* Posts by garbo

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Spam and the Byzantine Empire: How Bitcoin tech REALLY works

garbo
Devil

Re: What it's for

"few governments are actually evil. And most are trying their best to do the right thing, incompetence permitting."

It's not the govts that worry me. It's the evil buggers in the background, controlling the govts.

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Experts: Network security deteriorating, privacy a lost cause

garbo
Devil

Re: Problem Is Much Deeper: Corruption Of Mind

I guess it was a smart move, my leaving the West and heading to the East all those years ago.

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garbo
Mushroom

Another Lost in Space loon

ICBMs and atomic bombs vaporising your city are nothing compared to a hacker stealing your Facebook (eg) password. After a nuclear attack he won't need cyber protection.

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Peak Facebook: British users lose their Liking for Zuck's ad empire

garbo
Headmaster

Re: What a small and sad life you lead.

...or did you mean "boor"?

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garbo
Devil

Re: Hotel Facebook

...and you just can't kill the Beast.

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'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test

garbo
Unhappy

Re: @Don Jefe A Controvertial Topic (for a change)

Yes, but why? Spending all that money just to destroy a clay pigeon? Still, destruction does seem to be a favorite American pastime.

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Nine-year-old Opportunity Mars rover sets NASA distance record

garbo
Coat

Over-engineered...

Especially when weight is a serious design factor. I recall the doyen of motor racing theory, Laurence Pomeroy, saying that the "perfect racing car should disintegrate one yard over the finish line." Any farther, it was obviously over-engineered. ;-P

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That $1,000 the lad in Lagos needed? Just email it with Google Wallet

garbo
Joke

Re: Bring bonking functionality to Android?

Bonking? It's what Bankers do. See the connection?

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Mac malware found with valid developer ID at freedom conference

garbo
Black Helicopters

Long joke...

The longer a joke goes on, the more suspiciously serious it looks...

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Alleged CIA spook cuffed by Russians: US Gmail 'spycraft' revealed

garbo
Coat

Re: Wrong introduction!

I was there. Had a wild time...I think...

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garbo
Facepalm

Re: The Gmail account should be set up ...

Surely Hushmail, if you want strong security...

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You thought only Google dodges UK taxes? So do all the Brit firms

garbo

They don't want to be "cleansed" - they want to stay filthy rich.

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garbo
Black Helicopters

Sweden?

Not if your name's Assange...

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Google's cloud dumps custom Linux, switches to Debian

garbo
Linux

Re: Three wins for Debian in a week

"Profit?"

Have you forgot "satisfaction", "pride in work", or even "community benefit"?

Or do your charge friends who come over for a cup of tea?

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Linux kernel 3.9 lands

garbo
Linux

Problem of definitions

MS is a for-profit organisation strong enough to compel/convince OEMs to bundle MS on their machines.

"Linux", bar a few exceptions, is non-profit "community" that generally doesn't give a damn about "getting on the desktop". You can take or leave it. No Linux user loses anything from your not using it.

The plethora of "Distros" (versions of Linux/GNU) is not confusing. It's liberating. You can choose exactly what you want for the job.

Personally, once I've shown friends and colleagues my Linux setup, they go for it. Disregard the propaganda put out by the CLI ranters. Linux is easier, safer, more flexible than MS or Apple. And it's free.

The few for-profit Linux organisations eg Redhat, Canonical, Novell, are increasing market share, admittedly not always on the desktop.

See: http://www.aaxnet.com/design/linux2.html

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

garbo
Devil

Re: The blog

What if a policeman's bike was stolen? Would it take any less time or more activity to get on the case? Only joking...

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garbo

Re: The blog

To be fair, you've never experienced the exhilaration of riding a motorbike. It comes a very close second to riding a horse. And I suspect you've done that, either. Stay inside your Toyota Whatever. It's "safer".

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garbo
Devil

Re: actual theft of a tangible item...

Ah, finally, the reason we have police!

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garbo
Meh

Re: I like it !

Sadly, Q.E.D. - good guys finish last...

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garbo
Facepalm

Re: Cops? Ha! I had an entire CAR stolen

So, it's a crime to retrieve your own stolen car?

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Notebook makers turn to Android in face of Windows woes

garbo
Linux

Re: Apps

When did you last use Linux? I guess either never or long ago. The CLI can be found and used, as it can on Windows, but there's no need. Everything _today_ is point & click. It will even live alongside Windows - dual boot - if you still need Windows apps. Wonder over to Distrowatch ( distrowatch.com ) and look around. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

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garbo
Linux

Re: Good news

"only a matter of time before they start selling something WITHOUT an OS installed!" Another reason I love Bangkok. Been buying computers for years, dirt cheap, no software installed, then sticking in my choice of Linux. Surprised the "First" World democracies don't offer this option.

