* Posts by Rainer

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Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

Rainer

Mini Van makes sense

They are popular in China - even more so for high-end customers (who often pay a driver).

All the nay-sayers remind me of the Blackberry "Amateur-hour is over"-guys.

Or the Motorola CEO who called the iPhone "the west coast phone", because he didn't even want to use the name.

Or the "600 Dollars and it doesn't even have a keyboard"-CEO we all love to laugh about.

The reason why Apple is still alive and at the top is that even though they believe (probably almost in a religious sense) that their product is the best, they don't deny the fact that a better one can come around and they better be the one bringing it to market - even if it kills a product of their own in the long run.

In this case, Apple can go were no one else can go because they have nothing to lose (except a couple of billion dollars maybe), no product to cannibalize, no important partner they could alienate.

Just a lot of (rather loyal) users like me who think that it's high time that someone look at the "car-problem" with a pair of fresh eyes, without a vested interest and without a "we've always done it that way"-line of thinking. Because that "horseless carriage"-type of problem is what seems to plague current e-cars from "traditional" manufacturers.

If Apple can come-up with something new, I'll at least have a look at it when it can be bought.

And if you hate Apple products, you don't have to buy them. But don't transfer that hate to the buyers either. That's just not classy.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

Rainer

Still waiting

for the 5S-sized 6S ;-)

I really want a 6 Plus (if only for the OIS) - but I don't really want to carry such a big phone.

Plus, while my current 4S is showing its age, it's still working nicely, although a bit slow.

Choosing an iPhone has never been so difficult, I tell you!

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Confusion, fear and growing pains: ICANN bigwig spells out gTLD headaches

Rainer
Paris Hilton

Those millions...

they'll probably spend it all on booze, hookers and gambling.

After all, why else hold a conference in Las Vegas?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

Rainer

IT-angle: not only for a hangover

We had this at work, this weekend, to power us through a long mail-system migration.

It's ideal because it's hot and spicy and doesn't contain much carbs (which are a sedative, which you might know if you ever had spaghetti carbonara for lunch and subsequently had your head hit your keyboard while digesting them).

The smell of the garam masala keeps sticking around the kitchen and any room it is allowed to waft to. If that is a problem at your place of work: bad luck ;-)

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So, these guys turn up with AK47s and offer me protection ...

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Meh

At a previous job

we had a receptionist who was from South Africa.

She's mixed black/white and she said that after Apartheid was over, security went down and corruption went up.

I'm not sure I could live there for a prolonged time and not get shot.

Currently living near Zurich, where shops leave heavy stuff like flower soil out during the night because it's too burdensome and apparently nobody steals it anyway.

Copper gets stolen though and of course the cash and jewelry that people who don't trust the banks keep at home...

With reports like the one in the article, is it a fair assumption that South-Africa is basically a failed state where the government has lost control over at least some parts of the country?

I assume that in the above case, the police wasn't called to apprehend the two groups with AK47s.

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

Rainer

They've probably captured her password now

A pinhole camera somewhere or just by grabbing the electromagnetic impulses from the keyboard.

Should have used a tin-foil blanket like Snowden in "Citizenfour".

Thought that he was a bit over the top with the blanket, but apparently not...

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No cellphones in cells, you slag! UK.gov moots prison mobe zap law

Rainer

They could just use jammers

But then, all mobiles wouldn't work anymore.

Including the ones of the guards.

If they only disable the "unauthorized" ones, then a helpful guard can still sell err... lease...I mean lend an inmate his personal phone so that the poor guy can call his daughter and sing "Happy Birthday", while telling her he'll be back from his business trip soon.

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OnePlus vs Micromax: Dream of Google-less Android now further away

Rainer

Personally, I'd say that the Open-Source, Google-free Android is as good as dead.

No commercial vendor will touch it.

They'll rather build Windows Phones.

Or rather, get out of the phone business all together.

Because while it gets cheaper and cheaper to build a phone (hardware-wise), it gets more and more expensive to build a good phone that lots of people are willing to spend more money on than a cheap Chinese Android phone costs.

Top Tier: Apple

Middle Tier: Windows Phone

Low-End: anything Android

In three years, nobody will build high-end Android phones anymore - simply by virtue of the fact that almost nobody wants to buy them!

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Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year

Rainer

Waiting for it

It's not that I couldn't afford a 6 or 6 Plus.

