* Posts by GrapeBunch

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IBM loses mainframe docs down the back of the web, customers cry 'sabotage'

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Re: Maybe it shouldn't keep laying off people.

Blame Univhackers. The haitch is silent. So is the quay.

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Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

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Communication forest

I'm surprised anybody in (important) gov't is allowed to use e-mail, as we know it, at all. Ever. It's not enough to encrypt and attach every text. Plus, such a stricture would be a good impetus to create end-to-end, cradle-to-grave, secure e-mail, a hoary idea without an expiration date. I guess they're afraid that if it existed, citizens would use it.

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

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Ring off hire

I'm glad to see in the pic that they have a reinforcement ring under the cockpit. That way you can keep your collection neatly in a binder while waiting for them to become flight-safe.

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Calm your conspiracy theories, latest glimpse reveals Planet Nine may just be a pipe dream

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at a 'astronomy on tap' beer-n-astrophysics event last month, a couple of the post-docs said pretty much exactly the same thing, that its turned out the orbital fluctuation measured were either erroneous or could be explained by existing phenomena.

Now is the Occam of our Discontent

Made glorious summer by this sun of Sedna.

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'Moore's Revenge' is upon us and will make the world weird

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Forgive my ...

They really don't like the old "Man's home is his castle." (forgive the anachronistic sexism). They: gov'ts, corps. Coming soon to a life near yours: Chez pas rien jamais aucunement Château (forgive my purposefully bad French). Now, let's discuss your culpabilité. Let me tell you how I may enhance your life today. No need for pardon, we've got you.

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Poisson the well.

If you think something fishy's up.

There must be a reason why all the projects won't just leave and set up elsewhere. It's in MS's commercial interest to [re-entrant]. So why would anybody stay? There must be a reason....

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Stingray phone stalker tech used near White House, SS7 abused to steal US citizens' data – just Friday things

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Please, no drama, not until you've increased our budget.

They didn't send in the SWAT team because they like to spread FUD and they're afraid of what they'd find.

Property of (a corp or a TLA) stamped plainly on the device. The device owners would be wanting to keep up to date on how their investments are panning out. Are a person's words private to the person, or to the party that paid for them? Notwithstanding the result of the American Civil War (1861-1865), I'm not sure what the 21st century answer is.

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Facebook's democracy salvage effort tilts scale in Mississippi primary

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Re: " hundreds of Facebook ads targeting specific demographics within the district"

For that you'd need to set up a new Facebook group: "Tracking the broken promises of Politician F. McSlime". Rest assured, I'm crying copiously into my beer.

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America's comms watchdog takes on the internet era's real criminals: Pirate pastors

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Cheeses tucking cryogenics; one might wish that worked with cold cows in your bed.

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Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

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Re: Must have been a quite impressive experience

Alexa? Or "Axhole, open the door yourself." I'd be moving towards the exit now, in my frock coat, but I'm mortally wounded. An immersive experience, in my own sanguinous fluid.

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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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Somebody will give it to us.

That's how it worked from the beginning, isn't it? The initial pale settlers would have starved if the people who were already living there hadn't taken pity on them. That's Thanksgiving. No agri-fortunes would have been made if it weren't for slavery. When that suddenly ended, Jim Crow laws somewhat turned back the clock. When the Injuns and buffalo weren't useful anymore, they were killed and shunted aside. Slavery is still gone, but the whole [illegal] immigrant migrant farmworker thing is a convenient framework for similar results. Even the current crackdown and export of farm workers with crops rotting in the fields, that's a coup by the preëminent agri-businesses to even more completely dominate the market. Once the producers have gone bust or sold for pennies on the dollar, the bigger businesses will move to complete the picture. Unharvested crops, meh, somebody will get to them.

Sometimes others were willing to die, and pay for the privilege. They waited. Someone else would do it.

Intellectual property has a shelf life, but us has cornered the cupboard and altered the labels. Free money.

