* Posts by Mage

4645 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Canada?

"unless you're on LinkedIn, with a well-crafted and carefully curated profile, you're a nobody"

Must be a stranger place than I thought. I was advised to join LinkedIn about 10 years ago. I decided eventually it was a pointless.

The mutual back patting is tedious and I think even recruiters realise now how pointless it has become. People just collecting "contacts" and their "whatsapp" desire to get your address book and spam everyone on it.

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Apple WWDC: OS X is dead, long live macOS

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El Reg Invite

It seems anyone saving the $1,600 or not invited was better of.

A lot of marketing and no real substance.

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Apple launches HomeKit app – but where are the products?

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HomeKit

So they launch a something for Home based IoT

Why do the stupid IoT gadgets need more than a secure browser interface? Assuming people are conned into buying them?

There is an argument for use of a simpler (to run in less RAM & Flash) secure protocol and support the various SRD UHF bands. But does Homekit actually do that?

This is hardly going to boost sales.

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NASA's astroboffins spot the largest ever Tatooine planet

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Great

Very likely has moons. But would one be big enough to have an atmosphere?

Would make for an interesting "Day/Night" cycle tidally locked or not.

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Microsoft's paid $60 per LinkedIn user – and it's a bargain, because we're mugs

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Value of personal data

Actually there is no sense in which the violation of Privacy by Google, Whatsapp, LinkedIn, Facebook etc is worth it.

Also the comparisons of $42 / $60 vs a survey of $140 worth is nonsense. The value is not what the site user might put on each piece of data, but how much money the site owner can make per user (usually from adverts) after all running costs. If Users could charge the Site owner a fair amount, then most of these parasites would close as unprofitable.

The business model only works for two reasons:

1) Users actually using the site

2) Advertisers paying site owner to advertise on it.

Ultimately no different to roads and Billboards, except that people's personal data is being exploited AND people are sharing stuff to world + dog and variously damaging privacy and quality of life not just themselves but people they reference who may never even access the site.

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Re: Eh?

It's already a bad Facebook clone.

"Professional" is a joke.

It's a spamfest and privacy ripper.

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Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

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I cancelled

Ages ago I set up a disposable email address,

changed all my details

closed account

deleted email address from my hosting.

Linkedin is just full of nonsense and spammy. Maybe started as Social Networks for professionals, but just ended up rubbish.

I can't think what the MS strategy is.

It's not April 1st.

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Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

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Re: It's 2016, why are people still stealing phones?

Perhaps the people the thieves sell to are not very saavy. It's not like the seller will have a customer service counter.

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FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

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Re: make it go away

Yes, really I like so called "Social Media" companies failing. If only Facebook would follow in footsteps of Myspace, FriendsReunited etc and Twitter would finally go bankrupt.

Parasites that are helping to destroy civilisation and raping your privacy. People can use email to talk to their friends and we already get too much of so called Celebs on TV, Radio and Websites.

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contributed to a series of actual political revolutions in the Middle East.

Western "Social Medja" fiction.

FB, Twitter, email etc along with Mobile simply being used to communicate, instead of fax and landline voice.

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Now Google backs everyone's favorite trade pact: The TPP

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Re: USA-ians selling items abroad?

Aren't those things made in China, Turkey, Eastern Europe, Asia etc?

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Berners-Lee: WWW is spy net

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We don't have a technology problem; we have a social problem.

Partly.

We do have the problem that for email that security and white-listing to allow a sender should have been in the design from the start.

We do have the problem that on WWW, security is an afterthought and defaults of all browsers are wrong, cookies, scripts, microphone, webcam, popups etc all should need white listed on a subdomain basis.

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Government regulation will clip coders' wings, says Bruce Schneier

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Re: The man's an incorrigible optimist

BBC or BT?

He was employed by BT

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Did you know there's a mega cybercrime backlog in Ireland? Now you do

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work with the FBI

Given how poor Irish Regulators are, I suppose there will be no practical regulatory hurdle.

Personally I think ANY USA involvement with any State or Governmental etc service in Europe should be illegal. They have proven that they are not trustworthy.

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Grim-faced 'naut Malenchenko prepares to return home

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Yuri Gagarin's smile

Airbrush photo retouching. Like the flag shot.

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Microsoft offers Surface-as-a-Service from its own stores

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Rental

My dad gave up TV rental in 1970s.

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Better than the other guys

More sensible than Google's or Facebook's plans to exploit Africans.

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Apple to kill off Mac OS X?

