* Posts by Chika

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

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Paris Hilton

Open mouth, insert plod

Despite a number of international police busts...

Does Ms. Wong work for the fuzz then? Or maybe the lovely Ms. Hilton now works for the filth?

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: We've just rolled out Windows 7

Actually, looking at what W10 (or WX if you prefer) looks like, you'll have a lot less of a problem retraining users for that than W8, so you may be correct in holding your ponies.

But we haven't seen the release candidate yet...

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Re: People are still using Windows 7?

Bit of an obvious troll, don't you think? You aren't even trying.

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Yes please, let's have UI fragmentation just like Linux, that's the way!

And do you know why there is so much UI fragmentation in Linux? Consider GNOME 3, KDE 4 or Unity, for example. The predecessors and many of the successors such as Cinnamon or MATE ended up the way they were for exactly the same reason as why people bitch and moan about Windows 8.x - the people behind the UIs didn't listen and instead went on their merry way without realising that the design used in classics such as KDE 3 ended up that way because people were familiar with them. They did what users wanted them to do. When you look at KDE 3 you may notice a certain similarity with the XP/Vista environment. Heck, I even still use KDE 3 myself, mostly because of the crappy job that the KDE team did with KDE 4 IMHO. GNOME is the same; if it wasn't, Cinnamon and MATE would never have come into existance.

So it is with Linux, so it is with Windows too. Same cause, same effect. Microsoft had Sinovsky, Linux has Poettering. Same shit, different packaging.

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Global PC market's not dead, it's just resting – Gartner

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Actually, it's pining..

I've said it on a number of occasions. It really gets my goat (poor thing hasn't had a moment to itself lately) that so many people insist that the PC is in decline. There's a lot of reasons why people are not buying new PCs right now yet few seem to take any notice. Even this Gartner person isn't considering all angles, or perhaps he is but the reporter isn't interested in reporting them.

Tablet infiltration into the market is only one part of the whole situation. Corporates are being scared off even now because of the whole Windows 8 fiasco, not to mention that some are still rolling out W7 despite today's coming of age of that system (i.e. moving to "extended coverage" which usually means "we'll fix it if we can be bothered or if it is likely to make us look bad"). Generally people are getting a bit sick of changing their hardware every few years because it won't run what they need anymore. It's exactly how it was back when Vista came out and yet Microsoft and the various hardware players still ignore this.

And so, if this report is complete and unabridged, do Gartner.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Hmm... It's 31 years late, but Big Brother Dave is out to get us, it seems. I'll have to go look at this TOR thingy; that's supposed to have been designed for accessing the internet from oppressive regimes, isn't it? ;)

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Microsoft: How to run Internet Explorer 11 on ANDROID, iOS, OS X

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So, if I use it to go to a web site that's infected by a zero-day vulnerability, whose machine get's hacked? Mine? Microsoft's? Both?

This is a beta product (yes, I know that Muckysoft don't like the word "Beta" but stuff it, call a spade a spade). You never really know until it happens.

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Re: missing the point

The chance to surf wherever you want no matter what local rights you have on your PC, no matter your skill level and no chance to get hit by a drive-by. I've been thinking about doing this for our users - creating an airgap for the browser. Malware immediately becomes less dangerous.

Firstly, I can surf where I want, when I want, and I don't need a cloud based browser to do it.

Secondly, given that I saw a story about Azure outages on the same page as the link to this article... well, you get the idea.

As for the idea that malware becomes less dangerous, I suspect that this would be a short term condition, if indeed it is true.

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HTC Desire Eye: The Android superior selfie shooter

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You are without Honor

I've now been using my Huawei Honor 6 for about a week and I'm pretty impressed with it. I'd suggest that despite only being available online and have a very slightly smaller screen, it really outdoes this HTC. And it's cheaper. Methinks that the Chinese are slowly tying this market up.

How about it?

