* Posts by Stuart 22

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Linux 'GRINCH' vuln is AWFUL. Except, er, maybe it isn't

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An easier option ...

Climb up the outside of the building and hang upside down outside the SysAdmin's window using your smartphone to video them signing on.

Most video editors have a 180 degree transformation tool. HTH.

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Microsoft kills its Euro pane in the a**: The 'would you prefer Chrome?' window

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Re: choice . . .

If only they had replaced this with a ballot to choose your operating system. Oh, and included a payment adjustment (so you either pay the licensing fee to MS if selected or get it returned if you don't). Bundling Windows "free" through OEM arrangements is a major driver in the monopoly stakes.

Transparent pricing is a rather more important issue than browser choice.

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Microsoft fires legal salvo at phone 'tech support' scammers

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Re: But what does the scammers EULA say?

Much as I enjoy taking a swing at Microsoft - I do applaud their actions here. We are exclusively Linux but these scammers do assure us that they can fix our systems that have (apparently) notified Microsoft that they have been compromised. Except their script falls apart shortly after being told to press the START button ;-)

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Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January

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Re: High school adjectives for business solutions

"I'm very excited about Windows 10"

Excited? Do you mean when an OS can stay up for a year or more without breaking or degrading? Where you can choose and configure the interface that suits your way of working best and there are no surprises. It just does it job quietly and efficiently?

I get excited when I see a trapeze artist wobbling in the wind at 200 feet without a safety net. But I'm not sure I want an operating system to give me that sort of thrill.

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NY premiere of The Interview cancelled after hackers' terrorist threats

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Digging their own graves ...

If the Sony/MPAA had been more pro-active in promoting volume downloads rather than screwing end users with arbitrary 'regional' rules and legislator bribed extensions of copyright - then the industry might have moved with the technology and user demand and now be almost an entirely online business and a have a little more sympathy.

The downside would be fewer cinemas to go and have a dark snog but you always have the living room couch ;-)

Then instead of losing revenue and just possibly endangering life from GOP inspired nutters Sony would be benefiting from the most publicised movie release ever without spending a penny on advertising. Indeed some of us might feel a duty to get a legal copy just to spite the hackers and/or the NORKS.

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

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Re: This is entirely UNreasonable

"So she would have to pay approx. 93p to Ireland and 80p to Germany"

I have been registered for VAT for twenty years. It really is the easiest system to use and has the benefit of making sure I have my accounts in order every quarter which causes a lot less distress at year end. If only every other gov.uk system was so easily accessible and useful. I am assuming the change makes it fair in that those who did not pay currently vat don't get an unjustifiable advantage when selling to non-vat registered entities (aka real people).

But for a couple of quid why not make your business UK only?

I noticed the effects yesterday when my GoDaddy reseller account (US/Luxembourg) had to be renewed. 20% vat was added automatically. Of course, as a vat registered entity I get that back (and very quickly) which may be an incentive for micro businesses to register for vat so as to reclaim on supplier purchases. No need to wait until you get near £81k.

Or do you think GoDaddy should have continued to have an unfair advantage in selling domains to individuals against British registrars, and micro registrars like us?

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: Dunno about warming

What part of " Let's take Southern and South Eastern Europe" did you not understand?

All of it, 'cos I didn't get wet in 12 consecutive days but got a great tan cycling in southern Europe during June/July. Must have been the wrong bit. Will try harder next year!

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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Stick with the dancing job!

Software code doesn't deteriorate with age. The hardware has been updated regularly and presumably uses current technology albeit within a mature architecture. And hardware, AFAIK, wasn't relevant anyway.

Maturity is a way of reducing failure. Its been tested and tested in real life conditions, all previous observed errors should be fixed. Re-writing that code is going to re-introduce many more. As a plane passenger (who spent rather longer at Athens Airport than planned returning last Friday) the only reason to dump that code (rather than fix it) is to provide new significant functionality.

Thank God isn't as lame as politicians commenting on an unfortunate but hardly catastrophic event. Delays? Don't they ever use the M25? And as for safety. Killed in and by planes that same day: zero. Killed in and by motor vehicles, rather more than zero. Sort out the real safety problems please.

