* Posts by Hans 1

1572 posts • joined 11 Aug 2009

FTDI boss hits out at 'Chinese criminal gang' pumping knock-off chips

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Re: A question for those that know more...

>The driver package released in October 2014 (and subsequently withdrawn) used an operation that would fail on a genuine FTDI device, but was accepted by a counterfeit FTDI device, to reprogram the device's EEPROM with a different USB Product ID (0) which isn't recognised by the FTDI licensed Windows driver.

>Users could fix that up by re-writing a Windows driver .inf file to recognise the changed Product ID. That was the change the Linux kernel driver implemented (an additional Vendor/Product ID pair is recognized).

That is hardly bricking the device, just making your driver no longer talk to the device. Now, I agree that that was the best thing you could do. From the other comment@rds I thought the driver had re-programmed the EEPROM with complete garbage.

As for the fix on Linux, I am pretty sure writing a udev rule would fix that there, as well.

This story reminds me of the PalmOS-iTunes integration, where Palm used the Apple USB id's to "imitate" an ipod.

DISCLAIMER: I am not too much into electronics hacking, not yet, anyway.

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Ballmer schools SatNad on Microsoft's mobile strategy: You need one

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I saw my 6th or 7th WinPhone yesterday, brother-in-law sent some clothes over and an "old" Nokia he got as a present, he never used. It turned out to be not that old at all, a Lumia 735.

I was considering sending the thing back to Redmond, Washington, by UPS - to make sure somebody signs it off.

I played around with it yesterday, only for like 15 minutes ... and, the first thing you see after you gone through the setup is a desktop with lots of junk, no mm2 left. On other phones, you have Photos, Mail, Settings etc, on Windows phone you have that plus a bunch of "widgets", or "moving" tiles with news you don't care about, that are just as annoying as the animated gif ads, if anyone can remember them ....

Theiir app store is still lacking many apps I would expect on a mobile device. The teen in this house had never seen one and looked at it quite extensively, before joking "There's nothing interesting to install, it is an adult phone, I guess."

I might give it to a Nokia fanboy I know ... he's still using 3330 type Nokias, "a phone's for making phone calls", he says.

I think Ballmer is right (I side with Ballmer, who'd da thunk), MS needs a mobile strategy, however, it is probably 5 years too late for that, and 5 years is like an eternity in the mobile business.

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While we weren't looking, the WAN changed

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Re: Same old same old

> Would that be HK?

Go lookup Prague, or Praha, notice it is a capital ... now, where on earth did you get HK from?

I want to know if it is Plzeň, I want an Urquell ... cf -> icon

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Scary RAM-gobbling bug in SQL Server 2014 exposed by Visual Studio online outage

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Coffee/keyboard

Well, what he means is, that they cannot just reset "THIS TIME" because it falls over every three or four seconds ... and Windows does not have systemd, so the time required to reboot is disproportionate.

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Window cleaner and Surface Expert brigade are apparently in full swing this morning, keep 'em coming, the downvotes.

Everybody on here knows that MS software cannot scale. You will notice that they "fixed" the issue by using a hint that allocates 1% of the 4Gb their "optimizer" (ROFL) thought was required, for one row, serious fail, if you ask me ... the fix is not good enough for me, I'm pretty sure 0.002% would suffice.

Don't ever let Windows cleaner and Surface Experts near your RDMS, I tell ya!

Now, fanboyz, anything to comment ?

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>if you're running SQL Server 2014 with big tables,

you should consider other database vendors, like Oracle, Sybase, or Postgres.

FTFY

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Oracle issues emergency patch for Java on Windows

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WTF?

They have fixed something in the installer that prevents somebody from injecting code into the binary that gets run when the installer is started. Great!

But anybody can design an installer that looks like the Oracle Java installer, and installs teamviewer or you name it .... you can do that to any software downloaded from the interwebs ... In Window cleaner and Sufarce expert land, this is common practice, the main vector of ad&malware.

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Re: Not forgetting "real" but unintended clicks

>Result being that you sometimes click on that part just intending to bring a partially-overlapping window to the fore - and find you've just been bumped off to some unsuspecting advertisers site.

Thanks for supporting el'Reg financially ! I also do that, when I am on a system without adblock, support what you are reading!

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Re: I can't see banner ads

>Do people really buy stuff because of a web ad?