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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AI isn't the problem

The thing that worries me isn't that AI will obtain conciousness and take over the world. It's that an unscrupulous corporate will insert its agenda into the machine and take over the world by proxy. Anyone remember the original Robocop? Think that it couldn't happen?

This agreement hasn't solved the real problem, IMHO.

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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4k is the new 3D

Let's face it, folk. This all smacks of the same sort of thing that was around a few years ago when all + dog insisted that we all need to go 3D. OK, it's not quite as bad since none of us will need a stupid pair of glasses to watch the thing but we still have the problem that most of the television programmes that were any good were originally made for 625 lines and even the more recent stuff won't look any better on 4k than it did on 480p unless you have an extensive Blu-ray collection. And that always supposes that the stuff you are watching is going to make 4k worth the effort.

To be honest, the market that is more likely to take to 4k will be the computer market where 4k is already beginning to make a small mark, though even there the games out there that will work at 4k aren't that thick on the ground yet and little else actually requires that much depth of resolution. It's going to be a few years before it really catches on and the various sales types will no doubt be itching for the next new thing to sell sets long before that.

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Broadband isn't broadband unless it's 25Mbps, mulls FCC boss

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Re: 11? But for what percent their customers

Hmm... It has been a while since I last watch "This Is Spinal Tap"! :)

As for what does and doesn't constitute "broadband", given that the term was half-inched anyway, who actually gives a toss?

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Microsoft patch batch pre-alerts now for paying customers ONLY

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Re: foot shooting

Yeah, MS-DOS in that era was a bit of a pig. Especially if you only had one floppy drive. Disc swapping was something of an art form back then.

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Re: foot shooting

But no one will ever need more than 640k anyway :-)

Oh yes! I remember that one! Brought to you by the same person that, allegedly, when presented with an example of an Econet network in the dim and distant past, asked the school student that presented it; "What's a network?"

That's our Billy!

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Huawei? Apple and Samsung's worst nightmare, pal

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Re: Whose worst nightmare? Samsung's! Not Apple's.

Well, what about Apple - inventor of stuff that people actually want.

What about them? Actually, no, let's consider that Apple, despite having invented a few things over the years, aren't that much better than a number of other American corporates who invent a few things then spend the rest of their days sitting on their IP, filing countless lawsuits to back themselves up. While other corporates like Samsung and Google can stand up to this sort of thing and will give as good as they get, the people that suffer are the small fry who often do the real inventing work.

As for phone sales and such, I took delivery of my Huawei Honor 6 this week. I've been a Huawei user for a couple of years now and though I often get odd looks when I tell people what I use, they are often impressed by the phone and, more notably, the price I paid to get it. I look at the cost of Apple and Samsung devices and realised long ago that paying that sort of money just for a badge cannot be justified unless they have a must-have functionality that is worth that extra cost. If not, I'm quite happy to let Huawei, Xioumi, Oneplus, ZTE or whoever tout for my business. They have proven themselves to me.

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Not app-y with VAT: Apple bumps up prices in Blighty, Europe, Canada

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Apple traditionally claims this is down to the higher cost of doing business overseas.

Which is why Apple, like so many other Merkan corporates, charge £1 to $1 in so many places, at the very least. Bah...

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Eight pocket-pleasing USB 3.0 hard drives

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WD My Shovelware

I own one WD My Passport which works OK. It comes, however, with shovelware installed, something I'd prefer to do without so my advice here would be to avoid My Passport and go for the Elements range instead. I tend to avoid the Seagate units as the last one I bought was Linux unfriendly, something I haven't suffered with any of my other externals.

Having said that, I've also got an Adata or two knocking about and I have no quibbles about those, though the one Freecom "gimpdrive" I ever owned had a flimsy USB socket which broke away from its mounting (it mounted directly onto the board inside the unit) which wasn't impressive IMHO.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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Re: They had to do it

But there's a problem with this sort of joke. It's difficult to get it unless you are aware of the context. That's why emoticons were invented, for example. :b

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: The love of money is the root of all evil

Yes to all that. Shit workers, cars, management, the lot.

