* Posts by bombastic bob

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Why a merged Apple OS is one mash-up too far

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Re: Why offer an $800 iPad that can do the work of a $1000 Mac? One word: profit.

if I actually NEED a slab for something, I'll get a cheapo $50 'droid slab.

99% or more of the "computing" I do requires a KEYBOARD AND A MOUSE. Sticking my fingers between my eyeballs and what I'm looking at [as well as lifting hand WAY off of the keyboard, and having to put it back on 'home row' again] is ANTI-PRODUCTIVITY.

As long as Apple doesn't do "a Micro-shaft" and try to UNIFY THE UI, it should be fine. Because you can't do a keyboard+mouse on a slab in any kind of PRACTICAL way, and putting the SLAB interface on a desktop is why Windows "Ape" and WIN-10-NIC *STINK* *SO* *BAD*. [that and the slurp, ads, and "forced", but the UI is the worst part of it all].

I am so SICK of the Australis "everything is a slab" MIGRATION [over the cliff like lemmings]. It makes me want to VOMIT. Apple needs to "think different" and *NOT* *GO* *THERE*!!!

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Re: Nothing wrong with a merger OS

"having One OS and two window managers doesn’t seem like an inherently bad idea."

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Re: Nothing wrong with a merger OS

"As long as it 'scales' correctly"

Unlike 'Ape' and Win-10-nic, which are/were "phone OS on a desktop". BOOOOooo!

from article: "Most computing isn't done on a PC any more"

This depends on how you define 'computing'. I do not think that word means what you think it means.

I guess I'm 'ok' with it as long as Apple doesn't cave in to the 'Google Chrome' and 'The Metro' 2D 'FEELING' FLATSO. If they _DO_, it will be the *SINGLE* *BIGGEST* *MISTAKE* *THEY* *COULD* *EVAR* *MAKE*!!!

(Jobs would NEVER do that, if he were still here, as demonstrated by what he DID do, which was VERY successful!)

ok some apple things look a bit flatter than they USED to, but it's STILL at least SOMEWHAT 3D skeuomorphic, but if they go full-on Larson-Green or Australis UI on us, their fate will be SEALED.

Then again, maybe not. Apple fans will probably have it shoved at them until they "like" it, similar to how RIAA markets their "music" these days, and how hollywood continues to pump out CRAP instead of movies (and then give one another mega-awards for making crap movies that nobody watches).

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

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"It would appear that the DoJ are trying to add the case in retrospect"

actually no. it's a new action related to an old case.

I think everyone knew this was coming. Now Micro-shaft can say "we tried" and make themselves APPEAR as if they care about user privacy. But, based on EULAs and actual BEHAVIOR, they obviously do NOT.

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Re: Trump's Struggle

no, no NO!

Have you ever KNOWN an 'authoritarian' manager? They have certain common characteristics:

a) must be involved in the minutiae, i.e. "micromanagers" [Trump is a 'delegator', big time]

b) The "I love me" wall filled with accomplishments and trophies. If Trump has a trophy room, I dont know about it, although I saw a funny comic that had a single stuffed elephant head with the caption "the establishment"... [I suppose you could count the buildings with 'Trump' on them, but they're more "accomplishments" than trophies]

c) No sense of humor about himself - Trump sometimes jokes about himself, even in a 'state of the union' address. I think if you told a Trump joke that wasn't "pandering to the perception" he'd laugh at it. But don't you DARE criticize Obama or Mrs. Clinton!!! [you get "racist, sexist, misogynist" etc. accusations thrown at you for DARING to criticize!]. Trump would be the guy to put a lampshade on his head at a party, and parade around as a parody of himself for laughs.

d) 'power motivated' - it's about having control (over others), and NOT about getting the job done. I think in Trump's case he's motivated to 'get the job done', aka 'achievement' motivation. Reagan was very similar.

Back when I was in the Navy they had this leadership school where they discussed management style. They did this movie with 3 CPOs in it. CPO number 1 was a delegator, and his immediate subordinate ran the division, whereas the CPO gave approval and got assistance from higher ranking people as needed. This is "a delegator". Then there was the 'authoritarian' CPO, who spent a lot of time yelling at people and telling them YOU ALL HAVE TO STAY UNTIL WE'RE DONE and things like that, the classic bad attitude authoritarian dictator. Then there was the 3rd CPO, "Chief Chuckles", who got along with his subordinates because he was "affiliation motivated" and wanted to be liked [nevermind his department was screwed over because of his incompetence].

