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Funnily enough, no, IT admins who trash biz machines can't claim they had permission

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Re: This man is obviously a psychotic

Even as I've been redundant from various jobs I've always worked my hardest up the last day to ensure I left the job knowing I gave my best, my conscience was clear when I walked out.

Even if I object to Mr Thomas actions, I wouldn't be glad either to provide lubricant lube for free before being fist fucked to the elbow... As Mr Kant said, "Wer sich zum Wurm macht, kann nachher nicht klagen, wenn er mit Füßen getreten wird." . A company treating me like a disposable item cannot expect the best from me.

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So what happened with the patent judge and the Euro Patent Office?

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Re: How has he survived?

Don't expect Mr. McCarthy to told both sides of the story.

To sum it up, Mr. Battistelli made reforms to make EPO more efficient. These reforms didn't suit one of EPO union, which does not want people from EPO being held accountable for their work and started a war against Mr. Battistelli, making numerous complaints at the ILO. 95% of them were rejected. For an unknown reason, Mr McCarthy decided to side with this union and to talk uniquely about the 5% of the complaints won by the Union, and find whatever argument that he can throw against Mr.Battistelli. Maybe EPO union has a very efficient representative in San Francisco? Anyway, don't expect Mr McCarthy to have any objectivity on that subject.

Mr. Battistelli is supported by the Administrative Council of EPO, which elected and re-elected him.

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Kentucky lawmaker pushes smut filter law (update: maybe not)

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Love the update

As too many often, the ones who want to more severe restrictions for anything related to sex are often the worst offenders. Heck, it's even a clue about someone's perversion.

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So you're 'agile', huh? I do not think it means what you think it means

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Plaster on a wooden leg

As I see it, Agile methodologies are an answer to the wrong question.

The problem does not lie in development methods, but in the inability of the client to express his/her needs, and in the inability of the project manager to understand and translate them. It's all about communication and psychology. Learning to listen, to understand, to be open minded would help, alas IT people are most of the time antisocial psychopaths (count me in).

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Trump to NASA: Fly me (or some other guys) to the Moon

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Re: Mars one way?

Shut up and take my money! ^^

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Yes please, send him to the Moon!

Before he destroys Planet Earth.

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10 years of the Kindle and the curious incident of a dog in the day-time

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Really inappropriate

Driving a 2cv on a motorway is like using a kayak to cross the Atlantic ocean, it may work but it is not fitted for that!

That car was fantastic, able to go everywhere. When many other cars would have been stopped , the "Deudeuche" would go, slowly but surely. It was indeed all the opposite of the Kindle and all these shiny gadgets you change every two years because of the next generation new shiny gadget. A time when usability and reliability meant more than showing off... nostalgia of a time gone with the wind...

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It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

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The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog

Either an AI will act like the humans who program it, that is acting with defects, at best being neurotic and at worst turning psychotic, or it will be really superior to its former human masters and should logically try to get rid of this human nuisance polluting Earth.

Artificial Intelligence vs Natural Stupidity: we are doomed anyway. So let's enjoy today, tomorrow will be awful.

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WikiLeaks is wiki-leaked. And it's still not even a proper wiki anyway

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Re: Shower of shites!

By the way, if you understood Russian a bit you'd know that all Kremlin state media were 100% rooting for Hillary during last campaign.

ROTFL!

I guess you speak Russian fluently, don't you? As a native language maybe?

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Leakedleaks.

It's good to see that Mr. Assange has to drink the potion he prepared.

Asking to be named as ambassador? What a bastard! He's not only a russian tool, he does not forget to work for himself and get something in return... I guess that thirty pieces of silver were not enough.

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Metal 3D printing at 100 times the speed and a twentieth of the cost

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Strain and stress

I would like to know how does compare the mechanical resistance of a device made with this 3D printer with a device made from a block of metal worked with a CNC. I'm not convinced by the "fusion" process described in the article, I doubt it can bind layers together strong enough to make something mechanically similar to a "full" piece without impacting the geometrical characteristics.

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History shows why geeks will never, ever, ever... get along

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I'm not a geek!

Please! Nowadays 'geeks' are just techno-consumers, they do not have a clue how the shiny thingies they buy work.

No, I'm not a geek. I'm a nerd ^^

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The day I almost pinned my tushie as a Google Maps landmark

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I knew it! 'FB' means....

... Fesse Book.

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The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss

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I'm not convinced by FB solution: it seems inefficient and potentially dangerous.

