* Posts by nematoad

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FCC supremo slams big cable in gridiron Robin Hood metaphor mash-up

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A difficult balancing act.

I have no idea how bad things can be in the US, I don't live there; but if anecdotal evidence is anything to go by it can be a bit of a lottery as to whether or not you have a decent broadband connection.

If ISPs were given the freedom to fully control their bandwidth as they like it may well become even more chancy.

I think that the FCC is in a difficult position between the telcos and the likes of Google and Facebook. They all want to have the playing field tilted in their favour and as they have pots of money and can afford to deploy lots of lawyers they are going to fight like mad to keep as much of an advantage as they can. With that sort of battle going on the only people that will lose out are the consumers, those poor saps who in the end actually pay for all of this.

I think that Kieron McCarthy is wrong in his analysis. The FCC needs to hold the balance between two camps of money hungry would-be monopolists and try and ensure that the customers are given the choice and service that they deserve.

Capitalism is said to be the least bad way of running an economy but if left unchecked it can and will turn very nasty as it becomes a case of "Take what you can, give nothing back."

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VMware tells partners, punters, to pay higher prices (probably)

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Oh?

" We do this as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that VMware customers receive value significantly in excess of the prices we charge.”

If so how are they still in business? Or are they a charity?

No, didn't think so. PR BS at its finest.

Looks like VMware have taken a franchise on Apple's reality distortion field.

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Does your broadband feel faster? Akamai says it went up 20 per cent*

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Eh?

Does my broadband feel faster?

No, it bloody well does not.

Akamai says it went up 20 per cent

I think that these reports are leaking in from a parallel universe.

4.5 Mbps? I wish.

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Metro app meets Windows 10. A Microsoft win? Maybe after a little improvement

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Looks like MS is going for the lowest common denominator.

It should be interesting to see how that works out. It's like trying to fit a quart into a pint pot. A good trick if you can pull it off.

If the new BBC News website is anything to go by there will be lots of white space, flat ugly icons, tiny fonts and a lot of confusion. Though of course anyone using Windows 8.X is used to that by now.

I don't have a smart 'phone, a tablet or any desire to go into the cloud so all this effort is doing is irritate me. But then I am, like J Clarkson a "Dinosaur" so it's not really aimed at the likes of me.

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Microsoft enlists web security pariah Adobe to help build Internet Explorer-killer Spartan

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Re: Are they already finding excuses for flaws in sofware they did not release yet ?

"... for an existing browser like firefox, improve a proven code base..."

Yes, get rid of all that Australis crap for a start.

Though I wouldn't hold my breath. FF runs on Linux so is probably persona non grata round Redmond way.

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Caught on camera: ICANN CEO slams the internet's kingmakers

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Ah!

"... that sees the organization given full control over the contract in return for some improvements in ICANN's processes."

Or in other words having the fox in control of the hen house.

ICANN already has an unfortunate reputation for being opaque and unaccountable despite measure supposedly put in place to keep them under control. If the Netmundial fiasco was anything to go by, with a stacked committee and permanent places for ICANN and its friends than they are the last people to be given full control of IANA.

Arm's length and strict supervision is what is needed with this bunch of would-be commissars.

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Hated biz smart meter rollout: UK.gov sticks chin out, shuts eyes

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Re: I don't get it at all.

I didn't get it either. Not because I was given a choice, I wasn't, but because of the terrible mobile coverage where I live meant that they couldn't foist one of those things on me.

Living in a not-spot is usually a real pain, but not in this case.

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Re: This herecy from Fanbois hurts the my eyes

"It is about time Apple changes its warranty regulations so it is entitled to fine fanbois going public with negative feedback..."

No, that's already been tried by some company called Roca Labs and it has not played well for them.

See here

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Re: Wipeout!

"... issues like this do a little more than just harming the reputation of Apple ..."

I'm not sure that they do. We've been here before with "Antennagate" and so on and Apple's sales just keep going up and up.

It seems that buying an Apple product is less about the actual thing and more into buying into the cult. Very subjective and not susceptible to argument of any kind.

Apple are now in the position that MS was a few years ago. They think that they can do no wrong, any criticism or difference of opinion seems to be ignored and/or dismissed. "You are holding it wrong." or in this case "You are cleaning it wrong."

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

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Re: Is it just me ...

I have to say that I can't remember '80's GUIs looking as bad as this, though my memory is failing. One explanation may be that we did not have the computing power to do anything fancier back then, but now?

I think that the screenshots are pretty unappealing. Does it have to be this ugly?

It is better than Windows 2.1. Though not by much.