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Re: Probably expected an INT, got a BOL instead

The clue is in the timing? Coded in JOVIAL and maybe AWS just runs on spare cycles on NATS massive backup S/390s. Except when they needed it flight GBP99 was on finals ... ooops!

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Norks: We might be aggressive but we didn't hack Sony!

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Re: Well that was unexpected.. not.

"There was no way they were ever behind this attack. They simply don't have the expertise or the equipment and infrastructure to carry it out"

Why? Building a missile and possibly a nuclear device is kinda clever. People can do amazing things when not continually distracted by Facebook, Twitter and HotNORKdeals.com.

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Orion 'Mars' ship: Cosmic ray guard? Go. Parachutes? Go. Spacerock shield? Go!

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Re: WTF??

"4,000 degrees Fahrenheit"

Unit of choice for an imperial power?

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Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

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Re: YMMV

1 x N7 (2012), 2 x N4 all updated OTA perfectly. Even the GMail Exchange change works OK for my partner. One N4 was bu**ered by KitKat and has now been restored to perfection by lollipop. I wouldn't go back if you paid me.

KitKat broke 25% of my devices (still have a Moto G waiting for 5.0) and Lollipop fixed 100% of breakages. Not a surprise that a major OS change causes problems to some people and we are sure hearing them about 5.0. Only Google know if 4.4.0 was better/worse than 5.0.0. Even 4.4.4 didn't fix my issue. 5.0 did.

Now I'm worried about 5.0.1. If there is nothing (for me) to fix. Should I go with the old proverb?

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

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Re: Updated my Nexus 4

Hallelujah Lollipop!

The Nexus 4 was my first 'premium phone' two years ago. It was great. But KitKat broke it. It just became unreliable. I ditched it for a Moto G so I could reliably make PHONE CALLS! (Sorry to be so old fashioned).

The 5.0 OTA transformed it back, no forward, into a smooth silky machine. Not a crash to date - with the same app payload. The only gripe was Google junking the Gallery app with some cloud dependent crud. Re-installed the old Gallery from an apk and so now completely in Android heaven.

The Moto G is sadly silent at the bottom of my man drawer. Maybe when it gets 5.0 OTA I'll look at it again.

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Outage STILL hitting Virgin Media Business broadband customers

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Time to fix.

Everything breaks - well best to assume so. The real issue is getting going again. Five days for a business using a VM premium product implies it's pretty important or mission critical to the company and is going to be catastrophic for some. Its like going in to Sony Pictures meltdown mode.

Mostly you can struggle for a day or two using mobile internet, working from home and such. But a week is different. How could VM let that happen? If they don't know how to fix and or even when - which would appear to be the case - then they should surely be supplying some sort of workaround however degraded.

If the numbers are really 'small' that should be easy.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: freeware?

... none of the apps seem to be "freeware"

That is an opinion/exortation of an organisation that doesn't accept the de-facto/shorthand meaning of Linux. Other opinions are available. Respect them unless you are genuinely confused about the meaning of the article.

English is a free, evolving and ambiguous language created and manipulated by people, not dictionaries or even the FSF. It ain't like FORTRAN 77.

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GIMP

That is all ...

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: Wow! - I mean WOW!

What's next? A C5 unicycle?

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Hominid ancestors beat humans to the drinks cabinet, say boffins

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Re: Depressing...

Bit of a disaster really. Otherwise I could have gotten wasted for a week on half a pint of watered down beer and still have change for a packet of crisps!

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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Just popping over to Calais ...

I suppose one option when we get EU inclusive roaming is to get a French SIM and then be able to roam back at will in the UK without penalty.

If it works then the UK networks will soon realise their mistake and offer roaming. If not, then I'll know and not have to rely on EE sponsored reports whose only missed metric was the number of kittens domestic roaming would kill.

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Yahoo, Bing beg 'right to be forgotten' wipers: Don't FORGET about US

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How to increase market share

Create a search engine that shows only Google's deleted links*. It would have to be off-shored of course but would be more likely to turn up interesting if not useful information than the major Search Engines.

* OK mustn't forget Bing & Yahoo. Maybe they could sponsor their banned links - you know, at the top and down the rhs. Could form a useful revenue base.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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Re: How Widespread?