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Magic mystery malware menaces many UK machines - new claim

garbo
Linux

Re: So.....

Been running Linux for so long I can't remember - don't you need Admin rights to create a new user on Windows? You certainly do in Linux, which's why malware downloaded by a "user" can't attack the system. No "write" or even "read" (in most cases) rights.

How does this malware gain Admin rights on Windows?

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

garbo
FAIL

Re: What gives ANY company the right...

Yes, a rather crude, intimating (very un-google) EULA. Why not "lease" the device indefinitely rather than sell it. Then the EULA is (more) acceptable.

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Netbooks projected to become EXTINCT by 2015

garbo
Linux

eee-901, still going...

Netbooks may be dying - for those who didn't get the memo - small, cheap, wi-fi, bluetooth, internet, some writing, some simple games, 6 hr battery. My Asus 901, running Mint 14 xfce, does the job perfectly well.

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Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

garbo
Boffin

Re: Knew It Was Coming

"With a back door, a parachute and plenty of altitude...." Really?

At 33,000 ft (10,000m), the usual airliner cruising height, the temperature is around -50 C! If you didn't suffocate from hypoxia you'd freeze before you hit the ground. Stick to buses.

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

garbo
Thumb Up

Re: No Psions?

What, no Psion netBook??!! Touch screen, Thinkpad-equaling keyboard, 12 hr battery, in 1999! Still use mine, though for mainly sentimental reasons.

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Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

garbo
Boffin

Re: Grounded indefinitely

Qantas Airbus 380, yes, but the engine is British - Rolls Royce RB211 Trent 900.

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Time has already run out for smart watches

garbo
Facepalm

Re: Funny how these things go full circle

Hang on...looking DOWN to find a pocket watch and looking DOWN to read it makes one's head go UP and get shot in the face?

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Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Windows 8 convertible Ultrabook

garbo
Linux

Re: What a surprise!

My (original) Asus 701 runs Mint 9 wonderfully fast and perfectly stable. Even squeezed LibreOffice and the Gimp on the 4GB SSD fo 3.5 hrs. My 901 runs Mint 13 MATE perfectly for 7 hrs on a charge. What am I missing?

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garbo
Linux

Re: What a surprise!

I'm afraid you've been reading old stories. Every machine I've had over the past five years running Linux detected wifi out of the box. Even ancient PCMCIA cards can be used with "ndiswrapper" which uses Windows proprietary wifi drivers. The latest Linux distros will handle this automatically. Best to try a FREE linux distro on your machine. No command line, just point-and -click.

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garbo
Linux

Re: Win-8 is Hideous

Had a similar experience. Burmese NGO got 20 virus-infected W7 laptops that were unusable. I ran Mint 13 MATE off a USB stick to demonstrate Linux. Sold! Installed it on the director's machine in 20 min. LibreOffice does everything he needs, networking out of the box, printing perfect. He went on the install on other staff kit as dual-boot, just in case. Staff, after two weeks, boot straight into Mint. It's really so easy.

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US military nails 'best ever' Microsoft deal, brags size does matter

garbo
Pint

Re: The REAL reason

Or maybe, with so far disappointing take-up, they just have to move W8 any way they can. Hence the "sweetheart" deal for the military.

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Divorce lawyer spots increase in Christmas 'text message bustings'

garbo
Trollface

Re: The old addage:

...unless you have a back door.

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garbo
Facepalm

Re: So sad...

Ayesha, High Priestess of Kuma: "She who must be Overpaid".

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The year GNOMES, Ubuntu sufferers forked off to Mint Linux

garbo
Facepalm

Re:Bamboo under the fingernails...

Wouldn't that interfere with my typing?

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The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

garbo
Linux

Re: Android

But is "Linux" trying to compete? Which organization similar to Apple or Windows is pushing Linux? Maybe Canonical but I haven't seen the ads, shows, Balmer-style antics. .

I'd say most Linux users don't care if others use it or not. They choose a distro' then a version then a GUI then change the whole system to suit their particular needs. That's why individuals use Linux.

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iPhone tops US market, but trounced by Android in world+dog

garbo
Devil

Re: Is this sales or shipped?

And incoherent shills at that. More wit needed.

