* Posts by The BigYin

3055 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Sarah Palin calls for US to stand by North Korea

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I see I was right

Bush^Cheney*Nixon.

Americans! Do yourselves (and the world) a favour, do not vote for this chump. Vote for anyone else. Hell, change the constitution and allow Schwarzenegger to be prez. He may be a Republican, but he's probably one of the most democratic leaders in your country!

At least he knows how to read a blasted map and that the world does not end at American borders.

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My lost Cobol years: Integrating legacy management

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COBOL jobs?

Where? Am I one of the few sub-40 year olds who know COBOL? It were my first proper job 'n everything. Ah well, back to this new-fangled Web2.0 stuff. It won't last I tells you.

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Dell Duo to debut in December

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£400?

Are you mad? The list price will be £550. In the world or consumer products, US$1 = £1; regardless of what the actual exchange rate may be.

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Lawsuit says Facebook plunders user names, photos

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Your beef...

...is not with FB, but with your "friend". They were the data controller for "[YOUR] data" and made it public without consent. How are FB supposed to know which data is and is not precious if it is given freely to them by a third party? (This is not just a FB thing, it affects every company).

The only option would be for FB to contact you personally and then we'd have complaints out FB harassing non-members!

I took the simple approach - as I am not on FB, I made sure all my friends knew I did not want to be, nor did I want my picture on there. A few snaps of me are up there (public events, parties) but not an awful lot, although with face recognition becoming what it is even a little could be too much.

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Jumpin' Meerkats! Ubuntu moving to daily downloads?

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What so anti-profit?

Maybe I am reading more into it than what your actually said, but why the snide comment about mkaing a profit from the software centre? This is a business, companies need revenue. If you don't like it, then don't buy from it. And at least with Linux there are other distros that you can choose.

As for Ubuntu going rolling-release...hmm...I started on Ubuntu and I am still a total newb, but already the lock-down and breaking away from the community is beginning to grate. Maybe I'll buy a book, magic up some time from *somewhere* and teach myself how to install and configure Arch.

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Buffy to slay her way back into cinemas

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@AC

Twilight TV Series - it's called "Vampire Diaries". Not done by the same people or set in the same universe, but almost as schmaltzy.

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OK

How about "reboot the franchise"?

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I misread that as

"Bum em, bum em with fire."

Gave me quite a different mental image I can tell you!

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Drive a stake through its heart

No, really. Do it. It was fun in its day, but the franchise is dead. It is an ex-franchise. It is no more. Kaput. Left the mortal plane. Etc.

And no Joss Whedon? WTF? Oh, wait, this is Hollywood. Fuck the content creators and the talent, the studios want their pound of flesh. Pay-up, bitches.

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Microsoft spooks software customers about dangerous pirates

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Err...

...it is possible to pirate software there too. And you appear to have confused a kernel with a software movement. Linux tends to be synonymous with "open source" and that does not mean "free" (although it often is).

Furthermore, if one did switched to F/OSS (assuming an analogue existed for whatever MS solution was being replaced) there have been issues with F/OSS code held in the repositories (e.g. Unreal IRCd) as well as known exploits for F/OSS software.

That said, F/OSS tends to be pretty open about bugs/exploits and that at least allows people to respond to them (good and bad people...)

The feckless wasters will always get caught out no matter what system they are on.

And as for "safety", it's more about the people. People pick the tool, people configure the tool and people use the tool. They need the correct training and knowledge.

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Dell tablet-netbook combo PC out next week

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I thought it looked good...

...right up until I read the OS that it had. But then it's a Dell, they're not allowed to sell any one else's OS.

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World's most advanced rootkit penetrates 64-bit Windows

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Umm...

...no one mentioned Linux.

If one knows the root password (or equivalent) in *any* OS and ons says "Yeah, sure, do what you want to my system Mr. Malware" then that OS install is pretty much pwned.

Having signed/trusted repositories lessens the risk but does not remove it completely, people can add new repps and repos themselves can accidentally host nasties (either through naïvety or actions of a malicious party).

