* Posts by The BigYin

3055 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

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I was annoyed...

...when I discovered my mobile internet service was censored. I didn't consider the site I was accessing to be "adult".

This just comes back to parents needing to take responsibility for their kids. Make the tools available. Educate people. But do not censor everyone "for the children".

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Re: So....

Assumption: total pron ban.

Sites affected by same: Well, the obvious ones (playboy etc).

DDG, Google etc as they will have to filter results

4chan, reddit etc where some of the boards contain pornographic images.

Maybe even sites like "The Sun" can contain erotic imagery on their front page.

Seriously...Cameron is a fucking moron. He clearly does not understand the Internet.

If parents want porn (or whatever) blocked, they can learn how to do it themselves or they can pay someone to sort it out for them.

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Microsoft DENIES it gives backdoor access to Outlook encryption

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Re: What's the problem?

"I think that sentiment can easily be extended to any cloud service under [ANY] jurisdiction."

Unless, of course, you encrypt all you data prior to upload. Oh, and that personal cloud thing you run on your own VPS? You still need to encrypt.

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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

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Re: Finnish swearing

Almost. "The devil's blunt-head".

I leave you to figure out which charming word takes the place of "blunt".

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UK.gov fines itself harshly for hurling NHS records to the winds

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Re: Hypothetically speaking

Shit happens, true. And as long as contracts have been signed, correct (i.e. vetted) procedures put in place, training given and procedures followed; if something goes wrong you simply have to shrug, call it "systemic" and try to fix the weak point.

But that's not this case is it? The NHS managers failed (no contract for a start!) and faced no comeback. Zero. None. Nada. Zip.

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MagicPlay creator crafts Raspberry Pi demo

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FAIL

Cobblers

The model A (sans case, P&P etc) was touted at USA$25 and that is exactly what it retails at. Farnell

The model B (first on which was release) retails at USA$35. Farnell

(USA links)

Prices in other countries (e.g. UK) are roughly comparable. e.g the model B retail at UK$28.07 which is pretty much bang-on the money when you allow for exchange rates and tax (20%).

I don't know where you are getting USA$103 from, care to cite?

Note: Your delivery cost will be higher due to p&p, nothing the RasPi folks can do about that.

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Microsoft 'in talks' to recruit UK partners for Surface Pro biz sales

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C'mon Android vendors!

Get your shit together and start integrating with Enterprise systems. MS are on the ropes, now is your time to carve up the market and ensure somethng approaching actual competition.

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Retired 4-star general probed over Stuxnet details leak - report

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Re: Let me get this straight

Less wrong != Right

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Re: Let me get this straight

I know it's been going on since about 1985 - but I would not have expected Obama to accelerate the intrusion and oppression of freedom.

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Let me get this straight

It's "OK" for the USA to spy on everyone (even USAian) but it's not OK for China et al to do the same?

I had respect for Obama once, no more.

What can be done about these politicians (Obama, Cameron...) who have no respect for their nation, culture or people?

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Microsoft partners seriously underwhelmed by Windows 8.1

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Re: A suggestion to all those OEMs

ARG!

[Y]ou might just stimulate the wider IT market as they will [now] be free to innovate.

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A suggestion to all those OEMs

Lots of people would like those ARM units. Strip them of the OS, add some extra keys to the correct UEFI database (or just disable secure boot). Flog them naked.

You won't get all your cash back, but you will stem your losses and you never know, you might just stimulate the wider IT market as they will not be free to innovate.

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Dancing Sepp Blatter on 'World Cup site' creates security flap

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A fair world cup?

How about FIFA pay fair taxes to the host nation? Rather than the 0% rate FIFA demand from host nations.

Seriously. 0%. They pay athletes millions per year to punt a bag of air around, and yet are happy to deny an impoverished nation a share of their vast profits. No wonder the Brazilians are rioting. I don't blame them!

I also not the UK's total silence on this abhorrent tax avoidance by FIFA. Maybe Google and Starbucks should hire FIFA's lobbying firm?

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Samsung quits desktop PC biz, will stick to all-in-ones and portables

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That's nice

Maybe they'll have enough engineers spare to properly test their UEFI drivers!

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Media phone-hacking? Tip of the iceberg, says leaked police report

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Once more...

