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Re: Yes newbies - try Petra
Not that old chestnut again.
Do please try to keep up.
There Clement Lefebvre explains what is REALLY happening with Linux Mint and debunks the FUD spread about their update policy.
We need comments like the above like a hole in the head, we are trying to encourage people to move to Linux.
Unless of course you are a shill for Microsoft.
Why should games be any different?
After all we can see the same thinking in the offerings of Microsoft. Office 365 is a good example.
Face it, they want you as peons, not customers. Why sell things when you can rent them out in perpetuity?
It's no good moaning.
Let's face it the world's governments are not going to listen to either the UN or 500 authors.
The situation that we have now viz-a-viz security is exactly what our leaders want it to be. That is to say none for the likes of you and me. Any chance of intercepting the conversations of the President of the US? None. So what we need to do is take a leaf from their book and develop encryption for ourselves.
There must be enough ethical, talented and honest cryptographers / devs out there who have not sold out to the likes of the NSA, GCHQ or any of the other "security" services to be able to come up with a big enough spanner to put in the works to get the security apparatchiks off our backs.
As someone posted in another thread "Acta non verba."
This article is a pretty good description of a parasite.
Take all you can give nothing, or in this case very little, back.
It's a modus operandi used by others of course, but in this case it's pretty shameless. Even Microsoft contributes some stuff when it wants in on a project that may suit its own ends. For example Samba or Joomla.
If it walks like a duck...
"That’s needed because the whole point is not to develop standards, it’s to get the whole industry lined up behind a common endeavour to innovate and solve challenges, and that includes being able to talk the same language.”"
Sounds like they are setting standards to me.
"We're not opposed to all, or even most measures in H.R. 3309, blah,blah ..."
Or, in other words "Shit, shit, shit!"
A case for the competition authorities?
If these reports are true then I have a feeling that Apple may be getting a call from anti-competition authorities around the world.
No company has the God given right to sell X number of products in a given period and if this is what Apple are doing they may well find themselves in a similar situation to Microsoft in US V Microsoft.
Apple are not a monopoly like MS but if they are imposing such T&Cs on the distributors than this may well be seen as anti-competitive behaviour.
Th trouble is the time it will take the courts to prise the contracts out of Apple's hands. Apple are sure to resist as much as possible thus both filling their coffers and at the same time hurting everyone else.
" Supporting loss leaders today means you'll pay higher prices tomorrow."
Or conversely, pay a premium price to Apple today and then continue to pay a premium price in perpetuity.
As the old saying has it. "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth." Grab a bargain whilst you can.
If needs be if Google start playing silly buggers with Android then I'm sure that some enterprising company or group will fork or otherwise re-invent Android. After all it does have FOSS foundations.
'"When I have so few components it is not only highly reliable, it is damn cheap to make," she contended.'
OK, cheap to make, but will they be cheap to buy?
Knowing Cisco, probably not.
Now we know
"While we support what Mr. Goodlatte’s trying to do on trolls, if the CBM is included, we’d be forced to oppose the bill."
This from: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/11/20/software-patent-reform-just-died-in-the-house-thanks-to-ibm-and-microsoft/
Now I naively thought that Congress wrote the laws in the USA, NOT big business. Shows how out-of-touch I am these days.
"The common factor is the User, not the OS."
And if the OS is inherently more secure then what does that do for the general risk to a person's data?
Reduces it, I think.
The uptake of Android and iOS will mitigate the threat from using unsafe OSs if it means that such an insecure OS is replaced by a more secure one.
I notice with some amusement that my original post "Nasty" is getting mixed reviews. 26 up 26 down at the time of writing.
Let me explain why I said what I said about not using Windows.
It is NOT a personal attack on those using Windows, use what you like. I did however follow Microsoft's advice in deprecating unsafe software. MS itself has advised users not to use SHA-1 as there are serious concerns as to the lifespan of this algorithm see:
So, if it's good enough for MS to say don't use something that is potentially unsafe, then it should follow that if the OS itself poses extreme risks to a user's data then it too should be avoided. Not an easy choice to make but if you are responsible for the safety of say, a companies data, then you really should consider eliminating anything that poses a threat to that data.
