* Posts by nematoad

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Re: Cost Benefit Analysis?

"...during the 70% of time when wind power is not available..."

Hah! you've obviously never lived in a coastal area. Let me tell you, it blows an awful lot of the time, sometimes for weeks on end as it has done recently.

If that's where the wind is, put the wind farms there. Though I think a lot already have been.

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Re: Cost Benefit Analysis?

"Your home system recognises its gone cheap cost it can blue-tooth/wifi into it... "

Except it doesn't work like that. In my case the power company decided that they would change my electro-mechanical electricity meter for a "smart" one. Result total failure, as we have no reliable mobile phone signal here, so that option was out of the door. I'm certainly not prepared to share my broadband with them so wi-fi is another non-starter. Outcome, a miserable little thing not much bigger than a matchbox that is almost impossible to read and which gives me no indication of how much power I'm using or if the photo-voltaic panels on the roof are running. At least my old meter did show how much electricity I was using.

So, this scheme has in my case already failed and I cannot see me getting a "smart" meter until they improve the connectivity to us here and that's another, expensive story.

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: I see

"If home Windows is like Arch..."

Not really, I see it more like PCLinuxOS. A rolling release distro with a lot of easy to use tools.

Arch and Gentoo are for the hard-core enthusiasts, they take no prisoners and expect users to know what they are doing. PCLOS on the other hand is a bit more forgiving and Win 10 must be the same or I foresee tears before bedtime.

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I see

" We think of Windows as a Service..."

Well you might, but I would see it more as a rolling release distro.

Although a beta release at best.

See Gnu/Linux can teach others a thing or two.

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Mobe encryption guru Charles Brookson picks up OBE from the Queen

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Re: Congratulations

Yes, well done and thank you.

I do find it a bit strange that Mr Brookson is rightfully honoured for his contributions to ensuring that our privacy is protected by one arm of the government whilst another is bleating about how encryption is going to mean the end of the world and that the sky will fall in.

Again, thank you for doing something for the rest of us.

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Re: Who is the 0.2%?

" 99.8% voted to remain British? Who's the b**tard who voted against?"

AFAIK there were 3 votes against.

No idea why they voted as they did but I bet they kept really quite about it!

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Re: I'm actually curious

Argentinians

British

Falklanders

Capitalise! They are Proper Nouns.

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"If control of domains starts being influenced by whatever is politically trendy at any given point in time then the whole organisation will be brought into disrepute."

I really think that ICANN have already brought themselves into disrepute with all the shenanigans that have happened lately.

See Netmundial as a text-book example.

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Will a datacentre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

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Re: old cars

"My current car is 13 years old, still looks in good nick inside and out..."

My point exactly.

It's OK for those people who buy a new car every year but they don't make my Mini Cooper S any more and I'm damned if they force me to stop driving it just because everyone else is using auto-drive vehicles.

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Keep your eyes on the road.

"Connected services meant drivers would be able to use all the apps they use outside their car, inside their car, while driving, he claimed."

Maybe not such a good idea as he seems to think. Watching what's going on outside the car is a lot more important than checking your e-mails or Twitter. If it's a risk to use a hands-free mobile when driving think what the distractions with the systems he's advocating could be.

Vorsprung durch techik? More like crunch durch techik.

No, thanks, I'll watch where I'm going and keep an eye out for idiots watching Youtube when behind the wheel.

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Docker and Microsoft unite Windows and Linux in the cloud

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Re: hang on...

M$ HEARTS Linux.

"Who'da thunk it?"

More to the point: "Who believes it"?

"Embrace, extend, extinguish"?

"A long spoon please."

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Singapore netizens slap silks for copyright bullying

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Should keep it to themselves.

It has been said that the USA is not very good at exporting things.

Well, with this case they have managed to export something. The IP scam that has been clogging up the US courts and costing innocent people a lot of money and time. The most outrageous of these schemes being the Prenda Law affair.

With luck the cases in Singapore will not take as long to resolve though as it involves law firms and lawyers who can tell?

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Reg scribe feels disturbance in the force at secret Empire Strikes Back screening

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"Tickets are priced at £75 and are available here."

And at that price that's where they will stay as far as I'm concerned.

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Vicious vandals violate voluminous Versailles vagina

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Correction.

Should of been ""What a tragedy. How sad. Never mind"

Anyway if this is "art" then what has been done to it could be seen as "criticism"

I wonder how much he was paid to produce this heap of tat.

