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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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FAIL

Dear Customer

Thank you for purchasing Windows 8.

We are sure you appreciated all of its features.

We want to assure you we took a lot of pleasure to screw you. We are looking forward for your forced purchase of our incoming product, Windows 9, due next year.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Re: I don't get it..

"> why expect a length parameter at all ? That is metadata that can be calculated quite trivially.

How? A socket connection is just a stream of octets, there are no record delimiters (except as provided by your own protocol).

And then you need to detect with partial data (eg. interruption on the network)."

A long time ago, XDR solved those problems. It just needs to be used.

http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/man3/xdr.3.html

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FAIL

Re: I don't get it..

""C"

The path starts here."

@Destroy,

We'll all get tons of downvotes for this obviously, but I completely agree with you. C does not have any idea of objects, their size, bound checks etc ...

It's time IMHO to start using a really secure language for those critical security components.

This fiasco wouldn't have happened on a lib written in ADA.

You can't trust a language which allows a tab (erm, sorry, a pointer, since tab don't exist) to access memory anywhere with no control.

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Joke

As mad as a box of mad frogs

""Look closely at the bottom of the light," Waring wrote. "It has a very flat surface giving us 100% indiction [sic] it is from the surface. Sure NASA could go and investigate it, but hey, they are not on Mars to discovery life, but there to stall its discovery.""

100% addiction to some substance, I think. Either this or he forgot his pills for the second consecutive day ...

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Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

regadpellagru

Simple solution

Telcobox = unsecure

mybox = secure

Use the telcobox for transport only and triple-play, then get LAN/WLAN and security from mybox only.

Of course, mybox must not be remotely managed, must not trust anything coming from telcobox and it should run one of the popular freewares (dd-wrt, openwrt, tomato).

Et voila.

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India's GPS alternative launches second satellite

regadpellagru

Re: To those who bleat about cost - you might have misssed something . . .

"FFS!

The U.S. or E.U. would spunk that away just by producing Powerpoint presentations for one operation with not a single spanner being lifted."

Yeah, but India is using geostationary sats, because, you know, it's local coverage only, so no need to use low orbits, like GPS/Glonass/Galileo do. The latter is more expensive techno and of course use more sats, while the former uses sat techno already everywhere around the globe for TV.

Still, not bad a price to have their service for the whole country and surroundings.

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China demands answers from US after 'I spy on one little Huawei' report

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Re: Seems strange...

"If the NSA wanted to know if Huawei kit is/was sending information back to the Chinese government could they not have determined that technically through looking at the packets being sent, stripping a machine down to look for secret transmitters and so on?"

That is assuming the dodgy kit is installed on every box, leaving everyone the ability to find it out, which I don't find credible at all. No-one is that stupid, those days.

No, presumably, it is only installed on request (locally or remotely) when the kit is to be used by a target, thus the need to find out at manufacturer's end.

End of the day, average kit is totally clean ...

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Stop fiddling with your VMAX knobs or I'll chop your fingers off

regadpellagru

Ex storage admin, here

As an ex-storage admin, I've always found the level of control you had on the latest Symms (Symm 3 & 4) creepy.

Who needs to rebuild a RAID group anyway ? This needs to be planned at installation time and only if you get it completely wrong, would you need to do that. Also, to be able to break LUNs entirely ? Quite some risk here (wrong LUN ID anyone ?) ...

I've also (painfully) fixed mistakes coming from this flexibility. Joe Local Admin thought it would be good to create a LUN of this size, but failed to understand where the LUN parts would land in terms of physical devices, creating a LUN effectively twice the speed of any other ...

I haven't touched VMAX yet, but if EMC has offered the same level of control, I can surely see how things can get screwed up by Joe, big time :-)

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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I can't see ...

what much coherent story can be told after I to VI ...

Republic, issues, clones, Palpatine taking power with help of Vador, Vador eradicating Jedis, war, first death star destroyed, empire chasing rebels, one jedi returning unexpectedly to terminate both Vador and the emperor ...

Seems like a finished story to me. Everyone will then live a happy life and democracy will reign again in the galaxy.

Seems like a Highlander II plot style is to be expected, like, you know, new villains coming from nowhere, for no explained reasons, and the sequel carousel will go on.

