* Posts by Lars

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Re: So what did YOU do then ?

@Phil Lord

Yes, thanks for mentioning the "anything it touches", it's one of the more "successful" FUDs from Microsoft's "Get the Facts" era. And of course we have a communist comment by now. A word that seems to work so well in the USA for reasons I don't get. Not any un-american comments yet.

Funny stuff really, should we not call Apple things like that as they produce most of their ithings in communist countries in a very un-american way.

To be more serious lots of companies who use a Linux kernel do their "secret" stuff in "user space". If you modifie the "kernel space" then stick to the rules regarding the kernel.

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Re: Shut it you tedious old windbag

@thames

Here is that origial Linux birth sertificate, long format (Finnish standard).

"1991-08-25

Hello everybody out there using minix -

I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and

professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing

since april, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on

things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat

(same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons)

among other things).

I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work.

This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months, and

I'd like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions

are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)

Linus (torv...@kruuna.helsinki.fi)

PS. Yes - it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs.

It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never

will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have :-(. "

And there is more here:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/comp.os.minix/4995SivOl9o/GwqLJlPSlCEJ

As for micro-kernels, start your engines, boys and girls, some day you might have a super computer running a micro-kernel.

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Re: So what did YOU do then ?

It's up to you if you use GPL2 or GPL3 or whatever license. Linux is GPL2.

Years ago Linus wrote something like this - it's amazing how many words are needed just to express such a simple thing as - "use this code but if you distribute it tell the version number and if you change the code then show the changes (and let us see if we could use them).

Still more surprising is how much intentional shit and FUD there is regarding the GPL.

Perhaps even more surprising is the amount of companies and people involved in FOSS.

As for Linux on the desktop. Jobs knew very well that he had to build his own shops to compete with Windows. Computer shops gain nothing from selling Linux desktops. It's much easier with Windows, people expect problems (acts of God), reboot, format the damned thing, by a new sound card, anything goes.

If you want Linux on the desktop just install it, it's very easy to day, it was more "fun" years ago.

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Re: ingenuity

"will the Cuban government allow free software in?".

I wonder where you got that from?. As far as I remember Cuban hospitals started to use Linux about 15 years ago. I am more concerned about Cuba when they let Microsoft in.

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2409808/microsoft-bullied-mps-over-government-switch-to-open-source-standards

Will the USA transform (again) Cuba into a brothel run by gangsters. Look out Cubans.

As for Stallman I have a slight feeling that Darren Pauli is not a great admirer of him as I think it would be hard to find anything more appalling a pic or video to represent him.

He deserves credit for things he did and has worked for, GPL, GNU and things like that, no reason to downplay his part.

It's an other thing that he's probably a bit bitter and perhaps the "looks" are not quite whatever.

But he is often right all the same.

The TTIP is worse than people understand. Companies have always been able to take governments to court but now the Americans want the court to be private, (run by very expensive lawyers) and in the USA.

A government that accepts TTIP hands it's laws and rights to a private court to do what ever money decides.

"They" will also tell you TTIP is old and normal in every trade agreement. But the background is old trade agreements made with "rough" third world countries where companies felt the legal system was non existing.

Now when this is demanded between the EU and the USA one has to assume the EU is considered a rough country (the way Sarah Palin considers Africa a country) or the USA considers itself a rough country, then again there are all those lawyers and perhaps some good businessmen who want to kill all stupid regulations in the EU or/and get some extra money for the effort. Oh, did I forget the money lobby.

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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"because it cannot meet (or be made to meet) new car emission rules from the European Council that kick in in 2020." (Five years from now!!!). What about emission rules in the USA in 2020.

Blame the EU, just kidding but then again "Remarkably, the vehicles are still put together largely by hand".

How remarkable you lost that industry.

As I remember Britain was the last country in Western Europe to stop using arsenic in paint because some lad had a mountain of it. Is something similar going on here.