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

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"In the very infrequent event that compensation is paid to foreign victims it will be paltry...the drone is the most expensive part..."

Spoken like a true accountant.

What you do not seem to see is that these foreign victims are actually real human beings, like you and me. I leave it to you to decide whether the victim's families would rather have the "compensation" however small or their loved one back, alive with them. I know which choice I would make. and it isn't the financial one.

I wonder if one of the stresses reported isn't a sense of guilt.

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

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Re: Whooooops!

Apple stuff is supposed to be idiot-proof and I suppose it it is when used by idiots.

Unfortunately when used by anyone with even half a brain it appears to be wide open to abuse. And not to even respond to the reported threat is a real abdication of any duty of care to its users.

Not a nice prospect for those naive users who trust Apple implicitly.

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Apple no-pay-for-plays streaming risks indie boycott

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Typical behaviour

"Indies confirmed to us that Apple would pay no royalties for the first three months..."

OK Apple who are the pirates now?

This is just another example of Apple's hubris and we all know what comes after that.

Nemesis.

It couldn't happen to a greedier bunch of shysters.

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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Re: You know you've hit them where it hurts

"All we're left with is regurgitated PR, Op Ed, and showbiz fluff, and we deserved better."

I disagree.

If by "we" you mean the British public then "we" have got what we deserve in that "we" keep buying these shit sheets and thus encouraging them to keep printing all this propaganda. There have been a few notable exceptions to the depressing saga of the British press, the Telegraph's series on the MP's claims scandal being one and the Guardian's current series on Edward Snowden's leaks being another.

This current business I put down to where it all comes from. A Murdoch owned rag in cahoots with the Tory government. I would really like to see what the quid pro quo was for this.

The rest of your quote really does represent the majority of what comes from Murdoch's empire.

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OPEN WIDE: Microsoft Live Writer authoring tool going open source

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Re: What licence?

A couple of sayings come to mind with your comment.

"Give a dog a bad name..." and "As ye sow so shall ye reap."

MS has only itself to blame if people regard their offers with suspicion. They have behaved in a predatory, unethical and criminal manner too many times in the past to be taken at their word. We'll see but don't expect great cries of welcome from those who have been victims of MS's past behaviour

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IBM lobs 3,500 staffers at Apache Spark

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Looking a gift horse in the mouth.

"Oracle sought to make amends of a kind with Apache in 2011 by punting its OpenOffice productivity suite over the open-source project shop’s auspices."

A pretty back-handed way of saying sorry if you ask me. Oracle seeing that OpenOffice was not getting the support it once had and facing the competition from LibreOffice decided that it was not going to be profitable and decided to dump it. Apache was the chosen recipient.

Oracle were right in a way as OpenOffice seems to have become an irrelevance and most Linux distros moved over to LibreOffice pretty smartly.

Not the sort of gift I would be happy with.

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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Re: Worstall? Lefty?

No, just TL:DR

Hint, engage brain before posting

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Re: What the...?

"England voted and chose steady hands and smart minds over vacuous left-wing ideas."

The trouble with that argument is twofold.

1) England is not the UK, and it was a UK election not an English one.

2) The total percentage of the votes cast in the recent election (39.6) to the Conservatives means that 60.4% did not vote for all this austerity.

As for the "steady hands and smart minds" a quick look at the recent "Vote yes in the EU referendum or get sacked" fiasco seems to show neither. Unless that is you think that a death grip on the rudder of a ship heading for the rocks is "steady"

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Microsoft says its latest, dodgy Windows 10 build is good for (almost) everyone

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Re: Nope nope nope nope nope

"... I don't care how inferior other platforms are, if they are open..."

Well, if you are thinking about Gnu/Linux or any of the BSDs, then stop worrying. They are not inferior. They are different to what you may be used to, but for most tasks they are just as good and sometimes better. They are more secure, especially BSD, usually are better on under 'specced machines and you have a choice. Don't like one distro, then choose another. You are able, if you wish, to change things, inspect the source code and lastly, in most cases it won't cost you a penny to get all this stuff. What you will have to do is think about what you want to do and learn some new things. It's not hard and if you are like most here it won't be a problem, in fact it might be a pleasure.

Go to it! The FLOSS world is your oyster.

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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"...hopefully they've given the management team... the same shed+shotgun treatment"

Nah, I reckon they will jump ship and move to the Unity and Gnome 3 camps.

They'll feel at home there.