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Humdrum Documentum momentum makes EMC glum? Off alone into the scrum it should be spun

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The problem is ...

Documentum is a Documentation mgmt product that has always tried to stick with the EMC portfolio (aka, no tape, pls, we're EMC ! and also, sell Centera and pretend to be an archiving product).

This rarely fitted customers' needs, therefore the decline or lack of ... momentum.

Also, they used to have very aggressive EOL policies, along with major architecture changes, which would quickly loose customers. You really don't want to do a major update of your doc repository every single 18 months ...

Indeed, this division never seemed to have had a happy life inside EMC ...

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Voracious alien flatworm hits French in the escargots

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Re: of all the non-IT stories on this site..

French here as well, and being hidden in the most deserted place of the east of the country, I wouldn't mind nuking Caen, except it seems my employer has its newest big DC nearby.

Also, trying to get back on the IT angle, about the nuking thing, and for the gamers population here (I KNOW you guys are here !) have a look at http://www.uberent.com/pa/.

Yes, successor to Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander, you know, the games where being nuked is actually a serious blow ...

Spare 30 bucks for a good nuking fun !

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

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"Microsoft would do well to ditch Windows Phone and put their work into making an excellent Android device - I suspect having a slice of the massive Android pie will be better than having the tiny Windows pie to themselves."

Exactly this. But when you've ditched multiple platforms already, just to go to MS WP, and fail miserably, you need a bit of an interim situation where you have 2 platforms, the new one everyone wants, and the old one which is your core strategy, all of this for ... reasons.

Then, the corporate language will evolve, during the coming year, to converge to Android only, and WP being, you known, legacy ...

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Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

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Re: Dual SIM

I'm entirely with you on this one, mate.

One answer: buy a Wiko phone. All their models are dual-SIMs and they run Android.

It is beyond me why Apple and Samsung are overlooking the dual-SIMs capability entirely ...

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regadpellagru

Re: Heh

Maybe, but in my humble opinion, this is the first batch only.

Watch the news about new Nokia Android phones coming soon in the West and elsewhere. Windows Mobile is terrible from my one week experience, so it is only logical they finally switch to a suitable platform.

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Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

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ROFL

"Rather you than me mate, seriously."

Yes, same thing here. Geez, even Dilbert's job is AWESOME as compared to others'.

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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Re: Not in agreement with the core of the article

> More interesting insight that seems to back up your comment about Nintendo's problem with third-party devs (or rather, third-party devs' problems with Nintendo):-

> http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2014-secret-developers-wii-u-the-inside-story

Eh, nice one AC, thanks !

I seem to have read a similar story, but not the same and with a lot less details ...

The part about translating questions from 3rd party devs into Japanese and reverse for the answers is quite baffling. How is it some guys in 21st century are pro devs but can't write/read english ?

Back to my dev time (90s), I was not able to fluently talk about politics, the cycles of the moon, or history, in english, sure, but writing/reading about programing, surely yes. Wouldn't have learnt a single dev language otherwise !

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regadpellagru
Meh

Not in agreement with the core of the article

I'll concede one point: yes, "WII" and "WII U" are ridicule names, sure. But let's get over it.

The reason for WII U struggling (I don't think it is dead yet) is the complete lack of games long after launch time. Heck, we're 1.5 years after launch and we only had some compelling game launch dates (Mario Kart 8 and some more to come), mere days ago !

It seems this was due to Nintendo being unable to work efficiently with third party devs, which is essential to any successful console launch.

I don't buy a single second it struggles because of the lack of any bang-bang-fire-fire type of games, or any top-notch GPU/CPU combo. Otherwise, the original WII would have sunk 2 months after release. The market is already chock full of such high-end console, with PC/MAC being on the same game market but for those IT capable. And this is before any steam box comes to shake the market some more.

People that have bought the WII and/or WII U are after different kind of games, that include family friendly games, which are totally ignored by other consoles/PC/MAC.

So, yes, WII U survives with the various emulators of past consoles which is everything but sexy, and also it does survive with the largely overlooked full WII compatibility, which no other console has, but it is only to let more time for games release. No-one would seriously think a console emulation console would be successful.

Only thing I'm wondering is why Ninty did let relationship with devs go so severely bad, while Iwata himself had long repeated third party devs were an essential part of Ninty's strategy ?

