* Posts by Mike the FlyingRat

90 posts • joined 21 Jan 2020


Purism's quest against Intel's Management Engine black box CPU now comes in 14 inches

Mike the FlyingRat

Re: Why Intel?

So you now have a new arms race!

Beijing's tightening grip on Hong Kong could put region's future as an up-and-coming tech hub in jeopardy

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@ Phil Re: "we need clarity on what the laws will involve before we can decide anything"

You realise, do you not, that treason in the UK could be punished with life imprisonment.

In the USA - death sentence. Welcome to the Free World!

Son, perhaps you should learn more about US law and the history of sentencing which also sets precedence.

While the death penalty is still on the books, its not frequently used, let alone not for the infrequent 'treason' cases where it has never been applied post cold war, or in the past 50 years.

If you want a good example. Manning. Manning [he] committed his criminal act while as a soldier in theater. In Manning's own words [he] expected that when caught [he] would be shot. [* He because Manning identified as a male at this time.]

Manning was given a long prison sentence which was commuted by Obama. No death penalty.

Assange who fears being extradited to the US in part due to allegations raised during Manning's Article 32 hearing, cites the possible Death Penalty in his effort to fight extradition. If the allegations are true and he did face a trial in the US, because the Death Penalty was not given to Manning, its off the table for Assange. (Assange would be viewed as a co-conspirator. )

So while its on the books, it doesn't mean if charged with treason, you're automatically facing a capital sentence. (Which is what you're implying.)

There some irony in your post, but I think most here would not understand it.

Mike the FlyingRat
Black Helicopters

@Sparty Re: "the US response can hurt Hong Kong "

You are conflating two things

1st the issue is that China is reneging on the promise it made to the UK for 50 years of autonomy for Hong Kong.

Perhaps you missed the protests that had been going on pre-COVID-19?

The second, you're taking a swipe at the US for supporting Hong Kong.

Perhaps you should take a look at what happened in Berlin in the post war decade. That may help to explain a possible future for Hong Kong.

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process

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Re: That’s not the answer that’s going to work for us.

You could always delete it.

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You are absolutely correct.

Its an extra step and it requires that facebook show that there was harm before they get the subpoena. That is that they have to go to court to open a case, alleging harm, then if a judge agrees, it can issue a subpoena which the ISP or in this case registrar can either hand the information over or fight it.

Facebook will lose these lawsuits.

The irony which may be lost on many...

Facebook and other companies claim to be a platform only and thus exempt from lawsuits over content. The registrar however is acting in that capacity and facebook wants them to hand over information that they should go to courts to get. (Claiming that they should be held liable for their customers.)

Of the examples... none would be a trademark infringement. (e.g. facebooksux.org isn't a TM violation.)

HPE's GreenLake remade with fresh set of cloud services as biz starts move to aaS future

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Right now AWS, Azure and GCP are pitching their kit to go on-prem.

Now if we think about it... HPE is putting hardware/software, essentially an appliance in your data center and you only pay for your compute/storage. This covers their costs for monitoring and maintaining the hardware on your premise where you pay for the electricity. The question is if they can be cost competitive. The upside is that if you're risk adverse, you have the capability that you would get in the cloud without leaving your data center.

Its going to be interesting to see how it plays out, but its definitely positioned well.

Mike the FlyingRat


Not sure of your conclusion.

HPE bought BlueData and then MapR.

So they actually have some interesting capabilities.

Facebook boffins bake robo-code converter to take the pain out of shifting between C++, Java, Python

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Re: "wouldn't have been better if they'd been faster"

You want to admit to that?

I bet you also played on a CP/M machine too.

US Air Force wants to pit AI-powered drone against its dogfighting hotshots in battle of the skies next year

Mike the FlyingRat

Re: Which aircraft will the meat pilot use?

A10 fart shells? That's one way to describe it.

Yes, A10 was specific role design thus superior to multi role fighters. But needs air cover for protection.

Works for me.

Mike the FlyingRat
Black Helicopters

Re: Which aircraft will the meat pilot use?

Doesn't matter.

Drone has serious advantage in dog fight in that you don't have a meat bag that can't take High G turns

So you can design drones to be smaller and more nimble and can't fight human anatomy.

That said... the humans have the ability to think outside the box and may surprise us because the drones will be focused on the norm and not the edge conditions

$5bn+ sueball bounces into Google's court over claims it continues to track netizens in 'private browsing mode'

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@Mark I 2 Thats not the point...

Its the fact that google can still track you even though they claim not to.

Why wont El Reg ever comment on why they still use Google analytics in this day and age when they could capture and process their own just as easy...

Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps

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@ecofeco Re: Worst American president ever

Actually Trump is an interesting character.

Many of the liberal minded el33t will focus on Trump's rhetoric and his banter.

Its all noise.

Remember that expression... "Action speak louder than words!" ?

Lets consider what Trump has done.

Prison reform? Check

Boosted the economy prior to COVID-19? Check

Low unemployment? Check

Low unemployment for minorities? Double Check

Pulled out of Paris Accord, yet US dropped CO2 production and dropped it lower than any other country (percentage wise). Check

Opened talks w North Korea and repatriated US MIA/KIA remains. Check

So I wouldn't say he was the worst. He inherited a mess and while hamstrung, did more that Obama did in 8 years. With one major exception... Obama's administration broke more laws than any other administration in recent history.

I think you'll find History will be kind to Trump, Obama? Not so much.

Mike the FlyingRat

@El Reg, teach your authors some basic journalism

The author wrote:

On Wednesday, coincidentally, the US officially surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, meaning, if all figures are to be believed, America is home to 28 per cent of global coronavirus deaths and four per cent of the world's population.

And more than 40 million people in the States have claimed unemployment benefits during the pandemic. ®

Updated to add

Overnight, Twitter hid a Trump tweet, posted amid civil unrest in Minneapolis and elsewhere over the killing of George Floyd by a police officer, that said the US military should open fire on people on American soil. The tweet "violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence," according to the social network.

First the comment about COVID was completely off topic. I work for a global company. So far in the US none of our employees have succumbed to COVID. However in the UK, I know of 1 death of a young coworker due to COVID. How the UK handled COVID was abysmal. So why publish this fact on an article about Trump's EO? (Clearly its to evoke an emotion and shows bias)

The second thing about Twitter.

Anyone with any common sense would see that these officers crossed the line and should be charged. This is one of a handful of cases where there is evidence that the officers broke the law. Yet we have rioting in the streets. Note, this isn't just people doing a protest march or hanging outside the police station. But people actually looting and causing mayhem. Some armed.

Do I agree with Trump's tweet? No. However that doesn't mean his tweet should have been censored.

BTW, US Military can't operate within the US. National Guard troops can. That's something lost on many, including Trump.

Mike the FlyingRat

@JoeyDiggs Re: Trumpetsters Trumpet Drumpfs Lumps

If he doesn't like it just stop tweeting DRUMF! It's a private company and they can do anything they want!

No they can't do anything they want.

Sure they are private companies.

But they still have to work within the law.

Now suppose this were Obama and not Trump.

Obama would have had the IRS perform endless audits on the company, and all of its executives.

Don't believe me... just ask Lois Lerner

Not to defend Trump, but his EO will stand. Why? Because all it would do is strip a shield that prevents them from getting sued.

BTW, if someone sues the US Government over this EO... it will take years and it will end up in tSCOTUS. Obama had a record number of his EOs deemed illegal well after the damage was done.

Here. very little damage will occur.

Mike the FlyingRat

@IGotOut Re: Simple Response.

I don't think you get it.

Taking an action to close a POTUS account would do more damage to the brand that they tried to create.

And Twitter basically said that they would keep accounts of world leaders because of their importance.

But back to a premise put by the author:

"So when Twitter adds a fact checking notification to Trump's tweets, as it did for the first time on Tuesday, it can do without taking on editorial liability if it believes the material is objectionable, whether it's protected speech or not."

Trump's EO will stand and its not as toothless as the law professor things.

While the law is vague. Objectionable is a open ended statement. The courts would favor the plaintiff if someone sued them.

The law itself is flawed and should have been removed or rewritten long before Trump hit office.

Its like the CAN-SPAM act. Which actually made it possible for spam to continue and provided spammers protection.

Zuckerberg actually gets it.

What do you think will happen if these companies get sued and found to be monopolies in their space?

I find that the Chinese Government is reprehensible over their treatment of Hong Kong as well as how they lied to the world about COVID-19. Should we then sign a petition to tell Twitter to take down their account(s) or FaceBook?

Imagine if you're a Christian and all of a sudden your posts espousing your faith were censored because the guy censoring your posts was an atheist ? He found them objectionable. (Or vice-versa)

Do you think that that site deserves to still receive the blanket immunity?

Remember, Twitter , FB, Google are defacto monopolies.

Trump may do foolish things. He's unpredictable. But you can bet he ran this past the lawyers in his administration before he signed it.

Just saying!

Mine's the flame retardant jacket. (Which is probably going to give me cancer...)

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation

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There must be a simpler fix...