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Re: Apple have a mountain to climb

"They have to do what MSFT have painfully achieved over the last 2 years, creating a core OS that'll run from watches to cars"

Actually the stupidest thing ever MS did. As stupid as having WinCE look like Win9x on a tiny screen.

It's better to have different flavours of OS and ESPECIALLY different GUI / UI / UX for different kinds of systems, user input and hugely different screen size.

I'm no Apple fan, but they did the right thing adapting OS X to give iOS and buying in Fingerworks and putting a totally different GUI on iPhone.

The Apple Watch seems to be pointless, but that's a deeper issue than OS, or the too fiddly GUI on it.

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Re: Lame title

"Nothing is being killed off."

Yet.

They removed "Computer" from name

They don't make a physical server any longer

iTunes makes iOS very profitable, OS X / Mac OS / Mac OS X really only makes a small income from niche sales of Mac.

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Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes

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Not using a file extension

Linux, UNIX, BSD etc doesn't care about extension. You have to set "execute".

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File Endings

FIRST hit on Google

50 potentially dangerous file extensions on windows

Yes, it's got bat pif scr cmd etc.

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Mushroom

So...

what about .cmd or .scr or .reg or a load of more obscure endings?.

I have no confidence in this product.

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Your comms metadata is super-revealing but the law doesn't protect it

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Privacy

Whatever the USA decides about privacy for their own, unfortunately the rest of the world are not even foreigners, but aliens and 3rd class compared to their own humans. So it won't apply.

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Reg photography special: Get a better snap of a BLACK HOLE

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Alien

Wonderful

Now if we had a copy of the new 500m Chinese Radio telescope on the edge of the near side/far side of the moon, or steerable on either moon pole, that would be a nice aperture combined with Earth based dishes.

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Microsoft's BITS file transfer tool fooled into malware distribution

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Windows Update

It's so complicated and relies on so many services, that in normal circumstances are not needed by anything else. This was inevitable. Too much complexity = bigger attack surface

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McDonald's says bigger fonts cooked up improved profits

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Happy Meal

Meal Deal?

I'm here for a snack, because you are the only one open here. I'd go to a real restaurant if I wanted a meal.

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

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this is not your father's Microsoft.

I dunno, I remember installing MS Xenix.

It was a huge number of disks. Might have been 1987?

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Microsoft's mobile device management meltdown

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Enterprise?

A service for Enterprise users, yet needs Microsoft servers on the internet to work? (AKA so called Cloud)

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LISA Pathfinder free fall test beats expectations

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Excellent.

I read somewhere that they hope now to do the full size version on a shorter timescale.

" I assume it uses lasers to balance the weights... um "masses" to keep them in freefall and from hitting the edges? Or does it use magnets, and the lasers just for measurements?"

The laser is used essentially as ruler, to measure the distance apart of the blocks.

Nothing is holding the blocks in place (relative to the spacecraft), other than inertia. That's why it's at the Lagrange point.

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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

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MIMO

Grossly overhyped and to do properly needs expensive aerial arrays, multiple transmitters and multiple receivers.

Shannon's law is based on Thermodynamics. There is no free lunch.

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wireless charging pads

They universally need mains connections.

A simple dock, like "cordless" kettles, drills, DECT phones and two way radios have (and phones used to have is sufficient) but doesn't have the same hipster marketing value.

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European Patent Office blocks staff reading critical articles at work

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Sorry, we are unable to translate the page you requested.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news.

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Our CompSci exam was full of 'typos', admits Scottish exam board

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Headmaster

Re: WTF?

Enid Blyton's "Dame Slap the Teacher" in the Faraway Tree series comes to mind, similar questions with no possible answer. Curiously the series has Google Buns. (1936 - 1951!)

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So. Why don't people talk to invisible robots in public?

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Elephant in the room

They are pretty poor too, other than simple commands.

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From iWarp to Knight's Landing: James Reinders leaves Intel

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I wish him well

Real Computer Scientists knew the future was parallel, even in late 1970s.

In the 1980s

We had the Transputer.

Ivor Catt.

Occam

Co-routines et al. built in to Modula-2.

Despite James Reinders, CAR "Tony" Hoare and others we have not made much progress since 1980s with "modern" multicore CPUs depending too much on OS level multithreading and bottlenecked by shared I/O and shared external RAM.

A beer for James Reinders.

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NASA 'naut to boldly enter pump-up space podule

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Inflatable stations

Such structures should have multiple water tanks as part of outer skin, be wheel shaped and have the docking ports on outer skin opposite the spokes. PSU, Communications platform, gyroscopes etc at hub.

Water is additional shielding, also a source of oxygen and hydrogen if you have fission power, fusion power or a lot of solar power.