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: OEMs lack of innovation

> "- same inability to go suspend and resume properly"

> Errm... what are you on about? My Asus does this very well indeed.

Lucky you, I have yet to meet a laptop with Windows and this working without hours of tweaking ...

> "- same 3 screens size: 13 15 and 17 inches"

> Errm... 15.6". Same idiotic resolution, that I'll give you.

The point was on lack of innovation.

> "- same "die the 14th month" battery, just after guaranty end"

> Errm, again, what are you on about? My old Toshiba's battery lasted three years; the replacement battery is still running after three years. (I handed the Toshiba off to a relative who needed a cheap, but not very high-end, laptop. Works for him...) My Asus battery is still running fine, two years on. Now, my bloody Samsung t159 flip-phone, that's gone through two batteries in 18 months. Bloody Samsung. Yo! LG! What do you have in a nice cheap flip-phone format and how long do your batteries last?

Possibly you are on old stuff that was still working ... My 3 years old Dell laptop battery has been dead with no charge since more than one year ... Good thing is I never paid for this crap, my employer did ... I have yet to see any recent laptop with a 3 years old battery still kind of working ...

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Re: OEMs lack of innovation

@gerryg,

Well, yes, we'll have to agree Apple are indeed going the proprietary way for more or less everything, which indeed means they're going to charge. Big time.

My point is this is happening because of lack of innovation from PC OEMs.

No OEM innovation = someone else innovation and big margin ...

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OEMs lack of innovation

"And it’s also fair to say the decline of the PC market isn’t entirely Sinofsky’s fault. As HP’s Eric Cador pointed out, the OEMs were not innovating."

Couldn't agree more, here. It's been, what, 8-10 years every single PC laptop is exactly the same as the next with:

- unusable touchpad, clicking everywhere on its own unless you disable the press/click explicitly

- same connectors, only differentiated by speed (USB1/2/3), numbers and position

- same buttons for sound volume

- same inability to go suspend and resume properly

- same 3 screens size: 13 15 and 17 inches

- same "die the 14th month" battery, just after guaranty end

- same CD/DVD player in a slack drawer, that ejects the CD/DVD or the full drawer anytime you press the button

It's not been a surprise someone with a brain (Apple) came with an innovative touchpad one day. And with a magnet-attached connector for power, to avoid your running kids throw your precious laptop to the ground.

"The current strategy for mobile devices is to gradually bring RT and Windows Phone to a common API and binary compatibility – just not overnight."

Makes sense, but it's already dead, Jim.

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

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Facepalm

Re: Dead Platform

"and WP has a much better UI [than Android]"

Then, we're not from the same planet ...

I got a Lumia 520 with WP 8 for one week, and it raised up my desire for human murder significantly.

What a load of <bip> this software was. I never was even able to create any contact ... I mean, it is (and has to be) straight forward on any Android or IOS platform, but is apparently a dark mystery you have to solve on WP !

Sorry, but if this fails, then the UI fails, and the platform fails, and the rest goes to the flush, where WP is currently. <sound of flushing the toilet>

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Ninten-DOH! Japanese giant slashes Wii U sales forecasts by 70%

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Re: Shame

Indeed a real shame. It has not been marketed correctly, on top of apparently terrible Nintendo collaboration with 3rd parties, despite the fact Iwata promised a great leap forward, 2 years ago ...

For example, who knows it is the only next-gen console to provide compatibility with its predecessor, the WII ? This selling point was largely ignored by marketing, which was a terrible mistake.

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Apple fanbois make it 'official', hook up with Internet of Fridges Things

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Re: Everything

What Mickel said, plus the heat, the electrical portal, doors, and probably things I have no idea I'll have in the future.

And no, I won't do it with a closed phone/laptop techno, from Apple or anyone else, no way, and I suspect no-one will ever do it.

I'll go Zwave and/or Zigbee, that are both, if not totally free techno, at least endorsed by MANY manufacturers. Zigbee being a 2.4 GHz radio techno, it will soon be in every smart phone. Except Apples', a bit like NFC after all.

Going the "my techno and nothing else" is becoming more and more a strategical mistake for Cupertino. Soon, they will realise it ...

