* Posts by Plest

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Japanese boffins build solar-powered, remote-controlled cyborg cockroach

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Re: Ethics

( With respect to the original poem. )

They came for the dead spiders...I said nothing.

They came for the roaches...I said nothing.

They came for the mice...I said nothing.

They came for the cats...I said nothing.

Then they came for me....

Crypto biz Wintermute loses $160m in cyber-heist, tells us not to stress out

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Crypto Bros please remind me the #1 reason you love it?

Oh yes, it's unregulated and you control your own markets, OK, you have at it. Now remind me, how much do you crypto-twats get back if the currency/market goes tits up? Oh yeah, you get to choose, you can have "sweet FA", "bugger all" or "sod all"!

I'll keep may money in an old style bank 'cos if they lose my money for any reason the Gov has a guarantee in place that I get my money back, up to a certain amount.

BT CEO orders staff: Back to the office or risk 'disciplinary action'

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Re: Happening all over

Good on you! I wish I could but it's still just a smidge out of reach right now.

Sadly a lot of good talent will be lost this way, there's a lot of smart people with a decades of great experience and it's just going to go to waste with this short term, "get back to the factory floor" mentality.

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Smart move

Suits me, all that good will BT have earned with staff over the last months and the extra free hours no doubt put in by dedicated staff every day who don't have the stress of the commute, BT CEO can just piss all that down the drain!

Afghanistan’s Taliban government bans TikTok

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A good start...

TikTok is a cancer, spreading negativity and tipping already depressed people over the edge. Nasty little peice of mobile malware that needs to be stopped. My daughter used it for 18 months among other social media outlets, she ended up on pills and in therapy, it was only when she voluntarily started to delete TIkTok and other apps off her phone she got off the happy pills and got on with life.

Can't say I have any support for the Taliban but certainly support his move, can they also ban FaceSlap, Twatter and InstaCrap, all full of negative crud and aspiritional BS that is driving our young people to early graves.

In Rust We Trust: Microsoft Azure CTO shuns C and C++

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Time to stop bothering with Go now? Shame I kind of like it but I stopped doing proper Java dev work 5 years ago so all things muct pass I guess. Time to get stuck into Rust, not a fan myself but needs must when the bills need paying!

'Last man standing in the floppy disk business' reckons his company has 4 years left

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Imaging floppies

I remember imaging floppy disks back in 1994 so I could store then on CDs, binned my last floppy around 1998! I have a couple as novelties up in the spare room. I can well imagine machines built 25+ years ago still in use out there that only have floppy drives, they were quite popular in the textile industry, modern versions of the old Jacqurd looms using floppies instead of cards.

Funny how the only way we interact with floppies these days is some apps still have a floppy icon on the "Save" buttons and options.

Linux luminaries discuss efforts to bring Rust to the kernel

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Rust is barely out of nappies!

Rust : Started in 2010

C++: Started in 1985

C: Started in 1970

Can't argue Rust has the safety credentials to do that kind of work but just 12 years against almost 40 and 52 years for the main O/S level langs? I don't code in C and C++, I actually prefer Rust and Golang but even I wouldn't trust a language that's barely "out of nappies"!

Japan to change laws that require use of floppy disks

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Re: Time to modernise: magneto-optical disks

*click* *click* *click*

Oh...

Bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange Voyager to pay $1.6m bonus to key staff

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Crypto world has 3 types of people...

1 - Rubes - Fools ready to be parted from money by falling for the lastest online scam that will extracate money from wallets with the lure of 2000% returns, only to find out their basically could have had more fun setting fire to their money out in the backyard than handing to some unknown BTC wallet in the DPRK

2 - Miners - Greedy sods with too much capitcal buying up all the video cards on the planet to they can kill the environment by using the equvalent amoutn of power to supply their warehouse each day as would be used to run a small nation

3 - Crypto bros - The sort of sociopathic zealots that would be in a cult like Scientology if the lure of bitcoin hadn't got to them already!

Tesla owner gets key fob chip implanted in his hand

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Slow news day then!

Complete bellend has RFID chip put under skin to unlock car, ala that twat Kevin wotnot from several years ago!

Software developer cracks Hyundai car security with Google search

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I think we know how this happened!

So someone basically pulled the sample code and keys, whacked it in and due to staff cuts and cost cutting at the dev and QA teams, what few QA team people were left or not out sick with COVID, no one checked the code properly! Classic!