SO that illustrated 3 management styles: delegator [the good one, like Trump], authoritarian [definitely Obama and Mrs. Clinton], and 'affiliator' (ineffective and incompetent). The delegator is 'achievement' motivated [get it done]. The authoritarian is 'power' motivated [_I_ am in charge, do it _MY_ way]. And the 'affiliator' just wants to be everyone's drinking buddy, "affiliation" motivation [or similar].

Trump isn't a dictator, because he's not "power motivated". Although you MIGHT make the case that ANY politician at 'President' level would have to have an ego the size of the state of New York, that doesn't seem to be Trump's motive. He wants to DO something, and spells out what that is, and then DELEGATES making it happen to others that he trusts.

Anyway, this is basic psychology applied to management styles. I know it's not the "anti-Trump" pandering to the perception, but it's pretty well known among those who do management training stuff. It seems to have been common knowledge back in the 80's.

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Re: just the username

"Thanks, we dont need the password"

I don't think that means what you think it means... or did you intend it "that way" ?

heh

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I vent my spleen on USENET all the time, shun 'social media' (I don't consider El Reg comments to be 'social media'), block cookies and script, do what I can to avoid tracking by online stores, and own a 'dumb phone' that I rarely use [it's pre-paid a year at a time, uber cheap that way].

Fortunately U.S. citizens aren't asked that question. [if that ever changes, my answer will always be "pack sand"]

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Brit Lords start peer-to-peer wrangling over regulating the internet

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Re: Rather Irrelevant, Really.

"Facebook (to name but one) is barely answerable to the US government"

this may change. or not.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Starbucks is on notice: Expensive milky coffee is something quite cancerous

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"Daily Fail headline, where nearly every week they have <insert product here> causes/prevents cancer."

yeah, I go *yawn* every time.

Cyclamates, ONLY tested along with Saccharine, was ALLEGED to cause cancer [since the patent ran out and ANYBODY could make it]. Saccharine tested by itself was ALSO alleged to cause cancer. Connection? And because there's no patent on it, there's no financial incentive to prove that Cyclamates are ok.

Butter (in the 1960s through 1980s) was considered BAD for you, and "polyunsaturate" margarine was considered 'healthy'. Then someone actually managed to get the word out about TRANS-FATS. Not so healthy, right? I like LOTS of butter on EVERYTHING, by the way, but haven't tried 'deep fried butter' yet.

Nobody believed that ulcers were caused by BACTERIA. Everybody said it was "stress" or "acid" or something NOT the truth. Then a brave Australian doctor decided to test his own theory, ON HIMSELF, after which he CURED himself with ANTI-BIOTICS.

The anti-cholesterol fascists are STILL out there doling out unnecessary prescriptions for anti-cholesterol medication, EVEN THOUGH IT OFTEN RESULTS IN DIABETES [particularly in post-menopausal women], and [as far as I can tell] MAY LEAD TO ALTZHEIMER'S [keep in mind, the BRAIN is mostly fat, and cholesterol]. With few exceptions, MOST people don't need this, nor the cocktail of OTHER medications to manage the side effects that MIGHT BE CAUSED by the anti-cholesterol CRAP.

Needless to say, can you REALLY BELIEVE half of what is being said about 'what causes cancer' or 'what food is good/bad for you' etc. etc. etc. ???

And you can extend this to the ridiculous claims about egg shell thinning and DDT, the ONLY chemical known to kill things like BED BUGS [which are coming back, in a rather BAD way].

So yeah, "nearly everything causes cancer". LIFE causes cancer. DHMO causes cancer.

/me runs off, screaming, with my hands in the air

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Re: Another "Super Cali" headline?

The 3 Stooges would do their schtick any time there was a camera. It was always the same *kinds* of stuff. People still laugh at it, though the jokes were limited and repeated frequently. It became 'expected' and people laughed anyway.

it's a comedy style. I like it. And I live in CALI-FORNICATE-YOU, and think the gummint here has COMPLETELY lost its collective mind. Well, if ALL of the sane people leave, it'll just get worse... and I really don't want to re-incorporate in another state. Still if it gets REALLY bad, Texas looks interesting. Maybe the gulf coast. Hurricanes can't be much worse than earthquakes an leftists trying to run my life!

