* Posts by Mage

4161 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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I knew DAB was stupid.

This vulnerability makes the Jeep look sensible!

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33622298

A crafted DAB broadcast and ALL vulnerable vehicles in range are hacked, e.g. slam on brakes. You can buy a DAB transmitter to hook to PC data under £2000.

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Microsoft open-sources Sora software-defined radio

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old school radios that lasted 20

I have some working 86 year old radio sets.

How long will Windows 8 last?

The $10 SDR stick has abysmal dynamic range and performance.

If this is Open Source is it going to be ported to other OS?

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SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

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Re: OK Say you get to Mars

A space elevator might work on Mars, with Kevlar cable, unlike Earth where it might always be more expensive than rockets, even if it can be made with diamond / carbon nano tubes or whatever (no current material available).

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Silicon Valley sides with Samsung in anti-Apple patent war

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Apple vs Samsung

Apple has bought in a couple of techs

Does almost no real R&D

The "Design Patents" themselves are not engineering or R&D at all, but STYLE (copied from Braun!), what is called Registered Design in UK. Unlike the iconic fluted Coke Bottle (inspired by cocoa pod?) the Apple styles are too generic and should never have been awarded.

The Patents Apple wants special treatment on are REAL engineering & science patents. Every one else has agreed deals.

Apple also have the most overpriced kit, they are a MARKETING company, hence have the biggest profit margin and largest value despite having a minority of the market. Apple Greed and dishonesty.

Exactly what to Apple have that wasn't a copy or bought in (iOS GUI from Fingerworks, OSX from Next / BSD, they used Samsung SC6400 ARM family in 1st iPhone and then bought a niche ARM designer). Almost all Ives stuff is copied from / inspired by 1950s & 1960s Braun stuff by Dieter Rams, he's a stylist, not an Engineer. Apple even copied the Swiss Railways clock.

iPhone and iPad names even belonged to others first.

Apple Logo and name shamelessly pinched from Beatles Apple Corp (two court cases, after the first they agreed to keep out of Music Industry, then Apple launched iTunes).

I don't much like many of the other guys, but Apple deserve ZERO damages and ought to have the bulk of their claims at USPTO scrapped as too generic, too derivative or plain copy / prior art or too trivial or too obvious to anyone versed in the Art.

Buying Beats, a perfect purchase as another cheaply made product sold far above its retail value.

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El Reg hosts the IBM Bluemix Programming Competition 2015

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Spyware-spewing Wi-Fi drone found on Hacking Team, Boeing's to-do list

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Re: Anyone still using a non-VPN WiFi?

Queen Elisabeth I secret Police Chief, Francis Walsingham, basically read everyone's mail, even if in code.

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Neil Armstrong's MOON spacesuit: One small donation from you - one giant leap for Mankind

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$500,000

To exhibit an existing 50 year old (approx) space suit?

Seems rather expensive. Can someone explain to me why it costs so much? Like with comparisons to Mediaeval armour, WW II pilot's suit, Victorian brass helmet diving suit etc.

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Microsoft: Hey, you. Done patching Windows this month? WRONG

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Adobe crapware again?

how the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library handles OpenType fonts.

Microsoft Windows does not release any OpenType fonts natively. However, third-party applications could install them and they could be affected by this change

atmfd.dll is the vulnerable file.

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Tablets, smartwatches just not doing it for Apple right now

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3.9M Apple Watches

That many?

Be interesting to see next quarter.

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Obvious

The iPad is in a saturated market. People don't break or upgrade Tablets as often (no stupid phone plans which in reality "tax" everyone with a mobile.). Also "Tablets" start at £40 approx and even Samsung has some cheaper ones about £120. There is simply nothing compelling about the iPad walled garden and its pricing.

So what are the iPod figures?

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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A subscription-access BBC isn’t a new idea ..

No, and Ofcom would love it as it would be the end of Terrestrial TV.

Ofcom is obsessed with mobile (it wouldn't be the licence revenue) to exclusion of caring about any other spectrum use. Both Ofcom and Comreg want to sell off ALL the UHF spectrum and close Terrestrial broadcast.

Subscription BBC would massively boost Cable and Satellite Pay TV too. So there are many powerful anti-consumer interests that want to throttle the BBC and Free To Air TV.

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

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Re: 5000 years

Yes, we have air travel to spread the 90% fatality 1 month incubation time, spreadable before symptoms appear parasite/fungus/bacteria/virus.

People going to public toilets, using door handles and exchanging money and not washing their hands too. Have we really changed much or just have a lot more gadgets?

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Obvious when explained

I think though the problem with a lot of Government regulation vs Private regulation isn't simple.

Some Governments are traditionally really controlled by Civil Servants*, others by corruption. The problem too with Government can be lack of enforcement or penalties for complex reason. The World Bank uses the Privatisation of Eircom (Ireland) as a case study of how NOT to put regulation in place and privatise a Semi-State or State company. If Greece manages sell off and regulation of near monopolistic business badly the results can be worse than doing nothing.