Always do a key search on Google, Github and especially Pastebin just to at least try to make an effort to be sure your keys have not been plastered everywhere OR some numpty didn't rush the code through dev, uat and then prod without proper checks. That would solve 80% of these stupid problems in just 5 mins of quick searches before you even do a more thorough check by asking the infosec team to help you out.

UK launches 'consultation' with EU over exclusion from science programs

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Hmmmm

It's almost as if El Reg had a tiny inkling a nice juicy Brexit story would get a good old bunfight going between the nerd clans!

Let me get a good seat and big old tub of popcorn...

Dinobabies latest: IBM settles with widow of exec who killed himself after layoff

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Sounds a little callous. I think my wife would prefer I was around to be with her and we'd just do what we've alwasy done when trouble looms, muddle through like we have together for the last 30 years. I've had times when I've genuinely stared into the "dark abyss" and thought things would be better without me "getting in the way", it's not a very nice place to stare into and no one ever should, I'm grateful I was able to find reasons to step back and one of those is my wife. My marriage has always be happy and based on, "shit will always happen but we've always got each other's back", it's just stuff outside it that crushes the soul.

Samsung heir pardoned after doing time for bribery

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Re: Independece Day

Law be damned, if you have enough money then the laws only apply to the "poor people"!

Businesses should dump Windows for the Linux desktop

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Re: Living in a bubble?

The primary reason is "support desks". Companies want to hire fresh faced grads looking for their first IT role,. support pays low wages and you're expected to just pick it up as you go. Almost everyone knows enough about Windows to be able to do some basic support work, cheap and cheerful support people sorted. You want to start hiring Linux admins as support desk people? Sure, but you'd better be ready to pay them 3-4 times what you pay your current support staffers.

I'm not knocking support people, it's where I started, but after a couple of years grinding in support you move on and upwards away from mindless install/uninstall/"tried turning it on and off" every day and you go looking for better roles with more money once you know what's at the bottom of the ladder.

Why you should start paying attention to CXL now

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Yep! Next thing they'll be bringing back QEMM!!

Claims of AI sentience branded 'pure clickbait'

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Re: generally agree...

"Lo God created all things including computers to make life more fun and interesting for humankind. However evil was afoot and Satan, realising people still needed the written word in print, created printers and mankind was cursed for all time to suffer the hell of trying to get things in hard copy. Satan did further issue misery upon mankind by making sure that the more urgent the need for a print out the higher the chance the printer will jam, run out of ink or go tits up in some other annoying way. Satan is indeed a foul and wicked being to have visited such evil upon the earth that is the printer."

Miscreants aim to cause Discord discord with malicious npm packages

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The use of public NPM repos always seems to bring the phrase "House of Cards" to mind!

David Holz, founder of AI art generator Midjourney, on the future of imaging

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Very nice and very clever...

However appreciating art is only half the story. The reason we create is to express ourselves and our emotions. I code and do system admin by day but I do photography in my spare time as a way to express my creativity, to find something that makes me feel some emotional connection to the world around me. Much as I love a superb, effcient system creating perfect art from the command line might all well and good but plugging in values, letting some AI algorithm determine what's good and not, well it's not the same as pouring your heart and soul into something you created and feel and emotional attachment to.

Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols closes hailing frequencies

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Sheldon: "I believe in a gender blind society like in Star Trek. Where women and men of all races and creeds worked side-by-side as equals."

Leonard: "You mean where they were advanced enough to develop an interstellar warp drive, but a black lady still answered the space phone?"

RIP MIchelle - You pushed back boundaries but we still have a long way to go.

There is a path to replace TCP in the datacenter

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Hmmm....

When 90% of the world is just passing streamed vids of cats and kids falling off things, do we really need faster networks?!

In fact, force Joe Public back to dial up speeds again and the rest of us actually doing useful stuff on "da inner-webs" can get out stuff done without worrying about morons chucking their life stories at each other over Facebook, Twitter and TikTok!

Scientists use dead spider as gripper for robot arm, label it a 'Necrobot'

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Re: Stop all debugging!

See spiders same a bees, creepy and annoying but extremely useful in the grand scheme. When I see one, glass, cardboard and out the nearest door. Cant' handle spiders by hand but I can't kill them, they're intelligent and vital creatures for keeping the real pests under control, the bloody useless flies, every fly that gets sucker bone dry by our 8 legged friends, is one less that bothers me in Summer!

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I was thinking same thing. Sure it's just an insect but it was a living thing, spiders have shown basic intelligence and some simple problem solving. So we abuse them into death and then continue to abuse a living thing's corpse just to prove a point.