There may be another way to fight revenge porn: so-called "social media" providers could warn they will fill a complaint and provide law enforcement agencies all the possible details on the scumbags making that kind of post to help them being identified and punished. And do it, of course.

Lawmakers should also be much more severe against the aforementioned scumbags.

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Learn client-server C programming – with this free tutorial from the CIA

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The HTTPS connections are established using security certificates that appear to belong to antivirus maker Kaspersky Lab, allegedly.

But but but.... I thought that according to US intelligence Kaspersky was working for the FSB? Would they have dare to lie and try to dirty Kaspersky, a non-US company? I can't believe it! :rolleyes:

Complementary questions: how many tools from the FSB were uncovered by Wikileaks? Is there any stats about how many leaks are related to the US vs related to Russia?

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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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"Idiots dare everything...

...That's how we recognise them"

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Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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Isn't that obvious?

Why, you wonder, does a remote controller need access to The Cloud?

1) To get any possible information about you.

2) To brick the item.

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US judge orders Sci-Hub be excised from the internet

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Having a free access to Science and Education?

Really shocking in the country venerating the Golden Calf!

Right to Education? Only if you can pay for it!

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Europe's one-patent-court-to-rule-them-all rocked by 'Brexit, EPO reforms, German laws'

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Fake news

" This time, it is Benoit's decision to take on a political role as deputy for culture in his home district of Saint-Germain-en-Laye,"

This is misleading. Batistelli was elected as town councilor in 2008, more than 9 years ago. He was reelected in 2014. He was involved in local politics before being elected as president of EPO in 2010. I guess that people who elected him in 2010 were aware he was elected as town councilor two years before, weren't they?

Looking at the mentioned article, he was recently elected by the council to become deputy mayor in charge of cultural affairs when he was previously as counselor in charge of the municipal theater.... What a scandal!

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Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents

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Re: Evil green liquid

Absinthe should be enjoyed after adding water poured on a small piece of sugar to soften the bitterness.. It is not meant to be taken pure unless you want to live a similar experience to the one described in the first video.

I remember having such a moment when trying to drink 'cul-sec' a glass of a liquor made by my dear grandma with some fruits I was unable to recognize... probably because the aforementioned liquor add an ABV rating above 80%.

Regarding the second video (congrats for the translation!), there is something similar in my native country. It's called 'Vipérine', it's made by putting a viper alive into a bottle of (strong) liquor. It's very weird when somebody offers you to drink something coming from a bottle with a snake in it..

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Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

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Re: Perfidious Albion

"a French technical team - mainly working for a company 51% owned by the French government - stayed in Argentina throughout the war."

As mentioned in the article: this technical team stayed - meaning they were there already, and for weeks before the invasion.

When the embargo was decided, nobody among the deciders thought about this team, and there was no easy mean to exfiltrate them easily and safely from Argentina after the embargo was in place. Because the people in charge didn't want the team to disappear as it happened too many times in Argentina, they decided the best solution (or better the less worse one) was to do nothing.

So no, it was not a revenge for Mers-el-Kebir.

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Perfidious Albion

Watchkeeper WK450-series drone fleet, built and partially operated by French defence contractor Thales

"The Watchkeeper WK450 is based on the Elbit Hermes 450 UAV and is built in the UK by a joint venture company, UAV Tactical Systems (U-TacS), set up by the Israeli company Elbit Systems (51% ownership) and the Thales group. "

Does playing the old anti-french sentiment still pay in british media?

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So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

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"The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them"

QED.

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

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Re: FBI make federal case out of school keylogger

"Past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior"

Ever heard about the concept of "Redemption"?

Young people are prone to make stupid mistakes. When those did not cause injuries or worse, I see no reason why these people should be stigmatize for their whole life

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Punctual as ever, Equifax starts snail-mailing affected Brits about mega-breach

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Nothing will happen for Equifax

Thus human courts acquit the strong,

And doom the weak, as therefore wrong.

At worst it will get a small fine compared to its revenue, but nothing more. There are too many interests, too much money involved.

Justice is harsh only for the small ones.

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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In the poll

I'm really surprised you mention VB as a programming language! VB can be called many things but certainly not that

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Vlad the blockader: Russia's anti-VPN law comes into effect

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Cutting the cables would be Putin's and Xi's dream

On the contrary, we should give the Russian and Chinese people more ways to circumvent this censorship: more cables, more satellites, more open sources projects to defeat their will to control minds.

