* Posts by dogged

4992 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

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Re: I've often wondered

I think Jeb Bush's staff cocked this one up.

That man is no idiot. Neither is his father. His brother.... yeah well, there's always one. Jeb Bush is certainly dangerous and probably going to win the US presidency (because Americans don't have hereditary offices or royal families or aristocracy and I may stop laughing eventually).....

George Bush was good at appealing to "the common man" - ie, idiots. He actually had charisma, people liked him. People like Jeb too. Jeb is George and Cheney all rolled into one. Well, maybe not as evil as Cheney but that's hard to quantify.

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Cortana to form CIRCLE OF LIFE in Windows 10

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Re: Yes But...

Hence quotes.

Sorry to spoil your smug moment.

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Re: Will she

No.

But neither will Siri or Google Now. Maybe Blackberry should work on one that can make tea and do the hoovering. That'd boost their sales.

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Re: Yes But...

> Or will MS make it respond..."I'm sorry Dave, I can't allow that."

That's actually "her" response to "Cortana, open the pod bay doors".

I don't find Cortana to be all that much use (except for reading out my text messages to me over bluetooth when I'm in the car) but I am fully prepared to admit that it's my own fault. The "notebook" allows you to select what the service "knows" about you and I really don't allow it to know very much at all.

So, excellent for granular control but self-defeating if you want the full "intelligent assistant" thing. But I've never had the intelligent assistant so I don't miss it.

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Swift gets swifter: Apple updates its new programming language

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Re: How about ...

> You've been missing out on a very nice language.

Exactly how much of the Kool-Aid did you drink?

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Re: How about ...

you just made a million fanboys spit expensive coffee.

You might as well suggest they bin Swift, implement C# (also available on Windows and linux) and see how many of them choke to death.

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WP8 app

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I'll write one for you if you want. Charge a quid, I get half and you get half.

Your forums aren't exactly RESTful though so I sympathize with the original 3rd party.

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Powered OTG hub

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Powered OTG hub

Hi all.

I need a powered OTG hub in order to trial Windows 10 on work's little Asus Vivotab Note 8. That thing only has a microUSB port and I've failed utterly to get it to boot from a (bootable) microSD so this seems like the only way forward.

Any recommendations?

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ACHTUNG! Scary Linux system backdoor turns boxes into DDoS droids

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crapsticks?

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Why 1.6 million people will miss Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 date with fate

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WTF?

Wait.....

how did that AC manage to post with a "pint" icon?

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Re: 'Server systems are generally thought isolated from external attackers'

I got downvoted for asking this. Interesting.

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I think I would have noticed.

In any case, I haven't said anything different from anything I say around here. At home, we have multiple OS's - herself's Apple stuff, the Hudl the boy plays games on, my debian servers, a Win8.1 dev box, a laptop currently running xubuntu....

I don't proselytize or try to sell anyone anything. I just try to counter the undeserved slating that many products get, even when they're actually pretty good. There are OS-jihadists here. I am not one of them.

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> Not to mention an order of magnitude fewer security holes in the last 14 years in Microsoft SQL too...

That has nothing (or very little) to do with the actual software. MySql is free and given away like breakfast cereal toys wtih every damn webhosting package in the world. What that means is that it's configured by people who should not be allowed to operate an electric typewriter let alone set up a secure database and so what they set up was an unholy mess in about 80% of cases.

The requirement to actually pay for SQL Server means you get less (not none, but considerably less) incompetents building 'net-facing systems.

You know, you really need to stop trotting out MS's recent security record. It's not a competition, regardless of what any of Bob Vistakin's AC accounts claim. Everyone tries hard on security. Everyone is continually patching. Nobody is perfect.

I dunno about you but I'm not a salesman so I don't really understand this urge to say one OS or manufacturer is somehow "better" than another.

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> SQLServer has changed too much

It's changed a lot but I guarantee that SQL Server 2000 has more in common with Sql Server 2014 than it does with PostgreSQL or MySql. For a start (in the latter case) it's not a glorified flat file.

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Server systems are generally thought isolated from external attackers

wat

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UK.gov tempts SMEs with tasty framework, then slaps them in face

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it’s a shame SME procurement still hasn’t been fixed

SMEs don't pay big enough bribes.

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NERDS KICK PUPPY 'bot in brutal attack

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Terminator

we have one, don't we?

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Re: I love

I love Staffs. They are friendly, cheerful, playful, rock-hard gormless idiot psychopaths who love you if you have two legs. If you have four legs or are a police car, keep well clear.

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

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Re: Yeah...

Wrexham isn't a "major Matro area" and therefore, you don't count. Don't worry, neither do I. I live somewhere rural so even not getting 2G coverage indoors doesn't matter.

