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Code of conduct claims new Texas Instruments CEO after just six weeks

Agamemnon

Re: Good to see that this applies right to the top

CONFIDENTLY spoke out in favor of lassaiz faire capitalism at a business meeting

No, this one would have gotten him straight murdered. Company jet "fell out of the sky, oops".

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Agamemnon

Re: So..

Most assuredly; Dick in the Secretary.

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Official probe into HPE’s Oz 3Par crashes would create 'further negative publicity' if revealed

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Thank You. was wondering when we were going to get to the IT bit.

I've trained on 3Par before HP acquired them (also do EMC and HDS, NetApp if I'm slumming it, NexSAN if I'm having fun), it's good kit. Aaaaand Kit Falls Over sometimes. It's called entropy and we plan for it. (Six "Ps")

But, priceless.

1. Turned off monitoring. *BAM* The kit isn't to blame. It could have been calling for help all along but we'll never know. Everything Else is finger-pointing masturbation. Seriously, everyone's fired. That is blatant incompetence. Monitoring is there for a reason. Now I want to see their monitoring and alert system. Bets on it's (non)existence?

2. They didn't get Mid-Tier hot standby for their array. Couldn't Afford was almost certainly Wouldn't Afford. I won't deploy without a mid-tier. Hey, save money now and we just populate trays with just what data-size you have today. Expand as required. No biggie. But, you Will get a second chassis our I Will walk out of the project.

Now support, come on mates, we all know all support is outsourced, we all know to whom, so to feign surprise and whine is just silly. If it had been architected correctly, that point would have never been reached.

I don't see any problem here with the kit itself other than, that's what lots of us here get paid for. I see:

* Manglement.

* Bad finance decisions.

* Bad Archicture.

* Bullshit SysAdmin skills. (THAT team needs LARTed, and blackballed from the industry, no it isn't harsh.)

* I'd like to see that report that describes HPE's deployment methodology (and here they are https://www.google.com/search?q=hpe+3par+deployment+guide&oq=hpe+3par+deployment ) because I bet it looks more like I describe above (you bet your ass EMCs does, they want to sell you ALL the chassis, and monitoring, and dedupe, and some cold storage, and some of-site, and a pony...so I'm guessing HPE might be ever so slightly less aggressive selling kit). I bet their report is blatantly full of shit.

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Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

Agamemnon

Re: Ahhh, base security

My problem with that *points* is that a crew that doesn't know what ordinance they are carrying (manifest/visual inspection) should never be allowed to fly again.

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Re: Entering New Zealand

Silicon Valley: Mid-to-Late 90s ... IT Managers DID get together Friday nights for drug-fueled rage parties.

Yes, oh yes we did.

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Agamemnon

Re: Made it here first!

... "Chips, dips, chains, whips ... your basic High School orgy."

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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

Agamemnon

Re: The ONLY things going for it were

I have hear, and said "Wait for Service Pack 1" as Straight Gospel so many times from 98 until Vista (no Service Pack could save that blight).

If you had Real Work™ to get done, one pretty much had to.

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Agamemnon

Re: Memories

Can't decide if I'm impressed or horrified you hammered that out.

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BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical

Agamemnon

Re: "I prefer not to answer that but suggest you wear gloves to work."

I had a Boss like that.

He was a competent SUN Microsystems SysAdmin before Manglement promoted him.

And then he went and hired me. I'm independent, I know my job, and by the time he came to me with a Task List (three weeks), I'd already done 80% of it, three items were good ideas and I added them to my project plan, and handed him back his list. At That Point, he sat back and said:

"You're making us look good. You do you job and I'll be the umbrella that keeps the shit off of you."

He did.

We're good friends to this very day and I wish to hell I could hire him as My Boss.

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That was quick: Seattle rushes to kill tax that would mildly inconvenience Amazon

Agamemnon
Coat

*Dudeism*

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Agamemnon

Re: Not as simple as all that...

