* Posts by FuzzyWuzzys

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Google Cloud's API knows the sort of thing you like to look at

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"If I know the tweets and news and other texts you consume, and I cluster them, then I can very quickly determine your set of interests / sentiments / whatever clustering regime is applied,"

Yes, and that's the point. They're not allowed to gather info directly from you unless you grant them the privilege. However they no longer need to get direct access to you, they can work out who you are and what you like simply by piecing your life back together from the trail you leave behind. Why do think big corps like Google and Facebook aren't fussed about your granting them access to directly collect info about you? They simply have so much reach and so much data about you they know all about you already!

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A todger, a 2.5kg dumbbell, the fire brigade... and the inevitable angle grinder

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Call me naive about such matters, I tend to stick to putting my member in the holes God made available in our beloved human counterparts but couldn't they show him a picture of his gran naked or just jack him off, surely either of these would make said member flaccid?

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Re: You missed the back story...

"I genuinely thought that this might have been a tragic accident, where the gentlemans gentleman had somehow become trapped between the flats of two weights, perhaps while stacking them with sweaty, post-workout hands."

I've actually done that but with my index finger, it was the most intense pain I've ever felt. 2 x 25Kg weights slamming together and my finger tip in between. I've never seen so much blood come of me from small place! It cost me finger nail too which to this day, 25 years later, still never grew back properly.

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DRM now a formal Web recommendation after protest vote fails

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"Don't fret. The corporations will be happy."

That's it precisely, it's just for them and their bottom line. This will be of no use for part time artists and musicians like me, we'll not be allowed to use this sort of protection for our works, we'll still have our work ripped off 'cos we don't have the clout of the big corps, to be able to protect our works.

While I like the idea of DRM, it's only in the interest of big corps who don't give a monkey's about the little guys, so it'll be a waste of time and it'll be bypassed quicker than you can download a movie off a torrent site on a Virgin 300MB home connection!

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Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

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DBA

Oh bloody hell, the DBAs are now less valuable than the sysadmins?! Not so long ago we were the golden boys and girls of IT, everybody wanted to be a DBA...oh wait hang on!

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Ofcom to crack down on telcos' handling of nuisance callers

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Get a call blocker unit, best £40 I've ever spent and the quietest my phone has ever been!

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Jon Hamm of Mad Men to lend his lungs to bounty hunter Boba Fett

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Fett is king!

My favourite character from SW universe and has been since I was kiddie when I first saw Empire in the cinema. Being a bit dopey, when I was 7 I wanted to be a bounty hunter just like Fett, until I realised later on what they actually do for a living! Ha ha!

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Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

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Re: There's something missing

Personally I hope it all goes a bit "Ratners" for Equifax!

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Cops' use of biometric images 'gone far beyond custody purposes'

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Re: Napolionic

"To be surveyed and tracked on the off-chance that you might do something wrong in the future, is to not be free.

And that's where we're heading."

Too late, we're there already. ANPR, the highest number of CCTV cameras per capita anywhere in the world, we've a lot of to be proud of in the UK, NOT!

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“Why are the government desperate to have a database of millions of people’s images?”

Yeah, why not just trawl Faceslap and Twatter, you'll get all the gurning mugshots of you need of most of the UK population and for free too!

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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He's a gone "a bit McAfee"!

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Kaspersky shrugs off government sales ban proposal

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While I'm sure it's annoying for Kaspersky to be branded like this, I'm sure they're not that worried. The longer the US Gov makes a fuss the more big K is in the media and as we all know, no such thing as bad publicity.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: Am I the only one who ...

"...the 'spaceship' will soon take off for Mars..."

I think you mean Xenu, don't you?!

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Re: Funny stuff this facial recognition

I think most Apply fanboi cultists are already pulling that face every time they pull out their phone anyways!

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Re: Can't wait

Assuming that's not sarcasm...everyone has to have a hobby I suppose, and spending money on products for which there are identically functional equivalents for half the price is one then you have it mate with my very best wishes!

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Bought £150 Android thing from TESCO, it makes calls, takes messages, gets weather via an app and plays music ( and no doubt will run Twatter and Facepalm apps too ) , which covers 90% of what most people want from a modern phone! Cheers TESCO you saved me 850 Sovs else I might have bought this Apple thing instead, doh!

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' "Animoji" icons that match the emoji's expression to your own face. '

Hmmm, sounds lot like an idea they had on the comedy show The Big Bang Theory to give a character the ability to understand other's emotions....Apple are just amazing, where do they get their ideas from!

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Your boss asks you to run the 'cloud project': Ever-changing wish lists, packs of 'ideas'... and 1 deadline

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You've obviously not worked in IT for long! That sort of moronic data flow is a lot more common than you think. Financial companies I've been in often take in data in a raw format from some agency, combine it with their own data, pump it back out to a third party for more processing and finally get it back again for reporting.

