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Dyslexic, dyspraxic? No probs, says GCHQ

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Re: Alas...

The thing is, we are all good at something, to some extent, some better than others. The case we have over here had horrific spatial perception, but 12 sessions with a specialist and he is now in the top 10% in geometry (of his class, in grades). He used to be useless at geometry.

The thing I found that worked with dyspraxia is motivation and reward (carrot tactics).

The school ordered a laptop for him because he could not write down everything as quickly as the others in his class, and his handwriting was cryptic. His mum always used to fight him into doing his homework, arguments and arguments to write down 15 words (15 words took hours, literally).

I showed him the game console, and said "You wanna play ? Last week you spent hours arguing with your mum instead of doing your homework and playing your games. Now, write those words down properly (so even I can read them) and play until dinner time or argue with your mum until dinner time, your call" Worked like a charm. Not only can I read his handwriting now (it improved substantially), he is even taking notes properly in class (still has a lady helping him out, though).

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Re: well

Notice the joke icon ;-) and as I wrote underneath I have a dyspraxia case in my household. Yes, the spelling thingy was aimed at the dyslexics, and I know, those are not the types of spelling mistakes they make, it is more inverting letters or syllables, for example. It was meant as a joke.

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Definitely very creative, in every sense of the word, but what happens when they have to write a report ? hu z da pur sul hu willl haf too red and undastand it ?

Note: I have a dyspraxic in my household, so first-hand experience. The incredible thing is that they excel at what they like doing, the guy here has photographic memory of an astonishing precision. You show him a table full of cups, take him out of the room, turn one cup only slightly (in the middle somewhere), let him back in and he will point to the right cup immediately. His spelling has improved incredibly because carrot tactics work like a charm.

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Google grand fromage Eric Schmidt: Backing climate denier lobby a 'mistake'

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Re: Irrelevant

@big_D

Exactly, got my upvote because I know you will get a gazillion downvotes on the grounds of heresy over here.

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Re: A tabloid, yes, but still a shameful title

@Ole Juul

It is good to link a wikipedia article, next time, you could read it:

"Several commentators, including Goodman, have also compared climate change denial with Holocaust denial"

There you go.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: If i had a vote

What is the difference between elected politicos in Brussels and London ? Thought so ... Oh, I know

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Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

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Re: Kerching!

java minecraft.jar

won't work ...

try

$ java -jar minecraft.jar

Or simply double click it. Works great on Linux, BTW - this will change soon, it will become just like Skype, they will break it.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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I am among the first on here to #!/bin/bash MS, but they do have symbolic links, yes, yes, they do ... junction points since Windows 2000, iirc, and now look at this, symlinks, with the usual MS bugs, but still, laud the effort:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa363878%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

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Re: Meeeh

CDE had that in the 90's - I cannot remember if you could have a different backdrop on each, I think you could on Solaris 8, iirc.

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Meeeh

I have had that in gnome for as long as I can remember ... with 3d moving cube transitions since about 2004 ?

Does it have some fanzy transitions ? Probably in 10 more years ;-)

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: Pedantry alert

>Given that "Panzer" (short for "Panzer Kampfwagen") is German for tank [...]

Given that "Panzer" (short for "Panzerkampfwagen") is German for tank

So, jetzt wissen alle, wie man das schreibt.

Bitte!

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Re: At the risk of being downvoted to hell

RipOff Britain, I say ... Who in their right mind pays over € 20/month for unlimited sms/calls and 20Gb/LTE ? (without handset).

That is what I pay (actually, I pay € 16, coz I have DSL from same vendor), so I was happy to shell out full retail price for my BB10 z30, directly from manufacturer so I get updates quicker, no provider crapware.

R E V O L U T I O N

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Keep that consumer browser tat away from our software says Oracle

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I never wrote kill off ie, I just meant that those who are stuck with ie are victims of ....

The other guy down below writes allowing e.g. Firefox means allowing drones to install anything, outrageous! You can deploy firefox, just like most other windows software, via SMS.

You could also deploy LibreOffice that way, its "Save as PDF" feature (aka "Export as PDF") is worth the effort. Besides, when you get an old Office document it is sometimes better at opening it than Office 2010+.

No, I used to administer a network of 150+ Windows boxen, though, incl. AD, Exchange and the lot ... you will say, not the same as 15000, agreed! Still, Firefox does come in handy.

Just my $0.02, YMMV

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>99% will be using IE

Yes, victims of the window cleaner brigade posing as system admins.

If you use IE, your opinion does NOT count.

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

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Re: CP/M was better than DOS too...

Imagine if DOS/Windows had failed ... we would all be in Hippy Freetard land. None of this malware infested proprietary license busllshit you guyz chew on ... ;-)

Then again, I do feel sorry for you all on here, except the fellow freetards, because your downfall will be next. What will you do when the Microsoft bubble bursts ?