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Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?

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Re: diesel

I agree very much, there is however a artificial delay when you accelerate on most diesel cars, I suppose it adds something to the economy and I would feel happier without it. Funny how people who have never driven a good 2L turbodiesel have an opinion about it. A bit like kids who think they can beat a good automatic with a stick at the lights.

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Re: German Law?

Ref. the Wiki link. There seems to be good reasons to mention the definition of "jocular" for some of you.

adjective: jocular

fond of or characterized by joking; humorous or playful.

"she sounded in a jocular mood"

synonyms: humorous, funny, witty, comic, comical, amusing, chucklesome, droll, entertaining, diverting, joking, jesting, hilarious, facetious, tongue-in-cheek;

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Glass-Steagall Act

Some points about the Glass-Steagall Act by you Tim Worstall.

Are Europen banks as damned unregulated as in the "wild west".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTWfa-iO9Nc

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Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

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Let me see

What was the possibility to win in lotto.

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

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Sad

You can fix fungus in a toenail by removing the legg but isn't that a rather sad way to do it. We can fine and imprisson all "uneducated" people but would it not be better to increase the education. Extremists in religion, who is the first to throw the stone. I cannot remember any religion without them, Budism perhaps, not an expert, I gave up religion a long time ago. Con business.

Have we forgotten that only education is what make us different to apes. Are we trying to prevent the ship from sinking by deciding water is against the law.

Have we started to run our society on a quarterly basis. What the hell are we up to.

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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Re: The other way

I think Moscow had/has a system where only turning right was/is allowed, I suppose that would be left in the UK.

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Re: 100M£ John Brown

"Actually in that particular case it doesn't. Speed limits apply specifically to motor vehicles only, there are no speed limits for cyclists, pedestrians, horses or horse-drawn vehicles."

I wonder if that is actually true everywhere, and why should it. The reason I wonder is that I remember a cyclist in Norway being fined for doing more than 50km/h when the limit was 50.

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Re: A good thing in principle, but

I like that you mention the "blind spot" and I would like to add that when a car turns a bit to the left the left mirror becoms worthless. Some cyclist soon as they step onto their bike are transformed into feeling like goldarmored knights riding a huge white horse. Pedestrians and cars will stop and bow in awe. Odd thinghs happen in their brains.

Somebody pointed out that lorries drive for their livelyhood and are in a hurry perhaps. But cyclist hate to stop and put down their foot, as embarrasing as it would be for that knight to dissmantle that horse at every korner. Those cyclist will rather increase the speed to beat the car at the corner or start wobbling on the spot for a while to be able to be first again.

So give us some more statistics, how many cyclists where run over by a car, how many cyclists run themselves under a car. Incidently if half of the accidents involve lorries every second was not a lorry.

How many incidents with bikes colliding with bikes and pedestrians.

What is the relation between pedestrians run over by cars compared to cyclists taking into account the number of pedestrians to cyclists crossing streets.

I have told my kids that cars see other cars and perhaps pedestrians but not cyclists. Just accept it and stay alive.

Years ago I knew a nice guy, a boss at a customer of mine. He then was involved in an incident with a car and his bike. The driver lost and this guy won but he was perhaps unable to cheer his victory as he was dead. I wouldn't remember this but there was this dark humor as he was the boss of a company producing bikes, mad behind the wheel of his MB and most likely even madder on his product.

I was a taxi driver for some years and I can assure you that I am less afraid of cars, trams, trains, lorries, ice, snow, falling treas and earth quaques than of those white horses, and in the dark they are black and the knight feels he is beacon of light in the dark. The only more scary experience I had was a five year old kid who run out in the streed from between parked cars. Fortunately we don't carry guns so I was uable to shoot the mother.

I have to add, do look into your back mirror when you open your car door, driving into one with a bike is something you will remember too.