So, yeah, this is a chapter in an old story.

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Where are the clowns?

There ought to be clowns.

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Great Scott! Bitcoin to consume half a per cent of the world's electricity by end of year

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They should invent a new coin called s--e-x coin who value is based on all the energy consumed during rumpy pumpy.

actually starting a new cryptocurrency is very easy. the hard bit is giving value to the original currency offering, then encouraging people to mine/trade them.

I believe that is what the honourable JuJuBalt had in mind.

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Tried checking under the sofa? Indian BTC exchange Coinsecure finds itself $3.5m lighter

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That's even funny in Finnish.

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Re: Who's been using one of those funny CPUs?

So Pub = House of Corrections.

Correct Responsibly!

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Adobe, 'hyper personalisation' and your privacy

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Re: Why do they all have such lame examples of personalisation

In Canada, we're all easy marks. For example, in British Columbia, if you refuse to have a smart home (i.e., refuse a so-called smart meter), you have to pay $32.50 extra per month to the electric company for that privilege.

Stupid 'Я` us.

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Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

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Nova Scotia

It's a powerful strange place, laddies. And lassies.

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Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti

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Re: Laser canon and sonic death rays.

It strikes me as a typical TLA diversionary story. They say they're afraid of laser pointers, to divert attention away from the real menace, let's call it Canada Geese. They say they're afraid of laser pointers, to drum up business for their clandestine company CIA (which means Crash Infidel Aircraft) which sells devices guaranteed to do just that, but which actually don't--and in addition have a GPS locator to guide the rocket counter strike. Otherwise, it's too Nineteen Eighty Four-ish of an announcement. There may be other elements of diversion, but I'm bored by this story. On to deeper questions.

If a camel poops in the desert, does it still stink? Yes.

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‘I broke The Pentagon’s secure messaging system – and won an award for it!’

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Third Time Lucky

What started it:

Declaring War

<massive teletype clatter noise fades away>

what might have pipped it in the bud:

is unthinkable.

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British Crackas With Attitude chief gets two years in the cooler for CIA spymaster hack

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Re: Another Perspective....

Like reaching over the table and straightening a tangle of paper clips. "I love to do this. Am I hired?"

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Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

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SHMG

The advert served for this story was:

Homeless Man Buys a Ferrari

You'll do a double take when you see how he did it.

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Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California

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Cheery heering

So, if you're Australian and you want GDPR protection, do you just tell FB when you sign up that you're Danish? It's who you are, not your IP address at the moment that counts, right? FB would not know for sure which you are. If it does not accept your statement that you are Danish, and applies the looser Australian non-protections, it risks consequences from the EU authorities. Is that right?

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Google to add extra Gmail security … by building a walled garden

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Minority rebort

Shoot me (downvote with an explanatory message) if I'm being too naive, but isn't google's business model based on them selling targeted advertising based on the data they hoover/slurp? If they sold the data itself, they'd be endangering their source of income. Plus if that came out, it would ruin their reputation, such as it is.

A company that does not have the targeted advertising gravy train, that company would be more thoroughly tempted to sell your data to crims, to govts, to business--no matter what their privacy policy might say.

I'm not praising google, just saying that they have reason$ to respect your identity, reasons that a lot of other companies lack.

NSA and its ilk have unlimited access to your online activity, google or no google, especially if you are not a USA citizen. You might think that SSL and encryption protect you, but if they're bothered to find you, neither of those will be any help.

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Terix boss thrown in the cooler for TWO years for peddling pirated Oracle firmware, code patches

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Moderate, as ever.

"Thanks for your post. Our moderators will get to it as soon as possible."

I've made a lot of posts here, and a lot of them have been bol^H^H^H^H intentionally humourous. But I don't remember receiving that message before. Is it because I used the acronym for a collectivity often reviled? Or a segment of all caps to mimic the message on a fire alarm?

What I really wanted to know was how to insert a line break (not a paragraph break) in text. <br> and its variants don't work here. And to centre / center a snippet of text on a line. For the sake of Art, as always.