/me points out that when ALL of "the producers" and the small, startup businesses leave Cali-Fornicate-You, the only people left will be a handfull of overly wealthy tax PAYERS, and a WHOLE LOT of open hands begging for nanny-gummint to FEED and CLOTHE and HOUSE them [and give them freebie medical care, too, and extend their lives, so they can leech off of society for as long as possible and continue to vote for Demo-Rats]

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Re: the judge who cried wolf?

this site has a top 10 list of foods high in acrylamide:

https://www.healwithfood.org/list/foods-high-in-acrylamide.php

However, _I_ think it was the DHMO that was causing the cancer, and NOT the acrylamide nor the coffee itself!!!

You KNOW that DHMO is in EVERYTHING, right? It's often found in toxic waste, it's dumped into the air by car exhaust and nuclear power plants, and EVERY CANCER PATIENT has DHMO in their system!

If you don't believe me, check out dhmo.org !!! And get out the word, to everyone, because Henny Penny and Chicken Little think the SKY is FALLING!!!

</sarcasm>

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Donald Trump jumps on anti-tech bandwagon, gets everything wrong

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"Which are?"

somehow I think that giving you unrefutable and intuitively obvious facts (such as the lowest unemployment rate in DECADES and more GDP growth than the entire time Obaka was president) won't be enough. You'll continue like in the last post, quoting the talking points for [P]MSNBC and [F,C]NN. 'growing at a snail's pace (2% GDP) isn't "growth" it's barely above stagnation, for one example' Mrs. Clinton wanted to push socialism EVEN FURTHER, disregarding the facts that it's THE SOCIALISM that stagnates the economy.

You can spend an hour watching one episode of 'Hannity' on "the other news" for enough evidence in support of my point. Or you can watch half of the other shows (same idea). Or you can read the articles over on foxnews.com . Or you can listen to Rush Limbaugh. But as long as you only listen to the "toxic fake news media" (aka PMSNBC, FNN, ABS, NBS, CBS, PBS, and web sites like 'motherjones') you won't ever "get it". The distorted facts you present are simply the talking points of Media Matters and other left-wing organizations that support the "anti-Trump" and "never-Trump" agenda. Even if Trump's success were SO blatant [unemployment rate at record lows, particularly for minorities, isn't enough I suppose] and SO obvious that even the most casual observer would have to acknowledge it, PMSNBC and FNN and the 'BS' networks would all be saying the opposite, because they are...

P A N D E R I N G _ T O _ T H E _ P E R C E P T I O N

and that's my point.

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Re: Time for Twitter to bring down the ban hammer on the Trump

"he certainly doesn't have much of a filter between what he thinks and what he says"

And that's a BAD thing? [I like it when Trump says what I think]

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Re: He's Jealous

(motherjones link)

uh, ok. I'd usually call that "fake news" just from the URL. Maybe once or twice they get things right. And I doubt 'seattle times' is much better.

if the work environment sucks, they should, *ahem*, FORM A UNION. Yes, I said that.

and the latter 1/3 of "The Jungle" is COMMUNIST PROPOGANDA. Anyone who actually READ the thing woudl know that.

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Re: El Reg gets it wrong again

"Ever hear of Toys-R-Us"

worth pointing out, 'Toys R Us' could have adapted by having an online presence, combined with marketing that gets people into their stores. A good start: store pickup of online orders, to save money on postage (Target and Walmart do this).

Also in many ways, Target and Walmart are 2 additional reasons why 'Toys R Us' went under. So it's not 100% Amazon's doing, but Amazon was a major factor. In My Bombastic Opinion.

Now, if it can be demonstated that Amazon has been engaging in predatory practices, a lawsuit may result. The creditors in the 'Toys R Us' bankruptcy would be the beneficiaries.

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Re: Trump was accurate and some people don't like it

thanks, your post has been upvoted

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Re: Time for Twitter to bring down the ban hammer on the Trump

that's right, anyone who disagrees with YOU must be BANNED, right?

nothing like a one-sided argument, especially when your position is WRONG. Shout down that opposition until they're silenced. Then, you *WIN*. *NOT*

icon because it's funny.