What people need to do, is get out of the habit of downloading "SuperFunHappyTimes" from website X and installing it without thinking first. People also need to be suspicious of installs that ask for elevated privileges, this should not be required for end-user software (and if it is required, then there is something wrong with the OS design).

And now, just to keep you happy "This would never happen on Linux as Linux is much better, users more tech savvy and less likely to install random crap for dodgy websites."

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No hiding place - facial biometrics will ID you, RSN

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You don't need many photos

If you have too many, the false-positive rate will drive you nuts. You only need photos of "people of interest". Of course, your local council will then apply these laws to god-fouling etc.

In certain, very restricted, areas I can see the use of this tech. Prisons, military facilities, maybe even parts of hospitals. But in general-public CCTV, Flickr, Facebook etc? Fuck right off. (Sorry Sarah).

Will there now have to be a new social etiquette over when photos can be posted? I am not even on FB and my ugly mug is up there, fortunately most people are considerate enough to ask me before risking other people's monitors.

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You can't identify a face...

...if you can't see a face. I'm buying shares in mask makers....

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MS hits back in Security Essentials row

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You can...

...buy a different brand of PC, the OEM is not a monopoly, but they are invariably infected with Windows.

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Cloud OS crowd readies own-brand netbook

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Spotify?

On Linux? So one will need a premium account then I guess. If not, I look forward to being able to run Spotify with my freebie account on Linux (I can use the Windows one under WINE right enough, but that's not the point).

As for this whole cloud thing, I really don't get it at times. I thought the "cloud" was all about server images expanding as demand increases, migrating across different data centres and all that stuff. Really good for SaaS etc, but if a client is going to work with it, it will need an always-on connection. A secure one at that! (Hello FireSheep.)

If this is a true cloud platform AIUI (all work done on server, client is merely a display screen) then why the high-specs? All it would need is sub ~1gb RAM and ~4gb SSD, maybe an ARM chip to boot. Or am I missing something? Are these "cloud" apps just bog-standard, FAT clients that use a server for data? A la Outlook, Rhytmbox and most other things. Would explain the storage I guess....

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Google leaves sites in dark over October demotions

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Joke

Don't be silly

Google wouldn't do anything evil. Just ask the font of all knowledge...err...Google.

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First day WinPho 7 sales top 40k, claims market watcher

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@DrXym

Oh, I don't expect to see "Extreme Tux racer"* being Kinect controlled by tomorrow morning, I don't even expect it to be necessarily used with Linux. Once the drivers are stable enough to start passing meaningful values, people will use it for all sorts of things.

The average PC (any OS) has more than enough grunt to do the processing the xBox does.

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Define "sales"

"Yeah look at windows 7 that [didn't] sell like mad on the first day either but its already [the] market leader due to [steady] sales."

It is nigh-on impossible to buy a PC without Windows 7 due to OEM agreements. I do not call this abuse of a monopoly position a valid gauge of the popularity of Windows 7.

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Allow me to adjust

>Turds:

>Xbox360

Never owned one, but the original xBox was capable enough in its day. It's still good now (especially when it's hacked), I can only presume that the 360 is similar

>Kinect

Wrong on an epic scale. There's even open source drivers for Kinect now, it's free to be used with anything and I expect to see it get taken up big style.

>WinMo7

>Zune

>Internet Explorer

>Windows Vista

>WindowsME

Bang on the money, but IE9 looks like it may be a non-turd. It will, after all, be the first MS browser with a nod towards standards compliance.

>Not Turds:

>WindowsXp

Err...really? It might be my favourite MS OS, but XP certainly has some turd-splatter on it. Not releasing USB devices when I demand it is my biggest gripe. There are more.

>Windows7

Are you serious? It is a total sack of bloated vomit (if have to suffer its suppurating pestilence on a daily basis)

>.NET and Developer Tools

Some of the GDI is nice, some integrations are good, debugging is great and, in general, VisualStudio is faster than Eclipse. But that's it. The languages are not cross-platform and TFS is a bucket of diseased sputum.

