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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

slack
Happy

Re: Hostile leadership vs hostile software

"Name a major distro that's not using systemd? That's not using pulseaudio?"

Slackware.

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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No mention of Nokia X?

I never had any use for a smartphone until recently and I hate the standard fiddly look of most Androids and even iPhone - I have fat fingers and bad eyes.

I got a Nokia X and it's been very useful. I think the Windows style UI is better for phones (and I am an avid Slackware and OS X user who normally has no time for anything from MS). Any app I wanted has been available from one of the many stores online and the only software I have had any issue with is Firefox crashing all the time, but the Opera and default browser it came with are good enough. I can ssh into my home servers when away if something goes wrong with them and I got a Midnight Commander-esque file app which is the bee's knees for moving things around.

The lack of a webcam is a benefit imho as I have no use for them, the built in camera is shit but it'll do in a pinch for insurance photos and the like and I never have much hope for any camera with a focal length of 0.5cm anyway. Music, radio and video playback is fine and the dual-sim management is slick and handy. 60-ish quid here in Thailand and it was money well spent.

Plus it's bright green.

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Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft

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They haven't unborked anything yet from where I am sitting. Does anybody know where we can send a strongly worded email to voice our displeasure?

"legitimate subdomains resolve as expected"

So MS thinks that my little host serving up pics to family and stuff is somehow illegitimate? Is it because I won't let their poxy software run on it and I don't bother writing kludges into css files to work around their shitty browser?

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Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users

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Add me to the list of people burned by this today. Unreal.

Years of happily toddling along with no-ip and then out of the blue I get zapped by MS through no fault of my own. Screw them.

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Assange loses appeal against extradition to Sweden

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Re: Stinks

"As far as I am concerned Assange is a douchebag but WikiLeaks itself is a great idea if it was run with appropriate oversight."

This.

I've tried to watch his new show on RT but he is an insufferably annoying prick, his aims may be in the right place, but his smug self-promotion is nauseating.

I think he's toast now and will be cooling his heels for a long time in a US prison soon. They'll go all out to charge him with anything and everything they can think of just to get an extradition.

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It's time to end the Windows Wait

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Optional

If you are still using the OS that requires a reboot virtually every time the mouse is moved then this might be an issue.

For the rest of us it isn't.

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Android 'stands on Microsoft's shoulders', says MS lawyer

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Linux

Cry me a river

"These devices have moved from having a rudimentary phone system to being a full-fledged computer, with a sophisticated, modern operating system"

If that is true then they have done it despite MS, not because of anything MS has managed to botch together and foist off onto the gullible..

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Stallman: Did I say Jobs was evil? I meant really evil

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Meh

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Came to make some comments but it seems they have all been covered, but anyway..

I respect Mr Stallman for his amazing contributions but he seems to be tilting at windmills nowadays.

I like my iMac very much, I like it more when I'm using it to virtualise Slackware or run GIMP and various other things on what has proven (for me) to be a flexible and pleasing platform.

Stallman should lay off Jobs since Jobs is now dead and focus on things that matter.

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Ballmer: Uninspiring performance and a small package

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Optional

One gets the impression that Ballmer is living on borrowed time. MS and the world will be better off once that incompetent creep gets his marching orders.

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Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Part One

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Meh

Underwhelming

Despite all the hype I haven't seen a convincing reason to ditch Snow Leopard yet. My iMac and MacBook (both core 2 due, 2GB) both perform fine and I have no use for the App Store stuff as far as I can tell.

Looks like I'll sit this one out for now.

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New Sony hack exposes more consumer passwords

slack
Pint

I need a job

I know sweet f*ck all about computer security but I'll work for beer. I think I will send my CV to Sony.

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Apple fanbois leak secrets of Mac OS X Lion

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title

I am not seeing any compelling reasons to upgrade from SL yet. Quite the reverse actually if they are going to try and make OSX act like iOS

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Ace Reg reporter in career suicide shock

slack
Pint

Congrats

Hope the new gig works out well for you.

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Major Facebook redesign, smoothed-off Zuckerberg unveiled

slack

One of these days

I'll get around to setting up a facebook account.

I am sure it must be great..

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Hey kids, wanna build your own Vulture 1?

slack
Unhappy

Hunh?

Why not release the plans in an open format?

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PARIS joins the 17-mile-high club

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Thumb Up

The right stuff

Heartiest congratulations to all involved in this super project.

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Margaret Thatcher celebrates 85 years

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Fun!

Rescue the miners and then chuck that hideous, disgusting, hateful old hag down the hole and bung it up with her nauseating offspring.

Major would make a fitting plug if they could use Tebbit to ram him down.

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How do you copy 60m files?

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LOL

"Richcopy can handle large quantities of files, but can multi-thread the copy, and so is several hours faster than using a Linux server as an intermediary"

Richcopy is not so fast that there is time to defragment an NTFS partition with 60 million files on it before CP would have finished."

Wut?