Yes, of course .... Mom/pop:

Your computer is slow, we have detected 7 viruses and spyware! Act now before you lose all your pictures and documents.

[ Ok ] [ Cancel ]

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Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC

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Re: Sounds Really Clever?

It is not a file on the hard drive, just a set of special files that represent efi variables. I do not quite understand how this works, tbh, but it might be time to disallow "rm -rf /", Solaris gets that one right ... ;-).

Now, I obviously think the implementation is bad, I mean, imagine you delete a file there, you brick your system (should not be possible). Systemd, Systemd, Systemd .... naughty, naughty!

And, just another example of closed-source firmware BS we have to put up with ...

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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Airbus have the solution, but not the balls. In most disasters involving airbus, if, instead of having alarms go off saying "proximity terrain" or "stall", the alarms would say:

"It would be greatly appreciated if the pilots would enable auto-pilot and leave their seats, I'll fix this mess for you."

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Re: Really?

>The main reason you don't hear of sea rescues after aircraft crashes are because, AFAWK, none were survivable.

Please don't count me in with the dummies (use AFAIK iso AFAWK), there have been numerous successful water landings:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_landing

Worst thing is, there's one mentioned in the bloody article!

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Netflix picks up Molly at university, scores harsh character assessment

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Netflix

Serving 30% of worldwide internet traffic from FreeBSD boxen.

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Ginni Rometty to pocket $4.5m bonus for IBM leadership

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Re: We mustn't let IBM die yet...

>[I just finished laughing in dismay at a Notes dialog box I'd never met before. An ugly and incomplete attempt at mimicking the Windows dialog it could have used for free, with a text field that spilled narrowly over the edge of the frame, this being "fixed" by adding scroll bars to the whole dialog (rather than just sizing it usefully in the first place, or better yet making the dialog resizeable), and a menu-launching button bolted to the text caret, a blot moving across the screen with every keystroke and dwarfing the text I was writing. Modal dialog, of course. ]

Have you ever seen localized versions of Windows ? Especially the French and German versions of Windows 7 have multiple dialogs where text is simply cut off, no scroll bars, cannot be resized .... that is probably why IBM went with their dialogs and scrollbars ... Actually, notes is multi-platform, that probably explains it ...

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Microsoft's new cross-platform web app framework renamed ASP.NET Core

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I used a sinclair in the good ole days, man. I have used asp, asp.Net, Java, jsp, php, and I know python (among many other techs/languages/frameworks). The latter 4 have their uses.

Don't get me wrong, ASP.Net pisses all over asp/com+, agree there, but still no match for php or jsp.

I do not want to start a flame war, seeing the downvotes, you actually managed to make me doubt (personal taste is not to be discussed), but when I search in google, the first 5 results I found say exactly what I say, asp.Net is no competitor to JSP or PHP. True, you can use python, but JSP and PHP are so much simpler to implement and scale "quite" well.

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WTF?

Seriously, who in their right mind is going to choose ASP.Net over JSP or PHP on non-Windows platforms ?????

Seriously, intelligent dev's are going to use either over ASP.Net on Windows, anyway.

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Re: Even better:

> Like the 'new from the ground up' Edge browser that has the same vulnerabilities as IE11.

Developed in collaboration with the team that brought flash into this world.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise axing services techies again

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>Whitman, who broke up the company in November and is CEO at HPE, will maintain the strategy - up to 30,000 more employees will leave over the next few years.

HPE is dead, what do they have, HP-UX 11i? Who runs HP-UX 11i? I mean, they killed off all enterprise worthy software (Tru64 and VMS), nothing left. HP-UX is outdated, 90's UNIX, on par with FreeBSD 3.0, for example, Solaris 8, or AIX 4.2. Itanic is a dead platform, even Windows no longer cares ... HP-UX is dead. What "enterprise software" do they have ? Meg Whitman has chosen the incorrect offspring ...

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Europe: Go on. Ask us to probe the £130m 'sweetheart' deal HMRC made with Google

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>Westminster turns out to be not necessarily working for the good of the country.

Wake me when any government works for the country as opposed to corporations ...

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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Re: 30 year useful life; 300 year useless after-life

>30 year useful life; 300 year useless after-life

30 year useful life; 300 MILLION year useless after-life

FTFY

Considering the stuff needs to be disposed off properly, and needs constant attention, you would not want anybody to pinch any, it costs more than hiring 20 million bicycle riders paying each the salary of Mr Bill Gates for 100 years producing more leccy ... until we find a proper energy solution....

