* Posts by Shadow Systems

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Wombats literally sh!t bricks – and now boffins reckon they know how

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Wombats shit bricks?

Are they like LEGO bricks? Can you build with them? Do they come in prepackaged assortments with bright & colourful diagram instructions on how to build each model? Can they then be disassembled & put together any way we wish to make things of our own imaginative creation? Do they come in extra large sizes for children like Duplo, extra tiny like the advanced stuff, & with controller systems that allow us to motorize & cyberize the different creations? Can we buy them at the local Tesco/Walmart? Can we buy them in bulk from various resellers? Is there an Ebay market of used bricks? Can we buy specialty sets?

Last but not least, do I need to refill my dried frog pills?

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Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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Re: "get a CEO's head on a pike"

At Trollslayer, putting their head on a fish.

Perhaps bragging rights for the fish?

"Look at me! I've got SatNad's head grafted to my ass!"

Why does that make you happy?

"Because now when I squeaze my cheeks I can do this!"

*Picture of the Pike reaching Mach 1 on an exhaust plume of marketing bullshit & hot air bubbles*

COOL! I want one of those, too!

=-)p

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At Aqua Marina, re: fining MS multiple times.

If MS is a $950B company then 4% would be $38B. Twenty-Eight separate GDPR fines would thus result in a *One Trillion Sixty-Four Billion* dollar fine.

I like the way you think & bow before your awesomeness. Please remind me to never piss you off. =-D

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Re: What about Windows 10 that Office is sitting on?

The easiest way to get MS to stop fucking around is to fine them so hard it makes their shareholders bleed like badly butchered pigs. A slap on the wrist won't even make them blink, a few million dollars will make them laugh, but a few hundred BILLION will shove that laughter right back down their throats so they choke on it.

Give MS a hard date for improvements to be made, test the hell out of the whole thing (OS & office) to make sure it complies, & fine the fuck out of them if it doesn't.

This "fix it or we fine you to death" tactic is perfect for pretty much *every* company that thinks it can thumb its nose at you. Don't write a stern letter, don't fine them what amounts to sixty seconds of profit on a slow day, fine them so much their shareholders jump up out of their cushy chairs & howl for the situation to change else they get a CEO's head on a pike.

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Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Re: Implanted chips

They might want to specify acceptable implant locations as well. Otherwise I'm putting mine in my arse so I can moon every checkpoint I have to pass. And they wonder why the checkpoint guards keep claiming mental health issues? Muh hahahahahahhha...

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Re: As someone who currently designs chip-enabled cat interface devices...

You folks are lucky your cat bothers with the flap at all. Mine just hisses, there's a metallic !SHING! of extending claws, a chainsaw noise as she goes through the door like a termite on speed, & then gets even with me for daring to trying to deny her entry into her own home by barfing in my sock drawer. I have an idea how she's gaining access to the inside of the drawer without opening it, she's climbing up the *back* inside between the back of the drawer & the rear panel of the dresser. It doesn't matter that I've nailed a board to the back to try & stop her, I still find cat barf in my socks & a hole in the front door.

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Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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At Tigra 07, re: using it upside down.

I tried that once... She told me to stop. *Cough* =-)p

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At Giovani, re: putting the useless to work.

*Standing, thunderous ovation*

Well played! Bravo, Bravo, encore, encore!

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If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Re: Technical debt

At bobjimwhit, re: some people talk a lot of bullshit...

True, Microsoft talks quite a lot of it.

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Trump in Spaaaaaaace: Washington DC battles over who gets to decide the rules of trillion-dollar new industry

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She didn't smell a rat...

That stench is pure Trump. Rats smell better.

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Super Micro chief bean counter: Bloomberg's 'unwarranted hardware hacking article' has slowed our server sales

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I give SuperMicro the benefit of the doubt.

If the entity making a claim can not or will not produce proof of their claim, then the other party can legally sue for libel. If the paper refuses to produce one of the supposedly compromised boards, SuperMicro can take them to court & sue the shit out of them.

Because of that I'm siding with SuperMicro on this one. The paper either has to Put Up, Shut Up, or Get Sued. A full page retraction may be just the tip of the court ordered justice.

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Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

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Re: Physical access is quite easy

At Josco, re: a HighViz Vest.

Back when I used to be a YardDuty & Crossing Guard at my son's elementary school, I wore a HVV as part of safety. I already had one of my own, but the school provided one as well.

