* Posts by JEDIDIAH

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

The problem with your country club analogy is that the club in question is not an exclusive members only club but is open to the public as are all of it's affiliates.

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

So, you're saying that the EU is full of Donald Trumps... because punitive VISA policies are on the same level of stupid as anything Trump has ever come up with.

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Bad analogies are... bad.

Cornwall is not as nearly alien as the rest of the EU or even the UN. It's not always in your interest to be part of group that doesn't match you, may hate you, and be successful at passing measures that take advantage of you. Something like the US works because we aren't that different from each other and those parts of the country that want to "get bossy" are counterbalanced by the fact that our factions cross all borders and roughly balance each other out. It doesn't always work out but we're far less heterogeneous than even northern vs southern Italy.

Our Italians and Brits and Greeks and Turks and Germans are all mixed together in all of the states rather than be concentrated in states of their own.

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Re: Readers in North America should be aware of the differing UK terminology

That was made pretty clear by the article. It's also actually a more reasonable definition of middle class. I think the version that America uses is "pants". It obscures the difference between wage earning and wealth generation (and probably intentionally so). You shouldn't be called middle class unless you own income generating property. Middle class originally meant merchants and such, not affluent workers.

If you have no income generating property, you're just "working class" regardless of how large your debts are.

As a plumber, you should only be considered "middle class" if you own your own shop. Otherwise, you're just another employee. Tradesmen who are business owners can make mad money exploiting the labor of others.

Regardless, the definitions should not be engineered to include certain percentages of the population.

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Re: Dear Andrew

I saw that crash coming. I saw it in the adjustable rate mortgages. My corporate cynicism made it painfully obvious. If nothing else, those loans would get adjusted to the point where mass foreclosures would occur because the executive class really are greedy enough to saw off the branch they are sitting on.

Plus it was a bubble. All bubbles pop. Don't need to be a quant to figure that out.

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Re: Dear Andrew

Smoking you say? I got cancer from 2nd hand smoke but the person who exposed me to all of that 2nd hand smoke is fine. Not a trace of cancer.

Reality can be terribly unpredictable.

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Re: I'm In

I call it "the echo chamber". People will even censor you for suggesting a contrary opinion. That's even before you drop them or they drop you.

Most people aren't interested in multiple viewpoints. They won't see them out. I have all kinds of wing nuts on my feed. It's wild. It's far more entertaining to step out of your echo chamber.

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States versus Feds

That approach to the argument really misses the point. Bearocracy doesn't scale well and problems are best solved in the most local terms possible. The EU is already a pre-constitution style confederacy. Making the central government stronger is probably not the brightest idea. Quite often the "national" politicians are grossly out of touch with local issues and frankly quite hostile to different regions of the "country". I see recent US attempts at solving problems in the most disruptive way possible and think that LESS centralized is far better than more centralize.

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Re: Safe European Home

It's not quantity it's quality. In Europe you have signs in bathrooms telling people not to squat on top of toilets. Although some parts of Europe are seeing MUCH MORE immigration relative to population. These are also people who have no interest in assimilation and can't get along with the also not-quite-assimilated previous immigrants. Many of us may be xenophobic about our immigrants but they generally seek to be one of us. Even the more numerous ones don't want to destroy or replace what's already here. That would defeat the point of coming here.

Europe has a huge "don't want to assimilate and never will" problem.

Whatever the Germans did to "tighten things up" was at best a late reaction to p*ss poor planing and not thinking sh*t through. The whole mess has to be embarrassing to Germans everywhere.

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Doh!

Clearly you did not read the post you responded to.

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Re: Thank you

I find it intriguing that the middle class aren't more conservative and more prone to want more localized government versus a federal government in Brussels. I would expect that class of voter (myself included) to tend more towards the "leave" camp just based on basic Republican/Tory sensibilities.

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The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust copyright stunt backfires

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Of course corporate shills completely miss the point.

This isn't just some random Harlequin novel. This is history. This is a work that's already older than the typical human lifespan these days. It covers a very important bit of HISTORY. It's intrinsically valuable beyond whatever pure market value it might have. In American terms, it's far more like Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech. Trying to treat it like a Beatles song really completely misses the point.

I would have hoped that Brits would have a better sense of history.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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Re: Why LTS?

