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3770 posts • joined 7 Apr 2007

Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Realism

A speed trap is suddenly without warning dropping the speed limit to half or more of what it was before. Quite a few zones like that in Eastern Europe in general.

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Re: Realism

>The Czechs are intelligent, forward thinking people

Yeah beautiful Bohemia but based on my frequent visits a decade or so ago avoid going to that country late in a month. The police tend to turn the screws for bribes sorry fines on the spot so they can make rent then. Some of the speed traps they set up there are only matched in dodginess in my experience by some on Indian reservations in the US.

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Re: I hope they do leave and learn hard reality.

Insert typical American rant about the UK being able to speak English at all and not speaking German due to Merika. Seriously though without those former colonies English would probably not be the lingua franca of the world these days, butchered or not.

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Dr Dre's crew gets Beats-down from Apple: 200 jobs to go – report

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Re: 200 'mostly in' HR?

>Once HR departments reach a critical mass they become self sufficient in terms of work generation

If only the were truly self sufficient and didn't make shit tons of work for everyone else having to document why they deserve a job.

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ICANN can't hand over Iran's internet, bomb victims told

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Re: War Crimes

But its only a war crime if you lose. Pretty ballsy to be hanging Nazis for war crimes while there were still a significant amount of detectable isotopes in Hiroshima at the time. Even Chuck Yeager said they knew they had better win the war because after he had been ordered to strafe civilians losing probably meant the end of a rope.

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Bitcoin on ATM? Pfft! We play DOOM on ours

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Re: Yawn

>you must show proof of an install on a machine in the wild.

And here in the states that could very well wind you up in gangbanger pound in the rear prison. All 4 teh LULZ. The Schwartz case unfortunately show how little humor or sympathy corporate protecting DAs have in the US.

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KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

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Re: KDE

True as long as you don't want to fire up any wine windows games which will want what KDE is gobbling (ram, cpu/gpu cycles). Granted I am exaggerating and KDE has gotten much better but that concept a DE should be its own everything and the kitchen sink ecosystem is not for everyone.

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Re: Pointy, clicky sh*te

Nah its contemporary FVWM was better IMHO. Then again always been a sucker for that Motif look in the early WMs.

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Re: The best desk top by far

>there are no even leaner terminals

there are even leaner terminal emulators. There FIFM.

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Re: The best desk top by far

Actually the best desktop by far is found in my .xinitrc

exec xterm

That's all you need (and yes I know there are no even leaner terminals but xterm does the job). Everything else is fluff. Seriously I do use that when I run full screen windows games on wine to reduce cpu/gpu cycles stolen by anything else.

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Re: Bring back Gnome-2

IMHO on most distros Openbox comes out looking the best with default settings of all the micro window managers. Plus even windows users can pick it up pretty easily once they figure out the right click opens the menu.

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Re: The best desk top by far

Especially if you are too cheap to go to Walmart and get a new mouse. JK lean tiling window managers can be really neat if you put in the pain to learn and set them up. Still when I go lean I go JWM. Its not much bigger than ratpoison (though granted a totally different workflow) and IMHO you get a lot more out of the box.

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Re: Gnome 3, Unity, TIFKAM, Yosemite and now KDE 5

It is a bit annoying that everyone is trying to make a UI for phones work on the desktop (which they don't) when the number of phones or even tablets with said UIs (iOS aside) is a rounding error of market share. But even Apple is trying to ruin the desktop experience all in the name of the brave new mobile world.

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Re: Lies, damned lies and messing with popcon data

Cinnamon numbers are only so low because as you imply I don't believe popcorn is available for LMDE users and a recent official Debian Cinnamon version has just now became available in Sid and is not even in Jessie yet. There are unofficial repos and building it yourself but that won't do much to help the numbers. Still my guess is in a year Cinnamon will be a lot closer to the top.

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KDE

The best desktop there is if you have a gig and half of memory to spare and your computer doesn't have a battery to worry about draining.

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HP settles suit with popstar Chubby Checker over todger tester app

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Re: Sometimes you just have to get up, and say WTF?!

Lol HP was hardly in a position to reject apps when their app store numbers were in the hundreds. And unlike Microsoft they didn't bother too much writing apps for their ecosystem for free for third parties.

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because no one else will say it

Chubby Checker is still alive (no infantile penis jokes please)? How come its always the hacks that live long and prosper?

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series

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Re: Nazis in America?

Oh look the news site post trolls have invaded El Reg. Give it a decade or two at most and you will have a new worst POTUS ever and a new worst for profit corporate media outlet (or at least good competition to today's incumbents who have been pushed even further over the bat shit crazy ledge).

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my 2 cents

I recommend Phillip K Dick to any person even mildly interested in Sci Fi. Start with one of his short story readers as he is arguably one of the best short story writers since WW2 (a dying art imho). Reading him though really gives you an insight into what it was like during the height of the Cold War, being as he was a product of it. It directly (ie see Cobolt bomb story device) and indirectly seeps into most things he writes.

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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Re: Headline wrong?

