* Posts by nematoad

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Precisely

"Truly Bilbo must be the most light-fingered Hobbit in the whole of Middle Earth."

To be fair Bilbo was taken along by the dwarves as the "Expert Treasure Hunter" or burglar on Gandalf's recommendation so I reckon he was really living up to his billing.

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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"I can't remember the name of the film off hand (it's the one about Parkes radio telescope during the Apollo 11 landing),"

It's called "The Dish"

I loved it when the band played what they thought was the US national anthem and it turned out to be the theme to Hawaii 5-O.

Classic.

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Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

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So where's the single market in this fiasco?

Surely the EU Commission will have something to say about it.

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No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services

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Re: Ongoing revenue stream...

"The ideal would be complete separation of OS and user so the OS could be separately maintained. "

See; /BIN, /USR, /HOME . It's in an OS called Linux.

" I'd pay for such an OS!"

No need, see above.

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'I'm begging you to join' – ICANN's NetMundial Initiative gets desperate

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"And do the organizers intend to spend their $600,000 flying 25 VIPs around the world...?"

"And do the organizers intend to spend their $600,000 flying 25 SIPs (Self-Important People) around the world...?"

There fixed it for you.

There does seem to be a lot of talk about "multi-stakeholders" in these discussions. And their description of these "multi-stakeholders"? To quote:

"Yes, governments walked away from 1net because they said they couldn't participate…"

So, governments are in, then look at those organising this. The WEF (that well known inclusive organisation) and ICANN so we have got big business and vested interests onboard. Where are those people and organisations who actually made the internet? Not only conspicuous by their absence but actively rejecting this proposal. And what about the people who actually pay for all of this, you know, the users i.e. you and me. I don't see anyone in this group being offered a seat. No, this is a self-aggrandising bunch who want to impose their views on something that others have developed and judging by their actions thus far, they won't tolerate dissent or criticism.

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Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud

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A bit whiffy?

Does this have the smell of Xamarin about it?

I've had my doubts about Canonical for a while now and to see them snuggling up to MS just adds to my disquiet. Seems to me that both De Icaza and Shuttleworth are being seduced by the lure of MS's money. AS PNGuinn says best take a long spoon with you if you are going to get invited to MS's table or you might just feature on the menu instead!

There may be tears ahead.

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Internet cash-point boss says 'no thanks' to ICANN's web power grab

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Not only why but who.

I may well be missing something here but why is it that Brazil in the shape of CGI.br gets a permanent seat at the high table?

Is it because the meeting stitching up this deal was done in Brazil, or is there some other reason?

I understand the reference to the Security Council of the UN and its 5 permanent seats. In that case there was a reason why the five were chosen. They were the five most prominent nations fighting Germany and Japan in the Second World War. The People's Republic of China superseded The Nationalists of Taiwan and Russia inherited the former USSR's seat. So what is the rationale for giving a permanent seat to Brazil? Why not India or even Kiribati?

I suspect that those organising this NetMundial business got in first and said "Dibs on a permanent seat."

I for one would like to know, if anyone has the answer.

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Vendor lock-in is truly a TERRIBLE idea ... says, er, Microsoft

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Re: Pull the other one!

I agree with you.

As the Bible say "There is joy in the presence of the angels of God, over one sinner that repenteth." Luke 15:10.

So maybe MS have had a change of heart and we should all be congratulating them for joining us in the real world. Or it could be that the thing most dear to their hearts, the sacred bottom line, is being threatened and this is all smoke and mirrors.

We shall see, but judging from past experience the old saw " Follow the money" is a better explanation of this charm offensive.

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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Not again!

"... both store chains caved and withdrew the title."

For the love of God how many more times must it be pointed out that the phrase is caved in.

On a generous interpretation of the writer's phrase what the two companies did was to retreat into a hole in the ground. Surely not what was meant? To be less forgiving the phrase is pure gibberish.

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The internet is less free than last year. Thanks a bunch, Snowden

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Wot?

"These costly measures could expose user data to local law enforcement,"

It probably already is and if you are not a citizen or resident of the US or UK what would you prefer?

To have all of your information being read by the "Five Eyes" or solely by the authorities in your own country? Not much of a choice I will admit but as the saying goes "They are bastards, but at least they are our bastards." I'm sure people in Germany, Belgium and Brazil amongst many others can relate to that sentiment.

As for the denizens of the UK, US, Australia, NZ and Canada, you are out of luck. The above-mentioned "bastards" have everything anyway. Whether they are actually "your bastards" is a moot point.

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Re: ICELAND!!!

Cold and dark.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: Meanwhile....

Not where I live it isn't. (In the UK, just)

Here you pay for what you use which caused cries of anguish from all those swimming-pool owners and those using lawn sprinklers.

