* Posts by JEDIDIAH

2393 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

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

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Re: Your own fault...

That's either sarcasm or you really and truly don't understand a thing we're talking about here.

The sad thing is that both are equally likely to be true.

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America helps ease Ericsson's pain

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I thought it was the 2 Bobs

When I heard that America helped east Ericsson's pain, I thought they were talking about how the US has crap labor protections and it's trivial to "cull the herd" any time there one of the Bobs feels like it.

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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Re: The penguinistas fear is showing through

In truth, you can still get Windows on optical disk. It's even significantly cheaper that way.

Pretty easy to see if you take 30 seconds to look on Amazon.

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Re: I hope they let users create bootable CDs or DVDs from the packaged USB drive

You can buy the OEM version of Win10 and an external DVD drive and still come out ahead.

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Re: Yes

...except modern desktop systems are trivial to replace and don't sit close to the core of the system barely separated from the hardware.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: Installed it on several 2007-2009 spec machines.

You're kidding? Yet another Windows video driver model?

[facepalm]

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Re: SSD Essential

> I'd say an SSD is essential as a boot/OS drive for basically any hardware or OS now.

I used to think that. I was experiencing a lot of IO waits and blamed it all on Canonical. I juggled things around using multiple units of spinning rust trying to reduce contention. Even contemplated buying a nice fat SSD to replace my boot drive with.

...then it turns out that it was just a failing drive.

Once replaced with spinning rust that wasn't in the process of actively dying, all became well. Need for SSD upgrade averted.

Not all Operating Systems are created equal.

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Re: Minimum requirements

Windows 3.1 and 95 were both pigs until RAM prices finally dropped and I could go from 8M to 32M.

My first Win box started out at 4M and was immediately upgraded to 8M because 4M with 3.1 was just too painful coming from the ST (where 4M is a bloody bonanza).

I would not trust the minimum specs.

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Re: Ha

Obscure peripherals? What did you have in mind? I'm probably more into the "obscure" stuff and I'm a Linux user.

Besides, most people aren't interested in a SCSI microscope so crowing about it really isn't terribly relevant.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Contradictory nonsense.

> Funny that the Linux people cannot get it into their head

Your own comments have SQUAT to do with what "Linux people do". It's all about 3rd party support from parties like Microsoft or Intuit.

...also, I used the web version of Quickbooks on Linux 10 years ago.

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Re: 'just blow away the existing boot sector'

Linux will only overwrite Windows if you tell it to. Otherwise, it will leave it in place and give you a boot manager that acknowledges the existence of other operating systems and includes them in your boot options.

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Too much irony. Irony overload has occured.

> You appear to confuse "easy to use" with "efficient", and there is a VAST gap in between the two.

The OP has correctly pointed out that you have reverted back to a decent command line (Unix) versus a really bad one (DOS). The visual flimflam is just a distraction from this fact.

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Re: " Linux long ago reached parity with Windows and OS X."

> Yeah, even more so if you run business software or games ....

...which MacOS is certainly no good at.

If you want to pay for commercial software, Windows is pretty much it. MacOS is the same kind of ugly redheaded stepchild that Linux is. All of the effort put into marketing it (MacOS) hasn't really changed this much.

It's stupid when idiots try to lump MacOS in with Windows. It's more appropriately lumped in with Linux because of market share and 3rd party support.

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Re: Linux long ago reached parity with Windows and OS X.

The only thing Windows has going for it, the only thing it really had going for it, is the fact that it is the monopoly legacy platform. This goes back to the days of DOS.

If you aren't fixated on some WinDOS only program, Windows itself is highly optional and very interchangeable. Even the example of "needing" msoffice is bogus for most people. Although the notion that you can't get away from it is a nice triump of the trolls.

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Samsung stuffs 2 TERABYTES into flash drive for ordinary folk

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Re: Price

It was painful enough when I finally had to give up on cheap Seagates in favor of WD Red drives and that's nothing compared to one of these.

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Linux on the desktop is so hot there's now a fight over it

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Re: It's a damn pity...

"serious word processing" can be done with anything. This has been the case since before msoffice managed to get itself entrenched. The only thing msoffice brings to the table is the fact that it's a trusted brand name. It may not even be "most compatible" with itself.

This mindless brand fixation nonsense is one of the most annoying parts of Windows. You have this monopoly product that's supposed to offer you literally anything and everything (because of the whole monopoly thing) and it gets wasted because of this herd mentality regarding what apps you can use.

Pitiful.

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Re: Linux Desktops?

There are entire industries that gave up on msoffice as a data exchange format.

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What's black, sticky, and has just 8GB of storage?

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Just bad corporate culture.

Microsoft is run from the sales department and not engineering. They have always been deficient. This isn't just a Linux versus Windows thing. This goes all the way back to dog+world versus DOS.

