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Google switches on Buzz firehose

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Buzz?

Do people use that? I thought it had died a death like Wave. Unless people use that too and I am getting left behind the new HTML5CC3Web2.0 tsunami of innovation.

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Linux to eclipse Microsoft's 'all-in' tablet enthusiasm

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@Martin - Dell does not sell Linux units!

I know there is a lot of PR crap doing the rounds about Dell selling Ubuntu (and it's 9.10 FFS!) but it simply isn't true. Dell do not sell any Ubuntu based systems. Well, they sell one shitty netbook that could be used as a coaster, but that's it.

No laptops, no desktops, no servers. How do I know? I have looked. You will see "Ubuntu" listed as an option, if you search (and you have to run a search, it is not mentioned anywhere on the main landing pages) you will get a but on units listed, select any one of them and *POW* it's Windows 7 or nothing.

MS will not permit an OEM to sell Linux, so once MS moves into the tablet market OEMs will be told "You have two choice: either do not sell Linux units, or make your Linux units so shit and under-powered than we can run PR pieces about the high return rates."

Until the EU step in an *force* OEMs to offer "no OS" as a mandatory option, MS will continue to dominate and abuse its position.

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'External experts' replace Oracle on £13.2m Uni IT project

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Perhaps...

...they had to recruit help from Strathclyde Uni and are too embarrassed to say so?

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Firefox joins Microsoft in uncool kids class

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Indeed

This is why I do not use Chrome and am seriously considering getting rid of my googlemail account. Google knows too much and cannot be trusted.

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Double whammy: The music tax based on deep packet inspection

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@are you saying that that should cost me extra?

I think they are, and that makes sense. It's extra use. Just like if you decide to wash the car in a metered water area, that costs you more.

What we'd need, of course, is clear pricing (e.g. £1 per GB of part there-of). Not some confusing tiered bollocks with add-ons etc like they do for mobile phones.

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Even if it were legal...

...the creators wouldn't get paid "Hollywood Accounting"/"RIAA Accounting" and all that. Just ask the likes of Michael J Straczynski who gets nothing from the continuing "Babylon 5" revenues. Or Peter Jackson who had to sue New Line Cinema in order to get his share of the profits.

This does not excuse piracy of course (just in case anyone thinks I am advocating that) but it goes to show that the *entire movie/music industry* is screwed from the very start and the argument of tax/Deep Packet Inspection/DRM/whatever as a measure to protect the income of the creators is utterly fallacious.

The *only* reason the RIAA/MPAA/BPI etc are fighting this is because the free flow of content from the creators (pretty much) directly to the consumer screws the revenue stream of the big corporates. Despite the fact that this method of distribution is actually better for those with the talent!

The pirates are providing the service the people want. If you want to get rid of the pirates, then you need to provide a better service (without screwing with people right to fair use).

As others have said, if people feel like they have already paid for it - they will just reach out and take it.

Check out the likes of Jamendo and Magnatune for some idea of how it could work...

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Thieves steal 3,000 laptops from US Special Ops contractor

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Err...

...I've got a crappy webcam. It cost about £15. It came with some crappy software. Guess what?

I can plug that sucker in and set it to "alarm" when it detects motion. For £15. Sweet.

I am no expert but I would guess that there are much better commercial system available (possible even open source ones) what could "alarm" as well can get a human to look and see if there is something really kooky going on and even call the cops if the human doesn't respond in time.

Actually, I know there are as I have seen the demo of just such a home safety system (Linux based, I forget the exact details, it was some kind of home entertainment/automation system too).

Of course if you want to supply kit to ne'erdowells in a manner with plausible deniability, a "robbery" is probably the best way.

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Samsung HT-C6930 3D Blu-ray home cinema set

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Networking?

Let's say I have MythTV (or something) installed on a back-end, can I stream media from there (CDs, DVDs, recorded TV) on this box? If I put a Blu-Ray in this, can I stream the media from there (assuming my home network is up to the job) to another system?

Unless the answer to both is "yes", then this really isn't worth £600. The fact it can't even support NTFS is a bit of a surprise, what about EXT4 etc?

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Microsoft drops Win7 deadline for XP and Vista holdouts

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Only one reason to upgrade...

...is (as I understand it) XP's inability to support AES wireless security. And then if you do "upgrade" from XPsp3 to Win7, be ready for your system performance to drop to about 1/3 of what it was (personally experience, I am watching build scripts now take 3 times as long).

