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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: More than Outlook

That's mental. People are free to use the O.S. they want, even in Germany.

And people have choosen Windows, for whatever reason is important to them. So the City Council needs to provide their services in such a way that all the Windows users are happy, because that is almost everybody. And all those people are voters too.

And you might have missed that I was explicitly talking about every file format but Office.

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More than Outlook

The last paragraph of the article also mentions a couple of other issues

1) everybody else in Munich uses Windows, and that file compatibility is a problem.

2) getting missing functionality programmed is expensive.

Apparently a city council need a lot more than just Word, Excel and PowerPoint compatibility. Just a few examples: CAD files for buildings, financial reports from organizations that are subsidized, databases on all kinds of stuff to keep track off.

So when you try adding the missing functionality, which is possible because you have the source, then you find out that custom programming is expensive. Open Source was invented in organisations where having your own programmers around was the norm. But organisations do not employ their own programmers anymore in general. A city council s probably lucky still to have its own system administrators around, why on earth would they employ programmers then?

So you need to go contracting, and that is expensive.

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Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

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Re: Bad luck...

The ones with a working flight program are doing just fine, thank you.

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Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

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No money in smartphones...

.. unless you're Apple or Google.

Maybe the next big thing, something Internet of thing-like. Not holding my breath for announcement, though.

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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Re: A quote from Hawking

That would be the aliens too stupid to build a Dyson Sphere, or even a Ringworld?

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iWatch 'due November'... Y'all know what time it is? Now you do

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Overhyped? By whom? Not by Apple, they haven't said a word.

The press is overreporting.

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Think Google Glass is creepy? Wait until it READS YOUR MIND

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Mind reading, if it is going to work with sufficient accuracy and subtlety, is actually really cool. What you do NOT want is your mind state being transferred to Google.

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PayPal says sorry: Fat fingers froze fundraiser for anti-spy ProtonMail

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Plausible deniability

That is the nice thing about it, because it exists everybody who makes a mistake is doing it deliberately.

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'Sterile neutrinos' re-ignite 'we found dark-stuff' debate

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You probably mean "superclusters" when you talk about the largest scale structures in the universe. A galactic cluster sounds its a cluster of stars in the galaxy, like the Hyades and Pleiades.

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REVEALED: Google's proposed indie music-killing contract terms

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Re: Must suck to be an musician in these days...

Lots of people wanting to make music and very few people being able to create attention for that music. Supply and demand.

The only way to get rid if that is to stop making music. Or be so good that everybody wants to listen to you so you can be The Man.

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Higgs boson even MORE likely to actually be Higgs boson - boffins

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Re: Bad news for a lot of physicists

Steady State wasn't that old. People barely had proven that there were other Island Universes (what we now call galaxies) before Hubble showed that galaxies moved away from each other, the further apart, the faster.

More importantly, Steady State is the name for the theory that Hoyle invented in response to the Big Bang theory. So it has moving galaxies too, but in addition spontaneous generation of hydrogen atoms, to make new galaxies from.

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Re: Bad news for a lot of physicists

There are always careers in Theoretical Theology, or any other of the social sciences, for the people inclined to believe in the stuff they made up themselves.

If you do not like being proven wrong, stay away from physics.

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EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

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Re: Nokia 3310

Need to make a call, but the battery in the phone. Done, remove the battery.

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TIME TRAVEL TEST finds black holes needed to make photons flit

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Overly complicated

Just a bit of evolution will show that people killing their own grandfathers will not reproduce, them being non-existant. So all universes with evolution and time-travel have nice people in them, who will not kill their own grandfathers.

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People will happily run malware if paid ONE CENT – new study

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Demoralizing?

Excellent news!

Finally there's a way to make money while you sleep. Not a lot of it, but that is because computing power is not really scarce. And given the fact that FB et al already have downloaded your address book and whatnot, these guys are better than FB. FB didn't give you any money, didn't they?

On a more serious note, maybe the IT people should start to think of a way to have computers for other humans instead of computers for IT people? Companies are the only entities paying for your services, as the numerous complaints on these fora about having to give away free computer support for friends an family show.

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Google Fit will slurp YOUR heartbeat, weight, blood pressure from gizmos

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Re: Coming soon...