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El Reg man: Too bad, China - I was RIGHT about hoarding rare earths

garbo
WTF?

Re: Uhm..

What didn't the Chinese understand? They're no longer a Communist economy (only a Communist state). They did the Capitalist thing - charged as much as the market would stand until supply increased elsewhere, then shut down their own excess supply until demand rises later on. A stupid Communist would still be demanding high prices, still mining the stuff and wondering what went wrong. The Chinese are not. QED

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North Korea's satellite a dud, say US astroboffins

garbo
Holmes

Out of Control?

Following the satellite's orbit here:

http://www.n2yo.com/satellite/?s=39026

Can't see the wobble. More US propaganda?

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Google Maps becomes Apple's most popular app

garbo

Re: Nokia is worse

Is it Bangkok or what? My N8 runs Ovi maps without wi-fi - just GPS satellites - and gets me within 10 meters of my actual location - walking or driving. Google maps demands a wi-fi connection but does no better, and sometimes worse.

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Australian Prime Minister: Mayan calendar 'true'

garbo
Flame

Re: Hearts and minds

>Variously attributed to Churchill, Bismark and Clemenceau

All servants of fascism. They would say that wouldn't they, Mandy.

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Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows

garbo
Linux

Re: wtf were Ubuntu thinking pulling this stunt?

Shuttleworth, the businessman, always has the Profit Monkey on his back, whispering, "Not yet, not yet. OK, maybe now you can turn a profit on all your effort and investment." But it would've been nicer to tell everyone first.

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Einstein almost tagged dark energy in the early 1920s

garbo
Joke

Re: Dark matter

"We can't explain magnets."

I can. But the subject is too repulsive.

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Apple share dive scuppers trader's alleged get-rich-quick fraud scam

garbo

Re: Terminology

I'd be a happy little trader if brokers were not also traders but it just ain't so.

Broker/traders are "testing" the market all the time (HFT alert) with piddly bids and offers that would not cover commission costs. Why would anyone bid for $5.00 worth of shares, knowing they'd pay $10.00 fees? They'd need a 100%+ sell for any profit. These little bids/offers are probes to test market sentiment. I watch these probes trying to drive prices. For me it's a signal to get out. A sucker play, like losing the first hands at poker to a punter.

These probes can inundate a market and distort it because there's no commission loss. It's a free game .

Caveat emptor.

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garbo
Pint

T+3

I trade actively on the Thai market in real time. I always know the price of any share I'm buying or selling. If you're shorting you can see the price on the screen (and you're guessing it'll fall), and your broker knows you have funds to cover to an agreed lower price/percentage fall and an agreed future buy back time.

If you don't buy back the shares you sold (borrowed), the agreed market price/time is simply deducted from your account. As for cash on the spot, the traditional payment method is T+3 ie you pay for a Buy 3 days later and receive proceeds of a Sell 3 days later. It allows me to to buy in again immediately after a sell.

That said, shorting is a nasty game because it distorts market sentiment - a big buy at the end of the day could be a panicky shorter buying to get out rather than a confident buyer coming in. Confusing. But fun. And profitable if you're sensible and cautious. It pay the bills.

HFT is for the big money boys (who own brokerages and don't pay commission, well except to themselves). An estimated 70% of all HFT trades take less than a few seconds. Scary if you're a day trader (scary anyway), but no big threat for trend traders like me. Again it's market distortion that's troubling.

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Assange: Google, Facebook run 'side projects' for US spooks

garbo
Big Brother

Re: Monitoring

A pal used to do this years ago on Usenet, adding "terrorist, assassination, explosives" to his sig. Got regular visits from local plod, who eventually gave up. Echelon sees all.

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Nokia Lumia 820 WinPho 8 review

garbo
Facepalm

Re: Too little, too late

Wall Street Journal? Owned by St Rupert of Murdoch, canonized for his services to Truth...

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Amazon's secret UK sales figures revealed by Parliamentary probe

garbo
Flame

Re: No profit ...!

All the books I've ordered never rattled.

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OS/2 a quarter century on: Why IBM lost out and how Microsoft won

garbo
Terminator

Re: Microsoft with knife in hand

"Tux world is a circular firing squad. Doesn't need any help from MS to fail. Just keep on pumping out 800 flavors to confuse the market."

As the unofficial dictator of Tux World let me say," We are not selling, marketing, coercing, conning, finagling or otherwise trying to push Linux on the world. It's there, it's varied, it's free for the taking. And personally, I don't give a fuck if you don't take it because I make a living by other means.

All hail Tux!!!

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