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Ex-Microsoft intern claimed one of her fellow temps raped her. Her bosses hired him

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Re: False allegations made by intelligent high-functioning employable delusional fantasists

"YOU apparently want to remain anonymous. Maybe the rest of us, who are NOT anonymous, would like to NOT divulge our personal life details in this forum,"

Sound advice, but "Bombastic Bob" is about as anonymous as say, "Big John". Unless you are actually that Google hit #1, a retired theatrical wrestler?!

The difference with ACs and your nom de plume is the possibility of profiling by browsing your posting history. A clewer algorithm could eventually deduce your identity - possible much quicker if you're using the same unique pen name in other forums as well. You could say that people are forming opinions of writers here (you're that FLATSO FUGLY geezer!), but that sort of 'profiling' doesn't try to identify anyone.

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Shazam! Apple chucks £300m at Brit what's-that-song app – report

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Re: android envy

"Been available with siri for ages - probably for the same number of years as android."

Track ID came with IOS 8 in 2014.

Windows Phone 8 had the same built-in function in 2012.

Google Now - in 2015.

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Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

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Re: Where's the third part? @Cuddles

"No, we're really not. Tablets, and indeed laptops, with wireless internet connections have been around for quite a while."

Compaq Evo N600 series had a multipurpose slot on the display lid where you could easily attach a Wifi, BT or GPRS module. This was in 2002-2003 or so quite a while indeed...

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Re: Hello! Real World here!

"Why? Because a lot of users in the Real World don't have the luxury of always on, unlimited data wireless plans. $10 a month? Not from any Canadian carrier."

Blame Canada then... My paltry unlimited 50Mb/s 4G costs €15,90/month here in real world Finland. No fixed-term contract, I can change operator any time without a penalty. This is due probably because we have 3 cellular operators with pretty good coverage each and healthy competition.

Is it just North America where cellular (and fixed internet) pricing is pure highway robbery? The population of e.g. Toronto metropolitan area is higher than whole Finland and the population density is also much higher so in theory there should be low burden for the operators to provide good connectivity. Serving 6 million people in relatively small area should provide lot of opportunities for several cellular companies to compete.

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: 17.46km/HOUR???

or hear you scream

"I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream"

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Big Mike is going to make HPE's life a living Dell: Server sales surge

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Re: Just curious...

"If you knew your HP history, you'd understand why Carly Fiorini instigated the merger, as well as being fully aware the neither Bill Hewlett or Dave Packard were involved at any level in the running of the company at that time."

Oh, I know the history. Do you? Bill & Dave were not involved, since both were already dead.

To blame HPE's recent slump from the top position in server sales because some 15 years ago HP and Compaq united? I would only blame the management (Carly) for not using the potential Compaq brought into the house.

Compaq servers and PCs were better engineered than the HP equivalents, both in hardware serviceability and the software/firmware management (Insight Manager, iLO). HP practically adopted Compaq's computer design and management software, and until recently the personal computers were rather identical in looks and internal organisation to what Compaq provided back then. (internally they still use have similar designs, and not just the torx screws).

Without the merger Dell would probably had overtaken both HP and CPQ and both would have withered away, but this is just whataboutism, who knows.

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Re: Just curious...

"So HPE, that Compaq merger. How's that working out for you?"

Yeah, perhaps Bill and Dave shouldn't have even formed the company.

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The plucky local Mom 'n’ Pop phone maker faces death

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Re: total cost of operation/use case

"It was replaced by an iPhone. Years later, still getting updates, including OS updates, over the air, no problems."

Yeah, except that latest IOS 11 made my iPhone 6 barely usable. Simple things like looking at the recent calls and picking the a number - and suddenly the phone refreshes the list and the phone dials something else I selected. Every casual thing has gotten slower, things like just scrolling lists etc.

I would have been happy with IOS 10 and stream of updates.

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Business as usual, says Aruba veep after Meg exits daddy HPE

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Re: divorcing their success from Micro-Shaft @bombastic bob

"I would specifically like to see Linux-based HP laptops as a major marketing thrust. I bet it would succeed, too."

Utter nonsense. Why would that strategy suddenly succeed? HP has a selection of Chromebooks. What's wrong with them?

Almost every business laptop/desktop model can be bought without MS tax (=Freedos preinstalled) yet the sales of those models are flatso fugly.