>Office products

Ah, I see. This is "humour" isn't it? Office is a raging pile of foetid balls, 2007 and 2010 even more so. Inconsistent APIs, inconsistent windowing behaviour, poorly documented (and inconsistent) file formats, lack of standards support, bloated and slow.

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MS freebie anti-virus scanner auto-downloads provoke more anger

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If their OS...

...wasn't so ripe for the picking in the first place, most of this would be moot.

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Lincs authority lets schools decide on Pagan lessons

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Got it

"Standing Advisory Council on Religious Enforcement of Doctrine"

SACRED

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Firesheep developer poohpoohs mitigation tools

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Cool

I'll have to read-up on the details of WPA (when I do run the WiFi at home, that's what it uses, router is too old for WPA2). I do wonder how tools like Aircrack-ng could make this even worse, but I doubt it's possible to decrypt the packets in real-time, unless one manages to sniff the hand-shaking I guess.

But I really am ignorant of the details.

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Hmm...

...I really thought I was missing something. I didn't realise that each WPA connection ran its own crypto, assumed that anyone connected could see data on that network (not read-up on the details of WiFi yet...really must).

Good news: I don't run a public WiFi, you can all rest easy.

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Is the answer really...

...as simple as using SSL?

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Terracotta dumps Big Java's garbage problem

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Because...

...it's "-Xincgc"? :-)

Like those fringgin' pointless exam questions:

"Which option alters garbage collection?

a) -Xincgc

b) -Xingc

c) -Xgingc

d) -xincgc

e) It is not possible to alter garbage collection"

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UK.gov plans net surveillance by 2015

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DID you WASTE your LIB DEM VOTE?

Yes.

Next question.

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Unintended consquences

"Government measures to massively increase surveillance of the [Internet] will be in place within five years."

This will lead to people using more encryption, TOR etc. These measures will become stronger, commoditised and work their way further down the technical scale. It could, in fact, become HARDER for the state to intercept where there is due cause. And as the first poster points out, "suspicious" crypto channels will vanish into the noise as people secure themselves further.

I couldn't give two damns about free music and movies (call me strange, my Phil Collins back catalogue was bought and paid for) I just don't see why anyone should record where I go on the internet. It's not even the recording per se that's the issue, it's the potential abuse. Just the other day there was that story about the (now ex) copper looking up potential b/friends on the PNC. If she'd been slightly sharper, we probably would never have known.

Although one thing does come to mind...does this tie in the with greater public access to information? Will the unabridged Internet record of every civil servant, MP, MSP and MEP be published in the clear (purely the one they have for their job, of course)

If the public can't watch the watchers, who will?

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Volunteer biker gang foils Westminster CCTV car fleet

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@Daniel 4

"Parts Per Million != Grams Per Mile"

Yup. Your bikes PPM could be 10 times worse than a Hummer's, but if you produre 1,000 times less particles you're on to a winner.

One problem facing use two-wheeled-hooligans is that there is little space on a bike to fit a Cat, particle filters etc that one can do on larger vehicles. The other issue is that almost all bike engines are race derived. They want to rev high and that does not always lead to good economy or efficiency. Some cars are approaching bikes for efficiency (especially in the urban cycle) and this is due to them being specifically targeted at efficiency. Low MPG sells in the car world, it's hidden information in the bike world.

Of course, bikes still take less material to make, reduce wear on roads and take less space when driven/parked.

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@PirateSlayer

"is that if I hit a pram with my bike I am more likely to be killed and the baby in the pram is likely not to be"

Huh? Given that you are fully grown adult, I reckon you will be nursing cuts and bruises (I also assume you wear a helmet). Given hat a baby is not really up to dealing with blunt-force trauma, it is most likely to come off worst. 80+kg Vs 5~kgs? No contest really

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This is the same council...

...that thinks a motorcycle pollutes more than a Hummer (20mpg, CO2 327g/km)! "motorcycles, even small ones, pollute more than Hummers" (Susie Burbridge, Conservative Councillor)

Now I will grant you that rose petals do not come tumbling out the zorst of a GSX-R, but they do not pollute more than a Hummer. An MP3 Hybrid will do 165mpg and only produce CO2 40g/km!