>There is no other option - as long as Australia needs electricity, it will also need coal unless it embraces nuclear power.

In 50 years at most it will have to. Nuclear has a bad name right now but give it a decade of drought pretty much anywhere and nuclear starts not looking that bad. Coal's days as a major energy source are numbered.

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Google devs: Tearing Chrome away from OpenSSL not that easy

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Re: Could this happen with LibreSSL too?

Yeah Theo may rub some people the wrong way (hey much like Linus) but the guy and his team know as much about bulletproofing C code as just about anyone out there.

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Re: Could this happen with LibreSSL too?

>I wonder if all that effort would not have been better spent on refactoring OpenSSL? That keeps the count of code to manage to one instead of, what, 3 now?

Over the years the Open Source community has learned that what seems like a waste and reduplication of effort often turns out being good in the end. Many were against developer time being used on both Gnome and KDE but thank goodness it was. The 3 may end up serving different audiences which is all good (for example LibreSSL in most open source distros, OpenSSL for VMS and all the weird ass corner case platforms and some commercial products and boringSSL for Google's ecosystem). What's good is unlike with systemd then no one person or entity then is telling everyone what to use or how to do/fix things. Choices are always good.

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Re: Could this happen with LibreSSL too?

>I suspect the same problems will show up for the LibreSSL effort.

Yeah they already ran into some security issues they introduced that OpenSSL didn't have when they released their second portable release. They are doing a great job but refactoring a hairball like OpenSSL is going to have a lot of pain along the way. The worst part is even if they do the best job the OpenSSL API is absolute garbage. Major industry fail (open and closed source) that so much software was built on top of and using this total POS code.

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Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU

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Re: Not quite that expensive

>it's $23,000 per Processor. But most SPARC processors use a factor of 0.5, so it'll only be $11,500...

Oh well then that changes everything. 11 grand is nothing (besides a fairly nice used car). What saves most people that use Oracle is you said SPARC. Careful dead platform stumbling by.

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US Social Security 'wasted $300 million on an IT BOONDOGGLE'

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Re: No contest

I call your $1.4T blunder (the real blunder is how much money we waste on Medicare for old people who often have plenty of their own money and take out 3 dollars for ever 1 they paid in during their lifetime) and raise you a $2T (over lifetime) blunder called the F35. The aircraft that if it ever sees combat will embarrass the operating nation mightily.

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Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

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pugs suck

>So what will you be playing in 2019?

Not sure exactly but pretty sure will still be getting annoyed with random pug team mates and still be griefing like I have pretty much done since the birth of modern online games (like waiting on the docks of UOL to steal the newly created ships of n00bs who dropped their hard earned newly bought title in the water and weren't quick enough).. May flash banging your own team and trapping them in corners last forever.

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Re: We've found it ! . . .

> It will happen before 2050

I would be surprised if another man/woman goes beyond low earth orbit from any nation again by 2050 the way things are going.

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Re: Bleeding obvious ?

>Venus is in our Goldilocks zone too. So that's only a 33% hit rate in our Solar System.

If Mars and Venus traded atmospheres it might be more likely that hit rate could go up but even again then probably not.

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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

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Re: Blade of grass on a football field

My favorite example was an angstrom being the amount the water level increased in an Olympic sized swimming pool when a house fly landed on the surface of the water. But similarly that might have been an underestimate and it might be more like the amount an ocean increases being that angstrom is such a tiny measurement.

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For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets

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Re: Why would anyone want Windows (especially 8) on a tablet?

Productivity programs on a home tablet? (enterprise for the most part could give a flying f__k about tablets) Yep the demand is so great that the article is about Lenovo cutting production huh dumbass?

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Re: Get rid of that awful Google Update

>only Chrome has latest flash at all on Linux as its included by default which the more open sourcey projects can't do

What I meant to say is the flash plugin for Linux is stuck at version 11 except for Chrome which comes with version 14 or whatever is latest built in and doesn't require installing a plugin any program can abuse.

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Re: Get rid of that awful Google Update

>I'm still baffled why people want Google Spyware instead of an alternate browser.

At least on Linux its the only right out of the box easy way to run flash properly sandboxed, out of process and up to date (only Chrome has latest flash at all on Linux as its included by default which the more open sourcey projects can't do). Sadly still plenty of things on the intertubes run on flash (believe Hulu and Amazon video service do for example) and screw installing the flash plugin so every program can misuse it outside a sandbox.

>This why "serious" Industrial controllers don't run OSX, Windows or even normal Linux (a special version of Kernel is used).

Yes generally a RTOS. It is an IT site so don't have to assume everyone is an HR retard like at work, jk ;)

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Did HP just tip its hand on Autonomy? Spoiler: It was a busted flush

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Re: This only works two ways...

Yes HP screwed the pooch in every way on this deal including not saying fine we screwed up lets move on. The fact this story keeps coming up shows what a fail HP has become (though admittedly less than a few years ago).