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Looking forward to Solaris 11.next this year? Whomp-whomp. Check again in 2018

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Re: Oracle cares about one thing only...

Oracle has always been about sales and nothing else. It's a wonder Larry is still alive, the number of death threats he received due to the utter pile of cack that Oracle v5 was!

Read the biography of Larry, he only ever cared about revenue from the second him and Bob Miner started the company in 1977. Bob Miner was the Wozniak to Larry's Steve Jobs, Miner worked his nuts off to try to make a rock solid product but Larry only ever cared about bullshit and getting contracts signed, increasing year on year on-paper revenue numbers to the point of burning out sales reps like so many cheap matches. Miner, I believe at the behest of his family, eventually left to run a vineyard and sadly died of cancer some years ago. Larry is still very much alive and still very much obsessed by the on-paper revenue numbers.

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" The database tax giant "

Love it, and having been intimate with Oracle's audit and revenue recovery dept, I couldn't agree more!

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

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Is "iPhone X" the actual name?

X? Putting X in the name?

Why are publicity depts so useless and lazy with product names these days? X sounded futuristic in 1975, kids toys have X on them 'cos kids are a bit dopey, not bloody expensive gadgets for grown adults. Canon's flagship camera the 1DX, latest incarnation...the 1DX Mk II! *clap* *clap* *clap*, special kind of genius at work there in the naming dept!

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Scientists, free software bods still worried about EU copyright proposals

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What about other creatives content?

What about photographers, artists and musicians? We all upload our creative output to dozens of websites for sharing, sometimes for profit as a business, someones simply for the fun of it. False positives would kill creative freedom.

I can see where this is heading in the not too distant future...

"Sorry the signature that music track/picture we monitored you working on for the last 2 weeks working is the same as "Track X" owned by Sony International. Please remain where you are and a lawyer from Sony will be with you shortly to discuss payments they will require made to them. Do not attempt to leave your current location or the law enforcement officers, now in the pay of the media corps, will be summoned."

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Apache Foundation rebuffs allegation it allowed Equifax attack

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Re: An Attempt at Blame Shifting?

Absolutely! I buy a car, don't maintain it and the brake shoes don't stop me in time before I smack into someone. The insurance and company and car manufacturer would tell me where to get off double quick time! Just 'cos someone else made something, there is still an owness on you as an operator of a product to play your part in using it safely and properly.

Equifax got the software and used it, they should have done due diligence and testing and at the level they are at and the incredible burden of looking after such sensitive information, they should continuously be testing and inviting pen-testers to check their kit is up to spec for the job.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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I always had a soft spot for PSION kit, especially the Psion3 I had, built in programming language in your pocket in the early 90's? Mindblowing! Times have changed and the pocket computing market is absolutely stuff with players, that's a tough gig to play and I wish them all the best against the cheap and cheerful imports that are two-a-penny from the Far East.

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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"No homophobia here please."

What's "anal play" got to do with being gay? You're missing out, it's a bloody good fun and I say that as a happily married man in a loving hetro relationship where both myself and the missus enjoy it! When you have the time I suggest you take a good look at the items on Lovehoney, plus the wonderful sales ladies who do the videos with dead serious faces while talking about anal lube and other assorted toys! Ha ha!

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Pack up, go home to your family: Google Drive is flipping out

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Re: Just A Reminder

Cloud storage/backup is not a problem...just don't make it your only backup!

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

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Re: Dual accounts?

If you can find any 18-24 year olds still using Facebook, I'll be bloody surprised! I thought most kids had abandoned Facebook to we old foggies? My 14 year old daughter has no interest in Facebook or Twitter whatsoever, she prefers Snapchat, post it, laugh with her mates. 5 mins later ask them what the post was about and they've probably forgotten and don't care.

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Please, pleeeease let me ban Kaspersky Lab from US govt PCs – senator

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Welcome back McCarthyism!

"We ain't having no godamn pinko, red "melon farmers" under the bed!!

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Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

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"Special relationship my arse."

No, no we still have a special relationship with the US, the sort that's like a 30st businessman and a 7st Thai hooker!

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Re: Burn the witch!

They have form, Salem isn't known for it's ice cream sales!

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Re: Do you work in IT?

"The USA is just another oppressive regime and should be added to the do not travel list."

The second they put the strict regs in post 9/11 and started treating all non-US nationals as criminals I vowed to never set foot there again. I would love to see some of the sights again. a wander in Central Park on a sunny Sunday morning. New England in the Autumn. The wonderfully hospitable people of the south and midwest. Such a shame, beautiful country, wonderful people, diabolical government that simply doesn't want anyone to visit ever again.

