* Posts by IGnatius T Foobar

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

IGnatius T Foobar
Linux

Don't whitelist sites... whitelist ad providers

Don't whitelist sites ... whitelist the ad providers who deal in static, non-blinky, non-obnoxious ads. This encourages site publishers to use those ad providers.

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Childcatcher

Looking for an excuse to regulate (tax) them

All this hullabaloo about e-cigs should make the obvious clear: governments are looking for an excuse to regulate e-cigs because they want to tax them like tobacco. That's the beginning and end of it.

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Nvidia: Eight bits ought to be enough for anybody ... doing AI

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Happy

8-bit FTW

The truth is, most of the people reading and commenting aren't all that interested in neural networks, but we'd love to spend some time waxing nostalgic about the days of 8-bit computers.

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Pope meets Zuckerberg

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globalists

Pope Francis and Mark Zuckerberg -- two non-Christians conspiring to make the globalist cabal even more powerful.

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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Better solution

Instead of trying to reduce the cost of freight, how about everyone starts producing more goods domestically so we don't need as many cargo ships. I don't like the direction we're going.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Linux

This is the Windows with Linux in it

I installed this one because it's got the "Windows Subsystem for Linux" that lets you run most of Ubuntu Linux inside a window (and by the way, if you run it inside MobaXterm instead of Microsoft's crappy terminal window, you get a usable terminal and the ability to run X11 programs). As much as I'd rather be on a native Linux OS, this beats having to run virtual machines to get both environments up and running on the same screen.

Of course, with the Linux userland running on Windows pretending to be a Linux kernel, I'm sure Richard Stallman will have an autistic tantrum until we start calling it "GNU/Windows."

As for the installer breaking my computer ... I had to disconnect my external monitor and most USB peripherals before the installer would stop locking up.

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Looking good, Gnome: Digesting the Delhi in our belly

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Linux

Remember how Nautilus was born?

Nautilus needed to be stripped and rebuilt anyway. It had too much "framework." Does anyone even remember how Nautilus came into existence? It was written by a startup called Eazel which came into existence during the dot com boom, and they had this "wonderful" plan that they were going to sell add-on services on top of Nautilus. When the dot coms all went bust, Eazel faded into the night and we were left with the hulking colossus of Nautilus. And all we really wanted was a file manager. It's ok to strip it down and focus on the core functionality that a file manager needs to have.

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Now Google backs everyone's favorite trade pact: The TPP

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Megaphone

TPP is BAD and there's only one solution

TPP is universally bad; it totally eviscerates the US economy except for a few billionaires like the folks who own Google. There's only one fix: vote for Donald Trump, outspoken opponent of the TPP and globalism in general.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Holmes

Trademarks?

Wouldn't a good set of trademarks serve this function better than trying to let international borders figure into it?

Anyway ... thousands of miles away here in the US, my oven quite often churns out a Cornish Pasty or two, and I've never even thought to check with some foreign registry.

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Verizon! to! bid! $3bn! for! Yahoo!'s assets!

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Ya who?

Didn't they used to be a web site or something?

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Capitalize 'Internet'? AP says no – Vint Cerf says yes

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Happy

Very simple

Very simple; I learned this 25 years ago.

An "internet" is multiple networks linked together by routers.

The "Internet" is the global public network.

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TeamViewer beefs up account security after rash of PC, Mac hijacks

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FAIL

Not TeamViewer's fault

If someone uses the same password to unlock TeamViewer as they're using on public web sites like Reddit ... frankly, they deserve to have their computer broken into. This isn't TeamViewer's fault.

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US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

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Here in the US, the big companies that use H1B workers aren't looking to fill positions that they can't fill with domestic talent. They're using it to get indentured servants who will work for a fraction of the cost.

Trump is looking to put a stop to that, and good for him. American jobs need to be filled by American citizens. Unless the unemployment rate is ZERO, the H1B cap should be ZERO.

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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Someone read too many Dick Tracy comics and thought a "2-way wrist computer" was a good idea. Evidently they didn't see the billions of people *not* having any trouble pulling their smartphones out of their pockets to check the time, read notifications or whatever.

The only people I see wearing smart-watches are the ones who buy every new gadget -- and even they don't keep wearing them for very long.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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FAIL

Windows Phone FAIL

No one wants a Windows Phone. No one has ever wanted a Windows Phone. Microsoft, please discontinue this product and give yourselves a renewed focus on making the deskop function like a desktop, not like an overgrown phone.