...the rich buy the justice they think they deserve. Nothing will be done. Cameron doesn't care (be wants the money and they're all his pals). Milliband doesn't care (same reasons). No one cares about Clegg.

Not only should the PIs be charged, those who I instructed should charged; the SOCA officers who suppressed this should be charged; the senior officers who fostered this culture should be charged; any who took bribes should be charged; and so on.

But nothing will happen bar, maybe, a few low ranking sods getting it in the neck for PR and some waffle about "lessons learned". Just like the tax and expense scandals, it'll be all about looks and nothing of substance.

We are governed by corrupt, self-serving assholes. There are no exceptions I am aware of.

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SUPERSIZE my CLOUD - Microsoft plans $677m data centre embiggening

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Well...

...I guess they need somewhere to store all that data for the NSA.

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

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Re: Doubling? Did I miss something? Yes you did.

£1.10 is the cost of the underground, given that it only serves some parts of the city some parts of the day (not night service and little on a Sunday), the price is fair.

FristBus hold a near monopoly on buses in Glasgow (and as the city council are bunch of gutless wasters spunking money on jumped-up sports days when no destroying the local architecture - e.g. George Square); FirstBus get away with totally eye-watering prices (and a dreadful service).

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PC makers REALLY need Windows 8.1 to walk on water - but guess what?

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Re: And folks it's happened

Prolly the same person.

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Re: Makers may need that...

"Strange but the "Win8" sticker requires that SecureBoot can be switched off by the end user."

Not on all platforms. On ARM it means that SecureBoot can't be switched off.

"So no problem there ASSUMING the user wants to install another OS."

The device (any device) is there to serve the user, not the OEM. End of discussion really. Anything that limits the actions of a user (up to and including destroying the device) is a bad idea. Of course, the OEM can set some sensible defaults; but the final say should always (always) be with the end-user (or, at least, their corporate IT department).

As for the 1%, you are confusing the traditional desktop with every other platform.

I know UEFI is not the same as SecureBoot, that's why I made it a separate point.

"if you want to taint a proper CSS system with that FossTard stuff."

Ah, a classic example of someone who has no point to make so has resort to name calling.

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Re: Makers may need that...

They will when the bad UEFI implementation bricks their shiny new Win8 toy (e.g. Samsung). When folks buy a car, they tend to do a bit of research (diesel vs petrol, Ford vs Skoda etc etc).

Why they don't clue themselves up a little before buying a PC always amazes me.

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Re: Makers may need that...

And I'll add:

It may provide security to the user, but at the moment it is purely a means to block competition. And as for UEFI - it's clear that this is a total clusterfuck due to OEMs (e.g. Samsung, Lenovo) not following proper testing strategies.

I'm running a 5 year old PC. The only thing I can't do is play modern games (e.g. Crysis 2). I don't care about modern games though (loads of much more innovative indie stuff around). As my PC does everything I need (plays HD video & music, allows me to documents, email yaddah-yaddah) I am not going to blow circa £750 on a new box just because MS have spunked some crap out.

MS is not Apple, it does not have fanbois with masses of disposable income wanting to be a pretend trend-setter.

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Makers may need that...

...users need/want a platform where they can install what they want, when they want and how they want. And also optionally lock-it down if they want.

MS can take their SecureBoot anti-competitive plot and ram it up their arse side-ways.

It may provide security to the user, but at the moment it is purely a means to block competition. And as for UEFI - it's clear that this is a total clusterfuck due to OEMs (e.g. Samsung, Lenovo) not following proper testing strategies.

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Google erases G8 venue from Earth: Microsoft doesn't

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Let's assume a few things here

1) I am an evil minded terrorist/super-villain

2) I can amass enough people/equipment to make a viable assault on the G8 summit

3) I can do all this in total secrecy without tipping off the CIA etc.

Am I going to be thwarted by Google erasing some pictures? Err...no. Maybe I'll just go and buy, I dunno, a paper map! Or use one of my super-secrect-deepthroat-agents to procure detailed terrain info. Or any number of other things.

This is has security-purely-for-looks all over it.

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Flash flaw potentially makes every webcam or laptop a peephole

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Re: 2) They should have an indicator light hard-wired to the webcam power

A lot of those lights are software controlled though. Aye you 100% sure that Logitech one is hardwired to power?

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Re: Surprise!