Pay peanuts, after all...

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What you need to know about keeping your cloud data safe

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Re: Warm feelings

Would I want a "random cloud person" to do anything at all to my data? The whole article smacks of an apologists' view, especially if the security in question is being supplied by the same people that provide the cloud. We come back to the basic question of trust, one that is applicable as much to the cloud provider as to the absconding sysadmin you talk of. Since the whole NSA business came up, my view of cloud storage and computing has declined drastically, and that's before we even consider my starting position.

Make no mistake, I know that the companies may well be as trustworthy as you like but, at the end of the day, you only have their word for it.

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Solar-powered bra maker suffers 20,000 TITSUPs all at once

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Re: I bet Triumph Lingerie feels sheepish....

Quite so. In fact, I'd suspect that somebody is feeling a right tit just about now.

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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systemd of a down

OK, so things have been looking up for Linux this year, but the last couple of years have also seen a number of things that have been incredibly annoying. One of those things appeared in a few places in this review; "The Desktop Is Dead!"

It's been in more than one story this year and the last, partly surrounding the advent of the Window system and partly because of the doings of some Linux distros, not to mention Android. "The desktop is dead, the desktop is dead, the desktop is dead..." yet in another report, I mentioned that the possible reason is that users are hanging on to their desktop (and laptop) machines longer than the market likes, driving down the figures when they do. Could it simply be that certain folk behind the scenes who have a vested interest either in driving the desktop system into the ground to allow for a rise in feelables, or the same sort of person who wants to panic the market into grabbing new hardware before it disappears, are simply pressuring the media (any media, not just El Reg) into a whispering campaign? I've said it here before - repeat something often enough and people will start to believe it.

It wasn't so long that a report here on this very organ stated that tablet sales had levelled out and that the desktop had started to rise again. Make up your minds! Or has Regina's eggsplosion distracted you?

And that's before I even get to Poettering and his systemd crap. But that has been discussed at length elsewhere.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Re: So fork, then

How many years did it take good coders to fix that clusterfuck?

You mean they fixed it?!? I normally switch it off for the sake of my own sanity at least.

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Re: So fork, then

I agree with that, mostly because I fell into the same trap years ago with openSUSE 12.2 (12.1 was a waste of time as systemd was so buggy on that version and replacing it with sysvinit was the only solution). Since then systemd has crept like a huge slug-like creature into so many parts of the system including a mid-release change in oS 12.3 which killed a number of applications without notice. To this day I still keep 11.4, the last version of openSUSE not to have systemd in it and a bloody good version IMHO going in various places and may well do so beyond the death of its Evergreen support demise seven months hence rather than Poettering about with the broken dross I see more recently.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Re: What's to say they can't BOTH be right?

To put it bluntly, Poettering needs to be sure of his ground first before he criticises either LT or the community in general.

Having been on the end of a sizeable amount of work to resolve problems with more than one piece of software broken by the imposition and obfuscation of systemd (not to mention other problems with other Poettering outpourings), I've been less offended by the foul mouth of LT and others. As things continue, Linux is slowly turning into systemd rather than systemd is providing a service to Linux.

Of course Poettering can only shoulder so much of the blame - the various distros that use his work made a decision to do that. The people behind these distros are as much to blame here.

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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Thank you

I have had a really shitty week so far this week. I needed this...

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BOFH: Capo di tutti capi, bah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

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I see the plunder seeds have sprouted, then...

Actually, my sympathies here are for the Boss. Who would want to be in the crossfire of that battle?

Or possibly the ultimate aim would be to kick the HR bods that pretty much started this whole thing. Fascinating!

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Apology accepted?

