* Posts by Adrian 4

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Re: Stop whining...

That's his point, isn't it ?

He didn't find himself on an unaccountably crowded train. He went on the train witrh the intention of making a point that they're often overcrowded and underinvested. Yes, should have tried Southern (or Thameslink which they're busily degrading too .. no late trains on a saturday night !) . But booking doesn't make spaces - it just allows you to sneer at the other passengers. Something Corbyn is less likely to do.

Who remembers Osborne's (I know .. who he?) train journey ?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20008342

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Systemd adds filesystem mount tool

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Re: it's already bad enough with dbus...

"And that attitude is why people will never be temtped away from Windows, no matter how much you want them to for security reasons or whatnow. Make up your minds."

We don't WANT them too. We're just nice, and hate to see them suffering, so we suggest they use what we're using. We'd quite like manufacturers to stop only serving WIndows customers, but apart from that we really don't care. If they like Windows, they're welcome to it.

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Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

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Re: @Alienrat and ASAC

Why do you think a commercial service will reduce your risk ? There may be professionals taking care of it (I emphasise 'may') but if it's popular it's also a far bigger target.

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Re: @Shmako "but to me they're competing on level playing fields"

It's dominant, but only by the choice of its users. Once they finally realise they don't need it, it will first get some panicked investment and then die. it's the Microsoft Way.

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You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

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Re: When life imitates art...

Your software can't recover from a few seconds of disconnection ?

Time to change vendors.

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LinkedIn sues 100 information scrapers after technical safeguard fail

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I thought the point of Linked In was to broadcast your details to potential employers and customers.

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Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon

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Re: Saw this coming and recently decamped to Zen

"That said, I can't for the life of me remember what the MS-DOS software package was they provided to connect - I recall it was actually a radio callsign"

KA9Q - the callsign of Phil Karn, who wrote the package for use on amateur radio networks.

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Swedish Pokemon teens terrorised by laser-wielding 'sex pigs'

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Re: Pigs with frikkin' lasers...

Pigs in mole stations.

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Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again

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"If a customer has forgotten their password, it takes two minutes on average to get through the alternative security measures. Voice Security will speed up this process significantly as well as being more secure, according to Barclays."

The horror. Two minutes. How can they cope ?

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What's long, hard and full of seamen? The USS Harvey Milk

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"He has become a very polarising figure. Those in the political left in the US have idolised him to the point of inventing a martyr, while those on the right have invented conspiracy theories in which he committed all manner of awful sex crimes which went unreported due to a cover-up operation by the state government and the media."

Pretty much the same as any other american figure with any sort of politics, then ?

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My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

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Re: What's Wrong with Slurp?

Much as I'm happy to criticise MS, I'm unfortunately finding that all the vendors - including my former favourite, Debian - are in that same race to the bottom.

It used to be that each new edition of Ubuntu was smoother, more stable and had more useful features than the last. No longer. Each upgrade to Linux, MS, or some Google application involves annoying and apparently pointless changes, the loss of some formerly-useful feature, and additional 'helpfulness' in the form of just doing the wrong thing automagically. In the meantime, the new shiny this is all supposed to support doesn't work, or needs endless further installations to complete.

Is there a way to get off the train ?

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Fear not, humanity – Saint Elon has finished part two of his world-saving 'master plan'

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Re: Well, here's your problem

So, what is something like cruise control ? Removing the need to hold your foot on the accelerator reduces the attention you're giving it (and you can bet that spare attention isn't being spent on the road ahead).

If the Tesla's autonomy helps put back some of that lost reaction time by slowing the car when it detects a change in conditions, it's doing a useful job.

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If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

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Re: Backups underwriters and overpriced household furniture

Shoddy furniture shifters ?

How could it be anyone but MFI ?

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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Re: unique

Yes, but it's on your PHONE ! So it's more convenient ! No need to carry that thin, flexible, waterproof card everywhere you go when you can just take a power-hogging fragile connection-needing contract-paying phone instead !