Nothing new I guess, we've always been a nasty, abusive little species when we want to be and hence why the earth is now in such a bloody awful state. No, I'm not a green dippy hippy, just a realist.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Now 100,000kg smaller

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We're screwed!

When you watch a bunch of chavs and their prodgeny just chucking their rubbish on the ground and no one says a word, we're screwed. When you head into the Scottish Highlands to enjoy the purity of nature, get some nice snaps and you find in the small rural carpark, a burned out car door ( no car! ), a pile of about 40 empty lager cans and assorted empty crisp bags all just strewn around the place, blowing around in the wind, I just know we're screwed.

I browbeat my kids into always putting rubbish in bins, even you have to pocket it and carry a while, always in a bin, most right thinking people do the same. However there's still way too many selfish scumbags who simply think rubbish is just SEP, "Somebody Else's Problem".

Vietnamese attacker circumvents Facebook security with ‘DUCKTAIL’ malware

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Finally a malware hacker we can applaud!

If I had the hacking skills and managed to crack into Facebook, first thing I'd head for is the backups and then the primary storage, complete factory reset and do humanity a favour by wiping Zuck's own social media malware off the face of the earth.

Chinese smartphone sales sink to levels not seen since 2012

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Finally some sense.

Obsession with buying a new phone as often as possible? I do my bit to save the polar bears and rain forests by only ever buying second hand mobiles.

I've had a Samsung S7 second hand on a TESCO $7/month sim contract, had that for 4 years until I got a little frustrated earlier this year and the phone took the brunt of my rage, oops. So I bought a perfect condition, second hand Samsung S9 for a £130 off eBay, shoved in my TESCO sim and sorted, should do me for another 4-5 years service so long as I keep my temper in check.

Unless you play games or use apps that must have state of the art mobile hardware, no way I'm having phone companies fleece me out of £65/month for 2 years just so I can wank off in public with the latest model for next 9 months untl they bring out the next one.

Meta approves four programming languages for workers and developers

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Anyone with any sense will steer clear of this shit show!

Facebook's, sorry Meta's metaverse is just one of many metaverses and given Facebook's precious track record with user info how anyone could even so much has hand Facebook so much as their email address let alone anything useful, is beyond me. Metaverses are going to be numerous, every company will have one and none of them will talk to any of the others, meta-cells more like.

Now Saint Mark of Zuck has granted his papal blessing upon the chosen few coder langauges, oh how lowly we are that we heathens are coding in Golang or C#, the unblessed, the vile, we are not worthy. Zuck, take your language blessing and shove it up your metaverse, I shall prepare to be taken to the stake, light the faggots and I shall burn in the cleansing fires!

A character catastrophe for a joker working his last day

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Do not piss about in prod!

I've had my share of cockups and I've suffered that awful "blood drain from face" effect of making a f**king huge cock-up.

My Dad worked in boiler rooms for a living in the 1980s and he would often take me in and explain what was going on and he would always say, "Son, you never lark about in a boiler room. Too many hot pipes, too many moving parts, you're going to get burned or lose fingers. It's not a place to piss about!". I've taken that same attitude into my IT career, you never piss about near a prod system. You can joke in the team chats and voice calls if you need some light relief from the stress, when you have a prod interface open, get serious or f**k off and get another job!

I cannot help but cringe when I watch others just cut and pasting commands into prod command lines, it scares the hell of out of me. Once extra character, next thing it's "P1 city" and a long protracted team call with some very irate managers, plus the washup meets!

Your job was probably outsourced for exactly the reason you suspected

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Re: Domain knowledge and experience >> coding skills

Having worked with quite a few devs over the last 35+ years often times I've found most devs understand the code AND the business requirements very well indeed. Outsourcers simply see "code monkeys" and that's when problems start. Working in financial orgs I've seen some amazing devs who really do understand where their code fits in and why, outsourcers are sometimes brought in and you spend half your time having to explain why something should be done a set way to make it work.

I'm having a pop at coders in outsourcers, I'm sure their coding is top notch but they're mercenaries, jack-of-all-codes and they don't get time or pay to understand the nitty gritty that local hired-in company dev has.

If all you want is hired guns to bang out generic code that passes tests, go for it. You get what you pay for. Don't be surprised if that other company with in-house devs steals a march on you 'cos they get the business need and why they're coding.

For the record, I'm not even a dev, I'm just a sys admin one of the easiest people to replace but I respect that a lot of good devs are not just "code monkeys".

My Big Coin founder is – you guessed it – a $6m crypto-fraudster

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Wait....

So yet another crypto coin ( where making money out of absolutely nothing and with no intinsic value is s the norm! ) is nothing more than a scam you say?