I will reserve final judgement until I see for myself. Plenty of people complain about systemd and I've personally experienced problems with non-trivial desktop configurations and upstart. A simple but well tested and highly reliable component has been replaced with various iterations of "ooh! shiny shiny!".

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Re: The past is un-dead

Yeah. There's no one going around tidying up the Internet so the cruft just accumulates.

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Re: UnUnified

There is NOTHING remotely difficult about running a command to install ONE package.

It's so simple and easy that it become MORE burdensome to seek out the appropriate canned option.

That's the beauty of Linux package managers. You can start out with the Debian minimal image and install everything just by asking for Firefox or Libre Office.

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Re: I'd love to upgrade

I have 2 printers that Windows refuses to do anything useful with. No vendor drivers are available. No drivers are available from windows update. The only options are a couple of generic printer options that are too new. New version of the printer language, older printers.

If not for the generic postscript option in CUPS, these printers would be doorstops as far as Windows is concerned.

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

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Re: Good Sense?

The problem with this bill is that it will impact commerce. Tech isn't just about the tech companies anymore but everyone else who will be impacted by that tech. It's like that bit from the last DrWho special where he plugged Hyroflax into all of the big banks.

Nothing gets protected like money.

This dimwit is threatening the security of money. Never mind the midgets of Silicon Valley.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

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Re: know Windows

Of course the teacher that falls for this is going to realize that they have been "sold a bill of goods". This "Windows" won't have the same ecosystem that "regular Windows" does and THAT is the only reason that anyone ever put up with Windows or DOS.

Once you ditch x86, Microsoft's "ecosystem advantage" suddenly becomes it's "ecosystem disadvantage".

"This is not grandpa's Windows" will be a very real problem.

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Re: No, thank you.

The Netbook was nothing more than just another name for really tiny notebooks. It was just a rehash of earlier models from different manufacturers at different (much larger) price points. I had an earlier Sony that was pretty much the same exact thing as a Netbook except for the price.

Tech just moved on, as tech tends to do. More powerful low profile machines became cheaper

The modern answer to the netbook is the MBA and similar PCs that aren't nearly as expensive.

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Re: PCs fading away...

Actually, that's a remarkably retarded idea. Even in this day, little boxes attached to monitors still develop at a much faster pace than monitors. The last 3 or 4 generations of streamers have ALMOST managed to catch up to the features and functionality of 5 year old trailing edge PCs. They still haven't quite managed to displace a PC with a better GPU or better CPU and a lot of dust. Now with streamers, I only have to spend an extra $100 per generation. I also don't have to toss out a perfectly good display.

The iMac approach is horribly wasteful to the point of getting banned like coffee pods.

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Shopping for PCs? This is what you'll be offered in 2016

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Re: Apple

Meh. At the local mall there's a Starbucks next to the Apple store. Even there, the mix is predominantly PC rather than Mac. Even right next to the Apple store, there are more people using non-Apple kit.

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Debian derived silliness.

> Intel only provide drivers for Fedora and Ubuntu

What Intel actually provides is an nvidia (for windows) style driver installer that will bypass the Ubuntu package manager and install the video driver itself.

Mint is really not all that distinctive. It's really just Ubuntu with some different bits of flair added. It uses the exact same repositories. So if something is breaking under Mint, I can't imagine it working any better under Ubuntu. You're going to be dealing with the same kernels and the same exact builds of any of the relevant libraries.

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The Nano-NAS market is now a femto-flop being eaten by the cloud

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Re: FreeNAS is better

ANY NAS is going to be aimed at geeks.

Even with the shiny happiness, a NAS appliance still requires the user to be aware of what they are using. Short of the device having a speaker where it can tell the average rube what to do, it's not going to be usable by the average prole. No amount of pointy-clicky and pretty pictures can get you past the conceptual gap of what you are working with or the awareness and bother that you actually have to manage and maintain the thing.

"Hey you! Yeah you, over there in the living room. Come over here and put a new disk drive in me."

H*ll, even that's probably going to be too much for the family to handle.

The best I can do is put better drives in the thing and hope they hold out a good long time before needing to be replaced. Actually expecting anyone else in the family to actually manage the QNAP is probably like asking them to manage the mdadm array on my Linux workstation. It's just not happening.

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Resistance is futile.

It doesn't matter. You're going to be running a Linux box one way or another.

Although the whole "client vs server" thing is an entirely arbitrary line anyways. We Unix users just appreciate that principle more fully. Ars had a recent rather silly article where some Mac user decided to build a game rig with some space inside for drives and declare that a NAS.

