* Posts by Adair

236 posts • joined 23 Jan 2008

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Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

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Re: hmm

@werdsmith, re h4rm0ny - I get the impression you are being obtuse. No doubt h4rm0ny can speak for herself, but ISTM she is talking about the everyday realities of 'human relationships', not the everyday realities of manoeuvring and manipulation in the dog-eat-dog world of clawing your way up the greasy pole of notional 'status'.

Too many of us are far too easily offended, it's part of our unhealthy approach to life. Far too many of us are willing to cause offence, it's part of our unhealthy approach to life. Some of us manage to combine both weaknesses.

Thankfully many of us generally (even almost always) keep ourselves in check, are considerate and caring towards others, and willing to give others the benefit of the doubt, or just let stupidity and crassness go, on the basis that it's actually their problem, not mine.

There are a few who imagine that being crass and stupid and downright objectionable is their prerogative. They need taking down, for their own sakes as well as for the sake of those who have to deal with their abject failure to learn that they are not the centre of everything.

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How Remix's Android will eat the world

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Re: Remix OS is not FLOSS

@Dave 126 - For the meantime I'm standing by my comments. In the Wikipedia reference you possibly didn't read as far as: 'Unlike Android-x86 the source code of Remix OS is not available to the public.' Reading elsewhere reveals that, yes, there is substantial re-use of open source and GPL code - fairly obvious given the originating source - but there appears to be considerable use of proprietary code to make Remix what it is. At least the extent to which the OS is 'open' and/or 'closed' still seems opaque. Until there is clarity on this I still say 'it's a trap', not because Remix OS is 'evil', but because on the face of it there are hidden corners where no outsider may go, and that does not sit well with the notion of genuine 'general purpose computing'.

Obviously as a consumer OS, for people who only care that things 'just work' it may prove ideal.

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Remix OS is not FLOSS

It's just another trap - anything could be going on behind the scenes and no one will know.

Yes, the gullible, ignorant, and desperate may lap it up, they either have no idea what their freedom is worth, don't give a shit, or are not in a position to stand on their principles.

Anyone else though is either going to use it from the end of a very long pole, while holding their nose - a thankless task - or just leave it alone.

There are better tools out there.

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

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Re: Starting to see sense

No, I'm not sneering. I'm genuinely bemused at the complaint, just as I would be if someone complained that the horse driven buggy they had just attempted (and failed) to drive didn't have a steering wheel or cruise control.

Sometimes we actually have to be willing to make an effort to learn something new, and not expect all the work to be done for us by someone else. It's a harsh fact of life, and too many of us seem to be very reluctant to accept it.

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Re: Starting to see sense

J J Carter - do you not realise you are using a command line application, written on the basis that the user probably has some idea of what they are doing, and if they don't then some ability to find out. Dear, oh dear, what on earth are you doing using this if the GUI is your comfort zone? I'm not sneering, it's a step change, but you really shouldn't be complaining - bad workman blaming his tools, and all that.

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Feature-rich Vivaldi rolls out, offering power users a choice

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Re: Notes though not email

It may not be a direct replacement, but I find the list.it plugin for Firefox extremely useful. It sets up editable and savable notes in a side-pane.

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Oz uni in right royal 'indigenous' lingo rumpus

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To the victors, the spoils.

Including the leisure to write the 'history' to suit themselves.

Overall, when it comes to treatment of the 'indigenous people' there is little glory in the European settlement of Australia, and plenty of selfish greed and thuggery. In fact there's no shortage of behaviour by European settlers towards those people who were already in residence that is simply disgusting.

Not that the current generations should be taking responsibility for the behaviour of their ancestors, they've got enough on their plates trying to manage their own relationships with each other (indigenous and otherwise), and with the land they share and call 'home'.

And for the record, I write as one from the other side of the Tasman where, despite some good efforts from the beginning, there's also plenty to regret.

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Solus: A welcome ground-up break from the Linux herd

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Re: But...

Systemd clearly has a point, but ISTM, putting aside the rabid frothings of the flamers, the fundamental gripe of many complainers is a worthy one: that the systemd devs operate on a 'our way or fuck off' principle.

They have taken what was clearly a rats nest that anyone who needed to could ferret their way around and set up to suit themselves, and replaced it with something 'everybody can use', but which few actually understand or have any meaningful way of understanding --- we're talking about the great unwashed of Linux users here, folk who can knock up a script, maybe even do a bit of coding, like to be able to poke around and get to grips with the finer points if they need to, but mostly probably don't.