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New Snowden leak: US and Brit spooks 'tap into German telco networks to map end devices'

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Re: I didn't believe the SCALE

It IS almost exclusively for "national economic gain", as I said numerous times, they do it so well with the help of the British services ... I mean, it is funny, they are even killing British jobs in favor of US jobs.

I have very specific examples, but would not dare disclose them even as anon on here ...

Shit, choppers, brb.

* Tin foil hat [check]

* keys to atomic bunker [check]

* dog with lead [check]

* shoes ...

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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

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Re: "We're retiring the software on your computer"

Yes, and the ads are specifically crafted for Skype, you sometimes think some skype contact has called you, when in fact, it is just an ad with some link to a website ... Who do these advertisers think they can fool this way ?

This is what i call a trojan, the software behaves differently from what you expect and takes you to rogue websites when you click a button named "Call back" (or whatever the ad desigenrs came up with) in the Skype ui.

This meant I removed Skype from a mom and pop's computer since I cannot trust Skype nor can I explain to the elderly that that banner up there is in fact just an ad, despite it having "Call Back" buttons, they are in their late 70's.

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It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

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Window Cleaner's Windows Monologue

This article reads like the Windows monologue. I really feel sorry for you, really, but you should just do that thing I have been telling you to do for the past 14 years, switch to Linux.

I read through most comments and yes, mostly the same crap you read every time Tuesday patchday approaches.

Who has NOT experienced the dreaded update loops where Windows re-installs the same updates every time it boots up, forever, until you manually fix the issue .... of course, this means that other important patches that are to be installed after these patches are not installed. Of course, you only get a warning in event viewer.

Imagine this happens on your server, it remains unpatched until you need to reboot it again and somebody notices the three patches it is installing were already supposed to be installed (good luck with that). Ok, you could guess (LOL) from the event log entry, although that just moans about a manifest not being available.

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Re: Windows.

Checkout https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Repositories/Personal

Your own repository, put in there whatever you want to distribute to your Debian-based clients (Debian, Ubuntu, Mint ...). For Suse/Redhat you have similar instructions.

Takes less time to set up than find out the cost of the Windows equivalent.

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Re: Volunteers?

> So the fault for Oracle software not being easy to update on Linux as compared to Windows [...]

WTF, It is the same process for both, you download and install it. Oracle XE is available in repositories, so updating that is easy.

You sir, have no clue.

Link to Oracle Upgrade documentation:

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E11882_01/server.112/e23633/upgrade.htm#UPGRD105

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Re: Try, for example, patching Oracle

@LDS

I think the freetards, myself included, believe that the Metro or WhateverIt'sCalledThisWeek interface is a consumer interface that has nothing to do in a work environment. Windows 8+ and Windows Server 2012 (ROFLMAO) are consumer OS'.

Linux only needs to be rebooted when either:

* kernel gets updated

* glibc gets updated

Those two are about it ... compare that to the three reboots required to update a printer driver or browser on Windows.

I have PostgreSQL on my Linux system, guess what, it gets updated/patched via the repository. Same for MariaDB as well as a number of other useful databases. Oracle DB is a "pain" to update, just like the Windows version of Oracle you have to go and download the patch unless you use the XE version (there are repositories with the XE version), HOWEVER, no rebooting three times bullshit. The same goes for Sybase, BTW, and again, no reboots required.

The problem is Windows file locking and VERY flaky driver load/unload support, Plug&Pray ... they completely fucked those up.

I have trained MCSE's, I know Windows.

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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Virus scanners detect the first bytes of a file and, when this contains MZ (amongst others, MZ means executable), will block the attachment ... regardless of the extension.

What is this reporting ?

The virus scanners learned it the hard way when viri-writers were sending scr files around the intertubes back in the late 90's.

Yes, on Windows screensavers are executables, I know it is completely ff'd up, but no, we cannot say anything coz this forum is full of window cleaners. Rename the extension of any 32-bit/64-bit executable on windows to .com, .scr, or .exe and it will still run ...

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Ex-Autonomy execs: HP's latest wad blows apart fraud allegations

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Re: Sounds like a match made in heaven

Ok, hardware sales are usually low margin, software sales, on the other hand, can have quite high margins. Of course, with hardware sales usually also include software sales of some sort. Sadly, when HP saw the hardware sales revenue, for some reason, they believed that was software sales... Now, I believe Microsoft could get away with such a defense, since they are mostly a software company, but HP ? They are killing off all software ... Tru64, OpenVMS, HP-UX, ... you name it.

98% margins on ink beats anything else, even Microsoft's 80% software margins.