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Apple CEO Cook breaks YEARS OF SILENCE, finally speaks to El Reg hack

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not well inspired hack, then

"His famous, dead genius predecessor Steve Jobs famously stopped talking to us after one of our hacks took the mickey out of his bizarre pre-baldness hairstyle*."

Hmmm, link ? Whoever that hack may have been, he was certainly not well inspired that day ...

I'm not bald nor pre-bald, but I certainly know tons of folks who would take pre-baldness jokes from anyone else quite badly (or baldly :-).

Then, as Jobs didn't seem to be the very tolerant kind, he banned El Reg company wide for a decade, which is indeed quite overkill.

Hack lesson: don't mess with baldness.

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RBS MELTDOWN LATEST: 'We'll be the bank we should be ... next YEAR maybe'

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Coffee/keyboard

hardware refresh, but probably not more

"The investment pot is the same one that RBS talked about this summer when it said it would be spending an additional £450m on top of its £2bn annual IT spend for a "complete refresh of the mainframe"."

Seems to me they're frenetically spending millions on hardware to tick the box, but nothing to update the old stuff written in Cobol 68, which happens to still run, no-one knows how, on modern mainframes, and is an explosive waiting to blow up.

I'm sure we'll discover more, as each incident is reported here, in the 2 coming years.

As as been said above, move banks, they're not all the same, and the time spent to move on is well spent. Did that myself 8 years back, and I never regretted any of the hours spent for this.

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Weird PHP-poking Linux worm slithers into home routers, Internet of Things

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wrong argument police caught you

"However, home internet kit with x86 chips are few and far between – most network-connected embedded devices are powered by ARM or MIPS processors – so the threat seems almost non-existent."

Hmmm, there is a bit of merit to this argument but not a lot.

First, a PHP exploit can and will move to ARM and MIPS.

Second, x86 being outside da net of things is a rapidly vanishing argument, seeing how some NAS vendors are moving to X86 those days, like Synology for example, who is discontinuing ARM in favor of X86 for better virtualisation support.

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XBOX ONE ROUNDUP-of-the-ROUNDUPS: Everything YOU need to know

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Re: 1.3 Gb day one patch!?!

If you think 1.3 GB is big, then have a Wii U. Interesting Christmas I spent last year ...

Bloody DHCP wouldn't work (Error X: of course with no explanation) with WPA2 activated as my setup dictates. Had to fall back to ... no security, for it to work. Big N QA (if this thing exists) apparently assumed everyone would either use fixed IP or no security at all ...

Tons of posts on this issue, with people with no clue hilariously issuing this kind of workaround:

http://venturebeat.com/2012/11/19/wii-u-wont-connect-to-internet/

Then, the 5GB image took a lot of time:

http://kotaku.com/5961577/bummed+out-wii-u-owners-vent-on-twitter-during-huge-firmware-update

Then only would DHCP work with WPA2.

How the heck can you screw up a DHCP client, even in a rushed launch ???

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Email-sniffing Linkedin Intro NOT security threat, insists biz network

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"LinkedIn is the process of defending itself against a lawsuit alleging it hacks into members' email accounts before uploading their address books and spamming their contacts. The social business network is contesting this class-action lawsuit, which it argues is without merit. ®" (link of the story is actually http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/24/linkedin_spam_lawsuit_rebuttal/).

I should really read El Reg more often. This appalling story of massive spam of my then 2000 Gmail contacts happened to me. I never noticed before some of them replied, asking what it meant, since few only can read english. What a bloody shame.

Shame also I don't live in the US, where I could join this class-action lawsuit ...

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HP CEO Whitman: We've built the PC that GOD wants

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Thumb Down

Not an engineering company, no

"Her last observation was that HP's core competency is engineering and that the company must focus on that discipline."

I completely missed that over the last 15 years, for whatever reason.

Maybe because any bit of software sold by HP (except maybe OVO, and the awfull data protector) has been from a less than 2 years old acquisition, any tape lib is resold, any storage array since EVA is either resold or is from an acquisition. Even consulting is from an acquisition (EDS).

OK, the C7000 stuff is really HP home made, but that's all I can think of ...

At contrary, IBM is still en engineering company, in software, hardware (all the line), systems etc ...

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

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Alert

The important point is ....

Apple hardware is very expensive, and they have been able to indulge charging for OS upgrade so far.

And they still have a good market share, and turning a lot of profit.