What data? The data they are making up themselves for everybody with a Google+ account?

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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Google's money comes from advertisers, who believe that Google's information on people will help them sell junk to the same people.

Google can tell them all kinds of subtle lies about people and the stuff they are interested in. Who's going to know?

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Report pegs Apple for October smartwatch release

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"Sorry folks: at least another four months of iWatch stories"

Only because you lot make them up and publish them

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

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Re: Simple Counter-Measure

We already have that. It's called Facebook. And it is very easy to use too.

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Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

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Re: My network...

Seems to me preventing glassholes to video everybody on the premises is taking one's responsability seriously.

Secondly, he's only looking at the MAC address. He's not peeking into the traffic. Very hard to police for illegal stuff, unless of course certain MAC addresses must be prevented by law or court order from accessing publicly available networks.

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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Re: Really?

You mean, making life-enhancing mistakes like installing some malware that sends premium SMS on your dime? The single experience everybody must have had to feel really, truly and utterly alive?

On this site, most readers think smartphones (computers) are interesting and worth tinkering with. But that is a minority standpoint. Most people want a cheap and reasonable phone, a big minority want to pay more and have a phone that some something extra.

And then there's the status. On this site tinkering with phones is status-enhancing, but that is also a minority view in the wide world. The minority buying iOS devices is a lot bigger. And willing to spend cash.

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Linux users at risk as ANOTHER critical GnuTLS bug found

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Re: Open source was supposed to be secure

It was indeed. Open Source was claimed to be safe because everybody had already looked at the code and found nothing wrong. Note the past tense.

Now we know that nobody looked, or only the three-letter agencies looked at said code. And wrote exploits for it.

Now the other claim: everybody can fix it. This is partly true, everybody can run the patch and fix it in that sense. But almost nobody can look at the code, see what is wrong with it and create the patch. What everybody can do is look at the code.

I must say, I love the economics ans sociologics of this. O.S was meant to make the world a better place, and in some parts it did. What it also did was make the world a worse place. The three letter agencies got free and easy access, and all they had to do was look at the code, find the bugs and do nothing about them. And lots of the really smart people who also wanted to make money out of that smartness started serving ads, gathering data and making money, instead of writing closed source and making money.

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

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Compound statements considered harmfull.

Who cares how a compound statement is formulated, when the problem is that it exists? Compound statements are actually the root all evil in programming, after the banishment of goto.

In Oberon it was done properly: statement lists. No BEGIN or {, except at the star of a procedure. A couple of keywords terminated a statement list, and END was one of them, next to ELSE and possibly UNTIL (forgot whether Oberon has a REPEAT UNTIL).

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Apple plots HOME INVASION at WWDC

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Re: I'm still wondering...

A fully working AI is going to be a lot *worse* than your Mum ever was.

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The Internet of Things helps insurance firms reward, punish

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Re: As has been pointed out by others

Why do you want those things in the first place?

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Reprogram the devices so that they tell lies about your habits.

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Fanbois Apple-gasm as iPhone giant finally reveals WWDC lineup

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Angel

Not that familiar with Apple before the iPhone, but is Jasper H. implying that all those iPod announcements during the noughties were exciting?

Really?

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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Re: I disagree in part

Android users invest far less in their app than iOS users. Which makes switching from Android cheaper.

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Of course do we agree

that's why I am not in the cloud.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: I think...

Indeed. Remember the Samsung smart watch thingie.

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PEAK APPLE: Mystery upstart to hurl iLord from its throne 'by 2020'

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Famous for it?

This is the Fred Wilson who is famous for having correctly predicted the rise and fall of a whole Valley of tech companies?

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

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Don't use Chrome?

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

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Re: Thinking about thinking

Mmmm. Given that humans are the ones coming up with these kinds of nasty applications all the time, the first thing a rational being will do is making sure the cannot do that kind of torture on him.

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Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

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Re: Returning a favour would be nice

As I understand it the techies managing other people's home computer systems always put Linux on those systems.

Isn't that enough of an revenge?

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Fix capitalism with floating cities on Venus says Charles Stross

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Sounds great. Seeing nothing but fog for the rest of your live.