Whoever thought "Aw Snap!" was amusing needs a knee in the nads.

Just had that whilst submitting my VAT return. Not amused*.

Not even using Chrome - but Chromium on Linux. IMHO its just the bloat that all good software gets destroyed with. Chrome/Chromium had it made, swift and minimal display taken from what you actually want to see. Why can't they just keep it simple?

* Re-done successfully with Firefox.

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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Lollipopped?

No Lollipop, fewer apps and a price premium? I'm not the target market when I come to replace my 2012 Nexus 4 (just received 5.0) and Moto G 1st Gen (5.0 on the way).

Is it just me who won't consider any device that doesn't have an 18/24 month os upgrade policy and/or a cyanogenmod escape route?

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Google turns on shiny new .google top-level domain – but WHY?

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Re: Maps wiped out the GPS market?

I cycled to the Med this summer. Used real maps between towns. Used Google (saved) maps in towns. Worked perfectly with no roaming data costs.

Going to Athens next week. Saving Google Maps right now. Not bad for free. I guess if I was a [redacted word] I might use old fashioned GPS but don't let on to your local spook.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: Upgrades

I have two Kubuntu systems on my desk. One three years old and the other four. Upgraded each every six months with no issue. Indeed my main worry is about all the cr*p that has accumulated over that time and forgotten.

One of these days I must reformat the disks and start again. We always did that with MS-DOS & Win9x every year. Speeded things up no end. It was XP activation process that discouraged me from continuing ;-)

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All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing

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Rocket Power

If only they could develop an on-board processor they could harness the preceding farts.

Have a nice weekend.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Between a rock and a hard place

Yes reducing consumption is an important factor - should, for example, all lighting be LED within 10 years - more/less? Does anyone have a plan or is it left to the 'market'?

But the real problem is the war between the greens and the fossil eaters (aided and abetted by the climate change deniers). The one thing they all agree on is no nuclear power. And they do know how to freak out the man in the street. But not, usually, the man or woman in a white coat.

So, in reality, who is taking a purely rational view of the options forward including how to handle significantly higher energy costs? We have had a rehearsal in the 70s oil price hike. It caused problems but the world didn't end. Planned increases would be easier.

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Giving mobile users the applications they want is child's play

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Re: Alternatively

True but US Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, Royal Mail, Deutsche Post are unlikely to figure as my clients for their app development. And their devices are most likely locked into their own system so they won't be able to access any apps I write for others whether Windows compliant or not.

So its Android and IOS. Well just Android if I have to choose. And to correct the original piece Android Studio installed dead simply on my Kubuntu system. My first app "Doh Register!" will be coming to a Play Store near you real soon ;-)

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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A sensible strategy

The Nokia brand still has great value in the consumer market. Especially without the collateral that will dog blackberry to death.

I see this machine purely as a marker. To keep the consumer brand alive as Microsoft erase it from their products. It helps re-establish product marketing, sales and distribution divisions. In other words a foundation to build a business. Not the business itself.

It also puts them in the Android/Chinese manufacture model. Is anyone seriously suggesting they get back into manufacture of hardware & OS again? They have learnt that lesson. No, they will try and concentrate what they do best. Refining Android and the hardware to become the Waitrose to Tesco's Hudl.

There is space and done well could make Samsung look like an outdated out of town hypermarket when people want a next generation device to be more intimate, more trustworthy. Its something worth going for. If they can keep themselves focussed (unlike the old Nokia), some useful innovation and lots of luck.

Here's lookin' at you kid.

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Gee THANKS: Cryptoscum offer a free decrypt in latest ransomware racket

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Re: Free Decrypt button must download the key

"Odds of this (or something like it) appearing on a family member's machine at some point is, unfortunately, scarily high and there's little or no chance of them starting to do backups to removable media."

Depending on how much you love 'em or how naggy they will be when the inevitable happens - it might be worth secreting rsync (or its local OS equivelent) on their machine to keep an updated copy of "My Documents" or wherever they dump their family photos on a system you trust. They'll never notice. Then you can grandfather it yourself.

One day you will be greeted more enthusiastically than Father Christmas!

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Holy cow! Fasthosts outage blamed on DDoS hack attack AND Windows 2003 vuln

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What happened to cheap and cheerful?