Now they pretty much can't, even of they want to. That heavy responsibility has been lifted from their poor aching shoulders, and hidden away.

Yes, systemd works, in the way that a self-appointed group who are clearly serving the interests of corporate users, want it to work---a ubiquitous service layer which is largely opaque and outside the control of the majority of users. Does it 'work' in a way that really serves the long term interests of 'free' computing. At the moment an affirmative answer is highly questionable.

Thankfully systemd's most cancerous qualities are likely to be mitigated over time by the real world needs of users, and if it becomes too oppressive it'll get forked or replaced.

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GCHQ: Crypto's great, we're your mate, don't be like that and hate

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He's right it is a 'moral' question...

'...stated he was “puzzled by the caricatures in the current debate, where almost every attempt to tackle the misuse of encryption by criminals and terrorists is seen as a ‘backdoor’.”'

When people have been lied to by state agents, and when those agents have seen fit to act regardless of 'just cause' or actual 'evidence', is it any wonder that said 'people' are just a tad cynical about any subsequent 'promises' and 'explanations', even when they are made in good faith. That's what happens when you lose trust---people don't trust you. Quelle suprize!

The 'moral' question is: What can our state agents do to convince us that they will act with integrity and good faith towards 'the people' whose lives and livelihoods they are charged to protect?

In reality there is probably nothing they can do; they've blown it. They blew it years (hundreds of years) ago. The only thing that has changed is the extent of their reach and the time-frame of their reach---longer reach, and much faster. Apart from that it really is business as usual, and hoping that there are always enough 'good' people in the system to mitigate the worst tendencies of those who are motivated by greed, power, and fear.

The best we can probably hope for is some kind of Mexican stand-off, between the state agents, the criminals, and the rest of us. The graveyard scene in 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly', comes to mind, but without a resolution.

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How the FBI will lose its iPhone fight, thanks to 'West Coast Law'

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Truth speaks to power

Neither 'science' nor the 'law' have any say over the conduct of 'reality'. One is an attempt at a systematic study of 'reality', the other is an arbitrary attempt to control the conduct of human society, but in either case it remains true that:

"Ye cannae change the laws of physics"

And however galling it may be to those who dream otherwise, the truth about reality remains the truth whether any given human being knows that truth or not, or, being aware of it, refuses to accept it.

The 'governemnt' can pass whatever laws it likes, but if 'unbreakable encryption' is possible, with the limits of available knowledge, then people will use it if the have the means and the motivation to do so, and no amount of squealing or magical thinking will change that.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

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Re: Dear Microsoft,

fajensen, as long as you don't mind having the piss taken out of you for coming across as a bit of a bigoted arrogant wanker, you aren't far wrong in this instance. Microsoft deserves no quarter to be given, no benefit of the doubt, because of the evidence of their own history. Instead they have to prove their good faith and changed(?) behviour, while putting up with the fact that they have given no one any reason to trust them.

MS - basically an international corporate version of your local heroin dealer. There are no depths to which they will not sink to get their 'customers' [read 'victims'] hooked and coming back for more, forever.

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Wikidata makes Wikipedia a database. Let the fun begin

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On the widely attested assertion...

that 90% of everything* is crap; we must assume that Wikipedia upholds that glorious assumption until compelling evidence can be produced reliably demonstrating something different.

* 'everything' being generally understood to be 'everything produced by human beings'.

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Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

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Try...

Firefox Hello - in my experience it seems to work absolutely fine in basic one to one mode;

TOX - also seems to work fine, but a bit more of a hassle to set up (at least it was when I tried it a year ago).

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Linux Mint forums hacked: All users urged to reset passwords

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Re: Quite a lot of whiners commenting here.

Actually I've got it wrong: 'self satisfied' should be 'self-pitying'.

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Quite a lot of whiners commenting here.

Seems to me there's a whole generation of 'users' coming in who barely know how to wipe their own arses, who cry when they lose and gloat when they win, but who overall really don't have much of a clue.

For heavens sake, if you want your hand held and everything to 'just work' without you having to lift a well manicured finger, and let the 'others' do all the work for you then piss off and go and sit in someone's walled garden. Where you will be royally shafted and pay for the privilege, and still be none the wiser.

Otherwise, accept that computing is a jungle, which you enter at your own risk, and if, per chance, you get skinned alive then at least have the grace to laugh at yourself, commiserate with others, and learn from the experience. Maybe even share the learning. Now there's a novel idea for some!