Long term Profit isn't always the motivation of Business, but can be asset stripping or other short termism policies.

[* Yes Minister is a documentary on the subject]

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HSBC takes Twitter tongue-lashing over failure to offer Apple Pay

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Re: Why?

We don't need Google Wallet either.

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Why?

Why should ANY retailer, Bank, etc support the most parasitically, over priced and cynically priced Smart Phone Marketing company (who has a minority share) with their proprietary pointless payment system that only boosts Apple?

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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Re: Bombing Japan

Russians were moving troops & equipment from West to East to Fight Japan when they defeated Germany (with allied help). In the short time after Russia could start shipping stuff east, till the Bomb was dropped, the Russians killed more Japanese troops than the Americans.

The Bomb drops on Japan were as much a message to Stalin.

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WINGED VELOCIRAPTOR 'from HELL': Closest thing ever to a real DRAGON?

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dragons may have been real

Of course dragons are real, but not as portrayed in Myth and popular Fiction

But might have had feathers rather than scales.

More Argentavis magnificens than Komodo Dragon?

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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EULA terms

No, a vendor may not force ANY EULA terms on a customer. That's been proved illegal.

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Wi-Fi Alliance ushers in new era of intrusive apps

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location-based ads remain a disappointment

Because no-one wants them.

Big adverts in our shopping Mall about Bluetooth. Why would I want to be spammed and distracted while actually shopping or window shopping. An advert on a phone screen is a poor experience even if you want the product compared to the physical shop!

About as useful as an SMS about books automatically received when you browse a Library.

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iPod dead? Nope, says Apple: New Touch has iPhone 6 brains

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iPod

Maybe I might want one with 64G to 256G storage ... But compared to a phone I can't see why I'd want this.

Has it got especially better battery life?

Is it suitable for small children you don't want to give a phone to?

Now which pocket did I put my earbuds for my Sony Z1?

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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I think all my laptops ( bar one) and PCs would run Win10

If there were drivers. Probably some don't have drivers. Graphics likely a big issue. Also PC Card SCSI adaptor for scanner would need replaced for a new Laptop.

A new laptop to replace a totally Matte finish 1600 x 1200 screen laptop with decent backlight is seriously expensive and wider. 16:9 is too wide. 1080 is worse than decent 2002 screens.

It's only cheaper to get a new laptop if it's a very basic usage, in which case perhaps Browser + email and Libre Office on Linux will do anyway. Cheap laptops have too rubbish a screen.

But Win10 is going to be mess. So I continue my hybrid research:

1) Native Applications on Linux

2) Some windows applications on WINE

3) Really old stuff in DOSBox

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Twitter shares soar after buyout story appears on bogus Bloomberg site

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Re: "That is also the only URL that exists under the dot-market website"

Maybe ICANN registered it and ... no they wouldn't be that clever.

All these new TLD are stupid.

Can't we start a campaign for ISPs to block them from their DNS? Then for most internet users they wouldn't exist.

Probably too simplistic.

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Citizenfour director Laura Poitras sues US for years of border security harassment

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Re: Stupid and obvious reason

The Republicans would be as bad if not worse traditionally.

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

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Stupidity

An Post already had a secret Post Code system from 1990s, but would not publicise it for commercial reasons. (Bulk advertising mail).

They decided to Tender instead of forcing An Post to go public. But wrote a Tender that would disqualify any Geo locate / Geo code system.

The idea of a post code is obsolete.

This analysis explains why Eircode is rubbish.

Only An Post is going to use this, to deliver to letterboxes. They already can do that perfectly with very little address. Otherwise they would have made their internal system public 20 years ago.

None of the freight companies or emergency services will use it.

The database to get a GPS code or use it sensibly will always be incomplete, full of errors and very expensive.

Any one that bothers with this is wasting time and money.

We have had geocodes for 20 years. We don't even need the Open Postcode system, we have both OSI grid and GPS lat + long.

Mines the one with a smartphone GPS in the pocket.

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Yes! Windows Phone lives: Microsoft to pump the device Kool-Aid

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Re: >>> mobility of experience

"Microsoft's problems so obvious to everyone other than Microsoft"

Fortunate. Or else by now MS would be bigger than IBM, Apple and Google combined.

Do you really want ANY mega corp to be totally competent?

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Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn

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Re: Get those figures higher!

Clue is in the name "Income Tax". It's not a tax on "profits".

There ARE allowances against Income Tax.

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Cool-headed boffins overcome sticky issue: Graphene-based film could turn heat down

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Re: If the LEDs were highly efficient...

1) You'd be able to turn up the power

2) cooled LEDs are more efficient.

Though presumably the Graphene needs to be on the rear of the chip.