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L33t haxxors compete to p0wn popular home routers

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Re: open firmware

Darn missed edit period. Actually Gargoyle probably should be tested as many vulnerabilities are in the Web UI (which can be a vulnerability if an attacker can get on the LAN side). and is different. Also Gargoyle IMHO is the best of the bunch, very noob friendly UI, as well as having easy to modify qos scripts for the nerds and having the only efficient working ACC I have seen (modifies download limit on the fly so bandwidth is maximized without QOS breaking down). The only real drawback is it is currently on the somewhat dated 3.3 kernel (so some wireless improvements and new equipment might not be supported) but stability and performance wise its hard to beat.

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Re: BT Routers

Except if the router is insecure then it becomes perhaps possible to get around them locking you down. I know getting root on my DSL router took a webui hack (granted on LAN and not WAN side) not allowed by my ISP but allowed me to tell what kind of QOS the router could run (a complete joke, as well as Linux kernel from 2005 or so) and that I needed my own home router (with DSL in transparent bridge mode) if I wanted a decent QOS setup.

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Re: open firmware

Don't forget Gargoyle (probably enough like OpenWRT to not be strictly necessary) and CeroWRT (different enough worth testing) as well. Finally if the hackers want to be epic they should try breaking into pfSense, M0n0wall, or even a cut down install of OpenBSD routers/computers as well.

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WiGag war: Tiny low-power chip promises mobes 4.6Gbps Wi-Fi

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Re: 60GHz! Are we all standing right next to the transmitter?

Based on how finicky the much lower frequency 5GHz on my Nyrius Aries Home (sends an uncompressed HDMI signal wirelessly around the house at up to 2.5GBps) is you have a point. It can basically do maybe 75 feet max LOS and at most one inner house wall where the range is significantly worse (basically 30 feet). It also will interfere with my 5GHz router bridge if its too close to the unit. Still for lag free gaming on a TV or projector in another room from the console I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

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You don't need a HERO, you need a ZERO. From Google

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totally offtopic

Referring to article icon from main page and no offense to Liam Nelson but there will only be one John 'Hannibal' Smith and in my memory it will always be George Peppard.

"In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team."

Lol maybe I will put that my head stone even if I haven't watched an episode in decades and it was really bad 1980s TV barely a step above Airwolf.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Re: VP of product at AOL

I would hate to see the punishment for their sins of Best Buy and MSN (whatever its called today) VPs. They had to settle a rather large class action because Best Buy sales people were automatically signing people up for MSN's crappy service without their permission whenever punters bought a computer there. Karma at least will see that only old farts like me remember either's name in a decade.

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Female! ex-Yahoo! coder! says! female! boss! fired! her! for! refusing! sex!

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snap thoughts

Either a jilted lover or another sociopathic executive taking advantage of an H1B would be my guess. Either way it was ethically wrong IMHO for a supervisor to live with a direct report. Yahoo HR should have conducted an investigation regardless. The spokesman immediately jumping to defend her without a decent internal investigation being done (which seems to be the case) also looks unprofessional and shady.

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LibreSSL crypto library leaps from OpenBSD to Linux, OS X, more

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Re: "C++ has its place , but this sort of low level almost to-the-metal code is not it."

>I'd expect an experienced C coder with only a passing knowledge of C++ to be able to read and maintain the C++ safely.

Depends. If you get someone that loves template meta programming and takes it to the extreme then even an experienced C++ developer might have problems maintaining the code. Seen this before.

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July 14, 2015. Tuesday. No more support for Windows Server 2003. Good luck

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Re: What's the real danger ?

@Khaptain

Yep I understand. Wasn't trying to belittle you or anything and the VM migration should have been the give away yours just wasn't a mom and pop office. And trust me I know all too well how corporate bureaucracy works (doesn't) so I feel your pain. The worse part is credit always flows up and the crap flows downhill.

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FBI: We found US MILITARY AIRCRAFT INTEL during raid on alleged Chinese hacker

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Re: 220MB File

Or how to reboot the flight computer after it crashes when you cross the international date line. Oh wait that's right even that didn't work.

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credibility problem

Wow I wonder if the Canadians will even give him over. The US has a huge credibility problem with rest of the world post Snowden as well as a bit over a decade ago totally destroying the life of a Chinese decent nuclear scientist with similar allegations that proved false.

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Re: Good luck with that F35

>They have drilled a large hole in the ground and are attempting to fill it up with gold bars!

I hope their hole is huge because after we buy the initial batch of aircraft we will have spent on the F35 program about what the US gold reserve in total is worth so that all goes in the hole. My guess is before it is all said and done if the insanity goes forward we could spend at 2005 prices all the gold ever found by man on this stupid program.

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Re: Good luck with that F35

Yep never ceases to amaze me here in the US how some of those most against our ridiculous national debt on one hand (very reasonable) speak out the other side of their mouth (have too be a tough guy, hoorah give me some of that pork) about spending the 1 to 2 trillion dollars the F35 will cost the tax payer over its lifetime for a total albatross (not so reasonable). Its hard to even justify the F22s insane cost when our enemies largely kill us with RPGs and rigged up artillery shells (IEDs) but at least its a very capable fighting system unlike the F35.

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