The cable is the only thing added. I was impressed that the only requirement was adding one cable to the mix with these two really cheap tablets. I'm kicking the tires on Termux right now looking for field OS that's a bit more capable in than Android 6.0.

[I do not have a phone of the "smart" variety, nor a desire to spend heaps of money to buy one and fork out money to telecom oligarchies.]

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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Re: Could Windows 10 spell death for Microsoft?

Hmmm, no. That's already changing, at least for the engineers that demand reliability, not dependent on just one vendor's product, and availability via multiple networks, data centers, and so forth. This won't be true of the largest concerns. Everyone will be seeing these as baseline requirements going forward. A really nice niche will be as a factor making all the needed arrangements (contracting) for smaller concerns for a piece of the action, just as international trade factors do now.

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Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court

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They answer to a higher court, corporations.

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Official probe into HPE’s Oz 3Par crashes would create 'further negative publicity' if revealed

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Re: Rotten Apples in the Pork Barrel

"... future memories already pre-ordained..." Rather a lot of that and the trend line is steepening. I can't, sadly, yet see the shape of the pre-ordained outcome.

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Web regulation could push Silicon Valley startups away from UK, Parliament warned

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My main, indeed only, concern is whatever rules you attempt to impose on the Internet in your country do not interfere with the content I see in my country. Oh, and "think of the children" is not valid. Growing up in the university allowed me absolute freedom as a young child to read and understand what I wanted to learn, not what some "concerned adult" thought I should or should not see. Thankfully, my parents were completely in agreement with that.

Nobody thought it odd at all that I watched "A Clockwork Orange" or "Night of the Living Dead" (when it had an X rating) when they came out. The former experience with large doses of Heinlein probably explain my views here. Together with plenty of thought while at sea. Scratch a sailor, find a philosopher.

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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Not a problem here. My primary field in the military. The remarkable thing would be not following the links. I spend most of my time on Twitter talking to others on this since all the activities by "rogue nations" became a thang. In real life, I'm more worried about the Plutonium, not due to bomb making material, rather as to radical treatment required upon exposure.

Extremely toxic as in radical amputation required.

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Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived

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Re: "death of email" ? not until chat gets federation!

I get more of both on my accounts that haven't been used publicly! So if you think, as I do, that some agent(s) out there tossing random letters and digits to look for lack of rejection? 'T' wouldn't surprise me at all.

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Microsoft: For God's sake, people, cut down on the meetings!

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Re: Meetings

My first thought: "PowerPoint is being deprecated? Who knew?"

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Microsoft Teams goes free, as free as the wind blows... up to a point

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Re: Free is too expensive

Neither would I for one, oh so basic, reason. I've been using Microsoft products since MS-DoS came to market. Only as required for the job. Having seen them in action, they behave just like a drug dealer, people who I've also been cleaning up we to as well. Their behavior hasn't changed one iota. Free? How long before the decide to change the terms of use, a right reserved in their EULA's.

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Put WhatsApp, Slack, admin privileges in a blender and what do you get? Wickr

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That hasn't been tested in case law, so far as I know. Pretty damned hard to know what with the FISA Court. Publishing their code certainly moves them firmly to the top of the list though, provided good code quality.

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Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025

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It's very real. Here you go: Wikipedia.

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UK privacy watchdog to fine Facebook 18 mins of profit (£500,000) for Cambridge Analytica

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Re: ethical pause

Last couple of millenia at least, near as I can tell. The invention of the corporation has even accelerated if anything.

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Bankrupt Aussie Hells Angel scoops £750k lottery jackpot

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Re: Huh?

Very true. If I'm going to be hanging out at a bar, it'll be one of theirs going back to 1980. A disproportionate number of them are fellow veterans, they are all technologically literate and extensively use computers. That last dates back to when they formed ABATE, their lobbying against strict helmet laws. Lots to talk about and I like the company.

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DNS ad-hocracy in peril as ICANN advisors mull root server shakeup

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Normally I prefer simpler infrastructure approaches as they are easier to design, implement and troubleshoot. Are they sure that consolidating the root servers is a good idea? Will the consolidated root servers have the capacity to function when one or more groups is under attack (looking at the BPQ here). Lastly, when is it a good idea to simplify an attackers targeting problem.

Most likely, I can't see any issue here save ones sure to be brought up by the IETF. I always think Red Team when look at my designs.