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Amstrad founder Lord Sugar quits 'anti-enterprise' Labour party

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Re: Ha....@Cliff

Please don't claim CPM or Z80 had anything to do with Britain or Sugar. While you find a Linux distro in almost every European country there still seems to be nill in Britain, shame on you.

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ISS 'naut: How we collect our POO and DROP it FLAMING on hapless Earthlings

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Re: Seems Wasteful

" urine is sterile ". Some weeks ago during this latest earth quake there was a guy who managed to stay alive by drinking his own urine, nothing new there.

Long ago, say during the "thirty year war" in Europe (has it ever stopped) urine was sometimes used to clean wounds rather than water?.

As kids constantly burning our fingers for reasons I cannot remember, except that there seems to exist some wonderful love relationship between kids and fire, we used to piss on the fingers and the pain disappeared like magic.

The love part reminds me of those early northern explorers who found great love among the Eskimo girls but complained about their habit of keeping their skin soft and clean using their own piss. I bet the girls had more reason to complain about hygiene among those heroes, but we can only guess.

There is something "strangelove" with these bodily fluids here, if I could only remember.

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Mondeo Man turns into mutant electrical beauty: Ford Mondeo Hybrid

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Re: Derv version petrol

" this is a truly remarkable achievement." Yes indeed, nobody would run anything big, like ships or trains and things like that on petrol engines. to quote http://www.gizmag.com/go/3263/

"If the Seven Wonders of the World was updated for the 21 st century, the Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine could be a contender. If you are a student of the internal combustion engine in all its wonderous configurations, then feast your eyes on this set of numbers which outline the truly astounding engineering feat. It is the most powerful and most efficient engine in the world today."

You can run a diesel on almost anything, like "shit". There are pig farms who get all the energy they need from the shit, and in some countries they are allowed to sell the energy the don't need. (Not that you cannot run a petrol engine on wood as some of us remember and some actually do to day).

Astonishing breakthroughs have lately been made regarding emissions but that technology is, to day, only possible when the need for space and weight are less of a problem, and of course there has to be regulations demanding it too.

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"(aside from a few less CO2s and NOXs emitted, natch)." I think you nailed it there in a way as that is the reason for cars like that, natch.

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Bridge, ship 'n' tunnel – the Brunels' hidden Thames trip

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Re: The Brunels, ladies and gentlemen...

Because he was French?.

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In a galaxy far, far, far away ... Farthest ever star system discovered

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Re: Don't call me Shirley!

Just concentrate on this galaxy and vote.

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

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Re: On mirrors on the left and the right

@Allan Brown

Well Allan I must admit I got a bit “miffed” with the sentence “was miffed that there was no vanity mirror for the passenger – though there was one for the driver.” a bit like being miffed meeting coloured people in Africa. Instead he could have explained the reason and suggest that Citroen fix the, indeed stupid problem, and why not have two mirrors from the very start.

Then about touch screen, right handed people use their mouse with their right hand and driving a car where you sit at left means that your right hand is free to operate all those silly devices. That is the obvious thing to do not that anybody thought about it then.

Now then about inflated egos decision making and Napoleon, a highly well educated guy more up to date with anything science than most emperors of his time and the strong guy behind the metric system. So in the year 1875 we have this.

"In 1875, a British delegation was one of twenty national delegations to a convention in Paris that resulted in seventeen of the nations signing the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875,[23] and the establishment of three bodies, the CGPM, CIPM and BIPM, that were charged with overseeing weights and measures on behalf of the international community. The United Kingdom was one of the countries that declined to sign the convention".

I would claim the British decision was based more on inflated egos not on merit and that was probably true with the left / right decision too, the merit being a world standard perhaps not that I think anybody thought about it then though. If you look at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/cars/list-of-left-driving-countries/

you can see the result and the reason there.

We have been run by inflated egod leaders since the beginning of time and nothing has changed. Reading comments, should I now claim the USA decided to drive on the right because they beat the Britisch. Would sound a bit silly I think.