Or use the fact that Win7 is a totally alien environment to try a Linux distro and see if anyone actually notices!

There is one benefit with Win7, Flash is woefully unstable so there is less annoying web-crap. Although it does mean that Quake Live won't work. :o(

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BT and TalkTalk threaten court to kill Mandybill

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@AC

Straw man.

I never said that it was OK to pirate anything. What I said was that the actions of the RIAA et al means that the service offered by the pirates can be more convenient. That is a matter of fact, not morality. Whether or not you choose to use those pirate channels is your choice; personally I do not.

I am glad that you and Ms. Hilton are together in you inability to follow an argument without inventing things the other party did not say.

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Nintendo DS

Get a USB wireless dongle and allow the PC to share its connection over WEP. Once the DS is updated, remove the dongle. Job done.

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How to detect?

It's simple. "Any download is copyright theft unless the downloader proves otherwise." A bit like speeding tickets etc. You have to prove your innocence and even if you win, you can't reclaim the costs.

I am sure the ConDems will be applying these Labour tactics soon enough.

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Urf

I couldn't give two craps about pirates and related freeloaders. Their persistent theft does affect the content creators (I don not mean the studios/record labels) and they are, to an extent, destroying what they enjoy. Thing is, I don't necessarily blame them.

The RIAA/BPI/et al have put so many barriers in place (region encoding, DRM, rootkits etc) that if you want to consume media on-line, often the easiest and most convenient way is to go pirate. There is still this crazy attempt to carve the world into regions which makes no sense when the medium in use is global.

I can't watch Hulu, why? You can't watch the BBC, why? Restriction of free trade and profiteering is why. It's only the pirates who provide the service many people want, the current situation is entirely the fault to the RIAA et al. If they had wised up and understood that their current method of business is dead then they would not be wasting so much time chasing freeloaders and we would have numerous services we could go to and *legally* download/stream movies, tv, music etc easily and without fair-use-preventing DRM bullcrap.

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Android slurps market share from Apple, RIM, Microsoft

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Fort Knox

"If Stevie-Boy wasn't such a douch-bag, locking the platform down like Fort Knox, the iPhone could have been really magical."

On that point I would disagree. The one thing Apple does fairly well is design and integration (just look at the power adaptors!) and having a "free for all" without strict controls would have lead to a shattering of the iPhone's seamless ease-of-use. Compare that to the shit people have to go through with the Droid; phone with different resolutions, screen sizes and features. The devs must go mental.

You can see a similar thing in the Linux world where Canonical have gone to great lengths to integrate the various factions into Ubuntu. Like it or love it, control gives you...well...control!

Perhaps Apple should have made it possible to install other things (with warnings etc) but then Apple do not have a monopoly, other smartphones are available. Don't like it? Don't buy it. Yes, it is that simple.

Lots of lintards don't like Ubuntu as it is "dumbed down", "configured to shit" etc. Well, it's not the only game in town. Don't like it, don't install. Go use Arch, Slack or BSD you frickin' prima donnas.

Thing is, iPhone and Ubuntu get traction because to a great degree "they just work" and that is IMHO a good thing. Once people get some savvy, they'll move on (or hack the hell out of what they currently use).

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NSA setting up secret 'Perfect Citizen' spy system

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FFS

About 20 years ago Clifford Stoll warned the USA that KGB back hackers from Germany were attacking. The USA did nothing (although they did arrest a bunch of kids in the "Hacker Crackdown" a few years later).

Then we had McKinnon, who waltzed into pretty much the same system using pretty much the same techniques (the systems till weren't secured). The USA's answer this time? To cry like a baby and demand McKinnon's head on a platter.

They only threat to the USA is the feckin' USA! Apply some basic security, retards!

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Dell cuddles Canonical for big Ubuntu fluffer love

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No, Dell do not sell Linux PCs

They never have really. A year or so ago there was some PR crap about a "Linux Netbook" they'd sell, but it was such a turd it wouldn't even suffice as a doorstop.

If you go to their site and run a search, it will bring back quite a few systems that list Ubuntu as an option, but when you select them you are forced to take Windows. Perhaps their "support" only extends as far as fitting Linux friendly hardware?