ANY machine with an extra drive bay can be a file server. With USB, you don't even need the internal drive bay. Just hang it off the octopus somewhere and share it. Acquire and setup an automated copy mechanism (or not).

You don't even need extra storage. Just share a folder on the internal drive you're not fully exploiting. This has been an accessible feature with a shiny happy interface for 20 years in Windows. Any machine on the network can host stuff. If you have "small important stuff", you can copy it onto any device connected to your network. All of my HTPCs have spare space because spinning rust has been big for a long time and the OS overhead of an HTPC is tiny. So they all have a "local backup" folder where partial backups of the home cloud reside.

It's a very mundane idea in Unix to have your own private cloud with "drives" hosted wherever. The distinction between local and network storage is functionally non-existent. My Linux boxes have hosted shared storage for all the other machines in the home network since the 3.1 days. New "folders" like Videos and E-books get added as technology changes.

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Re: Also: streamed video

QNAP has it's own mobile apps and support for Plex/XBMC. Both of those are themselves well supported across mobile devices and dedicated streaming devices and even some smart TVs. One of the first apps to get created for the iPad when it was first released was a local video streaming server. XBMC support was quickly added to the ARM variant of the AppleTV when it was first released.

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Re: odd way to break down devices

One disk NAS devices are commonplace. They're just a drive in a box with an ethernet port. Functionally, they're like a Revo or a PI with a large hard drive attached.

I had a single drive Seagate NAS running in a friends small office for awhile. After that died, I quite literally set them up with a Revo + USB hard drive. When the Revo dies, they can just plug the USB drive directly into their own workstation.

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Power users versus everyone else.

Most people don't need a 6 or 8 bay monster NAS. So of course such devices are going to represent a small fraction of the market. This has likely always been the case and likely always will be.

All your typical rube really needs is a couple of USB attached hard drives. They can hang off of any part of the home network. Spinning rust is big enough and cheap enough that your average consumer or even small office will find 2TB more than sufficient.

USB2 will outperform the vast majority of ISPs on the planet.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: Mint Imperial?

> If anyone can explain how Linux Mint fits the reality of corporate IT, please let me know. I won't hold my breath.

Most tools required to run an office don't require the underlying OS so much since in general, platform specific binaries are a relic of the past. This is especially true in a larger environment with an actual ERP system. Smaller shops not so much... but you excluded those as soon as you started with your alphabet soup.

You also raised the bar in terms of the level of IT support available.

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Trained monkeys and other nonsense...

>> I don't need to know all the intricacies of LDAP, KERBEROS, and NFS and SAMBA to have a working network.

> Of course you don't. What was your point?

I've seen what this Microsoft mentality produces. It produces ignorant gits that can't handle anything that's the slightest bit unexpected. They also tend to ignore very BASIC issues that are spelled out with a map and a flashlight in the most rudimentary vendor documentation. They really have no clue what they are doing and don't care to. Sure they can deploy something that seems functional but it's really a ticking time bomb that may explode in your face at any moment.

If an NT admin isn't a menace and waste of skin then they are perfectly able to deal with Unixen (not just Linux) too.

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Re: The more they push

I appreciate your enthusiasm but a VM is no place for gaming.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Re: Hands up who didn't see this coming?

...except smoke in general is a poison that will kill you and one that people usually avoid.

2nd hand smoke also contains nasty industrial pollutants that may not harm the smoker but can and do harm the people around him.

Booze only pickles the person actually drinking. The fact that my cancer (likely caused by 2nd hand smoke) has left my liver in a condition that forces me to be sober does not put me at any risk from the guy guzzling booze next to me.

Entirely different situation.

...now even Russian males don't think it's cool to subject people to 2nd hand smoke and they're like the biggest jack*sses on the planet.

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Re: There is no safe level…

After contracting an obscure form of cancer at an unusually early age, I am no longer impressed by these kinds of announcements (especially if they relate to cancer).

;-ppppp

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Re: Calling Ben Goldacre

I would be tempted to stay and wait for the cop, or call the cops myself or call the concierge number on my fancy overpriced charge card and ask them to call the home office.

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Plain cruelty: Boffins flay Linux ransomware for the third time

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Re: In what sense is this a Linux issue?

The problem with the Windows platform is that the biggest problem children in terms of insecure bug ridden apps have also been from Microsoft.