Speaking about egos, Napoleon's campaign against Russia is of course one of the best examples.

The car, not my cup of tea, unless slightly used and very cheap (for my wife).

However the Citroen CV2 must be the best ever produced “volkscar”. It will take you anywhere, is repairable probably for the next 500 years and surprisingly comfortable. A very French feature. The Citroen CS has to be mentioned, and for those of you who newer had the pleasure to drive one, try Jay Leno. I quite like the way he manages to avoid nationalistic shit dealing with cars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzW_ERSgFRY

Anyway, lets bite and get bitten in the good tradition of ElReg, the more the merrier.

Cheers to all of you.

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On mirrors on the left and the right

Long ago passing a small read "sport" car I stopped and asked the driver if he had lost the left side suspension as the car was leaning to the left in a very odd way. Apart from not beating me up the guy explained that the fuel tank was on the left to compensate for the (English) driver sitting on the right but now converted for a right side traffic both the driver and the fuel tank where on the left and that the car looked sound only when empty and parked.

I hope Alun Taylor will by now understand how so suddenly there is a mirror only for the driver.

For a long time my opinion about driving on the left or the right was "whatever" but now with navigators and touch screen stuff it's quite obvious (unless you are left handed) that driving on the left is the dumber choice.

So what happened in dear old England. Only the Swedes decided to drive on the left, but even they came to their senses and changed one summer night 1950 and something in a very orderly manner.

Was it the French and the Germans far ahead with automobiles, The French like with the metric system. Even back in time with a shield on the left arm and a sword in the right hand traffic on the right side was the obvious choice. Was it the "not invented here" or just the Great in GB or lawmakers on horses.

Never mind and looking at the bright side nobody remembered to alter the order of the pedals.

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Nokia will be the mobile comeback kid in 2016 – wishful-thinking sources

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Time will tell

Do indeed read the Re/code blog for a more analytic view. As for the sentence "The question is, is this really a business that Nokia wants to be in? It didn't work out so well last time around." one could of course also say that the first time they tried they become market leaders.

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Scientists tail whales, hails their tales of record 14,000-mile migration

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Re: Western Grays were pretty much wiped out.

What a problem, what should a whale do/prove in order to qualify as a "western pacific Gray".

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EU bods Oetti and Ansip: We must digitise EVERYTHING

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Some jokes go dumb with time

I searched for P-notdot G-notdot Wodehouse and John F-notdot Kennedy and I got 663000 P-dot G-dot Wodehouse and a few million John F-dot Kennedy.

So what's with your dot problem Jennifer Baker. Nice though that you don't use the M$ and similar.

Reading some of these comments reminds me of a comment referring to some well known person who wrote - "whatever you suggest to a Brit he will always find something wrong with it".

I once had a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrication_in_the_United_Kingdom

Reading that made me feel Brits are the last ones to complain about byrocracy in the EU,

Have a look.

"In 1799, the French created, and started to use, a new system with the metre and the kilogram as the units of length and mass.".

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"In 1875, a British delegation was one of twenty national delegations to a convention in Paris that resulted in seventeen of the nations signing the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875,[23] and the establishment of three bodies, the CGPM, CIPM and BIPM, that were charged with overseeing weights and measures on behalf of the international community. The United Kingdom was one of the countries that declined to sign the convention".

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"In 1965, the then Federation of British Industry informed the British Government that its members favoured the adoption of the metric system. The Board of Trade, on behalf of the Government, agreed to support a ten-year metrication programme[

Quite a story.

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Cisco boss Chambers: It's our fault H-1B visa shakeup is struggling

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Short term - Long term

I agree with "The cynical among us suggest foreigners are more than willing to work in the US on lower wages than citizens will accept, cutting Americans out of jobs and saving bosses a pretty penny."