OTOH, for Britons there would not be that much difference, wouldn't it?

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EU antitrust bods: Motorola, Samsung too dominant to take on poor little Apple

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Angel

Indeed. Apple has less than 20% of the market by device numbers, so they are clearly not the dominant party on the smartphone market.

Who cares that they make all the money anyway.

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What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

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Clearly, the wrong things are being patented

Click-bait, for instance. If one-click shopping charts can be patented, why not click-bait?

The internet would be so much better.

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Web cams pointed into hot young star's 'Ring of Fire' down under

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The Sun is not a young star anymore at 5 times 10**9 years. And at 6000 Kelvin, is isn't hot either. Just an old-fashioned eclipse of the Sun by the Moon. And as people have known for 2500* years, solar eclipses get clouded out all the time.

* Thales of Milete.

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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Would love to see that car trying to handle Dutch cyclists. Like in Amsterdam.

If it is going to wait for all cyclist to pass, it won't go anywhere. And not that anybody is going to signal a left turn.

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

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Angel

I'm sure they are crying all the way to the bank.

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Awkward? Elop now answers to ex-junior Nadella as Microsoft closes Nokia buyout

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Re: You missed one big bit

Nokia was loosing market share in Europe as soon as iPhone was released there. Look at the Nokia Group Annual accounts at this web page: http://company.nokia.com/en/investors/financial-reports/results-reports.

The interesting section in the reports is the top 10 market bit. Just compare the figures for the European markets year over year.

Nokia was still growing, but their key markets were collapsing as soon as the competition entered. At some point you will then stop growing. Which Nokia did, just before the famous Memo. Obviously, management already knew they were in trouble, and they tried something new. Fully aware that it might not work, as it did not.

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

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"So what's happened to the "reality distortion field" in these days of Peak Apple? Suddenly reality looks about as boring as we all knew it to be. So, if you don't mind waiting, we're off for a snooze until the fruity firm decide to do something interesting again. "

El Reg and the other media were the ones obsessing about the "reality distortion field". Good to see you finally caught up.

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All men are part of a PURE GENETIC ELITE, says geno-science bloke

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Birds having different genes to determine males and females, does that mean that males and females evolved separately in dinosaurs and mammals? I would presume that the fishes and amphibians had already sorted that out, so why the difference?

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

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Follow the Money (business as usual)

Not a big secret why BT isn't keen on having all those I(nternet)Things talking to each other all the time: there's no way consumers are going to pay for the extra bandwidth which will be needed to support that level of blathering. Neither are the makers of the IThings, or those people who crave the data stream being generated by them.

So why should BT, or any other network provider pick up that bill?

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Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots

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Re: foss

The discussion is about the claim that in "Open Source all bugs are shallow". Is this claim valid, or not?

This case has shown that that claim is not valid. Nobody has found this defect, even though this particular library is widely used.

Whether other claims made by different parties are valid or not is not the issue here.

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Apple says iOS, OS X is immune to Heartbleed SSL bug

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If it is your own server, you can give yourself permission to test it. Even in the UK.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Re: I don't get it..

Only problem is, nobody is actually examining Open Source for such errors.

Apart from the alphabet soup agencies, the malware writers, and the companies that make money finding defects, that is. The only people who do have an interest in finding exploitable defects.

Clearly, while the reasoning behind the "many eyes" idea appears to be reasonable, in practice it does NOT work. A bit of economic theory will tell you immediately why this is so, and also why the bad guys are the most likely people to find these defects.

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Re: Is there...

Bad pixels, hot pixels and cosmic ray hits do show up on almost every picture astronomers (both amateur and professional) take of the sky. First thing they do is to get rid of them by various means, like sigma clipping, bad pixel mapping and dark frame subtraction.

And the best bit is, you can actually check this for yourself. 500 euro's for a digital camera and a tracking mount should do the trick. The processing software can be found on the net for free.

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Free Speech is brilliant

How else would you have found out which companies to shun or support, which point of view to support or oppose, and which country or state to avoid?

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WIMPs wipe each other out in giant radiating spot at galaxy's centre

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Re: Interesting, but

People have been looking at this possibility: http://www.jannalevin.com/books_universe.html

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