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Doctor Who season eight scripts leak online

Joseph Haig

Re: Pathetic

Unless they're going door to door, ...

What you don't know is that they have been stolen by Wowbagger The Infinitely Prolonged who is currently in the process of visiting every person in the universe in alphabetical order and reading them out.

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

Joseph Haig

Re: History repeating

There is no reason to expect Microsoft will "get it right" with Windows 9.

On the contrary, they "got it right" with Windows 7 after messing up Windows Vista (believe it or not, people do actually like Windows 7) so there is every reason to think that Windows 9 will clean up the mess of Windows 8. I predict that this will be the future pattern of Windows releases; even numbers are a complete hash when they try to do something new and innovative and the odd numbers are where they actually make it usable.

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

Joseph Haig

Re: Identity Crisis

..., but stick to one OS."

I quite agree and, personally, I would only ever use this with Android but considering the history of PCs you can understand the reluctance of ASUS to release a laptop without Windows installed. It is a shame that Microsoft still has such an iron grip on the PC manufacturers, even with a product that is so clearly designed to run Android. You still have to pay your Microsoft tax, I suppose.

(Edit) Reading more into this, I realise that getting one of these and only ever user Android would mean having a phone with a very expensive external screen. I think I'll give this a miss.

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Windows Phone: Just as well Microsoft bought an Android maker, RIGHT?

Joseph Haig

Microsoft Linux

This (ancient) website was meant as a parody, right? http://www.mslinux.org

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Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer – advice from US, UK, EU

Joseph Haig

What?

XP support has ended? Why wasn't there any warning???

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

Joseph Haig
Happy

Re: Are you insane?

I'm not insane but I was not really serious and am slightly amused that my comment has achieved so many "thumbs-up"s and generated such a discussion.

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Joseph Haig

For a moment I thought it might be XP, and Microsoft were hoping that the community would pick it up to fix any security holes that are found after April 8th.

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It's a BLOCKBUSTER: Minecraft heads to the silver screen

Joseph Haig

Other films based on games

This seems apposite:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHY8NKj3RKs

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Facebook ditches TOP SECRET email service. Did YOU know it had one?

Joseph Haig

More spam?

Anything sent to an @facebook.com address will now be forwarded to the user's real address so presumably if your page is, say, www.facebook.com/zuck and it is publically visible then anyone can spam you even if you have specifically kept the address private by using zuck@facebook.com.

What am I missing here, because it seems like a perfect way to harvest large numbers of genuine email addresses?

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The internet is 'a gift from God' says Pope Francis

Joseph Haig

Re: A billion Catholics and yet

Those figures ain't "cherry-picked".

I think you are missing the point.

The comment I was replying to pointed out that "Comments always disabled" on the Vatican YouTube channel while on a randomly selected anti-religious channel "Comments always welcome", the implication being that the former wants to discourage discussion (and, by extension, so do all religions) while the latter encourages it. The "cherry-picking" is that the "fact" that this conclusion is based on is rubbish.

Regarding the numbers of followers on Twitter or YouTube, both are equally meaningless with regards importance. Otherwise, charlieissocoollike should be considered a far greater authority than both the Vatican and DarkMatter2525.

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Joseph Haig

Re: A billion Catholics and yet

On Twitter:

@Pontifex - 3.5 million followers

@RichardDawkins - 0.8 million followers

And your point is what, exactly?

I took the trouble to look up the Vatican's YouTube channel. Yes, it only has 80,000 subscribers. No, most of the videos do not have comments disabled. Read from that what you will but please don't cherry-pick data to fit your opinions.

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Anatomy of a 22-year-old X Window bug: Get root with newly uncovered flaw

Joseph Haig

Re: smiles for the 'goto'

I cannot remember the last time I even considered using 'goto'. I don't think of them as evil so much as non-existent. It must be an habitual thing.

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Coming soon to Twitter: Inboxes BULGING with DMs from world+dog

Joseph Haig

Re: And the problem is?

OK, I was not clear. Sorry. By 'them' I meant specifically the Twitter account rather than the company as a whole. Other forms of communication are available.

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Joseph Haig
IT Angle

... and regarding Madeline McCann

The Daily Mail article doesn't mention anything about the change of the DM settings (as far as I can see) and so is not really relevant here. Can you please give us all a break and not turn this comment section into yet another McCann hate-fest?

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Joseph Haig

And the problem is?

If it is opt-in then by default there is no change for anyone. If an account is the public face of a company, however, then they will be able to let people DM them without having to go through the hassle of getting pinged in public, replying in public and then following each other. I'm sure that my mobile phone company doesn't really want to follow me as well as 37,500+ of their other customers but currently there is no other way for them to communicate privately.

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21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig

Joseph Haig

Re: Never achieve Elite

According to http://www.iancgbell.clara.net/elite/faq.htm#A4 the last step from Deadly to Elite is greater than the whole step from the start up to Deadly.

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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

Joseph Haig
Coat

Re: Isn't it free already?