(As my employer pays the contract and almost all associated costs, it's just the cost of the phone itself for me)

I just don't feel that I *really* want a bigger phone than the 4S I have.

I could live with a 5S/5C size phone.

If a new 4" phone from Apple emerges, it will indeed be interesting to see the price point.

However, I'd say that Apple-customers aren't that price-sensitive.

Not to say that Apple could charge anything.

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El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

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Re: Guardian Soulmates

It's to weed out broke idiots. You still have idiots, of course. They're just not broke.

Similar to clubs that charge ridiculous entry fees.

I've had a subscription with an equally expensive site (which turned out to be useless nevertheless) for what must have been a year and a half or so.

But they had a nice forum (which was free).

And I got a nice psychological evaluation or myself.

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Sony hackers dump more hunks of stolen data, promise another 'Christmas gift'

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Re: Bah!

Ah, I remember that!

I felt it was a big tragedy - but in reality, the big tragedy was still ahead.

There's a lot of information in that wikipedia article.

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Re: Someone is going to prison for a VERY long time

Hopefully, they'll find somebody @SPE who is responsible for the gross neglect of data-security standards and IT best practises. Some laws were probably broken, too, the way all that (sometimes highly confidential) data has been handled.

If they desperately want to send someone to prison, they should start there.

That would send a message to CEOs and CIOs to take this stuff more serious.

As for the GOP - it might be true that they sit in a country that doesn't do extradictions...

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

Rainer

Or not.

Said IT-bods are now probably back at using paper and (blunt) pencil while Mandiant/FireEye staff together with a veritable train-load full of consulting-overspill from every "name" in the phonebook is running the show there.

The only reason they still have their jobs is probably because you need to have someone to blame at the end.

I would certainly *never* want to work in an outfit that gets hacked, doxxed and shutdown like this.

Even worse if I had "predicted" such an outcome.

Nobody likes to hear "But I told you so".

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The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes

Rainer

I really don't see how someone would use a cloud backup service for anything close to 1 TB - or even more data.

If the drive fails and the data isn't worthless anyway, you normally want to have access to the data ASAP. Usually a day later. Not a week. Or two.

If you have that much data and it's worth something, you need an enterprise solution.

If the data is not worth that much, then you need to segregate the important from the unimportant until you can pay for a sensible backup strategy that allows a restore in reasonable time.

A backup that can't be restored in reasonable time is almost as bad as no backup at all.

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Re: Anyone using a single drive NAS i.e. without RAID1, 5 or better is franky naive

If you use ZFS for important data, you also need to have ECC-RAM.

Without it, it's a gamble.

So, unless your desktop has ECC-RAM, I'd think twice about using ZFS on it.

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Kim Dotcom Dotcan remain on bail, despite Fed protests

Rainer

His motto has always been: "Earn big, spend even bigger". He's been doing that for 20-odd years or so. When I started working, he had just sold his IT-security startup for a ridiculous sum (immediately before the Dot Com bubble bust). Then came a couple of other stunts, including the insider-trading gig that is the reason for his criminal record, which is AFAIK the reason he couldn't get citizenship in NZ...

Most "celebrities" are completely useless in every aspect of life except for maybe showing otherwise covered parts of their body in front of camera-lenses.

So, I actually have to give him the benefit of doubt here in that he has actually made something of his life....

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Sony employees face 'weeks of pen and paper' after crippling network hack

Rainer

In other news...

Productivity at Sony has skyrocketed, as people can no longer check Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, WhatsApp, three different private email-accounts, Tinder and the corporate email stream between typing three words of a work-related email that is sent to pretend they are actually working.

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The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

Rainer
FAIL

Ten years ago.

I got a Fujitsu Lifebook E8010. It has a 1440x1050 display.

I got it via eBay (was as new) and it only cost about 1200-something DM (which in todays money would be about 500 UKP). One reason it was so cheap was probably because it doesn't have a DVD-burner and just a lame Intel GPU.

I think it even came with a docking-station and a 2nd PSU and loads of other stuff.

It still works today (one of the PSUs died after a couple of years), though I don't use it very often anymore (and it's on it's 3rd HD, at least - as it's still got PATA, once that HD dies, I will have to see where I get a replacement). It only has 1 GB of RAM - but works great with OpenSUSE and LXDE. Just avoid Java, Flash and the full-text-indexing of Thunderbird...

The relatively high resolution is also nice for keeping a few x-terms open in parallel.