Forget the emotional comments, they still sell and do profit, FFS, there is a reason for this.

Now, with a fully working OS, and some very useful free apps, and free upgrades, this is gonna be a extremely painful blow to the Redmond zombies and Windows 8.

I don't see any relevance to Windows on the desktop, now ...

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FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

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Microsoft has just stopped improving products

I think the real problem is MS has stopped to improve their products to the point where it has any value to upgrade at all, except the fear, and fear is subjective.

I've been with XP+Office 2003 in 2010, then XP+Office 2007, then Win7+Office 2010 now, and I really hope to the gods this didn't cost to my employer.

Office: from 2003 to 2010, let's see:

Powerpoint:

plus: animations panels has been enhanced, indeed.

minus: meaningless changes of GUI, loosing productivity

overall: this is a draw to me.

Excel:

plus: hmmm, let me see. No, I can't think of anything.

minus: why the <bip> does "format cells" take 10 s or more to come up ???? Why ?

overall: Excel 2010 is worse than 2003 or 2007

Word:

plus: well, possibly a better TOC management system if I recall.

minus: meaningless changes of GUI, loosing productivity

overall: this is a draw to me.

Now, Windows, lets see between XP (SP2 patched) vs. 7:

plus: sorry, can't name anything. There is something better ????

minus: is different, for the apparent sole purpose of being different from a GUI point of view. Same shit behind of course. BTW, fuck you MS, for replacing the "run command" menu by "shutdown". No fun here. Also, same apparent "boot slower" syndrom each time of boot.

overall: Win 7 is worse than XP

Overall, as many have commented, there is no value to upgrade to 7, and probably to 8 either. It's only a matter of how people are scared not to ... And if what I read of licensing is true (this is not really my thing, my employer pays for it), there HAS to be some value to be put against the cost incurred.

Also, for those claiming Office is necessary vs. OpenOffice or LibreOffice, I really don't agree. The LibreOffice Word and Excel are better than Office now and can even do things MS Office can't do ...

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Tape rocks for storage - if you don't need to, um, access your data

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Why tape is still here

It is because:

- the CIO doesn't have a clue and only wants its butts protected, so tells IT to "keep everything, forever"

- same goes for the business: "keep everything, forever" and I'm protected

- at the end, the whole corporation ladder is on the same page

Then it's all down to the poor storage admin to "keep everything, forever" and do so with a severely limited budget, which all the aforementioned functions superbly ignore its link to their immature, anal requirements.

Then, the poor storage bod has only tape solutions, and yes, the SW sucks, it's slow to restore, and it may fail (STK 9840A/B/C/D I''m looking at you !).

Lesson of the day: if the position is storage admin, make sure you get a *really* good pay check !

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Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

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Re: Yes of course, *tap Return*

I'm happy to see I'm not the only one to find this rename function of the Mac Finder completely bizarre.

I recently switched to a Mac, and got considerably upset to not be able to rename a file without Google help ...

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The legacy IE survivor's guide: Firefox, Chrome... more IE?

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Creepy

"In other words, every security update Microsoft releases after April 2014 will serve as a blueprint for how to attack Windows XP. Windows XP won't necessarily be vulnerable to them all, but all it takes is one."

This is a freaking good point here, and also a very creepy one. This means every MS update will create a 100% chance case to work against XP.

Probably this is the only valid reason to update, actually.

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Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

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the real point of Steam OS

The real point is quite often missed. It is, actually, to eliminate the man in the middle from Valve's market, which is the video games market.

Today, the middle man is either:

- Microsoft (on PC) and their absolutely fubared and expensive series of OSes

- Apple, and their tie-in OS/hardware, costing shit loads of bucks to get any rig

- Nintendo/Sony/Microsoft (Xbox) with their also tied-in OS/hardware price model (by the way different from above, as it is a revenue by game model)

By having a purely gaming OS, on commodity hardware (unlike the console model or Apple's model), they'll reduce the price of gaming by:

- taking opportunity of the big house screen (free for gaming, already paid)

- removing the man in the middle

- sell direct to gamers

So, sure, high end steam OS rigs will cost, but not more than their counterpart PC on Windows, and actually quite less, see above.

But, by allowing gamers to adapt to whatever performance level they want, again on commodity hardware, Valve will allow for the best price, which will only be hardware price *only*.