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UK police have 43 separate IT systems and it's putting you at risk

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>unelected police authorities.

What is this idiocy of elected police ? Look at the US, all the sharriffs are elected, bloody nightmare. You want professionally qualified personnel, who have gone through extensive screening, training, and who are not geographically bound to some place to join the police force ... not some "too thick to find a job so becomes politician" sharriff with a wet dream of 'Murica in the 1830's.

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Ex-VMware CEO Di Greene drops mystery storage system box, dares you to open it

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Slightly off-topic, but watch out for FreeBSD 11, they're adding capability to read/write simultaneously to flash drives with no performance hit.

Netflix is really pushing FreeBSD to its limits.

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VMware axes Fusion and Workstation US devs

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Re: cognitive dissonance

Thank Sun, Oracle got it with the purchase. Oracle know that if they screw up it will be forked and they do not really need another Open^H^H^H^HLibreOffice or MySQL/MariaDB debacle.

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Re: Ahh... The ever connected fallacy

>None of the alternatives that I've tried performed anywhere as good as VMware Workstation.

What do you mean, performance-wise ? If you are into games, I am sure the hardware acceleration in VMWare is better than VirtualBox, apart from that, I see no difference in performance, really ... i7 (6core), 24Gb Ram, dual 500Gb SSD's.

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Cabling horrors unplugged: Reg readers reveal worst nightmares

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Re: Only one cable but....

Same experience here, though it was a printer server that got unplugged where I worked...

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Linux Foundation quietly scraps individual memberships

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Re: Time to switch to a BSD?

You forgot PCBSD, FreeBSD designed for the desktop.

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Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

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Re: Why badges?

>That will be perfectly fitting for polished M3s, Cayennes, Jags and Q7s which you usually find in disabled bays.

With drivers hopping out of them, running like marathon men to get to the shop.

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Kentucky to build 3,400-mile state-owned broadband network – and a fight is brewing

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Re: It's competition (how unfair)

>Indeed how come the land of rampant capitalism has allowed so much pigopolist behaviour whilst here in Blighty its not perfect but we seem to be able to get Phone TV and Broadband for about 50% of what it costs in the States, and probably 50% faster too.

I would say the UK has a "slightly denser" population and on the country side in the UK, you have the same issues.

Don't we love the telcos complaining .... after all it is much better to have <n> parallel backbones in the state, one for each telco, so much cheaper to maintain.... That is what we have in France, they are fighting to bring fiber to the masses, depending on where you live, if you want fiber, you have to go with one, no competition, until the others make it to your doorstep. In the end, they'll pay for over-capacity in densely populated areas and have no cash left to deploy in the less densely populated areas.

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Capita hiring temps to cover for call centre redundancies – staff sources

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After the nurses pay scandal ...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/12064455/NHS-hit-by-nurses-pay-scandal.html

I am pretty sure they are billing O2 or whoever in excess when they hire temps, from another crapita-owned agency.

There has to be reason why they are doing this.

Then again, as long as they fleece the private sector, I do not really care that much, not my moneys, but how can they be stopped from fleecing the public sector is the real question ...

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Microsoft struggles against self-inflicted Office 365 IMAP outage

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Re: They just aren't good

>Maybe they should sell coffee or something.

Would you buy cold coffee?

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Re: SLA Liability?

No, they guarantee 100%, as in, at any given time, at least one of their services will be available ... Word 360, Excel 360, Outlook.com ... just don't expect all services to be available all the time ...

We have had successive years of expired certificates, they finally managed to hire somebody with enough brains to renew them on time (third time^H^H^H^Hyear lucky?) and now this ...

I used to use IMAP on Exchange 2010, however, every other week, the Windows service needed to be restarted as it became unresponsive. You could even render it unresponsive (as in crash) by moving a "lot of" mail around in your mailbox, like 1000 emails.

IT got fed up and told me to use webmail instead ...

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Sorry, kids. Microsoft is turning Minecraft into an 'educational tool'

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Re: Give Microsoft a break

>They've been building virtual Anderson shelters as part of a WWII project. They talk about what would've been in them, location away from the house, the visibility from the air, how many people would need to fit inside etc. and most importantly he's enthusiastic about the project and really learning the subject.

WTF???? No, seriously, WTF?