Plus Linux (and Unix in general) is transparent and modular. They're designed that way. So you can tweak to your hearts content and make Linux even more suitable for limited hardware (like the PI).

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

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Re: Enough of Redmond, I want to make the switch, but all the flavors & choices leaves me lost...

#1 - I didn't like the Firefox in the last copy of Ubuntu I installed so I downloaded the current release tarball from Mozilla. All I did to "install it" was to unzip the archive. It runs fine. I have Loki games from the dawn of time and 3 distros ago that I still run.

#2 - The package manager handles any dependencies for any app you would care to install. You don't have to worry what API an application was coded with.

#3 - Maya is available for Linux. Don't make baseless assumptions.

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Re: Goodness.

No. You're missing the point. Arch is not sold on it's usability to n00bs. What are you going to try and dredge up next? Gentoo? CentOS?

Some distributions are intended to be more "user friendly". Arch simply isn't one of them and it's a piss poor example to base any comparison on.

Although there is something to be said for a system that can be remotely managed from the other side of the planet with a 2400 baud modem.

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Re: Goodness.

Every time I borrow the wife's ultrabook it seems like it needs to chug along forever updating things. I always wonder that I will run out of battery power in the middle of that and something dire will happen to the OS install.

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Re: Goodness.

> If Windows 10 gets anything near this positive a review on this site next month - bias or not I'll show my arse in ASDA.

Isn't Win10 the OS that wants to share your wifi passwords with dog+world by default without even letting the user know what's going on?

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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Re: If you need a "new" PC

> The word Nvidia explains everything. Nvidia kit is Windows only, if that.

Nonsense. I've been getting the most out of Nivida kit on Linux for years and years since before the 6200 was shiny and new. Nvidia is very well supported on Linux by Nvidia. Pretty much always has been.

Being a happy customer of their BLOBs is a big part of why I'm so viciously anti-Wayland.

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Re: If you need a "new" PC

This isn't really a Linux issue. It's a Nvidia legacy support issue. Those older chipsets are getting desupported in the newer driver versions across the board. Chipset driver release numbers are something you have to watch out for regardless. Some are just plain buggy.

Even the early ION era GPUs are getting desupported in the newer drivers and the 6x00's are older than that.

I would expect the libre driver to still worth though. Dunno for sure, I use the proprietary driver.

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Re: If you need a "new" PC

If you're a lucky enough individual that you have a box that's inherently hostile to Linux then that is going to be obvious after the 2nd try now isn't it? Although it would be nice to know what the offending hardware was. It's nice to avoid those things.

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Re: Need a new PC?

No. A PI won't quite cut it. Even a kid (or rather especially a kid) will know that you've given him a lemon. A chromebox is about as low as you would want to go on the desktop specs.

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Re: Damn you lucky bastadges.

> Have you tried an Apple MacBook Pro instead?

The guy said he wanted an AMPLE number of ports, not an inadequate number of them.

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Flash is fallible. But you'd rather have an AFA than spinning rust

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Re: It will soon be over!

SSD that can even displace my current spinning rust (regardless of cost)?

I will believe it when I actually see it.

Zero seek times are nice and everything but there's still reliability and failure modes to consider. Will it fail gracefully and allow me time to order a replacement or will it just suddenly kick me in the balls. SSD brands haven't been around long enough to really establish a track record either way here.

I will use whatever makes sense and gets the job done. I don't have this apparent desperate need to see one or the other fail like a notable chunk of the peanut gallery here does.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Re: Different needs

So what you are saying is that you really just never adapted to the brave new world of Powershell. You could have this all wired by now (or just use someone else's toolbox) but you've just never bothered.

GUIs are nice but they change too much or get booted in favor of something like Metro or Unity.

They have a habit of going missing in future versions or changing their behavior.

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Re: Interesting.

Are you kidding? You hardly need GUI running local on the RDBMS server in order to manage it. Even Microsoft's product is not that lame.

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Re: Growing up is tough

> If you know which file you need to change - where it is located - and which line you need to change. Windows is much more powerful and simple in that you change the settings in the Registry or Active Directory

The Windows version is no actual improvement. You've just moved the configuration hive from one type of storage mechanism to one that's far less standard. You've also stripped off the inline documentation or any real sense of order in the process.

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Re: "Perpetual licence or AS A SERVICE" ????????????

I know a business user that had Win7 set to the "download and let me initiate" setting for the Windows update but it didn't actually do that. So he turned off updates all together because a machine decided to update itself right before a critical deadline.

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Re: how many? @Mr. Coward

> Mint has 8 different editions, why?

It's easy. They aren't mutually exclusive. They're all just different variations on packaging. You can start out with their version of the Debian minimal image and morph it into any Mint "version" with a single command.

There is also just one price.