So Dell seem happy enough to sell Ubuntu systems, so long as you pay the Microsoft Tax first. This story isn't about PCs anyway, it's about servers. Microsoft wouldn't allow Dell to sell any Linux system to the great unwashed in any meaningful way, otherwise people would be able to discover what an overpriced pile of shit Windows is.

High time the EU regulators stepped in and forced all PC OEMs to give "no OS" as an option on their products.

(Running Lucid on an ancient OptiPlex GX270 - it's faster than my other Win7 64bit system)

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Google preps tablet-friendly Chrome that knows 'what's up'

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Orientation aware?

I wonder if Apple or someone will sue?

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All gov jobs to go online

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I know I an feeding the troll...

...but this is where OpenSource could help. People with old computers could flatten them, install a Linux distro (Puppy, Debian, Slack based; whatever) and give away these machines at near-to-zero cost (actually this happens, check out freelinuxbox).

Obviously this would take them time and there's electrical safety to consider, so perhaps old kit should go to "re-purposing" centres from where they can be distributed to the PC-less in this country. After all, most recycled (and probably still usable) PCs wind up as toxic landfill in Africa being stripped down by child labour.

Then I bet you'll be coming on here to complain about why you should have to put up with other people' hand-me-downs. And to that I say "Take a flying leap, monkey-boy". I am gainfully employed and I will still accept a hand-me-down if it fills a need I have. There's no shame it it, makes total social, environmental and economic sense.

Oh, and who said anything about "on-line only"? No one. The point is that anyone could take those ads and re-publish them. So a paper could still publish them if it so desired, supporting any costs with a cover charge/advertising/whatever.

Really, we used to have proper trolls around here. Why are the standards slipping?

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Hack forces Flash onto iPad

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iPod

If Frash lands on the iPhone, does that mean it will land on the iPod too? That'd be nice.

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Revealed: Government blows thousands on iPhone apps

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No

Because it hasn't been aired in the UK yet. It will probably get here in about 2 years, once everyone has already watched it "illegally".

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Beware of cold call scammers pushing rogue antivirus

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It's another take on...

...the door-to-door scammers who say they're from the leccy/gas people. They prey on the weak.

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Remember that wind-up...

...where the recipient pretended to be a police officer investigating a homicide detective and just about made the cold-caller crap themselves?

Imagine the fun:

(Phone rings) "Uh, hello?"

"Yes Sir/Madam. This is Bob from MS Security, your PC has a virus. We need to install anti-virus."

"Really. Wow. How do you know?"

"We monitored your PC and saw virus activity."

"OK. Please don't hang up, I just need to go into the other room."

"Sure." (Now find something that makes a clicking noise. Click it)

"Can you just repeat, you monitored my PC?"

"Oh yes, it's all part of the service and for a mere £75 we can cure you of virus!"

"Thank you for confirming on record that you monitored our systems."

"Huh?"

"You have called and just confessed to hacking and monitoring a Royal Signals Networking Bunker" (or something)

"..."

"No point in hanging up, we have already traced this call and your location. Your co-operation may mitigate any action taken against you, which could include life in prison. You've got no defence, I have your confession on tape. So, tell me your real name and who you work for and I'll do my best to help you." (and just carry on making crap up for as long as they stay on the line or you can be bothered for)

You probably won't get anything from them...but it would at least provide some amusement.

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They'd best be careful

I think MS has patented that business method.

Ba-dum-tish!

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They installed malware?

They committed a fraud?

Your "friend" reported them to the police?

He, after all, did trace them. So, did he report them? Care to name 'n shame?

Or is it all a fabrication, hmm?

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Popular apps don't bother with Windows defences

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Pardon me being dense...

...but why the hell should the app devs need to care about this? Surely it is up to the OS/kernel devs to ensure that their code protects itself? Expecting the app devs to do it is just buck-passing; the app devs may be too lazy, too busy, or simply inexperienced.

I read the story as saying that Windows is simply not a secure platform and not good enough for any sensitive operations (e.g. on-line banking). Am I the only one?

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Windows 7 SP1 'beta' leaks, hits torrents

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Simple answer...

...have more than one Windows vendor. MS do the kernel etc; other vendors can spin their own distro. Problem solved. Might even start to see some innovation in the Windows arena!

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Can Win7sp1 mount a .iso natively?

No? So basic functionality is still missing.