But it's not an MS exploit, it's an Adobe Flash exploit. Flash still runs on GNU/Linux when using Chrome.

GNU/Linux has exploits too (which is why we get kernel updates etc). Almost all beyond trivial "Hello World" programs will have exploits.

A PC is only secure as the monkey who configured it.

That said, I do prefer GNU/Linux. That is partly personal preference, partly the fact I enjoy freedom and partly because I want to keep off the enforced upgrade-cycle. I can't afford a new PC every couple of years.

As for webcams....

1) They should have a physical cover; and

2) They should have an indicator light hard-wired to the webcam power and beyond software control (cam is on? That light is on, no way to bypass without a soldering iron).

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We want to put a KILL SWITCH into your PHONE, say Feds

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Re: KISS

"I refuse to buy any clothes where you pay extra for the brand name AND for the privilege of advertising it for them."

Yup. A discrete label or logo I'll accept. But "MEGA-CORP ULTRA TOGS" across....not so much.

I am reminded for a MAD cartoon with a guy wearing a T-shit that said: Meet a schmuck who pays to give free advertising to a multi-billion dollar company.

(Or something like that)

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Yeah

Like NOTHING will go wrong with that! This should be left to the end-user/owner. Education is the key, not restrictions on use.

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MPs demand UK rates revamp after Google's 'extraordinary tax mismatch'

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So...

...are the MPs stating they have evidence of Google committing a criminal act? i.e. breaking tax law? yes? To the courts!

Oh wait, they're not. They are flapping their gums and trying to sound good.

Who wrote the laws?

Not me, not you; but the muppets who are now engaged in damage limitation.

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Badger bloodbath brouhaha brings 'bodge' bumpkin bank burgle bluster

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Re: Follow the science

"I find the third outcome interesting, as it seems to indicate that the sick badgers are the ones slow/ill enough to get culled."

I don't like where that could lead...TB-immune super-badgers. They'll take over!

Are those three summary points from Krebs? I thought Krebs was meant to be bunk (comments above).

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Re: I'm on the fence on this one

"I have found it amusing how many people have been shocked at the idea of people being out in the countryside shooting"

And they'll complain about it as they tuck into venison, pheasant or rabbit!

I'm just not convinced nuking the badgers will solve the issue. I think (and I am prepared to be wrong) the main issue is a human one - dodgy farming practises.

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Re: "townie" here

> "Edit Post" function plz?

There is one, but it's only available for a short time. I'm also not sure id Bronze badge holders get it.

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Re: Bas-asses

> They are the Chuck Norris of the animal kingdom.

There is no chin under Chuck Norris' beard, just a honey badger.

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Re: I'm on the fence on this one

"Deer immediately spring to mind as an example."

Bring back wolves, problem solved.

Sometimes people go off one because the animal is "cute" or because of an ideological stance (take the culling of hedgehogs on the islands where they are not native - that got turned into a rescue operation :-S).

Agriculture has screwed the natural order of things (because agriculture is a unnatural) and this means that we (humans) sometimes have to do things that nature would normally do for itself (like wolves reducing deer numbers,but we killed all the wolves to protect our agriculture).

Will killing badgers help TB in cattle? I'm not so sure. Will it be a massive cost? Yes. Will it be a total bugger? Yes. Would I trust DEFRA to find its own arse with both hands and a copy of Gray's Anatomy? No*.

But if the (unbiased, peer-reviewed, publicly available) science says a cull is the answer, then a cull is the answer (in a test area at least).

* I think we can all remember the cluster-fuck that was the cull when dealing with BSE.

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Re: As ocassionally happens.....

Eh? It's clearly comprehensible comrade.

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Follow the science

Is the science clear-cut? Or does it vary by region? i.e. in some badgers are the problem, in others not really.

Are badgers actually the main issue though, or is their being infected a symptom of a deeper issue?

I thought the biggest issue would have been framing practices like "cottaging" (e.g. move cattle to one area for a few nights in order to dupe the consumer).

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Not just rural either, NFU are expanding. I found them to be a bit pricey, but not by a heck of a lot.

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Eurogeddon? Pah. UK banks are more terrified of hackers - big banker

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Re: Banks are rewarded for failure

"Cost externalisation" is the name of the game.