I've been here for more than a half-decade now, and you are Correct, there is more to it than that.

For example: Liberalism here is so bad that I Returned To Santa Cruz, CA to get some effing peace. I'll let that sink in and we can move on. ...

Seattleites (my better half is a native) pretty much liked it around here before Amazon grew, and Microsoft started expanding the East Side. As I said, I hail from Silly Valley in the 80s and I've seen pretty much everything they're doing here now a few times already. Leadership in Seattle Proper did see a Grass Roots opportunity because Seattelites are pretty much fucking tired of Amazon Executive and Developer douche-bags wandering around town after crushing affordable living into the ground and "gentrifying" some of the cooler places in town. However, $20Million USD is a very small number when you're talking about businesses in Seattle. There's construction companies, the Airport, *Starbucks* (don't Fuck with Starbucks, that's just stupid, screw Amazon Execs), I'll bet you a weed store or two make that, and the Grocery Stores (Safeway and Albertsons, who is already in trouble in Seattle) chimed in. Basically, there are a Lot of businesses that said; "OK, if you Actually want to jump up and down on that land-mine, have at it."

And it wouldn't have done a single thing for the Homeless OR Opiate problems in Seattle, far from it.

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WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

Agamemnon

Re: Re:I don't trust Hutchins

Nobody Believes the FBI, we just nod and smile.

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Agamemnon

Re: Who do you trust?

The "Jury Of One's Peers" ... Interesting game that one.

If that were the case, I would be personally judged by None Less than YOU people in any given situation I could think of. I would Oddly Be OK WITH THAT (you blighters ain't so bad).

That's just not reality.

I always though plumbers should be judged by plumbers. Jury of your Peers, right there in the name.

A plumber isn't going to have a Vastly different worldview than we do (our industry moves a lot of shit too) but there's Enough of a difference. A hair-stylist might have a different value-system too. A retiree judging me for dropping a site by hacking it to shut it's fucking bot-net up at 0300 is completely reasonable to some of us but "Bob" isn't going to grok the subtleties and nuances of Responsible Disclosure, and vendor neglection, etc, etc...when I just kick down the damned door and turn off The Bad because I TRIED the "Proper Route", but my New Solution is "Illegal". Why? That bot-net server is ALSO illegal and don't see Law Enforcement, or the owner, so we play these games.

Waste of bloody time when we could be actually fixing things.

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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Pint

Re: puts a dampener on rival GitLab’s claim?

Damnit, Sir. You are using good practice, logic and reason, in The Register Forums.

You should be banned, flogged, and quartered: Except that post was so good that I'm compelled to offer you a tasty beverage on this Fine Friday, instead of the aforementioned public shunning.

Because that's some damned fine thinking right there.

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Agamemnon

Re: Trust of developers?

The fool that gives us SystemD is the same fool that gave us PulseAudio: Lennart Poettering

You can see it in his hyper-modular design, which, while Technically Correct, has crossed the road into Micro Management.

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The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people's private posts public

Agamemnon

Re: Take security seriously...

I stacked OTR over their chat when. it was XMPP...still do it to Google. Pisses HangOuts right off.

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America's comms watchdog takes on the internet era's real criminals: Pirate pastors

Agamemnon

Re: Pirate radio is harmfull

Silicon Valley Kids will take your shit apart, literally.

(I'd have stuffed needles in the antenna coax, let `em figure it out.)

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It's hip to be Square: Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's other firm targets White Van Man

Agamemnon

Re: Did anybody else

Now that's sort of a funny thing, I was at the cannabis store a few hours ago so...Cannabis outlets in Washington State are Cash-Only ... "though I have heard" there are cannabis dispensaries in Greater Seattle that take square (and there's a link on CNNMoney FWIW), I've not personally been in one that does.

1. Some of that is privacy in that folk generally don't want "Bought 3.5g of Alaskan Purple Thunderfuck (a real thing) + 4Lbs of Brownies" on their ATM. Some of that is the Major Banks won't touch them...HOWEVER, the place I was just at seemed to get a loan just fine for building out the interior (used to be a feed store in Redmond 30 years ago) and exterrior of the building.