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Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy has data on 1/14th of humanity

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Pint

We're getting there, Scott.

Thin clients are still a great idea and we ARE slowly getting there. Sun's idea of a thin client failed because it required the entire universe to be rewritten in Java. But now we're getting there a bit faster because the entire universe *is* being rewritten in HTML5 and JavaScript. There's also remote desktops for everything else, with that client being written in HTML5 and JavaScript too. It's taking a while, because it took the ubiquity of mobile devices and cheap broadband to unseat the ubiquity of Win32 and x86.

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Your next server will be a box full of connected stuff, not a server

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FAIL

Predictable

Floggers of some new technology predict that the mainstream will pivot towards their new technology.

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Adpocalypse 'will wipe out display ad growth' by 2020

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FAIL

Ad-supported sites FAIL

Imagine if the zillions of ad-supported sites actually had to deliver content worth paying for. Oh my!

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Work begins on Russian rival to Android

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FAIL

Not happening

Nobody wants another mobile operating system. If *Microsoft* couldn't pull it off, how are a bunch of KGB agents going to do it?

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Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

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open source people universally hate Miguel.

Speaking for the entire open source community, Miguel, we hate your guts.

It is generally accepted that Miguel de Icaza has *always* been on Microsoft's payroll; it simply isn't a secret anymore. He single handedly destroyed the open source community's first and best hope of a unified desktop environment by creating the KDE/GNOME schism. Then he balkanized the managed code scene with open source implementations of Microsoft .NET

Microsoft has never been Miguel's enemy. Microsoft has *always* been his employer and his master.

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Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?

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hire some real programmers

Yes, its not short of employees but it does seem sort of the SW bodies who make a difference and get things done + shipped.

That's because they're hiring H1B's instead of actual software engineers.

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Yahoo! sale woes

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FAIL

Ya who?

Yahoo? Didn't they used to be a web site or something?

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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

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FAIL

Richard Stallman?

Richard Stallman? Isn't he that guy who used to be a great hacker who wrote GCC and a bunch of other important tools, before his brain broke and he degraded into a babbling buffoon who wanders the planet bantering about some weird definition of freedom?

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Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked

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FAIL

Microsoft FAIL

As if anyone is really using the bastard-stepchild-of-IE known as Edge. This change affects almost no one ... unless Mozilla and Google had been using Flash on their browser download pages, no one will ever know.

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Top Firefox extensions can hide silent malware using easy pre-fab tool

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Call the Cable Guy: Wireless just won't cut it

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Should be obvious. Wired networks are always superior, and for any equipment that does not move around, wired will always be the way to go. A cable to every desk -- and those laptops have docking stations, so even for laptops you go wired.

Any self-respecting IT pro will put wired ethernet in his home, for that matter.

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Got Oracle? Got VMware? Going cloud? You could be stung for huge licensing fees

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Oracle in a cloud?

What happens if you run Oracle in a hyperscale cloud? Does Oracle charge you for every core Amazon or Microsoft or Google has in the entire world?

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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politically correct correction

It's not called "malware" anymore ... the politically correct term is "migrant software"

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Don't fear PC-pocalypse, Chromebooks, two-in-ones 'will save us'

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W10 Pi? nope.

Errr... isn't there a build of W10 for the Raspberry PI?

Yes, but no one is taking it seriously. A few punters run it once just to see if it really boots, then discover it's completely useless. All serious Pi users are running Linux, the way Raspberry Pi was intended.

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Microsoft acquires Xamarin: An obvious move not without risks

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Miguel and Nat have always worked for Microsoft

Miguel de Icaza and Nat Friedman have *always* been on Microsoft's payroll. Evidently the new management has decided that those two enemies of open source don't have to be secret moles anymore.

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Even Google is abandoning Google+

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It's only one of so many ways that YouTube is Broken, and Google is the one responsible for breaking it. The worry is that they'll eventually replace G+ with something even more intrusive and broken.

What they should have done ... just add social networking to YouTube, where everyone was already signed up and they would have just gone there without knowing they were being weaned off of faecesbook.

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Cisco's purple princesses gush workplace joy

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FAIL

Bring back Cisco blue

Great, people at Cisco with designer hair colours. I just wish they'd resume their practice of building network kit painted in standard Cisco blue. The beige and other colours of some of the new products are ugly and non-Cisco-looking.

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Google licks its lips at sight of Qualcomm's 64-bit server ARM chips

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Feature

ARM chips won't run Microsoft Exchange -- and that's a feature, not a problem.