I was coming home one early evening when an accident happened to some cars ahead of me on the motorway. Viz was shite, a fog was building, & I feared that other drivers might worsen the situation by adding themselves to the scene. So I pulled over into a nearby parking lot, put on my HVV, grabbed my (6 D cell) MagLite, & walked to the accident scene. I started directing traffic around the scene, just one arm pointed into the parking lot & the other waving the flashlight in a "Go that way" fashion, & traffic started to do as I directed. I kept it up until an actual policeman showed up & thanked me for the assist. As I tipped my hat & was about to leave he asked me what department I was with.

"I'm not. I'm a civilian. I just didn't want your job to get any harder before you got here."

Long story short, he ended up buying me a pint in gratitude & I wound up joining the Policeman's Bowling League... All because I owned a HVV & used it to good intent.

You can do very good & very bad things with a HVV, a clipboard, & a flashlight. If you have a HVV hard hat & a fat walkie talkie (so you look like a construction site foreman) then you can REALLY make things happen. It's all in what you intend & how you go about it.

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Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao

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At David 132, re: sex with a Dwarf.

I didn't stoop, she was on top.

*Cough*

I posted this anonymously, right?

Damn...

=-)p

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If you want Evil...

Photoshop his face on to the Borat character during the hotel dildo chase scenes & release that clip to every social media outlet you can find with titles like "I'll get you my pretty!", "Come here & kiss me!", or "But your mom told me you loved these!"

Please warn me if you DO though, I'll need to stock up on barf bags.

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It's November 2018, and Microsoft's super-secure Edge browser can be pwned eight different ways by a web page

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Re: I'm tired of making this response as well

I heard my screen reader say "John Bolton" but for some reason thought "Michael Bolton" instead & wondered WTF a shitty musician had to do with MS. Then I realized "MS sucks worse than Michael Bolton!" & it all made sense.

I should get some sleep now, I think my dried frog pills have worn off...

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Just a little heads up: Google is still trying to convince everyone that web apps don't suck

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Re: Web app? No thanks.

At John Lilburne, re: the cloud.

By all the Elder Gods & their noodly appendages, THANK YOU! Someone finally states the fekkin' bleedin' obvious. The moment you put your business eggs in someone elses basket you can kiss your business goodbye.

"$X as a service" is a marketing euphamism for "we'll fuck you over when you cease being a cash cow." If they decide to change something that breaks a function you require, you have no fall back except to claw all your data back & try to start from scratch with someone elses product. If you download a program & an update breaks it, you can always uninstall the update, restore the function you need, & get back to work. Even if you have to completely uninstall, scrub the system of every last trace, & reinstall the program from the original download, you've still got the ability to go back to a point where you could Get Shit Done. You can't do that with a web app (unless you are the one writing it).

MS has proven what a SNAFUBAR "software as a service" can be, just look at all the UI changes & subsystem breakages to start the migraine, and relying on such a basket is a quick way to lose all your eggs.

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Web app? No thanks.

You assume we have a network connection. Never assume: it makes an ass out of you. Some tasks can be presumed to have a connection, email & web surfing primarily, but others like a spreadsheet, document editing, calculator, solitare, or just looking at family vacation pics are not among them. Sure we MIGHT do those things through a web interface, but what's the point?

I've got work to do, I need it to work just as fast as the desktop running the program, not to have to wait for a site to load, refresh between each action, & eventually cough up the results. If I'm editing video & have to wait for a web based interface to react to the task at hand, it's going to take FAR too long to be of any real benefit to the user. If I'm dealing with a locally stored, locally generated, & locally maintained database file, relying on a web interface to interact with it seems rather counterproductive.

A SmartPhone may need a web based application in order to Get Shit Done, but then I can't imagine writing a PhD dissertation on your SmartPhone...

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French president Macron insists new regulations needed to protect us all from Facebook's claws

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Re: "made it a little surprising"

At Pascal Monett, re: FB's supposed invulnerability.

I disagree. All it takes is a country willing to nationally block all but VPN traffic to it, do a nation wide campaign of "FB is bad for you, bad for our economy, bad for Democracy, & we're blocking it for our protection" & FB will begin to die. It may only start as a single nation doing it, but if enough countries all decide to block the bastards it will hit FB right where it hurts: their shareholders.