Who is all this supposed to be aimed at? I've no idea, but they do say that the "retro" look is in at the moment.

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Windows 10 will finally drop in 'summer' says Microsoft

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Re: So if I don't use Azure then I can't have a biometric login either?

Agreed, this is AKA as "Lock-in" I foresee that if you want to use one of MS's services sooner or later you will have to use this system. And it will be deliberately incompatible to any other similar systems out there. OOXML anyone?

'We’re really excited about taking another step with Windows 10 to make computing more personal, and more secure, with Windows Hello and “Passport”.'

I bet they are, you just can't get away from these characters can you?

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Internet Explorer LIVES ON, cackle sneaky Microsoft engineers

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I don't know.

"Windows 7 and 8 users will still have IE, although Microsoft is doing its best to make those operating system builds a dying breed."

I don't know about Windows 7, I've never used it, but as far as I can see Windows 8 if not actually DOA was brain-dead from birth.

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Zuck: Get your FULLY EXPOSED BUTTOCKS off my Facebook

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"Mark Zuckerberg apparently "goes to great lengths to protect the privacy of his personal life"

Well Zuckerberg is rich, he's allowed to be a hypocrite and he has the lawyers to tell you so if you question it.

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EMC pulls on its DSSD boxing gloves and crooks a finger at Oracle

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Phew!

Well after wading through the jargon, cliches and grammatical constructs it would seem that this bit of kit is quite fast. It did take me a few readings to parse the meaning out of the piece.

I do wish people writing technical stuff could fit in time to attend a writing seminar or two.

Things might be a little clearer then.

That or take up writing patent applications.

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Brute force box lets researchers, Cops, pop iDevice locks

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Re: "... evidentiary purposes ..."

"Is that a constructionary error or is it a valid word?"

To be pedantic it is a valid phrase, as it consists of more than one word.

To answer your question it is valid. It is a legal term, and seems to be one favoured in the USA though it is used elsewhere.

Here's a definition from The Free Dictionary

evidentiary

Also found in: Legal.

ev·i·den·tia·ry

(ĕv′ĭ-dĕn′shə-rē, -shē-ĕr′ē)

adj. Law

1. Relating to, providing, or constituting evidence: evidentiary rules.

2. Conducted for the presentation or determination of evidence: an evidentiary hearing.

So evidentiary purposes anything for the purpose of gathering evidence.

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Angry Austrian could turn Europe against the US - thanks to data

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Here's hoping.

“restore trust in data flows between the EU and the US.”

Good luck with that.

As sysconfig says above with most of the IT megacorps being American the privacy of citizens of the EU is probably not the first thing on the minds of the powers that be in Washington.

The US seems to have the idea that everything connected with the internet is their private property and it should be up to them to decide what happens to any data that gets onto the internet.

As Upton Sinclair's saying goes " It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding .."

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Can't pay $349 for an Apple Watch? Get a Chinese knockoff for less than $50

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Re: Rolexes

"Whoever was servicing it for you should have been sued."

Actually the watch was serviced by Rolex at their facility in Kent. All done through my local Rolex dealer.

It was, to my relief returned unharmed as Rolex has a reputation for destroying all the fakes it gets its hands on. So I know that mine was a real one.

Sort of a "Rolex Genuine Advantage" I suppose!

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"..but I do know they hold their value, because of the craftsmanship, the name, the expensive jewels etc. and of course the fact that they will always do their job as well as the day you bought it."

I agree with your first point. I had a Rolex Submariner which cost me £3000 for a few years and when I sold it back to the dealer I got £50 more than what I paid for it, so they do hold their value.

As to the second part of your quote, I sort of agree. The Rolex was a "certified Chronometer", it had a certificate and everything but it kept terrible time, losing a minute or so everyday. Also the thing kept needing to be serviced and at £200 a time soon became an expensive liability, hence the sale. So in a way it did work as well as when it was new, it's just that it never ever kept good time.

In contrast my Casio digital watch that I bought in 1990 still keeps good time and only needs a battery every five years or so. Cost £19 if I recall correctly.

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Re: Still not understanding the target market

"...they don't try to fit the time-watch segment, they too do one main thing and do it very well."

Now where have I heard that before?

Ah, I know, Unix.

It seems to be a good methodology.

Nope, these "smart watches" are another solution looking for a problem. and your money of course.

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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Re: Rename:

"Ourobouros."

Have an upvote for a good classical reference.

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Hurry up and just SLAP GOOGLE, MEPs fume at EU commish

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What?

..leaving the EU and striving for the kind of arrangement some of the Nordic countries have going."

