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* Posts by James 132

32 posts • joined 6 Aug 2009

You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

James 132

I know it was tongue-in-cheek, but please don't write headlines following the Upworthy house-style. El Reg, you are better than that.

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Top tools for junior Linux admins

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Mushroom

Hehe, I wondered how long before this subject would crop up.

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Happy

Arch Linux is an intimidating distro for the newcomer, but everyone should try it. The reason I mention it here is the documentation is phenominal for linux users in general: wiki.archlinux.org

Centos is a good distro to learn for server use, and most usefully Redhat's documentation is online - it is a the same lineage - with Kickstart being a good place to learn scripted deployment (versus imaging).

On the BSD side I've found FreeBSD beautifully simple to administer; package (port) management takes a little more learning though.

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HP: PC industry has forgotten how to innovate

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He misses the most important thing - quality and good design. You don't need some hideous swivelling laptop-phone-toaster-tablet thing; just simple, well-built designs with - and this is really, really important - an OS that is emphatically *not* bundled with a multitude of OEM rubbish that does nothing but harm the user's enjoyment. Reputation sells.

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Polar sea ice could set ANOTHER record this year

James 132

Re: Predictable

Come on. The tone of the whole article is painfully supercilious. And there you are alluding to failings in my reading comprehension. Plus ca change.

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James 132

Re: Predictable

Oh God, that Huffpo article is awful. *Awful*. Liberals need to abandon the assumed moral superiority; it is so alienating. Unsubtly suggesting that people believe certain things because they are stupid is equivocal to stating that the author is more intelligent and therefore unquestionably correct. This attitude is wildly popular, unfair, and worst of all, unhelpful.

Climate science is an utter mess, and has been since it was hijacked by political interests on both sides of the spectrum. There is so much work to be done.

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Torvalds bellows: 'The GNOME PEOPLE are in TOTAL DENIAL'

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Linux

Re: 5 reasons

Sincerely now, one of the best Linux related comments I've read on here, from one RHEL bod to another. As for RTFM, the user community contains some of the worst things about Linux; as opposed to the genuinely knowledgeable who love to help.

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James 132

I have never seen the ethos of engineering excellence used in the pejorative. That's amusing.

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Disable Java NOW, users told, as 0-day exploit hits web

James 132
Unhappy

Unfortunately - as I guess you know - they can, and they do.

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PayPal co-founder sells out of foundering Facebook at VAST profit

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Meh

Re: Stay away until $10

I don't understand why an older, more experienced person would do a better job. It is highly likely they will be conservative, apathetic, and simply not driven enough. Facebook's success has happened because of Zuckerberg, not in spite of him.

Overvalued as the stock may be, if Zuck were to go I would wager that Facebook would have very dim prospects indeed.

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Windows 8: Download it, then speak YOUR brains

James 132

Trying it again and the penny has just dropped: They're trying to get rid of desktop Window management, aren't they? It certainly feels that way. This is the iOS approach: You don't go back; you go home. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Metro applications. I'm sitting in metro apps wondering how the hell to get back to anywhere, before remembering to recall the start screen.

Whatever the intent, It produces a rather odd user experience.

I'm trying but it just doesn't flow. At all.

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James 132
Meh

Hmm

I want to like it. Competition is a good thing; it drives innovation. I do think (based on the preview) that there's been too much compromise in some of the design fundamentals: If MS wanted a tablet UI they could and should have designed one separately; 8 feels like two different ideas that simply don't converge for the desktop user.

A keyboard and mouse are still a fantastic way to get input to a PC, and are well suited to human dexterity. Touch is a solution to a packaging problem that works really well, but pretending it is the better way to do things is a bit daft.

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Sick of juggling apps on biz PCs? This install tool will save your sanity

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Re: Yet another tool to work around lazy developers.

Easily the most tiresome and time-consuming aspect of desktop management. And, it is worse the further away you get from mainstream applications. Some specialised educational / simulation stuff enormously stubborn about deploying nicely.

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Valve opens Steam store to non-gaming software

James 132

Suddenly, the comments Newell made about Windows 8 and closed systems just made total sense. This is what Valve are worried about.

Thrilled to see Steam natively on Linux, but this plan surely means Valve see a commercial future right where they are.

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So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

James 132
Angel

Prentice Hall's lovely 'Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook' remains the only tech helper I've read that mentions politics - it is an important issue for techs to understand. It is as real and important as any work they will do, and horrible as it is engineers by nature do not tend to understand these things and so end up getting crapped on.

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New account of Flight 447 disaster published

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Unhappy

An AOA gauge and training in including it in the scan may have helped them. It would at least have told them what the wing was doing, but for some reason this isn't seen as necessary, although they do turn up in some 737 options.

For whatever reason, he encountered (and it was a bumpy night) a situation that overwhelmed him and his reaction to it killed everyone on board.

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RAF Eurofighter Typhoons 'beaten by Pakistani F-16s'

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Thumb Up

True, dat

Under 'Constant Peg' there is an account of a MiG-21 pilot (USAF) that knew the '21 inside out, and routinely humbled far more modern adversaries in BFM because he was so well practiced in it; but that of course is the point of the exercise.