I've said it before & I'll say it again. FB won't do a damn thing to change unless & until it makes the shareholders start howling for Zuck's head on a pike. Start costing their shareholders billions & not only will FB sit up & take notice, FB's own shareholders will serve up Zuck as a sacraficial lamb for the slaughter.

My own corrupt politicians won't do a fucking thing to stop him, they're too happy with the campaign contributions, but if someplace like France, Germany, or *the entire EU* decides enough is enough, all it will take is a ban stopping the bulk of their citizens from accessing the service to get their attention in a hurry.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

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At TheGroucho, re: water protection.

A trick I used to use back when I cycled all the time with my MP3 players (and Walkmans before that) was to stick it in a ZipLock Baggie, seal it, & manipulate the controls through the plastic. The water can't get in, you can still use it, & it may even survive a dunking.

I don't know how well a SmartPhone screen would work through the ZLB plastic, YMMV, but it's worth a shot.

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Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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At Bombastic Bob, re: MS software.

For a guy that hates MS so vociferously you sure do have a lot of their software...

Should we call you Microsoft Bombastic Bob instead?

=-D

*Runs like hell*

Just kidding Bob, we know you loathe them with the fires of a thousand Suns... and Debians & Fedoras & BSDs & Unixs &... =-)p

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The Enterprise runs Windows ME?

Does that mean Captain Kirk & the others were talking to Clippy?

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*Raises a tankard in silent honour*

Don't hog all the munchies.

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At simonlb, re: Minesweeper.

*Eyes squeazed shut, happy groan, & hands you a pint*

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At gerdesj, re: cooking the dog.

There's an old un-PC joke that says there's "101 ways to wok your dog."

I'll get my coat, the pockets are full of fortune cookies...

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Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

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Re: I'm just going to say...

I won't mention their name, I'd rather not get sued into oblivion, but their trademark tv icon used to involve a rather classic style of American pioneer era covered wagon & later stagecoaches.

I shall report them to the authorities, they need to be slapped hard enough (read expensively enough) to *HURT* them. If I were on the right side of the pond (read: not mine) I'd have simply cc'd in the FCA into the email chain so they could hang themselves. As it is I've kept all the email communication, taken screen shots of the JS/Adobe/Cookie requirement screens, & will probably add enough citations of why such requirements are A Very Bad Idea(TM) to choke a Wiki server. All that will get emailed to said authorities & I shall hope for the best (worst?).

On a lighter, happier note, my new bank offers an account switcher service that includes auto-pay-bill moving thingy. I tell them the old one details & they get it changed over to be taken from my new account. That leaves me with only my Direct Deposit bits to reconfigure & I should be good to go. The new bank can't do an auto-switch of the DD for security reasons: something about an unscrupulous person switching someone *elses* DD into their own accounts & absconding with the filthy luchre before the real DD owner can stop it. (Shrugs, smiles) It doesn't make sense to me, that would still require a LOT of identification verification steps the unscrupulous person would have to provide before they could set up their own account much less try to screw with mine, but that's fine. The harder they make it for anyone *other* than me to change my DD bits then that's the less likely it'll get done illegally. Tuesday morning I'll contact my DD entities & get the DD switched over. My old bank should be out of the loop before the end of the week.

*Buys everyone a pint in celebration*

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Re: I'm just going to say...

At macjules, re: JS & crappy week.

Make room at the bar, allow me to buy you a pint, & I'll add my tale of Utter Fucking Idiots to the stack with yours...

I've spent the week trying to explain to the moronic fuckers at my bank why their "new & improved" site was perhaps new but in absolutely no way an improvement.

The old site worked without JS enabled & I could bank just fine. The new one requires JS be enabled & utterly refuses to work without it. Even the log in pages no longer work properly without using JS. I've given them example URL after example URL detailing all the crap JS puts the user through, the drive by malware installs, the virus injections, et al. No avail. They insist enabling JS is to "ensure a secure & reliable experience".

Then in some strange twist of reality that utterly befuddles me, they insist third party cookies be allowed. On a supposedly HTTPS connection. Last time I checked allowing an unaffiliated third party into your bank to watch over your shoulder while you entered in all your log in credentials was definitely A Very Bad Thing(TM). The bank doesn't care. The cookies are required "to customize our banking experience". No, the first party cookie is for that. The *third party* cookies are for advertisers. The bank can set a cookie, the advertisers can go fuck each other.