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Adidas US breach may have exposed millions of customers' personal info

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Re: eTailers

In my case, housebound as I am, online shopping is worth the hassles. There's even more time, money, and aggravation just trying to get to one store during the month let alone all the others.

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One reason to do denormalization is speed. If many/most of my reports do not require the credit card fields, you don't' drag them into memory. The security aspect is also there, especially if you have those fields encrypted to begin with and you should damned well have them encrypted even to the dBA's and dBE's.

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HMRC told AGAIN to toughen up on VAT-dodging online traders

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Re: And ?

Keyboards, mice and displays here. I long ago learned that hands/eyes on really has to be done if I don't want to get into a game of returns until I find the right part.

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Re: Amazon

I buy electronic hardware of all kinds on Amazon, yes, including SD cards. Never a problem although I only buy SanDisk simply for the fact that we were talking on Twitter and one compained that his SD card had died. Less that five minutes later SanDisk wanted his particulars so they could send him a new card. That's service worth paying for here.

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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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Re: Doesn't matter what they call it ...

My Mom asked a vet if cats like cheese. "Only the ones that have tasted it." Which I've always believed having had quite a few cats just show up and move in*. Right until this kitten. For some reason she refuses milk and cheese, spitting it out. Weird.

*- Yes, I'm a well trained cat slave/slut (depending on whether you ask cats, or humans).

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Re: Doesn't matter what they call it ...

I lock the screen/keyboard each time I go away from the machine. Started when a 4 year old showed up wanting to use my devices. Now with the kitten that showed up here looking for a home, it's habit. Only thing that out-stubborn me. The kitten, not the 4 year old.

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Re: Missing a few...

That missing thing would be Visio. I've yet to do anything with it, much prefering my CASE/CADE tools.

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Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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Re: About California's initiative process

I'm glad to see another student of California history. This state is quite weird at times and this isn't the first time we've wander off the plot, making it up as we go along. This initiative is good to go if industry should try to water it down as they did earlier this year. Collecting signatures? Hell, I'll do it for free.

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The cybercriminal's cash cow and the marketer's machine: Inside the mad sad bad web ad world

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Re: Goodness me

You obviously haven't been paying attention to the numbers on Medicare and Medicaid fraud, let alone medical insurance or Social Security Disability claims, if you are in the US. I have no idea what NHS numbers look like although I really should keep track. Anyhow, it's in the billions of dollars and some of the numbers that turn up are in the tens of billions. There's a lot of guesswork, as with the advertising fraud, but I'm confident that they are lowballing the numbers. Just look at how much of the economy, about 1/7th, healthcare makes up.

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Another staffer at mega-hacked Equifax slapped with insider trading rap

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Re: Aaaaaaaand, YES, the big corporations skate again!

Really a lot longer than that as I discovered in studying the economic history of the US. It's rare that some (one | authority) is willing to go head-to-head against the corporations. Those are the exceptions, not the rule.

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UK Home Office sheds 70 staff on delayed 4G upgrade to Emergency Services Network

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WTF?

Wasn't one of the goals here to allow emergancy services to communicate with each other when handling more severe situations? Terrorism, things like the Moor's fire, etc? So are the one's that will be operating with the 4G ESN going to have to keep the 3G around in the same vehicle, for example, which isn't exactly the best idea as I can attest to from supporting the people who did this type of mobile work. Run the batteries flat even faster.

I'll not even go into my experiences pop-up project lead and project manager, projects small to enterprise, one of the largest enterprises on the planet. I know this shit can get done, on-time and under/at budget.

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Ready, get Sets... no? App-grouping whizzery for Windows 10 killed

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Re: Desktops

I can't speak to when Windows had virtual desktops as I wasn't using the Microsoft implementation. My nVidia cards going back to the GeForce 2, at least, had that as a feature of the drivers. These days, with the 30" WQXGA display, I just use one desktop.

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Two different definitions of Edge Computing arrive in one week

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Re: IT with one hand clapping.

But I thought the datacenter was the new mainframe. That's what I get for thinking again.

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Uncle Sam is shocked, SHOCKED to find dark-web bazaars trading drugs, weapons, etc

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Re: A good days work

I seiously doubt the "losing their mind" part. These things don't become real to pretty much all of humanity unless and until it happens to themselves and members of thier social group and they get together and compare notes. The mind isn't very good at computing and understanding "the odds." John Stossel has covered it pretty well over the years. Otherwise, people wait for the extremely rare event, Alar, lightning, terrorism, you get the idea, to happen to themselves. "Fish aren't aware of the water."