As I said this is not a personal attack on anyone's choice of OS, just a suggestion to be as safe as you can be. The trouble is that the readers of El Reg probably don't need that spelled out for them, it's the general public who need to be informed of the threat. Though given the take up in Android and iOS that may mitigate some of the problem.
The mystery is solved.
I did wonder why a large chunk of LXF's staff had jumped ship.
Now we know why.
I had noticed the change in content and put it down to the musical chairs that seemed to be going on.. Now it looks like the changes were imposed from above. Being Linux lovers and used to the freedom that using Linux brings I can't imagine that diktat of this kind will have gone down well.
I won't use Paypal so I will have to keep my eyes skinned for the paper copy. Let's hope that the likes of WH Smiths decide to take the mag. Getting it otherwise might be problematic to put it mildly.
Good luck to the team.
Seems to me that the solution is obvious.
Don't use Windows.
I too have been the recipient of a number of spurious bank e-mails. I didn't touch them, of course, but even if I had they would have just bounced off as I use Linux.
No, I'm not smug, just happy I got off the MS train of death years ago,
A much needed accessory
Do you think that Apple will bundle in the necessary magnifying glass or will they charge extra.
1.7", bloody hell, like looking through a keyhole!
",,, thought it might cause headaches in finding open-source builds of current Windows-based scientific applications, among other issues.
I may be wrong but using something like Crossover or Virtualbox or VMWare could help out, couldn't it?
Re: The Crazy State of Ignorant Play Today = Rich Pickings for the Smarts into Quants Tomorrow
"What language is that written in?"
You must be new here, if you don't understand the wisdom from amanfrommars.
FYI it's Martian.
I know several people who have been waiting for this
Have an upvote for making me laugh.
(Note to El Reg, where's the sarcasm icon, we really need it!)
OK, loved the video, I'm sold, where do I get this wonderful new service.
"Sorry, you are out of luck and DAB range, so no goodies for you."
"Right," you may ask "In what Third World country do you live, then?,"
Answer. The UK.
Bloody downs, pretty to look at but a bugger for radio, TV, mobile reception.
And no plans that I can find to put it right.
So what are MS trying to tell us?
That IE is a load of arse?
Personally I've always thought that.
I was wrong
"extensive overtime, low wages, discriminatory hiring and dangerous working environments ..."
Ah! And there was me thinking that they did it all with Magic Fairy Dust.
The trouble is even if you look and find something not made in China the chances are there will be components in said device that ARE made in China.
So what to do? Best thing is to continue the disclosures and try and put pressure on the vendors, it's not like we have much leverage over the manufacturers in China, but the likes of Apple and Dell do.
"Still no ladies in the most-wanted list though... :("
No Americans either.
What! Surely they must have someone bright enough to work out what you need to do to get rich quick in the "Land of Opportunity"
Where is all the spam originating from the US being made then?
I agree with Geoff Cambell.
What the real people of Europe (i.e. not politicians or their acolytes) need is an easy way of securely locking their communications so that they will be able to conduct their affairs in peace and without all this creepy, Big Brother nonsense currently in vogue.
I know that asking for easy to use cryptography is easier said than done but surely there are enough bright folk out there who are not tied into the NSA, GCHQ or any of the other so called security services, to be able to sort this out.
Hell, even as a convinced cheap-skate I would be prepared to pay for such a service, it would be worth it on two counts:
1) To keep my private life private
2) To put two fingers up to the Man.
Given the shit-storm blowing through Washington and London right now I'm not surprised that the Americans were so desperate to grab hold of Edward Snowden. If I had been in their position I would have too.
Given David Cameron's threats to bring the British press to heel over the Edward Snowden revelations, I'm sure that the government here will be watching developments in Singapore with interest.
"The MPAA's complaint to the USTR comes as Australia's new attorney-general is reportedly hoping to revive the idea that Internet service providers should be responsible for copyright enforcement."
Coincidence? Yes, of course it is, silly.
Re: A quick correction
"Will Cyanogenmod run on the Hudl? If so, for £60 it could be worth a punt."
I'm not sure, that's why I'm going to get one and see if I can get it to run. Should be interesting and a nice way of finding out what the little box can do.
Re: A quick correction
"Yeah I imagine the average Joe will be doing that as well - not."