We didn't have a choice, it was compulsory, something that has been changed after our test run was over.

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Re: Pointless and dangerous fads

Having just changed energy suppliers I got a letter from Siemens saying that they were coming to replace my electricity meter. Fair enough, but the plan hit the buffers when I pointed out that due to the lack of reliable mobile connection the proposed meter would more often than not be able to phone home. So the shitty broadband and mobile reception here means that they had to revert to a conventional meter.

Which is fine, except that the bloody thing is about the size of a matchbox and the minuscule readout now means that I now have to get a ladder and a torch just to read the damned thing. The old GEC electro-mechanical one was readable from yards away.

So I missed out on any potential savings plus I now have to scrabble about to read the thing. Ain't progress wonderful?

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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Re: Digital crown ??

" their winder (plain English) already has a crown on it."

Nope, Rolexs are automatics, they don't need a winder.

It is a crown as it's used to adjust the time, date etc.

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CoreOS's Docker-rival Rocket: We drill into new container contender

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Hmm

This looks to me like a reprise of the systemd situation.

Someone has a bright idea and starts getting people on board. Then, ambition starts making itself felt, and the project starts spreading, taking in new areas and methods thus alienating some of the original supporters.

I'm not sure why this should be, not being a developer, but the lure of the new and as I said ambition seem to promote "mission creep" and bloat. Not knowing when to stop does seem to be a problem with both these projects.

With luck the Docker people will be more amenable to outside suggestions and constructive criticism otherwise I can foresee another promising technology becoming bogged down in argument and recrimination.

It does seem to as if the developers of both projects have forgotten the Unix way of working. Write a program to do one thing and do it well, and not try to be all things to all men.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: I need a compelling reason...

" I need a compelling reason...

...to 'upgrade' from v7 to v8.1 or even to v10 when it comes out."

Ah, that will be when MS kicks Windows 7 into the long grass just like it has XP.

It's called making you an offer you can't refuse.

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Fiat 500X: A fun-loving Goldilocks who'll get down and dirty

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Nice try

It looks to me like Fiat are taking a leaf out of BMW's book and trying to ride on the coat tails of a much loved predecessor.

In Fiat's case the nippy little 500 which to my biased eye looked like the nearest competitor to the original Mini. Definitely not the VW Beetle, that was in a different class.

In BMW's, latching on to the one and only Mini. One of which I am a proud owner.

In both cases it seems that the powers that be decided that bigger was better and completely forgot why these cars were originally designed in the way they were. That is to be the minimum of car with the maximum of utility. To be able to get four adults, just, in a tiny car powered by a small engine was a real achievement and the sales figures show that the designers gave people what they wanted.

On the other hand the modern replacements have succumbed to the current fashion for large ungainly dumplings powered by large engines to get them moving. If the original 500 had an engine of only 479 cc what does that say about the 1.4 or 1.7 litre engines of the new car?

To my mind these companies should stop and think about this. The new cars are not in the same class as the originals and there is a case to be made for giving them new names. Still I suppose that marketing will always triumph over honesty.

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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Re: America...

"It's almost as if we're ashamed to be us."

It's got nothing to do with pride in the country, it's greed, pure and simple.

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Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?

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Sigh!

...of a covert surveillance systems.

Nit-picking I know but you would expect that the mighty brains of the Civil Service could get the syntax right in an invitation to tender.

It could either be:

"of a covert surveillance system."

or

"of covert surveillance systems."

The original is sloppy, careless and unprofessional.

On the other hand it might just be a transcription error.

It's still doesn't look good even if it was.

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

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Well?

"The Met agreed that it would only use the material for a policing purpose..."

Oh, and what other purpose should the Met use this data for?

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Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE

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I don't know.

Having read of all the activities and business being done at Goonhilly I wonder at the intelligence and acumen of BT, the former owners.

Looks like the place will be a nice little earner for GES. Good for them for using their brains and seeing the potential.

Given that BT are also currently thinking about buying back O2 it does make you wonder what the hell the top brass there have been up to all these years. Just as well they are a massive company otherwise they would have folded years ago given the unimaginative management they seem to have.

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Sony quietly POODLE-proofs Playstations

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WTF?

Why the delay?

I've just run the vulnerability test against Palemoon and it passed, no POODLE for that browser.

As Palemoon is a fork of Firefox I just wonder why Mozilla has been so slow to patch Firefox.

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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There are ways round.

If you look there are ways and services to minimise this problem.

1) Use Duckduckgo as stated in the article.

2) If you are a Firefox or Palemoon: http://www.palemoon.org/ user there a lot of add-ons like Noscript, Ghostery, PrivacyBadger and so on to help get rid of trackers, analytics etc.