Only the "major Metro areas" matter.

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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Re: It is a pity I recently updated the "fleet"

I wonder if you could get one without the AMOLED.

Honestly, this really does seem to beg the question - "do I need a fancy screen or would I rather recharge once a week?"

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Received surprise new Redmond licenses? You might be pwned

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> Really? It would be more interesting to find a way to sue the authors of code with such blatant weaknesses that it's still a risk to put a newly installed box anywhere near the Internet without a lot of extra protection.

Ah, you mean "all current operating systems"?

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GROUPTHINK HIVE MIND informs climate change believers

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Re: Scientists, eh!

> That AGW is happening hasn't been in any scientific doubt whatsoever for at least a decade now.

Everything is in scientific doubt. That's the whole point.

Dammit, I hate religious fanatics.

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Satya Nadella, Year One: Has Microsoft's new CEO cut the mustard?

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FAIL

PR probably nixed the "learn to write actual code, you sad shits" response.

VB6? "Programming language"? Barely. You could do some useful things in spite of it but not because of it.

If VB6 is the height of your ability, you should quit right now and go paint lines on the road.

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Re: Dumb article

> PR, like most MS articles/moves lately.

Like the way all of Gavin Clarke's articles are PR by Google?

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One quibble

On "Open Source .NET" you wrote -

> Chalk this one up to long-term strategizing from Microsoft's developer tools team.

which was a part of the Server and Tools division which in Ballmer's day was headed by, er, Satya Nadella....

Whether it was his idea we can't know and I find unlikely - the more likely suspect on this one is Scott Guthrie. But it would have been Nadella's call, just as it was Nadella's call on becoming CEO to, er, immediately promote Scott Guthrie.

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Capita lands spot on mega £5bn NHS commissioning deal

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Re: And they wonder why people don't bother voting

Now I'm picturing Phil Collins in a furry helmet with a spike on it.

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oh dear god

Just when you thought things had hit rock-bottom - Crapita.

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Crap mobile coverage costs UK biz £30m a week, reckons survey

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most operators' alternatives now are crappy VOIP over wifi apps that don't work at all well

fixed.

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Re: O2 Boost Boxes

O2 won't supply domestic femtocells anymore. They insist you use their half-baked shitty semi-functional "TU Go" app.

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Basic minimum income is a BRILLIANT idea. Small problem: it doesn't work as planned

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Re: Inheritance conumdrum

> *except what they generously contribute as excise on booze and fags

Harsh. They also pay VAT on a lot of other things. They pay the same amount of VAT on clothes because they have to - try walking about without any clothes on and see how how much of a "non-essential luxury" that tax is levied on.

They pay VAT on women's sanitary products - rich women are unlikely to have more periods so that's just as regressive.

They pay VAT (twice!) and Green-based excise duty on fuel so that they can get to their shitty low-paid jobs and be sneered at by people who live closer and ride super-expensive tax-free bikes. They might also pay VAT on car parking in order to stay in their shitty low-paid jobs because they can't afford to live near where they work.

The system is rigged and you can sneer about booze and fags all you like but as long as the new lycra-clad middle classes keep on claiming their pensions and draining the NHS for thirty years past retirement, the problem is not the poor.

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Re: Does it matter?

> If the cost to the taxpayer is reduced overall through the massive simplification of the system

But is it? This is what I've been asking various Greens of my acquaintance. They've costed their proposals at at about £265 billion and their proposals _require_ that you keep the state infrastructure for such things as housing benefit because £75/week in our current housing rent bubble is instant eviction.

Apparently (they tell me) the DWP costs 1.5 times the cost of JobSeeker's Allowance in maintenance/admin and this means scrapping it will release that money. But if we have 2 million unemployed then freeing up that money will only pay 5million. Then they talk about how much they'll raise by abolishing the tax-free allowance but even that's still subject to NI and will, naturally, cost a collection overhead. In any case, I never got straight answer as to where the money would come from.

The problem with the Greens is their insistence on Magic-based economics in which a deliberate permanent recession somehow raises more money and increases living standards. Sorry. I don't believe in it.

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Linux 3.19 released for your computing pleasure

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IT Angle

Needs an article by Gavin Clarke telling us that it's shit on the basis of, er, nothing.

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Start stockpiling tinned beans and ammo: This malware will end civilisation

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WTF?

> Heartbleed, which surfaced in April 2014, although easy to exploit, was only ever an information disclosure flaw.

There's nothing "only" about a flaw that exposes usernames and password in plaintext.

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

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Credit where it's due

That was a pretty good article, Gavin.

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GRUNTY CHIMPS 'blend in among locals' after moving to Scotland

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Re: Maybe...