Is that a bear with a bog roll under his arm heading into that area of woodland?

We've got a photocopier and it can copy anything

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Way back in 1992...

I used a hand scanner and dot matrix printer to copy a £20 note. I printed in mono and just gave it to my boss as a joke one day. She thought it was funny and we adjourned to the local tavern as we did every Friday lunchtime to sup pints and moan about our jobs. She accidentally hands the fake, really crap note to the bar keep, we're about to pick up the pints and it was only as the bar keep was about to put into the till to get the change he noticed it was such a crap fake! Luckily he was mates with my boss, told her stop taking the piss and we paid with proper money. Almost got away with it!

I rememebr trying to photocopy a twenty in the first colour copier I came across around 1996, it promptly and politely told me to stop trying it on as what I was doing was most likley and offence and it wouldn't do it! Ha ha!!

However colour copiers were great for copying those copy protection sheets games came with that couldn't be copied by normal copiers, the trick was to use the copiers ability to remap colours, so when it saw cyan you remapped it to black and it simply copied somehting the game devs thought couldn't be copied. Yep, using a £12,000 colour copier to rip off a £20 game!

Apple forgoes cooling systems in M2 MacBook Air

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Re: Apple probably knows what it's doing

Mock all you like, I personally stopped buying Apple kit about 5 years ago as it was overpriced in my mind, but I still have my old Apple laptops 2007 and 2011 macbooksand they both still work perfectly. I no longer use them day to day as I've switched to Lenovo but much as people mock Apple, their kit is pretty hardy stuff and it does keep going long after Apple have abandoned support for it.

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Re: The title is no longer required.

I have an old 2011 Macbook air, it's useless for OSX but I shoved Linux Mint on it and it runs likes a dream, all the hardware was found and worked perfectly. A testament to both the solid engineering of Apple kit ( 11 years old and still working fine! ) and also the Linux community to making an O/S that works perfectly off the bat. I remember fighting with Linux only 7-8 years ago to get stuff working, no longer the case.

Macbook laptops are class items, I still have an old Macbook "whitey" up in the spare room that still works fine after 15 years, boots up and runs its old OSX version.

If my current Lenovo Legion 7 is still working fine in 15 years time I'll be both very surprised and very pleased.

Windows Network File System flaw results in arbitrary code execution as SYSTEM

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Getting to the point where we don't actually do anything useful in IT other than constantly patch our overly complex systems!

PHBs go nuts with the yearly budgets buying all sort of kit, we get ordered to install it 'cos someone got a kick back and we spend 75% of our working day just scanning bug/sec reports and checking when the patches will be out for the 63 unique pieces of kit we've been dumped with!

Beijing residents blast COVID surveillance device

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I can just imagine Orwell...

...either laughing his arse off or spinning in his grave.

We're willingly sleepwalking into "1984". For decades we've been brainwashed to want an easier and more convenient lives, we want tech to help us but not everyone wants it for good, a lot of shady orgs out there want us to keep dragging our knuckles into a surveillence society where you can't fart without 17 government depts finding out, passing it to Twitter to post it and then Apple can charge us for using the Apple Farting Allowance Subscription!

Thousands of websites run buggy WordPress plugin that allows complete takeover

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Mushroom

WP was a great idea that just became a security victim of its own success.

My wife uses it but I've said from day one, minimum plugins, always use ones in active development and never, ever do anything that requires any collection of data especially payments. Always pass everything over to trusted third party then the owness is off you if the third-party screws up.

WP is just like any other webapp, it has a frontend and a backend, so therefore you need to treat it like you would any other webapp, smother it with proxies/firewalls/IDS, lockdown every entry point and lock it into a DMZ, never load it with anything you can't afford to lose. Problem is that it's pushed as a no-code, easy to stand up web platform and so every Tom, Dick and Henrietta thinks they're a webdeveloper 'cos they stood up a webapp but they have no clue about security, thinking locking up the admin account will do!

Security is not a "thing" it's a concept with many, many aspects and the sooner people get that into their thick skulls the better the internet will be. I won't hold my breath though.

Dmitry Rogozin sacked as boss of Russian space agency Roscosmos

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Thing about dictators....

...is that they're unstable and will change their minds like the wind on who's in and who's out. When you're pushed out then you best be packing your bags else you'll be in the back of a van heading to some remote re-education centre.