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Ardound these parts (US West), this took off as an issue by DEA while marijuana was being legalized. I wonder how much of this is agents looking for replacement work and how much an acutual "opiod epidemic?"

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Meanwhile, the DEA drug crackdown has the medical profession so terrorized (yes, really), that prescriptions of pain-killing medication is not going to happen. I've level 10 pain on a regular basis here, I'm terminal as well, nothing doing aside from antidepressants to stop me killing myself on a far more regular basis. [I've even succeeded but they brought me back despite a DNR.] 30 mg, 3-5 times a day, Morphine used to work. Now even Demoral is useless.

I have to wonder about people buying Tramadol. I've had that before and hasn't done a damn thing. Need bigger guns than that. It's getting seriously tempting to go the Dark Market approach and cost be damned.

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Crime epidemic or never had it so good? Drilling into statistics is murder

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Re: We need gunlaws like in the US to fight crime

Voland's Right Hand: The number one correlation is the size of the cohort of males, ages 16-24, then you get correlatations to poverty and unemployment. That research, commissioned by your Constabary came from an English lady, Dr. F. N. David. She was my mentor starting age 14 guiding me through statistics and computer science at the university. Quite a character. Smoked cigars, only drove Rolls-Royces (reliability) and never took an elevator having calculated how many times, on average, she'd be stuck in one. Miss her every day.

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EU summons a CYBER FORCE into existence

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I hope they keep in mind that "cyber-" doesn't have to remain in country (e.g. Russia, China, especially North Korea) but may be present anywhere else in the world. This aspect requires a hard re-think as boundaries in the Internet can be side-stepped or avoided entirely given the right deployment of the team. The physical can enhance the cyber- and the reverse is just as true. Something that I've not heard brought up in these discussions.

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India tells its banks to get Windows XP off ATMs – in 2019!

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Re: It might not be a big deal

The liklihood of that? {Snort}

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Meet TLBleed: A crypto-key-leaking CPU attack that Intel reckons we shouldn't worry about

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Re: Core issues

Great job explaining this then. I didn't meet TLB's until the late '80's for personal computers. My hats off to that team finding this and a really, really nice use of Machine Learning.

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In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks' location data

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Re: Literalist vs Living

Not too many people are willing to go out on there own to read what the Founding Fathers wrote as their intent and expectations with respect to federalism and individual protections. It certainly doesn't help that most have never heard of them in Civics, if that's still a required course. The main reason I did so is I wanted a firm understanding of my military oath and all the constitutional law relevant. And it's a bit of fun seeing what corkscrews and in that history.

One interesting addendum: Chief Justice John Roberts is the appointing authority for all FISA court judges. I'm waiting to see what he does there in the future.

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Amazon staffers protest giant's 'support of the surveillance state'

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Re: Hmmmmm

Exactly. I believe it was "Citizen of the Galaxy" that drove that point home. I do not check either my ethics nor my morals for any reason and that has been made abundantly clear to anyone that might need reminding, especially my chain of command.

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Schneier warns of 'perfect storm': Tech is becoming autonomous, and security is garbage

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Re: ahum, dumb fucks ?

"Dumb fucks" hasn't ever come out of my mouth, no idiot, moron, and any other synonym. I might "think" it, but that's as far as that goes. I started being a teaching assistant at the university at age 13 and along the way learned the different ways people approach things. Once I have it nailed, explanations about what happened, what they expected to happen, and how they should try to do it in the future a real time saver. It's an investment forward. I sure as Hell know that my bosses appreciated that approach. It's in all my evaluations. I like teaching. That "aha!" moment is priceless. Literally.

I also spent a quarter century as a sysadmin, sysop, and technical adviser on CompuServe in multiple fora. I've no respect for people that treat others poorly. Yes, it seems a Sysiphysian task at times, but again, guiding others is a good reason to do that job. And, quite often, you'd see those people jumping in to help others.

Lastly, Ive worked in a dozen fields of engineering, half dozen of analysis, and whatever else the Navy required. The only box I notice is the one people assume separates them which doesn't really exist. It's all math, of several types, but relationships between things are what you need to understand. Change the units, use a different constant or three, and poof! You can translate approaches between different fields. It just so happens, once you show someone that trick a time, or three, they "get" it and start using it themselves.