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......................... The Humanity

IN CASE OF

SOCIETAL COLLAPSE

BREAK MIRROR

So when family friends have computer problems, the particular EULA will say whether I will go to jail for helping them.

What could possibly go wrong?

PS I live in a different country. However, national boundaries are to protect and enrich large corporations, not for the good of mere fleshly beings unprotected by eternal aegis.

Coming soon to a Universe not so far far away ...

Sorry, Aunt Hermione, I am not allowed to touch your computer. Only a licensed mcse may do that. That's the advert that goes: "Put some McSizzle in your life." What was that? Fanciful? You know you can't say that, Auntie, it's a registered trademark of that continental agribiz. No, for the record, "Put some McSizzle in your life" is not fanciful. It is exactly what it says on the tin. Fix your computer? Quickly? Well, you should count on a couple of days' work to assess what the problem is. After that, it's really the druck of the law. Yes I love you too, but I don't even want to know how to spell the name of that place. Thanks for calling.

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Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails

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Re: Cloud providers can now point to a clear obligation

Yes. I would even use a fictitious Russian company, which I will call rooble, that offered the same facilities as the biggies, and offered decryption for which I and only I held the key. I don't know why every road leads to a USA company. It's just code, otherwise the Internet is, or should be, a level playing service. Why aren't there non-US equivalents? I'm not angry, just puzzled.

Hackers of many independent nations could do this in their sleep.

I just checked, and, unbelievably, rooble.com is not taken. rooble.ru is parked and for sale. rooble, like the Russian currency, but also like google with changes in two letters, just so everybody gets it. My apologies to 99% of those who have read this far. And thank you.

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Chips & Stakes

Give them enough years of stasis, and even bureaucrats can become creative. They just created a bargaining chip, favourable only to EU, where there was no chip before.

What's the closest thing to .eu ? Why .fu, of course. I foresee some creative DNS-ing and address translation.

UK needs more new bargaining chips. What could the UK dump on Brussels, something that everybody would normally be thankful that they did?

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Microsoft patches patch for Meltdown bug patch: Windows 7, Server 2008 rushed an emergency fix

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Re: Testing?

@JakeMS. I'm sure that the patch did exactly what MS wanted it to do.

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SAP Anywhere is gonna be absolutely nowhere: We're 'sunsetting' this service, biz tells punters

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So much easier to poison a well wot's got its lid gone.

Thank goodness they aren't like other software companies that, instead of burying the zombie, keep giving it strychnine and fentanyl in just the right amounts to keep the customer in stasis, and then--AI Conference? I'm not here for an AI Conference, young lady. Though I did bring Bessie. In the trailer.

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Corpse! of! Yahoo! drags! emails! of! the! dead! case! to! US! Supreme! Court!

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Deep trust

I'm suspicious of the wording "court-appointed estate administrators" who might not be working in the interests of the heirs. They might troll through e-mail accounts searching for words such as "download" (it takes only a second to go through years of e-mail) and counting on earning a commission from a rights-holder or rights-holders shell companies for some sort of out-of-court settlement against the deceased's estate. Illegal? If you can imagine a lawyer doing something, some lawyer has done it. I'd be more favourably inclined if the estate itself or the main heir were to have the access to the account.

I wonder why this is an issue only for Yahoo and not for other e-mail purveyors.

Finally, for other oldsters, do you remember Usenet groups? And how so many groups had FAQs? Every month an updated FAQ would be posted. I noticed in one group that the FAQ was continuing to get posted, but did not contain new info. It was not difficult to find out that the FAQ poster had in fact died more than a year earlier, and that his auto-mailer was continuing to send out the latest FAQ every month. A peculiar legacy.

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Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

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Bottomless. Might appeal to the multiple entendre crowd. Like everybody.