2. There is ALWAYS one of those portable ATMs in the dispensary (and the security knows to sweep for skimmers). Banks might not want in...those ATM guys will show up *Anywhere*. Someone wants a cut of that pie and the fact that it's those guys surprises me, not at all.

3. The Inventory Management (massive stock rollover, like, daily) and Point Of Sale (Fixed AND Mobile Tablets, "server" upstairs) is so dialed-in that I'm astonished. Socketing Square into their systems would literally be Plug-And-Play (I'm excluding interoperability with existing accounting but I'll bet you QuickBooks is ~90% adoption, and that's trivial).

The Better Half just switched from PayPal to Square for her business and it's been dreamy (guess who does "IT" for her business....go on, guess). The "POS" is an 8" Galaxy Tab with 4G, or her phone, or her other phone, or my fondleslab if it's handy, or my phone in a pinch (with DEVICE management from the $Diety console, which I thought was cool), and "Product Management" is (please forgive me, but it's true) "Robust".

If Square is indeed picking up the industry, that gives them some states on the East Coast I don't care about, DC (care less), Colorado, and The Entire West Coast (Ca, Or, Wa) , or; The 6th largest economy in the world (I'm adjusting for our astronomical cost of living versus the UK).

There is No Way Jack Dorsey is going to leave that money sitting on the table ... for long. And if he does? Cool! Some plucky little upstart will come along and pick it up, and they'll be rolling in dosh to do other nifty things.

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Agamemnon

Re: Startup finagling

Oh, so how The Entire (dot)COM worked.

Carry on.

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S/MIME artists: EFAIL email app flaws menace PGP-encrypted chats

Agamemnon

Re: Who relies on this stuff?

LOLOL. Thank you for that Sir. Haven't finished my first cup of coffee and you put a smile on my face before anyone else could etch my usual scowl there.

I could wax silly about all of the problems with PKE and EMail and People, but I think you covered it quite nicely indeed.

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Zombie Cambridge Analytica told 'death' can't save it from the law

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Re: Pass out the torches and pitchforks!

The problem is: These aren't People, and they're about as close to "Demon" as you can get.

* They "stole data". Yeah, whatever. Who here hasn't? (ahem).

* They used it to manipulate the weaker minds in my country here (not difficult, I get that) and royally fucked things up (this is not to say that last election cycle in the US proved systemic brokenness from Everyone Everywhere) very much in this country, and by extension, lots of other things. And I Have No Problem With That either.

What I have a problem with is: A bunch of Pompus Fucking Sociopathic Pricks in a private company explaining frankly how they're going to screw These People, and they screwed Those People, for money. Because they could. Last I checked, this was CIA territory (and other state actors but come-on, if they took out Cambridge Analytica your mind would just sort of slip "The CIA" all over these articles).

Fellow Commentards are pissy and calling for blood because:

* They're clearly unrepentant, and planning to Scale? That should give one pause.

* They're sociopaths. Sorry mate, but they've got no value to the Human Race. They're parasites Seeding Chaos. That's pretty demon like.

... And changing the name on the sign in the window, so they can Keep being Sociopaths?

Yeah, on the wall.

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Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke

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Black Helicopters

FLIR In 3...2...

Eats the power, but super usable.

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Scratch Earth-killer asteroid off your list of existential threats

Agamemnon
Meh

I don't mean to be pedantic (I'm a RegReader so that's bullshit) ...

The Chelyabinsk meteor did NOT <quote> Impact over the city of Chelyabinsk </quote>.

Moving at 19km/sec (I'm American, and I prefer metric, thanks) it finally gave in to it's pressure wave and our atomosphere and "Exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk".

