* Posts by Adrian 4

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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You forget that he already has to train his 8,000 workers still on XP or 7 onto 8 or 10.

A suitably configured Linux is a far smaller step for most people. And he's no longer at Microsoft's beck and call - he can upgrade when he's ready, not when Microsoft says so.

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Demonstrated to be of poor quality, yes.

How would you evaluate them against closed source code, though ?

It's closed, right ?

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Re: Under UK law

But if the contract is invalidated, that clause is also invalid, is it not ?

Contracts mostly work by frightening people into doing what they say. The brave test it in court.

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Re: GIMP is, or at least has been enough of a match for most of what PhotoShop did

There's nothing to keep Adobe, Autodesk and the rest on Windows but their customers. They just follow the money. And increasingly, the only argument for staying on windows is that you have applications that need it.

This is an unstable situation. In many markets, the leaders have already moved to Linux (engineering) or Apple ("creatives"). It's only the risk-averse and the don't-cares that are left behind. Once the tipping point comes, they'll follow the herd, just like they always do.

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Perhaps if they just had a consistent numbering scheme .. ?

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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feint

I'm starting to wonder if Windows 10 is designed to be dreadful. That it will make the users turn to 8.1 and like it.

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Re: 8.1 starting to look more atractive

I never expected anyone to refer to 8.1 as an 'upgrade'.

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James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim

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And if the guy that has enough cash to throw a team of lawyers onto the lowlife succeeds in making them think twice before doing it to someone else, would that be a bad thing ?

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

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Rubbish. The real reason for the 'last version' mantra is that Microsoft management have run out of fingers. It's unlikely they'll have mutated to have more fingers by 2025, or that they'll think to use their toes.

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Re: Another nail in the coffin.

Indeed. Windows apps are legacy stuff. It makes sense to run them on a legacy version of the OS.

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Re: So what's the best way to down a drone?

A bottle-rocket set up to release party poppers at random height and direction might bring the drone down while staying within the law.

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Re: So what's the best way to down a drone?

Modern radio control stuff is a lot more sophisticated than in days of yore. A drone can generally be set up to return to the launch site if it loses comms with the transmitter. This isn't foolproof but it's unlikely that jamming will cause instant loss of aerodynamic control (even if it can't respond directly to the owner).

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Oh, Obama's responded to the petition to pardon Snowden. What'll it be?

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Re: @elDog: Please don't come home, Ed Snowden, please don't come home...

The problem isn't with ignoring 167,954 signatures, It's that we don't know how many of those 236,000,000 citizens actually opposed the motion. I would suggest it's a great many less than 167,954, or the WH would have said so.

But the biggest problem is 'no amount of public pressure'. 167,954 wasn't enough. And 236,000,000 apparently wouldn't be enough either. They're simply not a democracy.

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Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

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Re: Android TV lost me at...

Doesn't really matter whether they have your real name or not. They still have a view of your likes & dislikes, and will adjust the advertising accordingly.

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

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Re: A few problems here

Except that the company DID patch the exploit reported on github. The lawyers came in when Slipstream told them their patch was inadequate. There's no report that the failings of their fix were disclosed. So while the initial reporting method was poor, it was the correctly-managed followup that resulted in the lawyering.

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Microsoft boffins borrow smartmobe brains to give wearables 9x kick

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What did it do to the phone battery life ?

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Hacking Team: We’ll be back in the spyware biz before you know it

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Re: translation please

I think he missed out some words. It should say '...by now the exposed system elements ARE WORTHLESS because of universal ability to detect..'

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Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn

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Re: The majority of UK Tax burden is not being paid by companies...

I have certain expenses in order to live, work and generate profit. Such as having premises to operate from (a house), fueling my body with food, and getting to work by car or public transport.

Without spending this money I would not be able to earn anything.

Why, then, are they not offset against tax ?

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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Re: Too young?

An application that attaches to your facebook (or whatever the fashion is now) and puts messages on the LEDs ?