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Re: QR Codes are still around....

Except that as I read the article, the phone displays the qr code and the supermarket hardware reads it. There may not even be a url, let alone a poisoned one : it's just a cheap way to provide your secret to their reader.

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Don't worry - it won't apply to people with money. Like banks, politiicians and terrorists.

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Re: Wow

Of course it does.

https://xkcd.com/908/

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Facebook crushes Belgian attempt to ban tracking of non-users

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Re: Facebook doing business in Belgium is key

'Flag of convenience' registration has been common since the 1920s. It may be immoral, but that's not going to stop commercial organisations. Profit > morality.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Re: I'm a British Citizen, but i'm resident in France...

It doesn't matter, because the petition requests are even less binding than the referendum. All they offer is that 'If a petition gets 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament'

It unquestionably got 100,000 valid signatures, however dodgy some of the other 3.5 million are. So it will be considered for debate in Parliament. The result of that consideration is not defined.

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@graeme leggett

Interesting, thanks for the link.

That seems to indicate that Cameron's resignation, by making it impossible to perform the notification until October, is a useful delaying tactic.

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Re: wtf?

"What kind of a shitty, national petition system not only allows foreign votes, but also records them as such?"

One that's only there as a sop to public opinion and only ever provides anodyne responses ?

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Botnet-powered ballot stuffing suspected in 2nd referendum petition

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Re: The next question is whether the UK should add this min limit for next Scottish IndyRef?

"Referendums like General Elections are based on a simple majority."

No, they're not. They favour established parties and require not a simple majority (more than half the electorate vote for an MP) but merely that one candidate gets more votes than any other single candidate. If they actually required a majority, I doubt we would get any MPs elected at all.

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Re: Referendum - stupid idea

Yes, we do. Because the EU's funding them because they're needed, and it can, and the government doesn't want to. We don't gain sovereignty, because our own government doesn't give us it anyway.

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Re: Referendum - stupid idea

I think the 350 million (or was it billion ?) figure is the difference between contributions and subsidies. But anyone who believed that difference was going to go into the NHS should be automatically prevented from voting. Any money saved (and there won't be much) will go to the government of the day's usual favourite causes.

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Whether it installs without user intervention or not, it's clearly designed to encourage uninformed users to accept Microsoft's 'recommended update'. They really can't just ignore the consequences (and the same is true for Google's unasked-for upgrades to Android tablets, and Apple's installation of an unfinished maps application).

Consent isn't the same thing as informed consent, and the vendors don't necessarily understand all the side effects of their updates, let alone the users. This doesn't mean they shouldn't do updates, but it does mean the vendors should be completely responsible for them, ultimately being able to allow them to restore the user's system to its condition before they started.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: Well I thought!!!!

"So post Brexit, England and Wales are the new UK without London, Scotland or Gibraltar. Northern Ireland is split in two."

Is Ireland going to continue subdividing until it reaches the point where an entire unit agrees with itself ? And is that unit one individual person?

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Re: Seriously...

This is a non-problem. It doesn't require any effort to fix. All you need do is put it on the backburner for a couple of years and voila! the person can vote. Problem solved.

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Medicos could be world's best security bypassers, study finds

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Re: For Pete's sake

"Make the same widget responsible for opening doors and doctors won't be able to lend theirs to others."

This here is what's wrong with all too many IT departments.

If a user fails to adhere to a procedure, the answer isn't to find a way to force them. The answer is to find a better procedure that works with their workflow/constraints/failings.

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Microsoft cancels Remain speech after death of Labour MP

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Re: "The increasingly tedious referendum"

Reforming the EU, while a good intention, is likely to take many years and arguments. Not a weekend of schmoozing by a second-rate me-too politician.

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Doesn't produce good results though. It's not really a democracy, it's just a branch of the civil service. Politicians don't do much, and what they do is not in our interest.