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Sanders presidential campaign accuses Democrats of dirty data tricks

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Outsource fail.

This sounds like a classic case of outsource fail. Leave it to someone else any they will screw it up for you. You might even be left totally out in the cold. Perhaps it's not such a bright idea to muddle together data and systems between two or more warring factions.

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After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

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What nonsense.

Hayden's conversion to the dark side is utter rubbish. So is his romance with Amidala. Natalie has done better in other roles. Her actual acting abilities are not disputable. Hayden has never demonstrated likewise.

Ewan would have stomped all over him in his earlier days. When he was young, he was a natural for the part, but he played Obi Wan instead.

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That sabre.

That sabre is as ragged as the technique of the man who wields it. It's like he's barely had any sword training at all. He looks like Adam Savage (before the Jedi training) slashing around with that thing.

Fat-over-the-hill Stephen Seagal could wipe the floor with him. So could any other Kendo or Aikido master.

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Other nitpicks.

I found the lack of other fighter types a bit jarring. I also though the resistance was a bit under equipped. The attack on that regulator seemed like the perfect role for a heavy bomber with the X-wings there to provide air cover. Something like B-Wings or Y-Wings should have been pounding on that regulator and a single proton torpedo should have blasted a nice big hole in it.

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Re: It's not that unlikely

Even better, Finn was sitting BACKWARDS while shooting forwards. He was was targeting strictly by instruments.

Of course Rebel intelligence was oddly extremely effective. That was the first time Poe ever flew that fighter.

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Re: 50 years?

> AK47 nuff said

M1911

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US Navy's newest ship sets sail with Captain James Kirk at the bridge

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Re: Phew

Well, the USN kind of doesn't. If you read the article you would be aware that they ordered a bunch of these and then scaled that back. The "I told you so's" were already right there in the article.

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Re: I sincerely hope

Kirk is not an aviator, so it's not likely. He's more "Heavy Cruiser" material.

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Sysadmin's former boss claims five years FREE support or off to court

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That subpeona is a double edged sword.

Testimony can be compelled for civil cases but then you end up with a hostile witness.

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Who owns space? Looking at the US asteroid-mining act

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Re: What did the Romans ever do for us...

Also, most Romans were slaves and not citizens and thus had no say regarding anything at all.

Besides, Rome was a republic. So this mob rule idea that the OP is pushing flies straight in the face of actual Roman practice. Some "legal expert".

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Oracle confesses to quietly axing its UK software support centre

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Re: Is there any legitimate reason to choose Oracle?

Analysts? What utter nonsense. They bought a Unix vendor. Beyond that, anyone else claiming anything is just morons pulling sh*t out of their ass.

If they did intend to "buyout the competition" then that's just retarded because the only thing they gained ownership over is a name. It's Free Software. Anyone can fork it. People WILL fork it if you annoy them. Case in point MySQL and OpenOffice.

Oracle are the poster boys for how you can't "buy out" Free Software.

Not that MySQL in any way shape or form is a replacement for Oracle (or even Postgres).

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Superfish 2.0 worsens: Dell's dodgy security certificate is an unkillable zombie

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Re: re-installed from one of the other Dell services that starts up?

It sounds like re-installing from scratch using OEM media should be the best practice used by geeks everywhere...

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Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright

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Re: What is it with the reg...

Actually, I would not call WB a "legitimate IP holder" here. Certainly not for the 1966 series. That should be all in the public domain by now. The only reason it isn't is because of corporate corruption of the law and changing the rules after something's already been published.

Current work, being produced by a working professional, is a much more compelling case for the use (or abuse) of copyright.

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Re: It might because because its early so I apologise

> So if you designed something, you'd be happy for people to rip it off and make money for it?

When I was a contributor to such things, I would have been humiliated and mortified if no one wanted to pirate it. There's nothing more embarrassing than being associated with a dud that no one even wants to pirate.

That said, WB is leaving money on the table. They simply can't be bothered. In that situation, I also would not get my panties in a bunch if some enterprising fan filled the gap.

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Another case of zero net effect.

Sure. Because WB was just suffering terribly because nobody was buying THEIR replicas... [/sarc]

This case had zero actual damages.

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Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'

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Re: @ El Reg

> Can you come up with a former Apple fanboy icon?

Something like a cross between a broken heart and the old rainbow apple logo?

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