<=EPIC

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Budget to cost over a million jobs: Official

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@Santa

Public servants have it W-A-Y better than the rpivatye secotr (who actually expected to do some work into the bargai). Tray: no real pension, no perks, no discounts on mortgages etc, no pay-raises, no "job for life".

You can take your "hard-done-by-public-sector-worker" and shove it, buster. And you had better change you expectation is you are ever employed in the private sector.

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Remove the quangocrats

Why do we need quango wonks on £350k pa? That's almost double the PM's salary FFS!

And while we're at it...

Bring Network Rail, Foundation Hospitals and PFI contracts on to the public books so we can get a clearer idea of the vast debt Labour has left us and our children with.

If this is done, it would not surprise me to find out that the UK is basically bankrupt.

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Fake IBM playboy pleads guilty

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£360 a day?

£1,800 a week? £~86,000 a year? Screw IT, I'm off to muck-out stables!

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Hulu to charge $10 for iPad and Playstation 3 TV

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If I pay...

...I don't want to see ads. Ever.

If the BBC can do it for around £12 a month, so can anyone else.

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Microsoft's Windows 8 goals revealed

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You don't need hibernate...

...when you can get to an operational desktop in under 45 seconds. I have this right now, why do I need Windows 8? In fact, I can cold boot Lucid on an old P4, log into that and have Gnome up *faster* than Win7 can handle a user login on a Core2 Duo.

MS is losing the plot big style.

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In summary...

...you want MS to release in 5 years what any major Linux distro can do *right now*.

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What happened?

They landed on Linux (and OS X etc) around 5-10 years ago. Do keep up, it's clear MS hasn't.

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C'mon!

We're talking about an OS that still needs to reboot after almost every update and every install! Un-feckin-acceptable.

They don't even have an integrated package management and update system. Every app needs its own checker and update process. Pathetic.

When they fix these problems (and others) they'll crow about how it is all their idea. Despite the fact that Unix/Linux/etc had this for ages.

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Online ads need standards

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I got their standards right here

NoScript, AdBlock, Flashblock, CookieCuller, TrackMeNot and BetterPrivacy.

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Rancid IE6 'more secure' than Chrome and Opera US bank says

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Huh?

How can you possibly fail to support standards compliant browser UNLESS you fill yer pages with browser specific crud? Code to the standards and then do the work to fix IE (and it is almost certainly just IE that will freak).

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US cyber-combat Top Gun training details emerge

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@Mongo

Don't hold yer breath. It's 20 (almost 30?) years since Stoll's book and they are STILL making the same mistakes! The exact same ones that McKinnon exploited.

So no, I do not think they got their A into G. I reckon they can't tell their A from their E.

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Hmmm....

...this is the same country that doesn't understand basic security and can be owned by one bloke with a nervous tick and a few scripts?

IIRC the upper 15% of a turd is still turd.

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Intel preps x86 Android for summer release

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Forward the Penguin Army!

(Yes, i know 'droid is not a try Linux distro (yet))

Recently I have had two suffer two upgrades. The first to Ubuntu 10.04 (yeah, I know it's not 'droid) and the second to Windows 7.

Did Lucid annoy and frustrate me? Yeah, a bit. But I'm used to it now, even the window buttons (although I move those if the mood took me). It does everything I need, I can mount .ISOs natively, get to what I want in a few clicks, run Flash and have a full-power CLI if I need it.

Windows7 on the other hand...oh dear god...what a horror. The new Explorer is simply terrible (although I quite like the new address bar that I have got used to it) but almost everything else is inconsistent/horrible. The Admin challenge is, frankly, infantile and pointless as it does not ask for a password. Actions are constantly blocked for no reason (trying to copy from the network to C:\? Good luck!). Actions that should be challenged, aren't (e.g. hacking around with Environment Variables). Flash fails to run. Too much real estate is lost to the task bar and windows borders. Why the FECK do IE tabs appear as separate items on the task bar? Two clicks to get to the current tab? WTF? At least FF behaves itself. Getting to deeper system options is tortuous. It is, frankly, the worst version of Windows since ME I have ever had to encounter (I avoided Vista).

My advice? Stick with XP until 2014 and then go to a Linux distro (maybe "Ylmf"). *DO NOT* inflict Win7 on your end users.

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The Reg guide to Linux, part 3

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Choice it the problem. That's why Apple and Windows win. There is no choice. The lack of choice makes things easy.

