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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

Long John Brass

Re: No thanks

Have a +1 for KSP

Personally I'd love to see the SPB PixHawke renamed MechJeb

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

Long John Brass

Re: Can't say I blame them

If you really felt you had to re-install the OS for a graphics card change; then son you doing it wrong

Have fun is MS land, don't let the door hit you in the arse on the way out

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Long John Brass

Re: Personally I use Kontact + Citadel

http://citadel.org/doku.php/faq:generalquestions:how_do_you_base_your_claims_that_citadel_is_powerful_and_scalable#how.do.you.base.your.claims.that.citadel.is.powerful.and.scalable

http://citadel.org/doku.php/faq:generalquestions:maximum_store_size#what.is.the.maximum.size.of.a.citadel.message.store

To be fair, I've never set it up & run it in that large an org. Most outfits are heavily invested in Outlook+Exchange.

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Long John Brass

Personally I use Kontact + Citadel

works a treat

Even has a web interface for when I'm away from my desktop

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

Long John Brass
Coat

Re: No trust

I am "The Man" and I also stick with the Rasberry PI, and Linux

yes, yes .... I'm going

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Time to ditch HTTP – govt malware injection kit thrust into spotlight

Long John Brass

Re: Well, but in this case HTTPS wouldn't help

Would it?

If a session is encrypted via a given CA-Chain, will that allow another CA chain into the encrypted stream?

so..

EvilGovt CA --> PKI --> TargetSiteCert --> Session

Other CA --> PKI -- Read SiteCert --> Session

Don't see how you would be able to insert malware into the Real Site session

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

Long John Brass

Derivative works

When I bought my sony eBook reader a few years back; It came with a bunch of preloaded ebooks, all public domain, out of copyright kinda stuff

All had a brand spanking new Sony copyright on em. From what I understand they altered the text just enough to allow them to legally put a new copyright on it. They splattered around a bunch of "th e", "hte" type change plus random punctuation changes.

If it's a crime to misuse other peoples copyrighted works, then it should a crime to re-copyright works that has matured into the public domain

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

Long John Brass

Black space craft? Whatever could go wrong

"It's the weird color-scheme that freaks me. Every time you try to operate one of these weird black controls, which are labeled in black on a black background, a small black light lights up in black to let you know you've done it!" -Zaphod/Mark Wing-Davey (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

Long John Brass

B5 Ref

Ugly, but well hung

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

Long John Brass

Re: Use a sword

> since to get in melee range, you have to MOVE into melee range -- by that point you'll have been raked several times over

Which is why the rule is; kill the Mage FIRST! Kill it now! Focus fire, kill it, kill it, kill it

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What is it with cloud computing? Engage VM, disengage brain?

Long John Brass

Cheap, Fast, Reliable

Pick any two.

I was taught this many years ago, by a very smart & very grizzled SysAdmin/Mentor.

He was also the guy who pointed out that you can hire any cheap monkey to baby-sit multi million dollar systems; But when it hits the fan you really do need someone who knows his/her shit.

I've been in meetings with bosses & vendors, and calling the vendors out when they start to spin bullshit. "Yes we can move your entire estate in 6 weeks". <expletive deleted>. I was asked by my manglement no to turn up to any further meetings as I was too negative.

I get why companies want cloud/outsource/snakeoil vendors to white knight in and save them from IT. Tech is hard and most don't want to be tech companies, they want to focus on "core business"; problem is when IT goes away so does their core business. How many clerks, typists etc would it take to run even small businesses today?

Grumble, mutter, get off my damned lawn

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Facebook didn't infringe Dutch inventor's patents: Jury

Long John Brass

US patent court? Shabby??

Umm Mr Pott please meet Mr Kettle

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

Long John Brass

Re: A positivist pragamatic view on the epistemology of boffins.

