* Posts by JEDIDIAH

2393 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

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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Re: But

If you "need to search for documentation", then you might as well be using VMS.

The WHOLE POINT of modern UI design is supposed to be that you don't have to do that. That was kind of a key thesis of the article we're discussing right now.

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Re: Good points

Idiots think that it's a good idea to just copy Apple. It doesn't even matter if they've actually bothered to use what they are trying to copy.

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Phone-fondling docs, nurses sling patient info around willy-nilly

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Re: Is is really that important?

> Except insurance companies, and maybe blackmailers if STDs are involved..

My insurance company already knows how sick I am.

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Re: Mobile Phone use in a hospital

> You don't really want to lie ill in bed surrounded by people bellowing into their mobile phones, do you?

No. I want to be the one bellowing into my mobile phone.

Videoconferencing: perhaps you've heard of it?

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Re: Load of bollocks

In all of the (American) facilities I have been in, the staff are issued their own personal mobiles to use during their shift. They are actually pretty primitive. I've never seen an American nurse use a personal device on the job.

Although I have seen them jibber jabber on their hospital supplied mobes in the middle of a procedure. I find THAT far more disturbing than a data breach.

Clearly they are not autistic enough.

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The only GOOD DRONE is a DEAD DRONE. Y'hear me, scumbags?!

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Re: "The only GOOD DRONE is a DEAD DRONE. Y'hear me, scumbags?!"

Fat lot of good a rifle is without ammo. Do they at least get to keep their bayonets?

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Re: Paint balls vs CCTV

>> US gun law generally forbids convicted felons and violent mentally ill people from owning guns.

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> How's that working out for you?

...about as well as the war on drugs.

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Deutsche Bank to axe 'excessively complex' IT, slash 9,000 jobs

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Re: Forking hell!

Even if they move to SAP, they still have to figure out which of the 45 versions of Linux they are going to use.

Although the support list for the version of SAP they are using will probably drive that.

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Re: Oh yeah...

...or get fired in a round of cost cutting. I was working at such an outsourcer when they decide to rearrange the deck chairs. They ditched telecommuting in favor of a physical location that no good IT would want to relocate to. Then they fired all of the legacy staff that had all of the tribal knowledge. Of course it was a total disaster. What was left of the telecommuter admin pool had to make up for the idiots sitting in the middle of Montana. Eventually they just ditched the idiots in Montana and were left with the telecommuters minus anyone who had a clue.

Sometimes I wonder why corporate America doesn't just implode.

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Re: Respect

I wonder how much of this is driven by legacy apps they can't replace and more modern apps that have their own system requirements. I knew of an old pick app that was mission critical and no one could manage to replace it. They tried. Oh they tried. Every young new CxO tried to get rid of that thing with something shiny and new. The new hotness could never do the job.

So forget operating systems. I wonder how many database platforms they support because of the aforementioned application system requirements...

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Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

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Re: Yes ,

TVs (and bluray players) are computers anymore.

The Sony BD models even come with GPL disclaimers and a list of projects Sony used to make the product.

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French say 'non' to Netflix, reveals entertainment report

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Re: The disc world ...

> I like your thinking however that would require me getting off my fat lardy arse and going to the shops at specific times of the day and only on specific days

What? No Amazon over there?

I'm under a strict medical quarantine and I can still "shop until I drop" and I don't have to get up out of this here chair...

...and there's still the classic Netflix service too. Although procrastination becomes a problem.

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: bitstreaming?

A chromebox has the GPU juice to decode blurays. This probably does too.

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Re: I assume this is a fanless design

...except you can always turn off a PC. A little fan noise probably won't be audible once you start to actually use the PC. Your AV system will drown it out or you will get distracted with what yo actually use the PC for.

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Another day, another stunning security flaw in Android – this time hitting 55% of mobes

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Re: innocuous-looking app which, when installed

No, it's not a shock. Exploiting Unix with a local privilege escalation hack is nothing new. Back in the day, some people considered this sort of thing a hobby. One of my college profs was one such hobbyist.

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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Sting like a butterfly...

Mr Ali just needs to start using the alias Cassius Clay.

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Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free

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Re: ...and how much does Netflix cost a month?

The cost of Netflix includes VIDEO which has always been more expensive than music. Over here, it's a replacement for 30 or so of the channels you would have on a 500 channel package. It's basically all of the reruns you would get on cable.