Sound mad? What choice is there with windows? Home/Premium/Pro? Only 3 things to think about.

Apple? OS X. Only one thing to thing about.

Linux? Oh dear got, where doe it being? How many respins of Ubuntu are there? 16? And that's ONE DISTRO! No wonder peeps are confused!

Choice is good, but too much choice is confusing for newbs and makes them say "Sod it, I'll go Apple as that's just easier" (or whatever).

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Buyer's Guide: 3D TVs

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Total Fad

I don't even have Blu-Ray or a HDTV. I simply don't see the point (no one has been able to show me an HDTV and standard TV, of comparable size and show me any difference). On the HDTVs my friends have, I can't see any difference between a DVD or a Blu-Ray. So I don't see the point in wasting money on them until kit needs replaced.

Sound is the important thing. That is what will immerse you into the story. Black-and-white movies are still captivating because of the sound and, well, the story. Laural&Hardy are still funny because of the jokes. 3D adds nada.

Actually I take that back. 3D might give a good movie something extra, but a bad 3D movie is just going to be a bad movie in 3D.

From what I understand, the brain only uses stereoscopic depth perception for the first 10m or so, after that it's brute logic and other tricks (Anyone know for sure?). So what is the point in 3D when vast swathes of the scene don't need to be 3D at all?

More anti-piracy bullcrap is my guess. Bullcrap that *would not be needed* if the RIAA and MPAA simply got with the feckin' program!

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Windows 7 Backup gets users' backs up

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I have 2 500gb drives

I now, of course, realise this is a slightly silly configuration but I have to live with it. OS, applications recorded TV, etc on first; "My Documents" and any other data type stuff on second (as far as Windows will allow at any rate). Not great, but it will do until I get a new PC.

Backups taken via Cygwin/rsync driven by a batch file, pretty sweet really. I probably should look at a way of compressing the backup, but it's not too much of an issue just now.

Initial backup took, oh, 2 hours or so. Subequent backups are much faster (sub 15 mins at times). All depends what's changed.

I think the next PC will have a 32 or 64GB SSD as primary and another HDD for actual data. Of course, it won't be running the vomit that is Win7 (which is doing a good job of pissing me off royally at the moment).

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I said it above but...

...Cygwin/rsync/batch file is pretty hard to beat IMHO.

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Osborne hands out tax cuts - for companies

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Not really.

If the total cost of an item is £100 and VAT is 20%, most people will tell you that the VAT £20 and the item is £80. Most people would therefore be wrong.

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Ubuntu v iTunes: the music playoff for Applephobes

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@Greg and others

Don't start the (largely redundant) desktop wars. No one who matters cares. And who matters? New users. Why do they not care? The PC is a utilitarian device to them, just like their washing machine. They don't care what UI the washing machine has, nor do they care what UI their PC has; so long as it is a usable one.

Only Linux geeks care and they operate under the totally misguided idea that everyone else should care too. This leads to schisms within the community, fragmentation, poor compatibility and confusion for new users. The up-shot? New users stay away as the bewildering amount out choice befuddles the hell out of them.

The default UI for Ubuntu is Gnome. That is the one they concentrate on and that is the one they do best. This plan is working and is slowly attracting new users *without confusing them*.

If you like KDE, then why not donate money or time to the Kubuntu project? Or switch to another distro that uses KDE as their default? You have that choice, or is that too confusing?

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DHS slams US gov network security

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Curious

"The US government is bad at protecting its networks and has neither the authority or manpower to respond to threats in real time."

So is this a tacit admission that McKinnon did little more than walk through an open door, causing no damage as such and only major embarrassment to a bunch to idiots? One would have thought that after the KGB-funded crackers were found breaking into systems a couple of decades ago that they would have wised up. Seems not. ("Cukoo's Egg" - Clifford Stoll).

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Wannabe Jedi drool over potent laser 'lightsabre'

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Is it a weapon?

Because if it is, there must be a host of existing laws that it would fall under (sales, transport and possession). Then again, we live in a country that gets its panties in a bundle over kids having pen knives and yet sells fighter jets and other weapons to fascist dictatorships.

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Aussies face 10 year browsing lock-up

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Huh?

There are reams of scientific data to show what alcohol does to human reactions and cognition. Just because it does not match your world-view is an irrelevance.

Ergo, your comparison is totally absurd and adds nothing to the debate.

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