* Posts by M Gale

3536 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

iPad Mini: Why is Apple SO SCARED of the Kindle?

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Re: Use case

"...None of those require either a keyboard..."

I'm sure you can write War and Peace on a slab of glass, but some of us like to know what letters we're hitting and not take half an hour to write a 200 character email to someone.

Not required perhaps, but very very much desired, especially for email and "social" (yuck) media.

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Re: DVD

The open source (usually libdvdcss2-based) solutions usually fail spectacularly when the DVD publisher has included some arsey extra copy protection measure that makes the movie appear to be 99 titles, or makes it so open source players break unless you skip the first megabyte or so of the disk.

There are however, paid solutions that are regularly updated to get around publishers being dicks. Just saying that since I'm a lifetime-updates owner of a certain couple of Slysoft products. It works rather well!

Means I can play my DVDs in proper quality on any device I like. All good.

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Re: eh?

"which was the same price as the wifi-only iPad, and the less-well-equipped Asus Transformer."

Fixed it for you. Don't forget when the original 3G-equipped Tab 7 came out.. quite a while ago now. Like, back when the iPad 1 was new.

But yes, pricey compared with other 7-inchers.

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Ubisoft forgets to ship activation codes for music game

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But.. but...

I thought shipping a free copy of malware with every game was meant to mean you don't need CD keys!

Ho hum. Guess not.

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Researchers find not all EC2 instances are created equal

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Re: I propose a new operating model...

Because we all have the money for co-location

Anyway, so long as Amazon are charging per instruction or however you measure CPU time these days, who cares? Your instance is slower, so it costs less per hour, surely?

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Skype for Windows 8 is coming: Always on, always in your contacts

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Re: Great!

Or just, you know, not have the program running and taking up space

Oh hang on, it's always on isn't it?

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Young Frenchwoman desperate for fat pipe tumbles out of window

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It takes all sorts.

I have to ask, did she expect to be able to use the laptop while extended out at arm's length?

Has she not heard of a USB wifi adapter and a long extension lead?

Wonders will never cease. Shame there's no headscratching icon because, well, I am.

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'PENDING LARRY QUOTE' - Google financials dunder blunder

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"his usual methods of choice wouldn't work."

Now that depends on how you define "work".

The industrial virus would be taken care of, certainly.

Unfortunately, so would the rest of the machinery in an almighty conflagration.

But hey, that's got to be more fun than watching Stuxnet burn some motors out.

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UltraViolet universal movie format still a no-show

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Uh huh.

Yay, I can get a locked-down, limited and shit version of a film if I go the official route. I have to create an account, I have to give login details, I have yet another password to remember, and yet more advertisers trying to cram their shit down my throat.

Or I can stick the DVD or BD in, engage rip software, come back later to a perfect copy (with no nag screens) that I can use however I like. Legally, too.

Wow, UV is really compelling.

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BBC Watchdog crew sink teeth into dodgy PC repair shops

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Re: What about Apple?

Unfortunately this person has Chrons amongst other rather nasty maladies. He could sit there in the store for hours, but only if wearing adult nappies, yaknow?

I think he's tried a lot of the above, but I'll suggest it anyway. If no luck, maybe The Reg would like to pick up a story about a practically-disabled feller who's been without a thousand pound's worth of laptop for months so far.

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What about Apple?

Twice, a friend of mine has had cracks developing on his Macbook Pro. This is apparently a known issue and repairable under warranty.

Once, it got repaired.

The second time? Well, Apple still have the macbook. He's given up asking for a repair and just wants the damned thing back so he can sell it with the cracks. Apple will not return it, Trading Standards will not help and he's got no idea when or even if he will ever see his very expensive computer again.

So come on, Watchdog. Stop going after the easy targets.

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Google readying on-device malware scanner for Android

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Sheesh

I know this is The Register, but "oh just root it" is not an answer to anything other than "how can I make it easier to break my phone?" If anything, telling Joe Public to go install some funked-up unofficial rooted Android build is what lays them wide open to malware attack.

But yes, non-rooted Android needs selective permission blocking of all apps, including the Google ones. If apps made for older Androids crash when you deny permissions.. don't use the apps.

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Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin

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Re: Full (not time limited) RTM also available NOW, FREE

No ta. The university can infect their labs with whatever shit they like, but I won't be touching TIFKAM with a very large barge pole.

Especially not some doubly shit time-limited "student" version that'll disable the computer somewhere down the line.

What's that people say about crack dealers? First hit for free?

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LOHAN plugs into some hot LiPo treatment

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What about induction?