[I don't like silencing the opposition. I'd much rather let them say what they want, so that we might all know them for who they are]

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Re: "supports Trump's arguments that the media is biased against him"

"he is literally incapable of telling the truth"

your opinion has been noted. Any proof?

I've seen Trump tell the truth quite a bit, such as the successes from his policies with respect to the economy. So, in my opinion, he's QUITE capable of telling the truth. Has he ever LIED? Probably. But from what I can tell, not as President, at least not like Bill Clinton nor Barack Obaka did. Or as a candicate, like Mrs. Clinton.

"It was a video" <-- Ben Ghazi - big fat lie, classic example

I'll just leave this with "just because you proclaim it does not make it true". But you're probably pandering to a perception, like so many do these days, and acting AS IF it is true, to get the "me too" crowd to upvote you. And I expect the 'howler monkey' to downvote me for saying so.

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Re: brain farts

"The tone of your article belittles your professionalism"

I just read between the lines to get the facts from within the opinions. I think people should do this no matter what the news source is, these days. Lots of opinions thrown in, etc.. Whatever.

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Re: Amazon? Postal Service?

"If they leave the box on the front step, then somebody steals it"

I've never had that problem [nor do I know anyone else who has] but I've seen videos taken of package thieves broadcast on the news, and as such, know that it occasionally happens.

'Robbing the mail' is a federal offense in the USA and carries a stiff penalty (according to an online search, up to 5 years in prison, up to $250k fine). No joke. A serial package thief could theoretically be charged with MULTIPLE felonies and spend the rest of his life in prison. Good riddance.

As for Amazon itself, it *appears* as if they *might* be engaging in either "unfair business practices" (an FTC issue), or even PREDATORY marketing practices (also an FTC issue, and violation of anti-trust laws). I would expect that Trump's concern is that Amazon may be causing retail businesses to go under, such as 'Toys R Us' (very recent).

That being said, Amazon is ALSO involved in the Demo-rat Party with contributions, etc. just like Faecebook (for what it's worth). It may *seem* that Amazon has way too much political clout, and as such, might be a threat to Trump's agenda. THAT much should be acknowledged as well, if you're being honest.

So I think Trump wants to investigate Amazon via the FTC to see if they're engaging in ANY kind of activity that violates federal law, specifically with respect to predatory practices and collection of sales taxes in states where they have a presence, INCLUDING for those "online stores" that use Amazon as a 'store front'.

Personally, I think that stores that adapt [Target, Walmart, etc.] by having an online presence and "pick it up at the store to avoid postage" are doing what needs to be done. So I'm not really concerned about Amazon, UNLESS they're engaging in activities that violate the law.

Back in the day, when "mom and pop" grocery stores were the way people got their food, the supermarkets ended up putting them out of business. In the 1960's we had milk men and independent butcher shops [who still had the best meat]. But most of the groceries came from supermarkets, who had lower prices and better selection. This put the "mom and pop" groceries out of business, except for those that converted themselves into "convenience markets".

Queue up modern times, and Amazon vs "mall shops". That kind of thing.

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Microsoft's Windows supremo Terry Myerson is now Terry BYE-rson

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Re: Clearing House in Redmond

"and making space for more 'nodding donkey yesmen'"

this would NOT surprise me in the LEAST. Apparently whoever it is with the "vision" over at Micro-shaft is clearing out anyone who won't go along with it. This has been going on for a while, since Win-10-nic. If you're not on-board with the market-hype, and "all excited" about whatever new, shiney comes down the pike, I'd suspect your job is on the line and you might want to consider sending out your resume before you get pink-slipped... like a bunch of product testers a few years ago, when some "mensa candidate" over at Micro-shaft *FELT* that they did not NEED people to test; after all, they have END USERS for that!

and so on.

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Six months on, and let's check in on those 'stuttering' Windows 10 PCs. Yep, still stuttering

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logging what happens on your computer while gaming

do you have the capabilities of logging the per-task CPU utilization on your computer?

It might be worth doing that, in order to see whether or not there are processes launching and/or being activated [let's say snooping, check for updates, etc.] while you're gaming, and for whatever reason it interferes with the game.