I was shocked when recently I tried to locate a decent 13" laptop not actually made by Apple - most that are cheaper than MBAs also have a crappier 1366x768 or so display.

Those with better displays are even more expensive than mid-level 13" MBPs or come in "strange" form-factors like the Yoga.

It's no wonder Apple are sucking in almost all the profit in that sector.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

Rainer

What about the Siemens SK65

I really miss it.

Sometimes.

It was such a cool phone. With more or less a full querty keyboard.

These days, phones are much thinner - but so much wider.

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Wipro uses Nexenta to blast its way out of the hardware prison

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Re: purchase price is not the full cost

I haven't really looked for success stories with Oracle's - but I see they have showcase video with Specialized (the bike company). So it must be good, right? ;-)

I do zfs sends from one machine to another, hourly. In case of a failure, I'd need to switch the NFS mounts manually.

For our customer, that's good enough. Also, because the delta is usually small (though the data-set is 3+ TB)

I use FreeBSD and I was thinking about HAST - but I'm not sure it's really a solution or if it doesn't create more problems than it seems to solve.

Every two-headed HA-"Solution" lacks the "arbitrator" that can decide if a failure has actually occurred.

GlusterFS will officially support FreeBSD, soon - but it remains to be seen how well it actually works. We do use it on Linux, but we don't really have a tough use-case, yet.

From what I have read, lots of small files just kill GlusterFS and thus the traditional "home-directory" use-case is still only really served by NFS - which is why all kinds of HA-solutions come into play in the first place.

In the cloud world, high-availability is moving into the application-stack anyway (like with RIAK, where you have stuff distributed between multiple servers anyway, so you don't need to cluster the individual servers).

But for now, there are way too many "legacy" applications out there that require a file-system - and assume it's local and "always there".

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Re: purchase price is not the full cost

I though, there was no way to repair a ZFS filesystem anyway - either it repairs itself or you (indeed) restore from backup.

ZFS certainly doesn't have a "fsck".

I'm not sure if there's a bullet-proof way to do HA with ZFS (maybe Oracle has one by now?).

The filesystem was clearly never built with such a design-goal.

I knew that the old version of the Nexenta-software wasn't really very good (have never used it) - but given that all vendors in that space nowadays use nearly the same code (OpenZFS, with a few patches here and there), the basis should be much more stable.

I'd give than a try again, if I were you ;-)

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

Rainer

Re: Evolution and extinction

So you also believe that the competition between the various TV channels has made the content better, more educational?

Wake up, it's a race to the bottom - in two years, you can only buy crap Android phones and iPhones - because no company will want to be in a market losing money year after year.

The only reason not more Companies have signed up with Microsoft is that they know MSFT will knife them in the back rather earlier than later. Most remember "Plays 4 Sure".

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

Rainer

These are not DNS-Servers

They are not authoritative.

8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 are resolvers.

Only because - unfortunately - Microsoft chose to (wrongly) call the tab in the network-configuration dialog "DNS-Servers" doesn't make it right.

Please, El Reg (an IT publication, although self-proclaimed), actually read a book some time, or read wikipedia or at least listen to the "Ask Mr DNS" podcast http://www.ask-mrdns.com from Matt Larson and Cricket Liu.

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

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Re: >/Edward-Snowden-leaks-mean-GCHQ-takes-three-times-as-long-to-track-terrorists.html

ISIS didn't just appear out of nothing.

Whenever there is a power-vaccuum in the Middle-East, it gets filled with either a war-lord or a couple of religious nuts.

You don't need to tap phones or bug computers for seeing the rise of ISIS.

Reading and understanding Sunni blogs would probably have been enough.

Blaming Snowden on the rise of ISIS is absolutely inane.

We (the West) brought them on ourselves.

The Turks still think they can have them "solve" the Kurds-"problem" and then defeat them.

I wish I could share that optimism.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

Rainer

> As we've seen from commoditization in the laptop market

> it's a tough task and it's one that the

> Chinese will be very confident of doing well in.

> Android is their weapon of choice and it's here to stay.

People line up to buy Apple laptops. too. At two or three times the prices of other manufacturers' products.

They own almost all the profit in that market - and they have done so since a very long time.

Moves of Intel et.al to get out of that situation have only further cemented that lead (Netbooks -> MacBookAir -> UltraBooks -> ?)

Android may well be winning the market-share crown - and the "preferred by geeks and people who don't buy Apps"-title.