Why not have a key be generated at the start of a program where as the context switches, just encrypt the cache so that it can't be read without the key.

Then as the context is switched in, the memory is decrypted. The OS would manage the single use keys for the applications There are some additional layers to this but the idea is to make it more difficult and expensive to get at a program.

Yes, there will be a performance hit but at least your system is secure. (Until someone breaks your key management system within the OS)

Chicago: Why I just grin like a dork... It's my kind of Bork

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Re: wood fired

Come to Chicago.

You can get all sorts of different pizza types. Besides the main chains everyone knows. There one out on Chicago Ave. (West of Milwaukee Ave by about 1/2 to a mile.)

Killer pizza and salads. (The same owner owns a bakery / breakfast cafe next door)

Mike the FlyingRat

Re: @MGryFalcon Jumped up quiche?

No idea what you're talking about.

Get a Lou's Deep Dish or a Sausage w some garlic/onions/black olives on top.

You have the pie, the large sausage patty that covers the whole pizza, then the cheese, sauce and then more toppings.

Don't know what you were eating cause that sir, is a Chicago Deep Dish.

Mike the FlyingRat

Re: My Kinda Town!

Foster/Kedzie is on the north size. It is not River North.

Trust me, I lived in River North for 20 years and then in West Loop neighborhood for 10 years before that.

Sorry but a bit of a Chicago neighborhood thing.

Mike the FlyingRat

@MGryFalcon Re: Jumped up quiche?

Real Chicago men don't eat quiche.

With respect to deep dish...

You have a couple of options.

I've always preferred Lou's over the others although Uno and Duo are ok.

Then there's a place up in Lincoln Park (On Clarke I think) that had a good Calazone,

Not sure what you mean by top crust. Its the sides and the bottom and the bottom is roughly 1/4-1/2" thick.

That's the one thing I miss not being in Chicago. Decent Pizza. (And yes if you like NY Style there's a place near Hubbard and State, across from the Hertz Rent-a-Car center. )

Worried about the magnetic North Pole sprinting towards Russia? Don't be, boffins say, it'll be back sooner or later

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@ Dinanziame

Sure we live on a weeble. (Not a technical term, but a child's toy)

But ask yourself... what impact does this have on climate change?

I don't think anyone has studied this to establish a correlation.

IBM to GTS staff: Not volunteering to leave with a redundo cheque? We'll give you a helping hand

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Re: Meet the new boss

He's not the same.

But that doesn't mean he can immediately change the culture.

The only people who are secure are the bean counters who do nothing more than the paperwork.

Of course they were all off shored to lower cost offices already with a few resources within the country of work.

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@Dr. Syntax

I think that he implied it.

Even if he was an employee of a contracting firm, he could end up losing his job due to a limited bench time and no one is hiring at the moment for consultants.

However there are still projects and work going on. People are getting hired as we speak.

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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@JulieM Re: Of course, being centrally controlled

They can release compiled binaries (and nothing else) under the Apache licence, or a BSD or MIT licence, and still call it Open Source. "Just exercising their freedom not to share" meets the letter of the law, just not the spirit.

Actually they can't.

They have to distribute the source code.

There are other fallacies with respect to Open Source, but that's not one of them.

I agree that within Open Source there are various licenses and you will find that there are flaws with them.

One could write an economics PhD thesis on the fallacies of Open Source and its impact on the IT world.

That's not to say that there aren't advantages to it, just that its not the panacea that everyone thought it was.

I'm doing this to stop humans ripping off brilliant ideas by computers and aliens, says guy unsuccessfully filing patents 'invented' by his AI

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@ not so technical Ben Re: Its all binary

You're copyrighting the alphanumeric key which has a unique significance. Its not just a number like 1 or 3.14152 ...

And the number is a unique identify to said patent. Not a generic number or mathematical formula.

Mike the FlyingRat

Re: Its all binary

Its copyright. Hence the icon.

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Re: Its all binary

Not even funny.

Everyone knows you can't patent numbers.

Now if you want to talk about patents, I've got this really large room filled with somewhat intelligent simians who've been working on my patent applications...

I used to let them sleep in barrels until this very large Gorilla decided that it would be fun to throw them down an inclined ramp at people.

And yes the infinite monkey joke predates your binary joke so I claim prior art!

Wakey-wakey! A quarter of IT pros only get 3-4 hours' kip – and you won't believe what's being touted as the 'solution'

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@Foobar (retz) Re: @AC ... stay on prem

If you go to the cloud, you will need a certain amount of expertise.

If you don't have the staff, its time to build it up.

I went thru an exercise about putting a project on prem vs in the cloud.

Can't give specifics, but definitely cheaper also more secure.