Why Westminster are hell-bent on discouraging part of the solution to their congestion problems is completely beyond me. One person on a bike is one less person in a cage.

The main criticism I have of the biking world (this includes all magazines and manufacturers) is that they make it so hard to find out MPG, CO2 emissions etcs. This should be easily available and the real-world figures made available by the magazines in every article/review. I'm looking at you Bauer.

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DWP CTO predicts the end of Windows

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Horses for courses

Some applications being totally served by the Cloud/Big-Bad-Box somewhere and the client being fairly dumb/thin. e.g. Large computes (rendering etc).

Some being a fatter client (most likely consuming services and using some local grunt). Outlook etc

Some being full-client and using the network for nothing more than pushing raw data around. CAD apps, for example.

What exact mix each person (even within the same organisation) winds up with will depend on the job they are doing. The big failure would be to assume that one answer will work for all people in all situations.

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Shut up, Spock! – how Battlestar Galactica beat Trek babble

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Good, Good, Ok, Iffy, Terrible

That is my summary of the 5 BSG seasons. The story really went off-base towards the end and became more like an clandestine attempt at indoctrinating people into Christianity than a Sci-Fi story; which was a real shame as up until part-way through season 3 it was kick-ass.

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First Windows Phone 7 handsets sell out

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PR scam

Phase 1: Push your new platform to the meeja

Phase 2: Under-supply so there's a good chance stock runs out

Phase 3: Push lack of stock as if it were amazing demand

Phase 4: Slowly increase supply to meet rising demand, but ensure it still looks like the platform is mega-popular regardless of truth

Phase 5: Profit

This "story" stinks of PR bullshit as does the first comment.

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Microsoft's IE 8 'most widely used browser', rules ASA

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Hmm...

I show FF 3.6 at 34.5% and IE 8 at 15.6% for that period (source: w3schools), then again browser stats are notoriously inaccurate.

One more thing, the ASA did not say that IE 8 was the most used browser, they simply did not uphold the complaint. Quite a different thing.

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Hackers tap SCADA vuln search engine

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I was thinking of the exact same thing

Some of the cams are deliberately public, and configured to be so.

Some are public by mistake but could be considered benign.

Some really shouldn't be public at all.

It's very similar to the tricks you can use to find poorly configured FTP sites etc if you want content for nowt.

And do other things. Ahem.

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Wales loses 'dot-cum' domain to tax haven

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Question and Answer

"Or would you rather have to learn Welsh to understand our signs when you visit."

Yes, I'd rather get to grips with some Welsh. The script is the same, so when I see "Kashyyyk =>" on a sign, I will know precisely what it means.

One wonders how the little English dears survive driving around rural France where all the signs are in (shock) French!

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@PerfectBlue

Chinese? The Internet should be converted to Klingon!

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Actually, there are security implications when one considers non-Latin characters sets. Which URL is correct? "www.microsoft.com" or "www.micrоsoft.com"? And no, they are not the same (well, they weren't when I typed them in).

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Eh?

.uk covers Wales. Why does it need it's own? .eng anyone? Or .lancs? Or .lon? Or .23StirrupLane?

What is wrong with the world when people feel the need to chop themselves up into ever smaller groups?

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Dell skunkworks brews ARM server future

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Only one consideration

Do the major MS OSs run on ARM? No. Dell will not be permitted to sell ARM based units.

Once Windows can run on ARM, MS will decide how much tax to levy on each unit and then allow Dell to ship ARM units under one proviso; Dell must NOT ship any other OS. Or, if Dell does ship alternate OSs, this must be part of a greater PR FUD campaign. Again.

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First official HTML5 tests topped by...Microsoft

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You should have stopped at...

...point 2. Points 3 and 4 were simply fanciful and as for point 5. Well, where does one begin? MS will not permit "commercial competition"!

