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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

yossarianuk

Re: Useless

Almost like they've just given up pretending the reasons they want to reduce out freedoms now.

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Re: unsurprised, but ...really?

This is how much the people of the UK care about freedom.

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Re: Priceless

QHCQ already store the content of communications.

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UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill

yossarianuk

Re: Just another brick in the wall

Mother : Should I trust the government ?

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

yossarianuk

Re: relative degrees of shamefulness ...

Spending tax payers money with a company that uses patents to prevent fair competition - unforgivable.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Don't wait - upgrade to Linux

Your life will improve generally and you can sleep soundly in bed knowing your not funding an organisation that has such a malignant influence on all our lives i.e

http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/public-sector/2012/01/microsoft-hustled-uk-retreat-o.html

As well as various anti competitive/monopolist tactics they still use (ask anyone who sell Android products..)

(obviously you will still be FORCED to fund them through tax)

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

yossarianuk

Re: Hmmmmmmmm.

The Tories removed that human right in the UK in 1994

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_Justice_and_Public_Order_Act_1994

The Tories seemingly hate human rights.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

yossarianuk

I know an OS that will save us all !

http://tinfoilhat.shmoo.com/

- Networking is removed as 'that's how they get to you'...

- Even reading the screen over the user's shoulder is very hard when Tinfoil Hat is switched to paranoid mode, which sets the screen to a very low contrast. !

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Torvalds on patents: 'Sane people know it's bullsh*t but making real change is difficult'

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move to higher operating systems...

I already have. Migrated to Linux in 2001.

Debian/Ubuntu/Centos/opensuse patch all versions of the software they currently support with equal vigour unlike some Mickey mouse company.

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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

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Only 1 OS is safe !

http://tinfoilhat.shmoo.com/ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinfoil_Hat_Linux)

- no networking (as thats how 'they' get to you)

- Even reading the screen over the user's shoulder is very hard when Tinfoil Hat is switched to paranoid mode, which sets the screen to a very low contrast.

- Power usage and other side channel attacks — Under the Paranoid options, a copy of GPG runs in the background generating keys and encrypting random documents. This makes it harder to determine when real encryption is taking place.

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Valve says no Steam Machines until 2015, fingers crossed

yossarianuk

Re: Here's hoping....

SteamOS is dualbootable now (in fact I have 6 os's on my PC - one of them SteamOS - the rest are all versions of Linux...)

Also SteamOS is based on Debian Wheezy not Ubuntu

Running phoronix benchmarking tests SteamOS has 50% less fps in various games compared to kubuntu or Arch/Gnome3.12 - I think its because they use the version of Gnome3.x in Debian wheezy (which is 3.4) and compositing isn't correctly disabled in that version.

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Drink me: Adobe pours Flash Player bug squash

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Google is though

To get the latest Flash version you have to use Google Chrome's pepper version.

i.e

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/108086?hl=en-GB

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Top tip, power users – upgrading Ubuntu may knacker your Linux PC

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No they run KDE generally

I have never met a 'power' user that runs Windows.

IF you want a desktop you can can really get to the 'guts' of then KDE/Linux is a good combo.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

yossarianuk

Kubuntu is an actual desktop however

I tried the new Ubuntu - its the best version of Unity yet (minus the Amazon spyware)

However it still stinks to do any work with - I tried fotr a few hours - then installed Kubuntu 14.04 which is by far the best release yet.

It is an actual real desktop, one that isn't designed for touchscreen and you can actually do some work in.

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Heartbleed mega-bug clean up shrinks Tor network by an eighth

yossarianuk

Re: Can Tor be trusted anyway?

Snowden trusted it enough to leak his info (he used the TAILS Linux distro)

http://www.wired.com/2014/04/tails/

And he knew what he was doing.

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

yossarianuk

Re: Wow! That many people moved to KDE or XFCE?

Or Cinnamon...

KDE 4.x is the best desktop I have used for any OS.

Windows 7/Vista is essentially a KDE 4.X clone.

The menu bar/widgets, etc all came out on KDE first.