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PLUTO SPACE WHALE starts to give up its secrets

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Re: That stripe... can just about make out...

Or a panning giant Ion Cannon / Rail gun weapon on automatic. I'd not like to meet the lads that did that.

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Ericsson seeks cat-herding jacket, attempts EU 5G standardisation

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Duplex

There is are already working Duplex (in same channel) 3G phones and 4G modems (Wimax and LTE versions).

Duplex is not that brilliant a solution.

Millimetre waves are no use except for Line Of site Hotspots.

5G is more about converged Infrastructure, hand off across bands and radios without dropping connection.

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Painless?

Ubuntu USED TO BE the best.

" Indeed distros like Ubuntu, with its Unity desktop, make switching relatively painless."

Unity stinks. I have it on a desktop 64 bit install with 8G RAM.

I have Mint with Mate on a laptop. Mind you, with a fresh install on old Travelmate I STILL have to edit Grub for "noacpi" like 2 years ago.

A server in the attic has Debian. I've forgotten what desktop I put on it as the local GUI isn't used.

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SatNad's purple haze could see Lumia 'killed'. Way to go, chief!

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enterprises who've bet on Microsoft's end-to-end vision

Well, that was never going to end well.

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Black and Latina boffins regularly mistaken for janitors, study finds

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Heading photo?

That doesn't look like a Latina or African-American.

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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras brings the EU to its knees

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Streaming isn't scaleable

There is a Satellite service, but not on Continental Phobic 28.2E.

Terrestrial and Satellite is scalable, makes no difference if everyone watches at once. Internet feeds can't be economically feeding everyone as it's NOT broadcast.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Cripes

It's a mess.

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Apple Watch sales in death dive after mega launch, claims study

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Re: Can't buy one even though I want to

The Watch 2.0 will require a new iPhone, as current Apple Watch is useless without an existing iPhone.

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Must resist ...

Points and chokes... due to resisting.

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Firefox to speed up dev cycle, go multi-process, rip and replace UI – soon

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A plan?

But it's a BAD one.

"Agile" is a buzz word, not a plan.

They need a LESS frequent release cycle. Its a BROWSER!

Just fix the bugs.

Make it able to be multithreaded

Fix the GUI BACK to some sort of sanity.

Job done. Then go write something else. Like a calendar integrated to an eMail client. ANYTHING, but stop already re-writing a Browser forvever and driving us mad.

I now have two plug ins just to make the stupid thing usable.

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Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other

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PIN vs signature

PIN can have fraudulent transactions.

I know two different routes. But PIN reduces bank's liability to fraud. They just insist that you MUST have used the PIN.

(One route is to watch what pin is used or intercept it with doctored reader, easy to turn up at shop and claim you are upgrading. Other route is that madly, the terminal doesn't send a hash of pin to HQ. It asks card if PIN correct, so you add a chip that simply always replies "OK" to terminal for ANY pin. Massive design flaw! No encrypted clever handshake, it's like sending a POP3 password!)

"why are the banks trying so hard to get pay-by-bonk into the arena?"

a) I'm not convinced they are trying hard. The folks making card are pushing contactless cards which are less secure. Notice Lidl only allows small payments for contactless.

b) NFC tech was invented for warehouses. It's inherently stupid for retail products (nothing needs to be stored a barcode is fine) or payments (inherently insecure, security is a fudged after thought.

NFC should NOT be in payment cards (debit or credit) or retail products, door keys, travel cards or passports.

What crazy too is my post office is using insecure and easily duplicated or damaged mag stripe instead of chip & pin.

Cheques are practically dead in Ireland. Most places don't take them and I've not seen one for years.

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Re: USPTO

"You can't patent an idea, but you can patent a particular way of implementing an idea. "

Except Apple will use the Patent to sue anyone with a similar idea, even if done differently.

"Apple's patent won't stop anyone else from using NFC phones to transfer money unless they want to do it in exactly the same way."

Yes it will, as Apple will use the patent and sufficient Lawyers. They spend only 1.5% on R&D and I bet that includes the secretaries, floor space and patent applications.

The reason Apple ever patent anything (and they have very many patents, yet I've not seen one yet developed in house that ought to be a patent, so called "design patents" are what are called elsewhere "Registered Designs" and most are totally derivative of much older products e.g. Braun and should be invalid. The fluted coke bottle is a valid "Design Patent").

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USPTO

This of course is as spurious as one-click shopping. Totally should be rejected, but probably will be accepted.

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Yank my blockchain: Bitcoin upgrade SNAFU borks hungry miners' currency

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It's not money any, even if it costs you money

It's a speculation medium, vaguely like Tulips, London Property values, Pyramid schemes and the South Sea bubble.

It's not a true crypto-currency either.

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

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Re: Kobo keeps you free

Some Amazon titles are effectively DRM free too. The Publisher (or Self Publisher) decides.