Plus Netflix has original content along the lines of AMC or HBO.

That makes Netflix a considerably better value. Apple has to compete with that and every other audio and video service.

Pandora is just plain free. Spotify has a free option too.

Apple is late to the party and they have to prove themselves.

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Re: @Richard Taylor

"most people"

That already tells me that it's feasible that someone could notice the difference.

"most" actually leaves quite a lot of people out there able to tell the difference. Otherwise, the exclusionary language would have been stronger.

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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

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Re: Windows 10 won't give PC sales a fillip

They must have vastly improved their reliability recently because the Macs that I owned were nothing to write home about in terms of reliability. They also weren't terribly good in terms of performance either.

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Re: Would many people notice Media Center [sic] vanishing?

There is NOTHING special about "usability" in MCE.

The only advantage it has when it comes to tuners is the DRM infested ones they use in America.

Plus, that's even only relevant for land line cable monopolies. Those DRM tuners don't support American sat service at all.

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: We haff ways of MAKING you inztall!

I was wondering if something like this was impacting my machine at the office, my connection to it, and the general sluggishness of the work network. It seemed like a little too much of a coincidence...

They're stealing our kittens!

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John McAfee cuffed by Tennessee cops, faces drug-driving, gun rap

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Perry Mason always gets you off...

...as long as he was lucid enough to decline any form of drug testing, he might actually get off.

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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High IO on Win10

It seems like any time you open the control panel in Win10 the IO goes crazy.

I also run it in a VM.

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Re: Business market?

There's little money to be made from home users in general.

They don't buy the highly expensive professional flagship products that platform partisans like to fixate on.

For a lot of users, there's really nothing keeping them on Windows but decades of pervasive FUD.

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Re: Fact, or speculation and FUD?

> And if you were a highly experienced software developer you wouldn't make a comment like that.

You mean GAME developer.

The rest of us appreciate "stability" in the Debian sense of the word.

Needing to basically learn a whole new API between major releases of a library is not cool unless you're trying to squeeze every bit of juice you can out of current hardware and don't care how you do it.

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Re: Such as ?

> We need marketing people to reconnect with the real world and realise that adverts and subscriptions are about as popular as cancer.

No. We exist in a vanishingly small minority of people that think ads are any problem at all.

Otherwise, we would not have had about 100 years of ad supported free media.

Time to face facts. You and I are weirdos.

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They're escaping the quarantine zone!

Well, I do care about new Windows machines becoming part of a bit torrent swarm without the consent or knowledge of the end user. At that point, it's not just Lemming self-flagellation anymore. That's something that can impact me if I happen to be sharing a network with a new WinBox. Plus friends and family will be impacted and likely experience "mysterious internet slowdowns".

I'm not a Windows user but I'm often called upon to rescue them.

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Meh.

No. I think it's just backlash from butthurt Lemmings that see all of the negative articles here.

I don't really have to say anything negative about Windows. El Reg is doing fine without me.

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Re: 'Pay once, use forever'...?

> I am curious: how did the author manage to type and publish this article using MS-DOS v1.0...?

I used my first spreadsheet, word processor, and mouse driven drawing app on the Apple II.

Some things just don't need to be re-invented every year. Once Microsoft finally got it's act together and had a half decent GUI, a lot of basic stuff beyond that point probably didn't need "upgrading" that much.

What exactly am I paying for in this years version of rehashed software from 1994? Should I even need to care about those things? These questions are usually not addressed. It's just assumed that everyone will buy the shovelware because they think they have to.

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Re: Linux

You can even [gasp] just install MATE over top the standard Ubuntu and be done.

All of those variants are nothing more than different sets of "apt-get" commands.

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Re: Linux

Even if that were true, burning any Linux to the ground and reinstalling from scratch is still less trouble than any Windows install or upgrade. User data is easy to protect and separate based on Unix design elements that predate Linux.

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Re: Pay us...

...that's funny because I know a business user that complains that the Windows version of Skype is full of ads and steals all upstream bandwidth.

The Linux version of Skype seems like an improvement over that actually.

The cash cow mentality when applied to software creates these strange paradoxes.

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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Yeah... me too.

I also ended up with the ST because I managed to get a killer deal on it.