Windows 8.X is essentially a Gnome3/Unity clone (which is why its unusable crap)

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Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

yossarianuk

Re: nmap -O

The thing is that will not show info about backported fixes...

There is a test nmap script however here

https://svn.nmap.org/nmap/scripts/ssl-heartbleed.nse

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Re: Bitmap Bros...

That's because those machines were from a time before Microsoft's monopoly damaged computing and set it back 5 - 10 yrs.

An Amiga 1200 (from 1991) compared to a windows PC from 1996

The Amiga ran at 14Mhz and had a 2MB RAM, the Windows PC I had ran at 166 Mhz and had 32MB RAM

- The Amiga booted up faster (seconds for a HDD boot into workbench)

- The Amiga was more responsive desktop

- The Amiga was more a more stable desktop (only games ever cause crashes...)

- The Amiga has sound that didn't stutter ALL THE GOD DAMN TIME

- The Amiga's graphics although lacked the 3D capabilities seems far faster - and didn't stutter ALL THE GOD DAMN TIME - at 1996 I saw nothing as impressive as 'state of the art' on a PC.

- Everything cost far more in Windows than the Amiga, there were loads of software on the Amiga that just didn't exist for Windows (i.e music production.) and equivalents that did cost often 2 - 10 X the amount (for less reliable software)

Going from the Amiga 1200 -> Win 95 was like a step into the Dark ages.

Thank god for Linux.

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

yossarianuk

> Just a shame it's being used to automatically infect us :(

Yes Linux desktop users are pretty much safe from most malware/spyware still.

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777

Yes - most people who don't understand even basic security on Linux will try to get (as an example) 'wordpress' to run by doing the following

- chmod -R 777 /var/www/crappysite.com

- disable SELINUX/APPARMOR (as it's 'interfering' with Wordpress)

- Maybe disabled the firewall (after all they couldn't get their 'Navicat' to connect...)

i.e in order to get a (in my mind) badly designed CMS system they have disabled pretty much all security.

Oh and there is also the fact that a lot of people running their own webservers didn't realise that (a) you had to install updates (b) that was meant to be done by them...

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Q. Can your Linux PC run Crysis? OK, it can. But will it run natively? A. Soon, very soon

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Native Civlisation ?

That's all I care about - Civ5 (and Civ6..) natively on Linux.

Civ5 btw is faster (in terms of 3d speed and time taken for the CPU to move) on Linux -> via wine than it is real Windows.

For the 3D speed you need Nvidia at present.

The only limitation now is lack to DX11 support.

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

yossarianuk

Re: I don't get it

That is not the case now - at least with 'good' distros.

I run Arch and Opensuse - Arch has enlightenment, cinnamon, Gnome3 and KDE - no update of one desktop has ever negatively effected another (in over 2 years).

I have heard of people running Ubuntu unity and being screwed by updating other desktop components - not that I care about people who run Unity.

Gnome3/Cinnamon are pretty and good for home use. For work I can only use KDE personally.

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yossarianuk

Re: Minty

Well you have Bodhi Linux

http://www.bodhilinux.com/downloads_desktop.php

E17/19 is insanely fast and uses low resources - would seem far faster than XP did... They will always support a non PAE version. (including 14.04)

There is also Lubuntu fake-pae (not really sure about that)

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu-fake-PAE

Of course there is absolutely nothing (aside from knowledge/skill) preventing you compiling your own kernel with any distro and removing PAE - that's one of the beauties of Linux and opensource in general - flexibility.

i.e something you can never do with Microsoft/Apple OS's.

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yossarianuk

Wrong KDE version mentioned - its 4.13

The developers plan to use KDE 4.13 for kubuntu 14.04 - makes some sense as its 5 yr support.

The KDE 4.13 release schedule is roughly the same time as 14.04 release - this means there may be more bugs initially but better 'long term'.

That is unless done major breakage occurs

i.e

https://www.kubuntuforums.net/showthread.php?64692-Kubuntu-14-04-LTS-Schedule-Plans

http://ubuntu.5.x6.nabble.com/KDE-SC-4-13-td5053114.html

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UK spooks STILL won't release Bletchley Park secrets 70 years on

yossarianuk

Microsoft

And now Microsoft sell operating systems to the Commonwealth and they tell them that's secure...

