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

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Re: Why is this even a question?

Oh dear. Well, I suppose you have to learn sometime. Come, sit down.

See... the world isn't fair, or logical, or consistent. Some people are greedy - for money, or power, or control. Some are idiots in thrall to the greedy ones.

Next week, when you've recovered from this, I'll let you in on the shocking truth about the Easter Bunny, Father Christmas, and the Honest Salesman.

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Call records breach let users feel like Movistars (with everyone watching who they're talking to)

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Re: IT's a Novel Virtualised Utility for AI Application in Future Productions

Sssh. The grown-ups are talking.

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Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

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Re: New version of Cluedo

Now I have a vision of Tim Curry as the BOFH. Or maybe Madeline Kahn.

Cracking film, by the way. Watch it if you haven't already. You're in for a treat.

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Microsoft's TextWorld gives AI a Zork-like challenge

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Re: You wait...

Meanwhile, I have a thing in my dressing-gown pocket which my aunt gave me that I don't know what it is.

Oh, sorry, wrong adventure.

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A curious tale of the priest, the broker, the hacked newswires, and $100m of insider trades

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Re: A little bit harsh but nevertheless there is a certain validity in the opinion

"Money can't buy you happiness... but it allows you to be miserable in comfort"

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At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements

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Nicely done.

Did the spell-checker on Word have conniptions, putting red squiggles under every single word, or did it just give up in despair?

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Microsoft open-sources UI Recorder tool for Windows 10 developers

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Re: The GitHub repo includes a zipped executable of UI Recorder

For people who can’t be bothered building it themselves from the source.

It’s a risk worth taking when dealing with a reputable developer who consistently produces good code.

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Scrapping Brit cap on nurses, doctors means more room for IT folk

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Re: Nige is spitting feathers

Thank you for that reasoned, mature and well-argued contribution.

On behalf of all of us who voted to leave: kindly fuck off and take your ad-hominem petulance with you while the grown-ups get on with trying to extricate the country from the bureaucratic, corrupt, arrogant and anti-democratic mess that is the EU.

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Braking news: Tesla preps firmware fling to 'fix' Model 3's inability to stop in time

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I thought this thread would attract a better caliper of comment...

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Re: "Tesla won’t stop until Model 3 has better braking"

Yeah, I just think a car with brakes is retarded.

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Your parents love you, Cortana. That's why we bought you an upgrade

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Re: Annabelle the Sheep

If you want a sheep with personality, it has to be Flossie - just ask Lord Melchett.

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Re: Rejoice, rejoice!

@AC - don't be mean to "JJ Carter", who is after all just another AI experiment from Microsoft:

IF ($article-text.contains("Microsoft"))

{

post_reply ("thank you for this two-minutes hate")

/* TODO: can't get this next line to work properly, right now it segfaults every time */

/* post_reply ($well-reasoned-argument-carefully-and-eloquently-rebutting-the-article) */

}

Apparently, we're supposed to see Microsoft as the Emmanuel Goldstein de nos jours.

JJC is less annoying than Cortana, but only just.

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How many ways can a PDF mess up your PC? 47 in this Adobe update alone

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Upvoted, although "engaging with PDF as a file format in a disturbingly intimate manner" raises all sorts of very uncomfortable questions. Are French letters involved?

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Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems

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Re: Routers, Routers, Routers

Justin Case >>I recall stories of proposals in the early days of mobile for just that since they had a huge wired commas network for trackside

Imagine if someone hacked that. What an apostrophe!

That would certainly give a period of chaos and would be a dire critical situation.

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UK.gov expects auto auto software updates won't involve users

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Re: you mean just like windows 10

@Boothy (Would have been nicer if MS gave the option to use a separate drive for the Windows.old backup).

Wandering off the topic of this thread, and really just thinking aloud... I wonder if you could manually create a C:\Windows.old folder and mount another (empty) NTFS partition into it - thereby tricking Windows Update? i.e. instead of assigning a drive letter to drive D:, just mount it into c:\windows.old?

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New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

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ROMANES EUNT DOMUS

(Pedantic grammar nazi icon for obvious reasons)

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I object to all this sex on the TV.

...I keep falling off.

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Re: Don't forget the other two holy words

Semprini?

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AI crisis: Sony reports shortage of cute robot puppies!

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Re: I assume the seal is not for all markets

Too expensive for Canadians. Still, if they club together...

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High-Optane thrills for 3D XPoint wanna-haves: Intel fattens gaming SSDs

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Re: Only 4?

How much more black could it be?

None. None more black.

...So we've added blue LEDs instead.

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North will remain North for now, say geo-magnetic boffins

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Re: Just a coincidence

Is it just me, or does "Milankovich 41K" sound like a really crappy Soviet-bloc 8bit computer?

Never mind. As you were.

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Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands today... ish

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Re: "Keep clicking, Windows-lovers! It's bound to come along soon."

AC ”Not only have MS already dog fooded it internally...”

AC, you may or may not be a Microsoft shill, but I’m happy to see that we’re in agreement.

Well, except that I think the other end of the dog is involved.