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New US bill aims to zap patent trolls with transparency demands

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Re: Bet it won't apply

"I can't believe that so many dumb companies fall in line and make ongoing blackmail payments to Microsoft..."

Why not? It's not really a problem, they just pass on the costs to the poor saps that actually foot the bill, i.e. us.

These characters don't want a long protracted fight, they just want to carry on squeezing all they can from their customers.

Remember it's all about the bottom line and having hordes of expensive lawyers eating away at the profits is not appealing to many businesses, though there are exceptions, like Newegg.

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

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Re: Quick! Microsoft is drowning - throw them a lifeline!

"A quick non-disruptive download away will be ..."

Palemoon, the Firefox fork that works and looks like FF used to before that Australis shit got sucked in.

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Microsoft: Here's what you'll cough up for Windows 10 next year

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Re: So that

"...will be £199, £149, £119, and £99 when its translated into english cash?"

So the rest of the UK gets it at the US rate?

Oh, and capitalise the English bit, it's a proper name.

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Long, sticky summer ahead: Win 10 will be with OEMs by 31 August

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Re: Yeah, right...

"...check out the outrageous Redhat prices"

True enough, the prices seem to be a bit on the strong side, but, you don't have to buy Red Hat stuff if you don't want to.

Unless you have a desperate need for the support offered, or a management that insists on running Red Hat you could always run CentOS or Scientific, even Fedora, if you are brave enough.

See with Linux there are alternatives, you are not locked in to a single supplier.

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WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

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Re: This is so exciting

Just so you know.

My post above was supposed to be a joke, hence the smiley.

Ah well.

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Re: This is so exciting

"I wooden be happy if that happened."

"I twigged to that problem as well."

"I've got wood"

"How degrading."

Dear dear dear have all the sub-editors of the tabloids just started reading El Reg?

You should all be ashamed of yourselves!

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Your CAR is the 'ultimate mobile device', reckons Apple COO

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What?

"Apple boss Tim Cook claimed that Cupertino's Watch will replace car keys."

Must be sunspots or something as the Apple reality distortion field is at maximum strength judging by this remark.

How in hell will that work? Bill Gate's "MS everywhere" is a poor second to the hopes of Cook for total dominance not just of computing but the whole of life. My car has metal keys that don't run out of power, are not susceptible to hijacking and cost a lot less than an iThing and anyway I can see no way to retrofit it to my Mini, even if I wanted to.

The only way Apple's watch would replace my car keys was if they made it small, brass with a funny serrated tongue sticking out the side.

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Finally! It's the year of Linux on the desktop TITSUP

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Re: Sad, but not unexpected

"I understood the Mandrake rename was as a result of the merger with Connectiva Linux."

Yes it was, although IIRC there was a dispute with another company, I can't recall which, over the name Mandrake. Something to do with Mandrake having already been trademarked for something unconnected with IT.

It's sad to see it go but with all the mistakes made, sacking Gael Duval being one of the worst, Mandrake/Mandriva has been an irrelevance for a long time now. That said its legacy is quite impressive. As mentioned there is Mageia, which I cannot get on with, PCLinuxOS, which started as an alternative repository to Mandrake and which is my distro of choice. There are others, like ROSA and Open Mandriva though I don't know if they are still going. Apart from distros there are things like Diskdrake, Harddrake and Userdrake which make it a lot easier to administer the system. So quite a contribution to Gnu/Linux.

The sad thing is, a look at the Distrowatch rankings of a few years ago show how popular it was. Now its gone.

Sic transit gloria mundi.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Re: A fool without money will soon be ignored

" and you tell me how you are a late convert."

No he didn't. He said he was a "late convict."

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Re: I want that hat!

It's his "Saint IGNUcius" outfit

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Re: A fool without money will soon be ignored

"The kernel of Apple's OS was BSD"

Strictly speaking the kernel of mac os is Mach. What you should have said is that the basis is BSD.

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Re: Shut it you tedious old windbag

Slag off RMS all you want but what you cannot do is deny his achievements.

If it wasn't for Stallman the IT world would be a much poorer, more restrictive place than it is. Imagine what the internet would be like if it hadn't been for GNU and the GPL. Maybe the bastard son of Compuserve and AOL?

Yes, RMS is strident and rubs some people up the wrong way, but we need someone with the courage to say unfashionable things about the way IT is heading. Look at his stand against DRM, even Apple has seen the truth in what he had to say and dumped it.