No ... quacks are the anti-boffin

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Calxeda co-founder unleashs 48-core ARM SoC

Long John Brass

I want one

No, make that two; Yup Two dual socket machines stuffed to the gills with that sweet sweet DDR3/4

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

Long John Brass

Would you like to upsize your future for only 50c more?

Hmmm, If were going to go large, then ...

Holodeck, Replicator, Cure for death & Antimatter energy pack

Cybernetically enhanced monkey butler

Personal Battle Mech

I'd much prefer the future to be Culture rather than Star Trek

Where's my cherry2000 damnit

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Real, hovering SPEEDER BIKE can be YOURS for cheaper than a house

Long John Brass

Re: It is not russians which you need to be afraid of

"Well, I try to be a considerate-ish neighbour, plus there's the property value aspect to a house being surrounded by smoking craters"

No no no ... property value goes up ... house has multiple swimming pools :)

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Canuck cops cuff teen suspect in swatter-for-hire case

Long John Brass
Coat

Underage twatter swatter mounted

Yeah ... I know ... I'll get my coat

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RBS Group hopes £750m IT shakeup splurge will prevent next bank mainframe meltdown

Long John Brass

Whats the bet

That lucky sod(s) that ran the unified batch system; will now get to run all 4 or 5.

Hope they updated the tick sheets these guys work from :)

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ARM tests: Intel flops on Android compatibility, Windows power

Long John Brass

Re: It cannot be the point of x86 to run Android

My x86 desktop will too .... SIMH for the win!

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US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

Long John Brass

It would be funny to see

An extradition order for the Microsoft(US) board members to Ireland

The yanks like to extradite people; Turn about is fair play no?

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Brazilian president signs internet civil rights law

Long John Brass

Re: "From the country that gave you"...

Yup ...

Remember how we gave up the space race as a species so we could work on 3rd world poverty? That ended well didn't it. It was an argument I heard again and again as a kid. We shouldn't be going to the moon etc when people are starving down here on earth.

~40 years on we still have poverty, war disease and no damned Moon/Mars base.

Dammit where is my fly car and get off my lawn :)

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New HDS array: It's a G1000 Jim, but not as we know it*

Long John Brass

Non-disruptive microcode upgrades are completed without affecting application quality of service

HDS have been do that for a while... back in 2000 HDS delivered a new array where I was working; I asked them to do a FW upgrade while we ran a test load on the data warehouse that it was backing.

Damn thing didn't miss a beat. I realise it's pretty much par for the course these days. But I do like the HDS kit; calm, steady, reliable is what you want in back-end storage

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IBM rides nightmarish hardware landscape on OpenPOWER Consortium raft

Long John Brass

Just give me a ...

My wish list would be a mini/micro ATX board with

Power CPU say 8 core single socket would be fine but dual socket would be most sexy

Ummm .. say a max 64-128GiB Ram, standard allotment of PCI, USB, network and usual toys

But ... Please please please bring back a on board (not USB) serial port

I realise I'm a minority in that I run a Linux shop at home so I don't care one way or another WRT x86(-64). I'd love a 64bit ARM variant of the above too :)

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Lycamobile launches 'unlimited' 4G for £12 a month. Great. Now where can I get a signal?

Long John Brass

Hmmm ... If they ever add New Zealand to their "feel at home"

Then it would in fact be cheaper to get Cell+Net access from them than from NZ providers

You'd get more data too

13GPB ~= 26NZD

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

Long John Brass

Re: @ Belardi -- Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?

It was then known as Microsoft OS/2 V1 & V2

Then MS & IBM has a spat & went their different ways

NT 3 was next out the door in that OS line

So NT 1.x & 2.x were called OS/2 v1 & v2; I might be wrong but I believe OS/2 warp was OS/2 v3

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LOHAN chap hooks up with busty stratominx in cosmic pleasure cruise

Long John Brass

Re: Sad episisode in this saga that's ruined it for me

>...re, but this just looks desperate and tacky.