There was this insane return program (perhaps only in the states) that allowed people to get dirt cheap STs but I had mine already by the time I found out about it.

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...and again, get off my lawn!

All of the 68K's were fine machines, especially considering what the state of the PC clone market was like and what MS-DOS and Windows were like. When I finally defected to monopoly ware in 94, I nearly came straight back because of what WinDOS could do to what was ample RAM on a 68K machine.

Amigas were really not that far behind typical PCs of the time. They certainly weren't behind PCs at all in terms of multimedia capabilities.

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...and get off my lawn!

They were always a consumer niche product that didn't get any respect from the larger business market. The Microsoft hegemony chipped away at their market share year after year until they were finally relegated to Video toaster enthusiasts.

The same thing happened to them that happened to nearly another alternative to MS-DOS.

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How Music Got Free and Creatocracy

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Re: Suffering artists

Nope. A kid mowing a lawn gets paid for mowing the lawn once.

He doesn't get a royalty anyone looks at it or walks across it.

He has to work in order to get paid. He can't just sit on his ass and expect to get paid for doing nothing.

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Re: Free?

Back in the old days, the only mobile entertainment device you really had was a radio. This gave the music industry a tremendous advantage. They had a sort of monopoly in the mobile space. Once mobile devices started adequately playing games and displaying video, they no longer had a captive audience.

We grew up with transistor radios and our children grew up with Nintendo. That's not even getting into the current generation of mobile networked devices.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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You can't handle the truth.

If they are letting people upgrade in place for free and they don't cripple everyone's machines in the process, that could actually put quite a dent in the PC upgrade cycle. Demand for PCs are already depressed. People are finding that their ancient machines are still perfectly suitable.

Microsoft seems to be ADDING to this perception rather than encouraging hardware upgrades.

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Re: Free OS upgrades - Yawn.

Contrary to the constant screeching of the trolls, nearly no one really needs msoffice.

Besides, Microsoft wants you to give up that "local version of office".

...and Linux has a lot of games these days. Some of them are the ones that my Windows gamer friends even get excited over. Not perfect but not totally dire either.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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I see crazy people and they don't know they're crazy.

Agreed. The fetish with upgrading all devices seems insane. Give them security fixes sure, but don't force everyone to run the latest bloatware. It doesn't make any more sense on a phone than it does on a PC.

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Re: Have you ever actually owned a Mercedes . . ?

Don't be a moron. ALL cars depreciate.

Also, there's nothing terribly noteworthy about "Mercedes service" either. Although you will likely be forced to use it because of the proprietary nature of many parts of a Mercedes. I sorely wanted to replace the head unit in mine with something a bit more modern. Car companies always lag behind with that kind of thing.

Although the real point is that Apple products come out of the same Chinese factories and use the same parts as any other PC or phone. Besides the extra trim, there is absolutely nothing to distinguish them from the cheapest brand you can name.

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Re: It's true

iTunes is pants under any OS and yes I have used it under MacOS. It's really not that sophisticated of a program. It's missing little bits of polish that you might even see on a Linux app. It's not really a proper GUI and some of the obvious music use cases are missing. Media management for alien video isn't there at all. It's "jack-of-all-trades" throw everything together in the same app approach is also a bit daft and highly anti-Unix. The storefront is just an 80s throwback turning what should be a modern ecommerce site into something you would have seen on the 3 foot 10 pack.

It's one of the most undeservingly overhyped applications ever.

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The Pot goes on a rampage.

> I find it fascinating how people seem to translate their own experiences and wants into an absolute requirement for everyone else and denigrate anyone who doesn't agree.

That's rich coming from the fanboy camp.

The OP's remark were a nice solid explanation for why a considerable bulk of the market might be inclined to avoid Apple products. Phone salesmen will even bring these issues up if they see you contemplating a switch back to Apple.

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I'll add a fact (or 3)

We haven't upgraded our phones in awhile. We really see no need. What exact characteristic of ANY phone including the new iPhones is exactly supposed to be worth the bother (never mind the money)?

It also doesn't help that the S6 is trying too hard to look like an Apple product (no removable battery or SD card).

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

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[Nelson] HA HA [/Nelson]

This is a great opportunity to laugh at someone else's expense. It's also a good cautionary tale and something else to add to the list of "don't do that again". Hopefully everyone will learn from this and benefit.

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