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Streisand effect

Forbidding to visit foreign websites will have the well known effect to give to plenty of people the envy to visit these websites. In the end such a move will be counterproductive

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Jupiter flashes pulsating southern pole, boffins understandably baffled

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When somebody lives in a parallel Universe...

.. it's a good indication (s)he is either ready for vacations in a mental institution or is an American conservative - both are not mutually exclusive.

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Healthcare insurance cheat-bot bros Zenefits cough up $1m to make SEC probe go away

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In most civilized countries...

... it would be called 'corruption'. But not in the one venerating the golden calf so much money can buy everything, from judges to being president.

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Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

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Pourquoi faire facile quand on peut faire compliqué?

Traditional keys using mechanical devices to lock a car became too easy and reliable, car makers had to fix this. Adding electronics was the perfect solution.

The arrival of electronic devices and multiplexed circuits in cars were a blessing for roadside assistance companies. Most of car markers seem to be unable to make them work correctly, I begin to suspect it's part of their business model...

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Re: Possible Solution

As says the song ,

As long as you will own a car made by Renault,

The way to the nearest mechanic shop you should know!

Had one for 6 months. During this 6 months, this huge pile of crap had always something going wrong. As soon as I fixed something, something else was going down. It did not work perfectly a single day.

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Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

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Re: building a commercial hover bike

If this one was photoshopped, the buyer should ask for a refund ^^

Here's the website of the maker https://www.hoversurf.com/

It can also be used as meat grinder if something goes wrong for the pilot.

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building a commercial hover bike

You mean, like these ones? ^^

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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Re: Safety-critical updates?

Whatever the configuration, you can expect to be screwed by your insurance company anyway.

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

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Excalibur?

IIRC, Excalibur is not "the sword in the stone". Excalibur was given to Arthur by the Lady of the Lake and given back to her after Arthur's death.

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NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy

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Police everywhere, Justice nowhere

" police across the US seized $4.5bn under civil asset forfeiture rules [...]. By contrast, in that same year, the FBI reported that burglars stole $3.9bn from American citizens."

Add to this that US policemen kill around 1,200 people per year.

By the numbers: US police kill more in days than other countries do in years

I thought that US were tougher and tougher on people wanting to come on the US territory because of xenophobia. I was wrong, it's in fact to protect foreigner's life.

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Capgemini: We love our 'flexible, flowing' spade

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And the message was crystal-clear: "you'll get it deeply in the ace."

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'Humanizing'? PR BS!

This kind of companies can accurately be described as 'meat renters', they provide kilograms of engineers. The term 'human resource' describes quite well how underlings are considered at CapGemini.

Exploitation is their business model and it works for 50 years.

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I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

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Talking about jargon...

The president for France's Schools Programs Council resigned a few week ago. That guy, in charge of designing what would be taught to kids had some brilliant ideas.

Among those, don't say "swimming pools" but "deep standardized aquatic environment". Kids shouldn't learn to write but should "mastering the graphomotor gesture and progressively automate the standard lettering". And don't call a pen a pen, but a "scripting tool.". Practicing Kayak ? No, practicing "an activity of moving a floating support on a fluid". Also, Badminton sounds much more spectacular when labeled as a "dual debate activity mediated by a shuttlecock"...

350 years after its creation, Les Précieuses Ridicules is a satire still relevant.

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European Patent Office's document churning snatches Germany's attention: 'We are concerned about quality'

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Re: Property is Theft...

Sorry for not taking for granted SUEPO's arguments just because they are repeated again and again. When one keeps saying the same side of the story it makes me become skeptical.

As for the ILO-AT go yourself on the ILO website which is public and check the numbers of EPO cases by yourself.

Ok, let's do that. I also look at the last decisions of ILO-AT regarding complaints against EPO

Judgment #3894: The complaint is dismissed

Judgment #3893: The complaint is dismissed.

Judgment #3892: The complaint is dismissed

Judgment #3891: The complaints are dismissed.

Judgment #3890: The complaint is dismissed.

Judgment #3888: The complaints are dismissed.

Judgment #3887: The EPO shall pay the complainant 20,000 euros in moral damage.All other claims are dismissed.

Judgment #3819: The application for review is dismissed.

Judgement #3817: The application for review is dismissed.

Judgment #3814: The complaint is dismissed

Judgment #3813: The complaint is dismissed

Judgment #3812: The complaints are dismissed.