The surprise to me is discovering Fasthosts are running Win2003 shared hosting. Whatever the merits of the Microsoft offering I had not associated it with the low cost low footprint requirement for hosting budget websites. Can 2003 really beat LAMP/LNMP for cost and loading of simple websites?

Plus the issue and extra cost of having to employ two skill sets of support. Or have they dispensed with that luxury?

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Pics in SPAAAACE!: Hasselblad sells for $275,000

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Secondhand Tat.

Hmmm - I've seen Argos Grade C refurbs in better nick than that plus you get a £20 gift voucher.

But then again it must have been NASA's first re-usable shutter ...

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Fasthosts goes titsup, blames DNS blunder

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Re: We are affected :(

If I was your client I would be blaming you - not Fasthosts. Choosing a single point of failure is the failure.

No matter how brilliant your provider may be (and Fashosts doesn't have a particularly brilliant record) any datacentre, any network can fail for internal or external reasons. So you spread things around. Then any failure is containable, its just a bit of reconfiguration and maybe some sluggish responses. Which you will, of course, rehearsed ...

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BOING, BOING! Philae BOUNCED TWICE on Comet 67P

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Re: Spaaaace!

Space travel, manned space travel, landings, manned landings, heavy lift rockets, re-usable spacecraft, space stations are all 20C. That when real progress happened. We have just been finnessing it since and going backwards in some ways.

But bouncing washing machines on ice is a first. And flowery shirts beats flares so I'm happy today.

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

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Once upon a time ...

There was a squaerial and a company named British Satellite Broadcasting. Satellite became Sky when they merged so both identities were preserved as BSB but no longer. Oh well RIP.

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SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google

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Re: Original Moto G?

Yes, on Tesco, according to this page: https://motorola-global-en-uk.custhelp.com/app/software-upgrade-news/g_id/1994

Page down to check out by your supplier. 2nd gen has had released notes already issued - see here:

https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/prod_answer_detail/a_id/102639

Which means we are either bringing up the rear or have been forgotten.

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Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

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The Dummy's Guide to Hacking XP

New edition, available late Tuesday. Reserve your copy now to beat the rush ...

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Fatty Brit 4G networks SLOW DOWN. Too much Bacon, perhaps?

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East Anglia (well the chunk I was visiting) was strictly 2G from O2. My smartphone isn't smart/slow enough to be able to use 2G data. Bummer.

Next year, or maybe the decade after when O2 finally pull their finger out - will they jump to 4G or recycle some old 3G kit to keep the web fingers fingering?

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

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Re: Speaking as a Linux user

"Android is not suitable to use for business. It just isn't. The email client is crap."

I find K-9 onto our own IMAP server perfectly adequate. Everything is where it should be whether on desktop or smartphone.

My management style was foundered on "Up the organisation" by the guy who brought back Avis from the dead. No secretaries, no writing - just annotations to stuff received and sent back - so email is the creation medium. Otherwise its the Cloud - in our case ownCloud on our own servers which has a useful Android client. So all Linux - no paid licences or ceded control to anyone and we can do precisely what we want ;-)

The hardest bit is SysAdmin-ing. When WHM/CP is inadequate and you are SSH-ing in to sort our stuff at command level all the escape and ctrl functions are available via connectbot and hackers keyboard but they are a pain.

I find it a great discipline controlling my organisation and clients on a day out from a smartphone. Trouble is - its too much like hard work to type out witty and withering replies on the Register Forums. So I don't. Or as some downvoters have noted, I can't.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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Re: Can we just agree...

Actually BBC Radio 4 does very good science programmes. Just not enough of 'em. BBC TV science programming, on the other hand, has little to do with science and more with presenters and story line. Bit like BBC TV History except their presenters are bit better at it.

Bring back OU Science 101 ;-)

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Bicycles are good. Yes, they like most things rely on the economies of volume and technological advances to make them useful to non-billionaires. Cars went down the same cycle. Becoming, arguably, too successful but that's another argument. The same could claimed for aeroplanes.

They were all *NEW* methods of transportation that needed time and money to perfect. SS2 is not. I mean I'm having difficulty seeing it as much more than a slightly scaled up version of the X-planes being dropped by B-29s over 50 years ago.