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Salesforce sacks two top security engineers for their DEF CON talk

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"What can one conclude about a company that behaves like that about employees who care?"

Unless I've misunderstood the story, Salesforce owned the code and therefore no employee is allowed disclose or distribute the company's property without permission. Almost all companies have that in place, I know that everything I write for my company is owned by them and I'm not allowed to use it. Obviously no one ever does stick to the rule of law, we all backup our code and take it from job to job we simply rework bits of it rather than the entire product.

I think this could have been handled better, the CEO should have spoken to the researchers directly and warned them not to go ahead. It sounds like a text message was used to ensure they wouldn't see it in time and ensure they could be fired, all sounds like a set up to me.

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Horsemen of the disk-drive apocalypse will ride upon 256TB SSDs

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Re: SSD is fine - while it works

"Disks die as well, but generally you have a bit of warning..."

I'd have to disagree with that. The last couple of rusty-spinners I've lost have gone down without so much as a "So long, thanks for all the data.". Tried to fire them up and they make a pitiful, weak clicking noise and just refuse to wake up.

No storage, be it disk, ssd or tape is infallible. Always backup without fail and if you can afford it, mirror your disks or at the very least RAID5 them. So when I'm cleaning up old crap I always ask myself, if the data is worth losing is there any point in me keeping it? If need to keep it, then I buy bigger pairs of disks and mirror up. My really precious stuff is triple mirrored and double cloud backed up, just to be sure, like the photos I've shot over the last 10 years. My wife's family photo archive of 150 years worth of images, she has 6 individual duplicated copies 4 in house and 2 out on cloud storage. I lost it once many moons ago, let's say she would be collecting a widow's pension right now if I hadn't recovered it and put mirroring and backups in place!

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: Most people.....

Get your coat and get out Timmy, we don't like your sensible, well considered posting type antics in the Reg forum! Leave and never come back sir!

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Re: No need to change the default settings! Erase all of WIN 10

I'd love to but as a semi-pro photographer I need Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom with the now unsupported Nik filters. When you get those running perfectly on Linux Mint, I'm all ears. And no, don't even mention GIMP. Yes, it's bloody good but it won't cut it with what I need to do. So Windows or Mac is my only choice for that stuff. My dayjob, I'm more than happy to use my Linux Mint box.

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"Windows privacy officer"?

"Windows privacy officer"? Ha ha!

You mean like Cadbury's Health Rep or The National Fruiterers Chocolate Sales Chief?

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No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

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As I said a year ago I think most smartwatches are the ugliest things imaginable. They look cheap and tacky, like those cheap and nasty CASIO knock-offs you used to see at the seaside in the late 1980's "2 for £10 digital watches".

My Missus loves her Fitbit, it catches all the alerts off her iPhone, the weather and all that malarky but it still looks like it came from a Xmas cracker. Personally when I wear a watch I wear a piece of jewellry that tells me the time and nothing else, I have a nice Thomas Earnshaw that I bought myself as present, it's superb to look at, winds itself and just sits there silently on my wrist waiting to be used to do what watches do best.

Don't get me wrong, I love the technology of the smartwatch but I don't think it's day is here yet. Much like the Apple Newton ( which I still have in the spare room! ) it's day is just not here yet but one day, maybe, if they can get them to look much nicer.

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

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Re: Not so bad but

Ah, the old user response, "Yeah, but all I did was...".

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Sorry, psycho bosses, it's not OK to keylog your employees

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Re: Play the game

Which is why I would never wish to work for a cretin like you who does not appreciate staff and their multitude talents.

I couldn't agree more, when there's work to be done I don't want to turn around and see you looking up sofas on the DFS website but if it's a quiet Friday afternoon and you've fired up a VM on your PC to learn something about some new technology that I know will benefit the knowledge pool in our team I'd gladly see if I can get your a beefier machine for testing and might even ask if you'd like to do a small presentation on what you've learned to see if we can use the new tech.

People have a ton of talent hidden that they rarely share, there are artists, organisers, etc. I know quite a few people who run youth groups in their spare time, that talent for organising kids is very useful. I know people who are musicians and photographers, very talented ones, they're very good are taking basic ideas and turning them into something blindingly useful. If you cut these people some slack for an hour at lunchtime while they organise their outside interests, they feel better, they're less stresses and their ready to plow back into the work during the afternoon with a much better frame of mind.

You stamp all over that sort of thing and you will end up with a load of simple minded drones who will slowly drive you mad, they will either be too stupid or too afraid to step outside the requirements, either way you can kiss your management bonus goodbye at the end of the year as your team wallows in the doldums of obscurity.

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Arcade Fire releases album on USB fidget spinner for £79/$105

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Depends....