Next is the addition of Flash videos for tutorials & "look how great we are" self congratulatory pats on the back. I pointed them to the various CVE listing sites that show JUST how bad of an idea that was, and once again they don't care. "We use Flash to ensure everyone gets the same experience" translates to "a buggy, security hole riddled, pain in the ass" one.

Last but not least, part of the JS does a check to make sure *Adobe* PDF reader is installed "so the customer can reliably read notifications, bulletins, & statements"... A third party reader isn't good enough, it *has* to be Adobe. No Adobe, no go. I asked in what world they thought THAT would be a good idea, to which I received the generic boilerplate reply of "ensuring customer satisfaction".

I finally gave up trying to explain JUST how fucked up the new site was, opened a new account elsewhere, & have begun switching all my auto-pay/deposits to the new one. If $OldBank thinks JS, Flash, Adobe Reader, & third party cookies are A Good Idea(TM) then I don't want to keep my money under their control...

So I'll raise a tankard to commisserate with you. First round is on me.

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Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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Re: Use cases

Actually, I think there's already a game of that style. It's based on the old "marble box maze" with the plate that could be tilted forward/back left/right using twisty knobs, the result being that the marble would then roll down various tracks, & if you did it wrong then the marble fell down a hole & you had to start over.

The Android game did the same thing but used the tilt sensor to mimic the knob action (narf narf!) & roll a virtual marble around the screen.

Otherwise the bendy screen version could make the game even more difficult by adding a 3D version that required manipulating your balls (naaaarf!) on one side of the bend for the horizontal and on the other side for the vertical.

I'll get my coat, it's the one with the pockets full of marbles. =-)p

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Upset fat iOS gobbles up so much storage? Too bad, so sad, says judge: Apple lawsuit axed

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Re: It's marketing lies allowed to become reality.

That illistrates the "and so many caveats" bit. What the Large Print giveth the Small Print taketh away.

"Here! Have a computer with 100Tb* of RAM!"

*: actual useable RAM may be less depending on how far our legal team can protect us from the angry mob.

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Re: It's marketing lies allowed to become reality.

Ok, and how many normal, non tech savvy, average mom & pop users would know that, know how to do it, & could get it done reliably on their own? We're talking about a populace that uses Win10 by defaults, can't be arsed to instal a different browser "cuz it's too much work", & thinks an up-to-date antivirus suite from some dodgy third party ad they saw on Facebook is the end-all be-all of their security needs.

YOU may be able to do that Linux trick to maximize your drive, but Joe Average down the block may not have a clue. I'm glad you can do it, but we're not the typical user whom "has" to accept the drive as-is.

Buy a drive, plug it in, & the default formatting is significantly less than the advertised size of the drive. My supposedly 8Tb HDD only has 7TB & change available no matter what FS I ask Windows to use in reformatting it. That is what the typical user will encounter & illustrates my point. Yes a tech savvy ElReg commenter can do better, but I'm talking about folks at the other end of the Bell Curve. =-j

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It's marketing lies allowed to become reality.

You buy a HDD advertised as 4Tb, plug it in, & the "formatted space may be less". Ok, then how can it be used *unformatted* such that it actualy makes available all the space it was advertised as having? If I have to format it to use it & no known OS has a file system that will leave the drive in a useable state with the advertised space, then how is that not false advertising? If you say it has X but nobody can ever use more than X-Y of it, then there is no ethical, moral, reasonable, or legal way you can say it's got X.

Ditto with screens. Nobody measured things diagonally when it came to describing their size. If you needed a cabinet that was 100CM tall, 100CM wide, & 100CM deep you went looking for a cabinet with those dimensions. Then the screen makers pulled the diagonal measuring method out of their asses so they could sell a smaller screen described at a larger size. The aforementioned cabinet will easily hold a "100CM" screen because the "100CM" screen is actually only ~74x74CM "but has a 100CM diagonal!" BFD. Putting it in that cabinet proves it's *not* a true 100CM screen.

Or they festoon the description with so many caveats that it's essentially impossible to get what you think you're paying for. The precooked weight may be as advertised, but the act of cooking it so it can be eaten means it's now severly less. The power output may claim to be one thing, but that's only if you do X, Y, & Z in a controlled environment "because conditions may vary" & thus bring down those values. Blah blah blah.