What anyone else does with a Hudl is their affair, what I was saying was that in my case I'm going to use it as a test piece and fiddle around with various alternatives to Android.
I know what I'm doing and if I brick it ,at that price, no great loss.
A quick correction
As far as I know the Tesco Hudl, awful name, goes for £119 not £199. You can also use Club Card vouchers to the value of £60 as part of the purcahse price so, if you chose to you can have a Hudl for £59.
I'm looking at getting one so that I can root it and fiddle around and try out Cyanogenmod or one of the alternative such as Replicant.
I think that the developers of Vulna missed an opportunity.
They should have sold it to the NSA, it's just what that organisation is looking for.
Or wait, perhaps they did after Edward Snowden legged it.
Shuttleworth, insular, contemptuous of the opinions of those who disagree with him and most definitely *not* a team player.
A very sad situation when one of the most influential distros is taken in a direction that could mean the end of the cooperation and team work that has lead to the success of Gnu/Linux
It maybe in the interests of all if Ubuntu moves over to the mobile sector completely. Canonical does not have the size or wherewithal to take on the whole spectrum of computing i.e. servers, desktop, tablets and phones, and if Shuttleworth is determined to plough his own furrow and ignore the rest of the free/open software world then perhaps he will feel more comfortable in the closed, proprietary world that is current on phones and tablets.
I'm not suggesting by this that I agree with the fact that walled gardens exist in the mobile world, but that's the way it is just now. At least there he would not have to justify his actions to his "consumers". Rule by diktat may well be more to his liking.
" it just means that resources are limited and just like any other company, Canonical has to apply them to what needs them the most"
Well what do you expect when the company ignores one of the primary reasons for using free software. The fact that there are a lot of smart people out there and by being a good community player you can use the extra brain power. Why re-invent the wheel?
No, this is just Shuttleworth saying "The only way is our way." and really cutting his nose off to spite his face.
If you have to say that you are having to prioritise work on aspects of your distro because of resource constraints then you are definitely doing it wrong.
Widows user icon because that is the way Canonical are going
Re: Hexacopter choreographer
"Am I the only one who finds the hexacopter footage slightly disappointing?"
It looks like the SpaceX team are concentrating on the rather more important task of getting the booster stage to return to its launch pad.
I suppose that they could always sub-contract the video stuff to someone else. Pixar or someone like that.
"Gerald Guralnik, Carl Richard Hagen and Tom Kibble, who came up with the theory separately and published a month after Higgs."
Prior art, anyone?
Higgs and Englert got in first, so I suppose that if only 3 out of 6 can be honoured then the first past the post must be the ones.
Re: All that money
"And yet - no numeric pad?"
By thankful that the design gurus at Apple have not yet taken the ultimate step in minimalism and given you a keyboard with only one key.
Hey, it worked for the mouse didn't it?
"Jobs knows the company can well afford this small generosity."
Ha. It is to laugh!
" the "freedom" to dictate to a service provider how they will provide their service"
On the contrary, what is getting peoples' back up is that the content industries seem hell-bent on dictating to the service providers how they will perpetuate the tired old business system that the likes of RIAA, MPAA and the BPI would like to cling on to.
It seems that the content industry is so short of funds that they want everyone else to pay to keep them in business.
Good luck with that!
As to your point that if you disapprove of DRM then you won't use the likes of Lovefilm, Netflix etc. Do you really think that there are not others waiting to see if this work and fight to get their snouts into the trough?
Use the internet as it should be used.
Right, if that is what is in W3C's mind then the internet should do what it is supposed to do when faced with censorship.
Treat it is a damage and route around it.
Just because W3C is the loudest kid on the block, that's no reason to be forced to do as they say.
Just look at what WHATWG are doing for example:
So no need to panic, just be vigilant.
Re: I wouldn't mind one
"HDMI has been a standard feature of video cards for a while now. They even now come with basic sound chips to make the HDMI output basically feature-complete."
Yes, and a bloody nuisance to get rid of when they start hogging the audio and your high spec audio card is shunted into the sidings.
I know, I had a hell of a job getting rid of the Nvidia HDMI from my audio setup.
"Too much change will kill the company."
Unfortunately for MS the changes that are happening are external and the ability of any new CEO will be limited.