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

yossarianuk

Re: A common API is definitely a must.

Like Ubuntu is doing.

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THOUSANDS of UK.gov Win XP PCs to face April hacker storm... including boxes at TAXMAN, NHS

yossarianuk

You know the best things about Linux vulnerabilities?

They normally get fixed quickly - unlike say with Windows.

Sometimes you can ever fix stuff yourself - with Windows often your at the mercy of one company to fix it for you.

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yossarianuk

Re: Run Kryten Smug-Mode

Redhat support OS's for 10 years.

Why the fuck would you want to run a desktop using 13 year old software anyway?

If you run debian or variant of it you can generally safely upgrade to the next version anyway (which stick with a shitty old OS?)

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yossarianuk

Whatever costs would be needed for a full scale migration of the NHS to Linux the savings over decades would outweigh those costs. Not to mention reliability and security - even the UK gov has said Ubuntu is more secure than Windows8/Mac

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ubuntu-12-04-Is-More-Secure-Than-Windows-8-and-Mac-OS-X-Says-UK-Goverment-416016.shtml

It would mean the tax payer no longer forced to fund an anti competitive patent troll also, another bonus would be the tax payer would be funding technological improvements for the entire world, not Microsoft's patent lawyers.

I went to an NHS hospital the other day and on a large computer screen (used in reception) it had a post it note that read ' When you lose networking reboot computer' ..... It was running Windows - I can't imagine a Linux desktop ever having that note on - I wonder how much productivity is lost just in that one reception thanks to the NHS using windows - can only imagine how much productivity is lost for the whole organisation.

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Microsoft's licence riddles give Linux and pals a free ride to virtual domination

yossarianuk

Re: IOPS - KVM speed

Also regarding IOPS -

ftp://public.dhe.ibm.com/linux/pdfs/KVM_Virtualized_IO_Performance_Paper_v2.pdf

" It also details test results that demonstrate that a single KVM

guest can handle more than 1.2 million I/O operations per second (IOPS) at 8KB I/O request

size and more than 1.5 million IOPS at 4KB and smaller request sizes – the

highest storage I/O performance ever reported in a virtualized environment."

So your statement regarding VMWARE /HyperV IOPS speed being greater than KVM was just plain wrong....

I can only assume your benchmarking was also.

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yossarianuk

Re: "the familiarity of Windows"

Some people were blessed knowing computing before Windows Monopoly damaged computing in the mid 90's and will never be happy using it - thank fuck.

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yossarianuk

Re: KVM = fastest Windows Virtualisation performance

Did you house your Windows VM in an LVM partition, instead of a QCOW image?

Only when I do that coupled with the cache settings NONE/NATIVE does Windows IO speed outperform other types of virtualisation - i.e you NEED to install inside an LVM partition (and use Virtio drivers to get 'proper' speed)

Also your wrong about IOPS. KVM currently holds the IOP's world record...

http://forsetti.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/kvm-technology-review-and-roadmap-update/

'KVM has achieved World Record IOPS: 1,402,720 IOPS on a IBM x3850 X5 for 8KB request using 7 SCSI pass-through devices.. For 1 KB requests, can achieve 1.65M IOPS.'

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yossarianuk

KVM = fastest Windows Virtualisation performance

As long as you set up the KVM vm correctly - i.e install in an LVM partition, set correct cache settings and use Virtio drivers it will outperform all other types of virtualisation.

You HAVE you use the Virtio Disk drivers (as your installing in an LVM partition) or the Windows installer will not see any drives btw.

(correct cache settings = native,none)

Try it, benchmark it and you will see

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OpenSUSE 13.1: Oh look, a Linux with YOU in mind (and 64-bit ARMs)

yossarianuk

Polished KDE implementation

OpenSuse's implementation of KDE has always seemed that bit more polished. Compared to Kubuntu 13.10 KDE seems a but snappier and the base system more stable... i.e the original release of Kubuntu 13.10 broke on UEFI installs - without an internet connection (to get updates) even now you cannot install Kubuntu 13.10 in UEFI mode (unless you chroot into the system and fix it..)