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Fate of porn domain left in government hands

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Let me get this straight

Porn is invited to be on .xxx

Puritanical countries (e.g. Australia) and other fundamentalist districts (e.g. states in the USA) block all .xxx domains

There is no profit in being on .xxx as there are no customers

Porn remains on .com, .net etc

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Is that about right?

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Microsoft's IE9 'nearly finished'

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Excellent!

When can I install this on my trusty and stable XPsp3 box? Oh...I see...guess it's the Fox (or Chrome or Opera or...) for me.

As for updating the sites...MS can piss right off. They're coded to standards and render perfectly in all browsers bar IE. I have put in a few tweaks to make them acceptable in IE, although some of the rendering still sucks ass. If IE9 can't cope with the same HTML as everyone else, then I will have to charge clients for the extra work (as was done with the initial IE fiddling); not that I expect any of them to upgrade...they're still on IE6 FFS!

(I don't do public facing websites - I get a lot more input on how things will be. Oh, and my client 'get' the whole standards thing, many rue the day they allowed ActiveX plug-ins and other crap as they are now stuck).

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Ms. Gates: 'Bill does not use a Mac'

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Flippin' heck!

Just how expensive have Macs become when not even the Gates can afford one‽

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Ubuntu demotes Gnome for Unity netbook look

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FFS

Another day, another F/OSS schism. In the name of the wee-man people. STOP creating new problems. STOP forking. Pick ONE thing and BLOODY WELL FIX IT!

The only exception would be where something is so old, so broken, so out of step with the modern era that there is no other choice (e.g. X Server).

I totally get that the default Gnome (or KDE, or...) interface may not be optimal for touch, but are these desktops really so rigid that they cannot be themed/skinned/configured to work with touch? Do we really need another one?

Why can't they fix the BASIC things? Like having consistency between left and right click on application icons in Gnome? It's should be "Left is *always* program menu, right is *always* icon management. There will be no discussion, no variance. The Desktop Overlords have spoken." It's little things like this that make people hanker for a Mac or slowly drive them insane.

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XP? Thanks for the memories

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@Al

Yeah, like Word *never* gets it's own panties in a bundle over formatting...

I will agree that OpenOffice is less, err, feature rich than MS Office; but this does not mean it is a bad tool, only that it won't work for some people.

If you are one of those people, then use Office or whatever works for you.

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I am tied to OCS...

...VPN and few other things which are Windows specific. OpenOffice works well enough for me. The VPN is not such a big deal (it will be changing soon for a host of reasons) the killers are OCS (Office Communicator) and RDP (remote desktop). Nothing can interact with OCS fully (IM, audio and video). This is not the fault of Linux, but the fault of MS for applying the proprietary poison-pill; but I am still stuck regardless of fault.

VNC is not up to the job of blasting a desktop around the globe and this is the fault of the Linux community, it should have been deprecated years ago. XRDP is a friggin' joke.

I have solutions to these problems that should suit me fine (virtualisation of Windows - yes, I have the licenses) but that is not going to work for everyone.

It staggers me that for all their innovation, the distro makers let such simple things slip through the cracks. Empathy and Pidgin can (almost) work with OCS; fix them! VirutalBox OSE can act as an RDP server, why not tear the code out of that?

Still, this list of bitchy-gripes is a lot short than my gripes with Windows!

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Dear Anon

What part of "I am not saying it's an answer that will fix all problems" do you not understand? As much as you may wish it to be otherwise, YOU are not the centre of the universe. What does not work for you, may work for some and vice versa.

As you clearly have nothing of value to add, perhaps it would simply be better for us all if you remained silent.

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@Antony

"Either over ssh using SSH -X or via XDCMP is an alternative."

No, it is not (not for me anyway). Windows does not come with SSH or XDMCP support and I cannot insist that clients install random software. Also I find that XDMCP is a bit slow with graphical data and security is a concern as (IIRC) SSH cannot be used to fully secure the network traffic (it does encrypt UDP or something).

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@Reg

Because it looks and behaves radically differently. And you must remember we are talking about non-IT literate people. People who think that Google an application and don't know what the internet is.

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