Meanwhile the gloaters and the whiners will no doubt continue enjoy sitting in the bottom of their little pit of self satisfied wank, while others get on with the job of taking responsibility and actually making things work---especially when they have broken.

Some things never change.

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Samsung now pushing Marshmallows into the Galaxy S6, Edge

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Perhaps it would be helpful for everyone to run a two track service where punters know up front they are either buying a phone with an OS that will be updated, but never upgraded - cheaper. Or, one that will be upgraded in a timely fashion (say, within two months) whenever a newer iteration of the OS is released - more expensive.

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Australian astroboffins reveal hundreds of hidden galaxies

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It's worth remembering that 'size' has no correlation to 'significance' unless size is the matter in question.

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Privacy advocates left out of NHS care.data 'oversight' board

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Big...

Big Data.

Big Government.

Big Business.

As always, follow the money (and the power).

Not to say there aren't good people of high ethical and moral integrity working in this area, and information that could potentially be enormously useful for managing national healthcare resources, BUT it is information that is also potentially very useful to people whose main interest is their own enrichment and an 'I'm alright Jack' attitude to the consequences of their actions on the wellbeing of others.

Dilemma - what to do? Big ethics, or big money? Mmmmm.

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Thirty Meter Telescope needs to revisit earthly fine print

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Bloodbeastterror, your prejudice is showing.

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

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Re: Issac Asimov delt with this ...

John I think you'll find that Sean's take is closer to the truth.

People throughout the millennia who have stopped to actually observe and think about what they have observed have deduced that the world is spherical---it ain't rocket science. The ancient Greek philosophers worked it out, and no doubt others did before them. Asimov was very late to that party. At the same time, throughout the ages, people who haven't bothered to observe carefully, or think carefully about what they have observed, have chosen to trust whatever view captured their imagination, a popular one being the idea that the world is flat.

Without wanting to be unkind or cynical this only goes to prove the very mean spirited, but pragmatic, saying: nobody ever went broke under-estimating the gullibility of the buying public.

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2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

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Re: Choice overload

Who loves me!!!

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Re: Choice overload

I actually have a wife!

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Re: Remind us again...

QUOTE: 'Remind us again...what is the market share for Desktop Linux'

But 'GNU/Linux is 'free' (beer and speech), so not actually part of a market, except to those who push it that way (which they are ' free' to do).

Of course, this is deeply confusing and upsetting to those who have sold their souls to the capitalist mindwarp, where something is only real if it can be 'owned' and 'sold' in the 'market'.

But then they are 'free' to live and think that way, if that is what they choose.

Others have different points of view, and Linux serves many of their needs extremely well, in both terms of 'free'.

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

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Re: Another highly satisfied Mint user here...

Agreed (re Caps Lock's original post)

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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Loose?

As in 'loose women'?

Or, do you mean 'lose', as in 'loser'.

And don't get me started on 'could care less'! I'm quite capable of getting myself started on that one, and I really could not care less whether you care, or not!

Should I have written all of that in capitals?

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Microsoft halts downloads of new PowerShell power-up

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Re: Too big to fail?

Let us all now bow down to the power and reach of systemd.

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Bookstore sells some data centre capacity, becomes Microsoft, Oracle's nemesis

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What goes around...

comes around:

'Microsoft (Windows) is a cancer that attaches itself in a proprietary sense to everything it touches'.

I seem to recall someone saying something similar a while ago.

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Drivers? Where we’re going, we don’t need drivers…

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Let's just say that...

the advent (nad eventual imposition of) driverless cars will be the equivilent of the abolition of cash---the 'end of anonymity' in a substantial area of life.

Whether that is a good/bad thing is another matter, but it certainly will be 'a thing' with actual and profound consequences, some of which will certainly be profoundly negative/destructive to healthy human society.

As always, follow the money, see who benefits, i.e. who gains power, and also who loses power and autonomy.

Just because something can be done, doesn't mean it should be done, or at least doesn't mean it should be done in the way that suits the selfish aspirations of the power and money hungry.

Oh well, it's a gloomy Monday anyway.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL: Clear thoughts of Continuum with a snazzy camera

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"where your phone doubles up as an ARM-based PC to run Microsoft Office"

Isn't the idea that in that mode the phone is intended to be connected to a standard monitor and keyboard combo, i.e. a quick and accessible desktop substitute?

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Obama calls out encryption in terror strategy speech

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Re: Re:Atheism is no more rational and theism.