There would be efficiency losses, but you could also get 2.24 watts of power in AC form over a couple of millimetres, and you wouldn't even need a physical link.

Could even push data through such a link if you want to go silly.

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Re: LiPo at altitude

If the battery chosen for LOHAN falls to pieces in REHAB, maybe duct tape or heat shrink might help keep things together? Add two balsa boards to make a battery sandwich and tape it up tight.

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LOHAN ideas..

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Re: Balloon burst detection false-positive issue due to atmospheric instability

What about using a laser rangefinder of some sorts? Stuff the device in the neck of the balloon and it can monitor for when it's pointing at open space.

If the sudden pressure drop when the balloon bursts can be measured and acted on, there's now three ways of detecting a balloon burst. How about if LOHAN has all three methods incorporated and the onboard computer hits the go button when 2/3 methods report a burst?

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Nominet mulls killing off the .co from .co.uk

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Re: Who Cares...

Don't forget to compare the meerkat (dot com). It's not about car insurance you know!

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Re: "They are just hoping companies will now have to buy .co.uk and .uk."

Or alternatively, just buy the .co.uk and when someone tries to squat the .uk version, have it forcibly removed and get compensation into the bargain.

This is the UK, after all, and there are precedents.

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Boffin named Jubb to fire whopping hybrid thruster

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Re: "Actually, the Reg standard of force is the Norris."

Micro, Nano or PicoNorris more usually, no?

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Why is the iPhone so successful? 'Cause people love 'em

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Re: @JEDIDIAH - and M. Gale, and Marty etc

Assholes like you, M. Gale, and Marty are worse fanboys than any Apple users that I've seen in years.

So first I state that I don't often buy things I don't want, then I give a short list of things I like about my current phone. Sure, a slight dig at Apple over the complete lack of bluetooth OBEX capabilities, and Antennagate. I even managed a jab at Mr Smarmy up there, but you're lumping everyone into one group and acting like I've just called every single owner of a type of phone an arsehole.

Now come on, even in my wildest, I-hate-Microsoft rants, I don't go accusing every Windows victi^Wuser of being some kind of sheep. Nor do I compare them to body parts.

You on the other hand, appear to have some real phone-based insecurities. You should check that.

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Re: All these shiny phones miss the point for me.

The advantage of everyone's obsession with toys being that you can probably get exactly what you want for about £10 from Aldi or Lidl with a £10 top-up included.

That or you can get a toyphone and an Energizer XPAL, like myself. 30Wh of fun, more than enough to charge my own device 2 or 3 times over.

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You do realise that you are not trashing so much an operating system used by an entire armada of phones...

...as every single person that uses one?

Grow up, indeed.

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"The implication is that whatever phone you have, and it's clearly not an iPhone, you are less happy with it than I am with mine. That must really comfort you."

Clearly.

Now if you don't mind, I have to go check the torrent that's running on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S in the window. The one that's also being my access point. The one which has an awesome camera, and lets me put music and videos on it by plugging it into just about any computer running any operating system and using drag+drop without having to install some awful bloatware. The one which has voice recognition that makes Siri seem like a deaf retard. The one that's already had two updates since I've had it. The one with the eye-searingly bright screen. The one with the supermodel-thin design. The one that syncs nicely with the Transformer Prime I also own, that isn't made by Sony Ericsson. The one which I can toss away and get another model by another manufacturer and still keep all my apps, if for some reason I felt the need to. The one I can transfer files to any other phone on the planet with via Bluetooth.. oh... unless it's an Apple phone.

Yeah, I really don't like my phone, as you can tell. I'm obviously way down there on the customer satisfaction chart. I suppose I will have to be comforted with how happy you are, since you evidently took time out of your busy life of gazing lovingly at your own phone like it's the one thing that validates your entire existence.

Oh, I can hold mine however I like. It still works. Just thought I'd let you know (insert "that's what SHE said" here as appropriate, or entirely inappropriately).

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Apple's iPhone may have its detractors, but they don't appear to include many folks who actually own one...

Because I often buy things I don't want.

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Judge: Apple not liable for dropped, broken iPhone screens

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Glass breaks when dropped.

Wow, I never knew that.

Far be it from me to be on Apple's side over anything, but this is up there with the RasPi free-sample chancer.

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Why I've got a sync'ing feeling about Amazon's new Kindle Fire

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"It didn't have the Amazon experience welded into its DNA."

If I want Amazon, I go to their website.

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Edgy penguins test-fly Ubuntu's Quantal Quetzal

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Re: Shame

"It may ship with Unity, but, you can easily install Gnome, XFCE and such ."