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James 132
Stop

NATO pilots not trained in BFM? Hmm...

That is utter nonsense. I suspect more than a little bit of BS going on there on the PAF official's behalf.

NATO crews have been intensively trained in BFM since forever, not for nothing is the Typhoon a maneuver fighter.

The Typhoon is a lead contender for India's MRCA (against the Dassault Rafale) and I would not be surprised if this wasn't a little bit of PAF gamesmanship.

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German Foreign Office kills desktop Linux, hugs Windows XP

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Stop

Hmm, something else going on here.

The devil is in the details. Bit confused by the XP -> 7 strategy, unless it is monetary (possible that there is still a license held by that dept. and migration this way is cheaper) because it is not technically necessary at all.

Interoperability is true, in terms of other departments. Microsoft's penetration of the workplace is very extensive but one can't help but feel the problems that have been encountered were not worked on with that much enthusiasm.

As for the comments about Linux desktops being relatively harder, c'mon folks - this isn't 1999. All the contemporary mainstream distros are very easy-going and straightforward nowadays.

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Channel Five to air Walking Dead

James 132
Alert

Other way round, I think

They've removed nearly the entire story of the comics, and have inserted more tv-friendly stuff instead. I like the series - on the whole - but after the finale do wonder where the hell it's going.

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James 132
Heart

You also need a writer...

...That has the willingness in them to murder their baby; to adapt their work to the very different format that TV requires, and have the skill to do this themselves or work with someone that can. I imagine it's very hard to get right.

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It's not bad

To those that are familiar with the books, it's worth watching, but be warned the plot and characters diverge from the source material very quickly. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. There's a couple of weak episodes and character choices, but the direction is good and Andrew Lincoln really carries it along.

It's a first-rate production with very, very good effects. Long wait til the second series, though.

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CTOs warned to prepare for Windows 7 budget squeeze

James 132
Happy

Probably Mass Storage

XP's embedded drivers no longer work on a large number of newer platforms using Sata & AHCI - they won't boot. You need to provide these drivers during installation, or already have them on an image. It's a fiddle, but can be done. Alternatively, if the BIOS permits it, change the controller mode to 'IDE emulation' and it should be fine.

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Raptor over Blighty: Watch the stealth fighter in infrared

James 132
Grenade

Hmm

The F-22 (also saw it at Fairford) is a monster. The article's a bit of a Page classic, though. They're different things for different jobs. It's the ultimate air-superiority fighter; I don't think we'll see the likes of one ever again. The Typhoon is popular with those that use it.

TVC isn't unique to the Raptor though. The MiG-29 OVT in 2006 did a similarly exciting display, and that's basically a MiG-29M with fly-by-wire and TVC engines.

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Supersonic stealth jumpjet achieves its first mid-air hover

James 132
IT Angle

@ian 22

That was the doctrine in the 60's. It was incorrect then, and there's a good chance it will be now, hence the continued emphasis on super-maneuverability. UAV's are common nowadays, but they have no opposition in any of the theatres they are deployed in. They are slow, have limited sensors, and are vulnerable to just about any air-defence threat. They have a role to play, but that complements rather than replaces conventional manned platforms.

Manned aircraft will be around for a while yet. Just because they seem irrelevant today, does not mean things will stay that way.

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Too fat to fly: Kevin Smith and OpenOffice

James 132
Linux

Hmm..

Fatgate and Open office, that's straining the seams of Andrew's tenuous trousers..

@Simon Rowsby give a Arch a look.

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Windows 7 upgrades Vista laptops to lower battery life

James 132
Paris Hilton

We must have been lucky

Mainly Toshiba hardware here, of all flavours, and there doesn't appear to have been any changes or problems with battery life so far.

Paris, because she's never short of batteries.

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Windows 7 users to fly without SP parachute

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Jobs Halo

@The Original Steve

Quite agree. The curves of hardware and OS development have crossed since Vista was launched. Hardware is better placed to handle the OS now compared to 2006, and Vista's been to the gym a bit too. I think Win 7 is great but there's little between it and SP'd Vista.

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Airbus: We'll cancel crap A400M unless we get more £££

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Alert

Just one problem - it's not crap.

It might be late and over budget, but if it performs as the manufacturer promises (and they underrated the A380) it'll be worth it in the long run.

Regarding the comment about Airbus' commercial orderbook being run in more prompt and orderly fashion, well, they're not dealing with governments to the same extent. The A400 is being sold at an agreed price that may actually be undervalued, and they're worried about losing money on it.

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Apple cancels Christmas... if you want a 27 inch iMac

James 132
Jobs Horns

Hmm

Running Windows made the screen stop squeaking? Chortle .

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Digital River makes total hash of Windows 7 upgrade offer

James 132
Go

@frymaster

In the case of the 32bit to 32bit, yes, that's correct. However, Microsoft's own instructions advise you to backup and boot from the media if you are changing from a 32bit system - the setup program will not work. In this case, the licensing is basically on the honour system.

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Apple fixes critical Mac holes triggered by image files

James 132
Linux

Just a matter of time

Quite. The more popular they get, the close Apple will need to look at their security. This does of course reveal the mythology behind the ads; it's pretty obvious it's because the userbase isn't yet as common as the MS products.

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