It's all marketing bullshit allowed to become reality. I wish it were legal to smile at the lying bastards & then strangle them to death with their own forked tongues. It might not solve the problem, but it would certainly make me feel better.

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Dell upping its margins again: Precision 5530 laptop will sting you for $13m. Yep, six zeroes

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Dell: We've upped our margins now up yours!

*Cough*

Only $13M each? Hell, I'll take ten!

*Explodes in sarcasm*

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iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe

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Re: Off topic...

*Whispers* That's their Editor. Run before he realizes you've spotted him!*/Whispers*

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Re: "when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe"

Thank you for starting this "it's too fekkin' expensive" thread. I couldn't agree more.

I just helped someone purchase a desktop computer with the latest 8th gen Intel, 16Gb of RAM, an Nvidia card with more VRAM than most other desktops have as system RAM, a 256Gb SSD, a 2Tb 7200RPM HDD, & an inexpensive monitor for less than the price of that phone. Read that again. A desktop & monitor for less than the cost of that phone.

My first car, albeit a used one, cost less than that phone. You can buy a beater car that looks like shit but functions well enough for less than the cost of that phone.

And for the cost of the high end ubermodel? I can buy a *desktop workstation* for that kind of coin. Dual Xeons, 32Gb RAM per CPU, a 256Gb SSD, all in a tower chassis from Fleabay of all places...

I realize much of this is comparing Apples to oranges, but when the Apple costs you the same as an entire fekkin orchard of orange trees, something is a bit out of balance...

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Google: All right, screw it, from this Christmas, Chrome will block ALL adverts on dodgy sites

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"...draining the marketer cesspool."

Good luck with that. You're trying to drain the latrine of shite. Time to wake up & realize the whole marketing industry is nothing BUT (butt?) shite & draining it will leave you with a giant open stinking pit. What will you fill it with? Approved ads? That's just trading one set of shite for another bunch of shite. No thanks.

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Supreme Court tells Big Cable to shut up for once: Net neutrality challenge shot down

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Re: Articulated responsibility.

Even more importantly, if the ISP is allowed to enforce such editorial freedoms over the content running over their network, then they would no longer be allowed to claim the "we don't control the stuff on our network" defense & would immediately shoot themselves in both feet as far as NN is concerned.

If you want common carrier status then you *can not* do anything with said traffic, because the moment you prove you can & do have any such control you no longer qualify for common carrier.

Be careful of the blade you use to cut through counter arguments, it may be the same one the other party uses to slit your throat.

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Intel peddles latest Xeon CPUs – E-series and 48-core Cascade Lake AP – to soothe epyc mygrayne

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Cascade Lake Advanced Performance?

So if you go with Intel you'll get the CLAP?

*Cough*

If I were in the market for a server (or a entire farm of them) then I'd be inclined to go with AMD anyway. It seems like every time AMD releases a chip with X cores, Intel announces one with X+Y & claims it'll be better. But then it actually hits the market, gets compared to the AMD it's supposed to replace, & turns out to be either the same as or even slightly worse than the AMD. Meanwhile AMD has come out with X+Y+Z & is running merry rings around Intel like a happy yappy little UnderDog that is all too delighted to piddle on Intels feet.

Even if AMD is only a few percentage points +/- Intels offerings, that still means Intel has to *work* to earn our business. THAT means they can't just sit back on their fat arses, charge us the moon for microscopic increments, & call it a day. With AMD nipping at their heels & stealing bites of their market share, it means Intel has to do some actual work to stay in a potential buyer's Rolodex.

"Let's see. I need a small server. I can get one from Intel for a couple thousand £££... or I can get one from AMD for HALF? Fek Intel! I'm calling AMD..."

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Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

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Re: "A car is"

If the metal gets scratched then you can buff it out, cover the spot in primer, repaint it, & not have to replace the car. If the plastic gets crunched then you can replace just that single part, not the entire car. You probably won't get a headphone jack with the radio, but then you're not allowed to drive with them on in the first place. You can replace the battery, the rubber, the gaskets, the glass, & nearly everything else without having to replace the entire fekkin car.

If Apple made cars they would shave all the bodywork down to mere milimeters, call it sexy, downplay the lack of crash protection, remove the steering wheel "because it takes up too much room", expect you to drive by Voice Control through Siri, refuse to let you use anything other than official Apple brand gas, Apple approved mechanics, & probably dictate what clothes styles you were allowed to wear while driving it.

