* Posts by Hans 1

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Puppet Labs pulls strings on Docker, AWS and bare metal

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Maybe the Year of the Puppet ?

This seems interesting. Puppet is so much more versatile than AD/GPO even for Windows-only shops that I can see a real potential.

Puppet not only allows you to control registry settings, like GPO does, it also allows you to control any file on the client systems, seamlessly.

This is getting interesting ...

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Europe drags, as Accenture posts steady growth

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Happy

Happy to hear UK businesses are staying clear of this bunch of MS reps.

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Satnav launches are like buses: none for ages then three arrive at once

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>Satnav launches are like buses: none for ages then three arrive at once

What a brilliant idea to privatize public transportation, don't you think ? Thank you very much, Maggy.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Wait for 15 inch update or buy existing one

> Unfortunately, like its predecessor, the new MacBook Pro also comes with its 8GB of memory soldered on to the motherboard.

That means nogo for me, don't get me wrong, I love the hardware, but RAM soldered onto mainboard is just criminal and should not be encouraged.

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Re: Obligatory comparison with non-Apple laptop

I bought a display model white Macbook 13" in 2007 or 2008, got a discount because a, it was a display model, b, it was the previous generation model - in fact, they gave me a 320Gb external USB/FireWire hard drive with it for free (Iomega with mac mini looks) + 50 euro discount.

Sold Macbook a year later for the same amount I bought it.

A Wintel latop loses close to 80% of its value after year 1.

Like cars, German cars have a strong second-hand market.

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How a hack on Prince Philip's Prestel account led to UK computer law

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Next time, instead of harvesting "upvotes", you might as well use the " Tips and corrections" link - that is what it's there for!

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Re: I'm a republican…

>Call it being disrespectful if you want, but respect has to be earned, and just coz someone happened to fall out of a certain cunt is no reason to respect 'em!

When one thinks that you are actually talking about a monarch, hilarious!

I would have added "[...] respect'em or give them more privileges than others".

Upper class, royals, nobility are the fruit of consanguinity or, in other words, a bunch of idiots. They have managed to set up this con act that has been going on for centuries ... that Santa, god or whatever you call the bearded man who lives in the skies, gave them this "privilege" to be more equal than others.

Père Noël et mon droit.

Honi soit qui bien y pense.

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SGI sales mushroom with Atomic Weapons Establishment deal

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>The financial terms of the deal were not revealed.

So tax payers money was spent on this, however, tax payers are not allowed to know how much ... great work! Pitchforks anyone ?

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PATRIOT Act axed, NSA spying halted ... wake up, Neo, it's just a dream in the US House of Reps

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@tom dial

I cannot say much about your first paragraph, don't have time to read up on all that, but your second paragraph is hilarious, thanks for the good laugh!

Again, for the joy:

>Interestingly, 50 USC 3033(k)(5) contains procedures for agencies and for government and contractor employees to follow in reporting "urgent concerns", including violations of the law, about the conduct of intelligence activities. These procedures explicitly permit a government or contractor employee who has made a report to his agency inspector general to report that fact (although not, immediately, the details of the complaint) to a member of either legislative intelligence committee or their staff. I have seen no statements to indicate that Mr. Snowden took advantage of them.

Do you really think Mr. Snowden had survived if he had reported his concerns ? I am sure that, when a police officer breaks the law you go to the nearest police office and report it, right ? I dunno where you live, but in France, you simply do not do that ... if you do, you will learn pretty quickly that it is a very good idea to move to another region at the very least 300 miles away ...

Everybody knew, including all members of the committee you mention, what was happening - "we are fighting a war, after all" is what you hear all day long. The same war the party was fighting in Orwell's master piece - invisible "brotherhood" ...

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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Re: OK can put this into simple stupid terms for me..

@ Lost all faith...

FCC says local government CAN (not must) run local internet.

State government complains because they want 100% control over local governments. They do not want local governments to compete with private sector companies.

Local government wants to step-in for lousy service by private companies and provide broadband internet services to all of their citizens.

There are three layers, here, not two ...

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>The FCC has the right to regulate interstate communication, but its right to regulate INTRA-state communication is rather limited.

Internet is inter-continental, so international, so inter-state ... and, finally, intra-state. Tennessee should be allowed to block access of Chattanooga citizens to websites hosted in Tennessee if they so wish, however, as soon as it gets inter-state, international, inter-continental, Tennessee has JACK SHIT TO SAY and should STFU.

