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A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel

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Classic software

I still use a version of Paint Shop Pro, pretty much on a daily basis. Version 1 released in 1990.

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Re: Who invented it?

Anything to back that claim up? As far as I'm aware Excel was an inhouse development from the very start.

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Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

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Re: I really don't see the issue..

You don't see the issue because, amazingly, you're not aware that many people don't subscribe to Sky, Virgin or BT.

I get the BBC through this amazing device called an aerial. Consequently I pay nothing but a licence fee and no-one has any idea what programmes I watch, and which I don't. If the money is paid through subscribers instead, does that mean I get my BBC for free?

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Re: And hence......

.. because the BBC is a public service and many people can't afford to pay £60 a month, never mind willing. But I suppose no-one cares about them.

The BBC is also broadcast over the air. How do you build subscription charges onto that?

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Re: Telly Tax or Adverts

"Netflix make better shows than the BBC"

Netflix don't make "shows", they make drama. They also don't make news programmes and pitifully little documentaries. They don't make radio programmes or have radio channels. They don't make soaps. They don't make educational programmes, natural history, science or history programmes.

Suggesting that Netflix is in any way a realistic alternative choice to the BBC is suggesting that we just watch episodes of fictional dramas, and do without all the rest.

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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

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Re: Rotten to the core

You still don't understand. Uber is a self appointed "disruptive innovator". That means all the old boring laws and regulations don't apply to it. Stop trying to cramp its innovations! Laws are for squares and corporate suits! Get with the revolution!

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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."

"The problem wasn't Linux, it was lack of standards across all departments."

And it's a big "Hello There!" to the Linux fall-back excuse #1! "It's not Linux fault, it's the users"

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: German Efficiency

This set of priorities is all very well, until we get down to determining the order within the human subset.

Does the car kill the occupants of the car, or those of the other car? Or those pedestrians?

I predict that no-one is ever going to buy a car that doesn't put their life at the top of the protection list. At that point the production of robot cars becomes an arms race. The car that has the quickest and smartest AI to anticipate what the other is going to do, wins in any collision. Driving last year's model? Tough luck, you're going to die.

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Fake tech support 'scam' husband and wife banned FOR LIFE from computer repair world

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Re: How to avoid the fake calls

"Our software will fix that for you. It can connect to your computer remotely and remove ransomware. What is your credit card number?"

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NHS could have 'fended off' WannaCry by taking 'simple steps' – report

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Which is it??

"WannaCry cyber attack and the NHS in England, focused on the impact on Britain's health service"

Did no-one spot the obvious mistake in this statement? Which was it, England or Britain?

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Let's make the coppers wear cameras! That'll make the ba... Oh. No sodding difference

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Better justice is the difference

Surely the most important thing is that the camera records an accurate and unbiased record of events? If people's (meaning police or public) behaviour doesn't alter because of the camera, then at least we can be more certain that they will better held responsible for that behaviour.

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NHS: Remember those patient records we didn't deliver? Well, we found another 162,000

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Re: Support your NHS

"WTF are they still using paper for anyway?"

Do IT professionals still need reminding that a significant proportion of the population are either not equipped to receive email and sms, or are not interested in doing so?

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VPN logs helped unmask alleged 'net stalker, say feds

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Re: She deserved it (really?)

"OP never said "She deserved it""

Indeed. OP said;

"but what did the roomate do to drive him this insane? "

Meaning it was something the room-mate did that was the root cause of this, otherwise he wouldn't have been an insane stalker. This is what is called "victim blaming" and just one step away from saying she reaped what she sowed.

This question is, of course, exactly what the victim has probably asked herself a million times. "What did I do to cause this vindictive, crazy behaviour from someone I thought was a friend." And the answer in most cases is; absolutely nothing. You were just unlucky to cross paths with someone with a deep personality flaw who became obsessed with you.

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NASA tests supersonic parachute, to help us land on Mars

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Re: Descent?

If it deployed too soon, then it also deployed at the wrong height with the wrong atmospheric density.

If so, then the test only shows that the Earth's atmosphere at a lower altitude is denser than Mars' and parachutes are much more efficient. But I think we already knew that.

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Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

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Re: "To model just a few hundred electrons needs a computer bigger than the universe"

The correct answer to this statement should be; "So?" If we are in a simulation, we have absolutely no concept how much bigger the environment is outside of the simulation.

Plus the whole point of models is to simplify things. Electrons are models. Effective models, because the mostly explain the behaviour of what we know of electrons in terms that we understand. But you don't complicate a model with information that you don't need for the immediate task at hand. Simulations are no different.