Of course many will challenge the security, but again, I can't share details why it would be more secure either.

Sorry, but if your CTO and CIO are not planning to move off the cloud... time for a change up.

Mike the FlyingRat

@AC ... stay on prem

Silly boy, you can do what you're doing in the cloud and do it on-prem for less.

The only question is... are you and your team up to snuff to do it?

Mike the FlyingRat

Now that's funny!

""There's a positive link between the adoption of cloud technologies and people's work/life balance, with 57 per cent of those whose organisations have embraced cloud technologies feeling satisfied with their work/life balance," the report gleefully reveals."

Part of my sleepless nights are due to some pointy haired manager (PHM) thinking that going to the cloud is our solution and its my job to roll up the newspaper and say "No! Bad Manager! No!" and then gently remind him of why.

I'd switch to a shock collar, but HR is afraid I may over do it and cause permanent damage to his psyche.

Keen to go _ExtInt? LLVM Clang compiler adds support for custom width integers

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Re: Sounds like a good idea

Not sure why you posted AC.

But you're stating the obvious. :-)

While it may sound inefficient to round up to a power of 2its actually more efficient.

Netflix says subscriptions just boomed but tells investors it's no money heist and they should expect stranger things

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@Richard12 Re: How long before familes feel the pinch

You need to learn more about the foreclosure process.

Mike the FlyingRat

Re: How long before familes feel the pinch

You must be watching CNN.

The reality is a bit different.

1) Banks are not going to foreclose on mortgages.

2) Courts are going to approve eviction cases.

3) The death rate in the US seems high because we're doing more testing. But the mortality rate over those who tested positive is less than in other countries.

If you want to look at the UK, how many people are dying in their homes because they can't get tested and by the time they get to the hospital it is too late?

So I have to ask... how many in the UK probably have the Wuhan flu (Covid-19) but can't get tested?

Mike the FlyingRat

Re: Unusual not the right word

Mixed blessing.

1) Short term customers means adding customers

2) More people staying at home means more watching which breaks their models.

Monthly subscriptions are based on an estimate on how much the average person watches. While more people join, the average amount a person watches on Netflix increases. So they can have a net gain in subscribers but now still lose money because of the cost of delivery. (They don't own their infrastructure, remember?)

Also there are now more competitors which have a couple of advantages. 1) Content 2) some own their infrastructure so ramping up doesn't incur the high cost Netflix has.

Somewhere, way out there, two black holes, one large and one small, merged. And here on Earth, we detected the gravitational wave blast

Mike the FlyingRat

Another silly question...

What happens when you have two black holes that are very large ... collide?

By big, I mean black holes that are a couple of orders of magnitude larger than these?

I'm going to assume that there is a thing about critical mass.

And they say that the universe lifespan isn't cyclical.

US judge puts Amazon's challenge to Pentagon JEDI deal into force stasis

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@AC Re: Inconceivable

First, try telling any business that they need to design and build infrastructure based on a 'black swan' and you'll find yourself politely shown to the door.

Free clue. Why do you think AWS came to exist? Answer that and you should be able to see the

Second name a business which you need to scale during a Black Swan Event. Its few and if you follow Zoom, you have a couple of issues:

1) They have their servers in China.

2) They are not going to be able to convert their free accounts into paying accounts. (The conversion rate is for shit.)

3) Corporations are now telling their team no Zoom on corporate machines where their IT group is scanning and removing the app from their PCs. Vendors who are using Zoom... they are having their sales calls cancelled over it.

I'm sure I'll be down voted by commentards who are not in the position to worry about either security, or senior management where you make infrastructure decisions.

Mike the FlyingRat

Re: &.....

Sorry no.

A planet full of Jedi would be able to cloak the planet from the Klingons because the Klingons are a simple violent race. It would be trivial for the Jedi to tell the Klingons even from a distance that the planet doesnt' exist.

Cloudflare goes retro with COBOL delivery service. Older coders: Who's laughing now? Turns out we're still vital

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@Michael Wojcik Re: Mindset

And what does this teach you about COBOL?

Now look at the C example for Hello World.

What does that teach you?

Now you start to see why it doesn't make sense in COBOL.

Mike the FlyingRat

Re: Mindset

So what do people in West Bromwich say?

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Re: Mindset

If there's any point in drawing and quartering after shooting, your firing squad needs urgent training.

Not necessarily, remember, they dug up Cromwell in order to execute him for treason.


Geez I guess a bit of history lesson as well as the obvious redundancy should be in order.

There are a few cases where you have redundant methods of death performed. Primarily as a way to desecrate the corpse. Or to send a signal that you really wanted the person dead.

