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* Posts by Martin Taylor 1

30 posts • joined 14 Jul 2009

Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

Martin Taylor 1

Re: To the skeptics...

I would find a public statement from e.g. the Culham laboratory in the UK to be considerably more significant.

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TrueCrypt considered HARMFUL – downloads, website meddled to warn: 'It's not secure'

Martin Taylor 1

@Cynic_999: Do you know what the terms of the order (or rather, National Security Letter) might be? Nor do I. It seems not impossible that it might forbid the authors recommending previous versions of Truecrypt, or in some other way make it impossible for them to do so without breaching the terms of the order. By offering the ridiculous advice that they have offered, they not only avoid that possibility, but make it clear that they are acting under duress.

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

Martin Taylor 1

Re: Truisms Spoken Aloud

@Don Jefe: You haven't lived until you've had your English corrected by a Dutchman.

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Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!

Martin Taylor 1

Re: Reasons NOT to upgrade?

"Unlike certain other penguin flavoured OSs...e.g. having to use SUDO which must run as root UID0. Major security fail."

Errr... "sudo su - <username>". I use this daily.

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

Martin Taylor 1

Those who sow...

Microsoft are now reaping the results of the decision they made back in the 90s to eschew the traditional software upgrade model of major and minor version releases in favour of presenting the world with a brand new (apparently) product every few years, and thus forcing users to shell out for a complete new product, rather than a more moderate price for a version upgrade. If they had taken a staged approach with the WInNT development stream, we might have seen:

Windows 5.0 - 5.4 (aka Win2000)

Windows 6.0 - 6.x (aka WinXP)

Skip Vista entirely

Windows 7.0 (Win7) - Windows 7.5 (perhaps) (Win8).

What we know as XP would by now be only one major version behind, and open to additional development and/or maintenance, rather than three products behind, and politically embarrassing to develop further.

Microsoft has sown the seeds of its own decline with its grasping business practices, of which this is only one example. Similar comments apply to the Office range of products.

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PSST! New PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled are out there – and will be into 2015, at least

Martin Taylor 1

Re: Ubuntu preloaded

"You're mistaken. Dell offers Ubuntu preloaded."

Do they? They probably ought to advertise it on their website then. Admittedly I've only looked at the Inspiron range on the UK website, but there is nothing there about Ubuntu.

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Security guru Bruce Schneier to leave employer BT

Martin Taylor 1

Re: B3

Cable & Wireless Worldwide became part of Vodafone in April this year.

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Boffins agree: YES we have had an atmospheric warming pause

Martin Taylor 1

*Reduced* economic activity in wartime?

I'm baffled by the idea that WW1 and WWII might have been responsible for a reduction in economic activity. The participating nations (notably the USA) ramped up their economic activity tremendously, to produce the military hardware required, and to support the activity of millions of fighting men and women. Not to mention the polluting effect of millions of things going bang...

I try to keep an open mind on the whole subject, but sometimes, when confronted by obvious bollox, it's difficult.

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

Martin Taylor 1

Re: BAD idea

@Peter2: It's not *them* getting *younger*, you know...

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Buy a household 3D printer, it'll pay for itself in MONTHS!

Martin Taylor 1

Razors?

Printing a safety razor out of plastic? You don't want to even *buy* one with any plastic in the handle - after a few weeks use it starts to deform slightly - suddenly the blade can't be clamped in place as hard as it was, and there's blood all over the shop (got the T-shirt, but had to bin it cos of all the blood).

Sometimes there's no substitute for stainless steel.

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

Martin Taylor 1

End of a con?

So ends (hopefully) one of the biggest cons in computing history, namely the pretence that each new version of Windows was a brand new product rather than a version change over the previous product - thus enabling Microsoft to charge more for the "new product" than they could have if it were seen solely as a new version.

Same goes for Office. I'd be glad to see that go the same way.

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VIA bakes a fruitier Rock cake to rival the Brit Raspberry Pi

Martin Taylor 1

Re: Overcrowded Market

This is very odd. Kubuntu (that's Ubuntu withe KDE4 front end) 12.04 runs fine on my Acer AO725 - dual-core 1GHz C60 processor, 2GB memory. Flash video is a bit choppy, but that's a whole separate issue.

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Martin Taylor 1

Re: Where's the market?