I have a similar concern with multimedia production. Last thing I need is to be running something like 'Cakewalk' while doing a live track recording, and have windows update make a "stutte" happen because it *FEELS* it needs to run right now... [I used to disable windows update on XP systems to prevent this from happening, and it WORKS]

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Shaking up the Nad Men: Microsoft splits up into 'cloud' and 'edge'

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Re: Deck chairs

because "they" haven't artificially propped up their stock value for long enough before selling short just as the proverbial excrement hits the proverbial fan...

so get those deck chars in the right places, and look like we're doing something, harumph harumph!

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

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This is what happens when...

a) you don't properly test prior to deployment;

b) you generally rely on end-users to test your patches;

c) your general focus on "all the wrong things" doesn't put sufficient resources on what's important, i.e. security and reliability, vs "next new, shiny that requires Edge and/or locks customers into a privacy invasive EULA or a subscription model".

and market-driven development cares LESS about support when "they" *FEEL* [not think] that end-users are LOCKED IN [like a monopoly] and wouldn't DARE go elsewhere...

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It's baaack – WannaCry nasty soars through Boeing's computers

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Re: OH !!

actually I think it's something called "windows for warships" (derived from XP) whether jokingly or for real. And the OS has been 'hardened' and the computers don't EVAR go on teh intarwebs. That's my understanding of it.

But I've been out of the loop for quite a while. Last time I visited a sub (my old boat, which visited San Diego for decommissioning) I saw the "hardened" laptops in the Control room, but didn't take a very close look. They also said "no devices on the sub" so we had to leave our cell phones, etc. in the car before going on the tour. It was kinda fun seeing old friends from 30 years ago, as well as the opportunity for a close relative to see my old boat before it got cut up - literally.

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Re: The important question

was Boeing's recent infection caused by individual Windows 7 users at the company NOT updating any more out of habit, because of GWX ? And NOT wanting to shut down work for half a day to WAIT for updates?

last time I worked on site, "the accountant" seemed to get a virus on her computer about once every 2 months. Yeah, it was probably from MS Word docs with "attachments" that were "invoices" or something. And yes, they were using OUTLOOK.

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No Falcon Way: NASA to stick with SLS, SpaceX more like space ex

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Re: a rocket that already exists.

" BFR may well be ready before before the SLS."

More true than not, when you compare government projects to private industry (in general).

Back in the 80's, when I was in the Navy, the San Diego submarine base had an ongoing project to construct barracks for single officers. They were living at the barracks at another base a few miles away, or in apartments in the city. So this had been under construction for the entire time (>3 years) when I was at the San Diego base.

In 1985, McDonalds got permission to construct one of their restaurants on base. It was up and running in about 3 months, from laying the foundation to flipping burgers. And, by comparison, the officer's barracks WAS NOT EVEN REMOTELY COMPLETED after 3 FORNICATING YEARS!

That kinda says it all, I think. Musk wants to make money, so HIS "BFR" rockets will be designed, tested, flown, and approved LONG before NASA gets even REMOTELY close to having SLS ready.

(without the 'urgency' of the space race, like it was in the 1960's, gummint projects will milk the funding for all it can, keeping people employed indefinitely regardless of how important or useful the jobs are, creating circular bureaucracies that justify one another's existence, and LOTS of spinning wheels without motion)

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Intel shrugs off ‘new’ side-channel attacks on branch prediction units and SGX

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Re: Intel has serious product issues

with a bit of sympathy for engineers at Intel, I think much of this may have just "not been thought of".

Now that the genie is out of the bottle, they should just confess it and fix it.

As for branch prediction stuff, how come THAT isn't saved/restored with task state or thread state switching? OK performance hit, but still... not THAT bad compared to the security, and maybe a "fast bit" to turn it on/off in the OS?

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

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Re: Offensive moi?

"A real Pro can cuss you out without using profanity!"

and you can play it for laughs...

{What the FEEL???}

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Re: This is going to be so much fun on the train,....

keep it up, the train's crapper is out of toilet paper [and all I found was these 3 sea shells]

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"M$ Morality Police"

MICRO-SHAFT, FEEL YEAH!!!

we're only trying to help you, for your own good

MICRO-SHAFT, FEEL YEAH!!!