@ Joseph Eoff - ' I can only come to the conclusion that all people who believe in god are wrong or deluded'.

Can you also come to the conclusion that your conclusion, on the basis of the available evidence, is not the only possibility?

Drawing conclusions on the basis of sweeping generalisations and assumptions is always a recipe for embarrassing results.

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Re: Re:Atheism is no more rational and theism.

@Trevor_Pott - Just want to say you're doing an excellent job here. Good to see someone taking on some of the more thoughtless assumptions about 'rationality' and 'belief', and other aspects of human nature and behaviour, that lead too many folk into at least typing like the the very folk they are raging against - the ignorant fundamentalist bigots, and the greedy power hungry murderers who leave nothing but a trail of destruction and misery in their wake. Yes, we need more of that kind of thing so let's all adopt the same kind of attitudes and behaviours in response; let's be equally prejudiced, ignorant, arrogant, and hate fuelled - you know you want to.

'Atheism', in it's popular expression, certainly is a 'belief'.

'Rationality', it's an interesting concept, but seldom experienced in the wild as it's not really something human beings are capable of, except in very limited circumstances.

A little more loving thoughtfulness and active compassion from all of us when it comes to dealing with our neighbours over life's great questions, mysteries, and realities would save a great deal of grief.

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GCHQ director blasts free market, says UK must be 'sovereign cryptographic nation'

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Re: ...you cannot have all of the following:

@DavCrav - Very true, but we can have all of these working together:

1. Transparency (within practical and lawful reason)

2. Proportionality

3. Honesty

4. Trustworthiness

5. Access to justice (which must be SEEN to be done)

Unfortunately, when trust is lost and proportionality is a matter of bureaucratic opinion then the whole idea of 'responsible government' starts to look very suspect and shabby. What a mess, and mostly the fault of our collective complacency and the usual problem of an over weening state.

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How to build a city fit for 50℃ heatwaves

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Re: I would build down not up.

@Voland's right hand - good thinking, see also 'wind catchers' - http://tinyurl.com/pg8mp7z (link to relevant Wikipedia page).

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux lands on Microsoft Azure cloud – no, we're not pulling your leg

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Re: Why?

Try 'money'.

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Hey, Facebook – these are the new Like buttons you should have used

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The zipped emoji...

is clearly gimped.

And where, oh where is the steaming pile icon?

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Only a CNUT would hold back the waves of the sharing economy

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Time was...

when Lloyds Names could bet the entire family fortune, their house, land, etc. on not having to pay out as shipments set out upon uncertain seas. And if they lost they could actually lose the lot, including the shirt off their back, if that's what it took to pay what they owed.

But we live in softer more enlightened times, where the consequences of greed and foolishness are not allowed to properly touch those who have the means to be greedy and foolish on a grand scale.

A pity really, no doubt those using food banks and sleeping in doorways would appreciate the sight of shirtless bankers and other monumental rogues who think that 'consequences', like taxes, are only for the 'little people'.

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Alcatel Idol 3: Holding its own with a pretty decent 5.5 inches

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At the risk of appearing a Sony fanboi...

I'd just like to stick up for Sony by saying they remain one of the only manufacturers that take putting their leading phablet kit into a compact body seriously, and thus also cater for that very market that appreciates a 'normal' sized phone that slips comfortably into a pocket.

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Shattered Skype slowly staggers to its feet after 15-HOUR outage outrage

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Re: Suggestions for alternatives that actually work on Linux please...

Ummm, I have to say that Firefox's 'Hello' works fine on my Mint setup, no tweaking required, but if it really doesn't work for you you could try TOX, which does require a bit of setting up of a front end (Venom worked for me).

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US librarians defy cops, Feds – and switch on their Tor exit node

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Up with this kind of thing!

[see title]

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WinPhone community descends into CANNIBALISM and WOE

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Re: Windows/Apple...

Yes, but that is only adding detail to my basic point. The ultimate interest is the money, i.e. the shareholder's interest's. Everything else bows down to that; the 'customer's interest's' are merely a function of the 'shareholder's interest's.

A charity or not-for-profit can put other interest's front and centre, but a capitalist venture faces enormous challenges and economic cultural pressures to conform to the imperative to serve the interests of those whose capital is at stake. That, after all, is the essence of the game.

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Windows/Apple...

in the end it's not about users interests, it's about shareholder's interests. It's as simple as that. Then all you have to factor in is the human/institutional capacity for hubris and fucking up and you have the whole picture.