Besides, the FCC only said they aught to be allowed to create a broadband service in their city ...

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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Re: I'm still as confused....

>They can do this as the result of a court order as in this case, but dont seem to bother stopping sites such as those hosting illegal content (for example: child pornography, which many authorities seem to use as a reason to "restrict" the internet) from taking payments.

>Something appears to be just a little bit wrong with this picture.

I guess it all depends, if it is just some lousy judge they do not care that much ... when it is a secret "court" and NSA, you have absolutely NO CHOICE, do nothing and make the headlines the next day ... "Visa International CTO commits suicide".

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Re: Messed UP!

>Now, with "films", the big studios seem to be making more and more complicated computer generated stuff, with all the pork going into the effects. The story line and acting are taking second place. There's only so far you can push that model. Make the trash expensive, difficult to use in the way the customer wants and treat him like a criminal, while expecting him to roll over and THEIR tummies.

That will change shortly, a new 4k cinema quality camera is coming out that sports both Open Hardware and Free Software:

https://www.apertus.org/

Its price will be very, very competitive, which means more and more smaller outfits will be able to purchase this - Open Source video/audio editing software is getting better ...

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Re: Messed UP!

Like "Disney Fast Play", which you can skip ... the feature is called "Fast Play" and will show you a bunch of trailers before the movie - Orwellian homage!

I no longer rip DVD's/BD's, I buy them and then torrent them. I have a media server and small kids, DVD's/BD's would get scratched if I left them accessible.

>Fengtao's software allows users to crack the digital rights management (DRM) protection on post-DVD discs, and then save them for use across all devices – something that is against US law.

The law is targeting the wrong people.

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Open-Xchange builds anti Oracle stack after server M&A splurge

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https://www.suse.com/company/press/2002/10/openexchange.html

First time I heard of OpenExchange was in 2002 - I tried it back then and it was pretty impressive stuff.

I imagine it is much better now.

From what I saw it had email, calendering, and various other productivity functionality ... this was in 2002. It was, at the time, way ahead of what OWA 2010 is now.

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Imagination touts cheap Firefox OS MIPS slab to Chinese kitmakers

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Re: MeToo

>That may be true, but processor in question here is 32 bit.

So what ? It is a prototype, after all .. manufacturers might go for the 64bit CPU, it is available - and commentard referred to its "superior" 64bit instruction set because it is "apparently" famed for it.

Besides, knowing that a rival CPU platform is in town for the smartphone/tablet market is good. They have been in the embedded market for decades, they have the whole Linux & Free Software ecosystems, have extensive 64bit experience and have just released a tablet prototype with a 32bit CPU ... atom is not exactly competion for ARM, ROFL, MIPS could become quite serious competition.

Especially now that 64bit hardware is the norm ...

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: But........

>Just think, only odd number windows builds actually work properly...

[...]

Win95

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Re: Microsoft Hates Stable Software Like Windows 7

@ David Austin

Except, on Linux, the ui does not change all the bloody time, besides, even when it changes, you can still use the old ui ... I used the same ui from 2000 (2002, actually, when I switched from KDE to Gnome) until 2014, then switched to Gnome 3, I will most certainly switch back to a Gnome 2 fork shortly, though.

You have a choice.

Even if you decide to keep your old kernel, for whatever reason, you can still apply patches to it, you have the sources, the source code of the patches ... if you really wanna keep that 2.2 kernel, you can get somebody to adapt the patches to 2.2 kernel ... good luck patching Windows 2000 or XP.

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Re: Yes.

>Know the bug you mean: That was one of the major reasons Vista RTM Was so crappy.

BS

That bug was "5 minutes to copy a 4kb file", it now takes ~1min on Windows 7+/SSD vs ~150ms on Linux(any version), Mac OS X(any version), Windows XP, OS/2, MS DOS, you name it ... on PATA disks, of course.

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Microsoft shows off South Korean PC-on-a-stick

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Years after gumstix

Us freetards have had that for years, now ... just saying ...

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Re: Poke My,A$$?

> You're likely to be gaming on a 2GB RAM micro PC are you? I think the post was made with a certain sense of irony. What value added will this stick bring that most newer smart TV's won't?

See the other reply above, and best of all, you can upgrade the PC without changing your TV ...

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Re: There are a number of these things around or announced

>It can't be long before a mobile phone can be plugged into a screen & keyboard and function as a 'PC', surely?