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Microsoft unloads monster-sized can of bug spray on Internet Explorer, again

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Re: I don't understand...

> "Internet Explorer 6 is dead, please change century"?

Time must be flying, or maybe my Alzheimer has kicked in, imho, ie6 was released in 2001, so technically the 21st century. In which century are you living in ? Relativity, anybody ?

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Re: On a cloudless day...

>Being an 'Old Git', I already have copies of all the music I want to listen to so why would I want to stream it? If someone can sensibly explain and persuade me that I should stream suff I already have then I'll happily buy them a pint.

Same here, however, the crap music they are pouring down the radio/tv/Interwebs these days really is not worth storing because once the hype has vanished, even the biggest fans realize how crap it actually is - that, sir, is what you need streaming for.

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Re: So, for people like me that still get good use out of theirs

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Go into any Apple retailer's store today and you will most likely find some lying around, discounted.

Negotiate, might get a free 64 or 128Gb USB key with it ;-)

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Re: BBC Worldwide

>"Where does the burden of proof lie?" - obviously on the poor slob who can't afford a layer.

I love that typo ... ;-)

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: Top marks

@AC

>They might as well have used MSSQL server if that was the case - it has a lot fewer security holes and a lot more functionality for a start.

ROFLMAO

Did you even read the article ?

1. They want to save money

2. They said RDBMS is overkill

BTW, nobody in their right mind would consider MSSQL for anything

If they wanna save even more, when are they ditching Windows ?

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

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Re: salaried employees

I feel for you, I really do ... how sad ... my employer has mandated eclipse and I use vi. You know what ? They can skullfsck themselves in a circle (if that is at possible, ;-) before I even consider installing eclipse.

Choice is everything ... but lets say your employer insists you use NT4 notepad.exe to search and replace some stuff in a very big file (NT4 notepad needs over a second per line on big files), would you do that ? I would download ssh, then scp the file over to a UNIX system and use sed/vi/whatever and do it all is less than 5 minutes ... 4:45 is the time you need to find and install proper ssh with scp, 5 seconds to copy the file, 5 to open and search/replace, finally, 5 more to send the file back ? If the file is really big, it can takes days with NT4 version's of notepad. I have not really tested more recent versions, I do believe they are quite a bit faster now ... ;-)

Note, vi & sed are much older than NT4 ... just to ensure the window cleaning brigade does not come and troll us to death.

Back when I was on Windows, this is years back, I reinstalled my workstation - no domain bs for me thank you ... same username & password on the local workstation than on the domain, never had a problem.

I think you call that "tengo cojones", but then again, my Spanish is not that good.

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Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

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Re: Apple does not limit the number of password entry attempts users could can make

@Dan 55

>And remember, a great many Apple IDs have a home address, phone numbers and CC information all dutifully filled in from the original purchase of the device at the online store or so the app store 'just works'.

As much as I like to dish Apple, you would be able to see the tel and address, the latter you can find out online, BTW, as for CC info ? Are you nuts ? you can only see the last 3 or 4 digits of the CC, just like on receipts ... ok, they could use the account to purchase stuff in the app store, but they would probably get caught doing that.

So, yeah, they might have her cell phone, what you gonna do, call her?

"Hello, this is Dan 55, I hacked into your iCloud account and got naughty pics of you ..."

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Car makers, space craft manufacturers infected with targeted recon tool

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This site is a helpful friend, though as I said above, you need to make sure to analyze the methodology of potential attacks to properly reduce the attack surface ...

http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.comp.security.phishings/35352

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Re: IE involved, again...

If Paul were to work for an antivirus company, he would identify the specifics of the 2 000 000 windows viri variants and create a very specific definition for each.

To the techy, it does not matter who, it is the how that matters. I agree that for law enforcement, the who is equally as important as the how.

I would take it even further, imagine it were some girl called Peppa Pig who managed to 0wn a web server running IIS 7.2.0.1.30.24.55 (version number completely made up, of course), you are probably gonna sigh in relief, since you have IIS version 7.2.0.1.31.48.89 ... but Peppa is a bright girl, she managed to 0wn a few other websites running on IIS 8 and apache. I guess you say: Let's switch to nginx and hope Peppa does not have a vuln up her sleave for that.

Yes, it is important to patch your servers, of course, but when it comes to network security, you need not focus solely on versions of software, but also on techniques. Here they do warn to watch out for mail.webmailgoogle.com etc, etc ... but somebody else will come along with webmailhotmail.com or whatever ... who says they are not using a wide array of servers ?