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Windows 10 grabbed about five per cent market share in August

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Long may Linux remain...

a niche activity. that is really where it excels (when it's not being a server). I reckon we really don't want Linux/BSDs, etc. to become mainstream, certainly not in the way Windows is, and certainly not in any kind of monopolistic way. We need OS's that are a bit hairy and awkward, but hugely adaptable and open to innovation and customisation. These are always going to be marginal use cases, compared to the locked down appliance type needs of the vast majority of users.

But if that marginal use case also acts as an irritant and reminder that other ways are possible, and that 'freedom' is worth fighting for and upholding, then all the OSs that represent that will be doing a truly worthwhile job, whatever their 'market share' may be.

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Sony's 4King with us now: Xperia Z5 mobe has UltraHD screen, cam

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Re: Unfortunately...

Have to say my Z1 Compact didn't come with any bloat, apart from Sony's usual 4-5 suspects, which aren't generally that bad. I do keep my phones in a leather cover, so scratching has never been an issue, and Sony, in recent years, have been pretty prompt with the updates and upgrades. So, overall, I'm a happy customer. Experiences obviously vary.

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Muted HAMR blow from Seagate: damp squib drive coming in 2016

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Re: Helium

You need to get out more. Try stirring a viscous solution of corn starch---do it fast enough and it will shatter.

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Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so

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Re: @ Martijn Otto - You mean btrfs, surely

RE: 'Funnily enough, your reply reads more like an agreement with the post you are replying to. It's the PREVIOUS poster that was whining about the license being chosen.

I assume English isn't your first language?'

Old wisdom: never assume anything.

There's nothing wrong with my English, thanks. But comprehension could sometimes be better---especially after 48+ hours on the go travelling round the planet. Well, that's my excuse anyway.

I stand rightly corrected.

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Re: @ Martijn Otto - You mean btrfs, surely

In reply to: 'Here's a thought: Why not instead wish your system wasn't licensed under such a restrictive environment, rather than have the arrogance to expect others to change their code to fit your narrow-world license?'

Quit your whining. You're free to pick whatever licence suits you philosophically and economically. If someone else doesn't like the licence you have chosen, well they're always free to go away and do the work you have done and give the result a licence that suits them.

The GPLs suit certain purposes, they're not supposed to be a panacea.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

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As a long standing Sony mob user...

I can vouch for updates and upgrades to my Z1 Compact being regular and timely. Not something I would have said two phones further back down the track, but Sony's record over the last 3-4 years has been fine by me.

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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Re: Whilst I do not disagree with the criticisms of the privacy issues regarding Win 10............

Point taken, but you have to live with the reality of using a system that is fundamentally screwed.

Windows has always been a security cesspit, but previously at least it was a cesspit anyone who was interested could more or less call their own.

But no longer.

Methinks Windows truly has 'jumped the shark', and the shark are the rapacious corporates, starting with MS itself, but feeding on through to the other parasites, plus agencies of state who make sure they get what they need.

Very sad, at least it's not the whole story; but more sad for the majority of users who haven't got a clue (and why should they, any more than most people want/need to have a clue what goes on under the bonnet of their car), they/we are just fodder, and they have no idea, and don't even care what the implications are.

'Big brother' may turn out to be, not an authoritarian state, but a sleazy oligopoly; or to put it in Biblical terms, we sold our birthright for a mess of pottage.

Have a fucking nice day!

Sorry, I'm normally quite a happy chap.

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Correct, but money rules...

and this is all about money---shareholder's money, short term money, money as a stream from users to owners. Forget 'computing', don't even dream of 'responsible computing' or 'service to users'.

Windows (10) = EAAS (Extortion As A Service)

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What's dying on the vine and rhymes with IBM?

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Re: Big Blue -- Lost Identity

Naive, I know this is a horribly delayed reply, but I'm going to have to call bullshit on that as a credible response. There are plenty of women who care passionately about technology and good design (my daughter for a start), just as there are plenty of blokes who really couldn't give a toss.

How that passion gets expressed may possibly vary in gender specific ways across a large population, but disentangling that from cultural influences is probably next to impossible.

So, all you can actually say is that the present CEO, who happens to be female, is not interested in pursuing R&D as a central plank for sustaining IBM's profitability [I have no idea whether that is in fact the case]. Her reasons for that position are her own, and we are certainly not in any kind of position to blame it on her gender.

Making baseless claims derived from prejudiced stereotypes really doesn't help anyone.

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