Finest complement I was ever given was by the Chairwoman of the Department of Statistics and Computer Science. At the beginning of the quarter she pointed at me and said if they have any trouble, see me. Lots of smiles around as if it was a joke. She said next, I could explain things if they didn't quite understand what we just went over.

So, "dumb fucks" is something you won't here me say.

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Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

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Re: He started a new life

Pretty much the same here. I let people know up front what I can't do well, or at all. On the flip side, I'm more than willing to do what I do well for others. Building up banks of favors is a fine US Navy tradition and I built up a lot.

Curiously, you don't want me on power tools either. Now if you want an glass clear waxed deck (floor), I do those very nicely indeed. That's above and beyond engineering, bordering on magic.

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Skynet for the win? AI hunts down secret testing of nuclear bombs

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Re: Need a test signal...

Understood. TPTB would throw an total shit-fit if I even try to go to one of the "evil countries." That's a shame as I rather like Hong Kong.

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Re: Need a test signal...

Proud, here at least. Born, bred and absolutely insane.

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Oracle's new Java SE subs: Code and support for $25/processor/month

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Only Java here is for Android Studio. That's no loss at all.

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Big Cable unplugs Cali's draft net neutrality protections yet AGAIN

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Re: Google. AI faster!

No, it's "why vote for the Lesser Evil." Sweet Meteor of Death is my personal favorite.

Back on topic: Little known it seems but the wacky California Initiative process, where the California Constitution can be amended by popular will, is the direct result of just this type of corruption. There existed a Gang of Five millionaires back in the second half of the 1800's that owned the Governor and pretty much all the legislators. [Mark Hopkins and Leland Stanford I can recall off the top of my head.] An initiative process was forced into the Constitution and it's been there since.

It's become far more interesting to see how it has played out in the last fifty years with the introduction of special interest money and mass media. We'll have to see drops out of political process if the Net Neutrality groups decide to take it direct to the voters.

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By gum, that's chewy: Samsung's NF1 fattens M.2 card capacity with wider gumstick format

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... ad toss in the datasets which see semi-[regular use and you get to 20 TB here. That's completely ignoring the 10K and MLC flash.

I'll be dead before this comes within reach.

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Dixons Carphone profits drop 24% amid hack 'n' high street struggles

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The 21st century sure has become a Godsend for those of us with disabilities. Even factoring in the delivery charge, which is offset by the cost of whatever transport is available to us (they call it HandyRide hereabouts). Or, God forbid, the cost of a taxi.

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US Supreme Court blocks internet's escape from state sales taxes

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Re: Er ....

I've concluded that someone, or several someones, will have developed a nice niche. Word of warning, though. I'd lay good odds that Amazon is already sitting on this and more than willing to rent it to you. For a price.

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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Re: I find PDF highly useful

Considering I just ran into a .pdf with malware embedded, I'd bounce pdf's here as well. One of my tripwires caught it, thankfully.

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Re: Format of choice for immediate offline reading, easy sharing or simple portability

Same here for engineering documents. Even if larger than screen size of my tablets, they scroll just fine. The same for any type of analytical output for what they're now calling data science. The standard used to be TeX, PDF is serving as a useful replacement where there is zero tolerance for rendering a page. Anything besides TeX and PDF don't have enough of a guarantee to bother with, and yes Microsoft, I'm looking at you.

Aside: I really did like DPS on the NeXT. I'd be using it now if I could find a way to readily rip and replace the rest of the desktop. Menus, docks, etc. are already setup the NeXT way. Nobody even thinks of using my machines. Too weird.

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HPE: You want full-blown enterprise software on our Edge boxes? You got it

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Re: A solution looking for a problem

It really was well served. First the promise to invest $4bn into the R&D on this project. Followed next with the unveiling of Microsoft et al. support out the gateway. Still, I'm puzzled about intent. Again, still.

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Please tighten your passwords and assume the brace position, says plane-tracking site

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Re: Great site

I keep a weather eye on ICE, CBP and DEA flights. They always fly right over the freeways here while out and about. I presume that their targets never check-6.

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Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

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Re: Oh how the might have fallen...

*Forget professional trolling, Atari and Amiga owners have been trolling each other since before "trolling" was a thing...

Hell, yes! What was the twinky OS you had called? GEM? My sister ran that on here C= 128.

Very good times. Have one on me -->

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