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Guntree v Gumtree: Nominet orders gun ads site must lose domain

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Wood yew people stop that. It's making me sycamore.

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BYOD might be a hipster honeypot but it's rarely worth the extra hassle

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Re: I can't understand why anyone ever thought it was a good idea...

This is equally my problem with BYOD as an employee. Unless you're going to have separate devices for work and personal use (and who is going to bother with that?) all you are doing is layering your work's business all over the top of your personal business in such a way that where one ends and the other starts is difficult to see.

Employers, and particularly the self-employed, might be ok with that. It doesn't harm them if their employees are, in effect, never away from their work. But why would an employee agree to that? Especially if the arrangement means that your employer has access, and the right, to all your personal files?

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From slow batches to fast files, how Microsoft is luring folks into Azure

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Re: The problem is...

"I couldn't watch the rest of the interview after that. Easy to say when you're as bright as a button."

I can fully appreciate how many might feel the cloud is a threat to their current job, and maybe it is. But unfortunately, ignoring it will not make it go away. So your choice is either to become someone who has the skills to earn a living on the cloud, or become someone who find their skills are no longer required. The surest way to become one of the former is to be actively involved in a project moving to the cloud.

There's a lot of very experienced IT professionals who should know better than to sit on the sidelines and scoff at new technology, but are doing it all the same. "The cloud just means someone else's computer." "Nothing is as secure as my server in my server room." "It''s just Microsoft plotting to make more money."

Remember all the old systems that you were involved in replacing 30 years ago? Remember all the stick-in-the-muds who simply refused to use a computer/email/internet? Did their derision and refusal to be involved stop it happening?

I can understand how you feel. I can sympathise with your dilemma. However that's not going to keep you employed in IT. That's up to you.

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Alleged dark web drug baron cuffed – after he flew to US for World Beard Championships

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Re: I believe the word we are all struggling to vocalise is ...

"Doubly stupid if you have something to hide."

Triply stupid if you're doing it for a beard competition.

- "Nice beard you got there, bud"

- "Thanks. Yours too. Not as nice as his, though"

- "Yeah, his is bushier. Give him a prize."

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Welcome to the future: Bluetooth jackets you can only wash 10 times. Gee, thanks, Google

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"How often do you really wash your jacket?"

Not very often. But my experience with these sort of things is that when the advertising says "up to 10", it means in reality "5", after which it'll be increasingly rubbish and temperamental to a degree that makes it effectively useless and you'll stop using it.

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Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

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Re: Irrelevant

Uber can't be a monopoly, regulations will not permit that. However, it's their efforts to dominate the market in as near monopoly as possible that will kill any competition. This is not good for the consumer.

We've already seen this in the bus industry. Large national company floods into an area with buses, undercutting the fares of established, smaller competitors and making a loss with every passenger. Continue doing this until the competition has to withdraw or go under. Then cut the number of buses and hike the fares to regain healthy profitability in a near monopoly position.

The unions' problem with Uber, whether they are pulling strings or not, is their disregard for hard-won labour laws where they treat their drivers like hired serfs. Frankly, I'm ok with the unions having a problem with that.

This is Uber's behaviour, quite apart from its usual 'bending' of the rules because it's a special "disruptor" company which thinks the rules don't apply to them.

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Shock! Hackers for medieval caliphate are terrible coders

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Re: People who want to kill other people for stupid sky fairy reasons are not clever

You are confusing the reason with the justification there.

Like all "religious" conflicts, the actual reasons for the killing are the usual ones; power and resources. Religion is just the tool used to recruit the cannon-fodder.

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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Re: Inaccuracies from those who should know better

All it proves is that the NHS, like most public sector organisations, are not free to hush up instances of their IT going tits-up.

There were probably plenty of other organisations that were equally badly hit, but they weren't providing life-saving operations and didn't have any obligation to tell the world how badly hit they'd been. There is only a legal obligation in the event of a data breach. If you get all your files encrypted in situ, it's no-one's problem but your own.

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AI slurps, learns millions of passwords to work out which ones you may use next

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If every 3 months is secure, every 30 days must be x 3 as secure! Right?

"Don't force password changes."

Unfortunately this message has not got through to many system developers. You still encounter new systems that force you into regular password changes. Sometimes at ridiculously short frequency.

And the frustrating thing is that if you asked them why they were forcing this on their users, they wouldn't be able to give an answer. They're just copying what they recall seeing elsewhere. No idea why it was done, or whether it is best practice.