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GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

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Re: Don't believe it

No, one charger in the centre of every 50 x 50 square would always be 50 miles from the next charger. The nearest would be no more than 25 miles from a traveller on a road grid, or 25 x root 2 diagonally.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Re: So what did YOU do then ?

I have no argument with that. It is indeed intended to spread the license into related code.

But this 'keep their own proprietary code proprietary'. You say that like it's a good thing. You're doing it wrong.

Look at the patent system, even though it's now widely abused. It was intended to allow creators to earn back the cost of developing their inventions, then pass the ideas on to the rest of the community in order that later developments could benefit from them. It's a trade. It has benefits both ways. Developing software and then burying it in the dead end of company secrets is just wasteful, and something we don't tolerate in other areas, beyond the trivia of cookie recipes.

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Re: So what did YOU do then ?

Lol at downvoters.

So come on then, prove your point. What are you useful for ?

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Re: Hmmm...

Uh .. yes ?

How else would you know about it's faults ?

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Re: So what did YOU do then ?

"Most commerical software houses I'm familiar with now completely forbid the use of anything bearing this license"

And quite right too. It's not intended to allow commercial software houses to make a quick buck from the community's efforts while giving nothing back. If they want to retain complete control of their product, let them put the work in. The world doesn't owe them a living.

I'll keep using software that's made to be built onwards for my benefit, not funnel my needs into building their business. And you're welcome to pay them to reinvent the wheel.

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So what did YOU do then ?

Getting a bit bored of the current fad to make whiny comments about Stallman's one track mind. When the commentards here get themselves a reputation for something other than whining, I'll be glad to hear their opinions. Until then, consider what the landscape would look like with no FOSS.

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Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea

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Re: I was 32 at the time with a young family, and it shows: I look tired and overweight

The intro feels longer than the show. Until you start watching the show. But I'm dead impressed by your pale blue outfit (1'33 "That's me").

Are you sure the presenter isn't James May (sans hair) ?

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Re: Great article.

Don't worry. The day will come when small boys and teenagers won't understand you, either.

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New relay selection fix for Tor to spoil spooks' fun (eventually)

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Re: more pedantry

it says 'loosely'

I suspect that's dictionary-compiler understatement for 'inaccurately', said with considerable gritting of teeth.

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

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Designed to fail

As noted earlier, Wnidows 10 doesn't bring anything to the Pi. So what's it for ? Mareting tick box.

And what's the effect :

School has no linux experts. Maybe is already a 'Microsoft school', but has to run IoT or Pi or some other fashionable course to avoid looking outdated. Jumps for win 10 on Pi, thinking it's an easy option.

But Win 10 on Pi doesn't run legacy applications (the main reason to run Windows), doesn't have a desktop, can only run GUI applications written specially for it, and has poor support for I/O.

So the setup is completely useless except for use as a tickbox in the school's own marketing materials and is rapidly consigned to the cupboard. Back to the desktop where MS wanted them to be ..

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Reddit: Gonna SCRUB these TROLLS right outa my hair

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But, it doesn't matter. Once the dickheads have wrecked it, it's no longer of value. I'd love to have Usenet back : it beat all this bulletin-board-style forum crap into the ground.

But it's not going to happen, is it ? Move on.

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I agree with you. Trolling is not simple abuse or harrassment. it's a specific type of practical joke.

But you're confusing trolling with trolls. Although the people who perform trolling (as described above) are referred to as trolls, so may many other, more abusive people. So it's perfectly reasonable to describe the sad losers who harass via social media as trolls, even though they're incapable of anything more inventive than name-calling.

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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

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Surely the suspected criminals here are no less guilty if the law is changed after the fact ? They broke the law AT THE TIME. That's what makes the act criminal. What it is now is irrelevant.

The government might, in the same way they did for Alan Turing, offer a post-trial and perhaps post-mortem pardon if they judge the criminal acts to be non-criminal in the light of later laws. But the point is, the civil servants deliberately flouted the law as they knew it, and, unlike Turing, in the course of their work. That's what makes them, and their managers, unfit for office. They can't be trusted.