What Microsoft does is nothing like that. They don't have a single system with identical capabilities that can run on multiple architectures offered for the same price.

Arbitrary artificial limits are always stupid and shortsighted. You would think Microsoft (and it's Lemming users) would have learned this lesson by now.

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Re: "and they're losing faith.'

> AutoCAD I'll give you though, CAD software is a bit of a pain to find on Linux.

An Autocad USER is a bit of a pain to find actually.

It's been 20 or so years since this product was a visible thing to consumers. The PC market has grown and evolved since then. Back in the days of DOS, CAD programs were a much more significant portion of the overall user base. These days not so much.

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Rand Paul is trying to murder net neutrality. Is there a US presidential election, or something?

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Re: Lost my vote

Exactly. He at least had some potential as a candidate before standing up for this kind of crap.

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Re: Someone should try explaining to you

Most ISPs in the free world aren't state enforced monopolies.

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America was founded on a dislike of taxes, so how did it get the IRS?

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Re: Still

Not allowing your proles to afford their own professional services is morally wrong.

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Re: Speaking of myths

"Taxation without representation" was just a marketing slogan. None of the patriots actually wanted representation in Parliment. They rightfully knew that their voices would not amount to much due to small numbers. Much more significance is given to that slogan than it really deserves. It's like shrinkwrapped history for lazy consumers.

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Re: Taxtastic

Taxes in the US are as simple or as interesting as you want to make them. If your taxes are simple enough that they can even be all completely handled by your employee then they will be pretty trivial in the US too. The moment any part of your financial life is something that isn't managed by your employer, then of course things are going to get more interesting.

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Huh? What?

Using checks? Who? Is this my grandmother you're talking about? I haven't used checks for merchant transactions EVER and I'm middle aged.

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Rescuing the morons from themselves...

> I think you're missing the point. The billions of desktops don't know how or don't desire to switch engines tomorrow, that's the problem!

That's simply not Google's problem.

There's simply no technical or structural barrier keeping customers in place. The fact that most people are apparently too stupid (your own observation) to choose Pepsi over Coke is not a problem that should be solved by the government punishing the victor. If they are doing something like dumping, or even like what the article said (hiding competitors), that's something more along the lines of classic anti-trust.

The fact that most people buy Cambells, Ford, and McDonalds is not an anti-trust issue.

Search is a commodity. It's not a platform that requires buy-in from 3rd parties. So conflating Google and Microsoft is grossly misleading.

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Re: A solution for the wrong problem

Your screed overlooks the fact that anyone interested in Linux gaming is NOT going to be motivated by "political purity" when deciding which device driver to use.

Non-problem avoided.

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Re: JustNiz

...yes, and "open source Linux devs" could be anybody including gaming and multimedia developers.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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> Hooray! I can still get a pizza!

Only if it's a vegetable pizza. Meat pizzas are against the old dietary laws.

It's likely that this entire establishment needs to be burnt to the ground for being unclean and not kosher.

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Re: I wonder how they're going to know?

> I look forward to the downvotes of the self-righteously intolerant.

You're an idiot. Who is agitating for the law? The people agitating for this law are the retarded sorts that think their liberty includes the right to oppress. They're like the original Puritans that landed at Plymouth Rock not because the Dutch were such poor hosts. Their "persecution" in England was probably also overrated.

They came to America to be free to abuse those around them and isolate their followers from different ideas. They were much like a cabal of Mormon "fundementalists".

Never mind the fact these idiots are acting in a blatantly un-christ-like fashion.

These people actually need to crack open the book sometime.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Jerks that love to blame the victim...

I've had credit cards hacked before. Sometimes there is an obvious and blatant large purchase put on the card. Sometimes it's smaller and more subtle. Not everyone acts like Richard Pryor in Superman III.

Sony simply isn't honoring it's merchant agreement. What really should be happening here is that Sony should be under threat from the relevant credit card company.

Yet another reason to distrust the cloud.

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Re: Lambs to ISlaughter

Just based on media reports, that 36:1 number doesn't hold up and this is despite obvious media bias in favor of reporting child related incidents.

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Re: Actually I think el-reg have the point entirely.

The El Reg reaction to this strategy appears to be amusement.

I think they understand the point of terrorism all too well.

It might be ISIS that doesn't completely understand the concept.

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: Anti-trust

This seems to be a collision of two different brands that have different approaches to legacy support. One lives and breathes legacy support while the other one despises it. One brand drop kicks their own customers in the balls when it comes to legacy support. Never mind people that use a rival OS.

This is a beautiful collision of world views. No conscious illegal intent is required.

This is just what happens when the ultimate legacy support brand meets the "ooh shiny shiny" brand.

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Re: Apples values.

I never used bootcamp when running alternative operating systems on Mac hardware.

I just set the appropriate (different) partition and boot sector options in the MacOS partitioning tool.

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