To be honest, this article sounds like an apologists' reasoning for all that happened with Windows 8. Yes, there were improvements under the bonnet but this ignores the fact that the main reason why people objected to its use was the wholesale change of the front end and the blanket refusal by Microsoft to provide any half way solution despite the fact that such a solution existed early in the development lifecycle. We heard the company chants of "cloud first, mobile first" and knew that all was not well. Sinofsky and Co. deserve credit? No freaking way!

This was just yet another example of Microsoft playing it safe when the legwork was being done by others, in this case by Apple and Google and their contractors, then attempting to swan into the market to try to cream it off. In that respect S&C don't necessarily deserve all the blame, but they can't avoid some of it.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: Linux?

.deb != Ubuntu

I wondered how long it would be before that came up. Yet again it appears that an article written for El Reg has forgotten that Linux is not one source or distro but all of them hence, as was rightly suggested, Linux is NOT Ubuntu. Having said that, however, .deb, just like .rpm, is a packaging system. The code must be out there somewhere and if it is freeware or gnuware, a plain old tarball probably exists. Or...

I just had a peek... http://github.com/byhestia/springseed. Don't know if it would work on my openSUSE boxes but it might be worth a try.

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Re: LibreOffice

I normally find that the malformed XML comes from trying to open the ODF file itself rather than opening a docx file converted from an ODF, though YMMV. There is a plug in for Office that allows it to open ODFs directly which has been known to save my bacon occasionally.

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Re: Nice article

I can thoroughly recommend SMPlayer. I have been using this on various openSUSE machines since oS 11.1 and it has developed out of all recognition. I just wish it was as stable on Windows boxes as I'd standardise on it like a shot (for now it's CCCP and/or VLC for Windows, no contest).

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Re: I'm a big fan of WPS Office

LibreOffice is not stable enough for business. Use OpenOffice instead.

I'd say quite the opposite, really. OOo was good up until the big split but one of the biggest problems I get with it now is that what it produces doesn't sit well with MS Office users. LibreOffice doesn't seem to have that sort of trouble and has been rock solid on many of my systems, Linux and Windows alike.

Any substitute for Visio ? Wanna sketch out my network.

Not sure. There are libraries that can be used to parse Visio formats but I've not really looked into what can be used as a front end for them. The closest I ever got were with graphical front ends for nmap or the mapping tool in Nagios. Not really sketch tools though. You could always consider LibreOffice Draw if you don't mind doing all the template sketches yourself.

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Re: Amarok as good iTunes replacement?

Just recently I have been using Clementine which seems to keep much of what was good from Amarok in the KDE3 days.

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Re: Please don't feed the troll.

But the poor thing seems so hungry!

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Re: GIMP

Sadly that can be said for a lot of stuff these days. You could even say that GIMP has been gimped. Why is it that developers don't have the balls to actually say how bad systemd actually is? Or is it that they have been sucked in by the hype? We need an LT rant here, STAT!!!

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Re: Hmm. Geany could be worth a look...

I liked !Zap but I eventually moved to !StrongED for some reason. As I recall, much of my text editing was HTML and I preferred the way !StrongED worked though I eventually shifted to Quanta Plus on Linux, usually running on KDE3. For much of my ordinary text stuff, I use KWrite, though I do have Kate installed and have dabbled on occasion.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: RS-232

And are they going to develop a new version of the microfloppy to go with it?

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Re: Where are all the keys?

Complete with rubber keys?

Goo!

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Re: 1000 copyright violations

I really hope they have done their homework on this one. The whole business smacks of the Hyperkin Retron 5, a console that could play games from many of the old consoles of the 80s and 90s using emulation and control software that, so it seems, they should have asked about first.

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Re: Indiegogo Warning

It does seem to be a software emulation on a 3 chip ARM board, but it looks practical in both cost and technogy.

Heh. An ARM board. Given Acorn's link there, this seems somewhat ironic.

The point is that given the number of Speccy emulators out there on so many different platforms, is there really a need for this?