"CD's as the plural of CDs"

I think you mean "CD's as the plural of CD".

(Running for the door as fast as possible)

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Joseph Haig

Re: Isn't it free already?

"What are they actually giving them? Pressed CD's"

I believe that is what the second sentence of the article says, yes.

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Joseph Haig

Re: As a german..

How about people who have heard that support for Windows XP is about to expire and, although they may be concerned about this, have no real attachment to one operating system or another? The options are to upgrade Windows for €€€ or try this new-fangled thing that the library are giving out free.

Admittedly, a lot of people would just take it as an opportunity to buy a new computer, which would probably come with Windows 8.

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Joseph Haig

Re: What's wrong with LiMux?

My guess is that LiMux is heavily modified to hook into the government office infrastructure and most of these modifications will be of little use to other people. I am quite happy to use a similarly customised distribution from $EMPLOYER but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone outside of the company.

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Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'

Joseph Haig

Re: Suicidal Squirrel?

Well, to keep in line with Ubuntu they will need to go alphabetically, so maybe Terrifying Tarantula and Undead Unicorn (hey, it is the national animal of Scotland so what does it matter if it is fictional?)

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Joseph Haig

Suicidal Squirrel?

Is this the kernel that is going to appear in the "Saucy Salamander" release of Ubuntu? And can we expect similarly alliterative names every six months?

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

Joseph Haig

Makes sense now

Now I understand why they keep telling me that my profile is incomplete and asking for my phone number.

First rule of Facebook: Don't post anything unless you are perfectly happy for it to become public knowledge tomorrow, regardless of the privacy settings you choose.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/388043_10150400636492271_81771217_n.jpg

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

Joseph Haig

Re: Originals were great?

It is notable that one of the most memorable lines (Leia: "I love you", Solo "I know") was an ad-lib because the original was so crass. Possibly others as well. Maybe they should have just let Harrison Ford re-write the whole script.

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Apache OpenOffice 4.0 debuts with IBM code side and centre

Joseph Haig

Sidebar

I have had to suffer Symphony for a few years (hey, guess who I work for) and one of the things I actually liked about it was the sidebar. I am surprised that the author of the article missed it after "hundreds of hours in its word processor". My main gripe with it was that (as far as I could make out) they had forked an old OpenOffice build and so was always going to be lagging behind.

I will reserve judgement on whether MS Office compatibility has improved. This was never particularly good in Symphony, and generally worse than the latest OOo.

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Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares

Joseph Haig

Re: The more MS pushes this.

"A text editor would be more attractive than Microsoft Office"

Not Notepad. Having your eyes gouged out with a rusty spoon is more attractive than Notepad. Perhaps this is why it is the only text edtor that comes by default on Windows - so it doesn't compete with Office.

However, a *proper* text editor with LaTeX. Yes, that is certainly more attractive than MS Office. :-)

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Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for 'tricking' artists with petition

Joseph Haig

Re: An unfair system

"AFAIK, patents last for 20 years. Music copyrights last for 70 years from death of author. Where's the fairness?"

You are not comparing like with like.

A patent is granted to an inventor to give them exclusive rights in exchange for making the details of the invention public for the benefit of all. This legal protection is granted in recognition of the fact that someone may lose out on the benefits of an invention because the idea could be taken up by other people who are better able to market their product. Famously, the Rubik's Cube was only patented in Hungary and so Professor Rubik recieved very little royalty for his invention. A limit of 20 years is granted to give a reasonably time for the inventor to benefit from it but after this the idea is available to all.

Copyright, on the other hand, is a protection against unauthorised pubishing of someone's work and this varies from one country to another as well as for the type of material. The date of death + 70 years you quote is (as I understand it) for written work in the UK, so it would apply to the actual music of Pink Floyd separate from any recording. Copyright for recorded material is normally from the date of creation, and is 50 years in the UK and 70 years in the US. This is what Cliff Richard was trying to get changed a few years ago because his earlist songs are now becoming public domain.

From what I understand, Pandora are trying to circumvent this copyright protection to avoid paying the royalties to the artists that they are legally entitled to.

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Red Hat to ditch MySQL for MariaDB in RHEL 7

Joseph Haig
WTF?

Say, what?

OK, I've heard strong opinions for and against MySQL that are well thought out and reasonable, but

"He is Swedish, so we can't expect too much."

Seriously?

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PM Cameron calls for modern, programmable computers! (We think)

Joseph Haig

Re: what are you on about?

"Remember that he isn't talking to you and I, ..."

I think you mean "you and me". OK, I wouldn't normally be this padentic but it seemed appropriate here. :-)

I'm also not a Cameron fan and also think he is actually speaking sense here (and will probably also be voted down as a result). You and I know that programming is not a 'modern method' - in fact, you might argue that 'ancient' is a better adjective with regards the history of computing - but he is addressing people who have been brought up on word documents and spreadsheets. In this context, the notion that you can actually program a computer to do anything different is truely novel.