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Security bods gagged using DMCA on eve of wireless key vuln reveal

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Re: Oops

Would you say the same thing about someone peddling patent medicine, claiming cures where none exist ? Because a security device that fails to offer adequate security is the same. It's fraud.

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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

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I wish I could say I was enjoying it. Umpteen critical bugs in the NetworkMangler still unfixed, a system that freezes or fails to boot randomly, yet 14.10 and 15 are out. Not trying those until LTS works properly, thanks.

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2016 might just be the year of Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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Re: Non-product

You missed the boat, Coward Troll.

Linux has long been the preference on many an engineer's desktop (benchtop ?) and, since Windows 8, Microsoft can no longer claim to be desktop-ready even for the great unwashed.

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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Re: Yep - it's terrible

Huge text is indeed a scourge. However, it's often accompanied by tiny text. I have minimum font sizes set in my browser to make them readable, but the page designs can't handle that and mangle all the formatting.

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

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Re: Sad, and not good enough

Yes. Yes, I do.

They do a lot more harm than terrorists, or badly parked motorists.

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Google cuts Microsoft and pals some slack in zero-day vuln crusade – an extra 14 days tops

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Re: Good Job

Of course there are some bugs that take longer than 90 days to fix (and test and release). But if one lot of researchers have found it, so will another - and they might be exploiting it. Just because it takes a while to fix doesn't mean the blackhats will hold off too.

If 90 days is too short, then the vendor should offer a workaround instead, or at least a warning to disable some feature. Just keeping it quiet isn't a reasonable option.

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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And concentrate all your usage on a single account, which may have an unused data allocation. If you have a separate account for phone, tablet etc. you'll be paying for two, perhaps underused numbers.

That's for the UK model, anyway. If the US allows multiple SIMs on the same account, the reason is less obvious.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: Is this issue

Possibly. They're quite popular for arty / student projects, and may not be boxed, or be boxed in clear acrylic. It would be a pity to crash unexpectedly when someone takes a picture.

It's not a showstopper, but it's useful to know, and be able to take precautions.

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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Re: hmm

This is good, right ?

Because what people understand as a PC is dead, except for niche markets lke developers.

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

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Re: It sounds like a dead end to me.

It's crying out for a 3d-printed clone.

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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

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Re: Wait a minute...

RT slabs are dead.

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Re: Now this explains it

I'd say the most useful IoT thing this would improve is video recognition. The link to the camera is one of the few that isn't severely bandwidth limited, so the extra ram and processing is useful.

Media ? who cares - the android TV addons handle that.

Windows ? no point, see another posting I wrote

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Re: Good work MS

It'll be some bizarrely crippled version, like office for tablets which won't work on a large screen.

But, that apart, it completely misses the point. The only reason people use Windows is for the applications. It's not the familiarity (all lost with 8.1 anyway), or the reliability (lol) or security (lololol). It's because LeisureSuitLarry95 or AdobePhotoshopfreewithconflakes2000 runs on it.

And this isn't true for an ARM processor, so it won't attract anyone. Even the Surface, with an executive-friendly look but the same restriction didn't attract anyone.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Video playback

But it's not a computer, it's an appliance like a set top box. It doesn't matter what it runs on.

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Re: PoE

Chicken/egg problem, I think. Can't sell PoE unless the user has a PoE hub, no need for a PoE hub without lots of gadgets that use it. And most consumers use wireless anyway.

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Re: Competitors dead in the water?

@Voland's right hand

Useful comments, but it DOES have a real power plug : you can provide power through the "gpio" pin header.

I would never use a barrel jack on a permanent installation : I'd rather use the micro usb. But the right way to do it imho is to make a carrier board with a suitable power supply and any signal conditioning / pin protection etc. and drop the pi (or even the naked version) onto that. Then use proper connectors like the green plugin ones or whatever the rest of your system uses to connect it in.

Microusb is just for bench lashups. Barrel jacks are a bygone age, barely good enough even for chargers.

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