Remind me how William Wallace was killed?

[Hint: He was hanged, drawn and quartered—strangled by hanging, but released while he was still alive, emasculated, eviscerated and his bowels burned before him, beheaded, then cut into four parts.]

Just to save you from going to Wikipedia.

Mike the FlyingRat

Re: Mindset

No, I didn't.

But then again I seriously doubt you've done anything w COBOL and CopyBooks either.

Its sort of like a C developer mocking Objective-C/NextStep for how large the executable was for a simple 'Hello World' when the C compiled code was so much smaller.

Yeah, I'm that old that I know COBOL, FORTRAN, Revelation (Pick), C, and a slew of other languages where I can appreciate them all.

Mike the FlyingRat

Re: Mindset

If you actually wanted to write 'Hello World" in COBOL, you deserve to be shot, then drawn and quartered.

Sorry but that's like using a hammer when you need a screw driver.

In Rust we trust? Yes, but we want better tools and wider usage, say devs

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@DrXym Re: despite the enthusiasm of developers [snip] adoption remains limited

If you ever have to interview a developer, ask them to talk about their favorite programming language.

Ask them to name one thing that they absolutely love and one thing that they absolutely hate.

There is no right/wrong answer, but it will give you valuable insight into the candidate. ;-)

That said... C and then C++ really require those who develop to be very skilled at their art.

You will see a lot of the NPE, Memory Leaks drop off when the developer takes the time to craft their code properly.

The problem of course is that this is the minority of trained developers and very few want to pay for this level of expertise not to mention the amount of work outstrips those capable of doing the work properly.

That's why you see a dumb-ing down of the languages.

I'd look at Rust or other languages, however I've been pushed up the corporate ladder to a point where I'm not allowed to code anymore.

Mines the jacket with the key to the executive washroom that isn't an illicit copy, it its pocket. . ;-)

Academics: We hate to ask, but could governments kindly refrain from building giant data-slurping, contact-tracing coronavirus monsters?

Mike the FlyingRat
Big Brother

Re: And the non-centralised approach

First question... how do they know that someone tested positive was on that train?

When you test positive... what information is passed on to the government? At what point do they track information that isn't allowed by HIPPA at least in the US.

There's actually more to this... while the government can get your name because of the social impact of COVID, tracking you by phone is a no no. Not to mention, even w GPS-A, you're going to be off by 100m

So what happens if you test positive and hunker down in your apartment. Now the neighbors surrounding you are going to be alerted that they are close to someone who's infected, even though they may not be or even close to you ?

Its a cluster-F in the making.

IBM age discrimination lawsuit suddenly ends, suggests Big Blue was willing to pay to avoid discovery process

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@Tony Re: wondering

Not as many as you'd think.

Most of them could come back as sub-contractors and make more money. There are other ways to also make more money if you have the right connections into IBM...

French monopoly watchdog orders Google to talk payment terms with French publishers

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Re: Kicking Google might have undesirable consequences

Sorry but you get down voted.

Simple truth... Google has been illegally profiting at the expense of those who actually create the content.

Just something to think about.

Buy now, pay later: HPE says demand for financing jumps amid pandemic

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Re: And Xerox?

That would be funny except that its Xerox pushing the deal with HP.

And the fact that there is HP which is Xerox target... and then there is HPE which is everything that was HP outside of print.

-Just keeping it real.

New IBM CEO Arvind Krishna says hybrid cloud will be bigger than mainframes, services, middleware

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@ecofeco Re: Good luck with that

IBM is a big place.

There are some IBMers I'd trust.

But its a small number.

The bigger issue is that IBM isn't the thought leader.

They are the vendor of last choice for customers who want leading edge solutions that don't come with a gi-normous price tag because of the bloat.

Mike the FlyingRat

@AC Re: Few companies HAD the trust, ....

Some IBMers have trust with their customers. That's for sure.

(I still remember my serial number and I still have connections to friends who haven't yet retired or left the borg.)

But yes, IBM as a whole does not. Nor do they have the deep skills Arvind thinks that they do.

(This from someone who's friends with the guy(s) who have gone in to help train IBM on essential skills. )

IBM's biggest hurdle/handicap... getting rid of the old culture. Maybe the RedHat blokes can fix that.

Should post anon ...

Google tests hiding Chrome extension icons by default, developers definitely not amused by the change

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@AC Re: When will they learn?

Hmmmm pissing off developers, or hiding the availability of extensions or what extensions you're running from clueless users?

I can imagine Google adding their own extensions and later claim you 'opted in'... when caught.

Sorry, just color me cynical.



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