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Drone captures shots of budding APPLE SPACESHIP HQ

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Re: Most impressed

@ MyffyW

You forgot the "r"

"Please, Mr Crook, can I have my drone back?"

there fixed it

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Why no one smells a RAT: Trojan uses YAHOO WEBMAIL to pick up instructions

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Sounds like you did not read the article ... how about grepping it for hotmail or gmail.

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Re: and in the real world

linked-in? If you block that, you are silly - do you not want a corporate presence on that platform?

The rest: fessbook, twatter even webmail, obviously ...

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Like condoms, data now comes in big and HUGE sizes

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FreeBSD & Solaris are the storage kings

FreeBSD and Solaris are the storage kings, with no one else in their league. LVM ? LOL, as for Microsoft, they are not even in the same league as Linux ... when it comes to storage, they are 20 years late.

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> If condoms were made in a range of different sizes, the old joke goes, the options would be “huge”, “gigantic” and “enormous”.

Are they not in the UK, then ? Ahh, I see, same size fits all ...

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Grabby baddie scours Paddy Power's towers: 650k punters leaked and it took 4 years to admit it

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Security breach can happen, when it does say so

I will always be amazed these business's are considered "legal".

I am very surprised it took them 4 years to disclose and I think they should be sentenced very, very severely. I think the bloke who made the decision not to disclose to the public should go to jail, you simply cannot allow anybody to get away with this. They put the lives of 600 000 people at risk, no less.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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'Code Club' looks like a taxpayer's money laundering scheme, if you read the timeline.

Hmm, all very fishy ...

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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Re: From where I sit...

@ Charles Manning - Re:From where I sit...

> [...] WinCE 1.x.. It's been all downhill since 2007/8.

It's been all downhill since 2007/8 and under water since 2010.

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: As hammarbtyp says: He could even...

Come on, it does not miss any important features ... maybe the treble underline, but who really needs that ???

And you forgot maybe the most important file type for publication ... docbook - yes, LibreOffice supports docbook.

Do not work with publishing houses that insist on using word, simple. If you are any good, you will find a house that does not hire window cleaners.

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I do not know, but when you work with text files in vi, diff is pretty neat change tracking system ... and svn diff is even better, if you make sure you svn commit regularly, that is.

Same goes for CVS and git, btw.

How do you diff two word documents ?

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Re: @BongoJoe: Word isn't the best tool for job

> Well Word Perfect was use to write the manuals for Boeing aircraft.

>But Microsoft managed to kill them pretty well.

That probably explains it all ... broken since inception. Even the name suggests bouncing .... and we all know aircraft do not bounce well ... ;-)

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WIN: Your passport to PuppetConf 2014

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Ohhh damn, two AciveD window cleaners beat me to the comments ... ;-)

"Chaos AD" or Puppet, your choice, your data center, your devices.

With excuses to Paulo Jr.

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RealVNC distances itself from factories, power plants, PCs hooked up to password-less VNC

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Re: To avoid this...

????? This is, of course, quite silly ... the software in question is not the problem, it's people in charge like YOU that are the problem. I write YOU because you apparently lack the intellect to understand what the actual problem is. Go, re-read that article, but only once you have finished with the windows in the boss' office, make them shiny, please.

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Re: VNC and RDP

@AC

>Ha! They wish!!! VNC is a horse and cart compared to MS Remote Desktop's Ford Focus.

Exactly, gimme horse and cart over any model from Ford or Fiat.

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Re: Meh

@Halfmad

>part time/outsourced IT person

You can have window cleaners in-house as well, you know ... easy to blame the outsourced party.

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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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@ SineWave242

>I think it's about time that Microsoft start copying all the Linux desktop environments like Xfce or maybe KDE 5 or Gnome 3. :) They are, after all, best at copying others' ideas and making people pay through their noses for that.

You know Cygwin ?

http://x.cygwin.com/screenshots/cygx-xtow-alphademo-20130805.png

or

http://x.cygwin.com/screenshots/cygx-rootless-openbox-20031224-0010.png

Ok, screenshots show crappy XP, but I am sure you could get that with 8 as well ...

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@IJC

>Just look at how Microsoft has beefed up Powershell over the last few years to give the Linux sysadmin types a command line to play with.

I like powershell, I hate the CMD.EXE shell app with a passion, though ... it sucks. No tabs, weird keyboard shortcuts for copy & paste, crap to resize..... I just need a handle to that crap to throw it out the window, or at the window cleaner who's in the way.

Powershell is great, connecting via ssh from *nix

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Microsoft: We plan to CLEAN UP this here Windows Store town

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Definition of Windows Apps

>bundle bloatware with their installers or attempt to charge money for software that was elsewhere offered for free

That is the very definition of software designed for Windows x (where x is a Windows version). I do not understand what the problem is .... Besides, if you fight these guyz, why should Oracle, Adobe, Microsoft etc get away with it?

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