Correct me if I'm wrong but AFAIK all the "Nordic" countries apart from Norway are in the EU.

Norway is part of the EEA (The European Economic Area) and have been known to complain that they have all the obligations of an EU member but none of the decision making powers.

Iceland is also a member of the EEA if your definition of Nordic stretches that far.

Your point is?

The only Nordic country in the Eurozone is Finland, Sweden and Denmark have opted out of the Euro the same as us, so they are basically in exactly the same position as we are.

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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Re: read around...

"(The logs and config may not be an issue with systemd if it has a decent text-mode viewing program - I honestly don't know!)"

That's the point a lot of people are complaining about.

Why have to have a tool, which adds complexity, to do something that all the original needs is a pair of eyes and a bit of knowledge to see what the problem is.

This is all getting out of hand, both literally and figuratively. Complication piled on top of complication. A real mare's nest and here I was thinking that obfuscation in coding was something that only black hats or competitors in the the IOCCC Competition used!

I reckon that if Poeterring and Sievers were to enter the IOCCC they would be a shoo-in to win. They have good form.

The other thing that irritates me is the fact that systemd is being shoved down our throats, like it or not. Thank goodness for the likes of Slackware, Devuan and PCLinuxOS. They have so far avoided systemd like the plague but I do worry that the borg-like tendencies of systemd eventually mean that there will be no escape. 'Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated'

And I always comforted myself on knowing that if you disagreed with or did not like a particular distro there was always an alternative. This may not be the case in the future. Guess I will have to start learning the ins and outs of BSD. They are safe as systemd is very firmly "linux only".

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"One startup process to rule them all, one startup process to find them..."

Excellent, I couldn't have put it better myself.

Oh, you missed out the "... and in the darkness bind them." bit.

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Re: Can't there be a simple and effective Linux distribution?

"But reading his blog and actually reading supporting material it is clear that there is an evolving "vision""

Having a vision is a good thing, otherwise you just go around with no idea of what you want to achieve.

Imposing that vision on everyone regardless of the arguments against it and intemperate rants about people who disagree with you is not.

Poeterring comes across as an arrogant know-it-all with a lot of growing up to do. He treats those who are not slavish followers with contempt and then has the brass-neck to call them names such as "assholes" when they demur. Not in my opinion the way to make friends and influence people.

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Basically it's the Borg. Intent on spreading its tentacles into all areas of the Linux system, even when there is no need for it to do so.

Secondly Poettering and co. seem to have taken a liking to the Windows registry and are hell bent on imposing that way of working. i.e. the binary logs and so on.

Thirdly as has been said, systemd shares a nasty trait with Pulse audio, it needs a reboot after installation, just like Windows stuff. I always thought that Linux was better than this and in my opinion is a huge step backwards.

I'll stick to PCLos thanks.

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Re: Where all boned

"Disclaimer, I am a tester for PClinuxOS"

Then can I thank you as someone who helps in maintaining what I consider the best Linux distro out there.

No systemd, no sudo, apt-get and diskdrake, my cup runneth over!

Thanks again.

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Re: This is just stupid

"Having invented the 'smart fridge' it seems some companies just won't give up on the blasted thing."

You're right. This whole affair smacks of being a solution in search of a problem.

As others here have said if you have to go to the fridge anyway to collect your beer how hard is it to see how ,many are left? Assuming of course that you have not consumed so many as to be unable to focus.

And if it's going to be so interconnected and interdependent what happens when something goes wrong. Will all the "smart" appliances shut down?

It is as my granny used to say "A catch-penny." Much like the LP, CD, download churn that has proven to be a nice little earner for the record companies.

No thanks.

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BILLION email address spam scam: Feds collar two blokes, hunt another

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Oh?

"... but also the Fortune 500 companies that are so often their targets,"

No mention I see about the poor bastards (us) who are being swamped with all this rubbish.

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VMware sued, accused of ripping off Linux kernel source code

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Re: Case..

"If you have a GNU kernel developer with strong accusations AND is willing to take you to court, that developer is more than likely to be correct."

Whilst not, wanting to appear pedantic Hellwig is a Linux dev. not a GNU one.

Apart from that I agree, Hellwig has better things to do than engage in litigation:

1) He's a senior Linux maintainer.

2) He isn't a lawyer.

3) Involving lawyers costs money, I know he is being funded but it still costs someone a lot to do this stuff.

This is an important case and I hope that sanity will prevail and that VMWare get what's coming to them. i.e. a kick in the arse and a bloody great bill for trying to taking the piss out of the GPL.

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International effort to wrangle t'internet from NSA fizzles out in chaos

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Re: UK ruling the realm?