I cannot help feeling that there is an air of "the Tories said it so it must be stupid" about this.

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Tennis pro serves up pic of bad French Open line call

Joseph Haig

The umpire may have made one mistake but, as he lost, Stakhovsky made dozens so he has no room for complaint. That's what I was told by my coach years ago, anyway.

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IBM gets ready to push more UK and Irish bods overboard

Joseph Haig

Re: "Workforce rebalancing"?

"Next you'll get happysized"

Do you want fries with that?

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Good news: Debian 7 is rock solid. Bad news: It's called Wheezy

Joseph Haig
Happy

Good news: Stable; Bad news: Name

I much prefer this to the opposite. For example, I think that 'Vista' is quite a good name ...

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Dinosaur embryos FOUND: Resurrection 'out of the question'* - boffin

Joseph Haig

Nature finds a way

As long as they only create female dinosaurs I do not see what could possibly go wrong.

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Ubuntu support periods slashed

Joseph Haig

Where is the problem here?

People who use the 'regular' release do so because they want the latest and greatest as soon as it is available while the "security-conscious and otherwise careful" use the LTS version, which still has the same 5-year support. I do not see any logical reason for sticking with a particular 'regular' release once the next has come out. If anything, this change should improve the quality of each release as people are freed up from supporting four or five versions in parallel.

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

Joseph Haig

It hasn't been 2 years since his last gaff. Only a few months ago he declared that 'improbable' means the same as 'impossible':

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLIvwtIuC3Y

He states this as a 'mathematical fact', which probably had every mathematician in the country shouting obscenities at him.

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North Korean citizens told: Socialist haircuts are a thing... go get some

Joseph Haig

Re: Daily Mail

"what exactly does this have to do with World IT?"

Now, if it were guidance about suitable beards lengths for sys admins ...

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

Joseph Haig

Anti-cloud?

One minute they are trumpeting their new Cloud OS and the next they are talking about locking down applications to a single physical machine. Exactly what is their strategy at the moment?

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

Joseph Haig

Re: @Joseph Haig

Well, um, it was, sort of, a joke so, ...

Oh, forget it.

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Joseph Haig
Coat

Is it gas powered?

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Ubuntu's Shuttleworth embraces tablet terror: Our PC biz will survive, too

Joseph Haig

Re: Good Luck To Them

One OS to cover every device is one thing but I hope they don't go down the same route as Windows 8, and produce an environment that only really works on a tablet and is frustrating to use on a desktop.

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Wikipedia's Gibraltar 'moratorium' - how's it going?

Joseph Haig

People actually read the Wikipedia front page?

I had no idea that there was a "Did you know?" section, let alone that it was often filled with facts about Gibraltar.

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Inside Microsoft's 'Cloud OS'

Joseph Haig
Coat

Is 'Cloud OS' the new term for 'vapourware'?

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Harry Potter's Filch conjures Doctor Who's dead first time-lord

Joseph Haig

Twelve Doctors?

When I first saw this news I thought that there were going to be plans for a "Twelve Doctors" episode. However, this would probably require replacements for most of the other doctors as well, including several who are still alive. Either that, or a serious amount of make-up.

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Joseph Haig

Re: RIP DB?

Given that the first Doctor was an old man and the series started 50 years ago I hardly think that you can read anything sinistre into the fact that both actors have died, Hartnell at the age of 67 and Hurdall at 73.

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Fedora project may expel MySQL

Joseph Haig

Re: Which ones?

I wouldn't call that "many other Linux distros". The only major one I can see is openSUSE, and they have both MySQL and MariaDB available. This is hardly the mass exodus seen from OpenOffice.org to LibreOffice.

It looks like, rather than being behind, Fedora is in the forefront here. If Fedora makes the jump then that will filter through to RHEL, which would be much more significant.

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Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

Joseph Haig

Meh

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Facebook testing $100 fee to mail Mark Zuckerberg

Joseph Haig

Old news

Isn't this the same story as this? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/21/facebook_paid_message_delivery/

Someone has just noticed that Mr Z is on the list of members in the trial. $100 does seem a bit steep, though. Does it vary for who you want to mail?

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Outlook 2013 spurns your old Word and Excel documents

Joseph Haig
Coat

You never recieved the email containing UrgentFinances.xls.exe?

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Facebook to debut auto-play video ads in 2013

Joseph Haig

Eh?

I sometimes wonder what Facebook is up to. Are they actively trying to turn away their users or is there an internal competition to see who can come up with the most ridiculous idea that the users will swallow?

"Next, lets require that users enter three valid bank card numbers before they can post anything. Then we can replace their passwords with a concatination of the security codes."

Erm, if that becomes reality remember that you saw it here first.

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Microsoft’s so.cl network now open to all

Joseph Haig

Just what we need - another social network!

I just went to so.cl and I have absolutely no idea what I am looking at. It looks like a schizophrenic kleptomaniac's scrapbook.

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