It could be that you are being ironic but if you are not then just looking at what is happening at MS in isolation mirrors the apparent view inside Redmond itself.
Be successful for long enough and you get to think that you are omnipotent, change is inevitable and it seems that MS have taken their eye off the ball.
Re: hey, its his company
"and it *is* his company, isn't it?"
No, and it's not his piggy bank either.
Oracle is a publicly listed company and in theory belongs to the shareholders which may or may not include the directors.
Ellison may have started the company but as soon as he went to IPO then he lost some of the control over the way the company is run. In this case it seems that the board is fully on Ellison's side and only pays lip service to any shareholder concerns or wishes. Time for the shareholders to get off their arses and vote in a board more to the liking of the owners i.e. them.
"For me, the cloud works because I use it to quickly set up and tear down applications for customer projects or for trialing software."
I can see the reason you are happy to use the cloud. It's a tool to get the real job done.
But, I do think it important that people who are going to use the "cloud" for their business are made aware that there are potential risks attached to letting someone else process and store their data.
1) Third parties i.e. governments and others may be able to access your data.
2) Your provider may fail.
Use the "cloud" by all means but backup your stuff yourself and make sure that it is current and usable. There's no point making a backup that won't restore. So you will still need someone running the systems in-house, to do otherwise is just asking for trouble.
Re: I see
You missed my point.
What I was trying to say was that Mac users are generally people who want to use the PC as a tool. Linux users on the other hand are more willing to get their hands dirty and make, assemble or devise their own O/S.
I said nothing about Mac users not being IT literate.
"... the aforementioned retailers expect you to cough £1,195."
"... software running on a Mac "
Ah! I can see that the market that Dixons are aiming at from the two quotes.
I suppose that as the printer is pre-assembled and ready to go it would not appeal to the Linux crowd.
They would probably go for a RepRap.
"Shut up, prole"
Attack the argument NOT the person.
Or didn't University teach you that?
By the way the dinosaur is excellently made.
One name missing.
Let's hope that the FTC include Microsoft in their study.
After all it is claimed that MS make more money from Android than Winphone, but have you ever seen any mention of the patents that have been allegedly infringed? If that doesn't make MS a PAE I don't know what does.
Balmer should have added another phrase to his rabble raising this week. "Stand and deliver!"
"We're raising awareness about tech possibilities and associated risk,"
I do hope that they will mention the NSA ,GCHQ and friends. If they were to start addressing the threat that these organisations pose to an individual's privacy then the campaign will be really worthwhile.
I'm not hopeful that they will though.
This might bite.
"We don't see forks of MySQL as anything that we need to focus on in a strategic perspective,"
This comment might well be worth keeping for a while so as to roll out if and when MariaDB takes over MySQL's position in the LAMP stack.
As said by others maybe Oracle does not care about those users who use the FOSS version of MySQL. After all, Oracle is in this business for the money. What they may be missing is mind share. Get junior devs. used to working with MariaDB and chances are they will stick to it.
Saying that MariaDB is a downstream project also seems to be a bit simplistic. After all Monty Widenius was the creator of MySQL so he should know the ins and outs of the program and have a good idea of where to take it in the future. It's not like a newcomer having to suss things out before making enhancements.
So, maybe Ulin was taking the company line in appearing to be unconcerned about the competition, but it may be that he was whistling in the wind and Oracle can see the value of MySQL going down the drain.
Another brick in the wall.
Looks like the NSA just declared war against the rest of the world.
Perhaps the above is a little hyperbolic but given the revelations provided by Edward Snowden what does that say about the accountability that is supposed to be enshrined in the US Constitution?
The use of secret courts with no visible oversight by anyone plus the seemingly illegal activities of the NSA appear to show an organisation that is running completely out of control. If, the reports in the Hindu are to be believed, rather than using the NSA'a capability to track down and stop terrorists it is being used to snoop on the internal discussions of an "ally" and to gain commercial advantage for the US. So where are the "checks and balances" that we are told are part and parcel of the way things are done in the USA?
No wonder the US government tried so hard to keep all this quite. It could be with all this spying, double speak and plain lying that the US has just pulled out the worlds largest foot gun and fired it.
Be afraid, be very afraid.
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