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Re: Banks are rewarded for failure

Open standards enable direct competition and foster a free market (or capitalist, if you prefer) system. GNU/Linux is not a single operation of a single controlling mind (as Windows and OS X are). Whilst it does have a the concept of community; those communities often compete.

If one community isn't doing the job well enough, it will atrophy and die. e.g. Mandriva. Or the migration from Ubuntu to Linux Mint, or....

In a way, the most communal of development systems fosters the most competitive of development systems.

There is nothing stopping anyone, right now, taking the entire Linux kernel stack and forking to enter direct competition. In fact, that's pretty much what Google did for a bit.

If you are used to the Windows/OS X diktat environment, actual competition comes as something of a shock and often gets F/OSS given a "socialist" label. It may will be "social", but is as far as from "socialist". Only the fittest survives.

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I thought they'd mostly fear...

...actual regulation and the closing to tax evasion loopholes.

Oh wait...Tory and Labour....not going to happen.

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Re: Banks are rewarded for failure

Actually, GNU/Linux is a capitalist (or, at least, free market) system. Because it is based on open standards, if you don't provide the best quality/service, user can drop you pretty quickly. Can't do that with Windows or OS X due to lock-in.

Which is why they have the lock-in!

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

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Re: Same as Xbox?

About £35.

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Re: On the flip side

I only use those two when there is no other option and outside the major airports there is no option. These airlines have form for threatening to abandon an airport should it dare allow any competition.

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Re: Why captialism hates the free market

And I'll add - this is why region-locks etc are bad for the consumer - the restrict freedom of trade.

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Re: Not just Australia

USA$399 ~ UK£254

Add 20% and that gives us an on-the-street price of about UK£305. I don't think anyone would moan about a few pounds here or there (transport costs, slightly different regs etc). But £45 (13%)?

In the past I have bought bike parts from the USA for a Japanese bike. Including courier and import duties it still works out about 33% cheaper. Madness. Utter madness.

And why does it happen? Grey imports are often blocked at the EU level. Competition and free trade are not permitted.

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Why captialism hates the free market

So I'm Sony and I am going to import the PS4 @ Oz$550 (inc taxes).

I say "Tough tits chumps, you want it, show me the money."

Company X spots a market and grey imports (PS4 has not region lock apparently) @ Oz$545 (inc. taxes).

They say "Don't be robbed! Buy from us!"

Company Y spots a market and grey imports @ Oz$540 (inc. taxes).

They say "Don't be robbed by X and Sony! Buy from us!"

Repeat until I scream "Strewth!" and lower my prices. The free market works.

All that assumes there is enough wiggle room in the margins (there may or may not be for any given example). But is there actually a free market? Or, like the EU, does Australia legally endorse the operation of cartels and price fixing? e.g. CD-Wow, Levi jeans et al.

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BBC lied to Parliament about doomed £100m IT monster, thunder MPs

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And MPs lied...

...about their expenses yet faced no real censure or further control.

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Google to punish sloppy mobile webmasters

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Re: Great!

The desktop sites do work, but the touch optimised one are usually better. What I hate is when you try to zoom a page on mobile (too see a pic better, or find a button) and some Z-layer banner shite insists on always being at the top and visible so when you zoom, it takes over the entire page and you can't see anything.

I also hate when internal links don't detect that you are on mobile and you get dropped back to the desktop site (reddit, I'm looking at you. Get your shit together).

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Re: Waiting for "Kinect: PRISM"

I'll type this slowly: Turn. It. Off. At. The. Wall.

Seriously, just how hard is that? You can even get power-strips/surge-protectors with remote off switches.

All my consumer devices are off (at the switch) or even unplugged unless in active use.

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Patch Tuesday: And EVERY version of IE needs fixing AGAIN

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So...

....what would you prefer? MS to not patch bugs?

And this isn't an MS-specific issue, look at all the Java patches of late.

My GNU/Linux system gets updates every other day - although the repository system (when folks bother to package their wares correctly) makes this process much easier when compared to the random, slap-dash, every application needs its own update mechanism, approach on Windows or OS X.

This reminds me, must really look into Puppet/Chef/Salt/Something to keep all the systems up to date in a oner.

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Report: Cloud could slash biz software energy use by 87%

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Re: Up, down?

No. They are thinking of people who use their mailbox as a database. Data is data and a lot of data is STILL a lot of data.

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