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SCADA worm a 'nation state search-and-destroy weapon'

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AC said

"Is this a credible, unbiased source of information and analysis or an untrustworthy font of sky fairy propaganda?"

Despite its name the CSM is not a bad read most of the time and has won a bunch of Pulitzers over the years.

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Boffin-botherer's LHC doomsday case thrown out on appeal

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Title

"Accordingly, the alleged injury, destruction of the earth, is in no way attributable to the U.S. government’s failure to draft an environmental impact statement."

Ok, I laughed, whoever wrote that has a wicked sense of humour.

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Wikileaks US Army mole Manning charged

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Flame

Well, I'm shocked!

"The Pentagon subsequently concluded that the helicopter crews had acted within their rules of engagement"

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Apple adds 'make the web go away' button to Safari 5

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cognitive toxins

would be a great band name

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Windows Phone chief and Xbox brain exit Microsoft

slack
Coffee/keyboard

Awesome

"Steve Ballmer is taking control of E&D."

This should be good for a laugh!

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Google hails Pac-Man with retro gaming homepage

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Check coolpreviews

The add-on devs have already admitted that the issue was because of a problem with their code, not Google.

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Lufthansa offers iPhone 4G loser free beer

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Paris Hilton

nifty

A pretty savvy move by Lufthansa to try to piggyback on the inevitable media whirlwind that will accompany the launch of the 4g.

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Paris Hilton crowned 'Worst Actress of the Decade'

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Paris Hilton

A title is required

Her contributions to the cinematic oeuvre are often overlooked. Time will show what a great, underrated, performer of the fine art she is.

I will always love her.

LEAVE PARIS ALONE! *tears*

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Ballmer readies slate PC for CES

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well

This should be good for a laugh.

It's always funny when MS release something they tout as "new"; if it isn't a mouse then it's guaranteed to be crap, especially if that idiot Ballmer had anything to do with it.

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Magic Mice cast energy-sapping spell

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Thumb Down

Told to take batteries out

The solution I was given was to take the batteries out of the keyboard when not using it. FFS!

I can't be bothered doing that, I have found that switching the mouse off when not using helps a bit, ie I get about a week out of the batteries instead of a day or two. Apple had better pull their finger out and fix this.

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How Google became Microsoft: A decade of hits, misses and gaffes

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a good read

Thanks for that round-up, it was rather interesting.

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Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

slack

No thanks

I installed 9.10 on 3 identical desktops (2 Ubuntu and 1 Kubuntu) to see what it was like nowadays. It was a nice easy install but one of them flatly refuses to find its nic, the other two do fine.

I cannot get a Brother multifunction printer to scan despite hours and hours of reading. There are a lot of people with the same problem apparently. I had the same problem with Slackware 12.2 but a quick edit of a Udev rule fixed it, no such luck with Ubuntu. I put Slackware 13 onto the one that can't find its nic and it works perfectly.

The Ubuntu ones look good (17" LCD monitors) but the Kubuntu one has tiny, ugly fonts, especially in the terminal. The KDE GUI controls seem to be a bit spotty at times. Overall I think that I will be putting Slackware back on to the 2 remaining boxes as I find it a lot easier to manage than (K)Ubuntu, but that is probably only because I have a lot more experience with Slackware than anything else.

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Microsoft security report shows worms are returning

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Paris Hilton

Oh dear..

"Cliff Evans, head of security and privacy at Microsoft"

The only job in the world worse than being manager of the English football team.

/Paris because I lurve her

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Microsoft applies lipstick to MSN butterfly

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Paris Hilton

hmm..

MS sells an OS that should be used for nothing more than turning a computer into a nice typewriter.

/Paris beacause I loooove her

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Apple Magic Mouse

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Mighty mouse

Looks good and has to be an improvement on the mighty mouse, the tiny trackball is infuriating to clean all the time on both the wired and wireless models.

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Apple preempts Win 7 with fresh iMacs, Macbooks

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Jobs Halo

help

Look like good upgrades from Apple in general.

I am certainly going to get at least one of the mouses and with my extraordinary powers of self-restraint I will probably walk out of the store with a 27" iMac and new 15" MBP for the Mrs to assuage my guilt.

I hope 15 inches is enough for her.

/damn you Steve

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Security boss calls for end to net anonymity

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Big Brother

Twat

Presumably he'd also like everybody to run the same operating system, the one he's made so much money from selling his crappy software.

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How to host your very own Windows 7 launch party

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Read the host notes!

Just for fun I downloaded them, they contain gems like this on page 5:

"What do I do at the party?

Introduce • We’ll be making the computer uniquely our own by changing the desktop background.

Demonstrate

• Use Windows Search from the Start menu for any of the following: background, desktop, wallpaper, appearance or slideshow. Click on change desktop background.

• Choose photo(s) for desktop slideshow (pictures library > scroll to the folder > clear all > select photos).

• Change the picture position to fit. • Have picture change every 10 seconds. • Save changes.

TIP: Other customization features can be found here, too.