The unwashed masses as you so charmingly describe them are, in most cases, blissfully unaware of the ways that technology is destroying their right to a private life. That's not acceptance, that's ignorance. An old but shining example

Oh, and all the Guardian readers I know are a bit more savvy than you think and run Linux. It's the luvvies using iThings.

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mSpy: We haven't been breached. Customers: Oh yes you have

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Re: mSpy statement

"However, the scope and format of the aforesaid information is way too exaggerated."

Good grief, that's like saying "Train crash, not many dead."

Just one person's data leaking is one too many, so this smacks of either attempting to cover up a real mess or indifference to data security.

Anyway a company with a name like MSpy should be aware of the "Red rag to a bulls" nature of its title. I can see a lot of crackers thinking "That's a tempting target, let's get in there!."

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Hmm.

Just a thought.

The phrase "Too smart for their own good." came to mind when I read this piece.

My Mini Cooper S has three manual keys. One for the ignition, one for the doors and one for the filler cap. The immobilser is the only electronic key on the car and that HAS been a right PITA at times.

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'Logjam' crypto bug could be how the NSA cracked VPNs

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Whoa!

"...and generate a new and unique 2048-bit Diffie-Hellman group.

Steady on. This could be construed as encouraging terrorist activities. Just like the spooks have warned us. After all, they only have our best interests at heart.

Joke alert icon used as there isn't a sarcasm one.

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Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

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"Seriously though, talk about a solution to a problem that doesn't exist!"

I completely agree. It's about time someone took these characters into a room and made them write out the Unix mantra one thousand times

"Do one thing and do it well."

Oh and I corrected your typo.

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Facebook is VIOLATING your SEXUAL privacy, warn Belgian data cops

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"Oh the ironing..."

Yeah, you shouldn't get too starchy over Facebook's practises.

Could it be that you meant irony?

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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

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Re: Well, what a surprise!

"To be fair, I bet the Labor Party would not be above this either."

What, you mean the Australians have had a hand in this?

Oh, I see, you probably meant the Labour Party.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Keep calm and carry on.

"I have a feeling that most people in this country are going to hate this government by 2020."

Do not despair. Yes we have a Tory government but one with a very small majority. If you can, remember what happened to John Major in 1992. He had a majority of 21 IIRC and that soon disappeared.

Hold on, keep your nerve and get the popcorn in. This could be interesting. Though it will get nasty for a while.

One last thing, I find myself in agreement with Theresa May to my astonishment. Yes the Tories are "The nasty party."

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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Re: Evidence

"Likely because they want to protect the guilty, er, innocent."

Maybe, more likely someone running around doing random down-voting.

You can see down votes given to the most uncontentious, factual explanations on this forum. I've no idea why.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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And in the meantime?

Yes the Conservatives won the election and yes the stockmarket rose on the news. The same with the pound. But what happens now?

I foresee trouble ahead. The pledge Cameron has made to hold an in out referendum will sow FUD across the financial world. What's that likely to do to shares, eh? I'm told that business does not like uncertainty so will they hold back investment? Will foreign companies defer investing here? I don't know, if I did I would have a bet on the pound losing ground against the Euro and the US Dollar.

One thing you can be sure of, not everyone will suffer if things go bad. The rich will shift their money elsewhere and firms will look to see where the grass is greener. Some will make a lot of money out of it all but I think that it probably won't be me or anyone I know.

All very depressing but I still have hope that sense will prevail, if not a few by-elections may change the make-up of the House of Commons

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Now Smartflash wants $1.6bn for its iTunes patents. Apple: You'll get nothing and like it!

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Re: A pox on both of their houses

Agreed.

They may a pair of litigious, greedy lowlifes but it would seem that in the US the one with the biggest bank balance must be right. Otherwise why have they got so much money?

It's a strange echo of the Ancient Greek belief that if someone was beautiful then they could not possibly be evil.

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: In fact, warning does make sense

"some berries, e.g. tomatoes, aren't even fruit."

Yes they are, it's just that they are not sweet.

By your argument avocados would not qualify as fruit either.

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Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

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Well, as far as I know Suse, Ubuntu and Debian and a lot of the derivatives never had to reboot except when changing kernels. Now that they have changed over to systemd they will. Just like with pulseaudio, also I believe from Poettering & co.

Of course you haven't noticed a change in behaviour in your distro, you already have that "feature" so what you had is what you have got, it's just every other distro is just making its acquaintance.

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