There's no reason for HP et al. to preinstall any Linux distro because the "graybeards" would still be reinstalling their preferred distros (and moan how HP had used closed source binaries or partitioned the storage stupidly, and whatnot)

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HP Inc – the no-drama one – is actually doing fine with PCs, printers

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"Revenues of $13.9bn were up 11 per cent from Q4 2016 and beat analyst estimates of $13.4bn"

"Piffle. Anyone can look good if you choose the right metrics!"

True. But growth in sales are still growth in sales. Revenue isn't profit.

"How many people did they manage to fire in the last 12 months?"

I don't know. How many? You seem to be in the know, so please enlighten.

You're probably thinking of HPE which has had big layoff orgies.

"How much work did they manage to shift to the Indian subcontinent?"

I have no idea. Why don't you tell us or stop with the innuendo.

Then again I'm not working for HP nor am I American so I don't care as long as the products and services offered are not failing me. I'm not against non-white workforce if the results are fine.

As far as I can see, capitalism doesn't mean patriotism. It's about supply-and-demand, and competition in the market. This means not only products and services, but also labor. Do you disagree?

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'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

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Re: That's open source or you...

"This is another success story of open source."

Was that irony? If MS had this data corruption bug in Windows there would be dozens of commenters here telling how "Why isn't MS testing their crapware", or "MS is letting end users test their crap", with everyone upvoting each other.

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Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

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bootcamp?

There's still those who want to run Windows with their Macs. Apple could do x86 emulation -> Intel would go thermonuclear on them.

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DNS resolver 9.9.9.9 will check requests against IBM threat database

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Re: Consufed @Daniel Hall

"Our DNS nameservers are always:

208.67.222.222

208.67.220.220"

Perhaps you're just consufed and either didn't scroll one line further. Or you have some weirdo adblocking shit going on.

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Why Boston Dynamics' backflipping borg shouldn't scare you

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@Flakk

Watched the backflip video. It positively reeks of motion capture.

I have no beef with motion capture. This isn't an AI company, it's a robotics company, and having that chunk of metal do a succesful backflip is probably somewhat difficult. I'd like to see it do a triple Salchow one day.

The arms are swinging to gain the necessary spin to do a backflip in a quick motion. You could do a flip without hands but you'd need a more powerful jump to manage the full flip with the spin generated by leaning further back before actually jumping.

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Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die

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Re: Compuserve

"I used a 9600 for a while but then 19200 came out the US got it before the UK."

19200 was something unofficial, offered by (IIRC) Telebit and USR and I can't remember any BBS offering those speeds around where I lived. The USR HST 16800 was somewhat more usual non-standard since USR used to give discounts on their - rather expensive but the best - modems to Sysops. Still, most people were at the time satisfied with their V32bis and slower models, moi aussi. If you were satisfied to grap the QWK file then even slower modems were fine until late 90s.

Back then Zyxel was also a revered modem manufacturer, but now...

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It's 2017 – and your Windows PC can be forced to run malware-stuffed Excel macros

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Re: It's 2017, and El Reg is still using this tired trope

"Who made you the doorkeeper around here?"

No, no! He's the Gatekeeper, and I think Bob's the Keymaster.

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Re: "When it's political, technology cannot do anything." @Paul Crawford

"I guess another unanswered question is how many of those 800 programs are supported for the planned Windows 10 roll out?"

Supported? Probably many of the software is already unsupported.

What won't work are all DOS programs (bet there are some), but DOSBox will run the DOS software (as it would under Linux as well). Printer port dongles may work but I recall needing some special DOSBox builds...

It's the 16-bit Windows software that requires the most work. First, Windows be 32-bit to run it. And you may need to register all the DLL/OCX files, disable UAC, change system file permissions and such. And they may still not work, requiring some phased out APIs or something... Then again the software may work out of the box - I've been playing Civilization 1 for Windows from Windows3.1 era in Windows 8 box flawlessly. (CIV1 still rules)

One show stopper is probably all the devices with no drivers since Win98 or XP or such. One of my clients had to spare several XP systems because their microscopes had a camera which didn't have drivers beyond XP.

The biggest show stopper is finding the installation media, and then hoping the disks and drives still work...

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Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

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Re: Nothing to worry about

"Your average mugger, however, just has to wave the phone in front of your face."

Muggers can also decrypt with either a rubber hose or a cigar cutter (see icon). Stick to passwords, pins and such if you wish to deny the coppers.

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Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness

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Re: It's a great phone

"One more thing, why would anyone want to have physical nav buttons? they are a complete waste of space. My 2 year old Nexus 6P didn't have nav buttons and it doesn't show any burn in, neither did my 4 year old Nexus 5."