WWII is a subject that needs to be discussed, absolutely, the Nazis were evil beyond belief, certainly, but teaching kids how to build Anderson shelters in Minecraft?? Must be the UK (severely brain-dead, nostalgic of when Britain was more than a handful of islands), next, they'll be learning how to create the Waterloo battle field in Minecraft, or Agincourt? That is history, what's the use of an Anderson shelter when you have nuclear warfare ?

Of course, at least no time wasted learning useless crap like grammar, or proper reading ...

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>"I hate how children will leave school, with a microsoft cloud account by default... which presumably will start asking for cash somewhere down the line, or face their childhood classroom experiences and work... wiped."

Same here ...

France has just sold data of all French pupils to Microsoft in exchange for a € 12 Million from Microsoft. The initial, official report suggested France paid Microsoft €24 million for the service, the official report has been "amended", no moneys are mentioned anymore. Other reports suggest Microsoft paid France the money after SadNad paid a visit to Mr Hollande (French president, nothing to do with The Netherlands).

Note that French governmental bodies are required by law to call for tenders, however, this law does not apply when Microsoft in concerned ... This deal is for using "intelligent games" in classes, apparently, Minecraft. In the deal is also addiction to SharePoint, Office360, OneDrive (1Tb).

The French hospital fund also paid Microsoft 120 million over four years for licensing, again, without official, public call for tenders.

There is a "morality" document that Microsoft (main entity) signed, Microsoft may involve other Microsoft subsidiaries which are NOT REQUIRED to sign said document - it is written as such in the agreement. (just one of the flaws I saw while hovering over it until page 4).

I will, of course, send a registered letter to the local school authorities denying them the right to register any information regarding my offspring with private entities of any kind.

Note that the Linux package gcompris is developed (mainly) by French teachers.

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Snowden bag-carrier Miranda's detention was lawful – UK appeal court

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Re: Lawful and lawless

Ok, but why did the judge obey to "police state" law iso of human rights law?

Human rights (as defined by the European Commission) have, in my silly mind, the upper hand whenever they contradict the law of any country.

You are in the European Union, you apply what the European Union, for the good of all inhabitants, declares ... if some pesky borough law, county law, country law, state law of a union member state contradicts European Union law, tough, European law should win, always.

European laws were drafted with not only Britons, but French, Belgians, Spaniards, and Germans (among many others), they certainly have more sense than the bigoted Britons' law who live on their silly little Islands, auto-declared world empire ....

Yours truly,

Your silly little Briton living on the continent.

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Re: isInAccordanceWithOfficialVersion(data) != true is Terrorism

Upvoted by he who wrote original code. ;-)

I was just trying to make a point, criticism well taken!

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Re: isInAccordanceWithOfficialVersion(data) != true is Terrorism

ftfy

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Re: "the publication of material can amount to an act of terrorism...

>"...as defined by MiniTrue and NewSpeak".

"...as defined by MiniTrue in NewSpeak".

FTFY, NewSpeak is a language, after all ... upvoted anyway.

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WTF?

Judge supports police state, claims the UK is not a nation that upholds human rights, as defined by the EU. Christ, this is air strip one, get me out of 'ere.

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Cisco patch day fixes CGI script blunder, hard-coded credentials

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WTF???? CGI ????

https://www.w3.org/Security/faq/wwwsf4.html

Some 17 years ago, w3 warned about the potential security hole CGI represents. 17 years AGO!!!!!!!

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Asda slammed for letting vulns fester on its cyber shelves

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Problem Solved

There is a chain of command and somebody said: "Fix this, don't bother fixing that." He who said that should be made public, never to find a job again in IT.

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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Alien

Well, I would not dare guess how long it would take.

The main problem many here do not realize is that Voyager used the attraction from planets it passed to speed up. Given this planet's "theoretical" trajectory, there will be no other planets far and wide to be used as "thrusters" which means it will take considerably longer to get there ... much, much, much more than 60 years (approximate time it would take Voyager to reach the "distance").

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Surprise! No wonder Oracle doesn't 'see' IBM or SAP in the cloud

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Re: I see Oracles ploy..

>Quite a few vendors have done that (MS$ included).

No, MS sales droids are a little "more virtuous", they throw in $500 000 cloud services, let the customer know saying this is in order to get the $3 000 000 discount, and don't pocket the accelerator (afaik). For each of these deals, one should take discount+gratuitous cloud services ($3 500 000 in this case) off of MS' official cloud revenue.