3) Look for an alternative ISP. There are lists of ISPs rated for their ethical standards available so all is not lost.

A little digging will give you lots of ways round this prying. It's up to you if you think its worth doing. I know I have done all of the above with little effort or expense.

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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

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Enough already.

" ...begged the EU for help in preventing the US seizing emails stored by Microsoft in Ireland. Now Ireland itself has done the same."

It's about time.

I'm glad to see that Ireland, with its close links to the US, has had enough and is trying to get the US tanks off its lawn.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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"No-one is being forced to play multiplayer"

You are missing the point.

It's not the fact that Elite:Dangerous is multiplayer or solo, it's the fact that the developers have removed the option to play offline.

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Re: Standard mistake to make

"What happens - WITHOUT FAIL - is a bunch of ongoing tweaks and 'rebalancings', resulting in a change in your experience. Perhaps some weapons or ships get de-powered, rendering certain combinations crippled literally overnight. Or some overly profitable trade route is adjusted so that fuel concerns mean you cant run it unless you're in a dedicated cargo-style ship and thus have to trade off firepower, leaving you more vulnerable."

You know what? You've just described EVE Online perfectly.

I love that game but hate the continual "improvements" that only serve to make the lives of certain styles of play unattractive or even impossible. See player owned customs offices for a good example.

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Re: I want it

I used to be excited about Elite:Dangerous but as a Linux user I held off from taking part. Getting E:D to run under Linux was probably going to be a bit of a job, so I was going to wait until it was released and then see if it was possible to get Wine to get it to run.

The other thing that attracted me was the off-line mode. Having been unfavourably impressed with Skyrim and its symbiotic connection with Steam I thought that the choice of off-line would be a good thing.

Living in a part of the country with extremely poor broadband speeds latency is a problem and trying to fight opponents with one arm tied behind my back is not what I want.

I'll continue to watch what's happening with E:D but my initial enthusiasm is waning fast and I won't be signing up any time soon.

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Poll trolls' GCHQ script sock puppets manipulate muppets

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"Unsurprisingly the email with sock puppet replies peaked the interest of humans ...

Yes, a definite lack, not of a spell checker but of proof reading.

It should be: "Unsurprisingly the email with sock puppet replies piqued the interest of humans ...

Just because it's in the dictionary doesn't mean it's the right word.

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Hey, Apple! We can land a probe on a comet, but we can't have a 12.9in iPad 'until mid-2015'?

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Re: Yeah, but

To be fair to Apple ESA did lunch Rosetta 10 years ago, so if Apple can get out a large iPad by 2024 they would be about level on times with ESA.

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TPP takes another tiny step forward

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Who?

" ...that will promote creative and technological advances that will benefit all of us."

The question in my mind is: who are the "us" in this statement.

If this stitch-up was really going to benefit the general public then why all the secrecy.

It looks like this is going to benefit someone, just not the citizens of the countries concocting this deal.

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Windows 8 or nowt: Consumer Win 7 fans are OUT OF LUCK

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Hmmm

... there’s no cut-off for date for PC makers on Windows 7 Professional — yet.

I wonder why that could be.

Surely not because business is giving TIFKAM the cold shoulder?

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Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

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Sadly for your argument this technology is not aimed at the average user.

It's aimed at the server market. A hint may be in the article: " ...which it says will arrive in the next version of Windows Server."

As far as I know sys. admins are a little ahead of your "average Joe" in things computing and will probably be able to handle the intricacies of running Windows Dockers, if it ever gets off the ground.

Still, nice to see that the FLOSS world can teach the proprietary one a thing or two.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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Home from home

"Elop inherited a dysfunctional bureaucracy, warring factions, and a product team that took 18 months to develop a mediocre device..."

He must have felt right at home then having come from Microsoft. The quote above applies just as well to MS as it does to Nokia.

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

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Re: What did people expect?

I agree. Buy an Apple Ithing and you buy into Apple's way of working, whether it suits you, the consumer, or not. Apple's interest is solely Apple, not you.

In a way the current situation resembles the way things were about 25 years ago, Then we had the likes of Commodore with the Amiga and Atari with the ST. Both aimed at the same market and both closed and proprietary. In the end of course Microsoft came along and killed both of them off, not because MS's stuff was better, it most certainly wasn't, but because of the network effect spilling over from the business sector. Whether anyone can give the punters a better deal than Apple or Google remains to be seen.

It might be good for consumers if it happened though.

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Euro probe headed for Amazon's tax back door

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Re: Not good

"It is sick that big companies are vilified and then robbed ..."