So the RPi is a base model Android phone? Hmm, let's see.

As you say, no touchscreen, no cell interface, no battery.

On the other hand, LAN interface, 2 x USB Type "A" i/fs, micro SD card I/f, analogue video, 5V power socket in non-obvious location for a phone, GPIO pins, HDMI...

I would think there comes a point where you don't mod a phone card to make it into an RPi, you design from scratch. And I think that's what happened.

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Manning was 'illegally punished', will get 112 days lopped off any sentence

Martin Taylor 1

Re: Bull

I suggest you read this - http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/pages/search.aspx?i=001-115535 - and then lecture us on the existence or otherwise of extradition agreements between Sweden and the US.

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Famous SAS man trousers £1m as e-publishing startup sold to Tesco

Martin Taylor 1
WTF?

VC?

Perhaps I'm being stupid, but I don't understand the reason for the "VC" reference.

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

Martin Taylor 1

Re: Payback?

They may be one day...

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Review: Raspberry Pi

Martin Taylor 1

Re: Cat fight

Surely the price is $35 for a Model B, $25 for a Model A. It's the Model B which is selling in the UK for £29, which includes (I think) VAT and delivery.

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Ancient cave girl genome could crack Man's genetic puzzle

Martin Taylor 1

5% DNA?

I'm a bit confused that we should share only 5% of our DNA with this delightful young lady. I thought we shared 95% with chimps!

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NSA constructs hardened Android, unleashes it on world

Martin Taylor 1

Never Say Anything...

I'll tell you a funny thing. NSA have for years published advice on their website on how to secure various types of system, most importantly elements of an Enterprise Windows/AD environment. They do this to help US entities, Government or otherwise, protect themselves, but they have no problem with foreigners making use of this advice as well. It seems to me that their SELinux efforts should be looked at in that light.

And I won't even tell you how polite they were when I rang them about one of their documents at around 0900 Eastern Time on Sept 11th, 2001...

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Boffins step closer to steam-powered Babbage computer

Martin Taylor 1

Sorry, is it fed with a reel of punch cards or a pack of paper tape?

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Crypto shocker: 'Perfect cipher' dates back to telegraphs

Martin Taylor 1
Happy

No such thing as a random number?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ERNIE#ERNIE

Works for me.

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UK's Reaper flying hunter-killer fleet 'to double'

Martin Taylor 1
FAIL

Re: Most Purposes

There is the odd difficulty with unmanned aircraft in some conflict environments. See

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U49n1JuWAmc

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Spanish city shuns Brit 'Saga louts'

Martin Taylor 1
FAIL

@Scotsman

You obviously missed out on Granada and the Alpujarra...

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ARM boss forecasts mass migration to netbooks

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Thumb Down

@Gall

Splendid - I do miss the days of having my Sinclair Spectrum plugged into the telly! Not sure my wife does, though...

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Microsoft AV advice may aid attackers, researcher warns

Martin Taylor 1
Paris Hilton

Segregation of duties

It seems to me basic that you should not use a security mechanism provided by supplier X to address security vulnerabilities originating from the same supplier. Microsoft do not seem to have understood this.

Microsoft's first anti-virus product, MSAV, was rubbish. I can't speak to the quality of this one, but however technically good it may be at detection, it has now, I believe, been utterly compromised by this extremely bad advice. The only way out, I feel, is for Microsoft to improve the performance to the point where thay can publicly rescind that advice.

Paris, because her performance is never in doubt. Can't speak about vulnerability to infection though...

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Crypto pioneer and security chief exits Sun

Martin Taylor 1
FAIL

PKI??

PKC, I think you mean

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Dallas cops fine drivers for 'not speaking English'

Martin Taylor 1
FAIL

@Learn the language

You may be interested to know that according to Wikipedia the USA does not have an official language.

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GPLv2 - copyright code or contract?

Martin Taylor 1
FAIL

GPL status

Your headline raises the question of whether the GPL is or is not a license; but your article text does not address that point at all, which makes the headline a trifle misleading.

See http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20031214210634851 for a treatment of that question (written in pre-GPLv3 days).

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Unpatched Firefox flaw lets fox into henhouse

Martin Taylor 1
Boffin

Not rocket science...

The simplest workaround is to install the "NoScript" add-on, and only allow scripts on sites known to be trusted.

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