Uh, both Nexus 5 and 6P had enough bezel space below the screen to accommodate physical buttons. Also, physical buttons are always there, no need for a swipe from below or other shenanigans.

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

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'Qualcomm, we will buy you... for... one HUNDRED... BILLION DOLLARS' – Broadcom

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Re: No way in hell @Velv

This merger would be under scrutiny at least in EU and China as well. They are after all, bigger economic powerhouses that US, so does it really matter who is in the White House at the moment?

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Giza geezers' muon-geyser visor reveals Great Pyramid's hidden void surpriser

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Re: Done before?

Uh, if you're Googling for it then click on the search tools above the search results, and select an end date from e.g. last year.

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FBI: Student wrestler grappled grades after choking passwords from PCs using a key logger

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Re: It's amazing, @JimboSmith

"Was just watching War Games last night where Matthew Broderick does this."

Broderick did it in Ferris Bueller's Day Off as well.

Ferris is the better film of the two, and I'm expecting lots of upvotes for this on a tech forum. :-)

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Holy DUHK! Boffins name bug that could crack crypto wide open

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Re: Horrible image is horrible...

No, the Kitten Stomper.

Sick but funny!

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Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

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Re: [Citation needed]

"Deny all you want."

Dear AC, you haven't paid attention when you watched the video. Your original quote was this:

"...they were surprised to find a wifi modual under there besides the normal chip. So, either as an undocumented side and failed design, or an actual hidden system, there was wifi where there should not be."

In the 100-minute video the presenters say it was a PIC32 microcontroller (12"30') , and the interesting part you are referring starts at 42"10' when they mention about the surprise of finding a 'radio chip', but the presenter immediately added that it was there legitimately - perhaps because he checked the specs afterwards.

That 'radio chip' was not a Wi-Fi module, nor did the presenter say so. It is probably a very low-power RF transmitter in the Megahertz class built into the microcontroller, but since I didn't catch the exact PIC model they used I can't say anything else about it. Except that it wasn't Wi-Fi, and it very likely was documented and a working design.

"Apple or Intel or Samsung are both competitive enough or stupid enough to forget what they have in a chip"

They're not that stupid. I recall an AMD presentation perhaps here in ElReg, where the lecturer told about how CPUs are built and tested. When new features are added they may not work properly in the finished package so they are disabled and the microcode needs to do those operations in the more generic silicon parts which always incurs a speed penalty.

Intel at least has presented plenty of CPU revisions and microcode updates for the CPUs to circumvent some off hangs and miscalculations, and this I believe is just general knowledge.

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Re: Everybody's ethical

"Look, either way can get you into trouble. Overbearing socialism means Big Brother Is Watching You. Meanwhile, unfettered capitalism means Robber Barons Have You For Lunch."

I agree with your comment.

Eventually, after centuries or millennia, in a capitalist system all property could end up in the hands of a single entity, which would replace the traditional governments.

I can't see that differing from a pure socialist state where the governments own and dictate everything.

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Re: [Citation needed]

Hey AC, did you notice the title [Citation needed]

I couldn't find any articles about a hidden wifi inside a CPU, so give us a link or just give up.

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AC enumeration

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AC enumeration

I'd like to propose a small change to the forums.

Problem:

Some topics carry a lot of AC comments, and it's sometimes difficult to follow the comment threads - AC's answering to other AC's, perhaps the same AC even replying to himself to correct his post or to add further confusion.

My idea:

Inside a topic, could ElReg enumerate the ACs so that the second AC joining the conversation would be known as AC #2 for the remainder of the topic? Would be tremendously useful in some... more heated political topics where the back-and-forth includes multiple ACs, yet this change wouldn't break anyones anonymity as far as I can see.

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Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

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Re: Wow

I'm not sure about Apple low level security, but could the UEFI and harddrive firmware be compromised as well, or is there some built in check the Apple UEFI bios? If it were PC/Windows, I'd toss the HDDs and reflash the bios with a "known good" copy.

Through the rabbithole with the paranoias.

Many - not all - PC makers only allow signed UEFI updates. Of course if the malware writers have pwned the mfgr's internal systems they could sign their own updates. Like they did with Eltima in this case.

If your UEFI has a virus - something the TLAs could possibly cook - it could either a) deny further flashing, or b) allow flashing BUT still remain. Computers these days don't have a socketed EPROM for DIY flashing - perhaps the mfgrs still have the tools to reflash securely through a JTAG or something similar?