Judgment #3811: The complaint is dismissed.

Judgment #3810: The complaint is dismissed.

Judgment #3809: The complaint is dismissed.

Judgment #3808: The complaint is dismissed.

Judgment #3807: The complaint is dismissed.

Judgment #3806: The complaint is dismissed.

Judgment #3805: The complaint is dismissed.

Judgment #3804: The complaint is dismissed

We speak of serious business here

€2,000,000,000/year, yep, it's a serious business indeed, with big interests

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Re: Property is Theft...

I explained why concerns over patent quality are so significant.

As I said that argument was used 11 ago, one year before the new policy was enforced. I guess than 10 years after we can have data instead of insinuations, can't we? So, 10 years after, did the legal challenges rise or not? In what proportion? Or is it just FUD?

here are some links to previous articles

The articles you mention say that actions are intended against EPO, but they don't mention the results of these actions. There's a principle relating to Justice: everyone should be considered innocent before being proven guilty. So if EPO management has been condemned it proves your point: has it been? How many condemnations, how many acquittals?

I know some public offices and companies which are paralyzed because a union holds the power there, blocking any change and acting with tactics the Camora would be proud of: harassment, persecutions, false accusations and so on.

I do not know if it is the case in EPO, and I won't be able to know it with El Reg's articles which always side with SUEPO against management. We never hear here about the arguments of the other side, but just have again and again accusations against management. 121 articles on the subject for FFS, about something which is really barely IT related!

EPO has a budget of ~ €2,000,000,000/year, mostly paid by States' contributions, for an administrative work and for a goal which can be morally disputed, because one could argue that all patents are theft. Asking such an agency being efficient does not seem to be an absolute scandal.

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Property is Theft...

...therefore Intellectual Property is Intellectual Theft.

Who is the staff rep? The name is not mentioned in the article.

Whoever (s)he is, (s)he has good connections on El Reg, looking at the number of articles on this agency. There are more articles on EPO than on ENISA!

Anyway, staff of EPO complaining of having too much work impacting the quality of the process is nothing new, and that was years before the arrival of today EPO's president. 11 years ago, the SUEPO already stated that "the number of challenges over the validity of granted patents could easily increase.". Mr. McCarthy uses the same argument 11 years later: "it raises the likelihood that approved patents are then challenged and even defeated in court". So Mr. McCarthy, could you please enlighten us, how much did that number of challenge in court increase in the last 11 years? And compared to the number of patents?

Also, in the article it is stated that "the organization [was] repeatedly pulled in front of the International Labor Organization, the courts and even the European Court of Human Rights.". How many cases were opened? Did any of them produce results? What were they if any?

No more one-sided statements but data, please!

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Look! Over there! Intel's cooked a 17-qubit chip quantum package

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“250 times colder than deep space”

Well done marketing guys, you invented once again a slogan that means nothing - with a formula which is wrong by the way, 3K / 0,02K = 150.

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Oz military megahack: When crappy defence contractor cybersecurity 'isn't uncommon', surely alarm bells ring?

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It's easy to explain

50 people in the company, 1 IT guy.

When companies CFO will stop seeing IT as a cost , when companies will understand that they have to invest in sufficient human resources to have a good service, when principals will stop pressuring subcontracting companies to get the lower price, then things will change (and pigs will probably fly too). Till then, we'll hear this story again and again.

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Dumb bug of the week: Outlook staples your encrypted emails to, er, plaintext copies when sending messages

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Re: I've recently seen a current version of Outlook...

Essentially all the things people hate about e-mail are implemented, and all the things people like about e-mail are missing.

MS GUIs seem to be more and more designed to piss off users... For instance, making the Configuration Panel much harder to access with Win10's 'Creator' (sic) update... WTF!

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By default...

... always consider email as an inappropriate mean to transmit confidential information. After all, mails are just like messages in bottles throw into the Internet sea...

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European Patent Office staff rep blames prez for 'slipping quality'

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Cutting benefits from others may not make you much happier. Instead why don't you fight to acquire some new rights ? (oh but this is a little more difficult than just being cynical of course.)

You may have noticed that EPO budget comes mainly from States contributions, at a time where deficits run high and people in Europe are more and more taxed.

I understand that as a privileged one you want to defend your privileges, however I do believe that the burden should be beard by all and some minor sacrifices has to be made to avoid the collapse of the whole system. Fighting to get more money from taxpayers when getting already a lot seems a little bit cynical too.

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