Protecting all the snowflakes, from language that's crude

MICRO-SHAFT, FEEL YEAH!!!

Victorian ethic reboot and political correctness too!

etc.

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"Does that mean that if I tell Cortana to f$ck right off my machine she will ?"

if it were so easy.

I think Micro-shaft should UNINSTALL THEIR OS as well, and set you up with Linux Mint, if you violate their terms of service. It'd be a really convenient way to UPgrade, by telling Micro-shaft, Cortana, or some overly sensitive "target" to {insert graphic sexual activity here} with {large uncomfortable looking object with multiple sharp pointy edges} and {something corrosive and/or abrasive that doesn't even remotely act like a lubricant}.

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Re: Skype

USENET preceded them all, you can swear and use profanity and upload pr0n as much as you like, and it's all available to anyone who wants to view it.

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Re: Office365...

"And I'd like to think that people would read articles... [snip]"

comments on WHERE THIS IS LEADING are still relevant. It's the whole "slippery slope" thing.

Today: scan/ban only when someone complains

Tomorrow: we scan your schhhtuff and are OUT TO CONTROL YOU.

or something like that.

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Re: What that tells us about Skype?

if some cold-caller that violates the 'do not call' list by calling MY phone using Skype, and I use profanity at them [a typical response from me], are Micro-shaft going to ban *THEM* for having "profanity" on their line?

[I doubt very much that Micro-shaft is policing this kind of activity with respect to the 'do not call' list]

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Re: Fuck translates to Fick, Bolle, and what more

"We are fast approaching a point where ordering a sandwich at a deli will land you in prison"

a SAUSAGE sandwich with MAYO, please...

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Re: WTF!

I'm offended by Micro-shaft's policies. they should ban themselves now.

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Re: That's Yorkshire fucked then

"we had to talk about how many different ways there are to conjugate "fuck" as a verb, adjective, noun or adverb"

if you see Kaye, tell her I said hi.

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Re: It's a feature

wait until it auto-bans you based on poor swear-bot behavior, like "shitake mushrooms" where IRC swear-bots will occasionally kick/ban you because of something like that

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Re: No Cussing Allowed?

keep in mind that "offensive" might include anything that disagrees with POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.

Micro-shaft can take their *PROFANITY* *PROFANITY* services and *PROFANITY* *PROFANITY* *PROFANITY* !!!

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How do you make those darn code monkeys do what you want? Just give 'em a little nudge

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Re: You will get desert.....

how can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

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Re: Ring the bell

"Document in the positive."

things that document 'in the negative' were probably written by lawyers trying to cover their own asses...

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Re: Beware of the leopard

well, a positive example of this 'make it easy' etc. principle is how the city of San Diego handles its recycling program, which effectively pays for itself (as I understand it) with items tossed in the blue cans.

All they did was give EVERYONE a blue trash can to put out every other week with recyclable materials.

Now I find I'm filling the blue can, and rarely put out the black one [normal trash] by comparison.

So recycling gets done on a massive scale, it benefits the city, trash doesn't fill up the landfills so much any more, and it is SO easy to do as a citizen, because you just toss the recyclable thing into the blue can instead of the black one. [they also give you a pretty long list of things you can recycle, and a trash calendar indicating which weeks to put the blue can out on the curb].

Anyway, I think this is a good example of the principles discussed in the article being applied. OK it's not IT, thus icon, but I thought it was worth "sharing". heh.

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Parents blame brats' slipping school grades on crap internet speeds

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"a poor connection can waste an awful lot of time."

poor connections work fine for PLAIN TEXT and 3 or 4 pages of search engine results (it's all done server-side after all). Waiting for CAT (read: pr0n) videos on youtube to buffer, while claiming "I'm studying", not so much.

article: "Surely we're not expecting the little dears to read books instead?"

YES. And it PROBABLY requires going to and knowledge of a library to do THAT. With any luck they WALK to the library, getting some sunshine and exercise. All good!

icon, because I _AM_ thinking of the children. I'm just not a flaming bleeding heart brainless liberal.

When _I_ was a kid, I had to walk to school, uphill, both ways, in the bad weather, carrying a buttload of books so I could do 4 hours of homework every night. Kids these days got it WAY too easy! They need to get their ritalin-filled heads out of their collective asses and stop whining on social media, texting each other instead of talking, and playing video games all the time. Kids these days...