But even Google is finding out that this is not a large enough niche of the market to make targeting for it a successful long-term business strategy....

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

Rainer

So, the Nexus 4 had all the feature for two years already?

And what did that matter?

Answer: nothing, apparently. Because Google is not a product company - and apparently neither are its licensees.

While your Android phone might have had an NFC reader for years, did it combine it with a finger-print reader to essentially generate one-time credit card transaction numbers to eliminate credit card fraud and maybe even beat manipulated terminals that SMS your card-details to Pakistan?

I don't think so.

Instead, you can use it to send pictures and vcards to other people.

Great. That's surely going to revolutionize the industry.

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

Rainer

Re: People do not like to hear this but here it goes...

True,

but at least in China, nobody claims it's a democracy.

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If you ate at one of these PF Chang's restaurants, your bank card is at risk

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Cash?

Doesn't anyone pay cash anymore?

Glad I'm living in a country that still honors cash (no practical limit on cash payments here, be it cars, food, even houses) ;-)

Though, I witnessed a man being turned down for trying to pay a coffee with the equivalent of 650 GBP in one banknote. He was advised to have it changed downstairs ;-)

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The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

Rainer

Dad dumped most of my stuff stored at home

like the Acorn RISC PC600 (upgraded with StrongARM, the "Clan" priority reservation certificate must also be somewhere...). I don't think I've had it booted for a decade or even more.

I think he also threw out all my expensive (well, then) Iyama CRTs in the same run to the recycling center.

Other stuff, like the slightly functioning SGI Octane had to go in a move about nine years ago (yet, my parents' VW Passat was full just with my computer-stuff, the rest fit into my Lupo...)

I've still got an old DLT40/80 external tape drive that will probably be very difficult to get to work (which modern PC are my SCSI-controllers going to work in?) and also lots of cables.

And that old 24" CRT monitor that came with the HP Kayak, almost 14 years ago - still in the basement - you can't throw away such stuff, can you?

But I've dumped a lot of DVD-Rs recently. And the cases. In fact, even more cases than DVD-Rs...

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Pivotal fluffs up *sigh* Cloud Foundry *sigh* cloud for battle in the *sigh* cloud

Rainer

fog actually exists

a ruby cloud services library.

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HP drops $1bn, two-year OpenStack cash bomb

Rainer

Re: Why use Helion...

Does VMware have a Type2 Hypervisor, BTW?

I like a lot about vmware, but the fact that it emulates the complete hardware even if it wouldn't need to is sort of annoying.

AFAIK, a Type2 Hypervisor like kvm would be almost as fast as running on bare-metal.

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Target IGNORED hacker alarms as crooks took 40m credit cards – claim

Rainer
Alert

FWD: Intrusion Alert

"Please do the needful".

SCNR.

I have to wonder, though, if anybody at Target HQ actually knew how the monitoring worked - and if anybody in Bangalore actually knew, how these alerts should or would be processed or in what context to the rest of the IT they were generated?

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HP wants to help you mount a Moonshot

Rainer

Huh?

Starting with the solution and then look for a problem - that really got SUN off the ground ;-)

That said, I'm really a bit puzzled as to what one can use these servers for.

The CPU doesn't look very fast, internal HD space is limited - what would one use this thing for?

Maybe an array for caching proxies with NGINX and Varnish?

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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

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Re: Almost 100x in each category as one of the first commercial ARM based computers

But the Acorns had a big advantage: they had SCSI-interfaces (well, you could buy).

;-)

I put insane amounts of money in SCSI accessories for my A5000 and RISC PC 600.

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Godmother of Unix admins Evi Nemeth presumed lost at sea

Rainer

Probably got what she wanted

May sound harsh - but at 73, you don't need to be a genius to assume that any major injury at sea could end up fatal.

Having been hospitalized next to people slowly dying of old-age, I have a feeling it wasn't the worst choice.

I have to say, though, on the photo she looks a lot healthier and fitter than a lot of sysadmins I know that are halve her age. She seemed to have known about "work-life balance" long before the word was actually coined.

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Bill & Jobs' excellent adventure: Steve's tech looked better than mine

Rainer
Happy

Re: Microsoft spent years trying to shoehorn a desktop OS onto a tablet form-factor

Hey, I actually like launchpad. Even without a touchpad and a simple non-Apple mouse.

But then, I never really clicked with the Windows Start-Menu anyway.

I started to use spotlight a lot to start applications, recently.