Another dirty trick MS is doing is counting MS Office revenue as cloud revenue.

So slightly unfair, here, to single-out Oracle here as selling "vapour" when Microsoft is doing exactly the same thing.The only real cloud business is Amazon, at the moment.

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Microsoft beats Apple's tablet sales, apologises for Surface 4 flaws

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>That's why Microsoft is selling these puppies - because they can be managed centrally using existing infrastructure and compatible with legacy enterprise software.

If your legacy enterprise software wants ie6, then NO, YOU CANNOT.

OS X, FreeBSD, and Linux can be managed from AD, and ... System Center Configuration Manager supports Windows, iOS, and OS X.

Then again, if you wanted to manage your Windows Servers and Workstations properly, you would be running puppet anyway.

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Re: In Other News...

>*NIX doesn't as yet have anything to match PowerShell for processing data AFAIK. Like a *NIX shell but much more powerful and fully object orientated.

The command line interface on Windows is a 30 year old joke.

The sta/mta appartment model is a bloody mess.

PowerShell remoting is nice, but a bitch to setup "properly".

Wake me up when it has a proper regex implementation.

I like PowerShell, ssh'd-in from a *NIX box, but the interpreter has "a lot of" room for improvement.

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Re: More Microsoft marketing lies...so silly.

>I have to say though, I'd never import a laptop (or buy a Macbook) purely because I don't want to have to dick around with a US keyboard layout.

I am used to the US International keyboard, I can get along with the UK, French (AZERTY!!!), and German (QUERTZ) keyboards, no problem ... just need some time to adapt, somewhat, counted in mere minutes. I do not look at the keyboard and when I switch, I tend to hit backspace every second or third letter I type for ~5 minutes, that is it ... after that I type away as if nothing happened.

I started on a UK keyboard, then got a German, learned typewriting on the French keyboard at uni and started to work on a US international keyboard at my second job.

Currently typing on an SGI keyboard (from an Octane), for those interested, US international, no Windows key. ;-)

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Microsoft: We’ve taken down the botnets. Europol: Would Sir like a kill switch, too?

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WTF?

Windows 10 EULA

The windows 10 EULA already mentions a Kill Switch, WTF^100 - well, it mentions: we can and will change any setting on your computer at OUR discretion.

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PDF redaction is hard, NSW Medical Council finds out - the hard way

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Re: Can't use a computer

^ That link is great, read it, do it ... I have witnessed the same problem over here - they all know how to start apps in OS X, Linux, and Windows, get on the webs, do some basic shit, the teen can search for computer parts, yet, fails miserably in searching through wikipedia, for example. If it is not in a google results page, it's inaccessible.

I have two pi's lying here that I have flashed multiple times, the teen could not care less ... guess what, no internet on his gaming rig today, if he wants internet, he will have to flash the pi, setup wifi, route traffic ... lets see what happens ... when he gets back from school.

Last week, I told him that if he managed to "hack" into the Wifi router and disable parental control I would not enable it again, I would have thought he would have attempted to get into there immediately, but .... sadly no.

Shit, in his position, I would have at least tried. The worst is, he can go onto my computer when, e.g., I go to the toilet (I do not always lock the screen, my bad), the password is in my password manager, if he is lucky, the browser session is still open ... but no :-(

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Re: Not a user error

>Acrobat has had redaction since Acrobat 8. While the UI to do this is certainly unintuitive, that doesn't make it any different to any other part of the Acrobat's UI, and the good news is in the next release they will almost certainly redesign it again to make a completely new type of unintuitive interface.

Which part of the Acrobat ui is intuitive ? I mean, EVEN SELECT & COPY is counter-intuitive!!!!!!!!!

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Re: OOPS

Who in their right mind uses Adobe Acrobat ? I mean, SERIOUSLY ?

I was hired for consultancy by a client, I finished ahead of schedule and asked the customer what else was a pain ... I noticed they used Acrobat, got them an alternative for their workflow .... the costs saved by an hour's job covered the costs of my consultancy work, and several years of support for the software I was originally hired for. I also got rid of a Windows Server in the process ...

MS's & Adobe's MostHatedProfessional, I am!

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Yahoo! Mail! Had! Nasty! XSS! Bug!

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Re: What about the address book being stolen?

Did you provide fecebook with your email address and email account password when they kindly asked to look for your fiends ? Maybe, other sites like that also try the trick ...

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