Some bits impacted the forest, sure. If you like you could attempt to be even more pedantic and say it "impacted our atmosphere" and exploded, but it had done quite a bit of that "impacting" across a great deal of sky, so that would make you a wanker and I'd have to finish my beer at the other end of the bar whilst giving you the Stink-Eye.

"Exploded over Chelyabinsk" is correct.

Relating to the Rest of the article; Damn, I had such high hopes for an ELE this year.

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Agamemnon

An AU is about 93 million miles so the total area is about 100,000,000,000,000,000 square miles.

You are going to need a LOT of sentinels.

That sounds really good for the economy!

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US sanctions on Turkey for Russia purchases could ground Brit F-35s

Agamemnon
Coat

Re: leave increasing numbers of vital British-owned fighters grounded.

Lemons? I thought you chaps were "Limeys"?

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Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt

Agamemnon

Re: pffftttt...

Ok, the concept of parking a Tesla in GEO above Everett, WA is really amusing to me.

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

Agamemnon

Re: Fucking idiots

I'm no fan of Apple, however I'll parlay with this:

Apple shit actually works. Apple shit is actually designed to work together. Apple shit isn't user-antagonistic. You buy into the whole eco-system when you use Apple. HOWEVER, it's xNIX under the hood so it'll ultimately do what I effin' Tell it to do.

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Agamemnon

Re: Fucking idiots

I keep telling ya'll, I'm a xNIX Admin that lives in Redmond (I'll be in prison for homicide before decade's close, I'm sure).

The Kool-Aid here is rampant, and most Macro$loppies working now aren't old enough to remember the Anti-Trust suit.

And this administration's DOJ doesn't seem too willing to reign in business so, I'll just say it to get it out of the way: Install BSD or Linux and call it an afternoon.

Oh, and "Edge" is the most secure browser because nobody fucking uses it.

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MailChimp 'working' to stop hackers flinging malware-laced spam from accounts

Agamemnon

Re: I like homophones.

A Terry Pratchet reference before 10AM puts a smile on my face.

May I buy you a pint, sir?

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Super Cali neutral traffic bill makes web throttling bogus

Agamemnon

Re: Please stop the "Super Cali" meme.

As I'm often in California, and consider myself a Californian, I have to strongly agree.

It's "California", or "Cal".

As I was just in LA, a tourist or transplant from the Midwest or South immediately outs themselves when they say "Cali" and we all sort of wander away.

It's like nails on a goddamned chalk board.

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Ex-staffers slam Microsoft's 'lackluster' response to stacks of internal complaints

Agamemnon

Re: #metoo

Linus tends to be *completely* fair: He flames Everyone without regards to gender, gender identification, economic status, race, religion, distro. #Linux #EqualOpportunity

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Agamemnon

Re: Service Normal then?

I live in Redmond, I'm in the industry (clearly, enjoying TheReg forums), and do not work for Microsoft... I'm surrounded by them.

Make no mistake, the God Complex and "I am the center of $projectFoo, I am Super Cool™" is rampant. I've had to percussively remind one or two that they're really not.

I'm a UNIX engineer, old Net, from Silicon Valley, and I can tell you that it is just as bad there at Yahoo!, Google, and Facebook... While they're wallowing in their KumBaYah bullshit pretending to be enlightened, assholes are assholes, and corporate is corporate: We see again and again that the toe that gravitate to corporate are sexist (etc etc) jerks AND Corporate HR is there to appear to be useful. There Is A Process! they claim, because:

It's all facade, and it's all about appearances.

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Sneaky satellite launch raises risk of Gravity-style space collision

Agamemnon

Re: Regulatory Oversight

Yeah, seeeee...that's my take-away.

I've been to none too few launches in my life and last I cecked, FAA was your hurdle.

FCC is not a relevant entity.

Concievably, I can make a satellite that radiates Nothing (which Aces's out FCC), gathers some data, looks around, and crashes the spinning rust next to my BBQ on a Saturday Afternoon. (Ok, that might be a bit liberal in design, I admit...beats IP over carrier pidgeon, let's go with it...)