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Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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Re: another bloody silo that nobody needs

extending IMAP probably isn't the right way to do it, especially if existing private e-mail systems NOT running Dovecot suddenly become "incompatible" because of it.

Any kind of central "real world identity" system is RIPE for abuse. Period.

Spammers and scammers WANT to be able to connect a real-world identity with an online one, especially if you use multiple e-mail addresses, IRC handles, gamer IDs, or "any other presence". If they can't track you CENTRALLY, in order to monitor you for advertising (or other) purposes, they'll do it via the "real world identity" thing.

Don't forget, Micro-shaft NOW has that "Micro-shaft Logon" which was first excreted in the early part of the 21st century as part of their "Dot Not Initiative" - aka "Micro-shaft Passport", which was a TOTAL flop even when compared to the whole "dot bomb" thing.

maybe its time to divorce from the Faecebook way of doing things, and go back to something that doesn't track you or spam you with ads, like USENET and IRC.

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Huawei wins patent injunction against Samsung in China

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Re: Chinese courts are capable of making reasonable decisions

"how do foreign companies fare in Chinese courts when trying to enforce their IP?"

Thanks. here ya go! Have a beer!

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NASA fungus problem puts theory of 'Martian mushrooms' on toast

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Re: Sounds like

"I mean how can you not have fun cleaning?"

when it involves being on your hands+knees and lots of bending over? that's not very fun...

"Come on guys, lets get our mops, our buckets and our sponges and have some fun cleaning! It's party time!"

how about high pressure washers and compressed air instead? That's even MORE fun!

when I was in the Navy they used to joke that a 1st class petty officer does "Field day" (ship cleanup) while standing up. And the CPOs all do their proficiency watches during that time so that the rest of the crew can clean. heh.

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bombastic bob
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Re: Um, nope

"but some species capable of producing amino acids that are usually considered to be extra-terrestrial when found in meteorites."

you sure that these fungususes and shrooms aren't of ALIEN ORIGIN???

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India: Yeah, we would like to 3D-print igloos on the Moon

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Re: What to use as a binder?

"How does this 3D house printing compare with an inflatable structure which can be used as a former for polyurethane foam?"

sounds good to me. and it could be made RE-USABLE to make MORE structures after the concrete cures.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunarcrete

ok - you'd start with a thin enough layer so that the inflated structure doesn't collapse under the weight. But then, you remove the inflatable part, then build on top of the existing layer. I'd also assume some kind of support structure underneath it as well, not just air pressure. Lunar titanium. But it would begin with the inflatable structure that you mentioned. It's a good idea. I like it.

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Re: See what l did here....

"....and a country like the UK can spaff money on things like Trident and brexit when they don't have affordable housing for most of the population, feed school children, etc. et"

you know, MOST of that could be fixed with pure capitalism. You have to assume that the reason people have no housing is that it's not being built fast enough, the reason they have no food is because it's not being produced in farms fast enough, and the reason people lack money is because they don't have jobs.

So what's the solution? pay out tax dollars to people who claim they don't have enough money to get housing/food/etc.? I think NOT (think of where it has to come from, and how UNsustainable THAT would be). Instead, you ENcourage private enterprise to do what it's good at, create jobs, produce stuff people want, and tell GUMMINT to just STAY OUT OF THE WAY as much as possible. [yeah here come the exploitation arguments, yotta yotta - *yawn*]

Just stating "the obvious" ya know?

So, where are all of those "straw man" xenophobics anyway? Maybe there's a handfull of wackos, but that's it, right? Do YOU know any xenophobics? I mean REAL xenophobics, not "accused of it" because "political correctness" or something, the way the P.C. fascists throw around 'word of the day'-phobia accusations right/left/up/down/wherever all the time. And if you do not know anyone that's a xenophobic [likely], then ARE there any in significant numbers? And that's my point. People just want to live their lives in private and not be disturbed or coerced by anyone/thing, because THAT is human nature. I think most people are really like that. And I know a LOT of people 'like that'.

And nuke weapons helped prevented the world from falling to fascism and communism. I think _that_ is pretty useful, don't you?

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