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Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

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Re: No issues here

For what it's worth, no issues here either - happily running 10.13.4 on a mid-2011 iMac (6 years old! Still perfectly useable! can't get my head around that...) and an Intel NUC5i5MYHE Hackintosh. No, I'm not disputing that some people out there are having problems, but let's be clear that it's not affecting everyone.

Re the warning-about-deprecated-32bit-apps thing... amusingly, System Report->Applications reports that half the non-compliant applications on my machines are from Apple themselves. And I don't mean in the sense of ancient-versions-of-Keynote-or-iTunes... it's kernel tasks & background daemons that are still 32-bit.

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Oracle demands dev tear down iOS app that has 'JavaScript' in its name

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Don't mention Javascript.

...I almost mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

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Re: Looks like the bunch of imbeciles a.k.a Windows Insiders are at it again!

"Service" in the livestock-breeding sense, one assumes.

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

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Oh, bravo, sir/madam. That made me chuckle.

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

@diodesign

Yes, I see something very wrong, but I'm not going to send an email because, instead, public chastisement is called for. By your own admission you're in the pub, yet you're still responding to commentards. It is an insult to good beer to neglect it while you fiddle with your phone/laptop. If my wife were there she'd smack your hands and confiscate your phone. Now get on with that pint.

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Using Outlook? You should probably do some patching

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Dan 55 Haven't they changed that message to "Hey there! We're not responding right now, but we'll be responding again right back at ya real soon now!" in the later versions?

Great, just what we need, mail client applications with Genuine People Personalities™...

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B-Ark passengers to control most IT spend from 2019 onwards

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Re: Not quite correct.

Michael Habel Stick it up your Nose!

And then... “Go Stick Your Head In A Pig”

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Not quite correct.

'... in which a race called the "Golgafrinchams" needed to move to another planet. They put their smart and productive people onto two space arks. A third ark, the "B-Ark" was home to " telephone sanitisers,...'

Simon, you hoopy frood, you...

I think it was pretty well implied in the book (and radio show/TV show/souvenir tea-towel, what a shame they never made a movie SHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUP) that there never were other arks, and it was just a cunning ploy by the Golgafrinchans to get rid of part of their population. As I recall, the Golgafrinchans subsequently perished from an infectious disease spread via dirty telephone handsets.

But that's not important. The really important question is: what colour should this invention "The Wheel" be?

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GCHQ boss calls out Russia for 'industrial scale disinformation'

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Re: From the department of bleeding obvious

AC "...Question No 2: Is any of these who temporarily qualifies as an enemy of my enemy really our friend."

Grr, I hate hearing this expression. The enemy of my enemy is my ally, at most, and even then only temporarily.

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Which? leads decrepit email service behind barn, single shot rings out over valley

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I'm surprised it's that popular we stopped being a pagan country hundreds of years ago.

Yeah, and they didn’t even provide a migration wizard.

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Symantec cert holdout sites told: Those Google Chrome warnings are not a good look

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Re: That Chrome error message is dangerously misleading.

@Christoph Possibly it's the generic warning they show for all non-valid certificates

I'm sure you're right - that's almost certainly what it is. But my point is that it's misleading. There's a world of difference between "this cert is not valid" and "this cert was considered valid until a week ago, but we no longer trust the issuer because they've been kind of a dick"!

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That Chrome error message is dangerously misleading.

The error message shown in the article - “Attackers might be trying to steal your information” is not just wrong, it’s dangerously misleading and I think Google should be ashamed.

A more honest error message would be “This site is being vouched for by someone who’s no longer trustworthy”, or some riff on that theme.

Equating “we no longer trust this cert” with “this cert is a forgery and this site is up to no good” is going to backfire. Users will phone the RAC/Natwest etc, be told “yeah, don’t worry, it’s just Chrome, there’s nothing unsafe about our site” and...next time they see a (genuine) phishing alert, will pooh-pooh it.

Yes, I understand that users don’t read error messages/warnings, and that those messages must be kept simple. But that can be harmful.

Am I the only one who has this concern?

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Programming languages can be hard to grasp for non-English speakers. Step forward, Bato: A Ruby port for Filipinos

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Re: APL

I was about to suggest Perl or Brainfuck... on the basis that they're equally incomprehensible to English speakers. Or maybe what we need is an Esperanto of programming languages, that takes all the "best" bits from other languages (programming and spoken)...

10 VOID MAIN()

20 PRINTF($CMD[1]);

30 ALLEZ AU LIGNE 10

...and so on...

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FBI raids home of spy sat techie over leak of secret comms source code on Facebook

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Re: Iran issues

Iran is "so far away", according to A Flock of Seagulls...

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BlackBerry Z10 'share-price pump' lawsuit is back from the dead

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Wait, what?

"...in several cases, returns are now exceeding sales, a phenomenon we have never seen before..."

"Sir! We've had over 50,000 returns."

"..So?"

"Well, uh, we only sold 30,000 in the first place. And, um, we only made 40,000..."