"Or did you just mean that GCHQ have made the second-greatest penetration of Internet services?"

No, what GCHQ has done is to damage the trust in the internet, they have no influence apart from damaging Britain's standing in the world.

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The Greeks had a word for it.

Hubris, followed by Nemesis.

Good, this was a blatant power grab by certain parties and I'm glad that it has been rejected by those most involved with the running of the internet.

As moiety says what we need is an internet we can trust, not a bunch of self-appointed commissars strutting around telling everyone what to do. It looks like they don't even know what the whole thing was for apart from self-aggrandisement.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Re: SeaMonkey: it just works....

"imo, the only problem with PaleMoon is that there is no version of it on Linux. Maybe try SeaMonkey instead ?"

Well that's news to me. I've been running Palemoon in PClos since December.

Get it here

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Re: I migrated to Pale Moon from Firefox

Reading through the posts on this thread has caused me to do a bit of thinking.

To my mind what is happening to Firefox and Palemoon is very reminiscent of all the fuss with Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Both set of developers of the original have started monkeying around with the UI in the name of "making things simpler and clearer" when what they are really doing is imposing their view on the way that people should interact with the programs. This shows an arrogant disregard for the choices people need to make to get the UX as they want. Sort of diktat by design.

The result of all these shenanigans is that people are voting with their mouse by:

1) forking the offending program and

2) moving over in increasing numbers

It looks to me that as most of these projects are run online they have taken on-board the "... perceive as damage and route around it." idea of the original internet. If so good for both the devs and the users.

Mess with peoples' choices at your peril, you may just slip into irrelevance as the article says.

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"I am considering migrating to Firefox fork Pale Moon, though."

Yes, do and get rid of all that "Australis" shit that Firefox is riddled with. Rounded tabs, who needs them?

The only thing I changed when I moved was to install Adblock Latitude, everything else worked straight away.

Go for it!

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Elementary, my dear penguin: It's the second beta of Freya

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Write?

"Keep in mind that this was a really difficult post to right."

Or even spell!

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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Re: Blank box

"...where do you get the necessary drivers for any other operating system from?"

I can't speak about your first point regarding whether or not MS can guarantee its software, but you can get OSs with drivers built in. Linux for one. I can say that as I use it exclusively but AFAIK the BSDs also have drivers built-in.

So, with Linux and the BSDs you have pretty much covered all areas of computing from HPC right through to embedded systems, desktops, servers and stuff like the Raspberry Pi.

Having to scratch around for drivers for your OS can be avoided if you are open to alternatives to Windows..

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Norton Internet Security antivirus update 'borked Internet Explorer'

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WTF?

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Users of the world's second best browser...

Not sure that second most used necessarily equals second best.

It all depends on the meaning of best.

Most efficient?

Greatest security?

Fastest?

Most extendable?

The list goes on.

I have my own preferred browser and it's neither Chrome nor IE.

One, because I trust Google about as far as I could spit 'em.

Two, I use Linux so couldn't use IE even if I wanted to.

I'll stick with Palemoon until something better suited to my needs appears.

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The Revenue achieved RECORD numbers of e-tax returns ... by NOT shifting to GOV.UK

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Sigh.

" At its height, the project employed some 200 staff - but many have since moved on."

I'm not surprised, we always used to call that sort of thing "Shit and run"

Or it could be that the rats have noticed that the ship is about to sink.

And to think we are paying for this fiasco.

You couldn't make this up.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Re: They shot themselves in the head

"...to light the minds of those who build and market the machines for our consumption."

I couldn't agree more. That's why I am in danger of being perceived as an outdated stick-in-the-mud by never buying a laptop.

In my desktop support days I dreaded getting a call from one of the lap-top owners on the site. The damned things were a nightmare to fix, any hardware problems were almost unfixable and actually getting into the guts of the thing wasted a lot of the user's budget and my time because they were so fiddly.

Luckily, personally I have the knowledge and skills to be able to build my own desktops, that way I know what is in there and as a Linux user also what goes onto the HDD. I'm not saying that that is for everyone of course, but you do seem to pay a very heavy price for portability. The Motorola idea of a modular mobile is interesting, notwithstanding Jonathan Ive's ranting, I wonder if a modular laptop would be practical.

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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"And I believe that’s abdicating your responsibility as a designer.”

Or it could be as others above have said that it is giving the customer the choice.

No, knowing Apple, what's really rattling their cage is the potential loss of control.

What ever happened to the old saying "The customer is always right."

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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Good grief.

"...£91m of pounds in savings," Pounds of what I wonder.