KDE I have thought for a long time is the nicest desktop for any OS - MS 'borrowed' a lot of early KDE 4.x features for Vista/Windows7. Windows 8 seems to be a Unity/Gnome3 clone (worst of both worlds)

KDE4.11 has so many nice little usability features the most you use it the more you will never think of bothering to try and work with Unity/Gnome3

p.s you can install the Nvidia drivers now 'the hard way' - i.e via the binary from Nvidia.com (like those windows barbarians have always had to - rather than use your package manager - like the master race are used to). One good thing about using the binary is that you will always have the latest version (unlike the opensuse/debian/ubuntu repo versions)

http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_the_hard_way

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Cryptolocker infects cop PC: Massachusetts plod fork out Bitcoin ransom

yossarianuk

Tax payers money

First of all taxpayers money get sent to Microsoft, then to other criminals.

If only they had chosen Linux instead.

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GIMP flees SourceForge over dodgy ads and installer

yossarianuk

They do ...

They do on Linux.

You only get bundled spy/ad/crap ware on Windows applications in my experience.

Never with the Linux version.

Don't have a clue about Mac and will never care.

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LIVE CHAT: You, El Reg, experts chat about Win 8.1 and Surface 2

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Its still a copy of Ubuntu Unity - i.e unusable crap.

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Apple's top bean counter: New spaceship HQ won't emit 'one atom of carbon'

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So it is powered by the mana of the idiot Apple worshippers?

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Expert chat: The end of Windows XP and IE6

yossarianuk

Who cares?

If your company/organization is pathetic enough to still be using this shit then you deserve whats coming to you, and ultimately unless you have migrated to Linux / Mac that will be Windows 8 - enjoy working with that won't you.

Seriously there is no excuse.

Personally I can't wait until the police/hospitals,etc waste our tax on shiny new PC's to run Windows 8 (instead of saving money in the long run with Linux..)

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Microsoft store staff to hold all night vigil for Surface 2

yossarianuk

Re: 6 million unsold stock?

> Incredible waste of resources

Like Windows.

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Ubuntu 13.10: Meet the Linux distro with a bizarre Britney Spears fixation

yossarianuk

Re: Mint 16 should be interesting...

The same can be said for Kubuntu also.

If your a gamer you are better off with KDE over Cinnamon... (enable suspend desktop effects for full screen apps and disable VBLank in nvidia-settings and you'll most likely be running games faster than Windows 7/8 - Nvidia users only.)

Games are faster on non Gnome 3 desktops (with Nividia) and some games are not playable fullscreen on any gnome3 based system that is a lower version than 3.8 (i.e Unity,Cinnamon,elementary, etc)

KDE gives you the best of both worlds in terms of being able to actually do any work and being able to play games fast.

Mints desktop (cinnamon) is nice however just seems a bit rough to me (and have the issue of being based on gnome3)

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The LSD trick cyclist, the 1980s pop-star and video games to REPROGRAM YOUR BRAIN

yossarianuk

Re: Computer games & drugs? Seriously?

I thought drugs were mandatory in the IT world.

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Valve shows Linux love with SteamOS for gamers

yossarianuk

Re: orly

198 games according to Gabe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Gzn6E2m3otg

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

yossarianuk

Re: Hmm,

This is just silly, Its like Chris Morris has been put in charge.

However, I heard that people who want a 'Conservative Party' share the most filth that degrades society - ban that phrase for sure.

By 'Illegal' does that mean weed, wikileaks, Snowden will be filtered?

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Crack open those wallets: Microsoft is raising software prices AGAIN

yossarianuk

If Linux is pkey that means most of the largest online firms (google, amazon, wikipedia) are pikey.

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Infosec analysts back away from 'Feds attacked Tor' theory

yossarianuk

Although it was a weakness in Firefox, the exploit only effected Windows machines.

Tor now advise people to stop using Windows, not just for this exploit.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23587620

"Really, switching away from Windows is probably a good security move for many reasons"

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