For varying definitions of "easy". Easy to install the packages, infuriating to make them work properly. I don't know exactly what Canonical did with their switch to Unity, but it broke some things that make a simple "apt-get install gnome" turn into "install the packages.. then spend the afternoon fixing things that break".

Besides, I'm pretty sure hitting the Distribution Upgrade button will override all of your preferences and go back to that godawful Unity thing again. Yes I use Ubuntu, for now. I have Mint in a VM and it's becoming more tempting by the day. It's like Ubuntu... but it works!

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Wales: We'll encrypt Wikipedia if reborn gov net-snoop plan goes live

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Re: Can more people

By using GPS, you are supporting a system that is designed specifically to kill people with precision-guided bombs.

Obviously, the only answer is to destroy your TomTom, get rid of your phone and go back to paper maps for everything.

It was back in 1791, whilst planning defences to repel any invasion, that the Government realised the South Coast of England needed to be comprehensively and accurately mapped. So it instructed its Board of Ordnance – the defence ministry of the day – to carry out the necessary survey work.

OH, OOPS.

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http://www.freenetproject.org/

I hear they are looking for content that doesn't come from paranoid schizophrenics, peadophiles and /b/tards.

Anyone wanna help?

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Re: SSL

Bloody useless when the root certificates are owned by businesses that can be leaned on by governments.

Self-cert perhaps, but then how do you tell the browser's "I don't know this certificate" warning from a man in the middle trying to snoop?

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Nokia apologizes for faking Lumia 920 ad

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Re: Small gyros

Not a challenge at all. Go look up the Blade mCX and mCX2 micro helicopters. Gyros aren't just spinning metal things, and solid state gyros can be incredibly tiny.

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Ballmer predicts 400 MILLION Win 8 Surface and Lumia fumblers

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"after testing windows 8 i will not be buying it for my desktop"

You'll have a choice?

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New Nokia Lumia mobes fail to inspire investors

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Re: "nearly tripled it's market share"

What, from one phone to three?

Going Android wouldn't mean ONLY producing Android phones. Nokia could have produced a range of Android, Windows Phone, and Symbian phones, and creamed off the profit from whatever sells the most. Instead they got the Flop to burn their platforms for them, and look at where they are now. Worse than an also-ran, they're an also-ran with contractual obligations to stay an also-ran.

At least, until Microsoft buys them, strips their assets and dumps the remains in the bin.

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New deals for Virgin Sim punters

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Still doesn't match Three's One plan.

Granted Three don't have the best signal, but they still have the best data service by far and they can still maintain a signal all the way through a 15 mile bus journey.

Come on, rest of world. Catch up, why don't you?

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Qubes OS bakes in virty system-level security

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Re: Users

Someone from Invisible Things is welcome to tell me I'm wrong, but their project doesn't appear to be made for Average Joe or Jane. That said, as a preconfigured, locked down box in a webcafe or library for example, it might well provide the sysadmins with relief from headaches created by distinctly average (or even nefarious above-average) users.

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Re: "Based on Xen, X Window System, and Linux"

Huh. T'was an honest question, if somewhat provocative, and I get no replies but some kind of pavlovian downvote. Microsoft hates Linux, is currently waging (a losing) patent war against it, and Qubes OS is partly based on Linux. Just to really rattle the hornet's nest, they are working on Windows compatibility.

So.. when does the demand for a hundred bajillion dollars for violation of 235 patents appear on the doorstep of Invisible Things Lab?

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"Based on Xen, X Window System, and Linux"

So how long until Microsoft starts with the threats?

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PCs get touchy ahead of Windows 8 launch

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Re: Hmm

After watching a misbehaving Firefox tab bring the whole UI to a juddering halt that wouldn't even respond to a ctrl+alt+del until 10 minutes later, I have to wonder how far in the future you hail from?

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Starts at £750.

Is that all?

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The dead reanimates as HP ships Open webOS beta

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Re: proprietary -> opensource -> dead

<ahem />

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Sharp's slim screen factory 'flogged to death' by Apple

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Re: Integrated Costs

"Why does everyone assume that everything they own must be repairable."

Go away, sit in a dark room somewhere for a while, come back and re-read that sentence.

Then slap your face with your palm.

I've just repaired someone's MG ZR, literally just yesterday. It would have cost them a shedload of money to get a broken keyfob replaced, without which the ECU would point-blank refuse to start the car. It took me 10 minutes with a soldering iron on some broken battery contacts, and 30 seconds pressing a reset-my-shit button sequence on the keyfob while stood next to a blaring car alarm. Cost effectively nothing.