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

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Re: Cheaters will cheat as Crackers will crack

"Nope - majority of Steam users are now on Windows 10..."

Now, now, we don't want accurate information here, especially Steam statistics. That's a paddling downvote, it seems...

Also, whatever you do, don't mention how the Linux/MacOS share seems to be dwindling.

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Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

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Easy

Just #dip your ordinary long sword into a fountain and it'll turn into Excalibur!

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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@gordynoth

"MS should be producing two different versions of Windows [...] No more Cortana, having all those modern apps, turning of the data feeds back to home base [...] I would be willing to pay for the ability to remove these things to be able to have a more server type OS."

You can either buy Windows Server, or (via a volume license) Windows 10 LTSB. Both omit the "modern apps", the appstore, Cortana and so forth, and get no feature updates, just boring security updates.

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Blade Runner 2049 review: Scott's vision versus Villeneuve's skill

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Re: Against the law of nature...

"Sorry I can't even begin to agree with this. The 2011 version was all CGI."

Yes, it was all CGI, but the F/X were made very much in the same vein as in the 1982 version, and were deliciously odd and repulsive: the merging of two people, the Thing in helicopter and so on.

"The last and technically the best of the animatronic movies without a doubt."

I can't disagree about the quality although animatronics have been used plentifully after 1982. Lifelike CGI started to gain widespread use with Jurassic Park 10 years later - which still had several animatronic dinos.

Remember: CGI and animatronics are just tools.

While 2001, Star Wars, Blade Runner and many other space films had really great model props, animations and so on, they were technically really hard and required lots of work to construct. Star Wreck showed how you can pull pretty fantastic effects on shoe string budget and rendering the CGI with home computers, and that was 12 years ago already.

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Re: Against the law of nature...

"So the Blade Runner sequel is, by all accounts, pretty good. This goes against all known natural laws."

There are always the exceptions that prove the rule. T2 anyone?

The Thing prequel in 2011 was also (mostly) really good.

And Wrath of Khan was much better than the tedious Motion Picture...

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Nothing matters any more... Now hapless Equifax bags $7.5m IT contract with US taxmen

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Re: No bid?

"Think about it: would you take it?"

Would I take $7M for a job? Hell yeah! We've got antivirus on every computer and the D-Link firewall keeps hackers away. And the new intern at accounting seems to know something about computers too. We're covered.

And if there's a security fail? It's a rap on the knuckles, the intern will be fired, and I would sadly need to retire with millions in my pocket.

Next question, please.

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¡Dios mío! Spain blocks DNS to hush Catalonian independence vote sites

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Re: FC Barcelona

"On a more serious note, who are FC Barcelona going to play if Catalonia secede?"

Espanyol, Girona, Barcelona B (reserves), Tarragona, Reus, Llagostera. Espanyol is a big team, the rest are more or less minnows.

FC Barcelona is probably banking on them being included in La Liga even after seceding because they are valuable to the Spanish League, but that's risky. The terms might just not be as good as they are now, and Barcelona has plenty to lose and nothing to win.

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GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

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Re: But

"That goes along with the 'tainted kernel' thing for Linux kernel drivers"

"Ulch - that code was tainted! You feel deathly sick."

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HP users moaning over 10-minute login lag during 'Win 10 update'

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Re: A few HP's here

I can only recommend clean installs as Windows 10 is installed in 10-15 minutes or so, and it seems to pick up all the drivers from WU very well. And afterwards you don't have to uninstall Winzip, McAfee and some useless HP stuff.

Several new HPs still have the 1607 version, so to get it up-to-date you'll first need to let WU download 1703 version (couple GBs) and the upgrading takes many times longer than a clean install.

Also consider not installing the HP EFI Diagnostics package, since it uses so much space on that 100MB (?) EFI boot partition that e.g. 1703 (Creators Update) fails to install until you remove the diagnostics. Pretty stupid from MS to use a paltry 100MB partition these days, and stupid HP because they haven't published an advisory or even recognised the need for one.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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Re: They won't come just cause you build it

"The bigger reason, IMO, is that it's a Microsoft browser. Microsoft basically did everything they could to destroy the internet with Internet Explorer."

I don't think that's a reason at all. I'm pulling statistics out of my ass here, but the browser user base has multiplied many times since late 90s when MS killed Netscape, and "newcomers" are not aware of the history, nor do people even care about decades old stuff. If users were looking for a browser from an ethical company Chrome certainly wouldn't lead the pack!