If it wasn't for the fact that these multi-national companies are freeloading by demanding a trained workforce, infrastructure, security and so on without being willing to pay their share of the cost of these things, then I don't think that the EU would bother going to all the expense of an investigation.

Who's robbing who, eh?

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Re: What a fuckbag

"Did the FBI finally create an account here? What's with all the single downvotes?"

Yes, I've noticed it too, in a lot of threads. Relatively innocuous, factual replies often seem to get a single down vote.

I think that this is the El Reg equivalent of the Tooth Fairy. Instead of money under your pillow people get a random down vote instead. It happens to me sometimes, much to my amusement.

It might be of interest if a webmaster at El Reg could take a look and see if there is one person running around with the down vote stick and let us know if it an organised campaign. No need to say who the person is, just whether it's happening or not.

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Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it

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No surprise there then

"And then there's Microsoft, which has outlined its own vision of a "cloud OS" – naturally, powered 100 per cent by its own, proprietary software."

Well what do you expect?

As far as I can see MS has a couple of problems.

1) Greed and a desire for control. Though they take second place in that to Apple.

2) A deep seated sense that the stuff that they turn out is not as good as stuff offered by their rivals.

It probably never occurs to the people at the top of MS that there are benefits to working cooperatively and that trying to grab everything for yourself is not always going to work in your favour.

So of course they are going for a total "own brand" proprietary route. That seems to be the only way they know how to work.

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Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone

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Thank you Neil McAllister

"... rather than caving in"

At last, thank you.

No more speleology.

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Speaking in Tech: 'I'm an Apple guy and I COULD CARE LESS about the iWatch'

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Re: How much do you care?

Note to El Reg.

Write out 100 times.

"I couldn't care less."

Otherwise it just makes you out to be a drooling Apple fanboi.

Please don't join out trans Atlantic cousins and turn English on its head.

See also "Cave" instead of "Cave in".

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Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched

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Re: Religion...

This is not the only corporation also functioning as a quasi religion. You just have to look at the likes of Coca Cola to see that. At least with Apple their devotion is focused on a dead human. For Coke it's the "Dynamic Curve". You know the shape of the side of the Coca Cola bottle.

I kid not.

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Fedora gets new partition manager

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Re: Is there an option to have more than one partition?

See you've made my point.

Diskdrake handles things like separate partitions with ease. It's just a case of working out what space is needed for each partiiton and than using the GUI to split up the disc. Its easy because you have a graphic representation of what the partitions are and you can manipulate them to your hearts content.

Personally I have separate partitions for /, boot, usr, var, opt, and tmp. I prefer to use a second HDD for /home so that when I re-install the OS I don't have to worry about deleting any of my data. I could of course just have another partition on the first drive but with two I don't have to worry about fat-finger syndrome.

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Why?

Why all the scratching around for a new partition manager when Diskdrake has been about for years?

I've never understood why it has been confined to Mandrake derived distros like Mageia and PCLinuxOS. Its GUI, very easy to use and does the job in a fraction of the time it takes with other managers.

After all NetworkManager is GUI, is easy to use and just works, it got where it is by merit so the Darwinian principle worked there.

Why Diskdrake isn't the same is one of the great unsolved mysteries as far as I'm concerned.

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Amazon hiring in Australia for 'new and confidential Amazon Fresh initiative'

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No pay?

One thing is almost certain.

If Amazon does set up a grocery shop in Oz it will do its best to avoid paying any taxes.

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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As Yogi Berra said "It's deja-vu all over again.

Netbook anyone?

Now if you can ditch Windows and install Linux I might have a place for one of these as a backup for my Asus eee701.

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Australia deflates Valve with Steam sueball

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Quick!

The Australian authorities had better get their skates on.

When the TPP is finally unveiled to its victims it may contain clauses enforcing Valve's stance on refunds. Who knows?

After all Valve is, by the way the negotiations have been conducted, in a far better position to know what TPP contains than most people, probably even sections of the government.

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

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Re: In its way, a good sign

"I do wonder whether Android tablets slow down, PC-like, as the level of user cruft goes up. Perhaps the absence of spinning disks makes that slowdown less painful."

Or it could be that Android has a more efficient design and does not suffer from this problem, unlike another well known OS.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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What?

Holograms! Holograms! We're all holograms?

God I hope that means that we are really not all like Rimmer!

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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Re: Does a lack of search=lack of interest?

"Agreed ... A far better metric would the bandwidth stats of the various distribution repo server + mirrors"

Don't forget BitTorrent, I haven't used a distro's mirror for ages so by your metric I would not be counted.

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Re: If it just works

A good point and it may be the explanation as to why we have had the likes of Unity, Gnome3 and TIFKAM foisted on us.

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