So, end of the day, cost of gaming on steam OS will be a strict: costs of hardware + cost of steam games.

How can you beat that, in terms of cost or quality ?

The lower cost for gaming has been Windows PC for a long time, but Valve has found a way to do lower by eliminating MS, following their various snafu.

I think this is brilliant and really looking forward to it, which will by the way replace my PC rig refresh. At the same price ! Hmm, look, lower price, since I won't have to upgrade to Win 7 !

WIN !

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CRUNCH: 'Drunk' chap cuffed in high-speed car nookie prang rumpus

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Trollface

Good point, surely we hope for equal treatment across genders.

Technically, the fact the lass was ejected (I surely hope she's now ok) quite possibly implies she was on him, thus we can surely imagine he was considered the (busy) driver, sat in the driver seat and belted, unlike her (passenger ?). Therefore, he's the only one being arrested.

Surely, some very interesting talk, at the trial !

"having sexual intercourse of some sort while driving", this one really made my day :-)

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Hey, you, dev. What do you mean, storage is BORING?

regadpellagru
Joke

more chequebooks

"If you have ever received more chequebooks in the post from a certain retail bank, I can only apologise."

For so many years, I've been after the guy responsible for sending that parcel of 2^32-1 chequebooks from my bank.

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

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Exactly !

Everyone and their dog can ask for everything. Everyone and their dog ARE & WILL ask for everything.

Heck, I'm asked on a weekly basis for my yearly revenue by some random people in North Africa, hunting

for people interested in solar panels. I've even been asked for the copy of the judgement for my divorce by the ***hole in charge of my kid's school ! That doesn't mean any of the people got it !

Why people are doing whatever they're asked by phone/email is beyond me. There is some teaching to be done: reflect on what the random guy is asking - determine if they're entitled to - refuse or accept.

Also, as stated above, f*** the T&C that are mandatorily agreed, as you can't do anything before you've agreed. If they are not reasonable, as per law, they're void, as per law again.

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Ex-hacker leaves Pentagon's TOP-SECRET war boffins for Google

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Coffee/keyboard

Hero

"He was then summoned to meet Bill Clinton to explain the first vicious DDoS attack. "

That sums it up as being a f***ing hero, then. How otherwise you'd explain that to a wig ?

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

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Human IT interface problem

In France, everyone that has learnt car driving more than 15 years ago have done it with:

- a manual gearbox (5 gears) + left clutch pedal

- a key that mechanically turns to start/stop the engine

- a mechanical steering wheel

- a central brake pedal, based on piston + brake fluid

- a mecanical manual handbrake lever

- mechanical lights control

Now, in a f***ing Renault, you have:

- a card you insert (or not, can be proximity based) + button to start and maybe stop the engine. Is no longer mechanical, so f*ck knows what happens in the unlikely event you want to emergency stop, if at all possible.

- a bizarre device, different in each and every model, implementing handbrake. Maybe.

- SW controlled lights. What a great idea ! I've seen that having 1 second latency when activating it. Handy to put the full lights on/off when you encounter someone.

- a power assisted brake pedal. Just touch it lightly and you'll stop the car at 100 KM/h in 30 meters.

Given the amount of cheap ridiculous complexity, how is it a suprise that it fails every now and then and that people are not prepared to read 20 pages to learn the magic procedure to reset the hand brake/lights/cruise control/starter ???

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Intel's new TV box to point creepy spy camera at YOUR FACE

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Creepy indeed

"More controversial is the plan to use a camera on the box to look outward, to identify the faces staring at the goggle box... telescreen-stylie. Intel will use that to present personalised options and targeted advertising, in a process which seems immediately creepy but ...^"

Well, yes, it bloody does ! Am I the only one to think some analisys of behaviour will be done at one point, in order to provide adapted ads ? I don't think this is the number/type of faces they're after ... And surely, the SW will be remotely adapted at whatever is marketable.

And would everyone be really happy to see a porn movie pop out of the screen, with an all-scream lady, when having a good rumpy-pumpy with the Missus ?

I'm not even talking on the said rumpy-pumpy fully sent to porntube ...

Really, who on their right mind, would buy this ???

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Data scientists: Do they even exist?