(cue Twilight Zone music)

Yeah yeah, I know, the quote refers to rate of returns vs. sales, not cumulative quantities, but it was an amusing mental image.

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Private Internet Access VPN opens code-y sarong, starting with Chrome extension

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Re: Why not openVPN?

Credas Their Android client is easy to use (unlike their woeful Linux effort),

Out of interest, why do you say that? I have their Linux client on my Mint-running NAS box, and honestly it seems to be pretty good. Right-click the system tray icon, select preferred tunnel, boom, job done & it's connected. I've not had any reliabilty issues and the UI seems perfectly adequate.

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Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

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Re: Bought laptop from Dell online - pre-configured with Linux

AC Who the fuck shops at PC World?!

Guilty as charged, m'lud, but in mitigation: only when no compelling alternative presents itself. On my increasingly rare visits back to the UK I will occasionally drop in on old friends who live near Portsmouth. I do tech support for them. What alternative is there to PC World when you need to get a new laptop/NAS box/external HDD on a Sunday, and you're only going to be there for 5 hours?

For less urgent stuff, of course, I've been steering them towards Scan or Amazon for years.

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Re: Sharp Practice

@Halfmad - thank you, and an upvote, purely for the Proustian rush of reminiscence you've just given me, about the happy times I spent with my succession of Amigas - back when computing was fun. Still remember my A500 with great fondness, and the thrill I felt when I finally was able to get a 4000/030 (a whole 25MHz! if I recall correctly, which I probably don't). Must get my A1200 out of storage soon for old times' sake.

Now, back I go to wrestling with Windows 10 and its incessant insistence on updating me to a version I neither need nor want. Grrrrr.

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Privacy folk raise alarm over schools snooping on kids' online habits

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Re: Much easier to get a robot ...

Very posh - in bog standard comps the circulating mags were the likes of Fiesta, Escort, Knave (better include one that was not a Ford car model) etc

Aaah, that's where I went wrong. As a confused 8-year-old I misunderstood things, and spent my time browsing Ford car brochures.

To this day I'm partial to a good Probe. Haven't got to the stage of going after Kugas yet though.

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Stock trader gets two years in prison for pumping up with Fitbit

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Re: Darwin Award?

Yeah, in the spectrum of criminality this seems to be on a par with "hand-forging 1p pieces" in terms of effort:risk:reward ratio (as in "I've spent WEEKS on it, but am proud to say I now have a perfect facsimile of a 1penny piece, so good that it'll fool anyone, muhahahaha".)

Any other examples of ill-conceived crime?

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Toyota to flog 10,000 aaS wagons to Avis Budget rentals

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Re: Hello Mr Corfield!

Insurance companies give no claims credit, why not rental companies?

Oh sweet, precious child. Treasure your innocence.

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Jupiter has the craziest storms seen yet, say boffins

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Re: Not the Eye of Sauron....

Beat me to it. May you be banished to the wastelands of Penhill.

But have an upvote anyway!

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Reg man wraps head in 49-inch curved monitor

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Re: Still only 1080 Vertical

Yep, I read that far and lost interest. 1080 is a lower vertical resolution than the CRT monitor I had 20 years ago.

I'm currently lucky enough to be using an Acer 34" curved QHD monitor - at 3440x1440, it has a FAR more useful resolution than the one reviewed here.

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A dog DNA database? You must be barking

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Re: Waste of money.

Which leads to the question, how would you tell if a turd found on a London street was actually from a werewolf*? And who'd be brave enough to confront the culprit?

I'd certainly want lawyers, guns and money...

*well, apart from the bits of little old lady and chinese food in it, of course

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Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

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Re: Ducks

Lusty You have to click "later" and then "remind me later" EVERY FUCKING DAY on an Apple device.

<sarcasm>

As this is Apple, and everything they make is designed to be user-friendly, there is of course a workaround for this - at least on IOS devices. Simply fill up your device with music/video etc to the point where it can't fit the updated OS image file (usually a GB or two) and that will stop the nagging, which only begins once it's successfully downloaded the image.

See? Simple. It Just Works(TM). Isn't that super.

</sarcasm>

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Until last week, you could pwn KDE Linux desktop with a USB stick

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Re: I'm going to name all my USB sticks:

Along the right lines, but insufficiently evil.

Why not $(rm -rf /) ?

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No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS

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Re: The Assagne option

it's going to be harder in the end

*snigger*

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Tech giants' payouts go to everyone but affected citizens. US Supremes now urged to sort it out

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Is it really "economically infeasible"?

Sure, mailing out a cheque/check to every one of 129 million people would cost far in excess of 4 cents per person. But that's 19th century thinking (like so much of the legal system, natch)

In this era of online banking how much does it really cost to e-transfer $0.04 to 129 million accounts?

1) build the list of class plaintiffs with their bank account details

2) initiate the transfers

3) ??? e-banking magic happens here, possibly involving underpants gnomes

4) any plaintiffs that don't have bank accounts or care more about the principle than the money, transfer their slice to a charity of their choosing.

I fail to see how that could cost any more than a few tens of thousands at most.

Am I being naïve?

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