Guests’ hands-on exercise • Guests create a new desktop using the photos in “Party” folder in Windows Live Photo Gallery. • Who goes first?"

Are they joking? That certainly isn't my idea of a 'party' activity.

They cannot be serious with all this rubbish, I think abigsmurf got it right above.

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EMC co-founder kills himself

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Pint

Condolences

He sounds like a hell of a character. Condolences to Mrs. Egan.

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Hotel prank call badboy tracked down to mum's flat

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Agree with AC

"It's a shame because IMO had TSG stuck to the facts at hand, their exposé would likely have been shorter, easier to read, and more authoritative."

Very true, that could have been a very interesting piece of investigative journalism but it looks like they tried to jazz it up with the hyperbole and opinion.

Still, well played to TSG for finding this tit.

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Microsoft ultra-thins to 'out cool' netbooks, Apple

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WTF?

Wow!

Once again Ballmer opens his gob and shows what an idiot he is

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Microsoft bitchslaps Oracle over 11g pricing

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Stop

lol

The only time MS doesn't raise prices on a product is when they know it is not competitive.

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US State Dept. workers beg Clinton for Firefox

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FAIL

@Phil Koenig

Quote: "Just last week as I was in the middle of installing updates on a laptop for a staff-member, I needed to look up something online, and stupidly (because I was in a hurry and didn't want to go to a different machine) did it with the old version of FF on there. So - did a quick Google search, clicked a couple of links, BLAMMO - machine got hit with a drive-by iFrame exploit, followed by download of a malicious PDF file (exploiting older version of Adobe Reader), and a trojan."

Let's see: a) you used an old version of FF, b) you clicked on a malicious link, and c) you hadn't updated Reader, is that right? What OS was this on and what anti-malware was installed?

1) How would this have been different if you'd used IE?

2) Please tell us that you don't hold a position of authority in your IT dept.

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McAfee false-positive glitch fells PCs worldwide

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Gates Horns

@Max Watson

"Windows PCs should be able to perform a System Restore via booting from a Windows install CD."

Whilst that may be true can you imagine the hassle and expense that will cause an organisation like the one above with 8,000 affected machines going into a holiday weekend (in the USA)?

Heads should roll at McAfee over this cock-up.

/Gates, coz it's all his fault really

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US record industry wins $1.92m from file sharer

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Pirate

NIce going RIAA

They are a dinosaur.

As said above the artists they claim to represent will see nothing from any of these fines.

Direct to consumer or iTunes et al are the future, they know it and are desperately trying to feather their nests before the inevitable happens.

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EC rejects Microsoft's browser promises

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Paris Hilton

Huh?

My company has been Microsoft free for a couple of years, I reject their business practices as much as the next guy but I can't see the point in forcing them to offer browser options.

If they want to bundle (and waste money developing) IE let them have at it. It was a shiatty browser last time I looked, I don't presume it has improved since then.

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Apple takes Snow Leopard for walk

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Happy

29 bucks?

If they follow through on that price it will be hilarious.

Just as Windows users are being asked to fork over yet more big money to replace Vista with WIn 7 which will probably have about 6 different versions Apple blasts Microsoft with a one-size-for-all upgrade at 29 dollars. Hilarious and brilliant marketing.

You will be able to upgrade something like 4 Macs for the price of a single WIn 7 Home Basic(ally useless) license. Ballmer must be fuming.

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Remembering the true* first portable computer

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Paris Hilton

Nice!

Great article; a very interesting and amusing diversion. Thank you.

/Paris. Because.

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Microsoft guns down 13 unlucky products

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Paris Hilton

IE?

So they are killing products that they sell, for money, and yet still spend money developing useless crap like IE?

Ballmer is going to run MS into the ground.

/Paris, because she is a lot savvier than Stevie.

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Wolfram Alpha - a new kind of Fail

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Paris Hilton

Wolfram Alpha rocks

Oh c,mon Ted! How many other tools can tell you the calorie content of a cubic light year of ice cream? You can even filter by flavour!

http://www50.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=how+many+calories+in+a+cubic+light+year+of+ice+cream

(the answer is 1.36x10^54 btw, or 67 901 185 568 580 310 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000.0 % recommended daily amount. You are welcome)

/Paris, because shaddup

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Hackers stuff ballot box for Time Magazine's top 100 poll

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Happy

Funny

Sometimes the /b/tards do something amusing, this is one of those times. Congrats moot, enjoy the victory.

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Unpatched PowerPoint flaw spawns Trojan attacks

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At AC in the first post

I suppose technically you could say it is not a flaw in Windows but in the application but since Microsoft produces both and the Office:Mac versions are not affected it is entirely reasonable to hold MS responsible for yet another flaw in their ridiculously flawed operating system.

It is high time that MS were held to account for all the hours of productivity lost to people who are using their products and yet are still at risk of having all their personal info stolen through shoddy and lackadaisical practices from MS. If GM or Ford are responsible when they sell cars with exploding fuel tanks then why is MS not responsible for their crappy products?

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