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All too true

"All of which should provide some comfort to those organisations that have been struggling to find data scientists to analyse their data. It may turn out that the "mythical data scientist" is actually Lily who works one cubicle over. "

Really, it is. And so many of those companies trying to find the "mythical data scientist" have so often let go Lily already !

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Pope resigns months after launching social networking effort

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Kudos to him, really

I'm not religious, and I certainly never was a big fan of this Pope (I never cared really, since I'm convinced universe was created by a couple of dices thrown). But geez, get the negationists back in church, for Pete's sake !

However, I think the guy needs our hats off for having the courage to resign, as this is not really the fashion of the company. I can imagine all the court faces around him when he announced that ...

I'm sure I would do the same if being forced to do my current job, when I'm 85 ...

So long mate, have a deserved rest !

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Raytheon to build low-orbit, disposable satellites for DARPA

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I'm thinking

Where are all those things gonna crash, at the end of their short service period ?

It is pretty tricky to forecast the landing of any orbital object (when unpropelled), so, hopefully, they'll leave some fuel in, to ensure landing outside of, say, middle of London.

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Game over for Atari? One life left as biz files for bankruptcy protection

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Terminator

Empty shell

"Hasbro Interactive bought what was left of Atari in 1998 and sold that to Infogrammers Entertainment in 1999 for $95m in stock and $5m in cash. Atari SA was the name eventually adopted by Infogrammers, which promised to revitalize the brand."

At which point, it was already an empty shell doing just vid games production, and no longer any development, state it never left ...

So corporate politics, marketing and greedy salesmen only ...

They also had quite some IP and exclusive rights (D&D vid games exclusivity for example), which they used and abused, often detrimentally to the games (Neverwinter Nights, FFS !), which eventually pissed off a number of players and companies, led to boycott Atari entirely.

But anyway, this ridiculous behaviour led Bioware to never rely again on publisher's IP, create their own, and we got Mass Effect and Dragon Age, so this had a good effect.

Now, I think this is time, for Atari, to rest in peace ...

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Fatty French Kilogram needs a new-year diet, say Brit boffins

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UK kilogram

"But the Brit boffins' findings aren’t conclusive because they are based on tiny changes to the UK’s kilogram prototype ..."

You probably mean UK pound and not kilogram. No such thing as metric units in the UK.

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Polaroid plans retail Fotobars to print out your pics

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Re: Old hat - unfortunately

Agree. Even if all the planet suddenly realises they must have hard copies as this is more secure, this Polaroid plot will fail miserably. Hard copy services are all over the Net now, with high quality prints, just upload your selection of pics, wait 3 days et voila.

No need really to lose time in a whopping 2000 sqf place !

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Browser makers rush to block fake Google.com security cert

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Re: How to verify the trustworthy.

That's not even close to be the problem. I could live with idiots generating certs mistakenly for this site or that site, as this would be dealt with eventually; on a case by case basis.

No, what is really baffling is they mistakenly issued intermediate certs, which are in essence delegations to generate as many certs as you want, for your web site, mine, or *.google.com, regardless of country, location etc ... ! And they apparently covered it until someone realises !

That means and shows:

- Turktrust are totally hopeless

- one hopeless link in the chain compromises everything

- Turktrust, no matter how hopeless, are the only ones in Turkey to deliver certs, so need and will be kept in charge

- as mentioned above, blacklisting doesn't work (de facto, and by design)

So, as others have hinted, and as has been already be discussed at El Reg, the TLS system no longer ensures security on da web, and needs to be replaced.

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Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

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final blow for Windows

"That will undoubtedly suggest to some - as has been mooted in the past - that the Steam machine will run Linux rather than Windows."

Well, quite an understatement IMHO. This is a sure thing for me ... Why putting it on Windows and incur all the usual MS burden (costs, security issues, management) ?

This move, that will probably be followed by other companies (EA anyone ?) indeed, will probably be the final blow for Windows. In a couple of years, when office-like products will be on all tablets, there'll be absolutely no point in having a PC with Windows.

As far as I'm concerned, my games portfolio has already moved to Macos and I'm looking forward to seeing it on my TV, with a box !

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Frenchmen's sperm plunges by a third in quality and quantity since '89

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Re: CFDT Force l'Ouvrière!

Sorry, is actually "Un méchant sabotage, droit dans les sphères du mariage"

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