So they've swapped "er, excuse me? may I have some fruit, good sir?" for "see you, pal - gi'us that apple or ah'll put in the heid"?

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You gotta keep a smart watch on the Swiss, Apple: Enter SWATCH

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Re: Commoditisation

the single most compelling app for a watch is, er telling the time. There is literally nothing else that even comes close. I have a hard time believing that "developers will create compelling apps" that could possibly add so much value that that Swatch won't still be comparable and cheaper.

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Re: Commoditisation

Join the queue behind my toddler.

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Commoditisation

Forget Apple (in the smartwatch market). They're charging too much for what is essentially a remote control for your phone and needs to be charged just as much as the phone does*. Even those iPhone owners who only bought it for the bling aspect are unlikely to cough up for this without a much better use case.

Swatch do watches. "Everyman" watches. Low margin, bulk sale watches. Swatch are promising no recharging and, for a change, they can probably deliver. To take a flawed car analogy, this is a similar situation to Google announcing that a self-driving car that looks like an albino minion from Despicable Me will be along in a year's time and then nine months later VW saying they've got one that looks like a Golf and doesn't need servicing.

* far eastern market provisionally excepted. The ability to draw characters on screen might be huge over there. No way to tell yet.

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'Privacy is DAMAGING to PROGRESS' says Irish big data whitepaper

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Re: Wot?

How does a big list of saints days and martyrs make a case against privacy?

Or are you suggesting that it is no less relevant than the bullshit excuses they were paid to trot out?

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Net neutrality: Someone WILL sue. So will the FCC's rules hold up?

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US cable companies are fiercely opposed to being regulated

Yes, and criminals are fiercely opposed to being arrested. Your point?

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Internet lobs $$$s at dev of crucial GPG tool after he runs short of cash

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Re: How to donate

Donated.

Werner is a hero.

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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Re: What?

> You live in the city and you didn't convert your building's flat roof in to a food plot to help with the environment?

No, I live in a little village which is bad for broadband but great for my little boy learning about how food works and what lives and dies. Not as effective as the farmer's boy childhood I had but it lacks the poverty aspect so on balance it might be better.

I can't get skinny jeans past my calves and I do not have a beard or need glasses so I fail at "hipster".

(Upvoted for amusement value anyway)

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The bag packing threw me to start with.

Then my missus explained it to me. You go to the till, put all your stuff on the conveyor, it gets run through, you put it straight back in the trolley. Once you've paid, you go to those big-ass window-sills they have and pack your stuff into bags there. Apparently it's to speed up the tills and it works.

As for the rest you can everything pretty much delivered which is handy with the whole wheelchair thing.

Veg - http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/

Milk/Dairy/Eggs - http://www.findmeamilkman.net/

Meat - http://www.meatpacks.co.uk/

Groceries - http://www.milkandmore.co.uk/home (but support your local milkman! just get groceries!)

I should note that I am not affiliated with any of these companies and don't even use any of their services - we used to get a veg box from Abel and Cole but decided to support the farm shop instead - and this is just stuff I found in 2 minutes' browsing. It may not all be great but anyone can do it.

Anyone can stop feeding the gaping maw of the supermarkets and enabling them to bankrupt their suppliers.

It's up to you.

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Microsoft's Nadella: Congratulations on 12 months of not being Steve Ballmer

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Re: Short version

Only when the author has form for using anti-MS articles ( and he never writes anything else) to openly plug Chrome.

Otherwise I'm happy to bash MS myself, especially on their cruel and unusual licensing.

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Short version

"Everything Microsoft do sux lol. Can I have my money now please Larry?"

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US anti-backdoor bill: If at first you're shot down in flames – try, try again

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Re: Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

Yep. Quoth wikipedia -

Sensenbrenner introduced the USA PATRIOT Act to the House on October 23, 2001. Although the primary author was Assistant Attorney General of the United States Viet Dinh, Sensenbrenner has been recognized as "one of the architects of the Patriot Act"

So he's trying to undo some of the damage he did?

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Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

wasn't he a co-sponsor of the USA PATRIOT act?

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CHAINSAW HORROR advert earns GiffGaff a slap from regulator

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@wikkity

Good argument, you've convinced me.

However, I would still maintain that this one is on YouTube, not GiffGaff.

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BT coughs £12.5 billion for EE as fourplay frolics pay off

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Re: For those about to leave...

I thought there was going to be an O2/Three merger?

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'Tech' City hasn't got proper broadband and it's like BT doesn't CARE

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> wholesale installation charge for our 1Gbps service falling by 46 per cent to only £54,000 per installation to cite just one example. Now please excuse us while we claim another government subsidy to extend our double-Olympic sized money pool.

Hey BT. Fixed that for you.

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