"The designers rave about its radical focus on 'the user’ rather than the needs of Whitehall,”

Well that knackers the use of any site designed like that, "Sod the content, look at the shiny!"

As someone who was trained, many years ago, as a systems analyst, the question comes to mind, why did they not find out what the systems were for and who used them. Its simple enough, just ask the users and admins what it is that the system actually does and how it does it.

You know, systems analysis.

To me it looks like the GDS have recruited people with the same mind-set as those who developed, if that is the term, MS's Metro and Canonical's Unity. They seem to be arrogant know-it-alls who are so in love with their "vision" that practicality and the the needs of the clients is ignored in pursuit of showing off their so-called design skills. Remember form follows function. A pickaxe with a nice bendy handle might look different but probably won't do the job it was supposed to do.

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Fight back against illegal GCHQ spying with PAPERWORK!

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Re: Yawn

It's a pity that I only have one downvote to give you.

Oh, and bravo for such courage posting as an AC.

Unlike you I have a spine and have just signed up to the campaign.

P.S. On a brighter note you might just be in the running for a Vulture Dropping award. Well done.

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Hacker catches Apple's Lightning in a jailbroken bottle

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Re: I wonder why Apple customers don't sue for such things

"Yeah, they find it easier to que @ Apple Shop."

It might be that you could get your point across better if you were to spell words properly.

The word you seem to be hinting at with "que" is actually spelt "queue".

See also the misspelling of grammar in another post:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2015/02/16/virgin_media_to_spend_billions_on_network_infrastructure_extension/

That sir, is trolling

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Re: I wonder why Apple customers don't sue for such things

Well done that hacker.

What all this effort goes to show is that you never really "own" an iThing, you just pay for the privilege of borrowing it.

That suits a lot of Apple's customers and they are happy to go along with all the nannying but infuriates those with the skills and interest to want to take control of something that they have paid a lot of money for.

I know that people in the US have a reputation for being litigious but can't see why anyone would throw money into a law suit that has very little chance of success.

To misquote a former British prime Minister what Apple is really about is: "Control, control, control." Oh, apart from grabbing as much money as they can from their fans.

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ANOTHER US court smacks down EFF's NSA wiretap sueball – but won't say why

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Re: The people...

"Don't vote, it only encourages the bastards."

Surely that is the WORST tactic?

Exactly, that's why I said that abstention was a bad idea.

After all, hypothetically if the only person voting was the candidate plus friends then one of the "bastards" would get elected. Time for a "None of the above" choice on the ballot paper in my opinion.

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Re: The people...

""As Home Secretary from 1965–1967..."

Thank you, you have made my point.

Roy Jenkins was Home Secretary a long time ago. Longer than before many on this site were born.

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Re: The people...

"... just need to stop voting in the old same guys..."

I agree, but where are the alternatives?

It seems to me that as soon as one lot get elected their civil servants come in with a tray of papers and promptly co-opt the aforementioned electees into the "Establishment" They all seem to go native.

For example, when was the last time that you saw a libertarian Home Secretary? No, they all adopt an authoritarian approach handing out diktats backed by draconian threats and penalties. Who would have thought that the likes of Jack Straw or John Reid were members of the Labour party? You know, the one supposed to be on the side of the workers. A Tory Home Secretary bludgeoning the lower class is to be expected but the same from the "Party of the People"?

One could follow the advice of Russell Brand "Don't vote, it only encourages the bastards." But that does not solve the problem. Perhaps if we could clean out the upper ranks of the Civil Service and disband the "Establishment" we might have a chance, but I'll not be holding my breath as they have all the levers of power in their hands and we are but dust beneath the wheels of their chariots.

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NO BRAIN needed to use Samsung's next flagship mobe

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Re: So?

"the many-megapixel cameras..."

Now I may be wrong here but is the fact that a camera has a lot of pixels less important than the size of the detector?

Given the size of a smart phone against that of a DSLR which one will have the larger detector?

My vote is for the DSLR, so why do DSLR owners "... occasionally sigh in frustration when they see its output." Perhaps because they don't know how to get the best out of their DSLR?

I may be biased as an owner of a DSLR but not a smart phone but I can see no reason why a camera in a smart phone should be able to out-perform a dedicated DSLR camera, if the owners have a comparable skill in using them.

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You MUST supply dying customers even if they're in administration, thunders UK.gov

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Advice from the experts.

This proposal from an organisation (the government) with a proven track record of throwing money into a bottomless IT money pit.

Not so much "Caveat emptor more caveat vendor."

All this will do is freeze out the little guy and allow the mega-corps a free run as they will be able to take the risk of supplying a very risky customer.

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