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Newsflash! Faking it until you make it is illegal in Silicon Valley: Biz boss pleads guilty

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Nil-potent

Lying about your education? When I was graduated with a Maths degree more than four decades ago, I got two sealed transcripts, foreseeing that I would need proof. I managed to lose one, and the other I still have, unopened. Nobody cared. "A Primary Ideal is the kernel of a homomorphism in which every zero-divisor is nil-potent." See what a good mathster I am? But I might have memorized that, before entering Uni.

It was the wire fraud that did for him. Lying, meh. Business degree? It's all funny business.

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Lenovo spits out retro ThinkPads for iconic laptop's 25th birthday

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Re: Might be a worthy replacement

Not sure why you need to upgrade the W520, which has the blue "ThinkVantage" key and the screen light, with an otherwise identical keyboard layout to the 25. With 24 or 32 GB RAM, it runs just fine. It won't drive a 4K display at 60 Hz is all.

While the 700C was the first Thinkpad, the most iconic was the 701C which came out not long after. OS/2 was sweet and, of course, the butterfly keyboard. The main weakness of the 701C was the hinges. That would have been a fitting machine to honour.

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Adobe: Two critical Flash security bugs fixed for the price of one

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Re: C'mon, seriously?

The first thing I do in IE / Edge on a new machine is disable it.

Exactly. The first thing I do on a new computer is delete IE and Edge, or at least delete their shortcuts, which is usually enough to encourage the user to browse with something else.

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$14bn tax hit, Surface Pro screens keep dying – but it's not all good news at Microsoft

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Bravo for FlickerGate.com

I hope they didn't have to buy an already-existing domain. Like the one where Henry Louis Gates tells a celebrity that his ancestor was a horse. No, no, that was his cousin. And it's not Flicker, it's Flicka, pronounced Fleet-ska. Gates of Murder, already taken, my preshisssssss. There couldn't possibly be any other Gate or Gates referenced, could there be?

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To hack Australia and learn its secrets, buy second-hand furniture

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What's this Telstra thing?

A Frisian Kangaroo ? Therein lies a tel.

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Tech biz boss slipped Detroit's IT chief bungs in restaurant bathrooms to bag software deals, prosecutors claim

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Re: Really?

Wouldn't taking a client out to dinner or other entertainment be a legitimate and deductible business expense? Whether the civic official was allowed to accept it would still be in question. It was the cashness of the payment that made it a no-no. And at less than one-half of one percent, a bargain. Or am I showing up myself as an ingenue in the World of Graft (American meaning)? Suggests a title for a video game, MeinGraft.

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Eggheads: Cities, don't woo rich Amazon with sweetheart HQ deals

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Re: How do they get away with it?

corporate welfare bum a term coined in 1972 by Canadian labour leader and politician David Lewis (1909-1981). No slight was intended towards hobos, I am sure.

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It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs

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Re: Firefox really is the worst

I must really have been using an old version. Had to upgrade 4 times to bring ff to current level 58. Sad to see one of my favourite add-ons "Faviconize Tab" (allowed each tab to be thin down to the width of a favicon) gone. FF 58 "kindly" allows you to list legacy add-ons no longer supported, then "helpfully" suggests that you may search for replacements, but when you press the button, it's just a dumb old list of all add-ons.

To be even-handed in criticism, Opera hasn't had its most distinctive and useful feature since Opera 12 (2011?). The feature was "Create Follower Tab". This opened a new, initially blank tab. Whenever you clicked in the current tab, it displayed the content in the Follower Tab, and the current tab stayed loaded. Usually way more handy than the now ubiquitous "Open Link in New Tab". Even then it was buggy to the extent that it didn't remember Follower Tabs between sessions. In the new session, the Follower Tab became a tab like any other. I like to say that "It ain't Opera until it has Follower Tabs". Vivaldi also doesn't have it.