Nothing against H-1B work visas, per se, but it's a very short term solution. Rather educate the people or is there perhaps a long term goal for not doing it

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Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

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Intresting news day

Intresting news day. First Nokia-Alcatel Lucent (now closed for new posts after two posts?) and then this article.

My response to NCR is "why did it take you so long" and I think the banks have started to ask themselves how they have accepted Windows for so long. I think they have started to demand a better choice from NCR.

I would perhaps not write about this but I had a few programmer’s fingers in the POS/ATM pot then long ago.

There was the surprise in how easily IBM gave up and there was a time when Nixdorf delivered ATM in most European countries. The part left of Nixdorf is now Wincor Nixdorf. Quit strong on POS and using WIN/XP, WIN/XP embedded and Linux far as I know.

Then there was Windows all over the place and no matter what we think of Bill Gates he was a superb sells man.

The problem banks have been facing for such a long time is not some royalty payment to Microsoft but the lack of security the never ending problems with a fraud enabling OS where ever increasing amounts of money have been stolen, just too much work, add to that the fact that there is no help in sight.

Linux, there is no other choice.

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Forget Nokia: Finland's promising future is to be server central

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Re: correct

@ jgarbo

Try these links to improve your education.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsXMe8H6iyc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMxuevR0RMQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH1S8wgjum0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLBnUT8ktlw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W58csIcCKQ

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PHYSICS APPLECART UPSET as dark energy disappears, Universe slams on brakes

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Re: Up and Down

I like that too but there still has to be a first big bang (at least in human logic) like with life, if it did not start here it still had to start somwhere. I like the multi universe theory more but sometimes I think we need to know more about the limitations of our brains to have a chance of understanding the universe,

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Foreign firms must obey EU laws no matter where they're based, says EU. Hear that, Google?

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Re: missing the point

@ Charles 9

Brits drive on the right side of the road in the USA and Americans drive on the left side of the road in the UK. Hope this helped.

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'Oh great Commission, save us from the French' pleads Uber

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Re: Stupid, stupid people

Uber is a scam, imagine a country where hospitals and shools cound operate without any regulatios, Imagine a "university" teaching kids about a world 6000 years old, that is scam, don't accept anything like that into Europe. I do admit that there might be drivers who do not stand up to the stadard demanded but correcting a problem adding shit is not the solution. In Finland there is now a similar app for the whole country with wetted insured drivers and that is the way to go. Fuck off Uber fuck off.

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UK's National Museum of Computing celebrates 10 glorious years

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Oh dear

"Colossus, the World’s first electronic digital programmable computer" as has been pointed out previosly was not " the World’s first electronic digital programmable computer". Zuse was the first, it's not that I don't uderstand the nationalistic problems of those years and the lack of information then, but facts are facts all the same, no need to commit suecide because of that. The first motorcycle is today 130 yesrs old no reason to commit suicide for that reason either, As a kid I had this feeling that the Russians claimed they had invented everything in this world and now I am confronted with adults as dumb in a western society.

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Yes, AT&T, you do have to go to court with the FTC

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Re: What?

Blame Obama,

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Speaking in Tech: Cloud, Ellen Pao and ... er, Jeremy Clarkson

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Jeremy Clarkson

I wonder if you Brits actually understand how much damage Jeremy Clarkson has done, Germans had Hitler, Russians are stuck with Putin. Shame on you BBC. And now he's back again, or was that a first of April joke like http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html or.

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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Re: That's not a mining machine

@ Yet Another Anonymous coward, slight memory problem there, yes, Yet Another Anonymous coward.

While I assume you are not responsible for what ever happened in the past don't ask anybody else to feel different, that would be dumb, rather try to understand the presence.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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It would surprise me if sites who want to sell within the EU did not provide English as a choice on their site. But I will agree about the postal part and the payment, I don't like PayPal. The address problem seems to be a more of a US problem where you have to enter the "State" than a EU problem. Then again if you don't know the name of the site then you won't use it. Much to improve no doubt.