I don't know why you'd use Calibre to reformat Gutenberg texts. Their Mobi version has always been compatible, and now they call that Kindle version

(Amazon bought Mobi, IMDB, Goodreads, Book Depository, ABE Books and probably other stuff).

.AZW with DRM -> Kindle

Adobe Digital Edition (ePub with DRM) -> Kobo

Calibre with added plug-ins lets you use either dedicated ereader and remove DRM.

The Kindle isn't any more walled in than Kobo.

Kindle Touch: Best Value

Kindle DXG: Best value for A4/Letter PDFs, free Wikipedia and Amazon on 3G, 60 M Byte a month limit otherwise

Kobo Aura H20 : Waterproof, 6.8" screen that might be same pixel count as DXG, so might do better than Paperwhite or Glo for PDF

Kobo Glo and Paperwhite: Only needed for very gloomy rooms.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

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Meh or just a me too service?

Really there is no way Apple can make a music streaming service "innovative" or "special".

Subscription services are ultimately bad value and rely on customers not bothering to cancel.

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Apple's Swift creeps up dev language survey – but it's bad news for VB

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VB

VB6 was last version.

A review from a VB Guru when it came out:

"VB.net is a C programmer's idea of VB, it's pointless. Better off learning C#"

He was 100% correct. C# is of course based on J++, MS version of Java.

There is a LOT of C still used. It's nearly 30 years since I started learning C++. Why are people still writing ordinary C? Many people that think they are using C++ are really programming in C. So in that respect (Moving people to C#?) MS was correct to make VB.net incompatible with VB5 / VB6?

Strustrupp didn't want C++ to C backward compatibility.

Yes the survey is inaccurate.

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Microsoft rushes out latest Windows 10 build. 300 fixes? Pff, whatever

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3D / Show cue

It was wonderful (win 3.x?) when shadow and highlight added to buttons.

Flat buttons are a fad. One of the stupidest fads on GUIs in last 25 years.

They are copying it now on real equipment. Stupid unusable print (or meaningless icons) areas on shiny flat panels. ST-TNG was only a TV show.

IDIOTS!

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Re: Absolute Morons

I need to be less on the Internet ... just one more forum to post to and I'll go read a book.

Outside has a big hot shiny thing, insects, animals, fast moving vehicles. Other people. It's safer here.

I can't imagine why someone downvoted your excellent sentiment.

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Absolute Morons

You CAN have one kernel I suppose, though arguably some devices need a different one.

but small Phone, large tablet, desktop primarily with mouse/keys, TV set screen and Server need different GUIs

They need to stop this nonsense (since 1993) of branding everything windows and believing one fits all. For years PDAs / Win CE was crippled by Win95 style GUI. NT family security and integrity damaged after NT3.5

1) NT3.51 gratuitous Office 95 WinAPIs invented to stop win 3.x running office 95

2) NT4.0 unlike explorer preview for NT3.51 integrated too much graphics and printing to Kernel

3) Stupidity of Direct X (so DOS games could be ported

4) Win9x apps on NT4, 2000, XP needing user to be Adminstrator.

5) Aero Stupdity and down grading existing GDI APIs in Vista. Win7 should have been free, only a SP.

6) Stupidity of Win CE/ Win9x reversal of insisting keyboard/Mouse desktop machines should have the Zune inspired interface that only makes sense on small phones On Win 8

7) Win10 is long line of downhill ride since NT 3.5

Perhaps MS will learn and bring out an Enterprise Classic Workstation and Server with best of NT3.5 and XP?

Or will Win 10 be a progressive fail requiring Azure/Cloud and impossible to use without Internet.

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Cash-strapped Chicago slaps CLOUD TAX on Netflix, Spotify etc users

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Is it legal?

They used tax windows, hearths, radio sets, car radios separately.

I think governments can tax anything if they can collect it and the natives don't revolt.

Revolts

USA (Mad King, unfair taxes -> Boston Tea party -> War of independence)

India Cotton (Could only be exported to UK, Indians had to buy UK cloth)

Ireland Water (it's not like there a lack of rain, but they don't have enough reservoirs and 30-% to 50% is leaking)

UK Bedrooms and Poll Tax

Tax on Blank media supposedly to compensate rights holders. What about people with their OWN content?

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

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Re: Morning Panic: Secondocalypse or Bad Cable TV?

TV schedules are strange. They can have end times up to 24:59:59 so that programs running over midnight don't end at 00:15

Hence Time goes back at 2am to 1am and not at 1am in Autumn. Possibly.

Why insert leap second at midnight?

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Samsung/Cheil merger goes on: Soz Elliot, not this time, says court

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But after

As stated before the proposal was public before this Icanh like parasite bought shares.

Unless you are buying shares from the company directly you are a speculator, not an investor. Pedantic I know.

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