I'm sure you'd rather this person just go to a dealership and get raped for a new dongle by people quick to spot, and apply taxes, to idiots.

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Ubisoft: 'Vast majority of PC gamers are PIRATES'

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Re: DRM fault's

"what does that tell you NOW?"

It tells me that most ISPs use dynamic IP addresses.

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Re: Pft.

"But you're not just reading. You're POSTING. And last I checked, that REQUIRES an account with credentials like an e-mail address. Guess what else requires a few credentials and an e-mail address. I recommend you actually TRY to start a Steam account and walk a virtual mile in my shoes before sneering at Steam's success."

No thanks. Anyway, noticed how I don't need to do anything to use The Reg? It also doesn't cost anything to post, doesn't come with an insidious DRM mechanism, and the Reg doesn't demand I log into them in order to check Slashdot or Techcrunch. I suggest you actually try huffing jenkem before sneering at it, or does that argument not work when I use it?

"Warranties, newsletters, other useful stuff"

So.. something I get by law anyway, and spam. Well that's useful.

"Exactly. These days, the DRM's on the DISC, too! Ever heard of activation limits? The Spore controversy? This whole Ubisoft business? These all involved PHYSICAL COPIES."

Physical copies that I have not bought because they are just as retarded as Steam.

"two words: OFFLINE MODE."

Two words: ONLINE ACTIVATION.

Two more words: CAPS FRENZY.

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Re: And at the same time...

You're right, that's exactly what I did (or rather didn't) do: I have no Steam games, because I have no Steam account, I have no Internet connection that can cope with downloading that much shite, and neither would the mythical hotel wifi connection. If I want a "social experience", I'll go outside.

I'd like to buy lots of games, but unfortunately I can't, due to virtually every game in the shop requiring Valve's malware. What I do find amusing though, is that I have played several Steam games minus Steam, thanks to a friend with a torrent client. No, no I don't download them, partly because I'm not a pirate, and partly for the same reason I wouldn't download them over Steam - but that doesn't extend to friends with 50mbit connections. I'd love to know how Steam is preventing anything except me from buying a lot of peoples' games, there.

"No internet connection? You need to login long enough to get the game files onto your PC, then just start in offline mode, done."

Uhm, with no Internet connection? What part of "this game requires online activation" don't you understand?

Fuck Steam, and fuck anybody who will only release their games with that bilge infecting them. But hey, feel free to go moan about everyone else's DRM component except for Valve's. If my toys are not as simple as "install, play", then they are not fit for purpose and go back to the shop. See that word? Toy. Not nuclear launch code.

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And at the same time...

...in this fictional hotel with its fictional PC and fictional Internet connection, do you really think this fictional PC will have hard drive space for the games? Do you think I have patience to wait all night and all the next day to download a game when I could install from a DVD or SD card in minutes?

Yes. Fictional. Mythical, even. Certainly not real.

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Re: Pft.

As I said, score one for consistency, commentards.

It's DRM that means I can't do all the things that people are saying that Steam allows me to do. Somewhat funked-up logic there, to say that being able to install a game on more than one machine is a carrot. Installation media? How big are SD cards these days?

Yawn. More downvotes from clueless fuckwits. Nice fetish of yours! Does that red button feel good? In the meanwhile, games continue to be hacked and pirated, and DRM continues to get in the way of legitimate customers.

Oh, and accuse me of being a cheat as well if you like. And a pirate. Whatever gets you through the day, mateys.

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Re: They just don't get it, do they.

DRM is ruining PC gaming.

There I fixed it for you.

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LOHAN turns up the heat on Vulture 2 motor

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Just a thought

You sure you need to epoxy the element to the engine? It seems a little permanent. Wouldn't TIM compound and duct tape work just as well, and be removable?

Plus, well, duct tape.

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Re: Solar

The article talks about 2.24 watts of power at 12v, with a comfortable margin for increasing the levels if needed. I'm guessing the amount of power required to keep things from freezing is going to be tested before the launch, and I'll hazard a guess that even with the best insulation, it'll be hard to keep the temperature within design parameters at only that power level. At least, not when sharing company with a whole bunch of dry ice in a bucket.

Another thing to think about is the risk of the heater making things a little too toasty near ground level where it's likely going to be a lot warmer. Single thermistor, one relay and a routine in the onboard computer to check temperature every few seconds, perhaps?

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Password hints easily snaffled from Windows PCs

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Linux has a "registry".

It's just called "/etc" and is spread amongst a bajillion and one files.

Cue pedants and irate flamers in 3, 2, 1...

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