There is much to do in making space travel and research cheaper and more accessible. That is good for society (well those who enjoyed Star Trek ;-) Which is why I draw a deep divide between what Elon Musk is doing and Richard Branson. Isn't Elon doing it as part payback on the internet fortune he gathered whilst Richard largely spends other people's money to promote his brand and himself?

One is interested in the future of mankind, the other only in himself (allegedly). I 'll make my bets on who will leave the greater legacy.

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We're doing great, say dot-London chiefs ... Unfortunately, few agree

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Re: more top-level domains

Remember Boris is backing this ransomware ...

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Re: Figure out the pricing...

"For the club, it's 19 Euro/year. For my horse's name.... 2,000 Euro/year! Wha...?! Can't find what the criteria are."

Worse - I started looking at the cost of different London 'villages'. The prices varied widely. Upset to find nice chic sydenham.london was cheaper than neighbouring upstarts south circular ridden foresthill.london. but then if you take your lead from Foxtons ...

You do feel cheated when the ransom demanded is too low ;-)

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Golden Goosed

Our clients used to buy the complete TLD set when it was com/net/org/co.uk/org.uk.

The bigger ones continued as the TLD space grew. All have given up as they exploded in the last couple of years.

Worse, if they aren't going to have them all then why have any duplicates? We have seen a widespread abandonment of the org/org.uk space by commercial owners. Whilst this may be good for a few noncommercial registrants it has put our domain business in decline despite an increase in registrants.

We have yet to register a dot london domain. Some were interested but stepped away when they spotted the blatant exploitative business model. Makes Nominet look like pussy cats.

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I am POLICE SERGEANT L. TORVALDS! Stop or I'll SHOOT

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Re: Crikey, that show was boring...

"You know a show is bad when you only watch the first and last episodes and you don't feel like you missed out on anything in the middle."

You did: Lucy Lawless. But where was Gabrielle?

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Mozilla hopes to challenge Raspbian as RPi OS of choice

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political correctness ... so-called minorities You are the DM Eliza Bot AICMFP.

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Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet

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Re: Basic mistake

-the tweet came from an iphone

-The Queen pressed send on an ipad

Not a problem when one has divine providence. Something Steve forgot to patent.

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Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy

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A really great upgrade

Updated 5 desktops so far with the 'K' variant. Nothing broke. This is as good as an upgrade can get. Maybe doing nothing is a good idea.

Except that us non-unity folks did get an extra wallpaper - weehee!!!!!

NB if you are not getting the 14.10 upgrade option - its probably 14.04 setting the updates to LTS only. Change it to Normal Release and try again.

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Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings

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Just Sayin'

About 13 minutes remaining on my Kubuntu desktop upgrade to 14:10.

Which puts me ahead of kibuntu.org and unbuntu.com that are both trying to 'sell' you 14.04. I guess someone slept through the alarm. Or was it set to silent?

BTW Kubuntu works nicely with openCloud if I have to go back on topic. Why should I consider changing?

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Ad-borne Cryptowall ransomware is set to claim FRESH VICTIMS

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Complacency

Father/Grandfather backups give more protection against this malware than any virus checker can hope. And is pretty useful when baby pours milk all over your motherboard and bounces the drive on the err driveway - probably a more likely demise for your truly beloved data.

At the cost of a few downvotes - I dare to say that so many Windows users think safety is and only is paying out to Norton & co. Few have any backup strategy that will survive this type of attack. Yet it isn't difficult.

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Consumers start feeling the love as Chromebook sales surge

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Samsung

Are they not exiting this market in Europe? Hmmm an HP/Acer duopoly is not good.

I also wonder whether the Chromebook boom is in no small part many of us realising that we can do almost all our mobile work on tablets or smartphones. Great for reading stuff, just crap at creating or controlling it. So a tablet like environment with a real keyboard is great and we live in times when boot up times of more than 5 seconds are no longer acceptable. That's Chromebook-land.

Many of us can now live without a laptop, pocket the savings and carry less weight.

I have a Kubuntu crouton on mine - just in case I need it to be a 'real' PC. But that doesn't get used that much. We are much cloudier than we think we are and Chromebooks encourage it. Unless you are locked in the past.

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