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Becoming Steve Jobs biography: ‘Much of it was chutzpah and self delusion’

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Re: What's the fascination?

"Mein Kampf sold really well", Not an important comment but still, not really, it was given away, forced upon Germans. More or less the only ones who paid for the shit where those abroad who paid for the book or the translation. Hitler never got the "popular vote" in Germany to reach power, and then it was all too late for the Germans and for the rest of the world who did not get it in time.

It's damned difficult to find any heroes among statesmen of that era. I would even blame the Great Brits more than the French. France after all suggested that the Brits would join them in Spain and nothing came out of that as the Brits said no.

Democracy is the best we have but the odd thing is that the few at the top are always free to do anything they like, bastards. Not that it's anything new, looking at companies to day who died it's always the top few who screw it.

What we should learn from the Nazi era of thirteen years is that it could happen in any country any day just look at the immense Stockholm syndrome in the Israeli government to day.

And if someone feels offended bye this previous line it's intentional.

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Prez Obama cares about STEM so much he just threw $240m of other people's money at it

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Stupid title

Should Obama spend only his own money on STEM and what about the army.

The USA does indeed need to spend more on education like any country.

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

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Re: Not Dot Matrix...

@ Catterbutts

I visited a customer, a bank's data center, all IBM and with all that came with it, like raised floors and the like. Around 73 I think. There was one of those "drum" printers, from the printer's last pages of paper there was a string tied to the leg of an operator sitting at his desk warning him about paper out slightly in advance. Hightech, who cares.

Looking at the printout it's very easy to see what kind of printer was used. If the character jump up and down on the line it's made on one of those drums.

The first laser printers where huge too in those years.

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Filthy – but sadly frothy – five door fun: Ford Focus 1.5 Zetec

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Re: keyless start

Well well Mrs AC , "you don't have to fish into your pocket or handbag for your key." I suppose the door is open then too. Oh no, oh no, Lars, there is a "chip" in the key and the door will open (or lock) when I approach the car, and if I loose the key, I, as anybody else, will find one on Ebay for any car.

However, my post was really about the "NOW, THE FORD FOCUS WITH THE NEW FANTASTIC START BUTTON, THE FIRST KEYLESS CAR NOW".

Ps. I am all for a keyless world, then again...

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keyless start

I wonder about this keyless start thing. Is it supposed to be modern and such a wonderful new invention that makes us drool and happy to boost about. Around 1950 at least Frensh Peugeot had a start button and much earlier there where cars that would start when you pressed the acceleration pedal, like some today for a modern reason.

I have a feeling the key was added in order to lock the drive wheel (too complicated for GM sadly).

So what is going on here, is there anything else to it than saving a "buck" in production.

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EU court: Mobe makers not liable for users' copyright badness

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Re: whether it should be applicable at all to phones, whose primary purpose is not playing music

I agree, the simple fact is that the music industry, the ones who claim they represent it, are greedy as hell and they have the money for lobbying. It has gone too far long ago. Perhaps the Authors Guild should now claim money from paper mills as it's possible to enter a library and copy a sentence or even several on a piece of paper.

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Denmark tops European tech table, two other Scandis right behind

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Re: Scandis

Ole JuuI I am fairly sure you consider yourself European even if Swedish, Danish and Norwegian is incomprehensibl for the rest of Europeans exept for the Finns. Pull your head out of your arse, please.

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Re: Scandis

Finland was a part of Sweden for more than 600 years and there are some 5000 words from Swedish in the Finnish language. If you look at the culture, then Finland is no doubt Scandinavian and the closest country to Finland in that respect is Sweden. Finnish law was written in Swedish first and then translated (as it is based on Swedish law) until I think about 1950.

Finns decided to go with Finnish design and not Scandinavian design. If you look at the word Scandinavia with is the name of the mountain range between Norway and Sweden then only those two should be called Scandinavian. To make everybody, especially the Swedes happy, we talk about the Nordic countries. If you see it written without the "the" then a Finn is to blame.