I use Opera developer, Vivaldi, Firefox, simultaneously (24GB RAM helps) with lots of tabs open. Certain sites work better with one than with an other. Multiple accounts at the same site, easy this way instead of logging out and in. I use Sleipnir a bit. Otter rarely. Installed Pale Moon recently, but lightly used. Uninstalled Chrome years ago as hopeless. It must have improved a lot for people to be using it in 2018. My Security Prime Directive is never to use MS products in Windows unless absolutely necessary, because "undocumented features"; so no Edge, and no IE for decades. Guilty secret: I use Process Explorer. Lame excuse: it isn't "really" an MS product. Finally, Lynx. Sorry, it's difficult to get back to a text-only interface. But it's been used in the last couple of years, for sites blushed by the deepest scepticism, but profoundly wanting to be read.

Sorry, there isn't an icon for "Prepare for boring, me young buckaroos."

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Firms pushing devices at teachers that let kids draw... on a screen? You BETT

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Coat

Their new product: Etch-0A-Win. Or is that Eeeeeech-a-Win ?

Mine's the one with the turtle in the pocket.

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Two things will survive a nuclear holocaust: Cockroaches and crafty URLs like ғасеьоок.com

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Re: Fix it in-browser

trigger a security warning in the address bar if encountering, for example, mixed Latin and Cyrillic,

Your heart is in the right place, but

РЕАСЕ.СОМ

for example, is 100% Cyrillic.

My wife got one of these just last week "but they're going to close our account!". Just like the main story, it had English syntax errors and the URL had for example the Russian К rather than the Latin K. Delete, now! For the Люб of Бог !

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You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

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Re: "I would *REALLY* *LIKE* to see more evidence of that"

Say it ain't so, AnCo.

Surely there's no such thing as a sales engineer. Real engineers bristled at the term "software engineer", I guess because it was often self-referred and not the result of a course of study at a recognized school of engineering and subsequent professional qualification. But maybe they worked out the objections. The idea that there could ever be a sales engineer is at best a joke and at worst an insult to engineering. At least, that's what it says in this here book, "Word Neurosurgery".

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US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it

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Blushing Bride of Bwedemocrasula

They admit to 30K device searches per year, but I submit to you, ladies and gentlemen, that the real figure is at least an order of magnitude higher.

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Here come the lawyers! Intel slapped with three Meltdown bug lawsuits

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Re: Back in the day....

What you would have there, is a failure to communicate. Insert obligatory movie reference here.

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Re: MINIX anyone ?

Is it time to dust off our 5.25" floppy disk copies of Concurrent CP/M and/or OS/2 ? Did they handle the problem better ? We live in a particularly irony-prone universe ... did some OSes fail commercially because they were properly designed relative to this problem?

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In one article I read that the problem affected all Intel processors manufactured since 1995. Or is it Intel 64-bit processors since 1995? Or some other subset?

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Phlogiston

Normally I would apologize for not reading the preceding comments, but with over 400 and counting, I will stay shtum on that account. Still, in my heart, I apologize. Thanks to El Reg for a highly educational article; were I a "real" systems analyst, I might have understood it all !

I'm wondering if the bug applies to 32-bit Intel processors. The article says x86-64, but a comment mentions that all Intel x86 processors get patched in Linux. So I'm wondering if my now fairly ancient Thinkpad T60, Intel 32-bit Core Duo T2400 laptop running XP is, with care, as secure as or more secure than a contemporary machine running Bo Derek. If it is, well, chortle.

We all know that Microsoft the OS-maker introduced undocumented features and that Microsoft the application-maker exploited said undocumented features to stay ahead of the application competition. Yes, from experience, I am expecting to get downvoted for that. Go ahead, fill your buffers. I am wondering if any parallel could be drawn with the current case. I'm not after the obvious, that Intel was trying to keep ahead of AMD and, ah, jumped the shark.

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Hyperledger 3 years later: That's the sound of the devs... working on the chain ga-a-ang

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Re: no real use case ?

A possible solution: cryptohash only during heating season in the computer's locale.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

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Re: Alien UFO's are Real - True / False...

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