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Microsoft in 2016: Is there any point asking SatNad what's coming?

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If you want to know what Microsoft is doing next year, just take a look at what Google and Apple are doing this year. Microsoft does not innovate. It copies.

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Google, Oracle's endless Java copyright battle extended to ... 2016

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API's

You can bet that if some stupid judge declares that API's are copyrightable, SCO will jump back out of its grave and start suing everyone who uses POSIX.

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No, Microsoft: Your one-billion Windows 10 goal is just sad ... really sad

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FAIL

Microsoft FAIL

Windows 10 is not an operating system. Windows 10 is a delivery vehicle for Bing, Azure, and other Microsoft "services" which they will force you to use, and once in a while "helpfully" change your preferences when you try to use something else.

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Brace yourself, planet Earth, says Nokia CEO – our phones ARE coming back from mid-2016

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Linux

Hey Nokia: Android please

This is Nokia's chance to have phones that do not run the universally-rejected, universally-failed, universally-hated Windows Phone. The world has decided what mobile operating system it likes best, and it's called Android.

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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We have keyboards and mice

Hopefully this will be the first of MANY applications to lose the UI design idea that assumes "all the world's a tablet." Computers with an upright screen, keyboards, and mice, just don't fare well with "touch optimized" user interfaces. We don't like ribbons and obtuse full-screen UI that only looks good on a tablet or phone.

It seems that Microsoft, of all people, forgot that their operating system is called "Windows" for a reason -- it's supposed to display windows. I would like to see all of their software return to UI that is optimized to display in a window. Imagine that.

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Microsoft makes Skype beach body ready with web browser beta release

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Needs a plugin?

Seriously people, it's 2015; if you need a plugin for your web application to work, you have failed.

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Colour me bad: Kraken time or damp squid with Splatoon

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I like this game

Just got my copy of Splatoon and it's definitely a whole lot of fun. Nintendo has shown the world the right way to do a shooter. It's just a whole lot of good clean fun, the graphics are great, the multiplayer is snappy, and the gameplay is smooth. And they did it without all of the gory violence of games like the now-obsolete CoD.

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Docker death blow to PaaS? The fat lady isn’t singing just yet folks

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Containers have been around for more than a decade

The article says that containers have been around for a decade. It's been way longer than that. Smart unix admins have been running applications in chroot jails for at least twice that long.

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JavaScript CPU cache snooper tells crooks EVERYTHING you do online

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Why bother?

Why bother snooping? Most people willingly *give* all of their personal information to Faecesbook every day.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

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Microsoft FAIL

Oh great, so Windows 7.1 (also known as "Windows 10") will have a new browser. Why are they smart enough to dump IE but not smart enough to dump NIH? Does the world need YET ANOTHER browser for every web developer to have to test against?

If they're going to be this "kinder gentler" Microsoft that they keep claiming they are now, how about just joining one of the existing open source projects that produce browser engines?

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Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

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Microsoft Unix

After every round of upgrades, Windows Server becomes more and more like Unix.

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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"mobile"

Microsoft's "mobile revenue" would be even worse -- *far* worse -- if they didn't include their Android patent extortion racket in that number.

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Cram my freebies into Android phones and get a royalty discount, says Microsoft (allegedly)

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Racketeering

This is racketeering, plain and simple. All of the top brass at Microsoft should be serving jail time.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Re: What would I like to see?

Except for the fact that micropayments already exist. Upload your music to YouTube and monetize the account. Micropayments start coming in immediately.

I'm not saying that YouTube is the ultimately perfect micropayment architecture, but they've gotten it right more than anyone else so far.

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Back to the bad old days?

This seems like a bunch of greedy record companies and overpaid shitty pop artists trying to return to the bad old days when distribution was super tightly controlled and you had to pay out the wazoo for everything.

I don't know how they expect "tidal" to make any money when the rest of the world has moved on.

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Google takes ARC Welder to Android, grafts on Windows, OS X

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This is VERY good and important

This is the single best move that Google can possibly make. It turns Android into a universal runtime that can work on the desktop.

Suddenly, every desktop in the world can take advantage of the vast catalog of Android applications. That includes Linux and Mac desktops, along with an army of thin devices.

This is HUGE.

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Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab

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Wintel4evah?

Just goes to show you, Microsoft is incapable of anything other than Windows on Intel. And the ARM world tells them in unison: "Goodbye, dinosaur."

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