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Space Shuttle Columbia disaster remembered 10 years on

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Re: "those who were in the know"

I think I read an article on slashdot that mentioned that all the people in charge for shooting down the engineers who saw the accident coming had either left NASA or had been transferred to other departments.

It was simply to big a scandal to just bury it in a committee.

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How to build a BONKERS 7.5TB, 10GbE test lab for under £60,000

Rainer
Go

Interesting article

The headline is a bit misleading as the hardware alone is much cheaper.

I'd love to see how several different on-premise cloud solutions perform on this kind of setup, notably:

- openstack

- proxmox

- SmartOS with the "cloud" GUI from this guy: http://blog.smartcore.net.au

Certainly not a #FAIL article. True, I'm not the least interested in how well HyperV runs on that - but that does not diminish the value of the article or the information contained within it.

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US and UK spooks alerted over massive Swiss data leak

Rainer
Holmes

Access control

The Swiss taxpayer does not like to allocate huge resources to the government. As such, government operates on a small budget and under a no-debt mandate (so it can't just borrow the money from your children, like the rest of the world does).

Infrastructure projects do get special funding, once they pass public vote.

But the budget of a spy-agency in a small country with a part-time government is very limited....

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Dr No, Thunderball, Casino Royale? Vote now for the best Bond film

Rainer
Coat

Goldfinger

Because it had Pussy Galore (but not too much pussy like in Octopussy)

OK, also a somewhat almost-believable plot.

And where is the IT-angle, BTW?

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Playboy model's complaints against HP chief Hurd laid bare by court

Rainer
FAIL

Amazing

What really is amazing is the fact that he kept hitting her for two years.

Perhaps he read somewhere that "women like persistence" or he has his knowledge about women from telenovelas and hollywood-movies, where the women also say "yes", eventually, and marries the hero.

At least, the FAIL icon is thoroughly deserved here.

Would be interesting to know who had the idea to hire her in the first place...

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Public transport 'is bad for commuters' health'

Rainer

Only if...

...you can sleep on the seat next to the driver.

Occasionally driving to work is OK, but doing it on a regular basis? Bah!

Also, driving by car is only cheaper if you don't have an accident and use the cheapest car available.

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Jobs was 'working on future product day before he died'

Rainer

Keyword being "might"

From all I have read, it's unclear what exactly happened before and immediately after he was diagnosed with that isletcell-tumor.

There was a very lengthy blog-post doing the rounds a few days ago, from a doctor. It contained a lot of details and insight.

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Apple's Tim Cook gets one million reasons to stay on as CEO

Rainer
Happy

Past performance

If he continues to deliver results like in the past, that bonus is not gross.

Wall-Street has paid much more to people who destroyed more value than he helped create.

It's probably better to let Scott and Phil do the presentations, though ;-)

Even Phil has gotten better at it over the last key-notes - and I though he was hopeless.

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Prime Minister recalls holidaying MPs after London riots

Rainer
Pirate

Doesn't matter

Doesn't matter to Curry's anyway. As long as their insurer pays...

At least, El Reg already has an appropriate logo for all this...

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Anonymous and LulzSec spew out largest ever police data dump

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I have no problem with this

Even if my data was involved.

The bad guys ("shady rat") have been doing this in secret and for money for a very long time - but nobody likes to talk about it, claiming security where it never really existed.

At last, there's somebody exposing this security-theater.

Bravo.

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Acer turns to trains for imports

Rainer

No worries

They probably sold/traded it to the next gullible person.

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A peek inside Apple's iCloud data center

Rainer
Linux

We've been through this

Apple has been looking for RHEL/CentOS and Solaris admins, with various related skills.

I don't think there's much OSX-Server running there.

The guy running that particular part of the show (on behalf of Steve, of course), Eddie Cue, is famous for using what's needed and what works.

It's not Google, of course, but I have to assume it's reasonable close.

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Texas bank robber asked for ID

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Bingo

I bet the person behind the counter was also a film-buff ;-)

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openSUSE 11.4 rocks despite missing GNOME

Rainer
Alert

OpenSuSE 11.4 - my windows lose focus

It's basically the only problem I seem to have.

I start typing something and suddenly, the focus will be removed from the window I type in, basically going nowhere.

I've got to click in the window again.

Sort of totally ruins the experience....

Also, having the 3d-effects enabled by default is not a good idea on systems that are too weak to handle them.

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