And the same goes for the ones that have simplistic "how many 'special' characters do you have?" rules.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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"If an internet giant like YouTube can..."

Identifying a copyright movie, TV programme or song is completely different from identifying something that might be classified as terrorist content.

No-one has a database off all possible things that a terrorist might say, and how. So unless we can get terrorists to adopt a theme song, by which they must start all videos, it's simply not that easy.

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UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

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"what will happen after actual Brexit will all turn out to be a bit of an anticlimax as it's already been decided and priced in."

Except nothing has been decided, because those responsible for this almighty mess can't make their minds up on what they're doing, don't know what's going to happen, and have no idea how it might all turn out.

The idea that everything is settled already in advance by the market is extremely naive. The market can't predict the future anymore than anyone else and frequently gets it wrong. Particularly when those who are supposed to be in charge are running about like headless chickens and can't tell the market where they intend taking us. Other than to hell in a handcart.

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Viacom exposes crown jewels to world+dog in AWS S3 bucket blunder

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Re: What price security?

"Why are huge companies with $billions skimping on security and storage costs and dumping data into the "cloud"?"

This is not a cloud storage vs server storage issue. Badly configured storage is just as likely to happen on either. Sloppy security is sloppy security, whether on a client desktop, in your server room, on a hired VM, or on a enterprise cloud.

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

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Re: Napolionic

>You are either free, or you are not.

You are free. However you still have a criminal record. On that record is your photo. Don't like them having that? Don't be a criminal.

This is, of course, somewhat different from being surveyed and tracked..

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

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Re: I only wish...

Nice example of the kind of post on the internet that can get you put in jail, there. Very apt.

- Threat of violence? Check.

- Vigilante justice? Check.

- No realistic possibility of it ever happening? Check.

- Internet tough guy? Check.

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El Reg is hiring an intern. Apply now before it closes

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Re: I've made a few tweaks to the copy so the intended audience will understand

" <blink>182!</blink>"

A Blink 182 reference? Blink 182!? lol, wtf, are they still alive?

Stop trying to talk like a teenager, grandpa. It's hella embarrassing.

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

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Extinct

Wow. A lot of elitist dinosaurs evident in these comments.

Python is a nice, clean language that extends to being really powerful when you need it. I've written in more computer languages than I can rightly remember, and there's a lot in Python that made me grin when I encountered it. Because it was almost always a tidy solution to the problem.

And now that it looks like they've finally put Python 2 to bed, I see no stopping Python 3's progress. The reliance on whitespace formatting is unusual at first, but once you learn how it works, it makes complete sense and ensures well presented code that doesn't look like shit.

I realise that some take pride in their code being dense and incomprehensible, but that doesn't impress me. Let them maintain their sniffy aloofness about Python not being a language for real programmers if they wish. But coders of the next decade will be in employment using it.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Re: To speak to someone?

It's almost like different forms of communication have different strengths and weaknesses!

I wonder if anyone else has noticed this, or can I claim to be the first?

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Boffin rediscovers 1960s attempt to write fiction with computers

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Re: Probably the software was bought by Hollywood....

It's a pity they killed Dog. There was definite spin-off potential there.

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UK.gov wants quick Brexit deal with EU over private data protections

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Re: They need us more than we need them

"A bloodless revolution which will return power to those who it should belong to, us the people."

Bwah, Ha, Ha, Ha! You think that giving May and her cronies free rein and ultimate power will give power back to the people! Ha, Ha, Ha!

"businesses have been getting very rich of immigrant labour"

Ho, Ho, Ho! You think that the Tory Government will do anything to stop businesses getting very rich at the expense of anything! He, He, He!

Oh my aching sides are splitting. Are you a comedian or just utterly clueless?

"while our own indigenous population has suffered in silence for too long - but no longer. We want our jobs back""

Ah.... forget it. You're not joking, you're just one of those people.

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WannaCrypt NHS victim Lanarkshire infected by malware again

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Re: this, after how much spent on IT upgrade

That was NHS England. This story is about NHS Scotland. Separate entities with separate systems.

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IT worker used access privs to steal £1m from Scottish city council

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Re: Seizing his pension?

They're talking about taking his work pension. He will still qualify for a state pension, which he'd qualify for regardless. So the tax-payer will still be paying for his retirement whether he was a criminal or not. (Or more precisely, his national insurance contributions will be notionally paying for it).