So how and or why would the FCC care?

As far as rocketry goes, and the FAA, America is (theoretically) built towards the concept that if it's not explicitly Denied, it's implied you can do what you want. In the sky, this becomes less true. The FAA's charter is: If it implicitly allowed, it's specifically denied. Ultimately, this is a good thing I think.

However:Americans (in general) have this odd mix of Crazy, and wealth to actually home-brew an ICBM/Low Orbit craft for kicks, as a one-off. It's only a matter of time before "Big Richard" in Texas decides to *successfully* build his own thing and to hell with things like international treaties and let everyone know there's going to be a launch-plume that every satellite is seeing making edgy folk more edgy until he parks his microsats in a bad place and all hell breaks loose.

Won't be government(s) that screw Richard, tho. It'll be business that owns the CommSats suing him into oblivion. Government will just build a few new keyholes, with all new goodies on an up-rev, and grab a few bucks from the general fund.

But the US FCC is sociopathic right now, you'll have to forgive us while some of our politicos demonstrate complete delusion.

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Sacked saleswoman told to pay Intel £45k after losing discrim case

Agamemnon

Re: Money here

1. First Amendment. Don't like my language? Fuck you, and the horse you rode in on.

2. To shoot down my own argument; I'm from California and can sue you because your tie causes me emotional distress (it really is hideous, really).

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Use of HTTPS among top sites is growing, but weirdly so is deprecated HTTP public key pinning

Agamemnon

Re: I only just noticed...

Right? Noticed a bit back and had the same reaction.

Their problem had been, as I understand, getting their Advertisers on board so it all worked.

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Billionaire's Babylon beach ban battle barrels toward Supreme Court

Agamemnon

Re: Miserable old git

I threw Newsome out of a bar in The Marina once in SF, while he was Mayor, after his Scandal (didn't want to drink with the git, neither did fellow San Franciscans).

Trust that Gavin won't do anything to compromise his election potential.

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That microchipped e-passport you've got? US border cops still can't verify the data in it

Agamemnon

So ... some things:

1. To verify the public key on the RFID in the passport, you'd need a copy of the public key.

2. That would have to be stored *somewhere* and the public key would have to be scanned and sent to <location> over <network>.

3. Compare and pair the keys.

4. Presumably the TSA Agent would get a red light, or a green light (KISS principle) for the Cryptographic Validity of the RFID's data on their hand-held or base scanner thingy.

Simplified, sure. But that's mostly the correct way to do it.

The other way, is to put the public key in each scanner so it ust checks right there in the boxen.

I'll be here having a pint taking bets on how this solution gets pushed.

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Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct

Agamemnon

Berkeley, CA

I'd say Berkeley has lost if's mind, but that seems redundant.

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US cable giant tries to wriggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead

Agamemnon

Re: Is Eric gunning for Congress or aiming higher?

Bob Ferguson in Washington State https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Ferguson_(politician)

This guy's a machine: Value Village, Motel 6, Purdue Pharmaceuticals, Monsanto, Comcast.

It's very strange, watching someone actually do their Jobs.

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

Agamemnon

Re: Re Geoffrey W: controversial bro-grammer ?

Aristotle was *also* a misogynist twot.

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Former ICE top lawyer raided US govt database to steal aliens' identities

Agamemnon

Surely you mean "Escape From New York". "Escape From LA" was the awful sequel.

"I thought you were dead." - Everyone

"I get that a lot" - Snake Bliskin

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

Agamemnon

Problem / Solution

Just two weeks ago, my better Half's, mother's ThinkPad was acting very flaky. The Better Half is a competent computer user and had a go at fixing it before calling yours truly (I maintain a Shroud of Asshole™ to discourage this except in the most dire of cases).

Windows (7) was being blamed, when in fact, the poor hard drive was in it's death throes (an aggressive controller/drive test caused it to finally roll over and gasp it's last). No biggie as I've got stacks of consumer hard drives laying around, as when I get a new laptop (I go through them like Seattleites chug coffee) I pull the drive, drop in a much better one, and install BSD or Linux before the machine is ever turned on.