Also Iceland fits in as it should, of course. Also Sweden and Finland as part of Sweden plus Norway and Denmark where once ruled by the same Queen. And if you wonder why the Nobel Peace Prize is handed out in Norway the reason is that Norway was then a part of Sweden.

As for knowing their history the Swedes are more lousy than the rest. Perhaps because they don't want to remember how a big country ended. And one should not forget Estonia once a part of both Denmark and Sweden.

When Swedes fuck up abroad they tent to claim they are Finnish and when I do something silly I might suddenly become Swedish.

The nice passenger ships between Stockholm and Helsinki are called the Finland ships in Sweden while the Finns call them the Sweden ships.

When a member of the Nordic countries meet an other member far far away they feel like meeting a next door neighbour and that is not surprising.

Cheers to all of you.

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

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@ z 7

The guy you are looking for is

Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, OM FRS[1] (30 August 1871 – 19 October 1937) was a New Zealand-born British physicist who became known as the father of nuclear physics.[2]

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritium_illumination.

Innovations are often patented, their time is always limited.

From the way you express the loss I have a feeling you have been hit by a virus called Jeremy Clarkson a spin master of massive proportions when it comes to inventions and history.

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EU governments are CRAP at cloud, moans Brussels' infosec watchdog

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How odd is that

"Oddly enough, security and privacy issues are the biggest obstacles."

How odd indeed.

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Britain needs more tech immigrants, quango tells UK.gov

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Re: @ PassiveSmoking

"Perhaps everyone should earn the same wages or salary, no matter what they do. That's never been tried before....."

I try to see your point but then I have this feeling the Soviets tried that and who knows probably North Korea to day. I could imagine slaves also had the same wages in good old times.

The problem is with the "everyone" as it has this habit of becoming everyone but us.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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WTF?

"Its shocking that to date - Internet explorer doesn't work on linux or android out the box." I am damned happy it does not, or was this about sarcasm, It's late.

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And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

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"there is a second tier of zealots who talk as if GNU/Linux is far ahead of Windows in security"

I believe those guys talk, think about viruses and in that respect they are right, of course. I you have say 500 known Linux viruses there are more than a million for Windows.

But of course viruses are not the only thing there is regarding security.

If you search for antivirus for Linux you find stuff like this:

"When You Need an Antivirus on Linux

Antivirus software isn’t entirely useless on Linux. If you are running a Linux-based file server or mail server, you will probably want to use antivirus software. If you don’t, infected Windows computers may upload infected files to your Linux machine, allowing it to infect other Windows systems.

The antivirus software will scan for Windows malware and delete it. It isn’t protecting your Linux system – it’s protecting the Windows computers from themselves."

I have not downloaded any antivirus for Linux as I dont mix with any Widows mahines and still I have used Linux since 97 with no infections so far, but things may change. Nor would I feel secure dowloading any free antivirus for Linux as that program could contain just the malware I don't need at all.

I could imagine there has been a "snowball effect" regarding viruses on Windows, so many to learn from and tweak.

Then there is, of course, the one and only old explanation about there being more computers running Windows. And why not.

But then again if you consider how Linux runs the backbone of the internet, more than every second web server on the internet, more or less every stock exchange in the world, big firms like Google, Facebook and similar, more or less every super computer and so forth, I would say it's rather silly to claim there are no interesting victims to hit.

But anyway software will contain bugs now and in the future.

Try to stay safe.

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

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Re: Huh?

Huh indeed. I have at times supported distros by paying for the discs just because I felt good about supporting them. I can understand the "Donate" you find on most websites and why not donate if you like to. However, I think the guys at Elementary should remember that Linux users are very free indeed when it comes to choosing a Linux distribution. Stepping on thin ice here especially with the explanation why they ask for help with something no body ever asked them to do. And damn it I don't want to sound rude.

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