My phone can already do that.

I can even plug a keyboard, mouse, 3Tb Harddrive into the beast using a powered hub so I do not discharge the accu ... with miracast I do not even need to plugin an hdmi cable (which I have) ... I can browse the web, open and edit documents, have access to the command line ... you name it ... oh, the phone is a Z30.

I know there are others out there that can do the same ...

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Will fondleslab's fickle finger of fate help Windows 10?

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Re: No need to anything Microsoft in the home anymore.

>Windows 8 has a half decent security model and most compromises are driven by layer 8 errors.

ROFLMAO

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Reduce Windows footprint ???

I cannot believe everybody on here fell for this BS.

They want to reduce the footprint of Windows, fair enough, is about time they did and, instead of looking how to reduce the Windows footprint, they start off with stuff I would not consider part of the windows footprint, I am looking at you, recovery partition. Then they wanna revive doublespace ...

Why can they not just take a blank sheet of paper, write down all the dependencies they have and work on a modular design ... make sure core code uses one or max two runtimes, make the runtimes modular ... as in, something tries to access the OS/2 runtime (silly example, I know), invite the user to download and install the OS/2 runtime ... leave it out for the rest of us.

In other words, they are not tackling the windows footprint in any way, they are leaving it the mess it is and try to talk others into using compression, maybe, or removing that restore image ...

Lets blame manufacturers for the bloat.

When I install latest Linux with all required whistles and bells, office suite and what have you, it uses about 1.5Gb - the last Windows version that could do better than that was Windows 2000.

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BT fined £800k over lax emergency text relay delay blunder

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I had that on my land line in France some years ago ... it would read out the text messages ... my dad had sent a text message in English to my land line in France, the result ? Hilarious ... It did work for text messages in French, when you did not use text-message-style abbreviations, that was ...

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Microsoft scrambles to kill Live.fi man-in-the-middle diddle

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Microsoft are Finnished!

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BlackBerry joins the FREAK show

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I switched to 10.3 when it was made available, what, a month or two ago ? Since, I installed an update last week, got another yesterday and I guess I will have to update my phone once more this week. The last update I got for my phone prior to 10.3 was 10.2.<cannotRememberWhat>, released over a year ago ...

In the meantime, got a z30 for the wife as she could not stand Android anymore, iOS is out of question, <jokeAlert>could not find a decent Nokia</jokeAlert>, so Blackberry I got.

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 and Azure for humanity's implacable IoT foes

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Support

customer: Sir, I need a fix for this new zero-day, now! My oven keeps switching to grill mode, so I cannot cook my Cornish pasties ... and it randomly turns itself on in the middle of the day, so my electricity bill will be very high this month.

support: Sir, I understand, however, that fridge has EOL'd 3 years ago and is out of support.

customer: But it is only 5 years old, what can I do ?

support: Buy a new one!

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

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@big_D

Very interesting ... now, who would enable this feature? Those on low bandwidth allowances and "multiple computers" who choose "internet peers" will have to watch out. Cause they will be "mirroring the patches" for Windows update, gone is their bandwidth.

We understand this, of course, but do mon and pop or the car mechanic ? Not so sure ...

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Also for Server ?

Does this apply to server as well ?

I was looking up on the next Windows server, to get the name right etc (could have been windows 2015 server, for example) and saw the following blog entry from the MS server team:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2014/10/01/announcing-availability-of-windows-server-technical-preview-and-system-center-technical-preview.aspx?WT.mc_id=Blog_ServerCloud_Announce_CEA

You'd expect a product like that to get attention - the blog entry was posted nearly 7 months ago and currently has been tweeted twice, has one single facebook like, and nobody has thought of leaving a comment.

To put this into perspective: The blog entry announcing a technical preview to the next major release of Windows server seems to have mustered less interest than the average blog entry on my blog. I have been talking about the sinking platform ... now, if this is anything to go by ...

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Blackberry touts UNCERTIFIED 'secure' slab in hunt for public sector biz

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Re: whatsapp

>Manually enter all your contacts to a separate database?

For example, YES. BB10 has got "copy-paste" and you will not use whatsapp with all your contacts, would you ? Do you really want whatsapp to phish all your contacts ? No 3rdparty app on my phone has access to SMS, contacts, email, calendars ... and access to shared storage exclusively if I consider it needs to ...