Dev's code manages to topple Microsoft's mighty SharePoint

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The worst part of SharePoint was trying code from outside into it's "API from hell". We simply needed to extract some text data and then send a boolen back in, I spent about two weeks on it and in the end we simply bought a shareware webscrapper util for $5, coded around that in about a day and it worked perfecty for about 3 years!

The amount of crap support libs you needed to load up and that CAML shite, just to get some text out!

Smart thermostat swarms are straining the US grid

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Great if you want to hand out free cash!

The key here is "potential to save".

You can have all the gadgets you like that allow you to save but unless you learn how to use them effectively, no one will ever get any savings. I do like the smartmeters and controls but when we had ours fitted we had a 20 year old knackered heating system ripped out and completely replaced, we knew that simply putting in smart gadgets on our old crap system would be a complete waste of time and money, so we waited 6 months, saved up and had the whole system replaced.

Here's the kicker. You tweak and tune your smartmeter, that means you save money ( I'm saving about 10-15% a month now after 3-4 week tuning it! ) and guess what? The leccy company put the direct debit up despite me paying them less, so now they get to cream all that interest off the money I've saved that should be in my pocket! I wont' get that DD money back for at least 12 months and given inflation it's losing value every day!

Why bother you have to ask yourself? To save a few polar bears, yeah OK but to save me money and then watch some greedy energy company hoard it and earn off my money! The energy business needs a good kick up the arse!

BT strike action is coming: Comms union to serve notice to company

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Happy days are here again!

I was a wee nipper in the 1970s so a lot of the problems went over my head. Now I'm in my 50s it's so great to be able relive the 1970s all over again with recession, rising prices and constant strikes.

I only hope they also bring back serious naff haircuts and stupid fashions!

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

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Re: Raise the Jolly Roger!

"You paid for the car, you own it."

BMW owners, most of the ones I've met have had their common sense glands removed by the BMW dealer, don't give a toss how much it costs to have that black/blue logo on the front of their four wheeled penile extension. There will be a clause in the contract when you buy a BMW that states you own everything except the software running in the ECU. Oh wait, nothing works on the car with the ECU software, shame, better cough up those £150/month subs you mugs!

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The world hasn't mad, there's a just a lot more mugs about willing to pay any money asked of them for a specific company logo on the front of their "fanny magnet/dick extension"!

Accenture bags IT services contract for UK tax collector

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Really?

Accenture the company that emerged from the wreckage of Arthur Andersons and the whole Enron debacle 20 years ago, are now in cahoots with HMRC?

Well this won't end well! Better stack up some emergency tax money 'cos you'll need to pay it for 2 years and then you can have it all back when HMRC realise the foxes they've hired to watch their chicken shed!

Twitter sues Musk: He can't just 'change his mind, trash the company, walk away'

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Re: the world's richest man is no match for the economy

A tad strong to wish his fans destitute. I utterly dislike Musk myself but I think his fans do need to find themselves a new idol, one who isn't an immature, media parasite that Musk is.

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Re: I'm generally a fan of Elon Musk but

Really? A fan? The man is a child trapped in a man's body. If he wants to be taken seriously by other adults, then he needs to grow up a lot more and stop acting like a spoilt, silly rich 17 year brat who's just got his family inheritence.

He's not a visionary, he's barely an entrepreneur, he's a media parasite simply acting up to get a attention whenever people stop watching him, my kids stopped doing all that when they got to about 10 years old.

Sorry but I find him utterly distasteful and indicative of the sort of vacuous "great and good" idols that Gen-Z types worship.

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Re: Wonder how many Tesla owners...

Teslas, or as I call them "Smug-Mobiles", are nothing special. Many car companies you can trust are fast catching up which will quickly make electric cars a reality for far more of us who want one but can't afford to pay Musk for his over-priced products.

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Re: Serves them right

Absolutely!

I find Musk to be very immature snake oil salesman, and Twitter to be a so utterly nasty that they actually make Microsoft look like the Red Cross. Seeoing both off stewing in their own filth they created, I would die a happy man.

Get over it: Microsoft is a Linux and open source company these days

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Yes and no...

Yes MS support lots of FOSS initiatives and such like but I'm sorry they've just been naughty once too often after promising to be good and I'm afraid I live by "once bitten, twice shy". I have no issues with MS or MS FOSS aspiriations, I'm just very wary of them.

Choosing a non-Windows OS on Lenovo Secured-core PCs is trickier than it should be

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Re: M$....leopard, spots.......and so on

They got shareholders and our pension funds tied up in their stock, they're never going to change and anything they can do to increase profits they will do, no matter who it locks out and whomever they have to crap to get that cash rolling through the door and ther stock price rising ever higher.

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