The problem came when Installing Windows... no media (naturally) and the recovery is on the now TITSUP spinning rust. Tho there is a legal key conveniently on the bottom of the boxen.

Lenovo wanted some $100ish USD and two to three weeks for delivery (little old lady in a home with no Netflix, ABSOLUTELY NOT an option lest she pester better half to misery, resulting in Me Being Pestered to homicide) and Microsoft said "Blow Us" (paraphrased, but still) which was irritating as I'm six miles from their campus and ten from one of their silly stores.

Enter: Pirate Bay.

Less than 15 minutes later, I've got an ISO for Win7 Home "Pro" (which confuses me), I kicked in an additional USB Stick rattling around my gear bag for The Cause, and an additional 10 minutes later, Install Media is sorted (did have to get a "Write Windows Stick" application for Kubuntu because arsing with dd at that point would have been irritating, figured it wouldn't be bad to have in the toolbox anyway).

Windows 7 installed Great. The key on the bottom was accepted as Gospel, and activation was without hitches or drama. The next right hours were spent screwing with Updates and Patches, but, no homicide prison sentence seemed worth the effort. Last, put bullets in the "Update To Ten" process.

Best part? No lawyers.

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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

Agamemnon

*Sniffs* I read my EMail in (Al)pine <truly>. WOrks on my phone pretty well too. Screw `em.

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Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

Agamemnon

Re: But does it actually save time?

Living on the West Coast of the States, you can file that under: "Damned if you're politically correct, double damned if you aren't."

I just say "The Asshole" so everyone's offended, but isn't. Oddly, it works really well.

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You dopes! US state's pot dealer database pwned after security goes up in smoke

Agamemnon

Re: Serves them right

Duuuuuuude!

Here, hit this.

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Agamemnon

Re: Serves them right

I'm a Californian living Washington. We genuinely can't figure out what the fuss is about. Oh, yeah: Follow the Money.

[I don't actually want to toke right now but I'm packing a bowl This Very Second just to piss you off.]

You *do* understand that it's legal in, *GASP*, Washington DC?

Ok for The Beltway (and thank goodness, those twots could hit he bong a few times, mellow out), OK for Me, NONE for you. Prohibition of cannabis was actually a class-war issue against Puerto Ricans and Blacks by none other than Tricky Dick and friends. It's been used to fuel the Corporate Prison System for decades. Folk interested in synthetic stringy/ropey like things got in on the act and "Marijuana" was made illegal, when everyone actually calls it Cannabis.

Go drink your shit diet-pilsner-lite, turn on Reefer Madness (and enjoy the lack of prohibition) and leave those of us on the West Toast alone to our freedoms. Don't like it? Don't smoke it. Easy-peasy.

Now the IT angle:

♫ Don't bogart that database, my frieeeend, pass it oooover to meeeeee. ♬

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Of course a mystery website attacking city-run broadband was run by an ISP. Of course

Agamemnon

Re: Oh, *that* kind of attack

Oh good... I'm not the only one.

I figured they split off a few Tbits and pointed it at the Muni's edge and slapped it silly.

Then I thought, that's a ten second trace...IoJunk bot net? A service provider can just Summon/Owns one, and Deployed it?

There's simply no way the universe loves us nerds so much that we could get seats to that shit show.

Then I read the article to find: Jackass company hires jackass PR firm to run smear campaign. *Yawn* Yep, Thursday.

My story would have been more fun.

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CLOUD Act hits Senate to lube up US access to data stored abroad

Agamemnon

Re: On-premises Data

Ultimately... who *Always* foots the bill?

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Agamemnon

As a brother from across the pond, you lot seem to really, Really, dislike your PM.

We're not all that fond of our president.

I say we all say "Screw it" and go for a pint or three and lament our misery, together.

(Rapid problem salving.)

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