If my Mum had listened to her Dad when he said the same thing to her when she bought Beatles albums as a teenager she wouldn't have handed me 5 albums about 15 years ago. Those 5 albums are all limited first editions and worth about £9,000 in total.

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

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Re: This is why you want anonymous payments

"I think the point is that if you buy in shops with cash and don't use loyalty cards then tracking your purchases is impossible. "

As the data sets get bigger and bigger it's not so hard to use various algorithms to spot spending trends even when items are bought with cash. We're creatures of habit and tracking our movements is not as complex as you might imagine. We tend to like buying the same sort of things and in the same set of shops.

I have a taste for Bovril, Toblerone and pastrami in crusty rolls, to name just three random products. I'll buy those items a couple of times a month, some with cash and sometimes with card and usually from the same half dozen supermarkets at home and work, tracking me would be tricky but most certainly not impossible.

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Brace yourselves, Virgin Media prices are going up AGAIN, people

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Re: Prices going up, customers going down (by one) ...

"Are you saying that the don't do a broadband only service?"

VM are seriously doing my nut in and I'm getting close to dumping them.

Signed up with all three ( TV, BB and phone ). After a year of no one in our house having watched any TV for at least 6 months, I had to fight for 10 mins on the phone with VM to have them cut the TV and take their box back. I wanted to drop the landline phone but they won't let you do it, if you want BB, you have to have the phone too. So we have a unused landline doing nothing 99% of the time simply to get BB! Just recently the VM BB service in my area has been turning to crud. A real shame as VM BB service used to be the dog's wotnots but in the last 6 months it's been steadily worse, drop-outs that can last up to 2-3 mins at least 4-5 times a day. Replaced the modem at least twice, cables checked, etc.

Much as I'd lose the speed from VM, what's the point of having paid for all that speed when you can only use it at 2 am on a Sunday morning for 30 mins! Might as well go back to Sky and their shonky 2mbs dial up crap!

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Judge uses 1st Amendment on Pokemon Go park ban. It's super effective!

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Oh wow! As a kid in the 1970s I grew up on a diet of Ventures and Shadows through my parents, they loved the Ventures. We used put on the Outer Limits album and watch our dog lose his marbles singing and howling along to it like a nutter! Ha ha!

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Re: The walking dead

"Zombies don't use phones."

Hmm, judging by the way most people move up the street when they have a mobile phone in their hand, I'd say that's probably not entirely true!

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Alphabay shutdown: Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? Not use your Hotmail...

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Sound like a complete tool who got what he deserved

Personally I think this guy got what was coming to him, you mess about with bad stuff like this, with nasty people and let's face it drug dealers and gun runners aren't known primarily for their skills in the tact dept, add to this that you're too stupid to make sure these sort of people can't find you if any bad stuff happens on your website, it doesn't take a genius to work out that sooner or later you're going to be found swinging on the end of a rope in a prison cell or found floating face down in the nearest river!

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Teledildonics

I remember in the early 90s when VR was doing the rounds yet again as the next-best-thing-that-will-never-happen and teledildonics was constantly being discussed on trendy late-night US teen shows. We'd all be jacked in, jacked off, plugged in and plugged up to various crap VR apps on 486sx PCs to experience having a very, very non-sexy virtual wank in something akin to the "Money for Nothing" video by Dire Straits!

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User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

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Once got breakfast from a customer...

Fixed a customer's server kit and installed some new stuff, about 2 days work. The customer asked me to come back on the 3rd day but make sure I was wearing my best suit, wouldn't say why. I duly arrived and was ushered into a cab and promptly found myself taking a very expensive Elevenses at the Savoy by way of a thanks for all my hard work.

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Academics 'funded by Google' tend not to mention it in their work

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Steady now using that piccy, you'll have Lars Ulrich claiming copyright infringement and demanding money!

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1Password won't axe private vaults. It'll choke 'em to death instead

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Re: Been there, done that

If you look at the 1Password forums they're getting questions about "Can I do XYZ like the app could?" and the replies are always, "Not yet but in a future release of the online version.".

1Password seem happy to beta test their online cloud offering to any mugs they can get to sign up to it, then they'll bodge it into shape as they go, pathetic. One reason I refused to to carry on using it and went off and used a FOSS password offering. Shame, as I liked the 1Password apps.

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Re: Bollocks

One reason I stopped using 1Password having used it quite happily for several years. I paid for the prog 3 years ago and now they want people on subs based services AND holding your private password stash on a cloud service. I checked it out and if you upload your local password stack you can't delete it!

Sorry, I want it locally where I know who is doing what to it. Did a bit of poking about and there's plenty of FOSS password stores on offer for free and which work across multiple platforms with the same DB.

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