Remember, BB10 is for business ... I was installing whatsapp because that is what the son in the US is using ... I finally ditched it, I do have sensitive (customers, CTO, CEO) contacts/mail/SMS on my device. Again, this is a serious business device.

Oh, and I forgot, the app also wanted access to my SMS', apparently for "activation" because it is for users who are too cretin to copy paste a confirmation number across.

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Re: Lots of claims ..

Actually, the android runtime in bb10 can be managed by BES - you can disable it.

It is by far the securest platform, I installed whatsapp (native BB10 release) the other day and it wanted to access my contacts, I disabled that "privilege" and could not use it ... WTF^10. Anybody who uses that poor excuse for messenger software surely entered email address and its password into facebook, when fb kindly asked to phish for contacts.

That was the one off, software mostly works even when you disable the odd privilege ... of course, some features will not work, but mst of the time, when you are not an idiot and do not disable vital features for the app, it just works.

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Bride legs it from wedding after groom proves unable to add up

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Re: Eh?

>India, a country that produces many very very bright mathematicians, physicists and coders, and hosts famed technical technical colleges... and this gentleman restores the balance.

Nah, the groom appears to be Texan ... and has certainly applied for a job at the patent office, maybe ?

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Wham! NASA claims 'picture-perfect' blast-off for tricky MAGNETIC EXPLOSIONS mission

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Re: ??

If you could fix the wikipedia article once you are done, we would all greatly appreciate.

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HP boss Meg Whitman shuffles exec pawns just before biz splits

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Re: Meg a modern day Nero

... Yes, and the whole point is, they "used to be" quite good ...

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Help! Virgin Media FORGETS to renew its security certificate on contact page

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Re: Reg reader flagged it up to Vulture Weekend in the early hours of this morning.

Nah, they hired the cretin from MS who failed to renew the certificates for two years in a run.

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IDC downgrades sales outlook for PCs AND tablets

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Who needs more than a c2d to do office work (e.g. no 3d rendering or heavy photshopping) ?

PC sales fell when MS released w7 because the OS, for once, ran acceptably well on antique hardware (XP-grade hw) - there was no need to upgrade the hw.

Today, we have it even worse for hw, because a c2d or c2q is all you need, really, with an SSD as Peter2 says ... I think the PC will last longer than 2020, if the hw survives. I do not see businesses buying W10 en masse before 2023 because the benefit over 8.1 is negligible, afaics.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Re: You mean the Veganist Party

>They seem to lose interest in hearing your views on renewable energy after you order the veal.

Like in every political movement, you have extremists ... such is life. I made my views quite clear, and made it to chariman of the comm's board at a regional level (region as in French) - all being a carnivore, Z3-driving, smoking Brit ... in France. I left when they decided it was a good idea to side with the Parti Socialiste for the presidential elections ... all to get a dozen parliamentary seats (the parliament has ~570 seats) - they lost over 50% of their active followers on that silly decision.

Now the greens in France are below 5% (presidential elections), as they were in 2002 and 1.5 in 2007 ... they managed 16% in European elections in 2009 down to 8% in 2014.

Yes, I still vote for them, even though I disprove the party's strategy. Yes, there are quite a few extremists in there, but not the majority ... no, I have no problem with that.

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Re: You mean the Veganist Party

>The Green Party is nothing more than a bunch of vociferous, vacuous, veganists, and I'm 100% ANTI VEGANIST.

How can you be against veganism ? Now, I am not even vegetarian, I love meat too much ;-), however, I do not care what people choose or not to eat ... Yes, it means that I will have to adapt to them when they come over to my place for a meal, but that is no different to my Jewish or Muslim friends ... or my mate who is allergic to anything that has come close to penicillin (sea food, mushrooms) and chicken, even organic chicken as his body thinks chicken is always full of that.

I do expect vegans/vegetarians/Jews/Muslims/Whatever to accept my decision as much as I accept theirs and make that PERFECTLY clear. I have been with the greens and you do see vegans, vegetarians, pot smokers etc ... but I have never met one who would impose his eating habits/drug taking habits on me or judge me on my life style. Of course, they do not like my BMW Z3 that much, lol, but unlike most of them I do not drive to work... public transportation in my area is piss-poor - e.g. a trained marathon runner is quicker than the train service and even bus (during rush hour).

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Re: As Treasonas May is fond of saying...

> What would the Stasi do?