Chrome is a solid, working choice that renders web pages very well. That's not the reason it is the most used browser - the reason is the (already mentioned) fly-by downloads at Java and Adobe product download pages, which are opt-out, and when the browser is installed it imports the IE settings quite seamlessly, and the less adept users won't even notice except that the browser launch icon has changed.

Edge can't gain popularity unless Windows 10 gains popularity since Win7/8 will never get it.

Edge was rather unfriendly to use back in 2015 when I tried it for a few days, and it got better when it got support for adblocking last year, but the UI just isn't as nice as my Firefox.

Lack of adblocking probably didn't matter too much since I constantly see business and home users using browsers with no adblocking at all, and they're not ever aware of such things.

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New Horizons probe awakens to receive software upgrade

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Re: RFU

"Thank you for the SCSI card flashback... so glad we don't have to do this anymore."

Shirley you jest.

Pretty much all RAID controllers still receive multiple FW updates in their lifetime. Also several backplanes, and even plain SAS cards get them. Not to mention the (tape) drives connected to them...

The update procedures have become more robust and easier, they can usually be done online and you can schedule the required boot for a later date. I can't remember bricking anything in the last 10 years or so.

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Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

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Re: %appdata%

"Be nice if they stopped apps from installing from %appdata% or provided someway to force the apps to the relevant %programfiles% or %programfiles(x86)%"

That's just due to crappy software developers. Suunto and Spotify are two idiot companies that flat out deny installation to %programfiles%. I'm sure there are plenty of others too. And the Onedrive installer in %appdata% is another MS brainfart.

Hashing is not enough since these programs autoupdate themselves from time to time so either the new executable or the updater fail to launch. Unless you're there to unblock each new executable, it may be just easier to allow certain folders or just flat out deny these programs and tell the users to use their mobile or home computer for those programs.

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

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Re: Quite the planning process, this

"60 days to develop a plan to get rid of it"

"Is it really that difficult?"

It's called government efficiency.

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Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack

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Re: "will need updating" @Aodhhan

"I have an older Android phone"

That's nice. So which phone model is it?

I'd like to buy a new phone. Can you provide a list of Android phones that will receive updates for at least the next 3 years, based on past mfgr performance or a mfgr pledge?

I don't like my iPhone very much, but the service model is way better than any Android phone.

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

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Re: As any good medical professional will tell you

"Well, they tend to be labeled as Exabyte 8mm drives"

Sony AIT drives on IDE bus fell to that category too. To think of it, most IDE tape drives were equally WORN.

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Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

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Re: Helium?

"Catch is, helium is SO small you need special handling to keep it from getting away (as it's small enough to pass through gaps in otherwise-solid materials)."

Is the helium pressurised inside the HDD?

If not, and if the HDD enclosure material is porous enough to just let helium atoms pass then something must replace the helium because "nature abhors vacuum". Since a hydrogen atom is smaller than a helium atom, only hydrogen can replace the missing volume. Excluding the flammable nature of hydrogen, would it pose a problem for the drive?

I'm just a layman with only high school physics classes decades ago so bear with my likely flawed reasoning here!

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Kurat võtku! Estonia identifies security risk in almost 750,000 ID cards

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Re: "digital government, huh?"

"Some of the language in this article is inexplicably tendentious though¹, and I cannot understand why. Perhaps someone would care to explain?"

You're new here? ElReg articles usually are not written in neutral tone. Get used to it.

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Google's Hollywood 'interventions' made on-screen coders cooler

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@ratfox

"I'm not sure if learning that The Amazing World of Gumball is a thing makes it better or worse."

It's a funny and original show, unlike most other series, animated or not.

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Huge Apple news confirmed. Software deal with Accenture is official

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Re: Desk Drawer Fluff @Khaptain

"...desk drawer that is full of bottle openers/keychains/pens/500Mb USB keys etc....

Bottle openers, but no corkscrews? What sort of workplace is that?

I've still got a couple 16MB Fujitsu Memorybird USB drives from ca. 2001 in my desk drawer at work. They still work and with DOS boot files I still (rarely) used them for some BIOS/firmware updates.

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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"Most 8.1 phone apps run just fine on Windows 10 Mobile. The ones that don't are usually the ones written by muppets."

So, they'll need to ditch Kermit then?

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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I tried to explain what he was asking while not impossible wouldn't work

Reminds me of The Expert sketch...

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