The fact that he'll probably be on benefit until retirement age is unfortunate, but what are the alternatives? Pretend he doesn't owe the money back? Either way, he'll be dirt poor for the rest of his life and the only winners are the bookies who, no doubt, pocketed most of the stolen money.

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Codename Brainwave: Microsoft reveals tricks and tips for whipping cloud FPGAs into shape

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More FLAs please

Would it have hurt to mention anywhere what FPGA stood for? Even in passing? Or is it if you don't know you shouldn't be reading this?

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Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

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"I suggest that the 50k fine should go the CEO personally, and not to the company."

".. And in this year's company annual report you'll see we paid the CEO an additional £50k, in recognition to him assuming the new role of "Chief Executive of Fines"."

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FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

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Re: Advertising is often overhyped...

"What do you honestly think would happen to the sales of someone like coca cola or Maccies if they just stopped advertising? "

Advertising is as much about crowding out the competition as it is about sales. If Coke just stopped advertising they'd effectively be giving Pepsi a free pass to nibble away at their markets. They wouldn't immediately stop selling, but with 10 years people would be saying "Whatever happened to Coke, they used to be everywhere? Can I have a Pepsi please?"

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UK.gov is hiring IT bods with skills in ... Windows Vista?!

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It's a trick

Asking for competency in obsolete technologies is a sneaky way of asking for a certain number of years of experience, which is legally dodgy because it can be challenged as age discrimination.

Wet behind the ears youngsters are unlikely to have experience in Windows 2003 Server and Vista. Someone with 10+ years will have.

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Read IBM CEO Ginni Rometty's letter to staff: Why I walked from Trump's strategy forum

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Re: Trump was right the first time

"If Trump had explained that the Klan has been a part of the Democratic Party for 100 years, all hell would have broken out since no one knows that."

Trump supporters are fond of this old chestnut about ancient history, because they think it can distract attention about away from current affiliations the current president has. While it is, no doubt, embarrassing and shameful that the Democratic Party were involved with the KKK 100+ years ago, it has no relevance to Trump's associations, policies and attitude, which are in need of far more pressing attention.

The same applies to Trump supporter's laughable attempts at labelling ant-Nazi opponents as "alt-left" or "Marxists". There is no evidence that the counter protesters were Marxists, or even if there is such a concept of "alt-left". There were no mobs waving communist symbols, no chants about bringing down the capitalists. The idea that there is a Marxist movement of any significance in American, hell bent on overthrowing American values, is a fantasy created by the alt-right to justify their own actions. They hope to paint their opponents with the same extremist brush that they are tarred with. Indeed, in most cases, I seriously question if they'd know a Marxist if they even saw one. It's just a word they've heard that they understand all Americans should oppose.

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Guess who's hiking their prices again? Come on, it's as easy as 123 Reg

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That picture

I appreciate how difficult it is to illustrate a story about domain registration with an eye-catching image, but what on earth has a guy with his head resting on a laptop and his hair on fire got to do with it? Is this a previously unknown hazard when laptops and domain names collide?

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Commentard Quizwall experiment ends with more quizzing than commenting

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Re: Quiz answers

"... plus that one."

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Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

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Re: As much as I hate nazis...

"nobody is obliged to provide a platform for your free speech, you can stand on a corner and screech if you like, but nobody has to hand you a megaphone."

This isn't about hosting the objectionable material, it's about their domain name registration. So this is more analogous to being denied a corner to screech from, because you don't have the documentation that will allow you out on the street.

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Re: Oh well...

Have an upvote. It is worrying that the vast majority of people commenting on this story, on a website aimed at IT professionals, completely fail to understand the difference.

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Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call

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Just what we don't want

This is going to be an all mighty cock up, isn't it?

I've no idea which of my addons are compatible, and which aren't, but it looks like I'm going to find out in the nastiest way possible.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: asshe but

"Where has he proved he don't work well with others? Possibly Google is, like big companies afraid that the workers will have a voice, think they are important."

The workers in Google *do* have a voice. And the vast majority of them said "this guy is an asshole and I wouldn't like to work with him". That means Google have a problem, they have an employee who has alienated most of his colleagues, and has drawn negative publicity towards his employer into the bargain.

Sacking him, however, has had the unfortunate effect of making him a martyr to even more dreadful people, as referenced in this excellent article. It's a bit of a 'everyone loses' scenario.

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

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

Where would the comments section on a Windows news story be without someone taking the time to tell everyone that they use Linux? It's traditional.

Well done. Have a biscuit.

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Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro

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All that's missing is David Icke's support and he has an unbeatable four of a kind.

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