If Android made cars they'd run ad campaigns to upsell every new model, claim they would support it for the life of the car, then reneg on their promise the nanosecond the marketing department got a new one to hype. Mechanical updates? Software update to fix the fact that the radio only gets a single station? They'll tell you a fix is coming & then drop you like a white hot brick.

I think my next one will be the cheapest, most craptastic, used beater I can find. I know it won't get fixes, won't get updates, & nobody will care if I tinker with it... Now you get to decide if I mean cars or phones. =-D

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Google logins make JavaScript mandatory, Huawei China spy shock, Mac malware, Iran gets new Stuxnet, and more

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Re: "uranium subterfuges", O Joy

It already has a theme song: You spin me right round!

*Ducks & runs*

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Re: So not, Google

I was wondering what all the fuss was about. My browser doesn't have JS enabled, Google Analytics is blocked by my HOSTS file, & I'm not getting any whining from Google about logging in to Gmail. Then I read elsewhere it's specific to SmartPhone visitors & it made more sense.

Dear Google. I refuse to allow JS on my browser because it's a security hole large enough to do doughnuts through with something small like the Milkyway Galaxy. Your CAPTCHKA system is in violation of the ADA/international disability regulations, & stops me from accessing my account, but if I turn JS off then suddenly I can get in just fine without the artificial & illegal hurdle. So please tell me again how you're trying to make my experience more secure, the other one has bells on!

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Clunk, bang, rattle: Is that a ghost inside your machine?

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Re: Old Victorian building

An old coworker of mine likes to do animatronics to make his Halloween decorations scare the pants off the kids. He builds them at home, takes them in to work, & beta tests them on his current coworkers. This year involved a reprogrammed "Annoy-O-Tron" from ThinkGeek.com. Instead of the cricket chirps it normally makes he gave it various "Boo!", ghostly whispers, cackles, & scary noises designed to make you think the room was haunted. Evidently it worked TOO well, it cleared the damned building when their boss thought there was someone trapped in a ceiling crawl space.

It *almost* makes me wish I still worked there (and could still see to enjoy the scene) to witness the chaos, confusion, & consternation when it went off, the boss went bonkers, & he had to admit to the prank so they could be let back in... Although if it happened on a Friday then I'd not say a thing so we could all enjoy an early weekend!

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At Anonymous South African Coward, re: fingerprint powder.

For some odd reason I just thought: "What's it made of? That's easy! Ground up fingers! They take 'em when they fingerprint you during booking!"

I think I need less blood in my caffeine stream...

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Swedes grumbling about Apple Store in their park are lucky – in Toronto, Google eats all your data

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At Casca, re: a glass building.

Remember the old addage that those that live in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks?

A corrollary of that is they also shouldn't provoke others to throw rocks at them.

Would you care for a bag of rocks? =-D

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Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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At Amis, re: noise while thrashing.

It depends on what you thrash it with & how hard you beat on it.

A foam pool noodle & light bonking won't get much, but a nail studded Cricket bat & full-on-power-smashing usually gets lots of screams...

And from the Mini too!

*Cough*

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Supreme Court raises eyebrows at Google's cozy $8.5m legal deal

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Mark Twain said it best.

Paraphrased: Kill all the lawyers, lobbiests, & politicians.

"What do you have if you've got a million lawyers up to their necks in concrete? Not enough concrete."

We could build giant sea walls along the coasts to handle climate change sea rises, dispose of all the lawyers, lobbiests, & politicians as building filler, & fix two problems at the same time.

Either that or pack them in a rocket like so many toothpicks, don't bother with food, water, seats, bathrooms, or oxygen, & launch that sucker into the sun.

I'll bring the marshmallows so we can roast them over the pyre!

/s?

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Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Re: Late to the party, as ever ...

Make sure the headwind isn't too strong else you'll need to keep your capslocked on.

=-D

*Runs like hell*

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Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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Re: Would they allow it if...

Really? Awesome! All we get on our side of the Pond is places like Intercourse (Pennsylvania) & ToadSuck (Arkansas). You folks get all the good ones! =-)p

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"as fast as the fastest PCs."

Pull the other one, it's got bells on!

Your mobile, low voltage components will be inherently less powerful, slower, & throttled as to keep the heat to a reasonable level, whereas a full desktop grade chipset will run at full power until either it or the fans seize up.