Better desperate and tacky than desperate and sticky; no?

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New Zealand

Long John Brass

To be fair; the thought of Mr Kim.com facing off to our beloved prime minister across the floor of the house, fills me with a certain sense of delight.

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Long John Brass

And then there was three

We're breeding like Mogwai :)

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Is Google building SKYNET? Ad kingpin buys AI firm DeepMind

Long John Brass
Facepalm

Re: ROTM

I for one welcome the return of our ROTM article overlords

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

Long John Brass

Doctor Who

Explains why he was giving everyone "Jelly babies"

He truly was/is/will be an evil bastard :)

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We wuz right: Big Blue ARE stuffing System x boxen with ULLtraDIMMs

Long John Brass

and have application working sets in the extended memory

So will that require EMM386 or HIMEM.SYS to work properly?

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Iceotope sounds like a kids' superhero – but it's a UK server-cooler maker that just bagged £6.1m

Long John Brass

I remember a time, when dinosaurs ruled the earth

Was in a big data-centre and they were in the process of installing a new IBM mainframe. The IBM installation engineers had pipe wrenches in their tools kits; Close inspection revealed large pipes labelled "Chilled Water" running into the guts of the beast

The wheel turns eh

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

Long John Brass
Boffin

My 10 bits

I wonder if at least part of the problem is the slowdown in PC sales. Given that for a long time each year or two the available horsepower at a given price point doubled (At least in terms of MHZ)

Ever since they hit that blasted wall at ~2-3GHZ sales have slumped. Perhaps if they marketed PC in terms of say GIPS (Giga Instructions Per Second) then doubling the core count would give a number twice as big, thus encouraging people to upgrade.

IE: My current machine is 10 GIPS and this new one is 20 GIPS => Must be better

I suspect that part of the upgrade cycle was driven by

Home Machine breeds familiarity --> Adopted by Smaller companies --> rolled out by large companies

An most people just use whatever is installed on the machine they buy.

Rinse; repeat; profit

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Forget selfies. 'Server SAN' is storage world's 2014 TWERKNADO

Long John Brass

Ummmmm

So not unlike a *nix server with NFS then

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FCC honcho: Shifting our crusty phone network to IP packets starts now

Long John Brass

Last mile

I'm assuming they are on about dragging the last mile connections into the 21st century. The back-haul infrastructure would already be packet based, no? IFAIK: SS7 can already do IP back-haul

Or is this just an excuse to ditch any requirements to provide POTS analogue service. Not that I care; I'm currently considering a "naked" DSL plan from one of the local providers. It appears that the local UFB rollout has fibre down the other side of my street, but not mine. Just need to tot up the costs of "naked" dsl + voip vs the plan I'm currently on; then again do I really need or want a "land line" number at all

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Spock-style gadget can SMELL my PEE! Weird gizmos of CES 2014

Long John Brass

HDMI overlay in 3D

Hmmm that might, just maybe finally be a valid use of 3D in TVs. Assuming it doesn't obscure the content "behind" it. Pretty sure I'm not going to stump up for a 3D set when the time comes to replace my ageing unit though.

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Two white dwarfs and superdense star. Yup, IDEAL for gravity lab in the sky - boffins

Long John Brass

Musta been one helluva place to live

In it's hey day

Am I right in thinking ...

Neutron star -- was blue giant?

Hot white dwarf -- Recently deceased G type/Red giant?

Cooler white dwarf -- Smaller g type

All in an orbit of about earth norm?

Sunsets there must have been epic!

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HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

Long John Brass
Facepalm

Re: legal?

I remember years ago I actually sat down an read the hardware "contract" that came with some very expensive kit from a vendor who shall remain nameless

The thing that made me laugh was a line in the small print, right at the bottom of the document it said something along the lines of (I can't remember the exact wording)

"This device(computer) is sold on the understanding that it may or may not function as a computing device"

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Mozilla: Native code? No, it's JavaScript, only it's BLAZING FAST

Long John Brass

C Complex?