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Wi-Fi hack disables Mitsubishi Outlander's theft alarm – white hats

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Re: It seems

I was telling Profibus researchers maybe ten years ago that security wasn't an optional extra on industrial control and needed to be designed in.

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WiFi vs Mobile

Local access rather than access over the Internet and mobile is preferable. It's done rather badly.

The idea of controlling ANYTHING on a vehicle you can't actually see is a fail. Remote reporting is a separate kettle of fish, I mean privacy issue.

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GNU cryptocurrency aims at 'the mainstream economy not the black market'

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Re: Mining?

"isn't this more of a money transfer system rather than a full-fat cryptocurrency?"

Yes, I think so.

Cryptocurrencies are a speculation vehicle anyway.

Anonymous payment systems or cryptocurrencies are an invitation for criminals and other neer do wells to do money laundering, accept ransom payments etc. I'm dubious about the claim of anonymous + taxable.

I'll stick to IBAN and PayPal.

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Windows 10 market share jumps two per cent

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Re: Every up (sorry down) grade of Windows is a total disaster

You can "cold boot" XP on a four year old laptop using a 5400 RPM HDD, in under 15 seconds, if all the junk is removed, eye candy off and all services not needed are disabled.

About 1s to load Win 3.1 in a VM! ^_^

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Re: Low marketshare

XP ...

Good user practices & turn off all services not needed.

Use a separate firewall

Use safe browser with NoScript, no Java and no Flash

No media player or PDF plugins in browser

No remote HTML etc in a safe email client

use a VPN away from home.

Don't use Adobe for PDF, Apple quicktime etc

dual boot to Mint + Mate + WINE + Redmond theme :D

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Re: And

The Win 10 débâcle was even on BBC R4 You & Yours today. They were not kind to MS.

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Re: And

Which doesn't count old PCs never on Internet or PCs replaced by phone / tablet and rarely used online.

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Re: Microsoft aren't helping matters

" Microsoft have given us a succession of complete fusterclucks from Windows 8 onwards."

Actually since XP and Server 2003. (NT 5.1 & NT 5.2?)

Windows 7 was after all not a new OS, simply a fix up of disastrous Vista, should have been free to Vista users.

The release of Vista (NT 6.0 I think) and Win 7 (NT 6.1?) left out almost all the "interesting" new features promised after Win2K/XP/Server 2003. Bugs in Explorer and other parts of windows since NT4.0 still are not fixed.

The GUI has become more inconsistent and each version of windows since NT4.0 has gratuitously moved were admin / set up settings accessed from GUI.

Mostly the default install is STILL based on a Server not a workstation with too many server type services and other stupid services running.

We are seeing the result of bad management over the last 15 years coming home to roost. It's like what Nokia did since 2002 (Killed S80 and touch GUI development back then, high point was the the first few Nokia Communicators). Where will MS be in 2020?

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Smart meter gag orders lifted

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Good

Some sanity

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Capitalize 'Internet'? AP says no – Vint Cerf says yes

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French?

What do they say?

L'Académie française, institution créée en 1635, est chargée de définir la langue française par l'élaboration de son dictionnaire qui fixe l'usage du français.

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

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Re: "Microsoft should also hand over a big donation...

"And we've got these leftover Zune MP3 players! :)"

At least those don't need iTunes and won't be nagged to update to Win 10.

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XP

XP is safe from Win 10 Nagware.

If not connected to the Internet it's fine. ATM didn't use to connect to the Internet, if i was connecting an ATM using ANY OS, I'd use a properly setup VPN to my ATM's Server. What sort of idiot would have a cash dispensing machine or it's transaction server over the Internet without a proper VPN?

If XP set-up and used "properly" by an IT expert, there isn't as much risk as W7, W8 or W10 used badly. (i.e. by typical user that auto clicks on OK, adds browser tool bars, uses Outlook and MS browser, has no script blocking, Java, Adobe PDF, Media Player , Flash etc all work in browser by default. Not your typical El Reg commentard)

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Farewell, Fadell: Nest CEO Tony quits IoT biz

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Re: But... the billions and billions of customers

The better alternatives existed YEARS before Nest was even thought of.

There are plenty of easy to use controllers, easier to use thermostats, all more compatible than Nest.

Nest is shiny / gadgety hype, Also insecure and creepy. Overpriced

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Software snafu let EU citizens get referendum vote, says Electoral Commission

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Re: damn

UK Vote on In/Out might be:

French: Some Out, Some In

Polish, Irish, Germans: Mostly In

Not sure about Danes and Swedish.

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