Your mobile chipset throttles back, downshifts, & plays "These boots were made for walkin'", my desktop upshifts, puts the peddle to the floor, & cranks up "I can't drive 55!" so it can sing along.

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Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

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Re: So the 365 in Office 365 means...

Hours? You wish. Try days, weeks, months, years, or Galactic Epochs. This IS Microsoft we're talking about. =-}

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At Charles 9, re: PDF.

Jaws must OCR *every* PDF because it treats them all as giant pictures. Supposedly a PDF can be made accessible, but it has to be created from the ground up with accessibility in mind. This means essentially giving all the information inside the PDF container *twice*: once as the graphical presentation typical of a normal PDF, then again as nothing but the plain text itself as if it were one long bit of AltText. Nobody, and I mean *nobody* does that, not even the folks that tried to present a supposedly accessible PDF. Jaws tried to OCR it, found *nothing* it could read, & gave up. If *that* is the level of accessibility of an intentionally created PDF attempting to be accessible, imagine how craptastic a typical non-accessible one must be.

But the one from the demo at the Apple store was as different as night & day. They went online, found a random PDF from a scientific journal site, grabbed a copy, & clicked to open it. A PDF full of math symbols, Greek letters (more math), it all got read by the built in screen reader functionality. No major hiccoughs, no crapping itself trying to constantly switch between English & Greek, just a smooth reciting of the information as if it (the Apple screen reader) had written it in the first place. THAT is the attention to detail that makes an Apple product infinitely superior to a Windows "solution", but it's all neither here nor there.

Evidently my downvoters think Windows is better than Apple. They'd change their minds in a hurry if I sat them down in front of an Apple & a Windows box, unplugged the monitors entirely, & told them to Get Shit Done purely by the audio accessibility native to each OS. The Apple might not hinder them too badly, the Windows one would obstruct them at every turn.

*Shrugs, smiles wearily*

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Colin, you have my empathy & sympathy.

I very strongly suggest that you stick to Apple for as long as possible. Win10 is *NOT* for anyone that can't either repair their systems themselves or pay constantly to have someone fix it. The constant updates *will* break something that is mission critical for you & if you can't do the hurdle jumping to fix the MS fuster cluck, then you'll have to pay someone else to get you a working system once more. That will eventually leave you bankrupt so best not to even start down that slippery slope to hell.

Keep using DNS until the then current version of the OS won't run it any longer - it may not be secure or develope niggles that drive you bonkers, but it'll still be infinitely better than anything you might try on Windows. At least the Mac is inherently friendly to the disabled, the exact polar opposite of Windows. I don't care HOW good DNS on Windows claims to be, it'll never hold a candle to the level of productivity you enjoy on a Mac.

As my personal anectdote example, I use Jaws from Freedom Scientific. It's claimed to be The Best screen reader for Windows, but it is absolute *crap* compared to the mere five minute demo of Apple's built in (not bolt on) accessibility ability to do that same job natively. The ability of Jaws to read a PDF is just one example: you have to launch a 3rd party PDF reader, tell Jaws to OCR the screen, wait for it to finish, then Copy&Paste the results into an instance of Notepad so it can then be read aloud by the screen reader; even then you will have to manually mentally decipher the constant crap shoot that is thinking an i is a 1, an a is an o, that an o is a 0, vice versa ad nauseum infinitum. But the demo at the Apple store was find a PDF, click it to open it, & let the screen reader start reading. No 3rd party PDF viewer, no waiting for OCR, no need to C&P it elsewhere, just open it & let it get read. THAT kind of attention to detail means *nothing* you ever do on Windows will compare to what you can already do on your Mac.

Even if you have to figure out some way of running DNS in a VM on your Mac under a previous version of the OS, that would STILL be a better experience than Windows.

And all this, this entire plea/rant is from someone still stuck on Windows 7 whom has used a Mac for less than an hour total. Just the various demos at the Apple store. Just that little interaction is all the proof I need that you will *loathe with the fury of a trillion incandescent suns* your experience trying to do anything under Windows. Trust me. I'm the guy that made the comment how Windows sucks so hard it made black holes look like they were ejaculating. I know it's hyperbole, I know it's definitely over the top, but that "grain of truth" is large enough to gag a whale.

I'll buy you a virtual pint to commiserate, hoping like hell you stay with Mac until the heat death of the universe.

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