The C language core is very small, very simple.

But it's the right kind of simple; Simple & powerful

The Libraries on the other hand are many, varied and ummm wondrous :)

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.4: Yamaha retro synth, valve oscilloscope and more

Long John Brass

Re: Quite.

I bought this via the Dangerous Prototypes guys

Although because it has an FPGA on it they wouldn't ship out of the US until I signed my life away & promise that I'm not a "Bad guy (tm)"

Had similar problems when I scored a Papillo FPGA kit .... Hmmm really need to dig that out &have another play :)

http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/preorder-open-workbench-logic-sniffer-p-612.html?cPath=75

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BT warned: Speed up Openreach repairs or face PUNITIVE FINES

Long John Brass

Re: We can't find a fault

The butane powered ones are better :)

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Cassini spots MEGA-METHANE SEAS on the north pole of Titan

Long John Brass

we'd use far more energy getting there and back

Doesn't matter if we use 100 times the energy getting there and back, just as long as there are commercially viable quantities left in the tanks when you do get back.

IE: As long as it's cheaper to go to titan for your yummy hydrocarbon fix than it is to pump it out of the ground or squeeze it out of rocks, then it will happen :)

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Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support

Long John Brass

Re: Ubuntu

Ummm ... yes actually; For many years

Have you?

Although I will admit; as my day job is Linux/Unix admin I don't spend a lot of time doing spiffy power-point presentations. Most people are happy if my e-mails contain less than ~10% spelling errors :)

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Long John Brass

Ubuntu

I bet MS would change their mind if Mark Shuttleworth did a press piece saying

"Hey China, we will help you out!" Mass installfest in PRC everyone :)

GNU/Linux + Libre Office + Wine should cover 80-90% of most use cases no?

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Sick to death of Xmas? Try these explosive gift ideas

Long John Brass

Re: My little pony

Finally a valid use for a 3d printer?

you could knock out a my little knackers yard or a happy fun time re-education camp in no time :)

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That toolbar you downloaded is malware? Tough, read the EULA

Long John Brass

An idea for google

Instead of plastering advertising all over the web

When you use their search engine, it mines for bitcoins or whatever

Could this finally be a business model for the likes of twatter?

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WTF is the Internet of Things and how insurers will use it against you

Long John Brass

Re: Reality check

For the most part I agree; "Most people neither want nor care about making their houses intelligent"

No .... most people don't give a shit one way or the other

What people care about is simpler & easier. I don't want to HAVE to program each and every bloody light bulb in the house, I want a smart system that can figure out for itself... when he walks in the door at night he normally turns on these lights, so the system would then start doing that automatically

What I don't want is a system where I have to talk to a thrice damned speech recognition system,

<me> Ok House turn on lights,

<house> Do you mean turn on living room lights? Yes to proceed, no to cancel

<Me> *sigh* YES,

<House> Ok cancelling selection,

<ME> "Aaaarrrggghhhh",

<House> OK turning off heating.

Until you can improve on the UI of a simple light switch, these things are doomed to fail

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NSA-busting secure, open, router seeks cash and code from crowd

Long John Brass

Modular

Was pondering purchasing some kit from http://routerboard.com/; pity there doesn't seem to be many/any ADSL options for the miniPCI slots.

If they make this thing modular; say PCI-104 or some-such then I'd probably buy

It would be nice to be able to pick & choose say base + adsl + wifi or base + extra switch ports

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Bad genes? US watchdog halts 23andMe's handy home DNA test kits

Long John Brass

Re: The nanny state minding people's own business again?

> likely to scare people into radical unnecessary treatment

Right, so who is going to carry out said radical unnecessary treatment?

It's not like you are going to get the test results; nip off into the kitchen for a quick DIY mastectomy

No you would visit a honest to dog sawbones & one would hope they would set you straight before anything tragic happens.

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