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Re: Kewl!

Ah yes. No doubt you are referring to that business with the Brown Boveri Company who took umbrage at the use of the term "BBC" to describe Acorn's beast back in the day, hence the hasty redesign of the logo on the Beeb. I think that company were taken over a couple of times since then so their use of "BBC" is likely to have lapsed by now.

As somebody else pointed out, however, there's still Auntie.

HEY!!! Who's been taking all my umbrage?

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Cauliflower

OK, OK, I hear ya. Lots of Windows H8tred to be had, and I agree with much that has been said. As I see it, Microsoft are yet again under the thumb of their marketing folk and the beancounters that infest them, trying desperately to market their latest poop despite the poor opinion that is generally to be had of it.

The giggle I get is, and you can check back through comments I've made on this very site if you want, I can recall specifically stating that tablets were a fad. While I have nothing against tablets per se, the push by some for these devices has led to the development we now see in Windows 8.x.

The pressure to put everything in a server farm controlled by a corporation or other faceless body, euphemstically referred to as a "cloud", is the next fad and we can already see some of the effects on the development of operating systems (not just Windows 10 either) and some of the fallout resulting from poor design, poor security and the very fact that not everyone wants to be on the net every minute of the day. A good example was the suggestion back before Microsoft caved in that users wanting to play games offline were better advised to buy the XBox 360 rather than the XBone; W10 is the same thing, so it seems.

Until Microsoft stops doing things like this and actually starts listening to its users, that is unlikely to change.

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Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK

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Re: What an absolutely horrible ugly car

I agree that the B-Max is an ugly car (I had reason to consider this first hand at the start of the year when I changed my Ford Fusion, the car that the B-Max replaces, for a slightly younger Ford Fusion!) but that's no reason to remove the article. People won't know how totally ugly this car is unless they see reviews like this one or my own take on this -

http://mistie710.livejournal.com/92686.html

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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Re: Secretaries hate network printers!

We had a similar problem. The solution was to ask them what they needed the personal printer for then allow them to keep it, but only on the condition that they stocked and supported it themselves as the moment it failed, we would remove it and would NOT replace it. Very few folk took us up on that one!

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Re: Purchasing live in a different universe

Not only are Purchasing living in a different Universe, it is probably the same one as all the people who decide IT Policy for HMG.

Can we blow it up please?

What, purchasing or HMG?

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CFnM4SYQC8

Warning: It's loud!

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Re: Security

Ah yes. The world of the service desk has a word for this: "PEBCAK".

Problem exists between chair and keyboard.

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Re: The article does say

Well, that's one point in Mint's favour in my book. systemd is one of the biggest piles of manure to ever infect Linux.

You'll have to excuse me - I don't have quite the way with expletives that LT has!

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Re: Upgrades

Lucky you. To be fair, though, upgrades on openSUSE depend heavily on the hardware you are using. The machine I had 10.2 on upgraded fairly easily to 10.3 but 11.0 didn't happen without a shove due to hardware support issues and I eventually installed 11.1 clean on it to sort all that out. That system was decommissioned after that and the successor went to 11.4, the last version of openSUSE that I have been completely happy with. Personally I always prefer a clean install to an update.

There are lots of reasons why keeping your /home partition separate is a bloody good idea. That is one. :)

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New job in 2015? The Reg guide to getting out and moving on

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Oh, do I ever hear that one! I'm just being pushed out onto the job scrap pile with a similar set of credentials for the second time thanks to short sighted downsizing and I am finding the whole thing humiliating, depressing and degrading. My own thoughts?

Shoot all recruitment consultants

OK, I could go on with a whole plethora of niggles including ads that ask for over-qualification (yeah, like you really need a degree to be a phone jockey on a helpdesk) or give a shopping list of obscure application requirements, but that one thing would make it a whole lot better given the sheer number of RCs making a buck out of your job hunting misery.

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