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Brexit: More cash for mobile operators or consumers? Pick one

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Re: Predatory pricing

Roaming charges are indeed paid to the host network. But how much of the charge paid by the customer is the actual roaming charge, and how much is the customer's network's margin ?

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Re: I am for leave because I am pro Europe

I take that not so much as a choice based on personalities, but as a response to 'you'[re backing that moron cameron'. Either way, you back morons. So ignore that argument and consider the others.

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

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Re: Linkedin?

I think you'll find anything on LinkedIn belongs to LinkedIn. Whether that's a problem for you, your old employer or your new one, I wouldn't like to say, but if you consider contacts lists as company assets then I'd have thought storing them on a social media / data mining site is a little odd.

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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

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The deveoper's attitude appears to be 'let the users have what they're comfortable with'. Which is somewhat nicer than 'the user will have whatever new crap we want to force on him this week'.

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

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Surely having Tor on your phone is a hint that you're a less naive internet user who's savvy enough to recognise phishing or certificate attacks ?

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Re: "preventing free speech and internet security"

But also warn otrher people who might want to make the same decision. Perhaps that warning could be broadcast via a whine on twitter.

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So something which has many uses, if also used by 'hackers and scum', should be avoided ?

Better ditch Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, OSX, msDOS then ..

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You wanted innovation? We gave you Clippy the Paperclip in your IM client

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Does anyone remember when Silicon Valley was actually famous for doing new stuff with silicon, rather than pointless websites and app developments ?

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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

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Sounds lilke just the thing to rein in Google Play

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Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

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Re: Nexus NOT immune to this.

But the last update bricked some of them and vastly reduced battery life on the rest.

It's all very well having patches, but how about testing them thoroughly ?

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The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

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Re: You seem to have forgotten

'Nice little system you've got there. Wouldn't it be a pity if it got upgraded ?'

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Italians rattle little tin for smartmobe mini lenses

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Re: Meh...

Why would you want to put it on the front camera ?

Even if you're planning to take a zit-selfie you won't be able to see the screen when the camera's in focus.

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

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Mushroom

Who knew ?

Surprise ! Readers don't like being bombarded with ads. Overdoing it has killed it.

Perhaps this will push for a more sustainable source of income ?

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Marc Benioff apologizes as Salesforce NA14 instance goes TITSUP

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Re: Autoplay MS ad top of page

Your corporate wonks WANT you to watch ads ?

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London NHS trust fined £180,000 after second bcc fail on HIV email list

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How does someone accidentally enter 730 names in a To list ?

This should be solved by using mailing list software, not some Outlook bodge.

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Apple needs silver bullet to slay App Store's escaped undead – study

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Re: Should be a cardinal rule...

Then you teach them.

In the case of these orphaned apps, that might mean temporarily disabling in a way akin to the Windows method of marking an internet download as untrusted. When you try it use it, it warns you it's been disabled and offer you the chance to continue it, stop it, or uninstall it.

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

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Re: I stopped using Redmond products in the year 2000.

Do they really ? Aren't they made for them by Logitech ?

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Re: HEAR HEAR!

My Asus Transformer, even when reverted to factory condition, doesn't have enough "disc" space for the installer to work. So it fails every time, because the backup of the old system uses up all the disc space.

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: "Microsoft have said they want Windows 10 to be the last windows ever"

Indeed.

But assuming they mean they want it to live on, how do they expect to survive the loss of version control ?

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'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

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Re: Barrel. Scraped.

"Are you seriously running a mission-critical server on a box with a consumer desktop version of Windows installed on it? You are aware that there are versions of Windows that have "Server" in the name? Why do you think that is?"

I always assumed it was because the server versions contained extra features useful to people operating servers. Like the old 'Windows Home won't run remote desktop" - the Home versions are crippled so bulk licence purchase doesn't cut into the pro sales.

But if the Home version has the facilities needed, I would expect it to do the job. What you're saying is that it's a version that is inherently less reliable than the more expensive one.

I don't think that's reasonable. In fact, I think it's criminal.

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