> Vote Totalitarianism - vote Tory/Labour.

Now, you forgot lib dems aka "the followers", and the worst two, BNP & UKIP.

BTW, in the responses you received, I am surprised to read Brits defending Brussels, it is so rare.

Note that in France, we are already a few miles further down totalitarian way ... over here, police can "detain and interrogate" you for 24 hours on no grounds at all - they do not even have to come up with an excuse. If they wanna keep you for 76 hours, all they have to do is come up with some "terrorist threat" - whatever that means - and ask their magistrate mate.

You are always required to carry id which I never do unless I am going to drive a car or travel abroad.

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

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Re: WHY??

I heard she had trouble counting to 6 ...

PH[looking for her second hand]: Where has it gone, oh, in that guyz pants ... may I have my hand back, I'm doing some serious maff here. (typo intended)

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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>This afternoon I restarted one machine for Windows updates and Panda destroyed itself in the process ~ file association issues which don't repair after a cfs /scannow can't run anything *.exe

1. it is sfc /scannow and no, that will not fix file associations which are stored in your registry

2. Check HKey_Local_Machine\Software\Classes\.exe\Command\Open, you might have to copy regedit.exe to regedit.scr or regedit.com prior to running it.

Disclaimer: Not 100% sure of the registry path, no windows box at hand to look it up, but it is something like that, it might be exefile iso .exe.

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Microsoft chucks patent sueball at Kyocera over Android phones

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Ridiculous Patents

"Combining multiple java class files into a run-time image” - How can you patent something that has to have "prior art" ? I mean, to run Java programs, you need a JVM ... and the JVM itself is very first implementation of a "Combination of multiple java class files into a run-time image” ... next they'll claim "We created Java" ... Now, how can anyone grant that patent ?

The other patents are just as silly - somebody must sue the hell out of them and the patent system for allowing this non-sense.

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Scotland to get National ID system 'by the backdoor', campaigners mull challenge

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@chris 17

+1

The downvoters are either tax avoiders or lemmings. We are paying more and more taxes because an increasing number of ***** are avoiding taxes by making false declarations ... e.g. Honest, I moved to Singapore in 2007, sir, and I pay taxes there![...] Naah, I cannot stand Liverpool, I follow <football_team_of_choice>, even got a season ticket, have not missed a fixture since 2002.... shit, no, I have missed plenty, sir, honest ... I only come over once every ... 2/3 months, sir, no I do not keep flight tickets ...

Those same people then complain when the roads are not maintained ... from their fat SUV's ....

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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Re: More research needed

> Don't forget to email corrections@theregister if you spot anything wrong - you'll experience massively lower post-publication correction latency.

Well, they do not want you to fix it or they would have sent the correction request. They want to appear knowledgeable in the forums. This again means that it is in their best interest for you to fix the issue as late as possible ... most other people who spot the issue will jump to the forums, see the post and upvote ... ;-)

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United Nations: For pity's sake don't use your iPhone in your car

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Re: inverse hello

>> Some times level 2 "shut the fuck up" is required I find.

>Many cars will have a "mute" button on the steering wheel.

Yes, however, that does not work on the wife.

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$250K: That's what Lenovo earned to RAT YOU OUT with Superfish

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crapware, malware, and bloatware

I do not understand the outrage, here ... I mean, computers with Windows pre-installed are always full of crapware/malware out of the box (Lenovo are NO WORSE than the others). Then you wanna go and install stuff, like winrar, VLC, OpenOffice etc, and unless you are a g33k, you will most probably download the installer from downloads.com, softonic, 01net, sourceforge, java.oracle.com or whatever which inject crapware/malware into the installers.

As for bloatware, that is the very definition of Windows.

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Google's 'encrypted-by-default' Android is NOT encrypting by default

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Re: Every silver lining...

Backups, backups, backups ...

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>We remain firmly committed to encryption because it helps keep users safe and secure on the web.

ROFLMAO

That is BS - encryption allows you to protect data on internal/external storage from thieves, people who attack the security sieve that android is via the web will have the data decrypted - the data is available to applications decrypted.

Besides, what use is encryption when your data is sync'ed with the cloud ?

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Wake up! BlackBerry QUIETLY updates BB10

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>customisable LED notifications.

I have had that with PowerTools on 10.2.x (cannot remember). I turn off wifi with geofencing ... as soon as I move 100m away from my house, wifi turns off.

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