* Posts by Adrian 4

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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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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. Just choose the numbers that support the story you want to tell.

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Re: There's always a trade off

If instead she bought a 2-year-old PC (that had been top of the line when new) and changed it after 3 years, she'd get much the same deal for about 25% of the cost. As with cars, but even more effective.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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So you go to the park, play football with your kids, post pictures online. And have to track down the dog-walkers who walked through the frame.

It may have good intentions, but for practical reasons, this law is just silly. Sadly, UK is heading in the same direction.

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Windows tablet price war FINALLY has 'em prying open wallets

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Re: Storming a Dying Market

I wouldn't be so confident about them grabbing market share : a purchase isn't a user.

I bought the WIndows variant of a Asus tablet because it had USB3, unlike the Android variant. I figured I could live with it until I found an alternative OS. It's mostly served to confirm my dislike for Windows 8, and most certainly doesn't count as meaningful sale.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Holmes

ORLY ?

"The police and the security services are not asking for new powers. Rather, they are asking for the retention of what they already have but are now losing," he told the House.

Or, to put it another way, they'd like to get away with their illegal surveillance without the fear of being outed.

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Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

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Re: The whole fast-track process is flawed

We don't have supreme leaders here, except sarcastically. We have public servants, and the ultimate servant - the bottom of the heap - is Cameron.

Never let them forget it.

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REGARD our TINY but POWERFUL LASER, suitable for very SMALL sharks

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Came to the comments to moan about 'Microwave laser'. Found all 3 previous commenters had beaten me to it.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Re: Try Vote for Policies

That's all very well, but it's the policies they don't tell you about and the policies they fail to implement that really matter. The glossy magazine is just for elections.

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Australia tries to ban crypto research – by ACCIDENT

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Re: ...everyone follows all the laws

The political establishment is ensuring only idiots get to be PM by alllowing only idiots to stand. We're stuck with them until we get a 'none of the above' vote.

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Global PC market's not dead, it's just resting – Gartner

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Why does anyone even care ?

We don't make them here, or any of the parts. We're just consumers of them as tools. Office chairs are more important to the country/industry than PC manufacturing is.

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

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Re: Obligations

It's only a legal requirement because someone passed a law saying it should be. It can just as easily be made not a requirement.

Better still, put the company information in headers where it can be used properly instead of in free text.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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WTF?

Where's part 2 ..

with the teardowns ?

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European data law: UK.gov TRASHES 'unambiguous consent' plans

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Consent

Once .gov has applied a more liberal definition of consent to the law, can it stop wasting taxpayers money on Mr Assange's personal escort ?

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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Re: I think Big Trak...

Bigger trak.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa681uSqbvc

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It's all coming back with hackspaces though. You can't keep a good inventor down.

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Re: ICF7600D

The Sony looks a bit modern for that era - I remember the Grundig World Boy or somesuch as the state of the art.

I mostly got thrown-out valve radios with about 10 bands though. Lots of late-night listening with glowing dials.

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Dotcom 'saved' Xmas for Xbox – but no one can save Sony's titsup PlayStation Network

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Why do they do this, anyway ? Aren't games just for something to do when the interwebs are broken ?

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Re: AlbertH

Spittle, maybe.

But can you identify something Microsoft released that works properly ? Or anything, really, except perhaps TeX.

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Re: It's a trap!

Tricky, if their Cunning Plan is to take Tor down.

I don't see a real downside to encouraging DDos on game sites though. Perhaps it will make people reconsider the advantages of systems that still work when someone else's infrastructure is broken.

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Ireland: Hey, you. America. Hands off Microsoft's email cloud servers

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Re: Location of servers or corporate headquarters doesn't matter in a connected world

So what if local (irish) law enforcement rolls up and threatens datacentre employees in a similar way, except that the requirement is to secure the data ?

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Re: So if the Houses of Parliament are now using the latest MS Word for documents...

Not really. The H of P rolled over years ago.

It's laughable that some politicians claim to object to the EU (in which they can vote) 'telling us what to do' but seem to have no problem being America's bitch.

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